Vietnam and Iraq: Secrecy, Democracy, and Presidential Lies
Subject of Daniel Ellsberg Lecture, May 19
and Iraq: Secrecy, Democracy and Presidential Liesis the subject
of a lecture by Daniel Ellsberg, author and political activist, at 1 p.m.
on Wednesday, May 19 in the Evert B. Person Theatre on the Sonoma State
The event is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU
and there is no charge to Osher LLI or SSU students. A donation of $8
is suggested for the general public.
Ellsberg is best known for leaking a 7,000-page document, which became
known as the "Pentagon Papers," that revealed that victory in Vietnam
was far from certain, despite government assurances to the contrary.
The publication of the documents in the New York Times and the Washington
Post was a turning point in public opinion against the war.
This landmark freedom-of-the press case changed journalism forever, ushering
in an era of "leaks," whistle-blowers, and general skepticism about official
Ellsberg will be talking about what he sees as the dangerous parallels
between Vietnam and the current war in Iraq.
Chief among these parallels, he says, is the staggering amount of presidential
lying that he sees driving public support for entering and continuing
Ellsberg is uniquely qualified to address the issue of the media and
war and the haunting similarities between U.S. involvement in Vietnam
and Iraq. He was a former Marine, a RAND Corp. analyst, and an adviser
to Robert McNamara, Clark Clifford, and Henry Kissinger on Vietnam.
In addition to his latest book, "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the
Pentagon Papers," he is the author of "Risk, Ambiguity, and Decision."
His scholarly articles have also appeared in the Quarterly Journal of
Economics, Economic Journal, and American Economic Review.
For more information, contact Barbara Brooks, OLLI Coordinator at (707)