RU Editor’s note: The real assault on Democracy was of course keeping the secrets that the Pentagon Papers revealed. Next I suppose they will declare that revealing the torture in Abu Ghriab was also an assault on Democracy. This network of ruling elites who think they are intellectually superior to the hoi polloi (that is, collectively the citizens of the USA) and therefore can commit crime after crime in our name will do anything to hold their power. Recommended: Chris Hedges related article on American Sadism.
By Barbara Koeppel on Jul 01, 2021 This past June 13th, The New York Times celebrated the 50th anniversary of its publishing the Pentagon Papers. In a special section, “Uncovering the Secret History of the Vietnam War,” it told how a team of 50 reporters, researchers and editors worked on the story for nearly four months, holed up in a “whole group of suites” at a New York City Hilton Hotel—to ensure their secrecy.
The section listed some of the largest lies the Papers exposed—many of which TheNew York Times had itself published as fact at different times during the war. It also described the drama to get the story in print—which included a team of lawyers weighing the legal risks. […]