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while obama's top officials bang the drums of war at a senate hearing in washington activists inside war torn syria become human guards to shield possible american targets. russia says it could only back the use of force in syria but only if it's proven by the u.n. that bashar al assad ordered an alleged chemical attack last month and the security council votes for action. also a media watchdog condemns the u.k. government sustained use of strong arm tactics against the press saying security measures are putting harder and freedoms are brisk.
they're watching r t live from moscow and lindsey france. up to ninety days of military operation but no boots on the ground those are some of the leaked details of a resolution being put to the u.s. congress to convince members to back war against syria the document is expected to be put to a vote next week it follows intense questioning in the senate some of the top cheerleaders for military intervention including secretary of state john kerry and defense chief chuck hagel they both maintain the syrian government is behind last month's chemical attack outside damascus despite the u.n. still having not made any conclusions or teased them until you can report. the blocks upon which john terry built the administration's case for an attack on syria included we fear mongering and it was this part which reminded many of the mushroom cloud fears that the bush administration stoked in the run up to the iraq invasion take a listen if the congress decides not to do. it is
a guarantee whether it is with us then or in syria or nuclear weapons in iran or nuclear weapons in north korea we will have invited. a for certain confrontation at some point in time that are you to make a choice that will be even worse for me to gating the consequences of a military action against syria it was also part of secretary kerry's presentation to a question on whether u.s. strikes will end up emboldening extremists in syria as john kerry and swords know they will not according to secretary kerry experiments in syria will not benefit from u.s. strikes although reports on the ground and a great many experts suggest the opposite the other premise that the administration put forward is that there is no other option but to bomb syria here's how secretary kerry explained he was readiness to bypass the u.n. security council break international law and attack syria at the u.n.
we saw condemnation of a chemical attack without blame without citing. without saying who was responsible simply a condemnation of a chemical attack and the russians blocked it and this was one of many discrepancies in secretary kerry's remarks in fact russia has blocked only those resolutions that attributed blame to the assad government alone without a credible u.n. investigation what john kerry did not mention is that the u.s. has done everything possible so that the u.n. investigative team would not have the mandate to determine who is to blame for the attacks in syria so now we're left with the intelligence assessment of the u.s. government and that of some of its allies u.s. officials say the republic will not see the classified evidence upon which they've built their case many members of congress even those who have not seen the classified evidence have indicated that they are ready to authorize the attack on syria. and as the u.s.
thrushes bombing options a new movement is becoming stronger among the syrian people activists are gathering outside key strategic facilities expected to be targeted by american strikes they're calling on washington to halt its march to war and insist they're ready to die if it doesn't artie's more if an osha sent us reports from damascus. this is the syrian public response to the plans of the united states of america to strike this middle east and we can treat those who come this evening to this huge mountain just outside damascus holding cells and human shields that's often america's president barack obama said that the u.s. should take military response to what's going on in syria these people don't know actually as the rest of the population as well as the entire international community don't know so far when or if they miss else will strike but they say they'll stay till it's needed. to know.
who's. lived up to some of these people that have to know that they know different ages different backgrounds and social status yet i actually have little in common except for one thing that unites them and that is their will to demonstrate to show their anger at the plan of the current state strike their country and trade in their banners we can understand actually the message they want to send. student we're here to show that we belong to syria this country is strong because of its people and its leadership we're not afraid. to express our loyalty to our country in the face of american threats we don't want what they did in the rocker by the chemical weapons claims to be done in our country because they chose this year in mountains because they taste as a symbol of damascus and of syria as well but also because it is a very important place strategically it's time to many security chimichurri
buildings and institutions and it is expected to be targeted and people gathered here today and they're going to use friend here some time say that even if the missiles start slowly they will not. any. response now from damascus in syria. he's raring for war and president francois hollande says there will be no vote on the matter despite a recent poll suggesting that three in four french people want parliament to have a say on attacking syria perhaps wary of a u.k. like defeat by lawmakers a longs administration insists he alone has the power to order an attack artie's tests are sillier reports on the french perspective. the french president a lot is constitutionally able to order over the top without a parliamentary approval but france along has been under a lot of pressure from opposition to to put this issue to
a vote with the opposition and also pointed out that a lot is in a court of humiliation position of having to wait for what the u.s. says before acting i was spokesman from along the office said that the president hasn't yet decided whether or not to ask for a vote but what's interesting to note is that in the u.k. the prime minister is also able to work over the top without parliament the prime minister or david cameron had asked anyway and had been given a resoundingly no no law and said though that france will not go it alone and we'll wait for the outcome of the u.s. special vote all of this comes on the back the report presented to parliament by the prime minister regarding the chemical attack near damascus last march which they say is responsible for two hundred eighty one deaths the report says though that quote it could not have been ordered or carried out by anyone other than the syrian government that would be president of syria bashar al assad in the meantime of giving an interview to the french newspaper in the figaro when he warned that should there be an attack chaos and extremism would ensue and he also said there's a risk of a regional group and where are the plans that would be common enemy of the syrian
state should they go ahead with this attack and we spoke earlier with a french senator to discuss francis' downs on a military intervention in syria the french intelligence has said that they presented proof and they found that assad is guilty of this chemical attack i think we must be very cautious and we must wait for. the decision of united nations experts because remember in two thousand and three the crews were forged. and it was a disaster for your heart and for the world economy do you think that the united states the situation will inevitably be france's decision well. this. makes me feel uncomfortable. because we must not be dependent of american decision. if. we have the same decision if we don't agree we don't have the same
decision but we must but so no automatically american decision as far as public opinion polls so one of the recent polls say that a fifty nine percent of the french are against a military intervention in syria by your government reporting from paris on tests are so yeah. president vladimir putin says russia will wait for rock hard evidence about who carried out an alleged chemical weapons attack in syria last month before it deciding how to act he says all options remain on the table but facts and international authorization should come before intervention joining me live with the details of artes shan thomas shot what else to the president have to say well why did mr putin was speaking to the associated press when he warned against western intervention in syria saying that it is just generally a bad idea for unilateral action he also said if the united states has proven to be
assad regime used chemical weapons that they need to head it over to the u.n. security council so that a proper appropriate legal decision can be made he also said russia is not against using military action let's take a listen. russia will be ready to take strong action if we have exacts an unbiased information about who committed these crimes and what weapons we used we will take a principled stand as we firmly believe the use of weapons of mass destruction is a crime but we think we should at least wait for the u.n. inspectors to give their report. in speaking about the now famous video that has made its circulation around you tube showing the horrific images of children having been killed allegedly from a chemical weapons a strike he said this is a tragedy it is for reflect but it does raise a lot of questions in fact it doesn't show how they were killed or who did the killing he also asks questions about where the video came from that there are
suggestions that it could come from groups that are linked to al qaeda he also talked about the children themselves that there's no video of doctors there's no video of parents of these children and we don't know who they are and that there needs to be an investigation into this as well and on the subject of assad using chemical weapons he said it just doesn't make sense saying that assad had no need to use chemical weapons as he is not a desperate man and the syrian army has been making gains in the syrian civil war lately so that there was just no reason for him to do so but he did raise questions about if it is shown that it was the rebels who used chemical weapons let's listen to his words. that certainly those pictures of children are just hideous but they don't prove anyone's guilt even in the u.s. some experts think the evidence presented by the administration is not compelling so it's possible that the opposition staged
