"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
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And again I did not sleep too well and so there again may be less today
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.
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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
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
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
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.
concerned over possible wrongdoing in their departments or agencies who
“go through proper channels” are fired
Government whistleblowers are commanded to return to face justice,
while law-breakers in the service of the government are allowed to flee
CIA officers who destroy evidence of torture
go free, while a CIA agent who blew the whistle on torture is locked
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.
But if this is the future, I am very glad I have no children.
3. 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:
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?
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.)
 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: