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New Nixon Files and Tapes Made Public

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Posted on Jun 23, 2009
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Richard Nixon, oil on canvas, painted by Norman Rockwell in 1968.

On Tuesday, the National Archives made public more than 150 hours of tape and tens of thousands of pages of previously unreleased documents from the Nixon administration. Some of the gems include new details into Watergate and Vietnam as well as three newly declassified pages on Israel’s secret plans to build a nuclear weapon.

The New York Times:

On Jan. 23, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down state criminal abortion laws in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement. But privately, newly released tapes reveal, he expressed ambivalence.

Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness,” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases, such as interracial pregnancies.

“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.”

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Some of the recordings can be heard here, and some documents can be read here.

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By Rontruth, July 8, 2009 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

“We had our chance in 1974 and blew it.” Truer words have never been spoken, or in this instance, put into print. What happened in 1974, was tied to an event that took place in Dallas, Texas 11 years earlier. E. Howard Hunt, a CIA officer that Nixon knew well, going all the way back to when Hunt helped Nixon foment and plan for “the Bay of Pigs invasion,” and Kennedy’s failure to provide larger military support when the invasion took place only three months after Kennedy took office, are one of several reasons why anti-Castro Cuban exile CIA agents were directly involved in Kennedy’s assassination.

Nixon was deeply angered by Kennedy’s total lack of support for the invasion that Nixon ordered the preparations for. Nixon’s cover-story reason for being in Dallas, Texas on the morning of Friday, November 22, 1963, was to supposedly confer with leader, Don Kendall of Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc. a firm with Nixon as it’s lead legal counsel. But, the real reason had to do with a meeting for a “party” for FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover that took place at the Clint Murchison mansion in Dallas, the night before the JFK assassination.

The meeting was attended by Vice President Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Gov. John Connolly of Texas, former CIA Director, Allen Dulles who had been fired by Kennedy over his lying to Kennedy about the Bay of Pigs invasion’s chances of success. Dulles told Kennedy there was little chance it could lose. Pentagon documents released since then show that the Pentagon thought it would lose without major US military support. All the main Texas oil firms whose taxes Kennedy planned to raise, were there. And the mobsters who hated Bobby Kennedy, the Attorney-General who went after them with a vengeance, were there.

Johnson’s lady friend of many years, Madeleine Duncan Brown, was also there as a party guest to liven things up a bit to honor FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover whose birthday was being celebrated at the “party.”

Johnson, and all the big men of Texas went into the Murchison home’s conference room for about 20 minutes, then he emerged, and, putting his hands on Madeleine’s shoulders, told her, “After tomorrow those g—d—-ed Kennedy’s will never again be able to embarrass me. That is no threat. That’s a promise.” LBJ and Madeleine had a son, Steven Johnson, whom LBJ supported until his death in 1973.

When LBJ’s wife, Lady Bird Johnson found out about Madeleine and two other women that Johnson had bedded down with over the years, she ordered the financial support stopped. That is when they all three decided to appear on a nationally televised interview show in late 1973, where they all three met for the first time. I saw it. Quite a meeting!

Madeleine’s story has been consistent all the way until her death in the summer of 2001, while little Georgie was on vacation at Crawford, Texas, during the FBI warnings of coming attacks by bin Laden against the US.

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By NYCartist, June 24, 2009 at 7:21 am Link to this comment

Nixon has been “rehabilitated” in the media and all these revelations are short news, but not put into his
“public” face.  The news coverage at the time of, and since his death has been disgraceful….but who gets to write history, besides Howard Zinn?

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By William W. Wexler, June 24, 2009 at 7:02 am Link to this comment

Call me nostalgic, but somehow Nixon seems almost tolerable compared to those GOPERs who came after him.  Maybe it was the time; it seemed that the American populace had some control over their government back then. 

Things have devolved to the point of no return; we are now slaves to a corporation/state which we serve rather than the other way around.  I won’t be here much longer, but I have grandkids who will.  We had our chance to fix it in ‘74 and we blew it.

-Wexler

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By Purple Girl, June 24, 2009 at 6:20 am Link to this comment

Ah more rantings from the clinically paranoid.
what is it with the Repugs and their psychiatrically challenged ‘leadership’
Nixon was blatantly paranoid, Ronny had Alzheimers, HW a pathological liar, W developmentally disable and McCain was all that wrapped into one!
did Cheney,Rummy and Wolfie etal see the benefits of having a weak minded person to play Frontman to their shadow gov’t and have been recruiting them and rigging elections ever since?
Let’s take advantage of the numerous confessions Cheney has made. “So” was his response that the majority of Americans wanted out of Iraq- Failing to act on the will of the people in a Democracy equates to Treason. “Basically” when explaining how much W understood about what was happening withthe detainees- means he was filter and cherry picking information before it ever reached the Commander in Chief thus usurping the Office of the Presidency. Lets not forget his numerous confessions to having ordered War Crimes like torture, and his lack of remorse of having done so.Nor Have I heard him deny the existence of his own ‘hit squad’.
Cheney (Rummy,wolfie…) is a high crimes criminal who should be facing Treason charges in US court and War crimes and Crimes against Humanity in the International Court.

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By Outraged, June 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment

Tell us something we DON’T know.  The dirty bastard was racist, and for anyone paying attention EVEN in a cursory sense, this was blantant.

Call me what you will, and on this premise I say have at er’.  I’ve argued this debate for so long it almost seems to me, immaterial…..  But you go ahead, I’ve NEVER lost this argument/debate (call it what you will), and I STAND BY THAT.

Come ahead, all those who “question”.  Come ahead, YOU DO NOT SCARE ME, come ahead…. c’mon, times a’ wastin’.

Let’s see if you can out-smart this here ol’ whitey redneck liberal.  I’m waiting…. although, I admit, NOT WITH “BATED BREATH”.  But c’mon, just you “big ons’” in the “know”... buck up, c’mon…... I ain’t AFRAID OF YOU, never was, ain’t NOW.  C’mon, let me see what you got….

This is not rocket science, c’mon….. call me on the “carpet”..... c’mon, giver’ a go.

Is it “proper” for me to address Sen. Lindsey (ain’t that a girls name) Graham?  I would like Mr. Graham’s position, regarding the matter.  Don’t be shy….. speak up…. you speak “American” don’t cha’?

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