[JPL] John McCain and John Lennon

ghunt at mtsu.edu ghunt at mtsu.edu
Wed Sep 17 23:42:57 EDT 2008

Hi Doc,
I'll bet you intended to send this 
to my news & op/ed director 
through our station's email 
instead of me on the JPL.

Respectfully submitted,
greg-WMOT, Nashville
Jazz 24/7

---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 12:09:05 -0400
>From: "Dr. Jazz" <drjazz at drjazz.com>  
>Subject: [JPL] John McCain and John Lennon  
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>The man John McCain appointed to head his transition team, William E. 
>Timmons, played a central role in the Nixon Administration's campaign to 
>deport John Lennon in 1972.
>Timmons is known today mostly as a lobbyist for the oil companies, but 
>in 1972 he worked in the Nixon White House as Assistant to the President 
>for Legislative Affairs. Strom Thurmond, the segregationist senator from 
>South Carolina, sent a letter 
><http://www.thenation.com/images/special/Lennon3.jpg> to Timmons in 
>February, 1972, as the Nixon White House was gearing up for the 
>President's re-election campaign. The letter informed Timmons that 
>Lennon and his friends were "strong advocates" of a program to "dump 
>Nixon," and that Lennon was planning "to hold rock concerts in various 
>primary election states." The purpose of the concerts was political: "to 
>stimulate 18-year-old registration" and to urge people to demonstrate 
>against Nixon at the Republican National Convention. Thurmond's memo to 
>Timmons concluded, "if Lennon's visa is terminated it would be a 
>strategy counter-measure."
>At the time--spring of 1972--the war in Vietnam was going strong, Lennon 
>was living in New York City and had become a prominent antiwar voice, 
>singing /Give Peace a Chance/ 
><http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OnWAOqZj58> and /Imagine/ at antiwar 
>rallies and concerts.
>Timmons wrote back <http://www.thenation.com/images/special/Lennon1.jpg> 
>to Thurmond a few weeks later. The "Dear Strom" letter reported that 
>"the Immigration and Naturalization Service has served notice" on Lennon 
>"that he is to leave this country no later than March 15." It was signed 
>by Timmons "with warm regards."
>The information <http://www.thenation.com/images/special/Lennon2.jpg> 
>Thurmond sent to Timmons was correct--it came from the staff of the 
>Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, of which Thurmond was a member. 
>Lennon and his new friends Jerry Rubin and Rennie Davis, who four years 
>earlier had organized the 1968 antiwar protests at the Democratic 
>National Convention in Chicago, were planning a concert tour to mobilize 
>young people to vote in the upcoming election. Of course registering 
>young people to vote was not a crime--but the Republicans were concerned 
>about the "youth vote," since 1972 was going to be the first election in 
>which 18-year-olds had the right to vote, and it was widely assumed 
>young people were mostly antiwar and thus anti-Nixon.
>Nixon's effort to deport Lennon never succeeded. In the end, Lennon 
>stayed in the United States while Nixon left the White House, resigning 
>in the Watergate affair. But Lennon did curtail his antiwar organizing 
>during the 1972 campaign, on the advice of his immigration lawyer, Leon 
>Wildes, who told him not to do anything to further antagonize the Nixon 
>Timmons left the White House shortly after Nixon's resignation and 
>founded his own lobbying firm. In 2008 he was registered to represent 
>the American Petroleum Institute, Visa USA, Anheuser-Busch and Freddie 
>Mac. He's also worked with virtually every Republican presidential 
>campaign, starting with Bob Dole.
>McCain's selection of Timmons ties the candidate to Nixon's dirty tricks 
>and enemies list. Nixon's campaign to deport John Lennon was an example 
>of White House abuse of power--the use of the power of the president to 
>punish those who criticized him or opposed his policies.
>The Thurmond-Timmons documents were first published in /Rolling Stone/, 
>July 31, 1975.
>The story of Nixon's effort to deport Lennon was told in the 2006 
>documentary /The US vs. John Lennon/ and in the book /Gimme Some Truth: 
>The John Lennon FBI Files
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