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hi everyone this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. privacy and protection. >> the senate's failure to act, introducing unnecessary risk. >> key parts of the patriot act expire leaving a controversial surveillance program in limbo. taliban five freed in exchange for the release of an american soldier. should there travel been be lifted? mean streets. >> the blood of all of the
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trauma associated with this gun violence on is the hands of elected officials. >> the surging gun violence in chicago, and pressure on parents and police to stop the bloodshed. plus beneath new york building the new subway line extraordinary pictures from one of the largest public work projects ever. ♪ we begin with the showdown over america's domestic spy program. since 9/11, the national security agency has secretly collected billions of phone records. the details of calls made by ordinary americans. it has been controversial. yesterday after a special session of the senate provisions of the patriot act expired. what happens in the next three days could decide if the program is shut down permanently. libby casey reports.
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>> reporter: john it is looking increasingly likely that the senate will pass a compromise measure, the freedom act. it would let the most controversial measure of the patriot act go away but keep others. the deadline to keep the provisions going came and went despite warnings. >> at this time isn't this program as critical as it has ever been since it's inception, given the fact that the middle east is literally on fire and we are losing everywhere. >> reporter: senators agreed to move forward on a bill known as the freedom act which would end the government's collection of bulk telephone records. it would continue the patriot act's roving wire taps and surveillance of so-called loan wolf suspects but still has to get final passage in the senate.
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mitch mcconnell tried to speed up the promise on sunday but he needed every senator on board and one objected. rand paul. senator paul pushing the buttons of his colleagues. >> having had to go through all of this and raise the kind of issues here and talk about a fellow colleague is not fun, and it's not something i hoped i would ever have to do but i could not stand by and watch a program that is helping protect american people from known terrorist threats, and their safety be jeopardized by falsities. >> reporter: and the white house critical too of finding itself with a collapse deadline. >> apparently there's some
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members of congress who look for an opportunity -- members of the united states senate who look for an opportunity to gain a political advantage, and they apparently concluded that the risk was worth it. the president doesn't agree. >> reporter: even if the freedom act passes the era of bulk telephone collection is likely over. >> it is a small percentage of the way that the nsa engages in surveillance of millions and millions of people all over the world. it doesn't affect the listening in of telephone calls, the reading of emails the sweeping up of internet activities. it's only about the domestic metadata program. so already it's extremely limited. >> reporter: there are votes scheduled to start tomorrow john 11:00 a.m.
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day two of these lapse security provisions. leader mcconnell wants to make it easier for the government to wind down this bulk data collection and we wants telecom companies to give the government six months notice if they plan to change how they store records. leaders in the house of representatives say they will oppose those changes, which means this process could drag out a while longer john. >> thank you. al jazeera has learned that qatar a still weighing a travel ban on the former guantanamo bay detainees known as the taliban five. the men were swapped for u.s. army sergeant bo bird -- bird dahl last year. mike viqueira has more. >> reporter: john despite those
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reports over the weekend, the fate of the taliban five is still up in the air. the white house insists the taliban five aren't going anywhere for now. >> our partners in qatar have lived up to the commitments they made in the context of those negotiations and as we continue to talk to them about a -- about the path forward, those restrictive conditions remain in place. >> reporter: the five were released one year ago after being held at guantanamo since 2002. the clock has now run out on the deal to contain them in qatar. reports said their stay was extended for six monks. those reports were premature. those in the region say their fate will be involved in talking between the u.s. afghanistan, qatar, and the taliban. and crucial details are still on the table. >> they don't have a frame time
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how we can guarantee they are not posing a threat for the united states. >> reporter: they were swapped for the only american prisoner taken by the taliban. >> the united states of american does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind. >> reporter: president obama announced the deal one year ago, but the deal faced a backlash from the start. top republicans accused the president of flouting a law, requiring the senate of being notified in advance. and there was an outcry from veterans including those who served with bergdahl. they suspect he intentional walked away from his unite. he has been accused of leaving. the five released include top taliban officials.
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including the chief of intelligence for the taliban, and an individual said to be connected to the noter toous network. republicans have sieved on reports that at least some of the five have tried to make contact with their former groups. mike mccall, chairman of the house homeland security committee, said: whatever the outcome of the talks, cia director vowed to keep the taliban five off of the battlefield. >> i want to make sure they are not allowed to return to the fight. this is part of a rehabilitation process, monitoring and observing process. so arrangements that can be worked out, i think we're trying to still look at the possibilities here. >> reporter: how can the white house ensure that the taliban
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five do not have contacts with their old networks. the white house says safeguards are in place, they just can't talk about the publicly. al jazeera is funded in part by the government of qatar. john? >> mike viqueira. mike, thank you. we're joined by a former officer who served on the cia's afghan desk. he is in washington, d.c. tonight. welcome. senator mccain says he knows at least one of them have had community with the taliban. what sort of threat to the five pose? >> this is an important cav at we have to make. these are people our government have held in detention for over a decade. and they determined if they were let go there should be no danger on the battlefield if they were
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released from gitmo. my job was to take care of solders, and i was here to bring home the men and women who served alongside of me. if bo bird doll has been one of my soldiers i would have been moved heaven and earth to get him home. we need to entrust in our system. we have asked your system to vet the people we have let out in exchange for bo bergdahl and they have determined that they will not determine to the battlefield. i am willing to abide by those people who looked into this and said this is the right thing to do. >> i understand that. >> yeah. >> but let me just interrupt you for a second -- >> sure. >> -- i mean look if -- if -- if the u.s. government says this is in part
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detention, and also an attempt to rehabilitate the five. how do you rehabilitate people who have -- who have committed atrocities? >> you know, i think the example of the modern world is -- look they don't deserve that. let's just say that up front. they are murders. they are horrible people. and unfortunate in war, sometimes horrible people get captured on the battlefield are exchanged for folks who fought on our side. the last thing we want is to begin a process where the chattering classes, the cable news folks, the american people should be allowed to engage in a debate that would influence the exchange of prisoners. bo bergdahl was a prisoner of war. we should move heaven and earth
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to get people who have done that and been captured on the battlefield back here. even with the folks that have been released. now these people -- >> even if they end up going back to the taliban and committing more atrotties. >> they have not gone back to the taliban. let's be clear. qatar is a ally of ours. they have made a commitment to not allow that to happen. would like to trust that our allies would continue to commit to that. more importantly, i don't think we should ever establish a system in which the debate on cable news should allow us to influence whether or not we should seek to negotiate the release of prisoners captured on the battlefield. these are horrible people. if it was up to you and i, i would love for them to spend the rest of their lives in detention. but we have negotiated this as a prisoner exchange.
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we should honor the commitments of that exchange and ensure they should never return to the battlefield. our ally in qatar have ensured that. i hope this is a fair and equitable thing. only time will tell. but these guys have been -- as far as we know on the sidelines. they have been in detention for years, and the people have told us based on their job and skill set and information available to them they are no longer a threat. >> matt it's great to see you. appear rate you being on the program tonight. >> thanks. in iraq today isil suicide attacks killed dozens of police officers and soldiers. 45 died when suicide driver drove a tank into tikrit. and suicide drivers drove stolen
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humvees into a police base. fear of isil attacks have forced many families to flee their homes. now many are stay away because of reported vengeance attacks from shia militia members. >> reporter: this building is home for hundreds of people who fled tikrit. they came here to escape the fighting. life under isil has left a deep psychological scar. >> translator: life was meaningless. senseless. because of them all basic services stopped. we had no water, no electricity, isil oppressed us they even stopped our transportation so we couldn't visit our friends and families. >> reporter: but isil is why they left fear of government links security forces that now rule tikrit is why they now
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won't go back. >> translator: we wish we could go back but there's nothing there. there's no local government. it just doesn't exist at all. who will protect us. >> reporter: eight weeks ago, shia militias captured the predominantly sunni city from isil. in the aftermath the prime minister ordered this militias to return to their barracks even though many people from tikrit are still too too afraid to go back. >> they have to go back to their home. for sure what happened in the previous period let's say, it's only -- just individual acts and that will not happen and many of us right now watch all -- all the popular mobilization force right now. of course we will punish everyone willing to do this kind
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of works or this acts. >> reporter: shia militias are being chris sited for revenge attacks. human rights watch singled them out saying they should be reigned in after attacks took place across iraq. despite the prime minister bringing the ma i will shas under the control of the government videos like this one has appeared on line. local force have told al jazeera that the man is a sheperd. the fact that such imagery has gone viral goes to show how scared the sunnis are. we are now hearing about these alleged attacked and atrocities and you can understand why many sunnis fear a run to the bad days of sectarianism of 2006, 7, and 8. now to bangladesh where dozens of people were charged
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with murder in connection with the country's worst industrial disaster. more than 1100 workers died when the factory collapsed more than two years ago. stephanie decker reports. >> reporter: those who worked her earned close to nothing, and made clothes for some of the world's biggest brands. 1,137 people died when the factory collapsed. it was bangladesh's worst industrial disaster ever. and it opened the eyes of the world to the appalling safety standards. the owner of the factory was arrested soon after, and now we know he will be charged with murder along with 41 others. the lead investigator says it was mass killing and all charge have had a collective responsibility for the tragedy. if con digit -- convicted, they
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should be sentenced to death. stephanie decker al jazeera. coming up next on this broadcast, religious discrimination in the workplace. today the supreme court ruling on what employers can't do. and chicago's deadly gun violence one politician's plan to put a stop to it. >> al jazeera america, weekday mornings. catch up on what happened overnight with a full morning brief. get a first hand look with in-depth reports and investigations. start weekday mornings with al jazeera america. open your eyes to a world in motion.
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the u.s. supreme court issued a series of decisions today, two in particular caught our attention. one involves free speech and threats on the internet. the other religious protection in the workplace. lisa stark reporteds. >> reporter: in one of these cases the court sited with a pennsylvania man who's angry rantings on the internet landed him in prison. he said he meant no harm.
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and a teenager who was denied at job. this man went to prison after posting violent language on facebook about shooting up a kindergarten class, attacking an fbi agent, and about harming hissest stranged wife. he argued his words were therapeutic, protected by free speech, that he did not intend any harm. but he was convicted after a jury found that a reasonable person would consider what he wrote to be a threat. the supreme court throughout out the conviction on a 7-2 vote. chief justice john roberts writing for the majority saying a criminal conviction requires an actual intent to act.
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justices samuel alito and clarence thomas worried that the majority did not explain what was needed to prove a plan to carry out a threat writing: we spoke with former assistant attorney by skype about the case. >> you now have a lot of people who can use this to say all kinds of wild and crazy stuff. >> reporter: and the national network toengd domestic violence said it was disappointed. a second major case involved businesses and religion. the court ruling 8-1 found in favor of a muslim teen turned down for a job at abercrombie
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and fitch. they said they did not know her religion, and so could not have discriminated. but managers suspected she wore her head scarf for religious reasons that was enough. >> the supreme court really dealt a very brood brush here but under title 7 this goes about as far on religious freedom as any case i have seen. in a statement abercrombie pointed out: the equal employment opportunity
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commission brought this case to the court on behalf of the girl. in a statement the eeoc stayed: and the eeoc says for fiscal year 2014 it received about 3500 complaints of religious discriminations in the workplace. they say it is unclear whether the court's decision today will have any impact on those cases. and john you know we're awaiting some big decisions on same-sex marriage and also the affordable care act and subsidies under obamacare. >> lisa thank you. we're joined by the executive director of the chapter of islamic american relations. they previously won a similar case against abercrombie & fitch. welcome.
