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good morning, america. new overnight, hillary clinton clamor. the candidate's regrets about saying this. >> you could put half of trump's supporters into what i call the basket of deplorable. >> donald trump pouncing and the brand-new poll numbers. what they reveal about the campaign this morning. the new zika concerns. the head of the cdc calling out congress telling them to act on a spending bill. >> by the end of this month, we will be out of money to respond effectively. >> the fears about what will happen if the funding dries up as more planes take to the sky for spraying. and new safety measures. what the airlines are doing in response to the concerns over those exploding lithium batteries in samsung's galaxy note 7.
the in-flight announcements. but is that going far enough to keep passengers safe? and remembering 9/11. 15 years now since the unthinkable. >> put your mask on. put your mask on. >> the attacks on american soil that changed so much. >> today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack. >> a nation united in grief but not defeated. and the question we as a country are asking this morning, are we any safer today? good morning, america. and many of us may be waking up with the same thought this morning. it's so hard to believe it's been 15 years since 9/11. >> so many of us remember exactly where we were the moment that we heard the news 15 years ago. and today as we look now at the 9/11 memorial in lower manhattan, the thousands of victims and first responders
will be honored. >> yeah, we're going to have much more on the anniversary throughout the show. but as we all know, it comes in the middle of an extraordinarily heated presidential campaign. and there are new developments in that race this morning. >> there certainly are. hillary clinton is now walking back her controversial comment that half of trump's supporters can be put in a, quote, basket of deplorables. republicans, including trump himself are pouncing on this. >> and this controversy comes at a tricky time for clinton. a brand-new abc news/"washington post" poll shows the race is really tightening. here are the numbers. she's up 46-41 but that is within the margin of error. >> it's been ups and downs all this political season. we'll talk more about the poll with abc's george stephanopoulos, but we do kick off our coverage with devin dwyer in washington for us this morning. good morning, devin. >> reporter: good morning, paula. it wasn't the first time that clinton referred to some of trump's supporters as deplorables, but when she declared half of them are deplorable under intense criticism, she quick ly
issued a statement that she was wrong. hillary clinton expressing rare regret this morning but offering no apology for her comments. >> you could put half of trump's supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables. >> reporter: in a statement released saturday to contain the firestorm, she says, "i regret saying half. that was wrong" adding "i won't stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric." donald trump and republicans are on fire with outrage for what she told her donors. >> they're racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, islamaphobic, you name it. >> reporter: in a statement trump calls the comment a grotesque attack on american voters that makes her unfit and incapable of representing all the people. at a summit of evangelical voters on sunday, running mate mike pence put it this way. >> hillary, they are not a basket of anything. they are americans, and they deserve your respect. >> reporter: the clinton campaign says she was only talking about those trump supporters who have openly advocated hateful views. >> that other basket of people
are people who feel the government has let them down, and they're just desperate for change. >> reporter: republicans see echoes of fund-raiser gaffes of the past like mitt romney's private rebuke of the 47% backing obama. >> who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. >> reporter: and obama's 2008 remark that his opponents were bitter. >> they cling to their guns or religion. >> reporter: while trump has avoided attack on clinton supporters, he hasn't always been kind. >> and her supporters have very little enthusiasm. >> reporter: now, despite clinton's regrets for some of her words, her campaign manager this morning is digging in on her broader message, saying trump's, quote, offensive views and extremist allies are deplorable. dan and paula. >> all right, devin, thank you and for more let's bring in abc news chief anchor george stephanopoulos who will be hosting "this week" a little bit later this morning. >> good morning, guys. >> good morning to you, george. first and foremost, trump is pounces on this. he has tweeted that hillary just had her 47% moment. what do you think?
>> you know, she had to say she regretted using that word half but it was very much a sorry, not sorry statement from hillary clinton. i mean, i think one of the things -- it was a gaffe. i think she would have preferred not to have made it. but you saw in her statement, when she doubled down on all the things she finds deplorable. she believes that in the end, what she's going to have to do, even if this firms up donald trump support, she'll use to it energize her supporters as well. and, you know, there's a number in our poll that shows why this is necessary. it shows that 46% of trump supporters are very enthusiastic right now. only 33% of hillary clinton supporters are very enthusiastic. i think she's hoping that bringing up things like this are going to fire them up. >> well, let's continue talking about this new poll as we said. she's up by five points now, but that's within the margin of error and the numbers have really tightened in recent weeks. should this be making team clinton nervous? >> i think it's a relatively tedly lead. it was eight points about a month ago. that's within the margin of error, as well. but she definitely has an
enthusiasm problem right now making sure that her supporters don't drift away to those third and fourth party candidates, gary johnson and jill stein, as donald trump firms up his hold on his supporters. one of the things we have seen in this poll is that donald trump has firmed himself up among republicans right now. i think that is something that hillary clinton has to be concerned about that, but if you look at the fact that she has an even larger lead over registered voters, a ten-point lead, she has to do something to get the people inclined to vote for her but not there yet mobilized. >> all right, george, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> and i want to remind everybody george has a big show this morning on the anniversary of 9/11. he's going to be speaking with the homeland security secretary, as well as former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. that's coming up on "this week" later this morning right here on abc. thanks again, george. >> thanks, dan. we want to move to today's somber anniversary. it's been 15 years since the september 11th attacks, and those attacks changed our way of living as americans. the victims are being remembered today. and abc's david wright is in
lower manhattan for us this morning. david, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, paula. hard to believe it's been 15 years since that bright september morning when terrorism tragically changed the skyline here in lower manhattan and utterly transformed the world in which we live. like pearl harbor was for our parents and grandparents, 9/11 is a date that will live in infamy. today for the 15th time a moment of silence and a seemingly endless list of names. >> andrew anthony abate. >> vincent paul abate. >> reporter: lives cut short. families robbed on one of the worst days in american history. >> we just got a report in that there's been some sort of an explosion at the world trade center in new york city. >> reporter: 91% of american adults remember exactly where they were or what they were doing the moment they heard the news. >> there is chaos in new york at the moment. there's been not one but two incidents as charlie and diane
have so ably reported, the second one coming at 9:03 when television was on live. you could see what was clearly a jet aircraft flying into the second trade tower. >> reporter: the terrorists also attacked the pentagon that day and a fourth jet that might have been aimed at the white house or capitol crashed in a field in shankvville, pennsylvania. nearly 3,000 people died on 9/11. more than 6,000 injured. that day sent a generation to war. and also brought lasting changes on the home front. the president is paying tribute to those. >> we remember and we will never forget the nearly 3,000 beautiful lives taken from us so cruelly. >> reporter: hillary clinton lays a wreath at the memorial. she was a freshman senator from new york the day of the attacks. donald trump came to pay his respects too. the debate over how best to keep us all safe is still at the heart of their presidential race.
the statistics show that your chance of being killed in a terrorist attack now are about 1 in 4 million. statistically, you're much more likely to die in a car crash or in a random street shooting. but the shadow of 9/11 looms as large as that building, the tallest in manhattan, the replacement of those twin towers, and preventing another 9/11 remains job number one for any u.s. president. dan, paula. >> absolutely, david wright, thank you, and abc news has teamed up with american heroes channel for a special documentary airing tonight, "9/11: as we watched," a look back at the events of september 11th as they unfolded. we're going to move on now to the man who tried to assassinate ronald reagan back in 1981. this morning, he's a free man. john hinckley jr. released from a psychiatric hospital for good this time now living with his mom in williamsburg, virginia and abc news senior legal correspondent sunny hostin is here with more on the story. sunny, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning.
