President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list" of political opponents became public knowledge during the Watergate hearings. Nixon Counsel and soon-to-be-convicted-felon John Dean said the purpose was to figure out “how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.”

There were 20 names in the original 1971 memo, compiled by White House special counsel Charles Colson, but a larger list was later developed, naming everyone from senators to journalists to celebrities to … well, it was a long list, let’s just say. 

Soon, appearing on the list became a badge of honor for those named. And for those not on the list? “I would almost have preferred a vindictive tax audit to that kind of crippling exclusion,” said Hunter S. Thompson, in The Great Shark Hunt.

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President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list" of political opponents became public knowledge during the Watergate hearings. Nixon Counsel and soon-to-be-convicted-felon John Dean said the purpose was to figure out “how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.”

There were 20 names in the original 1971 memo, compiled by White House special counsel Charles Colson, but a larger list was later developed, naming everyone from senators to journalists to celebrities to … well, it was a long list, let’s just say.

Soon, appearing on the list became a badge of honor for those named. And for those not on the list? “I would almost have preferred a vindictive tax audit to that kind of crippling exclusion,” said Hunter S. Thompson, in The Great Shark Hunt.

Button from Legacy Americana

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