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  February
27, 2014
Crisis: GCHQ, DoJ, Cheney, Police State, Personal
   "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.
   "Power tends to corrupt, and   
   absolute power corrupts
   absolutely. Great men are        
   almost always bad men."
   -- Lord Acton
















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Sections
Introduction

1. GCHQ Revealed: Inside Her Majesty's Listening Service
2. DOJ Still Ducking Scrutiny After Misleading Supreme
     Court on Surveillance

3. Dick Cheney Broke US Military, Now Blames Obama for
     Cuts

4. White House Panelist On NSA – and Former Counterterror
     Czar – Says NSA May Enable a “Police State”

5. Personal
About ME/CFS

Introduction:

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 way.

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, and Destroy 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 Listening Service

The first article is by Christoph Scheuermann in the international on line edition of Der Spiegel:
This is mostly a background article, but it has some interesting information:

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 the worldlearned 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.

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.

2.  DOJ Still Ducking Scrutiny After Misleading Supreme Court on Surveillance

The next 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.

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.
As I said, this is just the beginning, and the rest of the article is quite interesting.

3.  Dick Cheney Broke US Military, Now Blames Obama for Cuts 

The next article is by Juan Cole. I found it on Truth Dig, but it appeared first on his own site:

This starts as follows:

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 interesting article.

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:

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 this.

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.”

Yes, indeed - or at least, to get back your rights requires a collapse or a revolution.
 
5. Personal

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 and second chapters, both from 2008, although I do not know whether this will be done soon after finishing the translation of Chapter III.
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Note
[1] 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 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 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 quote from is quite pertinent.)

About ME/CFS (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:
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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