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Glenn Greenwald is one of three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to co-founding The Intercept, Glenn's column was featured at TheGuardian and Salon. He was the debut winner, along with Amy Goodman, of the Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2008, and also received the 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the abusive detention conditions of Chelsea Manning. For his 2013 NSA reporting, he received the George Polk award for National Security Reporting; the Gannett Foundation award for investigative journalism and the Gannett Foundation watchdog journalism award; the Esso Premio for Excellence in Investigative Reporting in Brazil (he was the first non-Brazilian to win), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award. Along with Laura Poitras, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. The NSA reporting he led for TheGuardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016(2 comments)
Hillary Clinton's Likely Pentagon Chief Already Advocating for More Bombing and Intervention
note the clinical euphemism Michele Flournoy created -- "military coercion" -- for creating a "no-bomb zone" that would entail "a declaratory policy backed up by the threat of force. 'If you bomb the folks we support, we will retaliate using standoff means to destroy [Russian] proxy forces, or, in this case, Syrian assets,'" she said.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016(3 comments)
Stop Exploiting LGBT Issues to Demonize Islam and Justify Anti-Muslim Policies
Over the last several years, Christian zealots in the U.S. have agitated with both activism and money -- often successfully -- for the implementation of severely repressive anti-LGBT laws in Christian Africa. That includes Uganda, where they tried to implement the death penalty for homosexuals. The law that was passed, criminalizing homosexuality, has led to severe increases in violent attacks against LGBTs.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016(4 comments)
Perfect End to Democratic Primary: Anonymous Superdelegates Declare Winner Through Media
That the Democratic Party nominating process is declared to be over in such an uninspiring, secretive, and elite-driven manner is perfectly symbolic of what the party, and its likely nominee, actually is. The one positive aspect, though significant, is symbolic, while the actual substance -- rallying behind a Wall Street-funded, status quo-perpetuating, multimillionaire militarist -- is grim in the extreme.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 Credibility of Brazil's Interim President Collapses as He Receives 8-Year Ban on Running for Office
President Michel Temer, overwhelming evidence has emerged proving that to be true: Already, two of the interim ministers in Temer's all-white-male cabinet, including his anti-corruption minister, have been forced to resign after the emergence of secret recordings showing them plotting to obstruct that investigation, which they, along with one-third of his cabinet, are personally implicated.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 The New York Times's (and Clinton Campaign's) Abject Cowardice on Israel
Essentially the entire world recognizes the reality of Israeli occupation with the exception of a tiny sliver of extremists in Israel and the U.S. That's why Chris Christie had to grovel in apology to GOP billionaire and Israel-devoted fanatic Sheldon Adelson when the New Jersey Governor neutrally described having seen the "occupied territories" during a trip he took to Israel.
Saturday, May 21, 2016(2 comments)
Watch: First Interview With Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff Since the Senate's Impeachment Vote
Rousseff's suspension will last up to 180 days as her Senate impeachment trial takes place, at which point she will either be acquitted or (as is widely expected) convicted and permanently removed from her office. Rousseff -- who was imprisoned and tortured for three years in the 1970s by the U.S.-supported military dictatorship that ruled the country for 21 years -- is more combative, defiant, and resolute than ever.
Monday, May 16, 2016 The Intercept Is Broadening Access To The Snowden Archive. Here's Why
FROM THE TIME we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the materials should be handled: that they be released in conjunction with careful reporting that puts the documents in context and makes them digestible to the public, and that the welfare and reputations of innocent people be safeguarded.
Saturday, April 30, 2016(4 comments)
The Joke of U.S. Justice and "Accountability" When They Bomb a Hospital
Ever since the U.S. last October bombed a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the U.S. vehemently denied guilt while acting exactly like a guilty party would. First, it changed its story repeatedly. Then, it blocked every effort -- including repeated demands from MSF -- to have an independent investigation determine what really happened.
Friday, April 29, 2016(3 comments)
New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship
There are numerous psychological studies demonstrating that people who believe they are being watched engage in behavior far more compliant, conformist and submissive than those who believe they are acting without monitoring. Writers are not only overwhelmingly worried about government surveillance, but are engaging in self-censorship as a result.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 To Protect Hillary Clinton, Democrats Wage War on Their Own Core Citizens United Argument
The key argument of the right-wing justices in Citizens United has now become the key argument of the Clinton campaign and its media supporters to justify her personal and political receipt of millions upon millions of dollars in corporate money: "Expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption" -- at least when the candidate in question is Hillary Clinton.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 A Key Similarity Between Snowden Leak and Panama Papers: Scandal Is What's Been Legalized
dozens of newspapers around the world reported on the Panama Papers: a gargantuan leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm that specializes in creating offshore shell companies. The documents reveal billions of dollars funneled to offshore tax havens by leading governmental and corporate officials (the U.S. was oddly missing from the initial reporting, though journalists vow that will change shortly).
Sunday, April 3, 2016(1 comments)
Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is "Terrorism." Boycotting Is "Anti-Semitism." What's Allowed?
Even ardent defenders of Israel admit that "the West Bank is under a legal regime of belligerent occupation" and "Israel's settlement enterprise is, and has always been, grossly illegal under international law." Despite this world consensus, Israeli settlements continue to grow rapidly. Israel is not engaged in any meaningful efforts to negotiate an agreement to end the occupation.
Saturday, March 26, 2016(2 comments)
Highlighting Western Victims While Ignoring Victims of Western Violence
No famous American TV correspondents will be sent to the places where people have their lives ended by the bombs of the U.S. and its allies. At most, you'll hear small, clinical news stories briefly and coldly describing what happened -- usually accompanied by a justifying claim from U.S. officials, uncritically conveyed, about why the bombing was noble.
Monday, March 14, 2016(3 comments)
The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic "Neutrality"
Imagine calling yourself a journalist, and then--as you watch an authoritarian politician get closer to power by threatening and unleashing violence and stoking the ugliest impulses--denouncing journalists who warn of the dangers. That is the embodiment of the ethos of corporate journalism in America, and a potent illustration of why its fetishized reverence for "objectivity" is so rotted and even dangerous.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016(9 comments)
Georgetown Law Professors Say Students Are "Traumatized" by Criticisms of Scalia, Demand "Remedies"
A full two days after Scalia's death, Professor Peller wrote an email -- first to the dean and the faculty, and thereafter to the entire law school -- explaining his dissent from the dean's praise. Like a huge number of Americans generally, and legal professionals particularly, Professor Peller viewed Scalia's role on the Supreme Court as toxic in the extreme, and he explained why.
Friday, February 19, 2016(7 comments)
Hillary Clinton, With Little Notice, Vows to Embrace an Extremist Agenda on Israel
Bill Clinton's vow of even greater support for Israel is completely consistent with what Hillary Clinton herself has been telling American Jewish audiences for months. In November, she published an op-ed in The Forward in which she vowed to strengthen relations not only with Israel, but also with its extremist prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016(3 comments)
Two Former U.S. Presidents Simultaneously Advocate for a Close Family Member as the Next U.S. President
Dynastic power is not a new phenomenon in the U.S., but this past week featured a particularly vivid illustration of how potent it is. The two U.S. presidents prior to President Obama -- Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- made appearances on the campaign trail to urge Americans to elect their favorite candidate, which, in both cases, happens to be a close family member.
Monday, February 1, 2016(3 comments)
The "Bernie Bros" Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism
truth doesn't matter here -- at all. Instead, the goal is to inherently delegitimize all critics of Hillary Clinton by accusing them of, or at least associating them with, sexism, thus distracting attention away from Clinton's policy views, funding, and political history. It's an effective weapon when wielded by Clinton operatives. But, given its blatant falsity, it has zero place in anything purporting to be "journalism."
Wednesday, January 27, 2016(7 comments)
The U.S. Intervention in Libya Was Such a Smashing Success That a Sequel Is Coming
Libya -- so predictably -- has all but completely collapsed, spending years now drowning in instability, anarchy, fractured militia rule, sectarian conflict, and violent extremism. The execution of Saddam Hussein was no vindication of that war nor a sign of improved lives for Iraqis, and the same was true for the mob killing of Qaddafi.
Thursday, January 21, 2016 The Seven Stages of Establishment Backlash: Corbyn/Sanders Edition
Sanders is a more fundamental, systemic critic than the oligarchical power centers are willing to tolerate, and his rejection of corporate dominance over politics, and corporate support for his campaigns, is particularly menacing. He is thus regarded as America's version of a far-left extremist, threatening establishment power.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016(1 comments)
Meet Debbie Wasserman Schultz's First-Ever Primary Challenger: Tim Canova
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is widely perceived to have breached her duty of neutrality as DNC chair by taking multiple steps to advance the Clinton campaign, including severely limiting the number of Democratic debates and scheduling them so as to ensure low viewership (she was co-chair of Clinton's 2008 campaign).
