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revolution of the mind it's a revolution of ideas and consciousness in forestry to she's too clear it's true your produce would be described as angry i think i'm a strong no one single. coming up on our team new information after isis claims to have killed another american journalist a new video appears to show the beheading of stephen sought loft just weeks after the death of james foley and protests in eastern east jerusalem continue sparked by the july murder of a palestinian teen in the aftermath many in the same family have been beaten and arrested is this family being targeted a discussion with them coming up. and tensions between nato and russia escalate as fighting in the east of ukraine continues thousands of civilians remain under bombardment without food water or electricity more on that coming up.
it's september second in washington d.c. i'm lynn neary david and you're watching are to america we begin today with the tragic news out of syria the islamic militant group isis has beheaded stephen sought lof an american freelance journalist who was abducted a year ago a video was made public today that shows the brutal murder of video titled a second message to america opens with a clip of president obama talking about isis after the death of james foley now he was the other american journalist who fell victim to the same fate just two weeks ago speaking to the camera live questions u.s. intervention in the middle east and blames obama for quote marching us the american people into. blazing fire the video's release comes just after the us struck isis
interests in iraq over the weekend meanwhile we're learning that the u.s. is targeting another terrorist group this time in somalia today a u.s. drone struck the leader of the al qaeda linked al-shabaab group to discuss the very latest earlier i spoke to our teeth alexy arash esky and i first asked him to talk about who's even thought last wives and how he came to be captured by isis well stephen saw it last was a freelance journalist a us freelance journalist working for some prominent media outlets such as the time magazine he even if you know c.n.n. and fox and sometimes he used to work at the middle east for very long spell of time until in last year in august twenty third team he was captured in syria in the town of aleppo during the time when he was covering the fighting between the government and the rebel forces there as we understand although this video is still
to be verified by the officials he has become the second american journalist to be decapitated by the isis militants in the course of the last several weeks as we remember last time when james foley another american freelance journalist who was who had been captured before by the isis militants was decapitated two weeks ago steven sokolov was brought into that video and there was a warning coming to the u.s. authorities that unless they stop their military actions in the middle east and iraq in particular against the isis militants stephen sokoloff would be executed so this was the story today although again the white house officials are saying that they are still very firing this video although they've already condemned it as an absolutely sickening video you just mentioned the white house reaction but have we heard anything else from the obama administration on this recent video. not really
i believe we're expecting more reactions to come during the day because as we remember the last time with james foley the authenticity of the video was proved quite quite quickly took them just literally three or four hours to verify that video so we heard from the white house spokesman that the video will be very fired but there is little doubt that given the authenticity of james foley video that this video be authentic as well as the white house spokesperson already expressed condolences to the family of seesawed love also described this video as an absolutely gruesome and sickening and alexi over the weekend the u.s. delivered more airstrikes against isis in iraq the u.s. also hit militants of another terrorist group al-shabaab in somalia what do we know about that operation well there's not much known about that operation in somalia we do know that according to sources in washington the al shabaab militant group operating in africa in somalia in kenya and many other countries was indeed hit by
a u.s. strike targeting the leader of the organization. done a but there's still no certainty as to whether this person this leader infamous al-qaeda franchise leader has actually been killed in that strike we do know that earlier in january this year he's one of his close assistants was killed during the u.s. drone strike but this time it's just vague information on whether the person was actually killed but it is been concerned that was indeed a strike performed in somalia over the weekend targeting that leader of al shabaab the militant group details are certainly forthcoming all right artie's alexy chatzky thanks so much for that reporting. tensions between russia and nato countries high indeed even further over the weekend the north atlantica alliance announced the plans to form
a rapid response force capable of deploying in eastern europe within forty eight hours and response moscow said that it will revise its military doctrine because of the new challenges to the national security of the country this heavyweight verbal exchange khans ahead of the upcoming nato summit to be held in the u.k. later this week the situation in ukraine is among the issues on the top of the agenda president obama who started today is four day european trip is scheduled to attend that summit meanwhile european officials proposed sweeping new sanctions on russia today as punishment for what they say is moscow's intervention in ukraine however not every european country is on board the prime minister of the czech republic has expressed concern that tightened e.u. sanctions could cause disproportionately high economic losses. also fierce fighting between pro and anti-government forces in eastern ukraine has intensified
causing more casualties among civilians who hans is one of those cities subject to intensive fighting artie's marie if an ocean spoke to the residents of that devastated city would many feared could happen happening the constant bombardment of the guns has destroyed buildings and streets and populated basements. every time we visit we find more people sheltering underground a cold and humid room three meters down is the only place these people feel safe but i don't feel like you know or that you even see the most of them when you're telling them things like the only one that was to. follow you here in the car with all you need love. is that the only. this is a soviet era bomb shelter builds during the cold war but until now it hadn't been
used. because those beliefs i. had clashes are also intensifying around logan's goal is to surround the city and cut off the end to government forces from their bases people from the embattled areas surrounding the guns are among those seeking refuge from the fierce fighting which has overwhelmed their homes by the. good luck. origins. and within the confidence we. need for thought that a mission when the because family celebrate the birthday one of the younger members the also good thing is that they have finally found some kind of safety and it will not. give me
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agreed to pay one point one billion dollars in legal settlements over the devastating spill in the gulf of mexico in two thousand and ten that somehow will cover most of the lawsuits brought against the oil giant for its role in the disaster on the b.p. platform that killed eleven people and caused catastrophic damage to the environment the settlement if approved by the federal court will allow individuals and businesses to collect punitive damages through a special fund that will be set up the oil spill in the gulf of mexico has brought hundreds of lawsuits against several companies resulting in b.p. paying twenty eight billion dollars to date and more payments could be ahead b.p. has recognized the cost of forty three billion dollars for the cleanup of the spill but the damage done to the environment cannot be asked to mated and hard currency and some ecologists say that the m pact of the catastrophe will be felt for dozens
of years. the controversial practices used after prison in iraq may be returning to the spotlight a federal judge signaled last week that he may order the u.s. government to release as many as two thousand photographs showing the torture of detainees in u.s. custody at grey a u.s. district judge alvin heller stein ruled that the department of defense had failed to show how releasing these photos could endanger the lives of americans abroad to hash out this ruling a little bit more i want to bring in our tease lindsey france who has been carefully following this story ok lindsey first of all tell us more about these photos what are they purported to show well if they're anything like the photos that were originally leaked to the public back in two thousand and four they would depict detainees to grave facility being treated very torturously many of them appeared to be sill see some malnourished some beaten many covered
in blood and their own waist some have had bags over their heads like the pictures we have seen stacked on top of each other and in other very painful looking poses and humiliating poses as well and there's two thousand of them in this trove that is being held so far so with two thousand of them yet to be released it's hard to imagine what we could next see that would be worse than what we've already seen and as i understand it there's been a huge struggle to get these images released over the last several years these images were said to be released back in two thousand and nine why were they alternately how back. well over julie back in two thousand and nine. nuri al maliki had asked the government to please hold him back because of the widespread resistance in iraq to the american presence there and the up people they
release could then cause was not something he thought would be a wise idea now this torture narrative was was coming out of prisons run by the us abroad after the nine eleven attacks i was really groups like amnesty international that were hearing the testimony or or confessions of what many of these prisoners had experienced after they had been released the a.c.l.u. brought a lawsuit against the u.s. government demanding the release of images recordings videos of torture and then in two thousand and four when a handful of these images were released it really brought this argument to the forefront how dare the u.s. government act against its own principles and it was then in two thousand and five that judge hellerstein heller side rather ruled that the government needed to release the images but in two thousand and nine before those images could be
released congress passed a law stating that the defense secretary could certify a three year ban on a release if he determines that the u.s. military and its personnel were in any way in danger because of the release of these images well in two thousand and nine that stuck and then in two thousand and twelve the next secretary of defense leon panetta attempted to issue another three year certification and the judge has now decided to revisit this case and just says listen with the passing of time we need to to look at this and you really got to make a case for keeping these two thousand images away from the public eye i need more of a reason why. i if you're in too much danger if these images are released in his writings . after he he made this decision just last week he said you know i've got a problem with secretary panetta not fully reviewing all two thousand of these
images only a handful were looked at and then all two thousand were deemed unsuitable for public release i need more evidence from all of you so that's where it stands now and it looks as if if it's up to him these new images could be released to the public very soon especially with a lot going on in iraq right now it's going to cause for some concern it does seem like they're close to being relieved but is there a concern that that showing these photos could do more damage today and they could have done back in two thousand and nine just considering everything that's going on in iraq with the escalation of isis and anti-american sentiment in the region. well that's been the argument when is a good time to release this sort of information these images that just make such an impression of what the u.s. has been doing abroad in these prisons so that's really a big issue right now is with isis beheading journalists over there and issuing
statements saying well this is an eye for an eye americans treats treats our muslim brothers like this in prison we will treat our detainees in the same manner is it propaganda or are they truly doing that because of of images like those came out of op with graves who's to know for sure so the governments now and has and i'm sorry the secretary of defense of staff needs to make their case to the judge dell have a chance to do that just in just a few days on september eighth and then we'll see what the judge decides if we finally get to take a peek at the two thousand images that were taken and if not then there's going to got to be a very good reason why so we'll be keeping a very close eye on this to see what happens looking forward to hearing a verdict on that all right archie correspondent lindsey fran thanks for that reporting. and now to israel where numerous neighborhoods in east jerusalem were engulfed in violence on saturday night hundreds of palestinians clashed with police
and jewish residents according to israeli officials the violence was abruptly quelled by riot police equipped with stun grenades tear gas and sponge bullets and there were no serious injuries or arrests made but palestinians in east jerusalem are no stranger to arrests over the past several weeks police have arrested over five hundred and fifty arabs were rioting in protest sparked by the heinous murder of sixteen year old mohammad al had there mohammad was burnt to death by israeli settlers and what was seen as a revenge killing for the earlier murder of three israeli teens interesting lee many of those who have been arrested in the aftermath of this are part of mohammed's family now you may remember this video going viral showing the brutal beating of another boy fifteen year old toric who could bear same last name same family parekh is a u.s.
citizen after spending days in jail with no charges he was finally released and returned back to his home in tampa florida but others in the same family haven't been so lucky one of his cousins in one thousand year old also named mohammed adair is still being detained despite the fact that he too is a u.s. citizen many more in the family have also been arrested for reasons unknown to talk about their experience i was joined earlier by tarik himself along with his mother son and care florida chief executive director hasan shibley and i first asked tarik how he felt about his experience. well i was actually on the side of the street watching the protest and i heard soldiers come from behind me and a bunch of people were screaming sawed panicked and then i began to run the ali i was in a now and i began to really so. annoyed to go and i was panicked. and
there was a fence next to me when i jumped that fence to get like out of the way and i realized that they were coming after me and then i fell all over the fence and i went a little bit farther and that's when they slammed into the floor and began to beat me and i'm absolutely nothing could justify that kind of treatment is very telling as you is trying to justify brutally beating a child whose hands are restrained that's a lot about israel's policies right well i mean if the police what they did does not of course explain why you know target would have been beat and now the pictures in the immediate aftermath of that are truly disturbing tarka i want to ask you what happened after you were taken in did you receive any immediate medical attention. well i was. unconscious and then when i was unconscious they took me straight after the beating to jail and i was actually i will cope in
jail blindfolded instance zip tied and so i couldn't make any movements. and i went back into content. conscious again and it kept going on conscious because of how how much pain i was going through and then i remember i stayed in for six hours in the jail and then i went then they finally took me to the doctor for maybe two or three hours and then i came back to the jail the same night wow what point did they realize you were a u.s. citizen. i don't know which time that the realized but it didn't look like they cared because of how they reacted to to me in caring at all. and so high as a mother this must have been very difficult for you at that point you had already
lost one relative a young sixteen year old not too far in age from your son's how concerned were you in those early stages that your son could have been killed. i was very concerned i mean especially the fact like you said we were grieving i was grieving the home of mohammed a bouquet dear and then all of a sudden i hear this so it's like double trauma for me you know. we didn't get that time that we should have had to finish grieving grieving. and then all of a sudden i find out about my son and and it's like you know it was the most horrifying shocking moment of my life you know i thought he was dead you know until i actually saw him in court you know up in alive and speaking. it was a horrible horrible experience. you know we're still grieving today over. death
absolutely and our condolences to you for his death i as i understand it just hours after dark left to return to tampa your family's home in easter was also ransacked by police just before two of your relatives were arrested as far as you know what happened in that instance well. we believe it was an act of retaliation by the israeli police. we got onto the airplane and then when we got back to the u.s. as soon as we got back that's when we found out that they had gone in fact the houses the house that we were staying in first and then that's when they took all the males to jail. in that house and you know automatically our thoughts were you know it was an act of retaliation you know and has and they
started yes go ahead sorry. no i just wanted to say and then they went from one family house to the next you know continuing taking you know all the males in the households with no charges of course we've been staying to in touch with the families and. you know couple of family members have got now but a lot of them are still in and house and the other arrests which is getting more attention here in the u.s. is and that of nineteen year old mohammed al fayed there. is also a u.s. citizen he was born in baltimore however he is yet to be released from your perspective why has his release been much more difficult to secure than torics the reason his release is a much more difficult to secure is because of the lack of media pressure i think the reason we were able to get tariq out so quickly is because there was a video that exposed to the world the absolute brutal treatment tarik received at the hands of the israeli police and that was able to generate a lot of media pressure that really helped us meters in the u.s.
politicians take action to pressure israel to release quickly and unfortunately or you know we don't have that same sort of evidence available right now with. how much could there although we know he was mistreated we know he's being held wrongfully without any charges but because that video isn't there and that high level of media pressure isn't there you know there's really a difference moving a lot less fast and we didn't. and he said in response israel has denied an allegation completely that this family is being targeted despite the fact that so many people have been arrested so many are still detained what do you make of the argument that they make which is that this is all just a coincidence that you know this is a large family in east jerusalem and it's pure coincidence this is a family that happens to be protesting and getting into the trouble. you know the facts speak for themselves the state department has gone on record expressing its concern that it's very clear but that your government is taking retaliation against
the could your family it wasn't enough that israeli extremists murdered mohammed could bear and then that is where the police subsequently tied the hands of target there and brutally beat him but the night toric and his parents left israel the israeli police just ran into the homes where they were staying rounded up a lot of family members about forty fifty relatives of the people that they were staying with they ransacked the home and many of these people are still being held without charges you know if they had any just of them that there should be charges that should be transparency there should be a court process and right now that's completely lacking i think it's very clear the government is taking we tell you shit against them what's also very clear is that the israeli government is mistreating the family simply because they sure are different ethnic origin and their religion than that which the israeli government supports because they're palestinians because there are a because they're muslim that they're going through what they're going and i think the u.s. government needs to make it very clear to the israeli government that it cannot keep treating an entire people differently simply because they share a different race or religion and that israeli government cannot use u.s. funds to indefinitely detain you with them children and even beat them and hold
them without charges and due process i want to leave it with you i mean how does it feel knowing that you were released back here to the united states while many of your relatives who aren't u.s. citizens you still identify with of course as being palestinian are still being detained back at home while it makes me think and makes me think how they're feeling and i actually when i went to when i was. in prison in jerusalem. really like i couldn't believe what was happening to me and i can't i couldn't believe what was going to happen next and all now that i'm home and i'm safe. i still feel like i have i have my family members that are suffering over there and they're being kept in june with no charges as like it's like the they don't deserve to be in jail we certainly do wish the best to you and
your family unfortunately we run out of time but tarka because there along with his mother son and care of florida a chief executive director of house and shibley thanks so much for your time thank you for. well you've probably heard of taking gingko to improve your memory or a specialty at games that will help train your brain but if those are good enough for you how about a brain chip implant that's right the good people at the defense advanced research projects agency better known as darpa along with researchers at u.c.l.a. and the university of pennsylvania have joined together to build the ultimate u.s.b. stick if the bee of course was for the brain this is all part of president obama's brain initiative what they're developing is implantable closed loop systems able to deliver targeted neural stimulation that may ultimately help restore memory function so in plain english but is working on creating a memory and hansing microchip that would be implanted directly into your brain
sounds pretty creepy darpa states that the technology is being developed in order to better calm combat victims of traumatic brain injuries especially in veterans u.c.l.a. will receive about fifteen million from darpa all the university of pennsylvania will be getting upwards of twenty two million for the project what do you think is having a better memory worth a darpa brain implant. and before we go don't forget to tune in at nine pm for larry king now tonight's guests are the country music sibling trio the band perry here they are describing the collaborative process. well you are right the three of you all different ways i mean right now and it's very much an evolution for us right now neal will bring in a musical idea maybe that's on the mantel and maybe that's an acoustic guitar maybe it's a drum beat and a synthesizer and usually that initial musical idea will start kicking around some
melodies and we always sort of sit in a rather circle the music for music first nobody comes second lyrics come third for us but we all just sort of pile these ideas on top of each other and eventually a song is born is there a lead writer you know it kind of depends on what part of the song we're talking about or he's influenced a song normally whoever brings in the ideal kind of take lead on it so whether it is a musical idea lyrical idea i just kind of there's somebody does not play the lead singer champ car and though and i'm like i'm not going to say certain words that i just don't want to say i just don't like it's an ever evolving list so it's a word you don't like ok i i mean it's a it's really a word hurricane i don't like singing the word hurricane or butterfly those you know i just know i can do right. so tonight at nine pm tonight here on our team america now does it for now for more on the stories we covered go to youtube dot com slash r t america.