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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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  1. Gjoko Macedonia

    This radical Muslim group that follow, praise and revere Bin Laden and gloat at Fort Hood victims are nothing but deranged psychopaths.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Evening everyone....
    As I said last week when this first broke, someone got into this mans cookie jar one too many times and he snapped. A shame, but it happens way too often. The next day in florida, and today in oregon, someone hit their breaking point and took it to a level 99.9999% of us would never consider.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  3. jim

    Whether he acted alone or complicitly he is still a terrorist.he planed this,we have a 'smoking gun'

    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Sharon

    Wow, why don't these unhappy extremists take their butts home. He's talking about people go home to native country...hello...get packing!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  5. James Patterson

    This officer was a coward. He was scared to death after hearing what we "Soldiers" have had to deal with over there. He was trying everything in the book to take the easy way out of the deployment. He probably cracked and decided that the only way out of the deployment was to do the unthinkable.

    Now this Mental Health Officer is going to use the system to get out of the death penalty. May he die a painful death.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Shannon, VA

    @Greg Sexton –

    Too many reporters have been sued for libel or slander for not including that "alleged" before a person has been convicted of something. So it's pretty standard practice in journalism to use the word "alleged" until there's a conviction, no matter what the circumstances.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Cheryl

    My son in law and brother are both in the military, i'm sick to think our military leaders allowed this man to not only continue his military career but get promoted to Major, all without checking into his back ground more, now we have our own brave soliders gone forever because of our lack of concern, now starts the finger pointing. I pray for all the familys its so upsetting

    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Joe Smith

    If Nidal Hasan was deployed to Afghanistan , he would've been certainly targeted as an ethnic person helping the US army and it was very unlikely that he would 've come back alive. He was aware of this and may have viewed his deployment as a certain death sentence, and this may have set him off. He was an unstable individual no doubt, and given the stress of deployment and the horrors of wars that he experience thru from the soldiers he counseled, it is certainly not surprising what he did.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  9. lynn

    Congrats to the state of Virginia, to know that the 2 monsters known as the DC Snipers sat out in front of my son's middle school and had it on their "hit list" before being caught makes my stomach turn.Virginia is the #2 state in our country for executions and more states should follow. Many victims(families) can sleep well tonight knowing this execution has taken place.Lets make sure Lee Malvo never leaves prison unless he is in a box feet first.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Eairon Medd

    I think the Fort Hood shooter was bullied. I do not agree with what he did at all but It is no different than kids in high schools or even elementary age children. It happens in office buildings; it just happened this week! We see it on the streets in every neighborhood. Why should we be surprised an adult would take action into his own hands to stop being bullied.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Emily

    @Anderson,
    Glad to see your name on the Blog tonight....
    this story about the "homegrown hate" is very distributing!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Nancy

    If they hate the American way of life, well, Delta is ready when they are. They can leave.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Maureen T, Canada

    Good evening Anderson. Homegrown hate is so scary! These men are very frightening.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Amanda, Montgomery

    It's funny how the Radical Muslim groups preaching hate in the streets of New York are able to do so only because of an amendment that protects them

    November 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Ernest

    I think the guy at the gun store who sold him the ammo and the guns should be checked....did he request clearance thru the FBI to sell these items...and if he did...why didn't the FBI notice that this was the same guy contacting overseas operatives?? Did the FBI miss something?

    November 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  16. Kim, Killeen, TX

    The army missed the warning signs. They should have checked this guy out.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Patrick from ireland

    hey anderson, whats the latest on the reports of bullying directed at major hassan and the reports that he was trying to leave the army, has the military responded to this? all the best pat

    November 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Nancy Nielsen

    The media is so focused on this man's religion that no one is asking the most important question –how was he able to purchase a weapon in the local community that could fire more than 100 rounds in a few minutes? It was not a military isssued weapon that was used.

    Like all other shootings done by mentally unbalanced "loners" the real concern is their easy access to such destructive weapons.

    Why aren't we asking the NRA why they continue to make such weapons purchases possible.? This is truly a crime.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Michael, eastern NC

    Am I the only person who feels a little threatened by these radical Muslims that gather outside these prayer halls and spew anti-American word to passersby? Doesn't this seem quite alarming to anyone? I am nowhere near these people, but I feel threatened HERE!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  20. Sharon Hastings

    I noticed at the Memorial Service several of the dead were mental health workers. I know there was a psych nurse and a psychologist among the dead. Does anyone think he singled them out? I guess I can just as easily believe that this was an isolated incident probably triggered by his upcoming deployment rather than any kind of conspiracy.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  21. Cecil

    Major Hasan is a terriorist and performed an act of terror at Ft Hood. Unless we are willing to believe that this slaughter is terror, we will never be able to guard against terriorist in America.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Sharon

    Why all these excuses, bottom line he killed soldiers, defenseless soldiers, he is a terrorist!! Crazy, yes....but nonetheless a terrorist!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  23. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I really dont think that Hasan went off like that because he is a terrorist, I think he just cracked. Being in the position he is in and listeing to countless soldiers tell of their experiences and details about certain things that happen, I think he let them get to him and finding out that he is being sent to Afghanistan is what brought him to the end of his rope

    November 10, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  24. Kathy Adams

    I think that he was scared to head to the War and have it found that he is a Muslim–fearing that he could become captured and tortured.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  25. anderson cooper

    evening everyone..i forgot my password... so no photo tonite...im in los angeles and on a different computer.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Jane - Vt

    Good evening everyone. I am happy the President and first lady went to Fort Hood today.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Greg Sexton

    Why are we still referring to Hasan as the 'alleged' shooter? Is there still a question of what happened?

    November 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Chuck in Thailand

    Major Hassan was in Islamic terrorist, pure and simple. All the apologists in the world can never get around that simple fact. A rose by any other name.....

    November 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Kathy, Andover,
    John Allen Mummand was also metal illness to his former attorney, I think, He lost his children and divorce 2 wives, that his personal reason.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Carol

    Anderson, I don't know why the fact that he acted alone makes him not a terrorist. Since when does someone need to be a member of a conspiracy to be a terrorist, or to be motivated by terrorist ideology? Official orders aren't necessary.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Michael, eastern NC

    It is sad that all these lives were lost, especially when they were surrounded by people they thought they could trust, people they would have gladly given their lives for, that they THOUGHT would do the same for them...instead, their lives were taken. Sad...

    November 10, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Snapped? Hasan carefully planned this attack, he didn't just start shooting on the base, he chose a confined area of unarmed people!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  33. hakeem

    Evening everyone
    it is heart breaking what Major Hasan did. i wounder why everday !!! what was goin through his head.
    anyway i hope that they wont connect it with islam or anything related to it .

    November 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Emily

    That 'power point presentation is sick! What a red flag that is!
    work for a psychiatrist?
    how is that so?
    why would fellow American soldiers need counseling with that?!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily,
    Nope, I think she was murdered by someone not suicide on subway on track.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The Power Point presentation should have been enough. Why didn't the doctors at Walter Reed report this when it happened?

    November 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I watched the memorial today and it was hard to not tear up. It was sad that when they did the final roll call that it was every other name that was called was the name of a soldier that was killed

    November 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Lori

    Hasans life sounds very sad.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    What better way for a terrorist to hide than hide in plain sight?

    November 10, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Kathy, Andover

    I keep hearing from the D. C. Sniper's lawyers that he had a mental illness, but I don't ever hear what specific illness they are referring to. Do you know?

    November 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Give me a break! Next thing they will claim is that Hasan's religion made him crazy.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am glad our president Obama and First Lady Michelle arrived at Fort Hood TX for Memorial service to comfortable the victims lost love ones.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. An emotional day with the memorial service at Ft. Hood. It was very moving and the President gave wonderful remarks.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. orlando segura

    why did we not keep a closer tab on this person. where is the cia when we need them!!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This was supposed to be a memorial for the victims, but Obama wasted the first two minutes thanking his friends in the front row.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    Good Evening Everyone! Such a sad stories in today's headlines...!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!

    This story is so sick!
    I can't believe that so much was missed or ignored!

    Was that woman trying to commit suicide on the subway tracks?

    November 10, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Tuesday Night, HUGS! 🙂

    November 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone. I am stil puzzled by the actions of Major Hasan. Its so hard to pinpoint what made him kill and wound all of those people.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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