>> this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. new raids. more than 2 dozen behind bars as europe moves to prevent future attacks. billions seized by police, washington's limits to that release. >> penn state gets back its vacated wins years after the sandusky abuse scandal. and poverty in the classroom. the sobering new report on
america's kids. we begin tonight with what european authorities are calling a crack down on islamic terrorists. in paris 12 people arrested and questioned for possible ties on last week's attacks on "charlie hebdo" and a jewish supper market. two people in custody suspected of having links to i.s.i.l. and in belgium 13 arrested after two suspects are dead. more from neave barker. >> police stand guard buildings stand the effects of a raid. this was one of a dozen across the country. imminent attack on a grand scale. >> this operation was meant to dismantd ldismantle a terrorist cell
and the network behind it. this investigation for the time being has shown that these people had intention to kill several police in the street. >> gun fire and explosions ring out as federal police storm the building. the man that filmed these images has lived on the street for seven years. >> no situations that anything could happen -- no suspicions that anything could happen on the street? >> no, no suspicion. i would like to say that it's very very very sad and we don't want civil war. in bell belgium. we don't want civil war. >> people want to make sense of what happened. this is not islam this woman said don't want islam to kill.
she says she doesn't want her life to change. after the raid investigators uncovered bomb making equipment money, kalashnikovs, and importantly, police uniforms. it is felt that the police themselves may have been the intended target of a possible attack. hundreds of belgian citizens are expected ever joining those in terrorism in iraq and syria. neave barker, al jazeera vivier. >> mike lyons welcome. more raids coming in europe and the u.s? >> thank you. yes, especially, using electronic surveillance trying to find other cells. that's going to be important once they have started an offensive operation. >> how much information do they get for these raids generally.
>> generally a lot. if they get in the houses, they get computer hard drives and try to come back with ip addresses fill in the blanks so to speak. >> we should assume that these are people they know something about? >> yes, especially anyone that's traveled right now. europe has put this dragnet out on people that have traveled omiddle east, syria. i think turkey has become a big target. anyone who has traveled to those locations and come back they know they were there. >> is this more of a plit move? >> political move? >> well perhaps. the kind of attack they did in belgium, if you think about it ten cities at the same time, it shows a competency, that we haven't seen before from
belgium. i think they did it because they could. >> are they going to make these moves eventually and this sparked it? >> they come to find out they're going after them the hard targets so to speak and that tells me that the suicide bombers are at play. if you are going to go after the police with the kind of weapons they have, they are eventually going to lose but they take out casualties. the police don't take well to that so they nushed as pushed this as well. >> inspirational or or a aspirational? >> they go on social media they put somewhat of a footprint out there and they're easier to track. i think the government is going to have much more problem with
the operational terrorists than those aspirational ones. >> how do you get out of this? >> conditions on the ground it's going to take generations so to speak but again restricting that movement i also think from the west to the middle east is going to be an important part of that. >> this is more than a military or police operation. has to be more. you have to win hearts and minds too? >> all encompassing. terrorism on the spot, at the point after tack so to speak. electronic surveillance, border patrol how are these people being financed? are they being financed? it is a number of tentacles out there. >> mike lyons, thank you. >> two met today in washington, also had a sharp message for the
u.s. congress, on iran's nuclear program. mike viqueria reports. >> with europe on edge, president obama and british priements davidprime minister david cameron. >> a death cult that is perverting the religion of islam. >> a way around encryption technology now built into many sites. if they refuse cameron has said certain sites may be banned in the u.k. >> we are not asking for back doors. we believe in very clear front doors through legal processes that should help to keep our country safe. >> that stance has sparked controversy but on friday, president obama agreed. even if they have solid information about a potential
plot. >> despite knowing that information, despite having a phone number or despite having a social media address or e-mail address, that we can't penetrate that? that's a problem. >> reporter: but mr. obama said the ethnic and religious tension is not such a deal in the united states. he describes a melting pot. >> our biggest advantage is that our muslim populations they feel themselves to be americans and there is this incredible process of immigration and assimilation that is part of our tradition. >> reporter: since arriving in washington cameron has been calling u.s. senators, lobbying against legislation that would impose more sanctions on iran,
talks about being -- letting iran make nuclear weapons are at a critical point. >> if this diplomatic solution fails then the risk or likelihood that this being at some point a military confrontation is heightened and congress will have to weigh own that as well. >> mike viqueria, al jazeera washington. >> failing to send a high profile official to sunday's unity march. jacky rowland has the story. >> the u.s. secretary of state is said to give a big hug to the french people. washington made a mistake by only sending its paris
ambassador to the solidarity march on sunday. >> today i wanted to come and share a hug with all of paris and all of france. i wanted to express to you personally the sheer horror and revulsion that all americans felt to the cowardly and despicable act the assault on innocent lives and on fundamental values. >> reporter: an unscheduled stop on his trip. john kerry visits the kosher supermarket where an attacker killed four people. jewish schools and other institutions across france are now under armed guard. meanwhile, french police arrest arrested others across the region suspected of providing aid to the attackers.
>> the pairs spoke person will speak when appropriate. >> friends have been saying good-bye to the head of "charlie hebdo," charb in a funeral just outside of paris. police and army troops are on the streets across country. police in paris seem particularly on edge. the guard de laeste train station wassing evacuated briefly from terrorist threat. supposedly assaulting islam on an open forum on his website. last friday he received his
first 50 lashes. he was set for another 50, but it was postponed when a prison doctor says he has not healed from his first 50. amnesty international is calling for badawi's immediate release. >> federal law that allows police to seize cash and property from people even if a crime has not proved to be commit peptdcommitted. jamie mcintire reports. >> license to steal from citizens who were not convicted or even charged with a crime. the leg legal name is civil asset
forfeiture. seizing assets from americans whom the police believe are suspected of law breaking. state police were able to keep up to 80% of the proceeds that they kept, money that often went directly into their local budgets. it became a significant source of funding for many police departments across the country and it gave rise to a whole industry of consultants who advised the police on how to maximize these seizures, especially after routine traffic stops. targeting anyone they suspect of criminal intent, often that suspicion was only after discovering that person has a large amount of cash. you had to prove you were innocent not other way around. in a statement today attorney
general eric holder said acknowledge asset forfeiture remains a key tool, adding the new policy that these authorities can continue to be use to take the profit out of crime and return assets to victims while safeguarding civil liberties. under the new rules the police can no longer seize property and cars and cash, they can however still seize guns ammunition, explosives and child pornography, which amount to a tiny fraction of these seizures, the entire idea is to take this civil asset forfeiture and make it into a crime fighting tool not a civil tool. >> thank you, areva martin joins us. what are the target of these
seizures? >> the police actually targeted those individuals more so than they did other citizens. and activists have been fighting for years to get the justice department to do something about these civil asset seizures, approximates eric holder as part of his legacy building took a very bold step in ending state and local police departments' dpens dependencepolice departments'dependence on these seizures. >> war on drugs. >> absolutely, profit out of crime so they targeted drug king pins and drug cartels and they took pack the assets, you know, the fruits of the ill-gotten gains, so cars and boats and airplanes were seized and eventually it was expanded to include cash. but local law enforcement agencies started using this asset seizure as a way to fund their local police departments
and it incentivized them to stop people to do warrantless searches and to seize large amounts of cash. >> so if law enforcement -- if police departments can't keep the money? does it go? >> under the state law this cash that is seized goes into general fund. so that's why local law enforcements are against the step eric holder has taken because no belonger will these assets go into local law enforcement's budgets but into state coffers. >> what do you think of eric holder's actions on this? >> he has done, made that the hallmark of his tenure as attorney general.
and as he's literally you know walking out of the attorney general's office he is taking these bold steps. so i'm not really surprised by it because african americans and latinos were the target of these seizures. >> some legal folks have tried to stop this before without much success. >> without much success and one thing to point out is that state and local police departments still can seize assets. they still have the right to stop a car or stop an individual they believe is involved in some kind of criminal activity but now it must be done under state law. and state laws dictate where those assets should go and no longer into police department budgets. this became an incentive for police to fund -- we heard these
outrageous stories of police departments buying outlandish vehicles and equipment. >> thank you areva. >> it's always a pleasure john. >> supreme court plans to review bans on gay marriage in four states. the cases are set to be argued in april and the justices hope to have a decision by late june of this year. today one of college football's most storied programs is celebrating a victory over the ncaa. a new deal has essentially wiped out all the remaining sanctions against penn state after a child sex abuse scandal ra but brought down the college's coach.
>> investigations found the school helps protect sandusky for more than a decade. the ncaa followed that up with tough sanctions. rushed to protect the school and the legendary head coach. >> the ncaa has surrendered. the agreement that we have reached represents a complete victory of the issue at hand. >> reporter: the issue at hand boils down to wins, 112 of them to be precise. the ncaa now says penn state and long time head coach joe paterno can have them all back. >> today is a victory. >> the in 2012, assistant football coach jerry sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual assault against ten boys over a 15 year period. penn state hired louis freeh to
investigate. legendary coach joe paterno was fired. paterno died weeks later. >> we're talking about a punishment that has seen his entire legacy go by the way side. you're talking about one of the most spectacular falls from grace in the history of american life. that is not an overstatement. >> the university agreed to some of the toughest sanction he ever handed down by the ncaa, a $60 million fine, limits on scholarships, a ban on playing in bowl games and the ncaa would no longer recognize paterno as the winningest coach in college history. the fans said the freeh report was biased. >> tarnished by accusations
which were not based in fact. >> pennsylvania state senator jake coreman a penn state graduate sued the nook said the organization didn't have the right to punish the university. they also asked whether the $60 million fine should go to groups inside pennsylvania or to a national organization. the lawsuit was scheduled to go to court next week but instead the ncaa settled. saying continuing this distribution would further delay distribution of funds to child abuse survivors for years. refirms our authorityreafirms our position. >> unprecedented penalties against penn state and slowly
piece by piece they have been stripping away everything they levied against penn state. >> reporter: the settlement erases ul every on field penalty handed down to penn state. restoring in september earlier than it scheduled and in december it played in the first bowl game since 2011 about. charges against penn state officials are moving forward. >> paul thank you. coming up next, planet earth breaks a weather record. 2014 was the warmest in modern history. plus lost and found. the beagle 2 mars lander is back after disappearing more than adecade ago. ftc ftc that today they will be arrested >> i know that i'm being surveilled >> people are not getting the care that they need >> this is a crime against humanity >> hands up! >> don't shoot!
>> the number of deaths this flu season continues to climb. the centers for disease control now confirms 19 children have died of influenza in the past few weeks bringing that total to 45. this year's vaccine is only half as effective as usual. reported flu cases are widespread spanning over 46 states. planet earth keeps getting hotter and hotter. 2014 is the warmest all recorded and the past ten hottest years have come in the last decade. jonathan betz has the report. >> reporter: doorgd aaccording the a report from nasa and noaa, in the u.s., parts of the midwest and the west coast were unusually cool, but arizona and
nevada and california saw their warmest year ever, making the drought there worse. increases in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the atmosphere. >> carbon dioxide emissions are increasing because we are taking coal out of the ground and as we continue to increase that we're going to continue to see warming and more records being broken. >> reporter: the ten warmest years on record except for 1998 have awld occurred in all occurred in the 21st century. this nasa satellite picture shows changes in temperatures, the planet has risen yearly by a total of 1.3°. >> how it changes with time. >> reporter: later this year
>> this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. coming up supreme decision. the nation's top court will soon decide if same sex marriage should be legal in all states. plus a growing problem in public schools. poverty. and a big discovery on mars. the beagle 2 lander that's been missing for over a decade. president obama says he and his
british counterpart david cameron are indispensable partners on the war on terror. cameron wants social media companies to allow government spainls. surveillance. if they refuse, he says some may be banned in the u.k. the u.s. and u.k. are planning to wage cyber war games later this year. the fbi and nsa are teaming up with british intelligence and security agencies to conduct those simulated attacks. ben fitzgerald is the director of national technology in the center for new american security and he joins us tonight from washington d.c. ben, welcome. >> thanks for having me. >> what would this supposed
cyber-war look like? >> well before we get into what the simulation might look like, this issue of cyber-war acknowledge whether it's war or not, a number of those definitions that we have for the 20th century are breaking down with the kinds of conflicts we're seeing today. >> explain. >> one of the big differences some of the big challenges we are facing is less about one military force throwing zeros and ones at another military force, but if you have a military state perhaps attacking sony or sophisticated attacks against financial institutions, it becomes difficult to parse that out and that's why you see this joint cyber-sell that the president and the prime minister are talking about have both an intelligence and a law enforcement component to it. >> in this simulation will they
try supposedly hack some kind of wall street like business or what? >> the details haven't been announced yet but having run war games for the pentagon in the past they will likely create a separate system and then have roll-players come in and play the role of the nsa and gchq, hopefully they will bring in people from financial institutions and then they will simulate an tack. cyber security is all about trust and hopefully these war games will help set up what those processes should be and what policy and law should look like. >> how vulnerable -- i'm sorry go ahead. >> no, no problem. i was just going to say over the past 20 to 30 years we've really
seen technology and society's expectations about technology adapting very rapidly. but we've seen slower adoption adaption slower in those areas. >> how vulnerable is the united states? >> that's a complex question. i think in theory, very vulnerable. at the same time, we haven't seen a huge catastrophic attack yet. so really this is a prudent investment on the part of the president and the prime minister to help avoid a major attack that could have significant consequences. >> which countries are the hot spots when we're talking about cyber-attacks? where are they coming from? >> it's a global challenge. the most significant nation-states that have invested in cyber security or offensive cyber security are russia, china and iran. at the same time we have lots of very sophisticated nonstate groups. criminal groups who operate for
hire. groups that work for social causes like anonymous. so this is where at attribution can be quite important. >> can you give me the sense of how much cyber threats or the threat of hacking has grown over the past five years? >> hugely. so five years ago no one would have expected i think or to see in the news the number and scale of attacks that we're seeing. just in the past 12 months we've seen not just the sony hack but things like there's a german steel mill that's been hacked where the hack was able to get into the industrial control systems to make the furnace of the steel mill burn hotter for longer and cause physical damage. so definitely the threats are increasing but also the barriers
for entry are getting lower. it is inexpensive versus other military capability, and it's very hard for nation states to come up with consequences for that. we can't find the people or we can't actually prosecute them very effectively and it's very hard to get nation states to change their behavior as we're seeing with china. >> we heard cent come was com was hacked, tube or twitter put that's easier than getting into a u.s. government web operation. is that true? >> that's absolutely the case. the type of threats that these simulations and this collaboration are seeking to address are of a completely different caliber. so this is what we're talking about: advanced persistent steps, groups of professionals who will get inside a network
and monitor it for a lodge time, trying to take out vast amounts of data, erase hard drives or change industrial control systems. hack cent com's twitter account is no different than your account or my account. there is no special military twitter. >> i will have to say you have been one of the more frightening guests we've had on this week, ben, we hope to have you back and talk a little bit more about this. >> thanks for having me. >> two twitter accounts belonging to the media were hacked today the new york postand the united press international. hackers sent out a number of fake tweets about the military and the economy. the tweets were quickly removed and both companies regained control of those accounts.
we just heard that hacking those accounts are apparently easy. the supreme court will make a ruling on gay marriage in america. often a naicial nationwide basis rather than state to state. lisa stark has the report from washington. >> john do same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry? that is the question the u.s. supreme court will now decide. they will decide it in four different cases cases from michigan ohio, kentucky and tennessee all those states now ban same sex major. the court previously punted on this case, decided not to take up cases where same sex marriage was overturned. but the 6th circuit court ruled there was no ban to same sex marriages so now it's up to
the supreme court to decide. touching on this in the past it did decide a case but on procedural grounds allowing same sex marriages to proceed in california. they didn't decide on the merits of the case though. they also threw out part of the federal defense of marriage act. the federal government does need to recognize same sex marriages in which the states that recognize them. now 36 states consider same sex marriage legal. we are expecting arguments to take place this april. a final decision from the court by the sometime its term ends -- by the time its term ends in june . john. >> lisa, thank you very much. the gap between rich and poor is growing. the majority of kids in u.s. public schools are living in poverty. jonathan betz has more on that,
jonathan. >> reporter: it is troubling john. schools have reached an overwhelming number of needy kids this morning. it's lunch time outside chinook middle school outside of seattle. nowhere is it easier to see than in the cafeteria. more than eight out of ten kids are on free or subsidized lunches. >> it's hard to learn when you're hungry. >> these kids are not alone. for the first time in 50 years most public school students, 51% are living in poverty. that means households that earn less than $28,000 a year. like april white who struggles to make the best of it. >> you know the main thing i preach of course is education.
and perseverance in whatever you do you know? you take a bad situation and you totally make it good. >> reporter: the south is particularly poverty-stricken. mississippi, three out of 4 kids are poverty stricken acknowledge followed by lnls. >> there is also a high concentration of poverty and that's why you see the numbers that you do in the south. >> reporter: educators worry poor children are starting behind their peers and will rarely if ever to catch up. chinook middle school is trying to buck the trend with more tutors for kids and more training for adults. reading and math scores are
rising. >> it's providing the expectation for kids that they can do it. putting a great teacher in front of the students daze in and day out. >> without changes people who study the gap between rich and poor say it will only become wider. >> education is the part of the society, if we don't educate the poorest of us we're going to pay for it later. >> president obama wants to spend another billion dollars but people questions whether it's being spent effectively. >> chris enmdon, i talked to him, asked him about how we got to this point. >> education is for the majority. and for a very long time we always thought that the majority were folks who were middle class who were doing well and were
upwardly mobile. this focus on that population and not focusing on the minority population socioeconomically racially ethnically, led to a foresighting of theirforgetting of their needs. >> so a lot of kids are going to private school? >> any parent who hears this general political conversation about how public schools are so bad takes every opportunity they have to send their kids elsewhere. so now we don't have -- you know the schools in the united states are more segregated now than they were in the 1950s. better education for their child removes them from public schools. so public schools have become this well of dysfunction and poverty and the report that came out today just tells us. >> what about the continuing cry for charter schools? >> i think the charter school movement is also birthed on
what's going on in public schools is flawed. charter school, private school, anything that takes them away from public schools. i don't see all charter schools are necessarily bad this push for nonpublic schools pushes, it opposite up the door for there to be privatization. not for the purpose of educating young people and addressing the needs of poor children. >> we say oh if we educate them they'll have the same opportunity but if they're hungry going to school that's a different situation. >> absolutely. not only do we have to make sure the kids eat but the ones that are least likely to have mental health -- >> how do you see all those things? >> by training teachers, the place you can supposedly jump
out of to have a good record. get themselves to be upwardly mobile. needs computer training for people in the community. >> sounds more like a community center? >> a community center is what's needed in this community a light house for everyone to go to to have a pert life. >> i hear taxpayers saying, we're just going to be spending more money and throwing it down a hole. >> taxpayers are absolutely wrong. it is not a issue of spending more but spending for the unique needs of those in the community. it's quite simple. >> chris good to have you on the program. it was a year ago when a west virginia company was cited for contaminating the water.
the company filed for bankruptcy and was bought out. the new company is being run by some of the same employees from the old company. the new firm, lexicon has been hit with eight citations since november. in new orleans some artists are turning blight into beauty. we get this story from jonathan martin. >> this art is not always appreciated. >> it is always on the border of vandalism. >> de gaulle apartments, coating the walls with giant faces of civil rights icons and his personal heez rows. but vision quickly faded.
but there was no confrontation just curiosity. >> eventually led to me just pitching this crazy idea. >> odoms wanted to turn the entire complex into a street art exhibit open to the public. the owners agreed that he could use the property. in five weeks street artists made these buildings their canvas. >> towards the '80s when crack hit, the space became entirely different. >> this building was programmed -- >> malik green lived here and ran oyouth program. in 2006 after a change in ownership and or the problems, everyone was e evicted.
>> there is also a tribute to george carter, a popular teen whose murder remains unsolved. >> what was meant to be a two week exhibit is still here. >> i was happy because someone remembered these people in their lines. >> i guess the corner over here is the popular corner. >> developers have plans for a sports complex and hotel on the property. graffiti is hardly ever permanent but brandon feels that he and the other artists did what they sought to do. leave this place better than they found it. jonathan martin, al jazeera, new orleans. >> coming up next, a surprising find on the red planet. a robot that's been missing for more than ten years. plus actor cheyenne jackson on coming out in hollywood even if it meant losing roals. roals.
recycle the rocket, but the rocket drifted and slammed into the barge at a 45° angle. the british space probe beagle 2 disappeared on the red plan it in 2003. but the united states mars probe found it intact. andrew thomas has the story. >> a groundbreaking mission sending a spacecraft to land on marshall and at $75 million a fraction of the cost of most space exploration. but after beagle 2 was released into martian atmosphere in 2003, it was never seen or heard from since, until now.
>> it has not been lost. >> it was feared that beagle 2 had crashed into the atmosphere of mars or was lost into open stays. here is what they think is beagle 2 sitting near its projected landing spot. >> what's clear is, the beagle 2 didn't land with deployed capability. what's extremely frustrating is we got so close. >> this is britain's first attempt add getting spacecraft to another planet. the legacy of beagle will be to unlock the mysteries of mars. >> beagle 2 collected preliminary data, we may never get closing enough to it to get
it. >> this man died last year, but his daughter was here to hear the news that his her father's work is not lost in space. >> he would be here, saying what's the next mission how are we going to do things differently? >> scientists say if only there is a way to open its solar panels. taking in the lessons of what was once called an heroic failure. andrew potter, al jazeera. >> coming up, our picture of the day. >> have i missed out on parts? i'm sure. >> how coming out may have impacted actor cheyenne jackson's career.
>> tuesday. from race relations to foreign policies, terrorism and the economy. >> if this congress wants to help, work with me. >> ali velshi kicks off our special state of the union coverage at 7:00. >> we'll take an in-depth look at our nation's financial future. >> then john seigenthaler breaks down the issues. >> we need to know what's going on in our backyard. >> plus, objective analysis and live reports from across the nation and reaction from around the world. the state of the union address. special coverage begins tuesday, 7:00 eastern. right here on al jazeera america. >> cheyenne jackson is known as a triple threat. singing acting and dancing his way to fame. got his start on broadway as
elvis in all shook up. he's played in glee and 30 rock. today paul beban asks him how he found his passion in the theater. >> growing up there wasn't passion in children's theater. but i used to go to garage sales and i found the annie cast album. i played it constantly. i was going to be the only boy to play annie i thought broadway was one theater i made it to broadway,ists one theater called broad way. >> conservative how holds how did that work for you coming out? >> very loving family but very nondenominational acknowledge four square, very -- we had a little sign on top of the tv
that said, "if jesus was here, would you be watching this?" something in the back of my mind that i'd be dealing with that. i came out at 19 and that really, that was the beginning. my parents had to -- we kind of all took a little sabbatical from each other and a couple years in we started talking and listening to each other. my parents walked me down the aisle four months ago. that's wonderful. doesn't always happen. >> it's heartening to hear that while it was maybe tough for them at first and they needed whatever you said two years or you know adjusting to it, they came around. >> yeah. >> i mean talk about that experience because so many people have to go through what you went through and either it plays out well or it doesn't. >> my parents have always respected me and i've always respected them. these young adults they come out and they want their parents to
just accept them right now and rg -- you don't understand me, i'm over. you really have to -- their parents have to mourn their idea of what they thought your life was going to be. and until you give them that space, it's never going to be -- sometimes people come out and like boom, i always knew, bring your boyfriend over. but that's rare. >> professionally do you think it's ever hurt you? >> i used to obsess over that. people would say, "i don't know if you should say that" i came out in the new york times i never thought about it i was out and i never wanted to o have to use nonspecific pronounce on the stage. >> if i don't make an issue it's not going to be an issue you
said, certainly not in your control but you owned it. >> for sure. i think that's the first step, if people just say yes then can we all move on? have i missed out on parts i'm sure. ifers tested for a few cool things, i have a great career and i've been working for mexico years consistently so i wouldn't trade anything. >> and a lot of your line you've come out with pop music. >> couple years ago when i was going through everything i was going through writing was my therapy, writing was my way of getting things out. ♪ don't want to go ♪ ♪ had enough what does it meanwhile for you and me ♪ >> and getting sober obviously
that's a big thing for anyone. especially big for a performer yes? >> yes. it's some of the things i'm most proud of. i had wonderful opportunities and experiences. the most proud i am is about my sobriety. if i didn't have that i wouldn't be able to conned an grow, it took a long time. >> given your successes some i'm sure 61 will be looking out for you. thank you. >> eyes wide open at the cafe carlyle in new york. he will there be until january 24th. now for our final story of the day. james taylor perform "you've got a friend" in paris. he was invited by u.s. secretary