1971

The Secret History of the United States

1971


With at least the tacit backing of Central Intelligence Agency officials, operatives linked to anti-Castro terrorists introduced African swine fever virus into Cuba in 1971. Six weeks later an outbreak of the disease forced the slaughter of 500,000 pigs to prevent a nationwide animal epidemic...A U.S. intelligence source said in an interview that he was given the virus in a sealed, unmarked container. Boston Globe 9 January 1977
quoted in The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism - Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman p.379

Nixon did not directly discuss in his memoirs the possibility of all-out war, but in 1975, during his secret grand jury testimony to the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, he shocked the lawyers by insisting that the United States had come "close to nuclear war" during the India-Pakistan dispute. He said, one attorney recalled , that "we had threatened to go to nuclear war with the Russians."
The Price of Power - Seymour M. Hersh p.457

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On April 5, 1971, one of Barberot's employees and a Foccart operative, Roger Delouette, was arrested in Elizabeth, New Jersey, while picking up his car, which contained forty-nine kilos of heroin. According to an American agent, money from the African diamond traffic of the Foccart network was being reinvested in the heroin trade in America to make big profits and finance further dirty work in Africa.
Dirty Work : The CIA in Africa - Ed. by E.Ray. W. Scharp, K. van Meter and L. Wolf p.31

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... the memo recounted a 1971 conversation with John Mitchell in which the Attorney General supposedly agreed to drop three antitrust suits against ITT, in return for a pledge of up to $400,000 in cash and services to the 1972 Republican National Convention.
J. Edgar Hoover : The Man and the Secrets - Curt Gentry p.715

[October]Dean had asked Caulfield to investigate the "Happy Hooker" ring in New York, with an eye toward finding out if any clients of Xaviera Hollander had been high-ranking politicians. Caulfield sent Vlasewicz, but later told Dean that the material Tony had obtained was useless because the names of too many prominent members of both parties were present in Hollander's appointment books; dirt on the Democrats would be canceled out by dirt on the Republicans.
Silent Coup - Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin p. 106
Silent Coup at watergate.com

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On December 22, 1971 Hoffa's prison sentence was commuted by Nixon. Hoffa was released the following day.
Dark Victory - Dan E. Moldea p.260

The payoffs began in 1962, when Agnew became Baltimore County executive and continued when he became governor in 1967; even as late as 1971, when Agnew was vice-president, he received a payment in the basement of the White House.
Elite Deviance - David R. Simon & D. Stanley Eitzen p.215

Pentagon Papers published

How COINTELPRO Helped Destroy the Movements of the 60s is at CovertAction Quarterly

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