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east peace process. israel will stay the course of negotiations with a palestinian state. on tuesday palestine president mab at resumed -- mahmoud abbas resumed his campaign for international recognition of palestine. those are the headlines, i'm libby casey, "america tonight" is up next. >> on "america tonight": breaking news. gun shots ring out again at fort hood, texas. grim reminders of a deadly tragedy there five years ago. also tonight: a predator's playground. dangerous online social circles your children should learn to avoid. our special series, your secret's out. we focus on every parent's worst nightmare. >> at that point i couldn't see straight and the tablet was melting from the fire coming out of my eyes. >> and driving dangers, are government watch dogs
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failing, an accident about to happen. new questions as the ceo of gm is scoaltde scolded because of def. >> the culture you are representing here is the culture of the status quo. good evening everyone thanks for joining us. i'm adam may in for joie chen. let's begin with the developing texas. another shooting, one of the largest installations in the world. the details are still emerging but here is what we know. what we've confirmed so far at this hour. the shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. local time in texas. several people are dead including, including the
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suspected shooter. at least 14 others have been wounded. we just heard from hospital officials who said the injuries range from minor up to critical. some people shot once, some people shot multiple times. president obama has been briefed on the situation, he made these comments just a short time ago. >> obviously, this opens up the wounds at fort hood from five years ago. we know these families, their incredible service to our country and the sacrifices they make. obviously our thoughts and prayers were with the entire community and we are going to do everything we can to make sure that the community at fort hood has away it needs to deal with -- what it needs to deal with the current situation. also any potential aftermath. we're heartbroken that something like this might have happened again. >> yeah, very shocking. the president bringing up what happened there just five years
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ago, back in 2009. army psychiatrist major nadal hasan went on a shooting rampage the same place fort hood killing 14 people. joining us is benjamin bryant, he was on the fask task force tt was formed there after the incident. what can you add about what happened there at the ground and what reactions are you hearing from people that were there? >> as you can imagine adam it's been an urgent and heart-rending time. lots of time on social media and text messaging. there are answers shaping up around this. chaos, questions of terrorism and the horrible memories of the shooting five years ago. the thing that is most noteworthy and also very positive is the sense of relief that there is some answers, that
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the death toll is not as high as it probably could be, and these wonderful, wonderful people in army medicine. >> many people talked about how the lessons learns, could something happen at a military base, here we are, the same base. what have you heard so far were recommendations from the task force implemented? >> oh yes, every person would want, would want the recommendations we could make could cause this from ever happening again or prevent this. but the real work, the real success of that task force and the hardworking people much above my pay grade that worked on it were coming up with recommendations that would make the emergency response quick and efficient, that would make the communications systems work better, so the right people could talk together in the time frame that needed to do so, and
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we could identify and take down if that is indeed what happened, the shooter in any identified risk, there is an organization of searching for any other shooters. what i'm hearing from my colleagues at fort hood, is it went as well as can be expected in a situation like this, not only fort hood but the navy yard shooting, the other incidents that happened in the last five to ten years. >> another shooting at a military institution, entirely tragic. benjamin bryant, thank you for joining us and adding that insight tonight. we do want to take a live picture, this is coming out of fort hood, texas. we are expecting some more information. we are going to continue to monitor that and we'll bring you updates on al jazeera america. we do want to switch gears now and tell you about a special report we've been working on.
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the internet turns 25 years old this year and that means some people today have never known a world without it. in fact 95% of american teenagers are online and a vast majority says they have posted personal information. who is looking at that data and what happens if it falls in the wrong hands , maint' maintain's michael okwu reports. >> raising a child and within a second you'll never see her again. >> nothing much scarce daniel. he recently sped his motorcycle down a phoenix freeway just to see how fast it would go. but when we caught up with the father of three girls he took us to the place where he had the most frightening experience of
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his life. good my heart was going through. >> my heart was going through the gamut of emotions. >> spanieletti found the ipad of his younger daughter, and. >> i had seen a complete conversation that they had and it turned into hey how you doing to sexual favors back and forth. >> she made it clear in those conversations that you read on her tablet that she was 15 years old. >> yes. >> and his reply that that was okay. >> that's cool. it's all good. at that point i couldn't see straight. the tablet was melting from the fire coming out of my eyes. >> he raced to the apartment complex, lights flashing hoping to attract the attention of
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police. >> at that point, a glendale police officer was right there. four more police officers rushed right in lights flashing. >> the girls had been swimming in this pool as the man watched. good i just -- carefree, just swimming along. >> shelby said her friend convinced her to come along. she didn't realize she was in any danger until she got out of the water. >> i picked up the phone and my dad had called me a lot of times. i was like, this can't be good. and the police rolled up and i went well, this escalated quickly. >> what do you think could have happened? again. >> you thought this was a predator who was potentially abducting your child? good absolutely. >> the man fled. not many children have been so fortunate.
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meetme.com, the social website that the girls used have been used by sexual predators across the country. in june a massachusetts man pled guilty to charges that he used the site to trick girls into sending him naked photos and then blackmailed them into having sex with him. meet me users were charged with raping girls as young as 12. >> after the fact thinking about it, he could have easily, easily just locked us in his car and driven god knows where. >> prosecutors say the site is a powerful tool for predators because it allows them to geo-locate unsuspecting young users nearby or in other words to track them. >> it told you within feet how many -- like how far you were from people. >> within feet? >> within feet, yes. networking.
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in fact they're revealing private information that can fall into the wrong hands. meet me now has more than 90 million users worldwide and a quarter of them are under 18. shelby shows us how it works. >> you go to this lovely locals button, meet guys 13 to 17 who have visited recently. it tells you within the decimal how many miles away they are. >> wow, that's a lot of faces. >> oh and there's more. >> how confident are you that these are the actual faces of the people who are logged in? >> not very. >> you are wearing a mask when you're on the internet. you have absolutely no idea what this person even looks like. let alone who they are, how they smell, how they act, how they interact, nothing. >> it has b become an app for
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choice for sexual predators and criminals to track young people. >> dennis herrera is the city attorney of san francisco. he is now suing meet me under california's unfair competition law, trying to have california change its consent policies. >> they don't know when they sign on to meet me that they're giving up their privacy of their personal location and geolocation data. individuals above the age of 18 who sign up and say they're between the ages of 13 and 17 with no age verification and they can immediately gain access to the profiles of young people. >> if you want to construct an instrument that was readily available and effective for sexual predator, it sounds to me like you could not have constructed it better than a site like this. >> i couldn't agree with you more. >> meet me declined an interview with "america tonight," but said in a statement, we review
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hundreds of thousands of photos posted to our services every day and we compare the information provided by our users to a sex offender registry. but it's easy to provide false information, as we discovered. we created an account on meet me using an anonymous e-mail address then set the profile to 13-year-old boy. added a picture of mickey mouse and we were in. child predators have been savvy about mining social networking websites. according to a 2010 study by the journal of adolescent health, 65% of online sex offenders used such sites to learn details about victims such as where he or she lived or went to school. and more than a quarter of online sex offenders used the victim's online social networking sites to even determine their specific whereabouts at a specific time. >> kidnapping becomes tremendously easy.
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stealing kids' identities becomes tremendously easy. >> mico sell is a computer hacker, organizer of one of the world's largest hacking events in fact. she is so concerned about online privacy that she has become an advocate. >> i think people would be shocked if they understand how easy and often your private communications are bought and sold by strangers around the world. >> she alone wears sunglasses, to minimize strangers tracking her online. >> pretty much it's a metal cage. when i put my phone in it, no wireless signals are going to get in and out of there like my gps location or what i'm saying. >> the implication is when you're not using it you still can be hacked by somebody. >> oh yes. >> who
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specifically is doing that? the nsa or -- >> the nsa is just the tip of the eye berg. surveillance has gone main -- the iceberg. surveillance has gone mainstream. we can teach this to the kids in a half an hour. >> a conference called roots, featured at the infamous hackers convention deathcon. >> listen to their text messages. let me show you how to break 22 into facework and twitzer, let me show you how to turn on the front facing camera. >> don't you think that's a dangerous path to lead them on? >> you can't make kids behave well online by saying privacy is good for you. they will run from it. >> what they will say is you
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want to know how stupid these other folks are for being online, i could easily own them. you just sent a top secret encrypted message. >> sell is already teaching her four-year-old, how to be safe online. wicker sends encrypted self- destroying messages. >> i think millions and billions of kids around the world will start using wicker, kids live in a surveillance state all day long and trying to get out of it. >> these are necessary because regulators can't keep one all the sites, criminals and predators are using. >> none of the media can even grasp this at all. it is technology that even
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technologists have a hard timekeeping it with. i check tout founders and how they make money very closely before i'll let my kids use anything. >> now daniel is doing the same. he says he's more vigilant than ever about monitoring what his daughters do online. and says he's already thinking about how to protect the newest edition to his family, his granddaughter, dani. as for shelby, she says the experience changed her. >> huh-uh. >> you're not on instagram? >> nope. on all these other networks people can see what you're doing all the time. >> what would you tell other kids about what they ought to be doing about protecting their privacy online? >> don't put your personal information out there because there's people that will eat that up. >> michael okwu, al jazeera, phoenix.
