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Rounding up the Enemy; Lone Gunman Opens Fire on Students in Montreal; Afghan Drug Connection
Aired September 14, 2006 - 10:59 ET
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TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Spend a second hour in the NEWSROOM this morning. We promise we'll keep you informed.
Good morning, everyone. I'm Tony Harris.
HEIDI COLLINS, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Heidi Collins.
Montreal Police call him a killer. A young man opens fire on a college campus. Today, online clues about his past.
HARRIS: The U.S. military says it's a big catch. A senior al Qaeda figure taken down my American GIs in Iraq.
COLLINS: And pint-sized prodigies. Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at little geniuses.
It's September 14th, and you are in the NEWSROOM.
HARRIS: Rounding up the enemy. A key al Qaeda figure is captured in Iraq. He's one of dozens of suspected terrorists detained by U.S. forces.
Live to the Pentagon now and Barbara Starr for details.
And Barbara, what do we know about this key al Qaeda figure and the circumstances surrounding the capture?
BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Well, Tony, what the military says is this man was an associate of the man who took over for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, but make no mistake, even with this capture, the Pentagon and U.S. military officials in Baghdad are saying there has been a significant spike in violence in Baghdad yet again in the last 24 hours. Most of it in areas, no surprise, areas where U.S. and Iraqi troops are not operating.
There was a news briefing earlier this morning from Baghdad. The chief spokesman spoke about the ongoing security operations and the big fish, sort of, that they think they netted.
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MAJ. GEN. WILLIAM CALDWELL, MULTINATIONAL FORCE IRAQ SPOKESMAN: The key outcome of these raids was the capture of over 70 suspected terrorists, of which one was the personal associate of Abu Ayyub al- Masri. This associate of al-Masri was the leader of assassination, kidnapping and IED cells in Baghdad. He is known to have directly participated in numerous terrorist acts, including kidnappings and executions, terrorist acts and others contributing to sectarian violence throughout the city. He also played a key operational role in terrorist activities prior to and during the operations in Falluja in November of 2004.
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STARR: Still, Tony, it's the plus column and the minus column in Baghdad. That certainly is good news, but U.S. officials, military officials, reporting a number of attacks across Baghdad today.
Violence killing at least 13 people in a variety of bomb attacks, and at least, at least, 20, if not more, additional bodies found in Baghdad, apparently signs of being shot and tortured. The sectarian violence, Tony, goes on.
HARRIS: So, Barbara, it sounds like it's an important capture. You want to get as many of them as you can. But it doesn't sound like this -- this capture is a game changer on the ground, particularly in Baghdad.
STARR: Not at this point. I don't think any military officials believe that's the reality at the moment.
HARRIS: CNN's Barbara Starr at the Pentagon for us.
Barbara, thank you.
COLLINS: A different kind of terror now in Canada. A lone gunman opens fire on students in downtown Montreal. One person killed, 19 others wounded.
Our Allan Chernoff is in Montreal with the very latest now.
What do we know at this point? We know who did it and we are seeing some pictures of the suspect.
ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN SR. CORRESPONDENT: That's right. Heidi, the police are identifying the gunman as a man by the name of Kimveer Gill, a 25-year-old from the Laval suburb of Montreal, just north of Montreal. They did recover three weapons on Mr. Gill.
He was shot dead at the scene at Dawson College, and it really was a scene of complete terror yesterday afternoon, starting at about 12:40 in the afternoon. What was so strange, witnesses told us, is that Mr. Gill was walking around very casually when he all of a sudden started opening fire, not appearing to aim at anyone in particular.
He shot people outside of the college, then stepped inside, moved into the cafeteria, continued shooting there. That's when police cornered him. There was a gun battle that ensued.
Some of the students actually were sliding on their behinds trying to get out of the range of fire. Police told them keep on moving. And at that point, one witness told us that the gunman actually turned and began firing right at them. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
NIKOLA GUIDI, DAWSON COLLEGE STUDENT: That's when I think the guy clicked. It was like five seconds later. That's when he started spraying, like, seven, eight rounds at us.
And, like, my friend who was literally at my feet got shot twice, once in the arm and once in the leg. And that's who I had to help. And I had to drag her all the way to the cafeteria. I didn't care anymore, like, what was happening.
I just dragged her with my friend. We just both dragged her to the back and I started taking care of her.
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CHERNOFF: That student was brought over here to Montreal General Hospital, along with 10 others who were wounded. Six people were wounded very seriously. They had surgery last night and remain now in critical condition in the intensive care unit -- Heidi.
COLLINS: Wow. And just trying to get a little bit more of a picture of this individual, I know "The Toronto Star" has found this Web site that I believe police are now looking at, trying to find something in the way of motivation. We want to put up some of the quotes from the Web site that they found where Kimveer Gill wrote words like these you see on your screen.
"Work sucks... school sucks... life sucks... what else can I say?" And "Metal and goth kick ass. Life is a video game, you've got to die sometime."
CHERNOFF: Yes, Heidi. You know, it seems all too familiar because, in so many of these cases, afterwards we see personal Web sites and people writing about their anger, about their hatred. In this particular Web site, he talks about wanting to die in a hail of gunfire.
Just so tragic in the aftermath. A very sad, sad situation.
COLLINS: Allan, before we let you go, I think there was some consternation in the beginning, as oftentimes when these things are happening so fast, of whether or not he shot himself or if police actually shot him. And it speaks a little bit to how quickly the situation was contained and that more people didn't get hurt.
CHERNOFF: That's right. In fact, one professor at the college said the situation could have been much, much worse because, apparently, the shooting occurred a few minutes before classes were going to be let out. So that professor is saying the situation certainly could have been much bloodier, much more severe. But it does -- the police say that they, in fact, did shoot him to death during this gun battle. COLLINS: Something that the people of Montreal are probably very thankful for after the incident 17 years ago, where 14 people were killed.
Allan Chernoff, our man on the ground in Montreal.
Thank you, Allan.
HARRIS: Well, we've got an interesting look at the drug trade for you this morning. It's a long way from Afghanistan's poppy fields to America's heartland, but a relatively simple trip for a deadly drug.
CNN's Randi Kaye has the story.
RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This undercover narcotics team from St. Louis County is chasing a suspected heroin dealer.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have a black male in the vehicle in UC (ph). He's got a white striped shirt on and blue jeans.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The guy didn't have any on him, but he's going to take him to a location where we can get what we want.
KAYE: We tailed the officer and the suspect. They're riding in the undercover officer's car.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Any time you put somebody in your car, it is not good.
KAYE: Officers hope the suspected dealer will lead them to what they call china white, heroin so pure, so potent, so powerful it killed 55 people in St. Louis in just the first six months of this year.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Left on Turner from Sacramento.
KAYE: The suspect makes a buy on the street and gets back in the car. When he and the undercover cop move on, the other officers pounce on the guy who sold him the drugs.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cuff him. Cuff him.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don't -- don't swallow anything. You understand?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Yes, sir.
KAYE: It turns out this time it wasn't heroin. This guy was charged with selling crack cocaine. And the suspect in the car got away at the next stop while pretending to make another buy. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Release that.
KAYE: But officers say they do catch someone selling heroin virtually every night of the week. One recent bust netted $20 million worth of china white.
(on camera) Who's selling it here in St. Louis?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're seeing it sold by street corner dealers, in some of the worst neighborhoods. And by well off teenage girls in some of the more expensive neighborhoods.
KAYE (voice-over): Sellers likely have no idea the Taliban in Afghanistan is supplying the heroin they deal in the U.S.
The DEA says the Taliban is to blame for Afghanistan's explosion in opium poppy, the raw ingredient used to make heroin.
(on camera): How does the heroin get from Afghanistan to St. Louis? Captain Jackson says it first goes to Nigeria, then to street gangs in Chicago. From there, it makes its way here.
(voice-over): China white isn't an inner city, back alley, shoot it up type of drug. This heroin is so pure it can be smoked or snorted, which reduces the stigma and the fear of dirty needles. This has only increased the drug's appeal among the affluent.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The high school kids and even the college kids are using it as a designer drug. It's just a recreational drug to a lot of kids until they start dying, and they're dying. It's killing them.
KAYE: Inexperienced users, especially the young ones, easily overdose.
JACK RILEY, ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT, DEA, ST. LOUIS: We've gone down to the early levels of high school and some indication that it's actually available in the 7th and 8th grade. Students. And that's quite alarming.
KAYE: DEA Special Agent Jack Riley says besides the drugs, his agents have seized millions of dollars in cash.
