Worse Than Watergate:
John W. Dean
Worse Than Watergate:
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Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
by John W. Dean

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JOHN DEAN
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Before becoming Counsel to the President of the United States in July 1970 at age thirty-one, John Dean was Chief Minority Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, the Associate Director of a law reform commission, and Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He served as Richard Nixon's White House lawyer for a thousand days.

He did his undergraduate studies at Colgate University and the College of Wooster, with majors in English Literature and Political Science. He received a graduate fellowship from American University to study government and the presidency, before entering Georgetown University Law Center, where he received his JD in 1965.

John has written many articles on law, government,and politics. He has recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, Blind Ambition (1976) and Lost Honor (1982). John Lives in Beverly Hills, California with his wife Maureen. He works as a writer, lecturer, and private investment banker.

In 2001 he published "The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment that Redefined the Supreme Court;" in 2002 he published an e-book "Unmasking Deep Throat;" and in early 2004, Warren G. Harding. His newest book is "Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush."
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Bush's Attack On Richard Clarke and His Laudable New Book:
The Press and the Government Collaborate to Violate Journalistic Ethics, But Their Gambit Backfires
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean discusses Richard Clarke's recent book, Against All Enemies: Inside America's War On Terror, and the backlash it has triggered. Dean criticizes Fox News for releasing an off-the-record backgrounder done by Clarke, and criticizes, as well, those who have suggested that the book and the backgrounder conflict; in fact, Dean argues, the two are entirely consistent.
Monday, Apr. 05, 2004

A Closer Look At The Case From Which Justice Scalia Has Refused To Recuse Himself:
The Momentous Stakes, and the Larger Political Context
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean offers a new take on the controversy over Justice Antonin Scalia's refusal to recuse himself from a case involving his fellow duck hunter and dinner companion, Vice President Dick Cheney. Dean focus not on the recusal issue itself but on the underlying case, asking: Why does Scalia want to vote on this case, in particular? And with Scalia's vote, what is the outcome at the Court likely to be?
Friday, Mar. 26, 2004

Defaming The Dead:
A Legal Remedy for Absurd Charges That LBJ Murdered JFK
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean criticizes the common law rule that defamation suits may not be brought on behalf of dead persons whose reputations have been attacked. Dean also suggests, however, that other legal avenues may be open for those who seek to mend such reputational damage. Dean takes as a case in point the explosive, and dubious charge that LBJ was involved in a conspiracy to murder JFK. If this charge is false, is there a remedy for the harm it has caused to LBJ's widow Lady Bird, his daughters, and to his lasting reputation? Dean explains what the legal options are.
Friday, Mar. 12, 2004

How Do Washington SuperLawyers Work?
The Inside Scoop, As Revealed By David McKean's New Biography Of Tommy Corcoran
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean discusses the fascinating character of the Washington "SuperLawyer," as exemplified by FDR-administration player Tommy Corcoran. Relying on David McKean's recently-released biography of Corcoran -- as well as McKean's earlier book on Clark Clifford -- Dean draws a portrait of the Washington SuperLawyer as powerful, influential and at times, corrupt.
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004

President Bush's New Iraq Commission Won't Be Investigating the Key WMD Issue:
How the Executive Order Fatally Limits Their Agenda
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean takes a close look both at President Bush's announcement of a new Commission relating to intelligence on weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and the Executive Order setting the Commission's agenda. Dean contends that the Order inappropriately limits the Commission's agenda, with the result that the Commission it will never address the question on most voters' minds -- whether WMD evidence was distorted or exaggerated by the Bush Administration. He also compares and contrasts the Commission with other similar bodies Presidents have created over our history.
Friday, Feb. 13, 2004

A Must Read Book That Explains Rubinomics, and Much More:
Robert Rubin and Jacob Weisberg's In An Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington
FindLaw book reviewer and former counsel to the President John Dean makes the case that Robert Rubin's new memoir (written with Jacob Weisberg) of his Clinton Administration days is not only excellent, but a true must read. Dean contends that the book persuasively establishes the virtues not only of Rubin's economic judgment, but also of President Clinton's. He also argues that President Bush's economic decisionmaking compares unfavorably to that of both Rubin and Clinton.
Friday, Feb. 06, 2004

The Leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson's Identity:
Why Competing Congressional and Special Counsel Investigations Will Inevitably Cause Problems
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean argues that there will eventually be a clash between the Special Counsel and Congressional investigations of the leak of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. To prove his point, Dean draws upon historic examples from two scandals: Abscam and Iran-Contra.
Friday, Jan. 30, 2004

The U.S. Supreme Court and The Imperial Presidency
How President Bush Is Testing the Limits of His Presidential Powers
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean discusses five cases before the Supreme Court that will test the reach of Executive power; at least four are likely to be decided this Term, and thus to play a role in 2004 election politics. Dean surveys the various issues the cases raise -- most of them related to the "war on terror." He also makes a provocative comparison between President Nixon's, and President Bush's, respective tendencies to test the bounds of Executive power at the Supreme Court.
Friday, Jan. 16, 2004

Why Did Attorney General Ashcroft Remove Himself From The Valerie Plame Wilson Leak Investigation?
Signs that a Key Witness May Have Come Forward
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean discusses a Washington, D.C. investigation that, as he notes, has lately been heating up -- with the possibility of grand jury proceedings to come. The investigation probes the sources of the leak, by two senior Administration officials to columnist Robert Novak, of Valerie Plame Wilson's status as a covert CIA agent. Dean contends that the progress of the investigation -- including Attorney General Ashcroft's decision to recuse himself -- strongly suggests that at least one key witness has already come forward to cooperate with the government.
Tuesday, Jan. 06, 2004

The Ominous Omnibus Appropriations Bill
Why Senators Daschle and Byrd Were Right to Decry The Lowdown, Dirty Tactics That Led to It
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the president John Dean discusses the strange process that led to the currently pending omnibus appropriations bill. Dean raises a number of critique of Congress's procedures with respect to the bill, and argues that it should ultimately be carefully considered before being voted upon, and should not pass by "unanimous consent."
Friday, Dec. 19, 2003

Making War Unnecessary
An Interview with Dr. David Hamburg
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean interviews Dr. David Hamburg, author of the book No More Killing Fields; president emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation; and eminent expert on conflict resolution. Dean and Hamburg discuss alternatives to wars, ways of preventing deadly conflicts, including diplomatic means, and the role of democracy in conflict resolution.
Friday, Dec. 05, 2003

An Early Assessment by Leading Presidential Scholars of George W. Bush's Presidency
Part Two
In Part Two of a two-part series of columns, FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean discusses additional points raised by a recent book of essays that consider the current Bush Presidency from a number of different vantage points. Among the topics considered are President Bush's relationship to the press and to the public, his legislative strategy, and his standing in opinion polls.
Friday, Nov. 21, 2003

An Early Assessment By Leading Presidential Scholars
of George W. Bush's Presidency: Part One
In Part One of a two-part series, FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John W. Dean discusses a recent book compiling a set of essays that resulted from a conference held at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson school. The essays consider the current Bush Presidency from a number of differnet vantage points, and often find it wanting -- though they also disprove some oft-voiced criticisms of the President.
Friday, Nov. 07, 2003

Has George W. Bush Met His Own Ken Starr?
Presidential Lies, Those Who Expose Them, and How We Ought to Judge Among Them
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean discusses the history of Presidential lies, past and present, and argues that not only has our current President been lying, but his lies are very serious indeed. To make his case, Dean draws on two important sources -- Nation editor David Corn's The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception and James Pfiffner's essay on Presidential lying for The Presidential Studies Quarterly.
Friday, Oct. 24, 2003

A Further Look At The Criminal ChargesThat May Arise From the Plame Scandal, In Which a CIA Agent's Cover Was Blown
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean follows up on his earlier column relating to the disclosure -- apparently by two senior Bush Administration officials -- of Valerie Plame Wilson' s status as a covert CIA operative. Plame is the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, who told the truth about the bogus claim relating to Saddam Hussein and Niger uranium. Dean previously argued that the disclosure itself could be criminal; now he argues, in addition, that exploiting the disclosure, as some Bush Administration officials allegedly have done, may also be a crime.
Friday, Oct. 10, 2003

Bush's Unofficial Official Secrets Act:
How the Justice Department Has Pushed to Criminalize The Disclosure of Non-Security Related Government Information
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean argues that a recent Atlanta federal prosecution is evidence of a troubling recent Department of Justice strategy of criminalizing leaks of government information to the news media. Dean contends that since Congress has, over the years, declined to pass an Official Secrets Act, such prosecutions -- which have serious free speech costs -- should not be occurring. Drawing on both history and law, he argues that the laws invoked to support the recent indictment are being misapplied.
Friday, Sep. 26, 2003

Grassroots Opposition to Rights-Infringing Antiterrorism Tactics
Why the ACLU's Model Resolution Is Dangerous and Should Be Revised
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John W. Dean applauds local efforts to protect the Bill of Rights even during the war on terrorism -- including city council resolutions to this effect. But he warns, as well, that unless such resolutions are carefully framed, they may pose serious risks of prosecution for the city council members who enact them, and the police who follow them, for they may count as obstruction of justice. Dean takes issue with the ACLU's model resolution for this reason.
Friday, Sep. 12, 2003

GAO's Final Energy Task Force Report Reveals that the Vice President Made A False Statement to Congress
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean carefully analyzes the General Accounting Office's recent report, "Energy Task Force: Process Used to Develop the National Energy Policy." Despite the report's dry title and tone, Dean contends, it contains bombshells -- such as evidence that Vice President Dick Cheney made a false statement to Congress concerning the White House's production of Energy Task Force-related documents to GAO.
Friday, Aug. 29, 2003

The Bush Administration Adopts a Worse-than-Nixonian Tactic:
The Deadly Serious Crime Of Naming CIA Operatives
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean discusses legal aspects of the recent controversy about the disclosure -- apparently by two senior Administration officials -- of Valerie Plame Wilson' s status as a covert CIA operative. Plame is the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, who told the truth about the bogus claim relating to Saddam Hussein and Niger uranium. Dean argues that the disclosures are likely criminal, pursuant to several federal statutes.
Friday, Aug. 15, 2003

The 9/11 Report Raises More Serious Questions About The White House Statements On Intelligence
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John Dean discusses the recently released Report of the Joint Congressional Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11. Dean argues -- drawing on statements made by Condoleezza Rice -- that the report supports one of two disturbing conclusions. One is that the White House, despite its denials, knew terrorists might fly airplanes into skyscrapers. The other is that the CIA possessed this information, but failed to give it to the White House. Dean suggests the fault is more likely to lie with the White House, than the CIA.
Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2003

A Timely Account of the Key Supreme Court Military Tribunals Precedent: A Review of Louis Fisher's Nazi Saboteurs on Trial
FindLaw columnist, FindLaw book reviewer, and former counsel to the President John Dean assesses prolific author Louis Fisher's most recent work, Nazi Saboteurs on Trial. The book details the history behind Ex Parte Quirin, the key Supreme Court precedent upon which the Bush Administration has relied for the authority to convene military tribunals in the war on terrorism. Dean explains why the book's lessons suggest Quirin may not be the type of precedent the Court ought to follow.
Friday, Jul. 25, 2003

Why A Special Prosecutor's Investigation Is Needed To Sort Out the Niger Uranium And Related WMDs Mess
FindLaw columnist and former counsel to the President John W. Dean calls on President Bush to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the apparent falsity of eight statements in the President's January 28 State of the Union address. The statements relate to the case for war against Saddam Hussein, and in particular, to Saddam's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Dean analyzes each statement and, insofar as documents have been declassified or otherwise made public, examines the basis for its inclusion in the State of the Union.
Friday, Jul. 18, 2003

Defamation Immunity On The Internet:
An Evolving Body Of Law Has Been Stretched Beyond Its Limits
FindLaw columnist and former Counsel to the President John Dean discusses an important recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit relating to liability, and immunity, for defamation on the Internet. Dean argues that the majority was wrong to interpret a federal statute to grant immunity to a defendant who published in his Internet news


 


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