"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin
1. Glenn Greenwald
2. James Risen
3. Chris Hedges
4. Washington's Blog
It still is the case
that sleeping remains quite
difficult for me. This also makes my life rather difficult, at
Anyway - and no, sleeping did not much improve, so far.
Today I have nothing - directly - on Snowden, so I haven't mentioned
him in my title either. But I do have four crisis items, which I report
again with little text, because it is warm and I am tired.
First, there is Glenn Greenwald's latest, who also is having a little
Then again, this is relevant:
News on Bradley Manning; on the FISA "court" rubberstamping another
"request" to Verizon to hand over its data to the NSA; Obama's
U.S. DoJ argueing the ACLU's complaints can't even been heard
in court; we have a deputy assistant attorney general, Brian Hauck,
testifying in a court to the following effect about the "rights" of
acknowledged that Americans targeted overseas do have rights, but
he said they could not be enforced in court either before or after the
Americans were killed.'"
- and that's just half of the
points Glenn Greenwald makes.
2. James Risen
Next, there is the anyway pretty insane case
against James Risen, who simply did his job as a journalist -
which an American judge now says he should not have done, and
he should disclose his sources, while at the same time admitting CIA
people to disguise themselves in court:
The court uttered this
"There is no First
Amendment testimonial privilege, absolute or qualified, that protects a
reporter from being compelled to testify by the prosecution or the
defense in criminal proceedings about criminal conduct that the
reporter personally witnessed or participated in, absent a showing of
bad faith, harassment, or other such non-legitimate motive."
This means fundamentally that
journalists are responsible for the cases they merely report?!
Simply because the U.S. government declares what they are reporting on
is supposedly "criminal"?! Cough up your sources, or you'll be
imprisoned?! You are a criminal if we claim that what you're reporting
on is a crime?!
How does this differ
from a police state, indeed?
I was glad to see at Naked Capitalism that they - or Yves Smith - have
put up a new installment of the fine interview Chris Hedges gave to the
I also saw that Hedges defines
himself as "a socialist" - which I can imagine, in his
circumstances, but which indeed has another meaning than the same term
has in European terms.
Then again, this is very well worth seeing, and Hedges is not at all
optimistic, and indeed neither am I, and possibly even less so, since I
agree more with Yves Smith than with Chris Hedges. Then again, there is
4. Washington's Blog
there is Washington's Blog, that has a fine piece on the money that the
US government simply spent and can't account for, since 2000 or so:
This one of the reasons this has
to come to a stop, somehow. The US at present is not only ruled by
illegal spies: it is ruled by people who can't even get the sums
add up: Trillions upon trillions of dollars are simply "missing" - they
Note - it is true - this is over a period of some 15 years, but it is enormous
amounts of essentially missing money - which again means: That the
ordinary U.S. taxpayers, now and in the future, has to pay.
Meanwhile, the debt is over 16 trillion dollars... and you
simply can't go one like this. This has to stop somehow.
As it happens, I yesterday got something done that was quite important
for me, the preparations for which in fact took me two months, that
were quite hard for me, while also summer seems to have broken loose
with tropical temperatures in Holland, so there is a possibility - not
a certainty - I will be reporting less the coming week or two.
In fact, it mostly depends on the weather: If it gets over 23.5
degrees Celsius, I collapse, especially if that goes on for days or
I will have to see, and so have you, though I will do what I can. But
if the temperature gets 25, 27, 30 or more degrees, for days on end, I
will not be able to do much, and indeed in that case I simply will not
do much: Then I cannot.
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: