"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
1. Stopping the "Ever-Expanding Surveillance
2. 3 Shocking Revelations from
NSA's Most Terrifying
3. Glenn Greenwald Drops An Elbow On CNN Legal
4. Snowden: Whistleblower or Traitor? Poll
Sleeping did improve, some, lately. I did sleep more or less reasonably
night, but the weather turned really hot yesterday, locally, and it
is presently 26.5 C in my living room, that is not in the sun, and it
also is humid and there is no wind.
So I collapsed, which
foreseeable since I was quite young,
and has little or nothing to do with M.E.:
I just can't stand heat, especially not humid heat without wind.
Happily, it is going to be cooler tomorrow. And there is a file today,
though it is briefer than yesterday's.
Today's file covers another good interview with Senator Ron Wyden;
three shocking revelations about the NSA; and two good videos from TYT.
the "Ever-Expanding Surveillance State"
This is another good interview with Senator Ron Wyden, made by A.J.
Vicens, for Mother Jones:
Here is one bit:
And here is another:
you look at [the House vote], all across the political spectrum, there
was very substantial support for our basic point, which is that if
you're out there collecting information so that you can figure out who
was called and when they were called and where they were called, you
basically are laying bare the personal lives of millions and millions
of law-abiding Americans for bureaucrats and government contractors.
I think that we're going
to prevail. Part of what we're trying to do is lay out what really
happened. For example, I've been trying to get across that the
intelligence leadership did not just keep the country in the dark. They
actively misled the country on key issues. When you have someone who
heads the NSA saying we don't hold data at all on US citizens,
that's one of the most misleading statements I believe that's ever been
made about surveillance policy. And I think that now we're starting to
get that message across.
This is a unique
time in our constitutional history. If we don't use this special
historical period to reform American surveillance laws and practices, I
believe our generation is going to live to regret it. A surveillance
state that is taking away liberties and freedoms that the Founding
Fathers established and doing it all without actually making anybody
There is rather a lot more,
and you'll have to use the link to read it.
2. 3 Shocking Revelations from NSA's Most
This is an interesting article by Steven Rosenfeld on
Here are the revelations:
Internet privacy is dead.
But it is a good
article, that supports each revelation, and also has more. (But
incidentally: the - only - way to stop the constant lying is to
prosecute the liars. There is plenty of evidence. You are not going to
be lied to, over and again, by the same officials from the NSA - and if
you are allowing this, then you may as well not be there.)
The security state has trumped the Constitution.
The security state’s defenders won’t stop lying.
Greenwald Drops An Elbow On CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey
Next, having had two
pieces to read, here are two pieces to view. Both are videos by TYT:
This is quite amusing,
and two of the good things of Cenk Uygur is that he doesn't mince words
and is quite clear, both as opposed to nearly everyone else who
presents news these days.
4. Snowden: Whistleblower or Traitor? Poll Results
Actually, this is a good
defense by Cenk Uygur of the thesis that Edward Snowden is a whistleblower
(and not traitor nor a spy):
I do not know what the Poll
Results are doing in the title, but it is a good piece.
I agree it isn't very much,
but it also is very warm where I am, and that never was good for me.
(And what I put up is good.)
 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: