Why Do the Pentagon Papers Matter Now? An Invitation to Share Your Ideas July 19, 2011

On the 40th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers release, Daniel Ellsberg published an essay: Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now. The producers of the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers want to get your opinion on this topic. They want know:

  • What do YOU think?
  • Why do the Pentagon Papers matter now?

They have launched an online dialog, called “The ‘Most Dangerous’ Wall.” They invite you to post your personal comments, video, audio, or photos, share your ideas, and respond to others.

In appreciation to those who “get the dialog going,” the producers will send a free copy of Daniel Ellsberg’s book, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papersto the first 100 people who post to the site. They also invite you to rate the other postings. One grand prize winner (as ranked highest on the site) will receive dinner with Daniel Ellsberg.

Visit the special link for the Zinn Education Project — http://bit.ly/mRCwdg — and share this offer widely with friends and colleagues.

In today’s world of hackers and secrecy, combined with the ongoing need for oversight of our elected offices and public engagement, this could be a very important conversation.

To help your students explore the history and relevance of the Pentagon Papers, check out the teaching guide developed by the Zinn Education Project, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Teaching Guide.

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