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."
"Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts
absolutely. Great men
almost always bad men."
1. GCHQ Revealed: Inside
Her Majesty's Listening Service
2. DOJ Still Ducking Scrutiny After Misleading
Court on Surveillance
3. Dick Cheney Broke US
Military, Now Blames Obama for
4. White House Panelist On NSA
– and Former Counterterror
Czar – Says NSA May Enable a
This is again an ordinary
crisis file, and there wasn't much on the usual - more than 30 - places
I looked, but I did find four files that are about the crisis, in some
Also, I do find it rather odd that Glenn Greenwald's article that I
reviewed yesterday, How Covert Agents Infiltrate
the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive,
Reputations, seems to be
picked up by very few, including the Guardian and the Dutch
papers NRC Handelsblad and Volkskrant (who all three did not find it
important enough to inform their readers about, in so far as I could
find, even though all three publish lots of non-information).
1. GCHQ Revealed: Inside Her Majesty's
The first article is
by Christoph Scheuermann in the international on line edition of Der
This is mostly a
background article, but it has some interesting information:
There is a lot more over
two pages, which is informative, but the main thing is that no one
knows what GCHQ is up to, and that those who speak for it either lie,
misinform or refuse to answer.
GCHQ's spies, who see
themselves as the country's eyes and ears, don't like being the center
of attention. It was only through the actions of American whistleblower
Edward Snowden that
about many of their operations. The documents Snowden leaked, from
the innermost circles of the US National
Security Agency (NSA), revealed that the British agency has begun
monitoring increasingly large portions of global data traffic in recent
years -- infiltrating computer networks around the world, launching
attacks and extracting information from mobile telephones.
In 2008, GCHQ agents
began testing the "Tempora" program, which they hoped would allow them
to tap into global data links, especially fiber optic cables. In the
four years that followed, the agency's access to data grew by 7,000
percent, according to a PowerPoint presentation described in the
British newspaper The Guardian. Today the agency -- which cites
"mastering the Internet" as one of its objectives and boasts about
extracting more data from the web than the NSA -- employs 6,100 women
and men, almost as many as MI5 and MI6, Britain's domestic and foreign
intelligence agencies, combined.
2. DOJ Still Ducking Scrutiny After Misleading
Supreme Court on Surveillance
article is by Dan
Novack on The Intercept:
This starts as follows:
In October 2012,
United States Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. was in a tight spot.
As I said, this is just
the beginning, and the rest of the article is quite interesting.
Seeking dismissal of a
legal challenge against an NSA warrantless electronic surveillance
program, the Department of Justice had taken the position that the
rabble-rousers represented by the ACLU had no standing to sue because
they couldn’t prove they had been subjected to surveillance. But who,
if anyone, could prove they were harmed by a program cloaked in secrecy?
Verrilli was ready with
an answer: those criminals who had been caught by the program. In both
written and oral arguments, the solicitor general assured the Supreme
Court that the DOJ was bound by law to notify defendants when the
program was used against them, stating
that if the government planned to use evidence derived from the
surveillance in court, “it must provide advance notice to the tribunal
and the person.” It was an effective argument and one the Court
ultimately found persuasive.
It just wasn’t true. While the DOJ had utilized warrantless
electronic surveillance to identify suspects for years, no criminal
defendant had received such notice. Ever. Once this discrepancy was
exposed, the DOJ reversed course and began providing notice to
defendants in late 2013.
Dick Cheney Broke US Military, Now Blames Obama for Cuts
article is by Juan Cole. I found it on Truth Dig, but it appeared first
on his own site:
This starts as
Former Vice President
Dick Cheney has lambasted the Obama administration
for its announcement that it will cut 8% out of the military budget and
reduce standing army troop levels to the lowest level since before World War II (from
550,000 at the height of the Iraq War to 440,000). Cheney told
CNN he believed that Obama would rather spend the money on food stamps
than on the military.
Cheney himself, however,
is one of the reasons for these cuts.
According to former Treasury
Secretary Paul O’Neill, Cheney is the one who insisted on two big tax
cuts for the wealthiest Americans in the first years of the Bush
administration, which has been a structural contributor to persistent
budget deficits. America has become an extremely unequal society, with
the top 1% taking home 20% of the national income every month, and
obviously if they pay dramatically less in Federal taxes, it causes a
shortfall that cannot be made up from the 99%. Those deficits provoked
the ‘sequester,’ automatic across the board cuts in the government
budget, which are among the impetuses for Hagel’s budget.
It's nice to know
Cheney not only started at least one war, with a few others, which me
may have done by a false flag operation, but also is the man who
decided the rich have to pay a lot less tax.
And he did more:
Not to mention that
Cheney was among the architects of the push to deregulate the banks and
Wall Street, going back to the 1970s, which helped cause the
banking and real estate crisis of 2008.
This is also an
4. White House Panelist On NSA – and
Former Counterterror Czar – Says NSA May Enable a “Police State”
Finally for today, in so
far as the crisis is concerned, an article
by Washington's Blog, on his site:
This starts as follows:
Yes, indeed - or at least, to
get back your rights requires a collapse or a revolution.
Richard Clarke is one of
the four White House panelists on NSA spying, and the former top
counter-terror czar in the Clinton and Bush administrations.
Clarke has previously
said that mass
surveillance isn’t needed to keep us safe. And see
As Tech Target reports:
Revelations about NSA
monitoring activities over the last year show the potential for a
police state mechanism, according to the former U.S. cybersecurity
czar, but there is still time to avoid the dire consequences.
“[T]hey have created,
with the growth of technologies, the potential for a police state.”
“Once you give up your
rights, you can never get them back. Once you turn on that police
state, you can never turn it off.”
The above was a fairly brief
crisis file, but I report only on what I found.
Also, besides working on the crisis, I have been working on getting
more files re-uploaded, and will tomorrow probably re-upload the ME-section and its directories. I am
not certain yet, for I have to make quite a few rather boring
corrections, but you'll know more tomorrow.
Incidentally, I decided to give up on trying to extend ME-Resources,
for which I did rather a lot, until my bad eyes put a stop to finishing
it. The main reason is that it is a lot of work, and I anyway will only
get to see a small part of the relevant medical literature, and
also what is there is now in fact is a good outline of all the medical
information there is - which is a lot more than is on the site, but
which also is all far from certain. (But I may try to improve the looks
of the file.)
Also, the only possible exception to this is information about the
mB12-protocol, but if I do find any good scientific information
on that topic, it will be probably be made into a new directory.
Finally, I am also working on my translation of Chapter III - the
largest one, incidentally - of Chamfort's
"Products of the Perfected Civilization". Again I do not know when this
is finished, but this too will happen soon, at least if my health
remains up to it, which it wasn't for a very long time, namely since
2008, although indeed other things also interfered.
There will also be my own aphorisms in reply to his, as there
are for the first
chapters, both from 2008, although I do not know whether this will be
done soon after finishing the translation of Chapter III.
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, that the governors do not
rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the
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 one of the
citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the
supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to
be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I
from is quite pertinent.)
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: