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Watergate and Post-Watergate Intelligence Investigations


The tumultuous year 1968, which saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, ended with the election of President Richard Nixon, the man whom John F. Kennedy had beaten 8 years earlier. Nixon escalated the Vietnam War still further and inflamed much of the nation, though the "law and order" candidate won a landslide re-election in 1972. Less than two years later, he resigned in disgrace, undone by a scandal known as Watergate.

The Mary Ferrell Foundation has recently acquired a variety of primary source materials on the Watergate crisis and is making them available online. These include the Final Report of the Senate Watergate Committee and its hearings volumes, the hearings of the House Judiciary Committee which voted articles of impeachment, and other reports. These are accompanied by Watergate-related White House audio recordings and online archives of essays and books.

We have also supplemented our materials on the Post-Watergate Intelligence Investigations. The reports of the Church Committee and associated transcripts and files are now accompanied by materials from the House's Pike Committee, and additional reports such as a Senate volume on the CIA's MKULTRA program.

These topics intersect with the JFK assassination and our other subjects in various ways, and the additional of these materials provides a wider window into that period of time. Please note related changes to our main Starting Points page, the Document Archive main page, and the middle column of this home page.

With an expanded scope, the MFF website remains the premier online resource on the assassinations of the 1960s. New document collections will be added shortly, including additional FBI files on the MLK assassination, House Assassinations Committee press releases, and transcripts of the JFK-Nixon debates and campaign appearances.

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