Rep. who supported terrorists calls for jailing reporters in America
June 13, 2013
GOP Congressman Peter King, who earlier in the week called for the extradition and prosecution of the National Security Agency whistle blower Edward Snowden, has now called for the arrest and prosecution of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the story in the London Guardian.
Greenwald has been facilitating the release of Snowden’s revelations on the NSA’s phone and internet surveillance programs, which have secretly targeted everyday Americans.
While many are dubbing Snowden and Greenwald heroes for bringing government overreach to light, Congressman King believes that the book should be thrown at them BOTH.
“No right is absolute, and even the press has certain restrictions,” King told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly yesterday. “It should be very targeted, very selective, and certainly a very rare exception.”
“But in this case, where you have someone who’s disclosed secrets like this and threatens to release more, then to me, yes — there has to be legal action. Legal action should be taken against him.” King added.
On Tuesday, after calling Snowden a “traitor”, King suggested on CNN that reporters should also be prosecuted for “willingly” publishing such classified information.
“If they willingly knew that this was classified information, I think actions should be taken, especially something of this magnitude,” King said.
“On something of this magnitude, there is an obligation both moral but also legal, I believe, against a reporter disclosing something that would so severely compromise national security.”
Glenn Greenwald responded to King’s media appearance on Tuesday with bewilderment, tweeting:
Is is true, as I was just told, that Peter King on CNN called for criminal prosecution of journalists reporting the NSA stories?
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 12, 2013
On Wednesday, however, Greenwald did not spare King his wrath, tweeting:
Only In America can a renowned and devoted terrorism supporter like Peter King be the arbiter of national security and treason.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 12, 2013
In an appearance on CNN, Greenwald slammed King, saying that it was “staggering” to see King call for the prosecution of journalists in America.
“It’s bad enough to call for that, it is extraordinarily menacing that he did so based on a complete falsehood, the idea that I ever threatened to [disclose CIA agents],” Greenwald said.
The reporter also pointed out that the Congressman actively supported British government sponsored terrorism in Northern Ireland for decades.
“The last thing I would try to do is read what goes on internally in the swamp of Peter King’s brain,” he asserted. “What I do know is that he has a history of all kinds of radical and extremist statements. He himself was a supporter of terrorism for several decades when it was done by the IRA.”
Greenwald, a journalist who criticised the Bush administration for its own violations of the Bill Of Rights, just as fiercely as he is now slamming the Obama administration, has described other media outlets and reporters as “Slavishly Partisan”, for not standing up on the issue.
“I’m not surprised,” Greenwald said in an email to Business Insider this week. “I’ve been amazed and disappointed for a long time at how the most slavishly partisan media Democrats who pretended to care so much about these issues when doing so helped undermine George Bush are now the loudest apologists and cheerleaders for these very same policies.”
“If they started a club called Liberal Pundits to Defend the National Security State, no auditorium in the country would be large enough to accommodate them.” Greenwald urged.
“To call them principle-free, hackish, and opportunistic is to be overly generous.” Greenwald added.
During an appearance on MSNBC earlier in the week, Greenwald, who has warned that the NSA is intent on “destroying privacy all over the world,” accused “Morning Joe” co-host Mike Brzezinski of repeating “White House talking points”, when she attempted to downplay the actions of the spy agency:
As Alex Jones breaks down in the following recent video, Congressman King is the one who should be arrested for advocating violations of the Fourth Amendment by advocating spying on Americans:
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.