September 24th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/24/09

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Two alleged terror plots uncovered on U.S. soil. Two arrests. We have the breaking developments. Plus, a Census worker found dead. Was it suicide or murder? We're following these stories tonight and much more.

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  1. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ David, Indiana

    In my mind (simplistic) to take children from parents should be more facts and evidence. This is surreal!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Leo Foday, Las Vegas

    I 'm one of those that love taking photos of my children, but didn't know I could get in trouble for that. Wow I thought it would be important if they see certain photos of themselves after they grow up.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  3. Laurie

    I feel for that couple that was persecuted for child pornography. I couldn't believe the story. I thought back to a picture that I had taken of my kids which to me was funny and cute. I never thought twice about it! What happened to that couple probably would have happened to me if I had gone to that Walmart! I will definitely think again before taking "certain" pictures!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Carolyn

    I normally love the show but was disappointed in the one-sided handling of the children's photos story. The employees were probably required by law to report suspected child abuse; they have to make a judgement call based on very little information. Children are sexually abused every day in this country, and we adults need to protect them. The system is not perfect, but it's certainly necessary.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  5. David

    Conservatives speak about Obama in such a way as to make him appear so inferior. But McCain is very respectful and honest.

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

    Very sorry to hear about Tim Russert's father passing away.

    An HIV vaccine does sound hopeful. Why were the people in the study considered to be high risk? Were steps taken to help them reduce their risk for contracting HIV?

    Six shots and those who received the shot had a rate of infection that was thrity percent lower than those who did not receive the shot? Is that effective given that six shots are given?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  7. Emily

    John McCain is always a class act!

    "The Best and The Brightest" by McCain was good!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  8. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I like Senator McCain a lot better now that he is a senator again. He seems smarter.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  9. Susan Jones

    What a waste of time for these law officers. Most people know porn when they see it and I am sure these pics do not qualify as such.
    Lets use our time and energy to get child sex offenders off the street but above all, quit turning them loose once they have been convicted.
    How many times do they repeat??? Almost ALWAYS..

    September 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am glad to hear about the hopeful results of this new HIV vaccine, but I hope people don't get the wrong idea and think that it gives them a license to be careless.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I was shocked Big Russ had died tonight....... My heart goes to Luke, and his mom Maureen, Actually, Tim Russert also died last year... Rest in Peace......

    September 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  12. David

    Where was the police chief as this investigation proceeded? Why didn't he intervene and bring sanity to this situation?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  13. monica smith

    I don't think there is one person in this country who doesn't have a bath photo of him or herself as as a child. This really is a sad state of affairs and defies comment.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Victoria alameda

    I feel so sorry for the children. In an effort to protect the children they end up hurting them. Yuck

    September 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  15. Michael

    In regards to the Wal-Mart photo story, I feel better that a company as large takes the steps to stop all child pornography. I would rather them alert the police of what they have found rather than pass off a serious case of child porn as family fun. I believe the fault is with the police department for not investigating the matter. I am sorry for the family and believe that they should be compensated for their troubles but the fault is not with Wal-Mart.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  16. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Very interesting about the HIV vaccine. I hope it works! Does anyone think that finding a vaccine for HIV or cancer could be stiffled by politicall motivattion?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    "However, given the rise in genuine child pornography in recent years, it would seem advisable to just not take photos that could be misconstrued by photo processors who don’t know the families or their intent."

    @Chris Sosa – Boston, MA, I am in complete agreement!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  18. Emily

    @ANDERSON, ask Clinton,
    does he (Clinton) think that Obama should lift the Trade Embargo with Cuba, and does he think Obama will. Would Clinton do that if he were President today?

    Thanks for asking!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Victor-Chicago

    How is your cough Anderson and Doctor Sanjay? I hope you guys feel better .

    September 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  20. Caroline. Los Angeles

    Hello Erica, Anderson and bloggers,

    Hmm...questions for Clinton. I will have to think.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Gavin Courtenay - Belize

    Please as fmr. Pres. Clinton about what he thinks would be different if Hillary Clinton were president?

    Also – I'm curious to see what the dynamic in their relationship is like right now that Hillary is Sec. of State.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  22. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    The results of the new HIV vaccine are certainly promising. Hopefully this vaccine represents a growth in medical science that will serve to end the pandemic in the near future.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  23. marie

    The problem with the pictures taken to WalMart is that people in the US is losing criteria. Minds are perverted and values and morals are lost.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  24. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Good to see Dr. Gupta looking healthy. by the way Anderson, did you make an appointment to see your doctor to make sure you dont have H1n1?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  25. Lori

    I would like to know: if former President Clinton could change one thing that he took no action on during his presidency, what would that be and what action would he take? I have a feeling I know what he would not do again.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  26. Nathan

    Child Porn Urgent ? Why take the kids in a rush, if your not rushing the case to a judge. This is what happens when the cops are wrong.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  27. Lori from IL

    Are we going to get another Sanjay and Anderson coughing contest tonight? That was too funny last night!! Anderson - did you get tested for H1N1 today?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  28. starr, formerly known as vncent

    The news on HIV vaccine is really, really encouraging. Although it will take quite a bit more time to develop a possible real vaccine, the news today gives us All hope.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  29. LorenaR

    Re: the Wal Mart photographs. remember how every family had pics of their children, unclothed lying on a bear skin rug, this was kind of an iconic joke in our culture, like the kid's face smeared with spaghetti. that every parent took. would that bearskin rug picture be considered porn today? that is if anyone has a bearskin rug today. what a curse child pornography is on our society. i wonder what the factors are that have led to it. I don't want the developers to censor my pictures, but then they would never have any reason to.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  30. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I feel horrible for the parents and kids in this situation. I can't even imagine the emotional and psychological toll these circumstances have taken on the whole family.

    However, given the rise in genuine child pornography in recent years, it would seem advisable to just not take photos that could be misconstrued by photo processors who don't know the families or their intent.

    But I the only ones really responsible here are the authorities for not resolving the situation quickly and effectively.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  31. Lori from IL

    This Wal-Mart photo story is bizzarre. I feel so sorry for the parents and the kids being separated. I'm sure we all have photos of kids in the bathtub, on bare-skinned rugs, etc. that were never given a second thought - other than being a "cute" photo.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    I just went on Walmart.com and if you search using the words "bath" or "tub" tons of pics come up for products some are naked kids in a bathtub or people bathing children. So is Walmart's website showing child pornography? They need to have some sort of guidelines for their employees that are reviewing peoples photos.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  33. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, yes, you're right we need to preserve our freedom and continue to make inroads into investigating and preventing terrorist activities and attacks. I wonder how the FBI gets their leads.

    Yes it does make you want to scream as Jeffery Toobin says, but maybe pictures of naked kids are not all that usual at that Walmart. But I don't see how we get from those pictures, as described, to taking away the Demaree's children.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  34. Gavin Courtenay - Belize

    I'm a foreigner living in this country and this is exactly why I don't take any risks that in other countries would be ignored or at least be thought through logically. Having your kids taken away? It's disgusting.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  35. Judy

    Just saw the photo piece, what an over reaction! Lesson to me though I will not have the bathtime photos of my grandchildren printed anywhere but my home printer!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  36. JoAnn

    So...Larry, Daryl and Daryl – Walmart photo employees, now set the standard and are the ones making judgements on what is porn and what is normal, happy family interaction...BEWARE!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  37. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The sad thing is that there are many cases of child abuse where children are literally beaten to death and child protective services ignored warnings. Now we have just the opposite, a massive overreaction.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  38. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Yes, that is usually the photo shop policies.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    Does President Clinton feel the opposition against the Obama administration is greater than opposition to his administration? Is our society becoming more polarized? Clinton certainly didn't have an easy 8 years and had a lot of attacks on him personally and on his policies.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  40. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    I print digital prints at Wallgreen's to get true photo paper picture that are not photo paper at home on my ink jet.

    That would be sent there.

    I would say....no more cute, innocent pics of your kids in the bath or the Coppertone ad....someone arrest that person for child porn....too PC this world.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  41. starr, formerly known as vncent

    This photograph incident is a real example to "too much government" in our lives. Where are the Republicans when you need them?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Emily

    good question Anderson... [how are they doing]

    this really is a very frustrating case!!
    the pic's were so innocent!
    i remember the 'bear skin rug' pic's that were taken of the 3 month old

    Walmart should be apologizing...that statement from them was Weak!!!

    You can't do anything anymore...feels like a nanny state

    September 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Goodluck to the Demaree family.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Ask our former pres. Clinton,
    How is your health doing? Anything about terrorism, what do you think about terrorism since 9/11? What's your reaction? Thanks Anderson....

    September 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Victor-Chicago

    Question for Bill Clinton : what do he think about Joe Wilson and do he agree with all the decisions president Obama ?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  46. ericacnn

    great to hear from both the parents AND jeff toobin tonight on this story

    September 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  47. carolyn

    My heart goes out to the Demaree's. I hope they succeed in their suit against Walmart! It makes me sick! If anyone looked at my photo album of the kids at bathtime, I would be hauled away! The US is becoming more of a police state everyday--give me a break!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Laura Hawkins

    OK. This is the dumbest and most horrific thing possible. I wish the Demarre family all the best. This is so ridiculous. If there is a petition to be signed or anything at all we can do, please let us know.

    As Jeffrey Toubin said, the results were madness.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  49. Anthonia-Bay Area

    Will the cps take their children because they are considered a child molesterr?

    September 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  50. Gavin Courtenay - Belize

    Let me try to understand this. The Wal-Mart employee believed that child molesters/sex offenders would take naked pictures of children, as well as pictures *with* their alleged victims, then take them to Wal-Mart to get developed? Disgraceful and downright idiotic.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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