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politics are challenging for the speaker and others. but this is not for a political win, it is for a substitute when. >> the international peace conference in syria was delayed after initial hopes for a meeting this month. the u.s. andsaid russia failed to agree on key details, including participants and when the meeting may take place. >> we were hoping we would be in a position to announce that today, but unfortunately we are not. ifare still striving to see we can have a conference before the end of the year. the opposition is at a very difficult time. they are divided.
all sorts ofng problems and working very hard. the head ofinvited the international atomic energy agency for a visit as early as next week with talks on establishing regimes for nuclear programs stalling since their last visit in may of 2012. tuesday he presented his latest report, saying that his agency cannot verify iranian programs as entirely peaceful. >> that non-divergent nuclear material being cleared by iran was safeguarded by agreement, but however we are unable to provide procurements about the absence of undeclared nuclear material. therefore, the agency cannot conclude that all nuclear material in iran is used in peaceful activities. visitad of their expected
the prime minister says that he believes that iran could reach a nuclear deal with international power's, including the u.s., as early as this week. officials are meeting with counterparts in geneva on thursday and it is their second round of talks on nuclear programs since russ on the honey took office. the separation wall cutting through the occupied west bank has been told that it will be serving as the border of the future state. palestinians have long sought a state within the 1967 borders. court ofnational justice has previously declared the route of the separation illegal to incorporate major israeli settlement blocs. the declaration of the settlement wall and future border comes just as john kerry arrived in israel to encourage ongoing u.s. brokered talks. john kerry spoke after visiting a memorial for the israeli prime
minister. determined to work with leaders, the prime minister, the present palestinian authorities to try to find a way forward so that israel can live the dream. the prime minister and the president expressed it so beautifully in the tragedy of that day here and in the many days before that. we will continue to work and i can promise israelis that america will stand by the side of israel every step of the way. >> hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the white house on tuesday for a protest of the million mask march, ober -- organized by the activist group anonymous, they call attention to issues like nsa surveillance and government corruption. rallies were held in cities fawkesde as part of guy day, a commemoration of a failed
effort to blow up the british government in 1905. in london they gathered to burn their energy bills in what they call the bonfire of austerity. >> at the moment energy bills are soaring because of the big six energy companies, they are essentially holding the country time since the lowest form of living standards since queen victoria. people asg to kill well. >> republican senator rand paul of kentucky has announced a restructuring of his office practices. over the past week he has been found to use other people's language without attribution in a speech and in a section of his book. tuesday he acknowledged that they have made mistakes and said that he will make sure that his public statements are properly footnoted from now on. the mayor of the largest city in
resignis failing to after admitting he used crack cocaine. rob 40 based months of controversy after a video was released showing him smoking from a crack pipe and making racist remarks. the video was recovered after arresting an associate on charges of extortion. on video he acknowledges the problem to supporters. >> am i an addict? no. have i tried it? probably in one of my drunken stupors? yes. the question properly, i have answered it. i have made mistakes and i can apologize and move on. can i just talk? you guys kept referring to the out call. there have been isolated incidents. there have been fines and i have been in a drunken stupor.
the course of the investigation police surveillance documented him exchanging packages with a man alternately blamed for extortion. he apologized to voters but rejected calls to step down saying that in fact he plans to seek reelection next year. ,hese are some of the headlines this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. listeners around the world. in one of tuesday's closely watched races, terry mcauliffe has been elected governor of virginia. republicannew jersey governor, chris christie, easily won reelection, paving the way for a possible presidential run in 2016. new jersey voters also approved a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour and add cost-of-living
increases each year. chris christie had previously vetoed a similar bill. public advocate, bill de blasio, crushed the republican in the mayoral race to replace michael bloomberg. he is set to become the first democrat to beat new york in two decades. he had his victory party in brooklyn, last night. >> i have spoken throughout this campaign about a tale of two cities. that inequality, that feeling of a few doing very well while so many fall further behind? that is the defining challenge of our times. york is notn new something that only threatens those who are struggling. the stakes are so high for every new yorker.
making sure no son or daughter of new york falls behind defines the very promise of our city. >> bill de blasio, new york city mayor elect. union backed martin walsh has been elected the mayor of boston. there were several ballot initiatives from across the country -- in washington state they rejected an initiative requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled. opponents spent $20 million to defeat the measure. to talk more about the results we are joined by john nichols, political writer for "the nation. his latest article is about gop extremism. and how the money and media election complex is destroying america. let's go through the big races. new york, new jersey, virginia.
>> if you watch the national media on the top line it is all about chris christie, but the reality is that he was the outlier yesterday. usually in the second term of president, the other party does very, very well as a way for people to let out steam. instead the fact of the matter is that democrats look like they may have one minute -- every major office in virginia. they definitely one governor and lieutenant governor. in last time that happened the second term over the democratic president, the president was roosevelt. for theber the race senate, cory booker, he made it two weeks before and in new jersey it cost 25 million dollars, chris christie made it not on his day. booker's namecory would have been first and more democrats would have come out.
it was never a question of whether chris christie would win, but the news is the landslide he won by and it sounds like he was very concerned about not winning my that landslide. >> this is a false premise on so many levels. chris christie forged relationships with
south jersey democrats. the end result was he did everything he could to manufacture a headline. something that i write about a lot. our national media is like a dog with a bone. is that two weeks ago in new jersey, chris christie had a 33 point lead. the much neglected democratic candidate there at the close of the race actually came up somewhat. not trying to paint a fantasy picture, but the same time democrats have construed -- have
control of the state legislature and the minimum wage increase to chris christie vetoed one by the same percentage of the vote that he won by. new jersey is style over substance. the substantive result is that they voted against what chris christie stands for in all the other races. i
would say that if we are going to be honest about what happened yesterday, the remarkable story of it is that union backed won big city races. we have not have a lot of that inur history. bill de blasio got a decent amount of attention, but not as much as he deserves. he should be up there as much as the big three. but in boston, that was a big deal race. squeaked through the primaries, it was a very attackedrimary, he was
all over the place by people who said he was a former union leader and could not possibly be a fair player as the mayor of boston. a ceo knows how to run a city? but he was literally in much of the media attacked, they created at a rallyhim protesting scott walker in wisconsin. boston decided they wanted that kind of person as their mayor. it was a big deal and if you combine that with some of the minimum wage increases, $15 in seattle? >> you have also suggested that democratic wins suggest that republicans are no longer contenders at all. >> this is a fascinating thing. the moderate republican tradition is a valid part of their history. not long ago we had an election
night like this and we had talked about urban republicans winning. giuliani,berg, rudy coming out of the philadelphia story. ,eally, when we go back republicans did very well through those races. now look at this, los angeles, with a relatively liberal mayor, new york with a democratic mayor , it is the 13th largest city to find a republican. republicans have abandoned big cities. here is a party that is cutting food stamps and revenues, their message is they are just not interested in these people anymore and it is really starting to come back on republicans at the urban level. and am notsperately one of these guys.
i think that the republican party abandonment in america at that point, we saw that played out. let's go back to the victory speech a bill de blasio last night. >> we all have a shared responsibility and a shared stake in making sure that their destiny is defined by how hard they work and how big a dream and not by their zip codes. [cheering] so, when we call on the wealthiest among us to pay just a little bit more in taxes to fund universal pre-k and after school programs? [cheering]
we are not threatening anyone's success. asking those who have done well to ensure that every child has the same opportunity to do just as well as they have. [applause] is how we all rise together. rich, this is bill de blasio. he spoke at occupy in 2000. >> so did the new public advocate. they have joined suit regarding the handling of occupy. he had that victory party not in manhattan, but oakland. that was the message about the whole of this city. was one ofhe speech
the most remarkable things i have seen. he went straight into spanish. maybe it is not perfect, but i cover a lot of politics. he went on and on. not just a line. i thought it was one of those rare moments in politics where it was not what he said so much as he did and it had profound impact. national democrats, usually the slowest people in the world to catch up with anything, ought to this.tention to bill de blasio was attacked in a "new york post" headline saying that he was a moscow have -- moscow candidate with a hammer and sickle, but people saw through that. he was talking about a necessary way to deal with an austerity moment. if you look at seattle out there , and open socialist running
saying $15 million -- $15 minimum wage, millionaire tax, she got 46% of the vote for citywide council. i'm telling you that when i look across this country i am seeing arelts that say that people really ready to look at an alternative to austerity. they want something different then cut, cut, cut. there is an alternative, it is the tax policy that de blasio talked about. >> talk about the role of money in the elections. even if these democrats won, chris christie obviously had a six to one advantage compared to his rival. bill de blasio raised far more money. explain that in terms of gm a labeling? >> when we talk about politics we have to operate on certain levels as we perceive the many different aspects of it.
people are desperately trying to send signals to their politicians. the money power was very much in play. the gubernatorial candidates one. chris christie, new jersey, they were candidates that the business communities were supportive of. they had real financial advantages and as you go across the country you will see the two realities. often there is a lot more money that comes from outside the community when the race is going on. also, the most important thing is that even at the city level we are starting to see independent expenditures with money flowing from all sorts of different sources. that is be à la the. it is so hard to focus in on the labeling of things in washington state. that is the ugliest .anifestation here you have a western state that produces a lot of food and, frankly, that has it is fair to
say around seattle and other communities the sensibility that we want to have good, healthy safe food. peoplet is that generally want to know inside , but $22 million in outside money came in. this was a transactional investment. we saw the largest food manufacturers in america coughing up 2 million, three million dollars into this pool to defeat a label on your food. there was one study that a 100,000 dollars came from inside washington. it was outside money just .ouring into warp the state >> we will be talking about the fracking initiatives with john nichols.
>> mixes -- music by rebel diaz. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. it is return right now to the initiatives. there were several key votes related to the regulation of marijuana. in maine the residents of portland legalized small amounts of marijuana possession. voters in colorado voted to tax recreational marijuana by the tax to school funding. residents in denver, boulder, littleton, pass a referendum to impose additional sales taxes on marijuana at the city level.
in new york, kenneth thompson brooklyn district attorney charles hynes in a landslide election, who has promised to move to the decriminalization of marijuana by refusing to bring cases against people found with small amounts of the drug. what is the significance of these measures? >> when you actually give people a chance to vote on some of the issues that we are told so often in our media are entre virtual and divisive, they are not. the fact of the matter is that in portland, maine, i was up there and i spoke to folks who were doing this thing, they did not have a lot of money or some big multimillion dollar campaign, these were grassroots folks who had tried to do it statewide and had not gotten all the progress that they want it statewide. they put this thing on the ballot and 167% of the vote. it was a landslide. the fact of the matter is that
in places across this country when you say to voters -- look, we want to decriminalize or answere marijuana, the is often yes, it is time. it took the political and media class to catch up with the reality that the arc of history has had yet to adjust. on marijuana you have a remarkable combination of factors. that in theing is kenneth thompson victory in brooklyn it was associated with issues like stop and frisk and others that young people busted with a small amount of marijuana have been thrown into a legal system where there were that not many -- not that many prosecutions. were not going to prosecute these and it was a that weo the police
should stop using this as an excuse. let's look at real crimes. i think that there is a combination of factors with folks who think that this is a part of what we should be concerned about. it has created some very significant patterns. what do you think -- how does this relate -- what do they reflect about the changes in the national conversation politically? >> with regards to the fracking referendum from colorado hopefully it will feed up the political food chain, but i am not sure that it will. we all know what fracking is, it is when you are beating up the ground to get some fuel and resources out of it. in colorado you have programs on
the ballot with people saying that we do not want this year. >> at least three out of four. in ohio, one in three were against it. >> this is a huge movement. there are people all over this conservatives, liberals, democrats, republicans, if this is in your neighborhood, you want to address it. is a lot of evidence that they really reject. that is the kind of thing that they ought to feed up the political food chain. it ought to go to the legislature and congress. advancedng that as an -- advanced energy policy, the should be afracking big part of our energy policy should be rethought. people are saying that. there are so many things that people try to say, the money and media is so hard to big -- to break through.
people are trying to say they really wansome different policies. would like some different environmental and energy policies coming up there. they want a different approach to the austerity cuts and would like to do different tax policies and actually look at raising the wage and things of that nature. my concern is always that so much of our media does not carry those messages up. that we put a wall around these referendum. this is what we ought to do. we should look at elections as individual local events around the country, looking to those patterns in messages that come out. want tonichols, we thank you very much for being with us. a political writer for "the nation," his new article is about gop extremism, unions,
wages, dollar rock received. one last question about alabama. >> a huge republican primary battle between the chamber of commerce and the tea party. columns like the money one, the chamber of commerce moved a lot of money into the district to dominate someone who was a slightly more moderate conservative over someone who was a very extreme right-wing candidate. so, it looks like you some money prevailed on their, but we should be conscious of the fact that this is the beginning of a huge fight for 2014 for the soul of the republican party. >> thank you, john. >> thank you so much. >> john nichols, his book is called "dollar rock received -- arocracy." this is -- this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. as we turn right now to an issue
that we have actually addressed in the last few minutes, it is the issue of "stop and frisk." >> the controversial new york city police department stop and frisk program was a major issue for those who went to the polls for the mayoral election. it was found unconstitutional in august by a judge, saying that police have relied on a policy of indirect racial profiling. while she did not hold the use of the tactic, she appointed a federal court monitor to oversee a series of reforms. joe lota vowed to take the case bille u.s. supreme court. de blasio about to begin the reform right away, saying that any delay would result in irreparable harm. in a germanic development last week those reforms were put on hold.
the changes effectively allowing police officers to continue stop and frisk. >> we brought your response to the ruling. reactione going to from a police officer who spoke about the problems with the stop and frisk program. he and thousands of other officers are asked to carry out the program. he joined the new york city police department in 2005. in 2009 he became critical of the stop and frisk policy when his superiors told officers to meet a quota of stops or face punishment. he made audio recordings of quotas described in meetings in his precinct, bringing concerns to authorities, saying he was ignored. he then took the tapes to the media and graham raymond featuring tapes with officers like him. they offered testimony challenging the constitutionality and for
several years he was suspended with pay. he has returned to force on modified assignment. he was recently featured in a video produced by the group " communities united for police reform." i have been stopped by police since i was a cop. i am not saying not to stop a criminal, i am saying now to stop the innocent people. i have been a police officer since 2005. i came to new york when i was 10 from a third world country. grew up in washington heights.
the 34th recent user have a cop coming into my sixth grade class. i used to look up to him like this is what i want to do. i think i want to be a cop. for me it was a dream. in 2009 the commanding officers required a quarter system, one and fiver month, 20 stop and frisk. basically they wanted to stop at least one person every day. what if you do not see a crime that day? people started getting creative. stop and frisk on the street corner because the sergeant said to stop them. why? you search them. sometimes they are just walking
home from school, not doing absolutely anything. it is a really humiliating feeling. when they stop you, you do not have any freedom. officer that you do not have to give your name or id, the law allows you to do that. my turning point was with a bunch of kids on the corner by my commanding officer. he did not ask me any questions, he said to call him and bring him back. he was walking home from school. the commanding officer looked at too,nd said to cuff him for bringing -- bring him in. for what? he said we would finger it out
later. -- figure it out later. this is not what i became a cop for. i live for my kids. i think of them being slapped by a cop in the street. handcuffed and screaming to the copper they have not done anything, why are you arresting me? ,f you get violated by a cop how you going to trust that cop? come to him if you saw something? that this is the same one who went through my private parts looking for crack i did not have, why should i help him? he should be working with the community, getting the community's trust.
>> 41 shots, bruce springsteen. here on this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. york pleaseto a new officer, adhyl polanco, who has be a vocal critic of the new york police stop and frisk over him. i spoke to him yesterday and asked him to respond to last week's court ruling that puts on
hold a sweeping set of changes to the new york city police department's controversial stop and frisk program. in august the u.s. district judge found the program unconstitutional, saying the police relied on a policy of indirect profiling, appointing a federal court monitor to oversee the reforms, but the city appealed her her ruling. last tuesday they effectively allowed police officers to continue using stop and frisk. that is where i began with officer adhyl polanco, asking him to respond to the appeals court ruling. start with a legal statement saying i am not here on behalf of the police department. and i am a citizen expressing myself. this is a slap in the face. expect this from a federal court. you expect this from the federal regions.
you expect this from lower courts. they are going against one of the most honorable judges they have. i was not a formal appeal. is more of a political favor, that is what i call it. years and years after we have been struggling? , forked for one thing only the implementation not to go while he w in power. that's all that he asked for. they created the mess. they did not want to listen to me or the city council or some of the city lawyers who told them that this was not a good lawsuit pursue. the only purpose of the decision is to grant the wish of bloomberg, he does not want to be watched while in power, which is a shame.
>> the new york police commissioner reacted to the ruling. >> i have always been concerned about the partiality of the judge. we look forward to the examination of this case. we are looking forward to a fair and impartial review of the case based on the merits. >> your response? >> he is out of touch. when was the last time he worked to beat? that he or his family went through a stop and frisk? when was the last time that they went down and asked the cops how we feel about doing them? i am not the only one, i am just the only one with the nerve to bring it up. there are a lot of cops, supervisors under there who are under fear and for that fear they will not speak about what they all know is wrong. i am not against stop and frisk
the way it is supposed to be done. behow is it supposed to done? >> as a police officer, if you feel that someone is about to commit a crime, has committed time, has possibly committed a crime, you have a right to stop that person, the right to search that person as necessary. i am not against that. the reality is that in new york, most of the people you are going to stop, most of the people are going to be black and hispanic, we are not arguing that. but you cannot treat the whole black and hispanic community as if we are all about to commit a crime or about to commit a crime. >> you yourself have been stopped and frisk? >> as a police officer and they could not give me the courtesy of telling me why. >> you were not in uniform? >> no, i was not. i was working in washington --
walking in washington heights, my mother's they record. they pushed us against the wall. they did not identify themselves or tell us that they were cops. >> they were undercover? >> yes. we asked them what was going on and said that they were on the job. said --ked at us and what kind of job are you on? pocket.d to look in my they looked in my pocket and they gave me the idea back and kept walking. they did not say that they were sorry or this is the reason, they just kept walking. >> did you know them? like snow >> did you ever see them again? >> no. the moment of the videotape that made you reassess everything. when you were being told to stop, frisk, and to detain.
>> it is the quota system. it is illegal. they deny it, but even with the victims coming out and the billions of dollars they are to cover police related lawsuits -- billions. do you know how many afterschool programs can be opened with that money? it is a really bad feeling with top-down management, whatever bloomberg says that kelly does, they want numbers. i would think that if crime is lower, which they say it is, but well not, if things are so in new york, you should be stopping less people, not more. they are shoving crime under the table. i have done it. we were forced to do it. >> how question mark >> they would look at the crime stop number for the week and tell me that you are not taking the robbery.
take the robbery and make it anything. >> putting you over the top? too many crimes to report? >> too many high crimes. reportbeen told in the -- put it as sharp object. that is what they were doing. i do not understand how kelly can go on tv with a straight face and say that this is not happening. all from different precincts around the city, they are all saying the same thing. they keep saying it. >> does is put people in danger? >> of course. and now yous cops justify not hiring the cops on the job.
>> was there a moment where you were being told to take kids into custody? >> that was my breaking point. i was a baseball coach in high school, have kids of my own. if you want me to arrest somebody at i have never stopped -- i will not stop putting handcuffs on anyone. if they have committed a crime. but if he is male, black, 14, he does not know that he belongs here, cuff him? for what? the commanding officer goes to his office and sees the number of summons that he will be compared to next week. he is going to go out there and create the numbers himself.
the quota is illegal, no matter how you put it. >> i want to go back to 2009 and a recording that you made. here you hear the patrolmen's benevolent association speaking during a roll call meeting where the bronx. 41st, in the captain refers to 20 and one, a reference to the demand that officers make 20 summons, five street stops, and one arrest or month. listen closely. >> [indiscernible] >> you can hear on that tape the captain of the 41st leasing saying that 20 and one is with the union's backing up.
