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Two-thirds of Americans favor a $15 federal minimum wage
"There's Something that very interesting in a time of extreme alien nation in US society and intense division. That people feel depending on whether they are a Republican or Democrat. But there's a new USA Today survey. Finds that Americans. Have some things that they very much feel in common. Whether they're. Republicans Democrats. Or independence. And This survey data. Is Very interesting in terms of what people are feeling. About the economy and the direction we're going. And one thing that is clear and was runaway in the survey day you know. Is that Republicans Democrats and independents. Overwhelmingly. Support. Raising the federal minimum wage. And the numbers are. Extreme for any survey today with the polarization. That, there would be similarity and how people responded to the question. And three quarters of Americans. Support raising the minimum wage, which is a significant increase even from just a year ago. So. This data has been going steadily up. As the federal minimum wage has stayed where it's been for Long Time seven dollars twenty, five cents an hour and I remember probably five six years ago. When That Waiver political movement started for fifteen dollars an hour minimum wage I was like wow. So you're going to support that. And it's been something that I've been pretty much tone deaf on is how People feel about. Making sure that the minimum wage does what it was originally intended, which is to allow somebody to earn enough to pay for life's basics which obviously, you can't do on seven, twenty, five, an hour minimum wage was last raised and two, thousand nine. So when there's that much consensus for it. Even the corporate interests that bottle up the congress are going to. End Up, having to agree to some level of increase in the minimum wage now, another area. Where there was extremely strong support three quarters. Of Americans. across the political spectrum. and. Very little difference again, among Republicans Democrats and Independents was about making sure that there's child care available. For what is referred to as high quality affordable childcare, which if you think about it, that is a very, very traditionally liberal position. And there was overwhelming support across the political spectrum. For doing whatever public policy would create. Affordable child care numbers were so strong on this that I'm sure it's at least partially pandemic related. Because There are so many people who've had kids who? Who's schools have remained? digital remote whatever. Zoom what? Whatever we call this online learning kind of thing that's going on or hybrid models where the kids are in school maybe as little as two days a week in person three days a week online it's played havoc with people's ability to work, and the polling shows overwhelming that people want government involvement in creating. Some form of program for. Affordable. Child care and I don't know where that ends up going in the political process but it was something that was very stark in clear in the polling. You know one thing also that is clear is that the traditional lines in terms of economics of liberal and conservative? Have not. Really been in play since the great recession started in two thousand seven that there's been a shift in people's attitudes based on the enormous. Disruption. Of the great recession. That people are more interested. In, government being involved in social services in ways that people generally. Did Not want if they were people who. Would consider themselves or wore the label of being conservative now conservative and liberal. See Eye to eye on things involving. Certain phases of the economy and That will move. What. Happens in terms of public policy it states and nationally.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. to Acquire ArcelorMittal USA
"A a major major shake shake up up in in the the steel steel industry industry in in northwest northwest Indiana. Indiana. Steelmaker Steelmaker ArcelorMittal ArcelorMittal has has been been sold. sold. It It operates operates facilities facilities in in East East Chicago Burns Harbor, Gary knew Carlisle in Riverdale, Illinois. The new owner is steelmaker Cleveland Cliffs ArcelorMittal employees about 10,000 people in the region. The acquisition is expected to make Cleveland Cliffs, the largest flat rolled steel maker in North America. The deal includes all of ArcelorMittal's U. S S operations. operations. It's It's estimated estimated at at nearly nearly $1.5 $1.5 billion. billion. It's It's expected expected to to finalized finalized by by the the end end of of the the year. year.
Trump says elimination of Obamacare would be a ‘win for the USA’
"Win for the USA. I'm Pam Puso Fox News that in a tweet from President Trump, who says the Affordable Care act would be replaced with a much better and far cheaper alternative. If it's terminated in the Supreme Court, That's exactly what Democrats are worried about, as the president pushes the nomination of Judge Amy Cockney Barrett for the Supreme Court. Senator Dick Durbin tells ABC is this week he wants to ask Barrett point Blank. Whether or not her position is that we should end the affordable care act providing health insurance for 20 million Americans. And protections for Americans from one coast to the other from preexisting conditions being used against them when they buy health insurance. Democrats are also concerned about the future ofthe abortion rights.
September 2020 - Mike Beauchamp - burst 5
"The theremin 30 podcast is supported by affiliate programs with eargasm earplugs eBay Reverb Stitcher and sounds when you follow these links and Banners on our website a portion of any purchases you make will help keep this show in The Ether. So start shopping at theremin 30. Com. This is Thurman 30 30 minutes of theremin music news events in interviews with a new episode about every 30 days. Now. Here's your home from Denver, Colorado USA Rick Reed. Hello and welcome to the 18th episode of the theremin 30 podcast. The only monthly theremin music podcast in the entire world at least until somebody convinces me. Otherwise in this September 2020 Edition. I've got new music from Brazil the UK and Japan and my special guest is Mike Beauchamp home designer of the therabox electronic musical instrument. Let's get started now with their Minister Alex messana vich with a wonderful track. He produced just a few months ago in his home studio Birmingham England off. This is called a rare request of geocentric heaven. Off off off off off. Off off off off off. Off off off off off. Jose Jose off off off off off off Thursday and Thursday bap bap bap bap off off off off off We started that set with music by Alex. Messana
Costco reportedly pulls Palmetto Cheese after founder calls Black Lives Matter a 'terror organization'
"Says Costco pull the brand of pimento cheese from its shelves after the company owner called Black Lives matter, a terror organization USA TODAY reporting Costco pulled palmetto Cheese after learning founder Brian Henry criticized BLM and Antifa as terrorist organizations in a Facebook post. Consumer and Business News. James Flippen, NBC NEWS RADIO
Boris Johnson urges spirit of togetherness in desperate call to combat virus.
"Wednesday September twenty three. I'm Anthony Davis. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed for spirit of togetherness through the winter yesterday. Unveiled a series of new restrictions on everyday life to suppress a dramatic spike in new corona virus cases warning the restrictions could lost six months. Johnson voiced his hopes that things will be far better by the spring when a vaccine and mass testing of the population could be in place. Perhaps the most high profile changed centered on pubs, restaurants and other entertainment venues in England, which from Thursday we'll have to close at ten. PM. Johnson also changed course and urged people to work from home where possible. He stiff fines will be imposed on anyone breaking quarantine rules or gathering in groups of more than six while the USA face mosques will be expanded to include passengers in taxis and staff at bars and shops. He added that the government's change of tack was necessary in light of a recent taken cases and warned that further restrictions may have to be taken in coming weeks if people failed to abide by the rules, the other nations of the UK Scotland Wales Northern Ireland also tightened restrictions in some cases going further. The new cabs came as official figures showed the UK recorded four, thousand, nine, hundred, twenty, six new cases. The most sincerely may though more testing is taking place. Now, the number of daily cases being reported is more than four times the figure a month ago many scientists say echoes of the palm of the outbreak earlier in the year when the virus spread swiftly through the country and led to Europe's deadliest outbreak. Johnson's government has faced a barrage of criticism in recent weeks. Over its handling of the pandemic notably of the big problems in the testing regime, it has also been criticized over its perceived mixed messaging and suddenly lurches in policy. It was only last month that it was encouraging people to go and help out pubs and restaurants Vira discount hospitality scheme, and just weeks ago. Johnson was
A Sustainable Startup Is Taking a Bite Out of the Toothpaste Market
"Something to chew on more than a billion toothpaste tubes or thrown away every year. That's the equivalent of fifty empire state buildings of discarded plastic tubes accumulating in landfills and oceans but wait isn't plastic recyclable. Well, that's what we thought. But earlier this month and NPR and PBS expose found that most recycling companies are only recycling milk jugs and soda. Bottles. That's Right Those Food Containers Yogurt Cups and other plastics that you painstakingly rinse out and throw into your recycling bin get buried in the landfill just like the other trash and toothpaste tubes typically have aluminum in them aren't recyclable at all. Now, one cheeky tooth care startup wants to clean up the sectors act bite toothpaste bits has one of those typical problem solving origin stories. Founder Lindsey McCormack was bothered by the toothpaste tube she threw away in her spare time she came up with a chewable tablet that foam just like her favourite paste the company rack up about fifty thousand subscribers in a year. Bite take sustainability. Seriously the tablets are vegan gluten free and packaged refillable glass jars subscribe to refills and they in sacks you can throw into a compost heap. McCormick also managed to ditch many of the chemicals found in typical household brands. She even made an appearance on his shark tank where she turned down a six-figure offer from Mark Cuban. McCormack said, she wanted to keep more control over the company Bite recently released a line of vegan plastic free dental floss. The startup will have to face down some goliath-sized competitors though toothpaste giant Colgate is making its own sustainability play overseas the brands smile for good toothpaste is nearly one hundred percent natural and certified Vegan most toothpastes can't be certified begin because the animal derived glycerin they use. USA. Today reports smile good uses plant based Glycerin instead, it's also packaged in a plastic tube made from high density polyethylene also called HD. HD. p. e. actually is recyclable is the same plastic us to make milk jugs smile for goods much. anticipated. Packaging has a long time coming. It took the company five years to figure out how to make a recyclable plastic tube soft enough to squeeze. Parent company Colgate Palmolive says all of its products will have recyclable packaging within five years. Smile for good is being rolled out in Europe the company staying quiet on when or if it's coming to the US though these moves away from non recyclable plastics are good news for the environment, and if there are any silver linings to the horrors of this pandemic one may be this sustainability has more selling power consumers are more sensitive to the environmental impact of their purchases, according to progressive, Grocer magazine and July study by new. York University found that sustainability marketed products continue to grow during the pandemic even as other brands floundered. That priority is clearly not lost on companies ranging from scrappy startups, worldwide conglomerates that one a sink their teeth into a bigger space of the market share by.
Pentagon sending troops to Syria after clashes between U.S., Russian military
"Is deploying a small number of U. S troops to Syria after a series of escalating encounters between the U. S and Russian military's. According to defense officials, The troops and vehicles will serve as a show of presence to discourage the Russian military from crossing into the Eastern Security area where U. S coalition and Syrian Democratic forces operate. The additional troops will include six Bradley fighting vehicles and less than 100 soldiers operating in northeast Syria on a 90 Day deployment. This's USA Radio News
Here are the winners of the 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes to make you laugh, then think
"The Twenty Twenty Ige Nobel Prize winners were announced last night the ignoble prizes to achievements that. First make people laugh. Then make them think the prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual honor the imaginative and spur people's interest in science medicine and technology and quote. A. Common Misconception about the ignoble prizes is that they're like the razzies you know making fun of things for being bad. But as they say on their website quote, we're honoring achievements that make people laugh and then think good achievements can also be odd funny and even absurd. So combat achievements a lot of good science gets attacked because of its absurdity and a lot of bad science gets revered despite its absurdity and quote. This year, the award ceremony was held only online but fun fact for you the ceremony while always in person prior to this year has also been streamed online every single year since nineteen, ninety, five making it. One of the very first events to be streamed live online. Improbable research who runs the prize thinks that it may have been the first ever event streamed live online was. Not a music concert, which is pretty cool and now without further ADO, here's a rundown of the twenty twenty winners, the Acoustics. Prize. went to a multinational team that basically had an alligator inhale a bunch of helium with the high pitched effect you'd anticipate so that they could study how alligators communicate the psychology prize went to a North American, team who came up with a method to. Identify, narcissists based on their eyebrow movements. The Peace Prize actually went to the governments, of India and Pakistan. For quote, having their diplomats surreptitiously ring each other's doorbells in the middle of the night and then run away before anyone had a chance to answer the door and quotes and next up the physics prize went to a team who wanted to see what happens to an earthworm. When you vibrate at high frequencies, some of these I think make a lot more sense view actually dive into the paper ignoble does a really good job of describing them in the weirdest most intriguing ways possible. The Economics Prize was awarded to the team who tried to quote quantify the relationship between different countries, national income inequality, and the average amount of mouth to mouth kissing and quote. The management. Prize went to a team of professional Chinese hitmen who conducted a hit by having. So many of them pay the other one to do it with less and less money each time that eventually no one was murdered. The. Prize was awarded to Richard vetter for collecting evidence that Entomologists Aka people who study insects or indeed scared of spiders. Are Not Insects. Now, the medicine prize went to a Dutch and Belgian team for diagnosing missile phony A-. And this is one I remember seen in the headlines about when the research was published because I super identify with it missile phony is Stress at hearing other people make chewing sounds end quotes. The materials science prize sounds completely bazaar and pointless until you understand that this British and American team are archaeologists who were trying to prove something about an artifact that had been found. They won the prize for quote showing that knives manufactured from frozen human feces do not work well and quotes. And finally the Second Prize winner of the year to be more ripped from the headlines than based on academic papers. The Medical Education Prize was awarded to Jay Your Bolsonaro of Brazil. Boris. Johnson of the United Kingdom. Never Injure mody of India Andrea Manual Lopez Obrador of Mexico. Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Donald Trump of the USA or John of Turkey Vladimir Putin of Russia and govern Guli Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan. For quote using the covid nineteen viral pandemic to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death. Then scientists and doctors can end quote. Wow. Yeah I mean scientists are pretty fed up. You might have seen that scientific American actually endorsed a candidate for president for the very first time in their one hundred and seventy five year history because among other points. Trump's rejection of evidence in public health measures have been catastrophic in the US and quotes
Episode 53: mediUSA Reduction Kits with Christopher Miles
"I'm so excited to introduce today's guest. Christopher Miles is the senior manager for clinical services at many USA he's trained as an occupational therapist and a certified in both limping Dima and wound-care. He has been working with patients to assist in managing chronic Dima for over eighteen years and currently his role as managing a team of clinical educators for many USA and also completing clinical education to direct hospital systems national and International Conferences Hi Christopher. Welcome to the PODCAST. Thank you so much, Betty I'm excited club join your pot cow. I am so excited to talk to you about the reduction kit. So many of my patients in the clinic won a single garment that can do it. All is the reduction kit, their answer. You know I wish that there was a magic pill for lengthy Dima. I've been working Olympia for a long time and I think everyone spent hunting for that I. Wish I could say the reduction kit will do everything I'm not gonna I'm not GonNa say that it can but it certainly can do lot. It's a phenomenal bandaged replacement system. So. Can you tell us how the product came to be and what inspired it? Absolutely. I would love to and it's always a great story share. So the reduction Kit is part of the circuit product line The cirque aid product line has been around for over fifty years in a way it was inspired. It was actually invented by a individual who was trying to find a solution to help his wife who suffered from chronic limping Dima. Anti came up with this idea when he was at the San Diego Zoo he noticed that drafts are very tall yet for some reason, they never have swelling in they're very skinny legs. In the reason they don't have swelling in their legs is because their skin is inelastic it won't stretch. It doesn't have the ability to give to excess pressure or fluid. So there's no swelling or. So we've that. Concept he wanted to create a garment that didn't stretch because up to that point all compression garments had been made out of elastic that we're very stretchy. So key. The first inelastic product actually a very crude on product that he designed was actually out of leather belts. But over time he designed and created the circuit blind, which is the combination of an inelastic product with inner juxtapose spans to allow patients to automatically adjust and apply their compression.
Lego Fans Tricked By Counterfeit Kits
"Lagos, are more than a toy, their investment, the company that makes those little plastic building blocks pulled in more than five point five billion dollars in sales. Last year, they often sell legos in special kits, sometimes depicting famous movie scenes and they retire those kids after a while making them collector's items for fans and upping their value. But where there's money to be made, there are also scams. Let's go into the world of counterfeit. Lego sets with Stacey Vanek Smith and Sally herships from the PODCAST, the indicator planet money. Tom glasco lives in Dayton. Ohio is three kids and they all love Lego, which is how he got into trouble. He'd been looking for a LEGO ray resistance fighter for his son and so perusing facebook one day I saw an ad for it for what seemed to be a low. But maybe not too low of a price. The exiting was half price just thirty bucks. The pieces weren't the same quality and they didn't go together quite as nicely as regular legos Tom had bought what turned out to be a knockoff. Lego set a counterfeit on their own legos are just these little plastic bricks. You can see why it would be tempting to make. Counterfeits chronic air pot or an apple watch or something the biggest and most notorious. These counterfeiters is a Chinese brand called Leppin. It operates completely openly I mean you can visit the company's website Leppin, world dot com and you will see that its logo and Legos logo are almost identical. But if you end up buying a knockoff, you don't just risk getting a flimsier product you could also ended up costing yourself money down the line if you're planning to resell your legos later on to understand how the LEGO scams work I turned to a superfan Steve Elliot he is thirty eight and lives in Albany Wisconsin if someone posts like a big seven, hundred dollar. People will zoom in and look to see if they can see the legos stamp on the top of a brick, which is called a stud. They don't see it. They'll accuse them of it being a knock off products. The lego community is enormous. There are whole websites like brick picker, dot, com brick link, and facebook groups like star. Wars Lego collectors USA, and if you buy fakes even accidentally and try to resell them, you could get yourself banned in two thousand seventeen something unprecedented happened in the Lego aftermarket, the secondary market, the prices of big sets, those giant boxes with thousands of. Lego pieces they started dropping, and this is according to brick picker. One of those Lego pricing and investment guides unprecedented here here's a clip from the brick picker youtube channel. Now, elephants in the room of course, is the Millennium Falcon and take a look at legal Millennium Falcon Graph when the Lego Millennium Falcon was first released over a decade ago. It was the most expensive legos ever four, hundred, ninety, nine dollars, ninety, nine cents, and then the price shot up to almost five thousand dollars but a couple of years ago it dropped by more than thirty percent in less than a year. By this set was one of the worst decisions that I made in my entire collection brick picker said. In Alkan started cropping up all over the Internet from places like let's knock off Millennium Falcon sets, which, of course, sell for much less a Lotta the Lego fans I talked to you were pretty upset about this. So be careful out there the next time you are shopping make sure you are getting the real thing
TikTok reaches deal with Oracle and Walmart
"Owner of the APP TIKTOK and in American company or to Bloomberg and NBC. News are now citing sources who say the US Treasury, Department has signed off on the new agreement. The deal still involves the American software giant Oracle but according to USA Today and the Wall Street Journal it now also includes Walmart so it's still not an outright sale, but this deal does go a step further than what had been reported before. The instead of just becoming a trusted tech partner, it seems Walmart and Oracle together will own a big stake, a new entity called tiktok global, which will be in charge of the APPS operations and reports. Say the US companies will also get to review Tiktok source code and software. After all that's meant to help the company. Make sure there are no back doors that the Chinese government have access to Americans data. It seems the trump administration may think this agreement goes far enough to address trump's concerns about national security and prevent a possible ban of TIKTOK APP. Still there's no official deal that's been announced. President trump has the final say over the transaction, he's expected to make a decision soon.
Remote Workers are Building Tiny, Gorgeous Backyard Offices
"Now, here's a pandemic inspired trend and a business opportunity very few saw coming the backyard office. With the kids and the spouse at home for months, remote workers are struggling with all that new found and occasionally unwanted intimacy so more and more of us are building tiny offices in our yards. are yards that's right and while the smallest of them may be no more than one hundred square feet or so they can be pretty plush while some handy. Do It yourself or designing and building these standalone getaways themselves others are purchasing stylish prefabricated tiny buildings and that's boosting growth for some existing shed companies and sparking some entrepreneurs to start new companies to fill the sudden demand among them modern shed studio shed, and the one with our favorite name. Some elbow. Room I mean for crying out loud elbowroom room right first. Let's get one thing out of the way. The opportunity to build a separate fully electrified heated and air conditioned office in your yard is a privilege that many just don't have for one building an extra room in the yard requires you to have a yard begin with still it's typically far cheaper than adding a room to your house. Those costs can run more than one hundred, thousand dollars at kangaroo. Systems Kangaroo get a prefab builder out of Waco Texas. The cost of their smallest unit called Quick Room starts at five thousand dollars. Modern sheds prices started about ten thousand for a one hundred square foot shed not surprisingly prices begin climbing as customers expand the size and especially the charm of the buildings at a bathroom in your budget expands further that said privacy is obviously valuable these days which accounts for the sales growth prefab shed companies have been experiencing since. The pandemic emerged Mike Caning CEO of Colorado based Studio Shit Tolsey NBC that by May, the company sales had quadrupled over last year. All signs pointed toward that growth accelerating at modern shed sales were up twenty five percent. June as the summer wore on modern shed general manager Tim vaccine interest gauged by download. The company's catalog was up four hundred percent in typical summers. Interest rises about fifty percent. He told USA Today as homeowners consider buying playhouses and garden sheds. This year, you're more likely to put a desk and a couch in your new tiny building than a shovel and a rake unlike sheds of old. These tiny buildings can look like decorators dreams. They arrive prebuilt with fully insulated walls covered with wall, wood, paneling, picture windows, Cedar Shingles and other decorator touches make these miniature houses well worthy of Pinterest and instagram. And while they can be expensive there also a good investment for people considering Resale CNBC says, a Home Office has shot to the top of the must-have list for new home buyers. It's also a lot easier to build separate tiny offices in your yard than it is to add onto your home because of the prefab nature of these products, Mike Caney, the studio shed. CEO told the new. York Times. They've had a building helicopter to a remote in Alaska and even brought up freight elevators in New York. Providing you don't need a helicopter to take delivery of your new office. It can take only weeks to have your new refuge built once delivered, you'll need a crew to install it and hookup electricity and so forth or you'll need to put in some muscle of your own and keep in mind you might need a city permit or at least approval from an Hoa one other piece of advice for entrepreneurs listening this could be a trend worth. Jumping on if you have construction background and access to supplies, designers and labor. That's what Aaron Callaghan. Co Founder, and CEO of some elbow room did with her husband. Patrick. Callahan, she recently started some elbow room in San Antonio there blanketing the area with marketing and expect to make three quarters of a million dollars. This year like modern hsieh studio shed prices started about ten dollars per square foot but back to buying one of these cute little refuges. Whatever you choose get in line, this is a trend that's just starting and it's likely to get bigger fast as we all continue to shed. The High Rise Office for our own twenty foot commute from the kitchen.
Facebook Oculus controversy
"The folks that oculus which is owned by facebook say that in October if you WANNA continue playing the game you're gonNA need to sign in with a facebook ID which puts a lot of parents in mind maybe they're not ready for their thirteen year old to be on facebook on social media and it doesn't look like there's a lot of options out there though I can think of if you I've got Michelle multi here she's the consumer tech editor for USA Today and she's got two young kids. He's a few years away from having to make that decision but Michelle let's start with a option number one fake name fake id started by mom because that work. Do a fake name and a fake ID. I know some kids who have false identities were streaming video game playing on you too. That's an auction. But truly it's tracking your kids activities whether it's eight or not. It's still has ended. Not only tracking their activities, it's recommending things to them personalized ads. There I mean goodbye here here here at. Age Thirteen I think the answer is pretty clear. Sorry, you're not playing. xbox. Playstation for we'll find we'll find something else for you to do. But you're not going on facebook at age thirteen. Europe. That really wants to go on facebook at this point, right? They probably don't but it from facebook and instagram and You know the bullying on instagram has to be brutal. From what I you know you really want to put your kids in that in that in that situation at this point I, mean you know I'm not a kid but I go on there and all I see oh, everybody's looking beautiful. Everybody's having the best time. Everyone's taking the Patriots and it's just depressing parents good luck with your decision and stay strong. When the kid comes and says, I have to have it.
Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires
"Looking into wildfires across the Western USA downed power power lines lines have have sparked sparked at at least least 13 13 new new fires fires in in the the region. region. The The smoke smoke is is so so thick thick in in Portland Portland that that some some people people are are wearing wearing mask mask in in their their poems, poems, and and some some businesses businesses have have been been forced forced to to close. close. I I think think it's it's really really bad. This woman says The fires are especially tough in the wake of covert 19 lockdowns. I don't think that we should be outside, but at the same time we've been cooped up in the house already for months. So it's kind of hard to dictate. Washington State, California and Oregon are dealing with some of the unhealthiest air on the planet amid the fire's Alison Keys. CBS News at the
Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm’
"In the race for the White House with a pro Trump youth group enlisting teens to place messages online National political reporter Isaac Stanley Becker takes a closer look for the Washington Post and talked with our Bill O'Neill. Isaac. What do we know about this campaign and how it works? So what we know is that teenagers in the Phoenix area, including some miners, some folks under 18 18. Were enlisted this summer in an effort to plaster pro trump messages across social media, so thousands and 1000 tweets and Facebook comments with identical content nowhere in any of this, disclosing that people posting this material we're being paid to do so is part of a centralized in coordinated operation. Now, Of course, there are groups that link themselves to all kinds of ideologies and various candidates. What do we know about the group behind this campaign in particular? So what we know that it's it's over? Seen by a group called Turning Point Action, which is sisters before of better known turning Point USA, both led by Charlie Kirk, a 26 year old conservative activists. Very close to it that the Trump family he opened the Republican National Convention give the opening address there has been called a great friend by president That's the sort of group behind the scenes, and there was a more specific also, if UNIX based digital firm that was brought in to oversee the day to day of the posting in the vast, urging the coordination have we've seen anything like this in political circles before, So, of course, there are parallels in terms of political activism, You know, Astro turf ING efforts to Make a campaign or cause anymore grass roots or viral than it really is. But what is unique here and what experts are really tryingto understand and describe is the way in which the tools of social media and you know it's technologies are allowing users to do this in a way that you know, as I said, it makes it seem as though it's genuine. Um, sentiments of these young people when, in fact, it's being coordinated behind the teams in a way that's unseen because of the lack of disclosure that was going on here, so and that's why it's been like into the kind of troll farms that were run by foreign After is, you know, we get up to the 2016 election where you have paid people. Working from an office posting spam like material on Twitter and other platforms here. Of course, this is happening domestically in the U. S. Has there been any reaction from the online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter? There has been so both Facebook and Twitter responded when we brought this material to them and ask them questions. They've already removed a number of the account involved in it. And we're waiting for more answers about possible further action. And has there been any any reaction from the Trump campaign or even the Biden campaign at this point, not the campaign that I have seen s so this is a pro Trump organization. But of course, it's formally stepping from the campaign. So you know there's there's many share interest and there are You know, associative figures, But this was not being operated by the campaign per se. That's Isaac Stanley Becker read more online at washingtonpost dot com. That's almost villainy All common news time. 10
Israel signs diplomatic accord with Arab nations at White House
"Of what is now called the Abraham Accords today. The White House. This is a deal involving Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bob Crane and is the first agreement to normalize relations between Israel and Arab nations in more than a quarter century. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the agreements came about as a result of this philosophy. Strength brings peace, but experts note the agreements aren't piece of courts. Israel was never at war with the or by rain. President. Trump predicts more deals normalizing relations between Israel and Arab countries, and ultimately, we're working the deal. We're talking. We're talking to the Palestinians at the right time they'll be joining two. Now. The Palestinians are calling the USA in Bahrain agreements of betrayal. Stephen Portnoy CBS News I'm Robert Burger in Jerusalem. Palestinian militants in Gaza fired two rockets that Israel during the signing ceremony, One rocket hit the city of Ashdod, blowing out windows of cars and shops to Israelis were injured in protests. Earlier, Palestinians burned pictures of President Trump. Prime Minister Netanyahu and the leaders of the U A. E and BACK rain Robert Burger. CBS NEWS Jerusalem The federal government will extend the US
Lawsuit: 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris sexually solicited minors
"Some serious allegations being lodged against the star of the Netflix documentary about cheerleaders twin boys in Texas say the starch here was hitting on them and now he's being sued the lawsuit claims that Jerry Harris sent the boys sexually explicit photos and videos of himself and in one case cornered a boy in a bathroom during a cheering competition and begged him for oral sex the FBI is on the case looking into the allegations which were reported by the boy's mother and mom is told USA today that both boys have spoken to the law enforcement agency and the paper says it had agents out at Harris's home in Illinois on Monday Harris's not been criminally charged any did not respond to early request for comment from USA today I'm Oscar wells Gabriel
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"And and acquire information that informs how they're gonNA vote vote that's a really strong Platform for us in the US or the the main challenges for you. And what's your vision for dealing with everything. Well I think the main challenge challenge for us is both. There's one short term one long term short term. I think we want to work on as I said actioning the information we have but we I also want Americans to have confidence in their democratic institutions. And we recognized. The intelligence community is a very important incredible voice In in building that confidence across the United States long term. I think I want to continue to not only support this topic but also you better understand how this fits into as I mentioned the three hundred sixty five a day cyber campaigns and influence operations and so really election security charity is a moment in time very broader programs. I think so from a programmatic standpoint going to plan and continue our work is not just prepare for or a milestone in two thousand twenty but really incorporate ourselves into the natural muscle movement of the intelligence community at the end of the day any given day. How do you measure success for you and your group I think certainly as we get closer to twenty twenty A very practical measure of success. This is have we action D- Every piece of relevant information In the appropriate way so action could mean everything did we produce a product on it. Did we produce. Let's say a President's daily brief on it did we Ensure that the FBI's is counterintelligence unit received it so they could work within the FBI's authorities to action that information. Did I downgrade the information to share it with the state and local election action official. Because they need to know so I think for me a very practical measure of success centers on this issue of did I action everything that I had resident in our holdings and I think although that's a very practical measure it's one that I think is is both tangible And I think insures that the intelligence community isn't Limited to simply analysis but also expanding the impact of its work into those other constituencies. I just mentioned. Is there anything you'd like to add that I haven't asked you about that. You think important one. I really want to stress my appreciation for four media and colleagues like yourself in not only covering this topic but also highlighting the role of the media and civil society in terms of informing. Arming the American public on accurate information about elections accurate information about voting. I think what's important to relate to your listeners. Listeners is that this is not an intelligence community only Fight and not solely focused on the capabilities that I have resident in the intelligence community but really is based upon a partnership not only with the intelligence community and the rest of the federal government but the federal government and they're state local election action officials the states as well as civil society and think tanks and academia and those organizations that I think are best connected to the public. Look and so really it needs to be a consortium and Federation of capabilities and authorities That will prove to be the the best promise for the intelligence community as well as the United States to defend against these threats Ms Peterson. It's been a true pleasure to tell and we thank you so much into so much. It's a pleasure to serve the American public that was Shelby Pearson. The election threats executive from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. We'll be back to election security because seeing as how it's January and the election takes place in November. There's lots more to talk about so we'll definitely be back to it coming up on our next episode. I got a call on Friday the seventeenth of January from the British British US security services. They're anti terrorist group. That looks after my interests. That's Bill Browder the businessman and author. He cast himself as Vladimir Putin's number one enemy and the call he got from British authorities was important telling me that they had received a call from their Swiss counterparts and the Swiss had informed them that they knew I was coming to Dabo's they knew I was going to be speaking Dabo's they were aware that the subject of my of my speech was going to be critical attack on Russian corruption and they believed based based on their intelligence that there was some heightened Risk physical security. When I was going to be there we call it? The plumbers plot the mysterious steriods story of two Russians who were detained in Davos Switzerland in August saying that they essentially were vacationing but when authorities questioned them about about being there and being plumbers they produced diplomatic documents and that led to a whole story about a plot to possibly bug the World Economic Forum and in browsers case a possible attempt on his life. The full story and all the details coming up in our next episode. That's it it for this episode of Target USA. And the meantime if you have questions or comments about our program send me an email at J. Green at W. View T. O.. P. Dot Com. That's the letter j the Color Green One word at Whiskey Tango Oscar Papa Dot Com J. Green Gene at W. T. O. P.. Dot Com. Subscribe to our podcasts. Please and follow us on twitter at T- USA podcast that's at Tango Uniform Sierra Alpha podcast at T- USA podcast and you can follow our newsletter. It's called inside the skiff. Each each week. 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"From podcast one coming up in this episode of target USA. Read Graham Allison's book through to citizens trap that's Roddick Secorski. A former noted journalist and distinguished statesmen from Poland. who was at one point the defense minister her? He's now the head of the EU delegation in Washington with a bit of advice for the US when it comes to dealing with China been citizens was an Athenian historian. Orient and general. His history of the Peloponnesian War recounts the Fifth Century. B C war between Sparta and Athens and he wrote. It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable. Such rivalries usually get out of control troll and And this one mustn't because it would just be too dangerous impending faceoff between the US and China and of course all of the key issues I between the US and the European Union coming up on this edition of Target USA he national security podcast from WTO in Washington DC this is target USA. Russia could render huge arm to this country North Korea's secret missile capable of reaching the whole of the United States dangerous terrorist. DC is repeatedly mentioned. Some place they would like cacique an attack Cyber Criminals Success America has a target on its back and on this program. We investigate again. The threats the people behind them the agencies fighting them and the impact on you this is target. USA The national security podcast if the current trajectory continues the US and China or eventually going to have a showdown at least that's what some observers of us. China relations believe China's become perhaps the biggest industrial espionage is threat facing the US. Its military has risen to challenge that of the US and China's plan to become the world's biggest economy by twenty twenty-five appears to be a strong possibility. Of course. That's if we just look at what's out there in the public view but there's much more to the story and on on this edition of the target. USA podcast Roddick Sikorsky the head of the delegation from the European Union to the. US says the US would do well to take take a look at history as it moves closer to a possible standoff with China. He joins us to talk about that and much more on this edition of Target USA. Today Mr Sikorski. What's your objective as head of the delegation and the delegation as a whole With all the controversies in in Relations between the US and the EU. I'm very glad that we have a partisan. US Congress who are open to discussions about God masters of mutual concern because I firmly believe that the EU and the US Still need each other. Not only in the NATO context but but also in setting global rules. What are those problems you speaker? Well we know that president trump is particularly concerned Sunday about the trade balance goods where indeed the U. has a surplus but we point out that The US is is much more successful than we are in the trade of services and that overall it's pretty much imbalanced How do you feel about the way? Hey this the problem is being addressed is is it going. I know you're fairly new when the job here but how was it going well. I think We lost the case in the WTO And the US has imposed some sanctions on us. There are some other cases pending where apparently we having advantage. I would much rather for these things to be resolved Among friends or even I would say in the family rather than mm-hmm litigation But there are also issues that we have in common new technologies quantum computing gene sufficient intelligence. Five G. where either. We will agree common standards both technical standards and ethical standards and trait standards. All we will be living by standards set by others and I don't think the US is big enough to be able to achieve that on. Its Own. Just we'll get to that in just a moment They're interesting point. You make there about the. US is size and its ability to do anything on. Its own these days but but Back to your original point about problems. Are there others besides the trade issue. Well president trump is right when he says that some European allies allies have not been spending enough on the road defense and even support his slalom this because when President Bush Obama said it politely work And he's achieving something. I mean my own country. Poland has been spending two percent of GDP on defense of the last fifteen years and we have the world's eighteenth military budget but some other countries. I have not But they are beginning to spend more. We are beginning to recognize the power of that argument. So but that's not a problem though. Is it well. It's the is still not spending the two percent so it's not a problem with the US is the problem with the rest of the others. Some some countries have been slow in in Stepping up to the commitments that they themselves made At the whales NATO interest summit. And before what do you hope to achieve in your leadership of this delegation. That hasn't been achieved before. Well first of all. I hope that Jim Costa with whom I have an excellent working relationship succeeds in putting the equivalent and Institution in the US Congress on an official footing. And I know there is a bill to that effect. I hope it passes so that we have equivalent we've learned bodies on both sides of the Atlantic Because you know as a European Parliament we're here to stay and we need a Full fully legal grounding of a regular dialogue but beyond that of course we need it's to understand each other's problems We need I want to convince the US Congress.
