Sunday, November 7, 2010

Glenn Greenwald Speaks about the Terms 'Civil Liberties' and 'Terrorism' as used in Popular Media in the Age of Obama

Glenn Greenwald on civil liberties and terrorism after Obama from The Badger Herald on Vimeo.

Here's a great video of a lecture given by Glenn Greenwald on civil liberties and terrorism and why these terms are so relevant during the Obama presidency.

He gives a good definition of Civil Liberties and discusses the terminologically vacuous term tossed around so flagrantly: terrorism, and why it really has no meaning. In the process, he talks about America's, and our allies, own acts of terrorism and the double-standard we like to apply to our actions vs. those of "the terrorists."

More importantly, he talks about why limits on executive power are important regardless of who holds office, and the fact that there exists no such thing as a truly magnanimous leader who doesn't require the limitations placed on the executive by the Constitution.

Please, watch it.

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