While South Dakota’s Tim Johnson and John Thune as well as the rest of the Senate prepare to erase part of the 4th Amendment from the Constitution later today when they are scheduled to vote on FISA reform, it is only appropriate that Tim Ferriss releases his interview with Daniel Ellsberg, the man responsible for releasing the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971, on this horrible bill.
Though many Americans for some reason seem indifferent to this legislation, I would still recommend that you watch this interview so that you better understand what your elected officials are doing to your rights.
Remember, it is a lot easier to give up your rights than it is to get them back.
Who is Daniel Ellsberg?
After returning from Vietnam, Ellsberg went back to work at the Rand Corp. As a Vietnam expert, he was invited, in 1967, to contribute to a top-secret study of classified documents regarding the conduct of the Vietnam War that had been commissioned by Defense Secretary McNamara. These documents later became known collectively as the Pentagon Papers. Because he held an extremely high-level security clearance, Ellsberg was one of very few individuals who had access to the complete set of documents. They revealed that the government had knowledge, early on, that the war would not likely be won, and that continuing the war would lead to many times more casualties than was ever admitted publicly. Further, the papers showed that high-ranking officials had a deep cynicism toward the public as well as disregard for the loss of life and injury suffered by soldiers and civilians.