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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york, i'm jonathan betz. here are the top stories. protesters demanding the ceasing of spying by if nsa, reform laws that support the nsa's secretive online data gathering. for the first time the government will use a warran warrantless search, working for a terrorist organization. he was a legal u.s. resident originally from uzbekistan. the case is likely to set an appeal to the u.s. supreme
court. at least 100 people were killed in syria when a car bomb exploded near a mosque while worshipers were attending service. according to the united nations over 100,000 people have been killed in syria's war so far. hawaii is the next state to consider gay marriage. hawaii could begin issuing licenses and performing ceremonies as early as november 18th. herthose are the headlines, youn always find us at aljazeera.com.
>> good evening, i'm joie chen. welcome to america tonight, the weekend edition. until the fbi cracked down on the silk road. part of the internet called the dark net. america tonight correspondent lori jane gliha tells us how to access the secret and how some are using it to break the law. >> a hidden site deep inside the worldwide web one of the most sophisticated marketplaces for illegal drugs. hundreds of thousands of anonymous users access the site called the silk road before the fbi shut it down this month. the billion dollar black market
attracted buyers and sellers from around the globe. clun a 17-year-old who had drugs shipped to his doorstep. >> describe what you got when you got the package, what did it look like? >> it was a birthday card, nothing too suspicious, not too many stamps, just average, average envelope, open the birthday card, ten lsd tablets, we got shrooooms and other things. >> they used bitcoin to purchase from a highly illegal seller. he scrits as anonymous kind of like amazon.com. >> why do you say it's not as safe if you go on the street?
>> you never know what you are getting. you could get some chemical that could kill you. but when you are buying online you see the reviews from the rest of the people so it's safer, there's ratings and things like that. >> silk road, hidden ton dark net. we discovered selling guns pornography. >> how would you describe the dark net? >> the dark net is made up of many different people who for whatever reason wants to remain anonymous online. >> cole striker studies privacy on the internet. >> this could be a political activist in china, someone soliciting a hit man or offering their services as a hit plan. there are plenty of people fooling around exploring their paranoid fantasies, their anarchist liberal dreams.
i've downloaded the tour browser bundle. so i click it and hit run, it's going to install, literally just 30 seconds and i'm good to go. >> he showed us how to access the dark net. we used a special free software called tor. the browsers make the user virtually undetectable. >> how does tor work? >> tor work by triple encrypting across a series of nodes and a nodes would be a user of tor who allows his computer to relay messages across the network. >> it's like pinball, the message is pinged over here pinged over here? >> my message is pinging over to somewhere in siberia if there's a tor user over there and vice versa.
>> without their ip address and their identity being revealed. >> it was enabled to allow military agents to communicate safely. the more people using the network the stronger it is. which is why the u.s. government opened it up to the public and now we have millions of users on the tor network. >> striker says the nowment i ae are many reasons to want to obfuscate your internet behavior that don't involve illicit activities like buying drugs. to say this is only a tool for the drugies and the child porn addicts and the creeps and the criminals i think is a tremendously narrow minded and myopic way to look at it. >> as we've seen there the dark
net can be used for illegal transactions online but it also has a bright side. as in helping civilians communicate in the middle of a civil war. america tonight's lori jane gliha now picks up that side of the story. >> in a country like syria remaining anonymous online is a fundamental part of survival. >> people they get killed because of their activities online. >> dolshad was a political activist for syria's kurdish population before the civil war. >> it's clear syrian government is overlooking the internet it is a matter of life. >> he used his skills to help syrians communicate without being monitor or censored by the government.
>> we weren't able to get five people and doing activities. but secure communications allowed us to get together and we did. when the chemical master happened in damascus country side the footage was coming to us second by second. there was no secure communication there would be no revolution in syria. >> off mawnl feareman feared fon life when am his identity was revealed. >> they got this video of me, that would be putting me in jail and have the reason for killing me. struggled out of the country and that's what happened. i website out of the country and started doing this software. >> offman went out of the country. similar to the tor software offman's software louse users to
avoid government detection when sending sensitive information over the internet. otherwise risky skype conversation with a friend in syria. a friend who already spent time in a syrian jail for trying to spread the word in syria. >> if we were having the assume conversation now without using this software what could happen to him? >> is he from a conflict area so they will go through the data and do analysis and they will go and get him. >> what are the messages that are the most important that he's delivered somewhere else that he wouldn't be able to do without the dark knight? >> people who they are uploading videos and images, they are showing the world what's going
on, after the mastery that happened in, there is mass that happened in hanna, if there is no martyry or dark net tools there will be nothing outside on line. >> before signing off offman's friend had a message. >> to put help actually more into supporting the dark net because it saves the lives of a lot of people. and there's a lot of people also they actually -- they got arrested because they were not using these tools. >> offman says he has no plans of returning to syria but continues to help anyone he can to secure the dark net. >> i don't agree with a lot of people in syria but i should know what they are thinking about. it's important, freedom of expression is everything. >> that reporting from america
discovers, led to one of the most amazing the one that got away stories ever told. >> the great gobi desert in southern mongolia covers half a million miles. and the home of long extinct fossils. >> i got an e-mail at about 6:30 in houston, there's a dieb sawrr that was stolen from the gobi desert, it's going to be augmentationed, can yoauctioned? >> for those in the know the providence of tbatar is unmistakable.
not new york city. >> we can notice little bumps on bones or the way teeth are shapes or the architecture of the skull that all tell us this is a tarbasaurus batar. >> all the trouble he ended up in the world and he ended up here. >> he went from mongolia to japan to england to florida to texas to urveg newark. >> that is -- to newark. >> when heritage auctions advertised the sale of the dinosaur, they emphasized discretion. >> heritage auctions said no, buzz off. >> i knew nothing about mongolia law with regard to dinosaurs. it was fortunate that the
auction house was text based, i'm from texas and there are things i can do. >> there were many coincidences that would play a role in the saga of batar, serendipity loose lips and a lot of dumb luck. >> if you could make it official and tell us what your role is and what your role is? >> i'm president of mongolia. >> that's president elbigdorge the to you. >> can you tell us why the dinosaur is important to you? >> because it is part of our touchful heritage. >> to rescue the dinosaur he had to act fast. >> a really tough thing odo on a friday night, is find a judge that will hear the temporary restraining order application. >> a colleague of painter's found one in dallas.
he was in the middle of attending a music festival and it was 10:00 at night. >> i get a phone call from an attorney that doesn't ever call me. and he says well here's the deal. i have a friend of mine who went to law school with me and he is the private attorney for the president of mongolia and they're about to file a lawsuit against the tir a tyrannosaurusr or rex is what he said. >> they issued a temporary restraining order not to sell the dinosaur. >> once it's gob, it's gone, that met the irreparable harm of the lose of the dinosaur, you could just go down to your walmart and replace it. >> i said look this is here in new york i can't believe these guys are doing this. >> i thought the most prudent
thing would be to go to new york. >> and you went into the auction house? there were i think 300 items and the marquee item was the tyrannosaurus. he is there he or she in the auction room. >> the auction didn't go well. >> we're walking around, overheard an official of heritage auction he on the phone talking rather loudly and said well we aren't going to follow the order. they tell someone on the phone who we now know was the buyer, we're going to go ahead and do it but we're going osay, subject to the court's ruling, we're going odo th to do the auction. >> the sale of this next lot is subject to the court proceeding. >> so we called the judge on his cell phone. he said you need to tell them. >> i told mr. painter to remind
