21, 2013
Crisis: Secret spy-deals * 2, gangsterism, succesful frauds
  "They who can give up essential 
   liberty to obtain a little temporary
   safety, deserve neither liberty
   nor safety."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
   "All governments lie and nothing
   they say should be believed.
   -- I.F. Stone.

  1. US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to 'unmask'
       Britons' personal data

  2. Obama and Holder Let Gangsters Pay Fine, Continue
       Business As Usual

Government Leaks Provide 'First Confirmation' NSA
       Spies on UK Citizens

  4. (..) No Evidence That The Bulk Collection of Americans’
       Phone Records Has Provided Any Intelligence (..)

  5. Personal
About ME/CFS


This is yet another crisis file, that again has been made a bit earlier than is usual. And there are again four articles in it in the first four sections, and a brief personal bit in the last section.

Also, I did another task today: I brought down the index of this year, that was nearly 500 Kb, down to 143 Kb, by deleting thousands of totally useless font specifications, that somehow had been sown by my WYSIWYG-editor. (I could not do this earlier, because of my eyes, but did it now, and it is a relief.)

1. US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to 'unmask' Britons' personal data

To start with, an article by James Ball in the Guardian:

This starts as follows:

The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America's National Security Agency under a secret deal that was approved by British intelligence officials, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In the first explicit confirmation that UK citizens have been caught up in US mass surveillance programs, an NSA memo describes how in 2007 an agreement was reached that allowed the agency to "unmask" and hold on to personal data about Britons that had previously been off limits.

Let me clearly state that this makes the three heads of the GCH, who were recently interviewed, extremely despicable liars, whom you just cannot believe in any way: surely they either knew this or are completely incompetent.

There is a lot more in the article, but I just pull out the following:

A separate draft memo, marked top-secret and dated from 2005, reveals a proposed NSA procedure for spying on the citizens of the UK and other Five-Eyes nations, even where the partner government has explicitly denied the US permission to do so. The memo makes clear that partner countries must not be informed about this surveillance, or even the procedure itself.
Note that this "merely" consists of the data of citizens - presumably: any citizens, who are totally innocent of anything - of the Five-Eyes nations, who clearly must be total and utter scum in the eyes of the degenerates who survey them, for otherwise they would not be surveyed, nor lied to about their being surveyed. Well, if you are not a member of a Five-Eyes nation, and an ordinary citizen, you must stand even lower. I cannot look differently upon this.

2.  Obama and Holder Let Gangsters Pay Fine, Continue Business As Usual

Next, an article by Glen Ford, that I found on Common Dreams, but that appeared originally in Black Agenda Report:
This is mainly about the career of Jamie Dimon. I quote only one bit from it:
Although it is “the largest penalty in history,” Dimon and his fellow banksters are also the richest criminals in history – the most powerful cartel of all time – who can easily afford the levy. The bursting of their housing securities bubble may have wrecked much of the global economy in 2008, but Dimon and his boys made out like pure bandits in the aftermath, consolidating their positions at the center of a dying system. JP Morgan emerged as the biggest U.S. bank in terms of assets, a gleaming tower standing amid the ruins it created. Such is the logic of late stage finance capitalism: catastrophe becomes “creative destruction,” which begets greater economic monopoly, resulting in unchallengeable political supremacy, which makes Dimon too big to jail, whether he’s actually a friend of Obama, or not.
In fact, Dimon is a friend of Obama, which will undoubtedly make it possible for Obama to join JP Morgan when he finishes his presidency, if he wants.

But yes, the main problem is that crooks like Dimon have been declared "too big to fail", which means that in fact they have to give up a small percentage of their gains to the state, and can continue to do anything they please, while also being served by the state, that prepares ever better conditions for them.

3. Government Leaks Provide 'First Confirmation' NSA Spies on UK Citizens

Next, another statement of the first item above, namely by the Common Dreams staff:
This starts as follows:
In the latest revelations about the ongoing dragnet surveillance practices of the National Security Agency, The Guardian revealed Wednesday how a vast extent of UK citizens' phone, internet and email communications have been swept up, stored, and analyzed by the NSA, who cut a secret deal with British intelligence officials to do so.

As The Guardian reports, the news is "the first explicit confirmation that UK citizens have been caught up in US mass surveillance programs."

According to the leaks provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, in 2007 NSA rules were changed following an agreement with the GCHQ, allowing the NSA agency to collect "British citizens' mobile phone and fax numbers, emails and IP addresses swept up by its dragnet," the Guardian reports (..)
I merely note here that these were secret deals between US spies and English spies, that the Houses of Parliament in both countries were completely kept out of, to spy on anybody in their countries.

Also, I do think I have been rather to optimistic late last year, in my
Crisis: Christmas sermon: Hypotheses about CF+SS though indeed at that time I did not know any of Snowden's revelations.

4. (..) No Evidence That The Bulk Collection of Americans’
Phone Records Has Provided Any Intelligence (..)

Finally, a bit from Washington's Blog, although it has a horribly long title, that I only once do not abbreviate:
Here is the main part from the beginning - and the bolding is in the original:

Today, 3 current U.S. Senators (Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Martin Heinrich)  who are all on the Senate Intelligence Committee – with top security clearance and access to classified NSA briefings – filed a “friend of the court” brief pointing out that the NSA’s mass spying hasn’t stopped a single attack:

Now that the government’s bulk call-records program has been exposed, the government has defended it vigorously.  Amici [i.e. friends of the court ... the 3 Senators, along with numerous security experts] submit this brief to respond to the government’s claim, which it is expected to repeat in this suit, that its collection of bulk call records is necessary to defend the nation against terrorist attacks.  Amici make one central point: As members of the committee charged with overseeing the National Security Agency’s surveillance, Amici have reviewed this surveillance extensively and have seen no evidence that the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records has provided any intelligence of value that could not have been gathered through less intrusive means. The government has at its disposal a number of authorities that allow it to obtain the call records of suspected terrorists and those in contact with suspected terrorists. It appears to Amici that these more targeted authorities could have been used to obtain the information that the government has publicly claimed was crucial in a few important counterterrorism cases.

There is considerably more quoted, which I leave to you, but I do quote the ending:

Indeed, NSA spying is not very focused on terrorism at all.  And even if some mass surveillance program were somehow necessary, counter-terror experts say we can keep everyone safe without violating the Constitutionmore cheaply and efficiently than the current system.

The NSA’s whole domestic spying program is a sham …

Yes, indeed: "A sham" is "a trick, a hoax or a fraud", and indeed it is and was all these things, but it also was and is quite successful: It wants everyone's data, and it wants that to enable an authoritarian or fascist state, and indeed it wants that ever since the late sixties or early seventies - and it got everyone's data, it seems, in the main English speaking nations at least, and with amazingly little protests.

And in fact so far nearly everything these secret spies wanted has succeeded, in spite of the serious spanner that Snowden threw into the works.

5. Personal

In fact, I have been typing another letter by Stephanie today, and felt quite sentimental. But this probably is of concern to very few, though important to me, and I merely said it to explain how I spend such time as I have: typing letters of over 40 years ago, from a woman who died 17 years ago, as if these matter.  (Well, they do, even if they matter only to me.)

What is pretty certain is that I will not long continue the present crisis reporting, at least as I have done this since June, which is for nearly half a year, because it is too much work, of a too journalistic kind, that found no appreciation of anyone that reached me.

Also, it seems that the serious interest in it has stopped, at least for the most part, and judged by the traffic to my Danish site. But for the moment I carry on, though also without any promises.

[1] 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 Greenwald:
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.)

About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to
facilitate search machine) which is a disease that 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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