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because again today if you do operation which work with the british legal free yes i can give you that guarantee i believe that it's true about chantix appreciated you care intelligence chiefs televised public grilling turns into more of a q. and a session with predictable questions and even more predictable lancets. also tonight we're reporting from guantanamo bay prison guards feel the comfort of billions of dollars being spent to keep this spirits. costs here a little more than a life of the detainee if you run one of these babies over the fine is ten thousand dollars deprived of even the most basic human rights the inmates the. tailor made torture is one former prisoner tells of. a high altitude handover to sochi olympic
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torch reaches the i assess after a historic launch from the baikonur cosmodrome. very good evening to you it's just after nine o'clock now here in moscow my name's kevin though in this is our top story hot on the heels of american intelligence forces trying to justify mass surveillance since britain's spy chief giving the floor to explain themselves but those who expected to have a grilling were serious disappointment as r.t. sarah firth has been following the hearing explains next. well of course a session coming at a sensitive time for the government and these intelligence agencies on the back of the edward snowden revelations now we saw this very spy chief being questioned over a broad range of issues but i'm going to take if you like to the g.c. the key chiefs are in love and he was asked why it was necessary for the majority
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have intelligence gathered in the attempts to catch the minority that is doing wrong and he answered that with an analogy of a haystack so trying to find a needle in a haystack essentially saying that they don't look at the innocent hey if you like is an analogy that he used a fair bit do you think we really saw the level of scrutiny that a lot of people will have been calling for indeed it think it's the beginning of the session we heard it said that witnesses are going to be asked to reveal any secret information so you're never really going to get any mind blowing revelations from those three spy chief but i do think people have been looking perhaps for the questioning to have gone a little bit further on some of those points and i think one of the most interesting bits in that question and answer session was when the. boss said that
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much of their success lies in terrorists being unaware of what they do and he went on to say that as a direct consequence of the snowden revelations their task has been made more difficult i'm not sure that people are going to be fully satisfied with the answers that they received the main issue here i think is that a lot of the questions and a lot of the answers given from those flight he's we're centrally asking the public to take it on trust you know we're not sleepers that's not what we do with protecting lives in the and the country and i think the problem is in the wake of the edward snowden revelations of course. a lot of that trust has eroded and say that is where the difficulty is going for that is certainly there is some interest think bits of information in there that are going to be very closely scrutinized but i think that you're going to see the bait continuing so first in london where most experts predicted the intelligence forces were more likely to find themselves
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in hot water on one of the journalists of course the release notes documents let's take a look at the efforts the british government's made to plug those leaks back in july the office of the guardian newspaper which showed some of the files were rated by g c h q agents and the hard drives were destroyed you may recall that a month later david miranda partner of former guardian journalist glenn greenwald was detained for nine hours at heathrow airport he was in transit between berlin and rio after meeting a filmmaker who probably was involved in breaking the leaks david maraniss no challenging him still in the detention through the courts although british authorities insist miranda's actions constituted quote terrorism professor of international security david gold braid believes the government's going too far though. i do think the public has a right to know exactly the overall ramifications of the intelligence community most definitely i think that the issue around how far the u.k. government can go in squeezing an independent an independent newspaper or news
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organization is totally is totally unacceptable within a democracy and we have a strong and you just will system which is suggesting that the government is going too far and its crackdown on the government but the key thing is that we have to have trust in our and our politicians that they will have proper responsible oversight of the intelligence agencies otherwise we're no different than any other not democracy. well according to the snowden leaks you can tell a jones was able to monitor up to six hundred million communications every day they weren't the only one either that acts that had access to the maid to hundred fifty thousand n.s.a. employees and private u.s. contractors could also dig into u.k. databases and nexus are to go to church you can explains britain was not alone in helping washington keep an eye on the will either. intelligence services of five english speaking countries have joint resources to spy on the whole world the u.s. is the most resourceful its closest ties are with britain's jussi h.q.
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but canada australia new zealand are also contributing australia backs up washington by keeping tabs on asian countries from the documents leaked by edward snowden who learned that. embassies across asia pacific coast highly sensitive intelligence plucked from a program as part of the five eyes network it's not just terrorists that the five eyes are looking for a former australian intelligence officer privy to the program said the main focus is political diplomatic and economic intelligence most recently the east timorese government complained publicly about australian spying during negotiations on the future of the timor gap oil and gas reserves canada two is interested in natural resources and is accused of actively spying on south america edward snowden revealed that canada with the help of the n.s.a. hacked into the brazilian ministry of energy and mines he also exposed that the u.s. has been spying on brazil's national oil company edward snowden revealed some details
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of how the five guys operate but even before intelligence officials made no secret of their quote unquote orwellian cooperation i met yesterday with our five guys colleagues and one of them. offered up the term that pop is become popular and his current results go to the efficiency dividend which is. the orwellian euphemism for cuts. for these intelligence services it looks like a give and take relationship a two way street or should i say five ways three in washington i'm going to strike him hard to. come have been later in the program japan's braced for the most dangerous operation of the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant since the twenty eleven meltdown. in our t. crews monitoring events there plus. we have come here to do serious business to make concrete progress optimism over the current round of nuclear talks with iran
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but that approach isn't shared by everyone. and wants the other side to be more serious that is they have to start lifting the genocidal sanctions those sanctions are killing ordinary iranians. next though the cost of maintaining one of the planet's most notorious jails guantanamo bay is set to hit five billion dollars next year artie's crew went to that camp to find out exactly what american taxpayers are paying for. despite misconceptions give lho is not just a geo to be or not to be shot it's also a forty five square mile military base with no plans of going anywhere. full of signs of the stablished american life it is a navy base and we just happened to have the camps in here home to the only mcdonalds on cuban soil a subway sandwich shop a starbucks and a taco bell you got busted vested financial interests there you go to starbucks and . all of these other places that help to set up a logistical support for the troops that are all over the there are about five and
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a half thousand people living and working on the base roughly half serve the actual detention center the u.s. government has been leasing this territory since one thousand nine hundred three for just over forty five hundred dollars curiously that is still the price today but it's said that the cuban government has been refusing to accept this money for decades the castro government said you know we don't want this lease anymore in the united states' position was that it's a binding lease and in the lease it actually says that it can't be broken unless both sides both countries agree to that that strikes me as a very odd contract so when territory that the u.s. has occupied against cuba's wishes since one thousand fifty nine most officers come here for short term of up to nine months or longer deployment of two to three years far from a whole life isn't put on hold and you can't date certain people where you can certainly have if it's away from your like rank system then you're allowed to you know there's the don't tell me see i'm an open air movie theater playing all the
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hottest hollywood blockbusters and it ticky bar to let loose after a hard day's work even though most say schedules aren't that intense anyway we actually get quite a bit of time off like a deuce and monitoring go to the beach and our activities for people to do m.w. are stands for morale welfare and recreation. almost every sport known to man is available to team get well on state of the art facilities. i love it it's a lot of people think there's not much to do but there's definitely an abundance to do. being in a remote location doesn't even have to affect eating habits an all you can eat lunch cost just under five bucks and breakfast is half that price a downside though information or lack thereof or distance to a lot of the t.v. programs broadcasting here are army focused. and internet is almost nonexistent the base dubbed no stream a stand by some soldiers even so we're told those serving here are banned from
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looking at websites like wiki leaks for example once classified always classified. even if the information has long been made public there are other strict regulations in place too fun fact about guantanamo apparently a life of an costs here a little more than a life of a detainee if you run one of these babies over the fine is ten thousand dollars. there's a very strict speed limit in guantanamo and it's a very slow speed limit and people say that that's that's all about the quantised somewhat ironic at a place marred by human rights scandals officials make a point of showing journalists how well prisoners two are kept and thirteen here when i wanted to call so for a compliant detainee at guantanamo they would be allowed to eat books have a two piece here some head and shoulders shampoo the less compliant ones have to wear the orange uniforms and get only two books at a time i was going to the other side so you can see the books detainees can't come
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in here but the prisoner library lovingly displays the best of their art for t.v. crews to see a lot of pre-selected books to avoid certain topics violence sexual and religious stuff controversy shelves packed with magazines d.v.d.'s and video games plenty of ways for legit prisoners of war to pass the indefinite time they're kept here without charges and party guantanamo bay cuba. i didn't want to show more of a report on the camps was including conversations with inmates the lawyers on line our. special coverage the. change of pace now the twenty fourteenth torch relay is taking a cosmic twist in another memorable moment in the journey of a. multinational crew crowded aboard the international space station on the front witnessed the event from mission control the soyuz has just joshing at the
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international space station and as you're seeing right now i think the new crew is disembarking they hatch has just opened and one crew member and the torch if you can i would be the first to make it out now of course the crews are very much other it's very exciting where everyone sort of people very very excited to see this sort of very quick trip just drive hours so it's very exciting to see this actually happen live and a lot of smiling faces around here of course the family members are also being broadcast from baikonur of course they're very relieved to see their loved ones arrive safely all because now of course the big event after this is saturday when the torch will make history by going on a spacewalk it will be tethered to two two cosmonauts before as they spend several hours in outer space of course we'll be bringing you that live here on our journey you can follow us on twitter if you want to mobile devices on television and we will be bringing you this live on saturday but for now everyone is just very excited that what started early this morning you can buy on or he has now ended
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with such excess. about a year for a kilometer is actually about the earth so here are mission control if you're in moscow and it's been a success and the video is just amazing to watch. every bit of history being made but it's just of course the first step of the leg of the torch relay our correspondent more now on what's next for the game simple. docking confirmed for four twenty seven am central time and now the crew and symbol of the upcoming winter games have met on the international space station cosmonauts all i cut off and so i go to sun scheme will take the modified torch on a space walk roughly four hundred kilometers above earth fully docked with the current crew this will only be the second time in the isis history that three soyuz spacecraft and nine crew members have been aboard the lab complex at the same time millions will watch as the tought makes history safety and physics mean they can't like the torch in space the design has also been changed so it can't fly away with
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it it wouldn't make much sense everyone knows there can be no flame in outer space as nothing burns there and it doesn't make sense to fake it after circling the planet several times the torch will come back to earth with the three returning crew members on the eleventh of november to continue its record breaking relay with the world's attention on this historical moment it's a nervous time for everyone involved we only need to prepare psychologically because you can't just before miss work mechanically as some routine job after all we are doing with a symbol here. is always good asean countries working together for the birth of everybody on the planet so in a small way i think it's great we bring this to the international space station which is another indication of international cooperation over the coming weeks thousands of torchbearers will join the olympic relay across sixty five thousand
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kilometers of terrain covering all eighty three regions of russia once complete it will be the longest really in the history of the winter olympics but all culminates in the opening ceremony of the games in sochi by the black sea february seventh in the meantime elim picked torch meets the final frontier but here we are. a moment that promises to be truly out of this world market andrus r.t. baikonur. yes of course we'll bring you more on the record breaking torch relay for those twenty forty winter olympics in sochi on saturday with the torch is taken on that historic space what will our special coverage of the amazing event live for you can join us for that hope you stay with us to sixty minutes past nine at night more news right after this very quick break. deliberate torch is on its epic journey to. one hundred and twenty three days. through to the
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mother tongue two cities of russia. relayed by fourteen thousand people for sixty five those who kill him. in a record setting trip by land air sea and others face. a limp torch relay. on r t r c dot com. are you willing to engage yourself in a debate when you would be pressing not only if war legalisation of cannabis in our land but can paying for the abolishment of those punishments and say united arab emirates well look what their own situation here first and we've seen with the. easiest to solve what the countries that you mentioned there it's an even bigger problem and i would be opinion and of the opinion is actually union rice to consume
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what you want so long as it isn't there so this is actually a bigger issue and then kind of. the sulfur in chief that i have over my own body. the pakistani taliban has rejected peace negotiations with a government united some comes hours off the militants chose a new leader to replace the form i had killed by a u.s. drone attack last week as people in islam about based journalist other beautifying
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speak with more about this announcement today and what it's going to mean them for the country now. well it means that they knew it was thought at the time that once the announcement had come to peace talks can proceed however the taliban are angry. last week the previous leader of the taliban was killed in a u.s. drone attack or for the law the new put newly appointed chief spokesperson for the taliban and leader of the taliban now was always against peace talks even before the killing of hacking with food last week he was responsible for the shooting of malala yousafzai the insurgency from two thousand and seven to two thousand and nine in the swat valley that for thousands of pakistanis killed so he has always been against peace talks with the pakistan government. after the killing last week
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of hacking one of the sued clearly there is a lot of anger in within the taliban but not just within the taliban but also within the pakistan government who have accused the u.s. of sabotaging the peace talks and reworded press conference last week children if are only calling on accuse the u.s. of sabotaging peace talks and he said that this is just not just the killing of a man but also the killing of an entire people peace process that the u.s. knew was occurring and the talks were imminent where does box on go from here that is a well it's not nobody can predict because the taliban have promised retaliation and the peace talks have come to a halt and almost torpedoed now which is what you know the general rhetorical here is by the government that unless strong strikes stop by the u.s.
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government they will not. proceed and they will also you know there's been an angry backlash here again. the americans were not just within from the public but also with the. with the pakistan government talks have actually come to a halt now with the taliban refusing to talk to the government until dawn strikes stop which means that the peace process here in pakistan has come to a halt with the fallout not just on nato supply but on stability in the region but the box on u.s. relationship author been severely affected understood muna france the uk to be the . base to join us live on the line for us. words guarded optimism over iran's nuclear crisis solution a once again heard in geneva where a fresh round of talks between iran and six world powers have got underway officials say an outline of a long awaited deal is a merging will pose or offering a partial easing of sanctions if iran freezes some parts of its nuclear program
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michael mann's spokesman for the e.u. foreign affairs chief catherine ashton who chairs the nuclear talks he told us this promise but ultimately it's up to iran to end the standoff. the signs are good in the fact that we are getting into the detail in a way that's really never happened before under the previous iranian government we have come here to do serious business to make concrete progress the iranians have expressed the wish to do the same so what we hope is that they will follow up their words their good words with good deeds in the negotiating room they have to make a certain number of undertakings and guarantees this is about the iranian nuclear program where the international community has justified concerns so they have to make that step and really you know agree to do certain things that the international community is demanding for example it's all about the enrichment of uranium which is currently being and reached in iran to a level which is not necessary for a peaceful nuclear program therefore there are certain things that they have to do of course this is the negotiations that both sides have to be flexible but the
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first step really needs to come from the iranian side. and you play cleanup team in fukushima is preparing to move the power plant fuel rods now to a safer location it's the most hazardous undertaking at the japanese facility since it was crippled by the quake and tsunami two and a half years ago legs here is your skis got the latest from there. extracting these rods from the balls is a really hard task because each one of them called ways of more than three hundred kilograms and they could not even hit each other this would cause a nuclear chain reaction not only these pools are crippled but the machinery the automated machinery doesn't work as well so every rod has to be extracted from the pool manually the typical company running the fukushima clear up process and the japanese government are now in a vicious cycle situation because on the one hand they need to remove these fuel rods they are contaminating the water as has been reported in the waters of the fukushima nuclear power plant and on the other hand of course this is a very risky venture because they have to literally extract every rod and there's
