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police hunt down those responsible for shooting two officers and the mayor says he's not going anywhere. >> good morning. i'm victor blackwell. >> i'm christi paul. glad to have you with us. 10:00 in the east 7:00 in the west. you're in the "cnn newsroom".." the south pacific island chain of vanuatu is declaring a state of emergency in the wake of the powerful and deadly cyclone. >> relief workers say the destruction from tropical cyclone pam is so massive it looks like a bomb went off in vanuatu's capital port vila. six people are dead after the storm roared assure yesterday and it's seriously feared this toll will go much higher. the u.n. says the airport's damaged which, of course makes it hard for international aid teams to get in. >> trees are down there in many areas, cutting off access to
some roads there in hard-hit regions and when it roared ashore the cyclone'ss winds reached 200 miles per hour equal to a category 5 hurricane. >> cannot imagine. it's been about 24 hours now since it hit in fact and right now, the priority is to get food water, emergency supplies to the people who really need it so we talked to chloe morrison from world vision a short time ago and she really gave us a good sense of what it's like there right now. >> being almost 24 hours, it's a realtor fiing moments which happened at about midnight port vila time friday night here. during the day when it was safe for me to go outside and assess the damage there were trees down and not just a couple of trees across the roads, some of them were piled higher than you could see over the piles of trees and as you said whole villages have literally been blown away in the night.
this is off aten a tropical paradise island. they rare not able to withstand a category 5, and yes, the village is literally blown away. you have power lines down roads are flooded. it really is devastating. people of vanuatu have been waiting for help to arrive over a week now for things like strong warnings and people were able to evacuate to shelters where they were available. so in port vila where i'm based the capital city in vanuatu, those shelters were like churches and schools that were more concrete structures and more sturdy but out on the island in the most remote communities, you know there aren't a lot of strong structures. vanuatu is about 83 islands and 65 have people living on them.
on friday night, cyclone pam tore from the north to the south. she left no island untouched. and the devastate that will be on the smaller remote islands, i can't imagine it particularly around port vila today and when i consider the structures we have in the capital city here are so much stronger than what would have been out on those islands, this morning, most of port vila didn't have running water. some have it now. out on the outlying communities, many communities before cyclone pam struggled to access clean water, share access to shelter is an immediate priority as well. this is a mammoth ka stas strofy here in vanuatu and a national disaster so we'll fill our need priorities that need to be met and this will be part of a longer term response to this disaster. >> let's get more perspective on vanuatu.
it was featured on the first episode of cnn's new show "the wonder list." cnn's bill weier traveled there. watch. >> there is an alarming number of americans who are skeptical it's even happening and that island nations see this as an easy way to get extra money. what is the reality when it comes to climate change for an island nation like this one? >> for some of the smaller islands within vanuatu, we have seen because we've been living here years and years, we can see the sea level rising. >> you can see the changeses? >> we can see. >> a warmer planet will likely affect their crops, bring stronger storms, but folks in these high land villages are relatively safe from the rising tide tides. but our next stop includes communities that live just inches above sea level. places where they're thrilled to
see one flight a month land on the grass patch that is the molta lava international airport. >> welcome to molta lava. >> you're the man, nick. >> on this island there are around 1500 people and twos cars. this is the one that runs. >> yes, yes, yes. >> go go go. >> sort of. >> oh. >> it started. i will never complain about new york city taxi cabs ever again. >> wow. we've got bill with us now. bill when you hear as we're hearing these reports that the wind gusted to 200 miles per hour and you go back and you think of what you saw when you were there, what's your immediate concern? >> my heart goes out for all of these just incredibly gracious hospitable decent warm people we met there, victor. i mean i went there because it's so undeveloped, because they don't have concrete walls,
that was part of the romantic appeal of the island. but now i watch back on our hour in a new way when the cyclone comes, i mean look at that that is literally -- those kids' bedrooms in the village. thatched grass, protecting you from category 5 storms? i mean, you know we cover naturals disasters here in the states. we've all seen red cross aftermaths, you know in oklahoma or louisiana, but these people literally live in the trees. and one island we went to farmer decided to go into tourism, spent his money on the first concrete floor on his island and then a tourism consultant from australia said you know what westerners hate concrete put sand on that. that's the level of naivety the folks live with. i can't imagine how they're getting by. >> and because it's so remote it's going to take some time to get in the major resources to
