Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Citizenfour" (JFC), Edward Snowden (a traitor), Glenn Greenwald (a detestable character)

Sorry, this blog-post is totally off-topic.

On Oscar night, and much to my chagrin, Citizenfour received an Oscar for best documentary.  Last night, my wife said Citizenfour was going to be on HBO in a few minutes, and she suggested I watch it with her. 

And, I did watch it …. for about 15 minutes.  It made my skin crawl, it pissed me off, so I got up and walked away.  How anyone in their right mind, how  anyone who is concerned with the safety/security of the United States and its citizens, can come off feeling that Edward Snowden is, somehow, a hero (and not, to the opposite, a traitor) and that Glenn Greenwald is worthy of any sort of recognition for being Snowden’s mouthpiece, is way beyond me.  In my opinion, Edward Snowden should be captured, tried, convicted and locked up, and, as to Mr. Greenwald, he reminds me of the type of person I’d like to repeatedly smack (and I’m the least violent person one would ever meet, so I think that speaks miles for my opinion of Mr. Greenwald.)

Recent articles:

“Citizenfour's Oscar Highlights National Divide Over Snowden”
By Richard Adhikari/byline, writing for Techworld.com
02/24/15 5:00 AM PT

Citizenfour, a film documenting interviews director Laura Poitras conducted with whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won the Oscar for best documentary Sunday. The talks took place as Snowden blew the lid off the United States National Security Agency's surveillance activities.

The award highlights the divisions in the U.S. over Snowden's actions and the question of national security.

"The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don't only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself," Poitras said in her acceptance speech.

"When the most important decisions being made affecting all of us are made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control. Thank you to Edward Snowden for his courage, and for the many other whistle-blowers. And I share this with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who are exposing truth," she added.

In the aftermath of the audience's applause, Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that Snowden "couldn't be here for some treason."

Glen Greenwald, the journalist whose role in publicizing Snowden's revelations also was documented in Citizenfour, later commented that Harris' remark was "stupid and irresponsible."

Read Richard Adhikari’s full article here:

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“Glenn Greenwald: Asshole”
by Chez Pazienza on May 08, 2014, for The Daily Banter

If you’re at all familiar with Glenn Greenwald, you’ll likely look at the above headline and think one of two things. Critics of Greenwald will say to themselves, “Absolutely,” while his legion of devotees and champions will counter with, “Yeah, so?” But the fact is that there are few people who can seriously and honestly consider Greenwald’s public persona, his various proclamations and interactions with the general public which often come via his overworked Twitter feed, and not conclude that he’s an asshole.

Read Chez Pazienza’s full article here:

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