"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. "NSA too big too
fail; Holland too small to object"
2. US 'may never know extent
of Edward Snowden NSA
3. NSA deputy director John
Inglis to retire at end of year
4. Global Petition To Halt
Mass Surveillance By Famous
is yet another crisis item, and while it is a Sunday, I have
four items, and a personal note. Also, there was earlier today an
upload of the latest bit in my autobiography,
that is written in Dutch.
1. "NSA too big too fail; Holland too small to object"
start with, a Dutch item, that I report with an English title, since
this is the latest and the newest reason not to do anything against the
The title is mine,
but under the link you'll find a brief item in Dutch, that reflects the
musings of one of the leading regents of one of the rich Dutch
Kohnstamm, who has invented the latest reason why he and the Dutch in
general, cannot do anything against the NSA, and that includes
Dutch laws, that prohibit mass surveillance.
His message is in my
title, and to my mind it is a cowardly lie.
(Of course, I have to make a guess at his motives, but this is my
as I certainly don't think a Duitchman in his position will speak the
In any case: No one
asked him to reflect on the size of the Dutch, nor on his totally
absurd presumption that the Dutch would have to do it alone
- and in any case, he has no reason to speculate
about the size of the Dutch nation if he is faced with very many clear
the Dutch laws, as indeed he is.
But yes... this is a fine
example of real Dutch courage, that also manifested itself so very
bravely during WW II, when over 1% of the Dutch population was gassed,
because very few Dutchmen did anything for them: there were 6 times as
many Dutch members of the Waffen-SS as there were members of the Dutch
2. US 'may never know extent of Edward
Snowden NSA leaks' –
Next, an article by
Amanda Holpuch in the Guardian:
This starts as
Government officials have
concluded that they may never know the full extent of information
leaked by the
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to
a report published on Saturday by the New York Times.
the newspaper that investigators are unsure of the scope of information
Snowden collected, partially because the Hawaii data facility he
worked at, as a contractor, did not have employee monitoring software
with which other NSA facilities were
equipped. Such software is meant to detect unusual behavior among the
agency's approximately 35,000 employees.
"They've spent hundreds and
hundreds of man hours trying to reconstruct everything he has gotten,
and they still don't know all of what he took," the Times quoted a
senior administration official as saying. "I know that seems crazy, but
everything with this is crazy."
So now you know - or
at least you know what the NSA wants to tell you. My own inference is a
bit different: Basically, it was, and probably still mostly is, a big
mess at the NSA, though I am willing to believe they closed a few holes.
NSA deputy director John Inglis to retire at end of year
Next, an article in the Guardian by Spencer
This starts as
The National Security
Agency's top civilian employee is leaving abruptly, as the agency
continues to be swept by turmoil over its
controversial surveillance powers.
John Inglis, who has
spent nearly eight years as the deputy director of the NSA, is retiring
weeks after Washington speculation placed him as a top candidate to be
the first civilian to run the agency.
Inglis’ departure, first
reported by Reuters and Foreign Policy magazine and independently
confirmed by the Guardian, is set for the end of the year. In a few
months he will be joined by his boss, US army General Keith Alexander,
who is also stepping down after eight years. The moves give President
Barack Obama an opportunity to reshape the leadership of a spy agency
that has sparked one
of the most intense diplomatic crises of his presidency.
Actually, I do not know
about "abruptly", since I was under the impression, as the next few
paragraphs in the article also clarify, that both Inglis and Alexander
were scheduled to leave anyway, and quite apart from Snowden, and
indeed before Snowden became world famous.
But I also agree that one
cannot trust the NSA's staff.
Global Petition To Halt Mass Surveillance By Famous Writers
As the last of today's
crisis items, this is 4 minutes 50 seconds by The Young Turks, on the writers' petition to the UN:
Some of the things that are pointed out
are that there is no mass movement, at least as yet; that most of the
US intellectuals, and especially the law professors, did nothing (with
a few exceptions); that even now writers speak less clearly in their
e-mails than they did before knowing these e-mails are being swept up
by the NSA to control them; and that the NSA, who raped everybody's
privacy, is pursuing Edward Snowden because he trampled upon their
And here is a bit by Janne Teller, who heads the petition:
Yes indeed. And there is a fine example given in the TYT bit, that
involves the insane dealings of the TPP: No one is allowed to know what
these agreements are about, except those who benefit by them. And that
indeed is the new style of government.
I have today linked
in a piece of my autobiography, as I said
at the beginning. I have still not progressed further than 40 years
ago, but it is something, although I suspect I will - eventually -
rewrite much of it, since at present it consists mostly of relatively
short pieces that were written hastily during this year, that also
were written without any documentation, except in the piece I uploaded
Indeed, it may even
happen that I rewrite it in English, although for this I need to have
it first, at least until 2000, and I also need to have the energy, that
is also far from certain.
But there is more to
come, even if it interests few.
 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.