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proof or persuasion germany reportedly says it too has phone intercepts suggesting the syrian government ordered the use of chemical weapons last month out of desperation. and while critics accuse germany of just trying to back america's push for war against syria we report from damascus on just how worried people are at the prospect of u.s. strikes. there's still no plan on what to do with america's most infamous jail in afghanistan a facility so dark that former detainees say guantanamo is a holiday camp compared to bob. and shouting to be heard a london street performer with a booming voice and an eye for controversy put up a megaphone ripped from his hands by the authorities.
you're watching our t.v. live from moscow i'm lindsey france berlin has joined to the clamor to convince the world that it was syria's president who ordered a chemical weapons attack outside damascus last month german media reports suggest the country's spies have intercepted calls and communications which points directly at the syrian leadership artie's peter all of our reports on the evidence. what we've seen in reported in the ago is that the head of the german security services guard shindler held a meeting with top brass within the bundestag the main political movers and shakers to talk about what intelligence germany had regarding chemical attacks on syria now a lot of what's come out from this is stuff that we have heard before from other revelations from other countries particularly the united states now disregards
facts like the only according to this information only assad could have carried out these attacks due to the fact that only assad has the the equipment and the training in order to have his soldiers carry out such attacks also that they say that it was a sarin news nerve gas they base this on interceptions made on doctors who have treated patients and they say that this the symptoms that those patients had were similar to those that you would find of somebody who had been the victim of a sarin gas attack also they place the number of dead from this the this chemical attack in syria around the one thousand four hundred mark all of those type of things things that we've heard before what is interesting from this one is one bit of information that's come out the guarding intercepted telephone call reportedly between one senior hezbollah and somebody at the iranian embassy now according to
the intercepts it says that the hezbollah are official it said. lost his nerve and made a huge mistake by ordering this attack now the politicians they want to keep their american allies happy they want to keep showing support for the united states however they also want to keep the people here in germany happy there has been huge unrest and unhappiness about any possibility of germany getting involved in any kind of military intervention in syria last week we saw the the foreign minister. no he issued a statement through the foreign ministry in english in which he said germany will be among those calling for action to be taken well that statement lasted one hour before or traction was given they cited the fact that it was it was muddled in translation and a far more watered down version of germany and angela merkel indeed is playing a very very interesting balancing game between keeping her allies happy and keeping
the german electorate happy of course ahead of that general election in just a few weeks time. we spoke to a german journalist manwell oxen rider who finds it hard to believe that berlin's allegations have nothing to do with america's push to justify military action in syria. americans are starving for credibility and for this the german and i especially germany and the german secret service turned out to specially during the last weeks by this huge n.s.a. scandal to be type of branch of the u. s. intelligence so it looks like the us intelligence ordered and the german intelligence delivered and this is now just in time barack obama and much more old saw chung carry half the problems that not even their own population of even their own political class is believing in this what is called evidence by the us and larry can see the same in europe the general opinion is strongly critical against
those allegations of chemical warfare by president assad in syria. and following in american and german footsteps france has released its own report which accuses the syrian government of using chemical weapons on three other separate occasions had to r.t. dot com for more details. america's top diplomat says congress is not the last word when it comes to america's ambitions to attack syria u.s. secretary of state john kerry believes there is enough evidence to allow the president to launch an attack even if lawmakers say no but after years of constant war and killing it's not the strikes that scare syrians the most as artie's maria for notion or reports from damascus were last time in damascus a year ago now we returned and we decided to meet some of the people we've previously interviewed for our report but sadly many of them have either fled the chaos or were killed one of those who died was hamad rafia yon very successful very
famous actor who was also another and activist who chose wards to defend his country and he was killed for that part of our. problem was that. we met muhammad in july two thousand and twelve during the filming of one of the most popular syrian t.v. dramas where he played one of the leading roles syrian series used to be financially backed by the gulf states but after the conflict erupted here those countries vocal critics of the assad regime was drew investment from an industry that's made syria famous across the arab world they want to fight everything good in syria they don't want to be. the shows or drama to the word to shows our history or the way we live the way we love each other the way we taking care of each other's that's why the stuff they stop they are fighting us actually. exactly ten months after muhammad's death we
meet his brother noor. a lot of trouble in the evening a guy who was supposed to be a friend of my homage asked him for a live somewhere muhammad was helpless by a lot because he was poor then nine people appeared out of nowhere and grabbed him the next day we got an anonymous tip that he had been killed in his body had been cut into pieces we didn't believe that he's only a civilian we thought why would anybody kill him several days later his body was five shots. were. the air. he was killed with three bullets one to his leg one to the stomach and one to his neck. this is. during the kidnapping they want to take him alive to torture them to force him to
confess that he was working for the government and then szell that to al jazeera of course the p.r. lot of money for that sort of thing but he resisted to the death your. right that she comes back when they too can they also took his car it's common that such cars are a leader used in terror attacks three weeks ago we got news there's been a car bombing and that was mohammed's car. know your brother died ten months ago exactly ten months ago i want to say that very sorry for your loss why you think he was killed what he died for. he talked openly about what he thought. paul did that live here in searing damascus change in the last ten months. after mohamed stance many people who supported the opposition changed their minds they knew that he was very kind and help people all people regardless of their beliefs so when he died they asked themselves what are the people who belong to the
opposition doing if they kill innocent civilians some of them are nothing more than criminals. and speaking about the latest developments what do you think about a possible airstrike that america is now planning. is now thinking over. i smile when they tell me about the american attack we syrians are only afraid of god we're not afraid of the u.s. . thank you very much for your time we wish you and your family actually your country peace and prosperity and as soon as possible new showed us another this time empty grave in the cemetery the boy's father who is also well known activity even in damascus has already reserved for himself. from damascus syria. the u.s. navy is building its presence around syria ahead of a u.s. congressional debate later this month on whether or not to strike five u.s.
destroyers loaded with missiles along with an amphibious assault ship in the mediterranean they've been joined by an aircraft carrier group that's now in the red sea to support the attack on syria if ordered the super carrier u.s.s. nimitz is one of the largest warships in the world at more than three hundred meters long it's powered by nuclear reactors and has ninety planes and helicopters on board it's a company by five smaller warships armed with tomahawk cruise missiles meanwhile some u.s. servicemen have joined the chorus of those against america's possible military for a that's judging by images uploaded on social media people wearing military uniform are seen posing in front of cameras with posters saying they did not join up to fight for al-qaeda in syria those pictures cannot be verified but the pentagon is reportedly looking into the identities of those involved marine veteran gordon duff told r.t. that u.s. troops are against supporting syrian rebels because of the extremists in their
ranks. fifty to seventy percent of americans are clearly opposed to up. against syria and members of the military particularly the last five thousand killed fighting the same groups in iraq that we are advocating that we support in syria so members of the military from either side and there are clear divisions in the military both the left and the right none of them have any reason to want to support syrian rebels president obama has got himself painted into a corner there is no way out. and we'd like to hear from you about what's going on in syria on our web site we're asking what the end game will look like if the u.s. does launch strikes right now more than half of you think a devastating region wide conflict will break out quite a few of you see libya as a blueprint for what could happen next and fifteen percent believe washington wouldn't hit out at syria on its own and just
a small number agree any strike would be short and precise stay with us after the break for more international news including a human rights no go zone at present and the man who shouts from his own soap box in the center of london. technology innovations all the developments around russia. that's huge you're covered. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm trying hard luck is a big issue. choose
your language. actually make over the internet you're going to feel some of the. treatments that you can sense to. choose the opinions that you. choose to stories but in. truth you access to. they're watching our live from moscow and lindsey france u.s. troops may soon be heading home but there's still no plan on what to do with bob graham jail dubbed guantanamo bay's sister prison the facility saute day in the early stages of the war on terror getting a reputation of torture and abuse it currently holds sixty seven prisoners foreigners men the u.s.
says are too dangerous to let go but not guilty enough to punish parties arena go louche go reports on what the future holds for. some call the prison a second guantanamo although in reality it was established just before the detention center in cuba and at one point housed twice as many inmates at the height of the u.s. war in afghanistan but these are just details the two really could be called sister jails just like guantanamo bay graham is used to detain people apprehended in the u.s. war in terror and has been around for more than a decade the detention centers have both had their fair share of scandals surrounding the conditions in which the prisoners are held and the way they are treated humiliation of inmates by u.s. personnel physical and emotional abuse allegations of torture you can really sign off the checklist as you go for both prisons and of course the biggest common trait inmates in so-called administrative detention that's people who were arrested but never received a court trial they've been behind bars for years and will stay there for no one
knows how long sure american officials insist some of detainees at bagram a hard core al qaeda operatives and will immediately get back to the old business of terrorism the minute they're set free and just look at guantanamo there are prisoners of program who have already been cleared for release and yet remain in jail sixty seven of them for more than a dozen different countries and no one knows what to do with them again sounds very familiar doesn't it however things that bug rome are slightly more complicated than i told him oh by the fact the facility has actually been handed over to the afghan government which was deeply unhappy about having a foreign operated jail on its soil to begin with as soon as couple to full control of the ground in march it either transferred or release prisoners but what to do with the almost seventy foreign nationals that remain and what to do with the u.s. because some allege the americans are still very present program fearing that are going to fish will releasing mates that the u.s. sees as a threat to its security and not going to fishel so strongly dislike having these
foreign detainees in their custody so far no solution has been provided by any side involved in this day and in fact one top american military general has confessed that there is absolutely no plan on how to deal with the detainees at bagram so the stalemate looks set to drag on. between bagram and guantanamo bay most on big spend three years being churned through america's terror program he told us of what he saw including allegations of people literally being beaten to death amongst the things that i witnessed was prisoners being beaten in two cases actually physically to death one of the techniques they used to use was to hold us into common or soles our hands were tied above our heads to the top of the cage for punishment or for discipline a hood would be closer placed over our heads and we would be left there sometimes for hours on end and in this way i saw at least one person getting beaten so badly
that it was that he was beaten to death and weren't even allowed to get up to walk we weren't even allowed to pray in congregation if we didn't comply with the orders would simply be taken to the front of the so or to the isolation cells and they would be physically tortured and i was during one interrogation i remember very clearly being interrogated by the cia with my hands tied behind my back to my legs and in the next room there was a sound of a woman screaming that they led me to believe was my wife being tortured and at the same time they were waving pictures of my children in front of me asking me what do you think has happened to them where do you think they are right now suggesting that they were also in custody and this is the sort of place program was it was a terrible place and it was a place where i believe quite categorically that murder took place at the hands of u.s. soldiers for my part it was worse than quanto in fact by the time i'd finished being a prisoner and by grown for most eleven months i was actually looking forward to going to guantanamo. author and journalist yvonne ridley visited kuantan amount but
wasn't even allowed through the front door of bob graham jr she says given its dark history it's up to the afghans to wipe the slate clean. i have been into guantanamo with a film crew and was given access but i never got past the front door in background background and there is still a mystery we still don't know exactly what has happened we know that there have been atrocities carried out human rights abuses carried out by the americans the afghan leadership should do a lot of things but it strings are being pulled by washington which is why only now and again you will hear. aggressive soundbites about american interference but that really president karzai should now be you seen his muscle
demanding to take over the whole running of. and left the afghan authorities deal with what is actually happening. the world's top whistle blower joined us our strikes back he believes the crackdown on his wiki leaks website was unlawful and files a legal complaint as he marks a thousand days either under house arrest or holed up in london's ecuadorian embassy more on that story at our website. and russia's far east remains under water as one of the region's main cities wages in major war against flooding see the footage of devastation at r.t. dot com. the news today. these are the images the world has been seeing
from the streets of canada. joint operations room today. he's got a megaphone lots of opinions and he's become a feature on oxford street in london where he yells his political commentary at shoppers walking by but now the local council is bringing rabble rouser daniel shine to task they say he's simply too loud artie's polyploid the man who's not afraid to shout about what he believes in. johnny shines got an unusual addiction the father of three likes to take his megaphone to central london and talk to pass' by about things like why way here and the perils of consumerism actually i'm. right right right right. i'm good at writing i think for. me i've done from right now actually my i'm going to call it stream of
consciousness albums and definitely call it bubble direct yeah it's the spoken word form of office earlier this year westminster council confiscated danny's megaphone and summoned him to court. what do you looking for an outline of your right also can you post on yours i think if you let is a bit about. let you know this is a legal update a legal update created it so it is illegal. thank you for everyone that. danny's being prosecuted for breaking a by law banning anyone from making any noise which is so loud or so continuous over peeta it has to give reasonable cause for annoyance to all the persons. not so i took away his meds. but chris i mean this is more than just about public speaking it's about his semen right freedom of expression to me he should
really shut up now doesn't that threaten freedom of speech in a country that is the current that is the problem i think it's good for the passive consumers as you and i to a free our minds from the perpetual consumption of consumerism but i saw you complaining about the decibels a little earlier the most consistent meaning is my subconscious self coming out of my mind it's like you're in a demon i mean i'm here to make a pretty penny mug and is like raining on my parade when i'm afraid for some fans they can use a ray of sunshine i mean i need a phone like you know i don't need to but you know you know you can't wait for the night you know you got hurt you have a crush on him you know like i have a crush on him just like he's beautiful a lot he's doing his life about what he really cares about danny's doing cool way he set to argue that the westminster council of prosecuting him and infringes his human rights. for the first chorus. i actually took.
four years of extra church. i didn't. have a private conversation. i think i think it's completely wrong because if they do manage to corning then where's that going to stop i mean we're all just going to be suppressed into not talking not speaking you know i just think that's going to be a bad thing so fake well don't need to danny to keep the flag point from freedom and while westminster city councils have told us that their conflict with danny is merely a question of decibels. danny shine is planning to get even louder so i had the resources one day i'd be court required knowledge to go with it like a really good system and do any really nice boy and i would do the reverse maybe. ten people in our street. that's the sort of god's word some international headlines in brief now bahrain has announced it will host the london headquarters of the pan arab courts of human rights following the arab league approval the move as presented by the government forward towards protecting human rights in the
region but was labeled a p.r. stunt by activists the country's rulers have been repeatedly accused of a crackdown on the opposition and now critics fear the courts could become a political tool in the hands of the king. some three hundred supporters of the alternative for germany party have staged an anti-government election rally in dusseldorf they called on chancellor on home merkel to resign and for the euro to be abolished the party believes germany's continual bailing out of other young e.u. nations has put its own economy at risk. japan will spend five hundred million dollars to get the fukushima nuclear crisis under control the main problem the government faces right now is ongoing leaks of radioactive water which have caused a sharp spike in really radiation levels around the plant some of the tanks leaking contaminated water have been found but experts say there are more.
it's not just edward snowden who is unveiling these spy tactics used to keep an eye on americans apparently even catching a cab and allows it to know your every move find out more in the report coming your way next hour. you know it's all about drones and helicopters in this day and age my own little personal drone found a lot on it that. are there this is what happens to america. all right stacy this is the n.y.p.d. secret spy cab and enemies within the new book from pulitzer prize winning associated press reporters matt a puzo and adam goldman on the n.y.p.d. indiscriminate and probably illegal spying program references briefly made to a real yellow cab complete with an authentic taxi medallion registered under a fake name used by the department's intelligence division to conduct surveillance operations it's not a war on terrorists not about security it's about getting people in
a position to sell stuff i'm sure that before long when you get into an exit taxi based on the spine of the customers the guy driving the cab will turn back as a hey buddy i notice from your facebook page that you like schlitz malt liquor which you like the twenty four hours i go until you're sick for nine bucks you know on the go on the avon lady on crack avon lady gone wild there was an avon lady everard so i'm going to celebrate your soul that's america the business of america is a business and big data is helping us get there you ought to be spied on. and just after the break we meet the russian man who gave a home to thirty orphans stay with us on r.t. .
i didn't know how to feed them. i borrowed money a ten percent interest among. one day i came home totally depressed. i fell into bed and around midnight i heard a voice. it was strong powerful and yet very tender it said these are my children i'll give you what you need. i jumped out of bed and knowing that something extraordinary it happened i woke up my wife i said lena i think god just spoke to me and he said that these are his children and he'd give me whatever i need vienna said calm down god will keep his word when it rolled over and fell asleep and three days later something incredible happened.
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