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  • [crowd cheering]

  • I have today ordered to Vietnam the Airmobile Division

  • and certain other forces which will raise our fighting strength

  • from 75,000 to 125,000 men almost immediately.

  • This will make it necessary to increase our active fighting forces

  • by raising the monthly draft call from 17,000 to 35,000.

  • December 30th.

  • [announcer] All those whose birthday falls on December 30th.

  • [reporter 1] President Johnson announced new monthly draft totals

  • increasing to 35,000 per month.

  • -[reporter 2] 43,000 per month… -[reporter 3] 51,000…

  • [reporter 4] 382,386 men between the ages of 18 and 24 have been called to duty.

  • [Martin Luther King Jr.] Now it should be incandescently clear

  • that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today

  • can ignore the present war.

  • If America's soul becomes totally poisoned,

  • part of the autopsy must read, "Vietnam."

  • [gunshot]

  • What we need in the United States is not hatred,

  • but is love and wisdom.

  • So I ask you tonight to return home,

  • to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King.

  • -[gunshot] -[people screaming]

  • August 24th.

  • [announcer] All those whose birthday falls

  • [reporter] Another 30,000 troops have been deployed to the region.

  • This, after the US saw its greatest increase in monthly casualties.

  • [Rennie] What we saw were population centers.

  • Schoolhouses, pagodas, women and children.

  • And that's American napalm.

  • Women and children were burned alive. Tom?

  • The Democratic Party

  • is gonna end up nominating Hubert Humphrey next month in Chicago.

  • Now, when it comes to the war and social justice,

  • there is simply not enough of a difference

  • between Humphrey and Nixon to make a difference.

  • And so, we're going to Chicago.

  • Young people, by busloads, will go to Chicago

  • to show our solidarity and our disgust.

  • But most importantly

  • -To get laid by someone you just met. -[crowd laughs]

  • 536,000 of us sent to a country

  • none of these bumper-sticker patriots in Washington could find on a map

  • with a motherfuckin' map!

  • [crowd cheers]

  • We're goin' to Chicago.

  • Anyone who stays in the park, sings Woody Guthrie, they'll be fine.

  • [crowd laughs]

  • But the cops are gonna be a half-inch from losin' their fuckin' minds,

  • 'cause Daley's gonna wind 'em up to make sure of it.

  • We're goin' to Chicago peacefully. We're goin' peacefully.

  • But if we're met there with violence,

  • you better believe that we're gonna meet that violence with

  • Nonviolence. Always nonviolence, and that's without exception.

  • -[boy] What if the police hit you? -[David] Why would the police hit me?

  • -What if they do? -I'll duck.

  • David, he watches the news.

  • I've organized 100 protests.

  • This one will be no different in that it almost certainly won't work.

  • The police are--

  • I'm not worried about them. I'm worried about Hoffman and Rubin.

  • It's the Democratic National Convention, honey.

  • Every camera in America is gonna be pointed at it,

  • and Daley is not gonna let his city turn into a theater of war.

  • Hoffman and Rubin are geniuses in their own special way.

  • -Oh, dear God. -He's got a Boy Scout meeting at 7:00.

  • Dad, if the police--

  • If the police try to arrest me,

  • I'll do what I always do and what I taught you to do, which is what?

  • Very calmly and very politely

  • Fuck the motherfuckers up! They leave us alone and everything's cool.

  • They tangle, disrupt, intimidate,

  • play fast and loose with the First Amendment,

  • start breaking heads, then we will not be on our way.

  • You can't give this speech in Chicago.

  • -Fred wants me there. Plane ticket. -Let Fred give the speech.

  • Between Hayden and Hoffman, there could be 5,000 people.

  • Be nice to talk to 5,000 people.

  • Not while you're in trouble in Connecticut.

  • I'm the head of the Black Panthers, Sondra.

  • When won't I be in trouble? Travel bag.

  • You'll be in a lot more of it if you stand up and say, "Fry the pigs."

  • If they attack. Takin' it out of context.

  • So will every white person in America. Cops won't give a shit about context.

