tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN September 11, 2013 4:00pm-5:01pm PDT
erin burnett starts right now. >> on this 12th anniversary of september 11th, america faced with another security crisis. the chairman of the house homeland security committee is out front. plus the tsa screener accused of making threats against an american airport. and then a man go over a cliff. police say his wife of only eight days pushed him to his death. tonight the man's friends come out front saying they saw it coming. let go "outfront." a good evening to all of you. "outfront," a nation at risk. as we remember the lives lost in the terror attacks 12 years ago today, and all of us remember where we were at that moment when though planes struck, this country is faying another national security crisis. this time syria.
at this moment, secretary of state john kerrying ready to head overseas to geneva to discuss moscow's plan to put syria's weapons under international control. this is a crucial meeting. it could determine whether america go to war. but is the plan feasible? it does rely on trusting russia. michael mccall is the chairman of the house homeland security committee and the assistant foreign affair committee. appreciate your time. let me start by asking you this. we all know how many chemical weapon syria has and we don't know where they all. are it is pretty clear the entire world, including the president of the united states is hoping that the world can secure them and get rid of them. that this is how it is going to work siflt going to work? >> i've always said from day one, i think the plan should be to secure and destroy these weapons. there are no good sides in this war, no good options. you have a puppet of iran using
chemical weapons, rebel forces, who are they? we heard from secretary kerry. at least 25% of them are bad actors. bad guys. the intelligence i have is 50%. i don't think we should be arming and supporting al qaeda in this effort as well. with respect to the amount of stockpile, syria is number three behind russia and the united states. they're sitting on an enormous amount of chemical weapons. and my concern, it, as the homeland security chairman, the biggest threat to the homeland would be these radical islamist groups, getting ahold of these chemical women's. bringing them to the united states and using them. and i think that's what we need to first and foremost protect americans from. >> i have to follow up though on something you just said. you said john kerry said 15 to 25% of the rebels in syria were so-called bad guys. you're saying 50 per is your intelligence. that's a high number.
that's the first i've heard it. >> it is a very high number. i think it is something the american people should know. who are we supporting in this conflict? the rebel forces again have been infiltrated and hijacked by al qaeda. two sea ago they were more moderate. today it is a different game. the fact is, i think we should be focused on the chemical weapons themselves. which is why i believe this latest breakthrough gives us some hope that we may be able to do something constructively to secure these weapons. i don't always trust the weapons. i'm skem skeptical like everybody else. the russians have more influence over syria than any other country in the world. and the idea that putin is putting this forward, you know, it is interesting. he is driving the foreign policy globally. i think an international force and international coalition to secure and destroy these weapons is probably the best outcome in what has been known as a no good
outcome situation. >> it sounds like what you're saying, some have criticized the president because he said strike and then he said i'm going to congress and i want diplomacy and to secure weapons that a lot of people say cannot be secured. it sounds like you're saying you had he has the right idea. he is not in the camp to hurry his credibility. >> it he has damaged his credibility in the international community. when he went to the g 20 summitering walk away snubbed by most of the country. we do share a couple thing with rub. one is that we both think al qaeda is the enemy. and the jihadists. number two, i think we both have a shared interest in seeing these weapons, not proceed liveratlive, pro live rated. they have never threatened
western interests or the sovieted. the russians or america. if these chemical weapons end up in the rebel forces' hands, the ones that have been radicalized. the buns are more, the jihadist types, then i think we have a different equation to look at that quite frankly concerns me. >> you're saying, speaking on september 11. speaking after we've had now home grown terror in the form of the boston marathon bombers. that you think that chemical weapons being used in this country is the biggest threat we face. >> as we look at syria, i have to look at the homeland to protect america from these radical forces. remember, sarin is basically a powder. it can be brought into the country very easily undetectible. that's may concern that it gets brought into the united states and could it wipe out cities, washington, new york. i want to make sure that does not happen. so that's my greatest concern
when it docome to syria. i think this international coalition is my best head coach securing the weapons. >> thank you. it was a year ago tonight when we first got the news. i remember reporting at the top of the program that an american had been killed in benghazi. when will there be justice? a car bomb exploded on the anniversary of those horrific attacks. it claimed the life of ambassador chris stevens and three others. the white house says we remain committed to bringing the perpetrators of the benghazi attacks to justice. that was said today in the 9/11 release from the president. it is a year later and there has not been a cigar. john king in washington with the latest. and of course, you and i worked on that documentary on what really happened in benghazi. a year later, justice promised. but this issue is still haunting the obama administration. >> it is. and we're going to get a great sense in the next week of how long, how much staying power the
