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Glenn Greenwald, Blogger From Lauderdale Lakes, Breaks NSA Surveillance Scandal

Glenn Greenwald, a lawyer and longtime blogger who grew up in Lauderdale Lakes, is apparently the man at the center of the National Security Agency phone spying scandal that has everyone in a huff.

It was an article that Greenwald wrote for The Guardian about the NSA collecting telephone records of millions of U.S. Verizon customers that broke the story.

Greenwald also wrote a story about the NSA gathering info from internet giants like Yahoo!, Facebook, Apple, and Google.

According to the New York Times, Greenwald's Verizon-NSA article is "expected to attract an investigation from the Justice Department, which has aggressively pursued leakers."

"The N.S.A. is kind of the crown jewel in government secrecy. I expect them to react even more extremely," Mr. Greenwald said in a telephone interview. He said that he had been advised by lawyer friends that "he should be worried," but he had decided that "what I am doing is exactly what the Constitution is about and I am not worried about it."

Greenwald, 46, started his blog in 2005 and quickly garnered the attention of readers and journalists alike. In 2007, his blog was picked up by Salon.

He says he uses his talents as a lawyer to dig for the truth.

Greenwald is opinionated and a tad polarizing. But it's those characteristics that have thrust him in the middle of the biggest news in the country at the moment.

Mr. Greenwald grew up in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., feeling like an odd figure. "I do think political posture is driven by your personality, your relationship with authority, how comfortable are you in your life," he said. "When you grow up gay, you are not part of the system, it forces you to evaluate: 'Is it me, or is the system bad?' "

"What the Obama administration is doing in interpreting the PATRIOT Act is so warped and distorted and it vests themselves with such extremist surveillance powers over the United States and American citizens that Americans," Greenwald told CNN. "In their words, would be stunned to learn what the Obama administration is doing."

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Chris Joseph
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