Glenn Greenwald has speculated that coronavirus lockdowns may have contributed to the armed robbery that left him tied up and held at gunpoint on his farm in Brazil last month.
The reporter, who was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team for their coverage of government surveillance programs based on leaks by Edward Snowden, said in a statement. essay on Monday.
He then appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Tuesday night, sharing his theory that the robbery may have been the result of “ desperation ” driven by months of isolation during the coronavirus.
‘What is the effect of lockdowns and quarantines and isolation and social distance?’ Greenwald asked. “Not to make people excuses for doing this, but it drives people to this level of despair.”
Glenn Greenwald appeared on Fox News Tuesday evening speculating that the coronavirus blocking could have contributed to the armed robbery that left him tied up and held at gunpoint on his farm in Brazil last month.
He continued: ‘There were those who tried to warn when everyone was demanding lockdowns in the US and UK and elsewhere, including Brazil.
Look, there are clearly costs associated with the pandemic. But there are huge costs involved in shutting down the economy, separating everyone, locking people up in their homes. Mental health costs.
‘It is actually taboo to be able to weigh those costs. Everyone just said no. All that matters is the coronavirus and how to stop it.
“I think we will have to deal with the devastating effects of the coronavirus solutions for many, many, many years to come.”
Greenwald also described the robbery that took place on March 5, while his husband, Brazilian Congressman David Michael Miranda, and their two children were out of town.
“Around nine that night, I heard my dog barking incessantly,” he said. ‘I went out to see why and suddenly there were three men aiming guns.
“They had already held my guard, an off-duty policeman. He was on the ground and they stood over him with guns aimed at his head.
“I was actually quite relieved when they started demanding money because my first thought was,” This could be a politically oriented crime. ” We have received many death threats in Brazil. ‘
He said he had informed the robbers that his husband was a congressman, but that they did not believe him and “became enraged.”
“Then they started to get more violent,” he said. ‘Break [the security guard’s] ribs. I put a gun to my mouth.
They stayed for about an hour and when they left they tied our hands together behind our backs, tied her legs together and locked the door. [Then they] stole the car we had in our driveway. ‘
The home invasion took place on the remote farm that Greenwald rents with his husband David Michael Miranda and their two children (pictured together)
‘What is the effect of lockdowns and quarantines and isolation and social distance?’ Greenwald asked. “Not to make people excuses for doing this, but it drives people to this level of despair.” Pictured: shuttered shops in Rio de Janiero
Greenwald elaborated on his essay, saying that the thieves were angry when they didn’t find as many valuables as they were looking for, aside from a few hundred dollars, some kitchen appliances and clothing.
They ended up staying an hour, although it seemed much longer. Driven by the belief that I was hiding valuables – refusing to believe my assurance that I wouldn’t do that with five men pointing their guns at me – they tried various forms of psychological terror, ” he wrote.
They repeatedly threatened to shoot the police officer in the head, repeatedly kicked him so hard they cracked some of his ribs, ordered me to open my mouth and put a gun in because they demanded where the rest of the money was. , my phone and tablet hit a wall when they couldn’t figure out how to wipe the hard drive, and generally tried to create a climate of extreme fear. ‘
Looking back on the incident a month later, Greenwald said it seemed to him that the thieves were “desperate” and “not professional criminals.”
They were more nervous, agitated, more desperate, and disorganized than bold or cold-blooded. That night, after they left, they foolishly committed at least three other armed invasions of shops in the area with the car they stole from us. ‘
The stolen car, which was in the name of Greenwald’s husband, was later quickly picked up by the police and the criminals’ identities were quickly discovered.
Speaking to Carlson, Greenwald confirmed that the robbers had been arrested.
He also explained that he was “reluctant” to write about the incident until colleagues urged him to do so.
‘As a journalist you don’t really want to write about your own [experiences],’ he said.
But I was really encouraged to buy from me mostly journalists and friends who work on the crime, who said this was a really good opportunity to tell people, especially with the skyrocketing crime in big American cities, how cruel and traumatic it can be even if no one is dead. ‘
He said he was also motivated to share his story after reading about a Vietnamese immigrant family in Oakland who was recently robbed at gunpoint in their home.
“I felt like that story was worse, and I wanted to tell my story to encourage people to donate money to them,” he said.
Part of it is just going to empathize with other people who are going through it. But you also realize how fragile life is. You know, it could have ended that day very easily. And you want to maximize the value of each day. ‘
Greenwald was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on government surveillance programs based on leaks by Edward Snowden