Abby Martin Breaks the Set on ISIS Costs, Losing Wildlife, Gender Bias Firefighters, Cops Taking Your Cash and America’s Japanese Territory.
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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the growing price tag of America’s offensive against ISIS terrorists, highlighting how US defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have seen their stock values skyrocket since the conflict broke out. Abby then reports on a World Wild Life Fund Study that’s found that over the last forty years the number of wild animals on earth has been reduced by 50 percent, a decline directly connected to human activity. Abby then speaks with former firefighter, Alicia Dabney, discussing class-action lawsuit against the US Park Service, over institutionalized inattention to instances of sexual harassment and abuse against female members of the agency. Abby then goes over the case of Mandrel Stuart, one of thousands of victims of a trend of highway robberies committed by police officers, under a legal police tactic called ‘civil asset forfeiture’, which allows law enforcement to seize property under the suspicion of criminal activity. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with author and historian, Peter Kuznick, going over the US military’s presence on the Japanese Island of Okinawa, and what options residents have of seeing a demilitarization of their island.