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can do as an american get filthy rich and pay a lot in taxes so we can do all the things we talked about. >> this conversation will continue after we continue to roll, i have a feeling. good night. tonight, new details out of afghanistan after a weekend of attacks targeting the military. and what seems to be an alarming new trend, when an ally supposedly a friend kills the troops who are training him. plus, chilling words from a man who says he did just that. >> they took off their body armour and put their weapons down and at that moment i thought it was the right time and i took my gun and shot them.
>> then, the catholic church and the e-mail faux pas that got them sued. >> when you are caught with your pants down you have to say something. all that, plus a man without a party and a matter of bad timing or no tact in tonight's no talking points. hello, everybody. i am don lemon. thank you for joining us. we will get you up to speed on today's headlines. chicago teachers accused of breaking the law. it's the latest development in the week-long teachers strike rahm emanuel says he will file an injunction to force teachers back to work. >> the teachers union postponed a vote until tuesday on a tentative contract deal.
that is less than five minutes here on cnn. four service members shot to death by somebody wearing a afghan police uniform. we'll have the latest from afghanistan in just a moment. this is pakistan, they are furious about that film made in the u.s. that muslims say make fun of their religion, and u.s. officials are still trying to determine if the libya attack was complex and preplanned or spontaneous. a senior u.s. senator says there's no doubt in his mind. >> most people don't bring rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons to a demonstration. that was an act of terror.
>> the u.s. ambassador to united nations says she believed a rocket attack was spur of the moment. explosions shook the suburbs of damascus today. opposition groups report that 167 people were killed across the country. three straight days, three separate deadly attacks on nato forces, and but infiltrators often wearing the uniform of nato's allies. >> it has been a deadly weekend here in afghanistan.
two more green on blue attacks have afghan soldiers turning on the forces training them. four american soldiers were killed after an afghan soldier turned his weapon on them, and this follows an attack on two british soldiers killed on saturday. this is an alarming trend on coalition forces who lost 51 soldiers this year compared to last year. in other tragic news nato claimed responsibility for a deadly air strike killing eight afghan women and wounding several others. it's believed the women were only picking up firewood at the time of the strike. make sure you stay there, because just in a few minutes, we will go back to afghanistan
where there is a cnn exexclusive. she set a man that was trained on u.s. soldiers to be a policeman and then turned his gun on those officers and killed them. and mayor rahm emanuel says i will not stand by as the children of chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute with a union. it endangers the health and safety of our children. hours ago the teachers union delayed a vote until at least tuesday. >> reporter: don, the strike here in chicago continues. that is the decision by the chicago teachers union delegation after a lengthy and what we are told at times a contentious meeting. what that means for the 350,000 students in chicago and the public school district, the
third largest in the nation? well, no school on monday and no school on tuesday. the union delegation going back to their members to discuss what we are told is a lengthy and complicated contract. >> they are not happy with the agreement. they would like it to be actually a lot better for us than it is. i mean, clearly, a contract is always a set of negotiations. no sides are ever completely happy and our members are not happy, and they want to have the opportunity to talk to their members to see. they want to know if there is anything more they can get. >> disappointed because i want to spend time with my students tomorrow, and i understand i will have to be patient about that. >> reporter: details of the contract that we obtained from the schools elementary students, will gain 1 1/2 hours, and high school will gain half an hour. and for the very first time, layoff decisions will be based
on performance. on tuesday evening, the union delegates will return here and decide then whether or not the strike continues. don? >> thank you. so if schools are closed, where do all the students go? chicago school board president says 147 sites will be open citywide for students, and plus there are programs run by the city's parks department and neighborhood organizations. as you heard a minute ago, cnn spoke with a man in afghanistan that said he turned on the u.s. troops training him. his story is next. they took off their body armour and put their weapons down, and at that moment i thought it was the right time so i took my gun and shot them. i went to the citi private pass page and decided to be...not boring. that's how i met marilyn... giada... really good. yes! [ jack ] ...and alicia. ♪ this girl is on fire [ male announcer ] use any citi card
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his identity, he pulls out his police uniform. something he has not worn since the attack in 2009. on patrol with u.s. forces in central afghanistan, this father of two says he waited for an opportunity to launch his premeditated attack. the americans went inside the nearby school for a break, he explains. they took off their body armour and put their weapons down. at that moment i thought it was the right time so i took my gun and shot them. two soldiers were killed. 25-year-old sergeant aaron smith, and 20-year-old private first class, owens. and when asked why he turned his gun on the u.s. soldiers training him, he said because americans were burning copies of the holy koran and disrespecting it. having escaped from the scene, he was captured by the taliban who thought he was a police man.
when i told him i killed americans, he took me to a safe place and gave me new clothes, and the taliban welcomed him like a hero. he moved to iran for three years. he returned to afghanistan recently after being told it was safe. they said americans were not everywhere they like used to be. the taliban brought security and i should return home. i am happy to be back in my country. green on blue or insider attacks as they are known in the military have sharply increased this year here in afghanistan. every single time there's an attack, the taliban immediately claims responsibility. >> the taliban lie. we know they lie. we think they overstate their influence on the tragic incidents. we think somewhere around 25% of them are insurgent related to some degree. >> reporter: the majority of the attacks according to the coalition are related to
personal grievances and cultural differences, and fatigue in a war that is about to enter its 12th year. and while trust is being undermined, and steps being put in place to protect troops, and they are trying to make sure the inside attacks don't tkae rail the partnership. >> we have been working together with 11 years, and this will continue to despite any efforts by the taliban to make us separate. that will not happen. >> but for this 30-year-old afghani, he believes the attacks won't stop. i know they will increase and i know more people will do what i did. the political lines seem to blur more and more every year. some folks leave one party and become independents, and then those that take it one step further.
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two former republican governors who recently come on the show to explain why they left the party and become political independents. now add charlie crist to the list. the former governor is now independent. some wonder if that's temporary. i asked him what caused him to make the switch. >> as i said at the convention, i didn't leave the republican party. the republican party left me. much in the fashion that ronald reagan once talked about when referring to the democratic party, that he didn't leave the party the party at that time left him. i felt the same way with the republicans. you know, it's just a matter of,
you look at policies and positions and the things that are important to me, and the principles that i always stood o. education and ethics and the environment and economy, and immigration policy that is progressive. >> you know the florida pizza shop owner that gave the president the bear hug, and you went to the same pizza shop and got the same hug and pose, and many people are going to say, charlie crist is doing this just like he did in that photograph, he is being opportunistic. it's an opportunity to increase his visibility. what do you say to that? >> they are dead wrong. >> there are people who will say that you staged that photograph, you staged the same pose, and the same hug. what do you say to them? >> well, like i said, that's not true. i mean, the reason i went there wasn't to do the hug, although,
you know, he felt compelled to do it and i was grateful that he felt that way. the reason i went there was to encourage him. he had been getting death threats, believe it or not, for supporting our president. he says, charlie, you can't imagine the kind of threats i have been getting simply by being nice and decent to the president. i said, actually i can. it happened to me a couple years ago when the president came to ft. meyers and that's when i started to see the intolerance of my former party rear its ugly head. >> people will ask you are supporting president obama, and why are you independent? why don't you just become a democrat? >> i don't know. my wife already has. maybe not too far off. and really to support the man that i got to know over the past four years, even as a republican governor, what he did during the oil spill, and he put people above politics and did not care, and he helped us with the teachers and firefighters and
law enforcement officers with the recovery act, and time and again he has been there to help florida, and i saw it up close and personal. he even tried to give us a high speed rail, but unfortunately ideology got in the way of that and it was not accepted by the concern the administration in tallahassee, but the president is a good human being and he has been a decent leader for our country and i want to help him in the sunshine state. >> so jeb bush said this, he organized his life around his personal ambition and ran in a primary, and did not offer a compelling reason to be elected into the senate it has nothing to do with principles or ideas and he goes on to talk about you. what do you say about that? >> he's a delightful fellow. i think what is important is -- i'm not going to respond to that kind of negative tea.
there's no place for that in our society. that stuff is exactly what we have to get away from. people in our country want people to work together for the common good. they don't appreciate those kinds of attacks, and that's the kind of stuff you get out of the republican party today. and that's why it felt so good to not be there anymore, and frankly it felt exhilarating to be in charlotte. >> you think the extremes in the party have too much influence in the party? >> the republican party has been hijacked by an extreme idealogical point of view, and it's intolerant, and reducing the funding of public education and helping teachers and doing the kinds of things that i just thought never were important. i was proud to be of the party of abe lincoln, and teddy roosevelt, and teddy roosevelt
left the party at one time, too, so this is not a new thing. and when a party gets hijacked, those of us more mainstream feel we have an obligation to our soul to do what is right and take a different path. that's what i have done. we heard it before, be careful what you post online but it still happens. a facebook faux pas gets a replacement. [ female announcer ] you want family dinner to be special. dad, we want pizza.
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saints by the way lost to carolina. earlier i spoke with terrance moore, a contributor to cnn.com and also a columnist with mlb.com. and i asked him with a big money yankees and the battle with the orioles, can they make the playoffs. >> they better make it. you have mark teixeira who has been injured most of the year, and this is the last chance to get it right, and they could. >> the yankees with the playoffs, that's supposed to happen. you ask what is wrong with the world? >> this is like 1964, they had
mickey mantle and marise. the suspensions lifted after roger goodell this week did it. >> we will see roger goodell fighting for his dictator life this week. >> terrance, you can't -- >> he is. that's a good thing. when the three-panel group ruled against him for bountygate, that took away his power. >> his unchecked power, right? >> yeah, andast week, he said they didn't take away my power. here is the thing, don. he needs that power, because all of these commissioners need to be dictators. democracies work great for countries, but -- >> you need a dictator like roger goodell? >> that's right. >> oh, my goodness. what do you think of the saints official? >> i think that's pretty funny.
that's exactly what they deserve, because they are not bringing back the regular referees. >> they still lost and needed that guy. when there was such a need to do things right for the fallen in libya, one candidate got it wrong. that's tonight's no talking point. [ female announcer ] over the years, your mouth has giggled, snuggled, bubbled ...and yellowed. because if you're not whitening, you're yellowing. crest whitestrips remove over ten years of stains and whiten 25 times better than a leading whitening toothpaste. crest 3d white whitestrips. a short word that's a tall order. up your game. up the ante.
time now for "no talking points." tonight, a rush to judgment, and then lying to cover it up. on wednesday morning, we woke up to this. >> the white house has now confirmed the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, has been killed. >> president obama condemns the attack that killed four americans in libya. >> the violence there, and at the u.s. embassy in cairo is being fueled by an anti-muslim video made here in the united states. >> u.s. marines being called in as enforcements in been gone sea. >> the romney campaign already drafted a critical statement saying the obama administration's first response
was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions but to sympathize with those that waged the attacks. here's the problem with that. the romney statement was sent to reporters just after 10:00 p.m. on tuesday with the caveat it not be released until after midnight. it was sent before many of the facts were gathered. the statement is wrong because the obama administrations official statement from the secretary of state released just before the romney statement reads like this. i condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in benghazi today. our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. but let me be clear there is never any justification for violent attacks of this kind pf clinton's statement does not sympathize. anybody that tells you it did is lying. if you believe it did, you are misguided. even a statement released earlier from the embassy in cairo did not sympathize or apologize, and instead of
correcting course, the romney campaign doubled down. >> it's a terrible course for america to stand in an apologize. >> they even contacted us, the media, to make thier surrogates available to us and then proceeded to come on the air and blame the media and bash them for their own mistake. >> i gave you plenty of time and i asked you the question the first time, and then you went on and gave me three points. >> you are saying it could not wait, yes or no, it couldn't wait? >> that's a silly question. >> there are no silly questions, mr. ambassador. here is why. in an effort to politicize the attacks and deaths of an american diplomat and three other heroes, mr. romney not only dealt a major blow to his campaign but had given his opponent a gift, the ability to
politicize and even without trying by appearing to take the high road and just answering a reporter's silly question. >> there's a broader lesson to be learned here. you know, governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. >> president and the secretary of state were front and center, and the optics were in their favor and they knew it, and quite frankly, there was nothing the romney campaign could do to counter. yet in an odd contrast, before the ceremony had even ended, mitt romney took to the stage in ohio to bash the very people who were paying tribute to the fallen. >> and from my perch here at the anchor desk and many of you watching at home, you wrote me and told me it felt weird, uncomfortable and sad. how can a man in a campaign that throws around patriot so often get it so wrong, and that's
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let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines. four american service members shot to death today in afghanistan by somebody wearing an afghan's policeman's uniform. it's the third time they have turned their guns on troops and killed them. the film made in the u.s. and has triggered angry demonstrations in 20 countries. listen to this. you are about to see the man responsible for that film. cnn has pictures give them by one of the actresses in the clip. that is coming up. a new edition to the mcdonald's menu. a calorie count. you will know how many extra
calories go along with your meal. and the changes are part of the president's health care overhaul. teachers in chicago accused of breaking the law. mayor rahm emanuel says he will file for a court injunction to force teachers back to work. scenes like this show the rising tensions in chicago. just hours ago the teachers union postponed a vote until tuesday on a tentative contract deal. lawyers for britain's royal family are going after the photograph that took topless pictures of kate middleton. tomorrow, palace lawyers are headed to paris in an effort to stop the spread and also filing a criminal complaint for breach of privacy.
and then the dash cam video from the king police department is from thursday, and sergeant gene cahade, and a run of the meal license and registration stop turned into this. >> let's hurry up, i have to go to the bathroom. i have a bladder -- >> can i see your driver's license and insurance, please -- >> will you listen to me? >> no, let's me see your driver's license -- >> i will give it to you in a minute. >> give it me -- >> get out of the vehicle! get out of the vehicle! >> you are hurting me. >> get out of the vehicle -- >> you are twisting my arm. >> oh, good -- >> you are under arrest! >> the police issued a statement. this is what it says. the incident has been reviewed thoroughly.
all parties have concluded that sergeant geheb did not violate any state laws or policies, and was following department policy in regards to violators not providing information. she was issued a citation for speeding and failing to show identification. next -- >> the catholic church and the e-mail faux pas that got them sued. >> when you are caught with your pants down you have to say something. every move i make is a statement... ♪ ...that inspires me to make my mark. ♪ [ male announcer ] the all-new lexus es 350. ♪
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a gay married couple suing a church in massachusetts for alleged discrimination. it all decided when they decided not to sell them a mansion. this e-mail was accidentally sent to them. because of the potential of gay marriages there, something you shared with us yesterday we are not interested in going forward with these buyers. i spoke to one-half of the couple earlier. >> and the monsignor in the e-mail said this was sent after negotiations were dropped. is that true, were they dropped? >> no, i don't. no, i don't. the negotiations were not dropped. in fact, i know there had been some talk about financing being
an issue. there had been no applications for financing that had been submitted. so i take it that we -- the smoking gun in front of us, it's an uncomfortable position for the monsignor, i understand that. when you are caught with your pants down you have to say something and i think that's what was going on. >> the church claims they did not know that you were gay and they said the negotiations fizzled simply because you could not secure financing for your first offer and your second one was unacceptable. you look at the e-mail and the e-mail says there's a whole thing about gay marriage. so what is going on here? >> well, i am not sure what is going on. i do know that the issue of having gay marriages at the property was certainly something that the church was concerned about since that's what they articulated in their e-mail. whether or not they knew that
jim and i were gay is something that we have yet to discover. i believe they did simply because there was no discussion of gay marriages being held at the property. >> we have something for you that has never been shown on american television. pictures of the man responsible for that online video that has inflamed anger against the united states across the arab world. it's a poorly produced youtube clip that had a script and paid actors. now the actors say they were lied to and had no idea what kind of movie they were really making. here is cnn's miguel marquez in >> she had been in hollywood a week when she answered an ad on craigslist for an action adventure film. she met this man seen here for the first time on u.s. television.
she says he was in charge of everything. >> was it your sense he was the writer and producer? >> yes, i believe he was the writer. he definitely was the producer. he was the one writing checks and handing out the money, and running the show. >> under the name sam. >> the shoot weird, but never heard talk of politics or religion. they thought they were making a low-budget cheesy film with a little plot. >> this was the middle east, 2,000 years ago, and who is george. >> george turned out ton the muhammad character. >> he did. and lilly had no lines, but was asked to come in after the shooting was done to dub her voice over that of another actress. other actresses she says went to the same sound studio also after the studio was done to record the words that sparked a firestorm. >> walked the actors in in post
and have them same the words, like muhammad, for example, and it was isolated. it was not in context. they would say, say muhammad. say muhammad, why? >> and she says the producer was engaging and cheerful on set, and there was no indication of the real intent. >> i was shaking when i found out. >> really? >> i had no idea, and it was a movie i thought nobody would ever see. >> you were shaking when you heard about the ambassador's death? >> yeah. >> she feels betrayed by a filmmaker and he put all his skills together to pull off the role of the lifetime. >> he had a vision, and he and the director would get in the arguments. he knew what he was doing. playing us all along. >> in this town, a common experience, but the making of
this film the deception and the dark motivation would be oscar worthy if hateful were a category. and miguel, the story just keeps going on and on and on. do you believe this actress, that she really didn't know what kind of movie she was making? >> yeah, this is the second actor in the film i spoke to and we talked to others off film. they had a feeling that something was not right about this, and they thought it was a weird set, and actors always think sets are weird and hollywood is a weird place. they did not think a lot about it. the script was so bad and the acting so bad and the direction and writing so bad, the weird bit just didn't come to fruition. the information that they put forward was so compartmentalized and thought it out so well that they did not have a clue. >> miguel, we know he was supposed to have limited access to the internet giving his probation limits, and any line he crossed?
>> he sold our producer his name was sam emil and told the associated press his name was something else. and one of the conditions of his probation is that he not go by any other name unless he had the written permission of his probation officer. that will be the question for probation officers and federal courts as to whether or not he got permission to go by sam basil. his name is on the call sheet. this is a man that was going by sam basil, a guy that had 17 aliases before he was convicted of fraud and identity theft. don? >> great work. thank you, miguel. we appreciate it. we are awaiting the return of a u.s. astronaut and two russian cosmonauts. we will go live as their capsule lands in just moments. a crash management system and the world's only tridion safety cell
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it's in a desert region. i expect an odd feeling, the affects of gravity they will feel on their body, and we will show it as it hit. do we have it? all right. we will bring it to you if we can. a medical team will meet them there, and we hope that they are a-okay. let's take a listen now to -- there it is. >> 6:30 before touchdown. it's on a cloudless morning, monday morning in kazakhstan. it's 8:46 on monday at the landing site. the commander flanked on his left -- >> let's take a look now at the moment it landed.
>> once again, the final moments of the decent of the spacecraft under its chute, and you can see one of the russian search and recovery helicopters that will land within seconds after land within seconds after touch down. and standing by for touch down. and touchdown confirmed. the soft landing engines firing, and the touchdown has occurred at 9:53 p.m. central time, 10:53 p.m. eastern time, just north of kazakhstan.
>> you saw it on the video right here on cnn. it's just now landing in kazakhstan. gunned down by the very afghan forces he was training, and we talked with the family he leaves behind. >> this was the game buckley junior was supposed to see back home on leave from afghanistan where he helped to train afghan forces. the 21-year-old marine had only two days left before heading home to see his brother play varsity high school football for the first time, but before getting word that he was supposed to go home early he phoned his dad. >> he said i have to stay here until november. he said i am not going to come home. and i was like, i don't understand? he said, you have to be able to
tell mom, and justin and shane -- you know, that i will be killed over here. i said out in the field, you know? whatever? >> he said, no, in our base. >> then it happened. greg was gunned down on august 10th by the forces he was training. like he said, it happened inside the base. by his phone calls and letters, he knew it was coming. on one particular night on guard duty, he had a run in with a trainee. >> the guy turned around and said to greg, we don't want you here or need you here, and he said it again, and greg said why would you say that? i am here giving my life for you to help you guys do better for yourselves. >> his dad said he spent the rest of the night with the trainee. and he kept saying over again and again, we don't want you, we don't need you. >> attacks by trainees have
become disturbingly more frequent. families say it's a sign the longest war has gone on long enough. >> i basically collapsed, and his mother collapsed and we were both on the floor bawling. >> but greg's two brothers refuse to cry, at least during the day. >> one night i went into shane's room, and he was on the end of the bed and his head was hanging over the end of the bed, and i thought he dropped water on the floor. and he was just bawling. i broke for him. later on that night, i heard noises from justin's room, and i went inside and he had a pillow over his face at 4:30 in the morning, screaming at the top of his lungs.
heart wrenching. and i explained to justin, why don't you guys cry during the day, and they both turned around at the same time and said, we can't. we have to take care of you and mom. >> with the community behind them, the buckley family is now coping as best they can, and justin, ocean side star running back wearing cameo with his team to honor greg makes sure to salute his fallen brother each time he scores. >> what would you tell him right now if he was home? >> i would tell him i love him and miss him. yeah, that's what i would do. >> cnn, ocean side, long island, new york. >> we wish that family the very best. want to show you something that happened moments ago live here on cnn. the landing of the spacecraft.