Biden Administration finds itself in a bind as the Taliban continues to hold Americans on board-chartered flights hostage. The FBI releases new video of the January 6th Pipeline Bomber and we review the footage. The Los Angeles Police Department are asking for social media information on all civilians stopped and contracting with a private surveillance company – we review.
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🔵 Critics fault the Biden Administration for not doing more to help Americans exit Afghanistan.
🔵 According to Real Clear Politics, as many as 143 Americans remained stranded at the airport.
🔵 Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirms the Taliban are holding Americans (but not as hostages).
🔵 Who is the Biden Administration negotiating with? The Taliban form a new government.
🔵 Former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani releases public statement about his leaving the country.
🔵 Hecklers confront President Biden while he observes the wreckage in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
🔵 The FBI releases video and more information about the alleged January 6th Pipe bomber.
🔵 A virtual map details the alleged bombers path walking around the DNC and RNC buildings on January 5th, the day before the riots.
🔵 FBI Assistant Director Steven M. D’Antuono updates on the FBI’s progress and asks for help from the American people.
🔵 Los Angeles Police Department are recording social media information of civilians they encounter during their patrols.
🔵 According to an internal memo by the Police Chief, all officers are required to gather this information on their interaction cards.
🔵 The Guardian also reveals the LAPD has a $70,000 contract with a company called Media Sonar.
🔵 Media Sonar is web intelligence and digital investigation company with sophisticated tracking features.
🔵 Review of the Media Sonar platform in the context of criminal law.
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Hello, my friends. And welcome back to yet. Another episode of watching the Watchers live. My name is Robert ruler . I am a criminal defense attorney here at the RNR law group in the always beautiful and sunny Scottsdale Arizona, where my team and I over the course of many years have represented thousands of good people facing criminal charges. And throughout our time in practice, we have seen a lot of problems with our justice system. I'm talking about misconduct involving the police. We have prosecutors behaving poorly. We've got judges, not particularly interested in a little thing called a justice. Yeah . And it all starts with the people , politicians, the people at the top, the ones who write the rules and pass the laws that they expect you and me to follow. But sometimes have a little bit of difficulty doing so themselves. That's why we started this show called a watching the Watchers so that together with your help, we can shine that big, beautiful spotlight of accountability and transparency down upon our system with the hope of finding justice. And we're grateful that you are here in with us today because we've got a lot to get into. We're going to start off by going back into Afghanistan because there's a lot of Americans, apparently 143 of them. According to real clear politics that are still stranded in Afghanistan might even call it a hostage situation unless you're somebody in the Biden ministration, but we have Anthony Blinken. He came out and he's giving us some idea about what's happening here. And so apparently there was six or so charter planes that are still stranded on the ground in Afghanistan, thanks to the Taliban. And so we need to on Ravel that whole debacle, then we're going to check in with you former president Ashraf Ghani, the same guy who hopped on a plane and got the heck out of there, like that. He came out with a statement today and explained why he made the decision that he did tells us a little bit more about what was going on in his mindset. And so we're going to see what he had to say. And then in our second segment, we're going to change gears and go revisit what's going on in January six because the FBI came out today and they released new video about the alleged January six pipe bomber. Remember we saw that a lot of the footage, the grainy photographs that looked like they were taken with a potato were shown to many people in the country. And we were all saying, well, it looks like a person with a hood. We got some more evidence out there today. The new video from the FBI is showing us where this guy was walking around. And so we're going to go through the video. It's about three minutes. We , I broke it up into three different clips. And so we're gonna be able to follow along the narrative and see what is going on there. And then in our final clip, we got to check in and see what the LAPD is doing. That's right. The Los Angeles police department, because now they are gathering up everybody's social media information. Even if you're not charged with the crime, if they just say, Hey, excuse me to have a quick second. I got a question for you. Did you see what happened over here? And you say, oh yeah, I did that. You know, it was crazy. The whole thing, it all fell apart. And they , uh, when they ask you for your , your name, they write that down on a card, along your other social media information. 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It's pretty nice. All right . So let's get into the news of the day, the situation in Afghanistan, if you're a member of the byte administration, you certainly wouldn't call it a hostage situation, but it's kind of starting to look like a hostage situation. A couple of days ago, we talked about this photograph posted on September 5th, saying that newly released photographs from satellites are showing that Americans are stranded on these airplanes. You see here outside of the Mazar Sharif airport. And so we're kind of scratching our heads saying, well, why are Americans sitting in chartered airplanes? If these planes have been chartered to get them out of the country, us state department has said, they're going to do everything they can possibly do to help make sure Americans get home. But they're stranded there. They'd been sitting there. And so a lot of people over the weekend, over the long labor day weekend and into this week have been sort of trying to figure this out. Are they being held hostage? Why are those planes not moving? There are hundreds of people that want to get out of the country might kind of seem like the Taliban is holding them. Hostage is not letting them leave. And so there was a lot of back and forth about this over the weekend, but planes are still there. Nobody's left. And now some criticism is coming down the pike towards Joe Biden and his administration over from real clear politics. We have Susan she's reporting that us lawmakers and veterans are trying to assist in the evacuation of 143 stranded Americans posted this article today over real clear politics. Many Afghan allies are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of action by the byte administration, insisting that the Taliban efforts to block flights from leaving the country is not a hostage crisis. It's just another kind of control the proper documents from those seeking to leave. We've been hearing a lot of this. It's just a paperwork problem. Oh no, we're going to let you all leave, but you're going to the wrong country. Oh, you forgot to sign the bottom of your receipt here. Hello? We can't, you leave. Let you leave when you haven't filled out your paperwork properly. So that's what the current administration is doing. Trying to frame this as it's just, it's just, it's just a miscommunication. It's just the Taliban. We're going to get this sorted out. And then we're going to just get things back to normal. Non-profits have been working to evacuate those left behind after August 31st after the exit of all us troops, those aircraft have remained on the ground as first state department officials put up roadblocks. And then as the Taliban Taliban issued demands, say, according to sources, those organizing and funding efforts include the Nazarene fund, right? I think it was a Glenn Beck organization and many others, including women's leadership organizations, trying to get people out of the country. And so, yes, we know that yesterday we talked and heard from secretary of state state Anthony Blinken and recalled that what has happened here with this current administration and the Afghan debacle, it went from a military operation and transitioned into the state department operation. And we saw this happening kind of in slow motion. We saw this when they were bringing up the deadlines. Well, what happens after August 31st, Joe, Biden's out there saying, we're going to get everybody we can. If you want to come home, you can come home. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you want to leave Afghanistan, you're going to leave Afghanistan. And that's been Joe Biden's promise. But then when you ask the , the department of defense, when you asked Lloyd Austin about this, when you ask the Pentagon spokesperson, John Kirby about this, their response was always something very similar while we're going to work hard until the very last minute, until the end of the clock, until the time runs out, then we're at a time because that's when the end of the treaty was. And that's when the us had to be out of there. And the Taliban was not extending anything. Then they have tons of hostages in their grips now. So that was the entire lead up. That was the military operation component. It switched over then after August 31st into a state department operation now. And so we're not hearing from any military people, military has done. Now, this is a diplomatic operation. Now this is secretary of state Anthony Blinken. And we haven't really been getting much good data out of this gentleman or this administration. He was telling us, oh, you know, some odds and ends numbers like yesterday. He said, well there , yeah. I mean, there were some Americans there, but it's a relatively small number. It doesn't really matter. You know, it might be a dozen, half dozen. It's not even worth messing around with. And by the way, they're not even our Americans just like the dogs that we kind of , uh , they're not ours. We didn't know about them. And so several of us level-headed Americans I'd say, have been asking how many Americans are out there. According to Susan Crabtree, 143 of them. It's not relatively small numbers of Americans or, you know , whatever he was saying, maybe dozens here, his secretary of state, Anthony Blinken who going to be giving us some indication about what's happening here today was the first day that he came out and said, okay, your rights, the Taliban's not letting anybody leave. You got me on that one. So , uh , now I guess I better explain myself here. He is.Speaker 2:
The United States will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. We're gratified to have a partner in Congress when it comes to that commitment. Let me also say a bit more about freedom of movement, particularly the issue of charter flights. Yes. Tell us about this in Doha , uh , yesterday, as well as I think all of, you know, a number of groups and individuals determined to help are working to organize charter flights out of Afghanistan, including from Missouri Sharif , for people who wish to depart, we're grateful for those efforts. There's been a fair amount of confusion surrounding flights. And let me just clarify a few things. As of now, the Taliban are not permitting the charter flights to depart. There it is. They claim that some of the passengers do not have the required documentation while there are limits to what we can do without personnel on the ground, without an airport, with normal security procedures in place, we are working to do everything in our power to support those flights and to get them off the ground. That's what we've done. That's what we will continue to do. Specifically telecom with NGOs, with advocates, with lawmakers around the clock, to help coordinate their efforts and offer guidance where we can, we're helping to arrange landing rights and liaise with other countries in the region. In the question of overflight , uh, we've made clear to all parties. We've made clear to the Taliban that these charters need to be able to depart. And we continue every day, virtually every hour to work on thatSpeaker 1:
Or what. Alright , so , uh, he, he's going to communicate to the Taliban or communicating to them. Uh, these planes need to leave or else nothing's going to happen to you. So do whatever you want. Cause there's nothing they can do. What leverage do they have? It's sort of the Taliban's ball. They can run it. However they see fit. So he talks about this, you know, they need to leave. We're going to continue to work on that, whatever that means. And , uh , what , what's the solution? What's the resolution here. He's going to work with NGOs. They're going to work with landing rights. They're going to work with other countries to make sure that the planes can land safely. The problem is they can't get out of the airport. Hello ? The Taliban's not letting them take up off the tarmac. So it doesn't matter. It's not a problem of not having a landing zone it's they can't even leave the airport because the Taliban is not allowing to do so. Also mentioned we don't have a , an airport anymore. We don't have a ground force. We not much we can do about that. Right? Of course not. Now it was all your administration, your team's doing, you caused the whole situation you cause all of this to result. And that's why you're sort of stuck without any good options because you botched the whole thing. But he did tell, you know , say to us that he's going to communicate to the Taliban, that this needs to happen. These planes have to go get it done. We're working hard on this. So who is he talking to? Uh , w which, which people of the Taliban are , uh, over, over there negotiating with the new byte administration? Well, it's an all male Afghan government of old guard members. So it's not the diversity in Olympics. Like the state department wanted there , Ned Ned price over there at the state department is probably very upset about this. Uh , as well as that other woman who I think , uh , and we're going to leave it at that, but this is what the Taliban organization came up with on Tuesday. They announced an all male , interim government for Afghanistan, stacked with veterans of their hard line rules from the 1990s and the 20 year battle against us led coalitions a move that seems unlikely to win international support. The new leaders desperately need to avoid an economic meltdown. This is from the AP. Um, remember all that talk from the byte administration. Well, no , they're gen Saki. Well, if they want to be respected on the world stage, and then, then , uh , you know, they're going to have to get their act together. Jake Sullivan, we have substantial leverage over the Taliban. Wouldn't tell us anything about what that leverage was , uh, because given the fact that they might have tens, dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands of Americans, or at least American interested people over there , uh, what was the leverage? Is it economics? Well, they don't care about that. They're bringing back all of the hardliners from the nineties and after the 20 year battle of the U S versus the Taliban, they're bringing all of the enemies right back into control the government. And it's all male to not even any females out there, which is offensive. Actually I'm offended up pointed to a key post of the interior minister was sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI's most wanted list with a $5 million bounty on his head. So he's the interior minister. Now, he still believed to be holding at least one American hostage. So that's good headed the feared Haqqani network that is blamed for many deadly attacks and kidnapping. So , uh , that guy is now the interior minister of the Taliban announcement came hours after the Taliban fired their guns into the heirs . After that they wanted to disperse protesters . They arrested several journalists second time in a week that they use these heavy handed tactics drawn mostly from Afghanistan's dominant Pashtoon ethnic group. The cabinets , lack of representation for racists also seems certain to hobble its support from abroad. Oh, okay. Well, I guess that didn't last long. Did it the big push to get the Taliban on the international stage to bring them up to par so that they could interface diplomatically with the U S government so that the U S government and the Taliban could share tips on making sure they form a very diverse, very inclusive, very friendly, safe spaces for all future negotiations. I guess that's not going to work out too well. It's a bunch of dudes over there. It's a bunch of males. That's just the show. Monistic and they're not even taking people from diff different ethnic groups. I mean, this is just outright racism. Uh , I'm offended. I'm sure. The state department they're probably just, oh my goodness. They're probably writing a bunch of letters right now. Just typing away. Oh , just as disrespectful. The international community is not gonna appreciate this and you better change your it . Okay. So we're going to see what comes out of Ned price over there. Uh, now represent representative Austin. Scott is telling us, giving us some more indication here. It says four of the five Taliban, five Gitmo detainees that were all swapped for Bergdahl were given leadership positions . So they were all held in getting all four of the Taliban five. We've got minister for info and culture Mula Corolla . Karica. We have minister of borders and tribal affairs Mula nor Allah Nori . We have department defense minister, Mohammad , fossil easier name, director of Intel Abdul hock . [inaudible] all . Alright , so we've got that going. Uh , all of America's former prisoners and , uh, bounties $5 million wanted less has American hostages still probably responsible for, you know, hundreds, if not thousands of American deaths, you know, in , in , through, through different tentacles of influence. Oh , they're running things now. So that's what the byte administration , uh , re-installed there. And what leverage do they have while we don't know here is Anthony Blinken, he's upset. He's gonna acknowledge , um , he's pretty reserved for the new, for somebody who's receiving the news that the Taliban is not being that inclusive. He takes it pretty well. Here's what he has to say about itSpeaker 2:
With regard to the composition of this , uh, government or interim government. Um, I noted , uh, the fact that it certainly does not meet the test of inclusivity. Um, and it includes , uh, people who , um, have , uh , very challenging track records.Speaker 1:
All right. Very challenging track records. So that's to put it mildly the leader of the Haqqani network, somebody who still has an American hostage , uh, people that the U S government had actual live multimillion dollar bounties on. Hm . Yeah. Troubled records. No doubt about that. So how did this all fall apart so quickly? Well, the Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani is going to tell us from his perspective, what's going on. He said, this is my statement, September 8th, 2021 . He posted this on Twitter, which I guess is good news. I'm not sure if he's citizens are all on Twitter, but he doesn't have a government anymore. So I guess that's the only place he can put it. Who is this guy? This is the president, according to his Twitter bio. Uh, I guess he's still the president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. So might want to update that. That is no longer a thing, as far as I know, I think it's now the Taliban , um , dictatorship of Afghanistan, I think is what it is. He says, these are personal tweets. And if you look at his photograph, I noticed this today. So when you try to, when you open a photograph, what Twitter does is they crop it, they mask it. So it turns it from a square into a circle. And I just pulled out the square and it's him. He's literally walking out the door, leaving his troops behind, like that's his Twitter profile. I mean, I don't know what to say about that. It's seems mildly inappropriate given what just happened in that country, but you know, what can you do about it? Uh , here's here is a little bit more about the guy, you know, if you didn't learn much about them over the last 20 years, I surprisingly didn't know much about him born in Logar province, went to the United States in the 1960s, studied, completed his bachelor degree at the university in Beirut. Professor anthology went back to Afghanistan in 2002, after the collapse of the Taliban government served in the finance minister during a prior government Hameed car's eyes , government UN uh , he gave a Ted talk, discuss how to rebuild Afghanistan in 2013, ranked 50th in an online poll by the world's top 100 intellectuals. Oh God. I mean, do you know he's an idiot and easy second in similar poll run by prospect prospect magazine, also the co-founder for the Institute of state effectiveness. So that's good. I wonder how that's working out. It's an American organization set up independent politician. Ideologically liberal came forth during the 2009 presidential election ran again in 2014. So curing less votes than his rival Abdullah Abdullah in the first round, but got a majority in the second round and there was political chaos. So a us intervene and they formed a unity government, installed them again all the way up in a 2019, 2020 sworn in president, again, all the way on March on March, 2020, then the Taliban took over and he flew out of there during his escape, the Afghanistan embassy asked Interpol to apprehend him for embezzling public funds. He was legally succeeded by Amarilla Sali . And then the rest of that is history. He went to the United Arab Emirates, which granted him asylum. And he, he just felt, you know, flew right out of there. So this guy, of course it was , uh , was in charge for a long period of time. He was sort of the U S government's chosen person to go run that show. And he posted a statement today and he left like that soon as the Taliban was like , um, excuse us. Well , they didn't even knock on the door. They're like, we're I think, I think we want to come say hello, gone out of their honey, get the kids, pack the bags, we're outta here. And you know, candidly, right. If you're a person in his position, you know, you'd like to think that you might stay there and that you might go down with the ship. I mean, that's what the captain of the ship is supposed to do, right? It'd be like George Washington taking the first plane back, France. I'm out of here. Good luck, good luck colonists here . Uh , uh, you know, send a postcard. I , I can't, I can't participate in any of this. And so this guy bailed out of there and , uh, let's see what he has to say. Now, my point was, you might be somebody who said , well, I would stay in, I'd go down with the ship and I'd fight to the very end and all of that stuff. But you know, it's really hard to say for , in a position like that, are you going to, do you want to be the person who lays down your life for the rest of the military, that also is , is, is not willing to lay down. There is . I mean, it sounded like the whole country was just willing and waiting for the Taliban to take back over. It was just a matter of time. So why are you fighting for, you know, why would you stand and stay and fight for something that was a dead cause from the very beginning, right? It sounds like maybe this guy knew that this whole thing was built on a bed of sticks and it was all going to become crumbling down at some point. And it did. And so what was he going to do? Stay there and go down with the ship and get flogged to death by the Taliban. Or he just goes, oh , well , time's up. I guess the grift is over the 20 year funneling of money to whomever. That's kind of over, got my fill . I had my, my meal at the buffet and now I'm out of here. Here's what he said on September 8th. I owe the Afghan people an explanation. Yeah. You're not kidding me for unexpectedly leaving the city. I left at the urging of palace security. Oh . They advise me to remain risk setting off horrific street to street fighting that the city had suffered previously back in the 1990s, leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life. I believe it was the only way to keep the gun silent, save cobble under 6 million citizens. I've devoted 20 years of my life to helping Afghan and work towards a democratic prosperous and sovereign state. Never my intent to abandon the people or that vision. But you did now. It is not the moment for a long assessment of the events leading up to my departure. Yeah , of course it is. It doesn't want to talk about it. I will address them in detail in the near future. Okay. But now I must address the baseless allegations that after I left Kabul , I took with me millions of dollars, belonging to the Afghan people. These charges are completely false. Corruption is a plague has crippled our country. I inherited a monster. They could not easily or quickly be defeated. It says my word , wife and I we've been scrupulous in our personal finances. I publicly declared all my assets. Wife's inheritance has been disclosed. I welcome an official audit or financial investigation under UN auspices. My close aides are ready to submit their finances as well. Along with my political figures throughout my life. I firmly believe that the formula of a democratic Republic was the only way forward in Afghanistan throughout my service. My actions have always been defined and guided by the constitution of Afghanistan, provides platforms for dialogue defines a future that can be embraced. I offer my profound appreciation and respect for the sacrifice of all Afghans. It deepened, profound regret that this chapter engine ended in a similar tragedy to my predecessor. Hmm . So , uh, without insurance stability and prosperity, I apologize to the Afghan people. I could not make it and differently. My commitment to the Afghan people has never wavered will guide me for the rest of my life. Yeah. Okay. So that's good. He's going to live a long, nice life posted up at the UAE. Probably got, you know, millions of dollars of collaterals , you know, spread all over the world, who knows what's going on with that. But , uh, I'm sure he's going to be just fine. Not to, not to talk about or worry too much about all the other people that are left in Afghanistan, not his problem. Uh, but they are America's problem. Those are American citizens and obviously they should be rescued and recovered. So he doesn't want to talk about it. Obviously. Certainly not characterizing it as a tremendous success. I didn't see anything in here about this being historic and something that was to be revered and studied in the history books for all time to come. Something that was never before done by a modern United, modern nation in modern history. Wow. He says it was a tragedy. Oh , similar tragedy. Yeah. No stability, no prosperity. So a little bit of a different framing there between the byte administration and the Afghanistan, former Afghanistan government, and all right. So he walked out on , uh , his country walked out on his troops. Uh, somebody else kind of did something similar to that. And he kind of got some grief for that when he was visiting different parts to survey the destruction of hurricane Ida, listen in on this one,Speaker 3:
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