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al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> they're locking the doors... >> ground breaking... >> we have to get out of here... >> truth seeking... award winning investigative documentary series fault lines the deported only on al jazeera america a. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm michael yves with a look at today's top stories. veteran affairs secretary erik shinseki resigns. your crane makes a multi million dollar payment to defuse problems. and agreement to sell the los angeles clippers at a record-setting price, but will the nba accept it?
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>> there will be a change of command at the veteran's affairs department. president obama announced the move today. >> secretary erik shinseki handed me his resignation. with regret i accepted. >> veteran wait times from manipulated in 60% of facilities investigated, and they felt pressure to manipulate the system. mike viqueira is standing by at the white house. mike, 60% of clinics were cooking the books. in the wake of that, could the secretary stay on board? >> reporter: it was 64%. nationwide. remember, this scandal started in phoenix.
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there was yet another report on wednesday that started this firestorm that culminated in the events of this morning. but that report were wednesday said in 1700 cases in phoenix alone veterans were shown to have appointments when they were never able to see a doctor. as you said, cooking the books. events really culminated in erik shinseki delivering his interim report in person and offering his resignation. as you just heard the president say he accepted that resignation. why? because this had just become such a firestorm. in congress there were many democrats who had joined republicans and it could not be seen as a partisan witch-hunt. this was bipartisan. a veteran who had lost both le legs, and now a congresswoman
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from the president's home state of illinois. she herself joining the chorus. the president and secretary shinseki came to the same conclusion. >> she's not adverse in admitting where there is a problem, and going after it, but we ope occupy not just an environment that calls for management fixes, but we've also got to deal with congress.
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>> they cited 15 case where is government agencies warned of these wait times and possible manipulation of the record keeping. shinseki himself gave one last speech. in reducing the amount of homelessness of the veterans, he said i cannot defend the undefendible. >> a lot of people were asking for this resignation. we got it today. how will it affect the overall of the va system that president obama is calling for. >> reporter: there are many people who are looking at the va, and these problems go back 15 years and more. many times as a senator, he looked after these problems. we ran on a platform. one of his planks in 2008 was reforming the va. these were really not secret. these were going on for decades
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it not for generations. many are calling for the v.a. structure being ripped up by the roots and starting over. >> thank you. erik shinseki stepped down and today we have wide reaction to to his decision to resign. randall, what have we heard from capitol hill. >> reporter: quite a bit. this is bipartisan agreement, many welcoming shinseki's resignation. if he had supporters, they were silent. >> his resignation does not absolve the president of his responsibility to step in and make things right for our
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veterans. business as usual cannot continue. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell the kentucky republican saying what is needed is an agreement by the president and his allies in congress to join republicans in legislation that would help to fix this system. while many called for si shinseki's resignation, nobody believes getting rid of him will fix the problem. these problems are nothing new, and reach far beyond appointment schedules. one of the first democrats to call for the secretary's resignation said that our work is only beginning. investigations and accountability must proceed and we must make every effort in the
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coming weeks and months to implement reforms to make sure nothing like this happens again. senator hagin is facing a tough battle for re-election. in north carolina there are 800,000 veterans, many depending on the va for services. >> randall pinkston live in washington, thank you. here are some details about the acting head of the veteran's affairs department announced by president obama. sloane gibson becam provided programs and services for u.s. troops. he served in the army after brad waiting from west point in 1975. joining me from washington now major hickey. what is your reaction to the news of secretary shinseki's
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resignation today. i'm. >> well, i'm not surprised. i'm saddened by it because i believe general shinseki should have been there to fix these problems. he is a man of honor and he would see that they were fix: just because he is a man of honor that's why he offered his resignation, because he takes responsibility. >> do you believe other veteran groups will share your sentiment regarding you his resignation? >> i think they're split down the middle. some have said, yay, i'm glad he's gone. others have said, i think he wasn't the problem. it was the bureaucrats underneath him. and it was withheld from him. he's told--he was sold a bill of
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goods and thinks things are going well. >> that being said do you think this resignation will have a positive or negative impact on the v.a. system? >> well, time will tell. initially will it have a negative affect. now he's gone the focus will go away media-wise from the v.a. some people will say, oh, general shinseki resigned, problem solved. nothing else to see here, move on. but that's just the beginning. the whole system needs reform. the culture needs changed. i agree with everything that senator hagin, senator sand said before. they are all right. >> sloane gibson, considering he has been on the job with the
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v.a. just a few months now. >> well, it's going to be like taking a drink out of a fire hose. he'll come in, and i don't know what kind of authority the president will give him to make actual changes. i hope he'll let him go in, and people who need to be fired will be fired. if someone needs to be prosecuted, then they need to be prosecuted. >> i think you would be hard pressed to find anyone in this country who would think that veterans should not get timely healthcare after they serve the country. but the problem is how do they get it, and what is the solution to the situation? do you have one--seemingly the v.a. didn't have one. president obama didn't have a solution. from your standpoint what would correct the problem so the nation's veterans get the care they need when they need it? >> well, there are a lot of things that they could do, and a lot of them don't cost any money. for one thing, like the v.a.
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needs a culture change. on our website we list v.a. solutions, and there is a whole host of solutions that we've given not only to the veteran's administration, but we sent to the white house. and there are recommendations to help change the v.a. for example, one of them--v.a. doctors see one doctor--one doctor may see 1200 patients. well, out in the civilian world a primary care physician it's usually one doctor per 4200 patients. you could double and triple the number of patients that a v.a. doctor sees and reduce the waitlist just by doing that. >> something definitely inside to be done to help our service men and women who have come back after putting their lives in danger. general hickey, thank you so much for your time today. >> thank you. >> ukraine today said it will
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give russia $786 million in the first step to paying off its huge tax debt. meanwhile the white house said president obama will meet with ukraine's president-elect in poland this as they avow their defensive against the separatists in the eastern part of the country. there was more fighting today. >> reporter: there have been seven loud explosions. there were incoming mortar rounds. nowhere near my position so i haven't had to take cover, but this is happening every single day here. this explains why many people are beginning to leave. 200 children have, indeed, been evacuated. these mortar rounds are often not aimed just at the separatist fighter positions but appear to be random. they've hit hospitals here. and so russia today is actually aused the ukrainian government of breaking the geneva convention with these mortar
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rounds we've heard. there is no way to protect the lives of innocent civilians while this is going on. >> syrian president bashar al-assad will likely win another seven term in the national elections in syria. many fear violence will remain in the country as a result. thousands have fled to turkey. we report from the turkish border. >> reporter: hundreds of syrians are on the move in the country's northwest. these families are from the syd of idlib. they packed whatever they could take and left after rebels advised them to do so.
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the city is under the control of the government but it is surrounded by rebel-controlled territory and it seems that opposition fighters have made it its next target. >> the idlib province issued a statement asking people to leave before may 29th. as you can see hundreds are leaving to the countryside. >> reporter: the warning from the opposition came days before the government plans to hold a presidential election in areas under its control. >> people are scared after the islamic committee told them to leave. they believe government areas will be target: polling stations may be hit by mortars, and the government's militiamen will force people to vote. so the people fled. >> reporter: some of them are arriving in turkey, and many are too scared to speak on camera. there are those who said they left because they don't want to vote on election day. others are afraid that a hello advance would unleash heavy bombardment by syrian
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warplanes. others explain that many want to leave but can't. they are state employees and institutions. if they want to keep getting their salaries they have to vote. >> reporter: a major highway where the regime used to supply its forces to the north. >> the regime is hitting back using the air force. people in idlib city are afraid that they will be targeted if they start advancing against government forces. >> reporter: the regime has made gains in southern and central industr syria, but here in the north it's contested territory. right now their aim seems to be to keep people from voting. >> secretary of state john kerry has been told he does not need to testify before house oversight committee in investigating the attack in bengahzi libya. it was support to be part of the hearing on the 2012 attack.
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issa still accuses kerry of obstructing the committee's investigation. four americans plus the ambassador to libya were killed. some heavy hitters in midterm elections have joined the campaign battle for control of the u.s. senate. david shuster joins us, when you need help you go to the big guy for help. >> reporter: that's right. mitt romney is now taking an active role in the iowa senate race, and that primary in both parties is next tuesday. romney is on the air with this. >> i know iowa is ready to play a crucial part in this year's elections. >> reporter: a lot of republicans in washington believe that ernst would give the g.o.p. the best chance of winning in november and helping republicans take control of the u.s. senate. but last night in the final debate ernst had an embarrassing
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gaffe. she was asked got violent images in her campaign ad given the shooting in santa barbara. ernst defended the ad and then she was asked a follow up. >> so you wouldn't change the ad or the timing of it or anything? >> i would not, no, this unfortunate accident happened after thed a. >> reporter: calling the skillings an accident rather than murder set off a firestorm. and she said she simply misspoke. no. alaska democrats and republicans alike continue to marvel at the senate re-election campaign being run by mark beggach. highways long been considered inchemical bent but he's being fired the contender.
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in response to sullivan's latest ad stating begich is not getting anything done. >> in this steel business he had more business because i approved more drilling. a narrow field where we expanded the safety zone. >> pretty good ad. begich's chances this fall will go way up. hillary clinton's new book "hard choices" will be released in two weeks and one of the chapters is about the beak in libya, and some republicans would like to question clinton. she writes, quote: 666.
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>> : >> finally everyone in the nfl debate over washington redskins name. senate majority leader join 49 other senators in urging the team to change its name. the redskins front office by responded asking fans to tweet at reid and say what the name means to them. most of the tweets supported reid stating that redskins was racist and insensitive. and accused dan snyder of being an idiot. we were just talking about some of the efforts that snyder has made and pointed to an article. highways been reaching out to indian groups to get them to say nice things about the redskins, and they're refusing.
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>> i don't know what is worse, his refusal to change it or the team's pr attempt to change culture about how people feel about the name. bad all around. >> reporter: yes. >> president obama will soon have a new chief spokesperson. announced that jay carney is leaving his post. carney has been white house secretary since 201 2011 josh ernest will take the spot. the world cup ticket prices are plummeting. if i told you that a free ten-second test
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>> on wall street stocks were mixed after the government reported an unexpected slow down in consumer spending in april. and reported a new record high
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16,717. the nasdaq lost five points. the city of detroit has over 300 parks. but half of them are bankrupt and abandoned. a group has taken on the job of maintaining some of these parks. bisi onile-ere has more from detroit. >> reporter: they call themselves the detroit mower gang. a group of landscapers who spend one night every other week caring for detroit parks. kids will come out and play on the swings and that type of thing. that's very satisfying. before we got there they didn't are a place to play, and now
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communities landmarks people once flocked to have become places to avoid. >> it was pretty bad. it was not well-kept at all. >> reporter: rhonda smith said her neighborhood park began to deteriorate when budget cuts forced the city to stop maintaining it a few years ago. the city eventually resumed taking care of it you but during the gap the mower rolled in and smith was thankful. >> when services are locked, there is a ram in a bush, there is someone there to step up and make things happen and we don't have to sit back and wait for the city to provide services that we can take the reins ourselves. >> reporter: volunteers will spend hours working on this one project. they're driven to take on grass and weeds in some of detroit's toughest neighborhoods, and many of them don't even live here. jim kauffman joined the crew two years ago. he travels an hour half to help
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out. >> i see the bankruptcy, the awareness that that has caused as an opportunity for us to, the people who live here, to turn this thing around. >> reporter: and in 2013 detroit maintained just 25 parks. that number has since jumped to 150. last april the city launched an adapt a park program. so far community groups and businesses have made commitments to maintain over 60 detroit parks. >> there is a certain satisfaction in a job well done, and sometimes you have to pay to make it. >> reporter: for the detroit mower gang there is still a lot more ground to cover. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera detroit. >> the world cup begins in brazil in less than two weeks, and ticket prices for some of the games there have plummeted. tickets for games outside of rio de janeiro are showing up for as little as $16 a piece. the ticket exchange said construction delays and flooding may be effecting those prices.
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meanwhile brazil is getting creative in sao paulo to cover up a wall that leads up to the stadium. they hired graffiti artists to paint it. >> reporter: just a short distance from the main stadium where the matches will be played. along very boring road. a long, long wall, four kilometers very dull that needed to be livened up. the authorities decided to contract graffiti elements covering every element of football. the victory. >> the largest wall in latin america, and it involves 70
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artists. my proposal is the fun of watching the game sort of an animation story on the wall. starting with the game and including the moments of tension and sadness until we reach the celebration of the goal. >> those driving down the road will have an effect of animation. >> can donald sterling sue over the deal. and when dna implicates innocent people. we'll break down the flaws in the system and the potential consequents. consequents.
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>> donald sterling's wife shelly has greed to sell the los angeles clippers for $2 billion to steve balmer. the two sides signed an agreement before midnight last night. but donald sterling refuses to give up the team without a five. he gave his wife the authority to negotiate the sell earlier this month, but his attorneys now say he has had a change of heart. any deal must be approved by the nba and team owners. they're scheduled to vote tuesday. but the league would rather see the team sold than seized. joining me from chicago is sports attorney, xavier, let's first start with the deal itself. now, sterling is still the owner of the team, and he is pledging
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to sue the league. if he goes through with these lawsuits, even if the league accepts the deal between shelly sterling and steve balmer, how does this affect the process. >> he may not only sue the league but he may sue the family trust. the big question there was superintendent evaluators who said that dome donald sterling was not mentally fit? where did that come from? when was that produced. shelly sterling was ready to divorce him. was her interest compromised, and shelly sterling said that they entired against him to push him out of the league and go through this process. >> explain the family trust. that term may be unfamiliar to a lot of people. as it relates to a professional sports team.
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>> many peopl wealthy people hold large assets in a family trust. this is so he could leave things to his wife without tax. now this is being used against donald steriling. >> the capital gains tax that he will have to pay on the sell of the $2 billion compared to what he paid for it in 1981 in excess of $6 million which alone is the highest prison sold for a nba team. the valley of these teams have gonen exponentially. $534million for the sacramento kings. balmer was involved in that. that was in may 2013. the sell of the microphone bucks
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$550 million. what does this do for the entire league to have a team valued at $2 billion? >> that's a great question. you'll start to see some cash strap owners that were looking to maybe sit on the value of their franchise say, hey, maybe i can sell. you saw that steve balmer wanted to move a franchise to seattle. now that the value is at a level where maybe the nba could move to another market. >> the league said they're waiting for the official paperwork regarding this sale to steve balmer. tmz has been reporting on this story. they have the initial story that started this entire scandal. sterling wrote to commissioner adam silver saying, quote:
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sterling seems to be at a catch 22 now. if he says that letter no longer applies because he was not of his proper mind at the time that would go back to the mental incapacitated argument that shelly sterile something trying to use from the family trust issue to broker the deal. is donald steriling in a no-win situation? >> that's a fantastic question, michael. we need to know what type of document was it? when he refers to the adult, was this document part of any document used to measure his unfitness as far as memory capacity? we don't know what that document stated. donald sterling may be in a catch 22 situation, but he may have been pressured to sign this document in an unique situation. we really don't know. who evaluated donald sterling? was it shelly sterling's representative, and he could
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raise this i in a divorce proceedings as he was pushed to misuse some of the marital assets during their marriage. >> sports attorney xavier pope from chicago, thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> thailand's military leader expects to hold election next year. they say it will take at least a year to write a new constitution and set up an interim government. the military said the coup was necessary to end months of political turmoil, but it has not stopped protests. in central african republic, two people were killed in protests at the capitol. they want the government to step down after fail to stop increased fighting. men with machetes attacked a
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mosque. gunmen killed 17 people at a church. and in yemen unrest in the north and south threatens to destabilize the country. 12 people were killed in clashes between shia rebels and government forces. the government is worried about being overwhelmed as it battles al-qaeda fighters. >> reporter: more government soldiers join the fight against al-qaeda. they are trying to clear strategic areas after pushing the fighters out of a town where al-qaeda had been strong. in this village jets attack an al-qaeda hideout. security forces are on the alert. the general in charge of hunting down al-qaeda fighters across the country. >> terrorism is the biggest problem we confront in yemen. it's the biggest threat to
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stability. we expect attacks but with the ministry of defense we implemented measures t against the attacks. >> reporter: the army is shelling shia rebel defenses. the government accuses iran of giving substantial military and financial aid to destabilize yemen and neighboring saudi arabia. >> it's terrorists. people who terrify people and destroy property. these are illegal and yemen is determined to beat them. >> reporter: they say their fight is to end years of discrimination and injustice. but fighting on two fronts may be too much for yemen security forces. the government wants to negotiate a cease-fire so it can
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focus on its fight against al-qaeda. the yemeni army faces a delicate balancing act. it wants to convince the rebels to stop violence and hand over weapons. >> yesterday in relation to the boston bombing investigation. >> reporter: a young man in massachusetts is accused 6 impeding the bombing investigation. the fbi arrested the 23-year-old this morning. police say he lied about his friendship with the bombing suspects and deleted information about the tsarnaev brothers. incal, santa barbara police
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knew about the videos posted by the young hannemann wh man who killed six students. but didn't do anything about them. the police said they didn't search his home because they didn't consider him a threat. the guns he used last friday were stashed in his apartment. eight gay couples are suing, they want florida to recognize their marriages performed in other states. the attorney general said recognizing same sex unions from other states would cause public harm. and they are just too smart to lose. the scripps national spelling bee ended with two winners, yes, two of them. >> you're cochampions of the scripps intellectualing be. >> the two co-champions. the pair tied after going five rounds without either of them missing a word. this is the first time the
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spelling bee championship is shared by two students in more than 50 years. one of the winners said the competition was really against a dictionary, and not each other. >> this is broadcast on the sports network espn. and they showed more sportsmanship in winning than we see in many athletes. >> reporter: and they're both receiving $30,000 as their prize. >> they both deserve it. >> we'll meet a man who fought the confession to murder.
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>> a project that focuses on overturning wrongful convictions using dna. a department of justice department could go a long way in these false confessions. >> the latest agency to require agents to record interviews with subjects. many states still do not require officers to tape the interrogations. >> it was a brief moment but the words will haunt him for years. >> i falsely admitted to a murder and rape of a high school classmate. >> reporter: in 1990 he was only 16. a murder and rape consumed his small town.
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the police focused on him and a 17-hour interrogation without his parents he confessed. >> i remember--i remember falsely telling him that there was--that there was an argument, and that--that i tackled her and ripped off her bra and hit her over the head with a gatorade bottle. >> reporter: a shocking admission that was not true. >> they wore me down. he was an emotional wreck. >> reporter: but it sent him to prison for 16 years. all that could have been avoided if the jury could have seen the confession. >> i think it would have been clear to them that i was fearful, that i worn down. they played a lot of psychological games with me, and i was an emotional mess. >> reporter: activists say it happens all too often. nearly a quarter of recently overturned cases included false confessions. >> these procedures that
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officers have been taught to utilize are so aggressive and so psychologically manipulative, yeah, they get bad guys to confess, but they also get innocent people to confess as well. >> reporter: yet across much of the country officers do not record interviews. it has further required tape interrogations. >> not until 2006 was he released after a dna test pointed to a convicted murderer whose confession, by the way, was recorded. >> do you recognize yourself back then? >> barely. it's shocking how young and vulnerable i was. >> reporter: he now works to free others in jail. wrongfully convicted by their own words.
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>> now some officers who record the interview to scare suspects, but not having those taped confessions was causing them to lose the case. >> it's staggering that the number of people confess to things they didn't do, because you're going to go to jail if you do that. but the emotional stress they must be under is probably hard for a lot of people to fathom. >> it's hard for him to explain why he confessed to a crime of killing a classmate. but it happens, more often than we might expect. that situation it's hard to say why they do it, but it's clear through aggressive police tactics, scare, or oftentimes a person may not be mentally strong. they end up letting their guard down and admitting to crimes they did not do. >> he was interrogated for 17 hours without his parents or an
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attorney. >> he was taken to the police officer to meet with officers. his parents don't know, and that was okay in new york at the time. >> jonathan betz, thank you for that. when authorities make mistakes overturning a wrong conviction can take years. looking how faulty fbi analysis is preventing one man's release after two decades. he's hoping dna will prove his innocence. >> we do have the best justice in the world in theory. the problem is it's run by human beings who make mistakes. >> reporter: mistakes that have manipulated evidence that may have led to wrongful convictions over the past three decades. one of the cases in question is lily manning who was sentenced to death for the death of two college students. hair was analyzed by the fbi crime lab and tied to manning.
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>> when you heard about the fbi sending out letters that there was bad testimony about the forensics in your case and a whole bunch of other cases, how did you react to that? >> that was a huge sense of relief, and exactly what i needed. it shed light on so many other cases. >> fred whitehurst was the fbi agent who blue the whistle on the crime lab. >> this thing about hair analysis, it's not science. it's a subjective nightmare. >> i believe that the fate to have a wrong person incarcerated. >> they're going over something that was proven in court 20 years ago. i don't want him to breathe another breath of our air. i don't want to put a roof over his head. and it won't be final to me
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until he's dead and gone. >> a system flawed forensics right here on al jazeera america. >> the man who started anonymously started hiding cash in san francisco is expanding the operation. and erik shinseki is out as head of veteran affairs. >> reporter: general shinseki said that his department has a systemic intolerable lack of integrity. then he went to the white house and offered his resignation. we know about backlogs, untreated patients and lying by managers, it's not just in phoenix by reportedly widespread. how do you clean up the system moving forward. that's "inside story."
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>> a new film out highlights the lives of foster children and what makes it so compel something that it's written by and stars children who themselves are in foster care. we have that story. >> we're here to take your daughters from the home. >> reporter: this is how many children enter the foster care system in the united states. forcebly taken from an abusive home. in other instances a participant's death or in the case of drug addiction. >> i thought where am i going? what to take? my number is not going? just me and my brother? >> reporter: in all cases it's a real life drama here played out in a movie called "know how" by actors who have lived through it. >> we're going to be doing screenings of the film. >> reporter: the film is a possibility project run by paul griffin.
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for years he has been teaching theater to under privilege kids as a tool for their own empowerment. but after staging a play based on the experiences of foster children he saw an opportunity. >> the impact on the audience was overwhelming and we heard that from our audiences. they felt they were learning something that they had never knew before. we never saw that coming. >> you're very intelligent. all you have to do is pass the test. >> reporter: storylines in the film illustrate hard facts. only 50% of yo kids in foster care pass high school. >> it took the a major commitment of a group of young people still struggling to get their own lives under control. they're not only showing it at film festivals but at agencies, social work workers in charge of children in foster care. >> reporter: the first time they openly talked about their experiences. >> none of us think that we're
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going to go off and be like the next denzel, the next halle berry. we were doing it because this is important to tell this story. >> reporter: their ultimate goal is to improve foster care and provide a happy ending for more children in the system. kristin saloomy, al jazeera, new york. >> the director of a controversial video of people dancing to "happy" have been released from jail. the director and six others were arrested after the video went viral. six other people were already released. google is accepting request from european who want to be forgotten on online searches. the ruling that people have the right to have certain links about them deleted. roxana saberi, a lot of people are interested in this development. >> reporter: this is an interesting story.
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right now european can go online fill out a form and ask google to remove certain search results about them. people should have a say about inaccurate or outdated information about them online. critics say this limits the freedom of expression. europeans who want to be forgotten online now have a chance by filling out this form on google. it's a ruling by the european court of justice earlier this month. people can ask search engines to remove information that is deemed inaccurate, irrelevant or excessive: this is how the form works. you go to the google website put your name here and paste the link to the materials you want removed here. in the box blow that you explain why you want those links removed. they're supposed to be irrelevant, outdated or inappropriate. you need to up load a photo i.d. give your electronic significant and then hit submit.
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google said it will not be easy. in a statement google told us: >> someone makes mistake when they are young. should that follow them their whole lives? maybe not. but the way it's set up right now people are coming out of the woodwork with these take down demands including a pedophile who wants news of his arrest removed. doctors who want poor reviews taken down. >> reporter: they feel that the ruling was rushed and not thought out and will allow regimes and rulers to control criticism. >> i think this is what this country says. a lot of people would agree with. >> reporter: google is setting
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up a seven-person advisory committee to look at the ethical aspects of this process. and right now searches will only disappear in europe. if you make the search here, it will show the results. >> will it come to the u.s.? and if so, how soon could we expect it? >> i think there are experts who are concerned. many may say that america already has regulations and this may not be in our future. >> did you search google today? >> i didn't dare. i'll try that at home. >> we told but an anonymous millionaire who has been giving away cash. now the movement it global. stuffing cash in white envelopes for people to find. we have more on this developing story. >> reporter: you called it earlier this week.
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you said maybe this will go global, and it has in a very short amount of time. anonymous people all over the country are tweeting out clues, leaving money for people to find in places like texas, missouri, in colorado this young man just found $20. and also take a look at this. this is in tampa, florida, a white envelope here. but it's not just in the u.s. it's also abroad in places like the u.k. leads museum here. look at this, 50 eurs, this is in thenetherlands. now i spoke to the gentleman behind the toronto-hidden cash account. he said he was inspired by the san francisco millionaire, and he told me spreading his wealth has given him a new purpose, and it's a great way to pay it forward. but it's not just millionaires who are doing this. the hidden cash person, for
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example, in kansas said she's not wealthy. she is just in a small town trying to give back. the original cash millionaire in san francisco tweeted out a very important message. he's asking people to please be careful. take a look at these images in california. crowds have been building up as everyone rushes to find the hidden money. now there is no sign that hidden cash in san francisco will stop any time soon. in fact, he recently tweeted this out saying he's got some big announcements saying get your friends all over to follow us because we got some big exciting announcementless coming soon, and the bigger we get, the bigger they'll be, michael. he's got hundreds of thousands of followers right now. >> considering the scene we saw in california the concern may be the bigger the prizes get, the bigger the crowds will get. >> definitely. the crowds are just going over--he said one woman, in fact, hopped in front of his car
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so he said please be careful when you're going out to get these. he'll put them in separate places. >> very good. i'm michael yves. thank you for watching this edition of al jazeera. "inside story" is next. you can go to for more updates throughout the day: >> it didn't take long. just a matters of days after the president publicly supported the secretary of veteran's affairs an efforts to fix the problems in the medical care, erik shinseki is out. that's the inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez.