The Bodyguards: Shadows And Shields

As scandal was swallowing his presidency, Richard Nixon sometimes liked to be taken on long drives around Washington. In the privacy of his limousine, he would discuss Watergate with his closest advisers. It never occurred to him to be concerned that his Secret Service bodyguard, who heard everything from his perch in the front seat, might be forced to testify against him. And the bodyguard never was.

Life in Washington is more complicated these days. Bill Clinton's chief bodyguard, Larry Cockell, the special agent in charge of the presidential-protection division, took himself off the job last week after Chief Justice William...

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