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i'm going to bring. you. the latest news on the week's top stories the hunger strike at guantanamo bay passes the one hundred day mark with most inmates still starving themselves over the indefinite detention without charge. the u.s. government seizes the phone records of over one hundred journalists from the associated press sparking media outrage by the white house insists it was unaware of the probe. syria's president maintains he'll stay until he is voted out and warns that foreign backed rebels will keep firing despite international efforts to mediate peace. and more spies in disguise russian security exposes the cia chief in moscow as u.s. intelligence has left red faced after again getting caught red handed trying to recruit a russian agent. at
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a six pm in moscow you're watching r t with me marina josh welcome to the program now more than one hundred days since the mass hunger strike at guantanamo bay began there is still no sign that any of the protesters are willing to back down well over half of the people detained there without charge or protesting their indefinite plight with no hope of release some inmates say they are seeking freedom through death but the u.s. military is force feeding them to make sure that doesn't happen as guided to count reports. after years of the national injustice and indifference and after more than three months of starvation one tunnel detainees have finally got the president's attention i'm going to go back apis they've heard these words before as president i will close guantanamo reject the military commissions act and if you go
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to the geneva conventions and now again it needs to be closed now congress and again as many times before the white house if it were sponsibility to congress there's much you can do administrative leave without congress without having legislative act even under current restrictions the administration has the power to use national security waivers to release many of these men which it hasn't used it's the charge that well the fear that if you release some of these prisoners that have been accused of being terrorist in the past and and they do something else or you find them going into terrorist organizations you pay a heavy political price for that so many of these men have fallen victim not just to their wrongful capture but also to u.s. politicians assumptions of what they may or may not do in the future but you can't
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you can't invoke people into maybe you know this is a we're not future police here so far the administration's only response to the crises of carnival has been to force feeding troops down detainees nostrils the fact of the matter is that when an individual makes a decision of sound mind makes a decision to refuse food as a political protest then as we said in a joint statement it is not open to the states in a second chance to force them to do each. and the full speeding here involves the insertion of a tube of some significant down on the diameter through the nasal passages and into the stomach in the most horrible of circumstances the un special rapporteur on human rights also told me that he was encouraged to hear the. once again express commitment to close the infamous prison president of united states has said kuantan was a problem and yet on the ground for some reason the camp administration continues to treat these men and humanely and to deny them basic dignity for years the
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administration is engaged in verbal and legal acrobatics to justify its inaction on guantanamo and still not clear how long before people there start dying but one thing is clear the elephant in the room just got too big to ignore in washington i'm going to shut down now the u.s. military recently requested tens of millions of dollars to renovate the prison saying congress has decided to keep it open indefinitely maintaining the notorious camps already costing america a considerable sum while nine hundred thousand dollars that's the price of keeping just one detainee there for a year and there is one hundred sixty six inmates at guantanamo at the moment many of whom have been held without charge for more than a decade well it costs something twenty five thousand dollars a year to house a convict the prisoner in the u.s. authorities bill dodd talk to guantanamo spokesman navy captain robert drawn who did not abuse at the facility. they get a what we call a full frisk which is
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a pat down search not unlike you'd experience going through airport security if you are selected for secondary screening in the united states it's quick it's the full clothing on hand and it's noninvasive it's not the detainees job to tell the truth of the lawyers just repeat what the detainees say that all of those allegations are false and let me ask you about the allegations about the on the safe and inhumane force feeding all of those prisoners who are on hunger strike do you deny that the policy of the united states and its to reserve life for lawful means we have currently thirty schools are doing and carolyn said that's using a liquid nutrition supplement most of them when they're ordered to do that go compliantly and take it a percentage about a third need to be taken to their cheating it's a procedure that's done hospitals and nursing homes every day it's not done to harass them but it's done kids sustain life to sustain life but we've been hearing
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from the medical justice network who is saying that don't deserve accused of colluding importunate that at the camp and that's been agreed on by the world medical association and the un the us and we disagree with them it's a matter of national policy our courts have upheld that. sustaining life you lawful means lawful we have a medical protocol where we evaluate detainees based on their weight loss and co-morbidity we allow them to hunger strike that if they get below eighty five percent of body weight some damage could be down we will do the involuntary feeding all of those allegations are false they're not they're not being subject to extreme temperatures they're not being denied food and water the conditions are as good as they can possibly be they had satellite television and they had communal living that all kinds of good things were transparent facility. now lawyers for the detainees strongly disagree with captain durand's assessment and they claim the
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captives are being held in unbearable conditions and are subjected to daily harassment clive stafford smith who represents several of the hunger strikers and says they are being forced to keep silent about the truth. let's face it when my clients are coming to have a telephone and called me last i heard you can smuggle anything in and now it's on the telephone. and so the idea that they threaten the prisoners with full body and i won't go into the really graphic but it's basically a sexual assault is just a threat to try to get them not to talk to us and frankly the reason for this is fairly obvious that there's been an awful lot of information coming out of guantanamo bay that doesn't suit the authorities last friday two of my clients refused to have a cold with me for the simple reason that they didn't want to go through that process and i had one of the other lawyers from reprieve was at the base last week and twice prisoners didn't want to come out for a visit because of what they've been threatened with well of course in order to
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negotiate an end to the strike we have to give justice to these prisoners and we're talking about as you well know eighty six of one hundred sixty six prisoners have been cleared for release that's fifty two percent of men third and most of the people i represent there's only one way and this strike sadly and that's to take the prisoners who have been cleared for release and set them free. so that's how things are right now over that one time of day hunger strike get yourself up to speed on the events of the past one hundred days at our web site r t v dot com there you'll find complete and comprehensive coverage with a comment and all this is from u.s. officials lawyers and even some former detainees told me a long line at our team. at the u.s. justice department got him boiled another surveillance gal's week after it seized two months of phone records of editors and journalists from the country's biggest news gathering service the associated press his wall has the details. it's being
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called an unprecedented government intrusion the justice department secretly collected two months of telephone records from the associated press and its reporters. a.p. believes this story prompted the secret investigation the cia uncovered a plot to bomb a u.s. bound airliner a plot originated in yemen and was carried out by al qaeda they arabian peninsula by reporting this al qaeda was put on notice that the cia had an inside look at their activities be a piece as the justice department did not say why they needed the information but says among the nearly two dozen telephone records collected at least five of them were from reporters working on the story in question this was a very serious. a very serious leak and a very very serious leak. i've been a prosecutor since nine hundred seventy six and i have to say that this is among if
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not the most serious it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that never see it put the american people at risk and that is not hyperbole eric holder announced he was recusing himself from this a.p. investigation the prominent news agency condemned the government's actions in a letter to holder associated press c.e.o. gary pruitt says quote these records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the news gathering activities undertaken by the a.p. during a two month period provide a roadmap to news gathering operations and disclose information about a.p.'s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know now the a.p. is asking for an explanation as to why the government pulled reporters' phone records without notifying them the worries the effect the news will have on the media and its sources i think the effect on the media has already been felt i mean you have sources that are being shut down. doors just being shut in people's faces
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now that was probably the intention the intention was to scare. the turn off the faucet in other words from leaks in the wake of the controversy white house press secretary jay carney reiterated the obama administration's dedication to transparency he believes strongly in the need for the press to be unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism he also believes strongly as a citizen and as president in the need to ensure that classified information is not leaked because it can endanger our national security interests there is a balance between transparency and national security has been a delicate one since nine eleven the obama administration has a history of aggressively going after whistleblowers prosecuting more people for leaking classified information than any other administration combined and washington was wall. and massive journalist tony goslin says this probe puts the whole whole craft of journalism in danger. individuals who blows etc people with
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stories cannot know can no longer trust the journalists so if they go with confidential information to those journalists and have confidential fun conversations they all know it no longer guarantee those journalists can keep those conversations secret because the justice department is coming and on a massive truly only hole two months pay one can understand it might be if it's a small investigation over a couple of days or so particular phone line possibly but this is a fishing operation and it is an appalling attack really on the freedom of the press in america a government in the us which is out of control and ultimately this is the wrong is effectively a kind of police state where the government thinks it can do what it wants what we're seeing is erosion of some of the basic civil liberties that we've said for the last thirty forty years this is what we hold dear we're saying that all these terrible al-qaeda etc trying to take those civil liberties away but i'll call it wrong taking away our own government to taking them away while the new renegade
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currency bit coins taking a bit of a hit as america's financial reason make a move on its bellbird as we look out what makes people switch from conventional currencies just cyber money.
