tv The Big Picture With Thom Hartmann RT August 6, 2013 10:00pm-11:01pm EDT
hello i'm tom hartman in washington d.c. and here's what's coming up tonight on the big picture the da isn't just busting people for nonviolent drug crimes it's boston people for nonviolent crimes and then refusing to tell them the truth about their arrest for happen to getting a free and fair trial in this country talk about that and more in tonight's big picture pal politics also a new investigation has revealed the truth about how the right ginned up support for its been gazi conspiracy theories when did our objective media become a mouthpiece for partisan propaganda and speaking of having a journalistic agenda the mainstream media totally failed the american people with its coverage or lack thereof of the bradley manning trial or on that in some nights
. you need to know this the drug enforcement agency has a secret spy program and it allows police and government officials to lie under oath. on monday reuters published a blockbuster story about the little known wing of the da called the special operations division the d.e.a.'s special operations division or sod as it's called and government documents was created in one thousand nine hundred forty fights central and south american drug cartels and coordinates with other intelligence agencies like the n.s.a. and the f.b.i. to catalog wire taps and electronic intercepts the division is based in virginia now operates under a veil of secrecy in fact most of its activities remain classified while the existence of a shadowy beltway government agency isn't in itself news what is news is how these
special operations division saga hides its role in capturing and prosecuting american citizens accused of drug crimes the technique is called parallel construction if that name sounds orwellian well it's because it's an orwellian technique here's how it works let's say the n.s.a. intercepts a phone call between a pot dealer and a potential buyer somewhere in california the n.s.a. then forwards that phone call to the person agents at the sog special operations division the da special operations division and sends that information about the pending drug deal to local law enforcement but the sod has to keep its existence secret they do this by asking local police to fake a routine traffic stop and harass the pot dealer it sounds like your usual drug bust stuff right not so fast even though those local law enforcement officers receive the tip about the drug deal from the special operations division they're required by sod policy to keep the origins of that tip secret in all investigation
documents in many cases the d.n.a. actually falsifies documents to hide the information trail but that's not even the worst part when law enforcement agencies testify under oath in court they're expected to keep up the lie as far as the judge jury and attorneys are concerned the cops got a lucky break during a routine traffic stop answer. the name parallel construction law enforcement totally rewrites the history of the case in question so as to hide the role of the special operations division predictably the da is defending this unconstitutional and illegal practice two senior agency officials for example told reuters that parallel construction is a law enforcement technique that we use every day it's decades old a bedrock concept parallel construction may be a bedrock concept for the n.s.a. and the da but it's wildly unconstitutional the core of the american justice system in the guiding principle of the six fifth sixth seventh and eighth amendments to the bill of rights is the right to a fair trial if someone's accused of
a crime the prosecution is expected to present the court with honest and legally obtained evidence of their guilt special operations divisions use of parallel construction throws all of that under the bus it also raises the question does the da lobby so hard to keep illegal just as an excuse to prop up the surveillance state keep in mind around forty percent of americans have used pot at some point in their life which makes almost half of us lawbreakers that the da could then justify having a giant spy operation keep an eye on it's pretty damn big sweep. joining me for tonight's big picture politic panels are hewing is a member of the national advisory council for the project twenty one black leadership network sariah shamali writer activist and contributor to the huffington post and marc harrold libertarian commentator and attorney thank you all for being with us and i'm very happy here you heard my my opening rant and i'm curious your
take on this you know is the is the way do you think it's possible that they're lobbying so hard to keep the drug war going because if it goes away they can't spy on forty percent of americans they can only spy on the people who use heroin l.s.d. which is maybe two or three percent of americans think that's a very clear very clear presumption that you have the problem that i have with this you you laid out a very very good case against what the d.e.a.'s do with sod it is up to there's some other things that we have to look at also in terms of the ramifications of such a policy you talk about you know you talk about the selective enforcement of drug laws and obviously this is the process minorities obviously are heavily affected you talk about pots being used by fifty percent of the population but yet the jails are full with so many more minorities but you just reported more i know where you saw this and you think about the activities of side and who's being victimized so
far we don't know about the surveillance in the present permissibility of what's been going on so far we do know that the victims of this have been disproportionately african-american hispanic cetera so it's very concerning to me from that angle that this is going on it is very unfortunate that the mainstream media has it as a put any light on this whatsoever yes very troubling. it seems like this story popped up and then got buried writers had this giant you know exclusive this big story and you know they may have i had a caller to my radio show today saying you know as the reuters journalists who were murdered. you know him or killed you know in the the story the bradley manning out of the video on they might be a little more skeptical of intelligence agencies in the military than other news agencies but. it seems like the rest of the press is just going there's no drugs in this car or you know what do you what's your take on why that's happened i'm not sure that this is any different from the way the mainstream media chooses to be
selective in general about what they cover in the news so was it that there was no ed snowden here or no face to put on you know i think that there are decisions that are made about what's important what's not important and that's not necessarily something that's done consciously but in the scope of available options of what to cover and what not to cover editorial decisions are made and you end up with stories like this that don't get as much coverage as you would hope or you would think that they would so in a story like this in a time when we're talking about big data what strikes me most is that there linkages to be made between the practices that we see here with saddam and the ability of our government to use big data data mining techniques and predictive modeling to further practices like these having established precedence and so i think that it's really a shame it's a it's a dangerous thing when the media doesn't pay attention to stories like the mark setting aside the possibly ironic name they're calling assad which is like grass
and this is the deep you know it's like ground. we have in the united states and this is well established both in the constitution and by precedent the supreme court the right to face our accusers the right to know the chain of evidence that has been used against us there have been apparently i mean if they've been doing this for years like this guy's bragging about it there must be thousands maybe tens of thousands of people in prison right now who never did have that opportunity to face their accusers you're an attorney or you go are we going to see an explosion in particular drug cases where there. coming forward and doing for filings to determine if they if they were the victims of this and if so have you having the basis for an appeals challenge well hopefully they will the war on drugs the war against the american citizens by the government what we're seeing here and we seeing it ninety four when this started because of the cross national way that drugs come into the country it gives the excuse early on in the early ninety's and even before france the controlled substance act to blur the lines
between intelligence community the intelligence community the cia the n.s.a. and law enforcement domestic law enforcement after nine eleven they became completely intermeshed part of the problem too is after nine eleven the money that goes out there to local law enforcement state law enforcement federal law enforcement the money really moved even to specially the f.b.i. it moved towards terrorism it moved towards intelligence gathering so the d.a. yea probably in a lot of ways followed suit because that's where the money was but this is a major problem the bill of rights the part of the bill of rights that you mention what we call the you know the criminal procedure part of the bill of rights absolutely do but again it's this idea it's sort of i think more of an intelligence approach where it's ok to lie it's infiltrated law enforcement it's a major problem but a lot of this stems from the private prison industry and it stems from the war on drugs if we end that war a lot of the transparency will come forward because it'll be clear when law enforcement is acting in a law enforcement capacity versus an intelligence capacity i think very very very good analysis republican governor rick scott is preparing to purges voter rolls
he's up for reelection he's very unpopular in his state particular with hispanics and so the last time he tried this he came up with one hundred ninety was one hundred eighty thousand people's names something like close to two hundred thousand and said look at all these people they must be illegal aliens they have hispanic names and when they actually started looking at it they got down to two hundred people and then they checked out those two hundred people and they didn't have anybody but this time he says that we're not going to bother with checking them out instead what we're going to do is we're going to come up with another one of these lists and we're going to post cards out to all these people and when they get the postcard the postcards going to say we're not sure that you're a citizen please come down to prove your citizenship so you have to take a day off work get your birth certificate get passport get out of the office maybe get a sworn affidavit that you are who you say you are you live where you say you do. i think a lot of people are going to do that be a lot of people are going to miss the postcard see i think it's just so obvious and beyond that in fact let me start with you mark is. the attorney on the in the group
here isn't this caging isn't this what the republican party has had a restraining order since one thousand nine hundred two i think against them to prevent them from doing you know what it would it would edge up towards what you know the caging the restraining order it certainly would what i've seen more and more is first of all i've always said that to me that this is all a solution without a problem there's been no empiric if there really is a problem of course you have to address that nobody wants fraud but they don't really what happens what they do is they assume there's a problem they send out a dragnet approach and then when you really get to the facts hopefully after the election after this is frustrated people not show up and then you find out that the goes from thousands to two hundred people something like that i think it's an approach but i agree with you it could it could edge up against that restraining order and some of what's happening the past with the republicans already it's called us right now i think that it's a very effective technique for people it's the same technique that the republican party uses with roe v wade for example so it's not so much a matter of making it illegal but just making it so difficult for people to do what they have a right to do that many see ground and they don't do well in polling place challenges
. the devil is in the details right obviously there is a way to purge purge voter rolls but that has to happen right we still have to make sure. that we have voter rolls that are consistent up to get mostly you know the dead yeah that's what most of it is and there has to be some methodology to do it now should the government should the governor come up with a no other approach let's have it but he says he's not looking for dead people or people who got a state he's looking for people who are illegal aliens and have hispanics and that that just like sends off all kinds of bells for i think a lot of you know we've got to take a break more of tonight's big picture politics right after.
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will either partner with you in two thousand and sixteen primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor so i don't get this these these are the same folks who flipped the stars upside. on the logo and went all the way to the supreme court to defend you know citizens united literally all the way to the supreme court to defend a movie that was a hit job on hillary clinton they wanted a movie about hillary clinton before the elections now they don't want a movie about hillary clinton here wait what's going on i think we're compared to different things i think that citizens united is the whole idea of free speech of corporations which is fine as the saying is that as party chairman have a right to. dissent. whatever the proper term is from the from from the debates now here's the remember would have worked better from the from the networks make sure that they're completely out of the debate so i guess c.b.s. will give them whatever but here's here's the point is that a very important point remember that what happened with candy crowley during the
c.n.n. debate and that was very important what happened so you remember candy crowley inserted herself into that debate into effect even came back later and apologize for that even if you know if you have a good day i got that we have you're not supposed to do that that's very troubling so you know you feel it's important you know you're supposed to be invisible as a moderator and for her to insert herself so actively into that debate as i say was the big problem with american political discourse in american media i see these people on meet the press every single week just want bald faced lies and you know david gregory always they're free to challenge him because they don't want to lose access to. the republicans can challenge quite a bit more than democrats but that's neither here nor there but still we have to be to be concerned there needs to be some concern about this right i mean if you're talking about hillary clinton being a two thousand sixteen presidential nominee for you for president you're very concerned about you know the over you know the that these biographies
by n.b.c. and c.n.n. are going to be biopics how do you know that they're going to be you know who will loving i mean they might be really brutal treatments she's got a lot of skeletons are. because she was on the board of directors of wal-mart for god's will this let's look at talks negatively about hillary rodham clinton's past and let's also look at what happened with w versus some of the documentary is that have been done on democrats. so you know what i'm going to disagree with a cornucopia ok so first of all there's this assumption of neutrality which is false because we have to we have to admit that any assumption of neutrality is false secondly the way he put it was that this represented a special interest and really if you look at media and media diversity it's entirely male dominated right and so the special interest he should talk about is domination of media conversations and the way that plays out across all media
that's not what he's doing he's cherry picking and he's kind of pandering to people who are already don't like hillary clinton it's three years ahead of the curve right so we have excessive coverage of male politicians compared to female politicians we have coverage of female politicians that's already slanted in ways that are overtly sexist and we have a presumption of neutrality that's false so almost from any angle you look at his complaints they're caught they're empty it's totally sort of fatuous kind of argument to say that this shouldn't be on this television show because it represents a special interest so he's looking for part one but you know this is that's his job yes it is just hard to understand you think this is huffing and puffing versus a genuine threat oh i think this is a pitch in the dirt and they're swinging at it i agree though they have every right to do if they want to do this they have every right to draw this line in the sand they can you know if the they can do what they want as a party i think this is a pitch in the dirt i don't see this is a major problem she's
a very well known person she's been well known to americans for a long time i don't think that anybody's view is really going to be changed no matter how positive these are towards hillary clinton specially if there's two of them if anything it's going to draw more people. to watch this thing you know the controversy is going to bring people to watch it that otherwise wouldn't but to me this is very early on we're a long way off the from the campaign i think this looks a little bit petty at this point it looks like a pitch in the dirt and there are serious issues and problems to be addressed and when you look if you know that this may appeal to hardcore partisans who are not going to vote for hillary clinton the way but this is all about the independents and the swing vote and the swing voters and independents i think they might say cheese is this really what we have to worry about it i can't imagine anybody saying i don't know much about hillary clinton i'm a bridge voter i go vote i'm mad active with it i don't know much about hillary clinton i watch this thing to change my mind i don't see that i think this is something i should just laid off and let them have their their documentary or mini series by up and just leave it alone as an adult perspective. holy cow ok in july freedom works announced it's bernier ogata obamacare card campaign just like the
old after its try to get young people to resist the health care laws individual mandate according the organization's web site the campaign will include live on line video trainings to activists on how to beat the mandate and educational manuals outlining how to protect a person's rights while resisting the health care draft the whole point here is to sabotage obamacare there is no obamacare card they're going to you know freedom works is going to have to make their try to try to reprisal the sixty's and i you know maybe they'll get some old folks out there who are there are in the sixty's going to go bird my car but i you know that which is the tea party but i i think. what's your take or this is what i think they're just doing their damnedest to widen our our wealth gap just let's keep going let's make a bigger you know let's contribute to the fact that we have kind of unconscionable poverty and i just i think it's obscene and extremism. you know. the
