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♪ >> this is aljazeera america, live from new york city. i'm tony harris. close encounter over syria, the u.s. diverts one of its aircraft to avoid a russian fighter. >> . >> going nuclear, selling radioactive materials to groups like isil. calling for charges, the man killed by nypd officers said that he was executed and collapsing. california's changing landscape after years of drought.
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our top story tonight, russian warships launch an all-out assault on what they say are warships in syria. two dozen long-range missiles into eastern syria, backing troops on the ground there. and the swift reaction to the attacks today from the secretary of defense, ashe carter, calling it a fundamental mistake, reiterating that the united states is not ready to cooperate with moscow on operations in syria, >> reporter: from the caspian sea, 1200 kilometers from the fighting, russia opened a secondary front in the syrian war on isil positions.
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launched without warning by russia's powerful caspian sea flotilla. these images were quickly broadcast on russian state television. the targets were well within reach. russia said that it obtained permission from i were an and iraq to fly over their territory to fly the missiles to targets. russia released graphics to show the missiles over iran and iraq, and avoiding turkey. russia's defense minister briefed the president on the strike. >> this morning, we engaged the caspian ships, four ships launched tickets. no civilians were hurt. >> it was unexpected and it does beg the question as to why russia would target isil positions 1200 kilometers away when it's
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got a large fighter bomb force on the ground in syria carrying out daily strikes against isil. well, it would go to remind the west of russia's military reach in this conflict. and in rome, secretary of defense, ashe carter. ruled out any cooperation with russia. >> i said before that we believe that russia has the wrong strategy. they continue to hit targets that are not isil and we believe it's a fundamental mistake. despite what the russians say, we have not agreed to cooperate with russia, so long as they continue the strategy and hit these targets. >> a bitter point for president putin, who hoped that the u.s. would join his coalition against isil. >> president obama apologized to doctors without borders today, for last week's u.s.-led airstrike that killed 2 it people in afghanistan. it took place in kunduz, where
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fighting continues today. and the attack on the hospital has led to the evacuation offing aid organizations there. and we have more from kunduz. >> it's a very fragile situation, and no one knows who is going to be control and when. they are telling us every five minutes it changes. now, afghan visitors are out to do shopping, and some of them, why they're taking the risk to go out there, saying that they don't have a choice. they run out of food, water, no electricity. and they have to take the risk and go find an open shop to buy something to survive. >> that's in kunduz, afghanistan, and president obama's staff had a call to his counterpart in afghanistan. mike viqueira joins us live,
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and mike, let's start with doctors without borders. what was the president's message to nsf? >> reporter: well, it was an extraordinary step, tony, no question about it. the day after john campbell testified before congress and took full blame with the u.s. military, he said a mistake was made. and it went up the chain of command. president obama made a personal apology, calling the doctor, the president of doctors without borders, in geneva, and the president's spokesperson, josh earnest, made the announcement and did more background on the call. >> i think that this is consistent with something that you heard the president say in a variety of circumstances, and that is that the united states, when we make a mistake, we're honest about it, and we own up to it. we apologize where necessary as the president did in this case, and we implement the kinds of
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changes that make it less likely those kinds of mistakes will occur in the future. >> reporter: and for their part, doctors without borders had press conferences in switzerland and new york today, and their message, enough is enough, even war has it's own rules. where their patients died in their beds under the withering fire of the gunship, one of the mosting locate al weapons in the american arsenal for close air to ground combat. they put out the statement, we received president obama's apology for the attack on the hospital in afghanistan, and yet, we reiterate that the u.s. government consent to an independent investigation led by the international humanitarian fact finding to establish what happened in kunduz, and why it happened. and so clearly, the call for a personal apology from president obama to the president of
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doctors without borders appreciated it. but not enough for them. and the existing investigations by the pentagon, but the army and by nato are going to be enough, that's in direct contrast to the very scathing criticism that the doctors without borders have leveled in the last several days. >> and mike, what do we know about the president's conversation with afghan president, ashraf ghani? >> this is where it was, an apology to the doctors without borders. and there were at least 12 afghans killed, and ten patients, three children, and the president calling to offer his condolences to ashraf ghani, and the reason it's important, dr. abdullah abdullah said that american forces immediate to stay on over the next couple of years,
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beyond 2016, so a mixed bag, and the afghan people, many of them very nervous about a u.s. withdrawal, and they're not too critical of the u.s. military. thank you. new reports indicate that gangs in eastern europe have been running a black market in nuclear materials, and they're going after buyers, who are enemies of the west, including isil. according to the associated press, the fbi stopped reported sales of radioactive material. [ yelling ] >> reporter: it was no ordinary target. armed muldova police were taking no chances as they moved in to apprehend a man alleged to have been involved in a nuclear smuggling network. this is what they were looking for. a sampling of material used in dirty bombs. the suspected middle man with a
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stash sold to isil. it's a case which has exposed muldova as a heart in the trade of nuclear materials, illegally in an impoverished part of eastern europe. in the past years, the muldova police, along with the fbi, has stopped four rings. undercover police posing as gangsters with links to isil have reached out to the network's middle men, and when they raided the home of a kgb informant, they found blueprints on how to build a dirty bomb. >> i can make a dirty bomb, you know, the level of radiation would be high, and the explosions would spread material over a big territory. >> reporter: but this was all part of a sting. he believed when he went to pick up hundreds of thousands of dollars, it had come from a
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genuine buyer, but the police were about to pounce. mull dove an officials say that some of those involved -- and the danger imposed by many others in this murky and dangerous world still exist. emma hayward, aljazeera. >> bill gavin, let me start here. how big are the players that we're talking about here? we saw the arrests there in muldova, and there of been other arrests, how big are the players here? >> if we backtrack just a little bit, after the breakup of the soviet union, all of these officials had radioactive material at least. and i don't think that the russians have ever been able to
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inventory all of the materials that they had at the time of the breakup. with that said, we have a bunch of people now, whether they still be associated with the old kgb, or the gru, and the new, they have people now that have access to this radioactive material, who want to sell it on the open market to individuals, and they're pretty specific about this. they want somebody that will get it to radical islamic extremists to be used in the united states. and that's a very difficult set of circumstances. the raid that occurred in muldova, and the four different cases that they had in the past five years shows the degree of cooperation that's absolutely necessary to stay on top of this. we know there have been over 600 incidents, tony, since the past decade. we know what the problem is. it's just that we don't know
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how many of these alleged, or how many of these attempted sales have gone through and perhaps are in the hands of the wrong people. >> so i see the tube of -- in emma hayward's report. and how skilled do you have to be to take what's in that tube and turn it into a dirty bomb to make it actionable? >> well, quite frankly, tony, it's an added ingredient to the bomb that most bombmakers can make, and the bottom line, if something like that were set off in new york city, if you detected the radiation, it would shut down the portion of the city, blocks and blocks for a long time until it got cleaned up. it's not something that is going to make everybody sick immediately. there might be some effects of it. it's not like setting off uranium or pollut plutonium andt
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would take a very skilled engineer and a team of people to put together a bomb like that. but it's used in hospitals and you really have to be careful. but if you detect it, you can't play with it, you have to shut down everything and make sure that you can clean it up, and that's a scary proposition, and i'm sure that that's what isis is looking for. >> bill, you know this better than i do. so typically, how these things kind of work, and correct me here, you set up the buy with the smuggler, and then you make the arrests, and then you work up the ladder. do you have a sense that the fbi has infiltrated deeply into this operation, has gotten close to the source of these materials that we're talking about? allegedly these russian-linked gangs? >> i think, tony, that perhaps they have identified some of those people, but as far as
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getting close to them, that's another story. they're very crafty in the way that they set up these buys, and they set up low level people to make the buy so they don't get caught in the trap itself. one thing that i will say, people who think that the russians are behind this as well, they have a dog in this fight. they have a big stake as well. they're sitting in syria, dropping some bombs around in syria, maybe in the right places but if they're going after isis in syria, i can assure you that they don't want isis having radio activity in their hands. >> bill, thanks. south carolina residents are bracing for more flooding as they wait for water to recede. days of heavy rain from hurricane joaquin have pushed the rivers. and paul is live with us in
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columbia, south carolina, and you know what, paul, i guess i want to know what the biggest danger is at this point. >> the floodwaters have started to recede as the waters flow to the east coast. but the biggest places, in richmond, the dams are still holding back the record floodwaters behind their banks, and the question is, will they hold up? you can see here, just above us here, this is a road that was washed out by the breach in the beaver damn overnight. and there was concern that the entire dam may fell, and the residents in the area, including a retirement community were warned that they may have to evacuate at a moment's notice. they are very old, 50 years, and they're held privately, and maintained by private owners. and over the years, as the developers move, and the properties change hands, and
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homeowners associations turn over, people are not aware of their responsibilities when it comes to maintaining these privately held dams. the beaver dam was supposed to be inspected every eight years, and it has not been inbe expected since 2000. >> what are we getting from governor nikki haley today in response to the crisis? >> well, in addition to warning people on the coast that the worst is yet to come for them, she's warning people elsewhere in the state to keep an eye on their dams. there are 3,200 of them in south carolina, and it ranks near the bottom in the kree in terms of dam maintenance, and it's a big concern. >> of the thousands of dams across the state in south carolina, 62, we're monitoring currently right now, 13 that have already failed. so we will continue to monitor those, as we go forward.
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>> reporter: so overnight, tony, the big concern was that the beaver dam was going to be the 14th to fail. and it would be a catastrophic failure, sending a wall of floodwater downstream to columbia, but as a result of a heroic overnightest, 40 tons of rock and sandbags, and the dam is holding. >> i don't know how much griping is going on among the locals, but the amount of preparation going on ahead of the flooding? >> some people feel that they have been well notified. but others are surprised that there's not an be official notification system for when the dam may be in danger. people get tweets and texts, but unless you're doing it at 2:00 in the morning, you don't know if the dam above you is going to fail. in the meantime, keep an eye on the dams. >> paul in columbia, and appreciate it. counting down to a be potential
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strike by the united auto workers union, and it could bring it to a grinding halt. and hilliary clinton distancing herself from president obama. why she's against the largest free trade agreement since her husband pushed through in a few t nafta.
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>> up ahead, volkswagen of america has apologized to
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congress for an emissions cheating scandal. michael ford will testify before them tomorrow, and submit a plan to the german government to fix the vehicles. and vw will begin a recall in january and expects to complete the repairs by the end of next year. >> reporter:. >> thousands of auto workers will walk off thursday. the union has warned that it's workers are ready to strike. one of the key sticking points, the two-tier wage and benefit system. and ali velshi is here with more and good to see you. dive into it. >> reporter: within hours, we could see the first auto strike since 2007. the united autos worker alerted fiat and chrysler that the
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workers could walk out tonight. and that's when the current contract extension expires, the uaw is fighting for more wage increases and healthcare, and they want to tighten the pay gap between new and veteran workers. new workers make $9 an hour less, because the bailout required that. and they agreed to lower wages, but now they're into the black, and the companies have made $73 billion in profit since that was signed. the auto workers want their cut. and the way this works, tony, it has been a long time since we had an auto strike. the united auto workers, when the contract comes up, they negotiate with one company. this time its chrysler fiat and the other it's ford and gm and if they get a deal, they emulate it for the other two car companies. >> what happens if there's no agreement here?
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>> two things could happen. they could walk out at midnight. and the end of the shift might be the end for a while. and if a tentative agreement is in place, workers could stay on their shifts and it could take a couple of days for that to happen. they represent 23,000 fiat and chrysler workers at 23 plants in the united states, and it could take all of them off of their shifts or tart just a few plants. it's costly for both plants. and chrysler could lose $18 million a day in profit. and they only get 1200 a day if they're striking, but even the strike fund has been depleted in recent years. it's not like it used to be. both sides say that they are taking the negotiations seriously. >> what's on the program tonight? >> we're looking for internet speed.
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ultra high-speed is key to their economic development but a lot of the big telecomes are fighting it. >> you can see ali velshi here on aljazeera america. >> hilliary clinton said that she it doesn't support the 12-nation trade deal, supported by the obama administration. she does not believe that it would create jobs and raise wages for americans. she was in favor of it when she was secretary of state. former president, bill clinton, sat down with us to talk about it, as well as be attacks on his wife as she runs for her second campaign for the white house. >> i think that republicans are gifted at political strategy, and if they see someone who can beat them, they tear them down, and they start
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tearing down her emails. everyone in the government, she was using her own email, which was personnelled at the time. >> he also testified in numerous hearings about the benghazi attacks. new polls show hilliary clinton leading among her democratic challengers, while donald trump is leading in the republican field. hilliary clinton, her widest lead is in florida where she has 46% of the votes to trump's 42, and in ohio, it's just about even, and there's a 2-point spread in pennsylvania. the draft biden super pact has urged the vice president to get into the 2016 presidential race. >> six weeks after my election, my whole world was altered forever. >> it features an emotional speech. joe biden came to yale
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university this year, and draft biden is spending $160,000 on the ad campaign. >> . >> the search is called off. the cargo ship in the atlantic, all aboard are presumed dead. and plus, new calls for action from the justice department by the mother of a man killed by new york city police officers.
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>> the coast guard just ended it's search for the 33 missing crew members of the cargo ship that sank last week. the cause is unknown, but many are questioning practices that led to one of the worst shipping accidents in decades. lisa stark has more. >> reporter: tony, the coast guard said that it was a very painful decision, and it did all it could to try to find survivors. the national transportation safety board continues it's investigation, and it would like to find the ship's data recorder, but that could be a challenge, and it's probably in 15,000 feet of water. at this point, as you can imagine, there are more questions than answers. we went to one of the nation's maritime training facilities to try to find out from experienced captains what kind
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of challenges crews face. >> reporter: it's a position that no ship captain wants to be in. staring down a category 400, with your ship taking on water. >> you're at the mercy of the sea. there's not of you can do once you don't have propulsion. >> this is as close to that reality as some hope to be. we're in the world's largest ship simulator, just outside of baltimore at the maritime studies. the men can whip up winds of 154 miles per hour, and seas of 52 feet. frightening enough, but far less than those onboard the el faro were facing. >> we hear the screeching of the wind. and the waves crashing into the side of the ship. everything in the wheel house sliding to one side to the
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other, including coffee pots and pencils and dividers and what not, and it can be chaos if you don't have everything nailed down. >> captain michael davidson, at the helm of the el faro, was highly experienced. he would have planned his route with the most up-to-date weather information available. in this case, the hurricane forecasts were all over the map. >> there were eight different models, and they all changed in the period of hours. >> as the ntsb continues to piece together what happened, there are few clues so far from the water. the ship's life ring, an overturned life raft, a victim in a survival suit. an indication of how dire the situation had become. putting on one of these heavy survival suits, deploying a raft can be difficult in calm conditions in a pool. and imagine what it would be like in a hurricane, with waves
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taller than buildings, and 140 mile-per-hour winds. >> crews practice safety drills and get training like this every five years. abandoning ship is a last resort. >> abandoning ship inning something like this would be difficult. and even after you put the lifeboats in the water, how survival would the lifeboats be in situations like this? >> reporter: the ntsb will be look at everything from the condition of the ship to crew training to get underway even with a storm brewing. >> how much pressure is there on captains to make a run? >> there's always pressure. marketing, sales, making promises to customers. they expect your christmas trees, your ornaments, race cars, barbie dolls to be delivered across an ocean on time. the captain has overriding authority. it's his imperative to protect
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the cargo and the crew. so he has the overriding authority not to succumb to these pressures. >> and it may well have gun a safe trip, despite the hurricane. but once the engines failed, the el faro and his crew were helpless to steer away from danger. now, the owner of the el faro said that there was work being done in the engine room to retrofit the ship for future use, but insists that would have nothing to do with the engine failure. and that's something that the ntsb will be looking at. >> lisa stark in washington for us, and thank you. and as we mentioned earlier, president obama apologized today to doctors without borders for the u.s.-led airstrike that killed people at one of the hospitals in afghanistan. it happened on saturday in the northern city of kunduz, where the fighting has been intense. the increased violence there
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has people fleeing the city. and more now. >> reporter: the children fled kunduz, but they left behind a father and a husband. he's a policeman in kunduz, who was in contact with his family until a few days ago, and having been through so much, they thought that the ordeal was over. >> when the fighting began on the 5th day, it was 4 a.m., and we walked for miles from the city, across dead bodies. there were lots of dead bodies. we had no money with us, and we could not afford to hire a car. we gave our gold earrings to the drivers to bring us to kabul. and i spent three days and nights on the streets with my 11 children. >> private donors are stepping in to provide much-needed help. >> this is our country, and afghanistan is a united country. like a human body, if a single organ of the body is in pain,
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the whole body feels the pain. whether it's kunduz, north or south, we do not differentiate. they are our brothers, and it's our duty to help the families who have suffered. >> reporter: the help is nowhere near enough. the afghan government said that at least 8,000 families in kunduz are reg and displaced across afghanistan. a local mp said that the figure could be much higher. >> it's not clear to us how many people have been displaced. but up to 85% of the people of kunduz have left to different provinces, the government has done nothing, and thousands of people have arrived in kabul with no shelter, food or water, and the government doesn't provide them with shelter. >> kunduz has been at the center of the push and pull fight between the afghan security forces and the tall began fighters. both sides say that they have
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made gain and the other is losing, but what is clear, the humanitarian crisis grows by the day. >> more than 500 refugees are in southern sicily right now, after being rescued off of the coast of libya. the group was part of eight separate rescue operations yesterday. emergency aid workers gavevate checkups. and they were able to apply for asylum. as they pet and talked in strasbourg, thousands more continued their journey west to europe, but soon they may not be able to cross hungary. jonah hall went to one gap in hungary's 13-foot high fence. >> reporter: arriving in the croatian town, heading north, no one takes this route for granted anymore, having sealed it's border with serbia, and
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with the fence in croatia almost complete, only the smallest window into hungary remains. >> so this is a gap. just three meters wide. croatia on one side, and hungary on the other. through this gap pass most of the refugees into europe, 4,000 a day, and into the pitch-darkness of night. the european union's refugee policy depends on what hungry is going to do with the gap in the fence. they have made it clear the gap could be closed at any moment. hungary doesn't want the refugees on the scene. they see it as a threat to the country's christian values. >> before you came, you heard there were problems with the border and what have you found here now? >> completely different. i fear that i never come here.
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>> does it matter to you which country you get to in europe? >> no, i'm looking for a safe country for me and my children. i don't know where to go. >> good luck. >> reporter: for now, the way through hungary remains open, albeit sanitized and highly controlled. the refugees are crammed on to trains and whisked away to the austrian border. it will barely see hungary, and it will barely see them. what would happen if they told you you have to go to another country in europe? not germany, but another country. >> i have no idea. i just hope. >> you hope for the best? >> yes, safe, peace. >> reporter: but hungary and other central european countries oppose the european union's plan to share them.
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there's talk of slovakia and the czech republic sending troops to keep them out. and that would pit european nations against one another and leaving thousands with nowhere to go. aljazeera, on the croatia hungary border. >> now, the prisoners at guantanamo bay in cuba, 100 are set for transfer, one of the so-called forever prisoners who has been at guantanamo for 11 years. closing the prison was one of president obama's campaign promises. >> . >> the mother of a man killed by new york city police officers in 2012 is demanding federal action in the case of -- both men died in incidents involving the nypd. and mohamed's case has really
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been stalled since last year when the grand jury decided not to indict the officers who shot him eight times. joining us is the mother of mohamedba and her attorney. and let mer start with you. if what has been your thought since the grand jury decide to indict the officer. >> for all of the people who decided to fight for the justice, and since the grand jury decided not to indict the police, i asked the people in the community to sign a special prosecutor. so we can not live that kind of life. we need justice for our youth. my son, mohamed, never
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committed a crime all of his life. and i pay all taxes to respect myself and my family. and mohamed, he got sick and needed medical it attention. i called an ambulance, and the police responded. i looked at them and said i don't call the police, i called an ambulance, and they said, mom, don't worry. here's a system where you call the list and the ambulance in one place. they responded, and mohamed tell them also, i don't call the police, go away. they called a backup, and i saw people coming with [ unintelligible ] and i said wait a minute, what are those people doing? and i said because english is my -- language, and that's not what i mean. let me talk to my son, open the
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door. they discriminate my son, and disrespect me and my son. >> they let you out of the building. >> they let me out of the building and shoot my son, and the disrespect of my son, and they broke the protocol. the law, and they have no evidence. and let their people go free. >> so randolph, what do you want? >> today, we delivered a box of over 1,000 pages of documents, and deposition testimony to the department of chris in manhattan, because we believe that the facts in this case warrant a full federal prosecution of the officer who fatally shot mr. bah. >> so the face is scald. and why nothing yet? >> the grand jury has failed to
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secure an indict in this case, and we believe that the testimony delivered at the process was fatally flawed. and he didn't get a full and fair investigation, and it's one of the many examples of local prosecutors not prosecuting. >> we know that the department of justice doesn't need a trove of documents from you to it start an investigation, and my question, why hasn't the doj it decided to take a look at this case? >> i think that's a better question to the doj. >> do you have a theory? >> we have been pushing for this case and many other cases. there are a series of cases now that are stalled at the doj level. molly graham and mohamed bah's case, all stalled. and we think that it's time to put political pressure and public pressure on the doj to come to the table. and they're either going to tell us to indict or not, and
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explain publicly. don't do what the manhattan district attorney did and sweep it under the rug. >> have you made a decision as to whether you'll file a civil case. >> we have, we have just ended discovery, and in the course of the civil case, we have learned the true facts of the case, and not the lies that the nypd put out as a coverup for the killing and frankly, an estate law that would have been the murder of mr. bah the theory is he was shot eight times, and the last shot was in his head, and the shooter was 12-178 away from mr. bah. >> an execution suggests a plan, intent? >> an execution suggests that the fatal shot to his head, which killed him, was not necessary, was excessive and was deliberate. one officer was on the ground. and he has testified to this,
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he was on the ground. and mr. bah, by our estimation, that officer put a bullet in his head and killed himally. >> you mentioned that your son was sick and what were his issues? what was going on with him? >> with all of the things and everything, my son went to see me. and when i met him in that condition, he needed medical attention, because -- mohamed used to love me more than everything that you can see in life. and i used to love mohamed more than everything that you can think of in life. not to say that i don't love my
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other children, but -- >> just to interject for just a moment, with so many accounts that i've been reading, the suggestion is that your son had some mental challenges, and he was going through maybe mental stress, is that true? >> because he never take a depression medicine in his life, i never know him drinking, and bitten on the head. he looked at me and said, mom, i almost died, i lost a lot of blood. but when he talks to me, he cannot talk to me clearly. >> okay, the beating, i'm not familiar with this, and the beating, what's she referring to. >> when he came to the united states with her son, he had stitches over his head. and he told her that he had been beaten. >> randolph, what's next? you're moving forward with the
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civil case. >> we're doing both. moving forward with the civil case and having a trial and exposing the truth about what happened here, it was an execution and a coverup. >> randall, thank you, and good to see you, thank you for your time. and whatever circumstances, we're sorry for your loss. thanks for being here. still to come on the program, literally collapsing. >> i'm outside of men dogga, california. however california has sunk away beneath our state. and why the state continues to collapse in a moment.
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>> i went to medical school, and i took chemistry course, and i was fascinated by the topic, and what can be done by science, and at this point, i have basically thought i was going to be a biochemist. >> aziz sancar, one of three chemists, how cells repair dna. and they were notified of the prize early this morning. their research has contributed to the development of new
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cancer treatments. california's four-year drought has been devastating to farmers, because much of the ground water that feeds the crops has vanished, and that's creating a new problem. california is literally sinking. jacob ward will be live with the latest in minutes, but first, his report. >> we're in a very precarious situation, because the only water we have is ground water. >> when did when diane friend'l failed this year, she was about to harvest a beautiful crop of tomatoes, and in the end, she had to bury it. >> when did you know that you had to put it under? >> well, it was about 75%. >> california is in the terrible drought. and the evidence is everywhere. >> this place looks like a desert. but it's supposed to be full of water. this is the san luis reservoir,
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the 5th largest in the state of california. and it's obvious looking at it that it's in trouble. it's at 48% of its average. and the thing s. there's another kind of water in california that drives the state. and that's from the underground walk firs. and the problem is that though the ris relies on those for wat, you can't tell how empty the aquifers are in the same way that you can looking at this. california gets 60% of its water from underground aquifers, deep wells under the earth. but drilling wells here is almost entirely unregulated and though rain and snow can replenish, when the underground aquifer is empty, it collapses prefer. subsidence, and it's permanently disfiguring the state.
