theintercept 20160428: new-study-shows-mass-surveillance-breeds-meekness-fear-and-self-censorship Orwell’s clarifying “why” letter

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/28/new-study-shows-mass-surveillance-breeds-meekness-fear-and-self-censorship/
Glenn Greenwald

Orwell: By the way, what happened to that essay I wrote letting people very clearly know I wasn’t kidding at all, nor was I exclusively taking about Stalin era “freedom-hating” lowlifes?

Orwell: Sorry, I can’t quite make sense of the hell you are living through in your times guys. I still believe there is only one kind of people. The self-serving differences that some emphasize are illusive. So, even if that “1984” title was a bit off, I think, you may find my morally futuristic whistleblowing useful. Politicians have in their own ways, it seems.

I think that I understand better now that gringo media darling, Carl Sagan, who seemed to be a nice and true fellow, but he totally misconstrued my own critical views as if they narrowly referred to Stalinist historical falsification when I was talking about us, people in general. So, don’t forget to read what I myself had to say (barely reformatted, by that RCL guy).
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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/12/george-orwell-s-letter-on-why-he-wrote-1984.html

George Orwell’s Letter on Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The letter, warning of the rise of totalitarian police states that will ‘say that two and two are five,’ is reprinted from George Orwell: “A Life in Letters”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Orwell_bibliography

edited by Peter Davison and published today by Liveright. Plus, Orwell’s advice to Arthur Koestler on how to review books (thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/15/george-orwell-teaches-you-how-to-review-books.html)
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To Noel Willmett
18 May 1944
10a Mortimer Crescent NW 6

Dear Mr Willmett,

Many thanks for your letter. You ask whether totalitarianism, leader-worship etc. are really on the up-grade and instance the fact that they are not apparently growing in this country and the USA.

I must say I believe, or fear, that taking the world as a whole these things are on the increase. Hitler, no doubt, will soon disappear, but only at the expense of strengthening:

(a) Stalin,

(b) the Anglo-American millionaires and

(c) all sorts of petty fuhrers° of the type of de Gaulle.

All the national movements everywhere, even those that originate in resistance to German domination, seem to take non-democratic forms, to group themselves round some superhuman fuhrer (Hitler, Stalin, Salazar, Franco, Gandhi, De Valera are all varying examples) and to adopt the theory that the end justifies the means. Everywhere the world movement seems to be in the direction of centralised economies which can be made to ‘work’ in an economic sense but which are not democratically organised and which tend to establish a caste system. With this go the horrors of emotional nationalism and a tendency to disbelieve in the existence of objective truth because all the facts have to fit in with the words and prophecies of some infallible fuhrer. Already history has in a sense ceased to exist, ie. there is no such thing as a history of our own times which could be universally accepted, and the exact sciences are endangered as soon as military necessity ceases to keep people up to the mark. Hitler can say that the Jews started the war, and if he survives that will become official history. He can’t say that two and two are five, because for the purposes of, say, ballistics they have to make four. But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the fuhrer wished it.[1] That, so far as I can see, is the direction in which we are actually moving, though, of course, the process is reversible.

As to the comparative immunity of Britain and the USA. Whatever the pacifists etc. may say, we have not gone totalitarian yet and this is a very hopeful symptom. I believe very deeply, as I explained in my book The Lion and the Unicorn, in the English people and in their capacity to centralise their economy without destroying freedom in doing so. But one must remember that Britain and the USA haven’t been really tried, they haven’t known defeat or severe suffering, and there are some bad symptoms to balance the good ones. To begin with there is the general indifference to the decay of democracy. Do you realise, for instance, that no one in England under 26 now has a vote and that so far as one can see the great mass of people of that age don’t give a damn for this? Secondly there is the fact that the intellectuals are more totalitarian in outlook than the common people. On the whole the English intelligentsia have opposed Hitler, but only at the price of accepting Stalin. Most of them are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history[2] etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side. Indeed the statement that we haven’t a Fascist movement in England largely means that the young, at this moment, look for their fuhrer elsewhere. One can’t be sure that that won’t change, nor can one be sure that the common people won’t think ten years hence as the intellectuals do now. I hope 3 they won’t, I even trust they won’t, but if so it will be at the cost of a struggle. If one simply proclaims that all is for the best and doesn’t point to the sinister symptoms, one is merely helping to bring totalitarianism nearer.

You also ask, if I think the world tendency is towards Fascism, why do I support the war. It is a choice of evils—I fancy nearly every war is that. I know enough of British imperialism not to like it, but I would support it against Nazism or Japanese imperialism, as the lesser evil. Similarly I would support the USSR against Germany because I think the USSR cannot altogether escape its past and retains enough of the original ideas of the Revolution to make it a more hopeful phenomenon than Nazi Germany. I think, and have thought ever since the war began, in 1936 or thereabouts, that our cause is the better, but we have to keep on making it the better, which involves constant criticism.

Yours sincerely,
Geo. Orwell
[XVI, 2471, pp. 190—2; typewritten]

[1]. and [2]. Foreshadowings of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
[3]. Compare Nineteen Eighty-Four, p. 72, “If there is hope, wrote Winston, it lies in the proles.”
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theintercept 20160428: new-study-shows-mass-surveillance-breeds-meekness-fear-and-self-censorship: natural, biological imperative …

https:theintercept.com:20160428: new-study-shows-mass-surveillance-breeds-meekness-fear-and-self-censorship: natural, biological imperative …
by Glenn Greenwald

The Catholic Church, as an example, had the integrity to articulate and publish to the four winds their Index Librorum Prohibitorum, which they had the spine and brain to mind to the section and paragraph of each published book.

Compare that with that abhorrent abomination called “the Patriot Act” which was passed in the U.S. without so-called “law makers” bothering to actually read it. Even that politician who came up with that “the Patriot Act” thing has loudly and clearly stated that the whole thing took a spin he never imagined in his wildest dreams. Quite honestly, and that could be actually tested, falsify; how many congress representative have the basic intellectual capacity (let alone the spine to fight it if they find it wrongful) to read and understand a high school level text? How many of them would pass high school level exams?

// __ Obama Claims He’s Visited 57 States

youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws
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Well, our dear president probably meant “47” states, anyone can make a mistake and fatigue does that to your mind (but, what a mistake from a “constitutional lawyer”?!?) Now, is that the same “constitutional lawyer” who has thoroughly wiped his bl@ck @ss with the letter and spirit of the U.S. constitution by supporting FISA courts?, you wonder. What I find most interesting is how he somewhat artfully reacted and started to talk sh!t about “his staff” when he sensed people just couldn’t contained their laughters.

Could Obama actually talk without a teleprompter?

youtube.com/results?sp=CAM%253D&q=Obama+teleprompter+-theOnion

// __ President Obama’s Teleprompter Crashes During Speech!

youtube.com/watch?v=Jiow64UjuQQ
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// __ Obama’s Home Teleprompter Malfunctions During Family Dinner

youtube.com/watch?v=aXQTaWjMoFw
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I am a teacher and I do sometimes make mistakes (many of them on purpose) and I encourage my students to spot them as an attention, conscious awareness exercise. Perhaps politicians don’t want for people to be conscious and the media gives a critical help at keeping people as idiotic and deafferented of any kind of moral sense as it is strictly necessary in order to keep things running in a “don’t worry, be happy” way

musefish -> Pedinska: Apr. 28 2016, 6:05 p.m.

Do you think there is a natural, biological imperative that will arise within the collective human family that would have the mass of humanity rise up and crush the cancer of greedy, aberrant people and organizations (government)? I mean the question sincerely. History seems to bear this out.

Pedinska -> musefish: Apr. 28 2016, 10:58 p.m.
Don’t know.

I’ve never lived through a revolution. Then again, neither had others who’ve come before … until they were.

Actually, as Darwinism thoroughly proves there isn’t a grand design supporting human life at all. In fact, the difference between us, animals; and plants is just a type of cell (neurons) and the difference between our immediate hominid cousins and us is that we were damaged (some people would say “glorified”) by a cancerous-like mutation in our HOX genes which “endowed” us with an ridiculously vast amount of them in the frontal cortex. That is why we are so illusive and compulsively associating that we get so stupidly played and fooled by our rulers. In fact, we are the only social animals with such things as “duly elected” political representative, British royal families, celebrities, TV sets, NSAs, “patriotism”, . . .

If you, say, study the history of how Mathematicians have entertained illusions about, tried and failed proving one of the most beautiful obsessions we mathematicians ever had: Euclid’s Fifth Postulate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_postulate

you will clearly notice how we were conditioned by illusions created by the artifacts of our own senses (visual) and the tools we used (our own Mathematical devices). I think that also applies to many other personal (“my sh!t smells, better than yours”) and collective (“or course, ‘we’ are good ‘they’ are bad, so let’s get ‘our’ guns ready” . . .) illusions we entertain. Even our illusions about God and society are due to our need to generalize our thinking and emotions into a more functional, stable state.

I work on that kind of semiotics sh!t and have even written “irresponsible” poems about it:

http://hsymbolicus.wordpress.com/category/poems/ (lies …)

Also, Pedinska, they say “it is what is is”, but only partially so. What we should do now is what some people have always done: fight b#llsh!t That, at least, is very clear to us here.

You can take it from someone who was born into a family of high profile political dissidents (no, it is not “interesting”) and at least knows very well about Nazis and the stasi (I went to school in East Germany 1982-86). Way more than “what it is”, it is about “what you do with it

When I used to tell my dad, family (who were imprisoned by both governments, before and after the Revolution) that I despised my people for not fighting Castro b#llsh!t, he would point out to me that “there was only one kind of people”, that the reason why I was so upset about my own people was because “this is what/whom I knew” … I think the same applies to the era we are living through.

truth and peace and love,
RCL

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theintercept 20160422: judge-grants-torture-victims-their-first-chance-to-pursue-justice … links debunking this material

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/22/judge-grants-torture-victims-their-first-chance-to-pursue-justice

Will Parker: Apr. 25 2016, 1:58 p.m.

What good is encryption when the Government can read your mind?http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/scalar_tech/esp_scalartech12.htm

Little Help? -> Will Parker: Apr. 25 2016, 9:36 p.m.

Could Mona or some other clearly intelligent if somewhat abrasive skeptic kindl point us toward a few links debunking this material?

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/03/everyone-is-under-surveillance-now-says-whistleblower-edward-snowden

3) there is something called the mind-body link underlying the very essentially semantic aspects of reality

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/14/nsa-intelligence-committee-under-pressure-document
Could you tell me, are there also electromagnetic emissions from our brain and nervous system which are recordable just as compromising EM emissions from computer networks ?

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Even though I haven’t been able to narrow it down all the way to USG misinformation brigades (a lá Mirage Men (2013) and how they introduced addiction to hardcore narcotics among hippies during the Vietnam war to keep them quiet, “cool” (or as hippies themselves used to say “aware”)), I think USG has benefited greatly from such erroneous believes.

There are people who have committed suicide, because they actually believe their minds have been hijacked by USG. That video was posted by James Tracy, a writer, social activist, nice and true fellow whom I personally know:

// __ “My Experience as a Targeted Individual”

youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ZQurVAV3M

32:25 They are NOT able to manipulate your bodily functions and pain receptors
38:20 stalkers are NOT able to know about images originating in the target’s individual mind
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This is just a case of someone who took the time to openly talk about their own private experiences with persecution. There are plenty of documents (even if, IMO, at times somewhat confusing, misguided) about such abuses online:

https://youarenotmybigbrother.wordpress.com/

If you watch those videos in full you will notice that when Myron says “manipulate” he apparently means that you could hijack someone’s thoughts and emotions sort of like this:

https://www.youtube.com/results?q=brain+computer+interface&sp=CAM%253D

Police can torture and bother you as they have always had, but this is all there is to it. They don’t have any kind of “new technologies” that can read people’s thoughts and emotions from satellites and such cr@p. When people talk about concrete aspects of their beliefs about “how they read people’s minds” such as:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subvocalization

they are totally disregarding the important fact that those are totally mechanical behaviors. They have no way to “decipher” the qualia, feelings and/or if it ultimately comes to volitional acts by you (for example, generally speaking I find girls so beautiful that at times I feel like grabbing their butts as they walk on the streets … Now, does that mean I would do such a thing? that I don’t respect women, that I must be some misogynistic @ssh0l3 like Donald Trump? How could they “read” from such satellites that those feelings may be an anxious reaction to feeling so attracted to women … ). That is what they will ultimately need and I think it is impossible, because IMO our mind-body link (thank God!) is not mechanical; it is actually our semiosis, therefore there are 1st person aspects they can’t delve into due to the general ‘Saussurean arbitrariness’ of signs, which reflects on our minds as we go about our own intersubjective communication.

I have taken the time to read and study those issues, starting by José Delgado’s bull experiments:
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/José_Manuel_Rodriguez_Delgado
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// __ Jose Delgado and his Bull Story
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youtube.com/watch?v=6nGAr2OkVqE
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// __ Jose Delgado- manipulation without electrodes
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youtube.com/watch?v=S051A8doXP0
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// __ Physical Control of the Mind — Toward a Psychocivilized Society 1971
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amazon.com/gp/product/0060902086
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// __ Behavioural Neurochemistry April, 1977
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amazon.com/gp/product/047015179X
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and I can tell you that AI a lá Turing test and José Delgado’s bull experiments are all bull cr@p

You may find even technical people disseminating misinformation out there more or less subtly:

// __ Remote influencing technologies, the new terrorism of the 21st century

youtube.com/watch?v=HEuzwvz7nj4
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I think Lars Drudgaard is telling us something we all know: essentially, we are doomed; for two basic reasons:

1) technologies have always been a two edge sword, but nowadays they are way too ubiquitously handy as a negative, evil force in an all encompassing way

2) people is stupid, because people is stupid. We are just pretentious monkeys damaged (some people would say “glorified”) by way too vast an amount of neurons

Now what I find lacking about Drudgaard is his way of making his case with so much “persuasion”, misleading statements and suggestions (some of which he admits to). I am some scientist and technical monkey myself and I have lived under acute harassment my whole life. Each time I hear someone talking about people’s brains and minds being remotely monitored, or their consciousness being hijacked and turned into “unwitting spies”, I wonder whose purpose that serves. Drudgaard even says: “a person can be programmed to perceive anything”. He shamelessly decontextualizes Bill Bennie’s comments about the Bluffdale Utah remote storage facility used for “interrogation”, “processing”, when IMO Bennie meant inquiring, profiling, zeitgeisting the data about people not that people in mass are being “possibly” controlled through their “satellites implants” and radio waves …

I have tried to contact Mr. Drudgaard, his organization before to no avail. Moreover, I:

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/01/targeted-individuals-us-01-must-avoid-arrests-obvious-crimes-centering-war-money-lies.html

// __ Zersetzung made in U.S.A. (Posted on May 27, 2015)

https://ipsoscustodes.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/zersetzung-made-in-u-s-a/

“Albretch Mueller” (aka silly me), happen to know at least two things about state repression (including the stasi). I did call Hubertus Knabe on a number of the points he was making in his ted talk:

http://www.ted.com/talks/hubertus_knabe_the_dark_secrets_of_a_surveillance_state

A previous long blog about my experiences (including the Zersetzung made in U.S.A. post):

// __ Quis custodiet ipsos custodes … (Posted on October 16, 2010)

https://ipsoscustodes.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/quis-custodiet-ipsos-custodes/

would go as far as myself consenting to totally public, openly documented, recorded and repeatable experimentation on such, so-called “mind control”, as a way to show that those “mind control” stories are some illusive b#llsh!t that our rulers use to play us, as the Catholic Church used to say that “demons have possessed your body” (and yes, “We the people” used to believe that one too!).

As TI friends and I were pondering over, wouldn’t they have hijacked our own minds?😉 (which, by the way, doesn’t totally explain out the issue at hand)

Politicians and police like to have us think of them as being “beyond good or evil” and dwelling in some Über-Physical, Über-Moral, Über-responsible reality when in fact there isn’t such a thing in reality, so they must frame those beliefs in our compulsively associating, illusive minds.

I hope my “abrasiveness” was a bit helpful😉 and, yes, at times I am ashamed at the anger I spill over in our fora. But as dentists say when their patients tell them that “it hurts”: “… it is supposed to hurt, if you have a healthy nervous system” … So, I guess, you are supposed to be angry about those kinds of matters we discuss at theIntercept.

truth and peace and love,
RCL

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Theintercept: Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption by 7 Years.

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/25/spy-chief-complains-that-edward-snowden-sped-up-spread-of-encryption-by-7-years/?comments=1#comments

Jenna McLaughlin Apr. 25 2016

James Pannozzi: Apr. 25 2016, 4:26 p.m.

The NSA strategy and, by consequence, that of the CIA, is grounded in the mad attempt to collect as much data as possible, wasting billions of tax payer dollars on “data” centers where raw data and “meta data” is collected, stored and dissected.

Even straight to your face liars and part-time manipulators are not deprived of conscious intent or sense of their survival needs and their own selfish reality. Of those, even the ones with no morally guided principles whatsoever are not totally deranged. They just make use of our collective shortsightedness and stupidity.

The reasons why they must: “Collect it All”, “Process it All”, “Exploit it All”, “Partner it All”, “Sniff it All” ™, with the believed ultimate purpose of “Knowing it All” in order to be able to entertain “playing God” illusions are because:

1) otherwise they would have to “Make Sense of it All” and, ouch!, that would be too hurtful to them (which they know), having to actually think, make sense of things, is way beyond what those so-called “intelligence” agencies can actually do;

In order to become police they make you sit I.Q. test and … no, it is not to screen idiots or survey their human capital, but to bar those deemed “too smart” (which to them would be like you were able to finish 6th grade), because they would be “too good to be true” and surely will be problematic in the long run

// __ nytimes + abcnews: Police Can “legally” Bar High I.Q. Scores …

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/09/nyregion/metro-news-briefs-connecticut-judge-rules-that-police-can-bar-high-iq-scores.html

http://abcnews.go.com/US/court-oks-barring-high-iqs-cops/story?id=95836

Think of it, it is as if there were official, public regulations stating: “if you are a decent person you can’t work in Wall Street”😉

Neurobiologist Kent Kiehl has been extensively researching the brain of psychopaths. He has found a very high correlation between the size of the amygdalae (feelings) and the connection of interneurons between amygdalae and the prefrontal cortex (rationality, executive control). He asked to do the same with police and he was allowed to do so under the condition that he doesn’t publish his findings!?!😉 I wonder if he extended his research to those kinds of psychopaths called politicians.

// __ How the Psychopathic Brain informs about Recidivism

youtube.com/watch?v=oAEYwgDre3g

// __ The Human Brain (full documentary) HD

youtube.com/watch?v=q_5myLhhzwE

(32:50): moral questions …
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Now, I know all societies have a share of those kinds of folks in need of “occupational therapy”, what I think is very wrong is when we let them to take over and start acting the way they have been for way too long.

NSA folks don’t fair that much better. What they may have in computer sciences and psychology degrees, they sorely lack in decency and morality. Isn’t it telling that it took so long for one of them: Edward Snowden, to have moral pangs about the purpose of it all and come forward to denounce their lying @sses in ways that they couldn’t deny anymore?

2) since they are very essentially imperialistic, they must “Screw Us All”. USG simply can’t exist without messing with the world at large. At this point it is getting down to our own individual lives. They use all that tired talk about “freedom loving” and “democracy” to entertain themselves and come off as more senselessly diabolical which creates some exploitable conscious dissonance in your opposing targets;

3) current technologies make functional illusions of all-encompassing pervasive “awareness” so cheap and functionally easy that even “philosophizing about sophisticated nonsense such as ethical concerns” is a measurable waste of time to them.

Not long ago they would make some prisoners on parole ware bracelets 24×7. Now people not only pay for their TV sets, but most carry more than one cell phone (just in case one the bracelets missfunctions and for better triangulation) leaving a centimetrically detailed trace of your whereabouts (they also have 3-D data structures of whole cities) which they correlate with everyone’s else and keep for good. All people are talking about is being recorded, people are busy posting their “private” matters about their lives online and even abysmally entertaining selecting whom they would consider to be within their “private circles” while they are at it … they have started to market “self-driving cars” so that they have even greater control of our lives

// __ In Response to Theories on Michael Hastings’ Fatal Crash

youtube.com/watch?v=yUC3GFDoO4s

Now, try to convince those kinds of folks that they can’t do away with personal privacy and run an all invasive police state when, in fact, U.S. IT companies had been successfully running their proof of concept for years prior to the NSA realization of its potential.

Technically speaking, the NSA probably is the less wasting and probably most efficient (I would even say, -technically- (not morally by any stretch) speaking less corrupt) of U.S. agencies and companies. Primarily, due to Moore’s (hardware) Law, they have been consistently doing more with less and less and that will not change any time soon (or -ever- I would say). In a few years from now hardware will be so cheap that even on a personal level people will individually have more storage space that they will ever need so that even the cloud would not make any sense.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat-assisted_magnetic_recording

The meaning of that “ever” stanza is becoming scarily true. It is not just a quantitative difference but a qualitative shift of paradigm.

