RICHARDSON VS THE UNITED STATES
Mussolini Also Smiled - or - This Ain't No Athenian Democracy
Our rancorous take on a suit brought to open the federal budget books to the public, initiated by an ordinary man with extraordinary tenacity, and with a disturbing outcome. A follow up piece on this article, centered on Ed Koch and CIA DCI Dick Helms in coffee clatch, is here.
ED KOCH: DELAYED FUSE COURAGE
About the same time William Richardson was filing his original suit against the United States government to spill the beans about where our tax money goes, Ed Koch visited Dick Helms (then DCI CIA) with other then-freshman congressmen in a friendly coffee clatch to herald the CIA's newly announced "open door" policy. Twenty five years later, in an act of delayed-fuse indignant courage, Ed tells all.