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convicted of rape about how the truth came out and why he won't take action against his accuser. plus, al qaeda declares an electronic jihad on the united states. we put cyber security in focus and asked some insiders how vulnerable we really are and if there's anything we can do about it. and later -- ♪ sweet caroline >> we have neil diamond, the latest on his wedding, and what keeps him touring at the age of 71. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it's 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 on the west coast. you're looking at live pictures from west point where vice
president biden will soon give the pr co the commencement address. aaa says 35 million of you will take a trip for the holiday. and that is a slight increase from a year ago. the average person will travel 50 miles or more from home by the time memorial day weekend comes to a close on monday. and if you're driving, well, you might just save a little money over the next few days. the price for a gallon of unleaded gas has dropped 27 cents from its april heise to $3.66. but aaa says that's still the highest gas price ever for a memorial day weekend. now to egypt. the country appears headed for a runoff in its first free presidential election. the other is a former prime minister and a weathered veteran of the country's old guard.
official results of the first round of voting are expected on tuesday. back here in the u.s., portland police say they have found a woman accused of abandoning her three children in a shed. the kids were found thursday after someone heard their voices in a vacant building believed to be used by homeless people. they range anywhere from 8 months old to 3 years. all three are healthy and have been placed now in foster care. it has been 33 years and one day since 6-year-old etan patz vanished from a new york city streets. the heartbreaking mist of what happened to him. now the suspect is finally in custody. 51-year-old pedro hernandez is being held on suicide watch at bellevue hospital. he's charged with second-degree murder. in chilling detail he told etan he lurd him to the basement with the promise of a soda and then strangled him.
his attorney says his client has a long history of psychiatric illne illness. pedro hernandez's arrest has shocked the community of morristown, new jersey, where he lived. i spoke earlier with his pastor, reverend bowen. >> i know rosemary and becky, his daughter, much better than i do pedro. pedro, i've had conversation with, but i don't know him well. >> how would you scribe him? a lot of people are curious what he's like. >> pedro is quiet, unassuming, almost shy man, attended church on sunday morning regularly, so nearly every sunday morning i had a conversation with him, but the extent of the conversation was more or less a greeting. he occupied the same seat every sunday, but, again, very quiet,
almost shy man. >> there have been reports, other media reports that he admitted to friends and family that he had done something bad to a little boy in new york, and this was in the 1980s he admitted to this. apparently in a prayer circle. did he ever try to come do you to talk about anything? >> you know what? no. all my conversations or nearly all of my conversations with pedro were right there in the church service, never talked to him personally by himself, you know, in a counseling-type setting or anything. so, yeah, there was no -- there was no confession or no -- even talking to me about his -- he's a very private person. >> did he appear troubled to you at all? >> did he what? >> did he appear troubled. >> no more so than perhaps, you know, an average person that
might come into the church. sometimes he was a little, you know, a little bit more -- he was very quiet but a little more animated, other times a little bit less. you know, some days he was down. some days not. so, you know, i wouldn't say overly troubled or continually troubled. no, i wouldn't say that. >> his lawyer says he's mentally troubled, suffers from hallucination. have you ever seen anything that might support that? >> that's interesting. pedro very much kept to himself. there are some things i read that as well this morning coming out in the media that i really was personally unaware of, but he did -- he did keep to himself. rosemary and becky, again, i knew them much better. rosemary is relatively shy, but -- >> how are they doing? how is his family reacting? >> actually they were up in new york. you're aware of that. that was yesterday. i didn't have the opportunity to talk to them.
when i met with them on thursday, they were just -- they were devastated. they were emotionally shattered. there were a whole lot of tears. i prayed for them and i told them that the church family loved them and without care for them and help them and try to see them through this whole thing. >> and we will have much more on this story ahead. in just about 20 minutes i'll talk with lisa cowan. she's the author of the book, "after etan." she says she's not convinced pedro is the curl. she'll join me ahead. plus, threats to your cyber security. they're all around us. what was once science fiction could now be reality. my next guest will explain why our internet is under siege. wait till you hear his story. but first a very good morning to washington, d.c. hope the folks are waking up at the white house. lots to do today. glad you're tuned in to "cnn saturday morning." [ male announcer ] the inspiring story of how a shipping giant can befriend a forest
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open the pod bay doors. >> i'm sorry, dave. i'm afraid i can't do that. >> what's the problem? >> i think you know what the problem is just as welg as i l . >> what are you talking about? >> this mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it. >> that was a clip from "a space odyssey." when "a space odyssey" came out, talking to computers was far-fetched. according to daniel swarez, these threats might be lurking and there might not be a whole lot we can do about it. wive been talking about cyber security and the holes in our internet. these days you s s you use the
per for everything, banking, retail. what do you think? was the internet designed with this type of usage in mind? >> no, definitely not. initially it was designed for the government and entrusted people. of course, it's been hobbled together to perform critical infrastructures whether that's controlling banking, dams, power systems so, the curt has to -- security has to be cobbled on after the fact. >> what is the solution? if we're at risk because of this, is the solution possibly a second internet? >> well, definitely. i at least think the way we need to start is by disconnecting critical infrastructure from the public internet until we can get a handle on it and set up a more secure system because right now a lot of these systems are connected for cost reasons, to save money, and in essence we're
exposing ourselves to unnecessary dangers by doing it. >> in your book you talk about a computer system that basically takes over the world through the internet. it's a fascinating story. how much of that, though, could actually happen? >> well, it's an extreme example, but the technology in the book is real, and, really, i wrote it to try to point out that the high efficiency does come with some inten dant risks. by ougautomating it, we're doint without some people here. >> how often does this happen? how common are attacks on our internet? are they actually happening now? >> oh, yeah. there are constant attacks on various aspects of the internet. improvement networks, government
networks, individuals. but i think the greatest risk is commercial and government networks. they're very large and very complex, and there are a great many people attacking them to extract information, to gain control of them, to deny access to them. and the more we rely on them, the more vulnerable we are. that's what i did in this book, i showed an extreme example of somebody coordinating attacks s to disrupt and take over the system. >> it's a frightening example for sure. can you explain to our viewers here how a hacker might find a way to break into a secure system and capitalize on what you might call the back door that they create? >> sure. there's something called a zero day exploit. it's simply an exploit for a. lar software that there's no patch for yet, meaning it cannot be defended against.
and these zero days. there's a whole hidden amount. they can be used to package various payloads to, let's say, break into a network and extract data or disrupt the data. so this whole economy is actually being somewhat sponsored by nation states who are look at cyber warfare as way to challenge each other. by the way, countries like china have a doctrine like that, take home the war. mitt gagt the military by using cyber war basically to react. >> once they get in, they sell with the opportunity to get in there as well? >> correct. you can buy them as packages. you don't have to be technologically very sophisticated. you simply buy the tools on the open market. >> corporations are the real target, right? that's where we can really get into trouble? >> correct.
that and government and defense networks. although, consumers are very much a target in the aggregate. you probably see in the news all the time 10 million identities being stolen all at once. particularly data stoshlg, they can get na into it. they're big targets, juicy targets. rather than steal one person's identity, you can steal 10 million at a time. >> is there anything corporations can do to defend themselves? >> they're doing it right now. sort of the survival of the fittest. those who can protect themselves will survive in this environment. to some degree i also look at it as a national security issue because, of course, there are transnational criminal organization nations that far from the idea of being small hackers in basements, they're very sophisticated and in some cases are sponsored by nation states fwhas want to cultivate this capeth to attack.
the internet really favors the attacker versus the defender because it is a very difficult system to secure. so those corporation that are better able to patch quickly, respond to exploits, to discover exploits on their own and be open to changing the systems, they're going do better than those that don't. >> a fascinating conversation and certainly a problem that is lurking out there. daniel suarez, thank you for your insight. the book will be coming to your book shelves real. grab your mobile device any time tajd us with us. now. look at this. 15 sailors, marines, coast guard taking over new york city. it is fleet week. we go to the center of it all.
