February 4th, 2010
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/04/10

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We have breaking news on the 10 Americans charged with kidnapping in Haiti. Plus, raw politics from Tennessee where the Tea Party convention is underway. We're also saying good-bye to two Pandas, now headed back to China.

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  1. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    @ Isabel

    Exactly! I am agree with you! If you want to adopt some childrens you have to follow the law and specific procedures!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Cessy-Chicago

    regarding the leader Laura...just curious, how much is she getting for EACH adoption?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Lauren

    This group has disregarded international law and social policy. You are unable to go into a country and take children. We would all assume that this is common sense. Its disturbing to see a group of people taking advantage of a population in poverty. To help the people of Haiti the focus should be on community development and reconstructing the structure of this country. Removing children from their country does not solve a crisis or conflict. Their motives are selfish and they appear to have no genuine concern of these children and their families, and the country of Haiti as a whole.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Rev. Dr. Bonnie Devlin

    I am a member of the clergy (Unitarian Universalist) and we don't do "conversion' work but rather 'empowering' work. My extended family is Haitian and I have witnessed first hand missionary groups in the Croix des Bouquets region actually 'take' land away from Haitians (my godfather's uncle) and put up Bible schools. I don't want to disparage all the good humanitarian work mission groups do, but the idea of also trying to convert children to another faith is questionable. The actions of this group of 'missionaries' is also highly questionable, with a blatant disrespect for Haitian law, and the culture of the Haitian people. Shame on them, for not doing God's true work – empowering others.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Karen

    The woman the other day on camera said that she didn't know that any children had parents that they were all orphans. But one parent from Haiti said he put his children on the bus and kissed them and said goodbye. I think they were goin to make money off these kids and thats what it was all about.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Emily

    I think that it's sick that a women was in charge of all of this!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Lori

    Hello everyone. Happy Thursday!

    Terrible news about the Americans charged with kidnapping. Things like this look so bad for the U.S. especially when so many of us are there trying to do good. I am hoping these allegations are wrong.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Paolo

    I actually have no idea whether I should believe Silsby or the police. But even if she had the right intentions, it's not an excuse for not doing it properly.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Dodie, Irvine CA

    What goes through someone's mind when they are in a foreign country and authorities tell them what they want to do is illegal and they continue to do this? I do not like the sound of this at all

    Anderson... trolling around for children? wonderful use of words! right to the point!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Sherri

    What the heck was going through these people's minds when they decided to go about doing this?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Adelaide

    Hello everybody!
    This story on the misionaries is very sad. What kind of monsters are these people? I can only hope they get a fair trial and should they be found guilty, be charged to the full extent of the law.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  12. A. Smith, Oregon

    At least the number of children in Haiti that have and are being stolen, kidnapped and bought from their familys for sale overseas as sex slaves and domestic duty slaves is in the world's spotlight. It appears to me that the Haitian people are very aware of that ongoing problem and are very upset and firmly agreed to shut down that criminal enterprise that has been preying upon their children.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  13. jj

    Those people knew what they were doing. They were there to kidnap those kids and make money from them – by selling them off – the younger ones to families that want to adopt, and the older ones will be sold into slave labour. This has been a problem for years (before the earthquake), people posing as missionaries – used as a ruse, a cover – to steal kids!

    The Dominican Republic is also responsible for illegal kids trafficking. No one pays attention to this.

    Anderson, please investigate this story…Haitians being kidnapped before the earthquake, via people using goodwill cover…

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  14. MJ

    Re: Missionaries
    It seems like we can narrow it down to either good-intentioned with incredibly poor judgement/actions or ill-intentioned flagrant kidnapping....Either way, what they did was illegal and punishable by law.

    And boy howdy, with the increasing amount of lies the missionaries have told being revealed...Lots of red flags.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Donavan

    this whole group is out of control.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  16. LisaL -Canada

    wait a minute ... if they had brochures printed, why would they print them in english rather than the native language(s) ... the interpreter could tell the parents whatever he/they wanted to, and they would only know what they had been told, and be left with this "piece of paper" to show to anyone who showed up after the children had already been taken.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Lisa, Louisville, KY

    I'd like to hear what the pastor of their church would say now. I went to the church website today and it's strangely bare – no info about the church, programs, etc. Weird.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Emily

    Wow! "trolling for kids" as AC just said! It sure seems like that is what they were doing!

    Red flags everywhere!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Barbara

    These 10 Americans need to stay in Haiti and face the charges. I am disgusted and embarrassed that any Americans would take advantage of the Haiti disaster in this way! Do i understand correctly that the leader of this group also took her young daughter there with her. What an awful lack of judgement to have your child accompany you on an illegal venture.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Mitch

    There is another group called Children of the Nations that took children and one family member to an orphanage in Barrajona, Dominican Republic.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  21. charlie

    Well intentioned, and criminal (even evil) acts are not mutually exclusive. When ones judgement is clouded by religious extremism, legal or other obstacles are just hurdles that the extremists think God wants you to overcome. This is the same path that leads to well intentioned suicide bombing.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  22. Kimberly, IL

    Thanks Karl for your reporting and dedication to this story. I appreciate your conviction to find the truth here!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  23. starr formerly known as vincent

    @Dodie, i was reading what you and Emily have been saying.

    We are All on the same wave length (i guess that should be no surprise by now)!

    Karl Penhaul has done a heck of a lot of work on this story-well done Karl!!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Juana

    This is a case of kidnapping and the Americans need to face their fate in Haiti not America!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Evena

    About the 10 American in Haiti. Do you think they may have already some kids in Dominican republic. I don't think that was their first load. can you check on that.
    why the U S department of state didn't accepted them when the prime minister of Haiti asked them to. He said it will be ok to take them because the Haitian justice is broken?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  26. Angel (DR)

    I’m in Dominican Republic the worries over here in the case of the missionaries that kidnap de children’s in Haiti is organ traffic. Are you checking that side of the history?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Vince

    Greetings to all!

    What boggles my mind is really – if the missionaries were successful with their plans, what were they planning to do with all these kids with no identity? If the missionaries had good intentions, then at some point they need to start being contrite and ask for pardon because it certainly was not fair to the kids to have to go through this or to have been in a position of having no identity.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  28. Jason

    I think that those American's are CRAZY. I dont think they have the best intrest of the children of Haiti. It seems to me that they are part of a Cult.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Jennifer - Michigan

    Unbelieveable, they would take children away from their parents! Sickening.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  30. brian NYC

    I think what happened is Laura and the 9 others spend alot of money to board planes to do a well-intentioned rescue mission of orphans in haiti. When Laura met some roadblocks down there, she clearly got a little desperate to make some good come of their trip. I think she made some big errors in judgement. But people do that when they spend a ton of money and have an ego despite their underlying idea of doing some good.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  31. Patty


    I had a feeling the leader was less then honest! The Haiti government needs to make an example of possible kidnapping so this stops!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Melinda

    It is abhorrent that these people seem to feel it is their right to walk all over the laws of another country. What arrogance.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Everybody knew that Haiti had closed and stopped the adoption procedure at this time.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Emily

    Thanks, I had not heard that. I hope that this case is allowed to go forward without any interference.

    They seem to be an embarrassment for all Christian groups that are trying to help out...and give volunteers a bad name!

    The fact that many were NOT orphans, – sick!

    Great reporting by Karl & CNN!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  35. amy

    PLEASE do not judge those until you have heard all the facts. I am very concerned about this topic as many are, However why ARE THE americans being man hadled?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Tatiana

    I am just happy you bringing some lights into this story. I always thought something didn't fit in the story. Why take 33 children? Why not going through organaizations such as unicef, save the children etc to help those kids instead?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Terri

    Anderson...I read where Laura Silsby has a history in Idaho of shaddy dealings...(Wall Street Journal)

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Melissa

    I wonder if Laura Silsby suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder. She seems to have grandiose ideas about her ability to "save" these children regardless of the laws. Her choices in the past of always seeming to be above the law – like in this instance – is a pattern of narcissists. With the right charisma, she could have very well convinced the others that they were doing the right thing and in their ignorance and naivety, they went along.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    You are absolutely correct.

    it does not matter with so called good intentions.. and now we really do not know what is the truth since they lied so often.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Peter

    I witnessed this "syndrome" first-hand on the afternoon of Sept 11, 2001. A woman posing as a FEMA member insinuated herself well inside of the hot zone ( later called Ground Zero ). It was dismaying to observe. Not all do-gooders are doing good.
    The darkest corners of the human race grasp for power in the most dire of moments.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  41. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, everyone. I have to agree why would she be upset if children who were being cared for in orphanges by responsible adults were not released to her? That does bring up the question of intent, though it is hard to speculate on what her or the group's intent was.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Jaxson

    The Christians are guilty of attempted kidnapping. Can you imagine if they had gone to New Orleans after Kiterna and tried the same thing. They would have been charged by the local authorities, But the would not have even tried that as they knew what the laws are within the US. These people were trying to make a bad situation for Haitian Families even worse by kidnapping there children.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Aliou in FL

    Hi Anderson,

    This matter should be dealt with in a manner that sets an example to all children kidnappers out there.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  44. MaryA

    At first I gave the missionaries the benefit of the doubt. Then I came to believe they are overzealous in their faith and beliefs. As I'm listening now, I wonder what their intentions really were. Keep talking! I think this is all about intent, which remains to be seen (or not?). Love my 360!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  45. sheba

    See i told you – I knew that their intentions were not honorable. They were trying to steal kids from another country in order to make money. I knew that ...it all did not add up from the start. There thieves who give America a bad name – this really bothers me. Can you imagine all the good we did for Haitians now being clouded by these people – what will the world think of us now? that we have thieves who actually traffic people? Its a shame and i am upset.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Isabel Siaba

    @Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    I agree and add ... they should follow the legal process for adoption and not simply take the children without the necessary documentation!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  47. LisaL -Canada

    this missionary story gets more and more confusing - there is a piece missing - the motivation for this mission that group of 10 was on is just really, really unclear

    February 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ A. Smith, Oregon

    Yes, I feel the same way. Using religion as a means... very Ugly!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Lisa

    My brother just spent the past three days visiting Haitian orphanages. They are doing their best to take care of the kids. Three things struck him:
    1. The children do a lot of singing and smiling. There is a joyful innocence. He shared his song, "We Will Rise" with them and the director said the kids will be singing that song of hope for a long time.
    2. The number of adults crowding the orphanages
    3. As he spends his last night on the street under a tent with a family, it struck him that they had nothing but the dinner he bought them...and they shared with the entire block. Relief isn't getting to everyone, but everyone is trying to remain hopeful.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree all of you, That is so serious condition for them (10 American). They didn't know it was legal or law...... I think that there are different system than here. They have know or obey their law what they have done tonight.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
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