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the latest news and the week's our top stories the hunger strike at guantanamo bay possibly one hundred day mark with most inmates are still starving themselves over the definite detention without charge. to you was government seizes the phone records of over one hundred journalists from the associated press a spot of media outrage but the white house insists it was unaware of the problem. syria's president maintains he'll stay until he's voted out and the ones that are boring back the rebels will keep fighting despite international efforts to mediate peace. and a more spies in disguise a russian security exposes a cia chief in moscow as u.s. intelligence has left red faced off again to getting court red handed trying to
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recruit a russian agent. you're watching r t a for this week's the weekly with me to mom would say it's good to have your company with us now more than one hundred days since of the mess hunger strike edge of guantanamo bay began there's still no sign that any of the protests are willing to back down well over half of the people detained there without charge are protesting the indefinite plight with no hope of release some inmates are say they seeking freedom through death but the u.s. military is a force feeding them to make sure that doesn't happen as diana should you can reports. after years of the natural injustice and indifference and after more than three months of starvation one tunnel detainees have finally got
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the president's attention i'm going to go back apis they've heard these words before as president i will close guantanamo reject the military commissions act and if you go to the geneva conventions and now again it needs to be closed now congress and again as many times before the white house if it were sponsibility to congress there's much he can do administratively without congress without having a legislative act even under current restrictions the administration has the power to use national security waivers to release many of these men which it hasn't used it's the charge that well the fear that if you release some of these prisoners that have been accused of being terrorist in the past and and they do something else or you find them going into terrorist organizations you will pay a heavy political price for that so many of these men have fallen victim not just
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to their wrongful capture but also to u.s. politicians assumptions of what they may or may not do in the future but you can or you can of all people want to maybe you know this is a we're not future police here so far the administration's only response to the crises of carnival has been to force feeding troops down detainees nostrils the fact of the matter is that when an individual makes a decision of sound mind makes a decision to refuse food as a political protest then as we said in our joint statement it is not open to mistakes in their circumstance to force them to do each. and the full speeding here involves the insertion of a tube of some significant on down the diameter through the nasal passages and into the stomach in the most horrible of circumstances the un special rapporteur on human rights also told me that he was encouraged to hear. the president once again expressed commitment to close the infamous prison president of united states has kuantan him as
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a problem and yet all the greys and the ministration continue to treat these men and humanely and to deny them basic dignity for years that mr asian is engaged in verbal and legal acrobatics to justify it in action on guantanamo and still not clear how long before people there start dying but one thing is clear the elephant in the room just got too big to ignore in washington i'm going to shut down. the u.s. military recently requested tens of millions of dollars to renovate the prison saying congress has decided to keep it open indefinitely maintaining that it or is camps already costing americans a considerable sum let's take a look at ninety nine one hundred thousand dollars that's a little price of keeping just one detainee there for a year and there is one hundred and sixty six inmates at guantanamo maybe of whom have been held without charge for more than a decade because a much lesser some twenty five thousand per year add to house a convicted prisoner in the u.s.
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army's bill bill daughter talk to guantanamo spokesman maybe captain robert durand you denied abuse at the facility. they get what we call a full frisk which is a pat down search not unlike you'd experience going through airport security if you are selected for secondary screening in the united states it's quick it's full clothing on and it's noninvasive it's not the detainees job to tell the truth the lawyers just repeat what the detainees say that all of the allegations are false and let me ask you about the allegations about the on the safe and inhumane force feeding all those prisoners who are on hunger strike do you deny that the policy of the united states and its drugs are of life or lawful means we have currently thirty who are doing and terribly sad deaths using a liquid nutrition supplement most of them when they're ordered to do that go compliantly and take it a percentage about a third need to be taken to their cheating it's
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a procedure that's done in hospitals and nursing homes every day it's not done to harass them but it's done to sustain life to sustain life while we've been hearing from the medical justice network who is saying that don't deserve accused of colluding in torture that at the camp and that's been agreed on by the world medical association and the u.n. the u.s. and we disagree with them it's a matter of national policy our courts have upheld that. sustaining life you lawful means lawful we have a medical protocol where we evaluate detainees based on their weight loss and co-morbidity we allow them to hunger strike that if they get below eighty five percent of body weight some damage could be down we will do the involuntary feeding all of those allegations are false they're not they're not being subject to extreme temperatures they're not being denied food and water the conditions are as good as they can possibly be they had satellite television and they had communal living
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that all kinds of good things were transparent facility. lawyers for the detainees are strongly disagree with captain durant's assessment of that they claim the captives are being held in unbearable conditions and i subjected to daily harassment one of the lawyers a told us washington is violating international law at guantanamo i think what we're seeing is a deliberate tactic. to break the strike i think these these toxic tactics zero zero solitary confinement at least body searches among other things have been used to pressure them and to break the strike i think that camp ministrations response since that in terms of conditions of the camps denying what's happening defending their actions entirely have actually just deep into the minds result to continue and one one point i want to correct as a factual matter is traditions at one time or right now are not they are not you have most of them and they are protesting for over three months in conditions of
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solitary confinement so there is not only a problem of. illegal detention without charge at guantanamo right now but a question of serious serious questions about the united states is compliance with the geneva conventions in terms of humane treatment of these men and they are in twenty two to twenty four hour solitary confinement right now. that's how things are right now over the guantanamo bay hunger strike against us all up to speed on the events of the part of the one hundred days at r.t. dot com there you'll find complete and comprehensive coverage with comment and analysis from u.s. officials lawyers and even some former detainees it's all online. the u.s. justice department got embroiled in another surveillance scandal this week after it sees two months of phone records of editors and journalists from the country's biggest news gathering service the associated press is wall has the details. it's being called an unprecedented government intrusion the justice department secretly
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collected two months of telephone records from the associated press and its reporters. a.p. believes this story prompted the secret investigation the cia uncovered a plot to bomb a u.s. bound airliner a plot originated in yemen and was carried out by al qaeda there arabian peninsula by reporting this al qaeda was put on notice that the cia had an inside look at their activities be a piece as the justice department did not say why they needed the information but says among the nearly two dozen telephone records collected at least five of them were from reporters working on the story in question this was a very serious. a very serious leak and a very very serious leak. i've been a prosecutor since nine hundred seventy six and i have to say that this is among if not the most serious it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that
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never see it put the american people at risk and there is not hyperbole eric holder announced today he was recusing himself from this a.p. investigation a prominent news agency condemned the government's actions in a letter to holder associated press c.e.o. gary pruitt says quote these records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the news gathering activities undertaken by the a.p. during a two month period provide a roadmap to news gathering operations and disclose information about a.p.'s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know now the a.p. is asking for an explanation as to why the government pulled reporters' phone records without notifying them the worries the effect the news will have on the media and its sources i think the effect on the media has already been felt i mean you have sources that are being shut down. doors just being shut in people's faces
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now that was probably the intention the intention was to scare. the turn off the faucet in other words from leaks in the wake of the controversy white house press secretary jay carney reiterated the obama administration's dedication to transparency he believes strongly in the need for the press to be unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism he also believes strongly as a citizen and as president in the need to ensure that classified information is not leaked because it can endanger our national security interests there is a balance between transparency and national security has been a delicate one since nine eleven the obama administration has a history of aggressively going after whistleblowers prosecuting more people for leaking classified information than any other administration combined and washington was wall r.t. . although the white house insists it was in the dock over the surveillance of the a team adam as the beg to differ since nine eleven particularly we've seen the
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rapid expansion of a police state in this country it is the infrastructure of the police state is already in place so the restricting of the flow of information by the government and its various mouthpieces this is part of this creeping police state and what i what i want to stress is that the effectiveness of the obama administration in persecuting whistleblowers shows not only the fact that obama himself is no different from any candidate that our president that came before him but also the fact that this is a comprehensive plan to shut out dissent in the united states. you're watching our team more news coming your way off of the salt break. world. science technology innovation all the latest developments from
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welcome back you're watching our team in syria government forces have reportedly fought their way into the heart of a key rebel stronghold the city of near the lebanese border is said to be a vital help for the smuggling of arms in syria meanwhile the president's reiterated his commitment to stay at the helm until next year's elections say only the people can decide his future but that assad insists he won buckle to us impression he also expressed doubts about the meaning of them syria saying the fractured foreign backed opposition will stay committed to violence gathering expected in the coming weeks is being brokered by russia and to the u.s. but it remains unclear who will speak for the rebels and u.n. has also in dollars to the international efforts to mediate peace as he got a piece in office records. well after meeting with russia's leadership the un secretary-general ban ki moon agreed that the conflict in syria could only be
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resolved in accordance with international law without any foreign military intervention and with the for. respect of serious territorial integrity he also agreed to the idea of putting together this joint conference which would include both the syrian rebels and the authorities now they were also able to establish the list of current stumbling blocks concerning this idea and well first of all currently the opposition is still quite divided it's unclear who would be able to represent it as a whole at such a conference secondly moscow wants to see all the regional players taking part in such a conference including iran which may cause problems with washington and also if the syrian authorities are ready to take part in such a conference right now then the rebels are making are voicing preconditions which include president assad having to step down but in general ban ki moon's visit continues this diplomatic marathon which will been witnessing for the past few
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weeks a lot of officials have been coming to russia discussing syria including u.s. secretary of state the prime ministers of great britain and israel and in general it seems the approach of many nations two ways of resolving the conflict in the country is changing now however there are still many problems including the one with the washington since when john kerry was in moscow it seemed that they were completely on the scene page with russia's leadership but as soon as you left he started calling again for president assad to step down and promised more support of the rebels and that was back just recently by president barack obama himself what's widely being ignored is the fact that many of these rebels admit that they are receiving directions from international terror organizations including al qaeda there are tons of videos in the web showing horrific acts conducted by rebels including public executions of captured this just troubling and horrific
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video of a rebel cutting the horde out of a dead syrian soldiers chest and eating it on camera calling on. everybody else to do the same in promising to to continue doing so in the future and also there is the statistic from various international activist groups which basically shows that every time the rebels receive workmen's from abroad the violence just spikes humiliated and expelled cia spy ryan fogle has now left russia after being busted offering a million dollars to a russian security agent in return for assistance this week's all red faces at the american embassy in moscow as the identity was also revealed of the cia bureau chief working under the guise of a diplomat but in a caution about takes up the story ryan fogle was caught in the act trying to recruit a russian special services agent to work for the americans now russia's federal
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security service has released a photo technical equipment and some other items that were found when he was detained including a compress a map of moscow a large amount of cash and even two weeks to allegedly use as disguises now this is suspected cia agent was offering one million dollars a year for passing on classified information and that was revealed to you know why a taped telephone conversation between four girl and the security agent he was trying to recruit made public by russia's federal security service. you're going to distort so wouldn't you to give us more as opposed to talk of the war than you know what was to attack us because it will be more just at the bottom of the web of a million little old you and yes. some new. ideas. such a fool has been handed over to the american authorities and now faces deportation
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the f.s.b. told r.t. that was not the first case and recent years since two thousand and eleven there have been in fact four other similar cases one case involved and another american embassy employee who was trying to recruit a russian employee of national anti terror committee the answer is b. says that there is a striking resemblance to the focal scase and that the cia has gone too far with this spying operations. we were particularly outraged at the actions of the american spy dillon benjamin he tried to convince an employee of the russian national counter-terrorism to hand over classified documents of this department to the cia like mr fogle he was deported from russia we hope the cia would learn their lesson and something like that would never happen again so we decided not to release the information about dylan to the public but apparently they didn't learn that lesson in fogel's case the ceiling crossed a red line so we had to react according to official instructions. and as average
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with a juicy spy story at hand the exposure of a cia spy in moscow got the media animated with a mixture flat for and disbelief at their alleged spies quite clumsy recruiting techniques but that's quite a common reaction to the stories like this but still it doesn't make them a new last term less three member of the previous by scandals for instance back in two thousand and six russian t.v. showed a documentary exposing several british my six agents working in moscow and here is the high concept they used rocks at that time the media laughed at what was considered a conspiracy theory until a high ranking adviser to the prime minister admitted it's true so rog's weeks compresses and maps james bond doesn't exactly have much competition right now and to war activism brian becker has been closely following the spy scandal and
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says the u.s. is running a continuous covert operation in russia. the russian government is calling attention to the fact that the us is doing something of a full court press on russia a shadow war so to speak they have the using the n.g.o.s and the penetration of russian society by us soft power through the n.g.o.s at one level trying to carry out many many intelligence operations to get russians to defect kind of trading russian society branch the us media very favorable coverage to the russian opposition any protest that takes place in russia even if it's small gets enormous front page coverage while here protest movements in the united states get almost no coverage you see the general scenario being played out of hostility to the russian government even if there is still a mattock overtures at another level twenty three years apart and finally united
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we've got an amazing story for you on a website the only tool that helps my knees man locate his home and family two decades after being kidnapped as google maps. also the pentagon that pulled the plug on an ambitious space project it is by going to the two hundred million dollars than it already will tell you why online. is about to consider a set of oil sanctions at home but it's not what you might think it's considering banning restaurants from serving olive oil in refillable bottles all different balls alston's of need to improve food hygiene and apparently fraud. from germany as a free vote his party joins us live and now good to have you with us have you abba fell that the dipping bread in oil is taking health timebomb. no i never felt like . this regulation. imposed on the small restaurant business on the small
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producers of all of oil will impair their situation. now the e.u. is notorious for some pretty white tea food rules shaped vegetables allowing to need to be called. bedding labels which they want to hydrate what it is that you get involved in stuff like bed this when there are certain many more important things to be tackling. yeah i think this is lobbyist. interests of big companies or big all evolve producers and in paris the situation or small business lobby groups they have access to the very person. and they can support their interests the small entities like you incidentally and some tribune yahoo in the heartland all of all production and i've talked to the restaurant owner. it's this regulation for who knows a small producer and sell off
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a little oil will impair his situation and so his his market share will then go to the big companies that's what the lawyers. influence the per across three. per person in brussels make the regulations which impair the situation also small entities ok. i know we're making fun of this but i mean it's only greece and god you go all support the regulation and they're the major producers like you just said so there must be some sense in doing this. i can see the sense that what they say hygiene well they serve all of all the year for hundreds of years and it works so it's in italy and in greece and in part you go there are all these producing companies become produced at their governments and it's
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a process. germany of course is the bill your country doesn't actually produce olive oil i mean shouldn't countries like yours be helping the stricken countries industries if this were about that. i think it's not about that it's not about that it's not about helping this country is to export all of all it's about supporting big companies but what with all the small entities here in italy in portugal increase the small farmers which have a few all of trees what is with the land they're left behind. well i have to say that and i think gay you and i will be looking at those bottles when we go to restaurants from now on thank you very much for your time. and that's the good but not the german feet. not next our team needs of the men working dangerous jobs in the deep mines of russia.
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a fairly dickinson university study has been revealed to twenty nine percent of americans think that a revolution will just happen in america but needs to be done in order to protect individual liberty if respondents consider themselves conservative and that number is bumped up to forty four percent that's nearly half also fox news found out that since nine eleven the percent of americans willing to sacrifice their personal freedom to reduce the threat of terrorism is at an all low this number might sound trivial but it only takes a tiny percent of the population actually start a revolution i mean how many communists were in russia at the start of nine hundred seventeen and how many were there at the end revolution may sound like a nice thing to a growing number of people but the media wrongly portrays revolution as some fun video game battle where freedom fighters topple the statue of the dictator and then
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democracy just instantly comes about and life is good and happy i don't ask you to ignore movies like v. for vendetta and look at history revolutions cause horrible destruction that could take decades to repair i guess what when your economy collapses because a revolt infrastructure breaks down and the shelves go bare also professional revolutionaries get their supplies from somebody and a foreign powers would have say fundamental can revolutionaries they would want something in return aloha and goodbye alaska if you look at history then you'll see that revolution is brutal and ugly and it's truly the last resort but still is a resort but that's just my opinion.
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