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ln Israel, Greenwald reveals whose agenda he is serving

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Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
January 7, 2014

When waging unconventional warfare, timing is everything.

In some pro-Israel circles, President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry are now being hysterically compared to Neville Chamberlain for their alleged “betrayal” of the self-defined “Jewish state” to yet another imminent Holocaust as a result of Obama’s historic, albeit so far limited, rapprochement with today’s supposed equivalent of a genocidal Nazi regime in Tehran and Kerry’s sustained diplomatic effort to get Israel to return to its so-called “Auschwitz borders” prior to its premeditated 1967 Land Grab. In light of this dual “existential threat” posed by the Obama administration to a Greater Israel, the interview given to Israeli TV by Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first published documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that revealed the scope of U.S. spying worldwide, is as close to a “game theory warfare” smoking gun as you’re going to get.

Speaking to Israel’s Channel 10 — whose biggest shareholder, cosmetics billionaire Ronald Lauder, is President of the World Jewish Congress — Greenwald criticized “the continued imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard,” who was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 after passing more than a million highly classified documents to Israel while working as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy. (Incidentally, Channel 10 owner Lauder is also a of clemency for Pollard.) As reported today by Haaretz, here’s what Greenwald told his Israeli audience about the spy, who, in the words of former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, “did more damage to the United States than any spy in history”:

Greenwald agreed that the Snowden revelations are relevant to Pollard’s case. “When the U.S. government goes around the world criticizing other countries for spying on allies and prosecuting them,” he said, “are they going to maintain that with a straight face when they’re doing exactly that?”

It’s proper to raise Pollard’s case in the context of U.S. spying on its Israeli ally, he continued, because that underscores the hypocrisy of what the U.S. itself is doing. The U.S. government, Greenwald charged, does exactly what it accuses its enemies of doing, and no country has the right to say other countries shouldn’t do something while it is secretly violating that very same taboo.

While some may be willing to concede that Greenwald’s charge of U.S. government hypocrisy is perfectly valid, the acclaimed “independent” journalist’s remarks that American national security does not require surveillance of its so-called “ally” in Tel Aviv is at best naïve, at worst disingenuous:

Asked about the U.S. government’s claim that the purpose of the eavesdropping is to fight terrorism, he responded by citing the documents’ revelations that the NSA eavesdropped on both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli officials, asking, Does the U.S. government think Angela Merkel is a terrorist? Or that democratically elected Israeli officials are involved in terror?

Although many Greeks and other Europeans may justifiably view Chancellor Merkel’s austerity measures as a form of economic terrorism, could Greenwald seriously be oblivious to Israel’s long track record of terrorism, not only its state terrorism against the indigenous Palestinians and their neighbours but its less widely-known, albeit acknowledged, false flag terror attacks on its American benefactor and imperial proxy?

Given the account of the “Five Dancing Shlomos” caught celebrating in Liberty Park, New Jersey as the twin towers burned on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as much other well-documented evidence pointing toward Israeli complicity in the 9/11 attacks — seized on with great alacrity by Israel loyalists such as Joe Lieberman as a pretext to strip Americans of much of their constitutional rights while others such as Michael Chertoff profited from the hyped “need” for greater “security” in the post-9/11 “Homeland” — what kind of journalist genuinely concerned about civil liberties would deny that monitoring the conversations of a “spook, terrorist or criminal” such as Netanyahu, a harsh critic of NSA spying who infamously admitted that 9/11 as “very good” for Israel, is an essential requirement of any genuine fight against terrorism?

Like that other much-adored Jewish “critic of Israel” Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald would appear to be just the latest branded anti-imperial “hero” serving to provide cover for a less transparent Israeli agenda.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship. You can follow him on and Twitter @O_Cathail.

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January 7, 2014 at 11:01 pm

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  1. Lost in all this is the fact that Pollard and Snowden were not involved in comparable “leaks”.

    There is no conceivable way to frame Pollard as having been engaged in exposing security excesses against Americans. But then, Greenwald refers to the content of Snowden’s revelations of US spying on Israel, not Snowden’s course of action.

    It’s problematic that Greenwald lumps Germany, an occupied nation, together with Isreal, an occupier both of Palestine and of the US. Also, that he would describe the regime in Tel Aviv as “democratic” speaks volumes.

    It’s a twisted affair any way you look at it. Perhaps it’s all theatrics as I’m beginning to think of the Media, Pennsylvania FBI break in as being.


    January 7, 2014 at 11:49 pm

  2. Aletho, Greenwalds’s argument here is strikingly similar to Chomsky’s argument against BDS — it would be hypocritical to boycott Israel because what America does is far worse…

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    January 7, 2014 at 11:54 pm

  3. Well, that sure makes me sad.


    January 8, 2014 at 12:17 am

  4. PLEASE do not tell me that you folks bought the BS that this “good-cop” Snowden was legitimate??!! God, PLEASE tell me that you all could see-through this deep deception.


  5. Wouldn`t it be nice if all self respecting governments did the right thing, and dismantled the parasitic entity.. Surely it has outlived any usefulness it might have had. It wouldn`t solve all the supremacist engineered problems taking place globally, but it would be a start..

    Ingrid B

    January 8, 2014 at 2:39 am

  6. well, well this makes me view Greenwald in a whole new light – reminds me of Julian Assange saying “9/11 truther’s are nut jobs” and picking on Iran all the time – How many US spies were murdered because of Pollard, as well as all the strategic secrets released. Pollard is one of the biggest traitor’s in US history, that has been caught and should have been executed for his horrific crimes. I believe there are many undetected or protected sayanims responsible for similar crimes running around in the US


    January 8, 2014 at 3:25 am

  7. Let’s see. Greenwald exposes a tiny bit of Snowden’s whistle blowing which establishes that the US spied upon Israeli leadership and this results in Israeli indignation sufficient for them to call for Jonathan Pollard’s release as recompense.

    Snowden isn’t a whistleblower. He’s a propaganda tool of the zionists who also control the NSA.


    January 8, 2014 at 3:33 am

  8. This make’s me view Greenwald in a whole new light. Reminds me of Julian Assange saying “all 9/11 truther’s were nut jobs” and picking on Iran all the time. Just how many US spies were murdered and how much strategic information released because of Pollards leaks. How he was never executed I don’t know, oh that’s right he’s Jewish


    January 8, 2014 at 3:34 am

  9. I agree with Lorraine, another would be hero bites the dust.

    Also jarring is Greenwald’s separation of Israel from the NSA.

    Like all other Federal monsters, the NSA is a gigantic cookie jar for crony capitalist.
    The NSA shops out its spook activities to private contractors.
    The vast majority of those contractors are Zionist owned. Many are based in Israel.
    A large chunk of the NSA’s $52 Billion budget goes directly to feed the Zionist beast.
    It is not a “Black Budget” because it is secret. It is a “black budget” because all the money goes to Israel.
    The NSA is effectively Israeli Occupied territory.

    Do not think this state of affairs is limited to NSA.
    Since 1913, the Federal Reserve Bank has delivered a never ending series of manufactured Boom and Bust cycles to the American economy. One by one, Christian enterprise has succumbed to Jewish capital. As a result, our supposed corporate America is actually a Jewish financial america. In one hundred years the wealth of the United States has been consolidated into the hands of blood thirsty Jewish-Zionists, i.e. the 0.01% ters. Move over Goyim, the Jewish Gangsters now own the shop.

    The expansion of the federal government has coincided with the Jewish takeover of the economy.
    In 2014, we have an enormous federal government because its 3 trillion dollar budget feeds world Zionism,

    Consequently, the CIA is Mossad and Mossad is the CIA.
    The NSA is Israel and Israel is the NSA.
    With the Banker take over of America, the military industrial complex is ZIONIST and the Zionist are the MIC.

    Greenwald knows this and is clearly happy with the state of affairs.

    Richard Braverman

    January 8, 2014 at 6:30 am

  10. 5 star comment Richard


    January 9, 2014 at 1:11 am

  11. Philip Giraldi to Glenn Greenwald: “I am no lawyer but it would seem to me that calling the US government hypocritical for continuing to hold Pollard while it is engaged in spying on Israel is suggesting that he should be released. If you do not think Pollard should be freed you should have said so in response to what was a pretty straightforward series of questions from your interviewer.”

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    January 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

  12. It would seem to me that calling Israel America’s “close ally” is a telling indictment of Glenn Greenwald’s ignorance, at best, of the real nature of the “special relationship” between the two countries, whose highlights have included Israel’s foiled “Operation Susannah” false flag attack on its American “ally,” its killing of 34 American servicemen in its ultimately unsuccessful attempt to sink the USS Liberty, and its successful role in the “war on terror”-catalyzing 9/11 attacks despite the arrest of the five Dancing Mossad agents caught celebrating in Liberty Park, NJ as the twin towers burned…

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    January 10, 2014 at 10:45 pm

  13. My God Maidhc you have more Jewish links than the Chabad Lubovitcher site.


    January 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

  14. Well! That permanently outs Greenwald…I never thought he was brilliant or anything….but I did think there was a bit more to him than this.



    February 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

  15. Richard Braverman sums the situation up perfectly, IMO…


    February 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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