republican driven investigation in congress will have. the two men who led the state department's internal investigation. the accountability review board. veteran national thomas pickering. the chairman of the joint chiefs. they'll be on capitol hill before a house oversight committee whose chairman, darrell issa told me in that very committee room, he thinks the investigation was a whitewash. it helped brush away some of the sins of benghazi and the committee still wants a lot. we'll get a better sense of the mood and whether chats support those republicans. they say they want transcripts of interviews them want the documents that have yet to be shared with congress. they want the notes those people took during that investigation and they also want, and this is a key sticking point. they want to interview the state department employees here were there a year ago. survivors of benghazi. and they say they should get access. the state department today said no. it believes having those witnesses interviewed would undermine the criminal investigation. but house republicans say this. why is the cia cooperating with
the intelligence commit yeah saying its covert operative there can be questioned. and they say they had a lot more sympathy for this investigation argument if they saw some progress. >> when it is about benghazi, obviously, chairman mccall, a republican, on the other side of the argument saying i'm on board with getting the chemical weapons under control even though it is difficult. it is it has damaged credibility. how much has baeng and the failure there ham strung? put the president's hands behind his back? around syria? >> for the most part, these other international issues are treated separately. syria, the big controversy over the nsa. we do see the spillover effect. part have it is trust in transparency. people asking questions and they're skeptical. especially the republicans. some of this is partisan. the republicans say we want information. we don't trust you.
we see that in the hearings. there is also this. look at the skepticism. not only key member have congress but the american people say can the united states in a limited way do something? maybe with diplomacy, maybe military force, maybe with both in the middle east and walk away after a limited duration and do something good. people looked at egypt. what is it like today? it is chaos. they look at libya. remember, he was criticized for leading from behind but then there was a new government. gadhafi is gone. everyone thought maybe this would be good. then aier ago tonight that optimism died i know what four americans. that mood, that spirit this region is just a mess impacts the president when he tries to sell people that he can have an effective plan near syria. >> thank you very much. we're going to have much more. we're going to hear from the families who lost their loved ones aier ago. officials at an american airport. the person behind the threats was tsa screener.
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a claim to enforce a background check, for example. they're back at it. it was vetoed by the governor. a short time ago the house voted to override the governor's veto. now the senate is taking up the measure. this is a story we've been following. george howell is "outfront." the senate expected to vote tonight. this is a huge national story. what will happen in missouri tonight? >> look, this could be a really nail biter in the senate. we know it will take 23 of 34 members in the senate to vote yes to override the governor's veto of this bill and we know of at least one member of the republican majority leader ron richard who switched his support to no, only because he's concerned that the constitutionality of this proposed legislation. this is expected to go to the senate. the house voted 149-49 to override the governor's veto.
they're in recess but they will take this up tonight. >> if they override that veto, this passes. what does it mean to enforce any kind of federal gun law like a background check? and what then happens in missouri? >> it really all depends upon hue talk. to if you talk to spoerts, they call at this time second amendment protection act. they say it is more symbolic than anything else. when you talk to opponents of the proposed legislation, they say it could have real teeth to cause real problems. would it essentially nullify federal gun law in the state of missouri. would give citizen the right the take legal action against law enforcement officers who enforce federal laws. and it would make it illegal in the state of missouri to publish the name and addresses of gun owners. that's something that came after the sandy hook incident. they decided to add that to the law but many say that would
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obviously that's another big blow to gun control today. and our fourth story "outfront" is threats against one of america's biggest and busiest airports. tonight, beefing up security at l.a.x. after a former tsa security screener was arrested and charged with making threats against that airport. on the insixd someone on the inside. the tsa. these threats, the world would be watching 12 years to the day after 9/11. >> reporter: the former tsa worker's website shows in photos and rambling writings a disturbed man obsessed with jesus christ and satan. on the anniversary of 9/11, he quit the screening job head since 2006 and left a suspicious package at los angeles international airport. los angeles airport police are taking the threat by the former tsa employee so seriously, they
