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senator barack obama promised to close guantanamo bay now we are into his second term and gitmo is still open for business in fact some are planing has actually made it worse for people inside of the facility that story ahead. he spoke for war than twelve hours on the senate floor about drones but what did senator rand paul at his epic filibuster actually say about u.s. drone policy will question more. and do you ever look for the made in us sign before you buy something there used to be a push to buy american made products but you may be surprised to learn that some of the most iconic american brands have actually been sold to foreign companies spotlights the outsourcing of america. it is friday march eighth eight pm in washington d.c. i'm meghan lopez and you're watching r.t. starting off this hour the funeral of late president hugo chavez was held in
caracas today delegates from fifty five countries were in attendance including a low level u.s. delegation outside the chapel hundreds of thousands gathered to mourn the late president here's what his fellow latin american leaders had to say. i mean this went up in minutes were lost its president latin america lost its historic leader and we lost a much loved friend a brother or not you are the best tribute that we can bestow upon. the americans is to follow in his footsteps also in attendance cuban president raul castro an iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad chavez was the leader of venezuela for over fourteen years he was reelected back in october but lost his two year battle to cancer on tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack. well it was the filibuster heard round the world kentucky senator rand paul took a stand against drones was nearly thirteen hours of conversation during the
confirmation vote for john brennan and some ways it was successful he managed to get the public to talk about u a v's and privacy issues in the united states and shed light on the question of using drones against american citizens on american soil but beyond that the scope of the filibuster was quite limited it turns out that senator rand paul and others congress members can agree on some issues like the use of these machines abroad. the problem is that the drone strike program is often not about combat it is about people who may or may not be conspiring but they're not in combat they're in a car they're in their house they're in a restaurant they're in a cafe i'm someone this evening who has supported the use of drones in fighting the war on terror i think they've been very effective in killing terrorist people who want to do harm to the people of this country i like he have seen things that the drones can do to protect our soldiers and no one's arguing against that what should
we be arguing against that in fact i was joined earlier in our new york studio by stanley cohen an international human rights lawyer and artie's own rachel currently it's right here in our d.c. studio i began by asking stanley why americans have these an alien of all rights to life and due process when others don't. once again we find the double standard if your name is stanley or billy well perhaps not me or billy or megan you're protected if your name is mohammed or if your name is rula you're less than a human being under international law you are entitled to the same concepts of due process of formal accusation of inability to confront your accusers you cannot be murdered that's what the use of drones are overseas it's extrajudicial assassination it's a violation of international law it's criminal it's the kind of things which ends up putting people as they should be before the international criminal court the fact that as long as it's done over sea and not in the united states there's
a red herring it's criminal overseas it's criminal in the united states it's extra did and there was no support for it under international law let alone in the united states where it's all are there any specific instances that you know of where innocent civilians were actually killed and just kind of piggybacking off what sally was talking about sure yes the bureau of investigative journalism which to my mind has some of the best numbers on the german strikes abroad said that anywhere between four hundred ten and five hundred twenty one drone strikes have occurred in the countries of pakistan yemen and somalia between two thousand and two and today let it be known that none of these countries are ones that the united states has officially declared war on and during those drone strikes anywhere between four hundred twenty three and one thousand three hundred eighty seven civilians were reported killed and of those civilians killed anywhere from one hundred seventy to two hundred nine of those civilians killed were children so just to put that in
perspective for you that's at least eight instances of sandy hook's essentially where people have been killed by u.s. drone strikes especially children and i want to highlight one instance in particular this is one of many of this was reported again by the bureau of investigative journalism in december seventeenth two thousand and nine in yemen there was a militant who had just been released from prison he vowed millet. activity allegedly though he was still hit by a drone strike at the time though he was living with a huge number of extended family so that means forty one other civilians people who were not engaged in any militant activity were also killed among them twenty two children and five reportedly pregnant women so we'll never get a chance to either know if this if this militant was someone who you know who will not engage in terrorist activity but we also need to consider is the collateral damage twenty two children killed is it really worth it to get that militant that's a really good point and although you threw out a lot of numbers there you really put it in perspective with that sandy hook