Thursday, January 14, 2016(1 comments)
Al Jazeera America Terminates All TV and Digital Operations
While AJAM has struggled with its television programming, its online reporting and digital opinion sites have been successful, finding relatively large audiences among American news consumers. Nonetheless, all of AJAM is terminating, and both the TV and digital employees are expected to lose their jobs.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016(7 comments)
U.S. Media Condemns Iran's "Aggression" in Intercepting U.S. Naval Ships -- in Iranian Waters
Most U.S. news accounts last night quickly skimmed over -- or outright ignored -- the rather critical fact that the U.S. ships had "drifted into" Iranian waters. Instead, all sorts of TV news personalities and U.S. establishment figures puffed out their chest and instantly donned their Tough Warrior pose to proclaim that this was an act of aggression -- virtually an act of war: not by the U.S., but by Iran.
Thursday, January 7, 2016(2 comments)
The Deceptive Debate Over What Causes Terrorism Against the West
Most people need some type of fervor to be willing to risk their lives and kill other people: It can be nationalism, xenophobia, societal pressures, hatred of religion, or religious convictions. But typically, such dogmatic fervor is necessary but not sufficient to commit such violence; one still needs a cause for the targets one selects.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 A Redaction Re-Visited: NSA Targeted "The Two Leading" Encryption Chips
The NSA vehemently argued that any reporting of any kind on this program would jeopardize national security by alerting terrorists to the fact that encryption products had been successfully compromised. After the stories were published, U.S. officials aggressively attacked the newspapers for endangering national security and helping terrorists with these revelations.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015(1 comments)
When the State Department Tries to Choose Muslim Thought Leaders to Win "Hearts and Minds"
Last year, the State Department announced with great fanfare a new social media campaign to counter ISIS' online messaging. They called it "Think Again, Turn Away," and created Twitter and Facebook accounts in that name. Its self-described purpose on Facebook: "Our mission is to expose the facts about terrorists and their propaganda."
Friday, December 11, 2015 Freedom of Press Launches Fundraiser to Aid Heroic Journalists in Police Brutality Investigations
Freedom of the Press Foundation is announcing a new crowd-sourced fundraising campaign called the Transparency for Police Fund, which "will fund local journalists around the United States to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other transparency lawsuits aimed at uncovering police misconduct and video evidence of brutality against unarmed men and women."
Tuesday, December 8, 2015(1 comments)
Donald Trump's "Ban Muslims" Proposal Is Wildly Dangerous But Not Far Outside the U.S. Mainstream
Given that an ISIS attack in Paris just helped fuel the sweeping election victory of an actually fascist party in France, it's a bit mystifying how someone can be so sanguine about the likelihood of a Trump victory in the U.S. In fact, with a couple of even low-level ISIS attacks successfully carried out on American soil, it's not at all hard to imagine.
Friday, December 4, 2015(6 comments)
U.S. First Shields Its Torturers and War Criminals From Prosecution, Now Officially Honors Them
he U.S. government unambiguously signaled to the world that not only does it regard itself as entirely exempt from the laws of wars, the principal Nuremberg prohibition against aggressive invasions, and global prohibitions on torture, but believes that the official perpetrators should be honored and memorialized provided they engage in these crimes on behalf of the U.S. government.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015(4 comments)
Let's Not Whitewash George W. Bush's Actual, Heinous Record on Muslims in the U.S.
This valid praise for Bush's post-9/11 rhetoric can whitewash many of the truly heinous things he and his administration did to Muslims after that attack. The actions he took outside of the U.S. are obvious, from torture to Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib to the invasion and destruction of Iraq.
Sunday, November 29, 2015 What Foreign Policy "Debate" Means on "Face the Nation"
There is, needless to say, an enormous amount of viewpoint, experience and mentality homogeneity among these Face the Nation panelists extending far beyond their vocal enthusiasm for the attack on Iraq. The fact that the nation's most watched Sunday morning news TV show convenes such similar "experts" to comment on foreign policy illustrates how illusory is the supposed "free debate" which establishment media outlets permit.
Friday, November 27, 2015(2 comments)
Why the CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after the Paris attacks
Snowden did not tell terrorists anything they did not already know. They have known for years that the US government is trying to monitor their communications. What the Snowden disclosures actually revealed was that the US government is monitoring the Internet communications and activities of hundreds of millions of innocent people under the largest program of suspicionless mass surveillance ever created.
Sunday, November 22, 2015(4 comments)
CNN Punished Its Own Journalist for Fulfilling a Core Duty of Journalism
Labott's crime wasn't that she expressed an opinion. It's that she expressed the wrong opinion: after Paris, defending Muslims, even refugees, is strictly forbidden. I've spoken with friends who work at every cable network and they say the post-Paris climate is indescribably repressive in terms of what they can say and who they can put on air.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 NYT Editorial Slams "Disgraceful" CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role Is Key
Why do the CIA and other U.S. government factions believe -- accurately -- that they can get away with such blatant misleading and lying? The answer is clear: because, particularly after a terror attack, large parts of the U.S. media treat U.S. intelligence and military officials with the reverence usually reserved for cult leaders, whereby their every utterance is treated as Gospel.
Sunday, November 15, 2015 Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS
We've entered the inevitable "U.S. Officials Say" stage of the "reporting" on the Paris attack -- i.e., journalists mindlessly and uncritically repeat whatever U.S. officials whisper in their ear about what happened. So now credible news sites are regurgitating the claim that the Paris Terrorists were enabled by Snowden leaks -- based on no evidence or specific proof of any kind.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Interview with Charlie Savage on Obama's War on Terror Legacy
Very early on in his administration, I defended Obama from the "he's-just-like-Bush" critique as premature. But six months later, the evidence piled up higher and higher that there was far more continuity with the Bush/Cheney model than almost anyone expected.
Monday, November 2, 2015 Why Is The Daily Beast's Russia Critic Silent About So Many Hideous Abuses?
What could possibly explain Hamad's stunning, disgraceful silence about these massacres, abuses, injustices, and extreme levels of avoidable human suffering? One might conclude from his utter silence that he supports these heinous actions. Or perhaps he is an apologist for the perpetrators, seeking to conceal their culpability by never acknowledging these crimes?
Friday, October 30, 2015(4 comments)
Anti-Israel Activism Criminalized in the Land of Charlie Hebdo and "Free Speech"
As more and more people around the world recognize the criminal and brutal nature of the Israeli government, its loyalists have been increasingly trying literally to criminalize activism against the Israeli occupation. For that reason, "pro-Israel" activists this week celebrated this French assault on basic free speech rights.
Monday, October 26, 2015 BBC Protects U.K.'s Close Ally Saudi Arabia With Incredibly Dishonest and Biased Editing
the Saudis, says the anonymous official, are only arming groups such as the "Army of Conquest," but not the al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front. What's the problem with this claim? It's obvious, though the BBC would not be so impolite as to point it out: The Army of Conquest includes the Nusra Front as one of its most potent components. This is not even in remote dispute.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 Israel Calls a Man Its Soldiers Killed a "Terrorist": Until They Realized He Was an Israeli Jew
Killing a man by two IDF soldiers was a mistake. The soldiers claim, he was acting erratically and tried to grab one of their guns. When he was fatally shot by the IDF, says the paper, he was "believed to be an Arab terrorist." As it turns out, he was not an Arab Palestinian but rather an Israeli Jew. Upon learning this, the "terrorist" designation was officially and "immediately" rescinded.
Saturday, October 3, 2015(1 comments)
One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan
This last week has been a particularly gruesome illustration of continuous U.S. conduct under the War on Terror banner. The formula by now is clear: bombing whatever countries it wants, justifying it all by reflexively labeling their targets as "terrorists," and then dishonestly denying or casually dismissing the civilians they slaughter as "collateral damage."
Thursday, October 1, 2015(12 comments)
U.S. Bombs Somehow Keep Falling in the Places Where Obama "Ended Two Wars"
How do you know when you're an out-of-control empire? When you keep bombing and deploying soldiers in places where you boast that you've ended wars. How do you know you have a hackish propagandist for a president? When you celebrate him for "ending two wars" in the very same places that he keeps bombing.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015(3 comments)
U.S. State Department "Welcomes" News That Saudi Arabia Will Head U.N. Human Rights Panel
Saudi Arabia--easily one of the world's most brutally repressive regimes--was chosen to head a UN Human Rights Council panel provoked indignation around the world. Most of the world may be horrified at the selection of Saudi Arabia to head a key U.N. human rights panel, but the U.S. State Department most certainly is not. Quite the contrary: they seem quite pleased about the news.