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08/02/16 08/02/16 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> today at the request of libya's government of national court, the u.s. inductive precision airstrikes against isil targets to support june a affiliate it supports the dish forces. amy: u.s. war planes hit libya monday in a significant escalation of the u.s. war against isis. we will get the latest. we will also show you a side of khizr and ghazala khan few have seen. years before they became the target of donald trump's attack, after addressing the democratic national convention, the couple
were filmed for a documentary about arlington national cemetery, visiting the grave of their son who was killed in iraq in 2004 him a lot.iss especially every day in the morning, every day in the evening. sorry. amy: we will speak with in the award-winning director jon alpert, co-director of the film "section 60." we will also look at the shocking police shooting in north miami where an officer shot an african-american behavior therapist who was trying to protect his autistic patient. plus, just days after the republicans and democrats formalized their own platforms, the movement for black lives has issued a platform of its own , demanding reparations to an "end to the wars against black people." all that and more, coming up.
welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the u.s. military carried out two airstrikes in libya against isis fighters in what it says will be an ongoing campaign. the strikes took place monday in the city of sirte. pentagon officials said the campaign would continue until isis has been driven from the city, which it took over last year. the pentagon said libya's western-backed unity government , known as the gna, requested the airstrikes. the so-called unity government is one of three competing governments that claim legitimacy in the country. this is pentagon spokesman peter cook. >> the goal for the gna is to eliminate isil from sirte and from the country and we will be working closely with them and they will be determining the pace in the success of this campaign, arguably, they have their forces on the ground
conducting their efforts. this will be in support of their efforts. isil's number seven reduced. they have made significant progress already on their own. we believe this can make a difference. hopefully, and a short amount of time, and we will see. amy: the strikes come almost five years after the u.s. helped depose moammar ghadafi in a revolution that has devolved into civil war. between 2011 and now, u.s. special forces have carried out raids in the country and there have been airstrikes targeting specific individuals. we'll have more on libya with phyllis bennis later in a broadcast. in breaking news, syrian activists say gas has been used near the northern syrian city of saraqeb. activists told reuters they suspected the gas was chlorine and that it had affected more than 30 people. the alleged attack took place close to where rebels shot down a russian helicopter earlier monday. syrian government forces have repeatedly been accused of using chemical munitions in the 5-year war against rebels seeking to overthrow syrian president bashar al-assad, including
during an attack in damascus in 2013 that killed hundreds. in news from the campaign trail, top republicans and veterans groups are criticizing donald trump after he refused to back down from his comments attacking khizr and ghazala khan, the parents of a muslim u.s. soldier who died in iraq. on monday, arizona senator john mccain, who spent time as a prisoner of war in vietnam, wrote -- "i cannot emphasize enough how deeply i disagree with mr. trump's statement. i hope americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our republican party, its officers, or candidates." house speaker paul ryan and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell also publicly criticized trump. none of the three, however, pulled their endorsement of trump. khan plus son was killed by a car bomb while serving in iraq in 2004 and posthumously awarded
a bronze star and purple heart. trump's battle with khizr khan began thursday night, when khan addressed the democratic national convention. >> donald trump, you are asking americans to trust you with their future. let me ask you, have you even read the united states constitution? [cheers] lend you i will gladly my copy. amy: on sunday, trump responded to khan while on abc, implying that khan's wife, ghazala khan, had not spoken at the convention because she was not allowed to as a muslim woman. mr. trump: i saw him. he was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me. at hise -- if you look
wife, she was standing there. she a nothing to say. maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. you tell me. amy: on monday, khizr khan replied on cnn. >> we want to maintain our dignity and my family's dignity, my son's dignity and sacrifice. he should listen to america, what america and the world is aboutg about the remarks, the lack of empathy. and that is all i wish to convey to him. trait good leader has one . earlier i said empathy. amy: later in a broadcast, we will bring you the comments of s, a rare visit as they visit their son's grave in arlington national cemetery. this all comes as gold star families published a letter to manning trump apologize for his statement to the khans.
goldstar families are those who have lost center dot or sewer serving in the u.s. military. the rudder led -- this comes as a bunk with the new york times" is reporting that donald trump received five deferments during vietnam. republican vice presidential candidate mike pence had to defend the mother of a soldier from the crowd's boos at one of his rallies monday. the crowd booed catherine byrne, whose son serves in the u.s. air force, after byrne asked pence about trump's treatment of muslim parents khizr and ghazala khan. again, trump is disrespected our nation's armed forces and veterans and disrespect for mr. khan and his
family -- [boos] when you're able to look at trump in the eye and tell him, enough is enough. you have a son in the military. how do you tolerate this disrespect? >> well, i thank you for the question. it's all right. it is all right. folks, that is what freedom looks like and that is what freedom sounds like. amy: donald trump has said if someone harassed his daughter the same way women have alleged former fox news chairman roger ailes did to them, he "would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case." his comments were published monday in "usa today." trump has also defended roger ailes, who he describes as a "very, very good person." trump has said that if ivanka weren't his daughter, he might date her.
billionaire investor warren buffett has endorsed hillary clinton and challenged trump to release his tax returns. buffett also ridiculed trump's business acumen, saying trump had let down investors in his businesses. if a monkey had thrown a dart at the stock page, the much on average would have made 150%. but the people who believes in him, that listened to his siren song, came away losing well over $.90 on the dollar. amy: warren buffett is not the first billionaire to endorse clinton. former new york mayor michael bloomberg and dallas mavericks owner mark cuban have also endorsed clinton. presumptive green party presidential nominee jill stein has chosen her vice presidential running mate human rights , scholar and activist ajamu baraka. baraka is presently a fellow at the institute for policy studies. he is the founding executive director of the u.s. human
rights network. party convention begins thursday in houston, texas. attorneys for accused killer dylan storm roof have filed a motion arguing the death penalty would be an unconstitutional punishment for their client. in june of last year roof opened fire at emanuel ame church in charleston, south carolina, killing nine black worshipers. including the pastor, limited feeling. -- clemente pinckney. roof embraced white supremacist views and was shown in photographs posing with the confederate flag. in a 30-page motion, roof's lawyers said the death penalty would constitute "cruel and unusual punishment" because federal prosecutors have refused to accept offers for roof to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without parole. a coalition of groups in the movement for black lives has called for reparations for slavery and criminal justice reforms in a sweeping policy platform released monday. the platform's six demands are
broken down into about 40 policy recommendations touching on topics ranging from abolishing the death penalty to ensuring safe drinking water. its release comes as nearly daily black lives matter protests continue nationwide, following the police killings of african americans alton sterling in baton rouge, louisiana, and philando castile in falcon heights, minnesota. on monday, hundreds of activists gathered at new york city hall . >> we're here to demand that bill bratton be fired, that reparations are paid to all victims and survivors of racist police brutality, and that the nypd be defunded. amy: we will have more on the movement for black lives policy platform and hear voices from the new york city hall protest later in the broadcast. activists have collected more than one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment of the judge in the stanford rape case. in june, california judge aaron persky gave brock allen turner a
six-month jill sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. the judge said he was concerned a longer prison sentence would have a severe impact on turner. turner is white, and judge persky has since given a harsher sentence to a latino man who committed a similar crime. this is one of the demonstrators who delivered the petition to judge persky's courthouse on monday. >> basically what we're focusing on is his bias. he is given lenient standards is to specific classes of people and then when faced with other classes of people, he has given harsher sentences. massachusetts has passed a law intended to equalize pay between men and women. the law prohibits employers from asking prospective hires about their salary histories. it is the first of its kind in the u.s. many employers require applicants to give a salary history at the during the -- during the initial steps of the hiring process. this disadvantages women, who make less than men on average. and bells in the tower at the university of texas-austin rang
at precisely 11:40 a.m. monday to mark the 50th anniversary of a mass shooting there. on august 1, 1966, ut engineering student and marine veteran charles whitman opened fire from atop the university clock tower. his rampage on campus killed 14 people. hours earlier, he had also killed his wife and mother, leaving behind a note that read "both dead." a 17th victim of his shooting rampage died decades later as a result of injuries sustained in the attack. at the time, the ut austin massacre was the worst mass shooting in u.s. history. this year is the first time the university has officially marked the date. this comes as also on monday, a new concealed carry law went into effect in texas, allowing license holders to legally carry guns on campus and inside university buildings for the first time. and those are some of the
headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. juan: and i am juan gonzalez. welcome to all of our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. we begin today in miami, where calls continue to flood a the officers shot and african american behavioral therapist who was attempting to help an autistic man. at the time of the shooting, behavioral therapist charles kinsey was helping to calm arnaldo rios-soto, a 26-year-old autistic man, who had wandered away from a group home. police responding to a call about a man who was possibly holding a gun. police surrounded the two showsn the ground with his hands in the air. he told police no one was armed. in a cell phone video of the shooting, kinsey can be heard telling police, "all he has is a toy truck.
a toy truck. i am a behavioral therapist at a group home." listen carefully. i am a behavioral therapist at a group home. amy: charles kinsey can also be heard on the video trying to calm down the autistic man, and said he was more worried about his patient's safety than his own. the video does not show the moment the shots are fired, and kinsey said officers offered no explanation. the police later said the officer meant to shoot rios-soto. the young autistic man. rios-soto's family says he has been traumatized by the incident and is not sleeping or eating. his mother says rios-soto still wears the blood-soaked jacket he had on the day his friend, his caregiver, his father figure was shot by police.
kinsey now walks with a cane and cannot stand on his leg for long. he also suffers psychologically from the shooting. well, for more, we are joined by hilton napoleon, attorney for charles kinsey, and matthew dietz, attorney for arnaldo rios-soto, as well as his mother gladys soto. welcome you both to democracy -- we welcome you all to democracy now! i want to begin with the lawyer for charles, charles kinsey, hilton napoleon. describe what happened. what took place on that day that led the police to shoot your clients, the behavior therapist, charles kinsey, that we see on the video and here pleading with the police. his arms outstretched, laying on his back on the ground. arnaldo hadow, severe autism.
he was sitting in the middle of the street playing with his toy truck. a passerby who was in a car, i believe, saw him sitting in the roadway and called the police initially arrived, they got out of their vehicles with assault rifles and pointed them at my client. they approached in a mility format. they yelled at my client, get on the ground, get on the ground. my client laid flat on his back and put his hands in the air. even though as you heard on the video she repeatedly told the officers that he is holding a toy truck, that it is not necessary to have your guns drawn, the officers still shot him in the leg even though he was unarmed and it was clear from the video and clear from the officer's vantage point that mr. soto had a toy truck in his hand. at the troublesome part in a part that we're trying to wrap our heads around is what happened afterwards. if they really made a mess take
and shot my client, there was no reason to handcuff him and definitely no reason to fail to render aid. they basically left him bleeding in the street and did not render aid. they did not put any pressure or bandage on his wound. that is problematic, especially as they're claiming this was a mistake. that is not how you treat an individualho you shot by mistake. juan: matthew dietz, can you tell us something about your client, arnaldo rios-soto, and he had -- he is been institutionalized at some point during his life. can you talk about his history? >> sure. arnaldo rios-soto is a man that has autism. he also has an intellectual disability. behavioralecialized treatment. that is why he was in a group home. this, they're supposed to watch him and provide him the treatment that
he needs. he is supposed to have a safe environment. at this time, he eloped. he went out. when mr. kinsey sought to get them back, this incident happened. it since this incident, the day after this incident, he a load back to the street. he went to the street and started hitting the street were mr. kinsey was shot, where the blood was on the street, yelling and screaming about police, about shooting, about blood. after that, he was institutionalized at a hospital in a psych unit. ever since then he has been there. we want to ensure that he has the specialized treatment that he needs in order to get out. we're trying to find him a specialized behavioral home so he can go in and receive the treatment that he needs. as part of his autism, he copies a lot of what he years. so when i visited him with his mother last week -- actually, a couple of days ago -- he kept on
, don'tthings like, blood shoot, don't shoot. according to his mom whenever he sees a security officer in the officer, he thinks that is going to harm somebody. so he has a lot of harm that he is to work out himself in order to maintain a minimal level of trust. juan: the immediate reaction was he thought mr. kinsey had been killed? >> yes. he did not understand that mr. kinsey had not been killed until mr. kinsey saw him in the hospital this week. amy: i want to turn to mr. kinsey, to social worker charles kinsey speaking with local tv , station wvsn from his hospital bed after the shooting. >> i am going to the ground, just like this, my hands are up. just like this. i'm telling them, sir, there is no need for firearms. i am unarmed. he is autistic.
he had a toy truck in his hand. when he shot me, it was so surprising. it was like a mosquito bite. when he hit me i am like, i say, i just got shot. i'm saying, sir, why did you shoot me? he said, i don't know. i am face down in the ground with cuffs on. i say about 20 minutes until a rescue squad gets there. i am bleeding. amy: that is charles kinsey from his hospital bed. this is so astounding. hilton napoleon, your his attorney. he asked the police officer, why did you shoot me? i don't know. and the police union came out the next day and said that it was a mistake, that the officer did not mean to shoot charles kinsey. they meant to shoot matthew dietz, the autistic young man
--arnaldo rios-soto, the autistic and man? what they were thinking. as an advocate, they would have been better off not saying anything but made the situation worst when they claim they tried to shoot an autistic kid. i don't believe for one second that was the case. that is not high you treat someone after you shot them. you don't leave them on the ground and leave them bleeding. you do not approach them and handcuffed them. to later backtrack and say, oh, we were really aiming at the autistic gentleman who was also sitting on the ground -- to be quite frank, i don't know what is worse, shooting a man who has his hand straight up in the air and telling you he is unarmed while lying on his back or shooting a 26-year-old who has no idea what is going on. they're equally reprehensible. it is a shame they would try to state they were shooting at mr. rios instead of my client. >> and there's something i would like to add to that. a lot of miami police
departments have crisis intervention teams. if they had a call that somebody was suicidal, the first entity they should have called were officers that were trained in crisis intervention. the issue with persons with disabilities in the neighborhood -- there is a huge issue. it is our right that all persons with disabilities have, to immediately assume that a person the disability is a threat is -- may hurt somebody, is everything against what the disability community stands for and also makes it harder for persons with disabilities to integrate into the cumene did he. so by having a police force that is not specifically trained or no work group homes are in the area, really makes it a danger for any person with a disability to live in the neighborhood. juan: last week, arnaldo rios-soto's mother spoke to reporters about the surprise reunion between her son and
charles kinsey. he left the surprise. he said, oh, surprise. when he saw charles who said, oh, my god, char! you have a cane. yes, i have a cane now. ok, are you ok? yes, i'm ok now. are you ok, arnaldo? yes, now i am ok. sit down, sit down. together.n very emotional. i am very sad. very, very sad. about yourorried security -- his security, his is -- he needs his behavioral therapist. he needs love.
he needs a safety place. t-rex a safe place. >> a safe place. because he is autistic. that was gladys soto, arnaldo rios-soto's mother. , what is the situation right now with your client in terms of him getting the kind of services he needs? issue with a huge that. florida does not have any intensive behavioral services homes available now for arnaldo. and because of that, he is still in a psychiatric ward in a hospital where he does not have what he needs. he sleeps with that white truck every night. he cannot have that with him in the hospital. that havehave clothes strings on it in the hospital. we really want him to be in a behavioral home.
currently, we're speaking with the state of florida in order to try to convert a normal behavioral home in order to provide him the intensive services that he needs. amy: hilton napoleon, what is happening now with charles kinsey and have you filed a lawsuit, both of you? >> i can tell you a couple of things. mr. kinsey is recovering physically, but for the grace of god, he is still with us today because he got shot with an ar-15 assault rifle. but the heart of -- the hardest part for mr. kinsey is going to the longntal aspect in run. he felt like he did everything in his power, everything he possibly can, that we were taught from a young age, to do, which is to cooperate with the police and do everything that they say. not only did he do everything the police asked him to do, but he attempted to assist the police in helping arnaldo to lay on the ground and comply, too.
as far as a lawsuit is concerned, the city of north miami initially made statements to me they wanted to resolve this case as quickly and amicably as possible. i have a complaint already prepared and we're in the process of filing the complaint and serving them with it. amy: matthew dietz? rios, ourgards to mr. main concern is primarily to get a rolled oh -- arnoldo to safe home. we reached out to the department of justice and urged them to start an investigation -- to investigations. the first one is when a police department says we are targeting a man with autism, that raises all sorts of alarms. at the police really do need training in need mandatory training medially to ensure this doesn't happen again. urged thely, we have
united states to come in and look at the plans that people with disabilities -- the choices people disabilities have to live in their neighborhoods. when we are having an issue in getting arnoldo to a safe home and we have to negotiate with the state of florida in order to try to make one up, that is something that not only affects arnoldo, that many people with autism in a committed he and that is something that should also be fixed. once we get our primary goals, which is ensure that restraining and ensure that arnoldo has a place to live, then we may think further. that we want to do what is important first. amy: hilton napoleon, this case, the shooting of charles kinsey, the behavior therapist, took place not two weeks after the shootings of alton sterling and philando castile. talk about how this case fits into the bigger picture of police violence. >> i can tell you a couple of
things. i've family law enforcement. there are training issues regarding police departments, but one of the bigger issues that someone pointed out to me is that there is a heart issue involved. until the police really have a connection with their citizens who they patrol, they're really supposed to be there to protect and serve, and it is a lot inier to bring ourselves this type of situation when you are aiming a firearm at someone as opposed to trying to talk and help them -- if they knew, if they implemented community policing services whether officers were in the community talking to people, that humanizes the individual you are supposed to be there to protect and serve. that when officers are always driving around in patrolling the area's looking for bad guys,
that does not gain the trust of the community. people would be so much better off and communities would be so much better off if our officers focused more on community policing. the reason why that is important is because when you're there talking to individuals and building relationships with people, it is a lot harder to pull that trigger because they are humanized at that point. that is the heart problem behind policing in america today. many times the officers do not look at the people they're supposed to protect and serve as what they are, which is citizens of the united states. amy: i want to thank you for being with us, hilton napoleon, attorney for charles kinsey, and matthew dietz, the attorney for arnaldo rios-soto as well as gladys, his mother. follow thatinue to case. when we come back, we look at the movement for black lives platform that they have just unveiled.
amy: this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. juan: over the past two weeks, the republicans and democrats made headlines for finalizing the party platforms. now a broad coalition associated with the black lives matter movement has released a platform of its own, demanding reparations and an end to the wars against black people. the list of platform demands also includes the abolition of the death penalty, legislation to recognize the impacts of slavery, as well as investments in education initiatives, mental health services, and employment programs. the publication comes just a week before the second anniversary of the shooting of michael brown in ferguson, missouri, which sparked months of protests and catalyzed a national conversation about police killings of unarmed african-american men.
amy: for more on the black lives matter platform and the recent nationwide protests, we go now to atlanta, georgia where we're joined by ash-lee henderson. she is the regional organizer for project south. she's part of the policy table leadership team of the movement for black lives. also a member and leader of concerned citizens for justice ash-lee henderson, welcome to democracy now! talk about how you came together and what the movement for black lives platform calls for. >> thank you for having me. havingt over a year conversations with over 60 organizations that reach thousands of people to talk to grassroots committed to organizations about what they're doing to build transformative demands for justice for black people in the u.s. and abroad. and what we spent the last year doing was synthesizing all of that information into a vision for black lives.
we know many people have questions about what the movement for black lives, for black people in the u.s. in particular, in this context want. why we are protesting and why we have been protesting not just since michael brown was murdered, definitely catalyzed in a new and broader conversation, but even before then, from was five years ago when trayvon martin was murdered, people to to the streets in sanford, florida. what we know is there is a need for transformative justice, for demands that actually are not just band-aids on the big issue problems that our communities are facing. we wanted to put together a vision, a visionary platform with transformative demands to not just reform the problem, but transform the way black folks are able to live and thrive in support themselves in our communities. after that year process, we launched the vision for black lives yesterday and are excited about giving communities the tools they need to build a fight and when this transformative demand. juan: the issue of reparations, which is a part of that
platform, that has been debated and discussed now for a few decades. how would you see that being implemented war that discussion occur? >> absolutely it occurred. we spoke to organizations that of an fighting for reparations for decades. we learned a lot through that process. the african-american commission is one example. what we know is for years representative conyers has been fighting for study on a study in the u.s. and what we know is there is a quick transition -- maybe it is not that quick. folks have been fighting for this for decades. it definitely and transition into moving from a study to talking about what reparations would look like. in implementing that work. we think reparations is a call for not just government to do the work that they need to do to rectify harm's to black communities but corporations another complicit institutions that of harm to black people.