them that this was an order and not a suggestion. >> you are the guy at the wedding that says stop. >> that's it. >> it's a good thing you're a big guy. >> it's true, yes. i dialed my phone, a blackberry, a dinosaur in itself. who signed the restraining order that you're about to violate and he wants to explain why. >> the puzzled augmentation ear proceeds with the auction and it's finished and the guy on the phone bought it. >> for how much? >> $875,000. >> so what is this 70 million year old mongolian festival creating this fuss? batar and his cousin t rex were
the most fearsome dinosaurs who roamed the earth. >> batar is the asian why representation of this. >> do you know why they had such small arms? they had enormous legs but tiny little arms. >> batar, this guy could have eaten all the other little dinosaurs around them and probably did. >> things are changing in mongolia, engaged in this issue like the looting of dinosaur bones from their land. it's been happening for quite a long time, certainly in the early '90s we saw illegal excavations there, but it's only recently that the monday goala n government has recognized it and
tried to stop it. >> the government has the right to make those laws and have the laws respected. >> we could smuggle a 24 by eight foot anything into our country. >> at the auction house life began to improve for the dinosaur. the buyer withdrew. the auction house asked to cooperate. with batar safely moved to an undisclosed location in queens, teams from united states canada and a delegation from mongolia came to inspect the giant fossil identifying him or her as 100% mongolian and then another lucky break. >> the mongolian ministry went home and skiting in the lobby and this guy sitting over here on his phone is talking about there's this mongolian dinosaur
and on and on and on. so this guy from mongolia took a picture with his iphone and said, i think this is the smuggler. so they take this photo and they send it to mongolia and the police take it and they go into the gobi desert and they find someone who says, this is mr. eric. >> this guy? >> mr. eric, they find photos in this guy in the gobi desert with a hammer and sickle and looking for dinosaurs. >> meantime the dinosaur was placed under arrest. >> it is an old legal concept you are suing to return an asset a piece of property. you put it in the name of the property. it's called united states of america versus one tyrannosaurus
batar. that was new in my experience. >> from june we were able to secure the warrant, secure a warrant to be able to seize the dinosaur, would we be able to locate it? december 2012 we had it in our possession. >> also in their possession a search warrant. the immigration and customs l enforcement of homeland security went straight to the are workshop of mr. eric, eric perkopi. >> the best would be we find whatever we are looking for. better than that, the items we were getting for or actually part of the items we were looking for were getting delivered. >> talked about weird coincidences, of all times the delivery truck to show up, while agencies ar -- agents are lookig
for dinosaurs, a delivery truck with another one. >> eric prokapi pled guilty to smuggling and conspiracy. he is currently awaiting sentencing. the texas judge has been formally recognized by the government of mongolia for his service. [applause] >> and so, after less than a year in new york, batar was flown back to mongolia on korean air, first class. and today, batar is traveling again. but this time to temporary museums inside mongolia. >> so there was a rush that the people were so amazed at the
success, they love the dinosaur. their hero, their batar. >> mongolia is rebuilding the former lenin museum to permanently house their newest national hero, the last one may have been gengis khan. >> that is gengis khan, fighting for what you have? >> that is to young generations in mongolia, you have to fight for this and mongolia have something valuable. >> truly a fitting end. and by the wayment t translation for the mongolia word batar, it's hero. by the way, you might wonder as we did, who buys a dinosaur? it's kind of big for a coffee
table ornament. our friend t batar would have ended up in the hands of a private collect. coming up here, blurred lines on campus. >> i think we were reluctant to classify as a sexual assault because it would have been classified in the official number. we put more emphasis on preventing plagiarism and preventing rape. >> we introduce our series sex crimes on campus, next.
to create athletic opportunities for women, the uconn is a powerhouse. seven students, students and alumna, under title 9 said that the university discounted and ignored their reports of rape. it is the latest effort to hold higher ed responsible for the protection of students on campus, following pathways by two women of the university of north carolina. >> it happened specifically, it was within two minutes that i was -- my head was slammed into a bat room door and then again next to the toilet and you know, the assault proceeded. >> i remember like putting my hands on the sink and just like looking at myself in the mirror, and not even being able to fully comprehend what had just happened. and it was just like, i need to get out of here. >> these women say they were
raped. at a place most of us assume will be a haic haven of learnind of safety: college. annie was a freshman and andrea a sophomore, each tenanting unc at chapel hill. they said they were not given what they needed afterwards. >> i couldn't say this happened to me this happened to me this happened to me and to be questioned hours upon hours. i knew when i did report because i did i was blamed for my own experience. >> what were you told? >> i was told that rape was like a football game and what would i have done differently to avoid that situation? >> one in 20 college women in the united states will be the victim of a completed or attempted raip i rape in a typil
college year, according to the violence against women are survey. as many as 20 to 25% can be victims. today many of these victims of rape refer to them as survivors. >> there's depression, there's eating disorders. there's cutting. there's this internal blame. there's not wanting to go out at night. dropping out of school is something we've seen lot. dropping out of classes, major switching residence hall rooms and a lot of that better is placed on -- burden is placed on the victim to change your lifestyle, your fault, get over it, figure what you can do better. >> the school blind to sexual vinyls? >> they treat it as a compliance issue. something that can be treated
with by policy. >> i want someone to say we messed up but we can learn from our mistakes and we can have our best model because of it. we want someone to say we're sorry and we can do better, not, we didn't do anything wrong. >> it's easy to put a blue light on campus and have a campus security guard, that could be a facade of safety, not your most effective end to sexual violence. >> since 1972 the u.s. department of education under title 9 of the civil rights act have said institution he receiving federal funds must ensure an educational free of sexual discrimination. the law is usually associated with equality in sports. but many colleges and universities say they were unaware of their legal obligation under title 9 to also protect students from sexual assault. historically critics say schools
have generally looked the other way or worse: covered it up. melinda manning is a former usc dean who was dissatisfied with the are university's handling of sexual assaults. >> we put more emphasis on plagiarism than sexual assault. >> i'm here to talk about what we can and must do about it. >> in april of 2011 vice president joe biden announced the dear colleague letter, the document that announced clear guidelines of how to deal with sexual assault under title 9. it left no doubt that protecting the students was the school's responsibility. though annie had graduated, in
2012 she and andrea found each other through unc community. they talked about the issue of rape at the university of north carolina and decided to take a stand. >> this is not an unc problem. this is not because someone messed up in the student office. u.n.c is not a problem, it's evidence of a larger problem. >> in january of 2013, along with former unc administrator melinda manning and two others, they filed a complaint against the university of north carolina at the department of education. >> i think this is a microcosm of what's happening across the country. we see these crimes committed, the university sweeping them under the rug and the students saying this is not okay.
when you have 18 and 19-year-old men and women who are holding the government accountable for rape like it's just -- it boggles my mind. >> the department of education has made an effort. >> yes, but they've never really done anything. so there's no real teeth behind it that we've actually seen. >> so has any university had its federal funds withdrawn? >> no, never. >> the federal complaint against unc has received considerable media attention and social media has beginning a voice to a network of survivors who many with the informal help of annie and andrea have filed their own complaints at the department of education. today the office for civil rights whose job it is to enforce title 9 has open investigations on sexual assault at 25 colleges and use of the where many finally there is a sense of a turning point.
>> andrea and annie what they really did was started pulling people together from all around the country and mobilized a movement. and that really is the fundamental contribution that they made. they took what was one case and made it a national issue. they helped educate countless women across the country and young men, too, about their rights. >> and so they take it to the next step. they go to the office of civil rights. they go to the department of education and file a complaint saying, the institution didn't take care of me as i think they should. >> ew winship is one of the compliance investigators hired by the school. >> we've got to switch that dynamic. we have to talk about violence, we have to talk about sexual violence. have we done that as well as we could? again colleges and universities generally speaking i say that we need to do better, we need to do
more. >> despite the federal guidelines outlined in the dear colleague letter, the right way forward the still not clear to many universities. >> part of my frustration as an administrator was along with that document there didn't come like a training institute or things like that. we're trying but sometimes we're stumbling just because we're not getting the guidance we need with these new expectations and regulations. >> so tell me what we're looking at. >> this is the courage project and this is a project that i created with my project, survivors and their stories, anonymously. interesting thing with this case is this survivor's photo was actually targeted and was vandalized two weeks ago, so that photo is currently not here. >> what would it say that somebody would deface a rape survivor? >> well it basically says keep quiet and know your place. >> annie and andrea believe sexual assaults on campus are still underreported.
