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Watergate crook Colson honored by Bush

Thumbing his nose at the country, President Bush awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to convicted felon Chuck Colson. Colson, who was Nixon’s lawyer during Watergate, has been described as the “evil genius” of the Nixon administration. He tried to hire thugs to beat up anti-war demonstrators, plotted to firebomb the Brookings institution, and was eventually convicted of obstruction of justice for interfering with the trial of Daniel Ellsberg.

After prison, Colson predictably turned to religion, forming the “Prison Fellowship” which is supposedly supports prisoners and their victims, but also is active politically, advocating for privately run prisons and turning all government social programs over to faith-based groups. Colson has worked with Pat Robertson and James Dobson on the development of political strategy. As for his religious views, he was a strong supporter of the invasion of Iraq, and more recently he spoke out in support of California’s Proposition 8, accusing the LGBT community of “anti-religious bigotry”.

How ironic is it for a convicted felon and unrepentant domestic terrorist to receive the Presidential Citizens Award from Bush?

From Think Progress.



  1. I am always amazed at what ALL Presidents do in the final days in office. They people they honor or pardon always is interesting and amazing to me.

    Political Disgust

    Monday, December 15, 2008 at 10:51 am | Permalink
  2. Irony IS the logic of the Bush administration. Everything is backwards! I thought certainly by now that you guys would have the shoe throwing incident up here by now…ha! I’m sure it will be posted any minute now.

    Monday, December 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm | Permalink
  3. Karin wrote:

    I am waiting for the outcry from the republican party that Bush is palling around with terrorists.
    Still waiting…
    Any minute now…

    Monday, December 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm | Permalink
  4. Mr. Colson made some huge mistakes. He went to prison and has admitted and owned up to them. His life after prison helping thousands of men, women and children speaks volumes on what good a person can do in the world after they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get back in the game. I say, good work Mr. Colson.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink