Scott Horton Interviews Glenn Greenwald

Scott Horton, August 25, 2010

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Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com blogger and former constitutional lawyer, discusses the NYC anti-mosque/anti-Islam rally sponsored by neocon crazy Frank Gaffney (scroll down to update III), how the public’s fear of an Islamic bogeyman must be constantly stoked to justify a U.S. foreign policy of war and aggression, how Israel benefits from increasing anti-Islam bigotry in the U.S. and the most suppressed truth in American political discourse: that U.S. policy and behavior generate grievances that inspire acts of terrorism – including 9/11.

MP3 here. (23:21)

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”

  1. my fear is that there will be an "event" to be blamed on Iran to start war for Israel, deja vie?

  2. As is often the case Glenn Greenwald hits the nail on the head. Brings up how we are not supposed to ask "why do they hate us" To discuss the causal response of our foreign policy in the Muslim world

  3. I have bad news for you but the anti Muslim extremists are founding members of the war party. Sure the neo cons would like it if they anti Muslim extremists stayed at home and shut up, but sometimes the crazies in your organization get out of control. That happens to all coalitions.

    Provoking these people by naming the building Cordoba, and converting the World Trade Center site into a shrine to 911 is part of the problem.

  4. neocons are zionists. wake up.

  5. Right on. If you hadn't noticed, the U.S. IS in an existential war against Islam. I did not appreciate how much Xtian fundamentalism in running the U.S., even from colonial days. The early days, when the 'chosen people' came to the 'promised land' has been well covered. But I'm reading American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips, who points to more recent scholarship that has read sermons & other archives & focused on the stats. The argument goes that those folks have continuously become an increasing % of U.S. pop. As protestant & R.C. mainstream sects decline by leaps & bounds, splinter groups, more radical, rise by leaps & bounds. Etc. You get the argument. If you're unfamiliar with that aspect of U.S. history, which I was, read the book. Certainly explains U.S. exceptionalism and the strong attachment with Israel, which has the same psychological makeup.

  6. after Iran…who is next? Israel will never stop pushing for another nation to attack. It will never end.

  7. Probably the Dispensationalists will end up turning on Jews and on other non-Fundy Americans, when the finally give up on the Rapture solving their problems.

    For example, Israel is supposed to build a temple in Jerusalem, re-institute animal sacrifice, so that the Anti-Christ can defile it, all leading to a final war and the return of Jesus. In reality, Israelis are NOT religious and even the minority which is NOT going to re-build Solomon's temple, start sacrifices again, etc. Dispensationalists are likely to blame Israelis refusing to build the temple when the Rapture doesn't pay their credit card debts, etc.

    Of course, all the rest of you sinners will be to blame, too. Expect lots of attempts to punish the wicked, etc. Remember the old song "Strange Fruit?"

  8. American policy–er, I’m sorry, Israeli-approved American policy–in the Middle East is one of invasion, destruction, and warmongering. It fosters a justified hatred of everything American and Israeli.

    Frank Gaffney is a typical neocon chickenhawk Israel-Firster. Like his fellow vermin, he’ll fight to the last drop of YOUR blood. Piss on him.

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