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first of all, give me a sense of what you think this means for muslim americans. >> thanks so much for having me on. gosh, my reaction is happy, there are worse kinds of news articles to wake up to on a monday morning, and this was such a great moment for the american muslim community, and really all americans who are seeking religious accommodation at work. we're hopeful that this will have a positive impact on american muslims and others seeking religious accommodation at work. that the court makes clear how little or unwilling they are to tolerate religious discrimination from employers. >> does this come at a particularly difficult time for muslim americans in this country. >> on friday there were armed protesters outside of a mosque in arizona, but last night,
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people across the country rallied as portions of the patriot act sunseted temporarily. so the muslim community is on the front lines of many civil rights questions. >> why do you think the muslim american community in particular feel the patriot act is a bad thing? >> that's a really good question. i think all americans and the muslim community in particular feel like the patriot act is a bad thing, both because it is ineffective and strips away our civil liberties. not one single terrorist act has been found to be the result of patriot act authorities. >> so moving forward what does this court decision mean specifically? what else is left to be done when it comes to making muslim americans equal under the law?
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and not judged based on what they wear what they believe, the color of their skin and the way they speak? >> i think there's a ways to go. in the workplace it's important that applicants and employers know what their rights are and what the law requires of them and know there are consequences when religion is a motivating factor in their discriminating behavior. >> thank you for being on the program. >> thanks for having me. add lindsey graham to the list of republican presidential candidates. graham cited his foreign policy experience saying he is running for president because he feels the world is falling apart. he says he thinks the biggest threat comes from radical
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islamists. >> they have more capability and weapons to distract our homeland since any time since 9/11. >> the is likely a long shot pulling in less than 2% in the early polls. nine republicans and three democrats have entered the race. coming up next concealed guns on campus will they keep people or escalate an already dangerous situation. and students sue a california school district demanding that drama in their lives be considered a disability.
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hi, everyone this is al jazeera america, i'm john siegenthaler. on target campus carry is coming to texas universities. >> i know they want to protect themselves, but it is necessary to carry it around everywhere you go in that's just casery to me. chicago's crackdown,
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controversial plan to stem the city's violence. >> they are domestic terrorists because they basically terrorize the community. >> hear from the official that wants to charge gangs with terror. class action treating trauma -- >> i should have got in therapy because i felt awful. >> -- as a disability in schools, the potential landmark lawsuit in california. plus tunnel vision a rare glimpse of new york underground as the long delayed subway project finally takes shape. the city of chicago is in the middle of a debate over guns. memorial day weekend is the deadliest the city has seen in years. now america's second city is considering what drastic steps to prevent it. ashar qureshi is in chicago tonight. >> reporter: good evening, john
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there is a tendency to see a spike in homicides and shootings in chicago as we move into the summertime. there is an average of more than one shootings a day. just a snapshot of how fast and furious violence can hit the windy city. 12:30 am saturday night, two males are left in critical condition after shots are fired into their apartment. one our later, a mother and son shot in their car. that same night one person shot multiple times in the chest. three shootings in less than two hours. all told by the end of the weekend, a dozen killed and over 40 wounded in shootings
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concentrated in chicago's troubled south and west sides. the mayhem erupted days after the mayor used his second inauguration speech. >> when young men and women join gangs in search of self worth, we as a city must and can do better. when young men and women turn to lives of crime for hope we can do better when prison is a place we send young boys to prison to become men, we as a city must and can do better. >> reporter: they say it is the elected leadership who must do better. >> we can't sit idly by and allow this to happen. the blood of innocent children the blood of grandmothers the blood of next bystanders, the blood of all of the trauma that
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is associated with all of the gun violence, is on the hands of these elected officials who don't have the courage to stand up and lead. >> today we're here to shed a light on the terrible gun violence in chicago. first, parenting workshops. secondly, strict enforcement of curfew. three, an expansion of drug courts -- >> reporter: the controversial centerpiece, charge shooters with domestic terrorism. why would that work? >> we're in a state of emergency in certain cities in chicago. we have to come up with every available tool in the kit. this is one of them. they shoot babies. they shoot grandmothers. they shoot innocent people. what do you call them? they are domestic terrorists. because they basically terrorize the community.
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>> reporter: but some legal experts say bringing domestic terrorism charges against shooting suspects would be pointless. >> i think it doesn't fit in with the historic notion of domestic terrorism, but we have all of the crimes on the books that we need to investigate and put away individuals who create this mayhem. >> reporter: last july we met up with tanya birch. her son was gunned down outside of a party on chicago's south side. >> i was told from the time when i would go out and pass out my flier, i was told at least 150 to 200 people saw what happened. >> reporter: she tells us little has changed since we met a year ago. witnesses refuse to come forward. the case remains unsolved and
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today her pain is still raw. >> getting up and he's not here. trying to make it through a day, thinking about i wonder is someone going to come through and say this is what happened to my son. knowing he wasn't perfect, but he was ant bad child neither. knowing his case could have been solved if people came together and said what happened. >> reporter: and as the weather heats up chicago residents are bracing for another dangerous season. >> it seems like the warmer the weather is the more killing there is. and i'm not looking forward to parents being in my situation. >> reporter: city officials point to a steady flow of firearms firearms coming into the city. and police say it is often what
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can turn a playground fight into a murder investigation. >> the woman you just spoke to. is she just being ignored by politicians in many communities? >> reporter: well, that's what she says she feels like is happening, but when you look at the statistics in chicago, the homicide clearance rates are fairly low. they have hovered between 25 and 31%, so when you talk about tougher penalties, some people say that isn't going to do anything to deter these crimes because if you are going to prosecute you first have to catch then. two major gun bills passed by the legislator in texas.
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the governor is expected to sign both bills. there's a lot of criticism over the issue of allowing ire ire -- firearms at schools. >> reporter: on this first day of summer classes, reaction is mixed to news that texas lawmakers finally reached a compromise, passing a controversial bill to allow concealed guns of college campuses. >> that's just scary to me. you can misuse it whenever you feel like it. >> it allows people to protect themselves and those around them. i'm not saying that everybody is going to be a superhero with a handgun, but it gives you a chance to even the odds. >> reporter: in a late sunday session, the state house approved the bill 98-47 after the senate voted in favor a day earlier. >> i just feel that the time has come for us to protect the men
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and women of texas that are carrying concealed on our campuses. >> texas has to get passed its obsession with guns. >> reporter: the measure would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on campus. the bill widely opposed by most institutions came with some compromises. private campuses can opt out. >> for me to be able to carry on campus, it made me feel a little bit safer, when i'm making that back when anybody could be hiding in the garage you never know. >> reporter: texas is joining seven other states that allow concealed handguns on campus. 23 states leave it up to individual schools to decide. and 20 ban it. in order to carry a conceal
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carry law in texas you must be 21. now to a landmark legal case out in california, students and teachers are suing the compton unified school district they say schools have failed children suffering from trauma. >> reporter: john, the question that goes to the heart of this lawsuit, does trauma qualify as a disability under federal law. students here say absolutely it does, and they are using the legal system to fight for their education. >> i have seen somebody get shot in the head. it's traumatizing. >> i felt small. i felt insignificant, and i felt like i didn't matter. >> reporter: these teens attend different schools? compton unified school district. all have experienced traumatic events growing up from shootings to beatings to homelessness.
