daniel ellsberg

daniel ellsberg

adding page while watching – the most dangerous man – via thought maybe site (1:33:45):



36 min – one of the thoughts: the best thing that the best young men of our country can do – is go to prison.. it was as if an axe had split my head.. but what had really had happened is that my life had split in two.. and it was my life after those words that i’ve lived ever since…

and then i thought.. ok.. what can i do to end this war.. now that i’m ready to go to prison

49 min – howard z

54 min – 71 – dan and howard and noam – protest together

59 min – 70% in nam – just to save face

1:06 – changed relationship between govt and media ever since… 17 papers

1:08 – wouldn’t you go to prison to help end this war

1:20 – amidst all this – nixon re- elected.. 49 states

over 2 mill vietnamese and 58000 americans died in nam

1:27 – giving priority to conscience rather than career

1:30 – the courage ..not to be obedient..  but to face the truth/reality of what we are doing in the world .. and act responsibly to change it


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Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931) is an activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2006. He is also known for popularising part of decision theory, the Ellsberg paradox.


His mother wanted him to be a concert pianist, but he stopped playing in July 1946, after both his mother and sister were killed when his father fell asleep at the wheel and crashed the family car into a culvert wall.


..in August 1969, listening to a speech given by a draft resister named Randy Kehler, who said he was “very excited” that he would soon be able to join his friends in prison.

Ellsberg described his reaction:

And he said this very calmly. I hadn’t known that he was about to be sentenced for draft resistance. It hit me as a total surprise and shock, because I heard his words in the midst of actually feeling proud of my country listening to him. And then I heard he was going to prison. It wasn’t what he said exactly that changed my worldview. It was the example he was setting with his life. How his words in general showed that he was a stellar American, and that he was going to jail as a very deliberate choice—because he thought it was the right thing to do. There was no question in my mind that my government was involved in an unjust war that was going to continue and get larger. Thousands of young men were dying each year. I left the auditorium and found a deserted men’s room. I sat on the floor and cried for over an hour, just sobbing. The only time in my life I’ve reacted to something like that.

Decades later, reflecting on Kehler’s decision, Ellsberg said:

Randy Kehler never thought his going to prison would end the war. If I hadn’t met Randy Kehler it wouldn’t have occurred to me to copy [the Pentagon Papers]. His actions spoke to me as no mere words would have done. He put the right question in my mind at the right time.


Ellsberg tried to claim that the documents were illegally classified to keep them not from an enemy but from the American public. However, that argument was ruled “irrelevant”. Ellsberg was silenced before he could begin. His “lawyer, exasperated, said he ‘had never heard of a case where a defendant was not permitted to tell the jury why he did what he did.’ The judge responded: well, you’re hearing one now. And so it has been with every subsequent whistleblower under indictment”.

father to – Michael


shared by Howard on fb:

A long time ago, a man tried to expose America’s secret torture program. That his name has been forgotten is a tragedy. I knew him well. He was brilliant, tortured himself over what he had seen, and was hounded by the Nixon administration. His name was Tony Russo and you should read this.


The two of them would become the antiwar movement’s odd couple. Ellsberg was articulate, suave, and fashionable; Russo opted for hippie attire, long hair, and impossibly bushy sideburns, a style of dress that fit with his growing political radicalism.


Daniel Ellsberg (@DanielEllsberg) tweeted at 3:18 PM – 8 Oct 2017 :

With my book completed after 40 years, at 86 years old, my Twitter life begins today! https://t.co/tPvmOi02No(http://twitter.com/DanielEllsberg/status/917137201015619584?s=17)


sister in law to barbara marx hubbard