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happening in "the newsroom," four days and fear. >> patient admitted to this hospital has tested positive for ebola virus. >> the first patient diagnosed with epaola in the united states. >> it's a severe disease. we need to be on our guard. >> the cdc this morning sevening for anyone who came into contact with this person. why four days are so crucial. >> the only time you brief the president on perimeter security, the president's personal security first family security
has been one time in 2014. >> that's correct. >> was the director of the secret service lying under oath as a new scandal hits the agency did she know about it and say it. >> the security guard was inappropriately taking photos of the president inside an elevator and turned out had a gun. >> the big question, will julia pierson survive? >> if someone opens a window or a window is broken at my house, i have an alarm, have you ever heard of these guys? >> let's talk, live in "the newsroom." good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. u.s. health officials are scrambling to contain the public fear and possible spread of the first ebola case diagnosed on american soil. right now the unidentified patient is in an isolation ward at a dallas hospital.
he traveled from the ebola hot spot of liberia and west africa. he left liberia on the 19th of september, not showing any symptoms. he arrived in dallas the next day september 20th, still not showing any symptoms. it wasn't until four days later on the 24th that he started getting sick. two days later on the 26th, he went to a medical facility where they sent him home with anti-biotics. two days after that on the 28th he was hospitalized and isolated and just yesterday the cdc confirmed he has ebola. cdc team is in dallas this morning and the search is on for anyone who came into contact with this man between the 24th and the 28th. now those four days are extremely important. it's during those four days that he could have infected someone else. just this morning, though, cdc officials said americans should not be worried. >> the plain truth is we've stopped this outbreak dozens of times in africa in much more difficult conditions.
in fact, even in lagos, where there were almost 900 contacts identified, about 19,000 home visits to monitor for fever, we were able it appears to contain the outbreak. so there's no doubt we can contain it here. >> many people wonder our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is at the cdc in atlanta. you saw him there and outside the dallas hospital is elizabeth cohen, our senior medical correspondent. sanjay, what more is the cdc saying? >> reporter: they're sticking to that line, they think they are confident they can control and prevent any outbreak occurring here in the united states. this is historic, never happened outside of africa, and they want to take care of this patient, they say is talking, asking for
food but still listed in critical condition and also figure out all these contacts, as you mentioned carol, there was four days where this patient was sick before they were isolated. who are these contacts, how do you find this em? take a look. this morning the door-to-door investigation begins. health officials including a crew from the centers for disease control now in dallas in search of anyone who may have come in contact with the first patient diagnosed with ebola in the you state. >> the patient admitted to this hospital has tested positive for ebola virus, the cause of ebola virus disease. >> reporter: according to the cdc the unidentified patient traveled from liberia on september 19th landing in the united states the following day september 20th. doctors say he did not feel sick until the 24th. >> the patient was visiting family members and staying with family members who live in this country. >> reporter: ebola is a virus
that can sometimes cause internal bleeding. those symptoms don't appear for 2 to 21 days after infx, signs do include sudden fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat. the disease is also spread by direct contact via bodily fluids, only after symptoms begin. >> this is not transmitted by the air. there's no risk to a person in this hospital who's walking or is a patient. there's simply no reason to be fearful of that. >> reporter: paramedics who transported the patient now quarantined. the ambulance used decontaminated, cordoned off. there is some concern because ambulance 37 was used for two days after transporting the patient. though health officials saying it's okay, the city spokeswoman telling cnn the dallas county health department confirmed paramedics followed proper guidelines to avoid contaminating additional patients. none of the crew members are
exhibiting signs of the disease this as the cdc says fellow passengers on the same flight from liberia are likely not at risk. doctors warn to remain vigilant. >> i have no doubt we'll stop this in its tracks in the u.s. but i also have no doubt as long as the outbreak continues in africa, we need to be on our guard. >> reporter: there is so much clarity regardinging a few things i think, carol. there is a good idea how the virus behaves and is transmitted. there are open questions as well, carol, you addressed this, brought this up. this patient went into the hospital on the 26th and for whatever reason was not admitted certainly and was not tested for ebola, despite having symptoms, despite having this obviously very pertinent travel history. what exactly happened there and going forward and what is going to happen to the contacts? you heard the ambulance drivers, they are quarantined.
they don't have any symptoms, would other people be quarantined as well? it's, i talked to dr. frieden about this. i think this is still evolving, carol. we're seeing real time something brand new in terms of what the guidelines are going to be, they are still evolving, carol. >> at the very least that's making a lot of people feel uncomfortable this morning. dr. sanjay gupta, thank you very much. as sanjay said we are also learning this morning that doctors may not have screened this patient properly from the start. elizabeth cohen live in dallas with that side of the story. good morning. >> we're learning something that's disturbing here this morning, so my friend sanjay just explained this patient showed up here at the hospital that i'm in front of on the 26th with symptoms of ebola, and was sent home, and then came back in an ambulance on the 28th. that is not supposed to happen, and i was speaking with an official who is familiar with this situation and this official told me, look, this patient did not say that we been travel in
liberia, and even more importantly, the hospital did not ask about his travel history. this official said hey, this is a big problem, the cdc has been telling hospitals for a long time now you've got to ask for travel histories when people show up with these symptoms, and the fact that a hospital as large as this according to this official didn't ask, he says is an issue. we reached out to the folks at presbyterian, we are waiting to hear back from them. carol? >> okay, another side of this story, you also found that screening at the airport is not consistent. so what's supposed to happen when you leave a west african country to come home to the united states? >> right, so when i left liberia, the screening was intense and rigorous. they took our temperature three times, carol. they took is once when we were driving in, they checked myself, my producer, my photographer, our driver, and our fixer and checked our temperature twice more inside the airport and
there were nurses and could you tell they were looking at to us see if we looked sick. they asked us about symptoms and asked us about exposure. they said did you participate in purials, did you get close to an ebola patient that kind of things. that happened exactly as it was supposed to happen. when we arrived back in atlanta at hartsfield airport things seemed, well, a little strange. let me talk you through that. when we returned myself and my producer and my photographer all said we're coming back from liberia, where we were covering epaola. we were very straightforward about this. they did not take our temperatures. they did not ask us questions about exposure and did you get close to patients, didn't you, et cetera. they ohm told me to watch for symptoms. they did not tell my producer and photographer to watch out for symptoms, and when they told me that, they didn't know what symptoms to tell me to watch out for, and they also only told me this after they said oh, i think we got an e-mail about this and
had to consult with their colleagues on it, this is in sharp contrast to the way it's supposed to work. i want to read to you a statement from josh earnest, the white house spokesman, here is what he said on august 4th, he said because there are customs and border patrol officials who are carefully monitoring passengers who are arriving from these countries, to ensure public health is protected. as someone who just returned from liberia four days ago, there was no careful monitoring. >> all disturbing, we'll talk a a lot more throughout the two hours in "the newsroom." thanks so much. i know you have a lot of questions about ebola, we'll bring back dr. gupta in the 10:00 eastern hour to help us out. go to facebook.com/carralcnn our @carolcnn on twitter and did any question you may have about ebola. dr. gupta will answer as many
questions as possible at 10:30 eastern time. another black eye for the secret service after the agency announced it's investigating a new security breach this time from president obama's trip to the cdc in atlanta last month. this lapse occurred three days before that man jumped the white house fence. lawmakers taking aim at secret services director julia pierson. that incident during a fiery capital hill hearing. >> how was he able to sprint almost the entire length of a football field without being intercepted by guards inside the fence? >> i hate to even imagine what could have happened if gonzalez had been carrying a gun instead of a knife when he burst inside the white house. >> i wish to god you protected the white house like you're
protecting your reputation here today. >> pierson was questioned how often she speaks to the president about security threats, but she seemed to omit the cdc breach in atlanta and her answer to congress. >> what percentage of the time do you inform the president if his personal security is in any way, shape or form been breached? >> 100% of the time we would advise the president. >> in calendar year 2014, how many times has that happened? >> i have not briefed him with the exception of the september 19th incident. >> of course now we know there were two breaches, and some call for pierson to resign, my next guess says the problems at the secret service are bigger than just one person. joining me now, delegate eleanor
holmes washington d.c. welcome. >> thank you. >> do you still think julia pierson should remain on the job? >> julia pierson now has, besides the problem with the core mission of protecting the president, a growing credibility problem. the credibility problem, remember the failure to tell us how far the intruder got into the white house, the failure to tell us about, to tell the public about the gunshots that pierced the living quarters of the president or to investigate it until four months later, and now why weren't we told at least in the secret session we had at the end of the hearing. that credibility problem is certainly going to hurt her. i have not called for her resignation because i believe the problem goes beyond personnel. she was brought in to correct the problem. that was the problem with the
agents essentially doing things off duty that they shouldn't have been doing with drinking and carousing. maybe she corrected that problem. now we bring in somebody to correct another aspect of the problem. that's not enough here. we need a total overhaul of that agency. it is not equipped for a 21st century terrorism domestic and international mandate. >> so shouldn't an outside person come in and change the culture of the secret service? because most experts believe the culture is the problem, and how can an insider, because ms. pierson has been with the secret service for a very long time, how could an insider change the culture when she's probably part of the problem. >> oh the culture is a huge problem but the culture isn't the only problem. i'm not convinced for example that if there had been multiple fence jumpers at one time, and
that's what we ought to fear now particularly with isil having what appear to be americans who are going over there with american passports, i fear five or six jumping the fence and don't have any confidence after the hearing that we have a secret service that is equipped to stop them. i think we have an old time secret service, the culture is one part of it, we've had no outside investigation, that's what we need first, the change of the guard at the top won't change the culture either. we probably do need some cleansing of the agency, but we don't even have an outside investigation to tell us top to bottom what went wrong and what should happen. >> here's the thing, though, america is at war with isis. this is a dangerous time for the president of the united states. doesn't an immediate change need to happen? maybe the military should take over the duties of protecting the president. what do you think? >> well you know, that's something we ought to consider,
but again we've had no investigation. i'm not convinced that an old-fashioned secret service that's been guarding the presidents throughout the 19th and 20th century is the same secret service we need in the 21st century, but that's you and i sitting here speculating. the committee called for an outside investigation yesterday, and most people didn't call for a resignation not because some of them don't believe it should happen, but because they know that won't solve the problem. >> delegate eleanor holmes norton, thanks for your insight, i appreciate it. >> of course. still to come in "the newsroom," protesters packed downtown hong kong way new threat as a national holiday turns into a lesson in civil disobedience. andrew stevens is covering the action in hong kong. >> reporter: a huge lesson in civil disobedience, carol, tens of thousands of people, they're saying they're going nowhere until they see some political change here, and the stakes
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one more day, that's how long protesters in hong kong say they'll give before they step up their operation. andrew stevens joins us from hong kong with the latest, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. yes, one more day or the protest leaders say they will start occupying buildings in central, a way to put extra pressure on
the local government and by extension beijing into trying to get the political mechanisms here changed to allow more democracy. see what's going on behind me, right now the student protest leaders are speaking, rallying the crowd and we don't yet know what they've been saying but it's interesting, carol, with he spoke to a number of protesters in the last few minutes about what they think about occupying the buildings. taking what is a peaceful demonstration so far and make it more aggressive by moving into government buildings and the general consensus they didn't think that was a good idea, they didn't want to antagonize the police. the police have no other option but to confront them if they start moving in on buildings. we have seen one night of gas and pepper spray attacks which shocked a lot of hong kongers and helped bring out a lot more people to support this cause and from that, the students here,
the hong kongers have been saying this must remain a peaceful demonstration, by escalating it to an actual occupation could mean potentially a very dangerous new situation, carol. >> it's unbelievable crowds, andrew stevens reporting live from hong kong this morning, thank you. still to come in "the newsroom" the mother of a murdered college student makes a plea to jesse matthew, he's expected in the abduction of another student hannah graham and police want to know if he's tied to more killings. athena jones is live in charlottesville. >> reporter: that's right, carol, law enforcement authorities in several virginia cities want to answer the question, could jesse matthew be linked to other unsolved cases? more when we come back. ♪
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this morning virginia authors are pouring over several unsolved murders searching for links to jesse matthew, the suspect in the disappearance of uva sophomore hannah graham due back in court this week and he could be facing more charges in the future. police say dna links him to a 2009 murder of virginia tech student morgan harrington. athena jones is live in charlottesville with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning carol. these revelations about that dna link to the morgan harrington case are raising more questions about jesse matthew's past. investigators across virginia
now have their eyes on jesse matthew. >> we're poised to be cooperative and helpful in any way that we can with regard to cases in which other departments might have an interest. >> reporter: in addition to the disappearance of 18-year-old hannah graham, law enforcement sources say dna evidence also links matthew to the death of morgan harrington. she vanished in october 2009. her remains found months later on a farm outside charlottesville. authorities are reexamining other cold cases in the state to see if matthew is connected. like the case of casandra morton found dead near lynchburg in 2009, reported missing the same day as harrington. police investigating a potential link to the 2009 unsolved murder case of two virginia tech students, heidi childs and david metzer found shot to death near campus. and police in orange, virginia, looking into any possible connection in the disappearance of samantha ann clark who
vanished after leaving her home in 2010. no links have been found in those cases yet but the dna linking matthew to morgan harrington could also connect him to another victim in 2012 the fbi said the suspect in the harrington case matched the dna profile from a 2005 sexual assault case in fairfax, virginia. ever since hannah graham went missing more than two weeks ago, jill and dan harrington felt it was linked to their daughter, morgan's disappearance. >> we're not joyful. there's no celebration here. we're kind of stunned, but we also are, you know, devastated that it has come through hannah graham being missing, you know, we need to find hannah graham. that is front and center on our minds right now. >> reporter: as they fight for justice they tell cnn's anderson cooper they find some comfort matthew is mind babehind bars. >> i will be relieved to know that he will be prevented from ever hurting another girl again.
i don't have any desire or need to tear him limb from limb or hurt him or, i just want to prevent him from hurting anybody else, and that i am vehement to do. >> reporter: and voiced strong words to the man they believe killed their daughter. >> how could you possibly be so awful to abduct someone and kill them? it's beyond me that that is just beyond a human understanding. >> reporter: jesse matthew is due to appear before a district court judge tomorrow morning for a bond hearing. he'll do that via video link from the regional jail and i spoke with matthew's lawyer. he met with his client for two and a half hours, he told me, on monday and because the court papers are under seal he hasn't been provided with any evidence linking his client, jesse matthew to either the hannah graham case or the morgan harrington case. carol? >> athena jones reporting live
from charlottesville, virginia, thank you. a bit of breaking news to pass along to you out of dallas and it's good news. this is a good thing, all three members of the ambulance team that picked up the patient with ebola and transported him to the dallas hospital have not been exposed to the ebola virus. in fact, this is according to 'roiders they tested negative for ebola according to the city of dallas and reuters is reporting this. that said they will still be under observation for the next 21 days for safety sake but as of right now those ambulance workers did not test positive for ebola. they tested negative, good news. i'm back in a minute. when it comes to good nutrition...i'm no expert. that would be my daughter -- hi dad. she's a dietitian. and back when i wasn't eating right, she got me drinking boost. it's got a great taste, and it helps give me the nutrition i was missing. helping me stay more like me. [ female announcer ] boost complete nutritional drink
more breaking news to tell you about, and it's good news again, this morning car sales saw a past in september, the increase comes on the heels of a strong summer closing, in august the auto industry hit some of its highest sales levels in a decade. we bring in cnn's chief business correspondent christine romans to celebrate further. >> this is what a recovery looks like. someone buying a car, they have to be confident about the housing market, confident about their job, they have to have some money in the bank. this shows you the consumer is able to, after many years of being very frugal and careful
the consumer is buying cars again. chrysler sales up 19%, very strong, nissan sales were up, also very strong. 18.5%. we're waiting for ford and gm but this tells you in the month of september auto sales did very, very nicely. where a lot of people are expecting for the rest of this year and 2015 to be better some good news for people who are car buyers, a lot of incentives are out there, also used car prices are falling as more people are starting to buy new cars again so if you're looking for a used car those prices are falling. >> where are people getting this money? people are still tapped. >> the job market is recovering a little bit, the average car on the road is 11 years old so some people have to, to get to their job they need to get a new car. there's also incentives and credit is flowing again even for subprime borrowers. one thing to be careful about if you stretch the payments too far you could get yourself in trouble because you're still paying the car off when you're also having to pay for costly
repairs. some people are stretching their payments far to keep a low month i had payment so be careful about that. but there are incentives out there and this month there could be more incentives because you've got the new carrier coming up, the new model year. so dealers want to get the last years off the lot. >> christine romans, thanks for brightening our day, i appreciate it. this morning in dallas, health workers are going from door to door searching for anyone who came into contact with the first person diagnosed with ebola on u.s. soil. just minutes ago the city of dallas reported that all three members of the ambulance crew have tested neglecttiative, the that transported the patient to the dallas hospital, they are fine so far. along the lines the government is reassuring americans that the overall threat to the public is quite low. my next guest calls the situation grave though, michael burgess is a republican congressman from dallas, who has practiced medicine for nearly three decades. welcome, congressman. >> thanks, carol, for having me on. >> thanks for being here on this
very important topic. you were briefed on this case moments after the news broke. how worried are you? >> well, i am worried and i have been for several months. i will say to the credit of the cdc, they've done a good job of keeping me and my office up to date really since mid summer, when they sent their first 30 workers over to western africa, but make no mistake, it is a serious situation. this is the first person who has been diagnosed in this country, but this person did not actually become infected in this country, and of course now the issue that has us all concerned is will there be a case of someone diagnosed in the united states who actually became infected as a result of patient contact in the united states. that's what's sort of pending at this point. >> right, this man went to the hospital because he was very sick and the hospital, doctors sent him home with antibiotics. he returned two days later by
blons bla ambulance and they diagnosed ebola. that's disturbing. >> it is troubling and of course we don't know the details of the visit and patient privacy protections it's not likely we'll learn a lot but it is concerning and certainly the takeaway for anyone who is practicing er medicine, boy that travel history is extremely important and don't overlook it. >> so officials in dallas are going door to door now, just as a precaution to find out if anyone's been exposed to this man. how difficult a task is that? >> it's difficult but it is something, this is what public health does. this is sort of like epidemiology 101, you identify the contacts and the close contacts of those close contacts are identified, people need to be monitored for any elevations in their temperature, remember the incubation of the virus is from 2 to 21 days so that's a
pretty long period of time that the people will have to be kept under surveillance, and the key is, if no one in 21 days has shown evidence of the disease, then that's a pretty good sign, but anyone who then does show evidence of having a fever or a fever associated illness is going to have to be under some pretty close scrutiny until it's either confirmed or denied that they have the disease. >> i know that we have patient confidentiality laws, but wouldn't it be easier for authorities if they were able to release this patient's name? >> you know, i share your frustration there, and it would be great to go on the radio in dallas, texas, and say anyone with any contact with this individual, please contact the dallas county health department, and involve yourself in the surveillance that's ongoing. patient privacy laws are what they are. this is one instance where you might think that the public
health interest might trump that. >> but you would not be for naming this man? >> you know, look, there's a lot that's going to learned about this case. this is the first case. i think they're -- you know what? this is what's key here really from top to bottom. business as usual may not be the order of the day. this is a different sort of threat that we're facing today with ebola that they have faced for several months in western africa. it can't be business as usual. there has to be flexibility in federal agencies and federal law, and the protection of the greater public really has to be what's paramount. >> congressman michael burgess thank you for joining me. >> thank you. >> you have a lot of questions about ebola, we'll bring back dr. sanjay gupta in the 10:00 eastern hour. go to my twitter page @carolcnn
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correspondent pamela brown, criminal defense attorney joey jackson and l.z. granderson. we want to start with you, pam, what charges is gonzalez facing? >> yesterday a grand jury returned an indictment of three charges against omar gonzalez, one of federal charge, two d.c. violations of federal charges entering a restricted building while carrying a dangerous or deadly weapon. unlawful ammunition and carrying a weapon outside the home. this is an arraignment, he will likely enter a not guilty plea which is standard, this will happen at 1:30 p.m. eastern time today. >> this man has a history of mental illness and authorities have known that for some time. how will that enter into this criminal case against this man? >> what happens is the criminal
justice system is predicated on three things, punishment is number one and the deterrence because we want to deter you and other people and of course there's the other thing which is the rehabilitation. that's what it's premised on. having said that, mental illness is relevant, it's a factor, case hasn't been adjudicated yet, he'll get his day in court, simply being arraigned today to determine whether he should be detained, released, but in sentencing what you'll see is the attorneys if it gets that far and he's convicted or enters a plea move for a downward departure and what that means is he's mentally ill, served his country. consider it, judge, as a factor in lessening the amount of punishment he receives for this event. >> somehow i don't think federal prosecutors are looking at it quite that way. >> not necessarily, carol. i think that's going to be something that perhaps they factor in. you look at the mandatory sentencing for these charges for the federal charge entering a restricted building carrying a
deadly or dangerous weapon carries a sentence of ten years. there are stiff penalties that o omar gonzalez faces >> the question to you about julia pierson, the secret service director, everybody is wondering why hasn't she been fired, because we're not only talking about mr. gonzalez but another case in atlanta in an elevator, a convicted criminal with a gun beside the president. how can that happen? >> the primary reason why she should be fired isn't necessarily because of the gaps, those are horrible but because of the coverup after the gaps. that's where you lose trust and confidence not only in the american people but the man you're supposed to be charged with serving and protecting. i wonder why she's not fired myself with you there's a long list of people in obama's administration who have done bad or seemingly incompetentent things like kathleen sebelius. you wonder why hasn't this
person been fired. >> the president has this history of not firing people. instead the white house usually says the president has full confidence in the person and then someone resigns or retires like you said kathleen sebelius, eric shinseki, mark sullivan, the previous director. the administration says mr. obama has complete confidence in pierson. what gives with this? >> loyalty. >> it goes back to his tendency to not want to throw people in his circle under the bus, because at the end of the day if you fire that person you still have to dedicate resources to replace that person which may be taking away from using resources in time to fix the problem. i can understand that rationale but it doesn't look strong to continue to have incompetent people surrounding you and making these errors. >> when someone gets into the white house, you know, that's a problem, carol.
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afternoon, 1:00 eastern time. of course he'll be talking about the first diagnosed case of ebola on u.s. soil. we'll bring you that news conference live. we also know you have a lot of questions about ebola so we'll bring back dr. sanjay gupta in the 10:00 eastern hour to help us so submit your question #ebolaqanda or go to my facebook page. we'll answer as many of your questions as is possible 10:30 eastern time. also, the plight of a jailed american marine in mexico comes front and center in washington. next hour, the house committee on foreign affairs meets to discuss the deteriorating condition of marine sergeant andrew tomaresi. he's been behind bars in mexico where he accidentally crossed the u.s./mexico border with weapons in his truck. he was heading to california for treatment for ptsd and he has not received any treatment since. nick valencia has been following
the sergeant's story since his arrest. he joins us with more. good morning, nick. carol, i spoke earlier today with the family of andrew tammarisi and they're in washington, d.c.. their message is simple, get him out of mexican prison. the family received good news this week. on monday a court-ordered psychiatrist visited the marine in prison and concluded what the defense has been arguing all along, that this marine has ptsd but this kansas city says he needs to be releexed from mexico so he can go back to the united states and receive the proper ptsd treatment. this is a huge victory for the defense. i spoke to his defense attorney who says he is expecting to file a motion this week to dismiss the trial on humanitarian grounds. there are no shortage of critics, they say e broke the law and shouldn't receive special treatment and that he should go through the process of the mexican judicial system.
others say the mexican government is trying to make an example of andrew tahmooressi. his mother is expected to testify on capitol hill. carol? >> nick valencia, many thanks for that update. let's talk about this subcommittee hearing with california congressman ed royce. good morning, sir. >> good morning. >> congressman, we love our troops in this country. is it unusual, though, to have a congressional hearing to push for the release of one marine? >> carol, here is what is different here. and part of my view of this comes from robert buchanan, one of the marines who served with him. buchanan himself was wounded and he explained to me the fact that this is an individual who was one of the bravest men he had served with who was injured in the line of combat here with ptsd two tours in afghanistan.
i went down and visited with this young man. he has suffered through this for six months without being able to get the treatment. so we're having this hearing in order to race the case that on human karen grounds he should be released so he can get the treatment he really needs. >> congress has not debated going to war against isis, which could affect the mental health of thousands of u.s. troops. >> well, here's what we know about this case. we have traded -- we've seen the administration trade five taliban terrorists in order to get one u.s. serviceman returned to the united states. in this particular case, what
has been done over the last six months to get this marine back to his family? if we have the capacity here in our committee on foreign affairs to hold a hearing and to lay out the argument where, under the laws of mexico, the attorney general would have the ability on humanitarian grounds to release him and i have the report, i talked to the attorney general from mexico last thursday and we talked about thises expect of the law. and so i got the report from our hospital in san diego where the v.a. had done this study on him and i sent it right to the attorney general. i think if we can focus on this issue, we can probably obtain his release and i think for the family and certainly for him and his colleagues who right now are going to testify, you're going to have a chance to hear robert buchanan testify a medal of
valor recipient talk about what his service meant to him. >> and i totally get your concern for this marine. i'm just wondering why not more concern for other soldiers that might be exposed to future war? why not talk about that, too, congress as a whole? >> well, we debated that for six hours and we took a bipartisan action in the house of representatives and in the senate with large votes in order to support the president in the request that he made to us for the action to take air strikes against isis. what we did not do was authorize to put combat troops on to the ground in that theater of operation and frankly one of the reasons we have not put combat troops in there is because of
concerns for what might happen. we don't want to send the 28ened air born in. what we do want to do is have the air strikes and arm the kurds and others and the christian units and other sunni units who are struggling against isis. that's something we can do and that's something we have done. now we need to make certain the kurds get the armaments they need. there's 190,000 peshmerga kurdish forces fighting isis on the ground without the heavy equipment they need, we're trying to get that to them. but that's a different subject than looking after one of our young marines who served this country and spent six months -- now, we were able to get him moved from the tijuana jail to a jail that's a much better environment for him to be in but where he deserves to be right now is with his family getting treatment back here in the united states. his friends are waiting for him and they'll testify on his behalf here today. >> we'll be watching. congressman ed royce, thank you so much for joining me. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" after a break.
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good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin with breaking news. this morning u.s. health officials are scrambling to contain the public fear and possible spread of the first ebola case diagnosed on american soil. right now, the unidentified patient is an an isolation ward at a dallas hospital. he traveled from the ebola hot spot of liberia in west africa. he left there seemingly healthy on the 19th of september. he arrived in dallas, the next day, september 20, still not showing any symptoms. it wasn't until four days later on the 24th that he started getting sick. two days later he went to the hospital but they sent him home with antibiotics. two days after that, on the 28th, he was hospitalized and isolated. then just yesterday