by Andrew Crisp
Prolific political commentator Glenn Greenwald—author of books on the George W. Bush administration and most recently, With Liberty and Justice for Some—visited Boise on Feb. 11.
All morning prior to the 7 p.m. banquet, Greenwald gave interviews to local news media in the lobby of the Grove Hotel. During our 22-minute conversation, Greenwald gushed out more than 3,000 words fully transcribed. Greenwald provided his perspective on topics ranging from the militarization of city police forces to privacy concerns to drone attacks to a scathing indictment of the Obama administration's continuation of Bush-era policies.
"Once you start changing the way people think about their relationship with the government and the belief in the use of force, it's very very difficult to start to reverse it," Greenwald told Boise Weekly.
With a background as a constitutional and civil-rights lawyer, Greenwald has won numerous journalism awards, and was named one of the top 25 most influential political voices by The Atlantic.
Over dinner in the Grove Hotel, Greenwald was the keynote speaker for an evening that included a silent auction and a brief presentation by Monica Hopkins, ACLU Idaho executive director, on successes in litigation against Canyon County for its treatment of inmates.
More than one of the banquet's attendees donated $1,000 to the ACLU that evening, perhaps swayed by Greenwald's powerful speech.