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. Carolyn Dance

    Who ran this country Vice President Cheney or President Bush? Doesn't anyone find it strange we are not hearing from Bush. Cheney was only Vice President why all the coverage?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  2. Bobby

    Anderson I love you here in Atlanta, but Liz Chaney man-handled you in that segment. She looked right at you and the American public and continued the lies of her father and George Bush, she made you looked like a second tier high school debate club co-captain. Come on man! Pull it together!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  3. Bev

    I am very glad that Cheney is out there defending what was done. It is way too soon to assume that Obama's change in policy is a good one, and that it will not have bad consequences. What the CIA did was not wrong or immoral, it would have been wrong and immoral not to do everything possible to keep us safe.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  4. Chris

    And one request- As someone who understands the constitution very well....if you are going to talk about how bush cheney trampled on the constitution, please explain how they did so.....

    "Bush/cheney did ... and by doing so trampled on the 2nd amendment" is not an informed comment....please explain what part of their actions violated the constitution and how...


    May 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  5. Sandra

    I'm happy to see Anderson redeemed himself with his quesstioning of Lynn Cheney in spite of her bullying tactics in answering his questions. She's her father's daughter, all right.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  6. Anthonia-califonia

    congrats to Planet In Peril!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  7. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @David B. -I wouldn't hold my breath for that to happen if I were you.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  8. azeez, Hillside, NJ

    Oh no! @anderson – Is Larry getting ready to retire?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  9. Marianne

    is dick cheney so verbal now as a former vice president?
    WHT was he so anxious to go into Iraq? What did he gain from this sensely war? Cheney was not visible during the last administration unless he was headed to the hospital, a speech from the former president or shooting a friend. President Bush took the fall for the all the bad advice that cheney fed him. WHY? He did not imform the president of how bad the economy was getting, now he's acting like he was the president.

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

    Wow! congratulations for being chosen, Anderson!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  11. Jonathan Wilson

    It's to bad our Country is for sale the way it is. From BUD BEER, Chrysler and now GM.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  12. Philip

    It seems to me the wrong question is being asked about the use of enhanced techniques or torture or what ever you call it. The real questions is: If the CIA or Secret Service had credible information about an imminent threat to the President, and had captured someone who they thought had information, what techniques should they use to get that information? I'm willing to bet they would do anything they could think of.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  13. Miss J

    Congratulations on your award Anderson! Blushing under the heavy makeup is ok!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  14. Daphne, Rutgers NJ

    Congrats on the award for Planet in Peril

    May 21, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  15. Minou, New York City

    Congratulations on your award!!! 🙂

    May 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh boy!!!!! Not good day to hear GM is going to broke! I am really sorry for them!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  17. Steve

    I keep waiting for President Obama to stop running against former President Bush and Vice President Cheney, and recognize that he is no longer campaigning for President of the United States, but is the President.

    President Obama is intelligent, an excellent public speaker, but he tells the American people what they want to hear, and then his policies run counter to his rhetoric. (ie. we still have roving wiretaps, Gitmo, government runs 2 out of 3 American car companies, massive banks, and wants to regulate non-government-funding banks' executive pay).

    I'm sure if we let these Gitmo detainees have lawyers, that they will no longer cut our heads off and drop it off to Al Jazeera/Al Arabiya to be broadcast across the Middle East (and the world).

    May 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  18. Maureen, Georgia

    Pres Obama was handed a mess to clean up economically, 2 wars, GITMO etc. Let's support our Prez.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  19. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Liz Cheney's sincerity is dubious at best. Take a look at her background. Special jobs created just for her by the last administration, questionable administration of a middle-eastern grant program, and the list just goes on and on and on...

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

    ground beef recalls...E. coli...and its bbq season.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  21. William M. Davis

    Isn't it customary to keep war prisoners as prisoners until the end of the war – are we not still at war as regards these prisoners?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  22. Jen R

    Anderson, you did a great job with the interview and David Gergen and the other fellow added some really valuable analysis and commentary. Thank you for being persistent and committed to persenting true facts and evidence in this important matter.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  23. 23e45

    Great job Anderson..... NOW if you just keep it up and all the other reporters did the same thing then..... Well ..... Maybe things would run better and the people that needed to go to jail would go. Keep up the good work.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  24. Sharon Hastings

    And hello again. Very excellent commentary tonite on the treatment of terrorists issue. Yes, I can see it's definitely an important and complex issue that needs resolution. I can't see what benefit the Republicans hope to gain from this conflict. It was wrong, just wrong, can't possibly make it be right.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  25. Steve

    I love how everyone thinks torture right off the bat. It was legal and should of not been released to tie hands of future presidents. By the way, the reason it matters is because the terrorists now know the limits to the techniques. I'm glad no one brought that up in the conversation. And no, I did not enjoy not having someone to argue with the liberal who was obviously pro-obama.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  26. Graham

    I can't believe the Republicans keep saying that the release of the memos lets the terrorists know what tech's the US use, I thought that the Pres had banned them, if so, so what if they are released

    May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  27. Nancy H - New York

    thanks for giving air time to David Gergen and especially Mark Danner – both good antidotes to the Cheneys' distortions.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  28. Christina

    I agree with David Gergen, a good debate is healthy on this. Everyone here wants Cheney to go away...Bush/Cheney did keep America safe which means you and me. Be greatful and don't complain.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  29. David, Indiana

    @Isabel yes, it would be good to get into the press and discuss these issues.

    David Gergen is right to pt out that the public did come down on the President's side in this election. Sort of your pt too Isabel.

    Mark Danner's pt about widespread abuse of prisoners is a concern I have too, disagree w/ former vp on this too.

    Question, do we generally imprison enemy combatants with criminals?

    @Erica, yes, I'd like to discuss some of these questions with people at CNN too, thanks for saying that. I guess that's part of why we're all here on the blog.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  30. Ashley NJ

    Cheney is a do nothing person and why should the American people care about what he think anyway? Will someone tell him the Rep. no longer has a leg to stand on. Look at how many mens and women has lost their lives to this war/no end in site... Cheney need to be put under the jail for that...

    May 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  31. Charlotte Omoto

    Did Liz Cheney have an official position in the previous administration? It sounds like it because she often uses "we" when discussing what the previous administration did. If not how does she know about classified documents? It was my understanding that one can't share classified information even with family members.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  32. Andrew

    Amazing show, following-up a very busy day in Washington. Good job CNN!

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

    @Betty--there have also been no Civil Wars in about 130 years so let's give Bush and Cheney credit for that too (she said sarcastically.)

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  34. Miss J

    I would LOVE for the bank to mistakenly deposit millions in my account.

    I'd pay off my student loans right away – and then when they caught the mistake – I'd tell the loan folks to talk to the bank.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  35. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Andrew. The enhanced methods were used on those who didn't respond to other techniques. It was a last resort to get info on those who weren't giving it by other means.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  36. Gisella

    Lets turn the table!!! if it were them torturing our people we would call them monster. What ever happened to the Geneva convention????

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Tracey - Boston


    Anderson did elude to that when he said that if the Democrats made the same type of remarks during a Republican administration they would be a lot being said as well. She ignored him, If my memories serves during the lively debate.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  38. Minou, New York City

    If Americans don't treat human beings with respect and dignity then how can they expect to be treated well by their enemies? Cheney's ways have only endangered US soldiers even more...and Americans in general.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Jack Pick

    Of course terrorists and terrorism need responsible attention but the source of the most fearful threat to our nation's safety is Mr. Cheney.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  40. jacqueline, ny

    @ Mike, Syracuse, NY
    "I’m just wondering who ‘created’ the terrorists who attacked us in the 90’s long before Bush?"

    Uh.. Bush and Reagan. Remember them?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  41. starr formerly known as vincent

    Excellent panel discussion David & Mark's comments were spot on!
    Everything that they discussed was true, pertinent and informative.
    Anderson, thanks for that discussion and your questions that were excellent too!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Jason

    Here is a good point about the speech from Obama. Congress did not approve his request for funds because of a lack of a thought through plan with objectives and an end goal. His speech was thought to be re rebuttal and provide some vision of the plan. I found that he was very idealistic on the treatment of the personnel at GITMO and what he believes GITMO represents. However he never gave a plan. Regardless if GITMO is a good or bad thing that can be figured out later the point at hand is what to do with GITMO right now.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  43. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    Oooooh, Michael Ware! I miss seeing his mug on the tellie!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  44. Dylan

    Why are people still attacking the Bush Administration, we are supposed to be heading in a new direction under President Obama. Anderson, you are letting Lynn Cheney walk all over you.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  45. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Mark Danner was great. Have him on more often!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  46. jonny

    Anderson! What a great conversation. You obviously did your research- and it was well worth it. Great work.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  47. gail

    I support President Obama and I trust his judgment. He is thoughtful and he plans his moves. Today , he once again proved that we voted for the smart guy this time and affirmed why we did with a speech that was equal to his "More Perfect Union" speech. I am very proud that President Obama is the head of our government .

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  48. Tony B Hayward, CA

    This guy Danner is right on point. Everyone should be paying close attention.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  49. Jim from Boston

    Mr. Cheney and his daughter need to go quitely into retirement. And he needs to realize that he was voted out of office, and that nobody wants to hear his views on anything! And why does Liz Cheney even have security access to any of this. Am I missing something here?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  50. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Caroline, Obama never served in the military either, and has a lot less experience in dealing with this. He has zero credibility.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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