Film Review: Raising Hell for Peace

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (First Run Features; on DVD July 20)

| July-August 2010

“Wouldn’t you go to prison to end this war?” says the young Daniel Ellsberg in this expertly crafted, Oscar-nominated documentary, which follows the whistleblower’s efforts to stop the Vietnam War by leaking Pentagon documents to the New York Times. Through Ellsberg’s own narration, the film skillfully intertwines his personal evolution—from hawkish Beltway insider to antiwar hero—with a detailed accounting of his case and its lasting ramifications for dissent and the freedom of the press.
Bob_12
8/15/2010 5:45:59 PM

Rodeen. The people of this country go along with all of the wars that our leaders decide to wage on foreign people. We are the agg- ressors always and our acquiessence makes us just as guilty as if we pulled the trigger or pushed the button. I think that the person who turns over so-called secret documents is brave, knowing that they'll be despised by many and will lose their position and maybe their freedom. The truth that is exposed by any whistleblower is extremely valuable in a democratic country. We need the truth. The only people who get hurt by this type of exposure is incompetent and corrupt military and government officials. What are you afraid of?


rodeen
8/13/2010 9:35:53 AM

This article seems timely. As if leaking Pentagon documents to the NY times in an effort to stop the Vietnam war justifies leaking classified document to Wiki. Our military is controlled by officials elected by the public. With in that structure is a chain of command and systems and operations that go on to keep the American Public safe. It is not private "Doe's" decsions what should be classified and what should not. The private who leaked these documents committed treason and put American and Afghan lives at risk. He is a criminal and a traitor, he should be tried for high crimes.