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you tell us not to use, we can't talk any more. >> i want to ban every single word. >> get out. throw to "special report." >> that's it for us at "the five." see you tomorrow. "special report" is next! it is great! the u.s. intercepts the electronic communications of two top al qaeda leaders, plotting attacks. al qaeda's top man ordering the al qaeda branch in yemen to attack the west. it is a major part of what prompted the shut down of embassies in the middle east and north africa. so what's next and who leaked that intel? this is "special report." good evening, i'm bret baier. a terror group that was supposed to be on its last legs seems to be running the show now on american foreign policy. u.s. embassies and consulates in several middle eastern and african nations will stay closed
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through at least the end of the week. this follows the one day shut down sunday. we have fox team coverage. ed henry is at the white house with a national security leak that's a little different. we begin with national security correspondent jennifer griffin at the pentagon and new information on what started all of this. good evening, jennifer. >> reporter: good evening, bret. u.s. officials are taking unpress dented steps out of abundance of caution in light of recent intelligence intercepts. a senior u.s. official confirms the state department decision to close 19 american embassies and consulates for nearly a week, resulting from interception of electronic communications betweenal was is a here ian yemen based head of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. it came during the weeks that the successor, thought to be hiding in pakistan, issued two audiotapes within days of each other. u.s. intelligence officials say
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decisions to close the embassy didn't have to do with audiotapes. >> this threat emanates from arabian peninsula. they're the most active operation there and active affiliate. >> chairman of joint chiefs martin dempsey went to state department to talk to secretary of state john kerry about embassy security and the situation in egypt. over the weekend, interpol put out an alert asking for information that may connect al qaeda to a recent state of large scale prison breaks from libya to iraq and pakistan in recent weeks. >> there's been an awful lot of chatter. chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on, very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. this is the most serious threat i've seen in the last several years. >> this threat is credible, i have seen the intelligence information, it comes from high level operatives in al qaeda. >> reporter: in response, the state department announced 19 u.s. embassies and consulates in
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north africa and the middle east remain closed through saturday, until the end of ramadan, from tripoli to dubai, from kuwait city to kigali. the last time they closed them for terror threat was a decade ago. the pentagon says the u.s. military is on heightened alert in the middle east and north africa tonight, but senior u.s. defense official tells fox the marine taskforce formed after benghazi which moved to italy a few weeks back returned to spain and is no longer forward deployed. >> jennifer griffin at the pentagon. thank you. now to the politics. chief correspondent ed henry has that part of the story. >> reporter: while president obama has repeatedly denounced leaks, there was an extraordinary breach leaked today, putting the administration in a flattering light. u.s. officials told "the new york times" the white house decided to close the embassies
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after intercepting electronic communications between top al qaeda leaders. one u.s. official boasting this was significant, it was the big guys talking and talking about very specific timing for an attack or attacks. the leak about intercepting electronic communications is a bit of unfortunate timing for the administration, just as it has been taking heat over whether the nsa surveillance programs go too far, although the new information showing such close coordination between al qaeda's core leadership in pakistan and top affiliate in the arabian peninsula raises new questions about whether the terror group is really on the run. >> we have brought continually pressure to bear on both al qaeda core and al qaeda's affiliates, and we have for a number of years made clear our intention in terms of the threat presented by al qaeda has shifted in focus to some of these affiliates, in particular,
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aqap. >> reporter: on the campaign trail, the president not quite as nuanced. >> i say we refocus on the people that attacked us on 9/11, today al qaeda is on the run and osama bin laden is dead. >> reporter: the white house aide said the cia director and other officials noted al qaeda affiliates were gaining steam. >> did he give the full picture to the people in the campaign about the threat of al qaeda, when that was his talking about again and again? >> it is indisputable the elimination of osama bin laden was a major accomplishment in the effort against al qaeda. we have been clear and the president has been clear that the threat from al qaeda very much remains. >> reporter: republicans know al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is its deadliest affiliate of all. >> al qaeda is in many ways stronger than 9/11, because it mutated and spread and come at us different directions. >> reporter: tense times in the mid east, where the u.s. is
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having talks in egypt with a jailed senior leader of muslim brotherhood, amid fears the government is losing control of key cities. >> that will allow the sinai to become as you said wild west of terrorism where groups like al qaeda and hamas can coordinate and plot attacks. >> reporter: as the egyptian government deals with major problems in big cities like cairo, problems elsewhere, one of many reasons john mccain and lindsey graham are in egypt in consultation with president obama, trying to push them for quick return to civilian rule. bret? >> more on this with the panel. ed henry on the north lawn, thank you. the latest on what the government is doing with all that information about you it is collecting. correspondent shannon bream has surprising, disturbing allegations about the dea. good evening. >> reporter: the drug enforcement agency special operations is using information collected from numerous sources, including the nsa, fbi, and cia.
