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scott: welcome to "full measure ." an oldis remaking foreign policy standard to fit its new image. vladimir putin is speaking boldly and carrying a big stick. twice this week, he showcased a military not just pulled from refitted withbut restored pride. russia is rising
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risk that a face-off may turn into a firefight. ,n red square this week russia's military might was on display. a parade celebrating the victories of world war ii and with haunting/backs of the former soviet superpower, but the focus very much on the future with russians boasting of a busy year of building 2000 new armored vehicles, or hundred new high-tech aircraft, and 60 ships and submarines. >> [speaking foreign language] the hardware is hardly sitting on the sidelines. those are russian fighter jets coming within 30 eight of the uss donald cook last month while on patrol in the baltic sea. russia also accused of coming within 50 feet of a u.s. aircraft,
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performed a dangerous barrel roll right over u.s. surveillance planes. one of the two guns top advisers on russia spoke about it. are these men as messages to the rest of the world? evelyn lynn absolutely. they are not just for his people. but they are really dangerous. that is putting russian pilots and u.s. personnel in danger. it's really risky because who knows what kind of follow-on ? tions might occur >> we condemn this kind of behavior, and under the rules of engagement, that could have in a shootdown. scott: the atlantic council is a think tank that advises nato atlantic countries. would you say we underestimated vladimir putin's goals and aspirations? >> i don't know if we underestimated them. i just don't think we fully understood them. maybe we work not paying
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enough attention -- maybe we were not paying enough attention. scott: in estonia and other baltic nations that are a thin buffer between an increasingly aggressive russia and the rest of europe, the influences are still strong and so are some concerns that vladimir putin might one day try to rule these lands once again. we drove 60 miles past a series of checkpoints and started looking soldiers in full fatigues and saw what is called the european reassurance initiative, a sort of circling of the wagons by u.s. and nato forces. >> that the biggest thing, assuring the alliance. we want estonians to know that if push comes to shove, we are here for them 100%. that's the message we are getting at -- it you call, we're going to come. here mayat you see just be a taste of what is to come. the pentagon says it would
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to quadruple the resources close to the russian border, ending what is says are its best and most modern men and equipment. nato just went live with it missile defense systems in romania and for the first time, flute f-22 raptors, some of the most advanced warplanes are, another loud indicator of readiness. russia calls the move a provocation and threat. as a result, media in moscow say vladimir putin is deploying two new divisions in the west and another in the south to counter nato. >> would putin looks west, it's
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an individual country. eric of the baltic news service has long been covering these chess moves and says it is more dangerous than just a staring contest. the concern is that russia might miscalculate and try to give nato a blow here because nato's eastern wing is not so well protected. the reason why we welcome increased allied presence here. critics say russia has already pushed too many literal boundaries, like in syria were under the guise of defending against isis, putin is really defending his out and american enemy bishara al-assad. he touted military success in syria, claiming russian warplanes have flown more than 10,000 combat missions since the air campaign began on september beend claims they have able to drive militants from 500 towns and villages. a veteran war correspondent spent years inside syria and spoke of the horrific side effects of russian intervention in her recent book, "the morning they came for us." janine: putin
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does have huge influence. definitely, he has put his mark on the area. he is responsible for a lot of what has happened in aleppo. scott: she contends russia's attacks on assad's opponents is further destabilizing the crisis affecting much of europe. janine: that is kind of maybe the bottom line, that russia is a geopolitical presence. it is never going to go away. there is no decline and then they go away. i think that is a mistake that the world makes if they ignore russia. scott: she points out that putin does not just pose problems and was seen as a cooperative partner in the iran nuclear deal, adding that there is room for reasoning, but how much, no one knows.
