It grew out of 9-11 and today the ACLU says the problem is that it keeps growing. The FBI's terror watch list, now has 400,000 people on it – with aliases, that comes to a million names. The FBI says it's working, its making air travel safer but if your name is the same as any of the names on the list, it's making your air travel an even bigger hassle. Drew Griffin showed you how easy it is to get on the list and how hard it is to get off. Here’s the link to the first step to getting your name off the list.
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Tonight, there are major new developments concerning America’s forgotten war: Afghanistan. Two top Pentagon officials said today they expect to be able to recommend more troop reductions from Iraq this fall and will try to find ways to increase troops in Afghanistan. Those words may sound straightforward – but they mark a major shift in priorities, with serious political implications. Just yesterday, while trading shots with John McCain on Afghanistan, Barack Obama called the war in Iraq a distraction from the war on terror. Today, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, said: "The enemy in Afghanistan has grown bolder, more sophisticated and more diverse." He cited the attack Sunday by insurgents on a military outpost in eastern Afghanistan that killed nine U.S. soldiers and wounded 15.
Today Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that he’s hoping to send more troops to Afghanistan "sooner rather than later." Does all this mean the Pentagon agrees with Senator Obama’s assessment of Afghanistan? We’ll look at the politics of the shift – and also what it may mean for troops on the ground.
Also tonight, a question as important as it may be uncomfortable: Are Americans really ready for a black president? New poll numbers are a reminder that our country still sees things in black and white. Blacks have voted Democratic for decades while no Democratic presidential nominee has won the white vote since the early ‘70s. Tonight, a close look at the numbers and what they say about voters’ attitudes. What do you think? Is America ready for a black president?
We’ll also continue our investigation of the terror watch list. It’s now one million names long, when you include aliases. Could your name be on it? CNN Chief Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin found his name on it – and that’s not all he found. Do you think the terror watch list is really keeping us safer?
All that and more tonight on 360° at 10p Eastern.
Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:
RAW POLITICS: Sen. John McCain is holding a town hall meeting in Kansas City. Sen. Barack Obama has no scheduled events.
UP CLOSE: Todd Bentley used to be an obscure preacher in British Columbia. He is now heading the largest faith healing revival in North America. He says people are cured of horrible diseases every night at the revivals. But is Bentley really causing excessive harm instead? Seven nights a week, under a huge tent in central Florida, thousands of people are showing up to witness what they believe are miracles. Other preachers are warning their flocks to stay away from Bentley.
ISSUE #1: Al Gore gives a speech on energy & climate change. The speech, according to Gore’s office, will offer a new way of thinking about energy production and consumption. It will propose a means of tapping America's innovative skills to build a more secure energy future
ESTABLISHING A MODERN POVERTY MEASURE HEARING: House Ways and Means Committee’s Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee holds a hearing on “Establishing a Modern Poverty Measure.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
It’s a curse. It is something I have dealt with as far back as I can remember. And, now I even see it in my 16-month-old daughter. In fact, I was the first to diagnose the reason she absolutely hates riding in her car seat for long rides. Like me, she has what doctors will call a mismatch of her sensory system. Others know it as motion sickness. Awful motion sickness. My first clue was that the video player we thought might help, really made things worse. Have her look out the window and even suck on a little ginger, and she is a new baby.
You may know the feeling. Your heart starts to race, you feel queasy and you start to sweat. It is one of the worst things, and it is often hard to get any relief. The problem is that there is a mismatch between your eyes and your inner ear. If you are in a car, your ear knows you are moving, but unless your eyes are being given constant inputs that confirm that movement, the process of feeling “out of sorts” starts to occur. If you happen to be looking down and reading a book or turning around and looking into the back seat to soothe an upset baby, it gets even worse. For my daughter, looking at a stationary movie picture while her ears are telling us we are barreling down the freeway at 70 miles an hour proves to be just too much. (Watch Video)
The treatments are fairly simple...keep reading
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There are always arguments to be made against war crimes tribunals.
Cambodia: too little, too late? The Cambodian people have waited 30 years for the leaders of the Khmer Rouge, which starved and slaughtered nearly two million men, women and children, to be brought to justice. A hybrid international/Cambodian tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), which I visited last December, is holding five geriatric Khmer Rouge leaders now, awaiting a trial that has been in the works since it was authorized a decade ago. Speak to any Cambodian and you’ll get the same answer: “They killed my parents.” “My sister.” “Right before my eyes.” “This is the tree they swung children against until they were dead.” It is heartbreaking stuff. Let’s move this tribunal along, can’t we?
The ECCC is moving slowly in part because it’s breaking new legal ground by giving a significant role to victims, allowing them to be present as parties to the action, allowing them to ask questions of the perpetrators directly or through attorneys, and to seek compensation. It is also in desperate need of funding. Japan and many European countries have donated millions; the United States, which contributed to the rise of the anti-American Khmer Rouge by its bombing of Cambodia in the early 1970’s, nothing.
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James Arthur Ray
Author, Harmonic Wealth
Contrary to popular opinion, creating unlimited financial wealth won't come from chasing more money.
Now don't get me wrong, I can help you make more money–plenty of it! And if the statement above seems counter intuitive to you, then that's exactly why you and I need to spend more time together. Check this out...
A recent Gallup poll posted in USA Today found that 55% of those surveyed state their families are worse off financially today than they were this same time last year. This is the highest number since 1976, and it's an eleven-point jump since February of this year.
Interestingly enough, in the very same survey, 26% say they're better off than they were a year ago. What gives?
How is it that in the same economy (with the same government officials, the same war, same gas prices, same housing market) that one group thinks their finances are doing poorly but another group actually believes things are better?
Gary Tuchman | BIO
License plates used to be boring. Back in the olden days - in 1960’s Illinois in my case - every driver’s plate was white, and every plate exclaimed “The Land of Lincoln” on the bottom of it. And that was it. It was all pretty darn basic.
But times have changed. There are now so many vanity plates in this country that it’s hard to keep track of the types and the causes. Colleges, organizations, environmental causes, sports teams; there is an incredible variety.