The scandal, which began on June 17th, 1972 when five spies or prowlers for President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign were caught red-handed breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s Watergate headquarters, started a series of events spanning from 1972 to August of 1974. According to History.com’s article on the Watergate Scandal, “The prowlers were connected to President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign, and they had been caught wiretapping phones and stealing documents.” During his vain quest to cover-up the crime, Nixon took drastic steps to ensure the truth would never come to light including but not limited to providing ‘hush money’ for the burglars caught on June 17th, hatching a plan with his aides to instruct the CIA to impede the FBI’s investigation and the firing of officials who wouldn’t let him alone about handing over tapes from the Oval Office which held crucial
The Watergate Sandal began to slowly unravel on June 17th, 1972 and would later become known as the worst scandal in American history. The beginning of the end started with the arrest of five men, Bernard Barker, Virgilio Gonzales a locksmith, Eugenio Martinez a licensed real estate agent, Frank Sturgis a former Cuban Military army intelligence and Edward Martin aka James McCord, a retired CIA employee who was working on the Committee to Re-elect President Nixon at the time. They were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, DNC, at the Watergate office and hotel in Washington D.C.. They were there to copy documents and swamp out eavesdropping equipment that had been placed there during previous burglaries; this was reportedly the third burglary like incident at the DNC since May 28th. All five men were charged with felonious burglary and with possession of implements of crime.
The government brainwashes their citizens to get them to be unquestioningly loyal to the party. The issue of brainwashing stands out as one of the most important topics in this book as well as one that is very relevant to today. Orwell communicates through his book that brainwashing is pervasive and destructive to our sense of reality and logic as human beings, and that it has a negative impact on the citizens subjected to it. Orwell expresses this belief especially at the end when Winston is in the ministry of love. We get to see the party’s thoughts in full detail as O’Brien explains everything to Winston and simultaneously brainwashes him.
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre is the most infamous unsolved crime in U.S. history. This day marked Capone’s most notorious killing. On February 14, 1929, four men of Capone entered a garage which occupied 7 men from his rival gang. Two of his four men entered dressed as policemen, fooling the seven men into thinking it was a police raid, resulting in the drop of their weapons and rise of their arms. Capone men fired more than 150 bullets into their victims (FBI.gov).
As the invasion went on, the chance of the U.S winning decreased within every hour. President Kennedy then ordered an “air-umbrella” at dawn. This plan demolished the U.S military. Because Kennedy was new in office, he wanted to do the “right thing” and make everyone proud that they voted for him. Unfortunately the CIA had created the plans before Kennedy was in office, and they did not share all of the information with him and manipulated him into approving it.
Nevertheless, Nixon managed to return to politics even after such a major scandal and establish himself as an author, analyst and commentator. President Clinton even acknowledged Nixon’s “wise counsel” on foreign policy. Nixon remained as a politician who would use any methods he could to be competitive and advance his career (Wicker). Surprisingly, it has been noted by many scholars that the public has become desensitized to Watergate. In a report released by a Democratic and Republican pollster, “only 18 percent of Americans surveyed believed that Watergate was worse than other scandals of the last quarter-century” (Polman).
Some people argue that Julius Caesar was the greatest military general and politician of all time; however, I disagree. In my opinion, Caesar was a forceful dictator who only cared about his own wealth and power, punished innocent citizens, and was greedy for supporters. Julius Caesar just wanted himself to be satisfied, even if it was at the expense of the Roman republic. He also punished all of the innocent citizens that just wanted to sustain the old laws and traditions of the Roman republic. Another reason he is not an astonishing leader is that he increased the number of senators so that more people would support him.
In political area, citizens in democratic societies have rights to know more about their leaders, especially their true intentions behind elegant surface or some other sneaky behaviours. When the scandals of political figures leaked out, the public will react intensively, thereby directing people’s attention to what have long been ignored. Two journalists exposed the undeniable fact of Watergate Scandal, which astonished the whole nation and forced president Nixon to resign as a result. In 1974,the Congress passed several bills to restrict the power of executive
His foreign policy was outstanding as well. Towards the end of his presidency he was stained with the Lewinsky Scandal that molded the way America saw Bill Clinton presidency, inadequate. People see Bill Clinton's presidency as a failure because of the Lewinsky Scandal, but what they fail to acknowledge is his achievements such as: prioritizing education, creating jobs, lowering crime rates, and demonstrating excellent foreign policies. Monica
In order to hide the incriminating evidence, Nixon compulsively lied throughout the whole predicament to the press and to the people of America-even the government. Eventually, Nixon handed over the tapes as commanded by the US Supreme Court. Suspiciously, eight and a half minute of a recording was missing, potentially making it impossible to uncover all of the evidence. This was the tragedy of the Watergate Scandal. One of the tapes, called “Smoking Gun” confirms Nixon had yielded justice.