Whistle-Blowers: A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg and John Dean

Whistle-Blowers: A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg and John Dean

What lessons do the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the "war on terror" offer about the abuse of power by the executive branch in times of national crisis? Daniel Ellsberg, the RAND strategist whose leak of the Pentagon Papers helped bring down the Nixon presidency and end the Vietnam War, and John Dean, White House counsel to Nixon and later a key whistle-blower on the Watergate scandal, discuss the perils—then and now—of presidential overreach and excessive secrecy.

The event, sponsored by the Open Society Institute National Security and Human Rights Campaign, took place on the eve of the U.S. premiere of the feature documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Filmmakers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith present clips from the film. Ann Beeson, executive director for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Institute and former associate legal director at the ACLU, moderates the discussion with Ellsberg and Dean.

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Date: September 15, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m.

New York City

Ann Beeson, John Dean, Judith Ehrlich, Daniel Ellsberg, and Rick Goldsmith
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