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the ground keeps sinking and sinking and sinking. that's the point that joseph pole ant was making from the u.s. geological survey when he posed for this photograph in 1977. i'm standing in the exact same spot he did, but i'm not, i'm even further below him. that's because california is sinking below our feet as we continue to pull water out of the walk firs, and they continue to collapse. the problem with subsidence, it wreaks havoc on the infrastructures, with tunnels like this. the grade is precisely engineered, so it flows downhill in a constant and predictable way. and if the ground is slowly sinking away, up to two inches a month, that could change the whole engineering scheme. two bridges need to be replaced and the delta men dodda canal,
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it's sinking so fast that it requires $60 million in repairs. for diane friend, digging a new well is a massive investment. and the companies that do it have a long line of customers ahead of her. >> you're on a long list for months, and they have to wait two months before they can even get a driller to get in there and drill a well. >> without water here, the whole country will suffer. >> 75% of the nation's fruits and vegetables come from here. so again, it's not just the valley that's impacted, but it becomes a bigger picture for everything when it comes to food. minor the largest farms have to drill these unbelievable wells, deeper than the tallest building that we have built on
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earth. and the fact that the water is truly running out, that's the scary thing. >> is there a sense of how much water is left for the state to draw upon? >> well, that compounds everybody's fears. science doesn't have any sense of how much is in the be bank account. we have only the vaguest notion. and we have some sense of how much is being drawn out. we can keep track of that, but there's no sense of how much is left underneath there. so california is going to run out of water eventually, and the real problem, as the aquifers are emptied, they collapse and the earth is compressed and you can't reinflate the storage containers under ground. and once they're gone, they're gone. and 60% of california depends on that water right now. >> so you mentioned in your report that the practice of drawing water is largely unregulated and can you expand on that for us, please? >> it's astounding, literally, there's no plan right now.
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if it's your property, you can drill as much as you like under the current rules, and the new legislation says that there needs to be a sustain ability plan. but even the state agencies don't have the authority to go in and punish the states for using the water. this is the wild west when it comes to water x. we're beginning to see the physical affects of that here in california. >> good to see you, jake ward in san francisco. and thank you. john seigenthaler is here. >> hello, tony and welcome back. tonight at 8:00, a cannedids apology, we know president obama talks to the head of doctors without borders about the bombing at the hospital in afghanistan. and we were going to find out more about the conversation and the demands of the doctors, and plus, russia turns up the heat. more military strikes in syria, the reaction from the white house and the plan to help refugees. closing up shop.
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the gun owners going out of business. the latest gun proposal was simply the last straw. >> there's a problem in san francisco, but we disagree that that's going to help curb it. because i don't think it will. >> why this plan is creating turmoil and controversy not seen in other cities. and toyota trucks, popular in the u.s., and apparently popular with isil and other groups. how do they get the trucks? some of them brand-new. it's a question that the u.s. government is asking. coming up in 3 minutes. >> appreciate it, see you soon. vladimir putin celebrating his birthday on ice. keep a jersey on. the russian president scored 7 goals in a 15-10 win and it included retired nhl players. the game was one of several
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events to celebrate putin's 63rd birthday. that's all, i'm tony harris, and john seigenthaler is back in a couple of minutes. we'll be back here tomorrow night at 7:30 eastern.
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>> hi everyone, i'm al jazeera america? i'm john siegenthaler w. a new fear of an even greater crisis. first, an apology from president obama. >> in the united states when we make a mistake, we're hobs about