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20 seconds. that is 3 seconds ahead of second place. i'm richelle carey in new york, "america tonight" is next. thank you for your time. have a good night, keep it here. >> on "america tonight," the weekend edition, tells adam may, it is a world of fear. >> there's a cult, they don't have the freedom. the only ones that have the freedom are the people that he likes or -- >> you say it's a cult? >> yes. >> and it's run by his own grandfather. "america tonight's" adam may
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with an exclusive investigation into the lives of this community of rogue amish. the violent acts that put this community into view put their leader behind bars and led his wife to come to his defense. >> people say he has power over us to keep us here. >> does he? >> no. anybody lives here as of now can leave under their own free will. >> also ahead, we follow our "america tonight" bid to clear the rolls or keep voters from the polls? >> there clearly is an effort to suppress the votes of african americans and yurng people, you, elderly people, partisan cherry picking that's going on. >> an "america tonight" investigation, double voters, ahead this hour and testing the waters, and a deep dive into the crew of america's underwater
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fleet and the fears about putting women on submarines. >> first reaction was whoa they are probably going to be in trouble. women in that situation can be at high risk of sexual assault. >> an in-depth look at life underneat the submarine service. >> good evening, welcome to maintai"america tonight," the wd edition. in the rolling his of ohio, there is a culture and community that fascinates us, the amish. known for their peaceful ways, mostly hidden from the outside world, but an attack of one amish against another, one
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renounced the other and sent their leader to prison. why it's a legal battle that could lead the amish from the shadows right to the u.s. supreme court. "america tonight's" adam may brings us to this closed community of rogue amish. >> reporter: until just a few months ago, 23-year-old dan shrock had never driven a car, never spoken to anyone outside his family. a group being directed by his grandfather, sam mullet. >> the only people that have the freedom there are supposedly the people he likes, or -- >> you say it's a cult? >> yes. >> shrock was a member of amish
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living in ohio isolated in coal country. last year, shrock was involved in a serious buggy accident that led him into hospital, where he experienced something that was unknown. >> why did you leave? >> because i was in hospital for three or four months, had time to think over it. in the meantime, they were using my brothers and cousins. >> they were abusing them? >> they weren't actually hands on them, but they had to stay home. >> reporter: shrock defected from his amish family. he told "america tonight" his grandfather, sam mullet is dangerous even though he's are locked up in prison.
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>> he ruled the family from jail. >> what will happen if sam mullet gets out of jail? >> i think he has power over people's minds gets them to do what he wants them to do and brief in him. they say they don't but i know, i've been there and my cousins have been there and it's true. >> the so-called leader of the cult -- >> for cutting the beards and hair of other amish. >> sam mullet and his followers were thrust into the national headlines after they cut into other amish homes in 2011 and cut off their hair and beard which the amish hold sacred. other members of the amish including bishops who said he was too strict, twisting their religious beliefs.
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mullet was charged with a hate crime. >> cutting off of beards was a very clever tactics, because the barbers knew that the easiest way to disgrace an amish man was to cut off his beard. >> any question that this was a hate crime? >> no question in my mind that religion was a motivating issue. >> he was the key witness in a federal trial that sent mullet and 15 other accomplices to jail in 2015. mullet received the harshest sentence, 15 years behind bars. >> these attacks were driven by reprisals. >> unheard of wasn't it? >> absolutely unheard of in 320 years of amish history.
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it's unprecedented. >> ben reel an amish shopkeeper, agreed to an on-camera interview. >> the beard is an important symbol of humility. certainly a symbol of identity. if i had to appear without my beard all of a sudden due to a violent attack, it would be very difficult. >> over 30,000 amish live in the u.s., they are reclusive, a peace loving family. but in this setting sam mullet is despised feared and an embarrassment. >> the main difference here, there was no accountability anywhere. sam was the final authority which is not the way things work in our community. >> he was the founder in the settlement. he's the oldest man in the settlement. he was minister and bishop he is
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grandfather, almost everyone is related to sam in some way. he equates himself with the prophet elijah. >> he thinks he's a prophet? >> he thinks he's a prophet. god speaks directly to him. all of this is utterly nonammish and it's bizarre. >> do you think he belongs there? >> yes, definitely, he definitely belongs in jail no doubt about that simply because he is a a threat to other people. >> i just find it incredible that the only way to catch him was with hate crime laws. it surely seems to me you would be able to charge him with some other crime with the predatory things that he has done. but i guess if the victims don't want to testify i december the
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prosecutor's hands -- i guess the prosecutor's hazard are very much limited . >> you would describe him as paren agaid? >> i would describe him as renegade, and he and his followers as renegade. they were once amish but they veered off the amish path. >> that path begins here. whenever we arrived in bergholz, a woman emerged, her name martha mullet, sam mullet's wife. >> how long have you lived here? >> 19 years. we had a nicings community here.
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>> she wanted to speak . she said the allegations had been nothing other than goes up. fellow amish because they're different and conservative. >> it's been a nightmare. i mean it's unexplainable. but that's the part that nobody wants to talk about. nobody talks about what happened to us. >> how would you describe sam? >> he's a very gentle, loving man and yes, he can get stern just like anybody else. but people say he has power. people say he has power over us to keep us here. >> does he? >> no. anybody that lives here as of now can leave on their own free will. >> they have said that your husband believes he is a prophet, that he talks directly to god. is that true? >> my husband, i'm not sure how to word it. that anybody would even understand. i have heard and seen things
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myself that i know that he is a man of god. >> mullet admits her group engages in practices that are unusual for mainstream amish. including the use of animal pens to punish improper behavior or what you might call extreme soul-searching. >> that people put themselves in these animal pens? >> yes, i was one of them. but i wasn't always the best woman, i wasn't always the best wife and i found it would help me. >> how long did you spend in these? >> 18 days.abou days. i had quiet time to pray, talk to god, wrote letters. it wasn't that bad. i.t. wasn't that bad. and i -- it wasn't that bad and i went on my own will. and as far as i know anybody who went in an animal pen went on their own free will. >> there weren't children? >> no these were all adults.
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>> dan schrock was one of a few to flee. he says his grandmother is not being honest, they forced them to stay in the pens. >> they do things to you like chicken coop and paddling they want to help you and says it helps you get better. >> were you put into an animal pen? >> yes. >> how long? >> seven days. >> did you have a choice? >> not really, it was against my will. they made you write down your sins to sam mullet then you were forgiven and you could start off a new life. why does everyone have to write down their sins to him, and he can fix it? he's one guy and he's not god. >> do you think sam mullet acted like a god?
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>> yes, still does. >> when we returns, claims the amish bishop ministered to his flock with sex and the possibility he might get out of prison. to get your vote >> david young, how are you? >> run for congress >> it's important to be out here talking to voters >> director aj schnack's unprecedented series concludes >> it's certainly something that doesn't exist in politics on television >> america votes 2014 midterms only on al jazeera america
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>> and now we continue our investigation into the hidden world of the rogue amish. "america tonight's" adam may had
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extraordinary interview with that leader's wife. the bishop sam mullet is now in prison for hate crimes against members of his on order, allegation he of physical abuse and sexual misconduction. adam may continues his investigation. >> here is where sam mullet ruled the roost. his twisted take on the amish religion played out in his bedroom. >> the government made allegation that bishop mullet was living with other women in the community. >> polyamorous relationships? >> well, there's allegation. there was one woman that testified that bishop mullet wanted to give her marital
