Five and half years after the 9/11 Commission published its groundbreaking report, a man could still get on a U.S. jetliner and nearly blow it up. Page after page, the report outlined changes that needed to be made. So, how could this still happen? Who's responsible? Tonight, we're keeping them honest and demanding answers. You'll hear from former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.
Sticking on the terror beat, did you see the statement released today by former Vice President Dick Cheney, accusing Pres. Obama of not being tough enough on terrorism?
"As I've watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low-key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won't be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won't be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of Sept. 11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won't be at war, " Cheney wrote.
"He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core Al Qaeda-trained terrorists still there, we won't be at war. He seems to think if he gets rid of the words, 'war on terror,' we won't be at war. But we are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren't, it makes us less safe. Why doesn't he want to admit we're at war? It doesn't fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn't fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency – social transformation – the restructuring of American society. President Obama's first object and his highest responsibility must be to defend us against an enemy that knows we are at war," he added.
What do you think of Cheney's feedback? Sound off below.
The White House didn't waste time firing back.
"It is telling that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the Administration than condemning the attackers," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer wrote on the White House's official blog.
"Unfortunately too many are engaged in the typical Washington game of pointing fingers and making political hay, instead of working together to find solutions to make our country safer."
Also tonight, comedian Kathy Griffin stops by for a visit to weigh in on the wild stories of 2009. And, don't forget to join Kathy and Anderson for our New Year's Eve special live from Times Square tomorrow night. It's sure to be a fun and memorable way to ring in 2010.
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