>> any time i see a sexual assault report and see zero, zero, zero across the board, that's a red flag. that doesn't mean sexual assault is not happenings, it means people are uncomfortable and the university isn't getting accurate statistics. >> even more guidelines are along the way, educating students about sexual assaults and intervening when they see a problem. >> it's no longer training women how not to be raped. it's about traifn training men d women about the issues around sexual assault and teaching not to rape. it's where we are now, starting to make the course corrections.the newer generations of officials on campus have a completely different perspective on sexual violence than those that were there 20 years ago and approximately it'll grow exponentially. >> as for annie and andrea, they
have turned their mission of campus life that has been too long in the shadows. >> so far, no cases have been filed,. >> let's keep a strong fows on sexual assaults at american colleges and university. starting monday, america tonight looks at sex crimes on campus, 9:00 p.m. eastern. then, a special 90 minute program, 9:00 p.m. eastern friday night on al jazeera america. coming up on this program, her young eyes saw her parents taken away. now a young advocate for human rights and corporate families, kathy figueroa, her story coming up next.
parents deportation. even made youtube videos for president obama. a documentary called two americans. >> but we can't forget that this process of immigration and eventually inclusion has often been painful. >> my boss send me a message, good luck, for you. >> i said thanks. >> i think i helped them, i don't see he's nice and everything but my dad got his driving license. he's about to get his permission to work. that wouldn't have been possible if none of what happened would have happened.
>> the law in arizona has national implications. its precedence will have an impact on all of us. today you're going to hear some testimony on how it affects children women communities and families. i'll begin with katherine figueroa. welcome katherine. >> thank you. last year both my parents were jailed for three long months. after sheriff's deputies arrested them. it was very hard for me every time when i went to school. i kept thinking that maybe i would see my parents when i got back home. i would also have bad dreams. where they would take my aunt
her family and me to jail. i'm still afraid of the deputies. please help us. children don't know what to do without their parents. please tell president obama to change the laws that are separating us. please tell president obama to stop putting parents in jail. al they want is a better life for their kids. thank you for this. >> thank you, mi hita, i appreciate it. my mommy and dad didn't speak english when they sent me to school. they were immigrants. how do you feel in school? >> since kindergarten my parents would say they are proud of me because i would get good grades. and i'm happy that i'm in scho school. and i feel very proud of myself.
