October 5, 2010 |
Daniel Ellsberg remembers the day he learned that time may indeed heal all wounds. "By the end of the Cold War, around 1989 or so," recalls Ellsberg, who had been despised and disowned in the '70s for leaking classified documents about the Vietnam War, "I'd be in a meeting with someone, and they wouldn't leave the room. " This small triumph ? he offers a shy smile ? may not sound like cause for celebration. But when you've been called "the most dangerous man in America" by Henry Kissinger, you take your good news where you can get it. Ellsberg's growing unease about the Vietnam War, his decision to leak the 7,000-page Pentagon Papers to the press and members of Congress, and the turmoil he experienced afterward are the subjects of POV's "The Most Dangerous Man in America," an Academy Award-nominated documentary that PBS broadcasts Tuesday.
July 18, 2010 |
The Runaways Sony, $27.96; Blu-ray, $34.95 First time writer-director Floria Sigismondi turns the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle of the all-girl teen-rock act the Runaways into an impressionistic, wildly erratic art film, more about '70s decadence than biopic coherence. Any scene where the gals storm the stage and rock out is thrilling, and Michael Shannon gives another in his recent string of knockout performances as the band's guru-manager-leech, Kim Fowley. But the movie provides scant details about the band's brief rise to fame, and it shortchanges any character who's not Cherie Currie or Joan Jett.
September 23, 2009 |
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a former Marine, Pentagon employee and military analyst, performed one of the most daring whistle-blowing acts of the century: Leaking ex-employer Rand Corp.'s copies of the top-secret Pentagon Papers to the New York Times (and subsequently other major dailies) in order to expose the truth -- or, more specifically, the lies -- behind America's longtime involvement in the Vietnam conflict. The gripping story of how hawk-turned-dove Ellsberg's explosive actions circuitously led to the impeachment of Richard Nixon and, in turn, an end to the Vietnam War is comprehensively detailed in Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's evocative documentary "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers."
March 22, 2008
Hecht obituary: The obituary in Thursday's California section of Richard Hecht, who served in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said he headed the local 1973 investigation into the break-in at the Beverly Hills office of psychiatrist Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg was a patient of the psychiatrist.
June 16, 2006
Re "Where are Iraq's Pentagon Papers?" Current, June 11 Indeed, where are Iraq's Pentagon Papers? Daniel Ellsberg suggests that there are "at the very least, hundreds of civilian and military officials" who have access to papers that would reveal "actual war crimes" committed by this administration. Who among them will have the moral courage to take the personal risk that Ellsberg did and come forward to stop the senseless killing? Could it be that with the Patriot Act hanging over us, such a person would not be as lucky as Ellsberg was?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2006 |
U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr., a leading jurist and an ambassador of the law best known for his role in ending the trial of Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg after disclosing government misconduct in the case, died of pulmonary fibrosis Thursday at his Los Feliz home. He was 75. Byrne became the youngest judge ever appointed to the federal bench when he was confirmed in 1971 at age 40.