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. Connie

    Just want to know if Donald Trump would allow this terrorist (or any terrorist) to stay on his property if one of his own family members were killed by hem...?

    September 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  2. George Isbell

    George Bush welcomed Kazakhstan Dictator Nazarbayev into the White House...a man who moved $1B in Kazakhstan oil money
    into his personal account...so you think this is a big deal?

    September 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  3. chris burleson temple texas

    Omg are you serious? Well there's the evidence that americans are selfish and money hungry. This is the reason why most convenience stores are run by middle eastern people who get money to open them. When will we invest in our own instead of everyone else? Thank you america that was a great slap on the face.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  4. Jack

    This is beyond the pale...letting that criminal killer terriost on our soil at all...then, such proof that Trump is loyal only to his ego and the dollar in that order. What an overrated pompous jerk. We should all fire his worthless buttocks.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  5. Lonnie

    I think Donald Trump is knowingly harboring a known terrorist on his property and Trump should be arrested and prosecuted under our Homeland Security laws. This terrorist should never have been allowed to enter our country.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  6. Jasmine

    Mr. Gadhafi is a horrible man. His betrayls and lack of care against the human spirit spans far beyond the PanAm bombing. But far more horrendous dictators and dignitaries have slept on our soil. I doubt his preference to hold meetings in a tent on or around NY has anything to do with the Lockerbee bombing than the simple fact that the UN is in NY. I support the protesters because citizens in Libya can never protest against their leader in this manner. As horrible of a man that he is, he is here for important reasons and we should respect Libya's voice and rightful presence at the UN.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  7. Elisa

    I do not think he should be on our grounds for everything that has happened he should go back from where he came from and stay there. The sad thing is our idiots that are in this country still do business with him. Sometimes I wish I had my on country so sad.:{

    September 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  8. Rich from Harrisburg, PA

    A tent is too good for Gadjafi. He should stay in the UN compound, or a row boat in the Hudson River.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  9. Mike

    If the US wants to be home to the UN, it needs to host, and talk to, leaders and diplomats of other nations even if there are constituencies who disagree with it.

    Furthermore, when people come to us with the desire to talk to us in peace, we should give them that opportunity, even if they are our enemies. The Rabbi's position of refusing to talk, or provide space for people to talk peacefully, is immoral and dangerous. You only need to look at the Middle East to see where that leads. That is not the path that America should follow.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  10. Richard B

    In my South Carolina town of 10,000, Obama would probably not be allowed to pitch his tent either, but if Qadhafi offered them a couple of million dollars he could probably put his tent anywhere he wanted.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  11. Steve

    Who cares? I mean, really, don't we have bigger things to worry about?

    September 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  12. Ariel

    Let's not be so hasty. Guess what we're running out of? Oil. Now, guess who has lots of it? Gadhafi. Gadhafi is a nomad at heart, hence the tent. Not that shocking unless perhaps you've never learned anything about Middle Eastern culture.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  13. Darrell

    some individuals in this country will continue to do anything for money. donald t just happens to be one of those people. god, how much money does one need.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  14. chris bern

    If trump allows this then he is aiding a terrorist.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  15. verne

    BTW: The reason he stays in a tent is because he's sending a message to the libyan people that he refusses to stay in an american building because none of our building are good enough for him!

    September 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  16. Ric

    this guy is a joke to the world ..and i cant believe that Trump would even let this happen ..does he even know whats going on..Gadafi is a terrorist period

    September 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  17. Tara Scott

    I am really clueless I guess...why is he in the tent? I just don't get the tent thing....Why a tent? Please someone explain...does he just like it outside?

    September 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  18. Toby Kent

    Forget about his tent, how in the heck was he allowed to come into the United States?! This is such a slap in the faces of all Americans!

    Toby Kent

    September 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  19. Jen

    No, Qadhafi should not be allowed to pitch a tent on Trump's land or any land in this country. Trump should be ashamed of himself for allowing it. Qadahafi is a terrorist. Let him stay at the UN compound where he belongs if he needs to be here.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  20. Anastasia

    Memphis, TN. Would we welcome Osama??? This is disgusting. Trump's hair products have ruined his brain!

    September 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  21. Todd

    This man should not be welcome!

    What is Donald thiking?

    September 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  22. Carolyn

    Gadaffi should have never been allowed to land in the United States...he needs to be on the first plane out...we should not disrespect the people who work to build a civil America, our current military, and the Americans who have died at the hands of terrorists by allowing this man to stay...

    September 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  23. Anon_e_mouse

    Personally, I think that we should tell Gadhafi to go home... and take the United Nations with him. That organization has lost sight of its original goals and now panders to the terrorists and war criminals of the world.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  24. Laurel Hamlin

    I don't care where he puts his tent.Free country, I just hope he is safe from our own fanatics. He has made a few steps forward then takes a step back, where he stays is not important in the scheme of things,or what he says, its what he does. He has pretty much fallen off world stage, see how he tries to become player again.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  25. Fred Amusavi

    HI Anderson, this is just off the hook, why are we condemning Muamar Gadhaffi and we have forgotten about Gordon Brown's inexcusable reasons for releasing the criminal. We are not God to say the terrorist will die next month or something he might be here to stay!!! Mr Brown should not be welcome either unless he gives us genuine reason the terrorist's release. Am not celebrating Gadhaffi either!!

    September 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  26. Hope in New York

    If I had a piece of land of course I would let him pitch his tent. I would also love to join him in his tent so that he could tell me all about his culture, and i could try all the delicious food from his country. I would especially love for him to show me his entire wardrobe and the history behind it. He is a fascinating man, I would love to have arabic coffee with him and light a campfire and listen to his stories all night long.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  27. Louis Bellton

    Allowing this guy come to the US is as if we were allowing Bin Laden to set up a tent right outside your backyeard without any opposition

    September 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  28. Brian, Kansas

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Not so hard, is it?

    September 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  29. mohammed

    I really think that Gadhafi is coming to the US for a reason, which is maybe better relations. what i know from this guy that he always stay in a tent even in his country, the tent is very important to him. If he had a tent its not a problem, so what, he is harming no one. People hate him because he received the locberie the old prison guy, the guy is dying from cancer and cant do nothing except die in his soil.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  30. JolieC

    I certainly wouldn't want to see his tent in my town. And since my town is in Texas, I shudder to think what might happen to him and his tent if word got out that he was here.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  31. Kelley

    I see the Southwest Airlines pilot in the photo ... but where is Gadhafi?

    September 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  32. ellen dougherty

    Will you get a load of that "uniform?" He looks like the cartoon doorman. The man is a buffoon, albeit a dangerous one. I'm disgusted he is even allowed to enter this country.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  33. Rob

    I guess a tent is better than the Ritz Carlton??

    September 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  34. bamboo

    well we are on 5 acres here and we have plenty of room to spare.
    He is welcome to pitch his tent here. Just please don't bring Donald Trump here

    September 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  35. Dick

    Why do we keep the UN in the country? let the Saudi's host it, or Col Cafaffi, or some other two-bit dictator.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  36. Amy

    There's so much confusion about this ...Geddhafi thing .....
    Geddhafi is a terrorist and a dictator, no doubts abou it! BUT he happens to have been invited to the United Nations, which happens to be in New York! So what do you expect? He is not visiting the US, it is just that the UN are in US soil, so the US should not even questioning themselves whether to welcome him or not.

    That being said, I don't get what the sense of that tent is.
    Can you guys explain that on the news?

    September 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  37. Charles Slesinger

    One terrorist (The Donald) renting to another. So what's new?

    September 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  38. Nate

    Why is this even newsworthy? So the guy has a thing for tents...and he wants to camp in foreign countrys. WHO CARES!!! Unless hes gonna pull out a ak-47 and a RPG and start blowing people away maybe we should focus on the reason he is here in the first place...the UNITED NATIONS! The fact is that he attended...and to me...The United States is a place of 2nd chances. Yes he has said some questionable things, and has associated himself with people he should have. The United Nations is supposed to be a place of peace we should treat it as such. A place to come together to discuss how to benefit humanity. Not worry about some dudes tent.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Chuck Farrington

    NO! I am a Honorably Retired Disabled War Veteran!

    September 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  40. Mustafaq Ali Al-Hariri Paanwala

    He should repent his past and work with US and the West to normalize relations which would help him and his country more then the other way around. He should also publicly denounce terrorism.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  41. butch

    Gadafhi is a terrorist! we should never allow special accommodations for terroritsts! oil profits or not, we should get him, and the UN out of the United States of America! will we ever learn??

    September 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  42. John

    Wow the Islamophobia and anti-Arab crowd in the US is real and awake. Obama needs to do everything to fight this hate before a new Nazi nation is born and another Holocaust happens. And sadly the mayor also goes with the trend, and calls a head of a state a terrorist. This is unacceptable. Their culture is welcoming to guests, and we call them terrorists and want to kick them out (and we shouldn't no matter how bad they may have been), and this will be on display on Al Jazeera all day tomorrow and will be used against us. Use your brain before doing anything.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  43. Deborah

    Given a choice, I'd rather Gadhafi pitch a tent in my yard than Michael Vick.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  44. Lotte in Redwood City CA

    All this fuss about a tent. Anderson, why did you only present one side? Terrorism takes many forms, bombs being only one of them.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Aaron Broad

    The tend is not for him. It is for his cows. He is famous for flying them everywhere so he can have them freshly milked for him each morning. Keeps him healthy, he thinks or somthing.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Henry

    in a tent? does he have electricity? is he fasting? could this be his preparations for Yom Kippur?

    September 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Jason

    USA sold it's soul for the almighty dollar a long time ago, I applaud Donald for doing it upfront instead of acting like our country is a "God fearing" nation.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  48. Singh

    he is no good at all what he doing here ?

    September 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  49. Billy Bob

    Is it private land or public?
    If it's private, it is the business of the land owner and no one else.
    That is one of the benefits(or negatives) of living in a free society.
    There are bigger things to be up in arms about.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  50. Bill

    Hmmm... maybe he could pitch his tent somewhere in rural Georgia... maybe near a river... with some nice banjo music in the background...

    September 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
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