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January 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Political accountability

Cause and effect

Yes, there are important things that need to be fixed. But I hope they don’t eliminate the need to hold lawbreakers accountable.

When former President Richard Nixon illegally tried to cover up the Watergate break-in, he wasn’t held accountable.

This set the stage for former President Ronald Reagan, who traded weapons for the release of U.S. hostages. He wasn’t held accountable, which in turn set the stage for President George W. Bush to knowingly violate the law by wiretapping citizens without first getting a warrant.

If Bush isn’t held accountable, will that set the stage for someone in the future?

— Don Franks, Burien

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