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here tonight at 7:00 eastern. that's it for me. for our international viewers, amanpour is next. "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. here we go. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. thank you so much for being with me. we have to start with this massive manhunt happening now for potential terrorists. terror raids and arrests in france belgium, greece germany, and the netherlands. look at this map here. all revealing this widening web of suspected terror cells across europe. and we're hearing that french police have arrested five chechens over a terror plot. also today, other suspected terrorists were in court. four of them being kept behind bars as investigators probe their links to the paris attacks. all of this as these two prime suspects are still on the run. and let's talk about this one man here believed to be the ring leader for this isis-linked
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belgian terror cell. this is the guy. then there's the world's most wanted woman. we've been talking about her now for just about two weeks. the widow of that paris kosher market gunman. cnn is now tracking how hayat boumeddiene may have escaped to syria. all of these men believed to have helped smuggle her out of turkey. as the reach of isis extends deep into europe back on their turf. japan now has less than 72 hours to come up with this $200 million ransom for the return of these two japanese hostages. >> to the prime minister of japan, although you are more than 8,500 kilometers away from the islamic state you have willingly taken part in this crusade. >> this is significant. this is a first.
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really until now, isis has never publicly demanded cash ransom for a hostage's life. and the $200 million ransom was not chosen at random. this is the precise dollar amount that japan had pledged in aid for regions affected by the war on isis. that's why that number is significant. a lot to talk about. let me bring in josh rogan, cnn political analyst. welcome, sir. >> thank you. >> let's begin with this ring leader. we showed the picture of this guy. this whole manhunt for the suspected ring leader of the terror plot to kill police in belgium. he's still on the run. last known location was apparently greece. how do counterterrorism folks even begin to find this guy? >> sure i think what all of these incidents show is a drastic change in the approach in europe following the paris attacks. whereas before european countries were content to monitor these groups via
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surveillance. now they have all decided that the risk of keeping these groups under surveillance is greater than the risk of rounding them up and figuring out what happens later. we're seeing that there's an effort in all of these countries to go and not only arrest these but prosecute these alleged terrorists. that raises a whole bunch of questions. first of all, is the intelligence sharing there for cooperation between all of these countries? let's remember only a year ago european countries were decrying surveillance through intelligence that was revealed by the leaks of edward snowden. now they're calling for greater u.s. support in the intelligence. the other major question this raises is will europe re-examine its visa policies. already in france there are calls from the right to close borders. there's calls in the u.s. for visa changes as well. so what we're seeing is a scramble to get these guys under wraps, to not let these sleeper networks fester because there's
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no way to know even if these sleeper networks remain dormant for a long time when and why they might be activated to conduct terrorist attacks. >> if even on the visa note we heard from former chair of senate intel committee, diane feinstein. she was critical of that just about a week ago. on the point about this so-called ring leader's movements and locations and hopefully, you know, a great practice in intel sharing between different countries in europe how do they try to find him because of, you know people who, of course help smuggle individuals across borders. how do they do that? >> yeah exactly. it's very interesting, actually. in america, the fbi has a quite different practice. they tend to plant moles inside these organizations and sort of entrap them. that's a very slow process. in europe mostly they do it through intercepts. they catch the vast majority of these terrorist when is they contact their friends, either
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via e-mail or over the phone or through social networks. that's the main way that they get them. that's what they're monitoring now. that's how they allegedly found the friend of the ring leader, who is now being prosecuted. of course this presents another problem for european countries. a lot of this evidence is so secret and these sources and methods are so secret they cannot be used to prosecute these individuals. so there's a benefit to using all these surveillance techniques. you can get these guys faster but there's a disadvantage as well. when it comes time to try them it may be more difficult to keep them behind bars. but that's a problem i guess for another day. >> damned if you do damned if you don't. josh what about this. prior to this manhunt and the raids on this belgium terror cell we know extremists had reportedly tweeted out he's dead. essentially it was revealed he had faked his own death online to throw these investigators off. how common is that? >> it's like an episode of
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"homeland." it's a common practice for terrorist leaders to advertise misinformation and disinformation through social media and through the regular media. it sometimes works. let's remember that our intelligence services are not using open-source information. sure they're monitoring twitter and everything else but what they're really focused on is the private communications that they obtain through secret methods, through monitoring. while that's a very controversial policy it seems to be the reliable one and one that they're certainly focusing on more as they try to round up these networks. >> josh rogan, thank you so much. i think i'm the only person on planet who's never seen an episode of "homeland." i can hear my executive producer saying that needs to change. appreciate it very much. as europe tries to break up terror cells, the u.s. just announced the results of its very own crackdown. department of justice charged these two suspected members of al qaeda for allegedly plotting to kill u.s. military overseas.