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speak your language. programs and documentaries in arabic it's all here on. reporting from the world talks about six of the c.r.p. interviews intriguing story are you. trying arabic to find out more visit our big. dog called. welcome back you're watching r.t. coming to you live from the russian capital now fighting is escalating in syria with government forces reportedly storming a key rebel stronghold the city of kasay or near the lebanese border is said to be a viable hub for the smuggling of arms into syria meanwhile the president's reiterated his commitment to stay at the helm until next year's elections saying only the people can decide his future child us it insists he won't buckle to
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western pressure he also expressed doubts of any break in the upcoming international conference on syria saying a fracture of foreign backed opposition will stay committed to violence gathering expected in the coming weeks is being brokered by russia and the u.s. but it remains unclear who will speak for the rebels the one has also endorsed the international efforts to mediate peace. well after a meeting with russia's leadership the un secretary-general ban ki moon agreed that the conflict in syria could only be resolved in accordance with international law without any foreign military intervention and with the full respect of serious territorial integrity he also agreed to the idea of putting together this joint conference which would include both the syrian rebels and the authorities now they were also able to establish the list of current stumbling blocks concerning this idea and well first of all currently the opposition is still quite divided it's unclear who will be able to present. as a whole at such
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a conference secondly moscow wants to see all the regional where is taking part in such a conference including iran which may cause problems with washington and also if the syrian authorities are ready to take part in such a conference right now then the rebels are making now voicing preconditions which include president assad having to step down but in general. visit continues this diplomatic marathon which will then witnessing for the past few weeks a lot of officials have been coming to russia discussing syria including u.s. secretary of state the prime ministers of great britain and israel and in general it seems the approach of many nations two ways of resolving the conflict in the country is changing now however there are still many problems including the one with the washington since when john kerry was in moscow it seemed that they were completely on the scene beach with russia's leadership but as soon as he left he started calling again for president assad to step down and promised more support of
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the rebels and that was back just recently by president barack obama himself what's widely being ignored is the fact that many of these rebels admit that they are receiving directions from international terror organizations including al qaida there are tons of videos in the web showing horrific acts conducted by the rebels including public executions of captured syrian soldiers there is this just troubling in video of a rebel cutting the horde out of a dead syrian soldiers chest and eating it on camera calling on everybody else to do the same and promising to continue doing so in the future and also there is the statistic from various international activists groups which basically shows that every time the rebels receive a weapons from abroad the violence just spikes. fresh fears of serious
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conflict breaching its borders grew this week when protesters clashed with police in neighboring turkey demonstrators are angry at ankara support for the rebels and say the turkish people are paying the price for the involvement after a protest and a stamboul and the capital tear gas was used on crowds in a turkish border town which was the scene of a deadly double bombing a week ago there are to blame syria for the attack which has strongly denied and pointed the finger at radical rebels reportedly in a town journalist manteo us and writer who's covered the syrian crisis stands away says turkey is aggravating the conflict by backing the insurgency. the turkish demonstrates the turkish people is upset because of what was happening on the turkish side it's their full right because it's like to let me say to invite a firestarter into your house because you want to send to me later to your neighbors and then you wonder the firestarter starts putting fire on your own house
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we have to see that turkey has a nine hundred kilometer long border with syria and we have to see that turkey doesn't do anything to prevent terrorists and mercenaries crossing the border from turkey to syria in contradiction turkey even supports those terrorist training camps. turkey is giving supply a lot of means and turkey is right now being like a hostile power towards the moscow's if it's a. more moderate rebels telling a couple of times in the past that they consider the jihadists from the stuff around. the troops as their comrades in the fight against them us this so if the winds spelled snow or turkey says we support the moderate rebels it's not true because nobody can assure a gun comes from the hand of a so-called moderate rebel in the hands off
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a so-called extremist group i think we should start to distinguish finally because this is the big lie now twenty three years apart and finally reunited we've got an amazing story for you on our web site the only tool that helped a chinese man locate his home and family two decades after being kidnapped was google maps. also the pentagon's pulled the plug on an ambitious space project despite blowing over two hundred million dollars on it already we'll tell you why online. washington crossed the red line of that was a call from russia secret service this week after they busted a cia spy offering a million dollars to a russian security agent in return for assistance and there were red faces at the american embassy in moscow as a good identity was also revealed of the cia bureau chief working under the guise of a diplomat but you know takes up the story. ryan fogle was caught in the act trying to recruit a russian special service agent to work for the americans now russia's federal
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security service has released a photo of technical equipment and some other items that were found when he was detained including a compress a map of moscow a large amount of cash and even two weeks to allegedly use as disguises now this is suspected cia agent was offering one million dollars a year for passing on classified information and that was revealed to you know why a taped telephone conversation between full goal and the security agent he was trying to recruit made public by russia's federal security service. if you're going to the store it's a warden to give us more. talk of the warden you know what the store clerk yes because of all the mortgages on the bottom right there was a million little old you want yes. some no no i did. such a full bill has been handed over to the american authorities and now faces deportation
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the f.s.b. told r.t. that was not the first case and recent years since two thousand and eleven there have been in fact four other similar cases one case involved and other american embassy employee who was trying to recruit a russian employee of the national anti terror committee the ass's b. says that there is a striking resemblance to the focal scase and that the cia has gone too far with this spying operations. we will particularly outraged at the actions of the american spy dylan benjamin he tried to convince an employee of the russian national counterterrorism community to hand over classified documents of this department to the cia like mr he was deported from russia we hope the cia would listen and something like that would never again so we decided not to release the information about dylan to the public but apparently they didn't learn that lesson in case the crossed a red line so we had to react according to official instructions. and as average
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with a juicy spy story at hand the exposure of a cia spy in moscow got the media animated with a mixture off laughter and disbelief at their alleged spies quite clumsy recruiting techniques but that's quite a common reaction to the stories like this but still it doesn't make them a new last her last three member of the previous spy scandals for instance back in two thousand and six russian t.v. showed a documentary exposing several british my six agents working in moscow and here is the high cost. they used rocks at that time the media laughed at what was considered a conspiracy theory until a high ranking adviser to the prime minister admitted it's true so rocks weeks compresses and maps and sims james bond doesn't exactly have much competition right now anti-war activist brian becker has been closely following the spy scandal and
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says the u.s. is running a continuous covert operation in russia the russian government is calling attention to the fact that the us is doing something of a full court press on russia a shadow war so to speak they have the using the n.g.o.s and the penetration of russian society by us soft power through the n.g.o.s at one level trying to carry out many many intelligence operations to get russians to defect kind of trading russian society i think also you watch the u.s. media very favorable coverage to the russian opposition any protest that takes place in russia even if it's small it's enormous front page coverage while here protest movements in the united states get almost no coverage you see the general scenario being played out of hostility to the russian government even if there is still a magic overtures at another level. well it's been a turbulent week for the digital currency bitcoin which has seen the funds of its
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major operators seized by the u.s. government they point has been a market roller coaster recently increasing about eight times the value in april before slowly deflating to its current price of one hundred twenty two dollars per unit well here's how the cyber currency works users must first install what's called a virtual wallet on a computer or a cell phone or any other mobile device they can then transfer big to the wallets of another user for smaller no charge and without banking mediators from a distance it resemble a pay pal system but a key differences anonymity of course all transactions are encrypted and untraceable this aspect is a subject of manny debates with some fearing the big one could be abused by those selling weapons and drugs becoming software developer amir talk he says the lack of middleman is what makes the use of digital currency so appealing to the public. the big system i think is really simple system because it's based of this concept of
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open source so i can download the source code for bitcoin a new can read for it and you know like how someone can speak french or spanish or english i can read source code and i can read the source code and see that it does exactly what it says it does it some it really powerful what i have because it's not on my computer and i send it over the internet direct to someone without any middleman whatsoever using software that i wrote myself completely when i have a bank account i don't know what happens in that bank account i don't know who is dealing with are all the middlemen and institutions there were big corners none of it's total control over your money it's proper free trade not that not the fake kind where you need to register corporations or special companies and then your shut out the market because of regulations no it's kind of money where anybody in what can participate pay pal alone is blocking access from over sixty different countries worldwide because it doesn't have any of these restrictions or limitations and the payment system is used as
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a political thought to shut down speech on the internet and that's why the big point is so important. and next we continue our journey along the gulf of mexico coast where the trail of destruction of the world of worst oil accident wasn't just restricted to the environment. wealthy british style. but on display.
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markets why not. come to. find out what's really happening to the global economy with max cause or for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune in to a report on our. mission free accreditation free zones for charges free the richmond free is free. to tide free. download free broadcast quality video for your media projects a free media oh god our teeth dot com. the after the b.p. spill dr ronn came to louisiana where in barrett teria which is forty miles from
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the gulf and about one hundred fifty miles from the wellhead the oil. well and dispersants have come into here yesterday the wind blew really hard this table's got this cloudy gritty glaze on it we get that that's just what's on the table before we even start the interview. was b.p. about to repeat the same strategy that exxon used with the valves these oil spill this pack of confidential documents were uncovered as part of the toxic tort lawsuits that followed with some of the workers who realized that their sicknesses lingered lingered lingered these documents are very incriminating and they show that thousands of workers actually did in fact get sick from exposure to a number of chemicals including to be toxic. axons chief medical advisor dr kind of cool it's a memo to x. on and at the very end here you.

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