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Rescued Kidnapping Victim Appears at Fundraiser; New Report Reveals Constant Mistakes Made by NSA Surveillance Program; Protests Expected in Egypt; Republican Outlook for 2016;

Aired August 16, 2013 - 07:00   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: All right, everybody. Friday is here. Friday is here. Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's August 16th, 7:00 in the east. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone, I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.


BOLDUAN: Coming up in this hour, Chris Christie taking shots at members of his own party. We'll have the latest from the New Jersey governor who is laying out what he calls a winning strategy for Republicans. This as President Obama is speaking out on the chaos in Egypt. What can and should the U.S. do? We'll have live team coverage coming up.

CUOMO: Then we've got some significant weather woes to talk about here. The southeast could get drenched this weekend again. Rain the last thing the region needs with flash flooding warnings and a tropical system on the radar. The question is can they handle it?

PEREIRA: And Judge Judy speaking out in defense of her son, Adam Levy. He is a prosecutor currently suing a local sheriff for saying he was interfering with a case that involves his personal trainer. And Levy will join us live this morning.

BOLDUAN: Up first, though, Hannah Anderson seen in public for the first time since her dramatic rescue. Take a look. The 16-year-old kidnapping victim attending a neighborhood fundraiser. At the same time police released shocking new details about what they found inside the home of her alleged abductor. Casey Wian is joining us live from San Diego with more this morning. Good morning, Casey.

CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. As Hannah Anderson rushed past more than a dozen news cameras, family members tell her she really wanted to make this appearance so she could thank all of those who have supported her and are continuing to support her throughout this ordeal.


WIAN: Hannah Anderson's arrival at a fundraiser 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 our 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 keep moving forward from here.

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

BRETT 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 fundraiser for Hannah and hopefully her future and healing.

WIAN: What has it meant to this community to have to go through this ordeal?

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

WIAN: The fundraising event drew a large crowd, raffle ticket sales, cash donations and 20 percent of the restaurant sales donated to the Anderson family.

BRETT 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.

BRANDON FAMBROUGH, HANNAH'S COUSIN: 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 as DiMaggio's burned down home. This newly released search warrant obtained by CNN affiliate KFMB says police discovered a handwritten note and DNC letters from Hannah the detectives say proves DiMaggio had dominion and control over that house. Police also recovered incendiary devices leading them to believe the house fire was caused by human actions.


WIAN: Some of the other items recovered during that search, a box that once contained handcuffs, lots of ammunition, and empty boxes of camping gear. Chris?

CUOMO: Casey, thank you very much for the report. Hannah looks great, but obviously with this kind of return to the public spotlight here raises questions, is this helping or hurting. Let's get some take from an expert on this, we're signed by psychotherapist Robi Ludwig.

ROBI LUDWIG, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: Thank you, great to be here.

CUOMO: I know you need to sit with Hannah and evaluate her to know what's going on clinically.

LUDWIG: Right.

CUOMO: Looking at the outward manifestations, the appearance, the online interview, the Instagram photos, too soon, therapeutic? What's the line?

LUDWIG: I think it's healthy and a sign of ego strength. She's a 16- year-old girl and wants to do what normal 16-year-olds do. I think it's really smart of her to talk, to try to put what happened to her in perspective. And the way 16-year-olds do that, they turn to social media. She wants a support system, she's getting that when she's talking and interacting with people. So that's healthy.

CUOMO: The suggestion would be that when something like this has happened there should be quiet time, there should be isolation. It must be so difficult, who knows what happened to her.

LUDWIG: That's never the recommendation, by the way. I think people look at her, she looks great. She's a pretty girl, and people can't come to terms with this image, look at what happened to her. Shouldn't she be in a corner somewhere crying and looking horrible?

CUOMO: Yes, and it fuels suspicions.

LUDWIG: Right. And so let answer not go there and judge, because many people when they have horrible things happen to them, it doesn't show on the outside. They have scars on the inside that people can't see.

CUOMO: Important point actually to even make twice. So two people, especially online, that's my concern about her being online, it can be a very unfriendly place --

LUDWIG: It can.

CUOMO: -- filled with the most baseless, dark speculation. Is she at risk there that someone's going to say "What was going on for real? I don't buy this." Stupid things.

LUDWIG: She could but this might give an opportunity to share her story, to have a voice, to take control right now in a way that she hasn't been able to over the last several weeks or however long this was happening. Now yes, that is the danger of social media. You never know what you're going to get but I think Hannah's story is so horrible that the people she's talking to seem to be providing her with support and an opportunity to talk.

CUOMO: Could there be a little bit of a delay here also, extended trauma or shock from what has happened?

LUDWIG: Yes, absolutely.

CUOMO: Things may change for her over time, that's something the family have to manage?

LUDWIG: This is a definite. This is a girl probably in denial and shock. What has happened to her probably doesn't even feel real yet and that really her grieving might take place down the road, five years down the road. This is not the most difficult time for somebody who is grieving because you have a lot of supportive people around you, a lot of attention. The difficulty comes when everybody forgets and you're left in your life one year, two years, three years down the road, and the people and the crowds are not there.

CUOMO: Important point, and instruction to the media, it's one thing for Hannah to seek out the attention but to the extent that we can control ourselves the more space she has the better, yes?

LUDWIG: And let's get knowledgeable about what trauma victims look like. They're not crying in a corner necessarily and it doesn't mean they're not struggling.

CUOMO: Don't judge what you see on the outside.

LUDWIG: Exactly.

CUOMO: Robi Ludwig, thank you so much.

LUDWIG: Thank you, Chris.

CUOMO: Coming up we'll speak exclusively with two of Hannah's friends about her recovery so we'll get that perspective, coming up 8:00 a.m. eastern.

BOLDUAN: Also new this morning reports the National Security Agency has broken privacy rules thousands of times a year. "The Washington Post" is revealing this from new audits obtained from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Your information could have been intercepted due to some significant errors by the NSA. White House correspondent Dan Lothian is live from Massachusetts for us this morning with much more. Good morning, Dan.

DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. "The Washington Post" says the level of detail and analysis in these leaked documents is more than is routinely shared with Congress or the FISA court that oversees the nation's surveillance programs.


BARACK OBAMA, (D) 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: 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 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 poignant 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."


President Obama has recently taken steps in an effort, he says, to be more transparent on these surveillance issues, including forming a high level, independent group to review the nation's surveillance technologies. But I'll tell you this latest revelation will no doubt anger some critics who have deep concerns about privacy issues and have been calling for greater oversight. Chris?

CUOMO: All right, Dan, appreciate the reporting from you this morning.

We're going to turn now to the weather. It is the last thing the people in the southeast need, more rain, but unfortunately, they're going to get it. Even more flooding a very real threat today. Plus we're watching a storm brewing right now over Mexico that could slam right into the Gulf states. Indra Petersons, our meteorologist, has told me all of this. What is the insight into the situation?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It is not a good situation or a bad situation expected to get worse. Look at the reason why. We're talking about this moisture over the Yucatan peninsula. It has about a 50 percent chance of developing. Regardless of whether or not it does all of that tropical moisture feeding into Florida expected to get closer each day. With that we'll talk about flooding concerns into the southeast.

Little change from yesterday, instead of seeing that low, it's expected to go towards Texas by Monday, so we're going to be watching that as we get closer toward the end of the weekend but how about the weekend? We already have the stationary front in place. We'll add the tropical moisture and add a low, that will pull back the stationary front a hint to allow more rain into the Gulf States. Not a good thing considering they're really over the amount of rainfall already, adding two to four inches around New Orleans, Charleston another two to four inches possible, some places eight or ten inches more when you combine the two. Here's Friday. Let's take it day by day, moisture already filling into Florida, Georgia and up to the Carolinas. By Saturday enough of that moisture will make its way up into the mid-Atlantic. By Sunday you'll see it get closer. You can almost see this starting to make its way toward Texas. Either way we're still talking about rain every single day into the Gulf States.

And I want you to look at this. These are the numbers already for June, how far they've been above since June, Tallahassee almost 20 inches above adding another eight, 10 inches to that, that cannot be a good thing for flooding concerns.

BOLDUAN: So 20 inches, my goodness. All right, Indra, thanks so much. We'll be tracking that as well as a lot of other news developing at this hour. So let's get straight to Michaela for the latest.

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

Fears of more deadly violence in Egypt this morning. The Muslim Brotherhood vows a Friday of anger, protesting the military's violent crackdown Wednesday on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsy, they killed nearly 600 people and injuring thousands. Reza Sayah is in Cairo this morning. Reza?

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Michaela, yet another explosive day is here in Egypt and a lot of people are bracing themselves for the possibility of more violence and more clashes between security forces and supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood. There's no question with the bloody crackdown on Wednesday. The Brotherhood was knocked down. They took a big blow. But today they're going to try to pick themselves back up to show the world they're still fighting. They called for mass demonstrations throughout the country including here in Cairo. Some of those demonstrations already under way.

I believe we have live pictures of one of the marches taking place in the city of Alexandria in northern Egypt. Here in Cairo the meeting point for the marches, the final meeting point is a place called Ramses Square, which is only a few miles away from Tahrir Square which has become the home base of the anti-Morsy protesters. Clearly the government doesn't want the pro-Morsy supporters to get near Tahrir Square. That's why scores of soldiers have blocked every entrance to Tahrir Square. Still, aot of concern about clashes in the hours ahead, Michaela.

PEREIRA: We'll be watching it with you from Cairo there. Reza Sayah, thank you.

Still unknown this morning, what caused a UPS cargo plane to crash upon approach to the airport in Birmingham, Alabama, killing the pilot and co-pilot. Officials say a preliminary investigation shows no sign of engine failure or evidence of engine fire prior to impact, and they have ruled out any problems with runway lights. Answers may be found in the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which have now been recovered.

Four people injured in two separate grizzly bear attacks, one in Yellowstone National Park, the other in a nearby park in Idaho. In Yellowstone two hikers were attacked by a mother bear protecting one of her cubs, and in Idaho's Island Park Reservoir a couple of private contractors unknowingly surprised a sleeping grizzly. All of their injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

A 67-year-old great grandmother is the 16th woman to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment. City Hall worker Peggy Shannon says Filner once kissed her and asked her if she thought he could go eight hours in one night. She said she had butterflies every day at work wondering what the mayor would do next. Filner is refusing to step down while opponents attempt to gather 100,000 signatures for a recall vote.

Area 51, the mystery finally revealed. Newly declassified CIA documents shine light on the infamous U.S. base in Nevada, long thought by UFO enthusiasts to hold secrets about alien spacecraft. But the documents show the secrets the governments held close to the vest had to do with the testing of different generations of spy planes, including the U2 going back decades.

A humpback whale is free again this morning after being caught up in a shark net off Australia's gold coast. Those nets are often used to keep sharks away from popular beach areas. The 26-foot long wale got stuck in a net near Kirra beach, took marine rescuers about 15 minutes to cut away the net and the whale was able to swim away.

BOLDUAN: At least they were able to catch that one.

PEREIRA: It's a fine line trying to protect humanity from the dangers of wildlife and sharks, but at the same time it's then endangering other marine life. It's a challenge.

CUOMO: Endangering them too, when they go to rescue them. Very brave work.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropping some hints about 2016 as he weighs in on what the Republican party needs to do to save itself.

CUOMO: Plus a John Berman special, just as chocolate once met peanut butter, so a raccoon meets a deadly bear -- a deadly bear, a teddy bear, but you don't eat it either. This is the cute little critter they just identified it, a new species. What is it? Berman will tell us.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY everyone. Republican Governor Chris Christie has a new message for his party. He's a winner. Speaking before a closed door meeting with the Republican National Committee, he rallied his base, or I guess his colleagues, in a campaign-style speech and he had some pretty pointed jabs for some of his potential 2016 rivals, though not saying them by name. Here to break it all down with us, Ana Navarro, CNN political commentator and Republican strategist. Hello, my dear.


BOLDUAN: What do you make of Chris Christie and his -- seems like a pep talk and a dose of tough love, he's saying stop navel gazing, we need to be winners.

NAVARRO: It is the epitome of Chris Christie. It's Chris Christie unvarnished, it's what you expect from Chris Christie. Don't expect -- don't invite the guy over for lunch if you want some sugar-coated speech with subtle tones. We have to figure out and interpret the modern art.

The guy will tell you exactly what he's thinking and what he's saying is look, I am growing the party and he's right. He's doing better in New Jersey right now than most Republicans do with women, with Hispanics he's got great numbers with African-Americans he's doing better than most Republicans, but those are groups that, if any Republican national candidate was able to grow the tent, we would actually have a shot at winning the White House. It's a lot nicer to be inside the White House than out.

BOLDUAN: I think that is a good point. Here is the thing, how do you go from it's great, you can give great speeches, can he give a great speech and he can make a big point. How do you go from speeches to executing something and creating change party wide? That's the tough thing.

NAVARRO: Well I think winning the election strongly, with strong numbers this year is going to make a huge difference. You're talking about New Jersey, okay? Electing a Republican statewide in New Jersey is not easy and should not be seen as chopped liver politically. We're in the middle of a Senate race in New Jersey. Nobody even knows who the Republican candidate is.

BOLDUAN: That's true.

NAVARRO: So, and here we have a governor who is monopolizing, who is dominating in those elections.

CUOMO: Segue, is he strong enough to beat Hillary Clinton? Right? Because that's the other name. That's our next topic on the horizon, what do you see there? How does it size up?

NAVARRO: I think we have to wait and see. I don't think Hillary Clinton is -- first I'm not convinced she runs, and second of all I don't think she's as unbeatable and invincible as people want to portray her. Remember we've been through the Clinton invincibility thing once before. Didn't turn out all that well for her.

CUOMO: You don't think she's stronger now than she was when she ran against then-Senator Obama?

NAVARRO: I actually think she may be weaker, and I'll tell you why, because she's rusty. She hasn't been in politics. Being in the State Department is very different than being in politics. When was the last time Hillary Clinton debated? When was the last time she cambaigned?

CUOMO: Well, she had that nice Senate hearing.


BOLDUAN: But then, what do you think of what Barbara Bush said in "People" magazine, latest issue, she thinks Hillary Clinton's incredibly accomplished and she wants to see her run?

NAVARRO: I think any time anybody named Barbara Bush opens her mouth, we should be in fear, whether it's the grandmother, or the granddaughter, because they will say whatever they want to say. But I think Barbara Bush is right. I think a lot of people want to see Hillary run. I'd like to see Hillary run. Doesn't mean I'm going to vote for her, doesn't mean I'm going to support her, but I think she would make a great candidate and she's the one that got away, let's see what she's got to offer.

PEREIRA: To that end, another first lady, Michelle Obama, saying in an upcoming "Parade" magazine article that she thinks the world is ready for a female president. There's the cover of the magazine.

Is there a sense that -- I think women anecdotally will say yes it's our time.


NAVARRO: You know, for the three of us -- OK so you're out of this conversation, Chris Cuomo, but now we're going into chick talk. I think it would be great to have a woman president but the right woman president. Same thing as an Hispanic president. I don't want to vote for somebody just because they're a woman or just because they're Hispanic, or just because they're African-American. I want to vote for them because they are the right candidate and they are also -- that happens to be part of what they are but not define who they are.

BOLDUAN: And where is the woman Republican candidate? That's what I want to know.

NAVARRO: How about How about an Italian Catholic president? What do we think of that?

BOLDUAN: I don't know, we'll see.

CUOMO: Well, I'm under contract for another two years.



BOLDUAN: Well played. Ana, thank you very much.

NAVARRO: You're still considering it.

CUOMO: Despite my exposure I'm still about 15 percent man although every day you guys are bringing me over to my sensitive side, which I appreciate very much.

NAVARRO: I think your wife appreciates you getting in touch with the feminine side. You still have some work to do.


CUOMO: If a wife appreciates anything about a husband you take it.


BOLDUAN: Ana Navarro, thank you.

CUOMO: Have a great weekend, always good to have you on NEW DAY. We're going to take a break now. When we come back, Judge Judy, we all know her. She does not mince words. She's going all out right now but guess for whom, her son, a district attorney, he is in a big lawsuit that's going on. We'll tell you about it. He'll be here as well to plead his case.

BOLDUAN: And it looks like a bear maybe, maybe a raccoon. You sit and think about it because I'm not sure, but scientists have identified a new, I guess adorable, species of mammal.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Friday, thank goodness, August 16th, I'm Kate Bolduan.

CUOMO: I'm Chris Cuomo. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: I like the dramatic pause.

CUOMO: I'm trying to do James Earl Jones, never works.

BOLDUAN: Never will.

CUOMO: Coming up on the show, we have tough talking Judge Judy. We know her, right? Right now she is coming to the defense of the man you see her kissing, that is her son, he is the prosecutor from Westchester County, here in the New York area. The question is why?

A very heated lawsuit going on. The allegation, the prosecutor says that the local sheriff there defamed him in the course of an investigation so now he's saying you better put up or shut up, as his mom would say. He's here to tell us about the case.

BOLDUAN: Plus Prince William speaking for the first time since becoming a dad to CNN's Max Foster happening Monday on NEW DAY. Gotta make sure you tune in for that.

First let's go to Michaela Pereira for the top news happening now.

PEREIRA: All right guys, here are the headlines. Kidnapped survivor Hannah Anderson seen in public for the first time since her dramatic rescue from the Idaho wilderness. She attended a fundraiser in Lakeside, California. Members of the media were invited to the benefit for Hannah and her family. Cameras were not allowed inside the restaurant, though. Coming up at the top of the hour right here, a CNN exclusive, we will hear from two of Hannah's friends who attended last night's fund-raiser.

The NSA routinely breaks privacy rules thousands of times a year, that's according to an internal audit and other documents obtained by "The Washington Post." The report says many of the cases involved failures of due diligence or violations of standard operating procedure.

A utilities contractor has been cited for safety violations in connection with an explosion at a Kansas City restaurant back in February. One person was killed, a dozen wounded. The federal government says an employee of the contracting company laying fiber optic cable punctured a gas line prior to the explosion, and the contractor has the responsibility to make sure its employees are properly trained in hazardous work environment.

A disturbing new report about security at the nation's nuclear reactors concludes more than ten years after 9/11 the facilities are vulnerable to terror attacks, theft of bomb-grad fuel and sabotage that could lead to nuclear meltdowns.