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tv   Andrea Mitchell Reports  MSNBC  May 23, 2013 10:00am-11:01am PDT

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right now, the new war on terror, president obama is preparing to deliver the first major national security speech of his second term. addressing a pair of highly controversial issues. c.i.a. drone strikes. and the still-open prison at guantanamo bay. in london today, after the gruesome murder of a british soldier in broad daylight, prime minister cameron vows to never give in to terrorism. >> what happened yesterday in woolidge has sickened us all. on our televisions last night and in our newspapers this morning, we have all seen images that are deeply shocking. the people who did this were trying to divide us. something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger. >> this woman spoke to one of the suspects before the police arrived. >> he told me, he said i've
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killed a british soldier because he killed people in muslim countries. you know some people are angry. >> in oklahoma, thunderstorms today battering the area, devastated by monday's massive tornado as residents are permitted to get back into the disaster zone for the first time. and as the sad work of burying the victims begins today, president obama promises that the country will be there. quote every step of the way. >> our thoughts and prayers remain with the wonderful people of oklahoma. they have suffered mightily this week. >> we're expecting to hear from oklahoma's governor, marify faln about recovery efforts. >> and john kerry gets out of his armored motorcade to get a taste of the west bank. good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington. and this afternoon president obama steps back from the recent controversies surrounding his administration, over the irs to
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outline new counterterrorism policies involving targeted killings by drones and his stalled hopes of closing guantanamo. and joining me to talk about what to expect from the president's counterterrorism speech in the coming hour, mark handler, white house correspondent for "the new york times" and same-s"u.s.a. today' washington bureau chief, susan paige. mark what do you expect on the twin topics of the targeted killings by drones where he is going to try to put a new frame around it and of course, guantanamo bay? >> well andrea, as you say, it's a speech that's going to be about reframing his policy on counterterrorism. and so it will have some broad th theme attic things, i think you'll see the president make the case for why a global war on terror is no longer relevant. that the u.s. should move to a much more narrow definition of counterterrorism.is no longer r. that the u.s. should move to a much more narrow definition of counterterrorism. he will indicate, although he'll
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be careful because a lot of it is classified. that the emphasis for carrying out drone strikes will move over time from the c.i.a. to the pentagon. he'll express that there will be sort of a strong preference for the department of defense being the lead actor in authorizing carrying out drone strikes. on guantanamo, i think he's going to reiterate first of all his commitment to close guantanamo bay. and he'll announce a couple of steps that will help accomplish that. probably the most significant of which will be a lifting of the moratorium on transferring prisoners from guantanamo back to yemen. some of this, a lot of this will depend on cooperation with congress and i think he'll issue a calling on congress to cooperate with him. in terms of prisoner transfers. so those are you know, there will be a big message and then these couple of substantive steps. >> but at the same time, susan paige, he's going to put it back on congress to permit these transfers to go forward.
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congress has put a lot of restrictions on them. the president could take the step of going around congress and waiving all of those restrictions. not sure that he's going to go that far. >> well, some of the restrictions i think would be very difficult to weigh because you have to make assurances that you're sure that the detainees won't then turn around and again be in a position to threaten the united states. he'll say he'll do what he can to reduce the numbers at guantanamo. we do have that terrible hunger strike going on there. most of the prisoners there are now on hunger strikes. and that's createsing some big problems for the administration. i do think this is, it's a big speech. it goes beyond the particulars of the controversy over gitmo, even drone strikes. in the 12 years since the september 11th attacks, i think americans have felt they've been on constant war footing in the war on terror. as he said before, he doesn't view the war on terror as a useful phrase. but i think he's going to strike the tone that we are reaching a different chath anywhere national security where we don't need to do some of the things that the country adopted and did
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in the immediate aftermath of that terrible terrorist attack in new york and washington. and instead, we can move to measures that are more limited, more restricted. perhaps more subjected to judicial review. >> and finally, mark, on the subject of these leak investigations. he's going to say he believes in press freedoms, that they need to go after leakers, but not reporters who are doing their jobs. yet at the same time this administration has more than any of its predecessors in recent years, gone after journalists and has not, has not done it in a targeted fashion. has done it in a very broad-sweeping way as we saw with the "associated press" and also with fox news. >> yeah. obviously andrea, for people in our business, we'll be listening very carefully to the type of balance he strikes between the need for not just a free press, but the right of reporters to aggressively investigate national security issues. and on the other hand, the need to protect the country's
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national security. he addressed this in brief terms a week ago. when i appeared with the turkish prime minister. at that time, he kind of put his hand more on the need to protect national security. even as his administration is now once again supporting a media shield law. >> i think the tone will be interesting, how much of the emphasis he puts on the need to poi for aggressive investigative reporting. think that's something we'll be listening carefully for. >> thank you very much mark handler, susan page, see you at the end of the show. jay johnson joins us, a former general counsel to the department of defense for the obama administration. and has been speaking out this subject. jay, good to see you. you were closely involved, the best witness to the policy on the drone, the targeted drone strikes first of all. how big a step is this to move more from the c.i.a. back to the
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pentagon, there's no real guarantee that there's going to be more transparency. and that we will, we in the general public, will really know whether or not some of these basic targeted killings are still taking place. >> well, andrea, i think that there are three very significant things as a result of today's speech. and the attorney general's letter yesterday, that going to come out of this. one is we see the continuing efforts at transparency, that the president is determined to see come about. we declassified our activities and the military's activities in yemen and somalia last year. i and the attorney general, harold coe, john brennan and others have given speeches on the legal foundations for our efforts. but yesterday when the u.s. government officially acknowledged that anwar al alaki
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was killed because ever his terrorist connections. number two, i think you can hear the president talking about the moving to the next phase, for the last 12 years we've been in state of armed conflict with al qaeda and its associated forces and the president recognizes that it's time to communicate to the american people that we'll in a new phase. al qaeda in 2001 is very different now. it's morphed, broken into small affiliates, we see terrorist organizations in north africa and elsewhere. it's time to develop a new approach from the one we've been in for the last 12 years. and lastly, an enduring framework for targeted lethal force. and enduring set of guidelines and standards, now that we are in this different mode. and all of this includes making another run at closing guantanamo bay. it is a problem that is not getting any better. it's getting worse with the hunger strikes and we need to
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deal with guantanamo. we need to engage congress on lightening up on the restrictions that they have imposed. >> let me get first before i get to guantanamo, i want to ask you about the drone strikes. do you think that the administration has been to a certain extent, indiscriminate in the use of drones, in nonwar zones? in areas where there are civilian populations. where the premise for going after someone isn't just that we know someone is there. but that there is a group of men congress gaiting who we think are connected to al qaeda, just to use a hypothetical. >> given my experience, as a lawyer for the u.s. military and the department of defense. i disagree with that characterization. targeted lethal force, every operation of targeted lethal force is reviewed legally, carefully at the level of my office, down the military chain of command to insure that it fits within our legal framework. in other words that the
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objective a terrorist objective and part of al qaeda associated forces, that's something that we reviewed with respect to each and every military operation. we also did our best to insure that collateral damage was minimal. if not zero. and i think that over the last numb of years, in the efforts to, to go after al qaeda, we have done a pretty good job of targeted lethal force. there were and have been regrettable unintended consequences, losses of life. but they were not as much as some of the public reports that you've seen. and so, we've made real strides in our counterterrorism efforts. consistent with the legal framework. >> what the president is doing today, is basically trying to reengage congress in getting some of those prisoners sent back, sent to yemen in particular. and making it possible to close
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guantanamo. but do we have a solution yet? first of all, for those, for whom there is no place to go. and who cannot be brought to trial? what about the residual group of prisoners? where will they go? >> in the first year of the obama administration, there was a very close examination detainee by detainee. to see whether some con released, some could be transferred. my hope and belief is given over the last couple of years, the the oval direction and effort, the politics of this issue on the hill has changed. >> and congress has lightened up a bit on the realization that some of these detainees should be transferred or repatriated. and i think the security situation has changed, specifically in yemen, where we've built up a pretty good counterterrorism relationship with the, with the government there. and the security situation there. maybe significantly different
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from when the obama administration determined that we needed to suspend transfers to that country. >> and finally, from your experience, at the pentagon, there's a number of pieces of legislation on the hill right now to go outside of the chain of command for prosecuting cases of sexual assault. do you support that? because there are still military leaders among the joint chiefs who believe that the command structure still needs to to dominate. and many women legislators in particular say that that just is not working. >> we've got a big problem with sexual assault in the military. we've tried a number of things. the problem does not seem to be getting any better. so i've recently come to the recognition that we need to look at it all. there are something like 16 proposals on the hill right now. some of which include changing the military justice structure in terms of initial disposition of authority. final dispositional authority.
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i think all of it is worth considering. and there's a panel now, that's going to consider all of this and i think that it should be on the table. and i'm glad to see the joint chiefs seem to be indicating an open mind and a willingness to consider all of this. >> jay johnson, thank you so much. thanks for being with us today. new details today about that brutal slaying on a british soldier in london. an eye witness filmed this video of one of the suspects, we caution, this is graphic. >> by law, we swear by the almighty law, that we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. >> prime minister david cameron rushed back from a trip to france to deal with what uk officials say is an act of terror. >> this was not just an attack on britain and on the british way of life, it was also a betrayal of islam. and of the muslim communities who give so much to our country.
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britain works with our international partners to make the world safe from terrorism. terrorism that has taken more muslim lives than any other religion. >> nbc's michelle kosinski joins me from london. michelle, what do we know about the victim and what do we know about the suspects and whether they had risen to the level of any kind of inquiry or surveillance before this act. >> there's a lot of information coming out today the we saw police raid three homes in three separate locations around london. thought to be linked to these two suspects. and it has emerged that both of them born in britain, of nigerian descent, were known to british security services prior to this time. exactly how and why, that kind of detail hasn't emerged. but we did talk to terrorism analysts who said they had just spoke ton high-level security sources who said there was no suspicion or indication that these two were planning any kind of an attack. they describe them as being sort of a sort of intelligence soup
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that a large number of people might pop up in and disappear from time to time. during intelligence gathering, things like eavesdropping on conversations. the british press is identifying one of these suspects by name. even though that's not confirmed officially. they describe him as 25 years old. muslim convert. whose parents were devout christians. and there's been multiple interviews done with a man who is a former leader of a banned islamist group here. who says he knew one of these suspects about two years ago, hadn't heard from him since. he said he would attend events, seemed concerned about muslims worldwide. seemed devout, but not particularly radical. we also know the name of the victim, a 25-year-old soldier, lee rigby, a drummer in an army band. had a 2-year-old son and did serve in afghanistan in 2009, andrea. >> well just horrendous, thank you very much, michelle, for the latest on that story. and there was a rare moment
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today, secretary of state john kerry continuing his middle east shuttle got out of his armed motorcade in ramallah, trying to make a political point no doubt by taking a wiking and eating tour in the west bank. very good. >> what are these? >> thank you. i got to do something about this. you make everything here? >> yeah. >> everything right here? >> yeah. >> that's fantastic. i got more food than i can eat. >> i haven't finished this yet. this day calls you.
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would have most certainly been higher if they had not evacuated the hospital. i want to show you another picture that we've seen all over moore, oklahoma. these -- literally thousands of cars that were tossed by the twister, tossed like toys. >> unbelievable. msnbc's craig melvin has been in moore, assessing the damage. talking to many who have lost their homes and are getting back in to see the damage. the oklahoma insurance department now says that the preliminary damage estimates could top $2 billion. craig melvin joins me now from moore. craig, first of all, you had a lot of bad weather there already today and more is forecast. but it looks like it's cleared a little bit. what are people finding when they go home? >> the weather that you mentioned, just mentioned, andrea it's amazing the difference that two hours can make. take a look behind me, the skies are blue and clear now for the most part.
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this morning, thunder, lightning, a flash flood warning in effect at one point. as you might imagine that hampered the recovery and clean-up effort here a great deal. folks are just starting to get back out and literally as you can see here, cleaning up. what you are looking at by the way right now, andrea, that's a bowling alley. it took us a considerable amount of time yesterday to figure out precisely what that was. and the only way we eventually figured it out was we saw a few balls, a few of the ball return machines as well. but that was until a few days ago, the bowling alley here in moore as you can see at this point. nothing left, workers just started about two hours ago, starting to clean up. that's what we're starting to see again around town. folks out in their yards, sifting through the debris. a business owners, doing the exact same thing. there's a news conference that was supposed to start at 1:00, the governor a various city and state officials are going to be on hand to update us on the effort. that news conference obviously
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is running a few minutes late. but we can tell you two things of note here -- the number of injured has gone up considerably. at this point, officials say that the tornado injured some 377 people roughly. that's a big, that's a big spike from what we were told 24 hours ago. and also, state officials say at this point, they are confident that they have found everyone they're looking for. so the death toll won't rise. 24, there had been some confusion yesterday. surrounding six people that were unaccounted for. at this point they feel confident that they've heard from those folks. so the death toll won't rise. meanwhile, the first of several funerals, funerals happen today. the 9-year-old little girl that we've been talking about, antonia candeleria who died with her third grade friend in plaza tower elementary. we're told they were holding each other when they died. antonia's funeral was this morning. two other funerals are set for tomorrow and president obama will be here on sunday to tour
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the wreckage and to talk to survivors and first responders. andrea? >> craig melvin, thank you so much. glad at least the skies are clearing, but more painful when they get to see the wreckage. thanks, craig. and we all need a little uplifting music. after the week we've had. so president obama fortunately was honoring music legend, carroll king last night with the gershwin prize for her five decades as singer/songwriter. she is the first woman to receive the honor. she said popular music is part of who we are and brings the world together. even democrats and republicans. >> imagine a concert in say egypt for example where two young bands, one egyptian and one american would each perform their own songs and back up the other one kind of like everybody does here tonight.
