Glenn Greenwald: Growing Backlash Against NSA Spying Shows Why U.S. Wants to Silence Edward Snowden

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democracynow on Jul 18, 2013 – As Congress holds its second major public hearing on the National Security Agency’s bulk spying, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations. The NSA admitted their analysis of phone records and online behavior far exceeded what it had previously disclosed. “The fact that you now see members of both political parties increasingly angry over the fact that they were misled and lied to by top level Obama administration officials, that the laws that they enacted in the wake of 9/11 — as broad as they were — are being incredibly distorted by secret legal interpretations approved by secret courts, really indicates exactly that Snowden’s motives to come forward with these revelations, at the expense of his liberty and even his life, were valid and compelling,” Greenwald says. “If you think about whistleblowing in terms of people who expose things the government is hiding that they shouldn’t be, in order to bring about reform, I think what you’re seeing is the fruits of classic whistleblowing.”

See also:


House Judiciary Committee Hearing On NSA Spying & Fisa Court Authorities

Les Grossman on Jul 17, 2013

July 17, 2013 C-SPAN

House Judiciary Cmte. Holds Hearing on FISA Authorities

The House Judiciary Committee holds an unclassified hearing on the administration’s use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities, including witnesses from the Department of Justice, NSA, FBI and law and civil liberties experts.


Locking Out the Voices of Dissent by Chris Hedges

Whistleblower Russ Tice: NSA Blackmailing Obama? + Does Dianne Feinstein Know She Was Wiretapped? by Peter B. Collins

Edward Snowden on Why He Stood Up to the NSA + Glenn Greenwald: “Rogue” Actions of U.S. in Snowden Row Yield Latin American Offers of Asylum

Snowden’s Common Law Defense by Joe Lauria

Sandy Staub from CT ACLU at the “NSA Don’t Spy on US Forum”: We Have Filed a Lawsuit Challenging the Spying Scheme

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  8. From what I have learned subsequently of both Bernstein and Woodward, they were part of an elaborate conspiracy with the CIA to take down Nixon for complex reasons of their own.

    E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy it seems, made damn sure that their “burglary” of Ellsberg’s office was discovered – going do far as to replace the scotch tape over the lock after a security guard had removed it.

    There is also a complex mix of our so called Left and Right characters when we look into Ellsberg himself – who in fact has an intimate past with none other than CIA’s Mr Coup d’Etat himself, Gen Edward Landsdale, during Ellsberg’s time in Vietnam, involved in the counterinsurgency program, later to be revealed as the Phoenix program.

    Deep State analysis such as Peter Dale Scott would phrase it.


    • Complex may be an understatement hy-ro. Peter Dale Scott’s work is impressive to say the least. Truth is, as I see it, no-one is exempt from being implicated in some degree, hence the colossal scale of public denial.

      I receive a state pension. Where does that distribution stream originate, what does it stem from? I would surmise that these assets are inevitably inter-linked and reliant upon complex, strategic investment portfolios of extremely unethical baskets of funds.

      So we are all laundering dirty establishment money daily, one way or another.

  9. It is sickening to see the hypocrisy, these witnesses raising their right hands and swearing to tell the truth. Everyone lacking the balls to have the courage to admit their wrong-doings. It isn’t just the American public being spied upon, it is the entire world and yet nothing is being said about this. The ‘war on terror’ no longer is a valid excuse – never was and never will be.

  10. Dramatic stuff. It’s one helluva historical whistle. The implications are staggering. Surely access to this level of data collection is also potentially explosive for corporate intelligence and market advantage. Is this an impeachment issue?

    Bernstein’s comment about any risk potential “inimical to the interests of the United States” is a profoundly vague and frankly, naive summation. Just whom or what does he mean by United States? Does this refer to a brand, a power elite or to an existential social reality? Just what are these “interests;” whose interests?

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