tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN October 6, 2014 4:00pm-5:01pm PDT
remember, you can always follow us on twitter. tweet me at wolf blitzer. you can tweet the show at c nnn sit room. you can dvr the show so you won't miss it. erin burnett starts right now. major gains by isis despite more air strikes as the u.s. races against time to save an american hostage marked for death. plus, an "outfront" investigation on how isis makes its money to funnel its reign of terror. and as ebola patient thomas duncan's condition worsens, did he know he had been exposed to ebola before he board that had plane to america. good evening. i'm erin burnett. outfront, the breaking news. the clock ticking.
the life of an american held hostage by isis in the balance. peter known now as abdul after his recent conversion to islam appeared in the beheading video. the threat that unless the united states stopped bombing isis, he will be next to die. soon after his mother, paula, pleaded with his camdenors for her son's life. >> we implore those who are holding you to show mercy and use their power to let you go. >> this as isis fighters continue to gain ground across the region. the militants raising their black flag over the town of kobani. to the west in anbar province, isis has captured the town and today mortar fire hit the green zone in baghdad. here in the united states, the fbi arrests an illinois teen at chicago's o'hare airport that he was headed to the middle east to fight for isis.
our chief national security correspondent begin our coverage "outfront." >> reporter: he told his parents he felt an obligation to migrate. mohammed hamzah khan. he was arrested at o'hare airport as he was about to board what he allegedly said was a one-way journey to syria and to war. on the ground there, isis is advancing even in the face of american air power. today in kobani, northern syria, kurdish fighters are long in bloody street battles with isis. the militants have raised their signature black flags on a building and a hill top overlooking to town. while raining down shell fire from tanks and artillery. according to one fighter, it was
tweeted, we hoped american planes would help us. instead american tanks in the hachblds isis are killing us. u.s. officials call the effort against isis there ongoing. >> this is something where we've long said from the beginning that this would take some time. we're working closely to do everything we can to help push back isil in this part of the country. >> reporter: in iraq, u.s. official hope the combination of air power and iraqi army units would turn the tide, isis is still advancing as well. camd capturing the city and moving in. the helicopters were intended to protect the u.s. embassy in baghdad to come to the rescue of overwhelmed iraqi soldiers. >> and the strategy of air bombardment won't work to destroy isil but we have a series of half measures with isil that will draw this
conflict out and will not lead to the isil destruction which makes it much more dangerous. >> you look at the map of iraq and syria, you see how difficult it is to gain back some grou. this is the map of iraq before the u.s.-led air strikes began. at the time, 13 cities under isis control. 59 days later, now 14 cities under isis control. they are now contesting for ramadi. 14 days ago, before the strikes began, tlrm ten cities under isis control. still ten cities under isis control. if you speak to the forces they will say we never said it would change the map very quickly. but you see, they talk about needing a ground component. you have that in iraq and even there, you're still not gaining back territory. >> pretty stunning when you put it so starkly. now when you look at that map, it brings a whole new urgency to
the race that is on to free the american hostage peter. joe johns is out with the story. >> reporter: the white house says every diplomatic law enforcement and intelligence tool is being used to find american hostage adube rahman. the pressure is on to find the 26-year-old before he become the next victim of an isis executioner. the former army ranger turned humanitarian aid worker in syria was the subject of a cnn profile in 2012. >> sometime you have to take a stand. you have to draw a line somewhere. >> his friends are keeping the story alive but no longer calling him peter. instead, using his slool name. reminding the public and his camdenors that it is a recent convert to islam that is now being threatened by isis. it is so against what the majority of americans believe should be happening. >> his family just released
portions of a letter he wrote in june. i am obviously scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping and wondering if i should even home at all. his mother appearing in cover out of respect for her son's faith, a deeply emotional appeal. >> most of all, know that we love you. and our hearts ache for you to be granltd your freedom. >> anything at the government's disposal would be employed in the man's search right now though the u.s. would be ham strung by the lack of human aspects on the ground. this would be the a-1 priority for any type of counter i forceful any type of force that would be engaged, even possibly in a hostage rescue operation. >> but until there is word rahman's family. they are only hope for the best. joe johns, cnn, washington. >> joining me now, congressman
dutch roops berggoer. you know their one attempt in july. that failed. has the landscape gotten too difficult, too dangerous for them to try again to save peter kassig? >> well, we'll try to do whatever we can to save any american. but isis is strong ask we need good intelligence to find out where he is first and how we can save him if in fact they'll attempt to kill him and make sure that we don't lose other lives by doing that. >> you just heard jim sciutto reporting about the american arrested at the airport. do you have any information on that? >> i think a combination of both. isis is smart. and they're using social media to recruit as many americans or other allies to come to syria to be radicalized and trained to fight. this is an example of what isis
