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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:06 AM
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5. Lots of Nixon's friends did all right. His enemies, though...
Not that your grandmother's first cousin was among them.

Here's a bit on how Nixon felt about his enemies and how "W" stands for worse than Nixon:



Bush: Worse Than Nixon

The writer was on Richard Nixon's "enemies list," but Bush's power grab has him really worried.


by Morton H. Halperin

The Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program may have shocked and surprised many Americans when it was revealed in December, but to me, it provoked a case of deja vu.

The Nixon administration bugged my home phone without a warrant beginning in 1973, when I was on the staff of the National Security Council, and kept the wiretap on for 21 months. Why? My boss, national security advisor Henry Kissinger, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover believed that I might have leaked some information to the New York Times. When I left the government a few months later and went to work on Edmund Muskie's presidential campaign (and began actively working to end the war in Vietnam), the FBI continued to listen in and made periodic reports on everything it heard to President Nixon and his closest associates in the White House.

Recent reports that the Bush administration is monitoring political opponents who belong to antiwar groups also sounded familiar to me. I was, after all, No. 8 on Nixon's "enemies list" a curious compilation of 20 people about whom the White House was unhappy because they had disagreed in some way with the administration.

The list, compiled by presidential aide Charles Colson, included union leaders, journalists, Democratic fundraisers and me, among others, and was part of a plan to "use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies," as presidential counsel John Dean explained it in a 1971 memo. I always suspected that I made the list because of my active opposition to the war, though no one ever said for sure (and I never understood what led Colson to write next to my name the provocative words, "a scandal would be helpful here").

CONTINUED...

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0716-27.htm



The actual enemies list (note Congressman John Conyers):



Verbatim text of Colson's original memo (with his comments)

"Having studied the attached material and evaluated the recommendations for the discussed action, I believe you will find my list worthwhile for status. It is in priority order."

    Arnold M. Picker, United Artists Corp., New York; Top Muskie fund raiser. Success here could be both debilitating and very embarrassing to the Muskie machine. If effort looks promising, both Ruth and David Picker should be programmed and then a follow through with United Artists.

    Alexander E. Barkan, national director of A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s Committee on Political Education, Washington, D.C.: Without a doubt the most powerful political force programmed against us in 1968 ($10-million, 4.6 million votes, 115 million pamphlets, 176,000 workersall programmed by Barkan's C.O.P.E.so says Teddy White in The Making of the President 1968). We can expect the same effort this time.

    Ed Guthman, managing editor, Los Angeles Times national editor: Guthman, former Kennedy aide, was a highly sophisticated hatchetman against us in '68. It is obvious he is the prime mover behind the current Key Biscayne effort. It is time to give him the message.

    Maxwell Dane, Doyle, Dane and Bernbach, New York: The top Democratic advertising firm they destroyed Goldwater in '64. They should be hit hard starting with Dane.

    Charles Dyson, Dyson-Kissner Corporation, New York: Dyson and Larry O'Brien were close business associates after '68. Dyson has huge business holdings and is presently deeply involved in the Businessmen's Educational Fund which bankrolls a national radio network of five-minute programs, anti-Nixon in character.

    Howard Stein, Dreyfus Corporation, New York: Heaviest contributor to McCarthy in '68. If McCarthy goes, will do the same in '72. If not, Lindsay or McGovern will receive the funds.

    Allard Lowenstein, Long Island, New York: Guiding force behind the 18-year-old "Dump Nixon" vote drive.

    Morton Halperin, leading executive at Common Cause: A scandal would be most helpful here. (A consultant for Common Cause in February-March 1971) (On staff of Brookings Institution)

    Leonard Woodcock, United Auto Workers, Detroit, Michigan: No comments necessary.

    S. Sterling Munro, Jr., Senator Henry M. Jackson's aide, Silver Spring, Maryland.: We should give him a try. Positive results would stick a pin in Jackson's white hat.

    Bernard T. Feld, president, Council for a Livable World: Heavy far left funding. They will program an "all court press" against us in '72.

    Sidney Davidoff, New York City, Lindsay's top personal aide: a first class S.O.B., wheeler-dealer and suspected bagman. Positive results would really shake the Lindsay camp and Lindsay's plans to capture youth vote. Davidoff in charge.

    John Conyers, congressman, Detroit: Coming on fast. Emerging as a leading black anti-Nixon spokesman. Has known weakness for white females.

    Samuel M. Lambert, president, National Education Association: Has taken us on vis-a-vis federal aid to parochial schools a '72 issue.

    Stewart Rawlings Mott, Mott Associates New York: Nothing but big money for radic-lib candidates.

    Ronald Dellums, congressman, California: Had extensive EMK-Tunney support in his election bid. Success might help in California next year.

    Daniel Schorr, Columbia Broadcasting System, Washington: A real media enemy.

    S. Harrison Dogole, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: President of Globe Security Systems fourth largest private detective agency in U.S. Heavy Humphrey contributor. Could program his agency against us.

    Paul Newman, California: Radic-lib causes. Heavy McCarthy involvement '68. Used effectively in nationwide T.V. commercials. '72 involvement certain.

    Mary McGrory, Washington columnist: Daily hate Nixon articles.

    SOURCE:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon\'s_Enemies_List#Verb...



Like friends, you can tell a lot about a man by his enemies. Thanks for sharing that story, hfojvt.
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