For noting his obsessive need to write angry tirades denouncing his enemies.
So Glenn Greenwald v2013 continues to pummel poor Glenn Greenwald v2006.
I do which he'd stop.
Here is Mr. Greenwald today, continuing to aggressively pursue his goal of turning his large and consequential story about NSA overreach into a cudgel with which to beat "" to their knees:
Here is Mr. Greenwald in 2006 explicitly and eloquently making the case that he is now desperately trying to to pretend he did not make back when he was (as he so carefully phrases it) actively participating "in the campaign to amplify those critiques" --
Here are a few quotes from Mr. Greenwald v2006 as transcribed by me:"The other point I want to make is that nobody is against eavesdropping on Al Qaeda... We have a law in place the purpose of which is to enable the government to eavesdrop on terrorists. We all want eavesdropping on terrorists. That's why we have a law in place. That's why Democrats and Republicans came together to make the law stronger in the wake of 9/11. And that's why President Bush said that law give him all the power we need. The scandal is not about whether or not we should be eavesdropping: we're going to eavesdrop -- we should be eavesdropping. The question is about whether the President will exercise the awesome power of being able to eavesdrop on the communication of the American people in violation of the law -- meaning without judicial oversight, without anyone knowing what he is doing -- or in accordance with the law, meaning with judicial approval by the secret FISA court.And:They didn't break the law by eavesdropping. We all want eavesdropping -- aggressive eavesdropping on Al Qaeda. They broke the law by eavesdropping without the judicial oversight that law requires."AndIn 1978, we realized that the power to eavesdrop on American citizens is an extraordinary power and it has been abused by Republican and Democratic administrations for decades As a result, we trust our government-- our federal government -- to have this power only if someone is watching over them.
And that "someone" is the FISA court that is expert in the law and that it trusted to keep the country's secrets and that was the way we could assure ourselves that this power would not be abused, that President abided by the law.
Since the President broke the law and is eavesdropping in secret, nobody has any idea how the power has been used or what has been done with that information...
Look, this is easy to fix.
First, instead of pretending that you never said what you said back then, just say hoo-boy, did I ever goof on FISA. Looks like bringing the program back under FISA didn't fix the problem, so how about we all get together and make sure that problem gets fixed and stays fixed for real.
Second, as to a technical detail that you flubbed, just say, you know, I'm a bit of a Luddite and I parsed a some of the technical language covering the movement of data from internet provider services to the NSA incorrectly. That misunderstanding has become a distraction, so let me take it off the table right now and say, "I made a mistake" so we can move on with reforming this system.
Like ripping off a bandaid, stings for a second and then its over.
But as Mr. Greenwald's column today makes clear, that is never going to happen. To date, Mr. Greenwald appears quite unable to admit to even the smallest error: instead, he aggressively defends his warts with all the venom at his command which succeeds only in lending credence to his critics.
To date, Mr. Greenwald has also shown himself incapable of comprehending even the most constructive criticism from even the most friendly source as anything other than a tricksie sneak-attack:
I know that many Democrats want to cling to the belief that, in [Rick] Perlstein's words, "the powers that be will find it very easy to seize on this one error to discredit [my] NSA revelation, even the ones he nailed dead to rights". Perlstein cleverly writes that "such distraction campaigns are how power does its dirtiest work" as he promotes exactly that campaign.
Or to quote Charles Pierce:
Or to quote Charles Pierce:
...Glenn Greenwald should become more sensitive at distinguishing support from blind idolatry and stop starting fights that remove him from the basic point of what's going on. If you're reduced to implying that Rick Fking Perlstein is overly solicitous of this administration, it's time to lose all the fanboys and come back to the pack a little.Like so many other stories Mr. Greenwald becomes involved in, sooner rather than later it always ends up being a soapbox from which Mr. Greenwald can lecture the world about the villainy of his enemies and the hypocrisy of his critics.
Right now, Mr. Greenwald has the world by the tail, and the story he is breaking is important and consequential. And yet at the moment of his greatest triumph he appears incapable of rising above his need to use his megaphone to settle petty scores with his enemies...a group which seems to include anyone and everyone he perceives of as disagreeing with him in the slightest. Which leads to the greatest irony (not tragedy, not surprise, just "irony") of the NSA overreach story so far -- the fact that, in his over-the-top, vindictive obsession with his enemies, Mr. "Worse Than Nixon! Worse Than Cheney!" has shown himself to be more like Nixon in one tragic way than any other actor in this drama (from "Nixon", 1995):
Richard M. Nixon: ...You don't understand. They're playing for keeps, buddy. The press, the kids, the liberals - they're out there, trying to figure out how to tear me down.Pat Nixon: They're all your enemies?Richard M. Nixon: Yes!Pat Nixon: You personally?Richard M. Nixon: Yes! This is about me. Why can't you understand that, you of all people? It's not the war - It's Nixon! They want to destroy Nixon! And if I expose myself even the slightest bit they'll tear my insides out...