Greenwald: Germany’s Reaction Snowden Leaks. COINTEL (FBI) & CHOAS (CIA)

In this video acTVism Munich asks Glenn Greenwald at a press conference in Munich about Germany’s political reaction towards Edward Snowden’s revelations and whether it sufficed to bring about meaningful change. Greenwald also provides his opinion about previous programs that were implemented after World War II which were targeted at the civilian population that include: FBI’s COINTELPRO & CIA’s CHAOS operations.

Historical Summary: Germany NSA Scandal
Although the US long considers Germany as an “indispensable” and “valuable” ally within NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), the highly classified documents made public by Glenn Greenwald & Edward Snowden in 2013 reveal that the NSA collects more data from Germany in contrast to any of the other 27 European Union (EU) member states. Bulk surveillance and collection is not only targeted at the German population, where around 500 million Meta-Data connections are collected (normal days for up to 20 million telephone calls and 10 million Internet data exchanges) but also at high level politicians such as the current chancellor, Angela Merkel (CDU), whose phone was tapped by the US agency.

More recently in April, 2015, Wikileaks released documents that exposed how the German BND assisted the spying operation of the NSA aimed at European firms and officials. In July, 2015, the whistleblowing website also exposed how the NSA tapped the phones of the political offices of the last three German chancellors – Angela Merkel (2005-Present), Gerhard Schröder (in office 1998–2002) and Helmut Kohl (chancellor from 1982 to 1998).

Noteable quote from the interview:

“I would put Germany as sort of the other country alongside Brazil that has benefited the most: spying on the German population but also German political leaders. The reason you have that is because there was one individual, who was willing to risk everything in order to protect the privacy rights of German citizens and German political leaders, and they (both) benefited greatly from that. To watch the same very people who have benefited so much from the sacrifice of Edward Snowden, namely German politicians, be unwilling to risk anything in order to do for him what he did for them, which is to protect his political rights from persecution has been, I think, not just surprising but kind of horrible to watch. I actually do not think that the German government would have to risk all that much if it were to give asylum to Snowden but what we saw even in the investigation that the German Parliament pretended to do was that they weren’t willing to risk anything, even bring Edward Snowden to Germany just to interview him or to question him if it meant alienating the United States or angering the United States in any way. So I think the investigation here, the attempts to find out what the NSA was really doing were more symbolic than they were genuine.”

Glenn Greenwald on the Corporate Media, Propaganda & Reaction to Snowden’s Revelations (1/3)

In this video acTVism Munich asks Glenn Greenwald at a Press Conference in Munich his opinion on the Mainstream Corporate Media and their reaction towards the NSA disclosures brought to light by whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Furthermore, Greenwald talks about the signficance of the prepartions that he undertook with Laura Poitras and Edward Snowden before they decided to go public with the highly-classifed NSA documents. The next two parts of this press conference with Greenwald will be released soon.

Glenn Greenwald über die Mainstream-Medien, Propaganda & Edward Snowden (1/3)

In diesem Video fragt acTVism Munich Glenn Greenwald bei einer Pressekonferenz in München nach seiner Meinung zu Mainstream Medien sowie ihrer Reaktion auf die Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden. Darüber hinaus spricht Greenwald über die Bedeutung der Vorbereitungen, die er gemeinsam mit Laura Poitras und Edward Snowden traf, bevor sie sich dazu entschlossen, mit den streng geheimen NSA-Dokumenten and die Öffentlichkeit zu gehen. Die nächsten beiden Teile der Pressekonferenz mit Glenn Greenwald werden bald veröffentlicht.

Die Geschichte hinter den Snowden-Enthüllungen

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In diesem Vortrag, spricht Glenn Greenwald über seine Erfahrungen mit Edward Snowden und Laura Poitras in Hongkong 2013, bevor sie die streng geheimen NSA-Dokumente veröffentlichten. Greenwald spricht zudem über die Geschichte von Aktivismus und zollt Persönlichkeiten wie Rosa Parks, Hans und Sophie Scholl Tribut. Weitere Themen, auf die er umfassend eingeht, sind die Reaktion der USA auf die NSA-Enthüllungen, die Bedeutung des Mutes von Edward Snowden sowie die Herausforderungen der Zukunft.

Glenn Greenwald ist ein US-amerikanischer Journalist, Blogger, Schriftsteller und Rechtsanwalt.

Weltweite Bekanntheit erlangte Greenwald, als er die von Edward Snowden im Jahr 2013 übermittelten Dokumente zum streng geheimen NSA-Überwachungsprogramm PRISM aufbereitete und Anfang Juni 2013 in der britischen Tageszeitung The Guardian zusammen mit einem Interview Snowdens veröffentlichte. Es folgte eine Serie von Berichten zur Globalen Überwachungs- und Spionageaffäre in den USA und Großbritannien. Für diese Serie wurden Glenn Greenwald und seine Kollegen mit dem Pulitzer-Preis in der Kategorie „Dienst an der Öffentlichkeit“ ausgezeichnet.

Für seine Berichte zur National Security Agency (NSA) wurde er mit zahlreichen weiteren Preisen ausgezeichnet, darunter hochangesehene Auszeichnungen für investigative Journalisten wie der George Polk Award for National Security Reporting, der Online Journalism Award 2013, der Esso Award for Excellence in Reporting in Brasilien für seine Artikel zur NSA-Massenüberwachung im O Globo (Greenwald war der erste Ausländer, der mit dem Preis geehrt wurde), der Libertad de Expresion Internacional Award des Agrentinischen Magazins Perfil sowie den Pioneer Award der Electronic Frontier Foundation 2013.

Seine Arbeit zur NSA war ein Thema im Film Citizenfour, der 2014 den Oscar als bester Dokumentarfilm erhielt. Bei der Preisverleihung nahm Greenwald gemeinsam mit Regisseurin Laura Poitras den Preis entgegen.

BESCHREIBUNG ÜBER VIDEO 1: In diesem Interview deckt Glenn Greenwald den Zusammenhang zwischen Software-Konzernen und der US-Regierung auf und gibt seine Einschätzung darüber ab, ob die Dienste dieser Konzerne sicher sind. Darüber hinaus liefert Glenn Greenwald Lösungen für den Einzelnen, um sich gegen unberechtigte Überwachungsaktionen zu wehren.

Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden, NSA, Activism, Democracy & Freedom

In this speech, Glenn Greenwald reveals his experience with Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras in 2013 at Hong Kong before they revealed the highly classified NSA documents to the public. Greenwald also talks about the history of activism and pays tribue to personalities such as Rosa Park, Hans and Sophie Scholl. Other topics that he surfaces in-depth include the reaction of the US government to these revelations, signficance of Edward Snowden’s courage & the challenges that we face in the future.

BIO: Glenn Edward Greenwald is an American lawyer, journalist and author. In June 2013 Greenwald became widely known after The Guardian published the first of a series of reports detailing United States and British global surveillance programs, based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. The series on which Greenwald worked along with others won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

His reporting on the National Security Agency (NSA) won numerous other awards around the world, including top investigative journalism prizes from the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting,the 2013 Online Journalism Awards, the Esso Award for Excellence in Reporting in Brazil for his articles in O Globo on NSA mass surveillance of Brazilians (becoming the first foreigner to win the award), the 2013 Libertad de Expresion Internacional award from Argentinian magazine Perfil, and the 2013 Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

His work on the NSA files was in part the subject of the film Citizenfour, which won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Greenwald appeared onstage at the Oscar ceremony with the film’s director, Laura Poitras, as she accepted the award.