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>> >> >> ukraine's acting prime minister heading to the white house to meet with president obama - why he says the u.s. is obligated to protect ukraine from russia. >> the mystery surrounding the malaysia airlines jumbo jet enters a fifth day. there's no sign of the aircraft, but plenty of blame over how the search is going. >> c.i.a. personnel removed
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access to documents after providing them to the committee. >> a harsh rebuke from senator dianne fienstein, saying the c.i.a. was spying on employees investigating the agencies. >> fire destroys an apartment complex under construction in san francisco. fire investigators are investigating what caused an entire city block to be consumed by flames. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> ukraine's interim prime minister will meet with president obama at the white house on the agenda discussing solutions to russia's military intervention in crimea. the leaders will discuss support for the new government and its fragile economy. the u.s. offered $1 billion to the u.s., and the european union pledging $15 billion. we have team coverage of the
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benefits -- of the crisis. jennifer glasse is in sevastopol, but phil ittner is in kiev. how do ukranians in kiev view the meeting at the white house today? >> well, they want an awful lot from washington. first and foremost more international recognition. they are looking at economic support. the u.s. pledging $1 billion, they'd like more assistance there because this economy is in absolute dire straits. when it comes to military assistance, they do want help from washington. not guns or planes or tanks, but more intelligence gathering. surveillance, drones, things that will allow them to secure their borders, and also to keep an eye on that border region, which they say, and they have concerns is being destabilized by russia. >> on tuesday, ukraine's acting
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president wrote that ukrainians will not submit to soviet-style bully, and reminds us of a security guarantee from the u.s., russia and the u.k. what is the president referring to? >> that is the 1994 buddha pest agreement. it was signed by u.s. president bill clinton, boris yeltsin and john major, u.k. premier. it was a deal, it is binding still, so that ukraine would give up its nuclear arsenal in return that their territorial integrity would remain intact. at the time it was aimed at allaying fears in moscow. they were afraid that n.a.t.o. would encroach upon its buffer zone, the spheres of influence. now it's being turned around and saying that actually it's russia
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that is - that is a threat to the integrity in territory. >> they are different players on today's stage. still interesting context there, phil. meanwhile, troops on the russia-ukraine border are on high alert. ukrainian authorities arrested a man suspected of being an undercover russian spy. what happened there? >> well, have been hearing for some time here from our sources within the ukrainian intelligence agency that they fear that there vice-president what they call agent prove okay tours and fifth columnists sent from russia to the ukraine. they say that the protests and the violent protests that they have seen out in the east are not a natural occurrence, and actually they are the result of efforts from agents coming from russia. >> this video given to us by ukrainian intelligence authorities is purported to prove russian agents are working
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inside ukraine to so descend and attack the country. it shows a young man arrested with a large supply of money, and bomb making equipment. i.e.d.s. >> at a press conference, the head of the state intelligence service said it's no home-grown theft. >> we arrested today and stopped the works of several groups organised by a sab tur, a citizen of russia with a link to russian security services. >> intelligence sources tell al jazeera this has been going on for months. even before the events on maydan square. and they say they believe it's an organised meticulous plot to provide a pretext for russian intervention. the situation has ukrainian border guards on high alert. they have closed the crossings and turned away thousands of
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suspicious russian nationals, infuriating moscow, who claims the accusations are baseless. >> this is a ukrainian member of the parliament who says the russian agents are defies local authorities, attending civil meetings and making charges that the new government has fascist intentions. >> translation: all that creates discontent and prove okay tours are gathering around groups of dissatisfied people. >> she says those dissatisfied people then take to the streets, leading to violence. >> the problem is the ukrainians say, while they have fought this agitator, the question is how many more are out through, and how many more fires will they start? >> stephanie, clearly the message from the government here in kiev is that all those protests, all that violence certainly out in the east, and also a good deal out in crimea are not actually indigenous,
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it's not a natural occurrence. they say, and reiterate that it is russia who is formenting dissent within their country. >> phil ittner reporting to us from kiev. thank you. let's turn to jennifer glasse in sevastopol, on the black sea coast of crimea. u.s. war ships are in the black sea. the military conducting routine training exercises with naval forces from n.a.t.o. allies, bulgaria and romania. the u.s. said they will not engage russia militarily. >> that's right. and, you know, we have seen this from both sides, the united states saying they are routine exercises, but it gives the united states a chance to show that it has some military might in the area. russia, after the olympics, over a week and a half ago, brought 150,000 troops to what it said were routine exercises on the border. we have seen 18,000 russian
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trips, they have dug in their positions, and as you heard my colleague phil ittner say, the pretext enoughed was aggravation, aagreeings against rush -- engaged with aggravation, against russia and the ukraine. the o. fcd tried for five days, over last week, to send an independent verifying mission, unarmed military observers to check out the situation on the ground, to check out the claims and claims that russian forces were here. we know that russian forces are here in large numbers. they control the border at kerch, on an eastern crimea, and brought thousands of troops across that way. they have taken 11 bases across the country, and blockading the ukrainian navy in its own port. >> the parliament, as you know, declared independence yesterday. that is the parliament in crimea. how is that affecting the
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outlook on this weekend's upcoming referendum in crimea? >> what the parliament decided is if on sunday the people of crimea votes to be part of russia. the first thing they'll do is declare independence. they said at kosovo - that was cited as a precedent. they are trying to head off legal challenges to the independence. once they declare independence, the sovereign state of crimea will petition the russian government to become part of russia, they are trying to make it a two step process saying this is all about self-determination, this is it not as the united states and european allege. this is not a vote happening under the barrel of a gun or an occupation force. the forces out there are self-defence forces and not russian troops, and the new two-step process is the crimean
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authorities way to head off any criticism of the vote and there's annexation by russia to say it wasn't annexation, it was the choice of the people. even though the vote is five days away. notably yesterday the airport was closed to any flights going to and from anywhere but moscow. they want to avoid allowing anyone from kiev, supporters of the kiev government coming in and at the train stations across crime why, we are seeing the self-defence forces checking out anyone coming into crimea and a land border with ukraine. crimean authorities acting like they are an independent state. >> the u.s. said the referendum would be illegal. jennifer glasse reporting from sevastopol in ukraine, thank you. >> tensions bubbling amid an international hunt for the malaysia airlines plane. malaysian authorities are not
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searching hard enough say china. 153 of the 239 on board are chinese nationals. vietnam briefly suspended its operations, hanoi accusing malaysia of providing confusing information over the path of the aircraft. malaysia accused vietnam of prematurely releasing photos of possible debris. it came as families accused all parties of posturing. lisa stark is in washington with more on the story. it has got to be tough for the families. is this investigation closer to finding the plane? >> it remains a puzzle, the shame puzzle we had the day the plane went down. this morning malaysian officials said they are expanding the search area to 27,000 nautical miles, and 13 countries are involved in hunting for the plane, trying to figure out
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where it went down. so far no hint of this jumpo jet. >> the search for malaysian flight 370 entered its fifth day. the mystery heightens and so, too, the confusion of pinpointing the lotion. >> it's the largest search. >> the hunt has done a u-turn. search and rescue ships mimicking the original rout have turned their attention to the malaka strait after a malaysian air force chief was quoted as saying signals were picked up over an island. today he denied the remarks saying it's a possibility. that's bringing little comfort to loved ones cat the kuala lumpur air -- at the kuala lumpur airport where a board of messages and prayers is on display.
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>> everyone needs to be strong and hope for the best. there's no clues at this point. >> without any clues as to where or why the plane disappeared, renewed focus turned to the jets transponders which stopped broadcasting location, speed and altitude 40 minutes into the flight. >> who had the ability to turn off of the transponder? i don't know. how can they be masked technological technologically? >> they could have been shut off deliberately or as a result of an electrical event taking out the system. a captain says it's unlikely. >> there 10 generators on the 777. you'd have to lose all 10 generators before the electrical system would take out the transponders. >> links between the two men travelling with stolen passports and the hijacking has been ruled out. interpol released photos and said the two iranian men with no
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criminal records left their country legally. as for what happened to the plane - all options are on the table, including terrorist. . >> we are looking at it very carefully. this is clearly still is a myste mystery, which is disturbing. >> there's one other thing we have to mention that is being talked about. possible pilot suicide. it sounds astonishing. it happened before with a silk air flight in 1987 and egypt air flight in 1989. in both cases investigators determined that one of the pilots in the cockpit intentionally brought that plane down, committing suicide, bringing everyone on board with him. both of those planes going down over water. stephanie, again, it's strange, but we have to keep all options open at this point since we have no idea what happened to this jet. >> it's a chilling scenario to think about. but as it pertains to the investigation, a lot of blame is being thrown around at this point, five days in.
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does this raise the pressure on the malaysian led investigation? >> absolutely. they were feeling enormous pressure. with all the conflicting information - did the plane turn back, did it not, they have to take a hard look at where the search should take place. folks out there are getting very frustrated. we understand why they expanded the search area, because they have no idea where the plane it. but they must be feeling enormous pressure. lisa stark with that report. >> the c.i.a. is facing harsh criticism. the head of the senate committee is accusing the agency of searching senate computers and intimidating members of the panel into c.i.a. investigation practices. the c.i.a. director fired back, denying the charges.
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>> good morning. >> taking to the senate floor, dianne fienstein. the democratic chairman of the senate committee, going public with an explosive allegation - the c.i.a. was spying on her panel's investigation of the c.i.a. itself. >> after a series of meetings, i learnt that on two occasions c.i.a. personnel electronically removed committee access to c.i.a. documents. after providing them to the committee. >> the subject of her panel's 5-year inquiry the bush era rendition and interrogation program. dianne fienstein says the c.i.a. turned over a review of that program only to remove and search through the documents on committee computers for possible material they were not authorised to get. >> what was unique and interesting about the internal documents was not their classification level, but rather their analysis and acknowledgment of significant
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c.i.a. wrongdoing. >> in 2002, the program, which included water boarding, began in secret. four years later it was divulged publicly. after an inquiry the senate intelligence panel began an investigation in 2009. it was in 2010, dianne fienstein says, that documents were removed from the files, and two months ago the c.i.a. director informed her of the document's search. appearing at a forum previously scheduled c.i.a. director brennan issued a denial. >> nothing could be further from the truth. we wouldn't do that. it's beyond the scope of reason. brennan cautioned the full story has not been told. >> when the facts come out, people claiming there has been tremendous spying and hacking will be proved wrong. >> at stake, the basic right of the congress to vet the
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executive branch. >> when the executive branch does something to intimidate, chill, interfere with oversight by withholding information, that really is the executive branch stepping on the congress's constitutional sphere of authority. that is a problem. >> the request for an investigation comes after senator in colorado wrote a letter to president obama in which he said the c.i.a. had tape unprecedented action against the senate committee review of the c.i.a. >> a pair of ice jams on the big horn river have one wyoming town prepared for flooding on a massive scale. the drone aircraft captured a view of the big horn riverbed flocked with ice from shore to shore. residents have been working with volunteers to create a barricade
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of sandbags around the town. >> from a blizzard warning to advisories we have everything. let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell. >> it's part of the same system contributing to the ice jam and moved across the country, causing other problems. as we get out this morning you can see places like parts of the illinois, seeing a lot of snow. it's been interesting. this is arlington heights illinois, and we went from thunder storms, and heavy rain yesterday, and into the overnight, then switching over to the light snow that you see here. temperatures are in the low 30s. it's windy out there. that's bringing the wind chills around 20. as we get out, that's the broad system. and rain down to the southern states in through the south-east. the northern side is causing problems. you can see the rain switch to a snow line. that is also cold air coming in across the region. as this moves across the region today into the north-east, by
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the time is gets into new england, they could see two feet of snow. you add in the snow and high winds, and there's a couple of areas. darker pink is a little hard to see, that are under blizzard warnings because you can get the restricted visibility. a lot going on with it. it moves through the country over today, possibility still light snow into tomorrow, but the brunt of it is today. we keep the winds behind all of this. in the backside of the system a dramatic pressure change your. not only the cold air coming in, but it will be a windchill below zero. >> nicole mitchell, thank you. >> it took months to build, a matter of minutes to destroy. the $200 million construction project called a total loss. plus, running hog wild and the big easy - how wild bigs are making new orleanians susceptible to a kata trophic huro cane. >> it hasn't been approved, but
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the experimental drug and a family's battle to break the rules.
