8 January 2014
i am familier with the story how the Nixon Administration tried to boot John out of the country saying that he was a “danger to national security” they started to “bug” him and all of his accosites and friends. i would assume even Paul, George and Ringo. when Paul first banded Wings in December of ’71, he wanted to tour, but he left America out at that time. was that one of the reasons why he stayed out of the U.S. at that time, because he knew it would not be safe? And the Paul did not tour the U.S. until 1976…the same year John finaly got his green card. I’m also wondrering Paul (or George or Ringo) was ever “bugged” by Nixon in 1972. and if Paul and the other 2 were also considered “threats” by Nixon. I’m sure Paul probely got in trouble for the song “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” just as John did for “the Luck of The Irish”, BOTH released in 1972. (But mostly “John Sinclaire” caused John (Lennon) the most trouble)
14 December 2009
I’m not sure whether or not Nixon really gave a damn about struggles between Ireland and Great Britain, actually. And I would bet that Paul’s refusal to tour until ’76 had more to do with him wanting to assemble a stable band, proper setlist, and big-time light-show, all things that he was doing for the first time, really.
It was really only John who was consorting with hardcore left-wing activists, so I doubt that the other three were on the radar. But I could be wrong – Nixon was pretty paranoid!
One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
-- Paul McCartney
22 December 2013
There’s really not a whole lot to go on, much of the evidence is classified/disposed of. It’s pretty clear though that someone with considerable political pull had it in for him. Ringo makes a strange remark on the ‘Anthology’ about Elvis “being big with the CIA and everything” which I always thought was a reference to this turbulent ‘Nixon Period’ as well. David Peel was one of John’s associates (and an Apple signing) during this period and goes into the subject a little bit here:
I found his claim that the FBI mistook him for John Lennon and had mistakingly put his picture on John’s FBI file kinda interesting, for I don’t believe for one second that the Bureau would make such a blunder unless it was to hide the real file on John, interesting subject indeed…:-)