Scott Horton Interviews Glenn Greenwald

Scott Horton, August 01, 2009

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Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional lawyer and current Salon.com blogger, discusses Washington’s treatment of the Constitution as a legal suggestion, why real patriots are civil liberties extremists, evolving Democratic excuses for not prosecuting Bush administration war crimes and how governmental powers “temporarily” increased during emergencies never fully recede.

MP3 here. (38:45)

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.

8 Responses to “Glenn Greenwald”

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  2. How I wish I could share Glenn's optimism! Perhaps if the problems we are facing were only political that might be possible but there is the planet and our over population of it. There is no serious effort whatsoever to address this ever expanding situation. With the population over-growth comes the over exploitation of all natural resources and a breakdown of the food chain. Then there is climate change; these two physical realities will eventually bring to heel even those who now control our political, economic and social environment, but under what catastrophic conditions?
    This said ,Glenn's tireless battle for the rule of law is admirable and I am an admirer who wishes I could be more active.

  3. Greenwald is clearly very thoughtful and sound on foreign policy. I am hoping he'll stand as forthrightly against the full range of civil rights violations, including government takeover of food, farming, water, health care, land use, bailouts,bureaucracy, ever increasing victimless crimes, taxation, police state, on & on.

  4. Greenwald's a "civil liberties extremist," is he? Shit, we need millions more like him!

    The District of Corruption Establishment protects its own from investigation and prosecution. Incredibly, this is true even with President Obama The Divine–aka The Great One, aka The One From Whom All Blessings Flow–in office.

  5. Greenwald is a poser, like a character in a kung fu movie, shadow-boxing with the powers-that-be. Yes, he has a throng of pseudo-Left fans hanging on his every word, but what does he really know? Despite all his hot air, what light does he generate? Right now Obama is re-locating Gitmo to the US, and the policy of indefinite detentions is official, forever. What is lacking from Greenwald's analysis that contribues to the inexorable erosion of constitutional rights in America? Answer: any substance knowledge of "unstated" US policy, and the role of psychological warfare and covert actions in promoting its unstated polcies. The CIA is having a two week seminar on these subjects this Sept, called Spywars 101: all Greenwald's fan should get together and ante up the $200 so he can get a toehold on the matter.

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  7. you forgot to mention electricity! we've just got to privatize the tva, bonneville, salt river project, etc., etc., etc. damn socialists!

  8. [...] to “political” pressure and abandoned the rule of law. As Mr. Greenwald himself as acknowledged elsewhere, there are occasions for the exercise of prosecutorial discretion (which, incidentally, is [...]

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