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Firstly, it came to be known that Nixon had sought a way to illegally discredit and outright stop Ellsberg during his first and only term as president. This understanding and realization was worth more than most people initially realized; due to the fact that the desire to stifle dissent and promote continued engagement in Vietnam was an issue that both political parties tacitly supported. Secondly, the impact upon society with respect to an understanding of democracy was one that encouraged people to question what the government actually was taking part in; no longer was allowing for the luxury of believing spokesmen with respect to the activities that were going on within the military or within governance. As such, the principal values that were eroded with respect to this situation can be determined to be predicated upon public trust in the government.
Further, the impact upon the constitutional strength of the first amendment was also profound. The underlying reason for this has do to with the fact that even though individuals within the government originally sought to prosecute those responsible for the publication of these documents, any effort to do so was eventually understood as causing further damage to the administration. Similar to the situation of Edward Snowden, the ethical concern that is illustrated within this case, and within the film, had to do with the fact that publication of these documents was clearly an abrogation of the law (Freivogel, 2013). However, due to the number of individuals that continued to die in the Vietnam conflict each and every day, Ellsberg was faced with the ethical dilemma of whether or not the lies and fabrications that the government had thus far been responsible for warranted the unprecedented release of information. Ultimately, the answer that was determined was that the loss of trust and outright lies that the US government had been peddling for nearly 8 years was
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U.S. Involvement in Vietnam War
Herring focuses on the American side of the war, but still gives a comprehensive outlook of Vietnam. He portrays the main reason of America’s involvement in Vietnam to be anticommunist tendencies. America’s cold war policy was the main cause of progressive and escalated involvement in Vietnam.
In 1970, it was the Kent State incident that marked the general mood in US towards Vietnam War (Levy 2004, 59). Students protesting against war at Kent State University were fired upon and four students got killed (Levy 2004, 59). Even the US President was compelled to denounce this act, under public pressure.
When our forefathers settled upon the primary document for the government of the newly formed United States, they included the Bill of Rights to ensure particular civil liberties. Among them is the First Amendment, which protects the freedoms of religion, speech, the press, the right to assembly and to address complaints to the government in a minimal forty-five words.
Harry Caul is depicted as the microcosm of America at the 70’s. He is shown as an anti hero in the sense that he can effortlessly bug anybody at anytime, anywhere. He is dedicated to his work which becomes an obsession, and he doesn’t seem to care about fellow humans and their sufferings.
If the coach thinks that the reporter has betrayed them, they will not be as cooperative, not goods news for the person dependent on the coach’s quotes to keep their job. Most of those persons in the news on a regular basis including mayors, fire chiefs, etc.
en he states, “In the course of that war, there developed in the United States the greatest antiwar movement the nation had ever experienced, a movement that played a critical part in bringing the war to an end. It was another startling fact of the sixties” (Zinn).
In spite of this assumption, the Pentagon papers revealed that four successive governments had cheated the public over the cause of the Vietnam War. Daniel Ellsberg showed determination and steadfast conscience in releasing the set