Interview with John Nichols


Well, I think you have to remember that that particular point in time, there was a great aversion to impinging up anybody's, upon anybody's privacy, so that the ability to keep somebody in an uptight surveillance, the ability to infiltrate many of these people, many of these areas was, was really fairly slight. We did the best we could with the forces we had at hand. You can't really put a person in everybody's living room, and I think you have to recognize, too, that the temper and the tenor of those times was one of rev--revolution, of rebellion, of discontent, the social scene was a, was a literal hotbed of anti-draft feelings, of social progress feelings, anti-napalm bomb feeling, anit-Americanism, anti-patriotism, anti-big business and the military complex, so almost every day there was a massive demonstration of some kind. It was a, a period of great unrest, I guess as Dickens said, "It was the best of times and the worst of times." But there was a constant accumulation of, of people with a, with a, with a bone to pick with society, and it was quite natural that those, those groups arose and they were, the fervor was, was, was, was heated.