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December 10th, 2009
10:55 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Inside a border tunnel

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Authorities have uncovered an unfinished tunnel under the border between the United States and Mexico. The tunnel, complete with an elevator, electricity and a ventilation system, extends from Tijuana, Mexico to Otay Mesa, Calif., in San Diego.

The tunnel was discovered by Mexican law enforcement working with the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, which includes agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Border Patrol.
The tunnel is approximately 900 feet long and reaches a depth of up to 100 feet. Anderson will report live from inside the tunnel tonight, where authorities believe Mexican drug cartels would have smuggled drugs under the border in the U.S.

Michael Ware is in Juarez, Mexico – a city still plagued by drug violence. Yesterday, Michael Ware went out on patrol with Mexican law enforcement agents. Seventeen people were killed in the city that day – including two children. Tonight he’ll report on the drug rehabilitation centers where cartels are trying to recruit drug addicts.

President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway this morning. He acknowledged criticism about his selection but said the use of force is sometimes deemed ‘not only necessary but morally justified.’ What did you think of his speech? Read the full transcript here.

We’ll also dig deeper on the terror arrests in Pakistan yesterday. Five American men –arrested in Pakistan–had been reported missing in the US, and police are confident they were planning terrorist acts. The FBI has been searching for the men since their families reported them missing and expressed fears they may have gone to Pakistan. Apparently, the families were concerned after they found what they described as a disturbing 11-minute farewell video from the young men, showing scenes of war and casualties and saying Muslims must be defended. Are we facing a threat of homegrown terrorism? We’ll have the latest developments on the case tonight.

And today the California Court of Appeals hears arguments from lawyers representing the Oscar-winning filmmaker arguing that the Los Angeles Superior Court should be able to rule whether to dismiss charges regardless of Polanski's presence in court. Polanski was arrested in Zurich, September 26, on a long-standing extradition request from the US Department of Justice relating to his 1978 escape from child sex charges. We’ll talk about the case tonight with Jeffrey Toobin.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET.


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