is doing. it has happened over and over again. it is happening in the united states and we, it's been going on for a long time. not just isis but other al qaeda groups have been putting out a magazine called inspire. telling people how to make bombs. >> are there more americans like him? >> oh, yeah. there are other americans who are being recruited. it doesn't mean they're going to syria but some do. the fbi director said last night there are at least 12 americans that we know are in syria right now and we're doing whatever we can to watch them. they have american passports. if they come back to the united states, and they have not broken a law, all we can do is monitor them. they've been trained to fight and kill. and that's a serious situation in our country. >> what about, it was pretty sobering. you just saw a report he showing the map in material of cities that were controlled before the air strikes and now. in iraq, isis control more cities now than they can prior to the beginning of the american led coalition air strikes.
in syria, it is the same. kobani is on the verge of going. it would increase there. do you have to have boots on the ground? this has been several weeks of air strikes. they said it would take a while but most people are pretty shock to see there hasn't been any visible change. >> erin, first thing, this will be a marathon, not a sprint. this is a very well organized, well funded group. they were in war when a lot of them were in iraq when they were fighting iran years ago. it is so important to get the arab countries together with us. they border a lot of these countries. we need to have them to be involved. we don't want to be in iraq and afghanistan situation for the next ten years. we'll use our resources. >> are you open to boots on the ground? >> it all depends on the situation if it means to protect american lives. anything i'm concerned about, you don't tell the enemy what you're going to do.
you surprise your enemy and do you what you need to do. but we have boots on the ground right now but they're not out there fighting. they're vising, training. if it comes to a situation where it is about saving americans' lives, we'll do what we need to do. we think we can use our allies, use nato and get countries like turkey involved which will make a big difference. >> and joe biden today, obviously, this weekend, really stepped in it with turkey. he was talking about the president saying, look, he is an old friend. you were right. you let too many people through referring to foreign fighters. turkey, you can't do this without turkey. how big of a mistake was this for the vice president? >> well, first thing, you know the vice president. he is a great american patriotic, a man of action. if you want to get something done, go to the vice president. i think he was speaking from his heart and maybe not as diplomatically as he should have been. a lot of what he was talking about was true. but there are different reasons
why different countries don't want to put it out, what they're doing or what is going on. i don't think that this is a big of an issue as the media is making it. i think he apologized. i think the issue is isis. i think the countries involved knows this and they're with us every day. a lot stronger to be stranld and to do what they have to do to take out isis. >> thank you very much. appreciate your time. "outfront," drew griffin just back from turkey with an "outfront" investigation into the question everybody is talking about and no one seems to know the answer to. how does isis get its money? that "outfront" investigation is next. plus, ebola patient thomas duncan is in critical condition in a dallas hospital only the. and an entire plane of passengers quarantined at the newark airport because of an ebola scare. how many planes come in from an ebola zone every single day?
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. a teenager now under arrest on the charges he was attempting to travel overseas in support of isis. one question investigators are asking is who purchased the 19-year-old's ticket from chicago to istanbul? isis is one of the most well funded terror organizations in history. drew griffin just returned from turkey and he look at how isis is making these millions and millions that you keep hearing thrown around every day. that's tonight's money and power. >> reporter: this is the southern most edge of turkey. just across those hills is the border with syria. the area where extremist islamic rebels known as isis are fighting to create an islamic state. it is also an area in villages like this where isis can make money to finance its wars. small oil smuggling operations some estimate adding to million
of barrels in the last few months have been uncovered. the oil come from refineries isis has taken from inside iraq and syria. up until just last week, it was easy to smuggle into this part of turkey. why? smuggled cheap oil is a commodity here and it doesn't matter who is selling it, even if it is your enemy. >> buy gas at any station here in turkey and you can see why it is so easy to overlook who is selling what. gas here costs roughly $7.50 a gallon. >> reporter: the u.s. coalition forces in the past destroyed and bombed oil facilities precisely to cut off the group's funding. but if you think that will change it, you don't understand how many ways isis funds itself. we describe this as the best funded group we've ever seen.
>> reporter: as he student of finance worg previously for the u.s. treasury department, the fbi and now with the washington institute for near east policy. isis, he says, is different than any other traditional terrorist group. and is funded like no other. yes, there is oil. yes, there are charitable donations from wealthy sympathizers including qatar and kuwait. but isis funds itself mostly from within. born among the crooks and thugs of iraq, it is at its roots, he says, a criminal enterprise. >> they will always primarily finance through domestic activity within the borders of iraq. >> it is massive organized crime run amok with no cops. >> exactly. >> reporter: want to do business in isis controlled territory, you pay a tax. want to move a truck down a highway, you pay a toll. villagers pay for just about everything. >> there are reports that people in mosul who want to take money out of their own bank accounts need to make a not so volunteer
donation to the islamic state, to isis. >> they're taxing the people. >> reporter: he is the executive director of the syrian emergency task force in washington, d.c. he says, isis literally form in the void made by the pullout of u.s. troops and the retreating iraqi army. that kind of self-financing mob, he says, can't be destroyed from air strikes. you need to take back the territory and restore order. fighters willing to do that are frustrated that the u.s. so far won't help. >> it is a white house decision. >> it is a white house decision and it always has been. and i think the white house is slowly moving in the right direction. i can tell that you the policy that the white house has right now. if it had this policy. three years ago, there would have never been an isis. >> reporter: u.s. coalition air strikes have begun targeting locations attacking the oil facilities and even grain silos.
but as long as isis controls any ground where civilians can be taxed, extorted and rob, isis will remain self-financing. >> those key words as you report, self-financing in all the ways people may not have expected. there is the funning from qatar and kuwait. the vice president had to apologize to leaders in turkey and the uae and other allies after making comments like that. here's how he had to say it. >> they poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against assad. except that the people who were being supplied were were al qaeda and al noos ra. >> i have to say, he was right. he may not have been tactful
about it and probably he won't get away with it because he is the vice president. there has been a little cutback, a little embarrassment. and also, we know very much that turkish border is extremely porous. and i must tell from you personal experience, if i wanted to join, i'm pretty sure i could have walked across that border and done it. >> that says everything about that turkish border. drew griffin, thank you very much. drew went to the ground to find this out. joining me now, the former deputy security adviser and author of treasury's war and from the treasury department, elizabeth rosenberg. you are the two perfect people to have on this story. we did an extensive story. i spoke to you as part of that. we for identification examples of individuals the u.s. treasury
has identified as terrorists. a couple weegs ago they publicly expelled one but not others. according to the u.s., one has raised millions and millions for terror and al qaeda-linked grooms. let's start with qatar. are they doing enough? >> i think they started to. i think they realized that this is an existential threat and they've been embarrassed by the designations, the reports that you did and others have put out there. and i think that is important. the faux pax. he lumped together all the allies. when they've trade to do much better around these issues than countries like qatar and kuwait which have, at a minimum turned a blind eye to this fundraising. and the worst-case scenario, actually supported it. >> and elizabeth, let me ask you about that. they have said qatar and kuwait are the two countries they've identified as the most serious supporters of these terror groups. he was using twitter to raise
money for jihad in both kuwait and qatar. if we could final this on social media, the u.s. government can too. why is not the u.s. able to get these countries able to stop this? >> it is not just a matter of social mead. they have to be able to document the funds that move and support terror activities and rigorous documentary evidence put together to make these designations. they're not taken lightly so it can be a challenge to make sure all of that material is put together and established. and of course, there is an interest in coordinating with the governments to try to see them, help them, take action against this terror activity. >> and some of these clerics preaching jihad and invited to preach by government ministries in various countries, how much power do the middle eastern countries have over the clerics when they're using religion to do this. >> i think they have quite a bit of power. part of the problem, we've talked about this. you have a mixture of causes and
motivations. certainly there are humanitarian causes, legitimate ones. you have real desire to see assad fall in support of those willing to fight. and what has happened order the two plus years, it has been largely unregulated in terms of how it's happened. i think the treasury has done a fairly good job trying to identify those who have been a rt that a of this and certain will you work quietly behind the scenes to get governments in the gulf in particular to be as strong as possible to shut this down. >> and there is argument. treasury may be trying really hard. programs the state department that may at that moment diplomatically be more important than cutting off funding. everyone talks about the oil. that isis is selling oil and they're getting as much as $3 million a day from doing that. is there anything the united states can do to cut that income off? >> well, we've seen a couple things. there is the effort to destroy the refineries where the oil is refined. and from which isis can sell
that product and derive money. that's one. another thing that the u.s. can do with allies is to try to work carefully with the countries into which that oil is sold. and to try to close those porous borders and take action to stop those supply lines. >> does anyone have any idea how much money isis has? >> no. wild estimates, people have broken it down. $1 million to $3 million a day for the oil. estimates of $8 to $10 million a month for kidnap and ransom. extortion and tax, a few million. there is no real estimate. the reality, they have to govern and they have to use the money for men, materiel and alliances. so it is not just a matter of gathering money and burying it in the desert. they have to use it. the more you can degrade that cape bill, the more you can dislodge them and the better we'll be. >> and you can get more on our
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news on the ebola epidemic. president obama is now calling ebola a top national security priority. the man at the central of the scare is this man, thomas duncan. necessary critical condition and we can tell you, receiving a new experimental drug. the first time this drug has been used in the united states to treat ebola. the cdc said duncan is not get the drug that was used to treat the two americans that returned to america. duncan is not getting it because
it is supposedly all gone. >> reporter: it took one ebola patient the show the vulnerabilities of screening for the deadly virus. >> in terms of what happened in dallas. we don't have a lot of margin for error. the procedures and protocol that's are put in place. >> reporter: at times the response has seemed chaotic. keeping track of nearly 50 people who made contact with ebola patient thomas eric duncan has had its issues. >> we just need to locate this individual and we can use your help in letting them know, they're not in trouble. we want to move them to a comfortable and compassionate place and care for their every need while we monitor them. >> reporter: but the biggest confusion still swirls around duncan's first visit to texas south presbyterian hospital on the night of september 25th and why he was sent home, possibly inothers. only to be admitted to the hospital three days later. last week the hospital said a
flaw in the electronic health record led to his release despite duncan admitting he had just been in west africa. the next day the hospital sent out a clarification. there was no flaw in the electronic health record in the way the physician and nursing portions interacted related to this event. we asked hospital officials several times to clarify what went wrong but did not get a response to our questions. but we were able to ask the head of the texas department of health. >> the hospital originally said they blamed the electronic health record. and then changed that on 48. but haven't really given an explanation as to what happened. have you learned any more about why he was not kept there originally when he first visited? >> i don't have that full information yet. i can understand how peel can be frustrated with that mixed message that you got. i think we will need to look at that. >> reporter: they have acknowledged the first case of ebola in the united states has unanticipated issues and
uncovered flaws. >> there were mistakes made. the factcy stand by the fact the process is working. we don't have an outbreak. we have one event that is being hand properly. >> i guess my question, whether that was the process or they ended up getting lucky but what about the people they're monitoring? have any of them shown any symptoms at this point or not? >> so far they're monitoring nearly 50 people. ten of those are considered to be high risk. and we're told by officials that so far none of those people are showing any symptoms. they say this is a critical week. given the time period that is now elapsed. in this coming week, the very likelihood that the time frame where those symptoms would start to show up if any of these people are infected. so they're saying this is a really critical week in derrelling whether or not this has been isolated to one patient or if they will have other
people as well. >> now there are questions about whether duncan knew he was exposed to ebola when he boarded a plane and left liberia. only the, cnn goes to his home in liberia to get the answers, to talk to people who say they know how he contracted ebola. "outfront" from monrovia. what did you find in his neighborhood about these crucial questions? >> reporter: what we found, erin, was very much a community still reeling. not only from the international scrutiny that has come down on this very poor neighborhood here in monrovia but also from the questions they're asking themselves. was there more that should have been, could have been done to stop what is amounting to almost an outbreak within the outbreak in liberia? this is the house where thomas eric duncan was reynolding rooms. the rest of his neighbors have now all been put under quarantine. they can't go out but we can
come in as long as we keep our distance. duncan was rentaling rule from the family of martha williams. williams' aunt told us she was in her seventh month of pregnancy when she collapsed. her family and neighbors rushed to hem. duncan amongst them. now both her parents, her aunt said, have tested positive for ebola and duncan is accused of having left liberia, knowingly taking the virus with him. still behind me is the room that thomas eric duncan was renting here. it is the focal point of so much of the fear and paranoia that is ricocheting around the world. that room through that door is exactly how he left it the day he boarded that plane heading to the united states. she is 12. last week she rushed to her dying sister's aid alongside duncan. none of them could have imagined the consequences, she says.