beefed up security around all los angeles area airports. it is the middle of the day. normally there's no wait to get into l.a.x. you can see the extra police presence. his package did not contain a bomb. rather an eight-page letter criticizing the united states and his recent suspension from his job. the fbi said he called twice, instructing to it begin evacuating terminals adding he would be watching. he was arrested outside a church about 65 mile away in riverside, california. he joined the-the joint terrorism task force is conducting searches near the apartment. and this afternoon traffic was blocked off while police investigated another suspicious package. >> an angry little guy so i left him alone. always mad at the world. >> he has been living in our communicate for a number of years and he works in the tsa. he has not displayed any an rent behavior. >> it turns out he is the same
tsa agent who in june allegedly criticized the attire of a 15-year-old girl, telling her to cover up. her father tweeted out this picture of his daughter as she was dressed zmen complained to the tsa. photos on his website showed a note dated september 11th, 2013, pro claiming the scripture are being fulfilled and a banner reading the end of america and the rented of the world. >> incredible that that person worked past all the security procedures, worngd for the tsa. money and power, ball a car. the most spenexpensive new car the world, lamborghini is displaying a gold car. the car feet you are a solid goal suspension because you need gold against the asphalt. wheel cast from platinum. goal plated body panels and seats lined with more than 700
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our fifth story "outfront", did diana nyad cheat? it is the question the long distance swimmer is facing on her long swim between cuba and florida. she insists she completed the 110 mile journey in a very hours without anyone's help. now there are members of the marathon swimming forum, people had a do this sort of thing who have doubt examines say it was an assisted swim. john has been reporting on this story for us. tonight, diana nyad in her own words. diana nyad swam tween miles from cuba to florida. that's a fact. was it a record? how it will be categorized at a news conference last night, she was confident. >> i get some awards, i'll be gracious about it. but people, people's individual
reactions mean everything. so i'm sure the swim will be ratified in due time and that's fine. but i just don't care about it. >> but the current has changed in the week since. questions arose. how could her speed have nearly doubled at one point? what about the seven and a half hours she supposedly went without fad or water? did her team assist her in any way? during the three and a half hour conference call with peers, she said she was touched but never supported. >> no haernl grabbing my ankle. i was on my own steam entirely. but i was touched. i agree with it. >> getting into the suit that protected her from the potentially deadly box jellyfish required duct taping her boot sgis gloves. did the people going to perhaps inadvertently give her flotation step in support her in any way? did she rest during that time? those are now the central issues that could determine whether she is recognized as the first
person ever to make the crossing unassist unassisted. a co-founder, e-morrison was on the call. >> she announced her crew touched her when she was putting on the jellyfish suit. and i know she felt that was necessary. but i personally believe it puts in it in the category of an assisted swim. >> nyad says there was no other way. >> you don't just get lucky and they're not there one night. they are there. the only way to make it skraus with this suit. >> the other issues appeared to be resolved or at least less critical. asked about the reports she went for hour without food or water, she said that was wrong. she never went more than 90 minutes. as far as the doubling of her satisfied that, it came down to a boost from aer in a perfect current. it could be weeks before the marathon swimming community determines how day an a iana nym
will be remembered. >> an incredible story. diane a nyad will be on piers morgan tonight at 9:00 eastern. a reporter criticized the president. he is out front i know what the man who used to work for the white house. and the man had a confessed to killing someone while drunk driving pleads not guilty today. and the bride suspected of murdering her husband by pushing him off a cliff. [ male announcer ] this is claira. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for her, she's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with her all day to see how it goes. [ claira ] after the deliveries, i was okay. now the ciabatta is done and the pain is starting again. more pills? seriously? seriously. [ groans ] all these stops to take more pills can be a pain. can i get my aleve back? ♪ for my pain, i want my aleve. [ male announcer ] look for the easy-open red arthritis cap.
the ohio man who confessed in a youtube video to killing a man while driving drunk plead not guilty today. his attorney said he plans to plead guilty when he is assigned to a new judge. so we're not sure this adds up. but in the video, it was a poignant video and he promised to take full responsibility for the death of a 61-year-old man. so cordle still faces as little as 2 years in prison. that pales for sentencing of this crime, even after ohio changed the penalty for vehicular homicide to make it tougher. an "outfront" update on kelly, you remember her as the 12-year-old girl from arkansas with a brain eating amoeba.
she miraculously went home today. she is only the third person to survive that infect in 50 years. the miracle isn't lost on her. >> i'm lucky to be alive. >> kali will now spend half her days in school. the other half in therapy until she can to go school full time. one of her doctors tells "outfront," she might never be recovered 100% because brain cell don't regenerate the way skin cells do. but human have so many more brain cell than we actually use so the doctors hope the cell will take over for the ones she lost. shelley zimmerman spoke just moments ago to the public will her lawyer beside her shelf doesn't want to press for alleged domestic battery. her attorney said everything has calmed down and they're going their separate ways. this come as florida police say charges won't be filed against george zimmerman after an altercation between the couple.
video shows zimmerman being taken into custody. shellie zimmerman says she threatened her with a gun. police said a weapon wasn't involved so a lot of clarity is still involved. police are trying to recover video taken by shellie on an ipad that could answer the questions about it will be difficult and take a lot of time. apparently the ipad was broken in the fight. it has been 767 days since tuesday lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? as this country gets ready for another debt ceiling debate, apple share fell more than 5%. after a lot of people thought these two new phones that rolled out yesterday were disappointing, there was a celebrate spot for facebook hitting an all time high, $46 a share. the white house on defense. as the president was giving the syria speech last night, the obama administration went after critical voices on twitter. jeffrey gold begg wrote, let me quote it. this was the best part last
night. was watching this whole exchange. he wrote maybe it would have been better to have postponed this speech along with the vote. he continued to weather the. after saying assad should go, now the message is he should stay. we wind gust janet on to take away one of his weapons systems. the white house applied immediately, tweeting the u.s. position remain assad leaving power as part of a political process. but we must also act specifically to remove the chemical women's front. jeffrey goldberg is with us. jeff, let me start with you. let's start with that first tweet. you thought the president shouldn't have given that speech last night. at left a from your weather the. how come? >> well, the speech was originally men to ask congress to vote on the resolution and get the american people behind that. once this russian play came into the picture, it was object that he would not do that.
so there was really no demand made of congress or the american people out of the speech. and it didn't seem worthy of a pram time address. >> that's it in a nut shell. and he tweeted the only tacks president promised to take is to send john kerry to switzerland for the neegts geneva. the rest was. more vague. did the president hurt himself by making a big prime time address? look, the metrics have changed here. >> that i think what folk you to consider is that in washington, and new york and in tv studios, people are paying very close attention to what's happening in syria. the american people are not necessarily. as we stand at this moment, where something important is about to happen between the united states and some other player in the world. it is important that the president of the united states comes forward as commander in chief and talks about the stake and what's happened and why the u.s. must act. >> what were you going to say you would have change? >> no, no.
i stand by my tweets. that's a very post modern statement. i stand by my tweets. what i was going to say, i understand that point that he is making as well. that there are a lot of people there who aren't following the minute oo minuta. the truth is he preptd a case on chemical weapon. he made the case that only the threat of military action has brought us to the point where there is even, i think it is a pretty bad proposal the russians of made. to the point where we have this discussion going on. so that was useful. but of course, those arguments could have been made without. this i'm afraid he will have to go back to the american people in prime time when this process fail. and i think it will fail to say, look, we're back at square one. >> he may well have to go back to the american people but i wouldn't consider it to be a failure. >> no, no, it's not a failure.
it what we've seen evidence to last week is a failure of sequencing and a failure of forethought. when the secretary of state come out of the box and says, we're going to have an incredibly small war. and the president says no, not an incredibly small war. we're going to have pin prick attacks. this it wasn't smoothest process. >> i think you have to take a broader view of this and look back at the arc of where president obama has been as it replaces to when do you use force or not? and i don't think a some have suggested, in could not knock it say that sometime there are times when you need to use military force. the preferred solution is still a diplomatic one. in this case, i think when chemical wrep at play, the united states has to take stand and there is no one else who can. >> it may be true but the president is getting a lot of criticism. for what jeff said. for processing, that the public
doesn't seem to have been smooth. you move here and there. bob corcoran was very critical of the president today saying in a much more harsh way when a lot of other people have been saying. i wanted to play and get your reaction. >> the president just seems to be very uncomfortable being commander-in-chief of this nation. he is very good in an interpersonal setting. he just cannot follow through. he cannot speak to the nation as a commander-in-chief. he cannot speak to the world as a commander-in-chief. he just cannot do it. and i don't know what it is. >> i mean, it is pretty harsh. what do you say to those who are saying the president has lost serious credibility? >> i respectfully disagree. i think you should ask osama bin laden if he thinks the. the president seems like he can look like he is commander in chief. i think that notion is foolish.
i think the president set out very clear goals when he became president of the united states. it was to end the war in iraq, to put a strategy in place in iraq and to get osama bin laden and he did those things. i think he has performed as commander in chief that no plubl stand and cheerlead for but in a 28 american people certainly have. >> thank you very much. i encourage to you check out the tweet war. it is well word reading them all. our seventh story "outfront." a newly wed charged with murder. they are saying she push her husband over a cliff. the two were on a hike. they thought the hike would make it better. well, graham claim the two got into a fight when her husband fell. but her friends said it doesn't add up. our reporter is in missoula, montana. >> reporter: 22-year-old jordan graham. the defendant. no longer the tried trading her wedding dress for an orange jump suit and handcuffs. her attorneys arguing for the
newly wed's release for second-degree murder of her husband, cody johnson. the prosecutors say she pushed him face first off a steep cliff at glacier national park. eight days into their young marriage. graham broke down and cried only once during the hearing when her mother walked into the courtroom. her mother emotionless as she left court with defense attorneys. >> tell me what her defense is. >> no krass standard. >> reporter: they argue graham is not a threat. has no criminal his zpri no prior record of any violence. the victim' uncle says his side of the family still can't understand why. >> there is always an annulment, there is always divorce. >> reporter: prosecutors say she told numerous lies to police and in the wake of the death. cameron said he was lied. to he was one of the groomsmen at the wedding. >> how did you begin to suspect that jordan might be involved with his disappearance? >> i started to suspect that
actually on tuesday. >> reporter: that tuesday in july was one story. then there was another and then came the funeral. and graham's odd behavior as friends eulogized her young husband. was she texting during the funeral? >> she was on her phone. whether it was texting or a mobile app, while levi was up there speaking which i can't get -- i don't understand. >> i knew then something was not right. >> reporter: what was in your gut? >> my gut was that she had involvement with the process. whether she knew or had done something. this was not right for her loved one. her new husband. and she was not displaying any kind of emotional reaction. >> reporter: the prosecutors, a nude court that graham also tried to cover up the crime by creating a bogus e-mail account and writing fake e-mail from a made-up friend. an account that traces back to graham's home address. >> i know there was a point in
the situation where jordan probably could have done the right thing, even if it was an know. and the right thing wasn't done. so now we're trying to pursue what the right thing is. >> reporter: what happens next? >> reporter: well, the judge is going to come out with a decision by noon local time tomorrow on detention. she is either going to be released conditionally. going home to her family or she will stay behind bars. >> all right. thank you for xofrg story. and a report, sexual assault in the united states military. one army sergeant come forward for the first time the share her story. and it has been one year since the deadly attack against americans in benghazi. tonight family members speak with the one they lost.
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are trying to address. >> just an utter devastation. >> reporter: army specialist was a private, just three week on the job in 2001 at ft. carson in colorado springs, when one of her sergeants drugged and assaulted her. >> he offered me a glass of water and i drank it. that was the last thing i remember before i woke up. >> reporter: she said she woke up at this hotel in motel 6. >> i was fully nude and he was on top of me putting his fingers inside me. >> reporter: the sergeant had taken her there and drug her after she asked for a ride home. her attacker, sergeantal gloert had a reputation at ft. carson. he claim the sex was consensual. the people in her unit believed him and ridiculed her. >> he had a lot of friends and comrades and had been to battle with some of them. so there was a bond there.
>> reporter: erica, a victim's advocate, was at the hospital the night of the assault and hem her throughout the ordeal. >> she could hardly drag herself out of bed. she didn't want to go to work. she was hardly eating. it was like watching a ghost. >> your world crumbles. there is a part of you that is just lost. it is gone. and you now have to figure out, how are you going to live without that piece of you that will 97 be there again? >> reporter: after almost a year of fating for justice, the case broke open when investigators found photos on the sergeant's cell phone of four women, including her. >> they were photos of her naked, of close photos of her genitalia. and i think one of the most heart renteding was a photo of her face, he was clearly unconscious and he had his penis on her face. and it was absolutely degrading. >> reporter: while all four women testified against him, she was the only one to report an assault.
the estimated 26,000 sexual assaults in the military last year, only will 302 cases were prosecuted. without the photos, it is likely sergeant silva would have gotten away with it. >> we as the military take the victim's fight accused and make sure we protect their rights, too. our job is to hunt the hunters. in the rem of sexual assault and sexual abuse, we take it very serious. >> reporter: a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing to revamp the way the military investigates sexual assault cases by taking the cases away from on site commanders. >> our carefully crafted common sense proposal was written in direct response to what the victims told us, the stories that came from them, what happened to them, the fact they didn't trust the chain of come band, they were retaliated against. >> reporter: a vote on changing the system is expected to value but at this point the
legislation does not have the needed support to pass. meanwhile, silva was tried and convicted and is serving a 35 year sentence. despite what she's been through, candice troggit decided to stay in the army. >> silva took enough from me. this is my dream job. this is what i've always wanted to do. to me, this is probably one of the most important jobs an american can do is fight for their country that they live in, and i was not going to give that up. >> next, a year ago tonight four americans were murdered in benghazi. when we return, the families. these a small business can save by sharing. like carpools... polly wants to know if we can pick her up. yeah, we can make room. yeah. [ male announcer ] ...office space. yes, we're loving this communal seating. it's great. [ male announcer ] the best thing to share? a data plan. at&t mobile share for business. one bucket of data for everyone on the plan, unlimited talk and text on smart phones.
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12 years ago america lost nearly 3,000 americans in the attacks on september 11th. if you're old enough to remember, you remember what you were doing that day, and today we remembered the lost with memorials at ground zero in new york. the pentagon in washington d.c. and the field in pennsylvania where that heroic group of passengers brought that plane down. this is a live picture that you're looking at now of lower manhattan on september 11th, twin towers of light shining tonight as a tribute to those who lost their lives. so many of them trapped in that
building racing down those stairwells or who chose death instead of fighting, given they had to throw themselves out of the windows, the horrific images on our minds. it is also the one-year anniversary of the attacks on the u.s. consulate in ben soz gee and we had the opportunity to speak with their surviving family members and tonight, we remember them. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: four americans were lost on september 11th, 2012, but their memories live on for their families. christopher stevens, age 52. >> when he was in high school they played the sax phone. they were going to do music man, so he decided to audition for
it. i was in the kitchen and he came home from a performance and said mom, i'll never be in the pit again. >> reporter: chris' parents remember when they first saw their son's talent for diplomacy as a young peace corps volunteer. >> came one a rusty dagger that he was purporteding to be valuable and sell to chris and chris took the dagger and ran it down and said this is worthless, it will cut nothing and said it in such a way the peddler and waiter burst out in laughter. >> reporter: glen dotey. his sister says he was larger than life. >> glen was a people person. he was always the life of the party, and always had a great story, a big smile, huge hug, and he was just so, so fun all
the time and when you were with him, he made you be the best that you could be, and that's -- that's a great thing. >> reporter: sean smith, age 34, pat smith says her son was a gamer. he was a nerd, and he grew up to be a big nerd, but one of those wonderful nerds, and i love the hell out of him. >> reporter: she encouraged sean to explore the world. >> taste it, find out what it is about. that's what he did, and he reached for the stars. >> reporter: tyrone woods, age 41. he lived to be a navy seal. how much did he love it? >> he loved it. he loved it. >> reporter: in his passion to be a seal started early.
>> this is a drawing he did when he was oh, 12 years old and it's a game and has helicopters and killer bees, obstacles to overcome and you had to start down here and the object of the game was to get home, which was up here and overcome all these obstacles. friends and family have really been supportive. >> reporter: she's at peace knowing tie helped bring others home on september 11th. >> i said secretary clinton, you're a mother. she said, yes. and i said, my concern as a mother is that my son perished thinking that he had not completed or fulfilled his mission, and i said, he would not want that. and she said, he completed his
mission. he saved 30 people's lives who would not be here today, and i thought, okay. mission completed. >> thanks for watching. around anderson starts now. erin thanks. good evening everyone. a busy night on syria, political push back and doubts about the reliability of russia and the shakety pack caleties of the army. senator john mccain joins us and the man that led the u.n. weapons inspection team in iraq. later developments in george zimmerman's confrontation with his estranged wife that ended like this. now shellie zimmerman stepping to the spotlight and her lawyer speaking out about the angry incident and christopher story murdered execution style at age four. his mother em