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Hannah Anderson Appears in Public; Report: NSA Breaking Privacy Rules; New Jersey Marijuana Bill; String Of Heists In New York; New Claims Against Bob Filner

Aired August 16, 2013 - 08:00   ET


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KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning and welcome back, everyone, to NEW DAY. It is Friday, August 16th, 8:00 in the East. I'm Kate Bolduan.

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


CUOMO: We have a lot for you this morning. A father pleading with Governor Chris Christie, "Don't let my daughter die." Desperate words. Why? Well, he wants the New Jersey Republican to make medical marijuana available to children in the state. He says medical marijuana could save his daughter's life. The governor has promised a decision today.

BOLDUAN: We'll take a look at that.

And also, Michael Jackson's ex-wife taking the stand for the second day in his wrongful death trial. She tearfully described her daughter Paris' suicide attempt and grief over losing her father, how will her testimony affect the case? We're going to talk to Michael Jackson's former attorney, Tom Mesereau, about that.

PEREIRA: A series of brazen robberies happening in one of New York City's toniest neighborhoods. More than $100,000 worth of jewelry has gone missing from one of the city's richest apartment buildings. Just who is targeting the super rich and how are they getting away with it for months? We'll investigate.

BOLDUAN: All right.

Let's get to the first on Hannah Anderson. The 16-year-old abduction victim making her first public appearance, showing up to thank supporters at fundraiser in her hometown. And this morning we're learning new and disturbing details about the ordeal she went through and the bloody events leading up to it.

In moments, we're going to talk to two of Hannah's friends live.

But, first, let's get to CNN's Casey Wian with the latest from San Diego.

Good morning, Casey.


You know, Hannah Anderson rushed past a dozen cameras and once she was inside that fund-raiser, those who were there with her say what she really wanted to do was thank those who have supported her both during and after this horrific ordeal.


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

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 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'S FATHER: Hannah sends her love. She is doing good day by day. And we'll just keep moving forward from here.

WIAN: Wearing "Hannah Strong" and "Pray for Hannah" t-shirts, neighbors, friends and the 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 are part of. And the community came together, put on a great fund-raiser for Hannah, and, hopefully, her future and healing.

WIAN (on camera): What does it mean to this community to have to go through this ordeal? STEVE RYAN, LAKESIDE RESIDENT: It's horrifying he did what he did. It's sickening to me. And I just 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 all donated to the Anderson family.

ANDERSON: We have a lot of expenses in front of us. And right now, we are looking for her future and getting her settled.

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

BRANDON FAMBROUGH, HANNAH'S COUSIN: And you keep hearing the term Uncle Jim, he really was like an Uncle Jim to them.

WIAN: Meanwhile, we are still learning new information about what police discovered at DiMaggio's burned down home.

This newly search warrant obtained by CNN affiliate KFMB says that police discovered a handwritten note and D&C 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.


CUOMO: Our thanks to Casey Wian.

Obviously, the thrust of our curiosity goes to Hannah and her well being going forward. Two people now are going to join us exclusively from San Diego. They are friends of Hannah Anderson. They're Alyssa Haugum and Kylah Hayes. They're at the fund-raiser last night.

How are you young ladies doing? You OK this morning?



CUOMO: Thank you very much for getting up so early. I know it's still dark out there.

But this matters to you, o obviously. We all want to make sure your friend is doing OK. So, what can you tell us?

We'll start with you, Kylah. What can you tell us about how Hannah is doing? She looks, Kylah, sorry. She looks great. She looks like she got a lot of energy.

But how is your friend?

HAYES: I don't really know how she is. But from what she looks like, she's doing great, like normal Hannah.

CUOMO: OK. And in the time you had to talk to her and speak to her online or text, what have you picked up about how she's dealing with what happened, Alyssa?

HAUGUM: I don't -- she's like acting strong for everyone and I think that's more of just like for her appearance. But I could tell that there's something inside of her that's upset. When we're all like having a good time and once everyone stops laughing, she kind of gets this serious look on her face. I don't know.

CUOMO: Do you believe that having people around and having friends like you and family, extended family you think they're helping her right now that she needs that?


CUOMO: Do you know that the family is doing the normal things that you need to do to get help in these extreme situations? Do you know they're taking care of their needs?

HAUGUM: I'm not exactly sure.

CUOMO: That is part of what the fund-raiser was about last night. People pretty enthusiastic about making sure they have the money they need to get the help that Hannah and her father will need going forward, right?


CUOMO: And, did you guys see the online stuff she did? The interview and the Instagram stuff. You guys all share accounts. Are you aware of the questions and answers and stuff?

HAYES: I am not on ask, but I saw Instagram.

HAUGUM: Yes, same with me.

HAYES: Did you read the interview and see the questions she was asked and the answers?


HAUGUM: No, I haven't seen those.

CUOMO: It must be difficult, she's your friend first and you wouldn't ask anything that would hurt her feelings, but I guess you will just have to be there for her and if she wants to talk about it, you'll be there and if not you just keep things as normal as possible?


HAUGUM: Yes, pretty much.

CUOMO: One of the things that became really important here is why this happened, right? You were familiar with who this Uncle Jim was, Jim DiMaggio. Before all this, what had Hannah related to you about Jim DiMaggio?

HAYES: Not a whole bunch that just, like a normal uncle. CUOMO: Wasn't there something that had kind of changed, Alyssa. That she found a little creepy?

HAUGUM: Yes, but, I don't -- I don't know. I don't really want to talk about that.

CUOMO: Because it's just one of those understandings of why her, why did he target her and why did he take her and do those horrible things to her family. That's why I'm asking.

HAUGUM: Yes, but -- well, no one really knows why he did it. They can't really ask him. But like no one could expect it. They just can't think that it's going to happen. I don't know. That's how I feel about it.

CUOMO: So, the good news is that even though I'm sure your friend has so much to deal with it and it will take a long time, you know that, right?


CUOMO: That she does seem on the outside to be doing things that show that she's fighting through this and she's being normal. What does that mean to you to see your friend again and see that she's trying to live her life?

HAYES: Very good. I probably wouldn't be doing the stuff that she's doing.

HAUGUM: No, she's really strong. Like I couldn't see myself acting this happy right away, like, I don't know. She's just -- she's just trying to be strong for everyone else.

CUOMO: So, everybody has gotten to know Hannah only through this horrible series of events that happened in her life. What do you want people to know? Each of you tell me something about Hannah that people should know about Hannah Anderson.

Alyssa, I'll start with you.

HAUGUM: Well, she's really kind and she's always that person to go to like if you have any problems and she'll help you out. She's always happy. She didn't deserve this. She's an all-around good girl.

CUOMO: Kylah?

HAYES: She's really like an outstanding person. She's always like putting others before her. She's so smiley and like just cheerful and everything.

CUOMO: It's great to hear. Now, she's going to need her friends more than ever. So, it's great that she has people like you who care about her. Good luck to all of you going forward. Send our regards, please.

I'll take that as a yes. Thanks for joining us on NEW DAY.


CUOMO: It's early, it's early. Thanks for being here. Have a great day.


BOLDUAN: Thanks, Chris.

All eyes back on Washington because when it comes to your privacy, it appears the NSA has been breaking the rules for years. According to an internal NSA audit and other documents obtained by "The Washington Post" from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the agency has violated privacy regulations thousands of times each year even ignoring court orders.

White House correspondent Dan Lothian is live in Massachusetts with more on this, this morning.

Tough questions for the administration today, Dan.

DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: That's right. This will no doubt add more heat to the ongoing debate over privacy versus security. "The Washington Post" reports that the level of detail and analysis in the leaked documents is more than is typically shared with members of Congress or the FISA court that overseas 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 involve surveillance of Americans and foreign intelligence targets on U.S. soil in ways that violate the program's rules.

Of those incidents, "The Post" reports 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 foreign intelligence mission, the NSA reports the mission internally and to federal overseers and aggressively gets to the bottom of it.


LOTHIAN: Now, President Obama has recently taken steps to be more transparent, he says, when it comes to the surveillance issues such as forming an outside group, a high-level group to review the nation's intelligence and communications technologies. But I'll tell you based on these latest revelations, there will be some concerns among some of the critics who have worries about privacy issues and want to see greater oversight.

By the way, we did reach out to the White House on this, but so far no comment -- Chris.

CUOMO: Dan, tricky subject. Surveillance does a lot of good and firing terrorism but there are questions. So, the dialogue must be had. Appreciate the reporting this morning.

LOTHIAN: That's right.

CUOMO: Heavy rains across the southeast and, I'm sorry to say it, but it could get a lot worse and soon. More rain is expected to fall today and there is a serious flood threat. Forecasters are also monitoring a tropical system in the western Caribbean that could soon drench the Gulf States.

CNN meteorologist Indra Petersons is tracking all this wet weather.

Indra, what do we know?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You know, this is such a tough situation.

I want to show you the surplus we've already seen in the Southeast. I mean, take a look at this, Tallahassee almost 20 inches above normal and that's just since June. I want to know how much rain they actually received in the area. Anywhere from 20 to even 30 inches just since June.

So, you can see that as our starting point. Definitely, a large problem, as we go into this next system is expected to will bring a lot of rain to the area. What we're looking is all this tropical moisture right over the Yucatan Peninsula and you can tell it's already kind of going towards Florida and as it nears closer, we'll add more and more of that moisture to a stationary front and a lot of heavy rainfall expected.

Little change between yesterday and today. The track, that does develop into a tropical storm and push it to Texas, instead, of the Florida region. Watching for heavy rainfall Monday on Texas. This is what we're looking at. The stationary front that continues to pound the area with heavy rain.

We're going to add more tropical moisture each day as we go through the weekend. Then we have this upper level low. What does that mean to you? Pull the stationary front even further back and means more moisture allowed into the gulf state. Let's talk about. Two to four inches possible near New Orleans, three to five in Tallahassee, also two to four inches as high as Charleston.

So, here we go day by day. Today, we're looking at Florida, even Georgia looking at some of the heavier rainfall. By Saturday and Sunday, we could see clouds into the mid-Atlantic and, of course, we know that means anywhere from eight to 10 inches of rain possible as we go through the weekend -- very hard, especially with flooding concerns.

BOLDUAN: All right. Indra, thank you so much for the update.

So, here's one for you. "Please don't let my daughter die." Those are the powerful words from a New Jersey father challenging Governor Chris Christie face-to-face. Very interesting confrontation.

The man says his little girl desperately needs medical marijuana to survive and the bill that would make it available to children is awaiting the governor's decision to decide what to do. It's not that simple.

CNN's Rosa Flores is joining us with more on this story.

Hi, Rosa.


It's a tough and emotional story. You know, this little girl's father tells us giving a young child medical marijuana is never a simple issue, but he does say it should be a conversation between a doctor and a parent, not a politician. Now, I do have to add that some of the video that you're about to watch is difficult to watch.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: it has been like two months now. It's a very well-documented.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, (R) NEW JERSEY: These are complicated issues. I know you think it's simple.

FLORES: A heated exchange between New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, and a concerned father over medical marijuana.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have you heard from her doctors?

CHRISTIE: I read everything that they put in front of me.

FLORES: Christie sitting on a medical marijuana bill passed by the state legislature 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 Institutes of Health. Her family says she suffers 20 to 70 minor seizures every day averaging major seizures like this one every four days.

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

FLORES: She sleeps with a heart and oxygen monitor, wears an eye patch because certain patterns in the environment trigger more seizures. Her dad says she's been on seven 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.


