Daniel Ellsberg totally spoiled it for all future government whistleblowers. Our guess is that these days, once your security clearance goes past a certain threat level, youre also implanted, deep in the neck, with something that can be exploded, and will be, but only while youre having dinner with your family. (Our paranoid fantasies are better than yours!) This is necessary, however, to prevent anyone from ever again doing what Ellsberg did. In case your left-wing parents never let you forget it, he is the former policy analyst whose crisis of conscience led him to leak a 7,000-page document to The New York Times; it showed Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, and others lying in fabulous chiaroscuro. Killing Vietnamese peasants by the truckload, stockpiling war goods, etc., didnt bother these patriots, and Ellsbergs Pentagon Papers showed how, irrefutably. Nixon called him a son of a bitch, and Henry Kissinger publicly gave this documentary its name: The Most Dangerous Man in America. Ellsberg himself and U.S. Congressman Pete McCloskey discuss Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmiths movie after the screening. It wasnt that we were on the wrong side, Ellsberg notes in the film. We were the wrong side. Parallels? What parallels?
Fri., March 26, 6:30 p.m., 2010