Opinion

Glenn Greenwald

I was on Al Jazeera's Inside Story yesterday debating the material support given to MEK, a designated Terrorist group, by many of Washington's most well-connected former officials. It was a robust and contentious debate, well worth watching, and I'll post the video when it's available.

NBC News reported last week that more subpoenas have been issued seeking to investigate payments to these officials, now including former Gov. Ed Rendell, ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh, and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton.

The extremely broad "material support" laws are a grave threat to free speech and free association, but nobody of any significance in Washington cared or objected when the ones being imprisoned were powerless, nameless Muslims (indeed, some now receiving payments from MEK were the same ones cheering or even perpetrating those "material support" prosecutions).

Perhaps this is what is needed to motivate those with influence to put a stop to these McCarthyite prosecutions. I would draw an analogy to the Drug War: injustices are easy to perpetuate when they primarily affect those who are powerless and marginalized; it's much more difficult when they apply equally to those with power.

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