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the in the. coming up on ard t. germany one said words noted members of the german government are trying to get the n.s.a. whistleblower to testify in an investigation against u.s. spying activities more on this new development ahead and on capitol hill a group of senators claim they are pushing legislation to deal with concerns that were n.s.a. surveillance but critics say their efforts fall short and could actually make things worse we'll tell you more coming up and in chicago the u.s. is biggest jail is also its biggest mental health facility over a third of the prisons inmates have mental illness with human rights advocates criticizing this unhelpful confinement we'll tell you more on that later in the show.
it's friday november first four pm in washington d.c. i'm sam sax and you're watching our team and we begin with breaking news out of los angeles international airport where at around nine thirty this morning a gunman walked into terminal three at the airport pulled an assault rifle out of his bag and opened fire he continued firing his gun through the security screening area making it fairly far into the airport before he came under fire from law enforcement officials and was taken into custody and there are reports of multiple injuries and another report that one t.s.a. agent was killed in the shoot it artie's ramon glinda was on the scene at l.a.x. he joins us now on the phone welcome ramon. so ramon where are you at the airport right now and what's the latest you're hearing on the ground. sure. a couple of the hundreds from terminal three where this morning's shooting happened just to recap the day's events at about nine thirty this morning gunmen walked into ballet this
morning to this even if you've been the t.s.a. has confirmed that a t.s.a. officer an employee of theirs was killed by the gunman according to airport police here bait chased down the gunmen eventually shot him and took him into custody police earlier briefed the press but i know that a total of seven people were injured during this morning's event six were transported hundreds of people were inside of this terminal three i'm looking right now dozens of planes are still stuck on the tarmac air traffic has come to a complete stall here at l.a.x. . and as i said several people were taken to the hospital after the shooting details are still streaming in but that's so far what has been confirmed by already here so we're getting reports of the t.s.a.
agent who was killed do we know if the t.s.a. was the target here do we have any information any more information on the gunman other than the fact that he was wounded and taken into custody. it's still too early to tell what sort of motives the only thing that we're hearing from witnesses who described him as a white male beside that not no i.d. yet on the gunman himself police will only say that eight chased him down shot him and have taken him into custody what is what's the state of the airport right now where is it on lockdown does there confusion of what people i mean i imagine people go through security checkpoints and suddenly they are fleeing gunfire and they end up running onto the tarmac or into an authorized area is you know how do you even behind wheels of airplanes how does the airport then rescreen these people open up the airport back up once the process they're well currently i'm terminal two just
a few hundred feet from channel three where the shooting had been just. a few hundred feet away there are hundreds of people waiting in terminal one waiting to be rescreened some of them had already gone through security and some of them had not however police are not letting them through the terminal or out of the airport they will all have to be rescreened but they're not being let. either into the airport or out of it no sort vehicle traffic is being allowed into the airport and that situation is not going to change anytime soon and there are still hundreds of police officers here both from the federal level and at the local level we've seen trucks full of canine bomb sniffing dogs so while the l.a.p.d. said that the major incident does appear to have been resolved there's. a very heightened sense of security here with officers still in swat you're still with
guns drawn taking every extra precaution they can to make sure that indeed airport it's a few l.a.x. one of the busiest in the world parties ramon go and go on the scene at l.a.x. thank you for the reporting you bet. now moving on to germany or one politician is making a bid to bring edward snowden into the country to appear as a witness against the n.s.a. spying activities german green party politician hans christian strobel met with snowden in moscow where you received a letter from the n.s.a. whistleblower to be shared with german authorities in a letter snowden writes i am heartened by the response to my act of political expression in both the united states and beyond citizens around the world as well as high officials including in the united states have judged the revelation of an unaccountable system of pervasive surveillance to be a public service today german interior minister hans-peter friedrich confirmed that he's trying to find a way to bring snowden into the country to testify in front of german officials but
