Taking a Look at the Watergate Scandal

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The late 1960s to the mid-1970s was characterized by political controversy and instability. The Watergate crisis is the most infamous scandal that occurred within those years, and arguably, in American political history. The event occurred in 1972 and it redefined American political culture. Nixon’s involvement in the incident (and other controversies leading up to Watergate) led to a loss of faith in government and a transition to the public’s reliance on the media. However, Watergate's long term positive effects negate its obviously negative reputation. The scandal transformed the ethical environment of politics by yielding a series of progressive changes to government administration. These alterations include the Freedom of Information…show more content…
He removed it, to find that only an hour later it had been replaced. The guard called the police and five men were arrested early that morning. They were found in possession of electronic equipment designed for communication and surveillance. When discovered, they were also carrying cash and wearing surgical gloves. These men intended to obtain sensitive information and photograph important documents. Soon following the first arrest, two more men were arrested with direct links to break in at the democratic national convention. The break-in was initially labelled as a “third-rate burglary” by the White House Press, and the 1972 election passed seamlessly, results uninfluenced by the event. In fact, Nixon was re-elected with the largest popular vote landslide in history. However, as the trial of the Watergate burglary progressed, it soon became evident that the event originated within the White House. One of the men, James McCord was a retired CIA agent, and another, E. Howard Hunt, was a former CIA operative and consultant to the Nixon White House. Another man identified as G. Gordon Liddy, the general counsel to Nixon’s “Committee to Re-elect the President.” Several months after the incident, Nixon was ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to hand over the tapes which continuously recorded conversations inside the Oval Office. Knowing
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