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. Rebekah

    Oh my god, I just the worst case of the shivers when Anderson said 9:11 was the time the D.C. Sniper died. oh, that just freaks me out.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Gwyn

    As heart broken as I was today listening to the memorial for those innocents killed at Ft. Hood, I am equally disturbed to hear the conversation on air tonight about the terrorists in the US that are Muslim. Why are we not as focused on and as afraid of the right wing terrorists (ie the abortion doctor murderers) or the Oklahoma Bomber- McVey terrorists that were also members of specific political groups. It seems that if we are going to call out terrorists, we must be all inclusive. It is specifically this myopic vie that has caused so much hatred in the world for the hypocrisy of Americans.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  3. becca

    I recently lost a friend over seas and was disgusted to hear the radical muslim group talking about how they want to see the american troops fail and how they hate america. If they hate america so much what is stopping them from leaving?!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  4. Rachid

    Anderson! I am a Muslim vetrain who served honorably in the US military. As a Muslim, American and Vetrain I want to condemn Major Hassan's alleged actions against his oath and uniform code. Our islamic faith is free and clear from preaching such acts. My heart goes to all victims who are fallen and I urge everyone not to link this terror acts to Islam as this might create substantial unrest for those Muslims in Uniform serving our Nation Honorably.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Lori

    Just watched your piece on the 2 Muslim Extremists. Are you joking? They should be tried for TREASON! They are enemies of the State and should be removed from our society at large.
    America has sold its self out with Policital Correctness and we are in danger. Dont underestimate their message. It is clear: We are in a Holy War. American Christian values are under siege as are all Christians around the world and the sad truth is that our enemies are beginning to attack us from within.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  6. Victoria

    I was so angered by these muslim radicals that I could'nt see straight. Im thinking that the Supreme Court should pass a "new" law that will send these war mongers right back to their beloved third world nation. It was appaling to see them (radicals) shouting at innocent bystanders. America is a great country, how dare we allow this?.....Mr. President make them all get out, and never let them come back!!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  7. Marlene, Middleburg Florida

    Hasan not a terrorist? I question that entirely..I personally think he is a domestic bred terrorist. Perhaps not part of a group but still a person causing terrorism. The Fact that we "Tolerate" terrorism in this country by allowing others to gather in public to insight hatred against the country in which they live should be a Federal Crime. The first ammendment for freedom of speech I'm sure was not put forth for such intended purposes!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  8. Eairon Medd

    I thought after 911 our government promised they would have better communication with each other. Here we have the Army, the FBI and "terrorist watchdogs" all in place to watch for our safety and yet again "nobody thought it was a genuine threat". If someone is doing "research" for months or years on suicide and murder and we see a power point presentation about it, I would say the red flags should be flying up all over the place.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  9. gretchen

    Anderson, all terrorist are wrong.but let's not kid ourselves,terrorism did not start with islam,do we not remember the ku,klux,klan,or the skin heads or even street gangs in this country it's all wrong some americans are being terrorised in their community's every day.What about the terrorist Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.We are painting a picture that islamic muslims are terrorist.I'm not islam or muslim but I see some hypocrisy.I suggest to watch all terrorist groups or people no matter what religion. Remember African Americans were being terrorised on a regular bases in this country,the lynchings,church bombings etc.., and still no one has been brought to justice.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  10. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I do have to say that it is not fair to automatically say that the reason why someone did something is because of their nationality or religion. If it were someone else, say someone of Vietnamese descent, his descent would not come up. We all have to remember that we have the freedom of religion in our constitution and there are many religions here and not everyone is against us.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Sharon

    When are we (Americans) gonna stop worrying about being politically correct and treat these people like they need to be treated.Fight fire with fire. I'm still waiting for the "shock and awe" Bushed promised 8 years ago. We need to hit hard and strong and be the superpower we are.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  12. noel

    What is the significants of the DC sniper dying @ 9:11 p.m. Tonight.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  13. able tuno

    all religons are meant to control and that is what they do

    November 10, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Chuck

    How about a side by side comparrison of the Republican and Democratic versions of health care reform and an AC 360 evaluation of the effectiveness of both...? I would really love to see something like this... would make it easier to digest.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Darrell

    Seems to be muslim night, one executed one being debated, nuts in New York openly praising death to Americans.... amazing never thought I would see this......Liberals you may have caused this.......

    November 10, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  16. stella, NY

    These Revolutionary Muslims who want death to AMERICANS should get out of this WONDERFUL COUNTRY!!!!!

    The law should state: Anyone or Group who preaches HATE of any KInd – PROMOTES DEATH should be Arrested....and Deported....


    November 10, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Jean

    These radical Muslims are extremely bold. They are in America and are inciting hatred and encouraging murder at that. They do not fear speaking out against America. – in America. What are they doing in America if they have no love for America and its policies? They do not care two hoots about America. They should be deported back to their country. The American government is too lenient and passive with such people. Some of them may very well be receiving government assistance at US taxpayers expense. Get them out of the US!
    If they can spew hatred, then I can write this and CNN should allow this on their blog.
    Toronto, Canada

    November 10, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Everyone is complicating this by searching for some magical reason why these terrorists do these things, but sometimes it is just a matter of choice. It is as simple as that.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  19. ingrid

    Major Hasan I presume enlisted before 9-11, and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think possibly these subsequent events put him in a mental/ideological conflict that he just couldn't cope with and unfortunately this conflict exploded into violence. I understand he tried to get out of the forces but was unable to do so because he "owed" time due to the funding of his education by the U.S. Military. Sympathy to all you suffered losses as a result, but perhaps when enlisted personnel are recruited and then the nation subsequently "goes to war" with certain members of their homeland/regligious group perhaps they should be more closely monitored by U.S. forcees for any conflict issues they may be dealing with.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Phil New York

    We create these radical groups by our backward Middle East Foreign Policy. The influence of the Israel lobby drives foreign policy. Unfortunately, the policy that they advocate is foolish and does not benefit Israel or the United States. God forbid one criticizes an Israeli policy, if they do... they are anti-semetic

    November 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Emily

    @ Maureen T, Canada,

    I don't think that people are "painting all Muslim Americans like this".... these people in this story are Muslim Americans!

    They are not everyone, however, they need to be watched!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  22. David

    Ironically, the Muslim street preachers shouting death to democracy are doing it in a country that allows them to do it BECAUSE it is a democracy.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  23. jim

    Clearly Hasan was a terrorist. he didn't just snap but planned his attack and said his goodbyes. pc correctness is preventing people from stating the obvious

    November 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Don Bair

    I can't believe these people preaching death to our president and others are allowed to remain here by the 1st ammendment? They ARE the very terrorists we should bring the marines in to eliminate. This is unbelievable to hear! It is time we decide to remove these haters no matter what our constitution says.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  25. B Childs

    These groups should not be in the country
    Round them with there Familys and get rid of them
    Then Maybe we will be safe

    November 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  26. Dulcie - Denver

    Good evening everyone! Been away for a while.

    What a sad situation. I really appreciate Jeff Toobin's insights on free speech. It's truly a difficult situation.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  27. Chuck

    Evening Erica...
    These guys would never get away with this kind of talk in any other country then here...

    November 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  28. Gail Clements

    This is not merely inciting violence. This is treason! When I cannot walk down the street without fearing a radical Muslim might kill me, their freedom on American soil, citizen or not, should be restricted.

    The friend of my enemy is my enemy. This is treason!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  29. Kristin Cietek

    Hello Anderson...Love your show.
    In regards to the Ft.Hood shootings...I know the United States is the land of the free...a melting pot of the world's people; However, I'm strongly against anyone who is not born and raised in these United States..to join our military in any compacity. I realize there's no guarantees that our own people won't turn on Americans..but why should we increase the odds with people who were not raised with American beliefs and love for fellow Americans..it's something that can be avoided..& we should do anything & everything to protect our Military...Whatever it takes..No excuse..No red tape..and No Political double talk!! Thank you for your ear..Kristin from Schenectady, New York...Good Night

    November 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Sharon

    There were so many more options other than killing soldiers to get out of going to Iraq, the most obvious one being AWOL (absence without leave) . I heard one of his patient's committed suicide, anyone looking into what he might have said or done to our Soldiers who sought him for treatment. I don't know just makes me wonder.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Merle

    This was horrible, my heart goes out to all the families who lost loved ones or had loved one injured.
    My question is: Who treats the psychiatrists when they are having a meltdown?

    November 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Susie Aronson


    While I am saddened and shocked by the Ft. Hood Massacre, I feel that the Major joined the service because he loved America. It was after he joined we went to war with Muslims in their land. He is a devout Muslim. It cause conflict within him. He tried to quit the service, honorably, offering to pay back for the training he had had in his field. He did not want to fight those who were in his roots. Instead the armed services made him stay, to listen day after day to hear the the horrible stories of war, against "his people". It eventually drove him to the point of what happened, as he was going to be sent over to kill those who believed as he in his faith. it was too much. He should have been listened too on a more intense level of understanding, and more questions asked when he wanted out. Perhaps empathy was not a part of the equation, but should have been.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  33. James Patterson

    I deployed to Iraq in February 2003. We worked with very honorable Muslim translators. Our lives were in their hands everytime we went on patrol in Sinjar and the surrounding communities.

    I am honored to see that the Muslim Community has taken a public stance on denouncing what happened. This needs to be stepped up by the entire Muslim Community across the Nation. Their support and involvement within the rest of American Culture would demistify their religion.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Castro

    Anderson, My husband just deployed Oct. 12th and we were stationed at Fort Hood. Sadly we did know some of the victims and wounded soldiers. as a spouse of a soldier that just left Fort Hood...I have to say several of us spouses had to come together just to try and figure out just how to handle this news with our spouses given they just left Fort Hood and they get woke up to be briefed that their home base had a massacre and their friends and fellow soldiers were dead or wounded. It's beyond upsetting as all of our military bases should be a safe haven for us military families. None of us believe this is a lone gunman nor do we believe he's not connected to JIHAD...Sadly, it's known that there are infiltrators of various kinds that are in our military. Second, if a soldier passes their ASVAB test with high scores and has credentialed college education they can come in at a higher rank (possibly an NCO level) this means they don't fratinis with lower rank soldiers; if they were made to then more than likely our soldiers would figure them out quickly. something to look into and think of..!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Yolalita

    I don't think major hasan was a terrorist, but I firmly believe that he should pay for his actions and I feel sorry for all the innocent individuals who lost their lives by his rampage.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  36. AJ

    How naive the American public can be. Hasan was not part of a group so he is not a terrorist? Islamic Jihadist? Carol, Greg Sexton and Carol are right. He went on a rampage because he he was a radical muslim and therefore a jihadist.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Emily

    What about the monitoring that they did on Hasan?

    November 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  38. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hello Anderson, glad to see you on the blog, we notice you even without your picture.

    Does the guy who wants to see a "mushroom" cloud over Israel realize that the Palestians and Jordanians and on and on would also die?

    These guys are "fundamentalists" and are just as irrational as other fundamentalists who feel that only they know what is "right"!

    November 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  39. PC

    Haven't this government learned from 9/11 not to ignore the signs, the FBI and his work and class associates knew what he was saying. He should have been watched closer or pulled him in. He should "NOT" have been in our military because of his views.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Jeremy, DeKalb, IL

    Investigators have not found any evidence for a co-conspirator or the shooting as an act of terrorism. It seems like he kept his secrets pretty well. Nothing is known about Major Hasan. The criminal specialist stated that most terrorists keep their religious views to themselves but this is America, freedom of religion; a terrorist's cover would not be blown if he practiced the Islamic faith, even to an extreme.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Emily

    people with these feelings in this report that Drew is reporting on is just awful, sick!
    this is a great panel here, with Peter Bergen and Jeffery Toobin.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  42. ericacnn

    Evening, bloggers

    November 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    These guys could not do this in other western countries. It would be considered inciting violence.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  44. sarah in FL

    These men do not deserve to live in this great nation.

    Why are these men permitted to spew their hatred. This is not free speech, it is a threat of terrorism.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Maureen T, Canada

    I don't believe all of the Muslim Americans believe in this hate. Unfortunately the masses will paint all Muslims with one brush...

    November 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Marlene, Middleburg Florida

    I don't get how the muslims are allowed to Terrorize people for not believing how they do. If they don't like America and the freedoms that we have here then they need to get out of this great country! America needs to get people out of America like these muslims out of this country. You can't yell FIRE in a crowded movie theater and you sure as heck shouldn't be allowed to spew such hatred for this country that actually gives these people (for lack of a better word) a forum to breed hatred in this country.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I'd really like to see CNN do in-depth interviews with some of these "radical" Muslims. I'd like to know what event in their lives led them to be so hateful. I'm guessing exterior forces (people) in their lives started brainwashing them as a very young age. There is something terribly wrong when someone makes a comment that they love someone they've never met more than they love themselves.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  48. Heather - Spokane, WA

    If these men who say they hate America and hate Americans, then why are they here? No one is holding them here, they can leave, they have the freedom to go if they want

    November 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Kathy Chicago

    Yikes! Don't monitor them, kick them out of the country. They are crazy.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Paula, Colorado

    Whatever motivated Major Hasan's attack, he was certainly influenced by his religion and the terrorist mindset.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
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