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Drone Strike Kills U.S.-Born al Qaeda Cleric : Join the Live Chat
Anwar al-Awlaki was believed to be hiding in Yemen (file photo)
September 30th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Drone Strike Kills U.S.-Born al Qaeda Cleric : Join the Live Chat

We have new information on what the American-turned-terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, had hoped to do here in the United States.
There's word it involved chemical weapons. He was killed today in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen. And, in Crime and Punishment, a paramedic delivers damning testimony on day 4 of the Michael Jackson death trial. See why he says Doctor Conrad Murray's story just didn't add up. Plus, the RidicuList and more.

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Jennifer - Michigan

    Very funny Ridiculist. Good night.

    September 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  2. Cathy

    Good night all, have a great weekend.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, everyone and my friends!!!
    See you on Monday night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!! Have a great weekend! Thanks for coming in to join us tonight! That's so silly I like ridiculist anyone who sneeze as I have sneeze many times, Yikes! LOL!!!! So funny Anderson, Thanks Anderson!!!! I agree with you, And you are way so funny man I love his face expression!!!! :) Plus I love "The Shot' best my favorite cats and dogs!!!!! Good one Isha and Anderson! :)
    Anderson,
    Have a great/good night and sleep at home. Great weekend! See you on Monday night!!! Just a plenty sleep and rest at home!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    No of bulling going up we have to do something to protect our future generation

    September 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  5. Nancy in Oregon

    Good night, friends. Good weekend to all!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  6. Nina

    Good Night everyone Have a wonderful weekend

    Thanks Anderson and team 360 for an excellent news program

    September 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  7. Gretchen

    Anderson,um I hate to sound jaded or be the "debbie downer",I have a lot of respect for the first lady,but her going to targets is to me pandering to the middle class ,who I really think they are trying to win back over,It's just an opinion that I have beacause in a political seasson everything seems political.again I really respect her and think she's nice,but really,a secret trip to target that makes the news? Hmm

    September 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  8. Cathy

    That was a nice thing the Texas Rangers did for the young boy. It's a very sad story.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    How can you plead not guilty when you are on video?

    God bless Jamie's memory, about time the school acted!

    Thank you and good night Anderson & Team 360. Have A great weekend!

    Good night fellow writers, i wish you all a safe & peaceful weekendl.

    Ridiculist is always a treat – i can always use a smile and Anderson commentary is usuallly hilarious!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  10. Nancy in Oregon

    I would HOPE the school would take strong action after that horrible behavior at the dance. What kind of kids are those?

    September 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  11. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That's the account of the doctor, the pop star had been down for a minutes. And?

    September 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  12. Jennifer - Michigan

    I'm looking forward to the Ridiculist....need a laugh tonight. Loved the shot today.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  13. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  14. Jennifer - Michigan

    Michael Jackson was dead for quite some time.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  15. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    It certainly sounds as if the Doc was really inept. By Not telling the paramedics Anything, he possibly cheated MJ out of life (although it does sound like MJ may have expired much earlier).

    I still don't understand the one hand CPR.!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Nina

      Good point Starr.

      the 1 hand CPR ....

      on a soft bed??? What the heck???

      Anyone certified in CPR and any MD I know of, knows that is NOT CPR

      September 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Nancy in Oregon

      It all sounds like a soap opera, so melodramatic. The situation that even led to it to start with, the whole way of life of MJ and all his entourage and family, the whole thing seems to have been on a trajectory for some kind of operatic ending to me...therefore, "all are punished" (a la Shakespeare.)

      September 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  16. Nina

    The skin cold?? EKG flat-line?

    Murray lied to the paramedics about the Propofol. Outrageous!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Nancy in Oregon

      The whole thing is outrageous to me....the doctor, the patient, all of them living lies and misleading people for their own reasons. What a world they all live in.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
      • Chris

        So true, Nancy. As sad as it is, MJ is quite responsible also.

        September 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
        • Nancy in Oregon

          Oh he is, his entourage is, some of the family, for years and years...this has been coming in one form or another. No quiet ride into the sunset at a ripe old age for this man.

          September 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
      • Nina

        Agreed Nancy! The entire acts around his death "stinks" no pun intended!

        September 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
      • Starr, formerly know as vincent

        Welll said Nancy. Everyone seems to have had their own agenda – lies upon lies. MJ is responsible too.

        September 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
        • Nancy in Oregon

          That's what I see too...everyone involved brought it about, very much including MJ himself. Over and over again, for years. It could only end tragically, esp. for the children. They had no say in the drama that the adults were all perpetrating for themselves...children are always dragged into their adults' melodramas. Very sad.

          September 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • vic , nashville ,tn

      Doctor didn’t tell the truth to paramedic absolutely wrong Murray went for fat money he didn’t see its coming

      September 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, It is........That's so outraged I have heard, Because he was so cold feeling than before.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  17. Paula, Colorado

    Cute video on The Shot!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  18. lisal -canada

    all these cute dog videos ... I miss being around dogs so much sometimes :(

    September 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  19. Gretchen

    Anderson,it's hard to believe we are discussing the legalities of the killing of anwar al-awlaki.This cleric would kill every american he could kill. He being an american is not the issue,he's a terrorist.Our soldiers are still fighting and dying,to keep these terrorist from killing us,and we know that's all they seek,is death to america.Look how they treat their own,the beheadings and mass graves bombing their own mosque and we sit in blissful ignorance about what is legal in killing anwar al-awlaki.I don't celebrate in anyone's death,but I'm very grateful that it was him instead of hundreds or maybe thousands of american lives ,because we know that was his intent.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Very well stated Gretchen!

      September 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • Nancy in Oregon

      As much a terrorist as McVeigh.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good point, Gretchen!!!!!!!! I agree.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  20. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    The shot: Great! Dogs rule (& some cats too).

    I love Tank!! he looked contrite.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  21. Jennifer - Michigan

    The shot was funny,....Tank was so guilty – very cute.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  22. lisal -canada

    I love the fact that michelle obama prefers to get her own groceries and such

    September 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • Cathy

      The AP was alerted that she was there. I felt she was following in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge to signal she was like the rest of us. However, Kate, of course, knows the camera is everywhere she is and no one needs to be alerted.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  23. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, people. Still trying to make it to the 'new' hour of the show!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Hi Nancy! Many of us are glad that you are here, no matter what time, just time enought to write your excellent posts.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
      • Nancy in Oregon

        Thank you so much, Starr. It's a lot harder to get home from work, feed all the critters, etc., and get here at 5 pm Pacific!

        September 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
        • Starr, formerly know as vincent

          with the change in line-up next week, i am hopeful that Anderson will return to the old time. I have trouble with this new time too.

          September 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
          • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

            Starr,
            Anderson 360 will be here same time after Frontout with Erin Burnett next Monday..... :)

            September 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
        • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

          Welcome back!!!! :) We missed you since then! :) Yes, just right 5pm time exactly! :)

          September 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  24. Paula, Colorado

    It's unfortunate, but the cleric was actively a threat to the U.S.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Nancy in Oregon

      IT is unfortunate, I agree. Extra so when someone raised and educated here turns so hostile toward us as to want to organize killers. But so it is...and so it must be treated.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  25. Betty

    He was a threat to our country. No different than any other terrioist. We are at War! He was the ememy. No different than any other terriost regardless of where he came from

    September 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Betty,
      Good point there, I agree......

      September 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  26. vic , nashville ,tn

    We have to take action against terrorist leaders we know 110% he is responsible for many attacks attempt then why so many question whether we have rights to kill or not
    Our system executed a man 2 weeks back when we have 50/50 doubts

    September 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  27. Jennifer - Michigan

    Ron Paul is missing the point – way off in left field somewhere picking daisys

    September 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, Jennifer,
      Ron Paul doesn't know how beat terrorism anyway...... That's why he is not pay attention all the network terrorism as well.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  28. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Great questions Anderson! You asked what i wanted to know.

    I think that "boundaries" need to be clear if the Executive branch decides to kill an American(s)..

    Excellent explanation by Jeff Toobin!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Nina

      Agreed Starr. We need a well defined protocol!

      September 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
      • Starr, formerly know as vincent

        I'm still trying to figure out how MJ had 8 Ativan in his stomach – i don't get the impression that the Doc would give him that many.
        There many be some merit to defense claim that MJ took meds and did not tell the Doc. 8 tablets! Wow!

        September 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Nancy in Oregon

      Exactly... a slippery slope is always too near by.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good point there, Starr and Nancy........ :)

      September 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  29. Jennifer - Michigan

    He's a terrorist in my opinion.....they're justified in killing him – it's for the greater good.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  30. Janis

    Giving al-Awlaki due process and what could possibly happen in the interim to me, isn't an option. You have to do what you have to do to protect all American citizens. In my mind, al-Awlaki was a traitor in a War. Didn't matter where he was.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Nancy in Oregon

      It's as though he renounced citizenship by turning as he did...so he renounced 'due process' as well. But it's very dicey too....we have to really make sure that nothing transpires so that someone who SPEAKS hatefully or speaks great ill of the US is then a target for assassination...sounds ludicrous, but slippery slopes are built upon small steps and precedents. It's a huge responsibility to guard personal freedoms while still guarding the citizens.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
      • Janis

        Yes, I agree. al-Awlaki was placed on a special wanted list too. The wanted list has it own message.

        September 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  31. Jennifer - Michigan

    Good evening.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  32. lisal -canada

    a law banning assassinations – how interesting – wonder if there are loopholes – would be a mighty interesting list to see

    September 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Janis

      Yes, it would be very interesting to see if all those assassins would think twice about breaking that law. Sounds ludicrous to me too.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  33. eliseo gonzalez

    He plotted to kill Americans, he called for a war against america, there was nothing illegal about he being targeted. He was an American citizen in name only!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  34. Janis

    Hello everyone.

    When I heard about the success of our drone attack on al-Awlaki this morning, I felt that I was much more safe because of President Obama. He has elected to use drone technology and selectively get rid of the brains of terrorism.
    You can say what you want about his politics, but he has been outstanding as Commander in Chief of the US Military aand making such intelligent decisions concerning the terrorist problem.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good point there, Janis!!! :) I agree........

      September 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  35. lisal -canada

    typically like ron paul's comments, but somewhere in all that deadly planning and action, hasn't al-Awlaki kind of given up some of his freedom-based rights to have america defend him? Street-based police shootouts result in deaths – you cannot say that this guy did not pose a deadly threat

    September 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  36. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good evening every one

    Obama did it again excellent work by CIA and our military

    September 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Janis

      Yes, Vic, he did it again and he'll keep on doing it again. I feel safe with him.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Vic,
      Yes! Obama already have authorize his power against terrorism as well..... I am proud of Obama is doing right thing legal kill him (American-turned-terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki,)

      September 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  37. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    I don't think the USA should support the present gov. in Yemen, or be seen as supporting Yemen.

    The present gov. is persecuting it's own people. We should support "Arab Spring" in All Arab counties that are seeking freedom and democracy.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  38. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello sound off friends! TGIF!

    Awlaki is taken out – that's probably a good thing. I've heard several discussions on the "legal" aspect of this kill.
    However, he decclared himself a radical Muslim and sought to hurt the USA . Bringing him to Justice was probaly Not going to happen without more death, so i guess i'm at "peace" with the decision to take him out.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Starr,
      I agree with you........ American-turned-terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, is most wanted terrorism who he was not believe America and hate us, That why we are on the war against terrorism many years than former president Bush did.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  39. Nina

    Good evening everyone. (TGIF)

    September 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  40. Tim Gibson

    Our leadership has stepped into troubled waters on this issue. While it may be true this person was a threat to the US and the people of the US. Since when does the US become the nation who strikes out and kills an American citizen is such a fashion. It makes one wonder if you should or should not answer the knock at your door. It could be death, American Style.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Nina

      He was a threat to the US! Why would we treat him any differently than anyone else? Killing is killing. When would it be OK to kill Al Qaeda operatives and not this individual. Both are a treat. I believe in world war II, Traitors were also killed.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
      • Nina

        Both are a threat

        September 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
      • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

        Hi Nina,
        Good point there, I agree.

        September 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Your point is well taken. Let's hope this does not set a new agenda with the Executive branch and American people.

      I think this is a "rare" case, let's hope so anyway.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
      • Nina

        Evening Starr

        We are in unique times. During WWII, Americans had no problem killing a traitor. It seems that Americans now fear our constitutional rights are being removed; hence the concern?

        September 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
        • Chris

          Do you think part of the concern has to do with some who think 9/ll was an inside job or conspiracy?

          September 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
          • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

            Chris,
            Yes. I think so.

            September 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
        • Starr, formerly know as vincent

          Hi Nina. Yes, we live in different times. I do think there may be concern about future actions against American citizens from the Executive branch of the gov.
          Obama made a good call i think, but what about the next President?
          Something to "sort out" in future.

          September 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
          • Nina

            Your point well taken. After the Patriot Act, I also have concerns about our safety and future.

            September 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
            • Cathy

              I think the PA has served an important purpose in keeping us safe and will continue to do so. It would have been great had it been in place and helped us take out our homegrown terrorist, Tim McVeigh, before he accomplished his mission.

              September 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • vic , nashville ,tn

      This is just protecting the nation may be we can call self-defense

      September 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Tim,
      They have good point their comment, I agree with them.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • Tim Gibson

      If police shoot first and ask questions later does that make us safer from people like serial killers who are a threat to life. We as a nation cannot question other nations for their "actions" when our own are in question.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Janis

      Tim, if you were on a World's most wanted list, you probably shouldn't answer the door. al-Awlaki knew he was a hunted man with kill orders.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • Tim Gibson

        Knowing you are a wanted person and being killed illegally because of this are two seperate things. So now do we say that those who do not support American values can be targeted for death. I am sorry, but two wrongs do not make a right by any means.

        September 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
        • Tim Gibson

          As well, do those who oppose American values now have "the right" to target and kill our citizens.

          September 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, everyone and my friends!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday Night!!!!
    Couldn't wait forward this weekend!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight!
    That's right, we won against terrorism!!!! Yay!!!!! Yes, We can!!!! I am so thrilled for our president Obama!!! :)

    September 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  42. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi–Happy Friday! It's great to see you on.
    It should be very interesting to hear more about the al Qaeda cleric.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm |