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>> coming up, shocking revelations about the nsa. the agency is accused of reading e-mails from the former president of mexico. looking at millions of french phone records. more details ahead. and some adopted children from overseas are hot adopted in hopes of getting that are lives. a look at the underground adoption network coming up. and professor petraeus.
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joining another college. not everyone is happy he is joining the staff. that story at the end of the show. it is monday, october 21. you are watching rt. we begin with new documents linked by edward snowden. we are now learning that they national security agency has extended its arm into france and mexico. they are under intense scrutiny who say the agency overstepped its authority. we have more. >> in the world of the nsa, they spy agency is very much interested.
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broke into the mexican presidential network to gain access to the public e-mail account. that gave insight into the -- we also know in 2012 mexico spied on the current president. they intercepted more than 85,000 text messages, many of which were sent by the president himself. the mexican government is a key economic ally and has responded saying such actions violate international law. also angered over the weekend, the government of france, also a close ally, and who is one of the few countries standing in support of the u.s. military strikes in syria. a link showed -- a leak showed
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that the nsa scooped up 70 million communications, including phone calls and text messages targeting citizens as well as prominent political figures in the country. the french embassy has summoned the u.s. ambassador to explain the actions. the white house finds itself trying to put out fires around the planet. their argument that only terrorists are targeted is collapsing under new information that shows average citizens, business leaders, and politicians are frequent targets as well. when brazil learned they had surveilled its political leaders and -- use her speech to rip into the agencies global spying act of 80s.
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>> meddling in such a manner and the lives is a breach and an affront to mint. especially among friendly nations. nsa spying activities have been exposed in places like germany, india, china, and hong kong. other south american nations and the united nations and there really is no limit to the nsa's global surveillance operations. these contradict the nsa's own mission statement which reads the national security agency leads the u.s. government in cryptology and encompasses both symbols and information assurance products and services.
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now, as many of our allies find themselves targets of the nsa, should the white house reconsider the role? the mission is to get united states and its allies the security advantage now seems to have worked -- morphed into the mission to get united states the security advantage against its allies. in washington, rt. >> now, joining me to discuss implications of this is a political analyst and editor. thank you for joining me. last month it was also revealed that the u.s. accessed text messages. we received this official statements.
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this practice is unacceptable and runs contrary. >> mexico is an streaming -- extremely sensitive to any intervention. it is shocking. maybe one of the closest ones in the last decades and is showing the lack of trust that the u.s. has.
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it was unnecessary to perform this kind of espionage. it is actually trying to reform the policy of security issues, especially immigration. very sensitive issues for both mexico and the u.s. actually, the u.s. needs to explain it formally ended diplomatically to mexico about what is going on, why the system has been implemented in the last year. >> what is interesting is that when he was president and u.s. security agencies had an unprecedented amount of access to mexican intel as part of the war on drugs, why do you think the nsa felt the need to monitor
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his e-mail? >> security is not the only reason the nsa is performing this kind of act. what we have seen with the information being revealed by the media and because of the snowden documents is that the u.s. was trying to spy in several aspects. not only security but for economic resource, trying to find out more. a secretary of state. etc. what we can see is we are not talking about a threat. we're not talking about the security issue. we're talking about economics and advantage. it trying to find out even more.
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in this case, it is not only mexico. in the brazilian case, it is extremely uncomfortable for the brazilian government because actually the president was planning to come to the u.s., the first one to pay back the visit obama paid a couple of years ago. that is a crisis. >> i wanted to jump in because i wanted to ask you specifically about that. we know the nsa -- how do you really compare the mexican response to the brazilian response? do you think that brazilian government has been much more angry over this? >> yes. it is actually different. i think his position is because
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we are talking about a neighbor country. we have a very important issue with immigration. we have to remember that a pick percentage of undocumented immigrants living in the u.s. are from mexico. brazil has its own agenda and policies. it is trying to fight because they are an unequal partner with the u.s. in fact, brazil has been stronger on its answer to these accusations. there are -- they are not willing to provide any political space to the u.s. to continue
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with this spying. >> i wanted to ask you a question. what kind of effect do you think this is going to have going or word? do you think this is powerful enough to turn allies into enemies? >> no. i think the common agenda and common sense is strong. the u.s. needs brazil big-time. it is a factor of moderation between the u.s. and the rest of the countries of latin america. i think what we have now is a situation where the government of united states has to be very active in trying to apologize, trying to ensure, or deliver any kind of warranty that this is not going to happen again.
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brazil is thinking about building its own infrastructure based on internet in their own soil so they do not have to pass through the united states when an e-mail is sent through brazil to europe, for example. they are trying to make sure that is not going to happen, but the u.s. has the technology to penetrate any server in the world. once we need is a political commitment especially from president obama that this will not happen again. otherwise the relationship was such an important country as brazil will be affected for a long time. >> we will have to wait and see what happens. political analyst and editor. thank you for joining me. >> my pleasure. >> a government shutdown has dropped goals of american trust in government to new lows. look at this poll conducted on
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the eve of reopening the government. four in five americans distrust the government while less than one in five say they trust the government come up with united states is not the only one facing a population that assist -- that is discontent with the people running the show. >> selling access to the prime minister and of course, mp's busing their expense accounts. all of these scandals and more have come together to undermine the politicians and the amount of trust they are able to command with the public. a poll done earlier this year said that politicians tell the truth less than bankers or real estate agents. dr. nicholas allen, co-author on a new book says this creeping loss of trust goes right to the heart. >> there is a perception, i think, that politicians have
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become less honest, less ethical, perhaps, in the way they conduct politics. if people perceive their politicians to be immoral and dishonest, the politicians will lose a certain amount of moral authority. governments need moral authority if they are going to lead the public down to policy pats. >> the times we live in demand those difficult paths. everything to do with austerity. they all require real moral authority, something politicians arguably just do not have as i found out outside of their offices over there. >> politicians are liars, cheats, and everything else. otherwise they would not be here. >> i think it is a group of people away from their environment.
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>> it depends on how well they come across. >> the government is trying to do something about it, focusing on greater transparency with money and how politicians spend and misspend cash. the findings show up those efforts are following on stony around and rather touchingly, all people in the u.k. really want is to know that when a politician says he or she will do something, they will do it. that could be the hardest thing of all. >> the former cia director will be joining the school of government. currently, he is a visiting professor. you remain -- you may remember that last month many students gathered in protest. if there were about 75 people at
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the demonstration which was organized by the ad hoc immunity against the militarization. so far, there have not been any similar reactions. in his new position, he will be a non-resident senior ll. there he will participate in a project, taking a look at the technological, scientific, and economic dynamics. the project will also take a look at how policy may be spurring that competition. this signifies a further break from the former career. petraeus was most known for his role as a commander of the u.s. and international forces of the dennis dan. before that, he was stationed in iraq. however, he is also known for leaving his cia position in scandal. in 2012 he admitted to an extramarital affair with his
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biographer. now to the revelations that are coming out. adoption -- a look at adoption as an underground market. the reports of children being adopted overseas is a practice now being called private homing. we met with a child who was re- homed. >> he was five years old when he and his brother were adopted from an orphanage in a small town near moscow. it would be a rocky road living with his adoptive american parents. >> i didn't really feel like i was their kid. >> when he was a young teenager, after years of strained relations after his parents had i a logical children of their own, they decided it was time to find him a new home. that is when they turned to the internet. >> it's for people who want to
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get disruptive adoptions. >> eventually, it to lead the search to exxon which helped moderate homes for new children. that is how they found nicole. dimitri found out this was far from the truth. >> it was just this little tiny shack, basically. i looked at my dad and i was like, no. you cannot be serious. >> it was clear that his new home was no homeschool. >> there wasn't even a desk. >> she did not make you go to school. >> she gave me the option. they were not allowed to have any more kids, that is why they had an underground thing. >> it did not last long. one month after being dropped off, he was shocked to learn more information about who they
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really were. >> nickel had been married to a man who was a pedophile and she cannot get a home study due to their finances. we got into the car and drove to get to them. >> it is becoming more common for hopeful parents to turn to the internet to find children. websites like parentprofile.com here, earth parents can sift through 100 profiles of parents hoping to adopt. >> many looking to adopt take matters into their own hands. he turned to social media and create their own websites. many turn to sites like craigslist. >> parents can find advice, expecting mothers announce they are looking for parents and couples announce they are looking to adopt. these days, private adoptions are far more common. traditional adoption agencies are becoming a thing of the past.
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70% of newborn adoptions in the region are private, independent adoptions. it is unclear how many of them were facilitated on the internet where it is harder to regulate the transactions between families. >> you have to do things legally. if this is not an easy way to adopt. >> after the traumatizing ordeal, they moved to this home outside of atlanta. he feels safe with his new guardians. today he has words of caution for families turning to the internet to adopt. >> you never know who is going to be out there looking for kids. there are sick people out there. >> to talk more about the adoption issue, i was joined by the executive director of the adoption institute. i started by asking him the process for which adoptees are
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tracked in the united states. >> they are not typically tracked once they comes to the united states. once you adopt a child, they are your child just as surely as you give birth. that said, there are monitoring systems at -- that some countries impose. the children almost always come to an adoption agency and there are checkups on that sort of thing. this phenomenon as unnerving as it is is a rare occurrence and is not part of the system per se . it is very decidedly something that is distuing and happening outside of the system. his report has revealed that inteational adoptees e espeally vulnerable. it seems that more of them given up versus domestic adoptees. why is that the case? >> ts is a little complicated. i will try to boil it down. most adoptions in america are from foster care which means
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there is a system in place to get services, to get help. there is a place for the child to go. infantndabadoptions do not occur veryften, but generally those are children who were not abused or neglected. unlike international adoptees, they were t stitutionalized. increasingly, just in the last several years, these are more anore cldren who are older and have special needs. what you see in this phenomenon is the worst cases of the worst cases. these are people who did not get the education up front. help their children and they are at wits end. and this is not defending them. they are at wits end with what to do for their children and integrate them to their families. they do not know where to turn so they find drastic member --
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measures. >> legal adoptions are supposed to be handled through the courts. parents are supposed to be vetted. can you talk about how parents are able to get around this oversight? >> sure. it is not just in the adoption realm. you hear of people turning over custody of their child to their ads, their uncle, to a good friend while they go out of the country. there are legal mechanisms to turn over custody of your child. it is a simple power of attorney. unfortunately, it is easy and generally just a few paragraphs. you sign on the dotted line. the problem is that these kids have problem's. when you are turning over the child, even if it is for the best motives, even if it is, how do you know that the next parents will have the wherewithal to take care of those issues if you could not hear it -- if you could not.
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they are being -- how do you know they are being mediated? can talk about how problematic that has been? >> this is pretty new. these sorts of activities are not commonplace. they're pretty unusual. they are happening so we need to address it. what we do know is that the internet, per se, and i invite people to go look at their website. we have done the first big report study research on the internet cost impact on adoption. it is called untangling the web and it is there. we'll put out a second-year study in about o month. the bottom line is the internet has transformed adoption practice. it should lead all of us to look at how do we help them. this is the warning flag that tells us there is something to be done. >> dallas the executive
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director director of the adoption institute. a new york city man who was arrested this past summer is now suing the police department hat arrested him. there was a little bit of confusion because that crystal meth he was supposedly caring was in fact jolly ranchers. that is right. hard candies. the officer who arrested the 25 euros african-american confidently said that he had professional training in the identification of methamphetamine. he also noticed in the affidavit that he had done a field test and determined it was indeed narcotics. the red and blue rocks were then taken to a lab for a gas analysis and two days later, the earth shattering results were in. this was not a controlled substance but rather just candy. however, this was all after the young man was detained for over 24 hours.
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he says henderwent severe emotional trauma. it is unclear why he was stopped in the first place, however officers who stopped and searched him reportedly said it was only a matter of time before they down something leading private advocates were implying the controversial stop and frisk practice. while the recession has technically ended, people are still facing tough economic times. the cost of college mounts, how some people have resorted to a new market for crash -- for cash. selling parts of their bodies.
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>> if you listen to economic reports, you know it is tough times here in america. people are struggling financially across the nation. with the lousy job market and college costing a ton of money, prospects are slim. to find money to survive, more and more americans are resorting to creative ways to whore themselves out. by that, they are risk -- selling parts of their body. their hair, eggs, and even kidney. since 2011, when you type i want to sell my into google, hair, eggs, and kidneys have been among the top results. selling kidneys is illegal in the u.s. but the others are perfectly legal. at shady grove fertility center
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said about 13,000 women will apply this year to be a donors. women can receive up to $10,000 for their first egg donation and they can receive several thousand more for up to five additional donations. you can get a couple thousand for your hair and breastmilk goes for up to five dollars an ounce online. the fact that selling body parts are so on the rise seems to be no coincidence. market strategists say that the fact that people are even exploring that as an option indicates just how worried people are about their financial outlook. they also point to the internet as an enabler as a -- as an enabler. as one analyst noted, the recovery we are going through is unlike any other one we have seen in the past. it is slow grinding and very frustrating. we now live in a world where
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almost half of the wealth is in the hands of less than one percent of the people. the rest of the population is getting pretty desperate. as one woman who sold her hair puts it, selling these parts of yourself is basically profit for very little work. anything you can do, people are willing to do it. the truth is, any job you take is whoring yourself out to some degree, right? but selling parts of your body for money is one step closer to the oldest profession in the world. tonight, let's talk about that by following me on twitter. >> and that does it for now. for more on the stories we covered today, and go to youtube .com/rtamerica.
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