“I’m sure right now, for example, that NSA collects and stores the content of every email and every phone. That has not yet been proven with documents. … I think that’s one of the reasons they’re worried about Snowden. … When the President says ‘we’re not listening to your conversations,’ I think he speaks with forked tongue there. Of course they’re not listening to all conversations live. That would take as many people to listen as there are in the country. … What I believe is they’re storing all conversations to be listened to when they feel like it.“
– Daniel Ellsberg
Transcribed by Jeff Fenske
Discussed at minute-40:
It now has been proven that Bradley Manning did not put American troops or anyone else in harms way. To the contrary, Bradley Manning saved many lives. Manning’s revelations forced Obama to withdraw the troops from Iraq at the originally agreed date with Iraq and President Bush. Because of Manning, Iraq refused to extend the promise of immunity to American troops, which forced Obama’s hand.
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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIIjeHVuZtw]Daniel Ellsberg on Snowden, Manning, Government and Whistleblowers
Published on Jun 29, 2013
Daniel Ellsberg–the legend behind the pentagon papers–speaks about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and the necessary business of government whistleblowing in this Buzzsaw interview. Mr. Ellsberg discusses the government’s war on constitutional rights, information, and the media, plus if there is a worthy case for impeaching President Obama (at least, any more than there was for Bush…), as well as his own experience being persecuted by the Nixon administration.
Mr. Ellsberg speaks freely and gives an uncensored or edited account of the nation with Tyrel Ventura and Sean Stone on Buzzsaw.
Daniel Ellsberg worked on the top secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000 page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.
Ellsberg is the author of three books: Papers on the War (1971), Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002), and Risk, Ambiguity and Decision (2001). In December 2006 he was awarded the 2006 Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” in Stockholm, Sweden, “. . for putting peace and truth first, at considerable personal risk, and dedicating his life to inspiring others to follow his example.”
Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing.
00:01 Welcome to Buzzsaw.
01:18 Why the Snowden leak was as important as any leak in history.
02:43 Revoking constitutional rights by the government.
07:28 Clapper committing perjury to congress.
14:03 A government without newspapers…
16:51 Dan Rather and the government attacking the media.
20:34 Are the Obama administration’s offenses impeachable?
29:39 Supporting Bradley Manning in the public.
36:25 Blowing the lid on the Iraq war.
42:00 What’s worth defending.
48:00 Good reason to go abroad for Edward Snowden.
49:42 Attending the Bradley Manning trial.
55:30 The relative value of Top Secret information to the public.
[ video ] Fmr Agent Russell Tice Accuses Obama, NSA Of LYING — “NSA, today, is COLLECTING EVERYTHING — including CONTENT — of every digital communication in this country, both COMPUTER and PHONE, and that information is being STORED INDEFINITELY”