Nixon’s Enemies List is the informal name of what started as a list of President of the United States Richard Nixon’s major political opponents compiled by Charles Colson, written by George T. Bell (assistant to Colson, special counsel to the White House), and sent in memorandum form to John Dean on September 9, 1971. The list was part of a campaign officially known as “Opponents List” and “Political Enemies Project.” The list became public knowledge when Dean mentioned during hearings with the Senate Watergate Committee that a list existed containing those whom the president did not like. Journalist Daniel Schorr, who happened to be on the list, managed to obtain copies of it later that day.
The official purpose, as described by the White House Counsel's Office, was to "screw" Nixon's political enemies, by means of tax audits from the Internal Revenue Service, and by manipulating "grant availability, federal contracts, litigation, prosecution, etc."
In a memorandum from John Dean to Lawrence Higby (August 16, 1971), Dean explained the purpose of the list succinctly:
“This memorandum addresses the matter of how we can maximize the fact of our incumbency in dealing with persons known to be active in their opposition to our Administration; stated a bit more bluntly—how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies." -- Wikipedia.
Got a demand letter from the IRS this week on 2009's taxes. First time in my life that's ever happened. Never an audit, never a question. They tell me to pay up $1,911 by 30 March or else. So, they've decided to go all Nixonian on me. They'll play hell getting it. I'm having a volunteer CPA look at it to see if it can be challenged.
At the rate I can pay it, Lanny Breuer will be out of prison before I finish.
Maybe this is a good omen. Hey, Obama! Remember what happened to Nixon?
LATER: For those of you who asked, the "carrying concealed without a permit" charge goes to hearing in early April.