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01:54 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Today, Explained

"Explained. I'm sean rama's firm last friday just as we were wrapping up our show and getting ready to start our weekends. I watched this investigative video from new york times that suggested a drone strike executed in kabul on august. Twenty ninth may have hit the wrong target. It was extremely compelling journalism. I wanted to talk to the reporters behind the video. And yesterday i did. Matthew aitken's times writer based in kabul we were about to publish our episode with matthew today. When general kenneth f mackenzie confirmed that this attack was indeed a tragic and fatal mistake thoroughly reviewed the findings of the investigation in the supporting analysis by interagency partners. I am now convinced that as many as ten civilians including up to seven children were tragically killed in that strike moreover we now assessed that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with isis or a director at the us forces on the show today our conversation with matthew that we had before the military admitted their mistake. What the hell happened on august. Twenty ninth part one. The strike so actually heard the explosion from the strike on the evening of august. Twenty ninth and the first report was that it was a rocket you know so one launched a rocket at the airport probably misses target land on the house. We could see video on social media a house burning in a crowded residential neighborhood but later on it came out that it actually been a drawn strike by united states.

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05:53 min | 4 months ago

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"Now what what happened was is that demise family you know the kids live with his three brothers log his house and when he came home everyday from work i was told by his brother. He you know he'd pulled up in a kids run out and they'd be excited to see him again. The car and you know usually one of them sit behind the wheel his lap and they would back the car in the courtyard. So that's what happened. That day was kids in the car when it was struck by a hellfire missile and as the reason why seven of them were killed and matthew. What is this from your reporting In afghanistan what does this tell us about the limitations of these drone strikes the inherent problems that exist when you rely essentially on aerial surveillance to determine Who you who strike or not a vs on the ground. A real a human intelligence. Yes so this is not nicely incident you know. We've had civilian casualties from drone strikes many times over the years. But the fact that i had was this happened in kabul is able to go to the scene and we able to do story in two weeks normally happen in remote dangerous areas difficult to access so often all we have is the military's official version of the events. This case of this guy was isis. Facilitator that there was explosives in the car so the danger with these strikes which again this may have been the last strike the twenty year american war but the war on terror continues. And there's going to be more drawn strikes as promised by the administration to Over the horizon roll In places like afghanistan danger is that we're going to have more of these incidents you even more children killed. But the we're not going to really even know about it because again we're not gonna have access to what's happening on the ground. And of course these drone strikes lessen the chance of. Us soldiers being killed as they fly over from another country as you said the over the horizon capability. They're talking about. But i wanted to go to one last video that you taint security camera footage from the office of the us space age group nutrition education international where zawahri apathy had worked earlier in the day. Two thirty five pm muddy pools out hose and then he and a co worker fill empty containers with water earlier. This morning we saw a mighty bring me same empty. Plastic containers to the office was a water shortage in his neighborhood. His family side so he regularly brought water home from the office. So we're looking at this closed circuit footage of him gathering this water to bring home. The us apparently was monitoring him for hours that day. Matthew yeah they said that they were surveilling him with an m q. Nine reaper drone. But again you know what they see from the sky what's happening on the ground or not necessarily the same thing and in this case you know. This is a man who had loaded water in the car to bring home to his family. Well matthew we wanna thank you so much for being with us. matthew aitken's kabul-based contributing writer to the new york times and new york times magazine..

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05:11 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"That's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car. Now what what happened was is that demise family you know. The kids live with his. Three brothers loggerheads this house and when he came home everyday from work i was told by his brother. He you know he pulled up in a kids run out and they'd be excited to see him again. The car and you know usually one of them sit behind the wheel his lap and they would back the car in the courtyard. So that's what happened. That day was kids in the car when it was struck by a hellfire missile and as the reason why seven of them were killed and matthew. What is this from your reporting In afghanistan what does this tell us about the limitations of these drone strikes the inherent problems that exist when you rely essentially on aerial surveillance to determine Who you who strike or not a vs on the ground. A real a human intelligence so this is not nicely incident you know. We've had civilian casualties from drone strikes many times over the years. But the fact that i had was this happened in kabul is able to go to the scene and we able to do story in two weeks normally happen in remote dangerous areas difficult to access so often all we have is the military's official version of the events. This case of this guy was isis facilitator. That there was explosives in the car. So the danger with these strikes which again this may have been the last strike. The twenty year american war but the war on terror continues. And there's going to be more drawn strikes as promised by the administration to Over the horizon roll In places like afghanistan danger is that we're going to have more of these incidents is even more children killed. But the we're not going to really even know about it because again we're not gonna have access to what's happening on the ground. And of course these drone strikes lessen the chance of. Us soldiers being killed as they fly over from another country as you said the over the horizon capability. They're talking about. But i wanted to go to one last video that you taint security camera footage from the office of the us space age group nutrition education international where zawahri apathy had worked earlier in the day. Two thirty five pm muddy pools out hose and then he and a co worker fill empty containers with water earlier. This morning we saw a mighty bring me same empty. Plastic containers to the office was a water shortage in his neighborhood. His family side so he regularly brought water home from the office. So we're looking at this closed circuit footage of him gathering this water to bring home. The us apparently was monitoring him for hours that day. Matthew yeah they said that they were surveilling him with an m q. Nine reaper drone. But again you know what they see from the sky what's happening on the ground or not necessarily the same thing and in this case you know. This is a man who had loaded water in the car to bring home to his family. Well matthew we wanna thank you so much for being with us. matthew aitken's kabul-based contributing writer to the new york times and new york times magazine. His investigation into the drone strike headlined in us drone strike. Evidence suggests no isis bomb. Next up we go to a clinical social worker helping undocumented nine eleven responders and clean up workers twenty years.

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05:50 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"We gathered photos and videos of the scene taken by journalists and visited the courtyard multiple times. We share the evidence. Three weapons experts. Who said the damage was assistant. The impact of a hellfire missile the pointed to the small crater beneath money's car and the damage from the metal fragments warhead. This plastic melted as a result of a car fire triggered by the missile strike. All three experts also pointed out what was missing any evidence of the large secondary explosions described with a pentagon no collapsed or blown out walls including next to the trunk with the alleged explosives. No sign that a second car parked in the courtyard was overturned by large blast. New destroyed vegetation all of this matches. What my witnesses told us that a single missile exploded and triggered alarm fire. So that's the new york times video report based on Matthew aitken's investigation of the us drone strike. So if you could elaborate that on that matthew and also talk about why the children why they were seven children in zuma's car sure will. The investigation was definitely not effort and we had know experts. Look at the photos videos that we were able to collect from the scene and that was really the military's justification from what we've learned at least as far for taking a strike. You know that this was an imminent threat. The airport because they they took the shot inside a crowded residential neighborhood where there was a very high likelihood of civilian casualties. That's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car. Now what what happened was is that demise family you know the kids live with his three brothers log his house and when he came home everyday from work Told by his brother..

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05:50 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"We gathered photos and videos of the scene taken by journalists and visited the courtyard multiple times. We share the evidence with three weapons. Experts who said the damage was assistant the impact of a hellfire missile the pointed to the small crater beneath money's car and the damage from the metal fragments warhead. This plastic melted as a result of a car fire triggered by the missile strike. All three experts also pointed out what was missing any evidence of the large secondary explosions described with a pentagon no collapsed or blown out walls including next to the trunk with the alleged explosives. No sign that a second car parked in the courtyard was overturned by large blast. New destroyed vegetation all of this matches. What my witnesses told us that a single missile exploded and triggered alarm fire. So that's the new york times video report based on Matthew aitken's investigation of the us drone strike. So if you could elaborate that on that matthew and also talk about why the children why they were seven children in zuma's car sure will. The investigation was definitely not effort and we had know experts. Look at the photos videos that we were able to collect from the scene and that was really the military's justification from what we've learned at least as far for taking a strike. You know that this was an imminent threat. The airport because they they took the shot inside a crowded residential neighborhood where there was a very high likelihood of civilian casualties. you know. that's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car..

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05:50 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"We gathered photos and videos of the scene taken by journalists and visited the courtyard multiple times. We share the evidence with three weapons. Experts who said the damage was assistant the impact of a hellfire missile the pointed to the small crater beneath money's car and the damage from the metal fragments warhead. This plastic melted as a result of a car fire triggered by the missile strike. All three experts also pointed out what was missing any evidence of the large secondary explosions described with a pentagon no collapsed or blown out walls including next to the trunk with the alleged explosives. No sign that a second car parked in the courtyard was overturned by large blast. New destroyed vegetation all of this matches. What my witnesses told us that a single missile exploded and triggered alarm fire. So that's the new york times video report based on Matthew aitken's investigation of the us drone strike. So if you could elaborate that on that matthew and also talk about why the children why they were seven children in zuma's car sure will. The investigation was definitely not effort and we had know experts. Look at the photos videos that we were able to collect from the scene and that was really the military's justification from what we've learned at least as far for taking a strike. You know that this was an imminent threat. The airport because they they took the shot inside a crowded residential neighborhood where there was a very high likelihood of civilian casualties. you know. that's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car..

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05:50 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"We gathered photos and videos of the scene taken by journalists and visited the courtyard multiple times. We share the evidence with three weapons. Experts who said the damage was assistant the impact of a hellfire missile the pointed to the small crater beneath money's car and the damage from the metal fragments warhead. This plastic melted as a result of a car fire triggered by the missile strike. All three experts also pointed out what was missing any evidence of the large secondary explosions described with a pentagon no collapsed or blown out walls including next to the trunk with the alleged explosives. No sign that a second car parked in the courtyard was overturned by large blast. New destroyed vegetation all of this matches. What my witnesses told us that a single missile exploded and triggered alarm fire. So that's the new york times video report based on Matthew aitken's investigation of the us drone strike. So if you could elaborate that on that matthew and also talk about why the children why they were seven children in zuma's car sure will. The investigation was definitely not effort and we had know experts. Look at the photos videos that we were able to collect from the scene and that was really the military's justification from what we've learned at least as far for taking a strike. You know that this was an imminent threat. The airport because they they took the shot inside a crowded residential neighborhood where there was a very high likelihood of civilian casualties. you know. that's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car..

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04:05 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"You know. that's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car. Now what what happened was is that demise family the kids live with his three brothers log his house and when he came home everyday from work i was told by his brother. He you know he pulled up in a kids run out and they'd be excited to see him again. The car and you know usually one of them sit behind the wheel his lap and they would back the car in the courtyard. So that's what happened. That day was kids in the car when it was struck by a hellfire missile and as the reason why seven of them were killed. Matthew what is this from your reporting in afghanistan what does this tell us about the limitations of these drone strikes the inherent problems that exist when you rely essentially on aerial surveillance to determine Who you who strike or not a versus on the ground. A real a human intelligence so this is not nicely incident you know. We've had civilian casualties from drone strikes many times over the years. But the fact that i had was this happened in kabul is able to go to the scene and we able to do story in two weeks normally happen in remote dangerous areas difficult to access so often all we have is the military's official version of the events. This case of this guy was isis facilitator. That there was explosives in the car. So the danger with these strikes which again this may have been the last strike. The twenty year american war but the war on terror continues. And there's going to be more drawn strikes as promised by the administration to Over the horizon roll In places like afghanistan danger is that we're going to have more of these incidents as even more children killed. But the we're not going to really even know about it because again we're not gonna have access to what's happening on the ground. And of course these drone strikes lessen the chance of. Us soldiers being killed as they fly over from another country as you said the over the horizon capability. They're talking about. But i wanted to go to one last video that you taint security camera footage from the office of the us space age group nutrition education international where zawahri apathy had worked earlier in the day. Two thirty five pm muddy pools out hose and then he and a co worker fill empty containers with water earlier. This morning we saw a mighty bring me same empty. Plastic containers to the office was a water shortage in his neighborhood. His family side so he regularly brought water home from the office. So we're looking at this closed circuit footage of him gathering this water to bring home. The us apparently was monitoring him for hours that day. Matthew said that they were surveilling him with an m q. Nine reaper drone. But again you know what they see from the sky what's happening on the ground or not necessarily the same thing and in this case you know. This is a man who had loaded water in the car to bring home to his family. Well matthew we wanna thank you so much for being with us. matthew aitken's kabul-based contributing writer to the new york times and new york times magazine. His investigation into the drone strike headlined in us drone strike. Evidence suggests no isis bomb. Next up we go to a clinical social worker helping undocumented nine eleven responders and clean up workers twenty years.

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05:26 min | 4 months ago

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"We gathered photos and videos of the scene taken by journalists and visited the courtyard multiple times. We share the evidence with three weapons. Experts who said the damage was assistant the impact of a hellfire missile the pointed to the small crater beneath money's car and the damage from the metal fragments warhead. This plastic melted as a result of a car fire triggered by the missile strike. All three experts also pointed out what was missing any evidence of the large secondary explosions described with a pentagon no collapsed or blown out walls including next to the trunk with the alleged explosives. No sign that a second car parked in the courtyard was overturned by large blast. New destroyed vegetation all of this matches. What my witnesses told us that a single missile exploded and triggered alarm fire. So that's the new york times video report based on Matthew aitken's investigation of the us drone strike. So if you could elaborate that on that matthew and also talk about why the children why they were seven children in zuma's car sure will. The investigation was definitely not effort and we had know experts. Look at the photos videos that we were able to collect from the scene and that was really the military's justification from what we've learned at least as far for taking a strike. You know that this was an imminent threat. The airport because they they took the shot inside a crowded residential neighborhood where there was a very high likelihood of civilian casualties. That's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car. Now what what happened was is that demise family you know. The kids live with his. Three brothers loggerheads this house and when he came home everyday from work i was told by his brother..

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05:26 min | 4 months ago

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"We gathered photos and videos of the scene taken by journalists and visited the courtyard multiple times. We share the evidence with three weapons. Experts who said the damage was assistant the impact of a hellfire missile the pointed to the small crater beneath money's car and the damage from the metal fragments warhead. This plastic melted as a result of a car fire triggered by the missile strike. All three experts also pointed out what was missing any evidence of the large secondary explosions described with a pentagon no collapsed or blown out walls including next to the trunk with the alleged explosives. No sign that a second car parked in the courtyard was overturned by large blast. New destroyed vegetation all of this matches. What my witnesses told us that a single missile exploded and triggered alarm fire. So that's the new york times video report based on Matthew aitken's investigation of the us drone strike. So if you could elaborate that on that matthew and also talk about why the children why they were seven children in zuma's car sure will. The investigation was definitely not effort and we had know experts. Look at the photos videos that we were able to collect from the scene and that was really the military's justification from what we've learned at least as far for taking a strike. You know that this was an imminent threat. The airport because they they took the shot inside a crowded residential neighborhood where there was a very high likelihood of civilian casualties. That's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car. Now what what happened was is that demise family you know the kids live with his three brothers log his house and when he came home everyday from work i was told by his brother..

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05:26 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"We gathered photos and videos of the scene taken by journalists and visited the courtyard multiple times. We share the evidence with three weapons. Experts who said the damage was assistant the impact of a hellfire missile the pointed to the small crater beneath money's car and the damage from the metal fragments warhead. This plastic melted as a result of a car fire triggered by the missile strike. All three experts also pointed out what was missing any evidence of the large secondary explosions described with a pentagon no collapsed or blown out walls including next to the trunk with the alleged explosives. No sign that a second car parked in the courtyard was overturned by large blast. New destroyed vegetation all of this matches. What my witnesses told us that a single missile exploded and triggered alarm fire. So that's the new york times video report based on Matthew aitken's investigation of the us drone strike. So if you could elaborate that on that matthew and also talk about why the children why they were seven children in zuma's car sure will. The investigation was definitely not effort and we had know experts. Look at the photos videos that we were able to collect from the scene and that was really the military's justification from what we've learned at least as far for taking a strike. You know that this was an imminent threat. The airport because they they took the shot inside a crowded residential neighborhood where there was a very high likelihood of civilian casualties. That's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car. Now what what happened was is that demise family you know the kids live with his three brothers log his house and when he came home everyday from work i was told by his brother..

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THIS IS DEMOCRACY

05:25 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on THIS IS DEMOCRACY

"We gathered photos and videos of the scene taken by journalists and visited the courtyard multiple times. We share the evidence with three weapons. Experts who said the damage was assistant the impact of a hellfire missile the pointed to the small crater beneath money's car and the damage from the metal fragments warhead. This plastic melted as a result of a car fire triggered by the missile strike. All three experts also pointed out what was missing any evidence of the large secondary explosions described with a pentagon no collapsed or blown out walls including next to the trunk with the alleged explosives. No sign that a second car parked in the courtyard was overturned by large blast. New destroyed vegetation all of this matches. What my witnesses told us that a single missile exploded and triggered alarm fire. So that's the new york times video report based on Matthew aitken's investigation of the us drone strike. So if you could elaborate that on that matthew and also talk about why the children why they were seven children in zuma's car sure will. The investigation was definitely not effort and we had know experts. Look at the photos videos that we were able to collect from seen and that was really the military's justification from what we've learned at least as far for taking a strike. You know that this was an imminent threat. The airport because they they took the shot inside a crowded residential neighborhood where there was a very high likelihood of civilian casualties. you know. that's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car..

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03:21 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"He you know he'd pulled up in a kids run out and they'd be excited to see him again. The car and you know usually one of them sit behind the wheel lap and they would back the car in the courtyard. So that's what happened. That day was kids in the car when it was struck by a hellfire missile and as the reason why seven of them were killed and matthew. What is this from your reporting In afghanistan what does this tell us about the limitations of these drone strikes the inherent problems that exist when you rely essentially on aerial surveillance to determine Who you who strike or not a versus on the ground. A real a human intelligence. Yeah so this is not nicely incident you know. We've had civilian casualties from drone strikes many times over the years. But the fact that i had was this happened in kabul is able to go to the scene and we able to do story in two weeks normally happen in remote dangerous areas difficult to access so often all we have is the military's official version of the events. This case of this guy was isis. Facilitator that there was explosives in the car so the danger with these strikes which again this may have been the last strike the twenty year american war but the war on terror continues. And there's going to be more drawn strikes as promised by the administration to Over the horizon roll In places like afghanistan danger is that we're going to have more of these incidents you even more children killed. But the we're not going to really even know about it because again we're not gonna have access to what's happening on the ground. And of course these drone strikes lessen the chance of. Us soldiers being killed as they fly over from another country as you said the over the horizon capability. They're talking about. But i wanted to go to one last video that you taint security camera footage from the office of the us space age group nutrition education international where zawahri apathy had worked earlier in the day at two thirty five pm muddy. Pools out hose. And then he and a co worker fill empty containers with water earlier. This morning we saw a mighty bring me same empty. Plastic containers to the office was a water shortage in his neighborhood. His family side so he regularly brought water home from the office. So we're looking at this closed circuit footage of him gathering this water to bring home. The us apparently was monitoring him for hours that day. Matthew yeah they said that they were surveilling him with an m q. Nine reaper drone. But again you know what they see from the sky what's happening on the ground or not necessarily the same thing and in this case you know. This is a man who had loaded water in the car to bring home to his family. Well matthew we wanna thank you so much for being with us. matthew aitken's kabul-based contributing writer to the new york times and new york times magazine..

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03:19 min | 4 months ago

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"We gathered photos and videos of the scene taken by journalists and visited the courtyard multiple times. We share the evidence with three weapons. Experts who said the damage was assistant the impact of a hellfire missile the pointed to the small crater beneath money's car and the damage from the metal fragments warhead. This plastic melted as a result of a car fire triggered by the missile strike. All three experts also pointed out what was missing any evidence of the large secondary explosions described with a pentagon no collapsed or blown out walls including next to the trunk with the alleged explosives. Assign that a second car. Parked in the courtyard was overturned by large blast. New destroyed vegetation all of this matches. What my witnesses told us that a single missile exploded and triggered alarm fire. So that's the new york times video report based on Matthew aitken's investigation of the us drone strike. So if you could elaborate that on that matthew and also talk about why the children why they were seven children in zuma's car sure will. The investigation was definitely not effort and we had experts. Look at the photos videos that we were able to collect from seen and that was really the military's justification from what we've learned at least as far for taking a strike. You know that this was an imminent threat. The airport because they they took the shot inside a crowded residential neighborhood where there was a very high likelihood of civilian casualties. You know that's that's the kind of assumption. I think would have been fair in that circumstance. So really the way they would have. Justified is was that this was a car bomb or some kind of a threat. And i think it's pretty conclusive that there was not a larger explosive in his car. Now what what happened was is that demise family you know the kids live with his three brothers log his house and when he came home everyday from work Told by his brother..

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Here & Now

08:42 min | 4 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Here & Now

"From npr in wbz. I'm scott tong. And i'm tanya moseley. It's here now. Voters in california are answering two questions today. Should governor gavin newsom be removed from office. And if so who should take his place. Millions of californians have already cast their ballots in this closely watched recall election. it's a rare chance for republicans to seize control and a deep blue state cap. Radio's chris nichols has the latest chris. Welcome agreed to be here. Great to have you. There's this narrative tug of war so to speak on what this recall is actually about. Can you remind us why this particular recall. Effort picked up steam. Will this recall. Effort picked up steam. Probably because of newsome's strict coverted policies The supporters of the recall say that the governor went too far when it comes to mask mandates business closures during the pandemic. But i think it's also important to remember that this specific recall effort actually started before the pandemic so newsom has had certainly opponents. Republicans don't agree with his policies across the board not just as cova restrictions right. Republicans say it's about the issues and how newsom has governed the state democrats say it's an attempt by republicans to actually take over the state of california. You've been talking to voters. What are you hearing about the basis of their vote. What is this recall. Really about for them i have. I spoke this morning with thirty nine year. Old woodland california resident justin smith. He says that the governor's handling of the pandemic really influenced his. Yes vote on the recall. I think we've seen the strictest lockdowns pretty much in the country My mom took her life in february a largely because of the anxiety caused by the lockdown measure. So i understand. That cove is a threat but I think we're completely ignoring the many consequences of these mitigation measures and smith added that another frustration was the closures of schools. The last school year. He has children in schools. He feels that the governor should have done more to keep schools open in california. We know that turnout is typically low for special elections especially among democrats. What does the current turn out look like will as of late last week about one third of all ballots that had been issued in california and california issued mail ballots to all registered voters about one third had already been returned election. Experts predict that turn will actually be pretty good for the recall election. They're estimating somewhere in the fifty to fifty five percent In person voting the expectations are. That will get a pretty sizable turn out for the recall and polling actually shows that newsome is in the lead. His main opponent is is larry elder conservative and controversial. Talk show radio host. Who who biden compares to former president donald trump. What are some important things to know about elder for his campaign. He would like to see the end of mask. Mandates in california. He'd like to see the end of vaccine mandates as well those are probably his two biggest policies that he's put forward but really that would go against what a lot of the sort of strong democratic base Supports here in california so the question really becomes not whether elder will be the top candidate looks like he will but whether newsom will hang on and get fifty percent in the recall to retain his job. I want to ask you specifically about what the future more. Broadly looks like california politics. If newsom loses or wins but elder is already talking fraud he appealed to supporters to use an online form to report fraud and he says his team has already detected it and the results but that was yesterday before results were in. Is this his strategy. What can you tell us quickly about this. It does does appear to be his strategy. He along with of course former president donald trump Recently weighed in on the california. Recall when you speak with election officials and experts say there is no evidence to show any fraud the also note that elections in california just like across the country. They're decentralized run by local election officials and that it would be almost impossible to have them all secretly get together to rig an election given the decentralized nature of how elections are operated in california. Of course the bigger question that we're all waiting for and those are the results what the future could look like more immediately for california politics if and loses or or if he wins while i think if he loses and say larry elder is elected Certainly that you would see the end to these masks mandates you would see an into vaccine mandates for state workers for healthcare workers and then voters would have choice again a in one year to to see if they wanna keep the replacement candidate. That was cap. Radio's chris nichols thank you so much for this. Update thank you. There are new questions about the us. Military's final drone strike before leaving afghanistan. The pentagon call this attack on august. Twenty ninth a righteous strike against a man with suspected ties to the islamic state but investigations by several news outlets cast doubt on the official story including whether the victim had anything to do with isis yesterday on capitol hill. The secretary of state antony blinken was asked by representative johan omar if the strike mistakenly killed civilians that is looked at very very very carefully by others in the administration so that we understand exactly what happened or what didn't happen and no country on earth. No government takes more precautions to try to ensure that anyone other than the intended terrorist target is struck using a drone or vite by any other means. Matthew aitken's investigated this attack for the new york times. He joins us from kabul on skype. Line matthew welcome back. Thanks for having me okay. So here's what we know that seems to be undisputed zimeray. Amati was forty three years old. He worked for an american ngo and he relative at applied for refugee settlement. In the us. Can you start by telling us with. The pentagon says happened the us military had said they struck car a target. That was an isis facilitator and to prevent an imminent threat against the airport. Okay and how does that square with your reporting. Maybe first of all whether there's any connection in your reporting to isis or being at a nicest facility well it went to the site of the strike the day afterward and it had taken place in the courtyard of a house and i spoke to the family. Whose house was they were extremely grief-stricken. They told me they had just lost ten members their family including seven children. There was still human rains spattered around the courtyard and car had been struck but took photographs. The scene based on the expert analysis. There's no evidence that there was loss. Larger secondary blast as military has repeated the claim so that calls the question whether there could have been explosives in the car in the basin reporting that we did over the next two weeks. It seemed like this guy had a typical day at work at this. Ngo colleagues in his family said he was driving around to helping to deliver food to refugees. Basically so what. The military may have interpreted from the drone feed as suspicious was just a normal day. We got camera footage from the offices showed him filling up. Some water jugs to put in the trunk of his car and he was taken at home to his family because they had run out of water. That wasn't water deliveries after claps the government. So we didn't find any lincoln's so could this be one source of confusion here that the pentagon is saying that they thought he had some explosives in his vehicle in it actually was the water. It's possible they claim the base also secondary blast which doesn't seem to have been the case the following questions basically why they decided to take strike in a crowded residential neighborhood. You know whether it was going to be a high. Very high risk of casualties. In fact seven children were killed. So what was the imminent threat. Even was some connection. Isis ten casualties here. What what do you know about. How much visibility. Us drones have into this is..

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"matthew aitken" Discussed on Here & Now

Here & Now

07:49 min | 5 months ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on Here & Now

"From npr and wbz. I'm celeste headley computer. O'dowd it's here. And now the us military evacuation of afghanistan continues today despite the terrorist attack on the kabul airport yesterday that killed at least thirteen troops and dozens of afghan citizens years major general taylor at a pentagon briefing earlier. Today we have the ability to include evacuees on. Us military air air. Lift out of afghanistan until the very end. The department of defense has the continued responsibility to support the state department in the ongoing movement evacuees through our intimate intermediate staging basis and safe havens. All the way to the united states in the coming days and weeks matthew aitken's is one of the few western journalists still in afghanistan. He covered the attack yesterday for the new york times and a warning that some of his reporting will be disturbing to hear. He's on skype matthew. Welcome my pleasure and tell me what you're seeing today in kabul. What's the mood like well. Last night was opposite. Terrible night yet. These suicide attacks on seventy people killed. Today's been quieter the taliban of setup a larger perimeter around the airport. There's less crowds that are going to the airport. But there are still people who are hoping to get out or hearing. Planes take off throughout the day. All right. is there anyone outside the airports still trying to get in. Is anyone getting in through the gates of the airport. Yeah there are still people who are gone to the airport. Who are trying to get in and i think that they've been taking in certain people. Maybe people use passports or visas but it's not easy to get in and windows closing fast. You visited a hospital yesterday after the bombing. What did you learn. About the extent of the casualties there who suffered the brunt of this attack will as afghan civilians. The suicide bombers detonated it in a very crowded area. People were packed in trying to get into this airport to show the marines their documents so the figure seems to be climbing but right now we have more than seventy who confirmed be killed more than one hundred injured. A lot of them were Families women and children. I went to the hospital. Emergency hospital in center of kabul and it was just ambulance after ambulance arriving there. Unloading victims of this bombing. Many of them were in very bad condition. Some of them were little children so it was a horrible scene and it became clear at that point. Just how bad this incident wants. If you've been talking to any of the witnesses people telling you about what they saw what they felt a having. They're just saying it was terrible senior. These bombs went off. Suddenly in the crowd was smoke and dust everywhere. Choking on the panic as people fled bodies everywhere missing. Heads missing limbs Area ambulance could really access because the airport security so quite a few people Bled to death some the blood in the canal which is red with blood so it was a awful scene. Oh my gosh Yesterday the pentagon and the president said that there were still active threats against the airport. What do we know about the risk. Now in how the us military might take steps to keep another attack from happening well. The risks obviously extreme. There could be more suicide bombers out there. I'm not exactly sure what the military is doing. But no doubt they must be adopting a more strict defensive posture. They're probably trying to get more standoffs from the crowd but the catch twenty two is really. They're trying to identify people who qualified. It'd be brought in out of that crowd. You can't really do that without getting up close and looking at the documents and that was the issue yesterday earlier this week you sat down with the taliban for an interview. Now that was before these bombs went off. But what is your sense of. How equipped the taliban is to handle the threat of further attacks. I think the taliban was not prepared to handle large crowds trying to get in the airport. We're talking about thousands if not tens of thousands of people who are extremely desperate so they don't have any kind of train. Crowd control personnel or equipment. They've been trying to hold back crowds with whips and gunfire basically but the reason they're doing this is to keep the airport for being overrun as it was last week where you had people on the tarmac. So in a sense they're actually doing the work of of the united states and other internationals to protect the evacuation. And do we know how many americans are still waiting to be evacuated. Is there a sense that some will just inevitably be left behind past the august thirty first deadline. People are definitely going to be left behind. The window for evacuation is pretty much closing. Because they're gonna have to start pulling out their own troops in time for the august thirty first deadline so they're organized people left behind. There are people choosing stay behind the advice. I've been giving people for the most part is to stay home. The report is extremely dangerous. Just wait hopefully. Some kind of normal flights will resume and the near future and people go out that way before. Let you go. This is a terrible story. You're confronting it head on as journalists How are you feeling just extremely busy. So there hasn't really been much time. Process was going on. We've seen everything that we kind of thought we knew about this country melt away. New government come to power. They haven't actually pointed officials yet. So there's a lot of uncertainty and just trying to get out every day understand the situation meet with all sides including the taliban who reassured us that they do want foreign as well as diplomats humanitarian sustained. Continue their work. So as long as we have those assert charentes and as long as we feel we could manage situation. We're gonna stay here and do our work. Thank you for doing that and thank you for making some time for us today. Matthew eakins has been covering the story for the new york times. He joined us by skype from kabul. Thank you very much stay safe. Thank you the attacks that killed. Thirteen u s servicemembers and dozens of afghan civilians in kabul mark. Sad day in our history especially for those who've served in the armed forces we wanna speak with one of them now. Sebastian egos is a veteran. Who joined the marines in two thousand seven during his second deployment to afghanistan in twenty ten. He lost his arm in an explosion. On the frontlines he was twenty one years. Old guy goes was sent home with a purple heart but says members of his unit have remained in afghanistan. He joins us now. From san antonio texas sebastian. Welcome to here now. Fake grabbing me. How did you first learn about the attack in kabul so of an active duty of mine posted about that on social media and alluded to some of the Reporting on the numbers of k. Being incorrect and killed in action. Yes ma'am being killed in action and Just because initially there was three to four marines killed. And so. I think that there probably i think in that. It was under reported just because of the nature of the explosion. It incredible to me that you were injured in twenty ten and here we are eleven years later. Some eleven years later and some of your colleagues are still serving in afghanistan. what do you think about. How do you take in. What is now finally the end of this war. I think that whenever i joined told my friends and we talked about like we join specifically at least my generation because iraq was kind of already over. We joined fight the taliban because they protected the sodden. And you're you're joining with the thinking that you would prevent somebody else's son from having to be in that fight and so i think that everybody before you know yesterday was thinking that it you know it was already over and decisions were being made to to pull everybody out..

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KOA 850 AM

01:43 min | 3 years ago

"matthew aitken" Discussed on KOA 850 AM

"Listen, listen, listen. You understand more people need to understand to understand you understand. Get more of what you want the shutdown. Our government job the state of the union speech and open the control partisan vitriol from emergency every day. More is happening. What's happening today? These are important moments on KOA all of us, should listen NewsRadio. KOA NewsRadio time is ten thirty. President. Donald Trump has signed a short-term spending Bill into law this evening that reopens the federal government, but does not include his requested five point seven billion dollars for a border wall. Trump back down from his demand that congress provide more border wall money before the federal agencies get back to work, but warned that the government could shut down once again, if we do not get a fair deal from congress the agreement to open the government came as about eight hundred thousand federal employees miss their second consecutive paycheck three owners of a sweet leaf marijuana dispensary have played guilty to illegal selling pot. Matthew Aitken Christian Johnson. And Anthony Soro also admitted to violent violating the Colorado organized crime control act, Denver DA, Beth McCann. So each of the three owners received a one year prison sentence, and then they will also have one year of mandatory parole citizen tip about customers buying. Accessible pot in one day lead to the owners arrests a bear bit zookeeper on the hand. At the Denver zoo today zoo spokesperson Jay Kuby says that the keeper was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment..

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