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but it can be a lot of show where you get the real headlines with none of the mercy or can live in washington d.c. now fears from japan after the threat of radiation spreads here to the u.s. and as the world waits to find out what the devastation will be i don't know how the globalization made assault more vulnerable to the fallout of disasters and it seems that the u.s. has had a change of heart when it comes to libya originally lawmakers didn't seem to want to intervene in the country at least not some but today the u.n. security council is set to vote on a no fly zone and if the u.s.
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gets their way maybe even airstrikes so we'll look into america's one eighty on the situation and police brutality on the rise after yet another botched raid this time in d.c. we want to know when is enough enough should we continue these raids of the police just can't get their facts straight and efforts for wall street reform have well they've hit a wall five new piece of legislation of come forward from the g.o.p. dismantling key elements of the dot frank bill so i'll tell you what's on the chopping block and we'll find out who the g.o.p. is really sticking up for and we'll tell you about the latest project from the government but this one is designed for social media we'll have details on the online persona management service and how social media can help spread pro-american propaganda and catch jihad it's all discuss all that and more on tonight's show but first onto our top story. after surviving a nine point zero magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami and now living amongst threats of radiation the people of japan are in crisis now so how are people
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surviving while they're surrounded by that official parties ivor bank gives us all the details on his experiences from the ground the sheer force of the tsunami was hard to comprehend until i saw this vehicles on houses it impossible angles it was as if the ground surface had been ripped off. this woman told us they've never experienced such a powerful earthquake before and she feared for her life we weren't allowed out of the car at the coast but police were on high alert and suddenly there was panic. and warnings of a five metre high wall of water heading our way go go go this man shouted at us we sped inland as fast as possible chased by others the last wave took just nine minutes after the earthquake to reach eight kilometers inland we didn't have long this was a false alarm but those already on their knees are bracing themselves for more of
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the relief center in sendai the newly homeless are given blankets and a cardboard sheet all nineteen floors of this building a full with everyone from infants for the elderly. the night i spent here was bitterly cold and virtually sleepless some could be here for weeks everyone had a story to tell about their moment of terror. we hear. first an earthquake then the tsunami and now radiation road blocks around from appeared as early as saturday since then he has been steadily building just like the keys it took an hour to get past this jan of cars all wanting to fill up the air in fuel shortages it may not be visible his theory or the anxieties from it essential stockpiling as the threat escalates more and more leaving i was traveling
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with his crew from new zealand when we heard their uniform explosion the plant quickly changed to an exit strategy at new garter i met this young family from sendai and baby boy i was just five days old when the earthquake struck. the only thing i thought of when it happened was i have to save my baby how do you feel about the radiation i scared. that's why i've left sendai i'm scared for my baby and i don't want him to get ill it can have a very negative impact on him on a train to tokyo it was more of the same the stories does change his flight out to the earliest of able to get his nose this. when it comes to radiation but the people i've met here aren't sure the government's telling the full story and most aren't willing to wait around to find out either bennett artsy tokyo. fears of radiation spreading
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outside of japan are already beginning to circle our ports say the radiation plumas three to california by tomorrow the f.d.a. has announced that it will be monitoring food imported from japan to radiation and now people are wondering if the world's food supply could be at risk financial markets are also echoing those fears so as the world watches and waits we have to wonder if some of the disruptions on a global scale could have been avoided if we've created an industrial chain that puts us all at risk no matter where an earthquake or tsunami may strike here this guy says with us is barry lynn director of new america's markets enterprise and resiliency initiative and also author of the book end of the line the rise and coming fall of the global corporation barry thanks so much for joining us tonight now let's look at what's going on in japan of course how is this going to end up affecting the world financially course this entire situation is still developing but the markets have been up and down like a rollercoaster now we hear that perhaps the world food supplies may be
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contaminated how can we see this playing out well this point is it's way too early to really figure out how bad it's going to be and that's because we still don't know two things we don't know whether there's going to be a belt which will make the situation much worse and we also don't know how bad the disruptions are with an industrial system that's going to take weeks if not months to really figure out disrupted these systems work but what are we seeing already come into play at the moment right as certain companies tell their employees to leave the country to leave japan but what we're seeing right now is that you know if if you didn't have the nuclear crisis these countries would be rushing experts from outside the country into to pay them to help fix the systems the machinery that was knocked over that was knocked out and what they're doing is the exact opposite right so what we're seeing is that a situation that we should be making better is at least for the time being is going to be no no matter what's going to be getting worse but is this something that you can see is unique to the situation in japan. this earthquake and the tsunami and
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the nuclear fallout or any time now around the world and we have this kind of disaster strikes especially and i'm our developed country right it's actually one of the top economies in the world does it send this chain reaction globally yes i mean the this is a we live in a world that is radically different than it was twenty years ago twenty years ago every country pretty much had its own industrial system when there was very little integration among nations but what we now have is a system that's basically shared by all of the nations together and there's certain beauty to that but there's also a major problem which is that whenever there's a major impact a shock one place in the in the world it could be in taiwan could be in korea could be in india and china that shock then is transmitted every place on was instantaneously and is that an accident because of the way that globalization and this industrial system was supposed to work wasn't supposed to give us more flexibility rather than make us more vulnerable well that's the thing is like people really expected when we started this process of globalization that we didn't
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bring more players and so this is time we have more flexibility and the exact opposite happened because we made a couple of mistakes one is that we stopped as nations we start thinking about our dependencies overseas and that was very different than we had been before we earlier days all nations had said well we're going to have at least two or three suppliers for whatever important things that we need and also in many of our country we start enforcing our anti-monopoly laws so before that we would have four five or six local sources of some products now in many countries really have one so the put these two together and we went from a system that where you would have had many many options to a system where often you only have one source of supply and you think that we see that she was specially when it comes to the energy industry it's a nuclear energy or call or natural gas but you know the funny thing about energy is that energy is a much more resilient system you. oriel even though we really view all as
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a major strategic issue we sort of soon tire fleets and the various parts of the world to ensure that we we have this flow of oil the fact is that you can cut off any major source of oil in the world system would remain largely untouched with the industrial system by contrast we allowed for much readers specialization we have much higher risk within the industrial system so how do we go about fixing that you know is it too late are we too far into this game too deep but you know it's not easy to fix i mean the simple idea would be to figure out what we want what we want is a resilient system we want a system that if there's an earthquake someplace or there's a revolution in china tomorrow we want to make sure that that revolution doesn't take place in the middle of our industrial system on which we depend so it's the goal is to make sure that we're there it's a particular chip whether it's
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a particular chemical that we always had three four or five different places we're resourcing the chip or the chemical none of them have to be here in the united states none of them have to be in any one particular country you need to spread it except of course the problem is that even if you have it more than one country it's probably just going to be one company controls and there i want to thank you very much for joining us and of course we'll continue to monitor the situation in japan but we are now seeing some parts of the system thank you thanks for having me. but it's clear by now that the disaster to focus on nuclear plant is going to have devastating effects the workers of the power plant are racing to fix this crisis as it unfolds many are asking where the agency responsible for keeping track of these plants is an agency has called the international atomic energy agency the i.a.e.a. and as artie's it in the reports it's wrong this whole mess seems to be pretty minor so far. i missed reports that radiation levels in the japanese capital could
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be up to eleven times the norm people scramble to get away from the invisible killer here in tokyo series do seem to be less visible usual at the epicenter of the plans nuclear disaster fifty people remain struggling to keep the reactors are the control but wait where is the international atomic energy agency the exponents of the peaceful use of nuclear power there here in japan arriving four days after the first explosion at the nuclear plant the i.a.e.a. as well as a promoter of nuclear power whose job is not to necessarily be able to come to the rescue of failed attempts at maintaining quality design and and protecting the public from natural disasters such as revealing with here although they'll sell that message when the twin approved when the proof is in the pudding you can clearly see that the i.a.e.a. has absolutely no ability to deal with this problem any more than the japanese government the very people who should be keeping tabs on the situation seemed to have bear little direct involvement in it in fact until now and the only source of
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information was the japanese government for years the organization has been busy with their mission statement to maintain nuclear energy for peaceful means in two thousand and five and made increase inspections a reigning facilities the organization and its then chairman mohamed el baradei i was awarded a nobel peace prize but by the looks of it concerns over a possible un sanctioned uses of nuclear energy by countries like iran seem to have overshadowed the clear and present dangers of already existing nuclear power plants in countries like japan and now if they remain workers who have to battle fire smoke and radiation at what remains of the fukushima power plant there's only fifty people allowed in the plants of their work in fifteen minutes shifts which is which is very little and they have to work very many things going. hence because remote control installations have gone down the drain operator room is is not usable
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because of radiation levels they're working under extremely difficult circumstances to try to prevent the worst from the worst with all six reactors showing signs of an ability only fifty people remain faithful faced with a problem putting their lives at risk rather high in my view our days seem to prefer to watch on from a safe distance in a girls' school artsy tokyo. still ahead tonight is the u.s. moving closer towards airstrikes in libya coming up or of course in the u.n. on a possible vote on the use of military force in the region and cases of excessive force by police departments around the u.s. appear to be on the rise why does the media always ignore this tragedy. let's not forget that we have an apartheid regime right here.
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has spoken out against leaders of egypt and of libya but what about obama hasn't said much of anything when it comes to the protests in bahrain at least not publicly even though there is clear evidence of forces shooting protesters there so why the double standard r.t.s. or list or has more on why that might be. god is great. the final words of this purported peaceful protesters in bahrain. before he appears to be shot allegedly by behind the security forces since martial law was declared this week the bahraini government has crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. clearing them out of pearl square where they've been demonstrating. and viral videos the details can't be confirmed have been surfacing on the internet appearing to show police shooting protesters. point blank it's reminiscent of another
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uprising against an autocrat but i want to address the situation in libya when images and reports of violence against protesters they could doppies hands in libya reached the u.s. we saw the president take a stand. for margaret i think has lost legitimacy to lead. early on president obama called for plans for a no fly zone over libya now here at the united nations the security council has since taken the lead on that but meanwhile the united states has already said warships along with humanitarian aid in libya's direction it's tough economic sanctions on the country essentially freezing it out of the u.s. banking system and reports suggest the u.s. has also played a more cofer role in the north african conflict an opposition that the cia. for here is right now. according to people in direct contact with activists on the ground in bahrain they too are begging for help from
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the u.s. . the u.s. has a military base in the island country the navy's powerful fifth fleet and six thousand troops are stationed. there and in response to the brutal crackdown the u.s. president has wielded his authority to pick up the phone and call the king of bahrain the president expressed his deep concern over the violence in bahrain and stressed the need for maximum restraint words the forces on the ground now backed by one thousand saudi arabian troops and you don't appear to be listening to critics say that talk doesn't amount to any help for the bahraini people it amounts to this absolutely there's a double standard in the way the u.s. deals with friend versus foe and like libya grain is a strong u.s. ally in the oil rich persian gulf it's all about oil it's all also all about geo
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political military strategy the u.s. has a lot of military assets in the persian gulf right now and we want to make sure they stay there u.s. interests coming at the cost of people's lives and at the cost of the values of human rights and democracy the u.s. claims to care so much about and some of the blood is worthless and blood is more important it's just a critical stand. against everything we believe in in this country that you're looking at american the world that actually helicopter gunships you know which are on our own protesters in the capital and that is where the united states stands on the issue tacitly behind auto pratt's. or against then depending on the threat to u.s. interests not to lives lauren mr r.t. new york. after weeks of debate and pushback and caution today the u.n.
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security council is finally set to vote on a resolution for a no fly zone but apparently it's not just a no fly zone anymore last night u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice said that a no fly zone would have only a limited use the u.s. was working very hard to pass a new resolution which would authorize the use of airstrikes so one sudden change of heart by the u.s. to fill us in on what's been going on behind the scenes i'm joined live by our chief correspondent now and mr laurent thanks so much for joining us now i know that we're still waiting for this vote to happen basically as we're speaking right now but are there any details that emerged about this resolution what it would mean you know i've heard them say essentially that would stop just short of boots on the ground. well and it's still unclear whether or not a vote will even take place tonight francis who's been saying that that's expected at six but as we know russia is not on board with the no fly zone there are still many things to be laid out and we don't know exactly what's in this resolution they
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have not given a draft outer leech one that the press is seeing to my knowledge so essential what we know though is what some diplomats and some officials are saying you mentioned susan rice and we've heard clinton come out saying that the u.s. is now pushing for something beyond a no fly zone they want additional measures additional sanctions that would protect civilians on the ground and on the seas so this would require additional forces or additional measures that would in force that but they we have heard that phrase of course that you mentioned that this stop short of boots on the ground but that other things will be considered but we don't know what exactly what is in that resolution we do know that the u.s. is pushing for more than an initially it seemed that it would be this goes they are pushing for beyond a no fly zone along with other western allies now how do we think this came about because it first the u.s. or at least barack obama and hillary clinton were you know being very cautious here they weren't saying that they wanted a no fly zone they weren't along with that suddenly we need even more than
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a no fly zone it's not enough how do those changes within a matter of you know twenty four hours. that's the million dollar question and it is a great one i mean over the weekend we saw the arab league come out and say that they wanted a no fly zone so that was believed to be a pivotal role and we heard secretary of state clinton talking about that in interviews even yesterday but that was over the weekend and now all of a sudden we see the u.s. pushing for more than a no fly zone so some believe some critics say that obama there he's had criticism over not doing enough there is he been criticism that he's not been very certain or decisive and that this is kind of the u.s. is attempt to a million or a fad and to be more decisive and to play more of a role and take more of the lead some believe that the u.s. is essentially crumbling to pressure from countries such as france and britain that are really pushing aggressively for a no fly zone especially france and their actions that they want taken against libya so it could be any number of things but it's really not clear what has
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changed in the last twenty four hours that it has really made this go from no fly zone that the u.s. supported but wanted the u.n. to take the lead on to now pushing or supporting much more than a no fly zone additional measures additional sanctions that would stop short of boots on the ground now lauren very quickly we just saw your report you know supposing the situation and the rhetoric that we've heard with bahrain and libya has the u.n. said anything any whispers on bahrain there. well there have been statements released on bahrain there have been statements from concerned about saudi arabian forces now in the country also statements from the human rights person at the u.n. who has said that they're very concerned about breaking international law concerned about reports of killings concerned about reports that hospitals have been taken over and about the possible human rights violations but beyond words we haven't heard much we're going to learn thanks so much for filling us in. this month an
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eighty six year old man who lives here in d.c. heard banging on his apartment door before he could unlock it a group of police officers knock that door down and eighty six year old robert smith with it they didn't realize they had the wrong apartment they call the ambulance first minute and apparently they never even apologized for this mistake and rape is never example of police brutality in america of excessive force where it's not needed but why do we see the media talking about it as a systemic problem rather than just a one off incident why did they even mention the international day against police brutality which we spoke about on the show days ago and why don't more cops on our colleagues happened around here to discuss that with us is radley balko senior editor at reason magazine and reason rally thanks so much for joining us here as i mentioned you know just days ago we were talking about this issue because it is a grand systemic problem that we see not only in america there's an international day against police brutality but i feel like every time the media will bring you in
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usually it's the local news right they'll bring you the story about this eighty six year old man they act like it's just a one off incident why don't they put it together well you know you know we have a police reporter in one particular town or an event like this happens and for that reporter maybe it is a one off incident you know it's the first time on their beat that this is happened . but the national media i think is really job dropped the ball on this because it's been going on for about thirty five years now and there's been a massive increase in the number of these sorts of violent raids for what are essentially nonviolent consensual crimes and so a lot of them do go wrong just because of the sheer number of them that are carried out but i do think i mean the media tends to notice things that happen in the industry here and now and then that trends that develop over you know decades you know it takes them a while the pick up on it but you know i have noticed it's getting better though when one of these raids happens out now we get a call from a local reporter will find you know some of the research that i've done on this and ask for some context so i do think it's getting it's good. better but you're right
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i think we have someone looking at the back story a little bit not getting the short attention span that we normally see all the time but what about you know. elected officials right even on at the local level are they supposed to be keeping law enforcement in their cities or their counties accountable and you're exactly right and i think this is really where the problem is that these are policies it's politicians are the people who are supposed to be setting these policies were supposed to be holding the leaders of police departments accountable to hold their officers accountable and that's really i think we're where we need to focus the criticism here. it's very difficult for a politician to take a position that's going to look like he's either anti police or soft on crime and i don't think taking a position that up that i do on these ranges that they're overused is either of those things i think it's saying that we should only use the appropriate level force given the suspected crime that the police are and enforcing. so
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they're there i think there is. a lack of accountability on top on the part of all the ins you know this is also an issue that straddle that straddles for the partisan divide right the group public in some of these for a very long order but then the democrats get a lot of support from from the police unions i mean it is really working class union and a lot of people policing its tend to support democrats kicking in the crèche level boss at the local level so there's really no sort of constituency for holding them accountable and i think that's a big problem as well all these finally votes trying to hear some talking from the republican side you know examining this war on drugs that we have in america going on again some people are finally talking about it you've also written recently about the fact that you know maybe the reason this happened so often is because there is no incentive for these police officers the ones that mays excessive force may be in the wrong to really stop doing it you know what you call this blue wall of silence about yeah it's well the wall silences it's i mean it's proven there's this kind of code among police officers that you never testify against
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a fellow police officer that you never read. a fellow police officer and it's it is it's a huge problem and you know when you want to talk about the lack of accountability you know it's very very difficult for a police officer to get fired i mean you have to sort of blatantly violate the law you know through excessive force you can build a long record on that and never get tired the one way that you can be certain to get fired as a police officer is to report misconduct of a fellow police officer that's when they're held accountable and i think that's i mean talk about incentives i mean that's really where the problem is i think that's incredible and if that moment you would think that perhaps the police officers you in are they behind the guy that was the whistleblower and decided to stand up for law and order and be a good citizen or quite the opposite it's quite the opposite and i mean i've you know about once a month i would write about a story where there was some police misconduct and there were a couple of good cops who reported the misconduct and they tend to get worse punishment than the ones who committed the actual misconduct and the police union
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you know there's a reason why the police union sort of perpetuates the blue wall of silence because it's you know their job is to protect police officers. and so that means that there was there were in the case of new mexico where there was an incident and some work which in this conduct be the president the police or you nash actually sent a letter to the sheriff saying apologizing for the police officer who ratted out the police officer who used excessive force so it's a problem it's horrible it's horrible radley thank you so much for joining us here in the studio and i'm sure there's going to be another raid gone wrong somewhere very soon and we'll be talking about it again soon thanks back to you now still to come tonight he wants to say you're fired to president obama and now he's committing. to i full time writer just ahead and bankers caused the collapse of brawl street more years ago so why are republicans in the house now trying to dismantle the reform. of their foster son.


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