Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, constitutional lawyer, commentator, author of three New York Times best-selling books on politics and law, and a staff writer and editor at First Look media. His fifth and latest book is, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to his collaboration with Pierre Omidyar, Glenn’s column was featured at Guardian US and Salon.  His previous books include: With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the PowerfulGreat American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican PoliticsA Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, and How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok. He is the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism, a George Polk Award, and was on The Guardian team that won the Pulitzer Prize for public interest journalism in 2014.

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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 1:30pm
Today’s Court Ruling, Though Expected, is Still Shocking – Especially for Those Who Grew Up LGBT in the US
By a 5-4 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry violate the “due process” and “equal protection” guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. With or without the court ruling, full-scale marriage equality was an...
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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 3:45pm
Refusal to Call Charleston Shootings "Terrorism" Again Shows It’s a Meaningless Propaganda Term
In February, 2010, a man named Joseph Stack deliberately flew his small airplane into the side of a building that housed a regional IRS office in Austin, Texas, just as 200 agency employees were starting their workday. Along with himself, Stack killed an IRS manager and injured 13 others. Stack was...
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Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 11:30am
The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst — and Filled with Falsehoods
Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it’s hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to government officials to let them propagandize the public, then uncritically accept those anonymously...
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Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 1:45pm
Media Lessons from Snowden Reporting: LA Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Sources
Two years ago, the first story based on the Snowden archive was published in the Guardian , revealing a program of domestic mass surveillance which, at least in its original form, ended this week. To commemorate that anniversary, Edward Snowden himself reflected in a New York Times Op-Ed on the “...
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:15am
On Patriot Act Renewal and USA Freedom Act
Even in the security- über alles climate that followed 9/11, the Patriot Act was recognized as an extreme and radical expansion of government surveillance powers. That’s why “sunset provisions” were attached to several of its key provisions: meaning they would expire automatically unless Congress...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:45am
NYT Trumpets US Restraint Against ISIS, Ignores Hundreds of Civilian Deaths
The New York Times this morning has an extraordinary article claiming that the U.S. is being hampered in its war against ISIS because of its extreme — even excessive — concern for civilians. “American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic State targets out of fear...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 1:30pm
In the Same Week, the US and UK Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking “National Security”
Colonel Ian Henderson was a British official dubbed “the Butcher of Bahrain” because of atrocities he repeatedly committed during the 30 years he served as chief security official of that Middle Eastern country. His reign of terror began when Bahrain was a British “protectorate” and continued when...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 1:30pm
What Explains the Power of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Middle Finger?
The penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial began Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Boston. Already convicted of 30 felony counts relating to the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon, an attack that killed 3 people and maimed dozens more, the 21-year-old will now have the jury effectively decide...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 8:45am
Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT’s 1967 Attack on MLK’s Anti-War Speech
John Oliver’s Monday night interview of Edward Snowden — which in 24 hours has been viewed by 3 million people on YouTube alone — renewed all the standard attacks in Democratic circles accusing Snowden of being a traitor in cahoots with the Kremlin. What’s most striking about this — aside from the...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 8:45am
Why John Oliver Can’t Find Americans Who Know Edward Snowden’s Name (It’s Not About Snowden)
On his HBO program Sunday night, John Oliver devoted 30 minutes to a discussion of U.S. surveillance programs, advocating a much more substantive debate as the June 1 deadline for renewing the Patriot Act approaches (the full segment can be seen here ). As part of that segment, Oliver broadcast an...
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