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you're about to see some remarkable video of some deadly crimes. what makes the images so amazing is they were recorded from a plane thousands of feet overhead. cnn's brian todd is here with a closer look. this is a pretty fascinating stuff. >> it is, brianna. this technology, surveillance technology is so powerful it can track a person from two miles up and cover 25 square miles at once. it's enough to make you feel like you're constantly being watched, but for law enforcement, this can be like having a slow-motion replay button to track back any crime scene. you're watching a murder unfold. look at the cursor toward the
bottom. in an instant, the suspect approaches, fires. the victim's down. the killer sprints off. this 2009 gangland shooting in juarez, mexico, was captured from 10,000 feet about 2 miles up. >> you can see a whole group of people here reacting to the shot. they come over and look at the victim then they run down the alleyway actually after the shooter. >> reporter: from their specially equipped cessnas, ross and his firm persistent surveillance systems can monitor large sections of cities. because they're in the air for hours at a time, they can track back to the moment of a crime and before it. in juarez -- >> they meet up three to four times prior to the murder including one time right outside the murder scene. >> reporter: in the moments afterward -- >> we can follow all of the cars. we're going to jump over and follow the car that the shooter got into and see where he goes to. >> reporter: they tie in a google view image to show the house where the suspect went to
hide. mcnutt's team helped police make arrests in shooting. >> we witnessed murders so far and confessions that account for 75. >> reporter: also in juarez, mcnutt's team captured the murder of a female police officer circled in red. you dread it as you see her unable to outrun her killers. >> she was shot six times in the head and shoulders. we literally watch her run into this parked car here. >> reporter: mcnutt says they can pick out suspects by looking for strange behavioral patterns. right after murders, the suspects in juarez, he says, like many others -- >> they drive like idiots. running red lights. swerving around people. >> reporter: mcnutt's team has monitored other high-crime cities. compton, california, philadelphia, baltimore. they can replicate their operation center in dayton, ohio, anywhere. >> in a typical operation, law enforcement officers will sit in this area monitoring a police scanner. when a call comes in that a crime's been committed, these analysts immediately start to track back when and where it occurred. and sometimes they can catch up to a suspect in realtime.
dayton, 2012. they get word of a burglary, track the suspect in the white truck as he's getting away and direct police right to him. dayton's police chief says the technologies helped his depleted force. >> allows us to gain data on criminal offenses for which there are often not witnesses and clearly police officers are not there to prevent. >> reporter: but privacy advocates say this smacks of big brother. >> they might have actually crossed a line. this creates the opportunity after the fact to look at anybody for any reason. >> we're responding in support of law enforcement to reported crimes only. >> reporter: and mcnutt says they closely monitor their own analysts to make sewure they're only tracking suspects. despite the controversy, ross mcnutt says police departments in ten different cities around the world are interested in buying his system to use on a permanent basis. brianna? >> wow were saying before that just from that one, the images you were seeing of the one gangland murder in juarez, maybe
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breaking news right now. pope francis has just returned from his extraordinary visit to the middle east and on the way back, he made some extraordinary comments. he spoke about his invitation to the israeli and palestinian presidents to come and pray for peace in the vatican and he made some stunning remarks on sex abuse within the clergy. cnn's senior vatican analyst john allen traveled with the pope, just got off the plane. he is live with us from rome and with us here in washington is cnn belief blog co-editor eric marapodi. john, i'm going to go to you first because one of the stunning things that we heard was that the pope announced he would hold a mass at the vatican with sex abuse victims. how significant is this? >> brianna, i think it's hugely significant. now, let's be clear. it will not be the first time a pope has met sex abuse victims. pope benedict xvi held several the first of which came in the
united states in april 2008. this will be the first time francis has met with a group of sex abuse victims and the fact that he has not yet done so over the first 15 months of his papacy has been a source of criticism among some who were concerned about whether or not he got it. he's indicated he is, in fact, going to hold this meeting. he said it's going to take place in early june, although we're hearing it may actually be somewhat later than that, but quite quickly. he said it's going to be a group of six to eight victims. he said they'll come from places such as ireland, germany, the united kingdom. he plans to invite them to his residence at the doma santa marta, the hotel on vatican grounds where he decided to live rather than the papal apartment. he'll say a mass in the chapel and hold a private meeting with them. also present is going to be cardinal sean o'malley of boston who was the architect of that 2008 meeting with victims with benedict. he's also played a role on this
one. he is widely seen as a reformer on the sex abuse issue and he's also a member of the pope's new commission for the protection of minors. so i think this is a clear indication that francis is trying to get the message out that he gets it about the need to confront the church's abuse scandals, brianna. >> eric, the pope also said something that kind of stuck out to me. he talked about the resignation of his predecessor pope benedict which was strange to us. we hadn't seen this in centuries. he said it was not an isolated case. what does he mean by this? >> he's opening the door to suggest he might resign one day. keep in mind both benedict watched john paul ii become ill and suffer with parkinson's. he opens this door theologically within the catholic church to say, yeah, it's okay for a pope who gets ill to step aside like we saw with benedict.
i don't think francis is going to hang it up tomorrow. he has a lot of work to do. certainly he's opening the door to do this down the line. >> he is such a busy, busy pope, as we've been watching him now. in the presser today, he clarified the invitation to leaders in the middle east, the palestinian authority and of israel. he said it would be a meeting of prayer. so what do we take that to mean? but also i mean, that doesn't diminish how significant this is, right? >> no, it certainly doesn't diminish the significance. what it does mean is don't look for pope francis to bring a pencil and map to this meeting and start drawing lines. he wants this to be a meeting of prayer as a way to continue the dialogue to keep things moving along. he said some comments of what he might think could happen in the middle east but deferred and said, no, this is a meeting of prayer between these two leaders of israel and palestine. >> john, when you look at this, this was just something that had all of our eyes so wide as we heard he had said this.
what are you thinking the expectations are out of this meeting? >> well, i think there are many who are quite despondent about the current state of hope for middle east peace after the failure of secretary of state john kerry's effort to restart the process. i interviewed a cardinal this morning, cardinal theodore mccarrick, former archbishop of washington and a troubleshooter. i asked him does francis risk his political credibility by creating a meeting in which people are expecting something to result from it? and there's a very realistic possibility that it might not. cardinal mccarrick's answer is the pope is not following the logic of politics but the logic of the lord. he said he's not putting himself out on a limb, he's putting himself up at the cross and precisely what he's called to do. >> and maybe there are list expectations i wonder to john point's, eric, it's sort of a
meeting where it's almost like a get to know you. no, we're just going to have a -- we'll hang out, we'll have some prayer. >> keep in mind, pope francis comes into this position through the pastoral track in the catholic church. he was head of the jesuits in argentina and archbishop of buenas aries. as john points out, there could be a bit of a learning curve here he's still working with as he gets up to speed on geopolitics, but a lot of expectations. >> yeah. we'll be watching. eric and john allen. thank you so much to both of you. just ahead, a ship and a city both attacked by terrorists. now back together. we'll go to new york for the bittersweet return of the "u.s.s. cole." something has be
was for fleet week a few months before it was attacked. about a year and a half before the september 11th, 2001 attacks on the world trade center. >> it is a guided missile destroyer able to project power around the world. it's one of the most famous or in famous ships in the u.s. fleet. october 12, 2000, the cole was attacked by al qaeda as it ported in yemen. the suicide mission using a small boat and hundreds of pounds of explosives. 17 sailors died. 39 injured. >> as you see here on the floor, there are 17 gold stars. one for each member who better issued that day. >> on board, reminders of that day everywhere. so everywhere you go around the ship these things exist. >> porters cramped and luxuries lacking. the history a source of strength. its skipper, commander dennis farrell. >> we live on the shoulders of
the sailors who came before us. the 17 who lost their lives, allowed us to sail on this mighty ship. >> may 2000. this picture hanging in the commander's cabin captured a moment before any of the history that changed everything. >> before the twin towers were attacked, 11 months before 9/11. we came back resilient, a strong force. and a force ready to go back into battle. resilient. just like the men and women of new york. >> the determined warrior, named for darryl cole will ship out for another long deployment this summer. now, the two things that are really interesting about it, the stars, the gold stars that you see there are in the lunchroom. the lunchroom lined for the cole because that's where the attack was. no one steps on them, despite the fact that they are right underfoot where they get their trays. the other thing that's amazing is all the placards around the ship. it's so touching to see the
placards of these young people who still exist right next to the areas that still exist. >> they will never be forgotten. a special moment for usscole. miguel marquez, thank you. a special show coming to cnn is a new series from tom heynckes. it's "the '60s." the decade that changed the world. be sure to set your dvr or watch it live for the premier, thursday night at 9:00 eastern and pacific only on cnn. remember, you can follow us on twitter. tweet me or tweet the show. be sure to join us tomorrow in "the situation room". watch us live or dvr the show so you won't miss a moment. thank you very much.