ugust 14, 2013
Crisis: More about Obama and some Snowden
  "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. Obama's Ridiculous and Unbelievable Speech
2. If Obama wanted an 'open debate' on NSA spying, why
     thwart one for so long?

3. Snowden: NSA Story Needed the 'Courage' Major Media
     Outlets Have Abandoned

4. Obama Appoints Documented 'Liar' to Convene NSA
     Review Board

About ME/CFS


The plan to translate "About terrorism" is still on hold, for lack of energy, and there also is little other material today - that is interesting and good enough, at least.

But there is some, mostly continuing yesterday, and this is it:

1. Obama's Ridiculous and Unbelievable Speech

First, a TYT-item, which is a video:

It is a good analysis.

2. If Obama wanted an 'open debate' on NSA spying, why thwart one for so long?
Next, a fairly long analysis in the Guardian - originally in Techn Dirt - by Jennifer Hoelzer, who worked six years for senator Wyden:
From its beginning (nearly):
I think it's worth pointing out that General Hayden's actual rhetoric is even more inflammatory than Cushing's. Not only did the former NSA director call us "nihilists, anarchists, activists, Lulzsec, Anonymous, twentysomethings who haven't talked to the opposite sex in five or six years", he equates transparency groups like the ACLU with al-Qaida.
Next, she analyzes president Obama's behavior, which I skip, but which is done well, and arrives at:
I'd go even further than that and argue that a big part of the reason the American people are having a hard time trusting their government is that the public's trust in government is harmed every time the American people learn that their government is secretly doing something they not only assumed was illegal, but that government officials specifically told them they weren't doing.
Quite so. There's also this:
A reporter recently asked me why I think the administration won't just declassify the legal opinion, given that the sources and methods it relates to have already been made public. "I think that's pretty obvious", I said. "I believe it will be much harder for the administration to claim that these programs are legal, if people can see their legal argument."
And she ends with a quote from Daniel Patrick Moynihan:

Secrecy – the first refuge of incompetents – must be at a bare minimum in a democratic society for a fully-informed public is the basis of self-government. Those elected or appointed to positions of executive authority must recognize that government, in a democracy, cannot be wiser than its people.

Which brings me to my final point (at least for now): I think it's awfully hard for the American people to trust the president and his administration when their best response to the concerns Americans are raising is to denigrate the Americans raising those concerns. Because, you see, I have a hard time understanding why my wanting to stand up for democratic principles makes me unpatriotic, while the ones calling themselves patriots seem to think so little of the people and the principles that comprise the country they purport to love.

Snowden: NSA Story Needed the 'Courage' Major Media Outlets Have Abandoned

Next, from Common Dreams, by John Queally, a piece about why Snowden chose Greenwald and Pointras: This depends on material in the New York Times I cannot access, but here is part of something Snowden mailed:

After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in America abdicated their role as a check to power — the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government — for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism. From a business perspective, this was the obvious strategy, but what benefited the institutions ended up costing the public dearly. The major outlets are still only beginning to recover from this cold period.

Laura and Glenn are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics throughout this period, (..)
There is considerably more under the last dotted link.

Obama Appoints Documented 'Liar' to Convene NSA Review Board

Last, here is another item from Common Dreams, by Sarah Lazare, on Obama's choice of an independent mind to oversee the NSA's doings:
Of course, the documented liar is James Clapper, and the piece starts thus:
President Obama has appointed embattled NSA director James Clapper—who was already caught lying under oath to Congress and the U.S. public about the scope of secret surveillance—to establish a review board to investigate his own agency as part of the president's so-called transparency reforms.
She also quotes various responses, but it is clear that this appointment shows a complete contempt of Obama for his critics and for their arguments.
[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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