ugust 28, 2013
Crisis: Politicians, Q & A, NSA, Constitution, Greenwald, Prozac killings
  "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. The real threat to our way of life? Not terrorists or faraway dictators, but our own politicians and securocrats
2. Reporting the NSA spying revelations: Q&A with Guardian editors
3. They Know Much More Than You Think
4. NSA surveillance program violates the constitution, ACLU says
5. Ongoing NSA work
6. Also 'Prozac killings' in Holland (?)
About ME/CFS


There is today more on the crisis than yesterday. It is again only about the NSA, except for the last item, that is about psychiatry, and that is mainly there for my Dutch readers. The rest is in English.

1. The real threat to our way of life? Not terrorists or faraway dictators, but our own politicians and securocrats

The first link today is to an article by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian:
This is from the beginning:

The controversial detention of David Miranda at Heathrow earlier this month was explained by the home secretary, Theresa May, and the Commons security committee chief, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, on the grounds that Miranda was carrying material that "could aid terrorism". This mere possibility would, they said, constitute a "threat to national security".

Time and again in the course of the Iraq and Afghan wars, the threat of terrorism was used to justify draconian anti-terrorist powers in Britain. Tony Blair said the powers were needed to "defend western values". Gordon Brown told British troops in Helmand that their role was domestic, "to make Britain's streets safe from terror". Should Britain start bombing Syria, some murky agency will use this as justification to step up terrorist attacks on Britain, with a consequent twist in the ratchet of surveillance and detention by the British authorities.

I list this mainly to show the great amounts of utter nonsense that are involved: Of course Miranda "was carrying material that "could aid terrorism"": That is the case with anyone who carries anything. And clearly it is very bitter to hear in Afghanistan that you are risking your life "to make Britain's streets safe from terror".

In either case, those who said said did so it full well knowing they were pushing bullshit.

2. Reporting the NSA spying revelations: Q&A with Guardian editors

Next, a link to a Q & A session that two Guardian editors had some days ago:
That is the title, underneath of which it says
Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger and Guardian US editor Janine Gibson answer questions about the NSA revelations
This is what they do. I leave this to you, if interested, except for my next link:

3.  They Know Much More Than You Think

This I have linked before, but since the first question in the Q & A I just reported on was about extending the reporting on the NSA's actions also to the NSA's past, I quote from Rusbridger's answer:

It feels like we’ve written a fair amount about this. The best recent piece I have read is by James Bamford in the current New York Review of Books. It’s a fantastic primer for anyone wanting the full background on all this, and incredibly persuasive on why the Snowden material a) tells us stuff we didn’t know before; and b) matters

This is that piece by James Bamford:

And Rusbridger is right.

4. NSA surveillance program violates the constitution, ACLU says

Then a link to a piece about the NSA violations of the Constitution of the U.S., by Karen McVeigh in the Guardian:

This starts as follows:

The National Security Agency's mass tracking and collection of Americans' phone call data violates the constitution, has a chilling effect on first amendment rights and should be halted, accord to a court motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday.

In a detailed, legal critique of the NSA programme, the ACLU warned that such long-term surveillance "permits the government to assemble a richly detailed profile of every person living in the United States and to draw a comprehensive map of their associations with one another."

The motion is part of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in June, one of several against the NSA following the Guardian's disclosures via whistleblower Edward Snowden, of the agency's mass surveillance of US citizens.
There is more under the last dotted link.

5. Ongoing NSA work

Finally, from the last piece by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian:

This opens with an explanation why he has been and will be writing a bit less:

For the past seven-plus years, I've written more or less every day. That pattern has obviously changed over the last three months, during which time my posting has been more infrequent. That's because I've been prioritizing my work on these NSA documents and articles, which take a fair amount of time to process, report and then write. I'm currently working on several NSA/GCHQ stories at once right now that I expect to be published shortly, so daily writing will likely not resume for a couple more weeks or so.

I'll try to post something new here at least once every 3 days, if for no other reason than to ensure that the comment section remains open.
There are some references, which you can find yourself, if interested, and it ends with this interesting piece on Obama (pre pres) debating Obama (post pres). I think I have shown that as well before, but it is interesting and worth seeing:

6. Also 'Prozac killings' in Holland (?)

The final link is a Dutch link that is about the possibility that anti-depressives may turn one into a killer. The Dutch link is more guarded than I am but I am quite certain there is such a causal link, and it is not well investigated, simply because the pharmaceutical companies do not want that. Here is the Dutch, that is too apologetic:

And in case you are interested, here is an English site that tracks users' experiences with various medicines:

The reason I am quite certain this causal link exists is the gruesomeness of many of the murders and suicides that have happened to folks who merely took an anti-depressive, often being new to this, plus the fact that the whole care of medicines and their effects has been far too much in the hands of pharmaceutical companies.

Also, anybody taking anti-depressives should know that the theory on which these were assigned to you is very shaky, if it exists at all, and no one has done any serious study into the long term effects of taking these pills.

[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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