Blowing the lid on
government abuse of
secrecy is his specialty
Glenn Greenwald has a global audience on his platform at The Guardian. Click image to enlarge.
HE IS PERHAPS ONE of the foremost journalists of our time, but Glenn Greenwald is little known in America.
He’s not even “formally” trained in journalism; according to his profile at the e-zine Salon.com, Greenwald “is a former Constitutional and civil rights litigator and is the author of three New York Times Bestselling books: two on the Bush administration’s executive power and foreign policy abuses, and his latest book, “With Liberty and Justice for Some,” an indictment of America’s two-tiered system of justice.”
The book’s subtitle is revealing:
“How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful.”
Greenwald’s column in The Guardian newspaper should be required reading for every American.
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BUT LONG BEFORE Greenwald became world renowned for his role in the ongoing Edward Snowden drama, he was writing hugely significant articles for a much smaller audience.
The Glenn Greenwald bio page at the e-zine Salon.com.
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Just check out some of the stories he wrote, most recently, for Salon.
In “Secrecy creep” published exactly a year ago, he writes:
“That the Obama administration has waged an unprecedented war on the whistleblowers is by now well-known [and] well-documented, as is its general fixation on not just maintaining but increasing even the most extreme and absurd levels of secrecy.
“Unsurprisingly, this ethos — that the real criminals are those who expose government wrongdoing, not those who engage in that wrongdoing — now pervades lower levels of the Executive Branch as well.”
We share a common interest.
Greenwald has been writing about the WikiLeaks case, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange – among other issues regarding U.S. government abuse of secrecy – since the early days of the Bush administration.
He has somewhere around 2,000 stories on Salon.com – it’s hard to count, there are so many.
Not only is he an expert in the law, he clearly has become a thoroughly credible media critic, as well.
His contribution to “Comment is Free” (don’t you love the name of The Guardian’s op-ed section? It was a jab at The New York Times, which abandoned an experiment in charging readers for op-ed columns several years ago) on Monday was a thorough trashing of Bob Schieffer and the CBS flagship Sunday talk show, “Face the Nation.”
In Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media’s reverence of national security officials he writes:
“As most establishment media figures do when quivering in the presence of national security state officials, the supremely sycophantic TV host Bob Schieffer treated Hayden like a visiting dignitary in his living room and avoided a single hard question.”
Powerful, direct statement of informed opinion.
I should be so lucky.
Greenwald’s contribution to “Comment is Free” in The Guardian on Monday. Click image to enlarge.
TODAY, GREENWALD IS DRAWING a global audience, one that only The Guardian knows how big it is.
The tag on his column – “On Security and Liberty” – has been front page news since George W. Bush stood atop the heap of rubble that once was the World Trade Center in New York City, and said: “Is this thing working?” referring to the bullhorn with which he was attempting to address a global audience.
Greenwald is a public servant extraordinaire.
He is unafraid to take on the daunting “national security” establishment – anybody remember the days before the U.S. had a Department of Homeland Security? That was a concept dating from the Red Revolution in Russia, before W and Dick (“No heart”) Cheney imported it for us.
No wonder Greenwald is now living in Brazil.
Which brings to mind the brilliant 1985 Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame) drama “Brazil,” a futuristic sci-fi fantasy described this way on IMDB:
“A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.”
It would not surprise me a whit if Greenwald believes he has a target on his back. And, justifiably, too. For doing what journalists are meant to do – everywhere, all the time:
Expose the information government would rather we don’t have, for no good reason other than it has a stamp that says: “Top Secret.”
If Bradley Manning did nothing else (and he most certainly did!), he revealed to the entire world the abuse of the classification system that is rampant in the U.S. government.
Glenn Greenwald has been doing the same for years.
Those of us who believe it is not only our right but our duty to know what our government is doing FOR us and TO us, can only admire Mr. Greenwald and what he is doing for all of us.
Count me as a fan.
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