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11 Feb, 2022 23:19

New docs reveal CIA's 'illegal' mass-surveillance of Americans (Full show)

Newly declassified documents reveal the existence of widespread surveillance of US citizens by the CIA. According to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the surveillance was conducted with no congressional oversight, according to senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregan) and Martin Heinrich (R-New Mexico). Ex-CIA officer turned whistleblower John Kiriakou shares his invaluable insights. He says the attitude among senior CIA was always that "to ask forgiveness is better than to ask permission" and will continue to push the legal envelope. He also weighs in on the forthcoming Putin-Biden Saturday phone call and the likelihood of a looming "Russian invasion" of Ukraine as so many fear in Washington.

Ontario premier Doug Ford announced that plans were in place to remove the vaccine passport system. He added that the Freedom Convoy protesters could expect steep fines for non-compliance. Truckers are still blocking the Ambassador Bridge, disrupting trade between the US and Canada. The action is making waves in the US auto industry, with up to $51 million in lost wages for Michigan autoworkers as plants slow down production for want of crucial parts unable to arrive on schedule. President Biden urged PM Trudeau to use federal power to end the blockade, according to reports. RT America's Paxton Boyd reports.

The Biden administration announced Friday that $7 billion in Afghan assets, held by US banks and frozen when the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan on the heels of US withdrawal, is to be released and put to use. Half is to be used to help the impoverished Afghan people still struggling to meet basic needs after decades of war devastated their country in the diplomatic isolation and economic ruin that followed. The remaining $3.5 will fund payouts for the money owed to US victims of terrorism. RT producer Enrique Riviera reports.

Plus, RT America senior writer Nebojsa Malic joins to discuss the appointment of Chicago politician and Biden advisor Rahm Emanuel to the position of US ambassador to Japan. Malic says this example of "failing upward" is a reminder that the US, unlike other countries, lacks professional diplomats.

Plus, RT America's Steve Christakos joins for "Jock Talk" ahead of the 2022 Super Bowl.