Glenn Greenwald

[audio:] blogger Glenn Greenwald discusses the Justice Department’s proposal to keep 50 Guantanamo inmates imprisoned forever without trial, the current 3-tiered justice system that provides the most generous legal forum that still guarantees a conviction, the problem with conferring “prisoner of war” status on Guantanamo detainees and the unaccountable “presidential assassinations” authorized by the Bush and Obama administrations.

MP3 here. (17:06)

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.

12 thoughts on “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. Thank you Scott for yet one more interview with Glenn Greenwald. I am a fan and a regular at Glenn's editorials on

    I wish more people listened to you guys. Maybe you could try to be on Judge Napolitano's show with Ron Paul and John Stossel. This would give you the platform you actually deserve.

    Hey… an idea… why don't you do an interview with John Stossel? 🙂


  2. Please do invite Dr. Francis Anthony Boyle, the human rights lawyer from Illinois who has filed a complaint on members of the Bush regime to the International Criminal Court.

  3. Fifty Gitmo inmates can't be tried (!), but they're "too dangerous to release," so they'll be held indefinitely. Hey, world, take note: Truth, Justice, and The American Way in action!

  4. Hi Scott,

    Love your shows. Do any of your CIA experts know anything about this? It's an article about CIA operatives moonlighting for Goldman Sachs and other hedge funds:

    Interesting both on the economics front (the myth of the free market) and the intelligence front (as in apparently these guys aren't so busy fighting

    Also wonder what those CIA lie detection experts would say about Geithner, Paulson and Bernanke and the rest of that criminal gang's sworn testimony before Congress.

  5. Thanks, Scott and Glenn.

    I think this interview puts the federal government in proper perspective: a criminal organization :with a permit to assassinate.

    O.K. sheep, back to the herd!

  6. The same could well be said about Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. Too dangerous to release. Put these fudge packers in Leavenworth.

  7. The Israelis have been conducting targeted assassinations for decades. They blow up the entire building and then tell the world they've killed a dangerous terrorist, ergo, everyone else who died in the attack should have known better than to associate with such a heinous individual, or at least taken better care to not have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. This includes peoples kids, elderly parents, etc. C'est la guerre…

    It shouldn't surprise anyone that the US govt has embraced this tactic openly and unrepentantly. After all, they have always taken Israeli advice when it comes to the 'Arab enemy' and, like the Israeli govt, know full well that the so-called war on terror is just a media shell game intended to psyche out their own citizens more than anyone else. We see yet another example of how letting one country get away with murder sans trial for years has only served to embolden another. Israel and American against the world – you may laugh, but it is more true than every before.

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