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April 23rd, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/23/09

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  1. Sabrina

    Bill Bennet just lied the LA plot was not avoided because of torture. They started waterboarding 5 months after the LA plot was exposed. I can not believe these people are allowed to lie about this. There are documented memos with the dates.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  2. gail

    Training to resist torture is not the same and Bill Bennett knows that this is just a dishonest comparison.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  3. Suzi

    Strong beginning to the show. I liked the "Sunlight is the best disinfectant" line.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  4. Tom

    Love the phrase "it worked"....sooooo, in other words, if I spray tiger repellent in my neighborhood and no tigers show up, my tiger repellent worked right. The bottom line is whatever supposed correct info was obtained via torture could have been obtained via other ways.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica,
    Nice see you on live blog tonight!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  6. Gary

    First and foremost, the definition of "torture" would have to be established and a definition in place prior to these events.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  7. Caroline, Los Angeles

    That's not true. The attack that was potentially going to reach L.A. was stopped at the border to Canada. All it took was a well-trained, serious border guard to catch some suspicious behavior.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  8. Isabel

    The techniques of interrogation of the Bush Era may have helped to gather important information about terrorists, even though these practices are prohibited in the UN Convention.

    Until that point, it is valid to defend a nation? And human rights?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  9. Mike M, Kansas City, MO

    Nancy Pilosi is either lying about her knowledge of the interrogation techniques, or is the most ignorant and incompetent Speaker of the House in history.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  10. Lori from IL

    I totally disagree with Bill Bennett - torture is never okay.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  11. Laura - Va

    There has to be a report that can measure if information given during an interrogation/torture spanned out to be true. How often is it the truth vs. something non true that a prisoner will say to make the torture stop.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  12. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Carville at least grants that if lives were saved that the loss of reputation was valid.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  13. Patricia Picard

    They blew up our buildings and killed 3000 people – to hell with them!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  14. Isabel

    Anderson,

    Nowadays, such practices of torture are unacceptable. All involved in torture must be punished.

    I thank the article you stated on Tuesday in the New Yorker. It's shocking the psychological damage that is caused by isolation. I liked so much.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    From what I understand Pelosi was briefed about waterboarding when they discussed "future" techniques and she never objected to it.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  16. Nattada, Houston TX

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, David G., AC360 Team, and all bloggers.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  17. Isabel

    The fear of being killed is a terrifying experience

    April 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  18. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I don't think it matters, Anderson...The United States does not torture...regardless!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Rebekah

    Hey Anderson, Erica and everyone else – can't wait to see all the stories tonight.

    All I really want to hear is someone from the past administration to admit that these "interrogation techniques" were torture. I don't really care either way if anyone is prosecuted or anything, everyone can deal with that. All I want is an admission of lying to the American public ("America does not torture") and an apology. Sadly, though, I don't think we'll be getting any of that any time soon. At least, not as long as Dick Cheney has any say in the matter.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  20. Lori from IL

    I think the difference in these tactics being used for training vs real life situations - is those being trained know there is an end in sight.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  21. Laura - Va

    "When you build the gallows make sure you know who you are going to hang" Very wise words from Bill Bennett.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  22. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    @ Erica

    Nice to have you here too

    April 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Tom

    Ironic isn't it that the most protective person in the history of the US as far as claiming executive privilege, Dick Cheney, and keeping everything secret NOW wants classified material released. HYPOCRITE!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @Chris, you are assuming there were wrongs committed. The same Justice Dept. that Holder now heads made a determination that these techniques were legal. This can never play out in a nonpolitical manner.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  25. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I say prosecute them all including the past administration. If its not ok for our citizens or soldiers to be tortured in other countries then why should it be ok for us to torture others?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Mike M, Kansas City, MO

    Good evening everyone

    April 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good evening, everyone!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  28. Isabel

    Waterboarding is considered to be torture by a wide range of authorities, including experts, war veterans, intelligence officials and human rights organizations.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good question Anderson

    April 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  30. Cristy Kirssin

    Hi Anderson, Erica and bloggers! Getting ready for a beautiful weekend on the East Coast!!!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  31. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! Anderson, Erica,,David G.,Jack and all my buddies : )

    April 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Lori from IL

    Hello, Erica - So Anderson is having a "special guest" tonight - any clues or hints?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with Attoorney Eric Holder, This is really shocking to me they lied to us they were torture waterbroading terrorists!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Laura - Va

    If the Vice President, the Secretary of state, and the Secretary of Defense knew of the tortures at Guantamano Bay, are we prepared to prosecute them?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Isabel

    I read an interview with the Dr. Allen Keller, of the Bellevue NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, and he argued that it was indeed torture and some victims were still traumatized years later.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Isabel

    @ Erica hill

    It's great for us too!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Dulcie - Denver

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and Best Bloggers!

    I'm still kind of fascinated with the whole torture thing. Yes, some of this stuff is used in SERE training, so I think the whole torture label is a bit fuzzy. But regardless, I still think it's a slippery slope that we probably should not have implemented.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    I love how everyone has to deny that they knew about torture.....they all need to man up!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Rikki, Fargo, ND

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

    I'm still just appalled that these interrogation techniques were approved by the Bush administration...

    April 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. ericacnn

    hi, everyone – good to be on with you early tonight!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Given Holder's past with supporting pardons for FARC terrorists, expect he side with terrorist rights over public safety.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Lori from IL

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Team 360 (including Jack Gray) and Fellow Bloggers -

    I find this torture stuff both fascinating and disgusting. Glad James Carville will be weighing in tonight.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Isabel

    Waterboarding? This technique of torture was used in the Spanish Inquisition and for me it was a thing of the past, ie lessons of history.

    How many malpractice, huh! Imagine how much absurd has not been disclosed yet.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson et al, & fellow bloggers!

    It looks like t he torture issues is becoming explosive. Looking forward to the show tonight.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, Anderson,. Erica, David G., Jack, and bloggers!

    I certainly hope the new administration has the guts to make these difficult decisions and bring justice in correcting these, and other, wrongs of the previous administration.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Jack, David and the rest of the bloggers…

    April 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica, David G, and my friend twitter/Facebook bloggers!!!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Isabel

    Good evening, Anderson!

    Hi, 360 team!
    Hi, friends, bloggers, everyone!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. 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 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. One more day until Friday!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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