ugust 5, 2013
Crisis: XKeyscore, Post-Constitution America, NSA helping the police
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
   security deserve neither."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
    "All governments lie and nothing
    they say should be believed.
   -- I.F. Stone.

1. EVERYTHING You Do Online Is Recorded In XKeyscore
2. Welcome to Post-Constitution America
3. Is NSA Secretly Feeding Spy Intel to Police for Petty

4. Personal
About ME/CFS


And again I did not sleep too well and so there again may be less today than there might have been.

Today's file covers a good explanation by The Young Turks of what is involved in "tracking your data"; a Peter van Buren piece on America divested from its Constitution; and one of the consequences of the NSA's tracking: The U.S. police will be able to catch all criminals they want to catch.

1. EVERYTHING You Do Online Is Recorded In XKeyscore

One of the things that keep worrying me is how few people are worried, especially about the NSA-powers. But this may be due - for example - to stupidity, laziness, and the refusal to investigate painful themes, though I do not know.

The following is a good video by The Young Turks, in which it gets explained what the NSA saves about you, to have it handy for later reference:
The brief of it is: Everything gets saved, and will be accessible to the anonymous supermen and superwoman, who mostly work for private companies, and who know everything, and who are covered by secret courts, and may use your data, secretively, for any purpose at any time.

For more, see the next item:

2. Welcome to Post-Constitution America

Next,  continueing the last item, a good article on TomDispatch (and other places) by Peter Van Buren, who is an American whistleblower: I provide the original source under the last link, that also has an introduction to Peter Van Buren.

Here is a small part of his very chilling article - that I also think is right:

Government officials concerned over possible wrongdoing in their departments or agencies who “go through proper channels” are fired or prosecuted. Government whistleblowers are commanded to return to face justice, while law-breakers in the service of the government are allowed to flee justice. CIA officers who destroy evidence of torture go free, while a CIA agent who blew the whistle on torture is locked up.

Secret laws and secret courts can create secret law you can’t know about for “crimes” you don’t even know exist.  You can nonetheless be arrested for committing them. Thanks to the PATRIOT Act, citizens, even librarians, can be served by the FBI with a National Security Letter (not requiring a court order) demanding records and other information, and gagging them from revealing to anyone that such information has been demanded or such a letter delivered.  Citizens may be held without trial, and denied their Constitutional rights as soon as they are designated “terrorists.” Lawyers and habeas corpus are available only when the government allows.

This is what is happening right now... and again, what worries me the most about articles like the presently linked one is how few people seem to care, for whatever reason.

But if this is the future, I am very glad I have no children.

Is NSA Secretly Feeding Spy Intel to Police for Petty Crimes?

This is from Common Dreams and is by John Queally:

It starts as follows:

An exclusive investigative report by Reuters appears to confirm fears held by critics that the vast network of surveillance programs maintained by the National Security Agency is being used not only for countering international terrorism, but also for targeting common criminals within the U.S.

Though NSA officials and their backers have repeatedly said that the spy programs are designed to "keep America safe" from international terrorism, the new revelations show that domestic law enforcement is likely being supplied with data from these same operations.

To which I like to say: OF COURSE they are! And of course there is no evidence, for that is all covered by secret laws and secret courts. And it would be VERY strange if there is capacity to trace everyone doing anything, and this capacity will not be used for the purposes of enforcing the law, whatever the law may be.

Indeed, I predict that this is what is going to happen as a matter of course, also legally, if the NSA is not radically and quickly ruled in, and the surveillance of the great majority is not stopped: The U.S. will become a police-state, with the most frightening powers - and why not incarcerate 25-75% of the population, in private prisons? Where they can work as cheap as Burmese?

4. Personal

Anyway - this again was it for today. And again, if I had slept better, there might have been more, but I did not. (And sometimes there isn't much.)
[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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