1. The ‘Truth’ According
to Donald Trump
2. Julian Assange: Next Leak of Hillary Clinton
Be Enough to Indict Her, but
Exposed: Pesticide Industry Deployed Aggressive
Lobby Effort to Quash Bee
4. New CIA Documents Reveal More Horrors of
Bush's Torture Program
This is a Nederlog of Thursday, June 16, 2016.
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item
1 is about Donald Trump's insanities (I'm sorry, but I do
have an excellent M.A. in psy- chology, and that is what I
think, but judge for yourselves); item 2
is about Julian Assange who is going to release more of Hillary
Clinton's e-mails and who suspects (probably correctly, in my guess)
she will not be indicted by the FBI; item 3
is about the pesticides that kill the bees: it turns out that
(probably) many more bees will be killed, because the pesticide
giants now are also in the US government (like the banks); and item 4 is about how the CIA requested complete
freedom from any prosecution for torturing captives from
the DOJ (which they effectively have had for 15 years now).
1. The ‘Truth’ According
to Donald Trump
first item today is by Todd Gitlin on Truthdig and originally on Moyers
This starts as follows:
After the weekend’s carnage in
Orlando, Donald Trump didn’t
wait long before launching yet another guided missile full of
insinuation. He didn’t exactly say that the massacre was the doing of
an unreconstructed Mau-Mau descendant born in Kenya. Trump is craftier
than that. Monday morning, he told Fox News:
These insane ramblings are by the
presumed presidential candidate of the Republican Party.
Look, we’re led by a man that either
is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind.
And the something else in mind — you know, people can’t
believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama
is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words “radical
Islamic terrorism.” There’s something going on. It’s
inconceivable. There’s something going on… [Obama] doesn’t get
it or he gets it better than anybody understands — it’s one or
the other and either one is unacceptable. [My italics]
Later he told NBC’s Today’s Savannah Guthrie:
… There are a lot of people that
think maybe he doesn’t want to get it. A lot of people think maybe
he doesn’t want to know about it. I happen to think that he just
doesn’t know what he’s doing, but there are many people that think
maybe he doesn’t want to get it. He doesn’t want to see what’s
really happening. And that could be. [My italics]
Well... I am sorry, but if this insane utter bullshit are
"serious utterances" any totally fact-free complete trash
should make any utterly ignorant idiot worthy of being wildly
admired by "journalists" on the main media and made president of the
And that is the first firm conclusion I draw:
It is - for now, until he becomes president - not so much Trump
who is extremely dangerous, but it are the completely
irresponsible main media who serve his bullshit, his trash and his
insanities as if they are serious, sensible political contributions.
It is utter baloney, but it is profitable, and profits
are all that counts.
The second firm conclusion is by Todd Gitlin, who attempted to unravel
the above quoted utter trash:
There are two intertwined strands to the
Trump brand of insinuation. One is that traitors have crept into our
midst. They are Muslims, Mexicans and other alien inhabitants of Trojan
horses, aided and abetted by those who cover up for them, who reassure
you that these sinister forces are harmless.is
The second strand is that Trump speaks for
a movement of folks who get it. He’s not just the leader who
glimpses the buried truth. The leader, after all, has the wisdom to
channel the “people,” the stouthearted ones, the deprogrammed, those
brave souls who can handle the awful truth, who all together will rise
to strip the masquerade bare, to evict the aliens — along with
corrupting serpents — so as to restore Edenic greatness. The truth that
matters, in all fascist and para-fascist movements, is the truth that
the savior-masters have unearthed.
Yes, Trump does have something
a recognizable ideology,
also in spite of its many inconsistencies and
unclarities, and it is simply fascistic, para-fascistic or (as I
prefer) neofascistic. 
There is considerably more in this article, that is recommended.
Julian Assange: Next Leak of Hillary Clinton Emails Will Be Enough to
Indict Her, but ...
This is by Emma Niles on Truthdig:
This starts as follows:
Yes, I think Julian Assange may well be right
in his claim that "another leak of emails (..)
could serve as sufficient evidence for the FBI to indict her".
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says
his organization’s upcoming leak of more Hillary Clinton emails should
be enough to indict her—but doubts the FBI will do so.
As the presidential race heats up, there
has been increased attention on the FBI investigation into Clinton’s
emails as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has begun to use
the scandal as an offensive strategy against his Democratic
opponent. Clinton is under
investigation by the FBI because of her reliance on a private email
server during her tenure as secretary of state, breaking multiple
department rules on cybersecurity.
WikiLeaks, an organization created to
publish classified information, made major waves in March when it
published a searchable
archive of Clinton’s emails. Now, Assange is promising another leak
of emails that he believes could serve as sufficient evidence for the
FBI to indict her.
Then again, I suppose he is probably also right in this
Assange said, however, that in
his opinion, the FBI would choose not to indict her in hopes of gaining
favor with a Clinton administration. “The FBI could push for
concessions from the new Clinton government,” he said. But, he added,
“there’s very strong material, both in the emails and in relation to
In fact, my own expectation is that
the FBI will postpone any indictment till
the presidential elections are done.
There is more in the brief article, including a link to an interview
with Julian Assange. This is a recommended article.
Exposed: Pesticide Industry Deployed Aggressive Lobby Effort to Quash
This is by Lauren McCauley on Common Dreams:
First let me explain why I am (and
have been) following
the story that far more bees are dying these years than were dying
before. There are two main points:
(1) If there are no more or radically fewer bees, there will be
proportionally less food for (especially) human beings and the animals
they keep, and many
(especially poor people) will simply starve for lack of money to buy
(2) After some false leads, there is a cogent scientific
explanation for the fact that far more bees are dying than before: It
is very probably due to some of the pesticides with which crops are
Problem solved, in principle? Not so, for you did not take in
consideration the powers of the pesticide giants, and their enormous
blind, egoistic greed for more and more profits (which is the only
value that seems to move the tops
of these companies).
Here is the beginning of the article that explains this complication:
Despite the abundance of
scientific studies documenting the rapid and dangerous decline of
pollinator populations, state and federal lawmakers have yet to pass
any meaningful protections for bees.
The reason, according to the findings of
a new investigation, is that pesticide giants such as Bayer, Monsanto,
and Syngenta have deployed an aggressive lobbying campaign to dilute
and suppress attempts to regulate their multi-billion dollar
industry—with great success.
Published by environmental watchdog
Friends of the Earth, the report
(pdf) exposes "how the pesticide industry has weakened and delayed
pesticide reforms and is shaping new pollinator 'protection' plans
nationwide that do little to protect bees, but a lot to protect
So there you are...: We can save
the bees, and we can save the incredible amount of food stuffs
they are essential for, but we are not allowed to, for
this would - NAFTA, TTP, TTIP, TISA !! - diminish the one
thing pesticide CEOs cannot bear at all: diminishing some
of their profits.
Indeed, that is not all:
With the US government moving more and
more in the neofascistic direction  of delivering
parts of its
discretionary powers precisely to the people who would personally
profit most from exercising these powers for the benefits of the
companies they came from and will return to:
There is more in the article, that is
What's more, the ever-present "revolving
door" between the public and private sector has allowed the pesticide
industry to "infiltrate" regulatory agencies. "In hundreds of
documented cases, employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and
the Environmental Protection Agency have shuffled between regulatory
agencies and companies including Bayer, Syngenta and Monsanto," the
Incidentally, what is my own expectation? I think the most
outcome (especially in view of the neofascistic tendencies just
sketched ) is that the
bees are far less important than the profits of the pesticide's giants,
which will be kept safe thanks to "the
ever-present "revolving door" between the public and private sector" , and that bees will continue dying
in droves at least until people start dying in droves because of the
absence of sufficient
bees to pollinate sufficient plants to produce sufficient food.
It is a cynical expectation, I grant you, but the cynicism is not
It is Bayer's, Monsanto's and Sygenta's, who clearly care much
profits than for sufficient food that is also payable by the poor.
New CIA Documents Reveal
More Horrors of President Bush's Torture Program
The final article today is by
Nadia Prupis on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
The CIA on Tuesday released dozens of
documents detailing its torture and rendition program under the Bush
administration, from the horrific treatment of detainees to the
agency's 2002 plan to ask the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) not to
The heavily redacted trove of more
than 50 documents was published in response to a Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the ACLU last year, which
sought records referenced in the U.S. Senate's damning report on the
CIA's program—commonly referred to as the torture
report—released in December 2014.
I have reported a considerable amount
about the many tortures the US goverment started to use - completely
illegally, also - in 2001. If you are
interested, search the crisis indexes with "Torture" - and no: in spite
of the fact that there is now, after many efforts, considerable
evidence of these tortures, this is (by far!) not all the evidence,
while also much
of the evidence that does get released is "heavily
redacted" by colleagues of the torturers.
And now there is an additional
Note that this probably was written before
the American government invented
Elsewhere in the files is a draft
letter (pdf) prepared by a CIA official for then-Attorney General
John Ashcroft that requested the DOJ agree in advance to shield
officials involved in the torture program from legal action by federal
prosecutors. The request concerned interrogators involved in the
torture of "ghost prisoner" Abu Zubaydah, who was abducted in Pakistan
and transferred to U.S. authorities in 2002 and has remained at the
Guantánamo Bay military prison since 2006 without trial.
The letter reads:
Nonetheless, the interrogation team
has now concluded...that the use of more aggressive methods is required
to persuade Abu Zubaydah to provide critical information we need to
safeguard the lives of innumerable innocent men, women, and children in
the United States and abroad. These methods include certain activities
that normally would appear to be prohibited [....] I respectfully
request that you grant a formal declination of prosecution, in advance,
for any employees of the United States, as well as any personnel acting
on behalf of the United States, who may employ methods in the
interrogation of Abu Zubaydah that otherwise might subject those
individuals to prosecution.
- specious and false - "legal justifications" to torture prisoners. And
note what the CIA asked from the American DOJ (boldings added):
"a formal declination
of prosecution, in advance, for any employees of the United
States, as well as any personnel acting on behalf of the United
States, who may employ methods in the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah that
otherwise might subject those individuals to prosecution"
Here are some of the things they did to Abu Zubaydah
(<-Wikipedia), from the Wikipedia lemma:
As reported later, many of these
interrogation techniques were previously considered illegal under U.S.
and international law and treaties at the time of Zubaydah's capture.
For instance, the United States had prosecuted Japanese military
officials after World War II and American soldiers after the Vietnam
War for waterboarding. Since 1930, the United States had defined sleep
deprivation as an illegal form of torture. Many other techniques
developed by the CIA constitute inhuman and degrading treatment and
torture under the United Nations Convention against Torture, and
Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Here is the last bit that I'll quote from
The CIA subjected Zubaydah to various forms of increasingly harsh
interrogation techniques, including temperature extremes, music played
at debilitating volumes, and sexual humiliation. Zubaydah was also
subjected to beatings, isolation, waterboarding, long-time standing,
continuous cramped confinement, and sleep deprivation. During Zubaydah's interrogation, President Bush learned he
was on painkillers for his wounds and was proving resistant. He said to
the CIA director George Tenet, "Who authorized putting him on
pain medication?" It was later reported that Zubaydah was denied
painkillers during his interrogation.
Rights groups condemned the details
found in the documents, which also included the CIA's concerns that
tortured detainees should be prevented from seeing representatives of
the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for the rest of
"We’re seeing just how much Mitchell,
Jessen, and their CIA co-conspirators knew that what they were doing
was wrong and illegal. They talked about seeking a get-out-of-jail-free
card for torturing people, and then discussed how to make sure their
victims were silenced forever, even if they survived their torture,"
is about my imputation that the US government is moving towards
neofascism and has been doing so since 2001: There will soon be an
article in Nederlog that explains the terms "fascism" and "neofascism".
I refer you to that (there
will be a link here if it is on line), and meanwhile I only
observe that one of the classical reasons to call a government
fascistic is that it incorporates some of the leading corporations' executives, which is
the case, indeed ever since Bill Clinton was president.
 Again, see the above note  and note
ever-present "revolving door" between the public and private sector"" is one of
the things I mean by "neofascistic".