This is a Nederlog of Saturday, October 11. It is a crisis log.
It has 6 items and 8 dotted links, and indeed five of the links are
about Edward Snowden, who narrowly missed the Nobel Prize; who we now
learn lives with his girl friend in Moscow since July, and about whom
Laura Poitras made a film, called Citizenfour (which was an alias
So this crisis log is mostly about Snowden, and as it happens most of
the news is Good News
- which is not often the case in the crisis series (whence my
bolding and coloring).
The last thing to say in this introduction is that the separate
Nederlog about my M.E. and vitamins, that is partly in English and
partly in Dutch, and that was planned for today, has gotten moved till
tomorrow or the day after, mostly because of formatting problems.
Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany
item is an article by Peter Maass and Laura Poitras on The Intercept:
This starts as follows:
There is a lot more in
the article, that you can reach by clicking the above dotted link.
The National Security
Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on
programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise
networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The
The documents, leaked by
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has
used “under cover” operatives to gain access to sensitive data and
systems in the global communications industry, and that these secret
agents may have even dealt with American firms. The documents describe
a range of clandestine field activities that are among the agency’s
“core secrets” when it comes to computer network attacks, details of
which are apparently shared with only a small number of officials
outside the NSA.
“It’s something that many
people have been wondering about for a long time,” said Chris Soghoian,
principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, after
reviewing the documents. “I’ve had conversations with executives at
tech companies about this precise thing. How do you know the NSA is not
sending people into your data centers?”
2. Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend, Lindsay
Mills, Moved to Moscow to Live with Him
item is an article by Glenn Greenwald on The Intercept:
This starts as
new film by Intercept co-founding editor Laura Poitras,
premiered this evening at the New York Film Festival, and will be in
theaters around the country beginning October 24. Using all first-hand,
real-time footage, it chronicles the extraordinary odyssey of Edward
Snowden in Hong Kong while he worked with journalists, as well the
aftermath of the disclosures for the NSA whistleblower himself and for
countries and governments around the world.
The film provides the
first-ever character study of Snowden and his courageous
whistleblowing, contains significant new revelations about all of these
events, and will undoubtedly be discussed for years to come. But one
seemingly banal — yet actually quite significant — revelation from the
film is worth separately highlighting: In July of this year, Snowden’s
long-time girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, moved to Moscow to live with him.
I say. Well, that is
good news. I haven't seen Citizenfour (which was premiered yesterday)
but it is nice to know that Snowden and his girlfriend really love each
other and are living together again, after more than a year of forced
And while I have to admit the real love is an inference by me, it does
seem quite justified by the risks both willingly take.
There is more under
the last dotted link, and also more in the following article by Ewen
McAskill on The Guardian:
This starts as
follows, under a photograph of Lindsay Mills:
The mystery of the
whereabouts of Edward Snowden’s long-time girlfriend is solved in a
documentary that premiered in New York on Friday night: she has been
living with the national security whistleblower in Russia since July.
The surprise revelation
in the documentary, filmed by Laura Poitras, upends the widespread
assumption that Snowden had deserted
Lindsay Mills and that she, in a fit of pique, fled Hawaii where
they had been living to stay with her parents in mainland US.
Since Snowden, a former
NSA contractor, outed
himself last year as being behind the biggest leak in US
intelligence history, Mills has remained silent, giving no interviews
or any hints of her feelings on the subject of her boyfriend or his
The two-hour long
documentary, Citizenfour, shows Mills living in Russia with Snowden.
There is more under
the above dotted link.
in US intelligence, says Glenn Greenwald
item is an article by Ewen McAskill on The Guardian:
This starts as follows:
More Good News (which is
quite rare in the crisis series)! And there is some more in the article.
journalist Glenn Greenwald has found a second leaker inside the US
intelligence agencies, according to a new
documentary about Edward Snowden that premiered in New York on
Towards the end of
filmmaker Laura Poitras’s portrait of Snowden – titled Citizenfour, the
label he used when he first contacted her – Greenwald is seen telling
Snowden about a second source.
Snowden, at a meeting with
Greenwald in Moscow, expresses surprise at the level of information
apparently coming from this new source.
There you also find a reference to another Guardian article, by Spencer
This starts as follows
(and contains the trailer for the film):
I say, but this time
because I am pleased.
Again, there is considerably more under the last dotted link.
CitizenFour must have
been a maddening documentary to film. Its subject is pervasive global
surveillance, an enveloping digital act that spreads without
visibility, so its scenes unfold in courtrooms, hearing chambers and
hotels. Yet the virtuosity of Laura Poitras, its director and
architect, makes its 114 minutes crackle with the nervous energy of
Poitras, the first
journalist contacted by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward
Snowden, mirrors her topic. She rarely appears on news programs or chat
shows. She is a mysterious character in her own movie, heard more than
she is seen.
Poitras has been a commander of a stream of disclosures for 16 months
that have forced the NSA into a new and infamous era. CitizenFour
demonstrates to the public the prowess that those of us who have worked
with her on the NSA stories encountered. Her movie, the culmination of
a post-9/11 trilogy that spans a dark horizon from Iraq to Guantánamo,
is a triumph of journalism and a triumph for journalism.
Should Have Won Nobel Peace Prize: Poll
item is an article by Andrea Germanos on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
I agree, but there is a
Dutch proverb that applies: "I'd-rather-have-cookies are not
Even so, it seems a pity to me, since Snowden risked very much,
revelations were enormous and of great importance.
Edward Snowden should
have been the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, according to
readers of the UK's Guardian.
According to results of a
taken by the newspaper, 48 percent of readers thought that the NSA
whistleblower—who was among the possible winners of the official
prize—should be given the award.
And indeed, the last paragraph of the article is this:
nomination of Snowden for the official prize, Norwegian lawmakers Bård
Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen stated
that his "actions have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and
transparency as a leading principle in global security policies. Its
value can’t be overestimated."
That is (I would say):
Without a transparency that one can trust, and for good reasons, one must
distrust all statements of governments, and especially of the
government, for governments are the most powerful and therefore least
honest institutions there are in the world, and the American government
is the most powerful of all governments - and quite dangerous as well,
at least for those who have displeased it.
5. Reza Aslan on Bill Maher’s anti-Islam
item is an article by Elian Isquith on Salon:
is a good interview with Reza Aslan. I will quote only one bit from it,
with Reza Aslan talking:
But Bill Maher isn’t the
average person! [Laughs] He is a media personality, he’s intelligent,
he’s humorous, he has a cultural significance — and so it’s surprising
to see these kinds of unconsidered remarks from him; and more
importantly, an inability to recognize how his rhetoric is coming
I want to be 100 percent
clear about this: Bill Maher is not a bigot. I know him, I’ve hung out
with him; he’s not a bigot. But the way that he talks about Islam is
undeniably bigoted, and for him to just simply excuse that by saying,
“I’m a liberal! We can’t be bigots!” is, I think, disingenuous.
is fair enough, and there is a lot more under the last dotted link.
6. The Coming Revolution: Evolutionary Leap or
Descent Into Chaos and Violence?
item is an article by David DeGraw on Washington's Blog:
This starts as
new paradigm is organically evolving: new economic systems, sustainable
communities, solar energy, organic farming, liquid democracy, worker
co-ops and new media. For all the problems we are confronted by, there
are existing viable solutions. There is much to feel positive about. A
decentralized global uprising is undermining systems of centralized and
consolidated power. A new world is being born.
However, as exciting as
the evolution presently occurring is, after extensive research I am
forced to confront the fact that I do not see how emerging solutions
will reach a critical mass and create the needed change before the
affects of inequality, poverty and the overall deterioration of society
will lead to widespread chaos and violence. As much as I wish this
wasn’t the case, as much as I want to just disengage from the status
quo and focus on the implementation of local solutions, we cannot
ignore the urgent need for significant systemic change on a mass
Yes, indeed - and in
fact I have been hearing or reading about "this new paradigm", for the
most part, at least, for over 40 years now and I am
it these days by Naomi Klein - but hardly anyone sofar asked questions
Well, that is all very nice, but please tell me "how emerging solutions will reach a critical
mass and create the needed change before the affects of inequality,
poverty and the overall deterioration of society will lead to
widespread chaos and violence".
So that is one
point. Much of the rest of the article is also decent, though indeed
DeGraw does not tell me his answer to the above problem (though
be in the book from which the present article was lifted).