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know now, dylann roof has been put on an airplane and he has been sent here to charleston, and he's expected to land here in the next hour or so. and it could be before that. in the meantime, one of his
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friends spoke to the associated press today and told them, "black people are taking over the world and something needed to be done for the white race." >> i'm very very pleased to announce that we have made an arrest in this case, and we arrested dylann roof from lexington, south carolina. >> it took authorities 14 hours to track down the 21-year-old man suspected of opening fire inside of the historic emanuel african methodist episcopal church near charleston's main square. police say that the officers picked him up during a traffic stop in shelby, north carolina, about 200 miles north of charleston. >> that awful human being who would go into a place of worship where people were praying, and kill them. he's now in custody. where he will always remain. >> the police identified roof
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as the man caught by surveillance cameras leaving the church. he spent an hour in the prayer meeting before opening fire, killing nine people, including clementa pickney a prominent state senator. and the survivor said that the killer reloaded five times and said i have do it. you rape our women and you're taking over our country, and you have to go. the department of justice and the fbi have opened a hate crime investigation into the attack >> so i want to personally thank the law enforcement community because you've allowed us to start healing and we can now tell our children that that person is in custody. >> the place of worship is known locally as emanuel. cornell brooks said there's no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of god and
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slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of cigaretter. now, tony, in the next few days, there will be things for the people murdered. and this suspect was not on the watch list for white supremacy and this came out of nowhere according to them. but clearly, it's an individual that has a lot of hate in his heart, and he's being flown back here to an area north of charleston where justice will be served. >> the law center tracks hate crimes in this country. robert ray from south carolina, and we heard a bit of the south carolina governor's comments. and she visited today and was visibly distraught. >> we woke up today and the
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heart and soul of south carolina was broken. and so we have some grieving to do. and we have some pain we have to go flu. parents are having to explain to their kids how they can go to church and feel safe, and that's something that we never thought we would deal with. having said that, we're a strong and faithful state. >> president obama ras emotional when he shared his thoughts and feelings on the shooting this afternoon. >> there's something particularly heartbreaking about a death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace. in a place of worship. mother emanuel is in fact more than a church. this is a place of worship that was founded by
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african-americans seeking liberty. >> mike viqueira joins us from the white house and if you would, the president had a personal connection to this church. >> well, that's right. one of his earliest supporters on the presidential campaign trail was pastor pinkney, who was presiding yesterday evening when the tragedy struck, tony. and in the wake of yet another mass shooting, president obama appeared here in the white house briefing room and gave us a statement that was at times solemn angry and exasperation over his inability to push any kind of gun legislation through congress. inside of the capital an opening prayer. >> and lord, comfort the families and loved ones of the victims of the charleston, south carolina church shooting. >> outside on the lawn, a vigil.
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and at the white house president obama says he and first lady, michelle obama knew self of the victims including the pastor, and this time thoughts and prayers don't say enough to express his anger. >> i've had to make statements like this too many times. communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. >> and the number of those tragedies is rising. according to the fbi between 20,002,006, 120 people were killed in mass shootings in the u.s. but the next seven years saw a dramatic increase. 366 were killed between '07 and 2013. mr. obama said that he won't hold back his emotions from what he calls his greatest frustration, gun control. >> we don't have all of the facts, but we do know once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands
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on a gun. >> but the president also succeeded, for now, it's a lost cause. the assault weapons ban expired 11 years ago, and even in the wake of the shooting in new town congress has refused to renew it or pass any other gun law. at the department of justice loretta lynch launched an investigation as to whether it was a hate crime. >> we're exploring all of the motives that may be in play there. >> incidents of hate crime remain high. in 2013, the most recent year for statistics, nearly half of the 6,000 reported hate crimes were related to race. thursday the president invoked what he called perk america's dark history. >> this is not the first time that churches have been attacked. and we know that hatred across races and faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy and ideals. >> and as president obama put it in the statement americans
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have to reconcile the fact that this kind of gun violence doesn't happen in other advanced countries. and they will have to come to grips with that, that the political impasse has to be broken. >> we'll have more on that line later in the program. mike viqueira, thank you. and so what motives someone to carry out acts like this? i talked about that with brian lavigne, the director for the study of hate and extremism. >> what i think we're seeing, whether we're looking at these isis inspired folks or these kinds of extremists, there are a lot of people around the united states of people who are unstable and susceptible to extremist messages. those who have faced personal setbacks, and drug use and familial disenfranchisement, we have to look at this
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holistically. >> how do you take that? that could represent a pretty broad sweep, right? >> absolutely, i think that the first thing we have to go by, understanding what makes these people tick. we oftentimes make them almost as james bond villains, when they're not. they're really a saddam sad amalgam of dysfunctionalities. and they get sucked into a belief system. prejudice has three components. the emotional component. what makes someone lean toward anti-social behavior and violence, and then there's a belief system and component that intertwines and validates it, and then there's a manifestation, which oftentimes is violence. we have to look at, are there people that experience a catalytic event drug use
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estrangement where they're getting angry and then they take that anger wrap it in an ideology toward violence. this is the same if we're seeing isis or racism like here in south carolina. >> isn't there something more fundamental? the scapegoating, in this case, if that's the narrative. scapegoating of african-americans, is it you empower yourself by putting someone else down? that's one thing but to kill the other group the representatives of that group? that seems a whole different kind of -- i don't know, brian you work on this every day. >> you're right and most people who adhere to presently i shall attitudes have shallow presentlies, and they adhere to stereotypes, and they only come out in times of stress or
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intoxication, but for someone who is profoundly troubled, these types of stereotypes and messages can amplify their anger and direct it to innocent people in kind of an anesthetic exercise over their own personal failures and shortcomings. it's a false anesthetic. >> do you think that's part of what it explains in horrible hate crimes? i heard something this morning that said that hate crimes in the country were up 32% since 2009 and does this explain were kids running over craig anderson in jackson mississippi two years ago and the shooting in wisconsin in 2012 and then what happened last night they all seem cobbled together in this definition this picture that you're painting for us. >> well, we have different types of offenders. my friends jack levin and jack
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mcdevit in northeastern found, it's a sliver of homicide are out for excitement and validation and a thrill. and then people protecting their neighborhoods. people who have deep rooted presentlies, and their mission in life is to declare war on those who are different. and again mixed into those types are often people with significant psychological distress that enables and directs where this anger goes. it's base anger and when it's got a belief system to wrap that emotion in. they will act out against totally innocent people who are symbolic of something that they fear and dislike. >> greg, great to talk to you. the suspected gunman's background and any clues to his motivation, and we are joined
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with more on what we are learning about him >> reporter: a portrait of dylann roof is immerging and a very troubling one. he changed schools multiple times, and then dropped out entirely after ninth grade. and he has a criminal record, including a felony drug use charge and now the man suspected of a vicious hate crime was not shy about expressing his affinity for white racist regimes. in his facebook photo, dylann roof is standing in a swamp. his jacket has two flags on it. one from apartheid, south africa and another from white ruled rhodesia, and in another photo, he sits on a car with a confederate lioness plate the car seen outside of the church. his uncle describes him as quiet and soft spoken, though
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he worried that his nephew was too introvert. he was 19 years old and didn't have a job or anything like that. and he stayed in his room a lot of the time. also for his it 1st birthday in april roof's father had given him a 45 caliber pistol. it's not clear if that's the weapon that he used. i talked on the phone with him for a few minutes, cowles said. and he said i'm outside target practicing with my new gun and he add nobody in the family had seen anything like this cudg. he was in trouble with the law before. admitted to trespassing charges in may and he was arrested on a felony drug charge, and that's still pending. while he had limited dealings with him, he has known roof's family for years and saw no sign that he would carry out the kind of crime that he's expected of committing.
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already also reports that roof had a reputation for making racist remarks. one of his classmates told the daily website that roof was nope for making racist jokes and nobody took him seriously and now it's being seen in an entirely different light. >>ardo mckales a former skin head. >> when i heard of the shooting, it's beyond comprehension to think of your mother or father or loved one being killed in a house of worship, and all the more because of their skin color it's horrific, and i felt the de javu. it's very similar to the sikh temple shooting of august, 2012. and most of all i felt a sense
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of responsibility, being a former white supremest. there's the time that i pumped the kind of hate and violence that leads to this kind of atrocity into the world. and so today i feel a very urgent responsibility to try to respond with compassion and love. >> describe the kind of hate and animosity that you pumped into the world at that particular time and stage in your life. >> as a young man i kind of convinced myself that violence was just a fact of life, and it was inescapable. and i also associated my self-worth with violence, and that led me to the white supremest ideology, which really casts away all responsibility an individual would have for things going on in their life onto real or
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sometimes unreal agencies, so it's black people's fault that things were going wrong for me, and it's the jew's fault. and its everybody's fault but yours, and of course that leads to feeding a cycle of suffering and isolation that can become so drastic that it leads people to murder. >> do you think that some of those elements that you just described with a present in this young man's life? we don't know for sure, but based on your experience, would you guess that's probably the case? >> yeah, all i know of dylann roof is what has been released media-wide so far. and i think that the picture of him with the south african patches, really indicates a leaning toward white supremacist ideology, if not formal membership in a group but beyond that, it's hard to
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speculate about the depth to which he bought into the white supremest ideology, but the whole, you rape our women type of thing this aspect of victimhood is very much an ever present factor in race based violence. >> the intention of some in that movement to stoke a race war? >> my thought initially upon hearing this was, i don't know that an attack could have been better orchestrated as far as time and place than the attack on the emanuel church. with the church's historical significance the date of the slave revolt that was so tied to that church, and just the horrific nature of attacking
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innocent, praying people, it's the type of thing that makes other people rightfully very very angry and it's the type of thing that can very easily boil over into more violence. so i think it's important to be mindful that we don't want to give white supremacy what it wants. it wants us to hate each other and we need to avoid that at all costs. >> thank you very much for your time. >> thank you tony. >> still ahead on the program president obama's bold statement about guns in america, how does the u.s. shape up compared to other countries in and time to heal. we go back to south south carolina.
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>> the president's trade agenda today, granting the president fast track authority, it's the second time in a week the us has voted on it, and its fate is far from certain.
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libby casey joins us, and did today's vote lead the congress to a final trade deal? >> reporter: well, today the republicans tried a different tact after watching the trade legislation go up in smoke last week. while they were able to pass this bill today they're only halfway to the finish line, and democrats are continuing to raise concerns about american jobs. strange alliances the president and republicans on one side with a block of democrats on the other. >> to grab what's going on in the last three weeks is close to bizarre. i don't think that i've learned anything from it. >> speaker john boehner supporting president obama's fast track authority on trade deals. 28 democrats voted with republicans friday afternoon but most stuck to their stance, opposed to the tpa. it would enable the president to send deals to congress for a simple yes or no vote.
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hanging in the balance right now, a major deal with pacific rim nags. >> if at first you don't succeed, try try again. instead of cooperation, they will have to use procedural tricks to pass the tpa. >> the president spent weeks to convince democrats to support the trade agenda, working the phones and the members on the hill to no avail. >> this has been a long standing difference in the democratic party having nothing to do with the president of the united states and everything to do with our bosses, the constituents we work for. >> but despite the objections, the fast track bill now goes to the senate. last month, 14 democrats supported the president's trade agenda but it was paired with the bill to help train and assist american be workers. now fast track is standing on its own and its fate is uncertain. democrats will only get onboard, tony, if they can ba insured that the bill to
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protect workers to help assist if they're out of a job, that can move forward. and tonight we're hearing on the hill that it's looking likely that the worker protection bill may be lumped into other legislation. so the president may get his way, tony and may get to see both trade measures wrapped up before the recess next week. >> libby casey on capitol hill for us. greece has less than two weeks remaining to strike a deal to pay off debt or default. they owe $1.2 million to the imf. a meeting of european finance ministers, but they stress there's little time remaining. if greece fails to pay the debt it risks leaving the the euro zone and maybe the eu. the obama administration
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wants to make eligible for overtime pay but that's getting a thumbs down from business groups >> reporter: people are embolted by the increase of minimum wage, and you rules on overtime pay may come out. under the current rules workers paid by the hour, and who earn a salary of less than $24,000 a year are generally available for overtime pay. and workers with salaries of at least that amount who work in white collar jobs are generally not available. the obama administration wants to rails the whole amount, which has not changed since 2014 and like the minimum wage was not indecked to inflation. the labor department did not disclose the details but they expect it to raise from $40,000 to between 50 to $52,000 a year. the policy institute estimates that between 5 and 10 million
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workers could then become eligible for overtime. >> what are business groups saying about this idea? >> sort of the same thing that they say about minimum minimum wage. they oppose overtime pay rules warning that the extra cost could lead to the reduction of employee hours and the hiring of more part-time workers to spread the work over people, and some say that the change will not represent a big windfall for workers because employers will work around the rules to keep their costs in check. republicans have criticized changing the rules. it will make it as unpealing as possible for an employer, creating jobs in this country. the debate will be hotter and hotter over the coming months and probably into the presidential election >> they, what do you have coming up tonight. >> we're looking into the move to have police officers wear
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body cameras, in the wake of shootings of police officers by unarmed civilians and a lot of police say that it will support them as well, but the trend does raise concerns about privacy, and by the way big profits for companies creating the cameras and storage for them. >> thank you, sir, and you can watch ali velshi on tart on aljazeera america. still ahead we'll go back to south carolina where the community is already trying to come together after a horrific crime. and why a shooting at this particular church strikes an even more painful chord.
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>> people in charleston, south carolina, are trying to figure out why someone would open fire at a church prayer meeting killing nine people. police say that the suspected
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gunman, 24-year-old dylann roof, was arrested in north carolina, and he has been sent back to south carolina. he attended a meeting at the emanuel african methodist episcopal church, and he started shooting, including the pastor, a state senator. the investigation is far from over. >> there's a lot more to do in this, and i we have a lot more investigation to do to find out why this happened. and to prepare this case for prosecution. >> we should tell that you throughout the day, we have seen scenes like this people leaving flours at the historic church. people are calling for prayers and action, and jonathan martin joins us from charleston, south carolina. >> good evening tony. crowds continue to gather. and a vigil is set to start not
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long from now. many people are simply upset and others confused. but more than not we talk to people to say that they're simply coming by to pray for peace. >> it was an hour for understanding. i pray, dear god that you could speak peace it them. >> mourners gathered thursday in charleston, join billed religious leaders and politicians and some who lost loved ones. >> we have faith and strength and grace and we love each other, so when hate happens we come together. >> the mass shooting inside of the city's historic emanuel ame church has shattered the city. >> the main thing that my people held onto, especially during slavery. the church was the thing that we had to hold onto and the
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fight against evil is taken inside of the church. >> among the nine victims were several church leaders and they also lost shiranda singleton and dam simmons. she had been an employee of the public library system for 30 years, and tawanda sundayers was a leader recent graduate from a black college. >> we have to get up off of our knees and legislate and protest, because enough is enough. >> for a church with a rich legacy, one that survives fires and earthquakes and racism, the building is closed for now as a crime scene but members say what happened here won't stop them from rising again. >> we will walk together and pray together and stand strong.
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we will make it! >> and again back here live outside of the emanuel ame church, the crowd continuing to grow tonight. and a lot of people coming by, and earlier the street was blocked off. and a lot of people have come into the aware and it reopened a few hours ago. so a lot of people leaving flowers, and during the services today you heard a theme of gun control. some of the pastors and preachers who spoke said that what happened should renew some conversation busy gun control in america. >> jonathan martin for us in south carolina. as president obama noted today, there has been a long history of attacks on black churches particularly in the south. but the target of emanuel ame church is significant given it's past and what it represents. >> tony, you're right significant is the world because emanuel ame church reveals the neutrality of the
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church to this community. and it has been the focal point of life since before the civil war. and the man who died leading the church making contributions to the community. beyond the tragedy of emanuel ame church is a church with deep historical roots. >> where you are is a very be special place in charleston, and it's a very special place because this church and this site, this area, has been tied to the history and life of african-americans since about the early 1800s. >> reporter: often called mother emanuel, it was founded by worshipers fleeing race everyone. he was born into slavery in 1860 and he paid $2,000 to buy his own freedom. he became a methodist preacher, but because he was black he was on the allowed to participate in certain
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activities, and he could pray only after whites finished. he decided that blacks needed their own place of worship. and he helped morris brown establish it in the 1800s. >> it has a proud history. and it has stood for the spirit of african-americans and the spirit of americans the spirit of defiance and standing up for what is right and what is true. and when i say that, i mean that morris brown the founder believed that african-americans ought to be able to assemble and worship freely, as richard allen of philadelphia. >> in the 1820s, it was associated with the slave revolt and was burned down, and in 1986, it was hit by an earthquake. but mother emanuel bounced back and became a focal point for
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the civil rights movement and discrimination laws. >> when there were laws banning it they gathered in secret. and when there was a movement to bring them closer in line with the highest ideals, some of the leaders spoke and led marches from this church's steps. >> in 1962, martin luther king jr. spoke from the pulpit about the american dream. and just a few years later his wife correta scott king tried to organize a march for hospital workers. reverend pinkney was a pastor there, and he was killed in the shooting. >> it has stood for freedom and worship for african-americans in south carolina. so it's an humbling privilege that i have to serve as the pastor. >> pinkney had met with the
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obamas, even helping with the pain, and there were reports that he was willing to work with hilliary clinton. and it's fascinating to the president giving his remarks this morning. he said, look, i have had to give this speech far too many times, but with this speech, it was far too personal. >> in his comments on the shooting, president obama said now is a time of mourning and grief, and then he added that the tragedy in south carolina should open up a wider discussion about guns and violence in this country. >> i've had to make statements like this too many times. communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. we don't have all the facts but we do know once again innocent people in killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. >> the united states is the
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world leader in gun ownership and gun violence, and yet after every tram, an all-too-familiar torture cycle on national soul searching and debate on how these things happen. >> that's right we heard president obama say today we don't have all of the facts but one unanswered question tonight, the shooter's mental state. the president previously talked about the united states does not have a monopoly on crazy people. other countries have mental people like we do. and they have the same rates of crime, such as robbery and assault, but what they don't have near as much of is gun violence that kills. >> we are an out liar. we are so much worse than every other developed country. the numbers tell the story n2003, among 23 developed
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countries, 80% of all firearm depths were in the united states. 86% of all women killed by firearms were american, and 87% of all children younger than 14 killed by firearms were, you guess today, american. the reason is that the u.s. has more guns and weaker gun laws than anywhere else. >> all of these other developed countries can't understand. they are bewildered why we continue to let people die unnecessarily. >> why brings us to the other thing that no other country has. the second amendment which according to a supreme court ruling in 2008, constitutionally guarantees individual gun rights, but it has not always been that way says author, joan berbick. >> in '76, it was a patriot army wow that's heavy stuff.
