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Female Bomber; President Bush in Asia; Missing Teens; Inside North Korea; Terrell Owen's Woes

Aired November 14, 2005 - 06:00   ET


CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: It is Monday, November 14.
She looks frail and nervous, but Jordanian authorities say she is the face of terror. A woman calmly describes how she planned to kill herself and countless others. And it was all shown on television.

Also, howling winds, debris flying through the air, houses blown away -- we'll take you to the heart of the terrifying twister.

And if the storm season hasn't been busy enough already, the winds are picking up yet again in the Caribbean.

ANNOUNCER: From the Time Warner Center in New York, this is DAYBREAK with Carol Costello.

COSTELLO: And good morning to you.

We'll have more on those stories in just a minute.

Also ahead, the hard and grueling life for many in North Korea. Pictures smuggled out of the country only on CNN.

And he's good and he's bad -- Terrell Owens. We'll talk with CNN sports business analyst about the punishment of T.O. and why Jesse Jackson is now involved.

But first, now in the news, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is trying to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. She and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas have been holding a joint news conference. Rice says an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians on easing restrictions on a Gaza border crossing is in sight.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing says it has what it calls credible information of a possible terrorist threat against a facility in a southern city. Americans in southern China have been advised to remain alert.

President Bush is traveling to Asia today. He'll visit Japan, China, Mongolia and South Korea, where the president will attend the Asia-Pacific Trade Summit. He's scheduled to make a stopover in Alaska to talk to U.S. troops tonight.

To the Forecast Center.

Bonnie Schneider in today -- good morning. BONNIE SCHNEIDER, ATS METEOROLOGIST: Good morning, Carol.


COSTELLO: Our top story this morning, the woman who set out as a human bomb. Her plan to detonate explosives in last Wednesday's suicide attacks in Jordan failed and she lives to tell the tale.

CNN's Jonathan Mann joins us live from Amman with more on this chilling confession -- good morning.


Bill Clinton was here last night to pay his respects, offer his condolences to the king and to the country of Jordan. Condoleezza Rice will be here in just a few hours.

But the name on everyone's lips, the face that no one can forget this morning, is Sajida al-Rishawi. Front page news, "Would-Be Female Suicide Bomber Arrested." And you can see her picture there, smaller, we need to be noticing, than the king's. Smaller, perhaps, than we might see it elsewhere out of respect to the people who are still in mourning in this country.

But front page news elsewhere. This is "Al-Maghreb Al-Yom," "The Arabs Today." Once again, this woman, an unknown 24 hours ago, now one of the most famous faces in the Arab world.

Famous because of an extraordinary broadcast on the air here last night at the dinner hour, when she very calmly explained, haggard looking, tired looking, but very calmly explained how she and her husband set out to become what we believe were the first husband and wife suicide bomber team in history.

She said, essentially, they started out from Iraq, where they lived, and they came by truck with two other men, she described, that they picked up along the way. They used fake passports. They came into Jordan four days before their planned attacks. They found a safe house, an apartment which her husband rented, she said.

She said, in fact, very explicitly, the whole thing was his idea. She said she didn't know much. But when the day came last Wednesday, the four of them split up to three different hotels. And they showed the belts that she was wearing as she went to the Radisson, where a wedding party was being celebrated. Jordanian authorities making a point of putting the belt back on her for the television cameras, outside of her clothing this time.

She was wearing two belts, one of them containing RDX explosives. All four of the bombers were believed to have had between five and 10 kilos. That would be between 12 and, I guess, 20 pounds of high explosive on them. And surrounding that belt, a belt full of ball bearings, providing projectiles to kill people even more effectively when the explosions went off.

She said her husband taught her how to use the detonator that would set her belt off. But when the moment came, she said the detonator didn't work.

Her husband, who was on another side of the wedding ballroom, did set his belt off. She heard the explosion. She saw people run away. When her own belt didn't work, she fled, as well, found her way back to the same building where they had rented an apartment and that's where, early Friday morning, Jordanian authorities tell us, they found her, still with the belt and apparently able to tell them even more about the group's link to al Qaeda.

Now, it's an intriguing thing about this woman. Once again, she said the whole thing was her husband's idea. But terror runs in her family. Not only was her husband a suicide bomber in the service of al Qaeda, but her brother is described as being Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's former right hand man in Anbar Province of Iraq, former, or late, I should say, because he was killed by U.S. forces earlier in the year.

And so Jordanians are taking stock of a terrible attack on their soil, content, if that's the right word, at least that it was carried out by foreigners and that one of them has survived and now can help authorities here try and figure out how much of the network still exists -- Carol.

COSTELLO: Such a strange story.

Jonathan Mann reporting for us live this morning.

We'll try to get inside the mind of that suicide bomber about 15 minutes from now.

We'll be joined by a documentary filmmaker who has talked to many would-be suicide attackers, including women. We'll try to figure out how and why this happened and if they can really get useful information from her to round up more terrorists.

President Bush's national security adviser is fighting off criticism about the administration's decision to go to war in Iraq. Stephen Hadley admits the Bush administration was wrong about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, but he insists the president did not manipulate intelligence or mislead the American people.

Critics aren't buying it.


STEPHEN HADLEY, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: I think what you're going to find is that the statements by the administration had backing at the time from accepted intelligence sources. We're going to find that a number of those statements were not true because the underlying intelligence was not true. But that's not the same as manipulating intelligence and that is not misleading the American people.



SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV), VICE CHAIRMAN, INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: I think the president wanted to go to war. I think Afghanistan, which was legitimate because that was al Qaeda; Iraq, which was not legitimate because it had nothing to do with al Qaeda; the fact that they spread -- they kept talking about the relationship between al Qaeda and 9/11 and Iraq and the fact of Mohammed Atta and all of the things they used, which the American people weren't really in a position to judge.


COSTELLO: You'll remember top Bush administration officials argued before the 2003 invasion that Iraq has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and was working toward a nuclear weapon. The Senate now investigating the pre-war intelligence.

In other "News Across America" this morning, this amateur video taken in the shadow of a tornado. Take a look at this. The storm swept across the state on Saturday. Woodward, where these pictures are from, and Stratford, were the areas that suffered the most damage. One person was killed in Stratford. The tornadoes damaged or destroyed dozens of homes. Officials say tornadoes this time of year are rare.

Firefighters in Marblehead, Massachusetts battled a fire at a luxury condominium complex under construction. Nobody hurt here, but investigators are pretty suspicious because the condo project had been opposed by residents in the area.

And at the Sears Tower in Chicago, it is a long way up. Yesterday was the 4th Annual Sears Tower Stair Climb to benefit cancer research. And it was no easy climb, either. That's more than 2,400 steps.

Still to come this hour on DAYBREAK, New Yorkers are used to getting their bags searched these days, but now police are trying something new. We'll tell you about swabbing.

Also, when you watch a movie, are you getting a story or a sales pitch? Product placement -- it's subtle and some say it's way too sneaky.

And T.O.'s woes -- the Eagles have clipped his wings, but some famous fans are crying foul.

But first, here's a look at what else is making news this Monday.


COSTELLO: Developing news this morning. We've been talking about it.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on a trip to the Mideast and she's just wrapping up a news conference with the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas.

So let's head live to Jerusalem and check in with Guy Raz.

He's got details on the secretary's trip -- hello, Guy.


This is the secretary's fourth visit to the region this year and it appears as if an imminent deal is close to being reached between Israelis and Palestinians over the issue of a border crossing. Now, Secretary Rice essentially coming here to see if the two sides can resolve differences over how that border crossing would work.

We're talking about the Rafah border crossing that's in southern Gaza. And it's a crossing point between Gaza and Egypt.

Now, Israel had controlled that border crossing for 38 years, but when they withdrew their soldiers and settlers from Gaza two months ago, that border crossing essentially became closed -- nobody in and nobody out.

Now, the two sides, the Palestinians and the Israelis, are negotiating over how to reopen that border crossing.

Now, the Israelis are concerned, essentially, that that crossing could be used for militants and for weapons into and out of Gaza. But the Palestinian Authority has insisted that those -- that that crossing point should be under its sovereignty.

Now, the secretary also had words for both the Israeli leadership and the Palestinian leadership, calling on both sides to live up to obligations and commitments the two sides have reached in negotiations earlier this year.

And just a short time ago she spoke with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and here's what she had to say.

Let's take a listen.


CONDOLEEZZA RICE, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: It is a road map obligation of the Palestinian Authority to fight terror and to dismantle the infrastructure of terror. We talked about the desire for a Palestinian state in which there is, as the president has put it, one authority, one gun, and, in fact, where there is political participation of a wide variety of Palestinians.


RAZ: Now, Carol, the U.S. secretary of state has essentially expressed concern over what could be described as chaos that really has descended upon the Gaza Strip since the Israeli withdrawal. There are competing Palestinian militias, militant groups, vying for power in Gaza. They have attacked the Palestinian Authority's security apparatus.

Now, the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, says he's determined to crack down on these groups and to confront them. But the Bush administration is trying to pressure Mr. Abbas to confront those groups with more vigor.

At the same time, the Bush administration also pressuring the Israelis to ease up some of their demands in terms of the border crossings between Gaza and Egypt. The Bush administration believes if those crossings are opened, it could help revive the economy in Gaza, an economy that certainly could help ensure that violence -- a new outbreak of violence doesn't take place any time soon -- Carol.

COSTELLO: Guy Raz reporting live in Jerusalem this morning.

Your news, money, weather and sports.

It's 6:14 Eastern.

Here's what's all new this morning.

President Bush will address U.S. troops in Alaska today before traveling to Asia. He'll make stops in Japan, China, Mongolia and South Korea, where he'll attend the Asia-Pacific Summit.

In money news, the Georgia-Pacific Corporation has agreed to be bought out by Coke Industries for more than $13 billion. Georgia- Pacific makes tissue paper, packaging and building projects.

In pop culture, "Chicken Little" still number one at the box office. The cartoon tale took in $32 million in its second weekend.

In sports, what a run. The Chicago Bears' Nathan Vasher returns a missed field goal for 108 yards. Take a look. He keeps running and he's tired at the end. I thought he was going to collapse.

This was the longest play in NFL history. The Chicago Bears win and Mr. Vasher has a record. It was an awesome play, very exciting to watch.

To the Forecast Center now and Bonnie Schneider.

SCHNEIDER: Good morning, Carol.


COSTELLO: Just in time this morning, America's best and worst governors. "Time" magazine talked to scholars, political analysts and former governors to get their picks and here's who they think are the five best governors.

Let's put them up on the screen: Mike Huckabee of Arkansas; Kenny Guinn of Nevada; and Janet Napolitano of Arizona. Those are the best governors. Also, Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas; and Mark Warner of Virginia; America's best governors.

As for the worst governors, well, Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana gets top worst marks; Bob Taft of Ohio; and also Mark Sanford of South Carolina. You can read the full story in the issue of "Time" magazine that hits the newsstands today. Still to come on DAYBREAK, since you can't fit a plane into a stocking, airlines have an idea for gift giving this holiday season. Carrie Lee will have the details next in "Business Buzz."

And later, he gets the boot for mouthing off. But does Terrell Owens deserve being sidelined? Jesse Jackson says no. Ralph Nader says no. We'll get into that.

But first, it's time to say happy birthday.


COSTELLO: Time now for a little "Business Buzz."

Take a look at this scene from the movie "Weatherman." Did you notice where he got his coffee from? Hollywood writers and actors say there should be a code of conduct to govern the growing trend of product placement in movies and TV. The group's unions say the stealth advertising should be disclosed and -- stealth advertising!!!! It's so like overt.

Well, here's a name to remember -- Niagara. No, we're not talking about the falls. Sun Microsystems says its news Niagara chip has a big bite. The computer maker claims the new server chip will deliver more performance while requiring less electricity. The company expects to ship systems based on Niagara by the end of the year.

Looking to help your family get home for the holidays this year? Now you can give them airline gift cards. Carrie Lee -- you've got to be kidding?

CARRIE LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, they're trying to do this. It's not a bad idea for the right type of person.

So let me explain.

First of all, American Airlines and Southwest are the first to offer gift cards. Delta expects to do so next year.

Gift cards are, overall, one of the most popular holiday items. Two thirds of shoppers will buy an average of five gift cards this year, according to one survey.

Now, a lot of airlines already offer gift certificates. Gift cards a little easier to use, because they can be bought and redeemed online, while most gift certificates can't be.

A couple of other things you should know if you're thinking about this, this holiday season, the gift cards are usually non-refundable. So make sure the airline serves the city where the cardholder lives. The recipient of the card gets the frequent flier miles, not the buyer. Most of these cards are transferable and the cards don't expire, in some cases. So they can be used any time.

Now, as we know, several airlines are in financial trouble, so you need to worry about the airline perhaps going bankrupt. That's a question. Well, usually when an airline does go bankrupt, they keep operating. So that's really not an issue.

What I would be worried about, you know, for example, Delta has stopped serving some destinations or they've cut down on the flights. That would be my concern. If you are buying a card for somebody, you might not know about the future schedule. So that would be one concern.

COSTELLO: Oh my goodness.

LEE: Well...

COSTELLO: We'll see if it works.

LEE: You can see why the airlines want to do it, because they get the money up front.


LEE: Another option, though, you could just give someone cash. That gives them a little more flexibility. They can take that money and put it toward any carrier.

But I can see a gift card working for somebody that does use a particular carrier often.

COSTELLO: Absolutely.

LEE: Yes.

COSTELLO: A quick look at the futures?

LEE: Futures looking mixed this morning. We did see stocks up for three straight weeks now. Wal-Mart one stock to watch. The company is going to report profits. Most important, though, what will they have to say about the upcoming holiday season?

COSTELLO: Oh, yes. It should be interesting.

LEE: Yes.

COSTELLO: Thank you, Carrie.

LEE: Sure.

COSTELLO: We appreciate it.

Still to come on DAYBREAK, a would-be suicide bomber's confession to the world.

You're watching DAYBREAK for Monday, November 14th.


COSTELLO: Iowa's governor will tour tornado damaged areas today. People in the central part of that state still reeling from the twisters that hit with winds up to 150 miles per hour on Saturday. At least one person died in the storm.

Geoff Greenwood from our Des Moines affiliate KCCI has more for you.


JEREMIAH NANCE, TORNADO SURVIVOR: We dodged a pretty bit bullet, so -- the whole family did.

GEOFF GREENWOOD, KCCI CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Jeremiah Nance did much more than ride out the powerful tornado. He rolled on it with his home video camera as the twister barreled right toward him. That's Jeremiah's father Russel in the foreground with the tornado closing in behind him.

RUSSEL NANCE, JEREMIAH NANCE'S FATHER: It looked like it was going to go away. Then you could see stuff flying in it. It picked up speed and then it just took off like a shot.

GREENWOOD: Russel's youngest son Doug runs inside to be with his wife and two children.

DOUG NANCE, JEREMIAH NANCE'S BROTHER: I thought they were right behind me as I was coming down the stairs, but no. They decided to stay outside. Thank god they're all right.

GREENWOOD: But they know their hometown of Woodward is not all right, as the tornado steamrolls right over the town of 1,200 people.

D. NANCE: You don't think that quick that everything can just be gone. But -- and it's just horrible, just everything destroyed.

GREENWOOD: After checking on their own family to make sure they're all right, their thoughts turn toward neighbors.

(on camera): The two brothers walk through town to make sure everybody is OK. And then they hear something coming from this house.

JACKIE SEEMAN, TORNADO SURVIVOR: I was standing near the window screaming, "I need help! I need help!"

J. NANCE: All I could hear was her, you know, yelling.

Are you all right? Are you all right?



GREENWOOD: It was Jackie Seeman. She was home resting when a terrifying roar abruptly awakens her.

SEEMAN: I just heard this big whoosh and I feel my house shake and I thought oh my god, oh my god. And then everything just came crashing down.

GREENWOOD: And minutes later, two strangers, two brothers, show up to pull her to safety.

J. NANCE: Is there anybody else in there with you?


Just out of nowhere they came running up. And I was so thankful to see somebody, because I didn't know what was going on. You know, I'm going to love you so much.

GREENWOOD: Jackie lost her home, but she did not lose her life.

SEEMAN: And I'm just so happy to be alive. And I really think -- I just know that god was with me.

GREENWOOD: And the same could be said for the man who captured this devastating tornado on tape.

Geoff Greenwood, KCCI, News Channel 8.


COSTELLO: Let's talk about a chilling videotape that was on television. It was a woman. She came from Iraq to carry out a suicide bombing in Jordan. At least 57 people died in the bombing of three hotels in Amman last week. But this would-be bomber's explosives failed and now she's confessing to her crimes on television.

She says her husband gave her the explosives and showed her what to do.


SAJIDA MUBARAK ATROUS AL-RISHAWI, WOULD-BE SUICIDE BOMBER (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): My husband is the one who organized everything. I don't know anything else. My husband wore an explosive belt and he put one on me, and he taught me how to use it. The targets were hotels in Jordan. We took a car...


COSTELLO: Let's go inside the mind of this would-be bomber.

Our guest is documentary filmmaker Pierre Rehov.

Good morning, Pierre.


COSTELLO: You have talked to would-be bomber suicide bombers and when you look at this woman on television, she seems very nervous. She was wringing her hands during her televised confession to the Jordanian people. But during her interrogation, she was said to be very calm and matter of fact.

What do you make of this?

