in retrospect

Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame) interviewed the late President Gerald Ford back in 2004. I remember Ford for pardoning Nixon, an act which incensed my father. My introduction to politics was seeing the movie, All the President’s Men, when I was thirteen. I don’t think I had seen too many movies yet, as I recall feeling quite grown up on the way to the theatre. ­čÖé
Ah, did you know that the identity of “Deep Throat” was made public last May? FBI agent W. Mark Felt. Slate argues that there’s a movie, Dick, that got the Watergate story more “right” by depicting the “essential banality” of Felt’s association with Woodward.
Returning to Ford, it is interesting that he says he would not have gone to war with Iraq, and also that he criticizes his own former staffers, Rumsfeld and Cheney. I’m most intrigued, however, by his admission of “an act of cowardice” in dropping Nelson A. Rockefeller as his Vice-Presidential running mate in his 1976 re-election campaign.
What is the difference between politics and counterintelligence?
Politics (2 selections): “social relations involving authority or power” (PrincetonWordnet) and/or “Politics is the process and method of making decisions for groups. Although it is generally applied to governments, politics is also observed in all human group interactions including corporate, academic, and religious” (wikipedia).
Counterintelligence (one selection): “intelligence activities concerned with identifying and counteracting the threat to security posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by individuals engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism” (
My correlation? Counterintelligence is the work of political figures to ensure the security of their own power.

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