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February 22nd, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Getting Americans Out of Libya: Join the Live Chat

The U.S. State Department will attempt to evacuate Americans out of Libya tomorrow on a chartered ferry. We have the breaking details. Plus, an eyewitness to the uprising risks his life to speak out and talk on camera. And, four Americans are killed by pirates at sea.

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  1. Bobby

    @JoAllen – The Secretary of State basically echoes the opinion of the President, plus SoS deals more with other countries than the President. It takes time for the leader of one of the most powerful countries in the world to analyze the news and decide what to say.

    @lilly – I have said I think it's good the U.S. has stayed out of the way. This isn't our fight. It's the Libyan people. We tried to step in in Iran in 1979 and I feel like we took a lesson from that and that's why we haven't stepped in.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  2. Mandy

    Lori, Gadhafi himself said he would "won't go down without a fight and kill innocent civilians..." He is a complete madman and a criminal.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  3. Sharon Hastings

    Technology has made the world a much smaller place. These people living under cruel dictators know there is a better life and they want that for themselves and their children. They are fighting not only for their own freedom but for the future of their whole country.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Nina

    "I am a free man now" how powerful is that? I am so happy for this man to have this type of feeling after being oppressed for so many years. What an honor to be experiencing he no longer lives in the "cage" of his mind. He is now free!!!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  5. Sue

    It is so nice to see someone showing his face and speaking out. The times are changing and to the good.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Emily

    He sure sounds like a genuinely happy man, doesn't he?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  7. michelle

    I just spoke to contacts in Sirte and Tripoli Libya, the west has blown out of proportion what is going on over there. Its a small group of exteamists that are making this look bigger then what it is. I agree that Libya needs to grow. But it was on its way. Now it will never happen. Look at Egypt and Tunis. No work and no money

    February 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  8. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Gadhafi is claiming drug use of the people because he is in denial that he is going to be forced out by the people of Libya. He knows that the people are tired of being treated the way they are and that they are not going to stand for it anymore. If Egypt could do it so could they

    February 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  9. janis

    Moftah – laughter is the best medicine. So glad you and your neighbors are happy.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  10. lilly

    Does anyone think that the reason our government is taking forever on making a statement is because we are to dependent on oil?

    we are afraid to make demands from our suppliers?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  11. Sharif

    Khaddafi is an injured animal doing its last dance.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Emily

    Qaddafi sure looks like he's in a hallucination state, giving that rant.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Nina

    I am really worried that he will try to take down as much as he can before he leaves or dies. Qaddafi is a true psychopath!!!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  14. sam

    The world needs to react as soon as possible!! Do not forget Rwanda.. the world still regrets for not interfering in Rwanda!!This man is insane and will do whatever it takes to stay..of course 42 years murdering, stealing from you own people will teach nothing but to be ruthless person... He is butchering his own people what a pathetic human being!!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Patricia

    Is the Oil Company School in Tripoli still up and running ? Also, did the reporter just say there are only about 35 "nonessential" staff who will be leaving by the port ?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  16. Kate from Canada

    Evening everyone. Can you believe this craziness? This dictator has indicated he is going to be violent against his citizens. He needs to be removed from power. How that is going to be done peacefully is the question.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  17. Lorrie Czyzyk

    Why didn't the Americans leave days ago? It was obvious then it was dangerous for Americans. Waiting until this point makes me wonder about our government's judgement.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I am not so sure it is a good idea to show Moftah's face right now. Gaddafi's mercenaries are out there and everyone is still in danger.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  19. janis

    Hello Moftah. Benghazi is free! Congratulations to all of you brave Libyans.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Nina

    Emily
    They made it into Media stations from what I understand and more. I'm not sure about Qaddafi's palace, however.

    Thanks! I fear for all their lives. Unarmed against machine guns is so tragic. I honor and have so much respect for all these people.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Michelina

    It's hard to know what to make of Ghadafi's rant. Is he so delusional that he really believes himself to be beloved by his people and that the unrest is stirred up by outsiders? Or is it just one last attempt to throw blame on others besides himself, in an effort to subdue his people (I suspect the latter)? In any case, he just may fight to the death, because he knows no other existence, having been in his position since he was 26 years of age. Where does such a despised, ousted leader go exactly?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Nikki

    The protests in Egypt and Libya have truly sent shock waves across the Middle East. It's sad to see that so many people have lost their lives for freedom,but many more have lost their lives under oppression.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Jerry

    @lori @jo ann

    Obama will wait unitl he sees which way this goes and then he will make a statement of support.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Scott Pennsylvania

    Good Evening All.

    Anderson, if the ferry sent to evacuate Americans from Tripoli is not allowed to dock, do you think American troops will be sent in to liberate our citizens?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Eric and Angie DeBolt

    My in laws are teachers for the American School of Tripoli and they are trying to get on the ferry along with 26 other American school teachers it is not just Embassy people trying to get out at this time there are many others

    February 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  26. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    @Mike – formerly from Syracuse

    Are Lybians "fundamentalusts", According to Fareed Z. No they are Not fundamentalists in the majority.

    @Casey- LOL on the Kruschev remark.

    @Nancy – yes, it is very sad about Lybia. Hopefully the "people" will win and Gadhafi can go to the Hauge (sp?).

    February 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  27. lilly

    Hello Everyone!

    The people of Libya need our help, our government need's to help Libya not just look the other way.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  28. JoEllen

    Why is Obama being so invisible during this historic time and especially today when it seems Americans are being potentially targeted by Khadafi? Sec. of State Clinton is speaking but where is our President?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Nina

    I cannot express in here my thoughts about Gaddafi and what he is willing to do to the people of Libya. I have so much respect for these people. My heart goes out to all the families of loved ones killed in this process.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Alfred

    I would say the Gadhafi family of murderers have another 7 days as a grand maximum before they flee to Nicaragua or, and even better, be executed by their its people. As for The NATO's intervention or lack of intervention will only determine how many Libyans will die.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  31. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I wonder if all the Americans have recieved the notice to report to Tripoli @ 10AM? Especially with the lack of communications in Libya? I agree with Anderson,,,Is it really safe for the people to travel to the port?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  32. Claude Perron

    Unbeilevible to see a crazy guy like Kadhafi who try to hold on power after putting his poeple to fear and spitting on them

    February 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Bobby

    From what I've read in the New York Times, Libya is made up of many tribes that Gadhafi used to his advantage by pitting them against each other. I hope the people are able to win their freedom but I'm curious what will happen after then. Looking back through history you see tribal warfare coming out of a situation like this. Hopefully it does not come to that.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Michael formely of the USMC_charlotte

    allah akbar means, God is good....terrorists say it because they claim jihad or religion as there reason for doing what they do

    February 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Kambiz

    Ghaddafi ... the last days of a dangerous madman !!!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  36. tim

    All we can do is Pray, Will we ever have peace?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Ben Wedeman is a fearless journalist. His reporting has been brilliant!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I am happy that there are people that are brave enough to risk their safety and speak out about this and I pray for them along with the people of Libya for their safety and freedom

    February 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Emily

    @Nina,
    They made it into Media stations from what I understand and more. I'm not sure about Qaddafi's palace, however.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Nina

    I feared there would be fierce fighting in Tripoli. Gaddafi must know by now that he has lost Libya and is using whatever forces that are available in order to make the rebellious tribes and army officers regret their disdain towards his rule.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Ankush Chauhan

    All the best Anderson !!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  42. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    God bless all the oppressed people around the willing to die for their freedom and rights. Someday everyone will be equal and there will be peace. . . someday~

    February 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Brice L

    In Gadhafi's speech today, I noticed he turns the page of the book he is reading from the wrong way. Are their books backwards or is he just that lost?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  44. sam

    Gadhafi once called on all African countries to form a union and wanted to be the leader...What a joke! this man needs to be taken out like all dictators..Power to the people who embrace democracy and believe in equality no matter what your race, religion, decree, and beliefs are!!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  45. janis

    I believe he is going down and it may well be because of his own mental problems. The citizens of Libya have all the world on their side. The taking of Eastern Libya was most likely a huge psychological blow to his vanity. His vanity will do him in. Be strong Libya. You can free yourselves.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Kate

    I am very concerned about Ben W. and all the Americans in Libya. American trying to get to the Tripoli port are sitting ducks! This is a bad situation.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Nina

    Did the Libyan people storm Qaddafi's palace

    February 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Emily

    And who supplies Libya with all their weapons?
    I still don't think it's America given the history.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Lori, "Why would Obama shake his hand?"

    And why has Obama neglected to make a strong statement condemning the violence against the protesters in Libya?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Ann, Allah Akbar is usually what terrorists are shouting too.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
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