you know more people. interested in the waters of our. friendship. u.s. immigration officials have been granted permission to use fake social media accounts to manas of people seeking to enter the country and flying in the face about that's to read online networks of. i i. turned it into germany party celebrates 2 of its best local election results yet with the anti immigration euro skeptics coming 2nd did both brandenburg and saxony . after a 2nd day of vigils and commemorations of the most deadly terror attack in modern russian history speak to survivors and relatives of the victims. and iran's foreign minister tells us why it's vital to save the nuclear deal and
stop the us breaking international law. must know that the united states for breaking international law. and. read not stop with your c.p.u. it. welcome you watching our team to national good to have you with us. the u.s. department of homeland security has authorized gratian officials to use fake social media accounts on this is to monitor people seeking to enter the country but it does fly somewhat in the face of efforts to purge online networks of false profiles explains. fake social media accounts the latest weapon in homeland security's arsenal the department's updated guidelines have officially made cyber disguises fair game for its agents the fraud detection and national security directorate is
updating this privacy impact assessment to provide notice that officers may use fictitious accounts or identities on social media platforms to protect national security public safety or to combat immigration fraud homeland security claims these fake accounts could be used to clean up the process of legal immigration detecting fraud finding weak spots and immigrations vetting system and conducting background checks are all listed as areas that could be improved and although communicating with other users is forbidden there's still one problem with the idea fake accounts used for surveillance violate the use its terms of both facebook and twitter it is against their policies to use fake persona and to use twitter down or for persistent surveillance of individuals who look forward to understanding u.s. c.i.s. proposed practices to determine whether they are consistent with the terms of service and might be against company policy but this isn't even a 1st for u.s.
law enforcement earlier this year police stations the d.a. and ice work s'posed all for using fake profiles isis facebook personas or even connected to a fake university created to entrap illegal immigrants looking to study there as they were exposed to facebook moved to delete those accounts. law enforcement authorities like everyone else are required to use their real names and facebook and we make this policy clear in our public facing law enforcement guidelines speech overrating fake accounts is not allowed and we swiftly act on any violating accounts but an internet privacy watchdog says the social media giant isn't doing enough facebook's practice of taking down these individual accounts when they learn about them from the press or from a f f is insufficient to deter what we believe is a much larger iceberg beneath the surface we often only discover the existence of law enforcement fake profiles months if not years after an investigation has
concluded facebook no they obviously they don't care about anything they only care about making more money and and blocking people who are doing good things i mean they abuse people's private information it's built into their system and they don't want to do anything about it until someone holds them to account so thankfully the guardian pointed this out and then they they blocked it but how many things did the guardian not see and there are just literally thousands and thousands of these things that are out there ordinated in authentic behavior is what facebook terms fake profile activity and since the 2016 election the company has been on an all out crusade against it i think to city matters because people need to trust that the content they are seeing is valid and they need to trust the connections they make or identifying and challenging 8 to 10000000 suspicious accounts every week we're also going to require people running large pages with large audiences the united states to go through an authorization process and confirm their identity
over 2000000000 accounts were deleted in the 1st quarter of 29000 alone with fingers pointed at russia 1st and then iran and china later on and all the while congress has been spurring on the assault your companies announced a series of successful disruptions. the resulted in the removal of pages groups and accounts my instinct is to applaud the village and some of your security teams and credit you with taking the problem very seriously social media giants might find it easy to declare war on an authentic activity it thinks might be going on abroad but when they know that their own government is itself using underhanded tactics to advance its agenda who knows if the same standards will apply or we have asked facebook on twitter for their reaction to the developments no comment from them though as yet. so that's some reaction instead from the whistleblower former cia
officer john kiriakou kindly joins me on the line not supposed to join this this move that we're talking about here do you think it's an effective won't will immigration services actually capsules people have been a bit careless by using such techniques do you think. you know certainly not then this is a this is an old trick used by local police departments to infiltrate protest groups to see what opponents of the police are doing is something that's been adopted now as a harassment technique by immigration services here can you imagine the manpower necessary to monitor the social media of the thousands tens of thousands of people every year who apply for immigrant visas we had a episode here in the united states just a week ago where a young palestinian man who had been accepted to harvard university no less was denied entry at the border because immigration authorities looked at his social
media and found that his friends had posted pro palestinian posts not that he did it but that his friends did it and they use that as an excuse to expel him from the united states so i think this is really just a harassment technique and nothing more. is there any ethical question here or not the fact that you know normal citizens are not allowed to have fake profiles the u.s. has accused other nations russia iran china of creating fake profiles for that for their own purposes but it's ok for the u.s. government is that is it because it ok because it's the u.s. and its own backyard or is there an ethical question or i think there's a very serious ethical question at the short answer is of course not it's not ok but this is american exceptionalism isn't it it's ok for the united states because we're the good guys it's not ok for anybody else because they're not the good guys this catches up after a while and this is going to make friends and foes alike angry and think twice
about u.s. policy specially as it comes to immigration one thing i would be concerned about if you start with the government agencies creating fake profiles they say it's just for the immigration department this stage would you be concerned about this creep inc potentially into other departments or yes without a doubt in fact the law is actually very clear as it stands now not only is the cia or are the cia and the f.b.i. the only organizations in government that are legally authorized to do this is present they have to get chased by case approval from congress before they actually go out and do it well now you have immigration you have customs of course that maybe the border patrol maybe other federal law enforcement agencies this has the potential to really spin out of control i think it's going to affect the popularity of the platforms once people realize that the people you know the told by the platforms themselves that we're doing everything we can to make sure that all your interactions are genuine with real people and suddenly people are suspicious. you
know i don't think so and i'm sorry to have to say that but i think that the average american just believes that this happens to the other guy it doesn't affect them on a day to day basis that if they're not doing anything wrong they have nothing to fear and i think that that is really the opposite the opposite tack to take in a situation like this i think that it's up to us as common americans average normal individuals to make sure that the government maintains the transparency that the law compels them to maintain this just makes it harder if only just a question about the social media side so in general that they've gone through a boom time now so many people now consider the you know a central part of the lines and yet we realize now that our data is being mined we're having all our private person information used against us to advertise to us now people are going to be spied on by false identity characters will we ever get
sick of this what will be a point where people say this is too much i hope so and i would point to to. 2 platforms or organizations that are that are hosted overseas that are encrypted that are better protected things like proton through example. that that the united states doesn't have a reach into there is no backdoor there is no secret handshake with the c.e.o. of the company and the cia or n.s.a. or f.b.i. i hope that people do get tired of this and look elsewhere outside of facebook and twitter and instagram for some personal protection john good to speak to really appreciate your time john kiriakou my guess whistleblower a former cia officer thank you joe. moving on now the alternative for germany or f.t. parties it's also known as celebrating the end immigration euro skeptics came 2nd
in state elections in brandenburg and saxony significantly increasing their influence in those parliaments was. becomes one of the party's biggest victories to date however the room christian democrats have already confirmed they just won't work with the f.t. can will become somewhat clearer later this year is peter all of a no explains. starts off in brandenburg it was a win for the social democrats in a campaign that they were neck in neck with the throughout the alternative for germany picking up around 23 percent of the vote there with the social democrats winning on 25 percent in saxony we saw massive gains for alternative for germany it wasn't enough for them to win the state that went to the christian democratic union anger merkel's party 2728 percent for alternative for germany in saxony could end up rising as high as 30 big gains for them there and that's what it is
a sensational results we have achieved the best result in local elections avar and we can see that 30 years after the fall of the wall governments don't want to be left wing need the. us is i mean let me just see it is clear these 2 elections have had only one winner the dean we've seen from other politicians who have been looking at these results from alternative for germany and they're not happy about the role they've played in allowing a.f.d. to make such big games. i am happy that we have a really good result what worries me is a result in this means we continue to face big challenges in this country. we all hope for more and wished for more and i'm also disappointed like many others are disappointed no question i as the lead candidate also share responsibility for this result alternative journey were founded as the anti euro euro skeptic party back in
2013 but it was following the influx of refugees and migrants into germany in 2016 that they started to pick up a lot of points a lot of votes in the east of the country the big problem is going to come now is how they're going to form some form of coalition in these 2 states because the major parties the established parties i guess you'd call them now. in both states have said they will not work with alternatives to germany that means you probably looking at at least a 3 party coalition in both states a well quite convoluted coalition a real broad church is going to have to be put in there because of the large chunk the large proportion of the votes that alternative for germany have picked up in both the states of brandenburg and saxony here in germany. and we come to the views of both the left party and the a.f.p. on those results. you can be very powerful even many on a position and especially when you have a weak governments against you and what we see in sex on even just the most
important east german federal state and there we have a christian democrat party that is used to be quite conservative and they have greens that are a lefty for greens so now they have to to build a coalition or do they don't fit together at all so we don't have a weak government and we've all seen the party members of both the greens and the christian democrats are very on a happy about that so but a new government will be very unstable and we're very strong and we are together and united and when you are a strong opposition force and you have been in stable government then you can kind of reach a lot so i guess it's a mistake that you have to be part of a government to change a country you can change it by good a position by good media and by good arguments and add all those to tossed for us in the next years if he has an agenda and really that is based on centric
nationalism militarism. liberalism as well as racism exclusion interest on 2 models success of the easy for you but some also have the governments the step and so on the fundamental of the last 30 years of german politics 30 years of your liberalism is politics destroyed that human is fundament at least of the german society and the left. didn't find the coup to really criticize the call it takes which is conducted in the moment consequently there is a problem and it's a problem as well to my mind. going where it wants. i did it rain for which is false this which feeds the ideology of the deepest longest that's ever been. it's really not easy to have to change the local ities.
