tv CNN Newsroom With Poppy Harlow CNN December 26, 2015 12:00pm-1:01pm PST
top of the hour, thank you so much for joining us. breaking news on a brand new terror warning about possible attacks between now and new year's oeve. a friendly intelligence service warned several european cities of possible attacks involving explosive guns. the warning does not specify which european cities will be the target. want to bring in deb here in new york. he's been following us. also the retired general in orlando. general, we'll get to you in a moment. i know you had a similar
experience you went through in the service. the positive development is intelligence services are sharing information with one another. if you remember in light of the terrorist attack there's a 50-year-old man caught bringing explosiv explosives. police said they could be the target of a terror attack and they should be on high alert. the warning does provide names. they are telling cnn those names have been investigated and there's no concrete information in respect to who they are or what they may be doing. they run it into ground and there's nothing.
again, what's critical is every european country is on a much higher alert than they normally would be. when an intelligence service gets information even though it doesn't seem specific or have a lot of details they are passing on the information. you don't know. it's all about dotting the i's, crossing the t's and making sure something that happens in part of the world, one part of the country is identified. >> absolutely, as we've seen with paris, those boarders are porus. >> we're not talking about something like that here yet, are we? >> no, we're not talking about anything like that. this is nonspecific, it is a warning and again, vienna police are not saying a lot. they are saying now they're checking bags, anything that might have appeared to be an
empty bag thae they're looking at more carefully. they're going to be amping it up an extra notch. it's not that they're not there. there may be a difference between having nine police officers and adding an extra tenth police officer that might see something. that's what they're doing. that's the psychology behind it. >> thank you very much. for that, let me go to you lieutenant general. you have very unique eyes on something like this because of what you went through not long ago in 2011. take us back to then. >> this is extremely tough. the intelligence services are looking to the answers of five different questions of what we call the five ws and the one h. who, what, when, where, why and how. if you can answer any of those you put the intelligence pieces together. we had an incident in 2011 where
we had a jihadist organization planning an attack, a couple of individuals planning an attack. we picked up on some of the intelligence. we watched them closely and passed the information to both the german, french and belgian government. they brought some of their services in, some of their intelligence services. we were able to watch these three individuals until almost to the point they conducted the attack. we didn't have enough intelligence to actually stop them to pull them over the question them. so you're always running that balancing act between who do you stop for what reason and you know, the privacy of the individual verses the security of the people. it's tough. we were lucky and stopped the individuals and prevented a major attack. it caused a lot of correlation between the government and military services. >> i want to be very clear to our viewers because isis is on the minds of so many in the wake of paris and wake of other
attacks. >> you have said that you believe the united states has been successful in their attempts to discredit isis along the way. what tells you that? >> a couple of areas. first of all, the fight in syria and iraq is starting to pick up momentum. we've seen a couple of things on the battlefield that's effected isis significantly. we've seen and heard reports. isis fighters have certainly taken a cut in pay from the organization. they use to pay fighters about $400 a month. they recently dropped that to $300 a month. that was from entail reports.
that tells me they're starting to lose their financial edge. it's not where we wanted to be yet. it's getting towards that way. some of the fighters have been stopped going across the boarder and intelligence services, it's important to see this report in europe. some of the intelligence services in europe, especially are releasing information within the past they would hold very close. they see the requirement to share more intelligence, to connect the dots a little bit. as sure as i say that, there's going to be an attack somewhere tomorrow. you can't stop 100% of these attacks. >> right. >> but i would suggest some of the intelligence services and some of what we're sighing on the battlefield with fewer fighters going to syria and fewer fighters in the fight and some of the tactical defeats they have taken in the last several week are all going to
influence the ora of this boogie man called isis. >> there has been wild and deadly weather across the united states putting 15 million americans on alert this holiday weekend. mother nature pounding the deep south with unrelenting double digit rainfall just days after a tornado outbreak killed 17 people. one of the hardest hit states right now, alabama. the governor there declaring a state of emergency. home after home invo vated with water. sending families to shelter yesterday, christmas day. farther west they're embracing for blizzard conditions. mexico expected to pick up two feet of snow last night. in southern california wild fires being hit by winds.
cnn's sarah here with me in new york out west. she knows this area firsthand. give us a sense where it's the worse and how many are impacted. >> they have evacuations. it's in ventura county in the hills. they closed off portions of several major highways. >> 101 and pacific coast highway. >> the 101 is like a workhorse. everybody uses that highway some point during the day. >> pacific coast highway, a lot of people that live around there or they use it because they're going to see the beauty of the pacific coast highway. this is a holiday weekend where people would be going down there. unfortunately, a bit of it is
closed off. this has been we could because of the winds. you can see them and hear them. you listen to the video, you hear that? the winds blowing and you can see the fire just blowing. that makes it really, really, really hard for the firefighters. about 600 firefighters. it has grown. they have not been able to contain it. it started this morning and it has grown exponentially. it's now at 1,200 acres right now. firefighters are very concerned. there's also an oil field not too far away. if the winds shift or if it gets bigger and bigger that's at a big concern. >> unbelievable pictures. it's been a year for california with the drought conditions and if fires. sarah, stay with us. thank you very much for that. a lot ahead this hour. political super pacts have raised, consider this number. $315 million already this campaign season. who is giving the most and why they are allowed to give
millions with few questions asked. we'll talk all about that and what candidates is helping most. it's being called an epidemic. the special on heroine speaking with a recovering heroine addict. this is a special report you'll not want to miss. also this. >> we don't have clothes or nothing. it's discouraging. we lost everything. my child didn't get any christmas items. >> holiday havoc. we'll talk about the storms battering much of the southern united states. why is this happening in december? what is next? stay with us. we live in a pick and choose world.
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in the northeast dreams of a white christmas went completely unrealized this year. you should feel it outside here in new york city. unseasonably warm temperatures. ice skaters in shorts at rockefeller center here in new york. instead of reaching for hot cocoa, tourist were going for the ice cream truck. it's hard to believe but it is happening. also, very, very severe weather. cnn meteorologist karen mcbegin nis joining us now. breaking news out of dallas.
a confirmed tornado on the ground, is that correct. >> that is correct. my producer said there's a confirmed tornado on the ground south of dallas. i just want to point out this area probably, this particular cell right down here. if you are in that warning area or you have spotted a tornado, you need to take cover immediately. these cells, these particular cells responding to the tornados or the severe weather events are moving off to the north rather rapidly. 7 million people in the tornado watch until 8:00 p.m. central time. also, another area that bears watching you head east to oklahoma city and there we have doppler radar indicated a tornado. one of the counties effected severe weather popping up all afternoon and we could look at a
scenario where the temperatures are exceptionally warm this time of year. as you heard for the last week or so running 10-20 degrees of where it should be this time of year. also, the flooding. as this is a super highway of moisture that's not going to be moving very much over the next 24-36 hours. in this orange shaded area is where you have the chance of tornado activity. now, this is put out as we look through time and we go towards sunday and it looks as if the storm prediction center is only shifting that threat a little bit towards the east as we go into sunday. pretty much the area from shreveport to dallas, houston also encompasses 7 million people. look at the sharply different temperatures. we've got 30s all across the panhandle of oklahoma and into
texas while it is now 80 degrees in dallas. that's why we've seen this outbreak of severe weather. the confirmed tornado. navaro county just to the south of dallas tomorrow we will be talking about blizzards, ice and extremely different weather than we're speaking about today. >> absolutely, karen, thank you very much. for all of us watching, we'll keep you posted on the confirmed tornado just outside of dallas. thank you, karen. donald trump says super pacts are a disaster and a scam. many republican rivals have a much friendlier view of super pacts. they bring in millions to the campaigns. you'll hear from the billionaire donor about why he's giving to the super pacts and why he's backing one of trump's suppo supporters ahead.
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billionaire's to support super pacts that in turn support their favorite candidate. chris looking into the question of why some people are giving to certain super pacts. you had a chance, pretty rare opportunity to talk to one of these billionaire's, these moguls backing someone running against trump. >> what we're seeing is these owners are giving to these so-called super pacts which can take unlimited amounts of moneys. it's rare for super pacts to speak about the relation iships and what that money brings him. we had a chance to sit down with a top g.o.p. money man giving millions to the politicians and presidential candidate whose benefitted from those do nations. >> g.o.p. money man foster freeze has written his biggest checks to support his good friend, rick san or the up. he gave the super pacts
supporting him more than $2 million. >> i think he's a champion, a little guy. very presidential. making $10 million a month.as - freeze won't say how much he'll give this campaign season but explains why he donates. >> i get a sense of satisfaction i'm continuing the process. >> he refers to give the super pacts which can take as much cash as he's willing to give instead of giving to campaigns where the limit is $54 million. >> when the super pact came along i realized i could write a check. it was a lot less effortless and seemed to work. >> sanatorium doesn't believe he's trying to buy influence. >> if he was in it for access he wouldn't be supporting a guy from four years ago. >> better than g.o.p. fundraiser henry barber says they're out gunned by those seeking influence. >> there's a lot more people
giving because they believe in something. they outnumber the people given for access. they get much larger dollars. >> according to a nonpartisan watchdog, so far, super pacts have raised $315 million and spent almost a hundred million. much of it on adds. but those adds still leave republican candidates far behind the front runner who hasn't spent a dime on television advertising. >> super pacts are a didsaster. they're a scam, they cause dishonesty and you better get rid of them because they're causing a lot of bad decisions to be made by some very good people and i'm not blaming these folks but i guess i could. >> some check writers are driven by a mix of business and ego. >> they're giving people support they want and giving to people they know will answer phone calls and know they'll give them access and want them carefully.
bush is a guy so far the resent numbers you head up. 80% of the political adds you've seen on television so far have come from the super pacts. many of those candidates supported by super pacts as we point out doing not so well in the polls. jeb bush, for example, since we're using him, he has the biggest super pact and spent almost $26 million airing 15,000 adds. he's still polling in the single digits. the other piece, scott walker and rick perry. they both had millions of dollars. neither man was able to compete. they dropped out of the race and of course, donald trump atlanta spent a dime on television adds. leading the republican pact here. it's not your typical election cycle where you see the big war chest taking over. >> not at all. donald trump tries to point that out time and time again.
>> chris, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> coming up, new terror warnings in europe and a new message from the leader of isis. what was said in a audio recording just unveiled today. the fight against a terror group forcing russia and the united states to rethink their course together. it's a part they areship among the two of them. president obama and president putin possible. the flu virus hits big. with aches, chills, and fever, there's no such thing as a little flu. and it needs a big solution: an antiviral. so when the flu hits, call your doctor right away and up the ante with antiviral tamiflu. prescription tamiflu is an antiviral that attacks the flu virus at its source and helps stop it from spreading in the body. tamiflu is fda approved to treat the flu in people two weeks of age and older
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says western countries would not dare send in ground troops. isis strong holds given previous failures. several countries are fighting the militant group using air strikes including russia. they have said it's exchanging intelligence on isis with the taliban. cnn correspondents show their perspective in 2015. >> they get people wagging their fingers at them. there's nothing stopping them. either the u.s. needs to step it up or say you know what, we're getting out. >> we're done.
>> not only russia intervening in syria right now and continuing the rhetoric but the response of an extraordinary weak aging regime. it's sad because you're seeing a population where demographics aren't doing well and economy isn't doing well whose reaching out to try to retain a sense of relevance they were going to give anyway. >> look at them. it's really worked. putin has for better or for worse you can make that argument. he is certainly commanded the world's attention. there's no question that he has kind of filled the void that america has pulled back from and with a pretty negative impact from what we've seen in ukraine
and now in syria and elsewhere. >> putin operates without transparency. he doesn't have congress to worry about. >> there's no shared language almost. >> one day he'll no longer be the president of russia. >> for the time being there's a guy with limitless power who likes to throw us in the works for short term political gain. >> it's worked. they make themselves relevant again. >> there's nothing stopping any of it. either the u.s. needs to step it up or say we're getting out. >> as someone from a former colony, i find that narrative worrying. the expectation that a super power should be the police officer of the world comes with a lot of expectations of what
the return is going to be. the reality is. >> if america is not going to be the police of the world then don't be the police of the world. stop promising or inadvertently promising people. >> he's made clear he doesn't want to be the police officer of the world. >> then you got to sit back and watch what happens. you're no longer able to wag your finger about it. >> it's a dream of nonamerican regions happening. >> they're really quiet happy about it. >> let's talk more about russia's war on isis. i think there's one question as we head into 2016 and that's what everyone in this country and many people around the world want to know. when it comes to russia and isis in the new year for the united states as russia an allie or adversary? >> it is going to be neither. i think the best case scenario,
i had opportunities to deal with many in the russian military. there were engagements and exchanges with the military and some government officials and the truth of the matter is they cannot be trusted. they are not transit parent. there is no give and take. you have to deal with them from a position of strength. that is what they understand. >> doesn't that make them an adversary? you can't trust them. >> i think if they're put on the defensive they won't be an ad adversary. you have to understand where their perspective is and how they're viewing to world. with them, it's on steroids. they see russia being attacked from multiple sides. i saw a map that the house produced a few months ago that showed them from russia in all different spheres and that's what putin is telling his people. they're being attacked by everyone to include the united states and nato. once you get that different
posture, you can have a different narrative. listening to the all the reporters just now, it's interesting because they've all hit an element of russian style. they have been doing the kinds of things they've been doing since mr. putin was president and beyond. he's taking it to a new level. they're in georgia, ukraine and there's no pulling back from ukraine. make no mistake about it. they see that as russian territory and now in syria wanting their demands. i think it's going to cause them problems in 2016. russia is going to become a problem on the global scene not just because of mr. putin's adventurism but because of the failing economy. >> it already has been an incredibly deteriorating economy. putin's numbers within the country, sky high. >> that's the other thing. >> he's dealing with a position
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in 2015 we saw policing and mass shootings. we take a look back at the crime and justice stories of the year. >> a biker shoot out caught on video surveillance. nine people killed and 18 wounded may 17th at the twin peeks restaurant in waco, texas. 177 bikers were arrested and police recovered 480 weapons. in this video finally released, an officer fired his weapon
after police say the suspect was carrying a knife and reacting e radically. an african american teen laguan mcdonald was shot 16 times. the police chief fired after dashboard video after a suspect being killed was kept under wraps for over a year. >> public trusts has been shaken. the officer jason van dike has been charged with first degree murder while many continue a rally calling for the mayor to resign. the scene heart breaking and too familiar. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> we are just getting word here of a school shooting. >> a shooting on a school campus, this time at a community college in roseburg, oregon. gunman shoots and kills nine people. he dies after a gun battle with police at the college. >> somehow this has become
routine. the reporting is routine, my response here at the podium ends up being routine. the conversation and the aftermath of it, we've become numb to this. >> as bill cosby maintained his silence, more women came forward saying the television star sexually assaulted them in the past. >> he made me kneel down and i'm not going to repeat what happened next. all i know is that it was the most horrifying thing that could happen to any young woman. >> and cosby turned the tables on some of his accusers in december filing suit against them for defamation of his character. mr. cosby states plainly that he neither drugged nor sexually assaulted the defend nts. >> it's my very, very sad duty to report allison and adam died this morning shortly after 6:45
when the shots rang out. wdbj television journalist allison parker and adam ward shot to death by a disgruntled former colleague during a live broadcast for their morning news. heinous acts recorded by the killer himself. >> horrifying and shocking. these were young people. allison parker was 24-years-old. adam ward 27-years-old. >> it's been gut wrenching for me to get through anything without breaking down in tears. >> the killer, bryce williams shot himself as police closed in. the scene read like a movie, an escape tunnel chiselled away by inmates leading to a manhole under street. >> we have new developments for you about the man hunt that's crippled part of up state new york. >> david sweat and richard matt escaped in new york. >> richard matt not only surrendered. he picked up the shotgun and
aimed it at the agent who then shot three times. >> they were on the run for more than three weeks. prison worker joyce mitchell who helped with their escape but got cold feet for the planned get away is now serving up to seven years behind bars. >> i did wrong, i deserve to be p punished. but people need to know that i was only trying to save my family. >> in 2015 a jury sentenced bomber -- to death. >> the convicted boston bomber will meet his end by lethal injection for his actions that killed four people. >> even in the wake of horror and tragedy, we are not intimidated by acts of terror or radical ideals. nine people died inside the historic emanual african methodist episcop miss cobalanc
church in south carolina. roof was arrested the following day. according to police he confessed and told investigators he wanted to start a race war. the families spoke directly to the killer from court. >> you ever killed some of the most creditical people i know. >> this was the most powerful i've ever listened to. >> state is seeking the death penalty. >> an arrest caught on tape. freddie gray died in police custody leading to riots in baltimore that devastated the city. >> and as soon as the firefighters walked away or turned their backs somebody walked up with a knife and cut two holes into that fire hose. i want you to be really careful over there. it looks like the police are moving closer and closer. >> he was placed in a police
scan and sometime suffered an injury that ended his life. officers involved were charged for crimes like not calling medics and buckling gray inside the fan. in the first of six trials, a hung jury. >> tied new answers in the act of terror that took 14 lives. that's how it's being investigated, an act of terror. 14 people shot dead by a co-worker and his wife. >> farook and malik pledged their support to the terror group. this incident, loan wolf terrorist. >> thank you very much for that. what a year it's been. coming up next, recreating the wine that jesus drank. >> i never set on top of 4,000
the bible is full of references to wine. noah drinks it after the flood and jesus turns water into wine. nowhere in the scripture does it mention what type of wine they're drinking. that is something wine makers in the holy land want to change. we went along as they tried to recreate the beverage of biblical times. >> christmas in beth he hem, a celebration of the birth of jees sus christ, a beginning of the new testament. at a monastery nearby, they craft a key component of many of a biblical story. wine is made in the time of jesus. >> we are concentrating on making the wine and the history
comes with it. >> of course. hopefully. >> the wine making process has come a long way since biblical times with stainless steel tanks and oak barrels which i would describe as epic. >> i've never set on top of 4,000 liters of wine before. >> history part of every bottle. >> when you say jesus drank from this wine it means it's a huge thing. you have to continue making this wine better and better every year. >> it was the first wine ri in the region to return from making wine from only local grapes. the same used thousands of years before. >> the name is the book of the grape that grows only here in our country. >> after an intro to local grapes and tasting, i admit not the first or last tasting on this story. then a sniff.
>> smells good. >> smells fresh and ripe. >> swirl, sip and enjoy. >> it has that fresh ripe taste >> researchers trace the genetic vine to uncover which grapes are native to the holy land, testing ancient seeds preserved in archaeological digs. >> when finding archaeological finding of seeds occurs, 99% of the times it's burned, the seeds are actually charred. this is the reason that they were preserved. >> you can see the right seed is darker, it's a little more shrivelled, and that's -- on the left is a modern day fresh merlot seed. >> up the coast, wine maker shows us his vineyards of recently harvested grapes. there were heavy restrictions on
wine making in the holy land for hundreds of years under the ottoman empire. >> way after the season we can still find a few edible berries. >> the grapes that survived were table grapes. so the wine from this grape could be the wine that jesus drank. >> exactly. >> turning them into wine is still a new idea. >> has a tremendous sweetness to it, it's overripe now. the french have a word which describes the place the wine is from. what does that mean here? >> it actually represents the sense of the wine. >> of people, place, and crucially, of history. there is tremendous marketing potential here, a wine from biblical times, a wine that jesus drank being bottled once again. cnn, the holy land. >> thank you very much for that. coming up next, a radical response to the heroin epidemic
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in a presidential race that has already defied expectation, yet another surprise. according to a recent university of new hampshire poll, the top voter concern in that state is not isis or the economy, it's drug abuse, namely heroin. in a special series titled "primary concern: heroin," dr. sanjay gupta looks at the epidemic that has become a nationwide crisis. part one is a story of a recovering addict who is meeting with politicians to make sure they understand the scale and the scope of this crisis. >> my name's kasie, i'm a volunteer helper in new hampshire, also a person in recovery now. >> met with jeb bush? >> yeah. >> how was that? >> they were all looking at me, jeb bush sitting in the middle,
and it was -- the thoughts that went through my head immediately was, i'm not worthy of this. and immediately, i thought of holly sacala, the director of hope for new hampshire saying why not you? i thought, why not me? what don't i have to offer? >> what casey is offering is a desperate story, tough to hear about an epidemic of drug abuse claiming too many lives in new england. >> it's the number one thing somebody under the age of 35 is going to die from in my state. beats out car accidents. if you're not paying attention to that, then you have no right to represent anybody. it's easy to ignore it. >> 14 months ago, drug abuse barely registered here in the granite state, now it's at the top, more important to voters than jobs, the economy, taxes, you name it. >> oxycontin went off like a
bomb in new england. >> it started with oxy, oxycontin. what many don't realize is that pills like these and heroin have a lot in common. in fact, they are so chemically similar that for an addict or an abuser, they are essentially interchangeable. no surprise, then, 80% of heroin addicts started off using pills. how does that happen for you? >> somebody in the hotel had offered us heroin. i almost looked at it like a science experiment. that was how my brain justified going through the whole process of using heroin. i sniffed it, and it had an effect, but it wasn't the effect that i was looking for. an hour later, i shot heroin. >> what were you trying to discover here? >> i just wanted relief. >> relief from? >> relief from my thoughts, my
feelings, my emotions. if i have the power to choose, i wouldn't choose to use every day. >> what casey is describing is a substance use disorder. that's a new name for an age-old disorder, addiction. it's a brain disease. it causes you to seek out drugs no matter how horrible the consequences. in fact, casey almost died of a heroin overdose. he now wants narcan, a sort of anecdote, in the hands of anyone who needs it. why? because it saved him, like it did for this woman. she has overdosed and is no longer breathing. now watch closely what happens when she gets narcan. >> can you sit up? >> yeah. >> all right, come on. you want a glass of water? >> casey's message, along with many others, is starting to be heard. in october, president obama announced efforts to double the
number of providers that can prescribe narcan. it was welcome news here in new hampshire, where the cries were help, any sort of help, are the loudest. and we kept asking ourselves, why here in new england? well, the answer in part is because heroin is particularly easy to get and very cheap. >> how easy is it to find if you wanted to find it? >> it's a good question. i guarantee you there's nobody in new england with money in their pocket that is saying, god, i wish i could find heroin if they really needed it. >> you got money, you can find it? >> yeah. >> casey hopes the days when he was out buying heroin stay behind him. he spends his free time now with his 3-year-old son, and staying true to his recovery. still, this wasn't the life he ever imagined. slowly becoming the new face of a former heroin addict. >> people think that a person
suffering from alcoholism or addiction, they have this image that comes up in their mind, and i like to break that image, because if i met you on the street, you wouldn't think that two years ago i was an i.v. heroin user. >> yes, casey is a new face, now tasked with taking the message of 23 million americans currently in recovery straight to the candidates, jeb bush, bernie sanders, chris christie. anyone who could possibly stop this epidemic. >> i'd appreciate it if they use the same language, not those addicts, those people, because those people are your moms, your dads, sons, daughters, your neighbor, the chief of your police, they are everybody. they are your doctor, your nurse. we're not unique people.