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but critics claim how the agency is using the intel is, quote, blat environmentally unconstitutional. they confirm that they take various leads and tips from a number of intelligence agencies, but it is what happens next that's raising concerns. agents are trained and directed to conceal how the types of investigations are originally launched and to recreate the investigative trail so by the time the matter is in court, it is possible not only defense lawyers and prosecutors and judges are none the wiser. in response to the report, aclu declared when someone is accused of a crime, the constitution guarantees the right to examine the government's evidence, including sources and confront witnesses against them. our due process rights are at risk when the federal government hides and distorts sources of evidence used as a basis for arrest and prosecution. but dea officials say the goal is to protect valuable sources and informants that could be in danger if revealed in court, and
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insists when there are conflicts what they can share with prosecutors, justice department propersors are brought in to make sure it all passes muster in court. >> this is a common law enforcement technique that enables us to bring drug king pins and other violent criminals to justice, but in a way that doesn't compromise sources or methods of intelligence gathering. >> reporter: dea officials say the practice has gone on for decades, requires them to find legal ways to get the information they may have originally obtained from a source they aren't willing or are unable to reveal in court. bret? >> shannon, thank you. stocks were mixed on wall street, the dow lost 46, s&p 500 dropped two and a half, nasdaq gained three. major league baseball suspended 13 players in its biggest ever drug related scandal, but the man who was hit the hardest will actually be back in uniform tonight, earning a chunk of his quarter billion dollar contract. adam housley live in san
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francisco with details on baseball's ped day. >> reporter: major league baseball came out swinging, slamming alex rodriguez with 211 game suspension, includes the rest of this year and all of next year. mlb cited use of performance enhancing drug, trying to cover it up and obstruct the investigation. rodriguez will appeal and is expected to speak in moments. the appeal allows him to keep playing, play thaeb and bat cleanup for the yankees as they take on the white sox in chicago. the 38 stands to lose 38 million for this year and next if this stands. but that's not all. >> this is a stain keeps him out of hall of fame, keep him from breaking the all-time home run record, and now he is another guy who had a lot of talent who
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people enjoyed watching play who is staying forever. >> and says i am disappointed with the penalty and intend to appeal and fight this through the process. he wasn't the only player suspended, including big names like nelson cruz, an outfielder and detroit tigers johnny peralta had 50 suspensions. they're in the middle of a pennant race. the appeal could be heard in ten days. there have been calls to move up the process. potentially, a-rod could play another 20 games before it is all decided. >> thank you. big stories on fox stations nationwide tonight, wfld is all over the a-rod story as he and the yankees play the white sox at u.s. cellular park. our affiliate in boston covering closing arguments in the whitey
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bulger trial, a mobster facing life behind bars potentially. this is a live look at houston, courtesy of kriv. the big story there, charging a bar customer with giving another drunk patron drinks before she killed two teenagers in a wrong way wreck. strategy i can story live from houston. that's tonight's live look outside the belt from "special report." we'll be right back. ♪ how mu protein
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one of the most important teachings of jesus was to care for the sick. now some people in washington state want the catholic church to take that order a little less seriously. correspondent dan springer reports on some good deeds that might not go unpunished. >> reporter: washington is one of the most secular states in the nation, but if several planned mergers go through,
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nearly half the hospital beds will be run by catholic charities. it alarms the aclu, which is threatening to sue to block the mergers. >> they can limit things like birth control, like fertility treatments, like abortions that they otherwise couldn't do and achieve those successes through the state legislature. >> reporter: the liberal leaning san juan islands are ground zero in the health care holy war. for years, this one story building served as the only hospital. patients had to leave the island for most surgeries, tests, critical care. deep in debt, it nearly closed. leaders sought a merger with catholic run peace health. >> we were already cutting services and cutting back on specialists, staff were taking unpaid furloughs, we were cutting back on benefits. >> reporter: peace health built a new hospital with many more services like mris, cat scans, mammograms. but they focused on what it would not provide.
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>> when a woman presents with pregnancy emergency, that's when you don't want somebody to have to think about what would the bishop think. >> reporter: administrators say abortions and doctor assisted suicides are rarely done in any hospital and they make no apologies for their moral directive. >> the mission says we relieve pain and suffering, as an oncology nurse, i never met a person that didn't want another day if you could relieve pain and suffering. >> reporter: he seemed to side with aclu when he ordered review of that merger. with so many secular hospitals on the financial brink, for some it could come down to catholic care or no care at all. bret? >> dan, thank you. republicans are threatening to keep cnn and nbc out of the next round of presidential primary debates. the gop wants the networks to scrap plans to develop films about hillary clinton. chief political correspondent carl cameron tells us tonight the former first lady and former
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secretary of state already has a big jump on the competition. >> reporter: hillary clinton's visits with president obama and vice president joe biden last week underscored the democratic party's unity behind the obama agenda now and clinton presidential campaign in 2016. in the polls, she crushes biden who visits new hampshire this month. martin o'malley is already making national policy speeches, and new york governor andrew cuomo may run, too. should clinton opt out, all three alternatives, white male lawyers, liberal career politicians from east coast blue states. >> the democrats normally have a free for all. instead, they have a next in line hierarchy succession with hillary clinton. they usually have the crowned prince, but there is no crowned prince. >> reporter: chris christie criticized leaning republicans like rand paul for opposing u.s. surveillance and drone policies,
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as if they have forgotten 9/11. >> i want him to congress to new jersey and sit across from the widows and orphans and have that conversation and they won't. >> reporter: paul, a tea party darling that makes no bones about white house hopes fired back, tweeting christie worries about the dangers of freedom. i worry about the danger of losing that freedom. other tea partiers, ted cruz from texas, visits new hampshire himself in two weeks, and marco rub rubio, lead sponsor of senate immigration bill. gop governors considering a run, indiana's mike pence, bobby jindal, scott walker, all conservatives with differing approaches. a pair came up short, rick perry, rick santorum, then 2012 vice presidential nominee paul ryan, and jeb bush, both well known with big fund raising and organizational networks. this weekend, new york congressman peter king visited
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new hampshire and confirmed he, too, wants to run. >> reporter: it is diverse and growing, democrats have hillary and three alternatives who say if she runs, they probably won't. >> thanks. big news this afternoon, founder of is buying "the washington post" and other newspapers. jeff bezos is paying $250 million. the post says he is buying the paper as an individual. his company is not involved. still ahead, one way to make the dinner hour less stressful, and oh, yeah, and maybe end world hunger, too. we'll explain. and first, pretending to be a wounded veteran in order to rip-off the taxpayers. years ago, my doctor told me to take a centrum silver multivitamin every day. i told him, sure. can't hurt, right? and now today, i see this in the news. once again, centrum silver was chosen by researchers
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iranian stated tv says iran's new president appointed a prominent reformist as his top deputy. one of his first acts after being sworn in yesterday. how is the new leader viewed in washington? wendell goler takes a look. >> reporter: for the first time since the revolution, iran invited foreign dignitaries to the swearing in. at the white house, there was cautious optimism. >> we know the president recognized a call by the people for change. we hope the new government will heed the word of the voters. >> reporter: international sanctions crippled them, behind it all, a nuclear program few outside of iran believe is intended for peaceful purposes. "the wall street journal" says iran could produce weapons grade
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plutonium by second half of 2015. he seemed to address the nuclear issue. >>translator: i say this candidly. if you seek a suitable answer, speak to iran through the language of respect, not through the language of sanctions. >> reporter: it is not clear anyone other than iran's ayatollah can make decisions about the nuclear program, state department officials say it won't be eased by hopes. >> they have international obligations, security council. >> reporter: they sent president obama a letter, saying until iran slows nuclear activities, quote, we believe our nation must toughen sanctions, reinforce the credibility of options to use military force. some experts say it is important to offer iran something it can say yes to. the question is how big a deal. >> can you fix small things if you don't change the context of
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u.s. iranian relationship, or should we principally try to do something small, incremental to try to build confidence? >> reporter: what they want is response to an offer in february for iran to stop enriching 5% and give up 20% stock in exchange for end of sanctions on oil and precious metal. >> thank you. tonight a story about how some people have twisted and perverted a well meaning government program into an illegal profit center. the washington examiner has a five part series on ripping off taxpayers and veterans. correspondent doug mcelway on good intentions and bad actors. >> reporter: as a disabled vet, he got special preference when he won the largest contract in irs history, $500 million for it services. he applied for that contract through the services abld veteran own business program, designed to give wounded
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warriors an advantage in government contracts. but his disability was a twisted ankle at military prep school 27 years ago. when he testified about the contract, congresswoman tammy duckworth, double amputee war vet tore into him. >> reporter: the service disabled veteran program is ripe with fraud and abuse. nobody in government checks for honesty. take the case of warren parker that won $5 million in government contracts for his construction firm. >> mr. parker had a tremendously heroic resume, three silver stars, three purple hearts, bronze stars. even kept a diary of sniper kills he purportedly got in vietnam. turns out it was all a fraud. >> reporter: after parker was sentenced to jail, the va tightened procedures. >> in 2011 when they changed the process of verification, 10,000 firms stopped, just dropped out of the program. that shows how much fraud there
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was in the program. >> reporter: the va was the only agency to tighten standards. legislation was introduced in the house last week to strengthen controls of the program by putting it under the auspices of the va and small business administration. >> what we're going to do, take both those organizations, put them u business administration where they can then do the verification. >> reporter: congressional action has been lacking because few members want to mess with a program. every dollar going to a fraudulent contractor is a dollar that doesn't go to someone that deserves it. taking your money, giving it to people that kill americans, next on the grapevine. and who's laughing now, late night comics turn on the president. >> in a speech about the economy, president obama said we have all been distracted by phony scandal, instead of getting distracted by the phony recovery.
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in atlanta, a scientist wants to change the way you eat. here is correspondent jonathan certificate ee. >> reporter: a georgia tech graduate encourages people to put down forks, pick up a straw. robert reinhart engineered not a food supplement but replacement. >> everything the body needs. >> reporter: soy and lentils, he calls it soylent. >> what's that i taste? tastes like vanilla. >> tiny bit of vanilla. >> without vanilla, kind of a broad, sweet taste. >> reporter: a bachelor's dream, perhaps. the idea of replacing meals with a powder doesn't appeal to those that work with food every day. >> the thought of food, you won't get that with that. you make it test better with adding flavors, but you miss the
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focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of august. the threat emanates from and may be focused on occurring in the arabian peninsula but it could potentially be beyond that. >> this threat is credible, i've seen the intelligence information, it comes from high level operatives in al qaeda. and it also talks about where some of the locations we're concerned about, the arabian peninsula. what concerned us about this threat, when high level operatives in al qaeda talked about a serious threat, making a change in policy, being out there and trying to be in a
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situation where they will kill anyone from the west. >> senior al qaeda leaders were first to report that the head of al qaeda global operation believed to be inside pakistan, we don't know for sure, talking via electronic communication to the head of the yemen based al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. that leader, the head of aqap. here is how "the new york times" wrote it up. you see the two men. when the intercepts between two senior al qaeda leaders were collected and analyzed last week, senior officials at cia, state department and the white house immediately seized on their significance. quote, this was significant because it was the big guys talking and talking about very specific timing for an attack or attacks, said one american official who had been briefed on the intelligence reports in recent days. let's start there. let's bring in our panel, steve hayes, writer for weekly
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standard. kirsten powell, and charles krauthammer. steve? >> i think this is clearly a serious threat, the fact that you're having high level discussions and that we know about the high level discussions between the leader of core al qaeda as the obama administration describes him and the one that runs aqap. i would say this is a problem for obama administration's conception and description of how al qaeda operates. if you go back to the president's speech at national defense university in may, he separated core al qaeda on one hand and al qaeda affiliates on the other, this is exactly the way the administration has approached the broader threat from al qaeda, broadly understood. going back really years. critics call it the disconnect the dots theory, the idea that the affiliates are their own operators, don't take direction much from core al qaeda, not associated much from core al qaeda. what this revelation tells us that that's not true.
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we ha've known it is not true f other things, we know he was communicating with al qaeda in iraq in the past three, four months. also know going back to the days preceding the attacks on not just benghazi consulate on 9/11, 2012, but u.s. interests across the region. zawahiri was in communication with a number of affiliate types at that point, including one of the ones training people involved in the attacks on benghazi, zawahiri's brother involved in the protests in front of the u.s. embassy in cairo. taking a step back, the idea that al qaeda core is diminished and basically separate and now presents much less a threat is really challenged by this reporting and that brief history. >> what we don't know, thousands and thousands of documents recovered in the bin laden raid that we have not seen that could shed some light on the
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communications and interaction between al qaeda core and these other groups. >> that's exactly right. there's one document in particular that was released, one of 17 documents that's been made public that actually talks about where you have osama bin laden saying in effect we don't want to leave everybody in pakistan where they're droning us, taking shots at us. we want to spread people out. it points in the opposite direction than the administration suggested. >> kirsten, what about the move to close the embassies, the threat said to be sunday, now they're extending it through the week. what about the move when you get to the end of the week? god willing, there's not an attack. >> yeah. well, obama administration has gotten a lot of criticism for this, i think it is better we talk about this than the fact that one of our embassies is blown up. >> of course, and point out bipartisan support, republicans and democrats saying it is the right move. >> there are some people saying this is showing weakness, should
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we be doing this, or being so talking about it so much. when you close that many embassies, people notice. i think they did the right thing obviously, and maybe they learned some lessons from benghazi because there's a holiday coming up where there could be violence. the fact that they're making attempt to check embassies is a good thing. steve raises probably the most important point about this, which is what is the obama administration broader view of al qaeda and war on terror because it is just not the story they've been telling us really. i think what we are looking at now. >> charles? >> what obama said during the campaign, that al qaeda was done and they're on the run, what he said in a speech just a few weeks ago, it was about where and where we're going on this. and he said this war must end. all wars end. this war must end. what was the big issue he raised? closing of guantanamo. is that the biggest issue when it comes to terror?
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here he is shutting 19 embassies, and in the big speech on terrorism, it is about shutting down guantanamo and how we have to end the war because we can't stay perpetually in a war footing. >> you see the closings of all the consulates. >> what is this if a country not on a war footing but cowering. didn't we hear from clinton kerry, all reviews of benghazi attack are being implemented, reserve a billion and a half to beef up our security, and here we are with embassies shutting. what have they done to secure embassies that renders the united states helpless in the face of a threat, that it actually has to shut everything down? >> what about the leak of this particular communication between the two high ranking al qaeda members. it is pretty unique that we know this electronic communication between the leader of al qaeda
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core and the leader of aqap, and we have this much specifics and an american official on background quoted, talking about it. >> well, it feels a little bit like they're saying see, we told you so, we needed to be listening to these things, look, we found this. that's the way it feels to me. it also is stunning to me to know that they're still having these conversations after the fact it has been global news the obama administration is listening to everything. but to me, it seems like them sort of trying to show us that they're on top of things, unless it was an unsanctioned leak, in which case someone will be prosecuted for it. >> do you wander if they'll get a call like james rosen. >> i bet they won't. >> was that intentional leak? i doubt it. it was a way to justify this attack. i can assure you these two guys are not going to be having the conversation, that phone line between yemen and pakistan is
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shut down. >> i have a different view. i think it is probably not a planned leak from the white house because it is so fundamentally -- upsets the case the administration has been making about al qaeda going back for the better part of four years. it is much more likely you have a local official or somebody talking to reporters inside yemen, which is what the original mcclatchey report says, that's where the leak came from, who in effect was having trouble getting reporters to take this seriously. >> one american official briefed on the intelligence reports in recent days. >> the mcclatchey story, the original story that broke this said he had been briefed on reports in yemen. it sounds like that's where the leak came from. i don't know. to me it is much more likely that you had reporters that were not taking this maybe as seriously as the administration wanted or officials want as kirsten suggests, and somebody was trying to make the point look, you need to take this seriously, these were the top guys. >> more with the panel and this
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>> the new tower rises over the new york skyline. al qaeda is on the path to defeat and usama bin laden is dead. >> al qaeda is on the path to defeat and usama bin laden is dead. >> al qaeda has been decimated. usama bin laden is dead. >> did he give the full picture to the american people on the campaign about the threat from al qaeda when that was his talking point again and again? >> i think it's indisputable that the elimination of usama bin laden was a major accomplishment in the effort against al qaeda. we have been clear and the
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president has been clear that the threat from al qaeda very much remains. today the press secretary jay carney was pressed a number of different times a number of different aways all of the statements on the campaign trail and before that and al qaeda and the status of al qaeda being disseminated. he try to draw a line between core al qaeda and the different branches of al qaeda as we talked about with the previous panel. we are back with our panel. charles? >> look, a perennial problem that super power has, you want to be respect it. obama always had what i think is sanei eve idea that he wants america to be loved. he made a tour of the muslim world early on we are going to respect you and early relationship and open hand to iran, a reset with russia. this is the idea that america somehow if nice will be treated well. this is the fruits of being benghazi, having our ambassador attacked and nothing happening to the
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bad guys. a result of russia we warned about snowden. there will be consequences. russia holds him, there are none. threatening iran saying you will be held accountable, and then on syria, the president of syria has to go and he will be held accountable if weapons of mass destruction are used. there is no sense anywhere in the world if you kill an ambassador and attack a u.s. ambassador you ignore it and you stick a finger in its eye that anything will happen to you. i think they have a sense now they -- i'm talking about al qaeda and the terrorist and they can spread and grow wherever they strike they will be relatively unmolested and the fact obama talking talks about ending the war as if he can declare tended is an intricate element of that. >> bret: kristen. >> we knew that al qaeda was still a problem when obama was still saying all
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these things and a lot of the reporters didn't really want to follow up on this and talk about what was going on in north africa i do think they have been emboldened by benghazi. they were already spreading to north africa. >> bret: maly, other examples. >> a yes of just -campaign thaa question does the administration know this and they just don't talk about it for political reasons or do they not understand it and so -- and that, truly i don't know the answer to that question. >> bret: part of it is also this transparency thing we talked about in the first place. opening the doors to these thousands and thousands of documents we have not seen. we have asked for them, we have not seen them. >> hundreds of thousands of documents that when usama bin laden was killed in that raid. you talk to people who have seen them, who have been briefed on them and they tell you directly that they paint a very different picture than the one portrayed by the obama administration. you go back to the speech
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at national defense university the president lays out his view of al qaeda. some the intel people i was talking at the time their heads were going to explode saying, no, no, no. that is not who we are fighting. that is not the al qaeda here. you can answer a lot of questions about the nature of al qaeda, about the evolution of al qaeda wheat really disappointing about this obama administration builds itself as the most transparent in recent history hasn't moved to release these. where are the republicans in congress? why aren't they pounding on the administration to get these documents jarred loose and release to the public so we can have an honest debate about the actual state of al qaeda? >> obama talked incessantly about guantanamo and the war in iraq were recruiting tools it. it turns out if you withdraw from iraq and get a resurgence in iraq and weakness. >> bret: that is it for the panel. stay tuned for a diplomatic response to a very tough
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>> bret: finally tonight, some of the stories that made headlines, uruguay. hawaii fly the homeless home program. one late night tv host decided to combine all of those stories into one tough question on the streets proving that people will say just about anything in front of a video camera. >> >> now that you're gray has become the first country to regulate marijuana do you think that edward snowden conviction should entitle him to amnesty in russia if hawaii provides him a free homeless ticket home to the u.s. >> that's a really interesting question because if he does that then there is a lot of opportunities in the future that other countries follow in their footsteps, do i believe that he should do that. >> what exactly is that? >> legalizing or promoting so he can become a free member of the homeless. [ laughter ]
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>> from russia. >> exactly. >> bret: all right. a free member of the homeless. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. >> bret: this is the fox report. tonight, nothing like this in baseball since the black socks scandal nearly a century ago. the league's drug crackdown and late breaking alex rodriguez baseball's highest paid player calls it a nightmare. plus the terror chatter that forced alerts and embassy shutdowns. insiders call it the most serious threat in years from al qaeda militants. >> they are determined and they are adaptable. >> we have to be continually vigilant. >> shepard: tonight, the intel that closed the embassy. and the threat that remains.


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