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Danilow's sometimes daily blog June 2015

 

06/29-30/2015 members of U.S. Congress on trade agreements:

Congressman Jeff Miller on trade agreements.
Senator Bill Nelson On TPA.

06/23/2015 (zulu) Valentina Lisitsa unbound:

As reported today by RT.COM: "Renowned Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa has held a concern in Donetsk, as she continues her strong opposition to Kiev's military offensive in country's east, even after her views cost her performances with Toronto Symphony Orchestra"  (see this site's 04/07/2015 entry for additional information).

06/19/2015 NSA surveillance revival?:

According to RT,.COM the U.S government appears to have but token respect for it's own anti-surveillance laws when those laws interfere with official momentum. And "former NSA chief Michael Hayden...mocked the slow pace of redress [on Monday]..." like this: "If somebody would come up to me and say 'Look, Hayden, here's the thing: This Snowden thing is going to be a nightmare for you guys for about two years. And when we get all done with it, what you're going to be required to do is that little 215 program about American telephony metadata—and by the way, you can still have access to it, but you got to go to the court and get access to it from the companies, rather than keep it to yourself'—I go: 'And this is it after two years? Cool!'".

06/18/2015 TPP fast track revived:

According to BBC: "The House of Representatives has approved a controversial trade bill backed by President Obama, just a week after Democrats voted it down. It gives the president the right to negotiate global trade deals, with Congress only able to approve or reject a deal but not change it. The 'fast-track' trade bill must now go the Senate for approval, which is by no means assured". Nonetheless as was stated here 6/12: "In America's legislative circles it is foolish to bet against either transnational corporate interests or the Pentagon" and the U.S Senate typically seems to champion both.

Transnational interests in TPP are implicitly obvious and Julian Assange and Op-Ed News have enlightened us about the bigger picture and Pentagon interest in The Great Treaty: "Julian Assange, WikiLeaks publisher, said: 'It is a mistake to think of the TPP as a single treaty. In reality there are three conjoined mega-agreements, the TiSA [Trade in Services Agreement], the TPP [TransPacific Partnership] and the TTIP [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership], all of which strategically assemble into a grand unified treaty, partitioning the world into the west versus the rest. This Great Treaty is described by the Pentagon as the economic core to the US military's Asia Pivot. The architects are aiming no lower than the arc of history. The Great Treaty is taking shape in complete secrecy, because along with its undebated geostrategic ambitions it locks into place an aggressive new form of transnational corporatism for which there is little public support.'"

06/17/2015 Senator Nelson and Freedom Act:

Senator Bill Nelson, D-FL, and Freedom Act vote.

06/16/2015 truth will out:

According to RT.COM Glen Greenwald has debunked officaldom's most recent PR campaign against Edward Snowden like this: "The whole article 'does nothing other than quote anonymous British officials,' he points out adding that this is convenient because there is no one there to hold accountable if and when their claims turn out be false".

From Danilow's Short Essays collection: "If you understand that governments everywhere are purveyors of privilege inherently characterized by incremental corruption then you likely realize that one consequence of increasing corruption is increasing deceit requiring evermore secrecy to hide it all from public scrutiny. This explains in large part why States everywhere tend to demonize whistleblowers and earnestly disparage revelations of distasteful policies, practices, and procedures."

06/12/2015 TPP stalled for now:

According to RawStory.com both houses of Congress have now approved the ill-advised fast-track authority for the President to negotiate trade deals which cannot be modified by Congress. However the vote giving aid to workers who lose their jobs as a result of U.S. trade deals with other countries failed and was prerequisite to final fast track authority. In any case don't celebrate just yet. "A House Republican aide told reporters that Republican leaders hope to try again Tuesday to pass the worker aid portion of the bill, allowing the measure to be signed into law by Obama...". In America's legislative circles it is foolish to bet against either transnational corporate interests or the Pentagon.

Transnational interests in TPP are implicitly obvious and Julian Assange and Op-Ed News have enlightened us about the bigger picture and Pentagon interest in The Great Treaty: "Julian Assange, WikiLeaks publisher, said: 'It is a mistake to think of the TPP as a single treaty. In reality there are three conjoined mega-agreements, the TiSA [Trade in Services Agreement], the TPP [TransPacific Partnership] and the TTIP [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership], all of which strategically assemble into a grand unified treaty, partitioning the world into the west versus the rest. This Great Treaty is described by the Pentagon as the economic core to the US military's Asia Pivot. The architects are aiming no lower than the arc of history. The Great Treaty is taking shape in complete secrecy, because along with its undebated geostrategic ambitions it locks into place an aggressive new form of transnational corporatism for which there is little public support.'"

06/12/2015 TPP day:

Today is the day for the House vote on fast track authority for POTUS in making trade agreements. The Trans Pacific Paternership (TPP) is shrouded in secrecy and enormously important so it seems foolish for Congress to give up its right to oppose specific sections of the final work—or any future works.

According to Huffington Post: "Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), an early supporter of Obama when he first ran for office, railed on Thursday against both the pending TPP deal and fast-track authority. 'I have great affection, incredible respect and support for the president,' she said, but quickly added that Obama's decision to bring his trade agenda to Congress 'was a mistake'. 'I understand the interest in having more influence but this is a bad deal for the U.S. and for our workers,' she said.

