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award winning journalist glenn greenwald is charged with cyber crimes in brazil over his reporting on a high profile corruption scandal the case has drawn condemnation what. u.s. officials call for an investigation into claims that the saudi crown prince was involved in hacking the phone of billionaire jeff bezos the amazon boss owns the washington post where journalists jamal khashoggi worked before he was killed by a saudi hit squad. and a psychologist who designed cia torture techniques in the wake of $911.00 justifies his actions during the pretrial testimony in guantanamo bay. i believe there was a genuine threat of an imminent attack i get so today and do it again.
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whether you're watching from lafayette indiana or jakarta indonesia this is our international incheon thomas certainly glad to have you with us prosecutors in brazil have charged a pulitzer prize winning journalist glenn greenwald with cyber crimes authorities say he coordinated the hacking of top officials phones to get information on a high profile corruption case last year the intercept news site in brazil co-founded by greenwald was behind the release of damning conversations between top figures in the probe don quarter comments. brazil's president has never been a big fan of journalists if you don't go there was a look at you the money we've got this if you will go off i fell for that but the money it will provide still a difficult but whatever it was that means you are you know what i do i usually have very much right to do everything in order to be a bit of both of us on palm thank you i didn't know much about you but i asked if i
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wasn't going on this so it's no surprise freedom of the press is once again under attack in the country american journalist glenn greenwald is facing cybercrime charges for leaking text messages of government officials glenn greenwald in a free conscious involuntary way directly assisted encourage and guided to criminal group of hackers during a criminal practice acting as a guarantor of set group and also narrow is more than a little defensive he should not be here he says still in brazil where is he he was denounced by the justice system don't you believe in the system at the same time the president's son who is also an m.p. cannot contain his glee. glenn greenwald always said he loved brazil and wanted to get to move the country in depth maybe he will even get to know the inside of a jail the charges come after greenwald's news outlet exposed a possible conspiracy within the judicial system based on the leaked private text
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messages they purported to show that then federal judge colluding with the prosecution in a high profile corruption case the same one that landed both scenarios main rival lula da silva in jail preventing him from running for another presidential term the federal judge denied everything and even went on to head the justice ministry as for the journalist to shed light on the scandal he found himself under investigation even though the federal police and the supreme court told the administration to drop the case in our government president bush norah multiple members of his government simply don't believe in a free press we don't believe in prosper they don't even believe in democracy they've repeatedly and explicitly praised the military dictatorship that ruled the country until they needed 5 disappear your form of government and this is all about ushering in that level of repression whistleblowers and watchdog organizations are calling the situation a blatant attack on journalistic freedom absolute resolute this is unbelievably
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could retaliation for revealing extreme corruption at the highest levels of both scenarios administration and the next who still ensure threat to investigative journalism in brazil in an outrageous violation of press freedom the brazilian government has ignored a supreme court order in charge journalist glenn greenwald with cyber crimes for the intercepts investigative series on widespread corruption in brazil. how government must immediately condemned this outrageous assault on the freedom of the press and recognize that it's a tax on press freedoms at home have consequences for american journalists doing their jobs abroad leg length going wild the prosecution of glenn greenwald is once again putting the spotlight on the current administration's a legit corrupt dealings it's no wonder balsa naro has no love for journalists this is just what's happening to journalism around the world those who attempt to shine a light on the inner workings of power are being. at best pushed to the margins and
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often prosecuted under the full extent of the law does it make a difference yes i think it's important to journalists it's vital it's essential to what we do unfortunately the power of journalism to. not only expose abuses of power and crimes fraud and wives of the powerful but to then push away then a system so that people are held accountable has been severely weakened and this is just true everywhere including of course in brazil they have old e-mail exchanges a stand simply between julian a son and. then private bradley manning to argue exactly the same thing and it's fictitious it's untrue but it's clear that that is the mechanism they want to use to go after greenwald just like the united states is using that mechanism to go after julian assange. a
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psychologist dubbed the architect of the cia's enhanced interrogation techniques says unapologetic about his role in any torture program that admission came during the trial of 5 guantanamo bay detainees on their alleged roles in the $911.00 terrorist attacks. what sort of personal consequences i would live with i believe there was a genuine threat of an imminent attack i thought my moral obligation to protect american lives outweighed temporary discomforts of terrorists i get sick today and do it again. james mitchell was contracted by the cia in the wake of 911 to create an interrogation program for al qaeda suspects he personally used waterboarding a torture technique that simulates drowning on several prisoners later he and another psychologist set up a company that provided support for the interrogations the cia's program included now illegal coercive measures.
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in the immediate aftermath of $911.00 we tortured some folks lawyers for the 5 detainees are now asking for any statements made under interrogation to be disqualified from the trial on grounds of torture and to war activists sara flounders believes the guantanamo bay court proceedings are deeply flawed. well none of this could possibly be a fair trial i mean how can you have a fair trial with people who've been held in total secrecy whose testimony is based on torture. the media isn't allowed in except for conditions so strict that they can't even have a picture of the court room all the testimony is restricted. that none of this none of this layers and layers of secrecy is about providing any kind of
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justice or accountability or even of information it is going through a theater in order to once again exert their power their power over people's lives and we should just note that there were juveniles who were youth who were held for years at guantanamo there were people who had nothing to do who were simply sold for bounty who were kuantan m o $780.00 prisoners and then the thousands who were held in secret rendition or around the world no accounting for them so this was a huge program and its ramifications were still feeling today the 1st a deed to me that mr mitchell water boarded was a palestinian men known as abu zubaydah and he has never been charged with a crime but remains indefinitely in guantanamo he was the 1st known cia prisoner to
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undergo enhanced interrogation techniques and even lost an eye while being tortured during his time there zoo has attempted to illustrate his experiences and a bit of a warning you might find some of the following images distressing. as soon as they locked me up inside the box i tried my best to sit up but in vain for the box was too short i tried to take a curled position but to no avail for it was too tight the very strong pain made me scream unconsciously.
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they kept pouring water and concentrating on my nose and my mouth until i really felt i was drowning and my chest was just about to explode from the lack of oxygen . the. long hours went by while i was standing in that position my hands were tight to the upper bars. it felt like an eternity to the point that i found myself falling asleep despite the water being thrown at me by the guard. there's absolutely no justification that can ever be given or accepted for the horrendous and systematic torture that was used and it was used and authorized from the highest
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levels from the presidency f.b.i. the cia the top levels of the military the studies were known the conditions were no. and this isn't just one or 2 people michel and jennings this was an entire unit set up in order to use torture and to study how to apply the most excruciating forms of torture of pain of waterboarding how slamming of of packing into tight boxes of stress positions and on and on so how could you justify any of this and none of this torture provided any real information of course not that that that that would even be an excuse it was done to hundreds of prisoners there were also hundreds of secret prisons secret rendition and a geisha in centers all of this really has to be exposed and then an accounting
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demanded not only of those who designed the torture but of those who set up these torture camps. your human rights experts have called for an immediate probe into allegations that the saudi crown prince hacked the phone of billionaire jeff bezos the amazon founder also owns the washington post newspaper where dissident journalist jamal khashoggi worked before being assassinated by and saudi hit squad in 2018. the alleged hacking of mr bezos is food m those of others demands immediate investigation by the u.s. and of the relevant authorities including investigation of the continuous munty a direct and personal involvement of the crown prince in efforts to target perceived opponents well it appears according to the information that has been presented that the phone of jeff bezos was hacked via the messenger application known as whatsapp now saudi arabia denies that that's the case now it's
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important to note that not only is jeff bezos very wealthy a billionaire in the united states but he's also the owner of the washington post and the washington post was the employer of jamal khashoggi folks will recall jamal khashoggi was brutal killing so at this point that raises some interesting concerns this is what has been presented about the possible hacking the information we have received suggests the possible involvement of the crown prince in surveillance of mr bezos in an effort to influence if not sign it's the washington post reporting on saudi arabia these allegations a run of and as well to own going evaluation of claims about the chrome prince's involvement in the 2900 muddle of saudi and washington post showing this. now in october of 28 teen jamal khashoggi visited the saudi embassy in istanbul and he never came out of the of the embassy he was dismantled within it cut into pieces and at that point there was a lot of international outrage about the incident now
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a sense then they came of saudi arabia has declared this was simply a rogue operation 5 individuals have actually been sentenced to death for their involvement in it however 3 top officials were cleared of any wrong doing and many observers noted that it took a long time for the trumpet ministration to criticize the actions of saudi arabia or to even give any response to the answer let's review what the response from the trump administration what if i. only came was this is how they responded to the killing of journalist jamal khashoggi employed by the washington post i don't like stopping massive amounts of money that's being poured into our country spending 110000000000 dollars on military equipment and things that create. others for this country we have identified at least some of the individuals responsible including those in the intelligence services the royal court the foreign ministry and other saudi ministries who we suspect to have been involved in
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mr coo show us death now the possible hacking of the phone of jeff bezos the billionaire and owner of the washington post adds a new chapter to this case however many observers have noted that the ties 9 between the united states and the king of saudi arabia are not small and the trump an administration in particular has embraced the saudi kingdom trumps 1st international trip after all was to riyadh to meet with the saudi monarchy so it appears that when issues like human rights the killing of jamal khashoggi or the war in yemen come up the united states seems to prioritize its friendship with saudi arabia over other issues so perhaps this new hacking will be another incident that will that will raise some concerns but many have observed that the usa seems pretty loyal to saudi arabia. greek islanders are protesting against the influx of migrants that's very much more after a short break this is art international. but
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a gene we call these longevity genes and there's a set of genes that we work on in my lab at harvard called the search and for those to work effectively to slow aging and prevent us from getting diseases they need a molecule called an 18. what about this is our international now greek islanders went on strike on wednesday in protest against of the influx of migrants and thousands of locals took to the streets businesses were shut down for 24 hours on the greek island lesbos most and it shows where. which are all popular tourist resorts and local authorities will later be heading to athens to present their demands to the governments on refugee camps on the islands have more than 10 times the number of people they were originally built. we're trying to give
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a message around to the whole world that this can go on it can't go on anymore lesbos has had the load on their shoulders for 5 years this these days when we have nothing against the refugees and migrants to the islands have shown this solidarity all this time but we are asking for a change to government policy that should lead to the equal distribution of refugees and migrants madonnas this the migrants should go we're not racist simply the situation on the island designs of control 100 percent you can see for yourselves what's happening they're coming and they're not leaving open the borders so than go to scilly both garia germany. for the past 5 years the greek islands have become a key entry points into the e.u. for migrants and refugees many fleeing the war or poverty in sub-saharan africa and the middle east the greek government has promised to toughen asylum laws and to
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deport all illegal migrants who are not entitled to protection. german chancellor angela merkel is calling on western powers to include china in the pursuit of common goals and not return it to cold war era exclusion. of course we also have to build up fairness of course we have to practice multilateralism so the rules apply to everyone but i believe for us not to fall into an e.u. bipolarity but rather that we try was a result in experience we have to include a country like china multilateralism and treated at least equally. it comes as the u.s. and china managed to reach a truce in their trade war german manufacturers suffered collateral damage from tensions between washington and beijing that mostly hit its car industry another flashpoint was chinese tech giant wall way the u.s. is continuing to pressure the european union to ban wall way 5 g. equipment over fears it could spy for beijing and steal intellectual properties the
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company denies all accusations in germany the question of 5 g. has long been debated by lawmakers with beijing promising a backlash if wall way is banned in order to appease washington if germany was to make a decision that led to the exclusion from the german market it'll be consequences the chinese government will not stand by. our guests gave us their views on the long running dispute over what way. for germany and for e.u. to maintain its independence to maintain its own judgment on major issues in the world rather than purely passively just to follow the leadership of another major country makes a lot of sense china after all is a permanent member of the security council of the united nations and it is the 2nd largest economy in the world and to marginalize china will not succeed to allow
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hand and also will bring a lot of economic it is advantage to whichever country which tries to push china down on the ground the e.u. in general is one of the poles on it of no border and china doubtless needs another one so were there would be more collaboration been done but been a continuous or gender and also because of the bad but shit is the means dong very soon there be a new suspects so maybe it is a plan to install a new policy to create a new consensus among the concert and for china of course right now is for its own critical and for the period of a sign us trade war and shows governments always want to engage the european countries as a remote island to kind of kind of balance. about one of our top stories this hour un human rights experts have called for an immediate probe into allegations that the saudi crown prince hacked the phone of billionaire jeff bezos to discuss this
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a little bit further were brought we bring in lou rockwell who is editor of lou rockwell dot com thanks for being with us here on r.t. international bridge agree with you so if we get right down to it the saudi government has dismissed these hacking allegations as absurd and yet u.n. experts seem to think otherwise what's your view is there some credibility to these allegations. well i think it's you know that i think they're exactly true that they used a really programmed pope a casus to hack into into pieces of foam and this is the sort of thing i mean how can we think that mom had been summoned would not do this when he when he when he took over when he stages who he took all the route of the rich from of the little rich people not aligned with him in saudi arabia hung them up by their ankles in hotel rooms and torture them until they would tell him where all their money was so this is you know and again in the show he business they tortured to show he kind of up in little pieces and just there was a horrific business and i think there's no question that they were wildly upset
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that washington post and just the village visas being the owner of it. because they were reading ordered 1st of all articles bike issue of and then articles about the show and so 'd this is of course it's this is the sort of thing the saudi arabia does they're running the genocidal war against the who the people in yemen right now they run a dictatorship in their own country they think nothing you know beheading 14 year old boys if for their alleged crimes which were all political crimes not not real crime crimes and so 'd i think. been summoned as is is a bad guy but the idea that the u.s. is going to investigate him is just of course the joe i mean i got to go to the u.n. call for this but the u.s. is going to saudi arabia is like. i don't know who they are they are a colony of the us or as the us economy and saudi arabia but they have. many many
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politicians on the payroll and they. cross by vast amounts of u.s. weapons in order to kill people and yemen and do whether or things will go down that let's go down that rabbit hole just a little bit un experts are calling on the u.s. to immediately investigate the hack of jeff bezos is fine you say that that is. a joke that that will never happen but let's say that they do if the u.s. does go ahead and investigate could this further complicate washington's relations with saudi arabia and how sell well yes well i would like to see their relations become more complicated so that the u.s. is not selling them all these weapons that would be that would be a great thing if. there are there are course private groups the united states that could investigate this and i think you know from i mean obviously beezus and his people think this is what happened to him and they immediately started making fun of his private life pieces private life and things that were not of lead were not
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public yet so i think that it's it's it's it was a nasty business obviously involving the israelis this program that had only been wholly been designed and became active 2 weeks before mom had been some and used it and. you know we're supposed to think that saudi arabia and israel are each other's throats in fact their close allies although behind the curtain not a not a public but the fact that someone had this is really programmed pegasus just 2 weeks after it was it would lie to use it against against. these those it's you know a terrible thing and i love this city us do it but love to see the u.s. government investigate all the stuff that the son of the censor doing but well i'm i don't think it's going to happen about the timing of all this the alleged hack happened about 5 months before the murder of jamal khashoggi who was employed by the washington post which we all know is owned by jeff bezos that has
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to be awkward for saudi arabia. wasn't i mean a saudi arabia never friend never seems to have to say they're sorry i mean they are because it isn't really awkward like to think it's awkward and certainly they were bothered by the show business especially when everybody found out he was tortured and cut up into little tiny pieces and all the rest of the were in the stuff that the saudis did to him so then we also know that there's been recent reports of saudi criminals being spirited out of the u.s. so they wouldn't have to stand trial with the permission of the u.s. government and right after $911.00 all the top saudis were given special plane flights out when no american could take a plane the saudis were allowed to take planes out to saudi arabia so this is a long very corrupt very nasty relationship. i remember george w.
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bush walking around his ranch holding the hand of the saudi ambassador. and just to discuss who knows what but it was nothing that was the in the in the interest of freedom or america or the people of saudi arabia who are oppressed by this guy so i think it's. i'd love to see the u.s. do it i think mr trump will pay no attention to the u.n. and this call although this is a should be and i hope will be embarrassing for the trumpet ministration and of course the democrats are on the payroll too so this is the whole thing is very unfortunate and. i don't think it's going to happen but all power to the u.n. these u.n. people for calling for the investigation because that is in fact exactly what he said that i'm all right very interesting to hear your thoughts on the subject lou rockwell editor of lew rockwell dot com thanks for being with us here on out international thank you. as looking here is now automotive an electrical energy giant tesla has divided the residents of a town near the german capital over plans to create its 1st major european factory
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there dozens of demonstrators have been denouncing possible environmental damage with plans to cut down $300.00 hectares of forest for the factory but they were met by counter protesters as well who appeared to be enthusiastic over the promise of thousands of jobs. it killed a good many people are absolutely not aware of these decisions great fall out our water management agency it has already admitted that there is no guarantee the locals will be supplied with enough water after the launch of the factory and they have to think about it because they've got not sure whether it's good or not i'm worried about the environment being advanced there will be new jobs and new transpired it's hard to imagine anything about her that's got this nickel it's a good opportunity for our region but electric cause once over everything and then manufacture causes environmental damage as examinee are but i'm in favor of job creation and tesla as a company but wasn't there any other place for this factory and.
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you know it julian the young graduates haven't been able to find work that fits their skill was hearing growing high though so a lot of them had to move to other cities and i hope this project will provide a boost for the whole region because of bank of course we're concerned about it on the one hand we're glad that investors are interested in brandenburg on the other hand we're talking about serious interviewer ince natural processes we should be carefully considered we should do everything to me to get damage based on the deforestation area the implications will be very grave we're talking about total deforestation and the extinction of all the animal and plant species which once inhabited this rude.
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