Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. The scandal resulted in the resignation of a president and produced profound changes in the American political system, including a distrust of the political process.
Watergate was the defining moment of its time. Today it’s the war on terrorism and President Bush has loosened the reigns on intelligence gathering that was rooted in the Watergate era.
In this hour, have Watergate reforms faded away and at what price to democracy? What is the enduring legacy of the bungled break-in that toppled a president?
Stanley Kutler, author of “The Wars of Watergate” and “Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes”
Hon. Gerald Alch, represented James McCord in the Watergate trial