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Shedding new light on the controversy over the NSA terrorist surveillance program, the journalist who has served as the mouthpiece for former NSA contract employee Edward Snowden has addressed several Marxist-Leninist conferences over the last few years.

New Zealand writer and researcher Trevor Loudon reports that Glenn Greenwald spoke to the Socialism 2011 conference and ended the evening of July 3, 2011, as part of a plenary entitled “Revolution and imperialism in the Middle East.” Prior to Glenn Greenwald’s talk to the group, on civil liberties under President Obama, people in attendance chanted “Palestine will be free” and “Wars of occupation will never bring liberation.”

Greenwald is also a featured speaker at the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago this month.

“That Greenwald was willing to address a gathering of some of the most revolutionary, anti-American elements in the country speaks volumes about his personal views,” noted Loudon. “So Glenn Greenwald, the man who leaked America’s vital national security secrets on a massive scale, may not be the objective, impartial journalist he portrays himself to be.”

Indeed, the emerging evidence is that Greenwald, who writes for the British Guardian newspaper, works hand-in-glove with the International Marxist movement against the United States and its allies. This would help explain why China, Russia and other American adversaries and enemies stand to benefit from his disclosures.

As we have reported, Greenwald proudly accepted an award named in honor of Soviet agent and left-wing journalist I.F. Stone. He has encouraged people to donate money to WikiLeaks, the organization started by Julian Assange that disclosed classified information about U.S. counter-terrorism programs. Assange worked for Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) before being granted asylum in the London embassy of the Marxist government of Ecuador. 

Greenwald’s source in the NSA controversy, a former NSA contractor named Edward Snowden, is hiding out in Chinese Hong Kong and has been offered asylum in Russia.

Greenwald has attended the socialism conferences since at least 2011, saying, “As someone who speaks at all sorts of political gatherings every year, I can say with certainty that no event assembles more passionate activism, genuine expertise, and provocative insights than the Socialism Conference. This will be my third straight year attending, and what keeps me coming back is how invigorating and inspiring it is to be in the midst of such diverse and impressive activists.”

The Socialist Worker website, associated with this year’s conference, features the headline, “A world to win,” paying homage to Marx and Engels, and The Communist Manifesto.

The conferences are officially sponsored by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change (publisher of International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books), and co-sponsored by The International Socialist Organization (publisher of Socialist Worker).

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is one of America’s main Trotskyist/ Marxist-Leninist parties. It says, “We stand in the Marxist tradition, founded by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, and continued by V.I. Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg and Leon Trotsky.”

It is not clear if Greenwald is an actual member of the group or simply gives them aid and comfort. But a video of Greenwald’s 2011 remarks, posted by the International Socialist Organization, shows him speaking in front of a big conference banner proclaiming socialism. In the talk, he defends WikiLeaks and Julian Assange against charges they illegally released classified information from Bradley Manning, the Army analyst on trial for espionage and aiding the enemy. He also denounced the Tea Party for opposing Obamacare.

According to one account from the 2011 conference, Egyptian activist and organizer Bessan Kassab “spoke about US imperialism in Egypt” and “concluded by saying that the Egyptian revolutionaries are committed to a real revolutionary future in Egypt, to fighting imperialism, Zionism and are in support of armed resistance.”

Greenwald will be speaking to the ISO’s annual conference this year, at the end of this month, in Chicago. Greenwald, along with Jeremy Scahill, will conduct an “urgent discussion about the attack on civil liberties, U.S. imperialism, and how we can fight back.”

This year’s sessions include:

  • Trotsky on the united front
  • Lenin on self-determination
  • Frederick Engels, the family, and social reproduction
  • The relevance of the Communist Manifesto today
  • Harry Braverman’s Labor and Monopoly Capital
  • Leon Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution

Under the category of “Struggle in the Middle East,” we find the following sessions:

  • U.S. imperialism in the Middle East after the Arab Spring
  • The new movement against Israeli apartheid
  • The struggle for Palestine
  • Israel, Zionism, and imperialism
  • What happened to the Egyptian Revolution? 

Greenwald is a hero to the Marxists for challenging the NSA and “the surveillance state.” One account says, “During a speech at the Socialism 2012 conference, Greenwald called the creeping surveillance state—with the expansive NSA hoarding complex at its center—an impediment to any efforts to meaningfully challenge the political status quo.”

It appears to be the case that Greenwald—and apparently his “source,” Edward Snowden—see the NSA, the spy agency created in 1948, as standing in the way of the worldwide victory of “anti-imperialist” forces.  

On Wednesday, at a hearing on Capitol Hill, Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, said the terrorist surveillance programs helped thwart dozens of terrorist attacks on the United States and its allies.

The evidence of Greenwald’s involvement with the international Marxist movement puts his attacks on the NSA’s terrorist surveillance programs in a new light.  

But will those who jumped on the Snowden bandwagon reevaluate their support for him now that the involvement of Marxist groups and hostile forces in Snowden’s cause has become impossible to ignore?




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Comments

  • josiahwarren

    Greenwald is not a member of the International Socialist Organization. Are you an ‘investigative journalist’ without a phone or basic research skills?

    Greenwald and Snowden are standing up for the good old-fashioned ideal of American liberty and have the support of the majority of the US population.

  • westie

    Cliff, try to stay focussed on the issues not the personalities. We don’t believe the NSA/Obama/Bush admin/ or the NeoCons idiotic War on Terror! We stand by our 4th Amendment!

  • thomascaudill

    hey cliff, just wanted to say: WHO GIVES A FUCK. DO SOME REAL JOURNALISM

  • Phil Perspective

    Cliff:
    I see you’re in a race against Ted Cruz for who can do the best “Tailgunner” Joe McCarthy impression. Good job!!

  • Granee K

    Regardless of the intentions of Mr Snowden and Mr Greenwald…they divulged information which must be evaluated. The question “does the US government collect and store metadata on US citizens who are not under suspicion of any crime, with the intent to access this data in the future on the chance that the citizen might do something unlawful?” must be answered. If yes, this activity would be in violation of parts of the US constitution and Bill of Rights. Would you rather count on protecting yourself or giving up your freedom and liberty to the government for their protection plan? It did not work so well for those people killed or injured in the the Boston Marathon terror attack. I am willing to take responsibility to protect myself and my family against terriorist attacks rather than give up my freedom in exchange for some suspect promises from our government.

  • bbf

    What is this…not able to kill the message..so shoot the messenger?

  • Richard Hellstrom

    I’m not much of a Historian but when the first copies of All The Presidents Men were released by Warner and authored by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein it was reported that we had inserted a Black Operational Government into our Government that was derived from Electronic and Psychological Warfare Experiments conducted in Vietnam. So if were using a system where the government is playing mind games on people to dictate the social order , isn’t that some kind of form of communism ? It’s amazing how often our Corporations , MPA’s , Research Professors and Shriners try to take credit for powers they don’t have. I guess everybody wants to be Uncle Sam.
    Mark Felt ( Deep Throat) leaked the information that a policy of war had been signed into our executive branch ( A System To Delete The Need For War ) that would exclude certain members and sectors of our society from having to serve in the military. Some kind of secret pack between the Executive and a Secret Society.
    ( Note – The data can be referenced in the index of the book if it’s an un censored copy – Seek Warner First Edition’s and Check Before … )

  • I lie through my teeth

    Integrity, openness and Honesty don’t appear to be principles that serve you well in your life Cliff. More’s the pity. You give your profession a bad name. How about doing ethics for beginners as a place to recover yourself:-)

  • BT

    This article is pretty pathetic.

  • Pscle

    I agree with your response, but if polls should be taken seriously, the majority of the American people have drunk the Kool-Aid and are A-OK with their government spying on them to keep them “safe.”

