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>> well when neighborhoods gentrify, the demand goes up because rent is the single greatest cost that low income people face and if they can't afford to pay rent, they can't afford to buy food. >> and with less government aid for food, the strain is on charities to fill the void and depend on donations to keep feeding new york's hungry. >> iraq's prime minister warns of a terrorist plot against the u.s. american officials say they know nothing about it. after six years attorney general eric holder is stepping down. i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this". we'll have those stories and more ahead. >> iraq's prime minister says his government uncovered a
possible terror plot by i.s.i.l. >> aimed at subways in the u.s. and paris. >> u.s. intelligence officials, white house officials say they know of no such plot. >> he's one of the longest history. >> attorney general eric holder is resigning. >> i'll leave the department of work. >> countries at risk of rising works. >> our days are number. a succession plan - most of the islands will be under water. >> does it make you nervous to get involved. >> it's great that it's simply, and makes people think that anyone can do this. >> we begin with a possible terrorist threat against the u.s. and france reported by iraq's prime minister, and a round of coalition air strikes against i.s.i.l. in syria. prime minister haider al-abadi told reporters that french and american i.s.i.l. fighters were arrested, planning attacks on
subways in the u.s. and paris. new york police and the fbi both said they were monitoring the situation, a national security council spokesperson said they had no confirmation a plot was under way. the federal bureau of investigation believes it has identified the i.s.i.l. terrorist that beheaded two journalists james foley, steven sotloff, and british aid worker david haines, but did not reveal his name. u.s. and coalition war planes targeted i.s.i.l. fighters, vehicles and checkpoints after hammering 12 oil refineries used by the group on wednesday. at the pentagon, rearadmiral john kirby said most of the attacks were launched by saudi arabia, and the united arab emirates, part of the president obama's effort. >> we are trying to remove the means through which this organization sustains itself. that is the goal. >> the president's long-term
strategy to degrade and destroy i.s.i.l. may get a boost from more than 20 syrian rebel groups, muslim and christian, who agreed to form an alliance to fight i.s.i.l. on a tactical level there were battles around kobani. i'm joined by clark kept irvin, former inspect general with homeland security. great to have you with us. i want to go down some of what iraq's prime minister told reporters on thursday. he said his intelligence service discovered a plot by i.s.i.l. fighters to attack systems for the u.s. and france. he said there were roasts of a few elements and experts to have attacks on metros and paris. he was asked if the attacks were imminent. he was not sure.
a spokesperson released a statement saying they have not confirmed a plot. and would have to review information before making further determinations. what do you make of the announcement itch the prime minister said in a casual fashion, and the american government so far poured gold water an it. it said that it wouldn't surprise him. subway stations have been in terrorist sights for an in the of years, mass transit called that for a reason, because a lot of people, thousands, millions, take it over the course of a day, and there's no question that against the backdrop of what we are doing against i.s.i.s. in syria, there's a greater likelihood of terror attacks against our interest abroad and attacks at home. >> wouldn't information like
this be handled behind the agencies. >> absolutely. we may be experiencing learners ramping up curve for the prime minister. he's new to the job. it was said casually as i understand. we'll see if anything comes of it. >> haider al-abadi offered specifics, saying they were american and french foreign fighters that joined i.s.i.s., the network was discovered but not disrupted. does that make it sound more credible. how prepared are we to deal with the threat of americans who have been radicalized by i.s.i.l. there are estimates that there are about 100 over there that may decide to come back to the u.s. >> it's incredible to the extent that there are 100 or so americans, 500 or so brit ans who a gone to iraq and syria, training with i.s.i.s., and the
fear is they'll come back to their countries, france or britain and the united states, france and britain are waiver companies, they don't need visas to come. it could happen. that's a major fear. >> what could we do at home? law enforcement put out a message raising alarm bells saying we should be on alert for attacks in the united states because of the backdrop of what is going on against i.s.i.s. over there. >> how concerned are you that we are at risk. what you wrote a year ago was a complicated environment. it's worse sense you wrote that. the involvement in the war over there. how many do you think it increases the threat. >> substantially. we saw the other day
the beheading of french forces, in response to an i.s.i.s. call, for their sympathizers to grab westerners. stabbing, shooting, however they can kill them. there was a plot in australia that was foiled, the plan was to snatch an australian and kill this person in solidarity with i.s.i.s. we understand that there is a filipino group linked to i.s.i.s. that has a couple of german citizens now that much of the force is deployed against iraq and syria, they are forming a broad-based "ing, notably and importantly sunni muslim states, i.s.i.s. will trike back, and the only way they strike back is to ratchet up the number of snatchings that are undertaken, and killings of westerners who come into their sites.
>> this khorasan group that we have heard about, again we had heard that al qaeda for years, that they vv decimated -- have been decimated, but these are al qaeda folks planning attacks pon planes. are you comfortable that the security methods are enough to keep flights coming to the united states safe. >> tsa, other security and intelligence professionals are doing everything they can. no, i'm not confidence. terrorists only have to be right once, and security and intelligence officials have to be right 100% of the time. odds are in the terrorists favour. it's a large open country, there are a lot of targets, it's further heightened as you say from a few years ago, and for all these reasons, the chances of a plot succeeding is higher, higher than it was a month ago, two months before i.s.i.s. was
on the radar screen. >> how good a job is homeland security doing. when you left not quite a decade ago, you were critical of a series of things, including shipping containers coming into the u.s. there was no scralized list of terrorist suspects. has there been progress. >> yes, aviation has been tightened considerably, there's more intensive scanning of containers than a decade ago. we are not doing 100%. it's ipp feasible -- infeasible. i understand that there are technologies that could make it practicable. at the end. day i think what we need to have is a partnership, a robust partnership between federal officials and state and local ones. it's the cop on the beat likely to spot terrorist indicators.
there's no such thing as a terror attack on the united states as a practical manner. any terror attack here happens in a city, so the police officers and community leaders need to be alert for signs of radicalization, for abrupt changes in demeanour. for people who are taking weapons training, people who spend a lot of time on radical jihadi websites. the scenes of radicalization are scene by people in the community, if a partnership is formed, we are likelier to spot them. >> an important point. clark kent irvine from the aspen institute. pleasure to have you with us. >> thank you. >> for more, i'm joined by brian fishman, a counterterrorism fellow serving as director of research at the combatting
terrorism center at the u.s. military academy at west point. great to have you with us. i spoke to former homeland security official about the claim that iraqi intelligence discovered the plot to attack subways in the u.s. and france. what do you make of that? >> i think any time you get - the united states gets information from a plot from a foreign intelligence agency it needs to be taken seriously. obviously the iraqis are closest to the ground. if something is going to percolate out of i.s.i.s., it's likely that they'll stumble on it. it's true that we want to make sure the information is vetted and analysed. without detail, it's hard to know. it's true as we step up military operations against i.s.i.s., the
risk that they'll dedicate time in energy to strike the west, the united states, goes up. >> u.s. war planes have been bombing the khorasan group facilities, which were supposedly used to plan plots against civil aviation. at this point, with i is the greater threat to america, i.s.i.l., which is mostly focused on the middle east, or the khorasan-al qaeda cell possibly directed from pakistan by alzau harry. >> it's true that a group focused on striking the united states - that's the strategy of al qaeda. the khorasan group, what is interesting is not only the relationship reportedly back to central and south asia, but that they are bringing in skilled bomb-makers to other parts of the region, that is scary, because, you know, the most
unique aspect, the organization, is that they have had folks that have been able to build the bombs. that said, i don't think we should understate the threat from i.s.i.l., even though it's focussed on the middle east. it's a group with the potential to be destabilizing in the region. if they are not focussed on attacks from the west, if they did a series of terror strikes in jordan, that would create a destabilizing effect, bad for states. >> going back to khorasan, imran khan reported on how his contacts from the middle east and pakistan had not heard of the name. he doesn't seem to question of group's insistence, but that it could be a u.s. creation. >> absolutely. we have known for some time that there was a movement in the al qaeda affiliated individual, from iran
to afghanistan. it's not surprising considering that it is the heart of jihadi activity. we have not seen the name used. there are public statements by the khorasan group. there is not a twitter account. so i think it's more informal. whether it comes from the u.s. intelligence community, and whether it's a name that other jihadis have used to refer to this group of people that have come from what they call khorasan, or the area of the greater afghanistan in central issua. i don't know. it is true, at least in my experience, we have not seen official statements by this as an organization. >> iran's president hassan rouhani accused some of the sunni arab allies of sponsoring i.s.i.l. and other groups. the khorasan group leader who
may have been killed was one of many senior al qaeda terrorists fleeing to iran. iran has said that these guys are under house arrest and later were allowed to lead the country. do we know the relationship with al qaeda, and why the guys were allowed to leave. >> no, we don't know. >> it's an irony, and why this is a muddy world. there's no black and white. >> it's a fact that al qaeda and sunni iranis despise iran and the alawite regime. at the same time there has been a tacit accommodation for a decade where iran was enabling and looking the other way as al qaeda-linked folks crossed that country to take messages back and forth from afghanistan and iraq and vice versa, and so you
see there's a fundamental strategic conflict, but at the same time it doesn't preclude tactical cooperation. we saw that at times during the heart of the war in iraq, where they look the other way. as former fighters travelled through syria. today we see i.s.i.s. pointing to the bashar al-assad regime as enemy number one. so this seems like a caection, but the repeaty is all the actors in the middle east have their hands dirty, because they are strategic, doesn't mean they can't cooperate. >> you tweeted a story that quoted the army chief of staff, that the army will send a division headquarters to iraq, and given the complexity of the of environment that the u.s. is operating in, now and the next
10-15 to 20 years will instead the headquarters. headquarters in iraq possibly for 20 years, is this preparing permission or are we way behind mission creep. >> i think the mission creep is high. i believe i.s.i.s. is what true evil in the modern world looks like. counselledering them is important, morally and strategically. that said, i'm concerned at a delta, a distance between what our policy is, to destroying the organization and what we said we'd do with the air streaks. i don't think it will achieve the policy end. as a result i think mission creep is likely where we will over time recognise that we haven't achieved final goals, and want to put - and there'll be pressure to put more and more resources into this. you can look at that a couple of different ways.
one is we ought to put more resources in upfront. we need to have that conversation politically, in a north right and honest way, and we need to do it not because we need to put lots of folks in there in principle. if we sustain a fight against i.s.i.s., sustain and win, we need to have a commitment on behalf of the american people, otherwise we do the worst outcome, which is put a lot of resources in and pull them out before the mission is won. i worry that our political debate today is such that that is the outcome that we'll have. honest. >> it will be difficult but important conversation. brian fish moun of the new american foundation, good to have you with us. >> coming up attorney general eric holder announces he is stepping down, we'll have a look at the mixed legacy of the first
as we approach the midterm elections "consider this" will highlight an issue that it important to voters, economy, education, immigration, today in the america votes 2014 segment, we look at national security. polls show concerns over the threat of terrorism because of turmoil in iraq and syria. you might want to get used to newhampshire. >> anyone that turns on the tv nose we face changeses to our way of life. radical terrorist are threatening to cause a collapse to our country. i want to secure the border. keep out the people that harm that and secure the border. protecting the homeland is the
first step to making america strong again. >> we are joined from los angeles, which robert o'brien a u.s. representative to the u.n. general assembly, and a foreign policy advisor during the 2012 presidential campaign. from washington d.c., lawrence koch, senior fellow at the center for american progress, serving as assistant secretary of defense from 1981 to 1985. robert, before we get to national security, we can't begin a politics segment without talking about attorney general eric holder stepping down. he has been a lightening rod for the p's critics. republican congressman called him a divisive ag. and the best attorney-general for civil rights. why the resignation a few weeks before the election? we had high hopes for attorney
general eric holder when he took hopes. they were dashed. as a general law enforce. officer, he should have policed the administration. he appointed himself as the defender in chief of the administration, and we saw that in the fast and furious case, and the high arrest where he stone walled congress and was held in contempt of congress. he has a divisive leg as si, as attorney-general, something not used to seeing. i think the resignation was smart. he's probably anticipating a flip in the senate of 50/50. i think the oversight of the department of justices and himself would have been withering, he's making a smart decision, getting out at the right time, and may take the election issue away from the republicans. it's smart politics, and that is why the resignation is being
down now. >> on the other hand the resignation could set up a tough politically charged confirmation for his successor, but it would likely be after the midterm elections. how do you see his legacy and the midterm regulations. >> i see it as good. there's less people in federal presents. he tried terrorism suspects. had more convictions than in military court. he challenged voter id laws. he got the arizona horrible immigration law overturned. i would like to have seen him be tougher on wall street and the c.i.a. for spying and he was too forceful going after journalists. but i think his legacy will go down, he's served more than all
but three of his predecessors. he's been wanting to leave for a while. he decided that now is a time. most that go in and take the positions don't serve the 5. >> let's turn to the topic. night. the president's approval ratings are disma'am. he has a record 34% of handling, approval. and 58% disapproving, and we saw the campaign add of scott brown's, there's a bunch of those out there. robert, the g.o.p. thinks that foreign policy is not what you would win a local election on. the g.o.p. thinks it's a winning strategy this year. >> you are right. most midterm elections are focussed on jobs and economy. this one is a little different. americans like winning.
they don't like losing. the american people are watching the us lose the ukraine and be pushed around. they are watching iraq lose city after city. young men and women are fighting in some places. they are concerned we'll lose an afghanistan if the president pulls out the same way he did in iraq, and the defense cuts have been massive and underreported, are taking a toll on the u.s. navy, sinking in with the american ability. national security is not a big election issue especially in the mid terms, it may turn out to be this time, and because of the presence for the record. it may benefit republicans. >> what do you think. terrorism, which seemed off the radar in polls as recently as
the beginning of august has become a big issue for the american people. >> yes, but it's interesting. more republicans than perhaps what support president obama is doing against i.s.i.l., and again, there's no doubt about that these messages will be mixed in the campaign. it was president bush who signed an agreement that we had to get out of iraq. in afghanistan we had the first peaceful transmission in the history of that country. we'll sign an agreement that we'll keep troops there. you slow down iran's nuclear programme. you rejuvenated n.a.t.o. until vladimir putin acted up. n.a.t.o. - the europeans weren't spending much on defense. we have the world community to put sanctions on russia which have cost them a lot. their currency is devalued.
they had to make a sweetheart deal with china, you know, on oil because we are not buying all their stuff, because he has a great record. the question is minister will be concerned, voting for this or on the basis of the economy. normally at a 6-year point in most president's history they don't do well. president clinton was an exception. look what happened to bush in 2006, and the defense budget was cut by the tea party on the budget control act. president obama didn't cut it. he asked for $115 billion more than allowed by the budget control act. >> if the aggressive action against i.s.i.l. in syria and iraq goes well, could it turn into an asset for the democrats. >> normally when the president deploys american military force in a situation like this one, folks rally to the flag, to the president, and it may - you
know, in some instances it may help his party. the problem is the american people are no longer being fooled. they are watching i.s.i.l. behead people, watching the president come out at a news conference and say we don't have a strategy for dealing with i.s.i.l. they have watched the president talk about leading from behind. larry does a great job spinning for the president. i don't think there's anyone in washington or america that thinks this is it a great foreign policy president. he's been a failure. american people are concerned they see the border open, i.s.i.l. on a rampage, and understand that sequestration is something that the white house admitted they put into the control act to leverage the government. american people get it. they are worried and scared. there may be a sprus, and this may turn out to be an issue that
is bigger than it would be in a midterm election. the president and his party will have to pay for the mistakes made, they can no longer blame george bush. >> will it be a time word for the democrats. >> until the we headings, the minister didn't want to do anything. we spent a million to get rid of muammar gaddafi, and spent a trillion, and hamas is -- iraq is a mess because we put in nouri al-maliki. >> we'll see how important national security and foreign policy is in the next few weeks. >> turning it the united nations, growing threats to global security took center stage at the u.n. general assembly, we heard countless speeches on ebola, economist, climate change, and how the
world countries need to cooperate. as the united nations approaches its 70th birthday, how effective is the international organization. >> for more on the united nations we are joined in new york which a former diplomat with the british foreign service and the u.n., a founder of the diplomatic advisory group, independent diplomats, advising marginalised countries and groups around the world. no one doubts that the undoes -- u.n. does tremendous work. but critics say in germ it's a bloated -- general it's a bloated bureaucracy that has lost sight of its mission. we have seen people giving speeches at the u.n., will anything come of it. >> it's a grosses mischaracterisation to say it's no use.
like any bureaucracy, it's bloated. that is not the point. if you didn't have the u.n., you'd have to invent it. just having a place where countries can talk to each other like climate change or extremism is important. this week you had important results, the climate change summit that banky moon held on tuesday has added to the momentum for a solid climate treaty next year in paris, and on foreign fighters in northern iraq, on i.s.i.s. strong resolution passed by the u.n. security council under u.s. chairmanship. every country is obliged to stop their citizen going to join the extremist groups. something. >> it's not enforceable. >> well, it is. >> hopefully on climate we'll see a legally binding treaty next year. the security council passed a chapter vii resolution under the
peace and security mandate, which is obligatory under international law. you can't force countries to do it, that's correct. there's a common interest, including in the region, amongst countries to stop the citizens joining the battles in iraq. >> let's go down the list of criticisms. the main is the security council, the u.n. structure created after world war ii, five world powers, u.s., france, china, russia have veto powers. a lot of people say that is anna cannistic and the security council does more harm than good because they do get together as they did on wednesday. >> they are right. it's anabbing rannistic. brazil and italy are left out, and those affected are never inside the discussions in the security council. on the other hand there's a paradox.
unless russia, china, u.s., france, unless those countries agree about anything in the world, you can't get anything in the world done, if you exclude them, they impleme implementation. if you enlarge the council which many want to do, like india, brazil, japan, it will make the decision making harder, it will be blocked on more countries. there's no good which through. a truism is that when the states agree, it can be poufrl. only when. when they differ, like on syria or palestiners -- palestine, it's not. >> you have the human rights council which so often ned up having as -- ends up having as members, some of the worst offenders. there's a criticism.
>> i agree. it's better to have the human rights abusers on the room, when on the council. they are subject to what is called the universal periodic review. i'm glad to say we have a powerful new humane decent man is the new u.n. high commissioner. the prince of jordan, who i hope will speak the truth, putting on the table where abuses is taking couny. >> do you think the u.n. can be effective and achievemt the most important of its missions, to maintain world peace, because we have conflicts everywhere. >> i'm skeptical of the u.n. in many places, including the western sahara, where they decided there could be a referendum on self-discrimination. where it agrees, it can be
important. you say 100,000 civilians that are taking refuge this the u.n. camps, you tell them it's not important. it's saving their lives. same in the democratic republic of congo, the w.h.o.'s work on ebola, extraordinary important. where the u.n. is effective it's extraordinarily effective. that should ner be dismissed. >> important points you maybe, often overlooked. a pleasure to have you with us. >> time to see what is thenneding on the web -- what is treing on the web. aregawi. >> a lot of talk on the web was i.s.i.l., but muslims around the world want to remind everyone i.s.i.l. doesn't speak for them fighting back with a social media campaign "not in my name." >> because what you are doing is ipp humane. >> because you abuse -- inhuge yin. >> because you abuse heart and mine. compassion.
>> my religion promotes tolerance for women, and you have no reportism. >> the video was made by active change, a london-based organization starting not in my name two weeks ago. it picked up steam. so much so president obama gave the campaign a shout out during hits u.n. address on wednesday. look at the young british muslims responding to terrorist propaganda by starting the no in my name campaign, declaring islam. >> many say not in my name is a sort of apology, and muslims shouldn't have to apologise for i.s.i.l. let us know what you think. it's powerful. >> it's a powerful message. >> straight ahead, an island nation's president pleads with world leaders to act on climate change, saying his country could disappear.
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have never heard of a country the subject of our next tory. kirra bass is an island nation of palm trees, blue lagoons, 3500 miles of new zealand, made of up 33 islands. with an elface of 6.5 feet, kir ib as believes it's facing a challenge to its existence. rising sea levels claimed two of its islands, and some predict the island nation could become uninhabitable in the next 30 to 60 years. i welcome to the show the president of kiry bass. he returned from a trip to the antarctic and spoke at ban ki-moon's climate summit. thank you for taking the time to talk to us. opportunity. >> i want to start with two animal metaphors. both of which you made. you have spoken to how the
nation is, effect, canary in a coal mine. yes, indeed, it's our attempt to get the focus of international tanks on our situation. the threat of climate changes is real for us. we are on the front line. we'll be the concept, construct of violence, lying 2 meters above sea level. whatever marginal rise in sea level happens in the next year or so affects us. already we are feeling the effects. the point i make is the international community is waiting for us to be gone, before it would realise that we have to do something about it? >> and to that point the other animal i wanted to refer to is the polar bear. you just, as i said, returned from a trip to the abbing tick, it was a -- arctic, it was a
greenpeace sponsored trip and you are upset because you think people paid more attention to what is happening to polar bearses more that the 100,000 that live in kiry bass. >> i made that statement in a speech to the united nations at the general assembly. it was annoying. there was more focus on the fate of the polar bears, and nothing much about people. so climate change has been such an issue where focus has been on the science, phenomenon of climate change, but not so much on the human area. what it means for people that would be affected most, initially. but more importantly for the rest of humanity. that is why we were upset, why that focus - we tried to direct attention. my visit made that direct connection. what happens in the north poll,
the melting of the ice will have direct consequences on what happens to us on the equator. what is happening to you. as you just said, the average height elevation of the islands is a little more than six feet, and rising sea levels have taken a village on one of your island. how threatened is kiry bass? >> we always had the problem with the tides. what we are witnessing, and i make the point na i'm not the scientist, i'm not saying that it's a result of climate change, but we are experiencing some things that we never did in the past. the reality is some of our communities - villages are gone. the seas is there were there used to be a village. some of the communities on the isolated islands - most of them have fresh water ponds.
the sea has broken into these. sea water contaminated the fresh water pond, killing food crops, contaminating the lands from which they draw drinking water. >> it's not just an issue of the islands getting swamped, but the fresh water is poisoned and the land can't grow food. >> people tend to think in terms of the island being submerged and we have a problem. the point is this. as the sea level rises, marginally we begin to face the problems. we - our source of water is from the water lenz. any marginal rise means that what was agricultural land. will no longer be a source of fresh water.
it affects the livelihood of people before it and renders it ipp habitable. >> you -- inhabitable. >> you and others talk about all you need is a wave, one big wave could swamp many of the islands. i was struck by ban ki-moon visited at one point and one of his assistants was worried enough he made sure he had a life jacket in his room, which illustrates the dangers faced regularly. i know you took action and land in fiji. how do you see the future. do you see the possibility of all the people in kiry bass having to leave. >> we have to be realistic. it's hard. it's not easy to imagine what is coming. no one wants to admit that maybe in the future all the land, which is the homeland will no longer be there. >>
the reality given the predictions coming forward, a rise in sea level between 0.6 to one meter within the century. gone. >> how long do you have? >> i think less than that. it's not about half a meter or one meter. it's about the marginal rises which as you said, the next time there is a big wave, it's over. we are experiencing that. earlier this year we experienced extremely high tides, higher than predicted. for the simply reason that there was differences, making it a little higher than expected. a lot of people lost the property and homes. we are facing this, a damage to infrastructure, and so that is what is happening now. level. >> that must be
difficult. >> we don't get hurricanes, the highest wind about 30 to 40 knots. anything above that is disastrous at any time. >> it must be awful to live with that threat. >> we probably will be walking around with life jackets. floating for how long. >> let's hope not. a pleasure to have you with us. we wish you the best of luck in your efforts and wish kiry bass the best. >> thank you for having me. >> coming up, could bathing the brain with low doses of electricity hep with diseases like kreb ral palsy.
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transcranial direct current stimulation, or t d.c. s may be turning into a do it yourself improvement claim. the claims about its benefits are extrav gan, some arguing it can treat depression, problem-solving and help you lose rate. on the next episode of techknow, we get an up close look. >> we are seeing the early pieces of what it can do. that is why people are excited. not because of what it can do now, proven in clinical trials, but we don't think we have seen anything yet. >> joining us in new york is crystal dil worth. she has a ph.d. and a contributor to techknow. great to have you back on the show. this is not your father's electro shocker or electro shocker, it's different to what
we see in "one flue over the cuckoo's nest." different. >> how does it work, you put electrodes on someone's head. >> that's correct. you position the electrodes depending on the need and you run electrodes at a small level. >> they say it doesn't hurt, but people don't know what is happening sometimes. >> my good friend cara santa maria had this done to her. you'll have to watch the piece to see what happened. >> medicine works, changing the brain's chemistry. how is this supposed to work in brain. >> the way that neurons behave. they transmit information electrically and chemically. when you take a drug you affect
the chemical stimulation. when we pass an electric current, you talk about electricity. the brain speaks both lang wedges. the thing is it's a lot more specific than taking a drug. you ipp guest the drug, it goes in your blood streams. it's specific. >> it targets certain areas. some talk about improving deafness and blindness. losing weight or dealing with, you know, cerebral palsy. how much do we know about the possible benefits? >> there's a growing body of evidence for the effective n of the technique. that said, it's not just the stimulation itself that is where we see the benefit, but how it's paired with tasks. in our piece we look at how the technique is used on stroke patients, it's not just the stimulation alone that is
helping them improve the federation cupping, but the way that the clinicians peared a stimulation. >> what about the people doing it at home themselves. and the deck know story gets into that, because of that. >> when we first heard about t d.c. s, did it make you nervous to try and get involved in brain hacking in a d iy type of way? >> not at all. it's straightforward. the currents we are talking low. >> i saw you nodding your head. you don't think that's a good idea much the lelts are not dangerous. could this work. >> it is nod a low level of current that is a concern. it's whether the people that make the kids has the expertise to know what reasons
or the positioning of current, the direction it is passed. it makes a difference. it's not just using the piece. these and d.i.y.ers are trying to compensate for a motorcycle injury, and you see it applied in different senses, in a cognitive sense. camer are stimulating it. getting a higher score. when they use it, they use the stimulation for hours. >> it could be danger there. how second before we see serious clinical trials and serious study that will tell us whether this works. they are being done now. in terms of when we get the results, science takes a long time. hope to see it soon. >> great to see you. thank you for coming in. >> the episode of techknow premieres saturday, 7:30.
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