11/27/2013 - Thanksgiving pornography - updated 9:45pm CST
Today NBC implicitly reported that the NSA is morphing into worldwide thought police by spying on the porn habits of suspected Muslim radicals in order to discredit them. Certainly eventually the NSA will not hesitate to use the same methodology on all perceived enemies—whistleblowers, journalists, critics, and more. A Huffington Post article referenced in that NBCNEWS report says in part that a classified document "concluded that 'radicalizers appear to be particularly vulnerable in the area of authority when their private and public behaviors are not consistent.'" Anyone can verify arguments about vulnerable authority and porn-use by searching the internet and finding an abundance of information about porn-loving radicalizers like these:
- 2009 US National Science Foundation porn surfing
- 2010 US SEC watching porn at work
- 2010 US Pentagon and child pornography
- 2011 US use of *.gov and *.mil porn logins*** broken escapistmagazine.com link removed 10/10/2014.
- 2012 US Missile Defense staff and porn surfing**original link broken and replaced 02/18/2015 second link replaced 10/13/2016
One might surmise that the US government and its employees have certain traits in common with suspected Muslim radicalizers and some Americans also will argue that the NSA seems particularly hell-bent to destroy everything of value in the United States—especially worldwide credibility, self-respect, and the Constitution. Nonetheless US spooks want to blame Edward Snowden for all that is wrong despite Buddha's caution: "Three things cannot long stay hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." Relevantly Mose Allison continues to ask: "Whatever happened to real life?"
11/27/2013 - Thanksgiving
This year all Americans can be thankful for revelations provided by high-profile whistleblowers. For instance, information Edward Snowden provided for his country is far more valuable in the public domain than held under wraps by the US government. In fact US Representative Ted Poe of Texas admitted "Snowden, I don't like him at all, but we would never have known what happened if he hadn't told us". NSA programs and related programs are of highly questionable value in fighting terrorism and unquestionably the final destruction of traditional American values. An August Reuters article written by John Schiffman and Kristina Cooke exposes how "intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records" are being misused across the nation for purposes far removed from anti-terrorism—something many of us have long surmised and everyone need fear. An enlightened administration would curtail surveillance revenue streams and ensure that Edward Snowden received a well-deserved Presidential Medal of Freedom.
11/21/2013 - Digital doings
Much of today's buzz is pure speculation about how Edward Snowden was able to acquire information the NSA would hide. In the past our NSA starship commander reportedly has stated that Edward Snowden "fabricated digital keys" to gain access and the guesswork still centers around counterfeiting SSH keys and certificates—which are "tried and true" methods permitting technologically advanced hackers to consistently gain access to "protected" information centers worldwide. Apparently today one security firm unilaterally has satisfied itself that Edward Snowden used such techniques. In any case experts worldwide acknowledge that fabrication of these keys and certificates are a well-known modus operandi of cybercriminals. The fact that these things are so well-known and commonplace makes one wonder even more about issues addressed in the 11/16 Whistleblower entry on this page. Why are so called "intelligence" chiefs insistent on storing massive amounts of secret and top secret information in a way that so obviously endangers national security? And along similar lines, why for example would an army private have access to sensitive diplomatic cables? It just doesn't make sense. Certainly it appears that taxpayers are wasting enormous sums of money on ineffective, poorly managed, overly zealous, and apparently inept "national security" organizations who want to nail critics and demonize those who show-up their leak-facilitating policies and processes. I still maintain that we should fire James Clapper and Keith Alexander and hire Edward Snowden to help right the wrongs.
11/19/2013 - Oath swearing
Yesterday the Washington Post reported that "The Justice Department has unsealed an indictment charging former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden under the Espionage Act" in an apparent attempt to distinguish between government associates of the type "required by law to protect classified information and those who [only] received and published the material [like Julian Assange]". A "senior US official" was quoted to say "Snowden was a person who swore an oath, an employee of the National Security Agency" as if the oath of allegiance is to NSA. In my day that oath was to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic", not a vow to participate in illegal activities undermining the Constitution and neglecting international law. Arguably only domestic enemies will operate that way and only domestic heroes can reveal such misdeeds at great personal risk. The entire planet is beholding to Edward Snowden but only a contemporarily oxymoronic enlightened administration could award him his well deserved Presidential Medal of Freedom.
11/18/2013 - Corrective action
Today BBC reported: "Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that reports of US spying in Germany - including bugging her mobile phone - are straining transatlantic ties". Many would call that common sense rather than news. What is most disturbing is US reluctance to take meaningful corrective action. Perhaps just to maintain appearances either Ike or JFK might have fired both James Clapper and Keith Alexander months ago when their transgressions became public. Real leaders understand the importance of public accountability for high profile transgressions. Today's Uncle Sam denies even the international community due etiquette. It seems the US manages daily to enhance its position as the common enemy for the entire planet. Psychopaths—even the red, white, and blue ones—simply cannot care, something the sentient recognize as mental deficiency not military-industrial-surveillance-nation asset.
11/17/2013 - Justice
It is academically accepted that when justice exists it is affordable, accessible, and swift. Where any one of these attributes is lacking the process of justice becomes highly suspect. Applying that criteria to Gitmo indicates prevailing injustice as Leslie Stahl's 60 Minutes report tonight seems to suggest. The alleged leader of the free world keeps men indefinitely incarcerated without charge and without enough evidence for judicial proceedings—shameful official doings saddling enormous costs on taxpayers and irreparable damage on whatever good offices of the US might remain. Irrational damage to reasonableness everywhere is what psychopathic leaders do best and what US leaders appear to be perfecting.
11/16/2013 - Whistleblowing
Perhaps government entities should not build giant online repositories of classified information because online data quite obviously cannot be satisfactorily protected—this seems especially true when bureaucrats and soldiers are the high-tech guards. Evidence shows it a risk and breach of national security to store secret to top secret data in any fashion accessible to contract firms or enlisted military men or international journalists or anyone else absent an effective oversight system which has not yet been identified. Eventually government will be forced to stop blaming others for its own ineptitude.
According to Reuters yesterday "[Keith] Alexander added that the documents [accessed by Edward Snowden] were 'being put out in a way that does the maximum damage to NSA and our nation'". Wiser souls might contend that the documents were collected and stored in a way that ultimately facilitated that maximum damage. The land of the free and the home of the brave can continue to persecute everyone who grabs its lamely secured data or it can change its methodologies in consonance with the times. Communicating by carrier pidgeon might be wise for a while. Certainly it seems a more viable option than persecution or de facto genocide of America's most promising high-tech residents. Firing James Clapper and Keith Alexander and hiring Edward Snowden might provide a quicker path to reasonable policy-making.
11/15/2013 - Orders of magnitude
Jeremy Hammond is a self-described "hacktivist" who has used computers and the Internet to promote causes without seeking profit. He was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and was said to have "compromised thousands of people's personal and financial data". By the same token our NSA starship commander is said to have compromised millions, perhaps billions, of people's personal and financial data at every corner of the planet. There's no telling how much punishment he'll get when he's caught red-handed and convicted. Nonetheless publically crucifying bothersome hacktivists increases already enormous odds against that happening.
11/14/2013 - Silence
If silence is golden surely mainstream media is filthy rich lately. The biggest story on the planet—the leader of the free world spying illegally not only on its own citizens but also on everyone else—appears to have been throttled for about 12 days now. Nonetheless ever-increasing numbers of Americans are giving thanks this holiday season for Edward Snowden and a modicum of truth.
11/13/2013 - Privacy
When a government agent suspects a single bank customer of unspecified charges, should your bank be required to relinquish all customers' safe deposit box keys on demand? Such "unreasonable searches and seizures" once were addressed by the now-enervated Constitution. Likewise should an encrypted email provider give all access keys to any "government authority" when a single un-named e-mail customer is suspected of unspecified charges? Check out THIS germane article. And nowadays who other than government shills can say, with a straight face, "claims of government overreaching are based on conjecture"?
11/09/2013 - Hokum and change
Despite his three-year seniority Superman and I grew up together and both somehow got snookered into "the never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way". Obviously we've been losing our battle for a long, long time—so long in fact that the "American way" no longer holds any pretense of either truth or justice. Nowadays very high-level government officials lie to Congress and ignore just laws with impunity while any citizen shining light on offensive official behavior is persecuted to the ends of the earth—so much for the republican experiment and a nation already stale toast. Maybe ol' Kryptonite-head and I can find employment elsewhere in the near future—Brazil, Russia, India, China—without too terribly much re-training (don't want to be a burden on the resources of the next issuer of the world's reserve currency).
11/08/2013 - Psychopaths in charge:
Diane Feinstein's ill-uttered remarks about Edward Snowden more appropriately describe James Clapper and Keith Alexander since it is they who have unequivocally "done this enormous disservice to our country". Violations of trust, American ideals, law, and common decency are only starters both domestically and internationally. Want to do business in the hi-tech "cloud"? Better re-assess like some techies have done. Psycopathic policies of government cannot be side-stepped. Although subtle demonization of shuttered entities is underway here are some high-profile reminders from way back in August:
- lavabit - the statement then read interview with the founder
- groklaw - founder's heartbreak then what groklaw was from Wikipedia
Mental illness and ignorance seem to characterize a preponderence of so-called American leaders. If it were otherwise, Magna Charta principles and Constitutional values could not have been preempted. And why are they not already restored?
11/05/2013 - Intelligence blackout:
Enormous US clout and media control is evermore apparent in time. On Sunday the news of NSA abuse gushed forth as if from a fire hydrant. On Monday the fire hydrant was shut off. Not a word in headlines from AP to BBC—dead silence about the most crucial story on the planet, the leader of the free world spying illegally not only on its own citizens but also on everyone else. Tuesday is much the same except BBC Europe has mention of UK's possible involvement in embassy bugging.
The US psychopaths in charge of madness seem foolishly to believe that shielding illegal high-profile official activities from public justice contributes to long-term national interests. Nonetheless it has gone on with impunity far too long already—both inside and outside US borders. Officials all over the world are upset nevertheless Uncle Sam both denies and excuses.
11/04/2013 - Senator Rubio on ACA and government shutdown: Letter received today.
11/04/2013 - More hypocrisy:
Espionage is the act of spying. Keith Alexander's NSA reportedly has been spying illegally on citizens worldwide and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has lied to Congress. US officials oppose clemency for Edward Snowden but have not even charged James Clapper or Keith Alexander. By revealing illegal NSA espionage to a grateful planet Edward Snowden has been charged with espionage ostensibly by government condoning illegal activities when US officials foolishly perceive them to be in US interests.
11/03/2013 - Hypocrisy:
All the buzz is about Edward Snowden's "A Manifesto for the Truth" published today in Germany's Der Speigel. He reportedly makes a good case for his own vindication by citing worldwide calls for reform in US activities. Of course he deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom although the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, and her House counterpart, Mike Rogers, disagree. According to the NYT both officials oppose Snowden clemency and Ms. Feinstein, who apparently has shielded James Clapper and Keith Alexander, had the hypocritical balls to say this about Mr. Snowden: "He was trusted; he stripped our system...He's done this enormous disservice to our country"—as if her wards had not. She also reportedly said on TV that Mr. Snowden might have contacted her Senate Intelligence Committee with his information. Ha, ha. Never before did I recognize her as a comedienne. Nonetheless none of this is funny and the sentient agree with Edward Snowden as quoted in the NYT: "Those who speak the truth are not committing a crime".
11/03/2013 - The slow pace of inevitable change:
This quote is from the essay "Base Acts" written almost exactly two years ago and included in last year's book: "Nowadays the leader of the free world shares so much large scale violence with so many less fortunate earthlings that war and the implements and technologies of war are globally perceived to be her sole significant worldwide exports and contribution. Today these costly efforts are necessarily funded by official counterfeiting—America's sole potentially sustainable revenue source throughout changing times." Two years later things appear to be much the same with swindler smiles broadening as the counterfeiters complain of heat.
11/01/2013 - Our survival is up to you
With human nature the nemesis of every human scheme and with lack of capacity for progressive humanization mankind's most lethal shortcoming, we must change ourselves in order to survive. Solzhenitsyn once said it this way: "We cannot avoid revising the fundamental definitions of human life and human society...we shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life...".
John Perkins' 2004 work Confessions of an Economic Hit Man uses a more contemporary vernacular and eventually expresses it this way:"The real story of modern empire—of the corporatocracy that exploits desperate people and is executing history's most brutal, selfish, and ultimately self-destructive resource-grab—has little to do with what was exposed in the newspapers that morning and has everything to do with us."
And never forget that Germany arguably was the most advanced culture in the world before allowing Hitler and his bureaucratic thugs to incrementally encroach rather subtly into private lives—like US officialdom has done since 2001.