November 10th, 2009
10:21 PM ET

The Fort Lewis Memorial

Patrick Oppmann
CNN All Platform Journalist

More than 2,500 miles from Fort Hood, the US Army also honored fallen soldiers at a ceremony at Fort Lewis in Washington state today.

Seven soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, were remembered in a service that family, soldiers and Vice President Joe Biden attended.

All seven soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan last month. Fort Lewis officials said they believe the attack was the largest loss of life for the post since the wars began in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“As hollow as it sounds to say,” Biden said, ”we grieve with you. We don't have the sense of the profound grief you're experiencing today, but we grieve with you. And we owe you - we owe you more than you can ever be repaid.”

Speaking of his own experience as the father of a National Guard member who served in Iraq, Biden told the crowd, “In a sense, those of us who've had children, husbands and wives who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, I guess we all share a sense of relief and a sense of guilt that we're here, having our loved ones back.”

The seven soldiers were remembered by fellow soldiers, some of whom had returned to Fort Lewis, some of whom  were still serving in Afghanistan.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Joe Biden • Patrick Oppmann
November 10th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/10/09

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Tonight new clues to what what drove the alleged Fort Hood gunman and whether he was acting alone. Plus, former Miss California Carrie Prejean speaks out and admits her sex tape was a big mistake.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
November 10th, 2009
07:53 PM ET
November 10th, 2009
06:55 PM ET

Decision on Fort Hood case may be made at Cabinet level

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Jeffrey Toobin | Bio
CNN Senior Legal Analyst
New Yorker Columnist

Cabinet members may end up negotiating which legal system will try Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in last week's mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Tuesday.

Thirteen people - 12 of them soldiers - were killed and 42 wounded Thursday when a gunman opened fire at the post's Soldier Readiness Center. A police officer shot Hasan, the only suspect, ending the carnage.

Hasan remains in intensive care at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, but is breathing on his own and talking, hospital spokesman Dewey Mitchell said.

Toobin addressed questions about the case Tuesday morning.

CNN: In which legal system will Hasan be tried?

Jeffrey Toobin: We know for certain it will not be in state court. There's exclusive federal jurisdiction on an Army base. They will have to decide whether they want to do it as a court-martial or as a federal prosecution in United States District Court.

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Filed under: Fort Hood Shooting • Jeffrey Toobin
November 10th, 2009
06:45 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Fort Hood Suspect: Terrorist or 'Lone Wolf'?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Investigators in the Fort Hood shooting spree are looking at the possibility that the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was a lone wolf with no terror connections.

Tonight on 360°, Drew Griffin will look at that angle of the story.

Terrorism experts have told Drew that if Hasan was a jihadist following orders to kill U.S. troops he would never have been seen at a convenience store near Fort Hood many mornings in traditional Muslim clothing or praying at a local mosque day after day.

Federal sources familiar with the investigation have told Drew that had Maj. Hasan been a classic terrorist, like the 9/11 hijackers or the London subway bombers, he would have hidden his religion and blended in – guidance that's part of the al Qaeda terrorist handbook.

Do you think Hasan is a terrorist? Share your thoughts below.

Pres. Obama traveled to Fort Hood today for a memorial service for the victims of Thursday's  attack.

"It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy.  But this much we do know – no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor. And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice – in this world, and the next," Pres. Obama said.

Also on our radar is the scheduled execution at 9 p.m. ET of D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad. This afternoon, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine denied a last-minute clemency request for Muhammad. The attorney for the convicted killer has said his client will die with dignity and with no regrets.

Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were convicted of the October 2002 killing spree that left 10 people dead and terrorized residents of the nation's capital and surrounding suburbs.

CNN's Jeanne Meserve will join Anderson tonight to talk about her one hour face-to-face meeting with Muhammad in January 2004 after he was convicted of the killings. We'll also look back on the 3-week shooting spree and hear from survivors and first responders.

Tonight we also have incredible video from Boston where a drunk woman survived falling into the path of a subway train.  The train driver is being hailed a "hero." On 360°, she recalls the terrifying moments she was able to stop the train, within inches of the drunk woman.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
November 10th, 2009
06:39 PM ET

Gallery: Fort Hood victims


Thirteen people died after a mass shooting Thursday at Fort Hood, a sprawling Army post in Texas. Take a look at this gallery to learn more about the victims.

Filed under: Fort Hood Shooting
November 10th, 2009
05:53 PM ET

Video: The D.C. sniper terror plot

Program Note: Tune in tonight for part two of our special report on the timeline of terror that led to the arrest and conviction of the DC sniper. AC360° 10 p.m. ET.

Anderson Cooper
AC360° Anchor

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Crime
November 10th, 2009
05:45 PM ET

Documents: 'DC Sniper' appeal to the Supreme Court


John Allen Muhammed who became known as the DC sniper in 2002 after the string of 10 deaths around the suburbs of Washington DC is scheduled to be executed tonight by lethal execution at 9 p.m. in Virginia.

Professing his innocence throughout his trial and subsequent appeals, Muhammed petitioned for a stay of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court last week and was rejected on Monday.

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine also released a statement today that he saw "no compelling reason" for granting Muhammed clemency closing one of the last opportunities for appeal.

Muhammed claims that he was a victim of racial bias and the prosecutors have lied to the American people.

Read John Allen Muhammed's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court

Filed under: 360° Radar
November 10th, 2009
05:13 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/10/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

President Barack Obama plays peek-a-boo with Maeve Beliveau, the daughter of Director of Advance Emmett Beliveau, in the Outer Oval Office.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.



Randi Kaye

'President Obama: “Okay, I’ll close my eyes and you hide the ‘public option’ in one of those drawers where the Senators will never find it.”'


Shawn Hoffman, Kingman, AZ

"OK, I will close my eyes and let you make my cabinet decisions."

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
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