Uncensored – Glenn Greenwald on Snowden Leak Halt for Asylum

Uncensored –  Glenn Greenwald on Snowden Leak Halt for Asylum

Glenn Greenwald, Associate of Edward Snowden, talked to “MK” about his revelatory book

By Andrew Yashlavsky

Former CIA technical officer and U.S. National Security Agency Edward Snowden disclosed secrets of U.S. intelligence, now famous in the whole world. Glenn Greenwald is known to a narrow circle of people. But it is precisely this American blogger and journalist and Guardian columnist who published Snowden’s information. “MK” contacted Greenwald and asked him a few questions.

Glenn Greenwald is going to publish a book based on the revelations of Snowden and warns those who may wish to silence the “whistleblower”: “He has already distributed thousands of documents and made sure that different people around the world have the full archive. If anything happens to him, these documents will be made public. This is his insurance. The U.S. government should daily pray on their knees no harm happens to Snowden. Because if that happens, all of this information will be released and it will be the worst nightmare for the United States.”

And Snowden, according to Greenwald, “has enough information that in just one minute could cause more damage to the U.S. government than anyone else has ever done in the history of the United States.”

– Glenn, you’re going to write and publish a book dedicated to exposing the activities of U.S. intelligence on the basis of materials disclosed by Snowden. Is it possible to know more detail about this? – “MK” asked the American journalist.

– In this book I tell the story of how I started working with Edward Snowden as my source of information about the large-scale secret spy program, which was created by the United States government, and then turned on its own citizens and the rest of the world. In my book, I will also explore reasons why such a system threatens fundamental freedoms and privacy.

– Are not you afraid for your own safety, after all, in the book you’re going to touch on sensitive issues for the U.S. government. Would not you, too, like Snowden, be pursued by the U.S. government?

– A couple of prominent American leaders have called for me to be arrested. But, fortunately, the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of the press. Of course, over the last decade-plus, the U.S. government has repeatedly argued that it is re-examining some legal or constitutional framework. However, since I live in Brazil, it will be very difficult for the American authorities to prevent the emergence of a book I’m writing.

– You are now in contact with Edward Snowden?

– I have been in contact with him, but Mr. Snowden is now very focused on fulfilling the conditions that required by the Russian government so that he could stay in Russia. And as a result, our communication is reduced to a discussion of his general condition and the response of the United States and around the world to texts written by me.

– In general, what do you think about his decision to seek asylum in Russia? In your opinion, is the right place for people like Snowden?

– I think a refuge from political persecution is an extremely important right in the international legal system. There is no doubt that the United States pursues “whistleblowers”: anyone who exposes serious violations of the law, fraud and corruption of U.S. officials. That is exactly what Mr. Snowden did. Around the world there are few countries in which there is both an opportunity and a desire to use the above-mentioned whistleblower law, instead of suggestions to capitulate to the U.S. Russia is one of those countries. So it’s understandable why he decided to seek asylum there …

Glenn Greenwald did not respond when asked about his means of communication with Snowden.

Film – I was a Hit Man for Miguel Treviño

Film –  I was a Hit Man for Miguel Treviño

When Rosalio Reta was 13, the leader of Mexico’s most violent drug cartel recruited him to be an assassin. Miguel Treviño, who was just captured by the Mexican marines, used American teenagers to carry out killings on both sides of the border.

Reta is now serving time in a Texas prison for one of the 30 killings he claims to have committed. He spoke to The Center for Investigative Reporting prior to Treviño’s arrest about the years he spent as a hit man for the leader of the Zetas. The interview is airing now for the first time.

Reta says he feels remorse and shame for the life he led as a killer. “It gets to a point where I can’t even stand myself,” Reta tells CIR. “It’s eating me inside little by little, and there’s nothing I can do or say to justify my actions.”

Josiah Hooper

Bruce Livesey

Angela Reginato

Senior Supervising Editor
David Ritsher

Associate Producer
Rachel de Leon

Andrew Nathan Bergman

Production Assistant
Owen Wesson

Voiceover Talent
Daffodil Altan
Marco Villalobos

Senior Producer
Stephen Talbot

Executive Producer
Susanne Reber

Archival images provided by
Associated Press
Mexico attorney general’s office website
Mexico Interior Ministry

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Unvealed – San Francisco Bay Area Urban Shield 2013 Overview Presentation

Unvealed – San Francisco Bay Area Urban Shield 2013 Overview Presentation


•Urban Shield is a continuous, 48-hour Full Scale Multi-Disciplinary Homeland Security/Disaster Preparedness Exercise hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), and more than 150 local, state, federal, international and private sector partners.

•First responders are presented with exercise scenarios that incorporate key elements of real-world emergencies and major critical incidents at various scenario sites in Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

•An Incident Command System (ICS) structure—with ten Area Commands, Medical Checkpoints, and a Department Operations Center (DOC)—will be implemented to manage the multi-location and multi-discipline full-scale exercise for Urban Shield 2013.

•The overarching goals of Urban Shield are to provide a multi-layered training exercise to enhance the skills and abilities of regional first responders, as well as those responsible for coordinating and managing large scale events. This exercise is designed to identify and stretch regional resources to their limits, test core capabilities, while expanding regional collaboration and building positive relationships. In addition, this exercise provides increased local business and critical infrastructure collaboration.

•In 2013 Urban Shield will become the vehicle to validate the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program’s (RCPGP) Mass Fatality and Volunteer Management Plans (more plans to be exercised in future years)

•Urban Shield 2013 will operate under the principals of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) structure. Regional emergency management personnel will control the exercise utilizing the Emergency Operation Centers and mobile command posts throughout the region. Alameda County OHSES will serve as the Department Operations Center (DOC).

Regional Agencies/Organizations

•Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
•Alameda County District Attorney
•Alameda County Emergency Medical Services
•Alameda County Fire Department
•Alameda County Probation Department
•Alameda Police Department
•Albany Police Department
•BART Police Department
•Belmont Fire Department
•Berkeley Police Department
•Castro Valley Unified School District
•Central County Fire Department
•City of Foster City
•City and County of San Francisco
•City of South San Francisco
•Coastside Fire District
•Contra Costa County Health Department
•Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office
•Corte Madera Fire Department
•Daly City Police Department
•East Bay Regional Parks District
•East Bay Regional Parks Police Department
•Emeryville Police Department
•Foster City Corporation Yard
•Foster City Fire Department
•Foster City Police Department
•Fremont Fire Department
•Fremont Police Department
•General Services Agency Department
•Hayward Police Department
•Livermore Police Department
•Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department
•Marin County JPA Hazmat Team
•Marin County Urban Search and Rescue Team
•Menlo Park Fire Department
•Modesto Police Department
•Morongo Valley Fire Department
•Napa County Fire Department
•Napa Interagency Rescue Team
•Newark Police Department
•North County Fire Authority
•Oakland Fire Department
•Oakland Housing Authority Police Department
•Oakland Police Department
•Palo Alto Police Department
•Pittsburg Police Department
•Redwood City Police Department
•Richmond Fire Department
•Richmond Police Department
•Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety
•Sacramento Police Department
•San Bruno Jail Facility
•San Francisco BART District – Colma Station
•San Francisco County Sheriff’s Department
•San Francisco Fire Department
•San Francisco Police Department
•San Jose Fire Department
•San Jose Police Department
•San Leandro Police Department
•San Mateo County
•San Mateo County Fire Department
•San Mateo County Health Department
•San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
•San Ramon Valley Fire Department
•Santa Clara City Fire Department
•Santa Clara County Fire Department
•Santa Rosa Police Department
•Seaside Fire Department
•Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office
•South San Francisco Fire Department
•South San Francisco Public Works
•Southern Marin Fire District
•Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office
•Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
•Union City Police Department
•Walnut Creek Police Department

State Agencies/Organizations

•Angel Island State Park
•Cal Fire
•Cal-Explorer Search and Rescue
•California Army National Guard
•California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
•California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) – Bay Bridge
•California Highway Patrol
•California State Parks
•California State Sheriff’s Association (CSSA)
•California State University East Bay
•California State University East Bay Police Department
•Castro Valley Unified School District
•Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)
•Las Positas College
•Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
•University of California – Berkeley
•University of California – Berkeley Police Department

Federal Agencies/Organizations

•Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative
•95th Civil Support Team
•Amtrak – Oakland
•Amtrak Police Department
•Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms Explosives (ATF)
•Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
•Federal Bureau of Investigations – San Francisco (FBI)
•Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
•Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
•Louisiana State University – National Center for Biomedical Research & Training
•NAS Alameda – US Maritime Administration
•National Weather Service
•Navy Operational Support Center Alameda
•Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
•United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
•United States Coast Guard
•United States Marshals
•United States Navy

International Agencies/Organizations

•Consulate General of Israel – San Francisco
•Country of Brazil
•Country of Guam
•Israeli Yamam
•Country of Norway
•Country of Switzerland
•French RAID Team
•Kingdom of Jordan
•Kingdom of Bahrain
•Country of Singapore
•Country of Qatar

Public/Private Partners

•American Medical Response (AMR)
•Boy Scouts of America
•Chavez Management Group
•Children’s Hospital and Research Center
•Cisco Systems
•Corizon Health Services
•Cytel Group
•Denevi Video
•Dolphin Graphics
•Elite Security Service
•Faber Trust Group
•Fulcrum Concepts, LLC
•Marriott Convention Center – Oakland
•NorCal Ambulance
•Novartis – Alpha Act
•Operational Medicine Institute
•Paramedics Plus
•Port of Oakland
•Port of Redwood City
•QUEST, Quality Emergency & Safety Training
•San Francisco PUC Watershed
•TransAmerica Pyramid Properties
•Verizon Wireless