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>> an explosion of violence and destruction rocks ukraine as german chancellor angela merkel visits the white house. also, chemical weapons have been used again in syria. does bashar al-assad have a secret stockpile of weapons ready to be unleashed. philadelphia police robbing stores and actually are assaulting women, why are the officers still on the job? and are mental diseases superpowers? i'm antonio mora and welcome to "consider this." here's more on what's ahead. >> the conflict in ukraine is getting worse.
at least 40 people died. >> clash between pro-russian and government supporters. >> most of the clashes came when the building was set on fire. >> did the administration deliberately deceive americans about thing benghazi attack? >> a wave of hysteria. >> a select committee on benghazi. >> we've being produced tens of thousands of items for the hearings. >> latest voyages in syria's civil war. >> also reports that the syrian government, attacked with chlorine gas. >> men women being deliberately targeted, a flagrant violation of the basic tenets of war. >> we begin with the deadliest day of ukraine since the toppling of viktor yanukovych in february. 33 people killed after a fire
engulfed a building inning odessa. battling in the streets with ukraine loyalists. police say most died of smoke inhalation, while others were killed jumping from windows. the dramatic explosion of violence started early friday when two ukrainian military helicopters were shot down and at least three people killed after ukrainian forces launched their first major force in be slovyansk, a spokesman for russian president vladimir putin called the offense a criminal act and called for a special united nations meetings. at the white house, president obama and angela merkel displayed a voice of unity against russia. >> you got 28 countries and some are more vulnerable than others to potential russian retaliation
and we have to take those into account. not every country is going to be in exactly the same place. but what has been remarkable is the degree to which all countries agree that russian russian -- -- russia has violated international law, violated the territorial integrity of a country in europe and there has to be consequences for that. >> joining us. >> stockholm i stok owners joining us in stockholm, prime minister, these big clashes in odessa had killed and injured a series of people on friday, but now this fire has reportedly killed dozens in a building that may have been a base for pro-russian be forces. what he would do if ethnic russians suffer in ukraine.
how concerned are you now about this? >> what i'm concerned by the continued escalation that we see, an escalation of the destabilization activities, first we saw them in the east, slovyansk people have been killed, a helicopter was shot down earlier today, a ukrainian one, you don't do that with the things you find at your local grocery store, put it mildly. and then violence in odessa, that was somewhat expected, i was there a couple of weeks ago, very calm but people expected pro-russian activities to start. exactly what happened we don't know huge tragedy. i hoped this would calm things down and make everyone understand that this can't go on. there has to be peafl peaceful development -- peaceful development of the country. >> the ukrainian government with this offensive in the east and the officials state as they tried to go into they faced
highly skilled foreign military men. putin keeps saying ukraine trying to fight for its own territory is somehow a criminal act and it has destroyed the final act of the implementation of the geneva accord. there is ample act that russia has destroyed the agreement. is there any evidence that ukrainian government will fulfill the obligation? >> we have seen absolutely nothing from the russian government that indicates that they intended to move in the direction of the geneva agreement. then of course the ukrainian authorities are trying to regain control of certain parts of the eastern ukraine. what they're doing in slorches seems to be rather -- slovyansk seems or the rather carefully. looks like they're going to seal it off, that's the way i interpret news at the moment. the best would be for all
illegals to disarm whoever they are, whatever conviction they have, and respect the fact that there will be elections in ukraine. and that will decide the future of the country. >> the question is of course how they're being armed, as you said two ukrainian helicopters were shot down at least one of them with a surface to air missile reportedly president obama said that is undercutting russia contention that this is a spon tain spontaneous uprising. you tweeted, some elderly ladies bought some rpgs or missiles at the local grocery store i assume. there's no doubt in your pined that putin is sending special arms or forces into the ukraine? >> whatever. these weapons don't come from nowhere, they're coming from somewhere. you could discuss that endlessly. what is evidence and obvious for
everywhere, is the information warfare, fueling fears and to some extent hatred that is having effect and aggravating the conflict and clearly supporting the separatists very clearly. and painting a picture of ukraine and painting a picture of the ukrainian government and painting a picture of the pro-ukraine individuals that is truly horrifying. so if there is no other russian involvement clearly the propaganda warfare is conducted by moscow. >> you said that the eu needs to be firm in dealing with moscow because of what you called the new mentality in kremlin questioning putin's controls. you have to ask him what else is in his heart, what do you think is there? >> i don't know. but that goes back to the big speech that he delivered in the kremlin when he annexed, after his occupation of crimea.