The volume of data is simply too excessive even for artificial intelligence software with sophisticated algorithms to sift through.

There are no such thing as “artificial intelligence” or probably “intelligence” departments would be the only ones believing such a thing possible (which I doubt). The Greeks were the first ones to use mechanical devices to “prove” theorems, but they would not kid themselves to the point of believing those devices to be “intelligent” “an sich”. They knew they were just syntactic devices through and through. Beep blue beat Kasparov simply because chess as a Rubik’s cube is a fully syntactic game and the Turing test is no prove of anything semantic:

http://brainmeta.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php?t21887.html

There is no “Abracadabra” incantation in so-called “Bid Data”

http://mailman.uib.no/public/corpora/2011-August/013543.html

“Artificial Intelligence” is the “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” of our times.

RCL

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theintercept 2016-04-22: Judge Grants Torture Victims Their First Chance to Pursue Justice, by Jenna McLaughlin

William Bednarz: Apr. 22 2016, 5:39 p.m.
… of the entire administration of George W. Bush

Only those? Really?

MKUltra 2.0 is functioning full force out there:

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/01/targeted-individuals-testimony-current-government-covert-torture-control-experiments.html

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/01/targeted-individuals-us-01-must-avoid-arrests-obvious-crimes-centering-war-money-lies.html

I think it is about time the Intercept stops protecting those people that are doing such horrendous acts. Last time I checked torture (even of the “freedom loving”, “responsible” kind) is not only inhumane (I hear them laughing their heads off “‘inhumane’ should come from ‘humane’, right? What is that? How is that ‘humane’ thing billable?”), but illegal under domestic and international laws, as well as under professional regulations.

Unfortunately, for those of us tired of same old, same old mainstream stuff; the Intercept has become more and more a rhetorical venue. They talk as if computer algorithms and hardware were spying on people by themselves, at fault for the NSA’s reach; as if the agents actually behind those acts were living in some exclusive, separate moral and technical realm. As if we should respect them because they are “just mere mortals following orders” (again?!?)
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https://theintercept.com/2016/01/04/a-redaction-re-visited-nsa-targeted-the-two-leading-encryption-chips/?comments=1#comment-189628

thelastnamechosen
Jan. 5 2016, 8:17 p.m.
On one hand, Glenn and the Freedom of the Press foundation are raising money to name and shame police officers that commit crimes and violate the rights of the citizenry.
All over the country, police agencies and local governments have been caught using secrecy to hide video evidence of crimes that officers commit. Independent journalists and local news organizations have been key in uncovering this evidence and holding the police accountable—including in the latest shocking case in Chicago.
This crowd-funding effort will help the journalists who forced the release of the Laquan McDonald video, and then fund similar lawsuits by local journalists to bring transparency to our nation’s police and city halls through Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.
On the other hand, Glenn is arguing that this kind of naming and shaming of intelligence officers is harassment and extra-judicial punishment without any value.
Which hand is sincere?

Accountability for individual agents of the government is the foundation of modern civil rights.
What little forward movement we have had on this front is because people didn’t listen when they were told that what they were doing was harassment, or extra-judicial punishment, or ineffective.
Accountability for individual agents of the government is the foundation of modern civil rights.
Which hand is sincere?

Glenn Greenwald -> thelastnamechosen
Jan. 6 2016, 6:31 a.m.
What do you envision would happen if we disclosed the names of low-level and mid-level career bureaucrats?
Tell me all the terrible things that have befallen the high-ranking officials who we did name as having constructed and implemented this surveillance system.
While you’re at at it, is there a list of all the terrible things that happened to the US officials named in the WikiLeaks documents for having been part of those acts and policies?
As I said, I’ve been ambivalent from the start about whether those names should be disclosed. I see both sides. But this fantasy that if only we would disclose these names, the public would rise up in fury over surveillance policies and smite these career bureaucrats is just that: utter fantasy.

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If those kinds of people have “nothing to hide” (Isn’t that what they say to us? Shouldn’t they get a bit of their own medicine?) why is Glenn/TheIntercept protecting them? Glenn, like politicians, the NSA … those he apparently complains about, in a patronizing way, is standing in the way of letting other people have their own opinions about what they would themselves consider to be “‘utter’ fantasy”.

