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we covered a lot of territory today. where did the three hours go? we're going to do it again tomorrow. >> we are and again and again. stone." bill: friendly fire from oversea and an american soldier dead after an afghan soldier in uniform fired on government forces. it happened in jalalabad as the u.s. embassy officer left the room u.s. troops returned fire and the attacker is dead. it's the second so-called insider attack this year. new details behind a cyber attack at the white house. welcome to america's newsroom.
martha: good morning. i'm martha maccallum. the russians apparently hacked the white house computer system last october. the information we are told was unclassified but it was sensitive. months later the director of national intelligence issued this warning. >> the russian cyber threat is more severe than we previously assessed. bill: what did the hackers access? >> reporter: a part of his schedule people are not supposed to see because it can come p my his security. >> we don't con fume cyber
fusions. we have spoken to the fact there was an event last year. we take regular precautions to prevent them. >> reporter: on capitol hill the lawmakers were using this news as a warning. senator susan collins declaring these reports are troubling and further he can poe our defenses against cyber attacks with inadequate. a government spoke man disagreed with the "inadequate" part. they said as soon as they realize something was wrong they moved to mitigate attack. bill: do we know when it happened? >> reporter: when new sanctions were announced against
the putin regime. in operation pond storm hackers went phishing for sensitive information hoping to trick people on the white house network to fork over info to help them get into this system. the state department suffered a big hack attack just last month. official tell us they think that intrusion has russian fingerprints all over it as well. bill: it's a new battlefront. martha: a fox news alert. a south carolina police officer is now charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop. this incident is captured on video. it's graphic. it was caught on the video you see here and it go on.
michael slager is accused of firing his begun 8 times. you can hear the pop pop pop in that video. he hit walter scott jr. as he was running away. authorities say he had already been hit with a stun gun. >> gunshot wound to the chest to the right thigh. martha: a lot happened in that video but not everything happened in that video. >> reporter: this show what happened after michael slager stopped walter scott. the officer says he chased slager then got into a struggle for the stun gun. you can see walter scott running
away from the officer who has his handgun out and drawn. we are not showing the next clip which shows walter shot collapsing after being shot. he's face down having his handcuffed behind his back. in another portion of the video he is seen jogging back to the own of the struggle and then drops something near the body. the family says while they grieve for hair loved one they are grateful charges have been filed. >> i don't think all police officers are bad cops. but there are some bad one out there. >> reporter: slager's former
attorney who dropped him after the video came out says slager felt threatened after scott reached for his taser. martha: what information do we have on these men's background. >> reporter: scott had been arrested several times. once for assault and other times for minor violations. slager had never been disciplined but there were complaints his time accusing him of unnecessary force with a taser. there will be a rally at the city hall. bill: we are awaiting a verdict in the boston marathon bombing trial as the jury returns for a second day of deliberations. the jury had a few questions at
the end of the day yesterday. what did we learn from that, molly? >> reporter: after 7 hours of deliberations they didn't come to a verdict. it was revealed they had two questions. the judge and the lawyers are already meeting this morning presumably to address those questions and hopefully we'll hear about them in open court which could give us insight. the defense attorney acknowledged tsarnaev was involved in the boston marathon bombing. so a slew of guilty verdicts wouldn't be a big surprise but it may take the jury time to get through things. it's a long indictment. 17 of the charges could care by the possibility of the death penalty. bill: what about the evidence?
how much is there for the jurors to go over? is there a lot i imagine? >> reporter: there is so much for them to go over. this is the verdict form. it's 32 pages long. in some cases it's broken up into different sections. the indictment is 74 pages long. there were weeks of testimony. 92 witnesses called by the prosecutors and 4 by the defense. they have a large monitor to bring up exhibits so there is a lot to go through with this case. bill? bill: we'll be on standby along with you today from boston, massachusetts. martha: another smas jury is deciding the fate of former new england patriots flair aaron hernandez. during closing arguments hernandez' lawyer admitted the
former nfl starm witnessed the murder but claimed he was merely a witness. hernanwitness. hernandez is charged with first degree murder. bill: a cancer patients kicked off a plane that records the entire incident right here. >> i have multiple myeloma. they are taking me off the airplane base don't have a doctor's note saving i can fly. bill: what they are saying to her about her doctor's note. plus there is this. the bergdahl situation was known for years. yet the deception was still perpetrated. awful and unacceptable. martha: the white house faces
questions after a bombshell report about sergeant bowe bergdahl and his plans to defect to the other side. growing evidence the administration knew about this but decided to bring him home to a rose garden ceremony. bill: the president taking a swipe at scott walker saying he needs to bone up on foreign policy. >> we know obama is a narls -- is a nars is. i am totally blind. and sometimes i struggle to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day.
martha: things are starting to get back to normal after a loose power line cause a power outage in washington, d.c. there go the lights. but she is resourceful so she turned on a light in her cell phone and continued on with the briefing. they also went out on oprah winfrey during an event honoring the late maya angelou. they don't suspect malicious activity. bill: it was a weird day.