FLORES (on-camera): And the Wilsons tell me they are willing to move to Colorado, a state they say is more compassionate to children like Little Vivian. Now, we should add, there is a medical marijuana law in New Jersey and what this bill would do is it would massage it a little bit to make it available in the form needed for patients like Little Vivian.

BOLDUAN: I think that tells us exactly what is at issue. It's a complex issue.

FLORES: Very complex.

BOLDUAN: That's the emotions in such a sad story. And you also have this big policy question before him. All right. We'll wait and see what the governor decides. Rosa, thanks so much.

CNN is following the medical marijuana debate very closely. You can catch Dr. Sanjay Gupta's fascinating documentary "Weed" tonight at ten o'clock eastern.

There's a lot of news developing at this hour, so let's get straight to Michaela for the latest.

PEREIRA: All right, Kate. Right now, in Egypt, supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, marching through Cairo in defiance of an emergency order by the military. The Muslim Brotherhood has called on Morsi's backers to take to the streets in what it calls a day of anger. The military is deploying units across Cairo intend on stopping new protest.

Meanwhile, one police officer was killed today in an attack on a checkpoint in a Cairo suburb Wednesday. At least 580 people were killed when the military launched its crackdown on Morsi backers.

NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, wants to make it clear. His father does not speak for him. In an e-mail message to the "Huffington Post," Snowden says his father has no special knowledge regarding his current situation. The U.S. fugitive was granted temporary asylum in Russia. Snowden claims his father's advisors have been misleading the media.

The state trooper who leaked those photos of Boston marathon terror suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he was being apprehended is back on patrol. Sgt. Sean Murphy (ph) now working the midnight shift at a barracks in North Massachusetts. He had been stationed at department headquarters in Birmingham (ph). A state police spokesman insists the new assignment is not meant to be punishment.

Major pet food recall this morning involving Iams and Eukanuba products for cats and dogs. There are fears a new batch of food may have been contaminated with salmonella. The manufacturer says, so far, there are no reports of illness and the recall is precautionary.

A family from Naples, Florida, surprised to find this uninvited guest sleeping on their back porch. Apparently, the bear spent about an hour hanging out after tearing through the screen, and really, I mean, dug in for a nap. Animal control officials are concerned that this bear could come back.

That it seems a little too comfortable in human environment and it might not go as well next time. So, they're going to set a trap. I can't even imagine walking in on that.

BOLDUAN: That would be terrifying.


BOLDUAN: Thanks so much.

Here's an intriguing mystery for you. There's been a string of recent burglaries at one of the richest apartment buildings. Four burglaries, so far, at New York 740 Park Avenue. And to some, it's starting to look like an inside job. CNN's Alina Cho has more on the story. A lot of intrigue, a lot of mystery.

ALINA CHO, CNN ANCHOR: That's right, and it's starting to smell like an inside job. When you look at this building, though, Kate, it's a real who's who of New York. I mean, imagine having neighbors like Vera Wang, Ronald Lauder, David Koch. 740 Park Avenue is just that kind of building. The New York City address that says you've arrived. Now, imagine, a string of robberies in that building and no sign of who did it. It sounds like fiction, but it's real.


CHO (voice-over): The story has hints of the ones you see in the film, "Tower Heist." Only this time, the tower is 740 Park Avenue, New York City's most famous white glove residential building hit with a series of jewelry heists. Four burglaries on four separate occasions in four different apartments while the ritzy residents were away on summer vacation.

Among the item stolen, diamond earrings and necklaces, Rolex and Patek Philippe watches. Total value, nearly a quarter million dollars. And in all of the thefts, no sign of forced entry. MICHAEL GROSS, AUTHOR: Four (INAUDIBLE) to gold 740 is the rich guys. If you are that rich, this is where you live. It's a club. And it's a really small club because there are only 31 apartments.

