Glenn Greenwald Keynote Speech, Hamburg

Says Boing Boing:

Yesterday in Hamburg, Glenn Greenwald gave an astounding, must-watch keynote address to the gathered hackers at the 30th Chaos Communications Congress, or 30C3 (Greenwald starts at 4:36). Greenwald excoriated the press for failing to hold the world’s leaders to account, describing what he did with the Snowden leaks as challenge to the journalistic status quo as well as the political status quo. This is a leaping-off point for an extended riff on the active cooperation between the press and the national security apparatus, an arrangement calculated to give the appearance of oversight on surveillance activities without any such oversight (for example, BBC reporter expressed shock when he said that the role of the press should be to root out lies from senior spies, saying that generals and senior officials would ever lie to the public).

Glenn Greenwald demolishes Kirsty Wark

She didn’t stand a chance. The look on her face as he tears through her BS (and I’m sure I detected a moistening brow) suggests that she knows her argument was torpedoed below the water line.

Sheer poetic justice.

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The NSA debate is as much about journalism as surveillance – Glenn Greenwald, Guardian

Glenn Greenwald’s speech on Snowden and Freedom

I’ve never admired a left-wing journalist before, but Glenn Greenwald is a class apart from the bought and paid for, obedient, useful idiots that infest the offices of corporate media.

A damned fine speech from a clear-thinking courageous man worthy of the label “investigative journalist”.  He has decided to discard his fear and do what’s right – like Edward Snowden.

Forget Left and Right – these are divisive labels which hide much of what supporters of each wing has in common: individual liberty is an issue on which the Left and the Right can unite.

If the Left and Right join forces in the wake and on the back of the NSA revelation, the heroic sacrifice of Snowden and the courage of Greenwald and Wikileaks can provide us with an opportunity to tear down the Babylon that has been created over decades by the corporate vampires and warmongers.

If the dark forces can’t divide us, they can’t win.