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the moon the this, our top headlines here when our teeth whistleblower. daniel hale is seconds to 45 months in prison for leaking classified details about america's drone assassination program. all the program we speak to fellow whistle blows when we kill civilians and then put in the official reports that they weren't children for example, they were goes, that is a war crime. it's really a war on truth, not just with the government is at war with its own people. germany is rocked by a huge explosion. nothing industrial talk, housing, chemical companies. environmentalists are concerned about the plume of black smoke that's being created full of potential talks in police,
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officers and lawmakers alike are unable to hold back for tears on day one of a us congressional hearing into january's capitol hill riot. where a supposedly balanced panel spend the session largely bashing trauma supported also in the program for you fraud approves a new law restricting traveled and entreated public places for people without so pulled coven passports at the move. it's proving hugely divisive among the businesses and the public at large. ah, it is a busy night here at moscow for your top news headline. so just after 11 pm here on the russian capital, welcome to your news. i'm real research was a blow. daniel hale has been sentenced to 45 months in prison for leaking classified information about america's drone program,
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while surfing the bio graham air base. and i've gotten us on a decade ago, hale that helped identify targets for such a nation. when he returned home to the us in 2013, he should secret details about the drone program, with journalists at the intercept, ultimately revealing the true extent of civilian casualties. both in the middle east and africa. in march, hale pleaded guilty to leaking classified documents. now ahead of today sentencing hail wrote a letter detailing some of the things he had witnessed in his work, including the death of 2 children in one strike. he also slammed that president obama, the claim that drone killings abroad some help protect americans. the policy of drew an assassination, was being used to mislead the public, that it keeps us safe. whenever i encounter an individual who thinks that drone warfare is justified and reliably keeps america safe, i remember that time and ask myself how i could possibly continue to believe that i
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am a good person deserving of my life and the right to pursue happiness. well i just a short time ago here on the program i actually spoke with john kerry acco himself, a whistleblower who was in the courtroom when hale was sentenced. he says that mister hale deserves gratitude, not jail. the mood was one of great apprehension and the court room was packed for daniel hale. it was all quite dramatic, but we were apprehensive because we really didn't have any indication of which way the judge was going to go. and then he surprised everyone by clearing the courtroom and sealing it for 2 hours. while the justice department argued in a classified venue for a sentence of 9 years to me, the fair verdict would have been to, to, for the judge to come off the bench, shake his hand, thank him for his service to the country and let him go home to his family, i didn't think he deserved any prison time at all because he revealed a crime that was being committed by the u. s. government, the crime of,
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of the murder of innocent civilians. these are war crimes. when, when we know that civilians are within the strike rage, that makes it a crime when we kill civilians and then put in the official report that they weren't children for example, they were goats. that is a war crime. and it became a matter of course, it became something that many drone operators and their supervisors were doing. prosecutors had asked for 11 years behind bars. his lawyers wanted this reduced to 18 months, arguing that his actions were motivated by moral conflict. he committed the offense to bring attention to what he believed to be more a government conduct. committed under the cloak of secrecy and contrary to public statements of then president obama regarding the alleged precision of the united states military drone program. i also spoke with our brandon brian a short time ago, a former drawn operator in america's armed forces,
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who also lifted the lead on what his work was really like. he says it's wrong to punish those fighting for freedom. it's really a war on, through the nicest whistleblowers. we've got people that have been propagating this war over in the middle east for almost 2 decades. now. the government is at war with its own people. and i don't think that the people actually understand what's happening. there's a bunch of things that we see and we are power, which is like having to bear witness. you know, if, if you can't you, you're part of the machine. the car runs this machine, yet you have to bear witness for not just some unfeeling part of the machine you're dealing. and eventually you have to find yourself in the middle of that storm and be like, you know, this. i have to do. i have to do this because if i don't do it, who's going to and eventually you do something so that other people don't have to
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experience the trauma. the result, the fear, the tear and it brings a sort of peace. i find it strange that conscientious individuals that are inside the program that are trying to hold us accountable for the obvious, late and war crimes that we ourselves are doing are being punished. and it seems that they're punishing people in order to make them an example. and that really does disturb me, especially if america supposed to be this great country and freedom fighter amongst the world. how we're punishing our own people who are trying to do the exercise caution and stay at home. that's the warning to people in that around the german city of level who isn't where a massive explosion has torn through an industrial park of chemical companies. it's fair toxins have been released straight into the environment. was the listening to what now. there was a huge explosion today here in level p,
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a district. there are many chemical factors here. the last one is that a waste incineration plant used to dispose of toxic substances. the police told us that had happened in stories turning for solvents. solvents have burnt, including those containing chlorine, but we haven't yet made an accurate analysis in cooperation with city authorities. we call on local residents to exercise caution. when going outside, we ask people to pay particular attention to any abnormal fallout. we've established hotlines, which residents can cool report any site, things don't try to remove any such precipitation. stay away from it. the authorities will remove it and take it in for testing. this analysis may take a few days. we call on people to exercise patients and caution. as for the cause, we can also talk about that at this point as the emergency services are still looking for the missing. and hence we cannot as of yet conduct any analysis at the site. it's an ongoing search and rescue operation. hence we cannot hold any
