Accuracy in Media

If Edward Snowden can be charged with espionage and threatened with arrest if he returns to the U.S., why can’t his associate, Glenn Greenwald, be charged as well? That’s the question some in the media are asking as Greenwald prepares to return from abroad for a scheduled appearance before a Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), on Saturday.

Snowden depended on Greenwald, formerly with the Guardian and now working for the billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, to release and publicize his illegally acquired classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA).

Omidyar is described as a French-born Iranian American entrepreneur. But now that he has decided to sponsor Greenwald’s brand of “journalism,” shouldn’t he be under scrutiny as well? Turning his back on the country that made him a billionaire, he has just posted a “Time to Thank Edward Snowden” message on his Twitter account.

It has become painfully obvious that Snowden’s disclosures have been timed to do maximum damage to the United States and its allies. John R. Schindler, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, writes, “To anyone versed in counterintelligence, specifically the modus operandi of Russian security services, the Snowden Operation is a classic case of Active Measures, in other words a secret propaganda job.” He adds, “Relying on fronts, cut-outs, ‘independent’ journalists, plus platoons of what Lenin memorably termed Useful Idiots, is just what the Kremlin’s intelligence services do when they want to engage in Active Measures.”

The purpose, he says, is to “fractur[e] the Western security and intelligence alliance,” a long-time objective of the old Soviet Union, and now Russia.

One of those “independent” journalists is Greenwald, who insists he acts like a journalist and observes journalistic standards. But how does that square with his appearances before the annual conferences of the International Socialist Organization? Or his scheduled appearance at CAIR’s November 16 “Faith in Freedom” conference?

Greenwald is an American citizen, but lives in Brazil with his homosexual lover, David Miranda, who was accused of espionage for trying to sneak some of Snowden’s documents through Britain. Miranda was detained and questioned for nine hours.

British law enforcement said:

Intelligence indicates that Miranda is likely to be involved in espionage activity which has the potential to act against the interests of UK national security…We assess that Miranda is knowingly carrying material the  release of which would endanger people’s lives. Additionally the disclosure, or threat of disclosure, is designed to influence a government and is made for the purpose of promoting a political or ideological cause. This therefore falls within the definition of terrorism… 

The Miranda material reportedly included 58,000 documents from the NSA and its British equivalent, the Government Communications Headquarters.

The charges against Snowden include violating the Espionage Act, theft of government property (18 U.S.C. 641) and the unauthorized communication of national defense information (18 U.S.C. 793 d).

Section 798 of the Espionage Act absolutely prohibits the publication of classified information in the area of communications intelligence. That would include programs of the NSA. The law does not include a loophole for self-proclaimed journalists who cooperate with spies to violate the law.

On October 13, Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson (FL) sent a letter to the Justice Department asking whether Greenwald would be prosecuted if he returned to the U.S. “U.S. News & World Report” says Grayson has been unable to get an answer. Grayson asks, “Is the act of investigative journalism now a crime, or not?”

The answer, quite clearly, is that Greenwald has indeed violated the law, and that he is not an “investigative journalist” in any ordinary sense.

In a revealing article at FrontPage Magazine, Robert Spencer notes the radical Islamic background of CAIR and Greenwald’s defense of the organization. What’s more, he points out Greenwald is supposed to be speaking along with the imam Siraj Wahhaj, designated as a “potential unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing for taking the Blind Sheik to speak at mosques in New York and New Jersey in the early 1990s. The Blind Sheik went to prison for his role in that bombing.

Spencer comments, “Greenwald’s willingness to appear in such company is a telling indication of the core beliefs and assumptions that underlay his revelations of the scope of NSA surveillance. While there is no reason for the NSA to be conducting surveillance on such a massive basis, and it is a symptom of the pervasive refusal to face the reality and magnitude of the jihad threat, the chief foes of this surveillance have been Leftist and Islamic supremacist groups that have opposed every counter-terror measure that has ever been proposed, as well as libertarian groups that persist in the delusion that if American power is removed from Muslim countries, the jihad against the U.S. will cease.”

In his own words, Greenwald told the communists at one of the ISO conferences that the weakening of America was a “very good thing.” However, the inevitable result will be more terrorism taking more American lives.

If Greenwald is not detained, questioned, and arrested upon his return to the U.S., it will mean that the Obama administration does not take the enforcement of the espionage laws seriously.

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  • Not Bob

    Cliff – you are a pathetic neo-con wanna be, everything I read on your web site promotes the police state, war and the evils of corporate America.

    This site certainly should not be called accuracy in media, maybe something like disinformation in media would be a more honest title.

  • John Spence

    He will be arrested if he ever comes to GB as will Miranda if he ever returns, based on the content of the docs Miranda was smuggling around the world.

  • Jim Hannan

    Glenn Greenwald represents the absolute best in American journalism. The real villains in American journalism are so called journalists like Judith Miller, formerly of the New York Times, who was complicit in our false flag attack on the country of Iraq.
    As for Edward Snowden, he is continuing to win praise for his selfless dedication to providing us with much needed information about the gross overreach of the American security apparatus. Without Snowden, there would be no discussion. We now know that even the FISA court has very substantive disagreements with the way NSA has grown beyond any reasonable oversight by our elected officials.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Germany didn’t know we were spying on them and listening to their phone conversations and sharing them with other countries. lol – Give me a break. Snowden isn’t leaking anything that these countries don’t already know. World propaganda is as stupid as the Drone Wars. Were using 70 thousand Airmen just to process the Drone information.
    Analysts who make sense of documents and conversations obtained by foreign and domestic spying share their judgment by publishing 50,000 intelligence reports each year – a volume so large that many are routinely ignored.
    Quote – One of the little-known features of the 1943 Britain-USA (Brusa) agreement to merge the Communications Intelligence (COMINT) agencies of both governments was that President Roosevelt agreed that the two governments could spy on each others’ citizens, without search warrants, by establishing “listening posts” on each others’ territory.
    Thanks for catching up Germany ! lmao !

    America has the weirdest heros. Snowden , Bradley and Aaron Alexis ? Who of course all made great sacrifices for America in the area of Privacy and Gun Control. – too funny –

  • Billy the Kid

    You are a parody of an American patriot. Nice job.

  • Muncie Voice

    The author is writing this as an “investigative journalist” for a website that claims to be “fair and balanced”. Just like how Fox News is “fair and balanced”.

    Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, the NSA has been venturing far outside it’s scope of “protecting US citizens” to actually spying on them illegally. Many of us suspected this after Bush signed the Patriot Act back in 2001-2002.

    The role of a journalist is crucial in keeping the powers of both our public and private sectors in check. The role of an independent and free press exists outside of our public and private sectors so it can hold them both accountable. Glenn Greenwald is one of the few investigative journalists around who hasn’t allowed his skills to be acquired by a corporate owner.

    The problem is you still have to eat and sleep somewhere which requires money. When you have journalism companies in bed with the private sector, they don’t really like to be investigated. When you have politicians who sleep with corporate masters, they really don’t like being investigated.

    For almost thirty years, the Billionaire Club has found a way to keep journalists operating as public relations officers by acquiring them into this new established order where our government is simply a division within the private enterprise which has prevented journalists from doing their job.

    So, now we have spineless writers like you who call out courageous journalists for risking their lives and creating chaos for the families for doing their job while you take up a paycheck and live comfortably in your condo paid for by the Billionaire Club.

    While we’ve not seen the work of Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald, I can say as an entrepreneur, it’s been a long time coming and the World will owe them both a debt of gratitude once they start shining a light on our corrupted governments/private sectors for which you obviously work for Mr. Kinkaid.

    Todd Smekens
    Founder of Muncie Voice

  • Bob Johnson

    Stalinists defending an out of control government now call themselves “conservatives.” Albert Nock and Milton Friedman must be rolling in their graves. Arrest neocon traitors like Cliff Kincaid for promoting fascism.

  • Bob Johnson

    Real conservatives hope for more Assanges and more Greenwalds. Anything to undercut and weaken the criminal regime.

  • Joe Westphal

    Just when I thought Cliff couldn’t be even more of a big government NSA suck up, here he goes. You know nothing about small government.

  • van Hinten

    in another article you called Germany an ally of America. Here you are writing that Greenwald does maximum damage to American allies. Doesn’t he do Germany a great favor with publishing those files and proving that America has no friends? That America is just scared of the world and has to lie, cheat and rip off their “allies”?