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the in the. coming up on r t an encrypted e-mail service used by n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden is shutting down the owner of the site says he's legally barred from even saying why and a second website has also closed its encrypted e-mail service will dive into this topic in just a moment. and relations between the u.s. and russia remain cold over edward snowden's asylum and now today in d.c. there were biological talks between top u.s. and russia officials so what's the focus of the meetings find out ahead. and this week marks the sixty eighth anniversary of atomic bombs being dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki japan but activists now fear that americans are forgetting the horrific lessons of these bombings that stories coming up in today show.
it's friday august ninth four pm here in washington d.c. i'm marinate and you're watching our two. thursday the founder of the love a bit encrypted email service reportedly used by leaker edward snowden announced the company would be shutting down in a mess to in a message posted on the site's website love a bit owner dar leveson said quote i have been forced to make a difficult decision to become complacent in crimes against the american people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down lava bit yet the circumstances of the shutdown remains mysterious amid the controversy of edward snowden's revelations that companies are receiving secret u.s. court orders to provide the government with user content love of bits message includes a section explaining how the government stopped leveson from sharing his story and ends in a warning without congressional action or
a strong judicial presence i would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the united states silence circle as an encrypted e-mail service similar to that of love a bit and yesterday preemptively shut down its fall in love the bits closure they say they did this in order to prevent n.s.a. spying joining me now via skype is silent circle c.e.o. mike jacket mike how you doing today and well thanks for. mike can you start off by telling us why you decided to shut down silent circle's e-mail service and what led to this decision well and it will be one of a small segment of our service we do pure. immobile. yields voice. i know and.
the. oh and those were all pure peer overdo the reveal it's impossible to have peter so there is a method that does lead to a crisis for the world you fell to the futurists to continue to have and all with all. that could be. subpoenaed by. mike oh we're having some serious problems there we're going to try and get him back later in the show but for now that was like jankovic c.e.o. of silent circle. now despite recent diplomatic altercations russia's foreign and defense ministers arrived in washington d.c. friday to meet with their american counterparts secretary of state john kerry and defense secretary chuck hagel our correspondent guy and she can brings us all the latest very diplomatic opening by the two u.s.
secretaries and the two russian ministers before john kerry asked cameras to leave the most interesting stuff it's of course going on behind those closed doors john kerry's their opening statement probably gave the best hint this to the atmosphere of the discussions he has with the use the words collisions disagreements but also made this reference. for the old hockey players and we both know that diplomacy like you can sometimes result in the occasional collusion. so we're. very candid about the year is in which we agree but also there is that which we disagree on there have been all too many collisions lately in the relations between the two countries as john kerry said. not just over the snowden case both minister lab are often secretary kerry talked about syria both moscow and washington are trying to mediate a summit in geneva where they would bring all sides of the syrian conflict together
to map out a political solution lots of challenges there the opposition says they will not sit down with those who have blood on their hands the idea of the summit is about bringing all hands to the negotiating table to try to finally stop the bloodshed and save syria from becoming an al qaida haven so similar concerns on both sides but very strong disagreements on what to do and how to do it of course the officials are going to specify their disagreements behind closed doors they touched upon missile defense the lack of progress on which president obama has cited as one of the reasons he has canceled his bilateral meeting with president putin both said they're going to work together to make progress and well on that russia has said before you know that the reason there is no progress is because the u.s. refuses to see russia as an equal partner in the european missile defense project to russia said many times that he wants to participate in the european missile
defense but as an equal stakeholder washington is very far from accepting that kind of a joint venture that kind of cooperation would be of course a groundbreaking and would probably make the world a much safer place but that's just a fantasy at this point it was enough to watch the debate in congress when they were rectifying the start treaty to understand how far we are from that kind of cooperation but as. i said the two countries have an obligation to at least work together for your school you. john kerry and his. and rules we set an agenda for relation with us and he said that all countries very special responsibility and the great things depend on us so we have two words together in a mature when that is exactly what we've been trying to do and the account of my needs if it's to be mutual well nobody expected a groundbreaking decision. to come out of this meeting but the hope is that the u.s. and russian officials will not let disagreements and scandals completely overshadow
