>> hi, everyone. this is al jazeera america. >> e tended stay. >> as commander and chief i will not allow afghanistan to be used as safe haven for terrorist to attack us company. >> a course correction as president obama pushes back the withdrawal date for u.s. troop. >> flash point, the surge and violence. >> time to stop not only
justifying but also calling for it. >> and israel's decision to put hundreds of soldiers on the street. gavin newson running for governor and taking on the gun lobby with a sweep progress pose sal. he will talk to us live. plus, protest. >> out of frustration, and i had this idea that was going to try and erase this. >> we talked to the artist who is turns parts of the border wall into skies of blue. >> america's longest war will keep going. 14 years later mission in afghanistan is far from over. it is just as uncertain as when it began. today president obama announced u.s. troops thousands will someday on the ground through most of 2016. he had said for years that they would be hempe the time
he leaves office. now that won't happen. it is a decision that only adds to questions about the strategy and the solution. more from our national security carbon accident. >> there is a well worn phrase at the pentagon, first contact with the enemy, in this case, the plan was to wrap up the u.s. mission in afghanistan by the end of his term, and the enemy was a resurgent taliban in an after fan earn. a surprise takeover, that exposed the shortle comings of the u.s. trains after dan army, which needed nato help to retake the demeanor city. but the pentagon insist it was not a tipping point, and president obama says his new time line has been months in the making. following extensive
consultations and u.s. command evers. >> my approach is to assess the situation on the ground. figure out what is working and what is not working. make adjustments where necessary. >> the revised plan keeps most of the current force of 9800 troops in afghanistan, through the end of 2016, instead of slowly withdrawing them over the course of the next year. his old plane would have left a small embassy force of about 1,000 troops in the capitol. instead, obama has now agreed to keep 5500 troops at three bases. near the capitol kabul, in the east, and tender what are in the south. at least for 2017. but while the timetable is changing the president says the very narrow u.s. mission is not. >> troops will only advise and assist forces and go after al quaida remanence but not directly engang the taliban unless it is to rescue forces in an emergency. >> the combat mission, has
ended. and only to undertake over obligations only in afternoon extreme situation. >> the pentagon says the president original time line was overoptimistic because it failed to anticipate the many months it would take to form the unity government, and chief executive abdullah abdullah after disputed elections last year. but it also says that unity government was a major factor in the desix to make what he called an extra effort. because unlike in the arrack where the president asked troops to leave the two afghan leaders have all but begged the u.s. to stay. >> in the afghan government, we have a serious partner who wants our help, and the majority of the afghan people share our goals we have a by
lateral security agreement, to guide our coop race. >> the president also somberly noted that while u.s. forces won't be in combat, they will be in danger. and some troops who thought they had seen the last, may face another tour of duty in the war that's killed more than 2200 americans and wounded 20,000. >> and so the bottom line is it will now be up to the next the president, to decide how and when to end america's longest war. jon. >> all right, thank you. u.s. troop levels in afghanistan steadily rose during the past decade before president obama implemented a big draw down. by 2010, that number was 100,000. currently, the u.s. has just under 10,000 troops there. president obama now says about 5500 men will stay, in afghanistan, until 2017. doug is the senior fellow with the new america foundation, he is in washington.
doug, is this -- what duh this say about america's war in afghanistan? the president tries to paint it as a success, is there anyway -- i don't see it as anyway to see it as a success well, there is certainly very difficult to paint as a success, other than our original success back in 2001. getting rid of the taliban government, that sheltered al quaida in the first place, but since then, certainly major milestones or major goals have been in the main disappointing. >> but the taliban isn't gone, and we really didn't -- the united states didn't get rid of the taliban. >> no, the taliban is not gone, and in fact, as we have seen the h the past weeks and months shay seem to be coming back. we know about kunduz in the north, but this also had successes in the southwest, in the southeast, in command
da what are, and we have isil from the east. american people, and those that have sons and daughters in afghanistan, have to ask the question why and for what purpose we need to ask some very serious questions. okay, we will keep 10,000, then 5,000, how much does this cost, and what do we think the problem of success is. we have been at this for a very long time. successes are lard to point to. >> i am trying to understand the goal. >> well, let's p sip call for a moment. i think the immediate goal is to make sure that afghanistan doesn't totally collapse on this president's watch. those of us who have a longer
time line need to be thinking about what does it exactly what do we want to do in afghanistan? what is the goal, and what do we reasonably think that we can accomplish at a price we are willing to pay. >> is it to keep -- to continue to keep al quaida and the taliban and maybe isil from developing camps there? where they can launch attacks. it seems to be that concern i don't know. you tell me. >> that's the only intimation we got from the president's speech today. he didn't say exactly what we were staying there to do, but did mention that we don't want to be attacked from afghanistan again. although why would they bother attacking from afghanistan, when they can attack from yemen, and equally chaotic. >> this is the right thing to do. but is it the right thing to
do. >> it is -- i think that's the wrong question. the question is is this something that we want to do and are dedicated to and do we think this is the best use of our security dollars. we have seen the figures toed around, this is about $15 billion a year, in perpetuity for this force. what can we do with $15 billion to secure ourselves support our allies to bolster, the homeland security, a host of things we can do with that money is this the best way to spend our security dollars and make ourselves safer? doug, thank you very much. >> pleasure, jon. >> russian air strikes killed at least 75 people today. at least 43 civilians including women and children were killed in the homes of country sides. now, meanwhile, the syrian army has begun the offensive al jazeera has the latest the battle has begun.
rebel held towns are coming under fire. this is according to the assault on the syrian army on the ground and the russian air force. it is the second offensive of it's kind. it's air force is providing support to the allying on the ground, as they try to advance into opposition territory. but civilians are caught in h the middle. >> you russian dogs the whole world should see this. >> activists are reporting fighters swivel civilians are being killed and injuries. tens of thousands live there. many of them displaced from fighting elsewhere in the country. and this corner of syria has been sur rounded by the army for years. the only roads out, lead to government controlled territories.
there is only one rout out, and people are afraid they will be arrested if they go there. >> the syrian military says the aim of the offense save to end the presence of what it calls terrorists recapturing would help secure territory relinking the sea of power, to it's popular base the costal heart land. >> they always wanted to control. it is in center syria, and there are roads that lead across the country. it is important for the regime and the opposition, because this is the capitol of the revolution, and we will fight until the end. >> the opposition is also under attack on other fronts. the northern country side and southern areas in the nearby province, are battlegrounds. and there are reports of a major ground operation, being planned around the northern city of aleppo. >> the home's offensive is
linked to a broader campaign that began two weeks ago, when russia started air strikes,s targeting opposition controlled areas in the west of the country. the stirrian government and it's allies are on the offensive, and for now, have stopped rebel advances in the area. >> this is one of the biggest military operations against the opposition in years. the immediate aim is to recapture territory, and weaken the opposition. it is also about using force to bring about political concessions. israeli prime minister said today he is open to meeting with the palestinian president to discuss escalating violence. at least 30 have been killed in the past month, and seven israelis. he is accusing of inciting the attacks and challenging him to help stop then. >> . >> it is time that president abbas stops not only justifying them but also calling for then. because he wants to see more
blood spilled in jerusalem. and it is time for the international community and fair minded people to make that distinct. stop justifying murder. abbas denies the allegations and says it goes against palestinian interest. >> jon, of course, one of the major problems to talks on deescalation between israelis is the deep distrust that exists between the two sides. if there's a question about how committed the israeli prime minister is at all to the two state solution. so driving around jerusalem today, it looks like the the scene is set much more for confrontation.
an already divided city. concrete blocks now segregate slices of occupied east jerusalem. israeli border police hunt for suspected palestinian knifeman who they collop wolf terrorists. it is part of the newly launched israeli crack down. the passengers have being forced to get off one bus and board another bus. >> he is late for english classes. his regular journey has turned into an hour long trek. he fears israel is using the current wave of violence as a pretext to go on a land grab. we are still here, and we don't care about him. >> israeli government says it wants to hippedder potential
attackers. but the measures are clearly an obstacle to the free movement of innocence too. >> it is hard. police and check points it is a struggle a situation is tough for us and the children. we are always worried for them when they go to school or come back. she says. this is another chien point at the entrance to what israeli security forces regard as another flash point neighborhood. now we are heading in because we hope to meet the family of a palestinian man who carried out one of those knife acing thats. >> this is the grizzly surveillance footage of that ups dent tuesday. telephone engineer rammed this bus stop in west jerusalem, killing a jewish rabbi, and hacking bystanders with a meat cleaver. police then shot him dead. >> his family had already been marked by bloodshed.
his two cousins were shot dead after slaying five worshipers last november. >> you can still make out how the house up side has been filled with poured concrete to within just a few feet of the ceiling and here, a steel plate has been welded on to the door. that place is never going to be used as a hope again. >> this is what is left of the other cousins home, israel has long had a policy of raiding the propertity of those it defines as terrorists. now women lead us to the wake, for abu jamal. >> but there is no worddy to mourn. the israeli government says lit not hand over the corpses of palestinian attackers to their families but dutch them in unmarked graves. authorities want to stop funerals becoming rallying crying for more violence. >> yet, the father seems quietly defiant.
>> they think with holding the body is the biggsest punishment. we won't beg them, he is not the first or the last, they have plenty of bodies. he says the israelis have told him he will demolish his home, in retaliation for tuesday's attack. >> i haven't taking anything out from my hope. what we have lost is more valuable than what is left behind. my son is the most valuable. >> it is eye opinion an eye and plain to see that the scars are growing steadily. very difficult to say how effective these measures will be to stem the wave of violence. these kind of loan wolf random low tech attacks and notoriously difficult to stop with any kind of measures. of course, if you talk to some of the palestinians they
say there is one very easy solution, and that is to end the israeli occupation. karl, thank you. now during her second day in washington, south korean president reaffirms the u.s. south korea alliance. she called the relationship pivot to asia. talks were held with the vice president at the pent gone today. the north korea threat will be a key topic during parks summit at the white house tomorrow. along with economic cooperation and climate change. coming up next, unreliable intelligence, unintended consequences what leak documents reveal about the drone program. part of a tough new gun control proposal, from california's lieutenant governor, we will talk to hip. him. >> .
classified documents isf giving us a look inside the military secret drone program, and is raising serious questions about who the u.s. targets for killing and how accurate the strikes are. >> 90% of people killed by u.s. drone strikes over won-5 month period were not the intended targets. that is just one claim in a leaked documents. >> . >> such operations are only authorized when there is an imminent threat, and there is near certainty the target will be eliminated. that and other revelations appear on a long set of articles. who broke the news about edward snowden's leaks more than two years ago. leaked by someone identifies only as the source. one some people are already calling the second snowden. many of the drone articles
are written by journalist, who says the leaker wanted the public to know how the u.s. administration decides to assassination people. >> the finality of the bucher rackky of assassination is so clear, in these documents the cold corporate words that they use to describe killing people. the basics of man hunting. 11 of the terms they use. the tyranny of distant. is another term they use. >> arab features. to describe people that they are looking at from thousands of feet above. slighteds include details about the program from 2011 to 2013. other key claims president obama has the ultimate sign off approving drone strikes but the system for creating portraits of suspects known as baseball cards and targeting them depends largely on inferior reliance. the civil liberties union say
they are eye opening. >> one of the most controversy aspects of the counter terrorism operations has been the use of legal force and the rules under which it is carried out and with what consequences because the government has claimed the authority, to use he that will force, bases on vague changes standards including in places outside of arms conflict. >> and there's this. on thursday, the white house responded to the story. saying the u.s. goes to great links to limit casualties unlike for example, groups like the taliban. >> a staff reporter which received classified documents about the u.s. drone strikes. good to have you on the program.
>> thank you for having me. >> what did you learn that surprised you in these documents in. >> well, the story i focus on was involving a special operations campaign in afghanistan, and i think what was so starting to me is the way in which the story of this campaign mirrors the story of the unite united stats presence, largely how the united states got pulled into a complicated situation. found itself trying to take out specific leaders based on bad information from other elements on the ground. and then years later numbers killed and not much to show for it. >> thaw use drones to take as you say take out, certain a list of people, yes. >> they had a kill list. >> exactly, so this campaign was aimed at removing the al quaida and taliban remanence in this area, right along the border, and so when they take out a target that they intend to take out, either by captioning or killing them that's a jackpot.
so id reveals an array of jackpots that is anybody else that is killed in the air strikes. >> are those civilians or could they have been al quaida. >> the documents don't make clear whether they are civilians or not, what our source said is there's a practice in the u.s. military, in the case of strikes, where these individuals who are killed alongside targets are deemed enemies unless evidence emerges to prove otherwise. >> you talk about the source, what are the source -- what message did this source want to send by releasing these documents to you? the point is the source is trying to make, is there's an argument from washington over the years, post 9/11, that these systems these drone strikes are surgical and precise, and his intention in releasing this information was to say they are not.
>> allow the public to make decisions on their own. >> journalists have been under pressure, investigated by the federal government when they have released information like this, intelligence invest. secret information. one the intercept worry the government will investigate them. >> certainly. under the obama administration, there is the crack down on national security whistle blowers. but you have to take this. >> some have called it the most secretive administration ever in the united states. >> yes and there is evidence to support that a lot of sort of aggressive investigations into national security sources. you have to weigh that against the value of this reporting. i think that value is meant -- we are talking about a war that has gone on for a decade and a half, and we are talking about documents that tell us the truth, about how some of these campaigns that are described as so surgical can and precise it seems ironic that we will keep
troops until he is out of office, and you release these documents, that essentially say what in your opinion, that the drone strikes didn't work. >> well, i would say when i woke up this morning and say that he was about to announce that they are going to stay in afghanistan until this administration, on the same day we are publishing this, i was a little taken aback. what our documents show is the way one of these campaigns played out. and in this particular campaign, the documents indicate marginal and minimal disruptions of al quaida's presence good to see you, thank you. >> and coming up next, extending the u.s. mission in afghanistan, the effect it could have on the troops plus. >> i'm jake ward in los angeles where a new city ordinance attempts to protect buildings like these against a major earth cake, i will explain why this is just the beginning of this earthquake worries in a moment.
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president obama says today he will keep 5500 u.s. troops in afghanistan through 2017. his reversal means that a third of american president will have to deal with the crisis in the war torn country. for more on that and what led to the decision. >> in making the announcement, president obama stated what has become obvious. >> i do not support the idea of endless war. >> but there he was nonetheless, extending u.s. involvement in what long ago became the longest war in the uncan's history. the president campaigned on ending two wars in iraq and afghanistan. with u.s. air strikes in syria, he may leave office with three in the run up to the election, he layed out his goal for withdrawal from afghanistan. >> by 2014, this process will be complete. a i have to pull out was part of the speech. >> i said we'd end the war in afghanistan and we are.
>> but though the numbers slam, u.s. troops remain. mr. obama again saw the end in h site. >> what the afghan army still unable to stand on it's own, president obama faced a choice, leave an unstable afghanistan, or leave a troop presence there, and let the next occupant here at the white house sort it out. >> despite his past promises mr. obama took the second choice, he will leaf 5500 troops. >> this decision is not disappointing. >> for more than a year, critics hammers the policy, drawing parallels with iraq, and the failure to reach a deal. one they say could have halted the slide into war. and in afghanistan, many said telegraphing a date certain for u.s. withdrawal allowing the taliban and other groups to wait it out.
did he overpromise, or was the policy miss guyed from the start? some experts point out the situation on the ground has chained leaving mr. obama with little choice. at stake for the president was his legacy. he said he wound end two wars but at the end of the day it is making sure the wars he inherited aren't worse then when he got them. when will the troops come home? this time the only thing that is certain is that the decision the no longer president obama's. >> brandon freedman is a i havee.o. of the mcpherson freed group. and the author of the war i always wanted welcome it is good to have you on the program. >> thank you. >> so we listen to the president say we will tip haren we start dodd you believe that? >> uh-huh. >> well, i don't know. we have an obligation, to make sure that afghanistan doesn't fall into the problem that iraq has had.
but at the same time, a very septemberful we can solve in two years what we couldn't solve in 14. >> when you heard the news today that troops will stay in afghanistan, past the time when president obama is there, to the next president, what did you think. >> i find it kit effort haens that we are still doing this. look, the issue is that the afghan government wants us to stay there. two military wants us to stay there, and most of the people do. so it's an awful feeling when you pull out of a place and you see it overrun by isis, or by the taliban. but we have to ask yourselves ultimately, is this making us more safe, are our -- does this serve our interests and do we have the money to do it. and whether we do or not i think is an open question, i would like to see us moving out of there as quickly as we
could. >> the real question is whether united states can fix afghanistan, right. >> yeah, and i am not sure we can. >> this is an afghan problem, this is something they have to fix themselves. and like i said, i am very skeptical can we can fix in the next couple of years that we didn't fix in the previous 14. it looks like we are moving forward more of a permanent resident, maybe that's the thing to do. i am not sure, if i had all the answers i think they would have me in the white house right now. >> i don't think a lot of people have these answers. you spent a lot of time in afghanistan, and a lot of time in iraq, you know it probably as well as national. when you hear this your brothers and sisters in arms may have to stay there, and that some people have said, on this program, that there's no real goal, we don't know what the united states is
trying to accomplish, how do you react to that. >> that's obviously not an optimal situation to be in. when our goal is to basically prevent the country from falling into chaos, that's not really -- that doesn't really tell me that we have been successful. obviously, we overthrew the taliban in 2001, and 2002, we got rid of al quaida but asaad from that, i am not sure we have met our objectives. and i remain unconvinced that we will be able to in the next couple of years. what i worry is that by keeping troops for another couple of years is that we are just delaying the inevitable. and putting americans at risk, right. >> well, yeah, obviously. there's a bit less urgency, because american troops respect dying as the rate
that they were four years ago. but at the same time, we have americans at risk. we will be spending $15 billion a year, and that's money that we could be spending in other ways. whether we put toward our own security, or mr. it's money that we can put into domestic things like healthcare, homelessness, roads, transformation, infrastructure, we have to ask yourselves is this the best use of our money, is this the best use of our military, and are we not simply just putting off the inevitable. >> a good question, good to see you, thank you for joining us tonight. for the third time in seven years there will be no cost of living increed can for social security recipients. ish creases are tied to inflation, which is very low this year, mostly because of falling gas prices. the lack of an increase next year will effect the cot of medicaid premiums. a third could can see their premium rise.
22 million people today are taking part in the great shake out. it is billed as the world's largest earthquake drill. it requires 15,000 buildings in the city to be retrofitted to make them less prone to collapse. jake ward reports. >> when a big earthquake hits it is a feeling that nobody can ever really be prepared for. but los angeles is about to try. the 1994 north ridge earthquake did $40 billion of damage to the area. and a deadly 2011 quake in new zealand collapses a typed of building that is found throughout l.a. haunted by this, the city brought in scientists to figure out a new plan, and as of october, it is the law. we focused on these three areas. living uh there it responded and being able to recover, and among that, one big area
is dealing with the buildings we know will kill people. >> across los angeles there's a building type that regulators and scientists are worries about. and it is this type, it is very good resisting one force, the downward force. but when it comes to the side to side movement that's where you get into trouble, and it's these pillars. they can basically snap in that kind of shaking. now, this is not an isolated building type. you are talkability about 13,500 at least here in los angeles, and, the goal here is not to make this thing earthquake proof, certainly to earn people the seconds they need to get out alive. >> the other reason to protect these is that they are represent controlled. without them, thousands of people simply could not afford to live in this city. >> if people are displaced they are going to have to find other housing and at that point they would move
into buildings where they are paying more than they were paying before. so it is important to sure up these buildings because we are protecting the housing stock. >> the city is deciding whether to bend rent control rules so landlords can pass retro fit costs to their tenants. for some, those costs could exceed $100,000 per structure. >> earl vonn who owned a 21 unit building here decided to beat the rush for permits and contractors and just finished his retro fit. >> >> i lived in l.a. my whole life, so i have been in a lot of earthquakes we all know they are coming. it is the. >> laest single expenditure i have made. >> he says if an earthquake wiped out his property, he would have no reason to have the same bidding up again. >> it is very difficult for me that open coo up with costs. >> lost of life and economic opportunity are just the beginning of l.a.'s worries however. >>l.a. has taken painful
steps to try to protect the next vulnerable people. but here is a problem it hasn't even begun, and that's water. most of l. a.'s water is imported and when i sea most, i am not kidding 88% of the water here comes from outside of the city. and here is the thing, it gets here via aqua ducts that cross the san andreas fault. that's the place that will be the source of the next great earthquake. tens of millions of people, maybe as many as 22 million could be without water and who knows for how long. >> consideration everything that l.a. stands to lose, a big quake could change the city for years maybe for a generation. the largest growth depp kade can in the history of los angeles is the decade of the 1906 earthquake. in 19 steve fire, it was five
times the size of los angeles. >> we live in los angeles and say we gained that time, what is going to happen when it is our turn. jacob ward, al jazeera, los angeles. >> now to gun control and a new push for stronger laws. it is coming from california, with a sweeping ballot initiative. it would require background checks for certain ammunition, and also ban the possession of large capacity magazine clips and require gun owners to report lost or stolen guns to the police. 366,000 signatures are needed to get this on the ballot in 2016. he is in san francisco tonight, and we might mention that he is running for governor of that state as well. lieutenant governor good to see you, thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> let's talk about this initiative. why focus on ammunition instead of guns? >> i have never understood
why we do background checks for guns but no rules around ammunition. in california, anyone can can sell ammunition, when i mean anyone i mean local grocery stores, fast food chains, anyone can can sell ammunition. we need to regulate that we need to have license dealers. i think, to get the arm as around ammunition, and to make the case that the ease to which you can get a background check for guns we want to extend ammunition, because a gun doesn't work without ammunition. and if you have a stolen gun or traffic a gun, you then by definition don't need to get that background check on the gun itself, but if we create an additional hurdle on the ammunition, we can potentially save lives. >> what do you predict this impact, whether it will reduce gun violence? >> well, lit with the first state in the nation to do this. new york state tried to advance it but they didn't have the infrastructure in place. because they didn't have a database system. california does, and that's
why we are prepared. i don't quantity to overpromise any particular component of the five we put into this initiative, suffice it to say, we need to do more and need to do better in this country. i am a parent first, i have a six, four, and two-year-old. i am as kick and tired with anybody about what has gone on. 48 shootings in schools in the last year. in p you have is enough. and with respect to the n.r.a., i am not looking for their leadership, nor with respect to congress their. >> do you worry about n. r.a. going after you. >> i have never worried about that. i am used to that on a lot of issues. for better or worse, i say what i think, and stand on the principles i believe in. i was out front on a lot of gun control issues they were very aggressive then. you can almost take what they have said about this initiative, or even the previous initiative, and you couldn't tell the darn difference. at the end of the day, there was a lot of folks that stood
up when we heard hillary clinton say it is time to take on the nra, i was one of them. and i can't can sit by and watch them manipulate the legislative process. including california, that's why i want to take it to the voters directly. i think that's why we will have a much more difficult time. >> california has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. a ban on assault weapons why is it necessary to go fourthner. >> we have a ban on assault weapons but not on the possession of magazines. we ban the sale and manufacture, with 11 or more bullets but not the possession. so we want to do that, other states have done that, new jersey, hawaii, and new york including d.c. we also believe if you lose a gun or a gun is stolen you should be required to let law enforcement know. 11 states do that, california does not, so it is a way of
saying california has been in the leadership on policy in some. ares but in others we have fallen behind and we want to catch up and maintain that position. broil i have you here, i would like to ask you a couple of political questions give me your reaction in the democratic debate the other night. >> i thought it was a real debate. i enjoyed every moment of it. and contrasting it to the republican debate, i thought it was -- well, it was an extreme contrast. i have great admiration for bernie sanders. >> i am a supporter of hillary, but i want to extend my respect and appreciation for his message. i think the issue of social mountain is the issue of our time. and i think he is holding us all to account can. hillary came across -- even her critics came across as presidential i knelt so good about not her performance,
because that becomes a style point, but the substance behind it. i couldn't be more proud about as a long time supporter of her. >> what do you make of this election year where it appears that people like bernie sanders or donald trump on the other side, wrote are make at the extremes of their parties seem to be getting so much attention? is it a year where the ewelcome tor rate wants to throw the bums out. >> well, we are always frustrate being i the status quo, and we want to see change, but change that can can produce results. change can is automatic, but progress isn't necessarily. and i think for me that's the difference between bernie sanders message and hillary's. the ability to deliver on those promises and promotions. she talks about being progressive and pragmatic, or at least prerogative the context of getting things done. bernie sanders is uh
authentic, he is passionate, you believe what he is saying because you know he believes it. and i think he is an important voice in our party, and i think he is making all the command can dates for president better and he will make hillary clinton a much better candidate. we have to have somebody that is able to deliver and not just promote. and i think he is the kind of person that has the 80 to achieve great things because of the ability to follow through and organize to get things done. >> the lieutenant governor of california good to see you, thank you for joining us. >> honor to be here, thank you. >> tonight a crisis in florida, the venomous lion fish is destroying the state's native fish population, and the invasive specieses is also threatening tens of thousands of jobs. america tonight, reports. it is hard to believe a fish this beautiful, this fragile looking, could be a menace, but the loy i don't know fish is just that.
they don't fear anything. >> alley has made hundreds of do you haves off the florida coast. he has seen first hand how lion first native to the indian and pacific oceans have overtaken local reefs. >> why is this a problem. >> there is such a problem, because we don't have a natural predator in our waters. secondly, they their rate of reproduction is ridiculous. >> one female over 2 million egg as year. and they are gluttonous eaters so they will decimate our native fish population. >> with no natural predator, the lion fish is just the later to overwhelm florida. the state that's been called the ellis island of invasive spearsies. they are doing more than surviving they are multiplying at a furious rate. gobbling up marine life, here is aen ma made reef with a
variety of fish. here is one where the lion first have taken over. >> the fight is not just to preserve beautiful reef fish and vibrant underwater colonies lion fish compete directly with recreational saltwater fishing in florida. and that's worth more than $7 billion a year. >> to the state, how did it all begin? household pets a hand full, kept in aquariums. >> the theory that is most accepted, by everybody that's working on hunting these fish, is that aquarium owners released their pets off the east coast of florida, in the mid 80's. >> so in something like 30 years you have now gone from a couple of fish off the east coast of florida, to a range that goes from north care line that, mid brazil and everything in between. >> that's a lot of lion fish. >> it is loaded.
and they are everywhere. >> and is sate is now counting on divers to keep lion fish in check. cleaning them out of reef by hunting them, one fish at a type. >> there's no limit on the number of lion fish divers can take, but no one thinking hunting them will eradicate this species. but divers can make a difference. >> al jazeera. >> and you can see more of the report on america tonight at 10:00 o'clock eastern time tonight. a new medical crisis can be just months away in africa. the only drub company that makes the anti-venous serum is stopping production. it is a serious issue, because they are a much bigger problem than most people know. 100,000 people die every year
after being bitten and another 400,000 survive but are disfigured by then. in our next hour, we will take a look at how devastating this is for some communities and the ripple effect it is creating. we will also have complete coverage of the president's announcement about the withdrawal of troops slowing down the process from afghanistan with former u.n. ambassador and ambassador to iraq and afghanistan. >> all right, we will see you at 9:00, thank you. >> coming up next, making the u.s. mexico border fence disappear. with paint.
activist that is using paint to make a powerful protest. here is her story. >> after a lot of frustration and anger after hearing so many stories of vims that i felt weren't being portrayed in the media or by politician, out of this frustration, i had had this idea that was born to try to erase this border. and thinking as a conceptual visual artist what i had in my arsenal of weapons was paint. and it was a very peaceful action in which i just literally scaled up, a 15-foot ladder and began erasing it by painting the fence sky blue. i did it wearing a little black dress, in mexico this idea of wearing black, is
mourning someone's death for a year after they have died. and so for me it was paying aimagine to all the hundreds and thousands of people that have died attempting to cross the border. for me, the wall is a fabric of so much aggression, and so much sadness, and frustration, so many people that have died at this site. trying to have more opportunities. and better lives. and it's just a wall that actually tells people who to hate, and who is life is not worthy of living. it becomes like a hand kerr chip of tears but a metal one. as i began the project, i hear the sigh reps and someone speaking through a loud speaker, and asking me to stop, so i scaled down from the ladner my heels and my dress, and the authorities attempted to stop me and arrest me. saying that i was defacing the wall, and after probably what was 30 minutes of just
trying to clarify the concept of peace, and trying to make them understand what it was about, they acquiesce add little bit, and they kind of smiled and let me go ahead. i think this project is fears because it recon tech calllizes a possibility. it makes you not see the border, just for a split second. and how two countries can exist or co exist peacefully. i have been getting hate mail, and a lot of nasty correspondents and a lot of excepts and news articles. i am being called the mexican terrorist, mexican al quaida. because i used paint as my weapon. so far, and her team of volunteers have covered a 30-foot section of the border fence. that's our broadcast, thank you for watching i am january