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January 7th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/07/10

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Tonight on 360°, Pres. Obama taking responsibility for the failures to "connect the dots" in the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Plus, a possible late night shake-up at NBC. Will Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien be getting new time slots?

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  1. Meg McGath

    I am sick and tired of the Democrats and Republicans blaming each other. We all have a common problem – Alqaeda. When are we going to realize that this is a problem that involves all of us, not separate parties? Stop fighting, come together, and solve this problem together.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama's statement today was weak and sends a bad message to al-Qaeda. I think we can expect many more attacks or attempted attacks in the future.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Nancy

    The Republicans' response to President Obama's speech and response make me wonder if they are not worse enemies of our country than the terrorists. They seem more motivated to destroy Obama than to work for the betterment of our country by giving him their support.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Cessy, Chicago IL

    16 agencies... why????

    January 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Lori K.

    we've been at war, is the President just now realizing that??

    January 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    "We are at war." Finally, a year into the job he says it! Now can he actually say the word "terrorist"?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  7. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. I'd think following up on leads would be the purview of each agency. Stunning to me to learn there are 16 intelligence agencies at the federal level. Fran Townsend has a pt complacency, but maybe peaceable societies tend live their lives. I'd think this is right in the NCTC's wheelhouse.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Mike,
    Yeah, too little too late for our president Obama!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Paolo

    Happy Thursday everyone! I think Obama did the right thing by taking responsibility for the oversight that happened. I'm also confident that they will do what it takes for a similar incident to not happen again. Having said that, it will inevitably and naturally give ammunition to the Republicans.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  10. starr formerly known as vincent

    It has been said from 9/11 that "it only takes one" to get through.

    Although i agree we missed intelligence on the x-mas bomber, no matter how much we improve, it only takes one.

    We Americans are never going to be totally "safe". We need to start understanding that. One or 16 agencies cannot totally protect us no matter how good intelligence is.

    It takes only one to get through.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  11. A. Smith, Oregon

    The lapse of the CIA to immediately inform the TSA about the Nigerian Muslim bomber appears to be DELIBERATE.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Cessy, Chicago IL, Interesting, but predictable. The exchange of info between agencies was something the 911 Commission made a big deal about. Who was supposed to implement it?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The intelligence community is completely demoralized. Their budgets are cut and the Justice Dept. threatens them with prosecution for doing their job in GITMO. Either the President supports them or he doesn't. So far he hasn't.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Cessy, Chicago IL

    No, Anderson..It doesnt make me feel confident. It makes me worry a lot, escalating to getting frustrated about all the "plans" or lack of it.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Lori K.

    Good evening Anderson! It's all nice that the President is taking responsibility for this botched attack, but he needs to take a hard look at security in this country or we will end up having another 9/11.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Devin

    I feel a little back stabbed about this whole change thing with the goverment and they arnt improving at least it seems like its not D= isnt our intelligence sapposed to globale is it just in cental and south asia? Why is there no UN or EU help?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "Obama's statement; too little, to late."

    Boy do I agree with that. At this point he is just doing damage control and not too successfully I might add.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

    "This is ridiculous. Someone is ultimately responsible for making these mistakes and he/she should have been held accountable."

    It doesn't sound like they are ever going to find out 'who' is really responsible!
    From what it sounds like, they are saying that things have not been working properly for many years!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Paul Castellani

    Connecting The Dots!
    Perhaps I am missing something, but President Obama is from the technology generation. Within the USA is the answer. Analysing, thousands if not millions of pieces of data every day, matching, looking for commonality, scrubbing and presenting. The President should call the Google Wizards to the White House, assign them the National Security problem and let them provide the solution.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The National Counterterrorism Center has had it's budget cut by Obama. how can they do the job if they are underfunded?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Brenda

    They need to consolidate some of these agencies. Too many people to relay information.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Lori,
    I agree, he is very intense right now.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Obama saying he's responsible was merely stating the obvious days after he should have.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Cessy, Chicago IL

    @ Jo Ann..OH.. interesting isn't?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Emily

    @Lori,

    "President Obama looks very intense!"

    I agree with you...

    @ Cessy,

    "how is the NO fly list being done?"

    Good question!
    There sounds like there are many things that are NOT working and it's more than 8yrs later!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    There is no excuse for this. These "changes" should have been in place long ago.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Information management should bring the benefit of improving the quality and availability of information and knowledge for all sectors, but it didn't happen, which is unacceptable!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Scott

    good evening anderson and everyone else lets get this started

    January 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Danielle - Los Angeles

    That's just it. The intelligence community lacks intelligence and they don't appear to be communicating at all. I appreciate the president's candor and his willingness to take accountability but that's all useless if the system fails again. Don't even get me started on the TSA, because a number of TSA employees here in LA were fired for getting high on the job.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Obama's statement; too little, to late.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. charlie

    Wonderful comments from Obama. Exactly the right assessment of that the terrrorists want. Abandoning justice and fairness in response to what was a close call would be a bigger victory than 300 murders.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama took "personal responsibility" so he didn't have to fire anyone.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Javier

    When Obama says 'the buck stops here" but does not do anything, how is that taking responsibiity?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Lerosky

    What is the Nigerian Government say in all this? Is there anyone covering this?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This is ridiculous. Someone is ultimately responsible for making these mistakes and he/she should have been held accountable.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Cessy, Chicago IL

    how is the NO fly list being done?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Anderson, I like the fact that you are gving a lot of time and attention to this airport security nightmare! This is a very important issue.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I'd like 360 to do a segment on explaining each of the 16 agencies. I'm having a hard time swallowing that we have 16 agencies.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Worse than not to have the informations, it's not knowing how to use them!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Leadership means taking responsibility and getting to the bottom of what is wrong.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Lori

    President Obama looks very intense!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  42. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, Erica & Team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    What a day on Nat'l Security.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    President Obama failed to mention that he cut the budget for the National Counterterrorism Center which is THE agency that 'connects the dots'.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Randi, 360Team, Megan, Martina, and Bloggers!

    Lots of breaking news....

    looking forward to hearing this news....first time today!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Cessy, Chicago IL

    HELLO!!!! Anderson! good evening to you all....

    January 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson and Erica!
    Hello David (Indiana) and friends!!!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    Good Evening Everyone 🙂

    January 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Lori

    Hi everyone! Happy Thursday!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Thursday Night, HUGS! 🙂
    Wow! Our president Obama is taking responsibility for failure to mention he attempted Christmas Day bombing on plane.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
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