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Glenn Greenwald: Enemy of the State

Glenn Greenwald scrunches over his laptop, the fizzing, glinty look in his eyes settling into something more staid and intense. It’s twilight in Gavea, the upscale enclave of Rio de Janeiro built alongside a hand-planted rainforest in the Zona Sul. The monkeys who routinely raise hell from the rubber trees that adorn Greenwald’s backyard have fled for the evening. A knot of ten dogs, mostly strays scooped off Rio’s traffic-gnarled streets, snore and grumble on the cream tiled floor. Without warning, Greenwald, who has the rat-tat-tat chattiness of Midnight Cowboy’s Ratso Rizzo crossing a Manhattan street corner, falls into a chilly silence. His small, fleshy hands flutter over the keyboard. Who knows what business is afoot inside his browser.

The tense quiet stretches on for minutes, made all the more uneasy by legions of invisible toads shamelessly burping from the mangroves. He could be devising his next series of explosive reports on secret Unites States and United Kingdom surveillance programs (he has been working on classified documents on U.S. assassination initiatives). Or, given his open contempt for major media organizations, he could be typing his resignation email to The Guardian. Or he could be prepping for his upcoming testimony before the Brazilian senate about how David Miranda, Greenwald’s partner of eight years, was detained and interrogated in Heathrow airport by U.K. officials for nine hours under the Terrorism Act in August. Maybe word has come down that the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a long-anticipated criminal investigation against Greenwald.

Or maybe he’s just paying a parking ticket.

“Here.” Greenwald snaps his head up and flips his laptop screen toward me as a hyper baby pinscher leaps into his lap. He points to his onscreen chat window. “I’m just talking with Snowden right now.” He flashes a chummy grin. “It’s our nightly check-in.” Greenwald giggles, sips a little red wine, and continues chatting with the 30-year-old former systems analyst whose explosive revelations about the American surveillance state have rocked Washington, put the Obama administration on the defensive, and damaged U.S. relations around the world.

“Moscow kinda sucks,” Greenwald reports.

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How Can Someone So Opposed To Excessive Government Power

support socialistic government power? I mean, isn't Obamacare a textbook example of powerful government officials operating in secret?

They promised us we'd be able to read the bill at least three days before the vote. Turns out, as with the Patriot Act, even our elected representatives couldn't do that.

Lawrence O'Donnell to woman who had made a rational choice to have catastrophic coverage only: "Do you believe the president when he says... if you like the health care plan you have... you can keep it? Is that something when you hear it you simply don't believe it?" She says no, and just look at the comments making her out to be the hysterical fool and O'Donnell to be the adult in the room: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvy9MA9D6Yo

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Exactly

I made a similar comment some months ago about Greenwald and Scahill speaking at a Socialist convention and was attacked by the "agent-of-love" himself and other lemmings who kiss his ass on a daily basis.

Good writing

Good read

DJP333's picture

A bit long, but incredibly real

and personal article about Greenwald.

“I came to believe if you’re smart, skilled, and have the resources, you should use those things to fuck with the powerful.”

"He’s pounding out a book on the Snowden story, set for publication in the spring."

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW