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Glenn Greenwald Spars With Former CIA Officer On MSNBC Over Whether American Violence Abroad Fuels Jihad

Outspoken civil libertarian and Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald made a rare cable news appearance this afternoon to debate with TheBlaze host and former CIA officer Buck Sexton over the role American foreign policy has played in fueling Islamic extremists to execute terrorist attacks against the United States. The MSNBC segment was lamentably much shorter than it needed to be, with the two guests getting into a fascinating debate over the nature of jihad.

Greenwald had recently written a column in which he noted that the committers of terrorism in the name Islam “emphatically all say the same thing: that they were motivated by the continuous horrific violence brought by the United States and its allies to the Muslim world — violence which routinely kills and oppresses innocent men, women and children.”

“Were those words intended to inflame or provoke discussion?” host Craig Melvin asked.

“Neither,” Greenwald responded. “It was to make very clear that there is a consistent trend on the part of people who attack the United States, which is that they all cite essentially the same thing: That the United States has continued to drone, bomb, invade, occupy, imprison and torture countless people in the Muslim world, and that people in that part of the world and Muslims who identify with it have concluded that the only way to make that stop, the only way to fulfill their notions of justice is to bring violence to the United States so that Americans can see the effects of that which they’re causing in other parts of the world.”

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i tend to agree to a point.

regardless of what the US does, there will always be a radical islamic demographic that will seethe, boil over and become ultra violent at any perceived insult to islam. So there will always be people who believe that while not all muslims are terrorists, all non-muslims are targets. US foreign policy simply adds to that demographic exponentially.

"glenn, glenn, glenn, glenn,

"glenn, glenn, glenn, glenn, glenn.. i'm sorry but before you have a chance to advance the conversation into any actual, substantive analysis i'm going to have to cut you off."

anyone else hear chomsky repeatedly whispering "concision" every time a "debate" or "interview" comes on?


About the CIA scumbag using "Israel" as example of justification for "Look, look....it's not just us Americans that are being attacked, they attack Israel too" :

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha, how ingenious!

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!


Glenn Greenwald was with Bill Moyers on PBS roughly an hour ago. The PBS guy did his best impersonation of acting incredulous about Obama criticism, but Greenwald stood his ground very well. It was nice to see him use specific vocabulary like mainstream media propaganda, government tyranny etc.

Youtube link for interview is posted earlier in this thread above (artistsforRP).

Not so much a surprise, but an irony: Immediately after Greenwald interview, Bill Moyers proceeded to interview 2 statist Beltway stooges who complained that the current government is not socialist enough.

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!


let's have a 5 min discussion about an enormous problem, then cut it off for commercials about consumption.


Want truth, turn the damn TV off!


sad part is, that unassociated countries will now suddenly have 'incidents' so they can say, "hey look, these countries have no aggressive foreign policy and they have been attacked too."

This is their mindset, instead of stopping, they double-down

Yea, yea they hate us for our

Yea, yea they hate us for our freedom. Yo CIA bozo, nobody believes your bullshit anymore.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

Haha I would hang up on them too.


this is a Republic, not Jewish Temple.

So why is the "CIA guy" acting like Jewish law is preferred over a Constitutional Republic?

if he wants to pick sides to spread democracy overseas he should pick the constitution, not the Jewish nor the Islamic state.

Just looking at him you know he is okay with the lie, he looks like the evil game player who gets off on his own insidiousness.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Any EXCUSE will do!

Including the killing, not only of men, women, & children in foreign countries, but also men, women, & children in OUR country. I'm thinking of 9/11 and now the Boston Marathon bombing. The CIA liars will find that even if they couldn't lie anymore, they'd STILL make excuses for what they are doing!

These people are BENEATH CONTEMPT, along with being pathological liars & psychopathic serial killers. Strong words? If the shoe fits, then, wear it. And, wear it they will, NO MATTER WHAT...

This is truly a SAD, SAD day in America, when the CIA has to parade out a PR guy to prompt up their reputation (at taxpayers expense I might add).

Mass killing does not engender love

I happened across the link below today. Its a blog from an Austrailian (I think) About 1/4 of the way down the page he lists 87 reasons why the US is hated around the world. There was 1 out of the 87 that he made what I feel are irrational statements about guns and gun control...but, sadly, the rest of them I have to agree with :-(


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It was great for the public

It was great for the public to hear what we are doing around the world. It can't be repeated enough.

I wonder why the CIA guy was getting so upset. All they were doing was having a conversation.

Here Is A Related Greenwald Interview

from this weekend on Moyers & CO

this guy was refreshing to hear .....


Just the latest of example of

Just the latest of example of concision in media... (see http://www.dailypaul.com/279273/noam-chomsky-how-concision-i...)

Also, I'm sure the producer who invited media persona-non-grata Glenn Greenwald onto the show will be disciplined promptly.

notice how

they always cut off the good guys. i like that he hung up after getting cut off, why play nice with the CIA creep and his enabler.

Is cretinism required to join the CIA.

That or the willingness to play a pathological liar on TV

Free includes debt-free!

Glenn won that one


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"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul