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Rumsfeld Faces Anti-War Protesters; Victims' Families Confront Zacarias Moussaoui; David Blaine's Latest Stunt; Rare Forms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Aired May 4, 2006 - 20:00 ET
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PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: And good evening, everyone. Glad to have you with us tonight.
Here's what's happening at this moment.
CNN is asking Capitol Hill Police for the official report on a 3:00 a.m. car crash involving Congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of Senator Edward Kennedy. Patrick Kennedy ran his car into a barricade. He wasn't injured. He claims no alcohol was involved, but sources tell us, police say he seemed to be intoxicated.
A budget battle rages tonight, after the Senate approves an extra $109 billion, most of it for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The president is threatening a veto if $17 billion aren't cut.
And now our nightly look at gas prices. We call it "Crude Awakenings." The states with the highest gas prices are in red. The lowest are in green. The average price tonight appears to be on hold. Unleaded regular is $2.92. That's the same as yesterday. We will keep on following the trend for you.
Now on to the CNN "Security Watch" and an absolutely electrifying confrontation over the war in Iraq. Just a few hours ago, in Atlanta, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was confronted by angry anti-war protesters, who called him a liar.
The secretary forcefully denied that, but a speech aimed at defending the Bush administration's Iraq policy suddenly turned into a dramatic debate over the reasons why America went to war in the first place.
ZAHN (voice-over): The audience of international policy experts was supposed to be friendly. Not everyone was.
ZAHN: First, a heckler was shouted down. And, as the audience applauded and Secretary Rumsfeld laughed, she was escorted out. But there were more.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You lied.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get out of here. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You lied that Iraq's oil would pay for the war!
ZAHN: This time Rumsfeld didn't laugh.
DONALD RUMSFELD, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: You know, that charge is frequently leveled against the president for one reason or another, and it is so wrong and so unfair and so destructive of a free system, where people need to trust each other and government.
ZAHN: There were other protesters. But the most electrifying moment came during the question-and-answer session.
RAY MCGOVERN, FORMER CIA ANALYST: I'm Ray McGovern, a 27-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary and that has caused these kinds of casualties? Why?
RUMSFELD: Well, first of all, I -- I haven't lied. I did not lie then.
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)
ZAHN: A confrontation with McGovern turned into a debate.
RUMSFELD: I'm not in the intelligence business. They gave the world their honest opinion. It appears that there were not weapons of mass destruction there.
MCGOVERN: You said you knew where they were.
RUMSFELD: I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were, and we were just...
MCGOVERN: You said you knew where they were near Tikrit, near Baghdad, and north, east, south and west of there. Those are your words.
RUMSFELD: My words -- my words were that -- no, no, no wait a minute, wait a minute. Let him stay one second. Just a second.
MCGOVERN: This is America, huh?
RUMSFELD: You're getting plenty of play, sir.
ZAHN: The impromptu debate then shifted to the alleged bulletproof evidence of ties between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, which the 9/11 Commission report says didn't exist. But Rumsfeld pointed to the presence of al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
RUMSFELD: Zarqawi was in Baghdad during the prewar period. That is a fact.
MCGOVERN: Zarqawi? He was in the north of Iraq in a place where Saddam Hussein had no rule. That's also ...
RUMSFELD: He was also in Baghdad.
MCGOVERN: Yes, when he needed to go to the hospital. Come on, these people aren't idiots. They know the story.
ZAHN: Secretary Rumsfeld has become a lightning rod for critics of the Iraq war. A half-dozen retired generals have called for his resignation. But President Bush has made it clear that the secretary enjoys his confidence and will stay on the job.
ZAHN: And just before we went on the air tonight, I talked with the man you just saw debating Secretary Rumsfeld. He is a former CIA analyst. His name is Ray McGovern. He happens to be a member of a group called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, VIPS, for short. They have been highly critical of the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war and claim that intelligence was misused to justify it.
ZAHN: So, did you go to this speech today with the intent of challenging Secretary Rumsfeld?
RAY MCGOVERN, FORMER CIA ANALYST: I had no predetermined objectives. I just wanted to see what he had to say. But I did get very motivated when the first lady was ejected from -- from the -- from the crowd.
ZAHN: And what was it, then, that you wanted to accomplish by following her rather pointed question?
MCGOVERN: Well, you know, she talked about lies.
And I get very upset when Donald Rumsfeld shakes his head and says, lies, gosh, lies. I hate it when somebody says that our president would tell lies.
Of course, she hadn't said the president. She said Rumsfeld. But he said that lies are fundamentally destructive of the trust, without which government cannot work.
And that's true. And I found myself really agreeing with that.
ZAHN: And, essentially, what he told you is: I never said exactly where the weapons of mass destruction were. I was referring to, we had a pretty darn good idea where the sites were.
ZAHN: Do you buy what he said today? MCGOVERN: His words were, we know where -- where the WMD are. They're near Tikrit and Baghdad, and north, south, east, and west of there. That's a direct quote.
And when he used that wonderful non sequitur by looking at the uniformed personnel in the front row and saying: "Well, they went in with protective gear; they certainly thought there were weapons of mass destruction there," well, my goodness. Of course, they did, because you, Donald Rumsfeld, told them that they were there.
And, you know, it's not polite to say this, but that was a bald- faced lie. And he should have -- he should have owned up to it, if he wants there to be a modicum of trust.
ZAHN: How much of an axe do you have to grind with Secretary Rumsfeld?
MCGOVERN: It's not a matter of axes to grind. It's a matter of telling the truth.
And we pledged, in my day at the CIA, to tell it without fear or favor, to tell it like it is. And, when I see that corrupted, that is the real tragedy of this whole business.
ZAHN: There was a point where it appeared as though you were going to get kicked out.
ZAHN: Donald Rumsfeld encouraged whoever I think had their hands on you at the time to let you stay there. Does he get any credit for that today?
MCGOVERN: At first, I thought, well, that was rather gracious.
But, then I got to thinking, I was not abusing the privilege. I was simply asking pointed questions. And for the national TV audience to see me carted away for asking Rumsfeld to explain what any objective observer would call a lie, that wouldn't have been good P.R. So, yes, I'm glad he let me stay. But I think it was for self- interested reasons.
ZAHN: Roy McGovern, we really appreciate your time tonight.
MCGOVERN: You're most welcome, Paula.
ZAHN: Thank you very much.
ZAHN: Let's turn now to senior Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre.
Some fireworks there, as this speech unfolded, Mr. McGovern claiming he has no axe to grind.
Did Donald Rumsfeld tell the truth today?
JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN SENIOR MILITARY AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, Paula, it really kind of reminded me of the Pentagon press briefings, where reporters are trying to hold Rumsfeld to what he said. And it was classic Rumsfeld.
He's always very careful to try to say things that he can't be pinned down on. Once in a while, he says something you can try to hold him to. And, again, he was sort of sticking to the technicalities here, insisting that he basically told the truth as he knows it.
ZAHN: But, in fact, when we went back to the original places where he was quoted as saying these things, he, in fact, said what Mr. McGovern said he said.
And then it comes down to the question of, was he wrong because -- for the right reasons, or did he intentionally mislead? And one thing I can tell you about Rumsfeld is he intensely believes that what he says is true and that he's got the right version of events. He rarely admits that he's wrong about anything, and he didn't in this case either.
ZAHN: The president standing by Secretary Rumsfeld. You know him better than we all do. I understand he's a man that won't leave under fire. But what kind of reliability does he continue to be for this administration?
MCINTYRE: Well, the only way Rumsfeld would leave is if someone from the White House came to him and said, the president really wants you to go.
But otherwise it's not in his nature to step down, particularly when he's under fire. But, at some point, he could become a big enough liability that that political calculation would have to be made.
ZAHN: Jamie McIntyre, always appreciate your perspective. Thanks.
And, tonight, the most wanted terrorist in Iraq is still at large, but he has been caught on tape. Last week, Abu Musab al- Zarqawi starred in his own video on the Internet, dressed in black, looking a little like Rambo in the desert. But now the U.S. is showing the rest of the tape, and it is a very different story.
Senior national correspondent John Roberts has the tale of the tape tonight.
JOHN ROBERTS, CNN SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Until now, the U.S. has described Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as one of the world's most dangerous terrorists. President Bush even made him a campaign issue.
GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: He's a dangerous man. He hates what we stand for. He intends to inflict harm.
ROBERTS: But today, with newly discovered outtakes from a recent Internet video, the American military tried to portray Zarqawi as more dilettante than dangerous, less bomber than bumbler.
MAJOR GENERAL RICK LYNCH, U.S. MILITARY COMMAND IN BAGHDAD SENIOR SPOKESMAN, U.S. ARMY: What you saw on the Internet was what he wanted the world to see: Look at me. I'm a capable leader of a capable organization.
ROBERTS: It was the centerpiece of General George Lynch's briefing today.
LYNCH: He's very proud of the fact that he can operate this machine gun.
ROBERTS: Just-captured raw footage from an al Qaeda-produced video that U.S. commanders say shows an embarrassing side of Zarqawi.
LYNCH: This piece you don't see, as he walks away, he's wearing his black uniform and his New Balance tennis shoes.
ROBERTS: Tennis shoes? Not exactly the stuff of a desert-tough terrorist, Lynch mocked, though, in the Middle East, sneakers are pretty standard among militias and insurgents.
More damaging to Zarqawi's image could be these scenes. Having problems firing the machine gun, an assistant rushes to Zarqawi's aid.
We reviewed the tape with CNN security analyst Richard Falkenrath.
RICHARD FALKENRATH, CNN SECURITY ANALYST: I think it would play pretty badly. I mean, Arabs traditionally like strong men, men who really are strong leaders, fighters, and that's how he's tried to portray himself in the past. This video shows him as a bit of a bumbler.
ROBERTS: What's more, immediately after Zarqawi fires the gun, he hands it off to an associate, a clear indication this was just a photo-op.
And in an obvious violation of weapons 101, another aid grabs the gun's hot barrel, burning his hand. The very picture of incompetence is what General Lynch seemed to think of it.
LYNCH: It makes you wonder.
ROBERTS: No one has previously accused Zarqawi of being incompetent. He has certainly proven he can carry out major attacks against American and Iraqi targets. And it's believed he wielded the knife in the killing of U.S. hostage Nicholas Berg.
But the U.S. insists it is closing in on Zarqawi, and now destroying his credibility appears part of the plan.
FALKENRATH: Well, I think it's one round in an ongoing propaganda war. And it's a loss for him on this one.
ROBERTS (on camera): The capture of the video outtakes would seem to indicate that the U.S. is on Zarqawi's trail. The question is, how close? And a second question: If Zarqawi were to pull off another major attack, would the U.S. military look bad for calling him a bumbler?
John Roberts, CNN, Washington.
ZAHN: And there's another thing to add. There was, of course, no letup in the fighting in Iraq today. The military says coalition forces in Ramadi killed eight insurgents today.
More than 18 million of you visited our Web site today. We're going to start off our countdown of the top 10 stories on CNN.com right now, number 10 -- a shooting rampage in Florida, where police say a man shot three people at a hospital, killing one, and then went on to a school, where he killed himself.
Number nine -- the drama of two trapped miners in Australia. Rescuers say they're making good progress in drilling an escape tunnel for the two men, who have been trapped a half-mile underground for more than a week now. They were able to get some food and water to them earlier on in the week.
Numbers eight and seven coming up, and a dramatic face-to-face showdown with a notorious terrorist.
ZAHN (voice-over): An explosive courtroom encounter, as victims' families defiantly confront a convicted terrorist on his way to life behind bars.
And the "Eye Opener" -- she's attractive, confident, and she has a strange obsession that no one can explain, but somehow she's making the most of the mysterious disorder that rules her life -- that and much more when we continue.
ZAHN: Well, tonight, it looks like we have heard and seen the last of al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. A judge has sent him off to prison to be locked up, with no hope of parole, for the rest of his life. But, as you might expect, he didn't go quietly.
Justice correspondent Kelli Arena was in the courtroom for Moussaoui's final rant.
KELLI ARENA, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Before Zacarias Moussaoui got a chance to speak, he was forced to listen, as three 9/11 family members confronted him.
Rosemary Dillard's husband was on the hijacked plane that struck the Pentagon.
ROSEMARY DILLARD, 9/11 FAMILY MEMBER: I told him how he had wrecked my life. He took the most important person from me, and that was my husband, Eddie Dillard.
ARENA: Lisa Dolan's husband, Bob, was inside the Pentagon on 9/11.
LISA DOLAN, WIFE OF SEPTEMBER 11 VICTIM: I also told Mr. Moussaoui that he still has one final judgment day. And I believe in that. And that's where I get my comfort.
ARENA: Moussaoui, who had entered the courtroom all smiles and flashing a victory sign, was clearly shaken up.
EDWARD MACMAHON, MOUSSAOUI DEFENSE ATTORNEY: He did not react as the Muslim superman he tries to pretend to be sometimes. He looked at her, and he was rattled.
ARENA: When Moussaoui did speak, he used his last public address to attack the United States, calling the trial a wasted opportunity to understand why people like he and 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta hate America.
"We will come back another day," Moussaoui said. As long as you don't to hear, you will feel, America. God curse America and save Osama bin Laden. You will never get him."
His utter lack of remorse was difficult for family members to take.
ABRAHAM SCOTT, 9/11 FAMILY MEMBER: It was extremely hard for me, sitting in that courtroom listening to him, without jumping across that little -- that little fence and doing bodily harm to him.
ARENA: Judge Leonie Brinkema told Moussaoui: "You came here to be a martyr and die in a great, big bang of glory. But to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead, you will die with a whimper.'
Moussaoui tried to interrupt her, but Brinkema got the last word: "You will never again get a chance to speak, and that is an appropriate and fair ending."
Brinkema sentenced Moussaoui to six life terms, one for each conspiracy count he pled guilty to, with no chance of parole, a harsh sentence, but less than the death penalty prosecutors sought., since the jurors apparently concluded Moussaoui played only a minor role in the 9/11 plot. GERALD ZERKIN, ATTORNEY FOR ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI: That is always difficult, for the government to get a jury to execute somebody, when they are tangential to the actual events, when it's not a trigger man, when it's not somebody who is even there. That's a reach.
ARENA (on camera): But some of those who were directly involved, like 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, are still not facing justice and instead are being held by the U.S. overseas. It's not clear when or if they will ever enter a court of law.
Kelli Arena, CNN, Alexandria, Virginia.
ZAHN: And we change our focus now.
In Kansas tonight, some teenage boys are facing some serious jail time for what authorities say is a terrible plot. But were they really planning a massacre at school? Tonight, for the first time, one of their parents has a very different story.
Also, a bizarre disorder that turns every decision a person has to make, even something as simple as when to wash their hands and how many times a day, into a nightmare. What's wrong with them?
Now, though number eight on the CNN countdown -- a big aftershock today near the Pacific island of Tonga. The 6.0 earthquake followed yesterday's massive undersea quake that registered 7.9 and sparked tsunami warnings across the Southwestern Pacific.
Number seven -- in Lithuania, Vice President Cheney ruffles Russian feathers with a speech accusing the Russian government of using oil and gas to intimidate and blackmail other countries. Former Soviet leader Gorbachev calls the speech a provocation -- numbers six and five coming up.
ZAHN: Tonight, folks in a small Kansas town are still amazed at how close they might have come to a monstrous tragedy. A wave of shock swept through Riverton two weeks ago, when police arrested five teenagers, accusing them of a murderous plot to attack students and teachers at the local high school, and, incredibly, all of this on the very anniversary of the Columbine high school massacre.
But now shock is turning to disbelief and even doubt among some of the parents of the five suspected teenage plotters.
Keith Oppenheim is just back from assignment, and you're not going to believe what some of the parents told him about the alleged plot.
KEITH OPPENHEIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Right on the path of historic Route 66, Riverton, Kansas, lies in the middle of America. And in this tiny town of just 600 people, the question is whether five high school students were planning to commit a terrible crime.
Four are legally juveniles. One of those minors faces new charges of solicitation to commit murder. All five have been charged with criminal threat and incitement to riot. Coy New, one of the accused, is being charged as an adult because he just turned 18.
SCOTT NEW, FATHER OF COY NEW: They're all -- they're all convicted already, and they haven't even been to trial. They're all convicted already.
LISA NEW, MOTHER OF COY NEW: That's that's the opinion.
S. NEW: Bunch of boys.
OPPENHEIM: Lisa and Scott New are Coy's parents. In the presence of their attorney, they agreed to speak to us about their son and their frustration with authorities.
L. NEW: We don't know anything. And they should be out there telling somebody something, at least the attorney.
S. NEW: They need to justify their actions. These are boys' lives.
OPPENHEIM: The arrests of the five students happened in late April, after police were tipped about an ominous posting on MySpace.com. That Internet message has been removed, and police won't say who wrote it. But they did say it urged Riverton High students to celebrate April 20, Adolf Hitler's birthday, and referred to the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado, which also happened on that date.
Police told the news media they believe the five teens were at the very least planning to disable security cameras and attack the high school with guns.
ERIC RUCKER, KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: The nature of the investigation has revealed probable cause to believe that these crimes have occurred.
OPPENHEIM: Investigators say the evidence includes guns found at the home of one of the teens and a hit list of staff and students.
S. NEW: I just can't see it of any of the boys.
L. NEW: He's a caring person. I mean, we know our son, and he wouldn't do that.
OPPENHEIM: Coy New's parents say, until now, their son had no police record. They describe him as a teenager who likes to build things and go fishing.
(on camera): Did he ever talk about neo-Nazis, Adolf Hitler, Columbine High School? L. NEW: No. So, I have no question about whether Coy would do this or anything like that. I just don't.
CHASINEE JAEGER, MOTHER OF ANDREW JAEGER: He is just -- just a boy.
OPPENHEIM (voice-over): Chasinee Jaeger is the mother of Andrew Jaeger. Andrew is a 10th grader, 15 years old, the youngest of the five teens accused. You can see him here in a light blue shirt, his identity concealed by police as he is walked into court.
Chasinee, born in Thailand, spoke with us with her attorney by her side.
JAEGER: Actually, we don't really know what's going on. It's very confusing.
OPPENHEIM: As for the investigation, Chasinee Jaeger says police came to their home twice.
(on camera): They took two pocketknives, a Ziploc bag with a dozen .22-caliber bullets she said that Andrew used when he went hunting with his father, some video games. She said they were not violent in nature. And here at the school, she said investigators took a copy of the book "The Hunt For Red October" from his locker. Bottom line, Chasinee Jaeger says she really doesn't understand what evidence the state has to press charges against her son.
(voice-over): We asked the attorney general's office to address the complaints of parents, but officials wouldn't comment on a case that's under investigation. At this point, with authorities tight- lipped and parents on the defensive, it's hard for people in Riverton to know whether the plot to attack the high school was real or fantasy. For sure, the families of the accused are still in shock.
L. NEW: It has been devastating. And I'm still numb, actually. I don't even think the full impact has hit.
OPPENHEIM (on camera): It's hard to understand.
L. NEW: Yes, it is.
OPPENHEIM (voice-over): The families of Coy New, Andrew Jaeger, and two of the other defendants have posted bond. That means, for now, all four have been released from custody and can go home, where they will stay under house arrest.
Keith Oppenheim, CNN, Riverton, Kansas.
ZAHN: And one more thing to add: Just this week, the 16-year- old suspect, who is still behind bars tonight, was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder. And prosecutors say they may charge all five teenagers as adults. So, do you have trouble making choices? Why is it that some people can't seem to make any decisions? Well, stay with us and enter the world of one teenager's rare and bizarre disorder.
And there are some new developments in the case of a disgraced Homeland Security official. He is accused of asking a teenager for sex. So, why is he out of jail tonight?
And, a little bit later on, who is that man in the big bubble? And when the heck is he coming out?
First, though, number six on the CNN countdown -- President Bush celebrated an early Cinco de Mayo at the White House. A spokesman told reporters the president's Spanish isn't that good. That was in response to a report that the president sang the national anthem in Spanish during the 2000 campaign.
Number five, a story we covered earlier -- the military releases what it says are outtakes from terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's latest video. They show him struggling to operate a machine gun, actually getting burned by one of the weapons -- number four coming up.
ZAHN: Welcome back. Here's what's happening at this moment. A former homeland security official is free on bail tonight facing sex charges. Former DHS spokesman Brian Doyle is accused of soliciting sex on the Internet from someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. It turned out it was really a police detective. More on that story just ahead.
And a U.N. report says right now as many as 218 million children all over the world are doing grueling and dangerous work. But the number has dropped as much as 33 percent since the year 2000, the first decline in decades. The numbers, though, still staggering and depressing.
Fresh from her Supreme Court win, former "Playboy" pin-up Anna Nicole Smith is reported to be pregnant. On Monday, the court ruled she has a right to continue her 11-year battle to inherit part of her late billionaire husband's estate.
Well, we all know what anxiety is, but when anxiety spirals out of control, it can become something else entirely. In one form, it turns into OCD: obsessive compulsive disorder. And it can shatter lives. One extreme case, the legendary Howard Hughes. They say his fear of germs turned him into a recluse for decades. You may not know that right now half a million American teenagers suffer from OCD. And we are now going to meet a courageous young woman who is letting us inside the very troubling world of her life with OCD. Ed Lavandera has tonight's "Eye Opener."
ELIZABETH MCINGVALE, OCD VICTIM: It's a form of OCD which is like a religious form. ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): If you're expecting to understand what makes Elizabeth McIngvale tick after these next few minutes, you should know even doctors struggle to understand her.
MCINGVALE: I open the door with my foot. I literally -- I'm pretty good at it. Sometimes it can take 45 minutes just to pick out a shirt and pants.
LAVANDERA: Elizabeth suffers from a severe form of obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, and it affects everything she does from the moment she wakes up. Getting dressed is a chore.
MCINGVALE: If I actually were to wear this shirt, it's going to pretty much ruin my whole day. My anxiety will be so high I can't focus, I probably can't drive, I can't leave the house, I won't touch anything.
LAVANDERA: Elizabeth is convinced most things in her closet are dirty or contaminated as she said, even though everything's been washed and hung up nicely.
MCINGVALE: I had worn this orange shirt on a vacation once. There is a pink shirt that one day when I was getting ready for work I touched with one of my work shoes, which all my shoes are pretty much contaminated just from being on the floor and...
LAVANDERA: ... she can't really explain what has contaminated her clothing.
MCINGVALE: Every shirt in here is clean.
LAVANDERA (on camera): I notice you haven't touched anything.
MCINGVALE: Right, because everything's contaminated.
LAVANDERA (voice-over): The compulsive behavior doesn't end there. There's a constant need to wash.
MCINGVALE: I open my shower curtain with my foot. I go like this, and I can lift it up. So it starts. Turn it on. It's OK to touch everything else with my feet and get them dirty because they're already dirty.
It doesn't make sense because it doesn't even make sense to us. You know, we know what we're doing is stupid and we shouldn't have to do it but we still feel like we have to.
LAVANDERA: All of this does drive Elizabeth crazy at times. There's a hole in the bathroom wall to prove it.
MCINGVALE: If I'm up till 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning just washing my hands back and forth, washing my hair, washing my ears. I get so frustrated I know what I'm doing is stupid, it's irrational, I don't want to do it, and I take my anger out on my wall. LAVANDERA: 19-year-old Elizabeth McIngvale has opened up her world to us because she is the face of OCD, the first spokesperson for the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation.
Her family first noticed the symptoms at age 12. She started losing weight, secretly washing her hands, and constantly asking for reassurance. A year later she was officially diagnosed with OCD. When most high school kids were having fun, she was in and out of hospitals for treatment.
Doctors don't know what causes OCD, and no one in her immediate family suffers from it. There's no cure. So she's left to treat the symptoms. Now she's a college student and going public to let other young people know they're not alone.
MCINGVALE: You have two choices. I can either wake up and hate my life, which I sometimes do, you know, and wish I didn't have OCD and regret everything and, you know, wish it wasn't me.
Or I can say hey, I'm Liz, I have OCD, you know, I've got to go on with my life and I'm going to make the best of it.
LAVANDERA: For Elizabeth it's a personal campaign to help others. She leads an OCD support group and invited us to go along. But getting there wasn't easy.
MCINGVALE: I get ready in my sister's room. I do my makeup in here because mine's pretty much contaminated in my room.
LAVANDERA: She starts and then has to stop to wash her hands.
MCINGVALE: Wash my hands.
LAVANDERA: She washes her hands twice in 10 minutes in the bathroom. And while talking to me in the kitchen she washes again.
MCINGVALE: I wash my hands the exact same way every time. I get it all over my hands and then I'll clean under my nails and then I'll wash every part of my hands for at least 20 seconds because that's just my rule.
LAVANDERA: Now that Elizabeth is clean, we make our way to the car, which I thought was this black SUV.
(on camera): What's the story behind this car?
MCINGVALE: It's my old car.
LAVANDERA: Your old car, why is it your old car?
MCINGVALE: It's contaminated. A lot of my stuff gets contaminated.
LAVANDERA (voice-over): The car is a year old and in perfect condition, but Elizabeth won't use it. So now she's driving a new car. But before we drive off, she must clean the seat. MCINGVALE: I'm only using my left hand now I just realized because I touched the sunglasses.
My name's Liz. I run the support group. And I have -- I've had everything on the spectrum of OCD except for Trichotillomania and BDD.
LAVANDERA: Elizabeth seems more at ease here where others understand her better and they can openly share what they're going through.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hoarding and checking, counting, washing my hands all the time.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't like walking on cracks and I count my steps.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For me I had to get symmetrical. If I pulled out two hairs from one side I had to pull out two hairs from the other side.
LAVANDERA: Elizabeth's sister Laura is by her side at these meetings. The two sisters live together, but Laura admits it's not easy at times.
LAURA MCINGVALE, ELIZABETH'S SISTER: She's such a selfless person. She knows that she might not ever see a cure and she might not ever have a normal life her entire, you know, life, career, whatever she's doing, she might never see a real light at the end of all this. But you know, she hopes it will come to somebody else.
MCINGVALE: Although I wish sometimes I could still be a teenager and not be -- not do what I am. I know what I'm doing's going to make a difference and there's nothing else I'd rather be doing.
LAVANDERA: On the surface Elizabeth McIngvale appears like a confident, beautiful teenager. But her compulsive behaviors are getting worse. She says it won't be long before the face of OCD checks herself back into the hospital for weeks of treatment. Ed Lavandera, CNN, Houston.
ZAHN: Amazing she'd let us in like that. You learn an awful lot from her story. Now onto No. 4 in the CNN.com countdown. A 63-year- old British woman -- that's right, 63-years-old is expecting a baby this summer. Patricia Rashbrook's Italian fertility doctors revealed the news today. The doctor says Rashbrook is in good condition and she'll live 20 or 25 years more years. So in his words, "we are not giving birth to an orphan." Rashbrook says she's delighted. No. 3 in the countdown still ahead.
And there's a new development in the shocking case of a homeland security official tonight. His arrest, sex charges, stunned his colleagues and the nation. So why is he out of jail tonight?
And are you looking for a surefire way to lose weight? Well, Jeanne Moos says it's a little extreme but it works. But you're going to want to have to live in a bubble for a while. Stay right there.
ZAHN: Right now free on bond, a former homeland security official charged with soliciting a minor for sex over the Internet. Brian Doyle stands accused of having sexually explicit conversations on the Internet with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
But on the other end of the conversation, an undercover detective. National correspondent Susan Candiotti just filed this report. It's tonight's "Outside the Law."
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The disgraced former homeland security spokesman was freed from jail after posting bond but has admitted humiliation is far from over. He would only say this about the judge and prosecutor...
BRIAN DOYLE, FORMER DHS OFFICIAL: I just want to thank Judge Grant and Mr. Copley for giving me my freedom, and I appreciate their understanding and their guidance.
CANDIOTTI: Yet it's hard to understand what it must have been like for the ex-"Time" magazine reporter to face his accuser in court. A female deputy who apparently fooled Doyle into thinking she was a 14-year-old girl in Florida. She testified the sex talk was graphic, about what he wanted to do to her. Then he suggested taking a trip to Florida from his home in Maryland.
SANDY SCHERER, POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT: He discussed traveling down here. He mentioned that he had friends in Tampa. He also went into detail about her cycle, her monthly cycle and trying to figure out a good date for him to come down where she would not be on her period.
CANDIOTTI: Police say Doyle indicated he contacted other young girls and sent them sex videos like the ones he e-mailed her with titles including "Babysitter" and "Panties." His attorney said the accusations even took him aback.
BARRY HELFAND, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: And all I can tell you is what she said scared the hell out of me too.
CANDIOTTI: The former DHS press secretary with security clearance was arrested last month and charged with nearly two dozen counts of using the Internet to seduce a minor.
Authorities said he even sent her photos of himself wearing his Homeland Security I.D. badge and gave her his work and cell numbers. That's why prosecutors quickly moved in.
JERRY HILL, POLK COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY: Anyone that was as careless as he was, discussing the things that he discussed, could easily and readily have been set up by someone that wanted to set him up and gain information that they weren't entitled to. HELFAND: He is, to say the least, he is very, very frightened about what's about to happen.
CANDIOTTI (on camera): The judge allowed Doyle to return to his home state of Maryland, where he'll be examined by psychiatrists who specialize in sex disorders. As a condition of his bond, Doyle is forbidden contact with anyone under 18. Susan Candiotti, CNN, Bartow, Florida.
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ZAHN: Now time for No. 3 on our CNN.com countdown. The Vatican is considering ex-communicating two Chinese clergymen who were just appointed as bishops in China's state-run Catholic Church. Beijing traditionally refuses to let the Vatican appoint bishops or let Chinese Catholics recognize the pope's authority. No. 2 on the list still ahead.
New York is always full of unusual sights. You kind of get used to them here. But Jeanne Moos has found one that's no illusion. Even though celebrity illusionist David Blaine is stuck inside, how much longer can he stand being cooped up in a fish bowl with all of us staring at him?
ZAHN: Right now, just a short walk from these studios New Yorkers are absolutely mesmerized. And you know that takes quite a lot. They've seen just about everything here. They're watching illusionist David Blaine, who has survived seemingly incredible stunts before. Buried alive for a week, frozen alive for days, living in a sealed box without food for more than a month. And now, well, Jeanne Moos just couldn't resist looking into the latest stunt that has people wondering what was he thinking?
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Want to feel like a fish in a bowl? David Blaine is bowling them over with his mermaid act. Make that merman.
(on camera): They couldn't have fish in there with you, right?
DAVID BLAINE, ILLUSIONIST: The fish would probably die right away because the water's 96 degrees.
