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June 21, 2013
Crisis: Videos, US spying, US rights, US blackmail, psychiatry


   "Those who sacrifice liberty for  
     security deserve neither."
     -- Benjamin Franklin







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Introduction
1.  Four (or five) videos
2.  More information about the US spying
3.  On the loss of the rights of Americans
4.  More about the NSA: spying and blackmail
5.  And a little bit on psychiatry

About ME/CFS

Introduction:

It still is the case that sleeping remains quite difficult for me. This also makes my life rather difficult, at the moment.

Anyway. Today - the longest day of the year - I am yet again concerned with the crisis, though not only, and also not quite as before.

First, I have a number of videos on various backgrounds:

From the left, Senator Elizabeth Warren on the corporate capture of the US courts; and Piers Morgan with Glenn Greenwald and Daniel Ellsberg on the lies the US government spreads now about Snowden and indeed did spread forty years ago about Ellsberg.

Also, from the right, I threw in a Ron Paul bit on a change that seems to be coming: Every American must carry an ID, with lots of personal  information; and with David Stockman praising his book "The Great Deformation" on a Fox News show, with Neil Cavuto, who talks too much, in my opinion, in this interview.

I think all the interviewed or speakers are more right than wrong, though they probably would not agree with each other. (And I also agree there probably are better videos, but I have only so much time, and had to choose.)

Second, it gets more important as you get further on. While the first three items are mostly ephemeral, the fourth - David Stockman - certainly is not, if he is right, and he seems to be, though it is uncertain how this will work out.

Third, I have three more items from Washington's Blog. The first is from June 19, 2013, about the extent of the spying that goes on in the US; the second is from February 21, on the rights that US citizens once had, and now mostly lost, also with an excellent video with William Binney; and the third, from June 20, contains some astounding evidence from a former NSA-employee.

1. Four (or five) videos

First, senator Warren on the threat of the corporate capture of the US courts:

 

It seems to me she has a point, and I also think that she is not going to stop the corporate capture, which I agree with her would be a great pity.

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Second, Piers Morgan with Glenn Greenwald and Daniel Ellsberg on the lies that the US government spreads about its opponents. I agree with Greenwald and Ellsberg, but indeed it has been thus all the time, with all governments - except indeed that it got more, and effects far more, in very fundamental ways.


Note that this a fair debate, and Ellsberg is right that 40 years ago he had, in fact, many more legal defenses than Snowden has now. Also, the situation today is very different: hundreds of millions of Americans are now being surveyed in everything they do that involves the internet, as if that were "a matter of course", and is something they should just trust their president for (without knowing what they trust him for: also secret).  (See item 2.)

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Then we have Ron Paul, actually - I take it - in a very little viewed clip with text and speech, about something that has reached the Dutch: One is effectively. and since some years, supposed to carry an ID everywhere, and also pay for it oneself, and - at least for me - that is quite unpleasant:


One reason to put it up is that the site I found it on does not like Paul, and speaks of "a conspiratiorial video", lack of "evidence", and other shortcomings.

I am certainly not agreeing with Paul in quite a few things he seems to support, but - now that I know more about Obama - he surely was a better candidate than either Romney or Obama, it seems to me, though I still think "libertarianism" is a vague idea, that also comes with many different versions, while there is probably rather a lot I would disagree with him.

But forced IDs do not feel well, at all: This definitely made and makes me feel as if I am a second or third rater simply because I do not work for the government.

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Finally, David Stockman. The video I present of him doesn't do him justice, indeed in part because it's five minutes, and in part because of Neil Cavuto, but Stockman manages to get in his points that (1) the present US economy is a giant Ponzi schema, and (2) it will probably collapse:


I think he is probably (more so than not) right on those points, and I also liked most he said in this interview, which is probably too long (and too  technical) for most of my readers:

Both items are not quite recent: The short one is from this year, and the long one from 2011. The main reason for the Cavuto piece above is the two points, that Stockman explains reasonably well in the other video, which is much more polite, ands also a lot longer.
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Note that the first three pieces are in fact ephemeral (like most things), but the fourth may not be: If Stockman is correct, it will end in a much bigger crisis than we are now in.

