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thanks for watching. ♪ shame... hi, everyone. this is "al jazeera america." i am zon seeijohn seeingenthale campus attacks. the damming helping the f.b.i.
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we will talk to a former anonymous hacker about switching sides. ♪ we begin tonight with an apology and a promise from one of the most prominent christian colleges in america: a new investigation of bob jones university in south carolina says that for decades, the school blamed the victims in sexual assault cases. the findings come on the same day as a justice department report that says, the vast majority of assaults on college campuses go unreported. sarah hoy began reporting about the assaults last summer. she is here to bring us an update? >> i spoke exclusively with two
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former university students who took part in the investigation. one woman told me her experience with school counselors felt like she had been victimized all over again. >> it wasn't my fault. i think they should have not heaped more shame on me because i was already filled to the brim with shame. yes need any more. >> katie landdry is putting the paces of her life back together. it's been nearly a decade since she left the bob jones university. the flagship of christian fundamentalist education, and she says, a place that fails rape victims like herself. >> they seemed so unwilling to acknowledge where they had done wrong. >> reporter: here is the called fortress of faith: bob jokes university greenville, south carolina. there is almost 4,000 students who go here to this private college. the teachings follow a pretty literal translation of the bible, and the rules on campus
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are super strict. there is no t.v. there is no hand-holding. there is no popular music. and even a little violation could get you kicked out. >> landry's assault did not take place on campus. she was 19 and working for an ambulance company in columbus, ohio, when she says her supervisor raped her. >> he raped me again. two weeks later, i left from my freshman year at bob jones university. >> raised in a conservative menonite family and afraid of her attacker, she kept it a secret until her junior year at bob jones when she finally, sought help. she was referred to jim berg for counselling, the dean of students at the time? >> he asked me if i had been i am pure with this man. had i had relations with this man. and i kept telling him, no, to all of these questions, but he either didn't believe me or he hadn't heard or he wasn't going to help me. and he said, we have to find the
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sin in your life that caused your rape. and i just ran. i ran out the steps of the administration building. and he just confirmed my worst nightmare. it was something i had done. it was something about me. >> as you say before the report was made public thursday, the president said in a statement that he was humbly sorry for added, in part, we don't live up to their expectations. we fail to uphold and honor our own core values. so this report was two years in the making. what was surprising? >> well, unfortunately, there wasn't much that was surprising. so here, basically, this report validated what we had heard from these two women, and the other stories for people who were also off-camera. it was telling us what we heard was true. >> what other recommendations came from the report? >> some of those recommendations include, you know, a public apology. some of the thins are a victim's
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advocate, making sure that those who dropped out receive free counseling and free tuition to come back to school. there is a number of things that they are looking forward to, to make sure that comprehensive change happens. >> have the women we met in your piece had any additional counseling outside the university? >> they got their own independent counseling. one woman you met in this piece received counseling in the city she lives in now and they are trying to work to rebuild their lives. >> you talked to these women today? >> that's true. >> what did they tell you? >> both are excited about this report and its findings because it confirms what they said but they are a little bit skeptical, making sure those changes do get put into intlplace. >> you can watch more on this program on "america tonight." sarah, a fasnating story. nor reaction to the senate report on torture. cia director john brennan admitted the agency made some mistakes today. he also defended the use of brutal tactics following the 9-11 attacks. mike viqueira is more with at
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the whitehouse. >> reporter: john brane, some interrogations at times went too far? >> i consider them abhorrent, and i will leave to others how they might want to label those activities. but for me, it was something that that is regrettable. >> he disputes a major finding of the senate report, that the information obtained from some of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques yielded no actionable information? >> there was useful intelligence, very useful, valuable insysttelligence genti that was obtains from individuals who had been at some point subjected to eits. >> would intear gat orders have learned the same information if prisoners had not been subject to that. brennan stopped short of saying they were essential. >> there is no information to know if information that was obtained from an individual who had been subjected at some point
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during his confinement could have been obtained through other means. it's just an unknowable fact. >> brennan's facts come as he and the cia are hit by harsh criticism mark udall on the senate floor wednesday. >> director brennan and the cia today are continuing to go willfully provide interactive information and mis represent the efficacy of torture. in other words, the cia is lying. >> since the report's release, president obama has kept a low profile. >> mr. president, do you agree. >> thursday, brushing off shouted questions in an event centered on foreign trade? >> we are talking about exports, john. thank you. >> just before the speech, the white house praised brennan's record of service. >> that makes him a patriot and makes him someone who has the full confidence of the president of the united states. >> part of brennan's goal: buck up moral among agency employees. >> cia is operating in some
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dangerous places. there is concern and disappointment about what has happened. >> as calls for accountability mount, brennan was uncomfortable with all of the scrutiny with an agency that usually stays in the shado shadows? >> i think the trans piece is over top. >> john, the senate en 'til sequence chairwoman, dianne feinstein took to the floor tuesday and unveiled this report. she was tweeting while john brennan was speaking agreeing but at the end of his speech, she put out a statement, it was largely conciliatory, but she is still taking issue over this phrase, "unknowable." she asserts, as did her report, that this information that was gleaned from enhanced interrogation techniques did not lead to any useful intelligence, did not give them intelligence that they would have otherwise not had if they had resorted to
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other means, less harsh means to try to get information. john? >> mike viqueira, thank you. former republican congressman pete hoekstra served from 2004 to 2006. he is in washington, d.c. tonight. congressman, welcome. let me just ask you first of what you thought of what the cia directliar had to say -- director had to say today. >> i thought john brennan did a nice job of explaining a very difficult situation and taking very complex actions and putting them in ways that i think maybe the american people and the rest of the world will understand. >> do you believe the techniques like waterboarding are torture? >> no. i mean one of the things that was not covered in this report from the senate was that republicans and democrats in the house and in the senate were briefed on these programs. we were briefed on the legality. we were briefed on exactly what the techniques were, and we all
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reached the conclusion that this was not torture and they fell within the framework of u.s. law as techniques and paralysis that could be used -- prac at thises that could be used at the time they were used. >> you believe all of these things mentioned in the report are not torture? >> well, there were a couple of things that were maybe a little bit new but the enhanced interrogation techniques laid out in front of us on a bi-partisan basis we found they were not torture. >> you don't think the agency lied to you? >> no. i find that the individuals, whether it was mike hayden, corder goss, that they were very, very transparent with the leadership in congress as to what they were doing and keeping us fully informed. i don't believe at all they were lying or at any given time were
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lying to the u.s. congress. >> your former colleague, senate john mccain who has experience with torture, himself, stated this week that the practice produces more bad than good intelligence. doesn't john mccain no more about torture than the rest of us? >> no. i think john comes at it from one perspective. i've got a tremendous amount of respect for john mccain. these are different -- excuse me. these are very, very difficult kinds of issues. i wish this had been a bi-partisan report. i wish it had really tackled issue of what enhanced teargation techniques actually worked, which ones didn't, what we could learn from this to move forward. that's a major shortcoming of this report. it's a democrat, partisan report that doesn't enable us or give us any incite as to -- insight as to what we need to do as we move forward and as we moved in to the future. >> that's a major
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disappointment. >> i mean i would like to get back to senator mccain for a second. essentially, he said that these techniques that he calls torture are beneath the united states of america. beneath at a time congress. beneath the president of the united states to compliment. and you simply disagree with that? >> yeah, i mean, like i said, i respect john mccain's opinion. i hope he respects mine. we each have our own perspective. but there was broad, bi-partisan agreement. his colleagues in the senate, liberals, conservatives, republicans and democrats, people in the administration, people in the cia who disagreed with john mccain. >> that's how the process works. ultimately, as a group, this group decided that these techniques should be available to be used on a very limited basis. >> and you don't think the united states government called them enhanced interrogation techniques in order to avoid just call them torture?
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>> well, again, their review was done by congress, by the executive branch, by the justice department, and as that review came out, those people involved in that process said that this is not torture. >> i understand that, but in hindsight now, i mean everyone might -- those people may have agreed on it, but in hindsight, maybe they were wrong. yes? >> well, that's why i am saying, i wish that this report had gone in and delved into that question to see exactly, you know, what the rationale was, what the process was, what the circumstances were at the time so that we could have learned from it. they didn't interview the people that were involved in the process. they didn't interview the people that directed these programs. they didn't interview the people in congress who signed off on these programs. so they never got those kinds of insights, and i think you are
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right. it would have been very valuable, and it still would be valuable to learn, to do a lessons learned so that it would give us insight as to what we need to do in the future. >> if you were in the -- >> this report doesn't do that. >> if you were in the decision-making process again today >> if you could make the decision, would you be comfortable using -- the u.s. government using these techniques again? >> i don't think that's the question today at all. and that's not what this report tried to answer, and that's what they should have answered. i can tell you that in 2004, when i was first briefed on enhanced interrogation techniques and during the time i was chairman of the intel committee, waterboarding was an option that was available. it was never used while i was chairman of the committee. sure, this is a very, very difficult decision, but nancy pelosi and others agreed that they were necessary tactics. is it uncomfortable? yes, the same kinds of questions our congress is dealing with
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today. is it appropriate to target americans through drone strikes? is expanding the use of drones appropriate? i am -- i am sure that there are people on the hill today who are struggling with exactly those kinds of issues. >> congressman, it's good to see you. thank you for joining us tonight. we appreciate it? >> great. thank you. another major story developing in washington, d.c. congress has less than four hours to pass a bill to keep the government running. tonight, lawmakers are scrambling to find some common ground. libby casey is on capitol hill with that. libby? >> reporter: john, congressional leaders hammered out a deal on a $1.1 trillion spending package but it fell apart when democrats balked at some of the details. le liberals conservatives are united in their dislike of the bill, leaving it in limbo. >> we work through this process in a bi-partisan, bi-cameral way. i expect it to pass. but listen, if we don't get finished today, we are going to
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be here until christmas. >> hammered out by leaders of both parties in the house and senate it even won backing from the white house. it includes funds to fight ebola and the group known as isil and includes a small raise for members of the military. >> the president supports the passage of this compromised proposal and would sign it if it arrives on his desk. >> but the willfully devil is i details and the 1600 page bill had many reasons to fight it. >> here we are in the house, being blackmailed, being blackmailed to vote for an appropriations bill. >> house democrats staging a revolt upset over provide visions to raise campaign contribution limits by big donors, allow pension plans to reduce benefits for retirees, block the voter pass legalization of marijuana in d.c. and roll back provisions of the dodd-frank financial reform giving basics more freedom to
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hedge risks covered by taxpayer drawers. >> this is about reckless behavior. it is about a give-away to the largest financial institutions in this currents tree. it is up to us to say no. >> not just democrats are upset. some conservatives say the bill green-lights too many white house priorities including obama care of and the president's immigration reform. >> we need to be able to hold funding back for who knows what else he is going to do. >> republicans had hoped to gain their members' support by only funding the department of home land security and immigration policy through february. by then, the gop will control both bodies of congress and will have more leverage to fight the president. >> who wants this passd house republican leadership and the white house certainly an unusual alliance. the white house sent the president's chief of staff, dennis mcdonea to meet with democrats huddled behind closed doors while john, he has less and the house democrats are
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talking. we are hearing walkus cheers come okut of the caucus room because democrats are strick to go their principles. >> that's frustrate to go many who helped negotiate this deal, including some democrats in the senate who fear they will get far less of a good deal in the months to come. there is a hail-mary pass that can happen here if they can't agree on this mega spending passage. they can pass a short term spending bill to pass them in the year. >> feels like a movie we have seen before action libby. thank you very much. appreciate it. next, ebola easing in liberia, growing elsewhere. when the crisis could finally, be contained. plus bacteria, while antibiotics won't kill them.
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jonathan betz has more
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doctors warn ebola is still spreading. a long hole for continuing the virus. who worked at sierra leone, the same place that successfully treated texas nurse nina pham in october. the first to catch the virus on u.s. soil. >> i feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. >> she is still recovering and has yet to return to work? >> it has been, you know, a life-changing experience, and it's made me realize how short life can be. >> ten people in the u.s. have now been treated for ebola. a traction of the thousands dying in africa. the u.n. said it may be months before the outbreak is under control. dashing homes that it would be contained by end of the year. >> we are going to be in this work for quite a lot more months. but i am confident from what i have seen that we are going in the right direction. >> nearly 18,000 have been infected. more than 6,000 have died.
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as the spread of the virus slows in places like linebiera, it's now raging in neighboring sierra leone. in the past three weeks, gchltd uine uinea they have seen twice as many as the other two countries combined. >> the next challenge and quite frankly, the harder challenge, is getting to zero. stalled by complications. sierra leone has 30% of the needed hospital beds ready and this week, a vaccine trial in switzerland was stopped temporarily after patients complained of joint pain. >> they aret they are missing vaccines and that's something that will be really a game change. >> even in places where the decease seems to be retreating, fears that lax hygiene will return and the virus will flare again. ♪ >> linebiera's president this week urged people not to let their guard down. >> we must all be committed to
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saying ebola must go. >> there is praise for those on the front line: with a ti"time magazine" cover, as many promise to stay until the job is done. >> for every person i see coming out of the unit smiling, i have the courage to go back. >> the u.n. says the virus may not be contained until sometime next year. officials point out it's not one large sweeping outbreak but at least 100 small ones which makes it harder to fight since the response relies heavily on leaders and doctors in individual villages, john, to stop the spread. >> jonathan betz, thank you. dr. selleen gounlder is an infectious disease physician. how important is this vaccine? the development of this vaccine to the fight against ebola? >> three vaccines we have been hopeful about, the canadian vaccine, the trial is being halted and a third by johnson
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and johnson. the two that are farthest are the canadian and gsk. in prime it's a and in the lab, they have been promising. but it is somewhat of a setback that we had today in the halting of these trials. there is really no way to know just yet if these are transient side effects or side effects that could have longer term consequences for the patients receiving the vaccine. >> even if the trials do reconvene and, you know, the vaccine is considered effective based upon the trials, what are the challenges in terms of transporting it and getting it out to people? >> right. well, part of the problem with these vaccines is they need to be refridge rated, frozen at low temperatures, minus 70 degrees and in a setting where you have poor infrastructure, lack of electricity, researchrateration, transportation, to get these vaccines out to the people who need it is very challenging. you also typically want to organization what we call vaccination campaigns where you organize large crowds of people to receive the vaccine.
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in the midst of an ebola outbreak, you don't want to do that because you are increasing the spread among all of the people who are congregating. >> what have we learned about the outbreak in sierra leone and linebiera? the concern, i think, around the world, and it was in the united states as well, was that this virus could spread rapidly, could spread around the world rapidly. what did we learn? >> i think in the u.s., we tends to fix ate on high-tech solutions. i think liberia and providing them treatment and healthcare workers with the right supplies and tracing people who have been in contact with patients. >> teaching people? >> teaching people safe burial practices, those things actually worked in linebiera. the epidemic is not completely gone there but we have seen a dramatic decrease in cases. >> that's different from what we are seeing in sierra leone. there, 13% are being isolated
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from the general population. in linebiera, it's over 90%. >> a disease that was so scary, we now have a better understanding of how it works? >> well, in a sense, we have reaffirmed that the old approaches, the basic approaches, do work. but they need to be scaled up adequately and they frankly haven't been scaled up to meet the needs in sierra leone yet. >> doctor, good to see you? >> my pleasure. >> troubling data from a british study on drug resistant bacteria. researchers say by 2050, super bugs could kill more people than cancer. jake ward is here with more. >> bacteria are becoming resistant to the drugs that we use to kill them. on the -- in the united states alone, at least 2 million people become infected each year with bacteria that are resistant to anti-by on theics and 23,000 people die as a direct result of those infections. that is a massive problem, one that dwarfs many other more visible public health threats.
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there are many factors that contribute to the problem. a group in london gathered to address one of those factors, that drug makers aren't making new antibiotics. it's time-consuming and making pharmaceuticals is a business so this group is hoping to somehow convince world leaders to better insentenc incentivise them t antibiotic drugs are becoming less effective because as they are used in greater numbers of people, the bacteria are getting more and more opportunity to develop resistance to those drugs. think of it like practice. the more the bacteria has a chance to practice on the drugs, the more they see them on the battlefield, the better they get at resisting their affects. there are two big reasons the bacteria are getting so much practice, so much exposure to humans and han malls. for one thing, there is a basic misunderstanding of the role of antibioti antibiotics. viral infections and backterially infections.
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antibiotics only kill bacteria. they do not kill viruss. but 49% of europeans across the eu believed that antibiotic drugs kill viruss, the cold and the flu. research shows doctors prescribe them for viral infections, too. >> means the drugs are being administer in people who don't need them. >> that's giving the bacteria a chance to adapt. in addition, and this is a big problem, they are being given it in a blanket way to huge numbers of farm animals to help keep them healthy buff they are used to produce food. they are talking millions of animals dosed not as individuals, the way you and i are but in large groups through their feed and their water. >> also gives the bacteria a shot at developing resistance on a massive scale. what we are looking at here is a crisis of management, one in which we are using drugs too much and, sometimes, the wrong drugs entirely which makes them less effective when we need them. it's not just going to be a matter of business incentives or
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livestock regulations or limiting prescriptions. all of it will keep us from growing a bug we do not have the means to fight. next, information blackout, the new ohio bill to keep the public in the dark about executions. >> i am asher sation k. ireshi, why one is trying to force the art museum away from the lake front. >> talks to avoid a government shutdown are going right down to the wire.
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this is "al jazeera america." i am john seeingenthaler. >> sensored. >> they are trying to make it easy to execute people in the state of ohio. >> the new plan in ohio to keep details of executions a secret. dispu dispute. >> we found minor bruises. the palestinian official who decide in a scuffle with israeli police. what really caused his death? switching sides. his cyber attacks caused $50 million in damages. we talked to the former anonymous hacker turned fbi mole. and star wars: >> they offered me the site and said this is where we would like you to put your museum. >> the battle over a proposed george lucas museum in chicago.
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why some residents say no thanks. >> it is the most severe punishment in the criminal justice system. now, ohio legislators are preparing to vote on whether the details of executions should be kept secret. john hendren has the story. >> it was father lawrence hummer's first execution, but he knew something was going horribly wrong. >> he, after two minutes, began to gag audibly and literally gag and you could see his stomach begin to bloat. this was simply monstrous as far as i was concerned, and it was contemptible. >> the lethal injection of dennis mcguire lasted nearly half an hour. it was ohio's fourth botched execution in recent years. european drug makers now refuse to supply the toxic colorado cocktail. some doctors refuse to participate. ohio's legislature has come up with a plan that is popular in
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the state capitol: make the details of executions and many of the participants secret. >> we think when you are talking about something that is essentially the ultimate punishment, it's deserving of the most transparency, not the least. and it's already a very secr secretive process to begin with and what they are doing is saying, more secrecy is the key here, not more transparency. >> reporter: legal analysts call it the most extreme execution measure of any death penalty state in the u.s. if ohio's governor signs it into law by the next scheduled execution on february 11th, almost nothing about the state killing of child murrer ron phillips would be accessible to the public: not the drugs used, not who made them, not the identities of the doctors in the room. and unlike laws in other states, ohio's law would bar even the courts from knowing what happens inside the execution chamber. >> politicians say don't blame them. they say it is law enforcement officials who insist this is the
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only way to get the drugs and medical staff needed to end the lives of the most dangerous criminals. >> the whole purpose of this legislation is to meet the requirements of the attorney general so it can be done in the most efficient and humanitarian way. >> one of the bills chief sponsors, representative matt huffman initially agreed to talk to us about it. >> five minutes? >> absolutely. >> minutes later, he said he had to rush to a meeting. father hummer says he knows why politicians have been so elus e elusive. >> they are trying to make it easy to execute people in the state of ohio by hiding the information fromness parties. they are afraid somebody might know what they are doing. >> wreathat wreaks to me as a p of a secret society i don't want to be part of gracious sakes. >> if the matter passes, it
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could become tied up in court battles as a long line of men on death row wait to hear of news of their fate. columbus ohio. >> a guy who is national coalition to abolish the death penalty, diane. how can you know if it's efficient and humane if it's done in secret? >> absolutely. this is a ludicrous response. let's remember why we got here. we are here because the secrecy around the execution to begin with is what caused the extraordinarily harmful, hurtful, cruel execution that you mentioned earlier in the broadcast. the reason that that prisoner died after nearly 30 minutes was because the state of ohio was already operating in somethings secret. now, they have applied more of the wrong medicine. they are saying what we need is more secrecy. the answer is to end the death penalty. this doesn't work. this is the latest example of the way in which it doesn't
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work. so this is going exactly backwards. >> but the officials of the state of ohio decided to go ahead with the death penalty. i mean, shouldn't there be more transparency with regard to this? >> absolutely. the government is exercising the most awesome power it could ever exercise: the notion that that power should be exercised in secrecy without the courts, our last protector here being able to intervene is something that should be scary to everyone in this country. this is not the country that we expect. this is not what we in a democracy. we want transparency, not more secrecy. >> i am looking at the attorney general of ohio's website. on it, it talks about that state's open meetings law, sunshine laws which have supposed to allow the press to cover what goes on the government. doesn't this just run in the face of sunshine laws in the
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state of ohio? >> absolutely. and this is exactly why the death penalty is so pernicious and so harmful to our values. in order to have a death penalty, apparently, in ohio, it has to be a secret opportunity for the government to act. in order to have a death penalty, we will to accept there will be racial bias and unfairness and these things that with not what we signed up for. that's why 90 million americans in the united states are saying we don't want the death penalty. that's why we are launching a campaign to say this has to end. it's undermining our basic values. >> is there a fair way to carry out the death penalty? >> apparently not. we have been trying for 38 years, and still, we see that people who get the death penalty are the people who don't ahave the resources, people who don't have lawyers. we see race still inflewence the process. now, apparently, we see we have to do it undercover of night >> without even knowing who is giving united states the drugs or who is doing the execution. the more we continue with the death penalty, the more we lose
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ourselves, and right now, if this law passes, i wouldn't recognize the united states. >> diane rust-tierney. >> good to have you? >> thank you for having me. the online hacking group, anonymous has carried out some of the biggest and most public cyber attacks ever. members work in the shadows. we will talk to a former high-profile member turned fbi informa informant. first paul beeban is here with a look. >> reporter: they call the group digital crusaders for justice. critics say they are pranksters or at their worse, a cyber lynch mob. whatever it is, anonymous is a force to be reckoned with, and it is here to stay. >> greetings. >> it is a group with no formal members and no official philosophi philosophies. when members do appear in public, they wear masks. a website affiliated with the group says, we do what we want because we can. so who is anonymous, and what do they want? >> anonymous is a loose
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collective of people who meet up on the internet through various channels, who are united by a certain sense that they want to advance the cause of civil liberties through various online tactics. some of them legal, some perhaps less legal. >> there is no reliable estimate of the size of anonymous but the group is believed to have thousands of supporters around the world. >> no justice, no peace. recently they made their presence known in ferguson, missouri. when the can you clucks clan threats ended them >> they took over the kkk's website and unhooded some alleged klamners revealing personal information online. members of anonymous were also active in the occupy wall str s
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movement. >> they had a hostility toward the called 1%, the corruption that they perceived in the 1%, the corruption and complicity of the government in, you know, the bail-out and in terms of defending and not prosecuting the people responsible for the financial catastrophe. >> anonymous first gained note right tee by taking on the search of signology, staging protests after the church tried to suppress a controversial video of tom cruise, a prominently signologist. >> that was seen as an affront to what was the anonymous movement so they started a campaign against scientology, the first semi organized anonymous campaign. >> the group's attack on corporate and government websites, even the f.b.i. have prompted investigators to target some members for arrest. >> they were, indeed committing crimes and they were seen as being people who were likely to commit more illegal acts in the
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future and. >> several anonymous members are currently, in prison. while that may have child some of the group's illegal activities, anonymous isn't going off line any time soon. >> anonymous seems to have raised its voice in the wake of the death of tammier rice shot by cleveland police while carrying a pellet gun. anonymous k4r5i8d responsibility for shutting down the city's website shortly after that shooting and for posting a video saying rice was killed by an overzealous rookie officer. it looks like anonymous is getting involved in the national conversation we are having about police tactics. >> paul, thank you very much. hector sabu monsegor was once a computer hacker with group and carried out cyber attacks that caused $50 million in damages. tonight, i asked him if anything is secure online. >> we have no security. i really wants to emphasize that people need to accept that and that's the first step to fort worth, texas fixing our
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problem. the major issue is with the government. the government needs to stop paying federal contractors billions of dollars a year to us when they are not. they are getting hacked, themselves. you understand? >> much more at 11 eastern. to the middle east. thousands of mourners turned out for a funeral. there are conflicting reports about what actually caused the death. nick schifrin reports from jerusalem. >> reporter: good evening. a disagreement over how exactly he died is increasing tension between the israeli and palestinian governments. today was about mourners marking the life of a popular palestinian figure, described as an officer willing to fight in the trenches with soldiers. he has street cred, in part because of how he led in part because he spent years in israelis prisons and his death comes at a time when many
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palestinians are looking for leadership. ♪ >> for the first time in a decade, the palestinian government buricked a seniorme killed in an altercation with israelis. zir intoois hist received full hornlingz from the military and attendance by the entire palestinian cabinet. president mahmoud abbas led prayers. a massive crowd followed abuines body to the cemetery. he often directed these chants. they shouted slogans of support and held posters that declared our minister became a martyr. he was surrounded by informal security. an honor guard who led the crowd and escorted him for more than a mile. >> his funeral was essentially a state funeral. his body was taken through the streets of ramala completely
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complete with execute. he was popular not only because he was so senior in the government and also, because he led protests for much of his life. >> the last protest he led and his death were caught on camera. yesterday, palestinians demonstrated against land confiscated by israel. and, as always, he was in the front. he argued with border police. i witnesses told us police spoke him in the chest before wrapping hands around his neck. he began to feel feint. an israeli medic administered first aid but by the time protesters carried him toward an ambulance and placed him on a gurney, he would never regain consciousness. >> an autopsy this morning showed very clear, no doubt, he was murdered, executed by theisitsi army. >> the israeli doctor who attended the same autopsy said he died of a heart attack en if the heart attack was in part
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caused by israeli police. >> this type of heart attack is caused by stress. all saw it and found some bruises, minor bruises in the muscle layers. >> the disagreement over how he died came as no surprise to the people who helped bury him who believed he was unique. >> why is this death particularly affecting so many people? >> he was always on the frontlines. that's why he was respected by people. >> today, they buried one of the few palestinian leaders who truly led. his death leaves a void at exactly the moment these mourners are looking for leaders. >> tomorrow, senior palestinian officials will meet to discuss how exactly they want to respond to his death. they have threatened to stop cooperating or coordinating with the israeli military. >> coordination has helped keep the recent violence from exploding even further. so the threat is significant. but the threat has been made before, and we expected a lot
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more violence and a lot more protests after today's funeral, perhaps, john, a sign that there is not enough energy or crucially, leadership on the ground today to make his death a trigger for an even larger confrontation. >> that's nick schifrin reporting. there was a suicide attack in afghanistan today. it took place at a french-run high school in kabul. a routine age bomber targeted a play. a german national was killed. 16 others, mostly afghan citizens injured. the latest in the string of recent bombings targeting foreigners. an argues correspondent has been killed in syria. he died when his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by rebel fighters. it's the fourth journalist killed in syria in the last three days. he is called daring and courageous. recruits are pouring in
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syria and iraq to join isil. many are watching videos that portray isil as heroes. a new artist is challenging that narrative. >> number 1, have you thought about women and children in syria? if you have, then do you genuinely thing they are going to affect. >> this is abdullah x. he and online this year trying to vince young muslims around the world to choose peace over isil. >> have you not found more constructive ways to help the people of syria than simulate a video game you feel you have to reenact in real life. >> the creator spoke to us on condition we didn't reveal his real identity. he said isil's hard line messages spread through identify yes, sir like this appeal to many young muslims. >> that's the point about jihadi narrative, it is sexy, cool, and
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appeals to a disen franchised mi mindset. we wanted something to be as appealing. >> this is element zero, the first issue we worked on. >> the 36-year-old began creating comics after a child in minnesota asked him if the arab world had its own superman. it didn't. a few years later, students in his native country of jordan told him al-qaeda leaders osama bin laden were his heroes. he gave them comic books for free. >> i asked him the sale question and they were talking about the comical characters, heroes in my stories. that's when i realized that there is a huge appetite in the middle east for positive heroes, for anti-bin ladens. >> he sold more a million copies of his roughly 30 comic books so far including this one based upon a jordanian's women counter terrorism unit. >> this is a powerful and
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important story, to fight the narratives of massageny in the middle east. >> he speaks openly about the power of these books, sometimes at great risk. he says a few years ago, on the street in jordan, extremists attacked him, leaving a long scar across his face. but he says he will keep creating new characters. and the creator says many more episodes of his car tooningz. >> next week on another topic that's current or will not go away, abdullah x, peace. >> they have received tens of thousands of hits on youtube. the creator said he used to be what he calls an anti-western extremist. the other artist told me most of his comic books are in arabic. he is working on getting them translated into english. >> thank you. why many chicago residents are loukewarm about a george lucas museum.
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good evening. images like this is what it was across the bay area today. we were looking at heavy wayne, flooding and also looking at road closures from many locations across the region. take a look at what's happening right now. seeing heavy rain across northern california as well as up here towards parts of washington. over the next 24 hours, we are not going to get much of a change here, especially around the bay area where most of the rain has been really falling in that one area all day long.
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in some locations just north of san francisco, we have seen over nine inches of rain across that region. but it's going to be the flooding we will watch out for today and into the evening as most of this rain continues across this region. also, very heavy snow in the sierra nevadas, flash floods in reno and lake tahoe and towards the south. those will continue at least for the next three to 5 hours. then winter storm warnings we are watching up in the sierra nevada s. we could see anywhere between two and four feet of snow by the time this is done. friday looks like this. heavy rain continues, even coming down toward the south. by the time we get to saturday, though, things start to improve. around colorado, utah and new mexico, that is where the rain is going to be. >> that's international weather. more news after this.
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angupdate from capitol hill. congress has about three hours to pass a budget bill to keep the government running. the house is getting ready to reconvene. libby casey is there with more. libby. >> john, behind closed doors for hours. they are taking back to the house floor, and we do expect a vote just after 9:00 p.m. eastern time on this big spending package. the $1.1 trillion spending deal
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that really blew up this afternoon because democrats pushed back on some parts of it they don't like. roll backs of the dodd-frank financial reform bill and an increase in campaign contributions for big campaign donors. republicans don't look any more likely to stripping those out although we are watching the floor to confirm that the package will remain the way republicans like it. now, it's a real question mark as to whether or not this has enough votes. at this point, it does not look like it can pass. so we are still watching the drama unfold and we will see exactly where things head. if they can't come to a deal, the government faces a shutdown at midnight. there is a chance they could pass a short-term spending bill that would quick them in to the new year. john? >> all right, libby casey, thank you very much. now, coming up at 11 eastern time, more on that story. the controverse ye over leaked comments about hollywood elites and the president. who is responsible for revealing personal e-mails from sony executives?
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plus it is called special k. how a club drug is now being used to treat depression. all of that and more are coming up at 11 eastern time on this broadcast. the windy city may be giving star wars creator george lucas the cold shoulder but he wants to build a $400 million museum on a site that's popular with tailgating football fans. some are challenging the plans. >> on any given sunday, this parking lot near chicago's lakeshore comes alive with tailgaters cheering on the bears. these football fans could soon be displaced by star wars fans. this 17 acre lot south of soldier field is the proposed site of the george lucas museum for narrative art, a $400 million museum that would house the film director's vast collection of art with pieces from star wars and digital art.
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>> this is a culture. this is something that's been going on here for years t this is the best part of coming to any football game is the tailgating. if ne take this away, i can't see anybody coming. >> earlier this year, chicago mayor rom emanuel tried to help persuade lucas and his wife, a chicago native >> lucas and his hometown couldn't agree on a location. i came here and the first thing i said to ram, they offered me this site and i said that looks great. it's in a museum community, which i love the fact that we can relate to all of the the other musems and walk from one to the other. but i have to warn you. i want to build an iconic museum, something nobody has seen, avante garde and leading edge in the architectural world. >> a lawsuit threatens to change that. >> chicken's greatest natural ast is the lakefront. a preservation filed a lawsuit
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against it. she said it would violent a central law known as public trust doctorine which means it can only be used for specific purposes that benefit the public. >> we don't believe the building, the mudzim building, is a public facility. it's not open to the public. it's only open to the public at certain times. it is controlled by someone else and it is a museum for one person's collection. >> lee bay is a member of the task force committee. it was a signed with finding a location for the 400,000 square foot museum and concluded that the land currently is under used. >> it isn't really in the spirit of what lakefront land is supposed to be about, which is supposed to be used in some way that's public. i mean, you know, a parking lot is public but it isn't the highest and best ice for a place like this. >> lucas and the museum are not parties and are not commenting on the controversy. he is funding the project without taxpayer dollars. >> the ci's economistt says it
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could bring in $2 million. but opponents say it would forever prevent it from being used as a green space. al jazeera, chicago. >> that's our broadcast. thanks for watching, i am john seigenthaler. "america tonight" is coming up next. educate poor children. >> schools where kids need grade teaching the most. >> can unprepared teachers make a difference? >> why are we sending them teachers with 5 weeks of training?
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