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April 8th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/08/09

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  1. Anthonia-California

    The sixth attack this week? what the...? How come we havent reported these attacks yet? What made this attack so controversial?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  2. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Why don't the crews on ships in these waters arm themselves?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  3. Lori from IL

    I thought that most of the pirate attacks were motivated over the value of the cargo aboard the ship - this ship had nothing of value (other than the crew, of course) on board.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  4. Andrea, TN

    @Jennifer I think they said earlier that sunrise for them was in about an hour.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  5. Jana, Indiana

    Thes pirate attacks is really so unbelievable in this day and age.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That’s just so sad to hear that these Americans are being hostages by these pirates.

    Yes, Rafael Bronx,NY...... it is so sad for us to heard, Yup, they are hostage since 10 hours now.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    With all of those attacks out there lately I wonder why these ships aren't armed to protect themselves in some way. They should have some sort of security.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  8. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Bravo to the crew for kicking butt. The US Navy WILL act. This is a US falg vessel, so we have to act.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  9. Jessica - Elon U.

    Good point Minou – I read an article recently that included insight from a Somali pirate, he specifically cited government disorganization and failure as their main motivation

    April 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  10. Greg, Austin Tx

    First we have F-16's chasing Cessnas and now missile destroyers chasing lifeboats. Uncharted waters indeed that we are living in.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  11. LorenaR

    we have had a shortage of heroes lately! Just SULLY..a short list; let us hope that this crew will be safe, including the captain, and they can be added to the list.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  12. Sherry, N. Calif.

    Ahoy there evryone! Pirates? Who would have thought? Scary!
    Pirates seeing that Naval ship should have thrown a white flag out. This could take days! Americans do not have patience so we will see.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  13. Esther massillon ohio

    bomb those pirates and this is america we should be allowed to marry anything we want as long as it is human and breathing. The homophobic need to get over it. this is not the middle ages its 2009

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  14. Dulcie - Denver

    I think that any ships planning to go through that part of the world needs a security force on board. I don't understand why they have no defensive force already! Is there some maritime law that prohibits the carrying of arms by merchant ships?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  15. Lauren--NY

    Good evening, everyone. Welcome home, Anderson.

    What an insane situation. I wish I had something profound to say, but this is just unbelievable.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  16. Michelle

    I do not think the US military will let the pirates
    get away.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  17. Maren in Oregon

    I guess it really DOES matter who's ox is being gored. Americans in peril could signal an opportunity to begin the fight against these people.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  18. Esma

    Was that pirate wearing Mercedes Benz shorts?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  19. Rich

    Please get your facts straight about the Navy shipon station, it is NOT a cruiser it is a destroyer and it is not nuclear powered.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  20. Isabel

    Somalia is among the poorest countries of Africa, it is bizarre that happens with an American vessel.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  21. Jennifer - Michigan

    Has the sun risen there yet? Or is it still dark there?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  22. Anthonia-California

    Hey Yalll!! Happy Wednesday...err Wednesday already..? jeez

    What a day, what a day. Such a sad story to hear that pirates are holding an American captive.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Jessica - Elon U.

    Hello All –
    This pirate situation is terribly sad. Interesting what Mr. Cooper just said about this being the first incident of American involvement.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Andrea, TN

    In the movies I always root for the pirates, but IRL I'm for the merchant ship, and of course, the Navy. I hope everything works out smoothly! From what I've heard the pirates don't really have any other choice, they just have that lifeboat and it's not going to get very far.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  25. Kathy, Chicago

    Welcome back, AC! CA did a wonderful job yesterday. What's this Pirates of the Caribbean,only real life?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    I know it sounds stupid but isn't there still Parlay or has that just gone away?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Minou, New York City

    I don't see how this pirate problem can be solved. These ppl need food and money and their government is a shambles. not to excuse their pirating, but they are desperate, and desperate people take desperate measures.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  28. Maren in Oregon

    I is a surprise to hear, and not just a little alarming, to learn tha merchant vessels in this corridor are not only not armed, but not HEAVILY armed! What ar ethese people thinking?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Welcome back!
    I hope the pirate situation is resolved peacefully.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  30. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good Evening Anderson (glad you're back with us!), Erica, David G. and everyone else (producers, crew, etc).

    Good Evening fellow bloggers!

    The pirate story is both alarming and challenging!

    Am very glad the crew won and took back the ship, BUT, am worried about the captured Captain.

    However, once the US Navy comes in, i bet ya things will get staightened out pretty quick!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Isabel

    Anderson,

    The ocean is an "endless", but no international military presence to try to prevent acts of piracy?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Rafael Bronx,NY

    Hey Anderson and Erica and bloogers.

    That's just so sad to hear that these Americans are being hostages by these pirates.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Hi Anderson, Unbelievable! Who would have thought that we would be talking about pirates tonight?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  34. Isabel

    The chaotic state of Somalia and the lack of a central government, together with the location of the country in northeast Africa, created the conditions for the growth of piracy in the region.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Is the crew safe right now? Or are U.S.S get them out of ship?

    April 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  36. Lori from IL

    Hello, Anderson, Team 360 and Fellow Bloggers -

    Just when I was hoping for a slower news day - Pirates and Terrorists in the UK!! Makes one wonder what tomorrow has in store for us.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  37. Vanessa, TX

    I hope the crew gets home safely..thoughts & prayers to all the crew

    April 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  38. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    There be pirates on them seas!? I think we need to man our ships with more people, just for protection.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  39. Maren in Oregon

    I cannot believe that there is no way for the richest countries in the world to mount an effective efort to put these somali pirates out fo business. These are primitives!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Fay - California

    Why has it been so difficult to stop these pirates? These takeovers seem to happen too frequently.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and my fellow evening conversationalists! Hope all had a good day!

    Scary story about the Pirates holding the Captain of the ship captive. I pray they are able to get him back safely!

    April 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  42. Esma

    Hey everyone: Anderson, Erica, David Gergen all at AC360, the Tribe and all the bloggers!
    I really hope this situation with the pirates turns out for the best.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, and bloggers!

    Strange news regarding the pirates... Hope the whole thing ends peacefully.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  44. Vanessa, TX

    Hi Anderson, Erica, AC 360 crew..& smartees...good evening to all!

    When I think of pirates, I still think of "Pirates of the Caribbean"..Isn't there some sort of security on the ship to prevent this kind of events? Its happened several times before, they are not gonna stop.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  45. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hello Anderson, Good show tonight.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  46. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Hey All, Hey Anderson, Erica, David G., twitter/facebook buddies, and the rest of the best bloggers in the world.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica, David G, and my friend twitter/Facebook bloggers!!!
    Happy Wednesday night.......
    this morning I found out there was breaking news this afternoon, Ship hijacked by Pirates......... my hearts goes to crew the ship..... That's so scary I witnessed on CNN.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Isabel

    Evening, Anderson!
    We miss you yesterday!

    Hi bloggers! Hi friends of Twitter and Facebook!

    Pirate seems something in the movie! But therefore, this act is absurd.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    Hallo bloggers! Happy Wednesday! Or is it Tuesday? So many crazy things going on right now it's so hectic! And I can't miss saying an excited hello to Erica and Anderson! 😀

    April 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Maren in Oregon

    Hello Mr.Cooper! Good Evening Erica and welcome interesting guests. Seems there is plenty to talk about tonight! Looking forwad to it.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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