EVO editor-in-chief Jaakov Kohn on the Pentagon Papers leak:
Whereas The New York Times gained millions in free publicity with everyone in a sweat about “Freedom of the Press,” the inescapable fact to be borne in mind is the politician’s terminal affinity for OVERREACTION.
Now, only fool and a knave can look at these documents as secrets. There is nothing in them that we haven’t known for years. They haven’t told us a thing we didn’t know and rave about ever since this paper existed. They called us every name in the book — fools, hippies, trippies and yippies — yet the fact remains that we were right. Therefore the most newsworthy item about this whole episode is the government’s reaction to it. Rather than cool it and reap maximum political benefit from it — I still believe it to be a Republican leak — the cretins choose to OVERREACT.
No matter what the outcome will be — the government will have lost. In spite of the bullshit that’s going down in the courts, it is their overreaction that inevitably lands them flat on their ass.
It is a statistic worth bearing in mind.
+ “Top Secret” by Lynda Crawford
The fact that the American public had been fed a belly full of lies on the war in Indochina to the point where they were blind to the deception used by the Johnson Administration in bringing the country into war comes as no surprise to the underground press. The East Village Other, without the benefit of any 7,000-page, 47-volume “History on U.S. Decision Making in Vietnam,” has been exposing it for years.