Scott Horton Interviews Glenn Greenwald

Scott Horton, October 23, 2011

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Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald discusses the release of his new book With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful; how Barack “Nobel Peace Prize” Obama gets away with assassinating US citizens, like Anwar al-Awlaki and his sixteen year old son; and why Americans discouraged by their economic prospects can at least be proud of their government’s killing prowess.

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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.

6 Responses to “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. An excellent interview highlighting the dictator mentality of our voting public.

    So, why is it Americans have an ego defense system so in need of “feeling good about themselves” such that they reject the truth that we freely offer them? They being the most self-absorbed and self-satisfied humans on earth? But surely, only guilt could cause such a dysfunctional society.

    For the high crime of our day and age is one billion children left to go hungry, 20% of American children included among them. For our voting majority is the upper half of society — all with great jobs, terrific homes, the best of food and the most healthy healthcare greed can buy.

  2. The U.S. "justice" system is a friggin' joke. Courts are increasingly statist and authoritarian. Prosecutor and police get away with damn near anything. It's Joe & Jane Sixpack who bear the brunt of this. However, if you're powerful, if you have enough juice, a different situation obtains. Even if you're (gasp!) indicted and tried, there are pardons and commutations.

    Greenwald makes the astute observation that Americans are desperately trying to feel good about themselves. The U.S. is a nation in decline, and people sense this. There's a need for militarism and cheap flag-waving, to bolster their shaky feelings. . . .

  3. spot on glenn killing the teenagers doesn't create fell good patriotism so it is kept out of the press. I also think some people just assumed his son was killed with him because the events were so close together.

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