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July 16, 2013
Crisis: Varia - The Snowden Effects - 5
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
   security deserve neither."
   -- Benjamin Franklin




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Sections
Introduction
1. THE SECRET WAR
2.
Watch Top U.S. Intelligence Officials Repeatedly Deny
     NSA Spying

3. 'You Can Trust Good Guys to Spy on You'
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. 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.

Also, a bit later I added an Obama-spoof I found listed on Common Dreams. entitled
'You Can Trust Good Guys to Spy on You' which indeed does present his "logic" well.

And I should say that I have uploaded the Nederlog that contains William Hazlitt's "Characteristics" 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 last link.

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, that is 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:
INFILTRATION. 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 and informative.

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.

2. Watch 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 press:
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:

Rep. Johnson: Does the NSA intercept Americans’ cell phone conversations?

Director Alexander: No.

Google searches?

No.

Text messages?

No.

Amazon.com orders?

No.

Bank records?

No.

What judicial 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 times:

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 evidence.

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 people".

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 Binney, Thomas Drake, Russell 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 honest.

To believe general Keith Alexander is a feat that is beyond my powers of conviction.

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:

Enjoy!

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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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