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despair in guantanamo sorties they are now admitted one hundred three inmates are involved in a hunger strike that's past the one hundred day mark with promises to shut the natori is jailed still uncapped. the a.p. news agency discovers its journalists have been under surveillance for months was the u.s. government secretly monitoring their calls. a deadly car blast rocks damascus while across the border in turkey people vent anger of government support for the syrian rebels meanwhile the you want and russia agreed on an international peace conference to tackle the deadly conflict. and also this week here in r.t. a spy scandal russia exposes the cia's chief in moscow after u.s. intelligence caused red handed trying to recruit
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a russian agents. it is to be out in the russian capital watching r.t. with me marina joshie welcome to the program. now more than one hundred days and counting hunger strike have been tories went on and the prison is showing no signs of ending prison officials admitted to r.t. that one hundred three prisoners are now refusing food but lawyers for the inmates say the number may be as high as one hundred thirty many are force fed through the nose an extremely painful procedure that detainees are seeking an end to their indefinite detention without charge meanwhile the u.s. president has repeatedly promised to close the facility but so far no action as no action has been taken that into account has more. after years of the that shit
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injustice than it is first and after more than three months of starvation one ton of detainees have finally got the president but i'm going to go back out this they've heard these words before as president i will close guantanamo reject the military commissions act and if you go to the geneva conventions and now why did it needs to be closed now congress and again as many times before the white house if it were sponsibility to congress there's much he can do administrative leave without congress without having a legislative act even under current restrictions the administration has the power to use national security waivers to release many of these may which it hasn't used it's the charge that well the fear that if you release some of these prisoners that have been accused of being terrorist in the past and and they do something else or you find them going into terrorist
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organizations you pay a heavy political price for that so many of these men have fallen victim not just to their wrongful capture but also to u.s. politicians assumptions of what they may or may not be doing the future but you can't you can't of all people want to maybe you know this is a we're not future police here so far the administration's only response to the course is of course carnival has been to for. feeding troops down detainees nostrils the fact of the matter is that when an individual makes a decision of sound mind makes the decision to refuse food as a political protest then as we said in a joint statement it is not open to the state. to reach. the full speed and have involved the insertion of a tube of some significant diameter through the nasal passages and into the stomach in the most horrible of circumstances the un special rapporteur on human rights also told me that he was encouraged to hear the president once again express
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commitment to close the infamous prison president of united states has said kuantan was a problem and yet on the ground for some reason the camp administration continues to treat these men and humanely and to deny them basic dignity for years the administration has engaged in verbal and legal acrobatics to justify its inaction on guantanamo and still not clear how long before people there start dying but one thing is clear the elephant in the room just got too big to ignore in washington i'm going to shut down. well the u.s. is running up quite a bill just to keep the tories prison open each of the one hundred sixty six detainees house to guantanamo cost american taxpayers nine hundred thousand dollars a year well that compares with just twenty five thousand dollars spent on each inmate at a typical us federal prison and the cost of housing them a one time a can rise due to the conversational force feeding procedures but the prison
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spokesman navy captain robert drawing told bill dog that the abuse claims are exaggerated. when a detainee leave the camp they get a what we call a full frisk which is the pat down search not unlike you'd experience going through airport security if you are selected for secondary screening in the united states it's quick it's the full clothing on hand and it's noninvasive it's not the detainees job to tell the truth the lawyers just repeat what the detainees say that all of those allegations are false and let me ask you about the allegations about the on the safe and inhumane force feeding all of those prisoners who are on hunger strike do you deny that the policy of the united states and its troops there and life for lawful means we currently have a hundred hunger strikers today we have currently thirty who are doing and sheryl lee said that's using a liquid nutrition supplement most of them when they're ordered to do that go compliantly and take it a percentage about
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a third need to be taken to their cheating it's a procedure that's done in hospitals and nursing homes every day it's not done to harass them but it's done to sustain life to sustain life but we've been hearing from the medical justice network who is saying that don't deserve accused of colluding in port said that at the camp and that's been agreed on by the world medical association and the u.n. the u.s. and we disagree with them it's a matter of national policies are courts of up held that. sustaining life you lawful means is lawful we have a medical protocol where we evaluate detainees based on their weight loss and co-morbidity we allow them to hunger strike that if they get below eighty five percent of body weight some damage could be down we will do the involuntary feeding all of those allegations are false they're not they're not being fed they're to extreme temperatures they're not being denied food and water the conditions are as good as they can possibly be they had satellite television and they had communal
