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Secrets by Daniel Ellsberg
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Jan 21, 2011

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2011

A very important book which tells the inside story of the exposure of the systemic lies which successive US Executive branches (from Eisenhower to Nixon) told the US Legislature and public – because their real objectives would have been unacceptable and unsupportable if they were more widely understood.

A multitude of Executive and Pentagon staffers from all levels knew of the lies but rated their careers as more important than the lives of young Americans in Vietnam.

More profound than WikiLeaks has proved to date, one can only hope that the Iraq and Afghanistan War versions of the Pentagon Papers will emerge while they could still help bring those travesties to an end.

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