at the time of the shooting, hinckley was 25 years old and had an obsession with actress jodie foster. medical experts saying he's now stable, that he no lodger poses a danger to himself or others. this morning john hinckley is a free man released from a psychiatric hospital in washington, d.c., 35 years after his failed assassination attempt on president ronald reagan. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: the 61-year-old will now live with his mother in this gated community in suburban williamsburg, virginia. >> i would feel very differently about this if i had to live on the same street as he did. >> reporter: hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity after firing his revolver six times at reagan, injuring the president and press secretary james brady. but in july, a federal judge ruled that the would-be assassin is no longer a danger to himself or the public. his attorney telling abc news hinckley continues to regret the suffering he caused others. >> because mr. hinckley has
shown the court that he can obey by the rules and regulations set out by the judge, it's time to try and see how he does on his own without coming back to st. elizabeth. >> reporter: hinckley may have a number of privileges in his new life including a driver's license and freedom to travel alone within 30 miles of his home, but his release is also bound by several conditions. >> he has a gps on his phone so they know where he's at all the time. any movements he makes, any website he wants to go on, he's got to get permission to do so. >> reporter: hinckley must report to a psychiatric team in virginia and continue to undergo treatment or could be sent back to the hospital. >> all right, sunny, thank you and, again, he will be living with his mother. 61 years old, but he'll be living with her. >> that's right. and his mother is 90 years old. >> all right. thank you very much, sunny. great to have you in studio again. and the fight against zika is getting a stark and shocking assessment from the head of the centers for disease control, the cdc.
dr. thomas friedman, he's telling congress that if they do not act now on zika funding, the consequences will be financially felt for decades. and abc's eva pilgrim is here with the story. eva, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, paula. the fight against zika is running up against a major wall. this morning, the director of the cdc making a public plea for help predicting dire consequences if nothing is done. the battle to eradicate zika wages in south florida. taking to the sky this morning, amidst concerns the money needed to fund more missions like this is drying up. >> by the end of this month, we'll be out of money to respond effectively. >> reporter: at the same time congress looks to end the gridlock over a zika funding bill that may get another vote this week. >> this is obviously an issue we're going to have to resolve this month. >> reporter: right now there are 56 locally transmitted cases of zika in south florida. 84 pregnant women have been infected. and despite all the spraying, the city announcing a fourth mosquito pool tested positive for infected mosquitos in miami beach.
>> in the coming weeks and months we will see, unfortunately, and tragically many more babies born in puerto rico and in the continental u.s. with microcephaly and other birth defects. >> reporter: for those who live in miami beach, concern this morning. those numbers could grow if the fight has to be scaled back due to a lack of funding. >> i have to spray my son two or three times. he looks like a glazed doughnut by the time he gets on the bus in the morning because i have to spray him constantly. >> if we don't eradicate it now, when is it going to stop? how many more unborn children are going to be affected? >> reporter: health officials telling us it can cost over $10 million to take care of a child born with microcephaly over their lifetime. they're still trying to figure out what happens to babies who are exposed to zika in the womb, but no question, these are decisions that have the potential to impact us for decades to come. >> and so many families, as well. eva, thank you. appreciate it. time to check the other news this morning, and for that we
kick it over to ron. good morning, sir. >> hey, good morning to you, dan and paula. good morning, everyone. we begin in war-torn syria where the news of an impending cease-fire was followed by a day of intensive air strikes by government forces that killed and injured dozens in the northern city of aleppo. at least 37 people in the rebel held city of idlib died in that attack according to a british human rights group. the cease-fire between government and rebel forces that was negotiated by the u.s. and russia, that is due to start on monday. and back here in the u.s., multiple decks collapsed and pancaked at an off-campus house party near trinity college in connecticut. 31 people, most of them students, were taken to nearby hospitals, but no one was reported seriously injured. authorities say it appears the third floor deck fell onto the second deck, which then crashed down. investigators say the wooden decks appeared to be old and deteriorated. and a florida teenager who got in trouble earlier this year for allegedly posing as a doctor, he's under arrest again, this time in virginia charged with various counts of fraud. 19-year-old malachi
love-robinson was arrested at a car dealership after allegedly trying to buy a luxury vehicle. police say he lied about his income and tried to get an elderly woman to co-sign on his loan without her permission. and this woman in this famous 1945 photograph, that photograph known as "the kiss," she has died. greta zimmer freedman was 21 years when a sailor she had never met grabbed and kissed her in new york's times square during celebrations marking the end of world war ii. friedman died in a virginia hospital this past week. she was 92 years of age. and in women's tennis, there's a new number one player in the world. not paula. it's angelique kerber of germany who captured the u.s. open on saturday. and with that win, dislodging serena williams as the top women's player, at least ranked woman's player in the world. she defeated karolina pliskova of the czech republic, two sets to one. kerber is now a two-time grand slam champion. and finally this is a good one, from the world of college
football, central michigan upsetting oklahoma state on the final play of the game. a play that should not have even happened. because of a penalty called on oklahoma state with no time left, central michigan was allowed to run one final play with no time on the clock. see it there. a hail mary pass and then a lateral that leads to -- >> yep, he could go all the way. >> -- central michigan winning, 30-27. and when he gets in there, but after the game, officials say they made a mistake. central michigan should not have been awarded that extra play. it doesn't matter. the result stands. >> why? >> it's complicated. but it has to do with when there's a penalty at the end of the game which allows for a loss of down, the game ends. so they had a penalty for -- you know, that should not have allowed the game to continue. >> can't end on a defensive -- >> let me say i don't understand but i disagree. i disagree. >> it's weird they can't overturn the result because the referees were wrong. >> especially when they admit after the game they were wrong. >> they admitted they were wrong.
they were wrong. central michigan wins. >> to make for more excitement on the second weekend of college football. >> by the way, you survived and great coverage from game day yesterday. >> wow. >> he was having a good time. >> it was the battle of bristol in more ways than one. it started at 7:00 a.m. eastern time. my goodness. what a game last night as well. tennessee and virginia tech. want to take you to cincinnati, ohio, where they had a little rough weather last night and yesterday afternoon. with some storms that brought down some trees and power lines. this still morning there are some folks that are without power, ail in advance of this storm system or cold front pushing across the northeast. take a look at these numbers right now. these are actual temperatures. at 7:00 a.m. eastern time, 77 degrees in new york city. 55 in chicago. so here comes the cooler, drier air coming in across the east. and there will be some showers and storms with this. i think mostly north of new york city. but there's a chance until it comes through at noontime and widespread sunshine with low levels of humidity although the beaches in the great lakes could be a little bit rough with wind there. a weak disturbance in the gulf of mexico. so some showers expected from
i-10 down across the florida peninsula. speaking of the tropics, we have a couple of areas of disturbed weather, none posing a huge concern. the greatest chance of development is this one way out here in the atlantic but our computer models show it going out to sea. so that is good stuff. by the way, if you live on the west coast, it should be a beautiful day for th good sunday morning. i'm abc 7 meteorologist francine lawson. the cooling trend starts today. cooler and breeze quay tomorrow. temperatures rebound by the end of the workweek. look for highs to hit the upper 50s along the coast where it's going to be 50. san francisco only at 61 degrees. oakland, 65 degrees. sunny here though in san jose and a little bit warmer at 74 degrees. and here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. cooling tomorrow andfifi >> continuing this blend of news, weather, and sports, ron forgot to mention that the yankees won their seventh
straight yesterday. and i think they're three games out of first place. >> it was great. one game back in the wild card. >> love september. >> yep. >> by the way, it took that entire time for ron to really explain to us what happened at the end of that oklahoma game. >> coherently. >> it tock like five minutes. >> i still don't understand it. i still don't understand it. but i admire ron maintaining his objectivity when it comes to the yankees, which will never happen. >> always. >> love you, ron. today, by the way, speaking of sports marks the kickoff to the first regular sunday of the nfl season. teams will be taking a moment to remember september 11th. it all comes, as we know, amidst the clamor of those players who have been protesting the national anthem. and espn's tony reali is on the story. hey, tony. >> good morning, dan. it's been three weeks since colin kaepernick first protested the national anthem. and since then, three players have joined him by kneeling on the sideline. with the nfl planning a leaguewide tribute to the 15th anniversary of september 11th, the spotlight is firmly on those sidelines. and one team is ready to make a statement. this morning, the seattle seahawks announcing they'll
stand together and link arms in unity during the national anthem. wide receiver doug baldwin and quarterback russell wilson among the players tweeting out this video message. >> we honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish. >> reporter: honoring the fallen and the fight for justice. >> and we stand to ensure the riches of freedom and the security of justice for all people. >> reporter: a sunday full of tributes in the nfl's opening weekend. first responders, hometown heroes and members of the military will be on the field in stadiums across the country to honor the heroes of 9/11. this marine corps drill team with one last practice before taking the field at the titans game. >> the nfl, by simply recognizing 9/11 in this way, have already embraced politics. colin kaepernick is just adding a different wrinkle to it. >> reporter: the nfl anticipating demonstrations, too, as players follow 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick's lead of refusing to stand for the national anthem. >> as long as whatever protest they do and whatever statement they main has dignity and
respect in it, i think it will be powerful. >> reporter: in a video that will be seen by millions today, nfl players past and present joining together in a refrain. >> football is america. >> football is america. >> football is america. >> reporter: that video, along with tribute videos at each stadium from presidents obama and george w. bush, a reminder of where the nfl and the country where they were 15 years ago and where they are today. >> and this is pretty serious. some of the guys, the nfl players have lost sponsorships over protesting. >> yes, but at the same time, colin kaepernick's jersey is number one in sales. >> number one. >> but we've heard from some players, doug baldwin was in that piece right there of the seattle seahawks talking about how on september 11th this country may never have been more unified, and that's not exactly the case 15 years later. >> nope, it is not. >> and by happenstance, the niners don't play today. right? >> they play monday night. so kaepernick, should he do another protest, would not be coming on september 11th. >> thank you, tony. coming up here on "gma," the murder suspect who bolted from a
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♪ and we do want to welcome you back to "gma" on this somber morning, the 15th anniversary of 9/11. commemorations are happening around the country. there's a look right there at the pentagon. more commemorations at ground zero. they're happening all across the country, shanksville, pennsylvania, and other areas. and we will have continuing coverage coming up on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 coming up on "gma." >> we said it earlier but this is a day so many people remember exactly where we were. and it's hard to believe it's been 15 years. as we said, much more coverage on this anniversary coming up. we're going to start here, though, with a really bizarre story about a murder suspect who escaped from a courtroom in florida. >> and he is back behind bars but wrote a letter to the judge explaining exactly why he did it and ron is here with that story. good morning, ron. >> you remember this story. it was a bold and daring move.
one moment, accused murderer dayonte resiles was in the courtroom. the next, he had broken free and fled. he was gone nearly a week before being recaptured. now, in a letter to the trial judge, he provides an extraordinary reason for his daring escape. this morning, the florida inmate who dashed out of a courtroom says he did it to prove he's innocent. dayonte resiles accused of murder caught on courtroom surveillance cameras bolting out of a florida courtroom back in july. >> do you know if the courthouse is on lockdown? >> 10-4, it's on lockdown. >> reporter: resiles escaping out of an open courthouse door after allegedly breaking out of his handcuffs and shedding his jailhouse attire. the 21-year-old insists he is innocent of the 2014 killing of 59-year-old jill halliburton su. and in a new twist, he sent this neatly written letter to the judge. "i want to apologize for escaping from your courtroom. i hope you don't take it personal." police say resiles was hiding out in a local motel after he escaped.
he was captured six days later after a statewide manhunt. >> our members of the broward sheriff's office were relentless. they were nonstop. >> reporter: in the jailhouse letter, resiles said he wanted to gather information in his case. "i just wanted time to prove my innocence. i felt i was at a dead end with nowhere to turn to. i tried to appeal to everyone to prove to them i was innocent, but my voice went unheard." and also in that letter resile said he was looking for evidence to prove his innocence. he didn't say whether he found that evidence. he asked that the judge treat him fairly. but his lawyers filed a motion for the judge to be removed. why? because he witnessed resiles escape. he turned that motion down. >> makes a lot of sense, though. thank you, ron. it was a bold move, a move that didn't work in his favor, thank you very much. let's send things over to rob for another look at the weather this morning. hi, rob. >> hi, paula. hi, dan. got a treat for you.
this is mt. rainier, just the south side of seattle. a lenticular cloud forming yesterday. take a look at the time lapse. we get a little bit more mixing in the cloud itself rises later in the day. these are often concerned to be with ufos. it happens during a very stable atmosphere but the mountain in this case, a 14,000-foot mountain will actually force that air up and causes a pancake-like cloud there. cool stuff there. we have fire alerts, advisories, red flag warnings from las vegas all the way up to salt lake city. some breezy conditions. we're going to start to get cooler air into the northeast and into the inner mountain west as well. and this will kick up the winds and we have those advisories because of that. might see some snow across northern montana beginning tomorrow. onshore winds as well across southern california and the southwest. this is going to change things up just a little bit and drop the temperatures. look at fresno's high today. 95 degrees. getting to 78 on tuesday. and phoenix also dropping down into the comfortable 90s. maybe below 90 in las vegas. and a wave of cool air, a couple of them actually coming across the northeast and then the northern plains. and by thursday of this week we'll see temperatures maybe in
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is there legal recourse if they don't? abc's gloria riviera has more. >> reporter: passengers boarding american airlines flights will hear this announcement warning about galaxy note 7 phones. the federal aviation administration advises these devices remain powered off and not connected to any power source while on board the aircraft. they join at least four other domestic carriers stepping up safety warnings over the exploding devices. >> everybody that has one has an inherent reason not to turn it on for their own safety much less the safety of the other passengers. >> reporter: samsung is now urging anyone who owns a note 7 not to turn it on at all. with some safety groups calling for an outright ban on the recalled smartphone. >> i think it's pretty scary. and i think people really need to be very cautious. >> reporter: but experts say if officials declare the device a
prohibited item, it would be up to the honor system for passengers to comply. >> it won't be easy for each individual airline to enforce the ban. they have to go through more check procedures. where are they going to get the people? >> reporter: this is the latest in what has been a difficult week for the south korean tech giant who have confirmed 35 cases so far of its lithium ion batteries failing, resulting in burned phones and possibly this jeep engulfed in flames. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. >> a frustrating time for the people who owns one of these phones and there are hundreds of thousands who do and for the airlines. >> especially whether or not the air lines can actually enforce it. you think about it. your entire life is on this phone. if you have to turn it in and you can't even turn it on, what a huge, huge inconvenience. >> massive. rob said he heard the announcement on a plane yesterday. >> oh, wow. >> it's for real. coming up on "good morning america," we have more of our team coverage on 9/11. stay with us. e my parents didn'w how widespread hpv is. while hpv clears up for most, that wasn't the case for me.
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two days before the anniversary of september 11th congress approved a bill to allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue saudi arabia in american courts. >> the bill has been sent to president obama who is expected to veto it. now, 15 of the 19 hijackers were saudi and while the 9/11 commission found absolutely no evidence that the government played a role, some families want to make their case in court. so joining us this morning abc senior legal correspondent sunny hostin who is here in studio and in washington, d.c., our political correspondent devin dwyer. want to thank you both for joining us. devin, president obama is against this because he believes it will put americans overseas in harm's way. can you tell us a little bit more about that and why is he expected to veto it? >> yeah, that's right. president obama is in a very uncomfortable position here. the 9/11 families are furious at him for not supporting this. they were just here in
washington by the busload to push for this. here's the thing, the white house says the president is likely to block this thing and it's because saudi is a key u.s. ally, of course, they don't want to get sued in u.s. courts but i think more important, more concerning to the president as you said is the long-term precedent this could set. he worries it could invite retareta retallation against the u.s. in foreign courts. >> is there enough to override it. >> if you look at how it sailed through congress, one of the few things democrats and republicans agree on these days, overwhelming support. congress needs two-thirds support in each chamber to override the president. looks like they have that even if some people change their minds it would be a big embarrassment for obama. >> sunny, i want to bring you in too. the families have been asking for this for over a decade. what hope is there for the families that this will ever get to a courtroom? >> listen, i think if the bill passes certainly it can get to a courtroom but the bottom line is how do they prove the country's
involvement or how do they prove saudi arabia was involved in either terrorism or financing terrorism? i think that's going to be very difficult. so even if the legal standard isn't beyond a reasonable doubt or a preponderance of the evidence which is a mere tipping of the scale that will be still be difficult. what do you do about the money trail? >> very short on time here but does international law trump our law in this system? >> it does not. usually governments can't be sued by united states citizens but this bill will carve out an exception to sovereign immunity and families would be able to sue. i don't know how successful it will be in a courtroom. >> sunny, thank you very much. really appreciate it to you and devin dwyer and coming up here on "gma," move of our coverage of 9/11. we'll be right back.
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anniversary of 9/11 and many of us are wondering about the state of our nation's security. >> with us now abc news contributor ray kelly, the former commissioner of the nypd. good morning, sir. thanks for coming in. the chairman and the vice chairman of the 9/11 commission wrote an op-ed in which they say the threat we face today is arguably worse than the threat we are facing in september of 2001. do you agree with that? >> well, the threat has morphed and by that i mean we have a concern immediately after 9/11 of more complex plots with a lot of moving parts. we've sort of moved away from that. i think we're much better protected from those attacks than we were in the past. but the lone wolf, these self-radicalized individual is still very much a threat to our country and i think it's going to continue for quite a while and we saw examples of it in orlando, in san bernardino and unfortunately there is to reason to think it's going to stop. very difficult to aidentify, very difficult to track and some
people say that as we have success in the middle east, you might say, with bombings and reducing the footprint of isis, that the threat here will rise and it will rise largely as a result of what these lone wolves do. >> i want to ask you specifically about the lone wolves since you said that is our biggest threat and it has morphed. how do we -- how do we strategize against the lone wolf. they're hard to identify so i imagine the strategy has evolved so how do we isolate them and how do we find them and target them. >> yeah, with great difficulty because they're not communicating with other people. they are aware of all the things we do monitor their communication so it's a real problem. you see the fbi is rolling up a fair number of people. they've probably arrested well over 100 people for materiel support to terrorism and i think it's a good approach but no guarantee.
it's going to be with us as i said for a long time to come. that lone wolf threat. >> what keeps national security officials up at night. no question about it. this morning the head -- the former head of the apa christie todd witman regrets saying the air around ground zero was safe to breathe. a lot of your officers were down there for day, weeks and months afterwards. do you have any -- many of them got sick. do you have any thoughts after hearing christie todd witman saying this? >> well, it's very, very late in the game. we're talking 15 years. it was sort of common sense should have driven the notion that you have to have protection for the workers down there. when that word went out, i mean, it was like, okay, you can do whatever you want and obviously it brought tremendous numbers of deaths. we know in the nypd and the fdny probably close to 250 deaths have resulted from people being
at ground zero, you know, after the initial attack, so 15 years later is a long time to come out and say, hey, i made a mistake. >> so devastating to so many people would really made a lot of sacrifices. >> absolutely. >> to be there. ray kelly, we are very grateful to you for your participation in our program this morning. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank, you, commissioner. this will be a very emotional day across our country. >> so we'll leave you now with some sights and sounds, past and present. [ playing "taps" ] ♪
♪ hp. abc 7 morning, all news all morning. >> good morning. i'm carolyn tyler. developing news out of the east bay this morning. the chp is looking for a driver they say hit and killed a motorcyclist in oakland. it happened just after 2:00 on eastbound interstate 980 near 580 and the 27th street on-ramp. when the chp arrived, they found the victim identified as
40-year-old steven lee is rodeo in the far right lane with his motorcycle off to the shoulder. officers say the driver may have made an unsafe lane change and ran into the back of the motorcycle. the chp also says lee may have been affiliated with a motorcycle club. another hit and run crash, this time in san jose. firefighters say one car t-boned another leaving three people trapped inside. it happened at 1:00 at the intersection at allen rock and pleasant ridge avenue. those three victims were taken to the hospital with major injuries. san jose police are looking for the driver who hit the other car. here is frances with the accuweather forecast. >> good morning, everyone. get ready for a dool counscool . low clouds all around the bay. temperatures mainly in the 50s with a few 60s. san jose currently at 58.
so the cooling trend starts today. we'll be in the upper 50s along the coast. 60s and 70s around the bay. oakland, 65. san jose, 74. mild inland, only in the 80s. and tomorrow we will be about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than average. grab your jacket as you head out the door. slowly warming up, more like summer for next weekend where temperatures will be near normal. 90 inland, around the bay upper 70s.
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