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captions by: caption colorado >> schieffer: tonight, taking the war against isis into syria. president obama tells the nation his plan for defeating the sunni terrorist group. major garrett has details. scott pelley is in iraq with a survivor of an isis mass execution. >> pelley: when those bullets began to hit you, you must have thought you were dead. >> schieffer: bob orr on the threat of terror 13 years after 9/11. the c.i.a. director warns the red lights are blinking. new questions tonight about when the nfl first saw that video of ray rice assaulting his future wife. a report tonight that it was sent to the league months ago. norah o'donnell has the latest on this spiraling controversy. and wyatt andrews with a memorial to a long-hidden past. >> to actually see your
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ancestor's name is just-- oh, my gosh. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> schieffer: good evening. i'm pob schieffer. well, the story of ray rice and the nfl just won't go away. just yesterday, nfl commissioner roger goodell told our norah o'donnell that to the best of his knowledge, it was not until this week that anyone in his office had seen the horrific video that showed rice beating his future wife unconscious. well, tonight, the associated press says a law enforcement official says he sent the video to the league offices back in april. norah is back with us tonight. norah. >> reporter: good evening, bob. you remember the commissioner told us yesterday they hadn't seen the tape because law enforcement wouldn't turn it over. well, tonight, a law enforcement official is telling the associated press he in fact sent the videotape of ray rice
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beating his girlfriend back in april. that was five months ago, before the first punishment of rice was handed down by the nfl. now, the associated press also says that this law enforcement official played a voice mail from an nfl phone number where someone expressed thanks for the tape's arrival and said, "you're right. it's terrible." apparently, no one from the nfl ever followed up. and it's not clear if the tape was ever viewed within the nfl. bob, if this report is true, it orises some questions about what commissioner roger goodell told us yesterda. so did anyone in the nfl see this second videotape before monday? >> no. >> reporter: no one in the nfl? >> no one in the nfl, to my knowledge. and i have been asked that same quetion, and the answer to that is no. we were not granted that. we were told that, that was not something we would have access to.
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on multiple occasions we asked for it, and on multiple occasions we were told no. >> reporter: you know there are people saying they just don't buy that, that no one in the nfl had seen this tape. >> well, that's a fact. we are cooperative. we are supportive. we will ask for any pertinent information that we can have access to, but we can't force them to provide any information. >> reporter: and tonight, the nfl said in a statement, "we have no knowledge of this. we are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on monday." bob, an official telling me that what they-- this new report doesn't change, in their words what they said yesterday. they also said the source telling me that this report and the timing of it is-- quote, unquote-- fishy, that the law t forcement official is anonymous, and if they sent this video back in april, why are we only hearing about it now? but the source did add that they are doing a full investigation. they've directed their security department to look into this. and if there is a delivery
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sitting under someone's desk, there will be consequences. >> schieffer: well, how is it, norah, that with the 1,000 employees they have, how is it they can say that they don't think anybody saw it? >> reporter: this is the critical question. how does the nfl know that of all of it's employees that no one saw it? they said that's what they're looking into. i said how do you know? and then one source admitted to me, "well, we don't." >> schieffer: all right, norah. norah will have, of course, a lot more on this tomorrow morning on "cbs this morning." today, 12 members of the house judiciary committee, all democrats, wrote goodell, demanding to know how aggressively the league investigated the rice attack, and even before those latest allegations, the national association for women called on goodell today to resign. we want to turn now to the president's speech tonight and on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11, mr. obama goes on television to tell us his latest thinking on how to
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combat the threat posed by the isis terrorists. every indication is he'll order a wider and a more-intense bombing campaign into northern iraq and syria. we have a team of correspondents s vering this story. and we go first to our chief white house correspondent major garrett. major? >> reporter: bob, president obama will tell the nation tonight the u.s. objective is to first degrade and ultimately destroy isis, also known as isil. in an excerpt just released by the white house, the president will also say the strategy "will not involve american combat troops fighting on foreign soil. this counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out isil wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground." the president is calling for a multi-front campaign against isis. more airstrikes to help iraqi and kurdish forces retake territory in northern iraq. there have been 154 strikes so far.
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the daily frequency could double or triple. the air war will expand to syria but not until there is better intelligence on isis targets there. and the u.s. will launch a more aggressive effort to train and equip moderate rebel forces fighting isis inside syria. in an oval office phone call with saudi arabia's king abdullah, the president secured the kingdom's support for that training. the president always pressed congress for funds and legal authority to carry out that part of the strategy. but the president's critics, including former vice president dick cheney, say he has been too cautious. >> too often threats and aggression have been met with stern declarations of inaction by the united states. supported by lengthy explanations of our inability to shape events. >> reporter: the president's speech will attempt to erase any doubt about what his strategy is against isis. but it will leave, bob, unanswered questions about cost and duration, leaving the white house open to criticism that it is asking the country and congress to write a blank check
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for an open-ended military campaign against isis. >> schieffer: okay, well, thank you very much, major. cbs will, of course, broadcast the president's speech at 9:00 eastern time, 8:00 central. that is 6:00 in the west. the u.s. air-strikes in iraq that began a month ago saved thousands of refugees trapped by isis on mount sinjar and stopped the isis advance on the kurdish capital of erbil. scott pelley is there tonight on assignment for "60 minutes." scott. >> pelley: bob, kurdistan is a semi-independent region in northern iraq. it has its own military, called the peshmerga, and today, we found them eye-to-eye with isis. the isis advance stopped just short of lieutenant mohammad's bridge. that's the isis flag on one end, and mohammad's men on the other. why is this bridge so important? "this is the road to kirkuk," he told us. kirkuk is the gateway to iraq's
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oil fields. do you have orders to destroy this bridge if it comes to that? "no," mohammad said, "the people will need the bridge. no one is going to take my bridge." he couldn't have said that a month ago when these troops were forced back toward the capital erbil. but now, the american air campaign means that isis can't mass its forces or move with any speed. thanks to the u.s. air-strikes, the peshmerga are now on the offensive and eventually, the peshmerga will be moving toward mosul, which is an occupied city of more than 1.5 million people. these are the pictures coming out of mosul these days. it is chaos, according to a doctor we found who is moving in and out of the city. we won't identify him for his safety. "mosul is like a big prison with limited water and gas," he told us. "electricity only shows up once
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every two days. the people have no work. there's a massive shortage of medicine." what are some of the rules in mosul today that people have to live under because of isis? "they control life, clothing, everything in a very harsh way, very strict, and very strict punishments." isis is posting those punishments online, boasting of mass executions of people who refuse to convert to its extremist view of islam. sayid told us that last month, isis rounded up more than 100 men in his village and told them they were being taken to a refugee camp. it turned out to be a short trip to a mass grave. "they told us to lie flat on the ground," he said, "and then they started firing all kinds of guns." his leg was hit three times. a bullet grazed his neck. when those bullets began to hit you, you must have thought you
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were dead. "when i was hit, i didn't want to make a sound because anyone who made a noise, they'd come over and shoot them in the head." when it was all over, sayid crawled out of the grave. back at the bridge, lieutenant mohammad's men can't advance because they're lightly armed. tonight, the kurds are asking the white house for tanks and artillery to break lines like this. it could be a long commitment. war is like a bridge-- once you're on it, you can't get off until you see it through. tonight, 4.5 million people live under isis control. u.s. secretary of state john kerry paid an unannounced visit to baghdad today. he met with the new unity government there. kerry announced that the united states will help fund a new iraqi national guard in the rdght against isis. that's the news from iraq
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tonight. with the rest of the world news, we'll go to bob schieffer back in new york. >> schieffer: thanks, scott. our homeland security correspondent bob orr met today with c.i.a. director john brennan at c.i.a. headquarters and as you'll hear, brennan painted a grim picture as he described the threat posed by isis. >> they have pillaged and raped and plundered and taken captive men, women, and children, and they have just mowed down tribes and families. they are evil incarnate. >> reporter: this is a terrorist organization with an army and heavy weapons and safe operating space. does that make it more dangerous than al qaeda was prior to 9/11? >> i think it certainly makes it more destabilizing to the region as a whole, and we know that isil is looking beyond the area right now that they control, to carry out attacks, and they have even said publicly and threatened the united states and
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the west with attacks. >> reporter: the president has pledged to degrade and destroy isis. do you have the intelligence resources available and in place to accomplish that mission? >> i think we certainly have the determination and now we have the agreement of a number of partners worldwide to work together to crush isil. >> reporter: brennan told us a priority is taking out terrorist leaders including isis commander abu bakr al-baghdadi, but the u.s. will need specific intelligence to hit high-value targets. >> so these efforts to try to find and bring to justice the individuals responsible for some of these attacks, it's a lengthy process. and i think that's one of the things that we have to understand. their time will come, and we are going to make sure that we're able to be relentless in our pursuit of them. >> reporter: one of your predecessors, george tenet,
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famously said after 9/11, that as he looked back on the summer of '01, the red lights were blinking everywhere. in this summer of 2014, do you see any lights blinking? >> the terrorist activities right now in iraq and syria are very, very worrisome. so i think the lights may be blinking red as far as it is time to make sure that it's not able to continue along its current path. >> reporter: but brennan says the threat extends beyond isis, al qaeda, and syria and the al qaeda affiliate in yemen, bob, are both actively plotting to hit the homeland if and when they can. >> schieffer: thank you very much. bob orr in washington. the ferguson, missouri, city council is considering police reforms after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white officer. and an army of federal agents descends on downtown los angeles when the cbs evening news continues. try alka seltzer reliefchews. they work just as fast and are proven to taste better
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in what they say is a long cstory of bullying by the nearly all-white police force. >> i demand change, period. >> reporter: tuesday night, the city council faced the public for the first time since the shooting. >> the community is tired. we're tired of being oppressed. we're tired of being lied to. >> reporter: the council is considering the creation of a citizen review board to monitor the local police and reducing the government funding from fines for tickets, court appearances, and arrest warrants. in this city of 21,000, 86% of the vehicles stopped by officers last year involved black motorists. >> you make your money off of our backs. >> reporter: terri franks was at the council meeting and we spoke with her today. >> it's like land mines, you know. you never know when you're going to get stopped or for what reason. >> reporter: her twin sons got their driver's licenses a year ago. what has what year been like? >> it's been total chaos. it's been hell. >> reporter: she said they've been repeatedly cited for offenses including swerving or failure to
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>> to be able to actually see your ancestor's name is just-- oh, my gosh. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: this dedication of the alexandria, virginia, friedman cemetery happened almost by accident. alexandria was a gathering place her escaped slaves during the civil war, but after the war, with no headstones on the forget. the city found a way to forget. in the 1950s, a gas station was allowed to pave it over. but eventually, the cemetery was rediscovered and the city tore the gas station down. archeologists found more than 600 graves, and a jeanologist, char bah, found more than 200 living relatives. >> first they were shocked. and they said you mean to tell me a gas station? and they said yes. and i would hear crying. >> reporter: they had no idea? >> no idea. >> that's him! that's him! right here! >> reporter: yvette lewis and his father donald taylor had
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lived five blocks away and bought gasoline without knowing their ancestors lay below. >> oh, my goodness. that was lee washington's sister. >> reporter: one by one, they found six of those relatives on the wall. >> daddy, it's okay. >> it's sad, but it's tears of joy, joy that i know where they are. >> reporter: and they were free. >> and they were free. yes! yes! free! >> reporter: most of the families have forgiven the city for the long-held secret because now their forgotten ancestors have been freed a second time. they once were lost, but now are found. wyatt andrews, cbs news, alexandria, virginia. >> schieffer: and that's our western edition of the cbs evening news. we'll be right back at 6:00 with the president's address to the nation. for scott pelley, i'm bob schieffer. see you in a
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your real is a your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. president obama is about to address the nation. we are going to be bringing that to you live. the president will outline his plan to address the threat posed by the militant group isis and the united states strategy. the group has overrun parts of syria and iraq and is responsible for beheading two american journalists. the president met with members of his national security team in the situation room earlier fade. we'll bring you a breakdown and analysis of the president's plan. >> also, coming up, a story you will only see on kpix 5. hardball politics in the fight over a billion-dollar contract paid operatives telling lies to get their measure on the ballot. >> but first, it is cbs news coverage, president obama
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laying out his strategy to fight the terrorist group isis. let's go on to cbs news. captioning sponsored by cbs >> schieffer: good evening. president obama is about to lay out his strategy for defeating the terrorist group known variously as isis or isil. the sunni muslim group has been seizing territory in iraq and syria. their goal-- to establish an islamic state. the campaign of terror has included the beheading of two ouerican journalists, james foley and steven sotloff. earlier this summer, the president ordered airstrikes against isis targets in iraq. more than 200 have been damaged or destroyed since then. tonight he is expected to expand those strikes to include isis bases in syria. scott pel sein iraq and he's been talking