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Daniel Ellsberg is a former US military analyst who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon Papers, which revealed how the US public had been misled about the Vietnam war

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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 28, 2010
A Memory of Howard I just learned that my friend Howard Zinn died today. Earlier this morning, I was being interviewed by the Boston Phoenix, in connection with the release in Boston in February of a documentary in which he is featured prominently. The interviewer asked me who my own heroes were, and I had no hesitation in answering, first, "Howard Zinn."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now To motivate voters and Congress to extricate us from these presidential wars, we need the Pentagon Papers of the Middle East wars right now. Not 40 years in the future. Not after even two or three more years of further commitment to stalemated and unjustifiable wars.
As the author knows from direct chat-log conversations with him over the past year, Snowden acted in full knowledge of the constitutionally questionable efforts of the Obama administration, in particular, to use the Espionage Act in a way it was never int, From ImagesAttr
(57 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 30, 2014
Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden would not get a fair trial -- and Kerry is wrong Nothing excuses Kerry's slanderous and despicable characterizations of a young man who, in my opinion, has done more than anyone in or out of government in this century to demonstrate his patriotism, moral courage and loyalty to the oath of office the three of us swore: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Daniel Ellsberg, From YouTubeVideos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 5, 2017
Trump's War on the Press The Espionage Act has been used for leaks to the American public only against government officials or former ones. Obama prosecuted nine cases, or three times as many as all previous presidents together. It's being taken for granted that Trump will follow Obama's pattern, but also believed that he will go further to use the Act against reporters for the first time.
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 21, 2012
Progressives: In Swing States, Vote for Obama Progressives have to be persuaded to vote, and to vote in a battleground state for Obama not anyone else, despite the terrible flaws of the less-bad candidate, the incumbent. That's not easy. As I see it, that's precisely the "effort" Noam is referring to as worth expending right now to prevent the Republicans' rise to power.
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 28, 2017
Trump Threats to WikiLeaks "Nuclear Option" Against the First Amendment an indictment of Assange is a 'first use' of 'the nuclear option' against the First Amendment protection of a free press.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Remembering My Hero, Howard Zinn The renowned historian Howard Zinn died on January 27, 2010. On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of his passing, we are revisiting the following piece by whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about his close friend and "the best human being [he's] ever known," originally published on January 28, 2010.
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 10, 2013
Edward Snowden: Saving Us From The United States Of America For the president to say that there is judicial oversight is nonsense -- as is the alleged oversight function of the intelligence committees in Congress. Not for the first time -- as with issues of torture, kidnapping, detention, assassination by drones and death squads --they have shown themselves to be thoroughly co-opted by the agencies they supposedly monitor.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 1, 2010
Nuclear Hero's 'Crime' Was Making Us Safer Mordechai Vanunu -- my friend, my hero, my brother -- has again been arrested in Israel on "suspicion" of the "crime" of "meeting with foreigners." His offense has been to defy openly and repeatedly, conditions put on his freedom of movement and associations and speech after he had served his full sentence, restrictions on his human rights.
Clockwise from top left: Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg, and Bradley Manning., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 9, 2014
On Secrecy, Oaths, and Edward Snowden Snowden, as he said to Gellman and as I've repeatedly said, did take a real "oath," just one oath, the same oath that every official in the government and every Congressperson takes as an oath of office. He and they "swore" ("or affirmed") "to support and defend the Constitution of the U.S., against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers "Vietnam was a fiasco for thirty years, essentially, that would not have stood the light of public discussions had the very documents in the Pentagon Papers been available [much earlier] during that [whole] time. 50,000 American lives and several million Vietnamese died. . . because the Congress and the American public had been kept in the dark." On releasing them, "I expected to go to prison for life."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 17, 2013
Secrecy and National Security Whistleblowing In the "national security" area of the government -- the White House, the departments of state and defense, the armed services and the "intelligence community," along with their contractors -- there is less whistleblowing than in other departments of the executive branch or in private corporations.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Dear Fellow Progressives: Please Vote for Biden The best hope of removing Trump from the White House is a landslide victory for Biden both in the swing states and in the nation as a whole.