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them. the auto art it's a digital storm of new development and expansion of us developed a new report reveals that the nsa is ripping a page from online advertisers to bolster its own surveillance capabilities meanwhile hundreds of authors are adding their voices to the growing concern over nsa surveillance. that and much more of that. then on capitol hill hearing is held on the past and future us activist in relations does this mean u s troops could remain in afghanistan beyond the planned twenty fourteen pull out the latest on that hearing coming up. in the nation's capital is marked with a series of local police to handle small table
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officers investigated for craft activities of one of them committing suicide. more on the prescribed to dc later in the show. it's wednesday december eleven fight here in washington dc on same and you're watching art it. today on capitol hill that sheep of the nsa general keith alexander fielded questions from lawmakers on the senate judiciary committee. the focus of an era is continued oversight of u s government surveillance up gordon's its hearings like this one of a common staple in capitol hill since june since edwards thirty million spilling us these secrets out on to newspapers around the world. the latest accra published today the washington post reveals that the nsa is using the same techniques that corporate online advertisers use to pinpoint surveillance targets in to gather intelligence on people's locations. essentially the essays using google
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cookies. no cookies or little packets of data and allow online outdoor advertisers to uniquely track you and me and what web sites we visited in order to tailor online advertising for us. cookies that are the reason why website you go to sea to remember you and why. if you search for something or go will one day you'll be hit with doubts for that very same thing the next day basically cookies allow for corporate advertisers to spy on your online activity. and they've been doing it for years and now we know that this online infrastructure these cookies set up by companies like google to allow advertisers to track our online activity has also been used by the us that to single out one persons treated patients data as it flows amongst everything else on the internet. we got there this is using the location data that's been edited out some people smartphones to get a more precise location of where people are. here too for online advertising reasons apps will send unique
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data about you would like your location to corporate advertisers a lot of the time without you even knowing about it. this is taking advantage of that information to start completely clear how this is gathering this data for the cubbies are voluntarily sharing it with the nsa is taking it or whether companies like google are being legally compelled to hand over their wi fi zone border. you may remember earlier this week tech giants like google and apple banded together to push for reforms to the nsa and its surveillance operations which are beginning to erode trust in consumers and could hurt the bottom line of these same companies. also teaming up against the system the world's leading authors five hundred authors from eighty one different countries around the world including five nobel prize winners are joining other to call in the united nations to pass a new international protections from spy. their statement the author said this fundamental humanight has been rendered null and
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void through use of technological developments by states and corporations for mass surveillance purposes person or surveillance is no longer free society and or surveillance is no longer a democracy. and of course what do we continue with the revelations. without international relations mess when coming from cbc news in canada where new snow to doctor it exposes canadian spies doing work on behalf of the nsa to spy on approximately twenty trading partners classified as high a priority countries. yes it appears to be is in canada to explain relationship with the united states can no longer speak. there was for diplomatic fallout canadians experience as result of this latest week so that's the latest on all that again coming out just as the chief of the nsa faces off with senators today for an oversight hearing. he's joined earlier by cha ahead with our executive director of the bill of rights defense committee hearing dc and steve anderson executive director of open media. i
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started out by asking sean had known this information is coming up. will this bring more attention to the type of spying corporations have been doing on us for years the very low might miss the great documentary on which to stick around so called terms and conditions may apply about the sort of data exchange from the private sector and companies that are selling us goods to the government and the intelligence agencies that monitor and watching us including a first in a protective behavior the difference between the two spheres historically has been the glue will for instance can show up at her house with a gun and put you in handcuffs and detain you that's our uniquely the government that is precisely the problem with the cooperation of the online advertising companies cookies is that it collapses the distinction between those two things so that anything you do share with an online company whether to the prison program or whether through to the data center axel or weather or through these kinds of tools the nsa gets it too. and it's historically because the companies don't
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have a monopoly on the use of legitimate force that the state has a nest in one of the reasons people have been more comfortable with allowing online advertisers to track online activity is a very different equation now that we know that the government spying agencies are watching that information to a realization is that schools like the way it will be on the roof of scope of tech companies and if we're to limit his tech companies that doesn't mean that the nsa would mean to spy on us. the same time we've allowed to go bowling as companies to build the sort of online infrastructure to create these cookies are a lot of time in the table at these cookies go because they're very lucrative to write about it and that is cut using tracking users they can offer free services because quarter advertisers are paying him for that. that data which we expected. moving towards civil libertarians like brand color just a macho really been leading the four presidents cover and spine in the end the nsa to that kind of change their tune re orient themselves or
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corporate. well you know one of those cases some of the same officials elected officials you talking about ten of the free market adherence and so they might for instance find themselves comforted by the idea that the market will select alex advertisers to a very abusive toward their users' privacy i don't think that's necessarily a good argument in this case because we've seen for instance that there are incentives in the market so it or through other incentives for online advertisers to use privacy will those particular members of congress see the concerned enough to take an iconic classic position with respect to their own free market appearance that's an open question i really over the incident but i will say that as long as the nsa is hacking be online internet companies in the cookies aren't the only example of online infrastructure that the nsa has tapped into data centers coming up in new york of intact in the back and the prison program this week at the back end of the internet companies. link centers with two rolling in
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yet but this is what results from the builder on to europe and around the us servers that were not at issue here just a second. i mentioned in the beginning here that general to town centers on the hill testifying or queen of these hearings or every other week in which we bring it up spy chiefs unanswered questions. here we haven't seen any legislation come out of this. there are a few lawmakers who are positioned itself to do something with the nda in tryon it in the sun to try and bring in the center that wheeler this week about stocking up into the continued and indictments in the senate. what's the purpose of these hearings we think lawmakers are trying to do with these hearings every other week or so if it's not seek religious leaders and yet as a platform to defend itself against these weeks between couple of possibilities to one of them is that their grandstanding to balk by the constituents of the time what they're doing something productive an alternative possibility is that they themselves the members of congress are sincerely interested in information be kept from them the last ten years multiple members the option issue committee complained earlier today that they didn't know about the extent of the surveillance programs despite the obama
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administration's repeated assurances that it is a brief congress to particular congressman from california is a loft and said that the briefing that the white house decided on numerous occasions. supporting this idea that congress has been read into the programs is less than a page on eight sentences long. which is to stay there they themselves are being kept in the dark and so maybe the hearings are serving the sort of oversight transparency function ultimately though you're right congress's job is to legislate and to oversee second agency's authority failed on the oversight isn't so. legislation is long overdue. some of the people proposing bills to restraint nsa spying. include the very opposite the patriot act james sensenbrenner republican from wisconsin leahy senator from vermont on the other side of chamber and they teamed up to propose very very significant restrictions on nsa spying. i do hope that the usa freedom act that says given the dysfunction visible across congress. that's really the leasing companies joining in the mix earlier this week when is the calculation of capital makes this legislation more likely that a supreme act ice
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i certainly hope so and that the sec companies abandoned their other issues or that accompanies the bin barry i lied on privacy concerns in yet not been able to secure congressional reforms even around with more to meet their proposals the electronic communications privacy act for instance has been an object of attention of the tech companies for over a year now. this is a bill that hasn't been a lot now that has adapted to thirty years getting on the nsa. while local police and the fbi in every other one forced an agency of the right to access stored communications like a g mail account without a warrant and that's that doesn't even reach these issues around nsa spying that historically who people thought were going to be a tougher sell a longer ranging issues. it's possible that were possible and reinstate anderson is the executive director of media in vancouver in this unique perspective on this new link about how canadian spies were basically working at the behest of the nsa to spy on the key trading partners. stephen what has been the reaction in canada
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toll on these revelations since june and how is this latest leak. it made me change their reaction to expect some fallout of this week it with canadian canada's allies. i think for sure and i'm thinking canadians domestically of an increasingly alarmed tens of thousands of people of reset the lawmakers to call for more over say and really when it comes down to mistrust i mean and and this latest revelation that a tiara canadian spy agency is i and our tendencies are being used at the back pass and the us an essay for spying on our allies. i'm just making a worsening and government wanted to bet that basic questions like how many canadians are swept up in the surveillance from what information they have on us the house to cure those databases to do it is that information being shared with other countries like that the us the un and asean and other countries beyond that
