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to give you the best experience possible. because we should fit into your life. not the other way around. hello, again. everyone. thanks so much for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. egyptian aviation officials are now revealing what they heard on those flight data recorders from the deadly russian plane crash. >> a noise was heard in the last second of the cvr recording. a spectral analysis will be carried out by specialized labs in order to identify the nature of this noise >> krns affiliate france ii is reporting the noise heard on that cockpit recording is the
sound of an explosion and that explosion is not from an accident. the report also says the recordings reveal there was no sign of mechanical malfunction. this as isis is doubling down on its claim of responsibility. in a new propaganda video. and egypt's foreign minister is saying the international community did not heed egypt's call to seriously deal with terrorism. meanwhile, the department of homeland security in this country says it will tighten security for u.s.-bound flights in several international cities, including cairo, amman, jordan, and kuwait. cnn investigations correspondent chris frates is in washington right now and nema is in sharm el sheikh. the head of the investigative team says all scenarios are on the table, but where does the investigation go from here? >> well, the investigation really feeds to pick up pace, fredricka. and they acknowledge that that just hasn't been able to happen, because of adverse weather conditions. they actually haven't been able to access the sites for the last
three days. the last time they got there was wednesday, and that is losing a lot of time, especially as investigators say what they really ideally would like to do is remove the wreckage, remove the remains of the plane back to cairo and start putting the pieces back together. the egyptian for the egyptians is that now we have all of these reports coming out, that the concern about what was heard in that last second of the black box recording, that has been the focal point of a lot of speculation. cnn affiliate france ii was hearing from investigators that they believe, and these are investigators in france, that they believe that that could have been the noise from an explosion that was heard in the last second. but the head of the investigation team here saying that he doesn't want any further speculation, he just wants to try to get on with his job, fredricka. >> and chris, out of an abundance of caution, the u.s. is suggesting some security measures for flights that are
inbound to the u.s. explain. >> that's exactly right, fred. so travelers from airports in the region with direct flights to the united states, they're going to likely see additional random searches, hand swabbing of passengers, and possibly more bomb-sniffing dogs. now, a source with knowledge of the situation tells cnn that airports in cairo, amman, and kuwait will see tightened security for u.s.-bound flights. and all the beefed up security is likely to affect fewer than ten airports. and u.s. homeland security secretary jeh johnson said yesterday that the precautionary measures include more screening of items on planes, assessing security at foreign airports, and offers by u.s. officials to help some foreign airports with their security. u.s. officials are stressing here, fred, that there are already multiple layers of security to screen passengers before they ever really even get on a plane bound for the united states. those things include checking all passengers and crew, against the terror watch list, for instance.
but vulnerables still exist, especially the threat from inside the security perimeter. intelligence officials say, if the downing of metrojet, was in fact an inside job, authorities worldwide need to zero in on those airport and airline workers with secure access to those sensitive areas. >> chris frates, thanks so much in washington. joining me now from our new york bureau is jonathan gilliam, good to see you again. and cnn aviation analyst, lest abend. and former army intelligence officer, lieutenant colonel tony schaefer. good to all three of you gentleman. a so few things coming out of that press conference. that there's an unwillingness to really say it was an explosion or bomb onboard. but now as we also hear that there was a british flight, plane that came very close to being hit by a missile back in
august. i wonder, les, how troublesome is that kind of information coupled with the possibility that if this metrojet did have an explosion, it may have been an inside job. so now you've got potentially somebody working inside the sharm el sheikh airport and then you also have potentially the capability of a missile striking a flight, a plane taking off in that area. what are your concerns about how the investigation moves forward to protect the airways there? >> well, fredricka, from the -- from my understanding, that missile was something the egyptians were doing on a military exercise, of course. we may never know for sure what that is. it's not something that i want to have to deal, you know, when i'm on an approach to an airport. but at this point, i think the egyptians are taking the appropriate steps. i really applaud the egyptian government or the investigation team for finally coming out with this press briefing.
