"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
1. Edward Snowden granted
temporary asylum by
Snowden leaves airport: 'In the end the law is
winning' – live updates
3. As Edward Snowden Wins
1-year Asylum in Russia
4. Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret
funding for GCHQ
meets lawmakers as anger grows over NSA
6. Obama Starting
to Lose It Over Snowden
Sleeping did improve, some, lately. I did sleep more or less reasonably
night, but the weather turned really hot today, locally, and while it
only 25 C, it also is humid now and there is no wind - and I collapsed.
That was quite
and has little or nothing to do with M.E.:
I just can't stand heat, especially not humid heat without wind.
But there is a file today, thought there may not be one
tomorrow, when it is supposed to get even hotter. I shall see.
The present file deals mostly with Edward
Snowden, and the effects he has, which motivated my title.
Snowden granted temporary asylum by Russia, says
This is great news for those backing Snowden:
It is on the Guardian's site,
and elsewhere and it starts thus:
There's more there, but this
seems a considerable gain.
The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and has left the Moscow airport where he had stayed for over a
month, his lawyer said on Thursday afternoon.
Anatoly Kucherena told
journalists at Sheremetyevo airport that Russia's Federal Migration
Service had granted Snowden temporary asylum for one year. The lawyer
said that he had passed documents confirming this status from the
migration service to Snowden, who left the airport for a "safe place".
"This is a certificate
that gives him the right to temporary asylum on the territory of the
Russian federation," Kucherena said, holding up a copy of the document.
Snowden leaves airport: 'In the end the law is winning'
– live updates
This is basically the news "as it develops", and is from the
It is more interesting than it sounds. Here is just one bit,
but there are more, and they are diverse:
3. As Edward Snowden Wins 1-year Asylum in Russia
The fallout from Edward
Snowden's disclosures continue. On Capitol Hill in
Washington, Senator Richard Blumenthal, of the
Senate judiciary committee, is launching proposed reforms to the
secretive foreign intelligence surveillance court (usually known as the
Fisa court) today, along with Senator Ron Wyden, of Oregon, and Senator
Tom Udall, of Colorado.
You can watch the
announcement live here.
The Fisa court grants the
legal authorities to secret surveillance programs run by the National
Security Agency, some of which have been revealed by Snowden's leaks.
Orders issued by the
court are secret and are rarely published. The court is
non-adversarial: the government presents its case, and the judge
(almost always) grants the order.
At the press conference.
Blumenthal says the Fisa court is an "anomaly" in an open and
The senators are
proposing "a special advocate whose client will be the constitution".
Next, from Democracy
This is basically - as
is - an interview with Spencer Ackerman from the Guardian.
4. Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ
Back to the Guardian, there is a fairly long file on the NSA paying the
British Secret Service:
This starts as follows:
But there is considerably more.
The US government has
paid at least £100m to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three
years to secure access to and influence over Britain's intelligence
The top secret payments
are set out in documents which make clear that the Americans expect a
return on the investment, and that GCHQ has to work hard to meet their
demands. "GCHQ must pull its weight and be seen to pull its weight," a
GCHQ strategy briefing said.
5. Obama meets lawmakers as anger grows over NSA
This is again by the
Guardian and also fairly long:
It starts as follows:
Barack Obama was
meeting members of Congress at the Oval Office on Thursday as an
increasingly embattled White House seeks to contain growing anger over
tactics employed by the National Security Agency.
But it has more, such as this:
And this (which seems very
fair to me):
Hours after details of
the XKeystone were published, the White House press spokesman, Jay
to say whether the administration had informed Congress about the
program. "I don't know the answer to that," he said at Wednesday's
White House briefing.
Congress is becoming
increasingly sceptical about the assurances given by intelligence
officials. At the Senate judiciary committee hearing, the Democratic
chairman Patrick Leahy told a panel of senior administration officials:
"We need straightforward answers, and I'm concerned we're not getting
There is more, but it ends
with the folllowing thoroughly sincere statement by General Keith
Alexander on his being limited:
Such a reliable man! So
honest! Such relevant evidence!
"I have four daughters.
Can I go and intercept their emails? No. The technical limitations are
6. Obama Starting
to Lose It Over Snowden
Finally, a piece by Yves Smith
on Naked Capitalism, who seems to be (mostly) right:
This has a fair amount of
text, that seems worth reading and has a video-clip of an interview by
ABC with Glenn Greenwald, that is good.
Anyway - I don't have
or the condition, with the heat I am in, to do more, but the above
listing does seem fair.
2, 2013: Dotted some i's and straightened out the reference in summaries.
Also straightened out the crisis index: It has 227 files since
Sep 1, 2008. (And I do not know any other such file.)
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, that the governors do not
rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the
if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my
More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn
It is more proper
that law should govern than any one of the
citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the
supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to
be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I
from is quite pertinent.)
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: