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April 2nd, 2010
11:59 PM ET

Video: The ramifications of leaving Scientology

Note to readers and viewers: The Anderson Cooper 360 series "Scientology: A History of Violence," which reported competing claims and denials about violence at the top of the Church of Scientology has attracted a number of complaints from senior members of the Church of Scientology (including Mr. Miscavige) and the Church of Scientology itself.

The series is now the subject of a letter of legal complaint in the United Kingdom. The complainants strongly dispute the allegations and the assertions made against them and covered in the course of the series by former members of the Church of Scientology.

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

April 2nd, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Radicals Demand Governors Resign: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°, a U.S. extremist group has sent letters to more than 30 U.S. governors demanding they resign. The FBI warns the letters could stir violence. Plus, we wrap up our Scientology investigation.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


Filed under: Live Blog • T1
April 2nd, 2010
08:30 PM ET

What do you think? Doctor refuses to treat Obama voters

AC360°

A Florida urologist who disagrees with the national health-care overhaul posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere."

Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, is a registered Republican and opposes the health care plan.

The sign he posted reads:

The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."

Dr. Cassell will be on to discuss his actions with Anderson tonight.

Do you think it was ethical for him to post the sign? Let us know below!


Filed under: 360° Radar
April 2nd, 2010
07:53 PM ET

'What kind of justice is this?'

Octavia Nasr | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Senior Editor, Mideast Affairs

That’s the question on many people's minds from India to Iran in reaction to a sentencing of execution by beheading for a Lebanese man in the conservative Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ali Sibat, A TV Psychic in his native Lebanon, was accused of practicing witchcraft while on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. According to a strict interpretation of Islamic Law, a judge decided that this is a crime punishable by death.

Lebanon’s Justice Minister, Ibrahim Najjar, says that witchcraft or sorcery does not even amount to a crime in Lebanon. It counts as a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of two months.

Minister Najjar told me this week that he asked Saudi Arabia to halt Sibat's execution and release him. He called the sentence "disproportionate" and "counter-productive."

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Filed under: Arab Affairs • Middle East • Octavia Nasr
April 2nd, 2010
07:22 PM ET
April 2nd, 2010
07:15 PM ET

Avlon: Militia arrests raise questions about political landscape


Eight of the self-styled Hutaree militia members arrested this week.

John Avlon
Special to CNN

We’ve seen a ratcheting up of violent rhetoric and even violent plots in recent weeks. This edition of Wingnuts of the Week takes a look at a new Code Pink “citizen’s arrest” of Karl Rove and the real arrest of the Hutaree militia.

Militia movements exist well off the grid when it comes to conventional domestic politics. But the arrest of the Michigan-based Hutaree anti-government militia group raised new questions about the increasingly ugly and fear-fueled fringes of the political landscape.

The small, self-style Christian militia group (members say “Hutaree” means “Christian warrior”), led by father David Stone, was arrested by the FBI early this week on charges that they plotted to murder a local law enforcement officer and then bomb his funeral procession to up the body count in an attempt to spur a civil war in the United States.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • John P. Avlon
April 2nd, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Florida Doctor Tells Obama Voters to Go Away

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

A Florida doctor has put a sign on his office door telling supports of Pres. Obama to find a different doctor.

The notice on Dr. Jack Cassell's practice reads, "If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."

Cassell, who's been in practice for 22 years, says he isn't turning anyone away – despite what the sign says.

He also has no regrets over the sign. He talks with Anderson about the controversy tonight on 360°.

Anderson will also talk with Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, who is outraged by what Dr. Cassell is doing. Grayson says it goes against the Hippocratic Oath.

The modern version of that oath reads:

"I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm."

It says nothing about politics.  However, politics are mentioned in the American Medical Association's Code of Ethics.

Section 9.012:

"Under no circumstances should physicians allow their differences with patients or their families about political matters to interfere with the delivery of high-quality professional care."

Also tonight, the FBI is warning another anti-government could stir up trouble. Dozens of governors have received letters from a group called the Guardians of the Free Republican demanding they resign or face removal. The FBI says the letters don't refer to a specific plan for violence. We'll go up close and talk about the fears with CNN Contributors John Avlon, a Senior Political Writer for the Daily Beast and author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America" and Thomas Fuentes, a former FBI Assistant Director.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
April 2nd, 2010
04:59 PM ET

Extremist group demands governors resign, FBI says

The FBI does not believe the letters represent an immediate threat.
The FBI does not believe the letters represent an immediate threat.

CNN

A domestic extremist group has sent letters to more than 30 U.S. governors demanding they resign, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said in an intelligence note.

The note, dated Monday, said the letters told the governors to vacate their posts within three days.

The FBI and DHS said there do not appear to be credible or immediate threats of violence attached to the letters.

The group behind the letters has a "Restore America Plan" that calls for the removal of any governor who fails to comply, the intelligence note said.

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Filed under: Crime • Domestic Terrorism
April 2nd, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Judge orders Michigan militia members held in jail

David Brian Stone Sr., alleged leader of the Hutaree militia.
David Brian Stone Sr., alleged leader of the Hutaree militia.

CNN

A federal magistrate ordered Friday that eight people accused of plotting to kill police officers as part of a revolt against the U.S. government be held in jail pending their trial.

Magistrate Judge Donald Scheer said he was entering orders of detention for the members of the Michigan-based Hutaree militia.
He said the nature and circumstances of the charges led to his decision.

James Thomas, a lawyer for one of those charged, said that he would appeal the decision. Thomas said that the lawyers for at least three other defendants also will appeal the order.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gun Violence • Hate Crime
April 2nd, 2010
04:36 PM ET

Interactive Map: The rise of militia movements by state

The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 932 active hate groups in the United States in 2009. Learn more about them here, on a state-by-state map.

Southern Poverty Law Center


Filed under: Hate Crime
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