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the latest news and the week's top stories the hunger strike at guantanamo bay passes the hundred day mark with inmates risking their lives in their protest against indefinite detention with. the u.s. government seizes the phone records of journalists from the associated press sparking media outrage but the white house insists it was not involved in the probe . syrian government forces take the fight to the rebels in a key near the lebanese border seen as an entry point for smuggled weapons and mercenaries. and more spies in disguise russian security exposes the cia station chief in moscow as u.s. intelligence has left red faced after getting caught trying to recruit a russian agent.
live from moscow looking back at the past week with our weekly program r.t. i'm sean thomas glad to have you with us well it has been one hundred three days since the mass hunger strike at guantanamo bay began and it seems of the prisoners aren't going to back down anytime soon over half of the camps inmates are involved in the protest against indefinite detention without trial and with no timetable for release some of them say they're seeking freedom through death but the u.s. military is force feeding them to make sure things don't get that far. comments. after years of the national injustice and indifference and after more than three months of starvation one tunnel detainees have finally got the president's attention i'm going to go back at 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 we're dead 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 you can do administrative leave without congress without having legislative act even under current restrictions the administration has the power to use national security waivers to release many of these men 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 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 do in the future but you can't
you can or will people want to maybe you know this is a we're not future police here so far the administration's only response to the crisis of corn carnival has been to force 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 our joint statement it is not open to the states in a second chance to force them to do each. and the full speeding here involves the insertion of a tube of some significant down on the diameter through the national 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 expressed commitment to close the infamous prison president of the 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 been gauged in verbal and legal acrobatics to justify its inaction on guantanamo and it's 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 check on. the u.s. military recently requested tens of millions of dollars to renovate the prisons saying congress has decided to keep it open indefinitely maintaining that facility is already costing america a considerable sum let's take a look at those numbers right now nine hundred thousand dollars that's the price of keeping just one detainee there for a year and there's one hundred sixty six inmates and guantanamo right now many of whom have been held without charge for more than a decade it costs much less about twenty five thousand dollars a year to house a convicted prisoner in the u.s. earlier my colleague bill dodd spoke with spokesman navy captain robert duran who
denied abuse at the facility. they get a what we call a full frisk which is a 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 full clothing on 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 the allegations are false and let me ask you about the allegations about the on the safe and inhumane force feeding all those prisoners who are on hunger strike do you deny that the policy of the united states that it's to reserve life for lawful means we have currently thirty who are doing and cherilyn 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 a third need to be taken to their cheating it's
a procedure that's done 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 that who is saying that don't deserve accused of colluding in torture 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 policy our courts of up held that. sustaining life you lawful means 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 subject 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 living that all kinds of good things were transparent facility. an attorney for several of
the guantanamo inmates says the camp authorities are trying to crush the detainees will to starve themselves but are actually giving them even more cause to protest i think what we're seeing is a deliberate tactic. to break the strike i think these these toxic tactics out of solitary confinement having spotty searches among other things and used to pressure them and to break the strike i think the camp ministrations response since that in terms of conditions at the camps denying what's happening defending their actions entirely have actually just deep into the minds result to continue and one one point i want to correct is a factual matter is conditions at guantanamo right now are not peace and they are not in the main you have most of them now and they are protesting for over three months in conditions of solitary confinement so there is not only a problem. and it's illegal detention without charge of serious serious questions
about the united states is compliance with the geneva conventions in terms of humane treatment of these that they are in twenty two to twenty four hour solitary confinement right now and that's how things are right now over the guantanamo bay hunger strike you get yourself up to speed on the events of the past one hundred days that are to dot com very well find complete and comprehensive coverage with comment and analysis from u.s. officials a lawyer zandi even some former detainees it's all for you available online. for us just department got an broiled in another surveillance scandal this week after it seized two months of phone records of editors and journalists from the country's biggest news gathering service the associated press was wall has the details for us . it's being called 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 be a piece as the justice department did not say why they needed the information but says 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 nine hundred 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 never see it put the american people at risk and that is not hyperbole eric holder announced he was recusing himself from this a.p.
investigation the prominent news agency condemned the government's actions in a letter to holder 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 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 worries 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 best balance between transparency and national security has been 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 artsy. over the white house insists it was in the dark over the surveillance of the a.p. analysts beg to differ since nine eleven particularly we've seen the rapid expansion of a police state in this country it is the infrastructure of the police state is already in place so the restricting of the flow of information by the government
and its various mouthpieces this is part of this creeping police state and what i what i want to stress is that the effectiveness of the obama administration in persecuting whistleblowers shows not only the fact that obama himself is no different from any candidate that our president that came before him but also the fact that this is a comprehensive plan to shut out dissent in the united states. paul do you know the flow of illegal weapons a little bit a little bit later in the program we report on the syrian government's offensive in the rebel held border town seen as a key smuggling route between lebanon and syria. also ahead as activists groups point human rights violations in bahrain a local campaigner tells us about the kingdom's new ways of spying on its people.
