Adam Liptak has a nice piece
today based on Dick Cheney's handwritten notes from the Ford Administration:
RETURNING to the White House after the Memorial Day weekend in 1975, the young aide Dick Cheney found himself handling a First Amendment showdown. The New York Times had published an article by Seymour M. Hersh about an espionage program, and the White House chief of staff, Donald H. Rumsfeld, was demanding action.
Out came the yellow legal pad, and in his distinctively neat, deliberate hand, Mr. Cheney laid out the âproblem,â âgoalsâ while addressing it, and âoptions.â These last included âStart FBI investigation â with or w/o public announcement. As targets include NYT, Sy Hersh, potential govât sources.â
Another option was immediate grand jury indictments of the New York Times
The more things change . . .