MOOS (voice-over): But lest you think this is like "Pretty Woman," frolicking in a tub.
BLAINE: It's not the prettiest sight to behold.
MOOS: Blaine is referring to his hands.
(on camera): Wow, you look like a corpse, I mean your hands do. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When he gets out, he's going to be a living prune.
MOOS (voice-over): Blaine entered the sphere Monday. Now more than halfway through his week-long submersion his hands are looking like something out of a monster movie. These are hands only a diving Web site could love.
(on camera): Why are your hands so bad?
BLAINE: Anywhere that your body doesn't have hair is not meant for water. So the hands and the feet are the first to really take a beating.
MOOS (voice-over): But he's still having fun.
KELLY RIPA, TALK SHOW HOST: He's tickling my feet again.
MOOS: Kelly from "Regis and Kelly" joined Blaine live inside the sphere.
RIPA: How and where are you going to the bathroom?
BLAINE: You're standing in it. I'm just kidding.
MOOS: Actually, he's wearing a tube to take care of liquids. He hasn't eaten solids for weeks. Fans hold up signs like "we're hooked on you." They form a line to pass by it.
(on camera): Did you actually ask him if he's lonely?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
MOOS: Could he hear you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No. I put a paper up there saying are you lonely, are you single?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That man is bigger than my daddy.
MOOS (voice-over): Easy, kid. It's just that the sphere magnifies everything. Blaine's sure not gaining weight on this diet. Glucose and minerals through a tube. Not exactly our idea of lunch. Blaine relaxes on the bottom of his sphere and sleeps in there. And like the star of "Splash," he doesn't grow fins when submerged. Blaine's extremities require twice daily massages with bees wax cream. His hands are starting to look like things.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Slow down.
MOOS: But take it from Gertrude.
(on camera): You could teach him or two about wrinkles, huh?
BLAINE: It hurts even to put these things back.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's like millions of little paper cuts on his palms.
MOOS (voice-over): Yikes. Enjoy those bubbles, David. Because you'll soon be holding your breath trying to hold it for nine minutes to break the record. You've got to hand it to Blaine, that's assuming he has any hands left. Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
ZAHN: Good luck, David. We've rooted for you before, and you've come through.
Well, today in Los Angeles an American tradition lives on. The legacy of Johnny Appleseed. And you're about to meet a man who's making America greener and fighting global warming one tree at a time. Here's Jennifer Westhoven with tonight's "Life After Work."
JENNIFER WESTHOVEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Behind more than 1,000 trees like this one is Joe Vargas. The 71-year-old volunteers with Tree People, based in Los Angeles. For seven years, Joe has spent hours every week making the world cleaner and greener. On this day the aerospace retiree is out planting trees and teaching elementary school students in Burbank, California.
JOE VARGAS, TREEPEOPLE VOLUNTEER: I was doing homework the last couple of days on the Internet researching the trees that we're planting and what their characteristics are. So hopefully I can answer questions if the kids ask me.
It keeps me going, and the kids seem to enjoy it. I don't know. It just -- it just invigorates me, you know? I look forward every weekend now, always checking the schedule. I'm about three days ahead of time I planning how I'm going to get there and all that stuff. I kind of do a little dress rehearsal in my mind, getting ready.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, good morning.
VARGAS: And by the time I get home this afternoon I'll go and soak in the tub for a while to relieve my aches and pains and get ready for tomorrow.
You know what this is?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, soil.
VARGAS: No, this is vitamins.
I had friends that had just -- who became inactive after retiring and all they do is lay around and complain about illnesses and sickness. And I don't want to be in their position. I want to go out strong.
WESTHOVEN: Jennifer Westhoven, CNN. (END VIDEOTAPE)
ZAHN: Good for him. At the top of the hour Larry King has an exclusive. For the first time, kidnapped victim Elizabeth Smart talks about her months in captivity and her dramatic reunion with her family.
Now on to No. 2 in the CNN.com countdown. Near Erie, Pennsylvania a local Democratic Party official's re-election race ends up in a tie because his two grown sons didn't bother to vote. Thanks, kids. A coin toss may decide that race. I wonder what that dad did wrong, huh? Find out which one of our top stories made it to No. 1 after this.
ZAHN: Finally No. 1 on our CNN.com countdown tonight. One of our top stories, al Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui sentenced today to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 terrorist conspiracy.
That wraps it up for all of us here. Thanks so much for being with us tonight. Please join us again tomorrow night. We'll be here. Until then, have a good night.
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