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. Timi Kolawole

    i wish America can trial ds dude ,under Sharia Law,which state dt ,an Offence of ds magnitute against a State, its A judgement of DEATH PENALTY,by public Execution.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Stu-chicago

    Anderson & Erica–what do you think about treating the underwear bomber as a criminal rather than a terrorist, giving him Miranda warnings and the rights of a US citizen rather than treating him as a combatant and giving him a military trial?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    Anderson, the CNN viewers should realize the antarctic water is so cold, it is really a crime to slice a sea shepard boat in half which it appears the Japanese attack vessel did which places those in the doomed vessel in grave hypothermic danger of their lives floating in the ice cold seawater.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Doug

    I like the idea of a fly-list. How do you change from the bigger hammer method that is inconveniencing everybody. I think they like to remind us they(Gov't) have in control, for controls sake.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)


    In this issue of airport security, I would like to point out that the procedures should be more strict in other countries too.

    How we can ensure that there is the same rigor when flights have connections in other countries?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  6. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Sorry to be late. Health care reform needs to let medicine be independent as a profession. From what I've seen this is in question. David Gergen is right, the tea parties did seem to catch the WH off balance.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  7. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hello Anderson, nice to see you blog with us.

    You make an excellent point re: x-mas bombes previous sentiments. It seems to have been well documented so far that he had "leanings" towards the terrorists.

    He certainly said enought to alert his family.
    I agree, this was no quick brain washing.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    They should televise them and tell people what is happening to the healthcare system it only effects everyone

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Nancy in Oregon,

    "If they want to televise one set of negotiations, they'd better plan on televising them all.....and not just in Congress."

    I would rather they televise everything than negotiate in secret like this because there are too many corrupt individuals in our government.

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

    @Jo Ann,

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

    I wonder if it's because they didn't 'connect the dots', esp. those that were provided by his father?!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  11. sandyb

    Obviously bombings and starting wars in the Middle East is obviously not working instead of slowing them down; they are proliferating. It might be time to think up a different strategy and maybe Umar may be the missing link.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  12. Luis Monge

    It is pitiful that no politician can actually do what they say and say what they do and be transparent with people. Why not !?!? It just goes to show you the government is not for the people by the people, its for whose got the most money and who is willing to pay for laws that benefit their agendas. Very sad indeed.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  13. Don

    Why defend Obama on his lack of transparency? This is 1/6th of our economy they are secretly deciding. I don't want to be paying for Nebraska's Medicaid. Bad enough will be paying higher federal taxes and insurance premiums, and little is talked about is the states will also raise taxes to cover their share of the mandated insurance coverage.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Adelaide

    Unbeliveable, that inmate breakin free! Whoaa!!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Khalil

    Thank God the explosives did not go off, that was just luck or maybe God didn't want people to die on Christmas Day.

    Officials in the US Embassy in Nigeria were told about the bomber's intentions. Why was he permitted to enter a plane heading to the US? Officials that were suppose to track this guy must hold responsibility.

    Who is paying the price now, innocent travellers and specially those who happen to carry an Arabic or Islamic name.

    Although I am a Christian Arab, but I think I should start applying for a name change!!!

    What's next, strip searching??

    Montreal, Quebec

    January 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Mike


    Senator Sanders did not get $10 billion for Vermont in exchange for his support of the healthcare bill. Every state in the union will get that money to fund community health centers across the country. Please correct comments asap.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  17. gail

    Terrorists can be executed in criminal trial as well. Remember Timothy McVeigh, Last I heard that terrorist was tried, convicted and executed. I don't know of anyone that was executed for attempted murder though. Terrorist are common criminals and should be treated as such. Military tribunals give the illusion that they are soldiers for terrorist recruitment propaganda .

    January 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  18. A. Smith, Oregon

    The entire Republican party is voting NO and obstructing, why should any of them be included, there were plenty of chances and invites made to them previously. Toss the Republican lawmakers to the curb and go forward with the Health Care debate and legislation!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    The terroists now how to beat the system it seem they never seem to get caught .

    January 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Rudy

    I would like to know if you know what is really the problem with fighting Terrorism. If we really have the strongest and most powerful military in the world then what is taking so long. Something is not right there and this is obviously another reason why we are over there. Our nation has been there for at least 10 years and still it seems like theres no progress. Someone needs to be held responsible for the poor job that we are doing with this war against terrorism.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  21. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The Republicans have been in office for so long. They got the Democrats thinking they too are Republican by their action or none.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  22. charlie

    Quite right Dan,

    January 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  23. carla

    people who don't have healthcare want healthcare reform ....others that have it really don't care so long as it does not affect them....truth be said

    January 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  24. John

    Absolute security is an impossible goal. The cost of living in a free society is exposure to a certain amount of risk. You may become the victim of a religious lunatic, a drunk driver, drug dealer or some other miscreant. We have plenty of security and police protection in place but occasionally there will be a breach, and some bad guy will slip through. So be it. I see no one at fault here other than the bomber.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  25. Fay-CA

    David Gergen just stated exactly what I was thinking about the C-Span campaign promises–I don't it's really important considering the more pressing issues that health care reform raises.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  26. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Hello Anderson,Erica

    I would like to fly but concerned abouty saftey and hassles

    January 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  27. Nancy in Oregon

    If they want to televise one set of negotiations, they'd better plan on televising them all.....and not just in Congress.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Lori

    Don't you think it is wrong to pass legislation that the public is not backing?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Paul Botticelli

    RE: the father, and family, of the "Christmas Bomber" – are they receiving any protection from possible physical attacks from Al Qaeda sympathizers who may want to punish the father or issue a warning to others who may be thinking of "turning in" their friends or family members who have crossed over to a terrorist cause.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Emily

    @David Gergen,

    They are not explaining to the public just what it is that they are wanting to do...(whether for or against) ....there are 1000s of pages!

    It seems like this is a secret document!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica!!!!
    Nice see you on blog!!!! How are you doing? Randi Kaye was super job fil-in for you..... Randi Kaye is so awesome reporter.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  32. charlie

    I am a big supporter of Obama but failure to act on transparency and not clamping down on lobbyists were big misteps. The public would see the corruption more clearly and not have to rely on the press and spin..

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  33. Heath

    Anderson, you're my hero. Doing your job because it's your passion. I can only hope to someday be the journalist you are.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  34. John M

    The Republicans are complaining about back room deals in the healthcare bill???? What? Two words: Tom Delay!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  35. Chase

    Anderson – unfortunately individuals like AbdulMutallab are looking for a sense of “belonging” and are easy prey toward these kinds of jihadist teachings, sad as it may seem!!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  36. starr formerly known as vincent

    I don't blame Pres. Obama for Not televising anymore on the health care bill.

    A minority made a huge deal at town hall meetings, republicans have absolutely blocked this bill at every turn (they have openly admitted that they will obstruct this bill-it will be Obama's "Wateloo").

    Personally, i am relieved the Dem's will "quietly" put this bill together. I do believe that we will see the final bill Before it is signed by the President.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  37. A. Smith, Oregon

    It helps the American public better realize the effort it took Hillary Clinton to help steer legislation in Health Care to where we are now.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  38. Doug Boyd

    Why do we afford the protections of the Constitution of the United States to non residents who persist on the destruction of our basic freedoms, our way of life and our very lives? This man is the enemy and should be treated as such and not be afforded the the rights of a Citizen.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  39. Lori

    All of this makes President Obama look like an opportunist.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  40. janelle Shoemake

    Theres all this nonsense about someone radicalizing this guy... people have the autonomy to do such a thing as carry a bomb onto an airplane..

    on secretary of defense – i don't think she should be fired but she should correct herself for lying about everything going smoothly.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  41. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    But then again, thats apart of politics...politicians lie to make people vote for them, especially presidents..

    January 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  42. Susan, NJ

    Obama has focused on healthcare and not enough time on terror and the two wars.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  43. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)


    In this issue of airport security, I would like to point out that the procedures should be more strict in other countries too.

    Last year I went from Brazil to the U.S. and made a connection in Panama. In Brazil, my hand baggage passed through an x-ray, but in Panama there was just a manual searched. Between one and another flight, there was an interval of 2 hours, where I was transiting through the airport.

    How can we ensure that a rigorous research happens in other countries?

    January 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  44. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Joe Johns makes a great point.The President did agree to televising during his campaign...he didn't know how much opposition he would meet.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  45. Susan, NJ

    The opposition is miiitant because costs are going to skyrocket!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  46. Emily

    @Jerry Bradley,

    re the "illegal japanese whaling"

    What you described, sounds SO disturbing!
    I don't think that I could watch that !
    I'm too much of a fan of the sea world, dolphins, and whales, etc!

    I think that you are correct about the fact that the UN would have to get involved, and then hand down sanctions if they continue!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, I agree with u.... I am glad U.S. Marshalls are on track to looking for terrorist on plane, They would have to protect us on plane!

    January 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  48. Greg Rice

    We can either accept the fact their is a remote chance we will be attacked by a terrorist, or we can pretend that fire everyone that may have had a part in this error, start racial profiling...and then pretend that the chance is no longer there.

    I say we try to improve security...but hiring new people to the position is only going to result in them making the same types of mistakes. This won't happen again by whoever missed it this time.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Of course they can't televise the health care negotiations because they can't let the American people know what kind of deals they are making with the special interest groups like the pharmaceutical companies and who is and isn't negotiating in the best interest of their constituents.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  50. rob c

    On the campaign road both left and right make promises that sound good, look good, but when you are a rookie and see all the fine print, its not so practical, plus i do not see cspan's ratings sky rocket even when they were covering parts of the health debate.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
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