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russian diplomatic sources say they've seen evidence suggesting a chemical weapons attack in the syrian capital in august was carried out by group backed by saudi arabia. female driver in front of a child off the she ran into security areas near the white house following a car chase. reportedly. supporters of egypt's deposed islamist president mohamed morsi in cairo to prevent them from occupying his square .
studio center here in moscow where it's just eight pm this is. the deadly nerve gas attack in the suburbs of the syrian capital in august was orchestrated by an al qaeda linked group backed by saudi arabia and that's according to russian diplomatic sources speaking on condition of anonymity well the interfax news agency reports this middle east correspondent paula has more on this. this is the position that moscow has held all along namely that the rebels are provoking the situation as an attempt to see foreign forces and the international community becoming involved in the conflict inside syria both moscow and damascus believe that there is more than enough evidence that points to the opposition being behind this attack and yet despite the huge body of evidence the united states and her allies continue to put the blame for this attack on the shoulders of the syrian president bashar al assad this is also despite the fact that
a number of former high ranking members of the american intelligence community have been solved said that there is a lot of evidence that points to the fact that in fact it may very well have been the rebels behind this attack now what is also important to point out is that these this intelligence community says it is a growing body of evidence that shows number one that the attack was preplanned and number two that it's a was to see the united states becoming involved in the conflict they also say that it is in israel's interest to see military intervention in syria but not to the point that the opposition would be strengthened enormously in the long run the united states remains committed to seeing the overthrow of the syrian president bashar al assad and it continues to support a very fractured opposition this despite the fact that even western analysis says that the opposition is becoming increasingly more and more radicalized as you have
groups like al qaida that are becoming more and more powerful. meanwhile experts from the world's chemical weapons watchdog say they are making encouraging progress towards dismantling syria's stockpiles a team from the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons is in damascus for talks with officials a u.n. report earlier concluded that nerve gas had indeed been used on a large scale in august but the consistency of the findings are under question as oksana boyko explained to my colleague. the report on the use of chemical weapons the first report was released a couple of weeks ago the next report is expected by the end of the of the year and this is going to be the full report but the spectre's claim to use very very reliable scientific methods but if you actually go and look at the reporter there are so many questions and the main question is of war is the reliability of the whole research because just to explain you quickly what the inspectors did they
either went to several sites or the area or the area of the horrible videos of children and bodies and. at one location they spread that around to all or should be another location is spent around five hours and they try to collect samples environmental samples tissues fabric soil and also interviews survivors and take blood samples from them and the biggest problem there is that none of the environmental samples that they too could it was good to test it positively for sarin but all the survivors for some reason tested positive like i suggest we listen to one of the sound bites from the interview that i did with angela kane the u.n. high representative for disarmament affairs i think that would read things into perspective they did prove the siren was evident in the samples they found but on the other hand if they did not find the samples in the environmental the
environmental samples if they did not find certain the environmental samples it just testifies to the honesty of the reinspection so they're saying this is what we found this is what we took now of course it's interesting the. miskin would talk about the almost you know the inspectors i think we would expect nothing less from the year of personnel but. you need to understand what actually happened whenever the investigators had a chance to do the job whenever they had the freedom to go around and collect samples none of them test positive me and yet whenever they tried to get some tissue samples from people who were pre-selected by the opposition they all test positive way and this is pretty sickly it's simply impossible i mean there are just two possible explanations either the united nation inspectors didn't know how to do that job or. there's environmental samples or the opposition tried to influence the investigation and brought people who were probably exposed to sarah
but at some other location and you make your pick and it's up to you who you trust more the u.n. inspectors or the opposition what i find extremely interesting and inexplicable to me is that the union specters and the u.n. reports would still claim that they have a clear and convincing evidence that sarin was used worse as we just discussed those evidence i'm not there clear north consisting. of the investigation is continuing of course but of course the report suggests the mass chemical or talk made the moscow ranges from hundreds to thousands. well actually did the inspections examined the bodies well it is also a very interesting case because we all remember that you know those pictures of dead children bodies were the main case for president obama the main reason for president obama to go to war in syria he wanted to punish president assad for
killing all those people and what's strange is. the u.n. inspectors didn't even request. of those bodies they didn't want to see the autopsies they didn't want to go to the morgue and. this is how this can explain the reasons why such a request for a. there were so many victims who were still alive that there was really no need to to exuma bodies and basically take a tissue from them because there were so many victims who were alive but we had also complete case history meaning that the victims were able to tell how they were affected what they felt what the symptoms were which is much more powerful than taking tissue from from me from a body well. in my humble opinion autopsy is a very very rich source of any sort of information and war over the u.n. inspector side a lot of stories about a lot of interviews about how many people were killed at some point that they
report they say that. they were like. a family of forty people killed in. and yet for some reason they make absolutely no after it's you go and see those bodies still not knowing what led to a car chase in washington d.c. which cause a security lockdown of the government and ended with an unarmed woman being shot in front of a baby by police on thursday will details now from sex. we're learning more about the suspect who led police on a high speed chase through washington d.c. her name is miriam carey thirty four years old from connecticut she was a mother she was recently laid off from her job as a dental hygienist and tragically yesterday she was shot dead in front of her one year old child just outside the u.s. capitol here in washington d.c. now this all started at around two pm yesterday afternoon she tried to gain access to the white house secure area of the white house where she was confronted by police she then sped off struck a police officer and then led police on
a high speed chase to the u.s. capitol where again she eluded cops says as police tried to fire on the vehicle and when she led to the third location near senate office building she crashed the car and she was riddled with bullets by the police again with with her child in the back seat it was only then that police say they realized her child was in the car as for why any of this happened and why she was killed we can't know for sure now anyone familiar with this area in d.c. knows that there's a lot of drills going on there's a lot of security checkpoints going on and and really it's hard to drive around so you can imagine someone who might be having some mental illness issues confronting a checkpoint that she wasn't expected to confront and then panicking and driving off and leading to this whole chain of events that happened will be investigations into this i mean we're talking about the two most secure locations probably on the
planet the u.s. capitol the white house which might be why police were quick to jump to lethal force but a lot of people be saying you know why he why didn't police try and shoot out the tires when they had the vehicle cornered why wasn't another police car brought in to further box in the suspect's vehicle and one of the suspects car was immobilised the third time why was she just shot dead of course this comes with a string of incidents of people being unarmed and being. held by police you may remember recently there was the case be brought to dosh of who was being questioned by the f.b.i. during that question he was shot dead he was unarmed even with the case of the start of the boston bomber he was captured alive but after several shots rang out by police in the boat that he was hiding and it was discovered that he was unarmed and really on a week to week basis unfortunately in the united states where we're hearing stories of police shooting unarmed people who they perceive as a threat and weren't so this is just another tragic instance of that unfortunately
here in the nation's capital where you can see how the chase unfolded throughout central washington by taking a look at this map right here starting at the white house the suspect advances all the way to the capitol building coming on the police find the chase ended almost two miles away from the white house where the driver was killed well let's get more reaction now from benjamin she's political activist and co-founder of code pink which aims to end u.s. funded wars and occupations joining us live now from the united states how do you think the police handle this situation. well it's really hard to tell without even getting more details than we have so far because i think it's very sad that a thirty four year old woman is dead i don't i'm not a policewoman i don't know how these things work but we always ask ourselves why didn't they shoot the tires they had his surrounded the car was right there it
would have seemed like shooting the tires and disabling the car was the right thing to do what i find is that in this atmosphere it's very hard to have a rational discussion about the excessive use of force because there's so much complementing of the police for their reaction and it is positive that more people didn't get killed but i think we should have more of a discussion about wasn't there a way to do this that would not have led to her death or complementary reaction to the way the way the police have handled this has there been any draw in the media ready public opinion over the way the police handled this in a negative sense of people who perhaps are angry about this. you know nothing that i have heard there was a question asked by a reporter to the chief of the capitol police about the possible use of excessive force and he quickly dismissed that i have not heard negative reactions i have not heard much of the sense of of sadness about the death
of this young woman and of course then there are these issues about mental health issues and and how do we treat people who have mental health issues and it is surprising that the police didn't see that there was a child in the car the first time but i don't think that these questions are going to be asked very publicly i think there is very much a sense that the job of the police is to secure the people who are inside these buildings and that if it leads to the death of people that's just how it goes over the lives that have been a growing number of allegations about police brutality in general in the u.s. booze allegations or those accusations is that effect to the way that the police operate and he wanted to do you think well there are many cases of of police using excessive force here in the nation's capital they're actually better than in most places but given that i who participate in demonstrations have
been thrown to the ground with excessive force by capitol police and park police saying instead of giving a polite order asking me to do something i have a case being investigated now against. an officer for the use of excessive force it happens to us all the time unfortunately it's something that is prevalent in the united states you over in washington d.c. just very recently we had the twelve killed in the naval yard shooting is the city on marriage that is there a sense that the place is getting pretty unsafe these days. this city is very much on edge i think if you also add to the communiques that were supposed to have been intercepted around the anniversary of nine eleven when there was a. travel advisory for places throughout the middle east things were very
much on edge here i was doing a protest in front of the capitol of the day before nine eleven and they didn't even want us near there. and the same with the white house so i think since nine eleven there's been a real sense among people and the police that they are on edge there have been incidents for example somebody threw a. lit i don't know if it was an explosive but it made a pop through the fence of the white house one day and they closed the entire section there for several hours i think the police probably have good reason to be on edge but it means that there is then excessive reactions people therefore say that could be a compromise over general freedom day to day life because of the way the police are going to operate at the moment well i think so and i think that we have to have these questions asked about why the police with all of their training are not able
to do things like react to the incident yesterday without the killing of the woman i think that should be openly discussed and i think they should take seriously the allegations of the excessive use of force it's one thing to be jittery and certainly to protect the president and the congress it's another thing to over react in a way that we. are going to. thank you very much indeed you turn your friends thank you for your most good morning coming our way right after the break stay with us. there's a leave us so we leave the baby. by the sea potions to cure. your party there's a goal. for shoes that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers
eighteen minutes past the hour hand the russian capital back to our top story here in r.t. and russian diplomatic sources say they have seen evidence suggesting a chemical weapons attack in the syrian capital in august was carried out by an al qaeda linked group backed by saudi arabia well let's get reaction now from journalist and broadcaster neil clark he's joining me live from oxford in the u.k. neal is the u.n. likely then to investigate these latest allegations the rebel forces were responsible for that chemical attack. hi bill i think they've got to have it made because if the u.n. doesn't think it's there they'll be held open to charges of bias because you know they've investigated the last chemical weapons attack which was played on the syrian government by the u.s. by britain so if they don't look at this russian evidence now then obviously they're going to have a very credible all day so i think they've got to they've got much choice. but the u.n. has got to look into it and it will have been questioning the conviction of that your report on that august attack what are your thoughts about that u.n.
investigation well i don't want to trash the report bill but i think i'm very concerned about aspects of it for example you know it was done very quickly i mean what one site only spent two hours and that wasn't enough time they didn't look at samples of dead bodies there were no autopsies taken that was rather strange i think why did they look at autopsies to find evidence and of course there is the great danger that evidence was brought in in tampa with by rebel forces because this took place in gravel areas of course so it was scientific point of view there's great question marks about your report so i think i would like to see the spent longer time the time that they need to do it really knowing what i what why is it that people need convincing that there is indeed a chance that rebels could have been behind that chemical attack. i think it's likely very likely isn't it because let's look at the bigger picture bill i mean is it likely that president assad would have launched a very large chemical attack against rebels at the time when he was winning the war
when the u.n. inspectors were in town why would he want to do that for now to be the one thing that would trigger western military intervention he would be absolutely insane to launch that attack bill so i think for those reasons alone because be very very skeptical and the fact that evidence hasn't come to actually point the finger at the syrian government no evidence of getting being proved about that has been put forward by the u.s. or britain so i think we've got to be very very skeptical i think is very likely that it was a false flag operation or and we're taking into account the controversy over that u.n. report we've just been talking about what do you make of the fact that u.n. weapons experts are actually now being deployed to take part in the removal of those chemical stockpiles. you know what i'm very worried about the pressure put under by the western powers we know that the u.n. weapons inspectors in iraq for instance were put under enormous pressure from the u.s. to come up with a sort of find if they wanted and so i think that that's the big problem what we want is the u.n. to. to be able to do their job properly without outside interference of outside pressure and i think we've got to be able to trust the u.n.
i mean if we don't trust the u.n. who can we trust but the trouble is the u.n. doesn't work in a vacuum it works in the real world and there's going to be pressure put on them by the u.s. . of course what's going to happen is we're going to get the neo cons the warmongers coming out with any kind of mind of any kind of discretion any kind of discrepancy coming out to use as a pretext for war so i think we've got to be alert alive to the fact that the u.n. inspectors will be put under enormous pressure and they've got to be strong enough to withhold that pressure i'm afraid also to consider that some rebel groups have refused to honor the international chemical disarmament agreement that is significant is it not. oh absolutely i mean the double standards here are glaring but because of the one hand we have president assad being condemned for using chemical weapons even though no evidence has been produced he actually did you that the rebels have used them to destroy evidence they have and they haven't signed up to any sort of treaties and so the danger that that i'm worried about is that saying a few months time we're going to have another chemical weapons attack in syria which will be blamed on the syrian government that will be carried out by the
rebels and the allegations that president assad is lying that he's still got secret stocks hidden away and that will be used as a cause for more military intervention perhaps next spring something is going to be very allied to the i think all chemical weapons have to be removed from syria in fact the entire region actually just briefly then finally all the progress that seemingly be made over the chemical weapons issue just how big a step is that towards a resolution of the crisis in syria. could you repeat that bill so i think how close are we now to a step towards a resolution of the crisis in syria now that the chemical weapons been in some ways up overcome but is this a major leap towards perhaps some sort of conclusion or not there's many more barriers to go. it is it is it is but there's dangers along the way because if the washington elite very split bill between those people perhaps barack obama is in this camp who actually want to see resolution now who are worried about the islamists nature of the opposition in syria would like to see some kind of resolution and the more hawkish elements who want regime change at all costs these
people don't want to skip platic solution to succeed bill they want to wreck it and i think this is the danger that whether these hawks will have the last say you know they want to derail this process they want to have another they would love to have another false flag operation coming or they want to see president assad forcibly removed so i think i answered your question it is a good step we're on the right road tax to russian public opinion in the western countries but there's dangers that lie ahead inch too early now to say that syria won't be bombed i hope it is but i think you know that hopefully things will be on the right path now on live from oxford journalism broadcasts and they'll clock rate here thoughts thanks for your time. thanks a lot bill here's the egyptian military continues its crackdown on the protest movement troops in cairo have reportedly fired live rounds at supporters of the deposed islamist president mohamed morsi to prevent them from occupying tahrir square now here's bill true with an update on the escalating tensions there. but we've already saw today was multiple clashes explodes between supporters of ousted leader mohamed morsy and security forces in multiple locations across the come
across the country as well as the city i was down just a square where there are thousands of supporters and morsy essentially attempted to access this main running point that had been sealed off by security forces with tanks concrete walls and basically barricades made of barbed wire basically the after that there was old cations between security forces which descended into clashes i heard automatic weapon fire can't confirm whether it was my formulation but it certainly was running through the air as well as. take out really making the entirety of downtime almost impossible to agree we have had reports of and possibly a fatality there also running points in giza which is the site of one of the sit ins for mohamed morsy earlier on in august to be discouraged by security forces there also there were clashes in additions to thousands gathering at the site of one of the main incumbents in support of our list of leader mohamed morsy in the rubble of the way and not so city at the moment we hear that it's still relatively
calm there but it has been very tense here we've also heard of clashes in the northern city of alexandria and in the nile delta and this comes just a few days before we expected mass demonstrations on sunday which is the national armed forces day or the anniversary of the nine seventy three war morsi supporters have vowed to come to his square which they have been forbidden from accessing and in addition pro-military protests are expected the same day so we really will see this during our prayer as we get his driver protest day bill true reporting there from caro in just four years time switzerland could become a beacon of social security in that time everyone in the country could be guaranteed a basic income to live on when r.t. teamed up with video agency to follow the story and read all of the reports from. what we're seeing here in switzerland is a completely revolutionary outlook towards the social welfare system what's being proposed by a group of swiss citizens is a guaranteed minimum income now what that would mean is that every citizen whether
working in which every job all not at all would receive a set amount of money now would order to try and illustrate the point that switzerland is such a wealthy country and it has a mountain of money that can be shared out around all of its citizens what we're seeing right now happening just over to my right is. the tons of gold coins poured out onto the parliament where he had. four hundred thousand sweets francs worth of money that's around three hundred fifty thousand euro now this new revolutionary plan and as i say it's resulted in they say outpouring of gold coins is well it's caused some consternation is it just free money or will it result in people not even all the reading to work now those behind the scheme say that it will actually encourage people to work it will encourage people to follow their dreams they say that this will allow them allow people in
the country a right to dignity you know right to choose exactly what they want to do not pressured find the pretty extreme pressure of having to finance that every day you run if they say that the modern world has created a situation whereby people don't work for what they enjoy they would in order to just pay their bills and they want to change they say that when it comes to financing it well that's where it gets into the real political wrangling and if this goes beyond a referendum not certainly something is going to be discussed as being put forward that perhaps taxes could be raised is also being put forward that could be a financial transaction tax of course switzerland one of the major banking centers all of the world if not the major banking center of the world also rise in b a t in value added tax could be brought in but it's a setting a revolutionary scheme that they're looking forward to putting to paula montagne and i said to change perhaps even the very way that we come sept what will kids.
so that brings up today for the moment i'll be back with a news team with more if you just have a home in the meantime politicking with legendary host larry king weighs in on the financial repercussions of the shutdown. stay with us for that if you can. you know i'm old enough to remember on reruns when gomer pyle used to cry citizen's arrest when he saw something wrong in mayberry and a new law in russia could allow our city average to do the same thing by helping to enforce law in the country this low allows citizens to protect public order by becoming volunteer workers deputy policeman and even forming people's militias which will in theory prevent crime or at least allow the police to be informed more
quickly and accurately of course this like any project which sounds nice on paper is all about the implementation so we'll see how these deputies and militias will work overall i think this won't have much of an effect on crime but it could have a huge impact on non-criminal bad public behavior you know i am not the bravest guy on the planet and it's hard to confront a group of five drunk guys who are just as big as you who are acting like idiots on the street but doing so with ten stone sober militiaman buddies could provide a much more convincing argument for the drunkard's this could be a big step forward for democracy when you actually have at least a scrap of power or control over the events in your neighborhood then you are sure feel like people actually have a lot of power and this could be good for the country but that's just my opinion. he's an american business phrase that outspokenness is always at the top of a blood.