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it is indeed. extreme. the world reacts to the guilty verdict handed down to us whistleblower bradley manning still facing over one hundred years in prison despite being acquitted of the charge of aiding the enemy. still no solution in sight the u.s. sets a nine month deadline to end the israeli palestinian conflict has restarted talks give a glimmer of hope. and offer on the u.s. secretary of state's planned visit to pakistan this week are is shrouded in mystery growing anger at american drone strike.
thanks for tuning in this hour i'm lucy catherine of great to have you with me you're watching our team on to our top story now u.s. army whistleblower bradley manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy but he could still spend more than a century behind bars the judge has convicted him of twenty out of twenty two counts which could see manning imprisoned for up to one hundred thirty six years sentencing will begin later on wednesday but it could be weeks before manning actually learns his fate blake has been following the proceedings from the courtroom. after three years of pretrial detainment and two months of testimony the court martial of private first class bradley manning is finally wrapping up in fort meade maryland starting wednesday the court case will enter its sentencing phase and the government and defense are expected to call upwards of forty witnesses total in order to testify to the merit and intent and motive of private manning now during the last two months of testimony we've heard all sorts of stories about how
private manning acted in an off of the battlefield what kind of experience he had as an army intelligence analyst however not all of those testimonies will be heard by members of the public or the press in fact or more than a dozen of the testimonies that will be entered in the court will be done so under seal those are all classified witnesses whose testimonies could harm national security if they were released earlier this year we heard from manning himself how he did it and why he did it he admitted guilt in releasing more than two hundred fifty thousand state department diplomatic cables guantanamo bay detainee assessment reaves iraq war logs afghan war logs and a number of other classified materials according to private manning himself when he went to the web site wiki leaks he did so in order to expose the rest of the world to the atrocities that he saw while serving in iraq private manning was held in pretrial detention up until earlier this year having spent more than one thousand one hundred days in military custody now that the trial approaches a conclusion however manning's fate will for once be
a little bit less undecided once the judge decides how many years he will have to spend in prison they'll finally have an answer. we've been talking about the verdict but i want to take a closer look at how the charges against bradley manning actually break down let's bring up that graphic for you now twenty five year old was acquitted of the most serious charge against him that of aiding the enemy of course which had carried a potential life sentence but the army private was convicted on teen counts of espionage as well as government property and there was also a computer. or fraud charge along with similar infractions manning committed while in the military and to add it all up manning faces a potential one hundred thirty six years behind bars well for a closer look at how the white house has used the espionage act in its war against whistleblowers here's our can. act was never intended to punish whistleblowers it's a nine hundred seventeen statute for spies but the obama administration has already
charged eight whistleblowers with espionage and here's doing a song with the man who gave media pot for him to bradley manning's revelations here's what he said about about the verdict this is the first. conviction against was the united states it is a dangerous precedent and unique sample national security extremism is a shortsighted judgment that cannot be tolerated and it must be reversed it can never be taken very true information to the public is it's beyond and yet yet even in the face of those very serious charges whistleblowers keep coming forward with revelations about the government's wrongdoings as they see that bradley manning's example didn't stop edward snowden for example from doing what he did and the question now is to what lengths will the government go to stop the whistleblowers of the future the prosecution did not provide evidence that were even claimed that a single person came home as
a result of the menu's disclosures the only victim. was the us go. around but the use of this. was never the way to restore. the sense of disco. of course we don't want to underestimate the fact that the military judge ruled that many was not guilty of aiding the enemy but the obama administration's treatment of whistleblowers in general has already done a great disservice to investigative journalism especially to journalists who cover matters of national security many of them say their sources have dried out people in the government are afraid to speak up in the wake of bradley manning's leaks to the government came up with the so-called insider threat program under which government employees with clearances are basically encouraged and instructed to
snitch on each other on top of that journalists learn that they can be targeted as accomplices of a crime for seeking classified information and publishing it as is the case with julian assange remember julian assange is not a whistleblower he has provided media platform for whistleblowers and on the list and then most recently that was the fox news reporter who was investigated as an accomplice of a crime for having sought classified information so all of this is certainly sending a chilling message to the journalistic community here. in the united nations has said that manning could have been tortured while waiting trial in solitary confinement for nearly a year but wiki leaks spokesman kristen refunds and says the prospect for such treatment won't deter future whistleblowers. we have seen that despite the way that bradley manning was treated being tortured in prison in isolation in solitary confinement for almost a year it has not stopped whistleblowers and there are still brave people who act
on their conscience and to with the public interest in mind we have seen though a new era beginning and an expansion of the limits of journalism an era that began in earnest of course prior to two thousand and ten with the we can use revolution in two thousand and ten and the world saw a new opportunity and a chance for information getting old by seeing the mainstream media who often. lapdogs of the administration's instead of being the what storks they should be but the general counsel at the national whistleblowing center doesn't agree with that assessment david call it does that is that the government agencies are now on the lookout for was the lowers. over reaction to the bradley manning case has been just to clamp down on all types of whistle blowing and that that's unfortunate there have been some advance moments in the law in the non national
security or intelligence area but that's being drawn wharf by the overreaction to this and also there's been an attack on the media there has been a chilling effect in the united states on whistleblowers as a result of the government's overreaction to this case and that has been throughout the federal government not just in the intelligence community but all government agencies have been faced with a crackdown on whistleblowers because the obama administration sent out a warning to all agencies to be on the lookout for leakers and to identify the leakers before they happen in response to the manning case. the case has sparked concern among european union lawmakers some of whom have called on the u.s. to free the whistleblower now lawmakers from france sweden spain portugal croatia ireland and germany sent a letter to president obama and the defense secretary in it they say that manning isn't a traitor and that he had the best interests of his country in mind the lawmakers
also expressed concern over the u.s. war on whistleblowers saying that it harms both democracy in the u.s. and in europe manning has suffered too much says the letter by spending over three years behind bars including ten months in solitary confinement the message is that manning should be freed as soon as possible and that's also the view of some americans as artie's marina portnoy found out. union square has been something of a stomping ground for bradley manning supporters in new york city see over the years many rallies have been held here in honor of the army private first class intelligence analyst now manning has been found guilty of downloading and releasing confidential u.s. documents that subsequently disclosed illegal activity and crimes on the part of washington manning faces up to one hundred thirty six years in prison instead of telling you how the public is reacting to this news we're handing our microphone directly over to the citizens bradley manning didn't commit any crimes would be
like as if you shot me and the camera man said hey i've got this footage of this crime and he. you know put it out there for justice and instead of trying you they try him and it doesn't make any sense it whether it's mr manning or snowden. i think they're doing a good thing because the american people are basically enslaved and they're you know they're told what to do by the media and they follow orders it would appear to me that the manning verdict would be sending a message to edward snowden i'm sure he's listening. but our hands in russia don't matter you see there. abide by whatever we do i want to just salute bradley manning we were in support of you if you look at the apache helicopter video which probably the most famous one. for the american public at least know
what this is actually going on in the war i think something needs to be done is far from a legal standpoint needs to be changed because like the american public needs to know about things like that now although manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy charges he may be punished for the rest of his life for presenting the american public with the truth reporting from new york for an up or nine heartache . well whether or not you agree with the voices in new york we here at r.t. want to give you a chance to have your say you can log on to our website poll at our dot com to cast your ballot about bradley manning so let's look at how those of you who have voted have cast your ballot so far the majority almost eighty percent believe that the court's decision was wrong and that private manning is a hero who should not have been found guilty and now fifteen percent of you believe that he deserves a suspended sentence of several years just four percent believe that manning should go to jail for twenty years in the same number say that he deserves the death penalty or life in prison so of course it's not too late to cast your ballot log on
to our t. dot com if you haven't done so already well moving on could have been tortured while awaiting trial in solitary confinement for nearly a year but with the leaks spokesman christian response and says the process of actually i'm sorry will move on to. the fact actually that manning's sentence hearing is set to begin at thirteen thirty g.m.t. please make sure you watch a us here at r.t. dot com we will bring you all those results stay with us. for me this is such a shock it is. hard to say. but almost told you my language as well but i will only react to situations i have read the reports so unlike you pleased to know i will leave them to the state
palestinian negotiators have agreed that the relaunched peace talks will shift from washington back to the region in about two weeks time but there's no compromise on the horizon just yet but still have major disagreements on a number of issues for example borders and security washington says the goal is to reach a final status agreement with a nine months there is a two state solution under which israel would coexist peacefully alongside a new palestinian state but the two sides will force at the top a number of burning issues israeli settlement expansion the status of jerusalem and the fate of refugees the palestinians also want israel to return land. in one nine hundred sixty seven. or has a story of one arab minority fighting for equal rights in israel each week. on the top of. the shop so busy. and the.
like a lot of the. really. village have opened their doors to tourists it's a way of bringing in cash while preserving the traditional. kamel above owns a popular cafe that would not be out of place in tel aviv or any other israeli jewish city. the people who come here usually look for something with center something they can only find within the drews community what they don't look for and don't see is something just as authentic a community floundering on to a lack of basic necessities the drews are an arabic speaking people who follow an offshoot of islam they hold a distinct place in israeli society as the only major non jewish community whose majority of members are drafted into the israeli army. has lived here for twenty years is home still has no electricity and only three years ago did he get running
water i served in the army my kids will serve as well will live in israel but we don't receive what that is really is are getting what i don't know why we don't ask for special privileges just electricity to send our villages have always received less funding than jewish areas resulting in poor quality of education in arab schools and weak infrastructure and social services. our relationship with the jewish communities around us is perfectly fine no problem but our relationship with israel establishment is different for that reason people are not with a group of people we have difficulties on many levels first of all getting budgets approved for planning and then the planning itself and. most of these raids who visit here are bolivia's to the problems and even those who know prefer to look the other way i haven't heard this i myself don't know about it i read that there was some problems regarding some of the just but. israeli
government really tried to. yeah i heard about it and the problem. a lot of problems. trouble building the limited space in the building but it's not only about turning the other cheek and choosing not to see there are israelis i've spoken to here feel nothing about uttering racist slurs about arabs and then eating and the restaurants but getting them to admit it on camera is almost impossible. i mean the problem is not so my son or i know the language and they don't understand mine and i served in the military i understand them but they sometimes come with certain prejudices about dru's and we surprise them by how like we don't. know enough and like it seems to stop them living in very different worlds. is fear a village in northern israel. meanwhile lots more stories for you on our website as
well as video including an italian village that faces the full force of mother nature as a nail rips through a fence in the lawn resulting in millions of euros worth of damage and watch the full video online also there for you. the man who flies besides planes on his own custom made jet packs i want one of those you can watch that video and others are. seeing. first. and i think. there's going to. be in. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is set to visit pakistan this week but the meeting
with the country's new government is shrouded in uncertainty one main issue is the cia drone strikes that continue to be carried out on pakistani soil now some have claims that rather than destroying militant groups the unmanned attacks actually feed extremists ranks well earlier my colleague kevin owen had spoken to us foreign policy and pardon me fred brown men about kerry's visit and how the drone politics are affecting their region. key himself just two years ago when he was the head of the senate foreign relations committee correctly that afghanistan is a sideshow into the main event which is pakistan so he understands the importance of having good relations with pakistan and the first step to doing that is to end the drone strikes mediately because they've turned eighty percent of the population against the united states they strengthen the pakistan taliban they've made it impossible for the us to cooperate with the pakistani government and safe and it's
nuclear weapons he did touch on it just now i just want you to elaborate on it a bit more you said how much the population i guess naturally are against it more and more then i guess it's driving a maybe into the hands of terrorists the pakistani taliban were far weaker in two thousand and three than they are today as a result of our drone strikes of we've put tens of thousands of people into the pakistani taliban and strengthen them and the pakistani government has not shown itself particularly capable of controlling them several dozen u.s. national security experts have said and very clear terms that these drone strikes are not harming the pakistani taliban but actually helping them recruit members this is a strategic catastrophe without power alone american history. time for a brief world update crowds gathered in london to focus against new cuts to public spending this time the government wants to slash the legal aid budget they want
solicitors to get a fixed fee rather than payment for the work they put in it's fear defense lawyers will start pushing for guilty pleas at any cost to save both their time and money. and al qaeda linked group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly bombings in iraq on monday sixty died nationwide nationwide attacks against mainly shiite neighborhoods the iraqi interior ministry has declared that there is now an open war against insurgents in the country. a un report says that violence against civilians in afghanistan is rising according to a study at least one thousand three hundred civilians have died so far it also says thirty percent more children were killed in the last six months compared with last year the report comes as the u.s. announces a residual force of nine thousand troops which would be left in afghanistan even after nato leaves. when it comes to banking bigger isn't always better while the e.u. is struggling to beef up its ailing financial institutions europe's smallest banks
have been doing pretty well some run by just one member of staff peter all over travel to a small german village to meet one such banker. it's not all big city banks with bailouts bonuses and big shots in rural germany this small town has all its financial needs taken care of by just one man. here we only concentrate on people from gams if you live ten kilometers away sorry you can't be a customer in fact the furthest away one of our customers lives is about seven hundred meters. with only nine hundred customers peter believes he can offer something that big banks can't. and he has to personally people get a personal service here i know everyone who comes in of course i do or they're my neighbors so this means there is a big trust and the are just a number or part of a money making machine and in war when our t. stopped by at this one month bank we found that the man in charge wasn't alone the
reg. like they do in every other european bank people have to a once a year someone counts for four weeks i think it's a bit too long but hey that's the way it is even as we live more and more of our daily lives online in small towns like this one still a place for the face to face book was a bank sometimes i need to go to the city banks are all run by machines don't even get me started on the internet becomes that we have here we're all members not customers. it's hardly the most modern of operations opened at the end of the nineteenth century some of the equipment looks like it isn't much younger now wouldn't mind showing up my predecessor had a quite specific grip you can see here over forty years he wore the pain away all the modern stuff doesn't look right here if it works why buy new.
so how long. even the youngest in town a catered for having their own individual money boxes to make sure they aren't sheepish about saving. they even get a lesson every now and again to make sure that they know that not everybody should be trusted not see it ok who wants to count your teacher's money. meet. that right. twenty sure and on a bridge or how k. you got me connects everyone gets a lollipop. oh they'll do to the cost of running them small rural banks of all but disappeared for most of germany but the people of the town of goma spells want to hang on to this for many more years to come these are all of the south west germany . cops are robbers robbers and to try to that's coming up next on abby martin
be in the know. on. you live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous i'm glad i got so many i mean family and i believe that i'm seeing things really messed up. in the all very slow actually. it's. worse for the little things. like houses of a. radio guy and four minutes from the click. i want to call for a budget because you've never seen anything like this i'm telling.
you guys i'm abby martin and this is breaking the set on today's episode of corrupt american cops we go to detroit where a series of recent armed robberies conducted by alleged fake cops turned out to be real cops you heard me right real cops robbing people they explain now detroit is no stranger to crime over the last few months maltol people been held up at gas stations and other public places around the city there is a recurring theme one victims called in the crimes the police is salem's were identifying themselves as cops before they robbed them and fled the scene sounds genius right dress up like a cop get a little burglary when someone snapped a picture of one of the robberies going down police soon realize they were looking for one of their own. when you take a look at this photo you may not recognize the players involved but the police when they showed up after the reports of an attempted robbery they recognized this
suspect the suspect according to the police department a long time sergeant of the detroit police department you know what is this gotham city so not only are the suspects i. members of law enforcement but this guy's a pony sergeant for crying out loud first of all tell that they not think they're going to get caught if they're identifying themselves as police and then robbing people i mean yes detroit's no stranger to corruption but a holy wow these cops have taken an oath to protect and serve the people but it's protecting the citizens they're robbing them and yes i know that this is just a smaller scale of what fat cat bankers get away with on a daily basis but you know it's bad when public servants start blatantly screen ordinary people to next thing you know they'll be entering your home tapping your phone searching you without a warrant tasing you without cause beating you down jail and even killing you without trial or wait too late thanks pat lou for that one and for the rest of you
let's break the set. for a never seen anything like. just yesterday hundreds of fast food workers in new york st louis and kansas city walked out of their respective restaurants and demanded better pay in the one day strike workers protest the minimum wage calling for an increase in pay to fifteen dollars an hour far jump from where the minimum wage now stands at seven dollars and twenty five cents but the hourly income is not their only concern fast food workers are also demanding the right to unionize put an end to what they say are abusive labor practices and the walkout is seemingly only beginning what's quickly evolving into a large scale movement organizers are now expecting thousands of fast food workers to join strike set to take place this week in chicago a walking.