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Highlights of LBJ's Telephone Conversations:
Aug. 1965 - Dec 1965

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Citation No.: 8515
Speaker: CARL ALBERT
Tape: WH6508.02 Program No.: 6
Length: 9:40

Date: 08/06/1965
Time: 6:16P
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: C-SAN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED"; "(RET. HIS CALL)"; CONTINUES ON NEXT PNO

Topics: SIGNING OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT; PENDING BILLS; EDITH GREEN, WAYNE MORSE AND HANDLING OF HIGHER EDUCATION BILL; IMMIGRATION, FARM BILLS; GERALD FORD'S PRESS LEAKS ON UK STERLING CRISIS; ADAM CLAYTON POWELL'S ABSENCE; FAIR EMPLOYMENT, MINIMUM WAGE BILLS


Citation No.: 8516
Speaker: CARL ALBERT
Tape: WH6508.02 Program No.: 7
Length: 7:00

Date: 08/06/1965
Time: 6:16P
Other Speakers: DAVID ALBERT
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED"; "(RET. HIS CALL)"; DAVID ALBERT IS MEETING WITH HIS FATHER CARL ALBERT AT TIME OF CALL; CONTINUES FROM PREVIOUS PNO

Topics: CONCERNS ABOUT ECONOMIC EFFECT OF MINIMUM WAGE, CIVILIAN PAY BILLS; WAYNE MORSE AND HIGHER EDUCATION BILL; ALBERT'S CONCERNS ABOUT FARM BILL; ARA BILL; LBJ INVITES DAVID ALBERT TO BASEBALL GAME; FAIR EMPLOYMENT BILL


Citation No.: 8538
Speaker: JOSEPH CALIFANO
Tape: WH6508.04 Program No.: 3
Length: 14:53

Date: 08/14/1965
Time: 8:09P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN; CONCURRENT RECORDING OF #8539; LBJ IS APPARENTLY MEETING WITH JACK VALENTI AT TIME OF CALL, SPEAKS BRIEFLY WITH HIM DURING CALL

Topics: PROCEDURES FOR RELAYING REQUESTS FOR FEDERAL AID TO HANDLE WATTS RIOTS; LBJ EMPHASIZES NEED FOR STATE, LOCAL FORCES TO TRY TO CONTROL RIOTS FIRST; DELAY IN DEPLOYING TROOPS; QUESTION OF SENDING FEDERAL OFFICIAL TO LA; OTIS CHANDLER; ABSENCE OF DEPT HEADS


Citation No.: 8555
Speaker: DWIGHT EISENHOWER
Tape: WH6508.05 Program No.: 14
Length: 10:48

Date: 08/18/1965
Time: 6:15P
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED"; EISENHOWER ON HOLD 1:30; OFFICE CONVERSATION ABOUT COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM PRECEDES CALL; DAILY DIARY INDICATES LBJ IS MEETING WITH CHARLES SCHULTZE, ELMER STAATS, JOSEPH CALIFANO AT TIME OF CALL

Topics: EISENHOWER DISCUSSES HIS REMARKS TO THE PRESS ON UN DUES, SAYS HE HAS NOW BEEN BRIEFED BY ARTHUR GOLDBERG; LBJ READS BILL MOYERS' RESPONSE TO PRESS ON ALLEGED DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EISENHOWER AND LBJ ON VIETNAM; EISENHOWER'S SUPPORT FOR VIETNAM POLICY


Citation No.: 8578
Speaker: MARTIN LUTHER KING
Tape: WH6508.07 Program No.: 12
Length: 13:41

Date: 08/20/1965
Time: 5:10P
Other Speakers: LEE WHITE; OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED"; DAILY DIARY INDICATES LBJ IS MEETING WITH LEE WHITE AT TIME OF CALL; WHITE SPEAKS BRIEFLY AT BEGINNING OF CALL; MLK ON HOLD 0:35; OFFICE CONVERSATION PRECEDES CALL

Topics: CLOSE VOTES ON POVERTY BILL; THOMAS KUCHEL'S LETTER ON WATTS RIOTS; MLK'S MEETINGS WITH CALIFORNIA LEADERS; NEED FOR FEDERAL PROGRAMS TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY; WH CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE; HOWARD UNIVERSITY SPEECH; MLK'S VIEWS ON VIETNAM POLICY; PEACE EFFORTS


Citation No.: 8585
Speaker: CYRUS VANCE
Tape: WH6508.08 Program No.: 5
Length: 13:05

Date: 08/20/1965
Time: 10:01P
Other Speakers: JOSEPH CALIFANO; CLARK CLIFFORD; ABE FORTAS; OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "JOINED BY POTUS (SEE B.4 & 5)"; JOSEPH CALIFANO, CLARK CLIFFORD, ABE FORTAS, HARRY MCPHERSON, JACK, MARY MARGARET, COURTENAY VALENTI ARE MEETING WITH LBJ AT TIME OF CALL; OFFICE CONVERSATION AUDIBLE WHILE CALIFANO, CLIFFORD, FORTAS TALK WITH VANCE

Topics: WORDING OF VETO MESSAGE FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AUTHORIZATION BILL CONTAINING PROVISION REQUIRING CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION OF BASE CLOSINGS, MOVEMENT OF MILITARY MISSIONS; LBJ DISCUSSES RICHARD RUSSELL'S VIEWS OF BILL, COMPLAINS ABOUT VETO MESSAGE


Citation No.: 8620
Speaker: JOHN MCCORMACK
Tape: WH6508.10 Program No.: 2
Length: 9:45

Date: 08/23/1965
Time: 3:30P
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED"; "RE SAME MATTER AS CONV. W/SECY MCN."; "DOD TROUBLE WITH MENDEL RIVERS"; BRIEF OFFICE CONVERSATION PRECEDES CALL; DAILY DIARY INDICATES LBJ IS MEETING WITH HARRY MCPHERSON, JOSEPH CALIFANO AT TIME OF CALL

Topics: LBJ EXPRESSES IRRITATION WITH MENDEL RIVERS ABOUT VETOED MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AUTHORIZATION BILL; RIVERS' RECENT COMMENTS ADVOCATING BOMBING CHINA; MILITARY PAY BILL; LBJ READS AP STORY QUOTING LETTER SUPPORTING US POLICY FROM MARINE WHO DIED IN VIETNAM


Citation No.: 8667
Speaker: AL FRIENDLY
Tape: WH6508.13 Program No.: 1
Length: 15:34

Date: 08/28/1965
Time: 4:15P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "(FR RANCH)" WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE CONTAINING DICTABELT; NEAR BEGINNING OF CALL LBJ BRIEFLY INTERRUPTS HIS CONVERSATION WITH FRIENDLY TO SPEAK WITH BILL MOYERS WHO IS MEETING WITH LBJ; FRIENDLY IS DIFFICULT TO HEAR; CONTINUES ON NEXT PNO

Topics: WASHINGTON, DC HOME RULE DISCHARGE PETITION; OBJECTION TO PETITION BY COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN, HOUSE LEADERSHIP; LBJ'S PHILOSOPHY AS SENATE POLICY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TO PERMIT VOTES ON BILLS, CONCERNS ABOUT PUBLIC REACTION WHEN BILLS ARE BOTTLED UP


Citation No.: 8668
Speaker: AL FRIENDLY
Tape: WH6508.13 Program No.: 2
Length: 3:04

Date: 08/28/1965
Time: 4:15P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Transcribed: N
Restriction: C-SAN

Comments: "(FR RANCH)" WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE CONTAINING DICTABELT; CONTINUES FROM PREVIOUS PNO

Topics: LBJ DISCUSSES NEED TO PASS LEGISLATION TO REMEDY BASIC PROBLEMS IN IMPOVERISHED AREAS AND TO PASS WASHINGTON, DC HOME RULE BILL; REACTION OF PRESS TO LBJ'S RECENT STATEMENT ON WATTS, CIVIL DISORDERS


Citation No.: 8825
Speaker: KATHARINE GRAHAM
Tape: WH6509.02 Program No.: 5
Length: 3:56

Date: 09/03/1965
Time: 12:42P
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "MRS. PHILIP GRAHAM"; RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN; GRAHAM IS DIFFICULT TO HEAR

Topics: GRAHAM CONGRATULATES LBJ ON SIGNING OF WASHINGTON, DC HOME RULE DISCHARGE PETITION; LBJ DISCUSSES OPPOSITION TO FINANCIAL PROVISIONS OF BILL, PRAISES AL FRIENDLY'S WORK ON BILL; LBJ'S STATEMENT EMPHASIZING HIS PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH WASHINGTON, DC


Citation No.: 8839
Speaker: WAYNE MORSE
Tape: WH6509.02 Program No.: 19
Length: 6:00

Date: 09/04/1965
Time: 12:29P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "BELTS 1B"; RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN; POOR SOUND QUALITY; CONCURRENT RECORDING OF #8840

Topics: MORSE CONGRATULATES LBJ ON STEEL SETTLEMENT, ENCOURAGES LBJ TO REST; WASHINGTON, DC HOME RULE BILL; HIGHER EDUCATION BILL; LBJ TALKS ABOUT HIS EFFORTS TO PASS STUDENT LOAN BILL AS SENATOR; SIGNING CEREMONY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION BILL; MORSE'S BULL


Citation No.: 8851
Speaker: ROBERT MCNAMARA
Tape: WH6509.03 Program No.: 7
Length: 15:19

Date: 09/12/1965
Time: 9:26A?
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "9:26A OR 10:30A"; CONTENT OF CALL DOES NOT VERIFY EXACT TIME; RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN; CONTINUES ON NEXT PNO

Topics: SEARCH FOR BARGE CARRYING CHLORINE MISSING IN LOUISIANA AFTER HURRICANE BETSY; INDIA-PAKISTAN CONFLICT; CHINA'S REACTION; FOOD AID TO INDIA; PACIFICATION EFFORT AGAINST VIET CONG; US TROOP STRENGTH; AIRCRAFT LOSSES; BOMBING CAMPAIGN; WASHINGTON POST POLL


Citation No.: 8881
Speaker: GEORGE FALLON
Tape: WH6509.05 Program No.: 10
Length: 11:52

Date: 09/17/1965
Time: 11:15A
Other Speakers: OFFICE SECRETARY; OFFICE CONVERSATION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: OFFICE CONVERSATION PRECEDES CALL; DIARY INDICATES LBJ IS MEETING WITH WALTER REUTHER AT TIME OF CALL; LBJ ASKS OFFICE SECRETARY TO PUT BILL MOYERS ON CALL IF HE IS NOT GIVING PRESS BRIEFING BUT MOYERS IS NOT HEARD; LBJ APPARENTLY ON SPEAKERPHONE

Topics: FALLON TELLS LBJ THAT HOUSE COMMITTEE CANNOT ACT ON SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION BILL UNTIL SENATE SENDS BILL TO HOUSE TODAY; LBJ EXPRESSES SHOCK OVER THEIR POSITION AND DELAYS, DISCUSSES PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES, BILLBOARD LOBBY'S TACTICS


Citation No.: 9015
Speaker: ROBERT KENNEDY
Tape: WH6510.01 Program No.: 15
Length: 9:30

Date: 10/05/1965
Time: 6:10P
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN
Comments: RFK ON HOLD 0:25

Topics: LBJ REPORTS THAT HE WILL HAVE GALL BLADDER SURGERY, WILL NAME NEW YORK STATE JUDGE JAMES WATSON TO CUSTOMS COURT; RFK DISCUSSES PAPAL NUNCIO'S CONCERNS ABOUT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; CURRENT SITUATION THERE; LBJ'S MEETING WITH POPE PAUL


Citation No.: 9028
Speaker: ARTHUR GOLDBERG
Tape: WH6510.02 Program No.: 7
Length: 3:53

Date: 10/22/1965
Time: 3:30P
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED"; CONTINUES ON NEXT PNO

Topics: LBJ DISCUSSES HIS CONCERNS ABOUT FOREIGN AID FOR INDIA, PAKISTAN AND NEED FOR NATIONS TO HELP THEMSELVES; ORIGINS OF ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS IN EISENHOWER ADMINISTRATION; NEED FOR LAND, TAX REFORM IN LATIN AMERICA; LBJ'S STATEMENT ON FOREIGN AID BILL


Citation No.: 9029
Speaker: ARTHUR GOLDBERG
Tape: WH6510.02 Program No.: 8
Length: 2:30

Date: 10/22/1965
Time: 3:30P
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED"; CONTINUES FROM PREVIOUS PNO

Topics: LBJ TELLS GOLDBERG TO TELL LATIN AMERICAN UN MEMBERS ABOUT HIS CONCERNS ABOUT FOREIGN AID, NEED FOR NATIONS TO HELP THEMSELVES; GOLDBERG'S MEETINGS WITH LABOR LEADERS; NYC MAYORAL RACE; VIETNAM POLICY; LBJ'S RECOVERY; NEGATIVE PRESS REPORTS


Citation No.: 9105
Speaker: ROY WILKINS
Tape: WH6511.01 Program No.: 5
Length: 16:00

