Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Daniel Ellsberg, Wings of Justice Honoree

Daniel Ellsberg recently warned that another terrorist attack might lead to the permanent loss of civil liberties in the United States. You can't help wondering if the Busheviks aren't just waiting in the wings for just such an event?

Ellsberg is the heroic Vietnam era whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers to the American press. The documents essentially showed that the American government and military had conducted a propaganda campaign to hide the truth about the Vietnam War from the American people.

Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Except today, the New York Times and Washington Post wouldn't have the courage to print the Pentagon Papers -- or, we might add, uncover Watergate. The mainstream press has, for the most part, come to believe that telling the truth is a betrayal of national security -- and a threat to their bottom lines.

But that brings us back to Ellsberg, who was arrested recently in a protest in Crawford, Texas, in support of Cindy Sheehan's vigil for peace. Young Republicans are boozing it up in college while they support a war, just like Bush did, that minority and rural American soldiers die in. But Daniel Ellsberg, 74 years old, is still out there getting dragged to local jails because he believes in justice, peace and truth.

Ellsberg is a true American patriot and this week's winner of the "BuzzFlash Wings of Justice Award."

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