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Tomorrow, Thursday, March 24, at 5:00 p.m., I will have a public conversation with Daniel Ellsberg entitled “Wikileaks and the Pentagon Papers: Government Secrets and the Public’s Right to Know” at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We will be exploring the similarities and differences between the Pentagon Papers and WikiLeaks controversies, including the remarkable parallels between the U.S. government’s public campaigns of vilification against Daniel Ellsberg then and Bradley Manning now. The discussion will be followed by a showing of Oscar-nominated documentary “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.” It is open to the public. More details here.
Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m., I will be participating in a panel discussion on “The Nature of U.S.-Sponsored Torture” at a conference at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina; the opening session convenes the the First Presbyterian Church in Durham. My talk will focus on the Arab Revolution of 2011, the role that U.S. torture practices played in shaping this revolution, and its ramifications for America’s posture in the Arab world. The conference, “Toward a Moral Consensus Against Torture,” is co-sponsored by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and is open to the public. More information about the events is here.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Chances that an American knows the position of his or her senators on health-care reform:
Climate experts proposed creating a fleet of cloud-seeding yachts that will pump water vapor into the atmosphere to thicken global cloud cover, thereby reflecting more sunlight, in order to counteract the effects of global warming.
In San Antonio, a 150-pound pet tortoise knocked over a lamp, igniting a mattress fire that spread to a neighbor’s home.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."