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>> that's all for us tonight. "anderson cooper" starts right good evening, everyone. talking about the historymaking night for pro sports in american society. pro center, jason collins, becoming a true pioneer. the first big-league athlete to say he is gay. female dna found on the bomb parts and the fda takes samples from the dead suspect's widow. we begin, though, with that groundbreaking day in u.s. sports. jason collins became the first active player on an american team sport to come out publicly. the free agent made the announcement in an essay for "sports illustrated," he took this step on his own and made the news more extraordinary.
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several athletes might come out at the same time, a scenario that would have taken pressure off any single athlete. that is not how this happened. >> reporter: jason collins has played in 12 nba seasons for teams in new jersey, minnesota, atlanta, boston and washington. it is not the stats people will remember him for. rather, these three sentences. i am a 34-year-old nba center. i am black and i am gay. collins is the first gay athlete currently playing on one of the top four u.s. major league sports to come out. in an essay in "sports illustrated" magazine he writes how he kept it a secret for decades, even getting engaged at one point. he answers the question why now. he has simply been tired of living a lie. with u.s. supreme court debating the issue of gay marriage she says it was time to come forth. i wish i was not the kid in the classroom raising his hand and
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saying i'm different. if i had my way someone else would have already done this. nobody has, which is why i am raising my hand. collins' agent approached "sports illustrated" about publishing a story. >> no doubt there will be others. how many i could not say. would not be surprised at all before the end of the calendar year we see several athletes come out because even before we heard about the possibility of speaking with him, we knew this day was coming. >> he is a free agent and has been playing with the washington wizards. the team president put out this statement. we are extremely proud of jason to support his decision to live his life proudly and openly. the accolades continued. kobe bryant said proud of jason collins. don't suffocate who you are because of the ignorance of others. president bill clinton, whose daughter, chelsea, went to
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school with jason collins, tweeted, i am proud to call jason collins a friend. and world famous tennis player martina navritilova said this. referencing are wrong coming out. well done, you are a brave man and a big man at that. 1981 was the year for me, 2013 is the year for you. >> with each player that comes out there will be less of a big deal which is exactly what we wanted. >> reporter: the white house also weighed in. >> we view that as another example of the progress that has been made in the evolution that has been taking place in this country. >> reporter: it is a watershed moment. but what happens next for his career and how we will be treated by others away from the public eye is not known. his former coach, boston celtics doc rivers compares this moment to jackie robinson. number 42, breaking down another sports barrier. rivers tweeting if you have learned anything from jackie robinson, is that teammates are always the first to accept. it will be society has to learn tolerance.
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>> nba commissioner david stern also commended jason collins today. the nba players association extended its support, as well. it's getting allot of attention, as well. joining us tonight charles barkley and kenny smith. also with us on the phone, he played with collins last season for the wizards. or you surprised by this? what was your reaction? >> the first thing i was happy for jason because people should get to be who want to be. but a player in the nba, anyone who thinks they never played with a gay player is an idiot. i have played with gay players and they should get to be is a want to be. >> i know you've got a call before the article came out. what did he say to you? >> he basically told me that an article was coming out and he wanted to tell me that he was gay before it came out.
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>> what was your reaction? >> my immediate reaction was that i felt for him. i imagined what he was going through, holding that secret. i was glad he got off his chest. >> why you think it has taken so long for someone in one of the four major sports to come out? >> i think first of all, the question about his sexuality is not often asked of most people. and i am always surprised to see that people think the percentage of people in the world who are anything from being straight, gay, criminals, great people, immune to sports. everyone is dealing with society, it is not like we are on the island, sports figures on an island. we are part of that community. that surprises me. lastly for me i learned early as an african-american young man
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that inclusion is one thing i will always be a part of. anytime anyone wants to be included in a group, welcome. >> charles, do you think the fans are ready for this? do you think the sport is ready for this? >> you know, i think your question is great because doc rivers said something today, i think he's going to be at peace in the locker room. i think we as jocks have gotten a bad rap for a lot of years. i've heard all these talking heads for the last few years talking about these guys will be uncomfortable in the locker room. first of all, they're going to be safe in the locker room. we've all played with gay guys. we're going to welcome them with open arms. i think society is more homophobic than teams in locker rooms. the thing that's going to be interesting to me, i think it's all right for guys to disagree or say they don't like gay people. that to me is going to be the great debate. i've been pro gay marriage for a long time. but right now, if anybody comes out and says they don't -- they are uncomfortable with a gay
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teammate, they're going to get crucified. i think that's unfair. i think this is going to open up a great debate. hopefully some more guys will come out, if they want to be free, they deserve to be free, but i think that's got to be the interruption dynamic of this whole thing, anderson, because obviously some people are uncomfortable around gay people and they should be able to say that without getting crucified. >> it's interesting, you know, this guy from espn reporter, chris broussard said earlier, the comments he made made headlines. i want to play this for our viewers. >> i'm a christian. i don't agree with homosexuality. i think it's a sin. as i think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is. in talking to some people around the league, there are a lot christians in the nba. and they don't want to be, just because they disagree with that lifestyle, they don't want to be viewed and called bigotted and intolerant. >> he was taking issue with
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jason for saying he was a christian and gay man. you're saying people should have the right to say what they want to say. >> you know, there are some quote/unquote, christians are going to feel like that. and that's their prerogative. i just happen to disagree with them. i don't know chris that well. seems like a nice guy. but if that's his religious belief, it's not up to me to agree or disagree. well, let me rephrase that. i disagree with that. if somebody wants to be gay, that's their own business. >> i think also, charles, if you look at it, anderson, as well, you're in the locker room with a lot of people who don't have christian views. and they don't do things in a christian-like manner. so, because they don't do that, you can't have them on your team, you can't have them in your organization, i think all of those things have to be thought about, because there are a lot of people on nba teams who have sex outside of their marriage, who are not doing the activity and there are certain things they might not do, so are you going to ban those as well because of your religious beliefs. that's what i'm not taught. >> interesting, we were talking
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about the locker room. charles says he thinks people are actually going to be accepting but there's that rutgers basketball coach who was yelling anti-gay slurs at players on his own team and seemed to be doing it very publicly and for awhile, nobody seemed to say anything about it. do you agree with charles that folks on the team -- on teams are ready, that the fans are ready? >> i think people on the team and the fans, it's a different time. 10, 15 years in the past, i think we are having a different conversation. times are more progressive, minds are more open and i think the nba is ready for openly gay athletes. >> charles, jason's a free agent now. hoping to obviously get edher a. you think this could affect his ances? >> let me say two things first. first of all, i think it's an insult to gay people to think they are going to be looking at their teammates.
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that was one of the first things you always hear. i think that is such an insult to gay people, any player, to say oh, he's going to be looking at his teammates in a sexual way. that's an insult to gay people. you know, jason's case is a little different because he's obviously on the down side of his career. i don't know if he would have been re-signed anyway. so i think it's a little unfair to judge the nba, he averaged a couple points a game this year. he's been in the league a long time. to say just because we're in the nba, don't re-sign him, that we're being homophobic, i think that's a little unfair. >> fair enough. it's a great conversation to have. thank you so much, charles, kenny, emeka. thanks. >> thankfor hang us.>>ll right. thank you. >> thank you. let's continue the conversation on twitter. follow me, @anderson cooper. next, breaking news. female dna found on the boston marathon bomb parts. dna taken from the home of the dead suspect's widow today as well. the question is, is there a connection and could there be multiple reasons for female dna being found on these bomb parts other than the obvious one. we have all the latest on that.
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plus the man some relatives say turned the suspects toward radical islam. that misha character we have heard so much about. well, he has been revealed. we'll tell you the details that we know when we continue. are green with envy. oh, no, no, no...i'm sorry, but this is all wrong? i would never say that. writer: well what would you say? gecko: well i'd probably emphasize the savings. ya know...lose that green with envy bit. rubbish. it's just a reference about my complexion. writer: but the focus groups thought that the... gecko: focus groups. geico doesn't use focus groups. uhh...excuse me. no one told me we were using focus groups. vo: geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.
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got breaking news tonight. late word that parts of one of the boston pressure cooker bombs had female dna on it. fbi agents today searching his widow's home, emerging with a bag labeled dna samples. meantime, authorities now say they know what killed the older suspect, tamerlan tsarnaev.
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however, they're not yet making it public. his body, meantime, goes unclaimed by either his widow or his family. they say they'll make the results of what killed him public once body heen claimed. they say that's the procedure. also, more sharp reaction today to news that russian authorities two years ago intercepted a call from one of the brothers back to their mother in dagestan, a vague conversation apparently about jihad. the younger suspect, now in a ten by ten foot cell outside boston, has a new lawyer on his defense team specializing in death penacases. her name is judy clark. she once defended jared loughner, the tucson shooter. joe johns joins me tonight along with nick payton walsh. isdnfound on one of the pressure cookers, what more can you tell us? what might it mean? >> there's no way to tell at this point, quite frankly. what could it mean, we don't know. one law enforcement source said the dna could belong to anyone who ca in contact with any of
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the consumer products that were used to make the bomb. just the same, they want to see if they can track it down and of course, they started with the wife of the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev. >> so joe, you can't assume that it was somebody who helped make the bomb. it could be the hair of a saspe coen>> that's right. it may well not implicate anyone of anything, anderson. they have apparently been trying to get a dna sample from the widow for a couple of days now but all we know at this point, they have dna, we're not even sure whether they mean a hair or what, and apparently, it belongs to a female. >> so, erin, you saw investigators arrive at the home. how long were they inside? and they actually carried out something that said dna samples on it? >> reporter: yes, anderson is fbi team entered the home at around 12:40 today. they were inside the russell home for about 90 minutes. now, when they came out, they were carrying evidence gathering
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equipment, it looked like. there was one black case that one of the investigators was holding tightly to her chest, looked to be about the size of a binder. there was also a big black hard shell briefcase sort of case. another investigator had a clear capsule that looked like to be about the size of a coke bottle or something like that, and on top of that, of course, there was this clear plastic bag that i think you can see there, and it's clearly marked dna samples. it had some items in it and a pair of scissors, anderson, but the big most interesting thing was that it was marked dna samples. >> so nick, you spoke to the parents of the bombers today. a, what did they tell you about their plans to either come to the united states or not, because they have sort of been all over the map on that and also, has the mother made any comments about this phone call the russian authorities are allegedly eaves dropped in between her and her son talking about jihad? >> reporter: this is a phone call with both parents who
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pretty much are in a stressed out, dramatic state. the father could only tell me he was sick and the phone call ended. the mother elaborated a little more, talking about his high blood pressure. most importantly, his trip to the u.s. is off until his health gets in better condition. no idea when that's ing to be. she did say, though, when she's told she can meet dzhokhar, who will endure any risk of outstanding shoplifting allegations and the potential of the investigation with the phone taps, could potentially widen further inquiries. she said she will endure that risk just to go to the u.s. but no comment at all on those particular phone conversations, anderson. >> joe, obviously we naturally think this dna could be from tamerlan's wife. it appears from erin's reporting that dna was taken during their meeting with her in the family's home. are officials saying anything about the dna that they have taken from the family's home or the level of cooperation they're getting from the wife? >> no, absolutely not. no comments on the evidence at all. we do know from our reporting that there apparently has been some type of a negotiation that's gone on for one day, two
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days, perhaps longer to try to get her to allow this dna sample and apparently now finally it's happened. >> erin, is katie now living at her parents' home and to your knowledge, is she cooperating any more with authorities? >> reporter: anderson, attorneys -- her attorneys have said that she is cooperating, but we have only seen katie russell about four times in the past week or so. she has been staying at her parents' house this whole time. in the four times that she's of tle, se times, she ere she had about 90 minute meetings each time. on saturday, she left around lunchtime with her sister. now, on friday, i tried to ask katie russell how she was doing and if she could tell us what was going on and she of course didn't answer my questions. she just looked more than anything overwhelmed, anderson. >> nick, what do you know about this raid that took place this weekend in a village in dagestan by russian special forces? we haven't heard too much about it here, but is there any kind of link between that raid and
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the boston bombing? >> reporter: we will break this down a little. what happened early sunday morning was russian special forces laying siege to a house in a village in dagestan, killing a man who is part of a group formally headed by a man killed in december also by russian special forces but importantly, a video of him was linked to by tamerlan tsarnaev on his youtube page. so we don't know if these men ever met but interestingly, while this investigation continues stateside, russian special forces have just killed, taken out, another member of the abu dujan militant group. the fbi and russia has been exchanging information tgh channels recently. >> i appreciate it. thanks. juliette kayyem joins us now, former homeland security advisor to the commonwealth of massachusetts, former u.s. assistant secretary for homeland security and currently columnist for "the boston globe." also, former cia officer bob baer and senior legal analyst
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jeffrey toobin. how significant is it that female dna has been found on one of the bomb fragments? >> well, the significance for me is the fbi is clearly looking for accomplices. they haven't closed this investigation by any means. they think there's a good chance out there that somebody helped at some stage, whether it's a bomb maker, to put this thing together, so they're very much on this and they're following every lead, but the circle seems to be still very wide. >> you think at the end of the day that the bomb itself, the devices themselves, will be the biggest keys in figuring out if these guys had help and from whom? >> yeah, anderson, it's funny. i just got off the phone with a bomb expert who spent three years making these, teaching himself. he was with the cia. he said look, it's ludicrous, that was his words, to say that these guys made this off the internet. you know, the way they learned it was they started with flash
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bet, t t detonators, then small amounts of powder, and this is very meticulous hard work. i said is it just you and he said no, all my colleagues in the government, he said they just laugh at saying you could do this off the internet and have such a high success ratio. i keep on checking on this, and somebody, there is a bomb maker out thwho obably helped them, probably in dagestan. but the big question the fbi still cannot exclude is that there's a bombmaker still in this country or fled shortly after. and there's no evidence of one, but they cannot exclude it, because they know that these guys didn't do it by themselves off "inspire" magazine. od. je, wt do you make of where the investigation is now? >> as bob said, this is going in many places. this is how investigations happen. there are going to be dead ends.
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the misha person appears to be more of a dead end than we originally thought. there are going to be all these different pieces that have to be linked together. the fbi here, just to bob's point about these bombs and where they were made, what the fbi needs to figure out also is were there any detonations or training, either in massachusetts or anywhere around here, that might give clues to some testing going on which would then validate some theory that they had help here or that they did build the bombs here and were testing them out here, or if they can't find proof of that, that something more went on with russia. you know, we all have agreed by the end of last week that this six months in russia are incredibly relevant to what actually happened. the russians now are coming up with all sorts of information that might have been helpful before marathon monday, and so the relationship or what russia is saying that it's doing seems very convenient on their part and the fbi and the investigators likely know that, so we have to take some of the stuff they're delivering to us but also as part of an effort to
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show hey, wait, look, we're tough, too. >> jeff, from a legal standpoint, what do you make of this new development in the suspect's defense team, this new attorney who has had experience in death penalty cases in the past? clearly they believe they need to focus on the death penalty angle. >> this is a huge development in the case, because judy clark is an absolute legend in criminal defense. listen to this list of clients that she's had. ted kaczynski, jared loughner, eric rudolph, who did the atlanta bombing at the olympics and several others. moussaoui from 9/11, all of them horrendously hated murderers. none of them got the death penalty. none of them have been executed. this is the next toughest case and this is why they hired her.
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>> so, i mean, would they make some sort of a deal in order to get the death penalty off the table in terms of level of cooperation statements that the suspect would make? >> in an absolute hot second. they would take that deal. any deal that spares him the death penalty. that's why judy clark's been hired. she doesn't do innocence. the issue of innocence is not really realistically on the table here. the only issue here is what he's sentenced to and judy clark's one and only job is to get him a life sentence and not the death penalty. and i don't know if she'll succeed, but there's no one better in the entire united states at doing it than she is. >> bob, what do you make of possible links or alleged connections or maybe it's just a coincidence between tsarnaev, tamerlan, going to dagestan and these two militants killed by russian forces. you have this young boxer from canada who turned into a jihadist who also was killed in dagestan around the time that tamerlan was there. >> well, anderson, look, this dagestd s central and has been for a
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couple years. this guy goes back home, he's in his mind, he's accepted global jihad, he's fascinated by it, he's mostly converted to it. this is if reports are right. the chances of him not making contact with the jihadist group just out of pure curiosity i think are zero. the question is getting the russians to run down these links and they have political motivations to either cover things up or you know, accentuate them in some way. the russian prosecutors, i've dealt with them in the past, are very, very difficult to get the truth out of and i do feel, you know, the fbi's got a tough, tough road to hoe here. >> it is interesting, juliette, there was a guy in dagestan around the same time that he was there who was from canada, who was a boxer turned jihadist. >> right. that's exactly right. all of these as we were saying before, all of these pieces will
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come out over time and some will lead to good places, some will lead to dead ends. i think over the weekend, you heard a lot of concerns about stove piping, did the fbi stove pipe its information, keep it to itself, could it have done er, shared with other agencies. i think what you're starting to see evidence of is exceptional stonewalling on the part of russia, that if they had information both about his contacts there, who he was meeting with, or concerns about conversations that his mother was having, we now know that none of that made it to the fbi and that's relevant not to excuse the fbi, because we don't know where we are yet. it's just his name was in a big list known as the tide list, stands for the environment. it's half a million people strong. he never made it to a more selective or intrusive list because we never got that information from russia. so like bob and others who have worked with russia, this is not, you know, allies going hand in hand to figure this out. this is very, very complicated, at this stage.
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>> jeff, just a quick question. who pays judy clark? his attorney? because now he has several attorneys. who pays for that? >> uncle sam. particularly in death penalty cases, at least the federal courts are fairly generous in giving you specialists, giving you not just one defense lawyer, but several, access to experts. it's the federal government. >> all right. jeff, thanks very much. juliette, bob as well. for more on the story, go to just ahead, new details about that mystery man known as misha. juliette talked about him a little bit. there would have been a lot of focus on him on the last week. a lot of people doubted the significance of it because frankly, the original information you remember came from the former brother-in-law to tamerlan and dzhokhar tsarnaev. a guy who hadn't seen the brothers in several years. nevertheless, this misha has been tracked down. we'll tell you what we know now. also tonight, an intimate family moment caught on a video made by dzhokhar tsarnaev. for the first time, you will hear the boston bombing suspects' voice, also the search for layla flower's killer. 8 years old, stabbed to death in her home over the weekend.
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more new developments in the marathon bombing story, including our first chance to hear the younger suspect's voice. it comes from behind a cell phone camera. the suspect viing his niece. >> look at me, i said. give me a kiss. no, give me a kiss. atta girl. now get out. >> no get out. >> okay, okay, come here. give me another kiss. >> that video was uploaded last
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month. we do not know when it was actually made. more now on the mystery man known as misha. tonight there's a real identity to go wihat nickname. a writer for the "new york review of books" caught up with him in rhode island. we learned the fbi has spoken with him as well. we have more now from brian todd. >> reporter: their search for the shadowy figure known as misha has taken investigators to rhode island. but it's not clear if the man who is here is the same misha who relatives say radicalized tamerlan tsarnaev. reporter christian caryl of the new york review of books interviewed a man who said he had known tamerlan tsarnaev, that he was a convert to islam of partially armenian descent as misha has been described. he said he had been interviewed by federal authorities, who he said were about to close his case. he told caryl he had no role in the boston marathon bombings and -- >> he denied very emphatically that he was a teacher of tamerlan tsarnaev. he said no, i was not his teacher, i didn't instruct him in anything, i had nothing to do
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with any of his development, but i couldn't get him to tell me anything more than that about their relationship. he was just extremely agitated and didn't want to go into details. >> reporter: that interview brought us and a crush of other reporters to this apartment complex in west warwick, rhode island, identified as a residence of his parents. no leads here until a lawyer showed up. could you speak to us? >> yes, i could. >> reporter: as he emerged from the apartment and was swarmed, attorney richard nicholson said he represented the parents of a man he identified as mike. he said they have also been interviewed by law enforcement. >> i suspect that the authorities will be asking additional questions but at some juncture they will be closing that part of the investigation. >> reporter: law enforcement sources have not told us conclusively that it is the same misha who heavily influenced tamerlan tsarnaev, according to his relatives. >> i said this person, he took his brain. he just brainwashed him completely. tamerlan is off now. there is no obedience and
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respect to his own father. >> reporter: other relatives say misha was seen preaching to tamerlan tsarnaev at their cambridge, massachusetts apartment late at night, causing tension between the parents. if misha has been interviewed by federal law enforcement authorities, what would they have asked him about tamerlan tsarnaev? >> how far did that radicalization go and how much involved was this misha. did he do more than just put these thoughts in tamerlan's head or get tamerlan to change his philosophy about his religion, or did he actually do more. did he introduce him to others that maybe are part of this plot, or maybe provided training on the explosives or maybe provided an apartment or some garage to store the equipment. >> brian todd joins us now live. brian, from all you're hearing, there's no indication at this point that the fbi or anybody else is going to charge this man in rhode island with anything. >> reporter: no, anderson, there's no indication that they are. our sources in law enforcement are indicating that in fact,
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they will probably not charge him in connection with this investigation. and they are being very cagey about information. they are not quite indicating to us conclusively that this is the misha in question. there may be another person by that description somewhere. our sources are indicating that law enforcement is working with their overseas partners as of a couple days ago to try to locate this man. so, it's not still clear if this person in rhode island is the same person. >> okay. brian todd, appreciate it. president obama spoke by phone today with his russian counterpart, vladimir putin, restating his appreciation for his close cooperation on the boston marathon attack. the question is, though, what about the cooperation before the bombing on that wiretap information from 2011? new york congressman peter king of the house intelligence committee says it could have changed everything and that's not all. he joins us tonight. congressman, you said this weekend there were, in your words, certain matters in tamerlan tsarnaev's folder, presumably the one that came from the russians. what more can you say about that, what exactly was in that
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folder that wasn't followed up on? >> well, actually, it's not information that came from the russians. it was information the fbi came across on its own, which it did not think was significant enough to follow up on,they thought there was not enough substance to it to go further. my belief was, i can't go into what it was, that you have those two instances, plus the russians giving him -- giving the fbi his name. to me, this is more than just a coincidence when you have three different events like that. once, okay, twice, but three times, to me it warranted at least the fbi going further, keeping the file open. i also mentioned the fact that, you know, the fbi sent a letter to the russians saying that -- maybe two letters to the russians saying they hadn't found anything and the russians didn't respond to it. why didn't they follow up with at least a phone call or try to meet with the russians. >> you have also been critical with how the justice department handled the case, that tsarnaev shouldn't have been read his miranda rights when he was.
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the department of justice was not only able to use the public safety exception and obtain valuable information but was able to apply the current law as it exists in an entirely appropriate manner. are you saying they should have held them for longer, using the public safety exemption? isn't there a certain amount of time that they have to have judicial proceedings and they basically it's like a two-day window? >> the fbi have said they never heard of a magistrate walking, a federal magistrate walking in and stopping an interrogation the way this was done. there were only 16 hours of interrogation and actually, a person can be held, there's no magic number of the two days, especially in this case where they actually had surgery or a surgical procedure in the middle of the interrogation. it was only 16 hours that was done and the fbi agents involved in the case, others believe that much more intelligence could
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have been obtained which would be very important to find out who else was involved, if anyone, how they were radicalized, how they got the explosives, how they got the weapons. the fbi was very, very surprised when the magistrate arrived with an assistant u.s. attorney and if he had not been given miranda rights, miranda rights only means the confession can't be used in court. once he was given his rights and given a lawyer, then he stopped talking. >> in terms of how we go about finding potential terrorists, young men, young women who self-radicalize and referring to the muslim community, you said recently, i quote, police have to be in the community, they have to build up as many sources as they can and they have to realize that the threat is coming from the muslim community, increased surveillance there. we can't be bound by political correctness. in what way do you think political correctness is limiting this? because i guess some critics would say you're advocating a form of profiling.
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>> what i'm saying is that when you know that islamic terrorists, by ipso facto are going to be muslims and you know for instance in new york we have had so many plots against new york which have been stopped by the nypd and by the fbi that come out of that community, when we see the number, for instance, eric holder saying he stays awake at night worrying about radicalization in the muslim american community, then this is a serious issue. and just as when you know whether, i'll use the example the mafia, the westies, aryan nation, whatever, you look at certain areas where you believe those people may be coming from and you don't violate the constitution, you don't wiretap without a warrant, you don't have searches and seizures but you do build up sources. that's common sense. i see the way nypd is attacked in new york. there are a thousand police officers working on counterterrorism and they are being attacked by the "new york times," the associated press and all these other groups. to me that's a form of political correctness which i think causes
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some law enforcement organizations to back away and not do what the nypd does. if we didn't have them, it could have been up to 16 plus that could have succeeded in new york. >> congressman king, i appreciate you being on. thank you. >> anderson, thank you. just ahead, more of our top story. jason collins from the nba making history today as the first active pro athlete in a major american team sport to come out publicly. just two months ago, robin rogers came out publicly and announced he was leaving soccer. i'll talk to him about both of those decisions. imagine you're on a boat being trailed by not one, but 20 killer whales. all of it caught on video. and be good for your face? [ female announcer ] now there's new neutrogena® naturals acne cleanser. acne medicine from the wintergreen leaf treats breakouts. no parabens or harsh sulfates. for naturally clear skin. [ female announcer ] neutrogena® naturals.
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we started the hour with jason collins' groundbreaking move today. the nba free agent became the first active player in a major american pro sport team to come out publicly. he made the announcement in an essay for "sports illustrated." we learned that president obama called collins earlier today to express his report. first lady michelle obama also tweeted her support, writing so proud of you, jason collins. it's a huge step forward for our country. we've got your back. collins' historic decision comes just two months after pro soccer player robbie rogers came out publicly but also said he was leaving the sport that had been his identity and his escape. in an emotional blog post, rogers wrote quote, for the past 25 years, i've been afraid to show whom i really was because of fear. life is only complete when your loved ones know you. recently i spoke to robbie rogers about what led him to
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both decisions. why did you decide that this was the time to tell people you were gay? >> it's been 25 years of not living the truth. i'm a religious person. i always thought that my relationship with god was important but also with the people around me, and i just went crazy. i was going insane. >> can you describe to people who don't understand what that feels like, to edit yourself constantly, not just in the public sphere but in your family life. >> i think for a professional athlete, especially, you try to live up to the stereotype of this macho athlete, so for me, i was always like you said trying to keep myself in check, making sure i was this straight footballer, soccer player. i wouldn't raise any questions and i went through the motions of having relationships and trying to convince people that i was straight. >> and to be in the locker room,
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to be in this, you know, hyper masculine atmosphere, i guess you'd say, and to hear people using derogatory terms against gay people, your friends using these terms, what was that like? >> yeah. at times, at times, you know, it's a joke, whatever, but there's times it becomes quite malicious. and that's when, you know, you are scarred a bit. that's when you're like okay, never coming out now. >> even coaches using the term. >> yeah. yeah. coaches. yeah. in england i've heard coaches using it. and at times i felt really bad for them, and other times i was like oh, i wish like i could just do something right now to this dude. >> did you internalize that growing up? >> i had no one to look up to, no professional athlete to like okay, this is what he did, i want to be like him, he made it. >> there's obviously a lot of people who would like to see you continue on in soccer, not only for because you're amazing at it but also for the message that it would send. >> yeah, yeah, i know. >> do you feel pressure to do that? >> yeah, i do feel pressure, i do.
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i guess to tell people relax, i'm human, i love soccer. there's a good chance i might come back to it. but you know, i need a few months to chill out, hang out with my family and go surf in california and just relax. >> what was the reason for stopping playing? >> i felt like i couldn't play and come out. i thought it would be too emotional for me. it would be a circus. i just thought it would be really difficult. >> impact on the team? >> impact with the team, with the media, and then trying to perform in a professional sport. it's toxic. i'm glad i did it this way. >> you were also competing in europe, where the crowds can be pretty vicious. >> yeah. that will be interesting if i do go back, if i hear that kind of stuff. >> do you worry about that? >> i'm worried more about going into the football soccer locker room. and i just, if i go back, i want to go back as a soccer player. i don't want to go back as the gay soccer player. that's important to me. >> are you happier now?
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>> yeah. yes. i feel great. i told my mom doesn't matter now what happens, if i go back to soccer or if i go back to school or whatever i do, i'm doing it as myself with all the emotions as a gay man, as myself, and so what's the worst that can happen. >> you look happy. >> thanks. >> does it feel like a new -- like your genuine life now? >> yeah, i feel okay, this is me, this is my life. some people aren't going to, you know, accept i guess who i am or agree with my lifestyle. but at least, you know, i'm authentic and genuine. >> you also have done this in a big way. you didn't just come out, to your family, and to your team. you came out all at once in the public sphere. >> yeah. i wasn't going to come out at all about a year and a half ago. >> really. a year and a half ago -- >> i thought i'll play soccer, live my life. >> you thought you would live your whole life without --
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>> that was insane. that's what i thought. absolutely insane. so i told my family this past fall, and then told friends and different people, you know, over the winter. >> some of the things i'd read that you said were even when you would win a big game, and go out with your teammates and they were celebrating, you never felt like you could really even enjoy it. >> yeah. i couldn't -- i was always just worried about this thing that was inside me that at the time i thought, you know, i don't want this. i don't want to be like this. now i wouldn't change it for the world. i'm so happy with how god created me. >> this is not something you would ever want to change even if it were possible. >> no. no. i used to think like -- i used to pray like i don't want to be this way, please change me. and when i came to terms and realized no, this is me, this is great, you know, i'm different than some people but i'm still a good person. i realized that i wouldn't change this for the world. i'm so happy with like i said, how i was created. >> i'm happy for you.
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>> thank you. >> robbie rogers. up next, latest on the search for a killer who stabbed an 8-year-old girl inside her california home. police are trying to figure out who did this. and a close encounter with a pod of killer whales. amazing video. florida couple caught the orcas on camera. acne cleansers may be tough on breakouts, but how good are they for the rest of your face? [ female announcer ] new neutrogena® naturals acne cream cleanser with acne-fighting medicine from the wintergreen leaf. this effective cleanser cleans into pores.
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suspects in the stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl in her northern california home over the weekend. police say she and her brother were home alone saturday when he saw an intruder leaving the house and found his sister stabbed. detectives are now tracking down dozens of leads they are getting from a tip line. a former mississippi martial arts instructor is accused of sending ricin laced letters to president obama, a u.s. senator and judge. james everett dutschke is being held without bond. he was arrested saturday a few days after charges were dropped against the first suspect in the case. the first suspect said he was framed and identified dutschke as a potential culprit. the michael jackson wrongful death civil trial began today in l.a. jackson's estate claims aeg live, the promoter for the singer's comeback tour, is liable for his 2009 death because they ignored quote, red flags and hired dr. conrad murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a criminal case.
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aeg denies any wrongdoing. the s&p 500 closes at a record high with technology stocks fueling the rally. the index finished the day at 1,594. check this out. from la paz, mexico, amazing video shot by a florida couple on vacation. 20 killer whales followed their sea-diving boat, jumping and playing in the boat's wake for about an hour. i know you love these kind of pictures. they make your heart flutter. >> although i would want a bigger boat, i must say. >> i would say i would want a much bigger boat. >> yes. >> has to be said. the couple, i was going to tell you this, stay tuned, the couple actually scuba diving when they cut the dive short because they told them to get in the boat because the pod of killer whales. >> wow. amazing. >> now you know. >> now i know. coming up, why i want you to always inspect one's green beans carefully.
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time now for the "ridiculist." over the years you probably heard multiple horror stories about gross things being found in fast food, everything from fingers in roast beef sandwiches to condoms in french fries. these stories pop up every now and then and it's enough to make you want to forego eating out and just cook your own food in the controlled environment of your own home.
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which is what a very nice woman named gloria in indiana did. here's what she made for dinner one night. >> meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. >> nothing wrong with that. sounds great. but as it turned out the green beans which came from a can had a little something extra in them. >> my son puts them on his plate and says what is that? i thought it was maybe a piece of moldy bacon or something because they have bacon on them sometimes. >> hold on. they put bacon sometimes in green beans? that just might change my mind about green vegetables. i usually don't eat them because i have the palate of a 5-year-old. alas, it wasn't bacon that lurked in the green beans. it was technically meat, i guess, but it wasn't bacon. >> i had it in my hand just trying to figure out what it was. and took it out of there and it wasn't moldy bacon. it was a toad with parts of his little legs in the green beans. other than that he was fully intact. >> yeah, she says a frog got into the can of green beans or a toad, frankly, i don't know the difference. i don't want to eat either of them and i don't want to eat
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green beans. these days, neither does gloria. >> i was sick. absolutely nauseated for two days. and i don't think i'll have green beans any time soon. we eat a lot of green beans. we do. we did. nobody wants any more now. >> i wonder if somewhere in france, perhaps on the "ridiculist," they're doing a story about someone finding green beans in their frog legs. anyway, the state health department says that the most common things to find in canned vegetables are toads, mice and grasshoppers. which is all i need to know to probably never eat spinach again although it went really well the first time i tried it last year. >> i'll try -- well, spinach? all right. all right. >> wow. [ applause ]
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>> that's gross. okay. it's all slithery. eat your vegetables, kids. they're good for you. they're tasty and nutritious. not to mention a fun way to get a frog in your throat. that's it for us. the fbi focused on the widow of one of the boston marathon terror suspects, after this startling revelations, female dna found on a bomb fragment. plus, the russian connection. did this boxer-pushed-jihadist, turn tamerlan tsaranev to terror? and jason collins coming out as gay in the nba. there's a lot of dialogue about that this morning. welcome back to "early start."