Current US Nixonian Dirty Tricks
January 14, 2011
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN Jared Lee Loughner was motivated by his political views to shoot Rep. Gifford and others last week.
Nixon tried to exploit the assassination attempt on Wallace for political gain. Photo: Police detain Arthur Bremer after the shooting in 1972.
"Based on what I know, this is a criminal defendant who was in some ways motivated by his own political views, who had a particular animus toward the congresswoman," Clinton said. "And I think when you cross the line from expressing opinions that are of conflicting differences in our political environment into taking action, that's violent action, that's a hallmark of extremism, whether it comes from the right, the left, from al Qaeda, from anarchists, whoever it is. That is a form of extremism. So yes, I think that when you're a criminal who is in some way pursuing criminal activity connected to — however bizarre and poorly thought through — your political views, that's a form of extremism."
Clinton's remarks follow the same script used by other government officials and the corporate media. Even though there is scant evidence Loughner was driven to kill by politics, the media and government continue to push the line that he was some sort of political extremist. They are determined to exploit this tragic event for political reasons. Obama's speech in Tucson and the audience's inappropriate response to it once again reveals that the government is not beyond exploiting such events for political gain. The corporate media's effort to portray Loughner as a follower of the Tea Party also demonstrates how far the establishment will go to use the event to discredit political opposition. In the infamous Nixon tapes, the president discusses using the assassination attempt as a dirty trick.
If you doubt the government is capable of such shameless exploitation, consider the case of Nixon and Arthur Bremer, the man who attempted to kill Alabama governor George Wallace in 1972.
The Nixon tapes reveal a shrewd effort by the president to spin the assassination attempt and make Bremer out to be a Democrat party supporter.
"Put a call in immediately to [White House Deputy Director of Communications Kenneth] Clawson, or somebody [...] to the effect that the first reports of the [Bremer] interrogation [are] that a McGovern/Kennedy person did this. Know what I mean? Rumors are going to flow all over the place. Put it on the left right away," Nixon told his staff. He later instructed his people to say Bremer "was a supporter of McGovern and Kennedy. Now just put that out. Just say you have it on 'unmistakable evidence.'"