that could be difficult since if edward snowden leaves russia he will lose his asylum there and any deal to testify in germany has to come with new protections for snowden at a press conference mr strobel discuss this issue would be fully isn't two days ago i sent to you that it was to both parts of the u.s. congress the senate and the house of representatives and offered a consultation intox between the german building this the parliamentarian control board maybe also a board of inquiry to see together how we can solve the problems and one of the central problems will also be the question of what will happen with edward snowden . so while the germans look into reaching out to snowden secretary of state john kerry responded to the growing criticism worldwide over spine and he went farther than any senior official has gone in criticizing the n.s.a.'s activities here's what he had to say while speaking to the open government partnership summit in london. it. is there that there
is i acknowledge as the president. of these. florida which is now out of the. secretary kerry's comments come after a delegation of lawmakers spent a good portion of the week in talks with intelligence officials here in washington d.c. eight trying to get an explanation on the as his activities spying on world leaders meanwhile the white house continues its review of u.s. surveillance programs senior obama administration official told told reuters that within the last few weeks president obama decided to put an end to spying on the u.n. headquarters in new york and u.s. officials said the president also halted spying on the world bank and the international monetary fund even though it had never been revealed that such spying was going on this could be the first in a series of denials to non accusations coming from the white house as it tries to get in front of the next series of n.s.a. leaks. and moving to capitol hill where yesterday the senate intelligence committee
moved legislation forward addressing the recent n.s.a. revelations the chairwoman of the committee senator dianne feinstein a fierce n.s.a. supporter touted the legislation known as the pies the improvements act saying she believes the reforms in the bill are quote prudent responsible and meaningful but critics of the bill say it falls well short of meaningful reform and they say that it actually gives the n.s.a. more legal protections to conduct its bulk collection of communication records under section two fifteen of the patriot act she edward snowden's leaks revealed a secret reinterpretation of section two fifteen of the patriot act by the n.s.a. and the by the court that gave us the enormous power to collect americans phone records the feinstein bill will remove this program for murky legal grounds and officially codified it into law the electronic frontier foundation called the bill disingenuous saying don't be fooled the bill codifies some of the n.s.a.'s worst practices would be
a huge setback for everyone's privacy and it would permanently entrenched the n.s.a.'s collection of every phone record held by u.s. telecoms this is not an n.s.a. reform bill it's a notice a entrenchment bill and senator mark udall who's been critical of the n.s.a. argued the n.s.a. is ongoing and base of surveillance of americans private information does not respect our constitutional values and needs fundamental reform not incidental changes unfortunately the bill passed by the senate intelligence committee does not go far enough to address the n.s.a.'s overreaching domestic surveillance programs senator udall instead supports a bill introduced earlier this week by senator patrick leahy and by congressman jim sensenbrenner in the house that we're all together and his ability to conduct bulk collection of phone records under section two fifteen which means in the coming weeks or in the coming months there will be a showdown in congress over what n.s.a. reform should look like and just how far it should go well joining me now to give insight into what n.s.a. were. form should look like i'm joined by elizabeth team co-director of the liberty
and national security program at the brennan center for justice elizabeth thanks so much for coming on the show have put if you hear so since what edward snowden's revelations we've seen another number of reform efforts from capitol hill of varying degrees of strength and what they're going to target where does this phase improvements senator feinstein's bill rank amongst these reform efforts well senator feinstein's bill is an effort to as was said earlier to codified by the n.s.a. is the bulk collection of americans telephone records which is in fact on shaky legal footing right now it's true that the secret files a court has approved the program but if and when the legality of that program ever came before i don't want to say a real court but one of the other article three courts. i believe it's very unlikely that would be upheld so what senator feinstein's bill would do is to remove any statutory challenge to this practice and caught
a fiat and enshrine it into law and i mean her bill includes a number of things like allowing the top secret files a court to collect amatus briefs on certain issues for privacy issues it changes how the n.s.a. chief is appointed just they they all seem like very cosmetic reforms but this bulk data collection program is the most egregious one of the most egregious revelations that have come out and it's what's really outraged lawmakers we heard from jim sensenbrenner who wrote the paycheck saying this is not any idea i had so she's basically doing the n.s.a. a huge favor by taking this most controversial program and legalizing essentially that's correct and there's another program that's being legalized in this bill which has not gotten as much attention as as it really should which is the back door searches of international communications that are acquired under the section seven zero two of the members that this is the back door loophole that ron wyden had warned about exactly and so. what has been happening is that the n.s.a.
