as quickly as the weather pesticides and chemical fertilizers, farmers may be tempted to return to the old ways threatening cuba's long time organic revolution. nick clark, al jazeera cuba. >> all the stories from around the world aljazeera.com. >> expired. key provision of the patriot act are no longer law. what happens next with the legislation? when the supreme court ruled in favor of a man accused of making threats on facebook. and running for president lindsay graham becomes the ninth republican hoping to win back the white house.
this is al jazeera america. live from new york city i'm tony harris. the senate is back in session this hour trying to once again put some controversial intelligence provisions back into effect. overnight the nsa lost authority to collect bulk phone records and use some surveillance tools. senator rand paul's tactics pushed the final result. libby casey is live for us in washington. good to see you. where do things stand right now? >> reporter: tony, we are likely to see the death of one key part of the patriot act the government's ability to collect the bulk phone records of americans. instead, that would stay in the hands of telecom companies. what the senate was able to move forward is the u.s.a. freedom act, seen by many as a compromise measure that was passed 50 by the house. mcilroy spokemitch mcconnell spoke
on that, here's what he had to say today talking about the modified bill, which he says if fisa bill. >> we'll have a vote on that legislation as soon as we, about on our way there we should take some common sense steps to ensure the new system envisioned by that legislation a system we would soon have to rely upon to keep our countries safe, will in fact actually work. the amendments filed last night would help do just that. >> the amendments mitch mcconnell's talking about would create a transition period for the government to get telephone companies on board to make sure they're collecting that data and make sure those companies would let the government know if they plan to change or stop collecting the data that's a change mitch
mcconnell wants to see. tony. >> okay so lobby senator rand paul was the main person behind the delay. talk us through his reasoning. >> a lot of liberal democrats feel this way but rand paul was creating division among his only gop ranks. even temporarily extending parts of the patriot act he wants to see it die and he's also not supporting this freedom act. here is rand paul last night. >> now people say well, they're not looking at it, they're not listening to it. it's the tip of the iceberg what we're talking about here. irand realize that they were dishonest about the program until we caught 'em! they kept saying over and over again, we're not doing this, we're not collecting your records. and they were. the head of the intelligence agency lied to the american peed and hepeople and he still works here!
we should be upsaid, we should be marching to the capital saying he got to go! >> tony, a lot of the criticism is against rand paul by members against his own party be these guys both interested in holding the highest office in the land very different perspectives. rand paul is not acquiescing on the are alternatively alternate measure. we heard from the senate floor that they ideally want to see this wrapped up by tomorrow night tony. >> libby section 2 215 has to do with the collection of the metadata it does where we stand right now impact the u.s. government surveillance of
foreigners? >> that's an excellent question. this is really focused on domestic surveillance. so the government has broad powers to do surveillance or spying. it also retains a lot of other tools in the tool kit including use of the foreign intelligence surveillance court through which officials can go to get access to americans' records. even though folks like rand paul will say they have been able to knock off part of the patriot act, it is just a portion of the iceberg. >> details of the nsa's programs public he spoke earlier with be stephanie sy. >> i think it's important that this metadata program is one of countless programs we've reported on, one of several ways the nsa engages in surveillance of millions and millions of people all around the world.
it doesn't affect the listening-in of phone calls or the sweeping up ever internet activities. only the domestic metadata program. it's already extremely limited. i don't think we should be putting the population he of entire countries under the microis scope. when you essentially break the internet by engaging the massive global interconnected internet. there are some reforms of the fisa court that are helpful and operates secret with and passing judgments what the law is in a way i think is unhealthy for democracy. >> greenwald said it is a step in the right direction.
qatar was reportedly planning to hold five taliban members for another six months despite their travel ban expiring today but al jazeera has learned that negotiations are still going on, qatar, the taliban and u.s.a. since they were released from guantanamo bay. we should note al jazeera is funded in part by the government of qatar. twonchts big rulings two big rulings today a woman who sued abercrombie and fitch for the wearing of a hajab. lisa stark is live in washington and lisa the court does not often overturn convictions. why did it happen if this case? >> they don't but this case of anthony alonis who posted what
appeared to be threatening messages against his ex wife, a kindergarten teacher and the u.s. supreme court. he was sentenced to 44 months because the jury found that based -- a reasonable person would consider these threats. well in a 7-2 decision the supreme court disagreed. the chief justice wrote for the majority saying you actually need an intent to harm to convict someone in a criminal case and they've sent it back to a lower court to take another look to see if in fact based on a tougher standard whether he should be convicted. and tony, groups that work with victims of domestic abuse were concerned they were hoping this conviction could stand so they can't be happy with the court's decision here today. >> in abercrombie and fitch what
did the court decide on this one? >> samantha love was wearing a hajab, who rated really high in her interview the supervisor didn't hire her because they thought she would be wearing this garment. the court found the store did violate her rights, 8-1. the court basically found an employer cannot make a decision against someone based on their religious practices unless it is an extreme hardship for company to accommodate those religious practices. and tony this is really one in a series of cases that the court has made now which advance religions rights really and religions freedoms. >> you know what lisa there are still some really big cases
pending. why don't you walk us through some of those. >> reporter: well, the two biggest that everyone is waiting to hear, one same-sex marriage. will the court find that under the constitution the equal rights portion of the u.s. constitution, do they have to recognize same sex marriage where it is legal? and the second big case, the affordable care act obama. obamacare. the court is being asked to decide whether those subs addition can really only be paid to those folks who live in states that set up their own health care exchanges. that would basically mean that about 7 million americans would no longer get subsidies to help them pay for their health care if the court goes that way. so two really big cases. >> huge cases, all right, lisa stark in for us in washington. it will soon be easier to carry guns in texas.
licensed gun owners to have concealed handguns at state colleges and universities. the bill goes to the governor who has pledged to sign it into law. the governor is expected to sign a law allowing the open carry of handguns on the streets. may is the most violent month baltimore has seen in years three fatal shootings overnight bringing the city's count of shooting to 43 alone in may. seen 116 homicides so far this year. a violent weekend in chicago to tell you about. three people were killed and dozens of others injured. some say it could be a precursor of violence this summer. ash-har quraishi has the report. >> reporter: just a snapshot of how fast and furious violence can hit the windy city. saturday night may 23rd,
2012 12:30 a.m., two men are left crid clicritically injured. that same night one person shot multiple times in the chest. cpr administered, but the victim is nonresponsive. by the end of memorial day weekend, dozen killed and 43 shootings concentrated in the chicago's south and west sides. the mayhem erupted after rahm emanuel used the topic in his you inaugural speech. it should be the mayor doing better. >> the blood of all this trauma that's associated by this gun
violence is on the hands of the elected officials who aren't willing to stand up and have the courage to lead. >> coming up. the governor's trorvel plan to governor's controversial plan to combat did violence and a woman who lost her son to the violence. >> barbara byrd bennett $22 billion between the are district and her company. why senator lindsay graham believes he should be the commander in chief. plus murder charges against kerryceo of a factory in bangladesh. bangladesh.
and 42 others face charges of murder. stefanie dekker has a report. >> reporter: those who earned here earned -- who worked here earned close to nothing. 1137 people died when this factory collapsed. it was bangladesh's worst industrial disaster ever. and it opened the world's eyes to the appalling standards of the garment industry here. garment industry here. the lead investigator says it was a mass killing and all charged have a collective responsibility for the track did i. tragedy. if convicted they could be charged with death. it will offer little consolation to those who lost their loved
ones on a disaster that was completely avoidable. stefanie dekker, al jazeera. iraqi fighters were killed, in a town east of ramadi. military sources tell al jazeera more than 40 others were injured in that attack and at least 42 members of iraq security forces were killed in a suicide bombing. the attack was carried out with an explosives laiden humvee, the u.s. had pledged to send 1,000 antitank mixes. >> we saw a huge set back last year with the fall of mosul where we saw the iraqi army lose a considerable amount of its end strength. the iraqi army may be only about half the size it was before the june offensive last year in mosul. so there's no doubt that the
iraqi army was not as strong as it once was and they need all the help they can get in the battle against i.s.i.l. on the long run, it is to the benefit of all of us that the iraqis fall under a command and control architecture, that reports to the prime minister. but on the near term it is understandable why the iraqi government on a case-by-case basis would lean on anyone who is willing to get into the fight against daesh. >> fighter jets have carried out strikes on i.s.i.l. targets in anbar and sala hadeen province. state department is working to free them but not identifying who they are. their efforts come when saudi ar air strikes hit houthi
militants. senator lind saiz graham is the lindsay graham, three term senator from south carolina officially launched his campaign for president short time ago. >> if you make me president i'll fight each day harder than i fought the day before to keep this country safe, prosperous, and as good as the people who made it great. >> well, graham is best known for being vocal on national security issues and vocal against president obama's foreign policy. be al jazeera political correspondent michael shure joifns us. why is lindsay graham running
for president now? >> it's time why now? his message of national security is one that will play not only in his home state of south carolina but around the country now. playing on the fears of radical islam which is a tone he hit many times in his speech in south carolina but also the idea that nobody else in the race is talking about it, and he thinks that it's job 1 for next president. >> well, so he's running on a foreign policy platform. but usually when we talk about these elections it's domestic issues that dominate. is foreign policy a top issue for americans right now? >> well, it always is but never as you just said tony first issue. barry goldwater tried it, george h.w. bush tried it the second time. it's never the first issue. in the post9/11 world 15 years hence that it will be next year,
today his speech did not hit any of those tones. he was almost single-mindedly focused on foreign issues. >> we assume he will do well in south carolina, it's his home state. what about other states? >> if he doesn't do well in south carolina then this conversation ends right now. he is ahead in the polls every poll they have in south carolina shows graham ahead. but he has to finish high in the top tier in iowa and new hampshire. he wouldn't have any momentum coming back to south carolina, someone else will. that's a problem for him in south carolina. he has got to get his message out in iowa and new hampshire. john mccain is going to be a
good surrogate for him in new hampshire. >> thank you michael. secretary of state john kerry is on a military jet at this hour for treatment in the united states after a bicycling accident biking biking in the french alps. he has cancelled trips to spain and france. the white house has created a memorial page for vice president joe biden's son beau biden, who died over the weekend from brain cancer. tourism dollars and throwing away thousands how this rare computer wound up in a bunch of junk. of junk.
