Does Glenn Greenwald Hate America?

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


greenwald_glennphotoThe Los Angeles chapter of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced that Glenn Greenwald, the far-Left journalist who publicized Edward Snowden’s information about the astonishingly broad extent of NSA electronic surveillance programs, will be its keynote speaker at its Orwellian-named “Faith in Freedom” dinner on November 16.

This will be the first time that Greenwald, who now lives in Brazil, will return to the United States since the NSA scandal broke. It is not surprising that a CAIR event would be the occasion for his return, since he has said that “there really is no organization with which I’d rather be spending my time, or with which I feel more at home than CAIR.”

Yet CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements. Its California chapter distributed a poster telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI. CAIR has opposed every anti-terror measure that has ever been proposed or implemented.

None of that means anything to Greenwald. “Despite malicious attacks and coordinated smear campaigns,” he has said, “including from our own government, and various other precincts [CAIR] has continued to devote itself relentlessly and really quite heroically to the fight for what I think is quite clearly, far and away, the greatest civil liberties crisis of our generation, at least, which is the persecution of Muslim Americans, and Muslims generally, in the post-9/11 era, which is really an assault on the liberties of everyone.”

He did not propose any way to defend ourselves against jihad terror without scrutiny of Muslim-Americans and Muslims generally.

At the CAIR dinner he will be speaking along with the imam Siraj Wahhaj, one of the most sought-after speakers on the Muslim speakers circuit in the U.S. Wahhaj was designated a “potential unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing for taking the Blind Sheik to speak at mosques in New York and New Jersey in the early 1990s.

When Wahhaj spoke at the University of Central Florida in 2011, he was asked whether he would condemn Hamas and Al-Qaeda. Instead of answering directly, Wahhaj launched into a lengthy complaint against his having been designated a “potential unindicted co-conspirator.” With obvious annoyance in his voice, Wahhaj complained that that designation essentially meant nothing; an audience member drew sympathetic laughter when she asserted that it meant that Wahhaj was “innocent.” Wahhaj did not explain to his UCF audience that he earned the designation by sponsoring talks in the early 1990s by the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, in mosques in New York City and New Jersey; Rahman was later convicted for conspiring to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993.

Wahhaj has also warned that the United States will fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.” He has also asserted that “if only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.”

Greenwald’s willingness to appear in such company is a telling indication of the core beliefs and assumptions that underlay his revelations of the scope of NSA surveillance. While there is no reason for the NSA to be conducting surveillance on such a massive basis, and it is a symptom of the pervasive refusal to face the reality and magnitude of the jihad threat, the chief foes of this surveillance have been Leftist and Islamic supremacist groups that have opposed every counter-terror measure that has ever been proposed, as well as libertarian groups that persist in the delusion that if American power is removed from Muslim countries, the jihad against the U.S. will cease.

That in itself is an indication that the NSA surveillance may hamper the activities of Islamic jihadists more than has been advertised. While its scope is still way too broad, it is noteworthy that in none of Glenn Greenwald’s many writings on the subject does he propose an alternative that would protect Americans’ civil liberties while also protecting them from would-be Islamic jihad mass murderers.

And so, as he prepares to return to America to hobnob with members of the notorious Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR, the question must be asked: does Glenn Greenwald hate America? Or does he just act as if he does?

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  • Mark Cosby

    I hate what America has become. We should work to make it a great nation instead of burying our heads in the sand to its problems. You wouldn’t run a business that way or a family, so why a country?

    • defcon 4

      Yes we know you and Greenwald hate America and Israel, which is why the both of you should hold hands and move to any one of the lovely islam0fascist states of the world.

  • Scotty44

    None of that changes the fact that the U.S. blockaded Japan’s oil and rubber supply, provoking hostilities with Japan. Such actions are considered acts of war. Roosevelt wanted into the war. Not only was building up for it a great economic stimulus that ended the Great Depression, but it was necessary to establish our economic dominance in the world. He needed Pearl Harbor to get the country to support it.

    • defcon 4

      There was no US “blockade” of the Imperial Japan except in your delusional re-write of history.

      • Scotty44

        From “Events Leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor”

        ” Responding to continuing Japanese aggression in China, the U.S. froze Japanese assets in the U.S. on 26 July 1941 and on 1 August established an embargo on oil and gasoline exports to Japan.[10] The oil embargo was an especially strong response because oil was Japan’s most crucial import, and more than 80 percent of Japan’s oil at the time came from the United States.”

        Appears you’re the one trying to rewrite history.

        • defcon 4

          Do you know the difference between “blockade” and “embargo” dimwit?

  • BradD99

    When it comes to Israel, Glenn Greenwald is basically a vile antisemite. He obsessively promotes radical-left bigots who promote “solutions” that erase Israel as a Jewish state (and therefore erase Israel, period).

    Honest criticism of Israel is fine. But ONLY mentioning Israel to bash it, and constantly promoting lunatics who ONLY demonize Israel AND obsessively promote that the very existence of Israel should be undone/destroyed/etc. = probably a damn antisemite.

    Honest critics of Israel are easy to spot. They might criticize Israel’s security barrier but they’d also mention that THOUSANDS of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israeli Jews is what caused the security barrier to go up in the first place. Etc.

    And then you have deranged antisemites. When THEY criticize Israel, EVERY SINGLE THING about Israel is always wrong, in the worst way possible. And any info that’s positive about Israel literally gets omitted, or even worse, twisted against Israel somehow.

    If you skim Glenn ‘douchebag’ Greenwald’s timeline for the Israel references, literally almost everybody he plugs on the topic is someone who promotes a “one-state solution” that erases Israel from Earth.

    Because, you see, in the world of extreme-left antisemites, Muslim-majority states are allowed to be Muslim, but the one tiny Jewish-majority state is ‘evil/racist’ for being Jewish.

    And that’s the camp the disgusting Glenn Greenwald seems to be in.

    I don’t chare what actual NSA info he helps reveal. His disgusting behavior against Israel overrides anything good about him.

  • BradD99

    Here is a great daily blog about Israel with info that the Glenn Greenwald “hate Israel” extremist corner doesn’t mention: http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/

  • BradD99

    If Israel sneezes in the direction of an insane jihadist, the Glenn Greenwald “demonize Israel” gang of extreme-left wackjobs go crazy and rant angrily against Israel about it nonstop.

    If Syria kills 150,000 Arabs, that same gang above suddenly goes really quiet about it for about two straight years…

  • BradD99

    My honest, accurate review of Glenn Greenwald:

    1) Glenn Greenwald seems to love CAIR, a screwed-up organization.

    2) Greenwald regularly mocks the idea that crazed Islamic terrorists who intentionally blow innocent people up are actually terrorists. Constantly seems to pretend that terrorists intentionally blowing up a restaurant, and other guys then blowing up those terrorists, are equal acts.

    3) He’s been close to silent about Syria killing over 100,000 Arabs — presumably because it isn’t the USA or Israel’s fault. If someone hurts Arabs but the USA or Jews can’t be blamed, Greenwald doesn’t seem interested in mentioning it.

    4) He yells “Islamophobe” at almost anyone who points out how insane and backwards a lot of Middle East Muslim societies are. If you write an article about how insane sharia law is in a place like Pakistan, in Greenwald’s lunatic-left world, you are an evil racist.

    5) He almost only references the USA to bash it

    6) He almost only references Israel to bash it. Won’t mention a single positive word about the place. Either sinister, hateful mentions, or silence. Who but an antisemite would do that? Criticize Israel’s govt/whatever all you want, but there are a thousand blatantly positive things about Israel that makes them a lot better than the crazy neighbors.

    7) Almost every “activist” Glenn Greewald plugs/quotes on Israel is a “one-state solution” lunatic who literally wants to erase/destroy Israel — because it’s a Jewish state instead of an Arab/Muslim state. If greenwald plugs somebody and the topic is Israel, if you skim the tweets of that person for just 5 minutes you will eventually find them plugging the “destroy Israel” intifada maniacs, or some other lunatic who calls for Israel to be erased/removed.

    8) Valid criticism of the US government or the country in general is also fine. But again, what is the motivation of someone who literally only mentions the USA when demonizing it? While constantly whitewashing the insane behavior of Middle East jihadist lunatics?

    • Bill Hicks

      I love reading delusional types like you, making up your own version of reality. Too funny! It must gall you to know you’re a nobody and Greenwald’s star continues to rise, with no end in sight. LOL at you, loser. Enjoy your lies and made up reality, it’s all you’ll ever have. Greenwald? An ever-growing platform! Can’t wait for the Pulitzer to land in his lap as you weep like the baby you are.

    • Stephen54321

      You, um, do realise that Glenn Greenwald is of Jewish ancestry, right?

  • Tom Czerniawski

    Does Glenn Greenwald hate America? Dunno. All I can state with absolute certainty, is that I hate America, and have plenty of valid reasons.

    Espionage prone bunch of quasi-fascist warmongers with a death toll rivaling the Holocaust since the end of WW2? What’s not to love.