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the set calling the script offensive. two drone strikes killed two hostages killed by al qaeda. president obama is to speak on the agency's tenth anniversary. its role is help coordinate the intelligence agencies in the u.s. and lead better oversight. the intel community is reeling from two drone attacks in january. the first killed two hostages including an american and american member of al qaeda was also killed. the second killed another member of al qaeda. moments ago, congressman john delaney of maryland joined my colleague andrea mitchell and delaney worked more than three years to free the hostage warren weinstein. he says it may be a need to
change it. >> i think it gets to the question. the president said we're going to look at these standards. i believe this operation was done by the book. >> is it the wrong book? >> or based on where you are. >> the wrong book. nbc's kristin welker is at the white house. is the president expected to address the killings specifically? what more can you tell us of separate investigations going on in the attacks? >> reporter: president obama's focus will be the fact this is the 10th anniversary, talking about the mission there. based on conversations here, i would be surprised if he didn't also talk about hostages loss of life and the tragedy the united states is feeling and of course the families of those hostages. to those investigations you talk about, they're too ongoing now. the first is type of review thaps when you have one of these counter terrorism operations. that a happens whether or not
there is any mistake. because up hostages that were also killed president obama has asked the inspector general to investigate as well. among the key questions that will be looked at in these investigations, how the government interacts with families of hostages. there have been calls for a so called hostage zar. just moments ago it was spontaneoused to as something refer -- it was talked about as something. the state department, white house, this would be a way of streamlining that communication. then also some of the broader questions thomas. why didn't the united states know that those hostages were there? should there be a broader overhaul of drone policy? this is a policy that started under president bush and expanded significantly under president obama. in fact drone strikes have gone
up an estimated ten times in places like yemen and pakistan and somalia. back to you. >> kristin welker at the white house. thanks so much. a reminder president obama making the remarks at the office of director of national intelligence where he could make a brief comment about the hostages in the next hour. new developments in italy to round up extremists their possible target the vatican. authorities say a terrorist cell with close ties to osama bin laden planned to attack pope benedict and vatican in 2010. local reports say two men were body guards to osama bin laden. 18 warrants were issued but nine arrested. there are two at large. two are believed to have returned to pakistan. the network is said to be responsible for 2009 market attack that killed 100 people. well today more than a dozen
high school kids are recovering from injuries after a stage collapse at an indiana high school. they were on the stage singing the 1980s song "don't stop believing" when the stage buckled and they fell. >> terrifying pictures from the high school performance in indiana as family and friends watching the students performed watched them suddenly drop from site. the indiana state police local fire marshal all looking into what happened. >> what began as a typical high school stage production quickly became something much different. more than two dozen students singing and dancing when suddenly the stage collapses beneath them dropping the teens into the orchestra pit below.
>> all of a sudden you hear this big bang. all performers completely just froze for a second. we were waiting thinking it was planned, but it wasn't. you hear screams everywhere. >> i knew something had gone wrong. that's a ten foot drop underthere. i was in shock. >> at a news conference it was stated stage maintenance is turned over to investigators. >> there's a cover there. it appeared the cover collapsed in total immediately. >> audience members and school staff immediately began rushing the stage after the collapse pulling the teens to safety. >> all the debris wood and everything were covering students. people just jumped down trying to lift. a terrifying site to see. >> authorities say more than a dozen students were injured, all taken to area hospitals with
many students and parents thankful the outcome wasn't much worse. >> i think everybody was overwhelmed. it's something you don't expect to happen. >> officials described the injuries as all minor. orthopedic injuries they say. meanwhile, class is going on as normal today. guidance counselors are on the scene. students who want to stay home are allowed to. back to you. >> nbc john yang reporting there. i want to get on the record with breaking news out of new york city. we understand from the park service the statue of liberty and those visiting it are being evacuated now. according to the national park service the security sweep is done on the premises. there's not a given reason at this point why, but we do understand that a there's heavy winds in the area now. we can't get our wnbc chopper in the air to get close to the
statue because of heavy winds. we're told it's being evacuated and a security sweep is being done. no word on why or when this started. no word on if boats to and from the island are are up and running at this time. just to be on the record about the statue of liberty being evacuated now. no update on the status why. real quickly we got this in now. parks police reporting a suspicious package. from our wnbc affiliate, our investigative reporter saying as precaution, security protocols are taken. the nypd bomb squad is in route to investigate. nothing to suggest credible will threats. caution taken until the package is inspected. they've gone to install and implement the security sweep and
make sure everybody visiting is safe. we'll give you more information as we get it here. as family members plan to grieve and bury freddie gray there's frustration in baltimore. a group is condemning what they call a snail's pace investigation into how and why the 25-year-old died one week after his arrest. an attorney for gray's family said he died from a spinal injury he suffered in police custody. the next few minutes, mayor of baltimore will meet with community leaders. then she'll meet about the community's concerns about kbra gray's death. adam is on the ground in baltimore. bring us up to speed about how the community feels about the transparency. we keep hearing community and leaders from the baltimore city police department or even the mayor herself talk about how transparent they want to be. the information comes out in
drips and drabs. >> reporter: heirthey're saying there's no transparency is. a lot of frustration and an per as they embark on a sixth day of protests looking for change in the police department and around the city. yesterday they made their way from city hall here throughout downtown. there were two arrests as they blocked traffic and laid down on this street. the commissioner has asked the officers ordered them not to impede these protestors as they make their way around the city. they went up to the western district police headquarters last night. there was yelling across the barricades. there was good talk. emotionally trying to bring down the tension and heat between senior officers and protestors demanding change. they want the officers involved arrested. >> black men are dieing in the hands of white officers period.
it's becoming so daily and repetitious it's alarming. >> it's horrible. a racist system it i seems to me. we need to do something. i have month idea what else to do so i'm here. >> it is now public. it's an studentopportunity for us to do something and say no more. >> reporter: the government has brought? state trooper -- brought in state troopers to support police. they've promised change in the culture of the police department. freddie gray's funeral is monday. >> the meeting with the mayor with community leaders happens in an hour then she comes out to speak, correct? >> the headline is she'll call for calm as we go to the weekend and face more major rallies here
around the city. >> i think the more facts that come out, the more calm she'll receive. thank you adam. we'll have the mayor's remarks as soon as she decides to make those. we'll come back to that story. thank you. republicans are threatening legal action if hillary clinton does not hand over her private e-mail server. the former secretary of state is facing pay for play allegations in several rorlts ss sreports. it has john boehner threatening to use the law. this is about private e-mail. >> could you see a full house subpoena for the server of her computer? >> if we need to do, that we may have to. >> the republican head of the benghazi committee investigating the 2012 attacks has said their report may be delayed well into 2016. he tells nbc news it's not his
fault, it's clinton's. >> i don't want it to come out in 2016. nothing would suit me more for the secretary in may and june and answer our questions. the report be written in fall of the 2015. as it relates to benghazi and libya, somebody has to give me assurance you have everything you're entitled to. political theater carries on. luke russer joins me live in washington d.c. actually i join you live in washington. >> thank you for coming here. >> you're a baltimore guy. >> we'll talk baseball in a second and see how your nats are doing. sorry. will clinton testify? that's the big question in all of this because she has said she wants a public forum to be heard about this? do you think this is the way it will go down? >> they want her to come week of may 18th first time around. it remains to be seen if she'll do that. when she does it will be a
media fire storm. they have to accounted for. that all that being said is, i asked if they would have the hear agos hillary clinton would like to have he said fine. eventually i think she will publicly testify. there will be a lot of parameters both sides agree to before that happens. >> it's such a double edge sword to agree to. that it makes hillary clinton appear i have nothing to hide. >> correct. >> it gives republicans a great forum to go after her especially when she has presidential ambitions. >> absolutely. he's a smart guy, a federal prosecutor. he wants to do this on law facts, merit. the question is whether or not he can stop colleagues from going after her aggressive manner. if they can have something that looks like it's more of a
courtroom, that's good for them. if it turns into a partisan shouting match, that looks bad like a witch hunt. that's the challenge moving forward for them. >> doesn't clinton walk a fine line of being able to handle those questions and not look annoyed as if swatting away flies? we've seen before when she gets pressed she gets annoyed. >> we saw her press conference at the u.n. she was visibly upset about questions shrugging her shoulders. she does have to say why e-mails disappeared. those things will linger. the question as he says this has to go to 2016. does it really have to go to 2016? they say it's stone walling. they want it to go that far because it puts mud on her tires. >> thank you. we're going to look at
success of the drone warfare and expanding dramatically under president obama. we'll also have the results of our bing pulse question of the day. is the loss of innocent lives worth military gains? go to pulse.msnbc.com and cast your vote. new questions about tulsa reserve deputy robert bates, relationship with the local sheriff, and behavior on the job. we go to tulsa for details. >> and keeping up with bruce jenner. kardashian step dad speaking out on dianne sawyer. >> i want to know how this story ends, you know? how does my story end? >> we want to know how it begins and how it ends. coming up we take a closer look at what jenner's story might mean if it's true and what it could mean for the transcommunity. jack's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today, his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack
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next hour president obama speaks today office of the director of national intelligence. it is the office's tenth anniversary. this milestone comes a day after the president publicly admitted two cia directed drone strikes kill two hostages. drone strikes ss are thought of as a precise way to carry out attacks. experience has shown drones make it possible to precisely kill the wrong people. francis rivera has a look at where the strikes have been and who have been impacted by these. good to see you. >> hi thomas. nice to see you. interesting to look back at unmanned drones under president bush expanded under president obama. mainly happening in the middle eastern countries like this. afghanistan, pakistan yemen,
somalia. let's focus on this area in pakistan. under president obama, 364 drone strikes have happened inside the country. according to the bureau of investigative journalism between 2400 and 3900 overall have been killed. of that, as many as 962 were civilians. the burreau says between 172 and 207 were children. look at this. the poster is installed in hopes of making drone operators think twice before using them. al qaeda leaders were killed along with the two hostages. ahmed farouq and adam gadahn
were killed. in 2011 he was killed seen as a pro pro pro potential successor of osama bin laden. this latest news leads to the question to kill u.s. targets. we look at what improvements and changes can be made. we're asking you, given this in the latest incident from the january counter terrorism strikes, when it comes to drone, is the loss of innocent lives worth military gains? keep voting at pulse.msnbc.com. we'll have results later in the hour. >> thanks francis. we'll talk later. straight ahead, how bruce jenner's decision could impact the community. we'll look at that.
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welcome back. want to give you an update on our breaking news we started at top of the hour about the suspicious package at the statue of liberty. it's a precaution the area has been evacuated. take a look at a picture tweeted out of tourists being evacuated. there's nothing at this point to suggest a real and credible threat. this is abundance of precaution
taken until this package can be properly inspected. according to our investigator reporter wnbc he had a law enforcement source that talked to him about this suspicious package being found and that security protocols are taken out of abundance of caution for this. we'll keep our finger on that and bring you more information as soon as we get it. we know baseball is not usually a full contact sport. check out last night's game between the royals and white sox. the team tied pat two games a a piece. the royals pitcher shouted at the white sox outfielder. punches flying players, coaches thrown to the ground. look at this. the umpires ejected five players. it's the third dust up for the royal's ace pitcher, and it's only april. royals went on to beat the sox 3-2 in 13 innings. they were able to get that test
testosterone back under control and get the game finished. one of the biggest track stars in history is speaking out since rumors began swirling he's transitioning to a woman. we don't know what he reveals in the interview. the transgender community is hoping stereo types will soon begin to change. more now. >> i love this woman. i'm not willing to see anyone take her off the earth or anyone threaten her. everyday people try it. >> he's just everything to me. just amazing. >> i never thought i would never look at another person and say kiss me i'm trans. >> the transgender community is in the spotlight. the former olympian has been silent despite enormous
speculation about his changing appearance. >> i'm a proud transwoman. >> far from the spot light, there are 700,000 transgender people living everyday in america. >> owning my transidentity has enabled know go deeper into my music. i was fighting with something that needed to come out. >> having been born male transitions then to live as a woman and now being someone who dresses in away that is kind of mass masculine, i like to challenge becoming a transgender in the way i dress. >> i feel it's hard living in this world just set up for boy and girl. >> as a therapist, i see clients from 13 and 14 to maybe their 60s. for older folks, those people
grew up with a lot of stigma and shame. younger adolescents not so much. they are really playing with gender all across the map. >> i was never a boy. i always was a girl in my heart. >> transgender people portrayals get mixed reviews. >> there are white people that are middle aged have families. they have a particular narrative. some transpeople may have had that experience. it takes away from diversity of our community. >> frankly the way jenner has been treated is incomprehensible to me. to be like meat in the tabloids every single day. >> some say this coverage is good. it's detrimental to our community. it's not showing us in a positive light. >> it a takes away from us that we don't have jobs and housing, people are brutal xized and
housed. those issues i don't know if bruce will face those. >> i have been followed down the the street. i get harassed all the time. >> for the transwomen that we lost this year so far. thank you. >> movements are made up of moments. even though bruce jenner is happening right now, it's not going to completely revolutionize or change things for transpeople. >> the ellen moment for transpeople will come when we are seen and treated equally as human beings. >> want to thank our part perners for our report. if we gather around the tv sets tonight and watch this maybe we'll have the final feeling of whether or not we get public confirmation or denial about what's happening with jenner. coming up the drone debate. i'm going to talk to someone on the foreign relations committee
>>who... is this?! >>hi, i am heinz new mustard. hi na na na na >>she's just jealous because you have better taste. whatever. >>hey. keep your chin up. for years, heinz ketchup has been with the wrong mustard. well, not anymore. introducing heinz new better tasting yellow mustard. mmm! welcome back everybody. next hour president obama will celebrate a milestone anniversary in the intelligence community. that is the 10th anniversary of office of director of national intelligence. this one day after he admitted two cia drone strikes wrongly killed four men. two were al qaeda hostages one of them american. other two were american members of al qaeda not legally defined as targets. moments ago white house press secretary josh earnest said operations are narrowly tailored. that will not prelude mistakes.
