January 6th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/06/10

Tonight on 360°, the federal indictment against the suspected Christmas bomber. Plus, TSA troubles.
We're keeping them honest. Are they up for the job of keeping you safe in flight? And, a high seas battle between anti-whaling activists and a whaling ship.

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  1. Paul

    There should be no trial when someone was caught red handed like this. If they refuse to cooperate with useful information immediate execution should be carried out. If they give good information immediate life sentence without parole should be the reward.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  2. carla

    i want to see the healthcare debate

    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Megan


    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree with you Dan....'accountable' does not necessarily equal firing. It means stepping up and helping to fix the thing, big time. A parent is accountable when their kids mess up too, very often anyway-should they resign as parents?!! or be fired?! Kids are accountable-should they jump off a cliff therefore? I think it's crazy, cruel and unrealistic to think that a mistake equals being fired, resigning, giving up one's kids, whatever.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So it's OK if a terrorist gets a platform in a civilian trial but not OK if Republicans get a platform in a true debate?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Susan, NJ

    Where is the money going to come from?? Do the MATH! This bill is so ugly it can't stand the light of day.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Adelaide

    Why even bother to put this guy on trial? Why not just send him to jail for what he did?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Don

    I agree with Mr Tubin, Military Tribunals don't have the proven track record that criminal courts do.They wouldn't be any more effective in getting further intel from the perpetrator as Mr Tubin most clearly points out. The Obama administration is not going to risk mishandling this prosecution. All the retoric to the contrary is purely politically motivated.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  9. sri

    I have seen a few times pilots and crew walking through checkpoints, without removing shoes, coats, any metal objects like belts or pins and the machines won't even beep.

    BTW I am a frequent traveller.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  11. Pam

    Whatever we have been doing its working...but some new ideas would be welcome

    January 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Sam

    I'm from Bakersfield, CA (the place with the alleged terrorist threat which actually turned out to be nothing more than jars of honey)...these recent threats are certainly putting people on edge...our town is pretty small, and certainly not significant enough to be a prime target for terrorists...

    January 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  13. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica!! I knew you were somewhere. Glad to see you on the blog.

    Yes, Randi-Kaye always does great work on her stories.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Emily

    Hi Erica! 🙂

    Glad to see you are back, and on the blog!

    Randi has had some great stories this week!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, Since it is more than obvious that Abdulmutallab had "jihadist sympathies early on," why is everyone trying to make excuses that he was brainwashed?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Mike - Las Vegas

    We've all seen reports over and over again of failed tests on the part of the TSA. Every year someone shows how they've managed to bypass security and yet nothing concrete is done to remedy the problem. The TSA I've encountered at LAX aren't fit to be dog catchers let alone be competent enough to ensure our safety.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Heyward

    If the public wants a good security at all our ports or entry, then it will cost money.You get what you pay for, we need the best trained people who we pay more than a decent wage with health benefits for that job. The last thing we need are people who are concerned about their "second job" while conducting security checks. Unfortunately some people don't understand that.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Valerie NYC

    I tend to believe the japs crashed in to the activists. I mean, seriously, they are going nuts with all the pressure against whale killing. I hope they keep it up. I will.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Lori, people make the system work. This didn't happen because the 'system' failed. It happened because people failed. Those people should be gone.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  20. rob c

    how can you say that the administration is looking bad, wouldnt you want to get all the facts and get them right before you made any rash decisions???

    January 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica!!!!
    Nice see ya!!!! How are you doing, welcome back again!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  22. Jason

    Im a huge Obama supporter, however, he has started to lose my trust, by going back on his word. I hope he realizes that he is slowly becoming just like every other politician, of which he bad mouthed during his campaign. Televise the debate on health care on c-span, just like YOU promised!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  23. A. Smith, Oregon

    Sadly, it appears the Japanese whaling fleet (aka research vessels) are using hardcore protective vessels themselves to fight off the Sea Shepard and its new high tech stealth speeder.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  24. Billie Jo Willis

    You can't bring ANY carry on items with very few exceptions since Christmas day on flights originating from Canda to the US.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  25. Tim R.

    Of course the guy should be prosecuted within the U.S. criminal justice system. It was a criminal act. Jeffrey Toobin's point was well made about the uselessness of using a Military Tribunal.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  26. Lloyd Ainey Toronto

    Why not create a "fly list". Creating a list of rreproachable citizens to move quickly through Airports. Allowing more time to be spent on those who have not be able to qualify for a bypass of security set to catch terrorists. Terrorists can hid in the masses that have to get screened everyday. I think elected officials, & people who have flown without incident, 10 times in the preceding year should be a good start to a secure list.
    I’ll keep this short, you keep them honest

    January 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    a politician not keeping his promise. why is anyone surprised by this? is there one politician that has kept 100% of their campaign promises? 80%? 60%?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Emily


    clearly the school in Britain took it serious, as they were not allowing him back into their country!

    surprising that he was allowed to travel around into others....

    is this not the same guy that had been in touch with the terrorist that murdered those soldiers just a few months back on the US base?
    (again, people thought that was a "phase", also that he was desperate to get married!)

    January 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Kelly Foster

    Anderson, doesn't it seem fishy that a number if governments had orders in fir these scanners prior to panty bomber. Michael Chertiff also just happens to be selling them.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  30. charlie

    Seems like the yugoslavia test was very successful. There should be a lot to learn from those mistakes.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Shanny

    HOLY COW!!! that is one high seas adventure. Brrr

    January 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  32. florence Redmond

    tsa should have educated, experienced competent people. they should be professional . well trained recheck people before they get on the planes. many people can go through security and each have one piece of the puzzle to make a bomb.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  33. A. Smith, Oregon

    Due to the Muslim naming ceremony, many Muslim names are duplicates for hundreds of individuals. That must greatly complicate any such listing in my opinion.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Dave in Tucson

    It is a mistake to charge the Nigerian terrorist in civilian federal court. He initially was cooperating with the FBI, then was appointed an attorney and no longer is cooperating. As a retired federal agent, I can tell you that you never get all the information from a defendant in just one debriefing. It takes several. Now the government is considering a plea deal allowing this guy to plead guilty to a lesser charge and less time in prison. Meanwhile, his information is getting stale and will probably become more "in-actionable." He should have been deemed an Enemy Combatant and dealt with in military court.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  35. Murphy

    Good Evening Anderson, I believe that anyone who tries to kill someone should be brought to justice, not to mention someone trying to kill hundreds of people. I just dont want Nigerians to maltreated due to this guys behaviour.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  36. starr formerly known as vincent

    I am disappointed to hear from the panel that no one is likely to fired.

    I am, however, hopeful that the president will take responsibility and take action in the future if people do not do their obs.

    As far as airport security, my and my friends have felt that security has been "window dressing" since it was originally instituted under Bush,. Turns out we were prorbably right.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Wilfredo

    We should all be aware of the fact that the more things change,somethings will never change.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  38. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. hope 2010 is treating you well thus far.
    great story from randi – tho disturbing, whether you fly often or not.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  39. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    I don't know why someone has to lose their job. I think people should take responsibility and learn from this. Hopefully this will make security better. Great, I fly out of PHL – I want my bomb sniffing dogs at 100%.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Shanny

    so many moving parts to security. good grief. It makes me dizzy!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Jerry Bradley

    Regarding the illegal japanese whaling I watched as they butcherd these creatures on Whaling Wars on Animal Planet. I applaud that someone has the guts to stand up to these butchers. But, until someone in Japan or the UN decide to do something about this loophole they use to kill these precious animals this will go on.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  42. Lori from IL

    I, for one, am glad no one is getting fired. If it was a system failure – why should one person take the fall? And just because no one gets fired, doesn't mean people aren't being held accountable. These are two separate issues. I like that President Obama is thoroughly investigating the situation and making analytical decisions. Firing people doesn't necessarily solve a problem.

    t's better to spend time and energy finding solutions to a problem rather than pointing blame. It's easier to blame a problem on someone than it is to find a solution - that's why everyone is quick try to place blame and problems are never really solved.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  43. Meg Flanders

    You just stated that "no one was being held accountable" for the security lapse. From what I heard I don't believe that is true. The President is taking responsibility and is making sure that the responsible parties are going to be doing their jobs. You can be held accountable and take responsibility without having to fire someone. Investigations are on going.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  44. Jeff Franklin

    Why is there a big fuss about the man being tried in a Federal Court? The Bush administration did not try terror suspects in a military court, so what is the difference? Is it because there is a Democrat as president?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  45. Greg Rice

    I think the demand for people to lose their jobs is sometimes just a knee-jerk reaction. Would someone new stepping in with the current security threats we face really be better than people currently employed fixing their mistake?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Lori

    I do not understand how cameras can be running but not recording!?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  47. Adelaide

    No one should get fired because it is the "system" that failed, not anyone in particular who did not perform.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  48. A. Smith, Oregon

    Security analysts are now openly questioning if the CIA deliberately aided or refused to pass on the information they knew about the Nigerian Muslim bomber to the TSA authority's who would have immediately blocked the bomber from boarding his Detroit bound flight.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  49. sue

    evenin' all ~ everything is choice, Abdul made his... now he must pay the piper.

    though it seems kind of mental to me to fry ones' nether regions in public...

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  50. Valerie NYC

    I agree

    January 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
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