the russian attack. marie hart, a veteran there. you do that oprah's studio. that would be an issue. 15 minutes past. >> so often we get people who are elected and they spend decade after decade up there and they lose touch with the people and nothing changes. the last couple republicans do the same thing democrats do. i like the word "constitutional conservatives." but i think we need someone who stands up for the entire bill of rights. bill: senator paul goes straightaway to n hampshire today. where does he make the best
case? >> i would say his first best bet is new hampshire. there are a strong libertarian streak up there and the field is wide open unlike iowa where social conservatives will hold the line. new hampshire is wide open and this is a good year up there for paul. he will be spending a lot of time in the grand it state. bill: he took a shot at ted cruz and sneeft policy and took a shot at a good number of republican candidates. he was an equal opportunity critic you could say. >> he used the words "neo-conservatives." jeb bush embraced his brother's foreign policy and the policy team. for rand paul to come out swinging on neo-conservatives. not hawks but people with a
specific ideology and just want to be at war all the time and now he's in a fight with the bill kristols of the world but specifically with jeb bush, this will be hot. bill: he's going to raise some money, too. >> bloomberg reports by friday $31 million for edward rafael cruz. put it in terms of ordinary ma'am apples can understand. a good launch for helped cruz would have been $10 million or $8 million. $31 million from three super pacs. bill: what does that tell you? that's over a 2-week period? >> it means he and rand paul will be fighting and ted crew is here to stay. any of the republican establishment who thought ted
cruz would be dispopped in the early going or living off the land with limited resources is wrong. presuming that this is not cab for clunkers. -- cash for clunkers, he will be around. bill: governor walker said if he's elected president he would veto or get rid of any deal done with iran. rick perry said pretty much the same thing. the president was asked about this two days ago in the npr interview and toward the tail end of the interview this is what he said about governor walker in wisconsin. >> if that starts being questioned that's going to be a problem for our friend and embolden our enemies. it would be a foolish approach to take. and, you know, perhaps mr. walker after he's taken some time to bone up on foreign
policy will feel the same. bill: this is called a character story. what do you call it? >> i call it ironic when he was running for president the first time had a foreign policy portfolio that basically included living abroad as a young person. george w. bush didn't say that stuff about barack obama. a sitting president normally wouldn't say something vituperative about a potential candidate. there is something about walker that makes him nuts. bill: and you are no ordinary mammal. martha: firefighters on the
in north dakota it's covering the ground in white. martha: it's not over until the fat lady sings. and she has not sung. maybe a couple notes. hang in there folks. martha: the dramatic video of a fire tearing through a commercial building. getting within inches of those flames. another of the using a ladder to rescue the couple trapped inside. a huge operation. william lajeunesse is live at the scene with more. a very dramatic fire there today. >> reporter: i'm going to show where you this fire started. you can see the roof literally
caved in. it's gone. fortunately firefighters got here minutes after the 911 call came in. there is a clippers-lakers game. a local photographer saw the flames and two people were trapped inside. they were blocked by fire. they broke a window. they threw office supplies outside hoping something one would see them. 175 firefighters respond. some took the roofs. others to the stairwells. the smoke was thick but they got a ladder up to the 6th floor. they rescued vivian first followed by ricardo. he thought he was going to have to jump. the smoke was getting thick and the room was getting hot. >> in less than 2 minutes when i
made the 911 call, they were there. >> reporter: the couple is fine there they were rescued both of them. they own a guy door business inside and they will be fine. one firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation. martha: what do you think is the cause of this fire? >> reporter: i talked to a guy who works here. it's offices and medical offices. it was built in 1966. bill: al qaeda terrorists gaining ground in yemen. there are new reports iran is sending warships to the area. martha: new reaction to the bowe bergdahl investigation. why a new report has bill o'reilly saying he's appalled.
the country's largest petrochemical operations. when emerson takes up the challenge it's never been done before simply becomes consider it solved. emerson. bill: a fox news alert. iran may be sending a warship off the coast of yemen. john huddy is watching this with more in our middle east newsroom. >> reporter: iran in terms of its naval vessels off the waters of yemen iran says it's protecting shipping routes. it's trying to prevents piracy. obviously saudi arabia is
watching this closely because iran has barked the houthi rebels and saudi arabia has been bombing the houthi rebels. now there is another big problem. 15-minute. tired there are arabian peninsula. today the secretary of defense ashton carter said the al qaeda branch based out of yemen is making quote great gains on the ground in yemen taking advantage of the chaos. this has been a major concern. i have the houthi rebels, al qaeda and isis militants. secretary carter says al qaeda has seized the opportunity and there are reports al qaeda fighters took over a post along the border killing two soldiers. the u.s. is spreading up its weapons delivery providing
intelligence support logistics and reconnaissance information. there is also a growing concern about the humanitarian crisis. increasing civilian casualties. close to 600 civilians killed including women and children. i have all these groups again. you have isis militants. they claim responsibility for the bombings on the mosques. you have isis. you have aqap. and. chaos at this point kins to reign in p.m. -- point continues to reign in yemen. so it's being watched closely by saudi arabia. bill: john huddy from jerusalem.
thank you john. bill: i'm appalled that a man who may have collaborated with the enemy in afghanistan was he reason yulsly defined -- was erroneously defined by the white house. that's deception. the investigation indicated criminal activity and none of that was presented to we the people. none of it. quite the opposite. this entire bergdahl rules is part of the reason many perhaps most americans no longer trust president obama. martha: the 2009ncis investigation to bowe bergdahl's disappearance shows there was clear evidence he was going over to the enemy in a deliberate plan. despite that he was trade for five taliban commanders.
they are about to be released from their captivity that only lasted a year. i want to show you sound in a moment. but first let's get your reaction to what bill o'reilly said. do you agree this was a deceptive practice by the white house? >> there is conflicting information. the army major general said bowe bergdahl always planned to return to his base. we know he was tortured by the taliban. it doesn't make sense that they would torture him then he was on their side. he was kept in a cage by the taliban, tried to escape 12 times. he was punished, hit by the copper wire. if we did not rescue bowe bergdahl the very same people
urging him to get him out would be crate sizing him. martha: reports are that he was going over to the enemy look for someone who spoke english. so what happened to him after he decided to leave is separate from the reality. >> reporter: you are right. it's what bowe bowe bergdahl's intents was. the intents was to defect. that we know. one thing is for sure. had bowe bergdahl stayed with his troops he wouldn't have spent one day in captivity with the taliban. he decided to act. the president knew or should have known what his intentions were when he was held for five years. the president spun a tale for his own political benefit.