To show why, here is the very last bit from
that is as follows:
So what is to be done?

Only radical surgery can save us. We need constitutional amendments for term limits, to abolish incumbency, to abolish private money in campaigns. We have to overturn Citizens United and shorten the campaign season. I also suggest a balanced-budget amendment. The Federal Reserve should just go back to just being a bankers' bank.

But the entities that benefit from the financial system have so much power and wealth that it seems like getting even a tiny fraction of the changes you are pushing would be difficult. How does your agenda pass in the face of their opposition?

What I am talking about is a reasonably radical change of direction. I don't know how to do it. I don't think it's possible.
So... from my perspective that is good news, because I do not like the state Obama and his team are planning, in secret, at all.

There are three possibilities, it seems to me
1. there will be a new authoritarian state in the US
2. it will be stopped by the people
3. the system will economically collapse
This last option may also cost me my life, for I really am ill, but then I have lived 63 years now, of which 35 years ill without help, and I did so in at least  considerable freedom in a very rich country. (For what it delivered, on average, see "American Averages 1 - 4: These days the possibilities of having it as well as that are very probably passed, for several generations, for nearly everyone anywhere.)

2. More information about the US spying

Now you may not believe me, or you may not believe Stockman. Or you may believe that very nice, handsome, well speaking president Obama, and you may trust him, which requires some real faith, because much of what he does do is in fact classified, secret, and lied about, also in hearings in Congress.

So here is a bit from Washington's Blog:

This was dated June 19, 2013.

Note that two quite important reasons for me to like this are that (1) it is well written and especially (2) it is well informed, with links to many different places. One needs both, to make a good case.

Again, the above link is quite frightening, but you really have little choice, it seems to me, between either to believe Snowden, Binney, Klein, Drake, Ellsberg, the ACLU and others or to commit an act of deep faith towards that
very nice, quite handsome, and very well speaking president Obama, and his staff, government, and aides, such as the very reliable Mr Alexander and Mr Clapper.

To illustrate what Americans have - or may have - lost, for the most part:


3. On the loss of the rights of Americans

This is again from Washington's Blog, but it is from before Snowden, namely from February 21, 2013
The ending of a rather long and thorough investigation, with many links, is

Indeed, the federal government is doing everything it can to stick its nose into every aspect of our lives … and act like Big Brother.

Conclusion: While a few of the liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights still exist, the overall scorecard of the government’s respect for our freedom: a failing grade.

This also contains a nice bit of testimony of one of the top spies of the NSA, who turned against them, William Binney:


I think you really should see this, and also read the Wikipedia link I provided on William Binney, and indeed on Thomas Drake and Mark Klein (and Room 641A) and also consider that until 6 or 12 years ago each of these men was a quite high ranking government official, and they cannot be assumed to be political radicals, except in their opposition to the present government, perhaps.

4. More about the NSA: spying and blackmail

To end for the moment, there is this, also from Washington's Blog:
This also has the following item with Russ Tice, again a former NSA employee who turned whisleblower, who now says this (from a website Boiling Frogs Show by a former FBI-agent):


That is to say in writing (and without bolding and with two links to Wikipedia added):

Tice: Okay. They went after – and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things – they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and some of the – and judicial. But they went after other ones, too. They went after lawyers and law firms. All kinds of – heaps of lawyers and law firms. They went after judges. One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court that I had his wiretap information in my hand. Two are former FISA court judges. They went after State Department officials. They went after people in the executive service that were part of the White House – their own people. They went after antiwar groups. They went after U.S. international – U.S. companies that that do international business, you know, business around the world. They went after U.S. banking firms and financial firms that do international business. They went after NGOs that – like the Red Cross, people like that that go overseas and do humanitarian work. They went after a few antiwar civil rights groups. So, you know, don’t tell me that there’s no abuse, because I’ve had this stuff in my hand and looked at it. And in some cases, I literally was involved in the technology that was going after this stuff. And you know, when I said to [former MSNBC show host Keith] Olbermann, I said, my particular thing is high tech and you know, what’s going on is the other thing, which is the dragnet. The dragnet is what Mark Klein is talking about, the terrestrial dragnet. Well my specialty is outer space. I deal with satellites, and everything that goes in and out of space. I did my spying via space. So that’s how I found out about this.

