Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Vermont Wins Against Monsanto, VA Corruption Killing Vets & NSA Sham Reform
On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks about yet another drone strike in Yemen over the weekend that killed six people, while here in the US a domestic drone nearly collided with a plane in Tallahassee, Florida highlighting the danger of even non-predator drones. Abby then lauds Vermont for its passage of a law that will label all genetically modified foods in the state despite the fact that giant GMO food conglomerates like Monsanto have threatened nearly every state that has considered similar legislation with legal action. Abby then speaks with RT political commentator, Sam Sacks, about the USA Freedom Act, a bill that has wide support in Congress and purports to reform the National Security Agency's bulk metadata collection, but has still received a great deal of criticism from anti-surveillance advocates. Abby then talks about the Phoenix Veteran's Affair system and a scheme by VA officials there to put veteran's medical claims on a secret list in order to improve their medical backlog statistics, which has now led to a congressional investigation. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with hip hop artist, Brother Ali, discussing everything from his trip to Mecca to his controversial lyrics that got him kicked off of a national music tour.