Glenn Greenwald


Glenn Greenwald, blogger and former constitutional lawyer, discusses the inhumane detention conditions of accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning; eyewitness accounts of Manning’s deteriorating mental and physical condition; studies that show severe isolation has long term psychological consequences and is akin to torture; the government’s domestic “shock and awe” campaign of fear and intimidation against dissidents and whistleblowers; why Manning’s draconian imprisonment may be a negotiating tactic to coerce testimony against Julian Assange; and why the government is now considering conspiracy charges against Assange instead of using the problematic Espionage Act of 1917.

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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.

12 thoughts on “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. Greenwald's columns on the Manning case at are first-rate. Read 'em.

    There's no logical justification for Manning's harsh treatment. He's not a physical threat to anyone. No, the government is trying to break him mentally and physically in order to make him amenable to their theats and blandishments. Aren't you proud of Truth, Justice, and The American Way?

    Regarding Assange: I hope he beats extradition to Sweden and those off-again, on-again sex charges. They're likely bullshit, instigated by American pressure. And I hope WikiLeaks keeps spilling its stuff.

  2. Anyone who supports freedom could end up being subjected to what Manning and Assange are now suffering. The imperialists have all the power of the law behind them now. They will get more aggressive with their tactics now.

  3. Since when did the UCMJ permit cruel and unusal punishment of a soldier prior to being formally charged or indicted? Seems I missed something because Article 13 states:

    "No person, while being held for trial, may be subjected to punishment or penalty other than arrest or confinement upon the charges pending against him, nor shall the arrest or confinement imposed upon him be any more rigorous than the circumstances required to insure his presence, but he may be subjected to minor punishment during that period for infractions of discipline."

    It seems to me that a house arrest at his aunt's house in Potomac, MD with a GPS ankle bracelet is appropriate for Pfc Bradley Manning — not the sort of confinement he's subjected to that's gradually destroying and erasing his person. Or do they really want to try a shell of a person for "treason?"

    1. Ed, you make a very good point but then we only need be reminded of the folks who've spent years in Gitmo being tortured or disappeared elsewhere in the world at the Empires behest.

  4. That's just it, "prosecuting" the insane is so much easier than accusing a cognizant defendant. As a child during the late sixties, I remember how the MSM crews of America's three networks used to demonize the Soviet Union for all the "Show Trials" they put on using functionally broken (alleged) perps.

    That Manning can't even use the established precedents of UCMJ rules and regulations to protect himself from the Pentagon Jackals who are crucifying him tells us now just how corporately vicious our own government has become. We're not even allowed to discover if Manning actually did anything wrong … his treatment is that of the hopelessly convicted.

    The Soviets of old ain't got nothing on today's modern Pentagon.


  5. We must remain ever vigilant against those who wish our nation ill. There are many who seek to undermine the very process of our great democratic traditions. There are those who wish us to fail, to fall into the pit of third world nations where slave labor, rather than true capitalism thrives. We have assembled the greatest army the world has ever known in the greatest nation the world has ever known.

    Those who seek to undermine this should be prosecuted.

    I'm talking about Obama, Bush, Congress, CIA, FBI.

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