Why does America allow an ally, and a democratic one, to engage in such police state actions?
Another well-known personality at the conference was Daniel Ellsberg... In his impressive appearance, he pointed to the analogy of his own role as a "whistle blower" with the case of Vanunu whose disclosures of Israel's nuclear designs were aimed solely to warn public opinion. "Vanunu proved that prophets are still alive in Israel", he stated. "Vanunu did exactly what he felt he had to do—and will be appreciated for it in future also by his own people", and "there are times you should speak out the truth, even if it brings you into jail". Vanunu was neither a spy nor a traitor to his country, as implied by the Israeli rulers. He did not sell the details of Israel's nuclear arms production in secrecy to a foreign power. Out of conscientious public responsibility and ideological belief, he brought the secret to the public eye. Ellsberg stressed that the very secrecy, applied and ordered by governments, or sometimes even only by a small clique among rulers, about political or military steps, concerning the public, is contradicting the principles of democracy. People who are asked to vote in elections their governing administration have to know all the details about the political and security programs and designs of the leaders to be elected. Secrecy and dealing behind the back of the electorate is detrimental to democracy. Therefore, "whistle blowers" who reveal designs dangerous to the public but kept classified by the rulers, and warn of these dangers, play an important role in defending true democracy. Further on, Ellsberg told of expertises which estimate that Israel has more than 200 nuclear warheads, but "only" 100 Israeli nuclear bombs of the Hiroshima type—and Israel has the option for far dangerous nuclear devices—could kill at least 10 - 20 million people in the Arab neighbor countries. "Israel has not the slightest right to play around with such weaponry that may cause a horrible holocaust to the people of the region, including Israel itself. The Israeli public has the right to know the truth, and to discuss it openly, since it should be clear that Israel cannot survive a nuclear war."...
"The first Jewish whistle blower I know of was the Prophet Jeremiah", the U.S. human rights activist Patricia Browning, wife of the well-known Bishop Edmund Browning, told the conference. She quoted from the Bible (Jeremiah, chapter 38) according to which, after he prophesied the capture of Jerusalem by the king of Babylon and the town's destruction for all people to hear, the ruling princes called for Jeremiah's death and he was thrown into a pit without food and water. Also Rabbi Philip Bentley of New York took the floor to denounce the Israeli rulers' inhuman and illegal handling of the Vanunu affair as contradicting true Jewish tradition.
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