  • You don't have protection in Chicago.

  • There's no place to be but in it.

  • -But "fry the pigs"? -If they attack--

  • -Dr. King-- -Is dead.

  • He has a dream? Now he has a fuckin' bullet in his head.

  • Martin's dead, Malcolm's dead, Medgar's dead,

  • Bobby's dead, Jesus is dead.

  • They tried it peacefully, we gonna try something else.

  • Sondra, I'll be there for four hours. That's it.

  • Snack.

  • You'll at least take one of these?

  • If I knew how to use that, I wouldn't need to be making speeches.

  • It's named after the Russian commissar Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov.

  • You start with a glass bottle.

  • You fill it up halfway with gasoline and motor oil

  • You pack some Styrofoam, and now your cherry bomb.

  • Some chewing gum around the top

  • and a fuse.

  • [man] Now!

  • [reporter] The 35th National Democratic Convention is set to begin next week

  • with repeated assurances from Chicago Mayor, Richard J. Daley.

  • -Will it be a good convention, Mr. Mayor? -The best ever held.

  • -Is that Jerry? -[Rennie] Yeah.

  • Tell him to tell Abbie we're going to Chicago to end the war

  • and not to fuck around.

  • Tom says to tell Abbie that we're going to Chicago to end the war

  • and not to fuck around.

  • Hayden says we're goin' to Chicago to end the war and not to fuck around.

  • [Abbie] Tell Hayden I went to Brandeis and I can do both.

  • We're going to show that we, as a generation, are serious people.

  • People say, "Abbie, are you concerned about an overreaction from the cops?"

  • I issued a police order to shoot to kill any arsonists.

  • We're not concerned about it.

  • [reporter 1] Four units of the Illinois National Guard, totaling 5,000 troops,

  • have been sent to Chicago.

  • We're countin' on it!

  • We wanna underscore again that we're coming to Chicago peacefully,

  • but whether we're given permits or not, we're coming.

  • [reporter 2] An additional 10,000 Chicago police officers, including riot squads

  • We're not going to storm the convention with tanks or mace,

  • but we are going to storm the hearts and minds of the American people.

  • These people are revolutionaries

  • bent on the destruction of the government of the United States of America.

  • The Democratic Convention is about to begin in a police state.

  • There just doesn't seem to be any other way to say it.

  • [secretary] You've arrived at a moment in history.

  • -Pardon? -They're changing the picture.

  • [typewriter keys clicking]

  • [door opens]

  • -Tom. -[Foran] Howard.

  • -Flew in all right? -Sure.

  • -Richard Schultz? -Yes, sir.

  • Howard Ackerman, Special Advisor to the Attorney General.

  • -Pleased to meet you. -Anyone tell you what this is about?

  • No, sir. Just to meet Mr. Foran at O'Hare this morning, we'd fly to Washington.

  • -We'd be meeting Mr. Mitchell. -Good.

  • Finally changing that goddamn picture. Come on in.

  • [Mitchell] As a matter of courtesy and tradition,

  • when we elect a new president, the outgoing cabinet members resign

  • to spare the new president the unpleasantness of firing 'em.

  • Richard, do you know when President Nixon

  • received Ramsey Clark's formal letter of resignation?

  • -No, sir. -About an hour before my confirmation.

  • That was to embarrass me.

  • I don't know, I think it was more embarrassing for Ramsey Clark.

  • I'm John Mitchell.

  • Thomas Foran, Mr. Attorney General, and this is Richard Schultz.

  • Richard, Chicago is more fucked up than any ten things I've ever seen in my life.

  • -[Schultz] Sir? -The convention, the riots.

  • -Yes, sir. -[Mitchell] Sit.

  • -Johnnie Walker okay with everybody? -Yes, thank you.

  • -Richard? -Nothing for me, thank you.

  • We don't know how Humphrey's people could have been that stupid.

  • Allow their guy to be nominated under armed guard.

  • -Sir? -Son, are you nervous?

  • -No, sir. -Why the fuck not?

