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researcher. coming up on r t new developments in the expansion of the n.s.a. global surveillance spender civilians are the latest targets of bulk of data collection now world leaders are turning to the u.n. for help the latest just ahead over the weekend thousands gathered in d.c. to protest n.s.a. spying they want transparency accountability and action the sights and sounds of the stop watching the rally coming up an picture a list los angeles police are cracking down a photographer hours we'll tell you why one photographer was added to the f.b.i. database for simply snapping a few photos that's coming up later in today's show. hey
it's monday october twenty eighth i'm maggie lopez in washington d.c. and you are watching r.t. well spain has now joined a growing list of u.s. allies demanding answers from the obama administration when it comes to spine today the spanish government summoned american ambassador james close so's to address allegations that the national security agency collected metadata on sixty million spanish telephones over a course of a one month period this past december using information leaked by n.s.a. contractor edward snowden spanish newspaper el wound all reports that the n.s.a. collected numbers and locations of the phone calls but not actual content this after learning that the n.s.a. has also been tuning into the communications of thirty five world leaders now the european union parliamentarian delegation is preparing for a visit to the u.s. to express concerns over n.s.a. surveillance tactics political commentator samsung. brings us more. in the coming
days german intelligence officials will come to washington d.c. to demand answers from the white house about surveillance on chancellor angela merkel but the anger coming from germany and the rest of europe today is a marked departure from just a few months ago when germany was defending its close cooperation with the n.s.a. that was after an edward snowden leak in june revealed that the n.s.a. was collecting a half billion german telephone and internet communications every month with the assistance of german intelligence chancellor angela merkel was quick to defend her government's cooperation with the n.s.a. saying it prevented terrorist attacks in the fight against terrorist threats we can only protect the population if we cooperate with others her office said in an interview at their spiegel edward snowden described the cozy relationship between german spies and the n.s.a. we're in bed together with the germans the same as with most other western countries he said they don't ask to justify how we know something and vice versa to insulate their political leaders from the backlash of knowing how grievously
they're violating global privacy the united states has an agreement with four other countries to share intelligence those countries include canada the u.k. australia and new zealand now each country spying agency is directed at the certain region of the world and together these five countries are known as the five. and they also share intelligence with roughly thirty other nations including germany and these nations are known as third party partners edward snowden's leaks have shown the five eyes in their partners have their surveillance tools trained on each other or to use the parlance of globalisation they've outsourced their spying activities their spiegel reports it appears that the principle that foreign intelligence agencies do not monitor the citizens of their own country is obsolete in this world of globalize communication and surveillance britain's g c h q intelligence agency can spy on anyone but british nationals said. conduct
surveillance on anyone but americans and germany's b.m.d. foreign intelligence agency can spy on anyone but germans that's a major axes created of boundless surveillance in which each partner aids in a division of roles plus there's a whole new level of cooperation the n.s.a. has boasted it has alliances with eighty transnational corporations to assist in global data sharing so what we've learned is spying on each other citizens is just the way it works in this new globalized surveillance game but the game stops when the political class is swept up into it too as we now see from anger coming from across the atlantic upon where that on globe merkel and thirty five world leaders had their communications intercepted as well so when it comes to the unspoken rules of surveillance in a globalized world rules just recently uncovered by edward snowden appears the us may have only broken one rule it's ok to spy on average citizens of the world just don't spy on the elites in washington sam socks are to. white house spokesman jay
carney told reporters today that oen fo the n.s.a. surveillance was made legal and by the patriot act greater oversight transparency and constraints might be necessary he went on to say about president obama has ordered his administration to conduct a review of n.s.a. surveillance programs while that response is not acceptable for world leaders who have monitored two other countries have also fallen under the watchful eye of the n.s.a. and are now in the process of drafting a u.n. general assembly resolution that lays out the rules of the road moving forward speaking to the huffington post latin american and european diplomats so that brazil and germany are leading an effort to guarantee online privacy to civilians around the world are to correspondent on a saucy a charkha joins me now with the latest hi there on a stasia now can you tell us which countries are involved in drafting this new n.g.a. draft solution. well megan germany and brazil are certainly spearheading this whole
operation of the united nations understandably so with these latest revelations around tapping the phone of german chancellor angela merkel as well as the recent cancellation of the planned trip to washington of the brazilian president who also made a very fiery speech at the united nations addressed at the united states earlier a couple of months ago in september where she basically said that whatever the u.s. is under way basically is a violation of international rights. laws so basically we have germany and brazil as well as nineteen other countries which include austria hungary liechtenstein norway sweden switzerland cuba argentina bolivia ecuador india indonesia south africa and several others are basically saying look it's now time to put pen to paper and vote on the text to address this issue on an international level and certainly this does come up several months after the whole n.s.a. scandal broke but these leaders are saying the time is now and this will be as it
is the first big international effort to address this particular issue and an associate let me ask you why now it's been months since the scandal broke so why only now are they considering this type of action. well you know we just heard a good point in sam's report that when it comes to the elites the rules kind of change so we have considering you have thirty five world leaders whose phone calls have allegedly been monitored it's reason enough for the countries around the world to come together and say wait a minute this really should not be going on the question here the curious question to me seems to be why is it only twenty one countries at this point because the united nations general assembly is made up of over one hundred ninety countries so far we have twenty one pushing for this tax although we have to say this is just the first stages of this particular project because the committee is going to vote on it by the end of the year and then this text will be taken to the general assembly so we'll see it's likely that more countries will follow and let's go
ahead and pull up that map kind of showing some of the countries that you were talking about earlier you had mentioned that there was twenty one of them so you've got paraguay or ok on argentina south africa indonesia india and others now do we know any of the specifics yet when it comes to this draft resolution. well none of the specifics that we know actually have the text here it's very brief may get it's only two and a half pages and we have to say that interesting really it does not mention the united states it basically does not have a direct mention of the us or the n.s.c. uses very very glad i have to say and really what it does is using the existent major of multilateral international treaties on human rights that were you know signed. stablished and taken into account by countries decades ago such as for example the international covenant on political and civil rights which is a major human rights document but it was something that was signed into international law decades ago before the internet existed so what this document
will do is try to include the more realities of the modern world and modern technologies and use of the internet and basically what it says is that illegal surveillance of any private communications is a violation and intrusive of human rights and it basically says that this is something that needs to be monitored and watched closely the problem here is is really the amount of power the united nations general assembly or its tax have over other countries which unfortunately is not big at all that's a very good point that you bring up right there on a stone see it be has resigned or stand at the general assembly resolution would be nonbinding so how effective will it really be. that's to make and that's that the biggest problem really because the u.n. general assembly does not have this kind of power to be binding on any kind of document that we see come out of it and so yes critics of this step are seeing you know this is pointless because it's not really going to affect the u.s. but it is also
a strong message it seems because first of all like we said this is the first time many countries in the international community come together to voice their outrage this is also a big body and certainly of this is there could be further steps where this could be taken if this document is eventually passed to the general assembly this could be there could be certain pushes to update the international legislation for example that all of these countries are signed up to and that is something that would certainly have some kind of impact on the u.s. if it chooses to follow its own international treaties and on a sunday we have just about thirty seconds left but do you know what the next step in this process would be well the next step is this committee is going to put this text together and then they're promising that by the end of the year they will presented to the united nations general assembly and then a vote will take the curious thing that will see is exactly how many countries and up supporting this what has been dubbed these so-called anti and as a resolution are to correspondent an associate you're going to bring us the latest from the u.n. thank you but it isn't only the international community that is fed up with n.s.a.
spying over the weekend thousands descended on washington d.c. to participate in the stop watching us rally organizers deemed it the largest ever protest against mass surveillance and as a whistle blower thomas drake former presidential candidate gary johnson former former congressman dennis kucinich and u.s. representative justin amash were some of the people who spoke at the rally. was there and brings us some of the sights and sounds from the event. thousands of people gathered on capitol lawn on saturday demanding congress pass meaningful reforms to rein in the n.s.a. and stop this mass surveillance. they delivered a petition to congress signed by more than five hundred thousand people demanding congress investigate the n.s.a.'s mass spying programs the senate judiciary and intelligence committees hearings on those programs congress is divided into those who want to address the overhaul of the programs and those who suggest
a bit more oversight but as certain members of congress believe oversight can very well turning to overlook those are congressman alan grayson's words he actually came out and said congressional oversight of the n.s.a. is a joke he's learned far more about government spying on citizens from the media he has from official intelligence briefings so have many other members of congress great care and. an economy going one on one of the main messages of this rally has been watch the watchers but many are wondering whether it's even possible realistically so far any light that's been shed on the watchers was through whistleblowers and people who gathered on saturday were the whistleblowers first and foremost edward snowden of course thanks to whom this protest was happening thanks to whom you have all these initiatives debated now in congress is now holed up in russia because here in the states he would sure be in jail by now. so i was on saturday october twenty sixth and that was the anniversary of the signing of the
patriot act twelve years ago people who came out on saturday believe that was the day when in the name of fighting terror their rights were taken away from them they're against the trade off between security and privacy they believe it's. in washington i'm going to. in somalia a suspected u.s. drone strike this afternoon killed at least two members of the islamist group al shabaab that's all men who died were both a somali descent according to the witnesses at the scene they have been driving near. the southern city of ji leave when a missile hit their car one of the men was the top explosive explosives expert for all shabaab that's according to another member of the group who spoke to the associated press earlier this month u.s. navy seals attempted a raid in somalia in pursuit of another all shabaab operative seals ultimately aborted the raid without capturing the intended target on shabaab also claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks on the westgate mall in kenya this past
september which killed sixty seven civilians while the united states does not disclose its drone strikes in somalia the bureau of investigative journalism reports that strikes in the country have happened from three to nine times in the past sixty years along with anywhere from eight to fourteen additional covert actions. well to iraq now where yet another wave of attacks resulted in fifty five deaths on sunday iraqi police say that the bombs were placed in eleven cars and then detonated at different times over a half an hour period in a cordon they did attack they targeted commercial areas where shia muslim shop forty one people were killed in that strike the other fourteen died when a suicide bomber drove up to soldiers waiting in line to collect their paychecks at a local bank in north in the northern city of mosul and then he detonated his bomb this is the latest alou of violence to happen just days before prime minister nuri al maliki will meet with president obama in d.c.
to discuss a number of issues one of those issues is the sure the shipment of drones an f. sixteen fighter jets to iraq he troops. well a mother's unconditional love for her child motivates her to provide and step for her offspring but how far are you willing to go to protect your children for some women in syria it takes them all the way to the front lines of the civil war policy or introduces us to one woman who put down the baby bottles and picked up a gun to defend her country and her family. miriam is getting ready for work like women around the world she enjoys putting on makeup before heading to the office but miriam's job is a little different to most the twenty three year old is heading to the syrian frontline it gives me great satisfaction being able to defend my country against terrorists who want to destroy it it's strange to find women here in the line of fire even more so because miriam is
a mother her sons are just four and six years old i signed up because of them i'm not afraid any move because i've stopped worrying we are in a state of war but every day miriam sees the reality of war more than one hundred thousand people most of them civilians killed the people who lived in these homes where her friends and family all of them have fled most of them will never return i'm most afraid when mortar bombs fall in our posts and there is shrapnel if you days ago the terrorists launched rockets at our checkpoint their rockets are not accurate sadly they had a civilian building and many people died were rescued a few and carried them to hospital this used to be a school paid ground but children's laughter has long been drowned out by the whistling of bullets i was kidnapped twice the last time for two months they arrested me when i was in civilian clothes this is backed it up was cooperating
with the army i denied it and luckily they eventually let me go but the risks facing a woman in uniform are often far greater than for a male counterparts several of miriam's female colleagues have been killed while held hostage often it's nothing more than luck that separates the living from the did my family worries a lot but nothing is more precious than our country the homeland where i was raised it's true my children are very precious very important but my country isn't more say. and despite the price it's a job she's proud to wake up to each day on the grounds women have been in the syrian army since the seventy's there's even a special military college for them but usually they jobs are administrative and in the just stick desperate times however for desperate measures point to. damascus. still ahead here on our team in l.a. a long foresman takes camera shine to another level below
a sheriff's department had a photographer added to an f.b.i. and database even though he hasn't had a criminal record more on training photographers like terrorists after the break. dramas they're trying to be ignored true. stories others use in the. city since changing the world. to pictures. from around the globe. look.
welcome back well last month we want you brought you the story of a los angeles for tanga for who has been arrested multiple times for taking pictures one instance included a confrontation with a california officer at a metro station that he was for tom photographing take a look at how it went down freelance photographer shawnee was detained and searched on holloway in of two thousand and nine for filming images of the newly installed it turns stiles that the metro's red line hollywood and western stations and he was arrested on another instance for taking photographs of a crime scene from over one hundred feet away under the auspice that he was interfering with police work however he was eventually let go and was never charged with a crime and he isn't alone so our photographer is being targeted in l.a. by police well for more i'm joined now by paul dietrich his reporter at reason t.v.
hi there paul now is showing me alone in his lanes that police are targeting for to journalists. i'm sorry what was is a shawnee alone in his claims that police are targeting photojournalists no he's not alone there are a lot of photographers across los angeles and across really america that are feeling this pressure right now there's these officers submit the submit these reports the specials activity reports to fusion centers and the a.c.l.u. of northern california recently released over one hundred specifically from the l.a. sheriff's department that have to do with cameras or or photography is there any kind of specifications on what kind of cameras we're talking about or photography. i mean there are cameras that range from cell phone cameras to point and shoot cameras up to professional grade cameras this affects anybody who takes a picture in public space and i want to say that especially in a place like hollywood where sean is from that's it's very troubling because that's what hollywood is for there is there is paparazzi the take pictures there there are
tourists that take pictures there there are pictures taken in hollywood absolutely all the time now reason t.v. gone its hands on a copy of the internal investigation into a formal complaint that shani filed against the l.a.p.d. sheriff's department he sent in his first and fourth amendment rights were violated when he was stopped while taking pictures at an l.a. stop a subway stop that we showed you that video of what do these documents reveal. well it shows that the the l.a. s.t. is defending its officers and they are saying that they're saying that what the behavior of one of the officers deputy gil feed his his behavior was laudable and that more officers out there should be investigating incidents of suspicious activity although the department calls a potential homeland security activity just like mr just like deputy guilty and threatens to put this guy's name on the f.b.i.'s hit list he asks if it's going to sell these photos to al qaeda it's sort of
a precarious weird situation and i do want to read part of that document that you had just referenced it says the visual and shown in deputy. deputy guilty in detecting suspicious activity is logical and we are encouraging others to be as proactive so should we expect more of this in the future well this happened five years ago in two thousand and nine and it's the suspicious activity reports released by the a.c.l.u. have gone all the way up to two thousand and twelve you should expect this in the future unless something changes unless the policy changes where where the sheriff's department is not going to be submitting it knock us moments of people using photo people using cameras to say to fusion centers so what kind of advice you have for people that are trying to take pictures in public locations like a metro or something similar in order to avoid police stopping them. well you want to you always want to be you always want to be up front with the police but you don't have to give them your name you don't have to give them your identification
you can say you can say i don't need to do that and you can walk away under the constitution you can do that but you know you should always be careful when when you're dealing with law enforcement they have an important job to do as well and i think in this situation that their goals are very noble they're trying to stop terrorism and everybody wants to stop terrorism but the devil's in the details they need to stop terrorism and protect their first amendment rights and our fourth member rights of privacy rights and that seems to be the common theme coming throughout this past year really what the n.s.a. surveillance and what not this battle between security and privacy and also free speech however it's common knowledge that certain circularly measures are put in place in locations like airports and train stations when it comes to photography for instance the documents say that these pictures looked almost identical to photos taken by al qaeda operatives in the lead up to the london tube bombings so
do you think that those are legitimate concerns well of course they are concerns that a law enforcement has. concerns that are very real for for photographs being taken of public places or of subway stops but they can't be hypersensitive to what goes on on the street and that's another word that the document the internal investigation document says that these officers were hypersensitive they can't be hyper sensitive these things especially in hollywood that's what hollywood is for so what do you think fair rules should be when it comes to photography in places like metros. well well with photography we generally have a right to take pictures in public places whether the if they're in a subway stop that's a public place and if you can see it and you can then you can take a picture of it sure and it's up to them to see really how far they're willing to take it and just to see some of the possible negative consequences of that as as
you say and as we have seen with the shiny case but who should enforce those rules should it be the metro police should it be regular police to have any idea well these are these are real police officers that are part of the subway system here and here in los angeles the los angeles sheriff's department is responsible for a transit hub so bus terminals also subway stops they are they are policing those areas and they're doing it for a very good reason. they are they are looking for these incidences but they can't be recording all of these incidences because they fill up these fusion centers with as they are as suspicious activity reports that are completely innocuous there there are there are instances of people using cell phone cameras people using. taking pictures of the l.a. skyline and you miss the needle in the haystack the needle being the terrorists very interesting politicians reporter had reason t.v. thank you so much thank you megan well the f.b.i. is investigating the death of a thirteen year old boy from northern california after officers from the santa rosa
police department shot and killed him police say andy lopez was carrying a polish gun that looks like an a k forty seven a riot assault rifle and was wearing a hoodie on tuesday when they confronted him when he says told police that they heard the two sheriff's deputies or the boy to put down the gun twice one sheriff's deputy opened fire when he thought that lopez aimed the gun at him family and friends gather today to say their final goodbyes to the middle school students more than one thousand people showed up according to local news stations. a number of annie's young supporters also held protests over the weekend to tell the officers actions into question the sheriff's deputy who opened fire on the boy is a twenty year veteran of the santa rosa police department police offered their condolences to the family of andy lopez during a press conference but also gave a physical demonstration of where the confusion came from now the picture that you
were looking at the gone on the left is the fake one that lopez was carrying the one on the right is a real a k forty seven the two sheriff's deputies involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave pending an official investigation. well after the government shut down for a loaded ninety seven percent of nasa staff and even forced the mars rovers to go into sleep mode while congress settled its earthly squabbles the agency is back up and running now as a host of the press conference today to discuss the next phase in mars exploration the next mission is known as the mars atmosphere and volatile evolution mission or made in it is expected to launch and about three weeks nov eighteenth from cape canaveral space station in florida the six hundred seventy one million dollar mission will last for one earth here and scientists say that it will help communications relay between earth and the rowers curiosity and opportunity the data will help researchers study the history and changes of the red planet's
atmosphere and that's going to do it for now i meghan lopez and i'll see you right back here at five pm. two years out of the force ouster of gadhafi by nato forces would be a stands at the abyss the lack of a strong central government weak rule of law and endless violence in a country awash with weapons has resulted in libya facing failed state status activists the presence of islamic militants can things get any worse in libya. some of the sixteen percent imports came from illegal fishing. the european union is ironically taking fish from some of the poorest nations on earth so this is a very serious and very urgent problem that needs immediate international action. coupons with the territorial waters they fish they load the fish into the ships and
i think. trying to. do i'm the bag all that. all about money and i think that's like that for a politician right the last. time. here just to plug. that. leak. is a. blow and welcome to cross talk all things are considered i'm peter lavelle two years after the force ouster of gadhafi by nato forces libya stands at the abyss the lack of a strong central government weak rule of law and.
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