(on camera): All of the money that's being made from this heroin could help the Taliban resurgence.
RILEY: That's what keeps me up all night.
KAYE (voice-over): But in St. Louis, the gateway to the west, stopping the flow of heroin is a daunting task, and the drug dealers know it.
Randi Kaye, CNN, St. Louis.
HARRIS: And you can see more of Randi Kaye's reports on "ANDERSON COOPER 360." Watch "AC 360" tonight at 10:00 Eastern.
Actor and activist George Clooney -- listen to all those cheers -- staying focused on the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. The U.S. government calls the situation there genocide. Clooney will raise his concerns in a speech before the United Nations this afternoon.
Tonight, Clooney goes one on one with Anderson Cooper. He'll discuss his personal plea to the U.N. to stop the killing in Darfur. That's "AC 360," again, at 10:00 Eastern.
COLLINS: East meets West. President Bush sits down this hour with South Korean president Roh. The South Korean leader met yesterday with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The nuclear standoff with North Korea is expected to top today's agenda. The U.S. favors a tough approach in a standoff, but South Korea has tried to engage the north.
We expect to hear from President Bush -- presidents, that is, Bush and Roh, after their meeting today.
HARRIS: And meet the so-called bionic woman. Wasn't this a good moment? This was a great moment. And we're talking not about the '70s TV series.
Claudia Mitchell is the first woman fitted with a prosthetic arm that can be controlled by thought. She appeared in a news conference this morning, along with Jesse Sullivan, the first bionic arm patient. Mitchell talked about being on the cutting edge of technology that could help thousands.
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CLAUDIA MITCHELL, BIONIC ARM RECIPIENT: An amazing range of motion with this arm. Something that you don't get -- that I don't have with my take-home arm. And I'll explain a bit more the differences.
This arm I can reach forward. I can reach up. And I can't do that. You know, that's something -- you don't think it's very exciting to be able to reach up into the cabinet and get a big -- a big can of coffee down. Well, I think it's pretty exciting to be able to get up in there.
And so this arm will someday offer the opportunity to be able to do that.
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HARRIS: How about that? And a good spokeswoman for the procedure as well, huh?
COLLINS: It's amazing how much...
HARRIS: Just think about it. COLLINS: ... we really do take for granted, though, just moving around every day. You don't really think about lifting your right arm or your left arm.
HARRIS: Right. And for her to be able to do it, I mean, just think about it and it happens.
Mitchell -- just a little background -- lost her left arm in a motorcycle accident in 2004.
Still ahead, a sudden swerve, and you veer out of control. But technology can actually keep your car on the road, and it could soon be standard equipment.
COLLINS: We're going to talk about a new safety proposal. Thousands of lives may actually hang in the balance on this one.
HARRIS: On wings and a prayer, NASA astronauts get past a software glitch. See the big unfurling.
That's ahead in the NEWSROOM.
COLLINS: New signs this hour of Republican divisions over the treatment of terror suspects. You may remember President Bush wants to amend the Geneva Conventions. We're calling it Article 3. It's a certain portion of the Geneva Conventions so that terror suspects could face tougher interrogations.
Among those opposing the move, three Republican senators. And now a powerful ally joining their fight.
CNN Congressional Correspondent Andrea Koppel on Capitol Hill this morning with the very latest -- Andrea.
ANDREA KOPPEL, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi. Good morning, Heidi.
Well, the name Colin Powell rings a bell because most recently he was secretary of state. But he was also the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former four-star, now retired general in the U.S. Army. And he is now weighing in to the situation, writing a letter to Senator John McCain, who sits on the Armed Services Committee and is among three powerful, as you said, Republican senators who are opposed to the president's bill on the detainee matter.
In his letter to Senator Warner, which was just released to reporters, Colin Powell writes, "The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. To redefine Common Article 3 would add to these doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk."
As we -- as some people may know, Common Article 3 of the war -- of the Geneva Conventions basically defines what a war crime would be. The Bush administration wants to amend this to add what they feel would be greater latitude to CIA officials, also to intelligence officials as they debrief and question detainees so that they wouldn't be subject to either criminal prosecution or civil prosecution.
But John McCain, former POW, also shares Colin Powell's feeling that to do so would make American troops vulnerable, should they be arrested overseas in another country. And that if the U.S. is allowed to amend this, so could other countries.
John McCain is joined by John Warner and Senator Lindsey Graham, all Republicans. Heidi, this is a very potentially messy situation.
Right now the Armed Services Committee is meeting here in the Senate. They are expected to pass out a bill of this committee which would go to the floor, which is, again, directly at odds with the president's bill. This is exactly what Republicans do not need as they approach hotly-contested elections this November. As one Republican aide told me, he said, "It's killing us" -- Heidi.
COLLINS: Yes, the drama level just went up one more notch. That's certainly the case. And when you look at this, you've got a four-star general, as you said, former Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretary of state, head of the NSA. When an individual like that, with that history and time on the ground, comes out and says something like this, it's got to really be something that people are listening to.
KOPPEL: Well, certainly that's what John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and John Warner hope. Nevertheless, you also have had others who are currently in government, like John Negroponte, who have in a conference call with reporters yesterday laid out all the reasons why the Bush administration's bill is the -- is the correct one for his agency, because their -- their rational is, the only way to get the kind of intelligence, actionable intelligence that the U.S. needs to foil future terrorist plots against U.S. interests is to have these tools to be able to question detainees without putting the CIA officers, intelligence officers, at the risk of criminal prosecution -- Heidi.
COLLINS: That's certainly something that the president addressed in his third speech in the war on terror with information they had gotten from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in just those types of interrogations.
COLLINS: All right. Andrea Koppel from Capitol Hill watching it for us.
We'll check back should there be any more developments. Thanks.
Meanwhile, the glitch. Hey, it's gone. Things are going right in space.
HARRIS: Hey, NASA actually was able to overcome a technical problem, and now NASA is harnessing the power of the sun.
Here to explain a busy morning in space, CNN Technology Correspondent Daniel Sieberg.
DANIEL SIEBERG, CNN TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT: Words like contingency, redundancy and planning...
SIEBERG: ... all come in handy.
HARRIS: It's just -- and let me -- it's just great that we're not talking about bolts, bolts in space. That we're talking about work getting done.
COLLINS: Bolts in space.
SIEBERG: No, the bolts are just space junk now.
SIEBERG: Moving on. We're told...
HARRIS: Solar arrays.
SIEBERG: Yes. And I'm going to throw another word at you in a bit, stiction. Stand by for stiction.
All right. Let's go to the video.
COLLINS: He's writing it down.
COLLINS: Googling right now.
SIEBERG: Let's go to the video here.
This is the payoff of the payload, we should say. These huge solar arrays were unfurled. You can think of them sort of blankets containing these solar cells.
They're obviously meant to turn light into electricity, they're a big part of the International Space Station components. They provide the power.
They're actually doubling the power that's up at the International Space Station now. These will eventually provide a quarter of the total power up there.
There are only about 15 flights left between now and 2010, when the space shuttle fleet is retired. So they need to get these solar arrays up there.
They did run into a bit of a technical glitch, slowed things down by several hours. They got under way a little after 6:00 a.m. this morning. And they basically unfurled them with not a lot of problems. After that happened, it took a few hours.
And they're a pretty impressive site, just shy of a football field, all told.
HARRIS: Here's the thing. Wasn't there a point where you actually had to change the direction of the actual station in order to start to capture the sun to avoid a problem that NASA has had in the past trying to unfold these arrays?
SIEBERG: Right. And the past problem involves the stiction. All right?
HARRIS: Ah, there we go. There we go. Beautiful. Beautiful.
SIEBERG: So we're going to go -- if we can, we're going to go to the stiction here. We'll give you some video of what happened back in 2000.
This is what happened with the P-6 part of it, the technical term for NASA. What happened was, the stiction basically means it got stuck a little bit on the way up.
These blankets are coated in a type of material that sort of makes it stick together at certain points. They're stored for a long period of time. So NASA tried to learn a few lessons from that six years ago, that experience.
And basically, they unfurled them about 49 percent of the way, and then continued the rest of the way. They also unfurled them to that certain point to do what's called thermal conditioning. They basically let them breathe for a bit, let them heat up a little bit so they didn't get caught like they did in that video there from about six years ago.
HARRIS: Got you.
SIEBERG: So they basically avoided that -- that problem.
HARRIS: The machine got stuck. They've got to come up with a new word? NASA's got to come up with stiction? You've got to come up with a new word?
SIEBERG: Don't put it past NASA to come up with a new term for anything.
HARRIS: There you go.
So, the software glitch that you were talking about earlier...
HARRIS: ... all right, this was a situation that potentially was a problem because this is a very tight schedule and the glitch put things behind schedule, correct? SIEBERG: It did for -- for several hours. They did plan for this type of thing. It also had to do with how these solar arrays were going to be rotated.
And we can show you some video of why this is critical, because as Tony was saying earlier, they are meant to track the sun. That's the whole point of this new design.
You can see them spinning there. As the International Space Station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it goes through periods of being in the sun and then obviously in the dark. So part of this is to track and get as much power as they possibly can and store that power, make it more efficient, basically.
So, a pretty impressive sight. That third space walk early tomorrow morning. And Joe Tanner, Heidi Stefanyshyn-Piper, they'll be preparing for that and doing that tomorrow. So we'll be watching that.
HARRIS: Heidi in space. How good is that?
HARRIS: Daniel, appreciate it. Thank you.
COLLINS: Thanks, Daniel.
HARRIS: Still ahead, don't -- look, don't try this at home.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That one got her done.
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COLLINS: It was on purpose, so -- as if you can't tell by those shots.
HARRIS: Yes. Look at that. Yes.
COLLINS: OK. A crime caught on camera by the criminals themselves. See it in the NEWSROOM, get the full scoop.
COLLINS: All right. Looking at the Big Board now. Lots of numbers there to look at.
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HARRIS: Still to come, a suicide bomber driving to his mission? Maybe not. Powerful propaganda from al Qaeda.
See it next in the NEWSROOM.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) HARRIS: Angel of Death, a Web site's reported description of the man authorities say opened fire at a Montreal college. One person was killed, 19 others wounded, during the lunchtime spree. Police identified the shooter as Kimveer Gill. He published an online gallery with more than 50 photos like this, showing him holding a semiautomatic rifle. Six of the 19 wounded victims remain in intensive care on life support. Police shot and killed the gunman.
COLLINS: Insurgents using the Internet to make their point. This tape is part of their deadly message. It came up online, but CNN cannot independently confirm the events you see are real.
CNN's Anderson Cooper explains.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The video starts with the animation for Al-Sahab, al Qaeda's production company, a flag map of the United States blown up by missiles.
The tape, titled "The American Inferno in Afghanistan," first surfaced on the Internet, and was translated by MEMRI, an Israeli monitoring service. We found the translation pretty accurate, but CNN could not determine when and where -- or even if -- the events depicted in the tape took place.
On the video, we see a man showing off a trunk filled with mortar rounds. Mortars like these used are commonly used in suicide car bombs.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I pray to Allah that this operation will be vengeance upon the American pigs and their apostate collaborator dogs.
COOPER: The would-be suicide bomber, called Abu Muhammad, makes a statement. From a name we hear later on the tape, he appears to be from Yemen.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To my family and friends, I say, we will meet in paradise, Allah willing.
COOPER: The video then cuts to inside the bomber's car. A crudely rigged detonator is attached to a wooden board.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We will carry out the operation within a few minutes.
Test it for the last time, Muhammad. Only 10 minutes left until the operation. What do you feel, Abu Muhammad?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I feel a great calm.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In your heart?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. I pray that Allah accepts me. I have never felt so calm in my life.
COOPER: For a brief moment, we see the man who recorded these pictures. He urges the bomber forward.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Allah willing, your prayers and ours will be answered.
COOPER: The two men survey their target. A voice says the vehicles are American.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are the American cars.
COOPER: There is an edit in the tape. Now the suicide bomber is driving on the road, his white car clearly visible.
The video is shot from a distance while the bomber talks to the cameraman on walkie-talkie.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you see them in front of me?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you see the Americans in front of you? Go on a little further, and you will see them in front of you. Abu Muhammad, there are Muslims behind you. Move a little faster. They are in front of you now. Place your trust in Allah, Muhammad. Remember, paradise, my brother. Remember paradise.
COOPER: You can hear the cameraman's heavy breathing, waiting for the explosion.
COOPER: The U.S. military says it has no record of such an attack. It is not clear whether this video is purely propaganda, or a blend of propaganda and an actual attack. On the tape, the cameraman drives off, rejoicing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Glory to Allah, his prophet, and the believers!
COLLINS: Anderson Cooper, following the war on terror. You can watch 360 tonight at "10:00" Eastern.
HARRIS: He is one of the most wanted men in the world, but you've probably never heard of him.
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KELLI ARENA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Thirty-one-year-old Adnar Al Shupajuma (ph) is believed to be one of al Qaeda's most deadly sleeper agents, and an urgent threat to the United States.
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HARRIS: Kelli Arena's report on the three-year search is straight ahead. You're in the NEWSROOM on CNN, the most trusted name in news.
COLLINS: The mystery genius bells ringing again. Maybe if they keep ringing those bells, the genius will hit us.
HARRIS: It will rub off a little bit.
COLLINS: Well, maybe.
Well, the riddle may be most compelling when the Einstein is pint-sized, little kiddos.
HARRIS: Little kids, yes, yes.
But the gift comes with many challenges. Here to explain, CNN's medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice over): That's the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra. And its concert master 11-year-old Misha Raffi (ph); not only a first-class violinist, she's not bad at the piano.
With an IQ north of 160, she's quickly outpaced her classmates at one of Reno's best private schools. The message from her teachers? Slow down.
MISHA RAFFI: I was told that I shouldn't ask as many questions. I felt that my learning was being held back.
GUPTA: But then, last month the Davidson Academy opened its doors for 36 students from around the United States and as far away as Australia. Everyone here has an IQ higher than 160, or the equivalent on another achievement test. Only about one person in 10,000 has an IQ that high.
The academy is the brain child of Jan and Bob Davidson, entrepreneurs who made a fortune selling educational software, like "Math Blaster".
BOB DAVIDSON, CO-FOUNDER, DAVIDSON INSTITUTE: I think there has been a kind of a hang up on what we call age-based education. That if you're six, you learn this, if you're seven, you learn that, if you're eight, et cetera. That's probably what needs to be rethought.
GUPTA: At Davidson, each student has their own curriculum. For some 12-year-olds, calculus. For Misha, three languages. Older students are also taking courses at the University of Nevada, Reno.
ELLEN WINNER (ph), BOSTON PSYCHOLOGIST: They learn in different ways. They're not just faster, they're different.
GUPTA: Ellen Winner is a Boston psychologist who studies gifted children.
WINNER (ph): They think in unusual ways, they solve problems in unusual ways. One of the ways in which they're unusual is they learn things almost completely on their own, they soak it up on their own. The way a typical child soaks up language on his own, when he's learning his first language.
GUPTA: Nationwide, for every $100 spent on special education for struggling students, Winner says just three cents goes to classes for the so-called gifted. That's a shame, say the Davidsons, not just for the academic elite.
JAN DAVIDSON, CO-FOUNDER, DAVIDSON INSTITUTE: I think the opportunity to learn at your own pace, and your own motivation level, would allow anyone to achieve more than they would otherwise. It's not just the profoundly gifted.
GUPTA: For Misha, so far the academy is hitting all the right notes.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, Atlanta.
HARRIS: So if you're feeling smart -- love the music -- you can take the genius quiz online -- Heidi.
COLLINS: That's right.
HARRIS: I mean, not Heidi, you can take it. But OK.
COLLINS: I know. You're still wondering if I'm a genius, aren't you? Just head to CNN.com/health. You can click on the genius story and go to "Test Your Mind." Good luck on that.
So don't miss Dr. Sanjay Gupta's full report. You can tune into "GENIUS: QUEST FOR EXTREME BRAIN POWER."
HARRIS: That is this Sunday night, 10:00 Eastern, right here on CNN.
Still to come, he is one of the most wanted men in the world, but you've probably never heard of him.
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KELLI ARENA, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: Thirty-one-year-old Adnan al- Shukrijumah is believed to be one of al Qaeda's most deadly sleeper agents and an urgent threat to the United States.
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COLLINS: Kind of a one-man band, too. Kelli Arena's report on the three-year search for this man, straight ahead. You're in the NEWSROOM, on CNN.
COLLINS: Coming up in about 15 minutes or so, we have YOUR WORLD TODAY and Hala Gorani is going to bring that to us. Hi, Hala.
HALA GORANI, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, Heidi. Hi, Tony.
We have extraordinary access inside of Guantanamo Bay Prison, the detention facility that has caused so much controversy and debate around the world. We'll look at the latest of procedural changes, the future of military tribunals, the 14 high-value suspects recently transferred there from secret CIA prisons.
Also, we'll be taking you to Russia, in Moscow. A central banker shot dead. He wanted to clean up the banking system in Russia, but someone wanted him dead. We will bring you that story.
Also, in Germany, the first rabbis ordained there since 1942. Is this the true rebirth of Jewish life in Germany after the Holocaust during World War II?
Those stories and more on YOUR WORLD TODAY at the top of the hour with Jim Clancy and myself. Hope you can join us. Back to you.
COLLINS: All right, Hala, thank you.
Well, chances are you probably don't know this man's name, but it's a face authorities certainly don't want you to forget.
HARRIS: Yes, he is one of the most hunted men in the world, a potential threat to this country. CNN's justice correspondent Kelli Arena has the story.
ARENA (voice-over): Thirty-one-year-old Adnan el Shukrijumah is believed to be one of al Qaeda's most deadly sleeper agents and an urgent threat to the United States. This is the FBI agent who has spent the last three years of his life chasing him.
ANDREW LENZEN, FBI AGENT: There's been many weekends and many holidays cut short.
ARENA: The Saudi-born Shukrijumah came to the United States with his family when he was just 20 years old. His father wanted what only America could offer his son.
GULSHAIR EL SHUKRIJUMAH, FATHER: I brought him here since 1995 so that they can get a college education.
ARENA: Shukrijumah studied at Broward Community College in south Florida. He's seen here giving a presentation for his English class.
ADNAN EL SHUKRIJUMAH: I am going to start with showing you the right way of jump-starting a car.
ARENA: He did really well, excelling in chemistry and computers. His father, an imam, tried to raise him right, to be a good Muslim.
EL SHUKRIJUMAH: I trained him to be an Islamic missionary, and as such, you have to be good to people, whether they are Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
ARENA: But Shukrijumah's American experience took a sharp turn in his mid-20s. Sources say he met a man named Ishmael Faeez (ph), an alleged al Qaeda operative who, official say, helped turn Shukrijumah from a typical student into one of the most wanted men in the world.
ROBERT MUELLER, FBI DIRECTOR: Yes, he is dangerous. Yes, he had ties with persons who were al Qaeda, and we believe he shares the ideology, and if he had the capability, would participate in an attack himself.
ARENA: Shukrijumah made his way to al Qaeda training camps, where it's believed he received extensive weapons training. But it's the time he spent in the United States that has investigators most worried. The FBI says Shukrijumah has surveilled targets in Chicago, New York, Washington and Houston, and it's believed he came up with a plot to blow up apartment buildings.
STU MCARTHUR, FBI ASST. SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE: He has great understanding and knowledge of how this country works and operates, and that, you know, underscores his dangerousness.
ARENA: FBI special agent Andrew Lenzen, who can't show his face because of the work he's doing, is the lead on the case.
LENZEN: Adnan went to these camps and was not necessarily recruited but developed himself into an al Qaeda warrior. And part of that was that he started with these menial tasks, washing dishes, doing the chores of a low-level recruit to prove himself.
ARENA: Lenzen says when Shukrijumah returned to south Florida, he had changed -- more calm, more self-assured. But before the 9/11 attacks, he left his family for good and didn't even return when his father died two years ago.
LENZEN: We can firmly say that al Qaeda is using his skill sets as -- his chemistry background and his computer expertise, his interest in making movies, to really fit well into the al Qaeda (INAUDIBLE) al Qaeda version 2.
ARENA: The FBI believes Shukrijumah is somewhere in Pakistan. The U.S. is passing out matchbooks there with his picture, promising a $5 million reward.
Kelli Arena, CNN, Miami.
COLLINS: Wow, it's unbelievable what one person can do. See more of Kelli Arena's reports in "THE SITUATION ROOM." You can join Wolf Blitzer weekdays at 4:00 Eastern and again in primetime at 7:00.
COLLINS: All right, terrific. Thanks, Susan.
Carol Lin, meanwhile, sitting right here beside me, which is so exciting. Carol Lin, what's coming up in the afternoon?
CAROL LIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We have a really busy afternoon. And the crisis in Darfur is going to get a touch of Hollywood this afternoon.
It is a place in Africa that has been ripped apart by genocide. It is going to take center stage at the United Nations, actually the Security Council, where actor George Clooney is going to speak to the members of the Security Council about this passionate topic. He was in Darfur just this last April. He's going to be talking about his experience. We going to have that live.
Also, this woman, they call her the bionic woman.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just think, I want my hand to open, and there it goes. I want my elbow to go down, and it just goes down.
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LIN: I'm going to be talking with Claudia Mitchell (ph). Doctors used cutting edge technology to replace the arm she lost in a car accident. That's at 1:00 p.m. You're not going to believe this. It's actually an artificial limb that she controls through her chest muscles. It's bizarre.
And Sanjay Gupta, our doctor in the house, is going to be joining me for this interview.
COLLINS: It will be interesting to watch the Security Council, too, because Clooney will be there with Eli Ghazel (ph), a Holocaust survivor, leading the fight against genocide around the world.
COLLINS: All right.
Carol Lin, we'll be watching.
HARRIS: Folks, don't try this at home, please.
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COLLINS: Hopefully our viewers would never in a million years try this at home.
HARRIS: You knuckleheads.
COLLINS: And hey, you know what? They filmed it, as you can see. The criminals themselves shot this video, and then they got in trouble for it. It's a great story, actually. You can see it in the NEWSROOM coming up in just a few minutes.
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HARRIS: You know, it's being hailed as the greatest safety advance for cars and trucks since the seat belt, Heidi. In this hour, federal safety officials are calling for automakers to install electronic stability control starting with the 2009 models.
The technology helps keep vehicles from veering out of control and rolling over.
JEAN JENNINGS, AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE: It senses when the wheels start side-slipping. Anti-lock brakes and traction control control it when it's slipping and going forward. It senses when it's going sideways and it puts on the brakes. It will maybe brake one wheel, two wheels or all four wheels, and maybe also control the acceleration to get it back into a straight-ahead mode.
HARRIS: So the proposal calls for the technology to be standard equipment on all vehicles by the 2012 model year. Officials say it could save more than 10,000 lives every year.
The criminal mind not always so sharp, is it? Authorities say this is a crime caught on tape by, yes, the criminals. C.J. Cafferty (ph) of our affiliate KFVS with the pictures and the story.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, that's it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now we got her done.
C.J. CAFFERTY, KFVS CORRESPONDENT: People videotape birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. A few, it seems, like to watch themselves committing a crime. Still, two Union County couples never expected to end up out on a limb the way they did. The plan, to slam Robin and Teresa Hammond's van into a tree and pick up the insurance check.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They're not fixing that, no.
CAFFERTY: Sounds foolproof, right? As long as you hide the evidence.
ALLEN JAMES, UNION CO., MISSOURI STATE'S ATTORNEY: The first time the van is crashed into the tree, Robert Hammond is driving the vehicle. Then the next two times, it's driven by a Paul Gains, Margaret Billaveau's (ph) boyfriend.
CAFFERTY: Union County state's attorney Allen James says the Hammond owed Margaret Billaveau, seen here with the camera, her rent money. She picked up the insurance check but then lost the tape.
JAMES: Her husband received a stack of videotapes as part of the divorce settlement, and in going through those, he realized on one of the tapes, there was footage of what was an insurance fraud. CAFFERTY: The ex-husband turned the tape into police, and the state's attorney had a case as clear cut as black and white with a little colorful language thrown into the mix.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is, like, your kid's (inaudible) football game.
CAFFERTY: So why would you videotape yourself committing a crime?
JAMES: It appears they were having a party.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We'd like to educate people that you can't do this. What we may educate people is, that you don't videotape yourself when you're committing a crime.
HARRIS: Are you okay?
COLLINS: Get her done!
HARRIS: Get her done!
Pure genius. We've been talking about genius all week. That's pure genius. They really wanted to get caught.
COLLINS: I wonder if they've taken the test on the Internet right now, CNN.com. Yikes, insurance fraud, that's what that is.
CNN NEWSROOM continues one hour from now, bringing you the very latest on several big stories developing now. I can't even talk anymore after seeing that.
HARRIS: It's time to go. "YOUR WORLD TODAY" is next with news happening around the globe and here at home.
COLLINS: Have a great day,everybody.
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