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oh. this is such good news guys did a supreme court unanimously ruled that human genes cannot be patented the tories the silent justice thomas actually spoke on the case saying quote we hold that a naturally occurring d.n.a. segment is a product of nature and not eligible merely because it's an isolated this ruling rejects a prior decision by the u.s. patent office which previously granted a company called myriad genetics a license to pet a gene that causes breast cancer previously i spoke to you sandra park tourney fighting the case against mary where she explains why these types of patents are indeed so dangerous. eleven months on the allows patent of fundamental elements of our human body that we actually want scientists to use to further develop and to further do research on to create inventions that we do think are patent inventions such as new tests or new drugs and that's simply not what myriad
has done here because of our exclusive control over this gene myriad has been able to charge people over three thousand dollars for the test just to find it a test many simply can't afford so this ruling is a huge win for cancer researchers who will no longer be limited to a strict control over patent parts of the human body and that it's a big win for the rest of us so that out of the way let's go break that's it. it's hard to find the real news when you're drowning in the noise of the mainstream chatter so to talk about the top stories that should be on your radar is a b.t.s. producer david what do you have for us today hi abbi lots of news for you today first to turkey where the riots and harsh police crackdowns continue we're now learning that warriors and specifically sorry are being heavily targeted you see just a short time. ago a group of turkish attorneys authored
a press statement decrying the mass detentions of their clients many of which were protesters as a result fifty lawyers were arrested dragged on the floor and held in prison before being released ten hours later now as you can imagine abbi this certainly sparked outrage among the legal community there and fact if you take a look at this picture right here you'll see exactly what took place yesterday when thousands of black robed turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses and marched in protest against the rough treatment of their colleagues. like the situation is getting more and more tense by the day can you give us a sense of how many have been injured thus far well unfortunately it's actually a lot higher than you would think turkey's human rights foundation has reported that in the last two weeks as many as five thousand people have been injured of course these large numbers due mostly to the overwhelming use of tear gas and just for yesterday alone the foundation reported six hundred twenty people injured with seventy people detained so it seems the casualties and arrests are increasing by
the day with an insane number to wrap my mind around america had there been any more controversial or preemptive arrests made well it's hard to find more information on this but a.p. did report that turkey's state run news agency is sad that police have detained twenty five people for quote spreading untrue information on social media networks and that the police are still looking for thirteen additional people to arrest also for provoking protests via social media certainly not a good sign when people are going to being you know targeted for just using social media i know they have another update on the case of n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden but you have for us well abbi now the story has taken another interesting turn as you know edward snowden is reportedly in hong kong right now he recently gave an interview to the south china morning post and in that interview he claimed that the u.s. has long been cyber hacking the country snowden told them that the n.s.a. has high. hundreds of targets in both hong kong and mainland china he also
allegedly presented them with numerous documents to prove that what he was saying is in fact true but the paper has not been able to verify the documents as of yet or we know that the u.s. will probably you know go after him extradite him to actually charge him with the espionage act of it's anything like we've seen over the other whistleblowers that have come up with a mirror it's not just snowed in the crosshairs now is it well no in fact now we're seeing the journalist who broke the story glenn greenwald come under fire in fact just yesterday peter king went on fox news to talk about why he feels greenwald should be prosecuted alongside snowden and i think we have that clip of maryland's play of. really you know no writers are obviously free to the press as you church in this program what we in this case where some people are glorifying snowden making him a hero and now acting as if greenwald is acting as a legitimate journalist or just a good for june fifth one nine hundred forty four you would somebody threatening to
release the date of the d.-day invasion which would have resulted in the deaths of thousands of americans to me that that as forceful like what's most amazing is hearing peter king actually compare what greenwald did to the release of the d.-day invasion date i mean come on man but amir what precedent would it set if they really do go after greenwald here well i would certainly call into question how this country outpolls our first amendment right to a free press and of course never a good precedent when the war on whistleblowers evolves into a war on journalists indeed thank you so much david for keeping us up to date absolutely. looking for a secure or she or anything like that. much of the news about the global war on terror focuses on the middle east there's also a latin american country that remains in the u.s. is crosshairs and has been since its socialist revolution in one nine hundred fifty nine cuba earlier this month the state department made
a declaration reinforcing that cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism for the thirtieth consecutive year despite admitting that there is no indication that the cuban government provided weapons or training to terrorist groups and perhaps there's no better story that exemplifies these tense relations and terrorism parker see is that of the cuban five let me give you a quick recap recap during the last half century cuba has been victim to a reign of attacks from terrorist groups many of them based in the u.s. and supported by the u.s. government so naturally looking to prevent future terrorism on cuban soil fidel castro decided to send five men to be amien in one thousand nine hundred to infiltrate and gain knowledge. from these groups their names are on. fernando gonzales we're going to go is all this. is and ramon and i've been you know their case is now infamously known as the cuban five because these men were arrested charged with committing espionage and sentenced to life in prison over the case was
not so cut and dry not only is there no real proof that they were conspiring against the u.s. government but now evidence has emerged showing the u.s. government was actually conspiring against them the partnership for civil justice fund has obtained documents that exposed how the government was engaged in a domestic propaganda operation to smear the cuban five while their trial was being deliberated in an effort to garner more information the p.c. jav has been trying to access more documents related to case for the last two years however it's been an ongoing battle because the state department has refused to release them to talk about this latest for you requesting the implications the rest of the documents may have i'm joined now by heather benno staff attorney with the partnership for civil justice fund thank you so much for coming on heather thing so you know if you guys allege organization alleges that it's actually illegal for the state department to withhold these documents what basis is that set on of course while there is a freedom of information act that applies to the federal government and this was a long statute that was passed in one thousand and sixty six because of demands for
government transparency and that that statute requires that the government turn over documents unless there's some other exception that's provided in the law that would have nothing that the state department has alleged here to withhold the documents basically these documents are agency records they're subject to the foyer and they're very importantly requested expedited treatment of our request and still two and a half years later the state state department's keeping its mouth closed and so what about the documents you've already have obtained what what it exposed what operation was going on so we obtained documents. you years ago that i have been used in subsequent appellate processes in the case of the cuban five regarding the payment of journalists in miami during the pretrial proceedings also during the trial during the. jury's deliberation in miami the heart of
cuban sentiment in organizing and what those documents revealed was that the state department through the broadcasting board of governors the. through the office of cuban broadcasting were giving money and contracting with journalists to cover and who ended up publishing a large amount of anti cuban material false misleading information about the five during the very time when the same federal government was prosecuting them and also this is stands in violation of u.s. law smith i wonder if you can comment on that certainly the smith mine act of one nine hundred forty eight basically says that the u.s. government cannot use funds otherwise allocated to propaganda to international of propaganda to propagandize people within the united states so what we're saying is if you've got nothing to hide turn over the records the law says you're not allowed
to use these funds to propagandize people we know through the records we've already received you're paying journalists during the course of this highly political trial and we want to know what the contract terms were the american public has a right to know about any miscarriage of justice and possible violation of the law that was going on during this political trial could have tainted the outcome i mean really it's an unfair trial if that is the case and look talk about the case of the cuban five for people who don't understand is there any evidence at all to support that they were conspiring against the u.s. government well it's interesting that the u.s. government identified charges of conspiracy because they're you know there are charges that relate to espionage and other really. charges under the espionage act so that the government doesn't actually have to show that anything actually happened just that they were communicating about these so-called events and what the cubans were here to do was to defend their country essentially collect information about terrorist groups organizing in miami that have perpetrated
violence bombings and have and. related to organizations that bomb for example a cuban airliner in the mid seventy's killing over seventy people these are these are very dangerous people and the cubans came here to get information about what was going on and turn that information over to the u.s. federal government and that's exactly what they did they weren't here to hide information they were here to assist in preventing terrorism and that's the one thing that the u.s. government would not have been in a bizarre twist i think in all of this is the multiple anti castro terrorists who actually were in terms of disease that killed hundreds of people. in cuban soil and you know in elsewhere but you know they're being given given safe harbor here in this country heather why do you think that is well more than three thousand people have been killed or injured as a result of this campaign of terror against cuba. and the u.s.
government is harboring the criminals for example. one of the leaders of these organizations has been on the cia payroll as trained by the cia. and despite demands for example from the government of venice well for extradition related to his crimes the u.s. government has protected him and the best that it could do is raise very minor immigration charges against him of which he was ultimately later released so essentially what the government with this federal government has chosen to spend our taxpayer resources on is harboring murder while at the same time imprisoning people who are really here. to expose the campaign of terror that was under way and i think the state department blocking this for you either and also most recently assad assured her the woman who was just put on the f.b.i.'s most wanted list for domestic crime that she isn't even really proven that she committed is this all
just part of a bigger attack on cuba and if so why is this country so afraid of this little lot american country well you know that's a great question i mean cuba has made extreme extreme gains and strides after its revolution it's been able to universalize health care it's been able to universalize education and parts of the country that people were previously illiterate this is something that the united states the most wealthy country in the world right now has not itself been able to do the reality in cuba on the ground poses a serious threat to the establishment forces the ruling forces in the us elite in the political scene here and what we're seeing is a concerted effort to use any resources that the government's demand including the blockade including international and international efforts including imprisoning the cuban five and the listing assata shakur on the terrorist list simply because of their political activity all to shade and basically distort the
image of cuba in the eyes of the american public this is complete it's a complete falsehood and it's something that needs to be exposed absolutely and i'm glad that you are exposing it right now where does the case stand and where does the for you stand that you recently filed while we are working with and we have been working with the attorneys who are litigating the case of the cuban five. and you know their case we're not working directly on those petitions but there are pending what's called habeas meaning that there was a significant victory a few years back in the eleventh circuit federal court of appeals the federal government went to. great lengths to actually petition the entire court you know all of the judges to sit and read here this case which eventually reversed that victory so now collecting a number of civil rights attorneys from around the country and really supporters from around the world nelson mandela has spoken up about this case jimmy carter is
spoken up about this case and what the hey b.s. petition seeks to do is reverse this ultimate miscarriage of justice that's also what our freedom of information act and this lawsuit is about we need to expose the corruption of process the corruption of justice that took place in this case look these were five cuban men accused of espionage charges tried in the heart of miami where there was no possible way a federal court of appeals found that there was no possible way for them to get a fair trial so with this information the american public needs to know that due process is threatened and we can't stand for it and they were you said earlier if the government has nothing to hide why are they hiding the documents thank you so much other stuff attorney reporter for civil justice fund appreciate you coming on . going to take a quick break but when we return we'll take a look at the top locations for whistleblowers and makers you can find they can.
a free media. tom. react to situations i have read the reports. please know i will leave that to the state department to comment on your point of the month to get sick. no more weasel words when you question me prepared for a chase when you throw a punch be ready for a. pretty tough speech and down the freedom to cross. n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden has given change to the u.s. intelligence apparatus the n.s.a.
now treating the leak as a possible case of foreign. and with much speculation on whether or not he fled from his post in hong kong started just disclose that he is in fact still there his de facto asylum in china has made me think about the fact that snowden is out to join the ranks of other famous asylum seekers and recent history so let's go over just a few of them starting with this man roman catholic cardinal yousef means and ski this case of asylum is the longest and recorded history he took refuge at the u.s. embassy in budapest following the soviet invasion of hungary and nine hundred fifty six and stayed there for fifteen years until vienna austria and nine hundred seventy one then there's the case of cuban national hector said eustace him along with four other men commend the transit bus and drove through the gates of the peruvian embassy in havana cuba and nine hundred eighty their actions were in response to cuba denying the tens of thousands of refugees to flee the country during economic crisis the peruvian embassy granted asylum to hector and the four
other men and following the event at the embassy a mass protest led the cuban government to allow over one hundred thousand refugees to flee the country by boat and other famous asylum cases that of former pan and panamanian dictator manuel noriega once a partner of the us and directly funded by the cia noriega was overthrown during a military coup that was orchestrated by the us and then took refuge at the vatican embassy in panama where he stayed for ten days until striking a deal with the u.s. and was assured they would not face the death penalty on a wide range of international crimes but probably the most tragic asylum case in recent history is that of former afghanistan president mohammad it blew up who ceded power in one thousand nine hundred two and reading start. at the u.n. headquarters in kabul until nineteen ninety six when he was captured and brutally murdered by the taliban now and most recent years there have been two more high profile cases of asylum the first being chen one chang the blind chinese activist
who escaped house arrest in china and sought refuge at the u.s. embassy in beijing where he stayed for six days before flame to new york city and of course there's the case of wiki leaks founder julian assange currently faces rape allegations in sweden and could potentially face extradition to the u.s. so far his future remains unclear as he's been residing in asylum at the ecuadorian embassy in london for nearly one year these cases mark a wide range of asylum seekers over the years and they raise the question as to where and it's a whistleblower edward snowden might turn to next to join me now to talk about the best places in the world to seek asylum i'm joined now by breaking the set producer manual of up zero going what's going on so before we get into all of the countries that you compiled about the best places to seek asylum i wanted to show a treat from former press secretary during the bush ari fleischer the cheerleader for the iraq story he said real whistleblowers don't leave the country yeah so i
guess are you wants whistleblowers to stay here face the espionage act potentially life in prison or death for aiding the enemy because you know real democracies don't. charges smear and desolated tain whistleblowers are going to get is that a real whistleblower unless you're willing to spend you know a thousand days in solitary confinement you're not a whistleblower unless you're willing to you know be faced with indefinite detention you know i mean i don't blame snowden for free because obama's already gone after more whistleblowers than any other president combined with the espionage act as our piece of legislation and this is a result of the chilling of you you you scare whistleblowers in the nothing else other than they're going to do the right thing undoubtedly did the right thing but he also had to flee otherwise face the same things that bradley manning is facing the same kind of persecution that tom drake faced and didn't care who and. and you actually found some really interesting information i mean i think
a lot of people are speculating why did snowden choose hong kong i mean out of all places it seems like china has this extradition treaty with the u.s. what do you want cover sure i mean that was probably one of the first name so that people thought it was like why would he go to china china has this long standing extradition treaty with the united states why go to hong kong and it's very interesting simon young who is the director of the center for comparative and public law of the university of hong kong actually found a loophole fairly last march a high court in hong kong issued that going to be requiring that the government re-evaluate the way that they deal with asylum cases and that kind of goes hand in hand with extradition so while there is nothing in the books right now in hong kong for you know how you're going to deal with cases of asylum it's sort of a limbo so while china or hong kong would normally be the best place for a whistle whistle blower or someone seeking asylum from the united states government to go to at the moment it is at the moment it's actually one of the perfect places for for edward snowden to be at least while he looks for his next step very interesting loophole there are many let's go over the next country that
you you found switzerland other than the gorgeous to mountains and amazing nature why should people go there to switzerland is interesting and put this in the top of the list. of course we're basing this loosely off of a business insider list we were going after the countries that are friendly to the united nations to the united states but switzerland longstanding extradition treaty with the united states but like any extradition treaty under international law is not bound no countries bound to. hand over suspected criminals or or anyone charged under a crime it's part of a country's sovereignty to say no social and is you know historically a neutral state so it's actually one of the perfect countries to go to it's also very beautiful and a perfect example of marc rich very controversial figure the last person that president clinton pardoned one of the most controversial pardons in history right on par with ford pardoning nixon he you know this guy was responsible for abating
forty eight million dollars in taxes he had dealings with iranian oil pardon by by the clinton administration but also sought asylum and never was extradited back to the united states once he was in switzerland so i mean again that just goes to show one of those countries that's very friendly to someone you know trying to run from the fuzz if you will and let's go through this quickly brazil why brazil another country i mean every every country that we found on this list isn't necessarily country that's a foe of the united states these all are countries that have extradition treaties with the united states but brazil another one of those countries that exercises their sovereignty exercises their autonomy to do you have legal control over the people in their borders a perfect example of something that happened recently in brazil is the case of clouds which is a woman that was a resident that allegedly killed or been killed and murdered her husband and fled to brazil she is she still hasn't been extradited back to the states innocent until proven guilty and that's that stands true in brazil as well so that's that's on our
list and brazil is beautiful results that are really good on that really beautiful women or it is arnold schwarzenegger will tell you that but but france was your next one and the most famous case that i can think of is the hollywood director roman. lansky those had sexual relations with a thirteen year old fled there and he's been there ever since seven roman polanski rosemary's baby all the wife was sharon tate the manson family members i mean a lot going on with roman polanski but yeah. france definitely on the list another beautiful country another country very friendly to the united states a nato member ally of the united states but also exercise that same sovereignty you know friendly to the united states but isn't willing to give up its sovereignty and autonomy over handing over their rights to do what they will with the citizens with people in their borders and i think in this global. world that we live in i think it's really important to have these countries stand up with their sovereignty and autonomy in these cases ecuador i mean this this is something obviously julian assange sought refuge in ecuador he's already been granted but now we need to find
safe passage there it really was an unprecedented move that the u.s. did to. the u.k. government they almost had this big showdown where they were going to arrest him but really they've been defined against american imperialism for a while and i think that might be a good place as well and they couldn't find any other examples other than the big one for ecuador but i mean they have an extradition treaty that dates back to eight hundred seventy two with the united states again not exercised but the proven to be friendly to dissidents with what they see with what they did with the song and iceland number one and number one i mean other than you know i forget her last name of a member of parliament member of wiki leaks i mean their new constitution has a lot of press freedom in there but iceland number one country in the world if you're if you're a whistleblower definitely if you're a dissident if you have something that you're running from the united states you know within the realm of civil liberties and what you were mentioned. she had said jeremy hammond's case another hacker hacktivist they would have named the street
after him and peter gunn dyson so i was the number one for whistleblower number one if you're seeking asylum go there thanks so much because producer mad about it i don't know. if you like or you think so far check it out on hulu hulu. dot com plus breaking the set now you can watch the latest episode of the show like yesterday's which featured my interview with jeffrey smith on all things jan now also scroll through and watch every show since about the middle of the summer so favor us call on how we're doing at blue dot com slash break into such a wrap up tonight show you guys be sure to join us again tomorrow.