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Hannah Anderson Appears in Public; NSA Breaking Privacy Rules; Weather Forecast; Friday of Anger; Markets Tank; New Jersey Showdown

Aired August 16, 2013 - 06:00   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: She's even tougher when she's defending her family. Her son is a district attorney here in the New York area and he's caught up in a scandal involving his personal trainer. She is now speaking out about it and her son is here live to tell his side of the story.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: That will be interesting.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: And, you know, we've seen those videos of crash test dummies, right? Check this out, dummies for pets. There's a new push to make car restraints safer for animals. We're going to introduce you to the researchers working with those dummy dogs.

CUOMO: Somehow it bothers you more when it's the dog getting mashed like (ph) that.


BOLDUAN: That looks more life-like than the other dummies that -

PEREIRA: We're not blue (ph).

BOLDUAN: Anyway, I digress.

CUOMO: I know. That was a good - that was a good looking dummy.

We're going to begin this morning, though, with Hannah Anderson. The 16-year-old abduction victim making her first public appearance since that dramatic rescue last Saturday. Here she is showing up at a fund- raiser as police release even more shocking details from inside suspect James DiMaggio's home. CNN's Casey Wian is in San Diego with the very latest on that.

Good morning, Casey.


You know, as she hurried past more than a dozen cameras, Hannah Anderson looked as you might expect any 16-year-old girl who's been through a terrifying ordeal to look, she looked a little bit scared.


WIAN (voice-over): Hannah Anderson's arrival at a fund-raiser for her family came as a surprise to her relatives and friends.

BRANDON FAMBROUGH, HANNAH'S COUSIN: This night was an unexpected reunion, honestly. All her friends were here. It was like we haven't skipped a beat.

WIAN: The media were invited to Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside, California, but weren't allowed inside during Anderson's reunion.

BRETT ANDERSON, HANNAH ANDERSON'S FATHER: Hannah sends her love. She's doing good day by day. And we'll just keep moving forward from here.

WIAN: Wearing "Hannah Strong" and "Pray for Hannah" t-shirts, neighborhoods, friends and the teenagers grandparents helped raise money for Anderson's mother and brother's funeral.

ANDERSON: I wanted to say thank you all for coming. This is a small community that we're a part of and the community came together, put on this great fund-raiser for Hannah and hopefully her future and healing.

WIAN (on camera): What has it meant to this community to have to go through this ordeal?

STEVE RYAN, LAKESHORE RESIDENT: It's horrifying that that guy did what he did. It's just sickening to me. And I just want to put them all to rest.

WIAN (voice-over): The fund-raising event drew a large crowd. Raffle ticket sales, cash donations and 20 percent of the restaurant sales all donated to the Anderson family.

ANDERSON: We have a lot of expenses in front of us and right now we're just looking for her future and get her settled.

WIAN: A family hoping to help Hannah adjust after she was allegedly kidnapped by her father's best friend.

FAMBROUGH: And you keep hearing the term "Uncle Jim." He really was like an "Uncle Jim" to them.

WIAN: Meanwhile, we're still learning new information about what police discovered at DiMaggio's burned down home. This newly released search warrant, obtained by CNN affiliate KFMB, says that police discovered a "handwritten note" and "letters from Hannah." The detectives say proves DiMaggio had control over that house. Police also recovered "incendiary devices," leading them to believe the house fire was "caused by human actions."


WIAN: You know, once she was inside that fund-raiser, people inside tell us that she was much more relaxed, more comfortable, more like a normal 16-year-old girl. And Hannah's cousin tells us that the family is trying to do their best to keep her busy doing things like planning beach and shopping trips, but it's obviously going to be a long road for -- toward emotional recovery for Hannah Anderson. Chris.

CUOMO: Yes, Casey, for right now it's all about feeling safe for this young woman. Thank you for the reporting. And later in this show we're going to talk exclusively with two of Hannah's friends about her recovery. They were at last night's fundraiser, so they'll know about that, but also just where her head and her heart are right now. That will be in the 8:00 hour.

BOLDUAN: Also new this morning, the NSA breaking the rules when it comes to your privacy. The agency violated privacy regulations thousands of times each year, this according to an internal audit of documents obtained by "The Washington Post" from none other than NSA leaker Edward Snowden. White House correspondent Dan Lothian is live from Martha's Vineyard for us this morning.

Dan, it sounds like there are some more big questions for the administration today.

DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: That's right. Certainly more big questions, Kate. You know "The Washington Post" revealing in this report that the level of detail and analysis that they uncovered is usually more than is typically shared with member of Congress or even the FISA court that oversees the nation's surveillance programs.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: A general impression has, I think, taken hold not only among the American public, but also around the world, that somehow we're out there willy-nilly.

LOTHIAN (voice-over): That was President Obama just days ago assuring the American public that the National Security Agency was not breaching the trust of its citizens. But a new report out today by "The Washington Post" may raise new concerns. After combing through the trove of documents leaked by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, "The Post" reports that the NSA has broken privacy rules thousands of times each year since 2008.

"The Post" says most of the incidents involved surveillance of Americans and foreign intelligence targets on U.S. soil in ways that violate the program's rules. Of those incidents, "The Post" report most were "unintended" and many involved "failures of due diligence" or "violations of standard operating procedure," such as when an area code mix-up caused the NSA to intercept a large number of calls from Washington, D.C., instead of from Egypt.

The NSA response was quick. Overnight, the agency released a pointed statement. "NSA's foreign intelligence collection activities are continually audited and overseen internally and externally. When NSA makes a mistake in carrying out its foreign intelligence mission, the agency reports the issue internally and to federal overseers and aggressively gets to the bottom of it."

(END VIDEOTAPE) LOTHIAN: Now, these revelations will no doubt anger critics who have been raising some deep concerns about privacy issues. I did reach out to an official at the White House overnight and so far no comment.


CUOMO: All right, Dan, thank you very much.

Let's turn now to what's being called a tropical annoyance out over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, but forecasters say it could bring a whole lot of rain to the Gulf Coast over the weekend. So let's bring in our meteorologist here, Indra Petersons. I can't say it, but I know she is one.

What are we doing with this annoyance and also maybe a tropical storm coming this way, right? So what do we know?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Right. Yes, a lot of people paying attention to Erin right now just because it's named. But keep in mind, Erin still very far out there, just barely a tropical storm. The tracking of it's expected to strengthen for a day or so but then weaken. Even a week from now, still in the middle of the ocean and weakening to a depression. So the bigger concern is still the potential for development with this area right over the Yucatan Peninsula.

Notice all of the moisture that's already feeding into Florida. So we're going to have to be monitoring where does all this moisture go and how much rain could it bring to an area that's already been soaked all summer long.

Well, it looks like now the model's switching it from yesterday. We're going to be looking at this moisture by Monday, kind of going in through Texas. However, that's in the future.

For right now, this weekend, we still have the same stationary front in place. This alone bringing three to five inches of rain. We're going to add the tropical moisture to it, bringing heavier rainfall. And now that upper low will actually pull the stationary front a little bit farther backwards. The reason that's important, well, it brings even more rain into the area. So we're going to be looking -- look at these totals, three to five inches, two to four inches in New Orleans. Even Charleston, two to four inches.

We're going to paint it out day by day, so you get a little bit of a better understanding. Here's Friday. Look at all the moisture going into Florida and even Georgia, into the Carolinas. By Saturday, as that stationary front pulls a little bit farther backward, notice this tropical moisture can make its way all the way up to the Mid-Atlantic. Nothing here as far as strength. We're just talking about a couple scattered showers. But down here we're looking at that very heavy rainfall. By Monday -- Sunday and Monday, we're looking at that moisture going in through Texas.

So, summarizing all of that, what you really need to know, two to four inches, even two to five inches without the tropical moisture. We're putting it together, eight, even 10 inches of rain possible, and that's just this weekend alone. Places that have had already 15 inches over for the summer. So, there you go.

BOLDUAN: Oh, a soggy weekend ahead for many.


BOLDUAN: All right, Indra, thank you so much.


BOLDUAN: All right, let's head back overseas with Egypt on edge this morning. The Muslim Brotherhood is calling for Friday of anger marches in Cairo following afternoon players. That's about an hour from now. Amid all of the violence and chaos in Egypt, Coptic Christian churches have now become a target. A bishop says more than 50 churches have been attacked since Wednesday. CNN's Reza Sayah is live in Cairo with the latest.

I assume, Reza, that people are just bracing to find out what's coming next.


During this conflict, we've had so many days where you can just feel the tension and anxiety. This feels like another one of those days because once again the stage is set for more violence and clashes between security forces and supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsy, and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood (INAUDIBLE) have called for mass demonstrations. The soldiers are deploying on the street. This morning, we've already had reports of unknown gunmen firing on soldiers in northern Egypt. All of this part of a deepening crisis in Egypt that has this country on edge.


