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. Aretha

    @Sharon, then what sets you apart from those alleged terrorists? Americans are supposed to "better" aren't they. Thank heavens we now have a rational, ethical person at the helm.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  2. azeez, Hillside, NJ

    If we don’t close GITMO now ....How long do we want to keep it open for? 100 years? 200 years? It is unsustainable – PERIOD!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Anna

    The interrogation techniques probably saved thousands of
    American lives. If your family's lives were being directly threatened by terrorists and their lives could be saved by employing these legally approved interrogation techniques, would you still be so vehemently opposed to their use?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Chris

    The media should not be giving Cheney free air time to further insult the public's intelligence. Instead, him, Bush and their cronies should be apologizing for putting the US in debt to China for over a trillion dollars for a bogus war; which is more of a legitimate national security issue than the false claim they are peddling. Also, the media should be lecturing Dick "the liar" Cheney to apologize to the parents of the countless of innocent brave teenage US soldiers who've lost their lives and thousands more with no limbs and no future based on the bogus war; Furthermore, Cheney and Harlibuton have profited from bogus war. In a nutshell, Cheney does not have an once of credibility left, therefore he should shut up.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  5. Jane

    Close Gitmo today, let all the occupants leave, Obama sees the intelligence briefings everyday and he seems to suggest there is nothing to worry about. What were we supposed to learn from that speech today? Too many speeches.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Tamara

    Am I the only waiting for Cheney to say "...you want me on that wall; you need me on that wall"? When is it ever okay to become exactly what we are fighting against? It dishonors the memory of those who fought valiantly in the gulf.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  7. Christine, Minnesota

    Your interview with Liz Cheney was great. I think she is the "irresponsible" one, as is her dad. Why is DICK Cheney given airtime, holds a press conference? Is he paying for this airtime? He said nothing for 8 yrs. His time is up. I like how he and his daughter or even the Dems. for that matter won't use the word "torture". What exactly is enhanced interrogation? I've never agreed with Jesse Ventura, was embarrassed that he was our governor, however him talking about torture last week on CNN was the only time he has made sense.
    Dick Cheney please go away, and take your fan club with you.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  8. Rick in PA

    I'm a republican, Dick Cheney is one of the reasons we only have 23% of the American population. Dick, do us a favor and just leave quietly for your sunset. You are one of the reasons we are hated around the world. We either stand for our principles or we don't.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Americans said "no" to the republicans at the ballot box and this continued diatribe underscores one of the primary reasons why WE chose the current administration to run our country. The Cheney's are fanatical liars and Americans know it–except those Americans who are in denial simply because of their own bitterness over losing the election.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Lori from IL

    David Gergen -

    I disagree that Dick Cheney should be speaking out - while I believe debate can be healthy for the country - I think the Republicans should find another spokesperson for this issue.

    Cheney is using "fear mongering" to try to advance his party. He cannot accept the fact that the country voted the Republican party out of office and the Repubs are scrambling for a voice, because they are out of ideas.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  11. joan grandizio

    P.S. Besides, you cannot trust information obtained by means of torture. Information obtain by means of torture is not credible if given under duress. Additionally it is inadmissible in court and is otherwise useless!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  12. David B. - California

    The discussion of torture policy is good. The American people may change their mind on this in the future as they have often done on other issues. If there is future loss of american lives due to terrorism, and it comes to light that someone in american custody had information that if known, could have saved lives, then the American people will turn on Obama.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Steve Miller

    If we use the argument that the end justifies the means, then where does this end. During WWII the Natzi's used torture to perform horrific medical experiments. These experiments generated valuable medical information used today. Are we now saying this would be "justified". Can we now start to torture prisinors in custody if we belieive that someone's life is in danger. I can't believe that anyone believes that the "end justifies the means" is a viable argument for anything

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The last administration fought on oil not terror.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Sandra, it's debatable if it's torture. Even if it is, what's a little water in someone's face if it stops another attack.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. dave

    The Cheney family would be wise to walk off into the night. Bush and Cheney are lucky they have not been tried for treason.They took america into an unwarranted war and during war time they outed an american spy,Valerie Plame.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Maclean

    Wow. The power of speech and democracy.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Linda Emmart

    Cheney is no longer a man of integrity. President Obama has enough to occupy his time and efforts without Cheney taking focus off ALL the important issues America has to deal with. Let's just end this Gitmo legacy and get going with some real changes in America!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Ross O. Reitmeier

    Good interview with Liz Cheney! Anderson, I don't mind your aggressiveness, just hope you are that aggresive with Nancy Pelosi next time. Good rebuttal questions, hope you can muster some of that emotion when you question an Obama administration member. Show me that you can grill both sides of the political spectrum with equal gusto.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  20. Christie - Scottsdale, AZ

    Wow! Incredible interview! I've really been struggling with my identity as a Republican for the last couple of years because some of my views swing to the left and I have been less than inspired by Republican figures that were put in the forefront. But I'm starting to find my way back. Cheney's speech really articulated my thoughts and feelings on national security today (It's number one to me). His daughter is proving to be amazing as well. I also had the oppurtunity to meet Mit Romney this week who provided me with an answer to a question I asked that reminded me why I am a Republican. Again, incredible interview!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  21. Maureen T, Canada

    Excellent interview with Liz Cheney! You held your own with her. Bravo.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  22. Scott

    Why did you have Liz Cheney as a guest? She is no more qualified to discuss torture than I am. She's never served in the military, and she has never interrogated anyone. The people you should have as guests to discuss this issue are national security experts, members of the military, and those who have interrogated terrorists. Then we'll start to have some accurate information about this important issue come to light.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Chantelle

    Even if terrorists managed to somehow 'train' for the torture methods described in the released documents, why would it matter, considering that the US isn't going to be using those methods anymore anyway?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Dick Cheney is Beelzebub ... he is unrepentant and would not be making speeches from where he belongs, Federal Prison!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Carol

    Cheney's daughter just stated that what Obama has done has tied the hands of any president in the future to use extraordinary efforts (torture). Those type of methods should be denied to any president because those type of methods are WRONG. We are supposed to be above those type of actions. America has always been proponents of what is right and humane and what Cheney and the Bush administration has practiced has been the opposite of America and our values. Imagine the outrage and retribution if those methods had been practiced on our citizens in another country.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  26. gail

    @ David
    So do agree with the Cheneys that our new President has endangered our country? The politics is all they have is fear mongering and that it. I want Cheney to show some intellectual heft. President Obama showed that intellect and Bush and Cheney had no plan at all. They panicked and panic led them to disaster.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  27. laurie

    As far as I am concerned they can send the gitmo prisoners to the U.P of Michigan where I live the federal money will do wonders for our econonomy instead of cuba's

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  28. Kristen - University Park, PA

    Dominic: I don't deny we safe under Bush administration but I do disagree with being unsafe during Obamas administration and I disagree with torture and Dick Cheney apparent life goal to bring down Obama because he dares to rise above and do what is right regardless.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  29. Gisella

    Hello Anderson!!! My God who does Mr. Cheney daugther think she is??? This interrogations tactics are inhuman, no matter what she said torture is wrong!! shame on Her!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  30. Bridget, TX

    I respectfully disagree with David that former VP should have access to the media to elicit fear amongst the American people. I do wonder why VP isn't being charged with treason.

    Will the media give the same support to any radical group that wants to speak against the President.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  31. MT

    Lynn Cheney proves herself to be a chip off the old block–cherry-picking facts as well as or better than her old man does and distorting and twisting reality with the most condescending and offensive smile. To claim that terrorists can now "train to" the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" is as absurd as it's insulting. I'm only sorry she got so much air time!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  32. Barb Rees

    I just turned AC 360 off because I saw no relevance to listening to
    "cha-ching" Cheney's daughter, "in your face and you are wrong AC" Liz. To me her appearance only proves that the former Veep needs everyone he can get out there to defend his case for torture. Close Gitmo and send all the prisoners to Cheney's home state where he can guard them against the Amnerican people.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  33. Miss J

    @Linda…I’m convinced Cheney would like nothing better than to be vindicated by an attack on American’s.

    Casey, I agree with this. After listening to him – I think that he really wants that. I think he's salivating for it.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  34. Danny Howard

    Looks like Dick Cheney has yet again put on his angry bitter old-man cape and flown back in time to the days of Hoover. He's the best aly the DNC has. What a joke he is. Why does anyone care about what he has to say. Does his 4 deferments from the Vietnam war qualify him as an expert ? I don't think so.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  35. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Very well said-the Republicans are attempting to regain ground they had in 2002-2004. How tragic that they don't have any new ideas for foreign policy but keep pulling out the old playbook.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  36. Tracey - Boston

    POTUS whole reason for his speak today was to change the Senates mind about closing Gitmo and the real need for the funds to do just that. He used different reason on why we should. What didn't speak to one set of people to other reasons speak to others. And now a few are changing their minds.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  37. Adrian

    Anderson i want to thank you for asking some very valid question tonight, very well done!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  38. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    Hey David Gergen! I feel as though Liz Cheney was rather rude to Anderson. Our POTUS did a great job on the speech, I feel as though he is trying to bring pride back to us Americans. He is reminding us that our country is great because of the ability to take the moral high road.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  39. robyn caffrey keyser wesr virgina

    hey " everybody
    i was waching dick cheney , he was talking like he was sorry for how he was in the past, and he mentioned a few times that : the americans want this he was saying ') we cant let them down anymore.
    i mean his speach sounded so much like he was chocking on his words, like him and the others ' were threaten that they cant go on nation wide tv anymore.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  40. Cessy, Chicago

    wouldn't be interesting to interview former presidents and vice presidents and see what they have to say about all this? is this possible?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  41. Kent

    Hey Anderson I think you did a great job with Dick Cheny's daughter,Keep up the good work

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  42. Lynn

    Cheney keeps changing the numbers of people that were "saved" through torture...some times it is "thousands", sometimes "tens of thousands" and somettimes "hundreds of thousands.

    If this were true, he should be able to tell exactly when and where rather than be demanding memoes. If I knew of an event like that, I would never be able to forget the when, where and who.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  43. Paul Muraida

    That former V.P. Chaney feels the need to comment on President Obama's position regarding Guantanimo Bay is ridiculous. He is no longer our Vice President and needs to understand that we elected a new Administration partly because of Bush & Chaneys apparent blunders regarding govermental procedures and this issue. The entire Chaney clan needs to button up or shut up.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Isabel

    @ David, Indiana

    I agree that Dick Cheney is doing a great job.
    A firm and strong opposition is vital to a democracy, regardless of which side we are. 🙂

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  45. emmanuel

    i can't beleive you let liz cheney talk you down out of the schlesinger report.
    she pull a fast one on you please get her back on the show and do what the Coop (thats you) does best

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  46. jacqueline, ny

    I guess Liz will be running for office or something.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  47. Michelle

    Mr. Gergen is right. It has been settled.
    Obama isthe president.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Nancy

    Anderson, why were you so soft on Lynn Cheney (as many interviewers have been). You shouldn't let her talk over your comments and you should call her out when she is rewriting history. She told so many lies in that interview and you should have kept pushing with what is the real truth and not let her run over your comments. Thank you.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  49. tdc

    What seems to be overlooked is that Obama started this by releasing the memos to intimidate and threatened to prosecute–this was to stop opposition by Republicans in other areas.-Any time there is opposition there are attacks and intimidation by this administration

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Adriana

    The Bush administration, including former vice president Dick Cheney, defend these ingterogation techniques, saying that it kept the americans safe at home. What about the americans that died and die every day in Irak? How did the Bush administation keep them safe? What about all the soldiers that were injured in the war? Who ptotects them?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
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