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California Dreaming: The Hippie ‘Flower-Child’ Revolutionaries Who Protested the Vietnam War & Their Ties To The Military Intelligence Community Driving It. A Cautionary Tale.

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By John Wear | 13 October 2018

WEARS WAR — During the first week of August 1964, warships under the command of U.S. Adm. George Stephen Morrison allegedly came under attack while patrolling Vietnam’s Tonkin Gulf. This attack was later called the Tonkin Gulf Incident. Although this attack probably never took place, it was used as an excuse to start the Vietnam War[1] “…without a Congressional Declaration of War.”

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Meanwhile, in the early months of 1965, an astounding number of musicians, singers and songwriters suddenly moved to a geographically and socially isolated community known as Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. Within months, the “hippie/flower child” movement started in Laurel Canyon and began to protest the Vietnam War [2]. This article will show that this so-called peace movement was likely controlled by the same military/intelligence community that instigated the Vietnam War.

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One of the most iconic, controversial, critically acclaimed and influential figures to take up residence in Laurel Canyon was Jim Morrison of the Doors. Jim Morrison also happens to be the son of the aforementioned Adm. George Stephen Morrison. So while the father actively conspired to fabricate an incident that started the Vietnam War, his son moved to Laurel Canyon and positioned himself to become an icon of the peace/anti-war crowd.[3]

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Left: Adm. George Stephen Morrison Right: Jim Morrison of the Doors

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Captain Morrison and his son Jim on the bridge of the Bon Homme Richard in January 1964
John Phillips also moved to Laurel Canyon and played a major role in spreading the emerging “counterculture” across America. Phillips helped organize the Monterrey Pop Festival and wrote the popular song San Francisco, which were both instrumental in luring the disenfranchised to San Francisco to create the Haight-Ashbury phenomenon and the 1967 Summer of Love. John Phillips was the son of U.S. Marine Corp. Cpt. Claude Andrew Phillips, and attended a series of elite military prep schools in the Washington, D.C. area, culminating in his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.[4]

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“Papa John” John Phillips was the son of U.S. Marine Corp. Cpt. Claude Andrew Phillips.

Ellen Naomi Cohen, better known as Cass Elliot, was a childhood friend of John Phillips’s nephew. Elliot was born in Baltimore but grew up in Alexandria and attended the same high school as Phillips. John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot formed the highly popular Laurel Canyon band the Mamas and the Papas.[5] […]

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