The Ruling Class’ Game of Solitaire Reply

The only thing I would add to what Greenwald says is that the neocons have also gained control of the Republicans/Trumpists as well. The “civil war” is really just a game of solitaire by the ruling class.
Glenn Greenwald:
“This is the real story of the last four years, of the Trump administration, which is that, for a long time on the left, there was a healthy skepticism of the CIA. There was a lot of anti-war activism in the Bush and Cheney years. That has all disappeared, and the reason it has disappeared is that the CIA, from the very first days of the Trump administration, even before he was inaugurated, devoted themselves to sabotaging the administration, because Donald Trump questioned just a few of their pieties, and that can’t be done in Washington. Whoever does that must be destroyed. And so the CIA and the deep state operatives became heroes of the liberal left, the people who support the Democratic party. They’re now in a full union with the NeoCons, the Bush-Cheney operatives, the CIA, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street. That is the union of power, along with mainstream media outlets that are fully behind the Democratic party, which is likely to at least take over one branch of government, if not all of them with the coming election. And that is a very alarming proposition because they are authoritarian, they believe in censorship and they believe in suppression of information that exposes them in any kind of a critical light.”

My Resignation From The Intercept Reply

Glenn Greenwald on why he resigned from The Intercept. The media has become the new clergy.

But the pathologies, illiberalism, and repressive mentality that led to the bizarre spectacle of my being censored by my own media outlet are ones that are by no means unique to The Intercept. These are the viruses that have contaminated virtually every mainstream center-left political organization, academic institution, and newsroom.

By Glenn Greenwald

Today I sent my intention to resign from The Intercept, the news outlet I co-founded in 2013 with Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras, as well as from its parent company First Look Media.

The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.

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The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer 2

By Glenn Greenwald

The Intercept

Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.

This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”

Their most valuable instrument is the U.S. media, much of which reflexively reveres, serves, believes, and sides with hidden intelligence officials. And Democrats, still reeling from their unexpected and traumatic election loss as well as a systemic collapse of their party, seemingly divorced further and further from reason with each passing day, are willing — eager — to embrace any claim, cheer any tactic, align with any villain, regardless of how unsupported, tawdry and damaging those behaviors might be.

The serious dangers posed by a Trump presidency are numerous and manifest. There are a wide array of legitimate and effective tactics for combatting those threats: from bipartisan congressional coalitions and constitutional legal challenges to citizen uprisings and sustained and aggressive civil disobedience. All of those strategies have periodically proven themselves effective in times of political crisis or authoritarian overreach.

But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive. Empowering the very entities that have produced the most shameful atrocities and systemic deceit over the last six decades is desperation of the worst kind. Demanding that evidence-free, anonymous assertions be instantly venerated as Truth — despite emanating from the very precincts designed to propagandize and lie — is an assault on journalism, democracy, and basic human rationality. And casually branding domestic adversaries who refuse to go along as traitors and disloyal foreign operatives is morally bankrupt and certain to backfire on those doing it.

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The Unrelenting Pundit-Led Effort to Delegitimize All Negative Reporting About Hillary Clinton 1

What I find interesting is how so many people, and not just liberals and leftists but also many conservatives and libertarians and a few anarchists, regard Trump as some special category of sinner or menace. I’m not a Trump guy. I think he’s a loud mouthed, corrupt, egocentric asshole. But how is he any worse than most of the “normal” politicians? Of the original 17 candidates in the GOP primaries, every one of them with the possible exception of Rand Paul was at least as pro-war at Trump and usually more so. Trump was the only one among them that would seriously criticize the Iraq War, if belatedly. He was the only one to take a conciliatory stance towards Russia. Right now, it’s Trump who is the dove on Russia while the Clintonites are baiting Russia Joe McCarthy-style.

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