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private manning that is what wiki leaks founder julian assange is trying to do before the army privates court martial more secrets revealed or keeping tight lipped we'll tell you what's on his strategy next. plus u.s. troops fighting wars overseas never leave a man behind so why were so many of their families being abandoned by the nation's biggest banks many of them facing wrongful foreclosures. and could the keystone pipeline create thousands of jobs like many supporters have argued one largely publicized study says no way in fact the study concludes it will actually kill more jobs we'll have this story for you next. it's tuesday march fifth four pm here in washington d.c. i'm liz wall and you're watching r t we begin today with another twist in the bradley manning case wiki leaks founder julian assange the whistle blowing web site
has more u.s. government secrets but it's going to hold off publishing them until the private first class is released he told australian news outlet fairfax media quote we still can't publish it it would be a questionable action to do so now while bradley manning has a potential life sentence hanging over his head a late last week manning pleaded guilty to ten of the twenty two lesser charges against him he pleaded not guilty to the most serious charge aiding the enemy and accepting responsibility for the dump of classified documents manning said he leaked it all to the to spark public debate over u.s. foreign policy for more on the new classified documents which it leaks says it has and what this could mean for the manning case i'm joined now by jasmine radek director for national security and human rights at the government accountability project it doesn't nice to see you. julian us on just saying he will not release these new documents to protect manning but could this actually. the fuel for the
government to continue to hold them i don't think the government could possibly have any more fuel than the already added to its own self-made fire i think a song just trying to protect its source and i think he doesn't want to further inflame the government the u.s. government by releasing these documents and manning had referred to these documents in his in his thirty five page statement that he made on the twenty eighth the additional documents that assad has now with told exactly what how did it how did manning reference these documents he spoke about the incident these documents february two thousand and ten interested in which the iraqi federal police arrested detained and tortured opponents of iraqi prime minister nouri al
maliki and. had been tasked with catching these bad guys and upon investigation found out that they really had no connection to terrorism and that these were really just scholarly leaflets that had been made and although manning is often criticized for not having gone up his chain of command he did go up his chain of command with this and he was told to drop it and to continue investigating other places that might be printing things in opposition to the government now manning here and his thirty five page testimony last week he had already accepted responsibility for leaking these documents so what's the incentive there for us to continue to hold on to them when he's already kind of fessed up to leaking them i think because the actual documents are probably far more incendiary than their brief description that manning gave them. the thirty five page statement
i mean it's different to talk about a helicopter video versus actually seeing it and at this point i mean i take a songe at his word all along he's been speaking out on behalf of bradley manning and trying to protect him and because it did up being referenced as part of the plea i think he felt the need to say something right and of course we haven't seen these documents but it's kind of raising these questions as what could they possibly contain if he's holding on to them could it be an indication that the documents contain some kind of damning information something even more explosive than what we've seen so far come out of the existing documents you know i think if it had more damning information that might be an argument in favor of releasing them now it my it could help or hurt manning and it might help him because people would be more sympathetic with why he blew the whistle but it could also really hurt him by again further exacerbating the government's vitriol that it's already
demonstrated by continuing this prosecution even after the plea after the plea they could have dropped it and they've chosen to go forward with aiding the enemy and espionage act charges and it's also kind of calling these other questions i mean julian a son she has kind of said himself kind of prides himself on being a whistleblower as doing a job that other media outlets won't do by disclosing these things and now he's holding back so kind of makes you wonder what effect manning has had. on whistleblowers and people more hesitant to put information out there for what their retaliation could be for what the consequences could be well i think normally when the mainstream media and information it's because they feel they've been convinced that it's going to harm the government in some kind of way here it's different. he doesn't want to do anything that would compromise a pity. source and in fact up until the time bradley entered his plea
a saw and always maintained you know that if if manning is a person he never confirmed that so for him i think the motivation is quite different for holding on to the documents and also some pretty outlandish arguments have been made about how we can be leaks. aided the enemy just the very fact that we get leaks documents were found in of some of the lot and compound that that somehow proved manning aided the enemy which is such a broad argument well that this trial is set to start in a couple of months maybe that is a visit decision and it's a pleasure as always to have you on the show and i was just an erratic director for national security and human rights the government accountability of projects. one of them a bank wrongly forecloses on a home there is reason enough to stir outrage but add to it now that these foreclosures on military are in military family homes they occurred while family
members were still deployed abroad all turns out the country's biggest banks wrongly far closed on more than seven hundred homes of military members during the housing crisis according to new york times bank of america citigroup j.p. morgan chase and wells fargo recently uncovered the foreclosures to regulators for more i'm joined now by our team producer bob i live is now wrongfully foreclosing on homes and these are members that are serving that are deployed how can this happen well i think it's important to back up a little bit in to examine the structure of the u.s. mortgage market and how we got here how there is so such pervasive fraud that could have occurred and it started when we had a series of low interest rate years by the federal reserve they're basically giving away money there was several legislative changes that allowed it easier to securitize these mortgages slice and dice them and these became very hot products
and when that happens when there is a demand for you old in money's being given away for free you have the collateral which is the house being transferred from person to person to person or company to company and there's easily lost the chain of title and what they created the big banks in some other people was a system called mergers and it's an electronic system where they could just transfer the title without having to go to the county recorder office so we're going with this is that the pervasive fraud that we see is b. is a result of a systemic problem in the people in the middle military right now are feeling the effects of it right but when it comes to people of the military they have special legal protections when they're active duty so are the banks and more hot water now that. that they've been caught doing this to members of the military certainly there's supposed to be a court order to get a foreclosure on an active duty military person there are several instances where
this didn't occur and there was a study convened by the federal reserve the officer office of the comptroller currency in two thousand and eleven and what they found was they didn't find too many problems but they halted the study early and they decided to a blanket settlement and then they went back and then just discovered these pervasive problems and some of those had to do with the the military and so the settlement with the military people is they're supposed to get one hundred twenty five thousand or up two hundred twenty five thousand dollars if they've been wrongfully foreclosed on but the average person is not in the military it looks like they're only available to get fifteen hundred to two thousand dollars how does that even make sense that's nowhere near the cost that's even the cost of a car lot hold on and how how is that it's a picnic i'm sorry it's a pittance but like i said the this study that would should have been convened before there was an actual settlement was halted and only after the numbers were agreed on did they go back and find these these more pervasive problems so they
should have done more homework in the first place and they didn't do it and now we're stuck with a little bit of money amount of money to be spread over a large number of people. we should mention these banks j.p. morgan for example they've taken part in programs to help military families like awarding homes hiring veterans but is the fact that they foreclosed on so many of these active duty homes show that maybe all that was just for p.r. purposes or what do you think i don't thing j.p. morgan does anything for p.r. purposes their heart is really in it but that's and it's a cast that ok a little bit i think though yes it's a p.r. nightmare because american is a very patriotic country and nobody likes to see people in the military coming back home with their homes in the places you know being surrendered to somebody else being foreclosed upon so you know it's a p.r. problem it's really not a great homecoming i can say that much bob great to have you on that was bob english he is a producer here at our. now it's a controversial keystone x.l. pipeline opponents of the pipeline say which would allow the tar sands to travel
from alberta canada to the gulf coast they say it would be an environmental disaster advocates say the project would create thousands of much needed jobs but a new study says that that argument is false artie's on a saucy a target to have the story. you know operations of the keystone pipeline and ambitious pipeline is firing off a war of opinions a seven billion dollar project to transport eight hundred thousand barrels of tar sands oil a day from canada down to the gulf coast phase one of the keystone project from old burdick canada to halfway through the u.s. has been constructed with almost every mile built met with protest trans canada said that they expect that eleven spills over a fifty year period in its first year had over thirty five spills the keystone x.l. a major extension of the pipeline is causing a stir while the obama administration debates its pros and cons before giving it a final go ahead or halting construction while those pushing the project ahead see
it will create more jobs a largely publicized cornell study found that the project would kill more jobs than it would provide the argument that you know twenty thousand jobs are going to be created just isn't true when the state department used trance canada's own numbers for you know looking at job creation they found that about two thousand five hundred to four thousand six hundred jobs might be created by the pipeline and these are you know temporary construction jobs the number of permanent jobs that would be created by building the pipeline around fifty in the united states professor skinner who worked on the study says there was another promise of several thousand extra manufacturing jobs in the u.s. but in reality the majority of the pipe itself is being built in india she says the negative economic and employment complications have also been met with a blind eye such as the six hundred thousand people employed in the agricultural sector in the way of the pipeline whose jobs are likely to be affected if you look at the six states that the pipeline goes through eighty percent of the economies in
those states are based on agriculture. ranching and tourism and all of you know tourism like fishing right like kayaking canoeing things that rely on there being clean water would keystone proponents see will decrease skyrocketing oil prices and make the us less. on foreign oil something america really. stable source of energy it's tempting to get wrapped up in the turbulence of the markets or oil and gas prices but i think we also have to remember the turbulence of what's going on right now with the climate everywhere we look there is this mounting evidence of climate change at the end of the day there are no jobs on the planet canada has vast reserves of tar sands oil environmentalist say it's extraction devastates ecosystems and uses up too much water there are plenty of oil and gas pipelines in the u.s. but very few that carry this particular type of oil tar sands oil is argued to be particularly toxic to the environment lower grade than regular oil dirtier and more
complicated to produce and transport making keystone an enormous hazard for the environment according to the project's opponents if we go the oil we've already got no chance of remaining a stable maintaining a stable ecosystem and biosphere with a climate that we've become accustomed to over the last ten thousand years of human civilization. tens of thousands of protesters who also support this opinion rallied in the largest climate change protest the u.s. has ever seen last month it devastates me to know what is being done to my country and that you know we're trying to export our filth into another country and damage more people and more hurt environmental activists say to prevent global warming oil needs to be kept in the ground and not used to produce energy we already have one sustainable life plan it you know what i mean and we should all just be aware and do something to make a difference while concerns over the potential environmental impact keystone x.l.
could have have reached an all time high a recent two thousand page state department report says the pipeline could but should not be a real threat to the environment barack obama supposed to announce his final decision on the project in the months to come but analysts are concerned that corporate influence over washington is likely to steer this decision away from what's simply better for the environment and the people who depend on it and so i say churkin our party in new york. so is the argument that the keystone x.l. pipeline will create tens of thousands of new jobs just a pipe dream to discuss this and more patrick had her a policy analyst for freedom works joins us now patrick thanks for coming on go thank you so want to start off by highlighting some key points in this cornell study we have a graphic that kind of illustrates this first off the project will create according to this study no more than four thousand six hundred fifty temporary that is a key word there it's temporary construction jobs for two years and this is
according to trance canada's own data supplied to the state department the company's claim that the pipeline will create twenty thousand direct construction and manufacturing jobs in the u.s. they say is not substantiated another argument there is that there is strong evidence to suggest that most of the material for the pipeline will not even be produced inside of the united states so patrick if this cornell study is indeed true does that kind of week in this argument to move forward with the keystone pipeline cause one of the big arguments you're hearing time and time again is that it is going to create some much needed job and i think the proponents of the keystone pipeline i i believe that the pipeline should go ahead and be built but not because of the job seekers i think that the energy sector in the proponents of of the keystone pipeline are doing themselves a real disservice by relying on jobs figures to allow for the passage of the keystone pipeline to be built in the united states we've got this big problem in this country where we keep linking energy markets to job markets and we're saying well we should build this because it'll create jobs things shouldn't be build
energy infrastructure shouldn't be build because it creates jobs it should be built because it creates energy and that's what the keystone x.l. pipeline is going to do it's going to bring eight hundred thousand barrels of oil into the united states every day and that's all well that will be sent to it's going to be burned it's going to be used whether it's being burned here and used in american infrastructure being burned by chinese infrastructure that oil is going to be sold given the high price of oil ok but. one of the main arguments that we do hear in favor of this pipeline is the fact that it's going to create tens of thousands of new jobs are you saying it's irrelevant it doesn't matter whether or not man argument is true absolutely i do think that's an irrelevant argument the main argument here is that we have a free society in a free supposedly a free market economy the state department report that came out this march not two years ago came out this month that stated that this would be a safe safe pipeline it meets fifty seven different regulations that are set out by the department of transportation specialized pipeline and hazmat unit so if it's
meeting the safety standards of the federal government is deeming it safe then in a free and open economy american businessmen and canadian cooperating with canadian business interest should be free to build their infrastructure and sell their product now speaking of say if another thing that this study of the cornell study did point out is that rising carbon emissions and other pollution and from the heavy crude and this type of oil that is being transported through the keystone x.l. pipeline will also incur increased health care costs so these emissions also increase both the risk and cost of further climate instability so brings us and brings in health problems what about that risk well i mean we can't keep limiting ourselves and limiting our society based on. tens of tens of thousands of a percentage point what if scenarios and worst sue mean that the first of all they're assuming that the pipeline will leak there are so mean that there will be some sort of disaster with the pipeline there are fifty five thousand miles of
pipelines in the already existing in the united states this would be an eight hundred seventy five mile pipeline that would be built we are already operating thousands of miles of safe pipelines in the united states burning oil and there are other studies out there that calculated that the total carbon emissions assuming that the client side climate science is correct the total carbon emissions would only increase global temperatures on average by within one hundred thousands of degrees. center grade and that's just not that's not substantial enough to keep limiting ourselves and limiting a free economy i think one of the arguments also is the fact tar sands is particularly not clean energy right what about that well that's word that the studies that i've read of talked about that the increased carbon emissions fifteen or twenty percent dirtier i guess to burn tar sands oil or versus conventional oil drilled deep deep oil drills that the added the added burn which it will be
burned here ertl be burned in china regardless of this pipeline is built would only add a very miniscule level of temperature to the miniscule amount of carbon to to the atmosphere so you think that all these environmental concerns all these health concerns are just environmentalists blowing the whole thing out of proportion that they're unsubstantiated well. did they are and substantiated because regardless of what the price of oil right now the canadians are going to sell it and there are the canadian business interests that are trying to latch on to this opportunity being artificially created by the obama administration's hesitation to allow the pipeline that are willing to build pipelines to the pacific ocean and when that happens this oil is going to get on chinese built tankers and be shipped to china and burned there is that what we're really really in the west risk are we do we want to burn this oil here use it here and use it safely using american technology well i do want to get back to the issue of jobs because that is what this cornell study has a ballot it brings up this other really interesting finding it says that it will
actually this keystone x.l. pipeline will actually kill more jobs and then create jobs and that is because. it's traveling through these areas where their industry is relying on agriculture and things like that so if so what about that that it could actually hurt the economy only once and not create jobs and kill more of jobs once again we know we have to we have to detach the jobs argument positive or negative from. the energy our argument we're producing energy infrastructure in order to produce energy not to save jobs not to create jobs it's to meet the demand of energy in the market and once again a lot of the read through the study a lot of these endangered findings for jobs in these areas are once again contingent on the off chance that disaster strikes and we can't keep continue to. i mean doesn't that prove that disaster can in fact strike disaster does strike in but would we have ever put a man on the moon if we were afraid of disaster striking would we have ever built
the empire state building built the hoover dam built some of the the great things in american society and the things that we're proud of and accomplished if we were afraid of the what if scenarios of the danger but isn't it good to do everything that you can to prevent because what if scenarios from happening at all and raise all these questions well that's not the that's not the job of the government once the government deems it safe and once the government says that this should be built there's no reason the we should object to this being built when the state department says that it's not the job of the u.s. government to come in and say what free people acting in a free economy can do patrick appreciate you coming on that you have had here a policy analyst for freedom works. right now to on steroids that's what the phrase many insiders use to describe the transpacific partnership a multinational trade deal negotiated completely behind doors from potentially sending american jobs abroad possibly rolling back regulations on big banks and curbing your freedoms online the tepees effects on your daily life could be far reaching. has shows us another example of how this puts company is above people.
for almost three years now the u.s. has been participating in closed door talks with ten other countries on the hopes of arranging the biggest trade agreement in world history the trans-pacific partnership the trade talks are so large and so expansive that the t.t.p. is expected to affect more than one billion people worldwide governments from the u.s. to australia to malaysia claim the agreement will help get rid of trade barriers most of the talks are still secret but according to a new report by doctors without borders it actually provides evidence that the t p p could make it harder for people around the world to get much needed medicine and it all comes down to six first tepee expands a range of patents meaning that it lowers the standards for them pharmaceutical companies could then make slight modifications to current drugs and repackage the formula keeping generic drugs out of the market next up the length of patents would
be extended by at least five years a normal drug patent falls in the range of twenty years under the t p p the extra time would compensate for delays in the regulatory process but it would also prevent cheaper versions of the drug from making it to market it also allows the elimination of many of the safeguards against patent abuse including a process companies use to contest overreaching ones and that enables numerous forms of patent abuse it also requires participating countries to condition market approval on patent statuses setting up even more legal hoops for generic pill companies to jump through our fifty of medical costs incurred by the t.p. is in hands according to doctors without borders the agreement would enhance a company's control over clinical trial data so generic drug manufacturers can't recreate the pill during that time finally the t p p agreement would allow for
strict enforcement of intellectual property rights not just regarding pharmaceuticals so there you have it the sixty's of the. p.p. when it comes to medical costs anyway to the average american consumer the idea of cheap generic brands is less of a necessity but some third world countries a round the globe generic medicine can be the difference between life and death so it's more than free and open trade that lies in the balance of these negotiations it's a lives of millions of people looking for a way to afford the medicine that could ultimately save their lives in washington meghan lopez r.t. . the n.y.p.d. is cracking down on the young criminals but the way they're doing it is raising concerns over privacy near police officers are tracking teens they believe are troubled and then try to stop them before committing a crime the new york times says police do this by frequently dropping by teens schools and homes sometimes just to say hi the idea is that this will deter teens
and their friends from committing crimes but police also keep a binder of information on each suspicious person with information such as street names and other affiliations according to the report police also monitor young people's facebook and twitter pages officers can become friends with the teen by making a fake profile sometimes they use an attractive young girl to bait them. now keep in mind these are neighborhoods where the community has already weary of law enforcement the hope is that this program will help make dangerous parts of the city safer. technology is always getting faster and smarter but it's also getting a lot stronger. take big dog a robot that can really pack a punch as you can see it deals with heavy objects like cinder blocks boston dynamics the company that made it says it's designed to make use of its legs and
torso similar to human athletes the whole body approach can help power the arms and maximize strength in this case it allows big dog which looks more like a big horse to throw the thirty five pound block more than seventy feet. of this is all being brought to you by the army research laboratories robotics program. and we are going to leave it off there but for more on the stories we covered you know you could always check out our youtube channel that address is youtube dot com slash r t america we post everything online there in full also check out our website r t v dot com slash u.s. air where producers are busy working on stories we don't always have time to get on get on the air and you can also follow me. on twitter outlets all of your if i can hear now five pm.
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