>> these are contemplated in region of the world absolute certainty is just not possible. >> joining me is republican congressman of new york on the house foreign affairs committee and also an iraq war veteran. great to have you with me. one criticism of drone attacks is lack of transparency. two organizations are well known for tracking civilian deaths. these come with up with radically different numbers chblts how do we increase transparency in the conversation about drone strikes? >> first off with regards to mr. weinstein's family, mr. lo porto's family the nation mourns their loss. as far as transparency the findings is how the families can
find closure hopefully as a result of what happened. sfarsz as far as drone strikes going forward, it's doing everything in our power to insure we have the best possible intelligence to insure this doesn't happen again. these things do happen. they need to be prevented. >> congressman, as we try to continue with the logic of why these are important but lessening collateral damage in 2013, president obama suggested increasing transparency by moving the bulk of drone programs to the cia to defense department. would you support a move like that? >> i would. >> and explain why. >> well so i was a military intelligence officer. i've seen involvement of this program, evolution over the course of the last decade.
our department of defense is very well equipped to manage this program. you know as we debate certain conflicts, whether there are fronts right now we're debates today or new fronts that might develop tomorrow and we decide whether or not we want to use boots on the ground whether or not we want to see an occupation somewhere again or an enduring ground operation. when the decision is made we don't want boots on the ground we start looking at other resources and tools that we have to fight the element. whether it is the need to take out a high value target or to capture actionable intelligence. that's where drones come in handy when we choose as far as american domestic politics and our foreign policy to protect our homeland security. we choose to pursue some of these resources and tools. >> it really is so fascinating to think how we want to make sure that our u.s. service
members are protected and safe but also those things used as military weapons in the name of keeping us all safe are done so with transparency and honesty. i know it's not a new york scene behind you, but it looks beautiful where you are. i think that's vegas. is that vegashave avegas? >> the republican jewish congress meeting is going on. we're working on adding a few along the way. >> have a good weekend in vegas. >> thanks. now to developments in the shooting involving the deputy reserve officerment. gabe gutierrez has the latest.
>> reporter: bates was a longtime friend and political supporter of the sheriff. now his colleagues had concerns about that more than six years ago. according to the sheriff's office memo obtained by nbc news dated december 17 2008. it shows one sergeant told a captain bates was using his personal vehicle to make unauthorized traffic stops against policy. that sergeant wrote, what is the purpose of using policy if members of our office do not follow it and we as supervisors allow violations because of who persons are? bates' attorney continues to insist that bates did not get preferential treatment despite a 2009 internal review. documents obtained by nbc news shows bates violated policy and had incomplete training. his own duty behavior violated policy. bates attorney said his client
had training following 2009. hundreds of hours of training and he was properly qualified april 2 when he accidentally shot a man when pulling his gun instidead of his taser. >> gabe, thank you. find out if the man that plotted a gyro continuer on the white house lawn has regrets? this is a shocker. "grey's anatomy" fans are taking to twitter to express outrage. against fleas and ticks as with frontline® plus. because sentry® fiproguard® plus has the same active ingredients but costs less than vet prices. and saving money helps you buy... (laughs happily) more tennis balls.
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with community leaders was like. we know this is all in regards to the tragic death of 25-year-old freddie gray taken into custody april 12th. in 45 minutes of police custody in a van then emerged with multiple fractures to his spine and died less than a week later after living in a coma. protestors have been on the streets for six days asking for more transparency and more facts about what took place after freddie gray's arrest. we'll bring it to you live when the mayor takes to the podium. we'll hear more from the florida mailman that flew a copter on the lawn last week. he was armed with letters to every member of congress that included the quote from now secretary of state john kerry quote, the unending chase for
money threatens to still our democracy itself. he spoke last night with chris matthews about his life now and why he thought delivering his message was worth taking the risk of his own life. >> what are conditions of your detention? are you allowed to walk around go to the store, starbucks? >> no. i'm under house arrest. i can't leave the inside of my home. >> show me your bracelet the uncle. the country would love to see a that. >> it's just a gps. >> let me look at it. >> i have to charge it everyday. >> you have to charge it? >> it's not removable, but it can get wet. i can get shower with it. i'm not supposed to bathe. >> what is your feeling when you first wake up in the morning and feel that on your leg? what do you feel able personal responsibility, the goal when you set about this mission to
fly the gyro copter to the capitol building. do you think [ bleep ] i did the right thing, i'm a hero to myself? what do you say? >> that's the whole thing chris. it is personal responsibility. if you read through civil disobedience, you have to be willing to accept the consequences of what you're doing if you believe in them and i do. i don't know what the consequences will be. we'll have to see that through. >> let me ask you about the corruption you called. describe the example of a case you think big money, any money, changes how a congressman or senator votes or president. where do you see it happening? >> well where i see it happening that a bolththers me the most is 50% of our congress retired -- whether they lost the election or retired, has gone to
work for k street or lobbyists off k street earning 14 times what they made in congress. that's not a fixed amount. on average a, 14 times what they made in congress. and i don't think any of these people are worth a $1.5 million or $2 million a year as consultants. i think they're getting paid for voting with the lobbyist firm told them they have to vote. >> you think it's a delayed payment for services rendered in office? >> obviously. and i think the american public will see it the same way. and it's totally legal. what i did was illegal. i may go to jail for it. they do it everyday and none of them will see jail time for it. >> really fascinating talking about personal responsibility. who knew you had to charge your own ankle bracelet?
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i know you're instagram facebook feed exploded last night with this. a lead tv character's death a shocker, tweets fill the night with emogies of crying faces. i'm sure that happened to a lot of us. >> we have to give a spoiler alert here right. >> we must. >> if you're a gray's anatomy fan, stop watching right now because we don't want to tell you what happened. okay? switch the station.
>> all right, well here's the thing, this is the reason why, we're talking about quts gray's anatomy, derrick shepherd known as mcdreamy, we all know mcdreamy. >> oh, no! >> it happened done dead done, over. patrick dempsey presumably gone from the show with a year left on his contract. this came out of nowhere for a lot of people. show creator said she never managed saying good-bye to mcdreamy and he will always be an important character for the lead character. >> the hash tag mcdreamy forever began trending and one tweet, you took this too far this time but that's what she does she takes it far all the time. this time it's all over america the boo hooing is still happening. >> we haven't watched it in a long time and we started watching it lately and it starts off with a bad crash scene.
>> she's brilliant. >> then we changed the channel. so i can't deal with all of that blood. i have a problem with that. >> viewers can come back. >> everybody come back thanks. this is a story that has gotten a lot of people's attention and talking after a dozen native american actors walked of o the set of adam sandler's new movie saying the punch lines were plain offensive. among them lauren anthony who posted pictures from the set on innstagram they say there's nothing funny about the portrayals in the fun. sandler co-wrote the script which is criticized as racist and disrespectful to women. describing a movie scene involving a woman passed out on the ground. >> the group of white men are throwing liquor on her and she jumps up and she starts dancing
with everyone else. and you know that -- that's not comedy when it comes to native american stereo types because we're always poretrayed as the drunk indian. >> so netflix, which is set to release the film next year the movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason because it is ridiculous. it's a broad satire of western movies and the stereo types they popularized featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of but in on the joke. tour'e is host of "the cycle" and joins me to talk about this. he is a pop culture i con and can us through -- >> you're the icon. >> get us through this segment but the movie set, tour'e even had the native american cultural consultant that was hired to be there to help with accuracy walk off the set. they were so fed up with it.
>> seems like everybody is not in on the joke here. and the idea that well we're just doing a joke it's supposed to be a ridiculous movie, you know what? i'm tired and a lot of other people are tired of punching down and attacking groups that have been traditional o pressed and men making jokes at the expense of women or white people making jokes at the expense of black people or us making jokes at the expense of native american or american-indians that's not funny. that's easy and bad comedy. it's when you're making jokes that attack people who are traditionally in power, people who traditionally are comfortable in society, that's much more interesting. and i'm happy to see these folks if they feel genuinely offended to walk off and sap we're not going to be part of this i'm sure they could find other people to replace them. so they are saying hey, i'm willing to risk my job and check on this thing because my principles are not being met. so good for them. >> so the one thing in defense of this film at least they have
the people onset with a moral compass that they feel that they were getting led astray. they've got the cultural consultant -- some of the jokes here -- i hate to even say this stuff. i'm not going to say it. do you think as we look back over history and movies wildly comedic satire successful monte python and the holy grail, could be made in the context of our society today? >> jokes about a specific individual, you are a person in the movie and you are a silly person, that's fine. but when we're making jokes about native-americans or american-indians or women or gays or blacks why is that funny? why are we still saying let's get an arab person to play a terrorist because only arabs can be the evil vil innow. i don't see the value in that. i think a lot of americans would agree. >> do you think monte python could get made today?
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this hour arks follow-up to breaking news, the statue of liberty evacuated. we have the very late he have on this situation. also ahead, president obama to speak this hour this comes with two reviews now under way into the deaths of hostages and u.s. air strike involving drones. the question is how did the strike go so horribly wrong?
also ahead -- ♪ >> wow, just look at that scary moments when a stage packed with students performing suddenly collapses. plus this. >> these doctors are positioning you very differently. they are saying you're kafls and reckless as a doctor and could be endangering the health of viewers. >> to be clear, there are different types of attacks that come out. >> dr. oz fights back. his response to fellow doctors questioning the advice he gives out on his talk show. i'm thomas roberts. it's great to have you with me. we begin this 2:00 p.m. hour with breaking news. the statue of liberty being evacuated and this live picture from earth cam, the evacuation and response out of an abundance of caution after a suspicious package was found. joining me from new york wnbc chief investigative reporter
jonathan deenst what more have you learned? >> there was a bomb sniffing dog on the island that signaled a hit outside a locker area where visitors apparently can check bags and other belongings before entering the staut tu of liberty. because of that signal by this bomb sniffing dog as well as nonspecific bomb threat that was called into the nypd they are taking extraordinary precautions to evacuate the area and do a thorough search to make sure everything is safe. to be clear, no device no threatening device has been found at the scene but they are investigating the locker area and the surrounding area of the liberty eye rand there, just to make sure this is all precautionary as a result of this bomb sniffing dollg sna signaling a hit as well as a nonspecific call that came into the nypd.
you have the united states park police as well as the nypd bomb squad on scene responding to help in this search and we're told the fbi is monitoring the situation out of its new york and new jersey offices as a precaution but again, no specific threat. these checks are being taken as a precaution. >> jonathan it's a beautiful day in new york. it's about 52 degrees and sunny as we can see there. we anticipate a lot of tourists visiting the statue of liberty. when you talk about the call that came in that was nonspecific and the bomb sniffing dog taking a hit. it was the call that came in first that had the bomb squaurd team go out there? or was it the reverse of that? >> i don't know the order but i can tell you it was the combination of the two that resulted in this stepped up response. i think they would take the action of the dog -- bomb sniffing dog on scene more
seriously than just some random nonspecific phone call but they are not taking any chances in this post 9/11 world. also, you have to remember the ferries, a lot of passengers get screened and take ferries over to liberty island. they get screened in advance. the fact that this dog may have detected something raises some concern but we see this oftentimes and again, that a bomb sniffing dog does a false positive for whatever reason. so there's nothing to be alarmed about, concerned about at this time. they are taking the security actions as a precaution as they continue to investigate. and the bomb squad will get to the bottom of it and search the locker area and bags in them and make sure if there's nothing there we should get an all clear in a short while. but professionals need to do their job first. >> as you point out, an abundance of caution and going on with protocol that they should be doing right now given the evidence they are working
with. chief investigator reporter jonathan dienst, keep us up to speed. he want to talk with raul duran, a tourist visiting and happened to be at the statue of liberty with his dad. explain what happened when you heard about being evacuated? >> so my father and i were on the pedestal part of the statue and went to grab our bag and told us we couldn't go back to the lockers and asked to leave to walk away from the statue. eventually they told us we were going to be leaving the island and getting back on the boat. so we ended up on the boat waiting in the bay, on the boat not going back to new york city or the island for about 40 minutes. they finally let us move o to ellis island and we're here waiting to see when we can go back to get our bags. >> your bags are in the locker area, we're hearing from
jonathan dienst the specific area that the one bomb sniffing dog took a hit. you were on the way back to get your belongings and leave the island. how many people were on the tour with you and would you estimate? >> well there is several hundred people and everyone was asking when are we going to be able to get our bags. we still don't know that. it could be late evening i believe. and initially it could be a 30 or 40 minute wait and now it turns out it's going to be much longer. a lot of us -- there were four boats that were floating in the bay, still waiting to hear that were packed full of people not knowing what was going to happen next. >> four boats of people just waiting to find out which point between ellis island and going back to get their belongings correct? >> that's correct. that was for about 40 minutes and now they finally let us go
to elis island or new york but still can't get back to the island to get our bags. >> we wish you the best. we're sorry you had to go through this. we appreciate you filling in what you're going through. best of luck thank you, sir. >> thank you so much. >> back here in washington we've got dual reviews taking place now under way in accidental deaths of two hostages that were lost in an air strike. this hour we're scheduled to hear from the president. he's going to be speaking at the office of director of national intelligence in washington and this comes a day after he addressed reporters admitting two hostages one of them american were killed in the u.s. counterterrorism strike. >> as president and as commander in chief, i take full responsibility for all of our counterterrorism operations including the one that inadvertently took -- >> white house secretary josh earnest saying this hour about
the reviews into what went wrong. >> to the tragic unintended sequences of this action the death of an american hostage, the hope is that there may be some improvements to the policies and protocols that could be implemented as a result of lessons learned from this particular tragic incident. >> lessons learned. joining me from the white house is kristen welker. kristen, as we hear about that from josh earnest, what are we expecting from the president to say about the loss of these people and hostage deaths any indication of the nature of the remarks from the president? >> reporter: i'm being told president obama's remarks will focus on fact this is the tenth anniversary of dni, the mission statement there and how that's been carried out over the past ten years. based on my conversations here we can also expect president obama to make a brief reference