REHOV: Well, about the female suicide bombers, I have known precisely three cases in which they would do such an act. The first one it's as a result of a mistake, something bad that they had done in the past. And in order to escape from a crime of honor, which is part of Islamic society -- you know, you're cheating on your husband or you're not a virgin anymore, things like that -- you get slaughtered by your own family or else you have a choice of becoming a martyr and restoring this honor for the family.

That's number one.

Number two, it's, as strange as it sounds, it's a kind of feminism. Females, I mean we men in the Islamic world intend more and more to say hey, we are like you men and we are fighting a war. So let's also do what you are capable of doing. By blowing yourself up, we can show you how much equal to you we are.

And the third case, which I believe is this case, it's when the woman just does what her husband asks her to do. She's used to that. She married her husband. She had no other solution but marrying her husband when she was a teenager and then for the rest of her life she's supposed to obey to his orders.

He asks her to blow herself up and she does.

COSTELLO: And it seems like that, because, you know, she prefaces everything she says by "my husband taught me how to do it," "my husband organized everything."

I want to play another bit of sound from her confession, her televised confession.

Let's listen.


COSTELLO: Obviously it's not translated, but this is what she's saying. She's saying: "We went into the hotel, there was a wedding, there were women and children. My husband detonated his belt but I failed. People went running. I went running with them."

Is there a possibility that her belt really didn't fail?

REHOV: Well, that happens a lot, actually. Some of the prisoners that I interviewed in Israeli jails were the result of a non-explosive belt. I mean, a good explosive belt which failed exploding. So, yes, it's very possible. I don't know which kind of a belt she was wearing and I'm not technically involve/d in this.

But, yes, it's a very high possibility. Trying to say that she was scared and not -- and did not do it at the last second, it's also possible. That happened quite a lot. You know, you have the idea, you want to do it, and all of a sudden at the last second, you decide not to. But in this case I just don't know what really happened and, you know, I would say the belt just didn't explode.

COSTELLO: OK, this is the first time that a husband and wife team has gone in to become suicide bombers.

Why would the husband want the wife to come along?

REHOV: Well, first of all, it looks like this family was connected to Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq. So they certainly are very -- the husband was certainly, through his brother, I heard, fairly strongly connected to this political and terrorist organization. So, the leap of faith in this case must have been very, very high.

He's married. He has a wife. He doesn't want to go alone in heaven. In this case, he's certainly not seeking for his 72 virgins that most of the guys are looking for when they do that. We are talking of a metro man with a very high level ideal and a very high ideal for what should be the future of, you know, his life, mainly no future of going to the other side and getting all of the rewards from heaven by complying with a political terrorist agenda.

So, there is no reason for him being married to leave his wife behind. I believe in this case there are two reasons. One is political and strategic. It's certainly more powerful to do the same thing. Two more bombs are more powerful than one.

And the other one is he doesn't want to leave his wife behind. Maybe his idea is, I don't want my wife to be somebody else's wife. She'd rather come with me to heaven.

COSTELLO: Fascinating. I wish we could go on and talk to you forever. Pierre Rehov speaking to us live from Paris. Sudan (ph), we should mention that she was also related. She is the sister of the right-hand man of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who, of course, leads the terrorist charge in the country of Iraq.

Much more on this throughout the day on CNN.

Still to come on DAYBREAK, though, say it ain't so. Another tropical depression in the Atlantic just weeks before the end of a very long hurricane season.


COSTELLO: Welcome back to DAYBREAK. It's 6:34 Eastern.

Today, President Bush leaves the United States for his second international trip this month. He's traveling to Asia. What's the focus of his trip? And who is he going to be meeting with?

Let's get some answers from Andrea Koppel.

Good morning, Andrea.


During his eight-day swing through Asia, President Bush is going to be addressing issues as diverse as North Korean nukes to the potential for a bird flu pandemic. He's going to make a quick stop in Anchorage, Alaska, and he's going to deliver remarks on the war on terror at Elmendorf Air Base and visit with families and fallen soldiers.

But his first stop in Asia is in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, where he's going to be meeting with one of his closest allies, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Japan is the second largest donor after the U.S. to reconstruction and rebuilding in Afghanistan. It's also the home to tens of thousands of American troops.

From there, Mr. Bush heads to South Korea, another strategic U.S. ally in Asia, where 37,000 American troops face off against communist North Korea. In the ancient Korea capital of Kyongju, President Bush and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun are going to reaffirm and compare notes on the ongoing six-party talks with North Korea.

Later in the week they're going to participate in APEC, which is also known as the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference, where a new initiative to respond to the threat posed by the Asian influenza is going to top the agenda. At least 60 people, all of them in Asia, have died of the disease since it re-emerged at the end of 2003.

From South Korea, Mr. Bush heads to China's capital for meetings with President Hu Jintao and other senior Chinese leaders. The agenda there is going to focus on economic, political, human rights and health issues.

Carol, for every dollar that China spends on American products, American consumers and companies send more than $6 to China. A trade deficit is expected to grow between the two countries to $200 billion this year.

Finally, Mr. Bush's last stop is going to be in Mongolia, where he's going to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit.

Carol, I hope you were paying attention. I deliberately used the word "sitting." Do you know why?


KOPPEL: Because a few weeks back, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made a swing through Mongolia, where he was presented with his very own Mongolian pony.


KOPPEL: Yes. But he didn't take a ride as far we know. But he thanked his hosts and left the pony there. Guess who is going to have an excuse to visit Mongolia again?

COSTELLO: I wonder what he named the pony.

KOPPEL: You know, I don't know. I don't know. I understand he's a fan of ponies. And there is no word yet as to whether President Bush is going to get a similar gift.

COSTELLO: Well, we'll keep an eye on that. Andrea Koppel reporting live from Washington this morning.

In Pennsylvania, there is an Amber Alert out for a missing 14- year-old girl. In a disturbing twist, police think the 18-year-old who abducted her killed her parents.

Jennifer Westhoven has the details for you from Lancaster County.


JENNIFER WESTHOVEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Pennsylvania police are asking for your help. They're trying to find 14-year-old Kara Beth Borden. They believe that an 18-year-old abducted her and shot and killed her parents.

Kara Beth is described as 5 foot 1, 100 pounds, brown hair with blonde highlights. She was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, black sneakers. Her sweatshirt said, "Pillar."

Now, what the cops are looking for is a red 1989 Volkswagen Jetta with a Pennsylvania license plate EHH0994. They believe that car is being driven by the suspect, David Ludwig.

CHIEF WILLIAM SEACE, LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA POLICE: He does have a white female, 14 years of age, in the vehicle with him, probably as a hostage. And he is armed and considered dangerous.

WESTHOVEN: Police say they got a call this morning on 911. They immediately came to the house. They rushed the house with tear gas. They were afraid there was some kind of a hostage situation.

When they got inside, what they found, Kara's parents. They had been shot dead. Michael and Cathryn Borden.

Now, it turns out that Kara's younger brother may have seen or heard some part of the horrible crime.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is a neighbor across the street, directly across the street, who said, you know, that she understands one of the Borden children ran over to their house and said, "Mom and dad were shot."

WESTHOVEN: Police have been here on the scene at the Borden house, looking in the house, looking outside on the lawn, looking for any clues they might find to help solve this crime and to help find Kara.

Now, they're already charged the suspect, David Ludwig, two counts of homicide, one count of abduction, and one count of endangering another person.

Now, police also say they do believe there was some kind of a dating relationship between Kara Borden and David Ludwig. But they say that they believe this crime was so violent they don't think she had anything to do with it, and they're acting under the assumption that she is being held against her will.

Again, that license plate, EHH0994, Pennsylvania license plate. It's a 1999 red Volkswagen Jetta.

Jennifer Westhoven, CNN, Warwick Township, Pennsylvania.


COSTELLO: Still to come on DAYBREAK, a revealing and chilling look into North Korea.

And Terrell Owens. Does the punishment fit the offense? And why is Jesse Jackson weighing in?

But first, here's a look at what else is making news this Monday.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In the past year, a movement of dissident filmmakers -- some motivated by money, others by the desire to change -- have used undercover cameras to expose a chilling picture of North Korea that's never been seen before. If they are caught filming, they will face prison or death.


COSTELLO: That's just a taste of a story you can see only on CNN, a rare glimpse into one of the most secretive nations on the planet.

"CNN PRESENTS" is showing the gripping footage captured by a dissident North Korean filmmaker -- actually more than one.

Filmmaker Sarah McDonald presents it in her documentary, "Under Cover in the Secret State." She joins us live now from London.

And we want to warn you, some of the pictures we're about to show you may disturb you.

Good morning to you.


COSTELLO: Sarah, first of all, tell me how you got a hold of these pictures.

MCDONALD: The dissident filmmakers are working with very brave journalists on the border. They are smuggling the footage out and actually being provided with cameras and tape and going back across the border, again backwards and forwards. Sometimes they can come out. Sometimes they can't. It's just too dangerous. And we have people waiting on the border for their footage to come out.

COSTELLO: We see the images from your documentary flying by. But things within North Korea are so very bad. Earlier, we saw two men carrying a big pot on a long stick. And what that was, it was a container of human waste used to fertilize the fields. It's just -- did you expect it to be that bad within North Korea?

MCDONALD: I expected it to be bad. I think the footage that shocked me the most was more than mundane footage, the everyday life. And we have heard all of the, you know, terrible human rights abuses in North Korea. And I'm a journalist who, sadly, specializes in sad and, you know, human rights abuses stories.

But it was the footage of everyday life. People being beaten up on trains because they didn't have the right travel passes. People having to travel for miles on bicycles to cut down trees, to create their own woods because there is no fuel.

It's that kind of life inside -- pictures of life inside North Korea that you don't actually ever get to see.

COSTELLO: Other images that you show. We saw a woman lying dead on the street at a market and people just passing by her body. We saw a little boy who was shoplifting at a market, and his punishment doled out right there. And it was violent.

MCDONALD: I know. It was incredible that the cameramen captured those images. The children stealing the umbrella, and then the pickpockets with their special little sort of tweezers that they carry around with them.

We talked to the dissidents who brought the footage out and asked them about the images of the people lying what appears to be dead, and they said that they are dead. And it's a very common sight, just to lie dead on the ground, sometimes from starvation and sometimes from, you know, medical problems. Nobody cares.

COSTELLO: Is there any escaping North Korea? And if there is, once people escape, do they go to China? Do they go to -- where do they go?

MCDONALD: The thing about North Korea that you have to understand and which is very difficult to understand, it's like the "Truman Show." We stood on the banks of the Tumen River on the Chinese side and looked over across into North Korea, because the river is actually very small.

But it's another world. These people have grown up under, you know, 50-60 years of the same regime basically, a terrible totalitarian regime. They have been absolutely brainwashed into believing that they live in paradise and the outside is terrible and that everyone wants to kill them. So, most people don't ever come to the conscious decision that they want to escape. Those near the border who are beginning to be exposed to technology, because technology is naturally going across that border now in North Korea, they are beginning to realize that life on the outside is not what they have been told.

But to get out, to make that very dangerous journey is a huge decision. Your family and three generations of your family will be punished if you just disappear overnight and you're caught having tried to escape. You know, that is a death sentence for not just you but three generations.

And then, of course, you know, wading that river, you could be shot very easily or picked up on the Chinese side by the Chinese authorities who will send you straight back.

COSTELLO: Well, that's a fascinating documentary with pictures rarely seen, you know, outside of North -- it's just horrible to look at. But thank you for bringing us this information, because it's important for people to know what's going on there. Sarah McDonald, producer of the documentary "Under Cover in the Secret State." Thank you for joining us this morning.

MCDONALD: Thank you.

COSTELLO: Still to come on DAYBREAK, another anti-terrorism measure for New York's subways. It's called "swabbing." We'll tell you what it is. You're watching DAYBREAK for a Monday.


COSTELLO: Welcome back. It's 6:50 Eastern. Here is what will be making news today.

New York City rolls out another anti-terrorism tool to stop bombers from attacking the subway system. Beginning today, some subway riders will get their bags swabbed and then scanned by a mechanic device to detect explosives. You've seen them in airports, right? Police say the hand-swab method is fast and less intrusive than bag searches.

In Florida, the state PTA takes a stand on stun guns. Delegates to their annual convention calls for the weapons to be used on students only as an alternative to using deadly force.

Whether you're a football fan or not, you've been hearing a lot about Terrell Owens lately, or Terrell Owens I should say. The wide received apologized for publicly complaining about his team, his contract, his quarterback. But the Philadelphia Eagles has booted him for the rest of the season because of his comments.

His supporters, including now the Reverend Jesse Jackson, say that's way too harsh a punishment.

Here is some of what T.O. said that got him into hot water in the first place. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GRAHAM BESINGER, ESPN: Your friend, Michael Irvin, recently said that if Brett Farve was the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, they'd be undefeated right now. What do you think of that comment?

TERRELL OWENS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: I mean, that's a good assessment. I would agree with that.


OWENS: I just feel like just by what he brings to the table. I mean, he is a guy obviously -- a number of commentators will say he's a warrior. He's played with injuries. I just feel like, you know, him being knowledgeable about the quarterback position, you know, I just feel like we'd probably be in a better situation.


COSTELLO: So, what now? Will he ever return to the gridiron? Or is T.O. destined to stay in time out?

Joining us with some insight is CNN's sports business analyst Rick Horrow.

Good morning, Rick.

RICK HORROW, CNN SPORTS BUSINESS ANALYST: I'm on the way to Philly. I'm watching them play Monday night against the Cowboys. But I don't think he'll be there. Do you?

COSTELLO: I don't think he'll be there either. He won't be standing on the sidelines with a cap and a t-shirt on?

HORROW: Suspension is suspension.

COSTELLO: So, he's out. I mean -- OK. So, he kind of disses the quarterback, Donovan McNabb. He sort of, you know, was a disruption to the team. But, you know, it's a land of free speech. So, why not give the guy a break, especially after a three-game suspension and a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars?

HORROW: Well, Jesse Jackson and Ralph Nader notwithstanding, it's not speech; it's action. And that's what the arbitrator will decide on Friday in Philadelphia.

You can't have a player deliberately acting badly to force a release so he can play with anybody who he wants. But you also have to protect against a team arbitrarily suspending or fining any player.

The bottom is he signed a seven-year, $49 million contract. It's not guaranteed. A lot of that money is now going to be lost because of his antics, not just his speech.

COSTELLO: OK. Well, let's explore exactly what Jesse Jackson had to say. This is his quote. Jesse Jackson says: "This punishment is much too severe for the charge. If he had been caught shaving points, selling drugs, carrying a gun, or fighting some fans who provoked him and he had not shown sufficient restraint, we could understand a severe suspension, because those are very serious and illegal acts. Unfortunately for T.O., who belatedly apologized three days after the infraction, the real question is, do his comments warrant a penalty this severe?" Jesse Jackson says, "The answer is no."

HORROW: Well, with all due respect to Jesse Jackson, conduct detrimental to a team is very specific, negotiated between the Players Association and ownership. And it's for arbitrator Richard Block (ph) to decide over this week based on all of the evidence.

The Eagles have taken a big risk. Lincoln Financial is their company that's spent $150 million naming the stadium. And Jeff Lurie is a visionary owner. They're not going to be in a position of cutting a guy just to cut him, unless they thought it was way beyond words. That's their position.

COSTELLO: I mean, when Jesse Jackson and Ralph Nader enter the picture, does it help the player?

HORROW: Well, it hurts the player because it shifts the discussion away from what's been bargained for. You know, he's been hurt since the beginning of the season endorsement-wise, too. He was the seventh most popular NFL player at the beginning of the year, according to some surveys. He was never going to make seven million bucks in endorsements annually, like Michael Vick, or 11 million like Tom Brady.

But now, there is a contest to destroy his bobble-head dolls, and his t-shirts and jerseys are selling for five bucks on eBay. He's got a long way to go to get back to where he was.

COSTELLO: Oh, yes. He's got a lot of fan appreciation work to do, doesn't he? Hey, thanks for...

HORROW: He's got to catch the ball first, fan appreciation second.

COSTELLO: Yes. Thanks for joining us, Rick. We appreciate it.

And I'm sure this saga will continue as Blisser (ph) like "As the World Turns" in Philadelphia. But, again, Philadelphia plays Dallas tonight without Terrell Owens. So it should be interesting.

Hey, Bonnie, it's time to give away a mug.

BONNIE SCHNEIDER, CNN METEOROLOGIST: It sure is. Let's take a look at the Friday questions and the answers. And we'll give the winner for you.

What anniversary does the United Kingdom's Remembrance Day mark? And the answer is the end of World War I. The second question: How many hours a day do giraffes sleep? Not too many actually. The answer is two hours.

And the winner is -- drum roll, please. Friday's winner is Robin Nichol of Jay, Maine. Congratulations, Robin. You win a DAYBREAK coffee mug. Not bad at all.

All right, now it's time for today's questions. What company is introducing a new microprocessor code named Niagra? And name one of "TIME" magazine's best five governors?

Submit your answers to We'll be checking, and we'll show the winner tomorrow -- Carol.

COSTELLO: You only have to name one? I think they should have to name all five.

SCHNEIDER: Or at least two, maybe.

COSTELLO: Yes. Thank you.


COSTELLO: When we come back, more headlines and a look at your travel forecast. You're watching DAYBREAK for a Monday.


COSTELLO: If you are traveling this morning, Bonnie has some news.


COSTELLO: From the Time Warner center in New York, I'm Carol Costello. "AMERICAN MORNING" starts right now.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks, Carol. I'm Soledad O'Brien.


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