Articles by Glenn Greenwald

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NYT Claims U.S. Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 7 Sep 2015

For the NYT to tell its readers that the U.S. — one of the leading cluster bomb states on the planet — is actually one of the countries that “have not yet joined the treaty but have abided by its provisions” is nationalistic propaganda of the most extreme kind.

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Jorge Ramos Commits Journalism, Gets Immediately Attacked by Journalists
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 31 Aug 2015

Jorge Ramos, the influential anchor of Univision and an American immigrant from Mexico, has been denouncing Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. Yesterday at a Trump press conference in Iowa, Ramos stood and questioned Trump on his immigration views.

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Dylann Roof Is Not a “Terrorist” — But Animal Rights Activists Who Free Minks From Slaughter Are
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 3 Aug 2015

The FBI on Friday [24 Jul] announced the arrests in Oakland of two animal rights activists and accused the pair of engaging in “domestic terrorism.” This comes less than a month after the FBI director said he does not consider Charleston Church murderer Dylann Roof a “terrorist.” The activists’ alleged crimes: “They released thousands of minks from farms around the country and vandalized various properties.” That’s it.

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NBC News Releases the Long-Awaited Trailer for Its Summer Horror Film about ISIS
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 27 Jul 2015

James Comey somberly warned that ISIS now officially poses a bigger threat to the ‘U.S. homeland’ than the one posed by former title-holder Al Qaeda – because, of course, the Latest Threat must always be the Greatest Threat.

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XKEYSCORE (Part I) – NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications
Morgan Marquis-Boire, Glenn Greenwald, and Micah Lee – The Intercept, 6 Jul 2015

1 Jul 2015 – One of the National Security Agency’s most powerful tools of mass surveillance makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address, and provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse. Today, The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE.

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XKEYSCORE (Part II) – Behind the Curtain: A Look at the Inner Workings of NSA
Micah Lee, Glenn Greenwald, and Morgan Marquis-Boire – The Intercept, 6 Jul 2015

Around the world, when a person gets online to do anything — write an email, post to a social network, browse the web or play a video game — there’s a decent chance that the Internet traffic her device sends and receives is getting collected and processed by one of XKEYSCORE’s hundreds of servers scattered across the globe.

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NSA’s Top Brazilian Political and Financial Targets Revealed by New WikiLeaks Disclosure
Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda – The Intercept, 6 Jul 2015

4 Jul 2015 – President Rousseff just yesterday returned to Brazil after a trip to the U.S. that included a meeting with President Obama, a visit she had delayed for almost two years in anger over prior revelations of NSA spying on Brazil.

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Spies Hacked Computers Thanks to Sweeping Secret Warrants, Aggressively Stretching U.K. Law
Andrew Fishman and Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 29 Jun 2015

GCHQ needed to reverse engineer software to hack into computer networks — so it decided to secretly reinterpret British law. Then it abused its newfound powers, ignoring internal guidelines.

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Controversial GCHQ Unit Engaged in Domestic Law Enforcement, Online Propaganda, Psychology Research
Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman – The Intercept, 22 Jun 2015

22 Jun 2015 – Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group’s use of behavioral science research is emphasized as critical to its operations. That includes detailed discussions of how to foster “obedience” and “conformity.”

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Refusal to Call Charleston Shootings “Terrorism” Again Shows It’s a Meaningless Propaganda Term
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 22 Jun 2015

Terrorism: a term that justifies everything yet means nothing — other than “violence we want to delegitimize.”

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The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story Is Journalism at Its Worst — And Filled with Falsehoods
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 15 Jun 2015

14 Jun 2015 – The British Murdoch-owned paper publishes a report trying to exploit this mindset: “If some anonymous government officials said it, and journalists repeat it while hiding who they are, I guess it must be true.”

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GCHQ’s Rainbow Lights: Exploiting Social Issues for Militarism and Imperialism
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 25 May 2015

Whatever your views on all this nasty surveillance business might be, how can you not feel good about GCHQ when it drapes itself in the colors of LGBT equality? This is all a stark illustration of what has become a deeply cynical but highly effective tactic.

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Canadian Government Says Free Speech is for Offending Muslims — Not Opposing Israel
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 18 May 2015

As I’ve argued many times, all applications of hate speech laws are inherently tyrannical, dangerous and wrong, and it’s truly mystifying (and scary) that people convince themselves that their judgment is so unerring and their beliefs so sacrosanct that it should be illegal to question or dissent from them.

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145 PEN Writers (Thus Far) Have Objected to the Charlie Hebdo Award – Not Just 6
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 4 May 2015

30 Apr 2015 – Contrary to media accounts claiming that only 6 PEN members have objected to the group’s decision to bestow Charlie Hebdo with an award, the actual number is currently 145 PEN members. Below is the letter drafted by several of the objecting writers, along with the current full list of signatories.

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Cowardly Firing of Australian State-Funded TV Journalist Highlights the West’s Real Religion
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 4 May 2015

A TV commentator in Australia, Scott McIntyre, was summarily fired on Sunday [26 Apr 2015] by Special Broadcasting Services on “Anzac Day,” a national holiday that marks the anniversary of a military action by Australian and New Zealand forces in WWI, due to a series of tweets about the violence committed by the Australian military.

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The Key War on Terror Propaganda Tool: Only Western Victims Are Acknowledged
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 27 Apr 2015

24 Apr 2015 – In all the years I’ve been writing about Obama’s drone killings, yesterday featured BY FAR the most widespread critical discussion in U.S. establishment journalism circles. The reason for the unusually intense, largely critical coverage of drone killings yesterday is obvious: the victims of this strike were Western and non-Muslim, and therefore were seen as actually human.

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Iranians Are Much Talked About on Sunday Morning TV, but Never Heard From
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 13 Apr 2015

The only way to exclude Iranian voices is if you choose to exclude them. That’s exactly what Sunday morning television programs have done, and the result is pure propaganda.

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What’s Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in its Name?
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 23 Mar 2015

But the comical futility of these efforts is exceeded by their profound dangers. Who wants governments to be able to unilaterally block websites? Isn’t the exercise of this website-blocking power what has long been cited as reasons we should regard the Bad Countries — such as China and Iran — as tyrannies (which also usually cite “counterterrorism” to justify their censorship efforts)?

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US Threatened Germany over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 23 Mar 2015

19 Mar 2015 – German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said this week in Homburg that the U.S. government threatened to cease sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin offered asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel to that country.

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The Orwellian Re-Branding of “Mass Surveillance” as Merely “Bulk Collection”
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 16 Mar 2015

Just as Bush administration and U.S. media re-labelled “torture” with the Orwellian euphemism “enhanced interrogation techniques” to make it more palatable, the governments and media of the Five Eyes surveillance alliance are now re-branding “mass surveillance” as “bulk collection” in order to make it less menacing (and less illegal).

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The “Snowden is Ready to Come Home!” Story: A Case Study in Typical Media Deceit
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 9 Mar 2015

What rational person would ever willingly submit themselves to a penal state that imprisons more of its citizens than any other in the world, run by people with this mentality?

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Clapper Calls for Arming Ukrainian Forces: Who Would That Actually Empower?
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 2 Mar 2015

The U.S. has already provided “non-lethal” aid to Ukrainian forces, and Obama has said he is now considering arming them. Who, exactly, would that empower? Russian President Vladimir Putin has long said that the Ukrainian coup of last year, and the subsequent regime in Kiev, is driven by ultra-nationalists, fascists, and even neo-Nazi factions.

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CitizenFour – Full Documentary
Laura Poitras & Glenn Greenwald, LeakSource – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2015

The film, which has been hailed as a real-life thriller, chronicles Snowden’s effort to securely contact Poitras and Glenn Greenwald in 2013 and meet them in Hong Kong, where Poitras filmed Snowden discussing the thousands of classified NSA documents he was leaking to them, and his motives for doing so. The film takes its title from the pseudonym Snowden used when he contacted Poitras in encrypted emails that were revealed in her documentary.

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Hailed as a Model for Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to Be the Exact Opposite
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 23 Feb 2015

Since 2011, Libya has rapidly unraveled in much the way Iraq did following that invasion: swamped by militia rule, factional warfare, economic devastation, and complete lawlessness. And to their eternal shame, most self-proclaimed “humanitarians” who advocated the Libya intervention completely ignored the country once the fun parts — the war victory dances and mocking of war opponents — were over.

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Western Spy Agencies Secretly Rely on Hackers for Intel and Expertise
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 9 Feb 2015

4 Feb 2015 – The U.S., U.K. and Canadian governments characterize hackers as a criminal menace, warn of the threats they allegedly pose to critical infrastructure, and aggressively prosecute them, but they are also secretly exploiting their information and expertise, according to top secret documents.

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Burning Victims to Death: Still a Common Practice
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 9 Feb 2015

4 Feb 2015 – The latest ISIS atrocity – releasing a video of a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive – prompted substantial discussion yesterday about this particular form of savagery. It is thus worth noting that deliberately burning people to death is achievable – and deliberately achieved – in all sorts of other ways:

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Sami Al-Arian, Professor Who Defeated Controversial Terrorism Charges, Is Deported from U.S.
Murtaza Hussain and Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 9 Feb 2015

5 Feb 2015 – In 2003, Sami Al-Arian was a professor at the University of South Florida, a legal resident of the U.S. since 1975, and one of the most prominent Palestinian civil rights activists in the U.S. The government ultimately failed to produce any evidence of Al-Arian’s involvement in terrorist activities and his ordeal finally ended last night, 12 years after it began, as Al-Arian was deported to Turkey. “I came to the United States for freedom, but four decades later, I am leaving to gain my freedom.”

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Canada Casts Global Surveillance Dragnet Over File Downloads
Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 2 Feb 2015

The covert operation, revealed Wednesday [28 Jan 2015] by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept, taps into Internet cables and analyzes records of up to 15 million downloads daily from popular websites commonly used to share videos, photographs, music, and other files.

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Compare and Contrast: Obama’s Reaction to the Deaths of King Abdullah and Hugo Chávez
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 26 Jan 2015

Hugo Chávez was elected President of Venezuela four times from 1998 through 2012 and was admired and supported by a large majority of that country’s citizens, largely due to his policies that helped the poor. King Abdullah was the dictator and tyrant who ran one of the most repressive regimes on the planet.

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France Arrests a Comedian for His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West’s “Free Speech” Celebration
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 19 Jan 2015

14 Jan 2015 – Forty-eight hours after hosting a massive march under the banner of free expression, France opened a criminal investigation of a controversial French comedian for a Facebook post he wrote about the Charlie Hebdo attack, and then this morning, arrested him for that post on charges of “defending terrorism.”

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In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 12 Jan 2015

To comport with this new principle for how one shows solidarity with free speech rights and a vibrant free press, we’re publishing some blasphemous and otherwise offensive cartoons about religion and their adherents:

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North Korea/Sony Story Shows How Eagerly U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government Claims
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 5 Jan 2015

The overwhelming narrative disseminated by the U.S. media was clear: North Korea was responsible for the hack, because the government said it was.

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U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, But None to Their Victims
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 22 Dec 2014

Whether by design (most likely) or effect, this inexcusable omission radically distorts coverage. Whenever America is forced to confront its heinous acts, the central strategy is to disappear the victims, render them silenced and invisible. It is the biggest favor the U.S. television media could do for the government over which they claim to act as watchdogs.

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Torture’s Queen: Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer at the Center of the CIA’s Torture Scandals
Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass – The Intercept, 22 Dec 2014

The Intercept is naming Bikowsky over CIA objections because of her key role in misleading Congress about the agency’s use of torture, and her active participation in the torture program (including playing a direct part in the torture of at least one innocent detainee).

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On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe Unknown Drone Victims as “Militants”
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 24 Nov 2014

Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties of his drone strikes which “in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants…unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.”

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What Happened to the Humanitarians Who Wanted to Save Libyans With Bombs and Drones?
Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 18 Nov 2014

Just three years after NATO’s military intervention in Libya ended and was widely heralded by its proponents as a resounding success, that country is in complete collapse.

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How Many Muslim Countries Has the U.S. Bombed or Occupied since 1980?
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 10 Nov 2014

Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed. Let’s tick them off: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria. Whew.

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Why Privacy Matters
TED Talks - Glenn Greenwald, 27 Oct 2014

In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide.”

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New Zealand Cops Raided Home of Reporter Working on Snowden Documents
Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher – The Intercept, 20 Oct 2014

16 Oct 2014 – Agents from New Zealand’s national police force ransacked the home of a prominent independent journalist earlier this month who was collaborating with The Intercept on stories from the NSA archive furnished by Edward Snowden.

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The Fake Terror Threat Used to Justify Bombing Syria
Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 6 Oct 2014

Administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland: “The Khorasan Group.”

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How Former Treasury Officials and the UAE Are Manipulating American Journalists
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 29 Sep 2014

A bizarre neocon/ Israel/ Gulf-dictator coalition is now driving not only U.S. policy but U.S. discourse, as well, aided by ex U.S. officials.

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Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate
Glenn Greenwald - The Intercept, 29 Sep 2014

… after President Barack Obama bombed Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq. The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason; constitutional constraints are not for warriors and emperors.

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The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 8 Sep 2014

After that categorical statement to the Post, the NSA was caught spying on plainly financial targets such as the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras; economic summits; international credit card and banking systems; the EU antitrust commissioner investigating Google, Microsoft, and Intel; and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

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Should Twitter, Facebook and Google Executives Be the Arbiters of What We See and Read?
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 25 Aug 2014

It’s tempting to support criminalization of, say, racist views as long as one focuses on one’s contempt for those views and ignores the serious dangers of vesting the state with the general power to create lists of prohibited ideas.

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U.S. “Humanitarian” Bombing of Iraq: A Redundant Presidential Ritual
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 11 Aug 2014

For those who ask “what should be done?,” has the hideous aftermath of the NATO intervention in Libya not taught the crucial lessons that (a) bombing for ostensibly “humanitarian” ends virtually never fulfills the claimed goals but rather almost always makes the situation worse; (b) the U.S. military is not designed, and is not deployed, for “humanitarian” purposes?; and (c) …

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Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: The U.S. Is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 4 Aug 2014

Top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza.

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Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 4 Aug 2014

As I’ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It’s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational debate and justify virtually any conduct by those who apply the term.

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The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police
Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 28 Jul 2014

25 Jul 2014 – The NSA last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal security” matters.

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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 21 Jul 2014

The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.”

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NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza after Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 21 Jul 2014

17 Jul 2014 – Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately.

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Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas
Ryan Devereaux, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras – The Intercept, 26 May 2014

The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas. According to documents provided by Edward Snowden, the surveillance is part of a top-secret system – code-named SOMALGET – that was implemented without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government.

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Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers with US-Made Internet Routers
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 19 May 2014

The NSA has been covertly implanting interception tools in US servers heading overseas – even though the US government has warned against using Chinese technology for the same reasons, says Glenn Greenwald, in an extract from his new book about the Snowden affair, No Place to Hide.

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The Snowden Saga Begins
Glenn Greenwald - TomDispatch, 19 May 2014

“I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light” [This essay is a shortened and adapted version of Chapter 1 of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State.]

