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sources," sunday mornings, cnn. >> plug your show, next sunday, try to come back and close the circle. >> that's it for us, thanks for watching. >> i'm john berman. >> i'm michaela pereira. "legal view" with deb feyerick starts right now. and happening right now, the palestinian president announcing a new cease-fire after an apparent agreement with israeli negotiators. but what is israel saying? stay tuned. also this hour, president gives the order for u.s. reconnaissance fights over syria. we're expecting to hear from the commander in chief just moments from now. cnn's live coverage coming your pay. hello, everyone, i'm deborah feyerick in for ashleigh banfield. it is tuesday, august 26th. welcome to "legal view." we'll start with wolf blitzer who is live from washington. he's got the latest on the
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israel/gaza cease-fire. >> it could be a very dramatic moment in the middle east. almost a week after the last cease-fire between israel and hamas collapsed, a new long-term agreement has been officially announced, at least by one side. this is day 50 of the israeli campaign known as operation protective edge. it's been an especially fierce day of israeli air strikes in gaz za, hamas rocket and military fire coming in to israel from gaza. cnn's ben wedeman standing by. ben, you and i know, there have been several cease-fires over these past 50 days. some have lasted a few days. but all of them have collapsed. why should this one be seen as potentially much more significant? >> certainly because of the involvement of so many parties. the u.s. also pushing for some sort of cease-fire. but honestly, wolf, there's no reason to believe that this one could actually last any longer than the previous cease-fires. now, we've heard from the
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economics minister in the israeli government who says that the israeli cabinet has been informed of the egyptian cease-fire proposal, but he quickly said that he would be opposed to any cease-fire agreement that prevented israel from taking action against any what he called terror attacks. so we know it's not a very popular initiative among the israelis. many feel that they -- that israel was not able to accomplish what it wanted to. israel, for instance, was demanding the demilitarization of hamas and it appears that's not going to happen. what's interesting, we've seen an opinion poll published today in the israeli media, saying b.b. netanyahu, his approval rating has fallen from 82% to 38% within the last month. so even though perhaps the guns will go quiet between israel and gaza, it does appear we may be
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about to see some serious infighting within the israeli government itself. wolf. >> have we received any statement yet from the prime minister's office? have you heard from mark regev, the spokesman for the prime minister? because nathali bennett, he's a member of the security cabinet, an important figure, but he's been opposed to all the cease-fires. the question is, what will the prime minister decide to do as far as the cease-fire is concern? >> we've just heard from a senior israeli official that israel has, indeed, accepted this cease-fire. so it does appear it's going to go ahead. as you said, there probably will be much unhappiness within the israeli body politic. this is a 50-day war that has seen almost 70 israelis killed. most of them soldiers, it should be noted. in the meantime of course more than 2,100 palestinians killed
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in gaza, but israel doesn't have a lot to show for this 50-day war now that it could be, and i stress could be, at an end. wolf. >> we know the egyptians have been working very hard to achieve a longer term cease-fire. the israelis have a pretty decent relationship now with this new egyptian president led by president el sisi. they certainly want to do what they can to make sure that relationship is solid. mahmoud abbas, the palestinian authority president, has been wanting a cease-fire. there are some indications the palestinian authority would get increased control over what's going on in gaza and hamas would step back. is that part of this deal? >> well, we don't have the exact details at this point regarding the deal, but there have been suggestions that the palestinian presidential guard that answers to mahmoud abbas in ramallah would be deployed along the -- rather, at the crossing in rafah between egypt and gaza.
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that would certainly bolster the role of the palestinian authority in ramallah, in gaza itself, but we saw in the weeks following the formation of that government between hamas and fatah, before all of this, that there were tensions between fatah and hamas, and there's no guarantee those tensions couldn't flare up again, as ramallah tries to re-establish some sort of presence, some sort of authority within the gaza strip. wolf. >> i want you to stand by. we'll have more on the breaking news. a cease-fire that we're now told by egyptian state media will go into effect at 11:00 p.m. local time between israel and gaza. i want to go to charlotte, north carolina now. the president is about to speak before the american legion. want to hear what he's going to say on this, other issues as well. he's probably going to thank a lot of commanders. let's listen to the president.
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>> thank you for your tireless commitment to america's veterans. i want to thank the leadership team for welcoming me here today. including your national dan wheeler, your executive director in washington, peter gaiten, nancy brown park. all the spouses, daughters. hey. sisters of the auxiliary and the sons of the american legion. and let me say that i join you in honoring the memory of a friend to many of you, an army veteran and a great legionnaire from north carolina jerry henrik. [ applause ] senators richard burr and kay hagen, mary dan claudefelter,
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thank you for welcoming us to the great state of carolina and to charlotte and for your great support of our troops and our veterans. and i do have to mention the presence of boy's nation. matthew elo from lacy spring, alabama, i welcome matthew and all the incredible young people, boys and girls nation to the white house last month. i was running a little bit late so they just started singing, filling the white house with patriotic songs, and then they sang happy birthday to me, so i was pretty moved. and they're a tribute to the legion and to our country. i brought with me here today our new secretary of veterans affairs, bob mcdonald. >> for those of you who are not aware, bob is one of america's most accomplish business leaders. he comes from a military family.
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he excelledded an west point. served as an army airborne ranger. so he's got a reputation for jumping into tough situations. and he's hit the ground running. visiting hospitals and clinics across the country. hearing directly from veterans and helping us change the way the va does business. by the way, washington doesn't agree on much these days, but he got confirmed 97-0. people understand he's the right man for the job. he has my full support. bob, i want to thank you for once again serving your country. it's an honor to be back. it's an honor to be back with the american legion. when your country needed you most, you stepped forward. you raised your right hand. you swore a solemn earth.
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you earned the title your carry to this day. among you are proud veterans of world war ii, of korea, of vietnam, of desert storm and the balkans. and our newest veterans from iraq and afghanistan. across the generations, you served with honor. you made us proud. and you carry the memory of friends who never came home. our fallen. our prisoners of war. those missing in action. heros that our nation can never forget. when you took off that uniform, you earned another title. the title of veteran. and you never stopped serving.
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as legionnaires, you put on that cap, wore that emblem, for god and country, and took care of one another. making sure the veterans receive the care and benefits that you've earned and deserve. you helped build america here at home. as entrepreneurs and business owners. as champions for a strong national defense. you helped the united states of america become what we are today. the greatest democratic, economic and military force for freedom and human dignity that the world has ever known. these are challenging times. i don't have to tell you that. you turn on the tv and we're saturated with heartbreaking images of war and central violence and terrorism and tragedy.
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it can be easy to grow cynical and think future we see is somehow beyond our reach. as men and women who have been tested like few others, you should know better. you know that cynicism is not the character of a great nation. so even as we face the hard tasks of our time, we should never lose sight of our progress as a people or our strength and leadership in the world. think about it. six years after the worst financial crisis since the great depression. in some ways, the crisis had the potential of being worse than the great depression. thanks to decisions we made to rescue our economy. we are stronger at home. over the past 53 months, our businesses have netted nearly 10 million new jobs. the longest streak of private sector job creation in american history.
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construction and housing are rebounding. our high school graduation rate is at a record high. more young people are earning their college degrees than ever before. millions of americans now have quality affordable health care. we've cut the deficit by more than half. and now we have to sustain this momentum so more people share in this progress so our economy works for every working american. and just as we're stronger at home, the united states is better positioned to lead in the 21st century than any nation on earth. it's not even close. we have the most powerful military in history. that's certainly not close. from europe to asia, our alliances are unrivalled. our economy's the most dynamic. we've got the best workers. we have the best businesses. we have the best universities and the best scientists. with our domestic energy revolution, including more renewable energy, we're more
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energy independent. our technologies connect the world. our freedoms and opportunities attract immigrants who yearn to breathe free. our founding ideals inspire the oppressed throughout the globe to reach for their own liberty. moreover, nobody else can do what we do. no other nation does more to underwrite the security on which the world depends. no other nation can rally broad coalitions to stand up for peace in war. no other nation has the capability to deliver so much so quickly. no nation does more to help nations claim their rights and
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build their democracies. no nation does more to help people in the far corners of the earth escape poverty and hunger and disease and realize their dignity. even countries that criticize us, when the chips are down, they need help, they know who to call. they call us. that's what american leadership looks like. that's why the united states and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world. now, sustaining our leadership, keeping america strong and secure, means we have to use our power wisely. history teaches us of the dangers of overreaching and spreading ourselves too thin and trying to go it alone without international support or rushing into military ventures without thinking through the consequences. nobody knows this better than our veterans and our families. our veteran families.
