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Citizen Greenwald: Hypocrites (Nazis?) R Us

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash drive that can be obtained here. [1] The new drive is a 32-gigabyte drive that is current as of the programs and articles posted by 10/02/2014. The new drive (available for a tax-deductible contribution of $65.00 or more) contains FTR #812 [2].  (The previous flash drive was current through the end of May of 2012 and contained FTR #748 [3].)

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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 [8].)

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 [9], about Wikileaks and FTR #756 [10] 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. [11]

 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 [12], a white-supremacist site not to be con­fused with The Daily Caller, The Daily Beast or The Daily Ban­ter. Via Gawker [13], 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 [14] 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 [15] a com­pletely dif­fer­ent neo-Nazi. The fact that Green­wald con­tin­ues to blur the line between hack­ing and activism [16] 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. [17]

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. [18]

. . . . 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 [19] out this past week:

Canada has spent the last 13 years proclaiming itself a nation at war. It actively participated [20] in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and was an enthusiastic partner [21] in some of the most extremist War on Terror abuses [22] perpetrated by the U.S. [23]

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. . . .