Glenn Greenwald and the Anti-American Conspiratorial Tradition

While Americans can, of course, reasonably be concerned with the level of government snooping on the internet and social media, the Guardian columnist's hysterical suggestion that the U.S. is malevolently conspiring to "destroy privacy and anonymity" is informed by the same conspiratorial sensibilities which inspire his frequent scare rhetoric warning of a furtive attempt by organized American Jewry to stifle debate and hijack U.S. policy.

Anti-Americans and antisemites share a similar tendency to find convenient, simplistic "root causes"; tend to subscribe to deeply skewed ideas about how the world works"; and, by failing to rationally interpret complex political events, lack the cognitive tools necessary to reflectively diagnose often maddeningly complicated political phenomena.

Whatever subsequent revelations may emerge about surveillance techniques employed by U.S. security agencies, those warning that the NSA data-collection program represents the existence of a master plan to subvert freedom around the world are drawing from a conspiratorial tradition within American politics which is as politically toxic as it is intellectually unserious.