September 22nd, 2009
06:36 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Gadhafi Tent Controversy

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/africa/09/01/libya.gadhafi.celebration/art.gadhafi.afp.jpg caption= "Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi greets guests at a military parade in Tripoli earlier this month."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The mystery appears to be solved. From the air and on the ground, New York media were in hot pursuit today of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's tent. He's in town for the United Nations General Assembly. But, where did he put up his tent? The answer may surprise you.

The tent is in Westchester County, New York just north of the city on property owned by the Trump Organization. Yes, as in Donald Trump. The organization said in statement: "We have business partners and associates all over the world. The property was leased on a short-term basis to Middle Eastern partners, who may or may not have a relationship to Mr. Gadhafi. We are looking into the matter."

A lot of people are not happy with Colonel Gadhafi's tent location. "There is no legal way to prevent this, as he is a head of state, despite the fact that he has a long history as a terrorist," County Executive Andy Spano said in a statement. "However, from my point of view, he is not welcome in Westchester."

There are reports his  request to pitch his tent in Central Park was denied.  And, last month you may recall there was speculation that Gadhafi would put up his tent in Englewood, New Jersey, on the lawn of a home owned by the Libyan government. The residents of the predominately Orthodox Jewish community didn't want a visit from a leader who has made anti-Zionist statements in the past.  It's also where dozens of victims of the Pam Am 103 bombing lived.  Two suspects charged in the attack were Libyan citizens.  One was never convicted. The other was recently released heightening the bitterness toward Gadhafi.

Tonight we'll have the latest developments on the Gadhafi controversy. And, find out why Gadhafi likes to set up tents when he travels. He's done it in France, Italy, Russia and many other places.

Would you be upset if Gadhafi pitched his tent in your town? Sound off below.

Join us for this story and much more starting at 10pm ET.

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soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. C. N. Olmeda

    Under no circumstances should this ogre be allowed to dwell any where on this planet, except in his own nomadic environment, among his peers.


    September 23, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  2. najat

    Qadhafi should not be welcome here

    September 23, 2009 at 6:54 am |
  3. Erlinda

    He should not have a visa fo enter this country, he is a terrorist.
    If you don't take care of your house who will??

    September 23, 2009 at 6:36 am |
  4. Mohammed Ali

    Throw this guy in presion.... he is very bloody and bad guy.

    September 23, 2009 at 6:21 am |
  5. A. McKinley

    Allowing Qadhafi to pitch a tent the U.S.A is like slapping and spitting in the face of our Soldier's and the families that lost loved ones in Lockerbie bombing. Releasing the Lockerbie bomber, a known ill terrorist was a enough to ruffle feathers; however, a visit from Qadhafi is a crime. What is The Donald thinking? Oh, yeah, money, money, money... GREED. This is an insult!

    September 23, 2009 at 5:35 am |
  6. sandy

    Jennifer, it's obvious by your blog – you're an intelligent person, but think about this. What happened to kadafi's people in the colonial 1930's wasn't done by anyone in this country today. He needs to get over it! Try not to make excuses for his bad behavior - can you do that

    September 23, 2009 at 5:34 am |
  7. shelby

    Who is next to pitch a tent on American soil? Osama Bin Laden? Apparently, Americans put more worth on the dollar than morals and ethics. What a truly disturbing site to see.

    September 23, 2009 at 5:24 am |
  8. drew barker

    i flew for panam world airways.it is a sad day for everone in the airlines...the man should be banned.

    September 23, 2009 at 5:23 am |
  9. sandy

    obviously we all know, or should know that Trump doesn't care what we the people think. Bottom line, there's gotta be something in it for him. We just don't know what it is -yet!

    September 23, 2009 at 5:20 am |
  10. perry bohanon

    if donald trump welcomes this sponsor of terrorism to his property, while our sons and daughters are dying to protect us from the very people he has counted as commrades, then he is a sympathizer, just as if he smuggled the bombs in himself. Ghadaffi should be run out of town on a rusty rail with the people of new york right behind him

    September 23, 2009 at 5:10 am |
  11. Michelle Walker

    I am angered that Gadahfi would be allowed to come to our soil. Whats next ? Bin Lauden pitches a tent on the lawn as well, maybe he's reformed to along with Sadahm Husain. This along with many other choices Obahma has made for this country shows quite clearly we the people should be concerned. If I may be so bold as to correct you Obahma this is not your country, your America this is OUR country.

    September 23, 2009 at 3:07 am |
  12. Tawnie D. Bakersfield, CA

    How can we allow a known terrorist like Gadhafi to enter our country? My brother was on the navy carrier that bombed his compound in the 1980s and I feel by allowing Gadhafi to so much as step a toe in US soil is just a "spit in the face" of all the men and women who served on that mission. What does this action say to other terrorists??

    September 23, 2009 at 2:46 am |
  13. DebraR

    I support President Obama, but he must know that Americans are demanding intervention. Kadhafi, Gadhafi, Qadhafi or whatever he is calling himself these days is a terrorist pure & simple. He should not be allowed on American soil or American territories, unless of course, he is to be arrresteted for the Lockerbie murders and immediately imprisoned. We have him here now, why let him go free?

    September 23, 2009 at 2:44 am |
  14. David

    I understand the criticism about Moammar Gadhafi (maybe he isnt a nice guy)...

    However, he has a visa to be in the country, and let us not forget which one that is... THE US of A, home of the free... if someone (i dont care who he is) wants to pitch a tint outside his rented property because he is more comfortable there, LET HIM...

    On a related note, can we all try to be reasonable and not cause an international incident over a freaking tent? i think all of us are capable of being a little more culturally sensitive than this....

    September 23, 2009 at 2:43 am |
  15. don loomis

    that's just perfect......we got american soldiers fighting and dying in the middle east, and what do we do to show our support? by inviting a known terrorist supporter like Ghadafi, not only to come to America, but to add insult to injury, to have one of the world's best known industrialists let him stay on his property.
    Donald Trump, since you seem to want to sell us out, why don't you return the favor and go to Libya and put up a tent there?-just do us a favor-don't hurry back

    September 23, 2009 at 2:17 am |
  16. Jake S

    What's next? We finally catch Osama Bin Laden and invite him to explain his actions at Disneyland? C'mon man! Donald Trump, what was going through your mind.....or hairpiece?

    September 23, 2009 at 2:12 am |
  17. DB

    Really? What next.. Have Osama over for tea and biscuits?

    September 23, 2009 at 2:12 am |
  18. Emmaline

    I think he needs to pack up his tent and go back to where he came from. Mr. Donald Trump needs to march over there to his estate and physically remove the tyrant.

    September 23, 2009 at 2:11 am |
  19. Jean, lawrenceville GA

    I think its a pure act of ignorance, that our own men would step up and offer a plate to one of our country's worst enemy. He has no room in the US and shame on Donald Tramp.

    September 23, 2009 at 2:01 am |
  20. KB Mattison

    It is beyond reprehensible to know that a KNOWN TERRORIST has been allowed into our country, much less that Trump would enable him. Trump is unarguably a brilliant business man. However, Trump is CLEARLY making a stance AGAINST the USA. THIS IS TREASON, IN THE MOST BLATANT MANOR~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 23, 2009 at 1:47 am |
  21. Devase Young

    You should interview a young men like myself and I'll tell you how bad we are making it, in simple terms. Our values have fell off the roof for which we will see worst if we doing make a huge stand! For what is rite!

    September 23, 2009 at 1:34 am |
  22. Becky

    This is not something I usually do, but I was so appalled to hear that this country is allowing Gadaffi into this county, much less stay in NY.

    This man and his regime have a long history of terrorism. Many people were killed and robbed when Gadaffi backed a coupe in Ghana W. Africa in the 80's, not to mention the horrors of Lockerbee.

    This country has spent millions of tax payer dollars fighting terrorism, not to mention the horrible loss of lives of our brave military personnel.

    How can be allow this man into our country. It is shameful.

    September 23, 2009 at 1:34 am |
  23. Ed

    Ghadafi is a dictator, but he is not visiting the USA, he is visiting UN General Assembly which could have been located in any other country..we should respect this and his personal choice of staying in a tent.. No big deal... Anti- Arab groups magnify these irrelevant news to get mileage...that is all there is to it....terrorists like Ghadafi are good tools to help create wars escalating arm sales benefiting western arm manufacturers, oh the OIL industry too.. He is not the enemy look at western oil/arm industries who are also behind all of this

    September 23, 2009 at 1:33 am |
  24. Jean, lawrenceville GA

    I think its a pure act of ignorance, that our own men would step up and offer a plate to one of our country's worst enemy. He has no room in the US and shame on Tramp.

    September 23, 2009 at 1:27 am |
  25. John

    If we can welcome war criminal Ariel Sharon why not welcome terrorist Gadhafi ? Most leaders of nations have blood on their hands. Should we stop talking to all world leaders

    September 23, 2009 at 1:17 am |
  26. Fidel Christopher

    Absolutely not. I can't believe Donald Thrump is welcoming him even after his outrageous home welcoming of the released terrorist. Am in the military and this is an insult for all I and my fellow soldiers have been fighting for.


    September 23, 2009 at 1:15 am |
  27. Tammy

    Gadhafi should not be allowed to operate the way he wants to on our soil. He needs to be contained, confined and monitored. He's been a terrorist and a bully. We can't allow terrorists and people with blood on their hands to come into our country and operate the way the want, especially given that he has directly effected the lives of American citizens. Get him on the campus of the UN and make him stay until the General Assembly is over!!

    September 23, 2009 at 1:15 am |
  28. Nate

    Qadhafi should not be welcome here and should not get a visa. I can not beleive Mr Trump he should tell Qadhafi that he is not weclome

    September 23, 2009 at 1:12 am |
  29. cordez king

    i do not feel safe with gadhafi in the same counrty with me are my family how coul mr trump put me and the people of the state in danger and these nation like that

    September 23, 2009 at 1:11 am |
  30. Gbree

    Residents of Westchester need to park their cars around the area and blast Rap music all night. Hey, we're free in America to express ourselves. Who's he gonna complain to? He's not a citizen, what rights does he have? NONE

    September 23, 2009 at 12:28 am |
  31. georgie porgie

    Mr Gadaffi is welcome at my house anytime, I'll provide space for the tent if he insists.

    September 23, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  32. Wes

    Donald Trump... you're Fired!

    September 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  33. Kedric Wolfe

    His tent wasn't there, then it is there, then soon it will be gone. Who cares, really? Though I do wonder if he sleeps in his uniform.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  34. Tony

    Tpoput it bluntly, Libya was taken off the Terrorist list in May, 2006. Don't blame Obama, blame Bush!!

    September 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  35. Mary

    This ia a blow to our country and our consience Trump what are you thinking??? Obama what are you thinking and who are you really??

    September 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  36. Tony

    What are you all complaining about? He's the President of Libya and yes they once were a terrorist nation, but not anymore ... NOOOO not according to the Obama Administration, but the BUSH administration, as of May 2006 ... it's amazing no one has yet made that point.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  37. Don McArthur

    Gadhafi can pitch his tent in my front yard in Calgary Alberta Canada – in January.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  38. Marie Moore

    Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's visit to the US is hurtful and cruel to the family's of his victims. Trump's approval and 'hospitality' to the terrorist is a slap in the face to every American. Trump chooses his friends and politics based on what will get him the most media coverage, from homophobic and judgemental beauty queens to, now, a terrorist. Trump may try to play the "I didn't know" card, but he knew. What next – a slumber party at Mara Lago for Osama. Perhaps the spray from his orange-tan or hair shellac is getting to him. NY don't allow this travesty to occur in any community. Stand together and send Gadhafi back to where he belongs.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  39. Mary

    Moderation????is America moderate welcoming a murderer within our borders?????

    September 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  40. joyce,new york

    Ok he's a terrorist,but he's not going away [UNFORTUNATELY} so wouldn't it be better to let him pitch his tent where we can all see him,we have to learn to tolerate somethings so we can better understand the battle..so pitch your tent in my backyard,and invite me for dinner,i hear the kaabobs are good. This way i can have dinner and keep a watchful eye on what you are up to....

    September 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  41. Jacky Ears

    Please stop this giving violent nut bar publicity. Please let's get the "human" out of our country and not talk about him so much any more.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  42. Jones

    The blood of our sons and daughters fighting over the years to give Donald Trump the freedom to amass his fortunes is desicrated by his lying loyalty to this foreign lover of terrorists.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  43. Bonnie Kroll

    Donald Trump should be ashamed. President Obama should be ashamed and probably impeached for even allowing a killer and a homicidal maniac like Kadahi to even be allowed on American soil let alone to set up a tent on either personal or public property. To think that such a thing would be allowed openly after his open involvement in countless acts of terrorism is against all principals and values upon which our country has been established. I am aware that in the past such underhanded dealings have gone on behind closed doors by both big business and governmental parties. To allow such an effront out in the open is a clear slap in the face of the American people who have shed blood in order to keep such fiends off of our shores. Now it seems that we are to welcome them but we don't Mr President and Mr. Trump.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  44. Charley

    what ever happen to to forgive seventy times seven ? It seems to me that christ will meet all of those unforgivers in their old ways while Gadaffi will go to heven. If you guys believe that Gadaffi should not be here. then George Bush and many other us leaders should not be allowed on others people soil as well . Do you remember the ppeople of El salvador. and the many other people that was killed by the hands of the US in the name of peace .

    September 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  45. Gloria A Rochelle

    Qadhafi should not be welcome here. Look at the many lives that was lost when planted a bomb and blew up an airline. This will be a slap in the face to our country if he stays here. Yes, protest and send a message that we don't want him here.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  46. ACK

    it is the country of the free, he is free to put his tent in a house that he rented.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
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