April 14th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/14/09

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  1. Sabrina

    It is amazing how small these crews are on these very large ships.

    Ps. I am glad DHS is focusing on these extremist groups that have been brewing and hate propaganda that is very rampart.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba

    Anderson and David,

    Further complicating things, according to the numbers today, there was a sharp deflation in wholesale. Sign that the demand of the trade is also small.

    This deflation increases the risk of the economy falling into a negative spiral?

    (The negative spiral which I refer is: consumers perceive that prices are in decline and postpone your purchases. With this, the sales fall, companies produce less and unemployment increases)

    April 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  3. Rafael Bronx,NY

    I just have to say thank god that one of the boat passengers got in contact with there mother. Once again tech gets people connected during an important and emergency time.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Anthonia-California

    @Adrian-Well actually the U.S are putting a foot forward. Pres. Obama sent out the Navy Seal to control the coast of Somalia so that the pirates wouldnt be able to hijack another ship.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Pls pardon me if I missed this before, but what exactly happens to all those millions of dollars in ransom?

    April 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @ David Gergen, do you think that the fact that the pirates are Muslims is having an impact on the US response?

    April 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Hey Erica! I think it would be better than getting them separately...at least then she could see right away that the ship was being escorted by the Navy and didn't have to just sit and wait for the next bit of information.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    LOL Erica. It would crash my computer.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Samantha M.

    I'm gonna have to start reading up on Somalia government and their regulation.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Lauren--NY

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, David Gergen and bloggers. I am thrilled for any spark of good news that we have these days and I am so glad that the woman you spoke to, Anderson, can rest assured that her son is safe.

    Go Navy, indeed.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  11. Johnny, KY

    Right wing terrorist groups are hugely scary. Historically, they make a point of targeting specific people, and not institutions, like left wing groups used to.

    It's pretty disgusting.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Bryan

    These shipping companies need to have armed security on their ships or take another route! And by no means should a ransom ever be paid!!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Cherry B - Ms

    @David Gergen
    Exactly! Imagine an entire world of strong nations being intimidated by these people. It's almost embarrassing!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. great that we were able to hear from the mom first-hand – can you imagine getting all of those emails at once?!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Erica, everyone. Wow another US ship under attack by pirates. That e-mail by Thomas Urbik makes the peril of these attacks hit home. I can understand his Mother saying her heart stopped.

    Interesting how she was feeding him information so he had a clear picture of the attack on the Alabama.

    Good job Anderson. That is what you want to say when you've been in danger. or someone you love is in danger, I love you, drives you crazy how much you want to say it, makes you feel like you're going to explode

    David Mackenziei s happy to be reporting the return of Capt Phillips and crew. I imagine its a pleasure to report good news.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Isabel Siaba

    Many say that the military action will not be enough to stop the piracy that devastated the coasts of Somalia and policy measures will resolve the situation, but if nothing is done, a war is imminent.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Mike Syracuse, NY

    David Gergen, we should establish an exclusion zone outside Somali territorial waters. Any Somali ship more than 12 miles from the coast should be sunk. Also, the WWI and WWII practice of using Q-ships (secretly armed merchants) to take out pirates. We have the means, we just need the will.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    @ David Gergen

    Teens are easier to mold. Our own military like to enlist kids just out of high school for this reason...

    April 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    We really need to get control over this or it will really get ugly. I do not think arrest will be a deterrent for these people.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Vanessa, TX

    you would think that traveling thru those waters they might have some sort of security...is there guidelines to having guns for protection? cuz Maritime laws are pretty strict, but they have to protect themselves..I hope they are ok..

    April 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  21. Cheryl, Rhode Island

    I thought the captain had been moved from the Bainbridge to another boat for the medical check up? So he wouldn't be on the Bainbridge now would he?

    April 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  22. Maureen T, Canada

    Good evening all! What's up with these pirates!? This is getting totally out of control! Enough already.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  23. Rafael Bronx,NY

    These pirates are getting way to out of hand here. I mean first they take over U.S. Ships and second they take a captain from a ship hostage, and third there now treating U.S. boats and trying to kill people from the boats. I mean this sounds pretty scary and it should be stopped immediately. I can't believe that four boats have been taken over by pirates this past week.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Cristy Kirssin

    Hi Anderson, Erica, Bloggers!

    What's up with all these hijackings?

    April 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  25. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Almost unbelievable that those pirates - many of them teenagers - are continuing to attack ships out there. Not sure why the US and other nations can't get together and take them out.

    Will look forward to hearing your views tonight about the President's speech today on the economy.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  26. Esma

    And there's absolutely no other route the ships can take? They can't go farther out in the sea?

    April 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  27. jacqueline, ny

    if piracy has always been a big problem in these parts, why then haven't we been hearing much about it until now?

    April 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Anthonia-California

    Heeey Peooples 🙂

    Such a great ending for the captain that was attacked by the pirates!
    Im glad that his mom was able to know he was alive and kicking too

    April 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Maren in Oregon

    News today is that the pirates who were killed in the rescue of Capt. Phillips were all teenagers, the yongest believed to be 13! This is complete madness.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Adrian

    these Pirate attacks are getting out of control what is the US doing about it? these pirates should be arrested.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Samantha M.

    How much control does the US have over the pirate situation, since it isn't on US turf?

    April 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Go Navy!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    4 more hijackings? Yikes! We need to put an end of this!!!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Rafael Bronx,NY

    Hey Anderson,Erica, and bloogers

    This is such a happy ending tonight with those boat employees being rescued already and those pirates failing to attack.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Glen Up North

    Evening Anderson, Erica, David G and all you bloggers out there.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Michelle

    The situation with the pirates is just getting crazy.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Isabel Siaba

    Another attack a ship!!

    At dawn was a Greek ship with 22 Hostage, right? That horrible situation! That uncertainty!

    In a world in crisis, be pirated in Somalia is a profitable business, the only one work who in a country destroyed by war.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    My heart goes to his mom Kathy Urbik! My thoughts and prayers with her and family.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Esma

    I really hope we can get this entire pirate situation fixed...this needs to stop.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  40. jacqueline, ny

    greetings all!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Rikki, Fargo, ND

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

    The violence just never seems to stop...4 more hijacks? Frightening...

    April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Maren in Oregon

    This is just going to get a lot worse. Whatg's going to happen when they drive an RPG round into a Navy ship? This si going to detriorate really really fast.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Time to take this fight to the pirates. Every ship or boat bigger than an inner tube in Somalia should be sunk. No ships, no pirates.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hello, everyone!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, et al & fellow bloggers.

    Well, i guess pirates' revenge has started!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good Tuesday Evening!!! Anderson, Erica, Jack, David and all the bloggers! You guys at CNN must really be on the run with so much news flying around!

    Sounds like the Pirates want war or payback

    April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Vanessa, TX

    HI Anderson, Erica...all my smartees..Good evening to all..
    Pirates strike again..? I think this is def. revenge...

    April 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Isabel Siaba

    Evening, Anderson Cooper!

    Hi friends and bloggers!

    What a day! Whew!
    Another attack a ship!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica, David G, and my friend twitter/Facebook bloggers!!!
    Happy Tuesday!!!!!!!
    Not good news or not good night to attack other ship, that's scary thoughts! Not good night they e-mail their moms!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Maren in Oregon

    Hello Anderson and Erica, and the whole AC360 Team. Looking forward to another invigorating show!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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