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here top of the hour. i'm brooke baldwin following breaking news now. this new video uploaded by isis militants. a british citizen captured in syria two years ago but unlike previous gruesome beheading videos we've seen, john kently is seen alive in that orange jumpsuit and stays alive through the video but we've made a decision not to show the video. we're not showing this isis propaganda. just a single frame as he's seen seating alone at a desk with a black backdrop, wooden table delivering what he says is the first of a series of messages about isis to the u.s. and to britain. joining me now, up until today his hostage status had been kept under this media blackout in the u.k. what are you hearing now and
tell us about the video. >> this was kept under wraps for nearly two years now by the request of his family but also the foreign office here. basically he was captured at the same time that james foley was in november of 2012. it wasn't the first time this had happened to him. it actually happened earlier in july 2012. he crossed into syria and he had been abducted then with another journalist. he managed to escape that time with the help of free syrian army rebels and incredibly just a few months later he decided to go back in. he was a journalist. he was known as a photo journalist and he did several articles for big papers here and after he was kidnapped, there's been no sign of him at all. so this is the first time in nearly two years we've suddenly seen him resurface in this very strange video. in it he seems to say that he'll be reporting on a series of stories about what he says in the video the true isis.
this is clearly a propaganda video. even in it he says to the audience straight to the camera, he says you probably think that i'm making this with a gun to my head. so he makes it very clear that he is a prisoner but then goes on to say he's going to be portraying and doing a story on the other side of isis. >> i watched the video myself earlier today. i have never seen anything like it. stay with cnn for this reporting on the latest video. thank you so much. meantime today, on capitol hill, a full-court press by the obama administration. secretary of state john kerry, defense secretary chuck hagel, both trying to sway members of congress to support the white house's man to combat isis. big news today from secretary hagel. take a listen. >> centcom's plan includes targeted action against isil safe havens in syria. including its command and
control, logistics capabilities, and infrastructure. general dempsey and i have both approved and spent considerable time reviewing and adapting the centcom plan. >> so the pentagon has its list of targets inside syria. it's ready to go. the military leadership has signed off on it and now presented it to the president. that's where it sits as we speak. let's go to the pentagon to our correspondent there, barbara starr. now that we know the plan is there. what happens next? >> reporter: the plan has basically been approved by the pentagon. it's been briefed to president obama. what will happen next is it will come back one more time to defense secretary chuck hagel. he'll take it to the president for final signoff and then the plan to target isis in syria is approved. this is a very broad plan. there are lots of targets on it. they will go after isis command and control, leadership, weapons depots, training sites if they can find them. they have a list of targets we
are told. so this could all begin very, very quickly. they have actually been working on it for some time. they've been flying drones ov over syria gathering intelligence and information about where they think the isis targets are located. an important point to make here is the pentagon is not looking to just strike a truck or a humvee or some isis troops here or there. they are looking for substantial targets that will make a dent in isis' capability to do what it's been doing, brooke. >> the president has been presented this. there are reports that president obama will have personal control over the air strikes. what does that even mean? >> reporter: i think it's worth parsing a bit of that out. as commander in chief, the president has complete authority over all of this. do not look for him to pore over
the maps with his pencil and pick out targets. that's not the way it works these days. there will be broad guidance that the white house is laying out that strategy of the kind of targets it want to go after and the ones that will make a difference. they will give u.s. central command that authority. hagel will sign off with his final approval and then it will be the military that carries out the strikes. don't look for the president to pore over each and every target. one exception may be if they can find the stop leadership of isi and they'll take that back to the president and let him know what they are planning to do. they will go after that top leadership if they can find him. >> barbara starr, thank you very much at the pentagon. as we talk about isis and syria in iraq and what would be happenin happening. to note the sacrifices still being made by our american
service men and women and their families as we near the end of the country's longest war in afghanistan. u.s. combat troops are scheduled to leave in december. make no mistake. afghanistan is still a very dangerous place tuesday in kabul a taliban car packed with explosives blew up as a military convoy spread by. we've shown you video after video ever since operation enduring freedom began nearly 13 years ago. but today i wanted to just take a minute to tell you about americans killed in that attack. there were two. i'm here to tell you this country lost two really good men. army major michael donohue, 41 years of age. he leaves behind two children and the woman he called his best friend, his wife. he also leaves a jacket full of medals and decorations including a bronze star and a purple heart and some equally impressive dreams. you see major donohue wrote about those on his blog called "every day is a good day."
he wanted to attend ranger school and command a battalion and finish his doctorate as an educational specialist. he was almost there. two classes to go. he also thought about retiring from the army when he reached 20 years of service. he was two years shy of that. steven died tuesday the day after his 12th wedding anniversary. he was 39. he leaves behind his wife valerie and their two children. alexandria is 9 and jacob just 6. this was his third tour in a war zone. he was a naval reservist and was working in afghanistan as a civilian. he volunteered to go to help the afghan army upgrade its logistics. he grew up a boy scout and athlete and played football and baseball and basketball and his brother was quoted as saying he always had a smile on his face. our thoughts are with the
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an ambush friday outside of his police barracks in rural pennsylvania. another wounded trooper remains in the hospital. authorities are searching for the suspected killer, 31-year-old eric matthew frein. i want to bring in rosa flores to tell us just about the bizarre new details emerging about this suspect. >> reporter: initially investigators released a very clean cut mug shot of the suspect. take a look at what they feld compelled to release now. you see frein in military fatigues. they tell us he's part of a military simulation group that believes that they are part of an eastern european military. now, they felt compelled to release this new photo to make sure people knew he could look different. they believe that he prepared for this shooting by shaving the
sides of his head and allowing a taller portion in the middle almost like a mowhawk. these are disturbing details when you think about this because investigators say -- and they make it clear -- he's crossed the line between fantasy and reality. >> okay. so that's the suspect, which is totally odd. as far as the search for him goes, are they making progress? >> reporter: we have seen a lot of activity today by the atf. you probably saw in that funeral there was a lot of police presence like you mentioned. my security. state troopers there. that didn't interrupt the search around us. we've been here driving through all of these streets. it's very rural but on the side of the road we would see armored vehicles. we actually saw a search going on, atf with their dogs. very slowly going through the
woods and it almost looks like they are going back to the place where the shooting happened and where they found that jeep where they found eric frein's i.d. and social security number. it looks like they are retracing where he has been and two points in time where they know for sure he has been before. brooke? >> rosa flores, thank you very much from pennsylvania. we'll stay on that. coming up next, another nfl player accused of domestic violence against a woman and an 18-month-old child. the nfl, you know this, they are under intense pressure after multiple arrests here. congress is sending a message to the nfl commissioner. we'll talk to a congresswoman and get her tough take on what the league should do. ♪
right now we're learning about this horrifying plot by isis to recruit people to target just any random citizen and behead him or her in public. a plan authorities are calling a "demonstration killing" designed to shock and horrify. the details coming out of australia, one of america's closest allies in this fight against isis where raids across the country are netting alleged isis recruits. >> reporter: the alleged plan was bone chilling. to grab someone, anyone it behead them and drape their body with the black flag of isis. >> the violence was to be perpetrated on a member of the public on the streets and that certainly at this stage was at a very high level.
>> reporter: appearing briefly in court today, one of the men accused in the plot charged with a terrorism related offense. the 22 year old did not enter a plea. he was caught up in australia's biggest counterterrorism raids after an intercepted call. >> direct exultations were coming from an australian who is apparently quite senior in isil to networks of support back in australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country. >> reporter: police storming homes across two of australia's biggest cities after australia raised its terror threat to high for the first time ever. the heightened alert means authorities don't just think a terror attack on their soil is possible but that it's likely. the australian government pointing to this homegrown terror threat as part of the reason for its plan to not just send planes to help the u.s. in iraq and syria but military
advisers as well. 600 of them. one of the first u.s. allies to put skin in the game. it's believed at least 60 australians are fighting alongside isis and other militant groups in the middle east. the fear now is that isis is not just trying to recruit from other countries but urging them to carry out attacks on their own soil. >> more on that plot coming up next. in the meantime, we have details on the domestic abuse allegations made against arizona cardinals player jonathan dwyer. court documents reveal that he head butted his wife and broke her nose when she refused his sexual advances. dwyer has since been arrested and released on bond and the nfl has responded by deactivating him from his team activities. he's now nfl player number four implicated in a string of abuse claims and now members of
congress are calling for a tougher response. here's one of them. >> of the 56 football players arrested for domestic violence, they only saw a combined 13 games suspended. the nfl would rather see these players on the field than take a stance against violence. after all, anything for football. i say bench them. >> that was congresswoman jackie speier joining me live from capitol hill. congresswoman, welcome. >> thank you, brooke. >> you're a 49ers fan. ray mcdonald is playing this weekend. did you know even after ray rice story broke last week, the nfl had the three highest ranked tv programs. americans love their football. first to you, a 49er fan not to tune in and not to buy a ticket?
>> i'm not asking them not to tune in. i'm asking the 49ers to do what many of the other teams have done and that is to bench their players that have been accused of domestic violence and allow the due process to work. they continued to be paid but much like law enforcement officers alleged to have committed domestic violence or use of force that was excessive, they are typically put on administrative leave and continue to be paid. >> in this case he wasn't charged. mcdonald hasn't been charged yet. >> it's being investigated. that's correct. i will say this, if it goes to the point of where the investigation is complete and it's being sent to the d.a., there's now an expectation of probable cause. i think that what we really need to do is look at what other corporations would do and the nfl is like a corporation. when there's a charge of domestic violence, what typically happens is the employee gets fired.
all we're saying is let's have them sit it out until the due process works its way. >> understood. here's the thing, congresswoman. domestic violence, this issue is not breaking news. really the question is why haven't you had a posterboard made about violence in the nfl and taken this issue to the floor of congress before it became this almost cause celeb popular to come down on the nfl. >> it's not just the nfl. we want to draw attention to the fact that domestic violence is a serious problem in this country for all of the things we've done, violence against women act and the like, the truth is that about one-third of the women in this country at some point in their life will become victims of domestic violence. >> i know stats. where were you when other members of congress in the last however many years? >> actually i carried a lot of legislation in this area. much of it in the california
state legislature. i've been on this issue for close to 30 years. >> violence against women act i have read about you and i know this has been something near and dear to your heart. i guess the next question would be despite all of this, we know that roger goodell and certainly you agree with many saying he should go away and should resign, he sort of had this -- he was known as being the sheriff. cracking down on some of these players. if you and others call on him to resign, let me ask you about the owners who could punish the players but didn't. should they lose their teams? >> i think what we really need to do is find a way within the nfl and truly within other institutions as well where you have a third party that makes assessments about the state of whether or not an individual should be disciplined and what the discipline should be. right now roger goodell is judge and jury. you have great players.
you need them to play the game so that they can win the super bowl and so there's this reluctance to hold them accountable. >> quickly, who would be that third party? who would be the judge? who would you are em? >> you need to create a third party within the nfl. they could have former judges participate. have a third party make that evaluation. >> congresswoman, thank you for your time. i prappreciate it. >> thank you for the invitation. >> coming up next, a 300-year relationship could come to an end today. people all around scotland are voting as to whether they want to leave to divorce, if you will, with the u.k. how many people it would impact not just there but around the world. we'll explain. your pocket right now? i have $40, $21. could something that small make an impact on something as big as your retirement? i don't think so.
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watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. see it. scotland votes. scots are voting on an issue familiar to americans. breaking away from the brits. scotland may decide in an election today to separate from the united kingdom and go on its own. 4 million people are expected to answer the question should scotland be an independent country. here are the numbers. 52% say no. 48% say yes. pretty close. let's take you to scotland to
cnn's max foster. i hear 97% voter turnout. that's nuts. >> 97% of the people who could vote registered to vote. they had intention to vote. we only have antidotal evidence so far but polling stations were busier than a general election or something like that. impassioned debate here going on for two years. they've been waiting for this day. we talk about polling stations on islands scattered around scotland and also big urban centers. so a truly epic event here for scotland. some of these islands you have to get to them by plane and there's been heavy fog so there's been delays. we do expect results to come through just over ten hours from now. as you said, such a simple question. it does go back on more than 300 years of history and has all sorts of complications wrapped around it. >> you're there.
you're talking to people. it's one thing to look at numbers and look at the polls but i was reading in the paper someone flew home from massachusetts to vote. this is so important to so many people there. >> it really is. for a long time the campaign was doing well on working from the ground up and caught up with a no campaign. we got to a point where it's neck and neck. you have a large group of voters that couldn't decide. more than 10%. up to 17% according to some polls and they're the ones that even yesterday couldn't decide which way they were going to go. is it a yes or no? the arguments are compelling on both sides. what the pro-independent separatist say is it's simple. you want to bring control to where it's being -- if you want control of your destiny, control of your country, those decisions
should be made here in scotland. they shouldn't be made in london. those london politicians are very unpopular here. particularly david cameron. they played on that as well. we don't know which way it will go. polls haven't been done on this sort of thing before. very young voters, 16 year olds voting for the first time. we can't rely complete y e ly o polls. >> thank you very much on this historic vote here. some would say disliking british is part of being scottish and the u.k. flag wouldn't exist without the blue of scotland's st. andrew's cross. the love hate existence has been around for generations. they joined together in 1707. what changed that led to today's vote? i've erin burnett sitting next to me. you were recently in scotland. i heard you did hard reporting in pubs talking to the people.
tell me -- >> that's where you have to go to get the answer. i was in a remote part of scotland. there's a difference between what you see in the rural parts of scotland and what you see in cities like you would in this country. it tends to be in the countryside there was an independent streak. what we saw was a really big age difference. older people and anyone over 55, much more resigned to here's the benefits. vote with your head and not the heart and stay with u.k. younger voters were adamant -- i'll just show a couple of them. >> roll it. >> what's the big reasons you are voting yes for independence? >> there's no way scotland will not do well as an independent country. >> reporter: do you think older people are voting no and younger people are voting yes? >> if the vote was taken today, it would be yes. it would be independent
scotland. we're just a small minority of the population. it's the people in the cities that really make the difference and they're the ones that will vote no. >> so there you see it. even the younger voters, everyone made a big deal of now if you're 16 years old you can vote. some of the latest reporting on that has shown that the majority of them are now leaning toward staying. that was a bit of a surprise. they were afraid it would take another few years to join the eu. you leave the u.k. what happens for a few years. they are in limbo. >> divorce process takes 16 to 19 months before it shakes out any way. >> it takes time. experts say it would be bumpy but scotland would be okay. it would be okay. the world would be okay. but it would change britain and it would change britain's economy. the nuclear sub fleet is kept in scotland. they really don't like that. that's something the scots have been frustrated with. it's not an easy thing to move. if that were to move, britain
could lose power and could lose its seat in the security council. it could be a significant thing. we'll see how they -- if the head or the heart rules. >> you have more at 7:00? >> we'll have more at 7:00. >> thank you very much. "out front" 7:00 eastern here on cnn. cnn learned the identity of that doctor that began the biopsy on joan rivers' vocal cords and same doctor that snapped the selfie in the o.r. what connection does she have to river and other celebrities? that's coming up. eenie. meenie. miney. go. more adventures await in the seven-passenger lexus gx.
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we're getting video in. president obama meeting with president of ukraine petro poroshenko. let's take a look. >> it is a great pleasure to welcome president poroshenko to the oval office. he and i have been working together a lot over the last several months and as i told him personally and i want to repeat publicly, i think his leadership has been absolutely critical at a very, very important time in ukraine's history. obviously we have watched over
the last several months as the people of ukraine have declared their desire for a sovereign independence economic and foreign policy that promises them freedom and prosperity and self-determination. and president poroshenko's recollection represented those aspirations of the ukrainian people. unfortunately we have also seen russian aggression first in crimea and most recently in portions of eastern ukraine that have not only violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country but have also been designed to undermine these critical reform efforts that have been taking place in ukraine. i am very proud that the united states has led the international community and our european
partners in making sure there's a cost to russia for its aggression in ukraine. we've applied some of the toughest coordinated sanctions that we've ever seen between the transatlantic community which are having a significant impact on the russian economy and we have consistently said that not only do we support ukraine's sovereignty and independence in words, but we've been supporting it in deeds and at the whale summit you saw the recommitment to the partnership and commit to assisting ukraine in its security concerns. we have provided significant financial assistance to help ukraine bridge this period of transition from the old ways of doing things to a new and more modern economy and that includes a billion dollar loan guarantee from the united states as well as hundreds of millions of
dollars that we've provided in assistance. i'm pleased that during this meeting, we reaffirmed that commitment to ukraine and we are providing additional assistance both economic and security assistance to ukraine to make sure that not only are they able to weather this storm economically but they are also going to be able to continue to build up an effective security force to defend themselves from aggression. and we are going to continue to seek to mobilize the international community to say to russia that ukraine desires to have a good relationship with all of its neighbors, both east and west. and that there should be a way in which ukraine is able to negotiate and then trade and continue people to people links between ukraine and russia but that russia cannot dictate to
them their ability to work effectively with other partners in order to better the situation for the ukrainian people. i want to commend president poroshenko for having helped to not only broker a cease-fire but also to push through some very difficult legislation that can improve the perception in eastern ukraine that they are fully represented and that they are able to determine many of their local affairs in a way that gives them confidence. and that those were not easy laws that president poroshenko passed but they indicated his y
hisitimehisit commitment that empowers local communities and also president poroshenko has been very clear that ukraine needs to stay intact and that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of ukraine is nonnegotiable. so let me just say that in addition to the concrete expressions of support through security assistance and economic assistance, we are going to continue to help to mobilize the international community towards a diplomatic solution. i have great confidence that president poroshenko is balancing a lot of different variables here in a very difficult situation but he's the right man for the job. he's been working very hard. he's committed to upcoming elections that will further allow the people of ukraine to set the direction for their country and we are prepared to support ukraine in negotiations
with russia in order to make sure that the ukrainian people can enjoy the kind of freedom and prosperity that is their right and so president poroshenko, congratulations on the excellent work you have done. you have a strong friend not only in me personally but i think as you saw in congress today, you have a strong bipartisan support here in the united states and the people of america stand with the people of ukraine. we wish you not only luck but you know that you also have our strong commitment and friendship. >> thank you. >> the handshake. let's take you to the white house for context to michelle kosinski. we have both as we look at petro poroshenko president of ukraine meeting with president obama. he addressed congress earlier today. the president talking about supporting ukraine and sovereignty not just in word but indeed. the united states is helping
giving millions to ukraine as far as security goes but stopping short as far as offering what ukraine has requested as far as lethal aid. >> we saw poroshenko give this impassioned speech calling on the world to stand up for democracy, freedom and human dignity. and then saying these people fighting in ukraine, it's not only ukraine's war, this is the war of the free world. the free world. he's getting all of this applause. he makes his pitch. he says they can't fight it with blankets and night vision goggles. that's what everyone has been giving them to help them out. they need lethal aid. he got big applause in congress for that statement as well. even some top democrats in congress have been calling on the president to give that lethal aid to ukraine. even small arms and ammunition. but so far the white house has not done that. in fact, today the white house announced a bigger aid package to ukraine.
$53 more million until total of $103 million this year. it will help the army. more equipment. vehicles. bomb disposing robots. body armor but not lethal aid. the question is why? the white house says they think that this does not have a millary solution ultimately and if would be a big challenge to try to arm the ukrainian army to win ultimately against russian backed separatists. they don't think that ukraine can win against russia so they're not going to get involved in doing that. i think what might be more telling is something that the white house has said in the past that the white house doesn't want to fight a proxy war against russia. >> michelle kosinski, thank you very much. we need to note that wolf blitzer will sit down interviewing president poroshenko look for that at 5:00 p.m. here on "the situation room." we're back after this.
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. we are now learning a lot more about what happened in the moments before joan rivers went into cardiac arrest at a new york clinic last month. this doctor took this picture. susan candiotti has been working this story for us. when we say doctor to the stars, who is this woman? >> her name is dr. gwen korovin
and she's widely known as the ear, nose, and throat doctor to a bunch of celebrities. one of her most favorite clients is singer celine dion. it's really quite remarkable. today on television, wendy williams showed a video of her own with dr. korovin on a spot she did with the doctor. there are many actors and performers, including hugh jackman, lady gaga and john mayer. the stars cited, in their words, her amazing work. many celebrity pictures line her office walls. today, the doctor's lawyer issued a statement following our reporting on the alleged selfie. it reads in part, "dr. korovin
is highly experienced, board-certified and revered by her patients." because of her personal and professional policy, she does not publicly discuss her patients or their care in treatment. the statement goes on to say, privacy laws forbid her from discussing her patients and, therefore, she will not comment on all of the media reports we've been hearing about, including our own reporting about joan rivers being under anesthesia and this alleged selfie being taken. >> do we know why she was in the clinic that day? >> we do. she was there during an endoscopy being done by joan rivers' gastroenterologist. that's when staffers told investigators, according to our source, that while rivers was under anesthesia, that a selfie was taken allegedly by dr.
korovin. now, this biopsy that had been begun by dr. korovin, that's when they noticed swelling beginning on the vocal chords. we're told by our source that korovin was not certified to perform any kind of a procedure at that clinic. she is licensed, of course, to be a doctor, but was not certified to be in that clinic doing a procedure. >> thank you so much for all of your reporting on this. >> it's important to note that no doctors have been accused of any wrongdoing. >> glad you pointed that out. thank you very much. and coming up tonight, cnn is airing a special film about the notorious mobster james whitey bulger who is serving life in prison.
at one time, whitey bulger was not only on the fbi's most wanted list, he was also an informant. >> prosecutors described james "whitey" bulger as part of the winter hill gang, a man so dangerous that he joined osama bin laden and the fbi's most wanted list. >> shotgun barrels stuck in their mouths, machine guns pointed at their groin. >> body bags shown. it was absolute terror. >> back then, '70s, '80s, people were missing every day. if he didn't come home, he's a dead man. >> more than 16 years would pass before federal agents finally captured the 85-year-old kingpin. he had been hiding in plain
sight in santa monica in an apartment with his girlfriend. john "red" shen is joining me live. thanks for joining me. >> thanks for having me on. >> found guilty of 11 murders, he's appealing his conviction. do you think, red, he's feeling any remorse? >> i wouldn't say he's really feeling remorse. i think he's angry because he's not the one getting the attention and stuff like that. i know he would like to have a book but he can't write anything because of the son of sam laws. because he's got a big ego. so i don't think he has remorse for anyone other than him not being the center of attention and being able to speak out and
be who he is on a stage without being called an informant or a rat. that said, yeah, i think he's eating himself away, or it's eating him away, while he's sitting in that prison cell. >> you talk about his ego. if you were to go visit him and sit across from him, what kind of questions would you ask? >> i'm not sure i could actually control myself for the betrayal that he had done to me personally. and, of course, i would never -- >> how do you mean? >> a betrayal of knowing the investigation that was going on at the time and me being in the forefront and running the drug organization and him knowing all of this, unbeknownst to me of the investigation, him telling me to stay there and to keep working hard and because he knew this investigation was going on
and he needed to feed the government information and so he gave them his own loyal man. >> you still sound pretty mad. >> it's something that -- i wouldn't say it eats away at me every day. by no means does it. but i can say this. if i had seen him personally, i don't think i'd be able to hold my temper, brooke. i think we've talked with this before. we've talked about "rat bastards" and what i would do if i had seen him. of course, that was in my dream. >> you told me you'd snap his neck, in your dream. i wish you the very best of luck. make sure you watch this film tonight, one word, "whitey"
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