  • Edward Murrow

    This is awful journalism and part of a BS Mcarthyist smear campaign. Who cares where he spoke. The story speaks for itself. You are a hack journalist and a patsy of the state pretending to produce journalism

  • Mechanized Caffeine

    1) Neither the International Socialist Organization nor the Center for Economic Research and Social Change are Marxist-Leninist organizations. If you don’t understand the Stalinist/Trotskyist split then you, at the very least, need to do a few more minutes of research before publishing something this embarrassing.

    2) Greenwald is not a member of the ISO, nor is he a socialist. He does work with libertarian organizations such as the Cato Institute as well.

    3) I hope you appreciate the irony that even Marxist-Leninist groups like CPUSA are opposed dragnet government surveillance, ‘papers, please’ laws, secret legal interpretations, indefinite detentions and executions without trials while the self-proclaimed defenders of the American traditions of Liberty have devolved to the same level of authoritarian hackdom that George Orwell (who was an avowed socialist btw) so scathingly parodied in 1984.

  • Jeff Skinner

    Firstly, Cliff, thanks a heap for the advertising. The ISO’s annual Socialism conference is one of the most vibrant, energetic events on the American left and deserves as much exposure as it can get. I cordially invite you to purchase tickets at socialismconference.org and come sample some of these great talks yourself. My point, however, is to tell you that you need to get your terms straight. “Marxist-Leninist” is a term used exclusively by Stalinists – those who think that what the Soviet Union became and what Eastern Europe was until 1990 had been the embodiment of socialism – to describe themselves and their political position. It is not a term Trotskyists use when talking about themselves or their politics and in this context is entirely inaccurate. But then again, I suppose the error is understandable since you also seem to be unable to differentiate between the concepts of ‘journalism’ and ‘hackery’.

  • You’re an idiot. But at least your an entertaining one 😛

  • So what?

  • octopusgarden

    Fake journalists like Cliff Kincaid are like chihuahuas nipping at Greenwalds ankles. You can’t refute his facts so you attack his character.

  • Abberley Sorg

    As a member of the ISO, this is probably one of the funniest things I have read in months.

    Thanks for the laughs, Cliff.

  • Dan Feidt~hongpong

    Ironically by promoting the totalitarian surveillance state, Mr Kincaid advances the interests of the giant oppressive bureaucracies he asserts opposition to. Also what does “aid & comfort” mean? Snuggling with commies – bringing them blankets. Red Blankets. Also yeah anyone who can’t tell between the Trotskyites & Stalinists is not really on their red-baiting A Game.

  • David

    Wow, Greenwald is even more awesome than I realized!

  • Hayden McKnight

    cool story, red baiting asshole

  • zdroberts

    You clearly have never attended one of these conferences either – they invite a wide swath of people. And I can tell you – as a leftist, Glenn Greenwald is no leftist. National security issues are probably the only thing we agree on.

  • T4toby

    This is a joke, right? Like an Onion article?

  • T4toby

    You’re the DIRECTOR of this organization?!? Holy hell. I now know AIM Center for Investigative Journalism stands for unmitigated hackery. Did you even read what you wrote?

    You, sir, are an ass.

  • mark

    Red-baiting is so 1950s.

  • MikeTempleton

    If Greenwald is speaking at Marxism conferences maybe I should look into Marxism. Maybe Marxism isn’t what we are raised to believe it is. Maybe workers control of production is democracy. What we have now in the US is a totalitarian big brother state that imprisons 2.2 million people (the highest per capita prison population in the world) and a historically unprecedented wealth divide. Democracy does not exist in the US. Cliff you seem to be the one drinking the kook-aid.

  • Jeff

    No. I now have more respect for Greenwald.

  • Daniel Wright

    Too funny.

  • BernardKingIII

    Only the most decrepit excuse for journalism could succeed in prompting me to take the time to publish my disgust on a comment board. But congratulations Mr. Kincaid, you have succeeded.

  • Matthew

    These comments are awesome. Cliff, it looks like your slandering objective failed….miserably. Thanks for bringing more attention to the cause! Keep up the good work!

  • 7thPillar

    The 1st Amendment to the US Constitution and Freedom of the Press is not contingent on political views. As a Libertarian I support the rights of individuals to support their own ideal of society as long as it’s not forced on me through the barrel of a gun.

    What’s more troubling is that I consistently learn more about wrong doing in the US through British and Russian media outlets than I do in the Lame Street Media.

  • Babak

    Methinks Cliff is confused by what decade he’s in. Marxist red scare tactics are really passe these days. Try to accuse him of being Al Qaeda or something. Or go more original. Really try and think outside the box next time.

  • Ralph Johansen

    This article is a scurrilous, contemptible move to join the pack of hounds assigned to taking down Glenn Greenwald, who is perhaps the most courageous, discerning journalist we have had in my lifetime. And it is pure McCarthyite guilt by association. My God – Accuracy in Media to the rescue. I don’t think anyone will be tarnished in the end by this sort of tripe but the persons responsible for writing and disseminating it..

  • Bill Hicks

    Wow — you really broke the story!! This is going to bust things wide open!! Reporting on things Greenwald himself publishes!! Now THAT’S news!!

    LOL!!

    Good luck Mighty Mouse.

  • Bill Hicks

    Southern Poverty Law Center on Cliff Kincaid:

    “For more than 30 years, Cliff Kincaid has been pushing out conspiracy
    theories, demonizing propaganda and a series of falsehoods about LGBT
    people, Muslims, Democrats and others — all as the editor of Accuracy in
    Media (AIM). But if there’s one thing Kincaid cannot be trusted on,
    it’s accuracy.

    He claims that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian and that Clinton deputy
    White House counsel Vince Foster was murdered. He calls global warming a
    “fraudulent scheme.” The Roman Catholic Church, he asserts, has been
    hijacked by “Marxist elements” and is “facilitating the foreign invasion
    of the U.S.” by northbound Latinos. He insists that the governments of
    Canada, the United States and Mexico have a secret pact to merge into a
    single entity — the much-feared North American Union.”

    LOL!! Go ahead Cliff. The half-dozen readers you have are riveted to your work! LOL!!

    Love the bit about the Church facilitating the foreign invasion!! LOL!!!

  • chillin’

    He is pretty awesome, but the ISO is, sadly, not all that “revolutionary”. They are a rigidly top-down, authoritarian sect controlled by a few people at the top who have been running it since 1983,never any leadership change. Just do a google search looking for ex-member stories. Very cult-like behavior. Many people who have never even met have very similar accounts. Also, counterpunch.org has a great piece on them this weekend.

    Still,it doesn’t look bad on Greenwald because they have many speakers of differing political persuasions.

  • chillin’

    Marxism is great, but the ISO is not. Karl Marx would shudder at this group.

  • Mona Holland

    Cliff, there was so much to giggle over in your piece, but let me highlight this:

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    Glenn Greenwald has never, ever claimed to be an “objective, impartial journalist.”

    I mean: Not. Ever.

    He is a militant civil libertarian and opponent of American imperialism, as well as a critic of the U.S. Israel lobby. He’s made his reputation by taking sides on all kinds of these issues.

    If you fancy yourself a journalist, you aren’t a very meticulous one.

    Finally, Glenn is not a Marxist. (He’s also not the Libertarian the Obama-worshipers claim he is.) Unlike you, he is also not an authoritarian.

  • Karen MacRae

    What’s the problem here, Cliffy? Go Glenn!

  • bystander

    If you had the slightest clue…

    …You might actually be able to write good parody. Alas.

  • edphelps

    smacks of mccarthyism, shame on you you trite little hack

  • Alexander Ashgat

    Do you honestly think slandering them here will do any good? If so please look up “irrelevance”

  • Christian Roess

    Really? Did Cliff Kincaid do any research at all? Or should I ask, “what took you so long?” because this is so predictable. I mean isn’t this like one of the default settings in the American Mind? Like if you don’t ever make any kind of intellectual effort or investigation, isn’t this like what the American brain comes up with everyntime as if on cue? You know, cause American exceptionalism means you always opt out of fixing the problem by unplugging for a while before restoring the original factory settings. Kincaid is right on cue. Hey Kincaid, don’t forget to ask if Greenwald is a “card-carrying Communist, or just a deluded fellow traveler.”

  • David

    “The horror. The horror.”

    Glenn Greenwald has also been interviewed by anarcho-capitalist Lew Rockwell.

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/lewrockwell-show/tag/Glenn-Greenwald/

  • Thanks, Commisar McCarthy. Glad to know someone is keeping a lookout. *rolling eyes*

  • gus

    Like some cheese with that wine?

    Really, how is someone giving their opinion of something,’slander’?

  • Ben

    What kind of “rigidly top-down authoritarian sect” organizes an annual conference that includes “many speakers of differing political persuasions”?

  • al allson

    Wow, no wonder Glenn is not a member of this group. But he’s doing great work on the NSA case.

  • PS

    Mr. Kincaid, you paint Mr. Greenwald as a knowledgable and well educated man, and I am sure it serves him well in his profession. Your post, however, poised with half a dozen fallacies, made me realize that you could learn something from Mr. Greenwald.

    One of the fundamental principles of journalism is to educate the public and offer insights that would expand our understanding of a subject. Journalism is only meaningful when it transforms society, and that includes journalists as well. What insights have you gained from your post? And how do these insights benefit our understanding of the underlying subject?

    Often times it is our own misunderstanding and lack of knowledge that push us to oppose the views of others. Writing is an excellent exercise in that it helps us identify where we are wrong, identify issues that we may not fully understand, and ultimately guide us in our search for knowledge. I feel like you have robbed yourself and your readers of that innate pleasure of writing.

  • Gus

    Apples and oranges. Maoist RCP has various speakers at their events as well.

  • aaansel

    “What kind of “rigidly top-down authoritarian sect” organizes an annual conference that includes “many speakers of differing political persuasions”?”

    HA! To bring more people in so you can recruit them. No one is going to come see one of your people, so you get names. Schahill, Greenwald, and others. The only problem is that it really hasn’t worked.

  • Ebert McFartington VI

    I just find it funny that AIM, long a sleaze-ball operation tied to providing PR for Reagan’s Latin American fascist murderers, is still in operation.

    edit: AIM’s Reed Irvine will not be forgiven for the slandering he did to Gary Webb, an honest and crusading journalist.

  • Mr X

    Cliff sold out sometime in 2010 when he went from being a Ron Paul defender against Fox News to a Ron Paul loather. Ron Paul didn’t change the only thing that changed was RT started airing some of his views. From that year on some big donor focused AIM’s attention on trolling Adam Kokesh (who’s admittedly, a pot head with a screwy streak) for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial and other dire threats to the Republic.

  • Dave Kozak

    Classic hatchet job, make the story about Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden to deflect from the fact that the state has embraced its inner Stasi and is spying on fucking everyone all the god damn time!

  • Isn’t Marxism-Leninism the current philosophy of the NSA under Obama;
    which becomes National Socialism when it’s run by Republicans?

  • Isaiahdolan

    I do think it is relevant. One simply can’t pretend that a “journalists” political preferences does not play a small role in what they cover and how they cover it. Simply a matter of degrees…There are very few who one might consider a neutral observer. In the end it is up to the reader to try to view the issues and events without the prejudice of their own inate biases.

  • travisB

    This is some good old fashioned red baiting. What a desperate attempt to get people to fear themselves and their thoughts.

  • Anas

    If Glenn Greenwald makes valid claims backed by evidence, then it is immaterial whether he belongs to this or that organization. The arguments made in the article are farcical: Einstein was a socialist, so his theory of relativity shouldn’t be taken seriously, while George Bush was a conservative, so his theories of the world should be taken seriously. stick to the facts

  • Robert Argiz

    All those acting under Marxist-inspired ideas need to read the new book written by David Duke on the truth related to communism deep-rooted in Marxism. Karl Marx was a Jew himself and was commissioned by Wall Street bankers [Jews in the majority] to write all that he did, and the Russian “revolution” was northing more than a business enterprise that produced billions in profits and caused the murder of millions.

  • Hans Smedbol

    cliff you are clearly delusional, if you think that Glenn Greenwald is a “Marxist/Leninist”….

    social democracy is not Marxism, nor is it Leninism…they promote totalitarian dictatorships. but social democracy is a democracy run BY the people BY the people FOR the people…like your nation CLAIMS to do…but doesn’t….Glenn Greenwald is an honest, clear thinking journalist who has seen just how corrupted and evil the Americkan Military Industrial Congressional Complex has become….and THAT is VERY corrupt and evil….

    just because he calls the Obama regime on the crimes against humanity that it daily commits does not make him a Marxist Leninist, or Anti AMerickan…..people CAN oppose the policies and actions of the Government, without being either anti Americkan, or Marxist/Leninist….hell, i’m sure YOU oppose some of the things that the Obama regime is up to…at least on the economic front….does that make YOU a Marxist Leninist

    but then you and other Republickan types been calling Obama himself a Marxist Leninist…so why would you call people who are criticising his policies and actions Marxists? but then like all good severely right wing commentators, you appear to never let the truth get in the way of a good propaganda story….

    you guys are so right wing that you think Fox News is unacceptably Liberal….now that’s STRETCHING things, don’t you think?

  • Hans Smedbol

    of course you don’t believe them….they’re utterly full of fresh hot steamy Horse manure….and it’s obvious.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    Socialism destroys liberty. Ask any refugee from a “Socialist” country, or any member of the National Socialist Party.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    The dither over finer points is unimportant. The only thing that matters is which theology is in favor of BIG Government control over the population, and the massive corruption that ensues.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    Joe McCarthy outed you communists, and has been proven right.

    Down with socialism-communism-marxism-despotism. Up with Liberty.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    Shame on you.

  • RobH26

    Bit late to the party, but here’s when two-faced money monger, Glenn Greenwald, savaged socialists, branding them as “juvenile,” “leftwing fanatics,” “Che Guevara worshippers,” “lovers of Fidel Castro,” & “hardcore socialists,” with “worn-out, socialist/collectivist policies,” etc. etc.

    Really cheap and ugly attacks. And pretty much all in the name of defending George W. Bush. Greenwald will say or do anything as long as it involves the only things he truly cares about: Money, fame and having his galactic ego stroked. The man is as vile and self serving as they come. And I say that as a proud liberal.

    Read it yourselves:

    http://bit.ly/1f7dnq9

  • RobH26

    He certainly has you fooled, Hans. See my post above.

  • Anon

    Marxism really isn’t what you were raised to believe in. It’s also a denomination of communism, the government system really depends on the ideology of communism. Marxism and Trotskyism support a LITERAL “dictatorship of the proletariat” where the majority rule which is the real democracy you are looking for, not a fake representative republic. Then you have the representative(not literal rule of the majority) ones called: Leninism, Marxism-Leninism and Maoism that support a one party republic and Stalinism is the one that supports an authoritarian government. As you can see the representative versions of communism have led to dictatorship much like how “representative democracy” has.

    Communism says that the establishment of Socialism where the public owns the means of production will shape human nature overtime to a point where one day the state can be abolished altogether for a truely stateless, classless and non-profit society where we willingly work for the common good also called “Communism”. Human nature will go down the humane path.

    Karl Marx said that Socialist state must be democratic(LITERAL “dictatorship of the proleteriat”/rule of the majority”) and that’s what Trotsky(ism) supported/supports so then you have the Trotsky/Stalin split which is present now.

  • dookieboot2

    It is hilarious watching both wingnuts and moonbats tying themselves in knots by trying to divine an extremist/secret political ideology out of Glenn Greenwald. Wingnuts, like the guy who wrote this article, think Greenwald is “communist” and the moonbats over at Pando and LGM think he’s “libertarian/closet Republican.”