I'm sure there are many people in the Pentagon and CIA and the White House who are in my shoes right now. My advice to them is, don't do what I did. Don't reveal it six years from now. Don't wait ‘til the escalation has occurred.
Instead, they should do what I wish I had done in 1965, and that is tell the public what I believed right then, that my president was making a terrible mistake and that Congress should hold hearings, Congress should demand the truth and Congress should set him straight — WNYC's On the Media interview, 9/18/2009
This past week, after watching some exceptional presentations on the history of civil liberties during wartime, I listened to KCRW's political talk show, "Left, Right and Center", and the connections to our coursework were stunning, including the assassination of Diem, the Pentagon Papers, the Espionage Act of 1917, and more. Please listen to this short excerpt as you respond to the question below:
DEBATE: Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller, Arianna Huffington
During these perilous times, when Washington Times writer Jeffrey Kuhner recently argued that Wikileaks founder "poses a clear and present danger to American national security", what, if anything, should be done about Julian Assange, and/or his powerful, yet constantly moving website?
Kuhner's answer, quite simply, is, "Kill him". Your own answer might help you frame your Perilous Times essay, as you decide on the extent of our rights during wartime.
The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. — Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787.