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To Tell the Truth (9 of 10)
Series: The Demand of Command
Exodus 20; John 8:43-45
March 13, 1994
On Saturday morning, June 17, 1972, a security guard by the name of Frank Willis was making his appointed rounds at his office building in Washington, D.C. He noticed that a piece of tape had been placed to cover the catch on a door lock between the building and the garage. He removed the tape and continued his work. Later on, he noticed the door lock had once again been retaped.
Frank Willis called the police, who searched the building and found five men in business dress on the sixth floor in an office. The five men wore surgical gloves and were in the process of investigating the file draws and their contents. No one realized at this point that the "gentlemen burglars" were in the process of creating what later became known as the Watergate Affair.
Richard Nixon's press secretary, Ronald Ziegler, labeled it a "third-rate burglary." The end result was anything but third rate. It became a first-rate drama that saw the White House attempt to distance itself from the break-in and try to obstruct justice by having the CIA tell the FBI not to investigate any further. History tells us that many top White House officials, including the Chief of Staff, the White House lawyer and Attorney General, went to jail, while on August 8, 1974, President Nixon told the nation that he would resign.
Even as I speak, the White Water controversy swirls around Bill and Hillary Clinton, and unsettling questions are arising over Vince Fostor's (Bill Clinton's friend since the first grade) tragic suicide. Polls show that Americans do not trust what they are being told, and once again, all politicians will pay the price.
Lies, liars and lying. It seems as if we all face these dangers, not only from others but also from ourselves.
(The Spectator article -- September 11, 1993)
I. You can lie ...
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