Collins: Now Russ, the targeting of the people that you just mentioned, top military leaders, members of Congress, intelligence community leaders and the–oh, I’m sorry, it was intelligence committees, let me correct that–not intelligence community, and then executive branch appointees. This creates the basis, and the potential for massive blackmail.

Tice: Absolutely! And remember we talked about that before, that I was worried that the intelligence community now has sway over what is going on. Now here’s the big one. I haven’t given you any names. This was is summer of 2004. One of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with, with a 40-something-year-old wannabe senator from Illinois. You wouldn’t happen to know where that guy lives right now, would you? It’s a big white house in Washington, DC. That’s who they went after. And that’s the president of the United States now.
I've said it before: "If you have nothing to hide, you are dead, or may as well be" - and this may be the reason so many folks collaborate or keep silent: There's stuff on them they can be blackmailed with.

There is also this, from Ray McGovern:

Retired high-level CIA analyst Ray McGovern – the top CIA briefer to numerous presidents – said this a few weeks ago on a radio program:

Which leads to the question, why would [Obama] do all these things? Why would he be afraid for example, to take the drones away from the CIA? Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s afraid. Number one, he’s afraid of what happened to Martin Luther King Jr. And I know from a good friend who was there when it happened, that at a small dinner with progressive supporters – after these progressive supporters were banging on Obama before the election, “Why don’t you do the things we thought you stood for?” Obama turned sharply and said, “Don’t you remember what happened to Martin Luther King Jr.?” That’s a quote, and that’s a very revealing quote.

In fact, I reasoned similarly, thinking about why Obama betrayed his promises: He (and his family) hopes to survive. Then again, I agree with the conclusion in Washington's Blog:
We’re agnostic about McGovern’s theory. We don’t know whether Obama is a total corrupt sell-out … or a chicken. We don’t think it matters … as the effect is the same.
My reason is that he's just a front man in any case. There is very much more going on than just one man can lead or coordinate, and it has been going on for a long while as well.

5. A bit on psychiatry

Finally, on
Russ Tice: He seems quite OK in my eyes, but if you were to ask an honorable man like Keith Alexander or his psychiatric doctors, or the honorable men who these days often are leading journalists, Tice is (or was, several years ago, before Snowden's revelations)
"mentally unbalanced" after persisting in his investigations of potentially illegal spying activity at the NSA.
My source for this is the end of Wikipedia's Political abuse of psychiatry, that is quite interesting. I quote from the article, minus notes:

Psychiatry possesses a built-in capacity for abuse that is greater than in other areas of medicine. The diagnosis of mental disease allows the state to hold persons against their will and insist upon therapy in their interest and in the broader interests of society. In addition, receiving a psychiatric diagnosis can in itself be regarded as oppressive. In a monolithic state, psychiatry can be used to bypass standard legal procedures for establishing guilt or innocence and allow political incarceration without the ordinary odium attaching to such political trials.The use of hospitals instead of jails prevents the victims from receiving legal aid before the courts, makes indefinite incarceration possible, discredits the individuals and their ideas. In that manner, whenever open trials are undesirable, they are avoided.

Examples of political abuse of the power, entrusted in physicians and particularly psychiatrists, are abundant in history and seen during the Nazi era and the Soviet rule when political dissenters were labeled as “mentally ill” and subjected to inhumane “treatments.”
"So it goes", at least far more often than it should have.  
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About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

2. Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT:  
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
9.
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)


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