Ellsberg in LA Times: “There should be a Pentagon Papers out every year.”

by Ellsberg.Net on October 5, 2010

Daniel Ellsberg was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times in anticipation of the premiere of The Most Dangerous Man in America tonight on PBS:

Ellsberg was critical of George W. Bush’s administration for what he regards as its disdain for transparency, but also blames the Obama White House for continuing the cloaked practices in the war on terror. He’s heartened by the recent cache of documents released by WikiLeaks on the Afghan war, though he thinks newspapers are more credible places to publish than the Internet. But he applauds the site for offering a clearer look at what the U.S. government is up to: “There should be a Pentagon Papers out ever year,” he says.

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Norina Dove March 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Those taking office rarely uphold the standards that got them elected. But to answer the question: Yes, I would.

Major Variola (ret) October 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Hi, I just want to say thanks for all you’ve done. I’m 46
so the Nam controversy was slightly behind me. I’m only now
because of Wikileaks learning exactly what you did. Holy
cow, 7K xerox pages? Stone knives and bearskins sir.
I am in awe. Historic bravery. You must have had a few
very anxious weeks.

You are a national treasure.


Robert K. MacDonald October 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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Bhakti Brophy October 15, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Mr. Ellsberg–YOU are a TRUE American patriot. I simply want to thank you for your courage in releasing the Pentagon Papers, and for taking a stand against the lying and deceit our government continually engaged (engages?) in. How in the world are United States citizens supposed to make informed decisions at the polss when the TRUTH is held hostage somewhere in Top Secret reports…and the faces of the government systematically lie to their constituents? Most of the population believes the cable news shows –what a disgrace. I agree with you 100% that there should be “Pentagon Papers” released EVERY year. Of course, there needs to be SOME secrets to keep our country safe; but the systematic lying HAS to stop, in both our government AND our financial systems. Thank you for you in the world. Peace to you, my friend!

Vivian Ellison October 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I watched the POV program regarding Dr. Ellsberg vs. Goliath-The Pentagon. I think we had another “outlaw government” with the Bush administration’s illegal aggression into Iraq and now the Afghanistan quagmire. How come GW Bush is not considered a war criminal-on trial in the Hague for war crimes against humanity?
He is a prominent American i.e. let’s not hurt his feelings? Get real here-he should not get off living a life of luxury for all the harm he has done to this country. The civilian death toll/ plus our braveheart soldier death count huge in Iraq. Too high a price again fighting rich men’s war. Could someone please comment on why Bush is not going to the Hague-or talk circulating about this possibility?

J R Rudert October 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I watched POV last night and was reminded of the terrible things our government has done in the name of security. Congratulations to you for the courage to shed a little light on these by making the Pentagon Papers public. Will there ever be another one like you?

Deborah Moore Barquinero October 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Thank you. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Your “delayed” action to tell the People what the Government DID to us was unavoidable. I applaud your fairness in weighing both sides very carefully before you gave your story to America. I am glad you lived through it! VERY few of the YOU did! We lost Dr. King, Mr. Evers, Bobby, and countless others for telling the Truth.

I am honored to talk about you to my children and grandchildren. (who only had/have school texts for their information while growing up) I believe we can Serve our country by adding the Fact that just because a person is the President, he is human with faults. (some more than others) That is sorely lacking in our classrooms still! A one-sided curriculum is wrong.

Thank you so much for your bravery, and that of your wonderful Wife.

Anne Dillon October 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I watched the film last night on PBS and just want to say Thank You Daniel Ellsberg for what you did for America! We need more citizens like you — Thank you for your courage, your integrity, and for doing the right thing by taking high-wire action against a very, very wrong-headed war.

Norina Dove October 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

A lesson every American should learn: Until American’s learn to go to the polls with a clear understanding of who they are putting in office and hold those officials accountable for their actions, our government will stay on the same path it has taken for so many years.

Get rid of the lobbists, get rid of the party system, get back to the basics of our founding documents!

Kathy Gregg October 6, 2010 at 2:41 am

I wonder why you don’t run for office yourself? You would obviously have a tract. It’s so easy to practice at the theory of the strawman, but so difficult to be the person/party in charge. Would you be able to hold up to the standards you wish others would attain? K

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