the 2nd day of vigils and commemorations is being held for the most deadly terror attack in modern russian history $334.00 people were killed most of them children during a same show in which more than a 1000 were taken hostage at a school in the north a settin town of beslan i must warn you may find these images coming up now disturbing. in the 2nd day more than 20 hostages were released after the former president of russia's republic of english idea was convinced the terrorists letter women with babies we spoke to ago was one of those in france allowed to leave. yes this time
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shirt she calls me just mommy yet you could call in a new. light in. a correspondent only hawkins reports from the school where the tragedy occurred. most hostages were kept in this room the sports hall best known as a small town a close knit community you'd be hard pressed to find anyone in this room that had lost someone or knew someone who had. good people would be every year we come here to the school and the cemetery to the cemetery every month even my sister in law is buried there with her 2 kids and it's always sad when vigils unite people in mourning what happened here is hard to forget but life goes on it was. what's left of a hold unites everybody here police and soldiers who tried to save who could medics who ran into the fire to evacuate the wounded parents and teachers who stayed with
their kids and pupils and the hostages. the walls here were lined with flowers soft toys of course the photographs of those who died also bottles of drink symbolic as the terrorists had denied any food or water to the hostages for the 3 days of the siege by the time they had a chance to escape many were to the hydrated and weak to move hearing the experiences of those who were here is truly. as people inside began to faint doctor help to have a she could the terrorists gave her notes with their demands to pass on to authorities they threatened to kill her son if she made a wrong move if stanley is the subsidy is there i said i'm a doctor so they took me to the corridor to give 1st aid to someone who wanted terrorists in the gymnasium it was very hard to breathe most of the kids were running a fever in thinking we told the adults not to faint or they risk being killed as
a terrorist didn't want any burden i asked him to let me go and i had to carry a message for them they let me come to the school entrance they were holding my son saying if i went out of the door that killed both of us immediately you. the rooster story isn't the only miracle escape that day alina was 9 when she was seized along with her family she turned 10 the next day while still a hostage she sees her rescue as a 2nd birthday changing her life forever north but are tons of move on from the blast briefly knocked me and my brother back to one side an hour and to another after the blast site opened my eyes and saw the special forces soldier screaming anyone still alive get out of here that was my browser to the cloakroom and we heard the special forces soldiers see be careful where you fire your kids here and then we went out through the window sometimes we need with my classmates to visit the school for us there is life before and life after 15 years later for many the
memories are as warm as ever. some come here seeking answers an explanation of how such a thing could have happened others simply light a candle and share an embrace to get some closure all you know if it in one fact this committee will be forgotten and can never be repeated. hawkins r.t. . the tragedy lasted for 3 days with people held captive for more than 50 hours without food or water today marks the 3rd day of commemorations with local schoolchildren set to release balloons for the victims bringing you that coverage here on r.t. .
u.s. special envoy to afghanistan has shown in the country's president a draft deal with the taliban after more than a year of talks with the militant group nevertheless fighting. the 18 year war rages on the weekend saw several assaults on afghan forces across the nation as the taliban bids to regain territory dozens of fighters on both sides were killed and wounded more than 30 civilians are also thought to have died in the fighting our ways have been blocked in numerous provinces as battles continued monday the latest came just hours after the u.s. envoy said that he had warned such violence must stop. washington and the taliban reached a draft deal after 9 rounds of talks under the agreement the pentagon would leave the country or militants would pledge to play no role in international terrorism. bring in political and economic analysts shabbir razvi could even be a what do you think 1st of all the just the situation in which these peace talks
take place with all this ongoing fighting. had a good evening obviously one's got to look at it as you quite rightly pointed out that this whole sort of so-called war on terror has been going on for 18 years and i think it should be correctly dubbed as war of terror because really for the last 18 year one stan has been terrorized by american presence and it has been a killing field because of the american presence yes the narrative has been given that because the taliban was supporting al qaida and our cry there was in some way connected with $911.00 therefore america went in to eliminate al qaeda and taliban but the reality is that the central government in kabul only controls probably about 3rd of the country the 2 thirds is still very
much aligned to worse taliban and that i think is perhaps the reason why there has been such sort of discussions that have been taking place for the last 12 months in doha with mr zolli and. their lives of the sort of. talking on behalf of us a meeting all the parties particularly the taliban in doha and the main sort of conditions that taliban want america to abide by is complete withdrawal which of course now u.s. is agreeing to do that and then we'll see what happens whether there will be peace because the former president of of one his son has also said that the people in the one stand really need peace at all cost and you've got to remember when the
war started in one his son in 2001 it was. called the operation. enduring freedom enduring in durance of freedom but what has happened is that it has become an american fever down rather than any kind of freedom for the one easy or the last 18 years so hopefully we will get some kind of peace as soon as the americans leave of want to stand. it is as the u.s. claims a peace deal is pretty close why is the violence seemingly escalating. well i think taliban are really bidding to have more power and therefore they're flexing their muscle to show that they really are force to reckon with and for that particular purpose there has been some escalation in violence but effectively the taliban
has really run circles around the u.s. forces the alliances that went into one of the stand or way 18 years ago and most of the other partners with us here have really withdrawn or not really effectively contributing anything it's really usa who has continues to have any presence and now that they're deciding that enough is enough with elections round the corner in the usa in 2020 and perhaps mr trump also wants to sort of portray to his base that he is what he probably is that he doesn't want to have foreign adventures there for complete withdrawal from a one star and maybe in his favor for that particular purpose how do you think the deal if it is son foils polities going to impact afghan presidential elections which i believe for this month. well certainly taliban if
they are going to participate in that particular election as i said earlier nearly 2 thirds of the country is still controlled by the taliban therefore they will have they will make some headway in the elections if they are free and fair hopefully there are but the main thing that i think one is really deserve is peace and quiet in their country so that they can get on with other people living in different. countries with peace and if peace does come about then i think taliban can of course also have some parliamentary presence thanks very much shabbir my guess shabbir razvi political and economic analyst. thank you. iran's foreign minister just as a reef says he's ready to stop uranium enrichment within days maybe even hours if the e.u. proves its commitments to the nuclear deal and iran announced plans to this week
further reduce commitments to the agreement it rustles doesn't keep its side of the bargain tehran and already scaled down involvement raising its cap on uranium enrichment or mr zarif told r.t. why reaching agreement with the european union is key. not preaching anybody i'm simply talking about the realities you see all the worse when we went to primary school and high school we had bullies in our class and bullies would not stop if people just look at them while the beat another student wants to be the 1st student to go to the 2nd and the 3rd and the 4th do parents must know that the appetite of the united states for breaking international law when ever and wherever it serves them really not stop with the pure as it has not are in it. unesco the climate change to be honest with you at the end of these not even in the interest of the united states in the long term if you have
a long list of international behavior you cannot have predictability one state being unpredictable will bring other states to the state of unpredictability and then we will have chaos so it's not in anybody's interest you will not have any rule of law respected if one country starts to break them basically as a matter of habit. and you can see the full version of that interview on artie's worlds apart program on tuesday or alternatively just head to our website and watch it r.t. dot com ok let's fish and finish up with some global news for you now in brief 29 people remain unaccounted for after a diving boat caught fire off the coast of california the authorities say 4 bodies have been recovered and numerous fatalities are to be expected 5 crew members were rescued the rescue operations do continue. into hong kong where tensions remain
high with police and protesters facing off in a 14 consecutive week of demonstrations earlier on monday thousands of students boycotted classes on the 1st day busy of the new school year city workers joined the protest over the weekend there were violent clashes between police and demonstrators. and hurricane doria made landfall in the bahamas on monday one person was reportedly killed the storm is now on a collision course with florida a state of emergency is in force statewide wind speeds are reaching 350 kilometers an hour experts say during could be the strongest hurricane to hit the east coast of the u.s. in nearly 3 decades thanks staying with our take you right up to date about with more for you see you in half an hour.