February 4, 1968

Feb4On this day in 1968, U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell received a secret memo from Senator Strom Thurmond in which Thurmond suggests deporting John Lennon due to his anti-war stance.

The reason? Lennon’s marijuana conviction in England of that year. That was the “official” reason given by J. Edgar Hoover.

The memo written to Mitchell by Senator Thurmond suggests that “if Lennon’s visa was terminated, it would be a strategic counter-measure.”

This was just the beginning of Lennon’s problems with the U.S.zxs government.

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