Scott Horton Interviews Daniel Ellsberg

Scott Horton, July 07, 2009

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Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, discusses the events leading to the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, earlier CIA attempts to provoke N. Vietnam retaliation, Robert McNamara’s role in hiding evidence that the second Tonkin Gulf incident never happened, the possibility an earlier leak of the Pentagon Papers would have prevented the Vietnam War and saved millions of lives, the sociological explanation of how government secrects are kept and the U.S. penchant for planning false-flag operations that sacrifice American lives.

MP3 here. (65:00)

In 1959 Daniel Ellsberg worked as a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation, and consultant to the Defense Department and the White House, specializing in problems of the command and control of nuclear weapons, nuclear war plans, and crisis decision-making. He joined the Defense Department in 1964 as Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), John McNaughton, working on Vietnam. He transferred to the State Department in 1965 to serve two years at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, evaluating pacification on the front lines.

On return to the RAND Corporation in 1967, he worked on the Top Secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000 page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.

10 Responses to “Daniel Ellsberg”

  1. Didn't Barry Goldwater call Vietnam "McNamara's War?"

  2. Never heard that about Goldwater – a scorched-earther. Hmmm…

    Ellsberg's reflection on his role and his regret.

    A memorable interview, Scott. Thanks.

  3. I'm mystified that someone with a ringside seat to our leaders' perennial false-flag mentality still subscribes to the 9/11 Official Conspiracy Theory. Bush and Cheney did not bumblingly play right into bin Laden's hands. Al Qaeda sand ninjas did not stuff the twin towers to the rafters with military-grade thermite. Mister Ellsberg, your country needs you. Again.

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  6. I'm with Chris Lester…….. 911 was a worse, more ponyed up operation than the Golf Of Tonkin ever dreamed of bein….. Let's not forget the Anthrakz They used so effectively to marked their oil grab.
    Ya, Ya,…I know, They COULDN'T be THAT bad!!! & They wouldn't kill Americans…….. Sorry to be the barer of ill tidings….BUT…not only WOULD… they……they… DID!!!

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  8. The interesting question is, what gigantic crime will be next? One possibility is clearly, almost explicitly planned in this video http://www.booktv.org/Program/10662/One+Second+Af… This is so chilling, it is as explicit as the Neocon writings and National Security Doctrine prior to 2001, calling for a new pearl harbor. This interview suggests it may be an EMP blast by our own rocket/ warhead, causing such a disruption they can grab even MORE loot, for even LONGER periods of time.

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    @TunnelBreeze hey, have you heard the interview of Daniel Ellsberg on Bradley Manning ? http://bit.ly/agZu9N #freemanning
    I was sent the abve link by @cpounterwording which did not work. I managed to find it however The above article provides food for thoughI would question the manner in which I received information about it as I think it typifies American arrogance in this matter.

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