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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ tonight on "nightline."
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from your spouse to your boss to your children -- even you, yes, you, everybody's doing it. >> the camera is right here. >> we'll all deny it when you ask until tonight. we go behind the scenes of the spy nation. >> mother's love. a heart warming moment for one family. a heartwrenching one for another. tonight, we are in haiti with two mothers, two girls, and an adoption everyone wants. so why is it taking years? >> epic sandy. they called it the monster storm. one of the biggest and baddest
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good evening. world leaders are up in arms over america's secret information gathering, but not just the government collecting data. we are living in the days of do it yourself sleuth. suspicious of your spouse? worried about your kids? there is an app for that. abc's juju chang dives into a world where secrets are quickly becoming a thing of the past. >> reporter: whether snooping on your neighbors as posted on youtube, keeping tabs on your sitter or just trying to bust your two-timing spouse it seems
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nearly everyone is spying on someone. the right to privacy may be a bed rock principle in our country, but if you suspect your lover is a cheater, you can violate theirs with these tiny hidden cameras which can capture all sorts of high jinks like this footage recorded by michelle russell. she had been living with marcus alias for three years when she started to suspect he had something going on the side. >> telling me he would work late a lot. uh-huh. so, kind of rush me off the phone when i would call, away on business, working. i am like, that's weird. >> have a few suspicions want to conduct your own investigation? >> reporter: michelle turned to the television show "cheaters" which provide do it yourself spy equipment to suspicious lovers. >> they gave me a clock-cam, looks like an alarm clock. it has a camera installed. when they brought tight me i had to place it in my living room. honey, when they called me to
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look at that footage, i was like, wow. >> reporter: alias so it never proved he did anything wrong. but he feels his privacy and his character were violated. >> marcus! >> reporter: he is not alone. the devices are being used to capture far more than garden variety adultery. the nsa gained access to data from millions of phone calls globally including surprise, surprise, the electronic devices used by world leaders. increasingly not just a matter of national security. restauranter and protective parent gordan ramsey told a tv audience he was afraid his teenage daughter was spending too much time in her room with her boyfriend. >> with her boyfriend, would you believe? that's just it, spending a lot of time in her room recently. he said in a part that didn't air, he hid a camera in his 15-year-old's room to spy on her. he backtracked to say he was only joking. still, the urge to know what your loved ones are up to is a
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powerful force. and a whole industry has sprung up around it. apps, mobilewatchdog, mobile spot. all can monitor your kids text messages, calls, track their location through gps. so we went in search of the latest tools of the spy trade. at spytech in manhattan. >> people have to understand that, if they're out in public, they're deaf ni they're under surveillance. they sell trackers and spy ware for cell phones. text, e-mail, numbers dialed. their widest selection its a cluster of disguised cameras. >> this is the recording device, the camera is actually in the end of the plug. >> reporter: for $99. you can own a camera that could be in james bond's arsenal. that is a camera. >> we are recording you with the pen camera. >> my gosh, you are freaking me out. >> reporter: cameras are
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sprouting up, catching a family dog making a run for it. or this guy who turned out to be a judge, keying a car. they can even catch pesky neighbors dumping trash on your lawn. technology has always been a dunl ed double edged sword, used for good or evil. privacy is the casualtien all of this. frankly, who need the gadgets when everyone is oversharing on social media anyway. everyone knows everything about everybody. >> i want all your [ bleep ] out of the house. >> for "nightline," juju chang in new york city. >> our thanks to juju. why are these children stuck in haiti's adoption system? we investigate.
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it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. for the kids growing up in haiti's orphanages it can beep a long road to a new home. for two young sisters, stuck in international limbo, years of waiting will come down to just a few crucial days. we were there to find out what is keeping the families apart and what it takes to bring them together. tonight, just one story of two little girls. there are hundred of orphanages here in haiti. this is one of the better ones. where the kids sleep in these little cubby holes. play in the rubble. everyone wants to be held.
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nearly all of the kids you see here have families waiting for them in america. but they are still here stuck. we have come looking for two little girls, sisters who, have lived in limbo for three years. adopted by an american woman but unable to leave haiti. we're hoping we can help change that in the next three days. suddenly, they appear. riksa is 9. she lived here since he was a toddler, five long years. i feel a deep anguished bond with her. i am an adopted child myself. who grew up in the shadow of an orphana orphanage. i understand why she is slow to warm, watchful. the protector of her 5-year-old sister, erica. ready! who smiles and cuddles easily. and has been here since she was born. that is why when i got a tweet
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this summer from a woman, ruth kerr, i was so moved. help my girls stuck in a flawed adoption process in haiti. for the past year she has been ricksa and erica's legal mother. their adoption completed. still they're growing up with nothing and no one to call their own. why are they still in haiti if they were officially adopted over a year ago? >> apathy. honestly. i've don't know a better word to describe. it just wasn't important for u.s. government offices, for haitian government offices, there's -- there's just a bureaucratic backlog. >> i imagine you would be the first to say it is important that this process be exquisitely careful. everyone need to be vetted right. >> absolutely. i was vetted. i have three separate two hour psychological appointments. every financial part of me has been checked out. every ounce of my being has been
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checked out. every i dotted. every t crossed. >> it wasn't? >> no it wasn't. there were pieces of paper missing. there was oh, we forgot this. that's what makes the process continue on and on and on and on and on. >> reporter: she refuses to give up. on a steamy day, our team meets her at the bustling port-au-prince airport. >> good to meet you! >> reporter: ruth runs a successful consulting business from home in seattle. years ago, the images of the earthquake seared her heart she jumped on a plan to help. she spent her days washing the feet of the weary fitting shoes for people who had none. a journey that would change three lives. >> i looked outside the bus window and locked eyes with ricksa, it locked. electricity that came through my body. i jumped up out of my seat and
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exclaimed i found my little girl. >> reporter: ruth surprised herself by this. she wasn't looking to become a mother. after months she decided to return to haiti to see the girls. they laughed together and played. [ laughing ] >> reporter: and they learned to trust her. she began the adoption process. taking seven trips to be with them over the next two years. the girls started to look forward to her week-long visits and overnight trips to her hotel. they told her they loved her. and she told them the same. but every time she left, they were left behind to wonder if their adoption could be believed. >> they have already had so much disappointment and abandonment in their life. here i have just done it again. >> reporter: is there something we are missing? some reason the girls are not being permitted to leave haiti?
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>> will you sit on my lap? is that okay? we sit down with pierre alexis, the orphanage director, how does he feel about americans adopting haitian kids? he tells us he has no reservations, certainly not in this case. >> reporter: there are people who say the best thing for these kids are to stay in their country. the best thing for the kids is to stay in haiti. >> it would be real in the perfect world. in the perfect. not in the current haiti we have. because if the family, the birth parents bring their kids here it is because they cannot take care of them. >> reporter: we asked someone to john us here who knows the problem only too well. craig juntehan. retired at 40, high tech millionaire. he and his wife kathy adopted three kids from haiti eight years ago. >> this is the universal language of an orphan. pick me up.
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hold me. just for a minute. make me feel like i matter. make me feel like i'm special. >> reporter: he was lucky. his kids adoptions went smoothly. and ever since, craig has been on a mission to make it easier for everyone else. he has even made a film about the tens of thousand of kids stuck in the system all over the world. so people believe the process is slow because it is careful? >> i don't think safe guard and tra transparency and efficiency are mutually exclusive. in many cases these dossiers sit on people any desks because they want to make their jobs seem important. >> reporter: craig's wife runs an orphanage in haiti and made some calls on the girls' behalf. we are hoping the combination of our cameras and craig and kathy's contacts might just get the kids to seattle this week. all that remains we think is for them to get u.s. visas.
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so pierre, we think is at the u.s. embassy getting the visa right now. he was supposed to be there at 2:00. >> oh, good. >> should be predict built te, appointment at 2:00. you go home friday at 3:00. we don't get to that point. that creates a process that could take 2 1/2 years, 3 1/2 years, could take four years. >> reporter: we arrive at the orphanage. ruth has the not seen the girls for nine months but has been sending money to help support them for years. ♪ erica is delighted. but ricksa gives ruth a bit of a cold shoulder. unable to believe this time might actually be "the" time they leave with her. >> reporter: so i hear you say
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did you think i was ever coming back? what did she say? [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: how can they not think that? if ricksa will not bear to hope, ruth will hope for all of them. as we wait. what does pierre say, he thinks he is on his way back? >> no here, hasn't got in yet. >> reporter: and wait. >> one day they're going to understand how much i love them. and how -- how much i fought for them. >> reporter: this time, good news. the visas have come through. >> it's happening. it's mind-boggling. >> reporter: pierre goes through the giant pile of official paperwork with ruth. one critical form was never in question. finalized years ago, the
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relinquishment document proving that the girls' biological parents voluntarily terminated their right. that's right like more than 90% of the world's orphans, these girls have parents unable to care for them. in the poorest country in the western hemisphere, they have nine children. pierre has a final request. asking ruth to meet with the girls' birth parents and get their blessing. >> i want you to meet the birth parents. because they came yesterday. and they are coming tomorrow. >> okay, good. >> reporter: the next morning we head to the orphanage. the girls' biological parents are waiting when we arrive. the final step in what has been a wrenching process for everyone. ruth has met the girls' parents before. but this moment they all know matters. so much at stake on the orphanage porch. the translator explains they
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would look ike to stay in touchh the girls. >> i would like you to give us your contact, your address, e-mail. >> reporter: this request is a surprise. ruth is philosophical. >> we are family forever. >> reporter: the mother is philosophical, saying, with god is my witness, i give you two children. i love you for life. we are family for life. they say good-bye. an agonizing sacrifice parents in desperate circumstances have long made for their children. it's time now to go to a new home. seattle. greeted at the airport by a slew of new friend and family. >> hi. are you ricksa. >> look at this!
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oh, wow! >> oh. it's -- it's our house. >> welcome home. >> the groceries have been delivered. >> yours. ours. go. go on. >> reporter: ricksa can still barely believe it. >> this is your bed, silly girl. >> reporter: for every ricksa and erica there are tens of thousand of kids growing up alone. >> every child deserves a loving home. and a loving family. >> reporter: tonight, two more little girls have one. >> we'll be right back. and a state-of-the-art monitoring center, where experts watch over all drilling activity twenty-four-seven. and we're sharing what we've learned, so we can all produce energy more safely. our commitment has never been stronger.
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hurricane, super storm, or nightmare, whatever you call it, sandy was a storm for the ages as the recovery work continues, abc's david muir takes a look at sandy by the numbers.
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>> reporter: october 29th, 2012, super storm sandy makes its final turn slamming into the southern tip of new jersey packing wind gusts of nearly 90 miles an hour. roars up the new jersey coast damaging 72,000 homes and businesses washing away up to 40 feet of beach line as it moves. in new york severe flooding ignites electrical fires, destroying 120 homes. the storm surge in new york harbor measured at 14 feet, shatters record. streets. tunnels and subway system in lower manhattan disappear beneath the frigid wall of walter. up to 250,000 cars are destroyed. a seven block area of midtown manhattan evacuates as a crane is 90 stories up. 2 million households plunge into darkness. it is not until the following morning that the scope o


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