April 16th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/16/09

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  1. Nattada, Houston TX

    So great to see Captain Phillips is here finally after a little detour. God bless everyone from Maersk Alabama and their families.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  2. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Putting troops on our boarder and restricting access to a few crossings at which every single vehicle is searched would prevent drugs, cartels memebers and illegals from entering.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Richard

    I have an idea for a story. Get the international community to handle the torture situation. Maybe some will be tried. It won't be pretty but it needs to be done. Bring some credibility back to the US.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Isabel Siaba


    April 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Vanessa, TX

    I'm soo glad Capt Phillips is home! wheww..those NAVY SEALs are awesome! kudos to them all..

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  6. gail

    I had hoped that the President too is going after the one that gave the orders for torture. That is Bush and Cheney, however I think that the need to have retribution against Bush or as I heard someone else say today a cathartic moment it will undermine the moral of the CIA agents that serve to keep us safe anonymously . Accountability is this case is making sure that they wrong doings are made public and that Bush will forever have the stain of torture on his legacy. My cathartic moment came on Nov. 4, 2008 when CNN declared Obama the President.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Christine

    Do all of you really think your president can stop drug cartels? If so I have a bridge I'd like to sell you. Drugs will never end, and Obama can talk all he wants it isn't going to change anything. People have been doing some form of drugs since the dawn of time and people will be doing drugs long after we are gone.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Lori from IL

    Glad to hear Captain Phillips is on his way home! Yeah!! What a courageous man.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  9. Rebekah

    @Jasmine – i completely agree! weird, i know, but i would like to see what's going on for myself. i think that's what us teens need (speaking of myself here) – to actually see something to become concerned about it. i had this strange urge to hop on a plane to Mexico the day i heard about the beheadings, etc. people need to know what's REALLY going on south of the border.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  10. John

    Drug smuggling from USA to Mexico – will the recent permissions to travel from UAS to Cuba increase drug flow from Mexico via Cuba to the States?

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  11. Henry

    The goal of a terrorist is to spread terror. If we freak out and feel the need to do evil things back to them, then we become a means to their end. Not to mention torture is widely regarded as unreliable. Why not just monitor better and improve security?

    And yes, some one should be held accountable and investigation should happen. That doesn't mean it has to be a witch hunt, it just means do what we did with the vietnam and WWII atrocities.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  12. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The captain was a very brave man!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Michelle

    It good to see those pictures of Capt Phillips.
    When will he actually get home ?

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  14. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Very exciting that Captain Phillips is coming home! Such an incredible story that he got out of that ordeal alive! Many answered prayers!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  15. Isabel Siaba

    It is good to know that everyone is safe and at home!

    I hope those who are working in Somalia are also good!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  16. Barbara in Boston

    I think the drug problem will be helped by better drug treatment in the US. Fact is, a lot of health insurance policies don't cover drug treatment.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  17. Rafael Bronx,NY

    Finally!!!!!!!!!!!! Captain Phillips is coming back home to the U.S.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  18. Esma

    Finally! Great news! Yay, Capt. Phillips!!!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  19. Caroline, Los Angeles

    OK Erica-I'm with you. Kutchner and all of his kind must be defeated! I hardly ever tweet but I'll go for a worthy cause.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  20. Anthonia-California

    Such a sad story to see teens being used as drug transistors

    April 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  21. Maureen, Georgia

    @ Wayne, Bush did not protect us from 911.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  22. L. Carilo, H.R. CO

    @ Rikki, Fargo ND ~ Ya. Throw in wonderful Wolf Blitzer and adorable Roland Martin...whew. God, I miss pre-election days. Oh, and let's not forget that cutey Candy Crowley.

    Loves these guys. ~ L.C.

    P.S. @ Erica ~ I started following CNN on twitter today. Kutcher must go down. ~ L.C.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  23. Tom

    To Diane, your point about following orders "being an excuse" is right on. If that made it OK, then any war criminal would be exonerated by the defense, "oh, my superior said it was OK!"

    April 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  24. Margaret in OH

    Isn't there a document that outlines specifically what torture is? I agree- a complex issue- I think that there is no doubt that this stuff is torture- but if your son or daughter was killed on 9-11 you might feel differently- But ultimately I think that two wrongs do not make a right- but definitely a complex situation. I do not think the CIA operatives should be prosecuted however- even if they did feel it was not right- they need jobs too and they were doing theirs by following orders.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Rafael Bronx,NY

    I don't know why any teens will want to join a cartel. I mean that's just scary and put all teens in danger.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  26. mo

    well ,this torture put us at the same level with SADAM HUSSEIN ,now i think about it, isn't that what we said we were fighting against ???

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  27. Gilbert Cavello

    I hate to say it but as long as the demand for drugs and guns are here we cant defeat it! They go hand and hand!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  28. Monica M. Williams

    Enjoyed the discussion regarding torture.

    Now what are we "Really" going to do with Mexico? On one hand we criticize the pirates for being thug opportunist. Well, the drug smugglers of Mexico are no different.

    Have a great evening everyone. Good Night. : )

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  29. Giorgios Kalpakidis

    I saw on CNN tonight about no further investigation to be done for the CIA and former President Bush. That reminds me of the Nuremburg Trials and the prosecution of the Nazis, and the same excuse that they followed orders. But we still prosecuted them. This is unexceptible from a civilized country not to obey their own laws.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  30. Jonathan Wilson

    The daugher is on the left. Mother should have spent a little more money.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  31. Roman Koronczok

    During these troubling times, when our US citizens are under atack and threat from crazys and terroists, I firmly believe that the CIA did
    the right thing by water-boarding and what they did has kept our nation safer. It also is a grave mistake for our president, politicians and news people to give our enemies information about the CIA'S methods. This revalation has done great harm to our nation and has given our enemies heart and incentive to damage the USA.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  32. Beth - London, England

    This cannot be a game of retaliation. Its beyond horrendous that so many americans have been killed but thats that. No one should be killed, not the americans, not the terrorists and not the innocent afghan civilians.

    Torture may not result in death but it can mentally damage people for life – make them into a new person, it is unacceptable in this day and age for this to be the way to face problems.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  33. Nattada, Houston TX

    If more and more teens was arrested with drug smuggling, I am afraid the cartels will use younger and younger as a vessel to do it.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  34. Isabel Siaba

    @ David, Indiana

    You're right. Of course! If the prisoner made mistakes, he should have a judgement and assessed their punishment, but never tortured.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Sabrina

    The people on this board that is defending torture do not understand that these individuals who were tortured never was convicted of any crime. They were being tortured to obtain information. How can you say these individuals did not just make up something so the pain would stop? Torture is wrong, and 911 should have never happened. Maybe Bush should have paid more attention to the warnings that he had months before the attacks.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    The mother in that mother-daughter picture is on the right. She's not fooling anybody.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  37. Maria

    The mother is the one at the left

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  38. Rafael Bronx,NY

    These cartels are picking teens to keep there drugs money flowing. Also because teens are easier to recruit.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Caroline, Los Angeles

    OK, the mom is the one on the left.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Debbie Coeur d'Alene Idaho

    Torture should never be acceptable – the fact that the Bush Administration lied about it's use is disgusting – to me the use of it is a display of our arrogance – wanting the rules to apply to all but us – It seems it would increase the possibility of torture being used on our military should they be captured – and our government wouldn't be very accepting of that practice.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  41. starr formerly known as vincent

    These kids transporting drugs is Shocking too! How can they be willing to risk their lives for a "drug run" (or a prison sentence)??

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Cherry B - Ms

    Looks to me like the cartels are one of the largest issues we have now. The money offered to these kids by the cartels has to be incredible temptation. Not sure how you fight that... But, even if there were a way to keep the kids from doing these jobs, the cartels will always find a way. As long as there is such a need and desire for drugs in this country, we aren't going to be able to stop them

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  43. Lori from IL

    How sad that the Cartels are our recruiting kids to do their drug running across the border. They know kids are impressionable and easily swayed by money - how sick of them to prey on these kids.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  44. Kathy, Chicago

    Drug trafficking would be limited if we could slow down or stop the demand. We need to work on the drug problems in the States. Ah, Erica, we all envy you your job!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  45. sean

    Regarding Jeff Toobin's comments on interrogation methods used on some suspected terrorists: it's easy (but myopic) for him to condemn harsh methods - he's never been tasked with finding the next target for mass murder of US citizens. No question that we should avoid using harsh tactics - but they need to be available as a last resort option in emergencies.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  46. martin, tx

    Torture is, and has been a fact of life since the beginnings of nations and peoples. Does anyone really believe that Pres. Obama would not use torture if, for instance, a terrorist knew the location of a nuclear weapon set to explode in 24 hours in an American city? In the REAL world, tough decisions must be made.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  47. Jessica, KY

    Kids in my little brother's school do that– strap drugs to their bodies, and sell pills and cocaine in school.
    Mitch McConnell isn't very aware, I don't think. Or he doesn't care, because it's kind of a rundown school. It's no DePont Manuel.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  48. Michelle

    Sadly it"s the easy money that is the appeal
    for these kids.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  49. Keevan Abramson

    We prosecuted German's who were "just following orders" for war crimes. What a double standard!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  50. Vanessa, TX

    We hear along the border about these teenager being recruited to smuggle drugs…they target the kids that want the fast cars and want to make fast money..they also target teenage girls…especially during prom season…alot of these young girls want quick money to buy themselves designer dress for prom and will be drug mules..its so sad cuz they end up in jail or missing

    April 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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