to the two hostages killed 'enormity of the tragedy. i don't expect him to comment on two investigations under way, just to get into those investigations a little bit. one is an internal administration review. that is the type of review that occurs wherever a counterterrorism operation is carried out, whether or not there has been a grave error like in this case. but the second review is one that president obama asked the inspector general to carry out. there are going to be a number of key questions that that review will seek to answer among them how is the u.s. government interacting with the families of hostage snz does that interaction need to be improved? there have been calls for a hostage czar. when he was asked about that he said what the administration is considering, a fusion cell which would really stream line the communication that the government has with the families of hostages. right now you have a number you have different agencies communicating all at once. it can be confusing and
disappointing and in fact in this case dr. winestein's family did say they were disappointed to some extent with the way the u.s. government handled this interaction. now, the other big questions that need to be answered why didn't the government know that those two hostages were there? and was there a broader procedural breakdown? members of the intelligence community and lawmakers on capitol hill say this operation was carried out to the book. does that rule book need to be changed or overhauled? >> kristen, thanks so much. again, president obama scheduled to speak at 2:50 p.m. eastern time. we're going to carry those remarks live as they happen here. we take everybody to baltimore right now where we do expect any moment the mayor there, stephanie rawlings blake to address the community about concerns into the death investigation of 25-year-old freddie gray. a massive protest has been planned this weekend and this only dove tails after six days
of protesting as they continue to express outrage over the death of gray. community leaders spoke of what they say are injustices when they are faced with local police. >> be treated with justice and respect. i teach my sons to shake a man's hand and look him in the eye and when i heard in that report that the thing that stood out is that he made icon tact with them that bothered me. because a man should be able to look another man in the eye and not have fear that i'm going to lose my life in 15 minutes. >> so an attorney for the gray family says that freddie gray suffered a spinal injury while in police custody. gray died one week later. msnbc's adam reiss is on the ground in baltimore. give us a breakdown of what you think we're going to be hearing from the mayor, after her meeting with community leaders? >> right, thomas she's meeting
with them right now in a room adjacent to where the press conference will take place. it's a show of solidarity with the black religious leaders. she'll say three agencies are looking into this matter the justice department state's attorney and local police. and that should be calming not only to the gray family but to the community at large. now, i also want to point out a press conference that happened just two hours ago with the black lawyers for justice, demanding that the overs be arrested and end to racial profiling and police brutality. tomorrow the day of the big rally, they'll shut the city down and cannot be business as usual. things will change on saturday tomorrow thomas. >> and we're looking now as the mayor prepares -- i think that's tom costello just in front of our shot a second ago. the mayor has taken to the podium now going over the remarks i think with one of her staffers right now. but adam the protest that have been happening over the last six
days, they've been for the majority peaceful correct? >> definitely thomas. mostly peaceful there were two arrests yesterday but they've been peaceful. yesterday they walked around the city and laid down in the street and blocked traffic. but very peaceful also at the western district peaceful. the police commissioner has ordered his officers to back off, let them walk around the city unimpeded, freedom of speech. he went to the u.s. district court yesterday and went outside the state's attorney's office and moving around the city with the police escort. pretty much calm no violence. >> adam as we see more people are being put into place who i assume are most of the community leaders that she met and discussed with what's going on behind the scenes with this case as they move forward with the investigation. to remind everybody, the six police officers involved remain on paid art mrtive leave. let's listen in. >> i want to again offer my
sincere condolences to all of mr. gray's family and his friends. i am very keenly aware of the their pain during this difficult time and i know that many in our community continue to pray for them. i want to thank the members of our community for their commitment to peaceful and respectful protests during this process. our community is very clear. they demand answers and so do i. i still want to know why the policies and procedures for transport were not followed. i still want to know why none of the officers called for immediate medical assistance despite mr. gray's apparent pleas. the one thing we all know is that because of this incident, a mother has to bury her child.
and she doesn't even know exactly how or why this tragedy occurs. only that this occurred while her child was in our custody in police custody. this is unacceptable. as mayor, as a parent or someone who has lost family members to violence. i know this is absolutely unacceptable and i want answers. the commissioner has assured me that the baltimore police department is moving as quickly as possible with a responsible investigation. and we will determine exactly how this death occurred. if necessary, we will hold the appropriate parties responsible. i recognize that there's frustration over this investigation but i want to be clear, there is a process and we have to respect that process in
order to just -- to have justice and not just seek justice the investigation has to follow procedures. it needs to -- the investigation and the police and others looking into this has to be able to follow up on leads and be as thorough as possible again, in order for us to have justice. not just seek justice, we have to protect this process. commissioner batz has pledged to leave no stone unturned -- no stone unturned during in investigation with the goal of turning over all of the information to our state's attorney a week from today. i appreciate the outside independent investigation and reviews that will be a part of this process and we will cooperate with all of them. the outside review from the department of justice is welcomed. and should provide confidence to
everyone that this investigation will be comprehensive, independent, thorough and fair. throughout this process, it's absolutely vital that we remain one community. over the past week i've met with community leaders and spoken with families to talk about exactly this in just a few minutes ago i'm so incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to meet with faith leaders from across baltimore to discuss how we can work together to build community as a baltimore police department moves forward with their investigation. we have strong communities here. we have a strong faith community here. we have a strong tradition of being able to protest and still be respectable in our community. i'm encouraged how peaceful the
demonstrations have been and thank the police department for working so hard to protect the protesters rights to be heard and peaceful demonstrations. as we move forward, i will continue to encourage residents who wish to voice frustrations and encourage them to do so. i also encourage to be peaceful. i appreciate the sentiment that same sentiment was echoed by the faith leaders that we had a chance to speak to today. i know this weekend whether you're jewish baptist, catholic or any denomination across the board, i know that if you show up on saturday or sunday for service, that's my plug for you, if you show up i'm sure that you will hear a message asking for continued peace. i will not deny that here in baltimore we have had a very
long and complicated history on issues such as these. but it's important to remember that we have an equally long history of peaceful and legal protests. we are the home of thurgood marshall, the home of one of the first sit-ins of the civil rights movement. we have a responsibility to preserve that legacy. i know we're up to the task. now i'd like to turn things over to a few of those in the meeting this afternoon to go into some more details. first, i would like to hear from reverend dr. frank reed beth elchurch. >> thank you, madam mayor, we the members of the baltimore faith community stand here today with our mayor and on behalf of our city we come -- >> we've been listening to the press conference taking place in baltimore right now and mayor, stephanie rawlings-blake asking
for everyone to remain peaceful and with respect as they continue with their pro tests as one large one is planned for this weekend. i know the mayor had just met with a multi-faith based organization of people and you can see them all amassed behind her talking to them about how they can speak to their congress agree congregations for those who plan to be involved in trying to find out what happened to freddie gray on april the 12th a 25-year-old man taken into custody. and then 45 minutes later ended up with a broken back and what his lawyers say is a spine that was severed nearly 80% from his neck. let's now talk with ari melber one of co-hosts from "the cycle" and newly chief appointed legal correspondent for nbc -- >> correspondent. >> i prefer to say expert and adam reiss live in baltimore.
ari, i want your reaction how the mayor is doing and handling this. we see on our network talking about our political situations. how do you think she's doing in handling her own -- such an important one and wanting to provide transparency but not being able to yet? >> she's handling it we can say differently than many other big city mayors and smaller municipality mayors have in these recent skirmishes over law enforcement trying to get facts. there's a legal process and political process. you showed her and now our clergy speaking in what is partly the political process, gathering people from the faith community, obviously clearly a diverse community there in a town here where you have an african-american mayor and african-american police chief and still have according to many of the protesters and folks on the ground critical here the kind of police treatment and interaction with an african-american suspect that people say is questionable and
racially -- possibly illegal and so she is trying to get ahead of all of that by being outwardly basically clear with the fact that as we just heard her say live on tv we have a history of a problem here. the legal process plays out, they set tight deadlines to turn over material to prosecutors or any potential investigation. she said again different than i think some other folks who dealt with this we welcome the outside and independent reviews and ultimately there may be a federal review. >> that's a great point, outside review from the department of justice. one thing that i think a lot of people and viewers are going to take umbrage with the fact they keep asking for people to have patience and respect for the process to be shown to these officers that were involved and that the dichotomy of that there was not a respect shown to somebody that they thought was suspicious and what they really were going after him for and to end up the way he did, in a technical rough ride is what people want answers for. adam, let me ask you, you've
been on the ground in baltimore and as ari brought up the diversity of the community. what is the diversity of the protesters you've seen? mainly all black faces or multicultural protesters that have amassed? rmt there's a protest going on that started behind me. mostly black, but the one yesterday run by the pastor for the family was very mixed. there were a lot of white people within the crowd. and so it was very diverse. the crowds that appear every night at the western district police department are mostly black. i do want to point out thomas one thing from the press conference that should be of note she said she wants answers. the mayor was demanding to know why was it that these officers did not call for medical attention that night when clearly he needed medical attention, thomas? >> you make a great point. she wants to demand answers for that and to understand why they weren't asking for medical help when freddie gray was himself asking for medical help.
adam reiss, i'll ask you to stick around. one thing we also follow right now, live pictures from inside the justice department where we are expecting any moment from now eric holder is going to deliver his fair well address, stepping down as the nation's top law enforcement official. now during his term he championed civil rights and progress announcing in 20 1e8 that the doj would no longer defend doma and discriminatory laws and investigations into police departments across the country accused of civil rights violations, most notably the ferguson police department. so what's the legacy that holder will leave behind? we went through a few points there but the broader legacy of eric holder. >> of an attorney general who saw his role not only as chief law enforcement officer, first job there, but as a real leader on policy issues on what should be federal policy. you mentioned marriage equality is one and voting rights
another. he saw to be very assertive in setting policy in response to an add version verse supreme court position. if you walk into holder's office, she'll have one decision to make does she want to keep up the portrait of robert f. kennedy he hangs in his office because that has been his -- who he has said publicly he most admires. widely respected by progressives and civil rights active vists but also witdly controversial for going far on those issues and and there are some parallels there. eric holder is widely criticized by republicans particularly in the house to who felt he was activist in pursuit of some of those goals. >> when we talk about how he was criticized by republicans, isn't it odd they kept him in office for so long after getting a nominee like loretta lynch to take his place, they could have
he'sly said good-bye to eric holder a long time ago but willing to keep him around until they could vote in loretta lynch. isn't that odd? >> it is odd to the point of i will logical. i'm reminded of saint augustine, lord deliver me for sin just not yet. >> preach it. >> in the case of house republicans who said the main goal was to move on in an attorney general they oppose they definitely struck an odd note because loretta lynch, of course historic in her own rite first african-american female so widely supported unanimously confirmed for her prosecutor role, we held law enforcement debates, one of the things facing her is the continuation of this debate. widely respected by civil rights advocates and police force and unions in new york where she's been a tough prosecutor and tough on gangs and cyber crime, something we're told to look for as part of her early priorities. >> thanks so much.
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eric holder is saying his fair well address. let's listen in. >> started in the public integrity section in the civil division and it's going to be hard for me -- not going to be it is hard for me to walk away from people who i loved and represent the institution that i love so much. but it is time. it's time to make a transition change is a good thing. and i'm confident in the work you have done that we have laid a foundation for even better things over the course of the next couple of years. i think that as we look back at these past six years, what i want you understand you have
done truly historic historic and big things. no matter where you looked if look at from the basic stuff, you know this department is restored to what it always was and certainly it was when i got here and when it must always be. free of politicsization, focused on the mission and making sure that the justice is done without any kind of interference from political outsiders. we have expressed faith in the greatest court system in the world and brought the toughest national security cases into that system and with unbelievable results. the notion that we're still having a debate whether or not cases should be brought in the article 3 system or military tri bunales is over and dead because
of the great work that the prosecutors in various districts have performed in putting together wonderful cases and successfully trying those cases. we've had an impact on the environment and people who -- and companies that would have spoiled our environment. historic historic wins in that regard as well. if you look at the financial recoveries that related to the mortgage crisis and the huge amounts of money that we put -- that we recovered, then i think what's important and tony west is here and deserves some special thanks for that for what was done with that money, to try to get it to the people who suffered the most. [ applause ] >> the thought was never to simply take that money and put it into the united states treasury, but to come up with ways in which to try to get people back into their homes or
to somehow reduce the debt load they were dealing with. or any trust division lives again and has had a tremendous impact in our country and in the positive things that they've done for the american consumer. we announced or heard i guess today that a merger that i think would have been extremely anti-competitive earn not been in the best interest of the american consumer has been abandoned. that is because of the great work of the men and women in the antitrust division. our tax division overseas accounts dealing with allies in europe bringing money back -- and disallowing a practice that had gone on what people had squirrelled away hidden money that they needed to actually pay taxes for and be held be accountable for. you think about the tough history that exists between the united states and our native
people, we have put on track i think, the ability to right some really serious historical wrongs. we've done i think a great deal much work remains to be done. but this justice department was committed to addressing those problems in as frank a way as possible. criminal justice reform if you look at the statistics, you'll see the incarceration rate goes like this and goes up in 1974 or late 70 something. incarcerates too many people for too long and no good law enforcement reason. it is time it is time to change the approaches we have been using the last 30 or 40 years. through the great work of the people in this department we are starting to reverse that trend. more work remains to be done. civil rights the lgbt community
is something that i've tried to focus on and that is the civil rights issue of our time. this whole question of same-sex marriage which will be resolved by the court over the next i guess couple of months or so hopefully that decision will go in a way i think is consistent with who we say we are as a people. i also think that is really just a sign it's an indication one part of the fight for overall lgbt equality and the work you all have done in that regard is going to be an integ ral part of this department. then the thing that i think in some ways animates me and angers me, this whole notion about protecting the right to vote. we celebrated this year the 50th anniversary of the passage of the voting rights act. went to selma to commemorate
bloody sunday john lewis was here earlier. this nation fought a civil war and endured slavery by another name. dealt with legalized segregation, civil rights movement in the mid and early 60s transformed this nation. the notion that we would somehow go back and put in place things that make it difficult for fellow citizens to vote is simply inconsistent with that's good about this country and something i was bound and determined to fight in our civil rights division has done a superb job in crafting lawsuits based on voting rights act that was wrongly gutted by the supreme court. and i suspect that we will see successes from those efforts that have those that have been filed. that of all things simply cannot be allowed to happen. the right to vote must be
protected. [ applause ] >> i want to thank my family lovely wife for sacrifices they've made over the years. not only to allow me to be attorney general but deputy attorney general and u.s. attorney here in washington, d.c. honey, you've been the rock in the family and you've allowed me -- [ applause ] >> you've allowed me the opportunity to do things that really animated me and allowed me to work with these great people. i also want to say something about the folks who you see standing here my detail. these are people men and women,
who literally sacrifice their well being in terms of their interactions with their families and they travel with me. they miss weekends. they work long and hard hours. and they are prepared to do ultimate kinds of things. i could not do this job without them. they will not smile because they never do that. i see marcus is smiling a little bit there. bart is also smiling -- [ applause ] >> then i just want to thank all of you, all of you.
you are what makes this institution great. you know we have a great building and it is something else that is historic in its nature but it is only kept great by the dedication the perseverance, the commitment that all of you show on a daily basis. i hope that you all understand that the job that you have there's not a routine job in the united states department of justice given the great power that we are entrusted with responsibilities that we have. i don't want you all to ever think that you know it's just tuesday i'm going to get through the day. that's not who we are at the united states department of justice. it's not who you all are. i think that is certainly been shown by the way in which you've conducted yourselves and by the way in which you have accomplish accomplished so much over the last six years. i said earlier that when we
celebrated robert kennedy's 50th anniversary of his swearing in in 2011 people said that was a golden age for the united states department of justice. i think 50 years from now, maybe sooner than that people will look at the work you all did and say this was another golden age. that's how good you all are. that's how good you all are and how dedicated and committed and wonderful you all have been. with a focus on justice and helping those who cannot help themselves. you have distinguished yourselves. there's a long line of excellence in the united states department of justice but every now and again, at an appropriate time a group comes along that is worthy of special recognition. and you all are in fact one of those groups. i am proud of you. i am proud of you. i'm going to miss you. i'm going to miss this building and miss this institution. more than anything i'm going to
miss you all. this building is always going to be home. you all are always going to be my family and wherever i am whatever i am doing, i will be rooting for you from the sidelines. now, i want to do something here. we have these bands i've been wearing for the last whatever number of whatevers. i think i can officially take this off now. [ applause ] >> transition out of this this is eric holding giving fair well address at the justice department and the president started early giving his remarks at the opposite of the director of national intelligence marking the 10-year anniversary. let's listen in. >> i accept this invitation with a high degree of confidence. i want to thank you gentlemen and your entire team and leaders
from across for all of you taking time to welcoming me here today. i'm not going to give a long speech but do have three basic messages i want to convey. the first is that i don't know how astute a consumer of information i am but i sure do rely on it. and those who come and brief me every single morning do an extraordinary job. i will say that only flaw generally in what's called the pdb is that when jim provides it, he leaves paper clips all over my office. they are in the couch, in the floor, he's shuffling paper and so because i knew i was coming over here one of the things i
did was return that. and so this will be available to you. dni's budget is always tight. but jim is often one of the first people i see in the morning during the presidential daily brief. jim always gives it to me straight. he gives me his honest assessment free of politics free of spin. i trust his integrity. and i can't tell you how invaluable that is in the job that he has. and that culture is one that permeates our ic. it's a culture that reflects the leaders at the top and nobody i
think exemplifies that more than jim clapper. i'm very grateful for him. here at the odni jim has also led important reforms both within the office and across the intelligence community. today the community is more collaborative and more integrated than it has ever been in the past. and since no good deed ever goes unpunished in appreciation of this integrity and outstanding work, i send jim to north korea. and i know he had a wonderful time in pyongyang. but thanks to the role that jim played he returned home to kenneth bay and matthew miller to be reunited with their families. today is also special to him because it happens to be his 50th wedding anniversary to his wonderful wife sue. we want to congratulate the two
of them. and fear not, this is not all he's doing for the 50th wedding anniversary. my understanding is that they are heading off for a well deserved anniversary this weekend and i'm going to move this along. the second reason i want to be here to thank all of you at odni chairman dempsey or sometimes stephanie every morning. i know that everything they present reflects incredible hard work on the part of hundreds of people thousands of people about various agencies represented. i want you to know that jim and mike and stephanie and all of the folks who have given these briefings, they are the first one to acknowledge that they are
just the tip of the operation and that they can't do their job if it weren't for the incredible contributions that all of you are making every single day. i know that sometimes it can seem like a one way street. you push up your reports but don't always know how your work is received by your customers and i guess i'm the number one customer. and you don't always maybe get feedback, so i'm here to tell you, you do an outstanding job. the work that you provide is vital for me being able to make good decisions. and the fact that the work you prepare is giving it to me straight, that doesn't look at the world through rose colored glasses, that doesn't exaggerate threats but doesn't underplay the significant challenges we face around the world, that's
vitally important to me and as a consequence vitally important to the security of the american people. so jim knows it and mike knows it and the people who meet with me are always extolling your virt tus but i figure it would be useful to hear from me directly in saying how much we appreciate the incredible hard work and effort you make every single day. whether it's the pdb, your daily articles or expert briefs nies, i could not do my job without your insights and analysis and your judgment. more broadly, you're dedicated to your family mission. the 9/11 commission said we needed to unify our intelligence community. the legislation that created the dni made you the statutory head of the community overseeing all of the agencies and it's not an easy task bringing together 17 different organizations.
they each have unique histories and missions and cultures and trade craft. many of you here represent those agencies and yet you've come here together to create a sum that's greater an stronger than its individual parts. and we see the results. more sharing of intelligence across the community and also beyond it with our other partners. federal state, local and private sectors are now working together more effectively than they have in the past. new technologies and satellites are being shared working across various platforms means that we're able to do a better job both accumulating information but also disseminating it. there's more transparency than there's been in the past more innovation than there's been in the past. all of that is making a difference each and every day. i know that integrating the efforts and contributions of all 17 organizations people
expertise and capabilities is never ending work. and then there's the challenge as being as open and transparent as possible even as we protect intelligence that saves lives. i want you to remember united states is the most professional most capable, most cutting edge intelligence community in the world. part of the reason is because all of you here at odni bring it together. it makes a difference. which brings me to my third and final point. a message that i hope you share with colleagues not in this auditorium and share with all of the home agencies you can take great pride in your service. many of you those with gray beards or goatees or in jim's case just no hair, are
intelligence veterans with decades of service. some of you are young and look even younger. a new post 9/11 generation. and over the years i know some fl you have lost good friends and colleagues. patriots. men and women who gave their lives like those honored in the stars on the memorial wall. on days like today we remember them and honor them as well. these are challenging times. and over the last few years, we've seen unprecedented intelligence disclosures and seen wild swings with respect to our budgets because of sequestration and furloughs and enincreasing demands for intelligence due to everything from russian aggression and ukraine to turmoil and isil in the middle east. today like all americans, our thoughts and prayers also continue to be with the families
of dr. wienstein and i do want to make one point again. we're going to review what happened. we're going to identify the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made. i know those of you who are here share our determination to continue doing everything we can to prevent the loss of innocent lives. i was asked by somebody how do you absorb news like that that we received the other day. and i told the truth, it's hard. but the one thing i wanted everybody to know because i know you and worked with you, because i know the quality of this team is that we all bleed when we
lose an american life. we all grieve when any innocent life is taken. we don't take this work lightly. and i know that each and every one of you understand the magnitude of what we do. and the stakes involved. and these aren't ab strakss and we're not cavalier about what we're doing. and we understand the solemn responsibilities that are given to us. and our first job is to make sure we protect the american people. there's not a person i talked to involved in the intelligence community that also doesn't understand that we have to do so while upholding values and ideas
and our laws and constitutions. and our commitment to democracy. that's part of the reason why i'm so grateful to work with you. because i know you share that commitment. understanding that this is hard stuff everybody here is committed to doing it the right way. for that reason you know i'm absolutely committed to making sure that the american people understand all that you put in to make sure we do it the right way. i'm very gaitful for that. this self-reflection, this willingness to examine ourselves and make corrections, to do better, that's part of what makes us americans. that's part of what sets us apart from other nations.
it's part of what keeps us not only safe but also strong and free. and part of what makes our job even more challenging is despite the extraordinary work done here and the lives that are saved on an ongoing basis, a lot of our work still requires that we maintain some -- some things as classified and we can't always talk about all of the challenges. and the one thing i know about people in the i.c., they don't seek the limelight, that means sometimes the world doesn't always see your successes. the threats that you prevent or terrorist attacks you thwart or lives you save. i don't want you or folks across the intelligence community to ever forget the difference that you make every day.
because of you we've had the intelligence to take out al qaeda leaders including osama bin laden. because of you we've had the intelligence quickly that showed syria had used chemical weapons and had the ability to monitor its removal. because of you we have the intelligence despite russia's on fis indications to tell the world the truth about the downing of malaysian airlines flight over ukraine. because of that we have intelligence support that helped enable our recent nuclear framework with iran and you're going to be critical to our efforts to forge a comprehensive deal to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. you help keep us safe but also help protect our freedoms by doing it the right way. the american people and people around the world may never know the full extent of your success.
there may be those outside who question or challenge what we do and we welcome those questions and those challenges because that makes us better. it can be frustrating sometimes but that's part of the function of our democracy. but i know what you do. we're more secure because of your services. we're more secure because patriotism and your professionalism. i'm grateful for that and the american people are grateful as well to you and your families who sacrifice alongside you. so it's been ten long and challenging years but when we look back on those ten years the american people have been a whole lot safer. i'm confident that over the next ten years and ten years after
that as long as we continue to have outstanding patriots like yourself, we're going to be okay. thank you very much, everybody. [ applause ] we have been listening to the president give remarks about helming together the intelligence services of our nation to make us safer here at home and internationally, the president taking into account in his remarks the intelligence that was provided. by their unique work to take out osama bin laden and syria had taken to gassing its own people and bringing up the importance of their information that they provided for the framework that's been built around the iranian nuclear deal. kelly o'donnell is the capitol
hill correspondent and joins me, it's very interesting to hear the president make these remarks. it's hard to believe ten years have gone by since we've seen the office of national intelligence to celebrate. >> and there have been growing pains as agencies that worked separately now have more of a partnership. you can almost see the president referring to some prepared remarks and then also speaking a bit more personally about the events of the last couple of days with the hostages and welcoming the criticism and questions coming from the outside how that mission could be off and result in the death of innocent hostages. at the same time trying to pay tribute to the work that often goes unnoticed of successes of men and women in the intelligence community. the president trying to carefully kind of walk that line of many of the things that they do well cannot be talked about publicly so much even this
ongoing mission that happened in january and we only learned about yesterday remains classified and we can't know all of the details. a difficult thing the intelligence community is quickly blamed not so often praised and to mark ten years is an important sort of national journey from what we have gone through since 9/11 and with the wars that have followed and all of the ongoing threats when you don't have state actors who are in some ways making the challenge to the united states with the rise of isis and the lone wolf scenario that we will hear about and domestic terrorism, those who have been recruited. the work of the intelligence community so critical and at the same time so much of what they do we simply can't know about that draws some criticism as well. should it be more open and transparent in some ways? of course there are limitations to that. an important day for the president to mark and ironically coming at a time apart from the calendar when there was an incident that was able to get an al qaeda target but also of course resulted in the loss of
innocent human lives. those hostages. >> you make up a great point about the balance. we hear more about the failure than the success. kelly, thanks so much and thanks for watching "the cycle" is coming to your way live in washington right now. >> welcome to "the cycle" we're live from washington, d.c. right now. ♪ breaking right now, we're here in d.c. as the president marks a milestone in u.s. intelligence despite the quality and use of that intel coming under attack. >> lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made. i know those of you who are here share our determination to continue doing everything we can to prevent the loss of innocent