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May 15th, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/15/09

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Tonight on 360°, who's lying? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in Washington, or the head of the CIA? At issue, who knew what and when about terror interrogations. We're keeping them honest.

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  1. dorothea

    It seems that transparency is only to be used by one side of the political aisle shinning its light on the other but never upon itself. Seems that Nancy P. doesn't want to be in the spoltlight.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  2. vicki nikitin

    I'd like to know the Speaker is a lier or not. That to me is more important than the waterboarding.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. gail

    Who gains from the spotlight shifting to Nancy Pelosi on the torture issue? Former President Bush and Former Vice President Dick Cheney. This whole debate should not even be going on about who knew what when because being bound by law Nancy Pelosi could not have spoken about the briefings anyway. Let's bring it back to the real point, President Bush and Vice President Cheney knowingly and blatantly broke the law by authorizing torture. That is the first, second and last point. Period. That is the issue, not Nancy Pelosi, who was not speaker of the house nor did she have the power to stop an authorization that had already gone forward.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Minou, New York City

    @ Gail: I'm with you on that!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Mary Stolle

    This sounds like a bunch of distraction and noise. I'm sure Nancy may not remember when exactly she was told or heard of waterboarding etc., But when was it we all heard about it. WE ALL KNEW The BUSH ADMIN were Torturing prisoners. My question is why was Bush voted into office again, once the American People knew. How could we put that monster back into office, should we all be prosecuted or should we concentrate on the monsters that drew up the laws and forced our protectors to commit crimes against humanity?

    May 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  6. stuart

    nothing will ever change in washington they all lie and they will keep doing it

    May 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hi all. The news is all bad here. How is it in your neck of the woods?

    May 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Anthonia-califonia

    Happy Friday Everyone!!
    Pelosi should just come clean...

    May 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Steve - southern Illinois

    I don't know who to believe.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Cessy, Chicago

    I dont think that the CIA will admit to lying...why would they? they are the CIA. Admitting to lying would discredit them.

    but yeah–somebody is lying. Someone ALWAYS does.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They seem as though they are blaming on the rain. It was a bad day.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  12. katy

    does anyone remember that the CIA lied to all of us about what evidence they had for WMD's. why is everyone in the media so shocked that they might be lying again??? If there was some investigative journalism going on we might actually get at the truth

    May 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Fred

    DAVID – Pelosi cannot be telling the truth because that would require several versions of her story to be simultaneously true. That is impossible. More importantly, David, why don't you grow a pair and take a stand on this? We do not want these questions to remain unanswered, no matter how inconvenient for Ms. Pelosi and her posse. It's very disappointing to hear you say that the whole affair will merely disappear without anyone be held to account. Please rethink your position.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  14. mickey

    OK-Honesty and professionalism–Gergen
    CIA gave us WMDs and got rid of torture tapes
    Graham details everything
    Those CIA notes do not have Pelosi's signature saying that she agrees with the notes of the meeting taken so in a court of law those notes are not valid–in the future congress and the cia should make that a requirement of all meeting notes
    then we won't have he said and she said

    May 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  15. ann

    Is it possible that neither Speaker Pelosi nor the CIA are "lieing"? I have been in many corporate meetings where people on one side the table thought they heard something completely different than people on the other side of the table.
    Because this happens so often in meetings usually minutes are published afterwards that can be reviewed.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Minou, New York City

    There's nothing more unreliable then memory.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  17. David, Indiana

    Evening Anderson, Erica, everyone. All right it's Friday...I like the beginning of the week better.

    Give me a good weekend sometime.

    David Gergen with Madam Speaker and the CIA director at "sword's point" as you say it does seem like we're getting bogged down.

    The tit for tat between Pelosi and Panetta...I don't know...release the photos that the ACLU wants and the memos that Cheney wants.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson
    Sleepless in Germany,so a good reason to watch your show.
    Oh Anderson,thank God its friday.no day longer.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Renee

    Pelosi must come clean and jog her message and memory. She how has put the integrity of the agency at risk. This involves agents and real lives. I smell another Valerie Phame scandal.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Lauren--NY

    Thanks to the 360 team for investigating this. One of the guests on Campbell's show earlier (not sure who it was) stated that we'll never know what went on in that briefing room because in order to find out we'd have to prosecute people in both parties, and I was infuriated. Evidently the best way to break the law is to register with one major party and make sure your accomplice is registered with the other, both of you run for office and win–because God forbid we investigate people in both parties. Scary thought, that in order for their to be any kind of accountability in Washington–as you said, Anderson–it has to be in someone's political interest.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  21. david

    WOW!!!! Come on Anderson. You are letting that guy call for a cover up. Pelosi calls for a truth committee and when she gets caught lying your guest says lets just let it all go.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  22. Lori from IL

    Why would we be surprised is the CIA is not telling the truth - so much of what they do will never be known to the general public - they can always hide under the "national security" claim.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  23. Marian

    Why can't 360 get a live interview with Speaker Pelosi and someone from the CIA with notes concerning those meetings and then try to get to the truth?. 360 is probably the best format for this as, in my opinion, is the least biased show out there. This would be so much better than using a panel who really have no idea what really happened and are in a guessing game only. Pelosi has asked for an investigation and that should be fairly telling.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  24. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! This Pelosi and CIA issue is such an ugly mess.I don't think we'll ever know what really happened.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Lynn

    The whole thing about Pelosi is to take away the spotlight on the torture that was authorized and administered by the Bush Administration.

    It astounds me that the media falls for the Republican hysterics every time.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  26. John Scott

    I think Nancy Pelosi is being disingenious at best – but more than likely has started an avalanche – that should prove fatal to her. As a news story – don't let this outright lie – by one or the other – go. We need to change Washington. Sort out the truth. David Gergin said there is no straight path to the truth – BUT there should be

    May 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Dulcie - Denver

    Good evening everyone!

    I've had a hellish week and I don't think I care who lied and who told the truth. It's water under the bridge. It was an ugly chapter in our history and it probably won't be the last. Let's move on. I don't see what it accomplishes to go on this witch hunt.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Miss J

    Anderson, you really think its rare to see a situation where someone is lying in Washington? Surely you jest.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Cessy, Chicago

    You can't handle the TRUTH! (yay!)–I just like saying this 🙂

    Hi! everyone! good evening....sad that the people we put in office are lying to us...other countries are probably laughing at us. shame..shame..shame...

    May 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. mickey

    Stop the sexist lynch mob attack on Pelosi–Se. Graham supports her side
    Anderson did you say that Bush lied when he said US does not torture

    May 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. katy

    David Gergan is so wrong. She has nothing to hide. He is assuming she is guilty.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Julie - Boston

    I think Pelosi should lose her seat. She is either lying or stupid. Meaning she either knew or did not understand what she was told and does not want to admit to being ignorant now.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  33. gail

    You reporters are missing the point. The point is not that someone is lying, but that the President of the United States George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney authorized torture. Nancy Pelosi is not the issue at all and the distration that reporters are allowing to take hold is just appalling. Last time I checked didn't we get the information on yellow cake from the CIA. @ Anderson, I think for you to question Nancy Pelosi's truthfulness and not that of the former President and Vice President disturbing as well. Nancy Pelosi is not a liar. I will take her word ove rthe political appointees of President Bush anyday.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Paolo

    Hi everyone, Pelosi must come clean. What makes me suspicious is that if Pelosi suspected something fishy about the testimony, why raise it up just now?

    May 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    I believe one of two things. A) Pelosi doesn't remember accurately (as I understand they can't take notes, etc.) or B) The CIA's records are incorrect which has already been pointed by other representatives to as quite likely.

    The easiest way to explain any of it is to simply say, there are only written documents on one side of the briefing, so there was simply no "meeting of the minds." No one who was briefed would have no way of following-up because they have no documentation.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  36. mickey

    This is a sexist old boy network lynch mob attack against the first female speaker of the house. thank goness that Senator Graham with his notebooks hold the truth ,support Pelosi version
    Mr. Panetta did the CIA say we have WMDs in Iraq but none of the neocons are being dragged in the media

    May 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The only person who knows the truth is the person that knows when anyone is telling the truth or not

    May 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Dodie from CA

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

    Ah Pelosi continues to astonish me. lol

    May 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Lori from IL

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Team 360 and Fellow Bloggers -

    Hmmmm...someone isn't telling the truth in Washington? (Not sure that's news, but this story is rather fascinating.)

    Sounds like an interesting show tonight.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Daphne

    Happy Friday everyone! 🙂

    May 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Erin

    Evening everyone. Not sure what's up with the lighting on the webcam. but Anderson looks like he could be a member of the Blue Man group!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Yell, tell the true, the whole true, and nothing but the true!"

    May 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I think Pelosi is really truth under oath and CIA is really lied to us the waterboarding....... I disagree with CIA Leon's comment said!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Esma

    @ Chris Sosa-I don't think there's any way for us to ever know the whole truth in a situation like this. I can see either side lying for various reasons.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Lauren--NY

    Happy Friday, Anderson, Erica, Mr. Gergen, team & bloggers. Nice to be back after a couple of power outages in upstate NY. Very annoying. Thank heaven you guys repeat overnight. 🙂

    May 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Chris Sosa - Botson, MA

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, David, Jack, and bloggers! Hope you're all having a good Friday.

    This torture situation gets more complicated by the second. Is anyone telling the whole truth?

    May 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hello everyone, good evening!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Edurrado(Ed Henry) David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Almost ready for weekend!!!!! Can't wait!!! Thank you god its Friday night!!!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Esma

    Hey everyone: Anderson, Erica, David Gergen, all at AC360, the Tribe, and all the bloggers!
    Yay for Friday!!!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Happy Friday Anderson and everyone!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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