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the twenty fold race to the white house is on and ron paul is the latest g.o.p. candidate to enter the fray but with many republicans now echoing his concerns about debt spending on the size of government the wrong paul's third presidential bid see success. and today marks the twenty fifth anniversary of true noble the world's worst nuclear disaster that is until japan's fukushima crisis came along the border of a century later what is there to be learned from. and he's one of the best known death row inmates around the globe. and while ruling today brings hope for mia we asked him what his case means for justice in america.
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while he's at it again republican congressman ron paul is setting his sights on the white house for the third time announcing today his bid for the twenty twelve republican presidential nomination and ron paul's outspoken and fed antiwar views have made him into something of a libertarian icon and while money bombs and a bombastic following have earned him much attention in two thousand and eight unfortunately that support never translated into votes for the lawmaker now it is unclear just how much of a shot congressman paul has this time around but with war fatigue and a faltering economy wearing out us voters we ask whether juan paul's third time could be the charm but the answer i'm joined by an unlikely gentleman from miami florida to discuss more of his a broad hall of supporter behind the scenes that from two thousand and eight and you're with us now from miami florida thank you. let's let's start by talking about
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sort of your personal experience with ron paul you've never voted you know you've never contributed to political candidates before a certain political events namely the war in iraq lead you to ron paul and eventually you went on to collect millions for his campaign through the internet but what is it about ron paul who by the way is a seventy five year old congressman twelve term congressman that resonates with folks like yourself and other younger voters. but i think it's a stance on the principles of what makes america great you basically stand for the constitution and you know with those principles you have a rule book that rule book was written by the founders of this nation. you know the experience of tyranny in other nations and really i see it as a kind of anti tyranny handbook and we're seeing the government get larger and larger become more and more impressive oppressive become more and more of an empire and and it's alarming you know we need to do something about it in the constitution
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is the answer and ron paul has been in office for about thirty years and always voted in line with the constitution so unlike other candidates who say one thing and do another as we've seen time and time again i think barack obama is no exception ron paul does. what he says he'll do and i think that's extremely important one of the main things that attracted me to go further in terms that are coming out of your mouth right there talk about small government with a lot less spending talk about the constitution i mean these are all expressions in terms that we're hearing from the tea party which is really really over the past two years what makes ron paul different from the kind of rhetoric that we're hearing from the political panel that's right now with by the way a very very similar to his ideas. well he puts it all the way through he continues it not only in domestic policy but in foreign policy and i think that's really been the you know the definer between amman and other candidates on the republican side you know they say they believe in small government but they'll go ahead and expand government so that we can cover the world with our military on the other hand and
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that's not you know that's big government big spending and then also they also get weak on things like education they've expanded the department of education you know so they've expanded the government there they've expanded pharmaceuticals so you know again ron paul is very consistent does what he says he has a guidebook and he never he never goes against it so you always know what you're going to get so if you believe in the constitution. you know the right or. wrong i mean regardless of the support that ron paul has among his and his activism it is very very strong support by the mainstream media by the mainstream political analysts he's never really seen as a viable candidate always sort of a fringe guy now that we've seen the political rhetoric in america or at least among the republican party sort of shift to to be more in line really with with some of the ideas that ron paul has been pushing do you think this country could be ready or that better on top of the more of a realistic success than the mainstream this time around absolutely since two
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thousand and eight campaign he's been the opportunity to be on talk show after talk show after talk show i would say hundreds of times possibly thousands and i think in that time coupled with the fact that the economy is doing worse. the wars are not ending and they're only expanding and they're not succeeding you know there's no you really we don't even know what the goals are coupled with all these issues and problems and with the fact that he has solutions i think he's got a great chance but it let's be real here and unrealistic lee ifill watching m s n b c if you're watching fox news if you're watching c.n.n. you know listening to the radio i mean these mainstream media corporations these mainstream political analysts are not really taking him seriously and i thought about to ask you why you think that is why is it that the guy who seems to have sort of the the the least amount of corruption associated with the name i mean he doesn't have any major scandals that we can think of he doesn't have any overt ties to sort of the elites establishment that have been pointed out by anyone why do you
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think that you've been pigeonholed into this fringe category. well i mean you know i mean i know exactly but i think that those people are more a part of the system that has brought us to where we are now and change is difficult real change and we can all pay lip service if we like but to really make real change it takes some guts you have to be honest with yourself you have to recognize your mistakes and i think that's what ron paul offers and a lot of people have a hard time going that way you know. big government big money for all kinds of special interests and so on that's been the path so far and this is something different and it's kind of like going on a diet you know you've got to be really honest with yourself and tough on yourself in order to achieve the goals that you want and we want to get america back to prosperity we're going to have to do those things so it's just a matter of you know do people want to take that tough road do the right things that are going to be necessary to have better results or do we want the same old
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same old certainly again i'll say the people who are doing what they're arguing and don't come around is ideas they're the ones that got us here but every little people are in charge of pushback about both people are also very very well funded and whether you like it or not whatever problem you may have about it and us politics it's a call a lot of money to run and when. obama is going to have a war chest of something like a billion dollars this coming election what are you going to do or how do you think that runs off the table before they get up for that. well i guess we're just going to try our best you know we have we're going to continue to build on what we did in the last election cycle and hope that more people are willing to take the take the mass you know the take the medicine so that we can fix our problems no matter how much money other side is again it's the same it's the same old same old that brought us to where we are now and i think everybody in our country knows we have a lot of problems so we need to be very honest with how we got here and you know i
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think ron paul is consistency his message back to liberty brings people together these things are what we have going for us and what can we just a victory and i will see if that message resonates with the mangy without the spent the time around thank you so much for your time that was well after the ron paul supporter try to london now it is exactly twenty five years since the world was shocked and shaken by the worst little nuclear catastrophe in history the deadly explosion opportunity will power plants produce a radioactive cloud across several continents prompting long lasting human and environmental consequences the disaster continues to haunt the now abandoned town the p.p.s. which is built to house thousands of turnover of workers are developed they are shocked he visits a ghost town and reports on general talk to. twenty five years ago the town of brega that was a place any soviet person could dream of high salaries great standards of living
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and impressive infrastructure i restricted town for the employees of the children or build nuclear power plant it was regarded as the pride as the pearl of the soviet union it was not only constructed to look like a perfect socialist city but the people who live here were also the best of the best the best musicians sports man the best professionals the nuclear energy all of them live here all of that changed april the twenty sixth one thousand eighty six when that your mobile reactor exploded the result of an experiment carried out in the wrong hands. of the reactor was almost completely out of control in april twenty fifth but it could still have been saved the management pushed for a completion of the experiment personal hesitated and were reluctant to eventually couldn't go against the authorities we'll his old video meanwhile the town's population had no idea about the disaster people were enjoying and then usually sunny saturday outdoors i mean my friend we were away from school the pleated beach
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we returned home all covered in mud and my mother asked me where i had been i lied that we were cleaning the school yard and she was shocked as she had already heard rumors of some action in the nuclear station. that shock was easy to understand ambulances with sirens had a lot of the population of this small town in the middle of the night they delivered the severely injured plant workers and firefighters to the hospital but already given different fractions burns and the radiation most of them had food or fourth degree radiation burns one of them died instantly the others had to wait twenty four hours to be evacuated to a hospital in moscow ironically those rather lucky ones others stayed in the town exposing themselves to a deadly dose is of radiation and many died or suffered radiation sickness afterwords nowadays people it is described as a dead. nobody lives here and never will again the fall out period of many nuclear cells which is twenty thousand years this has not been
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a skeer form out there on the county i'm sure and knew straight after the u.s.s.r. collapsed we could be gave me a few months on the pension and found it impossible to sit quietly back in kiev here have a consul and a grow every clean he ation yes there is a little here but you can find the place without it anywhere we are not scared in the wake of the fukushima disaster the words are noble echoed again world wide just about when everyone thought all mistakes have been learned another crisis with the nuclear energy issue through a series debate with the former journal data say they are ready to fly halfway across the planet to help japan just like they did in their own backyard twenty five years ago all they want is to make sure nightmares like your noble and fukushima never happen again let's see russia ski artsy reporting from chernobyl and kiev in ukraine. now last week u.n. secretary general ban ki moon urged the world to prepare for even more nuclear accidents on the same scale of turn noble in fukushima and call for greater
