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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:
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
No Comment — March 28, 2014, 12:32 pm
On CIA secrecy, torture, and war-making powers
Estimated percentage of U.S. gasoline consumption that occurs during traffic jams:
In India, 1.8 million female children were estimated to have died between 1985 and 2005 as an indirect result of domestic violence against their mothers; the boys of abused mothers were not at increased risk of death.
Vanilla latte and lemon pound cake continued to be the best-selling items at the Starbucks at CIA headquarters, where baristas do not write customers’ names on their cups.
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