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discussions regarding the cause. so now we call them people to stay at home and keep the windows and doors shops are here at asi and can international. we can confirm right now that 2 people are confirm dead, 31, at least now injured authorities of what the situation poses an extreme threat. electricity has been cut off to ensure the safety of emergency workers at the side . local sto hoping advice to stay in doors and turn off any air conditioning. it was like an earthquake. the whole house shook. we were scared, i live in reserve 200 meters away. main roads are on the side, have enclosed, and drivers have been told to avoid the area. meanwhile, and information hotline has been set up to address any public concerns. one local police representative described to us what kind of measures they're taking. we've got a large presence of police officers and emergency services here at the site, especially in terms of traffic. we're having to regulate motor waves and roads so
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that emergency services, fire engines can pass and no one else gets hurt. warnings were transmitted by the fire department through apps. this is apparently worked as there's been no influx of curious people and accident tourists. well, but whole area around the city of labor, cruise and in northrop, with folly or in the, the west of germany is. well, the roads, the whole area is old, closed down, there are reports of sirens going off not only in the city of live accusing but also near by towns anecdotally, i've been told the town of sali, the city is told again here people hearing sirens, they're being told stay inside, get inside of building close windows and doors, while the emergency services try to determine if there is any risk from this explosion, we seem from the pictures the huge plume of smoke, the rose up. it is covering a large area. now what we've heard from ken park,
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which is the body which operates this, this facility in liver crews and is that at around $940.00 on tuesday morning and explosion took place the residence of lever cruz and are asked to go to close the rooms, turn off air conditioning, and as a precaution, keep windows and doors closed. several employees are injured in the events, at least 2 of them seriously. they are currently receiving medical treatment. 5 employees are currently missing. police of other emergency services. i'm calling for those on the highways around the area to pull into one side of the other to create a rescue. gates, as they call here in germany, to allow more emergency services to arrive on the scene. there are tests being carried out on the air in the immediate vicinity and also in the surrounding area as well. this is germany's most populous area or its most area of densest population as well. the area of north ryan with valley you've got
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a live accrues in cologne, dusseldorf, all of those major call innovations, all in a very tightly packed area. so for, for this to have happened in this region, it will affect a lot of people in the, the, the roads and they said, going into labor cruise and completely closed off right now. in fact, i'll be heading off to that area. as soon as i'm done talking to you right now, we'll be getting as close as we can find out exactly what is happening on the scene . the other side is one of the largest chemical plots in europe about 30000 people actually work that now it's, peter was saying more than 5000 chemicals are made there, including those use for making explosives, and we discussed the blast with dr. sharon georgia. a senior lecturer and environmental sustainability from kale university. and she says it's not the visible black plumes of smoke that local should be worried about can show it and shoot. but it's not just the issue,
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but the contamination that you can see is not contamination. that you can't say this is this the what the black note that you can see in particular that that is going to travel quite a distance from the site itself. so that was where i think what we're concerned about is not just the immediate, the immediate range. and this is why this, this event so significant because it's close to those populated areas. so we're going to have this pollution spread in a long way going fast. so our, to the, i don't, it's going to be a gas in the other people are breathing and, and also the way that when he does settle, it may then move again, if it's soluble, wayne's, and then i, the travel again. the challenge here is, is to figure out exactly what is being despised and, and then to figure out how to contain it. and as to make sure they know how to people swiss, prosecutors have dropped
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a decade long investigation into a suspected russian money laundering this due to lack of evidence. the investigation have not reveal the evidence that will justify charges being brought against any one in switzerland. the decision has therefore been taken to close the proceedings. i think the eagle has done up now joining us live here in the studio to discuss this further. when we talk about big money, it gets a little bit complicated before you tell us more about the case. first of all, i want to know how did russia 1st grab the attention of swiss prosecutors? well, of course, and of course it's quite a lengthy story because as you've mentioned, it was a very long investigation into what was suspected to be a dirty money scheme that was run by the russian officials between 20082010 that was the allegation, and like in every case there's a plaintiff under the and the defendant. so russia was supposed to be on the receiving end of justice. and the plaintiff was the hermitage capital fund,
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which was found headed by bill brown to remember the name, because it is important for the story. so bill brown and his fund 4 years they were investing into russia. in fact, the fund was the largest foreign investor into the country and so proud of claimed he was defrauded. and he accused russian officials in siphoning off 20, excuse me, siphoning off $230000000.00 through like fake tax checks and so on. and so forth. so and switzerland was alleged to be the main conduit for this dirty money scheme for all these years. bill brown wanted to get russia so badly. he pushed and pulled every political lever that he had at his disposal. i mean, certainly some of you, as must have heard of the so called like magnet ski act, or magnetic lose and all that. i re of legislation that the west and like you and the us are saying targets will corrupt officials,
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mainly in russia. for example. this magnet ski actin list all these, all this array of legislation. it was named after the former employee of bill brown and who also helped him in this crusade against will corrupt russian officials trying to get russia. but judging by the outcome of this particular investigation, that again was going on for about 10 years. clearly the u. s. and other nations, they must have jumped the gun at least 2 to a certain extent when it comes to, you know, nailing corrupt russians. because if they were so sure if they could afford to make whole lists of named dino shaming people actual people that he's a corrupt official, he's corrupt his corrupt cheese, corrupt and so on and so forth. and they were so sure that all those people were complicit in the scheme. they had rock solid evidence. why not supply this evidence? why not provide this evidence to this with prosecutors? so what about, what about william brown? how did he receive this news?
