Scott Horton Interviews Glenn Greenwald

Scott Horton, July 03, 2011

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Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com blogger and former constitutional lawyer, discusses his upcoming new book With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, discusses the growing realignment in American politics, Congress’s rank and file breaking with party leadership to press Obama on War Powers Act for the Libya War, debating the sincerity of Republican antiwar talk, Obama’s legal backflips justifying Libya War and the desperate Grand Jury fishing expedition for a charge – any charge – to pin on WikiLeaks/Julian Assange without in effect outlawing journalism in general.

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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.

One Response to “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. I look forward to reading Greenwald's new book. No doubt he'll focus a harsh spotlight on our laughable "justice" system in this country.
    If you're Joe Sixpack, there's no slack, no dispensation for you if you break the law. If you're a fair-haired member of the elite, of the District of Corruption Establishment, an entirely different situation obtains. Tricky Dick Nixon, Bush, Cheney, Casper Weinberger, Mark Felt, Yoo, Bybee et al. never felt the sting of justice. Rather, pardons and commutations awaited them.

    When is a war not a war? Whenever Saint Barack O-Bomb-a The Blessed says it isn't, I guess. For its part, the Parliament of Whores–er, uh, Congress–doesn't assert its constitutional prerogatives regarding warmaking. They're worthless.

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