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coming up on archie a former cia leader wanted by italian authorities is arrested in panama but the u.s. blocked his transfer to italy this comes as the u.s. is putting pressure on countries around the world to deny edward snowden asylum is it a case of do as i say not as i do. another week in the bradley manning trial is wrapping up we'll have a report from the courtroom on today's proceedings as the trial heads for the finish line. and it's hard enough being homeless but is it a crime one lawmaker in a major u.s. city wants it to be a criminal act to do stuff like sleep on park benches and eat on the sidewalk we'll take a look at this later in tonight show. good evening it's friday july nineteenth eight pm here in washington d.c.
i marinate and you're watching our t.v. first to the exit cia chief arrested in panama robert seldon lady a former cia base chief in italy was convicted in the two thousand and three abduction of an a gyptian terror suspect from a street in milan and sentenced by an italian appeals court to nine years in prison this after being tried in abstention italy for the kidnapping of a muslim cleric now at the behest of italian authorities the country of panama detained later this week this morning though u.s. officials told the washington post that lady was on a plane en route to america meaning he won't be sent to italy to serve his time the trial of lady who has since retired from the cia brought the first convictions anywhere in the world against agents involved in the cia's extraordinary rendition program a practice said to have led to torture now the terror suspect known as abu omar was abducted in february two thousand and three transferred to the u.s. military base first in italy then in germany. before being flown to egypt the
cleric alleged that he was tortured in egypt he was later released now i was joined earlier by colonel morris davis former chief prosecutor of quantum obey and professor of law at howard university he first talk to us about the hypocrisy of what happened. captioned there was entirely accurate hawker see because us exactly what it is a movie like the rule of law when the end result is favorable to the united states but it is not so favorable then we just tend to ignore it and so certainly demanding that russia's and you know edward snowden back or will boycott the winter olympics is a bit hypocritical when you know we're holding our own people from accountability that have been convicted you know in a court that we recognize as a legitimate court to know we're shielding them from accountability now you experience something like this firsthand as a prosecutor at guantanamo bay correct yes yes and now it only has faced some blowback from the latin american countries for its alleged role in diverting a plane the plane of bolivian president evo morale is there now lot american
countries in solidarity with morale is have a move there envoys from italy among other european countries so why isn't the u.s. listening now well because we're the big kid on the playground who's going to tell us that we can't do it so again you know we're great at preaching to others about the rule of law and you heard the president yesterday on mandela's ninety fifth birthday talk about you know honoring you know accountability and respect for the law but we ignore it when it's inconvenient so that's certainly what we're doing here with italy where you know there are a lapdog when it comes to when we need to favor blocking evo morales you know head of state was an extraordinary step you know for the countries that forced his plane to land believing that snowden might be on the plane but then you know when they ask to extradite people back to their country we've had the same thing you know with amanda knox right where a similar case where they've asked that she be extradited back to to be retried in their courts. for the twenty three americans that were convicted along with mr lady
you know when it works to our favor we like extradition like abu hamza al masri that we get extradited from the u.k. here but it's posed to be a two way street not a one way street or we're going to get a lot of pushback from italy on this it seems like they were doing what we asked for with the way they have a morale is that this time we're not doing what they're asking for oh yeah i think the italian government tends to be like our government here where the different branches may not be acting in total concert certainly the legal system you know has asked for amanda knox have asked for the cia and the air force officer that were involved in the extraordinary rendition of omar to be sent back to serve their sentences but i'm not sure that diplomatically that that's necessarily in concert there because again you know they they helped block evo morales at our request so it's again. a diverse picture there. to your knowledge have cia operatives ever face justice in other countries after breaking their own sovereign laws not that
i'm aware of i mean certainly you know we've held john kiriakou accountable here but we hold him accountable for talking about a programs not directly carrying out a cia program but you know we certainly work very hard to get our people back. to avoid accountability and there's certainly no accountability here when they're when they come home what this case mean for global global cia operatives moving forward well i think the lesson i would take away here is it's best to vacation domestically whether you know president bush or vice president cheney or robert lady that these people that have been involved in these programs these post nine eleven programs where we've ignored the law that if you leave the state comfort of the united states and you're at risk of others that don't turn a blind eye just letting you pass through so i would i would stay within the u.s. that's the take away for all your cia efforts to. you think that mr whately well
great name by the way will ultimately serve prison time in italy no seriously about it unless he again is foolish enough to go to a country that might actually honor the law and you know italy followed proper procedure the conviction of the twenty three has been affirmed by the italian supreme court they submitted an arrest warrant to enter pole acted on the warrant so they did everything by the book we've been impediment to the rule of law so seriously doubt that you're going to see him or any of the others in an italian jail colonel morris davis thank you for your time here today we really appreciate your insights elsewhere it has been a chaotic five months not kuantan and obey with as many as one hundred six detainees on hunger strike and now at the beginning of ramadan the strike has ended for some though things still remain tense many prisoners are being force fed after dark since during the holy month muslims are forbidden to eat during the day all of this is playing out as the debate goes on whether when and how to close the prison
political commentator sam sachs takes a look at what if anything this hunger strike has accomplished. late february two thousand and thirteen reports begin trickling out that prisoners at the guantanamo bay detention facility have refused meals for several weeks a hunger strike is beginning but the u.s. continues to deny it lawyers of one of those prisoners say the strike is in response to new search procedures at the facility but other reports indicate that the strikes started because president obama forgot his five year old promise to close down the prison facility he began the year by not even mentioning in his inaugural address or his state of the union address so the prisoners went on a hunger strike to force the president to once again remember what's going on a kuantan a mo bed march nineteenth the hunger strike count swells to twenty four and the united nations human rights body announces it is looking in to the strike later in march fifty days into the strike the international committee of the red cross sent a doctor to the prison to monitor the situation april fourteenth the flight of good
mo hunger strikers makes the pages of the new york times was one prisoner telling his experience of force feeding twenty first prison officials admit that eighty four prisoners are now on hunger strike more than half of the population and sixteen are being force fed acknowledging the size and scope of the strike the u.s. military announces that forty additional medics are being sent to the prison at the end of april the hunger strike number jumps to one hundred members of congress take note senator dianne feinstein writes the obama administration urging them to begin sending home those eighty six prisoners that have already been cleared for release and then on april thirtieth and president obama himself is forced to address the situation and get mo for the first time in several months it is not a surprise to me that we've got problems in guantanamo criticism begins mounting against the force feeding policy the american medical association writes to defense secretary chuck hagel saying the practice violates medical ethics may sixteenth the hunger strike reaches one hundred days and further grows to one hundred two
prisoners with thirty undergoing force feeding a week later may twenty third president obama. in addresses kuantan m m did most become a symbol around the world for an america that flouts the rule of law he announces he's reopening the shuttered office in the state department in charge of finding ways to transfer prisoners out of guantanamo he also announces the lifting of the prisoner transfer ban to yemen june seventh one hundred four prisoners are now on hunger strike forty one being force fed president obama's chief of staff denis mcdonough accompany senators dianne feinstein and john mccain down to get most to monitor the situation july first as the number of hunger strikers peaks at one zero six with forty four being force fed lawyers a forgive mode detainees file a motion in the u.s. district court in washington d.c. to stop the force feeding on july ninth the judge rules that only president obama has the authority to stop for speeding meanwhile prison officials say they are prepared to continue force feeding striking inmates during the holy month of
ramadan the next day senator dianne feinstein again writes the white house asking the president to halt the practice of force feeding and then as the holiday of ramadan begins the hunger strike slows down on july fourteenth it's reported that prison guards have brought back communal living for prisoners at the facility who give up their hunger strike reversing months of confinement in individual cells today get motivational say the number of hunger strikers has dropped down to seventy three with forty six continuing to be force fed and more than five months into the hunger strike not one good motive taney has been released but still this hunger strike has had some achievements the prisoner transfer ban to yemen it's been lifted and that office in the state department in charge of resettling detainees it's been reopened but most importantly the hunger strike has forced people to talk about guantanamo bay again and knowing that their plight can't be ignored any longer could provide these gave the detainees just a little bit of hope. in washington. now to the bradley
manning trial where thursday a military judge rejected a defense motion to dismiss a q. charge of aiding the enemy in the court martial of bradley manning the army private who turned over hundreds of thousands of classified documents to anti-secrecy group wiki leaks the trove continued today with more rebuttal witnesses from the government prosecution liz wahl was in fort meade maryland with the latest well today we heard testimony aimed at giving the court an idea bradley manning's character when he was serving in the army at the time that he leaked the classified information the prosecution called journalese show men took the stand she was manning's team leader on base and was responsible for counseling manning and her testimony was controversial she said manning's behavior was questionable and based on her conversations with the army private she believed manning had no loyalty to the united states she said she once pointed to the flag announcement and what it
meant to had he said the flag meant nothing to him according to this witness that went as far as saying she had suspicions that manning was a spy during cross-examination manning's attorney david was attacked this witness has credibility he asked her why she never would put such a serious allegation in writing if she was concerned about this he kept drilling her on this asking if she really thought he was a risk why she never put it in writing knowing manning was an intelligence analyst and that he worked with classified information on a daily basis also called to the sad was shown in supervisor mr achatz show him and said she reported showmen said that she reported these concerns to ak and when asked about this he said he didn't recall these concerns and he also said that he suffers from memory loss who pointed to the fact that manning had filed a complaint against this witness that was an equal opportunity complaint for. using
derogatory terms toward manning specifically calling him quote faggoty now all of this gets back to trying to prove manning's intent when he leaked troves of documents to wiki leaks that a fan says he did it to expose a wrongdoing but the prosecution is alleging that manning aided the enemy when he leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents because they believe in the prosecutions prosecutions view they believe he knew the information would be on the internet and as a result be seen by the enemy also discussed today are the charges of theft of government property that banding faces the defense is trying to get these charges dismissed the government is saying that manning stole sole government information but they've been struggling to prove that there's a monetary value behind these documents manning obtained and if so what the value is but we're still waiting to hear the judge's ruling on this it's unclear when that is going to happen it is expected that we're going to hear more testimony from
more witnesses in this rebuttal phase of the trial before we hear a verdict from the judge possibly next week in fort meade maryland this wall marty . let's turn now to the reform bill in the forefront of congress the great immigration debate speaker of the house john boehner announced last week that bolstering border security is an absolute must for publicans will begin to consider reform now a bill the bill currently making its way to the house it does just that boosting government spending by thirty billion dollars on personnel and equipment along the border the southern border with the u.s. and mexico but as lawmakers squabble over the details of a reform bill eleven million men women and children are caught in a legal limbo and deportations continue and lives are still being split up and our chief correspondent megan lopez puts a face on deportation. i right to your two thousand and four brian roussel and his daughter kelly have been living illegally in the u.s.
. yes for almost ten years they are just two of the eleven million undocumented immigrants currently living in this country when kelly was just four months old brian found himself in a difficult situation caught in the crosshairs of two rival gangs in el salvador and looking to reunite with his daughter. when i crossed into this country i crossed through the desert where they spent ten days walking through the desert i was dying i didn't have health i didn't have strength and yes yes i went seven days without food in clive days without water when she was just a baby bryan kelly's mother split up he fought for custody of kelly and got it at the age of seventeen brian became a single father so i don't have a baby she was just a baby and i didn't know how to change her diapers i didn't know how to feed her nothing but still i thought of her for five years kelly lived without knowing her mother and then one day she reappeared many sick when she came she asked me if she
could take her to chuck e. cheese i told her yes she could take her to church of jesus but please bring her back by five pm so they left that day five o'clock comes around and she doesn't show up at six pm she didn't answer by seven pm she had shut off her phone and by the time eight pm rolled around i was growing desperate telly had been kidnapped as an illegal immigrant brian couldn't turn to law enforcement without alerting authorities of his legal status and that of his daughter i fell into a major depression i lost my job i stopped going to church it was two years and four months before brian finally heard from his daughter he began visiting cali on the weekends eventually taking custody of her once again and right as things were getting back on track he was arrested for disorderly conduct in fall of two thousand and twelve flagged as an illegal immigrant and marked for deportation but he had to meet us i. asked immigration if i gave them information if they would
help me if he said yes if i help them catch another criminal they would help me and so i did this i helped and i gave them information about me and they said we'll let you go there with me and we'll put this bracelet with you on your ankle and then they gave me a paper and they said that with this paper i could then go upstairs and get a work permit but according to brian's lawyer who wasn't present when brian signed that document the paper was not an amnesty promise it was expediting his deportation they lied to me i said the words told brian he needed to come up with the money to buy his own ticket back to el salvador and for that matter the funds for his daughter if he wanted her to join him all by july thirty first but when he arrived back at his virginia apartment brian discovered that he had lost his job and his landlord had kicked him out when they. got to me when i left jail to look for my things he told me he threw them in the garbage will what are you going to
throw away a plasma television or you just going to throw away a nintendo we had clothes a big refrigerator everything that brian roussel had bills and bought for himself was gone right now we're standing in bryan and kelly's basement apartment they've been living here for about two months until they figure out what's going on with their deportation or immigration status they came here with only this bed and the reason they came here with only this that is because everything was taken away from him when he got out of jail now the thing that you see on the bed right here this is a charger this actually charges his ankle bracelet and he has to charge it every day and he's not allowed to leave the states of d.c. and maryland or virginia now let's take a look around the apartment and show you just how normal it really is now what you see on the wall this is kelly's different academic awards she is an honor student she is gone excellent intended she always attends school and she's just she's a really good student overall we also have an american flag that's something that
you would. and traditional american household so as you can see it's a typical household just another day in another person's life this is the reality of living illegally in the u.s. living day to day with an uncertain future constantly on the horizon i met brian at an immigration reform rally the rally coincided with kelly's tenth birthday but instead of a cake and a party this little girl had cupcakes and a picket sign asking for the government not to deport her dad and the land of opportunity brian risked his life to enter has not been as bountiful as he had hoped for who. you know just yesterday i didn't have any money my daughter wanted a gift for her birthday but i didn't have any money she just wanted shoes but sometimes he gets lucky as a day laborer do you own america you know make it an american showed up and he asked me if i could rake up a few leaves i said yes and i asked him how much he would pay me he said fifteen
dollars an hour i said yes the american was so pleased with it that he gave us fifty dollars for two hours of work i said wow thank god i have fifty dollars to go buy shoes for my daughter so i went back from work and we took our bikes and we went to a store that is close and we bought her shams in part two we'll hear from kelly about whether she'll stay in the u.s. after her father leaves or follow him back to el salvador in sterling virginia meghan lopez r.t. . in miami florida one city commissioner wants to make quality of life offenses illegal this would make things like sleeping on park benches eating on sidewalks or congregating in public places all crimes this would in effect criminalize homelessness in one thousand nine hundred agreement known as ponder v the city of miami police officers were instructed not to arrest homeless people but instead to offer them a bed at a nearby homeless shelter but that could all change if city commissioner mark
sarnoff and gets his way i was joined earlier by our correspondent nicholas o'donovan i first asked him about the scale of miami's homelessness issue well it's definitely big as in many large cities around the nation well downtown miami is one of those places where you can see homeless people sleeping in the doorways of luxury office building that's the reality and in two thousand and ten the miami dade county estimated that there was something around four thousand five hundred five thousand people live in on the streets in the city but some statistics say the number has radically gone down to around three hundred fifty but that's because they don't consider the people sleeping in shelters as homeless basically homeless people who are from all over the u.s. are attracted to florida for two reasons one is not going to change it's the weather and to roll they had some sort of security that they would not be arrested by police if they're not doing anything illegal and that's something that could change in the future. as i say well many of the homeless people came to florida
from different parts of the u.s. because the weather makes it less difficult for them to live on the streets but i have spoken to some of the homeless people in there were very surprised by the treatment they received by law enforcement officers here in florida here's what they had to say to us. i figured i would come out here for a month and when i got here i was in first quite a shock at what we go through your day with the police department is is unbelievable we know they're built a minute already and any time they can you know right now they can get me for trespassing loitering if i say something back it's disorderly conduct there's three charges of the back for this standing here. because if these quality of life laws are implemented what will that mean for the homeless in miami will they go straight to jail well they call it the sunshine state but homeless people down here in miami well they could spend some time in the shade just because they don't have
a home to live in well because yes if this proposal by commission and mocks on effect goes ahead the homeless people in miami could find themselves thrown into jail and their possessions confiscated if they call engage in an every day activities in public spaces activities such as eighteen all sleeping basically many homeless people fail they just can't live and it's just impossible for them to live freely i spoke to. an activist for the rights of the homeless people in this is what he said to me if you're homeless you have to sleep somewhere ok you have to you have to survive by by some means and if you're going to criminalize those activities basically you're saying to those people you can't even exist. now have you noticed a growth in the homeless population in miami in recent years. well it's difficult to say i mean obviously downtown is packed with homeless people and obviously the
economic crisis has hit hard everybody here what i do see now is the type of homeless people is definitely changing i mean the stereotype is a male unease forty's or probably fifty's with some history of drug abuse well now there's changes now we say more women we see more families we see more children on the streets people that have lost their homes their jobs even their cars so now many of these people who in many cases by the way will have a clean record could end up in jail now what if i were in miami and i decided to have a picnic in a public park and that would mean i'd be eating in congregating in public spaces now would that be considered offenses and could i be arrested well you still very safe i'm very welcome to have a picnic down here in miami. obviously you don't have to stay overnight and that being said probably i shouldn't hand to you over a sandwich while i will say for instance in the city of fort lauderdale just
a few miles north from miami there's that they have installed a ban on panhandling and they use a very clear and direct slogan don't contribute to the problem here in miami for instance there's a ban on overnight camping in public spaces there this ban by the way was also viewed as an attack on the occupy movement so yes you can still have a picnic it's obviously more difficult than other cities because it's always to the offices or they decide. that was r t correspondent nicholas donovan. now while the domestic drone industry is predicted to see unprecedented growth more americans begin to fear what this means one growing concern is the matter of privacy when it comes to drones with cameras whether they're used by police officers or even an average person currently multiple states have prepared for future drone and advancements by banning the use of drones for more on the attempts to preserve privacy against drones the residents lori harf and us too.
america is the land of white picket fences and those fences serve to cordon off our backyards making them are only a private little kingdom we fiercely fight to keep them free of unsavory social developments but the popular cry now that my backyard and much like we use that term to keep it basic things like garbage dumps homeless shelters nuclear plants and minorities we are now using it for dro how are we doing this take the case of the town of thier trailed colorado where the town board wants to institute an
ordinance that would not only permit people to shoot drones down out of the sky the town would also pay them one hundred dollars for heat mechanical hide with federal markings that they bring in. as predator drones flying about twenty five thousand feet which is about ten times higher than the longest confirmed accurate rifle shot the town is either particularly moron like or they did it as a clever hope list that he used to voice their anti drone sentiment other states have drafted some more serious not in my backyard legislature against drones in texas they'd like to make it illegal for drones to take photography same thing in california although their primary concern is drones being used by the paparazzi because that's how california rolls in missouri. the show me state they want to
stop drones from being used to surveil their farmers and ranchers because apparently they do not want to show me anything in florida outbreak bay and drones from being used by law enforcement because one thing florida doesn't like and it's backyard is the police and the high falutin new england states of massachusetts and rhode island want to make any information collected incidentally by law enforcement drones outside of what is specified in a warrant inadmissible in court rhode island wants to go even further than that with a bill that would require incidentally collected data to be deleted by the police within twenty four hours. across the u.s. states everywhere are making it very clear that they do not want drones to be in their backyards like strip malls wind farms chemical plants prisons and poor
people drones are fine as long as they are kept someplace far away you know like pakistan tonight let's talk about that by following me and twitter at the resident. that does it for now for more on the stories we covered go to youtube dot com slash r t america or check out our website r.t. dot com slash usa you can also follow me on twitter at aaron aid and please don't forget to tune in at nine pm tonight for larry king now with special guest chris kluwe we ponder for the oakland raiders chris we'll talk about the open letter that he wrote which showed his support for same sex rights and also his recently released book sure to be an interesting look at one of the n.f.l.'s most progressive players so you want to miss that for now have a great night and a great weekend.
good afternoon and welcome to prime interest i'm harry and boring and i'm bubba english and here's the headlines that we're tracking today. and solvent that would be detroit which gave us the supreme in the vehicle that fueled our happy motoring paradise for decades unfortunately after years of decline the motor city finally filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday a move that was not entirely unexpected that's right eighteen billion dollars in liabilities at stake a record for the u.s. is this the first domino that might just go they really do it with these two thousand and eleven prediction of a wave of new defaults area and will dig into the fine print of detroit's bankruptcy filing later in the show it's a precedent setting a bend in more ways than one and speaking of insolvent we'd be remiss without mentioning the fed which.