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and the families who love them. >> i respect and honor them and if i were they, i would do the same thing. ♪ god bless america, my home sweet home ♪ >> thank you. and now "the situation room" with candy crowley starts right now. happening now, sarah palin upstages republicans who are exploring a presidential bid. the bus tour and what she's saying and not saying about her white house ambitions. plus, a new attempt to nudge moammar gadhafi into a cease fire with rebels. the military is dealing with new defections and disturbing new accounts of soldiers raping
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teenage girls. and hackers tapping into something important, new targets, and get dangerously close to u.s. military secrets. the rash of online attacks and the threat to internet security and to homeland security. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley and you're in "the situation room." on this memorial day, sarah palin is doing some of the things she did best, creates suspense and drums up suspension. vice presidential nominee and reality tv star is not saying whether she will added a presidential candidate to her resume but republican contenders on the trail today. jim acosta is in gettysburg, pennsylvania, where palin arrived just moments ago. jim? >> reporter: candy, sarah palin was asked today by a reporter whether or not she was running for president and she answered that she is contemplating a run for the white house but more
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importantly, another question could be asked and that is, does all of this look like she's running for president? the answer just might be, you betchya sarah palin says this is no campaign bus and that herself-described one nation tour this week is all about paying tribute to american history. but while touring in washington, she said that she's thinking about making history of her own. >> i think americans are ready for a true change. >> reporter: contemplating on the back of a harley davidson, they revved up a publicity blitz that is pure palin, with a wild crush of cameras ending her every move, the national mall to mt. vernon. sunday night palin went in kog neat toe to tour the monument on her political action committee
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website where, by the way, her supporters can make a donation. if palin runs, her former running mate thinks that she can win it all. >> of course she can, she can. whether she will or not or whether she will run or not, i don't know. >> but palin still carries a bus load of political baggage. 60% of americans have an unfavorable view of palin. >> governor palin has significant challenges if she's going to be the nominee for president. she's also taking all of the oxygen out and not building good rapport with republican candidates. she's going to have a lot of work to do. >> reporter: yet the politician turned reality tv star, two of her potential rivals, michele bachmann and tim pawlenty only got a fraction of the coverage. that's the palin factor, capable of attracting a big crowd in the hot gettysburg sun. >> she's a celebrity and we think she's going to run for
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president we do know for talking to multiple sources that she's headed to new hampshire late they are week and that off to iowa perhaps as early as next month. but when we contacted the chairman of the iowa republican party, candy, a spokesman for that chairman told us that they haven't gotten any word that she's heading to iowa next month so we're not the only ones in the dark, candy. >> there's a lot being talked about and written about. >> is this miss teek or
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confusion? >> reporter: i'm going to go with the latter. we have not seen any chaos inside the palin camp at this point. we're seeing releasing details to reporters about her movements at the very last second and we all know that for the last couple of years she has seen her relationship with the press as being fairly adversarial. she has nothing at stake when it comes to her and her political future in terms of whether or not she releases details in a good fashion. i will tell you, standing at this spot in gettysburg, outside of the pennsylvania memorial, there have been folks out here for five or six hours. we're close to 200 palin supporters and fans waiting for her to show up. i would say if she doesn't show up, that's not going to go over too well. but. >> thanks very much, we
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appreciate it. cnn's new hampshire presidential debate is just two weeks away. join us monday night, june 13th, as the republican hopefuls square off only on cnn. as the republican field takes shape, president obama appears to be solidifying his support. 54% of americans say they approve of the way he's doing his job in our new cnn research opinion poll. the president has been inching up above the 50% mark since the beginning of may. most of his strength appears to be based on national security issues and international affairs. we'll talk about that and where the president is lacking in our strategy session. now to libya and significant new defections from moammar gadhafi's regime. they crossed the border into tunisia and are now in italy. an official tells cnn that more than 100 soldiers defected with the generals. this, as gadhafi met with south
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africa's president today. jacob zuma is pushing for a cease fire but he has not urged gadhafi to step down. zuma has represented the african union. nato now says that they have conducted more than 3300 strikes in libya since march. we want to bring in national security contributor, fran townsend, who has been doing reporting on libyan defections. as a member of the external advisory committee, last may he visited high-ranking officials from the libyan government. all kinds of things come to mind. first of all, the defections. important? >> very important and very timely. look, we've seen multiple nights of bombing, right around gadhafi and his compound. the generals are clearly feeling the heat. there had been an effort to
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encourage and foreign minister and before that he was head of the intelligence. the head of the nato countries have been working on defections to get eight generals who brought out more than 100 of their soldiers across the tu neesh shan border and defected to the italians is a tremendous blow to morale and a huge cash of intelligence that nato would be able to gather from them gadhafi's movements and morale who is around them and who should they target next. >> how many more generals are there? can you give us a sense of how much of the force is 100 soldiers? how many soldiers is eight generals? >> it's hard to describe. he's got family around him and a son who is a senior military official and he's got who we've heard from before, he's relying his inner circle and getting tighter and tighter, smaller and smaller, as those around him in the military fear for their own lives and it's not clear, it's
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not clear to them that he can survive and what is clear to them, nato seems very resolved for the bombing campaign. >> we have seen increased strikes. every night we get a message from our folks in libya going, you know, explosions heard across tripoli, et cetera, et cetera. so this actually is a success, then, if you look at these defections here, which u.s. officials have said all along, we want to crack that inner circle. so one would assume that these bombings continue. >> that's right. i think the bombings continue to look for additional defections. the momentum now is very definitely on the side of nato and very definitely not on the side of gadhafi. so i think what you're beginning to see is the crumbling. maybe not the end but the beginning of the potential end for gadhafi. >> but he just doesn't strike me as the type. i mean, i just have a -- that he's going to be the last guy. >> candy, i'm with you. having met him, he struck me in the same way. i do think he's going to be the last guy but there's a bunch of
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things that could happen. a nato strike could actually hit him and kill him. his inner circle could turn on him. they could provide the rebels with information to be defected against him. there are a whole host of bad option for gadhafi and they seem more likely. >> fran townsend, national security contributor, thank you. >> thank you. we are learning more about allegations that libyan women have been raped by troops. here is nic robert ton. >> reporter: in this makeshift rebel jail, this desserter tells us what he saw before he fled his post. i saw cell phone video of several soldiers raping two school girls, 15 and 17 years
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old during six days in tripoli, he says. as i was told, they were acting on military orders. he tells me he ran away from the army but he realized officers were giving soldiers sexual stimulants and uppers to keep them awake. i found viagra and uppers, he says. before a raid, they would hand them out to keep us awake for 72 hours. we were told, when you go into a house, it's all yours. you can take what you want, rape the women. impossible for us to verify his claims, however, they were echoed by more prisoners in a different jail. they all surrendered on the 24th of april, a month ago. i've been to talk with them already. those that don't want to appear on camera, have moved to one side. the prisoners were going to meet the ones that agreed to talk to
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us. rape by soldiers was common, this prisoner tells me. we all knew it was going on. they all have similar accounts. all talk about cell phones. mobile phone video of rape, there were lots of them, he says. in an odd twist of fate, the rebel in charge of the prisoners, a former pilot, knows some of his captives, vouches for them. >> he's a flight engineer. this one is a flight engineer, too, and they will tear him back to his family because i know his father, i know his mother, and i know his brothers. >> he agrees, tells me he was an aircraft engineer, given only a few hours weapons training and sent direct to the front line. they all say that their commanders lied to them.
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they told us we would be fighting al qaeda and algerians, he says, but when we saw that they were libyans like us, we surrendered. the rebel commanders tell us that keeping the prisoners here is a huge drain on their resources and that they have to get them water and everything that they need. and what they would really like to happen is for the international community to take them off their hands, in fact. perhaps then the allegations of rape that these men are making can begin to be investigated as the international criminal court wants to do. cnn, libya. another arab leader refusing to get out of the way is turning his troops and bulldozers against anti-government protesters. we'll have an update about yemen. and the president says his choice to be the new joint chiefs chairman is combat tested
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president obama is urging the senate to confirm his new nominee for chairman of the joints chief of staff as swiftly as possible. it's a big unusual for the general who served as army chief of staff for only about a month. the president stressed that he will have his work cut out for him, filling the job held by admiral mullin. >> we have much to do, from bringing our troops home from iraq to beginning to reduce our forces in afghanistan this summer and in transitioning to afghan lead, from defeating al qaeda, to defecting the libyan people. all of this as we make difficult budget decisions while we make our military the hardest fighting force in the world. >> let's bring in dan lothian. dan, everybody expected that the president would pick the vice
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chair, james cartright, and instead he picked dempsey. why? >> reporter: well, in particular why he picked him is because this is someone who has a lot of military experience, almost 40 years in uniform, really has military in its blood, well liked within the military and doesn't appear to carry any political baggage. the road to this day began when he graduated in 1974 from the military -- u.s. military academy at west point. he led units in iraq and was also part of the effort to train and equip the iraqi security forces. he served as acting commander of the central command and was noted there a few seconds ago, he was most recently the army chief of staff, joking that perhaps he will go down as having the shortest tenure in army history. but joking aside, there are some big challenges here as the war in iraq is winding down and as
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there are questions about the strategy, the u.s. strategy going forward in afghanistan. >> having served as acting commander of central command, he understands that the security gains and political progress must go hand in hand and just as he challenged the army to embrace new doctrine and tactics, i expect him to push all of our forces to continue adapting and innovating, to be ready for the missions of today and tomorrow. >> reporter: with admiral mullin's term not expiring until september, the president wanted to get all of the pieces in place so that the transition would be seamless. candy? >> dan, was there something wrong with the choice of cartright? was this a choice against the vice chair of the joints chief or was this simply that he wanted to pick someone else?
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>> well, he was for quite some time the leading candidate for that position, someone who had the support of the president but he did run into criticism from senior folks over at the pentagon because they felt that they were going behind their backs to offer advice to the president, in particular, when he had the opposing position of smaller troop levels inside afghanistan. one source telling cnn that many people that he was not a team player. and so this source saying that the president before going overseas on that trip to europe, he sat down with him for 30 minute and told him at that time that he would not be getting the job. >> dan lothian, thank you so much. there are politics everywhere, it would appear. thank you. >> tim pawlenty, history tells us that the midwestern state has not earned its reputation as a king maker. and south park has outraged a lot of people but not many of them have declared jihad on the
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lisa sylvester is monitoring some of the top stories in "the situation room" right now, including one mid-east nation inching closer to civil war. >> hi there, candy. the u.s. embassy is calling on yemen's president to follow through no hurry. government forces use bulldozers to tear down a camp in one city. witnesses say 20 people were killed in clashes there yesterday and today and troops used water canons to scatter the remaining demonstrators. lawyers for accused war criminal are trying to block his
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extradition to an international criminal tribunal at the hague. they say the former general is not healthy enough to serve charges. and the new york native charged with threatening the creators of south park has been arrested in morocco. awaiting the extradition to the united states, according to the website that he founded, he's a convert to islam. in the south park case, he urged muslims to attack the creators of the cartoon. he was enraged by an episode that depicted the prophet mohammed in a bear suit. and a robot explorer at the great pyramid as found mysterious markings that date from 4500 years or so and fit through a small hole.
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archaeologists hope that they can shed light on why it was built. pretty cool stuff there, candy. >> 4500 years ago? >> 4500. >> amazing. thanks, lisa. 2011 is proving to be a frighteningly successful year for hackers. we'll look at a big defense contractor and other major targets hit recently and how much damage was done. we will also take you to one spot in arlington national cemetery where this memorial day is especially somber. who do such a super job, they're backed by the superguarantee®? only superpages®. wherever you are, wherever you're going, you'll find the super business you need. so next time, let the good guys save the day. get the superguarantee®, only at superpages®. in the book ... on your phone or online. but it's our job to make them say something interesting.
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online hackers are having a very good year and that is very bad for all of us who depend on the internet and expect or hope that our information will be secure. one technology expert warns that so far in 2011 the list of online targets is growing. and some big corporate names have been added to that list in
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recent days. lisa sylvester is back with us. i'm not sure we actually should expect that that information will stay secure after all of the things that happened. >> we have major cyber attacks. one against pbs where it appears that a group not happy on a story with wikileaks, hacking their site and posting a phony story. the other attack was an attempted breach of defense contractor lockheed martin. hackers tried to hack information and detected the intrusion almost immediately and was able to thwart the attack. larry is with the internet security alliance specializing in cyber security. he says thieves are no amateurs. >> which are generally well-funded, very sophisticated.
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the intrusion is only the latest of a string of attacks by hackers. sony corporation had a significant breach last month that affected millions of playstation users and hackers managed to compromise the website hosting a phony story, claiming rapper tupac was still alive. security experts say sometimes the goal is simply to disrupt a government entity and other times it is to get information. >> they are interested in everything. in defense secrets, industrial secrets to get them a competitive advantage. any kind of secret that we might have of value, adversaries are interested in getting that information from the united states. >> reporter: security analysts point to china and russia as the leading countries engaging in cyber attacks against the united
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states. >> what makes it really dangerous is if you get into a system that has secrets, that's no different than breaking into the front door, the side door. the only difference is, you can be sitting inside a country that is 2,000 miles away without stepping outside of that room and entering the boundaries of the united states. >> now, the department of homeland security issued a statement on the security breach at lockheed martin saying dhs is aware of the incident and together with the department of defense it has been in contact with the company to offer assistance in determining the extent of the incident performing analysis of available data in order to provide recommendations to mitigate further risk. so this is a huge concern. a lot of people, experts have pointed out that the united states is still quite vulnerable in this area, candy. >> enough to make you want to go back to the phones and a memo. >> the old-fashion way, huh?
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>> thanks, lisa. hackers are not the only ones that want to see what you've been up to on the web. increasingly, law enforcement agencies are looking for clues on the internet to help them solve crimes. dan simon tells us the law is not very clear on what they can and cannot do. >> reporter: facebook allows users at any time to adjust privacy settings. you can make your photos and personal information available to only friends instead of everyone. but that doesn't guarantee that it will always be private. law enforcement is now turning to facebook and other services to help solve crimes. this man, 25-year-old anthony wilson of detroit, was recently indicted on bank robbery charges, partly because the fbi compared his facebook photos with bank surveillance video. he's been released on bond and pleaded not guilty. >> it's definitely the wave of the future. people -- we forget, the internet is only 10 years old. >> reporter: a former cyber
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crime specialist for the fbi. >> the use of social media or online searches is absolutely crucial. it is free information. it's there. absolutely people should be utilizing this. >> reporter: but with that comes concern about law enforcement overstepping boundaries. facebook says it is cautious about using information. in a statement provided by cnn, a spokesperson tells us we never turn over content information unless that process is a search warrant reviewed by a judge. we are required to regularly push back against overbroad requests. civil liberties groups say facebook has adopted the correct position by insisting on a search warrant. but worry that other less internet services won't have the same requirements. >> i think what we need to have written clearly into the law is a requirement that the government wants sensitive
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information, e-mails, cell phone tracking information, photos that you've only shared with friends, they need to go to a judge, make their case, and get that warrant. >> so civil liberty groups concerned about a warrant but the bottom line, if you're worried about them getting information on facebook, they probably shouldn't be any information online to begin with. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. a high-profile member of congress says he's the victim of hacking. that's how anthony weiner is explaining a lewd photo posted on his facebook account. and tim pawlenty arrives in iowa but how much do the iowa caucuses actually matter? we'll talk about the lead off contest to the white house campaign and whether it's relevant. >> we live in the greatest country that the world has ever known. we know it's intimidatin. instant torque.
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iowa is known for its cornfield and caucuses and the nominating process for presidential candidates. it's also very good educational system. the conventional wisdom says politicians need to have a good showing here but for republicans, iowa is anything but must win. in today's strategy session, we're looking at whether iowa is all that important anyhow. a democratic strategist and former campaign spokesman gentlemen, thank you for joining us. happy memorial day. i want to read you something from the washington post which has this to say about iowa.
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since the party picked a president in 1967, there have only been two incidents that has not been an incumbent gone on to take the gop nomination. is iowa irrelevant? >> i think the people suffering the most are the storm front owners on grand avenue because and i think this year because of the way that it's playing out, iowa may not be so important. >> i want to be
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counterintuitive. just because it's not a winner doesn't mean that they are influential. certainly iowa turned the race upside down with hillary clinton, remember, front-runner placed third. it changed the race. but for republicans it has been different and hasn't it also -- it tends to win dell down the field, does it not? >> i think the candidates least likely to go and get the nomination tend to drop out soon after iowa if they have a poor showing there. but i think where it actually could be the most influential is in how it alters the republican debate and how that impacts the candidates moving forward is going to be critical. i think a big part of the key is what mitt romney does. if he goes to play in iowa, and
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does not do well, that could impact the field down the road. rich is probably right, what it will do is best set up the alternative to romney and that could also be important depending on how well they do in new hampshire. >> so it could matter in picking a winner? >> yes. and last time it did. it elevated governor huckabee who nobody thought much of until then and carried all the way through to south carolina and into florida and so it does alter the gravitational pull of the way that these people have to deal with each other. >> let me take you to the democratic side of the ee situation, that we have a new poll out, the approval rating of 54%, which is pretty darn good in a country that feels pretty awful about the economy. i want to run internal numbers by you. how the president is handling the economy, approve, 41%. disapprove, 58%.
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how is the president handling the budget deficit? approve, 34%. disapprove, 64%. how is he handling gas prices? approve, 25%, disapprove, 73%. here is my question to you, as a republican, this guy is going to be tough to beat. we have a rotten economy and he still has a 54% overall approval rating, based largely on what his numbers are for handling terrorism and international policy. >> and my former back door neighbor who lives in louisiana made famous the economy stupid and it depends on what the economy is doing. if people feel that the economy is beginning to move upward, then i think the president will be re-elected. if they don't, they are going to have a tough time. also in that poll, the right direction, wrong track, was 39% that think the country is on the right direction but it was down
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to 25/75. we are taking these polls in a vacuum and they are not feeling it in their own pocketbooks yet but reelectses do not occur in a vacuum and when people look at a choice between their event republican nominee and the president, i think it just reinforces his over overall approval rating. >> my point here is not that he's going to have a big problem. my point is that now something like six and ten people think the economy is terrible and he has a 54% approval rating. >> it was taken still in the afterglow of osama bin laden deal. just while he was still overseas and had a pretty good trip. he didn't get everything he wanted but looked good and
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represented america very well. so the fact that that is based on his foreign policy, where he's not noted to be a particularly strong, means that the danger for him, is that it's a very thin, kind of positive for him if something god forbid goes wrong in foreign policy and no back-up in the economy then he's in big trouble. >> i think when they see them up against the ruch candidates, they may not be happy with the gas prices and the way that the administration is handling it so far, they sure don't like that. >> got a long time between now and then. so -- >> that's right. thank you so much. >> thank you. cnn's new hampshire debate just a few weeks away. join us on monday night june 13th as the republican hopefuls
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square off on the issues only on cnn. libyan leader moammar gadhafi has largely stayed in the shadows while his country has been shadowed by nato. and today president obama comparisons that any parent can understand. you're in the situation room.
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president obama laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at the arlington national cemetery today and claimed that it's a debt we can never fully repay. >> to those of you who mourn the loss of a loved one today, my heart goes out to you. i love my daughters more than anything in the world and i cannot imagine losing them. i can't imagine losing a sister, a brother, or a parent at war the grief so many of you carry in your hearts is a grief i cannot fully know. this day is about you. and the fallen heroes that you
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loved. >> also at the ceremony at arlington defense, robert gates, who is departing from his post this year. >> for the rest of my life, i will keep these brave ones in my heart and in my prayers. as my prayers. as i know does their commander in chief who has so steadfastly supported those bearing the brunt of the fight. i have been honored to work with president obama for the past 2 1/2 years and to see the deep seriousness and thoughtfulness with which he weighs the security of the nation and the safety of the men and women who serve. throughout, he has never shrunk from the tough decisions. the heavy burdens. and the true responsibilities of command. >> our pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence, was also on hand for memorial day tributes and mourning at arlington. >> candy, a lot of the families here were just like any other family in america.
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they thought of memorial day as picnics and barbecues, things like that. it was the death of a loved one in iraq or afghanistan, that changed memorial day for them. that's why they come out here. we spoke with a young mother, vicki bunting, she lost her husband in afghanistan. he had come home for some r&r, spent some time at home. he deployed back to afghanistan. four days back in afghanistan, his vehicle was hit by a road side bomb and he was killed. four days after she found out her husband was dead, she found out she was pregnant. coming here on memorial day is teaching their young son of the father he never knew. >> this is where we get to know daddy and i can tell him stories here. this is where he knows daddy is. it's tough. he says dada when he sees this grave. it's tough. this is the best i wan do now. this is what we do. >> reporter: section 60 has been
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called the saddest acre in america because some of these deaths are the most fresh. the wound is still very raw for those families. like the mother we spoke with whose son was shot down in a helicopter over iraq. >> you see a young man and you think, oh, that's him, you know? i live in the country now and i see a helicopter going over, that could have been him flying. >> reporter: every grave here is a different story. every story is very personal. we've seen people leave something like a cap of a beer bottle on a grave which means something to that family. we saw people celebrating with toasts of champagne and others very, very somber, crying at the grave. it's a very, very personal, personal experience. because these wars in iraq and afghanistan are so recent, there's no national memorial like world war ii or veterans. so because this cemetery is so
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close to the nation's capital, especially on a day like memorial day, this has become sort of the memorial for these families to the ones who have died in iraq and afghanistan. andy? >> thanks so much to our chris lawrence at arlington for us today. it is a nightmare scenario. you are hurt and you head for the hospital, and then you're turned away because it's missing the one thing a hospital should always have. that's coming up. and the south has always had its share of dangerous creatures. the difference now is they're looking for new turf and the weather is helping. [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible.
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sebastian, looks on. hot shots, pictures worth 1 thousand words. the number of missing from the tornado not struck joplin, missouri, is dropping. 29 people are still unaccounted for more than a week after the twister struck. the death toll stands at 142. the tornado killed more people than any other in the u.s. since recordkeeping began in 1950. visiting joplin yesterday, president obama vowed the u.s. would stand with the community until it was rebuilt. the severe weather of the past few months has had odd consequences. in the south, rising water is letting alligators stray far from home. as cnn's jeanne meserve reports, gator hunters are seeing a boom in business. >> reporter: a prehistoric predator has become a modern nuisance. rising water along the mississippi is letting alligators roam far from the bayous. >> ten foot or better gator that came up in here and ate two of the neighborhood dogs already
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that we know of, at least two. >> reporter: did you find him? >> been looking for him twice. he's out in here somewhere. >> reporter: don hinam is an alligator hunter licensed by the state of mississippi to capture problem gators. business is brisk, thanks to the flood. >> you just throw this weighted hook out and snag him anywhere. >> reporter: a heavy duty hook and fishing pole, a harpoon and snare are the tools of his trade. a rubber band made out of an intertube secures the deadly jaws. >> the muscles are really weak, opening their mouth. you can hold it closed with your hand. they have, like, 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. >> reporter: his boat shows the scars when a gator bit into it during a hunt, it almost sank. most of the alligators hinam catches are relocated, but the biggest ones are killed.
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how much of this worth? >> the hide, $150, $200. >> reporter: his only compensation for the work is the hides and the meat. >> meat, zero cholesterol. >> reporter: it tastes like chicken, right? >> more like pork. >> reporter: he has something else in another freezer, an alligator head that he'll boil in bleach into thing like this. remarkably, he's never been bitten. a band-aid on his finger hides a wound from a recent encounter. hinam does not find every nuisance gator, but he's looking. >> i don't dislike alligators. i actually like alligators. it's just some of them wind up in places they don't need to be. >> reporter: hinam loves hunting about as much as the gators do. jeanne meserve, cnn, port gibson, mississippi. you're in the "situation room."
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happening now. eight libyan generals and dozens of troops defect. south africa's leader shows up in libya on a peace mission. nato's chief says gadhafi's rein of terror is coming to an end. she started on a motorcycle. sarah palin continues a bus tour of american historic sites. she says it's not a campaign bus, but she plans a trip to iowa. a lewd photo goes out to a college student on congressman anthony weiner's twitter account. he calls it a prank and says he was hacked. is there more than meets the eye? wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley and you're in the "situation room." anyone unfortunate enough to wind up in the hospital this memorial day may be in for a potentially dangerous surprise. a shortage of critical drugs. it's getting worse. our cnn's mary snow is going
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in-depth for us. what is this all about? >> reporter: this has been a problem that's been around as the drug industry consolidates, but as one doctor told us today, in her 30 years of practicing medicine, she's never seen the kind of drug shortages she's seen now. at west chester medical center, chief medical officer rene garic says the staff gets daily alerts about which drugs are in short supply and says most people aren't aware of the shortages hospitals are facing. >> if you have a gasoline shortage, the world knows in 30 seconds. we have drug shortages that can affect the ability to get the drug to the bedside, someone who had a heart attack, needs blood pressure support, someone who needs antibiotics. public aware of that is not what it should be. >> reporter: in phoenix, for example, a pharmacist at maricopa medical center said earlier this month the hospital had to reserve a supply of a hard to get drug to treat leukemia and lymphoma.
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>> we've had to reserve our supply. we've had to turn patients away. sometimes we, in order to treat more patients, we've had to reduce the doses of that drug. >> reporter: shortages may not be a new problem, those who monitor them for the american society of health system pharmacists counted 211 drugs in short supply last year and say it's not getting any better. >> it is getting worse because so far in 2011, if you look at just the first three months of the year, so the first 90 days of the year, we tracked 89 brand new shortages. that's almost, if you think about it, a new shortage a day. >> reporter: what is behind the shortages? the fda says manufacturing problems and delays are the main reasons as well as drugs being discontinued. in a statement the agency told us most shortages involve older drugs made by fewer firms and says these drugs often get discontinued by companies and replaced by more profitable, newer drugs. fda continues to do all we can within our authority to resolve
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the shortages. in the meantime, hospitals are scrambling for alternatives, with shortages of some chemotherapy drugs a particular concern. >> you either delay treatment until the drug is available or seek an alternative drug. the alternative drug may not have been tested as part of the regimen so you won't know what the outcome will be. that's why the chemotherapy shortage has become such a national concern. >> lawmakers have gotten involved. legislation was introduced that would require manufacturers to give the food and drug administration six months notice if they plan to discontinue a drug or take action where there would be an interruption. as far as the pharmaceutical industry, a trade group for drug research companies says there's a number of reasons contributing to why they might have shortages and they cite anything from natural disasters to shortages in raw materials. and that group says it's committed to maintaining good manufacturing practices and working closely with the fda. candy? >> so, mary, other than, you
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said they have to turn patients away. is there anything else these hospitals do to kind of make up for the shortages? can they call another hospital or find it elsewhere? >> at the westchester medical center we went to today, this is one hospital that said so far it hasn't had to turn people away. what it's been doing is getting alternative medications. it says it's been very aggressive about monitoring these drug shortages but it says as a result, it's really been a drain on resources because you're taking people who are constantly, the job is to monitor the drugs. if they also buy drugs from a vendor, the cost is much higher than it would be. so this is costing these hospitals, this one in particular, a lot more money. >> wow. thanks very much, our mary snow. appreciate it. and a stunning twist in libya's civil war. as brutal fighting rages on, eight generals from libyan leader moammar gadhafi's army have defected to italy. a senior italian official says the generals were joined by more than 100 soldiers.
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some of them are now speaking out. this coming as south africa's president meets with gadhafi trying to broker a peace deal. cnn is live from the libyan capital with us. several libyan generals have defected. they're taking with them soldiers. what does this mean? what is left? what portion is this of the forces gadhafi has? >> reporter: well, the libyan generals as you said have been speaking up and they bring with them news that gadhafi's military capacity is weakening. a general told the news conference that the moment of glory is near. why this is such a big blow is because this news is coming within the same week that we're hearing reports of a deployment of uk and french attack helicopters. now, these helicopters because nato says they can limit collateral damage, they can be
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used to get up close in terms of aerial bombardment. their concern on the libyan government side is they could be used at the time of reduced military capacity within the military armed forces to clear the way for a rapid advancement of opposition forces. we have to stress, though, that on the ground, there is still a territorial stalemate. we haven't yet seen the impacts of this defection. the rebels are very close, two hours away at misratah. if the aerial bombardment were to happen, they could move toward tripoli, candy. >> has there been reaction from the libyan government or anyone in official capacity? >> reporter: the libyan government is trying to brush this off. they haven't yet replaced an official statement, but definitely officials we've been speaking to have said that this is just another defection, you know, the head one of the main
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libyan rebel leaders on the national transitional council was, himself, a justice minister in the libyan government. they're just trying to put it within this context of try to portray the civil war as more disgruntled former top-level members of the regime trying to put themselves in a strong position to take power post gadhafi stepdown. this, of course, comes on the day president jacob zumo was here. we had been led to believe by leaks coming ahead of his visit that we might be talking about a soft landing for gadhafi. that has been completely thrown aside by the libyan government who tell us that actually all he's come to get is the colonel's okay for the african union roadmap which would allow gadhafi to oversee political reforms and political dialogue, candy. >> so did gadhafi agree to that? did anything else come of this? i know you spent the day
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following president zuma around during this meeting with gadhafi. >> reporter: it's been a little bit of an anti-climax. you know, we had all hoped, you know, the hope had been here that zuma, having had such a long relationship with colonel gadhafi was perhaps coming to tell him what nobody else would say, that the colonel would need to step down for this conflict to come to an end. all we really had is the african union roadmap. more than a month ago. was now going ahead. we're not really hearing anything that new. gadhafi agreed to a cease-fire, agreed to political reform. that's not really what the rebels are asking for. they're saying without gadhafi agreeing to step down, that nothing will go ahead. no cease-fire, no reform, and no dialogue. candy? >> thank you so much, out of tripoli tonight. we appreciate it. a cia team recently returned to osama bin laden's compound to
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scour the site for intelligence information, but navy s.e.a.l.s didn't have the time to collect when they killed the al qaeda chief earlier this month. we're also getting a chance to learn more about what went on in the compound. stan grant takes us back to the pakistan town of abbottabad where he spoke to neighbors. >> reporter: one month on, killing osama bin laden has not won america too many friends here. this shop keeper lives less than 200 meters from where bin laden lived and died. he has more sympathy for the slain al qaeda leader than foreigners, swearing at us, calling us pigs. are muslims terrorists everywhere, he says? actually, america is the biggest terrorist. others, though, are friendlier. this boy, zarah, approaches us with a story to tell. he and his sister befriended bin laden's youngest children and grandchildren. there were two boys, one girl, 7, 4 and 3 years old.
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zarah relives the cricket games he played with them. that's the white bin laden house behind us. contradicting reports no outsiders have breached bin laden security, zarah says he played inside the compound, itself, getting a close look at a secret world. despite being neighbors, the brothers and sisters didn't know the bin laden children's names. the children told them their father was the family courier they called nadin. my grandmother asked in pashtun, who is your fare? they said nadin. they always said nadin. through this brother and sister we get to piece together daily life in the bin laden compound. rather than spoking the local language, bin ladens preferred pashtun. they were a normal family, friendly, the children say. they never saw osama bin laden. he remained well hidden. they did meet the bin laden
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wives. "there were two aunties standing in the house," he said. they asked me, where did i live, what do they do? i told them my mother was a housewive. they wore ordinary pakistani clothes. he noticed the women were different from other mothers in the neighborhood. they spoke in a very strange language, very poor, then i thought, probably they were arabic. the children were dimpbfferent, too. they were especially devout. they were very religious, he says. whenever i went there to play, they asked me to wait until afternoon prayer, then they would stop playing later for evening prayer. he shows us pet rabbits, a gift from the bin laden family. after everything, she says, she misses her friends. they were young. they were beautiful. i really miss them. they were the only children we played with. zarah's father is a government
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official in the justice department. yet osama bin laden lived next door and no one knew. the bin ladens lived this way for years in the heart of abbottabad, a military city in the mountains, two hours drive north from pakistan's capital, islamabad. the area is on lockdown. it's been open in recent days to collect material. no such access to us. as we try to get close, this is what happens. >> turn around. >> reporter: the police say they're under instructions to smash our camera. we get it back. but we won't be going any further. this is clearly as far as we're going to go. we're not going to get closer to the bin laden compound. here life continues as normal. beyond here, though, 200 meters are or so away is the bin laden householding in so many of the secrets of his life in abbottabad. okay. we're finished. thank you very much. thank you. stan grant.
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on the day when america honors its fallen, president obama nominated general martin dempsey to be the next chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. he also named admiral james winifeld to serve as vice chairman. dempsey is the army's chief of staff. the chairman tapped ray ordiarno
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to fill that post. he asked congress to confirm all three men as swiftly as possible. later joined by retiring joint chiefs admiral mike mullen and retiring defense secretary robert gates, the president marked memorial day at arlington national cemetery. after laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns the president said that serving as commander in chief is his most solemn responsibility, one that carries a special weight on this day. >> to those of you who mourn the loss of a loved one today, my heart goes out to you. i love my daughters more than anything in the world, and i cannot imagine losing them. i can't imagine losing a sister, a brother, or a parent at war. the grief so many of you carry in your hearts is a grief i cannot fully know. this day is about you and the
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fallen heroes that you loved. and it's a day that has meaning for all americans, including me. the patriots we memorialize today sacrificed not only all they had, but all they would ever know. they gave of themselves until they had nothing more to give. it's natural when we lose someone we care about to ask why it had to be them. why my son, why my sister, why my friend. why not me? these are questions that cannot be answered by us, but on this day, we remember that it is on our behalf that they gave their lives. we remember that it is their courage, their unselfishness, their devotion to duty that has sustained this country through all its trials and will sustain us through all the trials to
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come. we remember that the blessings we enjoy as americans came at a dear cost that our very presence here today as free people in a free society bears testimony to their enduring legacy. our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay. but we can honor their sacrifice, and we must. it is my fervent prayer that we may honor the memory of the fallen by livie ing out those ideals every day of our lives, in the military and beyond. may god bless the souls of the warriors we've lost. and the country for which they die. >> as the wars in iraq and afghanistan produce a new generation of veterans, can america best honor its war dead
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by looking after the living? on a day when those who fought and died for this nation are remembered, there is urgency in the voices that fear the same nation will forget those who survived. >> they're coming home in droves and the window's closing, we're worried the american public's attention is going to shift in the coming years. >> reporter: the need is well documented, but sometimes invisible to the public eye. in 2009, the army had 3,400 soldiers with injuries so serious they were ineligible for further duty. about 30% of those soldiers had post traumatic stress or a traumatic brain injury. 2 1/2 years later, 8,500 soldiers have disqualifying injuries and 65% have post traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury. last year, there were 156 army suicides. >> i don't think we as a nation, we as an army, we as the armed
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forces know the total effect of a decade of war. i think that's what we're seeing. we've been fighting now for a decade in a different kind of fight, where everybody that finds themselves in danger. >> reporter: yet the army does not have enough mental health specialists nor enough knowledge about the brain and its reaction to long, repetitive deployments in a different kind of war. >> i want congress to provide as much as they can to these research efforts. i think they're absolutely critical. i have to tell you, i worry, given the fiscal situation, that some of the money that's been used to do this critical research is going to dry up. >> reporter: also of concern, unemployment among new vets runs far higher than the general population and one of every four vets between the ages of 18 and 24 is jobless. paul rikoff found life in afghanistan, veterans for
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america. they need reinforcement from the commander in chief. >> we need jobs. drive that message home. start it on memorial day. carry it through the entire year and stand with us to lower the unemployment rate by veterans day. >> reporter: most veterans come home and find a way to cope, but too many having done their job for the country need help to get about the business of living. >> if we don't make sure we help those men and women who are coming home today get a job, help with their physical and mental injuries, get through the benefits claim process. 20 years from now our country will have on its conscience a high number of veterans who we've lost because of suicide, who are homeless on the streets and who have been lost. >> back now to the campaign trail. at least is looks and feels like the presidential campaign. so what's the real story behind sarah palin's bus tour? plus, a top college football coach forced out of his job, rocking the ncaa. we're following the fallout. look, every day we're using more and more energy.
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she started off this weekend on a motorcycle and now sarah palin is on a bus tour of key american historic places. it's already taken her to sites around washington and baltimore and now gettysburg, pennsylvania. listen to this. >> certainly looks like a campaign bus. if you're not running for president, why the tour? >> this isn't a campaign bus. this is a bus to be able to express to america how much we appreciate our foundation and to invite more people to be interested in all that is good about america. and to remind ourselves we don't
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need to fundamentally transform america but restore what's good for america. start by doing that right in here. i'm glad you guys are here. >> cnn's john king is in gettysburg. the problem here is that if you want to keep your speaking fees up and you want to sell books, it can look a lot like a presidential campaign. so which is this? >> reporter: you know, that's a great question. is this self-promotion? as part of a family vacation? or is it testing the waters in the begin of a presidential campaign? you heard governor palin saying this is not a campaign bus. i saw it. it's parked nearby. it looks like a campaign bus. says one nation, has her autograph on it. there are dozens waiting here in the gettysburg national park hoping she would stop by here tonight. we don't know if she will because they won't give us the schedule. that's the interesting thing about this. the palin organization is telling us the stops an an hour by hour basis but not giving us the schedule. however, however, she, herself, did say today though she said this is not a campaign bus, she is contemplating still getting
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in the race. listen here as she says she is certain, not counting herself in, but contemplating it and certain the republican field will get bigger. >> it's a continued process. contemplating what it is we have in front of us as a family and what the build looks like. it's going to be a changed up build between now and when deadlines arrive for declaring. we hear rumors governor perry perhaps would be thinking about running. >> reporter: you know, candy, we're laughing about it because in a bit this is absurd. we don't get the schedule. we have to chase her along. she's playing to the media attention. she knows how to do that were well. when you come to a same time like this, get a sense of the palin factor. there are people who have been waiting. it's in the 90 degrees here. people have been waiting hours to see her. many people say they support her, would like to see her get into the race because they think she'd add something, like her
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family values, christian values and what she says about issues. when you think of other candidates in the republican field, until she makes a definitive decision, there's no question she'll have an impact on the race. >> i want to ask what you make of it, as we know, sarah palin is a contributor to fox news. she's apparently doing an interview on the bus tonight with our former colleague, greta van susteren. what does that tell you, since fox news has let go a couple of people who are running for president? >> reporter: it tells me it's one of two things. either governor palin has privately assured the fox management that she is not running for president and this is a family vacation, and a way to raise her profile, maybe improve her image, but not a presidential candidate. either she's promised them that or fox has a double standard when it comes to governor palin and other contributors. they told newt gingrich, rick
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santorum, governor huckabee, if you explore running for president you'll no longer be on the payroll. santorum and gingrich took them off the payroll temporarily and said, make your decision. governor huckabee said he was not running. greta van susteren did an interview with sarah palin. either she assured them she's not going to run or there's a double standard. >> we'll have more from you at 7:00 eastern time "john king usa." thanks. we want to bring in our david gergen. david, what is this about? >> well, she's not a great candidate, but she sure is great theater. this woman has a knack, almost a genius for starting up the press, getting the press to
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rise, as a mainstream press to follow her around, get this publicity. candy, i don't think she's going to run. she might, but i don't think so. i do think she was in danger because all signs pointed for her not to be running. she was beginning to fade a little bit. michele bachmann was the new darling, you know, of the conservatives. and, you know, she's stirring up a lot of excitement, as almost a second sarah coming. and i think by thisesq escapade this bus escapade, which was a lot of fun, sarah palin has imagined to put herself back in the spotlight and it will increase her speeches, it will increase her book sales, and it keeps her relevant. you know, her issue here is to stay relevant because i do think as long as she's relevant, she could have a big impact on who ultimately the candidate is. her endorsement or her rejection could matter in this campaign ahead. >> sure. you don't have to be king. you can be kingmaker. >> absolutely. >> listen, john was talking
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about, you know, a group, perhaps 100, 200 people who have been waiting in 100-degree heat to see her. have you seen anyone else on the ca campaign trail on the republican side that generates the kind of excitement, not in the numbers but let's just talk about the passion that she does seem to bring to the table. >> reporter: no. there's no one else out there that i can tell. i think mike huckabee had a little of that going for him. when he pulled back and pulled out it opened up this vacuum amongst social conservatives, among tea party types that she can fill. that's the other aspect of this, candy. you know, if there's anybody this all helps, it's mitt romney, because it suppresses and gives a sense that the other people are trying to take on romney don't have the excitement, they don't have the sizzle she has. and that diminishes them in ways. so there are subtle psychological impacts from a
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sarah palin doing this. even though i think it's mostly about her. i do think it has a ripple effect. >> and do you think that in the end it is going to come down to that? it will be mitt romney versus someone seen as more conservative both socially and fiscally? >> well, i'm not sure it will be someone socially and fiscally more conservative, but i do think one person will emerge as the anti-mitt, as the alternative. it thmay be two. we can't tell iowa, new hampshire, and florida and the like. clearly because the sarah palin we're watching -- mitt romney, i'm not sure he could get 200 people to come out there and stand and wait, not knowing if he's even going to come at this point. we could with a couple of victories. but i do think that she sort of -- the excitement surrounding her, the fact that we're talking about it, i think in some ways
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underscores the fact there isn't an enormous sense of excitement about romney or pawlenty or huntsman yet. one of them might catch fire. sarah palin is the one with the sizzle. >> she indeed is a force. thanks so much, david gergen, we appreciate. >> okay, candy. turmoil in college football. a coach who was supposed to be able to win cleanly resigns amid swirling controversy. and a congressman says he's the victim of hacking. that's how democrat anthony weiner is explaining a livid photo posted on his twitter account. it's long been banned in workplaces, shops and the subways. shopping is now illegal in new york city's open places. why some are fuming. at 190 miles per hour, the wind will literally lift
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an update on the number of dead and missing in joplin, missouri. lisa sylvester is monitoring that and other top stories in "the situation room" right now. >> the number of people missing from the killer tornado in joplin has dropped to 29, down from 43 yesterday. officials continue to work to identify remains. the most recent death toll is 142 making the may 22nd tornado the single deadliest since recordkeeping began. in syria, rnss report the city of rastan undersiege surrounded by government tanks and osoldiers with water cut of. 12 people reported killed yesterday when syrian forces moved in to end protests. cnn has not been granted access into syria and is unable to independently verify the accounts. human rights activists in saudi arabia say authorities
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there released a 32-year-old woman who was detained for driving a car. in act of defiance, she posted on youtube. al sharif has not been charged. saudi bans women from driving although it's technically not against saudi law. visitors to the pbs website saw a shocking story claiming the late rapper tupac dead almost 15 years is alive and living in new delazealand. the fake article was work of hackers who posted sensitive pbs motivation. they were motivated by a recent "front line" episode about bradley manning, a soldier suspected of leaking secrets. >> the hacking thing is out of control it seems. >> it is. it's scary when you think people's personal information also was posted online as well. it wasn't just getting into it. >> big companies, they say nothing really essential was, you know, was gotten by the hackers, but, you know, the day
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is coming. pretty much now. thanks so much, lisa sylvester. a scandal has cost a champion coach his job, sending shockwaves through the world of college football. what's behind the resignation of ohio state's jim tressel? details of a lewd picture sent from a congressman's twitter account. the count on chevy event is here. your ticket to a cruze eco. 42 mpg and over 500 highway miles a tank. one of our 9 models over 30 mpg highway.
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he brought ohio state a national championship for the first time in decades. and at a time when college football has been rocked by recruiting scandals and rules violations, coach jim tressel was held up as someone who could win cleanly. today after months of controversy that includes suspensions and a fine, tressel
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resigned. that's the subject of a "sports illustrated" cover story. joining me, andy staples of "sports illustrated." andy, as i understand it, three months ago tressel was suspended when he admitted he didn't report some of his players had gotten favors they weren't supposed to be getting, perhaps price reductions on tattoos and some money from a local tattoo parlor owner. i told you, i'm not great at sports, but i'm pretty good at politics. this seems to me to be more than about tattoos. what's it about? >> well, it is more than about tattoos. first of all, it's about the violation tressel committed. he lied to the ncaa basically which is the governing body of college sports when they came and said, hey, we got this letter from the tdepartment of this tattoo guy rated some of the stuff.
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we wanted to find out if it had been stolen. the guys had been trading it for cash and tattoos. it came out tressel had been tipped off to that in april 2010. a couple of times he signed a form says he didn't know of violations and then after the violations were discovered, he still didn't mention he'd known about it. that was a pretty serious deal. usually coaches who get accused and basically found to have lied to the ncaa don't survive with their jobs in tact. it's not that much of a surprise he lost his job. the timing is a little interesting, though. >> tell me why the timing is interesting. >> well, "sports illustrated" will be publishing this cover story, it will be out later tonight. it's by george doreman, a pulitzer prize winning reporter. he's found stuff going on in columbus for a while involving tattoo parlors and the buckeyes and, you know, this has been going on for a little longer than people think. and, you know, ohio state kind of had to shift the narrative a
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little bit here because they really need jim tressel to take the fall for this because if ohio state -- if it comes out that ohio state was not paying attention to this, was not doing what it should have done to stop this, then the program could face some pretty serious penalties. could be talking about lost scholarships, talking about being banned from playing in bowl games. they don't want that to happen. if they have a jim tressel problem, all they need to do is get a new coach. if they have an ohio state problem, they have to deal with a whole lot of other issues. >> is there a suggestion among anyone you've talked to or anything you've turned up in this story that he's being scapego scapegoated, or is it that he, is it the lying to the ncaa? >> well, he was going to probably lose his job anyway because he lied to the ncaa. if you look back at the history of those cases, we've looked at the last 175 or so dating back to 1989. every coach who gets accused of
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that loses his job. a longtime coach told me there are only two things you can get caught doing, buying a player and lying to the ncaa. when he did that, when it was proven with those e-mails that he had lied, that was pretty much the end for him. a lot of people didn't want to believe that. ohio state was in a tricky position. here's a beloved coach. he dominated the big 10. he kills michigan every year. he's won a national title. how do you get rid of him? it seems like ohio state -- >> why do you take three months to get rid of him? >> well, it's tricky. you have boosters, you have fans who would revolt if they turned around and fired jim tressel. it's a delicate situation for them. they finally came to the point where they realized we can't go forward with this because if this keeps going the ncaa is going to hit us harder and a lot of people will lose their jobs and the program could lose scholarships. and that that point could be dealing with some of the problems the university of
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southern california's program is dealing with where they're trying to dig out of the rubble of severe ncaa sanctions. >> in essence, they had to look as though they were taking their time looking at it because he was so popular but he almost had no chance from the beginning? >> right. right. but, you know, you can't tell that to your fans. you can't tell that to fervent believers in the guy. this is a guy who everybody thought had a squeaky clean image. it doesn't really square with the actual facts. if you look back, he was at youngstown state before he was at ohio state. there was an issue there where the star quarterback was taking money and cars. since he's been in ohio state he's had ncaa issues with maurice clarette, on the 2002 national title team. and now with terrell pryor, their current quarterback, who's
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been investigated for the cars he's been driving. >> andy staples, completely fascinating. sports and politics. thanks so much. we appreciate it. the latest edition of "sports illustrated" focusing on the jim tressel investigation will come out tuesday. new details will be available soon on a lewd picture sent from a congressman's twitter account. a prank or a cover-up? in cyber attacks. crease in financial transactions... on devices... in social interactions... and applications in the cloud. some companies are worried. some, not so much. thanks to a network that secures it all and knows what to keep in, and what to keep out. outsmart the threats. see how at cisco.
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set up or something else? that's the question behind a lewd photo sent from a congressman's twitter photo account. dana bash is working the story for us. what do you know? >> we know that the congressman is saying that he was hacked and that we should take his word for it and conservative bloggers are trying to build a case suggesting, not so fast. >> reporter: it came from anthony weiner's twitter account, a photo of a man's bulging underwear. the photo was sent to this 21-year-old seattle college student but also available for the public to view on twitter.
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outside of his home, weiner, an outspoken democrat, insisted that it was the work of a hacker. it's not clear who sent it. weiner tried to brush it off as a prank and a distraction. >> this is a prank, not a terribly creative one, and it's a distraction. you have the republicans playing games and the supreme court justice refusing to recuse himself despite conflicts of interest. you have a health care act under siege. this is a distraction. >> reporter: the 21-year-old issued a lengthy statement to the new york daily news, admitting weiner did follow her on twitter but insisting that she never met him. there have never been any inappropriate exchanges between anthony weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which apparently had been deleted before it reached me, said cordova. she blamed an anonymous person for harassing her. after she sent the tweet saying
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"i wonder what my boyfriend at red weiner is up to." he tried to downplay the swirling story, more weaner jokes for all of my guests. trademark, weiner humor. >> i use, vote for weiner, he will be frank. vote for weiner, he's on a roll. vote for weiner, he will relish your votes. >> reporter: but liberals say it's a right wing conspiracy and big government first reported the story and suggested that there should be a forensic analysis to determine the voracity of his hacking allegation, which certainly bears criminal implications. >> spokesman for both the
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capital police and cnn say that they are not yet investigating the hacking. weiner says that he has hired a lawyer to get advice on what are the next steps to take and downplaying it as a prank, something that they are going to treat as nothing more. >> dana bash, thanks very much. up next, the backlash against a new no smoking zone. [ waves crashing ] ♪
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smoking is now illegal, get this, in new york city's open spaces. here is richard roth. >> reporter: summer is finally coming to new york. reading, tanning, and eating. but another activity is now banned in parks and at beaches. smoking. >> it's a great idea. >> why? >> we should all be able to breathe. >> i have asthma and i can't stand smoke. >> reporter: the mayor of new york cannot stand smoking either. he signed the new law, the latest crackdown after smoking was banned in bars and restaurants. >> in this case it came from the public that said we want this stopped. >> reporter: the outdoor smoking debate is now fuming.
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a protest smoke-in was held saturday at a brooklyn beach. >> in is a symbol of freedom. soon you're going to be holding up your cats and dogs, in mcdonald, cotton candy and saying the same thing. they are going to ban that next. >> it's a danger. it's a known carcinogen and any exposure is unsafe. >> nobody is smoking here. you go to israel, everybody is smoking there. or in france, everybody smokes. >> reporter: the people were -- >> it is dumb. it's ludicrous. >> i think it's a social engineer, i don't like what he's doing. he's telling people how to live. >> reporter: for now, the city may just be blowing smoke. cards and signs are the first method to encourage smokers to stop and smell something else. smokers will not have to worry about the new york city police department. a tiny parks department team is supposed t