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[ ♪♪ ] ♪♪ ] we begin with breaking news from the white house. bow biden, a son of joe biden has died. he had cancer. he was 46, and served as the attorney-general of della mere. he was hospitalized at the walt e-reed center. his full name joseph robert bowe biden the third. he won a bronze guard during his service. he suffered a mild stroke in 2010. and just last year he underwent surgery at a cancer hospital in texas. the vice president read a statement reading:
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our washington correspondent libby casey joining us live by phone. reaction starting to pour in. >> absolutely. this is devastating on many levels. beau was seen as a rising star of the democratic party, and there was hope for this man of the future a young man, 46 years old, with a political heritage with his father and carving out his own past. he served as attorney-general and when joe biden became the vice president many thought he would slide into the senate seat. he decided not to and stayed on as the attorney-general and ran for another term in that seat and was looking at becoming the governor of delaware. he hoped to run in 2016. someone that wanted to carve his
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open path and following a family tradition of service in the democratic party. >> i was there when he gave that speech in denver. one of the things that catapulted him on to a political stage, and one of the things that people were happy about is this was a new generation of war veterans that might work their way to the white house after washington said goodbye it the likes of bob and daniel and others, who served in world war ii. >> that's right. there are fewer and fewer veterans serving in the house and senate. beau biden gave a speech for his father as he became the democratic nominee at the convention and deployed for a year to iraq leaving behind a young family. when he took to the stage and introduced his father he spoke in a way that was memorable for many of us that heard it. it was not just about his family
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and his father the losses they are suffered. joe biden, at a young age, when he became senator lost his wife and baby daughter in a car crash. beau and his brother survived that and joe raised them for a while as a single dad. beau spoke about that tugged at the heart springs making a connection with his father he showed promise of who could be political leaders in washington and delaware. we are hearing on outpouring of condolences from across the political spectrum. we heard from the president and the first lady who knew beau biden and were close with his wife jill. the president and first lady put out a statement saying:
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the statement goes on to talk about not just what a difference joe biden made but what a difference joe biden, his father made and you get the sense that the obama family is reaching out to the vice president and his life to let them know that they are supported and not alone as they deal with this libby casey, washington correspondent, thank you for your comments and expertise. beau biden was the older son of the vice president. he joined the delaware nard your and three years theired -- nard your and three years later was the attorney-general and delivered a stirring instruction to his father at the democratic convention in denver. a month later he was awarded the bronze star and in 2010 biden was re-elected as the attorney-general, he checked in the cancer treatment center. he was considered the front
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runner to be the next governor of the state of delaware. it is happening again in tex was, another day, another downpour would inches of rainfalling in houston, causing devastation, evacuation and a rising death toll. rivers from oklahoma to mexico are spilling over their banks. >> more torrential rain in texas, in a state dealing with some of the force flooding on record. saturday is the 26th straight day of rain in central texas, all along the sworn river the order to evacuate came. >> i could take a chance of staying here what if something happened. >> the river enveloped close to lorna's home. >> when this happened 22 years ago, i was younger and not scared. i'm older and wiser, it's like i'm not sticking around we are leaving. >> in the town of wemberley, the
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river receded, enough for some residents to go home or to see what is left of their house. >> the sound of houses hitting other houses. hitting trees, people screaming was deafening. >> in austin time lapse video shows how quickly a small stream can turn into a raging river, capable of washing away cars or anything in their path. >> in dallas they are recovering after a day of rain. flooding shutting down the freeways in the metro area, and in communities, farmhouses and ranches surrounded by fields. a man's bote was discovered adding to the death toll of people killed in storms in texas and oklahoma. president obama signed a disaster declaration on friday making federal money available to people in three counties affected by the storms.
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volunteers are pouring in from neighbouring states. >> and those volunteers have been setting up in and around the houston area hard hit by the rains this evening. jonathan martin witnessed the down poor in the houston suburb of rosenberg. >> the main tonight has been steady and significant in some areas. it's an off and on for the last few hours during the afternoon. we are in rosenberg, a family 35 hours south, and you can see that the water is rising. the river spilled over its banks, this is what people are concerned about. this is an area under a mandatory evacuation. 50 homes, they have been told to get out of area. up the road half a mile up the road there are voluntary evacuations under way. many of the people we talked to said they were going to leave. and others who said they would wait it out. when the storm started to come
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in when the rain came heavily, many decided they were not taking chances considering what has happened in texas over the last couple of days. this area upped a mandatory evacuation, the rain coming day, many watching and witting it see what happened. forecasters predicted 3-5 inches of rain falling into the area. that depends on whether the rain sticks around whether it's slow moving or sticks around. a lot waiting in washington to see what happened. that was jonathan martin in rosenberg. a democrat saying he wants to be president. former baltimore mayor announced he was running. the number one concern, the economy. >> and that is why, today, to you and to all who can hear my voice, i clair that i am a canned -- declare that i am a candidate for president of the united states, and i am running for you. >> a small group of protesters
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greeting the baltimore mayor are spelt over the death of freddie gray who died in police custody. the baltimore unrest is a reflection of the nation's poor economy. martin o'malley telling hillary clinton about plans to run. she sent him a tweet saying: there was another meeting between the secretary of state john kerry and iran's foreign minister today. this one lasting some six hours. the deadline for the final nuclear agreement is a month away. >> reporter: how was the talk ... an unresolved issue is a push by world powers for access to iran's military sites and tehran wants sanctions lifted after the agreement was reached. there's concerns there may need to be an extension to the headline coming up on june 30th.
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>> we are learning about four americans held captive in yemen. they are held by houthi rebels in sanaa. they chased away the u.s.-backed government. a chance to free the americans failing in the past. none are u.s. government employees, we are told. details were not released because of concerns about their safety. in syria the death toll rises, more than 70 killed in northern syria. government forces dropped barrel bombs in two areas of the province medical sources say the worst attack was in a barkt place. the area under control of the islamic state group. a single attack killing more than 55 people. we have this report. >> reporter: another gain for syrian rebels, these include al nusra front fighters. they control the town.
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it is thought to be the last major stronghold. >> thank god we liberated the town in a few hours. i swear they run like rats. >> after days of battles, soldiers have left pt the states news agencies say government forces pulled out to the outskirts to regroup. tens of families are fleeing. some are scared the regime will destroy the town. rebels moved on to the village in the western countryside killing soldiers. rebels captured the town and last month took control of idlib city. the next major battle for the
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fighters could be the president's stronghold on the coast. these photos show a glimpse of a notorious prison. tens of inmates moved by government forces before they fled. further south, a war of attrition is taking place. fighting between lebanon's hezbollah group is not over in the qalamoun mountains range. hezbollah announced it made gains in the area on the border with lebanon two weeks ago. with fighters carrying out hit and run attacks. more than 40 hezbollah fighters are said to have been killed since fighting this month. qalamoun is crucial. where both sides get weapons and reinforcements. fighting in the battle front
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intensifies. too many warring factions with agendas are battling themselves. it's not clear who will bin the battle -- win the battle 17 found dead on a beat in italy, trying to reach the shores of that country, more than 4,000 migrants have been pulled from the mediterranean sea since friday many arriving in ports insh navy vessel is dropping off 700 migrants half rescued from an overcrowded wooden boat off the the coast of libya. emma haywood has more. >> reporter: in the middle of the mediterranean sea, this was a scramble to stay afloat. a desperate scene, repeated many times over. a german frigate was involved in this rescue where hundreds of people were picked up from different boats. among them the very young. and few can imagine how this mother might have felt being
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reunited with her little boy. others, exhausted from their journey, were able to rest on deck. and unprecedented numbers of people are trying to make the perilous trip from north africa to europe, to escape war, poverty and persecution. many are gambling on better economic prospects in europe. but they are risking everything in the process. vessels from europe's and large tritan naval operations have been working nonstop. among them britain's navy flagship h.m.s. "bulwark", arriving in the italian port. hundreds on board, sum under 18, and travelling alone. italy is bearing the brunt of arrivals, but not all. in recent days dozens have been
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arriving the greek island of cos from turkey. this group careful to destroy their inflatable boat before walking ashore. while europe's navy's rescue the migrants, politicians make plans to disperse them throughout the e.u. many countries don't want them. there has been no slowdown in the flow trying to reach the shores. here is the crisis by the numbers. 4,200 people were rescued over the past 24 hour, that is the highest in recent months on april 12th. in on may 2nd, 3800, were saved. many arrived in italy, some 1770 arrived, dying to get there. the president of f.i.f.a. sepp blatter, of the soccer federation says he doesn't fear being arrested. instead, sepp blatter says he vows to restore f.i.f.a.'s tarnished reputation. the job got a little harder.
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andy richards has our story. >> day one of the fifth term as f.i.f.a. president. and sepp blatter is not happy. >> i said i forgive, but i don't forget when it comes to persons. >> he just chaired a meeting of the executive committee, that's the panel that makes world football's biggest decisions. david gill newly elected member from europe chose not to attend. the manchester united director saying he couldn't see there being a positive change at f.i.f.a. while sepp blatter was in charge. it's a detail in the growing split between f.i.f.a. he officially backed the election rival. prince allie. >> you have the best competition. the best players. when it comes to the clubs, if you don't have the players from the other continent.
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they will not be so good in football. they have to be an example. not to say f.i.f.a. what is f.i.f.a. they shall help and come in. responsibility that you cannot take when you are elected, and don't come to the first meeting. in is know responsibility. you are elect, you have to come. whoever is the president of f.i.f.a. >> reporter: sepp blatter has loyal support in many countries, and that is why he was able to survive a week that saw seven high-ranking members arrested on suspicion of corruption. the thought of resigning never crossed his find. >> the congress are of the opinion that i'm the man to go in and solve the problems. >> reporter: u.e.f.a. may find it ironic that the head of this federation has 7 officials in
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prison. u.e.f.a. member countries will meet in berlin next saturday. the topic of pulling out of the f.i.f.a. will be disdiscussed. time is quickly running out for the patriot act. coming up, a fight over extending the surveillance law. law.
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it's saturday night, time to look at the patriot act, the senate returning to washington for a weekend session, while trying to decide whether to extend key parts, they are at odds over sections used to justify the n.s.a. bulk data programme, collecting the phone data of millions being your phone numbers and friends, libby casey has more. government officials say they
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are winding down pa of the patriot act in case the senate doesn't come up with an extension by tomorrow night. the real wind down begins tomorrow at 4 o'clock as the senate gabbles in. the president is warning that it's serious situation. >> sunday at midnight, a bunch of authorities that we use in order to prevent terrorist attacks in this country expires. >> the president joined by attorney-general lorretta lyncgh talks about things like roving wire taps. >> i don't want us to be in a situation where for a certain period of time the authorities go away, and suddenly we are dark. and heaven forbid. we have got a problem. where we could have prevented a terrorist attack. >> the president is supporting what is being billed as a compromise passed by the house. the u.s.a. freedom act, ending the collection of telecom records by the government. instead, telephone companies will keep them.
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>> you can infer more from the pattern than the conversation. >> reporter: the freedom account goes too far say some. >> none of the reforms, whether the freedom act and certainly not the reauthorization bills will do anything to end bulk collection. i think the political will in america is not there for the programs to continue indefinitely. >> reporter: there's resistance to the freedom account in the senate from liberals and libertarians like rand paul. >> we entered into a momentous debate. >> a super-pact supporting paul's bid for the white house is using his stance to promote him. and an anti-surveillance group called fight for the future is sending a message by blogging the congressional websites,
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redirecting visitors to a protest page. on the flipside there's push back against the freedom act. republican majority leader wants the full patriot act renewed. >> do we want the law to expire. >> the options is pass the freedom act, renew or be at piece with it expiring. if the senate does anything other than pass the freedom account, the house would have to follow up. it will push us past the deadline and it will be a weekend to watch. libby, thank you. joining us to take a deeper look at the patriot act is faisal patel, director of the security programme at the brennan centre, and a former advisor to senator harry reid, and host of "the agenda", a national morning radio programme. thank you both for being with
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us. faiser, i'll start with you. there seems to be an assumption that terrorists don't watch television or monitor the internet. given we are told there'll be a gap in the efforts if the senate does not move, will that leave it vulnerable or is the white house playing a high stakes game of chicken little? >> we don't know all the programs that the n.s.a. conducts. but we do know that this authority used to justify the bulk metadata programme has not proven useful in counterterrorism. we know that, we had two review groups say that, the federal bureau of investigation's inspector general came out with a report saying this programme really hasn't added any unique value, there's that. on the other hand there are other parts of section 215 of the act which will expire along with the phone metadata programme, and the question is whether the government has other ways to fill the gaps, and we don't know enough about the n.s.a.'s programs to answer that
