It still is the case
that sleeping remains quite
difficult for me. This also makes my life rather difficult, at
Anyway. This is a somewhat brief outline that I have again classified
as belonging to the Snowden effects, because that's were they belong, but I am standing back a
little, with two fairly long pieces, one by a long time follower of the
NSA, James Bamford, mostly but not only about general Keith Alexander,
and the other by Andy Greenberg, which illustrates very convincingly
how top U.S. intelligence officials lied about their spying - if
Snowden is correct, of course, which is an issue I briefly discuss.
And I should say that I have uploaded the Nederlog that contains William Hazlitt's
to its own directory in the Hazlitt-section, and have updated the crisis series till July 15. The crisis series has now 210
entries since September 1, 2008, which you can all access by way of the
The present file is uploaded fairly early on July 16, Dutch time,
because I have also other things to do.
1. THE SECRET WAR
This is a long piece in Wired by James Bamford,
mostly though not only about general Keith Alexander:
I print the
title as I found it, and also supply the subtitle, also in capitals as
I found them:
SABOTAGE. MAYHEM. FOR YEARS, FOUR-STAR GENERAL KEITH ALEXANDER HAS BEEN
BUILDING A SECRET ARMY CAPABLE OF LAUNCHING DEVASTATING CYBERATTACKS. NOW IT’S READY TO UNLEASH HELL.
Actually, the piece is
more balanced than the subtitle, and I found it quite good, interesting
Also, I should add here that James
Bamford is a real
specialist on the NSA: He has been writing books about it since 1982.
He also helped Thomas Drake,
who is one of the earlier whistleblowers from the NSA.
Top U.S. Intelligence Officials Repeatedly Deny NSA Spying
Next, there is, from Forbes, by Andy Greenberg, an article
that is quite
revealing, and would be more so if the US had a halfway functioning
Here is the first of several
of these videos. This has the benefit of being extremely clear:
This is a bit from it, that
also is in Greenberg's piece:
Does the NSA intercept Americans’ cell phone conversations?
Director Alexander: No.
consent is required for NSA to intercept communications and information
involving American citizens?
Within the United States,
that would be the FBI lead. If it were a foreign actor in the United
States, the FBI would still have to lead. It could work that with NSA
or other intelligence agencies as authorized. But to conduct that kind
of collection in the United States it would have to go through a court
order, and the court would have to authorize it. We’re not authorized
to do it, nor do we do it.
For me it is quite clear: Either
Keith Alexander lies, many times also, or Edward Snowden lies -
and it seems quite obvious to me, on the balance of probability, that
it is virtually certain that Keith Alexander lies, and doe so many
He has the interests, the rank, and the status to do so, presumably
also with impunity (there will be a classified piece issued by a secret
court that exonerates him, is my guess), whereas what Snowden said
certainly destroyed his chances for having a very fine and very easy
life, and much increased his chances on life-imprisonment and on
serious hassling and interference.
Also, Alexander is a certified and long-term secret service man, who
must know how to lie, and quite possibly received media-training to do
so, and indeed - whatever the training - does it quite convincingly,
that is: if you believe him, for which you have in fact no
reason whatsoever, also wholly independently from Snowden's existence
And my reason for the last statement is that any man who rose to the
level Alexander has reached, and not only Alexander, must have strong
reasons to lie about quite a few things, which indeed they also have
strong reasons to defend with their allegiance to the US government.
Also, he will see his loyalties in terms of the groups
he works in and for, as indeed most men do, whatever the groups and the
men, and not in terms of abstract ideals, like "the liberty of the
Finally, apart from Snowden: There are quite a few former
NSA-officials, some very high, who testified like Snowden did, but who
either had not or did not provide, the evidence he gathered, indeed
several years later.
And therefore even if you put aside Snowden - for which you have no
reason, but suppose - there is the evidence of William
Tice, Mark Klein
and some others, all of whom were whistleblowers, who lost a lot by
their whistleblowing, and only gained the status of being courageously
To believe general Keith Alexander is a feat that is beyond my powers
3. 'You Can Trust Good Guys to Spy on You'
Finally, an item I found on Common Dreams, by Andrea Germanos, which is
a video that has the full title:
Actually, it is about a neat
video that shows "Obama", in the guise of a puppet, use his twisted
logic to convince his audience that 'You Can Trust Good Guys to Spy on You'. Clearly, it is not quite what Obama
says, but it does come close:
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: