The Significance Of Greenwald Comparing The Government To The MafiaSubmitted by Jao171 on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 11:42
Greenwald’s emotionally charged article, which broke the news that his partner, David Miranda, had been detained by UK officials for 9 hours, did not mince words. Greenwald’s tone throughout was undeniable defiant. It appears that he and Miranda have not and will not be intimidated. Greenwald has stated these tactics will serve to “embolden us even further.”
Most of the media attention surrounding Greenwald’s reaction to Miranda’s arrest has focused on his promise to go after England and to publish documents exposing England’s spy system. Very little attention has been paid to a paragraph near the end of Greenwald’s article first reporting Miranda’s detention. In the article Greenwald points out that even the Mafia has rules against targeting family members of people they felt threatened by.
This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.
It is not surprising that the mainstream media is ignoring this aspect of Greenwald’s criticism of government behavior. After all, one of government’s main justifications for existence is based upon protecting society from criminal syndicates. If the masses were to notice that government is employing tactics banned by the Mafia, they may start to question this behavior. They may even be inspired to compare tactics used by both government and the Mafia. This is not an exercise big government sympathizers are eager to see completed.
After comparing how the two organizations function an individual could begin to understand that the government operates in the same way as the Mafia, only with a more influential public relations team, the mainstream media.