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this will wrap it up for us today. >> the news continues with kyra phillips now. thanks, guys. two hours coming right at you. iran says, look what we can do, showing off some military might, blowing stuff up. playing military war games. this is only a test but the pentagon is worried about the real thing. >> another battle. this one is no test. the battle of the burqa. one country looking to lower the veil. the sun like you have never stein before. mom won't mind, look right at it. we begin with less than three hours from now, president obama will demand that the rules of wall street will be changed. the need is obvious to most marriages. octob october, 2008, in less than two weeks, stocks plunge more than 22%. americans see their life savings
shrivel. not all americans. certainly not executives of insurance giant, aig, who lived it up at this posh luxury resort less than a week after taxpayers shelled out $85 billion to keep their company afloat. we've all footed the bill for all the banks that have gambled and lost. yep, you and i are paying for all those risky betts on shaky loans. last year, 140 banks failed. this year, we are on track for even more to go belly up. the big question, how do we avoid a replay of these nightmares that many of us are still living? we don't want to bog you down in all the technicalities. just bottom line. what would the reforms mean to you and your wallet. ali velshi joining us to break it down. hopefully, it is simple turns. >> i like the gangster suit here. >> it is power time. there air lot of ways the suit
can go. two important things to remember. one, we have not updated our financial regulatory framework since it's '30s, about 75 years. >> about time. >> it is. it is due for an update. nothing has changed since the collapse of wall sfreet atreet financial institutions. the first stab at new rules in bring the regulatory industry, a real alphabet soup of agencies out there, this is an effort to try and bring them together and create some assemblance of order in financial markets. >> we are talking about a cultural shift, as you put it. that all sounds good. we want reform. we want change. we want more regulation. we want people looking out for us. if i'm sitting at home and my 401(k) has basically gone into the tank because of all the corruption and the bad decisions and the lack of oversight and i am sitting back and watching the
president's speech today, what can you -- what do you say to me? >> the takeaway for the average person is going to start with things as simple as credit card rules, mortgage loans, contracts that are easy to understand. it is going to extend all the way up the system in terms of transparency. things that goldman sax stands accused of right now, no proof there. the idea that deals are going to have to be done in a more transparent manner. things are going to have to be out in the open a little more and there is going to be some sense on wall street that there is an s.e.c. and there are regulators that have the equivalent of cops on street. there is less of a culture of shooting from the hip and more of a culture of playing by some rules that very dangerous part here is making sure you impose enough rules so that the system is fair without imposing so many rules that it stifles business. that would mean to stifle jobs.
>> that is understandable. we want less corruption. >> that's right. >> that's what we are talking about. we don't want to stifle business. we want people doing business honestly and fairly. >> the best road to honest sti is sunshine, transparency, letting everybody do everything out in the open. thereby, the government can say, there is this interesting deal going on between these two companies. they are devising some strategy we have never heard about before. >> let's check it out. >> business is worried about the fact that the government says, you don't understand it, so you are going to stop us from doing it just because you don't understand it. government is saying, let us look at it. if that is a fair deal, go ahead. it is very hard to strike a balance. it is ethic. it is important to you. this could affect how things happen over the next five, ten, 25 years and hue you earn your money and save money. >> got it. you are going to join us an hour before the speech and talk a little more. >> thank you. >> we are going to have live
coverage of president obama's speech on wall street reform. it is now scheduled for about 11:55 eastern time. >> first light of a burning oil rig. 11 people still missing. the latest video. a ship captain, one of the first responders on the scene. when you take a look at these pictures, it is hard to believe that 115 people actually survived and only 17 of them were injured. coast guard is out there in full force right now. >> we have capabilities to search throughout the night and we continue the search and rescue. the 11 people are unaccounted for. we will continue the search and rescue until it is reasonable that we might not find anybody out there. >> now, two cutters hung around there all night looking for signs of life. the air search got back under way at first light. as for the survivors, here they are. they made it back to shore
overnight reuniting with relieved family members. speed boats with missiles, iran's new toy, being unveiled today, right in the shadow of oil tankers in the persian gulf. it is all part of the first day of the iranian war games, the game everyone seems to be watching very closely. reza s reza a gentleman joining us live. >>. >> reporter: they love to show off. these war games get started today being put on by iran's revolutionary guard. they are showing off their naval forces, air forces. we have video of these military exercises from iran's state-funded tv. when you look at these pictures, they are very dramatic. some people could look at these pictures and say, wait a minute,
is iran getting read do i do something? are they getting ready to launch a military strike? we should point out from the outset that there are no indications that iran is preparing for military strike. the fact is, they love to put on these war games, these military exercises. they like to show off the military might, especially to western powers, especially to washington. that's what they did today. >> not far from where they are u.s. naval carriers that could easily bury those ships if anything were to happen. let's talk about the straights of hormuz and why this area is so important, reza. >> reporter: i think the location of these war games is extremely significant. basically, iran is sending a message that if you attack us, we're going to be able to cause a lot of problems. keep in mind, this strait of hormuz is a waterway through
which 30% to 40% of the world's oil supply goes through. iran is saying if you attack us, we can make your life miserable at the gas pumps, the price of oil is going to go soaring. this comes with the backdrop of this continuing nuclear face-off between washington and iran. washington convinced iran is going after nuclear weapons. iran continues to maintain that their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, kyra. >> an issue on the forefront of every military commander. re re reza sechlt ah. jose vazquez is one of mexico's drug cartel members. he was captured. 18 people were arrested. mexican say that alvarez-vazquez
was in charge of cocaine operations in central and south america. something you haven't heard in a week. the skies are clear over europe. that is making a lot of weary air travelers very happy right now. flight schedules returning to normal after ash from that ice l icelandic volcano. a normal day, most but not all airports are opened. it is estimated the airlines lost close to $2 billion through tuesday. lowering the veil and showing face. the battle of the burqa is coming to a head in wuone count. others are watching very closely. i'm rob marciano. fog and spots east coast. clearing skies. that's not the esabout the of the news as energy into the plains will spell severe weather. forecast coming up. i have astigmatism.
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imagine the pope not being able to wear his hat outside or priests having to lose their collar. in belgium, they are close to banning be banni banning burqas in public. nick live in brussels. will it happen? >> reporter: who would have guessed. date when the government was about to enter into history as the first government in europe to pass a law banning the burqa that the government itself is on the verge of collapse. the prime minister has handed in his resignation. he is literally considering it. it is about the dutch speakers and the french speakers, historic divisions. it is a weak coalition government on the verge of collapsing. this ban may not go ahead today.
the legislation is there. they have cross parties. this will make it illegal for a woman to make a burqa or the va veil that covers the face. they will go to jail if they break that law. >> what's behind this? >> well, you know what, government parliamentarians are telling us. one is that it should be wrong for anyone to hide their identity on the streets. they feel this strikes at the national identity of belgium, if you will, and of europe. they also want to defend the dignity of women. the parliamentarians proposing the law feel that women are only wearing the burqa because their husbands insist. i have been talking to a woman who wears the veil for just her eyes to be able to show. she says the law will change her life. she won't be able to go outside.
>> nick, keep in contact with us. thanks. >> looks like snow, doesn't it? it's not. it is marble and pea-sized hail that piled up to four inches deep in the denver area. the storms actually swirled across parts of colorado yesterday and more severe weather is expected today. rob, when do you ever bring the snowplows tout g snowplows out to get rid of the hail? >> in the south where we get a lot of hail, we don't have much in the way of snowplows. in denver, plenty of snowplows. they hadn't put them away for the winter. i heard about this hail storm. these are the first pictures i have seen. that is impressive. one report of a tornado in eastern colorado yesterday. this slow-moving storm system is going to eject into the plains and begin to have some moisture from the gulf of mexico. a severe weather threat today
just to the east of where it was yesterday. the low itself is still back around the great basin and the four corners region spinning slowly on cold air. you see snow in parts of the see air ras and hi sierras. a few thunderstorms have become severe. rice county seeing some just south of hutchinson kansas moving to the east at 25-30 miles an hour. maybe some winds gusting to 50, 60 miles an hour. these storms will redevelop into the west later on today. the fog advisories have been dropped across the d.c. area. earlier today, fog reducing visibility down to near zero. because of that, some delays at philly, d.c. and baltimore. maybe some afternoon delays in denver because of thunderstorms or dallas, i should say, west of dallas. 80 degrees for the high temperature there. 70, new york city.
the ongoing threat of thunderstorms tomorrow that could become severe gets a little bit wider and moves a little bit farther to the east. this will be a three-day event, kyra, where we could see the potential of severe weather. i think we will probably see a few tornadoes before this is done. as you know, it has been a very quiet year, at least the start of 2010. we are starting to ramp up. on our toes over the next 48-60 hours. >> thanks, rob. movie making can be very messy. one filmmaker is looking to bring more green to the silver screen. you could say he is going the extra green mile. quite frankly, i can respect that. we want to make this a company all americans can be proud of again. that's why i'm here to announce we have repaid our government loan, in full, with interest, five years ahead of the original schedule. but there's still more to do. our goal is to exceed every expectation you've set for us.
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gulf of mix co. n new pictures. more than 100 people survived. they just arrived to shore a few hours ago greeted by their relieved families. so you got migraines? a new drug in development to knock them out. dr. sanjay gupta will tell us if relief is just a bottle cap twist away.
cnn chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. apparently, new drugs being looked at tichlts not on the market yet. so why are we talking about it? >> getting right to the chase. >> i'm getting right to the point. >> if you have never had a migraine, it's terrible. >> they just knock you out. >> usually, one side of the head, very debilitating. i can often go blurry. all sorts of things. drugs either don't work at all or if they work, they only work for some people or they have significant side effects, which is why in this sort of industry of neuroheadache community, they have been trying to find new drugs. one of the other issues is that triptans, which is a class of drugs, the most common. they constrict your blood vessels. so if you have heart disease or if you have had a risk of stroke before, your not going to be able to take these medications either. they have been looking for a new type of medication that works in a totally different way that can alleviate pain in people who have simply had no options for a while. that's what the specific drug is about. it is called telkajpan.
developed by merck. it is not a medical journal where they are looking specifically at this medication to see if it might be an option sometime in the future. i can tell you, a lot of people have been waiting for something new that they can take when other things wouldn't work. >> we have told these stories before. there have been things on the way, being studied, could possibly be out there. how soon could this be made available? what makes this so different in all the other times we have talked about possible medication? >> at this point, the fda is about to vote on something. in this case, they really don't know. it is probable pli a good thing they don't know. here is why. when they were doing some of the clinical trials, it didn't cause the blood vessels to constrict, which is a good thing, but there was some problems with the liver in some of these patients. the liver enzymes went up and when they stopped, they went back down. if it is toxic or causing problems, it may never get on
the shelves. the idea that you can start to treat these headaches, which are very debilitating, take people out of work for days, if not weeks, in a totally different way than we have been typically treating them, that's pretty excite ng this community. that's what they are talking about today. that's what a lot of people have been focused on for some time. we don't know. >> this is your profession. why aren't you figuring it out? >> i personally and professionally should be think being this. >> what do you do for your headaches? >> i have gone through three different medications. when i was a neurosurgical resident, i would get terrible headaches and i would have to take pain killers that would make me really sleepy. i have to take dissolvable tablets on my time. at the time that i get one of these, even swallowing a glass of water with a pill is too much, can't do it, too nauseated. some people take nasal sprays. there are all sorts of medications out there. i don't have some of the side effects that other people have. there are a lot of people
watching that just suffer with these all the time. >> nothing works for them. >> you have heard about all these homeopathic or homemade ideas, coffee, black licorice. >> you have to figure out what your triggers are, red wine, certain candies, chocolate. >> stress. >> we have none of that here. >> that's why we are always so relaxed and never have headaches. inmates still running the asylum. that's how one cop and fraud detective describes wall street right now. pretty harsh words. that's just beginning. his very candid take on reform in just a few minutes. fast forward a few years and now that your problem is wrinkles we still have the solution dermatologists recommend most. neutrogena anti wrinkle moisturizer with pure retinol sa. in just 1 month it's clinically proven to smooth even the deepest wrinkles.
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stock exchange with a look at what to expect from investors. hi, felicia. >> hey, kyra. the president is only going to be two miles away from wall street. his message, loud and clear. you can already see the heightened security outside. he wants wall street to join him in pushing for financial reform. it could be a very hard sell. no business likes to be told how to operate. some fear too much regulation could hurt the economy instead of protecting it. for now, though, we are expecting stocks to open modestly lower even though new jobless claims did fall last week. the dow off about .25. nasdaq off almost a full%. that's a quick look at what's going on already today. kyra, back to you. >> sounds good. felicia, thanks so much. democrats and republicans are reported progress on a bill aimed at reforming wall street. a senate committee approved
related legislation yesterday. tough new limits to trade controversial and risky derivatives. senators weren't the only ones there. lobbyists were there to protect the billions that they have at stake. dana bash spoke with some of them. >> reporter: who is waiting in this long line to get into a key senate committee meeting on financial reform? a lot of lobbyists. senators are working on details inside this room of legislation that would for the first time establish oversight on the financial derivatives market. we are talking about hundreds of trillions of dollars in deals, the kind that led to the panic that helped cause the near collapse of the financial industry. >> within a decade, this market exploded to $600 trillion in value. we must bring transparency and accountability to these markets. >> you see the committee and
what they are doing pouring over this legislation. they represent some of the big banks. not just them. there are also lobbyists here representing farmers, manufacturers and businesses that want to preserve their bottom line. they say that is helped by derivatives trading. that's why this lobbyist is here. >> we need a balanced bill that adds transparency and does a lot of the good things but allows u.s. manufacturers to be competitive. >> reporter: your a lobbyist? >> i am. >> reporter: lobbyists, as you know, don't have the best maybe reputation in this country and certainly at a time when people are pretty angry at washington. what do you want people to know about your job as a lobbyist? >> well, i think first of all, i'm an advocate for
manufacturing. my efforts are trying to educate members of congress and their staff on the impact of legislation on the manufacturing sector. >> what about the lobbyists from wall street banks and big financial firms concerned about new regulation? >> reporter: well, we found several but they didn't want to talk to us on the record until we tried this approach. >> reporter: i'm dana bash with cnn. he is a washington lobbyist. who does he represent? any big banks. >> no. >> reporter: any financial firms at all? >> several financial firms but no big banks. we are following this development. this is a very important issue here. it has great implications for any number of institutions, not just on wall street but across the country. >> reporter: an official representing big wall street banks later admitted they are pushing back on several parts of the bill. more and more, it looks like wall street has an uphill fight. the committee approved
legislation limiting wall street's ability to make those controversial trades. it was even bipartisan. republican, charles grassley, voted yes too. dana bash, cnn, capitol hill. >> now, harold copus has a lot to say and believe me he doesn't hold back e is a former fbi special agent who investigated fraud. when you see the president is going to be talking about wall street reform, my guess is that you you think you have inmates running the asylum? >> you certainly do. you have a class of individuals who i would say to you are just educated robbers. in the early 1900s, we had the robert barrons and the legislation that came out after the bank failures. today, we have dir i have tiff barons, we have to ring these guys in also. >> you told me in the past no matter who is in charge or ha has been designated to oversee these guys, money talks and
people can get paid off no matter what? >> that's exactly right. what you have is almost a lack of no supervision here. so when this happens with no supervision, guys come in and they take advantage. we see it every day as consumers when we go out there to the gas pump and we notice our gas is going up. it goes up. we can't explain why. they have these derivative characters were saying there was a storm somewhere in the sol lon islands and they think there is a lack of common sense on the american public. there is not a lack of oil and there is not a lack of common sense. >> this is for old foeg gis like you and me. we remember the s&l crisis, the savings and loan crisis. it was disastrous. we never hear about that anymore. what happened then to get folks in check? what did our -- what went right and why shouldn't we been able to do that now? >> well, what went right is we went through a lot of
regulations over those savings and loans. we don't have those problems anymore. we have to go back into these big banks that, quote, are too big to fail. they are too big to fail, because as taxpayers, we bail them out when they fail. we are going to have to put some rules back in and say, guys, you can't do some of the crazy things you were doing with this derivative market and let things go down. iag, big banks, it doesn't make any difference. >> give me some examples, you investigated these guys and tried to hold them accountable. tell me what you did get your hands on and how hard it was to prosecute and push everything through because of the power of money? >> money talks. money buys expensive lawyers and what happens is that you are fighting a machine that's just almost impossible to win. it's like we always talk about the big elephant in the room. well, this is not an 800-pound
elephant but about 900 or 1,000 pound elephant. they are complex cases. when it gets complex, it is difficult to go before a jury to make them understand. i have always said, what we have to do is go after the little things that just upset you to death, that the guy takes a house, for instance, that maybe costs $30,000. by the time they flip it, it is now $150,000 or a $200,000 mansion. no way. those are the things that you have to go after. it makes it hard. >> well, you have experienced that firsthand. >> firsthand. >> so when you read about the president's ideas for reform, does anything sound good to you? is there something that you -- or do you want to sit in front of the president and say, oh, no, let me talk to you about my experience and this is what you should be doing? >> i don't think he is going to call me to ask what he should be doing. >> well, he should the way you lay it out. >> yes, there are a lot of things in there that has to be
done. you have to take these banks and increase these reserves. you are going to have to be able to allow companies or banks or insurance companies to go into bankruptcy or be able to liquidate them. i don't know about this consumer protection agency. i am not sure of that. my reaction is, you have the ftc. let that do its job. all these other things, sure, we have to do something to regulate this or, as taxpayers, in about five or eight years, we will be right back one more time asking to bail out these companies. >> you are always going to be employed. that's for sure. >> it is good work. >> yeah, it is. i know. you are working hard to set guys straight. appreciate your time today. it is always great to talk to you, thanks, harold is. >> thank you. we will have live coverage of the president's speech scheduled for 1111:55 eastern, 8:55 pacific. top stories in two minutes. meche like rocket scientists. they have to be. the technicians at ford and lincoln mercury dealerships are highly trained. they really do know their stuff.
speech a little more than two hours from now. he is going to call for tougher regulations and limits on some of the huge pay packages handed out to top execs. cnn plans live coverage 11:55 eastern time. real bullets, real missiles, in the gulf. it is only a military exercise. iran's revolutionary guards conducting three days of war games. much of the world's oil supply pass-throughs the narrow strait of hormuz. belgium on hold. the prime minister has offered to resign amid a political dispute. belgian lawmakers were set to vote on banning burqas. that vote now in question. it comes out of a liberal parties decision to withdraw from the coalition government. big ben benched.
the view from nasa's solar telescope, a hubbell from the sun. some of the first sun shots nasa sent back since it was launched in february. scientists hope it will help us understand the sun a little better and its impact on our planet. the debate over arizona immigration bill getting pretty ugly. new protests planned today
begins that bill. it pushes police to check citizenship and basically makes it illegal to be illegal. here is one exchange. los angeles cardinal, john mahoney likening it to nazi germany and communist russia. arizona lawmaker, russell pierce, who wrote the bill, discounts his outrage saying the cardinal has been busy protecting child molesters. it fall ons the shoulder of arizona governor, january brewer. she has until saturday to decide, does it live or does it die? that immigration bill is not the only controversy that cardinal ma hoem ho mahoney is caught up in. they are suing him and says he was sexually abused by the priest as a child and accusing the two cardinals of aiding the abuse by moving the priests to different assignments as more and more allegations were made. wise guys indicted. u.s. attorneys say they have the gambinos right where they want them. the family once led by john
gotty. at the top of the list, daniel marino, not the former dolphins quarterback. marino, one of 14 alleged mob members facing charges, murder, racket tearing, prostitution and jury intimidation. 13 of the 14 pleaded not guilty. the other, on the lamb. a six-game suspension for pittsburgh steelers quarterback, ben roethlisberger. he can get two games back for good behavior. they punished the two-time super bowl champ in the wake of sexual assault allegations. he wasn't charged but he violated the league's personal conduct policy and pretty much all good sense. many reports say the steelers are trying to trade him before tonight's nfl trast. it is a pretty safe bet that ben roethlisberger snlt laughing about his suspension but jay leno sure is. >> this black cloud is still pretty big, not as big as the black cloud over ben roethlisberger. did you hear about that? because of his actions there,
pittsburgh steelers quarterback, ben roethlisberger has received a six-game suspension from the nfl. six games, that's big. for violating the league's personal conduct policy. did you know the nfl had a personal conduct policy? did anybody mention this to the cincinnati bengals? are they aware of this? good thing he didn't kill anybody, he could have gotten a ten-game suspension. are you a roethlisberger fan? >> well, yeah, on the field, you know. the guy can get it down the field for sure. >> obviously, he can get it done in the clubs too. >> yeah. he has to thrown stay home, i guess, a little bit there. you twoont stay home and keep an eye on the sky in you live in the western part of the u.s., especially the plains where severe weather is going to be an issue. slow-moving, lumbering, large
and pretty cold storm that's rolling through the great basin right now. you see snow going up and over the top of it. showers as far south as the mexican-california border. this thing is wide, encompassing and moving slowly off the east. it throws out energy ahead of it. we have seen thunderstorms severe across parts of texas. it looks like these two cells, the warning has been allowed to expire, gusty winds and hail. watch this as it slowly moves off towards the east. across the red river, the mississippi river, tennessee and eventually the ohio river valleys through saturday. tomorrow and saturday could very well be the worst days as far as severe weather goes. our first severe weather outbreak or at least set up for that this year. it has been a farrell quiet year so far. i don't think it will be so quiet over the next 48-60 hours. we want to be on our toes here. keep an eye on the sky. >> thanks, rob. headline on politico today,
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marshall in the beating of an iraqi prisoner learns his fate. i'm mohammad jamjoon in baghdad. we'll see multiple reports for the next couple of days. severe weather setup as we get into prime time tornado season at the top of the hour. >> thanks, guys. remember the mind-altering map the ra of the '60s, tune in, drop out. psychedelic drugs aren't just for hippies anymore. doctors now say those drugs could be good medicine for people with very real needs.
messy, actors, directors and so on can pile up the garbage, but one filmmaker is looking to bring more green to the silver green. effienadan takes us behind the scenes. >> i love filmmaking. all do i is filmmakering. >> i'm gary, and i'm a filmmaker trying to reduce waste on the film sets they manage.
>> everything on a film set is wasteful. they're worried a lot about what's going on on camera. they don't put too much effort into the environmental aspects of the production. >> it is a very fast-paced and stressful pace. you have 50 people and you have 10 to 12 hours to do something and at the end of it you're left with waste. as an environmentally-conscious filmmaker that was a breaking point for me because it just doesn't make any sense. >> we have a lot of green alternatives we bring to the set. we sort out paper, plastics and metal. we no longer use these disposable water bottles. we only use the re-usable water bottles. on the film set we use a lot of lighting. these light bulbs are the most energy-efficient light bulbs on the market. during lunch you'll see our crew eating off of biodegradeable plates, bowls, cups.
after lunch, people are responsible for sorting their own garbage. now the movement is to move into digital filmmaking. >> we're shooting on cards that look like this. shooting on cards is better for the environment because it's reusable. >> it actually makes you feel very good because i know we're helping to protect the environment and keep everything clean and be eco-friendly. >> think garrett is doing a great job. >> garrett is great for what he's been doing. >> my hopes for the industry is that it continues on this path of greening all their sets. >> that's a cut! an observation of earth day, cnn photojournalists looking at solutions to environmental issues and the people trying to make a difference before it's too late. the award-winning in-focus team tells the stories of the impact they're having on their neighborhood and beyond. saturday april 24th, 3:00 p.m. eastern time.
and we are going to start with war games in the persian gulf right on iraq's doorstep and the u.s. is just a spectator. actually, these are games for iran, just iran. they're showing off some new military hardware in the oil lane. in particular, something being described as a super fast speed boat armed to the teeth. a search in the gulf of mexico. here are new i-report pictures of what we're talking about. an oil rig exploded and it's still on fire. 11 people are missing. the coast guard is out there in full force. more than 100 rig workers survived and they just arrived back onshore just a few hours ago greeted by their relieved families. president obama headed to the heart of financial district and he'll be on wall street for some finger-pointing. the chief executive wants financial reform. you can bet cnn will be there as well. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
>> a shocking moment in the iraqi war. four american contractors killed on the streets of baghdad and then strung up for the entire world to see. a public lynching, plastered on the front page of newspapers. we're not going to show it again. it's far too painful and it took more than five years for the military to actually track down a prime suspect, a mastermind. his capture and possibly
overzealous interrogation led to courts marshall for three navy seals. julio huertas cleared this morning. he demanded a military trial, no easy discharge and wanted to clear his name. cnn's mohammed jamjoon is live in baghdad this morning. so mohammed the pictures actually show this guy that was interrogated, right? how bad was it? he claims one thing and the navy seals claim another. >> reporter: kyra, as you said yesterday, fairly early on in the trial the accuser here, the detainee, am ed abed, he took the stand for about an hour. he testified to abuse far more extensive than had been alleged before. he said not only was he punched in the stomach, he was beaten on the shoulder and beaten on the back and repeatedly kicked and punched in the stomach that he bled profusely. we did see pictures that were
provided to us by court officers. there was definitely a gash in the inside of his right lip and that was something that everybody testified to and that wasn't contradictory to what others testified to, but it didn't appear to be bruising of any other kind. that could be because bruises don't appear 30 to 40 hours after the fact. two sets of pictures that were shown to the jurors are made up of six navy members showed that he did not have extensive bruising. >> like we said, this one navy s.e.a.l. has been cleared. now there's two more on trial, right? >> that's right. two more on trial and two more court marshalls to go. these court-martials could have happened in iraq. the government of urgs rack will not allow the detainee to travel outside of iraq to go to the states to provide testimony. that's why petty officer huertas decided to come here to have his court-martial here and also petty officer keith will have his court-martial here. petty officer mccabe has decided
to have testimony done here to take a i haved combro deposition of the accuser and not to have his court-martial here. his court-martial will be in norfolk, virginia on may 6th. nonetheless, this is a case that has galvanized the military. there's a lot of stuff online and facebook pages and hundreds of thousands of people saying it is very odd this is going on. they don't understand why these troops have been charged with these crimes. >> we can never forget those pictures of seeing our guys brutally murdered and then hanging there on the bridge. i'll never forget that picture on the front page of the new york times and bottom line, whether this guy that was in court saying that he was interrogated and beaten up, we still don't know for sure if he was the one that orchestrated those killings and the hangings of those dead bodies. we're still looking for who did it for sure, correct? >> reporter: absolutely. as you said, this was a turning point in the war here that
showed how fierce the insurgency was. you saw those pictures and it shocked the world and it shocked american officials and it started the offense that happened in fallujah in late 2004. it was the turning point that caused that, but again, there are still a lot of questions. here in iraq you see a lot of people that are responsible for attacks against americans and other contractors and a lot of soldiers. there are a lot of cells throughout the country and it takes a lot of digging and chasing for the troops here to be able to locate these people. ahmed, yesterday, when he was on the stand. he testified for about an hour and he was wearing a yellow jump suit and he was cuffed. he said he had nothing to do with this. he is a family man and he provided intel to officials in order to help them capture terrorists. he is charged with these crimes and they're still on the hunt for more people behind this attack. >> it's a story we'll definitely follow. mohammed jamjoon, thanks so much. the other story we're
following as we're expecting the president to speak live in two hours, he will say that the need for reform is painfully obvious to most americans and we're talking about wall street reform. october 2008, the white-knuckled ride on wall street turning to panic. how can we forget? in less than two weeks stocks plunged more than 22%. americans saw their life savings shrivel. maybe not all americans, certainly not executives of insurance giant aig. remember this? they lived it up at this posh luxury resort less than a week after taxpayers shelled out $85 billion to keep their company afloat. we've also footed the bill for all of the banks that have gambled and lost and lost big. yep, you and i paying for all those risky bets and shaky loans. last year 140 banks failed. this year we're on track for even more to go belly up. so the big question, how do we avoid a replay of these nightmares that many of us are still living? we don't want to bog you down
with all of the technicalities. we just want to get to the bottom line. what would these reforms mean to you and your wallet. chief business correspondent ali velshi, try to break it down in simple terms. the president steps up to the mike at 11:55, and he'll say i want reform and that this is what i want to do. what does it mean to you and me, bottom line. >> he's addressing his remarks to corporate america. this is about fairness, you, me, our viewers. they all feel that the recessions come and go, the one we went through would have any anyway, but might it have been as severe if there were few more participants in the financial process who were following rules? here ate thing. the rules haven't been updated in a long time. the only update to financial regulations since the great depression that have taken rules away and not added rules and the other thing is there's a real sense that there isn't enforcement of the rules that are on the books. business can succeed. nobody wants to get in the way of business because we invest in
businesses and we profit from them, they create job, but there needs to be some fairness, some transparency, some sense that you do want to take risks, but they have to be managed and understood and if you are taking too big a risk, some regulator needs to be able to say, can we look at that and see when you're doing and what you're up to? obviously, there's some opposition to that. >> but what has given members of wall street the power to even say you can't do that because they're the ones that hosed americans in the first place. why should we trust them. >> there's no ability for them to say that. >> no ethics and moral authority. >> sure, things went wrong, but we have the innovation to go on with new and inventive ideas to make money and you won't understand them. so your general impression is don't try that. >> not if you have the right people looking over the ideas. >> and there are a lot of those people who have been attracted to this administration and if you beef up the regulatory
bodies then maybe you'll get the accountants and lawyers who go out to private practice and say i like this. i want to be the elliott ness and guess what? i'm an accountant and lawyer and their business has a great reputation for creating jobs and stealing wealth. i think you're right. you can get the right people into regulation, but not in a washington where for 15 years there's been a culture of deregulation. a culture of get out of the way and let business do anything they want. business can succeed with rules. >> cultural crooks. >> robbers of the american people. >> ali, thanks. we'll be talking to you more and we'll be following the president's speech live. her retirement totally snatched away and she says that's when her trust was really betrayed by wall street. her story later in the "newsroom". rnc chair michael steele taking the party to task. during a speech, he said the
people need to embrace and work with the tea party followers, but here's where the headline comes from. steele also said he doesn't know why african-americans would vote republican. the republican party had a hand in forming the naacp and yet we've mistreated that relationship. people don't walk away from their parties. their parties walk away from them. that wasn't all. he criticized the party for the so-called southern strategy courting white male voters in the south. it blew up in their face when bubba voted for bill clinton. racial profiling or good police work? that's the basic debate in arizona over controversial new immigration bill. the protest caravan on the way to phoenix from l.a. illustrating how the local issue is fanning flames across the country. cnn's casey wian has more. >> reporter: the battle over immigration law enforcement in arizona is now being waged on the streets of los angeles. >> the energy of your earth created without borders for all rise within us and give new life
to our struggle. >> reporter: by an illinois congressman who calls it profiling. >> look at my face. listen to my voice. i'd probably get picked up in arizona and questioned. is that what we want in america? >> reporter: but arizona sheriffs who travel to washington, d.c., say it's exactly what they need. >> i'm telling you that most sheriffs, i wouldn't dare to speak for anybody else, but most of us in law enforcement welcome this legislation. >> reporter: that legislation allows, even encourages, local law enforcement officers in arizona to check the immigration status of anyone they have a reasonable suspicion is in the country illegally. it also makes lacking proper papers a state crime and allows citizens to sue state officials who don't comply. arizona state senator russell pierce, a former sheriff's deputy sponsored the law. >> we'll take the handcuffs off of law enforcement and we'll put them on the band guy. illegal is not a race, it's a crime. >> reporter: opponents say bill number 1070 which awaits
governor jan brewer's signature will lead to racial profiling of all latinos in arizona. >> we are very concerned that 1070 will signify the end of the latino community in arizona, and i'm not kidding about this. >> the law explicitly prohibits profiling. we read it to this protest leader in los angeles who was unmoved. >> a law enforcement official or agency may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements. >> but they may consider it, they may not solely consider it, but they may consider it which means in practice they can claim there are other factor involved. >> this law is not only vague enough to create rogue police officers detaining people just because of the color of their skin, but it is also directly impacting thousands and thousands of families. >> the law has clearly divided law enforcement officials and residents both in and out of arizona. they do agree that federal courts will likely have to
decide if it's constitutional. arizona's governor has until midnight friday to sign the bill, veto it or do nothing. she does nothing, the bill becomes law. casey wian, cnn, los angeles. it looks like snow, doesn't it? it's not, though. it's actually marble and pea-sized hail piled up to four inches deep. in the denver area, storms swirled across parts of colorado and more severe weather is expected today. >> good thing they still have the snow trucks out, rob. >> they probably have them gassed up and snow in the mountains getting word that there are a couple of roads that are open. the basin had five inches of snow and my friends are debating whether or not they should go to work in five inches in late april. that's power day. all from this storm, so we have the high plains seeing hail that looks like snow and the high elevations of the mountains
seeing snow that looks like snow as well. and it's all moving towards the east, slowly, but surely, kind of spinning around this low and the center around the great basin and some still spiraling around the back side of this thing and the sierra nevada seeing snow as well. that's where the atmospheric energy is trying to formulate thunderstorms that have been severe this morning. just north of wichita, this cell has had a history of producing hail and gusty winds upon. it is no longer severe, but nonetheless it is moving across the state at about 35 to 30 miles an hour. the entire system will be slowly moving across the southeastern third of the u.s. here over the next day or two, right through saturday and actually right through sunday, it will move into the delmarva and that will produce thunderstorms as well. the red area especially on saturday from northern alabama to parts of tennessee and kentucky and that's where you're most concerned for seeing severe weather. we had problems earlier with
fog, across d.c., baltimore and philly. that fog, for the most part since has lifted and dallas in the fort worth area will see afternoon thunderstorms so that will create problems. denver eastward and maybe some delays there and we don't anticipate multi-hour delays and all flights are resuming across parts of europe. so travel has become a little bit easier, finally. >> that's good to hear. thanks, rob. out of rehab, finally. not talking about party animal starlets or sexually active golfers, but the cutest little reptiles on the planet. marine biologists have given three green sea turtles their freedom. they've been in rehab for months and found weak and injured babies on the beach and now hutch son, squirt and zain are back in the wild doing what sea turtles do. good luck, guys. beware of barracudas bearing gifts. ♪ ♪ ♪ the fish on the land ain't
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president obama headed for new york this morning. we'll be around wall street to talk about the need for financial reform. we'll bring the president's speech live at 11:55 eastern time today. a desperate search in the gulf of mexico. here's new i-report pictures that were given to us. an oil rig exploding and still on fire. 11 people missing. the coast guard is out there in full force. more than 100 people, believe it or not, survived this and they just arrived back onshore a few hours ago and they were gheited by their very relieved families. war games in the persian gulf right on iraq's doorstep and the u.s. is just a spectator. actually these are games for iran, just iran. they're showing off new military hardware in the oil lane. in particular, something being described as a super fast speed boat armed to the teeth. so you remember the '60s, turn on, tune in, drop out. psychedelic drugs aren't just
genic, now being use by believers. >> rick dublin imagines a day when patients will be able to go to their doctor's offices for doses of lsd or ecstasy pills. >> i think eventually there will be psychedelic clinics regulated by the fda with people registered to defendant butte psychedelics and they will come for rites of passage in their life or personal growth. >> reporter: doblin comes with credentials and he's got a ph.d from harvard in public policy and has spent years studying psychedelics. >> reporter: proving that there's a conviction for practically everything, researchers from around the world have come to san jose, california to talk about psychedelic drugs. here at the holiday inn they're sharing stories about those drugs and their hope that one day they will become a regular part of medicine. >> reporter: here at the conference we found sarah huntly who said she was abused
emotionally and physically as a child. >> makes you feel worthless most of the time and i was a burden to that member of my family and that i wasn't really worth that burden. >> reporter: she says the abuse stripped her of self-confidence and then as a 17-year-old high school student she started taking the drug ecstasy. scientifically known as mdma. >> mdma or ecstasy, you see right here was developed in the early 20th century as a possible appetite suppresant. of course, people use it for the hallucinogenic effects and it can heighten their senses and limit inhibitions. >> reporter: now 23, sarah says mdma helped get her life back. >> using the mdma helped ease my sense of fear and defensiveness. >> they talk about being happy. >> reporter: psychiatrist michael midhofer never examined sarah and believes the promise.
with approval of the food and drug administration, he's been administrating mdma to patients with post traumatic stress disorder. >> reporter: what makes you think that psychedelics can be helpful. >> we know the treatment of ptsd involves revisiting the trauma in a therapeutic session. so our idea is that mdma k may bring people in an optimal zone of arousal where they can connect with their feelings, but they aren't going to be overwhelmed by fear. >> the key is match will the drug with the problem. silosidem might be used to treat anxiety related to terminal illness, the same with lsd. >> it can vary according to what issues they're working with and how much denial they have and we'd like them to have access to a whole tool chest to psychedelics that they can use at appropriate times. >> some question whether psychedelics are ever appropriate. david spiegel says there's no
scientific literature yet to back up any positive claims. >> the key issues in the treatment of this disorder is teaching people how to access their memories and feelings about the trauma in a controlled way. and psychedelics are anything, but a controlled experience. >> reporter: for now, that's the mainstream medical consensus. >> maybe if you get your mdma. >> reporter: but supporters here hope that over time, psychedelics will be seen less as a bad trip and more as legitimate medicine. >> that brings us to this morning's blog question. should psychedelic drugs be used as legitimate medicine? tell us what you think. we want to know what you think. go to my blog, cnn.com/kyra and post your thoughts. if you own stocks, you know the feeling. wall street tanks and your investment shrivels. one investor says her heart wrenching losses were only the beginning of her ordeal. her story, straight ahead. still
bill aimed at reforming wall street and a senate committee approved related legislation yesterday. tough new limits on wall street's ability to trade those controversial and risky derivatives. the senators weren't the only ones there. who else? lobbyists. the financial sector has spent $4 55 million on lobbyists to protect the billions of dollars they have at stake. senior congressional correspondent dana bash takes us on the inside. >> reporter: who's waiting in this long line to get into a key senate committee meeting on financial reform? a lot of lobbyists. the reason for the line is inside this room senators are working on details of legislation that would, for the first time, establish oversight on the financial derivatives market. we're talking hundreds of trillions of dollars in deals, the kind that led to the panic that helped cause the near
collapse of the financial industry. >> within a decade this market exploded to $600 trillion. we must bring transparency and accountability to these markets. >> in the back of the room you see the committee and what they're doing is poring over this legislation line by line and that's why you have this, lobbyists. they are here watching very carefully and the lobbyists here represent some of the big banks on wall street who reap billions of dollars in profits from this mostly unregulated derivatives trading, but it's not just them. there are also lobbyists here representing farmers, manufacturers and businesses who want to preserve their bottom line. they say that bottom line is helped by derivative it is tradi trading. >> that's why this lobbyist representing an agro business is here. >> you want to make sure it doesn't go too far. >> we need a bill that add transparency and does the good things and allows u.s. manufacturers to be competitive. >> you're a lobbyist.
>> i am. >> lobbyists, as you know, don't have the best, maybe, reputation in this country and certainly at a time when people are pretty angry at washington. what do you want people to know about your job as a lobbyist? >> first of all, i'm an advocate for manufacturing and my efforts are really trying to educate members of congress and their staff on the impact of legislation on the manufacturing sector. >> reporter: and what about the lobbyists from wall street banks and big financial tomorrows concerned about new regulation? well, we found several, but they didn't want to talk us to on the record until we tried this approach. >> hi. i'm dana bash with cnn. >> how are you? >> he's a washington lobbyist. who does he represent? >> reporter: any big banks? >> no. >> any financial firms at all? >> no big banks, this is a very important issue here and has great implications for any number of institutions, not just on wall street, but across the country. >> reporter: an official representing big wall street banks later admitted to cnn
they're pushing back hard on several provisions in the bill that would make it harder to reap their billions in profits on derivatives trading. more and more, it seems wall street has an uphill fight. >> the committee approved legislation limiting wall street's ability to make those controversial trades, and it was even bipartisan. republican charles grassley voted yes, too. dana bash, cnn, capitol hill. here's one investor's story. she saved money, invested it and watched it evaporate as wall street tanked. sound familiar? but ailing crystal says the real injustice was when she reached out for help and found out her trust was betrayed. now this year is racing the clock. eileen, let's start right there. how has the financial meltdown changed your life? >> well, i lost close 40% of my retirement savings in the
meltdown in 2008 and in october of that year i saw chase bank's full-page advertisement in the new york times suggesting that customers, home equity loan customers like myself, apply for loan modifications to help them out. after five frustrating months of phone calls, being bounced from department to department, multiple document submissions and actual advice to default on my payments in order to qualify for assistance, i was told i wasn't going to get any. their reasoning? i was retired, unemployed, and i had defaulted on one of my payment. kyra, it was like i fell down the rabbit hole. >> reporter: and i think a lot of people feel that way. i see that you put your thoughts together. i know this was sort of a nerve-racking experience to have to come on and talk about this, you know, kind of stuff. it never sits well, but do me a
favor, get rid of those notes for a second and talk to me like a girlfriend and tell me, when you started to see your money dwindling, you know? were you angry? were you screaming at wall street? did you want to see, you know these executives, you know, get socked in the face? tell me how outraged you were as you watched them live a really nice life and basically take your money and flush it down the toilet. >> frankly, kyra, i was livid. if i could have without consequence, gone and whacked them all on the head with a golf club, i would have done so. >> i think a lot of people feel that way, eileen. >> and the fact of the matter is that not only did they behave this way, but they showed absolutely no remorse, and that caused me to be even more outraged. i've lost a lot of nights' sleep over this and i see my financial future looking a whole lot more
dim than it did when, you know, before 2008. i was doing fine. >> so let me ask you this, the president is get being ready to give this big reform on wall street speech at 11:55 eastern time. my guess is you'll be listening. what is it you want to hear? will he be able to say anything to make you feel better? >> well, he can say a few things. he can say that the financial reform act is definitely going to pass and really change the face of the financial markets as we know it, and within that bill, i hope he will say that there will be a clampdown on the trading of derivatives. i don't expect him to say they're going to repeal the glass steagall act, but i would be in favor of that. i know senator brown has put forth an amendment to limit the size of big banks so that they can't fail or prevent us from
suffering from their failure. so i would like to hear all of that. i'd also like to hear him address something they know is not in the bill which enrages me and probably most people in this country more than anything else and that's the issue of executive compensation. here i am, sitting a responsibility is zen, doing all the right things and people who are unbelievably greedy sat around and -- >> took advantage of that. >> they not only -- they made it happen and they profited from it while their companies went bankrupt for which we gave them money in the form of t.a.r.p. funds. to me this is -- this just defies logic. >> it does defy logic. and there are so many people out there that feel exactly the way you do and they are hoping to get something, some sort of i guess faith restored in the
system once the president make his speech. let me ask you a question, eileen. this is thursday, and usually we do our 30-second pitches on thursdays. we bring in folks that are looking for work. they've got 30 seconds to give their spiel. >> would you be open to doing that right now? because i know you're looking for work. i know you're struggling. i know you're completely stressed out about your dwindling savings and what happened to you because of the wall street nightmare. how about i give you 30 seconds and we'll give a pitch. what do you think? are you up for that? >> absolutely. >> let's do it. and i'll let you know when your 30 seconds are up if you're still going we'll wing it here and get your e-mail up and eileen crystal. let's go for it. start when you're ready. >> hi. i'm a retired lawyer. i also have an mba and a masters degree in psychology. i have extensive experience in research and writing, in regulatory interpretation and electronic discovery. i've also worked as a consultant to a fortune 500 company
marketing division and i've been a psychotherapist. so i've done a lot of different things in my lifetime. i'm looking for a job that will take advantage and capitalize on the talents that i have. i'm a very hard worker, i'm a good team player, and i'm a fast learner. hire me! >> there you go, and i'm with you. hire eileen and i'll going to reiterate that e-mail email@example.com. eileen crystal, it breaks my heart to hear your story, but this is exactly how we want to put things in perspective as the president gets ready to give this speech on wall street reform. you keep us updated and we'll make you're on my blog and we'll be pushing hard for someone to reach out and get you hired. >> i appreciate the opportunity. >> well, it was an absolute pleasure, eileen. thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> once again, you know eileen will be watching and so will we. we'll watch president obama's speech on wall street reform now
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when you name your own price. big last-minute savings from the home of the big deal. his mom wanted him to have a better life. she died while trying to do it and that's when elian gonzalez became world famous for an international custody dispute and then came the dramatic snatch. federal agents launched a pre-dawn raid in miami's little
havana neighborhood. we'll never forget it. miles o'brien and i were working that day ten years ago. >> this is cnn breaking news. and good morning, everyone. we have breaking news for you this morning. i'm kyra phillips here in atlanta. >> i'm miles o'brien. some breaking news related to the elian gonzalez case, the five-month saga of the 6-year-old boy from cuba takes a dramatic turn. in the little havana section in miami four or five minivans swooped down on the modest home of lazaro gonzalez, approximately two dozen federal agents with them and they used a battering ram to gain access to the home, shortly thereafter carried elian gonzalez, the 6-year-old boy carried into the white van you see there. >> now that little boy you see in the arms of that agent is 16 years old and not surprising, attending a cuban military academy. no custody battle.
no tv crews and no raids from the bedroom. cnn's shasta darlington reports. >> reporter: you probably remember the face, elian gonzalez, the cuban rafter boy at the heart of a politically charged custody battle. he's not so little anymore. elian, now 16 attends a cuban military academy. he joined the union of communist youth vowing to follow the example of fidel and raul castro. elian was just 5 when a smuggler's boat headed to the united states flipped over and killed his mother. he was found clinging to an innertube and handed over to relatives in south florida. fidel castro himself led the battle to bring elian back. little elian will return to his family, his land and his school, he said. the raid on his relatives' home in miami led to elian's return to cuba and his market. once home they had front-row seats in castro's rallies.
it's been five years since i returned with my dad, he said, and it was possible because of my family, the cuban people and commander fidel. the aging president often attended the boy's birthday. since castro was side lined by illness, elian has disappeared from view. we went to his hometown of cardenas in search of news. it marks the modest house where elian once lived. his grandmother answers the door. >> now he's a man, she says. a little man. he is studying and he's integrated. he has a normal life, the way he wants it. she says he gets top grades and still has time for girlfriends. elian and his father have moved far from prying eyes. in town, a museum touts cuba's moral victory with a statue of a young, defiant elian, photos,
posters and a giant middle finger flipped at cuba's enemies to the north. friends and relatives of elian gonzalez have largely put the past behind him, but monuments like this museum is remind e it's hard to know if he'll ever be able to lead a normal life and what kind of future he'll play in cuba. shasta darlington, cnn, cardenas, cuba. on this earth day, one parent is wondering what on earth was the school thinking when it let a famous felon come talk to the kids. the principal's response? priceless. to stretch around the earth over 190 times. each brita filter can take up to 300 of those bottles out of the equation.
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president obama is in new york pushing for the broadest financial overhaul since the 1930s. that push coming in a speech just about 60 minutes from now and our senior white house correspondent is there. we'll ask him if the president's proposals will prevent another crisis. and a six-game suspension for pittsburgh steelers quarterback ben roethlisberger, but can he get two games back for good behavior? apparently maybe. the nfl punished two-time super bowl champ in the wake of sexual assault accusations. he wasn't charged, but they decided it was bad enough and violated the league's personal conduct policy and pretty much all good sense. many reports say that the steelers are trying to trade roethlisberger before tonight's nfl draft. it's a safe bet that ben roethlisberger isn't laughing about his suspension, but of course, jay leno is.
>> black cloud is still pretty big. not as big as the black cloud over ben roethlisberger, but still. did you hear about that? because of his actions there, the pittsburgh steelers' quarterback ben roethlisberger received a six-game suspension from the nfl. that's big, yeah. i guess for violating the league's personal conduct policy. did you know the nfl had a personal conduct policy? did anybody mention this to the cincinnati bengals? are they aware of this? good thing he didn't kill anybody, he could have gotten a ten-game suspension. >> now the very well-behaved tony harris steps in to pick it up from here. he's not causing any trouble. >> oh, yeah, i will. oh, yeah, i will. i will try to avoid getting suspended, but short of that, anything goes. have a great day, kyra. >> thanks, tony. the big stories for you in the cnn "newsroom" for thursday, april 22nd. the president urging wall street to back new financial rules. his message for the heartbeat of american cap