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i. am. coming up on our t.v. in russia a major city has become the scene of not one but two terrorist attacks the most recent one destroyed a trolley bus and killed over a dozen people but who is behind the attack all the latest details. and just when you thought those n.s.a. leaks were almost done glenn greenwald has said they are far from over just today a german newspaper revealed new documents regarding the n.s.a.'s top team of hackers an inside look at the agency's growing scope with surveillance coming up. it's monday december thirtieth four pm in washington d.c. i'm in the area david in you're watching our team we begin today with the explosion
that ripped through a trolley bus in the russian city of volgograd fourteen people were killed and twenty eight injured marking the second attack in just twenty four hours authorities say a suicide bomber is behind this latest explosion which left mangled bodies on the street and raise fears about more violence in the lead up to the sochi winter olympics which russia is set to host in just six weeks artie's margaret howell was on the scene of the attack and brings us more. i am here in the marketplace where that troll a bus exploded this morning at eight thirty in the morning causing massive deaths bodies everywhere a lot of information that is still coming out about the stroller the attack that happened this morning it has been confirmed that there was a suicide bomber on that trolling bus that claimed these lives we have an eyewitness account of this event. i was in my way from work to the u. turn and then i heard a blast i was already standing in
a queue and one of the other drivers asked if there was an explosion there was no panic but i hurt screens so i drove by to save the children and help people but they told me that only the driver of the bus was injured and so i took the driver surrogate to the hospital surrogate told me that the conductor had died and also said that the cabin wasn't completely full but i saw around six corpses myself so. they produced to me at the moment of the explosion i was in a hole that's about one hundred fifty meters away from the bus the shock wave was really strong so my whole family jumped up from their beds after ten minutes i ran from my place to the bus stop and saw a great number of dead bodies parts of bodies clothes i could smell t.n.t. immediately droves of ambulances arrived police cars the governor's vehicles and the investigation where again i just saw bodies lying on both sides near the bus
ambulances took a lot of them i don't know which ones were dead or alive. and the monster responsible for this clearly ended clearly wanted a maximum death toll in the way that he went about doing this this morning now we do have investigators that are giving us more information regarding what happened this morning based on preliminary results we can already say that a terrorist suicide bomber activated the bomb it was a male parts of his body were taken from the scene of the blast and sent for d.n.a. testing to determine who he was also we can say that the explosion had the force of no less than four kilograms of t.n.t. just as the device at the train station it contained damage agents and since there were the same damage agents discovered in both cases both attacks were connected they possibly could have even been made in the same place law enforcement officials they are heavy on the ground here and security has obviously been tightened all
throughout russia but particularly here in this city as these two attacks that happened within twenty four hours of each other with the first bombing of the train station a lot of information is still forthcoming but taking a look at what's happened so far the busy train station by the blast of a terrorist bomb on sunday afternoon shards of through an area around a security checkpoint as passengers waited for their luggage to be inspected officials say the bomb was equivalent to at least ten kilos of t.n.t. and only the security barrier prevented this scene of devastation from becoming much more but it's impossible to calculate the toll something like this has on its victims many are still reeling. from it i bent down to collect my documents when i saw a flash of light and there was a blast i was thrown back by the explosion when i came to my senses a man or scaring me only outside was i able to get
a breath of air and saw that the understood. what was happening to use the internet my son father and niece were inside the train station when the blast went off their old intensive care now they're badly injured they were headed for a train to moscow but never made it the second bomb was later discovered it had failed to detonate this is the second time in just a few months that this southern russian city has been the target of extremist october suicide blast on a passenger bus which killed six and injured over thirty others it's still drawing the memories of people here governments around the world are beginning to realize that fighting international terror threats can only reach globally as both organize cells and won't hear us continue to slip through one for instance next we're talking about a jihadist movement which is linked to al qaida that is. not just in russia but also in other countries including in syria as we know now now the direct motive is
not different from the previous attacks on moscow on other locations inside russia and i would say it is not so different from attacks that has happened around the world i got a t.v. ads against democracies against countries that they want to consider as enemies with a tragedy like this when they hit volgograd just days ahead of the new year's celebrations it's no surprise authorities thought it more appropriate to cancel the festivities and to clear the first three days of twenty one teen as a period of mourning in volgograd margaret how low are t.v. . and now nearly seven months after journalist glenn greenwald published a number of national security agency leaks the privacy advocate has promised that he and edward snowden aren't anywhere near finished and a video keynote address to the chaos communication congress in hamburg this past weekend greenwald said that there were a lot more stories to come and a lot more documents to be uncovered in the speech he spoke about some of the most
