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one senior u.s. intelligigce official told me that belglan federal police are searching a residence in a neighborhood in brussels that they believe was the launching pad for the three suspects believed responsible for today's attacks. a search is undeay. they have leads. they're conducting this search, and they believe this residence was something of a staging ground or launch pad. that's one. u.s. intelligence officials are combing through the chatter that they're finding online, trying to eliminate dumplicatio. eliminate circular reporting. at this stage, u.s. officials are trying to determine if there are other imminent threats connected to today's attacks, or unconnected to today's attacks. they still, at this stage, as they're going through the intelligence, don't know. >> richard engel on the investigation side of this, thank you. let's turn to kelly
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she's made her way to brussels this morning. kelly, good morning. what areou hearing? >> good morning, savannah. as you can see behind me, the street is starting to open up, more traffic on this street where you'll find d e entrance to the maelbeek metro station. that is where the explosion happened this morning, at the height of rush hour. normally, at 8:00, 8:30 in the morning, this street would be very busy. people would be on their way to work, taking the same metro they take every day. that's when this explosion happened this morning. witnesses saying that they heard a noise, everything went black. when they were able to see again, they saw many, many injured. one man who lives very close by and takes this metro every day said he was delayed a little bit. decided to have a little more coffee. when he walked around the corner h he heard a loud bang. we saw people coming out,
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he said it was hard for him to tell how badly injured they were. people injured in this explosion. 20 people killed here. just to show you the amount of nervousness, the tension in this city at this point, just within the past couple of hours, these streets were all blocked off. our cameras were moved a good block away. police were clearing the area because of reports of a suspicious car. it turned out to be nothing. it does show you the amount of tension, the amount of nervousness among counterterrorism pice and among the general public. this is a report that came from the man who was just on the street and noticed a car idling for 45 minutes. this is going to continue over the next few hours. people are staying in their homes. stores are closed. every once in a while, you hear sirens. everyone is ttying to keep up and try to figure out what the latest is.
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is it over? is it ongogog? guys? >> that's why these mornings are so tense. you really don't know what the scope and magnitude yet is of this attack. kelly cobiella, i know you'll stand at your post and keep us posted. thank you very much. let's talk to an eyewitness. thomas ruzwas riding in the metro in brussels and felt the explosion. how are you doing? >> good afternoon. i'm doing as best as possible. >> describe to me where you were in proximity to where this explosion took place. >> so i was taking my usual train in the morning to work. i work in union affairs. the european quarter. i was on my way. i arrived in the metro station and there are already a military presence there because of the
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earlier. i thouout after that, nothing would happen, but i was wrong in this case.% i took the metro to go to work. i went to the front of the metro, of the train. as soon as i got to -- as soon as the train s srted to leave off, i heard a huge explosion. it shook the front of the train a little bit. then the train accelerated and slowed down. basically, i was 30 seconds to one minute, if i was one minute earlier, i would have been where the bomb took place. it's a bit scary. i'm feeling really bad for those who did take that metro one minute earlier. >> our hearts go out to them.
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stopped and what happened next? were you evacuated? >> i think the train driver actually accelerated a bit, didn't want to get stuck at one of the metro stations. then she stopped. she came out and told us there was an explosion. she e ld us to stay calm, and that was obviously quite difficult. but she went to the back othe train and stayed there for a while. during that time, there was quite a bit of commotion. there wasn't -- i'm not going to say it was difficult to breathe, but it was getting in that direction. smoke was coming from the bomb, so t`at shows how close we were. basically after 20 minutes, we all had to walk down the train and had to walk back to the -- in the lines of ththtracks, we walked back to the train station. was done in a professional manner. i think the driver and the police did really great.
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yeah, it was done in a very good way. >> thomas, you said something a few minutes ago that s suck me. you said, when you got to the metro,nowing that the explosions had already taken place at the airport, you figured nothing else could happen. let me take you before the airport attacks. as someone who lives in brussels, had yoyofeared something like this? especially given all the coverage of brussels being a hot bed for terrorist activity, especially in the wake of the paris attacks? >> it's a good question. i have been livivi here five years now. i have to say, i don't really recognize the descriptions that are made in the press, american press and european press, about brussels being a hot bed for terrorism. it's never been my impression. i lived here for five years and i love it. i wouldn't think of living anywhere else.
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nowadays in europe, as in america, i think it's probably similar, we're all expecting it to an extent. especially because brussels is an area where there is a political presence. eu is led and run. it's where nato is. it's a prime sort of suspect for any type of terrorist attack. it's expected. but it's also surprising when it happens. i don't recognize at all -- i heard one of your presidential candidates has been saying, calling it -- brussels isn't a good place to live. but i think brussels is a good place to live. >> thank you very much. let's go to tom costello, who hahabeen following this breaking news as it develops. what do you have? >> i got a couple developments.
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that your guest had there. nato is headquartered in brussels. i've got to tell you, one of my first reporting assignments was to report on something going on in nato headquarters in brussels. they are very proud in brussels that they are a member of nato. a small member, but a critical member nonetheless. nato headquarters is there. yesterday, we had donald trump suggesting the united states might need to revisit whether we remain in nato. it's an inging inging jury excused positionto -- jux position. we hear the possibility that the explosive that was used here was tatp, a mmon explosive used by terrorists around the world. that is what vtm, flemish television, is reporting. the officials, the police on the ground believe they're dealing with that here. they contitie to look for the suspect. they believe he's wearing a white sweater.
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whh we've been asked not to report on, and the belgian media is ab tanstaining from, augustsuggesting there is tactical operations going on that the police want to wait until they're secure. the airport doesn't know when it'll reopen because the extent of damage to the airport is significant. that's an understatement. you'd now have police and forsentics sforsen icforsen forsensics teams doing analysis. they won't re-open the airport until it's cleared as a crime skaen and scene and, number two, they have significant damage. from my bird's eye view, looking from washington but having spent a lot of time at the airport, i can't imagine it'll open for at least a week. significant damage done e a critical transportation artery for brussels.
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lounge? some of us are familiar with airports that have more than one. that's the only one, i guess? >> that's it. earlier, we had a happen of the brussels airport. there it is right there. if we can take it full, the -- on the bottom right, the rectangle is the terminal. that's it. you arrive in there. you pull up. you see at the bottom, you have like a gray-maroon area. that's the parking structure. you can pull up to the parking structure. you can then walk across the street and you're in the terminal. there are all the airlines there, lined up. you can go to whichever particular check-in you need. then you go through security and down either the b gates or make your way all the way over to the a gates. that's a very long hike. i've often sai boy, it feels like a mile or two, walking to the a gates. that'sne terminal that feeds down to the concourses. by the w w, they separate out.
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international traffic wn the various concourses. one other note i wanted to pass along, i quickly move through my notes here, and that's the washington, d.c. metro airport authority is reminding all of us -- and it's repeated since 9/11 -- if you see something, say something. various airports around the country are increasing their security stature today. they're ramping up a presence, putting more tactical units out. dog units if you will. random checks. it almost goes without saying, but ybe you can't say it enough, if you see something suspicious, say something is the word from the washington, d.c. metro airports authority. back to you. >om, thank you. let's turn now to nbc news analyst christopher dickey, wod news editor for the daily beast. he's in brussels. i'm struck by the fact you were in new york not lockng ago. we sat in my office and said, often when we speak, it's in the
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this. here we go again. >> i'm afraid so. we also said there was going to be another hit and maybe more than one in europe. in fact, it was just last week i was talking to colleagues at nbc and saying, we have been lucky so far. then this hit today. >> and at least on the part of french president hollande, he looks at this as a continuation, a long attack on europe. if you want to go back to the january "charlie hebdo" attacks, the november attacks in paris and now here in brussels, it has been a suggsstained assault on western europe. >> it's not only a sustained attack on western europe, these are more and more competent terrorists. it's starting to look likehgur guerilla warfare, which is what
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they used a crude explosive, but it's hard to make that into a bomb that's really effective, that can be stored. now, we seem to have tatp bombs all over the place in europe. that means, among other things, there's probably a bomb maker out there that the police and intelligence services would dearly love to catch. >> i ion't know if you were hooked up in time to listen to a conversati we just had with a guy who has lived in brussels for five years. he took some exception to the american news media's characterization of brussels as being a hot bed of terrorist activity. you've spepe so many years in europe. you know it as well as anybody i've ever talked to. what's your characterization of brussels? >> well, i don't think you can vilify all of brussels, but it is true, there are neighborhoods, like parts s molenbeek, not even the whole neighborhood, but parts of molenbeek has young, arab and
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perfect, perfect targets for jihadists who are looking to recruit. like the guy salah abdeslam, who was arrested, he and his brother, who blew himself up, was running a bar. in a critical moment, somebody approached them and recruited them. to that extent, it's definitely true. i just talked to somebody in the u.s. intelligence service who said we ought to call this raqqah belgium. it isn't like that, if you are around the city. you could go around the city. there's no hint of jihad in most of the city. but there are pockets of it that have become very dangerous and, in fact, the center for this jihadist activity. >> it's become active and operational. i wonder, chris, from your perspective as a watcher of europe, whether there is kind of thatoul searching that we're familiar with here in this country after what happened here on 9/11, where you are balancing the competing concerns o o wanting to go on with life and
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and for good reason. are you seeing europe those issues, as well? >> it's a huge issue.. it's a political issue because there already was rampant islam phobia in this part ofhe world. now, you have a situation where people who were not inclined to look suspiciously at arab and muslims, now they're terrified. this all fits into a plan laid out more than ten years ago by an idea log who, in fact, laid it all out. he said, we need to take the war to europe. soft underbelly of the west. we do that, and we will create divisions and dissent and islam phobia and eventually, we'll create a aivil war. well, these are, in the vis of isis, the first steps on that path. >> christopher dickey in brussels for us this morning. thank you so much. always good to get your perspective. i appreciate it.
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deadly attacks at the airport and in the subway system of brussels, belgium. we heard from hillary clinton a short time ago. we also spoke to donald trump, the republican front runner in the presidential race. here's what he had to say. >> you know, often people talk about a president getting that 2:00 a.m. or 3:00 a.m. phone call when something tragic has happened, either here at home or around the world. so let's go to the hypothetical situation. president trump gets that 2:00 a.m. phone call. what would you have done? >> first of all, this is a subject that is veryryear and near to my heart. because i've been talking about it certainly much more than anybody y se. it's why i'm probably number one in the polls. because of the fact that i say we have to have strong borders. we have to be very vigilant and careful who we allow into our country. i know brussels well, and brussels is a total mess.
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talking about the attack today, i'm talking about generally speaking -- the city used to be one of the finest, one of the most beautiful and one of the safest cities in the world. now, it's a catastrophic, very dangerous city where the police have little contntl. >> let me take you back to my question. >> it's too ba >> what would you have done first as president of the united states if you got this call? >> well, as president, i would do probably what i would have been doing for the period of time that i was president. i'd be very, very tough on the borders, and i would be not allowing certain people to come into this country without absolute perfect documentation. we're al@owing thousands of people already, matt, to come they don't have proper we don't know where they're they happen to be in the migration. they happen to come from perhaps syria, but nobody really knows. they have no idea of telling because they don't have the dock yult -- documentation. >> which people would you exclude? >> i'd exclude the people coming
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documentation, coming in from the migration line. interestingly, they have cell phones in many cases, but you say, how did they get the cell phones and where do they g g the bills paid? i would certainly exclude those people from coming in. the assimilation has been a disaster. you go to paris and you go to brusz brussels and other cities, what's happening now with germany, with merkel's brilliant move to allow over a million people to pour into germany. it's turning out to be catastrophic. >> let me ask you this, mr. trump, they have in belgium a guy by the name of salah abdeslam in custody now. he's said to be the man who planned the terror attacks of november 13th. he's in custody. what would you say would be appropriate in terms of what they can do to him at this moment, to get any information they can about possible further attacks? >> wl, i would say they should be able to do whatever they have to do. they have to get the information.
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to do whatevererhey have to do. >> be specific, if you will. >> the laws are liberal ovov there, they won't do that. but they should be able to do whatever they have to do to get him to give the infofmation. the very sad thing is, he was beinguarded and protected by people that were a few doors away from where he lived. they were protecting him, and they were guarding him. it was lucky they were able to find him. he was planning another attack. they didn't find him because people turned him in. those people were guarding him and protecting him. that's not supposed to be the way the system works. >> when you say do whatever they have to do, can you be specific? i mean, what do you mean by that? >> well, i'm not looking for breaking news on your show, but frankly, the water boarding, if it was up to me, and if we change td laws or have the laws, water boarding would be fine. if they want to do -- as long as it's with -- because we work within laws. they don't work within laws. they have no laws. we work within laws. the water boarding would be fine.
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would do more than water boarding. you have to get the information from these people. we have to be smart, and we have to be tough. we can't be soft and weak, which is what we are right now. when i say we, i'm talking about other countries, also. >> if you talk to experts who do these interrogations, you often find a division. some people think that harsh ininrrogation technique works and will deliver you the information, and others say it doesn'n'work. you'll get false information. are you in the camp that harsh interrogation, let's use the word, torture, works in a case like that? >> yes, i am. i am in that camp. i don't believe the other people. i am in that camp, absolutely. they'll read him his rights. he'll sit there with a good lawyer. the lawyer won't give any -- ten years will go by. the time it goes by, he won't know anything because the world will have moved on t@ a worse place. no, i am in the camp where you have to get the information, and
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>> let's keep in mind, draw the distinction here, that abdeslam is held by belgian law enforcement, not by intelligence, like here in this country when the cia took suspects to secret places in other parts of the world. >> let the military take it over. they have to get their act together. belgium is not the belgium you and i knew, matt, from 20 years ago, which was one of the most beautiful cities and onef the safest cities in the world. belgium is a horror show right now. terrible things are happening. peodle are leaving. people are afraid. this all happened because, frankly, there's no assimilation. they are not assimilating. they're not assimilating in other locations either. >> just a couple of seconds -- >> shaythey want sharia law. they don'tant laws that we have. they want sharia law. you know, you say to yourself, at what point?
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what we're doing is allowing thousands and thousands of these people into our country. we're going to have nothing but problemsmsas sure as you're sitting there. >> in the 30 seconds i have left, mr. trp, what would you say to the a say to the american people on a morning like this? >> i would say to the american people that we are going to be very strong. we are going to be very vigilant, and we are going to be very tough. we're not going to allow this to happen to our country. if it does happen, we're going to find the people that did it, and they're goininto suffer greatly. >> mr. trump, thank you very much for joining us. >> okay. that was a little earlier this morning. we're back in a moment. first, we're going to allow some good morning to you. thank for joining usus >> i'm sheli muns. >> and eric harryman. it's 11:26. amok brking news, local security at the airport, of course, in relation to what's
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we've been covering this extensively over the last few hours or so. airport officials say while there is no specific threat right now at miami international airport, there will be an increased presence of uniformed officers and canines as well. there's going to be random inspections at the airport which is going to increase wait times. be prepared for that. miami-dade officials say there is heightened security in other parts of the county but they wouldn't specify exactly where. join us beginning this morning at noon. we're going to have live team coverage of the terror attacks brussels with team coverage from brussels and all the way here to e impacts locally in south florida. president obama speakingen on the brussels attacks from havanna, cuba, less than an hour ago. he call for nations around the world to unite to defeat terrorism, our thoughts and
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our allies and friends. they seek justice for those killed and wounded in the explosions. we have live coverage in kawb, jackieieespral and you can't want sprayeder -- you can't jawann strader will be here. we have a special edition of our news cast at 30 minutes. >> everything out of cuba and brufels coming in 30 minutes. a quick update on your forecast wp ryan phillips. a little more sunshine, sheli and ericas we approach midday. coastal clouds to contend with. it's a warmer weather pattern right now after a school start to -- cool start to our morning. northeast breeze. it's been elevated now out toward the beach. not too bad out west. everyone with the benefit of that northeaea wind up into the upper 60s and lower 70s and in nearly an houou time from 10 to
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10 degrees across the board here in south florida. the morning low temperatures in the low 50s now. watching temperatures creep with these northeast winds, into the lower 60s and upper 70s. dry conditions. despite the cloud cover we've been experiencing no rain in sight. it's a very dry weather pattern across the entire region. it's a matter of what happens to our temperatures. the ocean breeze will control the temratures for the next few days. east and northeast winds will bringin a few clouds from time to time. maybe a sprinkle. the better shower chances lie ahead as we get into thursday and friday. we will move quickly into a warmer and more humid weather pattern. so enjoy the refreshing breeze and the overall nice day we've got ahead with our tuesdayay midday temperatures at 72. breezy on the beach but progressively more sunshine, 74 is your afternoon high. it's a mild evening. it's a dry evening and dry tonight but still warmer than we
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that's where we belong. next few ys, rain chances ramping up. we'll talk about that more starting at 12:00. thank you so much. as ryan just mentioned to you, our noon news cast starts at 12:00. just about an hour from right now. we'll update everything that is happening in cuba. update you on everything that is happening out of the terror attacks in brussels. >> a very busy news day. we hope to see you in 30 minutes or so. thaha you for joining us. so much happening so quickly and the best way toet new information is our n the thoughts and prayers of the american people are with the people of belgium. we stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageoeo attacks against innocent people. we will do whatever is necessary
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belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsie, and this is yet another reminder that the world must unite. we must be together. regardless of nationality or race or faith, in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. we can and we will get tho who threaten the security of people all around the world. >> those were the words of president obama this morning. he said those things while he was addressi the terror attacks in brussels, belgium, at the time of his speech in havana, cuba, to an audience that included cuban president raul castro. >> this is a chip that otherwise would have been making the headlines because of the historic nature of it. yet, it's been overshadowed by these terrible attacks in ussels, belgium. earlier this morning, counrterrorist source told nbc news officials believed isis was behind the attacks. moments ago, the terror group, through a surrogate, appeared to
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let's begin this half hour with nbc's pete williams who has been reporting for us all morning. good morning and bring us up to date with what you k kw. >> american officials that i've been talking to cannot confirm whether this was isis or not because they don't know, and that i have not they've not been told by counterparts in europe or americ investigators, who was responsible for this. the suspicious is certainly high that it's isis inspired, both because of the timing, right after the arrest of the isis-inspired mastermind behind the paris attacks or one of the key facilitators there, and also because of the hallmarks of the attack. that's certainly the operating assumption. there have been no threats against facilities in the u.s. so the response here has been relatively muted. there's much more visible security at key transportation pointsn the u.s., at american airports, subway stations, big train stations. in terms of operations of the airports or a change, a

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