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
Vitals:6/13/1938 -
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.


Name/Date:Morton H HalperinMar 9, 2022 4:24pm
Comment:I returned to government service under Clinton first as a Consultant to the Secretary of Defense, then as a Senior Director on the NSC staff, and then after a return to private life as a Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relation, to the State Department.

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