CHO: Michael Gross wrote a book on 740 Park Avenue. Storied home to the rich and famous. Jackie O. grew up here. John D. Rockefeller once lived here. Today's residents include fashion designer, Vera Wang, and cosmetic sir (ph), Ronald Lauder, and billionaire businessman, David Koch and Steve Schwartzman.

GROSS: 740 park means you've arrived. You're there. You're in. And you're rich as - because the only way that you can buy an apartment in this building is if you have $100 million liquid.

CHO: But who could have pulled this off?

WALTER SHAW, FORMER CAREER THIEF: I think it's an inside job. If they go back to the surveillance tapes and cameras, they're going to see that -- they'll recognize anybody that doesn't belong there. It's either construction or a new maid that came on or a carpet cleaner. Somebody inside the building.


CHO (on-camera): And that's from a former career thief. Now, one thing to consider is that buildings like this always have a key box. This is where the master keys are held. So, it is entirely possible it was unlocked one day. Somebody got into that key box and went a little crazy. Something else to keep in mind is, yes, there was a considerable amount of jewelry stolen but at 740 Park Avenue, as one person said, a Rolex is a little bit like a teaspoon.

Inside that building is also a ton of art worthy of the Metropolitan Museum -- and Kate, if you just look at someone like Ronald Lauder, for example, he owns his own museum, the Neue Galerie in New York City. And as one person said to me, the better stuff, probably inside his home.

BOLDUAN: When you think about -- when you said that number about how much money they need to have to get in that building, talk about how the other half lives. Looking in on from the outside we are. Thanks so much, Alina. Fascinating and intriguing.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, another accuser coming forward claiming San Diego mayor, Bob Filner sexually harassed her. That makes 16 alleged victims now and the latest one, a great grandmother.

PEREIRA: And the mother of two of Michael Jackson's children taking the stand in the wrongful death trial. The testimony that brought Debbie Rowe (ph) to tears.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. Sixteen. That's the number of women who now accuse San Diego mayor, Bob Filner, of harassment. Sixty-seven-year-old great grandmother is the latest to come forward. She says Filner made unwanted advances toward her on a nearly daily basis, and now, she's adding her voice to the growing course of people calling for his resignation. More on this. Here's CNNs Kyung Lah.


KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Walking slowly, assisted by a cane, 67-year-old great-grandmother Peggy Shannon says Mayor Bob Filner repeatedly harassed her for months on the job. Stopping by her desk at the Senior Citizen Service Center in the lobby of city hall. She alleges he once grabbed and kissed her on the lips and even told her, "think I can go eight hours in one night?"

PEGGY SHANNON, ALLEGED VICTIM: Mayor Filner, I am a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. I have three sons, four grandsons and two great-grandsons. As our mayor you should be but are not a role model for any of them.

LAH: Shannon is the 16th woman to publicly accuse the mayor of sexual harassment, but the first senior citizen.

A great grandmother doesn't surprise you?

JAN GOLDSMITH, SAN DIEGO ATTORNEY: At this point, nothing surprises us.

LAH: San Diego City attorney, Jan Goldsmith has been leading an internal investigation on Filner. Pressure is building to find a way to oust the mayor who doesn't want to budge. Goldsmith says he may have found a way. Laid out in his memo to the city council, a city's charger has a little used section about firing city officers for unauthorized use of city money.

CNN obtained the mayor's credit card statement showing charges at a San Diego hotel, restaurants that are, indeed, says the city attorney, personal expenses.

GOLDSMITH: Somebody so brazen and abusive and personal often, often, often that translates into the same type of conduct in financial affairs.

LAH: Kyung Lah, CNN, San Diego.


PEREIRA: Next up on NEW DAY, emotional testimony from Michael Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe. What she said about her daughter's suicide attempt and struggle to deal with her father's death?

BOLDUAN: Also coming up, do you start your day with a cup of coffee and maybe end your day with a cup of coffee, too?


BOLDUAN: A new study says too much coffee could take years off your life. I am so sorry to bring you that news on a Friday. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is going to break down the story for us.