and then had this parents at the white house. martha: that becomes a central question. why was it necessary to treats him as a hero. why did he have to be a hero is the question i pose to you. here is some of the white house reaction at the time. listen to this. >> sergeant bergdahl has missed birthdays and holidays and the simple moments with family and friends which all of us take for granted. but while he was gone, he was never forgotten. >> he put on the uniform of the united states voluntarily and it takes honor and it's a mark of distinction. >> he will be safely reunited with his family. he served the united states with honor and distinction. martha: if he wasn't all those things it makes it tricky to release five members of the taliban for him. >> taliban members in gitmo
would have to be released anyway at the end of the afghanistan war. they are being held without right to an attorney or due process which is ununconstitutional. martha: this gave the white house anen to the release them. if he wasn't a hero, it's a tough sell to the american people is it not? >> if he had been left behind and killed by the taliban the very same people who are now going after obama for getting him out would be blaming this president for leaving him behind. we do not people in our military behind. martha: bringing him back is fine. the way he was brought back and the way the whole thing was treated as if he was a hero. instead of saying what he don't know what the story is here. the military said almost right away -- there was a lot of
awareness, his team was speak out, a lot of awareness this was a fishy situation at the very least. >> correct. if it wasn't for his teammates coming forward and exposing this lie and fox news for bringing these people before the american people we may have never knownruth about the exchange for bergdahl. berg call acted intentionally and wrongfully and in degradation of his responsibility. what about the people who now have alleged to have died trying to find him? >> what would you stay if he was left there? >> if he was left as a deserter then he met his fate. >> so you would be okay if he had been killed by the taliban. >> i'm look at protecting my
forces. we sent people throughout to look for this guy. some may have died. >> the six people claimed to have died looking for him were on other missions. martha: we have spoke to the team he worked with. they said they were out there doing missions, but do you take a left turn maybe he's down this way let's check it out. it's not disputable that searching for him was part of what they were doing when they were out there. they were doing many things while they were out there. if that was someone in your family you would understand that. i'm fine with everything you say about bring him back. but why this big rose garden ceremony. what was that necessary given what the white house knew about these unusual circumstances? >> i think that's a good point. i understand the dispute about
the rose garden ceremony. i think some of the comments give what they had known, were over the top. by the way he was already in the coast guard he was dismissed from the coast guard for psychological reasons. who allowed him back into the military? i believe there is culpability there. he should never have been serving again after he had been released by the coast guard. martha: tell that to the families of the people who died while they were out there and they didn't get a rose garden ceremony. it's a very strange set of circumstances and bill o'reilly says he's appalled. i don't think he's alone. bill: the kurd say isis released 00 yazidi whose -- released 200
yazidi hostages. most of them if not all said to be children and the elderly. but they are alive and they are okay. northern iraq moments ago. so the uconn ladies do it again. the husky holding off notre dame. 63-53. there are the handshakes. uconn head coach tenth title. give it to me. ties the ucla john wood within. he's 10-10 in championships. that's unbelievable. the men's title set a record, 28 million watched duke beat wisconsin in the comeback victory. martha: that's an amazing feat.
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all these people are waiting and i'm being removed like i'm a criminal. martha: an alaska airlines employee noticed she put on a surgical mass to be avoid germs. the airline has apologized saying the situation should have been handled differently. no kidding. bill: the u.s. is making a major change in its relationship with cuba. it's possible the castro government could be off the list of state sponsors of terror. how could that be and what does it mean? k.t., good morning to you. why would this happen? >> it's legacy time for president obama. first he takes the country off the list of state sponsored terrorists then he has
diplomatic overtures and ultimately cuts a deal with the dictators. that's what every did with iran and that's what he's planning to do with cuba. he has a meeting with the government at the end of the week. bill: the npr interview that came out a few days ago was asked that question. is this particular country considered a state sponsor of terrorism. and he went on to say we don't agree with them on everything when it comes to policy, but specifically state sponsored terrorism, he was ready for that question. >> he has been big in the for a long time. i want to part ways with some conservatives who say we should never have anything to do with the cubans. i care what's important for my country. the security of the united states depends on not having an enemy on our borders. the only time we have come close
to nuclear war is when the soient union tried to put nuclear missiles in cuba. i look at cuba today and say they are going to try that again. the castro brothers are eventually going to die. when they die there will be political chaos in cuba. 9 country poised to have a relationship with the new cue bap. i look at this saying we better get pour ducks in the row now. wee better be making overtures to the business and educational communities. because when the castro brothers fall we want to make sure it's america in there not china or russia. bill: tom freedman had if the question about the obama doctrine. we'll engage but preserve all our capabilities. how does that line fit into this
discussion? >> i don't know what that line means. the obama administration was going to be, lead from hint behind. then it would be strategic patience. now this is not an accidental line. the president knew he had that interview. he knew that was going to come up. in his own words he said this is my doctrine. my guess is they polled it, test marketed it. and what does it mean? it means whatever you want to it mean. it means whatever you have read into it. the obama doctrine used to be doctor stupid stuff. now it's just some vague mambi ma'am line. bill: thank you k.t. martha: from the battlefield to
the familiar live an american world war ii war hero being reunited with the purple heart he earned in the battle of the bulge it turned up in a pawnshop hundreds of miles from home. how does the purple heart end up in a pawnshop that was obviously this piece of history very close to this family. how does that happen? >> purple hearts are pretty commonly bought and sold. the going rate is about $300. in the past few years there has been a one-man operation a veteran uses his own time and money to recover these purple hearts to get them back to family members. this man found the purple heart in a connecticut pawnshop. >> it breaks my heart to think one of our nation's heroes would end up in a place like that. >> reporter: he says he
recovers 10-15 purple hearts every month but he only go on line to shop. he he if he doesn't have the money he doesn't do it. he he it's too sad to see those medals out there. the family is overwhelmed. the grandson said his father was a gentleman a grocer who never talked about the war. but he had a second life when he was in world war ii in belgium with a machine gun fighting for his own life trying to protect this family. >> this is the tangible proof that he risked his life. >> reporter: the family thinks the medal was lost during a move. now it's in the hand of the grandson and they say it will be passed on to the great grandson. >> that is really special and precious too.
martha: well they are into day two of deliberations underway in the trial of boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev. tsarnaev's lawyer admits that his client took part in the deadly attack but says the older brother, tamerlan was really the mastermind. the jury seven men seven women rather, five men meeting five
hours yesterday without reaching a verdict. we'll keep you up to speed on the case. we'll let you know if anything develops in terms of the jury. we begin this hour with a deadly insider attack in afghanistan. one american soldier killed. two others were wounded after an after gap soldier opened fire on nato forces -- afghan. welcome to a brand new hour of "america's newsroom." glad to have you with us. i'm martha maccallum. bill: i'm bill hemmer. it happened in jalalabad. the shooter was killed on the spot by u.s. soldiers. conor powell live from the middle east bureau. what happened there, conor? >> reporter: details are limited but we know a group of americans both from the state department the embassy in kabul and military were meeting with provincial governor in jalalabad in the compound. right after the meeting concluded the embassy officials left via helicopter. a afghan soldier opened fire, killed one u.s. soldier and
injured two others. the lone attacker reportedly killed but why he did this is very much unclear. these types of attacks, unfortunately, bill, are all too common to u.s. and international troops in afghanistan. bill: is there any confirmation whether or not the shooter the afghan shooter has a connection to the taliban? >> reporter: u.s. officials say this is under investigation but these types of insider or green on blue attacks have happened pretty regularly in afghanistan. this is only second time this year. 44 international troops were killed by afghan troops back in 2012. a lot of times the taliban does take credit for these attacks but not all the time are they actually connected to the taliban. a lot of times these are disgruntled afghan soldiers. the afghan military has improved significantly in recent years. corruption, there are a lot of problems still remaining with afghan security forces. this is the most that the u.s. officials say it is under investigation. they don't know if it was a lone wolf attacker or somebody with ties to the taliban and a true
insurgent bill. bill: conor powell, thank you on the breaking news from our middle east bureau. martha: big day for senator rand paul. he is campaigning in new hampshire after announcing his presidential run yesterday. he delivered his message against big government in a bid to win over the tea party and more. >> if we nominate a candidate who is simply democrat-light, what's the point? why bother? [applause] we need to boldly proclaim our vision for america. we need to go boldly for the under the banner of liberty that clutches the constitution in one hand and the bill of rights in the other! [cheers and applause] martha: that crowd going for sure. jonah goldberg, senior editor for "national review" and fox news contributor. two out of the gate now. why did these two, ted cruz, rand have to be first ones in, jonah? >> for the record the bill of
rights and constitution are in the same document. only need one hand. beyond that look, i think, the reason they don't to be the first ones out but makes a lot of sense first ones out. particularly with ted cruz his plan is to raise an enormous amount of money from the grassroots. clearly rand paul like his dad has a big network of supporters at the grass roots level. earlier you get in, the more you can sort of, vacuum up from that crowd and get those guys fired up and motivated. big guys on wall street who write huge checks, they can afford to wait. doesn't take a lot of energy. they will not be out there stuffing envelopes and putting up yard signs. they don't need busy work the way grass roots does. makes sense. martha: sounds like bloomberg is reporting that ted cruz will announce he has $31 million this friday. that is a pretty good haul. can rand paul compete with that? >> i will be shocked if he hits that number.
i think the paul supporters are very committed but, it is much deeper but narrower group than the cruz faction. cruz is running as a full spectrum conservative in a way that rand paul isn't quite doing. so the and ted cruz is been working overtime organizing and collecting data, all the rest. doesn't shock me is doing as well as he is. martha: rand paul obviously has issues when it comes to his foreign policy with conservatives. here is charles krauthamer on that last night. let's listen. >> whatever name you want to put on paul's position, isolationist or non-interventionist he is without a doubt the one republican who will be running who is the closest to obama in his view of foreign policy. martha: what do you think? do you agree? >> i basically do. i have some, i like a lot of what rand paul says about domestic politics.
i don't think the term isolationist applies to someone who believes in free trade all that. i don't think he is isolationist but he is a non-interventionist. the problem for rand paul, the political ground caved in beneath him. after iraq and afghanistan americans were pretty dovish on war. didn't want to go into another war. understandable. we're tired of all the bloodshed and treasure being spent. but then it turns out if you start beheading americans on tv and talking about flying the isis flag over the white house, it brings out the inner andrew jackson in a lot of americans. and rand paul does not have the rhetorical chops to pivot to appeal to that group. it is just simply a fact that in the republican party being hawkish and strong on defense gets you more votes than being dovish and weak on defense. that is the problem rand paul is running into. martha: let's look at most recent polls we have early
contenders that we know of and those expected to get n scott walker at one end 15%. rand paul at the other end with 9%. you could argue at this point that is pretty close across the board. this is really anybody's race at this point, would you say that jonah? >> basically. i don't have very high hopes for say ben carson's ability to go the distance. i think some of these guys like rand paul need to do really well early if they want to be taken seriously. one of the things about rand paul, unlike his dad rand paul has a long-term strategy for sort of changing the gop and rising up within it, he can wait to run again in four or eight or 12 years. he wants to be part of the republican party and change the party. right now we're watching the party change him a little bit. martha: very interesting. he is a very fascinating politician on the scene and it will make it a great race across the board to watch. jonah, thank you. we'll see you next time. >> great to be here. >> so rahm emanuel won his
election winning chicago's first ever runoff for mayor. emanuel facing four more years at the helm of a city that faces major challenges yet again. >> i have had the good fortune to serve two presidents. i have had the fortune of being elected to congress. being mayor of the city of chicago is greatest job i have ever had and greatest job in the world. [applause] bill: he keeps that job today. mike tobin is live in chicago. he faced some hurdles. does rahm emanuel have the popularity to tackle the challenges in that city, mike? >> reporter: bill, you mentioned that he won the first-ever runoff in the city of chicago. the first-ever chicago mayor forced into runoff. rahm emanuel moves ahead looking $20 billion in unfunded pension liability and revenue stream of $3.5 billion. the violence on the south and west sides continues unabated. he has had showdowns with
teachers unions already. more difficulties with unions loom on horizon with the republican governor in springfield picking fights. through the runoff campaign emanuel acknowledged he had problems just being likeable. >> but i understand the challenges we face will require me to approach them differently. and work in a different fashion. the only way to meet these challenges is to bridge the gap between the things that have divided us. >> reporter: pollster frank luntz for those who consider rahm to be presidential timber he will need more popularity with home base here in chicago before he can even think about getting in the ring with national democrats. bill. bill: mike tobin keep an eye on it from the windy city. martha: federal judge is refusing to lift the temporary hold on president obama's executive action on immigration. he said the government hasn't shown any reason why the action should be put into effect during
the appeal process. he issued a hold. it was a big blow to the white house's immigration plans. a group of 26 states, led by texas, filing a lawsuit to overturn the president's action which would protect as many as five million illegal immigrants from deporttation. >> we are now learning more about a police officer, now charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop. the incident was captured on cell phone video. here is part of that. difficult to watch. [gunfire] clearly froze the image there right before that man to your left, dropped to the grass below. north charleston officer michael slager accused of firing his gun eight times hitting 50-year-old walter scott, jr., as was running away. authorities say the victim was hit with a stun gun. here is the scanner the police scanner audio of slager calling in the incident.
>> shots fired. subject is down. he grabbed my taser. gunshot wounds. in the chest. and right thigh. bill: according to the officer's attorney he had not been disciplined during his time on the force but new records claim there were two citizen complaints in slager's file accusing him of unnecessary force with a taser. slager was cleared of that allegation. much more on this as we get it. we're learning that the mayor in north charleston will hold a press conference at 1:00 eastern time. so about three hours from now. we'll see what he has to say. martha: obviously a witness, the person who shot the video was witness to entire thing. that will be a big element. more as we get it. there are new warnings from the defense secretary with isis on the move in iraq. al qaeda also on the march there as well. and taking advantage of the incredible chaos that exists on the streets in yemen. then this.
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bill: we have some chaos in the streets of athens, greece. watch here, night video. officials saying overnight protests calling for closure of a maximum security prison triggered the violence. hundreds of protesters throwing molotov cocktails and stones and setting cars on fire. two police officers injured. nine people were arrested in that. martha: new warning from ash carter. the new defense secretary says al qaeda is on the rise once again in yemen. the terror group taking territory in the troubled nation while the world powers focus on isis and houthis in yemen as well carter says this, quote
al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, which you may know as acap seized opportunity of disorder there and collapse of the central government which was u.s. and saudi-backed. he goes on to say they are making gains on the ground as they try to take territory, seize territory around the battle lines. lieutenant colonel ralph peters, military analyst. welcome back to the program. not surprising in the middle of what is going on in yemen which the president at one point not too long ago heralded as success story of our counterterrorism strategy, acap would say everything is up for grabs in this country. this is our moment. >> the nature of war in vacuum, terrorism love as vacuum. what we saw, i want to try to lay out sort of the domino effect here, martha. this goes back to the president's obsession with a nuclear deal with iran. he was so singularly obsessed with that, that he wouldn't
stand up to iran on any of the other fronts in the middle east such as iraq or syria elsewhere where iran is engaged. so iran's latest axis of advance is in yemen. where iran-backed shia iran, back the shia houthis. they overthrew the u.s.-backed predominantly sunni government and now the houthis largely unopposed on the ground, are rampaging through the country while it's a split country. we had formerly some cooperation from sunni tribes that didn't want al qaeda there, didn't want isis there. i mean, yemenis are the hillbillies of middle east and hillbillies are tough. because of this shia takeover, many of those sunni tribes that didn't want al qaeda in, are going to be forced into an unease alliance with the islamic state and gets worse and worse. martha: that's a great point. look at the map, excuse me, of this area here.
let's pull up yemen and saudi arabia because you can see why saudi arabia absolutely does not want yemen to fall under the control of iran, because it goes right down to the straits and entrance in aden, that they do not want to fall under the control of iran. now the united states finds itself is in increasingly complicated situation. because we have been working on the deal with iran who backs houthis. so we were hands off in yemen for quite some time. we had to convince the saudis, don't worry, we're l absolutely on your side. we'll help you with our airstrikes and intelligence what we can from a distance on the ground. so my question for you is, if we're helping the sunni side in this battle in yemen, at what point do you end up in an uncomfortable relationship with isis and acap as well, ralph? >> well it's, it's spun totally out of control, martha. the white house is not engaged in this, not seriously and
we're certainly not going to wind up on the side of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula or islamic state. but you're right, there is spillover just as in iraq we inadvertently, we don't want to do it but our air power is supporting iran's efforts. it is utterly today the iranian foreign minister is in pakistan trying to persuade the sunni pakistanis not to help the sunni saudi arabians in yemen who are their partners this is complex beyond the ability of this white house to grasp it. and again as long as this white house is obsessed with this iran deal, iran nuke deal, tehran knows that obama will not confront them. at least through the end of june nothing is going to happen that makes a difference as far as the united states is concerned. al qaeda is growing in strength. the islamic state is moving in. al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is the most virulent, vicious aren't at this american franchise in al qaeda. martha: they absolutely are.
stay tuned because that situation is not going anywhere quickly. ralph, thank you very much. >> thank you martha. bill: 20 minutes past the hour now. you go through airport security, empty your pockets in those little trays and accidentally leave a little bit of change behind. apparently that happens a lot, like all over the country. now tsa tells us how much money it all adds up to. take a guess. take a moment. how much money do you think? we'll tell you in a moment here. martha: pennies make dollars right? plus, talk about dude looks like a lady. well, i don't know you weigh in on that. police in one town asking for public's help catching the crook, they're calling the "mrs. doubtfire" bandit. i think "mrs. doubtfire" would not be happy with that comparison. bill: agreed. ♪
martha: something to think about today, folks. air travelers leave behind a lot of money at those security check points. the tsa finding $675,000 in loose change. bill: whoa. martha: $675,000 in loose change she said, in those little buckets at tsa stops. they get to keep all of the unclaimed coins to help pay for security operations? bill: really? martha: what? bill: save us taxpayer dollars. martha: yeah. pick up your change when you go through there. men. definitely men. women don't keep lose change in their pockets. guys leave all the money. bill: quarters count. martha: absolutely. bill: police in california asking for the public's health in catching a bizarre suspect. watch here. they're calling this guy the "mrs. doubtfire" bank robber because he dresses as a woman. chief correspondent jonathan hunt, perfect story for him live
in l.a. how did this guy pull this off, jonathan? >> reporter: clearly, bill, with the help of that dastardly disguise. the cops say he or she went into one bank first in santa cruz. seemed to case that one out, and then about an hour later, went into a u.s. bank branch. and that's where he, she demanded money. no weapons involved in this but the teller handed over the cash and the robber got away. described by cop as about 25 to 35 years old 160 to 170 pounds. five foot five, wearing as you can see prescription glasses, blonde wig, navy blue scrubs and a light purple, long-sleeved undershirt. very dubious fashion choices i have to say. bill: dub bus indeed. they're sure this lady is a man? they're positive of that? >> reporter: well, apparently so. not only dubious fashion choice was give that away, but
apparently the old tell we know, adam's apple and somewhat deep voice. the cops released a statement i'm quoting here. when the bank employees contacted the suspect they were surprised to see although he was dressed like a female the suspect was actually a male, hence the title, the "mrs. doubtfire" bank robbery. of course the real mrs. doubt fire, played famously by robin williams, once said, my first day as a woman and already i'm getting hot flashes. by contrast, this particular "mrs. doubtfire," was apparently a very cool customer, bill, but the cops hope he will be feeling the heat pretty soon. bill: we shall see. santa cruz california. jonathan, nice to see you. >> reporter: sure. bill: martha. martha: a new synthetic drug that has very dangerous side-effects. >> his power was so forceful, when he pulled, you could actually see the door shaking
and him throwing rocks that cracked the impact window. martha: wow. oh my gosh. why public officials sounding alarm about a drug called "flaaka." plus this. [shouting] >> the boston marathon bombing trial enter as second day of jury deliberations what jurors are asking the judge this morning. [explosion]
martha: new crackdown on gang crime. a nationwide dragnet rounding up more than 1200 suspects. the department of homeland security coordinating the massive effort with local law enforcement in nearly 300 cities. senior correspondent adam housley was the only reporter to watch it all go down. he joins us live from los angeles. adam huge operation here. what prompted these raids? >> reporter: yeah, martha, the operation went on for about six weeks. did a pretty good job working with local law enforcement
keeping it low-key as possible, at the same time going after suspects across the country using information here stateside but from international crime partners. they were able to apprehend a ton of people as you mentioned. they targeted gangs across the u.s. u.s. immigrations and customs enforcement. i.c.e., homeland security investigations team, arrested 1200 seized weapons, drugs involved in international crime and used by international crime syndicates. members from 239 different gangs arrested in 282 cities across the u.s. it was called project wildfire. when we talked with the officers there on the scene, they will tell you this is about being proactive, going out hitting crime before it hits innocent citizens. take a listen. >> this is where you know grass roots law enforcement starts. this is how we get a baseline read of what is happening. this is what, you know, federal agencies and investigative agencies like hsi are doing to
target transnational criminality. >> reporter: 913 people at least already have been charged with crimes. of those, of these 1200 arrested, martha, over 600 had violent crime histories. over 200 were foreign nationals. martha: wow. that involved local law enforcement in a lot of cities. what was the response? >> reporter: yeah, they're very happy. this was led by federal authorities from i.c.e., working with local law enforcement. you had a chance to see as we were there obviously watching this go down in southern california placentia in orange county the raid we saw, you could really see them work together and over the information before they went out. we have video from fort worth texas, some of the raids that took place there. you can watch the law enforcement agencies, in the past you heard criticisms when they don't work together. we saw them work together to take people off the streets. at the same time getting new information as they go after transnational crime. i have to tell you most of these arrests were affiliated with
major gangs. names. we'll not say them here. overall this is very big success. they got all sorts of narcotics and weapons off the street. martha it shows a lost gangs they are coming in, rather than waiting and reacting but being proactive, martha. martha: good news. glad you got a front row seat for it. thank you, adam. bill: president obama doing a little off script during yesterday's easter prayer breakfast at the white house when he said this there. >> on easter i do reflect on the fact that, as a race shun, i am supposed to love -- christian. i have to say sometimes when, i have listened to less-than-loving expressions by christians i get concerned. but that's a topic for another day. [laughter]. bill: yes about what we thought
it ended. julie roginsky, fox news contributor. political visor for frank lautenberg. kevin jackson, author of, race pimping and radio talk show host. good morning to you. many suggested that was reference to indiana, kevin. did you hear it that way? >> i didn't hear it that way but what i will say no matter how mean-spirited christians get barack obama is in no danger of losing his head. so, you know, it is funny that he always takes these types of opportunities which should be a time to reflect upon the greatness of christianity and always manages to deride christians. i mean -- bill: it was an easter breakfast easter monday. he said i'm about, easter tuesday i'm about to veer off he explained. i'm pulling it back, julie. how did you hear that comment? >> you know, if not during a time to talk about his religion, when could he possibly say it? i get the sense president is in
last remember the second semester senior year gotten into college you don't care anymore. you do whatever you want because you're pretty much on verge of graduating. bill: are you okay with that? >> i'm fine with that. he is christian as a christian he is allowed to talk about what bothers him the way other christians may perceive the teachings of christ. not for people who are not christians to say it but certainly for him because he is a christian. maybe people see it in a different way. bill: kevin, go ahead sorry? >> it is nonsense. look barack obama is constantly decrying christianity as he proclaims his christianity which is it? he never talks badly about what is going on with islam. and on the day that he was doing that, 147 christians were killed in his home country. so what is he talking about? look the level of dichotomy with this guy, talking out of both sides of an issue but never ever mentioning the nature of islam, but constantly telling christians how bad they are.
>> i'm sorry -- bill: one second. his home count dry? >> yeah. >> the point is, where he supposedly has origins, has roots. i'm not trying to say he is not american. bill: clarification. this is easter prayer service okay? back in early february, at the national prayer breakfast when he said this. julie, give you a chance to respond. >> lest, get on our high horse to think this is unique to some other place remember that during the crusades and inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of christ. bill: saves all the christian comments for the christian prayer breakfast? you see a pattern here? hang on, kevin. julie go. >> i don't see a pattern here. he spent the entire speech yesterday, for most part, 99% talking about the positive aspects of christianity and positive teachings of christ. at national prayer breakfast and other times to talk about religion he brought up
atrocious period in the history of christianity which we all agree was not a time in the religion's history. bill: i did hat hear the entire message. >> i did. bill: did he say about the 150 killed at school in kenya? did he say anything about the christians killed in tunisia at art museum. did he say anything about coptic christians in libya. >> bill -- bill: did he say about the christians in mosul run out of town. >> would you like me to answer your question? bill: now. >> i believe he was talking about his christianity. not a foreign policy speech. we're all well aware of horrible acts committed towards christian all over the world. as president of the united states he is american not a kenyan, no matter what kevin was implying this is something he is christian beliefs. he was saying positive things -- bill: i got it, julie. go ahead. >> bill what he said back then was he misused the history of the crusades, because of barack obama knows nothing about history.
and yet again used an opportunity to decry christianity. and again but then he wants us to believe he is a christian. you can't have it both ways, i love america but i want to change america. i love christianity but i want to change christianity. he will not have it both way. >> kevin, called more perfect union. if you want to make america better constantly strife to make it better. bill: i understand. why? >> why what? bill: where is this coming from? hang on, kevin. go, julie why? >> why? because he spent 99% of the speech extolling virtues of cite teachings. bill: i asked you a number of things not mentioned. >> if you want to be a speechwriter you want to be a different story. yes you will get an answer. the answer is this. if he is talking about his faith as a christian, if he is talking about what is the fact, why he is a christian, why christ is important in his life he has every right as a christian to say that other people who carry christ's message are not carrying it in his view properly. they're not carrying it with
love. bill: kevin last word. >> bill he also has a right to talk about great america's christians overcome adversity everything happened badly including things like slavery, lack of civil rights. the fact that we embrace all other religions in this country. i would love for him to talk about islam and how it doesn't embrace christianity around the world. talk about that. >> why would you want to create tensions between christians and muslims in the speech? the speech is about christ? >> well have -- christians on holy days. tensions for christians. christians are doing great things around the world. not -- bill: julie, i gave you a chance. >> not committing jihad. bill: sorry to end it on that, folks. we love to have you back as always. back on your horse guys. kevin you first. julie, you next. >> i'm on a clydesdale bill. bill: yes you are in st. louis. thank you for these spirited conversation. thank you. martha. martha: we're watching this very closely because a verdict could come at any moment in the boston marathon bombing trial.
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hear more evidence to decide whether the 21-year-old will be sentenced to death, or whether he will get life in prison. heather hansen trial attorney and robert, a trial attorney criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor welcome. good to have you both here. they deliberated for about seven hours yesterday this jury and we know that they are back in there now. they asked a couple of questions to the judge yesterday. we always try to read into those questions to the extent that we can in terms of what is on their mind because they have got 30 charges they're dealing with here, 12 of which are potentially death penalty charges. so from what we have gleaned on twitter and we're working to confirm this, but this may be what they're asking. number one can a conspiracy be over a period of days or one event? number two what is the difference between aiding and abetting? robert, you want to take those on first? >> these are very common for jurors in cases like this because aiding and abetting and conspiracy are difficult.
conspiracy is agreement of two or more people to get into a crime. one occasion or multiple occasions. aiding and abetting means you assisted. this should not be a predictive thing about anything. they have to go through copious amount of evidence and they're coming back guilty. martha: it does go -- you say they're coming back guilty. we know the attorney, the defense attorney, judy clark, basically told them look, he was there he was part of this whole thing and they're trying to separate the younger brother who is alive from the older brother who is dead in this case. but these questions tell me, heather that they're trying to figure out how connected two brothers are and whether or not they truly were. >> martha you hit the nail on the head and it's going to be very important for the penalty phase. we'll go through a whole new trial, i agree with bob, they will come back guilty on at least some of the counts. when we get to the penalty phase the defense teams were tried how much they could get into the brother's influence over him. in the penalty phase they will
present a lot more evidence to that end. the fact that the jury is already thinking that way is a good sign for the defense. martha: let's pull up some pictures the jury had to take a look at. the first one is dzhokhar tsarnaev as he is standing almost directly behind little martin richard, eight years old whose body was literally destroyed by these bombs. so this you know the obviously the prosecutor would be arguing very deliberate. he could see people that were around when he placed that backpack down. when it goes to the death issue. one of the things they will have to decide, whether or not he, put in, life in danger of this vulnerable child, bob? >> yeah, i mean, listen the evidence in this case is overwhelming in terms of the conspiracy around a aiding and abetting. fact not only did they do the things in concert with one another, specifically to affect as many people as possible. even after the crime is writing why he did it and he is proud he did it.
martha: i want to pull up the three people who were killed. martin richards the little boy you saw in the picture crystal campbell and lingzilu. these people's lives were snuffed out and that does not appear to be in question. dzhokhar tsarnaev wrote these words. he basically admitting to the crime here. god has a plan for each person. mine was to hide in his boat and shed some light on our actions. he goes on to say the u.s. government is killing our innocent civilians. most of you know that i don't like killing innocent people, it is forbidden in islam and is said shot through part of his sentence, that the police came after them. it is possible. >> right. so that, the prosecution stressed that, they're going after this, this is terroristic act which clearly it was. the defense again is going to have to -- we never heard, for example from any of the family
members of tsarnaev. i think during the penalty phase you will hear some of that you will hear how he grew up. you will hear more about his brother's influence on him. what this defense ultimately wants to do is get one juror not to go for the death penalty here. we know he will be convicted on at least one of the death penalty counts. some are a little more difficult, martha. they have the indictment in front of them. and a 30-page jury verdict form. they have to flip back and forth to figure this out. this time they're take something completely acceptable and expected. martha: quick final thought if you can, robert. >> i was going to say that fact he wrote it in the boat shows fact even after he saw the carnage and no remorse and justified what he did. the defense is doing a great job but they will not overcome that evidence. guilty death penalty. martha: we'll bring you back. there is a lot to discuss and they're still in there. great to have you here today. bill: jon scott coming up next on "happening now." jon, good morning. >> good morning bill, so far
ted cruz and rand paul are running for the gop nomination for president. who else is going to join them? america's asking. this as rand paul goes on offense calling out hillary clinton for honesty issues. will that become a theme in 2016? also growing concerns over pakistan's nuke program as new worries emerge over the nuclear deal with iran. we'll get into it. "happening now." bill: see you then jon. top of the hour here. it is super cheap super addictive, and police say it makes people do bizarre things like running naked in the street. we'll tell you about a new dangerous drug hitting american streets. >> the patrol officers attempted to detain him for his safety. and at that point they, he ran from them. >> it appeared to me was playing with them. like he was trying to get them to follow him.
bill: there is a dangerous new street drinking raising concerns. it goes by several names including "flaaka" and gravel. it causes strange behavior. he ran naked through the streets of fort lauderdale claiming strangers stole his clothes and wanted to kill him. dr. marc siegel, langone medical center. looking into this. it is new. found in places like florida, texas and ohio. what is it, doctor? >> it is dangerous. 136 deaths were ascribed to this and drugs like this. it is called gravel because it looks like gavel. it is based on a chemical called alpha ppp. similar to a chemical bath salts had in it. bath salts got banned.
let me tell you how it works. it works in the brain on hormone called dopamine. dopamine is happy hormone and making us feel great it builds up in the brain. we don't know how much builds up. too much, causes very aggressive, very violent behavior and cause hallucinations and psychosis. why people are unking are naked with this. that's why they're attacking -- bill: with have a couple of examples. police were saying this, earlier in the week, arrest ad man on "flaaka" running make asked across a street people chasing him. back in february a man on "flaaka" was accused of kicking in glass doors on "flaaka." a man reportedly impaled himself on a metal fence. >> it is synthetic. called a guinea pig drug just for reason you think. you don't know how much you get of it. buy it online. a lot of it comes from china.
it is manufactured to simulate a plant the khat. where you eat of leaves and gives you a sense of rush energy. the problem how much of this chemical are you getting? it is a lot like speed. but it is more than speed. it is a halous again, ton top of speed. more powerful than balt salts. we don't know who is making it. in china you get a lot more. it is burgeoning, bill. who heard of this two years ago? now it is burgeoning. thousands of and thousands of users in ohio, texas, florida. spreading around the country. can be injected inhaled eaten, snorted. can be taken any which way. it is a phenomenon, called snacking, add this to other drugs. add this to amphetamines. add it to cocaine. end up getting double effect and it is very dangerous. bill: i imagine people had not heard about this two months ago
two weeks ago. parents have concerns. that is why we want to bring attention to it. >> big problem, bill. bill: dr. mark seeing bell. -- siegel. fox news medical a-team. martha? >> thank you bill. martha: policeman charged with murder after video surfaces of the officer shooting an unarmed man running away all caught on video. a live report straight ahead. won't keep you up at night. know you have insights from professional investment strategists to help set your mind at ease. know that planning for retirement can be the least of your worries. with the guidance of a pnc investments financial advisor, know you can get help staying on track for the future you've always wanted.
>> say it isn't so? captured the espn bracket challenge title but will not get the $20,000 prize because he is only 12 years old. sam holtz from illinois tied for first place out of nearly 12 million entries. got only six games wrong. but rules state that con at the test ants have to be 18 to play. he used his dad's email address. espn is working on prize for him. bill: as they should. martha: say he submitted it. bill: come on espn. let's go. making all that money.
martha: exactly. we're coming up on kilmeade right? bill: we are. martha: will invite us this week? bill: i think he did. we have to pay him too. martha: see you tonight on o'reilly. bye, everybody, have a great day. jenna: in south carolina where a white police officer is charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man. now there is big question about that officer's version of the encounter before anyone knew a video captured the whole thing. we're seeing that video today. good morning everybody, welcome to "happening now." i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. it is a very disturbing story. officer michael slager, north charleston, south carolina, pulled over pulled the victim over while he was driving his car. police say the officer hit 50-year-old walter scott with his taser. as scott runs away, the video shows officer slager opening fire from 15 feet away. senior national correspondent john