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January 6th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/06/10

Tonight on 360°, the federal indictment against the suspected Christmas bomber. Plus, TSA troubles.
We're keeping them honest. Are they up for the job of keeping you safe in flight? And, a high seas battle between anti-whaling activists and a whaling ship.

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  1. Emily

    that's good news!
    air marshall's on planes!

    how long will it be before this is the case?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  2. kiko

    I think they should fight to give the Abdul the death penalty...

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  3. andersoncnn

    i think what we know so far clearly shows this guy had jihadist sympathies early on.. in college as head of the islamic society in his school in london, he invited radical speakers to the school...and in high school after 9-11 expressed jihadist sympathies to at least one teacher, who thought it was simply "a phase"

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Anderson,
    Nice see you tonight! Thanks coming in abroad! 🙂

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Dan Russell

    Holding someone "accountable" isn't equivalent to firing people or people resigning. If everyone who made a mistake on the job, even sometime serious, was fired, few of us would have jobs and people would be very wary of trying anything new.

    The accountable = fire formula is too simplistic.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Mike - Las Vegas

    TSA is just security theater here in the U.S. Making wheelchair-bound grannies take off their shoes (as I've personally witnessed) did nothing to stop the Crotch Bomber and others so inclined. The other very weak link is foreign airports. I've flown in from Sydney back to the U.S. in early 2002 and the security officer was too busy oogling the women in line near me than actually pay attention to my carry on bag.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Brad

    why not just let him go, thats what the left wants, he really didn't mean it. make him promise to be nice. I'm sure the left will buy it.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Bryan- Los Angeles

    I resent a foreign nationalist terrorist being granted the same rights I have as a law abiding, born and raised U. S. citizen. I feel Obama has made a huge error in judgement.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  9. adedamola

    It is noteworthy that Mr. Umar AbdulMutallab, though Nigerian-born, has been educated and bred outside Nigeria and only transmitted through Nigeria for less than 30 minutes on the fateful day where he underwent regular airport security.”

    January 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi!
    It seems one advantage of the bomber's trial is the opportunity to learn more of the terrorist mindset.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  11. A. Smith, Oregon

    The public should also realize that at least 300 on the ground in metro-Detroit were at risk, along with the 300 on board.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    No one ever seems to get fired, but one's deadly error just keep on coming.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Jason

    By allowing these "criminals" to be tried in our Federal Court System, provides a great example of how great our nation is. "Innocent until proven guilty".

    January 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Luis, Bangkok, Thailand

    Good evening AC360 Team! It's 10:10 AM on Thursday, Jan 7 here.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    good evening all ... the young terrorist, i think he should be have a trial. This is America. We can't let terrorist disrupt our lives or our judicial system. That very system should give this man swift justice that will send a message.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Fred Stock

    Of course no one will be fired in the Intelligence Community...they save the firings for those who stand up and say they're doing a bad job...like me!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Emily

    good evening Anderson, good to see you on the blog tonight!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Emily

    This 'team'/staff that Obama has around is looking really bad!

    I can't believe that no one would be held accountable...

    if all the "dots" were there, but not "connected", seems like it's someones fault!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    A"Why is the blame going to 'brainwashing' rather than accepting the possibility that his sympathies were always in support of radical Islam?"

    This administration will never admit to that.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Rita

    I think he should be persecuted because he attempted to kill a plane load of people. How crazy is that?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike, religion is systematic brainwashing. That's no joke. It's the truth. How else could you get people to believe all this ridiculous religious ideology?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  22. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good evening Anderson, thank you for joining us!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Adelaide

    Good evening team AC360 and bloggers!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Valerie NYC

    Hi Cooper and team:
    Yes, the alleged bomber won´t face a death penalty. Well, you know, there is justice without the death penalty. That´s the way it works in most of the world. However, where are those who screwed up and how can we keep them honest? Nobody´s responsible. Nobody´s stepping down.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  25. charlie

    Treating terrorists as anything other than criminals, (ie as soldiers in some sort of war) elevates them above criminals and demeans legitimate troops to the terrorists level. It is exactly what terrorists want.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  26. rob c

    either way you look at it, the boy needs to be charged, and if the right only wants military style tribunals, dont you think those actions are more like the gustapo of old??? Ben Franklin said it best, " If one sacrifices liberty for security, than he deserves neither."

    January 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    Good Evening everyone! 🙂

    Abdul was not brainwashed...he chose to become the terrorist he is! He decided to go to those terrorist leaders to get guidance. No one forced him to do that.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  28. charlie

    Firing's are not the important response. Improved security is. Why would the replacement be any better?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    No one is getting fired? That's surprising.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "Had he been charged as an illegal combatant, under the Geneva Convention he could be executed. He's getting a good deal."

    This sends a dangerous message to other would be terrorists.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  31. andersoncnn

    evening everyone.. thanks for joining us online tonite...

    January 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Lori

    Hi everyone!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  33. A. Smith, Oregon

    Perhaps in Court, the American Public can determine what country took his passport away from him prior to his arrival in Amsterdam's airport.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Why is the blame going to 'brainwashing' rather than accepting the possibility that his sympathies were always in support of radical Islam?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  35. starr formerly known as vincent

    I am not concerned about this guy being tried in a courtroom.

    Beligerant or not, the court controls what goes on. If he pleads innocent, there is mounds of evidence against him

    If he tries to holler, declare his cause, whatever, the court can gag him, or take him out of the room. It certainly will not impress a ury.

    And, all pertinent info from him appears to have been obtained.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I don't believe anyone can be brainwashed unless they already possess those tendencies.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson, David in Indiana and friends!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  38. rob c

    we shouldnt taint the xmas name, he should be called the panty bomber!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Emily

    Just how quick was it?

    He was drawn in on the internet?
    Do they know what he has visiting?

    Something else Must have happened....

    January 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I don't know about that, Abdulmutallab may want his day in court.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening AndersonDavid – Indiana and friends!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Annie Kate

    Hey everyone! Hope all is ok with all of you tonight.

    I just don't understand this bomber – the bomb was in his underpants and on fire yet he just sat there. Most men I know would be doing something other than stoically sitting there while certain parts are roasting. Or am I missing something?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  43. A. Smith, Oregon

    Likely life in prison in a Supermax prison. If he pleads guilty perhaps he won't be sent to a Supermax prison?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Had he been charged as an illegal combatant, under the Geneva Convention he could be executed. He's getting a good deal.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Emily

    These is no death penalty with all those charges?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, & entire Team 360. (Erica too).

    Good evening fellow bloggers!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  47. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good Evening Anderson Cooper, Erica, AC360 Staff and CNN, fellow bloggers.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Emily

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

    Happy Wednesday! 🙂

    Looks like there are good stories tonight!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Wednesday night! 🙂

    January 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! "How do you do?" Smile!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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