tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN June 6, 2013 5:00pm-6:01pm PDT
this be the beginning of a robot in every kitchen? >> it could be the beginning of a robot in the kitchen. >> reporter: barbara starr, cnn, boston. >> "ac 360" starts right now. good evening, everyone. breaking news tonight. it's not just the government grabbing your cell phone records. they are online with you as well. new and frankly stunning reports on just how much they know about your life online. also tonight, a remarkable story. she was a warrior beyond compare. as a navy s.e.a.l. commander christopher beck. now she's showing no less courage in her new life, tonight, kristen beck talks about her new life as a woman. plus, the first hurricane of the season comes ashore. tens of millions of people in its path. a lot to get to tonight. we begin with breaking news. it goes far beyond the government just accessing your cell phone records. that was the first shoe to drop. the second shoe fell late today. they're looking at your internet access as well.
plugging directly into facebook, google, youtube, yahoo! and five other big names. in short, a direct line into your online life. the fbi, national security agency are doing it, according to a report in the "washington post" and britain's "guardian" newspaper, they have been doing it for the last six years. part of a highly classified, never before disclosed intelligence gathering program code named prism. according to the reporting it began during the bush administration but has grown sharply, exponentially, during the obama years. the fbi and nsa vacuuming up your e-mails, online pictures, audio, video, by tapping directly into the servers of those five companies i mentioned, plus microsoft, pal talk, aol, skype, apple and soon, according to the "post" dropbox. the post and guardian reporting that prism use the data feed as raw material for a massive data mining operation aimed at spotting patterns that might provide early warning of a terrorist attack. as we said, it comes hard on the heels of the revelation the guardian newspaper and elsewhere
that must be giving any one of the tens of millions of americans who use a verizon cell phone a chill. word that the fbi and nsa asked for and got a secret court order giving them access to phone records for all verizon cell phone calls, foreign, domestic and local. not the conversations themselves, just everything else that's identifiable. white house officials neither confirming nor denying the story but they are defending the practice of data collection for national security purposes. again, both these programs have their roots in the prior administrations but have grown immensely since then, leading the huffington post today to run a composite photo under the headline, george w. obama. it's turning partisan politics on its head with a number of democrats slamming the president, republicans defending his policy. a lot to talk about with jim acosta at the white house and ron paul. jim, this has been a remarkable day. first, what's the latest you're hearing in washington from this? >> well, i can tell you right now the white house officials are simply not commenting and
congressional officials who have oversight over these matters, they are not commenting about these latest revelations, broken this afternoon in the "washington post" and "guardian" newspapers. but we can tell you, we have been talking over the last couple minutes about these i guess revelations that have come out in these stories that the government has been using the servers of about nine internet companies, technology companies, out in the silicon valley, to look at what people have been doing online, but i have to tell you, in the last hour or so, we have gotten a number of statements from some of those companies in question you mentioned google, you mentioned apple. we have a statement from apple saying that they have never heard of this program called prism. they say they do not provide any government agency with direct access to their servers. google put out a statement saying that from time to time, they do disclose data to the government in accordance with the law, they say, but they do not have a back door as they call it into their servers for the government to use.
so there is some pushback. there seems to be i guess a contradiction here perhaps if you listen to what these companies are saying at this point, but as you said, a very remarkable day up on capitol hill. members of congress from both sides of the aisle questioning the obama administration trying to get at exactly what is going on with the patriot act and the authority that's been given apparently to the fbi and the nsa to look at phone records from millions of americans who subscribe to verizon communications. but at this point, just no answers from the white house at this point. they're not commenting directly on those stories, only saying that this type of data collection is consistent with the law and that it does protect national security. >> if it's verizon, probably one can assume it's probably others as well. congressman paul will be joining us on the phone. what is your reaction to this news, it's not just phone records but apparently, according to the "washington post" also internet data the government is monitoring. >> well, i guess i wish i could
be shocked. not surprised. i think there has been a few of us who have been warning about this, voted against the patriot act, voted against this by the court so it doesn't surprise me a bit. because it's not confirmed by these companies, this means that they are intimidated, they can get in a lot of trouble. i mean, they can turn over these records and are not allowed to even talk about it so it's a horrible, horrible situation. one thing that's doing it, these events are really helping me make my case that i've been working on for a couple years. you've got to watch the power of government. power in government is almost always abused and this is abuse and it isn't democrats and it isn't republicans, it's both of them. it's the toleration of the people, the people put up with it so it's very, very dangerous. i don't think there's anything left to our fourth amendment. this whole idea of needing probable cause to get a search warrant, that's totally gone.
this to me is very, very serious but also, it's an awakening call. let's hope that we can get the progressives together with the libertarians and the constitutionalists and say enough is enough. we've had enough of this. we have to stop. our economy doesn't work, the foreign policy's in shambles and now we have no privacy because people say they want to be safe. governments cannot make us safe. to pretend they can make us safe, they have to destroy personal liberty. oh, they can make an attempt. they can make us safe if they turn this into cattle in a cage or something. this is -- >> congressman, let me -- >> i'm not surprised at what's happening. >> congressman, mike rogers, who is obviously head of the house homeland security committee, he said today that going through those phone records prevented a terrorist attack. a, do you buy that and how do
you argue against this kind of surveillance if it is in fact preventing attacks? >> well, first thing is i don't believe it. i've heard so many of those stories. there have been dozens and dozens of terrorist attacks over the years. the fbi save us from all this. but no, this is -- this is not justification to turn over your liberties, turn over everything that is precious and say the government can have total control of me because they might stop something sometime. no, that would never be a justification. we've been warned about that. there's a lot of people that would agree with them, i got to be safe, you know, safety is the only thing that i care about. both economically and physical safety is the driving force and it's also the destruction of liberty and that is what we're witnessing today. >> jim, the political reaction to this is interesting. a lot of people in the president's own party are not thrilled by the national security policies. i mean, where do you see this going? what is the next step here?
>> reporter: well, it's interesting. lindsey graham came out very forcefully in favor of this program at a hearing earlier today, and was basically saying keep going, president obama, keep going, obama administration, i like this program and there are many of us like that. but he was commenting about phone records, the collection of phone records, and now what we have is sort of an apparent bundling of government surveillance data, not just your phone but also perhaps your internet. and i think that is why you're going to maybe see the dam breaking when it comes to some of the frustrations up on capitol hill. you heard from barbara mikulski, a liberal democrat from maryland, chair of the appropriations committee, telling eric holder at a hearing wait a minute, we're a little sick and tired of this idea that only the people on the intelligence committee are briefed on this. perhaps other members of congress should be briefed on this because they're being blindsided by all of this right now. not only do they have people calling them saying hey, wait a minute, my phone records are being collected by the government. tomorrow they're going to be hearing from americans all over
the country who are worried about when they're online, what videos they're looking at, what websites they're looking at. is that being collected as well. >> jim acosta, appreciate it. congressman ron paul, appreciate you calling in as well. i think i said rogers. rogers on the house intel yelige committee. i misspoke before. reaction from both sides defies party politics. let's talk about it. democratic strategist paul begala and republican strategist ari fleisher. paul helped get president obama re-elected. ari served in the george w. bush administration. this is remarkable. the president is now defending a policy he probably would have opposed when he was a senator. does this make sense to you? >> i have no doubt that barack obama would be appalled by this in the past. i would like to know why he's doing it in the present. >> ari, they're saying we don't know the names of the people whose data we're collecting, but i mean, i imagine you can easily piece together, link a number to a name. >> i praise the president for taking the steps he's taken to
keep this country safe from potential terrorist threat. across the board when you look at what he's done, he's continued so many of the bush administration policies from drone strikes to military commissions to wiretaps to renditions to you name it, he's doing it. it's like george bush is having his fourth term. i praise president obama for it. now, i think he's a hypocrite. he campaigned against president obama, he said it was a violation of the constitution, he campaigned against president bush, said it was a violation of the constitution to do these things but i think he's learned this is what's necessary to protect the country. he's wise to do it. >> ari, do you not have any concerns about the government collecting all this data, about potential abuses of it down the road? >> here's how i think this worked. it's a very broad collection that detects patterns, not aimed at any individuals, and they haven't listened to any individual's conversations. i presume they will get a proper warrant to do that if necessary. they look for patterns and from the patterns are able to discern what we need to do with
intelligence assets and what we need to do about obtaining other legal means. this is legal. >> the data is not just from people known to be terrorists. it's on anybody. >> it's not about any individual. it's about patterns seen from a whole series of mails or phone records. that's because we don't know who from another country is calling but if we see a pattern from another country there are calls going, that gives people at the nsa suspicions, this is how intelligence pieces are put together for them to act on. >> paul, is that acceptable to you? >> no. the short answer is no. i do want my government to protect us from terrorism. i do. but there has got to be a less intrusive alternative than getting the data of every single cell phone call, domestically and internationally. i don't doubt those who defend the program who say it has been efficacious. i don't doubt that. i'm sure it has been. the question what is are we trading in response? my goodness.
my conservative friends don't even want the government to keep records of felons who try to buy guns, and they're okay with keeping records on every single cell phone call placed in america. and overseas. it's really, this is not overreaching, what is? >> paul, do you agree with ari that the president is being a hypocrite here, that he ran against this kind of stuff when it was george bush doing it and now, i mean, ari says it's the fourth term in the bush administration. >> i think ari is trying to needle him just a bit. there have been many places where he's put in place better legal strictures and real legal strictures. i think the drone program which he stepped up far beyond what bush did is a terrific program but he also gave an important speech just last week where he outlined the legal framework for that. the guy who wrote the patriot act, very conservative right wing republican from wisconsin, he says that this is excessive and un-american. >> what's fascinating, senator dianne feinstein, democrat in
california, has come out in favor of this. you have very unusual changing of position depending i suppose on democrats are supporting, i don't know, republicans are supporting president obama. >> i love president obama. i support him. i spent two years of my life helping re-elect him through that super pac but you got to call it as you see it. i give credit to al gore. president gore, no stronger supporter of president obama, he tweeted right away he found this obscenely outrageous. >> you have the "new york times" saying that the administration has lost all credibility. >> the "new york times" slammed president obama for this and frankly, i was used to that. the "new york times" used to slam george bush for protecting the country and the steps he took. i don't want us to drop our guard. i don't want us to be struck again. it's each of these tools that has allowed us not to be hit by a major al qaeda attack since september 11th. that's vital. as we saw in boston, people are willing to sacrifice their civil liberties, people sheltered inside which was another name for martial law, if the government authorities asked them to do so or told them to do
so. >> it is interesting, i saw paul recently, people are less willing to have their civil liberties curtailed now than they were in the days after 9/11. >> well, it has been over a decade and i think the president talked about this in his really important speech he gave on national security at the national defense university recently. we cannot simply have a one part test, does this work. it must also be is this consonant with our values as a free society. >> thanks very much. let us know what you think about this government monitoring program. what do you think? follow me on twitter. let's talk about it during the break. up next, a "360" exclusive interview. a former u.s. navy s.e.a.l., part of an elite secretive team with a secret. since childhood, this s.e.a.l. felt that deep inside he was really a woman. now after 20 years as a s.e.a.l., she's finally living the way she truly is. so there was part of you that felt if you could become a
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welcome back. in just a moment, an exclusive conversation i had today with someone who has demonstrated their bravery time and time again as a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. they served this country with great strength and great honor for 20 years but now she's showing another kind of strength, living as the woman she's always felt she's been. christopher todd beck enlisted with the military in 1990, with the dream of joining the u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s. the elite unit with the reputation for being one of the toughest, the fittest and most secretive forces in the u.s. military. beck realized that dream, serving for 20 years with the s.e.a.l.s in some of the most dangerous battlegrounds around the world, including iraq and afghanistan. a former navy s.e.a.l. who knew beck says he had a stellar
reputation among his comrades. by the time he retired from service in 2011, beck had a long list of medals and commendations, including the bronze star and purple heart. but for 20 years, while beck was fighting for his country, he was also fighting an inner battle, a battle over his gender identity. chris beck wanted to live his life openly and honestly as a woman, which is what he started doing after he retired in 2011. chris beck is now kristen beck and lives her life openly and honestly as a woman. she's currently on hormone replacement therapy and feels like she's becoming the person she was always meant to be. it's been a long journey for kristen to get to this point. she's written a book about her experience called "warrior princess" hoping to help others. the book comes nearly two years after the department of defense repealed its don't ask don't tell policy, allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, but gender identity
