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Daniel Ellsberg – Preparations for Nuclear War with China over Taiwan – Then and Now

June 23, 2021 @ 6:30 PM 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 At 7PM: Webinar:

In 1958, during the Taiwan crisis, the Eisenhower administration prepared for and threatened to attack China with nuclear weapons. Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles were willing to accept a retaliatory Soviet nuclear attack on Taiwan. This has critically important implications for the new Cold War confrontation with China. As the U.S. and China ratchet up tensions over Taiwan, it’s even more important that our elected representatives press the Biden Administration to adopt a No First Use nuclear policy.

Speaker: Daniel Ellsberg served as a consultant on nuclear planning and command and control for the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Ellsberg is best known for precipitating a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of the U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War. Ellsberg was charged under the Espionage Act along with other charges, carrying a total maximum sentence of 115 years. Because of governmental misconduct and illegal evidence-gathering, his conviction was dismissed. He has since been a leading analyst and nonviolent activist.

Sponsored by: Massachusetts Peace Action, the Campaign for Peace Disarmament and Common Security, Committee for a Sane US-China Policy, and others

Massachusetts Peace Action