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abc's brian ross investigate. tourists taken. why was an 85-year-old american veteran traveling on a tour taken captive in north korea. critical condition tonight, "world news" tackles your hospital bills out of control. >> it was shocking. >> why should you pay $15 for one pill that can be bought for three cents. final flight, the view on air force one, what really happened in the plane as it carried president kennedy on his last trip from dallas back to washington 50 years ago. and a good evening on this wednesday night. as we come on the air abc news has learned that the fbi is on the move, investigating evidence that trained terrorists were able to come into the u.s. as refugees and slip right into the heartland. it seems they sneaked in with thousands and thousands of
legitimate refugees from iraq and there are new images tonight showing why the fbi is so concerned. brian ross starts us off. >> reporter: this fbi surveillance video was made in kentucky. it shows an admitted al qaeda terrorists who had already killed american soldiers in iraq trying to get weapons to kill more of them. authorities tell abc news he may be just one of dozens of men with american blood on their hands, who were mistakenly allowed to settle in the u.s. as refugees. >> these are trained terrorists in the art of bomb making that are inside the united states and quite frankly from a homeland security perspective, that greatly concerns me. >> reporter: the kentucky case unfolded in the city of bowling green where two iraq al qaeda cell members had moved into quiet neighborhoods living here and author. authorities say that waad alwan
and ha maddy were able to come to the u.s. >> the system failed here. >> if you are asking my opinion i would say the system failed. >> reporter: in iraq the two men were part of an al qaeda group that carried out relentless series of attacks against u.s. forces including one that killed four members of the pennsylvania national guard in 2005. >> these two individuals are evil. >> reporter: during the undercoverer operation the men said they wanted to carry out new attacks in the u.s. and kill an army captain who had served in iraq. >> they wanted to assassinate this particular u.s. captain. >> reporter: a big break in the case came out of this fbi warehouse in washington. >> this is basically america's bomb library. >> reporter: the repository for some 100,000 bombs used against american targets around the world. fbi technicians were able to find the fingerprints of one of
the kentucky men on a bomb that had been planted in iraq in 2005. >> you can see right here -- >> and right there. >> yep. >> what was that like when you made the match? >> like finding a needle in a haystack. >> reporter: there is an urgent effort to go through a huge backlog of other bombs looking for fingerprint matches with other refugees in the u.s. who also may have been able to hide their al qaeda ties. >> we are currently supporting dozens of current counter terrorism investigation like that. >> where you're looking for prints of people who are in this country now? >> that's correct. >> reporter: the two kentucky men both pleaded guilty and are now in prison but the discovery led to a six month suspension of the refugee program which has resettled tens of thousands of legitimate refugees. the service says it has tightened security and background checks and hoping in effect they have closed the barn door in time to keep other
terrorists out. >> they're on it. >> 700 agents assigned to the task. >> you'll have more tonight, a full report on "nightline" as well. to a bizarre story out of north korea, an 85-year-old man from california, a veteran of the korean war, arrested while sight seeing there. why? abc's global affairs correspondent martha raddatz has the latest on that. >> reporter: an adventure turned into a nightmare. merrill newman, an 85-year-old korean war veteran and grandfather seen here recently in his retirement community newsletter. he was on a sight seeing trip to the country he once fought against, about to leave, he was reportedly pulled from the airplane by north korean authorities. his traveling companion and neighbor, bob, a former stanford university official, telling abc news there has to be a terrible
misunderstanding. i hope that the north koreans will see this as a humanitarian matter and allow him to return to his family as soon as possible. just yesterday the state department issued a warning of reports that north korean authorities are arbitrarily detaining u.s. citizens and not allowing them to depart the country. newman would be the second american detained under the new young leader kim jong-un. missionary kenneth bae was grabbed last year. friends say merrill newman just thought it would be a fun, interesting trip. tonight, even though they are not saying the u.s. government would certainly be seeking ways to get him released and as you can imagine, diane, he is the talk of his retirement home. >> oh, yes, and this mysterious place, what a strange story. thank you so much, martha raddatz. back here at home some news tonight, a new milestone for same sex marriage. here's the map. last week hawaii joined the
states approving. tonight illinois legalized same sex marriage, the 16th state to do so and the weddings can begin there next june. in washington tonight new developments in the drug bust of a congressman, tray radel. he was in court today pleading guilty to charges of cocaine possession as we learn more about how federal agents caught him. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: today congressman trey radel took the walk no politician wants to make, the walk of shame. as he left the court after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. it was long distance from the hallowed halls of congress for a first time conservative who pushed for drug testing of food stamp recipients. >> we stand up and say our society is not about us, the federal government but about we the people. >> reporter: but randel's conservative image evaporated when his cocaine dealer told fbi and dea agents he was a regular
customer. on october 29th, they set up a sting right here outside this upscale restaurant in washington's dupont circle. today he through himself on the mercy of the court saying, your honor, i apologize for what i have done. i've hit the bottom. radel was sentenced to one year probation. he now says he's an alcoholic headed to rehab. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. also in washington today, a moment to pay tribute, some familiar faces at the white house, to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom, a kind of parade of all american legends, country star lore etta lynn, oprah, baseball great ernie banks, women's rights gloria steinem and former
president bill clinton along with oprah. president john f. kennedy established the medal of freedom but never got the chance to hand them out. the anniversary of the dark day assassination looms before us. two presidents paid tribute. first lady michelle obama and hillary clinton laying a wreath at kennedy's grave. in silent reflection, taps rang out. ♪ >> as the moving scene was under way at articlington national sem terror david muir was in ohio, at a plane that carried kennedy to dallas 50 years ago and then after shots rang out became a monument to a stunned and
changed nation. david muir is here now. >> reporter: good evening from what they call kennedy's air force one. this is the plane that carried the president and the first lady. right here behind me is the doorway the president walked through one final time on that day in dallas, waving to the thousands who were gathered there to see him. as you point out tonight, we take you inside. >> reporter: president kennedy and the first lady emerging from air force one at love field november 22, 1963. thousands waiting. so many holding signs, welcome jack, we love you, jackie. and looming over them in nearly every image, the presidential jet that would soon play a far more profound role. so this it? kennedy's air force one? >> this is kennedy's air force one. >> reporter: the first boeing designed for a president. but no one could have prepared for this. >> this is the aircraft that carried john kennedy to dallas and the aircraft that carried his body back to washington d.c. >> reporter: today they took us
inside. you can see the cockpit where president kennedy's pilot colonel james swindal so often sat, seen there on the left. on the ground in dallas less than an hour that day before learning the president had been shot. audio from the cockpit. >> we have a request form the chief of staff's office to know if you have mr. johnson and mr. kennedy's body on board. >> affirmative on all those questions. >> and is mrs. kennedy on board? >> affirmative. >> reporter: before taking off they would close the shades. >> yes, because no one could tell if there was a sniper outside or if this was the beginning of world war three. >> reporter: the 36th president about to be sworn in. >> this is the most important place in the entire aircraft. mrs. kennedy stood right at this very place. >> reporter: on board air force one that was stifling. >> they had turned off the air conditioners so they could take
off more quickly. >> you can imagine the heat building in the plane. >> and everyone's heart rates up, they're breathing harder, choking back tears. >> reporter: in that space 16 square feet, 27 witness. >> it was lbj who asked mrs. kennedy to stand here for the oath as well. >> yes. >> mrs. kennedy wanted it that way. >> it's been said that she said they should see what they did. >> yes. >> reporter: inside the state room on the plane soon a new president at work. >> the whole time mrors kennedy is in the back of the aircraft. >> she's with her husband, the casket. >> placed inside the cabin because the crew made sure of it. >> the flight crew refused to put the president's body below the cabin. >> yes. >> pulling out four seats to get the president on board one last time. >> reporter: it was unmistakable
today when they gave us access to air force one where they cut into the bulkhead. for several presidents who used this plane after president kennedy, the one thing you learn, on the outside of this plane president kennedy knew the power of an image which is why he asked his wife, jackie, to team up with a designer. they chose the colors for the united states of america that you still seeing traveling the globe today. >> it is stunning to see you on board tonight, david. thanks so much. by the way, after that moment, 7 other american presidents used that plane. and next tonight, critical condition, an abc news investigation, hospital bills out of control, charging you tens of thousands of dollars. >> the more i looked at this, the angrier i got. >> but what does the treatment really cost? we look at real prices line by line. and the guy with a desk job
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urgent gal bladder surgery. we dug deeper into her bill about. one blood pressure pill, $15. surgical stapler, $895. disposable scissor tips, $177. total cost of three nights in the hospital, nearly $40,000. >> what was it like that very first time that you saw this? >> it was shocking. >> reporter: and that bill, insurance took care of half but that means tracy is still on the hook for $20,000. and take a look at this, abc news obtained the catalog from one of america's largest hospital suppliers and compared it to tracy's bill line by line. that $15 blood pressure pill, hospitals can buy it for just 3 cents. tracy was even billed $67 for sterile water which could have been bought from that same catalog for $1.16. it turns out the north side
hospital system whose ceo makes $2.1 million a year has been criticized before for its inflated pricing. >> i want to pay my bill. i just don't want to overpay. >> reporter: in this month's edition of the journal of american medical association, a panel of experts takes a critical look at this. we asked the doctor why hospital prices are so secretive. >> why don't we know this information? >> there has been no incentive to make that information clear and every incentive to make it mysterio mysterious. >> who is looking out for the american people? >> it depends on the patients themselves. >> reporter: tracy offered to settle for $10,000. close to what medicare would have paid for the whole thing. >> give me a fair price and you'll get your money. >> reporter: north side refused our repeated requests for an interview. they wouldn't explain pricing. >> you don't think it's your job
to clarify for people? >> everyone is confused and we deserve an answer. >> reporter: the american hospital association told us hospitals like north side lose millions of dollars a year from patients who don't pay their bills and on medicare and medicaid short falls so people like tracy end up having to make up the difference. >> you'll have to keep fighting this. >> i'll fight it as long as i have to. >> reporter: and tonight tracy tells us her hospital has offered to lower her bill but only by a few hundred dollars meaning she's still on the hook for almost $20,000. >> what is fair for tracy and so many people like her, national outrage what's the first possible thing to tackle. >> transparency, lowering prices come down to them making them public and clear. that's a first step. >> we want to know your thoughts about this and we're going to stay on this case. send us your stories about this issue on our facebook page, a call for change under way tonight right here. and when we come back, can you guess who this is?
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