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Last of Nixon's tapes posted online

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Hat tip to the New York Times, the Nixon Library website has posted the Fifth Chronological Conversation Tape Release:

While the conversations document the entire scope of issues in which the Nixon White House engaged in early 1973, these conversations particularly concern the peace settlement ending United States involvement in the Vietnam War and the return of American prisoners of war from Southeast Asia. Other major topics include Native Americans, the international monetary situation, events in the Middle East, the President’s domestic agenda, Most Favored Nations (MFN) status for the Soviet Union, the diplomacy around the Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War, and energy and broadcasting policy.

The joy of secret recordings in all its glory.

When I hear this news, it begs the question: when will we hear Obama's secret recordings and get to read his emails? And know his web history? And look at his cell phone call records? Hmmm?

And how about all those emails from the former administration, that supposedly were on hard drives that were destroyed? Bet you a dollar the NSA still has copies...

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Submitted by wanderindiana on

Restriction History, no. 5:

The archivists only restricted approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and 28 seconds worth of conversation for reasons of national security (restriction category “B”).

40 years, and still some of the material is not safe for public consumption? We really do not know what is best for ourselves, do we?

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Submitted by transcriber on

Do you know what "restriction category “Bâ€'" is? Wild guess, covers Kent State? I did a search on "Kent State" and though there are again 10 pages of results (hmmm), if they're in chronological order, the first result is 6/16/70, more than a month after May 4, 1970.

Have wanted to hear this one since I read about it on 40th anniversary, can you tell if the audio is posted?

But NBC News correspondent James Polk discovered a memo marked “Eyes Only” from Ehrlichman to Attorney General John Mitchell ordering that there be no federal grand jury investigation of the killings, because Nixon adamantly opposed such action.

Polk reported that, “In 1973, under a new Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, the Justice Department reversed itself and did send the Kent State case to a federal grand jury. When that was announced, Richardson said to an aide he got a call from the White House. He was told that Richard Nixon was so upset, they had to scrape the president off the walls with a spatula.”

Everything I click on is a PDF that won't open for me - I am extremely technically challenged, sorry.

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Submitted by transcriber on

I did a search on "Ellsberg" at the tape site -- looks like 10 pages of results. Nothing like a good whistleblower to powerfully focus the president's attention! (But no transcripts?) Thanks for posting this.