December 30th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/30/09

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Tonight on 360°, new details on the missed signs linked to the man suspected of trying to blow up a U.S. jetliner in Detroit on Christmas Day. Plus, the top political stories of 2009 and comedian Kathy Griffin weighs in on the other big stories of the past year.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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  1. Dodie

    Good evening, Erica Hill, and the CNN AC360 staff !

    December 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  2. jane - Vt

    Who does Dick Cheney blame for 9/11. That was on their watch and they received warnings.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Lori - CA

    Good evening...

    What is the deal with Kathy G. again this year on New Years Eve? Just asking....

    December 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Jennifer - AZ

    That's the thing – we don't know what happens behind closed doors at the white house so it's hard to criticize until all is said and done. President Obama has spent his life in service; I have confidence that he puts americans and the country before himself, and I have confidence in his intelligence to make good decisions.

    And Dick Cheney – sigh

    December 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Tim

    Our founding fathers couldn't have anticipated terrorism and the need for searches to keep our airflights safe. Stop this its against "unreasonable search" Its time to approve the screening systems that see through clothing. Its time to get on with our war on terrorism, and keep our skies safe.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Ron from PA

    Both Chertoff and Cheney's insults are disingenuous and hypocritical.
    They and their dismally performing administration had 8 years to incorporate more stringent security measures at airports, sea ports, securing "lose nukes", etc. and they didn't do it!

    Have you all forgotten that 911 happened during their reign? So why keep giving them the stage?!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Lori

    Hello Erica, 360 and everyone. I hope everyone is doing well this evening.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Nancy

    First of all Cheney has done nothing but lie, as we all know , so why woulds any one care what he says and why does the mdeia keep encourgaing him by reporting it. the CIA could not keep it's own people from being killed today maybe we need to do away with the CIA. Prehaps we should recall how everyone said Obama was insulting them a few months ago when he was merging some of the agencies they need merged and CIA done away with.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Mark - WI

    Cheney accuses President Obama of not taking terrorism seriously. Wasn't he the VP when the previous administration failed to detect the evidence of the terrorists attacks on 9/11?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Jason NYC

    I am a frequent flyer (over 100K miles a year). The full body scan is more "invasive" to privacy but I'll take it to be safer in the air.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  11. David, Indiana

    Good evening Erica, Randi Kaye, Isabel, everyone. Well the puffer machines could have problems, but there's a company in Mississippi making full body scanners that's working on filling about 140 orders by spring.

    Is there full body scanning installed already in Schipol airport?

    Great intvw w/ Secretary Chertoff, his successor, there are some hardships in implementing all the 9-11 recommendations. As you said Erica, AbdulMutallab had warning signs all over him, so he could've been caught before reaching the airport and even at the airport. Having a body scanner as a possible back up would help.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  12. larry

    linda he didn't light it in the restroom because he needed to be in that exact seat he had in order to blow up the fuel tank .. the question is how did he get the exact seat he needed to get the maximum effect

    December 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Heather – Spokane, WA
    Yes, There is.... I did arrived at airport, I got screen or check it out or X-ray to check to prepare for 2 hours before I fly..... That way they want to safe us to protection.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  14. georgia Kruusi

    Good Evening all...praying for peace for all in 2010!!

    For safety for all countries people that are flying, what the heck does right to privacy for the screening mean?? What our internal organs on Xray...there we really all do look the same!!! We all...all...have the right to safety!!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  15. jane - Vt

    I wish Dick Cheney would just go away. It seems he does protest to much. What's he afraid of?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    I like very much President Obama, but I don't totally disagree with the former vice president, Dick Cheney

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Moureen

    Terrorists will always find new ways – we have to outsmart them. We can't let our guard down – laziness maybe?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hello Erica, AC people and bloggers,

    As for Cheney's semantics about the war we are in, I think every President has the right to determine their own strategy for addressing the issues of the era.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  19. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The CIA took a hard hit this is just going to incourage the Taliban.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Ray Soroka

    Perhaps if Mr. Obama devoted as much energy to increasing security in our airports as he has on health care we might have gotten those scanners in place by now.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  21. charlie

    Checking passports for transit passengers is entirely a matter of the airline and the recieving countries regulations. Technically transit passengers do not enter the transit counrty (netherlands).

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  22. VJ - Houston

    I believe we should spend money on implementing scanners in ALL airports. We should also scan EVERYONE entering into the USA from abroad!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Jerry

    Our former vice president continues the chorus of make the new administration fail...shame on him.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Ram

    Dick Cheney is the reason why we are still fighting AlQuaeda in 2010 instead of finishing them off by 2002 in ToraBora.

    To cover up their Iraq fiasco, they go on an attack hoping people of this country have a short memory.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  25. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I dont really think that profiling will do any better than scanning because we have alot of U.S citizens, who are as white as me, joining in with the terrorists. There are too many homegrown terrorists that are joining in with the groups and are coming up with as many 'tricks' as Al Quaeda has. As long as the screen isnt facing towards the crowd and i dont have to physically remove any clothes in front of someone, Im ok with the x-ray scanning

    December 30, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  26. A. Smith, Oregon

    Muslims sent a identical butt-bomber to murder the Saudi Prince in August. The bomber was completely undetected and nearly killed the Saudi Prince. By October, all world leaders were updated and advised in regards to that attack. Muslims then posted on the Internet, step by step instructions for a Muslim butt-bomber to follow.

    There seems to be plenty of knowledge and information prior to this latest attack upon a jetliner bound for America.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  27. Dan

    President Obama must be strong and resolute.
    He must not show weakness to these Islamist-terrorists!
    These people are evil!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  28. Sonja G., Texas

    not sure why the gov't hasn't put out the money needed for these full body scans. they seem to come up with money to bail out peope/businesses who have misused the money. for heaven sakes spend money for something that we need!!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Mary Cotturo

    This was not an attempted terrorist attack. It was a terrorist attack that succeeded in starting a fire on a plane, in a seat located over the fuel tanks. We are thankful that no one was killed during this attack but they were terrorized. How did this man get past all our checkpoints, in spite of the fact that his own father warned the CIA that his son was a danger to the United States? Our government needs to wake up and follow all the recommendations and procedures now in place to protect the flying public.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! I don't know about all of you ,but I am looking forward to the new year and decade! I think that for the amount of assurance passengers will have because they know that everyone aboard went through a body scanner, compared to the moment of feeling uncomfortable for having to undergo that screening, will far outweigh any embarrassment .

    December 30, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Jennifer - AZ

    Evening everyone!

    hmmm, modesty or people dying. I am more than happy to go through a thorough screening (and have everybody else do it, too) – whatever we have to do to keep us safe.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  32. Molly

    Good evening everyone! Hope everyone has a happy 2010!

    Anderson, I hope you enjoyed your break from AC 360. We've had 360 without the A. C.! Good luck tomorrow night. You can endure it!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  33. jane - Vt

    With this type of explosive available, it seems a body scan is something we have to put up with. Can dogs detect this type of explosive like they can drugs?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  34. Claudia

    Good evening everyone. Something occurred to me today. What ever happened to that Air Marshals Program where the gov't had someone on the planes in order to disarm possible terrorists>?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  35. linda

    has anyone questioned why the terrorist didn't try to ignite the bomb in the restroom where he would have been less conspicuous? Lighting explosives in front of all those passengers seems to me as being the last place to achieve success in doing this.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Christine

    We hear more from Dick Cheynew now then we have during the 8 years he was Vice-President. He is quick to spew his venom at Pres. Obama over the 'under-wear bomber' incident, although 911 happened under his watch...due to lack of security. People in glass houses...

    December 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Larry

    911 changed the world as we know it. Security measures should be upgraded to whatever it takes to make all U.S. Citizens safe. I'm really tired of the "Political Correctness" that our Polititians are so worried about. If Profiling is what it takes...then by all means let's profile. If i have to be body scanned then, i say ok. We have to adapt to our changing world and, security is a major issue.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Dulcie - Denver

    Good evening, Erica! You're doing a great job.

    Frankly, I'm sick to death of the partisan sniping from the likes of Dick Cheney. The GOP needs to sit down and shut up if they don't have any concrete ideas. Saying that our President is 'trying to pretend we're not at war' is just more sour grapes.

    I'm also disturbed by those who are criticizing using the criminal justice system. What else are we supposed to do? Oh yeah, through suspects into a dark hole and torture them like the previous administration. I think we as a people have decided we don't do that anymore. The criminal justice system worked just fine for the shoe bomber.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  39. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    If it makes air travel safe, isn't this the interest of all?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Maybe the U.S should have kept the x-ray screenings permanently and made everyone go through it. They already tell everyone to arrive at the airports two hours early to go through security, so whats another hour or half hour if its going to give us better safety from things like this?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Isabel Siaba (Brazil)
    I agree with you, Isabel.....
    I can't wait to see Happy New Year to celebrate 2010!!!! I hope will change in the future.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hi Isabel-Brazil. Missed you last night, glad you are back with us again!
    Yes, let us try to find peace and keep peace in 2010.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  43. A. Smith, Oregon

    Show us this Nigerian Muslim bombers passport! The Amsterdam military police have already said Abdulmutallab did not go through passport control nor show he even had a passport at Schiphol when he arrived from Lagos. It is international law between Amsterdam and America no passport, no fly unless OK'd by a US Diplomat.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hello Erica. Hello Team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers. Packed news show tonight!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!

    Happy Wednesday night!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good evening, Erica Hill, Anderson and the outstanding staff of CNN and AC360!

    Greetings to my fellow bloggers here at AC360

    December 30, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and 360 team! Hello David (Indiana), Megan, Patty Banks, Starr, Emily, Mike, all friends and everyone!

    In 2009 I found AC360 blog and it was great to share thoughts with you all!

    Happy New Year! I wish that in 2010 we all have peace and we can celebrate great and good moments!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!

    Happy Wednesday night!
    There is breaking news for us, I have tell sad news that was really horrible bombing in Afghanstain to be 8 Americans CIA killed tonight, there is coming up As soon as possible.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. jane - Vt

    Good evening everyone.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Erica and everyone

    December 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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