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. starr formerly known as vincent

    @Isabel – have read all of your remarks re: the Christian group and the attempted "adoption" of the Haitian children & I agree with you 100%!

    @David _ Indiana- read your remarks too and agree with you too!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Lori

    Mtr. Salahi looks like he has a baby bump!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Claus

    @Mary from Florida,
    Thank you. You are exactly right. Congress insisted that everyone be given a mortgage whether they were qualified or not. That is where it all started.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Murray Schellenberg

    missionaries,,are they really missionaries?I find this whole thing is getting out of hand. If they are missionaries they would be registered with some affiliate / charity / program though American process.
    I havn't heard if this is questioned. The American embassador should be involved. These people are allowed to have proper authorities from American process though the UN and Haiti.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Rick O'Shea

    What do good intensions have to do with anything? Imagine if this woman showed up in New York or Los Angeles to recruit "orhpan" children, promisimg a better life in Middle America? Imagine those naive followers handing out flyers to single mothers in a downtown homeless shelter? What if her motive was to setup an "orphanage" and raise money for the poor? Happily, we have laws that protect us from delusional nut cases who convince themselves they are doing God's work. Having "good inentions" is not a get-out-of-jail card for every lunatic who crawls out of the woodwork to exploit a high profile disaster.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Theresa

    Guess what people -you've been charged so, why don't you just tell the dang truth. It can't get much worse!! The more ways you try to spin this tale –the more tangled in your web you'll get!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  7. LisaL -Canada

    the problem isn't the ketchup packets ... it's the content ... there really does seem to be more sugar in the little packets in the fast-food places than in the bottle (the color is a little different too)

    February 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Lori

    Cool ketchup packet. I really like it. Anderson must be a man of habit.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  9. Tatiana

    The Haitian governement should let them trial in the US because their trial will take too much of its times in Haiti right now; and the govt. clearly doesn't have the ressources to do it. Let them come home to face the US justice and let's focus on helping those poor kids.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Agreed! Jeff Toobin is most respect anaylst lawyer! I like what he was saying, I agree with Jeff's comment! 🙂

    February 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  11. jimmy

    Those fake missionaries were not being manhandled they were being protected against an avalanche of journalists. Anyway, they are getting what they deserve. Third world countries have laws too.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  12. Lori

    Break failure is very scary!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  13. Emily


    Does anyone know who is in charge over there in Haiti, over looking this all those that donated, and the rescue missions, etc?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The "Change" is no more bailout for banks. Let the banks fail even if it means "Depression" because the banks are not going to get the message any other way!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    American corporations are the true sponsors of the Tea Partys. Bush tax breaks for corporations and the extremely rich is set to expire, suddenly the Tea Party movement. Don't be fooled, American Corporations are the largest tax avoider on earth and are behind the Tea Party movement.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  16. M R Harris

    Based on what happen in Hati with the children, I think all the
    families that adopt children from Hati should be monitored and
    report to some form of public agency for the first five years.
    I have some concern with the over flow of couples willing to
    adopt children from Hati. Why would they be different from the
    group that was trying to take the children? What would make them
    different? By doing it legal, would that make them different?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  17. Betty Miser

    Good Evening Anderson,

    Haiti has enough problems to deal with. . .I can't believe people who try to take advantage of other people when they are at a disadvantage.

    Good reporting!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  18. Kimberly, IL


    Thanks! I was confused if they crossed into DR and then got caught or if they were stopped at the border. I was curious because it makes you wonder how different the Haitian legal system might be from the DR legal system?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  19. Erica

    I think the leader, Ms. Silsby, of the group charged with the kidnapping of Haitian children, is emotionally unstable.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  20. Brandon, OH

    @sheba I hope they do respect thier laws and that everything is worked out as fairly as possible.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  21. Don M

    If there's not a conviction , this will set a precedent for future abductors

    February 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  22. Mary from Florida

    Please don't refer to Ken Lewis as being at the center of the financial crisis. The center of the financial meltdown is in Washington D.C. where Congress allowed Fannie and Freddie to grossly loosen standards which were followed by private investors. The reason why no one from private industry is going to jail over this crisis is that the politicians in D.C. would have to look at themselves and go to jail first. Because if a Ken Lewis were to go to trial on criminal charges, then the trail of incompetence and greed, would lead right back to Congress.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  23. Claus

    We don't seem to ever mention that almost all of the banks, including Bank of America, have repaid the Tarp funds with healthy interest. I think a lot of Americans don't know that.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Christina Vargas

    It makes me sad to know that these people who tried taking the children out of Haiti broke laws knowingly and yet are claiming to be doing 'God's' work. The best outcome at this point would be total honesty from them. God would never ask them to lie to authorities. Bring light to the situation not more chaos.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Joe Freitas

    Where is the pastor in this mess. He is the head of the church and was aware one of his parisioners was planning something illegal as well as taking others with her. He needs to be brought to the carpet on this one.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Vince

    This missionary story is over shadowing the other stories in Haiti such as how is it going with the medical and food distributions etc? I hope that much progress in terms of help and relief continues even as this story rolls...

    February 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  27. Naomie

    I believe that this women who was trying to kidnapped those kids in Haiti was doing it so she could sell those kids to other and get big money so she could be able to take care of her bills. she knows its illegal but she did it anyways.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  28. Lisa

    Alot of people feel Hatian children are not being moved fast enough out of Haiti to adoptive families. Its frustrating to watch, waiting to see them reach their final destinations to families who care about them and trying to get them out. I think its a given fact, alot of things, can be "heresay", things can be "misunderstood,but its a given fact, a problem with child trafficking. Im not saying i think she is "guilty" or "not guilty" I'm saying I think the public, as well as myself want to hear her speak, right now, before she has a chance to think. Please, someone interview her. No more heresay. Let's here from Laura Silsby. We're VERY curious.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  29. Emily

    This story here on the Bank of America is truly an outrage!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Shelley

    Not all of the 10 Missionaries new what they were in for when they offered there time and money, to help the Haitian orphan's, or so they thought that was what they were going there to do..I dont believe in my heart that they went over there to kidnap, the orphans..Really big miss understanding, I believe they thought they were going over there to do good........

    February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  31. LisaL -Canada

    these banks were all playing with "virtual" money (bets on derivatives, and special classifications and shorting on the bets) - virtual betting on virtual money (sounds more like a board game of "StockTrader" on steroids).

    add into that all of the "virtual" money that changed hands and bank accounts through Madoff's pyramid scheme - that's just another version of virtual betting and money shuffling.

    people say ... "where did the money go" - what if the money was never there - just on virtual paper?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  32. Brandon, OH

    Hello everyone...I'm coming in a bit late...hey dodie, it's been a while.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  33. starr formerly known as vincent

    I do NOT understand WHY BOA is Not being charged criminally!

    I bank at BOA and am planning now to go to a Credit Union with my money ASAP!

    As always, Mr. Toobin is excellent in his remarks (as always).
    @Anderson, to call it an Outragem is absolutely correct!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  34. Kate

    Somebody needs to be prosecuted in this BofA mess. The ones who are "paying" for their bad decisions are BofA account holders...like myself. I just received a letter that my credit card interest is going up to 29.99% from 11%. Not only did my tax money help them...now this.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  35. Sharon Hastings

    These kinds of uncovered schemes and shady business dealings just make all of us that much more worried about our economy and distrustful of our whole financial operations. Who can we trust anymore with our money?????

    February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Johnnal

    Maybe she told herself, with some kids in a very bad shape, she could convince others to donate to her. And thinking how the government in Haiti is corrupt, she thought that she would easily get the kids out.
    but I think that she didn't have an extreme thought about what to do with the kids, and again she seems like a nice women.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  37. Fay-CA

    Good intentions or not, there's not much Silsby could've done to improve the lives of the kids she was trying to obtain given her own financial troubles–it's a good thing she was stopped, those kids have been through enough.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  38. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Didn't Lehman brothers send a lot of money to Goldman sachs? Like Billions of dollars

    February 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  39. Danie T.

    Good evening everyone, hi Anderson

    What were these people going to do with the kids? Sell them? This is so sad – and now this is going to make it even more difficult for other honest organizations/people trying to help/adopt Haitian kids. The saddest part of all that is the kids are the ones that lose the most in this... my heart aches...

    February 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  40. sheba

    I think America should not interfere with the laws of the Haitian people – otherwise we will not look good to the world. We should show that we have a few bad apples and when we do we own up to it. If we interfere then people will wonder if we really walk the talk...it doesn't look good ..period and our government should tip toe on this one. Otherwise the world is watching to see if we are going to use our muscle or follow and respect the Haitian law.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  41. Tammy

    Speculation presented as fact is never a good thing.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  42. Stacey

    Kimberly – they're being charged in Haiti. They weren't allowed into the DR, that's when they were caught.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  43. Robert

    It is a good thing the Red Cross cashed my $20,000 check, had these missionaries been arrested earlier I would not have made this donation.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Aliou in FL

    she went to save the day in a sad story. Now she is the sad story. What a mess.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  45. josephat


    I am now an American legal residence who was once involved in human trafficking. The American guy that brought me and my friends from Zambia claimed to be a christian. He was able to raise alot of money through donations from other churches because good American people actually thought he was helping us. We were forced to do things that we didn't want to do. anyway, i believe there are alot of other people just like these missionaries with bad intentions and i hope they get what they deserve. Its sad because they come in the name of God.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  46. Paolo

    With those revalations put together by Dan Simon, her ability to run an orphanage is questionable at best. I mean if her world is falling apart back at home, she should be thinking twice about whether running an orphanage. That should raise suspicious about her credibility if not her intentions.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  47. Jan Willem

    You have to be persistent in your intentions if you want to risk jailtime in a country like Haiti.

    For sure the Haitians want te show force to demotivate further abuse, they probably make an example of them.

    For them I hope for govermental intervention like Sarkozy did for those in Chad a few years ago in a similar situation.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  48. Cessy-Chicago

    TOOBIN in the house!!!!! He's interesting to watch. Always have a smile on his face.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  49. David, Indiana

    What that person from the church was saying was not that Laura Silsby was shady in her business practices but that she showed a lack of planning and foresight. I think its very questionable how she and the group approached going to Haiti and their mission to help children, but what does seem most criminal is just that lack of planning and foresight.

    @Isabel, yes the adoption process, as long as it is, does help to ensure children and families are protected.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Elizabeth

    212,000 dead. That's unimaginably horrific. I hope they start letting volunteers in the country soon, I want so badly to be able to help these people. I feel so helpless just sitting here watching the news.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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