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Daniel Ellsberg says that Trump is leading us into nuclear war

Trump is leading us into nuclear war, says Daniel Ellsberg (and he should know, he used to plan them)  The Current CBC Radio 1 Feb 18 A “Doomsday Machine” has loomed over humanity for decades, according to the man who once helped U.S. presidents plan for nuclear war.

In his new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, Daniel Ellsberg details how a nuclear strike during the Cold War would have clouded the earth’s atmosphere and killed hundreds of millions.

Far more people still have access to launch codes than the public realize, he said, and it is only through luck that we avoided nuclear winter.

Not only does that threat still exist, but for the first time since the Cuban missile crisis, “an American president is threatening imminent attack on a nuclear-weapons state,” he said. “On a state that can retaliate with nuclear weapons.”

“I think there’s a very significant chance — I would say better than even — that this president does mean to launch some kind of an attack on North Korea,” he said, “that will lead to a response that will then cause a two-sided nuclear war.”

“It would kill millions of people in the first day or week, which would be more violence than the human species has ever seen in a day or week.”

“I think nothing at this moment is of higher importance than there not be a war with North Korea.”

The whistleblower’s dilemma

Ellsberg, 86, was the whistleblower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, the secret history of the Vietnam War that eventually led to the Watergate scandal and the fall of President Richard Nixon.

What is lesser known is that he had a second batch of top-secret documents — about nuclear weapons and nuclear war  ………


February 2, 2018 - Posted by | general

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