has nothing to do with sexuality. transgender men and women are still banned from service. the 20 year decorated combat veteran would not be allowed to serve in the military as she lives her life today. as you'll hear, she wants it to be a happy, even ordinary life. for years, life was anything but. here's part one of my exclusive conversation with kristen beck. i don't think most people can imagine what it's like to feel like you are in disguise, to feel like you are not in the body you were meant to be in. you're not the gender you're meant to be. did you feel that way always? you would feel like that all the time constantly? >> it is a constant but as you suppress it and bottle it up, it's not like on the surface so maybe i can put it back a few different layers so it's not like, you would never notice it because i can push it so deep. but then it does kind of like, it gnaws at you. it's always there. >> how would you let off steam,
let off pressure? you said you would go to sometimes victoria's secret? >> yeah. i would go to victoria's secret and buy something because it's easy, i could say yes, close to valentine's day was the best day to buy stuff at victoria's secret because there's a lot of guys there buying things for their gerl friend. i would bring it home and wear it and then you have to purge because you couldn't have anything laying around so you hide a few things. you buy a lot of stuff and you have these really cool shoes or really good stuff that makes you feel, you know, more closer to how you would like to feel, closer to that, you know, that spark, that spirit. and you feel good about yourself. but then you can't expose yourself or you can't take the chance that anybody else would ever see this or you can't let it be there too much because then you get too comfortable with it and it spills out. so you have to get rid of everything. >> someone might find it. >> yes. or you get too comfortable with
that and you let down your guard. so the purge is something that probably every cross dresser and transgender and everybody else, it's like a reset point where okay, i'm not doing this ever again. >> you're also in this incredibly secretive community. you're in this incredibly masculine traditionally thought of as masculine military community, the navy s.e.a.l.s. so that's got to add a whole other layer to it. >> huge layer. it's kind of like that onion, the skin of the onion, peel take back and keep having as many layers of the onion as you can but deep down inside the middle of the onion is where my female persona was hidden. it was through so many different layers and through so many purges and through so many of those little disguises that i was able to just keep it totally pretty much turned off. >> so for 20 years as a navy s.e.a.l., 20 years in the navy, there was a core of who you were deep down inside but you had all
these disguises layered on top of it. >> yes. >> no one really knew the real you. >> no one ever met the real me. >> all the people you served with, as close as you were -- >> never. no one -- you could ask every s.e.a.l. out of the thousands and thousands and thousands that i've known, or special forces, my green beret brothers or anyone else i worked with in the military, no one knew anything. >> why did you want to be a s.e.a.l.? >> that's a tough question. i wanted to be a s.e.a.l. because it was like the toughest of the tough. there was no movies out at the time when i joined up. this is the late '80s and all we knew about it was what we knew from some of the books and some of the old guys from vietnam and they were the men in green faces. they did some, you know, amazing things. we read the stories about it. so you grow up with that always around you.
i want to be the toughest of the tough. so for me, having my inside little kernel of my femininity, it was like i've heard people say before i escape in hypermasculinity. i've heard that term thrown around and i kind of look back and go yeah, i didn't know what i was doing. i didn't know the term hypermasculinity. i didn't know anything. but it's more of those layers being put on. and that is a huge thick layer. >> so there was part of you that felt if you could become a s.e.a.l. and be in the toughest of the tough, that feminine side of you would disappear? >> yes. i could totally make it go away. if i could be at the top level and be -- maybe it would go away. maybe i could cure myself. >> you really thought that? >> yes. i think that's probably just the society pressure and family pressure and everything else. >> did you like being a s.e.a.l.? >> yes. it's amazing.
i mean, can you imagine being in a group of people where life and death is the every day, you know, we do it all the time. and your trust and your camaraderie and the tightness of that, it's nothing like anything i've ever seen. >> there's nothing else like that bond. >> nothing else like that, i don't think. especially when we start going to war with these guys and we're bleeding in the same sand or going to the jungles over there and fighting a couple spots, in places like bosnia and all over africa and a few spots in afghanistan and iraq and all the other places i fought in these wars, and these different conflicts, you can never compare that to anything else. >> yet you couldn't tell your brothers, your brothers in arms, who you really were. >> no. not at all.
it was so deep that i was scared for 20 years, i don't know. that's a hard thing to explain. i had to suppress it so far. i did it here at the house. when i was off, out on weekends, on the weekends i would decompress, i was away from the stuff but there would be six months on deployment or whatever, i wouldn't do anything. stay away from it. >> even when you stayed away from it, when you weren't buying the clothes or wearing the clothes at home, were you thinking about it in the back of your mind? >> it would come up sometimes. just like the regular guys, there are magazines you pick up and start flipping through the magazines. >> so as a s.e.a.l., when you were with other people, you could look at magazines -- >> i think about it totally differently. >> you would look at the pictures of the women and want to be that. >> yes. yes. >> and no one else knew that's what you were looking at -- >> no. that was all the way inside that deep little piece. way inside that onion. they wouldn't know what's inside of my head. >> imagine what that's like for 20 years, to be around these
people who you love, your brothers in arms, and not be able to really know -- let them know who you really are. kristen said no one ever met the real me. that's what she just said. coming up next, she will talk about how she worried that if someone did meet the real kristen, they might lash out against her. but that was a legitimate -- that was an actual fear of yours, concern of yours, if this got out, somebody might kill you in the field. >> yes. that's a fear i have right now. i don't know. from stouffer's
navy s.e.a.l. commander kristen beck. she spoke about how hard it was for 20 years as a s.e.a.l. to hide the fact that inside, she felt she was a woman. part two of our exclusive interview, she talks about the consequences that she feared of breaking her silence. it's got to be so sad to think that for 20 years, you have to -- that you have this incredible bond with these people you're fighting with, and you want it to be the closest bond imaginable, yet you can't really let yourself be yourself. >> it's definitely tough. we say it's strengthhonor. when we shake hands, we say strength and honor. that's still what i gave true. i gave true brotherhood, i did my best, 150% all the time, and i gave strength and honor and my full brotherhood to every military person i ever worked with.
i feel that pretty much any transgendered person that is in the military right now, and there's a lot of them right now that are doing the same thing, and you would never know that they are transgender or anything. it's just too bad because they're doing a great job, and nobody even knows it. >> what would have happened if you had said to some of the s.e.a.l.s you were serving with that this is who you are? >> well, it's probably very similar to some of the support i'm getting right now, but it would have been only that, you know, a few of them that would have accepted it and said hey, you're my brother and i have never seen you do anything wrong and totally hon rorable and it' good to go and they might have accepted it and maybe half and half. maybe less. i don't know. that's a chance that if i took it, i might be dead today. >> you might be dead because what? >> if it got out while i was on active duty. i don't know. i mean, it's hard to say what
the reaction would be. >> but that was an actual fear of yours, concern of yours, that if this got out, somebody might kill me in the field? >> yes. that's a fear i have right now. i don't know. >> you worry about that now? >> yes. there's a lot of prejudice out there. there's been a lot of transgender people who are killed for prejudice, for hatred. when the book came out, some amazing support and some amazing praises but also some pretty amazing bigotry and hatred and they don't want to know. they make comments like i will never read that book. if you read could educate yourself a little bit. i don't want you to love me. i don't want you to like me but i don't want you to beat me up and kill me. you don't have to like me. i don't care. but please don't kill me. >> everybody knows that s.e.a.l.s are incredibly strong.
in my opinion, to do what you're doing now requires a whole different kind of strength. >> i've seen that comment quite a bit. some of my s.e.a.l. team brothers, they said it's a whole different type of courage. i look at it and it's not something i look at myself or i say, you know, i'm courageous. i never thought about that way. but there have been a lot of people that say that. >> what's it like to go outside now as you? i imagine part of it's liberating and there's also got to be fear. >> yes. going outside for me right now, every time i walk out my front door is -- it's a challenge. it's a mission because i want to make sure that i represent, you know, all of us women in a good way. >> how do you go from being 20 years a navy s.e.a.l., the way
you would sit as a s.e.a.l., to the way you're sitting right now is as a woman sits. >> i would say to any of the guys out there, if you put a skirt on, you automatically kind of do this. >> not a lot of options. >> yeah. it's like whoop, i just -- but it's something i probably have to think about a lot more. let me step back maybe a couple years after i retired. so after i retired, it was -- >> you retired 2011? >> 2011, yes. so in 2011, i started -- i went out in public a couple times and started kind of going out the front door. actually i always went out the side door. but it was a very scary thing. >> you went out the side door of your own house? >> yes. because i didn't want too many lights or anything so i would go out and real quickly jump in my car and drive. i tried to drive from here because you're safe inside my own house. i would open the car door up and drive away and go to a safe haven. >> where are you on this journey?
>> this is -- it's an amazingly long journey, and the book "the warrior princess" is only about the coming out. so it builds up. some of my past, my growing up, some of the s.e.a.l. team stuff, and then coming out and some of the psychological aspects of that coming out. the journey i'm on right now, i just recently came out, i'm starting to live my life as a full female. i live, this is my life. >> what do you hope happens? >> i want to have my life. i want to live in peace and happiness. i fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. i want some happiness. >> earlier i said kristen was a navy s.e.a.l. commander. i misspoke. she was navy chief.
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welcome back. tonight, new developments in the story we have been following closely. 10-year-old sarah murnaghan's battle to live. she has cystic fibrosis, needs a lung transplant and is running out of time. yesterday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order that will prevent her age from keeping her off the waiting list for adult donor lungs. it was a big victory but sarah isn't the only child fighting this battle. today an 11-year-old boy named javier acosta won an identical ruling from the same judge. he is being treated at the same philadelphia hospital as sarah. sarah's dad was on the program last night and told us her condition declined in the last couple days. a lot of different medical factors go into deciding who should receive donor organs when they become available. a complex scoring system is used. we will dig a little deeper on
this right now. jason carroll joins me along with chief medical correspond t correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. jason, what has sarah's family told you about recent developments? how is she doing? >> she had a rough night last night, a rough day today and in fact, at one point, doctors thought they might have to have her intubated, where they put a tube down your throat so you can breathe a little easier. but doctors were able to stabilize her, get her heart rate down. her mother basically saying she's a tough little girl, she's a fighter and she'll have to keep fighting every single day because her condition is critical and every day is going to be a fight for her. >> sanjay, so after the ruling yesterday by this judge, sarah is now eligible for an adult lung transplant but can her body actually accept adult lungs if she were to receive them? how does that work? >> they could. the body could accept adult lungs. there's a couple things to keep in mind. you mentioned she has cystic fibrosis. that's caused by a defective gene so it will affect both
lungs so she needs both lungs transplanted. sometimes people just need one lung transplanted. also, just size, just the mechanics is an issue here. the lungs are too big, sometimes the adult lung, the donor lungs, can be trimmed. they use staples and actually staple around it to make the lungs smaller. sometimes they can actually use part of the lung, use only certain lobes of the lung to transplant as well. so those are a couple of options. but not ideal. you would prefer the right size lungs. but to your question, it is possible. >> after she -- if she was able to get a lung, are there other problems she could encounter after receiving an adult lung? >> yeah. so when you think about the adult lungs, for example, if you do trim them, there's a concern that perhaps they might start to leak and that would cause a buildup of air around the lungs as opposed to within the lungs. that could be a significant problem. also, it's not just the length of the lungs, but also the size from front to back.
it may just be harder to sort of literally fit the lung into her body. that's just something doctors have to sort of maneuver. if you are using adult lungs, the blood vessels, for example, may be bigger in size as compared to the pediatric smaller child size blood vessels. these things do make a difference. i will point out as well with cystic fibrosis, one of the concerns is that you develop infections, you're more likely to develop infections and could those infections also affect the new lungs. that would be true if they were adult or pediatric lungs. that's something doctors will have to think about. >> jason, today i know you got court documents from the mother of an 11-year-old bronx boy who also has cystic fibrosis. they also received a federal ruling just like the one sarah's family received. what do we know about that boy's condition? >> javier acosta is 11 years old and does have cystic fibrosis as well. he critically needs a lung just like sarah does. they're in the same hospital. their families know each other. they have been talking to each other about the entire situation.
what's so tragic about the acosta family is back in 2009, javier's brother who was 11 years old at the time, also had cystic fibrosis, was also waiting for a lung transplant. unfortunately, he died waiting for a transplant. so you can imagine now what the acosta family is going through but they now feel as though at least now, javier has a chance like sarah. >> all right. it's so unthinkable for these kids. appreciate the reporting. we'll continue to follow it. dr. sanjay gupta as well. just ahead, what you need to know if you're one of the millions of people in the path of tropical storm andrea. the first named storm of the hurricane season. also, mindy crandall let gloria mckenzie cut in line to buy what turned out to be the winning powerball ticket in last month's $590 million drawing but she's not bitter about it at all. you'll hear from her ahead. artie vo: we have a very special relationship.
some people don't understand, but we do. jill was a very good baby, just smilin' and bubblin', she was just so cute, oh boy. you always have great expectations for your children. my expectations of what jill's life was going to be included a husband. so when nikki came to ask permission to marry our little girl... that startled me. i told her, this is not the dream i had for my daughter. i didn't say yes, i didn't say no. coming out to the wedding from back east, i had some real apprehensions about it.
what's this gonna look like? two girls getting married. you have to make a decision, are you going to have a daughter that you are going to maintain a very wonderful relationship for the rest of your life. or are you going to lose that child? this was a situation that i had to come to understand. once we got out to california and we saw how happy they were, all that trepidation just seemed to go away. that you know, that was a big big turning point. of course walking jill down the aisle, just looking at her, she was breathtakingly beautiful. you come to terms with it and you say this is the very natural order of things in your life,
and it's supposed to be this way. when jill was born there was a certain spark in her eye, and a glow in her heart that quickly became very apparent to judy and i. when she got a little older, and all of the sudden, that spark that i look for in your eyes and your heart, i didn't see. and it pained us greatly. and all of the sudden, bam, there's nikki, and that spark is back. and we are just so happy that we have our jill back, and now we have nikki. and we love you both. jill vo: i've dreamt of this dad. jill vo: i've dreamt of this. artie vo: so have i. so have i. jill vo: i mean it. i love you. artie vo: on the trip i came over all the hurdles in the world to get to where i feel i am today.
welcome back. tropical storm andrea is the first named storm of the atlantic hurricane season. it's been pounding florida's west coast tonight. andrea made landfall in dixie county at 5:40 eastern. chad myers has been tracking the storm and joins me now. chad, where is this storm and what's that like? >> pretty much lake city, i-75, i-10, kind of the crosshairs. this storm will make a lot of
rainfall. this is not going to be a wind maker. it's about done. winds are 50 miles per hour. there may still be small tornadoes because that's what happens with a land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. but the rain, the shield all the way from charleston all the way now to north carolina, as far southwest as jacksonville. the rain is just about done for florida. it has moved away. dry air wrapped into this system like this. that kind of made that old dry system right through here from tampa to jacksonville, then the rain moves to the northeast from here. it is going to be a big rain maker, even for the northeast. even for washington, d.c. although it's moving at 50 miles per hour, this wind speed right there, the forward speed is still only 15 miles per hour as it travels up toward the d.c. area. there's the numbers, you want to put those in the computer and see where it is. this again is the story. here's the forecast precipitation for this storm. it is going to continue to move on up toward the northeast. the rain, two to four inches from atlanta southward, charleston, but you get up into the mountains, and where's the
worst place you could get rain? in the mountains. the mountains will start to run all that water off, three to five inches, maybe up to six inches in some spots west of washington, d.c., two to four even for new york city. the problem is these are areas that are already saturated. there's enough rain here already. you start to get a wind of 30, 40 miles per hour, some of these trees are just going to become uprooted and then of course, you have all that wind even for new york city. looks like the closest approach to the city, 45 miles per hour. that happens late friday night into saturday morning right when people are trying to get back home from friday night. >> how active is this hurricane season going to be? i'm always skeptical of people's predictions. a lot of times they said it will be really active and it hasn't been, or they say it's not going to be active and it has been. what's the prediction at this point? >> you know, we have a storm that's 70 miles per hour almost five days into the season. the forecast is for somewhere between 13 and 20 storms. that's well above normal. hurricane center says there's a
5% chance of a below normal season. 95% chance of normal or higher. so i'm going to go with the 95%. i play roulette. i don't go with the double zero, i guess. >> all right. pretty good odds there. thanks very much. let's get caught up on some of the other stories we're following. randi kaye is here with the "360" bulletin. a new york woman has pleaded guilty to fraud charges stemming from a fund-raising scam we reported on last december. she tried to solicit donations by posing as a relative of 6-year-old noah posner, one of the sandy hook elementary school shooting victims. another "360" follow. search and rescue efforts ended at the collapsed building site in philadelphia that left six people dead. a 61-year-old woman pulled out alive this morning nearly 13 hours after the collapse is in critical condition. she was the 14th survivor rescued. and powerball winner gloria mckenzie has mentioned the kind stranger who let her cut in line
to buy the winning ticket in last month's $590 million drawing. tonight, we know who she is. her name is mindy crandall and she says she's not at all upset about giving up her spot in line. she told abc's "good morning america" that things are meant to be for a reason. she also shared her 10-year-old daughter's take. >> she was like yeah, sometimes it's better to be patient than rich. i was like that's right. so i knew then no matter what, we were teaching our daughter the right thing. >> good lesson learned there. >> nice if miss mckenzie maybe tossed a little money her way. >> just a little of that $590 million. she gets like $200 something million. a million here, a million there. >> a million or two. a million or two, why not. >> absolutely. one for her, one for the 10-year-old. >> the karma wheel goes around and around. it will be good for everybody. thanks very much. we'll see what happens. coming up, well, find out who's on the "ridiculist" next. i'm the next american success story. working for a company
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you get the picture, right? all right. so recently, a shoplifting incident was caught on surveillance video. the store's marketing director explains what happened. >> he basically just ran into one of the doors, tried to grab an entire mannequin and run off with it. as he grabbed it, the bottom half fell off so he got the top half out the door with him and off he went. >> but the thief didn't stop there. oh, no. he apparently wasn't satisfied with just that torso. he actually returned to the store later that night. it wasn't the bottom half that he seemed to be after. >> he came back that night after business hours and broke in. he was wearing the wig from the mannequin he had stolen and found new clothing for his friend to wear. >> the police caught up with the suspect who was riding his bike near nearby and left a trail of stolen toys behind him. the store says it's a first.
>> every time we get people who come in, kind of ask questions about the mannequins, do we sell them. >> it seems like an awful lot of trouble. for a lot less work, the suspect could have kicked back with the 1987 film staring andrew mccarthy. >> the first thing that made me feel like an artist. >> you never expected to hear it talk back. >> i really think i'm going crazy. >> i did not remember that kim cattrall was in that '80s epic. the real life alleged thief was arrested, held on $15,000 bail. when other customers heard about the theft, they were somewhat perplexed about the whole deal. >> why would you steal a mannequin? go get the real thing. i guess he couldn't get the real thing. >> cogent commentary for an interview on the street. mind your mannequins.
they're there for all of us to enjoy. that does it for us. see you again one hour from now. another edition of "360" 10:00 p.m. eastern. "piers morgan live" starts now. this is "piers morgan live." welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. tonight, breaking news. the government is watching you. it's not just phones. now google, facebook, apple and more, giving your photos and e-mails to the government according to the "washington post" and "guardian." i'll talk to the reporter who broke the story plus the senator that has been against the patriot act from the beginning. on the grill, christine quinn, a woman who wants to be the first female openly gay mayor of new york. quite a comeback. can anthony wiener get in her way. also, the valedictorian that you tore up his speech and said the lord's ay