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Excerpt from «The Battle for Justice in Palestine»
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 28 Apr 2014

Like most of what he writes and says, Ali Abunimah’s new book, The Battle for Justice in Palestine, is provocative, erudite, impassioned, aggressive, and certain to make even some political allies uncomfortable with their tacitly held beliefs (beginning with the book’s very first sentence: “The Palestinians are winning”)

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The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 7 Apr 2014

One previously undisclosed top-secret document–prepared by GCHQ for the 2010 annual “Five Eyes” surveillance alliance comprising the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S.–explicitly discusses ways to exploit Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media as secret platforms for propaganda.

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US Takes a Break from Condemning Tyranny to Celebrate Obama’s Visit to Saudi Arabia
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 31 Mar 2014

The closest US ally of them all also just happens to be one of the world’s most brutally repressive regimes: the House of Saud. The administration revealed “plans to offer advanced aircraft to Saudi Arabia worth up to $60 billion, the largest US arms deal ever, and naval missile-defense upgrades worth tens of billions of dollars more.”

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Some Facts about How NSA Stories Are Reported
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 24 Mar 2014

Several members of the august “US Journalists Against Transparency” club are outraged by revelations in yesterday’s New York Times (jointly published by der Spiegel) that the NSA has been hacking the products of the Chinese tech company Huawei as well as Huawei itself at exactly the same time (and in exactly the same way) as the US Government has been claiming the Chinese government hacks.

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Foreign Officials in the Dark about Their Own Spy Agencies’ Cooperation with NSA
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 17 Mar 2014

One of the more bizarre aspects of the last nine months of Snowden revelations is how top political officials in other nations have repeatedly demonstrated, or even explicitly claimed, wholesale ignorance about their nations’ cooperation with the National Security Agency, as well as their own spying activities.

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How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware
Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 17 Mar 2014

The classified files – provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware “implants.” The clandestine initiative enables the NSA to break into targeted computers and to siphon out data from foreign Internet and phone networks.

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RT Host Abby Martin Condemns Russian Incursion into Crimea – On RT
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 10 Mar 2014

In response to my question about whether any U.S. television hosts issued denunciations of the attack on Iraq similar to what Martin just did on RT, Washington lawyer Bradley Moss replied: “Phil Donahue (MSNBC) and Peter Arnett (NBC).” This perfectly proves the point I made, since both Donahue and Arnett were fired because of their opposition to the U.S. war.

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How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 3 Mar 2014

24 Feb 2014 – One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

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On the Meaning of Journalistic Independence
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 3 Mar 2014

1 Mar 2014 – This morning, I see that some people are quite abuzz about a new Pando article ”revealing” that the foundation of Pierre Omidyar, the publisher of First Look Media which publishes The Intercept, gave several hundred thousand dollars to a Ukraininan “pro-democracy” organization opposed to the ruling regime.

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The Moazzam Begg Arrest: Part of the Effort to Criminalize Muslim Political Dissent
Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 3 Mar 2014

Moazzam Begg, a native-born British citizen of Pakistani descent, spent three years incarcerated in Guantánamo without ever being charged with any crime. On Tuesday [25 Feb 2014], Begg was arrested in an “anti-terror raid” on his home outside Birmingham, charged with “terrorism” offenses for having allegedly traveled to Syria to assist Syrian rebels.

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On the UK’s Equating of Journalism with Terrorism
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 24 Feb 2014

The UK Government expressly argued that the release of the Snowden documents (which the free world calls “award-winning journalism“) is actually tantamount to “terrorism”, the same theory now being used by the Egyptian military regime to prosecute Al Jazeera journalists as terrorists. Congratulations to the UK government on the illustrious company it is once again keeping.

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The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program
Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 17 Feb 2014

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people. Obama once told his aides that it “turns out I’m really good at killing people; didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.”

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Welcome to ‘The Intercept’ [Newest Online Magazine by Star Investigative Journalists]
Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2014

10 Feb 2014 – Our short-term mission is to provide a platform and an editorial structure in which to aggressively report on the disclosures by our source, Edward Snowden. Our longer-term mission is to provide aggressive and independent adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues.

