Nixon Enemies List entry for
Morton H. Halperin:
|List and position:||First/Top 20, #8 with Charles Colson's blue checkmark|
|Name as originally listed:||Morton Halperin|
|Comment on original list:||leading executive at Common Cause|
|Lists with duplicates of this person:||1|
- Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under Johnson 1966-69 where he helped compile the "Pentagon Papers" (as they were later known).
- listed both on Top 20 and with Common Cause under "organizations."
- Quote when list came out: "I think it's outrageous. It's another indication of the president and his principal associates assuming that they were above the law."
- appointed to the National Security Council by Henry Kissinger when Nixon became president.
- In May 1969, he was suspected of leaking news of the US bombing of Cambodia and the FBI tapped his phone (long before John Dean started the Enemies List).
- sued the government over the phone tap and won a symbolic $5 judgment.
- after leaving government service, worked for open-government advocacy organizations including Common Cause (explicit reason for his inclusion on the Enemies List), the ACLU, and later, the Open Society Institute.
- 1985 recipient of MacArthur Foundation Fellowship ("genius award").
- returned to government service under President Clinton as Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department 1998-2001.
- prolific author, usually as a co-author, with books coming out almost every year.