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. Caroline, Los Angeles

    There must be a website somewhere that has time lines and party tallies on all the affairs and scandals of 2009.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  2. Ronald Reimer

    In a prophetic statement of the USA under the Patriot Act and initiatives of Homeland Security, Benjamin Franklin stated – – “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” It is still true today. Loosing freedoms for security gives victories to those we are seeking safety from. Ron, Cedarburg WI

    December 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  3. Mary Ann

    I suspect the airline mgr that allowed the terrorist on the plan w/o passport may have been paid off by the man that accompanied the terrorist according to the husband & wife passengers

    December 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  4. Rebecca

    Cheney is just the Republican's bulldog. Are they really that desperate?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  5. Mara

    SC Gov Mark Sanford is a real fool!!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That ismy favorite comedian Kathy Griffin in studio talk to Erica Hill, She will be there with Anderson Cooper at Times Square tomorrow night for Happy New Year Eve.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Helen

    The republicans approach to this failed terror is going to backfire.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  8. dan

    The only think that bothers me is why are we implementing this ridiculous security measures in country when the problem is not the people leaving the US but coming from overseas.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  9. joe cusimano - Toronto ON

    A powerful blast in Kandahar City has claimed the lives of four Canadian soldiers and a journalist.

    The group was on a routine patrol through a part of the city that was supposedly safe, when an improvised explosive device was detonated.

    The military has not released the names of the soldiers, but reporters in the area have identified the deceased journalist as Michelle Lang of the Calgary Herald

    – Tonight Canada also mourns. Joe

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  10. Emily

    Sonia's appointment was big news!

    It almost seems to have been forgotten it seems!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  11. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Oh the "you lie" cry. A classic moment of WTH?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  12. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Locks only keep Honest people out.

    I keep hearing this statement and feel it is the answer to our terrorist problem.

    We set up protocol but that only works to keep honest people moving through it.

    How do we stop the bad ones?

    Seems international flights comes from the East so NY and the east coast get it first.

    How do you stop those who will become bomb mules to get past the machines?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  13. Jan

    Anderson and Kathy tomorrow night...can't wait – Kathy you're an A Lister in my book. (Say hi to Kevin Jonas for all of Canada – and you know what I mean...)

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  14. charlie

    Erickson comment: US is the world leader?. Think a litte about what impact that sort of arrogance has on your friends.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Wow the Republican are beside themselves about the democrats and our new president...

    December 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Emily

    @David, Indiana,

    I missed the interview w/Secretary Chertoff. looks like it was good!

    I can't believe that 2009 is over already!

    Happy New Year Everyone!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  17. starr formerly known as vincent


    Thank you for at least trying to address the severe 'Partisan" atmosphere surround the latest terror incident.

    It is vital, that ALL Americans come together to Solve problems and support each other in protecting America.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  18. Jennifer - AZ

    DHS: a work in progress. They should have had that list come through with red flags and a resultant thorough search on that guy. I'm up for database entry if needed!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  19. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Twilight .... New Moon !!!!! Great movie !!!!! 🙂

    December 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Dulcie - Denver

    Hey Erica! You're doing a great job and so glad you're with us tonight.

    Can't wait to hear Kathy dish about her NYE plans with AC. Last year was a blast!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  21. Aubrey Gore

    If the news media must report what cheney is saying please give the other side for instance the shoe bomber bush was on vacation it took 6 days to speak. Why can't a president keep tactics as to who they are attacking and web a secret. Extremist have access to televion. Why is dement holding up the nomination of the man who would be in charge of this mess and on and on

    December 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Sidney Goldfischer

    Chernoff's self-serving blah blah illustrates the problem and it has nothing to do with civil liberties and Guantanamo. Our intelligence agencies are superb collectors of vast amounts information and consistently inept when it comes to interpreting and , God forbid, sharing that information with other "competing " agencies. The CIC competes with the FBI and vice versa. They do not collaborate to defeat our common enemy. The CIA has a perfect record of missing every major catastrophic event from the fall of the Shah to the Bay of Pigs to the collapse of the Soviet Union to the fall of the Berlin Wall to Saddam Hussien's non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Not putting the Nigerian terrorist's name on the no-fly list is another example of the same,"Collect the data and keep it to yourself" policy.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Jimmy

    The only people that think Dick Cheney is relevant are those in the media, he will always be known as the worse VPOTUS ever. The media love highlighting this nonsense, but no one in the media (except Rachel Maddow), and that includes especially CNN call the Right Wingers on this. Dick’s daughter (Liz) will be in the media in the next few days and we will have to listen to her nonsense.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  24. jane - Vt

    @ Heather, Dick Cheney just reminds me of a cranky old man who hates everything. Grumble, grumble. Get off my lawn.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Pam in Oregon

    Hey, maybe some bright engineer can come up with a scanner that looks for explosives and medical problems – get your annual health check up and travel safely!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jane- VT,
    Yup! There are dogs can smell something drugs and explovies to found, There are serious situation to be more careful to found. I think Securities can figure it out what they found.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Emily


    Thanks! I agree with you, on your first post here....It's been great seeing you too each night, getting your perspective on different issues has been helpful too!

    @All Bloggers,
    this blog has been great in addition to the broadcast!
    all the different opinions, and from all different places in the world! 🙂

    December 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Lori

    Blamimg is an easy way out but doesn't help. My opinion is that homeland defense needs to be managed by business and not by government.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @Heather – Spokane, WA--Cheney still speaks well of his guns.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Mallé

    I am very sorry to hear of the 8 American CIA deaths. It is nice to see on your home page that you also mentioned the 5 Canadians who also died, including the journalist. It would be nice if you mentioned that on air, too.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Jenny

    I think Cheney should sit down and shut up. No one cares what he has to say. He had 8 years to be president and I don't mean vice-president, so he needs to keep his negative comments to himself.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ Jason NYC

    Yeah... I agree with you.

    I wonder what is best: "an unnecessary violation" or the safety of our lives? The safety of all of us is at stake. It is necessary to review procedures and increase the accuracy of inspection!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  33. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    All this bickering between the democrats and republicans are going to push for an independent president.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Cheney also failed to mention the shoe bomber happened on his watch.


    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  35. Larry

    Cheney is an irrellavant looking for relavancy. He will use any means to achieve that end. He had 8 years to make us more secure by setting up appropriate policies and procedures for improving our security. He failed to do what was needed and is now trying to compensate.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  36. georgia Kruusi

    Heck for my safety and for my fellow passenger safety I would get totally naked....and that wouldn't be pretty!!! Naked for a few minutes....blown up in a plane....you pick.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Sam

    Why don't we send under cover U.S. agents to learn more about these idiots radical Al Qaeda??? I would volunteer to do this for my country.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Terry Greenslade

    Question my condolences go out to the american familys that lost loved ones in the attack today .Canada also lost 4 soldiers today and on female reporter from a roadside bomb .just wondering why it doesn't get metioned on cnn .We are there also fighting this war on terror
    Terry from Vancover

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  39. Caroline, Los Angeles

    As a Democrat I can say that I am sure my party will be happy to fix this. Just like we're fixing the economy and health care.

    It's OK-we've got it now.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  40. Dodie

    @ michael armstrong sr. TX

    Do you think thebomber knew they were CIA?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Dan

    I do not care what Cheney says and do not want to hear what he says'
    Bush & Cheney made us less safe by steering the ship of state off course and chasing their white whale, Saddam Hussein, who they were eventually forced toi admit had nothing to do with 9/11.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Does Cheney ever have anything nice to say about anything or anyone?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Kate

    It is apparent that in our shared battle against terrorism, we are constantly two steps behind.I think that beefing up security at airports is good idea, but it is short-sighted and should be considered one leg in a multi-pronged counterterrorism strategy. What about the potential of future attacks at other venues carrying or transporting a high magnitude of people. Are we going to deploy full body scans at our ports, metros, and football stadiums? We need to abate terrorism at the source; thorough and collaborative intelligence is critical to achieving this.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Mara

    Our former VP is a real jerk for making such a statement! Forget the fact of republican or democrat status, that was totally uncalled for to disrespect your current President!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Emily

    Good evening Erica, 360 Team, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!

    I'm a little late here tonight....
    I hear that Dick Cheney has had something here to say....

    David (Indiana), I got your post late yesterday... I've heard a few times that that terrorist got on the plane without a passport, so many believe. It was not found on him it seems...

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Jerry

    When dealing with intelligence agencies, all 17 of them, that refuse to communicate with one another; maybe the intelligent thing to do is have one that that is staffed with real intelligent employees that are properly trained and accountable for their actions, good and bad.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Dulcie - Denver

    I'm completely sick and disgusted by the conservatives who merely use every opportunity to snipe at our President.

    Dick Cheney is only relative as a crank.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  48. kathy Murphy

    Why didn't the US pull his Visa like the UK?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  49. starr formerly known as vincent

    Why does Mr. Cheney get air time?? He had 8 YRS. to implement and makes his points!

    Please ignore any further comments from him, we've heard all we care to hear from him and his friends.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gayle McCauley Malden, Mass.
    I agree with you, too......... You have good taken point!!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
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