Scott Horton Interviews Glenn Greenwald

Scott Horton, September 26, 2009

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Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com blogger and former constitutional lawyer, discusses the high success rate of Gitmo detainees in habeas corpus hearings, the legal uncertainty over the extent of U.S. government powers, Obama’s use of the AUMF as a one-size-fits-all legal justification, how a unilateral executive branch is preferable to Congressionally codified bad behavior and the $200 million dollar bribe needed to offload former Gitmo Uighur prisoners on Palau.

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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 Salon.com.

6 Responses to “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. Interesting that you should mention Palau for it has recently been in the Australian press. Palau’s prime minister has announced that Palau will become a south pacific sanctuary for sharks; I guess he meant it. Palau is also one of the small groups of islands which has been bribed into supporting Israel by the US in the general assembly at the UN. We need some upright journalist down in Palau to nose around; Palau did not accept these ‘terrorists’ out of the kindness of their hearts.

  2. Interesting that you should mention Palau for it has recently been in the Australian press. Palau’s prime minister has announced that Palau will become a south pacific sanctuary for sharks; I guess he meant it. Palau is also one of the small groups of islands which has been bribed into supporting Israel by the US in the general assembly at the UN. We need some upright journalist down in Palau to nose around; Palau did not accept these ‘terrorists’ out of the kindness of their hearts.

  3. A tour de force by Greenwald on the U.S. Government's lawlessness, at home and abroad.

  4. I always hear The New Republic being called a Liberal magazine. But everything I hear out of them is something that reminds me of Neocons, maybe posing as Liberals. What was that main editor of theirs on Olbermann was it? Saying, “yeah well, I made a statement that everybody took seriously, and bet on, and, yeah I turned out to be dead wrong, but let’s forget all that and let me give you another statement about blablabla”. I think the whole bunch are moles — stealth neocons.

  5. I think the U.S.Government should be placed in indefinite detention. It's not like we don't know that their future actions are a dangerous.

    Except for Ron Paul, the rest of the taxeaters are criminals, real or potential.

    This is my Minority Report.

  6. Scott Horton today asked Glenn Greenwald why he didn't come out against the Afghanistan war as he did against the Bush wars. My disillusionment came when, in this interview, you can literally hear Greenwald sliding on the slippery slope of the "good-hearted" liberal, that Afghanistan is the good war. At best, Greenwald seems to be arguing for patience in calling for an absolute disengagement of troops from Afghanistan. Scott hinted what prodigal wars will end up costing the average American, but Glenn said we should have a more nuanced anti-war approach to AFPAK then boldly saying enough is enough.

    In my mind this puts Greenwald in the same category of other soft statists that you have on the program. Chalmers Johnson, for instance, on this very program, stated support for Obama purely on environmental concern. Being no expert on Chalmers, perhaps unfortunately, I got away from his book Blowback that he held Asian state-run economies in a glow of admiration, qualifying him for a statist. Scott!, Phillip Weiss, for freak's sake, answered in a similar tone with Greenwald, when you asked him another bold question, that he might be more of a socialist than you.

    To be anti-war is to be anti-state. Getting more interviews with basic anti-state arguments would help clarify the old-right ideology of non-interventionism, and promote genuine laissez faire. With more free-market thought on your show, that would certainly buttress the no-war argument. Scott, you can't let Dylan Ratigan get away"corporate communism," which we all know is only jingoistic for fascism.

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