July 2nd, 2007

Chris Keeley

Youth and Life

Youth and Life

Youth and Life at the University of Minnesota Libraries. "...Youth and Life was a 48-poster series, designed to educate teenage girls and young women about the dangers of sexual promiscuity and urged them to embrace moral and physical fitness. It was adapted in 1922 by the American Social Hygiene Association from 'Keeping Fit,' a similar series for boys and young men."

http://special.lib.umn.edu/swha/exhibits/hygiene/youth_and_life/index.htm

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Chris Keeley

Pentagon Papers as John Grisham novel

Pentagon Papers as John Grisham novel 

AMY GOODMAN
SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

Of the Democratic presidential candidates, former Sen. Mike Gravel is probably the least recognized. His dark-horse candidacy may be the butt of jokes on the late-night comedy shows, but that doesn't faze former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg: "Here is a senator who was not afraid to look foolish. That is the fear that keeps people in line all their lives."

The famed whistle-blower Ellsberg joined with Gravel this past weekend on a panel commemorating the 35th anniversary of the publication of the Pentagon Papers by the Beacon Press, a small, non-profit publisher affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. It was this publisher that Gravel turned to in 1971, after dozens of others turned him down, to publish the 7,000 pages that Ellsberg had delivered to Gravel to put into the public record.

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Chris Keeley

How the Pentagon Papers Came to be Published by the Beacon Press: A Remarkable Story Told by Whistle

How the Pentagon Papers Came to be Published by the Beacon Press: A Remarkable Story Told by Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Dem Presidential Candidate Mike Gravel and Unitarian Leader Robert West

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/02/1331255

Thirty-five years ago this weekend, Beacon Press lost a Supreme Court case brought against it by the US government for publishing the first full edition of the Pentagon Papers. It is now well known how the New York Times first published excerpts of the top-secret documents in June 1971. But less well known is how the Beacon Press - a small, nonprofit publisher affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association - came to publish the complete 7,000 pages that exposed the true history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Their publication led the Press into a spiral of two and a half years of harassment, intimidation, near-bankruptcy, and the possibility of criminal prosecution.

Today, we hear the story from three men at the center of the storm: Former Pentagon and RAND Corporation analyst, famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. Mike Gravel - the former Alaska Senator who is now a Democratic Presidential candidate - who tells the dramatic story of how he entered the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional record and got them to the Beacon Press. And Robert West, the former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association which owned the Press and agreed to risk publication of the Pentagon Papers. [includes rush transcript]

 

This is a story that has rarely been told in its entirety. Last weekend I moderated an event at the Unitarian Universalist conference in Portland, Oregon commemorating the publication of the Pentagon Papers and its relevance today.

We begin with Daniel Ellsberg, who Henry Kissinger once described as "the world's most dangerous man

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Chris Keeley

Leahy Vows to Seek Contempt Citation, Court Ruling over Subpoena Refusals

Leahy Vows to Seek Contempt Citation, Court Ruling over Subpoena Refusals
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy has announced he’s prepared to go to court and seek a Congressional contempt vote if the Bush administration resists subpoenas for information on the firing of nine U.S. attorneys. The White House announced last week President Bush will invoke executive privilege to deny access to documents from former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor. Leahy responded in an interview on the Sunday talk show Meet the Press.

    Sen. Patrick Leahy: “If they don’t cooperate yes I’d go that far. I mean, this is very important to the American people.”

    Lieberman: UK Incident Should Drop Spy Opposition
    Meanwhile here in the United States, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut said the bombing plots should encourage lawmakers to drop opposition to the Bush administration’s domestic spying on U.S. citizens.

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