Yes, indeed. And
again: Any government that spies on all its citizens is a totalitarian
government, that uses totalitarian means, and should go.
There is also this:
Civil libertarian groups
have been skeptical of the report for months, fearing that the White
House established the insider panel to give Obama and the NSA cover to
implement merely cosmetic changes. Advisers to the panel have told the
Guardian since September that the panel was stopping well short of
meaningful privacy reforms.
I quite agree: I fear
this report is mostly bullshit, that will only be used to legitimate
Greenwald Reveals 'Crux' of NSA Spying: The 'Elimination of
Individual Privacy Worldwide'
Next, an article by
Lauren McCauley on Common Dreams:
This starts as
via live feed before an EU Commission committee on mass
surveillance Wednesday, independent journalist Glenn Greenwald revealed
what he believed to be the "crux" of the reporting on the NSA so far.
According to Greenwald,
what the European ministers—and the world—should know about the spy
agency's ultimate objective is that it is "nothing less than the
elimination of individual privacy worldwide."
Yes, indeed: I quite
agree, and have said I suspected so already on October 29, 2005, in Dutch, a warning
that was repeated several times, and that was last stated quite clearly
by me on Christmas 2012, in
English, where I laid down a number of hypotheses that since
have been abundantly confirmed by Snowden's revelations, that
took up most of my attention the last half year, and indeed were laid
down in many Nederlogs.
The reason I
concluded so in 2005 was especially that I saw not the least reason for
all the "anti-terrorism" legislation the Dutch wanted to introduce, and
did introduce, and namely because none of these measures were even
contemplated during the very far more dangerous years of the
cold war, when the enemy was an enormous bloc of socialist states,
with very large armies and atomic weapons, which were far
more dangerous than anything "Al Qaeda" could do, even if they were 10,
a 100 or a 1000 times more effective than NSA spokespersons like to
pretend they are.
My problem at present
is that I have not seen yet 1 hour 22 minutes of Greenwald's testimony,
although he does get cited in the article. Here are the cited parts,
with my bolding and comments:
As he [Glenn Greenwald -
MM] told the panel:
There has been a
virtual avalanche of stories and reports over the last six months over
espionage and virtual spying by the NSA and its partners and each of
these stories has been extremely important, but I think the quantity of
them has sometimes endangered the ultimate point from being obscured.
So I just wanted to spend a little bit of time discussing what I think
is the primary revelation, the crux, of all of these stories that ties
them together and—that I think—is the most important thing for us to
That is, what the
ultimate goal of what the NSA—along with its most loyal, one might say
subservient, junior partner, the British agency GCHQ—when it comes to
the reason why this system of surveillance is being built. And the
objective of this system is nothing less than the elimination of
individual privacy worldwide.
And, at first glance,
that might seem like it's a bit hyperbolic—like it's a little bit
melodramatic—but it isn't. It's a literal description of what the
NSA and what its closest surveillance partners are attempting to
achieve. And the reason I know this is what they are attempting to
achieve is because they say it over and over and over again. On
occasion they say it publicly and repeatedly they say it in their
private documents, which were written when they thought nobody was able
to hear what it was they were saying.
Quite so. It is state
terrorism that aims at the creation of a police state,
quite as William
Binney (<- Wikipedia) said, whom I quoted yesterday, and who was one of the top
spies of the NSA, until he was dismissed because he was against total
Here is more by
Citing the often-quoted
"collect-it-all" mandate of government spy agencies, Greenwald
continued, "The NSA doesn't need a specific reason to collect any
communications. The fact that people are communicating is reason
"Every story we've done
is driven by this overarching theme," he intoned. "The significance of
this reporting, what Mr. Snowden revealed, can't be overstated."
Again, I quite agree:
The only reason the NSA, the GCHQ, and other spying agencies are
collecting everything they can get (which is everything that is
done with a computer or cellphone) is that they want to control
everything, and all baloney about "terrorism" was bullshit from
before the moment it started: There is no danger of terrorism by "Al
Qaeda", for even if they may wrack some havoc, which they have done,
they never were in any position to do what the Soviet Union
could have done, which is blowing up the US with atomic bombs, and "Al
Qaeda" never had territory or well-trained armies.
Besides, as William
Binney and other ex-NSA persons, like Russell Tice
(<- Wikipedia), have clearly stated:
The desire to
collect all was there even before 9/11 - and 9/11 served
mostly as a pretext for unlimited spying on everyone, and for
starting a war against Iraq, again on the pretext that they had
atomic or chemical weapons, that again was an aim of Bush Jr. and Dick
Cheney from before 9/11.
As Greenwald said:
"What a lot of this
spying is about has nothing to do with terrorism and national
security," Greenwald added. "That is the pretext. It is about
diplomatic manipulation and economic advantage.”
Quite so. And
power and influence: The only valid reason to collect everyone's
data is that the governors and their bureaucrats have a desire to control
everyone, which they now also can practice,
for the first time in human history, which they try to do.
It is a completely totalitarian
idea, whatever the government's political color, and it is extremely
dangerous, again whatever
the government's political color: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute
power corrupts absolutely" - Lord Acton.
Well, this is by
far the most absolute power that any government ever had, and it is
no miracle at all that it corrupts nearly everyone.
Finally, you can find
a copy of the video with Greenwald's testimony at the end of the
Since it is 18.45
now, I upload this, and will wait to the weekend, or so I presently
assume, for some more on the subjects I do wish to treat in Nederlog
apart from the crisis. For it still is the case I would like to comment
less on it, not because it isn't important, but because it is too
journalistic for my taste and talents.