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at suspected cases and we really appreciate dr. freeden, you send i ing your team down to look at this infection. once we get additional information, we'll report out to the public. >> and i would comment that this is a tried and true protocol. this is what we do in public health. it's what we do in this country for a variety of infectious diseases and it's what we do at cdc globally in ebola cases. in fact by coincidence, today we released in the morbidity and mortality weekly report, a report of the nigeria case investigation where a single patient came in, unlike this, that individual was not cared for with infection control and resulted in a number of secondary cases, but even in lagos and even with 19 secondary cases, they appear to have been able to stop the outbreak. i have no doubt that we'll stop
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this in its tracks in the u.s. but i also have no doubt that as long as the outbreak continues in africa, we need to be on our guard. other questions in the room? >> can you give us a number or to the scale of how big this team from the cdc is going to be and who that directly entails? doctors that are going to be in the hospital? or are these going to be people who are going to be expanding out into the community? can you give us a little more information on that. >> i can get back to you with the exact size of the team. we provide heepidemiologists or disease experts as needed in the situation. and every cdc staff who's there, or the 130 who are in africa are tied tightly to our experts here who provitd backup 24/7.
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[ inaudible ] >> we defer to the local and state health departments, they're there on the ground, they're the leead and we're thee to support. in the room. on the phone? >> the next question comes from lauren nearguard of ap, your line is open. >> thank you. do we know, can you even say if this is an american or is this a visit visitor? and then has the health department already reached any of those contacts as that. appear to visit family who live in this country, further detailsdetail details, i think, are to be identified in the coming days or relevant or not, we'll see. in terms of contact tracing, we're just beginning the process, and investigation just began today but the health department had already been
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forward leaning on that so we're locating information for individuals so that that can begin immediately. on the phone? >> the next question comes from maggie fox of nbc news, your line is open. >> i know that you have been extremely clear that people don't spread this virus unless they're showing symptoms, nonetheless, i think everybody knows that the reaction in the united states has been disbelieving of this. so i'm wondering what steps you might take to reassure people who fear they may have traveled on the same plane with this patient or passed through the same airport with this patient that they are not at risk? >> well, people can always call us at cdc info, they can also check on our website. the flight in question is a specific flight departing liberia on the 19th and arriving in the u.s. on the 20th. so that would be a very small number of people that would have that level of concern. but really, i think it's important that we understand a
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lot about ebola. ebola is a virus, it's a virus that is easy to kill by washing your hands, it's easy to stop by using gloves and various precautions, the issue is not that ebola is highly infection. the issue with ebola is that the stakes are so high. that's why at the hospital in dallas, texas, they're taking all the precautions they need to take to protect people who are caring for this individual. people who are infection with ebola when they're sick. in fact think of it this way, when we beginni doing testing o people when they become sick, even in the initial phases of the illness, when they've got a fever, sometimes the most sensitive tests in the world don't pick it up because there's so little of the virus that they have. and itch patients dpi from ebola, they can have very large quantities of virus there.
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so there is no risk from having contact with somebody who's either recovered from ebola and i went to the region myself and embraced people with ebola or with people who were exposed and are not yet sick from it. >> hi, thank you. y i know you can't give many details about the patient, but this is a male and i don't know if there's any age range you can give. and also just wondering is this the first ever case in the united states and if not was there one previous case diagnosed if ever? >> this is the first patient diagnosed outside of africa to our knowledge with this particular strain of ebola. and as i mentioned earlier, we have had other patients with
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hemorrhagic fever including a patient in 2007 with marberg which is a virus very much like ebola. this person went through surgery before being diagnosed and did not result in the spread to any other individual. so this is the first case of ebola diagnosed in the u.s. and as far as we understand, of this strange of ebola diagnosed outside of africa. i think we have referred to the patient in any way that we can to far. next question on the phone? >> hi, thank you. i'm just wondering if you can tell us a little bit more about the contact tracing process and how that's done and how you can assure that you have, i guess, reached all the people that that person was in contact with when they were sick? >> contact tracing ask a core public health function and we do it by a very systematic manner,
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we interview the patient if that's possible, we interview every family member, we identify all possible names, we outline all of the movements that could have occurred from the time of possible on set of symptoms until isolation, then in a cascading manner, we identify every other individual who can add to that information and with that, we have put together a map, essentially, that identifies the time, the place, the level of the contact and then we use a concentric circle approach to identify those contact who is might have had the highest risk of exposure, those who have an intermediate risk and those who may possibly have had an exposure even though that is unlikely. and we always err on the side of identifying more contacts rather than less. we mentioned in lagos, in 20 cases, working with the nigerian authorities, identified nearly
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900 contacts and monitored all of them every day for 21 days, in senegal, we also identified a single patient who came in, had exposures at two different health care facilities and in the community, we monitored more than 60 contacts every day, none of them became ill. so this kind of context tracing is really the core of public health, it's what we're doing day in and day out and it's what we will do here do make sure there isn't any possible spread or any other chains of transmission. >> i have two questions, first i just want to confirm the timeline. my understanding is the patient arrived in the united states on the 20th, initially sought treatment on the 26th, i'm assuming was then sent home and came back again on the 28th of september and was admitted. the second question is, will you
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be offering this patient any congre convalesce end sere rule. >> as far as possible experimental therapies, that's being discussed with the hospital now and with the family and if appropriate would be provided to the extent available. the last question on the phone? >> thanks very much. i think that people have touched on this, but i would just like to ask this anyway, in case we can get any more clarity on it. was this, can you tell us if this person is an american citizen? will you be releasing the flight information and is it correct to assume that he was staying at a home with family members rather than in a hotel?
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>> the patient was visiting family members and staying with family members who live in this country. we will contact anyone who we think has any likelihood of having had an exposure to the individual while they were infectious. at that point--at this point, that does not include anyone who might have traveled with him because he was not infectious at that-time. and you asked a third question which i don't remember. >> i asked if he's an american citizen. >> he's visiting family who live in this country. do we have any other questions in the room? >> a follow-up on that, will you identify the flight information? >> we will identify any context where we think there is a risk of transmission, at this point, there is zero risk of transmission on the flight. the illness of ebola would not have gone on for 10 days before diagnosis, he was checked for
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favre befo fever before getting on the flight and there's no reason to think that anyone on the flight that he was on would be at risk. i want to end with just a bottom line before we stop. ebola is a scary disease because of the severity of the illness causes. and we're really hoping for the recovery of this individual. at the same time, we're stopping it in its tracks in this country, we can do that because of two things, strong health care infection control that stops the spread of ebola and strong core public health functions that trace contact, track contact, isolate them, if they have any symptoms and stop the chain of transmission, we're stopping this in its tracks. thank you very much. >> you have been watching a news briefing from the head of the centers for disease control and prevention, dr. tom freeden, about the first diagnosed case of ebola here in the united
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states. we'll go live to john roberts at the cdc in just a moment. we're also following another breaking news story. confirmed, a new security crisis for the u.s. secret service. a conflicted felon with a gun on an elevator with president obama in atlanta. we'll have a report from mike emmanuelle coming up. back to ebola and what we have just been listening to, the first confirmed case of ebola in the u.s. john roberts is at the cdc in atlanta, what do we know. >> reporter: there are aspects of this case that are both troubling and reassuring. let's go over the reassuring part. this patient is in isolation, and this patient was put in isolation literally upon admission into the hospital. he travelled from liberia, he is a liberian, he has come to the united states to visit family here on an airplane.
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he left on the 19th, he arrived on the 20th. the good news, he was not symptomatic, not showing any signs of ebola. troubling news, he sought medical help initially on the 26th, then apparently went back home and wasn'ted a nitted to is hospital until several days later. so this is a window of opportunity potentially infeblting other people. dr. tom freeden said it is likely that one or more people may come down with ebola as a result of close contact with this patient. he also said that there is still a mystery surrounding the patient that the origins of the disease, which again speaks to the need for a massive global response to eradicate it in west africa. hires what he said. >> i have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country. it is certainly possible that someone who had contact with
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this individual, a family member or other individual could develop ebola in the coming weeks, but there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here. >> now kind of the worst-case scenario, look at what happened in nigeria, when american patrick sawyer travelled from liberia to nigeria, died a couple of days later from the ebola virus, infected 19 other people along the way. however dr. freeden said he believes that will not be the case here in the united states, that our treatment and disease control will be contained. i talked with anthony fauchi from the national institutions of ineffectation disease just a short time ago, he said this is what everyone has been waiting for, so he does believe that health authorities across the country are ready to respond to this. but this will raise another question. british airways has suspended until the end of the year all
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flights out of liberia and sierra leon. will there now be pressure on american carriers to do the same thing. we'll hear more about this as the night wears on and of course in the next few days. >> john roberts in atlanta. just breaking right now, the white house saying that the president has been briefed by the cdc about this story from dr. tom freeden who you just heard from about the first ebola case here in the u.s. as we were saying, back here in washington, breaking news. a crisis for the secret service. we're learning about another possible security lapse on top of last week's major incurse into the white house by a man with a knife. this time in atlanta. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill tonight. >> reporter: there was a security breach two weeks ago when president obama visited the cdc in atlanta. a security contractor with a gun and a criminal record was
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allowed on an elevator with the president of the united states violating secret service protocols. whistle blowers came forward and utah republican congressman jason chafen calls the incident outrageous. he notes a convicted criminal because within arm's reach of mr. obama and the secret service never did a background check. that was three days before the recent fence jumping incident at the white house. >> an intruder walked in the front door of the white house and that is unacceptable. >> republican chairman darrell issa and the house oversight committee sought answers from the secret as much as about a september 19th incident, when -- and was eventually detained on the crosswalk hall outside of the green room by an offduty member of the counter assault team. issa wanted to know why gonzalez wasn't stopped sooner. >> we have an automated system
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that can lock down the white house. $800 million a year and that door was unlocked with no one standing at it when mr. gonzalez came through it, is that correct? >> the door was unlocked at the time of mr. gonzalez' entry, that's correct. >> perhaps where lethal force is necessary, and i want those secret service agents and officers to know, at least this member of congress has their back. >> reporter: julia pierson said a variety of agent -- who's suspected of suffering from ptsd before the white house incident and yet he still got through. >> it's clear that our security plan was not properly executed. this is unacceptable, and i take full responsibility and i will make sure that it does not happen again. >> a democrat only the panel says the agency needs an overhaul. >> the time is right for a 21st
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century makeover of the secret service. >> and i wish to god you had protected the white house like you're protect your reputation here. >> reporter: another incident involving shots fired at the white house which the secret service didn't question text for days. >> you don't go through every inch of that residence, you explain to the jury why a housekeeper found evidence of the shooting and your agency did not? >> it's difficult to see at night. >> how about hear? can you hear at night? >> reporter: a florida republican offered a simple solution. >> have you ever heard of these guys? >> after a closed door classified session, chafe fits sounded this alarm. >> the more i learn the worse it is and the more it scares me. >> clearly many lawmakers think
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the problems are systemic and not just mistakes. >> the secret service is not responding to this gun in the elevator story. >> i have been in contact with them, they said they are checking it out but they have not gotten back to us as of show time. >> still ahead the terrorism name game and what the president knew and when he knew it about the threat. a night for breaking news here on special report. don't go anywhere. ♪ who's going to do it? who's going to make it happen? discover a new energy source. turn ocean waves into power.
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correspondent catherine hairgs is here with what he heard this afternoon. >> thank you, brett, the more we learn about the khorasan
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terrorists, the leadership also known as the al qaeda core is decimated. on monday, fox news -- asked if the al qaeda leadership and khorasan are -- relocating to syria, the state department spokesperson insisted there was no connection. >> they're affiliated with, so i wouldn't characterize it that way. >> reporter: but last night the state department tried to clarify his comments confirming that khorasan includes al qaeda extremists who share a history of training operatives, facilitating -- and the secretary of state recently told cnn that khorasan included
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members of the al qaeda senior membership just under a different name. and that was the explanation at today's pentagon briefing. >> he considers these groups one and the same. but they self-identify as khorasan and so we're referring to them as that. >> reporter: again today, sake stuck with her original explanation that plays down the connection. >> i said it was an example of an affiliated group of dpigters, that has tied to al qaeda but is not a part of core al qaeda. so that's how you're reconciling the two. i guess i'm -- that is what our position is on khorasan and al qaeda. >> counter terrorism analyst says that psaki's statement seem to be -- we still do not know when president obama was informed of
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any of this and the president is not saying. >> reporter: meeting with indian prime minister today, president obama skipped the usual tradition of taking questions from the media. as republicans continue to press for answers on exactly what the president knew and when he knew it about the growing threat from isis after telling cbs and 60 minutes that the director of national intelligence had underestimated the threat and overestimated the ability of the iraqi military. >> does he have a television in the white house? how could anybody miss this that's paying any attention at all? but one thing that realistlistl me off here is that -- it wasn't a surprise if you're paying any attention to what's going on in iraq. >> reporter: anonymous senior officials fired back about the terrorist threat and the capability of the iraqs in a scathing piece in today's "new
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york times." too consumed by other crises to be bothered. he was determined to not be dragged back into iraq. >> the white house just didn't pay attention to it. they were preoccupied with other cris crises. >> it sounds a lot different from what the intelligence community is saying want what this white house is saying. >> jim clapper who is the director of national intel jenls and today he put out a message to the intelligence community that directly contradicts the anonymous individual who was quoted in the "new york times" today. >> reporter: clapper today declarehood's proud of his work over the last two years to monitor the spread of isis but despite all we know about the capability of isil and the iraqi intelligence forces there are no intelligence tools that could have predicted the ooix sf's inability to fend off the advance of isil. then press secretary jake carney suggested the house was aware of
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the tough kbbattle the iraqi military was facing. >> al qaeda in iraq now calls itself the islamic state of iraq. i raek security forces are confronting an increasingly large, sophisticated and -- >> reporter: republican lindsay graham has now fired off a letter to the president demanding he back up his accusation on 60 minutes that intel officials failed by turning over his presidential daily brief for the last 18 months to the relevant committee. graham writing, quote, providing your pdbs to congress will help ensure that the failure to contributed to the rice of it's skill are addressed and we do not repeat the mistakes of 9/11. >> it's clear they're trying to follow up on reports from our own catherine harris were warned of isis for a year which the white house has not denied, the
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press josh ernest today said that turning over information is unlikely because they're highly classified documents. demanding a meeting with hong kong's top executives. student demands that china reverse a revision -- the five-day standoff has blocked city streets in hong kong and forced schools and offices to close. we will continue to monitor this developing story out of hong kong. stocks here were down today, the dow lost 28, the s&p 500 was off 5 1/2, the nasdaq drops 12 and a half. next an update on our top story, the first diagnosed case of ebola in the u.s. we will talk with dr. mark siegel with the fox medical team out of new york. be sure to check out tonight's grapevine, choosing a vacation destination by going to my blog.
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this is a fox news alert, recapping our top story tonight. the ebola virus has come to the u.s. a patient has tested positive for the deadly virus which has killed 3,000 people in west africa since march. this is the first case of ebola diagnosed in this country. a handful of health care workers infected in africa have come to the u.s. for treatment. let's get more on what we're facing from fox news medical analyst dr. mark siegel tonight.
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people hear the dcdc and dr. tom freedman say this is only trangs mitted by bodily fluids and not by the air. >> there's no sign of that in this particular virus, this strain that's been around since 1976, this is a very stable virus. he carried it on the plane without anyone knowing it because he didn't have 1i6r7 toms, but he probably wumpblt infectious until he started dealing poorly and went to the hospital. the cdc will play sherlock holmes here and track it down to make sure that no one else was exposed, in the hospital, he will be isolat'solatedisolated. >> there's a lot of comments from the cdc that it's not going to come over here, what is the process going forward and how do they contain? >> you have to understand that with more and more cases, going into the,skands there, the chances are getting likelier
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that somebody that will fly back, not have any symptoms and bring it back here. i think it's becoming more and more likely this could happen. it's not an outbreak in the united states, it's actually using our sophisticated medical systems, among the best in the world, so isolate any patients we get here and keep it from spreading, i have a lot of confidence in that able. >> the people that this guy had contact with, the cdc will contact them one after the other and make sure that they have not contracted this? >> the key here is secretions, close contact. there's been big studies with tuberculosis, it's very hard to transmit viruses or bacteria like that on planes. this thing very hard to get, they're going to look at who had close contact with this particular person while he was skik and those people will be isolated as well so they will knock it out. in west africa, for every patient with ebola, two people are getting it, that's why it's
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spreading like wildfire over there. that will not happen her. >> okay, we hope so. dr. siegel, thanks as always. work blase violence or terrorism? that is one of the questions surrounding last week's bizarre murder of a worker at an oklahoma food processing plant. tonight the first steps in the legal process. correspondent casey siegel is in norman, oklahoma. >> reporter: we're getting a better picture of the horror that took place in this food processing center just outside of oklahoma city. >> mr. nolen was called in and suspended and escorted to the parking lot. >> reporter: authorities say 30-year-old alton nolen was owl for revenge after a colleague complained about him and there had been some sort of argument earlier in the day about race. today he was formally charged with first-degree murder and two counts of assault. what's still not clear is what this was all religiously motivated. >> my understanding is that he
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was using some arabic terms during the attack and certainly that's one of the many reasons why the fbi is involved at this point in time. >> reporter: also a reason why republican congressman frank wolfe of virginia has written a letter to u.s. toattorney gener eric holder asking that this be investigated as a potential terrorism incident and not workplace violence, as in the case of the deadly shooting rampage in 2009 at ft. hood. >> this is the same type of a principle and so to call this workplace violence is really a form of political correctness, you have to call it for what it is. >> reporter: despite recent postings on facebook showing nolen's interest in islam, his family told fox they don't believe that had anything to do with what happened here. >> i honestly don't believe it is an act of terrorism. >> reporter: and nolen remains in the hospital tonight, remember h he was shot by a co-worker ultimately ending this
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attack. we're told once he is release frtds the hospital, that is when he will formally be arraigned, the da says that could come as early as tomorrow. >> casey, thank you. how a man with a knife made it all the way into the middle of the white house, plus the breaking news tonight about a man with a gun and a criminal record in an elevator with president obama. the secret service investigation. the panel is next.
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an intervieweder walks into the front door of the white house and that is unacceptable. >> that is why i have asked for a full review. it's obvious, it is obvious that mistakes were made. >> the secret service was very quick to put out a statement
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that honored the officers and agents for their, quotes, tremendous restraint. tremendous restraint is not what we're looking for? tremendous restraint is not the goal and the objective. that is not the message. the message should be overwhelming force. >> the message today from the secret service, that is about the fence jumper who made it into the white house. late today another incident confirmed, in the atlanta when the president visited the cdc, a convicted felon armed with a gun taking pictures of the president as he got into the elevator with him. the man had three felony convictions. and that is a breach of protocol. let's bring in our panel, george will, and charles krauthammer. george, they're saying that it wasn't a threat to the president. we haven't officially heard from the secret service. but these items are stacking up.
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>> it's an official crisis because the words mistakes were made. there's obviously something wrong with the culture of the secretly service agents. i have a theory and the news that this results in part because the secret service is the most uncontrolled bureaucracy in this town. because no one wants to say enough security, because the axiom by which the secret service operates is you can't have too much safety, which of course is preposterous, that's why washington today looks like an armed camp with all kinds of weird security measures, disrupting pedestrian as well as vehicular traffic. in washington, failure is rewarded, watch a minute you wet
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taking place here. the problem is we don't have a enough money and b enough power to restrict movement around washington. so they will sort of aggrandize themselves in this -- >> this is within arm's length of the president. >> it's portion than that. i was thinking as you were dpe scribing it to the audience, yeah, he was clearly breaking protocol, it's more than a violation of poe toe come, the man not only had these three felony convictions, but he had a gun, and apparently the secret service wasn't aware that he had a gun. >> or they didn't back ground check him. >> they were supposed to check everybody who has proximity to the president of the united states. they didn't check this guy. so when they discovered his odd behavior, then they decided to take a look at him, discovered that he had the gun and that's when the alarms went off. it's too late at that point if he was a genuine threat. i want to come back to something that george was staying, already their response to the fence
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jumper has been to institute more searches of people walking by the white house. and to me, again, the penalty is being imposed on the american people, not on the secret service. not on the secret service in terms of saying, you know, i'm not all for as the congressman from utah said, we want harshness. i don't think they needed to shoot that guy, but the level of security that broke down, including not sending dogs after the guy? and the door being unlocked and the buzzer being off? i mean, talk about keystone kops. i'm not being unnecessarily critical. i'm not like mike holding up the security sign. that's sadist. >> charles, this -- jason cha chafefitz asked whether she had briefed the president, and she said one time in 2014. this incident on the elevator at
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the cdc happened three days before the fence jumper who makes it into the east room of the white house. >> this is an agency that is lax, not doing it's job and is absolutely out of control. i think juan is completely right. it's okay, it's hard to get it out. but the first thing to think of the secret service when there's a breach, when they have a failure, which is a guy who rang across the white house lawn a few months ago is to diminish civil liberties of tourists walking outside the gate. the problem is not outside the gate. it is inside the gates. and the failure to multiple ones occurred inside the gate. that's where you have to take action, i think it starts with a culture in washington where no one is accountable for anything. you say the word i am accountable, i am responsible. and nothing happens to you. anybody who says in a hearing, i take the full responsibility ought to be required by law to resign within the hour.
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that's what it means that i take responsibility. the defense minister in p britain when the falling can islands he said i'm in charge, i'm the secretary of defense, i'm gone. that kind of responsibility as it's called in britain doesn't exist here. but time after time, with the va scandal, with the rollout of obama care, with what happened in benghazi, people say i am accountable and nothing happens. if you're accountable. and you say the words you're gone. >> i've been in the white house for 3 1/2 years. and there are secret service who are very good at their jobs and they protect the first family. this is a string of incidents, though, george, that is stacking up bipartisan outrage on capitol hill. >> the phrase mistakes were made is a way of beginning to lay gas all over the accountability.
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if another washington dial electricic is that -- let me tell you a secret service story. a week before he ee's inaugurat in 2009, barack obama comes to my house for dinner. mr. krauthammer was there, he was a perfect gentleman, my neighbors across the street, a nice young family, with a boy about 10 years old at the time. came out on their front lawn to watch the president. a secret service agent crossed the street and ordered them off their lawn and into their house and said there will be no arguing about this. now there's something badly wrong in the united states when an american family is ordered off their lawn for no reason other than the person could >> they should have ordered the fence jumper off the lawn. next up, the first ebola case in the u.s. and what is next.
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comcast business. built for business. i have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of ebola so it does not spread widely in this country. it is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual, a family member or other individual, could develop ebola in the coming weeks. but there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here. >> the first confirmed case of ebola in the united states. this one in dallas. there you see the head of the cdc. we are back with the panel. charles? >> look, i have no doubt that what he's saying is likely true and that he believes that we have the best public health system on the planet, the best ever. they will do the contact.
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they will do the tracing and the isolation and will do it well. but we are now at a point where we have the first importation of this illness. it is not a doctor who was over there who got it over there and who we brought back here to give him treatment. this was a random guy, got on a plane, had the disease. we are exposed to this. we aught to consider two things beyond what we're doing. the first is that british air is not allowing its airlines to go into that part of the world. we are near that place. the faa shut down that airport with a missile that hit a mile away, it shut down for two days. this is a far more serious threat we aught to think about. at what point we shut down our service in that part of the world as the epidemic increases. second, he says we are going to trace the contacts. we have eccentric circles, the ones the nearest and the most exposed will get the most scrutiny, but what is that scrutiny? are we checking in every day to see if they have a fever?
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or a quarantine of two weeks? it's not the end of the world, but we're going to reach the point where we think about quarantine and not just tracking. >> juan? >> i think what dr. friedman said was all about the medical issues at hand, but what we in washington now have to focus on are the policy issues beginning with travel, access from that region. and the thing is, it's a global society so someone could go to china and then come to the united states and escape this. but that's got to be on the table. i think it's a little short-sided to say you shut down. it's hard to shut down a global economy in that way. the second thing to think about is, visitor versus citizen. so if this person is a visitor, do we have a different standard for visitors from that region or from anywhere in the world for that matter versus our own citizens in bringing them back? and finally, the fever check. is that a sufficient mechanism or, in fact, do we have the right as a sovereign country to say, we want a higher standard
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before we let anybody in. >> the president talked to the director friedman about the strict isolation protocols under which the patient is being treated as well as ongoing efforts to trace the patient's contacts to mitigate the risk of additional cases. george? >> this close contact, what does that mean? fortunately, it is the nature of modern life that wherever we move with whomever we move, we leave a digital footprint. so they will be able to tell who was there and what close contact they had. this again is not quite like aids. to get aids you had to do known risky behavior. between that and tuberculosis you can get by breathing, there's a large area. and we don't know yet. americans want to be assured, can i get this sitting in the airplane or in the fuselage? so far as we know is not.
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>> that's what i try to ask dr. siegal, does this thing develop, he says it's a stable virus from 1976. but somebody sitting on the plane is not thinking about that. >> it feels lousy, you feel exposed, i'm sure the people who were on the plane and traced back to that date, perhaps a flight from nigeria are worried sick about it. but i don't think that's the issue. the issue is when they land, when they have a fever and its undiagnosed and they touch people. at that point, you have to really worry, then we have to think about quarantine. >> and that sound is the shades behind us so you can see the capitol a little better. not the warning that we have a different case or something. >> right. >> just making sure. >> absolutely. >> it's a heavy day today. stay tuned to see what parts in president obama's interview on "60 minutes" ended up on the
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finally tonight, this is a big breaking news night. we want to end with a look at president obama's "60 minutes" interview. steve croft asked about isis, the economy as well as other issues but apparently there was not enough time to air it all. >> a lot of things going on in the world right now. >> a lot of them bad. you have syria, you have iraq, you've got ukraine, you've got ebola, the economy. medications, alcoholism, justin bieber, depression, military entanglement, the state of colorado, polar bears are dangerous. >> there's some pretty serious topics there, but the president still found a way to keep it playful. take a listen to this. >> i've always had a business-like relationship with him. what i've said is that russian aggression violating the territory integrity of a smaller or weak economy. >> the footsie lightened that
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up. thank you for inviting us into your home. that's our special report fair, balanced, unafraid. greta is on the record right now. this is a fox news alert. it is here, ebola. president obama was briefed just moments ago about a patient inside this dallas hospital testing positive for ebola. now it is the first case of this highly contagious and deadly disease right here in the u.s. and the person who was sick came in contact with those on multiple flights on his way back to the united states. now they are on a mission to track down anyone, i mean anyone who could possibly have the deadly virus. john roberts is live in atlanta with the latest. john? >> reporter: this is what public health officials, greta, expected and feared all at the same time. finally coming to pass. there have been so many false alarms in the last few months, all of them

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