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to leave it there. we're at the end of the hour. good to have you. the show may be over but the conversation continues. you can also find us on twitter or google plus, @ajconsiderthis. we'll see you next time. br >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey in new york. john siegenthaler has the night off. >> the mission is to bring closure to the rest of the families of lost loved once. >> agonizing wait for families waiting, we talked to the brother of a woman who was swept away in her truck. lying eyes, the billion dollar program to stop potential terrorist programs, by nothing but body language, does it work?
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the moment the woman who was born deaf hears for very first time. the science behind this magical moment. plus untouchable. sounds like from a sci-phi film. why. >> almost a week since the earth gave way in a small town in washington state. one week since lives were lost in seconds. and from the days of searching, officials say there are so many things they do not know. searchers comb through mud looking for scores of people. and rain is making things worse. be allen shof schauffler, what e know now? >> we know that they are exhausted. we know that they're frustrated and we know that they're not
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giving up. they're behaving in that debris field as if they are searching for survivors. that's the way they are keeping on going. that's the attitude they still have. horrible conditions out there today. we have had about an inch of rein richelle and i -- rain, ri. it makes it that much more difficult on this seventh day of searching. i had my first chance to get a look at the debris field. i can tell you it's still mind-boggling. we were invited into the debris field, by a woman that lives just west of that slide. it came up to her property. we talked to her about the past, that horrible saturday morning, she was there and about the future. >> i'm a country girl. i lived here all my life. i'm tough. >> the landslide missed marla'sing property by about 100 yards.
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looking back on saturday morning, it hardly seems real. >> i went out on the front yard and looked up the yard and there was my aunt and uncle's home. thanks goodness there was no one home. i called 911. >> there is a big slide and it is covering the road. >> i just was in total shock and i got my camera right away and i started taking pictures. i had no idea that it had slid in the north side where it had slid before. that was like incomprehensible to fathom that it would come that far. he parked in here. how you doin'? we're going to be careful, i promise. >> search and rescue crews are using her house as a stage area. and she had a front row seat. >> it goes for a couple of miles. they have been working hard i
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know that. >> the heroic work done in the debris field where so many friends and neighbors died. >> i can think about ten people. we have a community dinner every year for christmas down at the fire hall and there's going to be allot of people that won't be there this next christmas. >> there are people who shouldn't build there, that's the bottom line. we knew better. it was all people who moved up from down below, we knew better than to live up there. we'll never forget, ever. i have yet to break down. i haven't cried yet. i don't know when that will happen. >> for marla and this community, the slide will always be a dividing line in time. >> it will never go back to normal like it was. we deal with it now and we go forward and we just -- it's a whole new life. everything's changed. >> everything's changed. one thing that marla told us is one of the reasons they'll never
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forget it is that every time anybody from this area drives trout 5-- state route 50030, there is going to be dramatic evidence of that site, there will be a reminder every time she goes out her door and takes a right-hand turn she's going to be reminded of the people who are lost there. richelle. >> allen thank you so much. earlier i talked to the pastor of the church about how the being community is dealing with the crisis. >> most of the people have come to the place where they realize that this is really not going to be a rescue but a recovery. they just want to see their ones, they want to recover the bodies of those they lost so they begin to process some closure. most of the people i've spoken with now they're not expecting that they're going to see their loved ones alive anymore. personally i've lost five friend had i know that were down there
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and you know grieving is kind of what the emotion is right now. and yet with the desperation to try and clear the road to try te are living on adrenalin. and so they don't have the time yet to grieve. but that time is going to be coming soon. >> i understand that you have gone down there and seen the area that the mudslide has ravaged, i know that's maybe difficult for you to talk about but can you tell me some of what you saw there? >> it was apocalyptic. it was disastrous. a friend of mine, a very bold friend, he and i climbed through the debris field and we saw cars, full-size trucks that were crumpled to the size of a washing machine. houses that were man mangled, ad just debris left. taping, they were retaping a house and the strand of tape
