tv The Stream 2019 Ep 54 Al Jazeera April 4, 2019 7:32am-8:01am +03
but now it makes me angry that seventeen years post september eleventh almost we are still sitting in a courtroom in an offshore prison. montana mowbray with a prosecution that is determined to hide torture from more than a decade ago and i think is is offensive to and should be offensive to all americans. untruths based near washington d.c. . this is where our journey starts to the u.s. naval base at guantanamo bay. forty five square miles of america on the southeastern corner of cuba. the military commission hearings take place at camp justice inside his camp there
is a multimillion dollar legal complex series secret about to film it all say where it is. journalists meanwhile of billeted in these tents. the trip it again tom has only been possible under very strict conditions we've had to sign a long document agreeing to restrictions on what we can film where accompany it at all times by a military mind that mind checks all footage so all the pictures you will see from here have been vetted. thurst lighted camp justice kuantan a man every day begins the same way with the star-spangled banner. the media h.q. is based in a partially derelict aircraft hangar here we await a military minder to accompany us to the secret court we cannot film. we come
back observe proceedings under strict conditions journalists n.g.o.s family members of nine eleven victims and sit in a specially constructed gallery there's a thick pane of cloth which separates us from the court and we can hear proceedings on a monitor above with a forty second delay this forty second delay it designed to stop the public hearing any classified information in the cool we watched as the five men accused of complicity in the nine eleven attacks were brought in but seventeen years on the trial proper still hasn't started we attended the thirtieth pretrial hearing. in the evening we're told the next day's proceedings will be closed to the media and public in these secret sessions defense lawyers are given access to song classified information but a nice some. other evidence is considered so very secret that even
defense lawyers with the highest security clearance can't be trusted. with it and who decides what they can see is a hugely contentious is seen. in the transcripts of the open sessions mention of gina possible donald trump's choice as head of the cia and appointments that caused controversy because she once ran a detention camp in thailand in two thousand and two where torture was used jean a hospital has a key role as god ijn of the cia's secrets. as head of the cia it's within her power to decide what classified information can be provided to the defense in this case. so has gina hospital blocks evidence which could help the defense to find out we settle from the confines of camp justice to ask one of the defense lawyers. away from the count one ton
a naval base has all the trappings of small town america. even has its own radio station with a souvenir shop and a fun slogan rocking infidels back. we meet up with defense lawyer james canal again but when we ask him about jena hospital's role it turns out that some questions he's not allowed to want such. as director of cia controls the pipeline of information from the cia to the prosecution to us is there any evidence that is an impediment in the first and. i can't answer that question you can't answer that question. is there a suggestion that you might i can answer that question. so are you saying that the u.s. government is the prosecution holds all the cards in their hand in. your view. in
this military commission. which was set up for the express purpose of preventing information about torture from getting out to the public the prosecution really believe that we set out to prevent information about getting out the vote it was not set out for due process justice one of the victims was not well no there's no question that the reason why we are here in guantanamo bay on an inaccessible military base with strict controls on the media trick controls on the defense attorneys strict controls on the defendants themselves for controls on every other participant in the process is to prevent information from talk about torture from getting out to the public the department of defense told us they strayed to ensure the process is as transparent as possible when balanced with requirements of national security. as the weeks legal proceedings and there's a press conference both salts the prosecution on coming the attending media number
just six including us over the fence if. you turn and colonel derek puts heat is one of the defense lawyers who kind of shaikh mohammed the alleged mastermind of the nine eleven attacks he will a trial could be he is a way the government is trying to hide so very much that you end up with this any terminable delay and it's disturbing i think to everybody involved but most especially to the victim family members. the department of defense say there's no time limit on the process which is good towards fairness rather than an arbitrary deadline birthmothers the pentagon regularly invites relatives of the victims of nine eleven to attend concessions at the military court heering some of the views this group expresses on the house and little unexpected naina and jessica murphy
the father brian though this week i have thought a lot about my father and i have thought a lot about the deep loss felt by so many people. but at the same time i feel i feel frustrated by the way certain issues are being covered in the courtroom it's been a lot of talking about torture and i feel frustrated with the u.s. government for not sure if using to be accountable for certain actions and measures that were taken post nine eleven that i think are also really important. here a man who lost his wife has spoken out publicly about his frustration at the length of time this is taken and suggests that people can could speed things up i suggested taking the guest penalty off the table as part of a plea bargain is killing people doesn't erase the killing of other people american
community who lost her daughter mary ray says she's proud there will be a proper trial i don't think most people have any idea of the links we've gone to to make it a fair trial but like others marion has concerns about the death penalty. the death penalty makes us like them. i don't have anything and you go through years and years and years of this i wish that the death penalty were removed as an option in this case because i believe well it would go up. but also i don't think that our government has the moral authority to kill and i think especially not in this case. given the actions that were taken post nine eleven of killing these men bring back my father later we almost colonel wendy kelley of the military commissions what she made of the relative's comments. well i think the
victims have absolute right. but the government know what they want i mean as a prosecutor you always want to know what the victims are seeking ultimately however that's a decision by the united states of america not mine we were talking about classified information and the cia director is ultimately responsible for what information is classified and what is nort what you make of that was role in being the mitchell thought arsenal i think that's way beyond my. the entrance to come from marrying women and so does the station. a few minutes drive away forty prisoners remain in course aerated maze tell'd income six. elsewhere compass seven houses so-called high value detainees we can't film and its location is a state secret. one thing we are allowed to film. a
connection of mementos of previous postings which could be destined to grow even know under the command of a president who has vowed to keep get my open and load it up with do. we have new leadership new direction and we have been tasked to prepare for and enduring the taney operations mission we have identified as a priority is the construction of a new high value detention center which would be referred to as camp eight because we do see the need in the future to care for that high value detainee population your commander in chief donald trump has said that torture works and he would reintroduce waterboarding. how does that. work you do here. so i kuantan away all of our detention operations are conducted in line with
the. an article three of the geneva conventions and i'm not a spokesperson for the white house so i'm not in a position to comment on anything that the president has said commander leon all this may not be able to comment on her commander in chief statements but what he says counts in january two thousand and seventeen president in next trump tweeted that there should be new further releases from gets made. and that was ominous news for detainees who'd been cleared for release under president obama. casablanca morocco the home of mustafa nasser in two thousand and four he and his family received shocking news from the international committee of the red cross most of his brother abdul latif who lived abroad had been imprisoned in guantanamo
bay. he only saw one. of our own mother. but you know you only certain that you push also look into a little of who you are in some way you. know if could be a little boy. you look at me she could say i love all over the u.s. claimed he had connections to extremists but no charges have ever been brought against him. then in twenty sixteen abdul-latif case was heard by a guantanamo periodic review board a body containing representatives from six u.s. agencies including the department of defense they'd cleared him for release in casablanca his overjoyed family made preparations for his return. for a commissioner that and. but the wheels of bureaucracy ground slowly and
as the day of donald trump's inauguration of craig has made a last ditch legal bid to have other latif released immediately to court rejected the bait and procedural grounds. since then the american government has argued that they can continue to hold one ton of no prisoners without charge until such time as the u.s. war on terror has ended and this they've said could be a hundred years ago. today abdul latif is still in guantanamo. off to sixteen yes' with no immediate prospect of release. as you noted above them get you by the wheel but enough of. the decree if any of you know it will eventually. since trump became president not
a single person has prevailed in. periodic review process and. it's not a coincidence no new money says it is just. so then not letting anyone go for purely political reasons these people are just pawns and that if you try to get any political advantage. but for insiders we talked to one of their biggest concerns is that it's president donald trump who is now in charge of setting the rules they worry about what that means for the future. if you know admit to what we did and we're destined for this to occur again in the future and of course that's my concern right now president trump who is an armored with torture who has a thirst for work ality i'm afraid that we're setting the conditions to return back to practice or brutality and state sponsored torture as we did have done in the past. the u.s.
department of defense to respond to the allegation concerning periodic review boards at one time but they did not address this the cia declined to comment on gina hospitals role classifying material referring us to her public confirmation hearing where she denied any conflict of interest in that role the white house declined to explain president trump's remarks about. armed vehicles transporting players riots police with. one on one east explains why indonesian soccer fight and died from the sports analogies to. a city defined by military occupation there's never been an arab state here with the capital of jerusalem everyone is welcome but. you can only project that's what
we refuse it was one of the sounders of the settlement with this and the story of jerusalem through the eyes of its own people segregation and discrimination injustice this is the first century jerusalem a rock and a hard place on al-jazeera. this is al-jazeera. hello i'm richelle carey this is the news hour live from doha coming up in the next sixty minutes libya's government issues a military alert as forces loyal to reading general khalifa haftar are headed towards the capital tripoli. the u.k.
parliament narrowly passes a bill compelling theresa may to ask for a longer delay to avoid leaving the e.u. without a deal. we will need to continue to deal with a more assertive russia the russian threat nato secretary general tells the u.s. congress the alliance is needed more than ever. i'm a report from the us mexico border on the spike in asylum requests from refugees and migrants. again the news hour in libya where the u.n. backed government has issued a military alert after really gay general khalifa haftar ordered his troops to move west as far as fighters posted a video online showing a large convoy of heavily armed vehicles they keep a power base in the east and say they're headed west to fight what they call the remaining terrorist groups after us forces are backed by the u.a.e.
saudi arabia and egypt. has more from tripoli. forces loyal to libya's warlord who for have to have been deploying greece italy near the worst region they say that they want to move towards the worst of the country and take over the capital tripoli and other libyan cities in the west of the country now in the first three action official reaction to this and back to government of national accord has just issued a statement denouncing the latest deployment but have those forces and condemning what it calls military escalations by have to his forces we understand that this move by have to its forces could be understood as. to put more pressure on the national accord government to accept the agreement sealed between have to and so raj in abu dhabi three weeks ago and by virtue of that
agreement have as head of the state security in the country which is not accepted by many factions in the west of libya now many military experts say that this deployment by have to end is considered a kind of. short of forces short of an order to intimidate have there is adversity and test have there is adversities power and capabilities in the west of the country. and britain floor helsa voted to approve a bill that forces the government to avoid a note. the measure still needs to go through the upper house at the moment the u.k. is slated to leave the e.u. on the twelfth of april that wednesday's vote means that the government will have to ask brussels for an extension and a barber reports. parliament voting to force the prime minister to seek
a bricks delivered to prevent a new deal signori look the end of may. this week it came after jeremy corbett and his team held urgent talks with prime minister to resign may the leader of the labor opposition went into the meeting with some in his own party demanding he seek a referendum on any brics it plan emerging afterwards he simply said he'd raise the option of a public vote to prevent no deal or leaving on a bad deal we had a discussion hasn't been as much change as i expected but we are continuing to have some discussions tomorrow morning explore some of the technical issues surrounding it. and the meeting was useful but inconclusive i mean. the prime minister's move to consult called in after effectively giving up trying to convince our own hardline brick city is tobacco deal junior minister nigel adams to quit his post on wednesday. in his resignation letter he accused to resume a of quote trying to do a deal with
a marxist but the prime minister suggested it was parliament's failure to pass her withdrawal agreement that forced her into this position and insisted her strategy could work but the purpose of meeting with the leader of the opposition today is indeed to look at those areas that we can we agree and i think there are actually a number of areas that we agree on in relation to that that i think we both want to deliver and leaving the you with the deal i think we both want we both want to protect jobs i think we both want to ensure that we end free movement i think we both recognize the importance of the withdrawal agreement but for brussels every day makes a no deal breaks it a bit more likely speaking in the european parliament with perhaps the last ever british present the commission president was unequivocal reduce of twelve of april is the final date for possible approval if the house of commons does not adopt a stance before the date no short term extension will be possible after the twelfth of april we run the risk of jeopardizing the correct running of the european
elections and the correct functioning of the european union. there could be no transition period following an exit the u.k. would immediately become what we call a third country with all the restrictions that brings you a long journey called when you're there would indeed be customs checks the legal and political reasons we have to be honest here i prefer rigorous checks to help process or illegal trafficking even if it means a few truck use for now to resume a still aiming to get a deal passed so breaks it can happen by the twenty second of may avoiding european parliament elections with next week's summit in brussels fast approaching politicians here know they'll have to make compromises if they're to avoid or no deal breaks it but while the government's reluctant to seek a way out through fresh elections to vist parliament the u.k. could still end up taking part in next month's european elections nadine barber al-jazeera london and paul brennan has been following the proceedings from the u.k.
parliament. another extraordinary day in this whole extraordinary process we've had two parallel exercises going on here first of all the first day of the prime minister theresa may meeting with the opposition leader jeremy corbyn in the hopes of finding a common approach to brecht's it and on a very tight timetable hoping to agree a joint approach can be put before parliament sometime early next week in order to have a plan in place before the european council meeting on weapons they have next week and if they can't agree between them a joint plan they would then agree or try to agree a list of proposals which would be put to m.p.'s in order to have something in place before next wednesday but in powell to that what we've also had is backbench m.p.'s keeping a certain amount of control of the parliamentary timetable so concerned were they that to resign may might actually opt for a no deal breck's it that they've been stampeding through the commons through the
lower house of parliament a bill of legislation which would effectively take no deal off the table an extraordinarily as the clock ticked up to midnight they managed it they've taken by three hundred thirteen votes of three hundred twelve just one vote in it to pass all the three stages that the lower house had to complete they've done that one day now it passes on to the upper house the lords for them to consider this bill and then it will come back to ratification it was before bitterly tooth and nail by government loyalists who felt it was undemocratic but it isn't an example of just how concerned backbench m.p.'s are and backbench m.p.'s on both sides they're skeptical and suspicious that the efforts of the prime minister and jeremy cauldron will bear fruit in the coming days. nato secretary general has warned the us congress about what he calls a more assertive threat from russia and stoltenberg addressed politicians on
capitol hill to mark the seventieth anniversary of the security alliance he said nato does not want a new cold war but added that its partners must not be naive about relations with moscow. joins us live from washington d.c. she had that sounds like a pretty pointed remark perhaps for an audience of one president. right i mean it's no secret of donald trump has long said that as far as he's concerned he doesn't see the point of of nature that it's obsolete that it's a complete waste of money and we should be clear heads not just don't trump who says that it's it's large sections of the progressive community both here in the u.s. and in europe for that matter who do see it as an organization constantly looking for a row of that role involves siphoning off tens of billions of dollars that could go into education health care fighting climate change and spending it on on weaponry instead of always having some sort of threats to justify that spending which
destabilizes foreign policy so popular position by by any means but we have that major main part of the establishment here in washington and elsewhere in the columns right wing hawks around the trump himself who manage to stop as so often the case in foreign policy donald trump from acting on his impulses it's notable that. spoken in congress at the invitation of the republican and democratic leadership and that's that establishment again in congress who want to have a defense spending and a hall style foreign policy posture stolberg himself he seems to be a lofty goal for me as far as he's concerned the better g.'s giving is this is all rather good fun that it's ok because trump is grouping the europeans into spending tens of billions of dollars on defense at a time of austerity so he seemed to be quite happy about it as you can see in this interview which our diplomatic editor had with stoltenberg here in washington james . seventy years after nato was formed to confront the threat from moscow its secretary general addressed
a joint meeting of both houses of congress that we will need to continue to deal with a more assertive russia and any he was given a standing ovation in the presence of senators representatives and the vice president as is the custom not in the chamber though president trump who has at times questioned the threat from russia as well as the value of the alliance itself for once you have a u.s. president who is not totally committed with the president. meeting yesterday and he of course conveyed his strong supporter nato but also with a speech to the joint session of congress today. that was a great commission of nato and then we have foreign minister will what do you believe he's totally committed because you've seen the reports and numerous reports that he said to close advisors that he's contemplated at various points pulling out
of neat little songs there is i think that people should be less focused on this and reports. coming out without any clear source and just looking at the part of it what a delight to states and present on states publicly in the media and me yesterday in the white house in the state of the union speech some weeks ago when all our leaders met in brussels in july his says clearly that he united states presenter is committed to nato nato says the reason that its foreign ministers are here rather than nato leaders is because they'll meet at the end of the year in another summit but privately diplomats from nato countries have told me there was a reluctance to have a meeting here that would have to be chaired by president trump given the destruction he caused at the last to nato summit in brussels james al-jazeera washington and there will be a meeting now.