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it. was. britain's intelligence chiefs face a public grilling on their role in the u.s. led mass surveillance but it's not only the u.k. under scrutiny as three other allies team up with the spy network. cleanup workers at the fukushima nuclear plant gear up for the most dangerous operation since the twenty one disaster the removal of highly radioactive fuel rods and our t.v. crew travels to the exclusion zone. and the torch takes off the olympic icon and goes into orbit ahead of a unique space walk.
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this is already coming to you live from the russian capital with me marina joshing now on the heels of american intelligence bosses insisting they've done nothing wrong it's time to hear from britain u.k. spy chiefs are going public for the first time to testify on britain's collaboration on global spying more details from london correspondent sara firth. for the first time you're going to have the three heads of britain's spy agencies in the same room being questioned by m.p.'s now that's part of the session this is going to be broadcast satellite link is going to be live but there will be a short time delay just in case any things revealed that could be considered a threat to national security so who exactly do we have in place hot seat so we've got so elope and the director of g c h q and parker he's the director general of m i five and we've got john soyuz who is the m i six chief
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now they are going to face questions from the intelligence and security committee. as part of an inquiry into the oversight of u.k. intelligence agencies following concerns about the scale of mass surveillance that of course coming of the edward snowden revelations now what you're not going to hear because this is a public session is details of only going intelligence operations in that technique so it's unlikely for example that you'll hear any mention of project tempore that of course being the secret program to do with the gathering of web and phone data now this is going to be of course a widely scrutinized by people who are watching it's the first sign it's happened but this is really going to rest of what exactly is the. if you are
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expecting anything to merge or to see the intelligence chiefs in trouble don't build your hopes up at least that's according to investigative journalist tony ghosla well be sure your sins will find you out i think this is going to be quite interesting the only trouble is the the committee that's grilling than the intelligence and security committee is faulty in itself so malcolm rifkind who's the chairman is actually very much way to dealing with the military industrial complex himself is what working for one of the defense contractors so that's part of the problem here is we're likely to see quite a lot of. and actually not very good theater now according to the n.s.a. leaks british intelligence was able to monitor up to six hundred million communications every day so who was looking at them eight hundred fifty thousand and a say employees and private u.s. contractors had access to british databases and there is the question of whether the u.s. had access to the british spy amassed at its berlin embassy which was holding in
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iraq to germany's government well britain isn't the only one helping washington keep a close eye on the world as kind of chicken now explains. 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 g c h q 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 host highly sensitive intelligence collection 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
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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 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 has become popular and his country called 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. of five ways. in washington. are to.
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upper hand we report from guantanamo bay on how guards are kept compliant and prisoners. plus we hear from a former detainee who spent years of the facility describing to us. it was practically custom made. for that the olympic torch is on its way to space having now blasted off the baikonur cosmodrome in andrus was there as it set off. we have a nervous crew on board we have at macau today who's the only cosmonaut on board we have rick mastracchio from nasa and we have coochie we're cata who is from the japanese aerospace exploration program that will then say you can hear that the noise the engines have been ignited around ten seconds before the the bottom four metal frames will open and then we should have launch is going to get very noisy so that you enjoy the ride take a look. wow
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that is something our sworn at site you can really feel the the sound wave reach all the journalists here and what a frenzy of press we have here we have people from all over the world it's now blasting off to the atmosphere at a speed of around three thousand mph that's five thousand comes his power that's four or five michael four for four or five times the speed of sound for more information on the trajectory of the rockets the soyuz russian made spacecraft and indeed the journey of the olympic flame take a look at this package what comes up must come down and there's no true phrase when it comes to the russian winter olympic flame once the crew and symbol of the upcoming winter games meet on the international space station cosmonauts cough and
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said go to sun ski will take the modified torch on a space walk roughly four hundred kilometers above once fully docked with the current crew this will be only the second time in the i.s.a.'s history the three soyuz spacecraft and nine crew members have been aboard the lab complex at the same time millions will watch as the tool which makes history safety and physics mean they come like the torch in space the design has also been changed. so it can't fly away. with 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 historic moment it's a nervous time for everyone involved. we only need to prepare psychologically
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because you can't just before miss work mechanically or some routine job after all we are dealing with a symbol here if you will of i was always good to see countries working together for the better of everybody on the planet so in a small way i think it's great that we are in 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 kilometers of terrain covering all eighty three regions of russia once complete it will be the longest relay in the history of the winter olympics which will culminate in the opening ceremony of the games in sochi by the black sea feb seventh in the mean time the olympic torch meets the final frontier a moment that promises to be truly out of this world today andrews r.t. . i will follow the olympic torch a space odyssey as
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a doc's with the ice as later this hour here of course and will be bringing you the spacewalk itself live on saturday. a u.s. judge has ordered thousands of going town of abate documents to be declassified it's mainly correspondence between the white house and the red cross and it's hoped it will shed light on what prisoners have been forced to go through and our t.v. crew recently toured the facility and today we find out how they try to keep up morale at the world's most maligned prison. 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
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mcdonalds on cuban soil a subway sandwich shop a starbucks and a taco bell you got the best the best financial interest that you got pizza starbucks and. all of these other places that helped to set up a logistical support for the troops that are all over the there are about five and 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 server and 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
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far from whole life isn't put on hold and you can't date certain people wait and certainly have if it's away from your like rank system then you're allowed to you know there's the downtown an open air movie theater playing all the 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 tsunami and we go to be an end of year as our activities for people m.w. are stands for morale welfare and recreation. almost every sport known to man is available to team get 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 do a lot of the t.v.
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programs broadcasting here are army focused. and internet is almost nonexistent the beast dubbed new stream a stand by some soldiers even so we're told those serving here are banned from 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 to fun fact about guantanamo apparently the 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 were now in a typical cell for a compliant detainee at guantanamo they would be allowed to eat books have
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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 it was called out of sight so you can see the books detainees can't come 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 on a party guantanamo bay cuba now david had spent five years ago and was released like most other detainees only after admitting guilt he now wants his conviction overturned citing a similar cases as for his time at the facility he tells us he endured torture that was tailored to each detainees weaknesses. oneself and everyone else was
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tortured on our on a daily basis on minutes from typical physical beatings a whole range of sort of logical ploys there was medical experimentation that was the nearest scary to be subjected to we were forced to take care injections or pills what those were did not tell us or the reasons i would constantly change your refuse to take injections of the pills i had no patience and they sent in this white squad who would beat them to your bones are broken if they're in cells or cages at cement floors once the tiny was beaten remove it or use hoses and scrubbing brushes to remove the blood from the cement floor. i washington says it's hoping for a breakthrough first step in nuclear negotiations with iran and now as they are say they know exactly where to start. they have to start and lifting the genocide that
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sanctions those sanctions are killing ordinary diabetics cancer patients. the call for the west to make humanitarian concessions if they want anything concrete to come out of the talks which are about to begin in geneva or and out ahead in the program. 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 had and that's the real issue and they're going to have to earn that back the hard way.
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but if you're going through a moment like these new policies i think you. pleasure to have you with us here on t.v. today i'm sure. welcome back you're watching r.t. japan is bracing itself for the most dangerous operation of the fukushima nuclear plant. and since it was crippled by a quake and tsunami in march two thousand and eleven the company running the facility plans to move radioactive fuel rods to safe storage for more on the risks
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and benefits of the fukushima operation i'm now joined by christina can sell his founder and host of new radio procedure thanks so much for joining us here on r t so do please explain to us why is this operation so dangerous i mean fuel rod removal happens you know in the world almost on a daily basis so why is there so much fear over the ones in fukushima now well sure it happens worldwide on a daily basis but never in a pool that's been damaged anywhere nearly as severely as this one and the more i studied this problem in fact i've been up all night reading i haven't even gone to sleep yet. the more that i look into this i don't know how japan thinks to pull this off i don't think that it's possible to remove those why it was murder just what is the worst case scenario here well the worst case scenarios that there's a nuclear chain reaction
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a critic ality in the pool during this procedure and it can't be stopped. and you said that you have little optimism for this operation why is that is japan technical and able to do that is there not enough expertise and you know why our thorough seem to be optimistic about this operation and going ahead with it then. well tepco has been optimistic in some of their press releases that they can do this they've developed a tool that's similar to a vacuum to pull the rods out that have damaged handles from quitman that's fallen into the pool and debris that's fallen into the pool but if you look at the pictures that have been released go and the amount of damage that the rocks in the pool have sustained there's no way that they're going to be able
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to pull those assemblies out. and do it without bumping into other things and that's where the danger is and we don't we know that the integrity of not only the fuel rods but the rocks and the pool itself and the building is all being compromised by the earthquake and explosions and fires that have already happened there we don't even know how much of that fuel is it hasn't already melted down in fact in the n.r.c. freedom of information act releases they indicated that one hundred percent of the fuel in that pool may have melted down already in the pool the pool had gone dry because i'll bet it is and this operation is so dangerous and we don't have like one hundred percent certainty it will go to plan or be successful is there any alternative to removing those fuel rods what else can be done in other words. i think the only thing that could be done is if the the structure was not already so
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compromised they could possibly just leave the pool for decades to let the fuel cool off where it's safer to approach and there's less likelihood of a critic calla be happening during this procedure but they can't because you know any time even a mild earthquake could cause that whole building to collapse they want to get the rods out of there but it's just not going to be possible you know looking at the pictures that i've seen for them to pull this off they would have to treat the pool right where it is and in case the entire thing in concrete walls fill it with sand multan lead boron and concrete and do that then at reactors three two and one as well because once you clean out the pool it forward you still have all these other pools that have to be dealt with too and that is really i mean it's a very very complex plant and there is a lot to be done but you know why is it that the authorities and tepco officials
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had to wait up until now why couldn't this be done earlier or something for that matter couldn't be done earlier to prevent the situation malony well they're in over their heads i think that they've clearly demonstrated that and although some countries have. had offered to send the materials absorbent materials for about a bore on moderator to use the u.s. had offered help japan and turned them down and i think that they didn't want anyone to come in and see actually the state that that site is and so do you think they were playing down the fallout from the fukushima. absolutely i think they've been trying to get under control but it's just too much for them to handle and then the other problem is we have three molten cores that we don't even know where they are in it it's really surprising that there isn't a single expert that has called for ground penetrating radar in order to identify
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where the squirrels are so that that problem can also be addressed or those christina can tell a founder and how still new to radio think it's a much for talking to us here in r.t. and sharing your thoughts and concerns with us here thank you marina. now and new round of diplomatic wrangling is set to begin in geneva over iran's nuclear program the united states wants iran to hold radio enrichment for six months in exchange for a partial lift of the crippling sanctions against it and that will buy time for the two countries along with the other negotiating powers which are russia china france and germany to strike a long term deal how to maadi is a journalist based in tehran and he says the talks are hanging in the balance no one can can expect a major breakthrough as long as the israeli lobby is putting pressure on the the western side if did what's the inside one respects the radian right
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to enrich uranium if they are ready to respect that right i can guarantee from my sources close to the negotiating team that the talks with death of a sexy. otherwise if they're not going to respect your right to enrich uranium it's not going to get anywhere iran says we're going to be more cooperative we're going to be more transparent. at the same time you don't want the other side to be more serious that is they have to start lifting the genocidal sanctions those sanctions are killing ordinary iranians diabetic's cancer patients he will feel they're not harming the government they're harming ordinary people. alex take a look at what else is happening elsewhere in the world's police and turkey have clashed with students angry at the organization responsible for university education they claim the border is a remnant of the dictatorial coup of nine hundred eighty and should have told responsibility for higher education they previously occupied the dean's office at
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anchoring university and said documents and fire eleven activists were arrested. riot police have stormed the state media building in athens turfing out protesters who have occupied it for five months scuffles then erupted between the authorities and activists greek state t.v. was shut down in june as part of deep budget cuts the general secretary of one major greek union says the penny pinching has to stop. we want to send a message to the government and to the troika that it is enough with this kind of austerity policy this for policy for. already for three years they promise that it will be a development in the country if we should be a growth but you said of these we see over to you growing up we see unemployment people and we see we don't see any results in the numbers in the us and the statistics in the figures are for public debt and the public to see. and i was sure
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test results show that former palestinian leader yasser arafat's could have been killed by poisoning the swiss forensics team that examined his body says it found levels of the radioactive substance polonium that were eighteen times higher than normal. yasser arafat's body was exuma a year ago after his widow asked for a post-mortem to be carried out. coming out here in r.t.f. to a short break in the second part of our tease guided tour of the world's most notorious detention facility one time. illegal immigration is a hot topic and everyone always says that immigrants do the work that no one wants to do well let me explain why that is i would occur just on vacation got into
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a taxi term 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 and he was able to buy a house employers and russian 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 one 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 a house would you do it i think you would let's not buy into this myth that locals and country x. don't want to work they just don't want to work in complete futility for table scraps but the shust my opinion.
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sigrid laboratory kirby was able to build the most sophisticated robot which on fortunately doesn't give a darn about anything tunes mission to teach creation why it should care about humans in this this is why you should watch only on the dog. in a blow to the u.s. government. today that the prison is it going to move to legally challenge us schools. but we want to get an immediate cessation of conditions that are cruel inhuman or degrading or they constitute torture. human rights. among most grueling is now demanding the release of the names so that they can move. the government far refused to release the names why don't we know how many we have you sure. know. not today well it seems
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like a perfectly reasonable request that gee why don't you just give us all the names it may not be. that is what i asked. i never heard of her knew of her until. you have a pal or store and a moral part or see. that's what i. would like. the efforts of my government my colleagues there are. going along with. placing these obstacles in the way. of these attorneys who are trying to get that information.


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