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Citizen Greenwald: Hypocrites (Nazis?) R Us

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Matthew Hale, Glenn Greenwald's pro-bono client, convicted of solicitation of murder.

COMMENT: While lambasting Bill Maher and others for critical comments about Muslim fundamentalists, Citizen Greenwald was not particularly disturbed by the recent presence of Andrew Auernheimer at a recent social gathering at which he and Laura Poitras were present.

Were this an isolated incident, one might be more inclined to dismiss it as happenstance.

Unfortunately, this fits all too neatly into a pattern with Citizen Greenwald. In an earlier professional incarnation as an attorney, he spent years running legal interference for Nazi murderers. (This is discussed at length in FTR #754.)

Do note that the article below badly understates Citizen Greenwald’s pro-Nazi activities.

In addition, Wikileaks also tracks back to Nazi and fascist elements. Eddie The Friendly Spook Snowden is part and parcel to the “Paulistinian” milieu. (To flesh out one’s understanding, do check out FTR #755, about Wikileaks and FTR #756 about the Paulistinian milieu. WikiLeaks and the Paulistinians are inextricably linked with Greenwald and his associates.)

Both Greenwald and Snowden’s political idol Ron Paul have spoken in a similar vein about the shooting of a Canadian soldier in Ottawa.

Although they wax equivocal, both are saying–in effect–that Canada got what it deserved for participating in the air war against ISIS.

“iPad Hacker Released From Jail, Par­ties with Glenn Green­wald, Pub­lishes Neo-Nazi Screeds” by Bob Cesca; The Daily Ban­ter; 10/09/2014.

 Way back in 2010, a so-called “white hat” hacker named Andrew Auern­heimer, known online as “Weev,” exploited a secu­rity loop­hole on Apple’s iPad and acquired the names of 114,000 AT&T cus­tomers who sub­scribed to the iPad 3G data ser­vice. Fol­low­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion, Weev, who had “stolen” (his words) the user data was pros­e­cuted and con­victed. To his credit, Weev informed AT&T of the secu­rity flaw and the com­pany quickly but­toned it up. But back in April of this year, Weev’s con­vic­tion was over­turned because he was evi­dently tried in the wrong state (New Jer­sey). He was sub­se­quently released from Pennsylvania’s Allen­wood Fed­eral Cor­rec­tional Com­plex on April 11, 2014. The indict­ment remains, but the con­vic­tion no longer stands.

Dur­ing his time in jail, Weev appar­ently became a neo-Nazi, com­plete with a tat­too not unlike Edward Norton’s tat­too in Amer­i­can His­tory X — a giant swastika on his right pec­toral. After his release, he posted a series of racist and anti-Semitic remarks on a web­site called The Daily Stormer, a white-supremacist site not to be con­fused with The Daily Caller, The Daily Beast or The Daily Ban­ter. Via Gawker, here are some choice passages:

I’ve been a long-time critic of Judaism, black cul­ture, immi­gra­tion to West­ern nations, and the media’s con­stant stream of anti-white pro­pa­ganda. Judge Wigen­ton was as black as they come. The pros­e­cu­tor, Zach Intrater, was a Brook­lyn Jew from an old money New York family.[…]

The whole time a yarmulke-covered audi­ence of Jewry stared at me from the pews of the court­room. My pros­e­cu­tor invited his whole syn­a­gogue to spectate.[…]

They took con­trol of our sys­tems of finance and law. They hyper­in­flated our cur­rency. They cor­rupted our daugh­ters and demanded they sub­ject them­selves to sex work to feed their fam­i­lies. These are a peo­ple that have made them­selves a prob­lem in every nation they occupy, includ­ing ours. What’s sad­dest is that we are the enablers of this prob­lem. The Jews abused our com­pas­sion to build an empire of wicked­ness the likes the world has never seen.

No gray area there. Weev clearly hates Jews, African-Americans and any­one he per­ceives as “anti-white.”

Oh, and in addi­tion to his con­ver­sion to the neo-Nazi cause as well as his seem­ingly pro­lific online hate speech, Weev attended a party in New York soon after get­ting out of jail. The party was held by none other than Glenn Green­wald and Laura Poitras to coin­cide with the cer­e­mony in which the duo received the Polk Award for their report­ing on Edward Snow­den and the National Secu­rity Agency.

Unless he crashed the party, he was obvi­ously an invited guest. But for a moment let’s assume Green­wald didn’t know Weev was invited. Long before the party, Green­wald had pre­vi­ously defended Weev in The Guardian back in March, 2013, months before the author/reporter rose to inter­na­tional acclaim. Indeed, Green­wald named Weev as a “hack­tivist” who was being wrong­fully per­se­cuted by U.S. authorities.

Just this week alone, a US fed­eral judge sen­tenced hac­tivist Andrew “Weev” Auern­heimer to 3 1/2 years in prison for exploit­ing a flaw in AT&T’s secu­rity sys­tem that allowed him entrance with­out any hack­ing, an act about which Slate’s Justin Peters wrote: “it’s not clear that Auern­heimer com­mit­ted any actual crime”, while Jeff Blag­don at the Verge added: “he cracked no codes, stole no pass­words, or in any way ‘broke into’ AT&T’s cus­tomer data­base – some­thing com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­firmed dur­ing tes­ti­mony.” But he had a long record of dis­rup­tive and some­times even quite ugly (though legal) online antag­o­nism, so he had to be severely pun­ished with years in prison.

For a moment, let’s set aside the whole neo-Nazi thing. Let’s also not re-litigate the past in which Green­wald, dur­ing his law-practice days, defended a com­pletely dif­fer­ent neo-Nazi. The fact that Green­wald con­tin­ues to blur the line between hack­ing and activism is utterly baf­fling. The man­ner in which he ratio­nal­ized Weev’s actions is a gross illus­tra­tion of gra­tu­itous spin and dan­ger­ous oversimplification.

“Glenn Greenwald on ‘The Last Word:’ Canadian Attacks Weren’t Terrorism” by Charles Johnson; Little Green Footballs; 10/29/2014.

Here’s the Mighty Glenn Greenwald on the Lawrence O’Donnell show, explaining that in his view the attacks in Canada last week were not terrorism — but on the other hand, the US and Canada and Israel (he’s obsessed with Israel) are always committing terrorist acts.

I think that’s a fair description of his viewpoints. See what you think.

“Once-Peaceful Canada Turns Militaristic; Blowback Follows” by Ron Paul; Ron Paul Institure for Peace and Prosperity; 10/26/2014.

. . . . Considering Canada’s peaceful past, the interventionist Canada that has emerged at the end of the Cold War is a genuine disappointment. Who would doubt that today’s Canada would, should a draft be re-instated in the US, send each and every American resister back home to face prison and worse?

As Glenn Greenwald pointed out this past week:

Canada has spent the last 13 years proclaiming itself a nation at war. It actively participated in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and was an enthusiastic partner in some of the most extremist War on Terror abuses perpetrated by the U.S.

Canada has also enthusiastically joined President Obama’s latest war on Iraq and Syria, pledging to send fighter jets to participate in the bombing of ISIS (and likely many civilians in the process).

But Canada’s wars abroad came back home to Canada last week.

Though horrific, it should not be a complete surprise that Canada found itself hit by blowback last week, as two attacks on Canadian soil left two Canadian military members dead.

Greenwald again points out what few dare to say about the attacks:

Regardless of one’s views on the justifiability of Canada’s lengthy military actions, it’s not the slightest bit surprising or difficult to understand why people who identify with those on the other end of Canadian bombs and bullets would decide to attack the military responsible for that violence.

That is the danger of intervention in other people’s wars thousands of miles away. Those at the other end of foreign bombs – and their surviving family members or anyone who sympathizes with them – have great incentive to seek revenge. This feeling should not be that difficult to understand. . . .



One comment for “Citizen Greenwald: Hypocrites (Nazis?) R Us”

  1. Pando has an interview of ‘weev’ from his new home in Beirut. He’s still as charming as ever:

    Pando Daily
    ‘weev’ in Beirut: I can’t go home until “most of the agents of the federal government are dead.”

    By Dan Raile
    On November 21, 2014

    “The only hope I have of returning to the land I love, where I was kidnapped at gunpoint and had my house bulldozed, is if there is a such a consistent level of change that most of the agents of the federal government are dead. I want to go home but I can’t.”

    It’s late on a Tuesday evening and I’m sitting with Andrew Auernheimer in the posh environs of east Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood. The man most people know by his online handle, “weev,” is seated across from me at a cozy cafe just down the street from the city’s flagship Western-style shopping mall. Auernheimer, 29, is explaining why he’s been living in Beirut for the past month, and why he can’t return home to America.

    Weev’s road to Lebanon began in a New York City bar in May. He was just a few weeks out of federal prison, sprung on appeal after 14 months of incarceration and years of legal and public sparring with the federal government over hacking charges. Weev wanted to catch the televised spectacle of NASCAR driver Josh Wise racing around the track at Talledega in a car emblazoned with the head of the celebrity Shiba Inu, Doge, and the name of its honorary cryptocurrency, DogeCoin. As a native of Arkansas and the internet, Auernheimer says he couldn’t miss it.

    We’ve tells me how he’d met his girlfriend that night. A Syrian Alawite and a tattoo artist, she has introduced Auernheimer into her circle in Lebanon and covered a significant amount of him with Norse symbology in permanent black ink.

    The mass-market appeal of their whirlwind modern romance is complicated by the fact that one of those tattoos is a painstaking rococo swastika over his chest. (Thankfully, Gawker has already covered that extensively – it got me off the hook when Auernheimer offered to show it to me.)

