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. NSA listed Merkel among
leaders subject to
2. 'A' for Angela Merkel: GCHQ and NSA
3. NSA chief
Keith Alexander avoids Snowden in retirement
ally Mike Rogers to leave House intelligence
committee for talk radio
5. "Bonus Babies" Make a
6. The NSA is burning down the
web, but what if
rebuilt a spy-proof internet?
Too Late to Try
Bush, Cheney and Obama for
8. Moving on
This is the Nederlog of March
30. It is another crisis
Although it is a Sunday, I have nine dotted links spread over eight
Incidentally, here are the explanations for "dotted links" and
"sections", which hold for most of the crisis files since June 10, 2013:
What I am doing every day is checking out about 40 internet addresses
to see whether these have anything interesting on the crisis;
do, the titles of these files, as given by their authors, become some
dotted link, and also usually the title of a numbered part of Nederlog,
called a section, that is dedicated to it. This section generally
consists of some quotations and some comments I make on these, but this
may vary a lot, from mostly quotations to mostly comments.
That's it, and I usually also copy the titles, except if these
take more than two lines in the format I use, which is a small Verdana
font, for then I usually shorten them. Also, occassionally I put more
than one dotted link in the same section, namely if these are about the
My guess is that most of my regular readers (at least 1500 a day) have
gotten this, but I wrote it out to clarify.
Here is another clarification:
I am doing this mostly because I got quite angry and much worried
about the NSA's lies about their stealing everyone's personal data and
everything he or she does with a computer, and about the cover these
criminals get from the
U.S. government, because I think privacy is a key issue for a free and
There is no free and open society without real privacy
for nearly all
of its members, and there is no free and open society where the
government or the corporations know everything about anyone, while
almost no one knows even who knows everything about one, nor anything
about how this is
going to be (ab)used, for the government and the corporations do
keep private who their spies are, and do keep secret what they
do, and mostly also what they are allowed to do.
And here are two final clarifications:
I am doing this because and while I am ill, and because I can do it.
But if I were not ill, I most probably would be doing quite different
things, and also would not live in Holland. (But this is all very
hypothetical: I am ill since 1.1.1979.)
And I do not know the outcome of the fight between the NSA and the
people at all. (But I am not optimistic, and I am glad that I
was born in 1950 rather than 2000: I was one of the poorest, quite
possibly the poorest overall in Holland, since I never got more
than minimal dole, and quite a few years less, but I lived in a rich
welfare state, and I did not experience any war. Both seem to be rare
NSA listed Merkel among leaders subject to surveillance –
The first article today is by Martin Pengelly on The Guardian:
This starts as follows:
This is basically a survey,
and also includes:
The National Security
Agency appears to have included Angela Merkel, the German chancellor,
on a list of world leaders subject to surveillance.
The news, the latest
extracted from documents supplied to media outlets including the
Guardian by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden,
was reported on Saturday by the German magazine Der
Spiegel and The
Intercept, a website set up by the former Guardian journalist Glenn
Greenwald with the support of the founder of eBay, Pierre
There is more in the
Saturday's reports also
said the British spy agency, GCHQ, infiltrated
servers run by German internet companies and eavesdropped on staff
communications, and that in March 2013 the NSA obtained a court order
to spy on Germany. GCHQ and NSA surveillance of German
targets has also been reported before.
Reports based on documents
provided by Snowden, who was granted a year's asylum in Russia,
continue to be published regularly. Last Saturday, Der Spiegel and the
New York Times reported that the NSA placed “back doors” in products
made by the
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, a company which US politicians have
criticised for allegedly aiding cyber-espionage by China.
2. 'A' for Angela Merkel: GCHQ and NSA
Targeted Private German Companies
The next item is an
article by Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark on Der
Spiegel (English edition):
This starts with the
following bold subtitle:
that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet
firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and
collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it
time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation?
I would say: Yes, it is,
though it probably will be very difficult to get all or most of the
facts, since these are heavily guarded by national spy centers, that
are doing everything they do in secret, with remarkably little informed
One top-secret GCHQ paper
claims the agency sought "development of in-depth knowledge of key
satellite IP service providers in Germany."
The document, which is
undated, states that the goal of the effort was developing wider
knowledge of Internet traffic flowing through Germany. The 26-page
document explicitly names three of the German companies targeted for
surveillance: Stellar, Cetel and IABG.
The document also states
that company employees are targets -- particularly engineers -- saying
that they should be detected and "tasked," intelligence jargon for
monitoring. In the case of Stellar, the top secret GCHQ paper includes
the names and email addresses of 16 employees, including CEO Christian
Steffen. In addition, it also provides a list of the most-important
customers and partners. Contacted by SPIEGEL, Stellar CEO Steffen said
he had not been aware of any attempts by intelligence services to
infiltrate or hack his company. "I am shocked," he said.
As the article explains,
the same applies to Cetel. There's also this:
The documents do not
provide sufficient information to precisely determine the types of data
included in the order, and the NSA has said it will not comment on the
matter. However, lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union believe
it provides the NSA with permission to access the communications of all
German citizens, regardless whether those affected are suspected of
having committed an offense or not. Under the FISA Amendments Act, the
NSA is permitted to conduct blanket surveillance in foreign countries
without any requirement to submit individual cases for review by the
court, whose deliberations and rulings are top secret.
This means fundamentally:
Against non-Americans anything is permitted, without any restriction or
oversight. (And mind you: I've always thought the spying was not
against terrorists, in the first place, but to give the state
more powers, and to give it all the knowledge it needs that others have
Anyway... more in the last
dotted article, which also contains a link to the following article, by
Ryan Gallagher, on The Intercept:
starts as follows:
There is a lot more in
the article, that also has at least 174 discussing it, none of which I
read. (I have had it with anonymous commenters: My life is not wasted
on reading their prose.)
Secret documents newly disclosed by the German newspaper Der
Spiegel on Saturday shed
more light on how aggressively the National Security Agency and its
British counterpart have targeted Germany for surveillance.
A series of classified
files from the archive provided to reporters by NSA whistleblower
Edward Snowden, also seen by The Intercept, reveal that
the NSA appears to have included Merkel in a surveillance database
alongside more than 100 others foreign leaders. The documents also
confirm for the first time that, in March 2013, the NSA obtained a
top-secret court order against Germany as part of U.S. government
efforts to monitor communications related to the country. Meanwhile,
the British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters targeted
three German companies in a clandestine operation that involved
infiltrating the companies’ computer servers and eavesdropping on the
communications of their staff.
NSA chief Keith Alexander
avoids Snowden in retirement
Next, an article by
Spencer Ackerman on The Guardian:
This starts as follows:
With minimal reference to
Edward Snowden, the former contractor who ushered in a new and
unwelcome era for the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander
ended his NSA directorship and his 39-year army career on Friday.
Feted at a retirement
ceremony attended by intelligence colleagues, legislators, fellow
officers and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, Alexander
hailed the NSA by quoting General Douglas MacArthur’s musings on
patriotism, morality and service from his 1962 retirement speech
at West Point, which Alexander called “especially applicable with all
that has gone on in the past year”.
Well... I am glad to
be rid of him, although he may try to play on from the sidelines. Also,
I note his office, paid from tax money, was a copy of Startrek, and
there also is this:
General Martin Dempsey,
the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, compared Alexander to James
“Can anyone guess what
number he keeps on his parking spot at Fort Meade?” Dempsey said. “007."
How childish can one
be as a general of the U.S.? And yes, while I think of Keith Alexander
mostly as a liar and a cheat, I also think he really means the Startrek
and James Bond claptrap. (I never liked any of that, but it does make
him more difficult to judge for me.)
