“They believe in subservient journalism; curtseying to the Queen”
Aug 21, 2013
Glenn Greenwald’s commentaries are becoming more and more defiant as he refuses to back down to what he today describes as “thuggish and aggressive behavior from the state.”
“The US and the UK governments go around the world threatening people all the time. It’s their modus operandi. They imprison whistleblowers. They try to criminalize journalism.” Greenwald, the man who facilitated Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks writes.
“And that’s just their recent behavior with regard to press freedoms: it’s to say nothing of all the invasions, bombings, renderings, torture and secrecy abuses for which that bullying, vengeful duo is responsible over the last decade.” he adds.
Greenwald also slams establishment journalists for cowardly submitting to authoritarian tactics:
“…The minute anyone refuses to meekly submit to that, or stands up to it, hordes of authoritarians – led by state-loyal journalists – immediately start objecting: how dare you raise your voice to the empire? How dare you not politely curtsey to the Queen and thank the UK government for what they have done.” he writes.
“…They believe in subservient journalism, not adversarial journalism. I only believe in the latter.” Greenwald asserts.
He backed up those comments in a riveting CNN interview last night:
“If you want to start criminalizing (journalism), it means that you’re asking, as a citizen, to be kept ignorant and to allow people in power to conceal what they’re doing behind a wall of secrecy and to have no accountability or transparency,” he said. “Journalism is not a crime and it is not terrorism.”
Greenwald added that every single major news organisation in the world has classified information. “Reporting on what governments do in secret is what journalism is about.” he stated.
“So if you want to support the idea that states can just go and confiscate from journalists classified information, you should be demanding that your government go physically into newsrooms and seize whatever classified information is there,” he continued.
While stating that he had no direct evidence that the US government was involved in the detention of his partner David Miranda at Heathrow airport, Greenwald stated that he was “disturbed” that U.S. officials didn’t intervene.
“I don’t have evidence that the U.S. government ordered it,” he said. “But I’m very disturbed that my own government was aware of this foreign country’s intent to detain my partner and did nothing to discourage it or to protect the right of free press guaranteed in the First Amendment of The Constitution, or did anything else to protect the rights that we both have as human beings and that I have as an American and as a journalist.”
“Clearly, the U.S. government was perfectly happy to see this happen,” he asserted.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.