example stanley rand paul another say that they completely support the drone program abroad is that have a critical considering the fact that all these civilians are being killed a broad as well look it's the twilight zone that let's not turn rand paul where the republican party or barack obama is humanitarians these are people who have built their political career on the backs of rhetoric on the banks of military experience not personal experience when i graduate overseas is it hypocritical of course it's hypocritical they view american lives as something very special a load apparently the attorney general has recently said that he believes and i don't know where they find this in the u.s. constitution that the president has the right to murder u.s. citizens within the boundaries of the united states the program is illegal the program is criminal we are killing people whether it is civilians abroad civilians in the united states. and i would say only unfortunately senator dianne feinstein does not agree with what you have to say i want to play
a quick clip of her and then we'll get your rachel's opinions in some respects it's the perfect assassination weapon you can see seventeen twenty thousand in the year very personal use. so obviously they agree with most senators and the u.s. congress agreeing with some sort of drone program does not when it comes to americans right are using it on u.s. soil i should say right rachel you certainly seems that way and i think they're. saying is right when she says that it's the perfect assassination tool the question is who are easier to get in and using it on stanley last last to answer look these are the very people that said there were weapons of mass destruction in iraq that initiated an invasion that killed a million civilians you can't believe them you can't trust them we have a judicial system in the united states if you've broken the law you can be prosecuted you get your day in court you get your judge and you jury you do not get assassinated the issue isn't whether it's a clean assassination the issue isn't whether you kill three children walking by
next to you the issue is assassination is murder it is illegal the president does not have the authority to do it whether it's overseas with a boy named mohamad or here with a girl named sally are to produce a racial courteous and stanley cohen international human rights lawyer thank you guys for your opinion thank you. well just in today osama bin laden's son in law has been captured and transferred until american costumey custody excuse a solomon aboud date was secretly flown to new york city where he pled not guilty of charges to charges of conspiring to kill americans earlier today he is one of the highest ranking al qaeda figures to have ever been brought to the u.s. to face a civilian trial instead of a military tribunal now that's a surgeon was widely criticized by republicans including senate majority leader mitch mcconnell they want obligates to be sent to guantanamo bay to be subject to u.s. interrogation now for its part the obama administration did not want to put to
send obligates to guantanamo bay because of the president's intentions to close the facility but more evidence is coming out that prove that the president has worsened the situation in the city and i want to move a itself now retired colonel colonel morris davis excuse me is a former guantanamo bay official he's also a professor of law at howard university i asked him earlier the reason obligates won't be sent to guantanamo bay and if it has anything to do with this closing take a listen well i think it's a valid point you know they haven't taken anyone to guantanamo to a number of years now and the population is slowly. thinning out down to one hundred sixty six out of the seven hundred seventy nine were you know there at some point in time so i think not adding to that is a good thing and i think the problem too with all due ghaith is what would you charge him with the kuantan m m i mean the charge in federal court is conspiracy to murder americans and recently the federal courts tossed out the convictions some
former guantanamo detainees convicted military commissions for conspiracy and for providing material support so i think taking him to federal court here in the u.s. was a smart decision on the obama administration's part now some of the critics say that it actually cost the city of new york. so much to protect this man and so the cost isn't worth it on the other hand you have senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and others saying they really want him to go to guantanamo bay because he's already releasing so much information that we just don't know about any of these hold held that allegedly well i think so if you look at the press release yesterday from the justice department when they announced that he was being indicted today in federal court he's given a good twenty two page statement without being water boarded or tortured which i think kind of shows the fallacy of the policy that we used a decade ago where we said we had to torture people in order to make them talk apparently gates has given us
a lot of information about his decade he spent in the rand his involvement with his former father in law some of bin laden and he did it all without being torture he's being prosecuted in federal court where he was indicted today and he'll probably get tried before collegiate mahmut you know case ems bennett guantanamo since two thousand and six and we're still arguing over what he can wear to court so i think this shows a federal court is the better option than this failed experiment we've had in kuantan among now a lot of the critics that want one tunnel because just say it's just not it's not producing the type of cars also want to also hear in this report that says that the obama administration instead of closing it is making it worse so let's talk about your things first of all your experience personally in guantanamo bay with the things that you saw and what you see what you know is going on now and kind of juxtapose that you know i think the conditions at guantanamo are better than most people believe me a bail bondsman so i saw a lot of jails in prison here in the us in the conditions at guantanamo compared to
a lot of our federal and state and local facilities here are much better but it doesn't excuse this indefinite detention without trial without charge most of people at guantanamo are held in communal living facilities i think you saw with. they knew what three quarter million dollar soccer field the that he built but again we've got people detained at guantanamo who are there soley because of their citizenship the humanities primarily who you know we said we don't want to keep it there because we don't want to send them back to yemen and so so they're still at guantanamo after more than a decade you know in confinement and so unfortunately i think you know a lot of the detainees from what i understand are on a hunger strike because they're largely out of sight now to mind and the only way to call attention to their plight is to do something like what they're doing which you know unfortunately somebody has to die in order to get attention called to guantanamo and don't want to see yes or no do you think that the situation is worse