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it's sinking home to a lot of the people in oklahoma that there are a lot of people still suffering and will continue to face lots of challenges moving forward in our state. but we will be there to to i want to thank the people of oklahoma. the people across the nation, even across the world that have been so compassionate, so caring, to express your thoughts, prayers and to lend their financial support, the volunteer hours we've literally had people come from different areas of the nation, to help. just driven up. brought supplies, wants dodd volunteer their time and certainly the media across the world, we appreciate all of those who have helped so very much. and please continue to keep the people that have been affected in your prayers, they need that. and we certainly don't want to forget as i said, the other communities that have faced
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tragedy over the past week. >> and joining me now by phone is michael thompson, oklahoma secretary of safety and security. thanks so much, secretary thompson for joining us. you've been directly involved in helping people get back to their homes. weather permitting of course, trying to assess their own damage. have most people been able to get back into the neighborhoods? >> a number of them have, andrea, thank you for asking. everything that we have, east of i-35, if you're familiar with the area, we hoped that up yesterday at about 15:00 and have free access on the east side. we still have a limited amount of restriction on the west side, a manned perimeter. >> the restrictions are because of potential electric wires, gas lines? or other issues there that where you have not secured the area? >> we're just working through as we go. as you know, that part on the west side got hit a little bit more harder than the east side. so it's easier to free up the
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east side than the west side. but you're exactly right there are a number of hazards still there and cordoned off the area. we want to make sure it's safe before we start allowing people to walk through there. we don't want them to go get injured just trying to go through their property. >> do you have enough bulldozers and backhoes and other big equipment to try to clear debris and get the roads reopened? >> debris is a major issue. we had the governor leading a great team and we had a robust discussion about debris and how we are going to move forward. you be amazed at the amount of support that's poured into oklahoma. >> we are looking at pictures of secretary thompson, people just picking through the debris. can they get trucks or u haul there is to try to salvage with what they can? what do they do with what they find? >> it's really a sad situation. if you think of it. when these families that are
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coming back, so heartbroken when they see what used to be their home. we're trying to concentrate on the clear paths to allow trucks and u-hauls and that sort of thing to come back so certainly if people are able to recover items from their home. they're able to secure them and get them out of the impacted area. >> the latest numbers that you have of people who are displaced? or home owners or families displaced? >> i don't have a hard number on that. i've kind of been more conscious of the number of folks we had injured. unfortunately a number of folks we're trying to recover and that kind of thing. >> we were told by our reporter, craig melvin, that there's a big spike in the count of people injured today. the death toll remains at 24, but there are a lot more injuries. is that because people now are able to move around and get into the hospitals and get checked? or are we just -- hearing a better count of people who are disbursed to various doctors and
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hospitals? >> i think you nailed it. i think we are just to the point where this thing is starting to settle into a rhythm and people that were affected are able to do more accurate reporting and we're able to consolidate those numbers better. >> well michael thompson, thanks so much for taking the time. i know you're out there working on this horrible recovery. and we thank you for everything you're doing. thanks for checking in. >> thank you, mrs. mitchell and thank you for the attention you gave us in oklahoma. >> you bet, we'll stay on it. today is likely also decision day for the boy scouts on the hotly-debated issue of gay rights. more than 1,000 local scout leaders are now gathering in texas. they're meeting today to decide whether or not they're going to end the boy scouts of america's ban on gay scouting. joining me now is nbc news justice correspondent, pete williams. pete, we've heard a lot of reports over the last couple of months that they were moving in this direction. but that there was some push-back. what are you hearing out of texas today? >> i don't know how the vote is
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going to come out, andrea. but we will know in a couple of hours, members are voting now of the national council, 1400-member strong. this is not the same proposal that the scouts first floated in january. back then they signaled that after decades of fighting to preserve their ban on gay scouts and scout leaders, they were willing to accept a change in which local scout units could decide the issue for themselves. well that didn't go over very well. because people who wanted to keep the ban thought it was a bad idea. and people who wanted to get rid of the ban thought it was a bad, too, to allow local units to din their words, to continue to discriminate so what the members are voting on now is i guess you could call it a compromise. if it passes, it would end the ban on admitting gay scouts, but would keep the ban on gay scout leaders. now there's been a mix of the kind of groups that support both sides here. 70% of scouting units across the country are sponsored by churches. and many of them, including in the south, the southern baptists
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oppose a change. they say that their scout troops that they sponsor would drop out of the scouts if this passes. but the mormon church for example, which has, sponsors 25% of all the scout units across the country, has signaled that it would support the change. and many local church groups say they would, too. so it's almost a regional thing, andrea as we find with many other cultural issues in the u.s. and i can't predict how it's going to come out. >> quick question, pete, just occurred to me, is there a similar ban in girl scouting? >> no. the girl scouts did away with this ban several years ago. >> okay. thank you very much. thanks far clearing that up and we'll follow your reports as the votes come in. and former new york congressman, anthony weiner announced his candidacy for governor in a very gaudy video. the former democratic congressman said he realizes this will be an uphill battle and he needs to prove himself to
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2007 and 2008 and when i was elected in 2008, i said we need to close guantanamo. i continue to believe that we've got to close guantanamo. >> in his speech, coming up shortly, the president is expected to revive his stalled effort to close guantanamo by working to lift the congressional ban on transferring detainees to places like yemen. and reappointing a high-level state department official in charge of reducing the prison population. joining me is the "miami herald"'s carol rosenberg and former assistant secretary of state, rowley. >> carol you've been relentless on keeping on top of the guantanamo issue. we've got the hunger strike. a lot of people are suggesting that this speech while it addresses a lot of ivs, would not include as much about
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guantanamo, if not for the hunger strike. what's the latest you're hearing from down there? >> as of this morning, andrea, there are 103 of the 166 detainees reported on hunger strike. 32 are being force-fed. today. and two are in the hospital. what i understand is that because most of the prison sunday lockdown, at most, 30 of the detainees could possibly see the president's speech today. in the past, before this all started, in january when would you go down there, you could see them in recreation, you would see them taking advantage of the facilities that have been built down there. now this is not the case. they're in lockdown and in isolation. currently there's a bit of a crisis because of the hunger strike. they've got the vast majority of prisoners held in lockdown. able to leave only about two hours a day. in some instances they can get taken to a tv room where one man will be shackled at the ankle
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and allowed to watch television. but there's about 24 captives who are considered cooperative communal captives and they have television. it's a very guantanamo than last year at this time. when the vast majority could have taken a remote control, turned on al jazeera english and watched the president's speech. now we have to find out from the military down there if in fact any watched it and how many. >> will there be any practical effect, pj, in what the president says today, that he's willing to waive the requirements but wants congress to play its role? we have to wait to hear exactly how this is all worded. but there are congressional restrictions that make it very difficult for the president to act unilaterally, the white house would say. >> absolutely. one thing that the president has been successful in doing is at least not making the problem larger. you know, as you know, those who have been captured on the battlefield and the global
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battlefield, have been brought through the civilian justice system. you know since the president came into office. but what we've lost over the last couple of years is at least the ability to make the problem smaller. you had at the state department dan farereed, a very skilled ambassador working with a variety of countries and resettling a number of detainees. congress not only prevented the administration from doing that for all practical purposes, limiting the money that supports that program and defunding the office itself. think that's what the president has to get back to. there's still this fundamental political split over the value of guantanamo, and the international cost of guantanamo at a minimum. what the president will probably try to do is at least get back to the area where, where we are able to move those out where there's a place to go. and that probably will take care of the immediate challenge of the hunger strike. of course, these are among the people on the hunger strike are
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people who were told several years ago that they had been clearedly every intelligence agency and military agency in the states to go back. but then congress put these restrictions on and said to the administration -- you, the president of the united states and the defense secretary have to assert that these prisoners will never go back to jihad. if they're sent back to yemen. and actually now beyond yemen, other countries as well. >> that's correct. the vast majority of detainees down there are yemenis. about 56 of those cleared in one fashion or another to go are yemenis. and the question that we'll be looking for in the president's speech is does he in fact lift the moratorium he imposed on transfers to yemen and go back to considering on a case-by-case basis, whether yemenis cleared for release. three and four years ago. can now be allowed to be transferred to yemen again. >> and pj, you've been a press spokesman at the white house, at
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the pentagon. in the state department. so you know the interactions, the daily interactions between the news media and the administration on national security issues. how can the president today say that he believes in press freedoms. when this administration has been more aggressive than any of its recent predecessors in going after not just the leakers, but the reporters? >> andrea it's a very fine line, i worry about the you know, the impact of this on the american narrative in terms of the united states being a great supporter of freedom of the press. i mean these have been damaging leaks in some cases and those who are responsible for the leaks should be, should be held to accountable and if necessary, prosecuted. at the same time, you can't prosecute your way out of this challenge. i think the level of intrusion, into the affairs of the, of the media is very disconcerting, you know to me.
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i know that those in china, russia, other authoritarian societies where we as the united states have traditionally said you've got to protect press freedoms, you can't intimidate members of the journalists around the world, you know, we're not necessarily being viewed around the world today as practicing what we preach. >> exactly. this is a state department that brings journalists, you young journalists from afghanistan and other countries, to the united states to learn about press freedoms and they come and monitor and we meet with them and they come to our briefings and what they're hearing now, carol, is not exactly reinforcing. >> no. i mean, it's hard enough as it is to get down to guantanamo and report this situation. and now in addition to that, the, there's a potential for an era of intimidation on all kinds of investigative journalism. not just basic day-to-day trying
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to get to cover the story. now the question is, when you pick up the phone, who else is listening. >> and carol, there have been a lot of restrictions placed on you when you try to get down to guantanamo. tell us what you've experienced personally. >> well at this moment there are no journalists at guantanamo. they've made a decision for the next two weeks, this week and next week, to keep it clear of journalists. so we have a major speech at this moment being delivered by the president, in which he's mentioning what's going on on the ground at guantanamo. and there's not a single reporter down there to speak to the guards, to speak to the commanders. to enable to get the reaction about the place that he is, is addressing. in addition to which, we are dependant on the military down there to give us a sense of what went on in the prison. you know, when the president was elected the first time, i was told that, that the prisoners started chanting "obama, obama,
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obama," in the first election, because there was such an expectation that he would make good on his campaign promise to close it. now it's become a far more isolated and reclusive place. and the detainees are hunger-striking this is a crisis moment and there are no reporters there. andrea. >> carol rosenberg thank you so much from miami and pj crowley, as always, thank you. and we'll be right back. rom mor. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. ♪ before tori was taking her kids to lunch in her new volkswagen... before her passat had passed 30 different inspection tests, and before several thousand tennesseans discovered new jobs on volkswagen drive, their cfo and our banker met for lunch. together, we worked with a team that helped finance construction of the world's first
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drones them like the use of drones. i think it keep americans out of harm's way. >> it was 64% positive to only 12% negative back in february. >> this is a speech for a longer term. it goes to some of the fundamental thing he ran about in 2008. it goes to a promise he made in this year's state of the union address to do more to explain and defend and joif and limit and restrict and also to deal with guantanamo bay. americans aren't, it is not a big political issue in this country. it is huge around the world. >> it is a big issue for our diplomats. thanks so much for being with us today. and that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." remember, follow show online and on twitter another mitchett reports. we are following the news. any moment president obama is expected to lay out his counter terrorism policy. a highly anticipated national
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we're expecting the president to clarify language on the drone policy and hand over control of the drones from the cia to the military. the president will also outline a number of steps to close the prison at guantanamo bay. just yesterday, a letter was sent to congress confirming the drone program has killed four americans overseas. images you just saw on your screen a second ago. it says they pose a continuing and imminent threat of violent attack against the u.s. we will certainly bring the president's remarks to you as soon as they start. meanwhile, new developments in the murder of a british soldier in the streets of london in broad daylight. the two men suspected in yesterday's attack had been the subject of a british security service investigation in the past. let's go live to london. i understand there may have been more arrests today? >> reporter: that's right. news

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