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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

E. Howard Hunt,

MIAMI -- E. Howard Hunt, who helped organize the Watergate break-in, leading to the greatest scandal in American political history and the downfall of Richard Nixon's presidency, has died. He was 88.

Hunt eventually spent 33 months in prison on a conspiracy charge, and said he was bitter that he was sent to jail while Nixon was allowed to resign.

Scooter Libby is still alive, awaiting his punishment for carefully following the orders of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney and leaking certain information to the press. Rove and Cheney hatched the idea of outing Valerie Plame as a punishment for her husband Joe Wilson. Wilson, you will recall, had the audacity to release information from his fact finding mission to Nigeria to determine if they sold yellowcake to Saddam Hussein.

It's about dishonesty. Supressing information can be as bad as lying. It all began with supressing Joe Wilsons information. He (Wilson) wrote an article that was published in the New York Times thus working against the white house efforts to start a war. They (the white house) made the decision to release information that we (the American people) need to supress, the identity of our CIA agents. Plame and Wilson and the press wanted to know who released this information to the public. Then Libby and Rove and Cheney and all the rest of them began lying.

It is indeed a tangled web. The lesson for the science minded person is that honesty is not just about fact and fiction. It's about selecting data that fits your bias. You may begin by ingoring a piece of data that doesn't fit your hypothesis. Next you may get more agressive and try to discredit people who disagree with you. If that fails you will end up lying. A true scientist must work very hard from the beginning to stay off of this path. At all points you must keep your eyes open to make sure you haven't strayed onto it. Otherwise you are no better than a politician.

RIP Howard Hunt. Libby will carry the torch of dirty rotten scoundrels like yourself who lie and cheat to protect our highest ranking politicians. Let's hope Scooter gets at least 33 months for his part in starting the Iraq war. At least you, Howard, didn't do as much harm as Scooter.

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