Why Is Glenn Greenwald Promoting an Extreme Right Wing Militia?
Activist Glenn Greenwald posted this today on Twitter, hyping a pro-Edward Snowden advertisement featured at Reason.com:
A coalition of current and former military, police, and other public officials place huge pro-Snowden ad in Metro http://t.co/zcqTb0IBJ3
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 11, 2013
Who is this “coalition of current and former military, police, and other public officials” Greenwald is promoting?
It’s the “Oathkeepers,” one of the most extreme right wing militia groups in the US, and one of many offshoots of the Patriot movement, with numerous ties to white nationalist and xenophobic anti-immigrant groups. Their founder, Stewart Rhodes, believes Barack Obama is plotting to disarm American citizens and turn US cities into “giant concentration camps.” He explained the goals of the group like this:
“We say if the American people decide it’s time for a revolution, we’ll fight with you.”
And what does the ad Greenwald’s promoting look like? (h/t: SmartyPants.)
Rarely has Greenwald exposed his virulent extremism so well.