>> and indicating that the transfinder might have been turned off. what have we learned about the search of the plane today? >> we don't know much more than wthat. they are in the search area. they have expanded the search westward. they just need to figure out where the plane went down and they have no idea.
>> lisa stark for us in washington, d.c. thank you very much. explosive allegations by the head of the senate and intelligence committee, dianne feinstein accusing the c.i.a. of criminal activity. mike viqueira is at the white house. these are disturbing accusations. what is behind them? >> you're absolutely right. this has burst into unexpected way in washington. it stems from the rendition and very controversial. the senate and intelligence committee started an investigation, and here is where the plot thickens. there was a lot of controversy and disagreement between the intelligence committee. the c.i.a. in particular, and the senate intelligence agencies, and the senate intelligence committee over what documents they would have access to. it got to the point in 2009 they decided to have an undisclosed outside location where committee
members and staff could go and look at these documents. they've gone back and forth since then. there is a 6,000 page report in the offing. but allegations that c.i.a. have spied on, of all people, the senate intelligence committee. they have removed documents, according to dianne feinstein, from the committee. she is outraged. she went to the floor to vent her anger. this has been boiling for a weeks. at first c.i.a. blamed it on outside contractors, and then they changed their story. >> then the c.i.a. stated that the removal of the documents ordered by the white house, when the committee approached the white house, the white house denied giving the c.i.a. any such order. after a series of meetings i learned that on two occasions c.i.a. personnel electronically removed committee access to
c.i.a. documents after providing them to the committee. >> the c.i.a. director william brennon, he has ban busy man this morning at the foreign relations panel, the moderator right out of the box about those allegations from dianne feinstein. here's how he responded. >> as far as the allegations of the c.i.a. hacking into senate computers. nothing could be further from the truth. we wouldn't do that. that's just beyond the scope of reason. when the facts come out on this i think a lot of people who are claiming that there have been this tremendous spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong. >> and as i stand here, del, jay carney is taking question on this and other matters. there is inspector general investigation within the c.i.a. on this matter. there has been a referral to the department of justice, but he's not confirming this is a justice investigation. the wheels are turning. this has certainly got people's
attention. >> mike viqueira at the white house, mike, thank you very much. turning to ukraine the crimean parliament moving to adopt about the declaration deciding whether they'll breakaway from ukraine and join russia. going to phil ittner, what does it actually mean. >> reporter: it means that they have clear intention of breaking away from ukraine, and it appears they think it's a done deal on the 16th when they hold the referendum. the document voted on today, that independence declaration will be the wording that they'll use if it does seem to go as it's going to go, and they will vote to breakaway and join the russian federation. already the government in kiev said that that was illegitimate. that the crimean parliament does not have that kind of authority.
they don't have that kind of power. but also we've already heard from moscow, and they say they accept that independent declaration. >> we're hearing about the arrest of a russian national with tying to radical groups. what can you tell about that. >> reporter: the ukrainian government held a press conference and they said there are russian agent provocateurs sowing descent between those communities that are pro or anti-moscow or pro- or anti anti-europe. they say they found him with bomb-making materials and with a stash of money. this will be a very controversial issue between moscow and kiev, if, indeed, they can provide further seven-daevidence that this gento
was found near the russian border is, indeed, an agent for the russians. >> phil, all this on a day that viktor yanukovych speaks out again, insisting that he is the legitimate leader of ukraine. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. viktor yanukovych speaking just on the other side of the border, he made a couple of points. he said he still believes he is the legitimate president of this country. he said that any presidential election that's planned, for example, the election planned for may, that's not legitimate as well. but he also took a moment to take a swipe at washington saying that the money that. has been promised from washington to--should not be going to the government here in kiev. >> u.s. law code for bids providing financial help to the
authorities of any state where there is an unlawfully elected president. >> reporter: now whether or not the government here really can be seen as a coup d'etat, that is the question. and, indeed, that is yanukovyc yanukovych's position, there may be question about that money. >> phil ittner from kiev, thank you very much. many ukrainians say they're proud of the protest that ousted viktor yanukovych, but others say that the gift is illegitimate and are full of right-wing extremists. we looked into those allegatio allegations. >> reporter: they are young, they're organized, and according to russia they're part of a fascist group. these are members of white hammer, one of a number of groups that has risen to prominence. and their commander said they're nationalists, not racists.