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officials say these offenses happened between the years 2003 and 2009. now, these men are citizens of yemen. this is a nation known for really this breeding ground for jihadis bent on attacking america. at this moment yemen appears to have no functioning government after rebels took over the presidential palace today. the minister of information there saying quote, the president has no control. let me repeat the president has no control. let's go to nick peyton walsh, the only western broadcast journalist in yemen. nick begin with the rebels. who are they? what does this mean for the future control of the country? >> well at the moment the rebel figurehead is giving a lengthy speech outlining a lot of complaints against the government. but he heads a sort of group of
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political militia tribe members. they have in the past few months been extraordinarily successful in moving across the country. they're predominantly based north of the capital. they've been moving down and into the capital late last year putting up check points around the area here. they're mostly shia. they feel marginalized. they've always had a conflict with the central government here to some degree. what it appears they're up to at the moment is trying to exercise power on the streets of yemen. there were clashes around the presidential administration yesterday. what we've seen today is they're moving into the presidential palace. there's a lot of gunfire outside the president's residence itself. of course as you mentioned, the minister saying we think the coup is complete now. they want to own the government or appoint a figurehead on their
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behalf. >> what about the u.s. embassy vehicle? we'd heard this vehicle was shot today. was anyone injured there? >> nobody injured, but a deeply troubling episode. this was a armored suv. very distinguished here. you can tell when the diplomats are traveling. vehicles stand out. but they were moving at a check point near american embassy. gunmen fired upon them. initially the shots were in the air but then were trained on the vehicle itself. armored, it could withstand those rounds. there were u.s. diplomats and citizens inside. everybody uninjured. the embassy clear in a statement, these were not warning shots, they said. there was intent. so quite clear an intent to kill or injure u.s. diplomats here. they apparently moved straight into the themembassy compound. that will raise fears in washington and the safety of the staff here who say they're carry can go on pretty much as normal. they've always been at a very heightened security posture.
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>> all right. nick peyton walsh, many thanks to you. just into us here at cnn, that airasia flight that disappeared rose quote, faster than a fighter jet. we're talking 6,000 feet per second. we have new details on what this could mean ahead. plus critics are blasting the "american sniper" movie for glorifying war. we'll debate with a medal of honor recipient. and a prosecutor getting ready to reveal the result of this alleged cover-up investigation involving iran is found shot to death. was it or assassination? that's coming up. you're watching cnn. online is as easy as it gets. wouldn't it be great if hiring plumbers, carpenters and even piano tuners were just as simple? thanks to angie's list now it is. we've made hiring anyone from a handyman to a dog walker as simple as a few clicks. buy their services directly at angieslist.com no more calling around. no more hassles. start shopping from a list of top-rated providers today. angie's list is revolutionizing local service again.
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you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. clint eastwood's oscar-nominated "american sniper" is taking over at the box office. its record-breaking take of $105 million is making headlines. the film profile celebrated war veteran chris kyle who's been hailed as america's deadliest
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sniper. >> i've got a woman and a kid 200 yards out, moving toward the convoy. her arms aren't swinging. she's carrying something. >> and with a record-breaking box office headline comes this headline a political controversy that keeps breathing air and life after documented filmmaker michael moore called snipers cowards. his comments ignited this ferocious backlash. even the movie star player here bradley cooper is speaking out. this is what he told "the daily beast." for me and for clint, he says this movie was always a character study about what the plight is for a soldier. i can't control how people are going to use this movie as a tool. if it's not this movie, i hope to god another movie will come out where it will shed light on the fact of what servicemen and women have to go through and we need to pay attention to our vets. bradley cooper.
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here now is veterans advocate karen spears zack rye yus. also back with us we're so grateful u.s. marine veteran and medal of honor recipient dakota meyer. welcome to both of you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> you know listen i know this is incredibly personal for both of you for very different reasons. obviously i want to get to that. but sergeant meyer, let me begin with you and this criticism. as we mentioned, michael moore, even seth rogen tweeted this criticism, that snipers are cowards. can you just address that for me off the top here? >> look there's nothing to address on it honestly. cowards are people who live in a free country and didn't have the nerve to go serve and sit back and call our service members cowards. that's a coward. >> thank you. karen, your dad died in vietnam. your nephew is a sniper. i know you don't want to see this movie.
