Sunday, October 10, 2010

Why Didn't They Just Waterboard Him?

The prelude to an interview:
Syndicated columnist Jack Anderson had the White House on the run.

With just months until the 1972 election, he'd exposed a blatant bribe within the Nixon administration. Now, the president's men had him in their sights more than ever before. They discussed poisoning his aspirin or sending him into a dangerous hallucination by smearing LSD on his steering wheel.

This was no joke. In his new book, Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture, journalist and University of Maryland professor Mark Feldstein chronicles the real-life assassination plot that topped off an epic feud between the columnist and President Richard Nixon. Both men, he writes, lost their bearings in a world of lies, blackmail, and corruption.

9 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Back then, the President gets to torture anyone he wants to rule had not yet been put in force.
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Substance McGravitas said...

That's a pity as Nixon would have made good use of it.

J— said...

"Why Didn't They Just Waterboard Him?"

I was under the impression that back then we proudly outsourced such work.

mikey said...

It's also somewhat shocking how crappy America has been at assassinations historically. We needed drones with Hellfire missiles to turn it around. Truly, we are a video game nation...

Another Kiwi said...

Would LSD on the steering wheel have worked? Do Americans lick their steering wheels a lot? I don't need detailed answers "Yes" or "no" will be more than sufficient.

M. Bouffant said...

Yanks grip their steering wheels w/ a white-knuckled fury not seen among civilized people. Dermal absorption will happen, 'specially if you slap on the acid real thick.

mikey said...

Maybe they mixed up the LSD with some DMSO.

It might work?

Substance McGravitas said...

We needed drones with Hellfire missiles to turn it around. Truly, we are a video game nation...

Another thread to mention NARC in.

tigris said...

Do Americans lick their steering wheels a lot? I don't need detailed answers "Yes" or "no" will be more than sufficient.

No, not a lot.