By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 1:56 pm in Political events.
Former president candidate and Democratic U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel, of Alaska, is the keynote speaker at the Feb. 4 meeting of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center.
Gravel will talk about Wikileaks, the famous or infamous, depending on your point of view, Web site where thousands of secret U.S. documents have been posted.
Read on for for the Peace Center’s news release.
- What: Senator Mike Gravel speaking on Wikileaks and its Importance to Democracy
- When: Friday, February 4th at 7:00 P.M.
- Where: Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek 94596
Controversial peace advocate, Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK 1969-81), shares his thoughts on Wikileaks. The Senator at 41 years of age accepted the Pentagon Papers offered him by Dan Ellsberg and released them in my official capacity as a U.S. Senator. The Nixon Justice Department charged me with putting American troops at risk in Vietnam and pursued me all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which unanimously affirmed that my actions were protected by the Speech and Debate clause of the Constitution. That case established the principle that any Member of Congress can release classified information within the confines of the Congress without fear of prosecution by any other arm of government.
Senator Gravel says; “The trove of classified documents recently released by WikiLeaks to responsible media outlets, including the New York Times, are purported to have originated from Private Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst whose individual courage favors rather than detracts from democracy.”
Senator Mike Gravel, who attempted to ended the Draft, put the Pentagon Papers into the public record in 1971, ended US nuclear weapons testing in the North Pacific, initiated the Nuclear Critique and challenged the status quo in the Democratic Presidential debates, shares his perspective on Wikileaks and will answer questions on the Erosion of the Middle Class and from his recent travels, questions about South Korea.
Suggested donation: $12 General, $9 Members $5 Students
No one turned away for lack of funds « Wheel chair accessible.
Flyer for the event is available at www.mtdpc.org.
Co-Sponsor: Peace Committee, Social Action Counsel of Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church