significant outcomes in the last. you months that have increased american awareness of the importance of encryption and privacy you also talked about some of the most promising indications that powerful forces are now at play as an example he mentioned the fact that boeing lost a four billion dollar contract in brazil partly out of anger over u.s. government surveillance and greenwald points to that as a very positive sign i think it's up to all of us to devise ways to not persuade them because i don't think that power centers get persuaded in that way by nice lofty arguments i think it's important to devise ways to raise the costs of directly for either their active participation in or their acquiescence to the systematic erosion of our privacy rights and when we find a way to put them in the position where it's not we who are in fear of them but they who are in fear of us that's when these policies will change perhaps greenwald
speech was foreshadowing the latest n.s.a. revelations a leak yesterday from german magazine der spiegel artie's perry and boring has the details. their job is to get the un gettable a unit of mostly young hackers are helping the n.s.a. break into computers around the world to access some of the toughest targets german news magazine der spiegel published a report over the weekend revealing the tailored access operations or the team with the national security agency's top hacking unit spiegel did not disclose how they obtained the n.s.a. documents but has a history of publishing reports using edward snowden leaked material the n.s.a. is t.a.o.'s housing unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret laffin it began in one nine hundred ninety seven when the internet was in its infancy now it's one of the fastest growing units of the n.s.a. this is one of its central offices in san antonio texas the unit moved into this former sony chip factory in two thousand and five and is expected to have two
hundred seventy specialists by two thousand and fifteen as operations include counterterrorism cyber attacks and as the in which they have gained access into two hundred fifty eight hargis in eighty nine countries in the past ten years as outlined in the u.s. intelligence services budget by the end of twenty thirteen there will be about eighty five thousand computers around the world infiltrated by the n.s.a. most of these would be through the t.s.a. is best described as a team of a digital plumbers that unclog black blocked access to target and we now know more about its long list of tools to key to get through these heights some of their tools are passive such as their x. keyscore spying software the g.a.o. uses this to fish through internet traffic and find error reports user sent to microsoft when their windows operating system crashes the n.s.a. then uses the information to learn about security holes in their target computer and remember when we found out in october that the n.s.a.
hacked into the president of mexico's e-mail account that was the g.a.o. the operation of white tamale by accessing the mexican official e-mail addresses it was then able to exploit mexico's entire security. network one of their most sophisticated set of tools is known internally as quantum theory which was facebook twitter and you tube all as its target using the same type of technology the n.s.a. also gained important economic data from high ranking members of opec which is the powerful oil cartel that's headquartered and vienna along with targeting individuals that can entire can target entire networks such as see me we four is an optical fiber that underwater communications cable the runs from france all the way to singapore the g.a.o. also intercepts shipping packages to his laptop computers and u.s.b. drives people to a secret location called a load station and loads spyware on them before delivering them to what the target when asked about these programs the n.s.a.
stated that the tailored access operations is a unique national asset that's on the front lines of enabling n.s.a. to defend the nation and its allies regarding other news that the n.s.a. last friday a federal new york judge ruled that the n.s.a. phone data collection program is legal this was just days after a judge in washington state announced it's unconstitutional the case is expected to be heard by the supreme court also this weekend former n.s.a. and cia chief michael hayden had harsh words for the former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden who sparked the debate eight months ago. well in the past two weeks in open letters to german and the brazilian government he has offered to reveal more american secrets to those governments in return for something and in return for asylum i think there's an english word that describes something american secrets to another government and i do think it's treason. in washington d.c. area and boring party. despite the vigorous attempts of whistleblowers to expose
government wrongdoing it's often quite difficult for them to find media outlets to publish the information they're trying to bring to light media stand as a film out backed by wiki leaks that highlights that struggle earlier r t had the chance to speak to wiki leaks founder julian assange journalist and director johan is wall strong and not get not just the zada a young afghan journalist who also appears in the film take a look. what makes this documentary so interesting is that we have different media organizations in different countries but all starting out of the same place. journalists come to them offer them the same type of material the us government diplomatic cables and then we see what the response is publish not publish censor something to document what they're thinking as they're doing in most cases. there are very significant as can be constraints in fact most cases of.
publications by the organizations concerned all of those published material. do you feel like the mission you're documented in media stan was a success there were a lot of reactions i remember in tajikistan with people saying you're not going to make a difference nothing will really change if we speak about making a difference or if the mission in itself was a success. obviously when the regards to actually getting the material published in the various medias it's difficult to call your great success because there were actually. many newspapers in either in central asia or for that matter here in the united states that you actually declared you interested in publishing the full material that they got access to so in that respect you know it wasn't a success but from a broader respect of course we can see that the next release is have made a large impact they will say and they changed the way that we interact with with
media since then and i think that if we just look at the. whole affair which is has been going on for the last year or so and that is that they wrecked consequence of the weekly releases and the fact that it's not. it is no direct censorship which is feasible particularly in the relations with replications and in different countries and different places where it is possible for them to become in afghanistan obviously the risks are a whole different kind of risk there are you going to continue your work to try to keep revealing the truth. i think this is our responsibility as journalists to reveal what's happening behind the scenes within the government and the regional level as well as international level so i have been working as a journalist since two thousand and six in afghanistan and the risks to be
a journalist in afghanistan is so high it sense too since since early two thousand and thirteen there have been sixteen cases against. journalists violation of violence and many other cases against journalists in afghanistan so that there are there is a high risk to be a journalist in afghanistan but this is our responsibility not to give up and continue our work as a journalist edward snowden should use the media and not wiki leaks to channel his revelations don't you think that's a good sign but he was able to do it through the media. well i think it's quite sad actually it would snowden didn't go to infect the media he went to someone that's closely associated with us and specific journalist glenn greenwald and another specific journalist laura portress. most prominently a couple journalists to which she but it has gone clean green worlds for his part
was then working with the guardian has left the guardian as a result. of the censorship by the guardian but all of that material to date less than zero point five percent of the snowden i think documents have been published. the majority of the media are still reluctant to challenge the government like you said and speaking of glenn greenwald recently he reprimanded journalists across the globe for not standing up to the government lets out so have a listen to what going greenwald had to say at a recent conference and hamburg what it is that we were targeting in the behavior of the media over the past six months is just revelations have emerged almost entirely without and despite the role of the us media and their british counterparts is to be voices for those with the greatest power and to protect their interests and serve that your highness i want to ask you is it as bad as greenwald is saying generally speaking if you just understand that the powerful media
institutions are part part of power rather than being being so they speak mediators of information you just understand the very idea that. looking at media consumption of news or information in a different and different respects so yes of course is that bad. and if we look at an institution such as the washington post which was one of the first institutions that had access to. snowden and so documents they decided not to publish and. i mean practically this isn't publish anything worse. than what we can understand from that is that there is a direct relationship between between the different power institutions in our societies and media is most definitely with one of the most important policy. that we have in the verses are three words that was media stand on a small stream wiki leaks founder julian assange and afghan journalist and. when
you hear the name pat buchanan a number of associations are likely to pop into your head politician conservative commentator author syndicated columnist or perhaps even broadcaster at seventy five years old you can and has lived and worked in many different capacities but his passion has always remained constant politics r.t. had the opportunity to sit down with a lifelong politico and talk about everything from u.s. intervention in syria to the latest n.s.a. revelations artie's sam sachs has more. pat buchanan he served in three presidential administrations he ran for president three times and he's no stranger to controversy i sat down with him to talk about the world as it is today that we started with how the office of the presidency has changed in recent years one of the things that bother me most is the fact that congress is educated which war power and that's why one of the best things that happened this summer was when the
american people rose up and in a fix if we don't want this war on syria and president obama realize it went to the congress and the people influenced congress to deny him the authority to take us to war but i agree with that point i mean the president on stage says all options are on the table with regard to iran he means a military option an option to attack iran where did the present in the united states get the authority to take us to war with iran if iran does not attack us were does not threaten us he doesn't have it the dish idea of drawing red lines into sudan from the oval office is preposterous in a democratic republic is a small government conservative what do you make of these revelations that have come out about the n.s.a. . well. we have a big government. does it make you uncomfortable do you think this is something
that is necessary i may not like the world i remember nothing i can do about it i'm here today so they got my e-mails i get my phone calls you get all the rest of it. you know i live right across the street well as a big concern is that they're collecting the stuff and holding it and down the road if you do something or if you become a political enemy that can go back and search it and find something about you really think that the n.s.a. should have the authority of us or the stuff it will go on i undertook i mean let me say that when you're talking about taking all the the phone records and the e-mail records and deposit a random one giant machine. and so then you can go back through all of this if you find out somebody is involved or some numbers involved with terrorism i can understand the utility of that and when you've got at that point companies have got all the records they should just give us all your records and but that requires a lot of trust for the people who have that power that they're going to use it strictly for counterterrorism it's it doesn't date. or what's remake of edward
