Today, a team of activists with RootsAction.org and the Institute for Public Accuracy went to Capitol Hill and hand-delivered a crucial book and letter to your representative.
The author is Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. The book is The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. And every representative definitely should read it.
Please take a minute now to send an email urging your representative to read Ellsberg’s powerful book. For lawmakers on Capitol Hill, it really ought to be required reading.
We began this week by hand-delivering the book with Ellsberg's letter to every senator on Monday. (If you haven't already, you can send a message to your senators by clicking here.) Now, we've also gone ahead and delivered to your House member -- who needs to hear from you as well!
“During the last six decades, since drafting Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s guidance for U.S. general nuclear war plans, I have been deeply immersed in the quest to understand nuclear-weapons dangers and how to reduce them,” Ellsberg wrote in the letter that we delivered to senators today.
Ellsberg added: “From that perspective, I am concerned that the public, most members of Congress, and possibly even high members of the Executive branch have remained in the dark, or in a state of denial, about the implications of rigorous studies by environmental scientists over the last dozen years. These confirm that using even a large fraction of the existing U.S. or Russian nuclear weapons that are on high alert would bring about nuclear winter, leading to global famine and near extinction of humanity.”
Frankly, the chances are high that your representative and senators are “in the dark or in a state of denial” about realities of nuclear weapons. You can help push them up an essential learning curve by clicking here and sending a vital message as a constituent.
Your representative should read The Doomsday Machine from cover to cover after carefully considering the key points in Ellsberg’s letter that accompanied the book.
As that letter says, “It is in the power of Congress to decouple the hair-trigger on our [nuclear weapons] system by defunding and dismantling the current land-based Minuteman missiles and rejecting funding for their proposed replacements. The same holds for lower-yield weapons for first-use against Russia, on submarines or in Europe, which are detonators for escalation to nuclear winter.
“This grotesque situation of existential danger has evolved in secret in the almost total absence of congressional oversight, investigations or hearings. It is time for Congress to remedy this by preparing for first-ever hearings on current nuclear doctrine and ‘options,’ and by demanding objective, authoritative scientific studies of their full consequences including fire, smoke, nuclear winter and famine.”
Offering a unique treasure trove of information and urgent recommendations for how to move away from the precipice of nuclear annihilation, Ellsberg’s book The Doomsday Machine is a profound gift to the world. Now, let’s insist that members of Congress learn from it and take action that could save human life on this planet.
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-- The RootsAction.org Team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.
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