November 18th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/18/09

We have breaking news from Capitol Hill. Senate Democrats have revealed their health care bill. Plus, Sarah Palin speaking out about the Ft. Hood massacre. And, we have part two of our special report "Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes."

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  1. Rana

    Heather does not deserve to do prison time she is not a killer unlike the killers of the canal.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  2. Jennifer - AZ

    I like this case with Heather Ellis. It will be interesting to see what develops. If it happened the way she said it did, I have to complement her on her willingness not to settle for a plea agreement. Clearly she thinks she has something or she would not pass up "no jail time" just be found guilty down a long and expensive road.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  3. Emily


    November 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  4. Steve - southern Illinois

    Good night!

    November 18, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If a Duke fraternity boy assaulted a police officer, yes he would be prosecuted. You have to support those who put their lives on the line to protect the public.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  6. Harry Sugar Grove, Il

    One, should not take any Plea Bargain unless they are guilty. If you haven't done anything, then you must fight to the end, and protect your rights. Good Luck.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  7. Emily

    good question Anderson....like "Road Rage" behavior! only "Isle Rage"

    November 18, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  8. Emily

    15yrs IS alot, however, is that not a Maximum?

    one of those 6 months to 15yrs punishments?
    It comes down to sentencing! (if she is convicted!)

    November 18, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  9. William

    The reason she is looking at 15 years because she hit a cop. An odd story.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  10. teresa, ohio

    Fifteen years for "moving over in line". : )

    If Heather admitted to it, Heather would not only go to prison but she would also lose her job.

    One thing I know as a parent: my child WILL LIE to my face in order not to disappoint old mom. The pastors daughter is no different.

    Racism makes a nice defense, no? Cant wait to see the videos.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  11. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    What ever went down. Fifteen years is not the answer.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  12. Emily

    Why didn't she take it?!

    I think that she is going to regret not taking that plea bargain, as her family thinks that it's ALL about racism.

    You still Can't BE physically Abusive!

    November 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  13. Heather - Spokane, WA

    With a case like Heather Ellis' its hard to believe either side without hard evidence to point to one or the other

    November 18, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  14. Dave, CT

    If this is at a walmart there has to be survellance tapes and tons of witnesses.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  15. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Well in that case, it not bedtime for me either.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  16. Emily

    When will you see the tape Gary?
    If she hit a cop, she deserves what ever she gets!

    November 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  17. Lori

    Wow! She actually struck the officers?

    November 18, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  18. Lori

    Oh. There is more!

    November 18, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  19. Lori

    Thank you. Great show tonight. I enjoyed the segment on Asia. Very interesting. Have a wonderful evening. Sweet dreams.

    November 18, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  20. Emily

    Have a great night Anderson, Erica, Devna, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!

    Thanks for the info Mike, formerly from Syracuse!

    Looking forward to Part 3 tomorrow! This story is really sad! 😦

    Hope to see you all tomorrow!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  21. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  22. Jennifer - AZ

    Evening, Anderson,

    Thanks for giving us more coverage on the Asia visit 🙂

    November 18, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  23. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    This live news conference is wonderful Anderson, But since i doubt the blog will remain live past the conference, i want to say Good night to you, Erica, Team 360.

    Also good night fellow bloggers and friends too.(Emily & David)

    Hurray for the Maersk Alabama winning against the pirates again!

    Everyone, please have a wonderful day tomorrow!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Im happy that we have a president who is willing to give olive branches to governments that normally do not like the U.S

    November 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  25. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It was predictable that Iran would not accept the offer. Why haven't we been working up a package of consequences already?

    November 18, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Mike

    Putting these guys in prison makes me sick. Those terrorists would've been back out there in an hour trying to kill more of our troops. If the roles were reversed, they would have been praised back in their village...while we support our troops by putting them in prison...our country has turned into a big disappointment

    November 18, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. JAY

    The interogation lasted 23hrs? And you can see SGT Leahy just tired,& stressed id say I did it too if id get me the heck out of that room! Find the bodies take more time to get evidence,how long did they search for bodies? I bet not as long as the entire investigation.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Great question about Iran and the 'severe consequences'. President Obama's 'answer' was not an answer.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  29. Dan - Ontario, Ca USA

    I feel they should be freed and sent back to defend our country like they were originally were doing. Thank you AC360 u rock!!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  30. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David, Indiana

    Yes, it is important that our troops do not acting independently on or off the battlefield. But, in this case, and cases like them, can be understood in the "fog of war".
    I am so hopeful that these men will receive further consideration given the circumstances they were in.
    don't Not punish them, but give punishment that is fair given the circumstances.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  31. Emily

    Glad to see that President Obama and the South Korean Leader is taking questions here. (unlike in China!)

    November 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  32. Emily

    @ Heather – Spokane, WA,

    There likely is More to that Walmart piece!

    However, her behavior was beyond pathetic! It was completely uncalled for...those kind of actions! ...ask to speak with the manger, etc.
    Don't throw a temper tantrum in the middle of the store!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  33. John

    I think the soldiers should have received more punishment. They killed 4 people execution style and say they did not mean to do it. If this was any other army we would want more justice. These men should be thought as criminals and punished accordingly.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  34. Dave, CT

    Muslims entering the military is not a problem unless they cannot do their job and fight for our country. If they can't, then they shouldn't be in.

    That goes for anyone, not just muslims. Soldiers lives are at stake and need to depend on one another. If they can't depend on you in battle, then you shouldn't be in battle.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Dan - Ontario, Ca USA

    20 years? Seems a bit much, especially when they are out there serving our country against those same kind of people that they killed. Isnt that what they were sent out there for? I dont feel that it makes a difference how they were killed, they were shooting at american soldiers we got the upper hand.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Aidan

    I think they should have been dishonorably discharged and required to receive counseling, but not serve time. Especially the kind of time they're doing at Ft. Leavenworth.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Fifteen years is a bit to much. It shouldn't have gotten that far. Let the friend who already in line pay for the items. I can't comprehend that one.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Paola K.

    thank you for all the support and all the comments. I think we should show our appreciation and give thanks to all the soldiers that risk their lives everyday. And in regards to the report on the three soldiers accused, Anderson Cooper and his team did a wonderful job portraying the "hidden" family side of the story and their lives as regular non military people.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Tony

    The three men convicted of murder may have actually been heros. It seems obvious that these insurgents would have been out of custody and shooting other americans within days, perhaps hours of their capture because of lack of evidence. One truly never knows.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  40. Steve - southern Illinois

    I'm not so sure every Muslim who's fighting against us in Afghanistan is a terrorist. I don't believe in the "kill em all; let God sort em out" philosophy.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  41. Carol Duermit

    20 years is way too much. 1 year is way too much. How do we sitting in our chairs in the comfort of our homes decide for these soldiers when the enemy is the enemy and when they are not? War is ridiculous by definition. Trying to apply civilian rules and sensibilities to war is impossible. Let them go.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  42. Khaled

    We Americans went to Iraq to liberate them from the same brutality the former gov. used to constantly subject its citizens to. Now what message is this sending to the world and most importantly the Iraqi people who we promised liberty to?

    November 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  43. Henya CA,

    The punishment doesn’t fit the crime thus are our solders we talking about. It is about time we got coverage about our President from South Korea thanks.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  44. JAY

    I agree that the punishment does not fit the crime,so we should punish all soldiers in Iraq? I wonder if the soldier that started all this ever really explained that he didn't want to get an article 15 which is why he started this matter...

    November 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  45. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    We have to do a lot more upkeep on our infrastructure or we will have more disasters like Katrina and the levy systems.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  46. SSG Jarrod

    I'm not entirely informed of exactly who these guys are. First of all, are the listed individuals trained interrogators in the Army? You keep stating these alleged individuals were interrogating the victims. I think it's important to identify exactly what their jobs are in the military. The only authorized personnel who can interrogate Iraqi detainees are in fact those who have been awarded the Military Occupational Specialty of 35M, or Human Intelligence Collectors. If these guys are in fact trained interrogators, I completely hold them accountable for their actions simply because we are preached constantly on the rules of Geneva Conventions and the Law of Land and Warfare. This is unacceptable.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  47. Sharon

    I do not think we should send our boys to war and then turn around and punish them for what we send them to do. Kill the enemy before they kill you. I think they did what they were sent to do. This is war!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  48. Paul

    I believe that the punishment may not fit the crime. Craig has a point that they are being punished for killing the enemy we are fighting, but they still were unarmed helpless people. I believe that they should be punished, but maybe something other than 20 years in jail. Things like less jail time, community service, suspension from his position. Or getting fired.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  49. eric lanstrum

    I served with 1st sgt hatley for 3 yrs in 1/18 inf, not only was he an outstanding leader, but a father figure, a friend , to all who served underhim, the man was a hero before and after this incident.god bless him.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  50. Emily

    The People of New Orleans have had to prove that the leavees were a major part of the problem in Hurricane Katrina!
    That is an outrage!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
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