snowden i could restart and i guess i took an oath to preserve and protect the secrets. of my government and blindness in the president and i knew a number of secrets now what was going on in vietnam before the public did. a legal secrets i mean secrets that the public should know about i knew we were bombing cambodia ok a nuclear bomb in cambodia long before the public or the nation found out nixon told me because i wrote the cambodian invasion speech with him and i think i would have been derelict in my duty and i would have been virtually treasonous if i had gone out and told the public that he might have created a big uproar on the hill and because i've taken an oath to preserve the secrets of the united states buchanan is a fierce warrior on the front lines of the american culture wars i asked him about his response to polls showing majorities of americans supporting marriage equality and pro choice and court decisions upholding those views the american people have
limited themselves to what i would call a steady series of to teach in the culture war no doubt about it young people by and large approve of same sex marriage justices for example declare homosexuality a constitutional right where did that come from if not from above it when the american people demand that it was handed down by justices so if you have a if you have something like under thirty year olds eighty percent of under of people under thirty support something like marriage equality. but isn't that what a driving force is isn't it that it's more of a generational change that's taking place rather than a usurpation of democratic institutions or well i think that's way i mean well i don't agree with what is going on i think that's the way it should go in a democratic republic my problem has been things had to down to judges justices. and imposed on the country there have been supreme court rulings similar that have
been just as controversial and maybe not quite ready the american people weren't quite ready for it at the time a brown versus board of education they were overturning to see the furthest right when there were people at the time who would say that this is not this doesn't reflect the will of the will of the people and we look back at those people as being on the wrong side of history do you ever the wrong side of history that you tell me is history the moral side well are you ever concerned that you might be on the wrong side of history then people looking back twenty thirty years from now when the ok i'm on the wrong side of the strip well then how does that motivate you today if you are concerned how do you think you know you're on the other side of that if you're a look at my career i don't mind being a loser i mean i came into politics porton barry goldwater nobody got beat worse than he did and he went on and you moved to richard nixon and we had a twenty year run in the white house in two thousand and eleven buchanan wrote a book suicide of a superpower in one chapter titled the end of white america buchanan argues that in
america without a white majority in the future could be headed down the road to collapse he lost his job at amazon b.c. over it i asked him if he still stood by the book book i believe that this country did the more diverse culturally racially socially ethnically a community is the less capital there is social capital people working together and i do think a country which loses its moral cultural and religious base if you will had it thrown out of america and then comes in and embrace is various groups an ethnic group. ration things into tries to make them one country i don't think it's going to work would you make the same argument if say there wasn't going to be a white majority but there was going to be a black majority or hispanic majority in america i think you could get an overwhelming hispanic majority in the american southwest which will have one foot in mexico and one foot in the united states i think that's a real possibility and would that be detrimental to the health i think if the
united states could and you know i don't think we're one country one nation you know the one thing people said to me more than any others on those wrote logic talk to a stat readers in the country the grew up there and i think that's right i've never heard any people of color say that here on the rope lines or was it mostly i think there's probably a lot of people of of color who are. i think you'll find an awful lot of them yes the truth is yes you talk to someone who won't say who you are but they it's the crime the violence the drugs the broken families all the rest of it nine hundred seventy three hundred s. thompson he had to talk years and very and said if we disagree he said about you we disagree so violently on almost everything that it's a real pleasure to drink with him if nothing else he's absolutely honest in his lunacy and i found during my admittedly limited experience in political reporting about power and honesty very rarely coincide in some from her came over to my apartment at the watergate i think read it later described me as
a. crazed david crockett rat running around the brand porch of richard nixon mr tennant thank you so much for the pleasure of enjoy it. and turning now to a report out by the committee to protect journalists report which was released today found that seventy journalists were killed in two thousand and thirteen with the largest percentage of those deaths coming from syria and fact one of those fatalities happened just days ago with the death of syrian freelance photographer mohammed there a cat that was only eighteen years old and had been freelancing for reuters when he got caught in the cross-fire between free syrian army fighters and government forces but barakat was just one of twenty nine who were killed this year in the war torn country iraq saw the next largest number of casualties with ten journalists killed followed by egypt with six the c b j report also breaks down just how these
journalist were killed forty four percent were singled out for murder thirty six percent were killed in combat or crossfire and twenty percent were killed during unspecified assignments now overall the number of deaths was slightly down from the seventy four reporters killed in two thousand and twelve however see p.j. says this year's number could rise the organization is still looking at the cases of twenty five additional journalists and will determine if their deaths were work related and that does it for now for more on the stories we covered go to you tube dot com forward slash r.t. america check out our web site r t dot com for usa you can also follow me on twitter at amir i dated see you right back here at five thanks for watching. i'm. i'm i'm.
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