Revealed: War on Drugs was meant to target hippies, blacks & the Anti-War movement “We knew we were lying”

John Ehrlichman reportedly said that the drug policies of the Nixon administration were used to “disrupt the black community.”


Former President Richard Nixon gives the thumbs-up after announcing his resignation from the presidency after the Watergate scandal Aug. 9, 1974.


President Richard Nixon’s chief domestic adviser during the 1971 launch of the “war on drugs” said that he invented the president’s drug policies so that the administration could neutralize its enemies, specifically “the anti-war left and black people,” according to an article in Harper’s Magazine.

John Ehrlichman, who served 18 months in prison for his role in the Nixon White House’s Watergate scandal, reportedly bared his (dark) soul to journalist Dan Baum in 1994, and those words made it into Baum’s April Harper’s cover story, “Legalize It All.”

Ehrlichman, an integral part of the Nixon White House, an administration notorious for its abuse of power (again, Watergate), reportedly referred to the anti-war left and blacks as enemies of the Nixon regime, and outlined a method by which it “could disrupt those communities”:

“ … We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

The journalist then writes, “I must have looked shocked. Ehrlichman just shrugged. Then he looked at his watch, handed me a signed copy of his steamy spy novel, The Company, and led me to the door.”

Baum said that Ehrlichman seemed ready to “unburden” himself when they spoke. Ehrlichman died in 1999.

Given the kid-gloves disparity seen in the government’s response to the current, “whiter” heroin epidemic, and the fact that the black community was heavily criminalized and severely disrupted via the drug war, we know that Ehrlichman’s words were definitely prescient. But planned, systematic racial targeting?

Maybe you should give that friend of yours who always has some “conspiracy theory” another listen.

Read the entire piece at Harper’s Magazine.


7 thoughts on “Revealed: War on Drugs was meant to target hippies, blacks & the Anti-War movement “We knew we were lying”

  1. The lie about the ‘war on drugs” is exposed for all to see and yet here we are doing nothing to stop it .On and on it relentlessly goes destroying hundreds of thousands of lives every year and we do nothing . We are writing posts on the internet while prohibitionists laugh . America should be up in arms over this but it’s not Americans are too busy worrying about some woman who takes pictures of her ass and are enthralled over a man who dresses up like a woman to worry about the loss of their freedoms and rights ..

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