February 3rd, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/03/10

Sweat lodge guru James Arthur Ray is arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the three deaths at one of his events last October. We have the breaking news. Plus, new developments in the case of the American missionaries accused of child trafficking in Haiti.

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  1. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Dodie and A. Smith, Aristide got less than 10% of the vote in his 'election' in 2000. He was disposed twice by the people, and proved as corrupt as all the rest.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Kim- Ohio

    I understand the Haitian government was hit hard by this earthquake. The devastation hit everyone, but I think the government needed/needs to make themselves present during this crisis. Yes, they may be working behind the scene but the people need to see their presence out on the streets to give the people some sense of security and to know that the government is working for its people, to take care and help people through this devastation.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Claus

    I think it's good that we don't demonize these people before we have all the facts. I agree with your comments.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Dodie, Irvine CA

    I agree... we need our own lobbyists!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It seems that the Democrats gave President Obama a less courteous welcome than Republicans.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  6. Danie T.

    Where's the Haitian government? MIA like always that's why we can't go forward in Haiti lack of effective leadership – they are only present when... I won't say it because i don't want my post to be removed...

    February 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  7. Jean

    Thank you Anderson for everything you're doing for the Haitian people.

    To Answer your question Where 's the Haitian Government?

    The haitian people cannot expect anything from these bunch of useless so-called officials. These government doesn't care about the well-being of this country. All they care about is Money.

    This Minister of information has been in Power since 1991, to present seems like she 's the only person in this Country. This is a Gang from Aristide to Preval 1991 to 2010.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  8. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Its to very sad...

    So while the Mega Corporations are spending billions on bonuses for the top 1%, the government is trying to employee the millions of unemployed Americans!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  9. Emily

    thanks for the info about the Plastic. I know that you were an RN.
    Gary has been following & reporting on Ray now for, far too long! He should have been arrested along time ago!
    I recall he just laughed or something like that. He had no fears, or worries. "A money grabbing, egotistical man" is an understatement!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  10. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    @ Dodie, Hi!

    it's a common mistake, it could happen to anyone, but sometimes we can't do things without following some rules and laws and later it could be a problem although it wasn't with bad intentions!!!!!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  11. Vince

    As an islander, from experience after any crisis communities, neighbours, villagers, strangers but fellow countrymen bond together as family to help each other. I believe in the spirit and the resilence of the Haitian people. Their faith is strong and I hope with them for better days

    February 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  12. Claus

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,
    I agree with you; the US does just about all that it can do.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  13. karen

    i dont think the last dictator is the answer but i dont think the present dictator is the answer either

    February 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Anderson.
    Keep busy tonight! Nice see you tonight on blog! 🙂

    February 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  15. Mary

    That picture was on the Astronomy Picture of the day. There are some amazing pictures from the Hubble.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  16. Lori

    The bluebook idea is a great idea.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  17. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ A. Smith

    I completely agree with you. Former President Aristide! was dearly loved by the Haitian people. It would be nice to have him back....

    February 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  18. Vivian - Montreal


    Don't worry about it...I can't keep up either!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  19. gretchen

    why can't America just take over Haiti? The Government in Haiti is a bunch of crooks. I hate to say that but Anderson and Cnn did more for the Haitians than their government.I saw them sitting back at the police station.We should take that government out of power.Help them to develope with some help from Bill Clinton a better government.If not,we will see the same thing.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  20. starr formerly known as vincent


    Without you and your team's coverage, we and the world would not know even half of what is happening in Haiti!

    I can't thank you enough (and many others have expressed the same sentiment) for your follow up reporting. Thank you also for exposing the lack of the efforts of the Gov. of Haiti – not to mention the story of the church group.

    So much is going on there. I truly hope Pres. Clinton will make a true difference! And, i agree with you. the Haitian people are a special culture!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  21. LisaL -Canada

    i don't understand why the government of haiti does not realize that by reaching out and supplying the people with what they need, that they will be taking a step in the direction of rebuilding trust with the people.

    there are obviously gaps in the politics, the religion, and the logic. this is Haiti's chance to make a change - i hope they really are strong enough to do that (from the top down as well as the bottom up)

    February 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Heather - Spokane, WA

    This sounds like another Katrina, where is the government?

    February 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  23. Emily


    "Its a shame that the children of Haiti are having to endure the manipulations of outsiders."

    I agree with your statement here, – you are correct!

    I can only hope that it will be under control, and someone will be looking out for all those children!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  24. Cessy-Chicago

    Hi Anderson! 🙂

    February 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  25. Gail Duncan

    John Jones, preach! Lack of leadership has been going on for a very long time. I pray this tragedy will open our hearts and minds and that positive change will occur. Money that is sent Must be managed and supervised so that Haiti can/will improve for it's people.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  26. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Emily

    Thanks for your sensitivity and understand. How kind of you to say that!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Isabel Siaba

    I read that hundreds of people took to the streets today in Port au Prince, in a demonstration to ask work, food and safety, hours before the prime minister of Haiti said that more than 200 people have died in the earthquake.

    What the government has to say about the protests of the population?

    February 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Maureen T., Mississauga, Canada

    Great that Bill Clinton is heading this up! Excellent news!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Danie T.

    Hi Anderson,

    We are happy you can join – did I tell you how great of a job you are doing?:) okay let me say it again you are doing an outstanding job! You are a matchless journalist. Please say hi to your crew and let them know how much we appreciate them and what they are doing for us.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  30. Sharon Hastings

    A huge part of leadership is being visible during a crisis. That's what a leader does. Asking for help is fine but they should be out there passing out water.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  31. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Exactly how is the West responsible for making and keeping Haiti poor? They have had a string of dictators since they won independence. I'm tired of people blaming the US for their own failings. We provide more help than the rest of the world combined.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Fay-CA

    The Haitian Information Minister didn't seem very credible when Anderson spoke with her previously about the dumping of bodies–it's difficult to really take what she says now seriously.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  33. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Heather – Spokane, WA

    I am with you. I have facebook and twitter but do not use them very often. So we both are lame

    February 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I always have tweeting every night and not stars!!!!! LOL!!! Yes, Cessey
    Anderson have tweeting tonight.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Carol

    It was obvious from the very beginning that these so-called missionaries were taking advantage of the vulnerability of the Haitian families who acquiesced to giving up their children (sound familiar); all of this under the guise of religion – again.

    If they were sincere about wanting to help, they could have just as easilly helped the whole family, since the majority of the citizens there only make $2.00 a day anyway.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    @ Emily, Hi, nice to see you here again!

    Exactly, I think that they thought that because Haiti is a Chaos they can do whatever they want, and that could be naivety or simply
    bad intentions!

    @ Anderson:
    Great show as usual!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  37. jane g

    In regards to the sweat lodge incident. No one is talking about the fact that the sweat lodge belongs to indigenous people. Has anyone asked them how a lodge should be prepared, size ,number of stones, the materials used. A lodge builder would never put plastic on the lodge, build one that big or with that many stones. It is my understanding that Rays people consulted with a local Holy man and went against his suggestions. Why isnt anyone interviewing the elders??

    February 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  38. Maureen T., Mississauga, Canada

    I can't thank you enough for continuing to report on Haiti! I'm afraid that once your show stops reporting on Haiti the attention will shift and Haiti will be forgotten. You are a saint Anderson! God Bless you Anderson!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  39. Linda in Arizona

    @Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio: There are a lot of naive people who want someone else to tell them some spiritual "truth" that they think they can't discover on their own. This makes them ripe for the picking for someone like Ray, who clearly was only in it for the money. That kind of gullible, mentally lazy person would follow a false guru like Ray off a cliff if he said to do it. It's sad, but it happens all the time.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  40. michael schonfeld

    Anderson another case of good intentions handled way wrong I am going on friday to adjust the poor people of haiti

    February 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  41. Mary

    It should be out there!!!! Those are his people. It is the least he could do. He must be afraid for himself and his political future.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Annabell

    Re: Haiti Offficials....I think they are **hiding**! I have a feeling there is going to be so much corruption uncovered when relief money starts flowing into their country. They're probably afraid that some of these countries that have come to help will uncover unethical conduct and blow their cover. They must know it's only a matter of time!

    Why not do an indepth-look into corruption in Haiti before the earthquake. That will likely explain their absence now. Years and Years of taking from the people while they live in the lap of luxury.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Elizabeth

    Haiti's government is a joke! There is no government, and everytime I saw their President he didn't look like he was hurting!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  44. Emily


    It's my pleasure, and I'm sure that many agree!

    It's really awful when people abuse the beautiful traditions of others, and for $ at that. ...and when it leads to the deaths of others, well, that's just inexcusable! It puts a tarnish on all, and that's not fair.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  45. A. Smith, Oregon

    Bring back former President Aristide! He was dearly loved by the Haitian people. America should stop forcing him to be in exile in South Africa!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  46. Dodie, Irvine CA

    We need to wait before we start yanking children out of the country! The best of intentions of some could be devastating to others....

    February 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Karin Urban, from Berlin/Germany

    It feels so good to see Anderson smile again

    February 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I dont tweet or facebook much. I do have both but dont do either very often, I must REALLY be lame!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  49. Cheryl, TN

    Hello, Anderson and thank you for continuing to report on the kidnappers in Haiti. This situation was strange from the very beginning and the more you dig the stranger it gets. Keep the pressure on! WHO DAT!!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  50. Danielle - Los Angeles

    The Haitian government hasn't been dealing with the crisis. Pre-quake they weren't doing much for the country so I don't expect their to be change post-quake. In order for Haiti to flourish in the near future it will be the governments of other countries that will have to provide leadership not the Haitian government.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
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