especially not duncan, as he boarded his plaenl will. >> did he know she died of ebola? nobody knew. >> reporter: as america struggles to contain the fear of duncan's diagnosis in dallas, here they're struggling to come to terms with the mounding death toll. already nine others who came into contact with williams are dead or dying. 9-year-old mercy is being looked after by her 17-year-old brother harris. their mother also was among the first at williams' side. days later, she herself was rushed to the hospital. mercy doesn't know this yet, but after we leave, one of the neighbors is going to take her aside and explain that her mother is never coming back home. >> we have this awareness over and over again. we tell the people no matter how much you love that person, it is the responsible to pick up the
sick. >> reporter: it really brings home. i know there is been a lot of talk about the need for increased screening and protocols but the reality is that until this outbreak is stopped here on the ground where it started, there are no guarantees that anyone anywhere is safe. >> thank you very much. i think we should emphasize very, very brave reporting to get that you story. "outfront" next. thomas eric duncan's nephew on how he's doing tonight and the drug he's getting. and he will respond to the report. plus, a quarantine. how much flights leave the ebola zone for the united states every single day. i've had surgery, and yes, i have occasional constipation.
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thomas eric duncan is receiving a new experimental drug. this is first time it's been used to treat ebola. up next, his nephew. thank you soeching for being with us. i know this is a really hard time. you have been not sleeping, trying get to to be with your uncle. how is he doing right now? >> he's not doing so good right now. just worried and praying to god that he make it overnight.
>> have they spoken to you about his condition and whether this experimental drug is working at all? or no? >> they're still in the experimental phase and they don't have a lot of facts on the drug itself. what they're doing is to try to do a lot of tests and send back to the hospital, blood samples back to the manufacturer to try to test the blood to see if the medication is working. >> and do you feel that they are doing everything that they can to save your uncle's life? >> right now, they seem like they are trying their best to do what they can. but i don't know, you know. i'm just hoping and praying. that's what the doctors told me. just hoping and praying. >> i know that the four family members for people living in the sail apartment where your uncle got sick have been moved. they're now in an undisclosed
location. they'll be quarantined until october 19. have you spoken to them? how are they feeling? >> i spoke to them briefly. i haven't spoken to them in the past few hours. i've been driving. but to this point they've been doing a good. the community here is really helping them out. to my knowledge, they have pretty. most of their basic needs. >> we just had our reporter in monrovia. she went to where your uncle had been living, to the house. so we were able to see that. is it possible your uncle did not know that it was the woman she helped. it turn out she had ebola. is it possible he didn't know it was ebola? he might have thought it was something else? >> i have no knowledge on who was spreading out this rumor but my uncle eric, he told me he didn't even live in that area at
the time this incident took place. so that's all just rumors. before he got sick, to the point where he couldn't speak. he told me he didn't, he had no idea what they were talking about. that he didn't live there at the time the incident took place will. >> so he is saying, and i know you're only able to tell us what he's saying but obviously, it's cnn, new york time, many media outlets. he said that's wrong. >> that's inaccurate. that's what he told me. he told me that on tuesday after the results came out. i asked him, did you have any contact with anyone that had ebola? or do you know where you got it? he said no. i don't know where i got it. i was out with a bunch of people before i left. he didn't know where he got it. but he said, i asked him about the rumors. he said he didn't know where he got it and the incident that is described in the newspapers, that he didn't touch that woman and he was not even living in
that area when it happened. >> then i must ask but when he came to the hospital. obviously there are questions about what happened when they turned him away. he showed up with symptoms. they sent him home for three days. when he first went to the hospital, there has been different reports. did he tell the staff that he came from liberia? was it more general than that? did he say west africa? do you know? >> when eric came to the hospital, he has a very thick accent. to begin with. a very, very thick distinct accent. it is impossible not to ask somebody like that where you're from. but he volunteered that information. he said i'm from liberia and i'm having symptoms, you know. he didn't know. he thought he had typhoid fever initially because they're similar symptoms. he explained that he wanted to get some, seek medical treatment, excuse me. and they sent him back home. and after giving him some
antibiotics, and i think motrin or something, acetaminophen. based on what he told me when they got here, that's what he told me. he told them he was from liberia. it is hard not to ask that question. >> i understand that. thank you very much. i know this is very, very difficult time for you. and we all hope that tomorrow there will be some good news. >> thanks a lot. i appreciate you. >> as we said, the nephew of thomas eric duncan. the ebola patient in dallas. up next, a passenger got very sok a flight to new york. it was not ebola but they thought it might be. how many flights leave the ebola zone for american airports every single day. on a lighter note, jeanne moos who gives new meaning to the phrase, the show must go on. big day? ah, the usual. moved some new cars.
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incident sparks fear. thomas duncan flew from monrovia, liberia, with a connection in brussels. tom foreman is "outfront". >> reporter: if someone contracts ebola in west africa, most days there are two flights that could bring them to the united states, one to atlanta and one houston. the outbreak has been small with 20 cases compared to liberia and new guinea and sierra leone. look at the global flights that are happening every single day. there are counterless permutations where they connect with other flights and wind up being some of the half million people who arrive every day on international flights including about 1500 of them, according to the map, if you look at the flights that end up coming out of the hot zone here through belgium, which is still running flights in and out of those areas.
erin? >> so tom, i guess the question i have is can they do anything to make sure that someone does not come down with ebola on the plane given that there's an incubation period. you might feel fine when you get on the plane and literally you could get sick on the plane. >> a lot is being done to avoid that. for example, brussels airlines, which is doing all the heavy traffic, takes the temperature of every crew member leaving that part of africa before they board the plane. the crew handles the food and drinks with latex gloves, the planes are systematically disinfected. the crews carry ebola kits with tools for isolating the passenger, taking temperatures and disinfecting surfaces. >> interesting, despite all that, i know someone who was in liberia, who is very jable about ebola, got a temperature on the plane and was terrified that perhaps they had come down with it despite all those measures. turns out the person did not in any way. but what if someone gets seated
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conan o'brien bang his head while racing actress teri hatcher. conan suffered a concussion. beyonce caught her heal on her hand and took a dive, but like a diva she came up swinging, her hair. even the camel fell into the pews at a christmas pageant rehearsal. and when carmen electra went down on the runway, her would-be rescuer also wiped out. mark think z there's a message in his mishap. it could be worse, there could have been a lot more of mark to fall. he used to weigh 370 pounds, and managed to lose more than half his body weight. >> if i went down, i don't think i would have been coming up. >> reporter: perseverance in weight loss, perseverance in performance. that's what mark hopes will be the takeaway from being taken down. do you have a message for the guy who laid the carpet? >> uh, thank you?
>> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn. new york ♪ ♪ in all thy sons command >> way to go for mark, a good sportsman, but i really felt the worse about poor lulabell. . we begin with breaking news in the growing ebola outbreak. a nurses assistant in spain has been tested positive after helping to treat two ewoel la patients who returned to spain with the virus and have since died. there's a patient in texas and now nebraska. in dallas, thomas eric duncan is in critical condition. you'll hear from the woman he traveled from liberia to see, louise, who is still in quarantine, the woman she stayed with. she's scared, worried and begging for help. tonight a freelance cameraman who contracted ebola while