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what might expect know very well? well, that's a very good guess because he didn't. in fact, getting russia was his and still is his magnum opus. he's obsessed with it. i mean, go in his twitter page. his content is almost exclusively focused on russia. how it is evil, how it has corrupt and all these magnets q laws acts and so on and so forth. so this statement of his doesn't really come as a surprise. swiss prosecutors and drum russian money laundering, inquiry, and magnet ski case. this happened after one of their key officials was caught taking bribes from the russians to do just this. a very dog stain on switzerland. so switzerland is corrupt now too, i guess welcome to the clubs, switzerland. but in all seriousness though, he blames william william prouder blames this on corrupt. only corrupts with official, essentially accusing him almost directly and blatantly of derailing the investigation
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. and indeed, several several swiss officials, they were accused of getting like gifts from russia, and it was alleged that they were doing so in exchange to well discussing this investigation. but this is only happening lately, but even half way through this probe, the prosecutors they did alert build browder, that the case is going nowhere, that it is falling apart. and that if know if nothing new comes up, if no new information comes up, they will have no other choice but to close it and to say what they've said right now, what they've said just a couple of hours ago that there was no evidence to implicate switzerland to prove that switzerland took played any role in this. and remember switzerland was supposed to be the main conduit in this whole scheme. so if the main conduit doesn't really work, if it, if it has not, if it in reality, had nothing to do with the scheme than what to make of others indeed years down off
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. thank you. and thanks for joining us here so far for the program on our international halfway through this block and see about to get busy hope to see you in a moment. oh i use ah ah ah ah, ah, the
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ah, so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have is crazy from station let it be an arms race is often very dramatic. developments only personally i'm going to resist. i don't see how that strategy will be successful, very political time. time to sit down and talk the or roger turning 20 minutes, park down here in the russian capital. get to happy with us tuesday. so the 1st hearing of a special us congressional panel tasked with investigating the events on capitol hill on january the 6th this year. it consists of lawmakers from both parties, but critics alleged that minds are already made off and in line with the mainstream
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narrative author, caleb martin, was following the hearing for as congress. here is testimony about the events of january 6. seems we've been hearing both police officers and politicians crying their eyes out. now during their testimony, members of the capital, police testified about the dangers that they faced as the crowd penetrated the capital on january 6th. i was assaulted and nearly killed. i lost my life, there was a very good chance i would be torn apart. this is how i'm going to die. defending the sanctions. i said as well as i could manage. i've got kids. the testimony focused on trump supporter. and their actions, which made the police officers very afraid of some of the racial slurs that were used at one point, the police officers who were testifying were asked to, to be essentially asked by the committee, tell us about your heroism. and they described facing off with the crowd,
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they described how the crowd had baseball bat, pepper spray and flagpole. now it's worth noting that one protester who entered the us capital ashley dab it was shot and killed. and though some of the protesters did have guns themselves, there was not any instance of the protesters firing on police officers. now, some are looking at this panel and saying it's simply impartial. we're not hearing both sides of the story. questions about about what kind of went wrong and whether or not the capital police allowed the protesters to enter. if they made a mistake or, or somehow the doors were left on guarded. what exactly happened? people are looking at. this is saying it's not an impartial hearing. it's speaker the house nancy pelosi was being widely blamed for the fact that you can gresham committee investigating the january 6 events which is convening today's hearing contains only anti trump republicans. it is a bipartisan panel, but there are no trump supporters represented on it. there are simply anti trump
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democrats, as well as anti trump. republicans, let's take a listen to what's going on. on the hearings, no member of congress should now attempt to defend the indefensible obstruct it's investigation or whitewash. what happened that day? you know, democracy is, are not defined by our bad days. we're defined by how we can backs and bang the bad days. how we take accountability for that, my oath. your oath all of our oath here today to protect and defend the constitution. i have faith because of folks like you and i am, i don't expect this will be great so much later, but it must be an added thing to day. this seems to be what congress is focusing on at the moment. the mid surging coven cases, a continued migrant surge on the us border. rising inflation and poll saying that
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more than half the country say things are moving in the wrong direction. that is not what congress is focusing on. rather they have decided to re live and rehash the events of january 6th on capitol hill. or let's say this further here on the program and i joined by journalist and author. daniel lives are here on the program tonight live from moscow. thanks for coming on with us this evening. teach you think this commission is a truly unbiased. i mean, after all, they don't seem to be any dissenting voices on board. well, it's hard to say, what is the word on biased mean? i mean, the most of congress, the democrats certainly were outraged by what happened on january 6th. congress blew us by failing to convict trump during his impeachment trial for inciting insurrection. so failing that there now left with sweeping up a few crimes by bring back capitol police officers to testify. what happened that
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day? but remember what happened that day was truly awful. american democracy such as that as it is suffered, a real serious body blow from which it has not recovered. and, and it looks like republicans are planning a 2nd round. come 2022 or 2024. they're doing their, their best to reg, becoming election in order to create a similar show down when the next residential occur done, you know, sorry, you see, you say republican lawmakers are getting ready to fix the next election. but before week, before we go down the road, i wanted to ask you because pelosi, as far as on the sun, denied some republican lawmakers. the chance to be on this commission, most notably, some republicans who were expected to ask very tough questions. how would you comment on pelosi speaker pelosi denying some republican lawmakers
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a chance to be on the commission. i hate to say anything good about nancy pelosi, who i regard and say, completely pathetic figure, but in this case she is absolutely right. people i, jim jordan. ready the republican from ohio who was nominated for the committee, are just complete, unprincipled trump defenders to try to turn black and white. and they're only purpose and requesting to join this. this paddle was essentially to sabotage his work. so i must say pelosi is correct. the 3 guard and then the republicans are playing a very, very sort of weird game. i'd say, well, we had, we had the corresponding kellum off and on earlier who, who was listening to some of this hearing today. and he was saying that it was actually quite anti trump for quite and t trump supporters. you're saying though that that was, that was a good thing. i are you saying i'm a bit confused? yes, i am saying that actually, i mean, i mean it was trump who,
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who ignited this riot and it was his supporters who carried it out. and this riot was a major constitutional rupture and the most serious constitutional rupture than the civil war. so yeah, i'm hardly surprised these hearings have an anti trump 10 or daniel, are you at all surprised about the hearings? and in general, i mean, i guess, you know, here we go with this pandemic, the corona virus pandemic. you got the migrant crisis down on the southern border. we've got another problem is of course playing us as always. i mean, do you think the us taxpayer dollars perhaps might be better funneled somewhere else? focus on something perhaps a bit more relevant or important? well, i said it is relevant important. i said i, i hate to to side with nancy pelosi or her lieutenant adam shift, one of the f, one or most unprincipled men on capitol hill. but this is a very, very important event and congress has a right to do what it can to get to the bottom of it. and as i said before,
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the impeachment proved to be useless because the senate wound up a quitting trump even though he was guilty as, as sin. so now they're, the democrats are left us whipping up a few crumbs. so yeah, it has, it has a certain kind of kind of pointless after the fact feel. but remember, this is very serious about what we, what you mentioned at em shift. so we've been showing a bit of adam shift here on our international today during the hearing. i mean, to be totally honest with you. he looked like he was just faking it. he started blabbing or pretending to blob, and he looked like really like he was just faking it for the audience that i wanted to ask you. what, when taking off his joe biden pledge to unite the country despite party differences? do you think the approach to adopt the approach i should say, excuse me, adopted by this commission? will it bring about that goal to unite the country? do you think not, not at all the the, the country is deeply divided. there are no miracles out there. there is no,
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no one can wave a magic wand and, and bring the country together. it's just impossible. country is split down the middle. all right, daniel lazar journalist and also joining us live here when off into national, a great honor having you on thanks for joining us. appreciate it. you very much. thank you. all right, and i thank you for joining us as well for the program here on off the international, lots of stories on line few at all t dot com for the meantime. your program is back at the top of the our ah, ah, the ah, ah.
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