Date: 11/04/1965
Time: 10:50A
Place: LBJ RANCH
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "SUMMARIZED"; RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN; POOR SOUND QUALITY AT TIMES; CONTINUES ON NEXT 2 PNOS

Topics: LBJ'S GALL BLADDER SURGERY; APPOINTMENT OF HUD SECRETARY; NEGRO VOTE IN YESTERDAY'S ELECTIONS IN NYC, CLEVELAND, PHILADELPHIA; LBJ DISCUSSES HIS FAITH IN ELECTORATE, IMPORTANCE OF VOTING RIGHTS; JOHN CONNALLY; DC HOME RULE BILL; VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES


Citation No.: 9127
Speaker: JOSEPH CALIFANO
Tape: WH6511.04 Program No.: 4
Length: 5:54

Date: 11/09/1965
Time: 5:40P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Other Speakers: SIGNAL CORPS OPERATORS
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "TRIP SITE RANCH"; "POWER FAILURE IN NY"; "FIRST HALF OF THIS BELT IS TESTING" WRITTEN ON DICTABELT; SIGNAL CORPS OPERATORS DISCUSS BELTS FOR RECORDING CONVERSATION BEFORE CALL; CALIFANO ON HOLD 0:50

Topics: CALIFANO READS DRAFT PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT ON NORTHEAST US POWER FAILURE; LBJ TELLS CALIFANO TO HALT TRANSPORTATION INTO AFFECTED AREA, DISCUSSES EMERGENCY PROCEDURES, ASKS ABOUT POSSIBLE CAUSE OF FAILURE; UPCOMING TRIP TO RANCH BY RUSK, MCNAMARA, OTHERS


Citation No.: 9134
Speaker: DONALD HORNIG
Tape: WH6511.04 Program No.: 11
Length: 5:01

Date: 11/09/1965
Time: 7:05P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Other Speakers: SIGNAL CORPS OPERATOR
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "TRIP SITE RANCH"; HORNIG ON HOLD 0:50; LBJ ASKS SIGNAL CORPS OPERATOR TO TRANSFER HORNIG TO BILL MOYERS AT END OF CALL; CONCURRENT RECORDING OF #9135

Topics: HORNIG BRIEFS LBJ ON NORTHEAST US POWER FAILURE, SOURCE OF FAILURE, RESUMPTION OF SERVICE; LBJ ASKS ABOUT CAUSE OF FAILURE; HORNIG TELLS LBJ THAT WEATHER MAY BE CAUSE; LBJ ASKS HORNIG TO BRIEF BILL MOYERS; LBJ LEARNED OF FAILURE FROM CBS RADIO BROADCAST


Citation No.: 9147
Speaker: NELSON ROCKEFELLER
Tape: WH6511.05 Program No.: 3
Length: 5:03

Date: 11/09/1965
Time: 9:15P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Other Speakers: OFFICE CONVERSATION; MARGARETTA "HAPPY" ROCKEFELLER
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: LBJ IS MEETING WITH LADY BIRD JOHNSON AT TIME OF CALL AND SHE IS AUDIBLE IN BACKGROUND; MARGARETTA "HAPPY" ROCKEFELLER IS MEETING WITH NELSON ROCKEFELLER AT TIME OF CALL

Topics: ROCKEFELLER REPORTS ON SITUATION IN NEW YORK DURING POWER FAILURE; LBJ TELLS ROCKEFELLER HE IS APPOINTING HIM TO ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS; LBJ TELLS HAPPY HE LOOKS FORWARD TO SEEING HER AT DINNER FOR UK'S PRINCESS MARGARET


Citation No.: 9188
Speaker: ROBERT MCNAMARA
Tape: WH6511.07 Program No.: 10
Length: 3:36

Date: 11/22/1965
Time: 10:41A
Place: LBJ RANCH
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: "(RET. HIS CALL)"; MUSIC AUDIBLE IN BACKGROUND

Topics: MCNAMARA DISCUSSES JCS REQUEST TO BOMB PETROLEUM STORAGE TARGETS IN NORTH VIETNAM; STATE DEPT CONCERNS ABOUT RESPONSE OF COMMUNIST CHINA, USSR; POSSIBLE MILITARY GAINS; QUESTION OF MINING HAIPHONG HARBOR; MCNAMARA RECOMMENDS AGAINST APPROVING REQUEST NOW


Citation No.: 9305
Speaker: ROBERT MCNAMARA
Tape: WH6512.01 Program No.: 5
Length: 6:22

Date: 12/02/1965
Time: 12:15P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: POOR SOUND QUALITY; MCNAMARA ON HOLD 0:20; PREVIOUSLY OPENED IN PART ON TAPE SO.02

Topics: MCNAMARA DISCUSSES SIZE OF SUPPLEMENTAL DEFENSE BUDGET REQUEST FOR VIETNAM AND INCREASE IN SIZE OF 1967 DEFENSE NEEDS, SAYS INCREASED MILITARY ACTION MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY DIPLOMATIC AND POLITICAL ACTIONS; UPCOMING MEETING OF LBJ AND ADVISERS ON VIETNAM


Citation No.: 9306
Speaker: MCGEORGE BUNDY
Tape: WH6512.01 Program No.: 6
Length: 16:27

Date: 12/03/1965
Time: 9:31A
Place: LBJ RANCH
Transcribed: Y
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: POOR SOUND QUALITY; BUNDY IS DIFFICULT TO HEAR; CONTINUES ON NEXT 2 PNOS

Topics: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC POLL; BUNDY'S CABLE ON VIETNAM DECISIONS; LBJ SAYS ADVISERS SHOULD MEET ON ALTERNATIVES BEFORE MEETING WITH HIM; POSSIBLE SEPARATE VIETNAM BUDGET; INTEREST RATE HIKE; DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS; DOMINICAN SITUATION; WH CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE


Citation No.: 9326
Speaker: ROBERT MCNAMARA
Tape: WH6512.03 Program No.: 10
Length: 14:51

Date: 12/20/1965
Time: 9:12A
Place: MANSION
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN

Topics: PROPOSAL TO HOLD DOWN DOD BUDGET BY NOT FINANCING VIETNAM MILITARY COSTS BEYOND 1966; GERMAN OFFSET PAYMENT; POSSIBLE GERMAN MILITARY AID TO VIETNAM; LBJ'S CONCERNS ABOUT BUDGET, EXCISE TAX, INCOME TAX; VIETNAM CHRISTMAS TRUCE, AIR RAID, PORT CONGESTION


Citation No.: 9327
Speaker: ROBERT MCNAMARA
Tape: WH6512.04 Program No.: 1
Length: 10:49

Date: 12/22/1965
Time: 10:10A
Place: LBJ RANCH
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: POOR SOUND QUALITY

Topics: NEED TO FINALIZE DOD BUDGET; PROPOSAL TO HOLD DOWN DOD BUDGET BY NOT FINANCING VIETNAM MILITARY COSTS BEYOND 1966; POVERTY BUDGET; POSSIBLE NEED FOR TAX INCREASE, EFFECT ON GREAT SOCIETY PROGRAMS; NEED TO INCREASE MILITARY STRENGTH; POSSIBLE PEACE TALKS


Citation No.: 9338
Speaker: MCGEORGE BUNDY
Tape: WH6512.05 Program No.: 2
Length: 13:24

Date: 12/27/1965
Time: 9:35A
Place: LBJ RANCH
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: POOR SOUND QUALITY; BACKGROUND HUM; RECORDING STARTS AFTER CONVERSATION HAS BEGUN

Topics: VIETNAM BOMBING HALT; LBJ SAYS HE FAVORS HALT IF THERE IS HOPE OF PEACE, DISCUSSES REPORT FROM GEORGE BROWN? ON PORT CONGESTION IN SOUTH VIETNAM; PRESS LEAKS FROM MILITARY, HHH; PHILIPPINE CONTRIBUTION IN VIETNAM; PEACE EFFORTS; EFFECTIVENESS OF BOMBING


Citation No.: 9339
Speaker: MAXWELL TAYLOR
Tape: WH6512.05 Program No.: 3
Length: 11:24

Date: 12/27/1965
Time: 8:56P
Place: LBJ RANCH
Other Speakers: ROBERT MCNAMARA
Transcribed: N
Restriction: OPEN

Comments: TAYLOR ON HOLD 0:20; LBJ IS MEETING WITH MCNAMARA AT TIME OF CALL

Topics: LBJ DISCUSSES US DOMESTIC CONCERNS ABOUT VIETNAM, ASKS TAYLOR'S VIEWS ON EXTENSION OF BOMBING HALT, PEACE EFFORTS; TAYLOR SAYS HE OPPOSES PAUSE BUT SAYS THIS IS BEST TIME FOR IT IF IT IS NECESSARY; U. S. GRANT SHARP'S OPPOSITION TO PAUSE; MILITARY EFFECTS