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international cooperation in nuclear safety measures and today russian president dmitri retreated offered a proposal to do just that his plan would expand safety conditions mandated by the international atomic energy agency but while safety measures media a positive step the big question remains is nuclear power actually safe and is it really about the source of the power or the companies and regulators tasked with harnessing it safely and when it comes of powering our future who should americans trust here to help me answer some of these questions of sending focus was beyond thank you so much for being thank you for having some pretty dramatic pictures from from chernobyl from from that point yet and i just want to ask you i mean is it should we expect because she went to turn into a similar type of ghost town situation i am worried. because it has a greater population around the fukushima center then to try noble that it could very well japan has much fewer land when chernobyl exploded it was on land that
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was inhabited by people but by fewer people fewer didn't a little less done it was actually builds to support the power plant it was created for that was associated i mean obviously there were others and that's the other problem too and for question where you have an industry fishing industries you've got. farming industries and my concern is that japan made economically decide in a few years after this has gone out of media's eye that they want to move people back in and that's a fear of mine it wouldn't be fair to the people and it wouldn't be fair to japan's trading partners to whom they might explore and sort of pivoting to the united states what reactions are you seeing to the crisis in internal into the crisis because shimon has it sort of halted in any way the nuclear industry here in america on. level of say president obama he still seems to think that nuclear power is an all right idea he seems to think that there is
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a safe way that we can handle it i would argue no and i would argue that the people around the reactors especially those around the mark one v.w. are designs which is the same kind. of. design reactor that we have in the us the people around those reactors are especially concerned and we have actually filed an emergency petition with the n.r.c. to stop their licenses. while we assess how safe they are how old they need be but every day sion inside me lead to something like happened at fukushima. in a larger picture question whether or not we as human beings are compatible with this energy source that hot it asks a lot of us it asks us to. not fall asleep it asks us to not drink on duty it asks us to predict ahead of time every single possible accident scenario that can happen and i just think it is not compatible with who we are as human beings we learn by making mistakes and you cannot meet mistakes with this energy source we saw it from
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noble and we saw now unfolding the same disasters so it's not so much the power itself the sort of the human fallible elements that comes into play here well i think it's both i think they play off of each other here i think we'd be much safer with wind and solar i think that you couple our sort of human chaos in our behavior with natural disasters with god forbid terrorist attacks with anything that can take all the tricity away and really at fukushima that's what ultimately caused the most problem was the removal of the electricity to keep to cool the pools to keep them and the core to keep them from melting down so what in this country is it that prevents us from sort of making a massive shift in terms of our energy consumption and what we use for its of to power our energy sources i mean we for years i mean for at least the past quarter. or half a century we've been talking about potential need to we ourselves off of foreign oil to sort of develop new technologies to move to cheaper and safer technologies
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what is it that's stopping this ship from taking place i think it's money i think it's entrenched energy interests like the nuclear power industry. that they operate in this country with a lot of hubris they ask for a lot of for instance loan guarantees they're currently asking from our congress in the united states they are covered by something called price anderson which basically means they don't have to go out and buy insurance like the rest of us do to cover any losses or damages that they might incur as from one of these accidents should it happen on our soil and these are all huge subsidies or those are just you know to subsidies they've got a lot of subsidies a lot of perks from the government and for an energy source that supposed to be mature now supposed to be on its own they really aren't and so we have to really question economically whether they are worth it as well and i think that the answer would be no if you remove the subsidies from nuclear power we would not have in this country but it's the money and politics think what do you know or what do you
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think it will take to sort of overcome this this reliance on the money interests i mean is it going to take a socially masel disaster on our own soil well i would certainly hope not i would hope that we have learned from this disaster even it is as it is still unfolding. i think that we need a groundswell i think that we need people around these reactors to really take stock and to really understand what it means to have one of these in their community. and the dangers that could happen if god forbid something would happen and we have a question just so it's one thing i mean of course god forbid any any more the houses along the scale it's a place where we were in the world but you know we saw the b.p. crisis and it doesn't seem like there was any sort of real genuine push to sort of come up with better safety measures and better regulation after that so what does that say about our ability to change and i think it's a combination of you know not only the politicians and the money within the politics but i also think the media i think media in the united states needs to follow up these issues they need to follow up the most immediate health effects for
