Articles by Glenn Greenwald
Former Intelligence Officials, Citing Russia, Say Big Tech Monopoly Power Is Vital to National Security
Glenn Greenwald · When the U.S. security state announces that Big Tech's centralized censorship power must be preserved, we should ask what this reveals about whom this regime serves.
The Neoliberal War on Dissent in the West
Glenn Greenwald · Those who most flamboyantly proclaim that they are fighting fascists continue to embrace and wield the defining weapons of despotism.
The Pressure Campaign on Spotify to Remove Joe Rogan Reveals the Religion of Liberals: Censorship
Glenn Greenwald · All factions, at certain points, succumb to the impulse to censor. But for the Democratic Party's liberal adherents, silencing their adversaries has become their primary project.
The Masking of the Servant Class: Ugly COVID Images From the Met Gala Are Now Commonplace
Glenn Greenwald · While AOC's revolutionary and subversive socialist gown generated buzz, the normalization of maskless elites attended to by faceless servants is grotesque.
Journalists Attack the Powerless, Then Self-Victimize to Bar Criticisms of Themselves
Glenn Greenwald · Powerful media figures now invoke sexist and racist tropes to cast themselves as so fragile and marginalized that critiques of their work constitute bullying and assault.
Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment
Glenn Greenwald · In their zeal for control over online speech, House Democrats are getting closer and closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it.
The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot
Glenn Greenwald · Insisting on factual accuracy does not make one an apologist for the protesters. False reporting is never justified, especially to inflate threat and fear levels.
The Journalistic Tattletale and Censorship Industry Suffers Several Well-Deserved Blows
Glenn Greenwald · The NYT's Taylor Lorenz falsely accuses a tech investor of using a slur after spending months trying to infiltrate and monitor a new app that allows free conversation.
The New Domestic War on Terror Is Coming
Glenn Greenwald · No speculation is needed. Those who wield power are demanding it. The only question is how much opposition they will encounter.
In Europe, Hate Speech Laws Are Often Used to Suppress and Punish Left-Wing Viewpoints
Glenn Greenwald · TERRORIST ATTACKS, and the emotions they spawn, almost always prompt calls for fundamental legal rights to be curtailed in the name of preventing future attacks. The formula by now is routine: The victims of the horrific violence are...
Greve Nacional Impulsionada Pela Conhecida Dinâmica Global De Corrupção E Impunidade Da Elite
Glenn Greenwald · Há pouco mais de um ano, a presidenta eleita do Brasil, Dilma Rousseff, sofreu impeachment – supostamente por descumprimento da lei orçamentária – e foi substituída pelo seu vice-presidente centrista, Michel Temer. Desde então...
Perfect End to Democratic Primary: Anonymous Super-Delegates Declare Winner Through Media
Glenn Greenwald · Last night, Associated Press – on a day when nobody voted – surprised everyone by abruptly declaring the Democratic Party primary over and Hillary Clinton the victor. The decree, issued the night before the California primary in which...
New Political Earthquake in Brazil: Is It Now Time for Media Outlets to Call This a "Coup"?
Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Fishman and David Miranda · Brazil today awoke to stunning news of secret, genuinely shocking conversations involving a key minister in Brazil’s newly installed government, which shine a bright light on the actual motives and participants driving the impeachment...
The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here's Why
Glenn Greenwald · FROM THE TIME we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the materials should be handled: that they be released in...
To See the Real Story in Brazil, Look at Who Is Being Installed as President - and Finance Chiefs
Glenn Greenwald · It’s not easy for outsiders to sort through all the competing claims about Brazil’s political crisis and the ongoing effort to oust its president, Dilma Rousseff, who won re-election a mere 18 months ago with 54 million votes. But the...
New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship
Glenn Greenwald · A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression...
Brazil Is Engulfed by Ruling Class Corruption - and a Dangerous Subversion of Democracy
Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Fishman and David Miranda · The multiple, remarkable crises subsuming Brazil are now garnering substantial Western media attention. That’s understandable given that Brazil is the world’s fifth most populous country and eighth-largest economy; its second-largest...
The Deceptive Debate Over What Causes Terrorism Against the West
Glenn Greenwald · Ever since members of the U.K. Labour Party in September elected Jeremy Corbyn as party leader by a landslide, British political and media elites have acted as though their stately manors have been invaded by hordes of gauche...
BBC Protects UK's Close Ally, Saudi Arabia, With Incredibly Dishonest and Biased Editing
Glenn Greenwald · The BBC loves to boast about how “objective” and “neutral” it is. But a recent article, which it was forced to change, illustrates the lengths to which the British state-funded media outlet will go to protect one of the UK Government’s clos
FBI Don't Consider Dylann Roof a Terrorist But Say Animal Rights Activists Are
Glenn Greenwald · The FBI on Friday announced the arrests in Oakland of two animal rights activists, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, and accused the pair of engaging in “domestic terrorism.” This comes less than a month after the FBI direc
Civilian Victims in Yemen Will Be Ignored Because U.S. and Its Allies Are Responsible
Glenn Greenwald · In Fayoush, Yemen on Monday morning, just outside of Aden, “a massive airstrike” hit a marketplace and killed at least 45 civilians, wounding another 50. Officials told the AP that “bodies were strewn about following the strike.” The...
UK Gov Agency Conducts Covert Psyops Against Its Own Citizens
Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman · The spy unit responsible for some of the United Kingdom’s most controversial tactics of surveillance, online propaganda and deceit focuses extensively on traditional law enforcement and domestic activities — even though officials...
Sunday Times Snowden Story Is Journalism at Its Worst
Glenn Greenwald · 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...
Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture Its Own Plots If Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?
