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01/28/13 01/28/13 >> from pacifica, this is "democracy now!" >> at the end of the day, when i first made this project, it was about humanity, how we treat each other, how we treat the people we love the most and how we treat the people we don't know. to get this award instead had an impact on the audience that saw it and the people responsible
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for putting it out, and this goes back to my home, the bay area. [applause] where oscar grant lived, breathed, slept, loved, fought, had fun and survived for 22 years. >> a dramatic film called, "fruitvale," about the 2009 police killing of oscar grant in oakland takes top honors at the sundance film festival. rick rowley and jeremy scahill's found, "30 juárez" wins best cinematography. >> the first american they had seen since americans killed half their family. they invited us in and share the most difficult time of their life with us because we promised we would do everything we could to make their story heard in america. i have to think sundance for letting us keep that promise.
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>> today's exclusive, extended broadcast interview about "running from crazy" about mariel hemingway. >> i think for me who has been running from crazy my whole life to realize that is not a choice for me, even though i have had suicidal thoughts in the past, it was so clear it is not acceptable in my life. which was a wonderful kind of realization. >> we speak with mariel hemingway and two-time oscar- winning filmmaker barbara kopple about the hemingway family history of mental illness and the suicides of seven relatives, including her sister, super model margaux, and her father ernest hemingway. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. thousands of people marched in washington, dc saturday in a
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rally for gun control. the demonstrators included a group of residents from newtown, connecticut, cited the december shooting rampage that killed 27 people. >> i have watched the news and other tragedies and, shame on me for just sitting there and being upset an not assigning it was time to change. i have always said, "oh, it is so horrible they could not get to that individual and help them." and now it has happened in my backyard. it is time. >> my sister was killed by a bullet through her heart 20 years ago, so all of the things that have been happening have really resonated with me. it really makes me happy and no finally there is movement on gun control -- to know finally there is movement on gun control. it seems like an important time
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for us to stand a gathering keep moving forward on it. that is what brought me out because senate democrats formally unveiled their bid to reimpose the assault weapons ban last week. the bill's chief sponsor, senator dianne feinstein of california, says she has received assurances it will come up for a vote, the whether it has enough support to pass remains to be seen. a retired cia agent who blew the whistle on the agency's bush-era torture program has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. john kiriakou's admitted to a single count of revealing the identity of a covert officer under a plea deal that saw prosecutors drop charges brought under the espionage act. kiriakou's the first cia official to publicly confirm and detail the bush administration's torture program, describing the waterboarding about cut operative abuses by that in a 2007 interview with abc news. he also is the first cia official to be jailed for any reason related to the torture, even those who carried it out. outside the courthouse,
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prosecutor neil macbride called kiriakou's sentence a warning to other whistleblowers. >> the judge just said in court, today sentence should be a reminder to every individual who works for the government who comes into possession of closely held sensitive information regarding the national defense or the identity of a covert agent that it is critical that information remains secure and not into the public domain are be shared with others who do not have authorized access to it. >> the judge in the case told kiriakou she would have sentenced him to more jail time if not for the limits imposed by the plea deal. kiriakou's supporters say he has been unfairly targeted in the obama administration's crackdown on government was a lower is. in a statement urging president obama to commute kiriakou's sentence, agreed signatories including attorneys and former cia officers said --
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speaking after his sentencing, kiriakou thanked what he said were a number of intelligence officials who supported his cause. >> the dozens of former and active duty cia officers and fbi agents and assisting u.s. attorneys to rally to my side, although most had to do so privately, i thank them for their cards, emails, donations to my defense fund. it was their friendship and support of my friends and family that really got me through this. >> john kerry out to -- kiriakou will remain free until ordered to begin his 30-month sentence. the obama administration reportedly is intensifying its investigational the washington
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post is reporting the white house is increasingly -- creasing pressure on those suspected of disclosing the cyber attack known as olympic games, which has been used to sabotage the computer system at arrest of their facilities. the program became publicly known after it accidentally unleashed a computer worm known as stuxnet across the global internet. investigators are said to have extensively analyzed the phone and email records of government officials and even confronted them directly about their alleged contacts with journalists. the u.s. cybercampaign in iran is believed to be the first sustained effort by one country to destroy another's a infrastructure through computer attacks. the justice department meanwhile has quietly launched a separate investigation into leaks about the destruction -- the destruction of an al qaeda-and bomb plot in the arabian
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peninsula. the news comes as the washington post also reports the pentagon has authorized a drastic expansion of its cybersecurity force to carry out operations such as olympic games. the move will increase the u.s. cybersecurity force by five votes more than 4900 military personnel and contractors. a bipartisan group of senators has reached an agreement on a framework for proposal on immigration reform. according to politico, eight senators including republican marco rubio will propose a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that would be contingent on increased spending for border security. president obama is expected to formally unveil his immigration proposal on tuesday. french and molly forces continue to make advances in their offensive to unseat islamist rebels from the north of mali. over the weekend, the france, mali operation to control of the key towns of timbuktu, sparking
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scenes of celebration in the streets. the u.s. meanwhile has confirmed plans to expand its military support to french soldiers in mali. there will now provide aerial refueling and aircraft to allow for a speedier deployment of troops to the battlefield. the obama administration has gone ahead with the military support, despite concerns around the violation of u.s. laws barring military assistance to governments that came to power through a coup. at the u.n. refugee agency spokesperson melissa fleming issued an appeal for more aid to mali and said civilians in the north are reporting ongoing abuses by the rebels. >> we are renewing our appeal for urgent scaling up of international aid for hundreds of thousands of people now displaced by the war in mali to prevent a now worsening of an already very acute, fragile, humanitarian situation across a.
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what is really worrying us are the accounts we are hearing from the internally displaced and refugees. a former resident, for example, who left town after recent air strikes, told us all the food and fuel are in very short supply. they say rebels have stripped the city hospital of medicines. and at the hospital, dead bodies are said to be everywhere. >> the malian army is also facing allegations of attacks on civilians. human rights watch is warning that malian forces have committed abuses in the central town of niono, particularly targeting tuaregs and arabs, the ethnic groups cling to the rebels in the north. egyptian president morsi has declared a month-long state of emergency following deadly protests around the second anniversary of the egyptian revolution. thousands have taken to the streets to mark the ouster of hosni mubarak and to press their
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new demands on morsi's government. at least 49 people have been killed in five days of unrest. the state of emergency applies to three cities in the suez canal. a large crowd of demonstrators remained camped out in tahrir square in protest of morsi's government. seven people have died in the latest fire at a garment factory in bangladesh. witnesses say workers were forced to jump from windows to save themselves after managers locked an exit. the seven dead victims were all women, and were reportedly crushed to death as they tried to escape. it was the latest deadly fire at a bangladeshi garment factory since a blaze that killed at least 111 workers at a plant that made goods for walmart in november. in a statement, a coalition of international libor rights groups called on major retailers to improve safety at garment factories, saying --
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attorneys for five guantanamo bay detainees accused in the 9/11 attacks that as a military judge to order the preservation of the overseas cia prisons where they were tortured. lawyers for alleged 9/11 mastermind and four others accused of turning the hijackers of the three airplanes are also asking for the judge to order the disclosure of documents authorizing their detention a secret prisons without trial. a pretrial hearing in the case continues this week. a federal appeals court has ruled president obama violated constitution in making recess appointments to the national labor -- making recess appointments to the national labor relations board it very year ago. republicans refuse to confirm his nominees. on friday, three-judge panel ruled obama had improperly asserted the senate was in recess even though it was technically and pro-forma sessions. if upheld, the ruling to bring
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an end to the practice of recess appointments for all future presidents. two senators have announced they will not seek reelection next year's midterm. saxby chambliss of georgia is stepping down rather than potentially face a primary challenge from the party to party wing. chambliss has faced criticism from afar republicans for working with democrats on a bipartisan debt as a plan. from across the aisle, democratic senator tom harkin of iowa has announced his retirement after five terms in office. he served in washington for 40 years, previously as a member of congress. president obama has tapped longtime aide dennis mckenna to become his new white house chief of staff. obama made the announcement friday. >> he has been one of my closest and most trusted advisers, president to campaign, on my transition team. he has been an indispensable member of my national security team as well.
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dennis has played a key role in every major national security decision in my presidency. it from ending the war in iraq to winding down the war in afghanistan, from our response to natural disasters around the world like haiti and the tsunami in japan to the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, the callous crisis in between, day and night. >> it replaces jack lew who has been appointed to take over from timothy geithner are at the treasury. teachers at a seattle area high school winning support locally and nationwide for the arab boycott of a standardized test used in teacher evaluations. teachers at garfield high school voted to stop administering map tests, calling them wasteful and unfairly used to grow their performance. teachers and other seattle schools have pledged their support for the boycott, and both the national education association and the american federation of teachers, have also given their endorsement. observers say the garfield boycott could mark a significant revolt to date against the obama
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administration's embrace of standardized testing. those are some of the headlines. this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. and dramatic film portraying the last day of oscar grant's life won top honors at the sundance film festival. directed by first-time filmmaker, 26-year-old ryan coogler, "fruitvale" tells the story of oscar grant, the 22- year-old bay area resident who was shot to death by a bay area rapid transit police officer. the film begins with real cellphone footage of the police shooting and then dramatically retells the last hours of his life. this is a clip from the film when grant speaks with his mother about plans for new year's eve. >> you guys have plans for the night? >> nothing major. meet up with the fellows. head out to the city. >> why don't you take the train out there? that way you guys can drink and hang out and not have to worry about anything. >> like getting out and getting
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back. >> no traffic, either. you know it is going to be crazy going and coming back. >> we might take it. >> an excerpt from the film "fruitvale" which one but the u.s. grand jury prize for dramatic film as well as the audience award for u.s. dramatic film at sundance. ryan coogler accepted the award saturday night. >> this day, when i first made this project, it was about humanity, about human beings and how we treat each other, how we treat the people we love the most and how we treat the people we don't know. to get this award means it had a profound impact on the audience that saw a, on the people responsible for putting that out, and this goes back to my home, to the bay area -- [applause] or oscar grant lived, breathed, slept, loved, fought, have fun
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and survived for 22 years. i take this award home and i hope you take this award home with you guys as well. i cannot wait t see you when i am a little more particular and also a motional. >> you can go to to see our full interview with ryan coogler. "blood brother" 1 the jury and audience prize for best documentary. several films featured on "democracy now!" last it also won awards. "gideon's army" won for best editing for documentary. "the square" won the audience award for best world documentary. "who is dayani cristal?" when the cinematography for world documentary and "dirty wars: the documentary and "dirty wars: the world