John Ehrlichman

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Person.png John Ehrlichman   History Commons Spartacus
Born John Daniel Ehrlichman
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Died 1999-02-14 (Age 73)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles, Stanford Law School
Religion Christian Science
Spouse Karen Hilliard
Exposed “War on Drugs”
Party Republican
Nixon insider who blew in 1994 the whistle on the "War on Drugs"

Employment.png White House Domestic Affairs Advisor

In office
November 4, 1969 - April 30, 1973

Employment.png White House Counsel Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 20, 1969 - November 4, 1969
Succeeded by Chuck Colson

John Ehrlichman famously admitted to Harper's Magazine that the "war on drugs" was a fraud.

“You want to know what this was really all about. The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying. 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.”
John Ehrlichman (1994)    —   [1]


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