November 11th, 2009
10:30 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Injured eyewitnesses

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

President Obama spoke at yesterday’s memorial service for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at Fort Hood. Thirteen people were killed in the attack and 42 people were wounded. Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits the injured eyewitnesses who are currently being treated at Darnall Army Medical Center. These injured soldiers recreate the scene of the last Thursday’s sniper-style shootings and what they remember from the attack. Dr. Gupta examines their wounds and what they can expect on their road to recovery.

Drew Griffin is following the investigation into the Fort Hood shooting and the motives behind the attack. Media reports say that an hour before yesterday’s memorial service for the victims, four FBI agents showed up at the Killeen mosque, where the suspected shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan prayed, to search a trash bin outside. The FBI would not comment on what the agents were looking for at the mosque but motivation remains the focus. Drew will keep us posted on the latest developments tonight.

Today is Veteran’s Day – a day typically filled with saluting, speeches and a moment to reflect on the Americans who have served our country. But how well are we caring for veterans? The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. According to a study released by the Harvard Medical School, 2,266 veterans under the age of 65 died last year as a result of not having health insurance. Researchers emphasize the figure could be more than 14 times the number of deaths suffered by U.S. troops in Afghanistan last year.

President Obama is looking into four strategies for the war in Afghanistan. He is expected to discuss them at his eighth meeting with his national security advisers this afternoon. In a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, Americans continue to oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan, but they also think that Obama should listen to military leaders who are commanding troops on the ground. Is this a contradiction? What do you think?

And is Sarah Palin still a GOP player? Her new book is already No. 1 in nonfiction presales on Amazon.com. A recent poll found 85 percent of Republicans say she agrees with them on their most important issues. Tonight we’ll talk to Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe, two reporters who covered last year’s presidential race and wrote the book, “Sarah from Alaska.”

Today is Charles Manson’s 74th birthday. Ted Rowlands speaks to two people who serve as Manson’s conduits to the outside world. They even moved to Corcoran, Calif. to be near him. They share recordings of their phone calls with Manson and paint a picture of a man who’s spent nearly four decades behind bars for one of the most notorious crimes in U.S. history.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    I would like AC360 report about the Blackout X cyberattack. President Obama has warned that cyber-attacks on the U.S. power grid is already a reality and that in 2005 and 2007, the same could happen in Brazil.
    People are completely vulnerable to that. The disorder we experienced yesterday in 18 states in Brazil was amazing!

    November 11, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  2. Cindy

    Oh...and I totally forgot to say thank you to all the veterans for what they have done to keep this nation safe and allowing it to become the great place that it is! Thanks a lot!!


    November 11, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  3. Cindy

    The Ft. Hood memorial yesterday was very moving. I didn't how ever care for Obama giving shout outs to people or for the audience screaming and shouting like they were at a concert when he came on stage. That was supposed to be a memorial for lives lost not a place to be yelling and screaming like someone is a rock star. How disrespectful.

    Looking forward to Sanjay's reports as he visits the wounded of the Ft. Hood shooting. It's going to be great getting their perspective on how everything went down.

    I could care less about Charles Manson. He should have been given the death penalty and been executed for his heinous crimes just like Muhammad was last night. The man is a nut!


    November 11, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  4. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Good Morning Eliza

    It's remerance day here in Canada and it's a time to reflect how much of a sacrfice these troops gave for our country .It's a travesty that so many of the troops are homless and didn't have health insurance it's not fair .Pres Obama should send the troops home from Afaganistan like he said at the beginning of his camapign stand his ground and send thewm home too many casualties have been caused by this war .

    Thanks for the buzz
    Michelle D.

    November 11, 2009 at 10:24 am |