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counseling related to sexual issues. there aren't other women who came forward to testify so we don't know about the actual nature of the misconduct. we do know that whether the fbi arrived in bergholtz the day before thanksgiving, 2011, they came early, it was still dark bishop mullet was still in his bedroom and a young woman who was married to one of his nephews came out of the bedroom with him that morning. >> dan schrock spoke to "america tonight." >> is sam mullet sexually abusing women there? >> yes, he sleeps with multiple women plus he had a baby with one of them. >> martha mullet sam mullet's
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wife said such actions were not abuse. although she declined to provide specification she told us offcamera that such action he were part of her husband's spiritual outreach. >> she said this was sam's way of providing marital counseling. have you heard about that? >> that's what he used to say. and in a way, you could maybe look at it if he didn't do with the women like sleeping with them, had a child with one of them. so i don't really call that counseling. >> why did your uncles allow this to happen with their wives? >> because they wanted to stay there. and there again all i know to saycy december he had too much power over people's minds. they didn't exactly agree with everyone. especially the guy that got the child -- the wife that had a child with him he got mad and upset still they don't want to
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leave because they don't agree with the other amish either. >> sam mullet was sleeping though with his son's wives. >> yes, i know. >> you look back at that now. what do you think about the whole thing? >> i think it's bull crap. >> the blurring of lines between sexuality and spirituality, may have stopped with sam mullet in prison pe wa. he was convicted of a hate crime and sentenced to 15 years in prison but that could soon change thanks to an appeal. >> when was the last time you spoke with your husband? >> i spoke to him last night. >> how he is he feeling? >> he had to cry because he heard the case was overturned. he hopes to come home. of course he's been gone almost three years. >> in his appeal, mullet argues
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the attack couldn't be a religious hate crime because it's against the members of the same religion. mullet's lawyers say it is an internal feud stemming from long standing disputes. in august, the appeals court overturned the conviction arguing the hate crimes statute may have been misapplied. the case has been sent back to a lower court where a prosecutor may decide to retry it. the case could land in the u.s. supreme court, an expensive fight the mullets are ready to take on thanks oan unlikely, sudden source of cash. >> i know that god wants us here in jefferson county.because when we moved we looked two years for a property we could buy. we had to go in debt to buy it and just before the men got convicted and just before all
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the bad stuff happened, we at any time know what we were going to do for money. i mean, we always had a problem with enough money. but then, a miracle happened. that miracle came straight from god. because of a gas and oil lease. >> fracking. >> yes. >> you guys made money on fracking. >> yes, well, we leased our land for gas and oil and we got enough money we saved the farm. if god wouldn't have sent that money we would have lost everything. >> and what if it goes to the supreme court? >> i will hope for another miracle. bergholtz is going to have some more miracles. i don't know for sure how or whether. but i think we're going to have some more miracles because of the money that god gave us to save this farm. >> reporter: saving the farm thanks to fracking which means keeping the mullet clan mostly intact despite a few run aways
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like dan schrock. schrock's parents are also in prison. .they took part in one of the beard attacks, this one against dadan 's other grand farther, wo is concerned about the extreme lifestyle at bergholtz. dan himself was caught up in the attack. >> were you there? were you in the room? >> right at the moment i thought it was the way to go because that's the way everyone else was saying and thinking. >> did you participate? >> um yes. i didn't do any cutting. but i held his arm. >> do you regret that now? >> yes. i think it was the wrong thing to do. not only because he was my grandparent, but -- but like his health wasn't too good and he
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died like a month, couple months later i think. have. >> reporter: the attack still haunts him and fuels his hopes to eventually rescue his seven siblings still living under sam mullet's rule. >> do those children need to leave? are they under any danger? >> they definitely would be better if they could leave, if not leave at least have communication with other amish people settlements. they are going to be brain washed if something don't -- at the moment it's not good. >> schrock is now getting his ged learning about things he had no idea existed. he recently went on his first date, ate at his first restaurant and he's hoping one day to save enough money so he can see the ocean. sheltered his entire life, dan schrock now claims the nickname he used to claim outsiders. >> are you amish? are you english?
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>> i'm english, definitely not amish. >> what has been the best part of this changing life? >> freedom. >> do you think your life is on a better path? >> yes, definitely. i have something to look forward to and something to plan ahead of and i still worry a lot about my family, but we can only do what we can. >> schrock believes the adults in bergholtz have to start thinking for themselves. it's the young children, he says, that he worries about the most. adam may, al jazeera, ohio. >> with mid term elections tuesday, allegations of double-dipping at the polls. >> i got into this stuff. and when bush won by 527 votes, and now, if a decade and a half later, and i'm herring the cry of voter fraud -- hearing the cry of voter fraud, is there
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really this big crime wave? >> are millions of people really voting more than once? we'll separate fact from fiction. >> hundreds of days in detention. >> al jazeera rejects all the charges and demands immediate release. >> thousands calling for their freedom. >> it's a clear violation of their human rights. >> we have strongly urged the government to release those journalists. >> journalism is not a crime.
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>> in the home stretch of mid term elections, officials in 27 states have launched a massive campaign against voter are fraud, using a name-matching system to identify more than 3 million people who are said to be registered in more than one state. now these lists could actually prevent some people from voting on tuesday. until now no one has seen these lists. but in a special investigation for journalist greg palast has evidence.
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>> the first concrete evidence we've ever had of massive voter fraud. we have talk bit ad nauseam. this proves it. >> greg palast is an independent journalist. >> i got into this stuff when bush won by 527 votes. now it's a decade and a half later and i'm hearing the cry of voter fraud. there's a million people committing voter fraud. is there really this big crime wave? >> the journey begins here in kansas, where republican secretary of state chris kobakh has you launched a campaign against voter fraud. >> a guy has voted in kansas and colorado, the obama administration is not interested in prosecuting, surprise
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surprise so we have to do it. >> in 2011 he flagged anyone whose name appears in voter rolls in more than one state. it's called cross check and across the country 27 states are using it to investigate possible voter fraud. among them 22 have an election board controlled by republicans. >> otherwise you've heard from? >> palast and his team contacted every state, only three complied and now al jazeera is making them public for the first time. >> it took us months of harassing these offices until they finally gave up the list from washington and virginia, and georgia. and i looked at these millions of namings, jorge rodriguez, david lee, joe black, common names. that's the only identifier. then i say who are these guys?
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>> palast went to north carolina where electoral officials have taken the unusual step of hiring a former fbi investigator. he's been given a list of 190 names flagged by cross check to determine if any of them should be prosecuted for voter fraud. >> hi, how are you? good to see you. welcome. >> josh lawson is a spokesperson for the north carolina board of elections. >> have you busted anyone because of cross check? >> we've not maid any referrals yet to any district attorneys. no presentation to a state board. >> not even a referral? >> which is required under state law. >> have you bagged anyone in the last years? >> we have made referrals. >> is it difficult to find these people? >> it's not about going out and blanketslblanket liris blanketl.
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it's. >> one hasn't been accused of voter fraud. but virginia has already struck 41,000 off the rolls admitting some of them may have moved out of state. other states like north carolina have been reaching out to voters on the cross checklist by mail. those who fail to confirm their identity will be denied the right to vote on election day. >> you had this hysteria over registered voters but do they exist? you can't find them even if you have their address? >> is there a question? i understand -- >> i'm asking if you can't find them, if you have their names addresses social security numbers -- >> i didn't sa say we didn't fid them, we haven't cross checked. >> in georgia, james elmer
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barnes, junior is supposed to be the same as james cross barnes the third. and james ratcliff barns junior is supposed to be the same as james thoinl anthony barnes, the nothing, probably senior. >> palast went there to find out how they knew this and few even knew this was going on. >> this is the type of matching they do. vincent hardy williams voted in virginia. vincent h. williams voted, and they said that's the same guy. >> how do they know that's the same person? >> stacy abrams is the ranking democrat in georgia. >> i sit as the minorities leader of the house of representatives. this information has never been presented to the house of
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representatives. the origin of it, about whether or not we are systematically attempting to disenfranchise half a million of our georgia voters. >> for someone to vote in two places that's kind of odd because we have a hard time getting them to vote one place. >> helen butler is the director of the new georgia project, a get out the vote initiative aimed as minorities. >> according to voting protection groups that we've men with in carolina, according to dick morris on fox tv that the obama campaign for example may have had a million people voting twice that he stole the election. >> that is crazy. that is totally crazy. there was not people voting
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twice in any election and if they're basing it off of this they are crazy as well. because that tells you that that is not good information. >> in the lead-up to mid terms georgia has begun to send cards to anyone suspected of being a double voter. but georgia thinks they're easy to miss. >> do you think if they got something like this their vote is going to be saved? >> no, because most likely, they are going to throw that out. that's like junk mail, like me i go whoop, i don't know who that is, whoop. >> you can visit our website where you too can be accused of double voting. find out if your state is a participant and if your name appears on the list. we'll see more on that on double voters on candidates of course are stumping for your vote. what do you expect in return? this is your chance to send a
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message. we call it dear congress. you can make your own board and tweet your picture to us at #dear congress. please don't forget to join al jazeera america on tuesday, november 4th for a complete roundup of election results and analysis. our special election night coverage begins at 7:00 eastern. join us then. now onto a story al jazeera has been following for months. a little girl lost. the fbi tells us there were 33,000 active missing children's cases in the united states at the end of last year. as "america tonight's" lori jane gliha ha tells us. people are focused again on
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relisha rudd. >> at a washington, d.c. metro stop two detectives desperate to find a missing girl hand out posters much a missing girl, hopefullhoping that someone wilw where relisha rudd is. >> it's her birthday. >> taking a crack to find that one piece of evidence that will help investigators figure out where relisha might be. she's been missing for more than eight months. >> it could be just a small piece of information that somebody thinks is insignificant. we got a lately start on relisha and that late start hurt us. >> specifically what have you been doing and where have you gone to search for relisha? >> we're still trying to determine the cause of why relisha is missing so there's a lot of investigative work did going on and because we are doing that work with the united states attorney's office, we're
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doing much of the investigative work. >> since police found the body of kalil taylor last month, he was a friend of relisha, police say he committed suicide and was the last known person to see relisha alive. >> do you think she's alive? >> my hope is she's alive. i think back to all the stories that i've seen from around the united states where young women typically or young girls have gone missing and years later are found alive and now reunited with their families and that's kind of my hope. >> monday community members, police and advocates in a group black and missing hand he out fliers in the last three places relisha was last seen alive. >> i think we should also expand our search back, to florida and at last atlanta.
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>> derika wilson says she believes relisha is the victim of trafficking. >> we'll continue to hang onto hope but someone over there may hold the key. the key is what someone in this area, we just need them to come forward. >> those closest to relisha meanwhile have mostly stayed out of the spotlight until this month. >> dear heavenly father i come to you today to ask that you guide relisha rudd and all the missing children home safely to their loved ones. heavenly father i ask that you touch someone with information regarding my daughter. >> the nine-year-old's mother believes she knows the person who has the key to finding relisha rudd. >> heavenly father i ask that you strengthen and guide and give half of my family the courage to tell the truth. >> for now, family and police are counting on this flier and
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this photo to help them bring relisha home. lori jane gliha, al jazeera. washington. >> ahead on "america tonight," testing the waters, the navy will allow female soldiers to serve on submarines. >> what was your reaction? >> first reaction was whoa, they're probably going to be in trouble, because they're going to be in enclosed spaces with a lot of men. women in those situations can be at high risk for sexual assault. >> hunting the hunter. >> we're gonna take down the bad guys. >> solving the crime. >> we can save species.
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>> tech know's team of experts show you how the miracles of science. >> this is my selfie, what can you tell me about my future? >> can affect and surprise us. >> don't try this at home. >> tech know, where technology meets humanity. saturday at 7:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america.
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>> bying homes by the landlords. monitory value. >> they're being taken advantage the crisis continues. >> ground breaking... >> they're firing canisters >> ... emmy award winning investigative series. landlords. >> now a thought about testing the waters down under. after years of debate the u.s. navy wants to allow enlisted women to serve as submariners.
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the full plate is under review by congress but some female veterans are concerned. they cite the long months at sea and extremely close quarters as precursors of sexual assault. tanya moa moseley reports. >> no women allowed until four years ago. when the u.s. navy allowed female officers board ballistic missile submarines. >> serve he on a crew of almost 150 men when i asked her, whether that concerned her?
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>> we are all respected officers, i rep rp the respect d they respect me. >> a nuclear submarine, its space is at a premium. this officer's rec room doubles as an emergency surgical center. >> this is what we call the supply shack, this is where our logistic sphicialts worlogisti . >> no windows, no privacy,. >> here is an example of the living quarters. the hallways are about two feet wide. around the corner here is a stateroom. this is where the officers often
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sleep and spend personal times. here's one of their beds. there's often three of them to a room. when enlisted women are on board, there will be nine to a room slightly bigger. the navy recently made the announcement they will allow enlisted women not merely officers. but when enlifted women are welcomed aboard they won't have as much authority or privacy as officers and that has some females worried. >> away was your first reaction what you heard about women serving on submarines? >> first reaction was, they're probably going to be in trouble they are going to be in an enclosed space with a lot of men, women in those situations could be at high risk of sexual assault. >> sarah blum is a retired army nurse, and author of a book on
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abuse in the military. >> we spoke with a woman officer on board and she said she has had no problem. >> that's good but i interviewed women vets, and i know that officers had very different experience than enlisted. in fact i had a different experience from enlisted so at a officer level there is nor respect. >> the most recent report on sexual assault found that most of the reports were young and enlisted women. becky wilson enlisted in the navy at 24. she wanted to see the world. >> i just thought it would be exciting. my brother-in-law was navy, my cousin was fleaf. and i loved the stories they told. >> but surrounded by men she soon found herself fighting them off. >> at one point i had a chief
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that stalked me. he told me it was either i went to bed with him, or i could have low evals. >> after you were being stalked and sexually harassed you went to your superior and what happened? >> he looked at me and said, "boys will be boys, that's just the way things are." and i was still pretty naive. so i accepted it. >> and she says it got much worse. >> i was raped a couple of times. and i never told anyone. it's like women are fighting two wars, they're fighting a war with the men that are supposed to be there side by side and they're fighting the war over there too. >> so when we talk about women serving on submarines you have very strong feelings about it.
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>> yes i do. if they're going to be on board a submarine, it needs to be all female, there's very close passing distance, you are very close to one another and they're asking for trouble. >> does the fact that you're a woman ever cross your mind? >> there are moments when you remember that. i think when you're at work, in the day in and the day outs of what i do, it's really general neutral. it's about a skill se set, it's about training, about being a professional sailor. >> eric lundberg is reilly's commanding officer. he thinks it's a no big deal. >> it is a nonevent, nonissue. there were concerns about there was a rash of frat earnization, how are we going to be in
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members of is opposite sex, really it would not be close to the issue that people thought it would be. >> but the number of women submariners, a fraction of the more than 22,000 sailors who serve, blum says the military track record is cause for concern. >> we know that there are 26,000 sexual assaults per year and that that's probably only a fraction of them. >> because those are th the ones that are reported? >> those are the ones that are reported. in 2012 there was a 35% increase in the numbers and in 2013 there was a 50% increase in the numbers. it is a culture problem. in the culture in the military. >> the navy says it is aware of the problem. >> sexual assaults and sexual harassments are societal measures in the navy we experience those, we are a component of society and that's where we come from.
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it is an issue we take seriously and dealing with. >> we talked to a navy veteran who had grave concerns about the safety of women board submarines. what is the navy doing to combat that? >> what sailors would tell you is they are used to the drum beat of treating women with respect and dignity. it comes down to the core values of our service. putting sexual assault and harassment in the past is what we're after. >> the navy said it integrated female officers first to serve as mentors to enlisted women, she understands she is forging a path. >> when i joined the navy some submarines were not open to women. but to share my experience my professional development the time i've had in the navy with junior women who are going to make careers of submarines.
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>> for those that follow her joining the brotherhood of silent warriors is both an opportunity and a risk. tanya moseley, al jazeera, washington. >> and ahead as we wrap up this hour, baseball crowned a new champion but this golden season wouldn't have happened for a lot of today's players without these american treasures. and other ground breakers like them. final inning, when we return.
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>> and finally from us, san francisco celebrating another world series championship but
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many of today's sluggers wouldn't even have been able to take the field without the heroes of the game who came before them. now a california university is taking a swing at an important new project that will shine a bright light on a very dark part of our nation's history. "america tonight's" michael okwu with story of two treasures. >> these are two american treasures, great men with great nicknames. jim mud cat grant and suite lou johnson. >> i don't appreciate them because in 1965 the son of a biscuit eater hit a home run and beat us that ballgame. >> grant was the first african americanivamerican pitcher to wa baseball game.
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sweet lou was the hero of the l.a. did dodgers, they won over the minnesota twins. but off the field, as well as on, that has anenberg college interested. played baseball in the 25 years since jackie robinson debuted in 1967. many stories of hardship and racism as well as triumph. as you can. >> first of all it's the most important things that we can do. in the end, to me, the most important thing i could accomplish in my academic career. >> the first player to be interviewed by dr. durbin was mud cat. the conversation was supposed to last for a few hours instead they went on for four days. mud cat keeps a room filled with mem rmemorabilia in the crenshaa
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of los angeles. it's where we met up with him and his former rival, sweet lou. >> some of this is disappearing. we somehow got to maintain a certain type of scenario where these guys are brought forth all the time. that's why i have all of these pictures in here because of our history disappearing. >> what kind of history exactly? the history shows restraint required of these men. >> made me better. guy asked me one time, why are the black players attacked that ball? man you guys really attack them. simple: it's white! >> ttys deeper stories of real serious issues in -- it's the deeper stories of real serious issues that have residents must
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be saved. >> the worst time in my career were when those four girls were killed in birmingham, alabama. that was the worst time. i think that was something that i could hardly take. >> if you think this project is all about terrible stories of hardship, listen to mud cat tell this one. it begins when his cleveland indians were on a road trip in detroit. >> the president would like you to have breakfast with you this morning, i said yeah yeah yeah and i hung up the phone. they came up and knocked on the phone. you could tell them anywhere. they dressed alike, they looked alike and i say oh, oh, this must be something. so they knocked on the door. and i opened a door slightly and they say hate to bother you but
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true, really, president kennedy would like to have breakfast with you this morning. i said can you wait until i get dressed? they said yep. so i got dressed and i went down there and there was president kennedy's there. >> they mused about baseball, they talked about civil rights. when the president asked him about if there was something he could do for him, grant talked about the lack of supplies in his home town of lacouchie, florida. >> we got school we got books we got housing which is still there to this day. our school is still there to this day. and i got this photo of me and president kennedy together shaking hands. on some things that he promised was going to happen, it actually came true.
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>> "america tonight's" michael okwu with a real giant. that's "america tonight." tomorrow on our program is the u.s. policy towards syria working? air strikes help save kobani from i.s.i.l, but in leab aleppe u.s. strategy is not working. if you would like to read anything further on our stories, log on to we'll have more of "america tonight," tomorrow.
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the a.z.a. is requiring all of its accredited zoos with less than three elephants, increase their herds or phase out their programs and donate their elephants to other zoos. animal rights advocates say that's not enough. >> what would you like to see for these elephants? >> i would like to see them retired to a sanctuary where they can roam on vast acres of land. >> but curator martin ramirez believes zoos have a duty to breed new elephants and sanctuaries are meant for the animals to live out their days, not procreate. >> there you go, perfect!
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>> ramirez hopes that providing an up close and personal experience will inspire everyone to join the effort to save the elephants. this is al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton in new york. let's get you caught up on the top stories this hour. kurdish forces fighting i.s.i.l. and kobane get a boost as canada launches air strikes in the region. a new treatment for melanoma delivering promising results what is in a name? why protesters are seeing red. in the week ahead, voter turn out for the midterms it expected to be low. we examine why so many americans fail to exercise their