tv Fault Lines Al Jazeera February 14, 2014 9:30pm-10:01pm EST
website, aljazeera.com/americatonight. we'll have more of "america tonight" tomorrow. >> we knew if we waited one more day, benghazi, the city the size of charlotte,. >> two years ago, fault lines traveled to libya, as forces fought to overthrow moammar gadhafi, in the unrest that was sweeping the arab world.
now, benghazi is a by-word for political scandal, after the murder of an american ambassador in 2012. >> i cannot imagine sending folks out to benghazi, after what we saw, from the security cameras and the drones. >> mistakes were made. >> and i said that what benghazi is worse than watergate. >> meanwhile on the ground, a country is unraveling, torn apardon by the militia the u.s. helps to support. fault lines is here to find out what went wrong. >> on november the 16th after friday prayers, a peaceful demonstration formed in a neighborhood, in west tripoli.
local proteste protesters were y machine gun fire. when the shooting stopped, dozens lay dead, many others were injured. the last kerr took place the day we arrived in libya. by the time we reached the scene, the men there told us the killers had left. the militiamen who took over the area were from the libya shield, the shield that was set up by the libyan government last year but largely decommissioned in june 2013, killing more than 30 people. some of the libya shield fighters said they had been present when the shooting here happened. all that we spoke with were supportive of their brothers in
arms. saying moammar gadhafi is still here, saying there's a lot of support for the former regime and they're blaming both supporters on the voifnlings. in another part of the city, the family of one of those killed held a mourning ceremony. when abdul razak went to the morgue to identify the body of his nephew, he was horrified of what he saw. >> half the body is missing. >> my nephew, half the body is out, the other half, that they
would bury 44 bodies, the bullets still in his body. big bullets. >> like that? >> yes, to ask them, please leave tripoli alone. people waving white flags. >> black white and olive branches. the whole libya. doesn't matter from where he come from. from the desert, from sea, from east, west, it got to be like before. >> in libya right now, assassinations, bombings and kid
naptiokidnappings take place alt daily. security is in the hands of heavily armed, mostly unregulated militias, with various regional and political enemies. ab du razak's can belief in a strong residential government is rejected by separatists around the country, that claimed gad figadhafi favored some cities while leaving others impoverished. while this is yet another burial taking place, coffin after coffin carried into the cemetery, there were more than 30 people killed in yesterday's violence and the scenes here are just remarkable. sphwrutiofrustration is boiling.
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>> the men who carried out the >> the men who carried out thee massacre was from misrata, a port city about two hours east of tripoli. when they entered tripoli during the war, they were hailed by many as liberators. but libya's prime minister, ali zeydan, has called for all militias to withdraw from the capital. it is not the first time that he has made that demand. >> i think we're on the stage of on the brink of anarchy, if you will, in some of the situations we have seen border on that. there is a complete lawlessness. these groups and these individuals have been operating under near impunity over these past years.
>> hannah ansalla is a civil rights worker, she says the violence is just part of a much larger crisis that the u.s. and international community should have anticipated. >> the force statement of around 40,000 people really showcases everything that went wrong in this revolution. this is a very, very serious issue. because the crimes that have been committed against the people, of tawaza, meaning the combination of crimes forced displacement of around 40,000 people, the ongoing detention of around 1,000 people that are held without charges, the cases of tortured that's in custody the harassment that we see the combination of these crimes really amount to a crime against humanity. >> hannah told us about a refugee camp on the outskirts of
tripoli. for the residents of the entire city of central libya all of whom had been displaced. these families have been here for about two years now and they are still here. they're from a town called towerga near misratha, haven't been able to go back since the revolution. since the war ended, they have been pursued and regularly attacked by the militias. the situation might not be perfect in libya but at least they have their freedom.
>> how many of these women know somebody who's been detained? she has had two or three relatives that have been detained? >> three. >> she's had her son detained? so everybody has had their relative detained since the revolution? what happened to her son that's missing? when did he go missing? >> says they don't know the exact day. he was missing in -- >> like how long ago, a year ago? >> like the beginning of -- >> the beginning of the revolution? [ crying ]
>> i don't know why anyone stands aside i think in the endorphin, the endorphin period of the revolution i call it, that somehow gadhafi would be overthrown and out of his head would spring a dubai. >> debra smith is the new ambassador to libya, the death of her predecessor, chris stevens and three others. >> we go out protecting people is very important to us. it's also let me be honest. we can't afford to political backlash again in the united states. you know, this is where. you want to talk about what causes particles sis? >> she did tell us that libya's security was a major priority for the u.s. but the plans to help demobilize the former rebels and start training a new libyan army
hadn't even got off the ground yet. >> we undertake to train 6 to 8,000. >> 6 to 8,000? >> u.s. trainees. >> is there any time line that you can give on when that might be completed? >> obviously you can't just line up you know 500 or 2,000 people and take them off and then the training itself, the size, to have a significant force is not going to be on the ground until 2015. >> why do you think it's gotten so long to get the to this point? someone would say that's actually needed now. >> that's a good question, i can't answer that because i wasn't here before. because everyone was so excited about the overthrow and the vision and the promise and the future that i think there was maybe -- maybe there was not enough focus on libyans and others on the hard work of we need to reintegrate this and oh by the way, not everyone's intentions are good and oh by the way we're a small wealthy
>> before dawn, abdullah al ruqai'i leaves his house in >> before dawn, abdalla al rakai leaves his home. for the mosque. up until october, it was a trip he made regularly with. his freart went to prayers without him. what his father didn't know is that he was being watched. his car, being followed back through the darkened streets. a group of armed men had been tracking him for weeks. at 6:40 a.m. just as he arrived home they took him.
>> it's incredible. you can actually see american special forces grabbing anas al-liby, putting a hood over his head and putting him in a van driving him away. the whole thing captured on the video cameras, everything. >> the family's video of the raid shows three vehicles converging on the house. armed men pulling al-liby from his car, they were part of a u.s. special forces team, pulled in for that purpose. al-liby accused of high profile bombings of americans in tanzania. when did they realize he was in the hands of the americans? >> that must have been shocking for her. i mean that he would be in the hands of the americans.
events were directly linked. though some libyans claimed they were. regardless, they underscored the problem, a multitude of actors vying for control. we caught up with zeydan as he spent the day traveling around tripoli. the agreement of some forces to withdraw from the capital. to what extent international actions like the u.s. raid to capture anas al liby to undermine your actions here and how much knowledge of the raid you had before it took place? >> i mean, al-liby is a wanted
person and has been you know openly asked for by the united states and request -- i mean there's -- it's not a secret that he's one of these accused of this. >> but he has been living openly in tripoli. >> for about a month he came back. >> and why couldn't you follow -- >> and really, who could we ask for that? we are building capacity here. we're in the process of helping the libyan government build the capacity that would enable them -- why would they -- they are well aware of the criminal actions in benghazi. where has that gone? >> the raid to capture anas al-liby. >> this is a man that's wanted since 1998, for killing large number of people including many of my colleagues and friends. to bring him to justice. people have said why don't you use a libyan militia to do it?
i said the whole point was to bring him alive. >> that's libya's dilemma. militias affiliated with the central government have been cucheaccused by the us governmef torturing their detainees to death. we visited one of tripoli's largest prisons to see how wide torture is. >> his foot is still broken to now. >> foot still broken? how did it happen? >> it's because of the torture, they were beating me. they weren't beating me here. they were beating me in another prison, buststan prison. i was tortured more than once.
>> he was being interrogated? >> yes, they were forted interrogations. >> what methods of torture were they doing? what were they doing to him? >> do other people have similar stories to him in other prisons? what's that injury from? prisoners in this cell tell them that they have been here for two years now, without going to a judge or even being able to see a lawyer.
more than 8,000 prisoners remain in libyan jails sing the beginning of the revolution. -- since the beginning of the revolution. most don't answer to the libyan government at all. experienced torture while held by such a militia. are they worried about being detained again? >> while some militias appear largely focused on score-settling, others have set their sights on big prizes.
east libya is where most found their support, many here say the region has been historically neglected. so the security forces that protect these terminals defected to abraham aljadrin, and shut down oil exports across eastern libya. >> this commander and his men still wear uniforms tha uniforme marked libyan army. >> all this fighting before, they are ready to fight again.
>> the man who runs this militia now appears to have a strangle hold on an estimated 50% of libya's oil wealth. ibrahim jadran is one of the leaders of the system, an area that's sometimes referred to as baka. if his plans are real life, benghazi would be a part of baka. but for now, libya's second largest city and the so-called cradle of its revolution are slipping into lawlessness, along with the rest of the country. the last time i was here was two years ago, just before the fall of gadhafi, form of jubilant
supporters of the revolution, celebrating the liberation of their city. now you can see the blast scars from a bomb that went off devastating this entire area and we're hearing it's something that's happening now with increasing frequency. >> what is the difference between his earmt an army and ae other militias of the country. what gives them any more legitimate meas thacy that any r militias that we are hearing
about? >> that libya has one of the largest weapons arsenal that fell into the hands of adrenalin pumped revolutionaries. >> it is a charge that is firmly rejected by america's ambassador here. the u.s. holds no responsibility she told us to helping power the militias that help plant the libyan government's authority. >> this is life. life is full of difficult choices. freedom is really messy and it takes a lot of work. democracy, as i say again, it is not a destination. it is a path. what are the foundations around which all lib ya libyans are prd to coalesce? >> a commitment to support libya, a commitment to help rebuild this justice sector but
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