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August 10, 2013

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dz alexander

So we can leave off the various "anti-Semitism" equations -- this expression is so often used in attempts to transfer its emotive impact that it is becoming attenuated in just that impact. Read "I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional" for the sort of problem I mean.
I'll agree that simply abusing the american authorities, without considering one's own glass house is invalid. It is clear that this is a multi-national scandal. But it IS a scandal, & dismissing it as anti-Semitic, anti-American, or self-hating is to ward off reality.
It is also clear enough who is the leader & who are the willing followers in this scandal. German-Policy http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/fulltext/58554 discuss this same Poitras article [& you can be sure they are not slow to point out German evildoing] with some addtional information regarding the NATO origin of some of the secret agreements.

As for Greenwald, from his books & articles he certainly admires the American constitution. There is more to legality than just passing a law; never mind a secret agreement. As Hannah Arendt noted, all the actions of the Nazis were carried out under a legal order. Or, as the New Yorker put it -- “The scandal isn’t what’s illegal. The scandal is what’s legal.”

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