he had the annexation of crimea. then he said very candidly in his opinion he had known in his heart for a long time this was russia, but they had to transparent rules for a while, but now, it was time to revise the post-cold war order in the east of europe. that leads the question, how far does he sphwoand go? i'm not sure he -- intend to go? i'm not sure he knows himself. that's when the united states and the european union everyone stands up and demonstrates the limits that are there, to stop the smash and grab dhaiforts he is involved in. >> pro-russian forces are keeping the organization for security in europe a hostage, sweden, russia, a cbs news crew was detained, one member of the group was beaten. even though president obama and angela merkel
threatened more sanctions, three both seemed reluctant to impose them. is the eu and the united states are they taking strong enough action? >> i think sanctions are coming and i think sanctions will have an effect. although i think sanction he in themselves only work over the long term. what's happening is the russian economy is going otake a substantial beating less from the sanction he than from mr. putin himself. if there's one thing that investors want is predictability. mr. putin has done russia a very unpredictable place for investments, down graded russian economy for the second time yesterday. i'm not sure it deterse putin short term but down term it will have its effect. >> let's hope you are right, it is a pleasure and honor to have
you on the show, swedish foreign minister karl wilt, thank you. 2010 attack on u.s. facilities had benghazi that left four americans dead, house speaker john boehner, the moves follows forced release of a white house e-mail republicans say shows the obama administration misled americans on the cause of the attack. according to the speaker americans learned this week that the obama administration is so intent of obstructing the truth about benghazi the wiling it iso defy subpoenas. secretary of state john kerry was subpoenaed by the house oversight committee to reveal what he knows about the situation. served at white house director
of specialty media for president george w. bush and with me, from al jazeera, michael shur. mercedes i'll start with you. , are beings house minority leader nancy pelosi, divergence, subterfuge, benghazi benghazi benghazi, why aren't we talking about something else. the pentagon says it's costing millions in diversion time. why do we need another investigation? >> four american dead four dead. this is a situation where new evidence has popped up. you've got to give credit to speaker boehner, he held out a while before appointing a select committee. now we have new evidence. the new evidence the way we found out about it is through a third party group, through judicial watch. it wasn't through congressional subpoenas. i think there is an obligation
to the american people, to the families who lost loved ones in bengz t benghazi, to get the record straight. if they are going to call it quote unquote a conspiracy, not just talk about what the direct connection was between the white house and the state department during those attacks. >> 65% of americans say that congress should investigate accountable. at any timeisn't that reason to go forward? >> antonio if a fox news poll was reason fluff to go forward with anything we would be in a misguided country, are. >> just to be fair though. >> let me finish. >> to be fair no huffington post shows most americans do not approve -- >> that's different saying that there should be further investigation. approving and disapproving is one thing. but saying there should be
further investigations is in my estimation absurd and to rely often those numbers solely is even adding further fuel to the absurdity. i think when you look at what benghazi was and what this is, people are calling this laughfully a smoking gun. if not it shows that the white house did not when they said they had supplied e-mails that were requested they did not supply all of them. this is showing nothing. this isn't showing a coverup or a conspiracy, anything that went wrong that we don't already know. these e-mails were based on cia information at the time. there was an expectation from one side or the other that they should have all the information right away. they didn't have all the information. it was shoddily handled in the way these e-mails were handled. they doan don't show anything wrong, if hillary clinton was not running for president, if she
was not a candidate in a lot of people's minds already we wouldn't be talking about benghazi already, about something else. >> they do show proof of a white house coverup in that e-mail, despite subpoenas from congress and statements that everything had bin turned over. all when the president was touting a victory over al qaeda. less than a week after benghazi, the ambassadors told sunnyvale rice to go on the sunday talk shows, not a broader failure of policy. but that was again the white house line, it was a tough election year but democrats are argue as michael just said that there isn't anything new in that e-mail, that there's no smoking gun, that what rhodes wrote is in line with earlier talking points. so is this in ado about nothing? >> we don't know where president obama was, he wasn't in the situation room.
he was in the situation room when osama bin laden was caught. but when we have an attack on our can embassy and an american ambassador was killed, this was an election year, his attack on terrorists osama bin laden was successful, they didn't want another terrorist attack on september 11th, this happened in benghazi, there was definitely some coverup or some situation where you send out ununited nations ambassador susan rice and yet she's given these talking points, we know, anyone out there you could clearly say this was a are terrorist attack. she -- this was a terrorist attack. for the house treebles go forward and have the -- the house republicans to go forward and have this select committee is very important. >> but they all got their
information, initially, from a cia report. >> michael -- >> listen, i'm not saying the information was right. i'm you saying that's where three got the information. it caims from the intelligence. the -- came from the intelligence, the bureau that was responsible for the initial response to the attacks, wherever they happen, in para paraguay or benghazi. to blame her, to blame the administration or to blame ben rhodes, for information that came from the state department -- consume from the cia, you can -- excuse me from the cia, you can -- it doesn't change the facts here. >> michael there were changes to the original cia reports but if this e-mail was in line with everything that happened and all the e-mails and conversations that happened before and it last no significance why in the world
did it take a lawsuit to make it public? >> that's a great question antonio. i think i said, this has been handled shoddily in some respects. therer politicians in the house that are demanding this and the president is a politician. at the time he was candidate for reelection. these things were land poorly in some respect. there wasn't evidence of anything, not neglect, not caring for four people, there wasn't evidence of lying and causing death the land wasn't evidence of ignoring warnings. there's nothing in here. we're talking about documents. >> this is incorrect. >> i beg to differ. >> there was evidence that security lapses were happening in benghazi. there was clearly the fact that the state department did not provide those individuals in benghazi with enough security. to say that the white house should you know keep the white house clean of it that's just not correct, clearly in the
white house when you looked at tommy vetro was just on fox news, saying dude, they were just, i can't remember if i changed the word from attacks to demonstration, there was political initiative there, if the white house last nothing to hide they should comply with congress and they should go forth and present the evidence to the select committee. >> and which they have and they have done it slowly, tommy is right. >> why drag your feet? nothing to be had by dragging your feet. >> for a variety of reasons and that needs to be explained but feet dragging i don't think we have to look very far back for feet dragging on evidence. >> we'll have to leave it there. clearly this discussion will continue for a good time to come. mercedes and michael we appreciates you joining us. thank you. clearly many of the credit
syrian chemical weapons have been descroimed you destroyed, your we seeing things like this. why are officers still on the force and facing no officer . her hermela aregawi hermel what are we seeing,. >> more coming up and while you're watching let us know what >> our current system has gone very far awry... >> there's huge pressure on the police to arrest and find somebody guilty >> i think the system is going to fail a lot of other people. >> you convicted the wrong person >> i find that extraordinarily disappointing... >> to keep me from going to jail, i needed to cooperate. >> somebody can push you in a death chamber >> it's not a joke
>> forcing syria to give up its chemical weapons has bin president obama's sole victory in the civil war. but even that has been called into question by three chlorine gas attacks. in the daily beast, western nelings analysts say that all bun 7.5% of syria's declared chemical weapons has been removed, syria may have kept a significant undeclared chemical arsenal. sophisticated nerve gases and the facilities, scientists and scientific knowledge to rebuild chemical weapons program.
i'm joined by christopher dick ey dickey. editor of data beast. can continues to hide assets, how strong is that intelligence? >> i think it's strong pfn they 92 something is -- they know it's missing, they don't know how it's missing, the last 7.5% of the declared chemicals that is sort of a pathway into discovering what else might be there but basically they don't think that bashar al-assad has come clean about that arsenal and they're coming to the limits of their ability to search under the u.n. mandate. so i think there's a lot of concern and then of course added to that as you've said you've got the chlorine being used on the battle field and that's a very nasty chemical weapon even
though it's an industrial chemical. >> before we get to the chlorine, that 7.5% is a large amount. 92 of 5% of the declared ones are gone. but if least gotto so much power still -- >> if he's only got 7.5% of the declared amount we're pretty close to the end and officially the u.n. and opcw the u.n. monitoring agency are saying the declared arsenal will come to an end probably at the end of june on the deadline. the problem is, nobody believes that's all there is. >> the chlorine attacks, these barrel bombs that he's dropped. >> he has sophisticated weapons but if he doesn't have to use them he'll settle for something less sophisticated. barrel bombs, home made bombs rolled out of helicopters.