APA members who are against the “professional” use of torture by U.S. gov agencies, boldly redefined their purpose, but I haven’t heard of a single one of those “professionals” whose license have been revoked. Those are the kinds of people being “responsibly” protected by theintercept.

I am sure there is lots of “irresponsible”, non-rhetorical, directly, morally incriminating information in the Snowden leaks. Imagine if the Süddeutsche Zeitung or those hackers that exposed Ashley Madison wouldn’t have mentioned actual names and here we are talking about torture, not just about tax evasion and infidelity.

The Intercept has actually made public the information about some unbearably idiotic guy serving as “the Socrates of the NSA” some forceful metaphor! and some other British lady offering her “professional expertise” as part of the JTRIG torture programs. I am sure there is more, way more about those “‘patriotic’, professional collaborators”.

truth and peace and love,
RCL

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Your Cells. Their Research. Your Permission? … Will they own our bodies, DNA; too? …

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Rebecca Sklootdec: Your Cells. Their Research. Your Permission?

nytimes.com/2015/12/30/opinion/your-cells-their-research-your-permission.html
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Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=HHS-OPHS-2015-0008-0001
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and give your opinion:

regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=HHS-OPHS-2015-0008-0001

I think, there are very important points that are not addressed by
the NY Times article. In fact, there is an underlying metaphor in that article about our cellphones doubling as our surveillance bracelets we even pay for, that is not being well exploited.

As we all know well, anything that the MIC (military industrial
complex), politicians and police can mess with they will ultimately
use to abuse people. As part of the so-called patriot act, the U.S.
government has access to all our medical records. Now, how exactly do our medical records relate to our individual civil and moral
convictions? That they don’t explain because it is a “National Security” secret

They will use such methods as forms of coercion, persecution and
“experimentation” on a mass scale. This is happening in our times
already. I am not talking about science fiction or a dystopia. Medical
professionals such as members of APA have been offering “their
scientific expertise” to the CIA and the FBI, while torturing people
who haven’t even committed any crimes, even though torture is
supposedly illegal by U.S. and international laws.

https://ipsoscustodes.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/zersetzung-made-in-u-s-a/

One’s individual’s right to bodily integrity is already a human
right. Nowadays, we live under 24×7 surveillance, will they also own
our bodies, DNA? At the very least consent will raise those issues to
people’s consciousness.

Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (1/3)


Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (2/3)


Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (3/3)


truth and peace and love
 C

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Asylum rejectioned appealed …


So long USA …

My dad used to say to me that I have only one “problem solving” strategy: kicking things around hard😉

I remember once I was talking to an official of the Brazilian government at their consulate in NYC, who told me to just try to get a job in another country, that “political asylum cases are not about what a government does to their citizens …” (and I don’t think he was being cynical, in fact, he was quite friendly). I have many reasons why I am being upfront and honest about it all I will spare you.

From all countries I have tried so far the funniest incident so far I had at the Indian consulate in NYC. A lady that seemed to be an official serving the Indian government (not just a salaried desk handler) asked me with plenty of grimaces and articulating her faces to the extreme, acting like IISuperwomanII “Why India? Go away, you! Go away!”😉. Then she asked me to wait and some guy came from the inside who just stared at me for a while and then walked away … Then lady came back and officially told me off, refusing to take my application. I, amazed, amused and smiling, told her that they could have still formally taken in my application and formally reject it, but, well, they don’t seem to be about formalities.

The Swiss government has been the only one which has formally accepted my asylum application petition, offered me a hearing, even “formally minded” it and took the time to write up a rejection letter informing me about the laws under which they based their decision and giving me the option to appeal it.

https://ipsoscustodes.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/schweiss10_rejection02_nidinf.pdf


$ date
Wed Nov 18 00:33:54 EST 2015

$ ls -l Schweiss10_Rejection02_nidinf.*
-rw-r--r-- 1 knoppix knoppix 5469271 Nov 11 10:55 Schweiss10_Rejection02_nidinf.odt
-rw-r--r-- 1 knoppix knoppix 2162614 Nov 11 10:56 Schweiss10_Rejection02_nidinf.pdf

$ md5sum -b Schweiss10_Rejection02_nidinf.*
86f0e8131eebebf4356e44b6e932e298 *Schweiss10_Rejection02_nidinf.odt
417ab80675d41ec57ceae1cd02a34fcf *Schweiss10_Rejection02_nidinf.pdf

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