"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin
1. Standing back a bit
2. Three quotes
3. PRISM - Just The
Beginning of Spying on You
4. Paranoia, or Sad Truth?
Surveillance State Changes Perspective
5. Number of Plots Thwarted
by NSA Spying Suddenly Changed
6. Obama Defends NSA Spying
Establishment Lapdog Media vs. Edward Snowden
8. On the real traitors
It still is the case that sleeping remains quite
difficult for me. This also makes my life rather difficult, at
Anyway. Today yet again more that touches on Snowden's
And again I should say I uploaded this very early in the day -
Dutch time, on the 20th of June - because I want to have my
day free for doing some other things, if I can.
Also, today is a bit different from other days: I stand back a little,
and quote more than I write.
1. Standing back a bit
The last two weeks I wrote -
with the exception of one piece, on "El
Campesino" - only about the crisis.
This is another one, but it is a bit different: I want to
stand back a bit, give three quotes from Galbraith, Huxley and Orwell,
that I think are relevant; link in 5 pieces from The Young Turks; and
end with a reference to a quite angry piece on Washington's Blog.
Also, I will not write much myself today, firstly, because I
quite a lot on the crisis,
as this is the 190th piece in the series since 1.IX.2008, when I
started the series at the time the Dutch political leaders had not
anything, or at least pretended that was the case (though I tend to
believe them, in this respect); secondly, because I am quite
tired for lack of sufficient sleep; and thirdly, to give you the
opportunity to make up your own mind.
The last is not because I think I am mistaken - if you think so, read
the crisis-series - although I am certainly not a
would much welcome it if I were to be fundamentally mistaken,
but mostly to show that I do not stand alone, and that quite
intelligent and informed people
think like I do.
Therefore, much of what follows serves the purpose of giving you a similar,
though indeed not the same,
point of view, and these are the views of The Young Turks, and also the
anonymous writer on Washington's Blog.
But first three quotes.
2. Three quotes
I start with a quote by John
Kenneth Galbraith, that is not so much
about him or me, even though he speaks of "we", but about ordinary men
“We live surrounded by a
systematic appeal to a dream world which all mature, scientific reality
would reject. We, quite literally, advertise our commitment to
immaturity, mendacity and profound gullibility. It is as the hallmark
of the culture. And it is justified as being economically
- John Kenneth Galbraith
You may disagree
with the phrasing. The general
point it that ordinary men
and women are, very
often, far too
gullible, and can be, and normally are, easily misled into believing
all manner of things they should not.
Next, here is Aldous
Huxley, who was not quite speaking about our time,
more than 50 years ago, but very well might have been:
“There will be, in the next
generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their
servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak,
producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies,
so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them,
but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any
desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced
by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”
- Aldous Huxley, 1961
I do not presume to
what he would have thought about the present time, what with 78% of
ordinary men declared insane, at least part of the time, by modern
psychiatrists, and with very many taking all manner of strong,
dangerous and ill-researched pills, but he certainly would not have
Neither would George
Orwell, who wrote as follows in "1984":
“Now I will tell you the
answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for
its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are
interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will
understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past
in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who
resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and
the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they
never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended,
perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and
for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a
paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like
that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of
relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not
establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes
the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of
persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The
object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
– George Orwell – 1984
Again, Orwell died the year I was born, and wrote this in a satire, but
did know what he was speaking about.
And in case you missed it: The masters of today, whether they are
called Cheney or Obama, do not - really - know what they are
though they think they do, utterly occupied with power, that
corrupts all, and though they may triumph, for a while.
Now to The Young Turks. I said I would be brief and I will be, and NB:
The titles of the sections also are the links to their videos.
- Just The Beginning of Spying on You
This is from some days
ago and is a good summary.
or Sad Truth? Surveillance State Changes Perspective
This is about how much fundamentally changed since Snowden's
revelations. Incidentally, this
also is about a journalist who died, as nominally are some other of
these pieces, but though justified, this is mostly indeed incidentally
of Plots Thwarted by NSA Spying Suddenly Changed
This is about Keith
Alexander, and shows why I did not and cannot take him seriously as
someone who can be relied upon for anything.
Defends NSA Spying
This is Obama with Charley Rose, lying and misleading. (You may think
differently, but then you really are taken in, it seems to me. Also, in
case you missed
it: That also is his job, selling the goverment's policies, and
unlike his predecessor, he is very
good at it.)
Lapdog Media vs. Edward Snowden
And this is about how the regular media, and the regular
politicians, paint Snowden.
So to repeat: The titles of items 3 to 7 are also the links to the
They are all by The Young Turks, who are presently the largest video
news organization, with over a billion views and nearly a million
members, and while I do not agree with all, to believe I should or
would is pretty crazy, and indeed I think they are quite good, while I
also have four years experience with them, so I am not basing this
assessment on little information.
8. On the real traitors
As you probably know, and may have seen when watching item
7, Edward Snowden has been portrayed as "a traitor", by so
honorable a man as Dick Cheney.
The following is a reference to a fairly long but quite good and also
very informed text on Washington's Blog of June 19:
This starts - after two
quotations - as follows:
There are weeks
that change the course of human history. There are weeks when people
must choose sides. There are weeks that expose the real American
traitors. There is no middle ground in this debate. You are either on
the side of freedom, liberty, truth, transparency and the U.S.
Constitution or you are on the side of mindless obedience, oppression,
deception, corruption and tyranny. A courageous young Millennial named
Edward Snowden has risked his life and his future to expose the
illegal, surreptitious surveillance programs being conducted by the
United States government in clear violation of the 4th
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The NSA, with the full knowledge of
Barack Obama and Congress, has been covertly collecting phone and
internet records on millions of Americans with the full cooperation of
Verizon and other mega media/data corporations. Our owners have been
using the U.S. Constitution to wipe their asses. The 4th
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is so unambiguous that any
intelligent politician, bright journalist or fifth grader in Miss
Sabatini’s history class could interpret its meaning and intention. Our
founding fathers believed in truth, clarity and simplicity. The
traitorous sociopaths in control of our government today believe in
obfuscation, ambiguity and complexity.
I do not know who wrote this - other than "JimQ" - but I do
know he is 50; a married man with children; and clearly an
intellectual. I agree with most he said, except for some typos, and
except with some doubt about the wisdom of some of his terms, but the
typos are mostly clear, and I have myself made the same mistake of
writing what I thought about despicable men and women.
In any case, do not get sidetracked by disagreeing by his occasional
choice of words: It may be too strong for you, but it is only a few
times, and he clearly is, justifiedly so, quite angry and quite
concerned about his future, that of his children, and that of most
P.S. 20 June 2013: Corrected a few
typos and added or deleted some words to clarify my meanings.
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: