Air Force Colonel and key Pentagon official Karen Kwiatkowski – who blew the whistle on the Bush administration’s efforts to concoct false intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction – wrote (page 26): Wow - this is important. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/sunday-review/24words.html
I have been told by reporters that they will not report their own insights or contrary evaluations of the official 9/11 story, because
to question the government story about 9/11 is to question the very foundations of our entire modern belief system regarding our government, our country, and our way of life.
News AnalysisFinding the Secret 11 Words
By SAM ROBERTSPublished: July 23, 2011
AFTER all 7,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers were released last month
, a parlor game was born: Find the 11 words that the government didn’t want you to read. Those 11 words, on a single page, were supposed to be redacted when the papers were made public in their entirety by the National Archives and Records Administration
. But the National Declassification Center reversed that decision after the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library discovered that the full page — with all 11 words — had been released in the early 1970s by the House Armed Services Committee
. Any effort to reclassify the words now would only call more attention to them.
That has not stopped policy wonks from trying to guess what they were. The answer may never be known, but John Prados, director of the Vietnam Project of the National Security Archive, a research institute at George Washington University, offered up (appropriately enough) 11 possibilities and zeroed in on two.
Dr. Prados focused on a remaining possibility: instructions for an electronic monitoring mission in the Gulf of Tonkin in February 1965. The instructions mentioned an operation “covering a two destroyer Patrol Group with on-line Crypto Ratt” (translation: a secret secure-line radio Teletype that automatically encoded sensitive messages).
Although the agency declassified documents in 2008 that identified the equipment, this is the most likely redaction, Dr. Prados said, because the agency tends to protect secrets reflexively, whether or not they were already released. Leslie H. Gelb, who directed the government task force that wrote the Pentagon Papers and is now president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations,
concurs that the radio teletype is the most likely.
“I didn’t even remember that was there,” Mr. Gelb said. “If I had focused on it, I wouldn’t have put it in because I wouldn’t have wanted to reveal it.”
In the end, Dr. Prados said, what is most revealing is the government’s enduring obsession with secrecy. “The most distressing aspect of the 11 words episode,” he said, “is that anyone at all felt a need to try and put toothpaste back into the tube after the passage of four decades’ time.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_H._Gelb
Leslie (Les) Howard Gelb (born March 4, 1937) is a former correspondent for The New York Times and is currently President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is author of Power Rules
: How Common Sense can Rescue American Policy published by HarperCollins in March 2009.
...Gelb was director of Policy Planning and Arms Control for International Security Affairs at the Department of Defense from 1967 to 1969
, winning the Pentagon's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. Robert McNamara appointed Gelb as director of the project that produced the controversial Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War.
...Gelb became President of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1993 and as of 2005[update] is its President Emeritus
.He supported the Iraq War
and later claimed his "initial support for the war was symptomatic of unfortunate tendencies within the foreign policy community, namely the disposition and incentives to support wars to retain political and professional credibility."He serves as the chairman of the advisory board for the progressive foreign policy think tank, National Security Network
on the board of directors of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
member of the board of directors of the Truman Scholarship program
board of directors of the Nixon Center and the advisory board of United Against Nuclear Iran
Gelb is a contributor to The Daily Beast, a news aggregation site.
During the 2011 Egyptian protests against President Hosni Mubarak, Salon.com noted that Gelb "seem[ed] to be growing into the role of the Egyptian dictator's freelance spokesman in Americahttp://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2011/nr11-153.html
In the last six months, the NDC:
Completed the declassification and release of the Pentagon Papers in time for the 40th anniversary on June 13, 2011. This release marks the first authorized availability of the complete report to the Vietnam taskforce. These materials are online [www.archives.gov/research/pentagon-papers/].
The Pentagon Papers ...
A 1996 article in the New York Times said that the Pentagon Papers "demonstrated, among other things, that the Johnson Administration had systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress
, about a subject of transcendent national interest and significance
In February 1971 Ellsberg discussed the study with New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan, and gave 43 of the volumes to him in March. The Times began publishing excerpts on June 13, 1971; the first article in the series was titled "Vietnam Archive: Pentagon Study Traces Three Decades of Growing US Involvement". The name "Pentagon Papers" for the study arose during the resulting media publicity. Street protests, political controversy and lawsuits followed.
The Papers revealed that the U.S. had deliberately expanded its war with bombing of Cambodia and Laos, coastal raids on North Vietnam, and Marine Corps attacks, none of which had been reported by media in the US.
The most damaging revelations in the papers revealed that four administrations, from Truman to Johnson, had misled the public regarding their intentions
For example, the John F. Kennedy administration had planned to overthrow South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem before his death in a November 1963 coup. President Johnson had decided to expand the war while promising "we seek no wider war" during his 1964 presidential campaign
, including plans to bomb North Vietnam well before the 1964 Election. President Johnson had been outspoken against doing so during the election and claimed that his opponent Barry Goldwater was the one that wanted to bomb North Vietnam.