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trying to regain control of this airport complex. two military bases located to the east of us. rebel forces here have been speculating that perhaps some sort of vip, someone that regime wants to protect, might be somewhere in these farm lands. because the rebel fighters are telling us they did not expect this intense of a fight at this international airport. they have found it strewn with weapons. there have been complex attacks launched on it simultaneously as well. >> that's all for us tonight. ac 360 starts right now. two big stories for us tonight. at home, the quake and a possible category three or even four hurricane heading toward the eastern seaboard. in libya, of course, major new developments. moammar gadhafi is speaking out tonight, though he hasn't been seen since this video was taken two months ago. according to reuters, a local tripoli radio station broadcast what they was a taped message from the dictator.
in it he vowed martyrdom or victory. he said the repeat from his compound was in his words a tactical move. his spokesman promising to turn libya into volcanics and fire. he claims that tribes loyal gadhafi are making their way to tripoli to liberate the city. at the gadhafi compound loyalist gunmen trying to take it back from the opposition who captured it today. our sara sidner was there when it all. >> reporter: we're having to run out of the compound now. we see gunfire coming from outside the compound. in and it's getting -- it's getting too close. so we're leaving. we're not going to go all the way into the compound. it's definitely now from the outside of the compound firing towards us. let's go!
go ahead. we just got a gunfire incoming overhead. just saw gunfire. we're seeing all these tracers hitting the water tink, hitting the an iryeah. so we've got to go. >> sara sidner outside gadhafi's compound this evening. contrast that from earlier scenes this evening as fighters poured in firing shots, carrying out boxes of guns and ammunition. some went room to room searching for gadhafi and found no trace of him. they managed to shut off a key escape route, taking the airport, possibly paving the way for the transitional leaders to fly in from bengazi. military spokesman saying that could take place on thursday, assuming continued -- they have continued progress bringing tripoli under control. opposition forces say they have
driven the majority of government forces back to gadhafi's hometown of cert. that remains to be seen. in a moment we'll have much more on that and the hunt for gadhafi and who may replace him. also cnn's matthew chance. he, his crew and other reporters right now trapped inside a hotel in tripoli, not far from where sara sidner was earlier at gadhafi's compound, being kept there by gadhafi loyalists who are armed and in the lobby and patrolling the hotel. the situation is growing more tense by the minute. all of that ahead. but first a quick wrap-up of what was a truly memorable day. >> reporter: in the streets of tripoli today cries of victory barely audible over the non-stop rattle of celebratory gunfire. opposition forces fighting ferociously this morning with remnants of the government army still defending moammar gadhafi's compound. after a siege lasting for hours, the opposition forces break through. >> reporter: this is a historic
day! psychologically speaking, this is an important day especially for the rebels who gadhafi said would never be able to break his spirit, would never be able to take the city. but they have taken gadhafi's compound. and you can see now some of the press coming out. so clearly they have it. clearly they have taken this over. and clearly there is extreme excitement here in tripoli. >> gadhafi's compound is not only his official residence but a symbol of his regime of of his defines to the west. opposition fighters search the compound room by room, knocking down walls, confiscating valuable weapons, ammunition, and even personal documents and medical records of gadhafi and his family. but the one thing they want most is nowhere to be found.
moammar gadhafi has vanished, but with control of the pal as the insurgents now say they control 85% of the city. today's victory, however, took a turn as residents began looting the compound and celebratory gunfire turned into chaos. >> reporter: that is the first part of the eastern gate. there are large blast holes in that gate. the sun is setting in this area just behind us, so it's starting to become darker. over here you're seeing them. these are carses that belong to the gadhafi regime. they are blowing up round on the top of them. that is obviously a low security -- i'm going to try not to get hit by any of those rounds. and then if you go just over here, you see the people streaming through the main gate. that's all the way into the compound. so you see people streaming into the main gate of the compound. a lot of smoke coming from the compound. you see these huge walls. these were supposed to be protective walls.
this also gives you a sense of the power of the gadhafi regime. this honestly is the nicest part of the city. you're seeing these large, very nicely-paved streets. let's pull back a little bit just a little bill. let's just pull back. i'm getting hit by some of the shells. >> other parts of tripoli continue to see fighting on the streets. journalists held by government forces at the rixus hotel report of explosion and gunfire. matthew chance is trapped there. >> reporter: we're all rather frightened. a sort of silence has come over us. we're upstairs. it's very hot in the hotel. we've all got our body armor on. we don't really know what to expect. to the sense that we feel that we've kind of been used, that we're stuck here, we're not able to go out. we don't want to be here.
we want to get out of here. but we're not being permitted to do that. so it's almost like a situation where we feel we're being kept here against our will. what the government say is they're taking care of us. what the gadhafi loyalists say they're here to protect us. but it just doesn't feel sometimes like that up here. >> it's unclear how many gadhafi loyalists remain in tripoli. despite a week of swift victories by the 07 significance, it's also unclear whether this is just the beginning of a prolonged urban battle. it could go either way until the gadhafi clan is rounded up, new government is in place and people start figuring out how to live their lives again. there have been plenty of surprises tonight. tonight's radio message from gadhafi and last night's sudden appearance by ssaif gadhafi. as it unfolds you have seen sara sidner, matthew chance, arwa damon is at tripoli international airport on the phone from the libyan capital as well. sara, i know your camera lights
are causing people to shoot off their guns in celebration. but when your camera isn't on, is that the same scene? >> reporter: yes, actually it has been today. this evening it was quiet when the camera wasn't on, quiet as in there wasn't as much blasting into the air. people were just coming up and shaking our hands and handing us candy and trying to give us paraphernalia. as the night goes on, then the blasts start going and people want to show their appreciation in that way by blasting into the air and show their excitement, really. but throughout the day, that was happening whether or not we were rolling, not rolling, standing there or watching showing they can do whatever they want and they want to show the world that gadhafi and the regime is broken.
but what you were seeing in the square earlier has really cleared out and i was trying to explain earlier, it's a kind of a creepy feeling riding through a city where there are no lights, there is no one on the roads except for perhaps one or two checkpoints. we can barely see now i'm standing at the checkpoint. very odd situation in a city that's the capital of a country as large as libya. >> and obviously there's still parts of the city, in particularly the area where matthew chance is which is frankly not far from where sara is right now that are still controlled in some manner and we're not sure how many these areas are. but in some manner by pro-gadhafi forces. arwa, how far is the airport where you are from the green square which is now being called martyr's square? so how far are you from where sara is? what's the situation like where your right now? >> reporter: we're about 15 to 18 miles to the south here at the tripoli international
airport. and i have to say the response by the rebel fighters has been much more muted than what sara herself has been experiencing. and that is quite simply because they are still caught in the midst of a very intense battle, a battle that lasted for around nine hours today, anderson. because they have not managed to secure the area to the east of the airport. and there are two military bases located there. now, they have been telling us just a short while ago the rebel fighters have been telling us that they believe that some sort of vip, someone who gadhafi loyalists want to protect could possibly be in the farm lands to the east of this airport, quite simply because they said that the intensity of the fight that gadhafi forces are putting up here has been unexpected. >> sara, when you were inside gadhafi's compound today when it was overtaken by the opposition, are people there -- do they still believe that gadhafi is in tripoli, or do they feel he's gone to sert or is he somewhere else? do they have any idea?
>> reporter: they believe that he is in tripoli. they believe he went underground quite literally. they believe there are bunkers underground by the regime. they believe that they would have prepared for a time like this. so after hearing from him again there's belief he's around here somewhere, not exactly where no one knows. he's a secretive person. but to his closest allies and friends and family members, they believe he is somewhere in the capital. >> sara, how do you know where you can safely drive? and i use the term "safely "losely. but how do you know where you can drive in tripoli where you're not going to run into progadhafi forces? >> we don't know to be quite honest with you. we do know that we're not seeing large numbers of gadhafi troops anywhere.
it is the snipers, it's the people that are sort of behind buildings that we can't see. but it's a very sort of difficult and scary part of covering this, really, is not knowing if you go around a corner whether you're going to be face with someone who is a loyalist or a trained defender. it is a matter of trying to edge your way through the city walking to see if they're wearing rebel flags and that sort of thing. it's really hard. you're just hoping you're in the right place at the right time. >> arwa, the situation, you were witnessing a fire fight at the tripoli airport. you were saying the fighters there thought it was more opposition than they had expected. are pro-gadhafi forces still in control of some areas near where you are? >> reporter: yeah, anderson,
they most definitely are. they are in control of the area to the east of my location, and they are also in control of the highway that goes straight from this airport all the way up to the complex. they've only managed to move a few miles north of that. that highway is also a strategic location for gadhafi's forces for a multitude of reasons, but also because it contains two military installations on it. one is a major refueling center, the other is where they store their fuel that would basically provide fuel for the majority of the military vehicles that they have. so this entire location around where we are right now is not one of the gadhafi forces are wanting to be giving up easily nor are they giving up easily. just a short while ago, even though the gunfire had tapered off quite a bit there was a gadhafi forces vehicle that drove up to the complex, fired into it a few round, and then shortly thereafter there was something of a fire fight that ensued.
and then the rebels drove in a bloodied car with a gunshot through the windshield. they said that they killed one soldier, wounded two others. and so most certainly there are chunks of this area that rebels are not yet in control of. >> arwa damon, stay safe tonight. sara sidner as well as we mentioned. at the top of the program, matthew chance is in a very tough spot tonight. he, his crew, and a number of other foreign correspondents are trapped inside the ruxus hotel, not far from the gadhafi compound or where sara sidner just spoke to us, martyr's square, formerly green squamplt i spoke to matthew in the 8:00 hour. >> what's the situation where you are inside that hotel? >> reporter: well, in terms of we've not got much to report in terms of what's happening outside the perimeter of the hotel in the rest of tripoli. i know you're speaking to sair ra. i've not got any verification of what's going on from our very limited perspective here. we're still very much in the same kind of grim situation,
which is where we're in a hotel where the top floor of the hotel, we've corralled ourselves into that top floor while gadhafi loyalists are still very much in control of this hotel and the immediate perimeter around it. beyond that, i can't give you any good indication of what extent gadhafi's forces -- to what extent they have control around this area. but we are very close to colonel gadhafi's compound. obviously we were very close to the fighting that was going on as the rebels wrestled control of that compound from the gadhafi forces. the concern that we have now, anderson, is that we seem to be in one of the few remaining patches of territory in libya which is still controlled by gadhafi's forces. and so we're kind of very anxious about what might happen at this hotel in the hours ahead. >> earlier we heard from you, and you said that mood was grim, that you were all basically in this room, it was obviously very hot.
you're all in your body armor. do you have communication with the libyan forces which are inside the hotel, not allowing you to leave? >> reporter: well, i mean, i don't know whether we can describe it as communication. but certainly we have contact with them. they're walking around the hotel patrolling the lobby. they're in the basement as well. within the past few hours a number of them have come up to the journalists floor as well and gone into some of the rooms. which is something we're a little concerned about. but in general, we don't have much communication with them. having said that, about two hours ago i was leaning on the balcony overlooking the interior courtyard of the hotel the and one of them sided up to me. he said i suppose you're happy now, aren't you journalists? i asked him what he meant. he was referring to the fact that rebels had made all these gains and had obviously taken control of gadhafi's compound.
and so there is still a sort of little bit of hostility towards us, a little bit in which -- sense in which gadhafi loyalists have basically regarded the international media as being on the rebels' side in this conflict, even though that's obviously not the case. we're just here trying to report the government's -- gadhafi's side of things in this conflict. but obviously we're doing that in a very restricted circumstances. we've asked of course to get out of the hotel. we're not happy being here anymore for our own security. but that's not something that the authorities in control of this hole are prepared at this point to let us do. we hope that will change soon. >> i heard earlier on the air you saying that you felt like you had been used. how so? >> reporter: in lots of different ways, i suppose. obviously we're here so that government thinks that -- feels that they've got the ears, the eyes of the international media
to put across their point of view whether they want. and a good example of that last night when faithful colonel gadhafi's oldest son was reported to have been captured by the rebels as they advanced into tripoli a day earlier made this surprise appearance in the lobby of the rixos hotel. just outside of the hotel. it wasn't in the lobby at all, it was just outside the front doors in that car. i managed to speak to him. you may remember that. so in that sense, i think we feel and they feel that we're valuable, if you like, at the moment. so we want to try and continue that. we want to try and continue reflecting the government position as much as we can, anderson. >> matthew, you have -- obviously you have asked to leave. and what do they say? what is the reason for not letting you leave? >> reporter: well, what we've
had confirmed over the course of the past several minutes, perhaps half an hour or so, there is a bunch from malta that stopped at the airport in libya near tripoli. and the maltese government spokesman who i've been in contact with has told us all here that space on that to take us all out to malta and to safety, obviously. the trouble is we've not managed to negotiate an exit from the hotel. what the people here say, the gadhafi loyalists controlling the hotel say it's not safe for us to do that. they say they're here for one reason only, and that's to protect us. and so at the moment that means that we're not being permitted to move outside the hotel, even though we made the point that we believe it's our right to move outside the hotel if we choose to do that. that's not something they've agreed to yet. >> have they indicated any
knowledge, the men who are in the lobby, the loyalists, have they indicated knowledge of the fact that it seems like according to sara sidner the area they control now is relatively small. sara is very close by in green square, the gadhafi compound obviously has fallen. so it would seem that areas the loyalists control have considerably shrunk in the last 24 hours. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, we've certainly been hearing that as well. and i'm sure that people downstairs in the hotel have been hearing the same reports. i mean, they'll know what the reality is. they're not saying anything like that to us, though. essentially they're either in denial or they're just denying it to us, saying that everything is safe outside, the government is in control outside, that there are no more nato war planes flying in the skies outside. basically trying to sort of give us this idea that the government's fully in control still.
so even though from our other sources and our own reporting that the gadhafi compound has fallen to the rebels. i've not heard anybody here sort of talk about that and acknowledge that fact. only that one instance which i mention today you earlier where one of the loyalists sidled up to me. i suppose you're happy now, aren't you, journalists. that's obviously an indication he was aware of what was going on outside and was a little bit angry with us about that having happened, anderson. >> matthew, we wish you and your crew well. please stay as safe as you can. a very dicey situation for matthew chance and all those others trapped right now in the rixos hotel. let us know what you think. we're on facebook. follow me on twitter @ anderson cooper up next, two experts here to talk about how to track down gadhafi. they'll also assess the opposition's performance so far. let's check in with isha sesay.
>> reporter: new aftershocks tonight in the quake that took virginia and the washington, d.c. area completely by surprise and was felt as far north as montreal. we've got all the details on that, plus a very big, very dangerous hurricane that's heading for the eastern seaboard when 360 continues. hi there! that's not going to satisfy you. it's time for a better snack. here, try this. it's yoplait greek. it has two times the protein of regular yogurt. you'll feel satisfied. [ female announcer ] yoplait greek. it is so good. it's pretty good!
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>> reporter: we're okay. please don't shoot, sir. we are in between two walls so we're fine. but as people drive by in their trucks they're so excited. and this is something that has become a bit of a problem in the city as they blast these guns through the city. we don't know where we're going to land. it is surrounded by a neighborhood. >> remarkable courage, sara sidner and matthew chance and aura damon are showing right now in tripoli. it is a very fluid situation. later came a bit of a backlash including breaking news, moammar gadhafi on the radio tonight vowing victory.
he also claims that tribes loyal to gadhafi are making their way toward tripoli to liberate the city gradually from what he called "gangs". separately, french wire services tonight are reporting that loyalists have fired a number of scud missile from gadhafi's hometown into the city of misrata. there have been reports he's fled to his hometown or left the country. a lot of conflicting information tonight. american officials tell cnn they do believe he is somewhere in tripoli. last night during his surprise appearance, his son saif essentially said the same thing, saying his father is alive and well. the question tonight is how to find him. joining me is fidel al amin and retired brigadier journal -- so fidel, you were in libya
recently, spent a lot of time with the opposition. you say that people you have spoken with in libya believe that gadhafi hasn't been in tripoli for quite some time. a lot of folks are telling sara sidner on the ground they still think he is in tripoli. so a lot of conflicting reports. where would he go? is sirt a real possibility? >> no, it's very hard for him to get to sirt unless he got to sirt quite some time ago before the opposition stormed tripoli. because now they control most of the roads east or west. even south. so i think my feeling is that he's out of tripoli. because just think about it. where would he be in tripoli unless he's in two of the military compounds that they haven't got to yet.
