Glenn Greenwald

St. Paul Police State


Glenn Greenwald, author of Great American Hypocrites and blogger at, discusses the brutal arrest of distinguished journalist Amy Goodman, among others, at the RNC convention, how the St. Paul police preemptively attacked journalists so they wouldn’t record the cops’ abuses, the storm-trooper like task force and tactics, the problem of the ease of use of non-lethal weapons to deny rights without generating sympathy for the oppressed and the blatant media bias on the side of the state.

MP3 here. (34:13)

Glenn Greenwald was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator in New York. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling books How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy. His latest is Great American Hypocrites.

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  1. funny, wrote the NYTimes newsdesk the night this all started, wondering where their coverage was………and never received a response. no warrants, no miranda rights, just guns, preemptive justice, arrests (that will never stick), and intimidation.

    this is how it begins……..

  2. I haven’t read crisis and leviathan but I have been pondering the use of the legal idea of precedent as a tool for the creeping power of the state. Precedent, it would seem, did more damage to the republic than anything. The statist has to win just once and they get installed forever.

    Fuck precedent. Perhaps you could do a show on civil law verse common law as I would be curious how civil law, such as in Louisiana, deals with ideas like precedent and how a legal system could be reformed so as to counteract the state creep that is enabled by precedent.

  3. Read about the FTAA protests in Miami a few years ago. Filthy top cop Timoney had his cops physically attack protestors, including elderly union members who merely tried to walk to the protest area, after Timoney had illegally stopped their buses from driving them there. Timoney’s cops herded the protestors onto the railroad tracks, because they knew there was no sightline for video cameras to capture images of what was planned. Once on the railroad tracks, Timoney’s cops immediately attacked the peaceful protestors, beating the hell out of them, and arresting them.
    In other incidents at the THE FTAA protests, Timoney’s storm troopers, dressed in intimidating full riot gear with NO BADGE NUMBERS visible, viciously attacked not only protestors, but peaceful observers, reporters and passersby. They shot rubber bullets into the foreheads of 2 bystanders, almost killing one of them. It was pure luck that this woman was not killed. Yet the national news media REFUSED TO COVER THIS police attack.
    All because a few hundred Americans DARED TO PROTEST AGAINST THE ONE-SIDED FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS THE BUSH GANG HAS PERPETRATED ON AMERICA. Which have eliminated millions of manufacturing jobs in the USA. The largely Cuban mercenary policemen in Miami don’t believe Americans should have the right to protest against ANYTHING associated with their leader George Bush. And they ENFORCE this personal belief they share, rather than enforcing THE LAW.

  4. You would think reporters would be interested in
    other reporters being brutalized for doing a
    reporter’s job?


    They shoot them all the time in the Mid-East,
    so what’s the big deal?

  5. What happened to the ABC reporter doing the story on corruption was stunning. Here is a national reporter for a major network who pushed around and arrested for no reason. And the cops didn’t even care that the outrageous behavior was being taped for national broadcast. After manhandling him and throttling his neck they tell him “We should really fuck you up while we’re at it.” And there is no uproar even about this.

  6. Trying like hell to get the Diane Rehm show to have Amy Goodman and Glenn Greenwald on to discuss this issue. Ray McGovern has also written an article about what took place at the RNC.

    Please contact the Diane Rehm show and make that request. If enough people contact the show they will respond.

  7. Interesting interview.

    This is ominous…

    “In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett Fitzgerald, and Max Spector, face up to 7 1/2 years in prison under the terrorism enhancement charge which allows for a 50% increase in the maximum penalty.”

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