impulse to land in nagoya. supposed to be the longest leg of the journey the plan now is to get back in the skies once the weather improved. president obama has declared june national caribbean american heritage month. he noted the united states and caribbean americans share history, shaping the course of the future, and to realize the promise of our founding. hugh reilly is the secretary general of the caribbean tourism organization. hugh glad to have you. >> glad to be here. >> we apologize for the bad weather. >> it's good to be in the caribbean when the weather is bad here. >> tell us about the significance of this week, i know it's a big deal but from where you stand your offices in
all of the ministers and the prime ministers who were here talked to me about the sphwans of thissignificance of this week. >> caribbean tourism as you know drmies of most of our countries. so to be able to come to the united states and to come to the single largest producer of visitors to the caribbean which is new york city and to show off the color and the rum and the rhythm of the caribbean all things caribbean will be showcased, and it is no accident that it happens in the month of june. >> the president visited the region back in april. tell me about the significance of that visit and as we take a look at the president in action here? >> first of all to have the president of the united states, i mean the head of the free world visit our region is a very exciting thing. to have him go there and enjoy being there obviously is a feather in our cap. the heads of the countries met
with the president and had discussions of mutual interest and i think that the signal is that the united states is interested in the well-being of the caribbean and the united states sees the caribbean as a friend. >> are there ways to work more closely together with the united states? it's a beloved set of islands forful here in the states as you know. is there a way for the united states and its caribbean partners to work better not just in tourism right but in trade as well? >> i think so, i think there are all kinds of ways. there was a time, in the history of the united states where the caribbean was considered to be a third border of the united states. to the extent the third border was secure and not used as a porous transshipment for all kinds of things, then it was important that the relationship get stronger. that's still critical. the fact that the president was there accepting the importance
of the caribbean in the overall milieu is something we all should pay close eangs to. weattention to. trade, safety security, and of course tourism. >> the reemergence of the relationship between the united states and cuba. what are your thoughts on that in terms of what it means for caracom, what it means in terms of maybe a potential threat to other islands where there's so much attention now on cuba? >> i think we have to see it from an overall macro point of view. any magnet that is going to draw large numbers of americans -- >> you're seeing that now? >> that is happening. we are already seeing an increasing number of u.s. citizens coming into the caribbean. the fact is that cuba is an integral part of the caribbean. it is a neighbor, it's a caribbean island. all of a sudden if there are new
people coming into the island i think it's a good thing. the concern may be that there's some dislocation at the beginning. that's manageable. we all have to manage that and i us to pretend that we're surprised. we had 50 years to plan for np. >> right. >> and i think that overall it will be great for cuba and for the rest of the caribbean. >> hugh, great to see you. have a tremendous week here in new york city, and i'll be bumping into you i'm sure several times during your week here. pleasure to have you. >> happy to be here. >> california recycling snern is looking for the woman who threw out a rare apple computer worth $200,000. a woman in her 60s dropped off a box of electronic jung, among the people was an original apple
1 personal computer. the center will give her half of the proceeds. that's all. coming up news live from london. >> this is al jazeera. >> live from the show in london. i'm david foster. these are the stories we'll be focusing on. i.s.i.l. attacks using tanks captured american humvees many created attacks.