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Greenwald will “force the issue,” visit U.S.

Salon Exclusive: Despite escalating government intimidation, Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S.

Months after the first insinuations that he risks arrest if he visits the US, Greenwald is more concerned than ever

By Brian Beutler | Salon | February 6, 2014

When big-name public figures and Edward Snowden critics first started suggesting Glenn Greenwald and other writers who’d published his surveillance disclosures might be in legal jeopardy, Greenwald assumed that both the clamor and the actual risk to journalists would quickly subside, and eventually disappear.

That was about six months ago. Today, Greenwald believes he miscalculated. In an exclusive interview Wednesday he said that the ominous rhetoric directed at him has actually escalated. It’s discouraged him from visiting the United States, where he still has strong family and professional ties. And though he intends to reenter the country sooner rather than later, he’ll do so despite the fact that he believes he faces a much greater risk of detention than most of the other journalists who have access to some or all of Snowden’s files.

“As the story kind of went on I thought the prospect of something happening to the journalists would dissipate to zero. I actually think that the risk is higher than it’s ever been,” Greenwald told me. “My parents are getting older, my nieces [live there] — none of that is something I’m going to go home for now … I had a foundation that wanted to sponsor and pay for and market aggressively a six-city speaking tour to talk about the NSA story and the revelations. I would have completely loved to have done it … on the assurance that nothing would happen. And because we couldn’t get it from the U.S. government, I had to cancel.”

When we last spoke in August, Greenwald was cognizant of the risks he’d face if he visited the United States, but he was also pointedly defiant. “I take more seriously the Constitution’s guarantee of a free press in the First Amendment,” he said at the time. “So I have every intention of entering the U.S. as soon as my schedule permits and there’s a reason to do so.”

Today he remains defiant — “I’m going to go back to the U.S. for many reasons, but just the fucking principle is enough … On principle I’m going to force the issue” — but recent comments by Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; James Clapper, the director of national intelligence; and others have intensified his doubts.

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Interesting to see this domain name already secured by someone.

We know what the U.S. government is capable of.

Expect the worst.

Author of Buy Gold and Silver Safely
Next book: Illusions of Wealth - due out soon
Also writing book We the Serfs!

if he is detained

We should help him.

Maybe we should think about how we could help him if he does come back to the US

In a truly free society

he should be "detained"

as Obama's new press secretary.

If Greenwald

comes to the U.S. he will definitely be detained...he better prepare for that...or better yet, he better stay out of the U.S., it's not worth it.

SteveMT's picture

I hope Greenwald has learned how to anticipate from Snowden.

With this planned trip to our police state, Greenwald should secure the best Constitutional lawyer in this country before setting foot back here. He should anticipate the charges that will be trumped-up, and should have pre-written the briefs rebutting these charges. Greenwald should also have a Plan B, quick exist out of here stage left, ready to be implemented if needed. If he still finds himself in jail or turns up dead, he should have pre-planned for the release of the remaining 98% of Snowden's documents everywhere in the world. I hope that Greenwald has learned from Snowden and has such plans in place.

February 11th 2014 isThe Day

February 11th 2014 is
The Day We Fight Back
Against Mass Surveillance

Dont do it Glen...

You of all people know that this country has been taken over by someone/some people who are not Americans. There is a revolution going on. We are just not shooting yet! Stay out. We need you. Spill the beans on Obomya and the rest of the corrupt congress. Just do it. We're waiting....

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I know major allies who fund them" Gen. Dempsey referring to ISIS


That's what this man is demonstrating.

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.


Also author of Stick it to the Man!


Michael Nystrom's picture

One of the biggest sets around

at present.

He's the man.

...and he's a dead man

Good luck with this move..

bring a damn camera with you,

bring a damn camera with you, ready, hell put a hidden one, with streaming and online storage, and do not fucking inform them of it, its not like they've been showing US that curtesy, everyone else, you see greenwald, get your finger on the trigger, to YOUR camera

I said it once and ill say it again, big cahones on this one......right on brother

FiresofFreedom's picture

Hey Mike, thanks for posting this

However Salon has shown themselves to post biased articles and opinions agasint libertarians and "freedom oriented" people. I understand that salon is composed of individual reporters and you shouldn't judge the collective based on the actions of the few. However I feel I would only add to the problem by giving them the traffic to there site. If you feel the same way I do I would suggest not going to there site. Remember it never matters to the media if you are there to support or despise, views are views in there mind and that's all that matters.

Michael Nystrom's picture

I judge words by the words

Not by who said them. Don't make your life more complicated than it needs to be.

Here is one of my favorite collections of words, dedicated to Greenwald and Snowden. It really doesn't matter to me who said them. The words stand on their own.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

-- Theodore Roosevelt

He's the man.

don't make ANYTHING more complicated than it needs to be.

someone once said, if you cannot explain it in simple terms, you do not understand it.

I try to keep this mantra at heart.

our founders made the perfect choice. the "masses" are just that.
there is very little point in trying to reach them.

what they need is a "Representative" to protect them while they make their choices in life.

Liberty, properly viewed. is a religion.

He should set it up that, if

He should set it up that, if detained, it would trigger mass dump of all files.

He won't, because as he's specifically said

It would violate his agreement with Edward, his source.

But I think that Glenn's smart enough to create a fail-safe, so that what's going to be eventually published is regardless lol. ;)

I hear ya, ..doesnt mean he

I hear ya, ..doesnt mean he cant bluff :) I dont think TPTB would risk calling that bluff...