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accused of sending bomb threats. making it up and accusing it was a legitimate news source. the feds claim we didn't do anything wrong. how far the fbi can go to catch suspected criminals. how much they can deserve. let's get to it. >> now shepard smith reporting. >> it's 3:00 on the east coast, noon on the west coast and here are the headlines from the fox news deck. the military will quarantine american troops returning from fighting ebola in africa before they're allowed to go home. that is the order today from the defense secretary chuck hagel. he says those troops will have to wait out the three-week incubation period in isolation. that goes well beyond the federal guidelines for civilians. secretary hagel says there's a good reason for that. >> they are not volunteers and this is also a policy that was discussed in great detail by the communities, by the families, of our military men and women and
they very much wanted a safety valve on this. >> the u.s. has more than 1,000 troops in the west african nations of liberia and senegal. officials say ebola is still spreading through much of that region at what they call a catastrophic rate. the reason for that, they have no national health care system to speak of and so many people who get ebola stay in their homes with others and spread in a way that would never happen in the united states. president obama is right now meeting with top officials outlying u.s. efforts to stop ebola spread in africa. ebola is not spreading in the united states. no one in the general population has caught it ever. we're expecting to hear from the president at some point in this hour. we have team fox coverage starting right now. rick levenle that is in new york city that an ebola patient here lied to investigators but let's get to jennifer griffen from the pentagon this afternoon. what does this mean for the troops who want to take leave, for instance? >> well, shepard, defense secretary hagel said he would
review the decision in 45 days. here's what he said when he announced he was expanding the mandatory quarantine to all the services. >> and what i said in response this morning was, give me within 15 days, the operational specifics of how that would work and then i believe we should review that policy within 45 days. the fact is, the military will have more americans in liberia than any other department. >> in essence the army and joint chiefs forced hagel's hand after hearing from military families they were concerned about their family members being exposed and bringing the virus home members of the 101st airborne from fort campbell, kentucky, are flowing into liberia and could be there up to a year. army spokesmen say they will deal with the issue of emergency leave in a common sense manner. >> we've now heard from the
general who is quarantined the troops. what is he saying? >> well, we've learned there are now 42 u.s. soldiers quarantined at their base in italy. major general daryl williams recently gave his first interview. >> we wake up every morning since we've been here and i look at the beautiful mountains and beautiful italy and so i'm only inspired by what i see. the soldiers are doing great. we're not frustrated at all. of course we're soldiers and so we're used to executing orders. >> none of general williams' team and none of the 4,000 u.s. troops ordered to west africa is supposed to have contact with ebola infected patients. they are building hospitals and providing logistics help. the quarantine decision was made by the pentagon out of an abundance of caution and out of concern for unit cohesion and morale. >> jennifer griffin at the pentagon, thanks very much. breaking news in from maine. the governor there, paula --
la page has sent police to the nurse of kaci hickox. he wants quarantine, after hickox arrived at the newark airport. health officials reporting to a report that a doctor in new york city lied to investigators. "the new york post" cites police sources unnamed, fox news cannot confirm, but these sources are reported to claim to the "new york post" that dr. craig spencer tried to hide information where he traveled around the city before he got sick. the key is, in both of these cases, before they got sick. a reminder, if you do not show symptoms of ebola, you are not contagio contagious. period. so the doctor who -- the health care worker in maine, the mayor -- governor wants to quarantine she doesn't have symptoms, can't give it to anybody. same with this doctor here in new york city.
rick leventhal from bellevue hospital in manhattan. what's the situation? the post says he might have told some lies? >> i spoke to a well placed ciy government source who tells me that dr. spencer may not have lied, but he may have failed to mention that he was out on the town before getting sick until after investigators checked his electronic records. i'm told according to the source that health detectives got a very different story on monday morning -- on thursday morning, last thursday morning than last thursday afternoon. dr. spencer did call authorities last thursday morning to tell them he had a fever seven days after returning from treating ebola patients in west africa. "the new york post" reports he told authorities he had isolated himself in his apartment and didn't reveal that he had ridden several subways, dined out and gone bowling the night before until investigators checked his metro card and credit card statements and asked him about it. the new york city health department released a statement that says dr. spencer cooperated if fully with the health department to establish a timeline of his movements in the days following his return to new
york from guinea providing his metro card, credit cards and cell phone. today the mayor again called him a hero. >> dr. spencer went into a disease ravaged nation to protect not only people there, but us. he cooperated in every way. he followed every protocol of his organization the minute he believed he had become symptomatic, he called in. he retraced all his steps with us. everything was done properly. people should start respecting what he contributed. i don't know a lot of people who have the bravery of dr. spencer. >> reporter: and dr. spencer remains in critical but stable condition here at bellevue. we're told his toughest days are ahead of him, things will get worse before they get better, shep. >> all the best for him. rick at the hospital here in new york, thanks. in africa where there is an ebola crisis, there is an ebola situation that no one has been able to figure out how to control and now there's a report that fewer people seem to be getting infected which is great news according to the world
health organization. but that organization is warning the epidemic is far from over in west africa. one doctor reports seeing empty beds in treatment centers where overcrowding had been a huge problem. in liberia he reports as much as a 25% drop in new cases over a one week period. the centers for disease control and prevention in atlanta identified several ebola hot spots and here's the map of those to show you where the deaths were over the last month. the darker the red the more victims who died in some cases by the hundreds. meantime traders of wild animal meat say the crisis has put them out of business. even in a country like ghana which has not seen an outbreak. because it's about fear. fear that people will catch ebola, has led many africans to stop buying popular meats from animals like pigs and snails and believe it or not giant rodents, delicious. doctors say it is possible such animals can carry the ebola virus, but again, there is no
ebola spreading in the united states and not one person in the human population in the general population in the united states has contracted ebola. not one. the government has stepped up security, though, at federal buildings in washington and across the united states. following recent threats from the islamic state terrorists and other terror groups. that's the word from homeland security secretary jeh johnson as of yesterday. he says officials will not reveal how many of the more than 9500 federal buildings across america this affects or what the extra security measures are exactly. thankfully they're not telling us that. secretary johnson says this is not a response to any specific threat in the united states. he calls the move a, quote, precautionary step. but he did mention the recent terror attacks in canada and calls from isis and others for so-called lone wolf attacks against the west. our chief intelligence correspondent katherine heritage is live in washington. not surprising at all because i'm thinking there's an election if a week and if anything were to happen between now and a week
there would be an election blowup. you don't tell us what they're doing but they're doing something. >> i'm glad you're glad. >> thank you. >> we learned new information about what led to this decision and it came from the head of the house intelligence committee today who confirmed that isis senior leadership sent a message to recruits to launch attacks at home rather than travel overseas and it was after this intelligence was picked up in mid-september that australian authorities arrested more than a dozen suspects. i know you remember this, including two individuals who were allegedly planning a public beheading that would be videotaped for propaganda purposes. >> they got a note back from the leaders of isil that said what we want you to do, stay in australia, we want you to randomly kidnap people off the street, behead them, videotape it, send it to us for further propaganda. >> reporter: at this point we asked rogers whether he saw any threat information targeting the elections next week and he did
not see anything credible at this time, shepard. >> did you get any idea or clue as to what changes might be in the works here? >> this morning we did not see any obvious security changes and in this new statement, secretary johnson says so much. in fact, he says, quote, the precise actions we are taking and the precise locations which we will enhance security is law enforcement sensitive and will vary in shifts from location to location and will be continually evaluated. though the attack in ottawa factored into the decision to increase security at federal buildings we're told and that's held by some current and former government officials because they say isis wants to go global and while it's not on the scale of a 9/11, clearly this idea they can inspire people to act is no longer just a hypothetical, shepard. >> all right. katherine in washington, thanks, crat. >> you're welcome. >> more help on the way for kurdish forces fighting islamic state militants in kobani. kurds from iraq are reportedly stoets arrive soon, whatever
supporters cheered and waved flags today at some 150 kurdish troops crossed into turkey from iraq with cannons and heavy machine guns as they're described to us. the fighters crossed the border in a turkish town of habur. officials say the troops are traveling across turkey to cobanry in over the boarder in syria. officials have been battling militants in kobani for weeks but failed to push them back entirely despite help from coalition air strikes. kurdish officials say about 50 members of the free syrian army have arrived in cobanry kobani the kurds. christopher hill is a former u.s. ambassador to iraq and joins us live and also the author of "outpost, life on the front lines of american diplomacy." nice to see you again. >> thank you. >> from the reports i get from the region, in syria and iraq, things are improving.
the air strikes are helping. isis is not proving to be some sort of undefeatble, you know, god -- that things are getting better. is that what you're hearing as well? >> shep, i would agree with that. obviously this is still early in the process, but, you know, it was interesting, kobani a few weeks ago, seemed it was going to fall any moment and, in fact, you heard u.s. officials saying, well, it's not really that important, et cetera, but clearly the kurds there held it and the american -- the coalition air strikes really helped and now you see some unprecedented things happening. first of all it's very unusual to have kurds from iraq crossing into turkey and then going back into syria. so this is quite an amazing development. i mean the turks have had good relations with the kurds in iraq but not that good that they would accept forces to use turkey to transit. secondly, the turkish government
under president erdogen are conflicted. those kurds in syria have traditionally had the links to the kurds in turkey whom the turks and u.s. consider a terrorist group. they are obviously doing a lot of hard thinking about how to manage all this. to have forces from the sunni opposition that is the free syrian army, to come in, that's kind of unprecedented to have kurds and sunni forces, free syrian army forces, link up. it's looking like cobanry ikoba started out as a small fight in an obscure town, is achieving some huge symbolic importance in the struggle. >> it has. your message about the two groups coming together, the free syrian army, the ones who have been fighting dictator there bashar al assad all this time, what sort of problems do we see from him in the future? where does bashar al assad fit into this now? >> assad's whole argument has
been hey, you americans, you think i'm the bad guy, try some of the people who are trying to overthrow me, and we've said that's true about al nusra and isis but we believe there's this other element here that wants to overthrow assad and create a more democratic situation for syria, so the fact that you could have some of those people, albeit symbolic numbers at this point, 50 people, that's i think very significant. and i think assad is really going to have to do something besides just sit pretty and expect u.s. air strikes to do something about this sunni opposition to him. i think he really needs to look at this and it looks like kobani is achieving this symbolic importance. no one ever thought kurds would work with sunnis there. >> no. >> assad is going to have an issue for himself there. i would say, i agree with you, your general proposition this is a good news story in an
otherwise terrible place. >> it is. before we go, what's your level of concern about sharing weapons with people who might eventually give those weapons to others? >> well, i have a lot of concerns about that. look at what -- look at all the weapons we gave to the iraqi army, you know, on the battlefield and now being used by isis. there are concerns when you give weapons to people and don't have the means on the ground to make sure the weapons are being used properly and that has beens the whole concern in syria. it's one thing to give weapons to the peshmerga, to some iraqi army units, it's a whole different scene in syria which is why this kobani thing is interesting. >> it's interesting to me. thanks so much for being here. appreciate it. >> thank you. well, up next, there's word that fbi wrote a fake news story, using the name of a real news agency. as if they put it on a fox news headline and sent it out as fox news information but it wasn't. it wasn't true. the reason they did it, to lure a bomb threat suspect.
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23 minutes past the hour. fbi agents wrote a fake news article to catch a real bomb threat suspect. but news executives say the feds crossed the line. this happened a long time ago but just coming to the front. it happened outside seat until 2007. associated press reports that fbi wrote a fake ap story
on bomb threats and then sent the suspect a link to that article and when he clicked that article, that gave the feds his location. the suspect was 15 years old at the time. the associated press spokesman says the fbi violated the ap's credibility and that, quote, we are extremely concerned and find it unacceptable that the fbi misappropriated the name of the associated press and published a false story attributed to qap. an fbi official told the ap the goal was to prevent a tragedy and cited the tragedies at a marysville high school last week. let's bring in judge napolitano. faked it. can they do it? >> here's the basic rule of law. the government, when it's investigating a crime, can lie, cheat, commit fraud, even commit assault, even steal, in order to catch a defendant but it can only do those things to the defendant it's trying to catch.
it can't do it to a third party entirely innocent in this. so what is the victimized third party here? the associated press. here's what fbi did. they violated copyright law, trademark law, they violated state and federal law that prohibit using the internet to commit a fraud or to pretend to be someone or something other than you are. does the associated press have a cause of action against the fbi? can they sue the fbi for the inappropriate use of their trademark? absolutely. will they prevail? i think they will. >> really? >> yes. >> what sort of judgment could you get against an entity like the fbi? >> well, you have to demonstrate what your loss was. >> well integrity. you don't have anything if you don't have that. >> correct. especially in the news business. so the loss of sbeg xwintegrity loss of reputation in the news business, how you put a dollar figure on that, you know,
experts will testify before a jury as to what it's worth. here's what the fbi will say. the fbi will say we have qualified immunity, meaning we were engaged in legitimate law enforcement and this is -- this was an accidental byproduct, this injury, to the associated press. i think a judge will say, this is not an accidental byproduct. you pretended you are the associated press. you knew that this was a fake and a fraud and that the fbi -- and that associated press's reputation would be diminished by what you did. big picture in my opinion, the fbi blame it on one agent, was lazy, they could have found this kid by some other means besides sitting at their desks and using their laptops if they used old fashioned shoe leather they could have found the kid. >> they could have done it from their laptops legally by making up the name of a news organization. >> if they said to this kid click here and you'll win
$100,000 and clicking there it told him his location they could have done that. committing fraud, pretending to be an entity they knew they weren't, an entity they could harm, they committed federal and state crimes and could be investigated by the justice department they work for but don't expect that to happen. >> we've been waiting for a statement on the fbi on this matter and it comes as we are speaking. thank you so much. i'm sure you can see everything happening in this machine but i will read it. special agent in charge frank montoya says every effort we made in this investigation had the goal of preventing a tragic event like what happened in marysville and seattle university. we identified the subject. use of that type of techniques happens in rare circumstances and only then and only when there is sufficient reason to believe it could be successful in resolving this thing. we were fortunate that the information provided to the public gave us the opportunity to step in to a potentially dangerous situation before it was too late. no connection to the seattle
times also listed in this. what it doesn't explain is, we took the name of somebody else and -- >> it tells me they admit that they pretented to be the associated press. now think about this. what would draw a 15-year-old to the website, pretending to be the associated press or pretending to be some pot of riches he could win by clicking on there? look, they -- they took the chance that they would not be prosecuted for violating the laws they have sworn to uphold. >> yep. >> they were right. they were not prosecuted. they could have and they probably should have been. >> government, you're not above the law. >> there you go. >> is that the message, judge? >> that's the message. when the government breaks the law in order to enforce the law the people who do that become a law unto themselves and then the rule of men not the rule of law. >> judge, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> nice to see you. >> nice to see you. >> remember the secret service hooker scandal that resulted in the agency firing eight agents for having prostitutes in their
hotel room in 2012. it just got more embarrassing. the guy that led the investigation into the scandal has resigned after he got caught up in a separate post sti tution case. hookers are big this time of year. a senior administration official confirms that investigator a guy named david neiland stepped down from the homeland security department earlier this year after sheriff's deputies in broward county florida, always south florida, isn't it? >> seems that way. >> thank you, south florida. >> deputies in broward county, florida, reported seeing him at a building they were watching as part of a prostitution investigation. broward is like fort lauderdale, hollywood, that area. one prostitute reportedly con firms he did, indeed, give her money. he apparently cited health problems when he resigned. the new york times which first broke this story reports neiland is now denying the allegations. and breaking news that's been coming in as i was speaking learning it as you're learning it. california has announced a mandatory 21-day quarantine for anyone traveling from countries
with ebola who had contact with infected people. they announced it today saying it will help establish, quote, consistent practice statewide for dealing with those at highest risk of dealing with the virus. california joins other states. new jersey started this, new jersey, new york, connecticut which imposed mandatory quarantine. president obama expected to talk at an event of american health care workers fighting ebola. we'll have that for you live. a reminder for everyone involved, if you don't have symptoms of ebola, if you don't have a fever and symptoms of ebola, you cannot spread ebola. and if you don't have ebola, and you want ebola, you basically have to wallow around in someone's vomit of someone who had ebola. it's very difficult to catch. no american in the general population has ever caught ebola, ever, yet, 21-day quarantines are now in place for people who traveled to the area and have had contact with someone who might have had ebola.
stigmatize much? in addition, no one in america has ever caught ebola except two health care workers. that's it. flu? 52,000 people died of that last year. flu shots. that's a good idea. accused serial killer in court. cops say at first he spilled everything about his actions, whole thing, said it, did it, here are the bodies. but the last time he was in court he totally clammed up. ahead, what happened when he faced the judge today. plus, what in the world caused this rocket explosion just after we got off work last night? that thing was -- oh, god is right. thing was supposed to go to the international space station but just blew up. when do we send rockets up from virginia? we'll have the details on this spectacular explosion. the setback in the $200 million problem. wow, that's coming up. i've managed. but managing my symptoms was all i was doing. so when i finally told my doctor, he said humira is for adults like me who have tried other medications
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york's long island last night. cops say a train struck and killed the man just a half hour later. local media reports that man was the woman's son. the witness say at first they thought it was a halloween prank. in upstate new york cop say they called a child rape suspect who cut off his bracelet and went on a crime spree including robberies, kidnappings and more rapes. police say they nabbed him last night after he drove his car into the hudson river. look at this. kaboom. crews blew up a home on egypt's border with the gaza strip after the armory ordered people to evacuate there. egypt's military reports it's creating a buffer zone to keep militants and smugglers from crossing the border. the news continues right after this.
murder seven women in indiana and led police to their bodies. his name is derrick -- i'm sorry, darren vann, the suspect. police say he's a convicted sex offender from gary, indiana outside chicago. he faces charges that include murder, for strangling two women, a 19-year-old and a 35-year-old, but cops say he also confessed to killing five other women. a map up on the wall here that shows where police found the bodies. all of them in northwest indiana. meantime the cops are still searching thousands of abandoned houses after investigators say the suspect hinted there may be more bodies. garret is live outside the lake county jail in crown point, indiana, south of gary. garret, last week the suspect refused to talk to the judge. what happened in court today? >> well, it was a much different scene than the attempted hearing last week when he wouldn't speak a word and the judge told him he would spend the rest of his life in jail if he refused to cooperate.
that seemed to catch his attention today. darren vann, he answered all of the judge's questions with yes, ma'am, no, ma'am, and as you mentioned he pleaded guilty to those two charges of murder which he previously according to police had confessed to. we also learned that if he is convicted of those two charges, that he could be facing a minimum of 90 years in prison. life without parole or the death penalty, which prosecutors have said they're now considering in this case. that's even without the charges for those five other murders which police say he has confessed to. those charges have not yet come down, but police say they are continuing those investigations and they could come down in the next few days. shep? >> what more do we know about those investigations and possibilities -- the possibility of additional victims, garret? >> well they have said they are continuing to gather evidence but they're somewhat limited now in exactly how much they can say because of the gag order that
was issued by the judge in this case. we do now know that that search for any additional victims now involves the fbi using cell phone tracking to find out just where it is that darren vann went in the days -- in the hours really before he was arrested after he had committed that murder. that's because according to the associated press, that he told police that after he killed someone, he liked to go and visit the bodies of some of his previous victims. that's why police outside gary, as well as on the east side of chicago, are now checking all of those abandoned and evacuated buildings, as well as police down in texas are looking into their cold cases as well. and darren vann, he is expected back in court on january 9th. shep? >> garret live for us, thanks a lot. the owners of the rocket that blew up seconds after liftoff last night say it could take weeks to figure out what happened and they're warning
people to stay away from the crash site because some of the fuel they say was toxic. this happened on wallops island in virginia, 150 miles southeast of d.c. look at this. the ship is owned by nasa contractor orbital sciences and officials say it was carrying 5,000 pounds of equipment for astronauts to the international space station. a journalist captured it all on video. >> oh, god. [ bleep ]. oh, god. >> it's going to be loud. >> incredible, right? investigators say nobody was hurt in the crash. russia launched its own supply ship headed to the isss this morning. and a nasa rocket carrying gps system took off from florida just hours ago. speaking of florida, phil keating is live in our south florida newsroom. how is orbital sciences handling this rocket explosion? >> a big afternoon conference
call with investors meant to reassure them the company is solid and space flight is risky even though the stock plummeted $300 million last night. take a look at this view from the explosion last night from a private plane and the person taking that video clip claimed he could actually feel the aftershock. all this has grounded orbital. it would have been orbital's fourth resupply mission to the space station last night and $2 billion nasa contract. this leaves spacex as the only american commercial space company flying cargo to the space station and it's renewed questions about relying on private space companies. remember by 2017, boeing and space "x" a spacex are supposed to be hauling astronauts to the space station. >> the rocket had russian made engines, right? >> it did. they have been mocked by competitor elon musk as being outdated just a couple years ago and last night's explosion
happened during the launch, the first stage of the launch when the russian engines are in play. a similar engine exploded during a ground test in may. this today has led a lot of people to speculate the russian engines are to blame, but they do have a great track record of success. they are nasa tested. just as thoroughly as everything else before launch. so the cause of this still far from being conclusive and last night was one of those rare times when the rocket actually accidentally exploded once and then it was terminated by the flight range safety officer who actually pushed the button to kill it for public safety. a rarity. shep? >> phil keating in south florida, thanks a lot. one of american tech giants announced it's working on a pill to detect cancer. a pill. to detect it. future of medicine. we'll talk to a doctor about this fascinating development coming up. happening right now, ebola survivor dr. kent brantley, remember him? we called him dr. golden blood.
because his blood is gold. he is introducing the president at an event in the white house for health care workers fighting ebola. dr. brantley, of course, has donated his plasma to other ebola patients along with the antibodies in the plasma that can target the ebola virus. dr. brantley says he was doing what a young pashs in africa did for him. the 14-year-old survivor of ebola, gave the doctor a unit of blood for transfusions after the doctor discovered he was ill. we're monitoring this. the president will speak. we'll bring you late details and anything of importance as "shepard smith reporting" rolls on this wednesday afternoon.
>> but for your extraordinary work to help save lives in africa and here at home. as many of you know, i welcomed kent and his wonderful wife amber to the white house last month and i was so moved by their deep faith, a faith that grounds their unwavering commitment to service, that i thought it would be a good idea to have him back. he's gained a little weight since i last saw him. so amber, you've been making sure he's eating properly. but kent and amber, you are an inspiration to me and people around the world and on behalf of all of us, thank you so much. thank you. [ applause ] as i said yesterday, we know that the best way to protect americans from ebola is to stop the outbreak at its source.
and we're honored to be joined today by some of the -- some of the extraordinary american health workers who are on the front lines of the fight in west africa. we just had an opportunity to meet, to talk, for me to hear about their service, and truly challenging conditions. some of these men and women have recently returned. others are heading there shortly. but all of them have signed up to leave their homes and their loved ones to head straight into the heart of the ebola epidemic. like our military men and women, deploying to west africa. they do this for no other reason than their own sense of duty. their sense of purpose. their sense of service serving a cause greater than themselves. we need to call them what they
are, which is american heros. they deserve our gratitude. they deserve to be treated with dignity and with respect. now over the past few weeks i've met and spoken with doctors and nurses who have treated ebola patients. that includes some who have been diagnosed with and beaten ebola themselves like kent and like nurse nina pham who i was proud to welcome to the oval office. i want to say to all the doctors and nurses out there, what i've told the doctors and nurses here today, each of you studied medicine because you wanted to save lives. the world needs you more than ever. the medical professionals and public health workers serving in africa are a shining example of what america means to the world, of what is possible when america leads. i said this at the u.n. general assembly, when disease or disaster strikes anywhere in the world, the world calls us.
and the reason they call us is because the men and women like the ones who are here today, they respond with skill and professionalism and courage and dedication. and it's because of the determination and skill and dedication and patriotism of folks like this, that i'm confident we will contain and ultimately snuff out this outbreak of ebola. because that's what we do. a lot of people talk about american exceptionalism. i'm a firm believer in american exceptionalism. you know why i am? it's because of folks like this. it's because we don't run and hide when there's a problem. because we don't react it to our fears, but instead we respond with common sense, and skill,
and courage. that's the best of our history. not fear, not hysteria, not misinformation. we react clearly and firmly even when others are losing their heads. that's part of the reason why we're affected. that's part of the reason why people look to us. and because of the work that's being done by folks like this and folks right now as we speak in the three affected countries, we're already seeing a difference. i just had a chance to be in the situation room, samantha power, our u.n. ambassador, has been traveling through the countries and talking to professionals and seeing what's on the ground. and she was describing the --
how because of our military, we're already setting up ebola treatment units ahead of schedule. we're already setting up settin lines. and she described how a chinese airplane was landing in facilities that we had helped organize. and liberian and chinese and american folks are pulling supplies off and deploying it because we had set up the infrastructure and gotten there early, the world is now starting to respond. some of the labs that we set up are cutting the tests to see whether somebody is positive for ebola from what was as long as seven days now to less than a day. which means people know sooner whether they have it. they're able to get isolated quicker. they're more likely to get help.
there is less fear and anxiety. safe practices have doubled in monrovia. we know that the way folks were treating the deceased was a major contributor to spreading the disease. because of the leadership that we've shown on the ground, the mood in liberia has changed. people have a greater sense of confidence that this can be dealt with. and suddenly you're seeing liberian nationals who are increasingly willing to work as part of the public health teams. so we're having not just effect by what we do directly but also by a change in mind-set in the countries affected and around the globe.
that's what's happening because of american leadership. and it is not abstract. it is people who are willing to go there at significant sacrifice to make a difference. that's american exceptionalism. that's what we should be proud of. that's who we are. and none of this means that the problem has been solved. i don't want anybody to lose a sense of urgency. in those countries that are affected, this is still a severe significant outbreak, and it's going take some time for these countries to battle back. we've got a long way to go. but i do want americans to understand why this is so important. this is not just charity. although kent's faith is driving him to do that, and i'd like to think that sense of faith and grace motives all of us.
but this is also practical. it has to do with our own self-interests. if we are not dealing with this problem there, it will come here. now, we have a responsibility to look out for our health workers as well as they look out for us. that's why on monday, the cdc announced new monitoring and movement guidelines that are sensible, that are based on science, that were crafted in consultation with the people who are actually going there to do the work. and they're tailored to the unique circumstances of each health care worker. but we have to keep in mind that if we're discouraging our health care workers who are prepared to make these sacrifices, from traveling to these places in
need, then we're not doing our job in terms of looking after our own public health and safety. what we are -- what we need right now is these shock troops who are out leading globally. we can't discourage that. we've got to encourage it and applaud it. and i want america to understand. the truth is that until we stop this outbreak in west africa, we may continue to see individual cases in america in the weeks and months ahead. because that's the nature of today's world. we can't hermetically seal ourselves off. the nature of international travel and movement means that the only way to assure that we are safe is to make sure that we
have dealt with the disease where right now it is most acute. so yes, we are likely to see a possible case elsewhere outside of these countries. and that's true whether or not you adopt a travel ban, whether or not you adopt a quarantine. it's the nature of diseases. as long as ebola exists in the world, no one can promise that there won't be any more cases in america or any place else. to prevent its spread and ultimately to keep americans safe, we have to go to the source. while preparing for the few cases that we see here. and protecting our health care workers who are treating patients both here at home and abroad. now, the good news is that our medical system is better prepared for any additional
case and we'll continue to work with hospitals and state and local public health agencies to improve that preparedness every single day. and although coordinating all that nationally as well as internationally is a process, and there are constant tweaks and modifications as lessons are learned, it's all based on 40 years of experience in dealing with this disease. it's not all new. and it will get done. so i guess my biggest message, and i am pretty sure this is a message that all of the folks behind me, including the ones with the white coats would confirm, is that it's critical that we remain focused on the facts and on the science. keep in mind that of the seven americans treated for ebola so
far, most of them while serving in west africa, all seven have survived. right now the only american still undergoing treatment is dr. craig expenser who contracted the disease abroad while working to protect others. and we salute his service. and we're getting him the best care as well. but we know how to treat this disease. and now that the west african nations of senegal and nigeria have been declared ebola-of free, we know that this disease can be contained and defeated if we stay vigilant and committed and america continues to lead the fight. we've got hundreds of americans from across the country -- nurses, doctors, public health workers, soldiers, engineer, mechanics who are putting themselves on the front lines of this fight. they represent citizenship and patriotism and public service at its best. they make huge sacrifices to protect this country that we love.
and when they come home, they deserve to be treated properly. they deserve to be treated like the heros that they are. for americans like dr. dan who is here today. dan is an officer in the public health service who took a leaf from his position at the national institutes of health to volunteer with doctors without boarders in liberia where he cared for over 200 ebola patients. dan, thank you. [ applause ] i'm very proud of you. dan is right here. there are americans like katie kern. her father james was the head of the cdc task force on hiv/aids when that disease first emerged. so she studied to become a public health expert in her own right. she decided to chart her own course, most recently in a canoe.
we recently read about how she and her cdc detective team travelled to a village in sierra leone that was so remote they had to take canoes to reach it. and when they arrived, the chief who met them wore a pittsburgh steelers cap. so today katie has completed her mission. she is on her way home. and i can promise you that thanks to katie and her team, america's mark on that village, our legacy for future generations there will go far beyond sports teams. we're talking about americans like captain kelvin edwards, father of four, works at the fda in harrisburg, pennsylvania. but like dr. dan sirtow, he is -- >> and they have all helped out the country and their world with their sacrifice. the president says rely on science, and of course do not freak out. not a single american in the general population has contracted ebola.
i'm shepard smith in new york. when news breaks out, we'll break in. the dow having a bit of an off day. it had a good start and has come down a little bit. we're off 38 on the session. we'll keep you updated. have a great afternoon. "your world with neil cavuto" starts right now. welcome, everybody. i am neil cavuto. while the president is thanking ebola workers here, worries that he is planning on bringing in ebola patients from over there. fox news has the memo the president just made the mark, the state department out with denial of some of this. and chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel with the rest of this. mike, what is going on here? >> neil, the memo calls for a state department position on the extent to which non-u.s. citizens will be admitted here for treatment. many the document it says, quote, issued, the united states needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act