"They who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
detention of Reprieve
activist consistent with NSA's
view of drone opponents as
'threats' and 'adversaries'
2. Brazil Could Take Extraordinary Measures for
3. Jeremy Scahill: Obama Is an
4. Anti-GMO Campaigners Claim
Victory as 'Monsanto
Protection Act' Stripped
5. Declassified NSA files show
agency spied on Muhammad
Ali and MLK
6. Dear Secretary Sebelius, adopt the CCC and cancel
wasting tax-payer money on the IOM
Today there are five items
on the crisis, while the sixth and last is on ME/CFS. I don't think
they are very important, except perhaps the last, but that is only
relevant for people with ME/CFS or their caretakers.
And I should say I am reviewing my site, and may upload it
the coming days. I'll keep you informed, but it should not bother
most readers. The main reason is to be sure all is there that should be
there, and nothing else.
detention of Reprieve activist consistent with NSA's view of drone
opponents as 'threats' and 'adversaries'
I start with a Glenn
Greenwald item in the Guardian:
Here are the first three
There is considerably
more in the original. I do not think any of it is very important, but
it does go to show that the NSA and also the American government are
playing it hard: Whoever does not agree with them is no good, and
A well-known and highly
respected Yemeni anti-drone activist was
detained yesterday by UK officials under that country's
"anti-terrorism" law at Gatwick Airport, where he had traveled to speak
at an event. Baraa Shiban, the project co-ordinator for the
London-based legal charity Reprieve, was held for an hour and a half
and repeatedly questioned about his anti-drone work and political views
regarding human rights abuses in Yemen.
When he objected that his
political views had no relevance to security concerns, UK law
enforcement officials threatened to detain him for the full nine hours
allowed by the Terrorism Act of 2000, the same statute that was abused
by UK officials last month to detain my partner, David Miranda, for
Shiban tells his story
in the Guardian, and recounts how the UK official told him "he had
detained me not merely because I was from Yemen, but also because of
Reprieve's work investigating and criticising the efficacy of US drone
strikes in my country."
That is also not very surprising, but it is unpleasant and totally
irrealistic, also as the NSA and the American government do seem to
believe their own propaganda.
2. Brazil Could Take Extraordinary Measures for Privacy
This is a brief item on the
president of Brazil:
It starts as follows:
I do not know how important,
effective or costly this is.
Years from now, we might
look back on NSA spying as the thing that broke the Internet.
Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff is so offended
by U.S. espionage against her government, as documented in the Edward
Snowden leaks, she has proposed a range of measures to increase
privacy. One of those is to lay fiber optic cable directly from Latin
America to Europe. Currently, much of Brazil’s traffic passes through
North America, and that is where the NSA may be intercepting it.
Scahill: Obama Is an Enforcer of Empire
Next, Jeremy Scahill, in an
item I found on Alternet, but that is originally on Democacy Now! This
is probably the most important item:
Here is Scahill from the
JEREMY SCAHILL: During
this section of the speech my jaw sort of hit the floor. He basically
came out and said the United States is an imperialist nation and we are
going to do whatever we need to conquer areas to take resources from
around the world. I mean, it was a really naked sort of declaration of
imperialism, and I don’t use that word lightly, but it really is. I
mean, he pushed back against the Russians when he came out and said I
believe America is an exceptional nation. He then defended the Gulf War
and basically said that the motivation behind it was about oil and said
we are going to continue to take such actions in pursuit of securing
natural resources for ourselves and our allies. I mean, this was a
pretty incredible and bold declaration he was making, especially given
the way that he has tried to portray himself around the world.
Quite so, and all by the
man of "Change!" and "Yes we can!"
Campaigners Claim Victory as 'Monsanto Protection Act' Stripped From
Then there is the following item on Common Dreams by Jacob Chamberlain:
This starts as follows:
dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act," which currently allows large
agriculture and biotech corporations to ignore court orders involving
the safety of genetically modified seeds, has been stripped from
Senate's spending bill that could be voted on as early as Wednesday
I think this is fairly
interesting, and Monsanto is a threat, and besides, this was again
signed by the man of "Change!"
and "Yes we can!".
Following an organized
campaign against the provision in recent months, its removal was being cheered
by food safety and environmental activists as a victory.
The Monsanto Protection
Act, otherwise known as the Farmer Assurance Provision rider, was
wedged into a stop-gap budget bill that passed earlier this year and signed into
law by President Obama in March.
5. Declassified NSA files show agency spied
on Muhammad Ali
Next, an item by Ed Pilkington in the
Here are the first 2 1/2
Again, I do not think this is very important: It is long
ago; it were all specific individuals rather than tens or hundreds of
millions, and also it was in the days that Edgar Hoover was
leading the FBI, about whom president Harry Truman said (as quoted in
the Wikipedia item on Hoover):
The National Security
Agency secretly tapped into the overseas phone calls of prominent
critics of the Vietnam War, including Martin Luther
King, Muhammad Ali and
two actively serving US senators, newly declassified material has
The NSA has been forced to
disclose previously secret passages in its own official four-volume
history of its Cold War snooping activities. The newly-released
material reveals the breathtaking – and probably illegal – lengths the
agency went to in the late 1960s and 70s, in an attempt to try to hold
back the rising tide of anti-Vietnam war sentiment.
That included tapping into
the phone calls and cable communications of two serving senators – the
Idaho Democrat Frank Church and Howard Baker, a Republican from
Tennessee who, puzzlingly, was a firm supporter of the war effort in
"we want no Gestapo
or secret police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling
in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail.
J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all
congressmen and senators are afraid of him".
But this is important in that
the postmodern Hoovers, such as Keith Alexander, have very much
more power and information, and - I'd say, from his actions and
statements - the same level of discretion and reliability as Hoover.
6. Dear Secretary Sebelius, adopt the CCC and
cancel wasting tax-payer money on the IOM contract
Finally, an item that will interest
relatively few: An open letter to
the current head of the CDC that is signed by most medical researchers
This is from the
Niceguidelines blog, that is run by a medical doctor with ME/CFS, Dr
Speedy. Here is his second paragraph:
So …. yesterday,
35 of the world’s foremost clinicians and researchers have agreed on
the use of a case definition (see open letter below), the Canadian Consensus Criteria (CCC),
that has been used more and more frequently for years worldwide. The
CCC were adopted by an International Consensus Panel consisting of
“members [who] have approximately 400 years of both clinical and
teaching experience, authored hundreds of peer-reviewed publications,
diagnosed or treated approximately 50 000 patients with ME.”
Note this is quite
important, for three reasons (at least): Firstly, this is signed by 35
of the most prominent medical researchers; secondly, the CCC criterions
- whether of 2003 or of 2012 - are quite sensible and quite informed,
and indeed accepted by most patients (including me); and thirdly, it is
quite important people with ME/CFS have some sort of defense against
psychiatrists, who would all put them in a madhouse if only there was
money for that, for the latest from psychiatry, from the DSM 5, is that
any unexplained disease "as a matter of fact" is
"explained", as the execrable "ME-expert" professor Peter White
declared, in writing, namely as some form of psychiatric
And no, I have not been putting you on: According to professor
Peter White - also a data-falsifier - "there are no unexplained
diseases": Medicine is done, and if you have something that is not in
current medical books, this is sufficient proof you are mad - and need
to take pills or need to arrested.
The question is whether this will succeed. I hope it does, for the
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, thay 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
It is more proper
that law should govern than any of the citizens: upon the same
principle, if it is advantageous to place supreme power in some
particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and
the servant of laws.
(And I note the whole file I
quote 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: