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to rule the day. coming up on our t.v. the sentencing trial for bradley manning nears an end the army whistleblower himself made a statement in court just a short time ago we'll have updates on that from fort meade straight ahead. and in egypt clashes have erupted between security forces and morsy protesters the crackdown has so far left dozens dead so what's next for the divided nation the latest updates on this chaotic situation coming up. and last night newark mayor cory booker won the democratic primary for the new jersey senate but one of his opponents ran on an anti surveillance state platform how did this affect the vote find out later on in the show.
good afternoon it's wednesday august fourteenth five pm here in washington d.c. i'm marinate and you're watching our t.v. . we begin today with the latest in the sentencing saga of bradley manning manning the army private convicted of the largest leak of classified information in u.s. history spoke during the sentencing phase of his trial in fort meade maryland this afternoon archie correspondents liz wall and producer andrew blakers are on the ground in fort meade with all the latest for more i'm joined by our two web producer now andrew blake andrew what did manning say this afternoon there and how you did. so i was at or what did bradley manning say today. well bradley manning took the stand around an hour ago at four pm eastern here for need a side of baltimore maryland and for the first time he actually apologized for everything that he did months ago during his providence inquiry statement to the
court during pretrial hearings private manning actually got up and he admitted everything that he did he said yes i sent hundreds of thousands of files to wiki leaks and i did this then the other thing and there is a reason for that i want to remove this fog of war and i want people to see what was actually going on in the world what was happening in iraq and afghan wars that with pantano bay and with the flow missy and all of that today however private manning took the stand in just around ninety seconds to two minutes he turned his head to colonel denise wind for citing judge in the case and he asked for forgiveness he apologized to the court he apologized to his country and he asked for them to try to go easy on him private manning is now facing ninety years in prison for sending a whole trove of classified information to wiki leaks and today he asked the judge to go easy on him he said i'm sorry i'm sorry for what i did i'm sorry for what i did to the united states i'm sorry for hurting people i never meant to hurt anyone i only wanted to help how did judge women react to manning statement today.
everyone everyone in the courtroom everyone in the media operations center everyone was kind of from what i could gather. in on private manning's testimony came out of a very very emotional part of the day he took the stand moments after his sister actually took the stand and answered questions from the defense attorney david coombs for around twenty minutes during those twenty minutes she pretty much gave a oral biography of the life of private manning from infancy until his adolescent years and his sister explained how the family was growing up with two alcoholic parents and had very you know running around from one state to another living in hotels living in a rental homes and you showed how private manning was from twelve years old one point you know driving around with his mother making sure she didn't overdose from vikki didn't even a very traumatic childhood to very alcoholic parents who you know would fight would scream would yell in kind of raised a bunch of issues and he said still playing today but what manning said when he
went to the judge as you said you know i had a lot of issues and that's no excuse for what i did however i am sorry and i want to be a better person i want to move forward in only i can move forward so we asked the court for the opportunity to do that moment before actually when his sister was asked what she wants to see come of this whole thing she told mr combs that she just wants bradley to be happy finally. now and you did anyone else and manning's family speak today. actually we just missed testimony from from manning's aunt who lived in potomac maryland and manning resided with him i'm sorry manning as i did with her during his. around the time of his deployment to iraq in late two thousand and nine actually when he was arrested and made twenty ten investigators actually went to her potomac maryland house were able to uncover some evidence that was later used to prosecute manning as we know late last month he was convicted on multiple counts of espionage but acquitted of aiding the enemy
but his aunt did just finish speaking right now i'm being told we've been trying to get as much coverage we can of mannix testimony because like i said that's still still fresh so i can't vouch for what happened just a moment ago but aside from that the only other testimonies we're able to hear today were from medical personnel who assessed manning during his deployment to iraq and afterward and they pretty much painted a picture of this soldier's mental state at the time that he was releasing documents to wiki leaks and assessed old records of manning going back to childhood trying to paint a picture of who this soldier was if he was fit to be deployed in the first place you know should he have been in a place like forward operating base hammer outside of baghdad during the middle of this war that is only recently really ended so we heard a lot of really emotional stuff about manning the person not as the prosecution as portrayed him as this as this hacker that demonized is this guy who was a traitor to the country and only wanted to spill secrets to cause harm what we
heard from physicians today was that manning was a guy who was very very very intelligent but he came from the wrong circumstances he had a horrible time growing up and when he joined the military he had all sorts of issues with his gender identity and you know in the era of don't ask don't tell that was something that was frowned upon in the military and in fact these positions actually said that had manning approached anyone else and he said told them hey i'm gay or hey i'm identifying as a woman that could have been grounds for just. a court martial right there man it could have been out he could have potentially lost his benefits and lost his g.i. bill and what the physicians were saying were you know after talking to this guy here with someone who clearly was interested in in working for the army so that he could further himself afterwards he wanted to do the best he could to support his country that afterwards you want to go to college you want to get education you want to run for public office since the age of thirteen he's been saying he wants your presence of the united states of america and can you tell us a little bit about the mood inside the courthouse today.
it was unlike anything i've seen since i started covering this trial back last december first of all we had not only was the courtroom packed with media and spectators but one overflow facility was packed to capacity with around thirty civilian spectators and then a additional overflow facility was also being packed so we had a lot of people came here from philadelphia new york city new jersey those are just a few of the people a few to look ations of people who i spoke to earlier today came from when manning spoke you know like i said it came to a very solemn time twenty minutes twenty minutes before that was his sister speaking and you couldn't not a word was being spoken by anyone else in the media operations center there was dead silence mannix sister was actually on tears when she was making her statement and when private manning went up there himself to do it he was noticeably shaken. kind of scared you can see that this might very well be his last plea for essential to his life now what happens next for manning.
very good question so we know that he was picked up in two thousand and ten he did three years of pretrial confinement this court martial began and she was there and this finally just going to wrap up after a little more than three months after today's testimony is colonel denise lind the presiding judge in the case is going to go in decide what sentence manning should be handed down now originally he was looking at one hundred thirty six years in prison but to due to recent revelations the court has agreed to merge a number of the motions that he's been convicted of a now stands only to face a maximum of only a maximum of ninety years we should have that decision within the coming days perhaps weeks it really depends on what judge lynn has to put into this decision thank you andrew that was archie web producer andrew blake we turn now to egypt where the country has declared a month long state of national emergency at least two hundred seventy eight people
are dead after a security forces sent bulldozers and tanks into camps set up by supporters of the ousted president mohamed morsy the violence began with the egyptian security forces storming to makeshift camps that have been occupied by morsy supporters the muslim brotherhood which was behind the protest told state t.v. that up to two thousand people were killed however the brotherhood has been known to give exaggerated figures and then later revised those figures u.s. secretary of state john kerry spoke today against the violence but said he still believes a political solution is possible. today's events or deplorable and they run counter to egyptian aspirations for peace inclusion and genuine democracy gyptian inside and outside of the government need to take a step back they need to calm the situation and avoid further loss of life. we also strongly oppose a return to
a state of emergency law and we call on the government to respect basic human rights including freedom of peaceful assembly and due process under the law and other developments egypt's vice president of foreign affairs mohamed el baradei resigned today artie's del true is on the ground in egypt reporting all the latest . the egyptian president he has now announced a one month state of emergency across the country in the growing violence the interim president adly mansour to hold on the army to support the ministry of interior and its police force in this now i have been in the heart of the clashes the main sit in for ousted leader mohamed morsy in your city and the scenes have been extremely bloody we've had reports of at least two journalists killed including a sky news cameraman who was shot dead it's been very very violent as the security forces moved in on these encampments in giza whereas the second city and the income
was completely destroyed. is pushed all the shelters and the tents off the firing volleys of tear gas and bullets on the protesters there however the caches continue on there extremely fierce the way a mosque in nasr city and security forces moved in on protesters at around six thirty this morning and started firing at them at seven am using bullets tear gas and also live ammunition which i have actually seen with my own on ice and they have surrounded it that continued to surround the entire city and firing both the protesters inside and also anyone attempting to get in the background to this is the supporters of ousted leader mohamed morsy said that they wanted to be reinstated on the constitution they started these two cities in the capital and across that many different governorates over a month ago saying they will not leave until he is put back in place as i approached the city and security forces as i said have blocked off every entrance even the smallest sorry streets which resulted in was basically the side road where
the police and the military would fire heavily on anyone approaching including journalists like myself residents and families of people trapped inside i had to duck behind cars behind any concrete barricades that i could find i mean being fired at me. from above i'm from the front including tear gas the i was stinging it was almost impossible to breathe it was and i was unable to ascertain whether this was in fact like i mean but i heard a lot of automatic weapon fire and also i heard what sounded like rifle rounds i then went i managed to make my way into the sit in after hours of being shot sites and found protesters as i said trying to find shelter and i said women and children in mary's well the field hospital itself is in the heart of the clashes you have to run through a corridor of the night i mean to get back to some protestors were doing meanwhile others that were wearing the qur'an around their neck and chanting defiantly against the police post saying they will not be intimidated paramedics were
carrying stretches to the front line with their uniforms covered in blood saying that number of people had died in the ambulances i then watched one particular protest the shots in the chest he was actually killed she died in front of me the paramedics in the ambulance attempted to resuscitate him but it didn't he died right there with a gunshot wound to his chest and another one to his leg so clearly it looks like the security forces are shooting to kill my contacts inside the field hospital they say the people have been shot to the head the face the neck and the chest that was artie's belt true reporting from cairo egypt. now to walk us through the latest developments on the turmoil in egypt i was joined earlier by r.t. arabic correspondent rima dia started by asking her what exactly sparked this most recent violence in egypt. well it's a problem that that's been building up for the past few weeks for the past two months almost there is mistrust on both sides there is the feeling that every side
is why there is the perception that justice is on the side of one party or one group against the other and i think that basically let's do what we are seeing in egypt today are you saying that it was a long time coming and this is just the inevitable the sit ins have been sitting there that sit ins have been there for the past forty seven forty days so it was inevitable that the government is going to do something about it yet we didn't know when or how or whether those demonstrators are just going to go home on their own now if the military war to release mohammed morsi do you think that would help to dissipate some of the chaos that we're seeing in the country at this time we this is a stage that is overdue now this is over this is passed and maybe it would have helped had it happened a few weeks ago but i think this is already we can't even talk about it because we know that maybe it will just make things worse if they are to release him now now
has the military provided the egyptian people with a long term plan other than the one that they initially when they ousted morsi other than that initial one have they updated or revised their plan they've been declaring their commitment to that roadmap that they've announced earlier which includes parliamentary elections presidential elections giving up power to the interim government and that's exactly what we saw happening over the past few weeks we just don't know if they're going to go by the timeline that they sat to hold those elections given the situation that's happening in egypt now is it kind of impossible that given what they said and now that they're completely attacking a peaceful protest it seems kind of impossible to stand by what their initial long term lot of people would argue a peaceful protesters quiet a lot of people say that. these are not peaceful protesters these students had weapons with them a lot of people would tell you know they have been there for forty seven days we
have not seen them do anything so it's really a debatable issue given that each side is going to trying to document every single second and everyone is showing the picture as they see it and not the whole picture we don't know exactly what's going on we don't know what happened earlier today during these evacuations of the protests there is but we also don't know what is going to happen from now on we don't know if this is the end of the story everyone's just going to go home and maybe try to come to a peaceful resolution from now on or this is going to rate into something that's worse and we already saw some of the burning of the churches that people say is probably going to affect any reconsolidation process in the future not just the burning of the but also the attack on some of the police stations and the muslim brotherhood for instance i was talking to some of their spokespeople earlier today who are holding press conferences and washington d.c.
or people who are not associating themselves with the muslim brotherhood but they say that they are pro morsi and pro democracy what they call in egypt and we're saying that we have seen these people protesting for the past two months they have not done any of that just the fact that it's happening today when they're being attacked by the military is something that they think is probably not exactly what the media or at least what the state media in egypt is trying to portray it as do you believe that egypt is on the precipice of civil war and if so how will this affect the surrounding region everything depends on what's going to happen from now on if the situation gets worse say in the next few days a lot of people think that yes maybe syria is headed towards that path we've seen some of the statements made by you for instance one of the leaders. the muslim brotherhood in egypt after his daughter was killed who was saying that as sisi the military leader is pushing egypt into that direction into
a syria like scenario but we also saw people who are saying that no once the protesters once the protesters are home once the process are over if this is that everyone is just it's just going to be a normal situation again it all happens all depends on what happens next from here now hosni mubarak he came into power in a similar fashion it was nine hundred eighty one in egypt was under a state of emergency a national state of emergency and then ruled for thirty years do you think we're going to see a similar if not the same situation take place c c had sat over and over that he does not intend to interfere in political life he does not intend to run for the elections so he made clear that he is not repeating the scenario of the past he's not doing what happened thirty years ago. is he going to commit to these statements is something that we just have to wait and see rima thank you that was r.t. arabic correspondent rima. in other news a u.s.
air force unit that operates the nation's most powerful weapons bombed its safety and security the three hundred forty first missile wing air force base in montana filled with the military calls a short spectrum of nuclear weapons this is the formal check of whether the unit is following rules to ensure the safety security and control of the three intercontinental ballistic missiles that operates here's what the commander of the wing had to say about this unsatisfactorily rating quote what i can say is that these inspections are as exacting a test as one can possibly imagine they are a pass fail test of a normal complexity imagine being in a college physics class and working through five pages of calculations on a problem but you receive no credit if your answer is off by even a decimal point. that is the nature of our job and i wouldn't have it any other way now this is the third time following the colonel's metaphor that the three hundred forty first wing missed
a decimal point in two thousand and eight and two thousand and ten they also failed a safety and security inspection now commander of the air force global straight command lieutenant james quasi said that a group of quote relatively low ranking airman failed two of the thirteen inspection areas the general said he was unable to be more specific about the failed exercise because of security concerns quasi says only the air force is looking into this. and now to an update on a story that we've been covering for some time the federal government's response to edward snowden's disclosures about the n.s.a. surveillance of american citizens last friday president barack obama promised an independent an outside review of the intelligence community surveillance here's how he put it we're forming a high level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies so on tasking this independent group to step back and review our capabilities particularly our surveillance technologies and they'll
consider how we can maintain the trust of the people we can make sure that they're absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used. so many were surprised when the director of national intelligence james clapper who admitted he had lied to congress about these same intelligence capabilities under review sent out this press release at the direction of the president i'm establishing the director of national intelligence review group on intelligence and communication technologies to examine our global signals intelligence collection and surveillance capabilities. i don't know what and it's not exactly independent or outside it's confusing and complex but a spokesperson said that this is all just a misunderstanding yesterday's briefing is supposed person for the national security council said quote the review group will be made up of independent outside experts the d.n.i. his role is one of facilitation and the group is not under the direction of or led by the d.n.i. so this whole press release from the previous day now
a roni is clapper is establishing the group but it will be just an independent and outside as the president has promised but that's not the only review taking place in the wake of these disclosures the office of the inspector general at the department of justice has just started its own investigation into the use of section two fifteen of the patriot act section two fifteen allows the f.b.i. to order anyone to turn over what the law calls tangible things without a warrant so long as it's part of an investigation section two fifteen provide a justification for the n.s.a.'s collection of american citizens phone metadata in bulk. this review will specifically look at improper or illegal uses of surveillance granted under section two fifteen a different focus from the clapper establish review board the f.b.i. is the domestic partner of the n.s.a. when it comes to snooping on american citizens. elsewhere newark mayor cory booker won the democratic primary in the new jersey senate race last night with
a huge margin and a victory propelled booker into the special election on october sixteenth but have reason n.s.a. surveillance concerns played any role in this election or will they play any role in any upcoming elections our chief political commentator sam sachs reports so cory booker won big last night and he's likely to be the next senator from new jersey but this election is important for another reason it was the first national attention grabbing election in which the surveillance activities of the n.s.a. were in issue they were made that way by congressman rush holt who when he learned of the n.s.a. leak said screw it and introduced a bill in the house to repeal everything both the patriot act and the five amendments act and since he was running for senate at the time against cory booker he ran this ad specifically hitting booker on a number of things including supporting massive government spying by russia you may have heard i'm a scientist to meet
a supercomputer in jeopardy rush home so why am i running for senate against cory booker. we need to pass a carbon tax to stop climate change to make up the wall street banks and stop the government spying on innocent american. cory booker doesn't support any of these ideas so hold holy god third place in the race just fourteen percent of the vote but just the fact that the n.s.a. was brought up in a political ad it's worth talking about i mean we had a whole year of political ads not too long ago including ones like this throwing old grandmothers off cliffs but not a single. lad referenced n.s.a. spying and because hole two is bringing this issue up a book or had to respond posting on his campaign website quote i was deeply troubled by recent revelations of the scope of the national security agency's domestic data collection we failed as a nation to thoroughly debating create public oversight before this highly
questionable data collection began it is time to bring this program to light and fix that error and bookers the upcoming republican opponent in the race steve the lawn again is demanding booker talk more about where he stands on the n.s.a. issue which according to polls is exactly what the american people not just in new jersey but nationwide want a series of polls since the n.s.a. leaks show pluralities if not large majorities of americans are concerned about the n.s.a. surveillance activities for example a quinnipiac poll found forty five percent of americans believe and it's a spine goes too far in restricting civil liberties forty percent believe it doesn't go far enough to keep us safe. and a fox news poll showed the same sentiments sixty two percent of americans believing n.s.a. spying isn't unacceptable invasion of privacy and thirty two percent believing it's acceptable to prevent terrorism so edward snowden all the way from somewhere
in russia made his mark on last night's democratic primary election in new jersey and although rush hold didn't win given the polling on this issue nationwide don't expect him to be the last candidate to use and this is spying programs to whip up voters in washington sam sacks are to now if you ever thought that the interest of the financial industry air being favored when it comes to legislation you would be right so right in fact that thirty two liberal democrats signed a letter drafted by none other than a financial industry lobbyist. the letter expressly aims to block protection for millions of americans retirement accounts mother jones found that the letter sent to federal regulators was drafted by robert lewis a lobbyist for the financial services institute using the letters digital metadata now in the letter lawmakers caution the labor department against proposing new regulations warning that
a strict new rule on retirement advisors may cause many of them to leave the market which would quote severely limit access to low cost investment advice for the minority communities we represent now the rule in question would prevent brokers from putting their clients' money into investments that might reach the advisors more than the people they're supposed to be advising now twenty eight members of the c.b.c. that's a group of african-americans in congress that advocates for low income people were among the lawmakers who signed this document and lawmakers who signed the letter have received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign money from the security and investment industry in recent years. and here in the nation's capital to d.c. ambulances caught fire on tuesday both of the fire started in the engines of the trucks and were quickly extinguished. this photo shows flames shooting from the engine compartment of a d.c. ambulance it was someone an emergency call to transport a southeast d.c. man who'd been hit in the head with an aerosol can this is crazy they got to do
better they got all this money from all these tickets and you know parking enforcement put some of it back and. now no new injuries were reported but the metro police department announced that it will be investigating the incident this is just the latest in a series of blows to the d.c. fire department just last week the presidential motorcade had to leave the white house without an ambulance because it had run out of gas sirens are now going off of the nation's capital is not prepared for emergencies. well with detroit filing for bankruptcy the city has had its fair share of problems and the police department is adding to the city's woes with sharing some of its own problems oversight that is take a listen to the p.t. saying it was nothing more than an unfortunate mistake e-mail blast set out through the department including personal information like the height weight and brought sizes for certain female officers who would just been measured for bullet proof.
that's right the commander in the detroit police department accidentally sent an attachment in an email containing female officers process is. police have apologized for the blunder but already female officers have filed official complaints after getting teased by their colleagues one thing conspicuously missing from this attachment male cut breast sizes from all the don't mention that does it for now for more on the stories we've covered you can go to youtube dot com slash archie america and check out our web site r t v dot com slash usa you can also follow me on twitter at aaron eight we're back or eight o'clock with more. i think. i.
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