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to the survey say what is happening in so far the government has been really tight lipped. i mean they won't tell us what's happening here and the fact that we hear now that some of the spying is going on and comfort for the pastry then say is telling our country what to do to spy on qantas makes the concerns grow even stronger. stay with god the five hundred authors who are calling on the un to pass this new international charter to protect civil liberties in the digital age when you think something like that looks like and how does that jive with overseeing on a country by country level like brazil trying to wall off its internet with its new avenues here that which one should we take which one would work which one doesn't work yellow i think that we get clean domestic legislation time it has been really in most countries around the world to rein in the surveillance i think that it's had a staff with decent basic understanding and accent pieces for the right to privacy see me then can
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invest in uk legislation us from brazil is to catch other countries and take action but i also believe that. we need the privacy to be enshrined as a key measure a ipo and time is a civil society coalition called nets are in proportion and is pushing for the time we joined in not an open media and with groups like the electronic frontier foundation others. i miss i think that the latino writers coming and it was seeking and that this is a what is of a welcome step. welcome development. i think italian esteem or timber is actually a speaking event this up now that it's been revealed that gamers are being spied on what's happening is more more people are realizing how this affects them in their personal lives on and then they're becoming more vocal and in case any action i think that's going to continue and i'm not help that the politicians realize which way the wind is blowing has been a continuing our china there were some concerts in brazil said that they wanted to kind of off the internet and other countries start during this
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time where you kind of destroyed the world wide web to share those concerns is this idea of creating some international framework that i'm addicted to all countries a better way to go up spending most of deepest concerns with countries defecting from the shared infrastructure the internet or by silicon valley because it's american firms and businesses that would stand to lose significant markets as a constitutional lawyer. i tend to favor more robust checks and balances and sophie infrastructure of the world wide web was dismantled so that no nsa could seize all the data traveling along the back and i think that's a positive development because they're more checks and balances there is an efficiency trade off that time i think that's the inevitable consequence of witnessing governments like our own abusing the trust of the commons to take advantage of the space at the open internet enabled to think a lot of freedom and ten and freedom of thought one element of the author stated i think is really useful to drop out. is there. well established. not for sickly controversial statement that people who are beings are
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veiled are not free and a society under surveillance cannot be a democracy that is something that we understood in this country for a long time and it changes the context for what's happening on the hill. these are just hearings into the nsa spying programs these are hearing since the assault on democracy in america brett davies said that it continues to be struggling with this problem to prove a while here's the issue was brought to their theory was that of outmoded out and we heard general keith alexander again defended that is nothing such a big deal. up there and did it matter that is still a really big deal just like it is here isn't the right. but when you re joined with the bc civil liberties association recently and one ting had their lost it again to govern in which case the thing that collecting our mega data. and after sensitive private information to be clear that that is. and then collecting information on law abiding canadians is unconstitutional sounds absolutely people are
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concerned appear in the government in any dance around and then listened in on it that it tells you that you can tell the authorities where you are where you're going to your friends with an all kinds of sensitive information to your relationships. and so i think it's absolutely crucial that is neither be checks and balances on the kind of information collection and stir and stir it. but i wish i had that our existing director of the bill of rights has committed to seeing steve anderson executive director of the open media in vancouver thank you all. staying here on capitol hill there's a new budget deal on the table it can avoid another cover shot down next month. republican house budget chairman paul ryan the senate's democratic party chairwoman patty murray announced the deal on tuesday night. i am happy to report that senator murray in i have reached an agreement. we've been talking all year. and this week that hard work of the two of us sitting down talking each other all year is paid off the deal would set spending for this fiscal
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year at one point zero one two trillion dollars when it gets rid of roughly sixty three billion dollars in sequestered cuts at the head in twenty fourteen in twenty fifty. those cuts nor replace by savings elsewhere. plus another twenty two point five billion dollars or more deficit reduction. some of those so called savings include higher fees on airline tickets a pay cut to newly hired federal workers of more than one percent and a one percent cut in the cost of living adjustment for military retirees under the age of sixty two important note. not one corporate tax loophole is close to the steel and it doesn't address extended unemployment benefits which are set to expire. more than one million american shortly after christmas. house representatives may vote on this budget deal dismissed thursday before skipping town in going on holiday recess and sphere. the senate could take up venture thereafter alternately both chambers must come up with a budget deal before jane or in fifteen twenty fourteen to avoid another. every chapter
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all sort out the lawmakers are grappling with questions over afghanistan and what exactly the role the us is in the country in twenty fourteen after combat operations are supposed to officially end. the centers for relations committee held a hearing on that topic today in argentina lopez has a report. then the house foreign affairs committee now on capitol hill to discuss the future of afghanistan as well as the us presence in the country beyond twenty fourteen when her for members of the state department and usaid id as well as the defense department hall talking about the particular steps that need to take place in the country too hard to ensure a free and stable afghanistan after us troops really do leave the country the major issues that is looming over this entire hearing and the issue of afghanistan in general is a likeable bilateral security agreement between the us and afghanistan. with the accession agreement u s officials warn that they cannot leave troops in
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the country for fear of not being prosecuted under european law for completing their military duty is the only answer that which is a total of twenty five hundred afghan tribal elders of the bilateral security agreement overwhelmingly so what's the holdup. in this case is afghan president will meet karzai says he wants to wait until after his country's elections in twenty fourteen endorse a sign that bilateral security agreement is not obviously did say she loves signing this agreement as cause major contention between the us and afghanistan. in fact members of congress that we're in this hearing today said that they need to come up with a plan b in case such an agreement doesn't actually submarine take a lot. without a proper signature we will have no choice but to initiate planning for two thousand fourteen future in which they would be no us or nato troops during a recent interview with will and won't newspaper president amin karzai accusing us of applying post colonial pressure and heart to force them to sign such a bilateral
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security agreement. of course members of the cost foreign affairs committee had some interesting words the sling back at the meet karzai as well as accusation is fickle and that's been concerned that president karzai's blustery over whether or not he will sign the bilateral security agreement risks the stabilizing afghanistan but the state license security situation even further. it's one of the most contentious moments of this entire hearing was on congressman day now mark cocker had his chance to speak what's on the exchange played out between congressman barr barker and the members that didn't find it to the hearing to testify how much are we spending annually in afghanistan now she ate cost american taxpayers. you know how many killed and wounded. we suffered in the last ball ups she's doing in regina. to
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ride in on all of it back with you on that one also. we don't know what the cost is and we don't even know how many killed and wounded her and were supposed to believe you fellas. plants can end up in a positive way in afghanistan. holy . now santa congressman barr blockers question six point seven billion dollars is being spent in afghanistan. each month. some are interesting questions of rounds during the course of this hearing what the us is still doing in afghanistan. what the mission is and what success of unrealistic clean looks like there seems to be of a lack of a clear definition on what our mission is. what is the end state that but our troops are trying to accomplish or that we are trying to accomplish there. i can't think of the last time i saw the president of the united states tell the american people why we're in afghanistan what is the endgame. i mean what we what we are hoping for that though have a stable government. one that's not right with fraud waste and abuse and that will run a
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country that we can be good allies with trading partners questions congress members themselves are still trying to get the entire steel and most importantly the moniker stairs today said they don't want another right scenario for us troops were withdrawn from the country. just before was able to stand on its own two feet now with presidential elections looming in the country the twenty fourteen as self imposed unless the deadline still hanging overhead. all lines are freely back and afghanistan as we look for an exit strategy. on top will help in the eyes are seeing problems with the police have come to the nation's capital on tuesday night the body of a dc three stops or was pulled from the frigid waters from haines point park in southwest use it. he was identified as thirty two year old officer mark washington a washington was on house arrest at the time were a gps tracker is a collector use arrested last week on child charges. washing was accused of ordering a teenage girl through her clothing so that
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you could take pictures of possible breezing into the us's evidence. a search of options camera down the dad hundreds of similar photos of young women dating all the way back to two thousand eleven. oh and in unrelated and spent another two cia officer forty seven year old lin wood or male was arrested today in which we child prostitution ring after authorities found a missing sixteen year old girl in his apartment. you see please for now look at the possibility of more victims. though the stories of abuse and misconduct among d c police officers. this is the part is dealing with criticism over how it handles sexual assault cases. i was a topic of a report released this year by human rights watch. now to discuss more about this issue i'm joined by sarah tertiary senior counsel the u s program of human rights watch and the author of this report capital offense please his handling of sexual assault cases in the district of columbia. is there walking
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the show. soo it to be clear your report focused on dc police mis handling sexual assault this is not one part of sexual assault cases. but given what you've learned about the police force on this issue to these arrests that i talk about an intro of sexual misconduct unlike surprise you they don't entirely surprise me because what we found was that scores of cases were not being investigated and that victims were often being treated. have you been really poorly when they report in which he indicated that now that the policies in dc were bad but that the police department's actually didn't have a culture that took special salt seriously. now as part of this report. you spoke with the sexual assault survivors. how did they describe some of the treatment they received by police. sadly a number of sexual assault survivors told us that they found their experiences with police
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actually worse and more traumatizing than the assault itself. they were sometimes blame for their off. they weren't believed they were discouraged from reporting they face a higher role in lectures. i miss her the whole it's to have inappropriate. you can make a move away mean behavior that the woodlands to expect from a friend in texas he should be trained in handling the traumatized victims sensitively not all detectives did this but there was widespread enough that it was a problem that we that we felt it was important to bring to light. i think you might touch on this topic and if in the first question but how much of this is a result of the institutional problems and within the dc police force and how much making this pitcher rid of bad apples are bad actors that might exist in a police force i think the promise in the dead there i'm gonna bring back apples and bad actors and the remaining anywhere you go. but if
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they're not held to account for misbehavior then it becomes an institutional problem and in dc this problem was exposed in two thousand and eight. where was discovered as part of a lawsuit that half the time people were complaining about sexual some cases police wouldn't even bother writing it down. supposedly the police changed their practices but my research aaa is the re years afterwards and i found it still a lot of cases where being classified as office information cases are they when they were even being considered for rates and investigated at all they were just closed at that time the victim reported. nor you learn about the dc police force on this issue is it reasonable to assume of other police forces around the country have similar problems or sexual assault cases have you looked and other other police forces on this issue. we have done some work previously about henri cat backlogs and said oh we found a nail in the land a los angeles that there are thousands of kids that had been kept in storage. we didn't let that police investigations but also of
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note. usually if you find a lot of kids in the background making me mad. i think that there's a larger problem and that police can have an attitude towards actual solid cases in which they decided not to investigate for whatever reason they decided to have a good case in the gun take the case any further i understand there's a two sioux city council here in tomorrow and recommendations from this report will be discussed what are some of those recommendations were you hoping to see comes out of this. the steering. so the two key things we really want to see his external oversight of the police department we won an expert to assess police department policies and practices and make sure reforms are actually implemented and restore confidence in the police department that they are taking these cases seriously and treating victims properly with respect and the second thing we wanted this transparency and good and the right of victims to have an advocate present during police interviews i think about lol provide
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support to victims of bother going through a difficult process and ultimately helped launch for students by keeping victims in the system and i think it may discourage some of the more troubling behavior we saw we had just bought a half minute left worsen the consequences of this mean already central seoul is one of the more underrated cried or under reported crimes in the country. well i mean and this is exactly the problem one of the one of the fears that people have about reporting is that they won't be taken seriously and that they want you believe many reports and so that's why it's actually crucial to make sure that best practices are in place and the victims do get the support that they need when the report. not every case is going to be prosecuted but they do i'll need to be investigated and victims need to be treated with dignity and respect when they report a really goes a long way to helping in their recovery. sarah tertiary senior counsel u s program of human rights watch which is so much. thank you. then
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