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clearance even though they were on a terror watch list. also tonight, police search everywhere for escaped killers who could be anywhere. did think have inside help breaking out? a cop is put on administrative leave after this takedown of a teenage girl caught on video. and parts of louisiana, it is the worst flooding in 70 years. and the river is still rising. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> rose: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm charlie rose. nearly 14 years after tourists turned commercial jetliners into weapons of mass destruction, there are still holes in the airport security net. an investigation by the inspector general of the homeland security department found airport employees dozens
of them, got security clearance from the tsa even though they were on a terrorism watch list. how could that happen? here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: the new report found the tsa does not have access to terrorist watch list data that would have flagged 73 airport workers. that includes airline employees airport vendors and others with access to secure areas of commercial airports in the u.s. the tsa is responsible for vetting every application for airport security credentials. the report noted the vetting was generally effective but it identified thousands of aviation worker records that appeared incomplete or inaccurate including those for 75,000 immigrants that did not list a passport number and 87,000 records without a social security number, something by law the tsa cannot require. the report follows last weak's revelation that undercover agents posing as passengers were able to sneak mock explosives or
banned weapons through security checkpoints 95% of the time. the tests found a potential vulnerability with airport body scanners. former tsa administrator john pistole. >> the balance that tsa seeks every day is how do you facilitate the free movement. of people and goods with the best security and then using results such as this in a way that helps improve all of that. >> reporter: the big question from the new report is: how dangerous were these 73 workers? and that section is redacted. charlie, the tsa said in a statement it expects to address the vetting issues by the end of the year. >> rose: thanks, kris. today a grand jury in south carolina indicted former north charleston police officer michael slager on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a black man. cell phone video captured slager shooting walter scott in the become after he bolted during a traffic stop back in april. if convicted he could get 30 years to life in prison. the search is on tonight for two
very dangerous men killers who made a daring escape from a new york prison over the weekend. cbs news has learned that investigators are questioning a female employee of the clinton correctional facility in the upstate about whether she helped the convicts. here's don dahler. >> reporter: today checkpoints in and out of town continue to be manned by armed officers and schools have extra security. state police major charles guess. >> they could be literally anywhere. we're leaving no stone unturned. >> reporter: authorities say the two men used power tools to cut their way through the wall of their adjacent sells, break throw a brick wall and climb out on the a six-story-high catwalk. they then cut a hole into a 24-inch-wide steam pipe, shimmied through a maze of tunnels before cutting a will be and chain on manhole cover three blocks from the prison wing to complete their escape. one of the few things they left behind was a note, apparently taunting their pursuers. >> our forensic investigation unit has recovered some limited
cutting tools. we presume that perhaps more sophisticated tools may have been used, but we did not recover sophisticated cutting tools. >> reporter: contractors have been doing work on the 150-year-old prison and investigators believe that may be how the two men acquired power tools. 48-year-old richard matt kidnapped, killed and dismembered his bostons in 1997 before fleeing to mexico. there the career criminal, who had escaped jail before, was imprisoned for murdering a man at a bar. matt was considered such a threat that during his american trial, snipers watched the outside of the courthouse and police even put taser electrodes under his suit to keep him under control. before their escape, he was serving 25 years to life. david sweat was a 22-year-old burglary suspect in 2002 when he and his accomplices shot a deputy sheriff 15 times and ran him over. now 34, sweat was serving a sentence of life in prison. fred akshar was with the sheriff's department. >> it was a traumatic event for
not only the members of this agency but also the community. >> reporter: one of the first things investigators say they looked for were security tape, but this prison has limited video capability and there are no cameras on the street where the men escaped from the manhole. both can this and mexico, where richard matt served time for murder, have been alerted. >> rose: don what are the problems they're having in the search? >> well, very difficult conditions. it's heavily wooded area here in the adirondacks. but also we've had a lot of heavy rain today which makes it not only difficult for the searchers and their helicopters to get into the air but the bloodhounds can lose the scent in heavy rain. >> rose: don dahler, thanks. this there is severe weather in the thunderstorms with thunderstorms and tornado watches in effect from the ohio valley to the northeast. in the south it's flooding. the red river and louisiana swallowing homes and it's expected to crest at its highest level in 70 years. vicente arenas is in the flood zone. >> reporter: the red river
continued to rise today pouring more water into areas of the south already hit hard by floods. >> devastating. >> reporter: in shreveport louisiana, the waters have risen over three feet in the past five days. hundreds of homes and businesses have been touched by the floods. and some are completely underwater. residents are doing what they can to stay afloat. >> what do we do? we don't know. none of us have been through this before. >> reporter: kellie simpson lives in las maisons. >> this is normally a residential area that is now a river. >> reporter: the national guard and local volunteers have been out since early this morning. shreveport fire chief scott wolverton. >> the recovery and clean-up process will be a daunting effort over the next few weeks. the good thing is we've had no loss of life and we've had no injuries so far. >> reporter: for now simpson is just hoping her sandbags hold up. >> it's pretty astonishing. it lets you know that mother nature is still in control with all the technology and the intelligence that we have.
we're at her mercy when it comes to a situation like this. >> reporter: for now the concern is how much higher the water will rise tonight. you hear pumps in the background trying to get the water out. the red river rose several days ago and is expected to crest tonight. charlie, there is rain in the forecast. emergency workers have been put on stand-by. >> rose: thanks, vicente. a storm chaser in colorado captured a rare weather event a giant thunderstorm known as a supercell formed outside denver last thursday. it spawned two funnel clouds. the one on the right was a fully formed tornado. there were no reports of serious damage. but the photographer called it "a beautiful storm." a chemical plant in pennsylvania caught fire this morning and burned all day. a number of explosions were reported. the plant manufacturers fertilizer. people at the scene reported a nasty smell and burning eyes, but fire officials said the smoke is not toxic. the cause of the fire is not known.
the g-7 meeting in germany was supposed to be a economic summit, but the military crisis in ukraine and the middle east dominated the talks and today president obama made a startling admission about the war against isis. chief white house correspondent major garrett is traveling with the president. >> we don't yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the iraqi, as well. >> reporter: ten months after the u.s. laurened air sripes, as well, president obama today said the training of iraqi forces must be accelerated. he admitted the plan for defeating the extremist group was stalled. this was mr. obama last august. >> i don't want to put the cart before the horse. we don't have a strategy yet. >> reporter: the president met iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi here in the bavarian alps days after a body complained coalition partners were not doing enough to defeat isis. mr. obama said some fault lies
with al-abadi's own government. >> all the countries in the international coalition are prepared to do more to train iraqi security forces. one thing we're still seeing is in iraq places where we've got more training capacity than we have recruits. >> reporter: strains in the relationship were plain as the iraqi prime minister tried to steal a moment of the president's time after the ceremonial g7 photo. immersed in conversation with other leaders the president never turned around. al-abadi and his translator finally walked away in frustration. the president also blamed the flow of foreign fighters into isis ranks and poor morale among iraqi troops, charlie. republicans said these difficulties are hardly new and the real problem is the absence of a strategy. >> rose: thanks, major. today boston police released video of the confrontation between terror suspect usaamah rahim and investigators who had him under surveillance. rahim was shot to death last week after the police say he went at them with a knife. but his family says the video
does not show rahim had any malicious intent. there's no stopping a flood of migrants seeking to escape war and poverty in north africa and the middle east. over the weekend european ships rescued nearly 6000 from rickety boats in the mediterranean and took them to italy. many others who tried to escape libya were not so lucky. holly williams reports tonight from misurata. >> reporter: this sinking, squall lid libyan prison is where migrants who are caught trying to reach europe are locked up indefinitely. in a hellish wait for deportation. we found the nearly 600 inmates packed 50 to a room, and infested with lice. they told us they're sometimes beaten by the libyan guards. gabriel ediabonya has been here five weeks, and he's a broken man. he paid human smugglers to get
him from nigeria to europe but was picked up by the libyan coast guard. >> i knew it was dangerous. it is very risky. you culled die there. >> reporter: gabriel's crime was to dream of finding work in europe to support his wife and three-year-old son. how are you going to get out of here? >> i don't know how way the leave. there is no way to reach my family. my family don't know my whereabouts. i don't know what to do. i only pray for god to come and rescue us. that's all. > reporter: politicians blame human smugglers for thed from of migrants trying to get to europe, but when you come to a place like this one you realize the deeper causes are poverty and extreme inequality. these men come from some of the poorest countries in the world and like tens of thousands of others, they risked their lives for the promise of something better. even before their treacherous journey by sea the migrants
needed to cross libya which is in a state of chaotic civil war. the coast guard here has just three boats to cover 400 miles of coast and lieutenant colonel tawfik al skir told us they're fighting a losing battle. "it's very sad when we rescue the women and children," he told us. "as human being, we need to help them." last year more than 3,000 migrants drowned in the mediterranean sea. some of them lie in misurata's morgue unidentified and unclaimed. they'll be buried in this desolate cemetery in graves marked only with a number. nearly all the men we spoke to in that prison charlie, told us that when they're released they'll try again to get to europe.
they seem driven by desperation to gamble with their own lives. >> rose: thanks, holly. the desperate search for a meaningful life. the u.s. army was forced to take down its web site today after it was hacked. a group calling itself the syrian electronic army posted messages that taunted the military abarmy spokesman says no data were breeched. in iran, jailed "washington post" correspondent jason rezaian went back before a judge today. rezaian is on trial for espionage and could face ten to 20 years in prison if convicted. the u.s. calls that preposterous. his mother who was barred from attending, said iran has charged her son for simply reporting on a country that he loves. a police officer is under investigation after drawing a gun on a group of teenagers. and groans are heard as an art installation goes awry when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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[bleeped] [screaming] >> >> reporter: cell phone video captured the takedown. mckinney police officer eric casebolt forced 14-year-old dajerria becton's face into the grass twice and placed both knees on her back. >> i'm guessing he thought we were saying rude stuff to him. i'm telling him that he can get off me back my back was hurting really bad. [screaming] >> reporter: the police were called after an argument turned into a fight over who had permission to be at the pool. officers tried to corral some of the teenagers with little success. >> don't take off when the cops get here. >> reporter: that's when casebolt, a patrol supervisor arrived. >> don't make me run around with tons of gear in the sun because you want the screw around out here. >> reporter: he also pulled his gun on two unarmed teens. all the teens were released to
their parents. >> this guy is out of control. he should be fired. he shouldn't keep his job. and i'm not going to stop until he is fired. >> reporter: on sunday police chief conley said the department is investigating how it escalated so fast. >> it's something we're going to have to look into to determine you know, what we're training as far as the officers and they reaction on the scene. any time you confront a large group of people, very dynamic situation, and from... tensions can rise very quickly. >> reporter: community organizers say they believe race may have played a role because the officer didn't try to apprehend any of the white teens who were also there. charlie, they have asked the department of justice to investigate. >> rose: thanks, brian. a female patients is being treated at the national institutes of health for a form of tuberculosis extremely resistant to any antibiotics and federal and state officials are tracking down hundreds of people who may have had contact with her. the woman traveled to at least
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>> rose: the u.s. women's soccer team begins its quest for the world cup as it takes on australia tonight. hard to believe it has been 16 years since the americans last won the title. jericka duncan fowz this team has an important link to history. >> reporter: in team u.s.a.'s final world cup warm-up game, christie rampone joined her team in song as she's done 305 times
before. >> when you hear the national anthem, i love it because i still get those butterfly still get those nerves, which is reassuring that it still means something. >> reporter: rampone is team u.s.a.'s 39-year-old captain. she started more international matches than any other active player on the planet. it's a career that began in 1997. rampone was a member of the legendary team that transfixed america by winning the world cup in 1999. she's the only '99er still on the field. >> it's all about interval training, where i get my speed my agility, my strength. >> reporter: rampone remains a rigorous off-season routine at home in new jersey, keeping up with players half her age demands it. >> there's a lot of pressure. you're constantly competing and earning your spot, making the player in front of you better, the player beside you better. what's amazing for me as a mom... >> with nine-year-old rylie and
five-year-old reece team rampone is marketer's dream. christie often brings her kids on the road, not just for the gold medal moments but for the hometown pep rallies and birthday fun with her unofficial aunts on team u.s.a. motherhood, rampone says, has made her a better player. >> it's enjoying my time on the field with my teammates and getting out that adrenaline and running around and competing and fighting and then i cross the line and come home and i'm mom. >> reporter: and tonight she'll cross that line again for one last shot at a return to world cup glory. jericka duncan, cbs news, winnipeg. >> rose: soccer is family sport. that's the "cbs evening news" for scott pelley. i'm charlie rose in new york. thank you for joining us. i'll see you first thing tomorrow on "cbs this morning." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh acce
first tonight at 7:00. the entire metro area remains under a tornado watch. the strong storms are bringing in gusty winds, hail, and lightning. thank you for joining us i'm leslie foster. >> all of the severe weather has us under a red alert tonight. our chief meteorologist is tracking where the storms are. >> pretty good storms now on our doorstep, really, now, out to the west of fairfax county and northern prince will yams county. big storms, too, east of fedric and carol county. you see the red here. that is the tornado watch. it has been trimmed back to the west. folks no longer under the tornado watch. you can see all of the warnings, that