he doesn't want to roll out his munitions, chlorine will work for that. >> former u.n. inspector david kay says it says a lot about their lack of consequences, talking about the chlorine attacks. with what can the west do? it's done nothing. can it do anything if he's got those kinds of weapons? >> there isn't a question of can we do anything, there is the question of, is there a will to do something. the united states might do something, there are countries that could do something but none of them are doing anything. maybe there's a supply of what more 76thed weapons to the rebels in -- more sophisticated weapons. while they would like assad
gone, they don't want him replaced by what they know will replace him. >> you note that the killing could be worse if he does have biological weapons capabilities. >> sure. we know he's tried have biological weapons. he was trying to develop boys ons like ricin, then microbial weapons, which are be probably not smallpox in my opinion. >> although there is allegations he may have smallpox. >> there certainly have been allegations. but pathogens that are contagious, at the end of the day he's not going to use those if he doesn't have to but the scary thing is let's say there is a movement against asad that does seem likely to bring him resort? that is concern of some people. in an spheafer chaos in large --
atmosphere of chaos in large parts of the country where al qaeda and its affiliates are extremely active, you know they've been trying to duet their hands on biological weapons for quite a long time. they know where they can look for if they can get othose places, that's a scary situation as well. >> is this war ownership? they have now taken over the city of homs which is considered the rebel capitol for a while. if there's a 48 hour truce to allow the rebels to leave the country, has he got control? >> he has got control over a lot of country. he's got the part the rebels control, the disaster area and he still has a safe haven, damascus, there are actions in dmafntio damascus every so often. aleppo has been absolutely destroyed.
that's not seat of his power. >> in aleppo, bombs dropped on schools and children suffering. >> it's a war of terror. >> i wants to you talk about nigeria and this horror that over 200 girls and this terror group called boko haram, there was a report to the hoamsdz models security committee, three have been threats of thousands of individuals for years. >> you never know when somebody is going to be recruited from the ranks of nigerian extremists like boko haram and used somewhere else.
the guy who tried to blow up the flight over detroit a couple of years ago, he was from nigeria. he went to yemen and had ro had explosives sewn into his underwear. english speaking some of them fairly sophisticated, many not, but the sophisticated ones can move around the world. extremely dangerous. >> unless something can be done to help these girls it is a horrible story. >> christopher dickey, always great to have you. >> thank you antonio. >> federal officers have said they will not are
serve subpoenas, 33 of which were settled 50 city for $1.7 million none of the police officers has faced termination. joining us now from philadelphia, our philadelphia daily news investigators, wendy ruderman and exposing this alleged rogue narcotics squad within the philadelphia, police department. busted, a tale of corruption and bees trail in a city of brotherly love, great of both of you to join us. wendy i'll start with you. i know a lot of the people you spoke to some of whom received civil settlements formula the city, what is your reaction, why do you think they refused to file these charges? are.
