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The Most Dangerous Man in America

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Daniel Ellsberg and Patricia Ellsberg discuss Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon Papers, and why he risked life in prison to bring a stop to the Vietnam war, which he had helped plan. They are joined by filmmaker Rick Goldsmith, a producer and director of the documentary "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers." The film opens September 16 at Film Forum. Tickets and schedule here.

Event: The Open Society Institute is hosting Nixon-era whistleblowers Daniel Ellsberg and John Dean for a discussion of the dangers of excessive government secrecy and the critical role played by whistleblowers in maintaining democratic values, and Rick Goldsmith will be playing excerpts of "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
Tuesday, September 15th, 6:30-8:30 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street at Central Park West
More information here.

Guests:

Daniel Ellsberg, Rick Goldsmith and Patricia Marx

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Comments [3]

Gary from Port Washington

I don't understand how Mr. Ellsberg and other keep equating VietNam and Afghanistan. In the first case, Viet Nam was a post colonial conflict that was misunderstood as a Cold War conflict. Afghanistan was played out in the 1980 as a Cold War conflict, but after we fought the Russians there and they left, we left a failed state that became the breeding ground for 9/11. We were attacked and will be attacked again from Afghanistan if we make the same mistake in the late 80'ies and withdraw leaving a failed state. The most important front now in our history is stabilizing Afghanistan. Like Reagan before him, Bush did not focus on Afghanistan and left it; in Bush's case for Iraqi. We will ever learn that we must stay in Afghanistan until Al-Quada and the true enemies of the civilized world are eliminated. If we leave Afghanistan, it will not be our Viet Nam but rather our new 9/11.

Sep. 15 2009 12:38 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Though some still vilify Ellsberg, many of us consider him a hero of a kind sorely lacking today.

Where is the person who will blow the cover of the Obama lies?

Would the Times publish today? No. They sat on news of domestic spying. They and others are sitting on details of American atrocities in Iraq and elsewhere.

Sep. 15 2009 12:34 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Bush and Cheney did much the same in Iraq as Nixon and Kissinger in Vietnam.

Now Obama is escalating atrocities in Afghanistan. US troops and mercenaries now number MORE than Soviet forces 30 years ago.

Moreover Obama is refusing to carry out his legal duty under our national and international legal obligations.

So do Daniel and Patricia Ellsberg think things have improved in the US/

I think things are worse. The media is vastly more docile. Were it not for foreign press and alternative sources here in the US, we would we have seen nothing of Iraq beside the crap from 'embedded' liars, aka journalists.

Sep. 15 2009 12:30 PM

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