whatever progress the two countries can actually make on the economy on of ghana's than on counterterrorism efforts that was artie's guy and she can. now to fort meade maryland where this afternoon the government is calling its final witness in the sentencing phase of army private bradley manning's trial on thursday a u.s. military expert on militant islamism ideology took to the stand as a witness for the prosecution a navy commander testify that al qaeda members could have used the classified information disclosed through wiki leaks five manning to plan attacks on u.s. forces but went on to say that there is no solid evidence that they did this now the defense objected to the vast majority of testimony saying it was cumulative and or speculative making it not relevant and rather than stop the testimony in military judge denise lynn decided to hear at the to hear all the testimony and then rule upon it friday today or next week on whether or not it was admissible in
court bradley manning's defense will begin its sentencing case on monday. this weeks marks the sixty eighth year since the u.s. dropped the atomic bomb on hiroshima and nagasaki japan the blast incinerated men women and children killing more than two hundred thousand people and tens of thousands more in the following months and years the us is the only nation to have drop such a weapon of mass destruction on a population but many other countries possess nuclear weapons today now peace activists are worried that americans are getting the horrific lesson and forgetting it altogether of what these bombings have taught us artie's ramon going to has a story. with songs of peace activists in santa monica california remember the victims of the hiroshima and nagasaki attack the first time troops dropped the bombs i'm japan
killing hundreds of thousands of people. who mutating the structure of human booms. are on august sixth one thousand nine hundred five an atomic bomb named little boy fell on hiroshima the death toll is estimated at one hundred forty thousand it was a mass incineration of civilians at the end of a brutal world war. three days later the fat man bomb leveled nagasaki killing another seventy thousand the scene was so devastating that the u.s. government banned showing film footage of the carnage we must put an end to nuclear madness one of the rare public reminders of america's nuclear past is the chain reaction sculpture designed by polar to winning cartoonist paul conrad the huge chains wraparound and create a mushroom cloud conrad sun explains its significance and he doesn't want the world
to annihilate itself with a chain reaction of atomic bombs flying between countries chain reaction would wipe out all mankind sometimes known as mutually assured destruction conrad's sentiments are inscribed at the base this is a statement of peace may never become an epitaph. but the peace the morial is in peril the city could get rid of the iconic sculpture if citizens can't come up with four hundred thousand dollars for renovation the chain reaction sculpture behind me is a stark warning about the dangers of nuclear war the political piece of art is in danger of being torn down and some worry that the memory of america's nuclear tear will also go with it the reminder remains relevant in today's turbulent times young kids don't know what a nuclear blast look like we are just as close to nuclear destruction as we were twenty years ago and this is put up.
in japan tens of thousands commemorated the victims of hiroshima and nagasaki in the u.s. the memorials are much smaller as a nation fails to remember its atomic corps. in santa monica california. are. while this week marks the anniversary of the atomic catastrophe is on hiroshima and nagasaki japan today japanese attention turns to other nuclear concerns tensions in japan are rising over the radioactive water leaking into the pacific ocean from the country's crippled fukushima daiichi nuclear plant which was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of two thousand and eleven joining me now in studio to discuss the radioactive leak is paul gunter director of the reactor oversight project at beyond nuclear dot org thank you for being here probably thank you very much and now i
want to start off by asking you can you tell us how long the contaminated water has been how long the contamination has been leaking into the water very likely since the explosions in the middle of the. fukushima daichi in march of two thousand and one. wow that is quite a one hundred times now how much and what sort of radiation is leaking into the pacific i know there's all different types if you can explain a little detail well clearly what we've seen now as the movement of radioactive hydrogen tritium which is a mobile radioactive isotope but clearly. radioactive cesium one thirty four one thirty seven strontium ninety we're seeing a full range of radioactive contaminants now moving which indicate that the damaged cores of these reactors the meltdowns themselves have are now contributing to the contamination of the pacific ocean and groundwater that's moving abroad of
a rate of about three hundred to four hundred. metric tons per day so but these numbers are really only approximations and will vary but clearly a lot of radioactivity is moving through groundwater into the ocean now why is the plan continuing to leak you'd think they would have or maybe they already have taken steps to contaminate some of this they get well they they have you know tepco tokyo electric power company put up a temporary wall between the reactor wreckage and the ocean but this is a really active nothing more than just like a dam so that the water is building up behind the dam and now it's breached the dam it's spilling over in the radioactive contamination it's moving into the pacific but it's. a right now we're seeing the japanese government is in chaos
this the fact that the revelation of this extensive contamination is coming now more than two years after the accident occurred indicates that it's completely out of control and command and control is in chaos in japan right now and really big. it is why aren't they calling international aid to address the radioactive contamination of the pacific ocean why do you suspect they're calling internationally the problems are i think clearly there's there's no transparency and the government and the industry as documented by the japanese diet their congress is that there's been a collusion all along and so what we're seeing is a veil being drawn over the accident to promote agenda for continue the restart of these reactors in japan and to try to contain the
bad news rather than the radiation that's very concerning because the radiation is much worse than just the news itself now what can be done beyond these dams that you mentioned before in terms of contaminating the leakage well the the you know in order to contain the leaks we have to isolate the radioactive waste but indications are right now that the reactor structures themselves have been breached it's very likely that the some of the radioactive material the melted cores have moved into the earth and the so containing that it's beyond containment right now i think that's the tragedy that we see unfolding as fukushima's radioactive water crisis is only beginning very concerning how far has this radiation spread and how fast is it going while it's pret again some of the radioactive isotopes are more mobile than others radioactive tritium the hydrogen it moves anywhere water goes because
it is radioactive hydrogen and makes up a component of water so. the spread of the contamination is only going to be as effectively monitored as the technology is out there and. frankly we don't know the full extent and nobody really knows the full extent of the contamination at this point as it moves through not only grown water but also through the atmosphere and into ocean currents so we're in a very grave situation right now as the the japanese government has declared this is a new radiation emergency coming out of a worsening situation at fukushima daiichi now what does this mean for the people of japan and around the world. i think certainly the concern right now is that the people of japan want more transparency into what their government is or is not
doing about this uncontrolled radioactive catastrophe the meetings that are going on right now between industry and government or behind closed doors so the japanese people are asking for more transparency to get a better understanding of just how out of control this whole situation is and that's going to be true for new zealand for taiwan for korea for china for all the immediate pacific nations but ultimately it raises concerns for radioactive contamination in the ocean currents in the pacific ovarian saying we appreciate your insight into this thank you for joining me here tonight that was paul gunter director of the reactor oversight project from beyond nuclear dot org. now within the last hour president obama held a news conference at the white house he spoke on a wide range of topics that included the u.s. surveillance state and i say leaker edward snowden and us russian relations are
political commentator sam sachs was at the white house for this news conference he just returned and is joining me now in the studio thank you sam for being here that you may have act pretty quick we're not far from the white house. so i want to start off by asking you what kind of measures did the president introduce about the surveillance program specifically rival he clearly called this press conference and in response to not just edward snowden's leaks the latest lease but also in response actually coming from congress the president mention section two fifteen the patriot act that's the section that kind of underpins a lot of this surveillance of the n.s.a. is doing and he specifically addressed that he's open to efforts to reform section two fifteen i remember congressman just a marsh there was that close vote in the house to defund the n.s.a. as use of section shift to fifteen to conduct surveillance but the president said he's open to reforming that and then he went on to say that he's open in the end we have a clip here about how he's open to making the legal opinions that underpin it more public my direction the department of justice will make public the legal rationale
for the government's collection activities under section two fifteen of the patriot act the n.s.a. is taking steps to put in place a full time civil liberties and privacy officer and released information the details its mission authorities and oversight. so i mean he imagine a civil liberties officer who knows how much teeth that position hold but this deep declassifying pfizer court opinion that gives the legal justification for the n.s.a. to do that stuff this is pretty important people blocking for but since then we've heard the that's going to be released will be a redacted version we don't know how much information will actually be available to to glean more information from this program so you know we'll see when it comes out as and what the president say about the face of court right so the court which we're just talking the pfizer court made this opinion but one big problem with the pfizer court is there is no defendant it's really the government goes to a judge they present their case and the judge says ok go go conduct the
surveillance so the president seemed to suggest that he might be willing to open up the pfizer court to some opposition and i think we have a clip of him talking one of the concerns that people raise is that a judge reviewing a request from the government to conduct programatic surveillance only hears one side of the story may tilt it to four in favor of security may not pay enough attention to liberty and while i've got confidence in the court and i think they've done a fine job i think we can provide greater assurances that the court is looking at these issues from both perspectives. so this is actually something that is gaining movement on capitol hill senator richard blumenthal we talked to him a few weeks ago about his bill he has a privacy advocate that will sit on the pfizer court so whenever the government comes with a case that they want to start conducting surveillance on you can have this privacy advocate you know argue against it and try and at least look out for civil liberties concerns of americans so there might be something that can come out of
the president's willingness to put some opposition there on the pfizer court that's good news now president obama he did address edward snowden can you tell us what he said about this that he was asked pretty specifically given that this whole debate could have been possible given that even these reforms that the president saying he's open to wouldn't have been even talked about with it out edward snowden has the president changed his opinion of edward snowden does he think of a more as a whistleblower or even a patriot and the president just immediately shot that down and said edward snowden is not a patriot he's facing three charges you know including espionage charges and this seems to be the move that's also coming from congress even among members of congress who are reformers who are using edward snowden's leaks to try and pass legislation arraigning the n.s.a. or bring transparency the pfizer court aren't willing to give any credit to edward snowden himself they've said that he needs to go to jail he needs to face punishment i mean just in a marsh is really the only member of congress who's called him a whistle blower you've had a few members of congress compare him to you know say his actions were like civil
disobedience almost like martin luther king but for the vast majority of members of congress they're not willing to stand with edward snowden on this interesting now sam was there anything else significant that was talked about in this press conference sure you know the president said that these programs aren't being abused he said he's comfortable with the level of oversight in these programs but the perception has gone awry because of these leaks as a result of the perception he thinks there's some stuff that the government can do this doesn't seem to make sense we've had that we know that for a fact that at least from one phase of court opinion it says that the n.s.a. overstepped its bounds and can. unconstitutional surveillance we need the pfizer corp and we've had senator ron wyden come out and say that he knows that the n.s.a. has there have been abuses in this n.s.a. programs over the president say that he's comfortable that there haven't been abuses it doesn't seem to jibe at all here you know it certainly it certainly doesn't sound we thank you for running back here joining us in studio and thank you for your insight that was political commentator sam sachs now heart disease is the
leading cause of death in the united states for both men and women so it was only a matter of time before someone looked into the best place to have a cardiac episode argy correspondent liz wall explains. when someone goes into cardiac arrest by the time a patient gets here it's oftentimes too late. according to a new study out of the journal of the american college of cardiology the best place to be is at age we're required to have our c.p.r. . certifications updated trained staff and access to these defibrillators or a.d.'s i'm directing this person this person hey i need you to go grab a b. it's right here in this location cardiac arrest is more likely to happen in places where people exert themselves so most gyms are required to carry the device the sooner help arrives the higher the chances of survival and if someone goes into
cardiac arrest most exams are prepared to act fast washing turn it on and as a big button that says on all the once you turn it on it'll say please clear the area please do this and when you take it out you know there is an emergency here. so you see. they have. it worse the study compares cardiac arrest survival rates and numerous indoor locations and found that quote survival was higher at exercise sites than at non exercise indoor sites for a lot of small organisations a lot of places where they don't believe it is not seen as a necessity but i really think it's education should be promoted to. another unexpected spot where your chances of survival are better casinos are common at the adult playgrounds and the staff tends to be well trained on how to use them this
according to a study recently published online in the annals of emergency medicine while a.d.'s are often found in public places like schools cardiac arrest don't commonly happen there so the take away of the study know where people are most at risk and focus on putting life saving devices there in washington liz wahl r.t. . in other news pink is the new red at least in the solar system that's very pink is the exciting new shade this season thanks to the newly discovered it g j five zero four baby and while the name may not be that sexy the color sure is located fifty seven light years away from earth this stunning designer planet orbits around the sun similar to our own and is sizzling hot at four hundred sixty degrees fahrenheit now a research team spotted this little fireball which also sets a record as the lowest mass world ever detected by using infrared data from the
subaru telescope in hawaii so watch out mars there's a new lady on the block and astronomers are just going wild for that does it for now for more on the stories we've covered you can go to youtube dot com forward slash r t america and check out our website r t dot com forward slash usa you can also follow me on twitter at erin ade stay tune prime interest is coming up a. little worse if you are going to. run out of the. radio or.
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