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je this is al jazeera america in new york with a look at tonight's top stories. in colorado springs the words spoken by the man accused of opening fire in a planned parenthood clinic. in less an an hour the u.s.'s ability to collect mass data from american phones will come to an end and what they have to do to spy on you. ban the box, the growing
movement to eliminate criminal history from job applications. plus the holiday signals the season of giving tonight a deeper look at the need for charity and what needs to change. good evening. we now know more about the man police say staged a deadly attack on a planned parenthood clinic in colorado springs. it offers abortion services and law enforcement officials say that service and the battle over the agency may have motivated the suspect to kill three people and injure nine. i'm hooley live for us. what do we know about the suspect tonight? >> reporter: we're learning tonight that the suspect when he was taken into custody here
yesterday told police no more baby parts. a possible reference to some of the planned parenthood videos that were secretly rerecorded and led to hearings on capitol hill. we are not sure. it is not clear at this point whether that was his motivation. we're also hearing from some of the witnesses for the first time to the shooting tonight as well and they're talking about what they thought was going to be a quiet start to the day after thanksgiving. when the shooting began black friday shoppers near the planned parenthood center scrambled for safety. he was in front of me and he was aiming at me. i just hit the gas. he started shooting. i was looking at his face. the city of colorado springs is in mourning today. we're in mourning over the death
of three people, including one very brave police officer. >> reporter: saturday officials interviewed people who knew the suspect. 57-year-old robert lewis dear. he had spent decades in north and south carolina before moving to colorado. he has brushes with the law including a peeping tom complaint in his home town. we're here to honor the lives of those who were killed yesterday by a domestic terrorist. >> reporter: earlier today a vigil was held at a down town church for the victims. planned parenthood officials say they remain committed to their cause we will keep being active because we believe that all people deserve the right to this freedom. >> reporter: president obama commenting on violence on
twitter said this. he issued a statement of condolence to the families saying: >> reporter: police and the state patrols saluteked the procession of the police officer killed 44-year-old garrett swayze the father of two young children his home town community will take-- do whatever it takes to support his family in this tragic time. >> reporter: the siege began just before noon friday. he opened the clinic in open fire. we're in the parking lot, somebody is shooting. >> reporter: the three dead and nine people were wounded, including five police officers. dear finally gave up to police after holding them at bay for almost five hours. he is being held without bond. the suss spent dear is now--
suspect is now due in court in colorado springs on monday we understand u.s. attorney-general is commenting on the shooting tonight. >> reporter: that's right. the attorney-general calling the shootings here in colorado springs acrime against women, women coming for health care services. also a crime against police and law enforcement, those men and women who are dedicated to serving their communities here in colorado springs and, of course, all around the country as well thank you for that. in less than one hour the n.s.a. will end bulk collection of phone data of americans as of 11.59 eastern tonight. they have to get a court order to monitor calls now. >> reporter: he was called a traitor, leading u.s. political figures called for his murder and he was forced into exile in russia, but edward stoden's
actions in disclosing the breath of the u.s. government surveillance of its people have brought an end to the bulk collection of american phone records. we now know that the dragnet failed to disrupt even one terror plot and a federal court has declared in unconstitutional. the n.s.a. isn't completely ending data collection, especially when so many calls are made over the internet international calls will still be collected, but the n.s.a. still bulk collects internet communications and because so much of american's internet compliness happen to go overseas, they will continue to get polled. >> reporter: dragnet surveillance of atelephone melt adata in the rest of the world will continue. only those in the u.s. have some protection from the constitution. as far as washington is concerned, everyone else is fair game and the responsibility of their governments.
moreover it was revealed that much more than telephone met adata collection. the n.s.a. ability to search everything a user does on the internet or collection of text messages collected worldwide each day. it is just a fraction of what the n.s.a. does. otherwise, people are probably still expanding mass surveillance all around the world. >> reporter: since the recent attacks in paris, some u.s. policy ignoress are-- politicians are planning on expanding. there's no evidence that the attackers used the internet or used to plan the attacks. there has been some reform. given the see crescent see of the n.s.a. it might take another whistleblower of us to understand how much has changed earlier al jazeera spoke to privacy advocate and attorney.
she described other ways the government can still get information about private citizens. the section 702 program, this was also one of the very early disclosures, it was the prison program by which the government actually collected the content of information, both from international service providers and then also as it sort of transits the fibre optic cables that connected the internet. this allowed the government actually under very, very broad standards get information that included the content of emails, phone calls, chats. now that program is still continuing. it hasn't been reformed, but the legal authority for that program ends in the summer of 2017. we will see, i think, moves towards trying to tighten up those standards in the same way as was done with section 215, the phone met adata program
attorney patel says there is little evidence that collection tools such as the one expiring tonight would have helped prevent recent incidents like the paris attacks. turkey's president erdogan has expressed sadness over his forces shooting down a jet. that doesn't stop sanctions against turkey in retaliation for the incident. analysts predict the sanctions are likely to worsen the stand off. one airman was shot to death after parachuting from a plain and a russian marine was killed when attempting to surviving airman. fighters opposed to assad are claiming to have captured cities. the army has taken land back of i.s.i.l. just east of aleppo.
>> reporter: syrian rebels on the offensive marred by divisions and short of weapons, they are advancing on the city of aleppo. many factions have established a joint command center. this video appears to show them attacking government military posts in southern aleppo. the armed group of al-nusra front is taking offensive. it has a substantial role. syrian rebels say government forces are backed by thousands of fighters from iran, iraq and hezbollah. the strategic of syrian army is to cut the highways, not to take over aleppo. aleppo as a city, i think, is divided and they have to go to the eastern side. >> reporter: behind these mountains is another major front
line. government troops have been shelling these peeks which were recently captured by turk man fighters. these mountains over look the city of latakia. one of president bashar al-assad strong holds. his troops backed by russian planes are trying to secure the area. as the fighting continues near the border with turkey, there are growing fears of region a.m. conflict. the russians and iran are staunch allies of bashar al-assad, while the turks, western and gulf nations insist the syrian president must go. they believe the russians use the fight against i.s.i.l. as cover to increase bashar al-assad's chainss of - chances of staying in power and i.s.i.l. can only be defeated if bashar al-assad steps aside air strikes against i.s.i.l. targets in syria brought
hundreds of demonstrations to the streets of london. they want the british parliament against authorizing air bombardment when that vote takes place on wednesday. >> reporter: outside downing street the first of what organisers say will be a tidal wave of protest. for now the crowds are modest, but as parliament prepares for a crucial vote on syrian air strikes next wednesday, these demonstrators, including politicians, musics and film stars want their say in my life time i have not seen violence in peace. i don't think we accept it in families, workplace, not between a man and his dog, we don't accept it between parents and children. why are we even contemplating the idea that violence is the solution to this. we certainly should be tackling i.s.i.s., but the way of doing it is not to go and bomb them which is what they want which will dignify their position. we should stifle the money going
to them >> reporter: the war coalition accused the government of having no clear strategy when it comes to syria. they say the 14 years of bombings in afghanistan and iraq, and now what is happening in the middle east only threatens to imflan tensions even further. on thursday the british prime minister launched a campaign of his own to speaker swayed law makers of the need for air strikes. british bombers have been hitting atargets since last year. we shouldn't be content with outsourcing our security to our allies. if we believe that action can help protect us, then with our allies we should be part of that action not standing aside from it. >> reporter: two years ago david cameron wanted to launch air strikes to the president bashar al-assad. that vote was defeated, but after the attacks in paris, france has been assembling a
coalition of willing to destroy i.s.i.l. seen by many as posing a more direct threat to national security. this was the scene in 2003 when a different british government led by the former prime minister wanted to invade iraq. it was the biggest protest in british history which many saw as illegal. today the prime minister says air strikes are needed for self and a growing number of people believe minimum. despite this opposition, it's a vote the british government thinks it can win turkish police fired water cannons and tear gas on crowds protesting the jailing of a kurdish lawyer. thousands took to the streets after the prominent kurdish attorney and activist was shot in the head in east tar kehr tour tour turkey.
two officers were killed and 11 peop people. france has placed 24 climate change activists under house arrest. authorities say the activists were planning a violent protest for monday's global climate change summit in paris. there are demanding the release of the activists. demonstrations are currently banned in france because of state of emergency that took effect after 130 people were killed november 13. with over 100 heads of state expected to attend monday's climate change summit, paris already on high alert is stepping up security to another level. al jazeera >> reporter: the army appeared police have paris covered. they were ordered onto the streets after the attacks of november 13. they now have anneded
responsibility, ensuring the climate summit passes off smoothly despite the nationwide state of emergency. >> translation: with this heightened terrorist threat the section of this summit is linked securing it to the maximum level. i am repeating this forcefully in front of you. everything has been put into place to secure the conference itself and its surroundings to the maximum level. >> reporter: the scale of the operation is unprecedented. 8,000 police will be guarding france's air, sea and land borders. 2800 police will be on duty at the summit venue itself. in total, 120,000 police and troops will be deployed across the whole of france. security becomes tighter the closer you get to the conference center. some 20,000 delegates are expected to cross the security perimeter as well as thousands more journalists.
the french were determined that despite the attacks the summit should go ahead as planned. the fact that nearly 150 heads of state and government are expected in paris this week, it's a vote of confidence in french security. a security operation on this scale will inevitably mean traffic chaos. the french have been warned to use public transport and leave their cars at home. >> translation: the message is simple. do not drive on 29 and 30 november. it's absolutely essential. >> reporter: the scale of the paris attacks and the international reaction they have provoked has almost eclipsed the climate summit. the french government is hoping that this mood of international solidarity will strengthen the resolves of all parties to reach a climate deem. jacky-- deal residents of beijing and surrounding areas are being told to stay in doors because of air
pollution. dense smog is expected to last until tuesday. that's according to main land chinese media. the smog is as a result of a mix of heavy pollution and bad weather conditions. vat can officials confirmed late today that pope pope francis will travel tomorrow to the war torn central african republic. that visit is a high priority for the pope had been in doubt because of security concerns. today in uganda the pope blessed thousands of faithful gathered for an outdoor mass. more from the pope's tour. >> reporter: tens of thousands gathered to meet pope francis around the sloan in the capital-- shrine in the capital. 130 years ago some of the first chris tenses were killed here for their faith. they're known as martyrs.
>> translation: dear brothers and sisters, this is the legacy which you have received from the ugan debrox a martyrs. lives marked by the power of the holey spirit. >> reporter: he held a mass and spoke of turning hate into love. from argentina, he is the first non-european pope in 1300 years. he often speaks about inquality and he is seen as a champion of the poor. that resonates here where most are religious and many are jobless. across town a crowd of thousands of young people steadily gather at his next venue. people came from anybodying countries and from all over ugan debrox a. i feel good. i want to be here.
i want to also to be here for the pope to bless me >> reporter: it's a much needed business opportunity for many. there are people selling food and drinks and all kinds of religious paraphernalia of jesus and virgin mary and the pope. >> reporter: when he finally arrived people couldn't get close enough. some had been waiting hours to hear his message but for many the excitement of seeing a religious leaders who they admire and love was the highlight. people are enjoying and everybody is happy. >> reporter: malcolm webb last year americans donated more than 350 billion dollars to charity.
it's saturday night and time to take a deeper look. the holiday season is in full swing and for some that means it's time to give back to charity. as many americans deal with debts and stagnant wages, giving is still on the rise. more than 350 billion dollars was donated to chart last year. while the spirit of the season makes people more generous, organizations that rely on donations say giving needs to be year round. >> reporter: it's the unofficial kick-off of the holiday shopping season. black friday, named that way because for most retailers have a chance to get out of the the red and turn a profit. as the buying frenzy starts, it is not the season to shop but to give as well. holiday generosity has its own
day, hashtag giving tuesday. a campaign launched three years ago to encourage shivered around the globe - charity around the globe. people are more sensitive and it's easy to understand to realise all the needs that is surrounding us >> reporter: many charitable organizations rely on the holidays to fund activity year round. for the salvation army, it's iconic red kettle has brought in 144 million dollars last seen. it is utilise throughout the year for our different services. it is very, very important. >> reporter: the campaign is in its 125th year and clues some innovative approaches like this texas kettle cattle drive. i think it's just a fun way to remind people that our kettles are out there. they're part of christmas, the season. this room will be transformed into a restaurant
dining experience >> reporter: at the first baptist church in new york city, volunteers serve dinner ba narcotics quet style-- banquet styles. we want people to sit and talk to each other, and we want them to feel acknowledged, that they are being served. >> reporter: along with the food comes a message, to keep giving. we think it's great that people around thanksgiving, around christmas, you know, would say, hey, i want to volunteer and do some things, but we do that all year around here >> reporter: with the charitable giving on the rise, many are banking on the cheer lasting long past december joining us now in the studio an executive director of the new york city coalition against
hunger and director of marketing and communications at the children's aid society. before we talk about charitable giving during the holiday position, i want to clear the deck and give awe opportunity to what you consider to be a core problem, which is there's too much focus on charitable giving and not enough en massive reinstruction of government to help people i we hope more americans to donate to charities, but your viewers aneed to understand even the most charity on the planet is not going to solve major problems like hunger which impacts 4 million americans unless we return to the government policies that worked to ensure success this the area of this let's talk about hunger in new york city specifically. can you give us a rough estimate of the amount of money that is currently being spent to deal with the proper of hunger and what you call food insecurity.
right now in new york city there are 1.4 million americans living in the city and half a million churn that live in homes that can't afford enough food. hassle the adults who are food insecure are working what is food insecurity it is a term my mother could nefertiti understand, but it meant people choosing between between afood and rent, between food and health care. people are rationing food because healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food, that sometimes people become obese even as they're food insecure. the government is spending a little over 3 billion dollars a year from the federal government?
some of our sites and see some of our people, to visit with some of these young people who are - they're living in poverty but it's not their fault. they have been born into a poor family. these families are struggling. so people can put a face to it, that they have more apt to give back to the point that with your organization, who is the most likely demographic to make contribution to the children aid society?
from government sources, both federal, state and city sources. those are tied to contracts. we have have to deliver specific services that don't leave room for creativity or innovation there you made a comment about the effort to reduce government assistance for charitable causes on the theory that american needs to go back to the way when people depended on their neighbors, religious institution for help as opposed to looking to the government which some in government say is a crutch that is harmful that's what they say, but they're hypocrites. therapy increasing corporate welfare to their campaign donors and supporters while cutting aid to support people. letter not against government, but against government who don't donate to them or vote for them. they're spending more money on
supporting the wealthiest in our society through tax breaks and corporate give aways of the it is not making people independent in government. it's about punishing people who don't support them. let's be real moving to this thought. the giving u.s. a foundation says giving hit a hi in 2014. it found that americans gave an estimated of 358.38 billion dollars to charity in the calendar year 2014. now, that beat the all time high in 2007 which was 355.17 billion. of course, that was right before the recession. 2014 was also the fifth year in a row that saw an increase in giving, most of the money 2 # 58.5 billion given by individuals, 54 billion by foundations, 28 billion bequeathed in mills and also 18 billion came from corporations. the wall street journal focused on efforts by the international charity oxham to target donors
when they feel most generous. they are teaming up with a firm ad. here is how it works. when you're shopping at your mall or standing in a checkout line an ad will be sent to your phone so you can donate while caught up in the spirit of the season. a lot of things to discuss coming out of that statement, but let me start with you. how important is technology for donations to the children's aid society?
expansion of the nutrition safety net. food stamps as it was called, school breakfast. doctors went back to those regions a decade later and reported that we almost entirely ended hunger in america what happened? what reversed the trend the regan was said that unfunded charts could do the function. every food chain provides 1/20th one of the questions that i wander about is this, the money for the food that was purchased for the breakfast programs, for the after school meals, that money was going to grocers, transporters, to farmers, to
agri business. you would have heard some push back from them to say, listen, you're taking money out-of-pocket. you have heard significant push back. a senior economic adviser says the snap program, the food stamps program is one of the best economic stimulus we have. every dollar spent creates $1.8 of economic improvement. if there wasn't business support for this, it would have been slashed before we don't hear anything said about that by the parties. it is their policies that wreck the economy in our package by my correspondent friend, there was this discussion or someone was saying about the hope for year round giving.
what is your organization given to encourage not just holiday giving but consistent giving throughout the 12 months of the year. it is really important. we get the bulk of our donations at the end of the year, about 40% during december, and on line it's higher, about 80%. we try to get people to give monthly. it's a sure thing for us and helps us balance our books on a monthly basis. it's one thing that we push heavily so we can have that continuous income are you seeing any kind of indication that people are buying your request?
applications asking for your criminal history. it's frustrating. i must say, i tell people, i want a job, i'm looking for a job new hope for ex-convicts looking for employment next. plus a change in the polls in the race of the republican presidential nomination, the numbers for one of the candidates going down. also the mystery surrounding the burryial place of queen nefertiti queen nefertiti.
currently around 5%, the lowest level in seven years, but finding a job remains very difficult for an estimated 70 million americans who have some kind of criminal record. there is a movement to level the playing field called banning the box. this will be my third week working. >> reporter: getting a job is often cause for celebration, but especially here at a meeting group called turn around tuesday. the organization helps those who traditionally have trouble finding work. something was on my criminal record and it prevented me from getting a job. >> reporter: people such as michael marshall is trying to put a lifetime of bad choices behind him. his wrap sheet tells the story. 31 years in and out of prison
for drug dealing, robbery and assault. he has been cleaned and out for six years with one goal. it's frustrating. i must say i tell people, man, this is a job, i'm looking far a job. it takes a lot of patience, some hue millionity and i-- humility and i want a job so bad >> reporter: the city is trying to make it easier for ex-offenders to get work, forbidding employers asking for their criminal history right on the job application. it's called banning the box, referring to the box that is checked indicating they have served time what it means is people get a fair chance to be tested on their qualifications and the totality of what they have to offer instead of just that one check on the box which usually means their applications get thrown out >> reporter: employers can still ask about criminal records but later in the hiring process
after they've had a chance to interview and get to know the applicant. >> reporter: the movement is picking up steam. hawaii banned the box in 1998. it took 11 years for another state to follow suit. in the last few years many more have joined in. now 19 states have some sort of ban the box law. so do more than 100 cities and countys. this month president obama added federal agencies to the list. we've got to make sure americans who paid their debt to society can earn their second chance. >> reporter: advocates say what would really make a difference is if federal contractors to do the same. there's a bipartisan bill in congress on that. not everyone is on board. small businesses say they do not have the time or resources to waste when hiring and need an early indication of whether someone is right for the job it's not about not giving
an individual a second chance or opportunity, it's about having a candid conversation with the applicant sooner rather than later. >> reporter: banning the box is not a magic bullet. those who have done time sometime have to convince employers-- still have to convince employers they are trustworthy. marshall has had some success. a moving company just hired him, but wants to remain anonymous concerned what its customers might think. my record, criminal history, is not what i am. it's what i did. i'm not doing that today. >> reporter: in fact, his past is likely to stay that. studies have shown that former criminals who have jobs are much less likely to end up back in prison turning now to the 2016 presidential election, donald trump is taking a drop in the polls. the latest poll shows him dropping 12 points in less than a week, but the republican
presidential candidate is still leading the pack with 31%. 15% favor ben carson, 4 to marco rubio and the others tied. donald trump is reframing some of the statements that may have cost him voter support. he is backing off his claim that he saw thousands of muslims across the hudson river from the world trade center cheering the 911 attacks of the instead, trump now says the celebration was by muslims worldwide. i made the statement because everybody admits worldwide the muslims were absolutely going wild tilth also reports that his rally-- donald trump said he urged his people to be polite.
jeb bush was in mississip today. next week bush returns there for a funds raiser. ben carson wrapping up a two day tour of syrian refugee camps in jordan. the republican said he did not find many there who want to come to the u.s. carson also reiterated his belief that the u.s. should not accept any syrian refugees saying it would not solve the crisis. carson's visit comes as he is trying to strengthen his foreign policy kre deny sthals. which is getting a good impression of what's going on here he called for arab countries to take in more syrian refugees. over four million are already in jordan, turkey an lebanon. violent clashes erupted between police and refugees on the greek
macedonian border. police responded with stun grenades and tear gas today after the group surged towards police lines and threw rocks. the refugees have been stranded there for days because only syrianians, iraqis and afghans to pass through. a metal fence is being built to keep them out. jerusalem residents witnessed a rare visit by the pope of egypts church on saturday. a procession was led for the bishop of jerusalem. he said this was not an official visit but a farewell as the two were friends. the previous coptic pope have forbidden all visits to jerusal jerusalem. most coptic christians lives in
egypt. on the queen nefertiti, officials say they are certain they have found her tomb. it is in the same burial area as tutankarmen. they have announced the results of radar imagess taken inside which reveals hidden chambers and passages within the mausoleum. the apparent presence of closed doorways, on the west wham leading to a storeroom >. it is boosd and bat beyond any reasonable doubt-- bruised and battered, but that does not mean it's not good to eat. one woman's battle to have food
flash flood watch remains in north texas arkensau and missouri. about 6,000 pounds of food goes to waste. yet some 24 million americans live without access to healthy affordable produce. an operation near the u.s. border of mexico is trying to change that. >> reporter: pallets of produce delivered all day, 39 varieties of fruits and vegetables. but this is a rescue operation. what you see here had the rejects, not good enough for your supermarket shelf. it could be because the product has some damage. it could have some scarring or some rain damage, spotting. it could have maybe on the tomatos, the vine, maybe the
stem is off >> reporter: this is cosmetic problems? reporter: not from from the mexican border a unique food bank is giving this food a second chance we're res cuing lots and there are millions of pounds still being dumped >> reporter: each day more than 300 trucks cross this border carrying about 2.5 billion dollars of the frequents mechanics con produce to the northern american market each year. before it's distributed to supermarkets it comes here for inspection. if they don't like what they find, 2 pa 25% they can reject the whole pallet. they assume that 20 to 25% on that entire product is not good for them. >> reporter: you have to donate that whole pallet? reporter: you would rather donate it than throw it away yeah. it costs the company more to throw it away because they have to pay the dumping and all that stuff. >> reporter: so it's better to
donate yeah, to donate and help the community. >> reporter: that's where border land's food bank comes in. there are shopping carts but no cash registers of the donations are encouraged, but not required. clients often carry away crates of produce at every visit. we don't expect that one family is going to be able to use 100/200 pounds of product. we don't have public perhaps importantation, and-- trance important facial, we ask them to share it with their neighbors, churches, families, everybody >> reporter: one of those people is this man. on this day he waited more than an hour to cross the border from mexico where this produce was grown only to pick it up and drive it back to his neighbors on the other side. >> translation: we try to make the most of this merchandise to help more people, snot just for me, but if i cross the border i try to get enough to help other people
>> reporter: most of the produce comes here per effectually good to eat. -- perfectly good to eat. anything that capital be distributed by the food bank they try and ensure doesn't go to waste. locals collect what isn't fit to distribute to use as feed for their livestock. the heavy lifting is part of the program. produce is shipped across the country. nonprofits get truck loads of fruit and vegetables. it's a win, win situation because this product would have been thrown out so it's not that we're competing with any of the grocery stores, but we are helping the vulnerable develop a taste for this great product. >> reporter: in the 20 years of running border land she has watched the charity grow
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