morning. showing a black-clad terrorist speaking with a british accent wielding a knife. >> the hostages seen in orange jumpsuits, include a freelance journalist and a man kidnapped in syria after going there to train with militant fighters. the message directly addresses the japanese prime minister. let's get to cnn's will ripley in beijing with the latest. what do we know will? >> we know that prime minister shinzo abe spoke within the last hour, saying the terrorists need to be dealt with expressing outrage showing two citizens of japan kneeling between a man called jihadi john. >> to the prime minister of japan, although you are more
than 8 ♪ ♪ 500 kilometers away from the islamic state you have willingly taken part in this crusade. >> prime minister abe is in the middle east and two days ago he pledged $200 million in support to fight isis and then two days later, isis takes these two japanese hostages kenji goto taken after october 23rd the last time the freelance journalist posted on his twitter account. he was a reporter covering the conflict in the middle east. haruna owe kau wa taken in august it's believed that isis was holding the two men and two days after the prime minister says japan is pledging $200 million, suddenly this video appears with a well-known executioner seen on tape killing two americans and two british citizens. now demanding $200 million to isis in exchange for the lives of these men.
it gives us insight into how the group continues to operate. >> the fingerprints of isis are all over that terror cell targeted last week in belgium as well. the connection was confirmed by a senior counterterrorism official in brussels. this morning the search is on for the suspected ringleader of the cell. let's go to brussels and bring in senior international correspondent ivan watson. ivan? >> good morning, alisyn. it's a manhunt for one of belgium's most notorious jihadis. according to a senior counterterrorism official he's believed to be the middle eastermind of a suspected jihadi plot homegrown here in belgium that was aiming to target not only police officers but also had weapons and explosives and much more ambitious plans. the belgian authorities have succeeded in arresting five suspects here in belgium. two men killed in a shootout
with police last week. two more suspects arrested in france. as well as a suspect believed to be of algerian nationality, who was arrested by police in greece. but be a dell hamid al aboud is famous because he's believed to have taken his younger brother, only 13 to syria to join the ranks of isis. he's described the boy, youness. he's also filmed driving a pickup truck dragging corpses through a field. now he's linked to a jihadi cell two of the members died in a gun battle with belgian police last week.
a key role that yemen plays in all of this. the capital of yemen is teetering on the brink this morning. a fragile cease-fire appears to be holding for now between government officials in the presidential palace and rebel who is have surrounded the area. could the fragile country and key u.s. ally against al qaeda fall further into chaos? let's turn into our senior international correspondent nick paton walsh, the only photo journalist in yemen. what's the word? >> it's clear lay division of power. the president's guard are dug in around the presidential administration. the building that we saw, but the kufi rebels are everywhere. a lot of buildings damaged in the shelling. buses blown up. a mess the city trying to get back normal life. hanging over them is the simple fact that the cease-fire could collapse at any moment. the political deal still being r
hammered out. we don't know the details at this moment and the feeling is the observers the fundamental problems that caused it hasn't been resolved there are a lot of gunmen heavily armed. and the sense of the clock ticking, the politicians don't get some kind of miracle together in the next few hours, we could see again the violence we saw yesterday morning. chris? >> nick, thank you for sticking and please be safe. so we have new developments with isis al qaeda and the wild card the question is a war reigniting off the radar in ukraine? we'll discuss all of these things we have the chairman of the paris-based center for analysis of terrorism and jim arkedis, president of the foreign policy political action committee. 4 d pac. let's start with the isis video control room. let's not show it too much.
this video that's out now with the twist about ransom. jean-charles i start with you, the idea of paying ransom to a group like isis should you ever do it? well well >> well of course it's always a difficult question for governments. there's some governments, the united states uk have a firm stand and commitment on this other, others are more flexible and more willing to in some cases discuss with terrorists. it's always a difficult issue. but if you paid ransom to a terrorist organization be sure that it will reinforce their capabilities we've seen it in the past especially in the region with al qaeda and the islamic magreb it contributed to reinforce their capabilities
and to the launch of a major offensive on the northern part of mali. >> let's put up the numbers. countries do pay, jim, right? we'll show right there some of the top numbers that have been paid france at the top of the list. two questions for one, no group ever asks once right? what does it mean about down the road? and what does it mean about isis that they're asking for money? does it mean that they need it? >> this is kind of isis' m.o. they've kidnapped people before they make demands and they're incredibly well funded and have had multiple revenue streams, hostage-take something one of them and the other has been taking territory and trying to cap oil wells and divert oil revenue for their own uses. and so this actually speaks to a broader m.o. we have so much going on in the world, it's tough to make sense of all this. terror plots in belgium and paris and aqap and now the crisis in ukraine. so it's actually a little bit of
good news the idea that the guy in belgium was directed by isis yes, for example he went to syria. he probably fought there. but by the time he got back to belgium, he was basically a freelancer. so i think it's very important for the public to understand that we disaggregate between the two. what we see between the hostage-taking and the revenue, that's more in isis' traditional m.o. of holding territory. >> the belgium situation, you say goes slow on whether or not we see this guy as a legit isis operative. even if he's the head of a local terror cell. maybe he is a freelancer as you say. well then let's extend the question -- what do you think of the flurry of activity in general, be it belgium or greece? you know or in paris -- do you see these recent arrests, this recent movement by authorities, is any of it connected? >> it's a lot of spaghetti, right? it's all over the place, so we -- in the western media and in the united states we want to put these things in neat little
boxes and understand it and say okay i've got it now it's time to move on right? but really the way the terrorist networks function is in the case of aqap and isis certainly now, people will go fight, they will get training in the case of aqap and then they'll go home and left to their own devices for a certain period in time. in the case of belgium, this guy wasn't very good at what he was doing. we've seen that the police were had infiltrated his cell for a couple of months had been watching him. moved in when they thought it was about to become operational. so i would suggest that the danger so the public is actually quite low. so this guy was not a professional hardened operative. when we're trained to view these things through the lens of al qaeda and 9/11 which was a very top-down organization this is something very different. >> jean-charles to you, france specific, we hear word that some of the suspects were released that brings some outcry and controversy. but of course france is a nation of laws. is there any talk there about
the need for something like the patriot act here in the united states? which was highly controversial, but effective when it came to dealing with situations like this. >> as this was said just before we're dealing with very complex networks. we need to be very cautious in what we're doing, especially in our analysis of what is going on. whether these individuals have been inspired or directed by any of these groups. as far as france is concerned, we have been fighting in the past in the '80s, in the '90s, waves of massive terrorism on our soil. especially in paris and we've always responded through the law, and we've defeated terrorism in the '80s and the '90s again with the law. we will defeat it again today with the law. because we don't want to basically to renounce to our values this will give another argument to the terrorists and so we decided recently to
enforce the measures to enforce the cooperation for example at the european level which is fundamental in the fight especially against the jihadists who are flying to syria. but we will never renounce our values. again we we we've defeated terrorism in the past. and we will do so with the same force. >> so the controversy aside about the recent releases of the suspects you say the process works, understood. we look forward to the results there. thank you for the last point with you, mr. arkedis. with what's going on in the ukraine, we believe russia do you believe there's substance behind the allegation. if so is there a new move? >> i would be very surprised if russia was not sending more arms into the ukraine. we've seen a situation where oil prices throughout the world is beginning to fall. putting a lot of pressure on vladimir putin, domestic economy, he's just slashed public spending and basically all sectors, except the
military. now we're in situation where because he's starting to feel a bunch of domestic political pressure because the economy is going in the tank he addressed it over the course of his new year's speech press conference he likes to deflect a lot of this pressure by helping to create international crises and i expect that's what we're seeing here. he likes to ramp up pressure outside russia when it's being focused on him in russia. >> what we're hearing from donetsk, is it's becoming almost unliveable there. thank you very much. mick over to you. >> a fatal situation in cincinnati the morning commute will be a nightmare after construction worker killed in an overpass collapse the bridge was being demolished. the police chief says something went terribly wrong. he said the tractor-trailer driver is lucky to have survived. the rig slammed into the collapsed section just as the
bridge was coming down. so on a day when we were honoring a moon who put a premium on peace, dr. martin luther king jr., protests broke out from coast to coast. in san mateo, california 68 people were arrested for blocking traffic on a bridge for hours. there are also demonstrations in new york st. louis, boston and atlanta. where luns blocked a parade near the annual martin luther king jr. birthday commemoration. bad news for us, sitting may be the new smoking. according to a new study, sitting for prolonged periods of time can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes even if you exercise. >> get up. >> the risks appear to be greatest for people who are sedentary eight or nine hours a day and more pronounced for people without regular exercise. >> at least we exercise regularly. >> we do? >> but it doesn't help.
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in his presidency he will abe dressing a congress that is totally ruled by republicans. cnn's michelle kosinski is live at the white house with a preview. >> plenty will be watching to see what the republican reaction is. but there's also talk about president obama getting his mojo back after the mid-term elections. his approval rating ticking up over the last few weeks. in the latest poll from abc and the "washington post" is a 50% approval rating. or nine points higher than it was just about a month ago. the white house sums up the theme of this state of the union in three thirds middle class economics, we've seen them lay it out with their tax proposal free junior college education. they say there's more to come. but you have to think, coming on the heels of major cyber and terror attacks, that has to figure in significantly as well. and we asked a former speech writer for president clinton what he thought the speech would
be, domestic versus foreign policy. he said he thought it would be 50/50. he thinks that this speech will start with president obama's domestic agenda. alisyn? >> okay michelle thanks so much for all that let's break it down with cnn's political analyst and editor in chief of the "daily beast," john avlon and sirius xm host margaret hoover and republican analyst. the president has had a jump in the polls. >> it's all about the economy. presidential approval ratings are just an economic barometer. i hate to say there's not a lot more going on there. the economy is improving, it does give him a degree of leverage and some momentum going into the state of the union where he's facing a republican united congress for the first time. >> john is right, it's not
necessarily a window into the president's success. why do you not see it as something that should be attributed to the president and an increased mandate for him? >> any time the president's approval rate something high going into a joint session of congress that helps, that means the american people are on his side. so i it's not that i don't think this helps him. the problem is the election was a repudiation of democratic policies and of the president, six years into his presidency. all of the policies and the programs he's going to unveil tonight. he had full range to unveil them or propose them when he had a democratic congress. so he's not -- >> except there's a lot of successful opposition. what's about all the opposition that stopped him from getting anything through, did that not happen also? >> the point, chris is that he's presenting all of these new plans and policies to a congress that has repudiated him. he's got all of these new republicans in place. while he does have temporary, because it is temporary approval ratings on his side that doesn't mean the republican congress who is knewly elected, who has a
mandate themselves because they've been elected, their agenda is the more important piece here i think. >> he's couching this all as help for the middle class. there will be tax credited for married couples to get some mooney to help with commuting and child care. how can the republicans go against that? >> that's a great question. we're for helping the middle class, so it's actually a very sort of bait-and-switch play on the president, it's clever of him to take a republican issue. >> you think the earned income tax credit is a republican issue? >> a lot of the new policies of the reform republicans are saying put more money back in the pockets of the middle class, so frankly it is. the way he's doing it he's saying why have to tax the rich. that's not going to do anything to balance the budget. so it's not that he is pursuing purist republican or
conservative policies. he's couching it with tax the rich by the way and here's a new couple federal programs for you at the same time. >> well look so he's doing a little bit of political judo he's trying to take the issue of tax cut pop ligs from the republicans and force them to oppose it. he's proposing $200 million tax cuts for the middle class and $300 billion tax hikes for the wealthy. you have this play to the base message and clearly the president is not going to worry about opening the bit up in the center. he thinks republicans will come to him if they want to make a deal. a lot of the proposals to date have been playing to the base. >> the latest poll for the front-runners on the gop side for the 2016 presidential race romney, and jeb bush and their numbers have dipped in the past few months. so i'm going to show you they're now at 27%, romney was at 33% back in september and in bush is
at 19% now, jeb bush was at 22% back in september. what's going on with them? why are they seeing a dip? >> i think all of these polls really early in the primary process, before people have even announced it it's difficult to discern. there's always within the margin of error and you know it's sort of i don't put much credence in them because it's hard to tell. >> i think it is the error of margins. because the numbers themselves are rarely indicative. you look at trends if the economy is going well and the incumbent gets a bounce then the alternative is not as attractive so they tend to see their numbers slip a little bit. i think it's probably all it is. >> well candidates are never as popular as they're about to get in. >> we need to talk about bobby jindal. because he, you know there's been this whole controversy about no go zones, fox news had to a apologize for claiming
there were no go zones in france or britain where nonmuslims do not feel comfortable in going. bobby jindal has doubled down on this. he said absolutely there are no go zones in britain. you're shaking your head? >> it's a tragedy of bobby jindal. that one of the smartest guys in elected office is playing to the cheap seats and putting forward fact-free fear-mondaygering doing so in such a dumb way. and when they call him and say, what neighborhood are you talking about? he's got nothing. it's a sad moment for a guy who is trying to run for vice president is by being as irresponsible as possible. >> what it's about, you have two types of republican gop primary candidates the ones who are going to try to talk to the center and be moderate and stand up to the base and the ones who are going to play to the base, it's all about the tuesday southern state super tuesday where you have all the southern states from louisiana to texas to florida. if you win iowa you win south
carolina and you get those states that's your best chance. if you're ted cruz or bobby jindal or marco rubio. >> so the truth is he was trying to make -- if i might, he was trying to make an intelligent point, which was you can't seclude, you can't isolate populations of immigrants in your midst, you have to assimilate. that was one of the points he was making. if you do it it allows society to operate better. that got lost. >> but that's not what he said. >> stick around we're going to have a fact from fiction segment coming up next from a woman, an expert who did live in birmingham england to talk about what the no go zones really have r, what they look like if nonmuslims do look like. and in the next hour we'll talk with white house press secretary josh earnest about whey thinks about this situation, heading up leading up to the president's big speech. new controversy over the blockbuster hit, "american
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let's take a look at your headlines, breaking this morning, another chilling isis video, surface, this time the lives of two japanese men are at stake in exchange for $200 million. the jihadists in the video warn japan's prime minister he has 72 hours to comply or the men will be beheaded. the prime minister of japan responded by saying the international community should not give in. but he stopped short of denying that japan would consider paying the ransom. a hist yus inferno in maryland six family members are missing after a fire guts a $9 million mansion just outside annapolis. believed to be inside a husband, wife and their four
grandchildren. the four-alarm fire was so intense, the roof and the floors gave way making the home too unstable for fire crews to search. they're bringing in heavy equipment today in the hopes of locating the bodies. the fire has been deemed suspicious. a patient is in a new jersey hospital after returning from an ebola-affected country. a spokesman for american airlines said an ill passenger was aboard a flight that arrived at newark international airport monday. health officials say the individual is under the care of doctors as a precaution. here's the scariest thing you'll see on the road a double trailer barrelling towards you after skidding on black ice, video shot by a driver who pulled over on the new jersey turnpike narrowly misses his car before jumping the barrier, before ending up on the opposite side of the road. the driver filming it stopped when two other trucks in front of him collided. the truck driver of the big rig
was okay. oh my gosh imagine that. >> you don't know what to do. >> other than pull out your cell phone and video what could be your end coming your way? >> it happened so fast but in a way slow motion. >> and the momentum that carried the black ice, the truck is stg going even after it jumps the guardrail. here's another one. remember spygate, the patriots? doing a little spying? on the side? well they may in trouble again. the nfl is investigating whether or not the team used deflated footballs. in their dominating win over the colts on sunday. john berman -- andy scholes has more in this morning's "bleacher report." >> this is potentially damaging to that team. any chance, andy yy scholes, that they get kicked out of the super bowl if it's true? >> i'm not -- spygate was one
thing. i'm sure i'm buying deflategate. the thought is that taking air out of the football in wet conditions will make it easier to grip and catch it the patriots say it's ridiculous but say they'll cooperate fully with the nfl's investigation. the pats could face a fine and the loss of a draft pick if the league determines the weight of the ball was altered. tom brady couldn't help but laugh. >> you get the sense that you're able to grip the ball better than the colts last night. would you care to weigh in on that? >> i think i heard it all at this point. oh god. >> well tight end rob gronkowski says he knows what happened to the footballs on sunday. he posted this pic on twitter with the caption, warning, gronking may cause deflation. whoops. got to love gronk. on his way home from the afc championship game the patriots'
vince wilfork came across an overturned jeep wrangler on the highway, so the 6'2" 325-pound lineman did what he said anyone would do he got out of his car and with one hand pulled the driver out of the jeep to safety. >> like i said it was, it was something that we saw and we know she needed help. and we helped. the good thing was, we got her to safety. so glad we did. >> the driver was okay. but was charged with drunk driving. lindsay vonn won her record 63rd world cup race in italy yesterday and she got a surprise visit from boyfriend tiger woods. only tiger was missing one thing -- one of his front teeth. tiger's agent says a photographer at the event bumped into tiger's mouth, knocking out the tooth. well race organizers are saying woods never reported the incident. guides gys, we've seen tiger get after photographers out on the course for taking pictures during his
swing. i think if one of them would have bumped into him and knocked out one of his teeth, there would have been some sort of confrontation. >> so but what did happen? >> he just told you, a photographer -- >> but he's expressing skepticism about that. >> i don't know. maybe he's getting some dental work and he didn't think anyone would notice with the skeleton mask. >> did they think it was michael strahan? what did they think was going to happen? all right. andy scholes, thanks so much. we appreciate it. wasle real-life american sniper a coward? film maker michael moore triggering uproar after tweeting quote, snipers aren't heroes. is there an issue of free speech or respect? we're joined by a former delta force commander. we'll ask him. ♪ etta james "at last" sometimes, at last doesn't happen at first.
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let me ask you a question chris. would you be surprised if i told you that the navy has credited you with over 160 kills? do you ever think that you might have seen things or done some things over there that you wish you hadn't? >> oh that's not me. no. >> the thing that gets me is all the guys i couldn't save. >> the new movie, "american sniper" shatters box office records. and name maker michael moore creating an uproar tweeting snipers aren't heroes. joining us this morning, retired lieutenant colonel, james reece,
a former u.s. delta force commander. colonel, thank you so much for joining us. let's look at the original tweet. i want you as a member of the military to sound off for me. here's the tweet in a michael moore sent. my uncle killed by a sniper in world war ii we were taught snipers were cowards, will shoot you in the back. snipers aren't heroes and invaders are worse. what was your reaction when you saw the tweet, colonel? >> well michaela good morning, first off as a former military officer, i know what all the military folks are doing today. in today's you know, unruly world. when they see something like that from a guy who has tweets of 1.4 million people a lot of people say -- so what who cares, it's a lot of something about nothing. but at the same time it kind of rolls into you know where we are with "charlie hebdo" and everything else around the world, how far does free speech really go without giving you know props back to the men and women who let him speak these things by saying oh by the way,
thanks for you know doing this and preserving my freedom of speech. >> he went back and sort of well he tried to clarify, he posted a bigger statement on facebook. saying that his tweets were in reference to martin luther king jr. and had nothing to do with the film "american sniper." does that matter to you? that clarification? does it ring true to you? >> to me as i read it and i watched this last night. i don't, i think he back-pedalled on it very quickly. i think he realized very quickly he threw something out there that would be very controversial. and maybe that's what he wanted to do. out there and you say, you know hey, these snipers are cowards, during the battle of fallujah where some of the piece in the movie talks about our snipers were very beneficial and when i say "our" the department of defense. the navy s.e.a.l.s, the delta
force snipers that were out there, so beneficial for the young marines, fighting the battle in fallujah. which was just deadly. they were a combat multiplier to help save our young soldiers and marines out there. >> he went on to talk about the fact that he was raised in a family whose uncle was killed by a sniper and this former experience of their family colored his opinion of all this. we also know his body of work. i want to put it to the side and talk about what you mention in the wake of the "charlie hebdo" massacre you, i want to you dig deeper on that for me. you think that this is sort of the context in which a comment like that is made. it takes on a significance, bigger than it normally would. -- michaela why flow that comment out. michael moore, you are allowed to say these types of comments in the united states. okay? but at the same time i think a
lot of these comments then if you allow then the other side or the other aspect to be put out, so there is a professional mature discussion about it then kro think you get all this this hate and everything else. michael moore is getting all of this hate mail on his twitter about his comments. think if he would have said hey, this is what i think. but oh by the way, let me throw thank yous out to the men and women who support and defend our country, i don't think it would be that bad. >> you and i both know that twitter is not necessarily the milieu of well thought-out, thoughtful commentary quite the opposite in fact. colonel reece, thank you for your perspective on this go to "new day" on twitter or facebook.com/newday. chris? so mick others have apologized by louisiana governor bobby jindal is doubling down
louisiana governor bobby jindal standing business i had controversial comments about so-called no-go zones, neighborhoods in ufl s ins in europe that are allegedly so controlled by muslims, that nonmuslims cannot go there. jindal is holding his ground. cnn's max foster pressed him for answers. >> first, the so-called terror expert on fox news declaring england's second city a no-go zone for nonmuslims. >> in britain, it's not just no-go zones a, that are actual cities like birmingham that are totally muslims, where nonmuslims don't go in. >> that was follow paid prime ministerial slap-down. >> i thought it must be april fool's day, this guy is clearly a complete idiot. >> followed by an apology from
fox. >> over the course this last week we have made some regrettable errors on air. >> louisiana governor bobby jindal has reopened the row telling me indeed there are no-go areas in the uk. >> there are neighborhood the that women will tell me they don't feel safe without veils. >> you need to give me the area so we can look at it because i haven't heard of one. >> i think your viewers know the places they're less likely to go they know there are neighborhoods where they wouldn't feel comfortable. >> high crime rates. it's not because there are too many muslims there. >> this this isn't a question i know the left wants it to make it into an attack on religion. that's not what this is. what we're saying is it's an issue for the uk and other european and western european nations. >> all of this off the back of the paris terror attacks, carried out by muslims in the
name of their faith. >> muslim leaders have a responsibility to step up and denounce these individuals. >> they've done that before. would paris have not happened? >> i think if we've had greater integration and assimilation we wouldn't see the extent of the problem we're facing. >> max foster cnn, london. >> we want to bring in cnn analyst and author of "in the land of invisible women" dr. ampb akonta ahmed. what is your reaction? >> i'm someone who goes to britain frequently. i was last there in july including in bimplham. i was quite surprised to hear the terminology of a no-go zone. though i am familiar with the transformation that is occurring with muslims in britain, at least since i've been born i'm in my fifth decade of life now. what we notice is there are some communities, whether they're in birmingham has an area called
sparks hill or east london in an area called white chapel, which are very ghettoized by muslims. i use that word as a muslim. to the point where you see overt religion overt forms of dress, which often have a heavy gulf arab appearance. something that wasn't there when i grew up in the warwickshire and birmingham area in the 1970s, there's definitely a transformation. >> does that serve to make nonmuslims not feel comfortable there. if i walked into that neighborhood what would happen? >> well i have been in those neighborhoods and really all, what happens is i feel moore exposed. just because i'm not dressing like everyone around me. >> you're not in a veil. >> there are neighborhoods where women are fully veiled. >> yes, an example being in white chapel. i used to practice medicine in
the royal london hospital right next to the east london mosque. i was the only unveiled face in the street that was not caucasian, so there are transformations afoot amongst muslims in britain, that have struck me even as a muslim who grew up in britain. >> that doesn't mean there there are no-go zones as being defined by governor jindal. which is whites won't go there, they're not allowed there. you wouldn't go that far. >> no i wouldn't go that far. when we do go to some areas of birmingham we go to shop and we do see caucasian women dressed like they are in the united states and even in the white chapel area which is one of the most densely populated of bangladeshi orthodox people. there are many caucasian doctors and nurses working in the area. >> the idea of assimilation is needed and without it you have potential problems do you believe that applies? >> i think that's fair. and i think that the generation
of my parents were much better integrated. and were less less desirous of having a particular garb or dress or particular beard to make them feel as if they were being adequately muslim. that has been a transformation. >> but they went further there are some commentators on cable news who have gone further. and they've said that sharia law is in place in these neighborhoods and that regular police will not go into these neighborhoods. are these communities so insular that they're using their own legality there? >> so there may be another way to look at that i have not seen evidence that the british metropolitan force could not go into a particular location. though britain for many years has offered parallel court systems. jewish court systems, as well as sharia court systems for well over 40 years. where muslims can go and have their dilemmas adjudicated by
islamic law and that's recognized within the united kingdom. if any of the decisions made in those sharia courts are in conflict with bridge law, british law supersedes so that's a very sophisticated arrangement which incidentally the state of israel also has in the same way. so that individuals can go to their own religious courts. and if there is a conflict the state court can supersede. >> regular police can go into these neighborhoods? >> as far as i understand i don't know of any place that the british police force cannot go. the only time i've heard of something like that was probably 25 to 30 years ago when there were riots in an area of london called brixton. due to ordinary crime and that became a risky place for them to go. but it didn't abandon policing it. >> is it a question of nuance here dr. ahmed. the headline sous the ghettoization of muslims, not a safe place to go. is there more that needs to be
looked at and examined here? >> i think there's always room for a closer look. the words, phrases of the no-go zone it implies that somehow our british authorities are ineffective or powerless. and i don't see them at all in fact they work very closely with some aspects of problems within the muslim community. my female colleagues have worked with the british metropolitan police to recognize early forced marriage or to recognize at risk of female genital muteleationilation. >> if this had been north paris that they were talking about after the riots that happened there, because of these issues in part it would have made more sense. that was a little bit of a surprise factor. but thank you for using your personal experience and perspective to help us understand it better. >> great to get the context. this is one of the stories we're following.
there's a lot of news this morning, so let's get to it. isis is demanding $200 million in exchange for the lives of two japanese hostages. >> people in japan are bracing for the worst right now. a manhunt sunday way for the leader of a suspected terror cell. >> isis directed this plot in belgium. hayat boumeddiene among europe's most wanted women. >> she may be in syria. >> hayat boumeddiene's last known location along the turkey/syria border. president obama's state of the union address. >> if the economy maintains its forward momentum through 2016 we could be looking at a very different presidential year. this is "new day," with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> good morning, welcome back to "new day." we have breaking news.
a new isis video surfacing, demanding $200 million or two japanese hostages will be killed. in the video, the hostages are seen wearing orange jump suits, one is a journalist. the other man was allegedly kidnapped in syria after heading there to train with militant fighters. >> most of this is what we've come to expect. as you saw in the picture. the man with the mask he's also once again speaking with a british accent and of course wielding the knife. but this time he is addressing japan's prime minister. and demanding that they comply in 72 hours with this ransom dmabd or the men will be decapitated. the prime minister calls that threat unforgivable. we this covered from every angle. let's begin with will ripley live from beijing. will? >> chris, we need to keep in mind here that japan is a pacifist country, its military only engages in self-defense. so when prime minister shinzo abe two days ago pledged $200 million to support the effort against isis this was not money
ever intended to pay for bombs or to kill women and children as so-called jihadi john alleged in this latest video. this was money supposed to help the refugees the people who isis has left behind repressed. the people whose lives are in turmoil because of isis. but nonetheless, because japan made the promise of $200 million to help innocent people isis is now intent on punishing japan with the message to the prime minister putting two japanese citizens a journalist a freelance journalist and the owner of a private military company on their knees and saying that if in three days this ransom is not paid these men will meet the same fate presumably on video that we saw two americans and two british citizens endure. the outrage of that being felt not only in japan, in the hometowns of these men, but around the world. yet again another example, chris, of isis' brutality. that they will punish citizens of any country. no matter what their intentions
if they feel it will serve their needs. >> as you've reported japan has never paid ransom before. we'll see what happens here. thank you. we have learned someone fired on a u.s. embassy vehicle in yemen. let's get to cnn international correspondent nick paton walsh, the only western tv journalist in yemen. nick what do we know? >> in a statement from the u.s. embassy here they say that last night near a checkpoint near the u.s. embassy, one of their embassy vehicles was shot at. they say they don't know who was behind the shooting. but they say that they began shooting in the air, but then turned the guns on the vehicle itself and i quote here these were not warning shots, there was intent there. now these vehicles you see them in the city they were pretty recognizable. armored so in this case that vehicle, no injuries inside it. there were u.s. citizens u.s. diplomatic personnel inside that
vehicle. they often travel in more than one vehicle in a convoy. we don't know exactly what reaction the u.s. citizens there took. the u.s. diplomats took. i understand they may have simply driven on into the embassy. but clearly, someone shot at them with intent to cause injury death, potentially. close to the embassy itself. obviously we know that the embassy is been on a heightened state of alert, always has been. it's part linked to a key drone program here in yemen. always a target. but in this sensitive time right now, in the city it is remarkable to see that a u.s. diplomatic vehicle would be directly subject to fire like this. we heard yesterday, preparations potentially evacuate staff here. i should stress speaking to the embassy, they are not planning on pulling people out. they're continuing their normal functions. they say their consular services for u.s. citizens here are still open. but this is a deeply troubling incident. they don't know if anyone returned fire against those who attacked this u.s. embassy vehicle.
but still troubling all the same that they would turn their guns directly at the vehicle itself. chris? >> all right nick thank you very much. michaela. this morning officials in paris have confirmed four suspects grabbed in a terror sweep last week are being held under formal investigation. they are expected to appear in court today. all of this as investigators scramble to find the man whose dna was found on the magazine of a gun used by one of the terrorists in paris. let's get straight to senior international correspondent nic robertson on the ground in paris with the latest. >> we should get more details on that when the men appear. the four men appear before french magistrates today. this is part of the legal proceedings to continue to hold them to continue to question them. we are told that all these men are in their 20s. and that when they have been charged by the magistrate or when we hear what the magistrate has to say today. we should get a stronger insight into precisely why the police are interested in them. precisely what they're connected to the other five of the nine
people being detained by the french authorities here were released last night, they have course have been questioned over the past week or so. past over the weekend. not clear what the police learned from them. but it does seem to show that the police are refining their search. and of course all of this focused around the killings of two weeks ago. back to you. >> all right. nic, thanks so much. back at home, part of a cincinnati interstate has been shut down after a construction worker was killed when an overpass collapsed last night. the tractor-trailer driver also was injured. that bridge was said to be undergoing demolition police chief tells us something went terribly wrong. he said the tractor-trailer driver is lucky to have survived. the rig slammed into the collapsed section just as the bridge was coming down. and a scare at new york's jfk airport. passengers were forced off a pair of delta planes following a bomb threat. authorities say delta headquarters received an anonymous phone call monday suggesting a pipe bomb was on flight 468.
it turns out there were two delta flights with that same number. at the airport. both planes were searched and fortunately, nothing was found. pope francis is expanding the itinerary for his trip to the u.s. the pope scheduled to make stops in new york and washington in addition tos his planned stop in philadelphia for the world meeting of families. the pope gave us another quotable quote. while clarifying the church's position against artificial contraception, he pointed out, catholics don't have to breed like rabbits, either and should practice responsible parenting instead. there you have it. meanwhile we want to find out what to expect in the state of the union address tonight. let's bring in press secretary josh earnest. good morning josh. >> good morning, alisyn. how are you in sn? >> i'm doing well. can we talk about the breaking news this morning, isis has put out another video, they demanding $200 million for the
japanese hostages. we know that the u.s. has a policy not to ever pay ransom. is the white house working with other countries to make sure that they follow that same principle? >> well let me start by saying this is just further evidence of the deplorable tactics of this terrible extremist group. and the united states is certainly working to build a coalition of more than 60 countries that is actually taking the fight to isil in iraq and in syria. so you can certainly anticipate that the united states will be working with other countries to try to secure the release of these hostages. but at the same time it is the policy of the united states that paying ransoms to isis to try to secure the release of hostages only puts americans this more danger and continues the funding mechanism for isis. >> if other countries do it it sort of defeats the whole purpose. >> we certainly, that's why we work closely with other
countries to try to secure the release of the hostages without paying ransom. that's what we'll do in this case too. >> we know the white house was undergoing a review of the policy of not paying ransom. what's the status of that review. >> that's not true we're undergoing a review to discuss how we can better integrate the elements of the federal government to try to secure the release of hostages when they are taken. that means working with the intelligence community, with the military with law enforcement and here at the white house and the state department. because we used every lever of government it try to secure the release of hostages. but we're not reviewing our policies about not paying ransoms. we believe it's not in the best interests of the united states and certainly not in the best interests of citizens traveling abroad and it won't further our effort to defeat degrade and destroy isil. >> let's talk about the state of the union address. here's what we understand he will be talking about. we believe he will be suggesting an increase on taxes for couples who earn $500,000 or more a
year. new fees on large financial institutions as part of his plan. a $500 tax credit for married couples. childcare credit increase to $3,000. and two free years of community college. what have we missed josh? >> those are the highlights alisyn. the president will be focusing on middle class economics and what the president believes we should do is we can actually ask those at top of the income scale. i'm talking about the very top. we're talking about large wall street firms that are highly leveraged and those essentially who benefit from trust funds, we want to close the trust fund loophole and use the revenue to do the kind of things to benefit the middle class families. the president believes our economy is best when it's growing from the middle out. what we can do is offer a $500,000$500 tax credit to working families. woe know there will be extra costs associated with child care or with commuting.
we want to offer free community college to hard-working students getting good grades, we know that never before has a college education been more important to making to getting a middle class job and leading a middle class life. these are the types of policies that the president believes should be a priority and we're hopeful that democrats and republicans will work together to advance this agenda. >> republicans say any sort of tax increase on the wealthy is a nonstarter. here is what congressman jason chaffetz and senator marco rubio had to say about that. >> we're not just one good tax increase away from prosperity in this nation. >> raising taxes on people that are successful is not going to make people that are struggling more successful. the good news about free enterprise is that everyone can succeed without punishing anyone. >> the republican-led congress is never going to vote for that. >> the think the republican-led congress is gf to have to make a decision about what is more important, is the trust-fund loophole more important and
insure that millionaires and billionaires are getting tax- tax-preferential tax benefits. and if they have the a disagreement with the president, they're welcome to articulate that view. i don't think the vast majority of the american people are going to agree with them. >> the president is calling out republicans. making them stand on their principle. obviously the republicans believe in relief for the middle class, but they don't want it attached to any sort of tax increase. >> well we haven't seen specific proposals from the republicans. about what they can do to help the middle class. we hear them use the middle class as a talking point. but we don't see republicans fighting for the middle class, that's exactly what the president has been doing for the last six years, when the president took office we were on the precipice of a second great depression but because this president worked scratched and clawed had to fight republicans to put in place policies focused on the middle class, we've been able to dig
out of the terrible economic downturn. and actually our economy is starting to show the kind of resilience that indicates that we're ready to turn the page. we're ready now to focus on what we can do to start building the economy of the future and doing it in a way that's going to benefit middle class families. we don't just want those at the top to benefit. we want middle class to benefit from it too. >> what will we hear that surprises us? >> tune in 9:00 eastern. i'm sure your viewers will tune in for some surprises. >> you're clever not going to reveal any surprises. >> trying to help cnn boost those ratings even more. >> impossible we're on such a good upward turn. i do want to ask you about the republican rebuttal. senator joanie ernst, the newly minted senator from iowa seen as a rising star. do you believe there will be any hog references in the gop rebuttal tonight? >> it certainly advanced her career pretty tremendously for
had you her to include some colorful farm references we're willing it see if she does it on the national station. >> how about castration references? >> i hope not. i think i speak for most of america when i say, i hope not. >> josh earnest, thank you for joining us on "new day." >> i do not know that you two are right about what americans will appreciate in the gop response tonight. they picked iowa freshman senator joanie ernst for a reason. she's going to deliver the response as you just heard alisyn and josh earnest, the white house spokesperson talking about. senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell says ernst is the perfect messenger for the party. that's hearty praise let's bring in chief congressional correspondent dana bash live from washington. you tell us why does he think she's the perfect messenger? what do you think the message will be? >> it's so funny that alisyn was joking about cast rating hogs. that is what made her a
political superstar over the last election. because of the ad that she, that she had out about cast rating hogs. but her bio is much more interesting. and really irresistible politically. beyond that she is saw combat in iraq. she is the first female elected to congress from the state of iowa. and you know i spent some time with her in iowa a couple of times during the campaign and she comes across as iowa nice. which you know listen i'm from new jersey you're from new york it's very different from new york and new jersey nice. so that's the key in terms of her profile. i'm told that she's not going to be rebutting the president so much as going to be trying to deliver what republicans want to achieve as a governing body in congress. talking about everything from foreign policy to domestic policy that's what we're going to see. and it is going to be interesting because you are going to see a tale of two philosophical points of view. you just heard josh earnest talk
about all of the things that the president will lay out in terms of his tax agenda. there's such a gulf between what he is going to lay out and what the republicans are going to want to do. simply because they come from different perspectives. republicans are going to say this is d.o.a. as a packsage because they do not believe it is right thing to do to raise taxes on anybody. particularly the wealthy. and the president is appealing to democrats who feel that he let them down. frankly by not pushing these kinds of policies. these kinds of philosophical perspectives when it comes to economic policy. >> too much gulf not enough bridge. that's the problem right now. i must correct you, i do think that the senator's reference to what you do to something when you want to make a final move, a decisive move when she was talking about hogs sounds very new jersey to me. very new jersey. >> dana bash thank you very much. look forward to your coverage. >> i have a lot to learn between
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us mohammed ahmed, founder of average mohammed. and errol suthers, director of transition and research. at usc gentlemen, thank you. mohammed i want to start with you, you have deployed a strategy of going video for video. you have come up with a cartoonish play on what isis doesth and you're not depicting mohammed this is not meant to be offensive to muslims, but you're playing on the idea of what mohammed instructs. >> your job description is to commit genocide against muslims. christians yazidi and jews. terrorize innocent women, men and children like your family. into blind obedience and empower unelected, self-nominated murderous, blood-thirsty individuals as leaders.
>> mohammed tell us the thinking the risk to you, and what's been the reaction? >> the thinking is basically we're going within the culture, within the religion. saying look we can compete, it takes an idea to defeat an idea. and we creating one idea at a time for one concept at a time. for every concept extremist has we have a counternarrative that basically says the opposite of what they're teaching. we expose their falsehood and we use everything within our disposal. the religion is an important part of this process. so as politics family culture, and a lot of other things. in terms of risk there's no more risk than going to work onself or watching the boston marathon or even going to work at "charlie hebdo." there is a risk but it just it's all of us in the risk. >> the impact so far? >> the impact has gone across the board. within the community here in minneapolis, minnesota, i've been doing outreach for a long
time. people call me average mohammed now. the kids know about me and they know about the messaging. and i'm actually kids know about the message and if they didn't know about the message, they're liking it. they say finally someone is talking to us not at us. >> that's an important distinction, you may be referred to as the average mohammed. but what you're trying to do makes you very above average. >> errol, let me bring you into minnesota. people say minnesota, there's no problems there. there's a burgeoning muslim population there, largely from north africa but spreading all the time. what have you seen out in the field, with what the risk is of who can be radicalized and how? >> well good morning, chris, thank you. what we've seen in the field is that the radicalization process, is more face to face and literally anyone can be radicalized. the young men who left minneapolis in 2008-2009, i've talked to some of their friends, i'm talking about the young men
who joined el shabab and were suicide bombers there. they were good students, they were well-liked. they had incredible social skills and then they changed. they became these young people said to me were very religious. they started to criticize their own colleagues about the way they dressed and spoke and socialized. so what they said is to me was, these are not poor despondent homeless desperate young men sometimes. it's a total across-the-board attempt to recruit people. and anyone can be susceptible. with the messaging such as average mohammed is not there. >> what is the hook? because i can become devoutly muslim and not want to kill nonmuslims right? that's anathema to the faith what is the linking mechanism of not only are you going to be become more muslim but you're going to be more in this perverse way. >> well chris, we found three things so far to be the hook. first is the victim mentality. the fact that concentrated
poverty and limited opportunities for education and employment that they see as based on race ethnicity and most importantly religion. the second item is the glory factor. the coolness factor described to me by the youtube videos of these foreign fighters that are across the board firing ak-47s and what they are saying is having fun. and in the third factor is misinformation. where the united states is the scapegoat for their condition here in the united states. and their condition back in their homeland. >> mohammed have you tried and if so have you found any effectiveness, in mocking what is seen as brave in these videos? the idea of beheading someone whose hands are tied behind their back is anything but warrior-like behavior. have you thought about going down that road? and if so does it bear any fruit? >> well the thing is we are looking at glory. basically these are the glory-seekers, if you look at what they're doing, it's based on reality tv.
they're targeting us the whole goal and agenda is to make it seem as if this is normal. and this is part of what good muslim is and our goal and objective is to go ahead and counter that with a narrative. and completely take it down. take one idea at a time. one concept at a time and say these look they values exist within our religion and they're not independent of our religion and this falsehood, this idea of ideology. this is promoting peace, and extremist thinking out with a two thumbs down. >> the message is obvious clear and needed. thank you for that. >> errol, what else is needed? what you've learned with those who have become radicalized and came to their senses what brought them back? >> one of the things that i've been hear something they need a safe space to talk about this. parents have told me if we talk about terrorism in the home the kids may go to school and mention that we talked about terrorism in the home. the next day authorities will
visit our house. they need a safe space to talk about this. the other thing they said is we can't marginalize the community. you can't profile this community. we've got to partner with them if something's going to happen here. mohammed ahmed is a tipping point in the minneapolis community. people believe him, they listen to him. that partnership is critical. and then lastly we've got to support the correct programs. we're hearing that these programs are popping up all over allegeding to be cve or countering violent extremism programs. and they're not perhaps properly vetted with business plans that suggest what they're going to, do how they're going to do it how they're going to measure success and can we replicate some of the things they're offering. >> unfortunately people are going to find opportunity in any way they can. mr. souters, thank you very much. the average mohammed i find you anything but average. thank you very much for coming on. great conversation there, chris. she is the most wanted woman
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japan's prime minister he has 72 hours to comply or men will be beheaded. the japanese prime minister said the international community shouldn't give it in but stopped short of denying that japan would pay the ransom. an international manhunt continues for the suspected ringleader of the belgian terror cell targeted in a raid last week. authorities believe his last-known location is greece. anti-terror agents in brussels also confirming a connection between the cell and isis. there's mounting concern this morning that surviving members of the group may seek revenge. drama surrounding the sudden death of an argentine prosecutor who had accused the country's president of working with iran in the country's worst-ever terror attack. alberto nisman was found in his apartment dead from a gunshot wound to the head it happened just hours before he was expected to give damning testimony against president kirchner. at this point officials say all
signs point to suicide. however opposition party leaders are calling this an assassination. earthlings i assume chris and alisyn that you are earthlings -- or are you beings from another planet. the truth is out there on the web. declassified air force records on ufo sightings are online. ufo enthusiast spent two decades appealing ott government for these documents. he posted the files, fabled blue book. project sign and project grudge on his online database want to know where the two of you stand if indeed are you earthlings. >> well i'm intrigued. which one of us is going to pore through the 130,000 pages. chris, do you have time tonight? >> i have time, but not to do that. do you think there will be anything in it that gives a real certainty to the unknown of what was seen in the air? like this could only be something that we've never seen
before? >> depending on who you ask, depending on where you stand on is there life out there. >> and the government would put it in their files? very suspicious as they say down in washington, d.c. namely a man named john king says a that a lot, suspicious. ufos, up or down? >> i'm going through the files to find my way home. >> back to the mother ship. >> deflated balls is just whining, i was at the game. they got thumped. that's what happens. super bowl time let's being uniters, not dividers. "inside politics" on state of the union day. with me to share reporting lisa lehrer of bloomberg and ed o'keefe of the "washington post." there's a lot of discussion the white house leaked the details of the president's state of the union address. the president is going to say let's raise taxes on affluent
americans. let's raise fees on big financial institutions and give some of the money back to the middle class, tax credits or subsidized community college. he does this lisa knowing that the republicans like none of it and they control both chambers of congress. what's the political calculation coming forward with this knowing you're going to get almost nothing. >> we're going to see the president my prediction is see him do two things shore up his legacy. he and his advisers know that his tenure in the white house will be judged largely in large part by the economy. we're going to see him make the case for how we've come out of the recovery and we're also going to see him and this is part of when you're talking about, lay out the rationale for his party going into 2016. he is still the head of the party for two more years, he wants to set the agenda for what the contours of the presidential debate are going to look like. he wants it to be framed around the issue of inequality. as do many in his party. >> do the republicans run a
risk. they ran an election and they ran, they say they ran against this they ran against big government they ran against washington telling states what to do. the president's poll numbers and your poll up around 50% now. back at 50%, democrats say why january, why didn't this come last october. but he's up around 50% and people feel better about the direction of the country. look at the drop in wrong track from 2013 to 2015 here. people majority still feel we're on the wrong track, but it's way down. so the president is in stronger standing. dot republicans feel any risk in saying no no no. >> absolutely. they've got to prove to the american public over the next two years, just as he's trying to set the agenda for his party ahead of the elections, they've got to set an agenda and demonstrate competence and ability to govern as mitch mcconnell has said to make it less scary to have a republican president and a republican congress. if he continues to introduce these things that they're not
going to agree with and continue to threaten vetoes on things they're moving through the capital. it becomes a challenge. they're going to have to at some point come up with something. it's not likely to get discussed tonight. they're going to have to appear to at least give him his moment and then go back to the drawing board and try to come up with something. >> you've seen some folks that are talking about running in '16 on the republican side talking about the inequality issue. this is something that many people if the country have very concerned about. this puts them in a rough spot. do they agree with the president on anything? that's always difficult if you're a republican to be on the same side as obama, particularly when you're heading into a republican primary. not something iowa voters are keen on. it puts them in a uniquely challenging position. which, let's be honest is a little bit the goal here. >> the president is trying to put them in that position. this is the first time in the obama administration the republicans control the senate and the house. they can't just keep saying no. if they kay no they have to have an alternative. one of the interesting things
about the state of the union address, it's always big theater. there's a question as to whether it's less than it used to be. let's look at it from the perspective of tv ratings, in 1994 four networks when bill clinton addressed the nation 45.8 million viewers. last year 33.3 million viewers. more options, but fewer eyeballs how much of that is a factor in the fact that the president was out for a week or two in advance of the speech saying here what i'm going to do. >> it's a huge factor. the white house has been calling this a roll-in, rather than a roll-out. and they're trying to get the most publicity possible for these proposals. they understand the way the people consume the state of the union or how many people consume the state of the union at all has changed. they're trying to find other outlets to get that to people. the white house would argue they're saving the institution of the state of the union by turning to social media and things like that other people
might say look it doesn't seem to be sitting down with blue-haired youtube stars, but that's the reality of the world we live in today. >> let's take a look among those, yes, the president has done some traditional media interviews inned lead-up and i'm sure he'll do some after. but among those who get to sit down with the president tonight. if you don't watch youtube, you don't know glos al green. take a look. >> i have been asked to interview potus. the president of the united states of america. i know you're like what did she just say? i know the president of the united states. i'm so happy that i watch every episode of "veep." i need questions, please leave your comments and questions in the comment section. i wonder if anybody -- i'm going to play it cool. yo whassup?
i'm ready, i'm ready, ahhh! >> you got to love the lips. i lot of people say this is unpresidential. i remember when the president clinton went on to arsenio hall with his saxophone. i think you got to go with the eyeballs are. >> remember when they talked to zach galifianakis between two ferns? in white house, that's success. if it means talking to a blue-lipped lady so be it. the other thing to keep in mind -- >> online video viewing. >> and that's the other thing, the white house is doing its own enhanced viewing. if you're not watching cnn, let's be honest you should be tonight or bloomberg or "washington post".com. they're doing this thing where it's like pop-up videos they're going to be throwing up charts and graphs at the same time that he's speaking. they believe there's enough of an audience for that too, now.
if it's only 30 million people they think three million are watching online. a lot of talk about mitt romney and jeb bush the establishment, ted cruz was in south carolina at a tea party convention. he said if we nominate people in that mold the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016. he made it a a point to get attention after the romney/bush boom. >> the folks on the more conservative side of the party see the romney/bush infighting is great for them. let those guys suck up all the oxygen and it will create more opportunities on the right. it's not like there's an empty field. what are we up to two dozen people who said they are running for the republican presidential nomination. so there's five or six guys on the more right-leaning side of the fence and so they're going to be fighting amongst each other, too.
>> ideological splits generational splits it will be interesting to watch. we'll let 2016 presidential politics step aside a little bit tonight. when you watch the president tonight, one of the subplots is watch down on the senate floor for mostly republicans, but there's a bernie sanders, there's a democrat elizabeth warren. let's watch how the democrats who maybe, maybe, might want to run, to react. >> let's do that john. i thought that you were going to show me a little joke about that. but, no you were being serious. >> i was being serious about watching the democrats, we decided to save the humor for tomorrow. >> very good. i'm look forward to that john thanks so much. all right there's drama and mystery surrounding the global manhunt for the most wanted woman in the world. where amedy coulibaly's wife may be this morning and how she got there. plus is sitting the new smoking? how much sitting puts your life at risk? dr. sanjay gupta is here with what we all need to know. wearing, i tell them aveeno®. [ female announcer ] aveeno® daily moisturizing
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arwa damon son the trail of a terrorist's widow. >> hayat boumeddiene among europe's most wanted women. but on january 2nd before her name was internationally gnome boum boumeddiene, something raised a red flag with turkish authorities and the two were placed under surveillance they checked into this hotel on the asian side of istanbul. where monitored for a couple days. but after engaging in what was described as touristic activities the surveillance stopped. all this happened in the days leading up to the paris attacks. following the paris attacks, the turks alerted the french they had already in fact gathered some intelligence on hayat boumeddiene. the french then provided the turks with phone numbers that they were able to use to further track her movements. hayat boumeddiene's last-known location? orfa along the turkey/syria border. it's become a key hub for
transit into syria border. just about anyone can blend into the chaotic streets. and from here there are plenty of routes to the next leg of their journey. we meet these two men in a town close to the border. they are both professional smugglers. for the last few months the soldiers have really cracked down one says. but there are always security breaches and alternate routes to be exploited. the other tells us that a woman in all black paid him around two to three times the going rate. right around when turkish authorities believed boumeddiene disappeared into syria. she said i will give you 100 lira to get me to syria, he recalls. she was entirely covered in black. like i am now. it's the first time since the war in syria began that either of them have taken a woman across on her own. the smuggler says she was of
medium build. and guesses her age to be like boumeddiene, in her mid 20s. she spoke classical arabic and did not have a syrian accent. that he claims is all he knows. i saw the 100 lira and i did not ask anything, he tells us. on the back of a motorcycle they headed down this border road. dotted with potential illegal crossing points. the turkish military stopped us before we could get to the area where this woman crossed into syria but it is further down the road in a similar sort of landscape. there is no way of knowing if it was boumeddiene. within an hour of speaking to the smuggler, the woman covered in black was in syria. arwa damon, cnn, on the turkey/syria border. ahead we'll change directions entirely. if you spend a little too much time sitting around on your derierder derriere you may be cutting
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all right. good to have you back with us. right now you're probably at home eating, working, maybe you're on your way to commuting. doing sedentary activity. a new study shows we're doing way too much of that. prolonged sitting can cut your life short even if you exercise. we had to ask the man, dr. sanjay gupta, now on his feet by the way, to give us the stienldings. >> i'm here to prolong lives. >> talk youto us about the study.
>> there's a lot of studies looking at sedentary behavior and its impact on longevity. how long you can live if you're sedentary versus moving around a lot. they've looked at them and combined them. no matter why you sit, watching television in your car, whatever too much sitting can increase your what they call all cause mortality. >> why? what's the problem? >> i like sitting and i prefer lying down. is that the same thing? >> great. >> is that the same problem? >> we human beings were not simply designed to either sit or lie for 23 hours a day and then go to the gym for an hour a day, which is what a lot of people do. we sit or lie for most of our -- that's not the way the body was sort of created. why it actually has increased to earlier deaths is a little bit unclear. they think it's when you stand you increase certain pressures in areas of the body that help release good chemicals, such as hdl, which is a good type of cholesterol and different types of things. by sitting you're sort of telling the body you know what
you don't need to release these sort of chemicals that are associated with longevity. that seems to be why it is. we don't know exactly why. we know that even exercising at least moderate exercise doesn't seem to counter act the sitting. if you sit all day and exercise hard for 45 minutes -- >> he's feeling smug over here. you have a smug look on your face. >> smug is the wrong word. i am skeptical. here's why. who sits for 23 hours a day, first of all? >> a whole lot. >> who sits or lies down for 23 hours a day? and is this really that dominant a factor in these diseases compared to all the other things we would build into the equation diet? >> i don't think it's a question of saying one is greater than the other. i think what is surprising here is that simply sitting can be so bad for you, can actually increase your mortality, and that exercising doesn't necessarily counter act that. >> you have to sit like eight hours a day. >> eight hours a day.
office jobs. >> commuter jobs. >> truck drivers. >> you don't get up to pee. if you do those things that can break it up and stop the deleterious effects. >> if you stand up every hour. that's one of the tips. >> let's do that. >> that's the good news in all of this. it's not that hard to follow some of these steps. simply standing up for a few minutes every half hour every half hour. >> every half hour. >> we stand up every half hour. >> aim to two o are three fewer sedentary hours. get up every hour. drink a lot of water. that makes you go to the bathroom as chris said so yeah it gets you up. >> you brought some video. >> here's the thing. the exercise doesn't counter act it. we have video to show what moderate activity might look like here. >> oh, my god. >> oh, no. what is this? >> just moderate. >> are you kidding? >> oh, my gosh. you will use any excuse for a promo. >> play it to the end. play it to the end. >> you will use any excuse. >> that's not moderate. that's 30 inches high.
that's alisyn's head. >> i'm inside that box. >> there's one other -- >> just an example. >> there's a study that you brought to us that i want to talk about. look we all have these devices. he's on his phone all the time i'm always looking down at my ipad. >> trashing you on twitter right now. >> there's a new study about text neck. >> it's a real thing. people have been talking about this for some time. it's funny i started to get this pain between my shoulder blades some time ago. when i wasn't looking down i realized it was probably due to how much time i actually had my head tilted forward. let me show you this quick little graphic here to give you an idea of what we're talking about. the human head weighs about ten pounds some heads more than others. >> oh they're hearing you, your reference to the comeau head. >> that happens when you look at this. how much more force you put on the base of your neck as a result of this. you can get the same thing from reading a book holding a rock
holding a baby. >> sure. >> we're on the devices so much we're starting to see the impact. >> how are we supposed to text up here? >> first of all if you're on the devices -- >> how about bowing the neck? kind of flex the traps? >> flex the traps. >> don't do that. >> or just you know use more of your eyes so you're looking down as opposed to always putting your -- right? >> that works. >> that kind of helps. >> i don't know. >> or just not looking at the device. >> dr. sanjay gupta, thank you so much and we have learned a lot with you. >> i want you guys to live long. >> you do. >> and be comfortable. >> tweet us at "new day" or go to facebook.com/newday. look up while you're doing the tweeting. >> good do see you, sanjay. we have breaking news for you this morning. isis has a new threat and this time there's a twist. they're saying we will behead someone out of principle unless they get paid. the lives of two japanese men hanging in the balance.
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isis is demanding $200 million in exchange for the lives of two japanese hostages. >> people in japan are bracing for the worst right now. >> a manhunt is underway for the leader of a suspected terror cell. >> isis directed this plot in belgium. >> president obama delivers his state of the union address tonight. >> we should ask the wealthy to pay a little more invest more in the middle class. >> raising taxes on people that are successful is not going to make people that are struggling more successful. >> we're not just one good tax
increase away from prosperity. this record is dangled in front of her and now, yes -- >> anything from the last two knee surgeries is that i love skiing. when i'm starting it i'm not thinking about winning, i'm thinking about pushing myself. >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> good morning. this is your "new day." tuesday, january 20th. 8:00 in the east. we are following breaking news this morning. isis releases a new video threatening to behead two japanese hostages unless japan hands over a staggering $200 million. in the video a masked man wearing all black as usual and holding a knife, as usual, stands over two kneeling hostages wearing orange jump suits. >> a jihadist is speaking with the familiar british accent. he tells the prime minister that tokyo has 72 hours to comply or they will be killed.
the prime minister is now responding. we have the latest from beijing. what do we know, will? >> reporter: alialisyn we know that president shinzo abe is demanding they be returned. that won't happen unless japan is willing to pay isis the same amount that it has pledged to contribute to the coalition against isis. this is not money to pay for bombs, to kill innocents as what jihad jihadi john says, this is to help the refugees and people whose lives is in turmoil because of isis. japan in the center of this and two lives hanging in the balance this morning, kenji godo a freelance journalist who disappeared on october 23rd. he's in the middle east and has been covering the war zone and haruna ukawa, little less known about him other than that he had some very serious personal tragedies, including the death of his wife before he went to
the middle east. now both of these men captured. one in august, one we believe sometime in october by isis. now listen to jihadi john saying what japan has to do next. >> to the prime minister of japan, although you are more than kilometers away from the islamic state, you have willingly taken part in this crusade. >> what we will be watching in the next 72 hours is japan's next move. we know that officially at least japan has never paid a ransom for the release of hostages however, when prime minister abe was questioned whether they would consider negotiating to secure the release, he did not say that he would not, in fact pay. he fell short of that chris. so while nothing officially has ever been paid there have been incidents in the past in iraq most recently when three hostages were released. there was some speculation that perhaps a deal under the table had been worked out. we'll be watching closely to see what happens in the coming hours
and days. >> a dangerous situation any way you look at it. will ripley thank you very much for the report. also breaking this morning, a u.s. embassy car fired on in yemen's capital. we have senior international correspond debt nick paton walsh. he is the only western tv journalist in yemen because of how dicey the situation is. give us the latest and is it true that the u.s. is not ready to evacuate any embassy workers yet? >> reporter: at this stage we understand the u.s. embassy are not withdrawing staff, have not changed the number of individuals in the embassy. they're always on height jebd a-- heightened alert. this incident occurred last night at a checkpoint near the embassy. we understand there were a couple of u.s. embassy vehicles traveling normally they do in a convoy instantly recognizable because of the black suvs that they use. this vehicle was containing u.s. diplomats, u.s. citizens, but we
don't quite know why or who carried out the shooting. initially they shot in the air, we understand, and then focused their guns on the actual vehicle itself. now an embassy statement says these were not warning shots, there was intent here. so a very stark incident certainly for diplomats. we understand they potentially drove on into the embassy away from that incident there. the embassy wasn't too far away. we don't know if shots were exchanged. in fact still unclear who the gunmen were at this point. obviously this will be raising ab an awful lot of concerns. given how dicey the situation is we had them being shelled by houthi rebels. that will have many in washington concerned about the safety of u.s. diplomats here. cnn has learned the terror cell that was targeted last week in belgium does indeed have ties to isis. also there are new concerns this morning that the surviving members may seek revenge.
let's turn to ivan watson live from brussels. ivan. >> reporter: michaela that's right. you've got belgian officials saying that the believed mastermind of the suspected jihadi plot that police raided last week is a man namedwho's a notorious jihadi coming from brussels the capital of europe himself. he's believed to be of more rock can des scent. he's said to be dragging a half a dozen corporationss through a field. they arrested one man in connection with this alleged jihadi plot to attack belgian
police officers, but the man that was arrested we're told is an algerian national. mr. aboud is said to have brought his teenage younger brother, a boy named yudis now described in the belgian press as the youngest jihadi in isis that man is still at large right now as belgian authorities continue to try to find the other suspects in this alleged plot. recall that they're awaiting the extradition of this one algerian citizen from greece as well as two more belgian suspects who have been arrested in france. chris. >> ivan a lot of threats to follow. thank you for doing it for us. we'll check with you back later in the show. let's bring in retired general wesley clark. he's the author of "don't wait for the next war, strategy for american growth and global leadership." he's a senior leader at the berkle center. general, thank you very much for joining us. not only do you have expertise, but you have information about
these situations that many don't so please let everybody benefit from them. let's start with what's going on in yemen. firing on a u.s. vehicle. not that unusual, but given the circumstances there, could that be a tipping point in your estimation to take some action in protecting the u.s. personnel on the ground? >> well we have lots of means to protect people on the ground. we're not going pull out of yemen. it's a very important listing post for us. it's a very important means of containing al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and so we're going to make the adjustments that are necessary to stay there and protect the safety of our people. we may pull out some nonessential personnel. >> lessons of benghazi learned? that's going to be the concern obviously. >> there's no doubt about it.
we know and we've had other situations over the years on how to protect embassies. when we get this kind of threat level we've got all the tools we need and all the resources we need to protect the essential functions of that embassy. >> isis a perverse play on their own principles that they're going to kill these people in cowardly fashion with their hands tied behind their head unless you pay them $200 million. the u.s. doesn't do it. some countries do. is it a good exchange in terms of what it brings you with dealing with isis? >> well of course it isn't a good exchange chris. you can be sure that japan's government's going to come under a lot of pressure from the west not to pay this ransom money. i mean we're doing a lot of things behind the scenes to try to contain and cut off the resources that are feeding isis. we're bombing oil, we're checking bank accounts we're looking at individuals, we're going against banks in countries that they have money leaking into isis. so we certainly wouldn't want japan to put $200 million in
there. this is a japanese domestic issue. they're going to have to work this. but for isis it's probably a can't lose. i mean they're going to demonstrate their principles by killing innocent people on the one hand or they're going to get $200 million. we have to anticipate this is a play by isis. this is a tactic. they'd love to inflame opinions. they'd love to have more u.s. troops on the ground. that would strengthen their recruiting appeal among the disaffected youth in islam, around the world. so we have to be really careful how we handle this. this is a long-term problem. got to contain it. work against it. erode their power. bring allies to bear. alert the islamic community, have the islamic community condemn murder. it's the murder of innocent people. there's no god that does that but we have to have people of the islamic faith say it. >> i remember that from your
book that's why we put it in the title of who you are. there's a lot of ideas in there for people. the dilemma is exactly what you put your finger on general, isn't it? that they do such terrible things that they against them and then they use the fact that they're being attacked militarily to appeal to the disenfranchised. >> that's exactly how it works. what they'd like to do by executing terrorist attacks in europe they would like to alienate the islamic communities in europe from the countries in which they live. they'd like to draw sharper lines. they want to create a religious war in which they can then serve as the leadership and further radicalize the islamic communities around the world. they're aimed at saudi arabia. that's what they're aimed at. the saudis know it. >> the irony that the saudis often refer to as the biggest funders of extremism and
terrorism around the world would now be the target of the biggest terrorist organization that's being combatted. certainly that's not lost in what we're dealing with right now. now, one of the things that we've seen happen is you're all about isis. all of a sudden aqap comes back al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and al qaeda in yemen. now what happens in ukraine, an area you know very well general. it seems that the russians have come back in. they're fulmenting more war. there are reports that donestk is becoming unlivable. >> i'm glad you brought up ukraine. this is the urgent major war. putin sent in his people and they took buildings. they took buildings. they brought in russian troops. there's about 8,000 troops on the ground now, two battalions
crossed yesterday according to ukrainian information, two additional russian battalions and of course russia denies all of this. what they're trying to do is paint the ukrainians into a corner. if they succeed with this and continuing to put forces in there, pressure on ukraine, it'll -- it will erode confidence in security and safety throughout eastern europe. that's bad for the world economy, it's bad for us. and behind those battalions of russian troops you have vladimir putin talking about a new class of nuclear weapons. so he hasn't been afraid to rattle the nuclear sabre. we haven't said much about this publicly but our leadership in washington is taking this seriously and they should because this is a very very significant threat to the structure of the order in europe and world peace as we've known it since the end of the cold war. >> you'd like to dismiss him as all talk from someone who's
struggling at home with his recent poll numbers because of the economy, but he's got the troops there. it seems that he has annexation on his mind and he's getting close to nato held territories. if you start messing with nato then you have a different obviously order of magnitude in terms of the response required. general, we look forward to calling on you in the future to help us understand. thank you, general wesley clark. >> thank you. protests broke out across the country as the u.s. paused to remember dr. martin luther king junior. 68 people arrested for blocking traffic on the san mateo bridge in northern california. demonstrations affecting celebrations for dr. king in atlanta. hundreds there blocking a parade near the annual martin luther king kmem more ryization. a mysterious inferno in maryland. a raging fire guts this $9 million mansion outside of annapolis annapolis. believed to be inside a technology executive and his wife and four grandchildren.
the four alarm fire was so intense the roof and floors gave way making it too intense to search. they're looking for bodies. this fire has been deemed suspicious. fire of a different kind. filmmaker michael moore backpeddling after the backlash. he called military snipers cowards on twitter. the controversial remark comes after the flick, "american sniper" which follows the life of the soldier. he says it wasn't a jab at the movie, it was purely based on the fact that his uncle was killed by a sniper in world war ii. thoughts? comments? reactions? >> michael moore always stirs the pot and always gets himself in trouble in that way. >> deserved backlash? >> i think the way he backtracked from it. our own experiences and family experiences would flavor his way. i'm not sure where his stance on
war came from if that was generated by his own family, but it's interesting. i don't know that that necessarily clarified his facebook response. >> more excuse than explanation? >> maybe. i don't know. >> i remember he said the same thing about journalists inbeds during the war. >> cowards? >> he said -- it was pejorative what he was doing. you've sold out to the government. they control you. >> he's on record of being against war and the whole machinery that operates it so it's not surprising. >> you've got to own what you say. >> there you go. speaking of which, louisiana governor bob yiby jindal yiby jindal backing down from no go zones in france and brittain for muslims. will his comments help or hurt his chances if he decides on a presidential run in 2016. skier lindsey vonn celebrating her run and just a great story. we're going to talk to her about it all. look at her. zip, zip, zip. not her.
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president obama delivers his state of the union address tonight before a republican-controlled congress. his big message a middle class economic plan. the speech comes just as the president's approval rating hits 50%. in a new poll this is the first time it has seen that number since 2013. this also comes at the same time some republicans find themselves in trouble for claiming there are no go zones in brittain and france fornonmuslims. let's break all of this down paul begawa. and cnn commentator anna navorro. anna let me start with you. >> good morning. >> so the president's poll numbers have ticked up in the past six months, now at 50% as
he goes into the state of the union. to what do you attribute that? >> to him having woken up from the deep slumber. it's like president rip van winkle. for the last six months before the elections, that guy was in a bad mood. he was in a funk. he was depressed. he wasn't engaged. when president obama isn't engaged, i think the american people can tell. it's very obvious. we have seen a president obama who instead of playing dead instead of playing, you know, lame duck after the elections despite the big republican wins has come out swinging and has come out doing executive actions and i think he's actually engaged and happy about it again. it shows. >> paul, president rip van winkle you agree? >> president red bull more like it. as a democrat. the democrats love it. the polling, he is doing better 50% is terrific in these difficult times. the congressional republicans, they've just been given the majority to run the congress are at 23. the president's at 50 46 in
another poll. he is acting. people like that. the recovery in the poll numbers tracks the recovery in the economy. it's mostly among his fellow democrats. he had sort of lost a lot of the folks that voted for him. he's bringing them back as anna points out. democrats have loved his bold action on immigration, very bold action on starting to normalize relations with cuba. now they are going to love the state of the union address. i have talked to folks in the white house. this is going to be tailor made for the folks who say it is rigged against them. >> you are selling the state of the union and making it almost sound sexy. wow, paul. that is quite a fete. >> exactly. we're going to cover it. it's going to be so sexy maybe we'll have to actually give cuomo something to control, a cold shower or something. >> wow. you are going there. >> you're stuck with us until -- you're stuck with us through midnight tonight covering the state of the union. we're going to be -- we're making it sexy. >> we will look forward to that. meanwhile, i want to show you
another new poll anna. this is about two of the republican alleged front-runners, jeb bush and mitt romney. their numbers have dropped in the last four months. mitt romney was at 33%, according to nbc. today he's at 27% approval rating. jeb bush was at 22% in september, today at 19%. how do you analyze this anna? >> well let me tell you what happens when you are the perceived front-runner. it's like having a big, huge target on your back. and all of a sudden the press, all the scrutiny comes down on you. it's almost better to go under the radar for a while before the campaign actually starts. so i think a lot of it has to do with that. there's been a lot of attention, some of it has been favorable, some of it has been not so favorable and a lot of scrutiny. it's the difference of seeing somebody as a potential and seeing them take more concrete steps towards a run. you begin to look at them differently. >> paul? >> there's a reason why hillary
clinton is hold up in chapaqua. >> paul, is hillary intentionally going under the radar? >> i think so. i hope she's right. the republicans have to start earlier because they don't have a clear front-runner. i wouldn't get too upset if i am jeb bush. romney has lost a couple of times. if i were advising him honestly i would tell him to get out there quickly, the way jeb i think is trying to with ideas. no seriously, the ideas primary. jeb or mitt will win the money primary. i would advise them to get out there with ideas. not just name i.d. not do we want another bush give us ideas. that's what people are looking for. >> guys we need to talk about what's happening with the so called no go zone controversy. a couple of people on cable news have said that there are these alleged no go zones in france and in brittain where none muslims would not feel
comfortable to go even police. bobby jindal was asked about this by max foster. he is doubling down on the no go zone that has been discredited in other places. let me play for you what he just told our max foster. >> there are neighborhoods where women don't feel safe walking through those neighborhoods without veils. there are neighborhoods where the police are less likely to go. >> you make an assertion like that you need to give me the area so we can look at it. i haven't heard of one. >> i will look. >> he wasn't able to give an actual neighborhood. what's your response? anna? >> i was a little surprised that he didn't have the specifics because bobby jindal is knowns as the wonky guy, the wonk within the republican party. so i was surprised he didn't have the specific information at his fingertips if he's going to make an allegation of this type. i'm not surprised that he's
making it. frankly, bobby jindal has been shifting further right in the last few months. he used to be one of the staunch supporters of common core. he's now one of the staunch opponents of common core. so i think as he tries desperately to break through the potential 2016 field, which is dominated by some of the big boys by the jeb bushes and romneys and chris christies, huckabees, he's having a hard time doing that. the mere fact that we're talking about him and that he's saying this i think appeals to some in the base and it's a good thing because we're actually talking about bobby jindal which we wouldn't be otherwise doing. >> yeah paul you disagree that talking about him in this vein is a good thing. >> he's a smart guy who keeps saying stupid things. he's a rhodes scholar. he went to school in england. he should have his facts on this and he doesn't. the prime minister of england, a conservative david cameron, the analysts i'm quoting the prime
minister of great britain, a complete idiot. the guy as anna points out, governorin governor jindal an ivy league education. he's running for class dunce. it's embarrassing to see a guy that bright embarrass himself that way. >> thanks so much. we will look forward to seeing you both tonight for the state of the union. >> can't wait. >> us, too. >> you've got to stay awake, alisyn. >> i'm setting my alarm for that. thanks so much guys. >> go take a nap. >> i will. ahead, sources telling cnn french authorities missed some major red flags leading up to the terror attack at "charlie hebdo." what can we learn to prevent another attack like this?
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breaking this morning, a u.s. embassy car fired upon in yemen's capital. it happened near a check point in the city last night. no injuries were reported. there is an isis connection to the terror cell that was raided last week in belgium. isis operative abdel hamid abdel hamid aboud. president obama will have quite a laundry list designed to boost the middle class. iowa freshman senator jonie ernst giving the republican response. the air force releasing its once top secret files on ufo sightings online. the 130,000 pages of reports dubbed project blue dates back to the 1940s. we update the five things to know visit new day cnn.com for the latest. jury selection begins today two years after one of the deadliest mass shootings.
12 people were shot and killed in the aurora movie theater killing. now it will be up to the jury to decide whether the shooter was insane when he opened fire. here's cnn's anna cabrera. >> shot. >> reporter: a night at the movies turns into a real life who are. >> reporter: horror stories. >> i've got a shot of victims. the back door now. >> reporter: terror striking hearts as one man opens fire. 12 people killed. 58 others injured. >> he was just shooting people left and right. >> reporter: survivor o'farrill was shot twice. >> we could hear gunshot after gunshot. i just started praying. >> reporter: the attacker almost escapes. >> is that a suspect? yes, we've got rifles gas
masks. >> reporter: hair died reddish orange eyes concealed behind black contacts and dressed head to toe in tactical combat gear then 24-year-old james holmes shockingly surrenders to police. >> okay. hold that position. hold your suspect. >> reporter: at holmes' apartment police find explosive devices, chemicals and wires elaborately constructed as bobby traps, investigators say, that proved premeditation and planning. holmes faces more than 160 charges. he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity meaning he admits he was the gunman but that he didn't know what he was doing was wrong. it has been almost two and a half years since that horrific night. the theater here in aurora is back open. finally, those who survived and those who lost loved ones here will have their day in court. >> what's the appropriate punishment for this guy? >> death. >> reporter: holmes has undergone two sanity evaluations. his parents recently released a
statement pleading for his life to be spared saying quote he is not a monster, he is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness. 9,000 potential jurors have been summoned 12 will decide whether holmes was insane the night of the crime and ultimately whether he will spend the rest of his life locked up or be put to death. anna cabrera, cnn, aurora colorado. >> i remember how gripped we all were when that who are rorp broke out. going to the apartment, remember we were waiting to find out if the place was bobby trapped. it was so horrifying. that area still needing so much support and healing. >> of course you have sympathy for mental illness, but why couldn't he be treated and something done before something like this happened? >> that is the crux of the problem. that's why we keep seeing people who are mentally ill. mentally ill people are not inherently violent, a very small piece. when untreated they become
unstable. i was there. i covered that. the dynamics of that theater, people that saved themselves saved others. here's the problem. is society ready to not punish someone for something as terrible as this no matter what the reason? i don't think we are. the test in colorado for whether or not he's insane is going to be difficult for the defense attorneys to make the case. >> sure. >> because he knew what he was doing. he knew why he was doing it. it's called appreciating the nature and consequences but it's a big issue for us. we keep seeing it and don't deal to it. >> we have to get to them sooner. absolutely. moving on to this for those without a roof over their head it can be impossible at times to stay hopeful. in atlanta church director is using his passion for music to show the homeless hope is still alive. here's today's impact your world. ♪ ♪ >> here we go. ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ >> reporter: beautiful songs for men whose lives have been anything but.
♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ >> reporter: the man behind the music is donel newman. he started the atlanta homeless choir. the church music director got the idea for the choir during his morning commute. >> these folks were just sitting there waiting for something. what that was, it was almost like a bus but the bus came and went and they were still on the wall. >> reporter: the irish immigrant went to a shelter near his church to find volunteers. marvin cohn was one of the original members. he admits being a little surprised by the notion. >> i didn't know at first, i was like a homeless choir? it was weird. once i got down there it was like okay we've got a couple of guys that can sing. i was enthusiastic about it too. >> reporter: coyne was offered a job by someone who watched the group perform. he's now off the streets. so what does noonan give to the men to help them out of homelessness? >> confidence self-worth and
being part of community again. >> reporter: the audience is also inspired. >> it just makes everyone including me i think, cognizant of the homeless problem. we have to do something about it. >> these guys they find that energy and they find the courage to get themselves out of that situation. >> sometimes an avenue to dignity can make all the difference. so we're going to take a break. we're going to come back and talk. hindsight is 20/20. it's not about blame. it's about learning going forward. did kren french officials miss something before the two brothers rampaged through the offices of "charlie hebdo." we have someone who knows the answers. stay with us.
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he's the author of "agent storm, my life inside al qaeda." >> paul. >> good morning, chris. >> we start 2010. i'll push the buttons, you make the points. what happens here? cherif kouachi, he has his passport confiscated so they put a control order on him which restricts his movements and they actually take away his passport. >> they take away his passport. do they make the case against snim does he go away? >> he doesn't wind up going to jail. he's under a control order so they're watching him to some degree. >> now he's on a list right? all right. so we then go to 2011. what happens? >> what does he do? it's now believed he uses his brother, said's passport to go to yemen to get terrorist training with al qaeda. >> that goes to how closely do you look the similarities that
game is the same everywhere. what about this? that he was not listed in travel databases? why not. if they pulled the passport -- >> it's because he travels to aman and slips across to yemen. he's very smart. he doesn't go directly to yemen. he goes to aman for a several week-long trip. while he's in aman he slips off it's believed into yemen to go meet with the leaders of al qaeda in yemen to get that training. >> strategy employed there. the question is who gave him that strategy. that's why they keep trying to connect the dots. then we get here. surveillance ends. why is that relevant? >> well it's relevant because they're clearly still radical, right? they're pretending it would appear not to be radical. >> why end the surveillance? what is the measure? what is the bar for ending surveillance? what is to be made of that decision? >> they were watching these guys closely and from everything they were picking up didn't seem to be radical anymore. the way they dressed, the way
they spoke, the way they interacted. the company they kept. all of those signs show they were not radical. meanwhile, the french were worried about people going off to fight in syria and they had opened surveillance files into 5,000 people. a huge huge challenge. they had to prioritize. they didn't see any signs of radicalization from these guys so they dropped the surveillance. clearly livea mistake. >> a mistake in hindsight but they have to make decisions about priorities every day. >> so then we get to february and they -- the surveillance is going on. they hit them on the phone surveillance. and they get an alert about one of the brother's phone. that's what it says here. what it doesn't say here is who got the alert and what did they do with it? >> we don't know much about that. >> that's where the problem is right? >> exactly. one agency didn't pass on some information to another. we've seen that time and time again, particularly in france where they're sort of rivalries between external intelligence
and the domestic. >> u.s. went through this still working its way through it. much more coordinated now having an agency which does all of it here which we didn't pre-9/11. here's the key. surveillance passed on to domestic spy agency but not really. it wasn't hey, these guys are hot again. never really got communicated to the people who needed to hear it true? >> that appears to be the case. we don't know what that alert was. was it really something serious or something interpreted in many different ways. >> it does suggest what that the surveillance has ended again when they just got the threat when it should have been picked up again, miscommunication. >> there does appear to be some degree of miscommunication? >> what do you do? how do you fix it? >> it's hard. i think the one perhaps lesson with this case is these guys were suspected of going to train with al qaeda and yemen. when people go overseas to get that kind of training, that puts them in a whole new level. they have access to bomb making shooting skills if they can
acquire that. these guys are much more dangerous, much more skilled. they're the kind of people that when they come back they can deliberately camouflage their radicalization. operational security. that's what they're taught in the training camps. make sure people have not got reasons to follow you. that's what the american cleric was drilling into recruits that he was meeting in yemen. >> short-term behavior during surveillance not necessarily predictive of intentions. that was the lesson learned here. >> they seemed less radicalized but they weren't. >> that's why we say hindsight's 2020. it's about figuring out they have to tighten up the gaps between agencies. that's a common problem. paul cruickshank, thanks. >> skier lindsey vonn stands alone. the most world cup wins. how does that feel and who surprised her at the finish line? that's coming up next.
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well it is official. lindsey vonn is the most successful woman's skier in the history of snow, at least the history of alpine skiing. she broke the previous record which stood for 35 years by winning the super g event in italy. i had a chance to speak to lindsey about her remarkable achievement. congratulations. how are you feeling today? >> thank you.
it's incredible. you know it's been a long road especially the last two years, you know coming back from two knee surgeries, but today was such a great win. you know yesterday as well to tie the record and then today to break the record, it was awesome. >> well i was thinking about the fact that as you were getting closer and closer to that 35-year record the pressure i have to believe it was mounting. how did you keep that out of your head and just focus on the job at hand? >> it definitely was -- the pressure was getting more and more intense as every day passed but you know if i learned anything from the last two knee surgeries, it's that i love skiing. when i'm in the starting gate i'm not thinking about winning, i'm thinking about pushing myself and skiing the best i can. that's all i tried to do this week end. tried to put the record out of my mind. honestly when i tied the record yesterday i felt like the pressure was completely off. >> two years this record has dangled in front of her and now,
yes, 62 is in her sights! >> did you feel it as you were going? did you feel that this was it? >> no, i didn't honestly. you know when i got to the finish i was pretty shocked, you know that my time was so fast. i don't know i was kind of on the limit the whole way down the run, and sometimes i was a little bit off line but i was still pushing things really hard. how are the knees doing first of all? >> my knees are doing great. both of them are a little bit achy after the last couple of days which is to be expected. but, yeah i mean i made a documentary over the last two years and it was supposed to only be one year because i was supposed to come back for the olympics but unfortunately it was over the course of two years and two knee surgeries.
>> i've crashed many many times. just this one tore my knee apart. >> but it was, you know a really long but incredible journey and i learned a lot about myself you know how much i can overcome. >> i'm really curious though 63 world cups. i mean does it feel the same at 63 as it did at let's say, 37, or even number 2? >> no. not even close. i mean it's -- it's crazy. you know even at 50 i didn't really think that i could make it you know, past 60. i don't know i just -- it kind of all of a sudden came to me how time goes by so differently. every win was different and every win was special. as it's come close to the record i don't know it feels so much more emotional. maybe it's because i have come back from so many injuries but i
just -- i don't know. it feels incredibly special. >> maybe it's because you had a special skeleton along with your family that surprised you there. i heard that was quite a surprise for you? >> yeah it was. it was a really big surprise. i had no idea he was coming. everyone kept it a secret shockingly for my family. it was so cool. i was down in the leader box waiting in the finish to see if i had, you know actually won the race and my dad said hey, look who i found. and there he was in the skeleton mask. >> oh, i just think that's great. i can hear the joy in your voice. there's nothing more special than sharing a momentous occasion with somebody that you deeply care about. >> exactly. >> congratulations to you. we'll be watching okay? >> thank you. thank you. i really appreciate it. >> the sky in the skeleton mask, that was tiger woods, her boyfriend. a documentary, "remarkable
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