Th Supreme Court and The Pentagon Papers - special broadcast on the occasion of the Supreme Court decision over Daniels Ellsberg and The Pentagon papers. From June 30. 1971.
The controversy surrounding the Pentagon Papers, and their release to the public was unprecedented in history. Putting it in contemporary perspective, it most closely rivaled that of Wikileaks and the release of sensitive and potentially embarrassing government documents to the public.
The Pentagon Papers basically exposed (or confirmed) a vast series of coverups, deceits and falsehoods during the Vietnam War. The papers were damning to our Foreign Policy, our Military complex and the White House.
Key to the release of those papers was a former Pentagon Official, Daniel Ellsberg, who presented them to The New York Times, where excerpts were published. The resulting storm brought under fire and repercussions, not only Ellsberg and The New York Times, but the whole question of censorship and National Security and the Public's right to know, especially where it concerned the lives of so many of its citizens.
In the end, The Supreme Court sided with Ellsberg and The New York Times. and this broadcast, aired shortly after the decision was given, attempts to cover those bases.
Here is the special program, originally aired on June 30, 1971 from NBC News "The Supreme Court And The Pentagon Papers"
As usual the foreign press is doing a better job on this than our American media. From Aljazeera, some of the latest to come out of the recent WikiLeaks Iraq War Files.
Leaks reveal Blackwater excesses:
Blackwater, the private security Read more...
Britain’s highest court ruled by a 5-2 vote on Wednesday that the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, should be deported to Sweden to face allegations of sexual abuse there, the culmination of an 18-month legal battle. Read more...
Sen. Joe Lieberman has said that the federal government has the right to shut down the whistleblowing website that released thousands of secret US documents and now the Connecticut senator has indicated that media outlets like The New York Times may Read more...