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whistleblower edward snowden basks in an upsurge of support among americans while we report on one u.s. telecom company that's refusing to yield to government snooping. egypt is about to get a new batch of f. sixteen fighter jets from the u.s. despite promises to review its assistance program meanwhile hole of egyptians back from may shows that its weapons and money do more harm than good. and the u.n. chemical weapons team a step syria's invitation to conduct a fact finding mission in aleppo after russian investigators say that they believe they found evidence that the rebels and not the regime had used talks like gas they're.
going to have you with us this morning it's nine am here in the russian capital lucy catherine of and you're watching r.t. well more americans consider edward snowden to be a whistleblower as opposed to a traitor this is according to a highly cited poll that had found fifty five percent of respondents were actually sympathetic to what mr snowden did while about a third were less forgiving now washington is pursuing espionage charges against snowden for leaking the details of the n.s.a.'s surveillance systems it's a network that involves almost all u.s. telecom giants but one internet provider is standing firm refusing the n.s.a. is advances and so far managing to get away with it argues kevin owen spoke to the owner of x. mission pete ashdown. we have had situations where people inside the attorney general's office of slandered my business and said that we're supporting criminals we absolutely not support criminals we just ask for
a proper warrant and that seems to be too much to ask most of the time or the other issue is that we saw with the n.s.a. . exposure that google and microsoft and apple and others were supposedly cooperating that's they're probably charging for that privilege so they're making a financial decision to open their networks for inspection by the n.s.a. and it's not worth it to me to do that i don't want to live in a surveillance of society and i'd rather stick by what our constitution says that we're protected by we surely i guess said the big internet giants have got less to lose that big business is they've got less to favor of night yeah absolutely and but it's funny because i've got more to lose i mean i couldn't fight a protracted court battle but i'm willing to do it i'm willing to go to jail to protect my customers from being wholesale the monitor i find it surprising that a company with the resources of google. isn't more circumspect about the information they're giving away and what they're selling it begs the question how
long this has been going all of this is of course a lot of may be familiar with that i think it's just come out now with regard to snowden and his revelations is that what you think of him i think he's a hero and i think he's doing the right thing i think it's shameful that he's being treated like a criminal for standing up and reporting what i believe are illegal acts by our government people shouldn't be treated under the espionage act is the obama administration has done so many times to people standing up and believing that what is going on is wrong otherwise we have no recourse to turn our government around. the insider threat program that's president obama's initiative that mandates federal employees to start spying on one another is coming under increasing scrutiny now under this program millions of government workers must watch their colleagues for was sold blowing tendencies and report any of their suspicions to their superiors but other washington correspondent guy nature can report the government's own experts have grave doubts. we learned that not only does the u.s.
government spy on everybody selling twenty communications but it also urges government employees to snitch on each other in fact there is a program in place it's called the inside just like program which is designed to reveal potential whistleblowers before they blow the whistle under this insider threat program millions of federal workers and contractors are instructed to recognize quote indicators inside us behavior among their colleagues and to report their suspicions to authorities now get those indicators include an employee's financial problems working hours unexplained travel stress wars for instance and an f.b.i. insider detection guide warns private security personnel and managers to watch for quote a desire to help the underdog or a particular cause james bond want to be a divided loyalty allegiance to another person or company or to a country besides the united states under such guidelines anybody can potentially
be targeted moreover behavioral experts even those working for the government doubt that the program will work and they say there is no proven scientific basis for these behavioral profiling to peaks but these are just fine program is for to do is to lead to lots of baseless and discriminatory investigations one wonders if this really has any purpose but to create an atmosphere of fear no wonder investigative journalists say their sources have dried up and government officials are afraid to pick up the phone especially now in light of edward snowden's revelations which make it clear everyone is under surveillance this kind of a witch hunt is definitely not something people expected from kennedy obama take a listen this is from six years ago i will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our constitution and our freedom that means no more illegal wiretapping of american citizens these words perhaps a different future but it seems the u.s. is going back to the mccarthy days with the government urging people to spy on each
other. to scare an insider from revealing what they see as the government's wrongdoings and this we've got one also has to ask the question is there any other way one could learn about the government's wrongdoings done in secrecy almaden from an insider to us term this is the answer is obvious you know. david lindorff is an editor of from online and website and he explained why he believes the program could damage the u.s. government and its. incredible extension of this stasi like you know the all these tournaments ties the light approach to life in america and at the same time it's a completely inefficient and failed way to try to run a government bureaucracy it's not about national security it's about preventing. people from telling the truth about problems with government about corruption about failed policies and so on and what it really is is the bombing ministration has
gone even beyond the nixon administration from the seventy's in its fear of leaks and its effort to control the story it trying to prevent the press from getting access as to to people inside the government who will tell them through threat what's going on so that all they get is public relations handouts from the government and it's trying to prevent the government from being embarrassed. britain is closing in on its burgeoning illegal loan sharks some of which are giving the poor with i want to wring interest rates of over five thousand percent well here what's being done about it in just a bit. and starving in sympathy we speak to a human rights lawyer who have started his own hunger strike in solidarity with the guantanamo prisoners who are being subjected to what's described as painful and waiting for speeding. the united states still plans to
go through with the delivery of four f. sixteen fighter jets to egypt in the coming weeks this despite the egyptian military's removal of president mohamed morsi now washington has been reluctant to label the egyptian overhaul as a coup since that would bar systems state although president obama does say the program should be reviewed even so it doesn't really look like the egyptian people have been satisfied with america's role in their homeland well let's look at some numbers back in may american researchers have conducted a poll and found that about eight out of ten egypt felt negatively towards the u.s. with just sixteen percent having a positive attitude towards the country when it comes to president obama nearly three quarters were actually unhappy with the way that he had handled american foreign affairs now that sentiment has been strong since the day obama took office back in two thousand and nine egyptians were also pessimistic about their country's dependence on u.s. financial and military aid with more than half of the population saying that it was
harming egypt and the recent coup has done nothing to improve america's image there anyway as paul's leader reports. i their message is clear they want the army out and morsi. but there's another message in between the patriotic charges anger against the west for its sinus and implicit support for a military coup i just was not much was i was there i was head of major the egyptian street is littered with anti obama posters and each day more new ones appear we set out to find out who's making them and found the this is one of the oldest print shops in cairo in the last two years it's printing presses have grind to a halt we found the same in the shop and this one instead of making a killing there on the verge of bankruptcy things have not been going so well since the revolution things were better before we've been so slow for the past three
years in that time i only had ten clients asking for posters so who is responsible for the anti american posters i'll search reach to date in but by is up plentiful and hatred against america is growing each year washington gives cairo one point three billion dollars in military aid if america causes a coup it will be forced to stop but many fear the decision to say nothing except that it is reviewing the situation will ultimately backfire and feel hatred towards the us and i think they may get is this dealing with things in double standard so i was told i thought i might have to give up a woman for a mars is. equal to one thousand men standing supporting morsi and for different reasons there's no joy from washington even from the people who want to live in the states how madonna holds both american and egyptian citizenship two months ago he sold up ready to trade cairo for texas he feels washington is too deeply embroiled
in internal egyptian politics and pulls the strings from a far i have no problem with american people have problems with american politics which. try to interfere in the way we want to live and that's not right with washington and its allies refusing to show strong reaction to the recent turbulent events in egypt some feel it's a love hate affair between the two countries. we all have american friends all the personal relations we are we have the fine this being said we don't expect that somebody will love sort of betrays you or disappoint shoe or does not understand you all deliberately. is if you truth as the unrest on egyptian streets grow many worry the brotherhood now having tried democracy and seen it fail will resort to
arms it spells disaster for everyone from the protesters on the streets to the people who just want a quiet life like mohammed in his printing shop all that president obama typically committed himself to saying is that he is deeply concerned by what is happening here in egypt meanwhile the it's no wonder then that posters like this will continue to be popular no matter who printed same policy r.t. cairo. and arrest war has been issued against the leader of the muslim brotherhood as well as nine other senior members of the islamist party mohamed body is accused of inciting violence in monday's clashes between the army and the group's supporters which had killed more than fifty people the muslim brotherhood spokesman in the u.k. told r.t. what's happening in egypt now is far from a civilized political process. we agree with them all the way through wait for the election when it was alone but it's just a dentist or what you thought of and in the military would come back in one year to say go home you just repeat everything again start another what you should've
started this what we are trying to say all the time it's not about more sims it was about the values it doesn't have any in a civilised country it we are speaking about the values of egypt it has been standing with it with the fifth of january of lucian so it's nothing to do with more sick nothing to do with what the people what we wish we go for a legion in three or four months and we wish the have won the election and the parliament with a tough problem with that even we can't get morsi out but by this way through the military people that say this is the game of the blade of law we're not going to play golf interested in i think both or that interest you can defeat being the egyptian people right to choose what they like and as they say there is no guarantee what so if you go through this road map at next you know another. i chemical imbalance in syria as well as a look at the predatory practice of payday loans in britain that's coming up after the break stay with us.
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mobile device so you can watch your t.v. anytime anywhere. syria's chemical weapons could become a catastrophic security houser to the west should assad's regime fall the ukase intelligence service chief says the most worrying emerging terrorist threat is if the callicles fall into the hands of radical jihad us who have been attracted to that conflict meanwhile the head of the un chemical weapon fact finding mission has up to the syrian government's invitation to visit a small part of that country this is after russia had said that it found proof that it was the rebels not the government forces who had used sarin gas in aleppo now lavrov are dismissed washington's claims that damascus was to blame claiming that it was actually based on flawed analysis meanwhile u.s. lawmakers are holding back on promised arms supplies to the syrian opposition and the weapons could end up in the wrong hands anti-war campaigner richard becker told
us that moscow's findings should be enough for washington to reconsider its pledge of the lethal support to the rebels. it's totally should be an eye opener for everyone who has any doubts about what's going on the this latest report from russia we got to the use of chemical weapons by the opposition the intervention policy well it's going to forward with the training of the forces of the opposition the syrian opposition i mean that pouring into the fight is that the policy is really just the right because there is a great deal about position inside the united states and there is you know you get inside the congress there is a great concern about where this will lead to and whether or not it will lead to a regional war or something even wider if the united states goes forward plan its plans to achieve its objective which is over it's really the government in syria
president obama's policies towards conflicts abroad including syria's war have earned him the title of war criminal and hypocrite of the sentry following his visit to northern ireland in june that is according to a irish politician who had lambasted obama with such harsh names she also the guest in today's world apart. now i ask you is this person going for the hypocrites of the century award because we have to call tings boy their right names and the reality is any serious examination this is a war criminal the war in syria that sparked your very passionate speech is also being waged on to the flow guns of democracy as it is being aided by the countries who consider themselves to be democratic but how is that democracy bad that the authoritarian system that president assad has with regards to many of the views that are being put out about the conflict in syria i don't agree with the regime
but i do not agree with many of the rebels and i believe the future of syria should be dictated by the syrian people themselves which interference from external forces all of history shows no such where foreign intervention comes in in the so-called name of democracy it is ordinary people civilians who end up being homeless who end up being a new ends up in a very unstable situation and where unfortunately the middle east is being led to at the moment a full interview is here in r.t. in just a few minutes the noose is tightening around firms in britain offering so-called payday loans at exorbitant rates of interests eleven agents who charged rates of up to five thousand percent say that they will stop providing that type of loan after a crackdown by the government's fair trading regulator or lenders are still to reply to an ultimatum to clean up their act probably boyko reports on how vulture
lending has already inflicted huge damage to the people it preys upon. louise and her husband were bankrupt when she took out her first payday loan she couldn't afford to pay it back sometimes they would call up and so do you want to sell your jewelry do you want to. take up or take out another day learned that one and have a one more money and they still call a slow louisa's to loans of two hundred fifty pounds each and it up costing over two thousand pounds the financial pressure meant that louise's two sons had to relocate to live with their birth father once thing sarkar wrong it just seemed to continue forever and it still like that now even though it's been. eight months after we've paid them off when we're still having that tough last year stretched budgets meant that britain's took out two billion pounds worth of short term loans it's
a burgeoning industry but it's taken hold weekly leaving government regulation to catch up you know it doesn't matter how careful you are with money sometimes you pay just one stretch far enough that there are remarkably few rules that govern how payday lenders operate customers are been refused credit by banks and here we get off their debt every other means of securing a loan can simply apply online and most are approved within moments which means they can get their hands on the cash within minutes they are in problem is paying it back payday lenders can charge any rate of interest they like often up to five thousand percent the industry's been accused of bullying borrowers into taking out multiple loans lending money to drunk individuals people with mental health issues and even children the office of fair trading has told the u.k.'s fifty biggest lenders to stop handing out loans irresponsibly couple. between the director of
thirty six i think it's due to a combination of reduced income. financial shocks the government needs to come forward with a rigorous plan in order to better protect treeless from friday language longer is the u.k.'s largest payday loans company its new head of public affairs used to be an advisor to david cameron leading to accusations that the company is lobbying its interests with the government longer reportedly paid for meetings with conservative ministers be paid. in excess of opposing phones to have a fifteen minute walk with somebody from government. that's not right you're using your employees were told you have money and because they want money for their relation with these companies no government money for nothing they are wanting something in return on the train of return they are wanting it for people to back off and to be free up to this double they have backed off quite well so far councils up and down the country have blocked access to payday loan websites from
computers in libraries and public buildings to stop constituents being tempted by instant cash that will plunge them into debt it's hard because. it's. no petro do you think you're going to pay it back in ten days well you won't say you hope to but when it comes to that you have got. next month but many struggling britons despite being warned still finding the instant cash all too tempting. london. and the thickly charged market are has sparked outrage in southeastern russia online you can find out how locals have been rallying for four days now demanding that all chechens be expelled from their town following a bar brawl that ended in a deadly stabbing. and four million pounds to watch one man british
officials face scrutiny over the spiralling cost for police to constantly patrol the ecuadorian embassy to keep julian assange from xscape ing that story at r.t. dot com. the five month long hunger strike by guantanamo prisoners is getting more sympathy worldwide to some even inspired to follow the detainees example that are on human rights lawyer club pardon me clive stafford smith has now gone on a hunger strike of his own this to draw attention to their plight he told r.t. exactly what it is that he hopes to achieve the point of the series that i was in graham town of the last week and these guys assert that lady and i think it's incumbent timeouts on the outside to share some solidarity with them i hope to just get more attention what i'm doing is as minimal compared to a group as prisons are going through there i mean look i've been on a hunger strike now for twenty four hours they've been doing it for five months of course it's not the same i think the point is to get people's attention i mean when
we talk about risking people's lives there are people who are dying on time and i just want this to stop i think it's really important that it stops before some of the people who are my clients really do. a quick look now at more of the world's main news this hour. luxembourg's prime minister is to stand down after eighty that years in power. has been under pressure over alleged corruption as well as a legal phone tapping by the country's spy services his governing coalition partner withdrew its support forcing the pm to announce his resignation and to call for new elections. police in canada say the thirty people still missing after saturday's horrific train blast in quebec are presumed dead twenty people have already been confirmed as dead the train operator boss has blamed an engineer for the brake failure that had led to the freight carriages to hurdle off the tracks investigators are carrying out a criminal probe to find out who's responsible for the deadly accident. the man
charged with carrying out the boston bombing two months ago has pleaded not guilty to all thirty charges against him. was accused of using a weapon of mass destruction which it killed three people including an eight year old boy he also faces charges over the murder of a police officer after the attack took place now it is not yet known whether prosecutors will push for the death penalty in. southwest china isn't tales caused by what is said to be the worst flooding there in fifty years at least forty people are thought dead dozens missing after a rain triggered landslide birds several homes in the sash one province to the north twelve more were killed on tuesday after an unfinished coal mine workshop collapsed overall as many as two million people have been affected by the douche. i had it's our program worlds apart to stay with us.
many in latin america are furious with the forced grounding of bolivia's president evo morales is playing in austria and even twelve nations in latin america are coming together to discuss the consequences of the event the plane was forced to the ground while flying over the e.u. because it was believed that the snowden was hiding on board trying to get to asylum in bolivia and beyond some might say that this is no big deal so president of some contra since he had a delayed flight for a few hours things happen man got to get that still guy at all costs right well one is delayed flight is another man's imperial skyjacking you see the countries of latin america have a common history as being on the bad end of brutal western european imperialism and when the president of a former colony could just be abducted at the will of the you would have his plane
searched it sure makes you feel like you're still under the lash of foreign control doesn't it do any of you think for a moment that any e.u. officials who are so willing to groan morality would dare to do the same thing air force one i don't think so morose clearly was treated like some sort of second class president and despite this insult they didn't even catch oden this is what i call a double fail but that's just my opinion. long as the questions to which they have to. find these questions we cannot give them a clean bill of health. along
with welcome to worlds apart doing what they preach has always been a challenge for politicians and arguably the most powerful they are the bigger the challenge when u.s. president barack obama landed in ireland last month he talked to children about how russia's the peace process is in northern ireland while at the same time discussing the possibility of arming syrian rebels if he is more mature counterparts one of the few people to call him on it was the irish and pique larry daly who joins us now in a wealth of parts deputy daily thank you very much for your time now your speech in parliament was not so much about president obama as the reactions by the irish media and irish politicians to his visit but since it became an almost overnight sensation let us remind the viewers what you had to say on that day. now i ask you is this person going for the hypocrites of the century award because we have to
call tings boy their right names and the reality is that by any serious examination this man is a war criminal now it's not like these viewing is extremely rare i think it's shared by many people around a while but you don't really hear it articulated by western policymakers very often so my question to you is whether there are any political risks in your view attached to saying something like this and saying it out loud i don't think so i never think there is a problem in telling the truth i have to say that the response has been incredible from all over the world many many people from the united states itself book beyond agree with a few points and actually they were very happy that somebody in the parliament was prepared to stand up and tell things as they are now but you say that you received a lot of support from around a while that assume from your constituents as well but some of your fellow.