SAYAH (voice-over): A government building in Cairo stormed and set on fire. Dozens of churches throughout Egypt attacked and torched. For Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy, a nationwide attack on state buildings and Christian targets appears to be payback for Wednesday's ruthless government crackdown that crushed their six- week long sit-in demonstration against Egypt's military-backed interim leadership.

Dramatic new video from the scorched earth attack shows armored vehicles and heavily armed security forces pushing in. Protesters, armed only with rocks, are no match. Several are gunned down. The ferocious crackdown killed hundreds, injured thousands, and turned a Cairo mosque into a makeshift morgue where outraged and grief-stricken families mourned in disbelief.

The bloodshed sparked condemnation around the world. President Obama stopped short of cutting $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt, a critical U.S. ally, but he canceled next month's joint military exercises with the Egyptian army and delivered a sharp rebuke. BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: But while we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets.

SAYAH: Egypt's leaders continue to defend the crackdown as a necessary step to stabilize the nation and transition into democracy.


SAYAH: We should point out that President Obama, yesterday, offered his condolences to victims of Wednesday's violence. But remarkably, Egypt's interim president has yet to do that and that's why this country is as divided as ever. The Muslim Brotherhood is as angry as ever. Again, they've called for mass demonstrations today. We'll be watching. We'll tell you what happens.

Chris. Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Reza Sayah in Cairo for us. Thanks so much, Reza, stay safe, as we always say. Thank you.

CUOMO: A lot of other news developing at this hour, so let's get right to Michaela.


PEREIRA: All right. Good morning to you and good morning to you at home.

New this morning, the former NSA intelligence analyst who exposed the agency's secret surveillance program, now distancing himself from his own father. Edward Snowden says his dad Lon has no special knowledge of his situation and does not speak for him and he claims his father's advisers have been misleading the media.

The cause of that deadly UPS cargo plane crash in Birmingham, Alabama, remains a mystery this morning. Investigators finding no evidence of engine failure or pre-impact fire and no sign of a problem with the airport's runway lights. Two pilots were killed in that crash. Investigators have recovered the cockpit and flight data recorders. They're hoping they will yield some answers.

A dramatic day ahead in the court-martial of Army Major Nidal Hasan. The police officer credited with taking down the Ft. Hood massacre suspect is expected to testify. A pathologist on the stand Thursday said Hasan shot one of his victims 12 times as he tried to rush him. Hasan's charged with killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the worst mass shooting ever at a U.S. military base.

An actor in serious condition this morning after he was hurt last night during a performance of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." A spokesman says his leg became pinned under a piece of equipment. He was taken to the hospital. After the accident, the rest of the performance was canceled. This show has been plagued by injuries since opening in 2010, including this incident when an actor's harness snapped and he fell 35 feet.

It is back to school for students in Moore, Oklahoma. Classes resuming there today nearly three months after a devastating tornado destroyed two school buildings, damaged others and brought the school year to an abrupt end and premature - an abrupt and premature end. Seven elementary school students were among the 25 people killed in that tornado.

All right, we have an introduction to make this morning. Meet the olinguito. A small mammal that lives in the forests of Ecuador and Colombia. Scientists at the Smithsonian say the olinguito is the first new mammal from the western hemisphere to be discovered in 35 years. They are part of the raccoon family. They're about two and a half feet long weighing about two pounds. Our resident wildlife correct John Berman will have more on this amazing discovery in the next hour of NEW DAY. But I wanted to show you, because you asked, Mr. Cuomo, the Latin name of the Olinguito -


PEREIRA: I cannot pronounce it, so we'll show it to you instead. I believe we have a graphic of it? Do we? Do we? Please say we do?

CUOMO: There it is.

PEREIRA: There it is.

CUOMO: Ah, that's what I thought it was going to be.

PEREIRA: You - I know, yes.

BOLDUAN: Obviously. Obviously the neblina.


PEREIRA: Yes. Short - yes, we'll just call it neblina.

CUOMO: Neblina. It means cloudy.




PEREIRA: Don't believe the things he says always.

CUOMO: Check it.

BOLDUAN: It's like - this is like a "Sharknado" situation.

CUOMO: Check it. Here's what I want to know.

PEREIRA: It does? I hate when he's right. I hate when he's right.

CUOMO: Where's he been hiding out, this thing? PEREIRA: I know, isn't that amazing?

CUOMO: They like identify everything. There's like a million scientists down there all the time.