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Clapper Reads from the Bush/Cheney/Nixon Playbook to Fear-Monger over Transparency
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 17 Feb 2014

Maybe it’s time for journalists to cease being the leading advocates for state secrecy and instead take seriously their claimed role as watchdogs. At the very least, demand evidence before these sorts of highly predictable, cliched attacks are heralded as something to be taken seriously. As it is, they’re just cartoons: ones that are played over and over and over.

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Obama’s NSA ‘Reforms’ Are Little More Than a PR Attempt to Mollify the Public
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 20 Jan 2014

Predictably, it is the same well-worn tactic in response to political scandal that shaped President Obama’s much-heralded Friday [17 Jan 2014] speech for “reforming” the National Security Agency in the wake of intense worldwide controversy. Bulk surveillance that caused such outrage will remain in place.

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Revealed: How the NSA Targets Italy
Glenn Greenwald and Stefania Maurizi – L’Espresso, 9 Dec 2013

A file mentions the “Special Collection Service” sites in Rome and in Milan, the very same service which, according to the German weekly “Der Spiegel “, spied on the mobile phone of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

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On Leaving the Guardian
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 4 Nov 2013

As many of you know, I’m leaving the Guardian in order to work with Pierre Omidyar, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill and soon-to-be-identified others on building a new media organization. We do not yet have an exact launch date for the new outlet, but rest assured: I’m not going to disappear for months or anything like that. The new site will be up and running reasonably soon.

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On NSA Claims about Misreporting of Two Slides
Glenn Greenwald – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2013

NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander asserted yesterday [29 Oct 2013] that two “Boundless Informant” slides we published were misunderstood and misinterpreted. Several US journalists (needless to say) instantly treated the NSA’s claims as gospel even though they (a) are accompanied by no evidence, (b) come in the middle of a major scandal for the agency at home and abroad and (c) are from officials with a history of lying to Congress and the media.

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As Europe Erupts over US Spying, NSA Chief Says Government Must Stop Media
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 28 Oct 2013

With General Alexander calling for NSA reporting to be halted, US and UK credibility as guardians of press freedom is crushed. As was true for Brazil previously, reports about surveillance aimed at leaders are receiving most of the media attention, but what really originally drove the story there were revelations that the NSA is bulk-spying on millions and millions of innocent citizens in all of those nations.

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The Perfect Epitaph for Establishment Journalism
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 21 Oct 2013

If the government tells me I shouldn’t publish something, who am I as a journalist to disobey? Put that on the tombstone of western establishment journalism. It perfectly encapsulates the death spiral of large journalistic outlets.

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NSA Stories around the World
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 30 Sep 2013

23 Sep 2013 – Revelations continue to produce outcomes on multiple levels in numerous countries around the world.

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Obama, Congress and Syria
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 2 Sep 2013

The president is celebrated for seeking a vote on his latest war even as his aides make clear it has no binding effect.

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Glenn Greenwald: Detaining My Partner Was a Failed Attempt at Intimidation
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 19 Aug 2013

The detention of my partner David Miranda “under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000″ by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. The Guardian’s lawyer was able to speak with David and told me that he was in very good spirits and quite defiant, and he asked the lawyer to convey that defiance to me. I already share it, as I’m certain US and UK authorities will soon see.

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Email Service Used by Snowden [Lavabit] Shuts Itself Down, Warns against Using US-Based Companies
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 12 Aug 2013

A Texas-based encrypted email service recently revealed to be used by Edward Snowden – Lavabit – announced yesterday [8Aug 2013] it was shutting itself down to avoid complying with unjust secret US court orders to provide government access to its users’ content. Edward Snowden: ‘Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, and the rest of our internet titans must ask themselves why they aren’t fighting for our interests the same way’.

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Xkeyscore: NSA Tool Collects ‘Nearly Everything a User Does On the Internet’
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 5 Aug 2013

• XKeyscore gives ‘widest-reaching’ collection of online data
• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches
• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history
• NSA’s XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations

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Edward Snowden in His Own Words
Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2013

On Sunday Jun 9, 2013 in Hong Kong, the whistleblower and source to the stories about the PRISM surveillance program revealed himself as 29-year-old Edward Snowden. This is his story, in his own words.

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The Crux of the NSA Story in One Phrase: ‘Collect It All’
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 22 Jul 2013

The actual story that matters is not hard to see: the NSA is attempting to collect, monitor and store all forms of human communication.

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How Microsoft Handed the NSA Access to Encrypted Messages
Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras, Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe – The Guardian, 15 Jul 2013

• Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism
• Outlook.com encryption unlocked even before official launch
• Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls
• Company says it is legally compelled to comply

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The Snowden Video Sequel and Brazil Fallout
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 15 Jul 2013

In the first video we published, Snowden indicated that his primary motive was to shine light on the ubiquitous global surveillance apparatus being secretly constructed by the US and its allies in order to prompt a meaningful worldwide debate. It’s hard to contest that substantial progress has been made in fulfilling this objective.

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James Clapper, EU Play-Acting, and Political Priorities
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 8 Jul 2013

3 Jul 2013 – The NSA revelations continue to expose far more than just the ongoing operations of that sprawling and unaccountable spying agency. Let’s examine what we have learned this week about the US political and media class and then certain EU leaders.

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The NSA’s Mass and Indiscriminate Spying on Brazilians
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 8 Jul 2013

As it does in many non-adversarial countries, the surveillance agency is bulk collecting the communications of millions of citizens of Brazil.

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Edward Snowden: The Whistleblower behind the NSA Surveillance Revelations
Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong – The Guardian, 17 Jun 2013

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows.

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NSA Prism Program Taps In to User Data of Apple, Google and Others
Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill – The Guardian, 10 Jun 2013

• Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook
• Companies deny any knowledge of program in operation since 2007
• Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks

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Why Is Boston ‘Terrorism’ but Not Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson and Columbine?
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 29 Apr 2013

Can an act of violence be called ‘terrorism’ if the motive is unknown? Neither the President nor the FBI – by their own admission – know the motive here nor have evidence showing it, but Andrew Sullivan, along with hordes of others yelling “terrorism” and “jihad”, insist that they do. That’s the special species of rank irrationality that uniquely shapes public US discourse when the issue is Muslims.

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Bradley Manning Is Off Limits at San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, but Corporate Sleaze Is Embraced
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 29 Apr 2013

A Seemingly Trivial Controversy Reveals Quite A Bit about Pervasive Political Values – I originally had no intention of writing about this episode, but the more I discovered about it, the more revealing it became. First, while even a hint of support for Manning will not be tolerated, there is a long roster of large corporations serving as the event’s sponsors who are welcomed with open arms. The list is here.

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The Fun-Filled Ocean Resort at Guantánamo Bay
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 1 Apr 2013

A growing hunger strike among detainees is mocked by gullible journalists spouting familiar Potemkin Village propaganda. If you’re looking for a fun activity-filled resort to take your family for a summer vacation, you simply cannot do better than Club GTMO, according to a new glossy travel guide just published by Robert Johnson, the Military and Defense Editor of Business Insider, under the guise of a news article.

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Pentagon Papers Lawyer on Obama, Secrecy and Press Freedoms: ‘Worse Than Nixon’
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 25 Mar 2013

Career First Amendment and transparency advocate James Goodale sounds the alarm about the current president. Could you talk a bit about President Obama’s approach to classified information and press freedom? –“Antediluvian, conservative, backwards. Worse than Nixon. He thinks that anyone who leaks is a spy! I mean, it’s cuckoo.”

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Bradley Manning: The Face of Heroism
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 4 Mar 2013

The 25-year-old Army Private, this generation’s Daniel Ellsberg, pleads guilty today to some charges and explains his actions. “Wearing his Army dress uniform, a composed, intense and articulate Pfc. Bradley Manning took ‘full responsibility’ Thursday [28 Feb 2013] for providing the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks with a trove of classified and sensitive military, diplomatic and intelligence cables, videos and documents. . . .

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Is the US Maintaining Death Squads and Torture Militias in Afghanistan?
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 4 Mar 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and local residents insist that the answer is yes.

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Pentagon’s New Massive Expansion of ‘Cyber-Security’ Unit Is About Everything except Defense
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 4 Feb 2013

Cyber-threats are the new pretext to justify expansion of power and profit for the public-private National Security State. As the US government depicts the Defense Department as shrinking due to budgetary constraints, the Washington Post this morning [28 Jan 2013] announces “a major expansion of [the Pentagon’s] cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold.”

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(Português) Bradley Manning e o WikiLeaks Abriram uma Janela na Alma Política dos EUA
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 4 Feb 2013

O tratamento repressivo aplicado a Bradley Manning, soldado que divulgou documentos secretos do governo dos Estados Unidos e que está preso em condições desumanas, é uma das desgraças do primeiro mandato de Obama e demostra muitas das dinâmicas que estão moldando sua presidência. O artigo é do advogado norte-americano Glenn Greenwald, articulista do jornal britânico The Guardian.

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Brooklyn College’s Academic Freedom Increasingly Threatened Over Israel Event
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 4 Feb 2013

The controversy was triggered by the sponsorship of the school’s Political Science department of an event, scheduled for 7 Feb 2013, featuring two advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). One speaker is a Palestinian (Omar Barghouti) and the other a Jewish American philosopher (Judith Butler). Hikind publicly (and falsely) claimed that the event speakers (to whom he referred as “Barghouti and…the lady”) “think Hamas and Hezbollah are nice organizations, and they probably feel the same way about al-Qaida”.

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The Untouchables: How the Obama Administration Protected Wall Street from Prosecutions
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 28 Jan 2013

PBS’ Frontline program on Tuesday [22 Jan 2013] night broadcast a new one-hour report on one of the greatest and most shameful failings of the Obama administration: the lack of even a single arrest or prosecution of any senior Wall Street banker for the systemic fraud that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis: a crisis from which millions of people around the world are still suffering.

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MLK’s Vehement Condemnations of US Militarism Are More Relevant Than Ever
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 28 Jan 2013

By Martin Luther King’s own description, his work against US violence and militarism, not only in Vietnam but generally, was central – indispensable – to his worldview and activism, yet it has been almost completely erased from how he is remembered. When it comes to King’s views on US militarism, nothing more potently illustrates that distance than the use of King’s holiday to re-inaugurate the 44th president.

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The Bombing of Mali Highlights All the Lessons of Western Intervention
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 21 Jan 2013

As French war planes bomb Mali, there is one simple statistic that provides the key context: this west African nation of 15 million people is the eighth country in which western powers – over the last four years alone – have bombed and killed Muslims – after Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and the Philippines.

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The US – Alongside Saudi Arabia – “Fights for Freedom and Democracy” in the Middle East
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 14 Jan 2013

The ability to persuade people that the US opposes tyranny is a testament to the potency of propaganda. The most significant problem in political discourse is not that people embrace destructive beliefs after issues are rationally debated. It’s that the potency of propaganda, by design, often precludes such debates from taking place.

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Newtown Kids vs Yemenis and Pakistanis: What Explains the Disparate Reactions?
Glenn Greenwald – The Guardian, 24 Dec 2012

Over the last several days, numerous commentators have lamented the vastly different reactions in the US to the heinous shooting of children in Newtown, Connecticut as compared to the continuous killing of (far more) children and innocent adults by the US government in Pakistan and Yemen, among other places. What explains it?

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