humiliated and expelled cia spy ryan fogle has now left russia after being busted offering a million dollars to a russian security agent in return for assistance this week saw a red faces at the american embassy in moscow as the identity was also revealed of the cia bureau chief working under the guise of a diplomat or medina cochon over takes up the story for us ryan fogle was caught in the act trying to recruit 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 and closing a compress a map of moscow a large amount of cash and even two weeks to allegedly use as does the guy says 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 a full girl 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 to. talk of the war than you want to store attack us because of the mortgages on the bottom of a million little old you and yes it's all some new. ideas. such a fool has been handed over to the american authorities and now faces deportation the f.s.b. told r.t. 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 count to terry committee to hand over classified documents of this department to the cia like mr fogel 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 a red line so we had 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 less three member 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 columns that they used rocks at that time the media laughed at what was considered a conspiracy theory until a high ranking advisor to the prime minister admitted it's true so rog's weeks compresses and maps. von doesn't exactly have much competition right now. syrian government forces have fought their way into the heart of a rebel stronghold with at least fifty eight people said to have been killed in the ongoing battle the town of qusayr near the lebanese border is allegedly a vital hub for the smuggling of arms into syria local journalist abdullah has the details for us the rebels on the north an area of the city that is a full control over the east in western. side of the city that was
dated the center of center city is debated and in a surprise the syrian army managed to make a full circle around the city fighting position a position fight is the main achievement is to stop that line of supply chain between independent and syria most of the fighters from different areas and syria in order to get that in course so said become competent of pollution this operation move very slowly but it's wise for the studies to additionally speaking they managed to make first they started from the west from western side of the of the city and the ordinary is they control this this stone with some fighters from lebanon some extremist group were preparing to go into syria to fight with that it builds they are going to make they were going to make kind of a bigger front in order to fight and expand. the fighting line between the
government and the opposition by this now we have limited the. one to one part of the city the international arena and then to national has to change with american agreement. it's less acceptable. acceptable for a country to go against them by providing more weapons that if aleutian. in syria by this it's a kind of a green line for the syrian government forces to go into that it will. stay which is of course had known now by this no more smuggling would go on. weapons coming from cut off from other countries. fresh fears of syria's conflict abridging its a borders grew this week when protesters clashed with police in neighboring turkey demonstrators are angry at on card support for the rebels and say the turkish
people are paying the price for the involvement now protests in central and the capital after that their deaths was used on crowds in a turkish border town which was at the scene of a deadly bombing a double bombing a week ago that he blamed syria for the attack which it strongly denied and pointed the finger of radical rebels reportedly in the town world affairs journalist no part of our cars as of in this conflict i bet in the insurgency. this data has made a. lot of blood and blood to it because in august two thousand liberty took a leading role in trying to topple syrian government allowed to be based in the country is government arms to them an equipment and now it's sort of blowback targets and terrible goings in turkey this week and this will only continue until turkey changes course in relation to syria will be absolutely suicidal were present exact order acts when turkey knowing that very powerful countries in the west are just itching for any and any excuse to military attack the country to bomb the
country so the last thing they would begin would be trying to bomb turkey so it's absolutely absurd i don't know who was responsible for these bombings but it's clear that what they did out erdogan has done is it is actually neutral to turkey in this war he's bought water turkey and understandably turkish citizens not just those on the border with syria but throughout the country are getting increasingly angry and the army reaching this course to it's got to show restraint here because we haven't heard any evidence as to who is responsible for these books and i think . there is a great because it is entire policy because all he's doing is increasing the tensions here are he's backing the rebels he took a gamble in august two thousand and marina that the syrian government would fall very shortly and that there be a nice islamist government in power in damascus to be very friendly to turkey it's backfired hasn't happened and i think you had over it you know the position to isn't it worse and worse i. hope i'm wrong i'm going to see more bombings i'm afraid because the war's been fought to turkey and of course the rebels themselves are fighting amongst themselves between the radical islamists the not so radical islamists and it will happen in turkey now. and you can get more stories on the.
news that we're covering on our web site r t v dot com online and for you right now . drones and military robots set their sights on the sporting world head to our side to learn about the radical security measures being planned for the world cup in brazil. brussels may have their hands full trying to cope with an economic crisis but they're still finding time to impose bizarre restrictions on the use of olive oil in restaurants get the full story on our website dot com. iraq ten policemen and have been shot dead by a known gunman in a series of attacks in the west of the country seven were killed when militants attacked checkpoints near the city of her death and in the city of rabaul gunmen targeted another checkpoint and a police chief's residence leaving three officers dead there and two others wounded no group has claimed immediate responsibility but sunni insurgents frequently
target security forces in their efforts to destabilize the country now while in iraq remains torn by sectarian tensions the situation there is also aggravated by other factors it has been ranked the eighth most corrupt country in the world a decade after the us invasion millions of dollars earmarked for rebuilding shattered infrastructure are unaccounted for while locals are left to contend with poverty toxic water and a daily power blackouts artie's was a couple sorts. it is the land between twin rivers ancient day mesopotamia modern day iraq and in baghdad there's no shortage of ways in which water is used to wash cars to clean shop fronts to store freshly caught fish before their gutted for sale everything it seems except drinking personally oh god nobody drinks to see what because i know it's not clean since i knew i had to run on what comes out of
its happens contaminate. it makes us sick how can we dream can't. water is just one of the many services that still lagging and post-war iraq despite years of promises and billions of dollars spent on reconstruction many neighborhoods lack sewage systems there's no trash collection in some settlements there are barely any streets iraq's central power is sometimes on for as little as two hours a day this mess of wires is a common scene all across iraq it connects homes to private generators people have to buy electricity to cope with the hours of daily blackouts ten years after the war it's a symbol for much of what's wrong with iraq a crumbling infrastructure and reliable services and the tangled web of iraq or c. and corruption. the energy crisis has meant more work for album area and electrician who says he now earns about four times as much as he did before the war the grid is in shambles and breakdowns are frequent but he
says the government is simply not serious about fixing it. it's the citizens who suffer in the end not the government the services are so bad the power system has really deteriorated there were billions spent on fixing the grid but there's little to show for it. the government has promised improvements in public services but officials say it's a monumental task the infrastructure has been put to the neglected end of the previous regimes and the damage is enormous there is a need to rebuild everything that's required is tens of billions of dollars but the dollars are flowing along with and largely because of the oil that's what accounts for most of the revenue in iraq's one hundred nineteen billion dollar budget here at the college we're flying reproduction have more than doubled in the past here alone and that to grow even higher growth while industry have been touted as one of the few bright spots in a country that's been playing by a little while and the rampant corruption transparency international ranks iraq as
the eighth most corrupt country in the world which in part helps to explain why services are still lagging most of the reconstruction money was squandered through fraud and abuse just one example the government awarded one point seven billion dollars worth of fake electricity contracts it's a paradox that frustrates many iraqis theirs is one of the wealthiest pieces of land on earth but its people are some of the forest. nowhere is that contrast more stark when here the landfill on the edge of baghdad many of the families living here have been displaced by the war but now they're waging a daily battle just to survive services are simply nonexistent conditions a horrible there are no schools for the kids who have no electricity no real houses to get a drink of also we have to travel for columbus's it's very difficult to live here for now they must remain among the refuse uncertain like the rest of iraq as to what will come on the winds of change you see catherine of baghdad iraq. let's take
a swing around the globe to look at some other news making headlines this hour from . in tunisia a violent clash between police and supporters of a hardline islamist group has left one protester dead and several others injured tens of thousands took to the streets of the capital tunis in defiance of a government ban on the rally riot police moved in firing tear gas to disperse the demonstrators who fought back by hurling rocks the ants are a movement which openly supports al-qaeda is the most radical to emerge in tunisia since the two thousand and eleven arab spring uprising. north korea has fired a short range projectile off its east coast as part of a so-called routine test that follows an earlier triple launch that put the neighboring south back on alert for that in the lists say the missiles have a range of one hundred twenty kilometers so u.s. the general has appealed to north korea asking them to hold off any further missile
tests. powerful tornadoes are sweeping across the u.s. midwest damaging the buildings and infrastructure the town of shawnee in oklahoma has been the worst hit with at least one person reported dead more than one hundred homes have been destroyed in the region and thousands of people have been cut off from the power grid high winds have caused multiple road accidents there as well locals are being advised to stay indoors and wait until the storm system subsides. britain is a being taken to task for failing to keep a close watch on how its spying technology is used a bahraini rights activist says her repressive government used u.k. made equipment to keep tabs on her she's now taking the issue to london's high court the manufacturers insist the devices are designed for criminal investigations but privacy campaigners say the system is widely abused take a look at the actual system itself the program is called fin spy and can perform
a wide range of surveillance operations it works by infecting your computer and then recording your skype conversations and monitoring your social media activity as well can also take screenshots without your knowledge and access information on that your hard drive. who filed the court documents told r t that digital surveillance has been spreading in bahrain since former high ranking u.k. police officer john yates became the 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 and what this software actually does we discovered there was a company called gamma international which sells this software to foreign governments so we assume and we given the circumstances in which i received the
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 british advisor john yates joined the bahrain security services we have noticed the increase in the use of surveillance in the use of c.c.t.v. and the use of digital surveillance and there are very targeted arrests and in for infiltration amongst protests 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 are british now we know of at least.