July 15, 2013
Crisis: Varia - The Snowden Effects - 4
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
      security deserve neither."
         -- Benjamin Franklin

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1. Cheat sheet on spying
The crux of the NSA story in one phrase: 'collect it all'
Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden has NSA ‘blueprints’
4. Locking Out the Voices of Dissent
About ME/CFS


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

Anyway. This is another follow up in the series The Snowden Effects, and is taken up by a Washington's Blog Cheat sheet on spying (if you have little time);
two of Glenn Greenwald's recent pieces; and a piece by Chris Hedges on locking out the voices of dissent.

1. Cheat sheet on spying

This first item is intended to make things simpler for you if you have little time, and is prepared by Washington's Blog, that is generally quite good: Informed and documented:
This consists in fact of some 25+ references to articles on Washington Blog's site, but as I indicated, it seems a good site to me.

Also, let me say why this seems to be the case: It is explicitly partial, and opposed to much that the US government did, and it is well-written, with lots of background links that support its theses.

The reason to recommend this is that you cannot be mock in the middle and take no position while the foundations of your freedoms are taken from you, in secret, by classified orders no one may discuss; and by secret courts; and by propaganda and violence.

2. The crux of the NSA story in one phrase: 'collect it all'

Next, an important piece of Glenn Greenwald:
It starts as follows:

The Washington Post this morning has a long profile of Gen. Keith Alexander, director the NSA, and it highlights the crux - the heart and soul - of the NSA stories, the reason Edward Snowden sacrificed his liberty to come forward, and the obvious focal point for any responsible or half-way serious journalists covering this story. It helpfully includes that crux right in the headline, in a single phrase:

collect it all

What does "collect it all" mean? Exactly what it says; the Post explains how Alexander took a "collect it all" surveillance approach originally directed at Iraqis in the middle of a war, and thereafter transferred it so that it is now directed at the US domestic population as well as the global one:

There's also this:
Aside from how obviously menacing and even creepy it is to have a state collect all forms of human communication - to have the explicit policy that literally no electronic communication can ever be free of US collection and monitoring - there's no legal authority for the NSA to do this..
There's rather a lot more in the article, that you can find by means of the last dotted link.

3.  Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden has NSA ‘blueprints’

Next, not another piece by Greenwald, but one about him, that I found on Politico (and not in the Guardian - and indeed it is about Greenwald, and not by him):
This starts as follows:

Edward Snowden has very sensitive “blueprints” detailing how the National Security Agency operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, a journalist close to the intelligence leaker said Sunday.

Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper who closely communicates with Snowden and first reported on his intelligence leaks, told The Associated Press that the former NSA systems analyst has “literally thousands of documents” that constitute “basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built.”

Again, there is rather a lot more in the article, and this may well be one of the reasons the NSA is fuming, and an important ground for Snowden by which he tries to guarantee at least a bit of personal security.

4. Locking Out the Voices of Dissent

Finally today, a recent article by Chris Hedges
It's first paragraph is as follows, and admirably collects much of the article
The security and surveillance state, after crushing the Occupy movement and eradicating its encampments, has mounted a relentless and largely clandestine campaign to deny public space to any group or movement that might spawn another popular uprising. The legal system has been grotesquely deformed in most cities to, in essence, shut public space to protesters, eradicating our right to free speech and peaceful assembly. The goal of the corporate state is to criminalize democratic, popular dissent before there is another popular eruption. The vast state surveillance system, detailed in Edward Snowden’s revelations to the British newspaper The Guardian, at the same time ensures that no action or protest can occur without the advanced knowledge of our internal security apparatus. This foreknowledge has allowed the internal security systems to proactively block activists from public spaces as well as carry out pre-emptive harassment, interrogation, intimidation, detention and arrests before protests can begin. There is a word for this type of political system—tyranny.
Yes indeed - that is my worry as well, which in turn is the reason I pay so much attention to it.

There's rather a lot more, including this:
The executive, legislative and judicial branches of government have been taken over by corporations and used to protect and promote the criminal activity of Wall Street, the destruction of the ecosystem by the fossil fuel industry, the looting of the U.S. Treasury by the banking industry and the corporate seizure of all major centers of power.
And it ends thus:
The problem lies not, of course, with the Occupy movement, but with the reconfiguration of the government into a handmaiden of corporations that seek to squeeze profits out of the dying carcass of empire.

The corporate state’s quest to control all power includes using the military to carry out domestic policing, which is why I sued the president over Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act. It is imperative to defend, as the activists did in New York City, what freedoms and rights we have left. If we remain passive, if we permit the state to continue to use the law to take away our right of political expression, we will have no legal protection of resistance when we will need it most.

Yes, indeed - and my main worry, to some extent explained in my Crisis:  Why are so many so apathetic?  is that most of the work seems to be done by people who are in their forties, fifties, sixties or even older.

I may be mistaken - indeed, as often I hope I am - but this is how it seems to me, and I am in a position to see more from "the news" than most are.

And here is a quoted last point from that Nederlog:
In brief: Bad education, stupefying media and especially 50 years of TV, natural languages poisoned by public relations and advertisement figures of speech, and the relativization of all values, all knowledge, all aspirations to what the democratic masses, manipulated by propaganda and public relations, approves.
I still do not quite understand why so many are so passive while the foundations of the world they like are taken from them, indeed secretively, and combined with a lot of propaganda that it is not so, but also combined with clear and gross and criminal neglect of the Constitution and of the Amendments, and while it is done with secret courts, on the basis of classified "information", and is combined with very serious and vicious attacks on any whistleblowers - who, in case of Edward Snowden,
Bradlee Manning, and other NSA-whistleblowers, did it not for profit but for freedom. as in: liberty of the people,  and who did it against a criminal government.

For you can't break the Constitution and its Amendments, while being an official of the U.S. government, and not be a criminal. And the same remains the case if you are trying to save your neck as an U.S. official on the basis of classified documents and secret court orders.

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)

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)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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