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because you're going to you're going to. be. coming up on our t.v. get ready for the next chapter of international trade negotiators from twelve nations are gathering for talks on the t.t.p. trade deal but they aren't the only ones protesters are voicing opposition to the far reaching pact for the protests ahead law enforcement officials throughout the u.s. are collecting the d.n.a. of the rest days even if those people are never charged or convicted is that a good way to solve crime or is it a violation of individual rights will collect the evidence ahead and on capitol hill victims of u.s. drone strikes testified at a hearing on tuesday to many families told lawmakers about the horrors of drone strikes and the loved ones that they lost will bring you one of those tragic
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stories later in the show. it's wednesday november twentieth four pm in washington d.c. i'm meghan lopez and you are watching r t chief negotiators from all twelve countries participating in talks over the transpacific partnership are in salt lake city utah today the goal is to resolve differences between the countries and to come up with a formal agreement by the end of the year if it succeeds it would be the biggest trade agreement in world history australia brunei chil a canada japan malaysia mexico new zealand peru singapore the united states and vietnam are all taking part in these talks talks which have been mostly conducted in secret even the u.s. congress says that it's being left out and they aren't alone where there is a gathering of world leaders there's likely to be a group of. protesters in net and this meeting was actually no exception many of
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them are afraid that they will lose their digital freedom with any new agreement since cyber intellectual property is one of the areas covered our teens are among the mundo has more. trans-pacific partnership or. is an ambitious free trade agreement the u.s. is currently negotiating with eleven other countries including canada australia and japan negotiators from around the world have gathered here in salt lake city to hash out the legal details of the agreement it could have wide ranging effects on major industries including energy in the internet and pharmaceuticals demonstrators from around the country have come here to meet the negotiators demanding more transparency fully love seein american jobs go overseas and american wages go down you'll love the tepee plea from documents that have been leaked it appears that there are they're going to open the floodgates for more fracking which could
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pose a run this environmental and health problems for people in this country. not only is it an eye democratic it's against our interests in our health in our democracy. our economy and workers' rights and environmental protections many americans don't know anything about the t p p the obama administration and powerful parties involved have kept it a secret however we can leaks release the draft of one of the tapper's in the agreement dealing with intellectual property critics fear that it could fundamentally change the state of the internet as we know it and restrict access to affordable medicines it is an agreement that will dramatically restrict trade in exchange in a way that will crush generic production of pharmaceuticals and raise the medical cost to the point that the world's poor will not be able to access lifesaving medicines and people are likely to die.
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to be negotiations will continue your you talk throughout the week and as you can see the protests will continue as well your body minister sure would like to have an agreement done by the end of this year however pushback from congress vocal critics could put those plans on hold in salt lake city utah. well if you've ever watched a crime movie or had the misfortune of being arrested yourself then you know how the booking process goes you have your picture taken and you are fingerprinted and then you are put in a cell to await the next phase of your case but an increasing number of states are adding another step to that process collecting a mouth swab for d.n.a. samples these d.n.a. samples can help local and federal law enforcement agencies or solve ols and future crimes however the american civil liberties union says the process is a violation of an individual's privacy and they are willing to go to court to end
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the practice northern california's a.c.l.u. group filed a lawsuit back in two thousand and nine on behalf of lily haskell the woman you're looking at who was arrested while attending a peace rally in san francisco she was released without being charged but her d.n.a. is now in california's system up permanently the case will be taken up by the ninth u.s. circuit court of appeals in december meanwhile pennsylvania is on its way to becoming the twenty ninth state to allow d.n.a. collection upon arrest to talk more in depth about the case and the broader implications of d.n.a. collection i'm joined now by tracy macklin a professor of law at boston university tracy thank you so much for joining me what are your thoughts on the a.c.l.u. the pill case in california well i wish you know you look at the. a tough road to hoe in the sense that this supreme court decision which you referenced maryland versus king is going to make it very difficult for them to
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succeed in the long run now the a.c.l.u. said that their appeal case is very different from that maryland versus king ruling that happened in the supreme court can you go into a little bit more detail about that ruling and why it matters in this case. sure certainly maryland versus king held that the police can take d.n.a. samples of individuals who are arrested for serious or violent crimes and those samples can then be tested for forensic analysis and then of course if they are hits or matches from the d.n.a. of prior crimes they can be used in court to help convict the individual now yes the california situation is different because california law allows the testino any person arrested for a crime was a be a misdemeanor or or a major felony at the end of the day however i'm not sure that's really going to matter under the logic of maryland versus king because the king decision was based
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on the premise that the d.n.a. searches are not the done to develop evidence to investigate but rather are done to help a dentist the rest being now if you're going to death by the rest with respect to a violent crime you can certainly go to the state certainly has an interest in identifying the arrest the with respect to a minor crime or misdemeanor and i'm sure what the california prosecutors are going to say is that well we're taking the d.n.a. to help a den of by someone arrested for a minor crime now during a ruling from maryland versus king supreme court justice anthony kennedy issued the majority opinion saying quote taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestees d.n.a. is like fingerprinting and photographing a legitimate police booking procedure that is response that is reasonable under the fourth amendment now legally speaking what is the difference between saying that this material is being used for booking rather than saying that it is being used for solving crimes well because you're not allowed to conduct searches in order to
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help solve crimes unless you have probable cause or you have judicial authorization now when they take d.n.a. samples from arrestees there is neither judicial authorization nor probable cause for this. searchin the kennedy earlier in his opinion conceded that when the state d.n.a. sample they are conducting a search of the problem is that when police and state officials take d.n.a. samples they don't have any probable cause for those searches now what about a fingerprint break this down for us they are also used in the booking process and also sometimes it can be run against a federal database in order to solve some crimes so it ends up fingerprinting potentially a violation of a person's fourth amendment rights as well doesn't fall under the realm of privacy probably not because the court has not yet decided it probably won't happen that fingerprints constitute searches now if fingerprinting if fingerprinting did constitute a search within the meaning of the constitution we'd have
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a similar concern my guess would be that the court would say in those circumstances that figure pretty albeit a search all right again is done for identification asus gilliam a in his dissent so fingerprinting is different from d.n.a. sampling in the sense that fingerprinting is not considered research d.n.a. sampling is a search but according to the supreme court the purpose behind the d.n.a. sample is not to investigate possible criminal activity but rather to develop a den of five the individual who's been arrested so is this just the wave of the future when it comes to law enforcement tactics i mean years ago we didn't know about fingerprinting and then we didn't know about d.n.a. and now we are. all i see yes this is the future of law enforcement and i don't think it's going to be confined to arrest the certainly there is the potential no in fairness the supreme court didn't discuss any of this in maryland versus king but there is the potential for the police just like they now take fingerprints from
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persons who have a bit of arrested but they have been detained for investigation there's certainly the potential for the police to take a d.n.a. sample from an individual who hasn't been formally arrested but is being detained by the police in fact it's probably quicker to take a d.n.a. sample than it is to take a fingerprint very interesting and right now even in maryland ninety nine point nine six of the people that they do take those d.n.a. swabs from are innocent they did catch thirteen potential murderers and rapists so some would argue that it might and might be worth it but that was tracey at macklin a professor of law at boston university with an article on maryland versus king coming out in the forthcoming issue of the supreme court for review thank you so much you're welcome. president obama's pick to succeed jenna to succeed jenna politan o. as director of the department of homeland security is one step closer to clinching the position the senate homeland and government affairs committee approved his nomination this morning however
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a couple of republican senators are holding up his come formation senator lindsey graham is blocking all nominees in the senate until the white house agrees to let survivors of last year's benghazi attack in libya appear before congress also senator john mccain has vowed to prevent jay johnson from getting the job until he has declared his stance on border security j. has spent his career bouncing back and forth between the public and private sector he served as the assistant u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york he was the general counsel for the department of the air force for bill clinton he was also the general counsel for the department of defense for president obama in two thousand and eight and then was appointed the top lawyer for the defense department before practicing law in the private sector now during president obama's term he has been viewed as a trusted adviser though it not all of his opinions lined up with the
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administrations in june two thousand and eleven johnson advised the obama administration to end libya airstrikes warning that continued involvement beyond sixty days was a violation of the war powers act the president disagreed and continued with those airstrikes he was on the forefront of the end of the push to end don't ask don't tell in the military he also played a key role in shaping the obama administration's drone policy of ron johnson believes the drone program should not be shrouded in secrecy as much as it is but he does think that it is necessary he even went so far as to suggest u.s. citizens could be viable targets during a february two thousand and twelve speech that he gave at yale law school critics are worried that johnson will broaden the domestic drone program if he is in fact confirmed. and while we're on the topics of drones members of congress heard testimony this week from people that they have experienced the horrors of drone strikes first hand representatives barbara lee alan grayson and jan schakowsky
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hosted a congressional briefing tuesday where a group of invited yemeni delegations actually came to the u.s. to tell their stories there were tears questions and a demand for an end to the drone program or to correspondent lives while brings us the story of one man who witnessed the horrors and lived to tell the tale. or you had no home for feisal ben al egypt air a time of celebration quickly turned into a time of mourning we got there and we saw those loved ones who once last night what dancing with us and joy of the wedding being cut to pieces by these missiles in august of two thousand and twelve he returned here to his home village of hashmi are in eastern yemen for son's wedding the next day a u.s. drone fired four missiles in the village killing five men among them bears brother in law salim ben ali bear an outspoken anti al-qaeda cleric also killed his cousin
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waleed bin a leader bear a local policeman my brother in law my wife's brother my wife's brother saddam. and who was a. speaker and he was expecting to be killed he expected that he might be targeted and he would be targeted by al qaida instead he was killed by an american drone feisal is now part of a yemeni delegation that is bringing their personal stories directly to members of congress. i came here today to share with you my my my my my story of what has happened to my to my family there were a translator this yemeni politician talks about the psychological effects drones have on people on the ground the entire village keeps living in constant fear
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waiting for the moment when it will when it will strike the death of innocent civilians has some u.s. lawmakers reevaluating the u.s. drone campaign over fears that the strikes are creating more enemies than allies one of our own diplomats used to serve in yemen says that every time we kill someone with one of these drone strikes we create fifty or sixty. more members of this hearing is organized by activist group code pink and hosted by representatives alan grayson barbara lee and jan schakowsky i think that these joint hearings have been fascinating to those of us who took an interest in them and i've learned a lot personally but i think that many members still ignore the issue we have yet to have any member of the republican majority show up for either of these two hearings president obama has insisted that drone strikes are a critical tool in america's counterterrorism strategy we are at war with an organization that right now would kill as many americans as they could if we did
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not stop them first the drone program has been shrouded in secrecy and the number of civilian deaths is unclear so much of this is classified and so we need to really have some form of public awareness the delegation is calling for an end to drone strikes in yemen but until that happens they're calling for more transparency and at the very least recognition that the deadly strikes happened here at the capital is wall r.t. . now on the same day that congress members were listening to those testimonies of those people from yemen another drone strike was reported in the country when it says told the associated press that three alleged al qaeda operatives were killed in an attack in southern yemen are to correspondent liz wahl joins me now with more liz what do we know about these most recent attacks well unfortunately we don't know too much because of the nature of the secrecy of the drone campaign the drone strikes the administration rarely acknowledges or never really acknowledges that
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they happen we do know that one happened yesterday and that the respected al qaeda militants were killed it happened in the drama region in eastern yemen the same region that that gentleman the yemeni part of the yemeni delegation that is here trying to spread the world and the word and tell his story about the death of his family members the same region where his family members are killed and that's about the extent of what we know about what happened yesterday and we just watched part of your report from that congressional curie can you describe what the atmosphere was like in the room how did the congress members react out of the public react yeah there were through it was hosted by three members of congress and they were they were concerned they were sympathetic and they were concerned you you saw that they were calling for change and wanted to make change happen is interesting though i caught up with congressman grayson after the hearing and and what he told me was that unfortunately
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a lot it's not the this drone issue is not at the top not at the top of the agenda for members of congress and it's not even in the top one hundred list of issues that that members of congress are focused on so it doesn't appear that if it's on the top of the agenda but the hope is that with this with victims of family members here in washington pleading telling their stories directly to members of congress that they are spreading awareness on the issue now is as you were collecting information for this story how hard was it for you as a journalist. do we know how many drone strikes there have been in yemen or in general well that's the thing we don't it's very hard to come by numbers and when you do find numbers it's not that they range first of all depending on the organization it is because there are no official numbers so it's up to organizations to do the digging and the investigation on their own they organise the long war journal they were able to come up with numbers based on local news reports according to them there were twenty two strikes in yemen just this year and
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. down actually from forty two the year before again these are not official numbers and it does vary from organization organization now meanwhile as you said in that report indicated those drone strikes that we know about anyway have gone down is there any indication as to why that could be happening is it just possibly all lack of reporting or well back in may if you can recall president obama gave a speech at the national defense university addressing this issue of drones and he said that he was prepared to he vowed that he was going to make changes when it comes to the drone campaign and that there was going to be a higher level higher standard before the white house would authorize a strike he said that for example one condition he he announced was that the strike are the danger would have to be imminent instead of significant so whether or not that contributes to the decline in numbers that we're seeing we don't know again there's a lot that we don't know
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a lot of it is speculation because it still is really shrouded in secrecy and i'm glad that you brought up that speech that he delivered back in may because he did promise that he was going to make changes have you seen those changes or that he promised more transparency for these drone strikes. he did it he did valid that he was going to try to be as transparent as possible we haven't really heard much from the administration since then in terms of any clear policy changes the earlier this month the senate intelligence committee. authorized or passed a the committee passed a bill that they would make it so that these numbers at the figures would be required to be reported it's unclear though where that's going to go when i had greater intelligence bill. again a lot of unknowns still thank you so much for bringing us that story and the tragic stories of those yemenis thank you so much our to correspondent liz wahl well iranian officials are in geneva this week to meet with members from the united
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states russia china france britain and germany to discuss a deal to curb sanctions in exchange to iran would suspend part of its nuclear enrichment program iran has been slammed with one round of sanctions after another from the u.s. and other countries in response to its uranium enrichment that would be he minutely denies that those attempts to enrich uranium have to do with building nuclear bombs the diplomats are looking for a new prospects of compromise now that hassan rowhani has been in power for just over one hundred days since taking over after maha mahmoud ahmadinejad are to correspondent on a stasi attorney joins me now with more on these diplomatic discussions on a socio what have you heard about the latest round of negotiations. well making out like you just said this is the permanent five of the security council plus one being germany plus iran of course meeting for a third round of negotiations we have to see that the first two rounds took place
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within a month and october november of this year just recently although that they did not produce any specific results this particular round taking place in geneva switzerland from starting today until friday is really the latest attempt to kind of try to find a solution to this dispute between iran and the rest of the international community of course as you rightfully said over the last several years there's been a major standoff with iran saying that its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful purposes exclusively the west is not buying this they are fearful that it could be getting closer to building a nuclear weapon and so these discussions with a new arena and president are certainly an attempt to try to reach some kind of deal to improve this whole situation now do we know what specifically is on the table during this round what kind of a deal the negotiators involved in the matter are trying to hammer out. well we know that this round of negotiations is completely closed to the press and we've heard that the participants the key negotiators are not really going to share many
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of the details until they reach some sort of agreement but the basis of course we do know that the major idea behind this potential deal to be hopefully struck soon is that tehran will halt some of the more sensitive parts of its uranium enrichment program in return the west will limit and refrain some of the kind of lighten some of the existing sanctions that they have imposed on iran over the years more specifically specifically we know that potentially iran could be asked to stop producing certain concentration to convert certain existing pro stockpiles to something that the u.s. would see as less dangerous to potentially and this is been kind of a stone of contention there move some of its existing stockpiles abroad and several other pointers which we will end up seeing if this deal is struck and in return the west would unfreeze some of the foreign bank accounts for wind and kind of lighten
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the sanctions around the oil exports of iran as well as some of its trade sanctions now on a sunday i know republican lawmakers would argue that the fact that iran is coming forward to negotiate proves that diplomatic sanctions are effective is there any proof that the two are correlated. well you know it's hard to see because certainly this diplomatic sanctions that have been imposed on iran over the years were kind of angering iran and they're certainly they've been hurting the country and its economy and. you know the goal of hurting iran because it was refusing to negotiate and kind of a work with the west certainly worked in a sense but when it comes to reaching a longer running solution to this dispute and major tension surrounding iran's uranium enrichment program certainly sanctions do not seem to have helped to thus far because now what's being considered is making them lighter so that to iran also
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steps forward and kind of worms its attitude towards the west. and honest osteo we know that israel has been extremely suspicious and negative about the potential deal reached with iran what is the latest that they are saying about this potential deal well you know israel has been pretty consistent over the years and including recently in terms of its attitudes towards iran and certainly no secret that israel . assuming it's one of the countries in the middle east the only one that does have actually some kind of nuclear arsenal and that's assumed by the international community israel has been basically saying that there's no way that any type of sanctions should be relieved from iran they're saying that this is a bad deal if it's going to be reached they're saying that if anything there needs to be a much tougher approach on iran and that it's kind of getting an easy deal when it comes to these rounds of negotiations but also we have to say that that kind of approach will certainly not improve the situation and you know it's just sticking
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with the with the with the main line of thinking that they've been with over the last two years or to correspondent on a stasi a chunk now reporting from new york. for the past few weeks americans and canadians have watched and sometimes laughed as the mayor of toronto rob ford first tonight then admitted to smoking crack cocaine on at least one ok jand americans are well versed in political scandal with everyone from richard nixon to anthony weiner and even bill clinton but this is relatively new to toronto and the scandal keeps getting more interesting but move over rob ford an american politician is back in the spotlight u.s. congressman trey radel i florida republican pled guilty today to possession of cocaine he is the first a sitting member of congress charged with a drug crime since one thousand nine hundred eighty two there were arrests happen right after radio a box of three point five grams of cocaine from undercover d.e.a.'s agents during an undercover sting operation the tea party congressman was sentenced to one hero
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supervised probation and must pay a two hundred fifty dollars fine on the missed meter charge he almost he also promised to enter a rehab program and has admitted to struggling with alcoholism an interesting side note during his time on capitol hill representative radio has co-sponsored legislation to change the nation's national mandatory minimum sentencing drug laws and voted for a bill that called for states to do drug testing on people who receive food stamps so perhaps do as he says not as he does well that's going to do it for now from the stars you cover go to youtube dot com slash r t america and for the latest and greatest and all the stories that we cover today and a few that we just did not have time to get to go to our web site r t dot com slash usa you can also follow me on twitter at meghan underscore lopez boom bust is up next and i will see you are right back here at five pm.
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there i marinate it this is boom bust and here are some of the stories are tracking for you today first stop the bogle will will it or won't it be up and running by the end of the year that's the question on jack as the ruling faces new opticals from top the regulators will tell you what's going on coming right up and big banks sure are known for their loyalty aren't they especially when it comes to governments that fail them out break right know we'll tell you about j.p. morgan's already whipped up plan b. for a u.s. debt default and finally lori wallach from public citizen fred watson joins me live in vietnam and scott the controversial transpacific partnership agreement say that three times fast.

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