April 16th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/16/09

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  1. Rebekah

    i'm still in shock from this murder case regarding that poor 8 year old in California. It boggles my mind how these things happen. I hope we can get to the bottom of this soon. Sunday school teacher raping and murdering? what has this world come to?

    April 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  2. Caroline, Los Angeles

    This case of Huckaby is so strange. It's also strange how she went to the police and talked to them. I wonder about her history.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  3. Miss J

    I still think it would be cool to date a Navy seal. Maybe they are too intense though.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  4. Debra Tenney

    It's easy to say 'no' to torture.
    Say you have a prisoner who you know is knowledgeable about planned future attacks – like the release of a deadly gas in a subway system.
    Do you ask nicely for them to tell you the information?

    April 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Nancy

    Thank you for putting this in perspective.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  6. John, MD

    Those snipers are amazing!!! Imagine how difficult it is to accoplish this wonderful action on a covered boat which by the way was swinging because of the ocean wave. That was really wonderful!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Rafael Bronx,NY

    Whats twitter . I mean i keep hearing that all over CNN about Ashton but i mean i don't know whats that. All i hear it about reaching 1 million.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  8. Fay - California

    That video of Sandra Cantu innocently skipping down her street moments before her life came to an end is heartbreaking.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  9. starr formerly known as vincent

    I have found this murder story (of an 8 yr. old) so disturbing, that i have to turn the sound down at times.

    This is truely one of the most tragic stories i have heard (and news on anything has not been good lately).

    April 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  10. Miss J

    Do we know this lady's (Huckaby) motive yet? She really did it alone?

    April 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  11. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    so sad, a funeral should NEVER be held in an Elementary school

    April 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  12. carolyn cee yah

    anderson i dont believe this woman did this crime,
    i think she is taking a fall for someone close to her.

    she look like he is mental.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  13. Genevieve M, TX

    Huckaby is a disgusting excuse of a human. I hope she gets the punishment she deserves.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  14. David, Indiana

    Isabel, yep the Twitter contest is heating up.

    A lot of money offered to young people to work for cartels that are murderous, not good.

    Does torture work? Maybe. Stealing works too that doesn't make it right. It a violation of the most basic human right

    That was an incredible thing that sailor Mr. Cronan said. Others around us do help us keep going in difficult times, and the desire to be with those we love gives us strength too.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  15. Beth - London, England

    It takes a brave, brave man to do what the capt. did. He deserves a hero's welcome home!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Gary always surprises me with his unique and diverse reports. It is always a pleasure to watch them!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  17. Nattada, Houston TX

    @Erica..I have Twitter account. Rarely use it, though. But after I saw Larry King's respond to Ashton. I went right in and follow CNN Breaking News. Want to see you guys win here. I also follow Richard Quest the same day. 🙂

    April 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  18. Rebekah

    @starr formerly known as vincent – i think it's mostly the money that draws teens. i mean, wouldn't all of us like to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in a few weeks? morally, it makes no sense, but if one is narrow-minded, it can.

    i think the drug-dealing-teens kind of comes back to Obama's stance on public schools, actually. if schools and communities were better cared for and teens were better cared for, this wouldn't have gotten nearly as out of control as it has.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Obaje@Kissimmee

    Killing the Pirates has only opened a new chapter in this war against pirates ,since we dont have a record they ever killed any hostage but it had to come to this, its now time to end it!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  20. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Thanks for joining in tonight. Special thanks to those who corrected me by pointing out that the British did attack the White House in the War of 1812. You are right and I should have remembered Dolly Madison hiding things at the White House. But I would still argue that the attack of 9/11 was the first time in generations - and the first time in living memory - when people working at the White House had literally to run for their lives. And thereafter, top officials received daily threat assessments that were hair raising. Were they wrong in condoning waterboarding? Yes. But there were mitigating circumstances, as they say in the law, and I think that before we yell and shout and hang people from a tree for what they did, we ought to be mindful of the terrible circumstances in which they found themselves.

    Now, as for the CIA agents being compared to Nazi guards, I think that comparison is totally unfair to our CIA agents. The Nazi guards murdered millions of innocent people when they obeyed orders. Our
    CIA agents were asking headquarters what and how far they should go in very, very hard cases - and when they then did it by the book as the book was written. Very different. And I think it would be wrong now to punish them after the fact, when they acted in reliance upon what officials in the U.S. Justice Department said.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Jen

    I am so very jealous of Gary Tuchman. Highest respect for the snipers and SEALs.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Steve - southern Illinois

    Man I love this blog.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Splash

    Having served in the US Armed Forces, part of survival training included under going Interrogation techniques used by other countries. Today, the techniques used in US military survival training is being called torture. The standard that distinguished whether it was torture or not was, "as long as it's not permanent" There was news story that videoed a former Seal being water boarded. Under our US military training standards, this is not torture. There seems to be a double standard based on public opinion, rather than real world standards. We train our Brave service men using these techniques and it's not torture. We use the same techniques on Terrorist and the lawyers and news broadcasts call it torture.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Miss J

    The mother is the one at the left

    That's funny – I thought the mom was on the right.

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

    Wow! This torture topic really has folks stirred up. On the Navy Seals, how remarkable they are!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  26. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    totally with you Nancy. I don't think the US has a plan for total annihilation.....

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  27. Bob

    Dissapointed in David Gergen tonight. Explain to me how seeking out the facts in alleged torture and holding those accountable leads to a witch hunt? This isn't a congressman with a secret list of 14 socialists in the legislature.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  28. Esma

    I'm hoping that the legalization of gay marriage spreads quickly throughout the whole country...it's way overdue.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  29. Jacqueline, NY

    @Barbara in Boston,

    TBB (Tenor Bass Baritone) in the house! LOL!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  30. Andrea, Newport News, VA

    Mr. Gergen,
    Eichmann' s defense was that he just followed orders.
    If the CIA employees can deny personal responsibility for their actions because the had the legal blessings of the justice department then the door for tyranny has been opened.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  31. Anita, CA

    Anderson...why do you think that the Navy Seal's learning how to kill is cool but the torture tactics used by the CIA is unlawful?

    April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  32. Johnny, KY

    I hope New York takes this civil rights momentum and runs with it!! Same-sex marriage would be a great thing for NY. They'd beat New Jersey...!

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

    Gary Tuckman, our guy in the field. Thanks for a glimpse inside the SEALS training. And by the way, who knew you were such a good shot!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Sharon

    David Gergen, you were very quick to use the phrase witch-hunt in speaking about going any farther up the torture responsibility ladder during the Bush administration. Please acknowledge that we as US citizens have the right to see that those responsible for imposing, I repeat imposing, the "guidelines" for this abuse should be held accountable, or else you justify torture by the governors of any country which comes under attack and make null the US ratification of the Torture Convention in 1994.

    It's not a "witchhunt" to seek out those responsible for all the damage done to the country. It is called bringing them to justice.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  35. Dulcie - Denver

    Whoo hoo, Gary Tuchman! You get to have all the fun!

    Excellent piece, as always. Thanks!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  36. Barbara in Boston

    @ Kathy - I did lose someone on 9/11: a friend from college who worked at the WTC. I am against torture.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  37. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The Navy SEALS go through ALOT of training. I went to school with a guy who went into the Navy to be a SEAL and he had to drop out due to an injury, but he said the training he did go through was very intense and exhausting

    April 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  38. gail

    @ Sean
    No less than John McCain a man that was tortured has said its wrong and the info that is gained is not reliable. Whether you are tasked with finding out the next targets, as an American ideal,WE do not torture.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  39. Samantha M.

    regarding teens involved in drug war,
    I can understand the temptation the teens feel regarding the money, but i can't understand these drug cartels...

    April 16, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  40. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Man, Gary Tuchman is definitely multi-talented...a couple weeks ago he was standing in waist deep water in North Dakota and now he's learning how a Navy SEAL Sniper is trained!

    The Navy SEALs are amazing! Nothing but love and respect for those boys!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  41. karen

    Didn't Gergen say that subordinates must assume it's OK if superiors say it is? Wasn't that the defense of the atrocities of Nazi Germany? "We were just following orders."

    April 16, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  42. Nancy

    No one wants to have someone tortured. BUT, please don't compare this to what the Germans did. Not even close.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  43. Maureen T, Canada

    Those U.S. Navy SEAL snipers were awesome! My goodness! Gary Tuchman was alright too! 🙂

    April 16, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  44. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    I would love to go through and learn how to snipe things. Fascinates me how a person can actually snipe something three miles out.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  45. Sara.OR

    Erica, u gotcha me 2 on twitter

    April 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  46. LisaL - Canada

    Some demand answers – then the answers are not good enough. Some demand transparency – then it is not transparent enough. This is just the nature of the way things are. I've heard so many people say "Get Over It and Move On". Maybe that is good advice.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  47. John Stewart

    You said tonight that only Dick Cheney confirmed that enhance interrogations saved lives or thworted attacks. I beleive George Tenent also confirmed this fact. I'd bet other intelligence officials could do the same. The problem is that most journalists while fulfilling there quest for news don't understand the need to keep certain things classified for a multitude of reasons. The most important to me is to keep people safe who are putting their own lives on the line.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  48. Vanessa, TX

    Great job reporting Gary Tuchman! I love his reports, how hands-on he is.!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Wow I am impressed with Gary's shooting! A man of all trades!

    April 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  50. Brian Horan

    Hello Anderson Torture what about every one that lived through the (911) attack thay are still Tortured and so are the men and women that are serving in the military now. So whats the diff.

    April 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
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