there was only a file that lists the files I wrote on the crisis in
August of this year, plus the 227 files I wrote since September 1,
2008, that are all on the crisis. This is a series that runs now in its
sixth year, and I say a little more about it in the
this is a fairly normal item in that crisis series: Three items on the
NSA, that now seems to be written about a bit more critically, at
least, plus an item on Obama's Federal Reserve candidate Larry Summers,
who is about the last person a responsible president would want to
nominate, and an item on parasitism that is there mostly because I
consider it fun.
NSA Officers Spy on Love Interests
To start with, a
file by Siobhan Gorma from the Washington Journal:
This starts as follows:
Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled
their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests,
U.S. officials said.
The practice isn’t
frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade
— but it’s common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT.
There also are the usual
stories that this is "little" and "the NSA has zero tolerance",
according to the NSA, but then everything the NSA does is secret abd
classified, and therefore should be distrusted.
In any case: Edward
Snowden's former comrades, who still work for Booz Allen, do abuse
their privileges, even according to the NSA.
NSA leaks: David Cameron's response is intimidation, says world press
Next, here is a quite important statement reported by John Halliday in
Here are its first
has been told that the government's attempt to destroy sensitive leaked
documents about mass surveillance was "an act of intimidation" that
risks a chilling effect on press freedom.
The World Association of Newspapers and News
Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has written to the prime minister over the
government's "deeply regrettable" response to files leaked by the
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The body, which
represents 18,000 publications from 3,000 companies, condemned
officials for their "symbolic" attempt to restrict reporting by
destroying computer hard drives held by the Guardian.
I am pleased that a
body that "represents
18,000 publications from 3,000 companies" agrees with me that
Cameron tried to intimidate the Guardian, and that he went far beyond
bounds doing so.
Who Isn't the
NSA Bugging? New Revelations of Spying on UN
Next, another item on the
NSA, this time by Sarah Lazarre for Common Dreams:
Here are the first three
paragraphs, that show that far more than the "loved ones" of Booz
Allen's staff are spied upon:
Security Agency has the United Nations New York headquarters bugged,
with targets including the European Union and UN nuclear watchdog the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Der Spiegel
revealed Sunday, saying the revelations came from documents provided by
whistleblower Edward Snowden.
In 2012, the NSA hacked
into the UN's video conference system to obtain access, with one NSA
official proclaiming "The data traffic gives us internal video
teleconferences of the United Nations (yay!)," Der Spiegel reports.
The NSA also spied on EU
delegates in New York in the year 2012 and obtained information about
the EU's IT infrastructure and servers.
In brief: Nothing the
European Union or the United Nations do is safe for the spy masters of
the NSA. Also: This does not matter to many Americans, because they are
Larry Summers and the ‘End-Game’ Memo
Then there is another piece
about Larry Summers' qualifications to be the follower of Ben Bernanke,
which he is extremely qualified for in the eyes of Obama:
This is posted by Alexander
Reed Kelly on Truth Dig, and it starts as follows:
A 1997 memo retrieved from the filing cabinet of
investigative reporter Greg Palast shows the involvement of Lawrence
Summers—Obama’s current favorite for chairman of the Federal Reserve—in
a successful plan to help big bank CEOs “rip apart financial regulation
across the planet.”
In the memo, future
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reminds “his boss to call the then
most powerful CEOs on the planet and get them to order their lobbyist
armies to march” to tear down financial safety regulations in all 156
nations party to the World Trade Organization.
I know this is 16 years
old, but I do not believe Summers changed his mind on whom he serves:
Those who pay him, which are the Wall Street banks.
A parasite on a parasite on a parasite
The following item is from an
entry on Washington's Blog. I reproduce it because it seems more
fair than not - and the writer is right that Aristotle
had the opinion that those who live on money, commerce or finance, live
as parasites, for the simple reason that they do not make
anything. They generally live on interest: