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united nations she's currently the spokeswoman for the state department chiller place nikki haley who announced her resignation in october and to leave the post at the end of this month the chief financial officer of chinese tech company huawei is expected in court on friday one joe was arrested in canada and faces extradition to the u.s. for suspicion of violating sanctions against iran canada's prime minister says his government was warned ahead of the arrest but insists there was no political involvement china is calling for her immediate release the last migrant rescue ship operating off the coast of libya is ending operations doctors without borders says a smear campaign by european governments has forced the aquarius to stop saving asylum seekers in the mediterranean sea the boat lost its registration in september. those are the headlines join me for more news here after people in power. china could be facing a debt i suppose that's according to s. and p.
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global trumpet ministration just been insisting towards the saudis and other uses that they want to have more production to cool down the prices we bring you the stories that are shaping the economic world we live in counting the cost on al-jazeera. could u.s. president on trump trigger a return to the dog days of america's war on terror and quiet she's a strange soap treat to suppress information about the cia's poached nine hundred eleven rendition program in the second of two special investigations we sent reporters service printed to find out.
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comebacks ray at the u.s. naval base and hunnam a bay. now deserted. tory a symbol of america's global war on terror. prison is began arriving at guantanamo in early two thousand and two very soon other detention camps was set up on the base. an estimated seven hundred people have been incarcerated here. former u.s. president barack obama wanted to close it down walked off all. the way
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there one year from now. current president donald trump has different ideas. president obama talking about get right donna which by the way which by the way we are keeping open which we are keeping. and we're going to load it up with some bad dude split we're going to load it up. some fear trump's presidency may trigger a return to the dark chapter of america's history which funday the devastating atrocities of nine eleven. in the off to mall of the attacks the us numerous the biggest global manhunt in its history. shortly after this man mark fallon a senior naval intelligence agent arrived in the new and prison facility in one ton
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a move bay he'd been appointed deputy director of a special task force charged with tracking down al qaeda terrorists. but the more he saw as contaminated the more concerned he grew in. what they were trying to do was create what's called learned helplessness a fieri based on experiments done on dogs to sleep deprivation extreme isolation. a practice called walling facial slaps slamming your you against the wall it's a debilitating practice it wears you down. i didn't know what it was daylight outside i didn't know the times there was no calendar and being on the subject on almost for a year and a half and i wanted access to other human beings and meaningful communication with my family a son being born i didn't i didn't even know what his name was so there's all these sorts of things happening and so once i exploded myself literally and punched and
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kicked and cried and screamed and one of those sorts of things. in new vendor two thousand and two computer come onto arrived at guantanamo bay here. his name was major general geoffrey miller if you speak to many of the other prisoners who were held at the time in the in camp x.-ray and elsewhere they'll tell you that he was his the regime was during his period was the harshest they faced you know he brutalizing these prisoners are given we have this program called the frequent flyer program we wakes them up the middle night just transfer around it sleep deprivation it's isolation they were doing mock executions they wanted to bring people up in helicopters and make it look like they're going to be thrown out they were just making it up as a way they were used their imaginations are running wild. at the time miller himself shed new concern about the regime he ran in guantanamo everything that we'd
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be side care built america can be proud. then in two thousand and three he was sent to iraq to devise about interrogation that. try to stop i went back to the pentagon and said this guy is clueless doesn't know what he's doing you know he's brutalizing these prisoners. in two thousand and four appalling images emerged from abu ghraib prison in iraq we also have deeply disturbing footage starkly illustrating the desperation the regime created in prison is. the images from abu ghraib cool's shock around the world and in the off to martha eleven relatively low ranking u.s. soldiers were convicted with sentences ranging from imprisonment to reprimand. afterwards major general miller he did vised about interrogation and just
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a press conference in the prison yes i would like to personally apologize to the people of iraq for the actions of the small number of leaders and soldiers who violated our policy they have. committed criminal acts major general miller insisted the tool trying to busa to abu ghraib was the responsibility of roots soldiers not to the point out of a top down culture we tried unsuccessfully to contact to major general miller through the u.s. department of defense they declined to pass on our questions as his not retired our own procedures or internationally recognized for his bay detention of proper interrogation today the us has a new commander in chief during his election campaign and pretty cool for the return of waterboarding a practice condemned by un special rapporteur as torture they said what do you
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think of waterboarding i said i think we absolutely need it we should have it and if we can't we should have worse. when the president of the united states most powerful person on earth says these things that just encourages people to behave in the most. paraguay lawyer clive stafford smith organization reprieve has represented eighty prisoners at guantanamo has been released one of the great truisms is if you don't know your history years you won't learn from history and your mistakes you know we have someone in the white house right now who knows nothing about history. of repeat any mistake that's been made back to the spanish inquisition and so we need to truth out there. but today some say the american administration seems even more determined than ever to stop the truth about the cia's post nine eleven program getting out and that led to one of the most disturbing claims we heard during the course of making this film
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. and it's this that the torture of detainees in the cost is now impeding the quest for justice following the nine eleven attacks over the past years legal hearings have been underway at a secret court on the u.s. naval base in guantanamo. america's justification for holding prisoners at guantanamo is controversial. by declaring that the war on terror is an actual ongoing war the us government has argued it can detain captives of this war without charge for as long as it wants. but if they do then charge any of these detainees with specific crimes for example the five men charged with involvement in the nine eleven atrocity they are to be tried by going ton of those special courts known as military commissions. one of the five is.
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accused of helping fund flight training for the nine eleven hijackers. in washington we met his defense team these civilian invalid. the law is approved by the pentagon but that doesn't stop them being deeply critical of the treatment hundred out to their client by interrogate is. in my nineteen years of service the rule we have always been taught is we don't torture there's a thing that has the innocuous name of water dousing and water dowsing is water boarding without a board it's essentially drowning in ice water many of those things and worse occurred to mr obuchi but the u.s. government says certain classified evidence on torture must be kept secret but i'll bet you choose defense team says that prevents them defending him properly so this is a death penalty case and as such were entitle to you know all evidence that's relevant
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and material to mr oakley just funds and that would include a lot of evidence from his time in cia custody where he was being tortured three and a half years. the prosecution has consistently dragged their feet on giving us that evidence the defense finds itself in the position of having to make sure that the very values that the prosecution or the u.s. government has claimed for so many decades are actually appealed therefore for me it is a chance as i see it to truly uphold the constitution of those of the united states i think that that sterling has a much more measured response to this but but no it makes me angry that seventeen years post september eleventh almost we are still sitting in a courtroom in an offshore prison at guantanamo bay with a prosecution that is determined to hide it torture from more than a decade ago and that i think is is offensive to and should be offensive to all
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americans. andries at base near washington d.c. . this is where our journey starts to the u.s. naval base at guantanamo bay. forty five square miles of america on the southeastern corner of cuba. the military commission hearings take place at camp justice inside this camp there is a multimillion dollar legal complex so secret when not allowed to film it or say where it is journalists meanwhile of billeted in these tents. the trip it again tom has only been possible under very strict conditions we've had to sign a long document agreeing to restrictions on what we can film where accompanied at
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all times by a military mind that mind checks all footage so all the pictures you will see from here have been vetted. thirst lighted camp justice kuantan a man every day begins the same way with the star-spangled banner. to media h.q. is based in a partially derelict aircraft hangar here we await a military minder to accompany us to the secret court we cannot film. we come back observe the proceedings under strict conditions journalists n.g.o.s family members of nine eleven victims and sit in a specially constructed gallery there's a thick pane of cloth which separates us from the court and we can hear proceedings on a monitor above with
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a forty second delay this forty second delay it designed to stop the public hearing any classified information in the cool we watched as the five men accused of complicity in the nine eleven attacks were brought in but seventeen years on the trial proper still hasn't started we attended the thirtieth pretrial hearing. in the evening we're told the next day's proceedings will be closed to the media and public in these secret sessions defense lawyers are given access to some classified information but a nice some. other evidence is considered so very secret that even defense lawyers with the highest security clearance can't be trusted with it and who decides what they can see is a hugely contentious. in the transcripts of the open sessions mention of gina possible donald trump's choice as head of the cia an appointment
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that caused controversy because she once ran a detention camp in thailand in two thousand and two where torture was used jean a hospital has a key role as god ijn of the cia's secrets. as head of the cia it's within her power to decide what classified information can be provided to the defense in this case. so has gina hospital blocks evidence which could help the defense to find out we settle from the confines of camp justice to ask one of the defense lawyers. away from the count one ton of the naval base has the trappings of small town america. it even has its own radio station with a souvenir shop and a fun slogan rocking infidels backyard. we
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meet up with defense lawyer james caan al again but when we ask him about jena hospitals role it turns out that some questions he's not allowed to want. as director of cia controls the pipeline of information from the cia to the prosecution to us but is there any evidence that is an impediment in the first. i can't answer that question you can't answer that question. is there a suggestion that you might i can't answer that question. so are you saying that the u.s. government is the prosecution holds all the cards in their hand is that what all of you. in this military commission which was set up for the express purpose of preventing information about torture from getting out to the public the prosecution you really believe that is that's not to prevent information about getting out the vote it was not set up for due process justice one of the victims was not well no
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there's no question that the reason why we are here in guantanamo bay on an inaccessible military base with strict controls on the media trick controls on the defense attorneys strict controls on the defendants themselves for controls on every other participant in the process is to prevent information from talk about torture from getting out to the public the department of defense told us they strayed to ensure the process is as transparent as possible when balanced with requirements of national security. as the weeks legal proceedings and there's a press conference of sorts the prosecution on coming the attending media number just six including us over the fence here. you turn and handle derek puts heat is one of the defense lawyers for kind of shaikh mohammed the alleged mastermind of the nine eleven attacks he will a trial could be he is
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a way the government is trying to hide so very much that you end up with this any terminable delay and it's disturbing i think to everybody involved but most especially to the victim family members. the department of defense say there's no time limit on the process which is good towards fairness rather than an arbitrary deadline. the pentagon regularly invites relatives of the victims of nine eleven to attend concessions at the military court heering some of the views this group expresses all the how it's a neutral unexpected naina and jessica murphy the father brian though this week i have thought a lot about my father and i have thought a lot about the deep loss felt by so many people. but at the same time i feel i feel frustrated by the way certain issues are being covered in the courtroom it's been a lot of talking about torture and i feel frustrated with the u.s.
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government for not sure if using to be accountable for certain actions and measures that were taken post nine eleven that i think are also really important. here a man who lost his wife has spoken out publicly about his frustration at the length of time this is taken and suggests that people can could speed things up i suggested taking the death penalty off the table as part of a plea bargain is killing people doesn't erase the killing of other people american community who lost her daughter mary ray says she's proud there will be a proper trial i don't think most people have any idea of the links we've gone to to make it a fair trial but like others marion has concerns about the death penalty.
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the death penalty makes us like them. i don't have anything and you go through years and years and years of this i wish that the death penalty were removed as an option in this case because i believe well it would go up. but also i don't think that our government has the moral authority to kill and i think especially not in this case. given the actions that were taken post nine eleven and killing these men won't bring back my father. we are asked colonel wendy kenney of the military commissions what she made of the relatives comments. well i think the victims have absolute right. but the government know what they want i mean as a prosecutor you always want to know what the victims are seeking ultimately however that's a decision by the united states of america not mine we were talking about classified information and the cia director is ultimately responsible for what
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information is classified and what is north what do you make of that role in being the mitchell thought arsenal i think that's way beyond my view the. the entrance to come from marrying women and so does the station. a few minutes drive away forty prisoners remain incarcerated mase tell'd income six. elsewhere compass seven houses so-called high value detainees we can't film and its location is a state secret. one thing we are allowed to film. a collection of mementos of previous postings which could be destined to grow even know under the command of a president who has to keep get to know open and load it up with. new direction and we have been tasked to prepare for and enduring the taney
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operations mission we have identified as a priority is the construction of a new high value detention center which would be referred to as camp eight because we do see the need in the future to care for that high value detainee population your commander in chief donald trump has said that torture works and he would reintroduce waterboarding in a speech how does that. work you do. so at guantanamo bay all of our detention operations are conducted in line with. an article three of the geneva conventions and i'm not a spokesperson for the white house so i'm not in a position to comment on anything that the president has said commander leon knows may not be able to comment on her commander in chief's statements but what he says counts in january two thousand and seventeen president in next trump tweeted that
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there should be new further releases from get. and that was ominous news to detainees who'd been cleared for release under president obama. casablanca morocco the home of mustafa nasser in two thousand and four he and his family received shocking news from the international committee of the red cross most of his brother abdul latif who lived abroad had been imprisoned in guantanamo bay. he only saw one. of my mother. you push also look into a little love in some way you. know you know if going to be a little boy. you look at me so i love all over
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the u.s. claimed he had connections to extremists but no charges have ever been brought against him. then in twenty sixteen abdul-latif case was heard by a guantanamo periodic review board a body containing representatives from six u.s. agencies including the department of defense they'd cleared him for release in casablanca his overjoyed family made preparations for his return. for. that and that. but the wheels of bureaucracy ground slowly and as the day of donald trump's inauguration of craig noirs made a last ditch legal bid to have other latif released immediately so court rejected the bait and procedural grounds. since then the american government has argued that they can continue to hold one ton of no prisoners without charge until such
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time as the u.s. war on terror has ended and this they've said could be a hundred years ago. today abdul latif is still in guantanamo. off to sixteen yes' with no immediate prospect of release. is it about the give you about and we'll get another get about the bottom of. the decree if any of you know it will eventually. since trump became president not a single person has prevailed in a. periodic review process and. that's not a coincidence no new money says it is just. so then not letting anyone go for purely political reasons these people are just pawns and that if you try to get any
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political advantage. but for insiders we talked to one of their biggest concerns is that it's president donald trump who is now in charge of setting the rules they worry about what that means for the future. if you know admit to what we did and we're destined for this to occur again in the future and of course that's my concern right now president trump who is an armored with torture who has a thirst for work ality i'm afraid that we're setting the conditions to return back to practice or brutality and state sponsored torture as we did have done in the past. the u.s. department of defense to respond to the allegation concerning periodic review boards at one time but they did not address this the cia declined to comment on jena hospitals role classifying material referring us to her public confirmation hearing where she denied any conflict of interest in that role the white house
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