President Nixon 's The Watergate Scandal

1777 Words Jul 3rd, 2015 8 Pages
When placed in the overall context of President Nixon’s administration, the Watergate Scandal is perhaps less surprising due to the attitudes and actions that were present throughout his time as president. Throughout his presidency, Nixon the press as an enemy of his administration and he sought to keep many of his actions a secret from the American people. He strongly detested leaks from his administration as he felt that an exposure of his actions to the general public would hurt him. In order to preserve the secrecy of his administration, Nixon greatly elevated surveillance and other information gathering programs within his administration, often ignoring the legal boundaries that they may have been crossing. Nixon’s obsession with the press led him to extensively use the agencies at his control (i.e. the CIA, FBI, IRS, NSA, and the DIA), to monitor journalists and other people that he thought could harm his administration. Although previous presidents had used surveillance and information gathering programs, he greatly exceeded his predecessors in both the scope and volume of the programs he used. Nixon eventually became dissatisfied with the intelligence agencies (the CIA and FBI) as he viewed their unwillingness to break the law at his orders and to do so quickly as an issue that prevented him from effectively leading his presidency. Because of Helms’s and Hoover’s refusal to fully cooperate, Nixon looked to people such as his aide ,John Ehrlichman, and people…
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