and one time i was under george bush it's no better and it's continuing and the longer it goes on i think the worse it is colonel morris davis a professor at howard university last thank you so much for joining us. so i had here on our t.v. you always look for the made in usa label there are plenty of iconic american brands that should give a patriotic vibe but it turns out that's only skin deep well tony you know about the outsourcing of american products after the break. looking for every document in the field that find it here if you're looking for relevant stories unique perspective on top class tennis. let me let me i was going to let me ask you a question. here on this network is what we're having a debate we have our knives out. the truth is
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welcome back well as americans we accepted as fact that as life and fact that most of our goods are made in china or other countries we are very proud of the goods that are made in the u.s. we usually brand them as all american products and we market them with some classic cowboy sayings and league greenwood's proud to be an american song blaring in the background but it turns out that some of those iconic brands you grew up with have a dirty little secret are to correspondent honest also churkin a investigates warming the hearts of generations of americans they are symbols of true americana. however these icons have long been made abroad or owned by foreigners budweiser and other american beer companies are owned by him best. an international conglomerate the famous and glamorous barbie doll the. diverse characters. treated like the. no five made in hong kong
barbie is america i want the eating disorder. and the warped body images and all the terrible thinking that comes from barbie i want that to be created in america levi's jeans your. street like. the self described icon of american culture with only one line left made of it's homeland security james dean because you know we think of all the rock n rollers and and now that they're not maybe united states there is something incredibly wrong about that most of the vice clothing is in fact sewn overseas the fact that levi's jeans which are the symbol of american heroism or anti heroism are being outsourced. that they write the game of monopoly that makes capitalism a fun family activity has some pieces made in ireland the green and red houses the green houses make sense to outsource to ireland and baseball rawlings the official
maker of major league baseball's baseballs has long had its iconic product made by coaster weekends on their homeland all this a painful truth to the american heart i don't know what america is anymore. i don't know where america is anymore i don't know why america is anymore but it doesn't and there according to the washington post three point two million dollars worth of american flags were imported from china in two thousand and ten the biggest irony is that the american flag is being made by the chinese i mean is the chinese flag being made by america i don't think so while it may be disappointing it's a reality that's here to stay what we're seeing is the truth you should between the old twentieth century in which the united states was a manufacturing superpower in the twenty first century in which the united states is just bringing cheaper labor and manufacturing costs abroad make outsourcing of american products and the ceci while america drowns in a joblessness of its own so we need to create jobs here making these quote american
products with americans that would be nice truly american is a ship that has long sailed the question now is whether made in america will be forgotten as a stamp on products left to become just a term for the history books and. new york to examine this topic more comedian dan while we're joined me earlier was a few products that he says truly deserve their red white and blue stamp well if it's not american made then i want no part of it so i brought a certain beer that well we've covered up the label so we don't get sued. now it's it's just as delicious as budweiser but in order to drink it you have to start listening to animal collective and a couple other hipster bands if that gives you any clues i actually brought some. oh you know which one it is no go ahead says the surprise may oh well i brought
some free you know but wiser is moving to belgium and i just want belgium to know that they can't step all over america because we've got these we figured out the formula first twinkies and now this so we've got these belgium. and we also got a couple of the. you're not going to you can't fix what what i broke. i already. i have a couple of products of my own i have a barbie barbie i you would think is made in the u.s. it's not i also have a can of budweiser's a bunch of my wiser bears these are not meaning you as an also american flag thing again not made in the u.s. we also have extra sketch it's not made in the u.s. and as a monopoly of ours and i just want to show you what exactly it says on the monopoly board it says that it is made in the u.s. with dice and tokens made in china dan is a travesty it's
a sad sad day but the people that are really doing this to us i think budweiser has it the worst budweiser is the king of beers and like a king we can't democratically decide what he does so we really are getting squashed by him it's not the first time a beer has betrayed america my friend at a party the other day opened up a coors light and a train came by and killed thirty seven people it was very it was tragic it was awful and i just want to stay in america so that. so that we can enjoy the deliciousness without the politics then really quickly we only have about thirty seconds left but i hear you have some vellum jokes. oh i don't have any belgium jokes i just have a message go my go. i'm sorry comedian dan wilbur thank you so much for joining us. meanwhile the u.s.
jobs report came out today with higher than expected gains in the private sector here's what we found out two hundred thirty six thousand jobs were added in february bringing the unemployment down to seven point seven percent that's the lowest number since december of two thousand and eight so there is some positive news in terms of economic growth but we want to concentrate on those people who are still looking for work of the people who are employed most have been unemployed for twenty seven weeks or longer and here's a possible indicator as to why more and more employers are running credit checks on potential employees that they are planning on hiring in many cases the fact that a person is in debt is actually preventing them from getting a job in order to pay off that debt sounds like a catch twenty two writes well i was joined earlier by a job seeker daniel berman and despite the fact that he has two masters degrees under his belt he just can't seem to find a job so he explains some of his struggles in his job search. well i mean luckier
than most i've had a couple interviews for positions i think part of the problem you have in d.c. and probably in the country as a whole is a tendency to whereby a lot of the factors that make it hard to find a job reinforce one another for instance i think the credit check you mentioned is one of them but i think that's one of the side effects of basically when you're going to get a job people want references and if you're currently working somewhere getting five references in twenty four hours is no problem and chances are you going to pass a credit check but if you don't have a job well you have to make a choice like if you're going to want to job in d.c. you need a d.c. address and if you're not working that means you go into debt but suddenly if you use that to end up getting a job you find that the choice you have to make to stay in the city and fight for an opportunity get a job ends up undermining the ability actually accept the job when people want to hire you sure i do want to bring up this graphic that we've made kind of showing how many americans are facing these credit checks when they go for jobs now one in
four employees are actually subject to crack to credit checks one of four people i was looking for jobs and one in seven are denying from getting a job due to poor credit have you ever been asked to give a credit score. i've been asked couple times mostly for housing only one of the interviews i had asked me for a credit check ok do you think it should be a factor in and hiring someone. i can see for instance jobs especially of a sensitive nature where things like that matter but i think that for the vast majority of entry level positions i don't see a particular reason why it's relevant i mean i can understand maybe you want to make sure people are going to leave the town a town or be more than i could be able to remain but i think as a general matter i don't see why it should necessarily factor in beyond the your ability to do the job and some of the people that are supporting this kind of credit checks the employers say that they don't they want to make sure that their employees going to work as hard as they can that they're not going to be
susceptible to bribery or theft of the company but i do want to bring up another graphic that we made that shows the number one reasons are not the top ten reasons why americans are in debt today so if you look the number one reason is medical expenses you've also got job loss divorce on their student loans so these are all things that you really can't control and yet it's potentially affecting your ability to be hired so you think that this is a kind of catch twenty two where you can't be hired to pay off the debts that you currently have. i think it i mean i think it definitely is and i think it's sort of a side effect of the fact that i think the u.s. in somewhat of a transition i think the one of the big impacts at least from what i've seen of the recession is not so much the recession still here were gained jobs again it's that companies and think tanks in d.c. and in our cities i assume have discovered you can get master's students to work for free as in turns and at that point why should you bring back the old paid entry
level jobs you can use internships is basically a six month long job interview and we only have a few seconds left but finally you have fifteen seconds i want you to make your job pitched it to potential employers out there watching go ahead well i think we've already mentioned my resume quite a bit what i think is important though is that i can adapt to that and i think that having been unemployed and having gone through the process i can bet i can provide a perspective on what people my generation are going to especially if you're tempted to market to them or adjust your hiring practices to try and reach out to i think what's an underutilized generation in terms of their abilities and experience then berman thank you for coming on the program and next chair and sharing your experiences with us thank you very much for having me it was an honor and just one final note so everyone is on the same page every time you get your credit score checked it actually decreases your score so applying for jobs can actually further
lower your score if the employer asks you to check your credit. average as we reported time and again here on this network one of the businesses that has proven to be more or less recession proof is the sex industry yet again we have more proof how profitable this business really is to this day this is valentino she's a brazilian sex doll it was made by cohen is described as the most sophisticated real sex doll ever made makers touted that she is more natural than if you're more charismatic then all of the car dash ins combined and here's where the money comes in people are actually bidding to be the first person to have sex with this stall the bids are up to one hundred five thousand dollars and rising proving once again the trying to intrude saying that sex sells and even today and that's going to do it for the news for this week but be sure to tune in next week working on a brand new lineup of stories for you coming soon to washington d.c.
c pac the conservative political action conference the event will host many of the nation's top republicans like marco rubio and rand paul so will this again event give us a better glimpse of the party's future we'll explore how things turn out when we return next week moving on to new york now the much heard about ban against sodas that are over sixteen ounces will soon be enacted mayor bloomberg and other health advocates say the soda ban will help reduce the city's obesity rates critics on the other hand say that such a ban is not only inconsistent but even undemocratic r.t. will invest and investigate the thin line between fact and fiction. and last but not least some lawmakers are now proposing a new idea to help the nation's ailing postoffice taxing e-mails how will this tax nicolette it and who will be affected if legislation is passed well answer those questions and more next week those are just
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