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and former rose carter advocates for understanding mental illness. go to and read some very worthy thoughts. now, some very worthy programming, anderson cooper, "ac360". the latest on the oil spill and bp and what it's going to do the latest on the oil spill and bp and what it's going to do about it and a stunning statement from michael brown and saying he wants to stop offshore drilling. where are his facts. and faisal shahzad received bomb training in pakistan and we learned authorities tailing the suspect, faisal shahzad lost him
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late yesterday as he made his way to new york's kennedy airport. that is from a senior counter-terrorism official with firsthand information. and how come this guy was allowed to board a plane. originally put on a no-fly list but the airline, the emirates airline had not rer freshed their copy and did not raise red flags. we have new information coming in almost by the minute. also on "crime and punishment," an african-american caught in mississippi with killing a white supremacist. was racial hatred the reason or something more surprising? allegation, conspiracy theory is the obama administration wanted the gulf spill to happen, the edges of the oil now grazing the louisiana barrier islands. as of late today, no oil coming ashore, the wind cooperating, expected to turn unfavorable by thursday. that is when bp says it expects to lower that huge containment
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dome or coffer dam on top of the main leak, the aim to contain and funnel to the rig on the surface. what is interesting tonight, in this partisan climate, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising, what's interesting is the conspiracy theories being floated around today. you already heard rush limbaugh suggest environmentalists might have tried to blow up the rig. but michael brown, head of the fema and hurricane katrina and says they wanted it to spread. talk about a deliberately slow administration response to shut down off oil drilling in ordering to ultimately shut down offshore drilling in america. >> now, you're looking at this oil slick approaching the louisiana shore according to noaa and other places if the winds are right, it will go up the east coast. this is exactly what they want, because now he can pander to the
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environmentalists and say i'm going to shut it down because it's too dangerous. while mexico and china and everybody else drills in the gulf, we're going to get shut down. >> he says, quote, this is exactly what they want, they being the obama administration. he's alleging something truly heinous, something far worse than gross ineptitude and mismanagement after katrina. does he have the facts to back up his claim? we're keeping him honest. we spoke earlier. >> mr. brown, thanks for being with us. you made pretty stunning statements about this oil spill and the president. you said the obama administration wanted the oil to spread and go up the east coast because quote now he can pander to the environmentalists and say i'm going to shut it down because it's too dangerous. do you honestly believe the united states wants this oil spill to spread and cause billions of dollars of damage and ruin people's livelihood? >> that's not what i said. they want this crisis so they can respond to it. look, nobody -- >> no, wait. that is what you said.
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you said about it spreading up the east coast. that's what they want. >> i've read the transcript again. and what i said was that they want this crisis. i said it may spread to louisiana, and depending on the noaa forecast, it could go up the florida coast. >> and you said that's what they want. >> they want a crisis like this so they can use a crisis like this to shut down offshore drilling. >> what evidence do you have? as a former government official, i would think you would choose your words carefully. what evidence do you have that they want to use this to shut down oil? >> in january, the president gave an interview in which he said the cap and trade legislation should be as strong as possible so that anybody who wants to use carbon, coal, oil and gas, whatever, that it would be so expensive, they would end up going bankrupt. the president wants to move the country away from a carbon-based
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energy to something else. >> my question is what evidence do you have that the president of the united states wants this spill to spread, wants it, that they want it to go up the east coast, they want this so they can shut down the oil drill? >> anderson, nobody, including the president, wants the oil to spread into the wetlands or around the coast. i said that it would. they want to use the crisis. if they can use this crisis to shut down oil and gas drilling, that's what they're going to do. in fact, bill nelson's already come out and said it. arnold schwarzenegger's already come out and said it. the people opposed to oil and gas offshore drilling are using this crisis to shut down a legitimate industry. >> you're saying so bill nelson coordinates all statements with president obama and arnold schwarzenegger coordinates all statements with president obama? >> when you have an administration leading the country and their political position is that we want to move away from a carbon-based energy supply to something else, this
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crisis occurs, the rahm emanuel rule number one of never letting crisis go to waste kicks in and they have done that. they have used this crisis, where 11 people have died, a rig worth billions of dollars has sunk under the ocean floor, they're talking about this huge damage that will last forever, which it won't, the environment will recover, they're using that to say, look how bad this is. there shouldn't be drilling and in fact the president has already suspended oil and gas drilling in the gulf. he's already done it. >> you can argue that he wants extreme stipulations on it, but, again, you haven't provided any evidence that -- in fact, you're now denying a statement you made yesterday, let me read it to you. now, you're looking at this oil slick approaching, you know the louisiana shore, according to certain noaa and other places, if the winds are right, it will go up the east coast. this is exactly what they want because now he can pander to the environmentalists and say, i will shut it down because it's too dangerous.
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again, the question, you believe the president of the united states want the oil to spread up the east coast? >> they want -- anderson, let me respond. they want the crisis because the crisis enables them to shut down oil and gas offshore drilling, which they have done, which fits into what he said to the "san francisco chronicle" in 2008. those are the facts. >> let's move on because clearly you state your position quite well. you also are saying essentially, this is president obama's katrina. where do you see the similarities between katrina and the response to this? in katrina, we know there were failures at the local level, failures at the state level and failures at the federal level. where are the failures here? >> here, you have an oil explosion on april 20th. on april 22nd, i think it was, the rig collapsed and the platform sunk into the ocean. that is a major catastrophe. on april 23rd, the u.s. coast guard suspended rescue efforts because by that time, if any of those men were still alive, they
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had been in those ocean gulf waters for three days, so the coast guard rightfully suspended rescue efforts. it wasn't until april 27th, that that janet no napolitano issued her declaration of a spill of national significance. what were they doing in the meantime? they left the coast guard out there without the additional resources that the coast guard needed, just like president bush left me down in katrina without the additional resources i needed because they were dillydallying around back at washington d.c. >> i appreciate your time, mr. brown. thank you for being with us. >> thank you, anderson. >> we'll put more of the interview online on the website tomorrow in which we talk about the president obama's actual support for oil drilling back in 2008, stated support for limited offshore oil drilling in 2008 during the proposal debates as well as his administration's announcement this year of continued support for it much to the horror of some environmentalists and liberals.
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we'll put that up on the website. let us know what you think, the chat site is up and running at and the fight to keep it clean and for now, they're winning. and who is the time square bombing suspect? we'll tell you what he's saying to authorities, traced him, chased him and nearly lost him and finally caught him. recently on "360" michael lewis, dr. phil, michael moore, demi moore. you don't have to miss the interviews. set your dvr to "ac: 360."
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12 days after the drilling rig sank, oil continues to leak from that underwater well a staringing 12,000 gallons a day.
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we go to gary tuchman live. what do you see? >> reporter: when it comes to live reports, this is the most remote live report i have ever done, we're four hours away from the united states. this is chandeleur island, louisiana, because this is where it's expected to get the oil first. this is one of the orange booms here because the storm put it on the land. it's no good anymore. the island is not overrun yet but the bad news, the oil is literally 100 yards away. we're 35 miles south of the gulfport of mississippi. these are the chandelier islands. and you're looking at the boom, it looks like foam, but this is the oil from the massive oil slick. people on the coastline obviously in louisiana, mississippi, alabama and florida are very concerned, but we can tell you because we took a 3 1/2-hour boat ride to get out
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here, the oil is still at least 35, 40 miles away. you can see right now, if it wasn't for this protective boom, it would be on these islands. these islands are amazing wildlife refuges. migratory birds come on their way to north central and south central america. these islands used to be 20 miles long north and south, but because of hurricanes over the years, katrina, george, it's about 16 miles. and ultimately, the fear is in years to come, the islands will be gone. they're uninhabited. a couple hundred years ago, there were a coupled hundred years ago who lived on the islands. now it's a wildlife refuge. and there's concern it will go over the boom and then on the islands and the coastline. >> gary, have you seen any oil other than the oil you just showed us? now, it seems like it's gotten smaller, some people say maybe it's gone deeper but what have you actually seen? >> reporter: we expected this island to be under oil because
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on the boat ride over, we saw huge clumps of oil for many minutes at a time while we were traveling at 12 knots. when we got here, it was a surprise it wasn't covered with oil. this boom, hard to see in the light. there's oil surrounding this island. while we were on the boat, amazing, we saw these dolphins an man that rays jumping out of the water. and it's so sad to think countless creatures like that right now are swimming in the oil. >> gary, appreciate the reporting. we have a correction to make toe a portion of our reporting last night. we reported exxon had not paid one cent of compensation until 19 years after the exxon valdez spill in 1989. instead, they appealed a punitive damage award to the supreme court. the process took 19 years but shortly after the spill, exxon did voluntarily pay $300 million in compensation to about
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11,000 businesses and people affected by the spill. we regret the error. still ahead, the time square bomber in custody, talking his head off. who is this guy, faisal shahzad and how did investigators track him down? we'll take you up close. an alarming portrait of a home grown terrorist in another case. a former altar boy who morphed into an islamic terrorist. how he fell into the arps of squall. what our year-long investigation has turned up will stun you. to stay on top of my game after 50, i switched to a complete multivitamin with more. only one a day men's 50+ advantage... has gingko for mem÷$y and concentration.
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in the last 24 hours, investigators appeared to have cracked the bomb square case wide open. faisal shahzad was arrested.
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after boarding a plane. you probably heard that already. he's a naturalized citizen and according to court documents, confessed to trying to rig the suv. he also told investigators he trained at a terrorist camp in pakistan. this story has been moving at warp speed today. we have a lot of reports. starting with an up-close look at the alleged bomber. joe johns is in times square. joe? >> reporter: anderson, if you do the math, starting when authorities first responded to the report of a car fire, the suv on time square, to the point they actually arrested this man, something like 53 hours, almost no time at all. and during that time, they learned just an incredible amount of information about him. here is some of what we know so far. so who is the guy who, according to authorities has admitted to trying to blow up an suv in times square? he's 30, born in pakistan and naturalized u.s. citizen. he's highly educated, has an mba, he's a family man. his wife huma mian, is graduate
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of the university of colorado. they have two kids, a boy and girl. shahzad left his job at a market data and management company last year and got hit with foreclosure. a neighbor who does not want to be identified said the family was low-key. >> he was a very private person. kept to hisself. liked to come out and night, wear all black and go jogging. his family, his wife didn't speak much english. his daughter played with my daughter, his oldest daughter played with my daughter. there was nothing to indicate he would do something like this. >> reporter: shahzad's father is a retired senior air force officer in pakistan. in 2005, shahzad graduated from the university of bridgeport. he made little impression there. >> people remember his name but don't remember a lot about him as a student in the classroom. >> reporter: still, the emerging picture of shahzad is unsettling.
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shahzad was in the u.s. on a work visa, and a year ago, he took the oath of american citizenship. then five months later, according to court records, he admitted to having traveled to pakistan. in fact, just last february, an immigration inspector at kennedy airport in new york stopped him. authorities said shahzad told him he had been in pakistan for five months visiting his parents, said he was planning on staying in a motel in connecticut while he looked for a job and a place to live. he told him his wife was back in pakistan, although something about his travel profile at the time set off red flags. for example, we know he bought a one-way ticket for the flight and paid for it with cash. >> without getting into a lot of detail, he was screened when he came back because of some of the targeting rules applied. >> reporter: what we now know is shahzad admits he had bomb-making training in pakistan on one of the trips. back in connecticut, shahzad moved to an apartment in bridgeport. one neighbor said she didn't
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even know he was there. >> so now we don't know that someone was in the second floor. i thought someone lived on the third floor, still, we never see the guy. >> reporter: he may have been invisible to the neighbors but he was parentally no expert at stealth and concealment. in some ways he was creating a neon sign for police pointing straight at him. >> he came here last year and bought a different car. >> reporter: they traced his telephone calls to a cell phone that went to pakistan and a fireworks store in pennsylvania that sells the type of fireworks linked to the makeshift bomb. >> so, joe, we talked so much about that suv found there in types square. really, much hasn't been reported about the car he left at the airport. is there anything significant as far as we know in the car? >> reporter: firepower for sure. sub-2,000 semi automatic rifle and apparently authorities traced it back and probably purchased within the last two months.
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we know there was a gun, anderson. >> appreciate it. a source familiar with the investigation tells us faisal shahzad waived his miranda rights and has been talking to officials since his arrest. he's still talking tonight apparently. as joe said, it took less than 54 hours for law enforcement officials to track him down. he left behind those clues. the first was discovered underneath that suv abandoned in times square. drew griffin takes us up close. >> reporter: the moment the danger was over, the wires removed, one detective looked underneath the nissan path finder and wrote down the clue fay sal shahzad did not know he left behind. etched under the engine block, the vehicle's identification number, the same vin number he removed from the dashboard from a source familiar with the investigation. that number led to a registration in connecticut and with it, sources tell cnn, the name and address of the owner, whose daughter was selling the
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car on craigslist. she met shahzad to sell him the car. she gave him his phone number so they could meet again to buy it. all cash, no paperwork. all in the parking lot of this shopping center. according to police, that call back number led to shahzad. the car's seller and friend there worked on the police artist sketch of the suspect. it was good police work and very sloppy criminal work. the would-be terrorist built an inept bomb. court records show he drove the bomb himself into new york, leaving behind keys to another car, a cell phone used to call a fireworks company, and so many other clues, he literally led detectives right to his door. and according to those same court records, shahzad admits to much of it. >> the mistakes made by this individual that led to the quick solution to this crime are phenomenal, in the sense of the mistakes all along the way. >> reporter: once identified, the idea was to watch him, listen, try to record phone
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calls, allow shahzad to make more mistakes and perhaps lead to accomplices. but by monday, sources said he got spooked, apparently deciding to flee. as agents began to track his movements, one of the first things they did, sources tell cnn, was to put his name on a no-fly list. monday night as he drove to jfk's international, according to federal sources he called emirate's air reserving his seat onboard this flight bound for dubai which would eventually connect to a flight bound for islamabad, pakistan. unknown to shahzad, there was no way he was going anywhere. even though the fbi briefly lost track of him, customs and border protection agents began examining flight manifests. then shortly after he arrives at the airport, an emirates employee enforms law enforcement that a man had just paid cash for a one-way ticket to pakistan. according to an account by cnn by federal law enforcement
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sources, here's what happened next. as the plane is boarding, agents are moving in. the decision is to allow the plane to shut its doors. before the plane can push back, sources tell cnn, the door is reopened, faisal shahzad is placed under arrest and removed from the flight before it ever leaves the gate. under intense questioning, there's another emergency. two more names onboard the emirates flight appear suspicious. under an abundance of caution, we're told, the plane already taxiing is told to go back to the gate. >> i have a message for you to come back to the gate immediately. >> reporter: two individuals were removed, questioned and let go. the only arrest is faisal shahzad he is said to be cooperating with the investigation and detailing his crimes and travel. >> so drew, he's apparently talking about training in pack staj. do authorities believe him? >> cops don't believe anybody, anderson. they make you prove it, especially, i'm told, in these terrorists case, because these guys really do like to brag, even when they blow it like this guy did.
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but they can make him prove it, little things. checking out, where did you buy the propane tanks? okay. then making sure he did. if he went to a training camp in waziristan, where? we have people that can check out and see if that is indeed true. did he get training? what kind of manuals were you given? so they're going to check every single fact as long as he's talking. i'm told that's the reason there was no hearing today, anderson, because he is talking. and they want to keep him talking as long as they can to find out everything they can about any other people that might be involved or might not be involved. >> that issue of him talking is brought up in the partisan debate we're seeing these days between those who say we shouldn't read suspects their miranda rights and those who say you should. thanks for your reporting. just ahead, we'll take a look at the latest on the investigation that east's unfolding over there. a rid today in a house where he
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hours after authorities arrested faisal shahzad, security forces in pakistan raided a house where the alleged times square bomber was believed to have stayed during his last visit. as many as three people were seized in the raid. court documents shows he received a series of phone calls from pakistan in the days leading up to the bombing and four were on the same day he bought the nissan pathfinder he used in the attack. you' been digging into faisal's roots in pakistan. what's the latest on the investigation there snp? >> reporter: anderson, based on what the investigation has turned up, what we're learning about faisal shahzad, there's no red flag indications he was headed for this type of trouble. by all accounts, an ordinary
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young man during his early years in pakistan. government officials say he was from a small village near pashawar in northwest pakistan. his family and father eventually moved them to pashawar himself. spent a lot of time there and went to high school and even after he moved to the u.s., he came back and visited his family. we found his house in pashawar, his father's house. it was empty when our cnn crews got there, local residents telling cnn the father may have left earlier on tuesday. very interesting, his father identifieds a bahar ul haq, a retired air marshal, and by all accounts an upstanding citizen. but one focal point and another focal point, karachi, where according to intelligence forces, there was a raid tsds conducted in a house where faisal shahzad spent time over the past year and as many as three people are being detained and questioned at this hour as
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this investigation unfolds in pakistan. >> you talked to members of his family. what did they tell you? >> reporter: we found a cousin, and he said, look, the family they are reeling, they're shocked about these developments that are certainly going to put this family under severe scrutiny, despite what he said to u.s. authorities, this cousin says, this family was a good family. they weren't engaged in criminal activity. let's listen to what the cousin had to say. >> these people, they never indulged in any criminal activities, not a family member, the village from which both of these people belongs, none of the village member involved in any criminal activities or jihad activity. >> that was faisal shahzad's cousin defending the family. it's a good bet this family will
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go through a tough few days as pakistani investigators will want to find out as much as they can about this 30-year-old pakistani american. >> if he's claiming he received some kind of training or went to terror camp in the waziristan area, how possible is that? does the pakistan government -- how able are they to track who's going into these terror camps and coming out of them? obviously, they don't have freedom of movement necessarily in some of these areas? >> reporter: if indeed faisal shahzad is telling the truth and he received training in the waziristan area in the tribal region along the border, it is not unusual, not the first time, one of the most troubling facts, this area, pakistani border, tribal belt is a safe haven, sanctuary, pakistani taliban, afghan taliban, al qaeda linked groups, many of these groups declared their desire to kill americans either across the border in afghanistan or on western soil.
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is he linked to one of these groups? investigators will be working to find that out. >> reza, appreciate you reporting. >> just ahead, killing of a white supremacist. first, tom has more. >> anderson, the lawyer for a virginia lacrosse player says he's confident a female's death was not intentional. george huguely said he had an altercation with the victim yeardley love and kicked in her door. she had a bruise on her face and one eye shut. huguely is being held on first-degree murder charges. >> corey haim died of natural causes including ewe moan yeah,
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coronary disease, hardening of the arteries. turns out, as his family insisted, he did not die of drug abuse. robert joe halderman will do jail today and community service. david letterman not there. christie's auction house turns this into $1.68 million, a word record. called nude, green leaves and bust. and the winning bidder is called anonymous. >> that's amazing. it took him just a day to paint it? up next from altar boy to al qaeda? how does it happen? one american's disturbing journey. the result of a year-long investigation by cnn. later, was it a hate crime? white supremacist murdered in the south. the suspect is african-american. the details, though, may surprise you. sfx: coin drop
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as we touched on earlier, according to the court documents, the suspect in the times square bombing told investigators he received training in pack staj. pakist pakistan. we don't know if it's true but could tell white house al qaeda was behind the plot and had some hand in it. al qaeda operates in pakistan in camps where followers answer the call to jihad. among the fanatic warriors in this group's holy war, a young man from new york, a shy altar boy from the suburbs who became a terrorist. the question we want to know is how. nic robertson spent almost a year uncovering that answer. here's a preview of his special "360" report. >> reporter: this is penn
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station in the heart of new york. at peak rush, more than 60,000 people churn through here every hour. 60,000 every hour. for al qaeda, penn station and the potential for a mass killing is a prize and daunting target. but then it seemed they got lucky. that's when this man, a young american, who grew up only 50 miles from here, made his way to pakistan, to offer his help. he is brooi bryant neal vinas, and this is how a middle class kid suddenly transformed into a dangerous enemy of the state. >> bryant is almost a poster
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child for the process, the unremarkable nature of the people who might go through this process and the danger that presents. i spent the better part of the year here in the u.s. and europe unraveling how he went from catholic to muslim, from u.s. army recruit to jihadist, from long island to lahore. he grew up on this street, in a middle class neighborhood on long island. his parents, latino immigrants, neither would go on camera with cnn but a neighbor says as a boy, bryant was like part of her family. >> very sweet little boy. he could come here any time and he was welcomed here. >> reporter: regis knew him best. >> when we were younger, we used to go in the pool a lot. he was respectful. he'd make sure he didn't break any rules in the house. >> reporter: there was nothing remarkable about bryant's early childhood. his teachers remember him being a good student, quiet and shy. he loved baseball and swimming. on sundays, he was an altar boy, his father devoutly catholic.
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when he was 14 years old, it all came crashing down. >> bryant's world shattered by his father leaving his mother. >> there were tears and temper tantrums, bryant started quarreling with his sister, being disrespectful towards his mother and refused to accept his parents' separation. >> reporter: later, after high school, bryant was drawn to a friend's brother, an aspiring pro boxer and a new convert to islam. >> he asked, what is the koran? and my brother, he explained to him what it was. and he handed him the koran. >> how long did it take him to read it? >> not long, because he took every minute, every second reading that book. >> it's as if he had been searching for a new identity and now it's taking shape. it would soon jag wildly in another direction.
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of course no one could have guessed bryant's journey would lead him to afghanistan and a plan to help al qaeda strike back home in new york. >> chilling stuff. nic robertson found a lot more. we'll have it for you next week. al qaeda, path to terror on next up is a story of murder in mississippi. killing of a white supremacist. was his life taken because of his extremist views? or was something else involved? and later, a candid interview with laura bush. the former first lady talks about a tragedy that left her feeling guilty for her entire life.
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police say vincent mcgee, an african-american ex-con confessed to the crime. imagine the irony if it's true, a nationally recognized racist murdered for propositioning a black man for sex. early in the morning, april 22nd, police say a neighbor noticed smoke coming from barrett's home and called 911. authorities found his body in the kitchen. he had been burned over 35% of it. investigators say he had also been stabbed 16 times, mostly in the upper chest and neck, the home set on fire to cover up the crime. mcgee is charged with arson and capital murder. he could face the death penalty but hasn't entered a plea. in court, details of mcgee's confession were made public for the first time. >> they got into an argument about the money. said barrett dropped his pants and asked him to perform a sexual act. said he got upset, grabbed a radio in the laundry room,
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struck him several times and grabbed a knife in the kitchen and began stabbing him and tied a knife around his hands and during the struggle, kept stabbing him until he quit moving. mike scott is his defense attorney. is it possible in your opinion he might have concocted this story about being propositioned for sex in order to defend himself against a capital murder charge? >> obviously, anything is possible. i don't think that is what happened here. >> reporter: the district attorney says this was not a hate crime and had nothing to do with race or sex. he argues mcgee's motive was robbery. >> if the killing was over unwanted sexual advances, why was the wallet taken? >> reporter: this investigative reporter for the clarion ledger newspaper has known barrett since 1988. >> it was known among white supremacist circles among some that he was gay. >> it is unbelievably common in the white supremacist world to
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find people who are desperately antigay but secretly gay. >> barrett and mcgee were hardly strangers to each other. mcgee had done some lawn work for barrett just dollars a he just as he did the day barrett was murdered. they both lived right here in this racially mixed neighborhood three homes apart. mcgee lived with his mom. in fact, it was mcgee's mother's house right here in the carport that police say they discovered sneakers covered in soot and the missing top to a gas can that they had found at barrett's home. police say mcgee is cooperating. he even led them to what they believe is the murder weapon, randi kaye, cnn, pearl, mississippi. >> bizarre story. read randi's behind the scene reporters notebook on coming up, laura bush in her first television interview since leaving the white house and talking to oprah winfrey about a tragedy that changed her life. and we'll show you what happened to this phillies fan
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a phillies fan takes to the
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field during a ball game. 40,000 people were watching. he ended up getting tasered. but tonight, tome foreman joins us again with. a scathing report shows more than 20 problems at a plant where several varieties of children's cold medicine were made including tylenol and benadryl. the inspector says the company failed to follow up on customer complaints about foreign materials and back or dark specks in its drugs. the fda is considering possible criminal penalties. former laura bush giving her first tv interview today since leaving the white house. mrs. bush appeared on the oprah winfrey show" to talk about her new memoir "spoken from the heart." the most memorable moments, a car accident in high school that led to the death of a friend. >> how did you handle the fact you had now killed one of your dear friends? >> what did was try not to think about it. >> do you still carry the guilt?
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>> sure, of course, i felt guilty for my whole life. >> in nashville, tennessee, finally some flood relief. the cumberland river is starting to recede and some homeowners are starting to return. in roswell, georgia, a dramatic rescue, three people pulled alive from a rain swollen creek. look at that! just inches from a 30 foot waterfall, a huge break there. this flooding, anderson, has been absolutely beyond belief. the pictures from nashville, blowing my mind, i can't believe it. >> unbelievable. amazing they were able to pull them to safety. >> look at that. >> tonight's shot, a baseball fan stormed the field during a phillies home game last night. what he probably did not expect was to get tasered. look at this video from youtube. >> there he goes. see the guy pointing the gun and then, boom! >> there he goes, too, wow, look
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at this. >> the philadelphia cop follows him, pointing the taser, 17 years old. the jolt from the weapon sends him to the grass. look at this still photograph, you see the police officer pointing at him, unbelievable, moments before the taser is actually fired, hit the guy. his father says he's a good student, a big fan, clearly not how he expected the night to end up. >> that's a great photograph, an amazing moment. >> this story isn't just making news, it "got us thinking," all about timing. >> what did it get you thinking about, anderson? >> about timing and -- what could the story have possibly got us thinking about? oh. rick sanchez. >> i'm about to receive 50,000 volts of electricity. do it. >> oh, ayaa! oh!
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it hurts. it's painful. but no one's dead. >> oh, god, ayya! >> i could watch that 50,000 times. >> i have it on a loop playing at my house. >> oh, god, ayya! oh! >> it just never gets old. >> and i love the, "but nobody died." >> we could do this for an hour. >> but no one's dead. >> absolutely. rick's a good sport about it. we appreciate that. tom, thanks very much for being with us. serious allegations at the top of the hour. allegations that president obama is essentially wanting the gulf oil disaster, because it's
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pushing his environmental agenda. those allegations are being made by michael brown, brownie from hurricane katrina. we'll talk to him ahead.
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