>> you know, everybody's pretty puzzled over this. federal prosecutors seen puzzled by it, the shop owners have the right to be upset. some of them have told me they were never interviewed after they came forward in 2009 to tell us their story which we chronicles in "busted" and when we interviewed these shown owners they came from all cornsers of the city. we had 22 shop ownerse owners ag the same thing. we thought their collective voices would be very strong. the investigators didn't even hear their voices didn't bother to talk to them. >> we called the philadelphia police department they said they had no comment because they hadn't read the book but wrongly tasks the officers as rogue
cops, death by headlines. there is still an internal investigation going on. what do you think is going to happen? >> well, what's happening now is the internal affairs department did rule there were some charges that they should level against these officers including lying on search warrants, giving gifts osome of the informants and one of the officers searched a van during the raid of one of the bodegas. without a warrant. commissioner charles ramsey has sent the charges to the officers, they have ten days to receive them. and then he told me would probably take direct action which means he would either choose to terminate them or discipline them. but the head of the fraternal order of police has told me that he will fight through arbitration against whatever happens to them, whether they're disciplined or terminated and he believes he will definitely be
able to get their jobs back and perhaps even get them overtime that they would have earned, had they been on the street. they have been on desk duty for five years. >> wendy this started because a shady drug dealer called benny came to you saying he was scared for his life because of his relationship with one of these police officers. when did you realize you were onto something big? >> we really didn't stumble upon it as a really big story until i got a call from an attorney who said that officer you've been writing about i have a client who is jordannian, who said this officer and his cohort came in to his smoke shop and cut and sliced his video surveillance system and when the cameras went dark they proceeded to loot his store of thousands of
dollars of products, he some of these officers gave this loot loot to their drug informants. i believe as do the bodega owners they took the stuff from the store. >> they faked drug warrants in the case of an officer widely known to his colleagues as boob man, this guy made a history of sexually assaulting big breasted services. >> we found, woman of the women said she had been digitally penetrated by a police officer
named thomas tolstoy. these women we found independently, two of the women went on the record and did videos for us. one of the women, the last one that said she was digitally penetrated, walked to the hospital that very flight after this happened. they did a rape kit at the hospital ordered one and internal affairs was made aware of this woman complaining and getting the rape kit. they pulled tom state o tolstoy off the street that very night even though woman couldn't identify limb by flame, he had a history and they pulled him off the street. >> this reads as a thriller, it had to be stairably scary for you. i know barbara was hit by the drug informant twice and wendy you received all sorts of threats. >> they had a chat site where
officers could log on with their badge, they call the site dome light, where they said they hoped barbara and i would get killed or that we would get raped or that we would be set on fire and we'd call 911 and nobody would come. they put my home address up on the site. and so we were -- i think we were a little nervous but i wouldn't say, i don't know if i would say we were scared during it. we certainly had nights when we walked out of the building late at night, because we were working late at night on the series, we would see two officers waiting for us when we came out to stair us down, try to intim date us basically. >> in light of that you were working very long hours, the philadelphia daily news has suffered cutbacks like other newspapers acknowledge it was tough for them to give you time to research. how concerned are you that
departments aren't going to allow this kind of investigative discover all around the country? >> we worry about that all the time. every year since then we have better than faced with possible ex tirnlings and we're -- extinction and we're wonder going how that happened. we do worry about what's going to happen to newspapers across the country and to our newspaper obviously. for right now we keep plugging away, thinking we'll keep doing this work until they turn the lights out. >> congratulations to you both a few years after your pulitzer prize. busted, a tale of corruption in ithe city of brotherly love. thank you for coming. >> thanks for having us. >> what's happening, lap about. >> a maryland police department is being criticized how it uses social media. it
started from the prince georges police department, pgpd to live tweet prostitution scheme. was cents along with a photo of a woman being arrested. word spread on social media that the department would be live-tweeting the photos and information of prostitutes arrested. and it insighted comments like these. welcome to the police state destroying people's lives for your entertainment. no victim 92 crime. the department attempted to -- no virtually no crime. the department attempted to clarify, our vice unit will target those who attempt to solicit a prostitute, not the prostitute is you itself. awcts of the deternth to would-be johns. who choose to engage in this would be behavior. did very lim little about what people
thought to live-stream the sting altogether. kudos on your horrific policing techniques. but some did express support. lisa said as a woman who lives in pgc, i appreciate this work to eradicate crime in our county. thanks for locking up the johns. let us know what you think of the strategy. do you approve of the approach? you can tweet us, @ajconsiderthis. you antonio we'll see if they go through with the plan. >> thank you, hermella. up next, borderland. and later no one would think
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can make some money. >> kishawna, and alex, began the show firmly of opening all of america's borders. it is good to see you both. alex i will start with you. this is about the desert crossing, you had all followed individuals who died in that crossing. you are a fit guy. you see why hundreds of people die there every year. >> yeah, yeah, it's pretty tough. you start out and you think yeah, i'm fit, i can do this, and there's really nothing that can prepare you for it. not to mention, literally if you 20s an ankle, no matter who you are, you're pretty much dead. >> freezing at night, can hot during the day. >> literally, you can't feel your feet.