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living that all kinds of good things were trying to kind of. so what are your future if you're welcome to come. and then considers force feeding up in mates to be both torture and a breach of international law and u.s. federal public defender carlos warner says a military strike to downplay the protests and has repeatedly avoided taking steps to resolve it arbitrary detention it goes against everything that every international law every human rights organization the u.n. says that's completely wrong force feeding goes against what what everybody says is correct it's defined by the those groups as torture so on this issue unfortunately the president is on the wrong side of the military is all wrong and they're doing all the things to drive in the wrong direction remember this is the same military that the night of strike was going on for a long time same military that said if you're force extracted from your cell
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a tube shoved down your nose and you're fed that that's not force feeding the president frames it this way we've got two bad choices either they die or of we force feed them well there's a third choice and the third choice is releasing the innocent men which he has the power to do that would end the strike the military has another choice too they could negotiate with the men and with people like myself they did that we could end the strike in a week and we could we could roll this backwards but instead of deescalating they escalate over and over again it makes you wonder whether or not the military wants this to continue because they're certainly doing exactly the opposite of what they should be doing. and you can keep up with all the latest updates from the ongoing hunger strike on our website r.t. dot com we have the full timeline of events complete with statements from prison officials lawyers for the inmates expert opinion and much more it's all just a click away here in our teeth. now this week also saw the revelation of
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a major surveillance operation carried out in the associated press news agency around one hundred journalists and editors have their phones tapped for months by the u.s. government meanwhile the white house insists it was in the dark regarding the spy operation wall has more on a case as a spurt siding america's first amendment. it's being hauled an unprecedented government intrusion the justice department secretly collected two months of telephone records from the associated press and its reporters. a.p. believes this story prompted the secret investigation the cia uncovered a plot to bomb a u.s. bound airliner a plot originated in yemen and was carried out by al qaeda they arabian peninsula by reporting this al qaeda was put on notice that the cia had an inside look at their activities b.a.p. says the justice department did not say why they needed the information but says
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among the nearly two dozen telephone records collected at least five of them were from reporters working on the story in question this was a very serious. a very serious leak and a very very serious leak. i've been a prosecutor since one thousand seventy six and i have to say that this is among if not the most serious it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that have ever see it put the american people at risk and that is not hyperbole eric holder announced today that he was recusing himself from this a.p. investigation the prominent news agency condemned the government's actions in a letter to holder yesterday associated press c.e.o. gary pruitt says quote these records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the news gathering activities undertaken by the a.p. during a two month period provide a road map to news gathering operations and disclose information about a.p.'s
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activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know now the a.p. is asking for an explanation as to why the government pulled reporters' phone records without notifying them the worry now is the effect the news will have on the media and its sources i think the effect on the media has already been felt i mean you have. sources that are being shut down doors just being shut in people's faces now that was probably the intention the intention was to scare. the turn off the faucet in other words from leaks in the wake of the controversy white house press secretary jay carney reiterated the obama administration's dedication to transparency he believes strongly in the need for the press to be unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism he also believes strongly as a citizen and as president in the need to ensure that classified information is not leaked because it can endanger our national security interests there is a balance between transparency and national security has been
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a delicate one since nine eleven the obama administration has a history of aggressively going after whistleblowers prosecuting more people for leaking classified information than any other administration combined and washington was wall. well one side effect of the action against a.p. is that whistleblowers and sources will now think twice before calling any of this that's according to investigative journalist and historian tony gosling. individuals who blows etc people with stories cannot know can no longer trust the journalists so if they go with confidential information to those journalists and have confidential phone conversations they all know no longer guarantee those journalists can keep those conversations secret because the justice department is coming into a massive truly only whole two months period one can understand it might be if it's a small investigation over a couple of days or so particular phone line possibly but this is a fishing operation and it is an appalling attack really on the freedom of the
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press in america a government in the us which is out of control and ultimately this is the rawness of the thing to be a kind of police state where the government thinks it can do what it wants what we're seeing is erosion of some of the basic civil liberties that we've said for the last thirty forty years this is what we hold dear we're saying that all these terrible trying to take those civil liberties away but i'll call it wrong taking away our own governments of taking them away. ip journalist were the only ones who were apparently targeted by authorities a prominent bahraini activist says he's been she's been a surveillance started in her country to. other gulf kingdom's authorities have apparently used spying software problem the u.k. to track her every move the full story is coming your way later in the program. and the cia crosses the line russian intelligence is furious after catching an american spy trying to recruit a russian agent why after this break. please
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school here. reporting from the world talks about six of p.r.p. interviews intriguing story to tell you. that troy is arabic to find out because it's arabic. called. welcome back you're watching r.t. coming to you live from moscow now thirty two people have been killed in clashes between the syrian army and rebels in the town of kasar iraq stronghold near the lebanese border government troops have reportedly launched deadly air strikes and shelling the town has been besieged for weeks with the syrian army dropping leaflets asking civilians there to leave meanwhile on saturday a powerful car bomb rocked the capital damascus resulting in at least three deaths five people have also been injured following the explosion which happened near
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a school another device has been defused in the same area no one has claimed responsibility for the attack meanwhile russia's efforts for peaceful resolution to the syrian conflict receive the backing of the united nations earlier in the week and un secretary-general ban ki moon said an international conference involving the syrian government and opposition is tentatively planned for the start of next month is going off has been following developments in such. well after meeting with russia's leadership the u.n. secretary general ban ki moon. agreed that the conflict in syria could only be resolved in accordance with international law without any foreign military intervention and with the full respect of serious territorial integrity he also agreed to the idea of putting together this joint conference which would include both the syrian rebels and the authorities now they were also able to establish the list of current stumbling blocks concerning this idea and well first of all currently the opposition is still quite divided it's unclear who would be able to
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represent it as a whole at such a conference secondly moscow wants to see all the regional players taking part in such a conference including iran which may cause problems with washington and also if the syrian authorities are ready to take part in such a conference right now then the rebels are making now are voicing preconditions which include president assad having to step down but in general ban ki moon's visit continues this diplomatic marathon which will been witnessing for the past few weeks a lot of officials have been coming to russia discussing syria including u.s. secretary of state the prime ministers of great britain and israel and in general it seems the approach of many nations two ways of resolving the conflict in the country is changing now however there are still many problems including the one with the washington since when john kerry was in moscow it seemed that they were completely on the scene beach with russia's leadership but as soon as you left he started calling again for president assad to step down and promised more support of
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the rebels and that was back just recently by president barack obama himself what's widely being ignored is the fact that many of these rebels admit that they are receiving directions from international terror organizations including al qaida there are tons of videos in the web showing horrific acts conducted by the rebels including public executions of captured syrian soldiers that is. just troubling him video of a rebel cutting the cord out of a dead syrian soldiers chest and eating it on camera calling on everybody else to do the same and promising to continue doing so in the future and also there is the statistic from various international activist groups which basically shows that every time the rebels receive weapons from abroad the violence just
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spikes hundreds of her tasker's were met with tear gas in the streets of a turkish town bordering syria which was rocked by two deadly blasts last week the demonstrators expressed anger at prime minister and on its policies of supporting the syrian rebels which they say threatens turkey's security these clashes followed similar protests in ankara and istanbul worth the words also used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the anger crowds turkey was quick to blame the syrian military for the attack on the town which is an entry point for cans of thousands of refugees fleeing from the ongoing conflict. russia criticize u.s. intelligence this week for crossing a red line and its operations after a cia spy was uncovered in moscow trying to recruit a russian agent in the wake of the arrest russian intelligence made public the identity of the cia bureau chief in moscow but in a caution about investigates. ryan fogle was caught in the act trying to recruit
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a russian special services agent to work for the americans now russia's federal security service has released a photo technical equipment and some other items that were found when he was detained including a compress a map of moscow a large amount of cash and even two weeks to allegedly use as disguises now this is suspected cia agent was offering one million dollars a year for passing on classified information and that was revealed to you know why a taped telephone conversation between full goal and the security agent he was trying to recruit made public by russia's federal security service. you're going up a storm subordinate to so many of us more than a pollster talk a subordinate they want us to attack us because of them or just about what the words of a million little old you want us to talk it's all some. ideas. which are full has been handed over to the american authorities and now faces deportation
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the f.s.b. told r.t. that that was not the first case and recent years since two thousand and eleven there have been in fact four other similar cases one case involved and other american embassy employee who was trying to recruit a russian employee of national anti terror committee the ad says b. says that there is a striking resemblance to the focal scase and that the cia has gone too far with this spying operations. we were particularly outraged at the actions of the american spy dylan benjamin he tried to convince an employee of the russian national counter-terror committee to hand over classified documents of this department to the cia like mr fogle he was deported from russia we hope the cia would learn their lesson and something like that would never happen again so we decided not to release the information about dylan to the public but apparently they didn't learn that lesson in fogel's case the cia crossed
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a red line so we have to react according to official instructions. and as average with a juicy spy story at hand the exposure of a cia spy in moscow got the media animated with a mixture off laughter and disbelief at their alleged spies quite clumsy recruiting techniques but that's quite a common reaction to the stories like this but still it doesn't make them a new last true let's remember of the previous scandals for instance back in two thousand and six russian t.v. showed a documentary exposing several british and my six agents working in moscow and here is the high concept they used rocks at that time the media laughed at what was considered a conspiracy theory until a high ranking adviser to the prime minister admitted it's true so rocks weeks compresses and maps. von doesn't exactly have much competition right now
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and you'll find many more stories on our website and here's a quick taste of what we've lined up there for you today it's not. the size of an ocean liner and while you're watching it's getting closer to earth so i had to r.t. dot com the mysterious asteroid. also there for you today a run for arrival at a moscow airport one of the plane's landing gear collapses luckily all those onboard escaped without a scratch had to work you don't see food which in four. out of a rainy government is accused of using surveillance software from a u.k. based company to spy on a leading rights activist that's according to documents filed in the high court in london by one of the founders of the rights group bahrain watch manufacturers say the program is designed for use in criminal investigations but privacy activists claim that technology is being widely abused. the program named fence
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by can perform a wide range of surveillance operations it works by infecting your computer and the recording your sky of conversations and social media activity it can also take screenshots without your knowledge and access information on your hard disk and i xabi who filed the core documents told r.t. that digital surveillance has been spreading in bahrain since former high ranking u.k. police officer john yates became security advisor there. the e-mails were disguised as if they were from journalists and were from other activists and then after we discovered after two months investigation of a technical analysis to try and. investigate what kind of information on what this software actually does we discovered there was a company called gamma international which sells this software to foreign governments so we assumed and we given the circumstances in which i received the
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e-mails and the nature of the e-mails this was a suspect this was sold to the bahraini government but we also know that the servers. received this information from the software is actually based in bahrain so the servers are currently in bahrain and they're being updated in bahrain which means that this is further evidence over the past two years particularly since a british advisor john yates joined the bahrain security services we have noticed the increase in the use of surveillance and the use of c.c.t.v. and the use of digital surveillance and there are very targeted arrests and influence infiltration amongst protest activists that are happening using the latest technology technologies and this is all happened since following on from the hiring of the recruitment of john yates and most of these companies that provide all of this technology of british now we know of at least thirty six. be maintained worldwide so now the this is
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a global operation gamma international has sold this software to at least twenty five governments and the use seems the use of the software seems to have no any type of restriction so this is turning into a global phenomenon and it's run by the private sector so we're looking increasingly at the commercialisation of digital surveillance which is even scarier because it's very difficult to regulate. now and take a look at some other stories from around the world south korean media say the country has places relief for cision guided missiles and islands next to north korea and the china sea has fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast day after test launching three short range missiles into the sea in the same area north korea routinely tests such short range weaponry but the latest move but escalate tensions on the peninsula are again angered by u.n. sanctions and joint military drills between south korea and the u.s.
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has threatened to attack seoul and washington and hold out of the sixty year old armistice that ended the korean war. a prominent politician from pakistan's movement for justice has been shot dead in the southern town of kharaj the party's leader and former cricketer am wrong connie has accused political rivals of plotting her death. saying it was assassinated on saturday night hours before today's crowd of virtual partial we were on of the recent general election over one hundred people were killed in the run up to last week's vote. the cost of policing the joy in the sun holed up in the dorian embassy in london has risen to three point three million pounds the world's leading whistleblower has been there since june two thousand and twelve and by the time of his one year anniversary there costs are expected to exceed or a million pounds reports say there are eight officers and two cars and duty near
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the embassy continually assad is facing sexual assault charges in sweden but fear is he could be extradited on the us to the us rather were to go on trial for asp you know. what next we had to the hermitage museum in st petersburg to reveal while it's best kept going.
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