NAFTA was passed despite enormous outcry from American constituents and likely both fast track authority and TPP eventually will pass also because they appear to primarily benefit transnational corporations. Nonetheless Noam Chomsky described TPP best yesterday according to RT.COM: "'It's called a free-trade agreement, but it's not,' Chomsky told WND...from all indications 'it's like all the other agreements that are not free-trade agreements. They are investor-rights agreements...The idea is that the Obama administration wants to ram the deal through without public discussion..,'"

According to Huffington Post: "The health care annex in the TPP 'serves no useful public interest purpose,' wrote Dr. Deborah Gleeson, a public health expert at Australia's La Trobe University. And according to Op-Ed News "Julian Assange, WikiLeaks publisher, said: 'It is a mistake to think of the TPP as a single treaty. In reality there are three conjoined mega-agreements, the TiSA, the TPP and the TTIP, all of which strategically assemble into a grand unified treaty, partitioning the world into the west versus the rest. This Great Treaty is described by the Pentagon as the economic core to the US military's Asia Pivot. The architects are aiming no lower than the arc of history. The Great Treaty is taking shape in complete secrecy, because along with its undebated geostrategic ambitions it locks into place an aggressive new form of transnational corporatism for which there is little public support.'"

06/11/2015 Chomsky:

You're not likely to see Noam Chomsky given high profile coverage in U.S. lame stream yet what he has to say is usually important and typically right on target. On the other hand, meaningful commentary from a variety of sources frequently is found at RT.COM. That fact contributed to RT's rapid and significant readership rise and ultimate commandeering by the State. It's simply a superior news source in almost every respect. Here Chomsky is quoted very briefly about U.S. politics, drone assassinations, and TPP.

06/09/2015 shortsightedness:

It's easy to see how ludicrously out-of-control the militarized U.S. Government has become. Giants in American digital technology are beseeching elected officials not to dictate design criteria to private companies trying to compete in a globalized binary arena.

Irrespective of outcome the needless contention underscores the prevalence of short-sighted tunnel-vision in U.S."leadership" circles protecting near-term revenue streams and misplaced power.

If U.S. companies design to "intelligence" criteria it will accelerate the eventual worldwide supremacy of Asian technology products. Surely the Chinese see this as they appear to distinguish countless trends affecting misguided U.S. interests.

Added 18:30 CDT: others also see the foolhardiness of militarization and its characteristic paranoia.

06/08/2015 Irishman's op-ed:

Here's a decent op-ed from an astute Irish writer who discerns the U.S. need for bogeymen in order to keep the American citizenry in a high state of alarm and the military-industrial-surveillance revenue streams flowing synergistically.

06/05/2015 Cuba Libre:

The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress consistently desperately tries to hold back the hands of time. Boehner's U.S. House of Representatives recently voted against lifting citizens' travel restrictions to Cuba. According to BBC Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart has argued that lifting those restrictions is like saying "It's OK to do business on property that was stolen from Americans". What arrogance.

There's much more to the story than those archaic and arcane accusations coupled with America's unjustifiable policies.

06/04/2015 ineptitude:

The U.S. government consistently fails to adequately protect its databases made available online, so why does the U.S. government persist in putting inadequately protected sensitive information online? "It's all about the money, boys" is how John Goodman might explain it.

According to BBC: "Congressman Adam Schiff has called for cyber databases to be upgraded in light of the most recent attack. Americans 'expect that federal computer networks are maintained with state of the art defences', Mr Schiff said. 'The cyber threat from hackers, criminals, terrorists and state actors is one of the greatest challenges we face on a daily basis, and it's clear that a substantial improvement in our cyber databases and defences is perilously overdue'".

There're big bucks, much secrecy, and few results in government improvements to cyber databases and defenses. Why anyone would want to grant internet purview to any component of the U.S. Government—looking at track records—is beyond me. Nevertheless CISA is a-coming. Look out. 06/04/2015 Atlanta communications executive responds:

Don't get me started. Two or three years ago I took a course about doing radio interviews that required actual topics to discuss. I chose online security, knowing that it was an issue and was not in the public eye at that time. Since then we have had Edward Snowden, and the NSA debacle, and all other sorts of problems related to the same issue - our online presence is not private. That has now expanded to include everything that you do in the electronic space. So, it not only does not surprise me that the federal government has been hacked, but it surprises me that it took this long to either notice it or have it actually happen.

So sad—T.W.

06/05/2015 retired Athens professor, software consultant, and network executive responds:

Has the U S Government ever heard of single, double...quadruple data encryption? or an encrypted firewall?—L.P.

06/03/2015 USA FREEDOM Act:

Unfortunately the USA FREEDOM Act is more red herring than panacea* and requires private industry to act as an information repository for rogue organizations without nailing down those ambiguous terms used by overreaching agencies to "justify" usurpation of authority. In the words of Ron Paul: "The USA FREEDOM Act has about as much to do with freedom as the PATRIOT Act had to do with patriotism". *dead washingtonpost.com link replaced 06/23/2015

06/01/2015 sanity prevails:

No matter how short-lived, sanity briefly prevailed Sunday in the U.S. Senate. No deal was reached on Patriot extensions and a full-fledged debate on the USA Freedom Act now appears possible. The Freedom Act in its current form is more red herring than panacea yet could be made palatable with amendments.

However never bet against the establishment. Winners are apt to be the insatiable fear-mongers preserving unfettered power and undisclosed revenue streams at the expense of Magna Charta principle. Senator Paul appears virtually alone in understanding the importance of preserving constitutional protections even in the face of danger.

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