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The Devil’s Harvest

“Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue for the Nixon White House that we couldn’t resist it.” John Ehrlichman

Ehrlichman was Chief Domestic Affairs Advisor to President Richard Nixon. He founded The Plumbers, the group at the centre of the Watergate scandal, for which he was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury. He served a year and a half in prison for those crimes.

Nixon, himself, of course, was never guilty of anything.

3 Responses to “The Devil’s Harvest”

  1. tim says:

    great post I enjoyed reading it. I also like your other posts. I will be back soon to read more of your posts

  2. Caspar @ Tandvård Göteborg says:

    The war on Marijuana is really interesting, and you quoted and interesting snippet. If you already havn’t, you should definatly read “Witness to power – The Nixon years”, great read by the way.

    Kind Regards
    Caspar from Sweden

  3. Stephen Nutt says:

    What a great stand! “We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue for the Nixon White House that we couldn’t resist it”