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coming up on our t.v. it's the one year anniversary of president obama's reelection it's been marked with political scandal and also some success so how does he stack up for the second term well break it down and you don't know get no soldiers love lies to mcdonald's breaks life or the detainees is tough but for the men and women who work there it's a different story r.t. has gained exclusive access to the facility and we'll show you a side you never received before and a new mexico man claims that he was subjected to hours worth of x. rays anal searches and even up colin i asked the police to find drawings only the words any will speak with the man's attorney later in the show.
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it's wednesday no some november sixth eight pm in washington d.c. i'm going lopez and you are watching r t well today is the one year anniversary of the day that americans went to the polls and chose to give president obama a second term to follow through on his vision for the country are to correspondent liz wahl takes a look at the successes and failures of president obama's second term. president obama has won reelection that was one year ago president obama reelected despite high unemployment and a weak economy. his campaign hammered home what he did manage to achieve some of that rog get it john boehner the lawn obama highlighted his ability to pass historic health care reform known as obamacare his supporters not as a promise failed if you like your plan you can keep your plan if you like your
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doctor you can keep your done but here we are one year later president obama's approval rating is. fawley according to the most recent gallup poll his approval rating is at thirty nine percent that's the lowest it's been since two thousand and eleven it's been a rocky year the launch of the health care reform website has been plagued with glitches it's opened up a firestorm of controversy over the laws implementation and whether or not it will really improve health care for most americans we are doing everything we can possibly do. to get the websites working better faster sooner the debate over health care is almost as divisive as the climate in congress a far cry from this outlook president obama portrayed in his reelection acceptance speech and in the coming weeks at mogs looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together but
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working together has proven difficult sometimes impossible this congress is criticized as one of the most unproductive in the nation's history the inability to agree on almost anything with lawmakers failing to compromise on a spending bill led to the historic government shutdown for three weeks it is to late. stage and today when it comes to transparency unprecedented questions over government spying they come after leaked information from former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden reveals a mass government surveillance program the revelations put the administration under the critical eye of americans and political leaders abroad all signs that a year later much more needs to be done over the next three years in order for expectations set on this day. of the group. to be filled in washington liz will r.t. . and joining me now to talk more in depth about what president obama's
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accomplishments and failures have been during the past year the ever spoken out of breaking the set team joins me now host abby martin and producer manwell iraq allow thank you guys so much for joining me here in oz so let's start off with getting your overall opinion of how he did this last year do you guys have a great in mind abby f. that's straightforward and for a for a for just to. say you're fired. is there any in president that you would. really have given a higher rating to the i think presidents i mean overall they're just managers of you know operators of the empire so you can't really give him that much credit for what they do because they're just basically managing the system i mean yeah there have been president in the past who have done you know overtures for a good like nixon created the e.p.a. you know carter did some good things so if you look over the story context there are definitely some things that stand out but we're trying to decide if it's
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because of our president has is has its challenges i think it's it's difficult to kind of compare one versus the other and try to give a grade one but i would have to be i mean you could look at any presidency and see the progressive policies that they have the things that they did right nixon for example you mention the e.p.a. and several other progressive policies but at the end of the day he was a. hungry maniac the you know was paranoid about everything in those races so i mean what grade can you really give the you have the ones sure now let's take a quick look at some of the president's shortcomings in the first year in a second term he promised to increase manufacturing jobs by one million in four years now in order to do that we need to have twenty one thousand jobs per month to meet that mark we are falling way short of that market right now anyway obviously the rollout of the affordable care act was disastrous and capital here hill hearings taking place today and have that have been taking place recently are enough to kind of demonstrate that the uncovering of the n.s.a.