i wish there was a little more transparency earlier, but they talked about 58 people. and this is not being done in a vacuum. these are qualified, experienced people, all very good in their field. and they're out there, conducting what appears to be a real iko investigation. they have a tremendous reputation, so i really applaud them for saying, we don't know for sure what this sound is and whether it's an explosion, great but, absolutely, if this is a catalyst that gets us to focus more on our security measures, both abroad and the united states, then so be it. then i think that's a good result. >> so, colonel schaefer, les is applauding, you know, the investigation to a certain extent. do you also worry about maybe what has been revealed as real vulnerabilities, potentially, especially a week out. it's unclear exactly what happened. but to hear potentially there was an inside job, if, indeed,
there was a bomb onboard, what are your concerns about the stability or lack thereof in egypt or at least in this part of egypt? >> well, two things. first, i'm picking up from my sources in the pentagon that there was a great deal of chatter that a foreign intelligence service picked up. in fact, the pentagon noted that they felt this foreign intelligence service was more reliable regarding the analysis of chatter. and the problem, obviously, fredricka, they didn't act on it, this foreign intelligence service. with that said, that tells us we're probably getting closer to who probably did it. and it looks very much to me, based on the information i've had given to me by a variety of sources, this was probably an inside job. someone who had access to the flight line, who may have had access to the maintenance aspects of the aircraft, who had continuous access and had made it through, by the way, the security vetting of the egyptians, to have access. so this is where i think this is going.
and dare i say, you know, this is going to require everyone to relook how they go about doing the vetting and security processing of individuals with close access to places like this. >> and jonathan, while the u.s. has made some changes, some modification of security for u.s.-bound flights out of certain areas like cairo and amman and even kuwait, what's your concern about how the u.s. is being used in the investigation or not being used. we've heard from some that, you know, perhaps the fbi is not necessarily been called upon to be part of this investigation. you know, there wasn't a u.s. interest in terms of, you know, an u.s. airliner that was involved in this explosion, or even americans as far as we know onboard. but to what extent do you believe the u.s. investigative arm should be on the ground, should be investigating this, because of potential vulnerabilities for any western states, and especially the u.s.? >> well, as tony can tell you,
the greatest asset that we have outside of the united states, when it comes to any type of investigative procedures are sources. and so, i think that, you know, regardless of what egypt allows us to be involved with, we have sources, we potentially could find out who did it and how they did it, long before other people even in egypt or russia, because we have such advanced intel, relationships, and abilities of collection. now, with that being said, it's always important if we're involved in these investigations abroad, but i'll tell you, fred. it's no secret that somebody could sneak a bomb on to a plane through an airport, because the reality is, worldwide, airports have put the bulk of their security in one area, and that's screening passengers. and it's the things that happened long before a passenger gets there, where i think the largest vulnerables exist in an airport. do you screen who works there properly? do you monitor the luggage?
do you watch who's jumping over fences? in new jersey, they put a $100 million fence all the way around the entire airport. and then somebody who was drunk one night decided to jump over it and ran all the way to the gates, across the tarmac. so, i think these are the biggest -- this is the biggest vulnerability that's been going on for a long time. and we don't necessarily need the egyptians to tell us that's how it happened and we're to fix our own security. >> all right. jonathan gilliam, les oppend, thanks for being here. next, the road to the white house. ben carson says the media is out to get him and he's calling it a witch hunt. they have been talking to everybody i've ever nen, everybody i've ever seen. there's got to be a scandal, there's got to be some nurse he's had an affair with. there's got to be something. they are getting desperate.
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questions about his past are a witch hunt. during a q&a with reporters last night, carson slammed the press for asking questions about childhood stories that he tells in his-o autobiography. he has referred to the stories on book tours, including an incident where he tried to stab a friend and another incident where he tried to attack his own mother with a hammer. carson claims the media is out to get him. >> i think what it shows, and these kinds of things show, is that there is a desperation on behalf of some to try to find a way to tarnish me, because they have been looking through everything. they have been talking to everybody i've ever known, everybody i've ever seen. there's got to be scandal, there's got to be some nurse he's having an affair with. there's got to be something. they are getting desperate. so next week it will be my kindergarten teacher who said i peed in my pants. it's ridiculous. but it's okay, because i totally expect it. >> so today carson is campaigning in puerto rico and
that's where we find cnn national correspondent sunlen serfati. so, sunlen, he's in puerto rico this weekend after south florida swing. what's happening since that press conference last night? >> reporter: well, inlg, fred, if last night is any indication, the tone that he took in that press conference is really a window into how ben carson is thinking right now. it's very clear that he is frustrated with the scrutiny over his past. it definitely is getting under his skin. and we saw him in that press conference really bring a side to him we have not seen before. he was aggressive and he was combative with media at times. really trying to re-direct the fire at the media's coverage of his past. and here in puerto rico, he will be campaigning this weekend. he is anticipated to have a rally tomorrow morning. so i think for the carson campaign, the hope on their part is to try to re-claim this narrative and we claim this week, of course, going into the debate in wisconsin, this week, he does not want to continue all
these questions swirl around, but i should note, these are legitimate questions, ones that we still do not have answers for. now, he did push back fiercefully during that press conference last night. and afterwards at a late-night event, he made mention to this new tone he's taking. he said, a lot of people assume i'm quiet, and because i'm quiet, they think i'm soft. but i think people are now starting to learn that i can be loud, and in his words, particularly when injustices are being done. >> sunlen serfati, gorgeous backdrop, by the way, thank you so much, traveling with dr. carson. let's dig deeper on this. joining me from new york, democratic strategist, nomiki konst. so nomiki, carson usually quiet and calm but last night he was a little agitated and he said he was being treated differently than president obama was treated when he ran for president.
listen. >> wait a minute. hold on one minute. one second here. now, you're saying that something that happened, that a scholarship was offered is a big deal, but the president of united states, his academic record being sealed is not -- wait a minute, tell me -- tell me how there's equivalence there. it doesn't matter where it is. that's a silly argument. tell me how there's equivalence there. tell me how there is equivalence there. tell me, somebody, please. >> so nomiki, what do you think is going on here? this is material that he put out there. he's repeated this material, whether it be in his book, on the campaign trail, in sit-down interviews with various networks, but now he seems troubled by it. what's really behind this in your view? >> so, you know, i think there are a few things happening here. ben carson, this is the year of the outsider, everybody's saying. and he is one of the two
outsiders. one being donald trump, who's been in the public eye over the pars 30, 40 years. and then you have ben carson, who has been giving speeches, has written, i believe, nine books, telling stories of his childhood and growing up and living in baltimore and all these courageous stories that he's overcome, you know, violence, he's overcome -- you know, there's a guy who stuck a gun to his chest in baltimore at the popeye's and he was the hero. he's had all these interesting stories. but he's never been vetted or run for office before. and when you have all these candidates who for the most part have run for office. they went through this vetting at an early stage, including president obama when he ran for state senate. he had to go through the vetting process with the county party. with other opponents launching opposition research on them. that's what happens when you run for office. so i think, this is the first time he's really been scrutinized, based on his accounts of his stories, which are in writing.
and he's running on his story, not his record. and that's it. >> okay. >> so giano is with us now out of washington, d.c. so his story, he doesn't have the political history in which to run on, which is typically what you're going to see from a number of the candidate. he's kind of the outsider, as is donald trump so he's running on his personal story. and one of the personal stories that he has wanted to hold on to, dearly, is that there was a moment that was transformational for him. and that he was either stabbing somebody, throwing bricks, going after his mother with a hammer. he's asked about that by way of questions being asked to people who knew him who say, that's an unrecognizable dr. ben carson. and is it a remarkable thing, or even an extraordinary thing, that he doesn't like the idea that he's now being asked about something that he laid out there and he wants to really hold on
to that moment of a violent past. he's said, you know, he had this moment of anger and so this is something that he is campaigning on. help us understand. this is very complex. it's a little confusing. but this is his story and this is his fight. help us understand what's going on here. >> well, when people say that it's unrecognizable by those that are around him when he was a little bit younger, we're talking about folks back when he was in high school, elementary school, and i know that that was a story done by cnn, the investigation done by cnn, he went to a high school of over 2,000 people. there were nine people talked to. and of those nine people, there was one individual whose name, by the name of dixon, who said that, yeah, i remember rumors of those things. i just really didn't know if they were 100% accurate or not. the truth of the matter is, no one will ever know everything that happens behind closed doors. and a number of the folks in which cnn spoke to said those exact same words. so at the end of the day, you
think about situations that happened on the news, when there's a crime that's committed and the news will interview someone and say, do you think that was in that person's character? and everyone says no, but at the end of the day, that person did a number of acts and no one knew about it. there's not going to be a way for everyone to know every single thing that has happened for somebody 50 plus years ago. >> except in his case, when you are running just on your character and he is, you know, sharing this story and saying, this is part of my past, this is who i am, et cetera, and no one can kind of corroborate it. those who seem to know him well, my next-door neighbor, people who have gone to school, and now it's almost as if he, instead of it sounding like it's a transformational moment and he's sharing that, it almost as now he wants to use this as bragging rights. like, come on, i'm trying to convince you. and it -- maybe it seems a little strange to some. >> i disagree with that. i don't think that he would ever -- who wants to use this as
bragging rights. he grew up in the inner city detroit. poverty. his mom was illiterate. >> but the tone in some of those interviews, how he's explaining it, it's almost like -- >> the tone has changed for one reason and one reason only. he's the most likable candidate, according to polls. he's the most credible candidate. and he was the only candidate in one of the recent polls that could beat hillary clinton. so at the end of the day -- >> but giano, it goes beyond credibility and likability. "the wall street journal" did a great piece yesterday where they went through his accounts, through his nine books and his speeches and there were several accounts, many of them verifiable. this is what reporting is. reporting isn't just going to ask random people who went to high school with him. they went through police records where he said he was held up at a popeye's. guess what, there's no police record of that. >> and he also said in that instance -- >> hold on.
he said that after the mlk protest, he brought in white students into a biology lab and protected them from other black students, which is an interesting narrative in its own, and he protected them. well, guess what, none of those white students he claimed he protected actually said that -- and the class he said he took at yale, he said that term papers were burned and that he decided he was going to take the new term -- the new -- do the new term paper. and guess what! there's no verification of that class. there are several accounts in his record where none of this is true. i think it's pathological. i think someone who thinks that he can never have run for office and run for president and not be held to account based on his one thing and his one thing alone, that's his character. >> address that. we are talking about things that there are witnesses, he even writes about, he says there are all these people, but none of these people have surfaced.
he said a couple of days ago, bob, i just talked to bob yesterday, in fact, and if bob wants to, bob will come forward. and now nothing more about that. but he says, i had this moment of pathological anger. and it's an interesting choice of word. >> that's when he was 13 or 14 years old. there's a lot of people in their early teens that have this pott logical anger. that is normal. that is something we regulaly see in our high schools. that's nothing new. going back to nomiki's point, when you're talking about the popeye's incident, that was over 50 years ago! >> but he just talked about that this summer, though. >> right, in terms of not being able to find any police records. he said that he didn't even stick around for the police to even take any statements. he wanted to get out of there. when you think about, back in the '60s, when he said that he protected the white students, there was a lot going on in detroit. that is very possible that that could have happened. >> what about the class, then?
he's inventing a class? he said there was a picture of him taken and put into the yale yearbook. guess what, they couldn't find that picture. there are so many loyalty stories along the way. at some point you have to say, okay, come on, let's be real here. >> i wish we could go on, because there's so much more to talk about this and i love you're both really fired up about it and defending your positions on it. it is fascinating and it's not going away, but for now we'll have to take a pause and maybe we can resume this conversation at another time. because this is something that is going to be dogging his campaign, clearly, for days to come, if not weeks. we'll see, nomiki konst, giano caldwell, thanks so much to both of you. appreciate it. ou have moderate e rheumatoid arthritis like me, and you're talking to your rheumatologist 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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opinion, there have been any violations of law. >> all right, so there are lots of legal questions here in this case. with me now is psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, gail saltz, and cnn legal analyst, joey jackson. good to see both of you. >> good afternoon, fredricka. >> joey, let me begin with you and some of the legal road. if some of these cases are now facing some pretty serious charges, is it appropriate in this case, when there are a lot of these kids who are doing this because they think it's kind of the norm. everyone's doing it. but they didn't really know, in large part, the legal ramifications that come with sexting, with transferring, you know, imagery of each other naked. >> that's right, fredricka. and that really raises the policy question of, should they be criminalized based upon their lack of knowledge and based upon doing what children and teenagers do. and in colorado, you know, there are many laws throughout the dun, and sexting certainly is something that's significant,
given the burgeoning nature of technology. but many states have addressed the issue of sex ting as a policy question and what we should do about it. unfortunately, colorado has not. and in essence, what that means is that they default to the other statutes that are on the books. and if you're under 18, that default becomes child pornography. so whenever you're dealing with issues of child pornography and you're sending images of anyone who's around the age of 18, it's problematic. and fredricka, it's not only, you know, sending is distributing it, but say you get it. you're now in possession of child pornography. it so raises massive questions and it defaults, unfortunately, to the laws that are in existence. and since they don't have these ten sexting laws, they're draconian measures to deal with these children. >> so if you're a kid and receive it, you open it up and there it is. if you simply have it in your possession and you have not, you know, sent it to anybody, are you still liable, facing, you
know, potential charges even, you know, if you didn't send it to anyway, but if you did send something, that's where the charges could come into play or are you in trouble either way? >> here's the problem, you're in trouble either way, is the short answer. but the bigger problem is because, technically then, fredricka, you would be in possession of child pornography. obviously, if you then redistribute it, you're talking about distribution and other type of charges. so what has to happen is each jurisdiction really has to decide as a policy matter what they are going to do about children who do what children do. and what my sense is that colorado will deal with this in the juvenile courts, as opposed to the adult court, because even that is significant, because we know that the juvenile courts deal with issues concerning rehabilitation, where adult courts are really measured in dealing with punishment. and that's a big distinction. >> joey and gale, this means some serious conversations parents need to be having with their kids. if they have funs. so in this study by drexel
university, gale, it was released just this past summer, nearly 30% of college students admitted they have sent and received explicit photos before they were the age of 18. and nearly 60% of those surveyed didn't know that what they were doing would actually be considered child pornography. so, i mean, there are a few things to address here. i mean, gale, a, why do kids feel like they want to do this, they need to do it, especially not knowing where that image is going to go. >> right. >> and then, b, it's kind of, how is it that they don't know, that there's something wrong with this? >> well, for adolescents, it is normal in adolescents to be risk taking, to be thrill seeking. to be impulsive. so, in other words, making a decision without necessarily considering the consequences. obviously, there's a wide range in adolescents, but the basic facts in adolescents, the
amygdala is on overdrive, saying, that felt good, let's do it again. so receiving or looking at sexuallily titillating material or exhibiting yourself would fall in that category. then the front of the brain, the prefrontal cortex that houses consequence, so, if i do this today, what's going to happen to me tomorrow, am i going to be in trouble, that part is not well established until you're in your actually low to mid-20s. >> so all the more reason if that is a great explanation for a lot of these young people, they haven't really thought about the consequences, don't really realize the ramifications, should the books be coming down so hard? i know ignorance is not above the law. we hear that all the time -- go ahead. >> i do want to say, parents can be their frontal cortex somewhat for their kids. they do need to sit down and say, hey, you may not realize this, but this is illegal and you can get in trouble. >> so that's not happening,
c'esay, joey, in some circles. so that kid who didn't realize, didn't think about the consequences, the ramifications, and now the book's being thrown at it and now potentially you're going to be a registered sex offender, aren't you? so much for going to college, so much for living in a dorm room. your life is essentially ruined and you're just a 15, 16, 17-year-old who was just doing, you know, carrying out -- doing what everybody else is doing. >> it's a great point, fredricka. and we do know that ignorance of the law is no excuse. however, you're a child, and therefore measures that are taken regarding sexting, no matter what we think about it, you can think it's abhorrent or outlandish, but the reality is kids do what they do. so should there be statutes on the books that are going to throw the book at the kid, in essence, make them felons, et cetera, et cetera. and that's why there needs to be a measured response from this, a sensible response, and i'm sure that the district attorney in evaluating this will treat it in a way, understanding that they're children, and perhaps doing it the juvenile route, so
that the draconian measures don't really apply to these massive students, who i'm sure are just generally good, wonderful kids, but they're just acting like kids and now deemed to be criminal. >> parenting is hard, but it just got a whole lot harder listening to you too. i am very scared. and being a kid that as gotten really hard, too. gail saltz, joey jackson, thanks so much. appreciate it. >> thank you, fredricka. all right, still to come, a texas judge shot outside her own home in texas. details on the search for the gunman in our next hour. oh no... (under his breath) hey man! hey peter. (unenthusiastic) oh... ha ha ha! joanne? is that you? it's me... you don't look a day over 70. am i right? jingle jingle. if you're peter pan, you stay young forever. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. ♪ you make me feel so young... it's what you do. ♪ you make me feel ♪ so spring has sprung.
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