methodology ok. question it just like you do but there is a serious question to be yes obamacare depends on the young paying into an insurance system. that will disappear soon lisa poor middle aged older americans and so did we have that conversation on christmas eve or the days before christmas eve when the senate passed obamacare right before everybody had their holiday dinner and we're going to have that conversation too that november two thousand and eight and we voted possibly but i think we do thousand and twelve we we had in two thousand and twelve we talked about silliness such as legitimate rape unfortunately dealt with but you're saying that we didn't have a conversation i would say no we have an election that is that covers troubles that i'm troubled that we did not have a clear discussion on that because we spent a lot of time talking about other legitimate issues that we should not have even been dealing with such as voter suppression voter id legitimate rape and that type of nonsense unfortunately i don't think we had
a long detailed discussion about obamacare in the twenty twelve election because of that the the right is now finally itself forced to supplement that and have a conversation now a it's too late i get that but at the same time i think that the youth of this country need to understand the demands of their being placed upon them through obamacare the way youth unemployment is what in the upper teens right all those people get a free go to be subsidized yes but if once you hit twenty six you make less than eighty thousand dollars a year you're going to get a subsidy of what you know how many twenty seven to thirty five year olds in washington d.c. are surviving on even one thousand dollars i mean let's have this let's just be to have this are you really saying eighty one thousand dollars is the lower middle. is that those that are in an income bracket maybe one survey is made. but we need there still needs to be a clear understanding by that age bracket what their device i think that you know
you just happened the day the government says you got to buy insurance that understand it's going to hit and it's going to work one of two ways and this is mark what i think is going on and i respectfully disagree. i think that what's going on is that the republicans are scared to death that this is going to work and that you know it's just i mean if you go back and you look at the history of social security in the year before social security when when it had been proposed roosevelt was working it out thirty thirty four you had republic i mean that was the year the smedley butler was was enlisted to do to do a coup d'etat you had republicans calling roosevelt a communist i mean saying that he was part of the bolshevik revolution and it was been seriously covered by the media same thing with medicare ronald reagan record of a record album say and this is the road associate you know the soviet whatever i mean once we had both those programs a week later or a month later or a year later no way you can get rid of just the fear of republicans i don't support obamacare and it's not something i was in favor of i'm particularly worried about
the enforcement provisions the i.r.s. and the sharing of health records and in again this orwellian surveillance state that i see emerging that aside as a political thing that this makes some sense people will give money when they say they're scared of something or they're mad about something and in the midterm elections you're talking about people have to run every two years and they're able to run single issue elections especially in the districts or small and some of the rural areas and some of the southerners you can run a single issue election and if you can get people mad enough or scared enough about one issue you can raise money and i think that's what we're seeing divisive politics doesn't play as well in the general election but it helps you raise money and get people to pound in yard signs when they're mad about something and i think this is one big issue that they found a lot of people who are really mad about it and really willing to spearhead especially some of the tea party campaigns and speaking of her tea party four years after the tea party surge swept the country many so-called tea party activists find themselves disillusioned with the republican party backed according to a recent article published in the naples dealing news many tea partiers plan to sit out high profile races and some important swing states next year so do you all
think mark you're probably the closest to the tea party here you think the tea party folks are going to be sent out the race i don't know i think that's hopefully an empty threat i can. imagine the idea that you would be passive in that you would stay out of because you're really not happy with the way things are going to stay home that seems to me that doesn't make any sense to me i would think they'd be more likely if they're not happy with the republican party to form their own party and be a third party if they really don't think that they can integrate into the republican party is going to end with a lot of people and you know soraya do you think that it's possible that they're saying this because they see a defeat coming and they're trying to say when the defeat happened see that was because we didn't show up. i think that they're just in an untenable position in the republican party and they probably just understand that and and they need to look at options. and that's what this is saying this is one here i think you're going to see a lot more activity as for is a home i think is going to be store twenty four teams going to be primaries are
going to see a lot of activity in the primaries this to me is a lot of people talk i don't think that they're going to allow the democrats to take the house in twenty four to rather deal with republicans that are rondo's versus versus live democrats take over nancy posted speaker's gavel but sariah haven't has the tea party done a certain amount to damage the republican party and the tea party largely i funded by the koch brothers and other billionaires and i think it's i think that it's done a lot of damage to the republican party and i think if you look at. the general tendency towards obstructionism that we see and the inability to compromise it's exacerbated all of those things. and surveys show that the majority of republicans are not happy with those opinions are not happy with the extremism and they're disconnected from it and so yes i think there's been a lot of damage done by the you know you got to mitch mcconnell you know freaking out about a primary challenge and then this might cause him to shut down our government just because he's afraid of losing his seat back in kentucky this is crazy stuff. mark
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welcome back to the big picture i'm tom hartman coming up in this half hour today marks the sixty eighth anniversary of the attack on our russia unfortunately the people of japan are having to deal with another nuclear crisis one that has once again entered the emergency stage also america used to have unbiased and independent journalists but those days are long gone what does a new report reveal about the roles and influences of conservative journalists in political messages and within the next week or so bradley manning will likely be given a very lengthy prison sentence for his role in leaking classified documents to wiki leaks but the real significance of his actions has been lost on most americans thanks for the ups thanks to the mainstream media which has chosen to vilify him since day one more on that in tonight's daily take.
in the best of the rest of the news today marks the sixty eighth anniversary of the bombing of hiroshima august sixth one thousand nine hundred five an atomic bomb was . dropped on that city of three hundred fifty thousand people killing up to one hundred forty thousand people three days later an additional nuclear bomb was dropped in the city of nagasaki killing tens of thousands more earlier today fifty thousand people stood for a minute of silence in iraq hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the blast and while the people of japan are marking the anniversary of these catastrophic events they're having to deal with another nuclear crisis at the same time. yesterday spokes person with japan's nuclear regulatory authority told reporters that highly radioactive water spilling into the oceans surrounding the stricken fukushima the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant is creating an emergency their word emergency plan officials are struggling to control
a spokesperson said that tepco the operator of the crippled fukushima plant has no real plan to deal with the radioactive water leaks and that the company is quote sense of crisis is weak and joining me now to talk more about the situation in fukushima is kevin camp's radioactive waste watchdog with beyond nuclear kevin welcome back thank you sound great to have you with us do you agree with japan's nuclear regulatory agency that there's an emergency right now at fukushima well the news is really bad there seems to be an underground flood of radioactively contaminated water that's defying any constraints that tokyo electric is trying to put in place and the had of the nuclear regulatory regulatory authority in japan has said that tokyo electric should just admit that the water will need to be released into the ocean the fishing cooperatives in the region are up in arms about that. proposal as are other governments like china which are downstream with the current so the seafood supply off of fukushima is very much at risk at this point
this is the next big crisis at fukushima including the fact that they are piling up the water behind these underground walls softening the ground and you have three destroyed reactors and a fourth build. with a very precarious high level radioactive waste storage pool and there are warnings by seismologists and engineers that you are softening the ground and you could cause the collapse of those buildings broad fact if the ground is soft you get that effect the san francisco had during the plague of nineteen whatever it was ninety eighty years something where it amplifies the motion above it and there's ongoing earthquakes at the site there was just a five point six so so weeks ago. let's let's recapitulate the history of this because you know when we first talked way back almost two years ago and it's a two and a half years that this would have to go you were talking about if you and paul were talking about how if the cores melt through the bottom of the of the steel containers and they start going into the ground there's a lot of concrete under there but if they get through that concrete and start
heading toward ground water there were a couple of possible outcomes one was the contamination of the groundwater the other was that there could be so much heat colliding with enough water and it could produce a steam explosion is that what the china syndrome. definition is and what's going on right now relative to those scenarios yeah china syndrome is a description of a multum core entering groundwater at that point you've got such hot material that it causes steam explosions if there's no venting for that pressure to escape otherwise you have sort of like radioactive geysers erupting from the ground and releasing you know just unimaginable amounts of radioactivity so the crazy thing about fukushima is we don't really know the status of you know one two and three as core or the reactor pressure vessels or even the radiological containment structures so if you were to listen to tokyo electric whose credibility was nil before this catastrophe even began actually they would say that the containments
are damaged but they're largely intact and most of the radioactivity is still inside but what's to account for one hundred fold increases in cesium strontium tritium in the groundwater. in the bay off the coastline just in recent months and just today another press report. that in the last five days there's been a fifty fold increase in radioactivity levels in certain of the groundwater samples so something is changing and questions start to need to be asked what has given you know have one of these containment structures given away allowing the flow of the radioactivity to increase dramatically we just don't know that one of those i mean they've been pouring hundreds of millions of gallons of water on these things work for the last two years to keep them cool to keep them from melting down themselves and they're storing much of that water as you pointed out could it be that some of that water that has been stored is starting to itself contaminate groundwater there have been reports that this tank farm that's growing up the hillsides at fukushima
daiichi giant tanks of water themselves have sprung leaks they claim that the cooling water used on the cores and that's four hundred tons per day at those three melted down units is largely being recycled that's how the wall street journal reported it today but there's another four hundred tons of water per day that's the groundwater flooding the basements of these destroyed reactors getting radioactively contaminated that's what's getting pumped into that tank farm that's growing up the hillsides so it's it's out of control it's a hemorrhaging of radioactive water and they're proposing all kinds of things freezing the ground solid creating walls and even a cap of things like asphalt to try to contain this water that's that's what they did with chernobyl's they did do some freezing with liquid nitrogen under turn noble to try to prevent the china syndrome of of the correlating the groundwater dr . yeah well they've got the sarcophagus under overturn noble which is failing and so they're building a second sarcophagus over the top of the first one it's like
a russian doll that costs billions of dollars each time right so and and fukushima has not yet. gotten to that point but art. you believe is as bad a disaster as chair over was effect arguably worse while the myth in the mainstream media is that's the second worst nuclear catastrophe in human history but both of these catastrophes are used her noble in fukushima are ongoing and turn over the news has been very bad for months in recent days it's gotten worse so one comes the point when fukushima surpasses and you know meanwhile we have two new nuclear power plants that are being built in georgia as i recall this is this is three and four in the way they're getting away with that is there gouging rate payers ga rate payers to pay for those things in advance no electricity is being provided these are unwilling shareholders who get none of the profits in the end kevin camp's thanks for being with us thank you think it's great to see you too.
in tonight's green reports solar power is one of the safest and cleanest forms of energy and according to a new study by the university of california it has the potential to provide a great deal of energy for the united states researchers say the solar power could supply up to one third of the western united states power needs by two thousand and fifty if federal cost reduction targets are met along with reasonable current policies cost of solar power has already been declining in the united states and as a result the us is just one of four countries in the world to reach ten gigawatts of solar capacity roughly the same amount of energy capacity as ten nuclear power plants unfortunately despite the declining costs of solar power and the growing capacity of it solar power accounts for barely one percent of total energy production in the united states meanwhile in countries like germany solar power is bearing more of the energy production load in two thousand and eleven solar power
accounted for three percent of total energy production that in a nation in the german government has a goal of producing thirty five percent of its electricity needs from solar power by twenty twenty and one hundred percent. by two thousand and fifty remember germany is the quality as country in europe right now massive solar power plants dot the german countryside and plans to build even more are in the works on more local level solar power panels also dot the roofs of many houses across germany it's time for our government to break this nation's addiction to dirty and dangerous forms of energy and instead start investing more in the cleaner and greener energies of the future. just. the. it's the good the bad in the very very now foliage and honestly i believe the good
habitat for humanity housing nonprofit won a big victory for the climate earlier this summer when they finish construction on an off the grid empower house here in washington d.c. designed by a group of architecture students the house is outfitted with energy efficient annulling and windows that help retain heat because it's heat it's big city it's built with more efficient materials empower house doesn't require as many solar panels as other environmentally friendly houses good work habitat for humanity the bad economy for others is a big black cloud hanging over detroit and no it's not the city's pending bankruptcy proceedings it's waste from the alberta tar sands every day koch industries purchases tons upon tons of high petroleum high sulfur petroleum coke soon high carbon i sell for control and go left over from the tar sands oil extraction and ships it down the great lakes storing it at a port along the detroit river as you can see in this video window often blows the coke off cross the river and into the surrounding neighborhoods as if detroit
didn't already have enough problems now it has solidified our ways sans it whipping through its streets great job. and a very very ugly the hunger games can a day camp in largo florida has a great idea for summertime fun for kids a fight to the death at the end of every week counselors gather their campers together and organize them into teams the counselors then order the teams to hunt their arrivals down and kill them the game is based on the popular movie the hunger games but parents and educators think this fantasy is far too real you see teaches kids that violence is fun and rewarding and they have a point the last thing kids need these days is more exposure to violence even if it's just play but it's the keeping up with it every day on t.v. they certainly don't need a summer this is just a theory here. coming up listening to government officials complain about the
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more news today violence is once again flared up the spring these are the images cobol has been seeing from history to canada. china for a shelter on the day. unscrewed news according to a new report by mother jones as david korn conservative journalists are part of a secretive group is trying to defeat moderate to progressive lawmakers in washington d.c.
and to defeat karl rove the secretive group known as groundswell is made up of various conservative journalists tea party activists and politicians who have everyone from allen west to frank gaffney to ginni thomas the wife of u.s. supreme court justice clarence thomas according to corn rounds well is a messaging strategy coalition kind of hush was announced really to the world that was set up by some conservatives after the republican defeat last year's election all these advocates are sitting around hatching talking points messaging points strategies for beating back progressive groups congressional democrats the white house but also karl rove. also claims the groundswell helped to gin up his words the benghazi scandal and the conservative journalists were steaminess his word with activists politicians and legislative aides to help advance a conservative agenda so have conservative journalists officially become the latest
part of the conservative propaganda machine and if so what does this say about journalism in america joining me now for more on this is tommy christopher a political editor and white house reporter for media ite dot com tommy welcome back thanks for having me tom good to see you always great to see you tony are you surprised by david corn's reportings i mean is this a startling revelation or something that we just sort of expect. no i mean having a hard time getting that worked up about it i mean i do is use for you know as a sort of an antidote to all the outrage about the journalist but beyond that no. you know a lot of what's described in words or go where he's not look at very savage writing in iraq a lot of words describe it. it's articles being done out in the open anyway you know there are you know if you look at stories in conservative publications there's this sort of upfront about where sources are and where they're not sort of how anyway you know they're being they're being spoon fed things from these are these
are republican staffers and you know. the fact they get together made about it no not a shock at all but i do think that they should have come up with a better name and groundswell it sounds kind of like maybe somebody septic tank is overflowing i would go something like cool like you know operation falcon strike or something like that but you know that's just me but other than that no it's not that surprising when i think i don't to sidetrack the conversation here but what what i think is really of the problem is that you know this is a semantic warfare when people when they conservatives talk about the media being liberal having a bias they're trying to discredit something that is viewed as legitimate or david corn is doing is describing something that nobody sees as legitimate anyway so the real harm to me is when you have mainstream journalists like you know of when a.b.c. news did their did their reporting about the benghazi memos and they didn't disclose that their sources were republicans you know to me that is far more disturbing and
much more and it's not that far off from what these people get together and meet to talk about well if i had cardinal unicorn and the big guys the stuff that you're talking about was actually ginned up by this very group this groundswell group they came up with the messaging points and work that out with their allies and fox and friends and i don't mean the program but you know i mean and and lawns and their friends yes exactly and and pump the thing out. and the thing that's dense really bad about this is that it was a.b.c. news that ate it up you know that that's the real you know i don't want to hear some more help for the guys get together yeah yeah i mean and i don't care how much he's got to get together the problem. what makes the species jump into the mainstream media and and what doesn't isn't though isn't this though tommy also a symptom of the loss of what used to be considered at least relatively unbiased journalism in washington d.c. in the united states. i don't know i mean i i think this is at you know if anything
just sort of a ribbon on that or you know. know what this is not a surprise you know what they're doing is a surprise. hello . tommy final thoughts. ginni thomas on this there was a proposal that is actually legislation that has been proposed by democrats in both the house and the senate to impose on the supreme court which the constitution article three section two gives congress the power to do to regulate the supreme court to impose on the supreme court the exact same code of ethics that the supreme court imposes on all the other federal courts they don't they operate outside those ethical boundaries right now so you can have you know a supreme court justice go hunting with some with a litigant and then rule on their case two weeks later as as happened with scalia. or thomas for that matter ginni thomas actively campaigning in lobbying against
obamacare and then. mr thomas. not recusing who chief justice thomas not recusing himself what are your thoughts on where that might go and how that's going to be received. the questionnaire it sounds a great idea. and. you know i guess. it will be a lot like i think the arguments over the filibuster you know that the people in power always want to have you know maintain the status quo and since there's a bit of a conservatives on the court i would expect republicans to oppose that and then once president obama gets the nominee if you more judges then maybe we'll see. there to change a little bit here i guess at that point all of a sudden they'll be all in favor of the right just to go to conduct although if scalia and thomas are still on the court i would think they would resist it because these guys are behaving very strangely tommy christopher thanks again for being with us tom thanks for every john.
raese alert potty training politician move over michele bachmann and al franken there's a new minnesota political bigwig in town the name is bobby tops he's four years old and he just wanted his second term as mayor of the small northern minnesota town of dorset only twenty eight people live in dorset bobby's position is really just a ceremonial one but that's not stopping him from enjoying the power that comes with political office he's got some big plans for his hometown check it out. as mayor bobby leads town events and greets visitors but his legacy may be making his favorite food ice cream that top of the food pyramid because he's good at what you're beautifully. made me laugh he can be kind
and lame will shoot you sounds like a plan minnesota's newest political star better watch out though rumor has it the more as a streak at running for mayor in mexico has decided to move to minnesota to challenge bobby in next year's race citing concerns with the corrupting power of the tumbling sea nobody really likes carpetbaggers however so it looks like a body types has the pick of the litter when it comes to rival candidates. yesterday a senior state department official testifying at bradley manning's sentencing hearing said that manning's leaks of classified documents to wiki leaks had a chilling effect on u.s. foreign relations much of the manning case comes down to one simple fact the u.s.
government got caught spying on innocent civilians and on diplomats both inside the united states and outside the united states and diplomats don't take that all that well and now they're going to go our government is going to metaphorically shoot the messenger by sending the guy who spilled the beans bradley manning to prison. think about that for a second is that this approach that the federal government is taking in the manning case sort of like a shoplifter saying that his big problem is that he got caught red handed or like a cheating husband saying that his marital relationship has been harmed because he was caught in bed with another woman rather than owning up accepting responsibility for their actions our government seems to be playing a game of pass the blame it appears to be designed to divert our attention away from our government's own misdeeds and to make matters worse the mainstream media has fallen hook line and sinker for the government's attempt to shift blame from
itself on to bradley manning rather than question in the government's real motives in the manning case and discussing the actual context of manning's document leaks our media has been vilifying manning since the day he was arrested jeremy scahill so the best last week when he attacked the mainstream media's coverage of the manning trial speaking on democracy now with amy goodman skeels this. window down power want to gin up support for a war you know who to call in the powerful media what would they want to tamp down any public awareness of an issue they know how to make a story and there their colleagues in the media have been utterly complicit in that you know we're a bit more bridge would be an indictment about real housewives glady. been there had to bradley manning and. the media in this country right now and it's just devastating that we don't have a media culture that. trial should have been gavel to gavel coverage let's revisit
the details of what the mainstream media has missed over the course of the bradley manning trial they've missed the fact that manning's leaks revealed that u.s. defense contractors were complicit in child trafficking in afghanistan according to the leaked documents dying corporate giant defense contractor firm that makes. almost two billion dollars a year in revenue from taxpayer dollars threw a party for afghan security recruits using boys purchased from local trash child traffickers for entertainment the mainstream media also missed the appalling revelations from the guantanamo files which could describe how some detainees at that military prison were arrested based on what the new york times described as quote highly subjective evidence and quote for example in one case poor farmers were captured after they were allegedly seen wearing a style of watch or jacket that was the same as those worn by some al qaeda
terrorists that those innocent farmers may still be in guantanamo today along with the eighty some prisoners who have already been cleared for release but are still there and the mainstream media also missed reporting that u.s. military officials deliberately withheld information about the killings of two reuters staff members and a dozen innocent civilians in baghdad on july twelfth two thousand and seven it was the release of that video footage of that it's happening that ignited the firestorm over wiki leaks in the first place and started our government's efforts to hunt down bradley manning the bottom line here is that while the us government is using bradley manning as a scapegoat for their own less than desirable actions the mainstream media is letting them get away with it by not doing their jobs not reporting on the real significance of the story within the next week or so bradley manning will likely be given a very long prison sentence fortunately there is still time for a mainstream media to wake up and report on the real significance of man's actions
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