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as you guys mentioned is something we've been covering here a lot on our t.v. obviously that isn't only damaging the president's reputation at home it's also damaging them are broad and then there's the i.r.s. scandal revelations about the benghazi attack and lack of preparedness there and the failure to get a farm bill or a new no those are just a few of some of the failures that we were able to find abbi what are some of the others that you know of where do i start let's start with the n.d.a. signed into law the complete evisceration of due process and the rule of law that goes back to the magna carta i mean we're talking about something that you can definitely attain american citizens without the right to trial sign in a log out. ramped up bush's knees they fifty two drone strikes and we have the drone campaign said in his high throne killing thousand civilians rant of the use of these killer robots abroad failed to close gitmo you can blame the republicans all you want but he can close it tomorrow if he wants to there is a provision in india that allows him to release these detainees to their respective countries and just failing to seize on the super majority in congress failing to get that public option escalating the afghanistan war with the failed troop surge
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trying to stay in iraq people actually give him credit for leaving iraq he tried to stay there past the timetable and is a spineless zero accountability war on whistleblowers and charging a people with the espionage act world war one piece of spying legislation. and i can't get i can't even add to that i completely agree with you i think that's a start i think it's kind of a roni is to you know at this point on in the second term say oh he had a really tough handover guess he did back in two thousand and nine we had the financial collapse seven trillion dollars is how much that housing bubble cost us american homeowners just in home equity seven trillion dollars how much you know that sparked the recession that sparked that that almost caused the entire collapse of the u.s. economy yes that was bad but what is he really done to fix this one economy alone i think that it's been an abysmal failure i think that when you look right now words of twenty percent of americans are still underwater when it comes to their mortgages i think that you know the rate of foreclosures is still really high and
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that in itself is causing a depreciation in home values as well so i think in all this is linked to jobs as well so i think that on the whole like not only on civil liberties and on the war front but on the economy as well it's been overall bad and i think that this latest poll by by gallup this week that shows his approval rating dropping below forty percent is a perfect example of that and if you're looking for a great look the american people speak for themselves it's below fifty percent pretty bad well let's go ahead and talk about some of the accomplishments that he has achieved in this last year since the re-election just to give him some equal time so first of all jay carney. how did yesterday the president succeeded in raising taxes on the wealthy during the fiscal cliff negotiations obviously they weren't as high as he had wanted but there was some compromise and those taxes were in fact raised he helped usher in a new era and gay rights across the country with coming out and being the first president who is in office to support that he's begun implementing parts of the dream act to help young illegal immigrants become legal citizens we have
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a new chemical weapons treaty with syria an agreement anyway we are on our way to cutting net oil imports by half in two thousand and twenty and we've already reduced them by forty two percent since two thousand and eight so that's obviously a step forward in terms of deficit reduction his goal was to reduce the deficit by four trillion dollars in twelve years and we are arguably on our way to that and he is in the process of rebuilding relations with iran just by beginning those first topps talks in a very long few decades of silence between the two countries so abby let's start with you is there anything that you have to say positively about the president versus some of his previous failures that you mentioned you know i think as you just said there have been a lot of symbolic gestures of course coming out for gay marriage is huge however i'm not going to really be happy until i see a federal law legalizing gay marriage i mean and we saw dick cheney come out during the bush administration saying that he supported gay marriage so that's it's symbolic and it's huge and doma was huge too and i don't want to you know there are
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some great things that are going on but of course bush had successes too when it came to africa he was good on africa relations and aids so you know i don't dwell on kind of these minuscule symbolic reforms i focus on the overarching policies that are really continuing the destruction of this country the planet syria i would call anything but a success congress and putin basically forced his hand on that and all i saw was just fear mongering rhetoric about that iran great we're starting to listen to the iran fantastic but the syria thing i mean let's start with. diminishing our nuclear arsenal in our chemical weapons arsenal and then we can start really having some standing in that portion of the world many where. we go from here obviously he's going to be in the white house for three more years what do you want to see happen will i want to see an end of this this political circus i think that what we've been seeing for the last three years and two thousand and ten you have that bipartisan commission that was going to slash the deficit by by four trillion dollars over the course of a decade you mention this is a potential accomplishment i see this is an utter failure ever since ever since then and only two thousand and eleven and i think republicans have their fair share
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of the blame yes of course but it's been a horrible job that president obama's done trying to bridge this bipartisan gap in congress he squandered his opportunity to do so by having a super majority when he took office and i think that what we really need to see right now changes is to have the sort of bridge building between the two houses of congress that really the only option it's going to succeed here guys so much for weighing in and bringing us some of the successes and failures that are breaking us that host abby martin and producer manny rappel oh thank you so much. also to want to obey now where life isn't bad for everyone soldiers working want to obey have loved lines eat at mcdonald's and all you can eat buffets and get a workout in state of the art recreation facilities are the correspondent on a star takes a closer look at some things that you might not know about one time away despite misconceptions give little is not just a geo to be or not to shop it's also a forty five square mile military base with no plans of going anywhere. full of
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signs of established american life it is a navy base and we just happened to have the camps in here home to the only mcdonald's on cuban soil a subway sandwich shop a starbucks and a taco bell you got busted vested financial interests there you go to starbucks and you go to all of these other places that help to set up a logistical support for the troops that are a little over the there are about five and a half thousand people living and working on the base roughly half serve the actual detention center the u.s. government has been leasing this territory since one thousand. three for just over forty five hundred dollars curiously that is still the price today but it's said that the cuban government has been refusing to accept this money for decades the castro government said you know we don't want this lease anymore in the united states' position was that it's a binding lease and in the lease it actually says that it can't be broken unless both sides both countries agree to that that strikes me as a very odd contract so foreign territory that the u.s.
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has occupied against cuba's wishes since one thousand fifty most officers come here for short term of up to nine months or longer deployment of two to three years four for the whole life isn't put on hold. certain people where you can certainly have if it's away from your. rank system then you're allowed to you know there's the don't tell an open air movie theater playing all the hottest hollywood blockbusters and it ticky bar to let loose after a hard day's work even though most say schedules aren't that intense anyway we actually get quite a bit of time off. m.-w. our stance for morale welfare and recreation. almost every sport known to man is available to get well on state of the art facilities i love it a lot of people think there's not much to do but there's definitely an abundant to do. being in
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a remote location doesn't even have to affect eating habits and all you can eat lunch just under five bucks and breakfast is half that price a downside though information. a lot of the t.v. programs broadcasting here are army focused. and internet is almost nonexistent the base dubbed no stream a stand by some soldiers even so we're told those serving here are banned from looking at websites like wiki leaks for example once classified always classified. even if the information has long been made public there are other strict regulations in place to fun fact about guantanamo apparently a life of an. little more than a life of a detainee if you run one of these babies over the fine of ten thousand dollars. there's a very strict speed limit in guantanamo and it's a very slow speed limit and people say that that's that's all about the quantised somewhat ironic that a police marred by human rights scandals officials make
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a point of showing journalists how well prisoners two are kept and thirteen here were not a typical so for a compliant detainee at guantanamo they would be allowed to have. these here are some head and shoulders who the less compliant ones have to wear the orange uniforms and get only two books at a time i was going to the other side so you can see the books detainees can't come in here but the prisoner library lovingly displays the best of their art for t.v. crews to see a lot of pre-selected books to avoid certain topics violence sexual and religious stuff controversy shelves packed with magazines d.v.d.'s and video games plenty of ways for legit prisoners of war to pass the indefinite time they're kept here without charges and forty one tonne of will be cuba for more of an in-depth coverage on guantanamo bay it's a day i've gone to our to correspondence honest and amir and david joining me now
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on a saucy i want to start with you what was it like as a journalist to go in there and to cover guantanamo bay do you think you actually got a realistic look at what it is like their day to day. well ladies i mean certainly it was very fascinating but curiously even though we had these twelve hour tours every single day visiting detention camps visiting kitchens libraries you name it the curious fact was that at the end of each day we would turn to ourselves and say this just can't be it i mean we have to see more we have to see the detainees we have to see their actual lives and that was unfortunately something we did not get enough of because of this really cover up surrounding the cells even where the detainees are i mean you saw in that report that short good through the dark window that we saw of a detainee and that was pretty much the extent of it and that was one of the things
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we discovered only when we got there because we figured we would have a little more access than not and what's the takeaway lesson for this experience for you know. i would say a question rule or you know this was really a great example of just you know slogan but really in this particular case i would say definitely question more because out of the all of the things we were shown we did just kind of have to look through the actual information and facts because there were a lot of the things that officials told us we knew did not have much basis behind it did not have much to do with the facts and overall you know they did try to present the whole police as just this great deal that's just you know a dream to be in if you're a prisoner and certainly we know that's not the case and i'm here i want to bring you into this conversation as i understand it you recently came in contact with the former i guess most detainee there what was it like talking to somebody who has been there and not only heard about it but experienced it well he does have a very interesting story his name is david hicks and he's not your prototypical
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detainee at least what i would think of when i think of the good no detainee he's not yemeni or rocky or afghans actually a caucasian man from australia definitely did gave him some very interesting perspective he was. actually captured back in two thousand and one by the us taken to guantanamo in early two thousand and two and was really there for about five years not being charged of course he was charged thereafter but he experienced what he calls torture sleep deprivation medical experimentation so this is a man one when i spoke to him that i found to be very troubled by his past by his experiences and he even said recently that he still suffers from nightmares and how did you can contact with us scott how did you find him well interestingly it doesn't always happen this way we're not always lucky enough but david did reach out to us he said that he frequently watched our get more coverage of course we've been doing a lot on this issue and i think you really just wanted to share his story with the
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american people really looking to clear his name as a convicted terrorist and let's take a look at that story. he was once known as the australian taliban david hicks the first man to be convicted of war crimes at guantanamo bay and after being detained for five and a half years hicks is now asking an appeals court to overturn that conviction arguing that his guilty plea was unknowing unintelligent and involuntary and part of a desperate attempt to secure his release hicks was captured in afghanistan for his alleged involvement with al qaeda in late two thousand and one soon after he was turned over to the u.s. and taken to guantanamo in the facilities first batch of prisoners there he says he face day after day of the inhumane treatment was still for everyone else tortured. on a daily basis or minutes from. physical beatings all right and you've sort of political ploy is. there was medical experimentation and
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it was that medical experimentation that would give him the most harrowing memories we were forced to take injections or it was. what those were did not tell us or the reasons they would constantly change. especially as far as the poor with the thought that the poor or the color of the people's. if you refuse to take injections of the pills they would send in what they called the same. is equally. excited as medication the former detainees claims are now at goaded a new study out this week that shows military doctors had designed and participated in cruel inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees these conditions finally pushed hicks to take a plea deal in two thousand and seven on the charge of providing material support for terrorism it was called an alford plea which meant he acknowledged the evidence
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but did not make any admissions however hicks still knew there would be implications it wasn't an easy decision because i had the think about the ramifications of doing one or you know it was or the first point since as well as to do so just a duty to any crime let alone something as serious as terrorism i don't need at the least destroyed the media would never let me you know get the charge of providing material support for terrorism was created by congress in two thousand and six five years after hicks was captured in afghanistan and now his lawyers are seeking dismissal of that conviction saying it wasn't a war crime at the time he was detained there relying on a recent us federal appeals court decision that overturned the conviction of saline home don the former driver of osama bin ladin who was charged with the same crime the court ruled that him don could not be charged retroactively and now twelve years after his detainment david hicks will seek the same outcome at the very least
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he'll get the chance to explain his plea in court and perhaps even prove his innocence in washington and the david art scene on now to an extremely disturbing case of alleged police over reach that is gaining national attention in january a new mexico police officers pulled over david eckert for a routine traffic stop when they fail to yield to a stop sign now according to a lawsuit filed by a court's attorney they officers then asked him to get out of the car which he complied with however the way that he was standing seems to specialise to officers because he appeared to be clenching his box police said they believe that he was hiding drugs inside of himself k.o.b. t.v. picks up the story from there. according to court records and medical charts first doctors x. rayed eckert then penetrated his rectum with their fingers then performed another exam with their fingers doctors then gave three animas and forced him to death to
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get in front of them while they searched his stool all of these things done without consent all of them finding nothing but it didn't stop there doctors performed a second x. ray then these dated occurred prepared him for surgery and performed a colon off skippy. perhaps the most a serving part of this story is that doctors came up empty handed no drugs were ultimately discovered now david eckert assuming the deming police department for more i spoke to his attorney joseph kennedy here's what he had to say i wish i understood it and it is stunning and you don't really quite appreciate it so you do read the police reports and have them right in front of you and then read the medical reports. to the best that it's starting to explain. and it's been just
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a one team the united states supreme court has said that internal intrusions into the body. and case it was a forced. that that is too much like this group at the rack should be allowed in this country so it's just unbelievable that this was done to this man now as i understand it the why are the ones that they had actually expired at ten pm but doctors still perform the call off copy and other procedures after that was that legal and i also heard and i was hoping that you could clarify something on this is that the warrant wasn't valid in the county where the hospital was that the for one these exams. rather than the. hospital shopping the county they move from county to county that is not really that huge issue but they did go hospital shop is this an isolated incident do you have any cases that you know of where this has happened before. we're concerned about this issue
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particularly concerned about it at the border. has a client to it was given a colonoscopy by border patrol crossing the border and. so this is this is popping up a little bit is popping up in texas as well. as a motorist on the side of the road and all sorts of other incredibly abasement procedures the police seem to be pushing this issue especially in the border states . mexico very close to the border and the officers involved in this are part of the task the station also reported that another man timothy young experienced a similar or deal after he was stopped for turning up without a proper signal he was reportedly pulled over by the same exact canine unit taken to the. regional medical center and subjected to x. rays of his abdomen area and also an anal exam and again no drugs were found so i want to ask you two questions related to that first of all what should we make of
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the fact that this canine unit spotted narcotics wrongly and second of all what should we make of the gala medical center that performed both of these allegedly well in the first question what would you make of a dog. much like a family pet not a trained narcotics detection dog or we're really we got a dog before we filed a lawsuit and they had no documentation that this dog was properly trained and could do this so that so we would all of us are misrepresenting x x sir urge for that very very serious offense that was joseph kennedy and attorney asked kennedy law. even with the expansion of recycling and other attempts to reduce waste the u.s. still fills up land by land fills with garbage but how bad is the problem really well the residents larry harmfulness tells us more.
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there is so much garbage to hate in our society today our government is spying on us lying to us being a weasel in general our corporations of turned on us like time constraints monster and are taking us down with the greed we imbued them with we've got climate change unending wars complete utter jerks running our banks even the music is garbage our art is no screen grabs of cats with stupid captions written with poor grammar so very much garbage to hate well one pile of garbage that often gets overlooked is
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the literal one are keith and he's a physical garbage a recent world bank report projected that the amount of solid waste generated globally full nearly doubled by the year two thousand and twenty five going from three point five million tons to six million times per day and the worst part is those figures are only going to keep growing for the forseeable future. too much of that weight isn't handled properly either millions of plastic fragments are wreaking havoc on our oceans and many countries still burn a lot of toxic trash which causes horrible air pollution that we aren't anywhere near suffocating on our giant heats of garbage and yet those he'd say a lot about it one of the authors of the studies baz solid waste is the canary in the coal mine it shows how much of an impact we're having globally as a species on the planet as a whole it's the easiest way to see how the environment is being a fact. by our lifestyles overall. we are currently making three point five million
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tons of garbage every day three point five million tons of coffee cup i phone boxes packing peanuts microwave dinner packages old t.v. singing live big fish trucker hat takeout containers weird little plastic things that we don't even remember what they did that some kind of hardware part of an old electronic device who knows so much garbage every day am day we are en route to peak garbage so what does that say about our society that says we aren't playing for keeps it says that our culture is utterly disposable when everything we make goes right into the garbage so no wonder our governments integrity our corporations responsibility good music morals and culture are going
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right into the trash along with it we're at peak garbage for every aspect of mankind society tonight talk about bad. lopez have a wonderful night. old . son technology innovation all the developments around russia we've got the future covered. wealthy british style sun. spot right on. target i was. right.

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