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January 1st, 2010
07:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/01/10

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We're tracking the clues in the failed Christmas airline bombing plot. Plus, the challenges for Pres. Obama and the country in 2010. And, a behind-the-scenes look at our New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square.

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

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    The recent Karzi accusations of a sizable number of Afghanistan young men that were students and murdered during a night raid is now centering on the CIA as the one's doing that raid which murdered a large number of innocent Afghanistan civilians.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Michelle

    I guess the former CiA guy on the panel is right the
    suicide bomber had to be a double agent.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Caroline, Los Angeles

    This is the flaw in thinking that peace can always be brought about on the ground by building relationships. While that may work 90% of the time what was it that Reagan said? "Trust but verify"? Obviously we have to do that with on the ground relationships too. We will forever have to trust but verify, IMO.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @Anderson

    Happy New Year! Yesterday was fun .... thanks!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio
    Welcome back Jo Ann!!! We missed you. HUGS!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Jamie - Detroit, MI

    I am shocked and horrified to find out all of the warning signs that were overlooked in reference to the alleged Nigerian bomber. I am virtually speechless. I am a strong supporter of our government, but I suddenly feel as though there as a few people asleep on the job.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. david

    i have a recommendation, can we not stop calling "terrorist" "terrorist"? does that not give them a sense of pride in what they do?
    i can think of a few names

    January 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. ericacnn

    Happy New Year, everyone! Good to have you with us tonight, and good to have AC back.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Divine A.

    Anderson, you mentioned that the underwear bomber purchased his ticket in Ghana by cash, a clear red flag. Not really. A lot of people in this part of the world buy everything, including airline tickets, by cash. Credit cards, etc., are a rarity.

    Divine A.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, Happy New Year to you! I wish you the best in the coming year. Thanks, it has been a busy holiday season. Now it is time to get down to business!

    These terrorist attacks are becoming frighteningly frequent.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. soledad

    everybody's glad to see you back.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Becky

    It seems as if though the issue of security has been a theme lately, ranging from white house crashers to the CIA in Afghanistan. We need to be vigilant!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  13. A. Smith, Oregon

    Some reports filtering out of Pakistan are reporting the Taliban turned a CIA agent into a double agent and used that persons intel to plan the attack on the CIA headquarters in Afghanistan.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Dulcie – Denver
    Same as yours, too. 🙂

    January 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Emily

    This is really confusing about this latest terrorist who attempted to blow up the plane on Christmas... he came from a a wealthy family, sounds like he wanted for nothing... educated in some of the best schools in different countries!
    a supportive family too!

    Very difficult to understand... very sad.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Janine from PA.

    Mr. Cooper I'm glad to see you have survived another new years eve!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Caroline, Los Angeles

    It just occurred to me-why can't we have full body scanners at every military base overseas?

    January 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @Emily

    Yesterday was fun to see Anderson laughing all the time ... pity he could not speak much!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Janine from PA.

    Good Evening AC 360, happy friday and happy 2010;
    I noticed that in the photos I have seen of this bomber he did not once smile. Just an observation. Is there mental problems going on? Depression? That is who these supposed clerics along with the likes of bin laden look for, those who are easily persuaded to the dark side. When will the world shut these supposed clerics down? They are not messengers from God, they are evil people who want to get others to do their evil deeds. Would they sacrifice themselves? No! Are any of their family members killing themselves? Not that I have heard of.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  20. carolyn j

    hello... HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Molly

    Not that is should matter, but were any of the CIA employees killed or injured in the bombing American citizens?

    January 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  22. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson. Nice to see you back. Enjoyed watching you and Kathy Griffin ring in the New Year. Good evening Erica, Isabel, everyone.
    Happy New Year everyone!

    An involved timeline. I don't understand the pt about the UK application for a student visa, wasn't AbdulMutallab a graduate of a college in Britain?

    How would the info about Umar Farouk in Yemen come to be paired with the info the father gave the US embassy in Nigeria?

    January 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Caroline, Los Angeles

    If he was wearing a vest full of explosives maybe the military needs the full body scanners in Afghanistan and Iraq?

    I'm not all that smart and I thought of that.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Lisa L

    Good evening Anderson,

    I enjoyed your AC360 New Year’s Eve show. It is a great start to the year.

    May 2010 bring all you hope for.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    January 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  25. Dulcie - Denver

    @Megan

    Thanks! Hope 2010 is good to you

    January 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  26. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

    Happy New Year!
    You've been missed here... hope that all has been well with you.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I thought these government agencies were now working together to pass information quickly from one agency to another.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Emily, Thanks Emily, Happy new year to you. Just got back to NH from a week in Rochester. Nice to be home.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Lisa, Louisville, KY
    For Security reason have take "No fly" name listed from terrorists. That's explains to tell us to protect safe at airport.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  30. A. Smith, Oregon

    How does the CNN staffers feel about be subjected to hundreds of full body scans with questionable medical effects down the road? My heart goes out to News employees frequent flyers that'll deal with this.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Happy New Year! It's great to see you back. Last night's program went by very quickly.
    –The holiday terrorism is disheartening.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  32. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I have a lot of questions about the CIA suicide bombing.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  33. Dulcie - Denver

    It sounds like our intelligence agencies really need to get their act(s) together. I hope President Obama is getting tough on them.

    If they need more analysts, then hire them!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  34. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    I won't complain in the first day of the year, but AC360 isn't being broadcast on CNN International.

    Happy 2010 everyone!!!!!!!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, I don't think it is eerie or coincidental at all. These people all move in the same circles, but our government chooses not to acknowledge it.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  36. A. Smith, Oregon

    Anderson, the quiet Nigerian Muslim bomber seems like the perfect quiet, timid young man that evil people would chose for their evil purposes. Why is the CIA-FBI only pointing to the bomber and not the people that put him up to this?

    January 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Dulcie – Denver
    Yes, Erica Hill was doing great job fill-in for Anderson this week....:) And I agree with you... 🙂

    January 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  38. Lisa, Louisville, KY

    What does someone have to do to be put on a "no fly" list?

    January 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  39. DALLAS

    thay need to put bomb dog on the plan to keep people safer.
    and put moore stafe in plan

    January 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Thanks Emily.
    Same as yours, too. 🙂

    January 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  41. Emily

    It's interesting, and eerie how so many seem to be connected in one way or another!

    It's a good thing if they (CIA, etc) can connect the dots!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  42. A. Smith, Oregon

    The UK already had the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber on their no flight list and no entry into their country list. The CIA certainly knew that.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  43. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I did not think Anderson would be back tonight. Thought for sure everyone was going to take a 3-day weekend. I hope everyone had a good first day of the new year.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Happy New Year everyone!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  45. A. Smith, Oregon

    Its clear the CIA and FBI knew Maj. Hussan had repeatedly spoken to AbdulMutallab before his apparent fratricide spree. They must have told Lt.Gen. Robert Cone at the base about that.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  46. Emily

    Good evening Anderson (welcome back!), Erica, David Gergen, Peter Bergen, Jack Gray, and 360°Team.
    I hope that you all had a Great New Years!

    Megan, Martina, Mike formerly from Syracuse, Isabel, David (Indiana), Starr, Gady, Casey Jones, Jane, Heather & Bloggers! - I hope that 2010 is off to a great start for you all. 🙂

    January 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  47. A. Smith, Oregon

    Greetings Erica, Anderson and the AC360, CNN Staff, fellow bloggers.

    Happy New Year and best wishes for a Happy Decade before each of you.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  48. Dulcie - Denver

    Hey Anderson! Glad to see you back! Erica did a fabulous job and deserves some time off – seems like she and Randi Kaye worked their butts off over the holiday.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  49. Anthonia-Bay Area

    Good Evening and Happy New Years everybody! I hope there will be many years to come!!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday night!!! Couldn't wait this weekend!
    Happy New Year everyone, Anderson and CNN team!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
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