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23 Feb, 2019 08:00

Pentagon whistleblowers ignored, student on strike for climate, and big banks getting bigger

On Redacted Tonight this week, Lee kicks off the show by looking into how the Pentagon and Congress treat whistleblowers. Shockingly, people trying to expose corruption don’t get a fair hearing in the Pentagon. The vast majority of complaints brought before Pentagon officials are swept under the rug. Whistleblowers in Congress, on the other hand, get surveilled and silenced. In the news this week, we have Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, the Senate report on Trump-Russia collusion, and the #SchoolStrike4Climate planned by young people across Europe.

In the second half of the show, Naomi Karavani and Lee analyze the recent peace negotiations held between officials from the US and the Taliban in Qatar. Present at the negotiations were five former Guantanamo detainees. And to finish the show, Natalie McGill reports on the merger between SunTrust and BB&T, which would make them the country’s sixth largest bank. The merger is the result of a law that Congress passed last year. Lawmakers initially claimed that it would help small community banks to compete with big banks, but the law loosened regulations for big banks to get even larger instead.

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