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"Our biggest challenge is to Continue you the understanding and the transmission of what we're trying to do with regard to fighting in cyberspace and in the information domain across our entire depth of our army. We we work with senior leaders and we work with cadets but as everybody's constantly changing the leadership and you have new people coming into the jobs it's a continual fight to bring up the the base knowledge attention in other words according to Colonel Andrew Hall Director of the Army Cyber instituted West Point the pace of change is a gigantic problem for the US and every other country around the world wrestling with everything related to a military approach to using cyber so in our next episode. We'll hear what the problems are and hear what the solutions are as well as the timeframe for getting it done. That's it for this edition of target. USA USA if you have any questions or comments send me an email at J. Green at W. T. O.. P. Dot Com. That's the letter j the Color Green One word at Whiskey Tango Oscar Papa Dot Com also. Follow us on twitter at T- USA podcast. That's at Tango Ango uniform Sierra Alpha podcast. Also if you want more intelligence and national security information sign up for our newsletter. It's called old inside the skiff at W. T. O. P. dot com slash alerts. I'm Jay Jay Green and this his target. USA The national security podcast punk cast. One is really excited to welcome hot boxin with Mike Tyson to the podcast. One family really listen is Mike Tyson. The baddest man on the planet according to some pours his soul into conversations with fascinating minds and celebrities and athletes along with his cosmic millennial sidekick and former. NFL OUR EBBEN Britain kid dynamite dives deep into the issues impacting us. That's all today. This podcast could change the way you see the world. Don't miss hot boxing with Mike Tyson every week on apple podcast and podcast cast one now stay tuned for the latest headlines from the Associated Press uh-huh..
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"From podcast one coming up in this episode of target USA. Have you ever heard of the dossier center. It's an investigative group operating somewhere in Europe. The two run by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He was Russia's richest man and till Russian President Vladimir Putin threw him in jail and took over his Yukos oil company but since last November his outlet it the dossier center which specializes in investigating and exposing what it calls. Russian corruption has dropped a growing number of exposes days about a group of the most highly placed Russians closest to Vladimir Putin on this episode of target. USA We're talking with one of the members of that super secret. Group cannot say a lot just due to security reasons. We are small It's it's collection of young people. The extremely get education Abstract thinking we have a number of people that doctor degrees from different universities. Now like data scientist. That's most of May happen. Passion and indication for the work they had to convey assume they're such activity and the risk are great. We'll talk about it on this edition of Target USA the National Security podcast from WTO in Washington. DC THIS IS TARGET USA. Russia could render huge arm to this country North Korea's secret missile capable of reaching the whole of the United States dangerous terrorist. DC is repeatedly. Heatedly mentioned is someplace they would like to see an attack cyber criminals successfully America as a target on its back and on on this program. We investigate the threats the people behind them the agencies fighting them and the impact on you this is target. USA USA the national security podcast. I'm Jay Jay Green. Have you heard about the dossier center and Belen in cat. They are two of the preeminent online investigative journalism groups in the world. The work organizations like them do is extremely important important because they have the toughest jobs in journalism and are under attack in more than one hundred countries around the world. There are legal threats. Threats physical threats cyber threats particularly against women investigative journalist were being harassed online. The reason we're looking at this issue is because the threats against journalism and journalist even here in the US are increasing to the point. Where many of us are taking extra security acuity precautions to protect ourselves during the daily execution of our jobs and dossier center is on the front lines of that situation? Bats an investigative group operating somewhere in Europe. Run by Mikhail COUDERC Kaczynski. He was Russia's richest man until at one point Russian President Vladimir Putin threw him in prison took over his Yukos oil company and profited significantly because of it since last November Burke his outlet the dossier center which specializes in investigating and exposing what it calls. Russian corruption has dropped a growing number of exposes exposes about a group of the most highly placed Russians close to Vladimir Putin. They've seen their secrets trickling out onto the Internet Internet on this program. We're going to talk with a member of the dossier team about their work. And how they do it but first we're going to talk with David Kaplan Aplin. He's the Executive Director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. And he's going to tell us why what they do is important. And how they we get trained to do it. Well Gee I Jan acts as the global hub for the world's investigative journalists we. We have about one hundred hundred eighty member organizations in seventy seven countries and You know we. We like to talk about investigative journalists as being the the Special Forces of journalism These are the best trained reporters. They're the ones who go after the toughest targets and they often use the most sophisticated tools. The satellite imagery data analysis Long term in depth reporting with with you no more than one hundred sources for for for a single story. These people have the toughest jobs in journalism and they're paying for Warren where we are under attack in more than one hundred countries around the world Their their legal threats There's physical threats cyber threats particularly women investigative journalists are being harassed online in Pretty horrible ways there have been many female email journalists that have been attacked. The most famous case at this point is Marie arrested who was featured on sixty minutes not too long ago. She runs the online online site rattler in the Philippines and she gave the keynote at the Global Investigative Journalist Network Conference tasker personal their visceral. I was going to show you some of them. My sense stop warrant. There are some that are so creative live very sexual but essentially what happens is least will spread faster than facts in Russia said during her speech. It's not just females that are under attack it's really hit me. Last December one time one of the cartons of truth troops at that point in time. I realize that among the journalists were killed in the capital gazette the Reuters journalists who are better point. We're still in prison Jamal. The Shoji most poodle merger but we should all of us right among the four those four I was the only one who was both a mild and because of the brave journalists who've risked their lives and in in some cases lost them to tell important stories the backlash against him has grown. And that's why it's important to have organizations like belling cat like the dossier center telling those stories to a greater audience but it's also just as if not more important to have organizations nations like the global investigative journalist network to show them how to do it and how to protect themselves. GIGN works to build the infrastructure restructure to help in depth watchdog journalism around the world. And and you can see the impact in the remarkable work. That's is being done. You know we we have world class investigative reporting being done today in places like Brazil and India and and and South Africa What what began really with with American muckrakers more than a century ago? has spread worldwide worldwide. And and because of the Internet because of mobile phones because of the Tech Revolution We have more journalists in more places aces doing better stories with better tools than ever before and that's despite all the challenges we face. There is a such thing. As a citizen citizen journalist our citizen investigator and there are those who worked for accredited media so need to figure out how you differentiate eight or do you. There aren't a lot of fulltime investigative journalists around the world and our our the numbers can be measured in hundreds or low thousands Bud You know lots of good journalism involves a watchdog it's dog and investigative techniques. So what what we teach you know I I. It's applicable to to beat reporters to documentary-makers to book authors Freelancers and to citizen journalists. People who WanNa know you know who's polluting their her neighborhood or or or how much money they're politicians are are taking from monied interests So we actually have a whole program for citizen investigators instigators. We call them. And it's it's it's quite popular. David give us a sense of some of those tools that these journalists around the world are a using and also say secondarily the tools that that investigative journalists US really have changed change. You know it was. It was investigative reporters in the seventies and eighties who began chink running around with IBM mainframe computers. And and using you know what they then called computer assisted reporting to to figure out Trenton in data. this this is now mushroomed into what we call data journalism and I. It's become quite sophisticated We have journalists. Doing essentially social science work doing analyses and and And visualizations of massive amounts of data. And you can see see this. In in recent reports on on how how guns are used in American society and and our our crime rates in In how communications are used and and who spying on on home Other tools include satellite imagery The use of sensors searchers Forensic analysis of video. There's a whole list of tech tools that You know we we do trainings on on That you know it's really Journalism Two oh two this is the advance stuff. And it's it's it's becoming Pretty routine in the field. Now you know you talked talked about be journalists being under fire right now through various means so do you teach journalists how to deal with Those kinds of of risk and attacks like that We sure do safety. Insecurity have really risen to the top among among areas that that Our our community is concerned with I think we had a A headstart With the Tech and information revolutions and and and You know figuring out how to collaborate across borders figuring out how to Do Data Analysis and and and And communicate effectively with our colleagues around the world. You know the bad guys went international longtime ago and the good guys are finally.
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"And more now they're ready for anything in even in our office, and we're letting USA. And I know you're going to be like the question was which one is it blow blaze? Yeah, it's interesting because my grandfather from my mother's side is, but you Luna and he was born in New Orleans Killeen the either the loon yet northern Spain. But then my grandfather from my father's side is name is not Faneuil Ruben blades, but they came from England and but his blades anyway. But I don't mind if it's blast. I mean, I don't let anybody even here when I got to the supermarket and I said, I want, you know, they look at me like what? Oh, tied tied tied. So I'll tell you quick story. A friend of mine when I was with my friend was detained, got blessing, and he told the and I'm almost no English and I, it was always asking me and I said, detoquewil without, you know, what did you do today? You know, oh, I went to the movies, I'll see. Oh yeah, he he, it was a good movie. All see, nice, great movie a coma. What's the title? He says house Neo house, was the movie about about a shark. Joe's. From NPR and for doodo media, it's less inner USA Medina, wholesome, and today a portrait of Ruben blades..
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"When we interviewed Oscar back when he was still in prison, we asked him what he would do with himself. If he got out spent five way with my daughter, my daughter, my family, my friends, just just a joyous through a little bit of life. And when you say enjoy a little bit of life, like what's that image? Do you have? I mean those when I said, obey size. A whole goal for view, the obvious of coffee, being able to dial, be able to share ideas, people, you know, those are the things they're really look forward to your people. Your see what, what, what they're buying. history has a curious way of being invisible while you're living in it. We don't know if Oscar will go down as an underdog hero who fought for just cause or a violent fanatic, or if he'll simply be forgotten. Whatever history decides he's had decades in prison to reckon with his life and his choices. And he doesn't seem to have any regrets either. I chose, I fish and he was. With finding feeding purpose in life, you know, in not living life, just took cyst and destroy for the is from the life. And I know that that will keep me strong and at has. That purpose in his life was Puerto Rico, or at least an idealized vision of it. He founded obsession worth living and dying for an independence that the island wasn't even sure it wanted. And now Oscar will return there, but not to the independent Puerto Rico. He always dreamed of that one. A lifetime of fighting later remains.
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"At j. p. Morgan was killed in the Francis tavern bombing. I'm hearing. Afraid free fighter. He's an all these things. He's not violent, but the what did he do if not be terrorist? There's no answer to it because he was a terrorist. If they could point to something, there is nothing. That's what he did. Joe's life has been uniquely touched by terrorism in a stroke of terrible luck. He also lost his cousin years later in nine eleven. But when it comes to Oscar, Joe says, he doesn't want to hold a grudge Catholic. I think he probably is too, I believe in forgiveness, I believe in redemption, but people only worthy of forgiveness. If they look for forgiveness, join his family, went to Oscars parole hearing in twenty eleven, and he said they were prepared to recommend to the parole board that they release Oscar. I mean, we sat in that little room in the prison in Tara. Waiting for him to say in a what, a young man wrong. It's terrible Eddie to all these people, but we didn't get that. Could it all end that day for him and for us, but it didn't because he wouldn't. He wouldn't on up to to what he did. How can we forgive that. To this day, nobody has ever been convicted for the Frances tavern. And as we mentioned before, Oscar has denied having anything to do with it, Rick, Hon the former FBI agent who pursued the f. says that regardless at seventy four years old husker no longer presents a danger to the United States today, but he doesn't think he deserves freedom, either mister Lopez and let me read. You have quote here I as an individual would never sit out to inflict pain and suffering on any person not identified as my enemy unquote, but who in the world defines who his enemies. The answer is he does and some fictional world news head where he is some romantic freedom fighter when in fact, he's just a modern terrorist. Oscar has a heavy conscience about the five people who died in bombings claimed by the FALN. He hasn't shown it seriously by head on that tour every night. Feel comfortable with myself and and I know that I ve ever I walk out of prison walk with my head high. He's insisted over the years that he doesn't have blood on his hands. We asked him what he thinks about the term that Joe Connor used about him, calling him a terrorist, and this is what he said. That I learned thirty into struggle was the power to define. Well, if I'm defining the terrorists, I looking at who is defined you. There isn't for me. I, I don't have my heart. I don't have to buy anything that deals with their. We asked some of the other former FALN members what they think about the people who died in their bombings. And for the most part, the answers we got were kind of vase of, although he insists he wasn't involved in any of the fatal bombings Carlos Alberto theaters had this to say, of course, I don't consider it a victory. If people are heard were killed. I don't consider something to celebrate, but we don't always control. Everything that occurs Carlos spent most of his adult life in prison for decisions. He made his young man, but like all the other former members we interviewed, he says he wouldn't take any of it back. My only regrets or one of my regrets is that we weren't successful. But Puerto Rico will be independent country. That is my dream, and it will be my dream until I die. If it isn't in the pendant country by then, but it will be somebody else's dream..
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"All the defendants ended up with long sentences. Oscar got fifty five years. Others were handed seventy or ninety. And the reason the government was able to convict Oscar at all was because of a guy named FREDDY Mendez Freddie was a new f- AL and recruit. He was arrested with the larger group and facing a near life sentence. He decided to testify against Oscar in hopes of getting his sentence. Reduced Freddie said that Oscar was a leader of the FALN that he directed various operations and taught him how to make bombs after his testimony. Freddie was put in the witness protection program for his safety where his believed to still be today living under a different name. After the trials, the FALN began to dissolve there were a few more bombings between nineteen Eighty-one eighty three, and there were a few more arrests. But essentially it was over seven years after the first bombs, the FALN's offensive against the United States. Government had been put down. In nineteen eighty eight after spending seven years in prison, Oscar was accused of trying to escape and is punishment. His sentence was extended to seventy years. He was also then transferred to a higher security facility where he was alone in his cell on lockdown for twenty three hours a day for twelve years. In the years of followed a movement emerged in the Puerto Rican community asking for a presidential pardon for the f. AL and members in prison. The movement argued that they were not terrorists, but in fact, political prisoners, here's their lawyer. Jan SaaS ler. They were sentenced not because of what they did, but because of who they were politically seditious conspiracy is really thought crime. It's agreeing to be part of challenging the United States government. But opponents say that the thought crime argument is misleading. They point out that the conspiracy conviction with connected to Twenty-eight actual bombings in the Chicago area, nevertheless, the push for their freedom, it worked. But first President Clinton issued his clemency order. Nineteen ninety nine President Bill Clinton offered to commute the sentences of fourteen of the prisoners, here's one of the prisoners on meet the press shortly after his release of what was going on, you call yourself a freedom fighter. Will you continue to use any means necessary to bring about and your mind the decolonization of Puerto Rico? I definitely will not be using any violence whatsoever. Commutations are offered to all, but two Oscar was also offered a commutation, but he refused one of the reasons he gave is that he wouldn't leave unless all of his comrades were freed. I never left anyone behind. I don't care what was get Phnom, whatever it was I did this. She never and tool by defendants were left out, and I, I not these last two were eventually released in two thousand nine and twenty ten Oscar remained in prison, but his supporters never gave up. In twenty sixteen activists started ramping up there camping in earnest to ask President Obama to release Oscar. They put together a heavyweight roster of supporters, Bernie Sanders, Archbishop, Desmond Tutu stars, like Ricky Martin and Ruben blades. Last year, we visited Chicago to get a sense of why people are so passionate about his case. While we were there. I stopped by an event supporting Oscar held at a community center. There. I met lots of Oscar fans like hallmark. It's basically every country has a freedom fighter Oscar. He says this Puerto Rico's freedom fighter Justice, South Africa had Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela is a really good way of looking at it because he was part of armed struggle, and obviously is hard for people to identify the movement of the liberation of Puerto Rico in the same level as apartheid, for example. But the reality is that it is a form of colonialism and he was rebelling against that. But as you might expect, there are many who don't see Oscar Lopez Rivera as any kind of hero. I would love to s people who support is release, say, if not a terrorist, what does Oscar Lopez done to help the Puerto Rican people? Joe Connor was just nine years old. When his dad a Thirty-three-year-old banker.
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"Asthma. Hey, Scott, another crazy week. We've got North Korea. Yep, we've got Russia midterms, and of course President Trump and what happens whenever there is crazy news at our ups, we pop into the studio and break it down to make sense. So if you see a headline we've discussed it, it's the NPR politics podcast. Deadened thinking. Welcome back to let the USA I might yet in Horsa and I'm Marlin Bishop. When we left off, eleven FALN members had just been arrested soon after Oscar Lopez. Rivera was also arrested. There were two federal trials, one for us ker one for everyone else, but in both the f. b. i. had the same problem trying to relate specific bombings to specific individuals was virtually impossible that's former FBI agent, Rick Hahn. Somebody goes and builds a bomb and puts it down in less. They've been careless in left a fingerprint or these days DNA. And of course we didn't have DNA in those days, linking it to a specific individuals of very difficult thing. The FBI were only able to link one of the f. ale in prisoners, Marie. I thought to a specific bomb for all the others, including Oscar. There was no hard evidence proving they ever touched a bomb. So they tried them for something called seditious conspiracy, the it is to the temp to overthrow by force the power of the United States government. It's a rare charge reserved for violence committed in the name of politics or ideology. According to legal scholars for much of the twentieth century, it was mostly used against Puerto Rican nationalists. Seditious conspiracy carries much harsher penalties than regular conspiracy twenty years per count. Instead of five specifically, they were accused of conspiracy to commit twenty eight bombings in the Chicago area and in their defense, the accused FALN members did well nothing. They didn't challenge any of the charges and it was all part of a strategy. Their idea was to use the trial to send a message to the world. They said, look, Puerto Rico as a colony of the United States. And according to the United Nations, colonialism is a violation of human rights. Therefore, their interpretation went, they had the legal right to fight against it including by force and people who are fighting. Colonialism are not to be criminalized by the colonizers Jan saw slur is the lawyer. For Oscar and the other FALN defendants. When they went to trial, these young men and women, they said, look, we've studied international law. We know Puerto Rico colony, and we know that international law prohibits the United States from trying us as criminals, and therefore we can't participate because this trial is illegal. They demanded to be seen by an international tribunal, but they were denied. We were never in the courtroom. The jurors never saw us. Never, never. Never got human is one of the accused f- AL and members. We heard him before talking about his arrest. They found guilty when they sentenced me number judge McMillan, saying Mr. humanity, if I could, I would give the death penalty with out hesitation, but I'm gonna make sure you never never never come out of prison. The judge banged the gavel ninety consecutive years consecutive to your state term, boom, get him outta here. Get him outta here. And they threw me out of the out of the courtroom. I told him you can give me a hundred two hundred five hundred years, but you're never gonna stop the for Puerto Rican independence and the fact that a colony of the United States..
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"While Oscar and the others lived underground. A massive FBI manhunt to find them was underway. Oscar's brother Jose says that their families were having their houses raided by the FBI. What felt like a daily basis? One day I have two daughters were very, very young. They landed helicopter on top of my house, so we're trying to figure out where God was at and we became the natural target that we were hiding him Oscar and the others who were underground evaded arrest for years without getting caught. Meanwhile, during those same years, dozens of FALN bombs continue to go on in New York and Chicago, including several that caused injuries. In one the bombing of the Mobil Oil building in New York. A man was killed before police could evacuate the building fast forward to the spring of nineteen eighty Evanston, Illinois, six years after the first bombs, one of the things the f. l. and did in order to fund their activities was robbed banks armored. Cars and during one such operation, things went very wrong. According to the later court testimony, FALN members had parked van on a suburban side street. There were waiting for an armored truck. They plan to rob and we're standing outside smoking. A woman was spying on them through a window thought they look suspicious and called the police. When the police arrived, they found weapons and ended up arresting everyone in the van. The is talking today about the arrest of eleven suspected members of the Puerto Rican separatist group f- AL in so far. No one in the group is talking, but the f. b. i. says it has dented five of them through fingerprints. They arrest happened last item, the Chicago suburb almost by accident. The question is, what on earth were they doing in the do respectable suburb of Evanston, Illinois, treeline, genteel home of the women's Christian temperance union, no less and not exactly the kind of place that alleged terrorist one with a dangling false moustache could in mid afternoon job back and forth around van. Man without being noticed things strange about what they were, what what, what they were doing this for. It wasn't natural and nobody cooperates no names. No, nothing they gotta human is was one of the eleven people arrested that day. He was twenty three years old. At the time, the FALN had a plan for what to do if they were arrested, they would not cooperate whatsoever. Big quote and identify us at all in credit. Don't have the technology today. So then they called the FBI when the FBI arrived. The ID Carlos Alberto Dory's Marie, either Lopez and Lucy Rodriguez three of the four who went underground in nineteen seventy six. Oscar wasn't with them that day. But year later police pulled over a car in Chicago suburb the driver was using an Oregon driver's license with the name Jose, Ortiz. The police found a gun in the car and took the man into the police station. For further questioning, they ran his prints and to their surprise, discovered that they had just arrested us. Ker Lopez, Rivera, one of the most wanted men in the nation..
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"Almost two years after their first balls. The FBI still had no idea who the FA AL and were and then in the fall of nineteen seventy six, they got a big lead. Here's Brian burrow. The FBI's break in the case came when a drug addict broke into someone's apartment in Chicago and looking for money or drugs. He instead found a dynamite cord and some dynamite which he then stole and attention to sell. And when the Chicago police found it and then raided the apartment, they found a lot of FALN memorabilia and communiques clearly linking the dynamite to the rue. The FBI were able to link the apartment to two people Federal's. I've met the terrorists who we heard from before talking about armed propaganda and Oscar low busy Carlos ended up being put on the FBI's ten most wanted list that very day author and Carlos. As well as Carlos his wife that daughters and Oscar's girlfriend Lucy Rodriguez took another step and went underground. And what going underground means really is that you try to avoid being arrested by living under false identities. Here's Carlos. I'm on the ten. Most one of course, I'm not going to go look for an apartment. I'm going to say, I'm one hour, whatever it there is an aspect of it, and I've talked about it before where you always live in ally. You know, you're always everything that's rounds that you project is alive because you are trying to avoid capture is something that you are willing to put up with because you see it as a necessary sacrifice in order to continue the struggle. If you wanted to develop a false identity in those days, what you did was go to a cemetery and look for the names of infants who died around the time that you were born because those names wouldn't have any ID in use, then you'd go and apply for birth certificate. Using that dead infants name. And once you had that birth certificate, you could build up all kinds of other identification from their passports, driver's licenses and so on. But even with a false name, the FBI would be looking for Carlos. So he says he would do a kind of mental exercise where he tried to put himself in the FBI shoes, and I knew. They were going to be looking for a Puerto Rican and how were they see a Puerto Rican? And then how do I look different than that that was just, you know, may think an I could have been totally delusional in that, but I think it worked..
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"The fronts tavern balmy would be the deadliest attack in the FALN's history of the over seventy bombs. They would eventually claim responsibility for only one other would result in the death, but the vast majority would cause no injuries. Oscar Lopez. Rivera has denied having any role in fronts tavern or any knowledge about it beforehand. So we're you ever responsible for building or setting off a bomb. They said that I that I was I was I was the bump builder. You don't if they have, if they had evidence to charge with with anything, they would have done that to this day. It remains unsolved who exactly set or build that bomb. In fact that there's never been any hard evidence proving Oscar built or said Kenny specific bombs at all, but we'll get into legal case later anyway, after France's tavern catching the f. AL and became a top priority for the FBI. It was truly the first truly clandestine terror organization that we can fronted. And we had no clue as to how to approach this rake. Hahn was one of the FBI agents assigned to the case in New York. They were very sophisticated and we didn't realize it. And I think that's part of the problem that we had in identifying FAA members. Rick says they would use espionage techniques like so-called dry cleaning in which they would take circuitous routes when travelling to figure out if they were. Being tailed, or they might change appearances while travelling to a meeting, they would engage in the use of dead drops, which is to say, you place a note somewhere outside where it's acceptable, but you don't actually meet with the person that's going to pick up that note, false hair items, reversible clothing and professional makeup kits, that sort of thing as the FBI scrambled. The bombs continue to go off..
