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 Uses Corporate News to
Spread Propaganda and
2. ‘The Fight to Save Our Democracy ... Just
Leak the CIA Report: It's the Only Way to Know the
Truth About Torture
4. UN Must Reject Mass
Surveillance to Protect Global
Neuroinflammation is present in widespread brain areas
in CFS/ME patients
This is the Nederlog of April
6. It is another crisis
It is a Sunday, and I found four articles, of which the fourth one,
that concerns a submission to the United Nations, is best. There also
is a last article thrown in that is about medicine, and that shows that
people with ME/CFS are not imagining things (or lying) - as
some psychiatrists insist, wholly falsely - when they claim they are
1. NSA Uses
Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence
The first article today is by Donald Kaufman on Truth Dig:
This starts as follows
(and refers to an article by Glenn
I have dealt with it on
April 1, but it is
good to see this taken up by others.
Glenn Greenwald published an expose
this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to
various news publications, which have happily played along. The
propaganda isn’t limited just to schlock networks like Fox News, but is
promulgated also by widely trusted newspapers, including The Washington
Post and the Los Angeles Times.
The message NSA and other
officials send to the public every time a
whistle-blower and journalist step forward to expose an inconvenient
truth is, “You’re all going to die because of these leakers and the
journalists who publish their disclosures!” Greenwald writes. This
encourages a fervor of fear that has led some legislators and
“journalists” to openly call for the assassination of
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for disclosures made through his site.
2. ‘The Fight to Save Our Democracy ...
Just Got Harder’
The next item is a
article by Alexander Reed Kelly:
In fact, he
introduces a short video by Bill Moyers (<-
Wikipedia) on the McCutcheon decision. It is here because I like it:
This takes only 2 minutes and 30 seconds, and it says the right things,
and counsels against despair.
Leak the CIA Report: It's the Only Way to Know the Whole
Truth About Torture
The next item is an
article by Trevor Timm on Common Dreams:
This starts as
In a seemingly
rare win for transparency, headlines
on Thursday that the Senate Intelligence Committee had voted to
declassify key findings of its massive report on CIA torture.
Unfortunately, most news articles waited until the final two paragraphs
to mention the real news: the public won't see any of the document for
months at minimum, and more
than 90% of the investigation – characterized as "the
Pentagon Papers of the CIA torture program" – will remain secret
In reality, only the
executive summary and its conclusions – 480 out of some 6,300 pages –
were even included in the vote, and they're nowhere close to being
published: it now heads to the White House for "declassification
review", an arduous process that will involve multiple government
agencies taking a black marker to the documents, including
the CIA, the same agency accused in the report of systematically
torturing prisoners and lying about it for years. The spy report's
subjects and suspects will now become its censors.
Note that this is quite crazy:
The CIA is being investigated by the Senate, and should have no
rights to use "a black marker" on the texts written by the Senate. That
is a total reversion of who commands who - and under Obama it seems it
is effectively the CIA who controls the Senate, rather than the
reverse, as it should be.
There is also this:
As Marcy Wheeler has
noted, torture advocates are allowed a free hand to go on book
tours, exposing the greatness of torture, while torture critics like
former FBI agent Ali Soufan are
usually muzzled, or worse. Of course, no government official has
ever been prosecuted for torture, but former CIA officer John
Kiriakou is in jail for speaking to the press about it.
Still, the larger
question remains: will the White House live up to its word and tell us
the truth about torture?
President Obama has
stated he wants the findings declassified in an expedient manner, but
defended the CIA when it was accused of spying on the Senate, and
reported, "the White House has been more involved than publicly
acknowledged … For five years, the White House has been withholding
more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the committee for its
investigation, even though Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive
See my previous remark. It
ends like this:
Parts of the report are
now in the hands of Senate staffers, White House officials, State
Department employees, CIA sooks and soon maybe more. It would not come
without great personal risk, but the American people may only be served
well if someone with a conscience is brave enough to leak the full
report and hold the CIA accountable for its crimes once and for all.
There is considerably
more in the article, but it seems a fair conclusion:
It is quite
undemocratic how the CIA behaves - and if the Senate prepared, at a
cost of 40 million dollars, a long report on the CIA, that report
should be fully published in a democracy, and then the
CIA can formulate its criticisms, and be as scathing as it wants to be.
But it should not
have the right to censor the report or stop its publication, and if it
can do this means democracy has died and the free and open society has
been transformed into an unfree and closed one, where the secret
services rule the nation, rather than Congress.
UN Must Reject Mass Surveillance to Protect Global Privacy
an article by Carly Nyst that I found on Common Dreams but that
originated at Privacy
This starts as follows:
In response to a
consultation being undertaken by the UN in accordance with December’s
General Assembly resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age,
Privacy International today called on the United Nations to recognise
that mass surveillance is incompatible with human rights.
The submission to the Office of the High Commissioner to
Human Rights confronts some
of the biggest challenges to the right to privacy in the digital age,
debunks some of the justifications put forth by the Five Eyes
governments in response to the Snowden revelations, and argues that
States owe human rights obligations to all individuals subject to their
Privacy International -
in conjunction with Access, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Article 19, the Association for
Progressive Communications, Human Rights Watch and the World Wide
Web Foundation - demand that the UN formally recognises that
indiscriminate surveillance, such as the Prism and Tempora programmes
being conducted by the NSA and GCHQ, are inherently disproportionate
infringements on individual privacy, and can never be compatible with
The UN must recognise
that the interception of digital communications is effected at the
moment at which a communication is engaged with, and that States
conducting global communications surveillance, like the US and UK, owe
obligations to individuals both within and outside their borders.
so! There is also this:
Governments have been
quick to attempt to colour the discourse around mass surveillance by
rebranding their actions as “bulk collection” of communications,
asserting that such collection in itself is a benign measure that does
not offend privacy rights. Collection, the US and UK governments have
asserted, is not the problem; privacy is only implicated when a state
agent looks at or reads the communications that are collected.
We reject this argument,
and call upon the UN to make a strong statement that any measure to
collect, control or take custody of communications amounts to an
interception, thus constituting an interference with privacy that must
be justified in accordance with international human rights law.
Quite so - and I have been saying this for a long time now.
is more that is quite good in the article, and this is definitely one
of the ways to go, against the illegal, discriminatory thefts
of the private data of millions of individuals who broke no law
and are no terrorists.
is recommended that you read all of it.
5. Neuroinflammation is present in
widespread brain areas in CFS/ME patients
Finally, a medical
article about ME/CFS, that I have now for 36 years, and that would not
be here if medicine and psychiatry worked well, which they do not:
Medicine got corrupted by pharmacology, as did psychiatry, and besides
psychiatrists are crazy enough to insist that anything current medicine
cannot explain, like many partially known diseases, can and
indeed are explained by psychiatry, namely as "neurasthenia"
(or its modern terminology, like "Somatic Stress Disorder", which is
even less precisely defined).
This halted or hampered very much research into diseases, including ME. Happily some real medical research
continues, and this is a Japanese publication:
They investigated 9
patients with ME/CFS and 10 healthy controls, and found this:
But since 1988 professor
sir Simon Wessely, psychiatrist, and faithful servant of the British
military, has insisted that no, no, no: people with ME/CFS are mad,
crazy, disturbed, loony and lying (his terms tend to be more
circumspect, but that is definitely what he means), and besides that,
there is nothing wrong with them. They should simply be sent to work
and be refused illness benefits.
The BPND values
in the cingulate cortex, hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus, midbrain, and
pons were 45%-199% higher in CFS/ME patients than in healthy controls.
In CFS/ME patients, the BPND values
in the amygdala, thalamus, and midbrain positively correlated with
cognitive impairment score, the BPND values
in the cingulate cortex and thalamus positively correlated with pain
score, and the BPND value
in the hippocampus positively correlated with depression score.
Neuroinflammation is present in widespread brain areas in
CFS/ME patients and was associated with the severity of
neuropsychologic symptoms. Evaluation of neuroinflammation in CFS/ME
patients may be essential for understanding the core pathophysiology
and for developing objective diagnostic criteria and effective medical
And that is what happened to me, for 30 years, and the only thing that
prevented this being even more serious than it is, are my website and
my talents to write and reason.
 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: