To listen to U.S. security officials, the columnist who revealed secret surveillance by the U.S. National Security Administration has exposed to terrorists the methods that the American government uses to prevent attacks.
Greenwald rejected and took issue with that argument in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.
“I think that suggestion is so ludicrous that it’s actually an insult to the intelligence of the people at whom it’s directed,” he told Amanpour from Hong Kong, where the man who leaked intelligence on the NSA program is in self-imposed exile.
“Any terrorist that’s unaware that the government wants to [spy on them],” Greenwald said, “is a terrorist incapable of writing his own name, let alone detonating a bomb successfully on American soil.”
That has to be the stupidest question asked in the week since the revelations at the extent of the NSA spying on Americans was revelled by the Guardian and the Washington Post. How is holding government accountable for its actions endangering anyone? What gives the present administration the right to continue the subversion of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Absolutely nothing. Yet because these programs where conceived under the Bush administration and no President feels the need to abrogate a power once enshrined they felt the need to data mine every Americans telephone calls and e-mails. You never know that recipe for apple pie could literally be a killer.