"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."
1. YouTube 'Radicalizers'
Targeted By NSA
2. Snowden documents show NSA
gathering 5bn cell phone
3. Welcome to the Memory
4. Economic Pain Inflicted,
5. Snowden and Greenwald:
The Men Who Leaked
is another crisis file. The title is a bit long because I used two or
three words to describe the diverse contents. The alternative is one
file per subject, with fuller titles, but this seems to me unwise, and
also is more work. Anyway... see for yourself, and in case you were not
yet convinced "terrrorism" by "Al Qaeda" is a mere pretext for the
imposition of state terrorism, see items 2, 3 and 4 below.
'Radicalizers' Targeted By NSA
start with, a video by The Young Turks, of 6 min 30 sec, that outlines
this about the NSA = Not Safe Already:
The main point is to make
clear the fact that the NSA is very much not safe, because it is
targetting American subjects, because
it is taking any
deviance from the norm as an indication of "radicalism" or "terrorism",
and because it is denying and trampling on one's
rights under the Constitution, for Americans, while denying and
trampling on one's human rights when one is a European, at least.
2. Snowden documents show NSA gathering 5bn cell phone
an article by Paul Lewis in the Guardian:
starts as follows:
The National Security
Agency is reportedly collecting almost 5 billion cell phone records a
day under a program that monitors and analyses highly personal data
about the precise whereabouts of individuals, wherever they travel in
Details of the giant
database of location-tracking information, and the sophisticated ways
in which the NSA uses the data to establish relationships between
people, have been revealed
by the Washington Post, which cited documents supplied by
whistleblower Edward Snowden and intelligence officials.
The spy agency is said to
be tracking the movements of “at least hundreds of millions of devices”
in what amounts to a staggeringly powerful surveillance tool. It means
the NSA can, through mobile phones, track individuals anywhere they
travel – including into private homes – or retrace previously traveled
The data can also be used
to study patterns of behaviour to reveal personal information and
relationships between different users.
Here are two other links
that give various details on the story - and note that "5bn phone
records daily" = 5,000 million daily phone records (which of
course are all by terrorists, for those who want to believe in
that idiotic lie):
The second also gives this
Yes, indeed - except that these
people are not "innocent": They are all "potential terrorists", who may
in the not so far future be accused of very many things that now are
still legal, and they may be be persecuted with draconian punishments:
See section 4.
"It is staggering that a
location-tracking program on this scale could be implemented without
any public debate, particularly given the substantial number of
Americans having their movements recorded by the government," stated
Catherine Crump, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union
Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, following the Washington
"The paths that we travel
every day can reveal an extraordinary amount about our political,
professional, and intimate relationships. The dragnet surveillance of
hundreds of millions of cell phones flouts our international obligation
to respect the privacy of foreigners and Americans alike," Crump
continued. "The government should be targeting its surveillance at
those suspected of wrongdoing, not assembling massive associational
databases that by their very nature record the movements of a huge
number of innocent people."
And I really think that was and is the goal of the NSA for over 12
years now - at the most optimistic estimate.
to the Memory Hole
an article by Peter Van Buren that I found on Truth Dig but that
appeared originally at Tom Engelhardt's site:
This starts as follows:
The memory hole, of course, is
the complete disappearance of anything that the State's Bureaucrats or
Governors do not like, and perhaps its eventual "re-appearance" in a
completely falsified approved format. Also, this was what really
happened under Stalin.
What if Edward Snowden
was made to disappear? No, I’m not suggesting some future CIA rendition
effort or a who-killed-Snowden conspiracy theory of a disappearance,
but a more ominous kind.
What if everything a
whistleblower had ever exposed could simply be made to go away? What if
every National Security Agency (NSA) document Snowden released, every
interview he gave, every documented trace of a national security state
careening out of control could be made to disappear in real-time? What
if the very posting of such revelations could be turned into a
fruitless, record-less endeavor?
Am I suggesting the plot
for a novel by some twenty-first century George Orwell? Hardly. As we
edge toward a fully digital world, such things may soon be possible,
not in science fiction but in our world— and at the push of a button.
In fact, the earliest prototypes of a new kind of “disappearance” are
already being tested. We are closer to a shocking, dystopian reality
that might once have been the stuff of futuristic novels than we
imagine. Welcome to the memory hole.
In fact, this is going to happen real soon, in Cameron's GCHQ-state:
however, will soon take a significant step toward deciding what a
private citizen can see on the web even while at home. Before the end
of the year, almost all Internet users there will be “opted-in” to a
system designed to filter
out pornography. By default, the controls will also block access to
“violent material,” “extremist and terrorist related content,”
“anorexia and eating disorder websites,” and “suicide related
websites.” In addition, the new settings will censor sites mentioning
alcohol or smoking. The filter will also block “esoteric material,”
though a UK-based rights group says the government has yet to make
clear what that category will include.
Again I say this is plainly
and evidently fascistic, and it also is clear and evident
state-terrorism: The state has not and should not have
permissions to block what adults can read or see (with some very small
very extreme exceptions).
Here is more of the same - and note you will not be told you
are "re-directed": You are a mere slave, who deserves to be manipulated
by secret spooks you do not know:
While Google is
redirecting searches for kiddie porn to counseling sites, the NSA has
developed a similar ability. The agency already controls a set of
servers codenamed Quantum
that sit on the Internet’s backbone. Their job is to redirect “targets”
away from their intended destinations to websites of the NSA’s choice.
