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President Bush Visits Front Lines in War on Terror; Cage Rage; New York Police Investigate Brutal Murder
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PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening, everyone. Thank you all for being with us.
Tonight, a president's perilous journey to the front lines in the war on terror.
ZAHN (voice-over): On the CNN "Security Watch," the ultimate test of security -- if you're going to talk about terrorism, you might as well go to where the terrorists are.
GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I will meet with President Musharraf to discuss Pakistan's vital cooperation.
ZAHN: Is the president's trip really worth the risk?
Cage rage -- battered, bloody and way beyond boxing, jaw-dropping pictures you thought you would never see. Is cage fighting really a sport? And why is Arnold such a big fan?
And the "Eye Opener" -- chip implants. How far would your boss go to keep track of you?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not too difficult to imagine, a few years from now, that that can be reality.
ZAHN: A controversy that is more than skin deep.
ZAHN: And we begin with a developing story on the CNN "Security Watch."
It is already Saturday morning in Pakistan. Just three hours from now, its leader will welcome President Bush to a very important meeting about the war on terrorism. But Pakistan happens to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Osama bin Laden and other terrorists are lurking there. So, the Islamabad meeting is fraught with danger.
And security for the president's stay in Pakistan is incredibly tight.
To see exactly what is being done and why, let's go "Beyond the Headlines" tonight. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)
ZAHN (voice-over): There was no big welcome for the president. Even before his arrival, there was hardly any movement at all in much of Pakistan. Cities were paralyzed by a nationwide strike called by Islamist parties. Demonstrators burned American flags and shouted, "Down with the USA."
One Muslim cleric said the Bush visit is aimed at enslaving Pakistan and rewarding President Pervez Musharraf for what the cleric called patriotism to America. The anger and demonstrations bring to mind something President Musharraf told me a year-and-a-half ago, when he warned that the U.S. occupation of Iraq was having dangerous, unintended consequences.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, SEPTEMBER 24, 2004)
ZAHN: Is the world a safer place because of the war in Iraq?
PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, PAKISTANI PRESIDENT: No. It is more dangerous. It is not safer, certainly not.
ZAHN: How so?
MUSHARRAF: Well, because it has aroused the passions of the -- the Muslims more. And then the responses, the latest phenomena of explosives, remotely controlled bombs, and suicide bombings. This phenomenon is extremely dangerous.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ZAHN: Pakistanis know that all too well. Just yesterday in Karachi, a suicide car bomb killed four people, including a U.S. diplomat. The explosion blew the envoy's car over a wall and wounded more than 50 people.
Many experts think Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda's top-tier leaders are hiding in Pakistan's wild and rugged mountains, and that they have set up new terrorist training camps to replace the old ones destroyed in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
President Musharraf has called himself a marked man.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, SEPTEMBER 24, 2004)
ZAHN: There have been two attempts on your life. How have those assassination attempts affected your resolve to win this war on terror?
MUSHARRAF: I think, if anything, they have increased my resolve, frankly. I can't leave this country in the hands or at the mercy of such extremists.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ZAHN: President Bush calls General Musharraf a key ally in the war on terrorism. The Pakistani president has made repeated visits to the White House. But in this very dangerous setting, security precautions for tomorrow's meeting in Pakistan are extraordinary.
Pakistani officials say that soldiers are on duty all around Islamabad. Neither pedestrians, nor vehicles, will be allowed on any of the roads the leaders will be using. Pakistan's interior minister says the security plan is foolproof.
ZAHN: Of course, President Bush has his own security forces, although they aren't operating on their home turf.
Joe Petro is a former Secret Service agent. Among the people he has guarded are President Reagan and Pope John Paul II. And he has written about his experiences in a book called "Standing Next to History."
Glad to have you with us tonight.
JOE PETRO, FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT: Thank you, Paula. Very nice to be here.
ZAHN: No plan is ever foolproof.
ZAHN: What do you think is the greatest risk the president faces in Pakistan?
PETRO: Well, I think, clearly, the -- the -- the risk of the terrorists is there. And -- and we know -- we saw that yesterday with the bomb in -- in Karachi.
I -- but I think the -- the Secret Service has got a lot of experience in doing this. They have taken presidents into -- into high-threat countries in the past. I think they have a lot of confidence in the Pakistani military to provide the kind of protection that he needs on the ground.
I think, obviously, when -- whenever the president is moving, he's at risk. The more they can keep him static, the more they can keep him -- keep -- keep him out of the -- the view of the public, the more they can vary his schedule, the safer he will be.
ZAHN: Are there any things that they're doing that you could talk about that might surprise us about how you use decoy vehicles and -- and how you move the president around?
PETRO: Well, some of these things have been made public.
I mean, there are certainly some things I would not want to talk about. But -- but using -- using decoys has been done in the past. And it has been documented. President Clinton, when he went there several years ago, flew in a -- in an unmarked airplane, arriving several minutes before Air Force One arrived, which was empty. There are all kinds of tricks that you can use. You can change the itinerary at the last minute. I mean, the terrorists do their own advances. So, they -- you know, they need to do their own planning. If you can disrupt that planning in some way, instead of going from A to B, you go to A to C, and skip an event, and then come back and do it later, I mean, there are all kinds of -- of things you can -- you can manipulate the schedule in a way that -- that keeps everybody off balance, and -- and limit your time on the ground, which I understand the president is going to do.
ZAHN: And, now, of course, in the back of your mind, as a Secret Service agent has to be, you know, everybody sort of believes that Osama bin Laden is one part of the same country...
PETRO: Is not far away.
ZAHN: ... hiding in the mountains.
PETRO: Yes. Yes.
ZAHN: How does that complicate what the Secret Service tries to accomplish here?
PETRO: Well, I -- I think that's a reality that -- that they knew going in there.
But I'm sure they have got good intelligence. They assess the -- the threat, the risk. They would never take the president into a -- into a country or -- or into an event that they felt was unsafe. So, I'm sure they're very confident. I'm sure they're concerned. But they're -- they're also confident that -- that...
ZAHN: Are you comfortable with the president being in Pakistan?
ZAHN: Is that a trip you would have advised him to take?
PETRO: I don't know enough about what -- about the intelligence. I have been out -- out of it for a -- for a long time.
But I -- I have great faith that the Secret Service looked at this and looked at it carefully, and would not -- not take him into a country where they felt he was at -- at a real risk.
ZAHN: Joe Petro, thank you so much.
PETRO: Thank you. Nice -- nice to be here.
ZAHN: Nice to have you with us tonight.
Now, as I mentioned, in just about three hours, President Musharraf and President Bush will hold a very important meeting about the war on terrorism.
Let's check in with White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, who joins us from Islamabad. She has been traveling with the president and had an interesting trip into the city because some of the security precautions Joe was just talking about.
Suzanne, can you hear me now?
SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I can.
It really is quite extraordinary, when you think about it. Air Force One landed under the veil of darkness. We're talking about reporters were told to pull the shades of the window. The lights of Air Force One on the plane were turned off, as Air Force One landed, to disguise the profile, if you will, of the plane.
And then it was a decoy. When the president got off the plane, there was a long motorcade, as well as two Black Hawk helicopters. And then, really, some -- a -- a bus that blocked the view to see whether or not the president and the first lady would get into the limousine or into those choppers.
And, then, of course, they whizzed away. So, we still don't know just how the president ended up getting to this fortified U.S. Embassy compound. That's just one of the many things that -- that they have done here. And the only other time that we can think that we have ever been asked to pull the shades, or that was done for Air Force One, was when the president flew into Baghdad.
ZAHN: Can you remember, Joe, a time when you advised reporters or anybody traveling with the president to do that kind of thing?
PETRO: No, I -- I don't.
But we have -- we have counseled the president in the past not to do certain events in -- in some countries, because we felt it was too dangerous. And -- and -- and, quite often, the president agreed. So, I think there are always adjustments made to a schedule based -- based on security concerns.
ZAHN: Suzanne, just about everybody acknowledges what a -- a perilous journey this is. Why does the White House think this trip is worth the risk?
MALVEAUX: Well, certainly, the president feels -- and -- and we know that President Pervez Musharraf survived two assassination attempts. I asked the president just a day ago whether or not this bombing that happened in Karachi would deter his schedule.
He said, absolutely not.
I think the president and this administration wants to show that they really are very much committed to Pervez Musharraf, appreciative of what he's doing, when it comes to acting out and -- and being such a strong ally in the war on terror. And this is a message that they can send to the rest of the world, to those, that they will not be intimidated.
ZAHN: And, of course, the president trying to send a pretty powerful message to Osama bin Laden.
ZAHN: A lot of different audiences on this trip.
Suzanne Malveaux, thank you so much. Joe -- say it again.
PETRO: Petro. Petro.
ZAHN: Petro. I want to say Petro.
ZAHN: But it's Petro.
Appreciate your expertise tonight.
PETRO: Thank you. Thank you.
And all of us face the delays and hassles that come with tighter security, but how far are you willing to go to speed things up? How about having a computer chip planted under your skin?
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ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT: The investigation into a grisly murder continues. Police are combing the area where a graduate student's body was found after she was raped and bound. I'm Allan Chernoff. And I will have details coming ahead on PAULA ZAHN NOW.
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ZAHN: Also ahead tonight, two men in a cage, raw violence, rowdy crowds -- is this entertainment or should it be banned? And why is Arnold, you know, the governor of California, so hot on what you're watching on the screen? You're going to have to stay with us to find out.
Now, before all that, more than 18 million of you checked out our Web site today. Here is our countdown of the top 10 most popular stories on CNN.com.
Heavy rains, flash flood warnings for parts of Hawaii. Oahu suffered the worst flooding. Many businesses and schools were closed today. Fortunately, so far, no serious injuries have been reported.
Number nine, Russia opens talks with Hamas, in an attempt to get the militant group to change its stance on relations with Israel. Hamas will soon form a new Palestinian government. The group has always called for the destruction of Israel.
We will have numbers eight and seven right after this. Please stay with us.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) ZAHN: All right, be honest. How many times have you lost your I.D.? How many times has it been very difficult for you to get into security where you work? Would you like an I.D. implanted under your skin, or is that going too far?
On now to our next story tonight -- detectives in New York continue the search for clues in a shocking murder. It is the kind of story that inspires fear in any parent who sends a child off to the big city. This time, the victim happens to be a 24-year-old woman who came to New York to go to graduate school to study, of all things, criminology.
Here is Allan Chernoff with tonight's "Outside the Law."
CHERNOFF (voice-over): A week ago Thursday, Imette St. Guillen was in Florida with her family, celebrating her upcoming birthday and her life in New York. It would be the last time they ever saw her alive.
The next night, the 24-year-old grad student in criminal justice was out with a close friend at a popular Manhattan bar. They stayed until about 3:30 in the morning when St. Guillen went on her own to a second bar several blocks away. She had a drink, then left at 4:00 a.m.
Seventeen hours later, an anonymous caller to 911 said a body was laying in tall grass near an isolated Brooklyn street, 15 miles from the bar. Imette St. Guillen had been raped and beaten.
(on camera): The anonymous 911 call about the body came from one of these telephones right outside of the Lindenwood Diner here in East New York, about a mile from where the body was found. There are 16 security cameras outside and inside of the diner, but, unfortunately, not one of them is trained on this telephone bank.
(voice-over): Former Detective Thomas Ruskin spent more than two decades with the NYPD.
(on camera): What are the police doing to try to identify the caller?
THOMAS RUSKIN, RETIRED NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT DETECTIVE: What the police are going to do, from this standpoint, is, they're going to print this whole thing. And, as we can see from right here, this is the forensic latent print, powder that has been put on here. And it looks like they have pulled some of the prints possibly off of here and dusted up here.
CHERNOFF (voice-over): Dozens of police officers returned today to the crime scene, searching for any evidence that may still remain.
RUSKIN: You don't want to take the chance that maybe he moved from this area to that area, but just dumped the body over there. And, really, some of the evidence could be contained therein. We know that -- again, we know she's missing clothes. We know that she's missing a wallet. Maybe it was chucked over here, where the body was put down the street.
CHERNOFF: St. Guillen's corpse was found wrapped in a bedspread, her arms and legs bound with plastic ties, her face covered from forehead to chin with strips of tan packing tape, her hair cut, and a sock stuffed in her mouth.
N.G. BERRILL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NEW YORK CENTER FOR NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND FORENSIC BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: It is clear that this crime was -- was enacted in a fairly methodical manner. There was a -- a bunch of supplies involved. There were step-by-step progressions, I'm sure, beginning with fear, then torture, sex abuse, then death.
CHERNOFF: Several of St. Guillen's fingernails were broken, indicating a struggle. New York's medical examiner has been analyzing skin from under the nails, hair and skin follicles found on the bedspread, as well as any bodily fluids found at the crime scene.
This is one of the most desolate parts of Brooklyn, in the shadow of an old garbage dump. No one lives anywhere near here. So, there is no apparent reason that anyone would be driving along this street and suddenly uncover a body, all evidence that leads Tom Ruskin to believe the caller to 911 may have committed the crime.
RUSKIN: If it was him who made the telephone call, it was him who wanted the body to be found sooner, rather than later, and was going to get excited by the fact that his crime was now going to be all over the media.
CHERNOFF: Adding irony to a horrific tragedy, police are using the same forensic skills that St. Guillen was studying for her master's in criminal justice to solve her murder.
Allan Chernoff, CNN, New York.
ZAHN: What a shame.
Today, Imette St. Guillen's family and friends remembered her in a wake in her hometown of Boston, and her friends in New York are offering a $42,000 reward for any evidence that ultimately leads to her killer.
And we change our focus next. Have you seen the latest version of the Friday night fights? Well, California's governor is a fan. But why have other states banned it?
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DANIEL SIEBERG, CNN TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): I'm Daniel Sieberg.
A chip about the size of a grain of rice, employees of one company are having it implanted in their arm. Could you be next? That's coming up.
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ZAHN: First, though, we move on to number eight in our CNN.com countdown. The president of the Palestinian Authority says he believes al Qaeda is trying to gain a foothold in Gaza and the West Bank. Israeli officials also say they're worried al Qaeda may try to carry out terrorist attacks in the region.
Number seven, Los Angeles police today announced that three officers were indicted for allegedly carrying out a string of home invasion robberies. Authorities say the robberies were planned by a former L.A. police officer now in prison for unrelated crimes.
Stay with us -- numbers six and five coming up.
ZAHN: So, if a sport is considered so brutal, that New York state actually banned it, should the governor of California endorse it, encourage it to come to a state, and have his name and face all over ads for it?
Well, the controversial sport is called cage fighting, and critics say it is just an excuse for beer-stoked crowds to indulge in blood lust. And, right now, in Columbus, Ohio, cage fighting is kicking off the Arnold Classic, an annual weekend fitness celebration named, yes, for Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The governor was supposed to appear at tonight's event, but canceled at the last minute to attend the funeral of a police officer in California.
Now, if you haven't seen cage fighting before, get ready for some brutal images in this report from Sean Callebs.
SEAN CALLEBS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The punches are real. The violence is raw.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Really laying into him.
CALLEBS: And the fans are rowdy. This is the world of cage fighting.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just, you know, kept going, kept going. I was tired as hell. My arm hurts.
CALLEBS: And that comes from the winner -- three rounds, two men, few rules.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let's face it, in these type of event, you are going to get people that just come here because they have a blood lust, and they don't know a thing about it. They are the type of people who scream "Kill him" on the side of the cage, like I'm going to kill somebody.
CALLEBS: Here, in South Dakota, the home of the cage, Lee Lohff is a big fish in a small pond. Chris Christianson owns and operates The Cage, Incorporated, and he says Lohff is the deadliest spider around.
CHRIS CHRISTIANSON, CAGE FIGHTER: He's a good athlete, and he's all about the showmanship of it. And some people detest that he is as cocky as he is, but he can back it up.
CALLEBS: Lohff, an Army veteran, served two tours in Afghanistan. He began studying martial arts in the service, and he has racked up a record of 19-0, making him the local star. But he's also known as the cocky guy, the person a lot of fans want to see thrashed. And that's what gets Lee Lohff motivated.
LEE LOHFF, CAGE FIGHTER: More than anything right now, I'm just looking to get the crap kicked of me, so I'm ready to go on Saturday. The -- the more I sweat now, the less I will bleed come Saturday.
CALLEBS: Almost anything goes in a cage. There are exceptions, no biting, no intentional spinal injuries, no head-butts, or twisting fingers, but choke holds, kicks, and near bare-knuckle punches are not only legal, but the way to win.
VERNON BROWN, SIOUX FALLS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: A street fight, an organized street fight, that's what I would call them.
CALLEBS: Vernon Brown is a Sioux Falls city council member and he's doing everything he can to get it banned here.
BROWN: When those cage fighters get in the ring, they are connected to people that are in the crowd. Their friends, their family are there. And that's just a bad mix with alcohol.
CALLEBS: City leaders worry that violence could spread to the stands.
(on camera): Hundreds of people will come here tonight to watch 15 different fights. But in many ways, this, the cage, is the star attraction. Nineteen-and-a-half feet across, seven feet high, it pens the fighters in, creating an almost gladiator-like atmosphere.
(voice-over): Cage fighting is still legal in Sioux Falls, but the promoter admits, bad press is hurting attendance. While some professional fighters duking it out on TV in a cage-like setting can make hundreds and thousands in prize money, the winners here might get $100 and the hope of something better.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've heard it before. You know, why do you get in there and beat each other up? But once you educate the people and they understand, this will be looked at a lot more as a sport than just getting in there and fighting.
CALLEBS: Many like Zach Schroeder (ph) are experienced wrestlers. Others study martial arts. Fighters proudly boast, this is a blue-collar sport, and say they thrive on the adrenaline of a one-on-one match. But critics, like Vernon Brown, won't even concede this is even a sport.
BROWN: There's no group governing this. This is not a sanctioned event.
CHRISTIANSON: It's not all out-street brawling.
CALLEBS: It sometimes comes pretty close. At the end of a beer- soaked night -- and by the way, the promoters don't get a cut of alcohol sales -- it's time for the marquis event featuring Lee Lohff -- but no clash of titans tonight.
LOHFF: I had a setback. The guy I was supposed to fight apparently sprained his ankle in training.
CALLEBS: So, John Wesley (ph) is rounded up as a last-minute replacement. It isn't pretty. Wesley has never trained, never fought, and really has no chance.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Never been in a ring, not even -- until tonight. (INAUDIBLE)
CALLEBS (on camera): And how much do you get?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nothing, a couple lumps on the head.
CALLEBS (voice-over): Wesley (ph) is so battered and dazed, he has to lean against the wall to speak to us. But he wants to do this again. Lohff is all smiles.
LOHFF: I want to give them their money's worth. So, I'm glad it went well.
CALLEBS: Lee Lohff gets less than $100 for the win. The sponsor is a little ticked that he gave Wesley (ph) such a beating. It might mean more bad publicity. But, at the same time, it gave the fans what they came for, the kind of entertainment that keeps cage rage going.
ZAHN: Guess it is all your own perspective in how you view that.
Sean Callebs reporting.
Coming up next, how far would you go for better security? How about an I.D. implanted in your arm? Who is actually asking people do that? You might be surprised.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at the way your crazy (EXPLETIVE DELETED) drive. Then ask me that again.
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ZAHN: Yes, that's right. Would you believe that some folks actually sat through the best-picture nominees and counted all the bad words in those movies? Well, Jeanne Moos has the grand totals for us tonight. Of course, she won't say any of them, will she?
Also, seeing stars -- and all the people that trail them, who are those people anyway? And how much do they get paid?
Now on to number six on our CNN.com countdown -- the woman known as the cell phone bandit was sentenced to 12 years in prison for armed robbery at four Virginia banks last year.
On to number five now -- the latest on a story we brought you earlier this week. Federal authorities tell CNN that the Kentucky prisoner who went missing after he promised to give his very sick son a kidney may be in Mexico with his girlfriend. His son remains very sick tonight.
We will be right back with number four on our countdown.
ZAHN: Well, the countdown is on. It's almost Oscar time and coming up in this half hour, we go to Hollywood in a different way. Who are all those people that come along with the stars? You know, two or three inches behind them, everywhere they go.
And do you know which best picture nominee has the most swear words? Well, someone has counted. I would love to share that count with you but they would be really, really mad if I told you right now. Stay tuned.
But coming up at the top of the hour, Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills McCartney are the guests on "LARRY KING LIVE."
Moving along now to tonight's "Eye Opener," what would you do if your boss said you had to have a computer I.D. chip implanted under your skin or you would be fired?
Well, we're not there quite yet. But one Ohio company is doing something that has some people wondering if we're headed down that road.
Here is technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg with tonight's "Eye Opener."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is my chip right there.
DANIEL SIEBERG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So you can actually see it.
(voice over): It is about the size of a grain of rice and it feels like it too. But what that tiny chip can and can't do has become the source of much concern and confusion. SEAN DARKS, CEO, CITYWATCHER.COM: I was in a grocery store and a couple of ladies said, you're the guy with the chip in your arm, aren't you? You know, run it across the scanner so we can see if we can get a discount on groceries.
SIEBERG: Sean Darks is the CEO of Citywatcher.com, a small company in Cincinnati that is the first U.S. business to use chip implants in its employees.
DARKS: What you're looking here is recorded footage back in August of a number of drug deals.
SIEBERG: City Watcher provides video surveillance for clients and for the police. And the video that it collects like this drug bust is the company's biggest asset. And they say they need to keep it under more than just lock and key.
(on-camera): You might have one of these where you work. A key card that allows access to different parts of the office. A lot of businesses use them. But here at City Watcher, there is one particular room where you need either the implanted chip in your arm or a key chain.
And Sean says the choice is up to the employee.
(voice over): City Watcher employees Chuck Gordon and Khary Williams require access to the secure server room where the video is stored. One got the implant, and the other decided not to. He carries the chip in a key chain instead.
KHARY WILLIAMS, CHOSE NOT TO GET IMPLANT: That's one of the reasons that I don't want to do it. is creepy to have -- knowing that something is there the entire time.
SIEBERG (on-camera): But, Chuck, you could get over that feeling?
CHUCK GORDON, CHIP IMPLANTED IN HIS ARM: Right now I guess the big thing is, big brother is watching you over this. Basically the chip is dormant except unless you go in front of the access panel. And that's the only time it activates. So other than that, I really is no worries about it.
SIEBERG (voice over): Chip implants have been common in pets for several years, giving the owner peace of mind that their lost animal could be identified. And for retail giant Wal-Mart, the chips are used as smart bar codes to keep track of thousands of products.
But for use in people, well, privacy advocates think we shouldn't open that door.
MARC ROTENBERG, ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFO. CTR.: The concern is a privacy concern because when that chip is placed in you it becomes a permanent form of identification. If it were a bracelet, for example, or an I.D. card you might choose not to carry it or wear it, but if it is in your skin, you're pretty much stuck with it. SIEBERG: City Watcher employee Chuck Gordon was so stuck on the idea that he accompanied his wife Mary as she got the implant for medical reasons, so doctors can pull up a record of her allergies in a emergency.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're going to feel like a little stick and then a bee sting. OK? And that is going to numb the skin up for us, OK?
SIEBERG: At this point, if you're squeamish about needles, it's best to turn away for a second. Getting an implant is not a pretty sight.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tiny little incision here. Put the needle in. We pull the needle out. We put a band aid on her and she's chipped.
SIEBERG: The doctor will send the unique 16 digit number on Mary's chip to the chipmaker for safekeeping. But critics question the security of the system.
ROTENBERG: It is the case that chips have been hacked. It's possible to duplicate them. It's possible to commit fraud with them, and those are also risks for people who are using this chip.
SIEBERG: Three out of five City Watcher employees who need access to the video room have opted to have the chip implanted. The other two carry their chips on a key chain. Either way, Sean Darks says his company's secrets are safe and let the chips fall where they may.
DARKS: You can't be read. You can't be tracked. It doesn't have GPS. It doesn't emit a signal. I don't know where my employees are during the course of the day unless I call them on their cell phone. But we like to say here at City Watcher that it helps with employee retention because our valued employees don't want to leave their arm if they decide to leave the company.
SIEBERG: Like it or not we're in that brave new world, and it might not be long before your boss is literally getting under your skin.
Daniel Sieberg, CNN, Cincinnati.
ZAHN: So that gentleman at the end just mentioned what might happen if you leave the company. Well if you don't want the chip anymore, you have to have it cut out. Ouch.
The Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday. How many movies up for best picture have you seen? And how about this, do you know which nominee has the most dirty words in it? Well, Jeanne Moos was on the lookout for them. She's all ears tonight.
SIBILA VARGAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm Sibila Vargas in Hollywood where Oscar prep is well under way. But getting the stars here takes a small army. You won't believe what really goes on inside the celebrity entourage. I'll break it down when PAULA ZAHN NOW continues.
ZAHN: And we're talking huge entourages.
Now onto number four in our cnn.com countdown. In West Virginia, a police chief is being sued for allegedly stopping a would-be rescuer for performing CPR on a gay heart attack victim because he assumed that the victim had HIV and posed a health risk. The police chief calls the allegations a bold faced lie.
Number three in our countdown straight ahead. Please stay with us.
ZAHN: Countdown to Oscar weekend. Hollywood is definitely ready for its closeup. You're looking at a live look at the entrance to the Kodak theater where the awards will be presented Sunday night.
And believe it or not people are already cuing up so they can be as close as they can to see the stars walk the red carpet on Sunday night. All that going on right now.
But one movie award you are not going to see at the Oscars on Sunday night has already been handed out. It is the dubious honor given to the best picture nominee with the most foul language. Yes, someone is counting all those profanities.
And Jeanne Moos brings us up to date.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Prepare to wash Oscar's mouth out with soap. The winner for most curse words in a film nominated for best picture goes to "Crash."
(on-camera): Sorry, if it's too much for you.
(voice over): Every year family mediaguide.com counts the number of profanities in each of the best picture nominees. Even the mildest profanities.
DAVID KINNEY, CEO, FAMILYMEDIAGUIDE.COM: Damn does count. Jesus Christ or oh, God, is a vain use of the Lord's name.
MOOS: No wonder the film "Crash"...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He doesn't drink. He's a Buddhist for Christ's sake.
MOOS: ...racked up 182 profanities.
Second place among the five nominees went to "Brokeback Mountain." UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Maybe not.
MOOS (on-camera): I don't remember much swearing in "Brokeback," anal sex but not swearing.
(voice over): Actually "Brokeback" contained 92 profanities though some were so mild, they were easy to miss. The naughty words...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get the [ bleep ] out of my...
MOOS: ...are counted by people called data capture specialists sitting in cubicles wearing headsets or taking notes in darkened movie theaters. The best picture nominee with the fewest profanities...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cut that out.
MOOS: ...was "Capote" with only five. "Good night and Good Luck" had six, though it had 67 instances of smoking.
Family Media Guide is a nonpartisan for profit business that counts all kinds of things.
KINNEY: Ever since Howard Stern went on to Sirius radio we have had to create 24 new rules for words that we had never heard.
MOOS: As for the most profanity laced best picture ever that honor goes to "Platoon."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Man, what you talking [ bleep ] for, man? Hey, junior, you ever smoke any [ bleep ]?
MOOS: As for those 182 profanities in "Crash," 99 of them consist of the F word in a movie that runs 100 minutes.
(on-camera): So one F word per minute?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Per minute.
MOOS (voice over): We actually heard four in six seconds.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you keep your filthy [bleep] hands off of me.
MOOS: Oscar or no Oscar, "Crash" wins best bleeping picture.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's quite a mouth you have.
MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
ZAHN: Yes, it was. And while there is a lot of profanity in this year's best picture nominees it interesting to note that it is actually 31 percent less than last year's. So doing the same thing last year as far as the count goes. Now it is time for all of Hollywood's biggest stars to put on their best clothes and be seen and seen and seen. But who are all the people we're seeing with them? We are going to take you deep inside the world of the entourage. That would be a wife to the left of Pierce.
Coming up at the top of the hour Paul and Heather Mills McCartney talk about music and their controversial stand on protecting baby seals.
Right now though, we move on to number three in our CNN.com countdown. Police investigating England's biggest cash heist have recovered several million pounds. The money was actually found at a warehouse in London. A total of 53 million pounds or $92 million was stolen just over a week ago. Stay right there, number two is next.
ZAHN: It's Oscar mania time. That's what the Kodak Theater looks like tonight, just about 48 hours before the Oscar show gets underway. And the ceremony, of course, is just part of the fun for movie fans.
Sunday that is watching the stars walk the red carpet accompanied by their hangers on is also a big part of the ritual.
Let's turn to entertainment correspondent Sibila Vargas who joins us to take us inside that world of the celebrity entourage.
I hear a bunch of folks out there. Are those the folks already lining up so they get closest view of the red carpet?
VARGAS: Absolutely. There are fans already and it is not even Sunday. But come Sunday this place is going to be bustling with wall to wall celebrities and of course they are going to be ready for their close-up.
But how do they get so pretty? Well, as I found out, sometimes, Paula, it takes a small army.
VARGAS (voice over): Webster defines entourage as a group following and attending some important person. And come Oscar night, no one takes this definition more seriously than Hollywood.
GREGORY ARLT, CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST: It is like being in a clown call, a glamorous clown car, we are all getting out of the limo together. There is, you know, me, the makeup artist. There is the hair stylist. There's the clothing stylist, the manager, the publicist, the dog walker sometimes, sometimes the AA sponsor. You know, we are all in that limo.
PARIS HILTON, CELEBRITY: Well definitely for Oscar night it's a very important night. And I have my hair an makeup people that I always use. VARGAS: From Pamela Anderson to Fran Drescher to Paris Hilton's mom, Kathy, Max Gregory Arlt has been part of a lot of entourages.
ARLT: My job is to just again make sure that they look 1,000 percent amazing at all times. No shiny forehead. You know, there is dewy skin and then there's gooey skin. They're powdered in the right place. Their lips look fresh, there's no bleeding lip liner. I check their teeth to make sure -- you know, sometimes we have a little snack in the limo on the way over, to make sure that that snack isn't being seen by the whole world.
VARGAS: For the ladies going to the Oscars, what is the one secret weapon that they cannot be without?
ARLT: I think whether you're Reese or Keira or Charlize, this is waterproof mascara, and this is literally the secret weapon. Because one of them is going to win an Oscar. And when they're accepting that award, they're probably going to cry a little bit. They don't want to look like a raccoon.
VARGAS: Why is it important to have an entourage?
KATHY HILTON: Because there is a lot of things, the point person to get you from point A to B, the driver, the security. I mean, it is a big group.
VARGAS: Another key player in any entourage, the hair stylist.
KEN PAVES, CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST: The celebrity entourage without a hair person is not an entourage.
VARGAS: And Ken Paves would know. Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Celine Dion and Jessica Simpson all call Ken when they need a new do.
What is your secret weapon?
PAVES: My secret weapon is all this hair.
VARGAS: Paves says the accessory du jour at this year's Academy Awards will be added locks.
PAVES: I really believe that hair is an accessory. I believe in creating looks without commitment.
VARGAS: Patty Fox has made a commitment to fashion. She's been working with top designers and stylists getting their stars Oscar ready for more than a decade.
PATTY FOX, OSCAR FASHION COORDINATOR: Well, the fashion person is to make sure that, first of all, the right gown was selected. It can sit well, it can read well on camera. Is it transparent when it's hit with lights?
VARGAS: Fox says classic jewels and colorful vintage gowns will be big at the Oscars this year, as well as a stylist in toe, carrying fashion secret weapon -- a sewing kit. FOX: You have got to be there to see if there are any emergencies, because sometimes something pops, and it will have to be stitched.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I've been sewed into things knowing that the only way to get out is to be cut out of it. I've been pinned into things where I know, OK, don't make a sudden move because you might get a pin in your ass.
VARGAS: From fashion fixes to fake hair and everything in between, in the end, a celebrity's entourage is there to make sure its star shines the brightest.
An entourage, I can get used to this.
VARGAS: And Greg, the makeup artist, told us that the only thing that's good about having a small entourage, Paula, is the fact that you can get more people in the limousine.
ZAHN: So I know you did a lot of tough investigative work on this story.
ZAHN: Who seems to have the most outrageous entourage?
VARGAS: There is a few people, actually. But Mariah Carey is known for having -- she's notorious for having a huge entourage. She's got makeup people, she's got hair people. She's got so many other people that you don't even know what they do. But she definitely makes sure that she's lit on a certain way, that it is her best side. J.Lo is another person. I ran into her at the "Shall We Dance" junket and the "Monster-in-Law" junket, and she likes to have a lot of people surrounding her.
The most interesting thing to me -- that they told me about having an entourage is that some people have actually have people walk their dogs, and that is part of an entourage, a dog walker. Can you believe that?
ZAHN: Oh, yeah, I can believe just about anything. But some have what nine, 10 people trailing them wherever they go?
VARGAS: Yes, they do. And sometimes those people are just friends or their publicists, who turn out to be friends, or managers that -- I mean, it just -- it becomes part of their family.
ZAHN: Hey, Sibila, a little piece of advice for you. Don't get used to that kind of attention. You know why? It's not the cable universe way. But you look terrific.
VARGAS: Darn it.
ZAHN: You are ready for your close-up, my friend. VARGAS: I was so ready.
ZAHN: Have a good weekend. We'll be looking for Sibila, Brooke Anderson and A.J. Hammer this weekend for live red carpet coverage before the Oscars on "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Sunday on HEADLINE NEWS, then moving over at 6:00 p.m. live coverage right here, on CNN, with "Hollywood's Gold Rush" coverage.
Coming up at the top of the hour, Paul McCartney and his wife Heather join Larry to talk about their efforts to stop the hunting of baby seals.
First, though, let's check in with Erica Hill, who has the HEADLINE NEWS business break for us tonight.
ZAHN: In just a minute, what some are saying about the stories we have done this week, including our look at the sport of letting dogs loose on wild rabbits. Is it animal cruelty or a sport, as some might argue?
Number two in our cnn.com countdown, actress Jessica Alba takes on "Playboy." She is demanding the magazine pull its March issue because she says she didn't agree to be on the cover. And that it may actually mislead readers into thinking that she posed nude. "Playboy" has refused to pull the March issue. Don't go away, number one is next.
ZAHN: And we're back with number one on our cnn.com countdown. The controversy over a Colorado teacher placed on paid leave after allegedly making critical remarks about the president. A student actually recorded Jay Bennish telling his class about similarities between Mr. Bush's State of the Union remarks and, quote, "things Adolf Hitler used to say."
Time now for "hey, Paula." We've heard from an awful lot of you over the week, particularly one story we did a little bit earlier this week. It was about open field coursing, which involves having dogs race to catch and kill rabbits. Well, we met a group of greyhound owners in California who defend the sport by saying it's not about killing the rabbit, but about the chase.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They're athletes. I mean, just to watch them run is sheer pleasure.
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ZAHN: And here is what one of you had to say about that.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) KEITH: Hey, Paula, just a comment on the greyhound segment that you had on the show. I just can't believe anybody would think that that is a type of a sport. That's brutal. It's unbelievable. Rabbit almost has no chance to get away. It's unbelievable that human beings could watch that and enjoy that, or get a kick or a rush out of it.
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ZAHN: Always lots of different opinions on what we put on the air here.
Thanks so much for joining us this week. We hope you have a very nice weekend. I'll be back same time, same place Monday night. Until then, have a great night. "LARRY KING" starts.
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