Glenn Greenwald Responds to Proposed Attack on Him

Greenwald has a response on Salon. He manages to maintain a cool head while discussing a proposal by some very powerful people to attack his professional reputation.  It’s a bit long-winded but worth reading nonetheless.

“Crimes carried out that serve the Government’s agenda and target its opponents are permitted and even encouraged; cyber-attacks are “crimes” only when undertaken by those whom the Government dislikes, but are perfectly permissible when the Government itself or those with a sympathetic agenda unleash them. Whoever launched those cyber attacks at WikiLeaks (whether government or private actors) had no more legal right to do so than Anonymous, but only the latter will be prosecuted.”

Then there’s this Juan Cole quote.  It’s a generalization and therefore not useful as a statement of fact  but serves well to express a valid sentiment:

Anyone who does anything that empowers the little people or that threatens the wealth and power of the plutocracy must be destroyed. There is a reason for these clowns going after Think Progress and unions, just like there is a reason they are targeting Wikileaks and Glenn Greenwald, Planned Parenthood, and Acorn. . . They don’t care if they poison every stream or crack the foundation to your house or if your daughter dies getting a back alley abortion or if every one in your mining town has an inoperable tumor. They just don’t give a shit.

I wasn’t aware that ThinkProgress has uncovered a similar proposal prepared for the Chamber of Commerce against them and other progressive groups.  And, of course, Hunton and Williams was recommended to Bank of America by the Department of Justice.  The involvement of government entities is by far the most disheartening part of this.  A government of grownups wouldn’t act this way.  But it’s difficult to imagine the circumstances in which it would clean up its act unless we demand it and are willing to risk the consequences of sticking to our guns.


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