May 21st, 2009
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/21/09

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Tonight on 360°, a look a small town in Montana that would welcome detainees from Gitmo. Yes, they want them. Right now it's a prison with no prisoners. City officials want to fill it with accused terrorists. We'll take you there.

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  1. Dawn T. - Pittsburgh

    I'm tired of hearing what the former vice prez has to say. The amount of coverage he is getting gives him exactly what he wants: an opportunity to justify the record of his administration. They were wrong. Plain and simple. Just when I thought he would fade into the distance after the election, here he is again. He needs to put it in a book and go somewhere and be quiet.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  2. Lori from IL

    While I understand 360 showing both speeches, to remain impartial - I am not interested in anything Dick Cheney has to say - (Liz either for that matter.) Apparently he hasn't received the memo that his term in office ended January 20th at noon.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    You have good point!!!!! You're exactly right!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  4. Marian

    Dick Cheney should just please go away. He has no credibility whatsoever and it is infuriating having to listen to him.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  5. Cessy, Chicago

    I definitely will be looking into both speeches...

    May 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  6. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! Hope everyone is well....

    May 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  7. Nattada, Houston TX

    I am leaning toward the President. I do not think I want to believe what Cheney is saying. I lost him at "the special interrogation is legal and successful".

    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The attacks on the USS Cole, WTC attacks 1& 2, Kobar Towers, and the East Africa US embassies ALL happened long before GITMO. They didn't have any motivational problems to attack us before.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  9. Ana

    I am confused, the former VP is more active now rather than when he was in the White House. Why is he speaking against our current president? He should have done something when when he was VP. He should dedicate himself to hunting since that is what the Republican party likes to do. hint hint Sarah Palin

    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  10. starr formerly known as vincent

    I saw both speeches & my perception was the Pres. Obama, by far, made the most honest & intelligent case regarding torute, Gitmo, & national security.

    Mr. Cheney continues to try to influence by fear and a "rigid", unbending, unadaptable attitude towards the "terror" issue. It is clear that he intends to beat the drum for a long time.

    God Bless Pres. Obama....the Democratic Party should hand their head in shame for their vote against him yesterday.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  11. jacqueline, ny

    Cheney is pleading his case before he can be charged.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  12. Cessy, Chicago

    good evening everyone! another beautiful day here in Chicago...

    Pres. Obama and former VP Cheney showdown is relaly interesting...although I dont very much agree on Mr. Cheney's behavior, i sometimes wonder if there's something that we, Americans need to know...he'e very persistent on his views, so maybe and I say maybe, he wants us to know something...

    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  13. Sandra

    Dick Cheney needs to stop. He's a a stubborn man who is totally wrong. Good for Obama. I am ashamed that this country is in such a mess brought on by Dick Cheney and the Bush administration. Murder works to silence people. Does that mean we can commit it? Even if, which is highly questionable, torture works, we should not do it. Whether it works or doesn't work is irrelevant. Dick Cheney is trying to justify something that is totally unjustifiable. And now you have Lynn Cheney on the program? Please! Give me a break.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  14. azeez, Hillside, NJ

    OMG! We have heard the former V.P and his daughter’s arguments and debate. Now! Can they go away PLEASE…

    May 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  15. Linda

    Dick Cheney sounds like he is hoping for something that is dangerous for our country.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  16. Melinda

    Happy Thursday Anderson and Erica!

    Listening to this on the radio today made me angry. Who does Chaney think he is??? It seems pretty obvious who lead the country during the last eight years. And how about trying to be respectful to our current President when your face shouldn't even be on T.V. Go back to the bunker.....

    May 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  17. Julie - Boston

    War is not politically correct. War is dirty and hard. You either fight to defend our freedom or not there is no middle ground. To get results the fact is you have to do things that are not imaginable and sometimes hard to understand. Water boarding is passive torture. I personally do not feel "torture" of terrorists is wrong.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  18. Lori from IL

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and Fellow Bloggers -

    Hope everyone had a good day.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Tracey - Boston

    Cheney says that bring the prisoners here would costs the American Taxpayer dollars. Personally, I don't know what we should do with the prisoners...but how much does it cost to keep them at their current location: dollars and our reputation?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  20. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    wow, POTUS rocked that speech!

    and again, the Halliburton CEO?!?! ugh...

    May 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  21. Fay - California

    I thinik it's appalling the way Dick Cheney continues to bash the Obama Administrations methods on dealing with terror. Has everyone forgotten that 9/11 happened on Bush/Cheney's watch?! And how completely arrogant of Cheney to whine about President Obama cutting into his speech time.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  22. david

    why hasnt the pentagon released all the attack videos of 911?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Anthonia-califonia

    Heey every1 🙂

    Great to hear that Obama is finally closing down Gitmo! Finally the horrific tales about the tortures in cells would be over. But is Dick Cheney's daughter pro-Gitmo or anti-Gitmo cant remember ?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Dick Cheney is un-American, according to the definition set forth by the Republican Party when referring to someone who speaks up or speaks out.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  25. jacqueline, ny

    I agree with Prez

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Isabel

    Americans don't want to torture. Nobody wants to torture. But after 09/11 nobody wants terrorist attacks or even live in uncertainty or with fear of possible attack.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Greg, Austin Tx

    So are we safe or are we not? Both Obama and Cheney can't be right.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  28. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    Erica, bet you had a fun day! 😀

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Andrea, TN

    "Contrived indignation and phony moralizing"? Way to recognize the concerns of the opposition. I agree with the "rude" assessment. I have a few more words for it too, but let's keep this PF rated. : )

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  30. Mike

    President Obama stated that the Supreme Court had ruled against the Bush administration in 19 of 20 cases, that Gitmo was illegal. Can Obama dismiss or continue to delay the Supreme Court's ruling?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with our pres. Obama's decision to closed Gitmo in Cuba, Bring them to U.S. prison there, I disagree with former vice president Mr. Cheney's comment!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Linda

    Cheney's speech was not important. Now he is just an ordinary citizen. President Obama is being the only rational mind speaking.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. isabel Siaba

    It's a shame the US maintain a base of torture, that violent democratic principles (theoretical or otherwise) of the parents.

    A just opposition is good for any government. It is good to have a critical quality, but the opposition can't forget who won in the last election and which ideas which the people believed to be more correct.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Mike in NYC

    These prisoners are no different from any other high-security detainees. Correctional institutions and the professionals they employ are more than capable of handling them.

    The way people are reacting, it's as if the Gitmo prisoners have some kind of contagious disease. It's ridiculous that this has become a major political issue.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Joyce D EL Mirage,AZ

    I support President Obama all the way.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Nattada, Houston TX

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

    Hope you all had a good Thursday.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. ericacnn

    hi, everyone – two impt speeches to start out the show (and my day)

    May 21, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Dulcie - Denver

    Hey everyone! Rushed home from a long day at work to watch tonight. Looks like an interesting evening.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  39. Tracey - Boston

    Hello. It's been a long time for me on the blog.

    I can't believe Dick Cheney. He needs a reality check.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Linda

    Cheney is being totally unpatriotic! Shame on him!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  41. isabel

    Gitmo means exactly the opposite of what the US preaches as right. It is a contradiction to uphold the rule of law and at the same time, practice torture, or for any reason. President Obama is well aware of the mistakes that its predecessor did and he has the task difficult resolve them.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Zena

    Gitmo is not the real problem. It's the guards who have been trained in a horrendous way! Fix the problem at the root!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. azeez, Hillside, NJ

    Good everning World! I have been awaiting for AC360 all-day...

    May 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    goodevening all! especially my tweeps/FB buddies.

    why doesnt Dick Cheney go away? he isnt the veep anymore, i never heard this much from him while he was veep. i dont want to listen to him now.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Linda

    I wish that Dick Cheney would have some pride and accept that his administration failed.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. jacqueline, ny

    Hey Gang!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Daphne, Rutgers NJ

    Good evening Anderson, AC360 team and fellow bloggers 🙂

    May 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Edurrado(Ed Henry) David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. isabel

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, 360 team.
    Hi, friends, bloggers, everyone

    Gitmo: very much controversy today!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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