help them rebuild and really from island to island because it's a chain, assess the damage. is there communication really between these islands easy for people to go from one to the next? >> well that actually was one of the most astonishing things for me. one of the motivations for me to go to the vanuatu is it seeing this amazing photograph of a guy perched on top of the volcanic mountain with his bow and arrow and his loin cloth and when i got there the cell phone signal was stronger than it is here in manhattan. they have had cell service for five seven years or so and it was always strong wherever we went. who knows if those towers survived survived but yes. talking to each other and understanding what's going on is one thing. getting to the places as you stlau, grass airstrips, with only tiny planes can land one car that runs on a good day, so in terms of disaster management as we define it is -- doesn't exist there. >> i would like for you, you talked a bit at the top of this
about the people of vanuatu and if you can just give us your impression of the people there? >> it is -- it has a reputation there was one of these sort of surveys, global surveys a few years ago, and vanuatu was -- came in as the happiest nation in the world and these are some of the beautiful kids there. they have all the if fish they can catch, all the vegetables they can grow but they live on you know a couple dollars a day relative to what we're used to there. so infrastructure wise just getting two-by-fours this is one of the bungalows where they're just getting wi-fi. they're completely aware of the outfield world. -- outside world. they have generous spirit. if i found a place like this where the fishing is this good you want to keep it to yourselves. they cannot wait for you to see their paradise. and so to think that such decent folks are suffering in ways that we can't imagine this morning, it's just tragic. >> yeah.
we had one of the aide workers on that said while she was hiding under the sink in the hotel where she was, she could only imagine there were some people just holding on to coconut trees literally. >> yes. >> in that storm. bill weier, thank you so much for sharing that perspective. >> thanks for having me. >> for you at home, be sure to watch "the wonder list" sunday nights at 10:00 on cnn. i know you're watching and wondering if there's anything you can do to help. if that is true just we've got some ways on our website, go to cnn.com/impact and find out how you might be able to help these people. yesquestion here is russia gearing up for a new cold war? hear what a top u.s. military official says about why the u.s. homeland could be in jeopardy. new doubt about the alleged secret service drunk driving scandal. what sources are now telling cnn about it. progressive insurance here and i'm a box who thrives on the unexpected.
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a frightening warning from a tops u.s. military official. increased military activity by russia could jeopardize the ability to protect the u.s. homeland navy admiral william gortney tells lawmakers russia is working on a program to deploy long-range conventionally armed cruise missiles. cnn's pentagon correspondent barbara starr has more for us. good morning, barbara. >> christi, victor russia has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world. now they're upping their game on the conventional side leading to a lot of questions whether russia is arming up for a new cold war. >> reporter: defending against vladimir putin's russian military aggression is about to get harder. the head of nor rad, the north american aerospace defense command, warning a new generation of russian cruise missiles could strike critical military radars and missiles
inside the united states. >> the development of the cruise missiles that they have that have a very long range, that from the russian -- from eastern russia they can range critical infrastructure in alaska and canada we rely on for homeland defense mission. >> reporter: this is the missile, the kh-101 it's a nonnuclear long-range cruise missile now in the final stages of russian development. it's 2,000 mile plus range gives the russians the ability to fire from near their own coastline. it's highly precise, flies low and is difficult to deit text. >> if we don't have the ability to detect it we can't defend against it. >> reporter: that means not just alaska is at risk but even the eastern united states from potential missile launches in the atlantic. gortney telling congress over time, norad will face increased risk in our ability to defend
