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  December
5, 2013
Crisis: 'Radicalizers', 5 billion 'terrorists', memory hole, human rights, Snowden & Greenwald
  "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.











Sections
Introduction
  1. YouTube 'Radicalizers' Targeted By NSA
  2. Snowden documents show NSA gathering 5bn cell phone
       records daily

  3. Welcome to the Memory Hole
  4. Economic Pain Inflicted, Austerity-Pushers Now
       Targeting Human Rights

  5. Snowden and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the
       Secrets

About ME/CFS

Introduction

This 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.

1. YouTube 'Radicalizers' Targeted By NSA

To 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 records daily

Next, an article by Paul Lewis in the Guardian:

This 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 the world.

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 journeys.

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 information:

"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 Post report.

"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."

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.

And I really think that was and is the goal of the NSA for over 12 years now - at the most optimistic estimate.

3. Welcome to the Memory Hole

Next, 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:

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.

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.

In fact, this is going to happen real soon, in Cameron's GCHQ-state:
Great Britain, 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 same:
Snowden’s 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.

4. Economic Pain Inflicted, Austerity-Pushers Now Targeting Human Rights 

Next, an article by Jon Queally on Common Dreans:

This starts as follows:

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.

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.

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 demonstrations.

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".

5. Snowden 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 tremendously dangerous."

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."

Indeed: 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 point:

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 liar, who
lied while under oath, and who still has his job.

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Note

[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)

2. Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT:  
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
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)
9.
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)



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