>> when we were on the barricades spilling your blood we were protecting their dignity, their well-being. i'm sure there are views, gypsies, russians, moldovans and belarusians. >> reporter: these are what they call self-defense understands but some lean far rest to neo-nazi groups. >> reporter: one group played a role in the fight against the riot police or as they put it, the revolution. >> i can't understand people's definition when they talk about radical extremists. there are no more than the right in maidan. we went to attack because we
want to realize people's tort revolve. >> reporter: one party in power is viboda. the party holds several poses in the interim government but denies any links to far right activists. and for right the west seems happy for it to play a role in politics. >> we're positively impressed by the positive evolution of siboda's role. we are here as the united states that the use of anti-semitic symbols and the use of certain along is not acceptable. >> reporter: there are reminders of the challenges that ukraine faces. >> remember for the latest details on the c.i.a. the
missing malaysian airlines plan and alplaneand all the events co ukraine you can find all that at twitter. the war in syria is affecting many children. instead of learning and playing, they're being forced to work. and unicef said they're also being forced to fight and many thousand have died. >> reporter: for nearly three years children of syria have suffered like no child should. secretary general ban can i noon accuses the government of crimes against children. the syrian government and it's allied militias are responsible for killings, maiming, and torturing and sexual abuse and in some cases using children as human shields. >> ill treatments and acts
importantly included beatings with metal cable, whips, electric shock including to the genitals. the ripping out of finger nails and toenails, sexual violence including aim or these of rape, mock executions, cigarette burns sleep deprivation, confinement and torture to relatives. >> reporter: armed opposition groups are also accused of execution of children as well as carrying out sexual violence against them. and children continue to die on a daily basis. governments attack different target in aleppo on tuesday while children who were taking classes in this mosque. >> i came here to take my brother, who is studying inside. ten children died. three survived.
>> reporter: a family of ten are buried under this pile of rubble. neighbors are desperate to recover the bodies. >> i heard the sound of the plane, and i came quickly down here. i saw people being taken away. i saw two children in the rubble. >> reporter: the bodies pile up as shocked relatives try to identify the victims young and old. in syria no one is immune to the violence, not even the very young. >> coming up on al jazeera america this was the scene three years ago in japan. a powerful tsunami caused by an earthquake. now looking back and remembering those who died.
home. in japan they're marking a grim anniversary. [♪ singing ] >> reporter: on the fukushima beach a ceremony for the dead. people died here when the earthquake and tsunami truck three years ago. 37 were never found. they pray for the safe passage of their souls. while the local police, as they do on the 11th day of every month search for their remains. >> reporter: the act of searching is something important for the bereaved. it makes them feel that they're not forgotten. >> even on this anniversary day the reconstruction effort continues. the affected coast line is inextricably changing. but for those whose lives were changed permanently three years ago reconstruction is all the more difficult. >> reporter: 200 kilometers up the coast another prayer gathering. here the dead remain in intimate presence of the lives of the beginning.
>> the earthquake was a magnitude 9 giant. but the effects were nothing with what followed. three years after the earthquake struck to the minute the tsunami siren sounded. it's prime minister spoke of recovery. >> there are many people who still can't go home due to the nuclear accident speeding up the recovery process so they can return to a normal life as soon as possible is the only way we can repay the many souls of the victims that watch over us in heaven. >> reporter: but if japan is united in remembrance it's divided about its nuclear future. people protested against the
prime minister's plans an. the reactors shut down in weeks after the disaster at fukushima which three years on is still leaking radioactive water and undermining trust. back on the beach monks cast prayers and th for the dead as e country remembers them. >> as they mark the anniversary of the tsunami that led to the disaster. more than 2,000 are still missing. many around japan including workers at tepco holding a moment of silence, employees along with others bowing their hezbollah to remember those who were lost. and the radiation continues to leak from fukushima, but we know that thanks to the efforts of a small group of scientists. jake ward is live in california
one thousand feet of offshore ia boat off the pacific ocean. how do we know that amount of radiation coming off the shores of fukushima, and how do we know that it's small enough that we don't need to worry about did. >> reporter: it's due to scientist who is have been trying to basically take a look at both the seafood that moves back and forth between the japanese coast and the california coast, which includes pacific blue fin tuna, and trying to sample the water itself. the trouble is they're not able to get federal funds to do this. instead, they're soliciting crowd funding just to be able to dip buckets in 14 different sites to sample this amount of seawater they can't get federal funding to do it. that said with the small amount of readings they have been able to take, they do know that the seawater that we're looking at right now has incredibly small amounts of radiation that are
not immediately dangerous to human health. >> you say they are having to use private donations to conduct this. why isn't there federal funds available. >> reporter: they have to take donations to take a look at 14 different sites along the pacific is crazy. it's a jurisdiction problem. noaa does not do radiation. they look at the ocean but don't do radiation. the epa does look at the ocean and does look at radiation, and nuclear production as they do here at the plant until it was shut down, and they do crisis management, but there is no one federal agency that is in charge of looking at how much radiation is in the ocean. so these scientists are trying to fill the gap. that's the alarming part here. >> jake ward off the coast of
>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. here are your deadlines this hour. in washington, disturbing allegations. dianne feinstein accusing the c.i.a. of spying on their computers. the director 6 c.i.a. denies those allegations. down playing terrorism in the search of a missing fly, flight 370. this is malaysian airlines begins investigation on one of its co-pilots who reportedly allow two women in the cockpit on a previous flight.
ousted ukrainian president viktor yanukovych announced he is still that country's lit leader. crimean voters are due to decide this week whether they want to be part of russia. in london circus acts are reaching new heights. the british government establishing the national center of circus arts. they're teaching them the skills they need to succeed under the big top. >> reporter: as you can see circuses have come a long way since the days of lyon tamers and clowns. today it's more of a fusion of dance, acrobatics, balance, and strength. it's also now a big business. this building was once a power station. today it's a space for turning out young people destined for careers in circus, doing it here for 25 years. this is a wheel, charlie is one of the best in the business already.
>> i wondered if it was the real thing, and i found out that it is. >> reporter: it was just renamed the national centre of circus arts. >> circus is just as much of an art form, and we're coming center stage. >> reporter: there was a government minister on hand to say a few words and pull a few cords. modern circus was invented over 200 years ago. the hope is that this will once again put the u.k. at the center of circus and it's the only play to earn a full degree in circus arts. for those concerned about the fitness levels of computer-centered youth, this is
raising its profile and it's about the recognition of the commercial potential of the circus art form. the u.k.'s creative industries earned its country a lot of money. and the government hopes that once up and running places like this will make it possible for the children of the future to tell their parents to go runaway and join the circus, and that will sound like a good idea. >> al jazeera, london. >> the weather school now maybe not as interesting or fun, but as interesting i should say with the winter storm developing with a lot going on over the next 4 hours. does that look like much now, but as low pressure intensifies it will will pull up very warm air. where it's cold enough there is all snow. this is a winter storm warning
with the ice from new york all the way to new england. that rain line being pushed pretty far north as this low intensifies by wednesday morning. big warm up across the southeast and mid-atlantic states with temperatures close to 70. not lasting long, though, because as this front moves through getting rain because the temperatures are well above freezing and then dropping ending briefly as some snow as that cold air moves in. so the low right over pennsylvania wednesday evening, and then that front moves over wednesday night into thursday. they'll notice a big jump in the wind speed and as that wind changes it brings in all that cold air in. by thursday morning, lows are into the 20's. so big temperature drop expected wednesday night into early thursday, and that know will really come down here 10 to 20 inches predicted in new york, all the way up through new england. here are the heavy snow amounts. in the south there is rain that
could end briefly as a period of snow. but the big story is the big temperature drop wednesday into thursday. >> thank you for watching al jazeera america. i'm del walters in america. check us out 24 hours a day at al jazeera.com. >> the wonder of the world's force is often found in the creatures that live in them. but the rare and precious of animals are increasingly falling prey t to poachers. equal only in scale to the illegal drug trade. so vast and lucrative is this black market under world its driving more species than