Tapes didn’t begin with Nixon
Forty years ago, Richard Nixon, after learning his fate with the release of ”The Smoking Gun” conversation of June 23, 1972, finally gave up on the presidency and had to resign because he was involved in Watergate.
Mark Felt was right to have disclosed the crimes of the Nixon administration in the Watergate scandal, telling every detail of Watergate to Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.
What Felt did in taking on the name ”Deep Throat” was no doubt the right thing at the right time.
Even the Vietnam War should also be mentioned, because Richard Nixon felt that his presidency was being besieged by academics and the media as well as the students who were opposed to his Vietnam policies. Even the Hard Hats came to help his administration policies regarding the Vietnam War.
But the Vietnam War was not originally his idea, because that war was tied to every president since Harry S. Truman. Even the Nixon administration had decided to do something in regards to that war, and that was to install a taping system styled on Winston Churchill’s conversations and meetings.
But the whole idea of the taping system was not new for Nixon because Franklin Roosevelt first used it in 1941 to get America to war.
But FDR had done it for personal reasons; the same with Harry S. Truman, who used his conversations with his aides and advisers during the Korean conflict.
Dwight D. Eisenhower also used the taping system for security reasons, especially on McCarthyism and the Suez crisis, as well as the Hungarian crisis in 1958. Even Sherman Adams never realized that Eisenhower also taped his conversations with him while he served as White House chief of staff.
John F. Kennedy had used it as well on civil rights, Vietnam and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even Robert F. Kennedy gave his brother advice on the taping system when they were together in private.
Lyndon Johnson was the only president to have bugged himself from the beginning of his presidency in 1963 to the end of his presidency in 1969. Johnson even feared Robert F. Kennedy for political reasons. J. Edgar Hoover gave his advice about it to Johnson himself.
Even Johnson tape-recorded his conversations with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., for many reasons. Bob McNamara did not even notice that Johnson had taped his conversations over violence in America and the Vietnam War. Even his talks with Clark Clifford were also heard without Clifford’s knowledge.
And then there is Richard Nixon, who after the first two years of what Vietnam did to him, had decided to install a taping system, but with that he used it without the advice of his staff, who went to jail on Watergate.