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Glenn Greenwald on Obama Speech: He's not an agent of change but the soothing branding packaging for it.

In response to political scandal and public outrage, official Washington repeatedly uses the same well-worn tactic. It is the one that has been hauled out over decades in response to many of America's most significant political scandals. Predictably, it is the same one that shaped President Obama's much-heralded Friday speech to announce his proposals for "reforming" the National Security Agency in the wake of seven months of intense worldwide controversy.

The crux of this tactic is that US political leaders pretend to validate and even channel public anger by acknowledging that there are "serious questions that have been raised". They vow changes to fix the system and ensure these problems never happen again. And they then set out, with their actions, to do exactly the opposite: to make the system prettier and more politically palatable with empty, cosmetic "reforms" so as to placate public anger while leaving the system fundamentally unchanged, even more immune than before to serious challenge.

This scam has been so frequently used that it is now easily recognizable.


As the ACLU's executive director Anthony Romero said after the speech:

"The president should end – not mend – the government's collection and retention of all law-abiding Americans' data. When the government collects and stores every American's phone call data, it is engaging in a textbook example of an 'unreasonable search' that violates the constitution."

That, in general, has long been Obama's primary role in our political system and his premiere, defining value to the permanent power factions that run Washington. He prettifies the ugly; he drapes the banner of change over systematic status quo perpetuation; he makes Americans feel better about policies they find repellent without the need to change any of them in meaningful ways. He's not an agent of change but the soothing branding packaging for it.


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Nice government strategy pointed out

One way to put an end to illegal activities is... to make them legal.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Mr. Greenwald writes so well. Glad he is on the side of truth.

Thanks for posting this article.

I wonder why Glenn Greenwald

I wonder why Glenn Greenwald would give sanction or validity to Bill Who?'s show?


That pretty much sums it up. Thanks Glenn!

Good article

I watched the Obama speech and have to agree that unless he intends to abolish the NSA's spy program, it will not only continue but grow.

thats what happens, when they

thats what happens, when they can do whatever the hell they want to whomever the hell they please, and have no damn consequencies

Obama will turn the NSA around.....

a full 360 degrees. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151754196066333&se...

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

Greenwald was on Bill Maher tonight.

He referenced Ron Paul in a derogatory way and Greenwald stuffed it in Maher's face.



"What's nuts is that you think that's nuts"

God I love this guy!

It's amazing how naive the people are.

Bill Maher is such a horse's a$$

It's clear that Bill Maher is in the pocket of the Establishment (and he wants it that way).

He always supports The U.S. Wars at the outset, and then only much later on just goes with the flow and pretends to be a "critic". He supports Arlen Specter and the "no conspiracy" lie about the Kennedy Assassination. And he is aggressively hostile and insulting to anyone who dares to question the absurd 9/11 hoax that was shoved down our throats. And, of course, its fine with him if the CIA engages in criminal activity and mass murder in 190 Countries around the World on a basis 24/7 (including The United States).

The sad thing is that Maher is good on some issues and debates them well, but yet he is too brainwashed to be anything but a CIA loving, Neocon War-mongering, pro Secrecy tool, who just loves The Orwellian Security State, and basically defends it (and its lies) at every turn.

And that is NOT "politically incorrect" or "real" Bill.