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>> flames shooting high into the sky over san francisco as firefighters battled a fire at an apartment complex under construction. we'll have details on the fire in a moment. first a look at what temperatures we'll see across the nation. nicole mitchell is back. >> good morning, the warm-up the last couple of days when people have been trying to give me credit for it, i don't want it. you can see this. 40s ahead of the system, 20s behind it. with the wind some of these wind chills are in the single digits and will get lower. here is what happened. counterclockwise flow around the front, and that means in this case that air from the north funnelling in cold air, and a lot of it. some places will drop 30 or 40 degrees. ahead of it in the 60, and 70s. watch out for 30s and 20s behind
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that. >> 30 miles per hour made it difficult for firefighters in san francisco battling a fire, engolfing a $200 million complex under construction in the mission bay neighbour hood. the fire is mostly upped control. nearby resened that had to -- residents that this to be evacuated are not allowed back in that homes. >> we heard someone yell, "run." >> you could here the flames in mission bay from hundreds of miles away. >> it happened quickly. >> flames sparked tuesday evening, escalating in a building understand construction. no workers were inside. some nearby residents were getting home from work. many were quickly evacuated. >> i got home, my partner was screaming saying, "look across the street." i panicked. they got bigger.
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my heard was pounding. >> using surround and drown, more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze. at one point part of the building collapsed. it took hours to contain the fire and save the rest of the neighbourhood with several new complexes in place. this 220 million condominium was slated to open in may. firefighters are calling the building a loss. as for the efforts to keep the flames from spreading, the fire chief called it a great save. no residents from hurt, but a firefighter suffered burns to his face and hand. the arson team will be on hand, they have to wait until things cool down before going inside. >> the american red cross provided hotel rooms for at least 30 people who were
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evacuated. >> florida republican david jolly won in a tampa area. more than $11 million was spend on this battle seen as a referendum on obamacare. both sides called in nationally known figures for help. bill clinton campaigned for ryan. jolly campaigned on a platform including repealing obamacare. republicans held the seats for decades. it was no guarantee. voters went for obamacare in the 2008 and 2012 presidential election. >> in business news general motors could face charges over the national recall. guilt m is being investigated -- gm is being investigated and hearings held on the timing of a recall for a dangerous ignition problem linked to 13 deaths. >> tesla hits a roadblock in new jersey. the guard state is banning
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selling of the electric cars to customers. this forces tesla to use dealerships like other auto makers. the rule goes into effect april 1st z. >> on wall street stocks point to losses. investors are on edge about ongoing concerns about china's economy and ukraine's crisis. here is where we stand: one economists said investors should be aware of credit problems in china. >> chinese debt has essentially doubled as a percent of g.d.p. in the last seven years, from 127% much g.d.p. to 220% of
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g.d.p. no country has seen that rise in debt without running into some difficulty. >> concerns about a slowdown in china dragging down stocks in europe this morning. >> orthodox jews fuming over a decision by the ken es et. what they are being forced to do for the first time in history in israel. >> more than a month of protests. the latest move by venezuela's president to squash an anti-government uprising. >> in sport, the dolphins home their latest trade will turn the trade for the franchise and players in the bullying campaign that rocked the n.f.l.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy.
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these are the top stories - a high level show of support for the ukrainian government. president obama prepares to meet the acting prime minister at the white house, the two to discuss solutions ending military solutions in crimea and support by the u.s. >> the malaysia airlineses jet and 234 on board has been misses for fives days. china says the investigation is moving too slowly. vietnam suspended its search saying malaysia is supplying misinformation. the search has been expanded to 27,000. >> a chill between c.i.a. and dianne fienstein, who said the c.i.a. spied on senate staff and may have violated the constitution, a charge the c oo. a director is denying. >> a bill in israel allowing them to draft ult ray orthodox jews for the first time in
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history. why did this bill face fierce opposition from some israelis? >> well it faced opposition, because this is a dramatic shift in tradition that has been put in place since israel was formed in 1938. keep in find that the first prime minister of israel, when he put in practice into place of allowing the ultra orthodox jew or haradeem to be deferred from enlisting or subscripting into the military it applied to a few thousand. over the decades the number of ultimata orthodox jews have grown to tens of thousands, who have not served. this is now a change your to make it law that they must be part of the group that will enlift into the military is a dramatic or radical shift in culture. it's a practice that's been in
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place for decades, that is now no longer. >> it's important to note that it's compulsory military service, so for his raily lawmakers, was it a matter of everyone doing their part, or was there something deeper behind the vote. >> you hear the phrase the sharing of the burden, it doesn't apply to sharing in the military. there's a financial burden that has been put in place over the decades for his raily taxpayers. you have to keep in mind that this applies to tens of thousands who have deferred service so they could study in the yesh eeba universities. there was a financial burden involved. this has cost israel millions, not just for the study, but the social allowances. the community has large families, the social allowances apply not just to the students, but their families.
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this was a significant financial coast that the public was tired of having to pay. when you hear the sharing of the burden, there's wanting to be less of a financial toll on greater israel. >> how are the ultra orthodox jews expected to respond to the new law, now that it's passed? >> well, of course, you saw the enormous protest in trying to prevent the law going through. here in the streets of jerusalem, there's more than half a million that came out. in manchester, in wall street area, you know, tens of thousands, possibly 50,000. right now this is a painful emotional day, the fact that this law has been passed. what will happen, we are told by our sources, is that the raby will meet. they'll discuss it and see what the next steps are. what they were told, they do not want the young men in the committee is sort of.
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it was an isolated community that does not even watch tv. the feeling is if the men were called to serve, they'd come back tainted. that's the real fear. they say they'll offer passive resistance, meaning they will not go, they face stiff fines or gaol time. >> thank you from jerusalem. >> british prime minister david cameron is in israel. it's his first trip since taking office four years ago. he'll address israel's parliament and held talks with counterpart binyamin netanyahu. he'll use the visit to show support with u.s. efforts to restart negotiations. tomorrow he'll meet mahmoud abbas. >> the death of a teenager renewed protests in turkey. >> police in istanbul fired tear gas to disperse 2,000 demonstrators. the protest began after a teenage boy passed away at a
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hospital. the 14-year-old was critically insured. the boy was in a coma for nine months. two students died in anti-government protests in venezuela, bringing the death toll to 22. president nicolas maduro sent the national guard to san cristobal, where the demons demonstrations began. as paul beban reports, protests have been going on more months, and conditions are growing deeper. >> we are in san cristobal, it has been a flash point for the last five or six weeks. in is where it started, over a sexual assault on a university campus. is it became nation wise about shortages, crime, the right to protest. and now what this has become is a constant battle ground. the street they were on is a residential neighbourhood. there's apartment buildings, low
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rise buildings and hotels. now it's barricaded on both ends. earlier hen we arrived it was a running street battle. there were troop carriers smashing through the barricades. the troops came down the streets in a riot line. pushing protesters back. clouds of tear gas filled the street. once that dust cleared after a couple of hours, the barricades were rebuilt. people regrouped. young people spent the afternoon like they were playing checkers. but they were making molotov cocktails, sitting on a street corner, as cheerful as they could be, putting together empty beer bottles with gasoline, getting ready for potentially another confrontation tonight. there's a strange atmosphere of deadly serious business - people have been killed, almost more than two dozens - and yet we see
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people serving coffee to people on the barricades. families with children are walking up and down the streets. people with groceries making their way through the barricades. people trying to get on with life as normal, but no end to the crisis. >> paul beban reporting from san cristobal, venezuela. >> a player involved in the bullying scandal has a new taxi. jessica taff is here with more. >> we knew this was going to happen. jonathan martin getting a fresh start, something he needed, and the dolphins get to turn the page that they needed to do. it's the latest to come from the tumultuous relationship involving martin and his team-mate ricky incognito ending with two dolphin staff fired and ricky incognito suspended following a 3-month investigation. the dolphins waited no time letting martin re-un item with former college coach who coachers the 49ers.
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san francisco will give miami a 7th-round draft pick. jonathan martin tweeted: >> other moves. the patriots getting taleeb. a six year, $57 million deal with the denver broncos. dallas cowboys released marcus deware saving against the salary cap and chicago released defensiveman g julien peppers. >> for the dallas stars, preparing for the st. louis blues there may have been more therapy than game planning. rich beverley collapsed needing life-saving medical treatment. dallas back on the ice. the stars did their best. jamie ben was getting it done on
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both ends of the aisle. they snuck that through. breaking a 1-1 tie. the blues headed to overtime. this time it is ben keeping it, getting on the receiving end, gets the puck in there. burying the stars. winning 3-2 in are a game meaning more than the score. >> i told them that, you know, you can look for a reason to lose, or you can find a way to win. i said we need to find a way to win, and win it for a couple of team-mat team-mates. >> last night was a scary situation. today was a new day. we spoke about rich back home. i thought we did a great job getting ready for the game. >> as for beverley, he tweeted his team-mates that he was okay. no timetable so far as to when it or star center will be on the ice. >> >> there's a reason why they called march madness. it's anyone's game.
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ask milwaukee, picked to finish last. at 50 going into the conference tournament, the panthers had three players. against the best defense, they won 69-63. milwaukee headed for the big dance since 2006. north dakota state punched its ticket to the tournament with a win over ipfw. >> through wright and lebron james late to seal the deal. this will be the second trip to the dance, the first in 2009. punching tickets to the dance gatzager and mt st. mairies, and a shout out to the women of the south dakota, beating denver to win the southern conference league, the first trip. >> i like to see the underer dog in there. >> exactly, it makes it fun. >> the head of the united methodist church in new york is
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calling for an end to church trials for minister that perform same-sex marriages. john terrett reports that it puts the bishop at a center of a battle dividing the methodist faith. >> this bishop is not used to being in the spotlight, but is prepared for whatever god sends his way, pledging to end trials for priests performing same-sex marriages under his jurisdiction. >> for some individuals, going to a trial is the way to go. go to a trial, get punishment, garner retribution. i think as christian believe, you knighted methodist looking through a lens of grace, finding mediation, that would be the better way to go. >> a methodist minister faced a church trial after officiating the wedding of his gay son.
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bishop mc-clea agreed to drop charges as long the the bishop on trial has a dialogue. >> i would advocate having a spiritual conversation, moving norwood in a way that is helpful. >> some talk of a looming national schism, a damaging split between modernist and traditional supporters between church teaching of same-sex marriage. >> this reverend responded with this: bishop mart im says schism is not a journey his church needs to take. >> if we find ways to grow,
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we'll be following christ and the notion being of martin king called the loving community. >> it sparked a negative reaction, bishop mc-cleve is hoping his move will pave the way for dialogue on same-sex marriage, not division. >> since 2012 about 1500 united methodist ministers have pledged to officialiate same-sex weddings. >> a burglary at the largest church run by tele-evangelist stolen from lake wood church in houston. $600,000 was taken from a safe. they were donations collected from the past weekend service. >> shocked. you can't believe that people would do that, especially at a church. >> members about the possibility of identity theft - they sent out an email urging them to
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check bank accounts for suspicious activity. >> wearable technology that can boost your workout. we show you some of the hottest exercise apps. >> they can tear up half a mile and it takes us a week to fix it. >> feral hogs running wild in louisia louisiana. what the state is doing to deal with the invaders.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. straight ahead hogs running wild, causing big problems in dozens of states. first, let's get a look at the forecast. meteorologist nicole mitchell is back. >> we know about the storm system moving across the country causing problems in the west, the midwest and now towards the east coast. looking at a couple of areas of this. heading south, heavy rain like
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south caroliner, it's moving offshore, but a wet go in some portions of the south-east. you'd probably prefer this side of it as we get to the north. closer to the northern edge is where we have the core of the higher winds, some gusting in the 20-30 miles per hour, and now banding the snow. the combination of those things is reducing visibility below a mile. that means it will be hard to get out the door not just because you're dealing with the snow, but it's difficult to see. all moving to the east coast. there's enough of a temperature divide. textures are dropping 30 or 40 degrees within, like, a 12 hour period in some cases. when you have the clash of the air mass, it can be a risk for severe weather. you can see in the mid-atlantic where we highlighted in red, that's where we see some stronger thunder storms. watch for areas of hail and high winds could be the dom.
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more in a few minutes. >> brand new levies, designed to protect new orleans from flooding are being threatened. wild hogs are rooting at farmland, marsh land and the ground - there's a push to relax the rules about hunting the hogs. >> in the heart of cajun country, there's forest and farms as far as you can see. >> you start to see hog tracks and stuff. in the hog tracks, i can't believe it. right here. >> mike learnt the tracks meant trouble. he put out cameras to see what they were up against. >> here is the damage that the hogs do. they come up at the levies and plough it up, digging for food. >> for a decade feral hogs have been rooting up the farm land around the property. in 37 other states they number about 10 million nationwide. economically they are devastating to a farmer or someone who is gardening.
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they'll tear up shrubs and subdivisions. >> experts say they'll ate anything and reproduce at alarming rates, bearing three litters a year of 12 each time. >> looks like they cut into the roots. this is all, you know, fresh organic material. >> they are rooting up new orleanians $15 billion flood direction levy system. >> if you have a heard of 10-15 of these guys, they can tear uch half a mile, and it takes us a week to fix it. sensing opportunity mike started a business hunting the hogs. it won't solve the problem. the problem is there's no method to eradicate the fogs on mass. most say you cannot shoot your way out of the problem. it has researchers looking for a broader solution. it's salt that is a preservative to pork products.
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we are taking that product and we are experimentally feeding it to feral swine, and it's a lethal product and they get a certain dose and they ooum anly, you know -- humanely, you know, die. >> the swine are smart and avoid the poison. >> if you take the population down to 50%, you set up a situation where there's more food and space for those that are still alive, and the way mother nature is they'll reproduced, trying to fill the space. >> the feral hog problem has the attention of the u.s. department of agriculture. unlike the pig population, their program is in its infancy. >> a louisana department of wildlife and fisheries says there's 5,000 wild hog. >> a virginia battle has won a
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battle to use a drug currently in clinical trials to save their son. after days of pleading, north carolina based drug maker said josh will be approved for a clinical trial. the hospital says it expects to receive the medication within 48 hours. >> cancer will soon overtake heart disease as the number one killer, according to a new report from the american society of clinical oncology. the study says it will happen in 16 years. the rise is attributed to an increasing pop u lags. >> wearable technology, wristbands, watches, gloves, glasses - they can help you keep track of almost everything. we cover start-ups and technology and from "beside insider" chantelle joins you. we are seeing more and more people with the wristbands and watches. they are more than a fashion statement.
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what are they, for those of us that don't use them? >> a lot of time they are watches, helping you keep track of how much you have moved. >> through the most part they are exercise devices. >> yes, for the most part. there are some that do fitness and notifications. for the most part they are fitness minded. they track how many steps you take, miles lost, calories burnt. >> these devices are popular. you see tonnes of people with little band around their wrist. >> shaquille o'neal is a fan of the fit bit. and he feels he hasn't done his job if he doesn't walk 10,000 steps, and he is $3.3 billion, raising $3 million. >> melissa mayer is on the board and gave every employee one as a gift. in addition to making it, it's a
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wristband tracking all the things we talk about and makes things like speakers. it's a cool hardware company. >> what are issues that users experienced with the devices. are there dangers to them? >> it's not like a cell phone, so it doesn't give off radiation. there are some physical ramifications. anything you wear all the time, rashes break out. there was a program that was recalled because rashes were more prone. for the most part, there doesn't seem to be any harm. >> will we see sophisticated devices that we see in a similar vain? >> it's a hot space, there's tonnes of competition. there's others on the market. samsung is releasing something next month. i think you'll see them get smaller, cooler looking.
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>> expensive? >> they range from $60 do there 150. you can find a spectrum, and there's free apps helping you as well. >> the whole idea is to keep track of your diet and steps and how that might lead to a healthier lifestyle. that seems to work for a lot of people. >> it does, it motivates them. if you are someone that needs the push, wearing one of these things will make you feel guilty, but better when you are up and moving. >> i know people that walk more during the day because of it. >> do you wear one of these? >> i do. >> alison chantelle reporter for "business insider", thank you. >> del walters is here with a look at what it ahead. >> one, two, three... >> walk up there, i need you up there. >> at the end of the first hour here is what we are following - ukraine's acting prime minister will meet with president obama at the white house. the visit following a "new york
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times" op-ed where the acting present says u.s. and n.a.t.o. allies are obligated to protect ukraine from russia. frustration is growing for the family and friends of passengers of the malaysia airlines plane. day five and no sign of the aircraft tore the 239 on board. >> a blistering report from dianne fienstein, saying the c.i.a. searched computers of senate employees tasked with investigating the agency itself. >> a struggle to bring education to thousands of refugees in africa. celebrating 25 years of the worldwide web, with a look at technology used to give more people access to the internet. >> i'm meteorologist nicole mitchell - we have a potent storm system moving across the country, sending everything from temperature crashing, snow falling and a risk for severe weather. we'll have that international forecast, but first a look at
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the detroit airport. another place to deal with the snow and restricted visibilities through the day. >> al jazeera america continues. dell and i are back with you in 2.5 minutes. i'm stephanie sy in new york. have a great morning.
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>> good morning, welcome to aljazeera america. >> finding a solution to russia's military intervention in crimea, the two sides going to discuss support for ukraine's new government and that fragile economy. >> there are strong words from the company's acting president, saying ukraine will not submit to soviet style bullying. >> he said nuclear weapons were given up in exchange for their pledge to respect sovereignty and territorial integrity. they warn if the agreement is violated, it could lead to nuclear proliferation throughout the world. what is expected at the meeting
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at the white house? >> they want a lot of things from that meeting. tim boalically in an attempt to get more legitimacy and recognition on the national stage but in terms of tangible help, they want assistance on first the economic front, of course washington already promising $1 billion, but they want more assistance because the economy here is in real dire straits, they want some military assistance, not tanks or planes, bombs, they want intelligence gathering assistance. they are deeply concerned by russia destabilizing things and want to secure their borders. >> troops on the russia ukraine border on high alert. they've arrested a man suspected of being an undercover russian spy. what happened? >> they released a video that for the first time they say
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shows proof that there are russian agitators, provocateurs destabilizing the situation. they say this shows a young russian national with ties to the russian intelligence service and he had on him an awful lot of money, that he had on with him bomb making equipment to make i.e.d.'s in effect. now they say that this is just one of what could be a large number of agents inside ukraine's territory that are meant to foment the situation. they say this is baseless and the russian government best look into claims that there were false flag units within kiev, namely snipers that were trying
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to destabilize the situation and draw attention to the fact that there were these communists, russian agitators on the ground here, but basically, dell, again, what they're saying here in kiev is that russia is behind most of the troubles in this country. >> aljazeera's phil ittner joining us live from kiev, thank you very much. >> let's turn to jennifer glass on the black sea coast. the military saying it's conducting routine exercises. yet the adjustment has said they will not engage russia militarily. >> that's right, stephanie, these are as they say routine military exercises, a chance to remind russia that it does have nato allies in the region. in addition to the naval exercises, nato is flying new surveillance flights this week over poland and romania, onen on
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you crane's northern border. ukraine is not a nato ally so there's not much nato can do here. ukraine does look toward that 1994 agreement it signed when it gave up its nuclear weapons saying that the united states is obligated to protect its territorial sovereignty, but very much here, we've got russia as a fact on the ground. it has brought in more than 15,000 troops in addition to the black see fleet here has sealed off crimea's borders, so this peninsula, nobody can come inar out without any of russia's say-so or any of the pro russian crimean authority's say-so here. the borderline, russia cut off the borderline with ukraine, very, very heavily monitored and controlled here. you a crane's president saying their forces couldn't engage
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russia if they wanted to. most troops won't have any combat experience, because it's been peaceful here for the last 22 years here, since independence. >> crimea's parliament took another vote yesterday. what do the votes have today with each other? >> we have this referendum on sunday where crimeans will decide whether they want greater autonomy or become part of russia. ukrainian parliament said if crimeans decide they want to become part of russia, it will become an independent arch state and cite kosovo as a legal precedent. after it becomes independent, only then will it ask to become partly of russia, trying to head off any international legal challenges to the vote. already the united states and european union have criticized the vote as illegal, happening
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under the barrel of a gun, under occupation. it was to enhance the rights of crimeans small minority here, tartars, saying it's a p.r. exercise by the crimean parliament and they will boycott that vote. >> jennifer, thank you. >> stay with aljazeera for continuing coverage of the cries in ukraine. in 10 minutes we'll look at what's in stake for today's new government in today's white house meeting. >> the malaysia airlines jet has been missing for five days. the search radius has been expanded to an area slightly larger than west virginia. are they any closer to finding the plane? >> they do not appear to be. they have expanded the search area, expanded the number of countries now here to help. 13 countries in all looking for
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this missing aircraft. they're going back to experts including the ntsb and bowing exspirits in malaysia to help. they're going to look at all the radar data to try to see if they have a better idea where this plane may truly have been lost, gone down. right now, there is no hint, no sign of this missing jumbo jet. >> the search for malaysia flight 370 entered its fifth day and as the mystery of what caused the jet to dispour heightened, so does the confusion in trying to pinpoint its location. >> it's probably one of the largest search and rescue operations. >> the international hunt for the flight has done a you turn, search and rescue shifts and aircraft mimicking the plane's original route over the gulf of thailand and south china sea have turned their attention to the strait, saying signals from the jet were picked up from the
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island. today, he denied those remarks, saying it was just a possibility, but that is bringing little comfort for loved ones back at the kuala lampur international airport where a board of messages and prayers for the 239 missing is on display. >> i think we need to be strong and hope for the best. >> without any clues as to where or why the plane disappeared, renewed focus turned to the jet's transponders which stopped broadcasting it's location, speed and altitude 40 minutes into the flight. >> who had the ability to turn off the transponder? how can one's actions be masked in terms of technology on the aircraft? >> it could have been turned off intentionally or from a cat traffic event. one captain said that is very unlikely. >> there are 10 generators on the triple seven.
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you would have to loose all 17 generators before the electrical system would take out the transponders. >> any link between the two men traveling with stolen passports has been ruled out. interpol released their photos and said the two iranian men with no criminal record left their country legally. as for what happened to the plane, all options remain on the table, including terrorism. >> we are looking at it very carefully. clearly this is still a mystery which i guess very disturbing. >> one other option that we have to mention is possible pilot suicide. it has happened before, with a silk airplane in 1987, an egypt air plate in 1999. in both those cases, investigators determined one of the members of the cockpit crew deliberately took that he is planes down into the water. we don't know that's what happened here but it has to be on the table along with every other option we've been looking
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at. >> in the vacuum of this investigation, blame being thrown around. is that increasing the pressure on the malaysian investigation? >> absolutely. they've had enormous pressure since day one. getting into day five without finding this jet, it's only worse. in fact, the defense minister was quoted saying this morning, i give you my assurance we will not reduce the tempo or spare any effort so find this missing plane. the search goes on. >> lisa, thank you very much. >> the death of a teenager renews violence between police and protestors in turkey. police in istanbul fired tear gas to busy percent 2,000 demonstrators. a teenage boy passed away at a hospital tuesday. the 14-year-old was critically injured during anti-government pro tests last summer and had been in a coma. his death is the eighth linked
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to the protests in istanbul. >> a pair of ice jams on the big horn river have one town preparing for flooding. home land security used a drone to capture video of the river, which is blocked from shore to shore. national guard troops filling sandbags to create a barricade around the crowd. >> a storm system is bringing high winds, heavy snow and blizzard warnings to parts of the country. >> not what we wanted to hear. nicole mitchell has the details. >> it's going to be a case of weather whiplash. the same system we're walking now contributed to the ice jam in the west. as it moved through, not only did it bring more snow and rain, but brought temperatures that melted some of that snow and ice and caused it owl to funnel like it's been doing. moving through the midwest, rain all all the way down through
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south carolina into the northern tier that is giving us more problems, a lot of places, we had rain and sometimes rain with thunderstorms, then switched to snow, high wind associated with this, too, where you're getting the snow, it's probably difficult to see because visibilities are below one mile. then, that contrast of cold and warm air, enough dynamics that we could even have strong storms, damaging wind the biggest threat, can't rule out hail or isolated tornadoes, so a lot going on with this system. the snowie side of this, some parts of northern new england could get up to two feet of snow and enough now around the great lakes with those winds i was talking about. we even have a couple of places under blizzard warnings, possibility for sustained lower visibility making it treacherous. through the course of the day, the snowy side could linger into tomorrow with light snow but most of this clears today, brings in significant colder air
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about it, because all that air is going to funnel from the north, wind gusts over 30 miles per hour. i'll talk more about those temperatures in just a couple minutes, back to you. >> florida republican david jolly has beaten democratic alec in a special election. they went head-to-head to fill the tampa area house seat of the late congressman bill young. more than $11 billion was spent on this battle. seen as a referendum on the affordable care act, both sides called in nationally known figures for help. jolly campaigned on a platform includes repeeling obamacare, so a lot of people talking about this this morning. good morning, this is a district that voted for president obama in 2008 and 2012. how close was this vote? >> good morning, stephanie. if both parties were looking for decisive numbers as kind of a litmus test for the mid term
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elections, they did not get them. jolly won by two percentage points. jolly, the republican campaigned heavily on the affordable care act. he wanted to repeal it. he had fantastic name recognition. she was the democratic candidate for governor and as of january, she was actually considered the favorite, but obviously she did not win, and many people here are wondering if the obamacare issue was what ultimately doomed her campaign. >> the debate over obamacare certainly is central to this race. jolly addressed the matter during his acceptance speech. >> i'm a member of congress who knows that at times there's a safety net that only government can provide. we know that's true. we can fight for core constitutional principles that so many of us hold dear, but there's an aspect of community service to this job that we should expect and require of our members of congress.
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>> so, natasha, how much of a role did obamacare play in this campaign? >> it became a huge role. in fact, if you looked at ad's, people were complaining, saying they were pummeled by campaign ads on both sides, but a common theme was obamacare and jolly had a lot of funding, millions, estimated about $5 million total to campaign. his common theme was repeeling obamacare, campaigning on keeps it in place with modifications. people in the clearwater-st. petersburg area were feeling under siege by campaign ads. those ads will begin anew in a few months. there will be another election in november. it is unclear if synch is planning on running again. >> natasha, thank you.
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really raises the question of how much national interest plays into these local elections these days. >> trying to find out what the mid terms are going to look like. >> ukrainian's prime minister will be meeting with president obama, why the meeting may come down to money. >> i have grave concerns. >> the head of the senate intelligence committee accusing the c.i.a. of spying on the committee. we'll talk to a former c.i.a. operative about accusations and ramifications. >> 4,200,000 is our big number of the day. >> what it means for health care when we come right back. >> taking a live look now at the snow covered roads in detroit this wednesday morning in mid march.
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>> 943,000 people signing up for obamacare in february was down from 1.1 million who signed up in january. >> that was before he did the zack galifinakis show. nearly 15% of the population remains uninsured. >> welcome back. >> let's get a look at temperatures across the nation today. nicole mitchell is back. >> it is not pretty. i feel a little jumpy with this forecast. we went from extreme warm to the bottom falling out. strong pressure system cranks the winds. we have cold air if you know he will go in from canada bringing 43 temperature drop. where you're warm on the front side, it's about to shift and funnel in cold air. thirty's and 20's ahead of it, 60's and 70's, washington, d.c., from about 70 degrees today by
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tomorrow morning into the 20's, as to that's a 50-degree drop. that is not comfortable. back to you. >> that is not nice be either. >> ukraine's prime minister meeting with president obama today, expected to discuss on going tensions with russia. lisa stark in washington, welcome back. what if anything should we expect to come out of this meeting? >> this meeting between president obama and the acting prime minister is expected to have all the pomp and circumstance that you might expect perhaps with a head of state visit. the two men will meet in the oval office, vice president biden cut short a trip to latin america to be there with them. the prime minister will meet with secretary of state kerry later in the day. they will hold to press conference. this is a big showing by the u.s. just how much they support
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this fledgling into interim government. the white house spokesman said it shows we have strange support for the legitimacy of the new government. they'll be talking money among other things, ukraine needing economic help if it's going to continue to thrive. >> lisa stark for us from washington, d.c. this morning, thank you very much. >> at the very top of the agenda for today's white house meeting, russia's military intervention in crimea and ukraine security and economic challenges, we are joined this morning, sir, thanks so much for being with us. hoe important do you view this meeting between the ukrainian interim leader and president obama? >> this is a very important meeting for the ukrainian prime minister and president obama. they're going to discuss the security cries going on in the ukraine, the first part being the russian occupation. also the prime minister's
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concerns that russia may escalate and we may see russian troops in other parts of the area, as well. >> does it perhaps make him dig his heels in more? >> i think this meeting will send a message to vladimir putin that the united states supports the interim government in ukraine, the one that was legitimately elected by the parliament of ukraine. i think we're going to see from this meeting that president obama is going to condemn the occupation of crimea and that the united states is going to declare the referendum taking place sunday illegitimate and that we will not recognize its results. >> you wrote recently a piece that said unfortunately obama's response has been disappointing. he fails to provide the effort necessary to resolve this pivotal cries. this was about six days ago that you wrote this. what do you advocate the
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president do? >> i think that we've seen that president putin that made this a personal priority for him, calling last minute military exercises in the baltics and areas which border nato and personally attended these military exercises in st. petersburg. president obama should call for a meeting of his nato allies in warsaw and visit the region and show that this is also a priority for the united states and that we take this seriously. >> you would like to see more nato action despite the fact ukraine is not a nato member. is nato's hands tied in this situation? >> i don't think so. i think nato has options. they decided that they were going to deploy the nato awaks, unmanned planes. i think the crisis that has come about because of putin's use of military force is a european crisis, not ukrainian, and
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that's why we need an important nato role in this. >> in an editorial written by ukraine's acting president, brings up the issue of ukraine surrounding its nuclear weapons after of the post soviet break up in exchange for security guarantees from the u.s., russia and britain to respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity. he said that the violation of this agreement by russia may lead to nuclear proliferation. do you think the stakes are really that lie here? >> i totally agree with what the president of ukraine said. i think that russia not only violated international law using military force to seize the territory of one of its neighbors, also violated this very recent and direct treaty it signed with ukraine to guarantee its security. it sends a very negative and bad message when we're talking with other states about proliferation
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and it will make it harder for them to give up nuclear proliferation for the future. >> thanks for your insights this morning. >> a powerful c.i.a., the senator calling out the c.i.a., saying that it speed on them. >> a lot of people talking about feinstein's speech, says the committee was targeted by america's intelligence agency. >> the potential effort to intimidate this staff. >> a former c.i.a. operative reacts to the accusations of senate spying and the c.i.a.'s response. >> violence forcing 700,000 people from the central african republic to plea. scalls created to make sure the refugees have some place to call school. >> we've heard about two sport athletes before but probably not like this. we'll tell you about a former nfl player, now with some of nascar's best.
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>> welcome back to aljazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm del walters. ahead, the c.i.a. accused of spying on a senate committee investigating the agency itself. >> the struggle to educate hundreds of thousands of refugee children fleeing from the c.a.r. >> in our next hour, we focus on the massive g.m. recall. the feds want to know if the automakers on purpose delayed that recall for years, costing more people their lives. >> a look at hour top stories. ukraine's prime minister meets with the president at the white house to discuss the new government and its fragile economy. >> the search for the missing airliners flight. dozens of planes and ships are searching 27,000 nautical miles east of where the plane last contact.
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the situation is frustrating for the families of the passenger and crews now missing for five days. >> police and protestors clashing once again in turkey. it's sparked by the death of a teenager who's been in a coma since struck by a tear gas canister last summer. ments the eighth connected to anti-government pro tests in istanbul. >> the c.i.a. accused of breaking the separation of powers, accused of secretly searching senate computers. she said it was all to undermine a senate investigation into interrogation practices. the c.i.a.'s director fired back. >> the senator from california is recognized. >> good morning. >> it was a devastating attack on the c.i.a. by one of the staunchest defenders in congress of mass government surveillance. >> i have grave concerns that the c.i.a.'s search may well have violated the separation of
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powers principles embodied in the united states constitution. >> dyan feinstein added that the c.i.a. was now being investigated by the department of justice, also investigating her own committee following a complaint from the c.i.a.'s top layer. feinstein alleged he was trying to silence her committee because he himself is mentioned some 1,600 times in the investigation into george w. bush's torture programs. >> i view the acting consul general's referral as a potential efforts to intimidate this staff and i am not taking it lightly. >> the committee's 6,300 page report is said to contain a damning indictment of the c.i.a.'s interrogation revealing that no actable intelligence was recovered by torture and the c.i.a. misled the congress and white house. feinstein said among the millions of documents given to
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her committee was an internal c.i.a. review that confirmedden that of those conclusions, however i had suddenly disappeared, suggesting that the c.i.a. had access to the computer system the enareay was using, she said that may have broken the law and said the c.i.a. began a campaign of misinformation seeking to discredit the in areay with that the head of the v.i.a. denied wrongdoing and said it was time to move on. >> as far as hacking into senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. we couldn't do that. >> feinstein said the system of checks and balances is at stake. >> and how this will be resolved will show whether the intelligence committee can be effective in monitoring and investigating our nation's intelligence activities, or whether our work can be thwarted by those we oversee. >> she wants president obama to declassify portions of the senate report.
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aljazeera, washington. >> lindsay moran is a former c.i.a. operative and joins us from baltimore. have you ever heard of anything like this before? >> no, i think this is unprecedented. these are pretty serious charges that feinstein is leveling against the c.i.a. while unprecedented, it doesn't shock me. it doesn't seem out of the realm of possibilities to me that c.i.a. could be spying on the committee that is charged with overseeing the agency. they tends to look at the oversight committee as kind of a meddlesome interloper that doesn't have a clue about how to gather human intelligence. so there very much is an an tagnessistic relationship between the two entities. >> i want you to listen to this particular response from director brennan as to whether or not the agency speed and pay
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attention to his wording. >> as far as the allegations of c.i.a. hacking into senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. we couldn't do that. >> the director using the specific word hacked. a word in washington can mean the difference between telling the truth and misleading reporters or in this case a senator. was he being careful with that particular word hack or hacking? >> absolutely. i think by specifically saying we wouldn't hack into the senate intelligence committee's computer, he's using that verb very purposefully, because that leaves open the possibility that the c.i.a. tried to take away documents that they'd already given the intelligence committee access to. my guess as to what happened is that somebody kind of messed up at the agency and they gave the senate intelligence committee this internal review document that they never intended the intelligence committee to have, so now they're trying to figure
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out within the c.i.a. how that happened, who allowed that to happen. was it a c.i.a. source, someone in the c.i.a. who deliberately gave that intelligence or did someone mess up. that's the person who is going to take the fall at the v.i.a., not anybody who withheld the information. >> you don't think director brennan's head should be on the platter? >> i actually do. you know, it was almost comical to me hearing brennan say we wouldn't do something like that as if the cia is some sort of do-gooder organization. it's very possible that there was a kind of wink wink (nods). at the agency that somebody lower down came up with this idea, but there's not a doubt in my mind that the higher ups knew about it. this is a as her serious allegation about the c.i.a. violating the separation of constitutional rights. i personally think that higher
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up heads should roll. if it is shown that the c.i.a. deliberately withheld information or deliberately got into the senate intelligence in itee's computers and took information away from them. >> correct me if i'm wrong, but that interview with the journalist is pretty much out of the c.i.a. book in which it says that if corned, deny. this was not a sworn deposition. this was not the senate intelligence committee. would it be beyond somebody to simply tell a reporter a lie. >> oh, sure, that's the mantra, don't get caught but if you do, deny, deny, deny. within the directorate of operations, the slain did he say stein service, we were told that all the time from the minute we walked in the door. the most important thing is not to get caught but if you do, just keep denying. he certainly wasn't under oath when he gave that statement. i think ultimately, this is a
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battle about what this boils down to, it's kind of an on going battle, jousting between the intelligence committee and c.i.a. about who's going to write the history about this very ugly chapter in american history, who's going to author that and how is it going to be spun. i personally think that it's high time that we declassify that 6300 page report, the c.i.a. has had plenty of time to make any necessary redactions that would put officers at risk and it's time for the american public to see exactly how the detention and interrogation program was run. we pay for that. we deserve to know what exactly happened and we deserve to know whether or not torture was as effective as the c.i.a. tries to lead us to believe that it was. i think this internal review they did suggests that it was not effective. they came to the same conclusions that the senate intelligence committee did, and as the american public, we absolutely need to know that.
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>> lisa moran, former c.i.a. operative joining us from baltimore. we'll have more on the senate spying allegations. we'll talk to a former aid to george w. bush around 8:45 to talk about all the potential fallout and whether this dirty laundry you're hearing should be made public. >> 700,000 people have been displaced in the central african republic. we visit add town in the congo where people are struggling to get education actions. these people now live in a refugee camp here. since they arrived, the u.n. built this primary school. it's crowded and hard to imagine they can learn much, but the community of nearly 10,000
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living here, this is all they have. the school's basic, the walls made of bamboo, the floors of earth and there are simple benches made of wood and plastic sheeting. it's better than nothing, but this primary school is the only education available. there is no secondary school nearby. the camps in a very isolated location, the closest functioning university is about 500 kilometers from here. >> most of the refugees in this camp came from the capitol, about a thousand of them studying at the university before the conflict. we met a group of students. they were all frustrated that their degrees and life plans have been disrupted. >> we can't stay here. we can do nothing here.
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>> many demanded the u.n. send them to universities in other countries. instead, the u.n.'s building an internet cafe. it wasn't be the same at higher education, but there's not even a mobile phone signal here. the cafe will provide some connection to the outside world. >> i think the refugees are dreaming to return back to reconstruct their country, but how they will return back without being well educated. we are doing our best to provide information of what's happening around the world. >> until the computers arrive, there's still no communication here. people with relativ other camps can't contact them. education aside, there are no formal jobs. people do whatever they can to make a living. there's few opportunities here, but it is not safe back home.
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>> the u.n. launch add probe including reports of genocide. >> arson investigators in san francisco going back to the seen of a fire that destroyed an up and coming neighborhood, blames engulfing the complex being built in the mission bay area. no workers were inside, but nearby residents were forced to evacuate. firefighters trying to keep the flames from spread to go nearby apartment buildings. no residents were hurt. >> i got home in the nick of time and my partner started screaming and said look across the street. we saw flames at the far corner of that building. they started getting bigger and bigger. >> you are looking live at pictures the scene. the $230 million condo was slated to open in may, units going for $600,000 each. firefighters say it is a total loss. >> fire ripping through a pet store full of puppies. the owner might have been
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involved, they say the owner opened the back door for a man carrying gas cans. she collects a few files where the man douses the displays with gasoline, then seconds later, she leaves and the place is set on fire. you can see some of the puppies fleeing to the back of their cages as flames sweep across the store. security cameras capturing the entire incident and the prince and princess pet store in las vegas, luckily, the sprinkler system kicks in. all 27 animals rescued unharmed. >> in business news, general motors could face criminal charges over a recall. it is investigated whether g.m. broke any laws. congress will investigate g.m. and hold hearings on the timing of the recall. they want to know why it took a decade to issue a prowl for a dangerous recall linked to 13 deaths. >> tesla hits a road block in
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new jersey, tesla being blocked from being sold. >> wall street seems poised to open lower after worries about an economic slowdown and the ukraine crisis affects the start. asian markets ending the day lower. a drop in chinese copper and iron prices added to concerns that the world's number two economy is slowing. one economist says if the chinese economy stumbled, it wouldn't necessarily hurt the u.s. >> the u.s. doesn't export that much to china. it's not that financially linked to china so that fallout would be fairly small. there might be a silver lining in that if china had a hard landing, oil prices would
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probably collapse. while that might hurt the oil sector it would be a boost to consumers. >> new york wants to regulate bit coins, to help speed up rules to help regular great the markets. >> the takeover drama between men's warehouse ends a five month bidding war between the two companies. the combined company will have more than 1700 stores and be the fourth largest men's retailer in the country. >> turning to sports, a story about a former nfl player and unlikely career change. >> you don't see a lot of football fans and nascar fans.
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the athletes not so much usually, but deon williams was an unlikely one but when his football career ended, it was the sport of left hand turns that was just the right fit. >> before williams flexed his muscles in nascar, he didn't even know where the oil was in his car. a former star linebacker, williams played a short stint in the nfl with the minnesota vikings before concussions forced him down a different career path. he chose the road less traveled. >> my first year, it was a bit surreal. i had to keep pinches myself. >> his first big job included being a fire carrier for one of the biggest stars in nascar, jeff gordon. before joining the team, his knowledge of the sport was style rather than substance. >> i knew jeff gordon, i knew they go fast and i liked the jackets. i like the billboard jackets. we used to wear those since high
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school. because we could match them with our jordan and shoes, i knew that much about it, but that's it. >> he may not have noun the ins or outs back then but being a former athlete put him ahead of the game with the training required. ten years into it, he's still going. >> our facility rivals most semi pro teams. we have full time staff with three coaches, yoga therapists, athletic trainers, so i mean, there's no different from what i experience with college and professional sports, you know, on the football side of it. >> at 6'1", 250 pounds, rocco is definitely built for the job. >> the tires are 65-75 pounds and being on the front, i'm responsible to carry two of them back. that's where i set myself apart from a lot of other front carriers is my ability to run with weight in my hands, with the tires and be agile and bring those tires back to the wall. >> as a former nfl linebacker, he knows about those brutal
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battles in the trenches but says the most pressure he's actually ever felt in a sport was right here in the pits. >> football's a little easier. i have four downs. it's a physical sport where nascar is more meticulous and less for giving. the job security is the worst. every little mistake is magnified, because it's not something that you're affected by, you're affecting the team owners, drivers, money, the purses, so it's a lot more pressure, a lot more stress. i have the gray hairs to prove it. >> just because he isn't actually driving the car doesn't mean there isn't any risk of injury. >> i got clipped pretty good, good thing i have some shock abassociation in my body fat. i absorbed it well. i stayed on my feet and finished the stop, but the adrenaline is flowing so much you don't realize until after the fact. >> williams may have done a 180-degree turn changing the
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careers and while is around the cars now, don't ask him to change your oil. >> it is not the same, i cannot work at jiffy lube now. they swear you're just the jiffy lube master, touch the oil, i ain't getting my hands dirty. [ laughter ] >> most of his nfl buddies not only want hot passes, but ask how they can get involved in the sport. he can take you and run with you and jump. he's a big muscular guys, i saw those guns. >> i can do that. >> there's a reason you're on the desk. >> it's the running thing i can't do. carrying, fine, run, no. >> different. [ laughter ] >> thanks. >> the internet, 25 years ago today it was created. >> while nearly 3 billion people are on line, another 4 billion don't have any internet access. the technology the companies are using to get more people on line. >> plus we'll tell you about a
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company's passionate plea, an unapproved drug that could save a boy's life. >> a snowstorm to the chance for severe weather. i'll that have forecast. >> taking a live look at the busy morning rush hour inside new york city's beautiful grand central terminal.
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take a new look at news. >> the worldwide web turns 25. >> we'll look at rain and snow across the nation today. >> we have them both and in mass quantities in some cases. the system has been moving across the country and rain in the south to snow around the great lakes, even on the backside of this, winds are
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staying high. that's another concern through the day. let's start with the less troublesome area, a lot of the rain through the south is starting to move off the coastline, still a wet go in places like south carolina. things have been much more problematic, looking at chicago, very treacherous driving. we have snow and high winds blowing, reducing the visibility. a lot of places actually changed from the wet weather to the snowy weather in overnight periods. you might have thought no rain, no problem and blowing around with this wind gusts over 30 miles per hour in some cases. through the mid atlantic with the hot and cold air clark, chances for strong storms today. we'll have more on the snow forecast in just a bit. >> a verge family won an on line battle to use an unapproved medication for their dying son. the 7-year-old cancer survivor is battling a viral inflection and a medication could save him.
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after days of pleading, the drug maker said josh will now be approved for a new clinical trial. the hospital expects to receiver the medication within 48 hours. >> it was on this day in 1989 a british computer sign activities submitting a proposal for what he called a distributed information system. 25 years later, almost 3 billion people use that tool we now know as the internet. the world's poorest are still off line. >> he considers himself lucky. not many people in bangladesh have work, but he has a job of sorts. each day, he visits this building site and uses his phone to take photographs of progress. >> they asked if any of us could use the internet. i said i could and they asked me
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if i could check on the construction every day and take pictures and mail it to them so they can keep track of the project. >> his daily photographs don't earn him a lot but like tens of millions of people around the world, getting on line has opened doors and created new opportunities. the number of people connected to the web that grown since its inception, reaching 2.7 billion people at the end of last year. the increase in numbers from developing countries has been notable and driven by a dramatic change in technology. >> we are seeing the adoption of smart phones and feature mobile phones, having internet access is unable more people to get on line. >> in some places, no one's on line at all. >> the fact that more than 4 billion people are still not on line is not lost on technology giants like google. it's exploring the idea of beaming internet access to those in remote areas from balloons
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flying 20 kilometers above the earth. facebook wants to spread the news. having just bought the company behind these high altitude solar powered planes. if private companies are aware of the web's power, so, too are governments. >> unbalanced, bringing power to the people, more than to demand, but the value of being able to control the web is so great that any government or any company, countries in which you can distinguish between them, want to try to control obviously has got a huge incentive to be so. >> by the end of the year, there are expected to be a billion websites on mind. this is the technology to anyone can use without paying licensing or royalty fees. that spirit of openness has been
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part of the suction of the worldwide web and likely to define its future in the years ahead as billions moore people come on line. >> a recent pew study finding that 87% of american adults use the internet, 97% when you're between the ages of 18-29. >> remember when it used to get that dial up sound? >> i do still remember that. lots are part of our country still talk about not having wi-fi and that disparity. >> even though people don't have the wi-fi in the computer, they have they are cell phone and the cell phones into everything the internet used to do and more. >> we're looking at headlines from around the world now, del, an in depth u.s.a. today stayed finds final i was across america are allowed to cross state lines and go scot-free because police agencies in the states in which they're wanted aren't going after them because of lack of
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funding. it's a big multi-series report. >> it's cheaper to ignore the criminals. the one case, somebody was accused of sex crimes and you wonder, you're talking people in some in stabses just living across the bridge. the boston globe reported on the first device that stops migraines. >> europe wants its cheese back. it wants to make pardon me son, griyer have to use other names. >> like champagne, only from france. >> former aid to george w bush will talk to us about the allegations between the c.i.a. and potential followout that could follow. >> a potent storm system is sending temperatures crashing and snow falling. >> aljazeera america continues. >> i'll be back in just two minutes.
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i will see you then. >> have a great morning.
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>> a show of salad art as president obama is set to meet with ukraine's acting prime minister at the white house today. ukraine calls on washington to guarantee security. >> you cannot see a person or a small piece of debris in the water when the waves are so high. for that reason, it's become more difficult. >> challenges to the search for the missing malaysia airplane, as tension rise between those on the rescue mission. >> we wouldn't do that. i mean, that's just beyond the scope of reason. >> the head of the c.i.a. on
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defense over accusations his agency spied on congress. >> helping the millions of syrians that have fled their country and its 3-year-old civil war. the challenges that neighboring countries face providing relief to refugees. >> good morning, welcome to aljazeera america. i'm del walters, ukraine's prime minister set to meet with president obama today comes as kiev is now calling on the u.s. and ally to say follow through on an accord agreed upon two decades on the ground, ukraine reminding western powers of a 1994 pact where it surrendered nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees. kiev said violating that agreement would lead to nuclear tensions around the world. we have team coverage of the latest developments on the crisis in ukraine. jennifer glasse reports, phil
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ittner is in kiev. we begin in washington, d.c. and lisa, what if anything should we expect to come out of that meeting today in washington? >> this is first largely very, very symbolic, the whites house showing we support this professional government, interim government, we support ukraine, it's sort of a thumb in the eye of vladimir putin. the prime minister, the acting prime minister will be here for an oval office meeting with the president, with the vice president, with the secretary of state. he will be asking for some economic help, desperately needed by the country of ukraine. also as this happens, there was this editorial that you mentioned by the president of ukraine in the new york times talking about the fact that the ukrainians stand ready to defend themselves, but reminding the u.s. and britain and even russia that what ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons 20 years ago, that those three countries promised to honor the
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sovereignty and territorial integrity of ukraine reminding them that they made that pledge. >> talk about your wrinkles. as the u.s. considers sanctions, american businesses are now asking the president not to overreact. >> there is a big debate about how far to go with these sanctions. last week, the president signed some orders which allow series have a bans for individuals who are directly linked to the problems with the unrest in the ukraine, the unleft foment the some say by russia. it lays the groundwork for economic sanctions. some businesses, the chamber of commerce, the white house treasury secretary are worried about whether sanctions could backfire, lead to retaliation. others say let the chips fall where me they may. we need to impose these sanctions. here's senator mike young from ohio. >> there needs to be a real evaluation of the u.s.-russia
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policies. this administration needs to change significantly those policies. >> that was mike turner from ohio, republican representative from ohio. tuesday night, the house did pass a symbolic resolution, condemning russia, calling on the president to consider very tough sanctions, the house has already passed a $1 billion loan guarantee bill. that has taken up on the senate side today by the senate foreign releases committee. a lot is happening in washington today in regards to ukraine. >> lisa stark for us in washington, d.c. thank you very much. >> they are looking for economic
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assistance. they are looking also for military assistance, not offensive weaponry, not tanks or planes or bombs, but for things like surveillance equipment, logistical equipment. they are concerned with borders with russia and they will be asking for some assistance with military matters. del. >> we're also hearing that troops on the russian border with ukraine on high alert. ukrainian authorities saying they have also arrested a man they suspect that was an undercover russian spy. tell us more about that. >> the intelligence agency here in kiev have released this video which they say a russian national with ties to the russian security forces inside ukraine with a lot of money and
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also equipment to make bombs. they say that there are a large number of what they call agent provocateurs inside ukraine, fomenting stress and conflict between the communities who are pro western or pro eastern. they have also now just come out today with another press conference in which they say they suspect that there are plan to say foment more dissent or disruption in the eastern part and southern part of mainland ukraine this weekend during that important referendum. >> phil ittner, thank you very much. we turn now to jennifer glass. it's just a matter of days before that vote, before crimea votes an whether it will split from ukraine, lawmakers want to create an out to know mouse independent state. >> alongside with that
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announcement to the crimean parliament made, a resolution it passed saying that if people vote on sunday, the crimean people choose to become part of russia, that the first thing the crimean parliament is going to do is declare independence. the second thing it's going to do is request from russia to become part of the russian republic. this is just a two step move to try to remove any legal challenges to the move to also try to soften claims by the united states and european union and the ukrainian authorities in kiev that russia is trying to annex crimea. they're trying to say this is the choice of the crimea people, so independence first and they chokos voluntary as an example. it is a legality. along with that, just as they passed that, if they pass a second resolution trying to appeal to the tartar minority population here, 13% of the population who oppose this vote on sunday and say they're going to boycott it, this resolution
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that the crimean parliament passed saying the tartar's would have expanded in the new independent crimean tartars say that doesn't matter, it's just a p.r. stunt and they're going to continue to boycott this vote on sunday. >> now reports that pro russian forces have already seized the airport, cutting off ties to ukraine altogether, what can you tell us about that? >> >> that's right. that happened yesterday here in the crimean capitol where the international airport is. all flights heading to anywhere except moscow were canceled. there was a flight on its way in from kiev and it was turned around, not allowed to land. we understand militants are in control of the control to your. that's a nightenning of the borders we have seen, russians already on the border with ukraine proper and controlling everything. at train stations, self defense
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forces, these are civilians, pro russian civilians are checking everybody getting on and off of trains coming from ukraine proper, as well. pro russian forces and russian forces tightening their grip here in crimea. >> jennifer, thank you very much. >> tensions rising amid an international hunt for that missing malaysia airlines plane, china saying authorities are not searching hard enough. 153 of the 239 people onboard the flight be chinese nationals. vietnam also briefly suspending search operations, hanoi accusing malaysia of providing confusing information over the path of the plane. malaysia accusing vietnam of igniting speculation by prematurely releasing photos of debris, today, the u.s. navy talking about the rescue effort. >> time is not on our side. as every hour goes by, the search area gets bigger and bigger. from a typical standpoint, a person can survive in the water
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for at least 72 hours due to sheer will power. a human being can survive without food or water if they are determined to survive. after that, the chances of survival get less and less and that's what we're concerned with right now. >> meanwhile, malaysia officials expanding the search effort, spanning 27 nautical miles, an area slightly larger than the state of west virginia. >> the head of the ntsb is stepping down next month. she has about that the chair wham for nearly 10 years. she led a number of investigations. in april, she will lead the national transportation safety -- the national safety council, a non-profit group dedicated to protecting and promoting health in u.s. that is deborah hirsman. >> the c.i.a. fighting back
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criticism, being accused of secretly searching senate computers, trying to undermine an investigation into controversial practices. >> as far as the allegations of c.i.a. hacking into senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. we wouldn't do that. >> coming up, former aide to president george w. bush will discuss the allegations being left -- against the c.i.a. >> health care enrollment numbers are up. another 940,000 people signing up last month under the affordable care act. that brings the total now to 4.2 million, since was launched. enrollment ends march 31. the administration was hope to go sign up 6 million people, but they are still short. >> more americans will qualify for overtime pay today, the
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president expected to issue his executive order this afternoon. salary's employees who earn more than $455 a week around guaranteed overtime. the president would allow millions more to qualify for the extra pay. the administration has not said what that new salary cap would be. >> arson investigators back to the scene of a fire that ravaged an up and coming neighborhood. flames engulfed the condo complex under construction at mission bay. part of the building collapsed. no workers were inside, but dozens of nearby residents were forced to evacuate. 150 firefighters keeping the flames from spreading to other apartment buildings. >> i literally got home in the nick of time and my partner started screaming and said look across the street. we saw flames leaping out of the corner of that building. they started getting bigger and bigger. my heart started pounding. >> that $230 million condo complex was slated to open in
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may, units selling for $600,000 each. firefighters are now calling it a total loss. >> just days before the start of spring, the midwest are waking up to snow. chicago, a winter storm warning in effect through wednesday afternoon, as much as say inches of snow is expected in that chicago's o'hare needs over a foot of snow to make it the snowiest record winter. the first day of spring can't come soon enough. snow, snow in chicago again today. >> spring doesn't necessarily mean the snow ends. areas of northern minnesota have snow in june. the system is causing problems. it has been a slow go because of rain and colder air coming in switched over to snow, but high winds through the area means it's blowing around, reducing visibility. it's slick and hard to see.
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watch for that as the system movers along. getting into the rest of the day, some places could easily see a foot, even up to two feet. around the great lakes, a lot of places seeing six inches to a foot, and with that wind, we actually have a couple locations. it's harder to see the darker pink. we're right around the lakes so have blizzard warnings in effect because of that potential for the reduced visibility. as the system is on the move today, a lot of the heaviest snow comes through today into the day tomorrow. there are still chances for lighter snow, as the system moves off the coastline. but behind that, the other concern, i mentioned the wind. here's what we have, with that low pressure in place, a dramatic pressure change and the bigger the pressure change, those are those black lines, the bigger that change, the more it cranks those winds, so that is all coming in from the north. it's not only windy, but drawing in cold air that is really going to be a temperature drop for us. i'll talk more about that temperature drop in some cases,
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30, 40, 50-degree drop. that's coming up in just a bit. >> nicole, thank you very much. >> british prime minister david cameron is in israel, the first trip since taking office four years ago. he'll address parliament and hold talks withprime minister netanyahu. >> a bill has been approved by lawmakers in israel that will allow the army to draft ultra orthodox jews for the first time that in countries history. we have more. this is really significant. this is an end to the status quo sips the state of israel was formed, not since 1948 has a member of the ultra orthodox community been asked to serve in the israeli military.
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every defense minister sips the state was formed has been given permission to allow them to defer enlisting. that is no longer the case now with the passage of a new law. >> prayers in jerusalem who hope they won't have to serve in israel's military. legislation now makes enlisting in the nation's military mandatory for ultra orthodox jews. it's a tradition many in israel say no longer works. >> we're not prepared to put up with this situation any longer where some do the army work and this community doesn't play its part. >> the view among a majority of politicians is that it's time for all israelis to share in the burden with a universal draft. they voted overwhelmingly to pass the law.
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>> is it too much to expect from people who live here and protected by the israeli army day after day and who's universities are subsidized by style, too much to ask them to contribute their part? only their part like every israeli citizen. this means sharing the burden. >> the students subsidized by the government for full time study of the torah say they are serving the state, just in a different way. they say they should not have to serve in the israeli military because they are all right contributing to the state with their prayers. now with the bill passed into law, implementation of the legislation is expected to be phased in over three to five years. still, hundreds of thousands in israel and thousands more around the world have protested in advance of the vote. the debate over the law, they say has been painful for the community. >> 65 years of the state of israel, there's even a thought of passing this kind of bill,
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and that our brothers don't recognize that we are contributing in all the way we believe we are contributing, too. we're not trying to dodge anything. >> still those who refuse could face financial penalties and jail time by a government that no longer counts full time study and prayer as adequate service to the state. >> it is not just the military burden that concerns many israels, it is also the financial burden. this has been an enormous cost to israeli taxpayers not just for the study, but also the social allowances for their families, as well as the student. they have very large families, so this has been costing taxpayers millions upon millions. dollars. we are told that they will respond, saying they will not go to war, saying they will offer passive resistance.
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they say that they recognize this could mean that they could go to jail or face stiff financial penalties. >> live from jerusalem this morning, thank you very much. >> g.m. recalling more than a million and a half vehicles. now the just department wants to know why it took so long, opening a criminal probe. >> the nominee to take over the n.s.a. going before lawmakers to make the case for his approval. the changes he says he will implement at the controversial agency. >> a record number of people fleeing syria over the ongoing civil war. hundreds of thousands of refugees now seeking shelter.
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>> good morning, welcome back. the justice department wants answers from general motors, opening a criminal probe into last month's recall of 1.6 million vehicles. those cars having problems with their ignition system. congress also wants answers. >> in march, 2010, 29-year-old nurse brook melton lost control
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of her 2005 car and fatally crashed. 113 deaths linked to a defective ignition switch on g.m. vehicles in which lawyers from her family say the automakers failed to warp the public about for 10 years. >> we deposed all of the engineers after brook's death in 2010. they participated in the design of the vehicle in 2004, and covered up this problem from 2004-2014. >> g.m. settled with her family in the fall and last month, the company recalled over a million and a half vehicles with defective ignitions, reportedly spawning a criminal probe by the u.s. attorney's office in new york as well as investigations by u.s. safety regulators and congress into why it took g.m. a decade to act. in a statement monday, house energy and commerce committee chair fred upton took aim at g.m. and the national highway traffic safety administration,
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asking did the company or regulators miss something that could have flagged these problems sooner. >> the problems always start with the manufactures. they hold all the cards. we expect our regulators to do the job they're hired to do, monitor the safety of the producing that are in the marketplace. >> g.m. has recalled six models sold in the united states and two abroad between 2003 and 2007. initiated on february 13 of this year, and covering more than 700,000 vehicles, the recall was expanded nearly two weeks later to encompass 1.6 million vehicles. >> in a scrutiny starting to pick up on the company, they double the recalls just about and now we're looking at gee, we're sorry, the new g.m. doesn't do this kind of thing. >> the new c.e.o. retained a lawyer who investigated the collapse of lehman brothers to spearhead an internal into the recall. the controversy is blurring the
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line between the old g.m. and new image the company has tried to craft since declaring bankruptcy in 2009. the parents of brook melton wait for the intense scrutiny to bring the events surrounding their daughter's death fully to light. >> congress should look into it and because they are, the meltons are hopeful that the truth will come out. >> aljazeera, new york. >> in her letter to employees, the g.m. c.e.o. promising the company's internal review would be "unvarnished." >> tess there is forced to use dealers like automakers in new jersey. >> the government wants more transparency when it comes to fees attached to your 401k, making it easier to find out what you're paying in fees or expenses. the department wants to update
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saying the process is still too lengthy, complex and confusing. dow futures are down, investors on edge amid on going concerns. the dow starting the day at 16351, the s&p at 1867 and the nasdaq at forth 307. >> overseas, asian markets ending lower as worries about a slowdown in china have surfaced. european markets are in the red this morning. >> the maker of candy crush gearing up for its public debut, king digital super at the same time saying its public offering will be between $21 and $41 a share, it will be listed on the new york stock exchange under the ticker king. let's find what the temperatures will be across the nation today. we turn to nicole mitchell, good morning. >> good morning. well, as we head out this morning, we have big contrasts, 50's to 60's along the coastline and 40's, 20 and 30's behind the
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front. over the next couple days, we'll watch for this cold air continue to go move across the country. as it does, impacting the east coast, as well, so we're definitely in for a cooldown as we get this moving. we're going to see these temperatures that today will be 60's, even 70's on the east coast, dropping down by tomorrow into the 20's and 30's. here's that outlook, we've got the cold air coming in behind this, and that is going to be so cold that that dramatic drop is going to be felt through the region tomorrow. >> fleeing the on going war in syria, how neighboring countries are dealing with the refugees looking to escape all the bloodshed. >> a wrongful conviction that no longer stands, louisiana's longest serving death row inmate walking free after 30 years behind bars. >> honoring the victims of sandy
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hook. >> the new york knicks desperately need a makeover and looks like they are turning to the dozen master for help. more on phil jackson's potential return to new york. >> you are looking live right now at grand central terminal right here in new york city as people make their way to work on this -- what day is it? hump day, wednesday morning.
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>> good morning, welcome back to aljazeera america. i'm del walters. ahead in our next hour, the c.i.a. being hit with allegations of spying on congress. >> we'll talk to a former aide to former president george w. bush to talk about the fallout in about 15 minutes. a special election in florida getting national attention ahead of the mid term elections. >> 10 million children in syria,
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jordan, lebanon, iraq and eye jent set to receive a polio vaccine. syria eradicated polio 20 years ago, but an estimated 60,000 children are sick now after that country's bloody civil war. >> getting these two drop was polio vaccine into the mouth of every child refugee under the age of five is an enormous undertaking. mobile teams are going from tent to tent with the vaccine to carry out this mission. >> deceive have a has three children under the age of five, all receiving their second round of polio vaccine. she says she takes measures to prevent a polio outbreak seriously. >> i don't wish this to happen with my children. we left syria to protect the children from diseases like polio. this is why we came here.
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>> each tent housing children who have been vaccinated is marked. the number of vaccine rounds is documented. agencies repeat this process in every shelter as hundreds of informal tented communities across lebanon. all children under five will be vaccinated regardless of their immunization history. this mass vaccination campaign is part of the reames largest ever plan launched after 25 polio cases were verified in syria by the government and international health organization. >> fears by syria's neighbors mounted following the outbreak. syrian refugees continue to free to lebanon every day and polio doesn't respect borders. so far, no cases were recorded in lebanon. the world's health organization says it is difficult to tell how polio got to syria but has an idea where it probably originated from.
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>> the most similar virus to the one that we've isolated from these children in syria was not found in a person, but found circulating in egypt in what we would call environmental samples. it wasn't from a person, it was in the sewage. that virus is similar to a virus that's circulating in pakistan. >> polio virus spreads into the environment through an infected child's feces. it can spread rapidly in a community suffering from poor hygiene. a single case can become a health emergency. aljazeera, lebanon. >> although this marks three years since the war in syria began, in that time, the number of refugees have reached record numbers. the u.s. estimating more than 2.5 million people have been
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displaced, more than 200,000 fleeing to egypt, a half million in turkey, 350,000 in iraq and well over 600,000 making their home in jordan. the lion's share, 1 million people now calling lebanon home. the united nation development program director joins us. 1 million syrians living in lebanon. are they all in camps? >> good morning. thank you for inviting me to the program. there's always a good opportunity to remind the world of the suffering caused by the syrian war and the tragedy of the people fleeing the conflict. as you rightfully say, 2.5 million people have fled
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jair and 1 million, approximately 1 million are in lebanon, at least as far as registered refugees are concerned. now, the problem is especially difficult here in lebanon, because this is a small country, a country approximately the size of connecticut, that has received the equivalent of 14th of it's precrisis population. it is as if the united states received the population of the u.k. you can imagine the challenges that this situation has created for the hosting country. i want to stress the salad dart of the lebanese population that has opened the borders, kept the border open, and as well opened their homes and their communities to host these people. now, these refugees are not in camp. lebanon has a policy of not establishing official camps, so the population of the refugees
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is spread all over the territory in over 1,600 municipalities. >> as we have been pointing out, it has been three years since that civil war started, so what have we learned in those three years since? >> well, unfortunately, what we have learned is that there's not going to be any solution except a negotiated solution. here in lebanon, what we have learned is also that while we have to attend the needs of increasing population of refugees, the flow of population continues as we speak. we have approximately 9,000 to 10,000 new arrivals per week. we also have to make sure that we attend the increasing needs of the hosting communities. we want to avoid that relationship between the syrian
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refugees and lebanese population deteriorates or escalates into becoming violent. focusing on interventions intended to the needs of the hosting communities. the dramatic surge in population is putting a tremendous pressure on the services that were already precarious before the cries. >> isn't the problem though the fact that three years later, bashar al assad is still in power and the international community has done nothing to get rid of him and what happens to all of these refugees if and when that civil war finally
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ends? >> the refugee population that all the intention to go back to their country. the problem is that this is going to take a while, even if as we all hope, the conflict will end tomorrow, the level of destruction of the infrastructure of the country is to high that it's going to take some years before the refugees return to their home. a country like lebanon has to cope with the presence of an additional quarter of its population which could increase in the next few months. the other problem we have is that most of these people leave in the poorest areas of lebanon because of the geographical configuration of the country, the closest areas near the syrian border are the poorest areas. we are working here with lebanese authorities to see how the lebanese system, the provision of services such as education and health and water and sanitation can be strengthened and upgraded to sustain the presence of such a
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massive amount of people. >> thank you very much, the lebanon country director for the united nations development program. >> the president's choice to head the n.s.a. is defending the spy practice while promising more transparency, saying turning over bulk telephone efforts would hurt the effort to identify terror threats. the chief is retiring after nine years as director. >> former senator valuely trying to fill the seat of late congressman bill young. seen as a referendum on the affordable care act, pot sides calling in nationally known figures for help. bill clinton campaigning for sync, paul rake for synch.
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>> if both parties were looking for a litmus test for the upcoming mid term elections, they might be left wanting. jolly beat synch by less than two percentage points. a few months ago, synch was considered the favorite, she had great name recognition. jolly is a former lobbyist and aid to represent bill young who died last year. why this congressional district is of interest is because it voted twice for obama despite having a conservative tilt to it. >> obamacare was a big part. >> i'm a member of congress who knows that at times there's a
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safety net that only government con provide. we know that's true. we can fight for core constitutional principles that so many of us hold dear but there is an aspect of community service to this job that we should expect and require of our members of congress. >> how much of a role did the affordable care act play in this campaign? >> well, it was a huge one. as you said, millions of dollars was funneled into this campaign. i read one estimate this morning, as high as $12 million, a non-stop barrage of campaign ads. people complained about that. it meant the jolly campaign theme was attacking obamacare. he wants to repeal it. synch supported it. some say that doomed her campaign. >> natasha, thank you very much. >> after spending 30 years in a louisiana prison, most of them on death row, this morning glenn ford is a free man.
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that's him. last night, walking out of a maximum security prison in angola, the judge vacating the sentence and death sentence. he was convicted in 1983 for killing a shreeve port jeweler. he always said he was innocent. the state's decision to throw out the case included new evidence. >> 400 miles on bicycles, all all the way to washington, d.c. from new town, connecticut with 26 people were killed add sandy hook elementary school in 2012. >> enough is enough. team 26 could easily be team 30,000. since new town, we have watched as congress has done nothing while there have been 44 school
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shootings. in this short time, well over 30,000 americans have been killed by guns. >> cyclists were met by several lawmakers on the front lawn of the capitol. second time in a row the team has gone to washington for that rally, saying it's common sense for legislation to reduce gun violence. >> one of the players involved in the nfl bullying scandal has a new team. we have more on that. >> the miami dolphins made a trade both sides are certainly happy with, jonathan martin getting a fresh start in san francisco while miami hopes to turn the page after a three month investigation ended with two staff fired and two players found guilty of bullying. the dolphins traded martin, the victim in that bullying scandal. martin moves to the west coast, not only puts him closer to home, but playing his former stanford coach who has guided the 49ers to the last two
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superbowls. a happy martin tweeted today, opportunities are few in the nfl, can't wait to get to work. >> a couple of key figures on the ice missing in last night's star blues game. peverley who collapsed and needed life saving equipment to survive, the rest of the dallas stars on the ice. ben intercepts the pass, gets the puck, feeds it to and the won. sneaks it through the legs of the goalie to break a 1-1 tie. blues would answer. we go to o.t. where ben is on the receiving end of the puck, gets the game-winner there, stars win 3-2 in a game that certainly meant more than that boxscore. >> i told them that you can look for a reason to lose or you can find a way to win. i said we need to find a way to
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win and win it for a couple of our teammates. >> it was a scary situation, but today's a new day. we were thinking about rich back home, but i thought we did a great job getting mentally ready for this game. >> peverley tweeted his teammates throughout the day, saying he was ok. no time table as to if or when the star center will be back on the ice. >> if you missed any of the thunder, last night looked like a replay. both teams getting chippy. russell westbrook and patrick peverley round two, thunder down four when these two get into it. westbrook tried to call timeout. looked like a flashback of last year when westbrook injured his knee, knocked him oust playoffs. we're still in the first quarter. they stripped the ball back and forth. meanwhile, the end of this thing, westbrook and kevin
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durant get on the winning end of this. lit up the rockets for 42 points and the thunder go on to win this one. the new york post reporting the knicks have agreed in principle to bring the dozen master aboard to right the sinking ship in new york, bringing phil jackson back to the team who drafted him. it was the last time the knicks won the title, jackson won 11 times between the bulls and lakers. his new role would be president of basketball operations. no doubt just getting jackson to get to the franchise, hoping for a turnaround. he's going to be the knicks president, his fiancee is president of the l.a. lakers. >> coming back ago a point guard. >> the c.i.a. caught up in a spying scandal against congress. the repercussions and fallout.
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>> chances for know and severe weather. i'll have that forecast.
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on al jazeera america >> welcome back to aljazeera america. in a moment, the c.i.a. accused of spying on congress. first, it is snowing in chicago. it is going to rain somewhere today. let's turn to nicole mitchell to find out exactly where. >> a lot of places in fact. as we head to the western half of the country, pretty dry, great for the northwest, northern rockies, the same system as it moved through here added to concerns with ice jams and flooding. now it is the eastern half of the country, rain, a lot of it this morning in south carolina to the snow side of it toward the north. chicago it started rain, switched to snow, even some
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thunderstorms before it switched to snow and it's blowing. wind gusts are over 30 miles per hour in some cases, causing a problem, as well, as this moves into the northeast, you can see some core of new england will see one to two feet. closer to the great lakes, a half inch to a foot. with that blowing around, we have some blizzard concerns or temporary white out conditions to be aware of. on the south side of this, the clash of the cold and warm air and temperatures are going to drop, a slight chance for strong storms, high winds being the primary threat. back to you. >> the head of the senate intelligence committee saying the c.i.a. may have violated the constitution by searching senate computers. as mike viqueira reports, the agency may have breached several laws. >> the senator from colorado is recognized. >> taking to the senate floor, dianne feinstein, the democratic chairman of the senate
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intelligence committee going public with an explosive allegation, the c.i.a. was spying on the investigation of the c.i.a. itself. >> after a series of meetings i learned that on two occasions, c.i.a. personnel electronically removed documents after providing them to the committee. >> the consist traverse yell bush era program under investigation, an internal review was turned over, only to later remove and search those same documents on committee computers for materials they were not authorized to get. >> what was unique and interesting about the internal documents was not their classification level but rather their analysis and acknowledgment of significant c.i.a. wrongdoing. >> in 2002, the program which included waterboarding began in
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secret. four years later, it was divulged publicly. the senate intelligence panel began a full investigation in 2009. it was in 2010, feinstein says documents were removed from committee files. the c.i.a. informed her of the document search, appearing at a previous live scheduled forum, the c.i.a. director issued a strong denial. >> nothing should be further from the truth. we wouldn't do that. that's just beyond the scope of reason. >> brennan cautioned the full story has not yet been told. >> when the facts come out on this, i think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong. >> at stake in the dispute, some experts say is the basic right of congress to investigate the executive branch. >> when the executive branch intimidates, chills oversight or
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interferes with oversight by withholding information, then that really is the check branch stepping on the congress's constitutional fear of authority. that's a problem. >> mike viqueira, aljazeera, washington. >> the request for the investigation came after democratic senator mark udall of colorado wrote a letter to president obama. a former aid to george w. bush is in washington, d.c. this morning. first of all, is there anything your sources tell you that can add to this already thicky bickell? >> no, but i think the next voice we have to hear from is the executive branch. the president needs to and that is the charges left by democratic dianne feinstein, head of the committee. if the president believes there have been wrongdoing particularly crimes committed, it's up to the justice department to step in, but certainly the congress if these allegations are true has the power according to the
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constitution for oversight, if they've been cut out or crimes committed, the senate has a remedy, a special prosecutor that they can look into, as well as having hearings on this subject in camera or before the public. >> the white house issued a statement saying it stands behind the c.i.a. director and what he is saying. is that not enough? >> well, if i was the chairman of the committee dianne feinstein, i would say no, because either crimes were committed or the c.i.a. wrongfully accessed congressional computers. they have to put the pressure on the executive branch and they have ways of doing that. >> we had a c.i.a. analyst who maintained that what was taken out were documents that she beliefs indicate thatted rendition program, the torture programs themselves didn't work and that the c.i.a. was trying to avoided embarrassment.
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what's your answer to that allegation? >> congress has the power and constitutional authority for oversight. it means they get all the news, the good and the bad and the cia cannot hide from congress interference they don't want them to have. congress needs all the information to render the proper oversight to an agency that should be responsible to company equal branches of government and the executive branch does not have a monopoly over what information they should share with congress. >> you're a veteran of washington and know these are two of some of the most powerful. >> this should be a process by which there's cooperation. when you have both sides that are polarized and fighting to
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the information they feel entitled to and executive branch siding with the c.i.a., that's where you have trouble. feinstein is fighting with the president, someone of her own party. that's troubling. >> when you say she's fighting with somebody of her own party, how unusual is it that you would have a public airing like this involving two members of the same party and two very powerful members of the same party? >> it's very unusual. it's troubling that it has to be aired in partly cloudy, these things are things that there should be cooperation between oh equal branches of government and we shouldn't be learning the dysfunction between the congress and the president, quite the contrary. we should be hearing about cooperation, especially between a congress and a president, in this case, the senate of the same party. >> what do you say to those who would say this is the monster that was created during the bush administration at a time when
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the c.i.a. went from being the central intelligence agency to an agency that fought wars in iraq and afghanistan. >> it depends your definition of torture. the fact under the bush administration, we were and i served on the bush administration. these were legally authoritative renditions and interrogations that provide information that kept our country safe. you can have a disagreement as to what you believe this president does as to when is effective interrogation and rendition but the bottom line is the bush administration used that which they thought was legal at the time, believed it was legal, and it provided results, kept us safe. >> my question goes to whether or not these agencies of grown too powerful. >> they very well might have. the fact is there's tremendous overlap in the intelligence services, and having a d.n.i.,
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for instance, turned out maybe to be the wrong decision. it made one man too powerful, but certainly the intelligence services we learned need raping in and the oversight that congress and only congress should be giving. >> i've got 15 seconds left. the last time this happened, most of the documents were burned by the c.i.a. do you think anything's going to come out of this? >> >> hope so and think republicans an democrats should come together in providing the proper oversight, because a too powerful intelligence service is the tail wagging the dog and we don't need that in america. >> the former ate to george w. bush from washington. that will do it for this edition of aljazeera america. up next, lockerbie, what really happened.
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you're watching: lockerbie: what really happened >> three years ago al jazeera began investigating the conviction of abdelbaset al megrahi, the only man found guilty of the bombing of pan am flight 103 over lockerbie in scotland. in the run up to last december's twenty-fifth anniversary of the bombing, we repeated two films that cast grave doubts on megrahi's conviction. now, we can reveal the results of our third, most disturbing investigation.


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