The best whistleblower is the FIRST ONE,
Daniel Ellsberg, the First, best and deadliest.
His FILM will turn any TEEN who watches it into
an INSTANT ACTIVIST WANNABE! No more
fantasies about being a rock star!
I am the Man who stopped Nam & Got Nixon out
Once a whistleblower, ALWAYS a whistleblower. Every time a new member of
the Bush Admin comes out with a new tell all book, this nag & critic Dan ELLSBERG
stands up in the back row screaming, 'we could have prevented a million deaths in
Iraq if you'd just blown the whistle two or three years ago!!" Spoil sport.
I swear, you can take the fink out of the war, but you can't take the war
out of the FINK. Oh I"m just kidding. This was a great and daring
whistleblower. He blew the whistle on the VietNam war AND made Nixon
so angry Dick sent in a team of spies to break into his shrink's office at Watergate to get the
true scoop on why Danny saw a shrink. And these clowns got caught and it
got Nixon impeached!!
See this; it's him in a video. Even my old PC can see it. So put on speakers.
BTW, in case you're twelve or from planet Mars,Daniel Ellsberg, the State
Department official and Vietnam War Veteran ( once a MARINE), went on to work
for KISSINGER, then became an insider member of the LYNDON JOHNSON WHITE
HOUSE, -- THEN shocked at the fake intel that allowed Johnson to start the Vietnam
war, Danny leaked 7,000 hand Xeroxed top secret " Pentagon Papers" to
The New York Times. Well, THAT ELLSBERG....is now urging those
within BUSH Administration who have knowledge of secret war plans to
do as he did and leak! leak! leak...!!! And he compared Bush to HITLER.
Powers of Torture and ignoring the SURVEILLANCE LAWS of the FISA ACT.
Said that the next stop is genocide, Bush could do anything. The next Reich tag fire will
justify all our freedoms going. "
I thought Bush accomplished that with 911. America had its Reich tag fire!
Check this out... a recently released revealing documentary. URL AT BOTTOM is to watch it online.
Ellsberg Documentary Attracts Wide Audience
by Tamara Straus
On first impression, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's "The Most
Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" is
the kind of documentary that no Sarah Palin-loving red stater would be
caught dead seeing.
It is made by Berkeley lefties. It is a tribute to a man who leaked
7,000 pages of top-secret Vietnam War documents, revealing that our
highest public officials were liars and essentially murderers. Its
subtext is that we are awash in government deception again.
But the documentary - which follows Ellsberg's path from Harvard
wunderkind to Marine commander to White House and Defense Department
consultant to political pariah - has been embraced by old and young,
dove and hawk, earnest leftist and ardent right-winger as an inspiring
story of patriotism and moral courage. Even stranger, the film has
widely been described as entertaining.
Ehrlich and Goldsmith, who are preparing for the film's opening in their
hometown of Berkeley on Feb. 19, are both thrilled and exhausted by its
initial success. "The Most Dangerous Man" has been nominated for an
Academy Award for best feature documentary, and has received the Special
Jury Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and
Audience Awards at the Mill Valley and Palm Springs International Film
Festivals. It will be seen around the globe this year, at festivals, in
theaters and on TV.
Yet the filmmakers say they feel especially rewarded by positive
reactions from young Americans. "They're very, very savvy, and
immediately get the parallels to today," said Goldsmith. "They get as
much as older audiences, maybe more so, that this isn't a film about the
past. This is a film about the present."
Ehrlich, who recently showed the film to 1,000 students from the Palm
Springs, Fla., area, said, "One hundred hands went up after the
screening. They said, 'How can I be a better citizen?' 'How can I change
this country?' "
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are not directly addressed in the film,
but Ehrlich and Goldstein say the parallels to Vietnam were the main
reason they both jumped into the project. They are also tremendous fans
of Ellsberg, becoming charged with emotion when they talk about the
personal risks he took 40 years ago and his work since to support
whistle-blowers and anti-war activists.
"What has struck me about his character is that he doesn't give himself
a break in irritation with himself for not doing more," said Goldsmith, noting that Ellsberg has
been arrested 79 times for acts of civil disobedience. "I think he's so
personally engaged in trying to do all he can to stop injustices and
wars that he'll never rest."
Ehrlich and Goldsmith were among a handful of award-winning documentary
filmmakers who wanted to make a movie based on Ellsberg's 2002 memoir
"Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers." Errol Morris was
first in line, but when he opted out the two started courting Ellsberg.
"Dan had been an adviser on my film about World War II conscientious
objectors and on Rick's film about (journalist George) Seldes," said
Ehrlich. "He knew our work, so he decided we would give him a fair
Among the inevitable criticisms of Ehrlich and Goldsmith's film is that
Ellsberg is the main subject, star and narrator. In other words, it's as
if Ellsberg hired the two to make the movie. But the filmmakers are
quick to defend their choices and to point out that although Ellsberg
was allowed to have input, they wrote the script, included 20 other
people in the film and exercised full editorial control.
"For the story, we had to have someone who was on the inside, someone
who was in the halls of power," said Goldsmith. "Dan was next to
McNamara. He was next to Johnson. He was attacked by Nixon. He was in
the middle, so I don't think it's inappropriate to have him tell a lot
of the story."
Ehrlich also feels that if Ellsberg were sidelined, the movie would not
tell a universal story of personal transformation - about "an individual
who had this tremendous change of heart and found his conscience and did
something that went against everything he was trained to do." Plus, she
said, "Dan is an amazing narrator - good as any actor I have ever worked
with, if not better." SEE IT NOW:
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon
Papers: Co-produced and co-directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. .
© 2010 San Francisco Chronicle
Sign me 'one tired member of the Paul Revere society.'
Anita Sands Hernandez
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