The Secret History of the United States


For a benchmark we can use the well-known Chappaquiddick scandal of July 1969, which began when Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) drove his 1967 Oldsmobile off a bridge on the island into Poncha Pond. The senator survived the plunge, but his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, died. Kennedy said he had made efforts to pull the girl out of the submerged vehicle, but when she was found dead the next morning, trapped inside the car, the senator had not yet notified the police.
Scandal - Suzanne Garment p.185

Black Panther, Fred Hampton, killed with FBI complicity
Turning the Tide - Noam Chomsky

On the evening of December 3, 1969, shortly before the planned raid, infiltrator O'Neal seems to have slipped Hampton a substantial dose of secobarbital in a glass of kool-aid. The BPP leader was thus comatose in his bed when the fourteen-man police team - armed with a submachinegun and other special hardware - slammed into his home at about 4 a.m. on the morning of December 4. He was nonetheless shot three times, once more-or-less slightly in the chest, and then twice more in the head at point-blank range. Also killed was Mark Clark, head of the Peoria, Illinois, BPP chapter...Despite the fact that no Panther had fired a shot (with the possible exception of Clark, who may have squeezed off a single round during his death convulsions) while the police had pumped at least 98 rounds into the apartment, the BPP survivors were all beaten while handcuffed, charged with "aggressive assault" and "attempted murder" of the raiders, and held on $100,000 bond apiece.
...In November 1982, District Judge John F. Grady determined that there was sufficient evidence of a conspiracy to deprive the Panthers of their civil rights to award the plaintiffs $1.85 million in damages.
The COINTELPRO Papers - Ward Churchill & Jim Vander Wall p.140

Black Panther, Fred Hampton, killed with FBI complicity
Turning the Tide - Noam Chomsky

more on civil rights1970

The most significant was the fire at the Rocky Flats plutonium bomb factory in Colorado in 1969, which caused plutonium contamination in the surrounding countryside.
The Nuclear Barons - Peter Pringle and James Spigelman p. 360

more on nuclear1971

NASA Apollo Mission Apollo-11

Oct. 1969......Jimmy Carter sees and reports a UFO.

On December 17, 1969, the Secretary of the Air Force announced the termination of Project Blue Book, the Air Force program for the investigation of UFOs.
Clear Intent - Lawrence Fawcett and Barry J. Greenwood p.1

more on UFOs1974

Through various sources, the president had learned that his brother was meeting secretly with one of Howard Hughes's representatives, John Meir. Richard Nixon had his own deals going with Hughes, as did Attorney General Mitchell, and he was not eager to have them exposed by his brother's free-wheeling.
J. Edgar Hoover : The Man and the Secrets - Curt Gentry p. 625

The big question was how much more Hoover had - and whether he was aware that approval of the Dune's acquisition was linked to a $100,000 payoff to Richard Nixon from Howard Hughes.
J. Edgar Hoover : The Man and the Secrets - Curt Gentry p. 649

more on Hughes/Nixon1974

May 9 New York Times reported the U.S. conducting bombing raids in Cambodia

By late summer, Kissinger, far from being immersed in intensive planning for peace, had become heavily involved in the mechanics of war. He was picking targets for the B-52 strikes on Cambodia.
The Price of Power - Seymour M. Hersh p.121

Keeping the Cambodian bombing secret involved an unprecedented form of double bookkeeping. A set of false reports on the bombing raids was sent to the Pentagon through the usual air force channels, while a parallel set of highly classified reports contained the real targets.
For the President's Eyes Only - Christopher Andrew p.361

From 315,000 tons of air ordnance dropped in Southeast Asia in 1965, the quantity by January-October, 1969, the peak year of the war, reached 1,388,000 tons. Over that period, 4,580,000 tons were dropped on Southeast Asia, or six and one-half times that employed in Korea.
Elite Deviance - David R. Simon & D. Stanley Eitzen p.277

During the year of heaviest fighting (1969), the million Communist troops were faced by 1.6 million allied troops (a third of whom were American)...Aircraft dropped more bombs on Vietnam (4.2 million tons) than on Germany and Japan during World War II (3.4 million tons). The impact of this firepower advantage could be seen in the losses both sides suffered. The allies had 260,000 dead (mostly South Vietnamese, about a fifth American) while the Communists lost about a million...Over half a million civilians also died from all that firepower, and many of these noncombatants perished as part of Communist deception efforts to protect their troops.
Victory and Deceiy - James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi p.273

Vietnam Interactive Portfolio E. Kenneth Hoffman

There is also incontrovertible evidence that Lon Nol was approached by agents of American military intelligence in 1969 and asked to overthrow the Sihanouk government.
The Price of Power - Seymour M. Hersh p.176

more on Vietnam1973

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