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results, science takes a long time. hope to see it soon. >> great to see you. thank you for coming in. >> the episode of techknow premieres saturday, 7:30. that's all for now. the conversation continues on the website aljazeera.com/considerthis. we are on facebook and on twitter at ajconsiderthis. you can tweet me at amoratv. see you next time. hi, this is al jazeera america, i'm john seigenthaler in new york. a video - an unarmed black man shot by police. what it reveals about the shooting. stepping aside, a history-making attorney-general resigns, why attorney general eric holder is leading. upmasked the i.s.i.l.
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fighter in the video identified by the federal bureau of investigation, and why security was tight end at home. >> it was like hem. >> 307 days in an egyptian prison. we talk to a freed al jazeera journalist on the fight of his life. new questions about police tactics as america's attorney-general says he's stepping down. during his time in office eric holder launched several investigations into police brutality. a new video is raising the issue. wep want to warn you some of the video is graphic. jonathan betz has the story. >> the traffic stop in south carolina is at the center of the latest allegation of excessive force by police. prosecutors say trooper shaun
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grover seconded this map at a convenience for for a seatbelt vial augusts. it's what happened -- violation. it's what happened next that got the trooper fired. four shots in three seconds. jones was struck in the head and taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. . >> that same video was shown in court as a judge granted a 75,000 cash bond to the former trooper. he's charged with assault and battery of a high aggravated nature that could carry 20 years in prison. the defense attorney says it doesn't show the whole story, and that it shows his client was not guilty, and that the trooper
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was justified in shooting the ub armed me. >> the public has been stewing and brewing over this situation. >> the trooper's boss called the shooting disturbing, but said it was isolated, and he could face 20 years in prison. >> jonathan betz, thank you. the police shooting ta set off the ferguson protest is in the headlines. the chief of police has released a public apology to the family of the black teenager who was killed. it's been seven weeks since a white ferguson officer shot michael brown. some feel the apology is too little, too late. >> i apologise to the brown family. >> critics of ferguson police chief comjackson got the apology they've been waiting for. >> it's been more than six weeks since officers shot and killed michael brown, an unarmed teenager.
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>> i'm sorry it took so long for michael to be removed from the street. >> it ig-nated angry protests, exposing a community grappling with a racial decide with deep-seated distrust. residents have been calling for charm against an officer that shot brown. >> none of us would be here if you had just come board and said "we apologise." this was handled wrong. give us a minute. to conduct our investigation. >> the online apology was posted by a public relation firm. critics say it may be too little, too late. >> to sit in front of a camera, in a casual form, and put word out - again, you can't knock the effort for wanting to do it. you can't question the motivation and sincerity about
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it. >> chief jackson's video taped apology came a day after the chief announced mistakes in dealing with the case. in response, ferguson's police chief issued a statement saying why he released the policy "i wanted to do it for some time: he adds this was a personal apology made in civilian clothes. the department of justice opened a civil right investigation into the practices of the police department as a whole. this is the first time they admitted to making mistakes. whether that could have flent on the local and federal investigations into the brown shootings will not be known for months. >> glen martin is founder of just leadership u.s.a. welcome. >> great to be here. >> a sincere apology from the
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police department. >> one might assume it is sincere. one might say it's late. >> why did it take this long? >> you know, definitely videos were released before by the police department. maybe this should have been released in the first place, as opposed to the one showing michael brown stealing sig areas. >> they had a meeting in ferguson. do you think that's a result of what they were hearing, or not? >> there's a pr firm involved in this. when you get a pr firm involved in a case like this, what is happening is this is a clean-up job. time to clean up the mess that they got themselves into. this is a decades words of mistreatment by the police department. >> let's talk about the video we saw after the shooting, and then the protest and the confrontations with police in ferguson.
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how much does video play a role in making people aware of the issues. >> it's the sort of thing you see on video is really indicative of the problem we have had in law enforcements. vid yog raffy may not work in court or argue in terms of context. in terms of public mn, it's hopeful. >> let's talk about the south carolina shooting. does this video prove there's a race problem in law enforcement. >> there's so much more. maybe the video crystallises it for some people. it's long-term systematic problems in terms of the way law enforcement engages young black men. >> can you put this into perspective and talk about priorities in afghanistan can
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american communities. how does this issue rank? >> well in most communities that are african-american, low income and so on, the idea of public safety is important, and the suggestion that she is not interested in public safety is not true. when people pick up the phone, they want to know that the person on the other side of the phone, that they will help them. >> police officers, like the one that shot the guy in south carolina, aren't a lot afraid? >> when you have a case like this, yes, it highlights a larger issue and allows people to dismiss it. saying it's a bad apple. the entire tree is rotten. >> just to that point. it looks like the police officer thought the guy was going for a gun - you don't buy that? >> i don't buy that. if that were a white man that turned around and reached into the car i don't believe the
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police officer would respond that way, i'm not suggesting that he is racist, but law enforcement in this country has a problem with systematic racism. >> how do you mix it, the justice department. >> it's part of it. >> the question is what are the values. if we spent more time reinforcing the values and training fers and helping them to be culturally competent about the communities, and recognise that you partner with the community. >> we had a discussion in the news room. what do african-american parents tell young teenage boys about what to do when they are stopped by a police officer. what do you teach them? >> yes, i have two sons one is older, one is 24, 13.5. i think about what happens to them when they are pulled over by a police officer. you teach them they have to do everything possible to go over
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the top to really help the officer under that they are not engaging them in a dangerous situation. in the end a guy reaches for the driver's licence and gets shot. >> we were talking about that some families told their students put your wallet on top before the police officer comes, on the dashboard so you don't reach into your pocket because it might look like you are doing something. >> people of coloured communities, when you send your child to the store for a gallon of the milk, there's a chance they may end up dead. >> a lot of tragic stories here. we learnt that the first african-american to serve as attorney-general is stepping down. >> i will leave the department of justice, but i will never, i will never leave the work. i will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation more true to our founding ideals. >> attorney general eric holder will stay in office until a
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success cess is confirmed. >> paul beban is here with that. >> eric holder is historic and divisive figure. he's beloved by some liberals and almost universally criticized by some. controversial butt out of the gate. >> it was the first major speech as attorney-general. a celebration of black history month in february 2009. >> this nation thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot. in things racial we always will and i believe about be a nation of cowards. >> with that holder ignited what would be six years of partisan flare ups about him and his agenda. >> holder sailed through the confirmation, the goodwill did not last.
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reaching rock bottom. a project known as fast and furious. some accused holder of covering up his dep's role in weapons that may have been reduced in the death of an agent. >> mr chairman, would you inform the witness as to the rules of this committee. >>..too scpt with the way you conduct yourself was a member of congress... >> there was no love lose between hoeler and republican darrell iself. most democrats have high prays for holder. senator dianne fienstein called him on understanding leader. on several issues he's been the president's point man. volunteering to go to ferguson after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. some say holder was weak on
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civil liberties, authorised subpoenas, approving killing, signing off on the n.s.a.'s programme. and he took heat for his handlings of the financial crisis. >> there's no such thing as too big for gaol. no individual or company. no matter how large or profitable is above the law. >> some firstly paid settlements in fines, banks and executives have not faced criminal charges. no one went to gaol. >> president obama has not named holder's replacement. there's urgency to get a nominee in place. depending on the balance of power in the senate. the process of confirming holder's successor could run into next year. >> as recently as two days ago. holder was vague about his perhaps. in an interview with katie couric, he said he had things to do and when he got to that point
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only then would he think about resigning, and hark eped back to the -- harkened back to the 2009 speech and said as a country we have to have the guts to have a conversation about race and discrimination and then look for ways forward. >> a goal was to scale back the war on drugs and reduce sentences for marijuana, marijuana is one. mebbing's most -- america's most regulated substances. here is science and technology correspondent jake ward. >> the federal government classified drugs into five categories, schedules. a system that dates to 1970 upped the controlled substances act under richard nixon, for a drug to be scheduled it has to meet a few criteria, it is radded op participation for abuse and adduction. whether it's got redeeming medical value. advocates point out the incongruties of how drugs are
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scheduled. schedule 3 have moderate to low potential to addiction. steroids, code een, and schedule it, a high but not obvious whelming potential for abuse. they include coke cape, amphetamine, oxi-coe dope and at-errol. and the worst of the worst, bad ones, schedule 1, they are defined as having no medical purpose and be the most dangerous and addictive. it makes it hard to study the drugs, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana among them. this is an important thing, marijuana, by being a schedule 1 drug has greater abuse potential. if the u.s. changes how it regulates pot it breaks us out of a decades-old problem.
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>> reporter: as he prepares to leave office attorney general eric holder seems to be opening challenging the federal position on marijuana. >> it's a question we need to ask ourselves, whether marijuana is a serious a drug as is heroin, and use scenes for the basis of making that determine nation. >> marijuana is caught in an unscientific legal paradox. it's in the most restrictive drug category. schedule 1. drugs are put in that category because they are believed to be highly addictive with no medical value. to prove it is medically valuable scientists need to study it. to study it they need access to the drug. it only allows one place, the university of mississippi to produce marijuana. it's extremely difficult to get federal permission for reach. its reputation can make it toxic for the researchers that do get
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permission. this doctor received federal approval to study benefits of marijuana in veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder. she was fired before she could start work on it. >> the problem is the word marijuana is so politically radioactive that university administration are concerned about how do they manage this, plus the public relations nightmare of trying to persuade the lawmakers that this is not becoming a drug. 23 states legalized marm for medical use. colorado and washington legalized it and anecdotal evidence suggest it's less harmful than cocaine and amphetamine. some specialists believe marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol, leading to 88,000 american deaths and proved deadly in cases of binge drinking. >> 1800 young people dying as a result of drinking is something
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that is unacceptable and we can do better than that. there's zero deaths with marijuana, but it is still illegal. decriminalizing marijuana and diversifying the options would help the numbers. >> to bring the legal status in line with a scientific understanding of marijuana, the drug needs to be widely available to scientists, as long as it's restricted, real research is impossible. >> how did it become heavily restricted? >> it's a question of the time in which it was restricted. in 1970 the controlled substances act strned and pushed it into a heavily restricted area. it's a time when the politicians ran on an anticrime platform. tremendous intolerance. as a result they slap it in there. in the end it was politics that made the decision, and not the
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science. >> thank you. this programme note for you. tomorrow morning the former attorney-general joins us to talk about the resignation of holder. troubling data revealed a drastic increase. the report shows an average of 6 mass shootings per year from 2000 to 2006. a that number doubled to more than 16 per year to 2007 and 2013. the study hooked at 116 cases that took place since 2000. all but two were carried out. >> a big development as the u.s. vets i.s.i.l.'s beheading of two american journalists, and why a major highway project is behind schedule. what is causing the delay and
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why it's costing tax pears. -- taxpayers.
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in june more than 10,000 undocumented migrant children crossed in the united states. homeland security said that number is finally dropping. part of the reason mexico is
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cracking down on border security. immigration activists say there could be serious consequences. >> reporter: there's no escaping the swerting heat for -- sweltering heat for these migrants. the dangerous freight train ferries tens of thousands from central america north to the united states every year these days fewer and fewer are riding the rails. the mexican government is cracking down on migrants. this person tried to comfort his pregnant wife, tired of travelling for two weeks from honduras, they crossed the mexican border. now they are worried they may be deported. >> translation: it's getting harder to go north. we heard this police raided shelters and arrested dozens of migrants, filling 24 vans of people. they took some that are camped out in the courtyard of a church. >> a few hours later mexican
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security forces descended on the same spot where other migrants waited to board the train. >> some migrants tried to scrump to the back of the train to -- jump to the back of the train to escape the police. >> reporter: agents and police have come here doing a raid. they are looking for migrants, many of them got off the train and are hiding in the bushes. mexico has deported more than 30,000 in the last few months, the first time in a decade such raids are happening. throughout the entire currently. it's part of a programme aimed at stopping illegal migration to the united states. >> human rights groups say the government is putting the migrant at great risk. >> when you talk about a crack
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down, you take dangerous routes and mick them more visible to authorities. >> migrants are choosing to walk hundred of kilometres into an uncertainly future. a major hold-up for a multibillion highway promote using federal tax money in seattle. it is an i can't remember behind schedule, and the blame is on a piece of malfunctioning equipment. an 80 million drilling machine that is not drilling at all. allan schauffler has the story. >> this is a huge promote. a megaproject. chris dixon is in charge, running a bore-drilling machine
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under the grouped. nicknamed bertha, it's big enough to have a control room. it is stopped dead and has not made forward progress in 10 months. >> the tunnel is 9,273 feet long, we are in 1,000 feet. the massive drilling head broke down when it chewed into an 8-inch steel fight. dixon came with surprises. >> reporter: do they go how you think they are going to go. >> they never go how you think they'll go. there's always hiccups. >> reporter: a huge pit will be dug in front of the mash oop, a triller head tape out. repaired, strengthened and reinstalled. there's plenty of work to do on other parts of the project, birtha will not dig until next march. whose fault that is and who will pay the repair bill will be aped
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in court. >> there's not enough money. >> the research group says this is one of the biggest construction boon dogles in the country. >> every dollar is one not fixing brim, it's really a loss that we can't afford. >> reporter: the tunnel will replace the 60-year-old quake damaged highway. the double decker road carrying 100,000 cars a day. after years of debate. the state pick supported the tunnel option. total projected cost about $3 billion, including a billion in federal money. project managers say they are not over budget. and they shrugged off the boon dogger hable. >> the contract scror is committed to what they started, and so are we. >> we have full faith in the tbn
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and what everywhere calls bertha. >> yes. >> reporter: work goes op, and bertha stays 90% where she is. still ahead - fighting i.s.i.l., i ask former navy seal if victory is possible without boots on the ground. >> the guard stopped at the door of the cell. i thought this is it, i'll stay for a lift or 25 years of my life. >> gaoled for telling the truth and nearly dying behind bars. an extraordinary story of survival.
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you're watching "eva bee's jamboree." i'm john seigenthaler. coming up, the fbi says it has controlled a key mystery surrounding i.s.i.l.'s beheading of two american journalists. stopping ebola, president obama says time is running out. freedom of the press, i talk with a colleague about surviving almost a year in an egyptian prison. we begin with the fight against i.s.i.l. the fbi says it nose the identity of the masked man seen
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in i.s.i.l. propaganda video. and a public debate over whether i.s.i.l. is planning attacks on subways in the u.s. and yurp. the u.s. says there's -- europe. the u.s. says there's no evidence to back up that claim. >> reporter: in new york city, beefed up patrols around public transit. why, an ans by haider al-abadi, saying his government uncovered a terrorist plot, planning attacks in the metro of u.s. and paris, adding: that was news to u.s. officials who said they knew of no plot and haider al-abadi didn't bring it up in a meeting with president obama. mayor bill de blasio downplayed the danger. >> law enforce. assessed the statements of the iraqi prime minister and find no specific credible threat at this
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point. >> the scare comes at a time of heightened anxiety as the coalition bombing continued into its fourth day. since then, official alerts have been issued over lone wolf attacks. officials say there's a newly emphasised threat. they say it's intent on attacking europe and the united states. there's continued graphic murders of enemies of i.s.i.l. it is believed that the fighters seep in the beheading video is thought to have been identified. he was not named. among the targets, oil production refineries in eastern syria, the flow of oil has been a vital revenue stream, generating as much as 2 million a day.
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we'll know if they have to change the operations. we know when we can see that they are no longer flowing freely. we know when we have evidence to recruit and train. more countries may join her. in the wab of the murder of un of their own, the french so far confined their strikes to iraq, and can expand their campaign into syria. wiping up three days of meeting and speeches, president obama continued efforts to gath erted support from around the globe. >> that scenario with the cooperation and leadership on the part of ethiopia is making a difference as we speak, we want to thank them for that. >> one other item coming out of that session with federal bureau
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of investigation director, and the khorasan group, the seasoned terrorists, intn on attacking the -- intent on attacking the american homeland. they are not confident they have disrupted all of their floatingment some of the first strikes were aimed at the headquarters outside of aleppo. as far as they are concerned, they are a threat. >> concerns on so many levels. betts talk about the president up here this week to speak to the united nations. he is trying to build an international coalition, how did he do? three days at the united nations and we saw an evolution of president obama's thinking, starting with a speech to the general assembly, aaggressive tone, and sharing the meeting, a series of bilateral meetings, you can see the coalition growing. a success for the president. a blaring exception, turkey.
