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the family including 22-month-old prince george. that baby stole the show. dressed for the occasion and a bright blue outfit. that's not him. the same outfit that prince william wore to his first balcony showing 30 years ago in 1984 when they were about the same age. the legacy continues. that does it for us tonight. i'm jonathan betz in new york. stay here, the news continues with del walters. thank you. this is al jazeera america i'm dell waltiers in new york with a look at the top stories. we are watching a developing story out of pentagon. reports of perhaps to send heavy weapons to eastern europe as a message to vladimir putin ambush in downtown dallas a lone shooter goes after the city police. >> that is why i am running for
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president of the united states. >> the first major speech for democratic presidential front runner hillary clinton, and a bit are battle of how to label the meat you buy at the grocery store. we take a deeper look at it in an issue dividing nations and actions criticized in the days and weeks leading up to the september 11th attacks, actions by the c.i.a. [ ♪♪ ] our top story at this hour there are new reports of the u.s. plans to send heavy weapons into eastern europe. the purpose to send a clear message to vladimir putin, that message, of course america is prepared to protect its allies closest toal lies. if approved it will be the first time since the end of the cold war that the u.s. send a hard message to moscow.
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more from daniel lak, from washington d.c. >> reporter: the pentagon confirmed the proposal exists prepositioning. it will have to be approved by defense secretary ash carter and president obama before being sent to n.a.t.o. for a decision. it's some time off. it's a symbolic move at the moment. details, which have to be confirmed, but are in the "new york times" and are close to accurate is something known as a brigade set. will be what is known as preconditioned. when soldiers need them they'll be there in advance, no need to have everyone wait. the brigade in question is up to 5,000 soldiers, spread over a number of countries. in three baltic states three or four eastern european states. the big question is how russia reacts to this. since the end of the cold war, there has been a spectacular
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large scale draw down of n.a.t.o. forces. we had escalations in intentions, what we have not seen is a deployment like this, weaponry and soldiers that could use it. that is the big question how will russia react to the deployment of weaponry in an area not having seen n.a.t.o. weaponry for some time diplomatically rhetorically let's see thawing it will take. >> a shoot out in downtown dallas this morning. >> oh my god. that's how it sounded. a lone gunman opening fire on the dallas police department in the heart of the city leading to a chase and hours-long stand off, negotiations and a fiery ending melissa chan has more from dallas. >> we are standing in front of dallas police department and earlier we were fiften a tour past the yellow tape. it's incredible the the down
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floor lobby, the windows, and the bullet holes. there was a car in the porking lot where an explosion took place. in front of the car was gone. you get police standoffs in major cities of this time. how often does the action start in front of the police department? >> reporter: the blaze of bullets in the night caused such chaos at first that police officers thought they had been attacked by multiple gunmen. it was one lone man who rammed his armoured vehicle into police cars. before leading officers on a car chase. and then a standoff. >> this was an on again-off again negotiation. he would get angry during negotiations, hang up, stop talking.
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he would rant for a while, not rally having a conversation, and rant during the conversation in hutchins. at some point negotiations ceased. at 5:07am our s.w.a.t. snipers shot at the suspect in wilma hutchins, the front windshield... >> reporter: that's the dallas police department headquarters. how often does a police department of a major city become a crime scene? we understand the gunman shot bullets through the ground floor lobby, second floor and police in vehicles. no one was hurt, including an officer seated here blitzing through the windshield into the seat. >> some officers say they are lucky, i believe we are blessed that our officers survived the deal. there are bullet holes in swat cars where officers were sitting there are bullet holes in the
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front lobby where the staff was sitting. a member walked away to get a coke. if they had of been there during the ordeal they would have been killed based on the trajectory of bullets. >> reporter: outside the police station, bomb squad looked at five suspicious packages. three bags were found, one contained explosives. one went off when moved, the other detonated by the bomb squad: erica and jeremy live next door to police headquarters. >> there was bullets, yelling "get inside the house", and the van shot inside the police station. >> it was something we... never witnessed. >>..first time we have been through that. that's the most exciting on the whole street. it was a lot of action. we had front row seats.
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>> like a movie deal. >> reporter: in the end a police sniper killed the gunman. it took hours to secure his vehicle. it had been booby-trapped with explosives. just to give you an idea. the challenges that the police faced, you know, the fiery vehicles you saw. challenges for police. they were looking at the vehicle, trying to figure out how to deal and approach the vehicle. they wanted to break the windshield, they wanted to shoot the vehicle to have a clear vision of the front of the vehicle, a chping the police faced in the last 24 hours. also in texas, the governor greg abbott enacted laws allowing guns everywhere. the concealed carry laws allows them on college campuses. courtney kealy has the story.
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>> reporter: governor greg abbott signed the open carry in campus bills on saturday. campus carry allows licensed gun owners in texas to carry concealed handguns on college and university campus, including inside dorms and classroom. campus carry supporters had been pushing for this legislation for several years. because the wide opposition from top universities in texas, it gives colleges the ability to create gun-free zones. and private colleges are allowed to opt out. >> it allows people to protect themselves and those around them. i'm not saying everyone will be a superhero with the happened gun, but it gives them the opportunity to even the odds. at the university of houston, students have mixed reactions. >> it is scary to me. it's a powerful weapon you have in the backpack. you can misuse it. >> reporter: open carry allows a licensed handgun to be carried anywhere. some businesses can prohibit
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guns in their stores by posting certian signs. open carry goes in effect on jan 1st, and campus carry, australia 1st, 2016. in upstate new york, the massive manhunt for two escaped convicts continue. 800 law enforcement officers hunt for david and richard. the former prison worker charged with helping them moves to a separate country. joyce mitchell pleaded not guilty. prosecutors say she smuggled tools to them inside the clinton correctional center. cleveland investigators releasing a report no the death of tamir rice. he was is 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun when shot dead. the friend that leant him the gun warned him to be careful because the gun looked reel. the officer said he had no
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choice. despite that there was no hard evidence this the officers ordered rice to raise his hands before he was shot and killed. hillary clinton holding her first major rally, playing to the democratic base supporting gay marriage income equality and regulating wall street. more from paul beban, at the rally on new york's roosevelt island. >> that is why i am running for president of the united states. >> reporter: in front of a cheering flag-waving crowd, hillary clinton made her case for winning the white house. [ chants ] >> reporter: throughout her 45 minute speech the former first lady, senator and secretary of state balanced populous promises to build a fairer america with her personal history. >> my mother taught me that everybody needs a chance. and a champion.
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she knew what it was like not to have either one. her own personality abandoned -- parents abandoned her and by 14 she was out on her own works as a housemaid. >> reporter: again and again she returned to drawing strength and pride from her family, especially her mother. >> she would remind me why we keep fighting even when the odds are long and opposition fierce. i can still here her saying life is not about what happens to you, it's about what you do with what happens to you. so get back out there >> reporter: it's part of her campaign's plan to reframe her personae as more of a warm, hard-working woman, and less as a cold policy warrior, and wowed to tack the climate change and financial reform. while republicans have been
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taking shots at her age, clinton embraced it. >> i may not be the youngest candidate in the race, but i will be the youngest woman president in the history of the united states. few needed convincing that the time has come. . >> thrilled to see her run for president now. we are here to see history making. >> and the idea of hilary as history maker was one with cross-generational appeal. >> are you excited to see a woman running for president? >> yes. >> do you think she can do it? >> yes. >> do you think it's important to see a woman in the white house. . >> i think it would be good if a man can be in the white house, a woman can be too. >> it's a beautiful park.
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dedicated to franklin roosevelt's vision of america. the nation we want to be, and in a place with absolutely no ceilings. up until today hillary clinton's campaign focused on smaller personal events, today you have more than 500 members of the media, and thousands crowded into a landmark that on a normal day what receive a hand full of visitors. >> reporter: clinton's move to invoke fdr's economic programs may have won her more supporters. what did you think of the rally? >> i came in undecided about who to vote for. i was looking for an economic progressive. i think hillary is running the campaign for 2016. and should have run in 2008. >> reporter: driving home the theme of family, when all was said and done, hillary was joined on stage by those who might just be the most famous first family in history
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form night we take a look at political dynasties in the new york. would another bush or clinton in the white house help or hurt us. join us sunday los angeles officially begins the process of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. today the mayor signed the bill into law that will do so in increments in the next five years. it will hit the $15 in 2020, and increase after based on the standard of living. los angeles is the largest city in the country it's an international fight over food labels. should customers know where their meat is coming from. >> why should be able to put our agriculture predation at a tremendous risk. >> next a deeper look at the issue dividing the nation. and later, u.n. peacekeepers under pir fire - accused of
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trading cash clothes and goods for sex and a doctor wants to perform the first human head transplant.
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now to africa where the leaders of the african union are meeting in south africa today. their focus this year to empower women and improve africa's economic outlook. we go to san tonne south africa for more. >> key to the continents economic development is cooperation and integration between all the country in africa. the chairperson of the african union and chairperson rob et mugabe said there should be the end to export of raw materials from africa. >> poverty, hunger and diseases continue to work to wreak havoc on the fern continent leading to vast natural resource, while
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they are exhausted and exploited in their role or semiprocess. african natural resource and commodities are beneficialiated and value added elsewhere, outside the continent. immensely benefitting those countries while african people continue to be impoverished what continues to be a theme at the summit is the idea of african solutions for african problems. the african union will be meeting to discuss the conflict and instability in libya, burundi and south sudan. and will look at agendas around the economy, and be meeting on monday to discuss the idea behind integration across the continent in a continental trade back which is meant to incorporate countries lowering
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trade barriers, and that's where encouraging growth and stimulation of the economy across the continent saddam hussein's top aid was buried in jordan hundreds gathering for the furniture of tariq aziz. his family worrying that armed groups would attack his grave. aziz was serving time in prison for when he was saddam hussein's right hand man. he died of a heart attack. he was 79 years of age. tomorrow night imran garda who hosts "third rail," take on a controversial question about iraq's future, should that country be split up divided. here is a clip. >> you say that the sunnis have already de facto broken away. you lump of the sunnis into the same basket as i.s.i.l. does abu bakr al-baghdadi represent the sunnis 10 million plus of them.
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>> no clearly he doesn't, and there is a large part of the sunni population that rejects the islamic state. it's hard to measure that because there's no penalty of doing public opinion polls in the territory. but, they didn't fight - they didn't stand with iraq. in mosul the population did not stand with the iraqi army and they fundamentally rejected the idea of iraq run by the people who are democratically elected to run iraq. >> i don't know how peter nose any of that. if he talks about opinion polls, he talks about democratic elections. there has been democratic elections in which the sunni population has participated. they have an elected leadership from the predominantly sunni areas that are participating in the government of iraq. no single sunni leader, not one leader in iraq not one elected shi'a leader in iraq called for
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the petition of the country. >> you can watch the full episode of "third rail," airing tomorrow on al jazeera america. >> in egypt. a new suez canal is set to be open. it's the fastest shipping route between europe and asia the egyptian army be gap the $8 billion project. and president abdul fatah al-sisi saying it's a symbol of national pride and will boost the economy. the egyptian economy suffered when there was a downturn in tourism. it's saturday night, time for a deeper look at your food and how it's labelled, this week the house voting to repeal a law regarding meat in the u.s. law-makers want to get rid of a requirement to note the country of origin, coming after the world health organisation warned a cool law or country of origin law opened the u.s. for
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retaliation from canada and mexico. john terrett has more from washington. >> the yeas are 300, nays 131. >> reporter: this week the house voted to repeal a law containing country of origin on beef pork and poultry, in response for billions of trade retaliation from canada and mexico. >> this retaliation is real, from canada and from mexico. >> america should be a leader in creating fear and fair trade around the world by focussing on removing tariff and non-tariffs, not our own. the label read: the labelling law was part of farm bills in 2002 and 2008, and had support from some u.s. ranchers. canada and mexico never liked the labels fearing they'd be at a disadvantage to u.s. product.
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with the backing of the world trade organization they are threatening to impose $3 billion or more on tariffs on a wide range of american goods unless the labels are dropped. consumer groups backed the labels because they help consumers under where the food comes from. >> consumers, the american people, the people we represent want to make purchases from a trusted source. >> reporter: canada and mexico many in the industry especially those that buy cattle from north and south of the border see it as a failed marketing tool that drives up costs. >> we have producers that will buy in canada and mexico bring them across the border, add value and market it as the united states. mandatory labelling wouldn't allow it. >> reporter: under the law canadian and mexican animals have to be segregated from those in the u.s. that's pricey.
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kent says if consumers want the labels. his industry will make sure they go back, but he doubts there's a need. >> for the government to drive up the cost, for a requirement that may apiece interest, but not consumers, and not deliver on a necessary goal like food safety, that's what we need. >> wednesday's action by the house goes to the senate. the clock on the threat is ticking. the move doesn't effect country of orange judge labelling. in -- origin labelling, including lamb, veg and some nuts. joining us from washington d.c. to take a deep are look at the issue of labelling is chris, the director of food policy at the consumer operation of america, and colin woodal the vice president of government affairs for the talisman beef association. thank you for your time. i'll begin with you - why
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shouldn't the american public know where its meat is coming from? >> we think the american public should know where their meat is coming from. consumers want more information about the food not less. country of origin labelling provided basic information about where the meat comes from. >> does the american public deserve to know where its meat comes center? >> the bigger question is to make sure we have a programme give the informs to them in the way we should use it. the mandatory programme provides it in small black and white type that does not reach out and grab the consumer we have voluntary programs giving it to them in a readable fashion. >> the question was does the american public deserve to know where their meat comes from. >> the question is we have the information and programs in place that gives them back without mandatory government of origin labelling. you can go to the safe way or
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supermarket and find 100% u.s. beef under a voluntary label programme, and not under the mandatory government-run programme. we need to make sure we are coaling all the facts here as we drive towards retaliation. >> congress passed the country of origin laws in the early part of the new millennium. are they wrong then or now. mr woodal i'll let you answer that? >> they have always been wrong. cool is about marketing. we don't trust the government to do anything right, much less market the beef. we have voluntary programs in place before country origin labelling, they exist now and in the future. they can provide the information that the consumer wants. it can be antibiotic free hormone free we have successful state and rebranding to give information useful to the consume ever.
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most of the times it is not delivered in an effective way. >> mr walker. >> country of origin labelling makes sure that everyone has to accept. a volunteer programme means some participate, some don't. consumers don't have action to the information on all products whenever shopping for meat. that's why it's better for consumers, it provide all information across meat and poultry i want to go to the issue of why it may not be the best thing to trust government or industry when it comes to the safety of the food supply. in the past the u.s. has banned imports because of mad cow disease. the outbreak reaching american shores in march 1, '99 #. british authorities found a discovery, mad cow disease - it's in 10 cases of the brain disorder. as a result 4.5 million cattle had to be destroyed.
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it wasn't until three years later that the ban on british beef was lifted and in may 2003 there was a bull in canada testing positive for mad cow disease, the first confirmed case in north america, and a year later. 268,000 cattle tested. bse detected a cow in california, during a routine inspection. the same year the government banned imports of beef. with that as a backdrop, wouldn't it seem that this is not necessarily a good time to get rid of any process that safeguards the american public? >> yes, that's a great question. it's something that comes up quite often. you have to cope in mind mandatory country of origin labelling has nothing to do with food safety it's run by the agricultural service, nothing to do with safety. we have a regime in this country, to make sure that the
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beef that is served in the united states is healthy it's safe, and everybody can serve it and eat it knowing that they'll have a great eating experience. now, if there's any sort of food safety issue, the system that we have in place will go forward and warn people if there is some sort of concern that they need to worry about. the simple placing of a cool label on the beef does not change that. we have to make sure that everybody understands cool applies to beef sold in grocery stores not process product, restaurant or food service. to say the consumer only has the right to know half the sting they by beef is another fallacy. >> it seems that mr woodal is saying cool or the country of origin labelling is a waste of money, this is done away with because of pressure from mexico or canada. how should a u.s. citizen take
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that. does canada or mexico dictate u.s. policy. >> canada and mexico took the government to the dto and complained the labels were discriminatory. as a result of that now we are having to have this debate and conversation about the labels that consumers want. here we have pressure from canada and mexico threats of retaliation, resulting in a congression that has taken the vote to repeal the labels. we think it's unacceptable. if, as you say, the consumers want the labels and congress represents the people of the united states why did congress do away with this? >> well, congress was, i think, reacting to threats from canada and mexico about high tariffs. they were going to retaliate
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against the united states. and a lot of the industry other industries were concerned about the tariffs. the w to process is not over. there still is a time for the w to to decide what the tariffs will be, if any, and they'll likely be smaller that the large threats that canada and mexico made. congress act prematurely here and got themselves involved before the process has come to a conclusion. >> if i know anything about the cattle men, it's that they do not back down from a fight. is it about dollars and sense, or if it's safety did the cattle men who took on oprah winfrey, did they back down because canada and mexico said they want it that way. >> we are not bagging down because of -- backing down because of country of origin because of canada and mexico's threats on retaliation, we don't
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support this because it's not information that the consumer can see it. the consumer needs a label that grabs their attention. that's what we want to drive, we have programs that can do it now. when you look at the organization they don't have a financial stake here, we as beef producers pay for the programme, even the u.s.d.a.'s report said consumers are not looking for it. we know that when the retaliations come into place, regardless of how big they are, they'll have an impact on us up to $115 to $100 per head, money out of the producer's possibilities. that is unacceptable for a programme we don't support. >> if there is a problem with the beef supply in the united states, will the cattle men point the finger at the u.s. d.a. . >> no, when there's a problem with the beef supply we work together with the government and
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food safety service. we have to keep in mind the placing of this label doesn't make a difference on the food safety, that beef is safe it's been approved, if it comes from a foreign country, it's something everyone needs to keep in mind. if it come in from australia, with cool repealed that steak will be labelled product of australia. that's been lost in a lot of wash of this debate. >> if there is a problem with the beef supply or the pork supply in this country, will they point the finger the cattle men point the finger at the u.s.d.a., in your opinion. >> i don't know who they'll point the finger at recollects i know when a problem occurs in the beef supply that's when the consumers want to know where the food or beef is coming from. if they hear about concerns in another country or the u.s. and want to make a choice to purchase from a different country, that's the time when country of origin labelling is
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useful and when consumers are looking for it. it's not a food safety programme, but provide consumers with that information when they have concerns about that issue let me ask the question this way, and push back on you - why shouldn't the american public trust the people whose job it is making sure that the food landing on the table is safe. why not trust the cattle many association or the people putting the steaks on the table? >> well, this is not about safety, it's about information, a consumer's right to know where their food comes from. the cattle men talk about voluntary trials. it does not give consumers enough information. it doesn't cover all the products like a mandatory programme does. what consumers need and want to know is to have the information veil to make an informed choice in a supermarket. >> is this about cool or is it about the fact that the cattle
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many don't want government regulations because it costs more. if that's the case does it help or hurt consumers? >> as you can imagine, we are not big fans of government regulation in the cattle business. this is not necessarily about the regulation hurting consumers, that's what folks need to know. we have programs in place, outside of mandatory cool that if you want to know where your steak comes from you can find it. it's much more reliableful. >> give me one of those, give me an idea of what it looks like if i'm in a grocery store and picking a steak off the shelf. what does it look like how do i access it? >> a great example is safe way has a programme called ranchers reserve. it has a programme called 100% u.s. bof. you can see it, identify it. >> if i'm in a manhattan mall, i'm not going to get that.
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what if i'm at a small mum and pop grocery store selling beef that way. >> if you are in a small mum and pop, all you have to do is ask. you can ask the butcher. like i say, we have programs, whether it's a label or working with the local butcher, they can tell you. we have a chain that is easily identify ail. >> i think the debate will continue beyond the hour. thank you chris from the food policy director at the consumer federation of america, and colin woodal. vice president of the government affairs for the national beef cattle federation. thank you both for being with us. >> thank you they were sent to countries in peril to lend a helping hand. u.n. peacekeepers standing accused of trading cash clothes and jewellery for sex. the c.i.a. gives itself a
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failing grade in actions leading up to the september 11th attacks.
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welcome back to al jazeera america, here is a look at the top stories. [ gunfire ] a voibility ambush -- joint ambush at the dallas police department ending with the suspect killed. police say he attacked the headquarters in the predawn hours. police caught up with him in a dallas suburb. police opened fire. he is dead. the pentagon presents n.a.t.o. with a plan to send heavy weapons to europe to stop russia making an aggressive move to neighbours, the baltic states asking for protection. >> that is why i'm running for president of the united states. [ cheering ] here in new york thousands turning out to support democratic front runner hillary clinton kicking off a run for the white house. clinton continues a grassroots campaign promising to fight for
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workers in america the c.i.a. released 500 pages of documents that identify mistakes the agency makes. the inspector general's report from 2005 describes systematic problems in the structure of the agency in 2001. among the problems, the report found before 9/11 the c.i.a. did not have a comprehensive strategy to tackle the osama bin laden threat. and lacked resources to combat al qaeda. jerry bernstein is a former c.i.a. officer, as always thank you for being with us, joining us from tampa. up date the audience. where were you when the attacks happened? >> i was serving actually in latin america, but i served the previous years in c.i.a.'s counterterrorism center in the late 1990s, so the period in question was one in which i served as a senior member.
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other officers like michael shure called the report a whitewash. do you concur? >> i agree that it's a whitewash. part of this is that the people have to recognise that cia officers in the counterterrorism center gave president clinton five opportunities to kill osama bin laden, and president bush in the eight months prior to the lead-up to the attacks didn't get a briefing from dick clark. the head of counterterrorism. he was blocked. the president here has to take responsibility for the c.i.a. they work for the executive branch of the government here but the president has the daily briefing the presidential daily briefing, was that daily briefing saying mr president, we are about to be attacked? >> there were several briefings that were put in front of the president, in the summer of 2001. which highlighted threats from
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al qaeda the light was blinking. i was - that was in june of 2001, i was at a cos conference where kofa black, the chief of the terrorism center said we are about to have a major attack i'm not sure where it's coming from, i know we'll be attacked. and he was doing everything possible to convince chief of stations to help him, because he knew something was coming. it was the most forceful presentation prior to a major attack i saw in 20 years in the agency. we knew it was coming. we were desperate to stop it. but, you know there wasn't the level of support downtown to act directly against al qaeda in an aggressive fashion to pre-empt the attack. >> one of the things the documents show is prior to 9/11 there were budget problems. do the problems indicate that at that time the agency and the
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administration just didn't get it. now there are the same problems which was the front page of the "the washington post" this morning. >> we had the resources to do what we needed to do. what was lacking was political will. we are witnessing the lag of political will. in the period prior to 9/11 we had a lack of political will. i was interviewed, i sat through four hours of interviews with the inspector general's office for the report. and i thought after reading a shortened version of the report when it was released that they didn't address the political issues, because it's not what the white house wanted to hear. >> a lot of reporters thought they'd learn about the saudi connection to 9/11 and the documents, did they. >> no the saudi connection has been redacted out. we knew, of course, back then that saudi arabia had active programme of interacting with al qaeda militants.
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in the years after 9/11, that changed, and the saudis went to war with them. and fought them and crushed them inside of saudi arabia. so that dynamic changed. >> why are they redacted now? >> good question. this is 15 years beyond that time period. and i would thing that an honest review for the public would be helpful, and helpful in a way that would allow academics and the public at large to make better decisions and at least encourage politicians to make better decisions going forward. >> bernard joining us from tampa, a former c.i.a. officer human rights watch activists are not surprised that u.n. peacekeepers trade goods for sex, doing so in countries where they are supposed to be helping, not hurting. therefore 16 peacekeeping
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operations around the world, most in africa and the middle east. there are about 25,000 personnel on the ground. 91,000 soldiers military troops. according to a u.n. draft report hundreds of claims were made against the peacekeepers. diplomatic editor james bays has more on the allegations. >> reporter: the u.n. is making no comment. saying it's a leaked report and can't comment on it until the report is formally published. it's a report from the office of internal oversight. that's a part of the u.n. there to investigate other parts of the united nations. clearly it's embarrassing coming weeks after allegations of sexual abuse, by french and some african troops. they were serving there at the time under u.n. command, and serving in a country where the u.n. was present. they are accused of sexual abuse of young boys.
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we will once the report is published, get comment from the u.n. spokesman, and also from the office of the high commissioner of prince, the man who 10 years ago, last time there were allegations of abuse and exploitation of peacekeepers, conducted a review of the system. his comment will be interesting. the executive director in the women's rights subdivision for human rights watchins us live from los angeles tonight. thank you for being with us. i want to read to you the first line in the associated press story on the problem saying members of a u.n. peacekeeping mission engaged in transactional sex and said they needed to do so to obtain food and medication. this has been going on since 2003. why are we talking about this problem, as opposed to talk
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about it being solved? >> i think a couple of things one is break downs in the u.n. system. it has a particular role, and ultimately the responsibility for investigating or prosecuting the troops lies. while there has been progress made in recognising that this is a problem, in putting in place policies to address it and strategies to present it. we see a break down in the oversight role the u.n. is supposed to have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual assaults. based on the fact there was 225 women in haiti who traded sex for goods and services in medicine. doesn't signed like they have a zero tolerance policy. >> it's likely the figure is an under-reported number. there are barriers to reporting. if one looks at the sways in haiti, where women are poor difficult for them to obtain
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service, it's likely that many were engaged in sex with u.n. peacekeepers. the u.n. is serious about the policy we have to give them credit for undertaking an extensive review of what was happening in peacekeeping in 2003 and in 2006 not only putting in place the zero tolerance, but a range of policies intended to support it and help prevent sexual abuse. implementation of the policy and in terms of how they engage with troops in contributing companies are weak. clearly the problem continues in haiti, but your report mentioned the car. there has been a problem in the democratic republic of congo, and in other places. >> if a woman is in a sense, raped for food or medicine, does she care about a review. you told our producer that the u.n. does not have power not to vet or prosecute. the only thing they can do is
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ask for the offender to be repatriated. with that as a backdrop, is it surprising that the problem still exists. >> it's not surprising. the u.n., while it doesn't have the power to investigate and prosecute, it has the power to collect information. in terms of the agreement, they are supposed to provide information to the secretary on a regular basis about what investigations and prosecutions have been happening. we know the response to this is low. it's estimated about 50% of countries are providing that information, but we know that the u.n. is not providing aggravated information. we don't know which countries are investigating. we don't know which countries are not. one thing the u.n. could do is introduce transparency into the supporting system. the other thing we can do, and we understand the complexities of the situation, that they could be firmer in accepting
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responsibility from repeat offenders. while the u.n. has limited power, there's a couple of things that it could do that would introduce more transparency and accountability into the system. >> executive director of women's rights division of human rights watch, thank you for being with us. >> thank you very much. >> it is almost like a story out of a science fiction movie, a doctor wants to perform the first human head transplant. the story ahead. >> more rain for areas that have seen record-breaking rain for may and weather tonight. we are looking at a new storm brewing off the coast. we'll bring you more on that when we return, after this.
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soldiers marching and military jets flying celebrating the 89th birthday of englands queen elizabeth ii. she was joined by her family including 22-month-old prince george, appearing on the balcony. stealing the show. dressed for the occasion in bright blue, the same one that his father prince williams wore to his first balcony appearance. steamy in some places pleasant in new york. i talked to my personalities in austin texas, and say that it is 77% full. >> that's right. they had so much rain in may. most of the drop for texas is over, because they had record rain. we'll get more rain.
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we'll see more flooding. i want to take you over here to the thunder storms. this has been the trend across the four corner state region for the last several days we have seen a lot of flooding. we saw a lot in denver colorado with the flooding going on here. at one point over 2 inches of rain fell in just an hour, and, of course, the ground cannot handle that as well as the infrastructure major flooding across the city. a lot of problems on the road in terms of that. denver cleaned up. we are logging at a lot of rain to the west. we have a lot of watches and warnings in effect. and since the last hour flash flood watches have been popping up across the areas, especially down here towards new mexico. across parts of texas, colorado we are going to see heavy rain. denver - looks like you'll be out of woods for the next
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several hours as well. this is what we are watching, is a line of thunder storms here. a lot of problems with this. we have severe weather watches in effect for this area and that will last prol for the next 4 -- probably for the next 4-5 hours. we will be right back.
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now, it looks like science fiction may become a scientific breakthrough, a surgeon hoping to perform the first head transplant. al jazeera's victoria gatten by reports. >> reporter: valerie suffers a terminal muscle wasting disease. he wants to save his life and make medical history by being the first person to undergo a head transplant. . >> if it goes goods, i think i will get rid of the limits which i have today. and i will be more independent. and this will much improve my
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life. >> reporter: this surgeon wants to transplant his head on to another body in two years, and came to a medical conference in in the u.s. city of annapolis in maryland to ask for american scientists for help turning it into practice. >> i made the announcement when i was sure i could do it. the chances of this working are 90%. of course there is a marginal risk, i cannot deny that. >> the patient and the donor's body would be cooled to extend the time cells could survive. the tissues around the neck would be linked together the the spinal cord would be severed. the recipient's head moved to donor's body and the spinal cord fused together.
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the blood vessels and muscles would be stitched together. the patient kept in a coma. the proposal by some has been called a hoax. >> several professors criticizing the doctor's work. there was criticism for the first heart transplant as well. now it's commonplace. >> reporter: he says he may struggle to get ethical approval to carry out the operation in the west. implications are enormous, the same are the challenges. the same can be said of past operations pushing the bounds of science. season, two weeks. the supreme court prepares to thank for joining us. i'm del walters. we'll follow the event in dallas, and the severe weather headed to texas. i'll be back with another hour of news at 11:00pm eastern, 8:00 p.m. pacific.
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