>> people don't be scared! fight for your rights? se ce puede! >> and now we report a victorious conclusion to kathy's efforts when a judge granted a motion to close her parents' immigration cases. they are now free from the immediate fear of deportation. earlier i spoke with carlos figueroa and his now 13-year-old daughter. >> this has made a great impact on my life. all we have been through finally comes to something good. and like i said it before, i'm happy because it's not just the big victory for my family but for a lot of people that were
always there with me, when ways alone and even when my parents came out they were always there and always supported me. >> do you think it's possible that your case is just exceptional, it's just because you did so much to help your parents that they decided not to continue to prosecute your parents? maybe other families are in the same situation, or do you think people are really paying more attention, and don't want to see families separated? >> i think that now, more stories are being heard. and they're listening, i think. and they're realizing that with the laws and what they're doing are not right so that's why they are starting to make changes and hopefully they keep making changes. and give everybody a chance to stay here with their families together. and not running away from the police or from our are pile
because it really gives a big impact in your family. >> you are referring to sheriff arpaio, the sheriff of mayor maa county. >> i would like to tell him i did what i had to do which is fight for my parents and i actually got when i wanted which was my parents back with me. >> and i suppose you want that for other families, as well. >> yeah. i don't want no more families to be separated and suffer like mine did. >> kathy figueroa, carlos figueroa thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> and ahead tonight, the vw bus. >> some little part of my heart that is sad that they're finally going to shut the last factory down. now we're antique car collectors and they're just getting crazy valuable and it's sad because
>> and finally from us this hour, it's the last ride. it's the end of the line. in fact for the so-called hippie van. america tonight traveled to missoula, montana. the mini bus that it's so hard to let go of the wheel. >> this is the mini bus that i pulled out of my neighbor's yard. 1966 passenger bus. >> my name is damon, i directed a film called the bus. i have a personal connection with the bus, and so it was for me it was sort of reconciling some of my own feelings and trying to figure out why do i care so much about this car? and the history of the vehicle was pretty remarkable.
>> are before world war ii, hitler croor contracted ferdinad porsche,. >> the dutch importer came to the factory one day after the war and found that factory workers had rigged up a frame and made a flatbed out of it. he drew a sketch and two years later they were in construction. the idea of creating this mini bus, cargo mover, people mover helped bring postwar germany back on its feet. all through the 50s buses were imported into the united states. by the time the '60s came around hand this sort of
turbulent counterculture movement had started. there were already hundreds of thousands of buses in the country and you could get them cheap, you could load up all your friends, drive across the country. so they were really in the right place at the right time. you know, there's no shortage of material when you're looking for characters for a volkswagen film. one of the people that i was really fortunate in meeting and hook up with was dave manning who in a nutshell embodies the vw bus culture. he lives in his bus half the year. >> yes, that's what i have every night. i'll do this as long as i can get away with it. so i did work to have a normal job for ten months a year and have two months off in the summer. what i realized was the two months that i was traveling in
the bus every year were like the best part of my year. >> these campers have a connotation of the hippie lifestyle. it represents kind of stripping away what was the really square sort of stuff that everybody was getting fed in the '50s. it was a reaction to that and saying we're not going owear the same suit and -- to wear the same suit and tie and fedora and go to work, we're going ohit the road man. it is a little house on wheels, it is cute and unique and i totally enjoy that. they are very utilitarian and they are designed in a very, very simple way. it gives you the freedom to go places. i can get on one of these great american highways and go somewhere and whenever i get tired i can stop. i'm independent. because i can maintain my own
rig. there's not a computer in it. the flip side of that of course is that i have to work on this every week. the bus is called vincent. i was writing a song vincent rolls and it's pretty much like that, what it's like to drive around. ♪ vincent rolls ♪ vincent are rides >> at the end of the year they're stopping production of the vw bus in brazil. they stopped producing it elsewhere in the world, germany south africa, brazil they are pretty much an unsafe vehicle. there is no crumble zone. the jj is in the back. there's no room for air bags. your niece are sort of the first line of defense in a front
impact. it's a sad thing to me. it's definitely a no nostalgic event. but at the same time, you know, safety standards need to be in place. >> some little part of my heart that is sad that they're finally going to shut the last factory down. now we're antique car collectors and they're just like getting craisesy -- crazy valuable and it's sat because hippies can't buy hippie cars anymore. ♪ >> no, i don't ever plan on selling it. if i did anything, i'd give it away. it's not about selling it for money, it's about giving it a did home, you know. >> on the road from
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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm jonathan betz with a look at the top stories. >> protesters gathered in washington demanding answers over nsa spying, opposing what they say is unlawful monitoring of americans by the us government. privacy advocates urged government to reform laws governed by the nsa >> the justice department will use evidence in a case against an accused terror. >>. fbi accuses a terrorist working for a terrorist agent. he's originally from alice sp