While Nixon Campaigned, FBI Watched John Lennon By Adam Cohen
CN Source: New York Times September 24, 2006 USA  

In December 1971, John Lennon sang at an Ann Arbor, Mich., concert calling for the release of a man who had been given 10 years in prison for possessing two marijuana cigarettes. The song he wrote for the occasion, “John Sinclair,” was remarkably effective. Within days, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered Mr. Sinclair released.

What Lennon did not know at the time was that there were F.B.I. informants in the audience taking notes on everything from the attendance (15,000) to the artistic merits of his new song. (“Lacking Lennon’s usual standards,” his F.B.I. file reports, and “Yoko can’t even remain on key.”) The government spied on Lennon for the next 12 months, and tried to have him deported to England.

This improbable surveillance campaign is the subject of a new documentary, “The U.S. vs. John Lennon.” The film makes two important points about domestic surveillance, one well-known, the other quite surprising. With the nation in the midst of a new domestic spying debate, the story is a cautionary tale.

It focuses on the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, when the former Beatle used his considerable fame and charisma to oppose the Vietnam War. Lennon attracted worldwide attention in 1969 when he and Yoko Ono married and held their much-publicized “bed-ins” in Amsterdam and Montreal, giving interviews about peace from under their honeymoon sheets. Lennon put to music a simple catch phrase — “All we are saying is give peace a chance” — and the antiwar movement had its anthem. Two years later, he released “Imagine.”

The government responded with an extensive surveillance program. Lennon’s F.B.I. files — which are collected in the book “Gimme Some Truth” by Jon Wiener — reveal that the bureau was monitoring everything from his appearance on “The Mike Douglas Show” to far more personal matters, like the whereabouts of Ono’s daughter from a previous marriage.

The F.B.I.’s surveillance of Lennon is a reminder of how easily domestic spying can become unmoored from any legitimate law enforcement purpose. What is more surprising, and ultimately more unsettling, is the degree to which the surveillance turns out to have been intertwined with electoral politics. At the time of the John Sinclair rally, there was talk that Lennon would join a national concert tour aimed at encouraging young people to get involved in politics — and at defeating President Nixon, who was running for re-election. There were plans to end the tour with a huge rally at the Republican National Convention.

The F.B.I.’s timing is noteworthy. Lennon had been involved in high-profile antiwar activities going back to 1969, but the bureau did not formally open its investigation until January 1972 — the year of Nixon’s re-election campaign. In March, just as the presidential campaign was heating up, the Immigration and Naturalization Service refused to renew Lennon’s visa, and began deportation proceedings. Nixon was re-elected in November, and a month later, the F.B.I. closed its investigation.

If Lennon was considering actively opposing Nixon’s re-election, the spying and the threat of deportation had their intended effect. In May, he announced that he would not be part of any protest activities at the Republican National Convention, and he did not actively participate in the presidential campaign.

After revelations about the many domestic spying abuses of the 1960’s and 1970’s — including the wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr. — new restrictions were put in place. But these protections are being eroded today, with the president’s claim of sweeping new authority to pursue the war on terror.

Critics of today’s domestic surveillance object largely on privacy grounds. They have focused far less on how easily government surveillance can become an instrument for the people in power to try to hold on to power. “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” would be a sobering film at any time, but it is particularly so right now. It is the story not only of one man being harassed, but of a democracy being undermined.

Complete Title: While Nixon Campaigned, the F.B.I. Watched John Lennon

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Just What The Jewish Doctor Ordered?

"You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?

"You're enough of a pro," Nixon tells Shafer, "to know that for you to come out with something that would run counter to what the Congress feels and what the country feels, and what we're planning to do, would make your commission just look bad as hell."

- Richard Milhouse Nixon

"Marijuana does not lead to physical dependency, although some evidence indicates that the heavy, long-term users may develop a psychological dependence on the drug"
The Shafer Commission of 1970

Tricky Dick's guide to drinking and toking In newly released transcripts, Richard Nixon and Art Linkletter struggle to fathom the differences between demon rum and dope.
 
Outside View: Nixon Tapes Pot Shocker
One can imagine Nixon's surprise when rumors began circulating in early '71 that the "L-word" was on the table. He responded curtly at his next press conference: "Even if the Commission does recommend that it be legalized, I will not follow that recommendation.

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Once-Secret Nixon Tapes Show Why US Outlawed Pot
Thirty years ago the United States came to a critical juncture in the drug war. A Nixon-appointed presidential commission had recommended that marijuana use not be a criminal offense under state or federal law. But Nixon himself, based on his zealous personal preferences, overruled the commission's research and doomed marijuana to its current illegal status.  This newly revealed information comes from declassified tapes of Oval Office conversations from 1971 and 1972, which show Nixon's aggressive anti-drug stance putting him directly at odds against many of his close advisors.

Transcripts of the tape
Nixon's private comments about marijuana showed he was the epitome of misinformation and prejudice. He believed marijuana led to hard drugs, despite the evidence to the contrary. He saw marijuana as tied to "radical demonstrators." He believed that "the Jews," especially "Jewish psychiatrists" were behind advocacy for legalization, asking advisor Bob Haldeman, "What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?" He made a bizarre distinction between marijuana and alcohol, saying people use marijuana "to get high" while "a person drinks to have fun."

Nixon Launched The 30 Years' War as Election Issue 

Just What Was He Smoking? 

Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist.
- Richard Milhouse Nixon

Book Says Nixon Took Mood-Altering Drug 

Tricky Dick.
Too bad that Nixon didn't choose cannabis instead of Dilantin as his preferred drug.
Ethan Russo, MD September 09, 2000

"To say that the [Bush-Cheney] secret presidency is undemocratic is an understatement. I'm anything but skittish about government, but I must say this administration is truly scary and, given the times we live in, frighteningly dangerous."
-  former Nixon White House counsel JOHN DEAN

COINTELPRO

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J. Edgar Hoover,
Director of FBI for half a century (1924-1972)

"Listen, if anything happens to Yoko and me,
it was not an accident."

John Lennon

Was John Lennon shot for his cannabis activism?

"Laurel and Hardy, that's John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise because all the serious people like Martin Luther King and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot."
-- John Lennon

Rethinking John Lennon's Assassination by Salvador Astucia
The FBI's War on Rock Stars (April 2004)

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If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government's ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.
President Bill Clinton, August 12, 1993

Wallstreet's Spontaneous Abortionists
The timing and types of pesticide exposures are critical determinants of reproductive outcomes, according to a recently published study by Canadian researchers. The study examined pesticide exposures based on recall by farm families and reported histories of spontaneous abortions among women living on the farms. The study found strong evidence that a woman’s exposure to pesticides in the three months prior to conception or in the month of conception significantly increased her risk of spontaneous abortion.

Hemp can also be grown without the pesticides that are necessary for cultivation of other textiles and paper products, such as cotton which requires large amounts of pesticides and today is the most polluting of all agricultural industries. Cotton production, in fact, accounts for half the pesticide use in the US, and that product is one of the major products for which hemp could be substituted.

Bushit Rumcheney Cocktail:Fascist Nationalism and MKULTRA

Bush's War on Pot

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Anslinger-Bush-Hearst-Nixon-Hitler- Jüs Déjå vü!!!

Special Release
30 Years After Nixon's Marijuana Commission Advocated Decriminalization,
Report Findings Are Still Valid, Nixon Never Read His Own Report, President Bush Should


March 22nd marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the report of the so-called "Shafer Commission" -- the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse -- whose members were appointed by then-President Richard Nixon. The Shafer Commission's (named after commission Chair, Gov. Raymond Shafer of Pennsylvania) 1972 report, entitled "Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding," boldly proclaimed that "neither the marihuana user nor the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to public safety" and recommended Congress and state legislatures decriminalize the use and casual distribution of marijuana for personal use.

Nixon Commission Report Advising Decriminalization of Marijuana Celebrates 30th Anniversary
 
"You can't depend on the man who made the mess to clean it up."
- Richard Nixon

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Shafer Commission (US federal government, 1973) 

Drug Use in America: Problem in Perspective
National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse.
Nixon, Marijuana, and the Shafer Commission
 
1972 US Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding
US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse
 
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1995 The Blacklisted Journalist
(In which I introduce the Beatles to both Bob Dylan and the evil weed, something that makes me believe THE '60S WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THE SAME WITHOUT ME)

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The Blacklisted Journalist shares a joint with Beatle George Harrison at George's castle, Friar Park, in England's Henley-on-Thames during their potsmoking days.
(Photo courtesy of Pattie Harrison)

Bad, black day at Montagu Square
John Lennon Busted
In chapter 16 of his auto-biography "As time goes by" Derek Taylor gives the Apple perspective of the day John Lennon was busted (18th October 1968)

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Marijuana Arrests For Year 2005 -- 786,545 
September 18, 2006 - Washington, DC, USA

Tops Record High...
Pot Smokers Arrested In America At A Rate Of One Every 40 Seconds.


NORML's report
"Crimes of Indiscretion: Marijuana Arrests in the United States"  

YEAR --ARRESTS
2005 -- 786,545
2004 -- 771,608
2003 -- 755,187
2002 -- 697,082
2001 -- 723,627
2000 -- 734,498
1999 -- 704,812
1998 -- 682,885
1997 -- 695,200
1996 -- 641,642
1995 -- 588,963
1994 -- 499,122
1993 -- 380,689
1992 -- 342,314
1991 -- 287,850
1990 -- 326,850
norml.org

Yeah, the Free Mexican Air Force is flyin' tonight
It is not marijuana destroying the minds of the young.  But confusion continued for power and greed in all forms.  Well, the borders of evil will fall to the smugglers of light.  We're the Free Mexican Air Force and we're flyin' tonight!  In San Antonio they tell me that power and money are one.  They can buy us or sell you to keep you afraid, on the run.  But no one can stop us! My vision is clearly in sight.  And the Free Mexican Air Force, Mescalito riding his white horse, Yeah the Free Mexican Air Force is flyin' tonight!!!

Shocking! Willie Nelson Busted for Pot

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The Official GREEN PANTHERS!
Home Page & Republic of Ganjastan ...
 
"Green Panthers" manifesto 

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Thomas King Forcade (1945-1978) 

What HT is all about 

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cannabisculture.com

The Great Marijuana Hoax By Allen Ginsberg

Reefer Madness By Abbie Hoffman

Abbie Hoffman - Wake Up America!

The Abbie List

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jackherer.com

Welcome to Reality
Safe Sacramental Cannabis, Food, Fuel, Fiber, FARM-aceuticals
Hardrug, Booze & Petro-Chem Alternative


Cheech and Chong.com

NORML: Free Tommy Chong!

"They say you can't legislate morality. Well, you certainly can."
John Ashcroft Chicago Tribune May 25, 1998

Pipe Dreams: Serving Time for The Politics of Pot By Jennifer Merin
CN Source: New York Press June 14, 2006  New York

TOMMY CHONG: Whatcha in for, man?
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Dealing in drugs and being an addict. I bought synthetic opiate painkillers illegally and became addicted to them.
CHONG: Really? Rush Limbaugh an addict? Wow!
LIMBAUGH: What are you in for?
CHONG: Selling glass.
LIMBAUGH: Grass?
CHONG: No, glass. With an 'L'
Like everything funny, there is great truth to that little skit. Tommy Chong, at 65, is in prison for six months for selling marijuana bongs over the Internet. He shouldn't be in prison. Limbaugh is not going to serve a day in jail. He shouldn't, either.

Marijuana: the law vs. 12 million people
Life magazine Oct 31, 1969. 25-35

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In an ironic twist, Kubby was once roommates with one of the 1970s pop culture marijuana icons, Cheech Marin. Decades ago, Kubby said he was pretty straight and hanging out with Marin while the two attended Cal State Northridge.

"Cheech came to visit me when I learned I had as little as six months to live," Kubby said. "I smoked pot with him and to my complete astonishment my symptoms were gone for a day or two. It brought my blood pressure down. It was unbelievable to me."
Steve and Cheech/kubby.com

Ganja/hemp lnfolinx

"You're asking the government to control individual morality. This is a government that can't buy a toilet seat for under $600."
-- Peter McWilliams

The Ganjawar Fraud...

The Drug War Refugees

Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia

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In 1972, Timothy Leary (center) was brought to justice by DEA Special Agents Don Strange (right) and Howard Safir (left).  Leary, a psychology instructor; was fired from his post at Harvard University as a result of his experimentation with LSD. In 1969, he founded a clandestine drug-trafficking ring, known as the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, that became the largest supplier of hashish and LSD in the United States.

Poverty? Dubya Says Blame the Hippies!

Reefer madness: Burning Rainbow Farm

"Dear Agent ..., please prepare all cases in your jurisdiction involving musicians in violation of the marijuana laws. We will have a great national round-up arrest of all such persons on a single day. I will let you know what day."
Harry J. Anslinger, Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1947

55 Charged in Drug Paraphernalia Sales

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Ed Rosenthal Raided and Arrested by DEA

The concept of "bud cycle" was not apparent until Ed Rosenthal and Mel Frank published their first works in 1976. Prior to this, many of us simply grew big plants, either outdoors or under some form of artificial light, and just consumed whatever presented itself.
-- DJ Short, breeder of the Blueberry strain    Friday.

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leary.com

White Panther Party 10-Point Program 
White Panther Party Statement issued November 1, 1968

1. Full endorsement and support of. the Black Panther Party’s 10-Point Program
2. Total assault on the culture by any means necessary, including rock ’n’ roll, dope and +#%$*#! in the streets.
3. Free exchange of energy and materials — we demand the end of money!
4. Free food, clothes, housing, dope, music, bodies, medical care — everything free for everybody!
5. Free access to information media — free the technology from the greed creeps!
6. Free time and space for all humans — dissolve all unnatural boundaries.
7. Free all schools and all structures from corporate rule — turn the buildings over to the people at once!
8. Free all prisoners everywhere — they are our brothers.
9. Free all soldiers at once — no more conscripted armies.
10. Free the people from their “leaders” — leaders suck — all power to all the people! Freedom means free everyone!
— John Sinclair, White Panther Party
Minister of Information, November 1st, 1968

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John Sinclair Home Page 
 
John Lennon and Sinclair: Marijuana Revolution 

The John and Leni Sinclair Papers, 1957-1999 

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Freedom

"Our programme is cultural revolution thorugh a total assault on culture, which makes use of every tool, every energy and every media we can get our collective hands on... our culture, our art, our music, our books, our posters, our clothing, the way our hair grows long, the way we smoke dope and •••• and eat and sleep-it's all one message-the message is freedom"

-John Sinclair (1969)

John Sinclair by John Lennon 

Grass: Ron Mann Chronicles Pot Prohibition 
Grass The Movie  *  The soundtrack 

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MARIJUANA REVOLUTION by John Sinclair
This essay was first published in July 1971. At the time the author was a countercultural political activist and a U.S. political prisoner. He was a founding member of the White Panther Party, the Rainbow People’s Party, and the proto-punk rock band MC5. In this essay he addresses the use of marijuana and psychedelics in the context of the social, political and economic environment of late 20th century American culture and their value as revolutionary catalysts.  $4.99

Marijuana Revolution by John Sinclair (Thread)     
 
John Sinclair Papers 

"We smoked a joint in the lavatory of the palace because we were nervous about meeting the Queen."
- John Lennon of the Beatles, about being awarded the MBE by the Queen in 1965

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