Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald, who has been a leading voice in the echo chamber of Google-based criticism of John Brennan’s CIA candidacy, today goes a step further in his self-righteous offensive and — I can’t believe I’m writing this — in true McCarthyist fashion provides a list of reporters he thinks have erred in “defending” Brennan.
Here’s the funny part:
All of this illustrates the unparalleled power which the ‘intelligence community’ exerts over our political debates, how easy it is for them to manipulate intelligence reporters who depend on cooperation with their intelligence sources and who thus identify with them and happily amplify whatever they are fed, and — most of all — how profoundly unrealistic is the expectation that, now that Democrats are ‘in control,’ they’re just going to blithely proceed to impose all sorts of new restrictions on the CIA and the rest of the Surveillance State — let alone launch probing investigations and impose accountability for past crimes — without much of a major fight.
The way I see it, I ought to be on Glenn’s list, yet not only am I not American but I have absolutely no contact with any intelligence service whatsoever. Unless I’m unaware of secret brainrays, no one has tried to manipulate me, but here I am, making a ruckus anyway.
In case you’re interested, my very own “Brennan defense” is here.