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the new york stock exchange just one target in more than 50 terror plots that officials say they have stopped since 9/11. that's the latest from the nsa hearing on capitol hill today. i'm going to go straight to it. intelligence officials trying to make the case that secret surveillance program help keep the country safe. at a hearing today they outlined four terror plots they say was disrupted because of those surveillance programs. they include plots to bomb the new york subway system, the new york stock exchange and a danish
newspaper. also unspecified terrorist activity that was shortly after 9/11. >> in recent years these programs have protected u.s. and our allies from terrorist threats across the globe to include helping prevent the potential terrorist events over 50 times since 9/11. we will bring forward tomorrow documents that the agency has agreed on in classified setting gives every one of those cases for your review. we'll add two more today publicly. as the chairman noted if we give all those out we give the secrets of how we're tracking down the terrorists of the community, and we can't do that. too much is at risk for us and our allies. >> i want to get more from our
correspondent dana bash. she was the first to report the story. alison kosik, the goal was to make sure they save lives. do you think the details coming forward from these officials, did they go far enough toward that goal? >> the jury is still out. just in listening to some of the skeptics and there are a few on the intelligence committee, the answer looks like likely no. you just heard from the nsa director, most of the plots are still classified. they will bring the details to congress but in classified setting. if we can put back up on the screen, only two of them are
new. then the fourth one stopping unspecified terrorist activity after 9/11. listen to a little bit more. that's the new one. again, unspecified is the key. listen to what the deputy said about that plot. >> lastly, the fbi had opened an investigation shortly after 9/11. we did not have enough information so we shortly closed the investigation. the nsa using the business record tipped us off that this individual had indirect contacts with a known terrorist overseas. we were able to reopen this investigation, identify additional individual s through the legal process and were able to disrupt this terrorist activity. >> we later learned through sources that what they are talking about was disrupting an attempt to give money, to send
money to a terrorist organization that works out of somalia. that would be the beginning of a plot and this is really the only new example they gave us of times that they have used the phone records program, which is what americans are most concerned about. they're going to have to do a little more, maybe a lot more to reassure the public but when they may feel pretty good about is better explaining that people civil liberties really have a lot of safeguards with regard to having to get court orders and regard to not having records kept of their phone and not the content but they are going to have to keep doing more of that. >> what do they say about edward snowden, the leaker. he revealed these programs. how do they explain how that happened? >> the explanation doesn't seem to be satisfying members of congress who are furious and so are members of this panel. they say he has done irrevocable
damage to the u.s. security and safety and they say that much of what he is saying isn't true. claiming you can just as someone like him who is a contractor who is in hawaii can just read the personal e-mails of the president, it's just not possible. the one interesting question that was asked of the nsa director, what do you see going forward for snowden, and he said justice bp the probable is you can't bring him to justice if you can't find him. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. i want to talk about this plot of bombing the new york stock exchange. hadn't heard that before. surely people are reacting. >> they're reacting but not really surprised. they're not spooked by it. this building is treated like a target every day. this is an iconic symbol of
american capitolism and there are layers of security. you have to go through a metal detector. you can't drive your car through here unless you go through a few check points. it's not the first time there's been a threat here. the uk man was sentenced to life in prison in 2006 after pleading guilty after planning to attack several targets including the nyse and the buildings around here. traders are used to it. i talked to a couple earlier. >> it's probably always in the back of our minds. we do feel that this is a target. i don't think there's any question about it. it's a center piece of american capitalism, so sure it would be a target. i don't think anyone feels really threatened by terrorists on this floor. >> this is a very secure place. there's a lot of very hard
working people that are making sure we're all safe and go about our jobs every day. >> i come here just about every single day and i can tell when security is stepped up. sometimes i see more police officers and more dogs than on another day. it doesn't necessarily mean there's a threat but it's interesting to see how quickly the security around this building can change and there are thousand people who come here to work every day. it really is what many traders call and what i feel like is a fortre fortress. >> thank you. all of this part of an effort by the obama administration to try to quiet the uproar over these surveillance programs. i want to know how much did this help. how epf fhelpful was it for him
>> baby steps. a little bit helpful. what we saw were officials who clearly felt constrained about what they could tell the american public. we learned as you pointed out earlier, we learned about a couple now plots that with thwarted. we learned there were over 50 cases they're going to talk about behind closed doors. 90% of those may have been overseas cases, ten domestic. we don't know much more than that. i think much of the hearing this morning was really spent talking about the safeguards that the justice department, the fbi, the national security agency put on this collection of data so that the american people sort of understand that it's numbers without an identity, without a location, without any content
and then they have to go back to a court much like a grand jury to try and get more information. i think it was just baby steps because they feel constrained about what they can tell us. they'd like this to go away but it's not going to go away. >> no. the president does seem like he's answering the questions that are posed to him. he talked a lot about the privacy concerns. he was pushed on this. i want you to listen to that. >> i stood up the privacy and liberties oversight board. i'll be meeting with them. i want to set up and structure a national conversation. >> what do we think that national conversation will look like. how will the administration be able to get out ahead of this issue. >> he had to lead the national
conversation. giving a bunch of interviews is great. i think he has to forcefully explain his point of view. question really don't know why. he will forcefully defend what he's done needs to make the case and lay it out to the american people. we've heard from the director of national intelligence and people at the national security agency. they are work for one person. >> thank you. all about the need to give some more details on this. we're also getting a look never
before seen video. this is of the 2008 bombing of a u.s. armed forces recruiting station in time square. the fbi and new york place just released this video. i want to bring in mary snow who is liking at this. what do we know? >> when it comes to the suspect we really don't know much. that's why the fbi is making this push asking the publish for help. it went back to gather any images from surveillance cameras in time square that it could find that may yields new clues. the bombings took place in 2008 outside a u.s. military recruiting station and there were no injuries. the fbi says the same suspect may be linked to two similar incidents. one blast at the british c consulate in 2005. the person who detonated the explosives was riding a bicycle.
the devices used were similar. they were all made with military grade ammunition cans. a federal law enforcement source stez bomb in time square was actually stronger than the device detonated during the boston marathon in terms of destructiv capability, but unlike boston it contain eed no shrapnel. authorities recovered the bicycle but wouldn't comment on whether it was able to obtain any information from that. >> i'm sure people will be watching that video closely. thanks. preerpt appreciate it. the search for jimmy hoffa continues. police now still continue to dig for his body. the morning team on a sports radio show pokes fun at a former
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hoffa is allegedly buried. they have been using shovels to try to dig up some of the spot where this happened. they have found among other things a couple of huge concrete slabs but those may be the foundation of a barn that used to be on the property along with a house many years ago. it's unclear whether those are foundation or something more. the reason i'm saying something more is because a tipster is telling the fbi that jimmy hoffa may have been buried beneath that concrete slab. we understand his credibility is something the fbi is relying on because he knew a lot of people way back in the day. his father was part of the mob. he was an important figure in the mob too and they all knew important people. this is how his attorney sums up his credibility.
>> the difference between thp and the last digging is this a man with credibility. this is a man that would be in the know. this is not some random guy who said i think he's buried there. this is a person that was intimately involved with some of the players and in the know where the body would be placed. >> what prompted him now? >> he's dealt with for a long time and wanted to share where it was. >> reporter: hi also said he needed the money. he said i need money and i wanted to write a book about this. online he's posted some information, part of an online manuscript. we're going to read a couple of excerpts. he said talking about what other people have told him about what happened quote, they picked up a shovel and cracked hoffa over
the head. then he said hit him a few more times and he started to moan. they threw him in the hole and buried him alive. that was it e end of story. he went onto say he was covered with a concrete slab. that's where the concrete slab may play an important role. >> wow. okay. we're going to be following that closely. let us know if you get anything out of that search. violent deaths down in chicago but dozens of people were shot in that city last weekend. still to come, we're going to talk to the city's mayor to get you to the root of the heart of the problem. and 100% real cheddar cheese. but what makes stouffer's mac n' cheese best of all. that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. made with care for you or your family.
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no homes have been destroyed at this point. california has had a particular bad fire season this year blamed on two years of low rainfall, high winds and lightning strikes. today we're learning more about what the mayor of chicago has so say about the violence that's plaguing his city. overall crime is down. this past weekend seven people were shot to death. i spoke with pastor corey brooks. here is what he said. >> i know the numbers are down and the police are doing everything they can but when you live in chicago at any time in these areas where there are a lot of young people who have a lot of guns and anger and hostility, any time gun violence can jump off. it was a tough weekend. these are the type of weekends that we're going to be experiencing over an over if we don't get our hands on the problem. >> that was a leading member of
the clergy. i want to bring in ted rowlands. he said he believes there's going be more violence. how does the mayor explain what is happening in the city? >> the mayor and other people think the opposite is true and that this is not -- this was an anomaly that seven people were killed. the murder rate is the lowest it's been since 1963. overall crime down 14%. they believe that the things they put into place, the procedures over the last year and a half, two years are now working. they are optimistic that this was an anomaly and hoping crime will stay down. >> while our homicides were up last year, our crime went down. shootings are down 30% across
the city. i think you have to do certain things so it's not a blip and not just a window of time but it's ingrained. i think we're doing the right things to do that. i think it's way too soon for anybody to say it's a success or a blip. >> there are more cops on the street. they are implementing higher curfews, stringent curfews. they're confident that what they have done that this is going to change things forever. that's they're hope but as you heard the mayor say it's too close to call and a weekend like last weekend just make people shudder thinking are we going back. we'll have to see. >> the pastor was saying it's an anomaly that happened but how does the mayor explain that that
it couldn't happen again. why does he believe that was able to occur with all these programs in place? >> he is not saying this is a done deal by any stretch of the imagination saying they are declaring victory. they realize this is a long road. the worst years were back in the '90s during the crack wars. they really do think that what they put in place is working and the numbers do show it so far this year. they are hoping that this is going be the trend but we won't know for a year or two, at least to see if this is a long trend. s >> we're talking numbers and talking about people's lives and families impacted. thank you so much. appreciate it. we'll keep our eye on that situation. violence really diminishing the
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welcome back. foiled terror plots dominating the head lilines as officials a trying to make the case that secret surveillance is helping keep us safe. they revealed details of planned attacks they say were stopped. they include a plot to bomb new york subway station system. another to attack the new york stock exchange and a danish newspaper, more than 50 plots in all. listen to this. >> prior to 9/11, there was phone messages which yemen that
could have prevented the nelneld 9/11 attack. can you explain how the attack could have been prevented? >> i don't know if it could have been prevented. it was a tool not available to us at the time. when this t call was made bewindbwe did not have the tool or capability. things may have been different and we will never know that. >> the information about foiled plots not enough to satisfy lawmakers. michel michele bachmann complaicomplai.
>> tracking the whereabouts of the american people. >> the fbi does not have such a data nor am i aware of one. >> is there gps locations of americans whether by our cell phones or devices? >> nsa does not hold such a database. >> does nsa have a database that you maintain that holds the contents of americans phone calls. do you have recordings of our calls. is there a national database that has the con tent of our calls? >> we're not allowed to do that nor do we do that unless we have a court ordinaer to do that. it's only in specific cases an almost an fbi lead not ours. >> there are questions that many americans want to know. internet companies are weighing in on all of this about how much does our information have access to. yahoo is the latest to try to explain joining apple, facebook, microsoft to talk about yahoo.
what do they have to say? >> reporter: we're hearing from these major internet companies. yahoo is saying they received 12 to 13,000 requests for data in the last six months. we're beginning to wrap our head around what are these requests for. let me read you some of the most common questions. number one is fraud. they're looking for that kind of information. homicides, kidnappings and also other criminal investigations. what i think we should keep in mind here is how large are these data questions. one could be for sweeping information. a lot of this is used for law enforcement. sheriffs used this to find
missing children. >> the leaker, edward snowden, what did he say about what they aring looing for? >> reporter: he emerged a little bit. he said as a result of these disclosures we're beginning to see more transparency and better details about these programs. he did kien of go on on the say they have an ethical obligation but we should make it a point to say a lot of these internet companies are pushing for more transparency. they want to differentiate. we will only likely hear from more of these internet companies involved. >> we will. thank you. appreciate it. a former hitman back on the stand testifying against james
whit whitey bulger. he's pleaded not guilty to 19 murder charges. his former best friend john has been telling the jury gruesome details about the murders he committed. he says he was ordered to do it by bulger. one footnote to the story, some of our earlier reporting misidentified photos of the ex-fbi mobster. cnn regrets the error. attorneys for both sides in the george zimmerman trial are grilling down on what potential jurors have heard about this case. jury selection resumed a short time ago after a break for lunch. he charged with second-degree murder for the killing of 17-year-old trayvon martin. he says zimmerman shot the teenager in self-defense.
an extended short session yesterday failed to settle whether or not the prosecutor will be able to play the 911 calls from the night of the shooting. the recordings are considered some of the most critical pieces of evidence in this trial. we aring looing at lye pictures. this is vice president joe biden there. since the shooting in newtown, connecticut last december president obama has issued 22 directives. you see biden updating us on whether the administration stands. we'll watch closely and monitor that event. a host of a sports radio show poke fun at a former football player with als. they have been fired. my personal experience with the player they mocked. after a workout, i had a heart attack here in this gym.
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three sports radio hosts in atlanta have been fired for smocking steve gleason with his battle for als. he leads an organization trying to raise wareness and find a cue for als. as you can see he is paralyzed. he uses a machine to talk because the disease has taken away his about to speak on his own. he has a lot to say. the morning radio show used a fake automated voice as gleason. listen to this. >> you listening in new orleans? >> i am. >> i just don't know if i want to play. >> i wish i could play. >> yeah you cannot play anymore, right? >> no.
knock-knock. >> steve. no steve. we do knock-knocks on thursday. we don't do it on mondays. we do it on thursdays. >> i may not be here on thursday. knock-knock. >> who's there? >> smother. >> smother who? >> smother me. do me a favor. >> just cruel. all three hosts were fired today. the general manager apologized. fired host posted this say to where to begin. the obvious and rightful place is with an apology. and the reality of knowing that falls short. no matter what i say is heartbreaking. the sheer stupidity of trying to put this as a failed attempt at humor is motte lost on me. the words should have known better mean nothing to me and shouldn't to you right now. i would like to offer my
apology. steve's als organization put out this statement. i reached out to them personally. they are saying at this time dwoent feel the need to issue a statement as it just takes time away from the important things that steve and team gleason is doing. currently, he's enjoying a much needed vacation in the northwest spending time with friends and family. i would like you to know i had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with steve gleason, his wife, their 2-year-old son and it was back in march at their home. i'm going to be doing a series on als. he's a pretty amazing guy. you have to see this. he was just 33 years old when he got the diagnosis. knowing he was going to lose his ability to speak son he recorded himself reading bedtime stories. you see those pictures there which he now plays for his son. he's raising millions of dollars to promote technology to improve
the quality of life for als families. he is passionate about just living for every moment. you see this picture here? this is his last year going skydiving on the one year anniversary since he got the diagnosis and last month he was away. he tweets with his eyes. next week he will be holding a summit to help to educate people. >> als is a brutal disease that destroys the physical body but it leaves the mind strong. >> we're going to go in-depth on als next week. we'll hear more about steve's story plus to see how families are helping people cope with this disease. we're talk about whab is being done mp the medical world to come up with a cure.
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give them an ideal to strive towards. you'll help them accomplish wonders. >> you can actually see exactly what is being projected here. >> reporter: pastor quinton scott from shiloh christian church attended one of the screenings. >> there was a push. >> reporter: did you take it seriously at first? what did you think? >> truthfully, no. when i sat and i looked at the movie and started to see how it was the story of christ and the love of god was in the story, i was very excited. >> what's the "s" stand for? >> it's not an "s." in my world it means hope. >> here it's an "s." >> reporter: all of this may seem strange but hollywood has long known that they could make movies occur. not just like "the passion of christ" but also with general
family oriented. the formula, get pastors talking and congregations start walking right into the box office. >> you have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be, clark. >> i think it's a very good thing that hollywood is paying attention to the church. >> where it gets sticky is when they try to manipulate the market. where it gets sticky is where the churches try to manipulate hollywood. i think in this case you have a good match. >> here we have a message about superman and really an underlying message about the original superman, jesus christ. >> reporter: are you concerned that this studio is using you and religious groups to sell this movie? >> they're using us but, in fact, we're using them. if you give me another opportunity to talk to someone about jesus christ and i can do it because of your movie, that's a win for me because it is about
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ireland. mrs. obama toured the area with her daughters while the president was at the g-8 summit. that's it for me. "cnn newsroom" continues. have a good afternoon. brooke baldwin takes it from here. secrets no more. the feds defending the nsa surveillance program now revealing that they helped disrupt more than 50 terror attacks, including a plat against the new york stock exchange. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. a new study suggests a link between autism and pollution. we'll break it down. plugs, angelina jolie's choice to get a double mastectomy called fearful, not brave. that from cancer survivor melissa etheridge. we'll debate. and a search suddenly heats up for the time square bike bomber. new video services of the person who tried to bomb a military station in gotham.