ugust 1, 2013
Crisis: The Snowden Effects - 9
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
   security deserve neither."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
    "All governments lie and nothing
    they say should be believed.
   -- I.F. Stone.

Prev- crisis -Next

1.  Edward Snowden granted temporary asylum by Russia,
      says lawyer

2.  Edward 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
Obama meets lawmakers as anger grows over NSA
      surveillance programs

6.  Obama Starting to Lose It Over Snowden
About ME/CFS


Sleeping did improve, some, lately. I did sleep more or less reasonably last night, but the weather turned really hot today, locally, and while it still is only 25 C, it also is humid now and there is no wind - and I collapsed.

That was quite foreseeable, 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.

1.  Edward 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:

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.

There's more there, but this seems a considerable gain.

2. Edward Snowden leaves airport: 'In the end the law is winning'
            – live updates

This is basically the news "as it develops", and is from the Guardian: It is more interesting than it sounds. Here is just one bit, but there are more, and they are diverse:

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 democratic government

The senators are proposing "a special advocate whose client will be the constitution".

3.  As Edward Snowden Wins 1-year Asylum in Russia

Next, from Democracy Now!: 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:

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 gathering programmes.

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.

But there is considerably more.

5. Obama meets lawmakers as anger grows over NSA surveillance

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 the surveillance tactics employed by the National Security Agency.
But it has more, such as this:

Hours after details of the XKeystone were published, the White House press spokesman, Jay Carney, declined 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.

And this (which seems very fair to me):
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 them."

There is more, but it ends with the folllowing thoroughly sincere statement by General Keith Alexander on his being limited:

"I have four daughters. Can I go and intercept their emails? No. The technical limitations are in there."

Such a reliable man! So honest! Such relevant evidence!

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 the time or the condition, with the heat I am in, to do more, but the above listing does seem fair.
P.S. Aug 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.)
[1] 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 government, if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn Greenwald:
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 quote from is quite pertinent.)

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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