Daniel Ellsberg: Crimes Nixon Committed Against Me Would Now All Be Legal under Obama
June 16, 2011 • 11:14AM

Please see: LaRouche: Obama Is Now Facing His Watergate and "Sleepers Awake!"

In an interview given to CNN on the 40th anniversary of the release of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg launched a broadside against Barack Obama, arguing that today, all of the crimes that Richard Nixon committed against him have now become legal and are being carried out by Obama. Ellsberg points out that "Article I, section 8 of the Constitution, for the first time in constitutional history, put the decision to go to war (beyond repelling sudden attacks) exclusively in the hands of Congress, not the president."

He continues that "no president has so blatantly violated the constitutional division of war powers as President Obama in his ongoing attack on Libya, without a nod even to the statutory War Powers Act, that post-Pentagon Papers effort by Congress to recapture something of the role assigned exclusively to it by the Constitution. This open disregard of a ruling statute (regardless of his supposed feelings about its constitutionality, which Obama has not even bothered to express) is clearly an impeachable offense...."

"As Abraham Lincoln explained their intention (in defending to his former law partner William Herndon his opposition to President Polk's deliberately provoked Mexican War): "The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man [ could do so."]

Ellsberg is asked by CNN: "These days, when you find yourself thinking about Richard Nixon, what comes to mind?"

He responds: "Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, might take bittersweet satisfaction to know that he was not the last smart president to prolong unjustifiably a senseless, unwinnable war, at great cost in human life.

"He would probably also feel vindicated (and envious) that ALL the crimes he committed against me—which forced his resignation facing impeachment—are now legal. That includes burglarizing my former psychoanalyst's office (for material to blackmail me into silence), warrantless wiretapping, using the CIA against an American citizen in the US, and authorizing a White House hit squad to "incapacitate me totally" (on the steps of the Capitol on May 3, 1971). All the above were to prevent me from exposing guilty secrets of his own administration that went beyond the Pentagon Papers.

"But under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, with the PATRIOT Act, the FISA Amendment Act, and (for the hit squad) President Obama's executive orders, they have all become legal.

"There is no further need for present or future presidents to commit obstructions of justice (like Nixon's bribes to potential witnesses) to conceal such acts. Under the new laws, Nixon would have stayed in office, and the Vietnam War would have continued at least several more years."