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they let the coalition down, the united states down. after meeting face to face with turkey's president, another phone call. the united states keen on getting turkey involved. there's more coalition building to come, right. >> there is. turkey, the more europe eeb nations came on board, but the diplomatic success that you have to say given the fact that five sunni nations are part of the campaign. >> he's sending allies to the reen judge. >> general john allen has been in charge in the past. he's not in charge of military campaigns sh but is coordinating efforts. this is a first. many have not coordinated an anything close to in in the past. he's trying to get it together militarily. >> former navy seal robert dube wore served in iraq. he joins us from washington.
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welcome back. the focus has been an syria. what is going on in iraq. are the air strikes there working? >> they are working to the inspection - you can't simply beat down with bombs from on high and expect in to be - i saw an article saying there was not an eradication of i.s.i.s. and i.s.i.l. that should not be expected. we need a ground presence, not just the u.s., but an effective ground preps. yes, it's defective to take out individuals and logistics, there needs to be more to it. >> you are an advisor, air strikes and 1600 advisors, did that make the difference. >> it depends on the use of the 1600. we need guys forward. i volunteer to go out and do what i cap. we need an effective use of the forces on the ground. and as we saw when i.s.i.s.
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moved in and took territory, a lot of the iraqi soldiers turned tail and fled and gave them the territory because they were overwhelmed. we need an effective iraqi force, and that may involve active beyond advisor capacity. >> you trained members of the iraqi military. how equipped and willing are they to fight i.s.i.l.? >> the willingness is key. we have a disruption in iraq. sunnis are hesitant about supporting baghdad. they don't know about the new government. they hated maliki. they opened the door to let i.s.i.s. flow in. they don't want crucifixions in the street or have the children be upped an oppressive regime, it was the lesser of evils. at this point we have a lot of
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ambiguity throughout the nation. and the peshmerga talk about being underfunded and resourced. they don't have guns but bullets and mortars. they want a lot more armament to match up. >> but the peshmerga want to fight for the kurds. do they want to fight for the rest of iraq? >> it's my opinion that the kurd are seeing that the fate of iraq is the fate of the kurds. what they would want to do, and one of the leaders talked about the dual heads. the syrian and the iraqi heads in i.s.i.s. as a one ser pept. they are under that if the murderers sweep over the country, that they'll be washed away as well. there's a lot of uncertainty in this country when it comes to the american people and they look at iraq. they spent all the money, blood,
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sweat and tars, the lives of young americans who were lost there. and we are back and still the iraqis don't seem to be fighting for themselves. what would you say to them. what would you say to the american people who question that. >> to the american people, i would say this is a large concern for our national interest, our own security is at stake. if i.s.i.s. gets a toe hold and reaches out to touch via the internet. it goes from a local cancer, to a global metastasized situation. it's critical to a lot of nations and populations and security. >> good to see you. thank you very much.
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>> thank you. at the united nations iranian president hassan rouhani accused we were and arab states of starting extremism in the middle east. western mistakes give rise to i.s.i.l. and other groups. strategic mistakes of the west in the middle east have turned these parts of the world into a haven for terrorist and extremists. >> he added negotiations on iran's role in fighting i.s.i.l. would not happen until the u.s. lifted sanctions against iran. at the united nations president obama sent a warning to global leaders about the rapidly spreading outbreak. he claimed that it could affect more than a million people. obama called it a threat to global security. >> reporter: it is rare that a public health community is considered a threat.
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but it is with ebola. at the u.n. general assembly, president obama prodded the international community to do more. >> we are not doing enough. everyone has the best of intentions, but people are not putting in the resources to put a stop to this epidemic. there's a gap between where we are and need to be. >> heath systems in the worst-hit countries of liberia, sierra leone, and guinea are overwhelmed with more doctors, nurses and medical supplied needed. the centers for disease control says it's possible over a million people could become infected by next year. sierra leone's president speaking by video conference told the assembly the country can't fight on its open. >> a disease like ebola can no
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longer be get with by one isolated country in one isolated corner of the world. >> for countries that only recently escaped conflict and civil war, implications of an epidemic go beyond health. economy and security are at risk, which is why the west bank pledged $400 million. >> if the scenarios provided to us by the united states disease control comes true, and we have a million cases, we are talking about nothing less than the meltdown of this content. >> the united nations says a billion is needed and quickly. >> going forward the most important thing is action. >> the united nations is scaling up its response, providing food and household kids to victims that have no place to go for treatment.
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for now, the spread of the disease is outpacing the response. >> the government of sierra leone expanded the guarantee teen to stop the ebola spreading. the move comes days after a 3-day nationwide lockdown ended. almost a third of the country is under curfew, and there's concern that quarantine could lead to mass starvation. in omaha nebraska, it was a clean bill of health for american ebola patient dr rick sacra, who became ill while volunteering for a mission in west africa. >> my crisis reached a successful end. the ebola crisis continues to spin out of control.
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the organization i'm working with is working hard to keep the ebola hospital open as one of a few facilities operating. >> nebraska doctors are not sure what healed the patient. it could have been a new experimental drug, a blood transfusion from an ebola survivor or his own system. president obama had a meeting with the egyptian president and called for the release of the three gaoled al jazeera journalists. dozens have been rastd in egypt -- arrested in egypt since the overthrow of the president. one was abdullah al-shami. >> reporter: this is al jazeera journalist abdullah al-shami in june, after his release from an egyptian prison where he spent 30 7 days. this is the 26-year-old today, readjusting for freedom.
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the change is dramatic. abdullah al-shami was arrested whilst reporting on protests after the overthrow of an egyptian president. he was never charged and maintained he had done nothing wrong, vowing not to give up the protest. five months into the imprisonment he wept on a hunger strike losing a third of his body weight. >> despite authorities knowing this i have been detained for 266 days without charm, and without committing a crime. >> reporter: as his health declined his family pleaded for his freedom. in june the egyptian court knew there were no grouped to hold him. >> i have never felt happier in my life than today. we had to many difficulties, today i'm born again. the sole has returned. >> since the overthrow of
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mohamed mursi, dozens of activists were released. three al jazeera remained behind bars. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed were arrested in december, all falsely accused of supporting the outlawed muslim brotherhood. in june, peter greste and mohamed fadel fahmy were sentenced to 7 years in prison. badr to seven years. >> translation: we were treated like terrorists, weapons, a rapist or murder has four hour of outdoor time, we are locked up. this is unbelievable. >> al jazeera strongly rejects the charges, calling for immediate release. >> abdullah al-shami joins us in our studio in new york. welcome. good to have you here. >> yes, it's very good. >> first of all, why are you here for the united nations? >> i have come here, you know,
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at this time of the year trying - you know, with all means to lobby for our colleagues in egypt. to call for their release, and at the same give a message through the american media to radio stations, newspapers or tv stations to tell the world that, well, while obama is meeting abdul fatah al-sisi, he must put more pressure on egypt, and speak directly without words for abdul fatah al-sisi and his government. i tell them that, you know, you have to bring out the guys right away and let them rejoin their families. >> you were at the united nations when president abdul fatah al-sisi spoke. tell us what happened. actually, i was with other
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colleagues of mine from al jazeera, and we were crossing the street trying to get inside the building attending a session. suddenly a lady - one of abdul fatah al-sisi's supporters spots us. we were walking on the streets. they were streaming and shouting to others. guys - here is the al jazeera guys, a traitor. an insult, that's what happened, and when they started happening i thought, you know, no need to prove ebbing people, and suddenly i feel boiling water on my back, and we feel that someone has thrown boiling coffee on my back. >> you get out of prison, come to the united states, and you are harassed as you go in. >> yes. what is surprising about the
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whole matter is in egypt it didn't happen. i thought this was going to happen, if it did, it would be from supporters of abdul fatah al-sisi, and its government. it happened here, which is surprising. what message do you want to send to the u.n. and people in this country? >> i came here to, you know, tell the u.n., the u.s. leader and the u.s. government that they should put more work into preserving press freedom because it's an intention thing in the middle east and other places. and seeing what happened now with the threats aridesing and the problems, i think if not for democracy losing its ground, in the region, what has been happening since what took place in 2011. there should be more gip to this. an important thing is also a
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particular citizens of the u.s. was imprisoned for over a year now, and just another victim. he has also been imprisoned for no reason without charge. this is not just about egyptians or journalists, it's about anyone who doesn't tell the government what they are like. >> we have seen in recent days journalists beheaded. journalists imprisoned. journalists killed. did you ever worry that you would be a journalist that was killed? >> when i was leaving on 14 august last year, my concern at that time is if this was going to be the end of me, snipers were everywhere and people with guns. this is where you came out of prison. >> this was the day of my detention. i was thinking if the end is getting killed, i don't mind. if you look at the fact that the alternative is detained by the
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egyptian police, it was hard to yach. i thought that these kind of dangers would happen at one time in my career, i never expected this would happen in egypt. >> let's talk about your colleagues who have been detained for 271 days, peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed. what do you know about their condition right now? >> this thing, in one of the prisons in the tour de france districts, south-west cairo, they are leaving, as far as i know, because i haven't been in direct contact. i sent them personal letters but i have not been in contact. conditions generally are not good. we see a lack of medical care or clean water and food. there's no ventilation or human rights. things that were, you know, not good at all.
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>> you spent 10 months in prison. can you describe what this was like? >> it was a lifetime experience for me. it was like hell, if i could use that expression, because there was always that constant fear of spending the rest of your life there. i remember the first day when we were moved to prison and the guards locked the doors of the cell, i thought i think this is it, i'll stay here for a lift, 25-30 years of my life. it was pain full to have that thought. every now and then, of course, hope arose that a miracle could happen, and you see someone calling your name and asks you to leave. but it was painful and i wouldn't want anyone else to go through this. >> then you decided to go on a hunger strike. why? >> i have been - at the time i
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started thinking of going on a hunger strike. it's been five months for me in gaol. and no kind of justice taking place. every 45 days we were taken to a coward and had our detention renewed for 45 address. there was no investigation, evidence, nothing. we didn't have a chance to speak to a judge or prosecutor. so i thought this was the only way i could reach out to the world, saying a journalist is behind bars saying nothing. something like me staying there for the rest of my life. i as way louing that to happen. >> we are glad you are here, safe and continue to wish for the release of your colleagues. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> still ahead, a computer bug causing computer concerns.
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we talk about shell shock and how to avoid it.
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a cool overnight as the days are longer and the nights warmer. sa storm system is working its way in. north-east, we have rain piling up through the course of the day. that is tracking offshore. temperatures will be warming up. it will spike so high in the upper mid west. mainly in the mid to upper 80s. how often does montana get into the low 90s. because of storm system into the west. temperatures were 10-15 degrees cooler. most of the rain from the storm system will track into the rockies, and that's where we'll get the highest amount of rainfall, causing a lot of
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thunder storms. colder air going in behind it, cooling it down, spawning the storms, heavy, expecting the potential, tracking through arizona. and all the rain coming over where we have drought in place. some of the worst that we have in the west. al jazeera america's news continues.
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security researchers discovered a seeker vulnerability in computers, dubbed shell shock. and could be widely spread. it was discovered in len u and mac computers and others. it could allow hackers to take over hundreds of millions of computers. the fbi criticized apple and google for heightened privacy protections, the feature encrypted data makes it's
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inactionable to law enforcement even with a court order. the two companies are accused of putting the companies to law, and being able to access phones can't help in cases of kidnapping and terrorism. tonight's freeze frame comes to us from new york city. a baseball legend says goodbye to the home growled. derek jeter played his final stage. he had a walk-off single to beat the orioles, he won the game. i'm john seigenthaler, "america tonight" is next. see you back here tomorrow.
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array... >> if you want free press in the new democracy, let the journalists live. on "america tonight", after weeks of unrest and the lingering questions around the shooting death of michael brown, an apology from the ferguson police chief. >> i want to say this to the brown family, no one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you're feeling, i'm truly sorry for the loss of your son, and i'm also sorry that it took so long to remove michael from the street.

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