April 10th, 2008
09:25 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/10/08

In tonight’s show, new pictures of the white temple at the Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas. In this temple adult men allegedly consummated their “spiritual marriages” to their teenage brides.

Also, the stunning revelation that local authorities in Texas had a confidential informant inside Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect for four years. So why did it take so long for them to raid the ranch? David Mattingly will look into that.

And Dale Barlow, who reportedly was named by the alleged 16 year old victim, is living in Colorado City, Arizona even though there is an arrest warrant out for him in Texas. So why is he still at large tonight? Gary Tuchman is on that story.

Finally, the war in Iraq. It was started by one president and likely will be finished by another. Michael Ware has an extended interview with the commander on the ground, Gen. David Petraeus. We want your thoughts on this interview so we are extending the live blog. Tonight we’ll be posting comments starting at 10p ET and we’ll stop at 11:20p ET.

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  1. moderator

    hey guys...because of the breaking news we're going to keep the blog open until midnight. so stay with us.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  2. Melinda

    Exactly Tammy, I agree.

    I truly appreciate religious freedom as I am not into any specific organized religion, however, we must all live by basic laws regardless of religion. Is it okay to murder someone because your religion says so? Is it okay to rape someone because you think it's what your religion says? There have to be lines drawn in these things.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  3. Carla Ontario Canada

    Why didn't they remove all the men and leave the women and child in their homes...

    April 10, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar

    Minou in N.Y.
    You're Welcome............

    April 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Orin

    MaryBeth for one, LDS believe in monogamy and following the laws of the country and government. FLDS do not.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Richard

    So it's time to raid the Amish too and find out what brainwashing and horrendous things go on with those people too.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  7. S, Minneapolis

    Hi, Erica! Is Michael Ware coming soon?

    April 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  8. Chuck in Alabama

    The LDS abandoned polygamy. The FLDS church did not.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Saera El Paso, TX

    Sarah- LDS are Mormans who followed the split awy from polygamy

    FLDS are fundamentalists who kept the polygamist traditions

    April 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  10. Brian Persaud

    I hope these mothers don't get to continue having an influence on their children's young minds, as parents they have already failed their children by not protecting them.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  11. Tammy

    This case isn't about religious freedom. It's about child abuse, spousal abuse, and respect for other human beings. Also, remember the banner of religion has throughout history been used to abuse and torture in the name of God.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  12. Kayle

    The kids were taught that black people were full of sin, and if you stand to close to a black person you'll catch the blackness. How do you deal with these kids with ease?

    April 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Minou, New York City

    Megan, Chuck and Laure- thank you !

    The poor kids are going to have a tough time coming...away from the surroundings they are used to and being so alienated from the real world. I hope they'll get plenty of psychological support.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  14. MaryBeth

    I heard that they are having trouble identifying which kids belong to which mothers. That the children often reply they have multiple mothers. Erica, is this true?

    April 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Sara, Oklahoma

    What is the difference between LDS and FLDS?

    April 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar

    Thank you, Orin........

    April 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  17. E.Bolton

    Thank goodness we have someone like Dr Bruce Perry trying his best im sure to help these poor children. He and others have a long road ahead of them i wish them all the best.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Chuck in Alabama

    Note that I specified that my little brother was L D S, not F L D S. I am very aware of the differences.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  19. carmen

    People who organize a community on their own, outside the greater or common community more than likely has its own rules and have founded it specifically for that purpose. Over 400 children in one compound should be clue number one that something is wrong. We are failing to protect them

    April 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  20. Saera El Paso, TX

    i can't imagine not knowing what a crayon is... i mean, i using crayons right now.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  21. Alys

    wow they didn't know about crayons? didn't know crayons were so sinful

    April 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Carla Ontario Canada

    Hi Erica, what time is Michael's interview..

    April 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  23. Brian Persaud

    I hope these girls get the help they need so that one day they could assimilate into society. I can't even imagine how scary it must be to be discovering the world for the first time.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Chuck in Alabama

    Doesn't sound like church to me, sounds like North Korea.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar

    Thank you, Chuck in Alabama.
    I appericate that.....

    April 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  26. CJ

    Erica, is it true some of the child brides were 13 and 14 years old?

    April 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  27. Tammy

    I imagine they wanted a solid case that a defense attorney can't rip apart on technicalities. Campbell, this isn't another culture. It's like they're from another planet.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  28. Orin

    Chuck the Mormon temple is a sacred place and you have to be worthy and member to enter into the temple.
    Don't confuse the FLDS with the LDS, they have different beliefs.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  29. Melinda

    M Landolphe D'Aquin- So, you think it's okay, using the reasoning of religious freedom, to rape young girls and force women into marry? That is not religious freedom in my mind. Sorry.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  30. MaryBeth

    And actually, the Puritans were very prejudice against other religions...there was "religious freedom" as long as it was THEIR religion.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  31. CJ

    Painting rocks too Luciano. I had a few of my soldiers go there after their court martials. It can be a pretty tough experience depending on the sentence handed down. Nothing like a civilian prison.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  32. Laura, NC

    Minou – Its a Federal Maximim Security Prison in Kansas

    April 10, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  33. Chuck in Alabama

    Megan, I have nothing against any religion. I was just stating a fact about the sanctity of the temple.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  34. Jolene

    I continue to be amazed at the mind control involved with these cults. It is a bit alarming how these people are brainwashed, especially the women and children. Talk about power, that alone, is just scary.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  35. Brian Persaud

    M Landolphe> America was not founded on the principles of child molestation.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  36. Luciano

    Leavenworth=making small rocks out of big ones.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar

    Chuck in Alabama,
    I also member of LDS too.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  38. CJ

    Ft Leavenworth is the largest military prison. Housing hundreds of military soldiers and some times civilians (fed's) convicts from minor crimes to major crimes.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  39. Jose Yepez

    Hello everyone, I'm stuck in school and I guess I'll settle with watching the program at home later on tonight.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Chuck in Alabama

    Fort Leavenworth is the Federal Penitentiary where military felons are locked up.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Brian Persaud

    Well having sex with a child is beyond "logistics".

    April 10, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  42. MaryBeth

    Only 50-60 men? With 139 adult women and 416 children? OMG....and some of those "children" are the teenage wives and mothers, I'm sure...that's just scary and criminal.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  43. CJ

    Campbell, is there any word about the compound lawyers going to court to stop the information gathered from being used in Court?

    April 10, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  44. M Landolphe D'Aquin-Burglass MD ThD

    Before unfurling the banner of self-righteousness, all parties would do well to recall and reflect upon the religious issues and circumstances which led to the colonization of America in 1620. The quest for religious freedom was THE founding principle of America. Sadly, in recent years religious freedom has eroded, having been sacrificed on the altars of "established" religious and "mainstream" cultural values in the name of the dubious causes of mental health and public well-being. For shame.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar

    Minou in N.Y.
    No......... They never allow marry.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Chuck in Alabama

    Non-mormons are not allowed in the temples. My little brother is LDS. When he was married, my parents were not allowed to witness the ceremony.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Minou, New York City

    Laura- what's in Fort Leavenworth?

    April 10, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  48. Brian Persaud

    This polygamy compound story just gets creepier and creepier. How could these mothers let such things to happen to their daughters and sons in front of their own eyes.

    How flawed is our legal system when 4 years suspicion isn't enough to warrant an investigation..

    April 10, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  49. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    4 years of tips? What on earth were they waiting for. Civil rights would be violated? That seems hard to believe.

    April 10, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  50. carmen

    Doesn't sound like these authorities were competent

    April 10, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
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