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tell me why. >> i can't see this movie, and i have nothing against those who go to see it. but i can't personally go to see it. for me i think it's a matter of when you've lived with the realities of war -- i was 9 when my father was killed. i grew up during the vietnam generation. i lived in the backyard of the trials. i think when you live with that i serve on several national veterans boards and veterans are my friends. their numbers are in my cell phone. i've walked with them through ptsd. i've seen it first hand. movies like this can open up some really raw, vulnerable points for both families and for veterans. >> sergeant meyer, i think that you would respectfully disagree with karen. from what i understand you think it is important for americans to see what you call the war after the war. >> i mean i tell you, after
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seeing the numbers and seeing people go to this movie, look everybody has a different perspective on it. did it bring back some issues? it did. it brought back some realness to it. but i tell you what it put hope in my heart. it put hope in my heart because finally someone put a movie out there that put a message across that we've been trying to get across to america overall. it's not about the killing. it's not about this. it's about our service members in the war and after the war. when you come back and have to deal with this and live with this and the family members who deal with the hurt, it never ends for us. it never ends. i think this movie depicted it perfect. but i tell you what gave me more hope brooke. there's so many people that came to see this that if 5% of them just leave and they go out and start doing something on behalf of veterans or it changes their perspective on our veterans and they start supporting service members, then it was worth it. >> what about that final point that he just made karen, that it could inspire some? >> i absolutely agree.
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i think that's absolutely right. if these people who are lining up to see this movie then make a beeline for their local va center or any of their local veterans organizations and really do something -- you know only half of 1% of all americans served in active duty in iraq and afghanistan. where were those long lines when we needed men and women to serve in those wars? i don't understand the need and the desire to see a movie about war when you're not willing to go to war. >> and also to karen's point, for those of you who haven't read her opinion piece on cnn.com, and i encourage you to do so karen, you write about chris kyle's funeral at cowboys stadium and the point that so many of our men and women who come home they don't have the jumbotrons and the front page stories. you wrote that it left a family like yours feeling abandoned by
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an ungrateful nation. sergeant meyer, how would you respond to that? >> you know i agree. right now our veterans are in a place that they need support. it does feel almost like an ungrateful nation sometimes. here's what i want to say. the more i go around and the more -- i mean just like with this movie, america spoke. look at this. they blew this movie off the charts. i believe that once they go and start getting the perspective, it's a lot different than it used to be back in world war ii. everyone was affected by that war, whether you were rationing -- everyone was affected in some way. i think that's why they had more support for their veterans when they came home. there was a defined win. when you go and the wars we're fighting today, you know, not everyone's affected because we have such a great service, great pool of service members, some of the finest men and women who are willing to raise their right hand and serve their country. and it takes the burden off of
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everyone else. only people affected by it are the families and the men and women who are serving. >> sergeant dakota meyer, thank you as always for your service and for coming on. and karen, if you haven't read her piece on cnn.com, please do so. thank you, both very much. >> thank you. >> thank you. coming up how to stop a lone wolf. remarkable undercover video shows the fbi how these agents intercepted and foiled a bomb plot in 2012 targeting the u.s. capitol. we have that for you. and next suicide or assassination? a federal prosecutor turns up dead hours before testifying about this alleged government cover-up in a decades old terror attack. stay with me. about a biologic... this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira giving me new perspective. doctors have been prescribing humira for ten years.
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it is a tale of terrorism, intrigue and now the mysterious
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death of a crusading prosecutor a man about to reveal what he promised would be evidence of high-level political corruption. let me take you back to 1994. terrorists bombed a jewish center in buenos aires, killing 85 people. no one has ever been charged. iran has always been suspected of involvement. this crusading prosecutor last week sent argentina into this political uproar because he linked argentina's current president to a conspiracy to cover up iran's role in that attack. and then just two days ago, that very same prosecutor was found dead in a bathroom a .22 caliber pistol at his side. so much to this story. let's begin with this prosecutor. on the day before he died he was quoted as saying quote, i might get out of this dead. let's begin with was there any indication he died of anything other than a self-inflicted
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gunshot wound? >> well brooke the plot is really just getting thicker. we now have the initial results of the autopsy. they didn't find any gun powder on his hands, which would have been pretty convenient for proving that suicide theory. now, to be fair, the federal investigator had warned ahead of time that because of the small caliber of the gun, they likely wouldn't find any gun powder. still, they also haven't found a suicide note. still, probably the most suspicious element in this case is really the timing. his body was found just hours before he was supposed to appear before a congressional committee to talk about those accusations that he said the president of argentina was covering up for iran. so that's where the real sticky point is here brooke. >> so what about also iran's involvement? why is iran suspected of involvement here? >> it is a long-standing allegation. this happened 20 years ago.
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buenos aires is a city with a huge jewish population. from the very beginning, iran was suspected. nisman was appointed to investigate a decade ago. he had come up with all sorts of evidence that he said indicated that iran worked with hezbollah to organize this bombing. iran has always denied any involvement, but keep in mind the bombing of the jewish center came just two years after the israeli embassy was also bombed. these were turbulent times. iran was suspected to be involved in a lot of these activities, not only in argentina, but in other places around the globe. >> we want to stay on this. again, want to hear about public opinion and the role if any, of the current president of argentina, in terms of any possible cover-up. keep digging for us. we appreciate it. we'll check back in with you in the coming days. meantime just ahead, new information shows that the doomed airasia flight climbed by 6,000 feet in the final moments, according to one official. so that's faster they're saying than a fighter jet.
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states right now, there could be a single person, a lone wolf plotting to carry out a terror attack. this is an inescapable truth of the times. we just saw the case of christopher christopher cornel. we have new undercover video that shows the thinking of a would-be terrorist plotting a tack, revealing how he could hatch a plan and why he would be so hard to stop. here is susan candiotti with the chilling video. >> the video is convincing. watch the man sitting in the front seat. a hidden camera rolling inside a car. sounds like his mind's made up. >> listen i'm going to go alone. you're not going with me. i'm going to put everything on my body and go inside like a real place. maybe capitol or somewhere who -- main people.
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>> a rare frightening look inside the mind of a would-be suicide bomber. ready to strap on a vest with explosives and blow himself up at the u.s. capitol. a lone wolf stopped by an fbi undercover sting. >> the difference here is not just the clear intent to strike us here but the pursuit of the capability to be able to conduct that attack. i think the tape shows that very well. >> an unemployed deejay seeking revenge on the u.s. for its war on terror. he's convinced god's telling him to kill. >> this is not about happiness. this is about allah. >> he's in a hurry. the moroccan national is living illegally in the u.s. dealing with assault charges. >> i'm done. my work is done. >> willing to die, he's inside a store buying nails for shrapnel
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for his body bomb. bragging about the size of the nails, excited about the damage he can do. >> i got big ones. the ones that's going to make damage right. don't be nervous, man. >> again, he brings up his target the u.s. congress. >> i want to go somewhere with those suits. those heads, just them. >> undercover agents drive him to a landfill setting up a test bomb for his suicide vest. back inside the car, undercover agents using a cell phone show him how easy it is to detonate a bomb. >> we're going to call it. you're going to call it. >> he gives him the phone and moments later -- [ explosion ] >> the time is getting closer. >> i'm not thinking about anything. nothing. i have my decision. i seen some stuff in my dreams.
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>> and his dream includes shooting anyone who gets in his way. in a hotel room with undercover agents he practices with a mac-10. ready to target the capitol, he drives to a d.c. garage puts on what he thinks is a real suicide vest and grabs a loaded gun. both are duds provided by the fbi, and agents take him down. >> individuals who are self-radicalized can exist off the radar as it were for a long time until they're ready to actually go out and act. that's the scenario that causes us the most concern. >> after pleading guilty he gets a 30-year sentence. he tells a judge i just want to say i love allah. susan candiotti, cnn,
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washington. >> that is frightening. let me bring in my next guest. moroccan born raised in the netherlands. totally not related to what we just talked about, but there's a tie. he's a muslim who understands what it means to be lured. welcome. >> hi brooke. thank you very much. >> i was really moved by this opinion piece you wrote. what you write about is very different from what we just saw in that piece out of washington but there's the similar theme here. young, impressionable muslims feeling disconnected from mainstream society. you wrote about this in "the new york times." it was an op-ed entitled "from teenage angst to jihad." in it you tell the story about yourself. you write about being 13 years of age, arguing with a teacher and classmates about the prophet muhammad. you say the people in that moment, those kids in that classroom looked at you like you were a madman. tell me what happened. >> oh yeah. i felt disconnected from reality
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that moment. at that time a novel came out in which the prophet muhammad is depicted as a human being with all his vices. i found it an insult to my religion. i said how can a writer write about the prophet muhammad? he's the per fktdfect man. i got into this argument with my history teacher in the classroom. he said to me well, you know this is free speech, freedom of expression. it's a novelist doing his work. you can't be angered by that. i got really really upset. i started this heated argument and i got really angry. i mean steam was coming out of my ears. you know for feeling that my opinion, my religious feeling at that time was not being respected. i got very very angry. at one point, i was shocked, like why don't you show some respect for muhammad?
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as if he was the writer of the book as if he was part of a whole group of people being against me. the history teacher, intelligent enough sent me out of class. that moment being there alone, you know saying to myself why am i so angry? why do i feel ashamed? that's a feeling i think a lot of young muslim men in europe in the united states can relate to. >> it was so personal for you in that moment as a 13-year-old young man that you write about this in your piece. you say, i know from my own experience that the lure of extremism can be very powerful when you grow up in a world where the media and everyone around you seems to mock and insult your culture. i mean obviously, you know, you stayed on the right path but you indicated this desire for revenge. >> yeah i became a novelist. i used to channel my anger. i use it as a transformational
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power, you could say. but there are young people who feel rejected by society, who feel that media, you know, is mocking their religion is condescending toward their rereligion. and they do not feel their anger is being heard. they have the feeling they're still secondhand second-class citizens in a secular society. i think the great challenge of muslims in europe and america is how do we deal with the sack ri religious, with something we hold sacred in a secular society, how to deal with this when it comes to freedom of speech what is the position of religion in this society? >> what is the answer to that? we have so many very very smart people on the show. i'm asking about these people who feel legitimately marginalized. some of them go the wrong way. >> oh yeah. well i think being listened to is the most important. i go into prisons. i go into schools, and i talk
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about this. and there are young people young men who recognize it. they recognize that i know about their anger. the moment they feel understood by this they want to tell their story. being -- having this feeling of this person of society is accepting my anger is accepting it, you know, to be spoke the out gives people a relief gives them the feeling that they belong to that society. i think at this moment when it comes to the big themes about secular society and islam, a lot of muslims in europe, you know do not feel listened to do not feel understood. and first of all, 99% of the muslims in europe love their society, love being in europe. but there is a small margin of people who radicalize and go into terrorism. >> but shouldn't there be other people in addition to novelists -- and i think it's wonderful what you're doing, but shouldn't it be higher levels who are the people who do this
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listening to keep these people from taking the wrong path? well there should be more of them. we should be more aware. for one thing a lone wolf somebody who commits terrorism, it's very, very difficult to find out who is doing what and then turn them back. one who goes into terrorism, they're individuals. but we as a community, we have to stand up. there are writers, artists, directors, but also mothers and fathers. mothers and fathers sending their children to school and saying listen you are a citizen of our society. there's equality for everybody. do not feel ashamed of your position. do not feel ashamed of your religion. and go open into the debate and don't worry. your vulnerability is great. and i think now -- i mean when that happened to me, you know that was 25 years ago. i felt so alone.
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and that situation is different now. people talk to each other about this. >> but you can remember in a second, you know talking about this. i can tell takes you back to being 13 all over again. thank you so much. i commend you for listening. we need more of you. thank you, sir. coming up next new information that shows this airasia flight climbed to this altitude by some 6,000 feet in its final moments. this is according to one official. that is faster than a fighter jet. we'll talk to richard quest. he'll join me next for more on that. plus on the eve of the biggest u.s. diplomatic trip to cuba in three decades, a russian spy ship docks in a havana harbor. here it is live pictures. we'll go live to havana coming up here on cnn.
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we have some new details today about the tragic crash of airasia flight 8501. indonesia's transportation minister said this jet climbed at a speed of 6,000 feet per minute. that apparently is faster than a fighter jet. just seconds before it crashed into the java sea, killing all 162 passengers and crew on board. so let's bring in our aviation correspondent richard quest, who is in switzerland. richard, let me ask, you know, if you're going 6,000 feet a minute what are possible scenarios as to why that would happen? >> well, the first thing is yes, there's no question the average plane will ascend or
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descend at about 15,000 feet a minute. is it unusual or unheard of for a plane to go up by 6,000? no i've spoken to pilots today who say they've done it. i think we need to sort of suggest in an emergency, you most certainly can climb by that sort of level. what could cause this? brooke what you're looking at is was this a controlled climb by 6,000 feet a minute or was it an updraft because of the weather that was taking it up at that sort of level or some combination of both. the people i'm talking to now, what they're starting to believe happened is the bad weather created a scenario where the pilot or the updraft lifted the plane up by a dramatic amount and then something happened to the engines, causing it to stall. those are the scenarios that people are now looking at and working out what happened. but we will get more details, brooke. now we've got both of the flight
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recorders. >> so i mean basic physics 101. if you increase the speed or velocity at which a plane goes up once it turns back around and hits the water, wouldn't that -- it would mean that it would have a greater impact as it hit water, correct? >> well, the first thing is of course as you increase the altitude, as the nose goes up to increase the altitude the speed goes down. that's obviously because the plane is now requiring more power to go up. if you're climbing at 6,000 feet a minute, then clearly you're going to need a serious amount of power. also anything and i mean anything that disrupts the air flow or that causes a problem with your speed, your margin has become very very narrow. what we also now believe from rumor, and these are just rumors, what the cockpit voice recorder shows is a lot of noise, a lot of warning sounds. that would be consistent with
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the plane going into a stall with various systems sending out warnings and with the aircraft failing in flight. >> all right, richard quest. we continue to wait for more answers. thank you so much. next on the eve of this historic diplomatic talk between the u.s. and cuba p an unexpected visitor off the coast of havana in the form of this russian spy ship. what's it doing there? we will take you live to havana for that. plus the hunt for terrorists. brand new arrests across europe and anti-terror raids, and they come as the manhunt heats up for this mastermind of the terror plot in belgium. you're watching cnn. stay right there.
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a very curious ship has sailed into havana's harbor today. we have a picture. here you go. this one. a russian ship specializing in intelligence gathering. translation, this is a spy ship. what do you know, a dellegation from the u.s. state department travels to havana tomorrow
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while a congressional delegation was there just yesterday. coincidence? i'm told the ship is right there over your shoulder patrick. why is it there? >> well, you know not even 100 yards from our cnn havana bureau. let's take a look at it. arrived in cuba in havana this morning. something of a surprise. the ship was here last year. as you can see from the antennas from the dishes all this high-tech spy stuff, this ship is essentially used to soak up whether it's e-mails, phone calls, any kind of digital intelligence that this spy ship can gather. but here's the interesting thing. while it is a spy ship its purpose here is not at all secret. it's parked just feet away from our office. this is a very heavily traveled part of the city.
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this is where cruise ships usually come in. not usually where you see a spy hit parked. so is this vladimir putin trying to send a message? we don't know. cuban authorities haven't said anything. u.s. authorities haven't said anything. of course highest level u.s. delegation is due to arrive in havana tomorrow to begin talks about normalizing relations. so while there is hope and expectation that cuba will normalize relations with the u.s. still the specter of the cold war literally in the background as this russian spy ship that really has no other purpose to be here other than to monitor communications in the u.s. has arrived, you know, pretty convenient timing. >> how about that for a live shot? i think it's important, too, to broaden this out. the cuba news and headlines made in the last couple months but also we know tonight is the state of the union. former cuban prisoner alan gross will be sitting in the first
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lady's box tonight in d.c. no doubt the president in his address will talk about cuba. how will what you're standing in front of, you know and what the president addresses, how might that cast relations in a dmpbt light, patrick? >> well absolutely. you'd expect the president to talk about turning the page in cuba/u.s. relations. here we have a blast from the past from the cold war past, when russia used cuba as a base for missiles spying intelligence gathering. it was just last year vladimir putin was here and signed a new agreement with cuba to cooperate on intelligence gathering capabilities. the very agreement that's brought this ship here today. certainly opponents of the president's new policy we expect will seize on this the fact that cuba is once again home for russian intelligence gathering on the united states brooke. >> we'll watch for the president tonight and how he addresses
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cuba. patrick, thank you. let's continue on shall we in you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. top of the hour. we're following this widening web of suspected terror cells all across europe. look at the map and you can see. we're talking about police in belgium, greece germany, france and the netherlands. raiding these terror cells, capturing suspected jihadis. today, 13 properties in total were raided in germany. at the same time in france, four suspected terrorists were in court, now being kept behind bars as investigators are probing their links to the attacks in paris. despite all of these arrests, for people in europe the hunt is just beginning. two prime suspects are still on the run. you have this man believed to be the ring leader of the isis-linked belgian