ugust 21, 2013
Crisis: Greenwald, Madden, Borger, Uygur, Manning, Democracy Now!
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
   security deserve neither."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
    "All governments lie and nothing
    they say should be believed.
   -- I.F. Stone.

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1.  'Sending a message': what the US and UK are attempting to do
2.  Journalism is not terrorism
NSA files: why the Guardian in London destroyed hard drives of leaked files
UK Government Uses Gestapo Tactics Against Guardian
Bradley Manning Sentenced by Military Judge to 35 Years in Prison
6.  5 Democracy Now! files about Binney, Poitras and Appelbaum
About ME/CFS


Today there are six pieces, or ten if you count the last item.

1. 'Sending a message': what the US and UK are attempting to do

This is the latest by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian:

It starts as follows:

Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger on Monday night disclosed the remarkable news that UK authorities, several weeks ago, threatened the Guardian UK with prior restraint if they did not destroy all of their materials provided by Edward Snowden, and then sent agents to the basement of the paper's offices to oversee the physical destruction of hard drives. The Guardian has more details on that episode today, and MSNBC's Chris Hayes interviewed the Guardian's editor-in-chief about it last night. As Rusbridger explains, this behavior was as inane as it was thuggish: since this is 2013, not 1958, destroying one set of a newspaper's documents doesn't destroy them all, and since the Guardian has multiple people around the world with copies, they achieved nothing but making themselves look incompetently oppressive.

But conveying a thuggish message of intimidation is exactly what the UK and their superiors in the US national security state are attempting to accomplish with virtually everything they are now doing in this matter.
Yes, quite so. And there is this:
But here's the most important point: the US and the UK governments go around the world threatening people all the time. It's their modus operandi. They imprison whistleblowers. They try to criminalize journalism. They threatened the Guardian with prior restraint and then forced the paper to physically smash their hard drives in a basement. They detained my partner under a terrorism law, repeatedly threatened to arrest him, and forced him to give them his passwords to all sorts of invasive personal information - behavior that even one of the authors of that terrorism law says is illegal, which the Committee for the Protection of Journalists said yesterday is just "the latest example in a disturbing record of official harassment of the Guardian over its coverage of the Snowden leaks", and which Human Rights Watch says was "intended to intimidate Greenwald and other journalists who report on surveillance abuses."
Also listed there is the following item, that I give a section of its own, with its own title:

2. Journalism is not terrorism

Rachel Maddows, who explains her viewers on MSNBC that "Journalism is not terrorism". She is quite right:

Of course, there is the earlier point raised by some "journalistic" government thugs that Greenwald is not a journalist...

Well, let me add something Obama's government, with 90 million classified documents, does not want to grasp: Disagreement with the government is not terrorism, also not when that disagreement is published in a paper - and especially not if that very same government is engaging in terrorism, and is disobeying the law, and its bureaucrats lie to Congress.

3. NSA files: why the Guardian in London destroyed hard drives of leaked files

another Guardian piece, by Julian Borger:
I quote:
On Saturday 20 July, in a deserted basement of the Guardian's King's Cross offices, a senior editor and a Guardian computer expert used angle grinders and other tools to pulverise the hard drives and memory chips on which the encrypted files had been stored.

As they worked they were watched by technicians from Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) who took notes and photographs, but who left empty-handed.

The editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, had earlier informed government officials that other copies of the files existed outside the country and that the Guardian was neither the sole recipient nor steward of the files leaked by Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor. But the government insisted that the material be either destroyed or surrendered.

This means that the English goverment behaves as bullies and thugs. There is rather a lot more I leave to your perusal, except for the ending:
But it was largely a symbolic act. Both sides were well aware that other copies existed outside the UK and that the reporting on the reach of state surveillance in the 21st century would continue.

"It affects every citizen, but journalists I think should be aware of the difficulties they are going to face in the future because everybody in 2013 leaves a very big digital trail that is very easily accessed," Rusbridger said.

"I hope what [the Miranda detention row] will do is to send people back to read the stories that so upset the British state because there has been a lot of reporting about what GCHQ and the NSA are up to. What Snowden is trying to do is draw attention to the degree to which we are on a road to total surveillance."

Quite so.

4. UK Government Uses Gestapo Tactics Against Guardian

Here is an appraisal by Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks:

He also explains these intimadory practices are where the Gestapo began, not were it ended, but he is right: They have no laws on their side; they are not acting reasonably; they just are destroying property of other people in order to intimidate them.

5. Bradley Manning Sentenced by Military Judge to 35 Years in Prison

Next, something else:
  It is from Common Dreams, by Kevin Gosztola, and it starts thus:
A military judge at Fort Meade in Maryland sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison.

Guards quickly escorted Manning out of the courtroom as supporters in the gallery shouted, “We’ll keep fighting you, Bradley,” and also told him he was a hero.
There is considerably more, including this:

Manning is unlikely to serve his entire sentence in prison. He will immediately be able to petition for clemency from the court martial Convening Authority Major General Jeffrey Buchanan. A clemency and parole board in the Army can look at his case after a year. After that initial review, he can then ask the board to assess his sentence on a yearly basis for clemency purposes.

Manning has to serve a third of his sentence before he can be eligible for parole.
So essentially he has to serve 10 years at the very least for providing documents that showed the U.S. was acting illegally.

It's not sane, but it is what the present U.S. government wants.

6. 5 Democracy Now! files about Binney, Poitras and Appelbaum

Finally, here are 5 documents from 2012, all provided by Democracy Now! that show William Binney, Laura Poitras and Jacob Appelbaum in action before Edward Snowden had turned his reports in - and I should say I've read the texts (which goes a lot faster) and have not seen the videos: I list them because I found them interesting and did not know them, and to illustrate that rather a lot was known by April 2012, from when these pieces date.
[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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