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Glenn Greenwald, JD Biography

Investigative Journalist at First Look Media's The Intercept
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"

“There are many evils in the world, but extinguishing people’s lives with targeted, extra-judicial killings, when you don’t even know their names, based on ‘patterns’ of behavior judged from thousands of miles away, definitely ranks high on the list…

So here we have this incredibly consequential policy adopted in total secrecy by the Obama administration, one that empowers the President to secretly target people, including American citizens, for instant, due-process-free death. They have placed the policy beyond the rule of law — by insisting that it’s too secret for courts to examine — and shielded it completely from democratic debate. The only time we are permitted even to hear about it is when the President, his aides and loyalists politically exploit the corpses they create by strutting around with chest-beating, tough-guy boasting about how strong it shows Obama to be (because, really, what is more courageous, more embodying of the noble American warrior spirit, than killing people by remote-controlled video game while the killers are ensconced in secure bunkers in the U.S.?)…

[O]ne can never emphasize enough how the U.S., through the policies undertaken in the name of the Terrorist Threat, is principally responsible for sustaining and continuously increasing that threat… It’s impossible to know whether that outcome is a feature or a bug for U.S. policy makers, but what is certain is that the threat that continues to fuel impenetrable American secrecy, massive erosions of civil liberties, the proliferation of the Surveillance State, and the ongoing expansion of endless war and militarism, is the very same threat which the American National Security State — as it well knows — is primarily responsible for sustaining with its actions… [T]he policies of rampant drone slaughter — and the secrecy and radical executive power theories that shield them from legal and political scrutiny — are well entrenched, now more so than ever.”

“America’s Drone Sickness,”, Apr. 19, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief and Investigative Journalist, The Intercept, First Look Media, Feb. 2014-present
  • Investigative journalist, The Guardian, Aug. 2012-Oct. 2013
  • Writer,, 2007-2012
  • Blogger, Unclaimed Territory (, 2005-2006
  • Attorney, Greenwald, Christoph & Holland, 1996-2005
  • Attorney, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, 1994-1995
  • Education:
  • JD, New York University, 1994
  • BA, George Washington University, 1990
  • Other:
  • Named one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013 by Foreign Policy
  • Recipient, George Polk award for national security reporting, 2013
  • Recipient, Online Journalism Award for investigative work on the abusive detention conditions of Chelsea Manning, 2010
  • Recipient, Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism, 2008
  • Recipient, Gannett Foundation award for investigative journalism and the Gannett Foundation watchdog journalism award
  • Recipient, Esso Premio for Excellence in Investigative Reporting in Brazil
  • Recipient, Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award
  • Lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Twitter handle: @ggreenwald