Glenn Greenwald

Obama worse than Bush on state secrets


Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional lawyer and current blogger, discusses the nefarious origin of the state secrets privilege, the ways in which Obama has exceeded the Bush administration on secrecy invocations, the fight over releasing the few remaining Bush torture memos and the Obama administration’s foot-dragging over prosecuting Bush-era crimes.

MP3 here: (39:52)

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

8 thoughts on “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. Right-Left Alliance
    I went to the New Way Forward protest against the bailouts today. It was mostly Left – it was in SF – but some conservatives were there. People are planning to join the Right-led tea party protest on tax day. Perhaps Glenn and Scott’s right-left alliance idea is coming together. There’s a rally planned for Apr. 25 that’s specifically right-left, with speakers from a range of ideological backgrounds.

  2. I noticed that Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone put a shout out to Glenn in his latest Alternet column, about Larry Summers, that crooked Harvard hedge fund “genius.” So I guess I am reading the right stuff, if the different great writers I follow also are reading each other.

  3. So far, Obama and Holder have shown no interest in investigating the former Chickenhawk-in-Chief’s cretinous crew. As long as they don’t, they’d better not lecture the rest of the world about human rights abuses.

  4. The U.S. always tortures. Read in Overthrow about the way the U.S. conducted the counterinsurgency in the Philippines for an early example. The CIA’s torture is documented in Legacy of Ashes. Can’t imagine that would change now.

  5. As for rationales for Obama’s not prosecuting W et al, don’t leave out Cass-let’s-not-criminalize-policy-differences-Sunstein.

  6. Greenwald’s reporting is providing a timely and essential window into the Obama’s administration’s power grab. It’s vital that the abuses of power that began under Bush aren’t allowed to become permanent or codified.

    Yes, the President may be able to get away with spying, but if we preserve a balance of power between the branches, we’re more likely to have transparency in gov’t, which was one of the first casualties under Bush. Greenwald’s understanding of the legal end is vital in keeping the Constitution valid through attacks on it by the Executive branch, as well as by Congress through the passage of the Patriot Act and rulings in the Courts (by Presidential appointees) that dismiss lawsuits against the telecoms or the gov’t.

    I was blogging on this topic here.

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