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Nixon's Enemies List


Nixon's Enemies List

President Richard Nixon’s Official Presidential Photograph, taken in 1971

"Nixon’s Enemies List" is the informal name of what started as a list of

  • Records of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force 1971 to 1977 via National Archives and Records Administration
  •, a complete, searchable, annotated Nixon's Enemies List
  • Statement of Information, Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Ninety-Third Congress, Second Session, Pursuant to H. Res. 803, a Resolution Authorizing and Directing the Committee on the Judiciary to Investigate Whether Sufficient Grounds Exist for the House of Representatives to Exercise its Constitutional Power to Impeach Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States of America, Book VIII, Internal Revenue Service, May-June 1974 via The Internet Archive

External links

  1. ^ Dean, John (Winter 2005). "The enemies list revisited". Boston College Magazine. 
  2. ^ Yager, Jordy (January 6, 2009). "Journalist recalls the honor of being on Nixon’s Enemies List". 
  3. ^ a b Dean, John (August 16, 1971). Dealing with our Political Enemies.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (February 9, 2009). "Donald C. Alexander dies at 87; former IRS chief who battled Nixon administration: Alexander successfully fought the Nixon administration's attempts to use tax audits and investigations to punish its political enemies and urged Congress to stiffen taxpayer confidentiality laws". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Claiborne, William. "IRS Ignored Bid to Audit 'Enemies' List," The Washington Post, December 21, 1973, page 1.
  6. ^ Charlton, Linda. "Unit Says Dean Gave I.R.S. 2d 'Enemies' List," The New York Times, December 21, 1973, page 21.
  7. ^ "Staying Tuned: Veteran television and radio correspondent Daniel Schorr discusses his life, his career and his new book "Staying Tuned: A Life in Journalism.".  


See also

In a 2nd-season episode called "The Shot," BoJack Horseman and Todd visit the Nixon Presidential Library with the intent of stealing a scaled down replica of the library. Mounted on the walls are Nixon's Enemy and "Frenemy" Lists. Walt Disney is included on the Enemy List.

In Futurama's first episode, "Space Pilot 3000", Fry and Bender walk through a room of live preserved heads of famous people. When Fry knocks over Nixon's jar, Nixon says, "That's it, you just made my list!"

In "Homer's Enemy", an 8th-season episode of The Simpsons, Moe Szyslak shows off his own enemies list, which Barney Gumble quickly appraises as Nixon's list, with the latter's name crossed out and replaced with Moe's. Moe promptly adds Barney to the list for his insolence.

In Philip Roth's Our Gang, which was published in 1971, two years before the list was first mentioned in public, the Nixon parody character Trick E. Dixon begins to compile a rudimentary list of five political enemies. It includes Jane Fonda and the Black Panthers who were on the real-life expanded master list, The Berrigans (who were not) and Curt Flood.

In the United States, the term "enemies list" has come to be used in contexts not associated with Richard Nixon. For example, satirist P. J. O'Rourke's 1989 "A Call for a New McCarthyism" in The American Spectator has a hybrid blacklist and enemies list, suggesting that, contrary to the spirits of these lists, the subjects there should be overexposed, not suppressed, "so that a surfeited public rebels in disgust."

In popular culture

Newsman Daniel Schorr and actor Paul Newman stated, separately, that inclusion on the list was their greatest accomplishment. When this list was released, Schorr read it live on television, not realizing that he was on the list until he came to his own name.[7]


According to Dean, Colson later compiled hundreds of names on a “master list” which changed constantly. On December 20, 1973, the Congressional Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation concluded that people on the "Enemies" list had not been subjected to an unusual number of tax audits. The report revealed a second list of about 576 (with some duplicates) supporters and staffers of The Washington Post printed the entire list the next day, but The New York Times reported just a few paragraphs on page 21.[5][6]

Master list of political opponents

  1. Arnold Picker
  2. Alexander E. Barkan
  3. Edwin Guthman
  4. Maxwell Dane
  5. Charles Dyson
  6. Howard Stein
  7. Allard Lowenstein
  8. Morton Halperin
  9. Leonard Woodcock
  10. S. Sterling Munro, Jr.
  11. Bernard T. Feld
  12. Sidney Davidoff
  13. John Conyers
  14. Samuel M. Lambert
  15. Stewart Rawlings Mott
  16. Ron Dellums
  17. Daniel Schorr
  18. S. Harrison Dogole
  19. Paul Newman
  20. Mary McGrory

The 20 names in the memo in order were as follows, although a master list of Nixon political opponents with additional names was developed later.

People listed

The IRS commissioner, Donald C. Alexander, refused to launch audits of the people on the list.[4]

The official purpose, as described by the White House Counsel's Office, was to "screw" Nixon's political enemies, by means of tax audits from the Internal Revenue Service, and by manipulating "grant availability, federal contracts, litigation, prosecution, etc."[3] In a memorandum from John Dean to Lawrence Higby (August 16, 1971), Dean explained the purpose of the list:

John Dean's cover memo, dated 16 August 1971.



  • Purpose 1
  • People listed 2
  • Master list of political opponents 3
  • Reception 4
  • In popular culture 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

[2], who happened to be on the list, managed to obtain copies of it later that day.Daniel Schorr that a list existed containing those whom the president did not like. Journalist Senate Watergate Committee on September 9, 1971. The list was part of a campaign officially known as “Opponents List” and “Political Enemies Project.” The list became public knowledge when Dean mentioned during hearings with the John Dean form to memorandum), and sent in special counsel to the White House (assistant to Colson, [1]

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