- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: January 22, 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0001EMI96
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Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers Audiobook – Abridged
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General Abrams himself, in Sell's and Donovan's accounts, was committed to deceptive cover story; so were the secretary of the army and the president. Not only Colonel Rheault, but below him several majors, captains, a warrant officer, and a sergeant had constructed the false cover story given to Abrams. That was pretty much the whole chain of command, civilian and military.
I lay in bed that Tuesday morning and thought: This is the system that I have been working for, the system I have been part of, for a dozen years- fifteen, including the Marine Corps. It's a system that lies automatically ,at every level from bottom up to top- from sergeant to commander in chief- to conceal murder.
That described ,as I had come to realize from my reading that month, what that system had been doing in Vietnam, on an infinitely larger scale, continuously for a third of a century. And it was still going on. I thought: I'm not going to be part of it anymore. I'm not going to be a part of this lying machine, this cover-up, this murder, anymore.
It occurred to me that what I had in my safe at Rand was seven thousand pages of documentary evidence of lying, by four presidents and their adminstrations over twenty-three years, to conceal plans and actions of mass murder. I decided I would stop concealing that myself.I would get it out somehow.
Daniel Ellsberg pg. 289 Secrets
One would hope that Ellsberg would produce a sequel to "Secrets" to expose the glitches in our nuclear 'defense' systems - emulated by the less technologically advanced - the Pakistanis, the Indians, the Chinese, the Koreans, and sundry others.