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so anybody who tries to restrict your ownership is a potential tyrant. someone who is taking away your freedom. the gun rights language has defined the debay. once you make a gun a symbol of freedom, it's beyond regulation. >> your right to have a gun should not infringe on my right to live. >> regulating guns cost john morris his job. he's a former police officer voted to the colorado senate. where he helped to pass gun laws after the theater shooting in colorado. he was ousted by 340 votes in the state's first recall election which features heavy spend bith rifle association even so, the tide is turning toward tougher gun laws. >> i do think that we'll get there. this is just common sense. as the adage goes, americans
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will eventually do the right thing, but they have to do everything else first. >> for decades the nra's party line has sounded a lot like what i heard from rich wyatt a gun store owner in denver. >> more guns equals less cream. it's inevitable. it's proven in this country. >> what we can tell from the data, that's completely wrong. where there are more guns, there seems to be a lot more gun crime. >> which brings us back to president obama's line about crazy people and mass shootings, though they account for just a fraction of the gun violence in the u.s., stopping these horrifying and high-profile crimes would surely make us feel safer but the way that the second amendment is interpreted today just about any american has access to deadly force any time they want it. over the years, they have considered making racism a
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formal mental disorder. and they decided against t one is that it's so prevalent, it's more or less normal. and it's a cultural problem rather than an individual one and two the psychiatrists were concerned that if racism were considered a disease racistsing would be less inclined to challenge their own beliefs. we're learning more tonight about the cia drone strike, last week it killed the head of al qaeda in yemen the deadly attack was known as a signature strike where the u.s. uses lethal force though it doesn't know precisely who it is starting. national correspondent jamie mcintyre explains that. >> reporter: tony, pentagon officials have not ked the report, and it has all of the earmarks of the official strike where they use patterns of activity to identify targets
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where they believe al qaeda or other enemy forces have gathered in one place. the practice is somewhat controversial because the u.s. doesn't often know who was cleared until the dust clears. in january two prisoners held by al qaeda were killed. and the president apologized. and the procedures were carried out to a t. but they had unexpected consequences. back then, they hit a suspected al qaeda target in pakistan along the border, unaware that two aid workers were being held captive there. the protocols are near certainty that no innocent civilians will be killed. back in january those protocols failed to protect american warren weinstein and
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italian, giovanni porto. it was al qaeda itself that announced the death of its leader in yemen. a pentagon spokesman would not acknowledge that it was evidence of of the u.s. had to pull all of its troops out of yemen. the justice department has began it's longest crackdown on healthcare fraud. medicare the program for senior citizens, $712 million. lisa stark is in washington, and what's behind this? >> reporter: well, tony, this medicare fraud involved doctors, and nurses and pharmacists. and it involved people who deal with home healthcare. and so it was a wide variety of people. here's attorney general loretta lynch. >> they are accused of an array of serious crimes, from
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conspiracy, to healthcare fraud, to wire fraud and money laundering. they bill for equipment that was not provided and care that was not needed and services that were not rendered. >> now this massive nationwide sweep involved individuals and companies in 13 different states, and some of the alleged scams are really quite astonishing. in miami, there was amiability al health company that billed the government for $64 million psychiatric services and all they were doing was moving people from one building to the next, and a lot of the people had dementia and couldn't talk to psychiatrists. and a doctor was getting patients hooked on narcotic medications, patients didn't need the drugs and the doctor threated to cut them off if they didn't allow him to use their personal information to fraudulently bill medicare. so tony, the fraud drives up
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the cost of medicare, and it hurts patients, as you can imagine >> so lisa, how did -- i don't know if we know this, but did the justice department explain how we uncovered all of this fraud? >> well, about eight years the justice department and the department of health and human services formed a joint task force to go after the fraud and they wanted a coordinated effort. if they go after the computer systems, and james coney said today, a very tempting target for bad guys. >> in these cases we followed the money and found criminals who were attracted to doctors offices and to clinics to hospitals and nursing homes in search of what they viewed as an atm. an atm that's a freebie to
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them but filled with taxpayer's money. >> and tony, director comey said that the fbi has 2700 open cases of possible fraud that it's looking into. >> talk about the possible penalties here. >> they can be stiff. the maximum prison sentences can be five to 20 years. maximum penalties as well. and the government, by the way says that it has a 95% conviction rate in these medicare fraud cases. >> lisa stark for us in washington. the supreme court ruled today that texans can reject a license plate design showing a confederate flag. the rules are that it's protected under the first amendment. but in a 5-4 decision, it says
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that license plate designs the government can restrict what they show, and it could affect specialty license plates as well. [ chanting ] no hate in our state! >> exercising the right to free speech verses what others call offensive and even hateful. the latest battles about what can appear on your license plate. this specialty plate featuring a confederate battle flag is at the center of a supreme court case. >> different courts have come to different decisions about how much freedom the authors have under the first amendment. >> the sons of the con fet vat veterans oppose it. but the courts represented it, saying that many people found it offensive. the issue is free speech. >> the question in this case is whether a specialty license plate that's designed by a
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private person but approved by the government counts as private speech or government speech. >> the organization said that it's private speech, and the state is violating it's first amendment rights. representing the sons of con fet vat veterans, he told the court, i don't think that the court can discriminate on content. the confederate hero's day a state holiday in texas falling on the birthday of robert e lee. the state makes the plates and owns them. and so these are government speech and are protected by the first amendment. it has its name on every license plate. and they can teach any message they wish with bumper stickers. specially license plates are big business for texas bringing in $17 million last year. they have approved four
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messages, from fight terrorism to choose life. >> the real question is whether texas really has to allow every license plate. and so the argument for a bunch of examples of race. if you have one that says jihad and one with a swastika? and the challengers said that yes, you would have to allow all of those. >> doomsday pricks, involving environment into action.
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>> pope francis is blaming humans for klem at change. and today the vat cat posted the controversial letter on the environment, which challenges
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governments around the world to do more to fight global warming. more from vatican city >> reporter: it's judgment day on the causes of climate change. the vatican released a long letter, written by pope francis with his views on he ecology and the environment saying that global warming is mainly caused by human activities. in the 182 paged document published in four languages he calls for changes in lifestyle and production for what he calls the unpressed detrax of the ecosystem with consequences for all of us, and accusing governments of not doing enough to tackle the problem. it's an answer to prayer for environmentalists. >> it's important that the pope says that climate change carries an ethical and moral burden. we agree because it affects the poor and those who bear
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less responsibility. the pope's action will have an impact on the 1.2 billion catholics around the world. but we also hope that it will push politicians to act. >> while pope francis based his conclusions by findings of the scientific community. the vatican claims that it was one of the first institutions to believe that global warming is caused by humans. in 1963, the vatican sciences was the first in the world. among its members were galleyeo. but its director said that the catholic church nowadays has full faith in science. >> they say that we follow what the american scientists are saying, but it was us, through our academy members who first claimed in the 1990s that the disproportionate use of fossil fuel caused climate change and
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global warming. they are trying to be the world's first carbon neutral state. smallest state in the world with no industries. ironically, it produces the most on the day that the new pope is elected. >> time to take out the trash. >>le ep cyclical has been a blockbuster for environmental groups around the world. the pope fights big oil and corporations and now the real pope is being urged to make his power of persuasion to make the world a better place. >> with a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour, john seigenthaler is here. >> more from charleston, south carolina on the shooting, and what about the victims? we'll find out more about them and the impact they have had on the community.
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and plus the investigation how it unfolded and whatnots are learning about the suspect and the community of charleston, the remarkable history of the emanuel ame church all coming up in just a few minutes. >> thank you the government is asking theuble for help. help in designing a new $10 bill. one that will feature a woman but which woman, it's up to you. the treasury department is setting up a website where citizens can suggest women who have contributed to american democracy. the new bills will be introduced in 2020. martha washington was the last woman whose portrait graced american currency, and that was back in the 1890s. that's all we have for news, and thank you for being with us. i'm tony harris. and john will be back in a couple of minutes. we direct you over to the
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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. >> the active short, multiple people down. >> massacre in charleston. the shooting rampage at an historic black church. >> these people were in church. they were in church! and there is violence in the sanctity of that? >> tonight, what one official calls a hate crime. >> this is unfathomable, unspeakable act. somebody f