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new york city this week, and the sailors, marines, and coastguardsmen are out on the town. it is fleet week and they're taking a bite out of the big apple. cnn's richard roth is at the center of all the activity. >> reporter: lots of machines and men and women here for fleet week. this is calls mars. it's an armed robot. we've got three branches represented here, naevgs coast guard, and marines. thomas, when you came in town you went down to the 9/11 memori memorial. why did drou that? >> it's been ten years. i was a volunteer firefighter during 9/11 and i haven't been there since then. it was an opportunity to go back and take shipmates down to help teach them. >> you're on the losp. what does it mean to you? >> fleet week is a chance to show everybody out here who's
been supporting the armed forces what we do and to show them our appreciation, so it's very amazing. >> what do folks in new york ask you when you're in your white? >> they don't ask anything. it's hey, let's take care of you. less question, more do for us. >> how have you been received and what does it mean to you? >> everyone has been hospitable to us. we thank everyone in new york for allowing us to do fleetweek. >> there's a lot of sew lemty, of course, for the weekend an some celebration as the fleet comes in on this 20th anniversary of such an occasion here. >> our thanks to richard roth. america has been singing along with kneel dneil diamond decades. he's got a new tour and a new bride, in fact.
he's telling me the secrets to success. first, it can be a lesson of history and light. >> reporter: former marine bill mccullough returned to okinawa to see his best friend. >> it was very important to me to be there and see his grave and think back to that day. >> bill joins the growing ranks of veterans to reflect on the battle and life that followed. >> to go back and see a graveyard like that and realize that many of the young men have been cut off in the prime of their life, it was a very poignant moment. >> reporter: there have been being anniversaries of the biggest. >> we have the 100th anniversary
of ward war i, 70th for normandy, of places like guam, kenya, euro hire gee ma. >> reporter: all the years disappeared for bill the moment he was able to return. >> you'll always remember. you'll never forget just exactly what happened but then to relive it it was very important and meaningful for me.
♪ i like the way you movie me cherry ♪ ♪ desiree desiree ♪ sweet caroline >> i'm sure you recognize him and recognize his voice. neil diamond has sold 125 million records worldwide. at the age of 71 he's just as popular and has no plans of slowing down. neil diamond joining me now from lachlks neil, welcome to the program. you have a lot of fans at cnn, so welcome to the program. >> thanks for having me on. >> you have traveling for a better part of five decades and you're about to begin a new tour. what can we expect to see on this one? >> same as always. beautiful noises, lots of fun. >> i actually saw you perform in little rock, arkansas, 20 years
ago. i had a great time. one of the things that amazed me was your energy. what i have to ask you what your secret is. >> the audience. when they come ready, willing, and able for a good show, it's reflected back to them and a party can break out at any moment, hopefully right from the get-go. >> let's talk about your life a little bit before music because you went to new york city university on a forcepsing scholar "showbiz flashpoint" and i read you would fence before concerts. do you still do that a little bit to warm up before shows? >> yeah, i do. i do some lunges and stretches. just for fun. it's part of the routine. >> you told larry king in an interview a while back you actually want god into medicine, but then you got this offer to
write songs i think you said for $50 a week. is that right? >> i took it. i quit school and i took it. it was my first passion, my first love, and somebody was going to pay me, and that made me a professional. so i went with it. >> the great neil diamond. you can catch it later today. you can catch more on my cnn blog. you can find guests you may have miss order you just might want to watch again. a suspect comes forward claiming he killed a new york boy 33 years ago, but some are skeptical about his story, including a woman who wrote a book about a case. i'll ask her why when she joins me. see life in the best light. [music]
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good morning, hollywood. glad you're waking up with us. good morn, everyone. i'm randi kaye. we're at the bottom of the hour. an 18-year-old who police said had two rifles has been arrested. no word yet on a motive. opposition activists in syria are again asking for international help to stop the violence after they say 88 people, mostly children, were killed in just one day. it comes as a new u.n. report on the crisis. they say the regime, quote, has
stepped up its crackdown. and west point graduates will close out their college careers today with a few words from vice president joe biden. he's delivering his commencement address at the academy. it's his first speech there. etan patz vanished 33 years ago on his way to school. pedro hernandez has confessed to killed the 6-year-old. this is a picture of hernandez as it appeared on "inside edition." detectives say how he described how he lured etan from the school bus stop, promising him a sew danld strangling him. he's now been charged with second-degree murder. hernandez has no criminal record than story is raising questions. lisa cowan wrote a book about the etan patz case and she's joining us now. lisa, good morning to you.
let's talk about this case. i'm glad you're on. you have covered the from the beginning practically. had youer hea ever hearded of p hernandez before this week? >> i never heard of him before this week. this case has been going on for years. they've talked to hundreds and hundreds of people. it's very possible they talked to him at one point. >> what do you make of the story he lurd etan into the store, strangled him and put him out the with the trash. >> why do you thing he would talk about it 30 years later? >> if anybody goes to authorities and confesses to murder in great detail, i think we can understand why we need to lock this guy up and see what's going on heefrm but it's a fairly new break in the case, and i think they have a lot of work to do to try and figure out who he is, what his past was, who else he said all this to,
and, you know, what possible motive he would have had. he doesn't appear to have a criminal record, he doesn't appear to have a past, at least that we know of, a history of sexual assault. and so i think we need to understand all those things before we decide whether he e's the one it's unclear after all these years if he was the one. do you remember anything about the interviews at that store where he worked? >> yeah. they talked to a lot of people there. they talked to pretty much everybody in the neighborhood. i know they did speak with him, you know, along with everyone else in the store. and they made a note that they had said, you know, do you know anything about this, did you see him, and everybody that was in the report said, nope. we haven't seen him today or we don't know anything about this. and they went on to the other
hundred people. >> didn't the judge determine that someone else was responsible and actually ordered him to pay the family, right? >> well, yes. they filed a civil claim against a man named jose ramos, and -- in 2001. and in 2004 a judge declared ramos civilly responsible for the death of etan patz. they won a judgment of $2 million, which was never the point because he had no money and theyn't be want any money from him anyway. it was really an attempt to keep the case going to try to come up with more evidence against him. he was the prime suspect for many years, and he also made admissions to authorities and he did have a criminal record of assaulting young boys, particularly a predilection of boys with long blond hair and blue eyes and he knew the patz
family. >> now we have this guy coming forward in this case. how skeptical are you about his confession? >> i think i'm healthily skeptical because it's brand-new information and i tlink needs to be more discovered and everybody knows that. the authorities know that. that's where they're going now. so this isn't the kind of development that's been going on for months, years, but he confessed so now they're taking the next step. >> how would you rate this investigation? over the years, so many different investigators. have they cut any corners or have they done a decent job? >> you know, i interviewed hundreds of people for this book, and one homicide detective who was involved in this case back in the '80s said it's really easy to solve a caseworking backward, and i think everybody needs to remember that. they didn't talk to pedro
hernandez for more than a couple of minutes. why would they have? why would they have talked to him more than the other 200 people they talked to that day? you know, it's easy to second-guess. >> and you're about had a chance to speak with etan's family, right, since this latest development? how are they doing? >> they're doing okay, and they are, you know, being briefed on this and trying to understand something they've never heard before. >> so many stories with so many possibilities over the years. lisa cohen, appreciate your time. the author of "after etan." thank you. >> thank you. on the west coast, man wrongly accused and con voisktd rape. >> overcome with emotion after a judge throws out his conviction. he'll join me live.
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a lie ruined his dreams and put him away for years. he can start over with a clean record, though. his 2000 conviction for rape and kidnapping was thrown out. banks was a schiel football star with a full ride to the university of south carolina, but at 16, a 15-year-old classmate claimed that e h raped her. he pleaded no contest to avoid a possible life sentence but ended up in prison for five years and then probation for five more.
delwyn hae got a facebook message from his accuser. she eventually admitted lying about the entire thing, clearing the way for his exoneration. he's with us now with his attorney justin brooks, who's also the director of the california innocence project. good to have you both with us. brian, it must feel great being exonerated. but at the same time, you lost years behind bars and even with the probation. how are you doing today? >> it's another amazing day post freedom. i'm taking it all in. just so thankful for all the support i've been receiving so far. >> throughout the morning we've been playing some pretty emotional clips of you as you got word of being exonerated. do you remember that moment? >> i'll never forget that. mixed emotions from happiness to
everything that's happened to get to this points and overwhelmed with all the love and support following it. >> justin, i have a few questions for you but i want to ask brian first. >> sure. >> this woman apparently finds you on facebook and sends you a message, right? that's how this all started to unravl. what did she say? >> she in a message said she was hoping bygones could be bygones and she was immature at the time but very much mature now. >> and justin krks you take us through this? you were able to record her? brian was able to record her somehow. tell us how that came to be. >> yeah, the crazy thing is brian's life was taken away by the testimony of this womanful he loodss his football dreams at least for then. now he's going to make a come back. hopefully i see him in the nfl. but she took his life away.
she faced him on facebook and said let's get together, let's talk, wants to be friends with him. and it's just crazy. so once that statement was made and she said she never had sex and in fact lost her virginity years later and this incident never happened, now all of a sudden we even got evidence to come back in and get his case reopened, but without that, brian would have basically been serving a life sentence as a sex offender, and brian had an ankle monitor, i've been carrying it around for the last couple of days since we cut it off. he's had to wear it for the past five years. he lifts weights every day but this is the heaviest weight he ever lifts. he was on the oh fends der's list. he couldn't get work. without that statement, that would have been for the rest of his life. >> so this accuser, she was
award $1.5 million payments, right, against the civil suit from long beach schools where this allegedly happened. why did she lie, did she say, brian? >> i never got a clear reason why she lied. i really couldn't say. >> justin, is she going to have to pay that money back? >> that's the crazy part of the case. first he get ace kused wrongfully, he ends up in prison and sitting in prison learns his accuser get as $1.5 million settle. for her lie. fortunately for us our job is done here. my job was to get his freedom back and the california innocence project was able do that. i don't know what's going to happen with her. >> why was it that brian's case caught your attention, justin? >> you know, initially the problem with this case was it wasn't unusual. you know, you had a guy convicted of a sex offense and
it was a he said shsh s/she sai those cases are impossible to reverse. you need some kind of evidence. and that's really the tragedy in the case. brian took a plea deal because he was looking at 40 years in prison if he didn't and his lawyer told him, hey, it's he said, she said. if you want to roll the dice and go to trial, you may never walk out of prison. and this is a 17-year-old kid who's got to make that decision. >> brian, i'm sure this is all about looking forward for you now. you don't really want to look backward, i'm sure. but are you angry with your accuser? >> no, not at all. i've had those moments when i was very angry and very bitter and this is around the time i received the six-year term in prison. it was at the time that i was in that situation and it was more
important how i controlled my situation and i saw it better for me, my health to move forward and try to be a better person regardless of what i was going through. >> did she ever apologize to you? >> no. >> what about the nfl -- i'm sorry, justin? >> i was going to say, that was another crazy thing about this. even during the interview when she's admitting that this never happened, brian's talking about how id ruined his life and she said, well, you know, i've had a hard life too. >> with her $1.5 million, i'm sure. brian, now that you're a free man, tell us about the nfl. we saw video of you working out, lifting your weights. are you planning on the nfl being your future? >> most definitely. i've been waiting on that call. it's been a journey, you know. i'd love to say good things come to those who hustle and lift
weights. i tell god if you bless me with the opportunity to play for the nfl, aisle for sure meet you halfway. >> is there a certain team you're waiting for a call from that you want to give a shout-out? >> for sure. shout-out for the team that feels i'm deserving of the opportunity. let's play some football. >> that sounds like every team. i love your sweatshirt, exonerate, in case the folks at home haven't been able to get a close look at that. very nice. nice to have you on the show. we'll continue to watch your nfl career. >> thank you. thank you much. now this, when disaster strikes, this former marine has 1,400 volunteers who will answer the call. aisle introduce you to this week's cnn hero. still have doubts about taking aspirin for tough pain?
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