BOLDUAN: Well, let's be honest, Chris, he doesn't look that much different than some other animals that are out there. Sorry to be a Debbie downer on this.

PEREIRA: Debbie downer on the olinguito.

CUOMO: Think about how angry the -

BOLDUAN: A Katie Downer on this, but, I mean, if I can upon that -

PEREIRA: He's so cute.

BOLDUAN: I'd be like, it's kind of like a raccoon, it's kind of like a possum. I don't know.

CUOMO: I wonder if there's going to be like some kind of statement from the olinguitos like for so long we've been confused with the marmet (ph). That's been wrong.


PEREIRA: They want to make a stand.

BOLDUAN: Here's the association (ph).

CUOMO: This is our time.

BOLDUAN: There's an association.

PEREIRA: Right. That's the guy right there who wants to be the spokesperson for them.

BOLDUAN: Yes. Anyway -

CUOMO: They will have PR representatives and attorneys within two and a half days.

BOLDUAN: And they'll be joining us live. Thank you so much.

CUOMO: Yes, as soon as I learn their language.

We're going to take a break now so I can learn it. When we come back on NEW DAY, medical marijuana for sick children. Now, we've been talking about this here with Sanjay Gupta, right? Here's a new fold. A desperate dad confronts New Jersey's governor and tells him, don't let my daughter die. The question is, will Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, sign that bill? We believe he's going to make a decision today. BOLDUAN: Also coming up on NEW DAY, car restraints for dogs. Look what this video of what happens to your pet in a car accident. More video from these crash tests come up.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is "Money Time."

Investors licking their wounds after the worst day on Wall Street in two months. The Dow shedding 225 points after two huge firms released gloomy sales forecasts.

So, who do we go to? Christine Romans, what is going on, summer slump?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, a little summer swoon. We've had one earlier in the summer and now, it looks like we're getting another one. The bull has stumbled here, 339 points for the Dow in two days.

But let me put in perspective for you, Kate, you've got stocks still up big time this year. The Dow is up 15 percent still this year. NASDAQ, look at that, and tech stocks have had a stealth run since March that has been very, very good. The S&P 500 up 16.

So is this bull market still over? That's what so many people are worried about, because they're worried about the Fed. Is the Fed going to pull back that historic stimulus, is that going to drive up interest rates and is that going to hurt things?

Yesterday, we got newspapers the job market is improving. That actually good news fed into the bad news. If the job market is improving, the Fed can pull back all of its support but we also heard from retailers who say, look, the paycheck to paycheck customer is hurting middle class customers, seem to be really being careful with their money because they're still hurt.

So, if the Fed pulls back, interest rates start to rise, will it hurt the economy overall, that's what the market is troubled with right now.

BOLDUAN: Well, investors taking a look at what they should do today and next week.

All right. Christine, thank you so much.

ROMANS: You're welcome.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Just to be clear the people who want the markets to be fair and not have the government get in their way are worried the government will pull back its artificial juicing of the markets for them and as a result they will then punish the rest of us. That's what you're saying.

BOLDUAN: Do you have an opinion on this, Chris?

CUOMO: Isn't that nice? No, I think those are the facts as presented.

Thank you, Christine Romans.

BOLDUAN: I'm waiting for you to go on.

CUOMO: Moving on now, a very tough situation unfolding in New Jersey. "Please don't let my daughter die" words from a father there in New Jersey challenging the governor, Chris Christie face to face.

The man says his little girl desperately needs medical marijuana to survive, and a bill to extend its availability to children is sitting on the governor's desk awaiting his signature and that's the situation.

CNN's Rosa Flores joins us now with what's going on. This is a compelling story.

ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I know. And putting politics aside this is an emotional story. I mean, you're a dad, you know. And as a parent, what would you do to save your child's life? Confront a governor?

Well, that's exactly what Brian Wilson did. Now I have to warn you, some of the video you're about to see is difficult to watch.


BRIAN WILSON, FATHER: Tell me what the hold up is. It's been like two months now. It's very well-documented.


GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R), NEW JERSEY: These are complicated issues.

WILSON: Very simple issue.

CHRISTIE: I know you think it's simple and it's not.

FLORES (voice-over): A heated exchange between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and a concerned father over medical marijuana.

WILSON: Have you heard from our doctors?

CHRISTIE: I've read everything that's been put in front of me.

FLORES: Christie sitting on a medical marijuana bill passed by the state legislator about two months ago, that Brian Wilson says could save his daughter's life.

Two-year-old Vivian Wilson suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy with only about 500 reported cases. That's according to the National Institute of Health. Her family says she suffers 20 to 70 minor seize yours every day, averaging major seizures like this one every four days.

WILSON: She has stopped breathing several times during seizures. She could also die of SUDEP, which is also sudden unexplained death in epilepsy.

FLORES: She sleeps with a heart and oxygen monitor and wears an eye patch because certain patterns in the environment trigger more seizures. Her dad says she's been on special different drugs and a special diet but nothing works.

Wilson wants to try a form of medical marijuana not available in New Jersey because he says he's seen it work in other children, although the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes cannabis.

Governor Christie says it's a complicated issue. For the Wilsons, it's a matter of life or death.

WILSON: Please don't let my daughter die, Governor.


FLORES: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is expected to decide by today whether to sign that medical marijuana bill, so what will the Wilsons do if Christie vetoes the bill? Well, here's what they tell me -- they plan to move to Colorado, a state they say has more compassionate state laws.

Like we were saying this is a very emotional issue for this family because they're seeing the situation with their daughter, they've tried seven different types of medication, a special diet that's high in fat and nothing seems to work.

BOLDUAN: And this really hits on an issue that Sanjay Gupta has taken on in his documentary, this is the exact same disorder that a little girl, Charlotte that, Sanjay covered and she had 300 seizures a week. They were going to put her on almost Ketamine, such harsh drugs. And they said the only thing that was working in their argument, the parents was, medical marijuana. That's the question, though, can -- is there another medication that can help?

FLORES: They've tried seven. Nothing has been so far. I think the little girl in that documentary was 6, this little girl is 2 and, of course, doctors are worried about the developmental stage of these children.

BOLDUAN: Right. The parents say --

CUOMO: It's just a different level of dialogue. You know, we're used to talking about medical marijuana in terms of it helping making you feel better but not as a cure. That's what this father seemed to be presenting. It makes for different stakes in the law if there's science behind it as well.

But either way, you got to feel for the governor, he's a family man himself. And to have a father come up with desperation in his heart, because politics is complicated. You don't get to do the right thing by one person often.

FLORES: And this is father to father.

CUOMO: It's tough stuff. And we'll see what happens today we believe, right?

BOLDUAN: Yes, today, he said he's going to decide.

And we should note on that note, tonight and Sanjay Gupta's documentary, we will be airing tonight again at 10:00. And this is the perfect evening to watch it. It's very much (INAUDIBLE).

All right. Thank you so much, Rosa.

CUOMO: We're going to take a break here. Coming up on NEW DAY, what do we have?

BOLDUAN: Coming up next, more and more pet owners -- take a look at this video -- more are using car restraints for their dog but we have amazing video of crash tests to that put the safety measures to tests and they don't fare too well.

CUOMO: That's a dummy, by the way. You know, we're used to seeing the human ones. They have the hazard monitors all over.

BOLDUAN: They are ugly, realistic --


CUOMO: Right, that doesn't have markers on but that's a crash test dummy. So don't worry about that.

Here is another one you might want to worry about -- a zoo in China is under fire? What do you see in that cage? Clearly a lion, right?


CUOMO: No. But that's what they said it was. They tried to pass off a dog as a lion and I ain't lyin'.



CUOMO: Here I am.

BOLDUAN: Oh, sorry.

CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, it is Friday, August 16th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: And I walked right into that. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: Gave you a side eye on that one.

BOLDUAN: Deserved that time.

Coming up on the show, dog harnesses in cars.

We have new crash video of -- new video of crash I guess we call them crash doggy tests that suggest that the restraints you put your pets in are not keeping you as safe as you think they will in an accident. We've got the results for you.

CUOMO: Pretty obvious in the video.


CUOMO: We have a reminder for you. Prince William is speaking for the first time since becoming a dad and he's speaking to CNN's Max Foster. That's happening Monday on NEW DAY. Please make sure to tune in.

Lot of news for you right now. Let's get right to Michaela.

PEREIRA: Good morning, guys.

Good morning.

Hannah Anderson seen in public for the first time since the dramatic rescue from the Idaho wilderness. The 16-year-old kidnapping victim attending a fundraiser thrown for her family. The media was invited, not allowed inside however.

Hannah, we're told, did not speak publicly. Her father did tell reporters though his daughter is happy to be here and doing good. In the 8:00 hour of NEW DAY we're actually going to speak exclusively with two of Hannah's friends so tune in for that.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden now distancing himself from his father's legal team.