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prison six days ago remain on the loose. we begin with hour with new details with a massive cyber attack against the u.s. federal government. today, we learn from the federal employee's union that the attack was far worse than obama administration described. and hackers may from obtained the personal information of 4 million u.s. workers. and they may have compromised toss about every u.s. government worker. john joins us from washington. >> reporter: yes david good evening, and this is a very large unit here in washington, the american employees, and they say that this whole thing is really far far bigger than the administration has been letting on. and they are finding it very odd that they have 600,000
employees as members and so far yet very little substantive information has filtered through to them from the administration about what is going on. and they think that the administration is using as cover the ongoing criminal investigation in order to hide what's really happening here, so today in a letter to the personnel management from the union boss, david conscience, he writes: at the minimum they owe the employees free lifetime credit monitoring that covers the
entirety to the loss of the breach. that's in reference to the fact that many of these employees have to monitor theirents ifaccounts if not for months or years for the rest of their lives. and in that letter, they list a great washing list of things that the hackers got their hands o. including social security numbers military record veterans statements, birth dates and job history health insurance life insurance, gender, race, and even union status, so it's a very big thing. >> and this attack has become somewhat of a political hot potato on the u.s. senate particular, and tell us about that. >> today the majority leader, mitch mcconnell and harry reid went at it on the senate floor and exchanged terse words with harry reid going so far as to blame the chinese for the hack.
>> a lot of people were shocked to hear that the obama administration was unable to prevent the information of 4 million americans from being compromised by hackers and officials in the white house nowo itnow owe it to every american to let congress get them up to speed to the cyber realities of the 21st century. >> he comes to the floor today and blames barack obama for the hack that the chinese did. >> so the issue on the floor of the senate. but of course here in washington d.c., where virtually everybody is an employee of the government or knows somebody who is, this is a very serious issue. >> to the white house today this is much more widespread than the administration has let on and has the administration said who they believe is behind the hack, though a lot of people say that it must have been the chinese? >> limited reaction so far
because this is still an ongoing case as we said. harry reid clearly blaming the chinese, and last week, the state department refused to comment one way or the other. but what we do know, of course, this hack was intended to find foreign spies and who was behind it. and recent attacks recently have been blamed on the russians. >> john, thank you. at a turkish border crossing today with syria the remains of an american who died fighting isil were handed over to his family. the have a shows hundreds of people turning out in a kurdish town to pay respects to brunfield. he was killed last month fighting alongside of kurdish forces. isil in iraq, this comes a day after president obamaored another 450 troops to be
deployed to advise and assist iraqi forces. jamie joins us with that story. >> reporter: well, david. general martin dempsey the joint chiefs chairman, added two words about the stream, lily pad. he said think of this base where the u.s. advisers are going to be going as a lily pad. and he said it's a logistics sustained base, where iraqis can get food and supplies, and even brush up on their training as they prepare for that counter offensive in ramadi. and as he said to the travelers overseas that the united states may want to have more of these kinds of bases. he said, and i quote here, our campaign is built on establishing these lily pads that encounter the iraqi forces forward. we're looking all the time for additional sites that might be necessary. so in addition to the site that
they have established just near ramadi he said that they might want to establish some of these along the key route from baghdad to tick rett tikrit and over to mosul. the concept here, as the iraqi forces are brought back to battle-ready condition and they make advances, they will be spored by the bases and the u.s. needs to have other bases to support them. it's a strategy based on success, but at this point the chairman has not made any formal recommendations. >> any date daylight between what the joint chiefs are saying and the information coming from the white house? >> well, you know the white house is very sensitive to the idea that if you have more bases, you might need more troops and it might mean sending more u.s. troops into combat. at the white house today, it's all hypothetical, and no
recommendation has been made. and i will say that he sounded a little cool to the idea. >> there's no immediate plan to do this. but what i will say though, if any kind of recommendation to this did come from the president's national security team and from his military advisers in particular, it would be a recommendation that is made -- it would be a recommendation in a that reflects that the ongoing training efforts have been useful. >> so he said, let's see how it works in this ramadi operation but i want to point out that the chief is the principle adviser, and to the defense and if he thinks it's a good idea, it has a way to happen. >> thank you. a virginia high school honors student has pled guilty to
terrorism charges to helping another teen travel to syria to join isil. ali amin used twitter sites and others to support donations and support for the group. and another teen who made it to syria faces charges. amin faces up to 15 years in prison. a technology editor for the website that folks on the future of the u.s. national security. and patrick, what do you make of this case involving the honor student from virginia? >> it's fascinating in another of ways. amin had a twitter account with as many as 4,000 followers and it's a popular account. the average follower has about 200, people that you might meet on the street or whatever, and the isis account has about 5,000. he was using this platte form for isis, adept at the
platform and what's striking about the case, the stuff that he was tweeting, some of it was related to propaganda, and he was very versed of the topics of the day like ferguson, and he was very adept at helping people trying to get to the battlefield, but also bitcoin how people could use bitcoin as fund-raising for this extremist organization. what it suggested, he was an extremely intelligent person with a lot of technology ability. >> and was isis sophisticated in their use of social media in connecting people who want to help? >> this is the rep that they have established absolutely. but what this also shows there's a lot of cost to using social media for recruitment. we were able to find this particular individual, and moreover, through his connections and through his conversations with people on
twitter, we were able, u.s. tense and other monitors are able to understand a little bit more about that network. how it's composed and who talks to who and how it works. so for all of the gain in value that a group like isis extracts for using an open platform like this there's a lot of cost. and some of that was born out today. >> how good are you as counter terrorism experts able to weed out people trying to espouse views, and providing material help to groups like isil? >> well, if you take a couple of different approaches, you can wind up with a false positive rate of 6.7% and if you take a network approach, for instance, looking at how people interact on twitter. that means a large network where a lot of people are talking about isis, and only 6-7% will be affiliated with the group that would be
meaningful to the tense community. isis as a group has a high cluster coefficient. and that means that they talk a lot to each other. that's one of the things about this group. if you're someone disaffected from the united states and you don't have a lot of friends and you communicate with them, you are immediately hooked up to a large group of people who all know each other. that's part of the draw, it's not just a weird wonky side effect. it speaks to what this group deals with, and a bunch of people are conversing about the group that's so effective. but it's one of the things that gets them in trouble particularly for the intelligence community. while twitter hasn't had much success in removing isis from the site, the intelligence community is definitely able to take a lot of this activity and extract value from it. for instance earlier this
month, the air force announced that some social messaging allowed them to target a really important isis facility in syria and iraq, and that was just people throwing things up on a social network that allowed them to do that. and it resulted in the destruction of the headquarters building for isis. >> patrick, thank you for coming on. >> thank you. >> negotiators from the international monetary fund have walked away from the latest round of funds that keep from defaulting on its debt. there are still major differences, and while many analysts in the world's markets are concerned the latest analysts are saying bad news in athens. >> reporter: thursday's optimistic tone from greek official that's they are close to an agreement is probably connected to the ims departure the greeks saying that in days they may reach a deal with the
european creditors and the commission to finance themselves through the next nine months. the importance of that time period, that is the period left for the contractual over sight by the imf the officials have been telling us to sit down and talk to just the europeans about how to solve the really difficult issues, making the pension system sustainable and restructuring the debt so greece has another couple of decades to pay off that debt. the imf has beennisting on balanced books and the numbers adding up. and at the moment, the central government is funding pensions to the fuen of 50, 55% and that cannot happen. s it the biggest strain on greek public finances, and the imf wanted to see the greek pension system standing on its own two legs. for that to happen, the pensions have to be severely
curtailed. and this left-wing government said that it's a recessionary measure that is going to make it shrink instead of grow. and instead, they want to replace the austerity policy that's greece has already seen in the last six years. another big disagreement is the tax revenue. grease currently raised $55 billion a year, and the government wants to see that fall and it wants more money to stay in the economy again with the purpose of creating jobs and growth. >> john reporting from athens. coming up, community leaders in cleveland, they want an arrest in the case of tamire rice, and today a judge responded. and mitt romney is hosting 2016gop candidates this weekend in utah. we'll explain what that's all about.
manhunt for two convicted murderers. it has been six days since the men accepted from a maximum security prison in upstate new york and the authorities are refocusing the search just a few miles from the facility. erica joins us with the latest. >> the latest lead came from the canine unit, we're talking about blood hounds, picking up the scent of the criminals a few miles from the prison where the convicted killers escaped. >> we're looking under every rock and behind every tree until we catch these two. >> schools on lockdown, roads clouds, residents urged to lock their doors as the officers descend on the area. on the ground is about in the air, officers are zeroing in on the small town of danimore, new york, just south of the canadian border. >> we're exhausting every single resource that we have at our disposal.
>> those resources are scouring through the woods looking for any sign of the fugitives matt and sweat. and they came across an area where they believe that the men may have camped out and slept for a night. >> blood hounds picking up a scent this morning and they were pursuing the concept. and i don't know if they are still on the scent. but they're searching an area where the blood hounds had picked up the scent. >> despite the leads the authorities are searching the area by posting billboard in nearby states. though those leads in virginia and pennsylvania have been discredited, they're not taking any chances. >> do you know about the escapees from new york? >> the governor of vermont is asking people to be vigilant and careful. >> they will do whatever it takes to maintain their freedom, and if that means harming you that won't bother them of. >> the prison is still investigating exactly how the two men got ahold of power
tools to drill their way out of the correctional facility in upstate new york, as they vow to catch the criminals the mother of one of the convicted criminals speaks out and remains her son to turn himself in. >> i love you and get back where you belong before you get hurt. >> the authorities are still questioning joyce mitchell. the prison employee who may have befriended the two hen and helped them escape. new reports say that she was to drive the getaway car on the day that they broke out of prison, but she checked herself into a nearby hospital. and she has not been charged. robo-calls are urging people to stay indoors as the hunt for the killers continues. >> and the search depends on the blood hounds, and that's cuzzing them to refocus. the assistant director of the fbi joins us from boston,
and what do you make of the lead picking up a scent close to the prison six days later. and would that tell you as an investigator anything in particular? >> it's a good sign, david if they can pick up the scent they can do that. because the scent is going to get depressed in theming able to be detected. so if that means they're still in the woods,s this a good sign that they will be found but i don't recall either one of these individuals being identified as a survivalist. so it's going to be very very tough for them out in the woods. there are so many dimensions of this event that don't make any sense if the two individuals did it by themselves without having more than one person help them inside of the prison and outside of the prison to get away. >> you just said that the dogged picked up the scent and that has to be relatively fresh
and a location where they were. but are you surprised that these two have been on the loose for six days? >> yeah, i really am. that's an extraordinary amount of time. usually on a prison break like this you find that they get out in some entrepreneurial way to get out of the jail. and they don't know what to do once they get out and they get caught in the woods in one or two days. this has been a long time. and it's very depressing for esh, and it's a very dangerous situation. these are two killers and they could care less what they have to do to anybody in order to stay free. they have to be very, very nervous right now particularly if they're still together. and i assume that they probably are still together, because two heads are better than one in trying to evade the law enforcement trying to capture them. they're trying to evade at the same time. so it's going to be difficult for them. >> we saw in erica's piece the images of some 500 law
enforcement authorities spreading out along roads and closing down roads and going house-to-house and doesn't the law enforcement have some infrared technology that they can bring? >> i'm sure that they're bringing all of the technology that they have to bear in this case and i'm also sure that they're not going to talk about everything that they do to app helped these two individuals. the airline surveillance, and the out-of-town leads that come up. as i recall, the surveillance that picked them up. but you have to follow every single lead and having teams of fbi agents, and marshals all over the country gives you access to immediate coverage of those leads and no delay time. as far as being in philadelphia -- >> i want to stop you right there. because you mentioned philadelphia, and the philadelphia police department, in fact, once they got that
lead they went back to the surveillance tape to where the taxi driver took the men to the train station and made the determination that this was not them. but that kind of lead where you have to chase down evidence and determine that this was not read, how much time does this take away from the overall investigation? >> it doesn't take any time from the immediate investigation, but what it does, it gives additional bodies to give those kinds of leads that go nowhere and aren't productive, it takes time for somebody else to do it but doesn't take away from this time on scene so it's a real edge to have the marshals take the leads for you. >> have you ever heard of prisoners using power tools to escape from a maximum security prison and what do you make of that part of the story? >> that's the most confusing part of the story. picture a power tool or power saw cutting through a metal
wall. noise is tremendous, and behind had a is a cavity, so now you're going to get the echo of that power tool cutting through the wall, not just from one cell but two cells. nobody heard the sound? i find that hard to believe unless they came up with a power tool that they could muffle and i doubt it. and then they went into a pipe -- cut into a pipe. somebody had to have heard something, and given pretty good information on when they could use the power tools. i suspect that there's more than one person in the prison that has a real problem for themselves. >> searching in upstate vermont and new york, and vacation homes and cabins that people have in the area. >> you're right on target. and that's how these people, a lot of times that's how they survive. they find a cabin like this. but you have the dense woods
around them, right up to the vermont line, on lake champlain up there and you're up there close to the canadian border. these guys could be anywhere, but i think that law enforcement as a whole acting and sharing all of the information they have, are doing the very best job they possibly can to find these two guys and they very well may find them in somebody's vacation cabin up there in the woods. >> thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it. >> yep. it's certainly my pleasure, david. thank you. >> human rights activists said today they're not surprised by allegations that united nations peace keepers routinely trade goods for sex in areas where they're supposed to be helping out. between 2008 and 2010, and editor james bays has more from the united nations. >> reporter: the u.n. said that they're making no comment.
this is a leaked report and they can't comment on it until this report is formally published. this is from the office of intern oversight. that's part of the u.n. that's there to investigate other parts of the united nations. it's clearly embarrassing after abuse in the central african republic french and other african troops. they were serving there not under the u.n. command but in a country where the u.n. was present. and they're accused of sexual abuse of young boys. i suspect once we get comment from the office, and the office of high commissioner of human rates, prince zed. he was the man ten years ago last time the allegations of abuse by peace keepers who conducted a review of the whole system. and his comments will be
>> they want though charge the officer who shot rice with murder. members of the community have been pushing it. and bosey joins us from detroit with the latest. >> reporter: day of the, it's important for you to know that the judge is only offering suggestions and not happening down inindictments in this case. the judge reviewed the case and released his opinion this afternoon. and in it, he suggests that officer timothy loman face murder and other charges including involuntary manslaughter and reckless
homicide. and the judge went on to say that the officer frank garrback should be charged with dereliction of duty. it comes days after a group of community leaders filed affidavits asking the court to intervene, david. >> and bisi, what kind of impact are the impact are the community leaders saying that they will have? >> reporter: well, the community leaders used an old ohio law that allowed them to bypass prosecutors and go directly to the judge and ask that judge to get involved in the case and arrest officers. and that didn't happen. the judge who reviewed this case didn't take it that far but tommy tamire rice's family said that they are very pleased with the developments.
i've been talking to sources and they tell me that the judge's role is by nature, and his review puts pressure on prosecutors. >> thank you. and there's every indication that communities across the united states are paying more attention to deadly encounters between criminals and police. there are four cases of officers shooting suspects to death. in the cases the suspect pointed guns at the cops, and in de moines, iowa, the police shot a suspect after he charged at them. the number of shootings carried out by the police is over 500. some officials in north carolina can refuse to perform gay marriages on religious
grounds. the law passed today with religious leaders and magistrates presiding over several unions. and meanwhile in alabama officials in that state are watching the supreme court very closely. the judge is expected to rule on same-sex marriage in 30 states, and in alabama they're in limbo. robert joins us from mobile. >> reporter: yeah, good evening, david. alabama has been playing legislative ping pong throughout this entire year on the subject same-sex marriage. and at the end of june, the u.s. supreme court is expected to have a decision on whether same-sex marriage will be legal in all of the states. in the meantime, a lot of people here down south and especially here in alabama gays and lesbians are waiting anxiously. last august, john humphrey and james strausser followed the
first same-sex marriage federal lawsuit against the state of alabama because they were denied a license to wed >> reporter: gentlemen, what is it like to be gay and live in alabama? >> oh, my god, it's very hard. when people look at you like you're a disease. >> strausser has been married three times and has two sons. humphrey is a retired construction worker who was injured on the job. >> it's about being equal. that's all it's about. >> we filed the lawsuit and it was not just for us, but for every gay couple. >> we go out there for everybody, and we're not going to back down until it's legal for every same-sex couple to get married wherever they live. >> reporter: on february 12th, three days after the u.s. district court struck down alabama's gay marriage ban the two men were wed, making them one of 547 legal same-sex marriages in the
state. but hundreds more gay couples were quickly denied. kennedy is fighting the state's ban. >> there are a lot of them on hold. a lot of adoptions on hold. and a lot of people's business that really needs to move forward. >> and you talk about confusing. it was back in february that a u.s. district court federal judge here in mobile decided to strike down the same-sex marriage ban in alabama. and it was the same day that the chief judge roy in the state issued a statement to all of the probate judges, saying do not issue those licenses, and then in march the alabama state said that the marriages will be halted. and then a judge came out and said that if the u.s. supreme court issues same-sex marriages across the country, it would
ruin america. >> the only thing that i can think is, evidently, some gay hit on him and he like today but he can't go forward with it. >> strong opinions about judge roy moore known for his controversial remarks and he also stated that guys and lesbians are "toying with something like dynamite." in an interview with aljazeera in february, he said. >> do i have a problem? the constitution in alabama said that marriage will be between one man and one woman. and i see no power with the federal government, or the united states supreme court for that matter to redefine the word "marriage." anybody with any knowledge of english knows when you start redefining words you can have all of the power you want. if they redefine marriage, what's it to be? one man and two women? one woman and three men?
you can define it any way you want. and in doing so, you're entering a field where you have no power. the tenth amendment is very clear. >> i've been called fag queer i don't care. that's what i am. >> but with so many elected officials in alabama against same-sex marriage, trying to live as companions can be next to impossible for humphrey and strausser. >> if the supreme court says it politicians will amp up their rhetoric and go against us harder. >> oh, yeah. even when it becomes legalized we're prepared already we're prepared for the fight that we know we're facing, even after it's legalized. >> which is not in every state. so the question remains will the u.s. supreme court rule in favor of same-sex marriage
across the country? and if it does, will alabama boycott that decision? >> there's rumor of that happening. i can't say that that's a definitive thing. but there's rumor that that may happen. i think from an historical standpoint, we have seen that before from other elected officials. >> you may kiss one another. >> you know, david, in the meantime even though the gentlemen's marriage is legally accepted in the state of alabama because they did get married in the short time period that marriage licenses were put out to folks they still can't get each other's insurance, and there's a problem with some lawmakers especially judge roy moore to not only denounce their marriage but the other people who made it through the small window. so we'll have to wait until the end of the month to see if the u.s. supreme court decides on same-sex marriage, david. >> it's so interesting to see
mr. humphrey and strawser, the living embodiment of who it will affect. and are they paying attention to the nitty gritty details that the supreme court seems to be grappling with, or is it just a general feeling they have of what the court may do some. >> you know, as far as the nitty gritty details their lawyers are informing them of all of those scenarios. i don't think at this point they're able to really keep up with everything that's happening in washington. for them, this is social. this is about being companions, and this is about their life. so i think it's more of a personal thing right now rather than a legislative situation in their minds. but i can tell you we heard them say they're ready for a fight. and they're suspecting a fight no matter what the decision is. and we still don't even know if judge roy moore and others will abide by the u.s. supreme court's decision.
you heard judge roy moore and this guy is adamant about his beliefs, and so are a lot of different politicians here in the south. so a fight will happen, whatever the decision is. >> the supreme court will be releasing opinions in cases coming this monday. but there are a few more days where the particular case in alabama could come out. defense secretary, ash carter met with a top chinese official today with rising tensions between china and the united states. he welcomed the vice chairman of china's central military commission. and they have been at odds over territory claims in the south china sea and a massive cyber attack blamed on china. china's president is expected to get a visit. and also a white house visit in september. one of china's most powerful government figures has been sentenced to life in
prison. jo yong chen, not everybody is happy about the spy master's downfall. >> reporter: deep in the lush countryside of eastern china this is the ancestral village of a politician once arguably one of the most powerful men in china. a vast and now empty compound stands on the spot of jo young kang's home. it was built with public funds. a charge to ward off evil spirits hangs above the front door. many resent the scrutiny. it has made the village infamous. and it's about the only place in china where people are willing to speak up for him. >> he did a lot for the
village, he was good, and now people think he's bad. i don't understand. >> is he a good man. >> even if i say he's a good man, it's useless the government says he's bad and that's the conclusion. >> the chinese character on the ball beside the entrance says be loyal to your master, and this village remains just that. until three years ago, he was master of china's secrets. head of the country's vaster security. beside the village a modern but largely empty highway. even a year ago, it would have been impossible for a foreign journalist to stand outside of the home of the man who was once one of the most feared politicians in the land. the fact that i am is just a measure of how far jo yung kang has fallen.
the sightseers, the joy of doing what once would have led to arrest. but unlike the villagers, they have little sympathy for jo. if jo had been ex queued, he could have ended up here, the family gravesite. but instead, he'll spend the rest of his life in jail. his downfall, as much to do with politics as corruption. >> a fight over the transpacific partnership trade deal in washington is making for some usual political alliances. president obama finds himself at war with his allies, and he's on the same side as john boehner and paul ryan. >> reporter: david, president obama's free trade agreement got a boost in congress today. the house representatives voted for those who lose their jobs because of trade deals and
another key vote tomorrow. and that would give the president so-called fast track authority to conclude a free trade deal, known as the transpacific partnership. the ptt. it means that the house and the senate can only vote yea or nay on a ptt trade deal. lawmakers would be prevented from adding amendments or filibustering a vote. if tpp gets through because republicans want it to, it would be the biggest trade deal that the world has ever seen. it removes trade barriers and tariffs along the pacific room. and it would take up to a third of the world's trade and 40% of all global economic activity. but many of the deals remain unknown because tpt is being negotiated in secret. democrats oppose it. and they say that it kills american jobs and under mines
u.s. regulations and their opposition has pushed the president into the arms of house leaders john boehner and paul ryan, two of his biggest enemies for most of his six years in office. it's with their support that president obama is expected to get his fast track authority as soon as tomorrow. >> you can watch ali velshi right here on at aljazeera america. >> though he's not running again, but former presidential nominee, mitt romney, is not sitting on the sidelines. this weekend in utah, he's hosting hissable political retreat, including donors, and a slew of republican candidates that would love his help. and the candidates are angling for a romney endorsement. >> reporter: you're going to have six candidates. jeb bush was invited and could not make it, but you'll have
candidates who are more in the mitt romney mold, chris christie, scott walker, lindsey graham carly furina, and john kasich, who is not announced as a candidate in this race. so you'll have a collection of these lower tier -- marco rubio will be there but you'll have a collection of different people vying for the same money, and that's mitt romney's money. you have to remember, he came very close to not just beating barack obama but very close to out raising barack obama so his network of fund-raise is something that these candidates covet. >> and what is it that romney will give in return if he happens to pick the right person? >> that's hard to figure. i think that he is going to want to be looked at for consultation as the campaign moves along. mitt romney, he thinks that he
should have been the president and he almost ran this time. he's going to the consultation and respect. and he wants to paint himself as one of the elders, and he was cast aside and he lost. but the people coming back and taking a stand early i can't see it enduring. his endorsement is more about the money and the prestige of the organization, but it's not necessarily going to create a lot of havoc for the candidates who don't get that. >> on the vermont side, bernie sanders has taken a defense to hilliary clinton's position or lack of position on the transpacific trade trade deal. and he said, if she's against this, we need her to speak out right now. i don't understand how any candidate, democrat or republican, is not speaking out on that issue. what do you make of sanders hammering clinton for not having a position right now? >> i think that it's a great
political ploy. he's running against her for the democratic candidate for president. but you have to take the position that hilliary clinton is in. she's not secretary of state anymore, but she's part of this president's original administration and if she went against the president, many people in the democratic party might call that unseemly. two aspects of the deal, she thinks that the foreign nations should not be able to manipulate their foreign currency to make exports easier to the united states, and she thinks that corporations be allowed to manipulate labor and health regulations there. so already she's starting to give a little bit the indication that she may go against the president but it's difficult for hilliary clinton to do that. the more she waits the more difficult for sanders, who is opposed to it. but it creates political fodder and she has to tow a fine line. >> and how much does it help
bernie sanders and martin o'malley, who says this is a bad trade deal, and hilliary clinton hasn't taken a position. >> it's not without risk. she could take the same position and it doesn't give them any hay in the art. so it's a smart thing for them do a right now but it could wind up meaning absolutely nothing. >> michael from los angeles great stuff as always. thank you. >> thanks. >> coming up this weekend. aljazeera takes a closer look at political dynasties in america. do they help or hurt the election process? coming up next, battling isil from the stage. how actors are taking a stand against the group's violent cultural tyranny. and plus, remembering the life of one of the best bad guys on the big screen.
>> the fight against isil is the just being waged on the battlefield. it's also taking center fame in iraq's capital. organizers hope that the performances will help baghdad residents to resist the pal of isil's violent sectarian beliefs. >> reporter: isil has banned all forms of artistic expression in the territory. they call this the first theater festival against terrorism, held in baghdad. iraq it seems is fighting become against isil's cultural tyranny. these events are rare b. you the organizers want to take a stand against isil. however, iraq is in didn't. and the war against the group has been tough. >> it was very hard to put on.
we had no money from the government or the ministry of culture because of the budget deficit. we reached out to the community and they funded the whole thing. it took us months to secure the funding, but everyone has been so generous. >> the message of the festival has captured the imagination of the residents and families who have risked the security situation to be here. >> i came with my family because i wanted to show the terrorists, they have not won. the blood spilt by our soldiers has not been in vain, that we support them. >> a musical dominates the opening night entertainment. the theme is patriotic. celebrating those who are fighting isil. no sectarianism is visible here. more by design than accident, the three main groups in iraq are represented here, as well as iraqis minorities, both onstage and in the audience. >> to the is a celebration of
iraq's rich cultural heritage, and the people who are fighting isil. what it isn't is about politics. there's no sectarianism. clearly a message from the artistic community. aljazeera, baghdad. >> for a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour, del walters. >> charging a police officer with murder, that's the rule of a cleveland judge largely because of the video you're seeing now. it shows an officer shooting and killing tamir rice, who was holding a pellet gun and why is this largely symbolic? and texas has become the newest battle ground over abortion. the law would shut down half of the clinics in the state. >> taking time off of work, and
finding childcare and increased costs with transportation that's if they have adequate transportation to get five hours one way and get five hours back. >> that's the story from an administrator from a woman's health clinic, but what's the governor of texas saying about it and what's next in the fight for reproductive rights. and an american teen behind the wheel. whether its cellphones or other passengers, the main causes of distraction. how this country treats it's young drivers and reaction from parents. and remembering a jazz legend. ♪ he was credited with jazz music, and we talk about his impact and the memories of a man whose impact stretched across six decades. >> british actor sir christopher lee has died. he passed away sunday at a
london hospital, with respiratory problems. he was in hundreds of films in a career that began in the 1940s and never stopped. >> for many horror film buffs christopher lee will be remembered as the vampire count dracula and the films in the 1950s and 60s. lee railed against type casting and was in major roles in mainstream blockbusters. tall and with an elegant voice lee also used his talent for bringing evil to the screen in 1974 when he played the james bond villain in man with the golden gun. later, he terrified moviegoers as the wicked wizard, saraman in "lord of the rings." and he was in star wars. for lee, it's a source of pride. >> suddenly, along comes the "lord of the rings" and star
wars and that means that i'm now known to every generation, literally that exists. >> lee had a sense of humor about his horror movie image and even using his iconic voice to record heavy metal christmas music. ♪ lee had more than 250 film credits to his name. and he also took on television roles, and used his voice to breathe life into several video game characters. he became sir christopher lee in 2009, receiving the honor from prince charles at buckingham palace. a working actor to the end lee said that he had no interest in retirement. >> as long as there's a character that i think is worth playing, and i can make a contribution to playing that character, i will do it as long as i'm physically able to do
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