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hello. i'm wolf blitzer reporting here in moore, oklahoma. we want to welcome our viewers. the skies are clear right now, but weather today is taking another swipe at this battered town. heavy rain and flash floods hampered recovery efforts earlier in the day. plus, authorities warn strong winds could turn mountains of debris into projectiles. and lightning could put recovery crews at risk. officials today raised the number of injuries. they now say 353 people were hurt in monday's monstrous tornado. two children are still hospitalized, one in critical condition. eight adults are also in the hospital at oklahoma university medical center. the two elementary schools
destroyed by that ef-5 tornado will be rebuilt, that according to the incoming superintendent of moore public schools. he says rebuilding is the beginning of the healing process. we've learned also the names of the 24 people killed by the tornado. the youngest was just 4 months old. seven were students at the plaza towers elementary school, which took a direct hit from the storm. we know their names as well. and now we're learning more about their lives. cnn's kyung lah talked with the mother of one of the children who died. kyung is here with me. incredibly sad story. i want you to share it with our viewers. >> the reason she wanted to speak with us, the mother of 8-year-old kyle davis, she wanted people to know how her son lived, but she also wanted him to know that people need to have discussion about having a safe shelter in public schools in oklahoma.
>> i was running out the door and i was like, i love you, bub, and he's like i love you too, mom. and he was laying in my bed watching tv. and that's the last time i seen him. >> what followed, a disaster few can fathom. a mother's nightmare that only the parents of the children at plaza towers elementary can truly understand. >> of course the closer i got to the school, the harder it was because the houses were pretty much gone. and when i got to the school, i broke down really hard. >> nikki davis's other child, 11-year-old caylee, survived by hiding in the girl's bavrm. she walked out running into her mother's arms, but still missing 8-year-old kyle. >> you don't know if he's safe, if he's still stuck under all that rubble. is he -- you know, where is he?
you know, being a mother, you know -- you have to know where your babies are. >> davis collapsed from the emotional strain at the school, rushed to the er, she spent the night curled up with this picture praying until the morning. >> and then i got confirmation that they had him, but he didn't make it. and, you know, you cry and cry and cry and then you feel like you're crying and there's no tears going, but you feel like they're going. i just, it's just something i never ever thought in my life that we would have to go through. >> davis wanted to meet here at the soccer field her son loved. he grew up on these fields. he loved being number 16 for the cosmos white team holding his favorite ball, wearing the soccer trinkets her son adored,
davis who is divorced, explained three generations of her family stopped by to meet us on the way to planning his funeral. are you angry at all at anything? or is it just the overwhelming sadness that you feel? >> i am angry to an extent. i know that the schools did what they thought they could do, but with us living in oklahoma, tornado shelters should be in every school. it should be -- you know, there should be a ever happened again during school that kids can get to a safe place. that we don't have to sit there and go through rubble and rubble and rubble and may not ever find what we're looking for. >> and you know, kyung, so many people have said that. they don't understand why, this is tornado alley, there aren't these kinds of slts in every school, even the older buildings, why haven't they
invested the money to build them. >> these parents are hoping that will change. that they felt this should be the lesson, the teachable moment for the entire state. and they are hoping that that changes. >> little boy seemed like such a wonderful -- i know the mom shared some wonderful stories with you. >> she did. she did say he was going to turn 9 next month. thanks very much for sharing that with our viewers. the push for storm shelters in all of oklahoma schools is in fact coming from several fronts right now including from politicians and an online petition the tragedy the plaza towers elementary school gave the issue a new sense of urgency. our own john berman spoke with the assistant school superintendent here in moore about what happens now. >> a lot of discussion over the last few days about storm shelters, the plaza towers elementary school did not have a storm shelter. i had the opportunity to talk to one of the parents of one of the little girls who died in that school. a lot of the parents right now are saying there should have
been a shelter at that school, there needs to be a shelter at that school. going forward, would it be something you would support to have storm shelters placed in every school in this community? >> absolutely would support that endeavor. our hopes is on these two sites, both briarwood and plaza towers, that in the rebuilding process that there will be additional dollars there from fema to help us with that. fortunately, i'm in the may 3rd '99 tornado we sustained severe damage and lost another elementary, kelly elementary, and fema was able when we rebuilt those fema was able to attach money to that so we could put in safe rooms. >> i don't know if you're left with older schools that weren't knocked out in this storm here, but would you go through -- would you support going through the older schools and making sure there are shelters there? >> we currently do that year by year with the city of moore. we've got safety management, crisis management that comes in and tells us exactly where we
need to put students in the safest environment. we will continue to do that. and as funds become available, we will look at that as well. >> but money seems to be the biggest obstacle. >> money is an obstacle. it is. >> money well spent if a tornado hits again, that's for sure. and that's not out of the question here in moore, oklahoma. this town has been hit by three major tornadoes in the last 14 years. our meteorologist chad myers is joining us now from the cnn center. chad, building storm shelters would be smart if there's a good chance a tornado will strike again, so what are the chances that that will happen here in moore? >> i don't think there's any question that that now will be priority one. not only in moore, but taking a big long look at all the big schools, all the schools in oklahoma, in texas, arkansas, kansas and nebraska even for that matter. something that can be aboveground because going below ground in oklahoma's trouble. you have rocks, clay, water,
water table that can fill up with water very quickly in a rain. i had a home in edmond, oklahoma, didn't have a shelter at all. it was knocked off its foundation before i lived in it and then rebuilt. but i think you can actually get aboveground safe rooms. there are enough places in this school that in interior rooms -- this is the school we're talking about, interior rooms are still there. if you put some type of a safe room, these are all the safe rooms we know about so far that have been funded by grants right through the tornado path. there's more. look to the north and south, but right through the middle not very many. we're talking bulletproof fabric put over 4 x 8 sheets of plywood bolted to the ground with ramps so the wind goes over the top. think of almost making a building that looks like a dome or something so that the wind blows over it. it's not so much that the tornado picked people up, it's that the pressure of wind pushed the storm down, pushes the walls
down. this is the distribution of tornadoes over the past 60 years across north america. and there are tornadoes almost everywhere. here's kansas, here's nebraska, here's oklahoma. right through central oklahoma a big swath, you can hardly see the ground. but there's also a tornado alley over dixie, all the way up into parts of nebraska, kansas, iowa, illinois. so maybe a big long look not only in tornado alley, what we consider tornado alley, but in all the schools across north america. i have an 8-year-old. this was a heartbreaking story for me to watch, to watch children be pulled out of that rubble. i think we need to take care of our kids a little bit better than that, wolf. >> especially when you think about all the other money being spent for projects that are not necessarily all that useful all over the country. all right, chad, thanks. >> you're welcome. >> and this important note to our viewers, to help those affected by this tornado, you can visit impact your world on cnn.com. go to cnn.com/impact, all sorts of opportunities if you want to
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welcome back to our coverage from here in moore, oklahoma. we're standing by to hear from the governor of oklahoma, mary fallin. she's going to be briefing reporters on the latest in the stories of survival and recovery. we'll have that and a lot more coming up from here in oklahoma, but let's check in with suzanne malveaux, she's at the cnn center. she's following some other important stories. suzanne. >> hey, wolf. just in the past hour we learned the name of the british soldier who was killed yesterday. this happened in broad daylight. this was in central london. the ministry of defense identifies him as drummer lee rigby, 25 years old from manchester, england. now, this is cell phone video that was recorded yesterday near rigby's barracks. witnesses say two men stabbed and hacked him to death while people could only just watch horrified at this. the two men are now in custody. and britain's prime minister calling rigby's violent death now an act of terrorism.
>> the police have responded with heightened security and activity. and that is right. but one of the best ways of defeating terrorism is to go about our normal lives. and that is what we shall all do. >> our nic robertson is in london joins us now. nic, we know more about that the young victim, this soldier who was attacked, tell us a little bit about him. >> well, he was well-liked by his friends, somebody who would sort of always lift the mood and the spirit, always quick-whited, always entertaining. we also know he had a 2-year-old son, jack. we understand that he joined the army in 2006. and then in 2009 he was deployed to helmand in afghanistan, he was on a small base there role would have been to fire artillery or mortar rounds in support of troops out in the field. and then when he came back to britain, deployed briefly to germany, and in 2011 he became a
recruiter here at this army base in the southeast of london. now, that role as recruiter would have brought him in a greater contact than most soldiers would have with the general public here, suzanne. >> nic, do we know if this murder suspect, and we have this video it is absolutely disgusting with his bloody hand saying an eye for an eye, fighting for allah, do we have any sense of whether or not that suspect knew the victim, rigby, here? do they believe this is something that was organized or random? >> we just don't have that information yet coming from the police or the military here. what we know is that the attackers waited in their car outside the base. when he came out, knocked him over. now, the fact that he had a job that put him in contact with the public increases the possibility that the killers may have known him in advance, met him perhaps when there was a recruitment off the site of the military base or met him at a recruitment office. it increases the possibility of
that. it's not what the military or the police are saying at the moment, but it does raise that concern to a higher level. was he therefore specifically targeted? or did they even know that he'd been to afghanistan? they had mentioned in this eye for an eye tooth for a tooth speech after the crime was committed after they killed drummer rigby that they then mentioned afghanistan. so was he targeted because they knew he'd been to afghanistan? these are things we just don't know right now, suzanne. >> still a lot of unanswered questions. and we should mention as well muslim leaders in britain and the uk denouncing that attack. there are some new clues here, this is an unsolved triple murder. and they think that the boston bombing suspect, tamerlan tsarnaev, is actually now linked to that crime. a federal law enforcement official says that tsarnaev actually took part in a triple
homicide in massachusetts back in 2011. the victims' throats slit from ear to ear, marijuana spread over their bodies, thousands of dollars found at the scene. absolutely horrific. a source says that fbi investigators were told about tsarnaev's involvement by a friend of his, this is a chechen friend, ibragim todashev. todashev confessed to the murders and during that investigation he attacked an fbi agent with a knife. that agent then shot and killed him. jurors in phoenix, arizona, back at work this hour just trying to agree on a sentence. this is for convicted murderer jodi arias we've all been watching here. jurors told the judge yesterday they could not reach a unanimous decision on whether or not she should be sentenced to death or given life in prison. so the judge told them, keep deliberating. ashleigh banfield outside the courthouse. ashleigh, so how long is the judge going to give them first of all? >> you know, that's not a perfect science. i'll be completely honest with
you. i have sat for weeks upon weeks and i'm sorry to announce that especially for all the tv people who are sitting in 100 degrees waiting for a verdict, but it's not a perfect science. i will say this, suzanne, once the judge gives an alan charge, a dynamite charge or whatever your jurisdiction calls it, it usually doesn't last that long. i don't know if i recall any case, especially a first-degree murder case after conviction, whereby a judge has dynamited the jury and then waited weeks and weeks and weeks. so typically i got to be honest, it's usually only about a day. which is why if i were a betting man, and i am not, i would say we are probably likely to hear something from this jury today. i'm sorry to say i cannot tell you what the something will be, whether it will be we're hopelessly deadlocked, we can't be unanimous in voting for life or death for jodi arias or whether they'll actually come back with an agreement. and one other thing we don't know because deliberations rightly so are very, very secretive. this is a panel that needs to
have its privacy. it needs to be able to speak openly with one another. it needs to be able to conjure and convince and not fully badger one another. they have to be able to do this and trust they can just be amongst themselves in their discussion. so i don't even know whether we're talking about one holdout, a half and half panel or some other permutation of this. but i always find this a very fascinating science. i always find it, this is our jurisprudence playing out the way it should. the one thing i will tell you though, suzanne, is that i have seen a dynamite charge happen twice in the past. in fact, in the very public phil specter first murder trial, the jury was actually deadlocked and the judge twice told them to go back and work it out. i'm sorry to announce it didn't work out so well in that panel. they were deadlocked and it was a mistrial. second jury was impanelled, a whole new trial and ultimately got a conviction. but in this case it's a very unusual jurisdiction, suzanne. if they're deadlocked, we're going to have a new jury and a new jury is going to have to go
just through this phase, not guilty the guilt, innocence, not the cruel and unusual phase, just death/life phase. it's going to be much, mump longer because they're going to need to learn a lot more material that they maybe don't know. >> we'll be watching closely, ashleigh. of course if there's a decision we'll be right back to you. go to wolf blitzer in moore, oklahoma. wolf. >> thanks very much, suzanne. when you hear a tornado warning, should you immediately take cover? or should you get in your car and try to get out of the path as quickly as possible? it's a choice that could mean life or death. our own dr. sanjay gupta takes a closer look. for our families...
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and i went -- >> where did you go? >> we went to my car. >> his car. >> did you drive or did your mommy sfl. >> my mom drive. and we drive away from the storm. >> all right. some good story telling from a young guy here in moore, oklahoma. trying to outrun a tornado may not necessarily always be a good idea, but can be tough to know what to do when a storm is bearing down and you only have a few minutes to make a decision. experts say the best idea is to take cover and to protect your head. our own dr. sanjay gupta has more on what to do and what not to do. >> very large tornado heading to moore, oklahoma. >> 13 minutes, that's the average lead time you'd have if a tornado was headed your way. there's obviously no completely safe option during a tornado. your best bet is to get into the basement somewhere below ground level, but keep in mind that if you are there, you want to see what's on the floor above you as
well. a refrigerator or piece of heavy furniture could come crashing through the floor. so you want to be wary of that. also, here in moore, oklahoma, there aren't a lot of basements. studies have actually shown there is another very good option. take a look over here. an interior room or a closet like that can be the best place to be as well. the house is gone here, but that closet preserved, even the clothes inside of that. remember, just got 13 minutes, so find that safe place. maybe grab a helmet or a bike helmet. even throw some mattresses or blanket over you to try to protect the head. one place you can't hide from a tornado is in your car. tornado strength winds can pick up a one to two-ton vehicle like this one and toss it around like you or i would a basketball. now, you obviously don't want to be driving toward a tornado, but it's also a bad idea to be driving away tr a tornado. it's hard to gauge the distance. if you must be driving and the weather is clear, try driving at right angles to the tornado perpendicular to get out of the
path of the storm. there's another misconception as well which is to get out of your car and run underneath an overpass. the wind is actually funneled, more powerful than the storm and there's also a lot of debris. and that debris can injure you. now, if you are stuck outside as a tornado approaches, find a ditch or any place far away from potentially dangerous objects and vehicles and stay low. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, moore, oklahoma. >> sanjay always, always has good advice. coming up, we'll speak with a local pastor about what his church is doing to help the tornado victims.
church, sarah marshal. both of you, thanks very much for coming in. first of all, pastor, how did the church fare? how's it doing? >> structurally everything is good. there's no major damage. it's dry. and somebody whose shown up and provided a generator. we have electricity so it's enabled us to be able to serve our community and with other churches to help people in our area. >> just some context, your church is literally very close to that elementary school that was destroyed. >> yes. our property that our church sits on backs right up to where the elementary school and the plaza towers addition are. >> and so how is it that the elementary school was knocked out and the church was relatively okay? >> you know, we truly believe it was the hand of god that was protecting us so that we can turn around and bless other people. we're in a great spot where we can reach out to this neighborhood and the neighborhoods around. and that's the only way that we can explain it. >> it's one thing about these tornadoes, pastor, and you've
lived through them for a lot longer, i've walked around here, certain parts of the street seem to be okay, right across the street it's a disaster. you've noticed that as well i'm sure. >> within 50 foot of our property we have a major tree that's literally uprooted. and just 50 feet from it there's rose bushes with petals still on the flowers. there's a wooden cross impaled on the front of our building. things could be destroyed one side of the street or next door and the other is perfectly in tact. >> so tell us what you're doing now to help the folks here, because they need a lot of help. >> yes, we are accepting donations from churches and, you know, we have individuals coming in from states around us bringing clothes, water, food, toiletries. we also have mercy chefs and tyson and they've brought trucks and they're serving three hot meals a day to anyone that needs them they can walk up and get them. we're also putting them in trucks and taking them to the neighborhoods as we're allowed in.
>> you know, the president, president obama will be here on sunday. he'll be visiting the area. i'm sure he'll be participating if there is a memorial service, he'll be here. what would you say to him if he comes your way? >> i would express our appreciation for his care and concern for us as a people. and i just -- to ask him to consider us in mind with the needs that we have in this area and to thank him for his mind with it. >> well said, thank you very much. good luck to you. good luck to the community. good luck to everyone here in oklahoma. >> thank you. >> thanks very much. and if you want to help, you can. you can help all those people who have been affected by the tornado. this is what you should do, go to cnn.com, you can impact your world. there's cnn.com/impact, good place to go and make a contribution to all sorts of good causes who are helping the folks here in oklahoma. we're going to have much more coverage from oklahoma ahead including the insurance battle that some of the homeowners are now facing. but coming up, we're just weeks
away from another big trial, george zimmerman charged in the death of trayvon martin, now there's brand new information found on martin's cell phone. we're going to have that, much more news coming up from right here in the "cnn newsroom." the♪ ♪ let me play among the stars ♪ and let me see what spring is like ♪ ♪ on jupiter and mars ♪ in other words [ male announcer ] the classic is back. ♪ i love [ male announcer ] the all-new chevrolet impala. chevrolet. find new roads. ♪ you there was this and this. she got a parking ticket... ♪ and she forgot to pay her credit card bill on time. good thing she's got the citi simplicity card. it doesn't charge late fees or a penalty rate. ever. as in never ever.
this is the national defense university in washington. we are told that he's going to discuss some of the new dangers that are facing the united states. he's going to talk about the use of drones and the future of the military prison at guantanamo bay in cuba, of course. we're going to carry this live. and our colleague, jake tapper, he's going to begin live coverage in about 15 minutes or so. new evidence now has just been released, this is in the trayvon martin murder case. it includes cell phone photos, text messages that were sent by the teenager. i want to bring in our david mattingly who has been poring over the information. what's the significance of this? >> it's only significant if it comes up in trial. trayvon martin isn't the one on trial here, george zimmerman is. but it gives us insight into the mind and thoughts of trayvon martin because it looks very closely at what was in his cell phone, his most personal photos, his most personal text exchanges. and a picture is emerging that the defense for george zimmerman
says they will use in court if character ends up becoming an issue with george zimmerman. >> what have you found? >> what we're seeing in these records that are coming out, first of all, the photographs. we're seeing photographs of trayvon martin blowing smoke. we're seeing pictures from his cell phone of marijuana plants. we're also seeing pictures from his phone of a firearm. so the attorneys for george zimmerman saying people could look at that and reasonably draw the conclusion that he was using drugs, did have a fondness for firearms. and they're saying that evidence will come out in trial if they have to debate the character issue here. >> so what does his team think about it? his own legal team, trayvon martin's attorneys for the family? >> he says it's completely not relevant. he tells me that george zimmerman had no idea who trayvon martin was the night that they had that encounter, the night they got into a fight
and the night george zimmerman ended up shooting and killing trayvon martin that night. so he said what was in that cell phone is completely irrelevant. we'll see what happens when it comes up in trial. we've also got some interesting text messages to look at. first of all, this is taken from the text messages this was in february shortly before that. he's talking about marijuana use. he talked about how he had to hide his marijuana. he said i'm hiding my weed, it's wrapped. and another day that february saying i've got weed and i get money on friday. there was another one talking about guns. he was having exchanges with text exchanges with people saying you got heat? you got a gun? and someone asks him you want a .22 revolver? and he's saying who's the shooter. another day also he said you want to share a 38 caliber with and then the name was blocked out. then there was someone who asked him, do you want 150 for the 38 suggesting that he was trying to sell a gun. he said, no, i'll probably get
that too late. we don't know what any of this means. there's no context involved here. again, the attorneys for george zimmerman say it could paint a picture for someone who had a propensity for violence, someone who liked guns, someone who had a history of drug use. there was also text messages involving this is what i found interesting also, talking about him fighting. trayvon martin in exchanges talking about fighting. one time this was back in 2011 saying that he was sore this one particular day because he'd got into a fight cause of the first round the guy had him on the round and he couldn't do anything. he lost the first round, but he won the second and the third. and then he said i'm not done with that guy. i'm going to have to see him again because this is what trayvon martin was saying, this was the text sent from his phone saying he didn't bleed enough for me in that first time, only his nose. but after that he says i'm done. >> david, in light of the fact trayvon martin is not here, he's been killed, not here to answer to any of these things and the
phone, is this going to be able to be used in trial? or is that still up in the air? >> this is a shot fired over the bow of the prosecution by the defense. the defense says we've got this and we're prepared to use it in court to make trayvon martin look really bad if you go after george zimmerman's client because they argue the only thing important here was who started the fight and how that fight played out and why george zimmerman had to pull that trigger. >> all right. we'll see what happens in trial. thank you. appreciate it, david. more than 4,000 insurance claims have now been filed since monday's tornado. coming up, we're going to talk about the long haul that homeowners might face as they try to get this money to rebuild. but first, kids learning more about science by playing with electronic legos. that's right. pretty cool stuff. sanjay gupta tells us about it. >> this week on "the next list,"list," inventor of the next generation of legos called little bits. >> each little bit is a
pre-assembled, pre-engineered electronic module that has one specific function. >> one thing i notice is the colors are very gender neutral. they're not all pink. they're not all blue. >> there's a hidden agenda that i really believe we have to work harder to get girls interested in science and technology, but i don't believe in producing products for girls or for boys. i think that the intention here was that little bits were not going to be designed for boys. that was a deliberate decision. and automatically they became gender neutral. i'm an engineer and i'm the founder of little bits. >> watch how she's revolutionizing how kids learn about technology. this saturday 2:30 eastern on "the next list." at university of phoenix we kis where it can take you.cation
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the state insurance commissioner here in oklahoma says claims from monday's devastating tornado could top $2 billion. the storm damaged or destroyed an estimated 12,000 homes in moore and oklahoma city. now, people without homes have to worry about filing insurance claims so they can start rebuilding. let's bring in our own alison kosik, she's been doing some research on what's going on. alison, will the insured residents be fully covered for the cost of the rebuilding? >> okay, wolf. so what we found out was that it really would be one of these case by case basis kind of things, but what analysts are telling us is that overall for people who had their homes destroyed or damaged in this tornado that they should be fully covered by their standard homeowners insurance. now, the fact that tornadoes
fall under regular coverage, that is really the big deal here because damage let's say from other natural disasters like hurricanes, remember the sandy victims, they require additional coverage. so, you know, these tornado victims should really be covered we're hearing from our analysts, should be fully covered. now, these insurance claims are already piling up. 4,000 have already been filed so far. of course oklahoma's expecting that number to rise. wolf. >> and what do people need to know about specifically filing those insurance claims? because it could be complicated. >> yeah, it really can. i mean, for one, the most important thing that people can do is kind of an obvious thing. they need to document the damage. take pictures, make a list of things that are missing or damaged. and if you don't have pictures of those things to prove you own those items, believe it or not credit card statements could work too. a lot of those are electronic that you may have gotten through your e-mail. also, keep records of storm-related expenses, meaning if you've got bills from meals
or hotels, or if you make repairs on your house you want to keep those bills as well. because you can be reimbursed for those things. also, file your insurance claim as quickly as possible. most policies require that claims have to be filed within six months. now, one negative here to be aware of, reimbursement for items are likely -- for the items that you have now, they're going to be valued at what they are right now. so let's say clothing or furniture, they're likely worth less now than when you originally bought them for, so you're really only going to get the actual value. don't be surprised about that. wolf. >> alison, good information. thank you. this important note for our viewers, this weekend you can get an up close look at the storm chasers who risked their lives to get incredible footage of the tornado that hit here in moore, oklahoma. you can watch storm hunters in the path of disaster, an anderson cooper special report, it airs saturday night 7:00 p.m. eastern. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] this is betsy.
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actor brad pitt reportedly has a memory problem. that's what he is saying. tells "esquire" magazine he can't remember people's faces. he thinks he might have a can called face blindness, although he hasn't been officially diagnosed with it. i want to bring in elizabeth cohen to tell us whether or not there is real.
i've never heard this before. >> it is real. it is a real diagnosis. we were talking to one expert who explained it, ints kind of like dyslexia of the face. you can see individual letters in dyslexia but it doesn't make a word. if i have face blindness i might see pretty green eyes, bright shiny teeth, beautiful woman but i'm not sure who it is even though i've known you for years and seen you every day. it's not being able to make sense of it and put it to the. doctors think it's much more common than people think and there's a continuum. some people don't recognize their own face in the mirror. other people might be, i'm not great with faces. >> so what causes this? do they have any idea if they -- >> they have no idea. some people have it since childhood and other people have a stroke and it brings on face blindne blindness. but they really have no idea. >> can you do anything, treat it, or just have to apologize, say, sorry. >> unfortunately some people just are really to some degree
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i'm jake tapper live in washington, d.c. where very soon president obama will deliver a major speech on national security and the fight against terrorism, the topics he's expected to address today, including two of his administration's most controversial programs, the use of predator drones to target terrorists and other countries and the future of the prison at guantanamo bay. this speech comes just 24 hours after the justice department revealed four americans had been killed by secretive drone strikes in the past few years. of those four only one of them
had been targeted. this comes just a week after cnn spent days inside gitmo speaking with guards about the disturbing conditions and the expense of we keeping it open. each detainee cost the u.s. about $900,000 per year. by the way, we're told as many as 36 detainees have access to live television to watch the president's speech in just a few minutes. standing by we have cnn national security analyst fran townsend, pentagon correspondent chris lawrence who just returned from gitmo gitmo, and gloria. but first i want to go to chief white house correspondent jessica yellen. jessica, what can you tell us about the speech? >> hi, jake. the president is going to hit on broad array of topics laying out some of the standards which he has never previously gone into such great detail on before for his own drone attacks on suspected terrorists and he'll
go into, we're told -- he'll make the case again for closing guantanamo bay. maybe even explaining how he will use his own executive authority to take steps to pate rate some of the prisoners there and talk about the tensions between national security leaks and press freedom. and also how the u.s. plans to go after homegrown terrorists, an issue that's a new concern after the boston marathon attacks. some questions we're not sure about. that should be interesting. the u.s. has been going on what they call al qaeda associates, terrorists that are affiliated with al qaeda but not directly connected to the 9/11 attacks. will he define who that enemy is? will he say how long this war will go on? we don't know. a member of the pentagon said earlier could go on for another 20 years. so that's raised some eyebrows lately. we also don't know if he's going to talk about how he plays to
deal with some of those people in guantanamo bay who don't -- aren't considered safe enough to return to their home countries and have to be held in the u.s. without trial indefinitely. so this raises the question, why is he doing this now? why is he giving the speech? there has been a lot of concern in consternation ever since john brennen left the white house and had a confirmation hearing to become the next cia director. there were concerns raised on capitol hill about the drones program. there have been concerns about the detention facility in guantanamo bay. president obama vowed in his state of the union address to have more transparency on his fight against terror and fight against al qaeda and this is his attempt now to change his policy, in a sense, explain his policy, before history can be written about this administration and make it a clearer, a more transparent, and a more law-abiding policy. he does not want to be defined
as the man who was, forgive the phrase, a drone killer who acted outside of law and with no known adherence to any written policy, jake >> jessica yellin, you're looking at live pictures of national defense university. we're expecting president obama to speak about national security in the next couple minutes. in the audience we're told it's made up of students from national defense university, national security counter terrorism legal and human rights experts and, of course, u.s. government officials who have worked on the policies as well as speech itself. i want to go very quickly to gloria. why is president obama doing this speech now? there doesn't seem to be any huge demand by the democratic party for him to explain these policies. is the fact that rand paul gave that filibuster a few month ago about drones? is that part of this? >> i think this is a president
right now who wants to press the reset button here because he is, as you know, jake, the constitutional scholar who has a lot of questions about how these policies are enacted himself. not only from his democratic base about the questions of guantanamo which, after all, jake, he promised to close when he first became president of the united states. i think he's got a lot of issues about again tguantanamo. also, the counterterrorism efforts. i think what he wants to do with drones is have one consistent policy run by the military, not run by the ci aerk irkscia. layout some very clear standards and when you can and cannot use drones. don't forget, drones are going to become more and more common so maybe this is his way of saying to all countries, maybe we kind of need some kind o
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