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The Dissent PapersThe Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond$
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Hannah Gurman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158725

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158725.001.0001

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The Other Plumbers Unit

The Other Plumbers Unit

The Dissent Channel of the U.S. State Department

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The Dissent Papers

Hannah Gurman

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the Dissent Channel of the State Department. Despite remaining in the periphery, dissenters during the Johnson administration were not hampered from publicizing images and reports of the Vietnam War which documented the civilian casualties and the low morale of American troops. Richard M. Nixon took advantage of the situation and promised to “bring dissenters into policy discussions.” However, as Nixon assumed office in 1969, he conducted many covert operations, such as expanded bombing and land campaign, without consulting Congress and the State Department. Consequently, the internal dissenters of the State Department and the public came to distrust the diplomatic establishment and eventually created the “Dissent Channel.” The chapter details the campaign of the Dissent Channel against the Nixon administration.

Keywords:   Dissent Channel, State Department, Johnson administration, Vietnam War, Richard M. Nixon, policy discussions

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