a provocation in order to give their patrons an excuse for military intervention but there is also another question if there is evidence that it's the militants that have been using w m d what will the u.s. do to them what will the sponsors do will they stop supplying weapons will they start hostilities against militants. so on the subject of syria the president urging caution at this moment in time. the american and russian presidents will be meeting face to face and to twenty what did putin comment on that well much has been made about the relationship between president obama and the u.s. and lead the. putin saying that they have a rivalry of sorts but downplayed this saying that they both have a lot of common goals in fact iran the economy north korea and that president obama is a frank and direct negotiating partner he's optimistic about their contact and the g. twenty and he said that he's not personally offended by comments that the president
has made about maybe his body posture slouching and looking like a boarding school child but he said that there is continuing contact between the two presidents there are some but they're working to sort through is out through sort that out and basically there needs to be patience between the two countries. syria isn't exactly the only subject sort of poisoning relations between the two country it's did you say anything else on these other topics or certainly edward snowden is a big source of contention at least in the eyes of the media between relations between russia and the united states he talked about the fact that edward snowden made contact with russian officials in hong kong and he made himself known saying that he was a crusader for human rights and when president vladimir putin pushed on that subject a little bit more he said that he wanted to fight human rights and that russia should join in the fighting and because it did not want to. harm relations
with the united states opted out of that decision now snowden then did make a flight to russia did not know that he was on that flight until two hours before he landed he did end up giving asylum to snowden not wanting to get involved in the fight but he also said that the united states didn't really handle the situation very well. but he attempts to capture him listen to what he had to say. john thomas thank you very much. because experience. and then snowden was on route to latin america via russia and what happened next there was a leak i hope i don't offend u.s. security agencies and diplomats because they could have handled this issue in a more professional way instead of allowing him to enter a country where would be easy for them to get to the intimidated everybody latin america european countries everybody and as
a result naturally he stayed at our airports and became stranded in russia. well optimism from the president about relations between the united states and russia continuing to grow although there have been tensions he is sure that the g. twenty is a good chance for those ties to be mended all right sean thomas thank you very much coming up another journalist targeted for spilling secrets but this time brazil has stepped forward also help saying glenn greenwald will have the police protection he needs while testifying in a probe into n.s.a. activities in latin america. and lebanese terror maps to join. the bombing and other crime sites spring up in mobile software stores across lebanon as innovation and security combine. wealthy british soil it's time to rise.
welcome back to our t.v. live from moscow and lindsey france. a journalist who helped whistleblower edward snowden leak his secrets hasn't been offered police protection by the brazilian government glenn greenwald wrote about how the n.s.a. spied on the authorities in mexico and brazil and in britain where his newspaper the guardian is based a key press freedom group has confronted the u.k. government over its strong arm attempts to stifle information r.t. sara first has more on the fight to report the news in britain and acts of intimidation that could have a chilling effect on press freedom in the u.k. and beyond not quite what you'd normally expect from a letter to the prime minister about press freedom in the way but those strong words coming from the world association of newspapers you organization felt compelled to right after the guardian newspaper was forced by british security
services to destroy information received from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden and then the partner of one of its journalists suspected of carrying information the government deemed sensitive to national security was placed in detention upon arrival at heathrow airport they even miranda partner of guardian journalist glenn greenwald was held for nine hours is the maximum time a person can be held using laws designed to catch terrorists you know one of the reasons why we're so concerned and when i look at the work. department does which is which has a global. one of the issues that we have because the united kingdom is saying about. freedom with a very strong record on ensuring that it. can write the new and so so for us here the press freedom situation in the united kingdom
is this sliding and this is of great concern it is twenty thirteen freedom of speech seen here reporters without borders gives the u.k. a satisfactory situation rating. the freedom of the press person slipped from nineteenth in two thousand and ten to its current ranking of twenty nine many a concern that showed to a servant of the terrorism act the law used to detain miranda is actually being used to stop journalists doing the job of holding people in power to account rather than being used to prevent terrorism should just seven allows police to stop examine and search passages that travel terminals there's no need for any suspicion that they're linked to terrorism it's a very difficult problem the security services have a difficult job difficult job. clearly has a duty to protect. those people living.
at the same time i think they must recognise the role of the media. and you have to have to be in line with the appropriate. response of the government said it had to assume that copies of the information held by mr snowden could now be held by foreign countries to see mr snowden's travel since leaving the u.s. and that the disclosure of some of that material could put lives at risk well critics of the government's actions have described these as alarmist planes aimed at justifying the blurring of the lines between terrorism and journalism it's thought a full hearing into the legality of david maraniss detention and the seizure of that data will take place in october but in the meantime expect to see that war of words continue with the u.k.
seemingly struggling to strike a balance between national security and press freedom sara for our london. whistleblower bradley manning uses his legal last resort a private sentenced to thirty five years for the biggest leak of data in u.s. history files a plea for a presidential pardon from obama there's more on this story online. and deadly dowry in india as the latest study shows every hour and a woman dies in a dispute over marriage payments the details have to r.t. dot com. right to see. her story. and i think the true. on our reporters were very. instrumental. in the cold.
and as the west button in your pocket smartphone developers in lebanon have launched their own early warning system for mobile devices software that allows users to instantly map terror bombing sites and report crimes or suspicious behavior or to policy reports from beirut. so something which is increasingly being to spill over its borders into neighboring countries which is why here in cities like pavement there are developers and even the detainees on the set of constantly coming up with new and innovative ways of trying to deal with this great this illusion that bonds warning small at the base of one of them you would have to hit them off. if one line we'll find information being uploaded by users. information as to where there's a local where possibly a missile has landed where they was supposed to this is immediately uploaded to a map and shared x. to the same page. this is an. especially when our country is
being bombed this is happening. at least we know where the bombs fall in the city or wherever and that's very important i think more people should die mood. other projects in the pipeline include an app that will be able to tell the difference between fireworks which are often used here in celebrations and gunfire not to be outdone liberty's on me has also recently announced its own at these armed forces shield this provides direct communication between the public and maybe soldiers now they will be able to film the army when ever there is a. suspicious object hold on to some kind of potential gun for the comes to put you in situations like when there is nothing one of this is just examples of how countries like me have been on top in these standards in an attempt to try and deal with the ever growing syrian crisis for the c r two favorites.
more than one hundred fifty people have been killed in just the first three days of september in iraq sixty seven on tuesday alone the country is locked in turmoil constantly beating its own monthly death toll records jeff steinberger of executive intelligence review magazine and thanks regional instability is helping the terrorists. the spillover is enormous and the whole region is facing a grave crisis you rock is in a very fragile situation it borders on syria and so there is a porous border between syria and iraq so you've got all kind of an iraq forces moving back and forth across that border and of course the factor of the saudis funding the sunni insurgency then driving iraq into a state internal crisis many of the al qaida sunni insurgents who were
operating inside iraq have now crossed over into syria so. the myall instance now tremendously inside iraq is a kind reverberation back there of the crisis centered in syria. now for some international news in brief a power cut has left more than two thirds of venezuela without electricity including swathes of the capital caracas the blackout cause traffic chaos and shut down parts of the metro system president nicolas maduro has blamed the outage on sabotage by the political opposition critics though say poor maintenance of the power grid is responsible. fifty military militants have reportedly been killed after egyptian helicopters launched airstrikes on their strongholds in the sinai peninsula according to military officials three suspects were also detained during a ground operation to destroy ammunition warehouses and vehicles egypt is struggling to maintain stability and made an ongoing political crisis that seen two
presidents removed from office since two thousand and eleven and continued mass protests. in the central african republic thousands of people have marched through the capital calling for peace and unity the crowds filed through different areas of the city playing instruments and chanting slogans a coup took place in the central african republic five months ago in a country already plagued by violence. and to prove now where dramatic footage has emerged of the volcano erupting there's been a series of five blasts over the last forty eight hours with a column of ash deposit and debris up to ten kilometers away rather the ash nor the lava at present an immediate danger to the public. and coming up on r t abby martin looks at the international reaction to the fukushima nuclear crisis breaking news that is next.
you know some glitches to a story and it seems so if you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else here's some other part of it and realized everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm trying hard. there's a big. they were ready to do anything for their country to me to try out it is to love the country more than yourself if you join the military for any other reason that you're probably not going to have a good day they were tools in the state now they live remembering the past which is impossible to get rid of. the war. but i'll ever good people get hurt. but i've heard good people them to be silent.
but would prefer not to be sometimes i feel like. i should have died over there. because i. i saw some people who. is cheaper than therapy. i'm abby martin welcome back to break in the set so a lot has happened in the last two weeks chelsea manning came out as a woman egypt remains in chaos and the u.s. is gearing up to bomb syria a move that could potentially jump start world war three while the international
community is focused on a solution to syria there's another devastating situation unfolding in fukushima japan recently japan's nuclear power agency tepco reported that three hundred tons of radioactive water is being used to cool the reactors has been pouring into the pacific ocean every day since the tsunami. but if that wasn't bad enough it turns out that the radiation levels reported thus far are grossly underestimated tepco just admitted that radiation levels are actually eight teen times higher than what was reported previously in fact near the tank the levels are high enough to kill an exposed person in just four hours right now two hundred thirty milly's sieverts of radiation every hour are being measured from one tank alone what does that mean one person is only allowed an annual exposure of fifteen million seabirds when you do the math it doesn't look good but don't worry guys apparently that detrimental news is completely in consequential because the chairman of the.