from March 15, 2018.
This is a
Nederlog of Thursday,
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was the last five years:
I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch, but
since 2010 in English) and about
the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and
by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I will
continue with it.
moment and since more than two years
problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
I shall continue.
Section 2. Crisis Files
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:
Selections from March 15, 2018
1. 'Bloody Gina' Should Not Lead the CIA
2. Jeremy Scahill: Gina Haspel Should Be Answering for Her
Crimes, Not Heading the CIA
Torture-Tainted CIA and State Nominees Recall
Failure to Prosecute
4. 6 Ways Millennials Will Clean Up the Mess Baby Boomers
5. Warren Unveils "The Ending Too Big to Jail Act" to Fight
items 1 - 5 are today's selections from the 35 sites that I look at
every morning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
1. 'Bloody Gina' Should Not Lead the CIA
This article is by John Kiriakou on Truthdig. It starts as follows:
nomination of CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to be the new director
returns the country to the bad old days of torture and secret prisons.
Trump couldn’t be any clearer that he has come down on the side of the
architects of the George W. Bush-era torture policy. Haspel was a
protégé of Jose Rodriguez, the CIA’s notorious former deputy director
for operations and former director of the Counterterrorism Center
(CTC), known as the godfather of the torture program. Haspel served as
Rodriguez’s chief of staff at CTC.
Yes indeed. Also, I
reviewed an article on Sadistic Torturer Haspels yesterday. And if you do not know who John Kiriakou
is, you should read (at least) the last link.
Here is more by Kiriakou:
The CIA will not
permit me to talk about Haspel’s time overseas. Suffice it to say that
others already have, and her career has been well documented in the
media. Most importantly, it was Haspel whom Rodriguez ordered to destroy
videotaped evidence of the torture of Abu Zubaydah, who many of us
believed, incorrectly, to be the third-ranking person in al-Qaida. And
that was after the White House counsel told her to preserve everything.
She never apologized or even attempted to explain herself. Rodriguez
called her a patriot. I would say that she committed “obstruction of
justice,” a felony.
And I - who has a father and a grandfather who
were into the anti-Nazi Resistance in WW II, who were betrayed
in August 1941 and condemned by collaborating Dutch judges to
concentrationcamp imprisonment, which my grandfather did not survive
- would say she is an obviously pathological sick sadist (which
I also say as an M.A. in psychology).
Here is why nominating Haspel as CIA director is wrong, according to
Haspel’s appointment as CIA
director is wrong for a number of reasons. First, just imagine the
message this sends to the CIA workforce: Engage in whatever war crimes
or crimes against humanity you want, and there won’t be any
repercussions. Don’t worry about ethics. Don’t worry about morality.
We’ll cover for you. And you can destroy the evidence, too.
What message does that send
to other countries around the world? What do we tell our allies, the
same ones we criticize every year in the State Department’s annual
Human Rights Report? We tell them: “You know how we always say that
we’re a beacon of respect for human rights and the rule of law? Well,
that’s nonsense. We say those things only when it’s expedient. Do as we
say, not as we do.”
Well... I can´t say I
disagree, although I personally would go further: Nominating
Haspels as the leader of the CIA changes the CIA into a bunch of sadistic, neofascistic torturers
whose only ¨limit¨ is the personal limit on their personal
sadism (which may be wholly non-existent).
Here is the last bit I
quote from this article:
Yes indeed and this is a
recommended article. O and as an aside on Trump: He not only is a sick madman and a neofascist, he also is an evident sadist.
If there was ever a time
for Senate Democrats to stand together, it is now. Our nation cannot
afford to backslide into lawlessness. We cannot countenance torture. We
cannot look the other way. We cannot reward the torturers. Gina Haspel
more appropriately should be facing a judge to answer to charges of war
crimes. She ought not be in the director’s office at the CIA.
Scahill: Gina Haspel Should Be Answering for Her Torture Crimes, Not
Heading the CIA
This article is by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! It starts
with the following introduction:
Trump has tapped CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to replace
outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo, after Pompeo was named
to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Haspel was directly
involved in the CIA’s torture program under George W. Bush. She was
responsible for running a secret
CIA black site in Thailand in 2002
where one prisoner was waterboarded 83 times and tortured in other
ways. But she enjoys broad support, including from the intelligence
community and Democrats in the Senate. For more, we speak with Jeremy
Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept.
And see above. Here is Jeremy Scahill:
(..) I think that there is substantial evidence to suggest that some of
the people involved with this program—I don’t know directly about Gina
Haspel, but others—seemed to really enjoy torturing people, placing
them in boxes, exploiting their fears by using psychologists and other
mental health professionals to come in and say, “What are they actually
really afraid of? What’s their deepest, darkest fears?” and then
exploiting those. So, if someone was afraid of spiders, they would put
them inside of a box, that they referred to as a coffin, and then they
would put a caterpillar inside of the box and tell the person that it
was a tarantula that was in the box with them. They did something
called walling, where they would have a rope that was on the other side
of a wall, and they would, out of nowhere, just slam a prisoner and
yank him on a kind of jerk chain, or like he was a dog on a leash,
against the wall. And then you had the kinds of extreme torture that
Gina Haspel was involved with. And both Jose Rodriguez and Gina Haspel,
in addition to being involved with the outright torture of people, both
of them were involved with the destruction of videotapes that were
filmed at these black sites that showed, we understand, torture.
Yes indeed. And since Gina
Haspels is an obvious sadist and clearly
also a very dishonest person (who took care that the Senate
could not read the evidence about her own sadism) my own
conclusion is that under Donald Trump the CIA is extremely rapidly
transforming itself into the Gestapo - the
secret police of the state, in translation - of Donald Trump.
And in case you doubted it, I think that last conclusion is correct.
Here is more by Scahill:
I think is also
important for people to realize right now, Gina Haspel is not
considered some extremist in the CIA
community. In fact, President Obama’s director of central intelligence,
John Brennan, was on MSNBC all throughout
the day yesterday singing her praises. In fact, at one point, an MSNBC anchor asked John Brennan—or said to John
Brennan, “Now, you demoted her when you were at the CIA.”
And he goes, “No, no, no, no, no. I didn’t demote her. In fact, she’s
wonderful and has all this integrity. And she was tasked with very
difficult operations, you know, and persevered and did it with gusto.”
And, you know, then you have James Clapper, same thing. It was a
lovefest on the so-called like opposition media yesterday throughout
the day. And MSNBC actually created a—they
had a graphic up that was describing Gina Haspel’s track record. And
they said that she was involved with sending terror suspects to put
them in the hands of foreign governments to be tortured, but they
described what she did in Thailand as, quote-unquote, “rough
interrogation.” Now, already it’s an abomination that anyone refers to
this as “enhanced interrogation,” but, out of nowhere, MSNBC starts referring to torture by the CIA as “rough interrogation.”
As I just said: Gina
Haspels is a ¨wonderful¨ torturer who has all the ¨integrity¨ she needs
to torture anyone, on a black site anywhere, according
to John Brennan. And the NSA´s James Clapper fully agrees with
Brennan: The USA needs vastly more sadistic torturers, if these two are
to be believed.
Here is Scahill´s judgement on Haspels:
Gina Haspel does not
belong as head of the CIA. She belongs in front of a judge, answering
to what she was doing, running a torture operation at a black site in
Thailand and destroying evidence. And then, John Brennan, Obama’s CIA
director—while the Senate was investigating the torture that Gina
Haspel was a key player in, John Brennan’s CIA starts spying on the
United States Senate. This is the investigators who were investigating
the very torture that Gina Haspel was directly involved with. It was
Obama’s CIA director who was spying on the Senate.
I completely agree
and this is a strongly recommended article, in which there is
considerably more than I reviewed.
CIA and State Nominees Recall Failure to Prosecute Bush-Era Abuses
article is by Nat Parry on Washington´s Blog and originally on
Consortiumnews. It starts as follows:
President Donald Trump’s
nominations of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA and Mike Pompeo to be
America’s top diplomat are the latest indications of steadily eroding
human rights standards in the United States and the rollback of the
rule of law that has characterized U.S. counterterrorism policies since
Sept. 11, 2001.
Haspel, a CIA operative who
oversaw the torture of terrorism
suspects at a secret prison in Thailand and then helped
destroy tapes of the interrogations, and Pompeo, who has made
statements in support of torture and mass surveillance, are both
expected to be confirmed by the Senate with little fanfare.
As I said above, if you erode ¨human rights standards" in the
secret state police of the USA,
what you built up is an institution led by sadists and torturers who can
do as nominated terrorism
specialists please to do, as sadists and torturers who are
effectively beyond control.