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instance if a question of but like actual nope but upon term health effects cancers leukemia birth defect that they are not following up on out of sight out of mind kind of thing you we as a society need to demand more long term examination fuller examination from our media outlets that's certainly difficult when the media outlets also have corporate interests playing into that whole situation thank you so much for your time is really absolutely thank you thank you that was a new focus from be on nuclear. you know he's one of the best known death row inmates around the globe when we have all has been on death row for nearly three decades sentenced to execution after being convicted of killing a white police officer but today brought new hope for the former black panther activist as a us court ordered a new sentencing hearing for mia and the next six months the decision however just not to give me a new trial and is going to does remain in effect marty's arms to see a church you know has more on this story. oh. beacon of justice or system
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flourishing with fraud and flaws. illegitimate this is prisoner mia jamal. seen as a political prisoner all over the world an honorary citizen in over twenty cities with a street named after him in france on death row in the us for almost thirty years the event that changed the life of me forever took place at this intersection in philadelphia almost three decades ago back in one nine hundred eighty one when a police officer was shot and killed himself was wounded and had to spend the night at a hospital a prostitute and the cab driver testified against him hundreds of thousands of supporters including mumia himself maintain his innocence to this day. was charged with first degree murder in a case many say was probably fated and fraught with racism the prostitute one of
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the other witnesses that ever saw her there. with the cab driver when you look at the police crime scene photos you'll see his cabin where they remove the tampering and should get a new trial dragging on for years will be a struggle for freedom has been shedding light on flaws of the u.s. justice system fifteen of the police officers involved in collecting evidence in munoz trial were later charged with corruption and tampering with evidence to obtain a conviction fifteen of the thirty three a former journalist and black panther organizer as work is translated into several languages and distributed all over the world his analysis is a revolutionary announce that this ystem is rotten to its core that its races class is six just evil and that is they have the leader of an imperialist. nation of the world and they want people to hear that. he won't be us government denies holding political. isn't it was. the countless human rights activists from
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all over the planet kept up the voice of the wisdoms it's overdue that we believe symphony that he's an innocent man and his trial. with the joke was like a circus and he didn't try to use work monitored by the f.b.i. since he was fourteen years old to some he has become one of many fallen victim to a police state it's not a question of whether or not he's on a death penalty is not even a question of guilt or innocence it's a question. of the united states who is apparatuses of the f.b.i. and other state federal local agencies targeting surveilling attacking a political activist. move people into targeting them for their political work in washington is a journalist closely watching the case since trials kicked off in the eighty's in his case in foggy so much of what's wrong with the course and that's why people have gravitated to this case and maybe that is
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a symbol for their outrage. that the economy between what america says it is as a country founded on justice and one that perpetuates injustice in this case extraordinarily over a thirty year period already having gone through count was appeals the case is still expected to drag on for years right yet is so tragic that here after almost thirty years we're not talking about a new trial we're not talking about all the evidence that has come forth the racism the racism of judge sable the original judge own of the many things that should have read a long long time ago the u.s. is a record holding country of jails overflowing with prisoners including thousands on death row who are overwhelmingly african-american today there are over two million prisoners in the united states that's the size of san francisco you know you represent cologne. and while those in power continue to keep their eyes shut for
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the flaws this gym is bound to remain the scene with the rest of the world watching and taking trips not r.c. . so what does the case of mia say about justice in america or for the answer i'm joined by human rights attorney robert bryant he served as lead counsel for me up from two thousand and three to twenty ten and has three decades of experience in defending people in death penalty cases and joins us now from paris france robert thank you so much for taking the time to join us today let's start with the latest developments the appeals court awarded your former client from the average of all the new sentencing hearing what is your reaction is this really a positive positive development or should we tamper with our i certainly you see it very well and i'm a lady. it's my worry that was before that. i did that in the prosecution and i think months. if that happens they will occur.
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less and happy and the only they will meet. with. certainly by a lady in the u.s. a member than seems to lie in the well established from the u.s. so. this is a proper decision now what happens in the u.s. we were at best another question why why do you think it is that we may have gotten so much international attention i mean he's written a book has had honorary citizen status or something like twenty cities i believe across the globe that went through through noam chomsky countless others have really rallied to take this cause what makes this precipitate stand out so much. well the media has become i know in the years that nearly eight years i guess it was that i represented of i spoke on the road only does that happen you came i may
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meet somebody i not only in the fight against that on april twenty thousand men women and children on death row surround the world but let me also was great symbolic of a legal system but also in great light miserably and i wanted the united states but around the world. i have said this before and i will repeat it again now and that is why i do not believe when you have broken all would be on death row if you were not african-american you were not black and the common denominator in cases like this that still symbolizes not only race but the fact that he was clearly already fully represented by the trial and on appeal and there was a lot of prejudice around his trial but i was even schemes that only a russian police officer who was by carrying guns and the parents break the bank and tragically there's not an hour. well speaking at the league office
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i'm fresh from them is not a stand alone tape there's another piece we want to talk about today there's countless others for example the case of troy davis another african-american man in georgia who is facing execution actually next month despite an overwhelming body of evidence pointing to his an offense comment on that real quick before we sort of get out of a symbolic meaning a back. well recently wrote a great way to it's very shocking shocking a. rare occurrence in ramallah in most cases there is a man with. ideas out. there he was absolutely innocent did not commit what's called the murder of the. role. in the wake of the movie never. to joke with biting was. in i believe those words when you hear. if you if you take
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a police actually in line all of the i can read the rules and so not always work with them one assumes for but what we all consider. intimate level of fairness in the legal system well and also what we believe in our press countrymen american genuinely private self-worth believe in liberty and justice for all so why does our legal system not reflect that well because our legal system lucy is made up of people who are human the human error we make mistakes and this is one of the many arguments against the first only and that be a system is prior. so it's already fragile it's certainly breaking news we're getting a. who is facing the ultimate moment some of the ideas we're executing and we're making. politics so all can
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a really ugly head and in most cases and you know it's not normally the welfare. rolls who are committing wife was the favorite phrase people like mumia abu jamal were and were not very easy on him or women in the course and even waiting for the right to have a challenge or not i mean is it really just about people in the legal system making the stakes or is there something more sinister perhaps more ingrained friends of races than war or some other big outcome of injustice are you not showing me i really really the odds you know i originally litigated on working safely in the southeast and i thought i had seen everything in the south in the wire i won my place in. the car in racing in the moment but with my wrist back with the same thing not only of course always a ridiculous with the self but also in places like the would be off the roof or in
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the north no we live in modern day society that we're not racing but a practice that american side is very great. and. there are clearly is a major siphoning these were the. black or asian american are all those you know. certainly is a major factor in this is something missing feeling when you're in who are these diagrams and so many ridiculous and already even though people think we have not been there you know it is going to find differently then it would it mean if he were right when i said it's certainly tragic that in less than age twenty a lot of things that kind of unfortunate friends can continue and i can only hope for the changes thank you so much for your time that was dr attorney robert bryant formerly town far from me i believe him all.


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