December 29th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/29/09

Tonight on 360°, the intelligence failure linked to the bombing attempt on a U.S. jetliner on Christmas Day. Plus, the top medical headlines of 2009 and an up close look at Charlie Sheen's latest legal troubles.

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  1. chrislyn

    hi emily. i think right now that the real truth is coming out about this terrorist. i also think that NIgeria should not be mentioned anymore in this because he was already disowned by his father for him to report to the authroities regarding his son's radicalities. Also, i think that his father should be protected as it's posible for this Al Quedians to come after him.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    I'd say the real story of H1N1 has been largely missed; that is the Government's inept response and inability to get vaccine out.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  3. Emily


    It was in the closet for such a long time! Domestic Violence...and now that there are people, both women and men speaking out about it, their abusers must serve time!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  4. ralsan

    It is a shame that Palin's custody battle will be in the public eye only because of who her mother is. The child should be the concern now not the parents or grandparents. What affect could this have later in the childs life?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Martina Ilstad Germany

    @Emily Good night from far away in Germany and a Happy New Year

    December 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  6. poor

    Im tired of hearing about the palins

    December 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    I wonder if Denise Richards, Sheen's ex-wife, ever had an experience like this. Maybe that's why she's an ex.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  8. Emily

    Looking forward to seeing Dr. Sanjay Gupta in 2010! He always has great info. 🙂

    December 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  9. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Dr. Gupta continues to be one of CNN's greatest assests in medical (and other) reporting.

    I have the greatest respect for Dr. Gupta and am selfishly glad he did not take the post of Surgeon General.

    This report demonstrates how valuable Dr. Gupta is to us through his important reporting from CNN.
    God Bless him (and his family), as he also continues to report from dangerous parts of the world too.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  10. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Execty this is and was the mistake US knows tat this man is a terrorist.There are list,but the problem is US and Euope didnt and dont work together.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  11. Emily

    That was so sad!

    The death of Ms. Richardson!
    She and Liam N. had such a great relationship.

    She Denied help when it was offered to her, they couldn't force it on her...

    The H1N1 flu story was #1 story for many....non-political, or 'Hollywood'

    December 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree!!!!! No one to attack women at all, I don't accept attack or violence at homes.... Yes, Charlie Sheen was arrested by police in Colorado...... that is very serious crime.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  13. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @Mike formerly from Syracuse--We interred Japanese Americans based on racial profiling. The Supreme Court upheld it just like they upheld calling African American individuals 2/3s of a person a hundred years earlier.

    The Supreme Court has been known to be wrong.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  14. A. Smith, Oregon

    Dr. Gupta could make a good case for the complete and total lapse in medical ethics when cloning and DNA adjusted human experimentation is going to push ethics and morality to their very limits.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  15. Emily

    Is CNN doing a look back at this decade?

    I can't believe that the Decade is over all already!

    love that Black Eyed Peas song....that one grew on me...."I gotta feeling"

    December 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    I want to know why the Adminisrtration is limiting the target list to Al Queda sites that had something to do with this attack. If they know ANY Al Queda sites they need to be hit. This is war, not a game.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  17. A. Smith, Oregon

    Charlie Sheen's mug shot looks angry! Hey bub, that's what happens when you threaten to assault a lady! What's up with rumors of him holding a butcher knife to his wifes neck? Ugly rumor if that isn't accurate on this dispute.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  18. Emily

    I hope that Charlie Sheen serves time if what he is accused of is correct!
    Domestic Violence MUST stop!

    It should not be accepted by anyone on either sex!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh Wow!!! he is so amazing man to save his life, it was his badge!!!! What guy have good lucky!!!!! That's miracles!!!!!! I think his badge is hero!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  20. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Randi-Kaye! The story about the policeman whose badge saved him is truly appreciated among all of the other "bad" news.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  21. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    @Caroline, in WWII we interred Japanese Americans. The Supreme Court even upheald it as legal.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Emily

    You are doing an excellent job hosting!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  23. A. Smith, Oregon

    Thanks Erica for adding the 'Badge saves Life' story, America needs some good Christmas news.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  24. Emily

    VERY lucky police officer!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Emily

    @David, Indiana,

    I've heard many times that he did not have a passport!

    Not sure if he didn't have a ticket however, I've heard that there was no passport!

    Whomever it was that let him on, did so without one....this is how I first heard that he made it on without the extra check.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  26. M. Cook

    We need a systematic approach to our security issue; not a "tit for tat" response.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  27. Caroline, Los Angeles

    We need to note that the Xmas day terrorist is in a Michigan prison and we seem to be OK with that. One more proof that our prisons are quite secure enough to hold terrorists be they international or domestic.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    It's time for this Administration to wake up and realize that this IS a war against terror and not 'man caused disasters'

    December 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  29. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David Indiana, thank you for your comments.

    I also disagree with the gentleman on the panel with Peter Bergen.

    We do not have the Money to increase warfare in the Mid East. We have got to stop beleiving that pouring money into these countries does much, other than increasing their weapons and training them how to fight (probably against us in the end).

    December 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    There was terrorist man on the plane might have almost blow up the plane from Amsterdam long way to Detroit. It was fail attempt to blow up the plane, there is no list named that time. They didn't know he was sneaking through plane.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  31. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I heard another detailed report about Yemen tonight. Oy! Unstable place and according to the report, whole portions of the country are "ungoverned."

    December 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  32. Martina Ilstad Germany

    I think the Europe,dont really realize that,this terrorist use Europe as a commanda camp.We have to take care on this poeple much more. They are able to find ways to kill people in other ways.We have to stopp them,but how?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  33. A. Smith, Oregon

    Erica, if what Patrick stated is accurate in regards to Yemen soliders flowing into Saudi Arabia, that certainly is a important consideration in regards to this sudden push to bomb Yemen after years of inaction after the Cole bombing.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  34. pattyanna from mass.

    how does a person fro nigeria get on a plane with a one way ticket and no luggage??

    December 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  35. Patrick

    I would like to know why the suspect returned to his seat before he tried to detonate the bomb. It seems to me that he could have more easily done it by staying in the restroom.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica,
    Keep busy all times, LOL!!! Nice see Peter Begen and others experts panels.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  37. Caroline, Los Angeles

    And like Peter Bergen said, it's pretty difficult to racially profile Muslims. We can't do that any more than we were able to do that with Japanese Americans during WWII.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  38. A. Smith, Oregon

    Hi Erica, the pacing is good, the rings look great, keep up the great work!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  39. David, Indiana

    @ Starr "ramp up in Yemen" I disagree with that too. As Peter Bergen said the situation is roughly analogus w/ sit in Pakistan, we have a long term relationship w/ Pakistan.

    @Emily, Is it confirmed that suspected culprit did not have a passport? That came up last night. I agree, red alert.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  40. M. Cook

    Airport Security in Europe needs to be consistent with our efforts here, otherwise all incoming flights present a higher risk to the US. And, if we knew about this "terrorist" why was he allowed to fly at all?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  41. phylicia

    I horrified at how our country has neglected its peoples safety. We need to open our eyes and realize this is alot serious than what we are told. Attacking Yemen isn't the answer,uniting everyone should be.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good question...... Yes both of them, but I think there have more supplies any ships, They have blankets, many things as etc. Yes.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  43. jordan

    in today's technology; why aren't there camera's on these planes so that those on the ground can watch those in the sky....some sort of "air security"

    December 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  44. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. talk about a busy night... and the details keep coming

    December 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  45. Terry Phillips

    Why are we using the courts to get the DNA of the Christmas terrorist instead of aiding the investigation and getting the DNA? The investigation seems to be critical now. Why is the investigation not the most important aspect of this event right now?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Sorry but i dont understand how this man has o chance to bring a bomb in a plane?Someone in Amsterdam sleept.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Marko

    Hello Bloggers,

    I can't believe that the media, and/or relevant authorities have disclosed the report of suspect's father to the public. I am really concerned about the safety of this man, I feel that the examplary retaliation of Al Queda is now imminent.

    December 29, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  48. Onome

    Good evening everyone,
    The question nobody seems to be asking is why are most of these terrorist radicalized in Europe. They came from their home countries innocent and leave Europe radicalized. London ,Germanny Brussels.
    is it that nobody is keeping an eye on these radical recruitment centres in Europe

    December 29, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  49. A. Smith, Oregon

    Patrick, are there 30,000 Yemen combat soldiers attacking Saudi Arabia or did I misunderstand your comment?

    December 29, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  50. J R

    I don't understand why we broadcast that we are going to bomb al-queda targets in Yemen, don't you think that they don't watch the news, they will just move to a different location, It does not make sense.......

    December 29, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
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