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December 29th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/29/09

Tonight on 360°, the intelligence failure linked to the bombing attempt on a U.S. jetliner on Christmas Day. Plus, the top medical headlines of 2009 and an up close look at Charlie Sheen's latest legal troubles.

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  1. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Why does the US have to take on everyone in the Mid East?

    Why doesn't Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other neighbors closer to Yeman deal with them?

    As stated by panel members and others, the US is hated by Yeman (and quite a few more counties). Do we really believe that continued conflict with each radical country is going to win us peace.

    we need our allies And the above mentioned countries (who are wealthy from oil sold to US) to take some responsibility for their neighborhood.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  2. Emily

    I feel really bad for 'grandma' when she is going to the airport right now to visit her family and is now having to undergo all this extra scrutiny!
    Also, having to stay in her seat for the last hour of the flight....are people going to lose their minds again?!

    Who are the people that are conducting these terrorist attacks?
    (not grandma!)

    December 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Wale Falodun

    They should both get a job and continue their education online to avoid the paparazzi.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Vern Vartdal

    Understand the after action review of terror events, but would love to see the retaliation videos, and planning.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    starr, formerly known as vincent,
    You're welcome...... Yeah, I agree with you too.... That will be so scary thought my mind, There will have to stay safe on plane, president Obama had to order more security all the country at airports.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Rajiev

    Its beaurcracy & politics at its finest.The blame game is
    gonna go around.In the end Yemen will end up getting
    billions of Dollars in aid to fight terrorism & like Pakistan
    nothing will happen.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Stanley

    Has anyone tried to find out how this man was able to acquire that particular sit that was atop the gas tank of the plane? This tells me whoever sold the ticket or issued the ticket must have some information we can lead or at the least that person can give us thier information on the interaction with this guy.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hi Erica, AC team and bloggers,

    I just wonder if this will always be the policy of the U.S. ? Wherever Al Quada is we go in and bomb them?

    Is that going to work? Does it have a track record of working with other radical movements? It seems when we kill them in one country they just spring up in a new place.

    Where is this going? What will the long-term strategy be?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Wale Falodun

    Levi and Bristol make a good couple and should be allowed to raise their child as they choose.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  10. George

    I have two questions:

    With all the talk of limiting access to to rest rooms and blankets, etc. on airlines an hour before landing, what can keep a terrorist from going into a rest room privately before then and setting off a bomb?

    Why would the U.S. government announce in advance a possible retaliatory strike in Yemen?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  11. mac

    the father did the right thing, it a shame those who he spoke to didn't do the same and pass on this information. it's important to remember that the families of terrorists arn't also for supporters terror themselves

    December 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Emily

    @Sean B,

    one of the things that I recall most after 9/11 is when the gov. told people to go out and shop! (to behave as if everything was 'normal').

    Who knows what the gov was doing!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  13. A. Smith, Oregon

    Is this saber rattling against Yemen nothing but revenge and payback for the USS Cole and the recent attempt on the Saudi Prince's life?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  14. Patrick - Saudi Arabia

    What I want to know is, CNN says threre's 200 Terrorists in Yemen but, there were 30,000 Yemen Troops that crossed into Saudi Arabia, so who are the other 28800 fighting from Yemen? If these are troops from Yemen then how is it being said the two countries are not at war?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Martina!!!
    Happy New Year to you, too!!!!! Nice see you again!!!!

    Emily,
    I agree with you, really shock and sad for him like that.... I know they were really upset, broken heart for their son.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  16. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Nigerian bombers father talk to the CIA could have been the very reason WHY the bomber, his son did not have his passport when he somehow got on board the International flight to America. Someone for what reason took and kept his passport, who was it, and why?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  17. cameron

    this is exciting anderson cooper is one of my heroes
    but to the issues about the attempted bombing
    im glad that there are people that are brave enough to stop that crazy guy

    December 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  18. mac

    A. Smith, Oregon, these strikes are against terror camp in yemen, not Yemen it self(i.e the yemen government) if anything this would improve the relationship between yemen in the usa as both are working together to stop terrorism.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Razz Urmann

    Even though airports seem to have tight security, do they really do what they claim when i am asked to take off my shoes and belt?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  20. john

    I also believe that europe and other countries do not have the US's best interest knowing that another attack would really do even more harm to fallen economic structure-why do we have such tight security traveling inside and out of the US but they allow just anyone on a plane headed our way

    December 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  21. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Megan Dresslar-WA

    Thank you for your reply. I also agree with you and Emily about the young man's father. God bless him for trying to help both us and his son. It took great courage to report your own son as a possible radical.

    The father deserves a Lot of credit and kindness.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  22. David, Indiana

    Good evening Erica, Randi Kaye, Isabel, everyone. Quick and thorough look at how much the CIA came to know about Abdulmutallab since nov. in person and written communication. How would this info be pieced together w/info from another country's intelligence.

    What is the impact on the public in Yemen of US backed airstrikes?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  23. samantha

    so what happens if al queda groups form in the U.S. and plant bombs here? are we going to fight with ourselves? im not against retaliating against yemen, im just curious because al queda groups ARE every where. right?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  24. peggy

    how is it that no one has followed up on the report that this guy got on the plane without a passport? a couple was interviewed the other night who stated that he boarded without a passport, but i'm not certain that that has been corroborated. has it?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  25. A. Smith, Oregon

    If the well dressed man of Indian decent who helped steer the Nigerian bomber past Amsterdam's heavy security checks was in fact a US Diplomat or US Govt. Agent, it wouldn't matter what additional draconian security measures are in place, that bomber would still have boarded that airplane.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  26. Sean B

    I am shocked that we still haven't learned so many lessons almost a decade after 9/11.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  27. Nick

    Why do we ask only soft ball questions when the administration officials if at all they do appear. You cannot get of your seat 1 hour before landing.. really?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Stacy

    Why wouldn't an airplane bomber just detonate the bomb in the restroom? That way no one would see and have the chance to interfere, as with Richard Reid and Abdulmutallab. Love to hear what Peter Bergen thinks of this. Abdulmutallab was in the bathroom for 20 minutes or something–why didn't he detonate in there? Why come back the the seat, say his stomach was upset, pull a blanket over his lap and try to ignite it? I know perhaps it was a more strategic part of the plane, above the fuel tanks, but if you blow a big enough hole in the plane in the bathroom, whether it's in the middle or the rear, wouldn't the plane still go down? Why risk passengers/crew trying to stop him?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  29. A. Smith, Oregon

    Did Bush jr. ever sit down with the Yemen President? I doubt he ever extended diplomatic means to reach out to one of the poorest country's in that entire region. It seems President Obama should send Sec. Gen. Hillary Clinton to see if some diplomatic inroads can be made there.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Emily

    @Megan,
    I have no doubt that his father is completely devastated!
    He sounds like a really great father, and decent man...and must be heart broken with what's happened with his son.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  31. mac

    the only reason this plot failed is not because of it was prevented by the authorities but because the explosives failed. at the end of the day a man was able to bring a bomb on a plane which is obviously a huge worry. hopefully this will be a wake up call that there are gaps in security that need to be fixed.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  32. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Peter Bergen. I was sure that the US has been aware of and working towards attacking terrorists and camps in Yemen for years!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  33. Martina Ilstad Germany

    @Megan
    Good evening from good old Germany.Happy New Year!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  34. Helen

    Strikes in Yemen the past month and Obama is soft on terror? That is ludicrous.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    starr, formerly known as vincent,
    Yes, I agree..... You're right about that, you have taken point!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  36. Edward

    Hello,Ercia

    December 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  37. A. Smith, Oregon

    I guess American Tourists should avoid Yemen for the next 10 years or so. It seems America is making new enemys every year now. We keep this up and Americans will need to not travel abroad and become a isolationist country, cut-off from the larger world.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  38. Susan

    I'd like to know more about domestically made body scanners and how they could possibly eliminate or at least identify terrorists of this kind in the future. Does the technology work?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  39. john

    Mother just traveled back from europe within a month-on returning to the US her carry on was not checked or even scanned

    December 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily
    I think that his father warned CIA to get him out of plane as going to blow up right away, His father is really worried about his son. Yeah, Emily, I agree with you....... I felt bad for his family also.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  41. A. Smith, Oregon

    Striking Yemen seems like a knee jerk pay back for the total lapse in Naval Security when the USS Cole was bombed. Didn't Bush jr. reward the Cole Commander for his utter failure to provide security to the sailors in his command?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  42. Emily

    It's hard to believe that this terrorist could get on an international flight withOUT a passport! without luggage is a red flag, however NO passport is a RED ALERT!

    I would not be able to travel between the US & Canada now without a passport! ...never mind flying overseas!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  43. Wale Falodun

    Good Evening one and all where is the discretion on such a delicate matter.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  44. A. Smith, Oregon

    Without the man's passport, there is no way to insure whatever name he was using was his actual real name! All this energy on the list of names is meaningless if the man had no passport and didn't list his real name on the passenger manifest list!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Emily

    Has his father had anything else to say as of yet?

    I feel so bad for his family!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  46. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hello Erica & Team 360.

    Hello fellow bloggers.

    I can't beleive that the US would consider a retaliatory attack against Yemen. I beleive that we have been monitoring and involved with fighting terrorists in Yemen since before the bombing of the Cole.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  47. Emily

    Good evening Erica, Randi, 360 Team, Megan, & Bloggers!

    Clearly, "what we've got here is...failure to communicate!"

    Not a good thing at all!

    Also, to hear that domestic violence is such a problem....sheesh!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  48. A. Smith, Oregon

    Some country or agency took that Nigerians Passport away prior to him arriving in Amsterdam. Who has it?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  49. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good evening Erica Hill, Anderson, CNN Staff, AC360 and fellow bloggers!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Tuesday!
    There is breaking news that bomber's father contact CIA in Yemen right away, right coming up now.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
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