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so to discuss what was in that document as well as the role of dirty money behind the scenes from the elections to vulture funds i'm joined now by investigative journalist greg palast coming out with a new movie called voters and vote rustlers thanks so much for coming on greg always a pleasure. to be with you have been so great let's talk about this koch brothers document that was recently left behind at the donor event what was the most damning takeaway from its exposure. well it's the list of the secret landlords of our planet these are the private funders the folks are not exactly short of change david and charles are each worth about twenty two billion and let's not forget brother billy or thirteen about five billion himself what we have here is a list of the other billion years that they're coordinating with who are basically funding an entire right wing political machine now in the good old days when america was a democracy we got to know who was putting money behind candidates who was putting
money behind referendum legislation lobbying them days are gone what's happening right now is that we have something called social welfare organizations which since citizens united and another court decision called speech now we don't know who these guys are unless someone leaves a sheet of the names of the billionaire secretly pooling their money with the cokes in a photocopy machine thanks a lot brad friedman and others who have passed this list to me amazing great and every time i cover the koch brothers on the show people write me asking when i'm an expose george soros i mean is there anyone on the left that's doing as much political damage as the koch's are on the right. well the problem is that the left is not really responding that is for example the devotes family which was part of the funding be that pooling their money with the koch brothers their amway products they put forty four million dollars into michigan. politics this is the center of
the u.s. auto industry the center of american unionism and yet they just passed a horrendous right to work what's called the right to work law basically it prohibits contracts between unions and businesses which say that if you're part of the con union contract you have to be part of the union. where were the where was the other side so you have millions and millions coming from all over the country pouring in to basically slice up and destroy the union power and yet there was no one on the other side not even the obama administration for example which you know in the auto bailout they used right wing republican harry wilson as the negotiator who works with these billionaires they use bruce ratner an infamous investment banker is not bruce travesties but steve rattner stevie the rat and you know they did not defend unions at all in the auto bailout in fact they let the thirty five thousand auto parts jobs go to china and they beat up the union something fierce so
you don't have another side there's only one side here that's the problem it's not like there's no money on the other side but you don't see obama actually defending the rights of the workers that makes the koch brothers out on the field with their other billionaire buddies playing against no team at all i mean it is it's worse than the seahawks and broncos. you know that's a very good point you don't see the systematic assault from really any left wing billionaires i guess you could say and you just mention the davis family and mother jones just wrote a great exposé saying are they the next koch brothers i mean it's in the book is it ever going to end i mean he's billionaire families that are just a sell teen workers everywhere dismantling unions grigg let's move on to your book vultures picnic i just heard about something really interesting called vulture funds that you cover in the book what are these and can you give us an example of how they're applied in the developing world. well in the four b.b.c.
television in the guardian i went undercover and found that there was a group of billionaires and one of them by the way who's the real goldfinger who makes the movie goldfinger look like a girl scout what they do is that through bribery intimidation they seize what were considered a paid off debts of all of poor nations liberia congo nations that have been in civil war and they then use tactics which involve again bribery or intimidation to force these nations to pay them something like one hundred two hundred times what they paid for these bonds what it does is it takes poor and destitute company countries and completely bankrupt them and in the case of the congo for example. we found out that that there was a group of vultures of vultures as they call themselves vultures like the number one guy paul the vulture singer i don't i don't make up the term vulture they like being called vultures they want to be afraid of them and they're pretty scary they
grabbed ninety million dollars from the congo or tried to. in money that was meant to end a cholera epidemic i was at the i was at the cholera center in the congo and the doctors without borders are running out of medicine and i trace the lack of money back to a bribe paid to the prime minister of bosnia these how the south these guys operate is not exactly just they're just not guys who are collecting old debts they're guys who are squeezing the poorest nations on the planet and playing fast and loose with the with the political system not only in these nations but in our nation other nations have outlawed after i ran a report in britain. on vulture funds their operations their tactics were outlawed throughout the commonwealth but not in the united states of america they have protection at the highest levels believe me well i guess you could say with the world bank and i.m.f. does this. much the same thing with their structural adjustment policies how are
the vulture funds different. believe it or not the i.m.f. the world bank don't like these guys because they actually bust up the deals that the i.m.f. the world bank come up with so for example we've had massive debt forgiveness for nations like the congo in liberia all that done is allow these vultures to come in and seize the the assets that are there for example the case of the congo they were trying to ship cobalt. to to to europe and this was seize it's almost like somewhat legal piracy these guys are really scary they they take the resources these nation again i want to emphasize they don't do it just by buying up you know the technical means is that they buy a old bonds that are long forgotten by these nations that were issued before during the civil war a famine or some terrible event in which they pick up debt that's worth the paper is billions of dollars they pick it up literally sometimes for
a penny on the dollar and then they don't demand just full payment they they demand a several several hundred percent payment but it's enough to destroy these nations they stop them they basically take the aid we're trying to give these nations that the u.s. taxpayers european taxpayers are trying to give poor nations and they literally seize this money and that's why they're very different even than the eye of the i.m.f. is a sweetheart and a valentine compared to the vulture and compared to goldfinger and his gang but the important thing is that they're influencing our government for example the number one vulture investor paul the vulture singer is also the guy who was who brought in the koch brothers all three koch brothers to back chris christie's run attempted run for president in a little trouble the how in their idea of putting it chris christie in the white house got a little jammed up on the george washington bridge but i understand that singer
that the vulture funds are protect they are they are putting in a massive amount of money to protect their vulture operations by by taking our white house by building a vault and it's all of the white house it's all connected greg you work harder than most people i know thank you for staying on top of all of this you have a new movie coming out everyone check it out thanks so much for coming on. the best every thank you. thank you for. last. outrage against the n.s.a. has only grown since snowden exposed the agency's dragnet surveillance of average americans but it's been difficult to put that frustration into action that's why today activists and online advocacy groups from around the world are hosting a worldwide day of action against the n.s.a.'s mass spying program this international protest is being conducted in honor of the late internet activist
aaron swartz who was a leader in the movement to do rail to stop online piracy act only two years ago and a press release for today's action david segal co-founder of demand progress said quote today the greatest threat to a free internet and broader free society is the national security agency's mass spying regime if aaron were alive to be on the front lines against these practices that undermine our ability to engage with each other as genuinely free human beings so take a few minutes to go to the web site the day we fight back dot org and add your voice of the thousands of others who support the usa freedom act which would help stop indiscriminate surveillance and reform the fight as a court we must also urge our representatives to reject the pfizer improvements act a bill that could expand the n.s.a.'s spying program even more in fact you can take action right now by calling the u.s. capitol switchboard to leave a message for your congressperson to have a two two two four three one two one so turn your frustration into action on or aaron swartz and do what's right tell congress to stop the spying reform the n.s.a.
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well the twin de blasio push to raise the minimum wage for new york city residents to last night's enormous mafia drug bust there's a lot going on in the big apple but one fabulous event is overshadowing all of that . is in full swing and we have some designer shakeups jason wood who has been named as the head of hugo boss he's the artistic director this season and we're expecting to see some fabulous things on the runway ok seriously how frickin cute is david back in taking selfies with all four of his adorable kids from the robber zero point victorious basham show could you die that's right it's actually had a week and the answer is yes i could die in fact i think i just did a little bit watching that whole the back and spices of the world are deciding which rail and model where is that vera wang skirt or hugo boss jacket the best one celebrity actually had the guts to reveal the high fashion industry is true colors . know
a little bit about history and fashion you know that you've got the might be uniforms for the know. and the nazis did that for. you know they did you can find they still use it as those russell brand of the g.q. man of the year ceremony sponsored by hugo boss and i don't think you'll be invited back but hey we can still be going after clothing companies for world war two crime so let's take a look at some of the more grievous practice is the garment industry is responsible for today we all know western clothing brands and sweatshop labor go hand in hand due to exposure by journalist and human rights groups you would think that the conditions of workers in the garment industry have improved but thanks to a wide ranging two thousand and eleven report by the international textile garment and leather workers federation we know the conditions of many of these laborers are in fact a worsening the study focused on eighty three different factories in the philippines indonesia and sri lanka that manufacture. clothes for every brand under the sun from ralph lauren to banana republic aside from being paid near slieve wages the
treatment of these employees goes far beyond compensation many workers are put on temporary contracts so that they have no power to unionize or fight back against unfair labor practices such as forced overtime and harsh punishment for mistakes and complaints in another factory forty workers were locked in an unventilated room with no bathrooms for three hours for refusing to work overtime and unfortunately few improvements have been made in the two and a half years since that study in fact with this race to the bottom mentality bangladesh has become the epicenter of the garment industry last year the institute for global labor and human rights secretly met with employees at two factories in bangladesh that produce waters for many european clothing companies executive director charles kernahan described the factories as some of the worst he had ever seen and said quote there was child labor people were beaten cheated of their wages male supervisors were constantly press young women to have sex with them keep in mind all of current hands observations were made even before the horrific garment
factory collapse in the country which killed one thousand one hundred twenty nine people and injured over twenty five hundred despite signs of the building was already severely dilapidated in an effort to meet quotas garment workers were forced to work in extremely unsafe conditions or lose their jobs a job that paid thirty seven dollars a month unfortunately this catastrophe has largely been forgotten about along with multiple fires at other bangladesh factories but both wal-mart and gap which have a large percentage of their clothing made in bangladesh including the collapse factory itself have refused to sign on to a broad safety agreement that would legally force the companies to offer financial risk support excuse me for fire and safety regulations the agreement has already been signed by many european and canadian clothing companies that operate in the country the good news is that we have the power to stop this deplorable exploitation of the. labor with our purchasing power in fact a recent national consumers poll showed that fifty nine percent of americans said
it was very important that the products they purchase are not made in dangerous or unfair conditions furthermore two thousand and four studies show that the actions of activists and government pressure against nike's reliance on sweatshop labor in the ninety's led to a fifty percent wage hike for indonesian garment workers look i know that finding sweatshop free clothes can be near impossible we're all contributors to this horrific and history but at the very least being aware of the worst players are can empower us to make better choices and put the pressure where it needs to be so maybe instead of talking about fabulous clothes this week instead we should be talking about the people that put those clothes on our backs. looking back at the occupy wall street movement it's disheartening to know that not a single banker face trial for their role in the two thousand and nine financial
crisis yet close to eight thousand occupy activists were arrested and of the thousands of arrests that did occur a quarter of them took place in new york city but in a spotlight on the conduct of n.y.p.d. officers many of whom engaged in brutal tactics in the instance of twenty three year old occupy activists cecille e mcmillan a confrontation with an officer on the night of march seventeenth two thousand and twelve resulted in a being that left turn conscious before she was arrested and detained of all that was documented but instead of being able to sue the officers that beat her no one was charged with a felony assault which carries a jail sentence of up to seven years while this week mcmillan's trial began in new york city so to talk more about her case and the reason why this trial deserves more attention i'm joined by two volunteers of the justice for south of the mcmillan camp. jane jani miller and lucy parks thanks so much for coming on both of you. thank you for having me here thank you so much johnny let's start with you you
were present at the time of sicily's arrest in two thousand and twelve can you walk us through exactly what happened that night. sure so this was march seventeenth two thousand and twelve which was the six month anniversary of occupy throughout the day it was a very festive atmosphere and i think that was part of the reason why the n.y.p.d. had such a grotesque response. at the time of such a. brutal arrest i was already being loaded up in the bus i was one of the people arrested that night and you know i saw as they were dragging her up the bus that you know she was clearly not conscious she was not well and such and it was very traumatic and she's even thinking about it now speaking about it now is a very traumatic experience for me and what type of injuries did saucily suffer. so and were presenting to us in the court as well when she sustained many bruises
to her right breast and it's clear that the police officer grabbed her breast from behind it was a plain clothes officer so also a lot of bruises on her body on her back and she has a red mark on her right eye which is also evident in a lot of the photos at the time of the incident and lucy let's turn to you what was the justification for charging her with a felony. well essentially what they're what they're trying to say is that she elbowed this cop in the face but really what they're trying to do in my believe is show that you can't really protest legally anymore like you really can't go to a protest and be safe which is really scary so if they could successfully put such silly in jail for two to seven years that they're trying to. get then it can be a huge scare tactic to keep people from dissenting in the future. the part that really
irks me is the fact that she was sexually assaulted by a police officer and what's even more shocking is that this is not a unique incident specially occupy wall street and y p d this is actually a common tactic extremely agree just cases of sexual assault. grabbing breasts i mean numerous examples of this yani why do you think the cops are using this tactic. i mean it's very clear you know if one follows to money for example in june two thousand and eleven people work in donated four point six million dollars to the n.y.p.d. it's very clear who the police serve and protect and in my opinion to them occupy wall street represented a threat to the people that they served it was a challenge to their corporate heads that they are part of what i think this actual soul is sort of. women women are more vulnerable to that so the n.y.p.d. were really going for any tactics they could use to suppress people more and to get
more people behind bars essentially so once they realized that they could use sexual assault as a tool for arresting people that they were sort of like why not it's pretty violent we're going to be really continue. you know if we're going to be really honest. justice system to mass incarceration are overwhelmingly targets people of color black and latino youth you know and occupy wall street in new york city experience about two thousand arrests but we have eighty three thousand people in prison right now in new york state as we speak and overwhelming majority of them are people of color you know there was a joke in occupied us stands for only whites in the system and it's true because even when suddenly was walking into court many people thought she was the attorney because most of the white people. their officers were attorneys. so they the entire
justice system rely upon using the oppression of oppressed groups and oppressing them further like women and people of color. to keep people more to keep more people behind bars absolutely i mean the fact that you're going to get sexually assaulted by police and if you try to fight back then you're facing two to seven years in prison is pretty and egregious example of how twisted the justice system is jani there haven't been many trials resulting from occupy wall street in fact this is one of the last one you mentioned earlier why it's important i guess explain further why this case could set a dangerous precedent. as lucy mentioned earlier there's a chilling effect if the n.y.p.d. are able to successfully. get beat up people and get away with it and so by fighting back and you know the whole justice system tries to individualize to turn this into to specifics of the incidents of mcmillan and by showing up and by supporting her we're showing that this is
a contextualized to arrest that this was about the suppression of occupy wall street as a whole on that specific night i mean there were about eighty other people arrested myself included and so by packing the courts by being physically there by sharing and informing other people about the incident we can set a new challenge for example to bill de blasio to bill bratton you know that things need to change lucy the trials been postponed for two years why is that and how is that affected cicely leslie. august lee one of the main reasons i can see one of the only reasons i can see for them postponing this trial this long is to do their best to emotionally destroy her because like for the past two years she has had this like two to seven year sentence or actually it was originally one. in years but then recently they brought up thing where because the
trial's been postponed for so long they have some sort of legal loophole where they can actually give her another year on the minimum sentence so i think also because there's so much police brutality in the case they've been drawing it out to really give themselves any advantage that they can because. my opinion they actually really don't have a strong case at all and then. the other thing is you know they know that she said social justice organizer and so in the past two years there's a chilling effect on her first amendment right activities her right to protest to organize protests a spin severely limited in case of you know her her current case. huge element of the story we just have about twenty seconds left i just want to give out a quick web site where people can go to help her because really this isn't being covered much. yeah this website yeah we have
a website that just got put up actually it's justice for sesame dot com and four is the number four i think we also there's also a facebook event thank you so much you guys were really out of time everyone check it out go to facebook e-mail or lucy parks thanks so much you guys. join me again tomorrow when i break the all over again. this is obviously more for the ladies because it's pink. women who wanted to avoid great things really need to buy guns and learn how to use them. this is the one that i'm going to go with the once again it's the. when the definitely the target of the gun lobby you don't kill them when you killing money but if
somebody would he would just prefer. i know to say more and more and that's really scary marketing tactics which implies that women have some sort of moral obligation to protect their family and young girls shoot out here too so we do have a pink or. more kids young kids choke on food than are killed by firearms if being armed made us safer in america we should be the safest nation on earth we're clearly not the safest. but they are. the location of a boy still remember. how to do it well there's of the low height ten thousand said you would stop this storm we might think you know my people will die.
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