Scott Horton Interviews Glenn Greenwald

Scott Horton, June 19, 2009

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Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional lawyer and current Salon.com blogger, discusses the firing of Washington Post journalist Dan Froomkin, the dominance of mainstream Democrat vs. Republican talking points in the media, maverick illegal actions of the Bush administration codified into law under Obama and how governmental secrecy enables all other abuses of power.

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Glenn Greenwald was a constitutional lawyer in New York City, first at the Manhattan firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and then at the litigation firm he founded, Greenwald, Christoph. Greenwald litigated numerous high-profile and significant constitutional cases in federal and state courts around the country, including multiple First Amendment challenges. He has a J.D. from New York University School of Law (1994) and a B.A. from George Washington University (1990). In October of 2005, Greenwald started a political and legal blog, Unclaimed Territory, which quickly became one of the most popular and highest-trafficked in the blogosphere.

Upon disclosure by the New York Times in December 2005 of President Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program, Greenwald became one of the leading and most cited experts on that controversy. In early 2006, he broke a story on his blog regarding the NSA scandal that served as the basis for front-page articles in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, all of which credited his blog for the story. Several months later, Sen. Russ Feingold read from one of Greenwald’s posts during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Feingold’s resolution to censure the president for violating FISA. In 2008, Sen. Chris Dodd read from Greenwald’s Salon blog during floor debate over FISA. Greenwald’s blog was also cited as one of the sources for the comprehensive report issued by Rep. John Conyers titled “The Constitution in Crisis.” In 2006, he won the Koufax Award for best new blog.

Greenwald is the author of A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok and Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics.

4 Responses to “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. It is tragic how partisanship means ignoring the golden rule, and that the establishment keeps the dangers of secrecy a secret.

    And the biggest government in the Solar System? Seems a little understated, I don't think there are any bigger Governments hanging out in the Kuiper Belt or the Ort Cloud.

    Thanks for the interview, Glenn's Dogs! Woof Woof!

  2. Good summary by Greenwald of our embattled civil liberties, under both Bush AND Obama. (Obama supporters, are you taking note of this? . . .)

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  4. The Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability. That´s the real problem. Global Warming doesn´t matter because with the missiles in Poland the Pentagon will get First-Strike Capability by 2011/12. Of course, the Russians will answer by Launch On Warning. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-http://www.plrc.org-resigned for that reason. Bloody fools in the Pentagon ! A disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability is suicidal.

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