JERUSALEM – London Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story exposing the National Security Agency’s collection of the telephone records of millions of U.S. Verizon customers, founded a progressive activist coalition that encompasses a who’s who of the George Soros-funded radical left.
Greenwald first revealed the NSA whistleblower to be Edward Snowden in a wide ranging interview.
The reporter has been granted near exclusive access to Snowden and has been expressing the whistleblower’s views to the news media,
On Friday, Greenwald wrote that Snowden fears his disclosures “would fail to trigger a worldwide debate because the public had already been taught to accept that they have no right to privacy in the digital age.”
Greenwald also moderated Snowden’s online question and answer session with Guardian readers and has given multiple interviews to the news media in which he explained Snowden’s motivation and hopes.
MoveOn.org, ACORN, SEIU…
In 2008, Greenwald and liberal blogger Jane Hamsher co-founded the group Accountability Now, a political action committee described by the New York Times as seeking “to push the Democratic Party further to the left.”
The press release published by the political action committee announced the members of the Accountability Now coalition: MoveOn.org, Color Of Change, SEIU, the Daily Kos blog, Howard Dean’s Democracy for America and the communist-oriented United Steelworkers of America, among others.
Soros is a primary donor to MoveOn.org as is the Soros-Funded Tides Foundation.
The Soros-funded Color Of Change was founded by Van Jones, President Obama’s former “green jobs” czar. Jones infamously resigned in 2009 after it was exposed he also founded a communist revolutionary organization.
SEIU is the longtime partner of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. A primary ACORN funder is the Soros-financed Tides Foundation.
Greenwald’s Accountability Now coalition board included Anna Burger, then-Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU. Burger served on Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Greenwald, meanwhile, is a longtime activist against government surveillance. In 2005, he founded a blog, later moved to Salon.com, called Unclaimed Territory. The blog focused on NSA warrantless surveillance of international telephone calls.
Greenwald’s first book, released in 2006, was also about NSA surveillance.
Titled “How Would A Patriot Act? Defending American Values From A President Run Amok,” the book was published by Working Assets, a company that gives a percentage of its profits to far-left groups.
Some of the same groups funded by Working Assets are also tied to Greenwald’s Accountability Now coalition.
Working Assets was originally founded by Drummond Pike, who also established the Tides Foundation.
Working Assets boasts that since 1985 it has raised more than $50 million for what it terms “progressive causes.”
Working Assets has funded ACORN, the American Civil Liberties Union; Media Matters for America; the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation; Natural Resources Defense Council; the Planned Parenthood Federation of America; the ACORN-affiliated Project Vote and others.
The group also funds Democracy Now!, which routinely interviews Greenwald.
Hagel ties, anti-military activism
Another group funded by Working Assets, which published Greenwald’s first book, is the Soros-funded Ploughshares Fund.
Ploughshares is also funded by the Tides Foundation.
WND previously exposed that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sat for years on Ploughshares’ board until his nomination earlier this year.
The Ploughshares Fund has a long history of anti-war advocacy and is a partner of the Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies, which has urged the defunding of the Pentagon and massive decreases in U.S. defense capabilities, including slashing the American nuclear arsenal to 292 deployed weapons.
The Poughshares Fund has also partnered with a who’s who of the radical left, including Code Pink, the pro-Palestinian J Street, United for Peace & Justice, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and the Demos progressive group, where Van Jones serves on the board.
Pushed for ‘weakening of America’
The anti-military attitude of Ploughshares has been expressed by Greenwald himself, who has argued “the only thing that can truly strengthen America’s national security is a weakening of America.”
Those views were expressed by Greenwald in a 2011 article in the socialist publication In These Times.
Greenwald further declared the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were “very minimal in scope compared to the level of deaths that the United States has been bringing to the world for decades –from Vietnam to illegal wars in Central America.”
Those views were documented by blogger Trevor Loudon, who posted a video of Greenwald speaking at the International Socialist Organization’s Socialism 2011 conference, which was held July 1-4, 2011, in Chicago.
Greenwald also served on a conference panel titled “Revolution and imperialism in the Middle East” with Chicago based pro-Palestine activist Ali Abunimah.
Greenwald and Abinimah teamed up to defend the 2010 flotilla attempting to end Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Abunimah was part of the Free Gaza Movement that helped to organize the flotilla.
Abunimah’s website, Electronic Intifada, routinely praises Greenwald’s activism.
WND broke the story that Obama spoke at fundraisers in the 1990s for Palestinians living in what the United Nations terms refugee camps.
Abunimah recalled introducing Obama at one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for the Deheisha Palestinian camp in the West Bank.
Abunimah previously described meeting with Obama at a fundraiser at the home of Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, reportedly a former PLO activist.
“[Obama]came with his wife. That’s where I had a chance to really talk to him,” Abunimah recalled. “It was an intimate setting. He convinced me he was very aware of the issues [and] critical of U.S. bias toward Israel and lack of sensitivity to Arabs. … He was very supportive of U.S. pressure on Israel.”
According to quotes obtained by Gulf News, Abunimah recalled a 2004 meeting in a Chicago neighborhood while Obama was running for his Senate seat. Abunimah quoted Obama telling him “warmly” he was sorry that “I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race.”
“I’m hoping when things calm down, I can be more up front,” Abunimah reportedly quoted the senator as saying.
Abunimah said Obama urged him to “keep up the good work” at the Chicago Tribune, where Abunimah contributed guest columns that were highly critical of Israel.
Abunimah serves on the board of the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN, a controversial Arab group that mourns the establishment of Israel as a “catastrophe” and supports intense immigration reform, including providing driver’s licenses and education to illegal aliens. The AAAN was founded by Rashid Khalidi and is run by his wife, Mona.
WND reported the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based nonprofit on which Obama served as a paid director alongside a confessed domestic terrorist, provided $75,000 in grants to the AAAN.
With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott.