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Greenwald: FBI Involvement In Capitol Riot Not A "Crazy Conspiracy Theory," This Is What They Do

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Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald said the only reason to call potential FBI involvement in the January 6th Capitol Riot a "crazy conspiracy theory" is if you're either "completely ignorant" of what the FBI does or lying on purpose to cover up for the FBI.

Greenwald told FOX News host Tucker Carlson on Friday that the FBI targets people easily manipulated, citing the use of operatives in the "First War On Terror" that encouraged Muslim-Americans to join plots that were designed and funded by the FBI to set them up. Greenwald said this type of behavior was a win-win situation for the FBI because when they busted the conspiracy they could claim they stopped a terror attack.

The writer said it is "certain" the FBI sent informants and operatives into Proud Boys and other nationalist groups, the same kind they use when they pat themselves on the back for stopping conspiracies they constructed.


"The vast majority of times that you heard the FBI applauding themselves for having stopped a terror plot domestically was actually a plot that they themselves governed and directed with informants and with operatives exactly of the type we know for certain they put into the Pround Boys and the Three-Percenters, two of the three groups they claim are behind january 6th," Greenwald said. "The only way to claim this kind of crazy conspiracy theory is if you are completely ignorant about what the FBI does or lying on purpose to cover up what the FBI does when it acts domestically."

Greenwald said since liberals worshipped the FBI and the CIA under Trump news organizations automatically take their side in fear of losing viewers. Greenwald also pointed out that most major news organizations employ former intelligence officials and have reporters that repeat FBI talking points to the audience.

"During the Trump years, the CIA and the FBI became overwhelmingly popular among American liberals," Greenwald said of the influence the agencies have. "They worshipped the FBI and the CIA because they viewed it as the bulwark against Trump. So if you are serving a liberal audience, the last thing you know your audience wants to hear, and their audience is disappearing, so they are petrified of them, is anything that is questioning of or critical of the FBI on top of which all of these news outlets are filled on their payroll with former operatives of the FBI and the CIA."

"When CNN wanted to cover this story who did they invite on?" Greenwald said of the Capitol Riot. "They said let's get the truth, Chris Cuomo said, here's my colleague, the former Deputy Director of the FBI. What journalist talks to the FBI to get the truth about the FBI when the question is is the FBI being truthful or are their actions less than scrupulous but these outers are completely constructed to serve this worshipful view of the FBI and the CIA that everything that they say should not be questioned."

"That's what drove Russiagate for 5 years. So many of the false conspiracy theories that these outlets spread, and doing it again," he added.

Greenwald encouraged viewers to look up Operation Mockingbird to see how the intelligence agencies plotted to use the news media to dissemate propaganda during the Cold War. Greenwald called a modern-day version of that operation unnecessary since NBC employs former CIA Director John Brennan, CNN has former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other outlets employ many former employees of intel agencies.

"The only way to claim this kind of crazy conspiracy theory is if you are completely ignorant about what the FBI does or lying on purpose to cover up what the FBI does when it acts domestically," Greenwald told Carlson.

Greenwald said the media is just dissemenating lies by having these people on because of course going to say they had no involvement.

"So if you are an American wondering what foreknowledge and involvement did the FBI have in January 6th? If you go and listen to those networks, you are going to get lies because the only people they are asking are people who are serving those agencies and acting to disseminate disinformation. That's what the outlets are," Greenwald said.

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: We're hearing anybody who has questions about why two dozen participants have not been charged on January 6th is a conspiracy monger and a lunatic and probably a soldier in the Q-Anon army. Is there based on precedence reason to ask that question?

GLENN GREENWALD: Of course the entire first War on Terror -- I regard this as the second War on Terror, the domestic version -- the entire first War on Terror contained very little other domestically than the FBI targeting people that they viewed as easily manipulated or otherwise vulnerable and planting informants or other operatives within a certain ring of typically American Muslims, particularly young ones, encouraging them to join a plot that was devised and designed by the FBI, often paying for it, the FBI was, to get the material and everything else and then boasting about the plot they broke up that was a plot that came from the FBI.

The vast majority of times that you heard the FBI applauding themselves for having stopped a terror plot domestically was actually a plot that they themselves governed and directed with informants and with operatives exactly of the type we know for certain they put into the Pround Boys and the Three-Percenters, two of the three groups they claim are behind january 6th. The only way to claim this kind of crazy conspiracy theory is if you are completely ignorant about what the FBI does or lying on purpose to cover up what the FBI does when it acts domestically.

TUCKER CARLSON: But if you are a journalist, why would you ever lie on behalf of a government law enforcement agent? Why would you choose to protect the FBI over informing your own viewers?

GREENWALD: I think this is the key point, Tucker, is the structure of pretty much all of these outlets that are now serving a liberal audience in the United States, which is 'The Washington Post, 'The New York Times,' CNN, NBC News, NPR, and it's not just saying that but the data shows that.

During the Trump years, the CIA and the FBI became overwhelmingly popular among American liberals. They worshipped the FBI and the CIA because they viewed it as the bulwark against Trump. So if you are serving a liberal audience, the last thing you know your audience wants to hear, and their audience is disappearing, so they are petrified of them, is anything that is questioning of or critical of the FBI on top of which all of these news outlets are filled on their payroll with former operatives of the FBI and the CIA.

For example, when CNN wanted to cover this story who did they invite on? They said let's get the truth, Chris Cuomo said, here's my colleague, the former Deputy Director of the FBI. What journalist talks to the FBI to get the truth about the FBI when the question is is the FBI being truthful or are their actions less than scrupulous but these outers are completely constructed to serve this worshipful view of the FBI and the CIA that everything that they say should not be questioned. That's what drove Russiagate for 5 years. So many of the false conspiracy theories that these outlets spread, and doing it again.

CARLSON: So they're serving openly, serving institutional power against the population?

GREENWALD: If you go and Google, and I hope your viewers do, Operation Mockingbird, what you will find is that during the Cold War these agencies used to plot how to clandestinely manipulate the news media to disseminate propaganda to the American population. They used to try to do it secretly. They don't even do it secretly anymore. They don't need Operation Mockingbird. They literally put John Brennan who works for NBC and James Clapper who works for CNN and tons of FBI agents right on the payroll of these news organizations. They now shape the news openly to manipulate and to deceive the American population. So if you are an American wondering what foreknowledge and involvement did the FBI have in January 6th? If you go and listen to those networks, you are going to get lies because the only people they are asking are people who are serving those agencies and acting to disseminate disinformation. That's what the outlets are.
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