Glenn Greenwald · The FBI and major media outlets recently trumpeted the agen
Compare and Contrast: Obama's Reaction to the Deaths of King Abdullah and Hugo Chávez
Glenn Greenwald · 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 
North Korea/Sony Story Shows How Eagerly U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government Claims
Glenn Greenwald · The identity of the Sony hackers is still unknown. President Obama, in a December 19 press conference, announced: “We can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack.” He then vowed: “We will respond. . . . We cannot hav
Jeb Bush V. Hillary Clinton: The Perfectly Illustrative Election
Glenn Greenwald · Jeb Bush yesterday strongly suggested he was running for President in 2016. If he wins the GOP nomination, it is highly likely that his opponent for the presidency would be Hillary Clinton.
The Fun of Empire: Fighting on All Sides of a War in Syria
Glenn Greenwald · CBS News, August 18, 2011: President Barack Obama officially demanded that Syrian President Bashar Assad resign for the sake of his own people, saying he was no longer fit to lead after “imprisoning, torturing, and slaughtering his...
Should Twitter, Facebook and Google Executives Be the Arbiters of What We See and Read?
Glenn Greenwald · There have been increasingly vocal calls for Twitter, Facebook and other Silicon Valley corporations to more aggressively police what their users are permitted to see and read. Last month in The Washington Post, for instance, MSNBC host...
The Democratic Party's Deceitful Game
Revealed: NSA Can Collect 'Nearly Everything an Internet User Does'
Glenn Greenwald · A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents...
Bradley Manning is Off Limits at SF Gay Pride parade, but Corporate Sleaze is Embraced
Glenn Greenwald · News reports yesterday indicated that Bradley Manning, widely known to be gay, had been selected to be one of the Grand Marshals of the annual San Francisco gay pride parade, named by the LGBT Pride Celebration Committee. When the
What Motivates Anti-US 'Terrorism'? The Same Thing Is Cited Over and Over
Glenn Greenwald · News reports purporting to describe what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told US interrogators should, for several reasons, be taken with a huge grain of salt. The sources for this information are anonymous, they work for the US government, the...
The Boston Bombing Produces Familiar and Revealing Reactions
Glenn Greenwald · There's not much to say about Monday's Boston Marathon attack because there is virtually no known evidence regarding who did it or why. There are, however, several points to be made about some of the widespread reactions to this...
Obama, Guantánamo, and the enduring national shame
Glenn Greenwald · The New York Times this morning deserves credit for publishing one of the most powerful Op-Eds you will ever read. I urge you to read it in its entirety: it's by Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, a Yemeni national who has been imprisoned at...
MLK's Vehement Condemnations of US Militarism
Glenn Greenwald, Guardian UK · His vital April 4, 1967 speech is a direct repudiation of the sophistry now used to defend US violence and aggression.
Obama moves to make the War on Terror permanent
Glenn Greenwald · Complete with a newly coined, creepy Orwellian euphemism – 'disposition matrix' – the administration institutionalizes the most extremist powers a government can claim 
Obama's Libya lies and how the United States ambassador really died
Glenn Greenwald · Critics of the Libya intervention warned that dropping bombs in a country and killing civilians would produce blowback in the form of those who would then want to attack the US.
The Sham "Terrorism Expert" Industry
Glenn Greenwald · Shortly prior to the start of the London Olympics, there was an outburst of hysteria over the failure to provide sufficient security against Terrorism, but as Harvard Professor Stephen Walt noted yesterday in Foreign Policy, this was...
Obama's Secret Kill List "The Most Radical Power a Government Can Seize"
Amy Goodman & Glenn Greenwald · The New York Times revealed this week that President Obama personally oversees a "secret kill list" containing the names and photos of individuals targeted for assassination in the U.S. drone war. According to the Times, Obama signs off...
Department of Justice casts serious doubt on its own claims about the anthrax attack
Glenn Greenwald · Ever since the FBI claimed (for a second time) that it had discovered in 2008 the identity of the anthrax attacker — the recently-deceased-by-suicide Army researcher Bruce Ivins — it was glaringly obvious, as I
Progressives and the Ron Paul fallacies
Glenn Greenwald · As I’ve written about before, America’s election season degrades mainstream political discourse even beyond its usual lowly state. The worst attributes of our political culture — obsession with trivialities, the dominance of horserace...
The omnipotence of Al Qaeda and meaninglessness of "Terrorism"
Glenn Greenwald · For much of the day yesterday, the featured headline on The New York Times online front page strongly suggested that Muslims were responsible for the attacks on Oslo; that led to definitive statements on the BBC and elsewhere that...
In bin Laden killing, media -- as usual -- regurgitates false Government claims
Glenn Greenwald · Virtually every major newspaper account of the killing of Osama bin Laden consists of faithful copying of White House claims. That's not surprising: it's the White House which is in exclusive possession of the facts, but what's also not...
The Leaked Campaign to Attack WikiLeaks and Its Supporters
Glenn Greenwald · There's been a very strange episode being written about the past couple of days involving numerous parties, including me, that I now want to comment on.  The story, first reported by The Tech Herald, has been been written about in...
The Inhumane Conditions of Bradley Manning's Detention
Glenn Greenwald · Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has never been convicted of that crime, nor of any other crime.  Despite that, he has been detained at the U.S. Marine brig in...
Vital Unresolved Anthrax Questions and ABC News
Glenn Greenwald - Friday, Aug 1, 2008 · The FBI's lead suspect in the September, 2001 anthrax attacks -- Bruce E. Ivins -- died Tuesday night, apparently by suicide, just as the Justice Department was about to charge him with responsibility for the attacks. For the last 18...
Glenn Greenwald: Joe Lieberman Emulates Chinese Dictators
Glenn Greenwald · The comparison of these two passages is so telling in so many ways: