November 17th, 2009
10:12 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Was it murder or battlefield justice? In 2007, there was an execution at a canal in Baghdad. Three decorated U.S. Army sergeants shot and killed four Iraqi detainees their platoon had taken into custody earlier that day. The soldiers are now serving prison terms at Fort Leavenworth. During interrogations the soldiers blamed military policy for making it too hard to detain suspected insurgents. We tell the story of the murders through one of the soldiers who was at the canal.

We also show you what the Army does not want released – part of the confession of one of the sergeants on an Army interrogation videotape. We obtained more then 23 hours of tapes in which interrogators interviewed the soldiers who were part of the mission that day in Baghdad. Don’t miss the first part of this 360° special investigation tonight.

Michael Scott, the Chicago Board of Education President, apparently shot himself in the head near the Chicago River before dawn yesterday morning. The school board president had said in August that he had been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating allegations of politically influenced admissions to top schools, but authorities did not immediately make any connection between the legal case and his death. Meanwhile, his death was met with disbelief by civic leaders and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Heather Ellis is facing 15-years in prison for allegedly cutting line at a Wal-Mart store in Missouri last month. Jury selection in her trial begins tomorrow and Ellis’ supporters are planning to rally to protest the trial. Gary Tuchman is following the developments in the case.

Will Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reveal the highly anticipated Senate Democratic health care plan today? Many believe that if we don’t get a glimpse of the plan today, we can expect to see something tomorrow. What does this mean for debate on the Senate floor and when can we expect a vote? We’ll follow the latest developments tonight.

And President Barack Obama is Beijing today where he spoke this morning of a cooperative future of shared responsibilities and economic opportunities between the U.S. and China. Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Obama in the capital today and we believe trade and North Korea were high on the agenda. The President is expected to tour the Forbidden City and then sit down for a one-on-one interview with CNN’s Ed Henry.

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

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  1. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Hello Eliza and 360 team
    I hope the senate will pas the healthcare bill and get the best possible coverage for everyone. It's gone back and forth long enough the democrats have thier versoin of the bill so holpefilly it willprevail and get this done . I look forward to the story on the girl who was cut in the line at Walmart it seems to be tempers flaring and getting out of control with the racilally charged incident it gets poeopel all fired up about the racial issues that still seem to cause problems it's so sad .

    Thanks for the buzz
    Michelle D.

    November 17, 2009 at 10:30 am |

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