The National Archives on Monday has published the Pentagon Papers in their entirety on the internet. The ground-breaking document uncovered a government cover-up of the motives for our nation's participation in Vietnam. Those documents implicate members of 4 different presidential organizations. This is the 1st time members of the public can see the document in its whole without a security clearance. Experts claim, however, that they will learn nothing of substance which has not been previously published. The report is being released exactly 40 years after the New York Times published the 1st installment of the edited report. Post resource - Pentagon Papers released in their entirety by Newsytype.com.
Report from 1969
America's Vietnam war involvement was analyzed in the 1969 report called "Report of the OSD Vietnam Task Force" at first. It became known popularly as "The Pentagon Papers" when it was leaked in part in 1971 by Daniel Ellsberg, one of the task force members who compiled the report. Popular opinion about how the United States government should be trusted was changed depending on the leak, which was followed by the Watergate scandal.
'Put to the torch' said
When the leak occurred, President Nixon was angry. He said those who let it occur should "have to be put for the torch." However, the legal case against Ellsberg was thrown out after agents of the White House, dubbed "the plumbers," broke to the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist in the hopes of finding information to discredit him. Those same agents, "the plumbers" were possibly involved in the Watergate scandal too. This was with the break-in at Democratic National Headquarters.
Power needed to be restrained
Ellsberg claims the message of the papers was that Congress should be involved in decisions about going to war. "Letting a small group of men in secret in the executive branch make these decisions - initiate them secretly, carry them out secretly and manipulate Congress, and lie to Congress and the public as to why they're doing it and what they're doing - is a recipe for (creating more) Vietnams, Iraq's and Libya's," Ellsberg believes.
Resolutions were passed earlier this month by the House and the U.S. Senate admonishing the White House for military action in Libya without first seeking congressional approval.