August 24th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/24/09

A paper bombshell exploded today when a Houston court released documents showing that Michael Jackson died of lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

And that’s not all—the Associated Press is quoting a single law enforcement official, who says the L.A. County Coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide.

We’ll have the latest on all of this breaking news.

The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into harsh questioning of detainees during President George W. Bush's war on terrorism.   We’ll dig deeper tonight.

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  1. Jacqueline, NY

    Hi Jane! Welcome to the koo – koo's nest.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  2. Daniel

    Come on people, Torture exists as it existed before and will always exist... don't fool yourselves, It is the best way to get answers out of those such as the taliban, and if the United States does such an act.. I believe it is so much for them as it is for us, by this I mean if in doing so they are protecting their best interests and their best interests often are ours!.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  3. BobVA

    James is correct. The majority of citizens know that the nation was at great risk and in the blind after 9/11, but now it's Monday morning quarterbacking time, for people who helped let our defenses down in the 90's.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Sandra Robertson, GA

    Are there any humane interrogation techniques?

    August 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. tom

    what kind of parent lets there kid get sucked into a huricane.Please tell me there will be an invquiry into child endargement at the least

    August 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  6. Lori, IL

    @Devna - I plan to tune in for that "tour" - although I'm not sure Anderson really needs a tour of NOLA! James and Anderson live from NOLA is always a good idea and an interesting show.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  7. Steve - southern Illinois

    It's hard to comprehend that the Bush Administration wasn't smart enough to figure out that torturing people would only create more enemies for us.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Navin R

    I am a huge Obama supporter, but this is ridiculous digging old wounds. re: prosecuting some individual who kept us safe.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  9. Cynthia, NC

    The interrogation techniques certainly pushed the limits. I thought the US was above actions like that.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Sharon Hastings

    What do people think the CIA has been doing all these years? This is a very bad situation. The prosecutors didn't want to prosecute. Good try Anderson getting her to say she didn't agree with the techniques. No one wants to say that they agree with them. But many want to turn a blind eye and not ever be told these things are done. In other words it's fine with them as long as they never have to know about it.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  11. gail

    @ Mike
    The attorney General works for the people not the President. Greg Craig is the President's attorney. AG Holder is doing what the law requires. Period.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  12. David, Indiana

    @Devna AC360, Thanks, it's just hitting me that these documents are just a portion of the investigation.

    What about people who can't take regular flu vaccines, can they take swine flu vaccines? Possibly 90 thousand deaths from swine flu, that's about 30 some thousand more than might be the case with the regular flu isn't it?

    August 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Jacqueline, NY

    @Mark, Pa "hey back for my second episode 🙂 love this show"

    Hi Mark! You're hooked already? Careful I don't think there's an antidote.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Dulcie - Denver

    I read about these CIA techniques over the weekend. I understand that the detainees were suspected of involvement in 9-11, but I really don't feel that the US should be involved in these kinds of techniques. We have to be better than that. Besides, torture doesn't work according to credible sources.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Hi Erica I have a question about backtracking the CIA if there going to do this whats to stop them from going all the way back to the German war this kind of stuff has been going on for 200 yrs. some things should be kept a secret.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  16. Caroline,Los Angeles

    I couldn't believe the stories I heard today about the psychological torture that was allegedly used on detainees. To tell people you aren't even sure are terrorists that we're going to kill their children and sexually abuse their mothers?

    In the span of history I think this will be right down there with Andrew Jackson's Trail of Tears; equally barbaric and with an equal capitalist motive.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  17. Faye Janine Pleso

    Sometimes I get worried about Anderson doing this investigative reporting. It could be dangerous.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Devna AC360°

    @Lori Be sure to tune in later this week when James Carville takes Anderson on a tour of New Orleans as we investigate what New Orleans is like "After The Storm..."

    August 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  19. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I don't think that the CIA interrigators should be prosecuted, as they were under sever pressure from the Bush Adminstration & VP Cheney.

    I do feel, however, that an investigation of the Tactics that were put forth by the Bush Administration (&Cheney) would be a good idea. I think we do need to know how the Executive branch at that time abused its power.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  20. Teresa, OH

    Ms. Townsend is so slick in her answers. She has CYA down to an art.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I find it strange that any discussion exists regarding the ethical implications of the CIA's behavior. These things did not just go "too far," such sadistic tactics are inherently immoral.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "It is getting down to the wire to turn in our clunkers and jalopies!"

    August 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  23. bea

    This is not about whether the interrogators went too far or not in a personal opinion. It's about whether the law was broken.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Lori, IL

    These interrogation techniques are despicable -

    Glad to see James Carville on the show tonight. Always enjoy his imput...

    August 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  25. Linda-Portland, OR

    the CIA went too far...we should be better than that

    August 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Interrogation – didn't they adopt a "by whatever means necessary" policy after 9/11?

    August 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    OK, the Attorney General works for the President. It seems that if Obama wants to not prosecute, that's how it should be. Give the order to drop it!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  28. Ann, Toronto

    I learn so much watching your show. Thanks for great reporting!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  29. Will

    CIA went too far

    August 24, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Grace

    Hi Anderson! Good job!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  31. Victor Nga

    Hi Anderson, how is MJ's family feeling about the fact that the doctor is involved in MJ's death and what will become of the doctor

    August 24, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Jane - Vt

    @ Cynthia-NC. Hello. It is addicting, I read every night.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  33. LorenaR

    i saw the list of presidential books to read but not familiar with any of them except the Thomas Friedman book which i hear is very good. anyone else with a mini=review of the book?

    August 24, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Julie, you can't be serious. MJ was abusing drugs by choice. Of course it's his fault.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  35. Will

    MJ is dead becauase people will not say no to a rich person

    August 24, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  36. andersoncnn

    kelly, dr dhar was saying that most anesthesia makes you stop breathing, that is totally expected, which is why you need equipment to monitor the patient and breathe for them.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  37. Anthonia-(Yay! Area)California

    I think its time for Obama to take a break from working and to enjoy his life..he is only human..!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Cindy - Dyer, In

    Good Monday all, no wonder MJ died.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    My college wouldn't let the CIA come on campus to recruit because they felt they went too far...

    August 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  40. ericacnn

    @Caroline – Dr Drew's comment about people everywhere with money, power pushing for certain care that could end up being *worse* for them was very interesting...brings to mind the old adage "be careful what you wish for"

    August 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  41. Devna AC360°

    @Kelly Be sure to stay tuned as Dr. Gupta brings you inside the Operating Room to explain what Dr. Dhar was talking about...

    August 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  42. mindy

    Hi Anderson!

    I hope everything is going well.

    Just checkin in!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  43. Anna - Canada

    That piece with Dr. Gupta and the patient who stopped breathing was strange. I get that the patient was having surgery. Why did they make him stop breathing????

    August 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  44. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Hi Erica, hope you had a good Friday off! Dr. Dhar was very informative. Seeing the actual drug and the syringe was powerful.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Teakesha

    Wow swine flu could kill 90,000 people that is just like a random death sentence.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Jane - Vt

    Devna AC360 – thank you very much, long time fan.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Sarah in FL

    wow...that piece by Dr Gupta was amazing. And shows that these sort of drugs are not to be messed with by untrained personel. And I think that Dr Murray clearly is not trained to administer these drugs.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  48. David, Indiana

    What part of the investigation, how much of it, does the affidavit comprise? I'm sorry I was late and probably missed this pt.

    That is a long list of sleep medication, but if the facts of the affidavit are in question, then is that list at all accurate?

    Oh court documents...how will the documents be pieced together?

    Dr. Pinsky's pt about standard of care is crucial to me. If extensive care is not done in a hospital, or physician's office, then there might be less help, assistance in giving care.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  49. Nancy

    .25 mg Ativan puts me to sleep and leaves me with a hangover the next morning. And I weigh more than Michael did.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Evening Anderson, Erica, 360 team, David (Indiana) and bloggers!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
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