Just a simple, old-fashioned open thread for the night lizards…
Minutes ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the SB1062 “religious freedom” pro-bigotry bill, pretending it was an act of principle instead of a result of the huge backlash.
That distant popping sound you hear is right wing heads exploding all over the Internets.
We have an early whine from Ben “Friends of Hamas” Shapiro:
Not sure what the GOP stands for when it stands against religious freedom out of pure fear of political correctness.
In Which Glenn Greenwald’s Friend Mona Holland Equates Me to a Neo-Nazi in Prison for Trying to Murder a Judge
It would seem that this post from yesterday found its mark: If You Read Down to Paragraph 18, You Discover That Glenn Greenwald’s Latest Article Has No Evidence.
The festivities were kicked off this morning by the Mighty Greenwald himself, who called out his legions to attack with a couple of provocative tweets:
Interesting history of one the most devoted online Democratic partisans & US Govt loyalists in the Obama era http://t.co/TdVy7Oev68
@LailaLalami Now he's a leading online Democratic booster. Quite revealing.
He’s linking to one of Gawker’s typical smear jobs (complete with crappy low res video screen grab) — written five years ago. BREAKING NEWS! For some odd reason that I’m pretty sure is related to my article, Greenwald went out of his way to find something vicious to post about me. It’s a pretty sleazy way to dodge out of dealing with the substantive criticisms in my post, but there you have it.
These tweets led to a predictable chorus of Greenwald personality cultists who are mostly in my TweetDeck global filter now (some people there’s just no point in even reading), so I thankfully missed most of the wharrgarbl until Greenwald’s long-time defender and sometime associate Mona Holland decided to directly equate me to Matthew Hale, the neo-Nazi who was once defended (pro bono) by Glenn Greenwald, and is now serving a 40-year prison term for conspiring to murder a federal judge.
So, that happened today.
Since Matt Hale has been brought up, we should mention that as Hale’s lawyer, Glenn Greenwald’s conduct was found to be unethical and deceitful after he recorded conversations with witnesses without telling them. Savor the irony of that, given Greenwald’s current crusade against intelligence services.
Here’s the judge’s opinion: ANDERSON v. HALE | Leagle.com.
Defendants’ counsel recorded telephone conversations with various third party witnesses, without disclosing to those witnesses that they were being recorded. Counsel and his tape-recorder were both in New York. The witnesses, at least some of them, called from Illinois. Plaintiff moved to compel disclosure of these tapes, arguing that this conduct was unethical and therefore vitiated any attorney workproduct privilege that may have attached to these recordings, and sought a protective order prohibiting any further recordings. The magistrate judge granted both motions, finding defense counsel’s conduct unethical under two separate rules: Local Rule 83.58.4(a)(4), prohibiting “dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;” and Local Rule 83.54.4, stating “a lawyer shall not … use methods of obtaining evidence that violate the legal rights of [another] person.”
But the system has nothing to satisfy one’s self indulgence and ego, does it? Who are really whistle blowers that deserve respect? Let me name a few.
My #1 favorite is Frank Serpico.
Then two other notables-
W. Mark Felt aka Deepthroat.
These are true whistle blowers. Ed Snowden just blows.
Readers could surely add their own to the list, there have been so many. All of them stand head and shoulders above Edward Snowden. A wiki link.
The National Security Agency’s top watchdog slammed Edward Snowden on Tuesday for failing to follow official protocol in relaying his concerns about wayward intelligence gathering and also faulted Congress for not vetting the details of post-9/11 surveillance programs.
“Snowden could have come to me,” George Ellard, the NSA’s inspector general, said during a panel discussion hosted by the Georgetown University Law Center.
Ellard, making his first public comments in seven years working for NSA, insisted that Snowden would have been given the same protections available to other employees who file approximately 1,000 complaints per year on the agency’s hotline system.
“We have surprising success in resolving the complaints that are brought to us,” he said.