There is rather a lot
more about him in the article, that also names and links Vice
Admiral Michael Rogers as his replacement. For the moment I also
leave that to you.
ally Mike Rogers to leave House intelligence committee for talk radio
Next, an article by
Spencer Ackerman on The Guardian. It's the same Ackerman but a
different Rogers than Michael:
This starts as
The National Security
Agency’s most stalwart congressional ally is abruptly retiring, part of
an almost complete turnover in surveillance leadership less than a year
after Edward Snowden’s revelations ushered the spy agency into a new
and uncertain era.
Congressman Mike Rogers
of Michigan, the powerful chairman of the House intelligence committee
and a former FBI agent, announced on Friday morning that he is leaving
Congress at the end of his term to start a conservative talk radio show.
“It's a pretty rare
opportunity. They don't come around very often,” Rogers, a Republican,
told a Detroit-area radio show.
I am again glad to be
rid of him. Also, the article states:
from Congress is part of a near-wholesale replacement of leadership in
the NSA and its chief allies in the other branches of government.
This then is expanded
by naming quite a few names and functions, which I leave to my readers.
One reason I am quite
glad to be rid of Rogers is this bit:
Rogers, a constant
presence on news shows, has become the NSA’s senior public proxy for
character attacks on Snowden, usually without providing evidence. At a
Tuesday press conference, Rogers – who largely referred to Snowden
simply as “the former contractor” – issued several accusations based on
his description of a secret Defense Intelligence Agency report.
“At least those analysts
believe that information, some or all of it, would be in the hands of
the Russian intelligence services today. The question on this is not
whether he is under the influence of the Russian intelligence services
today, everybody agrees on that, the question is when did that start,”
Rogers further alleged, also
without evidence, that Snowden’s revelations of widespread NSA bulk
surveillance worldwide was “deadly to our military,” although no US
servicemember or any other person’s death or injury has been linked to
the NSA disclosures.
That is to say: Mike
Rogers is quite fit to be a conservative talk show host, because he
doesn't believe in facts nor in evidence: all he is interested in is
making the news.
Babies" Make a Huge Haul
Next, an article by Jim Hightower on Common Dreams, that
changes the subject:
Here are the main facts:
I say they are thieves,
and they know it: Nobody is worth that amount of money, except
Neumann and Feynman
- who earned a few tenthousands of dollars a year.
This year, even though
the Wall Street bosses have presided over a 30 percent drop in their
banks' profits, they've extracted a 15 percent raise in overall bonus
money, totaling a ridiculous $27 billion. That averages out to $165,000
in extra pay to each Wall Street banker. But averages deceive, for
thousands of lower-level bankers are given a dab, while those up in the
executive suites make off with the bulk of the heist.
Michael Corbat, CEO of
Citigroup, for example, didn't just grab a 15 percent increase in bonus
pay, but nearly three times that. His total haul was $16 million. Then
there's Jamie Dimon, boss of JPMorgan Chase. He had a really terrible
year in 2013, forcing his shareholders to shell out some $22 billion in
penalties for a long rap sheet of illegalities. Still, Jamie took a 74
percent hike in bonus money this year – a cool $18.5 million.
NSA is burning down the web, but what if we rebuilt a spy-proof
Next, an article by
David Byrne, one of the founders of the Talking Heads, on The Guardian:
This starts as follows:
What will life be
like after the internet? Thanks to the mass surveillance
undertaken by the National Security Agency and the general creepiness
of companies like Google and Facebook, I've found myself considering
this question. I mean, nothing lasts forever, right?
That means that it is mostly
fanciful rather than factual, though there is this more or less factual
We all know by now
that the NSA and the UK's Government Communication Headquarters are reading
our emails, listening
to our phone conversations, storing
our metadata and using
our computers and phones to watch us. A bunch of dorky guys
amassing huge collections of pictures of tits and dicks.
I leave the rest of the
article to your consideration,
and merely note it is rather long and rather fanciful.
NOT Too Late to Try Bush, Cheney and Obama for War
article by Washington's Blog:
This starts as follows, with
bolding and coloring from the original:
This then is followed by a
long article making the case, which I think is fair. But I do not
expect any prosecution, because that needs another world, or the
present world after quite a few quite improbable changes.
We Can Still Prosecute …
Many argue that the
statute of limitations on Bush and Cheney’s crimes of lying us into the
Iraq war and torture have all run … so it is too late to prosecute them.
However, the United
States War Crimes Act of 1996, a federal statute set forth at 18 U.S.C. § 2441, makes it a federal crime for any
U.S. national, whether military or civilian, to violate the Geneva
Convention by engaging in murder, torture, or inhuman treatment.
The statute applies not
only to those who carry out the acts, but also to those who ORDER IT, know about it, or fail to take steps to stop
it. The statute applies to everyone, no matter how high and mighty.
18 U.S.C. § 2441 has no statute of limitations,
which means that a war crimes complaint can be filed at any time.
Even so, it is important to see that there is good evidence and
that there are legal reasons to prosecute, also if this doesn't
shift, this time to a non-crisis item, by Suzy
I should start this by saying
that Suzy Chapman has soldiered
on with several more clarifications of the ICD-10 and ICD-11, after
saying on February 11 that:
This time she says the
following - and I am skipping a paragraph, indicated by (...):
This will be the final
post on Dx Revision Watch.
As from today, I am
stepping back from advocacy work and from monitoring and reporting via
Dx Revision Watch
will remain online for the foreseeable future as a resource. Other
than updating some existing posts, no new postings or reports will be
I am still seeing
considerable confusion, misunderstanding and misreporting around what
can and what cannot be determined from the public
version of the ICD-11 Beta drafting platform on emerging proposals
for revision of ICD-10′s Somatoform
As I said on February 12, I have come to a similar
conclusion - except, perhaps, that I go a little further and insist the
majority has no interest in, nor any real understanding of,
evidence based reporting, because they simply are too stupid
(with or without "brain fog").
misinformation and inaccurate reporting on blogs, websites and social
media platforms helps no-one. It devalues patient and carer concerns;
it undermines the work of advocates committed to providing accurate,
referenced and timely information; it panics patients and provokes knee
jerk “activism” and “slacktivism.”
It has become clear to
me, down the years, that the majority of ME patients are not interested
in evidence based reporting.
I am wasting my time.
For those who have
listened, thank you. The site will remain online as a resource.
Suzy Chapman for Dx
This also would not be so very bad, for thus it always was,
that is, until the billions from the lower half of the IQ
distribution acquired internet (mostly in the West) and were misled into thinking that
their stupid selfs have the inalienable right to meddle into anything
and everything - anonymously, impertinently, blindly, grossly and
sickly, also easily scolding, and with the most idiotic arguments, in
the most awful prose, but with the near certainty that they
will win in the end, because the stupid are in vast majority, and now
they can fuck up any discussion without anyone being able to hit back,
because they all are anonymous, and have no sites, no
responsibility, no accountability, besides having no brains worth
speaking of, and hardly arguments worth reading, by any
Well... they have won: I do not know of any intelligent active advocate
for persons with M.E. now, who is not a doctor of medicine. It's a
great pity, but it is what the large majority of the stupid desire:
they do not allow anyone more intelligent than they are, not even to
state their case. 
 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.)
I am the more certain that this is so since I am nearly 64 and have had
many of the same experiences with The Democratic Average. Well... it so
happens that my IQ at 28 was high above 150, and I have acquired three
academic degrees, all with excellent marks, since I fell ill at 28,
while I have been frauded out of an M.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in
psychology. But no matter: As the stupid folks on Phoenix Rising have
explained me, they are all at least as good as I am, in
every thing, and especially intellectually. I wish them lots of luck,
for they much need it.
(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: