June 10th, 2009
11:59 PM ET

AC360° Contributors' first concerts: Can you guess?

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Erica and Anderson have been reminiscing about their first concerts. Anderson couldn’t remember if his was Grandmaster Flash, the Furious Five or Elvis Costello. Erica admitted she saw Peter, Paul, and Mary with her dad.

That got all of us thinking about our own first concerts. What was yours?

And can you guess David Gergen's? Post your guess here and we'll tell you the answer tonight.

June 10th, 2009
10:35 PM ET

Going undercover inside America's most dangerous hate group

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more about the shooting and about hate groups in the United States on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Sonia Scherr
The Southern Poverty Law Center
Intelligence Report

"White power!"

Nearly 200 racist skinheads, white-robed Klansmen, and other white supremacists chanted racist slogans as they marched through downtown Montgomery, Ala., on a sunny Saturday in March 1991. As they passed the headquarters of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mark Carpenter — the leader of a new hate group called the White Reich — yelled out, "[SPLC co-founder] Morris Dees is a racist Jew and a queer!"

He sounded like a bigot brimming with hatred. But Carpenter had a secret. His true identity was Special Agent Bart McEntire of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. For months, he'd been preparing to go undercover to investigate the skinhead underworld in Birmingham, Ala., which at the time was among the most active and violent in the country. To establish his credentials, McEntire had asked an ATF informant to drop his cover identity's name in white supremacist circles. He'd scoured newspaper articles for details about unsolved robberies and bombings he could claim to have committed. And he'd arranged for the Lexington County Sheriff's Department in South Carolina, where he'd begun his law enforcement career, to conjure a record showing that Mark Carpenter had been arrested for illegally possessing explosives.


June 10th, 2009
10:15 PM ET

Interview with a murder suspect

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear Dan Simon's full report on Detective Lazarus on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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David de Sola
CNN Washington

Two years ago, I was working on a package about art theft that I had pitched for a graduate broadcast reporting class at the University of Southern California. I knew the Los Angeles Police Department had the only law enforcement unit in the United States dedicated specifically to art theft crimes. Detective Stephanie Lazarus was one of the two members of this unit. She had done many interviews on the subject and so I requested one with her for this project.

We agreed to do the interview at Parker Center – LAPD headquarters – where she worked. I arrived late due to traffic delays. Detective Lazarus seemed a bit annoyed about my tardiness at first, and as I recall she teased me about my choice of school, noting that if I had gone to UCLA – USC's crosstown rival and her alma mater – I might have made it on time. Obviously, I had no idea about the murder allegations at the time. Despite my logistical troubles, she was a good interview – very patient, well-informed, comfortable in front of the camera, good-humored and extremely thorough in answering my questions.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime & Punishment
June 10th, 2009
10:13 PM ET

Many faces of 'fake vet' Rick Strandlof exposed

Kevin Simpson
The Denver Post

Editor's Note: Veteran imposter, Rick Strandlof told everyone that he had seved in the military. It turns out all of it was a lie. For more on this story tune in to AC360° tonight.

A tattoo of an angel illustrates his right leg. A devil decorates his left.

But a trail of deceit has stamped Richard Glen Strandlof with another indelible mark: fake military hero who misled veterans, politicians and voters. Many had bought into the story of Rick Duncan, the wounded soldier rallying opposition to the Iraq war and support for struggling vets.

Like the contradictory body art, Strandlof's story winds between malicious deception and actual good works. And it muddies the issue of whether his offense was simply that he fooled the people he purported to champion or that he broke the law.

He awaits arraignment in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center in Colorado Springs on a misdemeanor traffic charge after his

arrest May 12. And while the FBI is investigating possible fraud, no charges have been filed.
Strandlof, 32, spared no detail in his alleged resume: Annapolis graduate. Marine captain. Survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. Wounded three-tour veteran of the Iraq war. An American hero who, in his next act, would stand up for his band of military brothers on whatever stage was set before him — from the Capitol steps in Denver to the campaign stump.

He backed mostly Democratic candidates sympathetic to his anti-war views in the run-up to the 2008 election. Beyond politics, he worked on behalf of homeless veterans in Colorado Springs, an effort that earned him widespread respect.


Filed under: 360° Radar
June 10th, 2009
10:00 PM ET

An excerpt from the alleged Holocaust Memorial Museum killer's book

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Editor’s Note: James von Brunn, the 88-year-old white supremacist who is the suspect in today’s shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, wrote a book in 2002 entitled “Kill the Best Gentiles!” In the excerpt below, von Brunn explains what he calls the “American myth” of equality, which, he claims, Jews fabricated to disguise the reality that “Men and races are NOT created equal.” Warning: This excerpt, like the rest of the book, includes hate-filled arguments and theories and may not be suitable for all audiences. For more on von Brunn and the fatal shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum today, tune in to AC360° at 10pm ET.

James von Brunn
Alleged Holocaust Memorial Museum Killer in his book “Kill the Best Gentiles!”

The “American myth” (created by JEWS) alleging our Founding Fathers intended that all races, from pygmy to Ainu, be invited to our shores, is based on Thomas Jefferson's words in the Declaration of Independence: “...all men are created equal.” The meaning of this much quoted statement has been distorted by the ILLUMINATI which subjectively is re-writing history and wielding the alleged “HOLOCAUST” like a battle-ax at the heads of those proclaiming genetic certainties: Men and races are NOT created equal.

Jefferson's statement can be understood only in context of his Era. Our Founding Fathers were Aryans, men of good breeding who understood, empirically, the great differences existing between strains of horses; strains of live-stock; races of men; and between individuals: knowledge confirmed today by the natural sciences of Genetics, Eugenics, and Anthropology. Hitler, as American boobs are beginning to learn, was not all wrong.

Filed under: 360° Radar
June 10th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/10/09

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Tonight on 360°, new details on the deadly shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. A guard at the museum is murdered. The suspected gunman is an 88-year-old with ties to white supremacist groups who allegedly hates Jews and African-Americans.

Want to know what else we're covering tonight? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

And take a look at our live web camera from the 360° studio. Watch the WEBCAM

Filed under: Live Blog • T1
June 10th, 2009
08:13 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Holocaust Museum Shooting

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a play about Ann Frank and Emmett Till, both victims of hate, was going to be read. That event is on hold because of a new suspected hate killing.

Police say 88-year-old James von Brunn opened fire in the museum lobby killing a security guard. Other guards fired back and von Brunn is hospitalized tonight in critical condition.

Von Brunn has a history of hate. Tonight we have chilling details on his past. What makes him tick and insight on his criminal past.

We also have an exclusive 360° interview with a man who said he was a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq. He also claimed he was at the Pentagon on 9/11. Turns out it was all lies. Why did he do it? He'll explain.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET.

See you soon!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
June 10th, 2009
08:01 PM ET

Free Laura Ling and Euna Lee

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Arsalan Iftikhar | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Founder, TheMuslimGuy.com

Now that the ‘legal system’ in North Korea has ‘run its course’, it is imperative that the Obama administration help facilitate a diplomatic agreement, separate and exclusive of any nuclear non-proliferation discussions, to free American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

Ling, 32, and Lee, 36, both reporters for San Francisco-based Current TV, were sentenced after being accused of a ‘grave crime’ against the North Korean state, according to global media reports.

Their sentence: 12 years in a North Korean labor camp. Their families in the United States are now anxiously hoping the U.S. government can help negotiate a diplomatic rapprochement that will help bring the detained journalists home.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Arsalan Iftikhar • Human Rights • North Korea
June 10th, 2009
06:48 PM ET

Guard killed during shooting at Holocaust Memorial

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Program Note:  Follow CNN's Ed Henry and the latest updates on the U.S. Holocaust Museum shooting on Twitter. Also, tune in to AC360º at 10 P.M. ET  for more information.


A lone gunman killed a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday before being wounded himself by return fire from other guards, sources confirmed to CNN.

The suspect was identified as James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist from Maryland, two law enforcement officials told CNN.

The guard was identified as Stephen Tyrone Johns in a statement from the museum.

The gunman entered the museum at 12:50 p.m. with a rifle and immediately shot a museum security guard, said Chief Cathy Lanier of the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department. Two other security guards returned fire, wounding the gunman, she said.

Keep reading...

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
June 10th, 2009
06:23 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/10/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

President Barack Obama and White House staffers look at a computer aboard Air Force. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners!

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