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crossing between mexico and the u.s. many on
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♪ every year, hundreds of thousands of people attempt crossing the mexican border to enter the u.s. illegally. some never make it. there remains are found in remote desert areas where their journeys and stories and. cheryl attkisson visitedne
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identify the missing -- one forensicesert where science is being used to identify the missing. correct the problem is they are unidentified so we don't know who they are. 125 also hasbout remains in our indoor cooler. : howdy you mark or designate the ones who may be undocumented border crossers? >> with blue outlines. likelyeve these are undocumented border crossers. sheryl: a great deal of effort goes into trying to identify who these people were. >> there is. essentially, this is where we store the majority of our remains. many
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side of the cooler are people we believe to be undocumented border crossers. see, some of these bags are not full bodies. here, we have some remains that were recovered in 2013. i'm not even sure what we have here. we have a single, weathered portion of a mandible. we can tell that this bonus isan, -- that this bone human, and it may have been buried at one point. but this is all we have, so you
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someone may be looking for that person, and our dna will match them to some place. more likely, we may not identify who that person is. this is a room where we keep property. in this particular locker, we have unidentified people from 2015. how successful are you at identifying these unknowns? >> actually pretty good. about 1600,tified 65 arence 2001, about sent. that still leaves us with 800 individuals we have not identified. essentially, the odds of us identifying someone are directly proportional to the condition of the remains when they come in and if they have any personal effect with them when they come in. all these plastic sleeves are various mixtures of property that we've had with someone. we can show to the border patrol or whoever is interested
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was found of these remains, and they can assist us in trying to identify a person. this is an individual we found in 2015. on his person, he had some personal effects, including this watch, which still appears to be working. it is kind of faded. looks like a levi wallet. some mexican currency, both coins and money. some photographs. just because somebody has personal effects does not mean it's that person because people travel under aliases quite frequently. youyl: what is the key when are able to identify someone who was carrying a fake identity? >> finding family. if you have a family, you can compare a family record sample to the remains we have to see if they are related. we had nail clippers
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sheryl: does it ever make you sad, the idea that someone's life boiled down to this and nobody even knows that they died? >> sure, but for us, it is more of an objective, clinical perspective because this is what we do, so we try to approach it professionally and try to get this person identified. thank you very much. are human skeletal remains of someone we believe to be an undocumented border crosser. did these come in recently? >> early this year, probably january. we look at bones like the femur and determine how tall this person is. that canve the pelvis, tell united 5% of the time if that is a man or woman. there's a tooth missing here, and we know it was missing before they died because the whole is filled
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we can say we are looking for a male between the ages of 30 and 40 years old that is approximately this tall and died approximately six months ago. we would attribute this person's death to undetermined causes. basically, we don't know. likely, based on the locations where these remains were found, the death was probably environmental. aeryl: this office is tremendous indicator of what is going on at the border. >> we handle more of these remains than other people do. the number of undocumented border crosser deaths appear to be a direct result of the way the border changed in terms of enforcing the law. it made it much more difficult to cross into the united states in major population areas. again, it's a very dry, hot environment
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when something does go wrong with your plan -- the van does not show up where you are supposed to be picked up, you are trying to evade capture, your margin of error can be very small because it's just too hot and you may not have enough water. course, very concerned about human life, and we are going to do everything we can to preserve and protect human life. we have a number of programs in place to respond in those , when migrants get into trouble when they cross through some of these environments. the smuggling organizations and these people make these decisions, put themselves at risk. the smuggling organizations put them at risk. >> the people who have died, they died. there's nothing you can do for them any longer. but we are still collecting information on cause of death and manner of
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under what circumstances people died so that people can make decisions on what they need to do to decrease death, or if somebody is unidentified, it's to help family members find closure. the death investigation system exists to serve the living. week: an update to a story reported in march on an anticipated flood of cuban refugees. we heard that el paso, texas, is prepared to receive as many as 2000 cubans. most transfer through south america to mexico into the u.s., taking advantage of a unique law that allows them to stay legally in the u.s. if they can get one foot on solid ground here, a relic from the cold
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scott: in the dark days of distrust following the watergate scandal, congress passed the inspector general act in 1978, creating independent watchdogs to keep an eye on adderall agencies. the decades, that's exactly what they did. now, there's a whole new generation of distrust, and dozens of inspector general are complaining that the very agencies they are supposed to police are keeping them from doing their job. christine: in 2009, while serving as a peace corps volunteer in west africa, kate reported a local colleague for allegedly sexually assaulting village girls. her identity was supposed to be kept confidential, but it was not. soon after, she was found with her throat slit. >> how did a confident, model volunteer become the victim of murder?
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after her death, dozens more volunteers stepped forward and alleged sexual assault. >> i reported a bit, but the peace corps medical examiner did not examine me or perform a rate kit -- a rape kit or collect any evidence. christine: congress passed a law to better protect victims and whistleblowers. that's when things took a strange twist. >> all i know is we were prevented from getting access to information that we needed to do the work that we needed to do, and that was to picture the agency was complying with the mandate and providing those with sexual assault with the types of services they should get. >> the peace corps used that very law to withhold records needed to investigate. >> under the interpretation of the general counsel, we could not get access to any on the strict reports involving sexual
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that they even existed. >> just to be clear, this act --ed for this young woman this is what is preventing you from getting information? >> yes. christine michael horvitz heads of the council that coordinate the 72 ig's. >> we're told we should rely on the people we are looking at to tell us what we are loved to see. that cannot happen. christine: his office has repeatedly been blocked from getting evidence, like in the case of dea agents accused of having sex parties with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels and fast and furious, where federal agents secretly allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of mexican drug cartels. >> we had no idea what the reasons are for the objections at this point and why anybody would object to strong, independent oversight
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put in place. christine: matters were made worse last summer when an opinion was issued claiming that congress never meant for ig's to have access to all records, even though that is literally what the act says. >> you have one bureaucrat negating the laws of the united states, and the inspector general cannot do his job. ig'stine: in august, 68 signed this letter asking congress to reiterate that there right to access records means all records. >> it is pretty darn simple, isn't it? christine: grassley supports a lot to make that official, but it is being blocked for a vote democrat,ate lead harry reid, who declined to comment about why he is holding up the legislation. >> this is such an egregious attack on the powers of congress that we cannot let one person
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executive branch of the government get away with. bullarde: for her part, says the peace corps has become more cooperative since the controversy, but she worries things could change again at any time. >> that is why it is so important for me to get the legislation passed and spelled out very clearly so that there would he no question as to if we have access to the information. future, there will be another volunteer like my kate who wants to fight things. honor kate's sacrifice by doing the right thing now so that
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christine: the overarching problem of allowing access by inspectors general to
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pocketit may seem like change to you, but to the transportation security administration, your loss is their game. th
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coins.ostly in forgotten that's right -- the tsa keeps the nickels and dimes left in the bottom of those plastic bins once you pass through security. it's been counted and turned over to the security office. might want to consider spending it on more staff. last week, the port authority of new york and new jersey suggested it and replace the tsa with private contractors if it did not improve its "abysmal" performance. an atlanta airport shared similar sentiments last february. the environmental protection agency announced plans to control the omissions of methane, described as a potent, plant-warming gas. the new legislation would require oil and gas companies to plug o
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, part of the obama administration's attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions. those a little confusion about the impact of another methane .ource, which is cows the percentage from human enterprise is 33% and from farm animals, about 27%. the epa has not indicated how it plans to plug that second source. wethe next "full measure," follow the money on the campaign trail. donald trump says he is self funding, so why did he hire a new fundraising chief? in both parties, we name names from giant hedge funds to millionaires. that's next time on "full measure." thanks for watching. until next week, we will be searching for more stories.
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>> morris: this week on "government matters." twitter, for its part, says that this is just business as usual. it says its long had a policy that it doesn't allow its information to be sold to intelligence agencies for the purposes of surveillance. >> morris: cut off. twitter has denied the i.c. access to data miner. we search for sunlight in the latest round of privacy versus security. we don't necessarily want to do things the same way because we know that hasn't really been working for us in some areas, especially as it relates to cyber. >> morris: the cyber skills gap. one office inside the department of homeland security wants to level the playing field. we talk innovation and limitations. there is sufficient money to go around to modernize government technology systems. like i said earlier, no one on the globe spends more money on technology than the federal government. >> morris: a new report calls right speed i.t.

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