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looked like a ribbon that was draped across the area. it was beyond comprehension. i felt like i was walking on the surface of mars. i didn't recognize anything. >> when does your community start to turn the corner from something like this? what are you learning about yourself, what is your community learning about itself? >> resilience is reag darr -- really darrington's description. we are banned together even on the first day when this happened last saturday. the community immediately rallied to reach the people to try and meet needs. the community center was immediately open. people were getting fed. supplies were being delivered. the people of darrington know how to care for themselves and know how to watch out for themselves. the disaster relief and other
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things that are coming, that only adds to the effort that we're able to make on our own. and so we appreciate it. we appreciate all the work that's going on. but it's going to take time. we're not going to be able to get to even process, i don't think, personally, until we get to the place where we're able to travel the highway again. where people are able to get through, get back to almost a sense of normal life. but it's going to be a different normal than what they've known before. >> pastor michael duncan. three weeks ago tonight malaysia airlines flight 370 vanished on its way to beijing. now crews are hard at work on another part of the indian oaks. crews are working -- ocean. crews are working to collect debris in the water. authorities moved the search zone closer to australia, officials are calling it a
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credible lead. new jersey governor chris christie defended a report on the george washington bridge scandal that clears him of any wrongdoing. john terret has more. >> chris christie was more like his old self on friday. >> i had nothing to do with this. >> reporter: from his office in trenton, hurling barbs at journalists. >> to be able to run an efficient and effective office you have to have lanes of traffic. especially moving towards me. i thought you would like that. >> reporter: christie was answering questions on a report that clears him of any prior knowledge of last september's lane closures near the george washington bridge, the world's busiest. ing the governor says he accepts
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its recommendations, that a christie are appointee david sampson, resigned on friday. not to stop a possible halt for his run for the presidency in 2016. >> voters if they consider this issue at all, in considering my candidacy, if there is one. >> if christie does run. >> it's very easy to have a press conference like this when you have in fact organized it. when you have organized the investigation as well. he comes out and he says, quote, this is a quote, i'm not going odoubt the politics here. this is the most gaming out of politics as you can imagine. that is what christie is doing. people's minds in some respects
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are made up about christie because the way he based in this press conference. >> reporter: watching christie spar, you could assume that is end of the scandal. >> it is such an extraordinary joy and relief to finally be able to come back and interact in the way with you in the kind and gentle way we already have. >> reporter: the time may be short-lived. the u.s. department of justice continues its investigation. >> obama rurnlgd putin t -- urgn to pull back forces. president obama is spending the last leg of his overseas trip meeting a crucial ally, saudi arabia. he sat down with king abdalla for twho hour two hours today.
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mike viqueria reports. >> one goal in mind, to reassure the saudis and their king that the united states was still a strong ally. despite the breaks of the last six to eight months first over the issue of syria where president obama backtracked, did not go forward with those strikes, those tomahawk missile strikes, against bashar al-assad after he deployed chemical weapons against his own people. then against iran when president obama went behind their backs and got the iranians to the table to talk about their nuclear plans, the p-5 plus 1 talks. say the president wanted to come here and, quote, look in the eyes of king abdalla and assure him particularly on this issue of dealing with iran which is one of saudi arabia's main
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regional rivals. they were outside riyad, secretary of state john kerry was there as well. there's the issue of arming the syrian rebels. the saudi arabians have been reluctant to, moderate elements within the syrian opposition, the more likely it is they are going to increase that aid. so the president concluding his week long trip to saudi arabia returning to washington. mike viqueria, riyad, saudi arabia. can washington has lost touch with the middle east. >> this is a relationship that's damaged, this is a relationship that's really been weathered. and i think it is in critical
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phase, it is in a real turning point. the arab spring pushed this forward. the wawr i war in syria last exacerbated this. they are really worried about the deal that the u.s. quill cut with iran and what this will do with the saudis. >> credit. >> i think that the united states is in a position in the middle east right now where they've lost their focus. i really don't think they know what the policy is right now. and i think it's really coming home to us now, that the arab spring was these comments are camg the state department off guard and the saudis are worried. they are asking what is your focus, is it stability or is it democracy. >> the president has also come under pressure to take a stand on saudi arabia's human rights
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record. why roxann saberi reports. >> credit in a place where the arab spring never really materialized. the government discourages dissent by dirk out money and protests are banned, activists say, even if he risks further upsetting the relationship. >> it is one of the most repressive governments in the middle east, yet it gets treated with kid gloves. >> the country's new antiterrorism law will make protesting even harder by making any kind of peaceful dissent a crime. >> one example of that is under this new antiterrorism law harming the reputation of the state is an act of terrorism. >> a lot of the protesters are from saudi arabia's eastern
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province, where many work in oil fields. facing ridge political discrimination. and then there's the issue of women's rights. they can't tranl travel o -- trr marry without the permission of a male guardian. >> are the time has come for women to take charge of every aspect of their lives. being allowed out is the very least of it. getting from a to b is just a minimum human right. >> reporter: on saturday some saudi women plan to defy the government warnings not to drive. roxanna saberi. al jazeera. >> the woman who hears for the first time. and new questions about what the auto maker knew and when.
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>> scared as hell... >> as american troops prepare to leave afghanistan get a first hand look at what life is really like under the taliban. >> we're going to be taken to a place, where they're going to make plans for an attack. >> the only thing i know is, that they say they're not going to withdraw. can
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>> imagine being deaf all your life then after 40 years you can hear.
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this woman in the cell phone video that you can see, truly a spectacular moment. you can see. >> october, november, december. could you hear those words? [ crying ] >> yes! >> that's pretty amazing. joe ann from gland was overcome. milne was fitted by cochlear implants. it was so emotional for her to hear her family voices for the first time. dr. craig casper joins me. the chief audiology doctor. you are smiling as well, that's quite a moment isn't it? >> it's tremendous to hear the
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reaction, from someone, it really is very, very plofg and as an -- modifying an moving, an audiology, it is twhoamg see her reaction, it's just amazing. >> talk to me about what the technology is that actually made this moment happen for her. >> sure. a cochlear implant is a device that's been around probably since the early 1970s. some of the more advanced cochlear implants came out in the earlier '80s but searntion there's searntion -- essentialls a processor that fits behind the ear, it does some other credit sophisticated things. it sends the sensations through the skin through a receiver,
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bypassing a part of the inner ear, and stimulates the nerve directly and then that sound goes directly to the brain. >> i would assume that clearly e is not a candidate for this? >> yes. this is strictly reserved for people who have severe to profound hearing loss and also, are not able to benefit from traditional types of hearing instruments. there is approximately 200,000 people around the world who currently wear a cochlear implant. that number is actually growing every year. >> when someone like this moment that ms. milne just had, when they can hear again what are the challenges that they face? >> there are a lot of challenges. it depends on when the person lost their hearing and when they're implanted. children can be implanted around the age of one year and some
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have been implanted younger than that. the challenge is we don't hear normally necessarily, like we do with a cochlear implant. it's an electronic stimulation. it takes time for the brain to hear and make sense of sound as it comes in. especially if you haven't heard for 39 years, she has to relearn to hear again or to relearn how to hear period, to understand the world around her. it takes a multidisciplinary approach, from audiologist he, speech pathologists, psychologists, and the family plays a big role as well. >> this seems like an obviously question. can you explain the emotional reaction, there are so many things that we stay for granted about the ability to hear. why the emotional reaction? >> you're exactly correct.
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hearings is something we take for granting until something goes i don' wrong. we know it's connected to depression and anxiety. increased brain shrinkage or alzheimer's or dementia. when we are able to hear again it really does reconnect us to our world. that alone is priceless. what the real meaning of this video is not the technology per se but what it is doing for her and her family to help her reconnect to live a healthier, happier life. >> dr. craig casper, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> lacrosse is booming, college campuses, more teams were add he last year than in any other sport. like football, and other contact sports, they are trying to reduce the concussion he.
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ross shimabuku has the report. >> it's very tenacious, aggressive, incredibly explosive. >> collision. >> somebody is going to get hit in the head and it's not going oend well. >> in an effort to better understand these issues, sacred heart men's lacrosse team is studying concussion he and their effects on the brain. >> they sustain these impacts from another player, the ground, the lacrosse ball and the lacrosse stick. you have more collisions than you do in football. >> nestled in fairfield, connecticut, the doctor and her team began their research in january 2013 and are hoping to continue over the next four years. the athletes are protected by typical protective gear but outfitted with one tiny
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exception, aaccelerometers. >> have you seen a change in the players? >> not at all. in any sport you have to play fearless without worry that you're going to get hurt. there has been zero change in the way we've played. >> i know there's a couple of guys who want to know they have had the highest tack. we don't condone that kind of behavior but they are very curious. >> it is actually very funny. you see the results of the tests and you can actually pinpoint the moment during practice where it was, i got a shot on the head, that was directly a ring are, or i hit somebody pretty hard on that play. >> players are aware of these sensors in their helmets for entire season both in practices
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and games. the information received from the sensors are sent to the university team. >> you can set them to beep and go off, if an acceleration was received, the athletic trainer on the sideline. so if the player sustains an impact at this threshold they can be removed from play and they can be further evaluated for a concussion. >> i love checking my data. i don't love getting hit in the head but i love feeling when i've taken a substantial hit, i love to see what that's looking like later. >> the players will be given a posttest when the season is complete. >> if we can minimize the number of concussion he sustained by these players, we know we can improve their long term quality of life. >> there is no benefit to me
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downstream, but ten, 15 years from here, if i'm having kids i want to know what sports i want the kids to play. >> once their career is over to be able to have a life after whatever sport they play. if we can do that we've accomplished our mission. >> ross shimabuku, al jazeera. >> vietnam prisoner of war jeremiah denton has died. denton got a message past his captors he blinked the word torture in morse code. he died of heart problems at the age of 89. coming up, a brother's pain, losing his sister in the mudslide in seattle, now searching for others missing in the disaster. and a view like no other. the space telescope that captured millions of photos making up a panoramic view of
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the galaxy.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. we have a lot to cover this half hour. failure in gm switch problems now affect 2.5 million vehicles after the big recall today. body language, tsa checkers at the airport checking your facial expressions and other signs to determine if you're a threat. >> and those eerie sounds, the artist doesn't touch. the u.s. and russia are talking diplomacy about the crisis in ukraine. president obama spent an hour on
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the phone with vladimir putin today. search crews are hunting in a new part of the southern indian ocean for the missing malaysia airlines plane. flight 370 disappeared exactly three weeks ago tonight. officials are analyzing pictures of objects found floating in the new location and ships are working to recover anything that might be debris from the boeing 777. officials from washington state say they don't know how long the search and recovery mission might take after a mudslide wiped out a town last saturday. the rain makes the credit work of the first responders even tougher. allen schauffler, after seven days of searching what new do we know? where do things stand right now? >> well, they stand here. there's a horrible site, the landslide site just downstream
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from us. terrible conditions that people are working under. they are searching for bodies in the muck and mire of this hillside that slufd off and came down -- sloughed off and came down and wiped out this neighborhood. it is an open ended job and job that's being processed that they're work on under truly gruesome conditions. >> crews are finding bodies in the field. it is a very, very slow process. it was miserable to begin with and as you all know it's rained heavily in the last few days, it's made the quicksand even worse. i can't tell you how long this will last and if they find bodies, when they do but right now there's no telling. >> there's no telling. they're still out there work and working under horrifying conditions. we understand the crews are not out on the debris field at night. they stopped that a couple of
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nights ago. they may be doing road building and basic logistical work. it's just too dangerous richelle. >> allen, are emergency crews holding out any hope of finding any survivors? >> well, you have to sort of separate what their heart is telling them and what their head is telling them. they say that they are still hoping for miracles and they're operating that way as well. we talked to somebody who had been out on that debris field for most of the last week, working with people recovering bodies. and he told us that they're not even pulling out the hazardous material found out all over the place, gas cans and whatever, they are not pulling that out they are leaving that be because their main job is human recovery, they're working as fast and diligently as possible behaving as if there's possibly
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somebody alive. i don't know if anybody out there believes that in their head but who knows what their heart is telling them to believe, it may be what is keeping them going. >> allen schauffler, thank you. >> you bet. >> james lost his sister in saturday's mud line dane, it looks to me like you have been working for a very long time. tell me what the day has been like for you. >> been, this is now day seven of this horrible, terrible tragedy that's stricken this community. and again, my son and i went out again to search for more bodies, or try to recover some more bodies, for -- so we can bring some closure to families and friends that have lost loved ones out there. >> the process of going through that really difficult search, what does that emotionally do for you?
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>> it -- once you're out there, it's -- you're adrenalin -- your adrenalin stars flowing again and you keep going. you're still walking through murky muddy soupy water that can be up to your waist in places. some other places, it can be even deeper. sometimes you'll be walking, you'll be walking on something solid for about two feet and then all of a sudden to your waist and to your knees. we just look for any kind of debris that would resemble somebody out there. >> dayn, are you emotionally prepared for finding someone? are you prepared for that? >> i prepared myself last saturday for the unavailable
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because my stir sister was caught in the slide, and my mission was to get her out, and we did that, my son and i we got her out. and it's -- i hate to say it, but it's like it's downhill from there, you know? but the mission now is to bring closure to the rest of the families that have lost loved ones. so it's been building up, and yes, to answer your question, i'm prepared to do it. >> so it was you and your son that actually were the ones that found your sister. how old is your son? >> my son is 16. we actually didn't -- we actually weren't the team that found her. it was the team that was working just west of us. so we were working an area a little ways away and then we got notified that they had found the blue car. everybody that's been working out there with us, knows that she was driving a blue car. and everybody that has been
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working out there knows who she is. and they know that she's my sister. so as soon as the exposed metal was located by the team of searchers that were going through there, similar to how we did it today, i got the call. and then it was, by the time we got there they had actually exposed the -- her upper portion of her body, and it was -- she was identified. so i wasn't going to believe it until i got over there and actually saw it, because it was something that i'd have proof of, so i could have that closure. somebody to say, yes she is there, then she leaves, i never see her leave that situation. i wanted and i needed to see her leave that situation and i did. >> we're looking at this picture of your sister now dayn with this beautiful smile. tell us about your sister. >> she's just a great person.
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she would light up a room anywhere, her smile was contagious? if she smiled you'd have to smile back or she'd thump you. >> you had to be there to actually know it was her. it seems to me that perhaps that's why you're trying the help other loved ones to recover other bodies. is that what other families feel, dayn, that they have to know to have some enclosure? >> yes. and not everybody can do it. you know, there are ones that just can't handle it. and it's been an emotional roller coaster for a lot of people. but i felt that there were a lot of people out there that were helping me find my sister. and once she was located, we took a day to have family time and to grieve. and then we're right back out there today. and i want everybody else to feel that closure, too. and that's the situation, is
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that who would want to continue living knowing that their loved ones are still in this, you know, mile and a half by mile and a half debris field of rocks sand logs and the remainders of houses that have been pulverized and cars that are the size of washing machines now. who would really want to move on knowing and not having the satisfaction of having their loved ones removed from such a situation. >> okay dayn thank you very, very much. i hope you and your son are able to get at least a little bit of sleep soon. thank you. >> yep, we will, thank you ma'am, appreciate it. >> concerns keep growing for general motors. the auto maker is expanding its ignition switch recall tonight to many more vehicles. and earlier today gm told dealers to halt credit production of cruze sedans.
