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america's top diplomat says the u.s. could attack syria even if lawmakers saying no as washington's european allies release evidence they claim bashar assad did order chemical weapons attack. 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 one tunnel is a holiday camp compared to bagram. and shouting to be heard a london street performer with a booming voice and then i have a controversy would have been a megaphone read from his hands by the authorities. you're
watching are two live from moscow and lindsey france. 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 financial reports from damascus. we're 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 he chose wards to defend his country and he was killed for that part of our. the movie was
her we met muhammad in july two thousand and twelve during the filming of one of the most popular syrian t.v. dramas the way he played one of the lead in roles. in 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 jury 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 us to be. to shows our drama to the work 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 knew. daniel. that evening a guy who was supposed to be
a friend of my homage asked him for a live somewhere mohamed would help this boy a lot because he was poor and then one people appeared out of no waiting grabbed him out of the next day with an anonymous tip that he'd been killed in his body had been cut into pieces like that he didn't believe that it was only a civilian we thought and why would anybody killing several of these leaders bodies from the get shot i would. always kill. three bullets one to his leg one to the stomach and one to his neck. now this is. not such a welcome what their level during the kidnapping they want to take him alive to torture in order to force him to confess that he was working for the government and then szell that al-jazeera of course the p.l.o. out of money for that sort of thing but he resisted to the death. rather she comes back and they too can they also took his car it's common that such cars
a leader used in terror attacks three weeks ago we got news there's been a car bombing and i was muhammad's car though. no real brother died ten months ago exactly ten months ago why do you think he was killed he talked openly about what he thought. paul did the live here searing damascus change in the last ten months and not must i shot him with after mohammad 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. what do you think about possible airstrike that america is now planning. i smile when they tell me baby american is that we civilians are only three of them were not afraid of us new showed us another empty
grave the cemetery the boy's father who is also well known activity in damascus has already reserved for himself. from damascus syria. berlin and paris have joined the clamor to convince the world that it was syria's president who ordered a chemical weapons attack outside damascus last month paris says it has satellite imagery proving chemical strikes came from a government controlled area and also claims assad for three other attacks committed between april and august in germany and in germany media reports suggest the country's spies intercepted communications indicating the syrian leadership sarin gas in one a high level has official apparently tells iran's embassy that president assad had snapped and made a big mistake and like the u.s. france and germany also based their conclusions on unverified witness accounts
videos and the fact that syrian government possesses chemical weapons. 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 have been joined by 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 accompanied 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 already 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 act. 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 to happening in syria on our website 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 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. it's. 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 of shoppers walking by but not the local council is bringing rabble rouser daniel
shying to task they say he's simply too loud parties polly boy meets 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 mega fame to central london and talk to pass' by about things like why wait here i'm the perils of consumerism i'm. sorry. i'm sorry i'm. sorry i'm. sorry i'm going to call it stream of consciousness and definitely call it bubble virus. yeah it's a spoken word form of earlier this year westminster council confiscated danny's megaphone and summoned him to court. what are you looking for and like i know your right also talking or think if you really think they're going to. let you know this
is go up they go up. so it is illegal. to push every one of them lives danny's being prosecuted for breaking a by law banning anyone from making any noise which is so loud or so continuous over peterhead as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to all the persons who has . been not shot as far as i took away his marriage. but chris i mean this is more than just about public speaking it's about his semen right freedom of expression to me who 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 the seamers but i saw you complaining about the decibels a little earlier. is my subconscious self coming out of my mind it's like you're in
a demon i mean to make a pretty penny and is like raining on my parade many i'm afraid for some fans their families a ray of sunshine. i mean you need a plan like you know that everybody needs it but you know you know you can do for the night you know you got for that you have a crush on him you know like i have a crush on him but just like he's beautiful what 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 he infringes his human rights. groups have a for her listen i actually took her public four years of ok church i didn't. write the mention of a private conversation but i think i think it's completely wrong because if they do manage to point in that way it's not going to stall 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 they go down to to danny to keep the black boy from freedom and while
westminster city councils have told us that that conflict with danny is merely a question of decibels down the shine is planning to get even louder so i had the resources one day i'd be quite be quite nice to go with it like a really good p.a. system and do it in a really nice light you know a bit a reaver maybe ten people in transition asking. yeah that's right it's like a vacuum us vote coming up critics accuse germany's election candidates of ignoring the real problems and taking the low brow road to high office. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so for like sleep you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything you thought you knew you don't i'm tom hard markham's the big picture.
well the. science technology innovation all the lives developments from around russia we've got this huge earth covered. killing a kid with no different rules going to kill some of the. troops good. to get the great. stories but in. truth the access to. 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 saw its heyday in the early stages of the war on terror gaining a reputation of torture and abuse it currently holds sixty seven foreigners men the u.s. says are too dangerous to let go but not guilty enough to punish artie's arena go reports on what the future holds for them. some call the program 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 bagram 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 it was 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 coupled to a cool control of the ground in march it either transferred or released 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 fishes will releasing mates that the u.s. sees as a threat to its security and i'm going to fishel strongly dislike having these foreign detainees in their custody so far no solution has been provided by any side involved in this in fact one top american military general has confessed that there's 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 begg spent three years being churned through america's terror program he told us 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 souls
our hands were tied above our heads to the top of the cage for punishment or for discipline a hood would be close 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 well to the isolation cells and there 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 by graham 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 kuantan in fact by the time i'd finished being a prisoner in bagram for most eleven months i was actually looking forward to going to guantanamo. author and journalist stan in the early ages of the war and was captured and held hostage by the taliban she later visited by ground jail but wasn't even allowed through the front door 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 and back. and there is still a mystery we still don't know exactly what just 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 really president cause i should now be seen his muscle and demand to take over the whole running of. and left the afghan authorities deal with. the top whistleblower deal when assad strikes back he believes the crackdown on wiki leaks the website was unlawful and files and legal complaint a few marks a thousand days either under house arrest or holed up in london ecuadorian embassy more on that story at our website. and russia's far east for means under water as one of the region's main cities wages a major war against bloody t.v. footage of the devastation at r.t. dot com.
the news today is once again. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. trying to corporations rule the day. soup cake and veggie days pundits say germany's general election campaigns look more like a tabloid magazine agenda than a serious political battle with five weeks ago until the vote even the first t.v. debate starring anglo merkel failed to add any fire to proceedings as artie's peter all over reports. the post is around the flesh is being pressed but this german election campaign is not the setting full says racing maybe that's the whole idea make it as boring as possible so i know everybody kind of goes to sleep and doesn't worry about the real issues what we have being treated to is chancellor angela
merkel talking about potato soup a main challenge in reading fairy tales and the green party suggesting compulsory vegetarian days where does it stop i mean are they going to start a couple to refrigerators at home and check to see what you got there as well i mean or going to shut down the burger kings and mcdonald's on tuesdays and so you have to serve aside from the greens apparent to fascism have been some peculiar manifesto promises the social democrats want legislation to prevent stress in the workplace and the free democrats hoping to win over commute is by making it illegal for trains to be late all distraction tactics according to those hoping to win their seats in the bundestag they don't want to touch the real problems with the euro crisis diminishing pension funds survey come up with things like the green party wanting a veggie day one reason being cited is the lack of
a major issue for the parties to really attack each other on when you talk about their support for the government's decision to implement the sam to initiate further payments for greece they also said yes yes yes there is no real opposition in parliament so providing the comic relief in an otherwise dreary campaign. on the part i'm not. going to remember. with policies such as banning tourists from berlin and building a wall around the whole of germany these jokers are quietly confident we want to get into power and then we will decide what we are going to do. with that what do you think the chances are. our chances are pretty good we expected to take one hundred percent of the vote and even more in all seriousness though with greece looking likely to need a third bailout package will be no laughing matter for those that come to power
after september the twenty second they're going to have to deal with some real issues as they take their seats in the bull in the stock peter all of a r.t. belin. some other international headlines in brief now bahrain is announced it will host the permanent headquarters of the pan arab court of human rights following arab league approval. presented by the government as a forward twenty protecting human rights in the region but was labeled a p.r. stunt by activists countries 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. 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 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 the spy tactics used to keep him out eyes on americans apparently even catching a cab allows it to know your every move find out more in the report coming your way at ten thirty g.m.t. . you know it's all about drones and helicopters in this day in my own little personal drone trying to launch it on the. oh dear this is what happens to america's. all right stacy this is the n.y.p.d. secret spy cat and enemies within the new book from pulitzer prize winning associated press report is matt apuzzo 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 terror it's not about security it's about getting people in a position so i'm sure that before long when you get into a taxi based on the spying of the customers the guy driving the gavel turned back as a hey buddy i'm. notice from your facebook page that you like schlitz malt liquor would you like a twenty four hours like out of philly or six for nine bucks you know on the go on like a bon lady on crack avon lady gone while there was an avon lady i was going to sell or be sold that's america the business of america is a business and big data is helping us get there you want to be spied on. just after the break we meet the russian man who gave a home to thirty or friends say with us on our team.
i didn't know how to feed them. i borrowed money a ten percent interest a month. one day i came home totally depressed. i fell into bed and at 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 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.
all ojt bless this food and the hands that prepared it. i didn't know a way to get a hundred dollars. but in three days. someone led me into the office of the most successful businessman in ukraine. i told him about the children used to live in city basements and then came to live in my rundown house. the guy just smiled shook my hand and said. do your good work. in just four months they built a completely new house out of the ruins. i. know we go ahead and so. there used to be an eye and grid on cinder blocks. where the kids we rescued used to sleep. we tried to give them new clothes to wash them. and to get the lice out of ahead.