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his nominee for the supreme court. that will be coming down in prime time tonight. stay tuned to fox news channel for coverage. i'm sandra smith. here's shep. >> shepard: it's 3:00 on the east coast. noon in washington where the head of homeland security is looking to clear up confusion about president trump's controversial travel ban. and the plan to let in hundreds of refugees despite the president's executive order. over on capitol hill, lawmakers forced to delay the vote for the attorney general nominee, senator jeff sessions. that's hours after trump fired the acting attorney general for refusing to follow his orders. and we'll preview president trump's pick and the fight already shaking up. it's a secret military program targeting the islamic state online. an associated press
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investigation finds serious flaws. for instance, analysts that can't speak arabic. let's get to it. senate judiciary committed has postponed their vote on the attorney general nominee jeff sessions one day after trump fired sally yates for refusing to defend his controversial travel ban. the committee was set to vote on sessions today. democrats used senate rules to delay the vote till tomorrow. this comes after sessions said he played no part in helping the white house draft the immigration order. the republican senator from alabama was one of candidate trump's early supporters. if he does get approval, and we expect he would, he will play a major role enforcing that ban along with immigration officials and the department of homeland security. john kelly just hours ago defended the president's order.
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he called it long overdue and promised to carry it out humanely. officials at american airports over the weekend detained dozens of travelers from seven muslim nations including immigrants with valid visas. the executive order has sparked lawsuits. the acting attorney general, sally yates, refused to defend the ban and president trump fired her for it. yates wrote in part yesterday, "i'm responsible for ensuring the positions we stay in court remain consistent with this constitution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. at present, i'm not convinced the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am i convinced the executive order is lawful. legal analysts say federal law allows presidents to block immigrants that detrimental to the interests of the united states, but at least one lawsuit claims president trump violated the immigration and
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naturalization about of 1965. it bans the government from discriminating against immigrants based on their nationalities or countries of origin. senator sessions has not spoken publicly about this executive order, but he once pressed sally yates herself on her duty to stand up to then president obama if she disagreed with him. this happened during a confirmation hearing for yates in 2015. >> if the president wants to execute unlawful, should the attorney general or the deputy attorney general say no? >> senator, i believe the attorney general or deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the president. >> democrats and some republicans have been pushing back against the travel ban. gop senators john mccain and lindsey graham have called it a self-inflicted wound in the fight air terrorism. paul ryan defended the order but said confusion over the roll-out was regrettable. >> these countries were named by
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the obama administration. there's an issue with respect to terrorists trying to infiltrate our refugee population. there's nothing wrong with taking a pause and making sure we have the proper vetting standards in place so we don't have a problem like france had with paris. >> congressional leaders say the ban blind-sided them and they first heard about it from news reports. mike emanuel is on capitol hill. first, john roberts on the north lawn this afternoon. what is the latest on the lawsuit that target this travel ban. >> shep, good afternoon. you can add eric snyderman to the lists of attorneys general that are filing suit to try to stop the travel ban. schneiderman is juning the lawsuit in a brooklyn court saturday night. no surprise he would do that. schneider man has never been a fan of the president. the president call schneider man a partisan hack. the two of them don't see eye to
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eye nor do they get along. it's no surprise to see he's in couldn't against this president. the president did get some support from his secretary of homeland of security, general john kelly. he said this order was needed saying it's much easier to defend from the 50 yard line than it is to defend from the one yard line. joining together with the press secretary against these reports that he was out of the loop during the roll-out, both men said they were fully informed and that the secretary knew everything there was to know about this. here's both men this afternoon. >> the secretary detailed multiple occasions in which he was briefed on it. his staff made edits to it. what we're trying to do is make sure that people understand what happened, what the process was and what the order does. >> we had high levels of government lawyers from across the interagency including homeland security that were involved in the drafting of it.
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we knew it was coming. it wasn't a surprise. we implemented it. >> and a little bit of a back and forth round and round during the briefing about the language to describe this extreme vetting order. spicer was asked if it was a ban. he said no, it's not a ban. it's an extreme vetting order whereas the president and the secretary of homeland security said today yes, it is indeed a ban. so we'll see where they go with that. >> for viewers that missed the briefing, john, tell us what the white house is saying about the firing of secretary yates or attorney general yates. >> they're absolutely backing it up. she was one of about 30 or so holdovers from the obama administration that were left in place in those high level jobs while the confirmation process was taking place. looks like we're not going to get a vote on the confirmation of jeff sessions until tomorrow at the earliest. they're saying she wasn't just offering a difference of opinion or a legal opinion as you saw,
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she actively defied the president and refused to carry out one of his orders. i asked spicer about that today. listen. >> so is the president laying down a marker now to all of his cabinet secretaries and other officials to say if i give you a directive and you don't follow it, you're gone? >> this isn't about joining the government to execute your ideas or initiatives. the president was clear during the campaign whether it was economic security or national security, that he's got an agenda that has been articulated very clear to the american people. >> so who is taking sally yates place? it's the former us is attorney for the eastern district of virginia, dana boente. he actually was in the news quite a bit a couple years ago, shep, because he oversaw the prosecution of then virginia governor bob mcdonald, corruption charges. >> shepard: john, president trump is a few hours away from his supreme court nominee.
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what have we learned? >> we know he's down to two people. let's put them on the screen. watch for the pictures to arise later on today. from the tenth circuit court of appeals in denver on the left side, judge neil gorsuch and tom hardiman on the right. neil gorsuch is more faithful to the juris prudence of the late antonin scalia. thomas hardiman is said by a lot of people to be more easy to confirm because 18 democratic senators voted for his confirmation to the court of appeals in 2007, are still in the senate. six of them up for re-election in 2018, states that donald trump won. among the people on the senate that voted for hardiman include harry reid, barack obama and hillary clinton. sean spicer today said though, shep, either one of which of those people donald trump selects to be the nominee for the supreme court, they should
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get an easy confirmation in the senate. here is spicer again. >> they may not like the political background, but academia, background, time on the bench, the expert tease and criteria meets the intent of both republicans and democrats. >> all right. so where is the money ride something we're getting sources who are suggesting that gorsuch will be the pick. the caveat, nobody has actually confirmed it to us yet. i think white house officials are under threat of severe harmship should they disclose that information before 8:00 p.m. we'll leave it as a strong tilt towards gorsuch with the caveat that he could always pick hardiman. how about that for being confide confident? >> shepard: i can do that. very good, john roberts, thanks for clearing that up. the top democrat on senate judiciary committee says she will vote no on president
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trump's pick to run the justice department. senator dianne feinstein that jeff sessions can be a check and balance on the president's policies. the head of the judiciary committee, chuck grassley of iowa that is a man of his word and will execute the law with strength. democrats forced a delay on senator sessions till tomorrow. mike emanuel on capitol hill. mike? >> shep, good afternoon. the nomination of jeff sessions the on hold until tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. and then we'll see the next play. mitch mcconnell said that democrats look foolish holding up these trump cabinet nominees. republicans predict jeff sessions will be confirmed by the judiciary committee tomorrow and then it would go to the senate floor for a vote at some point. the judiciary chairman is praising sessions as being the right person for the job. >> he knows the department
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better than any nominee for attorney general in recent memory. most importantly, he will enforce the law regardless of whether he would have supported passage of that law as a member of the senate. >> mcconnell tried to get the senate leaders to consider the sessions nomination and others this afternoon. chuck schumer objected so they'll try again in the morning. >> shepard: what are democrats saying about why they oppose sessions? >> democrats saying they're doing their jobs giving the nominees like sessions careful consideration. a top democrat made the concern about whether jeff sessions would be independent enough to stand up to president trump. >> we need an independent attorney general. one who is committed to standing up for the constitution and statutory right of the disenfranchised, stand up to a
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president who in these short days has already violated these rights. i don't think that describes senator sessions. >> seeing the president fire the acting attorney general seems to have fired up senate democrats. they say they don't believe that sessions would have spoken up about that travel ban involving those seven countries. shep? >> shepard: mike emanuel live on the hill. thank you. president trump is getting some trouble having democrats to back his cabinet picks. our next guest says firing the attorney general will only add to the headaches. what the white house says she refused to her job so she had to go. that's coming up from the fox news deck on this afternoon. good to have you here. for lower back pain sufferers, the search for relief often leads... here... here... or here.
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weekend, coupled with the travel ban, immigration order itself has democrats in a lather where they are unwilling to go along with anything the trump administration wants to do in term of nominees. looks like they're going to try to gum up the senate process thoroughly on capitol hill. >> beyond the gum-up, is there anything they can do effectively to keep him from becoming what trump wants him to become? >> in terms of sessions, eventually if all republicans go along, they can force his confirmation. one of the big questions here is whether we're seeing a prelude to the battle of the supreme court nominee. many people expected democrats would make noise about the coming nominee to the supreme court but probably not have an all-out fight against that person because they would be saving that for trump's knock supreme court nominee that might swing the court in a conservative direction. in the current environment, many
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democrats may decide to go to the mat this time over this particular nominee. >> it's interesting. so many are still upset with the way they handled themselves under president obama with an opening that they never filled. >> that's right. there's still a lot of hard feelings over the way the merit garland nomination was handled, the fact that they blocked it for ten months. so i think we'll hear a lot when the supreme court nominee from trump is rolled out that democrats don't care that much about his qualifications, they're not going to debate that issue. they're going to say, look, this is a tit for tat situation. republicans blocked a qualified democratic nominee for ten months without a good run in the view of democrats and perhaps democrats will try to give republicans some of their own medicine on this. >> shepard: on the matter of the travel ban, a new development to update our viewers on. there was a dissent sent up the chain in the state department a couple days ago on this matter. we're aware of this. like 100 people signed it.
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after that, the white house came and said, look, if you're not on board with this, get out. that was widely seen as a sort of flying in the face of the dissent channel. the dissent channel is the means put in place in 1970 that allows employees to send up the chain of command up to the secretary of state dissent on a matter that they don't think are americans or whatever they think is the matter. they have two days for the state department to respond and 30-60 days they get a formal response. it's an important thing there. after vietnam, dissent seen in hindsight was important was overlooked at the time. they're trying to make it -- you can't be acted against because of this reprisals are forbidden. now we're learning from the reporting of the associated press that some 800 lee, some state department officials have signed on to a cable saying what donald trump did was wrong and they're sort of defying their
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order of sit down and shut up. is there any chance that this might get some traction? >> there's no question there's a lot of security and diplomatic professionals across the government that doubt the efficacy of trump's order. general kelly said he had the responsibility to protect american lives. but as you properly know, shep, many national security professionals having headlines saying christians are being a preference, that kind of propaganda may not be helpful and could put troops and diplomats over seas in harm's way. josh, thank you. >> thanks, shep. >> shepard: president trump says lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves for holding up his cabinet confirmations. for some nominees.have more today they used a boycott to delay key points. how this affects all of us next.
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>> shepard: a couple of president trump's controversial cabinet picks are in limbo. senate democrats are boycotting steve mnuchin and tom price. democrats say they have more questions for these nominees. they said that each of them may have told them untruths. they've asked mnuchin about his bank's handling of foreclosures during the handling crisis. mnuchin says he's bank didn't do anything illegal. senate democrats said that price bought stocks in the a healthcare company and pushed the stocks. president trump blasting democrats tweeting "when will
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the democrats give us our attorney general and the rest of the cabinet? they should be ashamed of themselves. no wonder why nothing works in d.c." peter doocy with the news on capitol hill. how are democrats handling the boycotts? >> we heard john cornyn described this as democrats having a hissy fit. we've hearn mcconnell say it's getting foolish. and we heard republican senator orrin hatch from utah describe this situation this way. >> i'm very disappointed in this type of crap. i mean, my gosh, there's no excuse for it. >> and the problem with 11 democrats not showing up to the committee room is that you need at least one democrat from the committee there to have any kind of vote.
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now more recently in the last hour or so, republicans have come back to say that last night as late as 7:00 p.m., democrats had agreed to vote today but obviously something in their calculus changed. there's been one confirmation so far. it's elaine chao for transportation secretary. he sailed through. chuck schumer voted no on chao even though she's mitch mcconnell's wife. she's the third confirmation for trump. that's fewer than ten that president obama got his first days in office. but there's three more on the way soon. betsy devos will be voted education secretary and rick
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perry as energy secretary in the last few hours. >> shepard: thanks, sir. more ahead on president trump's announcement to his supreme court pick tonight. we'll speak with judge andrew napolitano who met with president trump to speak with him on the nominees. this is fox news channel.
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>> i'm lea gabriel with the fox report and more of today's headlines, a top official in iran refusing to confirm whether his country tested a ballistic missile. the launch happened over the weekend and traveled 600 miles before exploding. iran says the country's missile program has nothing to do with the nuclear deal signed in 2015. the boy scouts of america allowing trans-gender kids to become scout now. the scout faced backlash last
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>> we're just hours away from president trump neighboriaming for the supreme court. sources say that president trump has narrowed it to neil gorsuch and thomas hardiman. if confirmed, either pick likely gives conservatives a 5-4 advantage on the supreme court. president trump says he's making the announcement tonight at 8:00 eastern. the seat has been empty nearly a year now since the death of antonin scalia. senate republicans blocked president obama's nominee to
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replace scalia. the federal judge, merit garland. they argued the next. should make the decision. now democrats are threatening to oppose president trump's pick accusing the gop of stealing the seat. shannon bream with the news. she's live at the supreme court. what do we know about these two top contenders, shannon? >> they're federal appellate judges with impressive resumes. they're different in key ways. let's talk about the two. first, we have july neil gorsuch. he got a doctorate from oxford. expressive. he's written decisions favorable for groups challenging the contraceptive decision. he spelled out what he thought the role of what a judge or shouldn't be. he said "judges should be in the business of declaring what the law is. using tools of interpretation rather than pronouncing the law
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like they wish it would be with their political views." thomas hardiman is a notre dame graduate, went to georgetown law school. he paid his way through college with scholarships and driving a taxi. he has a personal connection to the president because he sits on the third circuit with president trump's sister. in 2003, when he was nominated to a lower court, he said i don't believe that judges should seek to achieve the legal, political or philosophical goals of ones friends or party. shep, those two quotes will be music to conservative's ears. >> shepard: based on your reporting, shannon, how much of a fight are we see with this confirmation proceed something. >> you know they can get ugly. you've seen how democrats have responded to the cabinet nominees, delaying and putting off votes. we expect more of that. chuck schumer promised a nasty battle over the supreme court
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nominee. yesterday we heard from jeff merkley out of oregon. this is what he said. "this is a stolen seat. this is the first time a senate majority has stolen a seat. we'll use every lever in our power to stop this. it's important to note that both of these judges, if these are the two final contenders, easily passed the senate in 2006-07 and a lot of the democratic senators that voted for them then will vote this time around, too. shep? >> shepard: thanks. let's turn to judge andrew napolitano, formerly of the superior court in the state of new jersey. what do you think? >> i don't know which one the president has chosen. you told me during the break they're both in d.c. so one of them will probably be with the president. i do believe shannon was being charitable. i do believe the democrats will forcefully oppose either one. both on idealogical grounds and sort of as -- this is inside the beltway -- pay-back for what the republicans did blocking president obama's nomination of
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merit garland. a truly qualified and by democratic party standards conservative federal judge. now, whether they do that or not, i don't know. listening to senator schumer in the past few days indicates to me this will be a battle royal whether it's judge hardiman or judge gorsuch. >> shepard: do they have any shot keeping him from the bunch? >> it depends on whether or not the republicans want to get the filibuster rule. that takes one member of the minority to invoke it. senator merkley said he will invoke it. translation, it would take 60 votes for this person to be confirmed that means 52 republicans if they stick together and they need eight democrats if they can find them. that would be mitch mcconnell's job. this won't be resolved overnight, this is a process that either way, whether it's easy and fast or difficult and slow will take at least two months. there's an fbi investigation, an american bar association
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investigation. there's a senate judiciary committee investigation and all the public debates. >> shepard: i was going to ask you about the merits. but there's work to be done. >> on the merits, they're both qualified and they both fit the requirement that president trump has laid down for himself. they are on the list that he and his colleagues produced back in june and july last year, and they both arguably fit the mold of justice scalia. they have traditionalist views and believe in a judiciary that is somewhat restrained, that defers to the congress, that lets it make decisions rather than judges making decisions for them. >>. >> shepard: conservatives are interesting in abortion and others. knowing how a judge might rule on a matter such as that in a hypothetical case before the court at a later date is a hard thing to do. >> now you'll see the teeth pulling where democrats will ask either one of these nominees, how will you rule on a challenge to row versus wade?
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answer. i don't know until the challenge is there. i have to see the case and how the facts come to me. right now there's no challenge to row versus wade in the pipeline. so you're talking about a hypothetical ruling three or four years from now. the same type of question on gun rights. same type of question on gay rights. same kind of question on religious rights. if they have a track record in this area, judge hardiman does on gun, he's pro gun and judge gorsuch is for the individual as opposed to the government trying to regulate the individual, you have an indication which way they're likely to go if they're consistent with prior rulings. >> shepard: exactly. with prior rulings as our guide, they are both strict constitutionalists. >> they're traditionalists in the small government mode is the way i would describe it. >> shepard: not a living
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document but a document for us not to interpret but to follow.g was fixed at the time it came into existence in 1789 and the only changes were the 27 times it was amended by the states. not to be changed by the judiciary. they both generally accept that view. the president says he accepts that view. >> shepard: 8:00 eastern. >> yes. >> shepard: 5:00 pacific time this afternoon and this evening on fox news channel and on the fox broadcast network channel. thanks, judge. >> it's a pleasure. >> shepard: president trump's pick for secretary of state could face a confirmation vote tomorrow. the senate last night voted 56-43 to move forward on rex tillerson's nomination. democrats and republicans have expressed concern over the exxon mobil ceo. they say that they have doubts about whether rex tillerson could be tough enough on russia.
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during his confirmation hearing, tillerson said that russia poses a danger and he condemns vladimir putin's annexation of crimea and ukraine in 2014. the senate is expected to confirm rex tillerson, yes? >> it appears he has enough support in the united states senate to become the next secretary of state. tillerson through meetings with a number of senators and confirmation hearing appears to have re-assured enough senators about the connections with russia and he would confront moscow if necessary. there's some democrats that say they're skeptical. >> remains to be seen whether mr. tillerson has the morale compass to embrace our values or if he will be another yes man, enabling the risky chaotic
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women's of demagogue president. >> as a chief executive officer of exxon mobil, he's increased ties with the russian state owned oil company and because of that, a number of senators, lindsey graham, john mccain and marco rubio withheld their support of tillerson and now have said they will vote for him. >> shepard: he has a big job ahead of him. >> he does. he would walk into a state department that is seeing massive leadership changes, diplomat changes and on top of that, he would have to execute the foreign policy of donald trump who for his candidacy when he was running for president and as president has promised substantial changes to u.s. foreign policy. first, we have already seen president trump and his dealings an conversations with mexico over the border wall, confronting china over their economic and military policies, working with russia to fight isis and confronting iran and promising stronger ties to
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israel. on top of that, the state department would have to administer that executive order on a moratorium from immigrants from several predominantly muslim countries coming to the united states. and there's hundreds of state department employees signing on to a dissent order opposing the order. shep? >> shepard: thanks, rich. the fight against the islamic state plays not only on battlefield and in villages, a big part of is fighting terrorists online. the u.s. military has a national security program aims at combatting them. there's a problem. an associated press investigation says they have serious issues, including some inexperienced analysts that have little understanding of islam or the arabic language. that's coming up. ary symptoms o. tell your doctor about your medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain,
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all over america to help rebuild a mosque that burned down in texas. this happened at the victoria islamic center. investigators say they don't know what caused it but they should soon enough. one of the founders of this mosque say this was the only place of worship for 40 muslim families in the whole city. he says ever since the fire, members of the community are coming together. people are offering to do carpentry work. a church and a synagogue have offered up space. there's an american flag outside that mosque, what is left of it. at last we checked, look at the go fund me page for the victoria islamic center rebuilding. coming up quickly on $1 million. the goal was $850,000. folks that are members of that mosque say they are so very thankful. the all is military has struggled with the online fight against the islamic state
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terrorists and some contractors have tried to cover that up. that's according to a report and an investigation by the associated press. the a.p. breaks down a national security program known as web ops. its team members search social media for potential isis recruits and trying to talk them out of joining the terror group. but according to for some workers that spoke to the a.p., some of these arabic specialists don't have much experience in counter terrorism work and they often don't us islam that well. by way of example, one former worker claims translators mixed up the air big work for authority and the word for salad. some say they have seen people manipulate data to make it looks like the program is working better than it is. the pentagon officials have declined to comment on the report. desmond butler is one of the co-authors. he's an investigative reporter from the a.p. and live with us
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from the white house. thank you. >> thank you. >> shepard: the big finding here, it's not working very well. some specific examples of why. >> yeah, question talked to dozens of people for this story. some of the people that are doing the hands-on work told us that there was widespread incompetence, that some of the, as you said, arabic specialists were not exactly specialists. they would -- they're getting ridiculed online. they're also being told to skew their data to make the program look good. >> shepard: who tells them to do that? >> according to people that we talked to, you know, who have been directly asked, it's managers on the program. >> and did you confront those managers? are you able to get any comment from those in charge? >> we did talk to one manager
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that declined to comment and referred us to the company, the alabama-based company, coulsa corp that declined to comment. >> shepard: so this is farmed out. subcontracted out by the government? >> contracted out. >> shepard: contracted out. >> they're a contractor. it's run by -- >> shepard: go ahead, please. >> it's run by central commands, which is, as you know, the military's middle east division. >> shepard: that's based in tampa. folks that were in charge there have said repeatedly, one of the most important things we can do is stop them from joining this bunch of crazies and murders before they join and try to rebut some of their inaccurate rhetoric, this is an important piece of that according to central command. >> that's right. there's no doubt it's an important program. we know that the islamic state's online recruiting has been tragically successful.
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this is a major program to try to stop that. the fact that it's this incompetent is troubling. >> shepard: what they have said about this travel ban, they're calling it the blessed ban saying it's exactly what they wanted to happen to set this up as a muslim versus the west sort of conflict and that that would help them in their attempt to recruit people to help them work for the jihadists. have we seen evidence of this or is it not part of your report something. >> that is not something that i've looked into and i'd say it's probably too early to tell. >> shepard: this seems like the thing that those in charge should notice and come clean about. if this program isn't working and they said themselves how important it is, it seems they need to get in there and a fix it. >> i hope they do take a good look at, this it didn't take us
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too long reporting on this to find some serious problems. that suggested to me that some of these things should have been addressed a long time ago. >> shepard: desmond butler with the a.p. this afternoon in d.c. with us. it's easy to search online. terror propaganda. look it up the you're interested. i know we were. thanks a lot. >> thank you, shep. >> shepard: we're days away from super bowl li on fox. security agencies in houston joining forces with the feds. coming up, how they plan to keep fans safe in the stadium and around houston. stay with us. obably gonna doubl. but dad, you've got... ...allstate. with accident forgiveness they guarantee your rates won't go up just because of an accident. smart kid. indeed. it's good to be in, good hands.
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>> shepard: seven minutes before the hour. law enforcement in houston stepping up security for the super bowl with 40 different
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agencies working to keep the city safe. the mayor and tourism organization says officials have been prepping for this for years now. one million people are expected to visit the area over the weekend. federal officials have told fox sports they'll have agents out in force. catherine herridge reporting for us. we've heard there's no credible threats for the super bowl at this moment. >> that's right, shepard. they're constantly assessing the intelligence as we get to game day. fox news was the only news crew to go inside the stadium today and see the nfl and homeland security teams get their game plan finalized. we went off into the command center in one of the sky boxes where we found the lead on nfl security as well as homeland security from washington and 25 federal agencies and local and state law enforcement. for the game, they'll have this 30-mile exclusion zone for
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flights over houston. we've been here two days. we heard that the security is not just about the game. it's also about the entertainment venues. >> there's a lot of moving parts and a lot of events. as you can see with all the agencies involved, we have the best team on the planet working on this. we're ready for game day. >> we also spoke with a deputy at homeland security. we're able to walk on the field today. it's an awesome sight to see the field with the empty seats and to know in a few days team, every one of them will be filled. homeland security will be doing the aerial surveillance and coast guard will be in place and screening 70,000 spectators. they emphasized that even though there's been so much controversy this week, they've not been distracted by the executive order. >> the department is under a lot of scrutiny with the executive order. so is that impacting how they prepare for the super bowl?
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>> not at all. i talked to the folks today. they're focused on the mission and ready to execute. >> what they emphasized to our team today, they want people to have fun and leave the secur sh >> shepard: sounds like a good art. thanks very much. kathericatherine herridge. we'll be there for the super bowl on fox. the newses continues in a minute. [vo] quickbooks introduces rodney.
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