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June 30, 2013
Crisis: New slides; German protests; Dutch inquiries
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Introduction
1.  New slides published June 29
2. 
Growing Alarm
3.  Attacks from America
4.  Dutch parliamentarians frightened by Americian spying

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. Yesterday there was some more details about the crisis and a link to some pictures from the construction of the Statue of Liberty, from ca. 1885.

Today there is more about the crisis and Snowden's revelations: There are new slides published in the Washington Post; the Germans react more or less adequately, as shown by Der Spiegel; and even Dutch parliamentarians - albeit from the opposition - asked questions.

Since I have a lot to do, and sleep only a little, I give this mostly without comments, to save time.

1. New slides published June 29

First, there are more slides publised, this time by the Washington Post:
Basically, and at the moment, these are just the slides with minimal comment. In the article one is referred to the following, that is in four pages and starts here, by Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras:

This started out earlier, and may not be updated yet, but is a fine article, that starts thus:
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley.

Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”

For more, use the links.

2. Growing Alarm

Next, so far, to my knowledge, only the German ministers and parliamentarians have shown something like an adequate reply - which is not so strange, since they had both Hitler's Gestapo and the GDR's Stasi on their soil, and the potential powers of the data the NSA are gathering as if this were a matter of course far exceed what these totalitarian agencies knew:
Here is a quote from it:

According to the content of documents viewed by SPIEGEL, spying by the American National Security Agency (NSA) has been far more widespread than previously believed. Secret NSA documents show that authorities systematically monitored and saved a large share of Internet and telephone connection data. Internal NSA statistics show that around 500 million communications connections in Germany are monitored monthly by the agency. The NSA also classifies Germany as a "target" for spying.

In addition, SPIEGEL reported this weekend that the NSA has bugged European Union diplomatic offices in the United States for eavesdropping purposes and that it has infiltrated EU computer networks. The revelations come from material about the NSA's Prism and Britain's Tempora programs compiled by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

For more, use the link.

3.  Attacks from America

Here is some more on the German Prosectutor's Office

And here is a quote from it:

Germany's Federal Prosecutors' Office confirmed to SPIEGEL on Sunday that it is looking into whether systematic data spying against the country conducted by America's National Security Agency violated laws aimed at protecting German citizens.

A spokeswoman at the Federal Prosecutors' Office, which is responsible for domestic security issues, told SPIEGEL that all available and relevant information about the Prism, Tempora and Boundless Informant spying programs is currently being reviewed by the agency. The spokeswoman said the office was seeking to form a reliable understanding of the facts. However, the agency has not indicated when or if it will launch a formal investigation.

Nevertheless, the spokeswoman said that "criminal complaints" relating to the scandal appear "likely". One criminal complaint has already been filed in Germany.

For more, use the link.

4. Dutch parliamentarians frightened by Americian spying

The Dutch Parliamentarians are less adequate than the Germans:
That is: "Parliament is frightend by American espionage". Here is a quote from it, in Dutch, that only includes sayings by various members of varying parties of the opposition:

'Het is de wereld op z'n kop dat er op fenomenaal grote schaal wordt afgeluisterd, zelfs tussen bevriende landen', aldus Liesbeth van Tongeren. Zij wil van Plasterk weten of Nederland hiervan op de hoogte is en of de commissie-stiekem is ge´nformeerd. Die Kamercommissie krijgt zeer geheime informatie te horen.

D66-Kamerlid Gerard Schouw spreekt van een rokend vuur, waar Plasterk opheldering over moet geven. 'Als het vermoeden waar is dat de Amerikanen Europese instituties afluisteren, dan is dat zeer ernstig.'

Madeleine van Toorenburg van het CDA wil weten welke rol Nederland speelt. 'Wisselen wij ook gegevens uit? Wordt er in Nederland gespioneerd? En hoe zit het met Nederlandse diplomaten? Daarover wil ik duidelijkheid.'

And for more, use the link (and no, I did not translate the above).

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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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