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attkisson. welcome "full measure." the new year arrived in cities and capitals around the world under a more watchful eye. 2015 marked the rise of isis and a new terror threat. it was also the year that over a million refugees fleeing to europe, created what most t call the worst migrant crisis since world war ii. in a recent poll, 59%, or three in five european citizens, said they do not approve of migrants -- they have negative feelings about migrants coming from outside the continent. more than twice as many, 58%, think the immigration issue is more important than their second biggest concern -- terrorism. 2016 is likely to bring either quick action to control refugees, or some believe -- the collapse of the european union as we know it. scott thuman reports from berlin. scott: the images of despair -- the frenzy -- immigrants f fleeing war and anxious to call europe their new home have been seen around the world. what many may not have seen is the invisible side effect of it
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all of europe in crisis mode. >> we have to tell the world that this is over. we will close our borders and we won't let anybody in now for a while. scott: people who disagree with you, who are on the complete opposite side, think that your thinking is inhuman, it's insensitive, it's unfair. beatrix von storch: it is very hard, of course, sometimes, to speak out the truth, but the truth is we can't solve the problems of the world. we can't solve the problems of all the poor people of the world. scott: the seemingly harsh tone taken by beatrix von storch, deputy of germany's right wing alternative for deutschland party, has become part of a booming chorus. rallies have become violent, even sparked a more public revitalization of neo-nazi groups who see their continent changing, edging towards a possibly historic chasm. is this one of the biggest crises germany has seen since world war ii? beatrix von storch: i think it's the biggest crisis europe has
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yes. scott: and perhaps no city in europe is a better example than berlin, where in another time, a tide of refugees fleeing from east to west created a dividing line that lasted for decades. this is one of the last remnants of the berlin wall. ever since the iron curtain fell 26 years ago, europeans have proudly enjoyed the freedom to move from country to country. but now, in light of those new worries over terrorism and immigration, new types of barriers are going up. from hungary to croatia to slovenia, workers erect wire fencing. and passport checks have been reinstituted in france, germany, and poland. gunter krings: we still wawant to help, but the numbers are too high now. several thousand people coming to germany every day, in a quite unregulated manner, people crossing borders with no right to cross them, so we have to restore law and order in this process.
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secretary for the interior in germany and says the offer to take in upo 1 million refugeeses in 2015 meant taking the lid off of a jar, they can no longer close. not without, what some would consider, drastic measures. gunter krings:he schengen agreement is in n danger. we have to be quite frank about it. scott: the schengen agreement, created back in 1985, began the process of dissolving borders between more than 2 dozen european countries. that allowed for free travel and, more importantly, free trade. the prospects of limiting either could bring disaster to the european union, already facing economic stress, by raising the cost for business, deterring tourists, and making it harder for people to live in one eu country and work in another. gunter krings: the european commission, quite frankly, was looking the other way for years. scott: that dilemma between a need for security, saving free trade, and refugees has put
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peril on her home turf. in the u.s. and france, the press named her person of the yeye, but the woman the e fugees call "mama merkel" is not winning hearts at home. extreme and neo-nazi groups, kept in the shadows for decades, are re-emerging, loudly demanding merkel's resignation. journalist and author olaf sundermeyer has been studying the rise of radical groups. olaf sundedermeyer: we have had a strong right wing movement in germany for years, but it always has been under conontrol by the police, by civil society, by political parties, by us, the media, but now, you have a merge, people come together. you have these really hardcore neo-nazis, people that are violent, that are willing to burn refugee homes, or attack migrants or homosexuals on the street, and then you have people in the middle of society that have their concerns toward the united states, towards refugees, toward all these things and these people now get together, which was absolutely not
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germany. scott: an irony no more evident than here at the old stasi headquarters. the signs from east germany's most feared spy agency still on the wall, but behind the doors -- syrian refugees -- a staggering 900 immigrants from the middle east and africa filled the old spy office, now run by the red cross, in just three days. >> we have no name, we have no paper, we cannot go to doctor. we are j just a number. scott: basem haritani's family, sharing a pair of bunkbeds, is from allepo. they say even if the borders were closed, they'd still have made their way here with little intention of ever returning to syria. what is your future? basem: i dont know. scott: you don't know where you'll live? basem: i don't know. scott: how will you work? how will you survive? basem: i don't know yet. scott: the cataclysmic fears? the demand on social services --
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on europe could cripple it and cities would lose an identity they've fought so hard to retain. gunter krings: this was an accident waiting to happen and it happened. scott: and much of the anger is directed not a athe middle east, but at america. what should america be doing differently? beatrix von storch: well, i think they just accepted to take 10,000. this is what we take every day. so maybe they take a bit more than 10,000. olaf sundermeyer: they blame the u.s. policy for refuges coming here. these people don't want the refugees and thedon't want u.s. foreign policy. scott: and what may seem baffling to americans has become a reality according to sundermeyeerr and politicians we spoke to. they tell me there is a growg wave of people inside of gerny who now more closely align themselves with and support vladimir putin and russia than the united states and president obama. they say it's all about stopping the flow of refugees. this growing group believes russia and its military is doing more to solve the problem and stop the fighting inside of
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crisis. sharyl: having been there, do you feel as though there is a true rift, that their economy and our economy is connected to the european economy. you heard from there, says the european union is in real danger of splintering and the head of the european parliament has warned no one can say if the form 10 years from now. adding, if they want t tsave it, ey'll have to fht for it. they need a solution that has eluded everyone. sharyl: scott thuman with that fascinating report. thank you so much. ahead on "full measure," a fleet of aircraft that couldn't fly paid for with your tax dollars. it was an afghan air force that
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sharyl: sometimes taxpayer waste is so large and rampant, you can stumble across it without even trying. that's what happened to the special inspector general for afghanistan reconstruction. on a trip to afghanistan, he happened upon a fleet of abandoned military planes. his questions took him down the rabbit hole where hundreds oref millions of your tax dollars were spent on a giant boondoggle that turned out to be worthless. anyone flying through kabul international airport in afghanistan's capital city the past couple of years might have seen this odd scene -- a fleet of abandoned military planes parked off to the side.
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actually asked the question, "what are those aiailanes?" because you would sesethem right next to the main air terminal in kabul. they were all jumbled together with trees and grass growing in between them. sharyl: inspector general john sopko saw the planes on a trip to afghanistan in november of 2013 to investigate waste of u.s. tax dollars. nobody seemed eager to answer his questions. so he took matters in his own hands. inspector general sopko: i basically threatened to just walk across the tarmac and said, "if you're gonna arrest me, do it, but i'm certain it will be front page 'new york times.'" so my staff and i went over there and then they briefed on it and told us the story. sharyl: the story wasn't pretty. john michel, commanding general for nato air training command in afghanistan, explained the u.s. had bought 20 of the italian-built g-222's in 2008. inspector general sopko: it's what we call the g-triple-2. it was a two-engine cargo
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the afghan air force. cost approximately $400 million dollars. but with the total package of parts, spare parts, and whatever, it probably is going to be closer to $600 million when we finally do an accounting for it. sharyl: this video was taken from inside a g-222 as it took off from kabul. despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the u.s. military spent, the g-222 turned out to be ill-suited for afghanistan's dusty conditions. the planes required constant maintenance and spare parts. inspector general sopko: actually, some pilots have told us that whenen they flew the airplanes in, parts fell off the airplane as it landed. they were called death traps. we couldn't train the afghans to use the planes because the planes wer't airworthy. and, ultimately, they were abandoned at the airport in kabul and that's how we found them.
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beginning an investigation, the military officially put a bullet in the g-222 program, claiming the italian contractor had failed "to generate a sufficient number of fully mission-capable aircraft." the contractor argued it was "exceeding program objectives" and was "proud of its work." a separate probe by the defense department insnspector general blamed nato and the military for failing to "effectively manage" the program. the fleet needed $200 million dollars in spare parts to fly and some critical parts weren't even available. but sopko had more questions. inspector general sopko: why did we buy these planes to start with? and who bought them? so we have been looking at who is accountable. and we have an ongoing criminal inveveigation, so i can't really tell you too much more about that, but we're trying to find out who and why we purchased these death traps for the afghan air force, which they never used. sharyl: but this tale of
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one more turn. this video, shot by a government contractor, shows the last few g-222's being towed away from kabul airfield. but where were they going and what happened to these planes after they quietly disappeared? the inspector general decided to dig deeper. in october of 2014, sopko discovered the military had scrapped the airplanes and sold the leftovers to an afghan construction company for six cents a pound. a half-billion dollar investment of u.s. tax dollars whittled down to a measly $32,000. major bradlee avots confirmed that the planes had been destroyed and explained it was "to minimize impact on drawdown of u.s. forces in afghanistan." inspector general sopko: who made the decision? why did we purchase an aircraft that is un-airworthy and was never going to be used? sharyl: but you wouldn't have even known about these planes if you hadn't stumbled across it at
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inspector general sopko: absolutely. that's approximately $600 million for 20 planes that don't work, never worked, couldn't be used, were pooy maintained, and were eventually turned into scrap. sharyl: the inspector general says the criminal investigation into the g-222 program is ongoing. we'll keep you posted. ahead on "full measure," a story of horrific cruelty and a warning about allegedly
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sharyl: in the fall, sheriff's deputies arrived at a so-called horse "rescue" farm in virginia to find nearly 100 emaciated horses. dozens were near death, some already dead, and in the course of trying to save the living,
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as horrific as this one story seems, we found it's not uncommon. one problem may be the differences between states that offer more safeguards, like maryland, and states that some view as less strtrt, like virginia. chris papst, from our affiliate wjla, has our report. chris: matty was carrie reid's beloved horse. now she's having a difficult -- she cannot forgive herself knowing that he is never coming home. carrie: i'll probably live with this guilt for the rest of my life. chris: following neck surgery last year, reid temporarily placed the 20-year-old saddlebred with a horse rescue. carrie: i thought he'd be safe and he was safe with me. chris: as reid's health improved, she began the process to bring matty home. then, the news broke -- 81 horses seized from peaceable farm in somerset, virginia -- seven found dead, nine more euthanized -- including matty, the horse on the right. carrie: my horse was locked in a stall. he was not given water or food for i don't know how long. chris: peaceable farm is a horse rescue registered as a nonprofit charity known as a 501c3 with up
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donationon owner ann goland ran farms in virginia and maryland. but over the summer, she moved all her horses, including matty, to virginia, where some say the protections are looser. lindsay reames disagrees. you believe the laws in virginia do protect animals? lindsay: i do. chris: so what happened in this case? reames helps writete virginia's animal laws for the virginia farm bureau. lindsay: the current animal care standards are strong and comprehensive. unfortunately, something went wrong at the local level. chris: but something is going wrong in many states, according to -- the site is sort of a "consumer's report" for all things equine. in 2015, rate my horse pro covered eight horse rescue cases aftetethe founders allegeded starved horses they were taske with saving. it happened across five states. all were non-profits -- or were claiming to be.
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rate my horse pro, says these cases are only the ones they know about. debbie: it can be very difficult for law enforcement or local authorities to know of the existence of a local rescue in theiarea. there's no national registry, there's no state registry. so, usually people hear of rescues through word of mouth and social media. chris: and hanson says when authorities do act, it's a daunting task. debbie: they may show up at a farm and he to remove 20, 50 horses. what do you do? where do they go? chris: it's not known if the owner of peaceable farms moved -- for any particular r reason. it doesn't surprise you she took her horses to virginia? ross: no. chris: ross peddicord heads maryland's horse industry board, which may have some of the
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unlike virginia, maryland mandates that non-profit horse rescues be licensed, registered, and inspected. ross: we're the only state that i know of in the country that does this. chris: for decades, peddicord says maryland's non-profit rescues have not had any horses seized, while other states, includinwest virginia and virginia, have. as for reid, she believes had matty stayed in maryland, where peaceable farm was subject to regular inspections, he'd still be alive. carrie: i can't image the amount of suffering that he endured. chris: soon after the seizure, peaceable farm owner anne goland was charged with 27 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty -- little comfort to reid. carrie: he was my friend. chris: goland faces misdemeanor animal cruelty because this is her first time being charged in virginia. if it were to happen again, she could face felony charges. are thinking the same thing -- what about the money? chris: that is the next part of this investigation. receiving millions of tax-exempt
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help horses -- horses were st ving to death. where did that money go? that's a question many other states are asking. sharyl: thank you so much. now, a follow-up. the center for disease control has not responded to our freedom of information act request. the cdc reports 18 confirmed likely cases of acute flaccid myelitis. that is 133 children paralyzed by the disease. an update to our report on a synthetic material called crumb rubber used on a slick fields across the country. there are concerns that the substance may be linked to cancer.
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last sunday, we sent congress and they were still awaiting answers. information from limited studies showed no health risk from playing on fields using crumb rubber. they also said studies have limitations and are not comprehensive. still ahead on "full measure," before the real campaign of 2016 begins, a look at some of the
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sharyl: the beginning of the new year means the 26 -- 2016 presidential contest is underway. in less than 30 days, voters will finally start weighing in at the iowa caucuses. the time for issues is ahead -- these campaigns can move away from the silly season. here are some of the "what were they thinking" moments -- in this edition of "campaign incredible." bernie sanders: i've got to get in the groove. >> i know when that hotline bling, that can only mean one thing. bernie sanders: if this election is dependent on my dancing skills, then i think i'm in big trouble. mr. trump: when they say they want to run against trump that
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against trump. [gunshots] sen. cruz: machine-gun bacon. [laughter] gov. o'malley: 'cause, baby, now we got bad blood. you know it used to be mad love. so take a look at what you've done. 'cause, baby, now we got bad blood, hey. >> tell me, where in the world is marco rubio? >> ben carson 2016. vote and support ben carson. so our next president llary clinton: we're going to hit the ground running really hard right after the new year. bill clinton: so, i will see you in january. thank you. god bless. carly fiorina: my name's snick and i'm lazy. please don't take a walk with me. i'd rather stay right here at home instead. jeb bush: i want my damn selfie. i'm not leaving until i get it.
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ththe cell phone. [laughter] [applause] sharyl: much more in 2016. coming up next week on "full measure" -- >> we need immediate assistance. we are overrun. sharyl: a soon-to-be-released film provides one account of a rescue interrupted the night of the terrorist attacks on the u.s. compounds in benghazi. we ask real intelligence officers what should have happened. >> they are out the door, on the plane, moving to wherever the crisis is. sharyl: and offer new evidence of what did not happen that night save american lives. thanks for spending part of your sunday with us. i'm sharyl attkisson. until next time, you can find us online at, follow us on twitter at @fullmeasurenews, and like us on facebook and share your feedback. until next time, we'll be searching for more stories that
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