Daniel Ellsberg: US Military-Industrial Complex Also Includes Big Corporations and Congress


Daniel Ellsberg, whistle-blower and former presidential adviser on nuclear strategy is arrested on Monday, June 22, 1982 at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Livermore, California. Demonstrators opposed to Nuclear weapons development at Lawrence Livermore Lab were hauled off to jail as well as Ellsberg. (photo: AP)
Daniel Ellsberg, whistle-blower and former presidential adviser on nuclear strategy is arrested on Monday, June 22, 1982 at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Livermore, California. Demonstrators opposed to Nuclear weapons development at Lawrence Livermore Lab were hauled off to jail as well as Ellsberg. (photo: AP)

 

Mint Press News | Reader Supported News | December 28, 2015

“[The] CIA particularly represents the views of the Wall Street investment firms and the multinational corporations that they invest in,” noted the whistleblower who leaked “The Pentagon Papers.”

 

n the second chapter of his extended conversation with Arn Menconi, Daniel Ellsberg describes how, after his trial for leaking the Pentagon Papers, he began to realize that the Vietnam War was not an “aberration” but a representation of standard U.S. foreign policy.

“The big difference was the Vietnamese resisted us,” Ellsberg explained. He says learned more about the nature of the U.S. military-industrial complex as he dug deeper into the origins of the conflict.

On Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave a famous farewell address which popularized the term “military-industrial complex,” but Ellsberg says the outgoing president had originally intended to refer to the “military-industrial-congressional complex,” only to drop the reference to Congress at the last minute. The whistleblower explains that allies of the military and nuclear scientists in Congress blocked Eisenhower’s efforts to create a nuclear test ban treaty with Russia, inspiring Eisenhower’s speech, which warned the American public to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

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