this was unreal. >> keshawna, since the border fence has funneled people into these difficult areas, migrants are now eight times more likely to die as they try to cross. hundreds as i said are dying every year and you really struggled, you were just in that desert for a little over a day. let's take a look add what happened. >> it's tough. it's hot. i think i overpacked. i don't see how people can do this for long. you got to be so careful. the rocks are slippery. there's no flats land. you got to be careful. you're watching your feet for snakes and other critters, you have rocks and branches, it's hard you get hot but then you got to put something to cover your arms. so it's a lot to think about. >> come on guys, it's not as hot as it's going to be in a couple of hours. you don't want to get caught in
this cang i don't canyon. it's going to be bad, we got to move out fast. >> i don't think i'm prepared at all for cross. crossing. you try oprepare yourself for the right clothing. nothing prepares you for this. >> keshawna, you figure you couldn't have made it? >> no, i couldn't have made it. claudette's journey, she thought she was prepared. her footsteps, we went to the vendors and stores where she bought her shoes and her clothing. as you can see, i overpacked. nothing prepared me for it. my arms were scraped up, i had fallen, my shoes, i had ripped maybe two hours into it. so no i wasn't prepared at all. >> that journey could take six days.
the whole journey for you all, you wenld went to el salvador, and you struggled after you got back. >> one thing interesting about the trip, they never gave us time to process what we were doing. >> you were doing so much. >> every day you woke up and you are doing it again. every day you saw was one day after another. so yeah, you get back and you kind of -- it took me about a week to s sort of sit back. when i got my film processed it was emotional for sure. >> keshawna, every stop along the way, from the supplies to the risk of rape to the so-called death train. what was the most eye opening part of it for you? >> the priest, speaking with him, knowing that he pretty
much sells contraception. i was brought up in the clirkt church. atholic church. to hear him pretty much say it's inevitable that they're going to be raped, that -- it didn't set well with me. it is inevitable. but you know just to think that these women make this journey, they take correctives contraceptives, as they are crossing the desert, you can't imagine be violated that way. that really stuck out for me. >> one quick thing what do you think people will take away from the show? >> i hope we can start the conversation. after all this, after all the arguments and disagreements, we really got to a points where we can talk about it truth
trustfully and openly. >> keshawna for you. >> my opinions may not have changed as much as people would like but just open your heart. keep the lines of communication open. piggyback in the way alex said, definitely create conversation and dialogue about what's going on. we're all in this stowing. i think i've been saying -- all of this together. i thought i've been saying this sing i got back. we owe it to claudette, myra and oh ma omar. >> pleasure to have you with us. the next episode of borderland appears on sunday at 9 o'clock. on al jazeera.
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voice awards to recognize people in media who raise awareness about mental health. as you say when you look at older films such as the shining or psycho, should we be glad that these more recent for trails are putting mental disorders in a more positive light and make people more sympathetic? >> yes, but we should be careful what we wish for because tv has a waive trivializing or sensationalizing these issues. the biggest skit schizophrenic on tv and sociopath on tv is tony soprano, they don't use his mental illness as the hook of it.
the soach soash sociopathic aspect of it. they have been looking for that little bit of novelty. what's on tv reflects society, it's not tv network's fault it's the viewers. the character resonates with us enough, like monk, takes a quirky mental disability and turns it into something fairly watchable i think. >> the same is true of house. although i would not sure i would call that a quirk. but it's interesting why we are so fascinating about these characters. let's examine this new movie grace of monaco , with nicole
kidman. the royal house of monaco is none too happy about this. >> this is a film that's going to be premiering at cannes, in just a few weeks. they are basing this on the trailer of the film and harry wei nferstein, who's saying it is not trivializing the life of grace kelly enough. people who have legitimate grievance the way pop industry trivializes them, what they think about anything, monaco, i don't understand why anyone cares. >> they're popular in some corners, a lot of people enjoy the whole, and princess grace is obviously a very loved and famous person.
so what -- you know -- >> well, this is-go ahead. >> be it's been delayed many times and harry weinstein is considering abandoning it altogether. >> grace kelly leaving hollywood to become a princess. what is this bozo mentality that allows a lot of tax cheats to hang out. a problem where da de degaulle was crack down. >> so the battle continues. crb the battle continues. s