Abby Martin Breaks the Set on Dirty Cops, Bohemian Grove Secrets, Jailing Journalists, Fukushima Fallout, and Rights for Domestic Workers.
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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin goes over the story of Pamela Held, a Long Island resident who after being pulled over by the NYPD had lewd photographs copied off of her phone and sent to the officer’s private device. Abby reports on an the annual secretive gathering of the rich and powerful called Bohemian Grove, and talks to Peter Phillips, President of the Media Freedom Foundation about what the summit is about, and what can be expected from this year’s meeting. Abby then goes over two news stories being overshadowed by the corporate media’s fixation on the royal baby, including the case of New York Times journalist James Risen facing jail time for refusing to testify in the criminal case of a CIA leaker, as well as the admission by the Tokyo Electric Power Company that that radiation has been continuously leaking from the damaged nuclear facility in Fukushima since the 2011 earthquake. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, shining a light on the difficulties domestic workers face in the US, including exploitation and in many cases indentured servitude.