words in there. derrick pitts, great to see you. the show may be over but the conversation continues on the website aljazeera.com/considerthis or facebook or google+, you can find us on twitter at ajconsiderthis. see you next time. hi everyone, this is al jazeera am. i'm egypt in new york. secrets and spies. america accuses a chinese military unit of secrets and spice. to tell the truth, secret wait lists, resignations, the growing questions about the veterans affairs scandal. falling grave, the shocking treatment of workers in abu
dhabi. >> i'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse. >> we're going to look at the life of the legendary hollywood sicinematographer. >> one side the u.s., the other side choppy. at the center, charges of spying on american companies. it's an unprecedented indictment that is fraying an already tense relationship between washington and beijing. lisa stark has the story. >> their face adorn wanted posters, accused by u.s. government of cyber-espionage.
>> the range of trade secrets and other sensitive information stolen is aggressive and demand an aggressive response. >> the companies include westinghouse electric, a allegheny. and general electric. >> cracked the lock and loaded up sensitive information. >> in one case for example, u.s. officials say the chinese stole information on pricing and production from solar world. just as the company was losing business to solar products from china. products allegedly dumped in the u.s. at below-market prices. the justice department said it
traced the hackers to one unit of the people's liberation army, 613 flay. and to one city, shanghai. president obama has raised the touchy question of economic espionage, and china says they are the victims of cyber-spying but the white house says there's a difference. >> i can assure you we do not gather benefit information for e benefit of american companies. >> based on, quote, fabricated facts, that the accusation is purely ungrounded and absurd. the chinese called on the u.s. to withdraw the indictment. but computer official mark zwillinger says the six
companies allegedly spied on is just the tip of the iceberg. >> that is a message i think government is specifically trying to get across. >> the white house says it wants to continue to work with the chinese on cyber-security but the chinese says they are pulling out of joint talks. lisa stark, al jazeera, washington. >> the banking giant scwees bant swisse, part of the deal it was hit with a $2.6 billion fine. the government says that's the highest ever penalty in a criminal tax case. thailand's army has declared martial law.
the move has sparked fears of a queucoup detat. , it's the third time he has made such an announcement and so far white house and nato say they see no sign of withdrawal. the kremlin says the soldiers have been involved in drills in three bother regions. >> an estimated 40,000 troops officially on exercise though battle trained and battle ready. but on monday, vladimir putin ordered soldiers back to their bases. >> this is a postponement of a really big war. it's knot yet a decision not ohave it at all. this is not a strategic, this is
more of a tactical decision. giving us breathing space to seek a political solution that it would be permanent. >> nato is skeptical. it's layered this before from russia in recent weeks. >> so far we haven't seen any withdrawal at all. i strongly regret that. because a withdrawal of russian troops would be a first important contribution to deescalating the crisis. >> ukraine's border service has noticed a reduction much military activity during the past week though it stopped short to calling it a withdrawal. why not putin have given the order? reduced military capability, might have been a factor.
russia runs on condescription, and last year's troops are about to be demobbed. and mr. putin ma may feel more optimistic about the federalized future for ukraine. and he might consider the sanctions that russia isth occurring are not worth it. russia is trying owork out who its friends are. >> these observations require a substantial rethink. in order to better understand where we are, where our investments coincide, where we disagree and where we need to bring those relations back. >> there may be a whiff of deescalation in the air but this crisis is far from over. rory challenge, al jazeera, moscow. >> credit disagreemendisagreemee
ukraine will not bring an end to the international space station. if russia backs out, private companies will step in. in libya, one of the country's top military commanders has said, he has defected and joined forces with a ren gate general. taking on rad cam ex-rebels because the government refuses to. staging a coup have deployed hard line militias to regain the capital. president obama, the white house said he may soon speak out about it. last week world broke that a vaiz hospital in phoenix had a secret waiting list and led to dozens of preventible deaths. another hospital in albuquerque
was also accused of similar practices. joining us now to talk about this is lewis shelley, jr. he is the director of the national legislative division of the american legion. >> john thank you for having me. >> what do you think of the lateliest revelations? >> the tip of the iceberg. calling for the resignation of secretary shinseki, it is a rash of these discoveries of secret wait-lists and other scandals throughout the leadership of the department of veteran affairs. >> do you think shinseki should resign? >> we had called for his resignation. we had hoped in addition to that, that this would spur the leadership, that this would take a more proactive role in the va.
that is not happened and it certainly didn't happen during his most recent hearing on thursday. >> does this go beyond poor management? >> it goes beyond poor management. it goes to poor oversight. we are seeing delays in construction. overruns in construction. poor planning. we're seeing poor management that the congress has given va. what we do see is a va health care system that veterans absolutely love. when they get into the system they love their doctor, they get get -- they love their health care team but it's very difficult to get in. >> these secret waiting lists do you see problems that go beyond that? >> we have seen problems for a while. we didn't call for secretary shinseki's resignation because of phoenix. phoenix is the final straw. the american leej has played a crucial -- lee legion has playea
are market, now delays with credit care and secret wait lists. we are going obe pushing for leadership change and for whatever leadership that is in charge to fix these problems. we want to work with the department of veteran affairs. the american leej has been with the -- legion has been with the department every since it was a department. >> this is personal for you is and so many veterans that served this country. do you see this is a va that is just riddled with problems and how does that make you feel? >> it is a betrayal. i used the va. my father uses the va. my father's had wonderful treatment with the va. but again it's some of those oversight issues that have caused his experience to be less than perfect. but only that we are very happy with the health care. we want to make sure somebody is
going to get in frond of this and say you know what, there have been problems there have been breakdowns and we want to get it clear. >> do we think is this just a botched system that people haven't paid attention oand should have or is there something more sinister behind it? what do you think? >> well i marine we have to take a look at the size of the department. it's the largest health care system in the united states, and you know it's going to have some management challenges. we just want to see somebody with strong leadership ability to come in and handle those management challenges. the only sinister part that we can see is with these secret wait lists where there are some managers who are doing it strictly because they are looking for bigger bonuses or quick are promotions that's unforeverrable. >> lewis shelley, good to have you on the program. >> thank you for having me. >> a u.s. court struck down the
ban on same sex marriages, saying it's unconstitutional. let's go to allen schauffler who has been following this from seattle. allen tell us about this ruling. >> this ruling took effect immediately today it was issued at noon and two of the plaintiffs who brought suit against the state of oregon were the first in line, first to get married in multnomah county in oregon today. organizians voted back -- oregonians volted by a 53-47 margin to make marriage a heterosexual institution between a man and a woman. the court threw that out saying the guarantee of equal protection under the law, this decision was widely expected around the state of oregon and around the country. gay and lesbian couples gathered to celebrate and were ready for the i do's.
>> thrig about all the -- thinking about all the people who haven't lifd to see this. this is something that has mattered not just now but it has married forever. >> i think the part about we're no longer looking in the shadows of the closet that we're out and living publicly, we are family, you know here we are. it's a tremendous and powerful day. >> now, the attorney general of the state of oregon one of the people named in the lawsuit actually said today that she was delighted that it was a historic day and in fact the state of oregon presented no defense whatsoever in this case. again the attorney general calling it historic. this is the last of a long string of legal victories since the supreme court ruled last year that the defense of marriage act parts of it were unconstitutional. john. >> let me throw you a question john. washington state, which passed a gay marriage bill, oregon had a
ban on it and now a judge ruling. what's the difference between these two states in the northwest? >> well, the difference is that it was written into the constitution in oregon, and that's what was challenged legally, and that's what judge mcshane ruled was illegal. not the case here but the case in the state of washington to move ahead and get married if they're a same sex couple and that's what they want to did. really uncertain what's going to happen in the oregon case. nobody has a legal standing to appeal it so it play stand as it is. also we're not quite certain, how judge mcshane who is gay and his partner who are raising a child together, will being
follow the verdict. >> kevin corriveau is telling us what's killing the fish kevin. >> we don't think it's so much of a mystery anymore. last week when we had the heat wave going on across much of the area, historical temperatures. here is marina del rey. because of the temperatures we saw last week, this water temperature here really started to spike. because of that the algae was out of control in that area, depleating the water of oxygen. the fish had no oxygen and there was fish kill there. 101° on wednesday and thursday. back to normal now on monday but this is what the water temperatures did all the way up to today. you can see every single day went up a degree, some days two degrees.
only 5° difference. now the good news is the water temperatures are going to go down because we are going obe seeing that in and -- to be seeing that in and out of the sea tides. the problem though still a lot of fish. take a look at the cleeup that's going on -- cleanup that's going on in the area right now. it's going to take quite a while for fish to be cleaned up. and john they're saying a foot of dead fish are at the bottom. >> kevin thank you. and in northern california a heated court battle over a slice of pristine coastline. a billionaire paid a fortune for a piece of the coastline then closed the gates. >> at a spot where surfers saver and locals treasure. >> martin's beach is about five
miles south of this secluded cove. >> secluded indeed with just one way in. is. >> so this is the gate that has been illegally closed. >> the man who paid $37.5 million for this land venture capitalist vinod cosla argues he's entitled to close the gate. this is what's on the other side. >> maybe if there's billions of dollars of overabandons you can do whatever you want. >> the court is considering whether the rights have been violated here. when cosla locked the gate and painted over the sign which indicated the beach's location, the gate has been on the property for decades and he can lock it. >> the ability to seclude others from private properties ask one
of the essential sticks of private property rights that exist. >> it's infuriating that this access can be denied quite honestly. >> remarkably the judge in the case visited the spot to see for herself what has both sides arguing so fashion atly in a courtroom 20 miles from here. >> the issue is so simple. can you put up private property over a piece of that has been used for 100 years by the public without permission of the california coastal commission? >> this battle is similar do a fight in southern california, where record mogul david beffen tried oblock beach access near his home. geffen settled the suit and allowed a public walkway. >> the sheriff announced no one would be prosecuted for why
>> one of the most expensive universities in the country is facing allegation he of poor labor conditions at its new labocampus in the middle east. new york university's facility in abu dhabi. jonathan betz joins us, jonathan. >> new york university's troubling with these allegations, does not allow dissent and gives workers very few rights. well today nyu apologized to any
workers that were mistreated while building its new sprawling campus. new york university's new home in the immediately is an island that means happiness in arabic. steep recruitment fees to get the job and were never reimbursed. had to work up to 12 hours a day to get the pay they were promised and forced to live with up to 15 people in a room whether the university wanted no more than 4. >> i'm not surprised at all by these allegations. >> nyu student chri chris chrisa visited. >> we are asking to take action and to really show that you know we care about our workers. >> the united arab emirates
largely paid for billion dollar campus and the workers were hired by contractors not correct directly by the university. sparked controversy before the groundbreaking. and the universities had set a strict policy othe protect laborers. it tells al jazeera if the story is true then it's troubling and unacceptable and out of standards we deliberately set. nyu is looking at the allegations but construction is done and a lot of those workers have now returned to their home country. john. >> jonathan betz, thank you. another media merger in the telecommunications world. at&t has agreed to buy satellite tv producer directv. for 45 billion. john terret has the story. >> at first blush, you'd think
they are odd bed fellows aren't they. look been you'll see why the boards of both firms agree, a marriage to create the second biggest cable and credit internet provider in the u.s. is a good idea at least for him. at&t needs contents and carb. directv still makes piles of money. directv on the other hand is looking for high speed technology to get its content onto mobile and guess who's good at that? correct, at&t. >> both businesses have pretty much reached the saturation point whether it comes to attracting new customers but together the possibility for growth is far greater. it's no doubt that at&t's move was sparked by comcast's move to take over time-warner. sprinltd is talking about getting together with t-mobile and verizon with vodafone, the u.c.'s biggest provider.
in other words cable and throms telecoms are changing rapidly and nobody can say where it will end up or where the scoornl is better off or not. a lot depends on what happens with comcast and time-warner. if that clears all the hurried manies it will be likely at&t and directv will get the go-ahead. if not look out for more bids for directv possibly from its bl rival dish network. >> that's where it's headed and that's where it's all coming in. >> wall street thinks this will all be a big bump ahead.
directv's case far below the $95 a share that at&t is willing to pay to get its hands on directv's programs prospect john terret, al jazeera, new york. >> coming up permanent lock down, why students at a ohio elementary school are not allowed to go outside for the rest of the school year. plus martial law declared in thailand, and the showdown between the army and protesters. .a live report coming up. brings you conversations you won't find anywhere else... >> your'e listening because you wanna see what happen... >> get your damn education... >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> oh my...
>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. in northern nigeria, a car bomb has killed at least five people. no one claimed responsibility but previous attacks in the area have been blamed on the armed group boko haram. last month the group abducted more than 270 school girls and threatened to sell them into
slavery. ry uraga traveled to the town where boko haram was formed. >> it was here the capitol of borno state where boko haram was formed. they called themselves, people committed to the profit and holy war. people called them boko haram boko haram, which meant western education is sinful. >> they tide the condition of the people to the type of education the leaders received. >> reporter: by 2009 the rebellion had developed into all out confront takings with the state. sparked by a traffic incident, members left hundreds killed including their leader mohamed
youssef who was said to be extra-judicially executed. other properties belong to suspected boko haram members and their relatives were either demolished or seized by authorities and handed to other people. the idea was, if you wipe out their physical presence, they will be forgotten. instead the group returned for vengeance under the leadership of anu bakar shakau. not, said he was an intelt, this man who says he was his classmate and neighbor asked us to conceal his identity. >> sometimes when teachers were away he would take the lead. generally he was temperamental. >> borno state said they tried to reach out in 2011. a negotiated statement would
have been possible at that time. compensation for dead boko haram fighters and rebuilding their schools and mosks. the federal government did not take the group seriously bought was not led by shekau limbself. sophisticated regional groups they say. >> they are using itg, they are using ak .47, they are using 18th aircraft. >> reporter: boko haram now made up of multiple cells. the best bet in fighting back is strong intelligence work that would chip away inside the cells themselves. >> the army has declared martial
law in thailand after six months of violent protest which has crippled thailand's economy. our reporter scott heidler is in bangkok with more. scott what can you tell us? >> well, john at 3:00 a.m. local time, martial law was implemented. woke up to 6::30 local time the head of the local army made the announcement on local television, saying they now control all military. streets of bangkok and across the country who are asking for the government to step down. now there have been many steps in those last six months. elections, nullified, then a bit of a flareup last week three people were killed and the military has always been kind of on the outskirts, obviously a
pleaplayer but not coming into e fray as they have been in the last few hours. declaring martial law, they control all the police and armed forces. the government has just to run the country, i say that in a guard he way because they have not been ruling the country for past weeks or months. because of these strikes. they are taking control of all security. there was an organization that was supposed to maintain security during this time with the protesters on the street. that has been taken over now by the military and they are occupying, what this means the
martial law, both sides of antigovernment protestors and the pro-government protesters need to stay where they are. not engaging in any marching. >> practically what does this mean for people on the street? >> well, for people on the streets and this is coming from the same announcement from the army chief is that he has said go about your business as usual. what he is focused on are those that are engaged in these protests,en antigovernment, he says they need to stand down and stay where they are. he hasn't said they are going to break up those large groups that have been there for months on end, pro, and anti-government
protesters have been on the streets for months now. the military has been playing a role in these last 66 months but they really haven't come forward. they have said, they don't want things oescalate. if things escalate we have to clearly step in and they saw the attack where three 18th government protesters were killed. that was really the last straw. the acting president complete with the speaker just on monday evening and there was no way forward to end this military crisis. the military may have used that reason to impose martial law. >> scott miescott hyde hydler, . in lincoln heights, students are on permanent lock down because
of rampant gun violence. bisi onile-ere what did the board decide tonight? >> john, tonight dozens of parents sustained this school board meeting under the impression that school leashed would close down lincoln hits elementary school for the remainder of the school year. but after hearing community concerns and complaints, the school board backed down. they did not vote on this issue. now it's been nearly a week since the school has been on lock down and it's because of safety concerns, there are concerns over the rash of violence in the community in the reents months as well as the number of shootings that have darren place. at one point a but im bullet imo the school. there was question about closing down lincoln heights. there was panic amongst the
parents, that the school board wanted do shut down the school which was primarily african american. the school board leaders as well as the superintendent were talking as well about some of their concerns and after this meeting the suspect addressed the media and he said the solution with this issue here it's not to close this school. he says that the solution lies in the community. the community needs to work together to curb the crime. >> let's leave the school open. i don't want to close the school. i want the community to step up and make sure we all feel safe in that situation. >> and in talking to a lot of the parents in this situation, many of them say they're not concerned with the safety
themselves and their children. they are pleased that the school is not going to are close just at the current time. >> i've been a resident all my life and if i thought they would be a danger i would move. >> just ten days left in the school year. had this school been closed the students would have been placed in another school for the rest of the year. this means no recess for students and no extra-crir can activities. john. >> can -- extra-curricular activities. john. >> bisi onile-ere, thank you. 25-year-old cessily mcmillan was convictof
assaulting a police officer, mcmillan and her supporters say she is a victim of police brutality. agents arrested two suspected traffickers and seized 53 pounds of heroine worth about $len 11 million. the narcotic is bringing an effect, and impact is very young. judge this newborn babe girl named brooklyn, her angelic face hides a reality. brooklyn is an addict. in just six weeks old, she is going through intense withdrawal. >> she may be crossing her toes and curling her feet. we see olot of tremors.
>> brooklyn will face the next few weeks of their life at the peed yacht district intensive care or pic in seattle. releasing to her mother, if she can prove she's clean. >> i was using opiates, before she was born. i was doing that when i was pregnant. i just -- it was like i think, what was i thinking, you know? >> detoxing a baby is not for the feint of heart. >> the diluted morphine. >> morphine eases the pain. >> works real quick and it leaves quick so we can see what symptoms they're happening. >> in the mid '90s the babies started coming in, exposed to amphetamines.
>> replaced by heroin as the drug of choice, why? heroin is cheaper and stronger. >> but the baby's our bible. the baby is going to tell us what dwrug he has in his -- drug he has in his system and how he has been traumatized. >> they call these babies canaries in a cage. can doctors are -- doctors are able to spot trends before law enforcement. >> for brooklyn the future after detox may not be with her mom. the state is unlikely to allow it. >> it's upsetting. yeah. yeah. >> the reality is the majority of these babies will go to foster care. but the hope here is that the center will not be the only place where these smallest victims of drug abuse are safe, secure and protected. tanya moseley, al jazeera, seattle.
jill abramson made a public appearance today just days after being fired as the executive editor of the new york times. she gave the commencement address at wake forest university in alabama. she poked fun at herself, about bouncing back. >> what's next for me? i don't know. so i'm in exactly the same boat as many of you. >> abramson's dismissal, brought questions about, the first african american to hold that role of executive editor of the times. the nba has set a hearing for donald sterling.
he was banned from the league with a tape that surfaced of him make racist comments. seracla one of the most popular kinds of hot sauce in the country. but not drawing raves in irwindale, california. contaminating the air. texas is trying to get the hot sauce maker to move to the lone czar state. heidi zhou-castro is joining us. heidi. >> denton texas is a young and progressive town and it's among this college-centric town that revolves around the university of texas that this hot sauce has raised to cult status. manufacturing the sauce here hasn't entered the conversation but it is an issue that the city of denton will have to credit
court if its relationship with hot sauce continues. >> toast the hot sauce. >> denton, texas, a small town with a big taste for hot sauce. >> i put it on everything i eat. >> city councilman kevin rodin, when he heard the smell of hot sauce to be a public nuisance he immediately saw an opportunity for his own town's economic growth. >> some city is going to get on top of this and be the first one to get out there and invite them to move to their city and i thought why not denton, texas. >> hundreds credit attended a pepper sauce festival. >> their current factory is nestled right in the middle of a
neighborhood. in texas we have wide open spaces so our industrial zoned area is miles away from the closest neighborhood. >> rodin said, that would prevent his text constituents from suffering from burning eyes. the way from his plant is perfectly safe. he invited a delegation from denton to see and smell. >> we were right up next to where the chiles are are produced, and there is no issue. >> but not everyone in denton is convinced. sarah says they should have a test to be sure. >> if there's risk to be outside then that's going to be a problem. >> the greatest risk is the lack
of a local agriculture industry right here. right now this 14 acre community garden is the closest thing to it and just a handful of chile plants grow here. >> he last no desire to leave his california loam but if irwindale forces the issue -- >> it's hot and texans like spicy food. >> what's less clear is what the city of irwindale, california has to do. the city council does have a resolution on the table that would compel the factory to mitigate its smell issues within 90 days but the council has not voted on that. in fact it's deliberately delayed the resolution continuously. the residents are in a tough spot. it wants to appease its residents but doesn't want to come off as anti-business.
i want to show you we are looking at winter weather advisors believe it or not from the sierra nevadas. where that heat went, over to the east, arizona, new mexico, as well as into texas. so the fire threat is still raised in those particular areas over the next couple days. take a look at the temperatures we are expecting to ski as we go towards tuesday. lubbock 102°, albuquerque, 87. you do not want to be outside in those areas of red or burning anything in those areas until those temperatures decide to go down. on wednesday a little bit better weather there, 98°. over towards california those temperatures are back to normal, los angeles 72 as well as san diego in the high 60s. here in new england we are seeing some cooler weather as well. notice the cold from the north, cooler air is coming in for boston rainy day, that's going
>> you know the movie, all the president's men but you might not know the cinematographer behind it. gordon willis died today, he was 82 years old. here to talk about willis's legacy is film director glen kenny. welcome. >> thanks for having me, john, how are you? >> i'm fine. what was your contribution to are cinenmatography? >> mine is absolutely nil except to enjoy it. >> i'm talking about gordon lew willis.
>> the technical expertise that he gained over the course of working in film for over 20 years before he lended his first feature, how he worked with the director worked with the script and came up with visual solutions to problems. the scene we just sauce from all the president's men is a very great example. that's a scene where bob woodward the reporter played by robert red ford is talking to deep throat. deep throat's identity wasn't known for many, many years later. but you have to make deep throat a compelling character in this feature, without showing his face. willis gave you a strong background of blurry lights and redford's face in shadow. nonpresence even though his
voice registers. >> very powerful scene. let's show another scene from one of gordon willi willis's mo, the godfather. >> i'm going omake him an offer he can't refuse. >> what's distinctive about what willis did? >> they are slowing the scenes in don corleone's study. it is very broody and they're saying, i can't see anything. when the light plays on mar plon bran doe's face, it's magnificent. concerning a feeling concerning don corleone who ask a mysterious can character who last enormous power. visual relativity, people like to call limb the prince of darkness the way he used blacks
in cinenmatography. but he didn't use them un formally. the wedding scene he deliberately shot to look like kodachrome, an almost overexposed bleached out garish quality. but the things we see here, chiaruscuro. and deep deep black. >> let's look at godfather 2, a totally different scene. >> i know it was youd fromo. you broke my -- you fredo. you broke my heart. >> again, what was different about the way gordon willis looked at this film? >> well, the scene of the fall of havana. shooting a new year's eve
intreaps he's not letting a lot of light come into the camera because it is the end of an era. michael corleone's dream of making havana into a gambling dream. a sense of history through a specific and subjective lens. it was an broach developed by gordon willis with director francis ford coppola. they clashed a lot. coppola didn't work with willis onfully other of his films. there is a consistent through-look in those films and coppola knew he needed gordon willis's eye lenses and lighting sensitivity. >> he also did annie hall, i've
just got a second to look at this and get a comment from you. >> do you love me? >> love you is too weak a word for us. i nerf you, are i love you i loath you. >> here he's working with all natural light. it's what the sim maaing to rafer --sin pling to rafers cinematographers like to call, he's also capturing a genuine emotional moment between these characters. it is a way to have a technical eye and mastery. >> glerch kenny thanks so much talking to us about gordon willis. we appreciate it. swallowing cars and destroying
>> on "america tonight": shot in the arm. the case for childhood vaccinations gets a booster from a report outbreak of measles and the worries of the return much other childhood deceases. why a growing number of parents say no to shots. >> what would happen if we didn't get vaccination egg? >> i think we would be a lot healthier. >> you do? >> i do. >> also ahead secrets and spies. criminal charges as the u.s. goes after china for stealing all american ideas . >> for the first time we are