Glenn Greenwald

Obama’s Law


Glenn Greenwald, renowned blogger, discusses the Obama administration’s impact on civil liberties, the failure of Obama’s government to reverse a single Bush-era legal position, how the Bagram prison in Afghanistan is replacing Guantanamo as the new extralegal detention facility, the spectacular claim that a global war on terror makes the whole world a battlefield and all its inhabitants potential enemy combatants, the history of the state secrets privilege from its original limited exemptions to the current claims of total immunity and why non-prosecuting truth and reconciliation committees should be reserved for third-world countries.

MP3 here. (45:28)

Glenn Greenwald is a former constitutional lawyer and author of Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics, A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, and How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values From a President Run Amok. His blog and radio show can be found at

6 thoughts on “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. at minute 41 or so, there is a claim that the usa is the oldest, most stable democracy in the world. is this claim true enough?
    the way i understand is that switzerland has been around a long time.

  2. These Guardian comments have lots to say about the oldest democracy but it is how democracy is defined that determines the answer. I’ve always thought New Zealand had some claim to this but it seems Iceland does. I hope I haven’t started an argument 😉

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