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The Post-Constitutional Era

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear our challenge to the law that lets the military indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens is another example of the transformation of the judiciary into an enemy of the Constitution.

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE


Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack Tell It Like It Is at Whistle-Blowers’ Summit

Unfortunately for our shaky democracy, the U.S. has needed serious and frequent help in exposing the misuse and abuse of government power in recent years. Fortunately for our democracy, people like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack have been paying attention.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: The Pulitzer Prize Committee

When institutions lend their support to the powerless, as the Pulitzer committee did this week to whistle-blowers and their newspapers, the battle is no longer merely between the weak and its oppressors.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



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The Amazing True Story of 8 Ordinary Americans Who Blew the Lid Off Government Spying

Eight more patriots can be added to the roll of whistle-blowing heroes Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Would Have Indicted Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer interviews the godfather of principled leakers about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden and President Obama’s “unprecedented campaign against whistle-blowing.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE


Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Would Have Indicted Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer interviews the godfather of principled leakers about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden and President Obama’s “unprecedented campaign against whistle-blowing.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



Sara Beladi

Daniel Ellsberg: Whistle-Blowers Are Good for Democracy

Truthdig’s Robert Scheer sat down with Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg recently to compare Ellsberg’s story, and the U.S. government’s handling of his case, with those of Edward Snowdon and Bradley Manning. According to Ellsberg, “whistle-blower” may now carry a more positive charge than it did when he earned the title, but the outcome looks far bleaker for those two who also defied authorities to serve their country.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE



Daniel Ellsberg / ellsberg.net

Ellsberg: Snowden Made Right Decision by Leaving America

Daniel Ellsberg was able to remain in the U.S. after leaking the Pentagon Papers because, “The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago,” he argues in an op-ed Sunday. Edward Snowden would be greeted with a much different fate, Ellsberg notes, and as a result, he disagrees with those who compare Snowden to him unfavorably because of the NSA whistle-blower’s exit from the U.S.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Daniel Ellsberg

Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg remains a steadfast example of the courage he recognizes in Edward Snowden and others in the current generation of whistle-blowers.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Ellsberg on NSA Leaker Snowden: ‘He’s Done an Enormous Service’ (Video)

“It can’t be overestimated to this democracy,” Daniel Ellsberg told CNN on Sunday night. “It gives us a chance, I think, from drawing back from the total surveillance state that we could say we’re in process of becoming, I’m afraid we have become. That’s what he’s revealed.”

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

The major news outlets that were thrilled to profit from the information that Bradley Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



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War Is Too Tragic for Weak Balance of Powers

Many people know Daniel Ellsberg exposed the lies the U.S. government used to justify the Vietnam War. What many don’t know is that he was also a gung-ho, Cold War analyst who participated in them.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Daniel Ellsberg

For our first Truthdigger installment of 2012, we salute Daniel Ellsberg, who has taken a page from his experience with the Pentagon Papers and is still busy serving up a bracing dose of truth to power, most recently with his support of accused WikiLeaker Bradley Manning.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ollie Atkins, White House photographer

Nixon’s Watergate Testimony Finally Goes Public

After nearly 35 years, the American public finally gets to hear Richard Nixon’s claims about some of his administration’s shadier practices, Watergate figuring most notoriously among them, after the National Archives’ release Thursday of transcripts of his grand jury testimony. ... (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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The Pentagon Papers Go Public

It’s been 40 years since Daniel Ellsberg took his place in history as the whistle-blower who blew the lid off the American government’s shameful secrets about the Vietnam War by leaking the Pentagon Papers. On Monday, Americans can read ... (more)

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

All the WikiLeaks Fit to Print

There is a craven disconnect between the eagerness of leading editors to exploit the important news revealed by WikiLeaks and their efforts to distance themselves from both the courageous website and Bradley Manning, the alleged source of documents posted there.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Manning Might Face the Death Penalty

Pfc. Bradley Manning was allegedly the conduit through which WikiLeaks received a great deal of information that the U.S. military and government didn’t want the public to know, and on Wednesday the Army slapped him with ...

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Mad in America

What do we have now? An anti-war movement that is so gutless and so savagely unimaginative that it has proved itself to be too lazy, even too cowardly, to face down the very disease of oligarchy that it had concocted itself to cure.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE    


‘Hope Is Action’: Hedges and Ellsberg Arrested at White House Protest

On Thursday, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg were among the 131 anti-war activists arrested during a nonviolent demonstration outside the White House ...

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE


Leaking to Avert Disaster

While the Pentagon Papers revealed the duplicity of American policymakers in the senseless Vietnam War, their release came too late to save many lives or change the course of that conflict. The WikiLeaks disclosures may have arrived in time to influence policy and prevent disaster.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Maya Alleruzzo

Thank God for the Whistle-Blowers

What WikiLeaks did was brilliant journalism, and the bleating critics from the president on down are revealing just how low a regard they have for the truth.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Army / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

The Biggest Secret From the ‘Secret Archive’

The release of 92,000 pages of secret military documents by the website WikiLeaks points to the futility of the war in Afghanistan and the double-dealing of our so-called ally Pakistan.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Obscenity of War

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


Inside ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’

Judith Ehrlich discusses her Academy Award-nominated documentary about Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


Best Documentary Nominees

The Motion Picture Academy has assembled an impressive slate of feature-length documentaries this year, from the inside story of the Pentagon Papers to an on-the-ground look at Burma’s Saffron Uprising. Here are the trailers for all five extraordinary films.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE


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McNamara’s Evil Lives On

It was the stark evil Robert McNamara perpetrated as secretary of defense that must indelibly frame our memory of him. To not speak out fully because of respect for the deceased would be to mock the memory of the millions he caused to be maimed and killed in a war that he later freely admitted never made any sense.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE


Ellsberg Warns of Possible ‘Police State’ in U.S.

Just to put current world events in perspective, here’s a transcript of a recent speech by Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who released the Pentagon Papers to the press during the Vietnam War, about some potential developments that could severely harm our country in the not-so-distant future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Gravel’s Poignant Mantra: ‘Young Men and Women ... Dying’

Although it feels a bit like an ‘80s thriller or an episode of “Hard Copy” gone awry, this campaign video from Mike Gravel does a handy job of countering the president’s ill-advised comparison of the wars in Iraq and Vietnam.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


Time Is Right for New Pentagon Papers

Of the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Mike Gravel is probably the least well recognized. His dark-horse candidacy may be the butt of jokes on the late-night comedy shows, but that doesn’t faze former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg: “Here is a senator who was not afraid to look foolish. That is the fear that keeps people in line all their lives.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


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