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several police officers in a gun battle. investigators still trying to determine what motivated the attacks and whether he acted alone. we have this covered from every angle for you. let's begin with cnn justice correspondent evan perez. >> the man the fbi believes was at least behind ten bombs at four locations in new york and new jersey was uncooperative in the first few hours after his capture. but investigators are beginning to put together a picture of what may have driven the 28-year-old to carry out the bombings. a note found on the unexploded pressure cooker bomb on 27th street in manhattan contained hand-written ramblings that made references to past terrorists. that includes the boston bombers. that bomb as well as one on 23rd street, which did explode and injured 29 people, bears similarities to the ones used in the boston bombings. law enforcement officials say that the suspect was seen on surveillance video near both locations, hauling a duffel bag. a surveillance video along with fingerprints and records of cell phones that he bought were the key pieces of evidence that led
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to the arrest of the suspect. now, at this point, investigators believe he was a lone bomb maker, but they are still looking into whether he received help from others. local prosecutors in union county, new jersey, filed the first charges yesterday for attempted murder of five police officers after the shootout that led to his arrest. federal prosecutors in manhattan and new jersey are building their case for charges that are expected in the coming weeks. the case has already led to some in congress to renew their argument that u.s. citizens charged in terrorism cases should be charged as enemy combatants. chris? >> that's controversial, but it's going to be part of the dialogue. evan, thank you. so, the suspect was captured just four hours after police identified him and released his picture. that's incredibly quickly. how did they get it done? they had a treasure-trove of evidence from surveillance video to fingerprints and dna at the bombing scenes that led investigators to his arrest. this last break in the case, though, came from a new jersey bar owner. cnn's ed lavandera joins us from the scene of saturday's blast in
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new york city. ed? >> reporter: good morning, chris. before that bar owner called authorities in new jersey to alert them that he believe pd he had seen this suspect on the streets of new jersey, it was clues around here in the chelsea neighborhood of new york where investigators first started tracking down the suspect, rahami. we're here at the site where the explosion happened on saturday night. it was just four blocks north of where we're at that investigators found the undetonated devices and was able to pinpoint rahami as the suspect. around 7:30 monday morning, his first image broadcast around the area. as well, that cell phone alert went out shortly after. it didn't take but a for more hours after that for the first calls of rahami being spotted outside of that bar in new jersey. that's what led investigators to that shootout.
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residents there in the area captured the gunfight there in new jersey. you can hear a little bit of how that played out yesterday morning. [ gunfire ] tense scenes there on the streets of new jersey yesterday morning. incredibly intense. two officers wounded. did not sustain life-threatening injuries, sounds like they will be okay. here on the streets in this chelsea neighborhood, one of the first thing investigators did was fan out throughout the neighborhood, looking for surveillance video. as evan mentioned, a lot of that video is some of the key evidence used to identify him so quickly. alisyn? >> absolutely. we've seen some of that video. we're also going to be speaking to that bar owner in just a short time. he'll be here on "new day." meanwhile, before the bombings in new york and new jersey, the suspect was not on investigators' radar as someone who might be radicalized. a law enforcement official tells
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cnn he travelled to afghanistan and pakistan, including an area that's a stronghold for the taliban. cnn's jessica schneider is here with more of what we know about the suspect. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, rahami traveled overseas multiple times between 2011 and 2014, but he was never flagged by u.s. immigration officials. now federal officials have raided his home just behind me, and the questions remain, was rahami radicalized? this is 28-year-old ahmad khan rahami, the suspect behind a series of bombings in new york and new jersey. >> i saw him like two weeks ago. i said hello to him, spoke to him, how's your daughter, how are you doing. he looked a little stressed out but nothing of concern. >> reporter: born in afghanistan, rahami traveled back and forth multiple times. >> his father wanted him to get to know his roots. >> reporter: most recently, he
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took a year-long visit to pakistan from april 2013 to march 2014. while there, a facebook photo shows the suspected bomber and his brother mohammed relaxing in traditional clothing. in 2011, rahami spent several weeks in a taliban stronghold. it was there he married a pakistani woman. the u.s. approving her entry into the country in 2012, but it's unclear whether she ever made it to the u.s. >> he was a very friendly guy. you'd never suspect this. terrified. he's hiding in plain sight. you would have never known. >> reporter: rahami underwent secondary screenings returning to the u.s. because of the area he visited but was never flagged. the bombing suspect had a run-in with the law before. rahami was arrested in 2014 on weapons and aggravated assault charges, though a grand jury declined to indict him. his family came to the country seeking asylum decades ago. now they own a fried chicken restaurant in elizabeth, new
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jersey, and they live above it. >> this place has been in operation many years. >> reporter: the rahami family claimed to be the victims of discrimination and harassment in this 2011 lawsuit against the city of elizabeth and its police department. the suit alleging that a neighbor told them muslims don't belong here and that they were threatened and harassed by police officers. >> there was a lot of congregation going on, a lot of people hanging out. the city council was getting complaints from the neighborhood. >> reporter: rahami lived here in elizabeth, new jersey, with his family. they lived just above the chicken shop that they run. federal officials have been in and out overnight and throughout the day. there is still quite a police presence out here. chris and alisyn? >> jessica, thanks so much for all that reporting. let's discuss everything we've learned with cnn terrorism
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analyst paul cruickshank, cnn national security correspondent jim sciutto, and cnn justice correspondent evan perez. paul, they have a lot of evidence already. let's just start with the bombs. what can the bombs reveal about who this guy is and what kind of training he had? >> well, we're learning that the pressure cooker bomb had aluminum powder, that it had ammonium nitrate, hmtd. all of that points to a powerful device, according to one explosive expert. a device significantly, potentially, more powerful than the boston devices just a few years ago. the fact that there was hmtd likely as a detonating substance in this device is very significant as well because it's pretty tricky to make hmtd. we've seen very few cases in the west of islamist terrorists managing to make this without getting some kind of terrorism trainingov ining overseas. there have been a few exceptions but not many. of course, this is an individual
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who's traveled extensively in afghanistan, pakistan, in areas where terrorist groups operate. the question is, could he have got some kind of terrorist training given all these different devices he managed to make. the pipe bombs were actually pretty rudimentary. actually, more similar to the boston devices. black powder used in both those cases. the pressure cooker bomb, that was a whole different ball game and more sophisticated, powerful device. and we're talking about potentially the biggest sort of explosion from an islamist terrorist attack in the united states since the world trade center attack in 1993 in terms of the bomb. this could have killed a lot of people. >> so when you look at the bomb -- first, tell us what's in it and what they're thinking about what kind of help he might have gotten here. >> there's an essential conflict here. he was successful in making what are difficult devices, but he wasn't that smart about where he placed them. you place it under a metal
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dumpster, when minimizes the effect in a sort of odd location. it wasn't in the middle of penn station. when i speak to counterterror guys, they say his trade craft was not great. you can be a dope and still kill a lot of people, but this is a fundamental question about how much training he had. he may have had help building the device, but he made other mistakes elsewhere, which doesn't put him at the top of the hierarchy. >> the things in that bomb, can you just get them? >> the materials in them you can buy. it's how you combine them. and the recipe for this is in, for instance, isis' magazine. you can find them online. but as you and i know, with any recipe, it's how you put it together to do it successfully. you can find the ingredients. you can find the steps to put it together. actually putting it together and making it work, that's not an easy thing to do. that's why two key lines of inquiry now, did he meet with anybody of concern during this overseas travel? did he communicate with anybody over there or here that might have helped him along the way?
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they don't know the answers to those questions yet. >> let's look at his travel. in 2011, he traveled to kandahar, afghanistan, his home place basically. his birthplace, i should say. and quetta, pakistan, which is a stronghold of the taliban. in july of 2011, he married a pakistani woman. unclear on whether or not -- it looks like he was not ever able to bring her back to the u.s., though he was trying. april of 2013 he went to pakistan for nearly a year. and then we do know he came back and went through the so-called secondary screening at airports in the u.s. where they pull you aside and say, okay, what with r you doing in quetta, because that raises a flag. it sounds like he was able to kind of dismiss it by saying, i was with family and went to an uncle's wedding, and i got married. >> had secondary screening is very standard for this type of travel. just to update, we do know now she did come. she is back overseas, we now
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know. the fbi is going to look to try to see if they can try to interview her overseas now that she's not here. she traveled apparently in recent days before this event. so we're going to see what that means, whether or not she knew anything. that is still to be determined. going back to the questioning, that's standard for people who travel to those regions. the best they can do is try to figure out whether or not, you know, to pick up any signs and to use that if they find, for instance, some other reason to come back to you. now, this case, you know, would be reason for them to now dig into who he was meeting with back there, who he was spending time with, were there militants in his family that he was associated with. those are the big questions that are still left to be answered. >> one point about secondary screening. i've been taken aside for secondary screening because of the kind of countries we go to. you come back from afghanistan, you have these stamps on your passport. hundreds of folks are going through that at any one time. i think for folks at home, they're like, if he had secondary screening, why didn't they catch him?
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but the thing is, the questions -- it gives you some information, but it doesn't give you the answers. it's a difficult thing to do whether you're a customs officer at the border or you're a cop. you can't arrest everybody. you have to have some suspicion. it's not as easy as it sounds. >> so you have the -- you want to find out who he was with. they're also going to try and look at motives. there's stuff that hasn't gotten reported a lot, that he and his family were going through. by no means am i suggesting this man is a victim. could it be that at the end of the day he went some places, met some people, but he was inspi d inspired, to used word loosely, that he was upset about how the kons late dealt with his wife and their kid, that he felt he was being alienated. >> absolutely. in case after case after case on both sides of the atlantic, you have a mix of radicalization but also a triggering event in
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somebody's life, something that creates a grievance against the government, perhaps something in their personal life that propels them more into religion, extremist interpretations, and then that drives them towards launching some kind of attack. >> panel, thank you very much for sharing your reporting with us. great to get your expertise. >> all right. you feel like talking to a hero? joining us is one of the heroes in this ordeal. the new jersey bar owner who spotted the bombing suspect after watching cnn and called police. thank you very much for helping to keep the rest of us safe. >> thank you. thank you for talking to me. >> thank you for talking to me. so tell us what happened. >> as i said before, i saw this guy when i opened around 9:00. i went to this guy and talked to
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him because he was leaning against the door, which was broken. so just went there and saw him. i talked to him and told him you're going to break the door and get hurt. he looked at me and said i'm sorry. he just moved towards the left. he said, i'm going to move to this side. that's when i saw his face, you know. i was a little shaken because i was watching cnn on my laptop in the store. the store wasn't busy yesterday because it was raining. so i saw his photo there on the side of the screen. i just went there. i was in shock. i said, oh, my god, this guy looks exactly like the guy i just saw on that thing. then i got busy. after -- i didn't call the cops right away, actually, you know. i wasn't 100% sure about that. then my friend came in and i said, did you see that guy who's sitting in front of the bar? he said, yes.
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so i showed him the picture again. i said, he looks exact thely like this guy. he started joking, you never, it could be the guy. >> what do you think he was doing leaning up against the door? did he seem drunk, was he trying to sleep? what did you think he was doing? >> initially, that's what i thought, somebody drunk overnight and he's just lying around. when i went there, he didn't seem drunk. he seemed just like fatigue and exhausted. that's it. he didn't look drunk. he was totally exhausted. >> did he ask you for help? did he tell you anything? >> no, no. he didn't say anything. he just said, sorry, okay, i'll move to this side. that's it. that's when he moved to the other side. he wasn't even like startled, looking at me talking to him. he was just exhausted. >> was he hidden where he was or
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pretty much anyone could see him there? >> no, no. he was a little bit in the enclosure. if anybody's passing by, nobody will see him. that's my bar. that's why i could figure it out that somebody is sitting right in front of my bar in the vestibule. >> you think there was any chance he was waiting for somebody there? or did he look like he was just trying to get some rest? >> i can't say that. i don't know. he was just there, you know. it looked like he was tired. >> so what happens after you make the phone call to police? >> after i made the phone call to police, they came in three, four minutes. when the first cop came, i think he was waiting for the back-up cop to come. when the next cop came in, he confronted the suspect. within 15, 20 seconds, everything break loose. the guy put his hand on the gun
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and right away he shot through the glass panel. i watched everything unfolding right in front of me, you know. >> what was it like watching that shootout there between the police and the suspect? >> i was shaken. i was totally -- like i don't know what's going on. i realized right away this is the guy. that's why it's going on. when the guy started running towards the street, i even came out of the store and started yelling at the cop. i said, he's the guy, he's the guy you guys are looking for, you know. >> what did you think when you realized that the guy you had been talking to not only had a weapon but was willing to use it, even against the police? >> it has happened before, somebody lurching in front of the bar.
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i always confront people and yell at them. somehow maybe it was raining and what happened yesterday, i didn't do anything. i just said -- i felt bad for him initially. in the rain, he's lurching around there. so i was worried he might get hurt with the glass. i just went there to talk to him and move to the side, he might get hurt. usually i always go and fight with the guy or yell at them, what the hell you guys are doing in front of my bar, you know. >> well, you picked the right day to do it the right way. who knows what would have happened, god forbid. so are a lot of people coming into the store as they recognize who you are now and coming to thank you for what you did for the rest of us? >> no, i did what i think every american would have done, my neighborhood would have done the same thing. jewish, sikh, muslim. everybody would have done the same thing. i'm from sikh faith. i've been taught always stand up against the atrocities, any kind
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of persecution. i did what every american would have done. we will be more stronger like this if we do everything together, you know. >> well, here's what i know. you made the rest of us look very good. harinder bains, thank you for reaching out to police. you helped keep the rest of us safe. no yes. you be well. >> thank you. >> alisyn? >> what a great story and to hear from that gentleman. coming up in our next hour, new york governor andrew cuomo. he'll join us with an update on the investigation. also, the threat of terror gives voters a chance to see how donald trump and hillary clinton react in a crisis. up next, a member of the senate intelligence committee with his suggestions on how to stop homegrown terror. t i'm calling t credit scorecard. (to dog)give it. sure! it's free for everyone. oh! well that's nice! and checking your score won't hurt your credit. oh! (to dog)i'm so proud of you. well thank you. get your free credit scorecard at discover.com. even if you're not a customer.
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all right. we're learning many new details this morning about the suspected bomber in new york and new jersey. the 28-year-old traveled to afghanistan and pakistan, we now know. and a note found near the unexploded pressure cooker in new york included references to the boston bombers. let's discuss all of the new findings with senator angus king
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of maine. he serves on the intelligence committee. thanks so much for being here. >> good to be with you, alisyn. >> from what you've learned thus far, what do you believe about this suspect's trainings and connections? >> well, before we get to that, i think the first thing we ought to really acknowledge is incredible police work, coordination, whatever you want to call it between the fbi and local law enforcement. they found one guy in a hay stack of 10 or 12 million people inside 36 hours. everybody worked together. the wonderful community guy you just talked to, your station putting the pictures up, the flash identification, pretty amazing work. i think we ought to acknowledge that. the real question i think going forward is, what did this guy learn overseas? was he radicalized there? was he radicalized here? i think it points up something we need to focus more attention on. i'm going to be meeting later this week with director comey of
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the fbi, certainly intend to raise this question. apparently his travel did raise flags, and they gave him what's called secondary screening, but it obviously didn't work. so the question is, is there something more we should do, something more in terms of, okay, who did he see when he was there? a further investigation to try to raise a flag that would have identified this guy. maybe there was nothing, but i think it would be a fruitful area to do some work on. >> how could his travel not have raised flags? let me put it up on the screen for everyone. the places that he went, these hot spots. he went back to kandahar, afghanistan, the place of his birth in 2011. he also went to quetta, pakistan, which is a hot bed of taliban activity. >> and they was there for a year. >> yes, that's right. from april 2013 to march 2014 he was in pakistan for nearly a year. senator, as you say, he comes back to the airport. he's pulled aside for secondary
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screening. really, i mean, what are these people looking for at the airport? they say, why did you go to pakistan? he says, well, i got married and i went to see family. okay, on your way. i mean, what else are they supposed to do at the airport? >> well, i'm not even sure he should have been at the airport. i think there could have been a more intensive holding and screening in that situation. clearly the flags were raised. the problem is what happened next didn't really go into any depth. you know, that's what we've got to examine. every time something like this happens, you say, okay, how do we plug this hole, how do we figure out how to do more. this is one where i think if the travel raises a question, and this isn't profiling, this is just looking at the facts. if the travel raises a question, there should be some more thorough check, not just what did you do and did you have a nice trip. i think that's something we're going to have to follow up on. >> i want to dig in a little on
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this. i think this is really important, and this case certainly has highlighted a vulnerability. if travel raises a question, you would be comfortable with the fbi monitoring that person, going to their house, doing more interviews? what does that look like? >> well, it may look like some kind of further interviews, talking to associates. it may be contacting our authorities in the country, what were the associations. it may be further discussions with this fellow. who did you talk to, what did you do. i'm not in the fbi, but i think this is a question we need to explore for next steps in terms of if there's a question. the tsarnaev brothers up in boston had the same kind of record. to me, this points out a place where we need to do some more digging. >> senator, here's another place that obviously there's a hole and we need to fix. the department of homeland
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security has just put out a report that at least 858 people that had been ordered deported were erroneously granted citizenship. that is clearly some flaw in the system. doesn't this play into what donald trump has said all along, which is until we figure this out, until we know in our country that we know how to screen these people, we know we don't have any flaws in the system where we're giving people citizenship, we need to shut down immigration. >> well, but these are people -- now, wait a minute. you're talking about people who were mistakenly given citizenship status. that means they've been here for some years. clearly, nobody is going to justify an egregious error like that. i have no idea how it happened. i suspect we're going to get to the bottom of it around here in the next week or so. but the question is, there are -- talk about immigration, there are millions of people who go in and out of this country
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every day who are tourists. by the way, the vast majority of illegal aliens in the country are here overstaying visas. i shouldn't have said the vast marria majority, but about half. a lot of them are from europe. so there are gaps in the system. we have to look at them, but you also have to look at the law of large numbers. there are going to be problems. >> well, sure, but i think that's the point. while there's problems, since we clearly haven't figured out our own system, why is donald trump wrong to say, let's figure it out first? >> well, because you're never going to reach perfection. if you'd have asked somebody two weeks ago, are we okay on naturalization, they would have said, yeah, sure, that's a situation that's working. we didn't know there was a problem until this manifested itself. if we have to wait until we're satisfied that the system is absolutely perfect, any system, then you wait forever.
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i suppose donald trump might say that's okay, but that would be a terrible loss for this country because you've got the bad guy, but you also got thousands and thousands of really good people who come into this country, you know, everybody from einstein to donald trump's ancestors and mine and yours came in through the immigration system. so to shut everything down all of the sudden, i think, would be at a terrible cost to the country, not commensurate to the risk that would be allayed. that doesn't mean we relax or we stop, but to say the system has got to be perfect before we do anything, i just don't think is realistic. >> senator angus king, we always enjoy having you on "new day." thanks for being here. chris? >> this is the discussion. what would these candidates do that's different than what's being done now, and would it make you more safe? donald trump says he can do that. it is wrong what's going on now, and he can make it better. how does he plan to do it, and are his plans constitutional?
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terror works on the campaign trail. we're seeing both candidates talk about it. donald trump is making big promises, saying terror attacks will, quote, go away, under his presidency. trump seizing on bombings to bolster his call for tougher immigration laws and what he calls extreme vetting. what does that mean? what would this plan look like? let's bring in a trump supporter, wisconsin congressman sean duffy. great to have you, as always. so you look at this situation. people are afraid. no question about it. the fear is not backed up by the actual threat. is that something that you accept as a premise? >> i don't because i think the threat is real. whether you go back to 9/11 or you see these constant attacks
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month after month throughout the year, i think people feel it's real. we used to look, again, to new york or l.a. or orlando or boston, it happens in big cities. but when it goes to st. cloud, minnesota, places in middle america, not far from where i live, i think you strike fear in all of americans and american moms that this can come home to any small town mall throughout the country. it feels very real for americans. >> feels. statistically, not such a big threat. intelligence officials, as you well know, put it very low on their list of priorities. but let's stick with the fear because it's real, and if you want to play to it in politics, that's fine, but you have to do something about it. trump says, i will. this will go away under a trump presidency. so you get to the obvious how. extreme vetting. what does that mean? >> so let's get that in one second. first, i think you want someone to fight for security and safety. i would look to the president. the fact that you're releasing prisoners from gitmo, very
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dangerous al qaeda members. he's opening the doors and sending people out. the fact that we spent, chris, $1.7 billion in cash to iran, the lead sponsor of terror in the world. then you look yesterday to the really unemotional response from the president to these attacks. i think people don't feel like they have a government, a president, and a leader that's going to fight to keep them safe. now, i think this gets to be tough. you've kind of unleashed this movement with isis and al qaeda that's inspiring people around the world. i think trump is right when he says, hey, this makes sense that we take a pause. why do we have to let all of these people into the country when we can't effectively vet them. i think my constituents, they would say, hey, listen, sean, i want you to fight for me, fight for america. look out for us first. if you can keep us safe and you can bring people in who want to live the american dream, good on you because we're a country of
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immigrants. if you can't guarantee me that, your duty is first to me. >> you will never be able to guarantee any vetting from ireland, from italy, let alone -- >> ireland, come on now. >> you will never be able to guarantee it. we both know that. what i'm saying is we have to separate the hype from the actual facts on ground. you know the money went back to iran because it was iran's money. it was part of the deal. it wasn't a gift. >> no, no, no. >> even that's a distraction, shawne. i'm talking about -- he said, i can stop this here. i'll do it with extreme vetting. the vetting that we do for syrian ref yugees is better tha any other part of the system. the proof is in the pudding. this skittles comment that donald jr. made. he said, if i gave you a hand of of skittles and told you three of them were going to kill you, would you eat those skittles? that's a powerful metaphor. the problem is it's also bs. the risk is like 1 in over 3 billion. "the washington post" wrote a piece about this.
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you would need two olympic sized swimming pools of skittles to find three bad ones, that being the right ratio. you're dehumanizing these refugees. that's not what america is about. and your extreme vetting means what at the end of the day? how would you make it better than now, except keeping everyone out, which is not what this country's about? >> when you look at hot regions of the world an you look at the failures -- first of all, we want to bring in refugees, but we had two migrants that did the attacks this weekend. someone from afghanistan in new york and someone from somalia in minnesota. so i think people see the connection of bringing folks in from hot regions. i think it makes sense to take a pause. the question becomes, if i can't guarantee that you're going to want to live the american dream and you're not going to hurt my citizens, why do i let you in? that's an american conversation. >> but i'm saying your system works really, really well, sean. statistically. but the amount of crime you get out of these -- if you wanted to create a rule like that to keep us safe, anyone who makes under $40,000 a year town shaken out
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of the country because they commit most of the crimes. you wouldn't do that. >> we're looking at hot regions. if you're looking at syria and afghanistan and even somalia, you have -- this is a radicalized region. >> true. >> why bring people in -- >> because when you follow through who you let in and what they do in this country, they commit less crime than anybody else. >> when they commit crimes, they're very dangerous. they're -- >> no, they're -- some, but less than the rest of the population. why vil niez them? >> go back to this point of america wants you to keep them safe. they're your first responsibility. the possibility isn't to anyone in syria. the responsibility is to your citizens. i think that's what trump is talking about. >> many are syrians, by the way. >> i'm going to be a president for the united states of america, not a global president. back to iran. we owed them $400 million. the president gave them $1.3 billion in interest, and he gave it in cash. that's the problem. we would have usually sent the money to a european bank and let
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them use it to buy legitimate things. they got it in cash. we had prohibited cash payments to iran. they went around the law. when they have cash, that's the underworld of whether it's drugs and guns. >> but it was a deal agreed to by both sides. >> it's a crappy deal. >> plenty of republicans were in favor of the deal. it got voted on. >> there's the iran deal, separate from the cash payment that the president made. the cash payment was a separate deal, that was in exchange for the hostages. i'll call it a ransom. you might disagree. >> the administration says it's not true, it was negotiated decades ago about an arms deal, not about the hostages. >> it was a -- there was 400 million owed that was being negotiated, but the payment was made in cash. the fact is, you can use that to fund terrorism, and they do. and you can use it to buy technology that can be used for missiles or a nuclear program. people say, mr. president, who are you looking out for? why are you giving cash to the lead sponsor of terror, which makes us the lead funder of
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terror? why are you releasing people from gitmo? and why are we bringing people in when you can't verify you're going to keep us safe? if you can't, we shouldn't bring them in until you can. >> sean duffy, thank you for making the case. appreciate it as always. alisyn? >> chris, the swift capture of the new york and new jersey bombing suspect provided a treasure-trove of clues, and the capture was a result of those clues in part. we'll talk about the role of surveillance cameras and cell phone notifications and just good old-fashioned police work next.
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police capturing the bombing suspect only four hours after releasing his name and photo to the public. investigators using evidence left behind at the bombing sites as well as surveillance video and a new phone notification system to nab their suspect. so let's discuss this with former boston police commissioner ed davis. he was in charge of the investigation into the boston marathon bombing. commissioner davis, thanks so much if for being here. >> thank you, alisyn. good morning. >> good morning. this series of bombings is being likened on many levels to what happened in boston. the type of explosives that were used, as well as some of the locations. this one also was at the scene in new jersey of a foot race, much like the boston marathon. so what are the similarities that you see in this investigation? >> well, clearly the motivation appears to be very similar. there was foreign travel just before these incidents occurred.
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the type of weapon was very similar. pressure cooker bombs. there was a different level of sophistication in these devices though. they had a trigger that was connected to a cellular phone. that's a step up. also, the explosive material was much more dangerous to deal with and more sophisticated than the black powder that we saw in this attack. i think that they're learning and we're learning. >> yes, much like in boston, everyone is lauding the police work. they made such short order of this guy from the time that they figured out who he was. we we were just showing there all of the different surveillance video of how this guy was caught. there were 8,000 -- there are basically 8,000 surveillance cameras in new york. he was caught on several of them. that allowed them to, along with his fingerprints on some of the bombs, figure out very quickly who he was.
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is that progress since boston, or did you rely on all those surveillance videos? did you have as much to work with in boston? >> quite frankly, we did not. we had some traffic cameras, but they were not recording back at that time. new york city is well known for its sophisticated network of cameras and also the retention of their data. they have information going back many years. so they can go back and retrospectively look at an incident and develop information. i was with commissioner o'neil on friday night, 24 hours before this happened. tremendously well-respected and experienced police officer, as well as people like john miller in the terrorist unit. these guys did an unbelievable job. i contacted them yesterday, a little upset they broke our record. they broke it in half. they were really, really fast with this one. >> absotely. it took you guys four hodays off an intensive man hunt to get
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your guy in boston. you're right, they cut it in half. but they've learned a lot from all of you. also, commissioner, i just want top say that with all of the high-tech developments that we've had, there was also a real low-tech tool that they were able to use. that was good old-fashioned television. we put the guy's photo on tv, as did all sorts of news outlets, and a bar owner saw his face. he was watching cnn. he saw the guy's face, and i think he saw them across the street at his bar. i have to tell you how gratifying it is to know that, you know, tv with all the eyes, the millions of eyes watching, it still works. >> you know, alisyn, it's really the epitome of community policing. police were formed around this idea that the public are the police and the police are the public. this plays out in 2016 in the pursuit of a very dangerous
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bomber. we would not have found him, with all the resources we had in boston, it was a man that went out for a cigarette in his backyard that located the suspect. so we live this every day. >> absolutely. if you see something, say something. that really worked here, and it worked there in boston as well. hats off to all of the police here in new york as well as boston. commissioner ed davis, thanks so much for being here. >> thank you, allison. >> let's get to chris. the time is ticking down. the days to election day growing shorter. the campaigns now narrowing their focus to try and get the best bang for their buck out of the voters. what does that mean? battleground states, specifically florida. what is each campaign doing there? you need to know. ♪
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can you believe it? 49 days until election day, and this presidential race continues to tighten. many battleground states now locked in a dead heat, including the state of florida. that's where the latest "new york times" poll shows hillary clinton and donald trump in a virtual tie. take a look at it for yourself.
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we have cnn's boris sanchez live in orlando talking to voters in the sunshine state about the choices. boris, what did you learn? >> reporter: hey, good morning, chris. as we well know, the road to the white house often leads through florida. the candidates certainly know that, so they've been spending a lot of money and time here in the sunshine state. donald trump had an event near naples. hillary clinton has one here tomorrow in orlando. though they both covet florida voters, their approaches to getting them are somewhat different. a state that could make all the difference on the electoral map come election night is also one of the hardest to predict. florida, and its 29 electoral votes, yet again a tossup in 2016 with voters divided on the issues and the candidates. >> donald trump was not my first, second or third choice, but he is now. >> trump is a racist. he is against people with disability and i have a son that
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has a disability and for me, he's kukoo. >> there are 4.6 million registered democrats in florida and 4.4 million registered republicans. a razor thin difference when you consider florida's nearly 3 million unaffiliated voters, so both campaigns are throwing money at the middle spending roughly $48 million on television ads since the start of the general election. according to ad tracking firm cantore media. >> in hillary clinton's america, the system stays rigged against americans. >> reporter: hillary clinton and her super pacs have pummelled donald trump out spending the republican four times over. >> ties to china. >> reporter: since early june clinton's team has spent $38.7 million on tv in the sunshine state to trump's 9.2 million. despite the imbalance in spending, recent polls show clinton and trump are still in a tight race. >> flip a coin.
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it's now all about turnout. >> really? >> it's so close, and it has been for some time. in florida's last three elections, its two governor's races and the 2012 election, the victor only won by 1%. >> reporter: why florida is a battleground better than the central point of the state. you have the retirement communities, like the villages. older, less diverse, and a trump strong hold. and only about 45 miles away you have the polar opposite, orlando. it's much younger, much more ethnically diverse and it's skewed towards hillary clinton. >> this is rebecca calling from the florida democratic party. how are you? >> reporter: to find an edge in central florida, home to nearly 40% of the state population, clinton is investing heavily in an expanded ground game. >> operation over the several months, it can't be matched. it is the ground game that will make a difference in a state that is 1%. >> reporter: the clinton camp is
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courting more than 1 million puerto ricans living in florida, about half of them in the orlando area. >> she is talking to them about the things that matters to them, about economic stability, offering jobs. >> reporter: the trump campaign has been slow to build a ground game in florida, but thanks to a major boost from the rnc, officials say they expect to have several dozen offices up and running soon, along with more than 200 people on staff and several thousand volunteers. >> we do have our offices open. there are 16 between the republican national committee, the republican party of florida, the other candidates and us. so there are plenty of places for volunteers to gather. >> america can be strong. america can stand tall again. >> reporter: while mike pence energized trump's base at the village's on saturday, they say their campaign is not focused on any specific demographic group. their strategy is simply to get their candidates and message in front of many floridians as they can. >> we believe that if you meet him, you support him and you
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like him. >> reporter: now overseas ballots go out next week and early voting in person kicks off in just about a month from now. it's something that both campaigns want voters to take advantage of. a spokesperson for the clinton campaign in florida are saying they want to target millennials with early voting letting those who haven't voted before know that they have many options before election day. chris and allison. >> boris, thank you very much for that. we'll be looking at key battleground states. tomorrow we'll gauge how pennsylvania voters are feeling about the race. we're following a lot of developments, new developments this morning about the bombings in new york and new jersey so let's get right to them. >> i like the way that, okay, in is the guy. >> within 15, 20 seconds. >> the prime suspect in the new york and new jersey bombings is in custody. >> we are looking to see if this man has been operating alone. >> hiding in plain sight. you would never have known. >> we do not and will never give
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in to fear. >> he will be ten care of by some of the best doctors in the world and he'll probably even have room service. >> welcome to america. you have a right to counsel and you have a right to hospitalization. that is our system. >> this is a sobering reminder that we need steady leadership in a dangerous world. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to your "new day." we have new details about the man thought of setting off bombs in new york and new jersey. a trail of clues leading them to capture rahmi. >> only after a gun battle with police. he's now charged with attempted murder of police officers. we just learned new information about a person authorities want to talk to in connection with these attacks. we have complete coverage. let's begin with cnn justice correspondent evan

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