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leave against their will. finland intends to expel up to 20,000 asylum seekers. austria announced it will deport at least 50,000 and set a cap on those they will accept. sentiment in many countries began something of a seachange after a string of sexual attacks on women were reported in finland, austria, and in cologne, germany on new year's eve. many put a name to the actions -- "taharrush" -- which is a word describing an activity among some arab men, now dubbed the "rape game." some debate whether the "rape game" is real. but in cologne, we found, at the very least, a new reality that is changing lives and possibly the fate of a continent. it is girls' night out in cologne, germany and along for the ride, a level of anxiety these young women they haven't felt before. >> our teachers gave us a piece of paper saying we should only be in groups and never go outside alone, especially at night time. >> i'm scared that someone grabs
scott: it all stems from this. new year's eve -- and one of the worst nights of crime this city has seen in decades. >> we arrived at the central station and it was very full there. scott: how full? how busy was it? >> very busy, you couldn't move. scott: a massive crowd had gathered near the central train station, there were fireworks, fights, and the police unable to keep control -- and then the sex assaults, hundreds of them -- and rapes. the overwhelming blame, laid upon the large immigrant population, mostly, north africans, in what some believe was preplanned and coordinated. reflecting an arabic term, taharrush -- called by some, "the rape game," when gangs of men circle a woman, then simultaneously assault her, keeping police at bay -- like what happened to cbs reporter lara logan in egpyt in 2011 or
from another attack in 2013. >> i only knew of this term from some events in egypt, i never investigated that term in more detail because i never would have believed this type of thing would take place here, even after 40 years on the job. scott: cologne's police chief, michael temme. chief temme: it was a shock to every policeman. if you become a policeman, you want to help. at the end of this night, we realized we were not able to help. it affects us as policemen and especially if you're used to living with equality between men and women. >> women and girls are more in danger now than they have ever been before, so yes, that is not any reason to panic, but we have to do something. scott: frauke petree, head of the alternative for deutchland party in the region, points to the numbers. over 800 crimes reported, more than 400 of them sex assaults, 2 rapes. and it wasn't just in germany. similar incidents were reported in austria, finland, and switzerland.
a lot of women tell us they no longer feel comfortable walking alone at night. they are going in groups and carrying pepper spray and mace, something that in fact has sold out in a lot of stores, but also on the streets at night are vigilantes, police tell us, groups of men who say they feel the need to patrol the area. in some cases, they have confronted violently members of the immigrant community. >> i think that's a very natural way to behave. if fathers or husbands want to protect their families, i think that's a natural thing to do. talking about hundreds of migrants actually raping women in cologne is a different story because what we experience in germany not only today, not over the last couple of weeks, but we have parallel societies building up that do not take part in german social life, that have their own rules, and don't even want to belong in germany, so we have a clash of cultures. scott: that culture clash is described by an imam at this
sami abu yusuf said all involved but also tried to explain why it may be happening. tight mini-skirts, tight trousers. they were wearing perfume and something like that in their countries. they saw it and they thought they can touch them, but if i say these are the reasons, that doesn't mean i accept it or think it is right. it's a crime. scott: while police say they're stepping up patrols with both uniformed and plain clothes officers and installing more surveillance cameras, governments are also taking steps toward assimilation that some find comically insufficent. like this video in finland encouraging women to stand their ground by shouting "no" or at community swimming pools, posting signs that remind immigrants, "it's not ok to touch." >> they grow up differently maybe, but if you're a guest in one country, you should behave. scott: at this organization for
kopetskee says there has been a tsunami of phone calls -- women asking about self-defense classes and advice on how to avoid becoming a victim, worried another so-called taharrush will happen again. >> we hope that people are more aware now and that they take responsibility and, when they go out, when they observed something, that they go and help the women and show solidarity. scott: that fear has translated into louder calls to stop taking refugees -- demands to deport. sheila: i don't think this is proof of what is to come or that everything will just not work out and this is just the starting point for the end of the world basically. sometimes you look at the newspapers these days and it
scott: journalist sheila mysorekar believes what happened on new year's eve has become a political prop. sheila: as a scarecrow to make people afraid basically of what is to come and i think that is utilizing it in a negative way or a political way and it's not something that's happening by chance. it's something i think is also politically orchestrated by the political right. scott: do you feel you're being looked at more closely or scrutinized? >> of course, of course, and i think i would say i'm sure that was their intention and that's planned. they wanted to do this. we need really to talk and work on this issue. we don't need to abuse this
feed them with the wrong information and give them bad pictures and illusion about refugees. scott: but any optics aside, the fears over more attacks are still very real. >> i think when time goes by, maybe it's getting better, but the situation was how it was. you can't change that. scott: and the time to talk has well passed, critics across europe say -- like france's marion le pen. a rising star on the right and loudest voice in the chorus of shouts demanding new leaders willing to change course in light of the new year's eve attacks. >> for now, france hasn't been affected by this phenomenon because we have the state of emergency. they are many called up policemen and soldiers in the country. but this doesn't mean it will not happen massively in france, as we are dealing with the same influx and the same conditions.
of a major week-long carnival. the first night with increased police presence -- there were 22 reported incidents of sexual assaults. the authorities are refusing to discuss the ethnicities of the alleged attackers, saying that they are a cross-section of the public. and still ahead on "full measure" -- security is stepped up for the super bowl tonight in san francisco. but we'll report on one security measure that not only doesn't work, but is being called a billion dollar boondoggle.
bad at scott: tonight, san franciscso is the stage for the biggest sports event of the year. the big game will draw tens of thousand of fans for high-priced seats in the stadium and tens of millions of viewers on television. security is a huge concern. the department of homeland security is running that show with personnel on the land, sea, and in the air. one device has drawn some attention. a bio-monitor that is supposed to test for any potential biological or chemical threat. but some consider it suspect and say it doesn't work and is a waste of over a billion dollars. we spoke to representative tim murphy, chairman of the house energy, commerce, and oversight committee, about the biowatch terror surveillance warning system. and why we should be concerned. rep. murphy: well, because of the high profile of the super
terrorism attack of any sort, biowatch monitors will be present in that area for detection if anything is released or if there's any risks there. the usefulness of them is questionable, but they're there. a biowatch monitor is something that filters the air -- think of it as sniffing the air -- and then it takes some samples, and those samples then go off to a lab. and then those labs then analyze what's in the samples and they make some determinations if they are some pathogens, some biological aspects which can cause harm to people. it's not a very effective and efficient program. look, if there is a disease that's released into that air, whatever that is, and people can acquire it and get sick and it spreads fast, you're looking at mortality rates in the first 12, 24, 36 hours, which could rapidly ramp up especially if it's something easily spread person to person, as well. and therefore, what we would be looking at is basically a
telling us what happened. but at that point, an effective pathogen could have spread quite a bit and already be causing a great deal of mortality. it's like buying an old smoke detector. it doesn't work very well. it works pretty slow and we're spending a lot of money and i think it's one of those things where we give ourselves a false sense of security, especially when we continue to pour money into it. it's been about $1 billion so far and it costs over $80 million dollars a year to operate. i don't think there's evidence that we're safer after spending $1 billion. i don't think we'd be safer if we spent one dollar on this. the gao report was highly critical of the program and basically saying that it was not working and it should be scrapped in terms of further approach to it and that people should sit down and review this. look, we need something like this. there is no question. we have got to have monitors for this. i think it's only a matter of time when people who want to do us harm, will increase the level of sophistication.
something's going to break through, either from a foreign agent coming to this country or someone domestically trying to cause harm. scott: congressman murphy and the house oversight committee have planned a hearing this week on the biowatch monitors. the department of homeland security will be there to address continuing the program and expenditures. we asked dhs to comment for this story and did not receive a response. still to come on "full measure" -- it's hard not to be happy about low gas prices. they're the lowest since 2009. but there's a price to pay for
low-cost oil. >> i'm taking advantage of it as i can. >> i'm paying $2.13 i saw -- can't beat that! >> the gauges at the gas pump are spinning lower and lower. under $2 a gallon in most states. >> it saves me a lot of money. >> i get to drive my truck again. scott: the jaw-dropping cheap prices even became a major bragging point in president obama's recent state of the union address. president obama: gas under two kevin book: two bucks a gallon ain't bad if you're buying gasoline, but two bucks a gallon is terrible news if the well you worked on was engineered to break even at $3 a gallon. scott: kevin book is the managing director of clearview energy partners, a washington, dc-based research firm providing energy facts to investors. book says that while most americans' wallets may feel fatter, the oil industry is getting clobbered and nearly
laid off as a result. like mike williamson of amarillo, texas, who started out "roughnecking," one of the toughest jobs on an oil rig, then working his way up and, in 2011, he launched his own well testing company. mike: everything was prosperous, everything was going well for me, business was good. scott: business was good -- until it wasn't. mike: in december of 2014 pretty much is when i started feeling the hit, the oil prices coming down. didn't really think it was going to hit as hard as it did, but when it did, the price fell out of the bottom. it pretty much -- it crippled me. scott: williamson says he lost, in order, his paycheck, his truck, his camper, and, just recently, his house. only a few years ago in texas, the future was so bright, the flares from the oil rigs were visible from outer space.
orange beacon in the eagle ford shale area of south texas. motivated by high prices and armed with new drilling technologies, producers struck black gold in the shale fields, pumping out record barrels of crude around the clock. all those rigs required workers and the industry went on a hiring spree. mike: i can remember the first time i made $50,000, i thought that was amazing. the first time i made $200,000 a year, i thought i was donald trump. scott: the lone star state alone accounted for nearly half of all jobs created nationwide between 2009 and 2011. kevin: the story of u.s. producers for the last four unmitigated production enthusiasm. very enthusiastically, producers borrowed and invested and continued to grow their production in the u.s., and there was a market for that oil. until there wasn't.
flooded the market. and the basic laws of supply and demand kicked in. crashing down. so while drivers celebrate cheap gas, williams is one of 72,000 texans who are out of work as the rigs have disappeared. and belt tightening is underway at blue-chip energy companies like exxon mobil, which reported a 58% drop in fourth quarter earnings. chevron recently reported its first quarterly losses in 13 years and bp says it will slash 7,000 jobs by the end of 2017. michelle patron: you have oil producing companies that have had their revenues reduced and that can breed instability. they are now going to have to curtail spending. scott: until last year, michelle patron was president obama's special assistant for energy and climate, where she had a front row seat to the geopolitical ramifications of fluctuating oil prices. michelle: if you think back to
low prolonged oil prices, you think back to some significant global events, including low oil prices contributing to the fall of the soviet union. scott: this oil bust is rattling stock markets around the world. u.s. stocks produced their weakest start in january since 2009. patron says that cheap oil could also impact the banking sector and that too is contributing to a jittery stock market. michelle: particularly the independent companies that are active in u.s. shale and borrowed heavily to finance their production, prices have dropped, revenue has dropped, and they could default on their loans. if that happens, banks could be left with billions of dollars of bad loans, the bond holders could lose their investment, and this increases the risks associated with investing in markets at a time when there's already heightened concern about china. scott: along the eagle ford
bright, there are only 64 rigs sending out their flares. the skyline of south texas has darkened. mike: just because you're paying $1.34 at the pump, you know, when you're doing that in life is great, there's somebody on the other side of it that's on a complete different spectrum. they're hurting. they're fighting for their lives. scott: betting on how long this slump will last is like getting into a game of texas hold 'em. it's high stakes poker, but some analysts are predicting a rebound by the end of 2016. ahead on "full measure" -- the candidates have passed go with iowa. and now it's on to new hampshire
and a few new attacks. scott: with the first in the nation caucuses beghind them, the 2016 presidential candidates have set their sights on the first in the nation primary. tuesday, voters in new hampshire cast their ballots. while some candidates are hoping to capitalize of the momentum gained in iowa, others need a win in the granite state to stay in the race. here's your quick dose of presidential politics in this week's "campaign incredible." >> i am not making promises that i can't keep. >> on the heels of a razor-thin victory in iowa, hillary clinton is casting herself as the underdog in new hampshire. >> and enough is enough. if you have something to say, say it. >> instead of arguing about
>> you began it yesterday with your comments. >> let's talk about what we should do. >> the media is not going to pick the republican nominee or the next president of the united states. >> a dig aimed at donald trump, who accused cruz via twitter of fraud and stealing the iowa caucuses. trump wants either a new election or to have the results nullified. >> if i don't win, i've wasted a lot of time and a lot of money. >> here in new hampshire you all elect presidents. >> my candidacy gives us the best chance to nominate a real conservative who can unite the party. >> i listened to marco's speech last night and you would have thought he had won. saying it doesn't make it so. >> frankly, i'm prejudiced. i want trump to win the republican nomination. >> i have to tell you that i am suspending this presidential bid. >> meanwhile, the gop field of candidates continues to narrow. >> we're very, very proud of the campaign we ran. we just didn't measure up. >> i will continue to fight on for liberty.
suspend the campaign, but not because of the votes. it's because of illness. obviously, the voters are sick of me and i need to acknowledge that. [laughter] scott: following the new hampshire primary, the candidates will turn their attention to the south carolina for the palmetto state's primary. now, looking ahead to next sunday on "full measure" -- we head to paris. it's known as the city of lights, but did the terror attacks nearly three months ago dim the lifestyle that defines the french? we'll visit the sites attacked and talk to people in paris. are they like americans after 9/11, who find that life has changed at a fundamental level? and are the concerns about another terror attack the new normal? is that a constant worry, that there could be another attack? >> yes, it is. at the moment, we cannot have any proof that the problem is solved and i think it's not solved, anyway. so it might happen again, it migh happen again in france, but
europe or even in the u.s. scott: that is next week on "full measure." now to take a look at some viewer comments on earlier shows. several of you took to social media to discuss our report on the 2012 attack on u.s. diplomatic compound in benghazi, libya. @worthyjoe tweeted -- "the soldiers have no reason to lie. only the politicians do." and many of you were talking about last week's report on the affordable care act. rob felt the report was one-sided, writing -- "would have liked to see the pro-aca folks given equal time for rebuttal." we're all about accountability here on "full measure" -- even when it's holding ourselves accountable. so we have to confess to a map mistake and a graphic that moved kansas just a bit north of reality. we do know where kansas is. it's where we're being seen on ksas, fox/kansas. thank you for watching. i'm scott thuman. sharyl attkisson will be back next sunday. our lead story today was from