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Last weekend, *Daniel Ellsberg's most important revelations since the Pentagon Papers* reached the world via the "New York Times". The meaning and message are clear: We need a drastic course correction to prevent nuclear war.
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The revelations of classified information show that the United States came close to using nuclear weapons in 1958 over Taiwan, which is *again a dangerous flashpoint* between the U.S. and China.
The grave danger of escalation into use of nuclear weapons is all too real -- in 2021.
Ellsberg followed up on the "Times" article last Sunday with this tweet [ [link removed] ]: "U.S. first use of nuclear weapons should not be contemplated, prepared, or threatened anywhere, under any circumstances, including the defense of Taiwan."
During the 1958 Taiwan Strait crisis, high-level discussions among U.S. government leaders were "shallow" and "reckless," Ellsberg said days ago. And he added: *"I do not believe the participants were more stupid or thoughtless than those in between or in the current cabinet."*
At the bottom of this email, there's a Background link to the "New York Times" article. We hope you'll read it. Most of all, we hope the 535 members of Congress read it -- and that's where you come in.
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[ [link removed] ] Facebook button [ [link removed] ] Donate button [ [link removed] ] Twitter button [ [link removed] ] As the newspaper reported, Ellsberg has a somber warning: "Any new confrontation over Taiwan could escalate and officials today would be 'asking themselves the same questions that these folks were asking in 1958,' he said, linking the risks created by 'dramatic' miscalculations and misunderstandings during serious planning for the use of nuclear weapons in 1958 and today's tensions."
Fifty years after revealing the contents of the Pentagon Papers -- exposing patterns of official lies about the Vietnam War -- Ellsberg has ventured to reveal classified information that the public has a right to know. *What we do with that knowledge is up to us.*
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