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>> coming up next on "america tonight": campaign contributions. the supreme court losens the reins again, purchasing political power. >> you have the freedom to write what you want to write, donors can give what they want to give. >> the architect of this legislate to explain his -- legislation to explain his goal. >> our digital team has launched a new campaign called tracking assault. use the #trackingassault and also log on to our website, aljazeera.com slk americatonight. >> i mean, i don't know who's illegal, who's not illegal... al jazeera america presents a breakthrough television event. borderland a first hand look at the crisis on the border... >> i'm already afraid just being here >> six strangers, with different
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points of view take a closer look at the ongoing conflict. gary, a farmer, who hires many migrent workers... >> people say immigrants are stealing our jobs, it's not true... >> and allison, a born again christian, republican... >> let's just send them back to mexico and let their goverment handle it. >> they re-live the fatal quest of a young boy named omar... >> do you think that omar was way too young to make that trip accross the dessert? >> you just can't keep being strong... >> where will this path lead them? >> just because they make it to the u.s., doesn't mean good things are gonna happen to them. >> experience illegal immigration... up close, and personal. >> the only way to find out, is to see it yourselves. on... borderland only on al jazeera america
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>> evey saturday, join us for exclusive, revealing, and suprizing talks with the most interesting people of our time. >> thinking differently is actualy punished... >> this saturday, is public education actually failing america? >> education is the biggest investment we make in our futures.
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>> but what are we really teaching our kids? >> i think it's a catastrophe that so many school disticts have cut arts programs back... >> could his reforms lead to happier, more fufilled lives. >> schools need to encourage the development of imagination... >> sir ken robinson talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america in a controversial 5-4 decision, the supreme court took a swipe at campaign financing. total amount that people can give to caits is unconstitutional. financial contributions to an unlimited number of candidates political parties or pacs. critics say this could give wealthy donors way to much access and power. it is a candidates on the trail chasing votes and always looking for donors to help pay for it all. and now the way candidates raise money is about to change dramatically.
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since the 1970s, donation to individual candidates have been subject to rules and limits. today's supreme court decision rolls back a lot of those restrictions. until now, the overall cap on donations to politicians was $123,200 per election cycle with a limit of $5200 per candidate in that cycle. but now the overall cap is gone. that means rich donors can give $5200 to as many candidates as they want with no limit. so if you are rich enough and you find enough candidates you can now spend millions. the court's reasoning political spending is a form of speech and since the constitution protects speech there should be no limits on spending. the decision rolls back campaign finance laws that grew out of the most famous political scandal in u.s. history, watergate which forced a
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resignation of a president and restrictions on the influence of money e-money and politics. even richard nixon said enough is enough. >> i pledge to you tonight that i will do all that i can that ensure what of watergate is a new level of what has been wrong in our politics no longer corrupts or demeans what is right in our politics. >> but in the last decade the restrictions and limits have been chipped away through a series of new laws and some court decisions. often led by conservatives, the moves have changed the political land capes. a case called citizens united, opening the door for corporations and labor unions to spend unlimited amounts of candidates. >> they want even deeper cuts to things like education and
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medicare. >> if that's for the president to be so negative as he is so far. >> a sharp criticism from president obama in his 2010 san antonio 2010state of the union address. >> part of the . >> another rewrite of the facing's campaign finance laws expected to have a huge impact on the way politicians run their campaigns and pay for them. so what does the high court's decision mean for our political process? we're joined by james bop, the architect many say behind the landmark citizens united case. mr. bop, do you believe the
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continued erosion of campaign finance laws in this country are elections, are elections simply for sale? >> no. we still have contribution throiments candidates, which means that any -- limits to candidates, which means that any donation a candidate receives is at a low level that will ensure that that candidate is not unduly influenced by the contribution. the court said today why the law permitted somebody to give to nine candidates and uncorrupting amount, subject to these limits, there was somehow or another some reason why they couldn't goif a 10th. they said that was irrational and struck it down. by the way, full disclosure, i am in the mccutcheon case. i am very pleased with the result. >> let me give you a stab at that question one more time, i
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want to give you one more, according to the center for responsive politics, in the 429 house races ended up winning 95% of the time. in fact in 406 of those races the candidate actually won decisively, the one with the most cash. do you feel this is ethical the candidate with the most money seems to be winning most of the time. was this what the founding fathers had in mind? >> what the founding fathers had in mind was no limits on speech that's why they adopted the first amendment. they think finance restrictions will tend to drive the citizens out of politics and that we need freedom, freedom to be involved. and campaign finance laws are the opposite of that. now, founding fathers aside, of course, the amount that somebody receives in terms of
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contributions is a reflection of support. so it's not unusual that those with the most support are actually the people that win most of the elections. it's not because they have the money, it is because they are the support that contributions are an indicator of, that they win an election. >> i find it really interesting that you said it could drive citizens out of politics. just breyer said, it has everything to do with corruption, the general public will not be heard. let's say you're a factory worker in michigan and you want to give money to a campaign, how do you say the deep pockets that can contribute? >> other people would support that candidate, i'm not wealthy when i give $200 to a candidate,
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i'd be very happy for some rich person who agrees with my philosophy and support of my candidate to give money to that caped too. >> one party more than the other though if you are talking about -- >> it will probably help the democrats more than the republicans. >> how do you say that? >> unfortunately. well, 80% of the rich est democrats. liberal democrats. unfortunately i think they will probably have a net benefit you but you know, look, this isn't about partisan politics and would gets the advantage, it is about the first amendment and the whole principle that citizens need to be able to participate in our election and campaign finance restrictions invariably restrict people's participation and often benefits cuments and that's what has to -- incumbents and that's
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what has to change. >> it was saying that all limits should be unconstitutional do you agree with that? >> well, you know when i wake up in the morning and am pessimistic and am down, i do support limits. they need to be much higher now because you can't even buy a democrat congressman for 2600. but then other times i get off up on the other side of the bed and i think about elections in indiana and 20 states that have no contribution limits and it seems like our states are better governed with less corruption than states in new york and new jersey that have so much more corruption and also have contribution limits. i'm just not sure. >> one thing i think all sides would agree on there's certainly a lot of money in politics and that has created issues.
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campaign finance attorney james dopp, thanks for joining us. >> you're welcome. >> after the break, car trouble. >> i think it's highly appropriate that gm will face evidence. >> i don't see this as anything but criminal. >> as gm endures a grueling round 2 on the hill are auto makers losing confidence with their consumers?
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>> now asnapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." talk of take backs for deposed president viktor yanukovych. he will be urging russia to return the annexed crimea to
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ukraine. china had an earthquake just following the chilen 8.2 earthquake. an investigation into malaysia flight 370 is focused on the cabin crew. all the passengers have been cleared and the investigation is now centered on the pilots. meanwhile day 26 of the search turned up empty. crews are now broadening the search area. another bad day for the auto industry. chrysler just recalled 850,000 suvs, we're talking about jeep jeep grand cherokees and dodge advance. ceo mary barra faced another day of harsh questioning on capitol hill.
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"america tonight"'s lori jane gliha reports. >> on march 10, 2010, brooke was driving her 2005 quli chevy cobalt, as she was driving on the highway, her car suddenly lost power. ken and beth melton, her parents rushed to the hospital she was dead when they arrived. >> families lost loved ones in similar accidents, clumped clutched pictures and cried. the cause of brooke's death was an ignition switch that disabled the power steering, disabled the power brake leading to a deadly crash. gm knew about the faulty ignition switch years earlier but failed to act.
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a claim gm ceo mary barra admit. >> i can't tell you why it it is took years but i will tell you we will find out. >> barra who took over in january, leaned on however barra has worked for gm 33 years and california senator barbara boxer had little understanding. >> i am very disappointed. the culture you are representing here today is a culture of status quo. >> gm's troubles they suggested are just beginning. in i think it's likely appropriate that gm will face prosecution based on this evidence. >> i don't see this as anything but criminal. >> gm has hired kenneth fineberg
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to help deal with the cases. fineberg has earned a reputation, for the bp oil spill and most recently the boston bombings. senator edward markey noted compensation could have been earlier. >> the difference between this switch and one that would have worked was a difference between life and death. and do you mo the other difference that it would -- know the other difference? that it would only cost $2 to repair, $2. and it was apparently $2 too much. >> the question of money was a big one for mary bar rarvetiona, some lawmakers -- 2009 government bailout. >> in 29, the federal government owned 60% of the company because taxpayers bailed the company out. so gm knew of this issue in some
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capacity ten years ago. they changed the part but didn't tell anyone. through all of this gm was unable to determine that they should pull 2.2 million vehicles off the road. you said it yourself yesterday, ms. barra, gm has a culture based on cost not safety. >> on the issue of safety senator boxer is now sponsoring a bill barring recalled vehicles from rental fleets. >> do you support a law that senator mccaskell and senator sheurm and others have proposed that if cps i shouldn't be leased or loaned? >> i haven't been. >> you should, you were the kerry of gm when we -- the ceo of gm, you got a letter opposing the bill, you were already ceo,
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this is the new gm. >> ultimately the question for the new gm are the ignition switches safe, would a chevy cobalt be safe to drive home? >> since i were a gm customer if i were to have a recalled chevrolet cobalt would you tonight? >> if you take all the keys off the ring except the ignition key or just use the ignition key, our engineering team has done extensive analysis to say it is safe to drive. >> i suspect cobalt drivers would not take comfort in that advice knowing what has come up. >> well, there seems to be a surge in recalls in the auto industry. how is it affecting consumer conversation around who is looking out for your safety, sean, you have been investigating auto issues now for 20 years. how do you think gm is handling this?
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did they really mess up here? >> well, certainly messed up, they missed this big problem, they knew about it for a decade and that's why they're on the hot seat on capitol hill today. this surge in recalls though, is also coming in a number of different arenas, we see a whole lot of new technology coming into cars, that technology is proving to be troublesome, where manufacturers may be stepping up and looking to recall a little bit sooner where we saw with the chrysler brakeage -- >> they are trying to avoid an issue like general motors? >> without going into details, i suspect auto makers are getting much more concerned about what can happen in the event they miss a problem. right now the stakes are higher especially given what's happened to the criminal charges against toyota and now with very likely
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criminal investigation into the general motors activities these are going to have real effect on the industry. but in some respects it also has a message. >> you think you said missing some of these problems, are these auto makers missing problems or hiding problems? good well, you know it's actually a mix of both. we oftentimes they're not even looking at the right metrics to see where the problems are. they are willfully woig these them. >> where are the government regulators in all of this? are they doing an adequate job to make sure these auto makers are putting us in safe vehicles? >> well the regulators, the national highway traffic safety administration are outmanned out gunned outspent, they have a small budget, they are not using the technology or making decision s that would eliminate these problems. we just didn't have enough information, i don't think that's true.
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i think someone who has investigated defects for nearly 20 years and followed trends these defects come in small pixels, and you have to look at the many pixels to put together the picture. i ntsa had many views. >> can you tell us what happens happening there? >> unfortunately with nhtsa, we are dealing with -- >> you say a $10 million budget? i bet you they spent a lot more on airline safety and we're certainly a hot safer in planes than we are in cars aren't we? >> there is a big are pool of money that goes to nhtsa. that said, they had all the information in front of them.
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in fact their own investigators suggested doing investigation in 2007 but for some reason the hire up the chain in the defects office decided against investigating this problem. >> wow. >> unclear why. >> so many unclear and unanswered questions. sean cane, thanks so much for joining us. still to come: thousands fired. >> where do you go from here? >> you know that's a good question, i think about that every day, i always pray and ask god, what is my new purpose. >> the children caught in the middle. >> these protestors have decided that today they will be arrested >> these people have chased a president from power, they've torn down a state... >> what's clear is that people
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don't just need protection, they need assistance.
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>> a very heated debate over education in new orleans could have ripple effect all across the country. the firing of workers, could get a billion dollars in damage. but there is a lot more to the story. "america tonight"'s sarah hoye has the story, a battle over public education. >> just like these people are just like nothing you know? just like throw them away. >> welcome back, y'all. >> barbara ferguson and walter goodwin worked as, they were
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fired in 2006 in the aftermath of hurricane katrina. >> this has to come as a shock. i mean, it's like how low can you go? >> after katrina, families were slower to trickle back into nonls. new orleans. with fewer students, they had to let people go. he believes that federal state and local officials took advantage of what they always wanted, to dismantle the public school system. >> there were some teachers that needed to go, principals that needed to go, school board members that needed to go. but we were not responsible for the finances of this school. we were not responsible for the politics that the school board entered into with the state. that wasn't the teachers. >> an educator for more than 30 years, good
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win said the school system had all sorts of problems. things like large class sizes, crumbling buildings and a dysfunctional school board. >> there were teachers that schools. this is a teacher that did not work in a failing school. this teacher could have had the opportunity to work in some of the best schools in the city. >> i didn't think we were failing schools. some may have been but not all, administration were doing what they were -- administrators were doing what they were supposed to do. i feel we should have been able to come back. education. after katrina, the state took steps to replace almost all the city's regular public schools with charter schools. >> the third one we said was
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modified. >> charter schools get public dollars and must meet state educational standards but they are largely free to manage their own affairs. many are run by private companies. nearly 80% of students in new orleans attend charter schools, america. these schools have no obligate to repyre these teachers. >> i had -- rehire these teachers. >> i had been 31 of the 33 years i had been teaching. i felt like we should have been seniority. i wasn't a problem, all my evaluations was good, my attendance was good and i just loved my job. >> after fleeing katrina hearn hearns -- alexander wen
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-alexander came back. on. >> what kind of info were you finding out? >> the first the thing they told us, they asked if you intended to return to the new orleans public schools please indicate so and i did. and you could also call, you about i called. >> you got a different sort of word. >> yes, i got the word i was fired. >> how did it feel that you were terminated by letter? >> it felt like i was kicked to the curb. the school and the children in that community. >> this is mcdonald 35. >> stan smith was named interim superintendent, he works for the local public school board. it was the board that fired those 7,000 employees. >> we would have preferred not to do any of it but we didn't have the students, there were a
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lot of uncertainties. >> smith said beyond that the change. before katrina 65% of students were in failing schools according to state ratings. >> i don't think anyone is going to sit here and say the performance of orleans school system prior to katrina was adequate. >> it's not just local officials who believed the school system in new orleans needed an overhaul. in 2010, arne duncan said, it took hurricane dreent wake up the community to -- katrina to wake up the community and say we need to do better. the numbers siem seem to back him up, judged around state standards, the new system is dramatically out-performing the old one. now fewer than 6% of students are in failing schools. >> are you happy with performance? >> no.
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you're never happy with performance. if you ever get to the point where you're happy with performance it's time to retire. there is room for improvement and we need to continue to pursue that. in i get the impression that people are looking at louisiana, new orleans as the model. well, look twice. this model has many problems. >> many in new orleans debate whether the schools are really better. willie attorney. >> the point is many of them are not working so people around the country need to understand that. that this for the most part has been an experiment. >> the politics of education are complicated. in new orleans especially so. we reached out to several people involved in the charter school movement. other than stan smith all were reluctant to speak to us for this report. when it comes to
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the public schools overhaul, a lot of people say race matters. predominantly black. the majority of public school students and teachers black. >> it was a far heavier blow to happened. the teachers had you prior to the storm in the community a lot of kids wanted to be like that person, that was somebody's aunt, you went to the grocery store, church with that person. all of that was taken away after the storm. >> revamp a mostly black student body are often wide or from out of town creating tension. it's been said they don't appreciate the role public schools have played in the crescent city. >> because in new orleans we have a very well documented history of inquit inequity and injustice around children of color. struggle just to get the schools
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open. >> in new orleans seventh ward, this neighborhood was once home to many middle class blacks and at its core a public school, one of the things that held this neighborhood together. >> this generation of kids in new orleans had really been denied the opportunities that many other generations had, that strong relationship with our teachers, with the people in the neighborhoods. and i believe it contributes to the destabilization of the neighborhoods. >> the pastor is close friends with ingrid hearns alexander who lived here most her life. the pastor is worried about what happens in the future and where you go from here. >> i always pray and ask god what's my new purpose, before my purpose was an educator. i don't know what's next, i wish i do.
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>> reporter: sarah hoye, al jazeera, new orleans. >> looking ahead, it is a school where kids rule. >> we're learning a very intense rhythm, what we're doing at the end of the fir month is mostly what they do in the university at the end of the first year. >> making the grade at paris's school 42. imagine this, no professors, no lectures and no tuition. "america tonight"'s sheila macvicar, visits a classroom you have never seen before. that's on thursday. and this hour, taking on a brighter future, homeless children playing the game of a lifetime. consider this: the news of the day plus so much more. >> we begin with the government shutdown. >> answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> it seems like they can't
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agree to anything in washington no matter what. >> antonio mora, award winning and hard hitting. >> we've heard you talk about the history of suicide in your family. >> there's no status quo, just the bottom line. >> but, what about buying shares in a professional athlete? real perspective, consider this on al jazeera america
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al jazeera america. we open up your world. >> here on america tonight, an opportunity for all of america to be heard. >> our shows explore the issues that shape our lives. >> new questions are raised about the american intervention. >> from unexpected viewpoints to live changing innovations, dollars and cents to powerful storytelling. >> we are at a tipping point in america's history! >> al jazeera america. there's more to it. >> start with one issue education... gun control... the gap between rich and poor... job creation... climate change... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the
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the street child world cup. teams from 19 countries are taking part, organized by a british charity. these children are growing up in poverty and have spent time living on the streets. now, they've been reunited with their parents and are attending school. clearly, the boys and girls visited rio's stadium. >> now i'm playing a role as an ambassador to those children who are just like me. in he was eager for the pakistani boy's first match. >> striker for the south african girl's team. >> i was but now i'm okay. >> pretty is pretty sure her
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team will do well. >> i'll keep up. >> the competition is intense, but so are the friendships. for the kids, this tournament is an adventure. but beyond the fun and games, there's a serious purpose here, to draw attention to an often neglected global problem. >> these children will go back and they'll continue to work on the issue, raising awareness, raising understanding of away these children go through and lobbying governments to do more, lobbying society to do more for street children. >> after the opening round of matches, the burundian boys did a victory dance and his buddies were all smiles. pakistan beat india, 13-nil. rob reynolds, al jazeera. >> fantastic program.
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thanks >> scared as hell... >> as american troops prepare to leave afghanistan get a first hand look at what life is really like under the taliban. >> we're going to be taken to a place, where they're going to make plans for an attack. >> the only thing i know is, that they say they're not going to withdraw. >> then, immediately after, an america tonight special edition for more inside and analysis. >> why did you decide to go... >> it's extremly important for the western audience to know why these people keep on fighting... ...it's so seldom you get that access to the other side. >> faultlines: on the front lines with the taliban then an america tonight: special edition, only on al jazeera america >> a soldier opened fire in fort hood texas, he killed three people and injured 16 others,
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the victims conditions range from stable to critical. so far no clear answers on the motive. >> we do not know a motive, we know ta the soldier had behaviour and mental health issues and was being treated for that. fort hood authorities said the soldier was being freed nor post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety. he served 4 months in iraq in 2011. >> chile has had an after shock of 7.2. the coastal areas had been evacuated. the president has been evacuated from a coastal area. there was a 5.6 and 5.8 after shockment >> the supreme court limited campaign restrictions. donors can give donations to as many areas as they like. some signs of life in the mid
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