actively engage in if you see him drone strikes numbers go up strong trump went to the white house. the number according to like you as a newspaper would side have traveled during from the campaign and is not only a drone strike on as they say or as they call it al-qaeda or terrorist target the saudi newspaper called heart is one of the main newspaper in saudi. have conducted an interview with the book person of. the bin tackle called rankin allow he and he spoke about hundred forty u.s. a strike supporting the saudi led coalition and their many government which is based in riyadh those airstrikes those drone strikes or strikes not. what they have declared before over two hundred forty strikes on al qaida members those strikes are in support of the saudi led coalition and there are fourteen thousand yemeni civilians who have been killed by direct saudi led coalition airstrikes it means
that the united states is responsible of many deaths and i can say that the united states and britain is responsible one hundred percent of all civilians killed in yemen because thanks to the fueling jet thanks to the drone. footage and. g. b. c. code in it and laser target on all the smart bomb the saudis will not be able to target areas across yemen so they are responsible hundred percent and we remember on the twenty sixth of march in two thousand and fifteen the saudi war in yemen was not declared from riyadh or united arab emirates or any other country that and that overshot the in the coalition it was declared from washington d.c. by the saudi ambassador then who is the foreign minister of the saudi just imagine that first of all it's declared from another country against a third country and to show you the total involvement of the united states and britain we're told our mainstream media in britain the years there is a war. for saudis involved really isn't britain i'm sorry you're giving were
surveyed the million people who were affected children affected by congress we certainly don't given the story you're giving me this how how in the west when they when they support a country in a war they will make billions of dollars in arms sales as i mentioned that the u.k. . says today to saudi has increased five times and to the united arab emirates it could be as will the same so they make an billions of dollars in profit on the other hand they will get maybe ten million to twenty million pounds or dollars help in yemen either through united kingdom government or through united states as they call it usa and this is actually. as they say sold into injury that you kill these people and you make money from it and then you get one percent into total support yemenis and i've just seen i think a week ago that was her account of the u.k.
ambassador to yemen who has never been to yemen during the war he's based in the rain and riyadh and he was saying about two. embassy is doing to collect money for yemeni and they have collected about two to three thousand pounds. to eight yemeni just imagine three thousand pound yemeni to help them and the media and the united kingdom on as well the u.k. government is only folks in about this few thousand pounds that they are given into yemen and they keep in a blind eye about like billions of dollars they are make an improv it from supporting the saudi and this is really really sickening yemeni people because it's a symbol if you want to help yemeni people stop supporting the saudi just just like that we don't need your aid we don't need your help we never needed this aid for the war but they have a blockade in yemen they destroyed all human infrastructure they have targeted the home the saudi that coalition in al jawf region north yemen. can an entire family
of seven this is not the only the photos top of the house being killed they have killed me i mean like one hundred it's a family they thought it was as these men said that strike you as you do you think and act as they say i got that guy the on of the world and afghanistan thought of going to either but they knew they would be let go and as it is using this against civilians thought to get against a home they target civilians then they thought it is secure than they thought you don't know that if you have a home has been destroyed by is that i the fittest people going to go that that in a boat is that i don't know this and they do that and i think this is the kind of training that the u.k. is given to that's how difficult it is using this technique we're saying all the gotti thank you after the break. they raise and forgets we look at how the us government sanctioned killing machine and presidential candidates exposes the military industrial complex and the contradictions of post-war america and why is britain's blairite called an easter for the last chance a jolly for the accuser is
a maze government of the criminal we speak to a former prisoner turned reform campaigner about the horrors behind british prison walls elizabeth coming up about two of going underground. hey everybody i'm stephen bob taft hollywood guy you know suspect every proud american first of all i'm just george washington and r.v. i'm going to suggest this is my buddy max famous financial guru and well just a little bit different i'm honest abraham lincoln high no no no one knows up with
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prepared to go bankrupt donald trump today submitted his annual budget it's expected to include massive expenditure on the military after lobbying from k. street arms company consultants and his own defense secretary james mattis similar increases in war spending and proudly coming from london so let's turn to the usas most decorated soldier in its history a veteran of imperial wars from central america to vietnam and whose on screen representation was sylvester stallone in rambo his name is bo grits and he's profiled in a raisin for get the latest film from the award winning director dr andrea because i'm a woman the film is out in the u.k. on march the second half of going on why make a film about bo gritz why not make a film about the great many people would think this is a serial killer as well as think he's a hero of the united states i think i'm very interested in the in the way in which we talk about history and the way in which we even get to know about history and there was this one person that has been a hero celebrated until he fell from grace and then became an outsider so for one
person i could actually look at what is at stake for him but also what is the stake for us as taxpayers for example you know supporting structures that make people like him then into heroes or villains and there's this kind of very dangerous binary going on that which i think if you don't try to grapple with it in these histories we are we doomed when he mentions say general westmoreland such a famous figure in the vietnam conflict which killed four million people in vietnam does he realize that westmoreland picked him out and he westmoreland was a person the presided over things like the my lai massacre. i do think that many. soldiers as himself too wasn't aware of what he was going into he believed it was the right thing to do so he was trained from a very young age to be patriotic and to go into the military and to fight for his country that he had to kill he claims and killed one hundred people for his country so there's a there was he was very good at what he was doing so he was running these we would
call him perhaps mercenary armies but they were unaccountable armies behind enemy lines and he was very very good at it and he wasn't the only one who was very good at it so there is a system that supported this expression so he then becomes this hero. and then who are you left with when the times change when you are the person who has done all the stuff and you realize that it was perhaps not for the right reasons that's kind of an interesting defamation law being what it is it was difficult to even put in the film where this extraordinary allegation. that makes against to go on which is now a consultant actually in washington. he makes allegation against george w. bush's job it is interesting. so he has made it there. it exists nothing has ever come of it. the film where this footage comes from was made. in order to stimulate some debate and it was never finished it was never asked and i think for
me this material is kind of a way of how do we grapple when he wants to become an activist and he is silenced in his own ways out of the crapper with accusations and where do they lead to if he's even going to convince the united states government quite apart from iran contra which arguably has been proven it's now in the history books the scale of drug trafficking by the us government is even bigger than the one that we read in the history books and we have the evidence i mean we have to make evidence so it needs to be i mean it is kind of discussed in certain shapes and forms but it's not discussed as to why did it happen you know why it's been congress it's not we can't give you funding for this but there has to be a creatively funded it's not the purpose and i think during the reagan era it was very creatively funded a lot of these missions where and if not even before so i think this is the kind of debate i think we have to have you have to look at our own housekeeping and he is shocked when it learns of this information because in effect he's been supporting putting of drugs in american inner city areas i mean let's raise your film clearly
describes people destabilizing democracies countries right around that in central america and even the selling of lincoln cars for world leaders and then you have someone demonstrating that as a nation weapons. june killing in lincoln goes why i included all of these things in the film and also they're all people related to each other and somewhere another is because we have to we never ask this question we never ask the questions of what is it that makes us sleepy what is it that makes us be innocent bystanders and i don't believe we can be that we can't be as long as we pay taxes we have to ask and we have a world where we can actually ask these questions about danger to our lives and we have to exercise that otherwise we become complicit in inequality even if it's racism exported elsewhere i think it is racism you know we make others of others are going to give us an insight into the job presidency job is would like to
remember grits in a way i mean that the interesting thing is about about a certain first of all both i had to trump he thinks trump was dangerous when he was running for the for the presidency which he then got and i think many many people thought that yet he still has one and the idea of what made him win this idea of absolute distrust into the. the way in which government a to kill its own running you know so which makes the people feel have they got any access to power do they not have access to power i think compass separated from the trump presidency because it gave a sliver of hope which is of course not real hope because it's just saying one thing but actually doing something quite different so it's a big crisis i think in terms of did it really matter who became president i'm not sure it did of course it does on the social scale it does but does it really on the deep political scale i'm not sure so i think we have to have
a debate around hold the how do we want government to be run how transparent as i have to be to be functioning for the no two really you choose to so giving it away as it were and talking about mental health in the figures a twenty. twenty a day suicide rates for veterans of the united states mirroring those of the unemployed more generally why would you want to pick on that is the ending because tried to kill himself yes yes so he tried to insist that and he struggles with p.t.s.d. severely so this problem of being made other you come back from we send people to somewhere we bring them back but they're always like a soldier now or a veteran they're no longer john or sleeve or whatever a.b.c. people just this these clusters of oh he's this over there there's there's this whole machinery i guess around health care and p.t.s.d. and how p.t.s.d. is actually supported how do veterans get the right support in america it's much more i mean it's slightly different systems so many many many veterans maybe end up
in a certain trajectory because otherwise they would have no support at all and would have most likely people to go into an army of the working class young people who have no chance of education elsewhere or outside of it for example so i think these are issues you come back your belief in something like what happened to bo and you realize maybe i believed in it but not for the right reasons you know it doesn't mean that you have to not believe in america and you have to believe in whatever you believe in but at the expense of others and therefore you killed for. something that might not have needed that and so that's why this this devastation of structurally is structural violence i think because it's an economic social violence put upon the people who are in need of the most we need to have a fairer society and relatives ever will thank you well the impact of britain's bought in u.s. imperial wars is clear in our prison system thousands of veterans a failed campaigns in iraq and afghanistan have found themselves in u.k. jails and in the past few days tony blair's former lord chancellor charlie for can
or has come out to attack the state of justice under minority government leader to raise a major re-offending rates to a probation service he alleges is ceased to function just how bad is it well we're joined by former prison. and now reform campaigner jonathan robinson his latest book on it about his attempts to get the establishment to listen to his concerns about justice in britain is out now jonathan thanks so much for coming on to faulkner alleging all of this about the state of justice in the u.k. what was your experience. fully justified for a short sentence in two thousand and eleven i've never once complained about being sent to prison i was only there for seventeen weeks. or i expected the shawshank redemption. mostly saw multipart from there have been groups like the howard league since what the twenty's.