And that is what is
being instituted in the USA now. Here is some more:
Shortly following Pompeo’s
confirmation, his deputy director at the CIA was named as Gina Haspel,
who “played a direct role in the CIA’s ‘extraordinary
rendition program,’ under which captured militants were handed
to foreign governments and held at secret facilities, where they were
tortured by agency personnel,” the New York Times reported last year.
She also ran the CIA’s
first black site prison and oversaw the brutal interrogations of two
detainees, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. In addition, she
played a vital role in the destruction
of interrogation videotapes that showed the torture of
detainees both at the black site she ran and other secret agency
locations. The concealment of those interrogation tapes violated both
multiple court orders as well the demands of the 9/11
Commission and the advice of White House lawyers, as Glenn Greenwald
Quite so. And for more
on Abu Zubaydah and
al-Rahim al-Nashiri see the links: Their lives have been totally
destroyed by Haspels.
Then there is this on Charles
Despite these serious
misgivings, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
said he is not currently urging Democrats to oppose Pompeo’s
nomination to be Secretary of State or Haspel’s nomination to lead the
CIA. So much for the #Resistance.
The Democratic acquiescence
follows a long pattern of tolerating human rights abuses and
normalizing torture. When President Barack Obama declared that he
wanted to “look forward, not backward,” and to close the chapter on the
CIA’s torture practices under the Bush administration without allowing
any prosecutions for crimes that were committed, he ensured
torture would remain a “policy option” for future presidents, in the
words of Human Rights Watch.
Precisely: Bush Jr. had
prisoners tortured; Obama had prisoners tortured; and Donald Trump likes
to see prisoners tortured and nominates one of the worst
sadists amd worst torturers to be the head of his CIA. And the
Democrats embrace the sadist and the torturer whom Trump nominates.
Finally, here is the
last bit I quote from this article:
International law prohibits
the granting of immunity to public officials who have engaged in acts
of torture, Emmerson pointed out. He further emphasized the United
States’ international obligation to criminally prosecute the architects
and perpetrators of the torture methods described in the report:
“As a matter of
international law, the U.S. is legally obliged to bring those
responsible to justice. The UN Convention Against Torture and the UN
Convention on Enforced Disappearances require States to prosecute acts
of torture and enforced disappearance where there is sufficient
evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction. States are not
free to maintain or permit impunity for these grave crimes.”
Precisely. But under
Donald Trump there are no laws maintained that are disliked by
the president - or so it seems.
4. 6 Ways Millennials
Will Clean Up the Mess Baby Boomers Left Them
article is by Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows:
Baby Boomers – my
generation, born between 1946 and 1964 – dominated politics and the
for years. There were just more Boomers than people of any other
generation. But that’s no longer the case. Now, the biggest
the Millennials, born between 1983 and 2000.
Millennials are different
from boomers in 6 important ways that will shape the future.
Well... it so happens
that I am a Baby
Boomer as well, since I was born in 1950. Then again, I immediately
add that I was not a Baby Boomer in any sound sense
that does apply to the vast majority of them:
I never - not
in 68 years - succeeded in even getting as much as the legal minimum I should
have gotten; I was intentionally, with evident sadistic glee, denied
my legal right to take the M.A. examination in the ¨University¨ of
Amsterdam in philosophy because I was not a Marxist nor
desired to pretend I was; and I was gassed
by the illegal drugsdealer that mayor Ed van Thijn gave his ¨personal permission¨ to deal in illegal drugs
from the bottom floor of the house where I lived, and then forced
me to stay in that extremely dangerous house for 3 1/2 years, where I
could be gassed again any day, while I was also repeatedly
threatened with murder for protesting against the illegal drugsdealers
- who are still there, after 30
years of illegal dealings, and are still dealing illegal
drugs that Dutch mayors can permit to
be dealt for 30 years (for a
total turnover of some $300 billions
of the illegal Dutch drugsdealers in soft drugs, who are all
¨personally permitted¨ to deal in soft drugs, and around $600 billions if the hard drugs - cocaine,
heroin, amphetamines - are also counted in).
So I am not a typical greedy, lying, pretending and
Baby Boomer, although I grant very willingly that I am one of
the very few in Holland who is not.
Next, here is a shortened
summary of Reich´s six points about the Millennials. What
I did was copying the bold text in Reich´s list, while deleting the
accompanying short elucidations:
1. Millennials are
more diverse than boomers – so as Millennials gain clout,
expect America to become more open. (...)
2. Millennials are
more distrustful of the political system than Boomers –
so as Millennials gain power, expect more
3. Most Millennials
have a tougher financial road than Boomers – so expect
them to demand changes in how we finance
higher education. (...)
4. Millennials view the
social safety net differently than boomers – so
expect them to demand that Medicare and
Social Security are
5. Millennials care
more about the environment – so expect them to
demand stronger environmental protection. (...)
6. Finally, as wealthy Boomers transfer $30 trillion to their lucky
heirs, expect Millennials to demand a
fairer inter-generational tax
I say and I add that I am
not at all convinced, in fact because
I am of the generation of the Baby Boomers. I explain that in a
moment, but first I make a brief remark on the above quoted points.
The brief remark is
that all of Reich´s six points are construed thus: it is a fact
that ... and therefore expect Millennials to demand or become ---. And
I think that also is a fair way to do it.
Next, the reason that I
am not at all convinced that ¨the Millennials¨ will do or demand
the quite reasonable things Reich asserts they will do or demand is
precisely that I am a Baby Boomer, who
still can recall very well the promises
made about the Baby Boomers in the Sixties (though not in
these terms, but in terms like ¨our enlightened generation of
sub-30s¨), and I did not
believe them then and was completely justified:
The vast majority of the Baby Boomers pretended, lied, deceived, was
greedy and eventually got a large part of the wealth that they
now are handing over to some of their own
Why should I
believe that ¨the Millennials¨ are any better than ¨the Baby
I see no reason
whatsoever, although I am quite willing to agree that in both
generations there is a - quite
small - minority that will behave rationally and reasonably.
I see no reason to assume something else.
Here is Reich´s ending
of his article:
As I said, I’m a Boomer –
born the same year as Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and
Dolly Parton, among others. It’s up to you – the Millennials –
to fix a
system we Boomers broke.
I was born four years
later than each of those mentioned and I don´t think it is
quite reasonable to settle for the Millennials in the way Reich did.
First, most of the Millennials will probably choose for themselves as
soon as they get 25 or 30 or older; second, I don´t see any
reason why the members of the so-called Generation X are wholly
excluded; and third, I think that, in the end, everyone
who is alive has some duty to try to leave the Earth a
better place than they found it.
Finally and fourth, my
68 years convinced me that the
rational and reasonable persons I put most of my hopes in always
and in each and every generation are a
small minority, while the only thing that helped them
somewhat is that they are more intelligent and better educated
than the vast majority.
Unveils "The Ending Too Big to Jail Act" to Fight Wall Street Greed
article is by Andrea Germanos on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
With the Senate
voting on a Wall Street deregulation bill as early as Wednesday
evening, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) marked today's 10-year
anniversary of the financial crisis by unveiling new legislation
that—in contrast to the "Bank
Lobbyist Act"—aims to curb the fraud and greed of large financial
I completely agree
although I do not expect that Warren´s bill we be acceptable to the
majority of the - grossly corrupt, mostly lying and deceiving - Senate.
"When Wall Street CEOs break
the law, they should go to jail like anyone else. The fraud on Wall
Street won't stop until executives know they will be hauled out in
handcuffs for cheating their customers and clients," Warren declared in
Here is a bit more about Warren´s bill:
Entitled "The Ending Too
Big to Jail Act," the legislation
(pdf) calls for three major changes to address the problem of financial
executives not being held criminally responsible for the 2008 crisis.
Instead of passing the Bank Lobbyist Act, formally known as S. 2155,
Warren said that "Congress should be marking the tenth anniversary of
the financial crisis by strengthening rules on banks and bankers so
Wall Street can never again get away with cheating Americans and
crashing the economy."
As I said, I completely
agree, but do not expect this to be acceptable in the present Senate.
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
Warren has been a vocal
opponent of the deregulation bill—which the Congressional Budget Office
(CBO) found would be a massive gift
to some of the same Wall Street banks that led to the 2008 crash—and
has also spoken
out against her Democratic colleagues that are backing it.
Speaking on the Senate
floor on Wednesday, Warren said that S. 2155 not only increases the
chance for another financial meltdown, it has "landmines for American
families." If it passes, she argued, the bill "guts protections for
families that buy traditional and mobile homes and undermines our
ability to enforce civil rights laws. And for what? So that banks that
are already making record profits can tack on a little more to their
Yes indeed. And this is
a recommended article.
have now been
end of 2015 that
xs4all.nl is systematically
ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds,
as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between
two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.
claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my
ideas. They have behaved now for 2 years
as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I
from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).
two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been
there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any
other Dutch provider is any better (!!).