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question. >> is the lapse that we see in the bulk data collection programme, is it y2k of the 21st century or is there something to be concerned about. >> i don't think there's something to be concerned about. my tendency, though my co-guest is the expert here - first off, the n.s.a., everyone i know that works there always believes in building redundancies into systems. my tendency is to believe the critical stuff has redundancy into it. and there's widespread agreement that the patriot act went too far. if that means a pause, that's what it means. let me push back against that and ask this question. should there be another attack, it would be the monday morning quarterback of the n.s.a.,
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c.i.a. f.b.i. and every other law enforcement in this country. saying why didn't we know more, and if we did why didn't we do something. so is talking efforts away from the n.s.a., authority away from the n.s.a. the way that america really wants to go. >> i would span that back on you. we can prevent - there are 30,000 that die from motor vehicle death, if we make it 10 miles per hour, we can prevent it not one single wall to wall with blanket coverage, that was not the case on 9/11. >> i mean, so you are suggesting that because the tv media covers something, that means it's more of an urgent crisis. >> no, i'm saying the argument of numbers to numbers it not an accurate number. the argument is whether or not the n.s.a. bulk collection will
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prevent a terrorist act. >> emotionality is more important than the constitutional rights. i'm not going to buy that argument. we have constitutional protection for a reason, and the constitution and bill of rights is very particular. for too long we satisfied the rites that had not come from it. when the procedures had been reviewed, it's shown they have not stopped terrorist attacks. in theory this might stop terror unfortunate attacks if we sacrifice the rites that fundamental sources of americans - i'm not buying that. >> faisal patel, rand paul says it's a debate about whether a warrant with a single name of a single company can be used to collect phone records of all of the people in the country with a single warrant, he said our forefathers would be aghast. are they rolling over in their graves or laughing?
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>> i imagine they are quite shocked because what rand paul's argument is is that the programme uses broad orders, they are like the general warrants, and if you go back to history, general warrant, that's where you say go off and search for evidence of criminality, that is what was so upsetting to the american revolutionaries, and that actually was the basis of the fourth amendment. these very rights, the kind of broad orders are what the forth amendment is supposed to protect against. instead what we so is a court has been issuing them in sequence, year after year after year. and with little evidence in counterterrorism effectiveness. does it bother you that it is an exception. -- perception that the people in the n.s.a. are not normal citizens trying to prevent a terror attack. after all, the people gathering the material are trying to do their jobs, and that is to protect americans.
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. >> absolutely. i don't think anyone is trying to impugn the inserty and -- sincerity and commitment of people working at the n.s.a., whenever you have an intelligence agency, the mission is to gather information, that is what the primary mission is, it will do that as much as it can, and collect as much as it can over and over again until it comes up against a barrier, and it is our constitution and our laws. >> let's talk about gathering information. there's a legal challenge to of all groups, wikipedia. witness boxinga paidia and others are suing the government calling on those that spy on earns, using wikipedia, calling it an attack on the back bone of democracy. paul beban has the story. >> reporter: if you want to know about the government spying that prompted protests like this one in washington last year, one place you might look is on wikipedia, and the reason it is
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suing has a lot to do with how wikipedia works. what wikipedia says is it's a free encyclopedia, edited by 69,000, most of them volunteers, and the whole think is a non profit, and it says the way the n.s.a. gathered information, called upstream surveillance, violated the freedom of speech of users and volunteers, subjecting them to unreasonable search and seizure. in other words the n.s.a. violated the first and fourth amendments. >> we believe the upstream surveillance, the mass surveillance of our readers and users is damaging to us. wikipedia depends on a culture of openness and courage. for people to participate. and in that context their privacy is important. the way upstream surveillance works is the n.s.a. taps into
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the cables and routers that moves the traffic across the u.s. and around the world. wikipedia says it has an affect on free change of information, saying articles written by wikipedia users in europe during the arab spring may not have been written if they knew the u.s. was watching. what sparked n sa civilians was edward snowden, a document he released mentioned wikipedia as a tart for n sa spying. the u.s. government denied the spying happened, said it was wrong and would stop. >> the bottom line is that people around the world regardless of the nationality should know that the united states was not spying on ordinary people. who don't threaten our international community. we take their privacy concerns into account in our policies and procedures. it applies to foreign leaders as well. >> the department of justice says it's looking over the new
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lawsuit. in the past two years other organizations could sue the government. some are working their way through the legal systems. others have been thrown out because there was no proof that the plaintiffs were harmed. that would be a challenge for wikipedia as well. >> an issue is the question of standing. we definitely have standing. there's no question about that. the case will proceed, and when we think about it on the merits. you look at what the law says, what the constitution says, there's no doubt in my mind that we are in the righ >> what the courts could decide could determine the future of the drag net the n.s.a. has cast on everything we do online. >> keep in mind, five short years ago it was a different story. then the patriot act was renewed without pushback from congress. enter edward snowden, his revelations of the government
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snapping on observing americans has been a game changer. earlier, jerry nadler spoke to al jazeera about that. >> edward snowden did a public service by telling us about the illegal surveillance. i would say unconstitutional mass surveillance, it's been alleged he gave a lot of harmful information to the chinese or russians or someone, that is not shown. if he did, he ought to be condemned for that. if he didn't, he shouldn't be. >> i want to ask the question. given the fact that there's concerns that civil liberties have been eroded. does that mean that those that attacked us on 9/11 have been
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run before. capitol hill and white house is armed. and police patrol every city block. >> i wouldn't say they've won, for the most part it's a free society, and it would take a lot for them to win. we should be concerned when fear of attack causes us to roll back widely held constitutional protection. we should be concerned when fear trumps nationally and the constitution, that creates a dangerous situation. >> is this a question of who stores the data, as opposed to whether the data is connected at -- collect at all. if that is the case, who do we trust more, the government, the people working for us, google. amazon, at&t. all the collection agencies that store that, that the government would have to go to get it anyway? >> there's a couple of things to understand here. the first is that at&t or verizon or film providers collect the data anyway. they are collecting, because that is part of the bill. >> do we trust them with that information. >> you do every day. you get the phone service from
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them. they know who they are calling, and they use the information to send you a bill. these are supposed to be business records kept by a business, and the problem is that if you shift them over wholesale to the government. the government can go into them at any point in time. >> can't the same companies do the same thing without a court order. >> the worse they can do is send you an advertisement. it's a different power dynamic over here. the government can keep the information for longer than a business would in the normal course of its operation. the general standard is to keep records for five years, there's so many loopholes in the laws, that they can keep the records for longer and they can go into them at will. if the records stay with the company, as long as they are not kept longer than normal. the government would make a showing to the judge and get the records, and that is better for americans privacy mitch mcconnell says we know
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what is going on overseas, we know what has been tried at home: how concerned should the american public be should this part of the patriot act expire, and seeing as we have been here before, wait are for the last minute to do something. is anyone listening, in your opinion? >> if it expires, it's mitch mcconnell's fault. if he had not tried to block the act, it's likely it would have had the votes. mitch mcconnell can look at himself in the mirror and blame who caused the expiration. saying we are in a dangerous period, we are always in a dangerous period, it's always a dangerous time. we should look to the constitution, written at a dangerous time. >> i want to ask you this question and we'll wrap the segment up on this note. given the fact that congress is
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debating whether what the n.s.a. does is right or wrong, does that make edward snowden the hero or the goat? >> i wrote this when edward snowden come out. i don't care whether he's a hero or a goat. i think it's a distraction. is the information he gave us accurate. >> if the answer is yes, the n.s.a. was doing things wrong. the debate whether edward snowden is a hero or villain, to me it doesn't matter. what matters is is it information what he provided us with the truth, it seems like it is. edward snowden, hero or goat, now that we are having this debate as to whether what the n.s.a. did is right or wrong. >> i don't care whether he's a hero or a goat. i think the important thing is what he put out there, was what the n.s.a. doing legal, was it in conformity with the
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public's expectation. these are important questions that president obama said, nears are questions that we need to get out in the pope, and need to have a serious debate about. is he vindicated with time. >> he regards the section 215 scenario as vindication. not only has he seen two review panels say it didn't provide useful counterterrorism investigation. the d o.j. says the same thing. the court of appeal found the programme to be illegal, and it's about to expire, or else be radically reformed. with respect to this programme, which is one very small part of the n.s.a.'s authorities and provisions, he seems to do well. >> faisal patel, the co-director. liberty and national security programme at the brennan center for justice, thank you for being was. and ari, raben half former advisor to harry reid and host
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of "the agenda", a national morning radio show. thank you for being with us this evening . >> thank you coming up he finally home an american freed an spending 400 days inside an egyptian prison. we'll talk to his lawyer and brother-in-law next.
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mohamad soltan is on his way to the u.s. after he was released from an egyptian prison his family say it was a combination of his actions and those of u.s. government that secured his release. courtney kealy has more. after being gaoled and on a hunger strike, he was arrested. he was the son of a member of the prominent muslim brotherhood relinquished his passport. his family released a statement saying:
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soltan, a graduate of ohio state and former campaigner for president obama had been charged with setting up an operations room in a pro-muslim brotherhood protest camp in 2013. the state department says the u.s. government welcomes his release, and brings a conclusion to the case. >> it was heart-breaking to see him that way. according to his bother, the u.s. government's extensive effort led to his release. egypt issued a law allowing foreign people to be released.
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>> after president mohamed mursi was ousted in 2013, egyptian authorities cracked down on the muslim brotherhood, killing hundreds, and arresting thousands. courtney kealy, al jazeera. waleed is the soltan family attorney and joins us from washington d.c. thank you for being with us. your reaction to the release of mr soltan. >> thank you for having me, i think, you know, all of our reactions have been that it's long overdue. mohammed languished in an egyptian prison for two years, for nothing more than protesting the removal of the previous regime peacefully. not a shred of evidence was presented in proceedings that he attended. showing that he did anything more than that, yet he was sentenced to life in prison. the general sense is that of relief. 400 days in prison, there was a
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prolonged hunger strike. how is he doing health wise and emotionally. >> we've been allowed - the main partner of my law firm went and visited with him and noted that he was in poor health, from what we understand from the state department is that we had to - we were instructed to take a wheelchair with us to the airport to help him move. he has not been consuming solids for some time. he has a long road ahead of him. can you tell us what led to the release, was it the hunger strike or the pressure from the u.s. government. if it was that pressure, what are we talking about. >> i think the hunger strike was helpful in that it helped raise awareness for mohammed, and shined a light on the individual plight as opposed to others in egypt who are coained in
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similar positions. the novelty of a u.s. citizen hunger striking in egyptian prisons was something that cannot be ignored. that being said, ultimately what caused the release is - was the u.s. government applying pressure on the egyptian regime to release mohammed. we have been made aware of statement from president obama and secretary kerry. beyond statements there were also, from what we understand more serious tactics used to help allow for mohammed's release. >> if not for the pressure, what do you think would have happened to mohammed. >> he would have been in prison. it's an open question. there's an appeal set to be filed in the next week or so for his codefendants, and he would have been a part of that appeal, which made the window where his release could have been effected under the presidential decree small. it was pretty much from the end of the trial in early april
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through june, that needed to get done, so there was an air of finality to the sentence. mohammed would be languishing in prison, for the foreseeable future. >> what does it say about egypt. most americans think of egypt as a place they go to visit the pyramids. based on the imprisonment of our client, brother-in-law and colleagues in al jazeera, is it time for the united states to re-examine the relationship with the country of egypt? >> i think the united states has been walking, you know, delicately in the egyptian political situation. it's difficult to say. there's a lot of considerations. our client was a piece of a bigger puzzle. we view this as an important gesture by the egyptian government in releasing mohammed. certainly other dual nationals or foreign nationals have not been released. from our vantage point it's
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about individual advocacy, and we look at this as an important gesture from the egyptians to mending relationships. as any observer knows has been on the fritz for the past couple of years. >> he's not only your client, but your brother-in-law. what does the family have in store for mohammed when you see him again and what are your plans. >> it's yet to be determined. he has some ideas. when you are locked up in a prison where you don't know if you are getting out. it forces you to not make plans. mohammed has a lot of soul searching. the family is ecstatic, to a voicemail of mohammed leaving egypt, we were not allowed contact prior to that. the family is ecstatic. they are making signs, getting the balloons, and the kids are getting ready. he has a nephew.
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my youngest son that he has never met. certainly that will be a joyous occasion at the airport. we are expecting a good crowd at the airport. he's going to need time to recover. tonight will be festive. >> a joyous occasion, thank you for being with us this evening when we come back baltimore setting a disturbing record. a sharp rise in a bloody month coming to a close. paying off student loan debt becoming a long-term affair for many young americans. >> i've told walgreen's i quit... >> hard earned pride... hard earned respect... hard earned future... a real look at the
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american dream hard earned only on al jazeera america >> part of our month long look at working in america. "hard earned".
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>> "compass" will challenge the way you look at the world. talking about big subjects. telling human stories. >> there's a tidal wave. >> we all have a problem. >> could you have seen that coming? it has been a deadly month in baltimore. several murders pushing the charmed city's homicide rate to a record 40 deaths compared to 22 slayings in april, and 15 in march. the murder rate following
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protests riots in the criminal indictment of six officers, surrounding the death of freddie gray who died from injuries suffered while in police custody. >> police in new york searching for the owner of a drone that almost collided with a passenger jet. a jet forced to take evasive action on an approach to laguardia. the plane driving 200 feet to avoid the drone. it was flying 2700 feet above the ground. student loan debt reaching a staggering 2.1 trillion, owed by people over the age of 30, spending years trying to pay it back. as ben henderson explains one group came up with a new option to get rid of their loans. >> melissa found a way to beat the student loan system. she did it by following a piece of simple counter-tew itting advice. more expensive schools have more
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money to give away. >> she qualified for grants at some of the expensive universities. north western university as an undergraduate and university of chicago at a graduate school at a cost of $50,000 a year. >> reporter: 32 years old she owes about $35,000 in student loans, but are deterred while she's earning a ph.d. of sociology. hers is a rare story. for many students big loans is the only way to make it on a campus. once they leave, they can be crippling. the older they are, the harder it is to pay them off. increasingly students pay off the loans later, in the 30s, 40s and 50s, and owe more. the u.s. federal reserve says while those in the 20s owe under $20,000, those in the 30s owe under 30,000. the trend holds in canada and the u.k. shaun says the reason can be
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explained in two words ... >> compound interest. the older you get and less able to pay the loans, it will build and build and build making it a lot harder. >> reporter: his company links skilled graduates in pittsburgh washington d.c. and schick with companies that pay off the student loans, companies like blue 1647 a nonprofit center. >> we have a lot of students that are talented but they are a small digit away of being employable. we are working on making them employable and want to reduce the debt to take on more risks. >> with one in four graduates in the u.s. behind on the loans, melissa says the loans will impact her lifestyle for years to come. >> the combination of growing up not placing value on material things and learning how to manage a small budget for
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a long period of time - there's things that can continue to do without. >> the job she takes after finishing her degree will be determined by how it helps her pay off student loans. when we come back we'll take you to the amazing intersection of art and science.
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only on al jazeera america. have you wondered what a satellite sounds like? a new exhibit at the world science festival in new york is using hard to teach people about what satellites do besides updating your g.p.s. kristen saloomey has more. >> reporter: it may look like a giant sea shell. wander inside. instead of hearing the ocean you hear a sonic representation based. more specifically the satellites orbiting the earth. you see it all around you, that's where they are in outer space now. >> reporter: n.a.s.a. the aera naughtics and space administration helped to design
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the building. >> so most people don't have an idea that for or the past 50 years n.a.s.a. has been studying the earth, they know we study stars and other planets. the earth is the most important planet out there. we have sent over 100 missions into space to help us understand where we live. >> the satellite studies everything from whether to the salt in the ortion. this is a highlight at the world signs festival. the goal to make complex concepts accessible to the masses. this attempts to tell the story. space, time and an obsession of einstein. the festival features big names
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in entertainment and science, spread over several locations around new york. >> the idea is to experience art through science in an evocative way. you don't need to be a scientist to appreciate science and film making and story telling it's the exhibits and experiments that many outside, and free to the public, that capture the attention of those that may not think about science. >> it's amazing. it's interesting to get an artistic representation of what potentially the satellites may or may not sound like. >> they are more up there than i thought they were. i thought they came as g.p.s. it's more than that. >> if organizers have their way, provide inspiration to the next generation of scientists and we want to thank you for joining us i'm del walters in new york.
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