north america against russian air, maritime and cruise missile threats. russia already doubled its long-ranger bomber patrols around u.s. coastlines in the last year. now ten a year more than 100 around europe the most flights since the cold war. in the last month, several u.s. officials publicly sounding warnings. >> russia's provocations are only more worrisome in light of vladimir putin's intense focus on building up and modernizing russia's military forces. >> reporter: the top u.s. commander ins u.s. even raising nuclear weapons concerns. >> there are those dual use weapon systems that could very easily be nuclear or non-nuclear and our ability to tell the difference between one and the other is very tough and this is very worrisome. >> reporter: those patrols, one of the thoughts is that moscow may be thumbing its nose at the united states but nored a
strongly believes that the russians are pinging u.s. air space to see how the united states military responds. christi, victor? >> all right. let's dig deeper now. we've got with us cnn military analyst lieutenant general mark hert ling. when you hear from mccain and you hear from gortsly, they paint a stark picture. is russia preparing for another cold war? >> they're probing, victor. you've seen over the last year increases of overflights throughout europe of aircraft intercepted by the french british, spanish. you see these kind of warnings from the intelligence community and, in fact a few years ago when i was commander of u.s. forces in europe i would come back and tell congress before some of the things that happened with ukraine, we have some problems with russia. they are expanding, they are attempting to do things we haven't seen in the last decade or so. at the time members of congress would say, you're a cold
warrior, you don't understand and what we're seeing in the last few months is certainly some troubling advances by mr. putin. don't know why. we don't know his intent. but there are certainly some probes. >> you know it's interesting, because the question has to be asked, is he waiting to be -- to provoke a reaction. he's not entering any air space of another country just getting close and you can ping without doing it as gortsly says more times now than in any year since the cold war. i mean is he waiting for another country to respond, to react? >> he is looking to see what will happen with the european countries and he has, in fact gone into some of the countries with some of the overflights. they have been intercepted. he has also -- it's very concerning for some of the baltic countries, poland for some of the other nations throughout europe, that they are becoming a little bit more aggressive in terms of their cross-border intelligence collection, their cyber warfare and overflights.
>> the question of potential nuclear weapons. >> that's the worrisome part. >> is that still a remote possibility or less remote considering all that's happened in the last couple years with russia? >> we would like to believe that it's less possible but he has stated his intent on several occasions during the ukraine crisis, to potentially use -- he has reminded people he has nuclear weapons, some of these overflights where he is using -- it's the equivalent of our tomahawk cruise missiles underneath the bomber wings. you don't know. general said are those conventional or nuclear tipped weapons. you can't tell by looking at them. so all of these things are just troubling and again, as much intelligence as we gather the one piece of intelligence we can't come to conclusion on is what is mr. putin's true intent spoo yes. what does he want here. general hertling thank you so much. >> christi. >> you know you rarely hear what we heard from prince charles in the sit down
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>> my darling wife enjoyed that visit very much. rr now on the eve of their return. >> i picked up an awful lot of good ideas in the united states. >> reporter: it will be interesting to see how americans accept the royal couple on their tour which starts in washington, d.c. next week. because ten years ago when camilla first did a tour of the united states there was quite a lot of negativity. they were comparing her to diana, diana fans were holding up very vicious plaque cards in places but i think brits have warned camilla over the last decade and it will be interesting to see whether americans have done the same. victor and christi some. >> thank you so much. be sure to watch the cnn special "spotlight charles and camilla" airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. eastern here on cnn. cnn is learning new details about the latest scandal to rock the secret service and erin mcpike is live at the white house. >> we're now hearing that the initial reports about this incident may have been
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agents who were at a bar for a retirement party for one of their colleagues that was about seven blocks due east of the white house. at the end of this party they left in a government car, one of those agents was driving and they came back to the white house and approached a barricade. what we know about this, there was a suspicious -- some suspicious activity because a bomb threat was going on may not have been a serious thing, but they have to take these events seriously and they drove up to the barricade, they nudged the only barrel around the barricade where the suspicious activity was going on. the car went through two checkpoints and the agents went home. there was no collision, doesn't seem to be any sort of damage there may never have been any sort of ask for a sobriety. that is called into question right now. now we do know that joe clancy who is the director of secret service, didn't find out about this incident until five days later. he will be questioned on capitol hill on monday and tuesday for
some private and some public briefings, but he is coming under some fire because he was supposed to turn this agency around and there's still a lot of questions about the culture at secret service. cnn spoke to jason chab fitz a republican congressman who runs oversight and government reform and what he had to say about this yesterday. >> this is a big poemts for director clancy. he has the opportunity to help cleans this up. how he does it the manner in which he does it i think he needs to send a signal there's going to be a new age of accountability and that means communicating at the very top right away. >> and on top of that the department of homeland security is investigating, victor. >> all right. erin mcpike, we'll see if we learn anything substantial on monday and tuesday when the director is on capitol hill. thank you so much erin. joining us now is a former secret service agent. jonathan thank you for being with us. we appreciate it. out of the gate i'm wondering what you make of all of this
which if any side do you believe here? >> well one thing that's good is i don't want to let rumor outweigh the actual facts, so the secret service hasn't put out any information other than they're looking into this situation. the facts of this incident are going to take a little while for joe clancy to resolve and, you know we do need to give him a little bit of time to, you know actually allow the facts to develop and then disseminate them to congress and the american people. >> absolutely. but one of the things that we know is a factor that he didn't find out for five days about what happened is that common do you think? >> no. >> to be in the know? >> no. i think that's one thing, that's a challenge that joe clancy is going to have. he had left the secret service and has now come back. he was the acting director and has been installed as the director. he has only been there for a month, you know, less than a month as the director and he needs time to develop his management structure. right now the secret service is currently operating without a deputy director.
they have newly installed assistant directors. joe clancy has a very big challenge ahead of him to develop his management team and his management operational tempo. this is the first challenge that he's facing and it will be interesting to see how he deals with this. >> so i mean when we look at just the last few years, you have a colombian prostitution scandal, late night partying white house fence jumpers, this incident when you speak about the managerial issues do you think that's part of the reason we're seeing the spike or what else might it be. >> the secret service for a long time has had managerial challenges. joe clancy is driving the bus right now. he is the head of this agency. he needs to get ahead of all of these issues. everything that's happened in the past we need to, you know learn from them we need to move beyond them and we need to start developing managers within the secret service that can move our agency forward. >> okay. but a lot of people are looking at this and saying but what are some of these front line guys doing here.
scandsles like this have always gone on and the higher ups have been better at concealing them. >> what come out time and time again, is this the culture of the secret service, what a secret service agent is. the answer is emphatically no. this is not the culture of the secret service. the culture of the secret service for the men and women that get up every day and do the job is dedication dedication to the mission, is putting their life on the line every single day, for the protection offen, you know our infrastructure. >> right. >> so that's the real culture of the secret service. these are isolated incidents that have been, you know widely broadcast in the media because they're salacious, i understand that but that is absolutely not the culture of the secret service. >> all right. good to know jonathan whackrow we appreciate the time thank you. >> thank you. >> increasing the reward to find the shooter of those two injured officers in ferguson. we've got an update this morning on the search for suspects. and are police backing away from
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police officer last week. he was unarmed at the time. the officer was reportedly assaulted and that's what prompted him to shoot, but that is just one story that is causing a lot of debate right now when we talk about race relations in the u.s. >> there was a call outside the ferguson police department as people showed their support to the police force but that's a stark contrast to what happened on wednesday. >> this morning we know police are intensifying their manhunt for the gunman who shot two police officers. >> they're considering increasing the $10,000 reward as donations continue to pour in from the public. investigators say they have several leads but no major break in the investigation. meanwhile, ferguson's mayor james knowles spoke with sarah sidner responding to new protests for pleas that he step down in the wake of the shootings. >> i mean it's my commitment to the city. i have lived here for 35 years. i moved back here after college. my wife grew up here.
we're going to have our first child here in the next month and a half. i've been committed to this community and want to make sure this community is the same community that everybody else wants to live in work in play in as we always say here in ferguson. >> you're not going anywhere is what you're telling us? >> unless the residents decide to remove me. that's not the indication i get from the average resident. >> ferguson and the university of oklahoma fraternity fallout are shining a spotlight on race relations one week after the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the selma voting rights march. listen first to what president obama told jimmy kimmel on thursday night. >> what was beautiful about selmas was reminding ourselves that real social change in this country so often has happened because ordinary people are willing in a nonviolent fashion to make their voices heard. you know i think what had been happening in ferguson was
oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protests but there was no excuse for criminal acts. and whoever fired those shots, shouldn't detract from the issue. >> i'm joined now by kevin powell the president and co-founder of bk nation a new national organization that works in human and civil rights including issues of race and diversity and the author of barack obama, ronald reagan and the ghost of dr. king and other books as well. kevin, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. good morning to you. >> so just last weekend the nation celebrated 50 years since the selma voting rights movement across the edmund pet tus bridge. we're talking ability ferguson racist fraternity chapter and other chapters if they're using the same thing. what does that say about relations in america today? >> well i think we need to be first honest if we're going to
have a conversation about race in american racism is as american as march madness, as elimelech computers, as nike nike shoes. the country was rooted in it and we would be lying if we said it was any other way. i'm not surprised by the things that have been happening. unfortunately, you know there are a lot of people woefully miseducated, rooted in hatred and fear of people different from them and has led to really incredible acts of violence and injustice towards our fellow human beings. that's where we are in the society. i have hope because i travel this country as an activist speaker, see people of different backgrounds working together but it's not going to change if we don't get to the systemic causes of racism in our country. >> there are some people after you make that statement about racism being as american as nike shoes and all the rest some people who believe that racism is gone that race has no place
in america, then you people on the other spectrum who see race as the driving force for everything. you've got the middle. is that middle growing if which she see some of these infractions across the country and can have that conversation or are the extremes growing? >> here's the thing. there's no left or right or middle. the reality is i want to live in a post-racism world, post-racism america and it's going to take black people white people latino people asian people native american people middle eastern people jewish people people of all backgrounds and faiths coming together and saying that this should not be where there is a superiority for one group of people and a construct where people are not learning about each other through the school system public or private schools, should not be a construct where we're demanding equality in the mass media culture and tv that's part of the problem. we keep putting band-aids on the situation, talk around the situation and we need to be willing to get to the root of
the situation. president obama was right, you know i don't condone any form of violence. i believe ins peace and love and all of us are sisters and brothers and that's the beloved community that dr. king was talking about. but we're mot going to get there if we're not willing to have the very difficult conversations about the history of our nation as well as current events, not just the fraternity as an isolated incident not just ferguson but something that permeates every aspect of our society. >> you brought up the term post-racism america and it reminded me of the post-racial america people respected in 2009 with the inauguration of 2009 with barack obama. >> that was a -- you know how do i say it -- >> let me read -- i want to put this in context for people to understand. >> yeah. >> post-racial -- >> you wrote -- >> suggests we have gotten past all these racial hurdles in our society. that's not the case at all. >> yeah. >> the fact that the sitting president of the united states has been threatened as much if not more than any other president, the level of disrespect he's faced as the president of the united states much of it a lot of us feel is
attributed to his racial background the fact that there has been an explosion seemingly of black males racially pro filed and murdered around the country during the obama years does not suggest we are in a post-racial america. disingenuous for us to use that term. we should be striving toward the beloved or post-racist community that dr. king was talking about and that takes a tremendous amount of work, that we saw demonstrated with the anniversary of selma and people have to be willing to come together to do that. i believe it can happen but can't be us talking about it. we have to do the work on all sfleefls. >> levels. >> you wrote something after mike brown's death in ferguson. i do not know what's going to happen in ferguson, missouri. i know the crisp night barack obama won the presidency and announced in chicago change has come to america, now seems like a century ago. dare i say it the united states seems more divided than ever
more violent than ever filled with more hate and ignorance and fear than ever. i also want to put up this poll by cnn and orc in which it asks about race relations under obama. 45% of whites believe they're worse, 26% of blacks believe they're worse. most believe they're the same. is there -- no one is blaming the president but was that expectation set and now there's some correlation between the election of the president a and the way people feel about race relations? >> i think it was a beautiful multicultural, multigenerational movement that made barack obama happen in 2008, the same kind of beautiful multi cultural movement the civil rights movement with selma and voting rights and civil rights in the 1950s and '60s. we get into these spaces we do this work for a short period of time and then we stop and then it's almost like we take four or five steps backwards. if as a black male or any person of color we should not have to
worry about if we go to certain communities in this country in 2015 in 2015 you know, we may be the victims of some form of racial profiling. that should be unacceptable. it should be unacceptable in our society as a civilized nation that we incarcerate more people than any other people in the planet and the majority are males in our society. poverty in our society and disproportionate number of folks people of color experiencing poverty in this country these are the things that president johnson and dr. king were talking about, you know, 50 years ago, and so yes, i can say i sit here as the child of a mother with an eighth grade education, grandmother who was illiterate tremendous progress including racial progress in the country. i went to college. i can't just look at myself and say i did all right. what about the vast majority of people in my community dealing with systemic racism. that's what we've got to address. and, you know, a lot of folks will say, you know, we're harping on the past and things, you know have improved.
no things will improve when we really are all treated as equal human beings in our society no matter what our background. that's the world that i want to get top in. >> kevin powell president and co-founder of bk nation thank you so much. >> thank you so much. >> we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] we help make secure financial tomorrows a reality for over 19 million people. [ mom ] with life insurance, we're not just insuring our lives... we're helping protect his. [ female announcer ] everyone has a moment when tomorrow becomes real. transamerica. transform tomorrow. you wouldn't do half of your daily routine. so why treat your mouth any differently. brushing alone does less than half the job leaving behind millions of germs. complete the job with listerine®. will say, you know, we're you so much. 99 percent of germs.
put a hole in your budget and struggling to make ends meet a broken down vehicle can put your life at risk. >> this one woman who was driven to help let's say, and that's why she is the first cnn hero of 2015. >> i had been a delivery driver coming up on a year now. having a car problem just brings a lot of stress. there's a smell of gas. i'm definitely worried about my safety. having two daughters, it just really heightened the situation. >> i was a social worker for 15 years. i kept seeing people struggling with making ends meet. one car repair can upset the entire card. why isn't somebody doing something about this. one day it occurred to me that somebody might be me. i did not grow up working on
cars so i ended up getting a degree in auto technology. >> every time i get in the car i smell it. >> does it get worse when you turn on the heat. >> how we're different than a regular garage people have to meet certain income requirements. >> i was quoted close to 1400. >> we charge the customer $15 an hour for labor. market rate is about $100 an hour. we don't do any markup on the parts. so we are a lot less. >> looking at about $300. >> okay. i would give you guys more you know. >> a car that works, allows them to meet the basic needs of their lives with dignity. thanks for your patience. >> get a hug. >> oh. >> they fixed everything. >> it's a lot of weight off my shoulders. >> thanks take care. >> it's about moving people forward and moving their lives forward. >> that is a woman that walks through the problem. i see it i'm going to fix it.
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happening right now in the "newsroom". >> it looks like an absolute bomb has hit it. it is devastating. >> packing winds of 155 miles per hour cyclone pam is churning in the south pacific. so far, at least six people killed and an island nation devastated. two days after two officers are shot and injured in ferguson, missouri the suspect is still at large, police chasing several new leads this morning, as the manhunt continues. plus -- >> let's go guys. come on. >> come on. >> pass her up. >> herculean strength used trapped for nearly 14 hours in a