  • [chuckles] I'm kidding. Don't believe everything you've heard about me.

  • Ramsey Clark gave me the finger on the way out the door. [scoffs]

  • I'm asking if you think Chicago was why Humphrey lost the election.

  • No, sir. The Republicans ran a better candidate.

  • -That's for damn sure. -Daley didn't help his party,

  • but Humphrey's people and Daley didn't break the law,

  • so that's somebody else's table.

  • As a matter of fact, we don't believe any federal laws were broken last summer.

  • Mr. Foran had our office run a thorough investigation.

  • There was trespassing, destruction of public property, lewd behavior.

  • Nothing that would rise to the level--

  • You think you and your boss are in the attorney general's office

  • because I want you to seek an indictment for violating a federal trespassing law?

  • Our office wasn't aware that the Justice Department

  • wanted to seek any indictments at all.

  • -We do. -Ramsey Clark was dead set against--

  • Ramsey Clark doesn't run the Justice Department anymore,

  • did you hear about that?

  • -And Mr. Johnson's back home in Texas. -Of course, sir.

  • One hour before my confirmation hearing gaveled,

  • that's when he resigned. What a prick!

  • That's unprofessional.

  • Unprofessional? It was unpatriotic. I'll tell you what else.

  • It was impolite. There's such a thing as manners.

  • I want to bring back manners. How about that? The America I grew up in.

  • Will you help me, Mr. Schultz?

  • 'Cause I asked Mr. Foran who was the best prosecutor in his office.

  • -He said you. -Thank you.

  • Section 2101 of Title 18.

  • That's the federal law that was broken.

  • That's the Rap Brown Law.

  • In conspiracy to cross state lines in order to incite violence.

  • Comes with a maximum of ten years. We want all ten.

  • -For whom, sir? -The all-star team.

  • "Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis,

  • Lee Weiner, John Froinesand Bobby Seale?"

  • I call 'em the school boys, and when I do, everyone here knows who I'm talking about.

  • Petulant and dangerous.

  • And we watched for a decade while these rebels without a job,

  • who never got their hands dirty fighting the enemy,

  • tell us how to prosecute a war.

  • The decade's over, the grown-ups are back,

  • and I deem these shitty little fairies  to be a threat to national security.

  • So they're gonna spend their thirties in a federal facility.

  • -Real-time. -[Foran] You're lead prosecutor, Richard.

  • You understand why I couldn't tell you until we got here?

  • Sure. Of course, sir.

  • Richard, you're being handed the ball. Are you ready for this?

  • You pay me for my opinion.

  • -What? -I said, sir, you pay me for my opinion.

  • Where'd you learn that? In class? I pay you to win.

  • I'm not sure we can get a good indictment on conspiracy.

  • -Why not? -Some of them have never met each other.

  • Telephones.

  • Mr. Attorney General, the Rap Brown Law was created by Southern whites in Congress

  • to limit the free speech of Black activists.

  • -Civil rights activists-- -I know why it was passed.

  • Why the fuck is he teaching

  • It doesn't matter why it was passed. It matters what it can do.

  • We're not sure what it can do. No one's ever been charged with it.

  • [Foran] That makes it exciting.

  • It's like virgin land. Undeveloped real estate.

  • -It's a law and they broke it. -Of course, sir.

  • -Is there a problem? -No, sir.

  • Say what you want to say, since I'm paying for your wisdom.

  • Give me my money's worth.

  • Sir, there are people who will see this

  • as the Justice Department restraining free speech

  • and there were people who see these men as martyrs.

  • -Are any of those people in this room? -No, sir.

  • You're 33 and you're about to be named lead prosecutor

  • in the most important trial in your lifetime

  • after being handpicked by the attorney general.

  • I'm about to do that right now.

  • But before I do, let me ask you, how do you see them?

  • -Personally or in terms of-- -[Mitchell] Personally.

  • I see them as vulgar, anti-establishment,

  • antisocial and unpragmatic, but none of those things are indictable.

  • Imagine how impressed I'll be when you get an indictment.