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just to wrap. up. coming up on r.t.e. in russia a major city has become the scene of not one but two terrorist attacks the most reason one destroyed or probably bus and killed over a dozen people but who's behind the attack all the latest details ahead and just when you thought those n.s.a. leaks were almost done glenn greenwald has said they are far from over an hour german newspaper revealed view documents regarding the n.s.a.'s top team of hatteberg an inside look at the agency's growing scope of surveillance coming up and in chicago the u.s. is the biggest jail is also its biggest mental health facility over a third of the prisons inmates have a mental illness but now the question is how did this happen r t has gone into the jail to find out so we'll give you a full breakdown later in the show. it's
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monday december thirtieth eight pm in washington d.c. i'm a mere i david and you're watching our t.v. we begin tonight 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 of the would you say a suicide bomber is behind this latest explosion which left mangled bodies on the street and raised fears about more violence in the lead up to the sochi winter olympics which russia is set to host in just six weeks are tees maar margaret howell was on the scene of the attack and brings us more. and here in the city of volgograd in the southern part of russia in the marketplace where that troll a bus exploded this morning at eight thirty in the morning causing a massive deaths bodies everywhere it has been confirmed that there was a suicide bomber on that trolley bus that claimed these lives we have an eyewitness
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account of this event miracles horrible was in my way from work there's a 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 it was a. step it is 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 a struggle 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 the dead body parts of bodies clothes i could smell t.n.t. immediately droves of ambulances arrive police cars the governor's vehicles and the
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investigation or again i just saw bodies lying on both sides near the bus says to a lot of them i don't know which ones were dead or alive. and the monster responsible for this clearly indicating 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
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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 have 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 in this product 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. i bent down to collect my documents when
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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 was scaring me only outside was i able to get a breath of air and sought to understand what was happening to. my son father and niece were inside the train station when the blast one of their own in intensive care now they're badly injured they were headed for a train to moscow but never made it a 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 a stream missed october suicide blast on a passenger bus which killed six and injured over. thirty others is still raw in the memories of people here governments around the world are beginning to realize that fighting international terror threats can only be done globally as both organized cells and lone terrorist continue to slip through one for instance next
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we're talking about a jihadist movement which is linked to al qaida that is operated 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'll call it a c.b.s. 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 team as a period of mourning standing here in volgograd regional hospital were several of the injured victims of the blast of sunday and monday were brought to this information can't remember anything i was deafened by the blast we had almost reached the bus stop when the explosion went off it was like an electric shock all
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over my body i can't remember i didn't see anyone i was sitting and looking out of the window when it happened i think i was the last to be carried out of the charlie by us now no doubt any of the people of the southern russian city expected to have two suicide bombers factored into their new year's eve celebration shopping and travel plans and that was our correspondent margaret howell. 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 in 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 few months that have increased american awareness of the importance of encryption and privacy he also talked about some of the most
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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 then as a revelation to leak yesterday from the german magazine der spiegel artie's perry and boring has the details. their job is to get the un get
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a bowl 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 for the t.s.a. the national security agency's top hacking unit people did not disclose how they obtained the n.s.a. documents but has a history of publishing a fourth using edward snowden leaked material the n.s.a.'s t.a.o.'s hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon that 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 fashola by twenty fifteen as operations include counterterrorism cyber attacks and as the an i wish they have gained access into two hundred fifty
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eight targets 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 pipes 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. had been to the president of mexico the. account that was a t.a.o.'s operation white tamale by accessing the mexican official email addresses it was then able to exploit mexico's entire security network one of their most
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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 runs from france all the way to singapore the g.a.o. also intercepts shipping packages which is laptop computers and u.s.b. drives them to a secret location called a load station and loads fi wear 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.
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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 and it won't be long. before drones are hovering over u.s. skies we're now learning that six different states will develop test sites for drones this all according to an announcement by the federal aviation administration
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alaska nevada north dakota new york for ginia and texas will each host a research site the f.a.a. says that it consider geography climate and air space use amongst others when making the decision on location but interestingly half of these test sites are going to universities while drones have by and large been using exclusively by the military businesses farmers and many others are now looking to get into the drone market and that's why many universities are deciding to expand their u.a.b. research programs this is all part of the congressionally ordered an initiative to have unmanned aircraft share the skies with passenger planes by the end of two thousand and fifteen supporters of the initiative say these states will have the opportunity to boost their r. khana me by attracting new students researchers and aerospace technology companies however the burgeoning drone industry has its fair share of critics as well last
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december the a.c.l.u. released a report in which it cautioned against this technology privacy organization expressed worry that the us would move closer to a quote surveillance society in which our every move is monitored tracked recorded and scrutinized by the authorities. 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 buchanan 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 the 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. how do you can it he served in three presidential administrations he ran for president three times and he's no stranger
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to controversy i sat down with him to talk about the world as it is today 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 the congress has abdicated its war powers and that's why one of the best things that happened this summer was when the american people rose up and in effect said we don't want this war on syria and president obama realized that and went to the congress and the people will influence the congress to deny him the authority to take us to war but i agree with that point i mean when the president states says all options are on the table with regard to iran he means a military option an option to attack iran where did the president 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 with this idea of drawing red lines in the sand from the oval office is preposterous in a democratic republic is
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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 or do you think this is something that is necessary i may not like the world i'm in but in the thing i can do about it i mean you got to say so they got my e-mails we got my phone calls we got all the rest of it. you know i live right across the street well i think the concern is that they're collecting the stuff and holding it in down the road if you do something or if you become a political enemy they can go back and search it and find something about you well they think that the n.s.a. should have these are because somebody i'm tough one no i am to look i mean let me say that when you're talking about taken all be the phone records and the e-mail records and deposited them in 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
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terrorism i can understand utility of that and when you've got it the phone companies have got all the records and they say just give us all your records and you never acquires a lot of trust for the people who have that power that they're going to use as strictly for counterterrorism it doesn't do any. or what should we make of edward snowden like edward snowden i guess i took an oath to preserve and protect the secrets. of my government and the white house and the president and i knew a number of secrets about what was going on in vietnam before the public did now illegal secrets i mean secrets that the public should know about i knew we were bombing cambodia ok i knew we were bombing cambodia long before the republic by 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'd gone out and told the public that it might have created a big uproar on the hill and because i had taken an oath to preserve the secrets of
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the united states buchanan is a fierce warrior on the frontlines of the american culture wars i asked him about his response to polls showing majorities of americans supporting marriage equality and pro choice in court decisions of holding those views that the american people have acclimated themselves to what i would call a steady series of defeats in the cultural war no doubt about it young people by and large approve of same sex marriage justices for example declared homosexuality a constitutional right where did that come from if not from above it and when the american people demanding that there was handed down by the justices so if you have if you have something like under thirty year old eighty percent of under people under thirty support something like marriage equality 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 to usurp ation of democratic
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institutions or well i think that's a way i mean well i don't agree with what is going on i think that's the way it should go on a democratic republic my problem has been things handed down from judges and justices and imposed on the country there have been supreme court rulings similar that have been just as controversial and maybe not quite ready that the american people were crazy ready for it at the time in brown versus board of education when they were overturning. posi be fergusson threat 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 you know they're on the wrong side of history but that you tell me is history the moral side well are you ever concerned that you might be on the wrong side of history there are people looking back twenty thirty years from now only ok i am on the wrong side of the strip well then how does that motivate you today if you know if you are concerned at all why you might not be on the other side of the scary look at my career i don't mind being a loser i mean i came into politics important barry goldwater nobody got beat worse
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than he did and he went on and you move do 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 the future could be headed down the road to collapse he lost his job at m s n b c over it i asked him if he still stood by the book look i believe that this country that the more diverse culturally racially socially ethnically a community is the less capital there is social capital of people working together and i do think a country which loses its moral cultural and religious base if you will had it thrown out as america has and then comes in and embraces various groups and ethnic groups and races and things into tries to make them one country i don't think it's going to work would you make the same argument if if you say there wasn't going to
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be a white majority but there was going to be a black majority or a spanish 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 with that be detrimental to the i'm healthy united states i think the united states can i mean i don't think we're one country one nation you know the one thing people said to me more the. others on those rope lines you talk to pat we're losing the country we grew up in and i think that's right if you ever 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 i want to know who they 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 dr thompson yes i know you're upset if we disagree he said about you we
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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 and some from her came over to my apartment of the water good i think you do it right later described me as a half crazed davy crocket running around the room porch of nixon's alamo mr chairman thank you so much pleasure out of enjoyed it and now to an inside look at the cook county jail in chicago illinois the car correctional facility holds around ten thousand inmates making it the largest jail in the u.s. because of cuts to community mental health services and state psychiatric institutions the prison also stands as america's largest mental health care provider and sacks thirty percent of and maids at cook county jail have a mental illness artie's liz wahl took a deeper look at this correctional facility and the thousands of mentally ill inmates who may not belong in the prison system. chicago's cut county jail
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holds over ten thousand inmates making it the largest jail in the united states it's also the nation's largest mental health care provider it's exploding on any given day about twenty five to thirty percent of the inmates here at the county jail suffer from some sort of severe mental illness here in the minimum security section of the jail most inmates suffer from some kind of mental health issue most of the crimes they're accused of are nonviolent drug related almost all of these inmates are on psychiatric medication a lot of antidepressants and things i.b.m. anticipate conic as well one thing out here they take part in group counseling sessions for an art therapy but resources are wearing thin and experts say many of these men diagnosed with mental health disorders simply don't belong behind bars they're under stress a court case and then again their house they give to kill is separated from friends
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and family in some here for the very first time which means it's really difficult to just this dorm holds three hundred eighty four beds you know one of the jail rooms like this became flooded with psychiatric patients after chicago made deep cuts to mental health care services we've had three state hospitals state mental hospitals in the state of illinois that have closed over the last two years six of the twelve mental health clinics here in chicago specifically have closed. a couple large private clinics have had closed down as well because they can't get funding anymore it's an absolute disaster without a place to turn for support many of the inmates that shuffle through cut county jail and up homeless they will be effectively warehoused they will they will sit in a cell and there's nothing magical about a prison cell the problems you bring to prison won't magically go away just because you're incarcerated and that's why so many inmates return back to jail may. the
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detainees here in the maximum security division are repeat offenders outside the walls of jail they fail to get the medication they need and turn to drugs and crime that's the challenge for illinois in several scenarios states to how mean the service is for people to go back for the underprivileged getting help for mental health outside of prison faces financial and political challenges when it comes to budget cutting time the first thing to go we fight is always mental health services because nobody cares about these people they don't have a voice as long as psychiatric services remain scarce it's almost certain and the halls of cook county jail and others across the country will continue to overflow in chicago liz of all our team. and did the american court system has its fair share of corruption and that includes some behind the scenes buyouts tonight's
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resident takes a look at the court cases in which people have settled or made questionable deals to pay their way out of jail more on that here's the residence for her fitness. there's been a spate of news stories about big corporate and financial jerks settling out of court for all the crappy horrible things they do to somehow pay off has become a huge part of the american justice system and i for one am sick of it for instance in new jersey about three hundred entities had been accused of dumping toxins right
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into the passaic river parts of which are considered the most contaminated water waves in the world as an on the whole of planet earth but instead of locking anyone up for this last of pollution the guilty jerks have settled out of court for one hundred sixty five million dollars so they'll pay some money and then they'll get right back to their dirty chemical business which is outrageous but not surprising just look at how all the jerks that caused the giant financial crash of two thousand and eight are all settling out of court not one of them is going to jail j.p. morgan chase settled with the f.t.c. for thirteen billion dollars wells fargo settled for three hundred thirty five million dollars these jerks robbed people of their homes and futures but all they had to do was pay a fine and now they can go right back to their jerky business of cooking up in new ways to rip more people off the insurance company behind the drug company responsible for the recent meningitis outbreak just settled out of court sixty four
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people died and seven hundred fifty four people were sickened by steroids made by these jerks but they going to jail for it. note settled out of court the list goes on and on now some might say that making need jerks pay is hitting them where it hurts in their wallet but the truth is they usually can afford to pay and it doesn't stop them from doing their jerky business again like nothing ever happened personally i think the business is guilty of killing people or polluting the rivers so bad that it's the worst in the world or stealing thousands of people's homes and retirement funny then the jerk running those businesses should get locked up and their businesses should be closed forever period game over that justice screwed this whole settlement idea but that's not how we do things here in america here where money is everything will take payoff from crappy jerks over administer
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injustice any day for the biggest jerk to me in the story is the whole farce of our i'm just settlement system tonight let's talk about that by following me on twitter at the residence. and that does it for now for more on the stories we covered go to youtube dot com slash our team america check out our website r t dot com slash usa you can follow me on twitter at amir and david.
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the year that was us two thousand and thirteen and what has made it memorable we ask in this edition of crossfire who excelled in who disappointed us and what stories captured our attention because of hope or do you despair. i would rather ask questions to people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf and that's why you can fire.


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