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even little old ladies? >> are you all right? >> stahl: the t.s.a. says it is all because we are still at war, but one of their own advisors calls it something else. >> security theatre, the phrase i coin for security measures that look good, don't actually do anything. >> simon: her name was katie, and with her family and friends, she was seven, to them, the seven-year-old fairy princess was, with seven teeth missing. >> i lost seven, this is my eighth. >> simon: katie was killed by a drunk driver and what happened next is happening more and more around the country. the drunk driver was charged with murder by a prosecutor who is on a crusade. >> one of the compelling things about this case is that it really ripped the mask off drunk driving. these crimes are incredibly violent. >> pelley: man, they are coming
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>> stahl: if your summer vacation includes travel by airplane, you may be dreading the long lines and intrusive searches that a trip through an airport checkpoint can mean these days. since 9/11, $40 billion has been spent to beef up airport security, with most of it going to hire 50,000 screeners who enforce rules often considered annoying and arbitrary. but as we reported last december, the t.s.a., transportation security administration has launched an effort to remake its image with a p.r. campaign to convince the public that there's a good reason for the inconveniences and the indignities. >> everything must go through the machine.
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>> stahl: go to a checkpoint, and passengers are bellyaching about the undressing, the unbuckling, the taking off of their shoes, which they don't have to do in europe, or even israel. there's a lot of stress and griping about having to pack their little liquids into baggies. they resent that each and every traveler is treated like a possible terrorist, even little old ladies. >> you all right? >> stahl: when we asked kip hawley, the outgoing head of t.s.a., if all this is really necessary, he wanted us to know that the terrorist threat has not gone away. >> kip hawley: this is war. these people are trying to kill us. they got on the planes on september 11, 2001-- killed 3,000 people. and they will do it again as many times as they can.
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>> stahl: there's been a lot of criticism about people who clearly are not terrorists. the 90-year-old little old lady. >> hawley: right. >> stahl: my mother, in fact... >> hawley: my mother. >> stahl: ... was patted down and pulled aside. it doesn't make any sense. it's not common sense. >> hawley: you can't say to al qaeda, "if you give us somebody who looks like they're 90 years old or nine months old, you're going to get a free pass." because i guarantee you, they are watching. they notice it. and that's where they'll come. this is our main information center. >> stahl: it's here on their "watch floor" that analysts track thousands of flights, especially when there's a passenger on board that t.s.a. suspects has links to terrorist groups. >> hawley: there are two in the air right now that we're paying attention to. >> stahl: they're in the air? >> hawley: in the air. >> stahl: as you and i are sitting... >> hawley: as you and i are speaking. >> stahl: but, you know who they are, you know what airplane they're on, and... >> hawley: and we know what they were carrying with them. we know the whole scoop. do they know? maybe not. and i think the public doesn't
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realize that this... this is for real, and that this happens every day. >> stahl: but t.s.a. has a record of tracking and stopping innocent passengers, which has contributed to the agency's overall credibility problem. >> remove your jacket. place it in your tray. >> stahl: in focus groups, travelers questioned the t.s.a.'s ability to keep us safe, and also complained about "pointless" security measures, and rude and incompetent screeners. >> ladonta edwards: we're not out there to be fake security guards. >> stahl: ladonta edwards and gary wilkes, who work at washington, d.c., area airports, say screeners feel the public's hostility every day. has anybody ever thrown anything at either of you? >> gary wilkes: no, not at me. but i've seen objects thrown. >> stahl: passengers can be so surly, screeners feel abused and frazzled. >> stress. >> i feel anxious. >> you feel anxious? >> stahl: this isn't group therapy. it's actually screener school. >> i mean, what is the impact on security?
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>> stahl: t.s.a. is sending every one of its 50,000 screeners back for retraining in how to treat the flying public. but from what we heard about how the public treats them... >> just disrespecting your ability to do your job. >> stahl: ... it's no wonder these guys need anger management. >> you hear, "well, i have a flight to catch. hurry up. do this, do that." you know, it's just, you're taking your time to be nice and courteous to them, because that's your job, and... and they don't appreciate it. >> sometimes, it can be so paralyzing, you can't do anything. you just want to bury your head somewhere. >> edwards: the perception is, we yell back. we scream. we get in combative mode. we're ready to fight. >> stahl: you're human. >> edwards: what do we do to change that perception? >> wilkes: we're teaching people not to react to their emotions.
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actually smile, still be pleasant, and send your positive emotions to that individual. >> so what are we going to do? >> stahl: the price tag for all this retraining is $35 million. then, there's the new police- style uniforms to give the screeners a more authoritative look. it's all meant to help the screeners deal with the challenges of the job. what's the most bizarre thing that you've seen someone put in their carry-on and go through the screener? >> wilkes: i can tell you the most bizarre that... that has gone through the x-ray machine. passengers that have actually... actually, by mistake, sent pets through and children, by accident. >> stahl: not children. >> wilkes: yes. >> edwards: yes. >> wilkes: by accident. >> stahl: no. >> wilkes: we actually had to put signs on the machine. >> stahl: "don't put your children through the machine." ( laughter ) >> wilkes: "don't put your children through the x-ray machines." >> edwards: infants in the carriers-- they just take the whole carrier in, send it through. >> please make sure that all of your items go inside of the x- ray before you walk away from your property. >> stahl: but the question is: is everything we go through at
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checkpoints actually making us safer? security expert bruce schneier says no; he says much of it is just "security theater." >> bruce schneier: security theater. it's a phrase i coined for security measures that look good, but don't actually do anything. >> stahl: schneier, who's been an adviser to t.s.a., but also its most persistent thorn-in- the-side, says there are too many silly rules. >> you have a little bag with liquids. >> stahl: take the baggies, which became a rule in 2006 when british authorities uncovered a plot to bring liquid bombs on board airliners headed for the u.s. schneier says the liquid limits may make us feel safe, but do little to stop terrorists. >> schneier: if you try to bring a bottle of liquid onto an airplane, a screener's going to a see it, look at it, say, "oh, look, it's a bottle of liquid." toss it over her shoulder into a trash can. >> stahl: they... they don't test it. >> schneier: of course not. no, and they don't even... they're not even scared of it. they put it in a... a trash can right next to them. that's where it stays all day. all right, let's say i want to smuggle a liquid on an airplane. i go through airport security. if they catch me, i go around and go through again. if they catch me, i go round and go through again. i can do it 100, 1,000... i can do it all day till i get it through. so, because it's not treated as dangerous, it... there's no point in taking it away.
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>> stahl: but the british police did uncover a plot to use liquids, so you've eliminated something. >> schneier: so... >> stahl: you've put it off the table. >> schneier: and the question is does... >> stahl: that can't be bad. >> schneier: the... it's not bad. the question is, is it good? if there are 1,000 ways to blow up an aircraft and you get rid of one, you're a little bit safer. if you spend-- i'm making this up-- $10 million to do that, are you $10 million safer? probably not. >> stahl: how about $160 million safer? that's what t.s.a. is spending each year on more than 2,000 behavior detection officers. they prefer to remain anonymous as they roam checkpoints, examining micro-facial expressions, looking for signs of nervousness or anxiety. t.s.a. claims it can help spot a terrorist. i have come crashing into airports, all agitated because i'm late or whatever. wouldn't they pick me out, too? >> hawley: no, because you're normal. everybody that comes to an airport is behind and is tense and is anxious, and "am i going
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to miss my flight?" >> stahl: and they can tell the difference? >> hawley: oh, yeah. >> stahl: between anxious because i'm going to miss my flight... >> hawley: yeah. >> stahl: ... and anxious because i'm carrying a bomb. >> hawley: yes. yes, you can. >> schneier: there's not a lot of truth in that. but they'd love it if you reported it, because, you know, in all seriousness, we are safer if the bad guys believe we've got this piece of magic. >> stahl: we asked t.s.a. if any of the 180,000 passengers stopped by the behavior officers for an interview turned out to be a terrorist. they wouldn't tell us, but congressional sources said no. >> bag check. >> stahl: now, congress is asking t.s.a. for proof that all these expensive security measures are working, because it turns out that, despite rigorous training, screeners continue to miss things that government inspectors smuggle through the checkpoints. 19 airports were looked at and i.e.d.s got through. >> hawley: i.e.d. components... >> stahl: components. >> hawley: ... in some cases. >> stahl: but why do i hear a
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60%, 70% failure rate? >> hawley: i... i don't know. >> stahl: you... you don't know what that number is? >> hawley: i don't know what... i'd have to go look at that report. >> stahl: you can't tell me, can you, that... that you have a chart that shows failure rates going down like that? >> hawley: well, i can tell you that our results have improved. knives and guns do not present a huge problem for us now. we're very, very good at those. and completed i.e.d.s-- we're very good at those. the small pieces, we have to continue to work to get at even the smallest pieces of an i.e.d. >> stahl: t.s.a.'s solution has been to invest even more money in checkpoints, adding a new layer of state-of-the-art technology. >> suspicious object detected. >> stahl: like these $200,000 advanced x-ray machines that highlight suspicious objects for the screeners in red boxes. and to put an end to one of the most intrusive, some say creepy procedures-- wanding or the pat down-- this new hi-tech
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investment, the whole body imager. it's been nicknamed "the peeper," because it sees through our clothes searching for bombs. when privacy groups raised a fuss about the government "seeing us naked," t.s.a. cut back on the program. this is where we'll see the image from the machine, in here? now, kip hawley wants travelers to know that the only place the images are ever seen is inside a locked, windowless room. >> currently, she has two items in each pocket. she has one on the left, one on the right. >> stahl: the machine automatically blurs the face so the operator doesn't know whose body she's looking at. you can see the bra. >> yes. >> stahl: that's normal. >> that's normal. >> stahl: to be frank, i thought i was going to see something almost pornographic. >> hawley: no. >> stahl: and it's not. >> hawley: no. >> stahl: what happens to this image now? is that stored anywhere? >> hawley: no.
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it's destroyed as soon as the next one comes. the machines are not capable of storing images. >> stahl: experts say that one thing that has made air travel safer is something the airlines did: harden the cockpit doors. as for t.s.a.'s high-priced technology and its 50,000 screeners, bruce schneier thinks there are more effective ways to spend the money. >> schneier: we take away guns and bombs, so the terrorists use box cutters. so we confiscate box cutters and corkscrews, and they put explosives in their shoes. we screen shoes, and they use liquids. we take away liquids, and they're going to do something else. >> stahl: so what do you do? what do you do? you just throw up your hands and...? >> schneier: well, most security has to happen before the airport. you think about the liquid bombers who were captured in london. they were captured because of investigation and intelligence. if you want to deal with the terrorist threat, you've got to do it before they get to the airport. >> stahl: but kip hawley at t.s.a. says we have to do both: intelligence work and screening at the airports. you have said some alarming things to us today.
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you've said, "america is under attack." >> hawley: it is. >> stahl: you've said, "they're out to kill us." >> hawley: they are. >> stahl: some people will say that you're saying those things to scare us and to justify all the things that t.s.a. does. >> hawley: not true. >> stahl: that what you do at the checkpoints is not really making us safer; it's just making us feel safer. it's almost like theater. >> hawley: yeah, this isn't theater. this is war. we understand the american public doesn't have 9/11 in the front of their mind. but it's why the t.s.a. was created: to never forget. and that's what we do every day, every shift, every checkpoint is never forget. and it's our pledge to the public and our commitment to ourselves-- stop those attacks. >> good evening.
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>> simon: drunk driving kills more than 13,000 americans a year; that's one every 39 minutes. authorities call it an epidemic. they say that, despite all the publicity, all the education campaigns, and all the advertising over the past decade, the number of drunk driving fatalities has not gone down. some prosecutors have started taking a different approach to the problem, getting so tough on drunk drivers who kill people that the penalties they exact were unheard of in the past. as we reported earlier this year, one of these pioneers is
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kathleen rice, district attorney of nassau county in new york. she believes that, if you want to stop drunk driving, you have to treat it as a serious crime with serious jail time. our story begins, however, not in a courtroom, but at a wedding in nassau county-- a wedding and the tragic loss of a seven-year- old girl. her name was katie. she was adored by family and friends. she was, to them, a seven-year- old fairy princess, with seven teeth missing. >> katie flynn: i lost seven; this is my eighth. >> thomas flynn: that's the eighth one that's going to go? let me see. whoo. >> simon: she and her little sister, the flynn girls, were flower girls at their aunt's wedding on july 1, 2005. it was a glorious day for the flynn family, including katie's parents, jennifer and neil. >> jennifer flynn: it's like yesterday to us. >> neil flynn: it was a great day. it was a beautiful wedding. it was a fun time, all day long, and it couldn't have turned out worse.
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>> simon: the family had hired a limo to take them home from the wedding so they could dance and party with no worries. but as they were being driven home on a parkway on long island, a pickup truck came barreling straight at them in the wrong direction. chris and denise tagney, katie's grandparents, saw the truck coming from the back of the limo. >> denise tagney: i saw this light come towards me. and i had to think for a second of what that was, because that... it was just out of place. >> simon: this is what she saw. this video was taken by a camera in the limousine. >> denise tagney: i watched this single light come toward me, and all of a sudden, it went from a single light to a double light. it happened so quickly. i remember saying, "oh, my god, we're going to get hit." >> nassau police emergency. >> there's a huge accident on the meadowbrook parkway. it's really, really bad, bad. >> simon: they got hit with incredible force.
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both cars were totally destroyed, but that was the least of it. stanley rabbinowitz, the limo driver, was killed instantly. the limousine was so mangled that members of the flynn family had to be cut out of the wreckage. virtually everyone suffered severe, life-threatening injuries. and then there was katie. >> neil flynn: the first thing i heard was my wife screaming, "neil, katie's dead." and i kept saying, "no, she can't be dead. she's just got to be hurt real bad." but i didn't know what jen was looking at, what jen saw. >> jennifer flynn: i reached for kate and she was on the floor. and all that was left of kate marie was her head, that i was able to take. >> simon: martin heidgen, a 24- year-old insurance salesman, was driving the pickup truck. he suffered minor injuries. he had a blood alcohol content over three times the legal limit. on the night of the flynn's wedding, heidgen was drinking at a friend's party in this house
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on long island. his friends told him not to drive; he did, anyway, for about three miles-- the wrong way-- on the parkway before slamming into the flynn's limousine and tearing their lives apart. >> jennifer flynn: the sadness and despair that is with me every day, i can't even put into words. >> neil flynn: i relive the crash. i think about it every day. i have nightmare's about it every night. and i live my life without my daughter because of it. >> kathleen rice: one of the compelling things about this case is that it really ripped the mask off drunk driving. >> simon: kathleen rice is the district attorney who prosecuted the case. >> rice: as a career prosecutor, i know that tough penalties for drunk driving save lives... >> simon: getting tough on drunk drivers has been the centerpiece of her platform since she was elected in 2005; this case showed why. >> rice: a seven-year-old girl is beheaded. the driver of the car is crushed to death.
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i think too many people think about drunk driving crashes-- or "accidents," as people like to call them-- as, you know, driving off the road or rolling through a red light. these crimes are incredibly violent. >> simon: katie flynn's funeral attracted more than a thousand people. her death, along with that of stanley rabbinowitz, became& rallying points for the campaign to crack down on drunk driving. martin heidgen was arrested and charged, not with manslaughter, meaning accidental killing, as is customary in drunk driving fatalities, but with the more severe charge of murder. that hardly ever happens in america. why did heidgen fit as a murder case? >> rice: the statute under which he was charged required us to prove that, through his actions, he had a completely depraved indifference to human life. >> simon: heidgen was charged with murder by depraved
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indifference, she says, because he acted so recklessly, others were likely to die. >> rice: his actions made the deaths of katie flynn and stanley rabbinowitz inevitable. it was as inevitable as taking a gun and firing it at an individual who's standing five feet away from you. >> simon: you really believe that? >> rice: i do believe that. i do. >> simon: heidgen hired lawyer steven lamagna to defend him. what was your reaction when you heard that heidgen was being charged with murder? >> steven lamagna: i could recall saying to myself, "they're not going there. they're not charging a vehicular homicide with murder, with a life sentence, as if he's jeffrey dahmer or john gotti. murder, in our society and in every state in the union, is relegated to the most dangerous, cold-blooded killers. >> simon: not for young men like martin heidgen, he says-- a
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recent college graduate who had no previous convictions of any kind. if he'd been charged with manslaughter, not murder, he'd have been facing a possible sentence of probation to 15 years. murder carries a mandatory penalty of 15 to life-- too much, says lamagna, for a young man who never intended to kill anyone. >> lamagna: are we as a society ready to water down what murder is, and turn our sons and daughters into murderers who go out and drink and drive and cause a fatal accident? no matter how tragic these cases are, and they truly are, they're an unintentional act that was caused by the alcohol. but for the alcohol, this wouldn't have happened. >> rice: can you imagine if the law allowed mr. heidgen to say, "wait, wait, wait, but i was drunk. so i shouldn't be responsible." what kind of lawlessness would
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you have if intoxication excused that kind of behavior? >> simon: rice says she is pushing for tough sentences because nothing else is working. in spite of sobriety checkpoints like this, a recent study by the federal government showed that 15% of adult drivers actually admitted to driving under the influence at least once in the past year. >> all you have to do is place the mouthpiece on your mouth and blow through until i tell you to stop. >> simon: and when it comes to recent high school graduates, a study from duke university says that 10% of them admitted to drinking and driving within two weeks of being questioned. do you think that charging someone who's driving drunk and kills someone with murder is a deterrent? >> rice: anything that makes someone think before they make the bad decision to drink and get behind the wheel of the car, that's going to be a deterrent. >> simon: rice says people drink and drive because they're not afraid of the law; they think
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they can get away with it. and until recently, the penalties were not all that severe, even when fatalities were involved. it's been less than a decade since some maverick prosecutors have pushed for serious prison time. even today, the sentences vary wildly from state to state-- from probation to life in prison. right in nassau county, police officer danielle baymack was drunk when she went driving with a friend. she crashed her car, and her friend, marlene rivera, a fellow police officer, was killed. baymack plea-bargained with the judge, bypassing kathleen rice altogether. she got just one year. >> lane garrison: got nothin' to say to you, man. >> simon: in los angeles, actor lane garrison was one of the stars of the tv show "prison break." he took three teenagers for a drunken ride in beverly hills. he smashed into a tree, killing 17-year-old vaughn setien and injuring two high school girls. his case went to trial.
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>> it's not a minor traffic collision. he was speeding, changing lanes, and couldn't make the turn. >> simon: garrison served a year and a half in prison. the prosecutor was angry that garrison didn't get more time. katie flynn's family is angry about all the light sentences being handed out. her grandfather, who was in the car that night, almost died. >> chris tagney: they asked me if i would like last rites, and the priest, that priest gave me last rites. and ironically, six months later, he was killed by a drunk driver in the hamptons, walking on the sidewalk. a woman 44 years old-- she mowed down this priest. i mean, they're killing us. >> simon: the priest was monsignor william costello. karen fisher, a repeat offender, was charged with manslaughter and is serving four to 12 years in prison. is it difficult, sometimes, to obtain harsh sentences because
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so many people on the jury have, at one time or another, driven when they shouldn't have? >> rice: i think there is a lot of identification with the drunk driver, almost too much. and we need, as a society, to identify first with the possibility that we could be a victim of this crime before we say, "wow, i can identify with the drunk driver." we need that shift to occur. >> simon: as for martin heidgen, his murder trial began a year after he ran into the flynn's limousine, and the flynns made sure they were at the courthouse every day. >> neil flynn: just like some families decide they want to forgive and ask for leniency, we were there for the opposite. i wanted that courthouse on top of him. i wanted him buried under the jail. i want him dead. >> simon: the trial took six weeks. martin heidgen was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 18 years to life. the verdict sealed rice's reputation as a leader in the
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campaign against drunk driving. and she has continued on the warpath; she pushed for, and got, new legislation passed in new york, making it easier to get long sentences for drunk drivers who kill. >> your d.a. kathleen rice. >> simon: kathleen rice broadcasts her message wherever she thinks it will be heard. she regularly goes to high schools in her county and talks tough to students. her message to them is the same as it is to everyone in nassau county and to everyone in the country. >> rice: and i can guarantee you one thing-- that if you make the decision to drink and drive, one of two things are going to happen: you're either going to end up dead, or you're going to end up going to prison for a long, long time. >> simon: martin heidgen is filing an appeal, which he says is why he declined to talk to us. meanwhile, district attorney rice prosecuted the case of another drunk driver who killed someone. he was also convicted of depraved indifference murder and
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>> pelley: to live the life of wyclef jean is to believe that almost anything is possible. wyclef is a grammy award- winning, multi-millionaire rock star, who comes from haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. he's one of thousands of haitians who immigrate to the u.s., and many never return. but not wyclef. as we first reported in january,
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wyclef goes back to haiti often, using his personal wealth to help his impoverished country. wyclef's passion and determination have made him a hero to millions of haitians. but if you really want to see how they feel about him, watch what happened when we went with him to one of the most infamous slums on earth. where are we headed next? >> wyclef jean: right now, we're going into cite soleil. cite soleil is considered one of the most dangerous places in the world. >> pelley: cite soleil is a sprawling slum by the bay of port au prince. half a million people live here, next to a garbage dump. the name means "sun city," but this is a breeding ground for disease and despair, gangs and violence. they know you're here. ( cheers ) man, they are coming by the hundreds and thousands.
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they're coming for wyclef. when he's around, it's as if he's the only ray of hope in sun city. >> jean: we're going to get out and do a little walking. you going to walk with me, man? >> pelley: yeah, man. >> back, back, back. >> pelley: crowd's getting bigger. we found ourselves in the middle of a spontaneous homecoming for a haitian icon who left here nearly 30 years ago. wyclef jean is one of the world's most recognizable stars, performing before sold-out audiences, selling more than 50 million records in a 20-year career. his music is an eclectic mix, rooted in his haitian d.n.a. known primarily as a hip-hop artist, he has a gift for guitar
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that reminds many of jimi hendrix. ♪ >> jean: i came from haiti. english is not my first language. i came to the land of the free, the land of the opportunities. i made something of myself. >> pelley: what do you think would have happened to you if you had never left haiti? >> jean: i think about that all the time. i always think, "why you, clef? there's close to ten million people in that place. why you?" >> pelley: he comes from a country both beautiful and destitute. the average haitian lives on less than $300 a year. half the people scratch out a meager living on the land. the others are packed into cities like the capital, port au prince. when we came, wyclef was greeted like a head of state. to most haitians, he's the
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living incarnation of their dream, someone who got out, struck it rich, but didn't forget where he came from. >> jean: these kids, they could identify with me, because they say, "he looks like us and he talks our language." >> pelley: in 2005, wyclef created a charity that seems designed to attack all of haiti's problems at once. it's called yele haiti. he spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars of his own money to start it. and now, with donations and sponsors, it has an annual budget of $3 million. >> jean: the first thing we have to do is to get these kids to rise up, their self-esteem. they always walking in the streets with their head like this. they felt like everybody forgot them. so, if i could start an organization where there's programs, and they feel like people care, i felt that that would be a start.
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>> pelley: wyclef's yele haiti helps feed 50,000 haitians a month with food donated by the u.n. yele is spending $100,000 a year on athletic programs for kids, and it sponsors almost 7,000 students, contributing nearly a million dollars a year to schools, supplies and meals for the children. paint this picture for me-- what are the needs here in cite soleil? >> jean: we need to create jobs. we need job creations here. >> pelley: but you know what people say about this-- this is the poorest neighborhood in the entire western hemisphere, maybe one of the poorest in the world. it's too dangerous. you can't do things here. >> jean: my response to the critics is that, you know, past the danger is opportunity. >> pelley: these people reached out to touch him, shoved family pictures at him, pressed their i.d. cards into his hand. why are they handing you their i.d. cards? >> jean: because they want to work for yele.
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>> pelley: what are your goals? >> jean: if i can get to a level where i start to get the rest of the world to care about haiti, i will feel that yele has made a difference. >> pelley: but truth is, the developed world is tired of haiti. billions of dollars in aid have been spent, and yet the country is all but a failed state. u.n. troops have been here since 2004 to ease political violence. this is how they move food through the city-- in an armored convoy. >> jean: okay, this is not like the grammys... >> pelley: wyclef has found navigating the halls of the u.s. congress has been just as difficult. he's testified to committees, asking them to make haiti a priority, and he's lobbied washington power brokers for more aid. for a rock star who didn't go to college, it's been quite an education. >> jean: yo, man, that was crazy. you know what? all this time i'm sitting here,
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"how the hell did i get here, man?" ♪ >> pelley: he got there with fame and fortune, built on hits like this, called "hips don't lie," for reasons that are obvious. wyclef wrote it and produced it and performed it with shakira. his music is often about beauty over brutality, dreams over despair, songs of hope summed up in this lyric. >> jean: ♪ you don't got to be no billionaire ♪ to get a ticket up to the moon." ♪ >> pelley: "you don't got to be no billionaire to get a ticket up to the moon." wyclef's journey started in a village called laserre, a town that still throws a celebration when he comes home. he showed us the one-room house where he lived with six relatives.
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>> jean: every time i'm in this room, it's almost like surreal-- pinch myself and i say to myself, "did i really come from this room?" "i actually came from this room." >> pelley: "you don't have to be no billionaire to get a ticket to the moon..." >> jean: "you don't have to be no billionaire to get a ticket up to the moon." ( laughs ) >> pelley: when he was nine, wyclef and his brother left the village with no electricity, and found themselves looking out of a plane onto new york city at night. >> jean: i looked at my brother and say "yes, we have arrived. the city of diamonds. we're rich now." >> pelley: "rich" was a housing project in brooklyn where they joined the rest of the family. his father was a disciplinarian and fiery christian minister. wyclef's music career started in the choir. but when his taste grew to rap, his father disapproved. >> jean: he wanted us to be in the church. once we drifted outside the church, that's when the clash started. >> pelley: tell me about the
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clash. >> jean: he said, "if i ever hear you listening to this thing called "crap" music-- "crap" music!-- i will kill you." i said, "dad, it's not 'crap,' it's called rap." he said, "'crap,' rap, whatever." >> pelley: despite his father's objections, wyclef and two friends started the fugees. their album called "the score" won two grammys and is still the top-selling hip-hop album ever. ♪ even so, years later, when wyclef performed at the white house, his father still wouldn't come. has he ever been to one of your concerts? >> jean: my dad, he showed up at one concert. >> pelley: in 2001, wyclef played carnegie hall. he conducted an all-star ensemble, showed off his musical range. ♪
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and there was one big surprise. >> jean: i saw my dad on the balcony, and i'm like, "yes, my dad is here." >> pelley: and after the concert, he said what to you? >> jean: he says, "do you know when you make it in life?" "all right, don't, dad. i just want you tell me you love me. i had a good concert." i still can't get it. "you know you make it when you show up-- you see everybody, you see black, white. you see europeans, you see africans. they don't see your color; they see the man. you made it." >> pelley: the success his father saw in him has made wyclef a force for change in haiti. four years ago, when port au prince was a battlefield, wyclef used his influence to mediate among warring gangs to stop the fighting. >> jean: it's a revolution of
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the mind, and this is what we're trying to do is to get everybody to start thinking with their minds and not with guns. >> pelley: people are also starting to ask whether wyclef intends to capitalize on his popularity to take his career in another direction. do you want to be president? >> jean: no, that's the whole catch. i don't want to be president. i can't trade my... my rock and roll life for that. >> pelley: it's good to be a rock star. ( laughter ) >> jean: i like the rock and roll star better, baby. >> pelley: but there hasn't been much time for music, lately. haiti keeps pulling him back. three hurricanes and a tropical storm hit the island recently, and wyclef returned to help distribute aid. the storms left hundreds dead, half a million homeless, and crops wiped out.
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we flew with him over the flooded city of gonaives. while touring the area, a man climbed up and placed wyclef's hand on his head, as if it was a benediction, as if wyclef jean was the only one who could make a difference in a nation that has found rock bottom. >> jean: this is basically what i was chosen for. >> pelley: it's a mission from god? >> jean: i do believe that it comes from god. >> pelley: you know, as much as is being done, the needs are so much greater. and i wonder whether you worry that you're really not going to be able to make much of a difference-- a dent, maybe, but perhaps not a difference. >> jean: what i plan to do is i'm going to make a serious dent. and i'm hoping that, after i make this dent, those kids behind me could help break those walls.
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