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Response to grantcart (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 03:59 AM

23. "getting an assist in his human rights Potemkin Village charade by Glenn Greenwald." What

are you talking about?

Here is Greenwald facetiously expressing disdain for Putin:

@ggreenwald: The NSA has had a really bad week, but finally found a powerful, influential voice to speak in defense of its mission http://t.co/UKWR08icGi

Here he is explaining his position on Snowden's asylum:

Greenwald concedes he gets “a little mean” when asked about his or Snowden’s feelings on Russia. “I’m well aware of the flaws in Russian society, just like I’m well aware of all the flaws in American society,” Greenwald says. “Thousands of people apply for and are given asylum in the U.S. every year, and nobody says, ‘Isn’t it so weird and ironic that people are applying for asylum in a country that has an ocean prison where people are put in cages without trial for 10 years, uses drones, or torture?’” he says, half annoyed. “The point of asylum is not to declare to the world what country you think is the pinnacle of civilization. The point of asylum is to find a country that’s both willing and able to protect you from political persecution.” Greenwald adds, “In no way is asylum an endorsement of a country’s politics, laws, or values. He didn’t choose to be there. He was trying to get transit to Latin America, and then the U.S. revoked his passport and threatened other countries out of offering Snowden safe passage.”

At the end of Greenwald’s trip to meet Snowden in Hong Kong, he was convinced that Snowden would be snatched up by the U.S. and held in custody without trial for years, much like whistleblower Chelsea Manning, whom Greenwald considers a hero. Manning’s three-year pre-trial incarceration and 35-year sentence proves, Greenwald says, that Snowden was right to find harbor anywhere he could. “The question shouldn’t be why is Snowden in Russia? The question should be why is America no longer safe for whistleblowers?”

You were making perfectly reasonable sense up until that sentence. And it wasn't even necessary for the point you were trying to make. It's not that that Greenwald is above criticism, it's that the criticism always seems to be ad Hominem-based and usually false.

I mean, if I'm missing something, let me know.

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