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November 6th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/06/09

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Tonight we have the latest developments on the attack at Fort Hood, Texas.  Plus, Anderson's one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey on her book club selection and more.

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  1. nancy

    How can we be surprised that unbalanced people are acting out their feelings with violence and hatred when "good, upstanding Americans" display their hateful feelings on the steps of the US Capitol. Display of hate seems to be the norm. Screaming one's opinion at someone else on television seems to be the norm. Profound disrespect is constantly being displayed by educated people, national leaders and celebrities. These people are believed to be mentally stable. How can we think unstable people can differentiate between the screaming hatred of others and acting out hatred with a gun. Not condoning it by any means but the hatred and division in America needs to stop. Freedom of speech was to be able to debate opinions and ideas and come up with solutions, not shove them down the throats of other, then stomp on them. We are all Americans...we need to stop this "us" against "them".

    November 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  2. Moses

    Anderson, I just watched your report about the fanatic, radical group, these people have no business being in this country, they should be deported immediately, being a Muslim I am ashamed, to be associated with these kind of people, they are manipulating Quran, there is no where in Quran it says to kill innocent people regardless of faith. These are the kind of people who defame and disgrace the Islam and Muslims, matter of fact Quran says if you kill one innocent person, it is equal to killing the entire nation; it is just not allowed. Get these radicals out of this country, they have no business here, if they are american citizens put them in jail, away from eveyone so they can not harm any one.God Bless America, my prayers to the families and love ones who died and wounded.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  3. Joan

    This is a very sad day in the US. Anderson, when you talk about selecting Heroes on CNN, I think all of our military should be honored – especially those who have lost their lives. When a celebrity dies, such as the case of Michael Jacson, they get far more coverage than our men and women in uniform – who are putting their lives on the line every day. We are sending young men and women to war – for what? No one knows what war – or the thought of going to war does to these men and women. The world is a big place and we cannot solve everyone's problems and - they DON'T want us to solve them. War, killings, suicide bombings are their way of life and we are not going to change that. How many more service men and women have to give up their lives for people who are not going to ever change their beliefs?

    November 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  4. Barbara

    It's a sad day for America when people can stand on NYC streets and shout hate against Americans and praise terrorism.

    I bet when my grandpa was getting shot at by the German Nazi's, he never thought our country would end up like this.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  5. Rob

    Army officers esp. medical officers are almost always promoted when they become eligible. This is based on time in rank or pay grade. The military has to compete with the civilian sector when is comes to pay and benefits. That is why most military physicians with critical skills receive special pay. Military doctors are often held to a "different standard" because of the current shortage. It would take more than a "poor rating" to keep an Army doctor from getting promoted.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  6. Tonya

    This is a very tight community here at Ft. Hood. We are very familiar with having to lean on each. It's just going to take awhile to absorb the shock. As always, I am so proud of our men & women in uniform & the families that rally behind them....Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Youseff Khattab: " I love him ( Saddam Hussein) more than I love myself". VERY DISTURBING.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Virginia

    Asan was reportedly promoted within the last 6 months.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  9. Michelle

    I hope the authorities are keeping an eye on the
    radical Muslims.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Heather Mash

    Don't know why this guy did this killing at Ft. Hood, and no one else knows either at this point. We have Mormon man sentence to 20 years for rape due to his religious beliefs. Some guy killed an officer at the Holocaust museum and another guy killed a Doctor that preformed abortions which are legal in the "name of Chrisitanity"?
    Be kind use common sense do not target moslem people verbally the best reason might be because who you are and what you believe could be targeted next? Think about it. Peace, Heather

    November 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    America is the place where you can publicly express your views and work through a variety of venues to make change happen here. But if people really hate the U.S. and Americans, why don't they just leave and move somewhere that fits their views?

    November 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  12. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    This spells "terrorism" to me.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Keisha

    the gunman is in a hospital in texas. san antonio to be exact.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Diana

    these people who are "praising" and trying to recruit others in new york are really sickening...

    November 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    "There are so many RED flags!

    Just why were they over looked?"

    @Emily, They weren't "overlooked," they were ignored.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  16. Emily

    These "brothers" that are yelling are very angry with America;
    what are they doing in America?

    November 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  17. David

    Hopefully this tragic and possibly preventable massacre will draw attention to a gaping hole in the United States Army's mental health system. Major Hasan had many supervisors, subordinants and patients who expressed concern about his performance and behavior and ultimately did nothing. That this man was ordered into an assignment that would certainly aggrivate his fragile psyche and about which he had openly expressed deep reservations is unconscionable.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  18. johnny c

    I am not suprised that an officer like hasan continued his outspoken talk through his career. Officers typically are paper tigers. These kinds of dissenting opinion.....this would have been difficult in the enlisted ranks, as most NCOs enforce the Army Values.. Any officer the heard this officer reject his oath...should be charged with dreliction of duty!!

    November 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Good evening Anderson. Everyone please keep the wounded and the dead and the families of both at Ft. Hood in your prayers. This was a senseless act, commited by a coward in hiding, using the United States Army uniform to do his work. Rest assured this coward will be punished with the harshest of punishments, and do to this crime I feel, as a soldier in the U.S. Army, he should be put to death.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Babu

    I feel sick seeing this fort hood killer on media, .they should stop showing his face, instead they should show his graphic image or show dead soldiers pictures.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  21. JAMES, HOUSTON TEXAS

    This has nothing to do with Muslim belief, but everything to do with the brainwashing and conditioning of the military. Our "Uncle Sam" created Maj. Hasan not Mohammed. CNN do the right thing for once and report the facts not religious belief. Do you see the holes in the story. First there were 4 men, then 1 man, then the shooter was dead, then 8 hours later he was alive in stable condition. Why the Army will not show footage from the Army base cameras. Why does the media only have video from a neighborhood store. It seems Military Intelligences is not so Intelligent. ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

    November 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  22. sandy

    Anderson, Just wondering why was this Major living in an apartment that looked like the low income housing. What did he do with his salary which probably was over 100,000? Just a question that has me confused.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  23. amani

    I'm an Arab Muslim person and just want to say that what happened in fort hood is horible and not accepted at all '
    my prayer to all victims families and i just want to imfesize that islam is not about killing innocent people at all,and one more question if maj Hassan didnt like the us policy on war against terror why were he in the military ? and why lived in the U.S

    November 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Todd

    I believe these groups that are praising the violence at Ft. Hood should be investigated by the FBI/IRS They should be shown the door ASAP
    Why are they allowed to promote hate in our country. Do something about these groups now

    November 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  25. jeremy

    Well I lost a good friend and brother in arms. Im angry with the guy for what he did to fellow soldiers but i dont blame hime. I blame the US Army . I dont know how many times being a NCO heard seniors and peers tell soldiers to suck it up when soldiers are looking for help. I could tell you stories about situation that could have gone bad. Even when soldiers go get help from Behavioral health which is a military clinic to help soldiers they just drug them up with medication to where they are zonked out and than they get in even more trouble for not performing Good either way, Like i said i dont blam the guy but the people who saw the sign and did nothing. Myheart goes out to the family and friends that lost someone they will be missed but not forgotten

    November 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  26. Dodie ~ California

    We need to be careful of our own judgments. It is irresponsible to make global statements based on bias and prejudice!

    November 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  27. David

    Why do you ask how someone like him slipped thru the cracks? Everyone is capable of totally losing it. A person can only take so much. It was a shame he had to take it out on his fellow soldiers. They aren't responsible for us being over there. He should have paid a visit to the house or senate. after all it is our government that sent and is keeping our brave young men and women in that quaqmire known as Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Bring our kids home...

    November 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  28. David, Indiana

    Good question Anderson I was wondering about that two, how were Major Hasan's relations with those in his unit and his colleagues? How many friends and associates did have among his colleagues. I don't think anyone gets through medical school without a large number of contacts. And Gen McCaffery's pt, that Walter Reed is a premier medical school add to the questions, I feel.

    What were Maj Hasan's duties to be when he was deployed?

    November 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  29. Emily

    There was anther shooting today was there not?
    an angry former employee went into his former place of employment and shot people?
    I'm sure that I saw that on a news flash....
    (nothing to do with the Military)

    November 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Matthew

    The point has been brought up several times that the media would not immediately bring up a Christian murderer's religious background as a possible motive, and that the Muslim faith is always unfairly blamed/represented. Major Hasan's religious background is being brought up because of the consistently observed tendency of Muslims to revert to such violence in the name of their religion (be it "in defense of Islam", to destroy "infidels", some sort of Koranic justification, whichever reason is used). Even if it is a slim minority, the phenomena is very real and undeniable. People have good reason to be scared by this. Personally, when I heard the shooter was a Muslim, I didn't immediately jump to conclusions (I confess, I was suspicious), but when I heard that he was a suicide bomber-sympathizer and yelled "Allahu Ahkbar" before the shooting, I think it's reasonable to entertain the possibility of a religious motive. If someone yelled "In the name of Jesus!" or something before going on a shooting rampage, people certainly WOULD be talking about possible religious motives. Come on! Of COURSE they would!

    Even if yelling "Allahu Ahkbar" was unrelated somehow, I think his sympathy with suicide bombers shows that his judgement was disgustedly clouded by lunacy or religion. Unfortunately, I think the latter is a completely reasonable suspicion.

    This whole thing is a truly disgusting event in many ways. Keeping up with the political correctness in place of reasonable speculation on motives is an insult to the families of the victims and everyone.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  31. Rebecca

    They missed the signs because they needed psyc. doctors. If he had been some non-com he would have been booted, but he was a doctor, in a speciality they needed.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  32. nancy

    Earlier today a comment was made that Hasan was depressed because of his deployment. He was not alone in his depression but very few depressed soldiers react by killing other troops even before they experience combat? As a military family we are find it hard to deal with people bending over backwards to make excuses for this horrific act.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  33. Keisha

    does anyone other than me agree that this might have been planned for a while now!? Think about it! Was there more behind Hasan? Was there someone else -cough cough- people in other countries encouraging this?

    November 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  34. Marci

    consider this: A soldier is trained to fight the fear, the pain, it's against the military mindset to admit to fear and pain...but still, you are not supposed to leave a man behind, that includes the mind not just the body. The armed services are in a double bind...to admit fear or even sickness goes against everything they are taught. The mindset keeps them alive...so how does a mental health program fit into this? it doesn't. Noone has asked this question.

    I read a book recently published called Mass Casualties by a young medic that went to Iraq for a year, he backs this up. Something has to change. but it won't until the public gets involved.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  35. Michael

    I believe that we are seeing the illogic of hate. The enlightenment revealed that man can choose his fate, we are choosing the wrong path, given free will

    November 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Simon, New Orleans

    It's scary with these back to back mass shootings. I think some gun control laws are in order?!?

    November 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  37. cally

    gunman transferred to brooke airforce base hospital in san antonio. you can bet he is being heavily guarded.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  38. Dodie ~ California

    It is irresponsible to make global statements based on bias and prejudice!

    November 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Rita

    I was just wondering... did any of the soldiers that Dr. Hasan treated ever log a complaint about his treatment practices? Did anyone ever state that he stepped over the line in his beliefs in a session.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Phyllis Ford

    People keep saying he "slipped through the cracks." People, he didn't "slip" through anywhere – the way it sounds to me, he walked in full view and no one paid any attention.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  41. Steve

    I only hope that Hasan survives so we can truly learn what drove him to that point. All I have heard to date does not justify such an horrific action. If he was against US policy he should never have been allowed to remain in the Army. My guess is that this is an 'extremist' act of terror and not an act of desperation.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  42. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jo Ann, if Hasan had been subject of an indepth investigation he no doubt would have claimed discrimination.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  43. Nadia

    I absolutely agree with you Nadia. Here again is an opportunity for the FBI to go after those guys. I hope the FBI will not let us down again! Those guys need to be removed from the United States immediately

    November 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Chris

    Does anybody else think that the 100 rounds fired by one man is skeptical?

    November 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Steven

    First, my heart goes out to the victims and their families in the tragic murders which occurred at Ft. Hood Texas. As a fellow officer in the U.S. Army, I was alarmed to discover that not only was a service member responsible for these horrific deaths, but an officer at that. The Ft Hood community, and the army at large, has suffered a great loss, and I can only hope this will lead to more meticulous scrutiny for who we promote in our commissioned ranks. Our soldiers deserve high quality leadership they can trust.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Azam khan

    Hi, plz read this message plz. People like two muslims shown preaching that Hassan did a rite thing, are nt muslims. They take a verse, a word from Quran and use it to their own meaning. This is not Islam. This is how these ignorant, stupid and radical people are making enemies, and making islam to be hated by all. Thanks.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Chris

    Hasaan being called a domestic terrorist....it does meet the technical definition. What bothers me is that if he was known to be sooooo against the war and allegedly didn't have a problem with the idea of suicide bombers how could this guy still be in the military? Wouldn't that be enough for a discharge?

    November 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  48. "dtarr, formerly known as vincent

    Anderson, thank you for keeping an open mind on this issue and bringing us the most fact based info that you and your team have found.

    This is an awful story, no matter what religion the shooter is.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Cessy, Chicago IL

    good point made...we shouldnt make any assumptions that the remaining Muslims on active duty is going to do the same. I'm sure the are very sincere about serving our country. Its great to see and hear from an Army General.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  50. Judie

    It would be great if the Army would pay more attention to PTSD.. it affects the soldier who serves his/her country , as well as their family. I know that will not happen, but it is a thought. They "slip through the crack" because it is not a positive thing for the Army to admit,. How many soldiers have to suffer ? Not expecting an answer. What about the soldiers who recently served in Iraq? I say, have all of the politicians in Washington spend a month "in harm's way" and see how long they last. Then things would change. But,, of course, they don't have the guts to do it...No one has ever given a list of politicians' family members who are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Someone in the main media needs to have some guts to speak up.. I won't hold my breath on that.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
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