    The star-crossed love angle goes part of the way toward answering the question that had compelled me to seek out Auernheimer during a recent trip to Lebanon. Namely, why in hell would an avowed white nationalist super-troll and hacker be living in Beirut?

    Internet connectivity is pretty atrocious in Lebanon, not to mention the frequent electrical outages. I hardly need to mention that the Middle East isn’t entirely reconciled to the idea of Western supremacy, or that the current vogue of right-wing nationalist movements throughout Europe (which weev describes as “promising”) is antagonism toward immigrants from the former lands of the Ottoman empire.

    Over the course of a couple of hours, coffee, cigarettes and a plate of french fries, the pieces of an explanation come together.

    Auernheimer describes himself as the “point person for the press” for the loosely organized crews of which he is member, and has written that “I make art… I see federal courts, financial markets, world media and the very act of human perception as the canvas.” Perhaps by meeting Weev and reporting our conversation, I’m acting as a conduit for the expression of this sort of “art.” If so, I’m taking in mind the words of one of my favorite authors, Oscar Wilde:

    “We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admire it intensely. All art is useless.”

    By this token, the cyber-activity of weev is either useless art or unforgivable, harmful provocation and quite possibly both.

    He says he’s encouraged by recent militia movements like that of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, but that they don’t have their priorities straight. He tells me that he views Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh as a hero, and explained his vision of sending tiny drones laden with high explosives to the personal residences of US federal government employees.

    “We are close to having atomically precise engineering for asymmetric warfare. Cheap, 3D-printed drones. The tech is simple. The drones that the US uses for airstrikes are crap. Several generations behind. Pretty soon anyone who wants will be able to have something better.”

    “Somehow we need to get the ‘soldier types’ connected with the people who have the ideas about who should be targeted and how,” he says. “It’s about the ideological preparation of a segment of the population.”

    Auernheimer was freed from prison when his conviction was overturned as unconstitutional in violation of his 6th amendment rights to a fair trial in the jurisdiction where an alleged crime takes place. But he doesn’t get misty-eyed about the benefits of America’s rule of law.

    “I’m pro-constitution. I think it’s probably the greatest political document ever written. But it’s been totally and systematically corrupted. It’s not rule of law, its rule by lawyers. The only language the government understands now is fear and violence. And if you’re willing to go far enough, they’ll listen. There was no Waco after Waco. They blinked.”

    Lebanon has no extradition treaty with the United States. Weev says that was a crucial criterion for him in choosing a new home. Other candidate countries were Serbia and Andorra, which he says is still his first choice, if he can ever afford it. He also tells me that he would prefer to live in Syria, but is waiting, confidently, for things there to “cool down.”

    * * *

    Of course, trolling doesn’t work unless it elicits profound reactions of disgust, hate or anger. And weev is one of the internet’s most famous trolls. He is also, somewhat uncomfortably, a dandy of digital civil libertarians due to his intransigence in the face of federal harassment, out at the bleeding edge of the first amendment.

    Weev’s three-year scrap with the federal government has been chronicled in great detail in the media and through his own channels (here’s the 2010 Gawker article that started it.) It’s a thorny story with no sympathetic protagonist, and all sorts of legal, technological and social implications. It was a prominent battle in the so-called “hacker-wars,” and he has received support, on civil rights grounds, from the EFF and Glen Greenwald.

    Recently, weev has jumped into the fray of the online brouhaha around Pando reporter Yasha Levine’s reporting on the origins and funding of Tor, a confusing miasma of alliances that has seen Tor evangelists claiming they are underpaid by the government and a prominent ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project staffer invoking the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    Auernheimer’s swastika tattoo is not a rhetorical device. Nor is his relocation to Beirut a simple farce. I can attest that the sort of vitriol weev regularly writes on the internet springs as readily from Auernheimer’s lips as his keyboard.

    “America doesn’t have a gun violence problem, it has a minority problem,” he says.

    One aspect of the culture that weev obviously enjoys is the concept of “wasta,” an entrenched organizing principle in Levantine neighborhoods, economies and political life, which roughly means “clout” or “influence” or “who you know.” It also signifies protection.

    “I’ve got some wasta,” weev says. “Enough to mitigate a controlled kidnapping situation. But there is a much greater risk that the US government could just kill me.”

    He refers to wasta frequently throughout our talk, and clearly relishes the idea of a network of protection that doesn’t cave to threats of prosecution or violence. He says he owes his wasta to his girlfriend’s family ties in Beirut.

    “In Arkansas, where I was born and raised and the only home I’ve ever really known, no one was willing to step up for me,” he says.

    Weev has written of his own parents, who cooperated with investigators in his case, that they “are perfect examples of how secular liberalism destroys families and will rot out the foundations of our very civilization,” and that he pities his mother as “a brainwashed drone of a state gone mad.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 22, 2014, 9:33 pm

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