they spoke to trustees, they want 20 and one as a reference. the union is backing this, officer? when you have no one to go to, , am itely no one to go to going to go to internal affairs? they have no integrity? they have absolutely no integrity. who are we supposed to go to? our union is there. >> talk about what happened after you signed a deposition. was approached by the civil liberty union in 2009.
i had no one else to go to. i was deposing in march of 2010. the next day i showed up to work i was offered two days. like what i provided, did not like the recordings or my testimony. suspensiond on a with no reason given for about three years, suspended with pay for about three years. my job was to go to internal as ars every day, get it cop and go home. >> they wanted you out? >> they wanted to isolate me. about one year ago they sent me to utica avenue in brooklyn where i drive an average of five hours today -- five hours per day to get to work and i pay
five tolls every day to get to work. >> i want to play the response from the nypd deputy commissioner of training. when he asked about police officers with audio recordings of officers calling for quotas. he was questioned by a reporter. >> former law-enforcement officials have said that the training is not the problem, that the training is great, that the pressure comes from higher up to make more and more stops. >> my responsibility is to make sure that they are prepared. >> can you comment on these recordings? >> what recordings? >> recordings from officers they have collected during roll call, they have testified that they collected these showing that
they are being pressured to make more and more stops. >> i would not know how to respond to a blanket statement like that. >> it is not a blanket statement. >> i do not know what those recordings are. to be surebility is that everyone is properly docated, that is what we here. >> that is the new york police department deputy commissioner of training, james o'keefe, when asked about police officers who ofe audio recordings officers being told to increased up and frisk. >> they are denying it. prove what i am proving without the recordings? and they are still denying it? you can make the argument that the neighbors they have been targeting are the neighborhoods
with the most crime committed by black and hispanic. what percentage committed this crime and what percentage live in the neighborhood? when you have one criminal and two or 300 people who are not? the would you treat as equivalent? >> should the department of justice investigate? like there is no question that they should. of the blackleft and hispanic community after stop and frisk? i have seen samples from kids who are arrested for trespassing within this. the automatic disorderly conduct activity charge, that is when the cops stop you and you say i do not have to talk to you. officer, why are you going to my pocket or throwing me against the wall?
you will spend the night in jail in the city will pay for it, but now you are going to get a degree and go look for a job and they will deny you the job you have an arrest record. how is that helping the community? ,> can you relate these large massive stop and frisk's that we are talking about? than 700 thousand largely young latino and african- american kids. to the police shootings? [indiscernible] is a perfect example. >> the teenager who ran into his home and flushed marijuana down the toilet of his grandmother's apartment and he was shot dead. >> that is what they say, he was flushing marijuana. pursues no reason to someone for marijuana.
there is no reason to go to their house. there is no reason to go into the bathroom. there is no reason to put a bullet in a kids just because of marijuana if marijuana was there. >> what do you tell your children? old but have a 10-year- unfortunately only some of us have advocates. not everyone has this same conversation. stop and frisk works beautifully. they are more likely to have drugs or contraband in them.
you have taken your time and have a reason to stop him. if instead of 700,000 you get 100,000, it is going to be a lot greater. you are taking the time to do observations. out there and are the first guys at the corner. that is not honest at all. cop isiest way to be a to take whoever is on the corner and bring them back instead of being a real cop and you enter the community and it takes time to know you but the police department does not want time, they want numbers and they want them right away. thean you really summarize case of adrienne schoolcraft? and what happened to him?
>> he did the same thing, some recordings i was not aware of. i do not know the whole story. monday they went to his house and put him in a psych ward and they did not even notify his family. >> he could not reach his father? >> he cannot reach his father or do anything. the people that did that against him, there is no accountability. >> is he an officer today? >> he lost. are you concerned about continuing to speak out? >> i am not giving up. no one is speaking for us. i started speaking up against this when nobody was. >> that was new york police suspendedhyl polanco, with pay for more than three years after he began speaking out against up and frisk procedures. he testified at the recent stop and frisk trial here in new york and is now back as an active duty police officer.
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