is allowed under the files and them its act to go collect huge amounts of communications of people who are suspected to be foreigners overseas without any individual warrant because they are foreigners overseas what ends up happening is the n.s.a. scoops up a lot of communications between people overseas and americans and also ends up scooping a lot of purely domestic communications of americans into that pile as well these are all communications americans communications that the n.s.a. would need an individualized order a court order or warrant to look at under ordinary circumstances but what they're doing is once they collect it under the amendments act they are saying that they can then go search it for the names of americans and it's a sort of it's a backdoor way around the warrant requirement of the fourth amendment says so normally the under normal court as you said they would have to target the individuals that they're going for they have to prove show evidence why yours reasonable cause as to why they're going to go after these people but now that
pfizer just approved this place that search and then the n.s.a. can go and run these algorithms and collect these these giant these giant databases that they can then search through to collect americans and that finds feinstein's bill basically codifies that as well as that as well even though it seems quite strikingly against the spirit if not the letter of some of the targeting restrictions in the five amendments act senator feinstein sits on the senate intelligence committee that's a very powerful position her counterpart in the house mike rogers sits on the house intelligence committee both these individuals have been very deferential to the n.s.a. have been have been defended i've defended the n.s.a. i interviewed alan grayson a few days ago and he said that the congressional intelligence committees have become apologists for the surveillance state complex we're told that these programs have about oversight coming from congress and coming from the pfizer court how can we believe any of this stuff when when these oversight committees are basically giving the n.s.a.'s. huge favor well there's two different questions and one is
what kind of oversight do we have in place and the second question is what are the programs that are being overseen and if the programs that are being overseen give the n.s.a. too much leeway to collect information about americans without any reason to suspect that there is any kind of connection to an international terrorist or a foreign power then you can have all the oversight in the world and if it that oversight finds that the program is operating as intended the program still isn't operating in a way that's consistent with americans liberty if we make of lawmakers like jim sensenbrenner saying hey when i wrote the patriot act i never anticipated that section two fifteen would be interpreted the way that it was interpreted is that a is that a legitimate claim or should they share the blame for all passing the patriot act back in two thousand and one and not be surprised that the n.s.a. has done with it what they did with it well i would say a little of both i think that a lot of people were concerned that these powers that were granted under the patriot act went too far and could be abused and could be pushed at the boundaries
to allow something like bulk collection that said i don't believe that at the time that the bulk collection section to fifteen of the patriot act was passed anyone who voted for it imagined that it would be used to collect all americans telephone records that simply just not something you could get from reading the text of the bill one of the the spy chiefs general alexander d.n.i. clapper they keep repeating this long to justify the bulk collection program by saying you need the haystack to find the needle. does that make any sense to you well it would make sense if finding the needle were a purely random process in which the best way to find a needle was to scatter about in the as much as possible this is not a good analogy for how efficient intelligence processes work but the most effective form of intelligence and this this isn't for me this comes from intelligence
professionals themselves comes from following known leans knowing associations with people who are suspected to be terrorist the way police marketers and in fact according to the n.s.a. they don't even search this database until they have reasonable suspicion so what's the harm in requiring them to wait till they have reasonable suspicion and then requests just those records from the telephone company is just the last thirty seconds here or there reforms particular reforms you see coming out of congress that are worthwhile that people should be paying attention to and have saluki i think the usa freedom act was introduced by representative sensenbrenner and senator leahy in the senate is a is a very sensible measure it ends bulk collection and it ends there closes this back door but it still enables the an essay and our other intelligence agencies to get the information they need to prevent terrorists so it sounds like a pretty good start when it comes to confronting this monster that's been revealed i think that's the way to go of elizabeth co-director of the liberty national security program at the brennan center for justice. today is november first the
internationally imposed deadline for syria to have all its chemical weapons production and mixing facilities destroyed on thursday the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons announced that syria did indeed meet this deadline twenty one of twenty three declared chemical weapons sites officially inspected by the joint o.p.c. w. and u.n. mission searches polis lir is on the ground in damascus with more. dangerous and do see that's how the nobel prize committee described the work of chemical weapons inspectors inside syria not to mention the brutally tight deadline october twenty five damascus provides a detailed plan of its chemical weapons stockpiles done october twenty seven foreign inspectors visited all declared sites missed and by today syria finishes destroying all equipment used in the production and mixing of poison gas and nerve agents done yesterday with eliminate. whatever wicca but
you know this is a very complicated process complications filled by so called security concerns and that's the reason why one deadline already has been missed one of the biggest problems the train faces is how to access sites in rebel controlled areas so far the rebels have been unwilling to cooperate or in inspectors have managed to visit twenty one of twenty three sites and although they haven't furby blame the rebels damascus insists it's doing a chair until now. those. sites being visited are under government control and we hope those who are controlling the. the groups to leave them to implement what they are expected to implement it's the most difficult mission if undertaken by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons destroying a country's chemical weapons stockpiles in the midst of a civil war surely women are syria actually stopped producing chemical weapons in one thousand nine hundred eight as a possessed alternatives that can be
a strategic substitution and are not in conflict with international law but none of this answers the reason why foreign inspectors are in damascus in the first place a chemical attack on august twenty first in which hundreds of people were killed after rockets with sarin gas were fired at damascus the suburbs those responsible are still at large the next deadline in the destruction of syria's chemical weapons program is the middle. of next year by then damascus must have destroyed who moved its entire home and emissions timeline in very difficult circumstances policial damascus. and now we're going to new york where a federal appeals court on thursday david green light the n.y.p.d. as controversial stop and frisk policy back in august judge shire a scheindlin ruled that stop and frisk is unconstitutional as unlawfully targets minorities and she said the police made at least two hundred thousand stops between two thousand and four in two thousand and twelve without any reasonable suspicion
she blocked further use of the tactic until the n.y.p.d. makes changes but that ruling was tossed out on thursday by a three judge panel on the u.s. court of appeals for the second circuit meaning stop and frisk is once again good to go not only about the appeals court remove judge sheindlin from the case citing impropriety from the bench after the judge made some opinionated comments on stop and frisk to the media and next week democratic nominee bill de blasio is expected to win the new york mayoral race he's been a critic of stop and frisk and released a statement in response to yesterday's ruling saying quote i'm extremely disappointed in today's decision we shouldn't have to wait for reforms that both keep our communities safe and obey the constitution. now i want to chicago for budget cuts to mental health services and rampant crime and drug use of crude in an uneasy situation at the nation's largest jail archies liz wahl brings you the story
of cook county jail. chicago's cut county jail holds over ten thousand inmates making it the largest jail in the united states it's also the nation's largest mental health care provider it's exploding on any given day about twenty five to thirty percent of the inmates here at the county jail suffer from some sort of severe mental illness here in the minimum security section of the jail most inmates suffer from some kind of mental health issue most of the crimes they're accused of are nonviolent drug related almost all of these inmates are on psychiatric medication a lot of antidepressants and anxiety and antipsychotic as well one thing out here they take part in group counseling sessions for an hour therapy but resources are wearing thin and experts say many of these men diagnosed with mental health disorders simply don't belong behind bars they're under stress a court case and then again their house they began to kill is separated from
friends and family in some here for the very first time which means it's really difficult to just this dorm holds three hundred eighty four beds you know one of the jail rooms like this became flooded with psychiatric patients after chicago made deep cuts to mental health care services we've had three state hospitals state mental hospitals in the state of illinois that have closed over the last two years six of the twelve the mental health clinics here in chicago specifically have closed down a couple large private clinics haven't closed down as well because they can't get funding anymore it's an absolute disaster without a place to turn for support many of the inmates that shuffle through cook county jail and up homeless they will. be effectively warehoused they will do they will sit in a cell and there's nothing magical about a prison cell the problems you bring to prison won't magically go away just because you're incarcerated that's why so many inmates return back to jail many detainees
here in the maximum security division are repeat offenders outside the walls of jail they fail to get the medication they need and turn to drugs and crime that's the challenge for illinois in several scenarios states to how enough services for people to go back for the underprivileged getting help for mental health outside of prison faces financial and political challenges when it comes to budget cutting time the first thing to go we find is always mental health services because nobody cares about these people they don't have a voice as long as psychiatric services remain scarce it's almost certain the halls of cook county jail and others across the country will continue to overflow in chicago lives of all our team. take a look around your house and you'll see a number of household items and products that you're used to seeing every day with no concern well turns out that many of those household items that you regularly use
or consume can have a profound effect on your body and in particular your hormones or kareena stand quest has more. what do paper receipts your shampoo and bacon and eggs have in common well they're just some of the everyday items that may be wreaking havoc with your body's hormones how because they can often contain hormone disruptors or end the current disrupting chemicals e.t.c is imitate your body's natural hormones sometimes to disastrous effect the hormone job is to interact with cells in your body sending signals that tell them to perform certain tasks he sees can mimic those natural hormones like estrogen for example and trick your body into increasing or decreasing hormone levels they can also just buying to receptor is in cells and blocks natural hormones from doing their jobs and they can build up in your organs and interfere with metabolic processes now you've probably already heard of b.p.a. bisphenol a found in lots of hard plastic products like water bottles and in the
bodies of over ninety percent of americans b.p.a. mimics estrogen and humans and there seems to be a positive correlation to use obesity diabetes and heart disease but there are plenty of other hormone disruptors often in products you use every day let's look at three though it's banned in the e.u. completely actually seen is the most widely used herbicide in the u.s. and one of the most common drinking water pollutants and get this it can turn male frauds into female frogs of course people aren't frogs but recent studies suggest that after a gene could be associated with birth defects low birth weight and premature births now after things all over the place but you can buy organic and get an actress the uncertified water filter for your tap water especially if you're pregnant. makeup maven to be aware that weights are all over your beauty products so you may never know which ones since they don't have to legally be labeled they've been linked to an increased incidence of breast cancer in humans and the like b.p.a.
there's some evidence that they contribute to childhood obesity if you think that stinks by fragrance free dilates don't have to be labels but products that use artificial. says or par food are likely culprits and as they've done with b.p.a. some manufacturers are already starting to label their products as that lead free and last but not least save the little swimmers by avoiding the members of this family of nasty substances dioxins a whole alphabet soup of chemical by products created by industrial combustion and incineration exposure to dioxins in the womb or during development has been shown to lead to low sperm count and quality bonus they're also carcinogenic docklands are pretty hard to avoid but they get concentrated in meat fish eggs and dairy products so take a tip from your view you can friends and cut out the animal products future generations of sperm will thank you in washington d.c. green a centrist party. and finally a defense contractor lockheed martin has unveiled the successor to its s r seventy
one blackbird spy plane which could fly at speeds three times the speed of sound i introduce you now to the sars seventy two the soon to be developed hypersonic spy plane that can fly it six times the speed of sound the concept of the plane has been in development for seven years as engineers worked on developing a plane capable of such high speeds at altitude but they can still take off and land from a conventional runway lockheed martin claims they have achieved that objective the plane will be used for qantas and says well as long range strikes and it's touted as a jet that there fly so fast that adversaries won't have time to take cover from it so with many people around the world fed up with n.s.a. spying activities what's the one new thing the united states needs most how about a new spy plane all right that does appear now for the stories we covered go to youtube dot com forward slash arts in america check out our website r t dot com forward slash usa you can follow me on twitter at sam sax stay tuned boom bust is
next. the drones are special in that they can hover over head for days and weeks at a time and terrorize entire villages so it's not just who is killed and maimed it's also a collective punishment this is really kind of quote unquote convenient isn't it it's war on the cheap you can kill anybody you want in the world and get away with it now you're exactly right and you know we demand others live up to a standard of accountability that we don't hold up to ourselves and you know president obama says we're a light into the world but for the last ten years we've been a warning light not
a guiding light. press and media freedom worth nothing. when it comes to the interests of multinationals we have a media that is corrupted by power mostly by corporate power you have corporate ownership from the top corporate advertising coming in from the side we have a media that is where advertising and money and corporate influence is really the mother's milk a documentary filmmaker is being sued. for the truth is being told a private investigator. something. happens people buy and sell those kind of services pool of the world. hundreds of million dollar industry needs to protect its reputation a few million being spent on a campaign to do just that just for me goods money well spent. so
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