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i met this 18 year old at park near her high school. >> i was sexually assaulted on the bus. on my way home from school. >> reporter: she and the other students say their schools failed to provided as quit mental health care and educational programs for students trying to cope with serious trauma. >> i think i should have gotten therapy, because i felt awful. i wouldn't go to school and that really you know, made me lose all of my credits, and i wasn't getting any good grades. >> reporter: the students are now part of a first of its kind class action lawsuit against the district. it willfest the limits of the americans with disabilities act, by arguing complex trauma is in fact a disability under the law. >> we have filed the suit on behalf of all students who have experienced trauma sthauch it manifested in the level that it
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impacted their education. the school district is required to accommodate students who have impairment. if a student came to a school and needed a wheelchair they would have to put in a ramp. >> reporter: the lawsuit represents a large number of students. attorneys say trauma is ubiquitous here. many students often risk their lives just going to and from school. she says after she was assaulted on a public bus, she told a teacher, but was never offered counseling. >> i needed someone to talk to because i had no one to talk to. >> it brings about an opportunity for us to have a serious dialogue. >> reporter: this is the president of the district's board of trustees while he
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couldn't comment on any specific allegations, he did sit down exclusively with al jazeera to talk about the lawsuit. >> what i believe, and what the district's position firmly is is that let's look at the larger context. no one is running from the fact that there are issues within all communities. we just simply cannot localize it as being a compton issue. the school district admits that a problem exists nationally -- >> but within compton unified does the districted a flit is a problem. >> i'm saying the problem is not just a compton problem. >> reporter: so there a problem in compton? don't you need to focus on your district and say if we're not providing mental health services we might be failing our students. >> the objective is to focus on the needs of students but again, the singling out tofrpton
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is -- compton is unfair. what i believe is and i'm very resolute within this there's always room for improvement. s >> it's inappropriate to assume that the school can handle this alone. >> reporter: education policy expert says the lawsuit serves as a conversation starter on the need to fund mental programs across the country. >> even districts that have largest student health services available, those services have been really paired down as a result of reductions in funding. at both the state and federal level. >> reporter: kimberly hopes to graduate next month and go to college to study english. she dreams of being a poet.
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writing about her painful past has helped her learn how to cope. lessons, she says she would have rather learned in school. the law is seeking a number of remedies including training for teachers and faculty to they can recognize signs of trauma. >> jennifer what is the reaction from students and teachers to kimberly and this lawsuit? >> reporter: i asked her that question at the park the other day. she said for the most part there has been a lot of support, but she said a lot of students said you are just doing this for the money. and there is no money involved in this. and she said she is actually doing this for her younger
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brothers, because she wants to make sure as they go through the schools, there are services to help if they need it. >> jennifer thank you very much. now to india. a heat wave has now claimed more than 2,000 lives. some say the government has not done enough. >> reporter: this woman has been sick for three days, dehydrated and weak she has just been brought to this government-run medical center. she is one of hundreds of patients who have come here over the past two weeks with similar symptoms. >> translator: i work with my husband in fields near our village. it was very hot there. and we don't always have proper drinking water. that's why i'm sick. >> reporter: doctors here say the best they can do is advise
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their patients on how to not end up here again. >> in newspapers they are giving advertisements. what you should do what you should not do. so of course it may be useful to the literate people. because they will go through the papers, and a few might be watching on tv also. >> reporter: we travelled to the village 5 kilometers away to find out if the message is reaching people who need to hear it the most. this woman works here every day from 9:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening. we asked her about the government's awareness drive. >> translator: no one has been here to tell me anything no doctor or government official has warned me about the dangers of working in the sun. i have no choice but to work in the sun to earn a living. >> reporter: but she is used to tough conditions. for years her village has
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struggled with a shortage of water. they only get water once every three days and have to buy their own drinking supplies. in villages like this it's a case of old problems being compounded by the weather. the past few weeks have raised questions about the capacity and willingness of the local government to deal with short and long-term problems. it has pledged millions of dollars to fix the state's infrastructure. >> they don't have any disaster management system which recently when crisis us are coming related to temperatures they don't have proper system to at tend it. >> reporter: for heat-related illnesses, doctors say prevention is the best medicine but in a state where millions earn a living working outdoors, they have little to do but to accept a high case load.
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the fight against isil is becoming a way of life in war-torn libya, antonio mora is here with that story. >> libya was left in a power vacuum with gadhafi was capture and killed in 2011 now isil is doing everything it can to fill that vacuum. >> the country is running out of time. libya is on the verge of economic and financial collapse. it's facing huge security threats. >> isil has taken control of the airport near gadhafi's hometown. they seized the city itself a few weeks ago. coming up in our next hour we'll have more on isil's gains and talk to a counter terrorism analyst about isil's worldwide plans. >> thank you. coming up next kaitlin
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>> al jazeera america for transgender people, the transition can be difficult. but kaitlin jenner says she is free. she unveiled her new look today. in an accompanying video, the gold medalist said bruce jenner always had to lie, but kaitlin jenner doesn't have any secrets. we're joined by the director of the national center for
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transgender community. what does this mean? >> the whole coming out of kaitlin jenner and the media attention it has garnered has been, and i think will continue to be a really really important moment for people -- >> why? why does this tell people? >> it first of all tells a lot of people and that's very important. it's hard for us to get to tens of millions of people at once so when somebody of jenner's celebrity status comes out, we get a lot of attention right away. but what it does substancely is it shows people the family send importance that jenner has from folks that a lot of people recognize, and i think that's really important. second, it just shows a real person somebody whom many of them know either from her olympic days or from her current
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tv show so it -- it's -- it's a -- oddly even though jenner is a celebrity, she's -- she's kind of oddly more relatable in certain ways to people because they recognize her and -- and feel close to her in that celebrity kind of way. >> as you know the gay rights movement has been compared to the civil rights movement how does the transgender movement compare to those -- those other movements? >> well i don't know how helpful it is to compare to other civil rights movements. you know the black civil rights movement started from such a unprivileged situation where people were considered property where people weren't allowed to vote, so comparing anything to that is just not helpful. >> but transgender people have been discriminated against
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and -- >> absolutely. >> -- and discriminated in hiring and housing and all sorts of other issues that they have had to deal with that others in this country have had to deal with as well. so i guess i'm trying to say where is the movement now? >> we have been moving very fast. we have been winning federal protections and state and local protections all the time and the public awareness of trans people have skyrocketed over the last one year or ten years, so that i think most of america right now is wondering why is there so much visibility around trans people when there didn't used to be and that's because a lot more of us are out and willing to tell our stories. >> we appreciate you telling
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your story tonight. you can see more on the issue of transgender people on "inside story" tonight at 11:30 eastern time. in tonight's first person report new york is con instructing a new subway line. and it has spectacular images from this photographer. ♪ >> my name is patrick cash 'em, i'm the photographer for the metropolitan transportation authority state of new york. i came on as a contract photographer in 2000 and that was the beginning of my mta career. one of my favorite photograph is of the mother falcon overhead while we're tagging one of her chicks. they want me to photograph these
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projects. i was there when they were just little holes in the ground. so the holes kept getting bigger and more machinery being put down there, and more activity and now you can walk from 63rd all the way up to 96th in these tunnels and you will run in to three or four new train stations on the way. if they see these photographs, they'll see why all of this noise and disturbance is actually showing some sort of progress. there is something going on underground. so i'm hoping they see that and understand a little bit better that there's a reason and there's a purpose for all of the inconvenience, and somewhere down the road it will be a big advantage for the city of new york. it's incredibly interesting and -- to have seen it from when it was just a small hole in the
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ground, mud and dirt and to see how far they have gone is just amazing. it's just hard to believe that these guys just managed to accomplish this. >> now this new line will stretch more than eight miles and serve 200,000 comemuters every day. that's our broadcast. we'll see you tomorrow night. i'm john siegenthaler.
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