Ellsberg, Daniel

Ellsberg, Daniel
Ellsberg, Daniel, 1931-, interviewee; Moore, Leroy, interviewer;
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This interview was recorded at the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center during a weekend of activities commemorating the 1978 demonstrations at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant. Daniel Ellsberg is asked to explain his personal knowledge of U.S. military policy in general, and nuclear weapons in particular, which came to bear on his participation in the Rocky Flats sustained civil disobedience. Ellsberg describes his fears of nuclear proliferation, the neutron bomb, and the possibility of an accident that would have planet-threatening repercussions. He becomes emotional discussing the death of a close friend – attributed to radiation exposure – and correlates that loss with what transpired in 1978’s year-long occupation of the train tracks leading into Rocky Flats. Much of the second half of this recording explores Ellsberg’s recollection of how the blockade moved from a short symbolic action to one of extended protest.

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Berrigan, Philip.
Ellsberg, Daniel, 1931-.
Jacobs, Paul.
Mancuso, Thomas.
Pentagon Papers.
Civil disobedience.
Cold War Moral and ethical aspects.
Demonstrations Colorado Rocky Flats.
Government, Resistance to.
Nuclear disarmament.
Nuclear weapons industry Colorado Rocky Flats.
Nuclear weapons plants Health aspects Colorado Rocky Flats.
Nuclear weapons Moral and ethical aspects.
Political activists Colorado Rocky Flats.
Boulder (Colo.) History.
United States Military policy.
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