|Portrait of Glenn Greenwald -creator of Unclaimed Territory blog and contributing writer at Salon.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Journalist Glenn Greenwald has his boxing gloves on and is ready to take on President Barack Obama's National Security Administration (NSA), Senator Dianne Fienstien (D-California) Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and any other legislative official that believes "data-mining" tactics are A-Okay.
“Let them go and investigate,” Greenwald said. “There’s this document called the Constitution. One of the things that it guarantees is the right of a free press, which means that as a citizen and journalist, I have the absolute Constitutional right to go and report on what it is that my government is doing in the dark, and inform my fellow citizens about that action.”
“There is this massive surveillance state that the United States government has built up,” Greenwald continued, “that has extraordinary implications for how we live as human beings on the earth and as Americans in our country, and we have the right to know what it is that that government and that agency is doing. I intend to continue to shine light on that, and Dianne Feinstein can beat her chest all she wants and call for investigations and none of that is going to stop and none of it is going to change.”
Greenwald broke the two major stories regarding President Obama's NSA "tapping" into the phone records of Verizon and likely every other U.S. telecommunications carriers records, along with revealing the PRISM program "data-mining" emails, Skype calls, Facebook chats, web searches and more on the internet, via the Guardian UK and Washington Post. The stories wrote by Greenwald are likely soon to take a ding downward for President Obama's overall approval numbers fairly soon, as a majority of Americans view the administration actions as overreach.
With such watch Mr. Greenwald take MSNBC host Lawrence O' Donnell of "The Last Word" to school what's the exact role of a free press!
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