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because you're the ones who bear the wages of war. you know that we shoulder in send our sons and daughters into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary and we have a plan and we are resourcing it and prepared to see through. [ applause ] . you know the united states has to lead with strength and confidence and wisdom. that's why, after incredible sacrifice by so many of our men and women in uniform we removed more than 140,000 troops from iraq and welcomed those troops home. twasz the right thing to do. that's why we refocussed our efforts in afghanistan and went after al qaeda's leadership in the tribal regions in afghanistan and pakistan, driving the taliban out of its
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stronghold and training afghan forces which are now in the lead for their own security. in just four months, we will complete our combat mission in afghanistan and america's longest war will come to a responsible end. and we honor every american who served to make this progress possible. every single one. especially the more than 2,200 american patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in afghanistan to keep us safe. and now, as afghans continue to work towards the first democratic power in their history, afghan leaders need to make the hard compromises that are necessary to give the afghan people a future of security and progress. as we go forward, we'll continue to partner with afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the united states. [ applause ]
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al qaeda affiliates still target our homeland. we've seen that in yemen. other extremists threaten our citizens approabroad as we've s more recently in iraq and syria. as commander in chief, the security of the american people is my highest priority. and that's why, with the brutal terrorist group isil advancing in iraq, i have authorized targeted strikes to protect our diplomats and military advisers who are there. and let me say it again -- [ applause ] american combat troops will not be returning to fight in iraq. will not allow the united states to be dragged to another ground war in iraq. ultimately, it is up to the iraqis to bridge their differences and secure themselves.
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the limited strikes we're conducting have been necessary to protect our people. and have helped iraqi forces begin to push back these terrorists. we've also been able to rescue thousands of men and women who were trapped on a mountain. our air drops of food and water and medicine show our american leadership at the best. we salute the proud pilots and crews who are making us proud in the skies of iraq every single day. [ applause ] a more broadly crisis in iraq skrur underscores how we have to meet today's evolving terrorist threats it the answer is not to send in large-scale military deployments that overstretch our military and leave for us occupying countries for a long period of time and end up feeding extremism. rather, our military action in
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eye rather has to be part of a broader strategy to protect our people and support our partners to take the fight to isil. so we're strengthening our partners. more military assistance. the iraqis can forge a national unit to form good governance that are ultimately going to be the antidote against terrorists. we're urging countries in the region and building an international coalition including our closest a l esst support iraqis as they take the fight to these barbaric terrorists. today, our prayers are with the foley family in new hampshire as they continue to grieve of brutal murder of their son and brother, jim. but our message to anyone who harms our people is simple. america does not forget. our reach is long. we are patient. justice will be done. we have proved, time and time again, we will do what's necessary to capture those who
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harm americans. [ applause ] to go after those who harm americans. and we'll continue to take direct action where needed to protect our people. and to defend our homeland. and rooting out a cancer like isil won't be easy and it won't be quick. but tyrants and murderers before them should recognize that kind hateful vision ultimately is no match for the strength and hopes of people who stand together for the security and dignity and freedom that is the birth right of every human being. so even as our war in afghanistan come, s to an end, will stay vigilant. we will continue to make sure our military has what it needs. and as today's generation of service members keeps us safe and as they come home, we also have to meet our
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responsibilities to them. just as they meet their responsibilities to america. now, when i was here at the legion three years ago, i said that the bond between our forces and our citizens has to be a sacred trust. and that for me, for my administration, upholding our trust with our veterans is not just a matter of policy, it is a moral obligation. in working together, we have made real progress. think about it. working with the legion and other veteran service organizations. we've been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding. we've protected veterans health care from washington politicings with advanced appropriations. we've been able to make va
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benefits available to more than 2 million veterans who didn't have them before, including more vietnam vets who were exposed to agent orange. we've dedicated major new resources for mental health care. we've helped more than 1 million veterans and their families pursue their education under the post-9/11 gi bill. and moreover, as the legion and other veteran groups have said, once veterans get in the door, the care you receive from the va is often very good. the specialized care is among the best in the world. and many of the hard-working folks at the va are veterans themselves. veterans serving veterans. we can never thank them enough for their good work. but what we've come to learn is that the misconduct we've seen at too many facilities with long wait times and veterans denied
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care, folks cooking the books, is outrageous. and inexcusable. [ applause ] as soon as it was disclosed, i got before the american people and i said, we would not tolerate it, and we will not. i know the legion's been on the front lines fanning out across the country, helping veterans who have been affected. i know bob is going to give you an update on the actions that we're taking. but what i want you to know directly from me is that we're focused on this at the highest levels. we are going to get to the bottom of these problems. we're going to fix what is wrong. we're going to do right by you. and we're going to do right by your families. and that is a solemn pledge and commitment that i'm making to you here.
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already we're making sure those responsible for manipulating or falsifying records are held accountable. we're reaching out to veterans to get them off wait lists and into clinics. we're moving ahead with reforms at the veterans health administration and to help get that done, you supported, and congress passed, and i signed into law, the veterans access choice and accountability act. which means more resources to help the va hire more doctors and nurses and staff. it means if you live more than 40 miles from a va facility, we'll help you go to a doctor outside the va and we're insuran instituting a new culture of accountability. bob doesn't play. bob likes to recall a cadet prayer from west point, which should be the ethos of all of
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us. choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong. with the new legislation i signed into law, bob and the va now have the authority to more quickly remove senior executives who don't meet our high standard. if you engage in unethical practices or cover up a serious problem, you should be and will be fired. [ applause ] and, by the way, if you blow the whistle on higher ups, because you've identified a legitimate problem, you shouldn't be punished, you should be protected. >> all right, so there you hear the president of the united states, promising the legion that military veterans will be protected, will get the best possible health care when they go to veterans hospitals across the united states. this, the aftermath of some major, major problems. many of them exposed first by cnn. the president saying outrageous and inexcusable, his words, in describing some of those
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problems. he promises things are now about to get better. veterans will get better military care. the president also reiterating that u.s. combat troops in his words will not be allowed to be dragged into a ground war in iraq or syria. let's bring in cnn military analyst retired u.s. major general james "spider" marks. the president was firm, he said the u.s. air strikes will continue to protect u.s. diplomats, u.s. advisers in iraq, but the united states is not going to get into a ground war, either in iraq or syria for that matter, but is going to go after isis targets. you heard his precise words. he was very, very cautious, didn't give us any indication whether the u.s. would begin to expand those air strikes from iraq into syria. >> wolf, i think it's time for the united states to do that, but i think what we need to do is not pause, but clearly what
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needs to -- what needs to be established up front is a strategy. the united states has not established a strategy in terms of how it wants to address, more importantly, ungoverned space, not just simply isis. the immediate threat and potentially long-term threat is isis. and it has really taken advantage of what we know is ungoverned space. they have poured into that. they've established their presence. they act without bounds. and the limits of their brutality, we know, they've also demonstrated an incredible capability for organization, for acquiring military equipment, demonstrating how to use that military equipment and establishing some capability. so i completely concur. boots on the ground at this point would be incredibly premature because we don't know what the desired end state looks like. we don't know what right is supposed to look like. other than right now we need to provide some space and time so that the iraqi forces can get
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their act together. the kurds can get their act together. the united states can build a strategy going forward. >> it was interesting, the president did say the u.s. will continue, in his words, to strengthen iraqi military forces, to strengthen the peshmerga, the kurdish military in the kurdistan area, and he also said, and i thought this was significant, the u.s. would strengthen what he called the moderate opposition forces in syria. here's the question to you, general, how significant are those moderate opposition forces in syria right now? how much of a capability militarily speaking do they have? >> you know, wolf, that's really a great question. at this point, the difficult challenge is to try to discern who the potential friendlies, who the moderates are in syria, so that we can gain access to them. as you've described what are their capabilities going forward. what type of enhancement would the united states bring forward that is really going to be a differentiator? had we done this, it's easy at
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this point to look back, but just for a second, had we gotten involved and be able to discern good from bad and those we might want to turn to be friendlies, we should have done that a couple years ago. at this point, as they say, it's never too late, provided we can get a foothold and we have some dedicated and very good intelligence in terms of what pony we want to ride going forward if we can. >> the president was very firm, as you know, in warning isis and other terrorist elements out there, if you kill americans, in his words, america does not forget. justice will be done. general "spider" marks, thanks very much. we're going to have more coming up at the top of the hour. i'll be back at 1:00 p.m. eastern. we'll take a quick break. much more of "legal view" right after this. [announcer] who could resist the call...
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we have breaking news this hour. a new cease-fire agreement between israel and the palestinians that was just announced. cnn reporter ian lee joins me live from gaza city. what is going on there and what are the terms of the cease-fire? >> well, deborah, you may be able to hear behind me a lot of the honking horns, a lot of celebratory gunfire in the air. we're moved in a bit. it is a lot of people down on the street. five people have been injured
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from the celebratory gunfire. but when you look down there, large numbers of people celebrating the cease-fire. this is an open ended cease-fire. unlike previous cease-fires, there's no expiration date on this one. hours ago, we had a flurry of text messages and e-mails from different hamas leaders saying that this is a victory for the organization. a victory for the palestinian people. well, this victory did come at a high price. over 2,100 people were killed. over 10,000 people were injured. and this claim of a victory is going to need to see real change on the ground here in gaza. at least for the people of gaza. what they're going to want and what they're going to need is immediate relief. relief being brought in here. we're hearing this is part of that cease-fire agreement. they're also going to need
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reconstruction. first reconstruction of basic utilities. the electrical systems. the sewage. the water supplies have all been severely damaged during the fighting. they're going to need that. these are the things they're going to need essentials right away, deborah. >> is there any indication they're going to be opening the borders? also, this reconstruction, who is going to be responsible for it? who's going to be infusing the money needed to rebuild that area now? >> there has always been donors, countries willing to come forward with the reconstruction. the united states has also said they would be willing to step in, help with the reconstruction. especially the u.n. has been lead, bringing a lot of this in for the people. the one thing hamas has been putting in their conditions is the opening of the airport and
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seaports. no word on that yet. we're also hearing when it comes to the borders, the border with egypt particularly, will have a free flow of goods and people. people will be able to leave there as well. goods will be able to come in. really, when you talk about a victory for hamas, if hamas is -- hamas as they see it, it's going to be these conditions. >> it's fascinating because we want to clarify this is a cease-fire that started at noon today. the palestinians and the israelis agreeing. they're going to open the aid. they're going to extend the fishing six miles. and then both sides will come back to cairo to talk. you can hear the celebration behind you. clearly 50 days of conflict. now it seems there's a result. it seems a resolution. it seems both sides will be able to move on.
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moving now to the shooting of an unarmed teenager in missouri. we've heard a lot of witnesses talk about what happened to michael brown. now for the first time we're hearing what could be the actual shots. we're going to play you the audio coming up next. f doing itf starts with back pain... and a choice. take 4 advil in a day or just 2 aleve for all day relief. honey, you did it! baby laughs! years of swedish experience in in perfecting the rich,150 never bitter taste of gevalia. we do it all for this very experience. that's good. i know right? gevalia. ♪
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a newly released audio recording could hold clues in to
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what led up to the shooting death of michael brown in missouri. the man lives near the site of the shooting. his attorney says he was close enough to have heard the gunshots. before we play this for you, keep in mind, we can't actually verify the authenticity of the audio. the man was speaking to a woman on a video chat service. in the background, listen closely, because you're going to hear a quick series of shots as he speaks. >> you are pretty. you're so fine. just going on some of your videos. [ gunfire ] >> well, the forensic audio expert has analyzed the recording and said he detected at least ten gunshots. there's a cluster of six and then if you hear, there's a pause, follow by four more shots. he spoke on cnn's "new day" this morning on the impact it could have on the investigation.
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>> this will test the credibility of the officer and whatever else is included in the official report. as to how many shots were fired, what type of weapon was used, was it reloaded, and was it from the same gun. >> and stephanie elam is live in ferguson, missouri. stephanie, what is the most important part of this audio regarding? >> well, there's definitely some interest in that pause, deb. that pause between the two groups of shots. the question being, what is happening during that moment. now, we know from the police department that according to officer darren wilson, the officer involved in the shooting, that he believed that there was a struggle for his weapon, that mike brown was trying to take his gun. so is that happening in that moment? are those first few shots inside of the police car? these are the questions that are out there. on the other side, witnesses in that neighborhood are saying that mike brown was already
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removed from the police vehicle and that he was surrendering and showing he was unarmed. you have a case of he said/they said at this point and what the real truth is, we're wait to hear what this evidence shows us. this adds just a new texture, a new layer to the investigation as the fbi continues to look at this. we know the fbi is looking at this. or listening to this audio. and they're going to determine whether or not it is authentic to the actual time the shooting took place. cnn hasn't done that yet, but we are waiting to hear back. we've asked for some comment from them on that. that is why this audio could play a key role in the investigation, deb. >> stephanie, all the witnesses that have been out there, talking about what it is they saw, how does this either support or contradict some of that testimony? >> well, that's exactly -- this is what makes this crucial, right, because if the timing lines up, if some of those people are saying he was removed and he was facing away, mike brown, i'm talking about, but the shots were coming from a
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different direction based on what we're hearing here, it could change the stories. what is interesting is that now you have people who are here who have witnessed this and they may now respond to their thinking of what happened that time to make it fit with this sound that we now hear these bullet shots. they'll be a lot more investigation into this. and if it turns out to be real, i would expect that the grand jury will be listening to this, as well as the fbi again. >> absolutely. all right. stephanie elam, thank you so much. the grand jury has a lot of evidence that it has to listen to for -- on both sides. for the legal view, i want to bring in hln legal analyst and defense attorney joey jackson and cnn legal analyst and former federal prosecutor sunny hostin. joey, from a defense perspective, you listen to these shots, okay, how do you defend what it is you're hearing on that audio recording on behalf of the police officer? >> sure, here's what's going to happen, when you evaluate this evidence, there's really a
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three-step process it the first thing was, was their threats being posed at the time there was fire. if the answer is yes, you look tb the immediacy of that threat. then you look at the proportionality of it. so a good prosecutor is going to turn that another way. i know you'll get to sunny shortly for that point of view. from a defense perspective, what you're going to say is the officer was under attack at the time. there was a ness safety to fire based upon him feeling that he was subject to immediate attack. he was subject to fear. he was subject to harm. that's what the defense will say. you look to the issue of the pause. why was that necessary? because police are trained to shoot until the threat is terminated, okay. and from the defense point of view, they will argue that the defense -- he was not terminated -- the threat was not terminated, which required the ne necessity, sunny's champing at the bit, to shoot and shoot again, that's what the argument going to be. >> you listen to the first six shots, what sounds like six
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shots that technically would have been to try to stop somebody who was maybe approaching somebody who was running away. why the other four shots? >> that's the question. i think we can't underestimate if this is accurate, if this is authentic, the value of this kind of evidence. and that is because we've had several eyewitnesss, and we've had all these conversations about how eyewitness testimony isn't credible. i've always begged to deliver. because perhaps a sole eyewitness testimony isn't credible but when you have four or five people saying the same thing, that means something. we have five witnesses who say they saw a struggle at the car. but then they saw michael brown run away and crucially saw him turn around, hands up. police officers can't necessarily shoot to kill. because the threat, if indeed he put his hands up, would be over. if the threat was other and he had four seconds to evaluate. remember, police officers are trained to evaluate threat. they're supposed to deescalate. if his hands were up and shots happened after that -- >> but that's assuming that michael brown did not attack the
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officer, which other witnesses have said, which the officer himself came out saying. that, in fact, this is somebody would came at hip wm, who slamm the door, and there's been testimony that supports that. the officer may have felt he himself was at risk. in which case, according to the district attorney's office i've spoken too, the police officer would have stopped the fleeing felon. >> officers of course are supposed to arrest. if there was this altercation and an assault on a police officer, that's assuming this account is accurate, he has the right to arrest and shoot. however, however, the fleeing felon exception falls away when someone surrenders and raises their hands. >> and that's going to be -- >> sure. >> and that is going to be crucial. >> if there was a split second, that is going to be tricky. >> it deals with what's
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necessary number one, and what's reasonable, number two. >> thank you so much. we've heard a lot of evidence. it's going to be interesting to see what the defense attorneys also do to pick it apart. because they know what's coming. all right. thank you both very much. how do you track down a masked man wanted for a brutal execution when you have very few clues? that's what officials are up against right now. they're trying to determine who killed the american journalist james foley whose death is effectively triggering u.s. action in syria. we're going to be learning a lot more about the man behind the black mask. you're driving along,
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well, he's one of the most
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wanted member in the world. the identity of james foley's executioner, however, remains a mystery. british ahorities say they're close to identifying him. and they focused a lot of their attention on the man's british accent. cnn's brian todd reports on the other subtle clues that authorities are picking apart in the pursuit of foley's killer. >> reporter: intelligence officials are on the cusp of identifying the man who may have killed james foley. >> we are close. but forgive me if i can't go much further than that. >> reporter: is it the man seen in this video? one british official tell us they're picking apart the video, looking at the background, the terrain, and of course his voice. >> any attempt by you, obama, to deny the muslims their rights of living in safety under the islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people. >> reporter: cnn has had language and voice analysts examine that audio. some believe because the way he speaks generally about muslims
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he could be a convert to it's lap, possibly from east london. >> he comes across as very well educated and from what you would loosely call a middle class professional background. the voice seems to me to be somebody under the age of 30. >> reporter: but matthew levet, former counterterrorism analyst with the fbi, says intelligence officials will look at other physical traits. >> the first thing you're going to look at is his height, his build. you're going to see, as you play the video that he's left handed. you're going to get a close look at his eyes. >> reporter: but there are still doubts. the video is edited. you don't actually see him killing james foley. >> some are speculating this individual didn't do the actual murder, he's just being used as the spokesperson because of his flew wuency in english. >> reporter: other indications could bring clues.
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a letter to his family could give an indication of where he was held. 18 of us were held together in one cell, he writes. even when authorities identify his killer, how will they respond? various reports say the killer is likely in syria with isis, probably moving around, but u.s. officials say no one's out of reach. >> we've made clear time and time again, if you company after americans, we're going to come after you, wherever you are. >> reporter: and i want to bring in brian todd live. brian, you look at the possibility that perhaps there were two people. one of them a very literal well-spoken person for isis. but the other person who may have done the actual killing. what is it we know? why are they speculating that? there's a dark moment in the tape, correct? >> that's right, deborah. the tape does go dark at the moment the purported murder, right, when he's apparently being killed, and then it doesn't come up again until after james foley is dead. now, one forensic expert has
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told cnn he believes the person who appears on the sceecond par of the video is a different person. he says he noticed subtle changes in the person's build and physical appearance and he believes there's another man in that video. that's just one expert who is giving us this opinion. we don't have official word from law enforcement intelligence officials that they believe there's a second person in the vid video. experts are really parsing this video. they're looking at the man's build, the voice, everything. in the opinion of one expert, he believes the person who companicompany comes up after the video is dark is a different person than then who who speaks. >> also be interesting to watch also as they get close to identifying who that person is. as the search for foley's killer continues, the american journalist freed by his captors
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sunday has been transported out of syria. according to the white house, theo curtis is headed to tel aviv aft effort spending two years in captivity. his mom got a challenge chance to speak with her son on the phone and she says he was in good spirits. >> it was wonderful. usually, he didn't have a whole lot to say to me. he's, you know, typical guy. hi, mom, yeah, everything's fine. but he was so excited, and he was saying, mom, they're being so nice to me, and they put me in this 12 star hotel. he was over the top excited. >> and nancy curtis also told abc that she wrote james foley's mom an e-mail immediately after finding out her son was okay. so that mrs. foley would not have to hear the news from some place else but would hear it directly from her. thank you for watching. there's going to be a lot more coming up after the break.
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right now, hamas and other militant groups in gaza say they've reached a deal with israel. a new cease-fire is now under way. if it holds, it muputs an end t more than seven weeks of flying. also, president obama approves u.s. reconnaissance strikes over syria. are air strikes over isis targets in syria the next step? might the obama administration end up working with al assad's government in damascus? we're only minutes away from the

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