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bisi onile-ere reports. >> weeks after the auto make are faced criticism after a faulty ignition switch system. days before mary barra. 2013 to 20141.4 liter gas turbo, chevy last been given directions to stop selling these vehicles. stop-sale orders usually stem from a safety problem. today, gm also issued another recall, time for its 2014 cad lake lak plug in hybrid. there is a glitch. gm isn't aware of any issues. all of this because of heat of
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the delayed recall for over 2 million older vehicles connected to an faulty ignition swimp problem. the federal governmental is investigate and several lawsuits were filed against gm. when the ceo goes before congress, she will take questions from lawmakers, who knew what and when. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, new york. the tsa has spent about a billion dollars draining thousands of behavior detection officers to read facial expression and body language. critics say there's no evidence that that technique actually works. the federal accountability office recommended detection program last year. joining us to discuss this is
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security analyst evvie pomporis, a former interviewer and interrogator. evvie can you explain what the training is to detect behavior, suspicious behavior? what is the training? >> okay, the training varies, especially who is giving it. i was trained obviously by the government but i also received training by the private sector and local police departments. assessing somebody for some type of behavioral indication and also verbal indication. so it's those things that people leak out that you can't conceal normally and those are usually very intense, they show more when there's a consequence to your action so to speak. so again, you know, eyes, movement sometimes that's relative, your gestures, the way you look, the way you shift, strong indication is also verbal behavior, what you say, what you
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don't say. the thing is this, you're not looking for one specific thing. you're look aring for a clusterf i behaviors. if a person looks up and right, maybe not that but that plus something else plus something else, these clusters of behaviors, those red flags. >> what persons are best qualified to do this well? >> this is a thing you have to have a lot of training. just because somebody has a course over a day or a week doesn't mean you're going to be expert. you have to have a lot of training and constant interaction with people, doing interviews, doing interrogations, you have to corroborate it at the end was i correct or was i wrong? you consistently have to receive training and exercise the skill
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for it to be good, just like anything else. >> let me ask you this, let's just be honest, if you are not really trained or not really qualified just like anything else you could possibly not do this well and if not done well could this maybe, could you end up racially profiling somebody? >> this thing about this it is not about race or the physical attributes -- assemble it shouldn't be about race but owners -- >> it shouldn't be about race but might it end up being about race? >> i don't think it could. >> okay. >> you're not looking about the physical aspect of someone, that's the problem we were having. the problem is do teach someone, if you have an active shooter, terrorist, tha that type of malicious intent, they have either showed it in their behavior or they communicated something in some way. that's where the key is, it's not that scricial thing that we're looking for.
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-- it's not. there's a lot of subtleties and nuance he. nuances. >> bottom line is it worth spending $1 billion on this program? >> i think this: this is to help us not to hurt us. any training you give our officials is good strange. now again how good they're going to be is relative. they need more practice. there costs a lot of money because we need more airports. countries like israel where this model came from actually, this is a israeli model that we're trying to adopt here, in israel they have excellent results with this model here. we have so many airports and our country's so demographically differently set up that's where the problem lies. but again at the end of the day, i think any training we give our people is to help us and not hurt us,.
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>> evvie thank you very much. wanchts had if you could have a -- >> what if you could have a 360 degree view of the galaxy? jacob ward explains. >> between 1990 and 2003, nasa, they made up the agency's great observatory program. and he each orbiting telescope saw something a little bit differently. the hubble was the most ca legendary. the expit spitser spate telescos taken 2.5 million photographs over operation. now at pasadena they have been
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able to stitch all those photographs together into one panorama. >> what does our galaxy look like? you think it would be simple because we're in the middle of it. actually that's what makes it hard. it's like being dropped down in the center square of a city and being told i want you to draw a street a. now. >> we're so lucky that robert hurd and his colleagues have just finished their ten year program. allows you to zoom in incredibly far to see all the way out past the dust and so forth that blocks our normal vision and look through infrared, through all that dust to stars that are out at the en edge of our known galaxy. we're seeing distance stars, stars almost 100 times larger than our own sun.
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>> that star is known as ada carinae. all these shapes are all regions that the light from this star have sculpted into the surrounding clouds. >> it's just so powerful. >> so powerful and so bright. >> the ability to navigate among these stars is invaluable to these astronomer but even to a casual observer is amazing. alpha sentauri, we can't even see them. they don't even take up a single pixel. and ada carinae, the bright one we are talking about that one is 8,000 light years away? i have lost you here? don't worry about it. all that information makes my brain collapse in on itself. >> this looks like cheesy art,
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something would you put on a van yet it's beautiful, it actually exists. that's what so amazing. >> jacob ward, al jazeera, pasadena, california. >> coming up our picture of the day. plus: ♪ ♪ >> you may recognize this eerie sound. it's called a theramin. you play it without touching it.
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♪ ♪ >> you've heard that before. "over the rainbow" played in a most unusual way, called a therafin, the world's first electronic musical instrument. professional theramist rob schwimmer. what is a theramin? >> the first electronic instrument by 1919, 1920. his name has been put on it. it has an oscillator just a
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tone-producing electronic piece but there's two electromagnetic fields around it. this is the kind of electromagnetic field, and as you get closer to it, as dorrit is doing now the pitch will go up. >> when you are playing this, how do you know what note you have, how do you find a note? >> i think it's kind of like singing, where you also know exactly what note you will hit before you -- you kind of 40 it iformulate it in your head. >> can you play a g on this? >> you have to have absolute pitch which i don't, i think rob does. is that a g? >> pretty close. you play this all the time and have concerts, you have a big concert coming up right? >> on saturday, we are doing aconcert with 12 theramins at once.
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>> what can you do with a theram theramin? >> you can do the traditional spooky stuff from the movies. >> give me an example. >> the margins are just about right. >> the still kind of music. >> and you can apply it very lyrically in classical music, use it like a violin solo. >> so if you have got a band or orchestra who is looking for this instrument? >> some people dare to take it on. the reason why it doesn't happen so long is there are a lot of technical difficulties involved. >> do you get a request, somebody from hollywood saying, i want this kind of sound? >> i did a thing for the guy the producer for x files, he did a sci fhi, bobby mcferrin.
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and dorrit has played with an equally indust truss type folks. >> has the popularity risen? >> oh absolutely. it disappeared for a while then all of a sudden the sci phi can movies and people became interested. and faded out again but right now they have played about 30,000 of these. >> would you want to play something? >> i could. >> that would be great. >> it would be my pleasure. ♪ ♪ credit
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[applause] >> all right,. >> so buferl. -- beautiful.i watched your fi. it is almost like you were playing a guitar or a violin. there seems to be finger motions attached to what you are playing. >> there is no established techniques. some develop techniques but mine is quite sloppy. the slightest motion changes the pitch and the volume. someone says it's like butterfly wings. >> i probably heard it played but never realized what it was. >> i encounter all the time places where nobody's ever seen it. i once was in a small town in serbia and played on a market square and opriest approached me and he was putting his cross
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against theramin. for him it was the work of the devil. >> it has that sound to it. >> it taps into the subconscious, there is something eerie about it. >> it's off now -- >> no, it's on. you want to try it? >> i see, you have to -- it's great. it's a pleasure, rob, dorrit, it's great to meet you both. >> my pleasure, our pleasure. >> thank you. >> pretty cool, hmm? now to our freeze frame, peter and david waiting to get married in london. saturday is the first day same sex couples are illegall legallo marry. they were only able to enter into civil relationships. that make a difference... that open your world... >> this is what we do...
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