berlin reacts angrily to the latest u.s. sanctions on russia's nord stream to gas pipeline to germany burning it and interference and domestic affairs as the project's main swiss contractor pulls out over washington's tough penalties. also this hour a u.s. court rules that it's ok for american spy agencies to collect data on citizens without a warrant if by accident out of the lessons of an essay whistleblower edward snowden lifted the lid on u.s. mounts surveillance seem to have been forgotten. you tell us who edward snowden is no way to say it's not. up to brooks they know that.
some information. and a man has been sentenced to 16 years in jail after stealing and burning and l. g.b.t. flag from a u.s. church our guest today whether the time fits the crime. 16 years for offending probably one of the most privileged groups in america when it came to course if you did not express any regrets and just a farmer's actions based upon his particular extremist interpretation of the christian faith. you're watching r t international bring you your live news update from our studio here and moscow welcome to the program. there's been strong reaction from berlin and moscow over the latest u.s. sanctions targeting north stream to the russian gas pipeline to europe that's almost complete it. the german government has regretfully taken into account that
sanctions against north stream to turks stream initiated by the us congress are coming into effect today off to donald trump sign them off their effect german and european companies and our terms amounts to interference in our domestic affairs a country with 22 trillion in state dept prevents credit worthy countries from developing a real sector of their economy the american ideology of living on loans has failed to stand against a global competition something that's been demonstrated again and again by the u.s. treasury department issuing new orders for economic arrest soon they will demand that they stop breathing at once and many of them will. also slammed washington's punitive measures saying it objects to any penalties against european companies that are conducting illegal business it comes as the main swiss contractor of north stream 2 pulls out over washington's tough penalties earlier saskia taylor told my
colleague endor farmer more on the story. but at the trumpet ministration sanctions have become a political tool of choice in the often simply automatic reaction to anything that the president takes issue with and this case is apparently no different because president trump has officially signed a bill which will require him to impose sanctions on any foreign companies and individuals which are involved in the building of nordstrom to now many of course you know nordstrom to is a huge $11000000000.00 it's a pipeline over 1000 kilometers long running from russia to germany and essentially it's going to flood the european continent with russian gas at a faster and cheaper rate than anything else currently available on the market but since the very beginning washington has had a bit of a problem with the project the united states commands all our european partners who've taken a strong stand against north stream 2. 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 they knew by 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 the russian military aggression. we don't want your energy suppliers to be. so many see this bill as a last ditch attempt by the u.s. to stop trying to end its trucks the pipeline was originally due to be completed by mid 2020 but it seems they're ahead of schedule the only 2 weeks out from it being done in fact there are any around 60 to 70 kilometers left of the pipeline to lay now one of the many companies which will be affected by this bill is the swiss. and they've been providing vessels for the construction a couple of days ago they in fact received a very aggressive you have to from the republican senator ted cruz which can only be described really as a letter of blackmail he gave them an ultimatum either you stop participating in
this project or we're going to freeze all your assets in the u.k. in the u.s. and we're going to. have your employees from coming into the u.s. so unfortunately they count out and and have stopped all the operations america has made it clear is concerned it says about europe's energy security but of the. well current pipelines between russia and europe run through several european countries such as poland to russia ukraine. this means that of course that they get a very hefty transit fee for allowing these pipelines through. the baltic sea meaning that these countries will be bypassed washington maintains that this is unfair and specifically with regard to ukraine says that it's somehow politically motivated by what's very important to note here is that just a few hours before the bill was signed into effect russia and ukraine decided that they would likely by the end of 2019 signed
a new agreement on russian transit gas value crane to europe so that completely undermines what washington saying that somehow russia is trying to cut ukraine out of a deal and it's led many to suspect that really what washington's up to is is trying to eliminate fact competition and its dominance in the e.u. . and markets especially considering the bill also impose sanctions on another russian pipeline which is tug stream which runs through the black sea tuckey so it's quite a patent being established while of the e.u. and u.s. standpoint on this issue couldn't be more different european countries call this an economic project that benefits everyone involved russia agrees germany and particular has consistently said that european and that you policy is europe's business and it's also us to stop meddling so it's probably on surprising that these latest sanctions were not welcomed meanwhile russia and ukraine seem to have found common ground over the energy question on friday the 2 sides agreed to
prolong cooperation on gas transit political commentator an economist i commerce says efforts to distance russia from europe will fail. the u.s. . government for granted they regard to. those as a vessel that has to follow the orders and if they don't follow the orders they are they are annoying it will cause much more damages for the us than they could imagine because the us is regarded as a not. partner or germany or europe when they just. put sanctions out of nowhere against any color they want it is not a reliable partner for this so the european companies should not make business in those areas that are dominated by the us so they're scary to those areas who are dominated by others or not only naked like russia or china and so on so in the end
. all that try to say you know a world that. america's spy agencies are permitted to gather information on citizens without a warrant in certain situations the u.s. court of appeals has ruled that this can happen if a non-national who is legitimately being monitored abroad makes contact with an american the case was brought by an american citizen arrested in 2011 he had pleaded guilty to attempting to give material support to a terrorist organization however he question whether it was legal for the n.s.a. to collect information on him without a warrant former intelligence official and whistleblower william by need told us that the ruling does not reveal anything new. it doesn't make no difference at all it was all under executive order $12.00 triple 3 section $23.00 c. which they used it's been signed into into effect since the reagan years the reagan presidency so they've been using that as in the as
a way and also the they use the excuse that they are unable to separate that data and that's a direct lie to so they've been lying to the courts all along they had the capability of 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 all the political opponents like they did the president trump. the n.s.a. is illegal mass surveillance of its own citizens was revealed by edward snowden a former contractor at the agency back in 2013 is wanted in the u.s. for leaking classified information but was granted asylum by russia.
the alphabet soup of government agencies was it 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 that 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 at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans. no sir. it does not. not wittingly 7 years on u.s. federal courts have ruled that edward snowden the whistleblower who feel 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 cia and the n.s.a. because he didn't submit his book for prepublication review who don't want to see
books like to skip written especially don't want to see books like this get rid of from it is still pursuing that case quite strongly they're more focused on that of 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 for. an 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 it doesn't ring any bells hope that word snowden. edward snowden is. it's. 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 leaked it's some information he leads. 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 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 we're going to do we need a sitting there in case it's an admission that the and i say he's incapable of collect the only targeted data on a large fine lines that they're monitoring so i mean to be that know is not a problem even in the 99 he could have done that but they decided not to do that
they wanted to collect everything but 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 data to search for a common crime in the united states and they use it against u.s. citizens. in a criminal court without the without telling the coup or anybody else in the court lawyers included so they're fundamentally violating the rights of those of us citizens and every year and they do this without any oversight whatsoever or even attempt to move or say to us in the united states of any of the intelligence these is any good anyway it's just a it's over look kind of a conversation it's not over so i don't know. a man found guilty of committing a hate crime has been sentenced to 16 years in jail after stealing and burning and l. g.b.t. flag from a u.s. church adolfo martinez was 1st arrested in june and accused of desecrating the flag
belonging to a local church in iowa earlier in the week he was convicted of 3rd degree harassment and reckless use of fire and he's admitted he's against homosexuality but the length of his sentence has caused 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 dedicated well i think in principle people should have the ride to behead flags a flag 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 the gay pride flag in the same way that according to 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. uppers and gay individuals maybe at one point it attempted to but it's 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 millennialist is a study done recently that young people millennia old are less in favor of l g b
t 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 movements 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 trans soldier and the drag queen story many of you can think of and this is just another example 16 years for offending probably one of the most privileged groups in america here global news update continues after this short break.
welcome back us democrats have an axe to grind when it comes to propaganda which perhaps is why they've released a guide on how to fight it top tips include don't watch our t.v. and read george orwell artist and hearkens has more. the us democrat party is concerned about the information people are consuming so they've created a handy guide to make sure you can distinguish right from wrong we've seen what happens when dissin from ation goes unchecked it threatens our democracy and makes us less safe that's why we're making sure you know how to combat bots troll farms fake accounts distant from asian and propaganda it's short and sweet and prepares you on how to fight fake news and use social media properly and responsibly so let's take a look actively seeking out information online from multiple authoritative sources firstly you should actively look for news don't just absorb but there is one caveat
you should try to find only authours of sources if you can't decide what those are just use the ones approved by fact checkers and don't go near the blacklist speaking off fact checkers news god is one plug in the list recommends it's got several high ranking officials on it's a doors or a board but previous cia director the nato secretary general the former u.s. government officials and leading media figures and it marks many mainstream outlets as trustworthy. despite any scandals they may have been embroiled in while r t is a big no no so change channel right now before it's too late. ask yourself who the author of online content is where they posted the information and what they're hoping you will do with it next check is the author factuality and objectivity seem to be prioritized in the guidelines something one can argue with until they mention
social media transparency features as one tool to help find the facts there's a link to facebook's transparency of god lines which separate the real from the fake but it's fair to say not all those felony objective truth get verified and all those verified stick to the objective truth rules $3.00 and $4.00 go without saying of course one should never be manipulated nor let blatant fakes go unchallenged volleyed to be manipulated by divisive or dishonest content if you see something untrue and social media trying to inject truth into the debate and then we move on to the final and most comprehensive point educate yourself on the tactics of online manipulators as a whole list of recommendations of what to watch and read and perhaps unsurprisingly the emphasis is on democratic leaning outlets from n.b.c. to the new york times they also have recommendations for you to watch projects
launched by loyal media you can learn all about internet outrage on the right wing's role in fake news controversies on a podcast by the daily new york times enterprise also in the recommended reading list of pieces on russian interference the 26000 election and trumps alleged collusion with moscow as even a special warning reserved specifically for right wing this information though no mention of the same risks on the other side of the political spectrum and if you're short on time and can't read a lot there's some quick links the democrats supported. social media accounts although if you do have a bit more time on your hands you can always delve into longer reports where you can mainly all about russia's efforts to attack and destroy worldwide democracy always a classic democrat narrative it was brought to shore who said if you teach a man you will never learn this god may go even further not teaching but telling in mill uncertain terms where the truth apparently lies to be found only in acceptable
narratives only trustworthy sources summing up that list george orwell's 1984 and i was only last there chris hedges a pulitzer prize winning journalist says the d.n.c. is advice is designed to shut down alternative views. the guidelines are meant to tarnish or discredit critics of the system unfortunately because they have a megaphone and a platform. it's somewhat effective we now have lived with since the beginning of the trumpet ministrations services 3 years there is a whole demonization of russia which has burned a convenient for oil to attack social critics they want those voices shut down and they have of course facebook twitter you tube have created algorithms to shut us down independent of anything to do it's
a combined assault against critics and they use the idea of us working as foreign agents or. influence or manipulation of a foreign power as a kind of excuse that's nothing new we saw in the cold war. the president of the e.u. commission is facing a scandal it's emerged that her phone data was deleted after it was requested as evidence into an investigation into her actions while she was germany's defense minister there are reports. there's live 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 lin 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 advisors it was revealed that the fonda line defense ministry was spending
155000000 euro a year on outside advice that's more than all of the other branches of government combine and 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 phone of boosler phone 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 crown current bar 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 said that people were looking for a mobile phone then it was announced that it was still pinned 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 americans christian democratic union party who were in overall charge found the line has self 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. early jack rasmussen a professor of political economy and a former u.s. diplomat both say the u.s. is trying to prevent russia from becoming 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 parts of nordstrom tows kind of an act of 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 objective the u.s. is trying to achieve washington policy establishment is a big dinosaur that can never admit that its tail stream too will be completed i think that this this latest round of sanctions on the cease that cessation of workers is a hick up it will be finished and will go into operation by these people in washington not at mit that 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 it 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 like that the cold. that's our global news right but for now thanks for tuning in. in the troubled 19 seventies a group of killers rampage through parts of northern ireland that was coordinated loyalists attacks protect the only catholic population in belfast tens of thousands were forced to flee their homes come up with strike and put these attacks was a p.r. you see the police actually took part in the attacks so instead of preventing it they were active participants in the burning of full streets in belfast at the plague more than a 100 innocent civilians were unloaded as the review can seniors i mean found out more i was surprised about the extent and of the crates which the collusion was
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