The Greatness of Daniel Ellsberg, From Heroic Vietnam War Whistleblower to Free Press Activist

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  1. Thank you for sharing, and honoring this hero. Glenn? Why do you think you were intrigued by Watergate at such an early age? You and I are the same age, I was obsessed with Duran Duran at 13. Which probably explains alot! I'm learning now though. I've been watching Jeffrey Sachs videos all day. I'm catching up.😂❤❤❤

  2. Kind of ironic we’re having American politicians installed inorganically. No wonder other countries hate us.

    I was a kid in the 1960s. Of course we were told he was a villain. Now I’m sure he’s a hero like Snowden and Assange. My brother’s a Vietnam vet. My husband’s high school graduating class (156 boys) lost 5 boys in Vietnam.

    The same people who scorned veterans who were working class boys who couldn’t afford a college exemption and didn’t want to go, are running the country today.

    My father was a farm boy when he was shipped off to Korea in the 1950s. None of those boys had a say in the decision. Their parents had no connections.

    Tucker Carlson made an interesting comment on one of his new Twitter episodes. His theory is Trump became a permanent enemy of the entire establishment when he spoke out against Iraq during his 2015 campaign and saying we were lied to. They want him in prison or dead. That’s Tucker’s theory.

    Trump has serious character flaws, but his instinct seems to be antiwar. He didn’t start any new wars. He doesn’t seem to enjoy needless killing like neocons and neolibs. Kennedy wisely listened to Eisenhower about the military industrial complex.

    I’m not planning to vote for Trump but I hope his position doesn’t get him knocked off.

  3. I'm Australian but I have two American heroes: Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg. One is now dead and the other unfortunately does not have too many years left. You and Geoffrey Sachs are my big hope for the future, I hope you both keep doing what you are doing. The world needs people that tell the truth no matter what.

  4. For every Daniel Ellsberg there are too many Kissingers to keep count of.

    Why is doing the right thing considered the wrong thing to do by those who choose to lie and let us die? How can they live with themselves?

    Ask Henry Kissinger, who seems damned pleased with his life as a liar and a murderer. Daniel Ellsberg is the hero, to Kissinger’s zero.

  5. I remember watching a documentary about 30 years or more to do with nuclear in the US and the one part that stuck with me was to do with a range of mountains that some politician wanted to level with nukes in order to build a road or railway I think it was, going by the footage of the person it was probably around the 50s, scary when you think about it


    Turning and turning in the widening gyre

    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst

    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;

    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

    Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again; but now I know

    That twenty centuries of stony sleep

    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  7. America lost very great, courageous and highly morally principled man in the person of Daniel Elsberg📚📖🔎✍️🤔. Elsberg can be said to be the foremost pioneer in the field of whistleblowing that exposes the United States culpability, criminal conspiracy and cover-up perpetrated by the some political elite🇺🇸🏛️🤑 in the American federal government and other establishment! Thanks Glenn for superb summarized of Mr. Daniel Elsberg's heroic legacy. Truly a great man.

  8. I've been slapped down for saying this, but I have been ruminating on the wildest thought recently…bringing Trump and Kennedy together on an anti-establishment ticket. Someone from both sides of the useless D vs R parties that would maybe, for the first time, bring the people together. I would be interested in knowing what others think the pros and cons of this would be. The longer I think about it, the better it sounds to me.

  9. I was old enough to remember every detail about the drama surrounding Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers. He was public enemy number one of Nixon and the entire security state and their right wing supporters. It's hard to convey to younger people what kind of peril he was in and how much courage it took to do what he did.

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