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i. completion russia's gas pipeline to europe faces yet another hurdle. in response to. u.s. sanctions. remind us that it's ok for american spy agencies to collect data on says . if done by accident the lessons of the n.s.a. snowden leaked to the lead u.s. surveillance c already. you tell us who were snowden. some information. on the man accused of stealing and burning
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a rainbow flag in the u.s. . for 16 years i guess debate whether the time it's the crime. 16 years for offending probably one of the most privileged groups in america quite clearly. with this particular. over there are some people who are prepared to go. to. community. good morning just. watching the international just as it reaches its final stage of construction string to gas pipeline is under threat one of the companies involved has pulled out of the project because of stinging new sanctions unleashed by the u.s. . in anticipation of the enactment of the national defense authorization act one
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sees has suspended its stream to pipeline activities will proceed consistent with the legislations wind down provision and expect guidance compromising of the necessary regulatory technical and environmental clarifications from the relevant u.s. authorities. ok let's talk more about this with. following the story for us good morning sas. break it down for us them what's led to this moment good morning well we of course you know that under the charm of ministration sanctions have the a new political tool often used as a default reaction to anything that the president takes issue with and this case is apparently no different because president trump has indeed officially signed off on a bill which would require him to impose sanctions on any foreign companies or individuals which are involved in the construction of nordstrom to now as many will know nordstrom too is a huge $11000000000.00 it's a pipeline over 1000 kilometers long running between russia and germany and it will
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senshi fill up the european continent with russian gas at a faster and cheaper rate than anything else currently on the market but since the very beginning the u.s. hasn't been shy in expressing its dissatisfaction about the project the united states commands all our european partners who have taken a strong stand against north stream to. and we commend others to do the same germany is totally controlled by russia because they were getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from russia and the new pipe work this pipeline if completed. would make europe even more dependent on russian energy would generate billions of dollars for putin billions of dollars that would fund russian military aggression. we don't want your energy suppliers to be. so many see this bill as a last ditch attempt by the us to stop 2 from going ahead the pipeline was
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originally due to complete 2020 bit ahead of schedule and it seems that there are 2 weeks away from it being done as you said earlier they are just between 60 to 70 kilometers of the pipeline left today one of the many companies which will be affected by the bill is the swiss organization which is providing vessels for construction in fact just a few days ago they received really what can be described as a lot of blackmail very aggressive letter from the republican senator ted cruz in which he said you have to stop participating in 2 or else or else we're going to freeze your assets in the u.s. or else we're going to stop giving you the says and since then they have in fact kowtow and stopped their operations and america's we've heard from those clips is concerned about your pain and the security of the other motives of play while covered pipelines between russia and the europe run through countries such as poland belorussia ukraine as such they receive
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a very hefty transit fee the north stream to pipeline and contrast runs on the baltic sea meaning that these countries will be bypassed now washington says that this is unfair and special especially with regards to ukraine it's politically motivated but what's important to note is that just a few hours before this bill was signed off by trump it came out that russia and ukraine would likely by the end of $21000.00 signed off a new deal agreement on russian gas to europe via ukraine so it really undermines washington's view that russia is trying to washington. that russia is trying to give ukraine the cold shoulder here and has led many to suspect that what the u.s. really wants from all of this is to phase out competition so that it couldn't establish its dominance in the e.u. energy markets especially considering the bill also sanctions and not the russian pipeline project which runs through the black sea to touch which is talk stream really establishing
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a pattern here of eliminating fact competition. to bring the european reaction to all of this because many are saying look this is just the u.s. dictating policy for europe well precisely what's interesting is that the european countries are seemingly far less concerned by what washington deems as that dependency on russian gas they call this an economic project which only benefits financially all the people involved russia obviously agrees and germany in particular has on many occasions spoken out saying that europe european energy policy is europe's business and then america should stop intervening so probably and surprisingly they were very angered by these sanctions. given federal government is against extraterritorial sanctions we don't approve of this practice we oppose especially in through tutorial sanctions that his german and european companies. so they clearly see this as a matter that the u.s. has absolutely no right to be meddling in over the coming hours of course we'll be
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waiting to see what other reaction comes out from europe and more importantly we'll see how this will officially impact potentially into itself there will be fascinating to see. who can react to this and perhaps get the pipeline going regardless thanks ask it was nasty. now jack russell moose a professor of political economy and jim to trast a former u.s. diplomat both say the u.s. is trying to prevent russia from becoming economically more integrated with europe . well it's kind of ironic that the u.s. is saying they don't want germany and europe to be dependent on cheaper russian gas but they wanted to be dependent on more expensive american gas you see and what you see here in this latest move is that they couldn't u.s. couldn't get germany to. pull out of the nordstrom too so it's going after smaller companies building some of the products of nordstrom tows kind of an act of
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desperation in a sense the u.s. is getting concerned to some extent trying to keep russia from being economically more integrated with europe which is the big strategic objectives the u.s. is trying to achieve washington policy establishment is a big dinosaur that can never admit that it snail north stream 2 will be completed i think that this this latest round of sanctions on merseyside cessation of workers is a hit it will be finished and will go into operation but these people washington not yet met their policy has failed we don't know how to adjust ourselves to a reality we don't like we only have one reality that is russia is bad and i think that connects russia to europe is bad too but we must do whatever we can to try to stop it and if we can't stop it let's just make light that it will. america's spy agencies are committed to gather information on citizens with acts of war and since one situations the u.s. court of appeal was ruled that this can happen if i know on national who is in it
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just him and me being monitored abroad makes contact with an american when the case was brought by an american citizen arrested in 2011 he pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization he questioned whether the way the n.s.a. had collected information on him without a warrant was legal form ahead teligent sufficient and with supply william binney told us that the ruling did not really reveal anything in. it does it made no difference at all it was all under executive order or $1.00 to $2.00 or 3 section $23.00 see which they used to been signed. into effect since the reagan years the reagan presidency so they've been using them as early as they were and also the use the excuse that they are unable to separate their data as not a right lie to so they've been lying to the courts are wrong and they have the
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capability to sort that stuff out it's just that they don't want to because it gives them power over everyone the ability to look into political opponents like they did the president drop. the n.s.a. cynical mass phone and internet surveillance of its own citizens was revealed by edward snowden a former contract with the agency back in 20 saying he's wanted anyway yes for leaking classified information but was granted asylum by russia. we should be able to freely assemble we should be able to communicate freely if we're going to be talking to countries like china and russia about how they security people we should start in our own backyard the people oppose the
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surveillance state the n.s.a. is violating the rights of not only americans but also citizens all of the world the alphabet soup of government agencies was a carrying out all kinds of wild spying and violations of privacy it was all pretty clearly a violation of the us constitution or that meant offers protection from unreasonable search and seizure however at the time the n.s.a. tried to fight back pretty hard does the n.s.a. collect any type of data. on millions or hundreds of millions of americans. it does not. not wittingly 7 years on u.s. federal courts have ruled that edward snowden the whistleblower who revealed this apparatus of surveillance won't be able to make any money from the book that he just published the ruling argues that edward snowden violated his contract with the
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cia and the n.s.a. because he didn't submit his book for prepublication review who don't want to see books like this get rid of special don't want to see books like this get rid from it is still pursuing that case quite strongly they're more focused on the financial censorship side of it this court ruling comes as. federal courts have also ruled that it is now acceptable to monitor the communications of americans with a quote foreign interest without any procedure or warrant so while u.s. courts have ruled that it is now acceptable to continue carrying out practices once considered to be scandalous they have come down pretty hard on the man who revealed these practices to the public so do americans even remember edward snowden we decided to ask new yorkers can you tell us who edward snowden is now and doesn't ring any bells hope that word snowden. edward snowden is. it's.
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way to 2nd snowden's not the. not the bricks that guy on his. wiki leaks not like the wiki leaks guy but the guy who was working for the government here and is over in russia now now that he says some from ation he lead us. basically the government spying on us and watching of our things and gave a detailed report as to what the government's doing yes there was a massive outrage back in 2013 when this was 1st revealed but it seems that since then this is all becoming part of the new normal in the united states what was wiretapping of civilians will continue in the united states and american leaders will also continue to boast that they have the freest country in the world. r.t. new york we're going to do we would assume they're it's an admission that the this
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is incapable of collect the only targeted data of a large firearms that they're monitoring so i mean to me that now is not a problem even in the 99 he could have done that but they decided not to do that they were going to collect they're really what they're not saying here is that the cia the f.b.i. and the d. e a another law enforcement people have access to that do the search for common crime in the united states and they use it against u.s. citizens. in criminal courts without the without telling the crew or anybody else in the court lawyers included so they're fundamentally violating the rights of those of us citizen every year and they do this without any oversight whatsoever even though that tempted to move are saying to us in the united states they believe the intelligence these is any good anyway it's just it's over look kind of a conversation it's not an oversight at all. now man accused of stealing and
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burning analogy petey flag from the u.s. church has been sentenced to 16 years in jail after being found guilty of committing a hate crime adolfo martinez was 1st arrested in june in accused of desecration the flag belonging to a local church in iowa earlier in the week he was convicted on charges of not only committing a hate crime though but also 3rd degree harassment and reckless use of fire mohsen has admitted to opposing i may sexuality but the length of his sentence has caused some debate. why does the left cheer when the american flag is burning no one goes to jail for that but they do for burning an activist movements flag while he got more years than murderous get in the u.k. unbelievable so burning a rainbow flag is hate speech bunting an american flag is freedom of speech i see. he should have been the american flag then he would have been praised statues
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dedicated well i think in principle people should have the ride to behead flags fly it is a symbol and people have a right to disagree with homosexuality they have a right to disagree with did i did states or britain i don't think that should be a crime per se but i would say that the flag is a bit different from the american flag because it days ignites a specific community in the same way as maybe burning a jewish flag might designate the jewish community if you look at the report of what happened he was kicked out of the strip club he grabbed the flag he set it on fire outside of the strip club and started ranting about i was gonna burn down the club i was in there i don't know it sounds like maybe he was wasted i don't think i don't think this is so they just would go around doing even if that weren't the case it still is extreme and a hate crime laws are silly anyway they should exist no a crime happened here it is absolutely 100 percent our institutionally protected speech to burn the gates of the gay pride flag in the same way that according to
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the supreme court's also protected speech to burn the american flag well i'm gay and much of my human rights involve supporting the human rights of l.g.b. plus people but i've got to say this sentence is excessive it is disproportionate it is not commensurate with the crime committed however there are some disturbing elements a he was not given the sentence purely for stealing the flag and for burning it there were also. accusations and claims of arson and threats to burn down all the properties namely a strip club when it came to course he did not express any regrets and indeed justify his actions based upon his particular extremist interpretation of the christian faith i don't believe that this flag necessarily represents the rainbow flag i don't think it. gay individuals maybe at one point attempted to but it's
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we've come to a point where the rainbow flag and all the symbolism represents an l g b t political ideology which is becoming increasingly authoritarian increasingly toxic increasingly anti-christian so people are going to have gripes about it i mean this is actually proven that people are are millennial is there's a study done recently that young people millennia old are less in favor of now they were a few years ago now the left in the gay lobby would say that is due to hate speech on the internet and trumps america blah blah blah no i would say the real reason is probably because this movement that is symbolized by the flag has become authoritarian and ridiculous we see it with the insane trans narrative in the bathroom trance people and women sports we see it with the children with the trance children the drag queen stories i mean you can think of and this is just another example 16 years for offending probably one of the most privileged groups in america. the president of the commission. and is
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facing a scandal back at home in gemini is the message that thun data was deleted most requested as evidence no investigation into her actions while she was jimmy's defense minister peter all of picks up the story. on the line is looking to stumper or thora on the e.u. commission presidency right from the off. the former german defense minister has been dogged by a scandal from her past and lynn she doesn't seem to be able to shake off while in charge of the german military her ministry was accused of massive overspends on outside advisers it was revealed that the fall of the line defense ministry was spending 155000000 year over year on outside advice that's more than all of the other branches of government combine and
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a federal audit office investigation found the defense ministry couldn't sufficiently just a 5 why that external advice was even needed for the lions phone was thought to hold the answers to whether she was involved or even knew about any impropriety but it's emerge now that all of the data on her ministerial phone had been deleted the data from the form of boosler from the line was already deleted in august the phone had a factory reset and the data was lost with no possibility of feed being restored but the data was deleted from the phone after it became part of the body of evidence in the investigation opposition parties and those in the ruling coalition in germany demanding answers i expect defense minister current power to take action now on those responsible this is destruction of evidence and must also have personal consequences this is an annoying delay tactic by the government 1st the ministry
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said that people were looking for a mobile phone then it was announced that it was still pin locked now the government has admitted that it had already been white the investigative committee has still not received any s.m.s. and the mobile phone has still not been examined there is simply no preservation of evidence the consequence is. the defense ministry gave the people concerned every possibility to delete as messes and messages the german defense ministry hasn't exactly made things crystal clear with its statement on the phone data being deleted the types of communication and official mobile phones that are subject of interest for the investigation committee are covered by evidence decisions the federal ministry of defense provides the committee of inquiry with all existing documents relating to the subject of the investigation this is far from over the investigation continues and as long as it does has the potential to throw mud on angle americans christian democratic union party who are in overall charge and
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ursula fall into line herself which could well spell a short honeymoon period for the new e.u. commission president as the media and eventually her colleagues in brussels question how involved in these payments she was one thing is for sure silence and the deleting of data is only going to raise more questions peter all over r.t. berlin waxman crowd the deputy chairman of the alternative germany party saxony branch says the public should put more pressure on the government. does it feel as a german minister of defense everywhere she had to tell her it was a catastrophe and of all do is force a lot of the liberal socialists and the christian democrats would have for president of the e.u. commission the ministry of defense for millions and millions to external consultants for the home alone created as soon where external or more military
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people decide how to purchase new equipment after the tenure of mrs funnell and mischief germany is a lever to defend. itself but the military is completely ruined and knowing she destroyed the evidence can share with her she was just incompetent or corrupt i didn't think it was and biggest addition will bring the troops to light it is that the political cost of the dollars are higher. to silence that should you alone nothing happened in germany to go on and it will try to play it oh. we're not there to look at the public will pressure on merkel and other christian democrats and little. except that they get treated badly. now in the us it's been alleged that the mormon church is sitting on a $1000000000.00 in donations that misled its members into making their
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whistleblower behind mccain used to be a senior portfolio manager at the church's investment division he also says the church may have breached tax ropes. for many years the mormon church has been starving $1.00 to $2000000000.00 a stroke last time into a reserve of the reserves inside either one c 3 non profit according to the whistleblower there a company called and sign this is helping the church to expose its status as a nonprofit organization to dodge taxes alleging that the mormons could have a huge amount to the state he also says the that members have parted on their with their money on false pretenses of the moment church members to give 10 percent of their income this money is meant for charitable educational and also religious purposes but the whistleblower does claim it's simply been squidward away for the last 2 decades the church denies the accusations. claims being
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currently circulated are based on a narrow perspective and limited information the church complies with all applicable law governing our donations investments taxes and reserves the church does add that the whistleblower is a disgruntled ex employee seeking compensation not a source inside the church told us that the internal revenue service did finish a major audit 2 years ago and found no problems but we asked people in new york about this they were not surprised by the whistle blows revelations. i'm not terribly surprised after all the scientology. money tax evasion what i feel like churches are corrupt there's always issues with $5.00 a one c 3 isn't churches and money and doing what they're doing i mean i guess it just depends i should pay definitely should pay taxes especially with the guys who have those big houses in the jetson tax free it's not fair that should pay
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something but they just don't that's constitution it's constitutional question do this a place axis more investigation more arrests. but no taxes let everybody everybody pink one. and signed peak advisors it was an arm of the mormon church which means that it was not. acquirements which is why they got into this business in the 1st place because they didn't have to a ports what was going on under the i.r.s. tax law if you are. then you have to use that money for such a charitable purpose but in this situation this particular investment arm there was a bailout evan insurance purposes they also invest the mall in salt lake city so those are projects where there is no charitable purpose so in that one spirit makes you question so they have a tax and sense that they are getting involved in those kinds of activities in for profit ventures here maybe they should have a friend that. washington state that's i things are looking so far this morning
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no dares thinks. we dare to ask. you know world of big partisan movies lot fees and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smart we need to stop slamming the door on the path and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the truth the time is now we're watching closely for watching the hawks.
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