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"Three people were killed in New York City today and more than thirty injured when a bomb went off and they crowded financial district in the middle of the lunch hour. The next major bombing by the FALN happened a few months after the first one in January of nineteen seventy five. The bomb went off in Francaise tavern, a landmark restaurant in New York's financial district. In the end, four people were killed and about sixty injured. Here's Brian burrow. The journalists we heard from earlier the attack on FRANZ tavern made clear that this was no accident. This was a bomb sad in kind of a symbolic area Wall Street in a restaurant that was populated by white Wall Street men. It was an attack on capitalism, and it was intended to kill, and it did. The entire neighborhood shook at around. But I didn't get hurt. That's all. Fortunate. And how. And just like the last time a communique was found taped to a phone booth communicate number three, January twenty. Fourth nineteen, seventy five. We FALN take full responsibility for the bomb that exploded today at Francis tavern with reactionary corporate executives. Inside we warn the North American government that to terrorise and kill our people would mean retaliation by, yes, this was not an empty warning. The communicate also said that the bombing was in retaliation for a different bomb at went off in Puerto Rico, several weeks earlier and killed two independence activists, the communicate claim that the ordered that bomb, though this has never been proven..
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"How the FA Len came to be remains a mystery. There's a few theories that some of the FBI thought they were formed or maybe trained are supported by Cuban intelligence, but that's Spar from being proven. The FALN are believed to have had two main sells one in New York and one in Chicago, the FBI believes Oscar was one of their leaders, although he's never admitted to that, Oscar wouldn't talk to us about any of his activities with the FALN. In fact, nobody in the group has ever discussed operations at all. With one exception we'll talk about in a bit, but some former members we talked to were willing to talk generally about the choice to take up arms, righteous indignation guests to you, and sometimes drives you in a direction. Carlos Alberto. Torres is one of those members. He was a close friend of Oscars from Chicago and served thirty years in prison. Also for seditious conspiracy, I spoke with Carlos in Oscar's old neighborhood of humbled park where he still lives today. I'm struggle or the peaceful road is. Something that Gandhi grappled with an India, the founding fathers of the United States grapple with that idea and they decided to take up arms. When you think about, you know, the the bombing campaigns of skyscrapers and public buildings. What was kind of the idea strategically of what could be achieved? Let me just start by saying that opened up a newspaper today point at the article about Puerto Rico. Exactly. There's none and that's no different forty years ago. Probably even less what you describe is we described it as armed propaganda. It was a way of bringing the focus and attention to the issue of Puerto Rican, the United States. You re scared. I mean, scared. You'd be insane that scared. Of course, we are scared. I was my God. We knew the possibilities were while low, where are they going to win? Where are they going to be killed? Or we're going to end up in jail, and those are the options. Oscar's brother Jose Lopez wasn't a member of the FALN, but he tried to explain to us this idea of armed propaganda that Carlos mentioned and why the f. l. and members felt it was so necessary. You know, people on the US supreme court in nineteen twenty doing bellsa versus the people portrayal stated, Puerto Rico belongs to, but it's not a part of the United States. So when you have someone telling you you're a piece of property and then to the world ho, what a beautiful little island the here does. The joke is of democracy. How do you get your message across? And I think sometimes people go to desperate ways maybe unexcusable ways to call attention to their situation..
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"This is important because several of the people that we spoke to for this episode including Oscar told us that learning Puerto Rican history is what would eventually lead them to take up arms against the United States when they were school kids back in Puerto Rico, they said they didn't really learn Puerto Rican history. They'd only heard the narrative in which Puerto Rico was this happy, democratic Commonwealth. Shoreline. This is from a short documentary film by the US government in nineteen fifty five. And it gives you a sense of what the official story I'm Puerto Rico was like back then ordinary golden come a long way in a relatively short time, and it's people are proud of their limited to achieve. And Martin, I think festival economic pattern and way of life. They began to learn however, that there's another side to Puerto Rican history, they learned about the gag law of nineteen forty eight that made it illegal to fly a Puerto Rican flag or to talk about independence on the island. They also learned about the Ponce massacre when police killed nineteen civilians at a peaceful pro independence March, and the also learned about the independence activists to attack congress in nineteen fifty four. To a medicos house of representatives in Washington, following an attack by three Puerto Ricans including Rafael, Miranda who fired on the senators in the chamber feno gunman Andres Kandara and the woman member of the trio no leader LeBron's hustled away. Have to beat it Oscar for him. They weren't fanatics. They were Puerto Rican, patriots. He remembers this moment the moment when everything came into focus for him, it was when he heard a recording of one of the people who attack congress, your lethal on, she was expanded. She said, we did not come to to the congress with United States to kill. Anyone re came to give a nice to before there was very, very, very, very touchy to hear this woman and her voice had this. This rhythm is is almost like when you when in to an automatic weapons we are about to and. In all of us, Alaska, Puerto Rico, seniors, Saudi of ice, they. This woman willing to give her knife for Puerto Rico, then right? Should I be able to say, if not worse while five foot independence for Rico. Loss. Coming up what Oscar low busy that decides to do. So were you ever responsible for building or setting off a bomb. Stay with us? Not my yes..
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"When Oscar was eighteen. He got drafted to go to Vietnam there. He won the bronze star for bravery. And Oscar says he would go on these missions in the countryside and encounter Vietnamese people. I won't put her farm, so I really lifted lifestyle and how terrible wash or we're doing too on. So Oscar began to question. What am I doing here. What is this join. Find any on Vietnam. At the same time, Oscar was in Vietnam back in humble park in Chicago, something big it happened. Here's his brother Jose. Once again, nineteen sixty six under street. The community would experience the largest boldest. I think Puerto Rican rebellion, India, nited states. Most people don't talk about night sixty six. That would be a whole breakout of violence and seeing tire street's called the division street riots. The riots started after the very first Puerto Rican parade in Chicago people were drinking and having fun and all of a sudden there was some kind of altercation. The police came in with their guns drawn and a young man was shot in the leg people immediately. They're very angry. People begin to turn the police cars upside down. The police were beating the people. It turned into a nightmare and enlisted almost three days Oscar heard about the riots while he was in Vietnam and it deeply affected him. His brother remembers all skirt telling him this while I'm killing Vietnamese here. Police end, the national guard are pecking my people in Chicago, and that really was like the moment that he begins to really change Oscar return to Chicago about six months after the riots I was the first one to open the door when he came in, he gave me his metal and his uniform as I never want to see this again. The year was nineteen sixty seven. Very crucial here. For example, it is a year from Martha Lustig denounced the why. Have been thought down on the battlefield Vietnam, and he chose from year that's Mohammed Ali. You be dry. I will not go ten thousand miles from here to help Murdo. Those are very strong by word, wolf it at the city. Chicago. Revolt was in the air and Oscar wanted to be part of it. He got a job working as a community organizer. He was setting up protests and sit ins about the war and also around issues like housing and education, and he was good at it. He was just a kind of guy. He was just all over the place. You know he was leading these totals so exciting. Felix Rosa. Remember Oscar as being kind of neighborhood hero. He had the long hair, you know, with the most is the he had the green army jacket and he looks you straight in the ice. He pierces you, you know, he listens. That's the main thing he listens Felix was a member of the Latin dragons, a local Chicago Latino gang. And he found himself drawn to the protests that Oscar was organizing. Oscar would include the dragons by having them work security at their protests respect to those. We never got that from anybody, you know. And that was quite telling for me all about his character. You know, as Oscars activism deepened a new. Found sense of pride in being Puerto Rican began to stir in him. His brother Jose explains it this way import Laurie go. We live at colonial situation, but everybody around you was Puerto Rican, your doctors, your policemen, everybody was Puerto Rican. Here you came and you didn't see anyone that in any way, reminded of who you were that we came to be poor Ricans because we were ostracize. We've we found during ground lot humanity. What little we knew about Puerto Rico, our porta Rican nece maintain our humanity and some quick background for those that don't know. Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States since eighteen ninety eight. Puerto Ricans are US citizens, but can't vote in federal elections and they have no voting representation in congress. And congress ultimately has complete control of Puerto Rico's affairs, and that control was something that also was thinking about a lot. He had come to decide. Side that the country had fought for in Vietnam wasn't really his country at all. Puerto Rico was his country, and the US was his colonizer. He became involved in founding and alternative school in Chicago focused on Puerto Rican history. They met in the basement of a church with no money and just about a dozen or so students. And.