but my feeling he's close to one of the borders, either to the south or the algerian border. >> general, is there anything we can learn about saddam hussein hid from forces and apply that to gadhafi? >> if you look at what saddam did, he clearly went back to his tribal roots. he clearly went back to his ancestral homeland. and that really in the long run is all that moammar gadhafi has left, and that's his core support, his core family, his core tribe. just as saddam was found near his hometown could very well be that after a time when moammar is found, it will have some connection to his most closest relatives, his most closest associates. >> as you look, general kim, at the battle going on right now in
tripoli, and there are still battles going on around we've seen around the airport, loyalists forces are still in control of that hotel an the immediate area around it although it doesn't seem like a very large area. what do you make of the next 24 hours, the next 48 hours? how do you see this fight playing out in tripoli? >> well again, all we're seeing is what the media is showing us. but if it has a significant amount of correct information, it would look like this is sort of the dying gasps of the gadhafi regime. as was said earlier, pockets of resistance, but it doesn't look like there are any great large numbers of troops that are going to be coming to help them anytime soon. so this is going to be finished up in the next couple of days. >> fidel, do you agreel with that? >> i do, i do, especially in tripoli. i think it would be difficult. i think there would be some pockets maybe close to sirt or
some other areas that they would have to -- they will fight in order to negotiate and get a good -- some kind of a deal. and i think that will be -- they will be fighting for negotiation and for better conditions of surrender, not to overthrow or to push back the rebels. that's done. that's over. i think it's -- and my feeling is i'm very fearful about the plight of the journalists in this hotel. those people who are controlling them, i don't think they have any command and control from other parts of gadhafi's or his command structure. i think they're acting on their own. they may use this as shield or they may use them as a negotiating -- as to negotiate a deal for them.
but the sooner we can get them out the better for everybody. we pray for their safety. >> general, fidel raises a good point. ways mogadishu a couple of weeks ago. the terrorist group there was kind of cornered but allowed them an escape route that they used to get out. it doesn't seem like these people who are in the area of the hotel have an escape route. they generally seem like they are surrounded. >> well, it's clear that any troops that believe they have no other options than to fight or die are going to do just that. it would be well-advised for the rebels to indicate to the remaining gadhafi loyalists that there are other options other than going down in for martyrdom or to support the dictator gadhafi. there have to be other options that have them, as was said by
your guest, an ability to negotiate, an ability to see something other than a firing squad or death in a battle. >> fidel, appreciate you staying with us tonight. general kim as well, thank you very much for your expertise for months the people opposed to moammar gadhafi have been afraid to speak out. remember before really the government there responded we talked to people in tripoli. then for months there was silence. well, tonight you're going to hear from a woman who wants to us use her name. she shares with us what she has seen on the streets of tripoli today and for the last many months. and our breaking news story here at home, an earthquake hitting virginia. tremors along the east coast. now a hurricane headed that way as well. we'll have the latest on both. ♪
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>> translator: now we ask our people in tripoli that the main fight has been won. and now we have to start another fight, to gather the people and build the council. >> libyan opposition leader. now, we want you to hear from the voice from one of the residents of tripoli, people caught up in the fighting. her name is maran rafa. she is no longer afraid, she says. in fact she wants us to use her name because she wants the world to know how proud she is tonight to be a libyan and to be on the
cusp of a new day. here's some of our conversation. >> what's it like in tripoli where you are right now? >> well, right now everything is -- in my neighborhood everything is pretty calm for the time being. the neighborhood is completely secured. we have checkpoints put in place by all of the free men of my neighborhood. but from my window i can see the compound where there are still conflicts going on. but nothing compared to what we experienced today. >> you say today was the worst day. why? >> well, it was the worst day because it was the day he bombed us. i mean, we were heavily bombed. it was the first time he bombed us. my house got bombed. thank god nothing happened to us. >> so your building -- your area was hit by rockets today from gadhafi forces? >> yes. heavily hit by rockets. >> you just listened to gadhafi speaking on the radio. what did he say?
>> from what i understood, the first point is he said that today the fact that he retreated from the compound was a strategy that he put in place. and second of all, he said it's the end of this whole situation will be either my death or victory. >> you've asked us to use your real name. are you not scared anymore? because for months nobody has talked to us from tripoli, nobody has wanted us to use their real name. has fear gone for you? >> definitely. definitely gone. and i will explain you why people were not giving their names or even talking. it's because for example two streets away from my house there was a van with a satellite dish on top of it that was just there to spy on conversations. so whenever they detect something that is against them
they just come and pick you up. >> so you say you have never been prouder than your right now, than you are today. >> yes. >> why is that? >> well, when you see that -- first of all let's not forget that if my figures are right, 70 or 75% of the libyan population is a young population. this is the first point. the second point is, when i see that all this youth which is my generation -- i'm 26 years old -- has put in place a movement such as this movement you've been witnessing for six months, and at the end being victorious against a man who has been ruling a country for 42 years, 43 years with this iron fist, i mean, how can you not be proud? they are just heroes. >> stay safe. thank you. we'll talk to you again. >> brave woman in libya tonight. up next, here in america
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afternoon. tremors from the quake were pelt in washington, new york north carolina, toronto and montreal. no major reports of injuries. there are a few reports of damage in virginia and elsewhere. the east coast is on alert from hurricane irene on its way. i spoke with meteorologist chad myers about it a short time ago. >> so chad, virginia is a place you don't normally associate with earthquakes. is it an active quake zone? >> reporter: not at all. the map shows active quake zones, carolina. the earthquake was right there, in the middle of a blue and green spot. literally no risk of that, although there have been a few earthquakes here, nothing like this. nothing like 5.8 and nothing with aftershocks for a very long time. the last earthquake that was even close to this was over 100 years ago in virginia. that's not saying that weren't earthquakes 2,000 quarters ago that we don't know about, but certainly not an active zone. >> how widely felt was the quake?
>> reporter: it was felt all the way from about montreal was my farthest tweet that i got on it today back into toronto, here and here, and through knoxville into alabama. and that is because there's one big plate on the u.s., on the east coast. now, in california there are just a bunch of plates. the plates are all broken up into a million pieces. but when this shook right there in western virginia, it's like the whole bell run. the whole u.s., eastern part of the u.s. run all at one time. now, when you talk about the west coast, if you break all this -- let's just take. this i'm going to make a bunch of lines here. let's say there are a bunch of faults here. if you shake this fault, this part right here in california, two miles down the road may not even feel it. especially 100 miles down the road may not feel it. but when there aren't breaks, when there aren't faults you fells it everywhere. >> shortly after we went on the air there was another aftershock which hit richmond. will there be more tremors?
>> reporter: that was a 4.2. the biggest aftershock risk was probably about 4.8. what you felt it could be a little bit stronger and then these are going to go down -- in three months going to gone. but there's going to be aftershocks for quite a long time. >> and hurricane irene, do we know where it's going to hit? right now officials are warning residents from north carolina northward to be prepared. how bad could it be? >> reporter: it could be quite a blow to the northeast. you're thinking, what were you talking about the carolinas? yes. because this is going to go up the east coast. going to miss florida. there's going to be huge waves in florida. there may be 20-foot waves. those waves may come right onshore. there could be coastal flooding for sure. but it's getting stronger, bigger right now. the storm will probably be back up to a category two later tonight. and then for tomorrow into the category three. driving right over the turks and caicos. at least 100 miles per hour winds there. runs up the east coast and slams
into north carolina or at least the outer banks. but look at that. it could actually hit d.c. or new york by sunday afternoon with an 85-mile-per-hour sustained wind. now, it could be as far east as boston. but that's a big deal. >> wow. chad myers i talked to him a short time ago coming up tonight, former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn vindicated from charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel housekeeper go. ing to tell you why the charges were dropped. first isha sesay has a 360 news and business bulletin. >> reporter: the damages from last year's bp oil spill fund has paid out $5 billion of the 20 billion set aside. the group that now runs the b.p. claims process released a report today saying those were florida have been paid the most so far, $2 billion. a florida appeals court ruled today that casey anthony must serve a year of probation after being convicted on check fraud charges and sentenced a year and a half ago. she must come out of hiding and
report to a probation officer by this friday. anthony's been in seclusion since her acquittal last month on murder charges in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter caylee. the family of amy winehouse said today no illegal substances were in the singer's system when she was found dead in her london apartment last month. her family said tests conducted by authorities also found evidence of alcohol, but it isn't yet clear whether alcohol played a role in her death. winehouse, who was known for battling drug addiction, was 27. and cnn has obtained dramatic new video of a police officer being shot in the neck in el cajon, california near san diego. first we want to warn you the video is graphic. now, the officer grabs his neck during a gun fight. he runs then falls to the ground when one of his colleagues -- as you see one of his colleagues drags him to safety. the officer had been responding to a domestic dispute sunday is
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dismissed the case against former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn after prosecutorses cited questions about his accuser's credibility. prosecutors say the accuser, a hotel housekeeper, lied about the specifics of just where she was following the alleged -- where she was following the alleged incident back in may. they also say she lied about information on her tax forms and her application for asylum in the u.s. from her native country which is guinea. joining me is senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin. how big a black eye is this for the prosecution? >> well, it's kind of paradoxical. they never should have indicted the case so quickly. i think they rush today judgment. >> could they have kept him in the country without indicting it? >> there was a way of doing it. they could have granted him bail. if they kept him in prison the way they were trying to they had to indict him. but they could have given him bail and then slowed the clock down. but they were i think overconfident of their case. they went too quickly. and they paid a price. now, in fairness to the prosecutors i think they behaved
honorably. they investigated the case thoroughly. and instead of like the duke lacrosse case where they just plowed ahead in the face of bad evidence, they said, hey, look, we can't do this. we can't prove this case. so we've got to drop it. i think that's an honorable for prosecutors to behave. but better to do that before you charge -- >> is this the end of the criminal case against him? >> reporter: done. over. >> she can still sue civilly? >> reporter: she has sued. >> do you think that will go forward now? it's a lot harder now that the criminal case has gone away. >> reporter: he has accepted service. the case has begun. but whether he will actually appear to defend the case, whether she could ever collect a judgment against him -- >> he could just not show up? >> reporter: yes. he's a citizen of france. >> if he's living here he would have to show up. he's been living in washington. >> reporter: these civil cases have a way of dragging on forever. >> and a guy like he has unlimited resources to allow it to drag on. >> reporter: correct.
and to get lawyers involved. it is a risk to him, some financial risk. but it is also perhaps something that will just turn into an morass that will never be resolved. >> one of his attorneys was just on piers morgan tonight. i want to play some of what he said. >> do i think he is proud of this incident? no. do i think he regrets this incident? i think he regrets this incident with all of his heart. and at the end of the day is he a perfect individual? no. but i don't think i have ever met anybody who is perfect. >> well, that's not much of even dorsment. but that's i think accurate. >> you could make the argument that, look, so this woman lied on tax returns, lied on her immigration forms. people who lie still can be sexually abused. >> reporter: absolutely. and her lawyers are outraged
that they've dropped the case. but yesterday the manhattan district attorney, cyrus vance, filed a 25-page document. it really was an incredible thing. people can see it. it's up on the web. i did a comment on cnn.com. i linked to it. the catalog of lies, not just about her immigration but about her financial status, about her connections to people with criminal records, about the event -- the night of that event. the catalog of lies was so extensive that i was told by members of the d.a.'s office that experienced prosecutors said, look, we cannot put this woman on the witness stand. we cannot vouch for her as a government witness. so we have to drop the case. i mean, think how lucky dominique strauss-kahn is to behave so abomb inably, but he somehow picked a woman who was so disabled by her lying that she couldn't bring the case. but let's not pretend this was anything other than a really ugly incident by this powerful man. >> yeah.
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