The idea is: you type in the website you want and end up somewhere less
disturbing to the agency.
In fact, what one has heard
the last half year seems to be the merest beginning of far more of the
revelations of what the NSA does to gather information and control
technology, which have riveted the planet since June, are only part of
the equation. How the government will enhance its surveillance and
control powers in the future is a story still to be told. Imagine
coupling tools to hide, alter, or delete content with smear campaigns
to discredit or dissuade whistleblowers, and the power potentially
available to both governments and corporations becomes clearer.
The article ends as follows,
indeed far more realistically than Tom Engelhardt's early welcoming
"future Edward Snowdens":
About now you
should feel a chill. We’re watching, in real time, as 1984 turns from a futuristic fantasy long past
into an instructional manual. There will be no need to kill a future
Edward Snowden. He will already be dead.
Indeed - and this is a piece
well worth reading.
Pain Inflicted, Austerity-Pushers Now Targeting Human Rights
Next, an article by Jon
Queally on Common Dreans:
This starts as follows:
Yes and no: I am certain the
Dutch have not "forgotten about
their human rights obligations":
They have intentionally repressed them. The same will be true of most
other parliamentary lackeys of the corporations.
The political drive to
enact economic austerity across Europe is not only harming the
financial position of millions upon millions of people, it is also
undermining human rights protections across the continent and beyond.
That is the message from
the Council of Europeans on Wednesday, backed up by a new
report (pdf) highlighting how the misguided policies implemented by
governments in the name of fighting back against the financial crisis
that began in 2008 have had the unintended (though predictable)
consequences of harming fundamental social protections, especially for
those most needy in society.
“Many governments in
Europe imposing austerity measures have forgotten about their human
rights obligations, especially the social and economic rights of the
most vulnerable, the need to ensure access to justice, and the right to
equal treatment," said
Nils Muižnieks, the council's Commissioner for Human Rights.
Why do I think so? Here is the European future, as being developed and
practised in Spain:
And highlighting recent
developments in Spain, the EU Observer explores the report's
argument that assaults on public dissent and democratic freedoms, such
as the right to assemble and free speech, have been most severely
squelched by the same governments who have most aggressively pushed
austerity on their citizens:
The report notes civil
and political rights have also eroded as some governments exclude
people on having any say in austerity proposals, provoking large-scale
The latest twist came
over the weekend when Spain backed a draft law on public order that
cracks down on civil disobedience.
The revised draft, if
ratified, means Spaniards can be fined up to €30,000 for insulting a
government official, burning a flag, or protesting outside the
parliament without a permit.
Covering faces or wearing
hoods at demonstrations is also an offence.
Judges would also be able
to impose fines of up to €600,000 for picketing at nuclear plants,
airports, or if demonstrators interfere with elections.
As I said before: The
Spaniards are turning fascistic, again, as are the Europeans - and this
is done on purpose, by the majority of the ruling elites: They
know very well what they are doing; they know they and their
families will not be hit; and so they do it: "Too bad for you if you
are an ordinary person".
and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets
The last item is a
fairly long story by Janet Reitman in Rolling Stone:
This is a fairly long
story, and I don't agree with all in it (such as the sub-title:
"How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year": Why not
rather offend Michael Hayden and Keith Alexander - except that these
two can hit back?!) but it may contain some information one doesn't
know yet, and it also makes some decent points.
Here are three of
them - and yes, I read all of it:
The more Snowden
saw of the NSA's actual business – and, particularly, the more he read
"true information," including a 2009 Inspector General's report
detailing the Bush era's warrantless-surveillance program – the more he
realized that there were actually two governments: the one that was
elected, and the other, secret regime, governing in the dark. "If the
highest officials in government can break the law without fearing
punishment or even any repercussions at all, secret powers become
Yes, quite so - and I
have so far seen extremely little that would prevent that "the highest officials in government can break
the law without fearing punishment" and a lot that enables them to do so.
Next, from another place:
As a result,
Alexander was able to fully realize a concept, promoted by Hayden, of
the NSA's "owning the Net" – gaining access to virtually everything. By
February 2012, the agency had laid out its strategic vision in a
five-page mission statement declaring its intention to acquire data
from "anyone." One program in support of this goal, known as "Treasure
Map," was so overarching it claimed to map out information from "any
device, anywhere, all the time." The agency referred to the present as
the "golden age of SIGINT."
That is what I think the NSA wants, at least since 9/11/2001: To have
access to all information "from
"any device, anywhere, all the time."". I think the whole notion is sick,
fascistic and degenerate, and the application of the notion can only
have sick and fascistic consequences.
Finally, there is this
Snowden has been
vague about when he decided to leak, but he has been very clear on what
compelled him to act. "It was seeing a continuing litany of lies from
senior officials to Congress – and therefore the American people – and
the realization that Congress . . . wholly supported the lies," he
said. "Seeing someone in the position of James Clapper – director of
National Intelligence – baldly lying to the public without repercussion
is the evidence of a subverted democracy."
Yes, I quite agree - and I
have not seen much real evidence that the US does not have "a subverted democracy", were it only because James Clapper is a
lied while under oath, and who still has his job.
 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.)
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.