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more than a thousand of them and each rod has to be extracted manually we also managed to take a peek inside the no go zone in other areas and you know what what shocked me the most that surprised me the most and i'm saying that by my experiences of travelling to the school zone in chernobyl that in the fukushima area the towns which are just close to the station ten fifteen kilometers away from the station they have been reopened for. building their houses in this area in case anything happens these people would have to be reviewed evacuated again and or putting themselves under very serious risk well in fact in the fukushima region itself there are several n.g.o.s who did not believe the government and the tepco organization in their measurements of the radiation levels the one which struck me the most and we talked with them yesterday the movement called the mothers of fukushima these are ordinary women who are afraid for the safety and health of their children they. are which is the cheapest of them cost around a thousand u.s. dollars and they are just but trolling the areas taking their own measurements and
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sending them to the government but the government as they say is doing nothing it's not considering the radiation measurements as if they're trying to play down the scale of the things happening even in tokyo in front of the industrial ministry there's a peek at that there's a protest happening for already eight hundred days with the people there protesting against nuclear energy and the actions of the government and the tepco so you can see how serious the rhetoric of the anti-nuclear movement is now in japan even though they say that their voices being often silenced by those that are. of course one of the next full news bulletin here in r.t. with me kevin though in thirty four minutes time after the break their legs on a boy. because of legalizing marijuana but his ideas on how to win the war on drugs is next.
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illegal immigration is a hot topic everyone always says that immigrants do the work that no one wants to do well let me explain why that is i want to kurdistan vacation got into a taxi driven by a former migrant worker who used to make a living in moscow he told me that he really worked hard driving unloading trucks after five years he came back. home and bought a house yes from the seller that russians can't even survive on he was able to buy a house employers in russia in america say that locals don't want to work or demotivated well want to margaret work or on a salary that could build a bright future woman compared to a local who can't even make ends meet while you could see why the market workers are a lot more motivated let me put it to you this way if you knew that you had to work five hard years of some awful labor under awful conditions somewhere far away like brazil or germany what would be able to pay off your house would you do it i think you would let's not buy into this myth that locals in country x. don't want to work they just don't want to work in complete futility for table
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scraps but the shust my opinion. what's happened is law enforcement and the national security agency has gone behind our collective backs and tried to accomplish this using the courts in secret and that's truly what the issue is a broken whatever trust and violated whatever trust we may have. and that's the real issue and they're going to have to earn that back the hard way.
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hello and welcome to well the part there's been a notable warming up in polls today of cannabis legalization increasing take it even though governments in the not really a rational to follow through on that will arlen become the next to criminalize mary jane well to discuss that i'm now i'm joined by lupe. and then her of the irish parliament and a long time supporter of such move mr flanagan thank you very much for your time. i know that you've been complaining for cannabis legalization pretty much throughout your political career but most recently it seems that there is a real momentum towards that not just in our land but also but in much of around the western world why do you think that is well i think at this stage the vast majority of people in the western world have worked. the criminalization of cannabis users is not working and in our it is estimated that there are up to two hundred fifty thousand people who use cannabis every year there are one hundred
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thousand people who have ended up with a criminal record for possession as a result of this and at this stage i think people have worked out that the current strategy is not working it's leaving money in the hands of the criminals and it's actually making cannabis a far more dangerous substance now i know that you recently introduced the bill on the cannabis legalization to dull the irish parliament and some of your fellow m.p.'s have been pretty skeptical of an openly critical of such proposal with all the aware and those that you mentioned earlier why do you think there is still such a strong opposition to this move well i suppose the reality is that the vast majority of the members of our dollar the members of our parliament appear to be opposed to this legislation and i would suggest that the reason why they would be opposed is that they are afraid as being seen as soft on drugs somehow and they're not being as hard line as maybe they expect.


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