Glenn Greenwald


This interview was broadcast on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles on September 30th.

Glenn Greenwald, blogger and author of With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, discusses his article “The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality;” how Anwar al-Awlaki was tried and convicted in the media through a government whisper campaign, rather than in a court of law; setting dangerous legal precedents that make the US more like a dictatorship than a republic; why the First Amendment protects the free speech of American citizens anywhere, even beyond the water’s edge; the unanimous SCOTUS decisions protecting unpopular speech, even when advocating violence; how “terrorism” has become a meaningless term, bending to the whims of government interpretation; and how severe societal pressures can break the bonds of American left-right tribalism to effect a political realignment that displaces Demopublican totalitarianism.

MP3 here. (29:49)

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.

24 thoughts on “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. That I would presume makes murder legal. There are many that would believe that that is the clarion call to revenge and murder!

  2. 14th amendment citizens don't have any rights, they are merely given privileges in the corporate democracy. Anything goes.

      1. Cut him a break. He has a different opinion on many other issues; he doesn't have to support Ron Paul to be against the murder. Besides, he agrees with him on foreign policy; I can live with that in my book. He's one of my favorite commentators, and I'm a free market libertarian.

        I'm going to be occupying Freedom Plaza this week. I don't agree with a lot of the other stuff there, but they are against war. Ending war should be the number one priority. No libertarian has any excuse to not be there.

        1. Good commentors don't engage in ad hominem attacks. This guys spews them all the time especially toward Ron Paul. I'm sick of listening to liberals slander him when he is the only candidate that would end the wars they claim they hate. If they are truly antiwar, they MUST support Ron Paul since he is the ONLY antiwar candidate running. Even Nader has all but endorsed Paul.

          I wish I could go to the the Freedom Plaza thing, I would carry a sign that read "Only Ron Paul will end the wars". The other side would read "Only Ron Paul would do anything about the banksters".

          I wonder which non"batshit crazy" candidate mr eCAHNomics believes would actually end the war?

          1. He is under no obligation to support any candidate, nor am I. As much as I support Paul morally, I actually doubt his ability to do anything if he gets elected.

            Assume that he lost, and he decides to not run again. Your strategy seems to be "Ron Paul is the way out." Do you give up if he loses? Is the libertarian movement dead if he loses?

            I think not.

          2. No one is obligated. What Im saying is that if liberals really care about stopping little children from being blown apart by US cluster bombs, Ron Paul is the only candidate that will do that. If he were elected president, the one thing he would have direct control over is the us military. The only way the military could disobey him would be to stage a coup. He wouldn't be able to touch the liberals blessed welfare state without going through congress. What I was trying to point out is the utter hypocricy of the liberals on the war issue. Their calling Ron insane and refusing to support him shows they care more about their social programs than they do about the wars. If they were to do a moment of research they would find that Ron isnt threatening the welfare state. The truth is, people like this guy would rather see 4 more years of the murdering Obama than vote for Ron.

            Im not concerned that the liberty movement will die if he loses. Im concerned that the US will keep bombing, killing, torturing, inflating, assassinating, spying and occupying. I want to see that stuff stopped and he is the only candidate on the horizon who will do that. Where will the next candidate like him come from? How many decades will it take to build a reputation like what he has? Im not sure our country has that much time.

            If we dont get someone in office who will stop these wars and get spending under control, the US is sunk. We are headed for an economic catastrophe that will make the Great Depression look like a boom era if something radical is not done.

            I know you are one of the people who do'nt vote. I hadn't voted since 2000 until I voted for Ron in the 08 primary. I had also never given a dime to a candidate ever. In most election, no ones votes matter. But supporting a candidate like Ron Paul does matter.

        2. Who says he has to support him? Ron Paul is about as far from batshit insane as a politician could get. And he's so batshit nuts then I guess his foreign policy views are equally insane.

  3. No. You see, it's only murder when a private citizen does it. When the government does it it's called foreign policy.

    The f****ing hypocrisy of politicians is sickening.

  4. How long before O-Bomb-a decides to start bumping off American dissidents like ourselves?

    The U.S. Government is broken. It's heedless of its Constitution, its laws, and its treaty obligations. It's controlled by every lobbyist with a checkbook.

    Keep nullification and secession in mind. . . .

    1. Start bumping off dissidents? Look up Senator Paul Wellstone, the "night of the long knives" has been an ongoing event since 9/11.

      There are so many screams that never reach our ears stateside…

  5. I wrote a while back that the US will start to murder it's own people and now it has come home.Soon all US citizens will be suspect and murdered if they dare speck out against thr government,this obumer as president is a maniac and I see war coming and the is world war.he don't care as he and his family will live in an under ground bunker with luxurious suroundings and we will fry like eggs under a nuke attack and fall out,they in the government think they will live after it is over but the air and water will be poisoned for years so who will be left but one

  6. We have a King, not a president. This is what happens when criminals go unpunished.
    Mourn America. You were warned. You laughed. You called us conspiracy theorists. Now you get what you so richly deserve. Too bad the rest of us will have to suffer along with you.

  7. Great interview Scott. Glenn is my favorite liberal, an incarnation of that realignment you're hoping will happen. BTW you should reconsider your dismissive position on the 9/11 Truth movement. It is picking up steam. Perhaps you should take the time to study evidence.

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