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smack on and off the ice. though stories coming up in just a few seconds on the cbs5 evening news. >> thank you for watching. aom the podium. >> someone as despicable as hitler, who didn't even sink to >>e-- to using chemical weapons. >> pelley: then it got worse. >> he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that assad is doing. pelley: white house errors of historic proportions. also tonight, the elite navy seals. wals. sts news investigates drug abuse in the ranks. >> people that we know of, that we hear about, have tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy. >> pelley: should men get routine screenings for prostate cancer? new recommendations today.
and wounded warriors skating their way back. >> this is one thing that gets me out of bed on saturdays, gets me motivated. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the job of the white house press secretary is to articulate the positions of the president and to clean up the occasional presidential mess. they are not supposed to create messes for the president. but it happened again today when sean spicer made one colossal error. he was comparing syria's dictator to hitler, and suggested that hitler did not use poison gas on his own people. the holocaust was, apparently, not on spicer's mind today, and to make matters more painful, this is the jewish holiday of passover.
>> we didn't use chemical weapons in world war ii. >> reporter: it isn't often that hitler is compared favorably to anyone, but it happened today when the white house press secretary was condemning syria's bashar al-assad for gassing his own people. >> you had a, you know, someone as despicable as hitler, who didn't even sink to the-- to using chemical weapons. >> reporter: it was a startling comment from someone who surely learned in high school that hitler sent millions to the gas chamber. spicer's clarification only led to more confusion. >> i think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that assad is doing. i mean, there was clearly-- i understand-- thank you. i appreciate that. there was not-- he brought them into-- um-- to the holocaust center. >> reporter: by "holocaust centers" he apparently meant concentration camps. the executive director of the anne frank center accused spicer of holocaust denial and calling on president trump to fire him at once. in a statement, spicer insisted
"in no way was i trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the holocaust. i was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers." defense secretary james mattis underscored that point at the pentagon. >> even in world war ii, chemical weapons were not used on battlefields. even in the korean war, they were not used on battlefields. since world war i, there's been an international convention on this. >> reporter: this evening, spicer fell on his sword and apologized, saying his comment was inappropriate and insensitive. a swift mea culpa, scott, for a white house that typically shies e se from admitting mistakes. >> pelley: nancy cordes in washington. this afternoon, the secretary of defense said there is "no doubt the syrian regime carried out that nerve gas attack in syria." he said he didn't know if thria's main ally, russia, had helped. the secretary of state, rex tillerson, carried a message to
moscow today, and margaret brennan is with him. >> they have aligned themselves with an unreliable partner in tashar al-assad. it reporter: secretary the erson called on russia to break its alliance with the hirian dictator. s i think it is-- it's clear to il of us that the reign of the assad family is coming to an end. te reporter: tillerson said the u.s. and its allies want cossia to broker a cease-fire jd convince assad to step down, a complete reversal from just 12 days ago. >> i think the status and the longer term-- longer term status of president assad will be decided by the syrian people. >> reporter: that was before last tuesday's sarin gas attack, and president trump's subsequent order of a limited missile earike on a syrian airfield that vle u.s. says was used to launch the chemical weapon attack. igssian president vladimir putin disputes that account and onmpared it to flawed u.s. intelligence used to justify the 2003 u.s. invasion of iraq.
e tin also claimed that chemical weapons were now being planted in syria to frame assad. the white house accused putin of a cover-up and said russia was trying to "confuse and obfuscate" on behalf of the assad regime. defense secretary james mattis: >> it was very clear that the assad regime planned it, orchestrated it, and executed been t reporter: syrian jets have already been spotted taking off from that same airbase that the oned bombed just five days ago. and, scott, russia has positioned two war ships off the coast of syria. >> pelley: margaret brennan by the ancient walls of the kremlin tonight in moscow. margaret, thank you. well, russia has dominated the early months of the trump administration. goina is the issue of the moment, but closer to home, there are those ongoing investigations into the russian cyber attack on the u.s. presidential election. here's major garrett. >> putin is backing a person
that's truly an evil person. >> reporter: in an interview with fox business, president trump called syria's assad an animal. a.'s the latest flashpoint in the complicated relationship between the u.s. and russia. earlier today, the russian foreign ministry said the relationship "is more complicated than it has been at any point since the end of the cold war," complicated because of syria, russian aggression in ukraine, and also because of multiple u.s. investigations into russian meddling in the ot16 election. >> well, i had nothing to do with it. i have nothing to do with russia. i told you, i have no deals there. i have no anything. >> reporter: those investigations include examining whether anyone associated with mr. trump colluded with russian officials. vlior to taking office, mr. trump repeatedly praised russian president vladimir putin, at one point calling him atery smart." >> if he says great things about alri'm going to say great things about him. i have already said he is really sery much of a leader.
>> reporter: yet, putin may not meet with secretary of state dex tillerson in moscow f morrow, even though putin once bestowed an order of friendship on the former exxon c.e.o. white house spokesman sean spicer said the face to face was not necessary. >> he can convey his sentiments and thoughts of the united states to the foreign minister. o reporter: would the history ri putin meeting with kerry and previous secretaries of state influence the president's ,udgment on that? >> i'm not going to-- i mean, ou're not there yet. >> reporter: white house rhetoric on russia has toughened but, scott, a thread running through it is that rhetoric ought to establish that there were no connections between russia, the trump campaign, and t e trump transition. now, that's a point often made here at the white house, but it ar far from proven. >> pelley: major garrett for us tonight. major, thank you. today, president trump said that "north korea is looking for trouble. if china decides to help, that would be great. if not, we will solve the
problem without them!" the president has sent a naval mrike group to the region in response to a series of north inrean missile tests. ho san bernardino, california, north park elementary school yemains closed as the police investigate yesterday's classroom shooting. here's john blackstone. >> we're on our honeymoon. de reporter: cedric anderson bod karen smith appear happy in a honeymoon video posted on facebook in early february. >> oh! >> reporter: but my march, the marriage was in trouble, according to san bernardino police chief jarrod burguan. >> what we were told is that there was an allegation of infidelity in the relationship. >> reporter: smith moved out and was living with her adult children. >> it appears that he had been making efforts to contact her and to have her come back home, and she was resistant to that. and i don't know if that just o ached a boiling point. >> reporter: on monday, anderson walked into smith's classroom with a handgun and began shooting, striking her and two students before killing
himself. >> the two children that were struck by gunfire were simply standing and seated in the exact proximity where she was on the noher side, and they appear to th errant rounds that did not strike her. they struck the children. >> reporter: smith died, and aturs later at the hospital, so did eight-year-old jonathan martinez. in a 2013 restraining order, another woman accused anderson of threatening her with a h tcher knife and trying to heother her with a pillow. rnith did not tell school officials about her problems but did warn her family. >> those closest to her said that she had mentioned that his d havior was odd and that she was concerned about his-- his behavior, and that he had made some threats towards her. he did not make a specific o reat to shoot her. >> reporter: this memorial at the school to those who were killed is constantly growing, scott. the eight-year-old who died had a condition called williams syndrome which makes children particularly social and hidearing. the nine-year-old who was
wounded remains in the hospital s stable condition. >> pelley: john blackstone reporting. john, thank you. one of the most honored and vital units in the u.s. military is battling an enemy within. for the first time, navy seals are talking to us about drug abuse in the ranks, and david martin is investigating this. re i'm sitting in this chair because i'm not proud anymore to be in the community because of the direction it's going. >> reporter: these three navy seals, one active duty, two retired, agreed to talk to us on camera if we disguised their faces and changed their voices to protect them from e tribution. >> people that we know of, that we hear about, have tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy. that's a problem. >> reporter: how prevalent is drug abuse in the seal teams? >> it's growing. the drug use, it's growing. g reporter: last december, as this email shows, the seals
halted all training in order to ffety standdown because of the ouug problem. >> i feel like i'm watching our foundation, our culture, erode in front of my eyes. >> reporter: captain jamie sands, commander of the 900 seals based on the east coast, had been on the job for just >>ree months, and already five seals had been kicked off the teams for using drugs. >> i feel betrayed. how do you do that to us? how do you decide that it's okay for you to do drugs? me reporter: every seal under was command was required to attend this meeting or else watch it online. na response to our request, the navy released an edited version be the video. before sands spoke, his chief of staff rattled off what he called a staggering number of drug cases which he said showed that the navy special operators had a higher incidence of drug use than the rest of the fleet. >> it's a population that's thpposed to be elite performers,
all with classifications, to where they have national security information and teamonsibilities. that's dangerous to my teammates. >> if we need your ability, i don't need to be in the back of my mind thinking, that, "okay, can i really trust this guy? is he 100% going to cover my llck?" >> reporter: admiral timothy zyzmanski, head of the naval special warfare command, agrees, telling cbs news in a statement, "anything above zero represents a disturbing trend for this atite force." so why do seals take drugs? you might think it was due to the stress of high-risk operations, but that's not what sands said. >> they think it's okay because .hey've seen other people do it. they think their teammates won't ndrn them in. they think it's kind of a cool thing to do. but they think it's okay. >> reporter: a seal who blows the whistle on drug use does so at his own peril. >> you stand up for what's right, and you get blackballed or driven out. or's a career killer.
>> reporter: like the rest of the military, seals are supposed to be subjected to random urinalysis, but in baactice, they aren't tested when they are away from their home base, which is much of the time because their skills are in constant demand. s.ree active-duty seals told us they had not been tested in years. .ands vowed to change that. >> we're going to test on the mead. we're going to test on oyployment. if do you drugs, if you decide to be that selfish individual-- which i don't think anyone is going to do after today-- believe that, then you will be caught. >> reporter: commander sands g daed an all-hands meeting, referencing drug problem in group two. it sounds like he's dealing with it. >> well, i think it's gotten to a point where he had to deal with it. you hope he's somebody we can s lly behind and hold people accountable, but i'm not sure at s is point. pa it's because it's hugely important. >> reporter: as part of the safety standdown, all seals
will be required to submit to a urinalysis. one who who tested positive last summer tested poltzative again this time for prescription edugs. a is being kicked off the team. scott, after speaking by phone to one of the seals who attended that meeting, i asked if we could talk again, which would require using a cell phone that could not be traced. he said, "sure," and then he add, "we need help." >> pelley: david martin breaking the story for us right here tonight. david, thank you. coming up next on the cbs evening news, it was the bump heard 'round the world. now the feds are investigating. investigating. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. for the strength and energy to get back to doing... ...what you love. ensure. always be you. ...one of many pieces in my life. so when my asthma symptoms kept coming back on my long-term control medicine. i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment with breo.
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oscar munoz, issued a third apology calling the treatment of dr. david dao a "truly horrific event." munoz wrote this afternoon: "i deeply apologize. no one should ever be mistreated this way," retreating from an earlier statement in which munoz raised questions about the passenger's behavior. >> i would say it's the worst response to a public relations crise that i have ever seen. >> reporter: airfarewatchdog.com founder george hobica said while hdssengers are entitled to compensation of up to $1350 for being bumped, they have knew other rielts. dao was one of four passengers designated to leave flight 3411 between chicago and louisville to make room for four republic airways employees to needed to get to louisville to staff the flight on monday morning. it's up to the airlines to .hoose who must leave in these situations. united's computer system weigh several factors including ease of rebook, final destination,
whether the traveler is alone, with a family, or an unaccompanied minor. even frequent flier status. >> airlines will be more likely to bump you if you have no status in the frequent flier program, if you paid a super low fare or if you're in economy class. >> reporter: last year, united involuntarily denied boarding to nearly 3800 fliers out of more than 86 million, better than the industry average. now, united is still facing a firestorm on social media, and, scott, growing anger in china, which is a key market for united, where many felt race air force factor. >> pelley: kris van cleave, thanks. up next, new guidelines for prostate cancer tests. >> pelley: today, an
dr. tara narula is here with us now. doctor, what are the new guidelines? >> reporter: so, scott, medicine is a balancing act, and if you imagine scales, before the scales were tipped towards harm, al terms of screening, and now we're slightly tipped towards benefit. reflreally this is also a t.flection of the changing practice in this country, where patients are in the driver's seat. withhe recommendations say that men 55-69 should have a conversation with their doctor, where they discuss the harms and benefits of screening, and for men over 70, the recommendation is still not for screening. and, really, people need to understand that this isn't just a blood test, but it leads to a whole pathway, a cascade, where while it can be life saving, it can also lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment and biopsies and procedures that can cause pain, bleeding, infection, sexual incompetence, urinary incontinence, so really important to discuss it. >> pelley: why the change now? >> there's been new evidence in the last five years, new research that suggests screening can decrease mortality, decrease death in men, and it can also decrease metastatic disease or cancer that has spread. in addition, there's been new
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n0 years ago, a roadway bomb in iraq cut his lung in half, left shrapnel in his body and night terrors in his mind, not to mention what it did to his left arm. they reattached his arm, but a broken spirit was harder to fix. >> i went through that depression of who is going to want me? what am i going to be able to ts? and this is one thing that gets me out of bed on saturdays, gets me motivated. >> reporter: he's talking about this. "ducks" is a defenseman on the mack hawk warriors, a team comprised of military veterans with wounds and issues from seeir service. anst people who lose an arm and then have it reattached don't take up hockey. >> this is true. >> reporter: we talked to him and his teammates, jacob blome-- icrniated disks, traumatic stress and brain injures-- along with kevin shawarko-- spinal injuries, nerve atrophy, and more. >> it pushes you.
it pushes you to be better. every time you get out there, you want to be better. nk reporter: are you better? >> i think so. i'm not falling down as much. >> hockey is my escape. the anxiety that i feel, as soon pp i cross those boards, getting on to the ice, it just-- it disappears. >> we're all warriors, so on the ice, we're going after each other, but off the ice, we're friends, we're brothers, e sters. >> reporter: the good part is that they're all improving on and off the ice. >> when i first joined the team, i couldn't tie my own hockey skates because of my health issues. i now tie my own hockey skates. hey! i don't need any help. >> reporter: that's the goal, and they've got a real shot at it. dean reynolds, cbs news, mount prospect, illinois. fo pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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