The History Channel stated that Nixon administration actively used anti-drug law to get rid of anti war activists. Is it true?

  • Can you clarify how this allegedly happened? In other words, what do they mean by using besides applying an existing law?
    – Sklivvz
    Jan 5, 2014 at 17:24
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    It might help to link to the programme making the allegation so we can check it.
    – matt_black
    Jan 5, 2014 at 18:45
  • Could you provide more details on the source, what show/series it was and what episode of it. If a link to a lawful online copy is available, it would be best.
    – SIMEL
    Jan 5, 2014 at 18:46
  • I can't find the History Channel show. Many of it inaccessible now. But there some article about Nixon war against heroin addict Vietnam war veterans who opposed the war: likethedew.com/2011/03/26/…
    – alex
    Jan 5, 2014 at 20:39
  • From the link above: "Nixon exploited the belief that marijuana and LSD were the cause of rebellion among white youth..."
    – alex
    Jan 5, 2014 at 20:49

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Apparently it is true. Interview with John Erlichman:


I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.


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