that is reflected throughout the many policy demands under our call for reparations in the u.s. amy: i want to turn to a clip of hillary clinton at the iowa brown and black presidential forum earlier this year. grantland contributor rembert browne asked her about reparations. >> do you think 2016 is the year on the federal level we should start studying reparations? >> i think we should start studying what investments when you to make in communities to help individuals and families and communities move forward. and i'm absolutely committed to that. there are some good ideas out there. there is an idea of the congressional black caucus about really targeting federal dollars to communities that have had either disinvestment or no investment and have had years of being below the poverty level. that is the kind of thing i would like us to focus on.
amy: ash-lee henderson, your response to hillary clinton? investmentbelieve is into black communities and divestment from the institutions that harm black communities is important, but we also believe in reparations. there cannot be reconciliation and tilde has been truth and justice. reparations is a call for that. i think it would be important and what we've seen across the country as black people saying we don't want just a commitment to thinking about what might happen, to having conversations about potential ideas, but a call to action. ift would be wonderful is candidates were trying to represent us on the municipal, state, and federal level actually came with concrete ideas of what they would do the first 100 days to implement calls for reparations, to put into place the solutions that communities have been calling for again for decades. we still stand in strong unity in the demand for reparations
for black people in the united states. juan: how do you envision using the platform that has been approved now at the local level as we enter this obviously hotly contested election cycle? >> absolutely. i think one of the important things to think about on a local level is the vision for black lives as a tool. this is, again, a platform that is a list of transformative demands. on the local level come back and look like calling community control for institutions that are supposed to be serving your community. whether that is police or your school board in schools -- any of the institutions that are supposed to be created to serve your community. we also think the demand surround investment into communities and divestment from the systems that harness is definitely a municipal, local demand. whether that looks like divestment from village rise policing and investment in black futures, there are so many ways it can play out.
the way the platform is designed is there is a broader demand around invest, divest, reparations, community control, economic justice, political power, etc., and state, local, and federal demands with concrete policy examples that you can see and take and develop in ways that are useful for your community. we also put in a lot of time doing research about what has already been done and are encouraging people to read it because sometimes, things like body cameras, things like community policing sound really great, but don't actually work in blackhe harm communities. so we put in some level of critique about whether this is playing out in ways that black people locally are supporting. so we definitely want people to use it on the local, state, federal level. amy: ash-lee henderson, thank you for being with us, we will link to our platform at democracynow.org. to theurn right now
release of the new platform coming as black lives matter protest continue nationwide following the police killings of african-americans alton sterling in baton rouge, philando castile in minnesota. on monday, hundreds of activists gathered here in new york city at city hall demanding the defunding of the new york police department, the firing of the new york police commissioner bill bratton, and reparations for victims of police brutality. there.cy now! was >> fayetteville bratton. -- fire bill bratton. for what? fayetteville bratton when it sector leadership of the city agency's nonfeasance. >> summit organizer with millions march nyc and we're here to demand that bill bratton
the immediately fired and broken windows policing ended. that reparations are paid to all victims and survivors of racist police brutality and the nypd be defunded and that money is reinvested into black and brown communities. >> we're here to stop the cops and fun black futures. we sincerely believe a disinvestment and the nypd rather than investing $5.5 billion into a corrupt, racist police institution and investing that money instead into our communities is a way we can achieve freedom for our people. >> i am an organizer with .illions march they're so many ways this money can be used besides the nypd. they could be used for finding a system of mental health first responders, that you have someone to call other than the police when someone is having a mental health episode. this money could be used for building housing in the city. it could be used for jobs -- it
could be used for pretty much anything other than the police, jails, and the prisons. [chanting] 10:00, you0:30 or come large police presence to the park. even though there was a presence already, not as large as it is now. they gave us our first warning. the funny thing is, why they are all out there -- while they are all out there, everyone else went into the park. that was the contingency plan, to come to the part. it is open to the public. as long as we don't violate any of the rules here. for me, i'm an occupier. i know with these demands mean. i feel like i need to be out here with my comrades supporting
us. >> we going to be all right. >> there are things being done that people are not being held accountable. i'm going to occupy for as long as they stay, until our demands -- amy: voices of protest last night outside new york city hall list o. when we come back, a site of you may not have seen anywhere yet as they stand graveieve at their son's in section 60 at clinton national cemetery. stay with us. -- arlington national cemetery. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
amy: this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. juan: in news from the campaign trail, top republicans and veterans groups are criticizing donald trump after he refused to back down from his comments attacking khizr and ghazala khan , the parents of a muslim soldier that died in iraq. on sunday, john mccain, who spent time as a prisoner of war in vietnam, wrote --
house speaker paul ryan and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell also publicly criticized trump. none of the three, however, pulled their endorsement of trump. amy: khizr khan plus some was killed by a car bomb while serving in iraq in 2004. it was posthumously awarded a bronze star and purple heart. trump's attacks against khizr and ghazala khan began when khizr address the dnc thursday night. >> you're asking americans to trust you with their futures. let me ask you, have you even read the united states constitution? [cheers] gladly lend you my copy.
juan: on sunday, trump responded to khizr implying that ghazala was not allowed to respond because you as a muslim woman. mr. trump: i saw him. he was very emotional and probably looked like he was a nice guy the me. his wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. you nothing to say. maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. you tell me. plenty of people have written that. amy: we turn to the side of few have ghazala khan seen. years before they became the target of donald trump's attack, the couple will grant -- were found visiting the grave of their son captain khan in the documentary "section 60." away june 8ssed 2004 in the kubo, iraq.
we moved to the united states 25 years ago and made it our home because of the opportunity and freedom of religion and freedom, for expression. god bless everybody. >> we're all here with a purpose. >> i just miss him a lot, especially every day in the morning, every evening. sorry. amy: those are the khans
remembering their son captain humayun khan who is buried in arlington. that is fun the hbo film "section 60: arlington national cemetery." emmy joined by jon alpert, awards and academy nominee. you spent months at arlington. >> i appreciate the opportunity to share the dignity that we felt when we met the khans. their emotion, but their inclusiveness. when she says her prayers, she says her purse for everyone. they are among the most respected goldstar parents all of the parents who have inrificed their beloved arlington cemetery. i think that is why there's so much shocked that anyone would attack them in the sacrifice of their family and their son. amy: how did you meet them? them come to the
grave of their son. as for makers, pc a moment .appening, you want to rush up but these are private moments. these are emotional moments. we held back. afterwards, introduced ourselves to the khans and said we were making a movie about section 60. section 60 is called the saddest section of america, but also the most honored section. anybody whothat goes to washington go and visit section 60. amy: what is it? >> is where the dead from iraq and afghanistan are buried. in arlington, there's a general policy that you cannot adorn the graves and the starkness of the tombstone speaks of the sacrifice of the people who have died for our country. but the parents and the relatives and the friends of people who have died in section 60 don't obey that rule. you will go there and see moment bears, notes.
you will meet the parents and talk to find people like the khans and you will understand who are really good, strong americans. juan: i think donald trump's latest attack on khans is that mr. khan is a lawyer and counseling more muslims and how they can immigrate into the united states and he was upset by the trump prospect of a trump and a muslims because of that. >> donald trump is very creative with the insults that he comes up with. i think you see the dignity that the khans exude. they had been embracing our decade for more than a in terms of the way in which they tell people about their sacrifice and the sacrifice of all of the families whose kids have died. but it is shocking that he would do something like that. can speak well for
themselves and you can see mrs. khan can be quite eloquent. have cometar families out with a statement. their published a letter s.manding trump apologized for the goldstar families are that have lost sons and daughters in iraq and afghanistan or in war. the rhetoric -- the letter reads -- new question mother's pain by implying her religion on her kept her from addressing a group of people in our arena of people, you're attacking us. the goldstar mother who spearheaded this letter said she would often pass the khans at
the cemetery. "section 60" talks a lot about the price we pay wilma go to war. if people want to see it, they can go to hbo go or hbo now. many families and made sacrifices like the khans. real patriots. i want to thank you, jon, for sharing this video and the khans with us. jon alpert is the co-director of the hbo film "section 60: arlington national cemetery." is an enemy award winner, oscar-nominated film maker. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the u.s. military carried out two airstrikes in libya against isis fighters on monday in the latest escalation of u.s. war against the self-proclaimed islamic state. the strikes took place in the city of sirte. pentagon officials said the campaign would continue until isis has been taken from the city desk driven from the city. amy: libya has been engulfed in
fighting after a u.s.-backed military intervention ousted longtime dictator muammar gaddafi in 2011. the so-called unity government is one of three competing governments that claim legitimacy in libya. joining us from washington phyllis bennis, fellow at the , institute for policy studies. author of "understanding isis and the new global war on terror." welcome back to democracy now! we don't have much time, but can you talk about what has just taken place, the u.s. bombing libya? >> certainly hearing all of the news about the khans and their extraordinary story, we're reminded of the price that is paid in this country for the continuing wars, the global war on terror as george bush used to call it, president obama wants to call it something else but it is the same war. this is a significant escalation. the airstrikes in libya were aimed at the isis forces that remain in the city of sirte. city now of about
80,000 people. we have had no reports of who else might have been injured or killed in the strikes, what is happened to the civilian population. it is as if there is no one there, but the few hundred isis fighters that the u.s. says are there. libya has been in chaos since the u.s.-nato attack, the regime change attack in 2011 that led to the ouster and in the killing of omar qaddafi and the overthrow of his regime. there's been absolutely to chaos. could off the the regime have spread throughout the situations they're much worse. one of the things we're seeing is this kind of attack on territory controlled by isis simply does not destroy isis. you cannot just -- destroy terrorism that way. what it does in some circumstances, it might limit the number of people that remain under isis control, which is by itself a good thing, but you
cannot take that out of the context of what that really means is you are playing a kind of global why come all where you whack-a-mole.shc you take a weather territory and they reemerge attacking people either in brussels or nice or baghdad or kabul or somewhere else. so there are numerous problems with this. one of the key ones is this action was taken without authorization. president obama made the decision a few days ago to authorize these military strikes without any authorization from congress. congress has refused to debate and discuss the possibility of the new authorization. and the obama administration maintains its position that while it would like a new authorization specific to isis, it does not believe it needs one and therefore it continues to ,ely on the 2001 authorization
which called for military force to be used against the forces who had carried out the attacks of september 11. isis, as we know, did not even exist until five years later. to thed no connection attacks of 9/11. so the notion that this authorization now applies in libya where we heard the same story about the rationale for the obama administration to take a bombing in syria, to renew the ,.s. force involvement in iraq in yemen, supporting the saudi thesement -- in all of arenas, the administration continues to rely on an outdated, not appropriate , inorization which does not fact, authorize the escalation that they are now calling for. this is a serious problem. juan: under what authorization does the obama administration even launch these attacks since their our basically three competing governments claiming to be running libya? >> one of the things they are
saying is that this attack was in response to the request of the u.n.-backed government. as you say, there are three competing governments. one of them was essentially created by the united nations they go shooters to try and pull together all of the forces. it has not worked. it is one of three that are competing for legitimacy, competing for military and political power. so the u.s. has gone in on the side of that government. what is interesting is they have not made the claim that there was an immediate threat to the united states or to american citizens. that could be used to justify immediate presidential order. ,hey have not tried to say because that certainly is not the case, there is no threat to the u.s. coming out of the chaos -- john amy: phyllis bennis, in october 2011, then secretary of state hillary clinton was between interviews when she was told that muammar gaddafi have been killed. this was her response.
mrs. clinton. we came. we saw. he died. amy: that was hillary clinton in 2011. your response? was not ar else, this joke. it was not a joke for the thousands of people who have died in libya or a joke for anyone. the situation in libya is far worse now than it was. hillary clinton as secretary of state them was the leading voice urging president obama to participate. this kind of escalation is only going to make the situation worse. there is no military response to terrorism. president obama says that over and over again, it is time we held him accountable to his own words to say there is no military response to my therefore, we should not use military methods against terrorism. it doesn't work. amy: phyllis bennis, thank you for being with us. democracy now! is looking for feedback from people who appreciate the closed captioning. e-mail your comments to email@example.com or mail them to democracy now! p.o. box 693
(music playing) ♪ at fleur we like to serve small plates from around the world, and today i'm serving a salad which is from france. it's a celery salad. look how beautiful it is with a little truffle and the apples. it's definitely an interpretation of the traditional coleslaw from america, and here you can see it's made with celery root. which i think is a very underrated vegetable. it's delicious, it's crisp, and it makes a salad one of a kind. on today's show i will show you how to make this delicious celery root, apple and walnut salad. then it's another favorite from the eastern part of france, an alsatian pork pie that has a wonderful meat filling and uses ready-made puff pastry crust. for dessert i'm making another alsatian classic, a black forest cake, a rich, luscious chocolate cake which is made with whipped cream and dotted with cherries soaked in kirsch.