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coming up on our t.v. the n.s.a. leak firestorm keeps spreading worldwide germany is now demanding answers from washington for its controversial spying program coming up next former presidential candidate and former new mexico governor gary johnson discusses the latest revelations and more and speaking of secrets revealed cia documents indicate that for years the pakistani government has known and endorsed u.s. drone strikes so why is pakistan's prime minister jean president obama at the white house this week to stop these attacks. and it's october and that means that breast cancer awareness month is in full swing before but before you go out and buy those pink products to help you buy tenser you won't want to miss our report.
it's thursday october twenty fourth five pm in washington d.c. i'm sam sachs and you're watching r.t. and we begin with another diplomatic fire started by the national security agency today the european union is holding a summit in brussels and one of the topics of discussion will be revelations yesterday that the n.s.a. was listening in on german chancellor angela merkel's private phone calls yesterday merkel placed a phone call to president obama saying that if these latest spying allegations are true then it is quote completely unacceptable and a serious breach of trust in germany which is the latest ally of the united states found to be a target of the n.s.a. surveillance edward snowden's leaks have shown that mexico brazil and france are all in the u.s. is crosshairs as well as the european union and parts of south america the guardian reports today that the n.s.a.
using information from the white house state department and pentagon acquired the phone number. as of thirty five world leaders and monitored their phone conversations as well germany's foreign minister summoned the u.s. ambassador this afternoon to explain the n.s.a.'s activities also today white house press secretary jay carney tried to dismiss further criticism against the administration we're not going to comment publicly on every specified alleged intelligence activity and as a matter of policy we have made clear that the united states gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations as i mentioned yesterday the president spoke with chancellor merkel reassured her that the united states is not and will not monitor the chancellor's communications. and we have also said broadly that at the president's direction we are reviewing the way that we gather intelligence to ensure that we properly balance the security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share now for more on the latest n.s.a.
created diplomatic scandal i was joined earlier by lucy phailin head of the ripley newsroom in berlin and i first asked her even though the white house wants this story to go away is it going away in germany. well it's very difficult obviously it's a make it go away i mean it looks like it was the german government who preempted any of the leaks and s.a.e. leaks and came out with the news themselves because obviously looks like it would have been very embarrassing for them to be on the back and they like the spiegel the gods you know glenn greenwald that come out this says say that merkel's phone was being pads and then for the german government to react against it so it looks like the german government has granted this and said hey we know that we're being spied on and we're not happy about it although it's really difficult to believe that they haven't known about this for a very long time because of course. when the scandal first broke idea this year broke with the news that g twenty leaders which of course includes germany were
being spied on and this is really just a follow on from the the news a couple of months ago that germany is the most spied on country by the usa so it is really very embarrassing here of course germany and us are supposed to be very close allies but then on the other hand it you know is that outrage is also a little bit difficult to believe because we've also seen rabbit revelations that germany was complicit in that and if they spying scandal so how much of this is a p.r. exercise on the part of the german government in order to kind of say face in the face of a german public which is very sensitive about issues of privacy it's really difficult to tell which way you know which is which way they've tried to play it. sort of leaks previously that sure that germany was largely complicit with. german intelligence was and you were massive amounts of. you have to wonder if
a lot of this is talk in cheek of merkel. saying that she has to be all rage for the sake of her public the united states saying we're not spying just for the sake of it sure. yeah that's. but then on the other hand you know. germany and the us of every close in that sense germany is of course the most powerful economy in europe and does also have its own policy which is independent of the us and it is having a changing world in which the u.s. is no longer the only show in town to trade with it cetera and of course is building up relations increasingly with other economic power as namely russia and china for example which the u.s. obviously sees as a threat to being able to regain its position as the any show in town in the wallet and in a sense this is just another thing that exposes that what the n.s.a. scandal is all about is not about u.s. national security is the u.s.
government keeps on arguing but it really is about the u.s. trying to always have an advantage politically and economically and that's been shown numerous times throughout the course of this and i face of course it's been shown when the u.s. recently was exposed they've been hacking the e-mails of the mexican president and the entire n.s.a. documents showed that that was so that the u.s. could have advantage in political talks and investment decisions and of course as well when the u.s. was exposed to be spying on brazil and the brazil the huge brazilian energy company this very difficult is that i mean increasingly difficult for the u.s. therefore to argue that an essay is about national security when it's spying on its friends when is spying on huge international corporations that really it should be trying to shape new relationships with and to. trade with and to cooperate with
but inspect sped it's just kind of embarrassing itself more and more i was speaking to the point should we see diplomatic fire started all over the place all over the world as a result of the us or spying or to. brazilian president dilma rousseff in response to your mention of spying on petrobras and on her personally canceled a meeting with president obama which could put in jeopardy billions of dollars in defense contracts for that country we've heard very strong words coming from elsewhere in latin america there's a european union summit being held today in brussels what might the diplomatic fallout or economic fallout be with the european union over allegations like this well you know as i said previously it's really difficult to believe that he really does including the french the french media and the germany they didn't have a known about this for a very long time so it looks like any kind of outrage is. difficult to judge the how genuine that is and i think if anything. the
european powers kind of accept that you know friends do spy on each other. and they're doing business as usual and building up their relations with the u.s. competitive is all about the end result seems to be is just more kind of public embarrassment for the u.s. government which is finding it increasingly difficult to claim the moral higher ground in this whole scandal was the fill in the head of the newsroom at ripley in berlin thank you so much. staying on the topic of the n.s.a. there are serious doubts the spy agencies tactics really are keeping america safe wins that pro publica called into question claims that have often been repeated. by members of the administration by members of congress and by members of the media that this is mass surveillance has boarded fifty four terrorist attacks pro publica argues there is a lack of evidence to support such a claim. of course having to defend its surveillance programs was something the
white house never planned to spend its summer and now fall doing but the networks noted came along and similarly the white house likely didn't anticipate having to defend its drone program two which itself forced to do after human rights organizations released two reports this week accusing the u.s. government of committing unlawful killings with drones in yemen and in pakistan so have the executive branch's activities in the shadows from spying to drone warfare many of which predate president obama now reaching a critical tipping point as citizens of the united states and the world finally come to realize their scope was joined earlier by former presidential candidate in the twenty ninth governor of new mexico gary johnson and i first asked him what he made of the administration's claims that they're just balancing privacy and security where is the balance when you've got one hundred men we see today one hundred twenty five billion phone calls being monitored when
a judge grants a surveillance to the already to n.s.a. to look at to one hundred thirteen million varieties and users and bottom line maybe we've awarded one act of terrorism and that's really questionable look we're throwing civil liberties out the window this is the basis for this country it is and it's important and it's being. it's horrible it has to stop and you have to wonder if it is actually counterproductive i think it was michael hayden erd keith alexander the current head of the n.s.a. when he's talking about these mass collection programs he says well you need the haystack to find the needle isn't the question is why you're throwing the needle in the haystack to begin with completely and when you when you have a revelation that angela merkel's phone is being monitored well it isn't just the united states it's
a broad also and when you talk about drone strikes look let's wake up to the fact that we're making more enemies because of. we don't just kill the target we kill a lot of innocent civilians every every time these drones launch a missile and it's resulting in more enemies to this country when you have this surveillance going on in the united states it isn't just the united states that. that's looking at this negatively it's the whole world it's looking at this negative or in regard to these spying allegations against our home urkel and we've heard him about against brazil and mexico and france now what do you make of claims that come from the administration and defenders the administration that this is a messy world everyone is spying on everyone friends spy on everyone it's just the us that got caught well. i say i say baloney and now you're back to just show me that show me the results of why this world is so much safer for everything that
you're doing and that aside look i don't think this is constitutional and and yes you would argue that it is constitutional because a judge rule holds that you can go ahead and garner evidence from one hundred thirteen million verizon users to me that is not the fourth amendment that is not targeted law enforcement that's not a judge looking over some law enforcement shoulder that is a blanket. abuse of of what. and a lot to process should be a lot of members of congress are waking up to that we're seeing momentum building for some n.s.a. reforms there but there's these two camps you have people like ron wyden and justin amash who want to have very aggressive reforms to rein in the n.s.a. then you have this other camp of. defenders like dianne feinstein and mike rogers who are looking for more watered down reforms what do you hope to see the next few months as far as changes coming from congress. to the n.s.a. radical change i mean let's let's rein the horse in let's not let's not make it any
worse so i am i am looking at something dramatic and and that's the agenda that i think this country was founded on civil liberties are important let's move on to drones you just briefly talked about them a second ago there are two reports out this week from one from his amnesty international about drone use in pakistan another one from human rights watch about drones and we have a picture of the reports here about the drones in yemen and the both the reports allege that the united states is committing unlawful killings that perhaps even amount to war crimes do you think the u.s. is committing more crimes with its drone program i do and and it starts right at the top the fact that these get ordered in the first place and something that i have maintained you know for years during a presidential campaign look we're making more enemies we don't just get the intended target and who is who is where is the judge and jury when it comes to the
intended target we are saying that this is an enemy combatant and with us citizens we've targeted u.s. citizens abroad with drones and. look more enemies to the united states as opposed to less enemies the united states because of this drone program because we're killing hundreds if not thousands of innocent civilians you said this comes from the very top administration when president obama took power in two thousand i was elected. office in two thousand and nine there was a lot of criticism leveled at him for not going back and holding people from the bush administration accountable for torture not going back and investigating and prosecuting people from the ministration do you think the next president which could be you if you decide to run again should go back look at this drone program look at these surveillance programs and actually investigate members of the administration and hold them accountable for what's up you know i one point i said that this should be should be water under the bridge but the more the more i look
at this look a crime is a crime. thwarting the law disobeying a law breaking the law should be prosecuted when it comes to drone warfare and when it comes to surveillance the patrolling drones around the world go it well i just want to quickly point out that you know the bush administration the obama administration they're going to believe that they are legally entitled to do this and they've got a qadri of lawyers to come to the table to say that in fact everything that they are doing is legal but i say that you could have a qadri of lawyers come to the table to say that this is illegal and that they should stop. these programs they're global in their nature and beyond legalities they speak to us i think american empire this idea of american empire that these are the tools necessary to make sure that the united states remains the sole superpower in the world as someone who ran to be the leader of the united states
are you are you comfortable with the idea that these are the tools necessary to be an empire why not americans ok well should americans be comfortable that of the united states not being a superpower and would you be prepared to break that news to them well i say that the united states can be a superpower but that that the department of defense should actually be the department of defense not often it's and that's that that's all we've been doing we've been militarily intervening in the state of affairs and as a result of the our military interventions i'm going to suggest. that we're a whole lot less safe not more safe we go in we're going to back the good guys in syria well guess what we back the good guys in syria then several months down the road or several years down the road they're committing the same atrocities that assad is. of committing today record any plans and twenty sixteen iran well we're my plans are is to provide a voice that is not being not being provided for in american politics today and
that's just a simple mixture of being a classical liberal it's civil liberties are important military interventions need to stop and let them balance the federal budget governor gary johnson. and moving on the prime minister of pakistan is in washington d.c. this week meeting with president obama and knowing that the washington post published this report showing the top officials within pakistan's government have routinely been briefed on and even endorsed the cia drone program in pakistan documents handed over to the post described drone attacks in the tribal regions of pakistan and these slides in pictures were labeled to be specifically shared with the pakistani government in addition it's known that pakistan provided use of its air strips during the early days of the drone bombing campaigns pakistan has seen more than three hundred fifty drone strikes launched within its borders since two
thousand and four killing more than three thousand people including by some estimates hundreds of innocent civilians now while in the united states this week prime minister nawaz sharif has been very critical of u.s. drone strikes even just goons is not only going to you. what did you do to dignity but also get two men to do what is owed on it which even if you could it isn't from one country. this issue has become a major it into nobody had a relationship is when i would get four stressed the need to put it in drone attacks despite that rhetoric you just heard this new report from the washington post shows a new level of cosiness between washington d.c. and islam about when it comes to the covert drone war. now into syria and a fresh round of heavy fighting around the capital city of damascus on wednesday rebels blew up an oil pipeline plunging much of the nation including damascus in
the darkness meanwhile today government forces recaptured rebel strongholds around the syrian capital city and have begun cutting off supply routes to other rebel camps near bought party's policy here is on the ground in syria with more on the plight of one town in southern syria there's a report this is young will sell to damascus ten months ago it was home to one point two million palestinians today tempest seemed to remain the price of worry now it's acute. for its divided family and pitted brother against brother. lee betrayed and we cannot trust them anymore eight days ago abu movie and his wife came home for ten long months they'd lived on the streets not once giving up the hope they'd return this is one way to be and the will come we are coming to kill you bashar scribbled on the walls. whatever happens i will not leave my house again
i would like to destroy the us and build them again it could not be worse than this . for one year syria's palestinians managed to stay out of the conflict but the infiltration of foreign fighters with big dreams and even bigger promises of money forced the residents of you to choose sides and take up arms against people they've known their whole lives. and i have some friends fighting on the other side we're not friends anymore the ones who displace those from our house and destroyed our homes are not our friends. with. each day movie leaves to fight them but not before he stuck furniture high against the windows to protect his family from snipers life inside these bullet riddled boards is as dangerous as it is outside his two sons as vulnerable as their mother every time the father walks out the door but it's always a painful farewell own movie carefully helps her husband prepare for battle she
knows he needs to go but each time he leaves behind the same unanswered question. every day when he says goodbye i wonder if you will come back or not like when he got injured he didn't come back i want to find him in hospital there are a lot of men like him and women like me but not a lot of fighters have bought their families back to. the snipers are in shooting range and three days earlier shrapnel from a bullet blinded up to maurice left eye but the thirty three year old doesn't have a choice he has nowhere else to move his family and while the southern part of your milk is still in the hands of the rebels his home or what remains of it has been freed by palestinians who like we are fighting alongside the syrian army and. when i go to the battlefield my mind is always with my family and i hope i will
come back safe to them they care of them and i pray that if i get more tired they will find tender people to look after and. the fun time is near two streets away but for abu movie and his comrades the battle hits closer to home each time they take aim to secure the streets for their families often it's a neighbor friend and sometimes even a brother who is pointing a gun back at them point to. syria. and i thought i thought i. am i who can forget the infamous pepper spray and sit on the campus of u.c. davis all that copy on the campus or just got awarded thousands of dollars details on that story coming up that was. talking about the same story doesn't make it news no softball no hockey for me tom clancy thank you.
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anything like this i'm cold. and welcome back the month of october is breast cancer awareness month probably notice pink coloring everywhere from ribbons on clothes to and i fell football player cleats and today press secretary jay carney even said the white house would be turned pink in recognition this evening in honor of breast cancer awareness month both the white house north portico and naval observatory anchor will be lit pink but just how much of the money raised to going pink for breast cancer awareness month actually makes it to helping those with breast cancer to finding a cure new treatment for breast cancer well arty's period boring takes a look. october is breast cancer awareness month pink ribbons and pink products are
flooding the marketplace but how much of the money from pink products actually end up at the organizations that fight the disease the pink ribbon is unregulated anyone can put on anything and they do and some products are pink ribbons and donate no money to any breast cancer program others donate mere pennies on the dollar karuna jagger is the executive director of breast cancer action they lost a campaign called think before you pink that calls for companies who take part in breast cancer fund raising to be transparent susan g. komen one of the largest breast cancer organizations in the u.s. popularized the pale pink for breast cancer komen raises a lot of its donations to corporate sponsorships who's helping products known as cars marketing carry glasscock comas director of corporate relations explains how her organizations consumers see which products are actually contributing to breast cancer research and susan g. komen is corporate partners are social corporate partners you will always be able
to tell right there on the packaging when you're making your purchasing decision that it susan to comment on you know clearly listed on the packaging as the beneficiary you'll also be able to tell exactly how much of your purchase is going back to the organization what the company is donating back to susan g. komen one of the biggest marketing campaigns is in a male dominated industry during the month of pinto for the n.f.l. has teamed up with the american cancer society and their campaign a crucial cat where you can catch the players the coaches and referees all wearing pink products on the field the n.f.l. is also selling pink merchandise where a percentage of the proceeds go towards breast cancer research however we found that only eight percent of that actually goes towards that research according to research by the business insider only eight percent of money spent on pink n.f.l. merchandise is actually going towards cancer research. the retailer often the individual team keeps fifty percent i asked
a few washington redskins players what they think of this what percentage of the proceeds from the n.f.l. paying products are going towards breast cancer research i'm not really sure what percentage do you think would you expect at least half the staff but she is surprised to know that only eight percent actually going towards the research that is kind of shocking. that's news to me. and a film makes enough money every year to you know donate everything they make for this and you know i think all of it should go for some while the n.f.l. has recently undergone some scrutiny for donating a small percentage to the cries of it seems to be on par with other cars in marketing campaigns even susan g. komen which claims to be the seal of approval for consumers a standard that we work with this ten percent of the retail sales price the n.f.l. also claims it's raising awareness for breast cancer but karuna says we're a nation that is already aware of breast cancer and it's time we focused on finding a cure n.f.l.
is making billions of dollars off of pink ribbon products and we would like to see the money that they are spending on their marketing campaign to reach out to women actually go to do some good for the women that they claim to care about breast cancer action also warns against pink washers which are organizations that sell products in the name of breast cancer that contain harmful chemicals a link to causing breast cancer looks like many companies see pink as the new green and washington d.c. perry and boring archie. and finally you might remember this incident that took place on the campus of u.c. davis back in november two thousand and eleven. right. you see there is sir john pike dousing occupy protesters with pepper spray as those protesters were peacefully sitting on campus officer pike was put on administrative
leave after the incident and he eventually left the police force now it turns out pike is going to collect a nice check for his efforts that day a judge has approved a worker's compensation settlement for pike totaling more than thirty eight thousand dollars he claimed he began suffering from work related depression and anxiety after videos of him abusing peaceful protesters wound up on the internet and went viral the thirty eight thousand dollars settlement to pike is more than any of those students who were pepper sprayed received when you see davis agreed last september to pay out roughly thirty thousand dollars to each victim and that does it for now for more on the stories we covered go to youtube dot com forward slash our to america and check out our website r t v dot com forward slash usa you can follow me on twitter at sam sachs we'll be right back here at eight pm see it.
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