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February 18th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/18/10

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We have breaking developments on the pilot who crashed his plane into an Austin, Texas office. We take you inside the Conservative Political Action Committee convention in Washington, where Dick Cheney inspired the crowd. Plus, why 96 hours proves to be a crucial when it comes to tracking accused Taliban spies in Afghanistan.

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  1. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Cessy-Chicago, you may be right. The Mossad may have wanted to be identified to show that they can get anyone anywhere anytime.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  2. Michelle

    I don't understand why they sent so many people
    to kill the Hama guy.It just strikes me as strange
    that they needed a team of this size.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  3. Jason

    How is that a big news when everybody knows that we have nukes, Israel and Iran and everybody else have them.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    Did you know about this 96 Hour Rule?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    Good Night everyone! I have to leave!!!
    Tomorrow I am going to the beach in the night, so I`ll see you all until Monday!
    Have a great weekend Anderson (great show as usual, you're the best!), Megan D, Emily, Dodie, Heather, Isabel, 360 Crew and Bloggers!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Debbie, Austin, TX

    So how could these assassins just vanish so easily? Are there videos of them leaving thru the airport?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  7. Lori

    Good to know that security is so high tech now.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Kira!
    Yup! Agreed, it was already 12 released! 🙂 YIKES!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Vivian - Mtl

    Isn't it funny that a Hamas leader ( gun smuggler) has no problem getting into Dubai?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Cessy-Chicago

    OR maybe they ( the assassins) is trying to make a point! No need to hide, they'll do the job

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  11. starr formerly known as vincent

    I thought Mossad was smarter than this. And, the point that the Hammas leader had many enemies....

    However, using identities of so many countries is disturbing and would highlight something wrong.

    The phones issue is interesting.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  12. A. Smith, Oregon

    Can't the CNN and AC360 staff verify the assassins passports lacked the correct number of alpha-numeric identification on them? Obviously, the Mossad would not be attempting to pass off a poorly made bogus passport as being real.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Emily

    I have a feeling that this "Mystery Assassin" my have wanted someone to know who they were.... who it was that did this....

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Hanes DC

    no one seems to be disturbed with this assassination in Dubai

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Danie T.

    I didn't think something like that could happen in Dubai

    February 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  16. KIRA KLEAVELAND AC360°

    This Hamas assassination story is like straight out of a movie. surveillance, intrigue, international espionage...i volunteer to star in the movie as the female assassination suspect

    February 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Vivian - Mtl

    Hi Poppy! Don't know if I would categorise that as terrorism (the pilot)
    more like someone who has had enough and trying to destroy the system.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  18. Vince

    The alleged identity theft (as apparently done with these fraudulent passport ) is becoming a concern more and more...

    February 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  19. Renee

    Oh this will be a Spielberg movie soon! Who will be in the cast?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Emily

    @Kira,
    It was a shocking and informative piece by Abbie, and then to hear that all 12 went free! ....yikes....

    February 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  21. A. Smith, Oregon

    The stun baton's appear to be camouflaged into the tennis rackets used to subdue the victim. Classic CIA operation, likely using the Xe contractor's in a classic Laural and Hardy operation.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Hill incident proves that our Administration cares more for 'rights' of terrorists than American lives. I'm disgusted. Thank you Anderson for giving this miscarriage air time.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  23. susan

    hill did what he needed to do to without killing anyone and got the information he needed

    February 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  24. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hi David, Indiana

    I agree that the man who flew his plane into the bldg. in Austin today is Not neccesarily a terrorist.....but emotionally distrubed.

    @Emily, thank you. It was 10 yrs. ago- and yes, my spirituality saved me. Eventually, everything worked out and the gov. was found to be in the WRong! Thanks for asking.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  25. Helen

    I would think that an individual who has served in the position Mr. Cheney served in, would have the best interest of the Country at the top of his priority list. Working with the current Administration would accomplish a lot more than bitter bickering. . Mr. Cheney, have you asked the President if you could be of any help, or have you been too busy thinking up ways he can fail ?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  26. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It is a amazing how one side play by the book and the other side by book of low down shame!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  27. Danie T.

    What? That's what he gets for protecting his troops – what would they say when they would lose the whole division in an ambush thanks to those spies?... I don't know about this system... Bravo Captain you did the right thing even if it costs you your career at least you are in peace with your conscience

    in my opinion NATO = UN = ineficiency – that 96th hour rule sucks...

    Great report Abbie thanks

    February 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  28. Kim- Ohio

    @Jason...what happened in terrible...thanks for your service
    @Cessy- Agreed..."protecting his country"

    February 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  29. Susan, NJ

    Talk about a morale killer – do the right thing – get punished.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  30. LisaL -Canada

    i was just thinking "where did the rule come from in the first place?"

    there is that cliche "rules are made to be broken" – when does that apply? because that is what hill did.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  31. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    How can anyone have any respect for their Commander-in-Chief if he throws troops trying to do their job under a bus?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  32. Cessy-Chicago

    I hope we hear more from Abbie Boudreau! Excellent reporting!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  33. Renee

    Great! All released to come back at our soldiers! This seems so unfair.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  34. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Maybe we should put lawayers on the combat line with some judges .

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  35. Susan, NJ

    NATO has different motives than winning the war.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  36. A. Smith, Oregon

    Detainee's should ALL be DNA swabbed, finger printed, photographed and that should be entered into the massive military database before turning them over to the Afghan govt.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  37. Emily

    btw,
    How is Captain Hill doing today?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  38. KIRA KLEAVELAND AC360°

    WOW. that's crazy. Abbie just said all 12 were released!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  39. starr formerly known as vincent

    What?? This man was discharged from the armed forces for doing the RIGht thing??? This is WROng...this man did the BEst thing for his unit! I am appalled....

    This policy is WRong! and what was done to Mr. Hill was WRong!

    In my opinion, Mr. Hill is a true American and a Hero!

    Great report by Abbie!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  40. Emily

    Glad to see that Abbie asked Gen David P. about this....

    That was a great piece by Abbie! 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jason, I'm sorry a patriot had his career destroyed by our poor excuse for a CINC.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  42. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Base Commander 'should' have put those locals into point positions where they likely would have been engaged by a IED's or broke down and spilled their guts about who they worked for.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  43. Cessy-Chicago

    That's CRAZY! Mr. Hill was charged for breaking rule? It appears to me that he was doing what he's supposed to do to protect his country.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  44. Emily

    @Starr,
    That is awful to hear that you ended up in the hospital! I hope that you are feeling much better, whatever it was that got you to that point.

    Clearly, there is something positive about you were you did not take your life or that of others....

    February 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  45. Josh

    Thank you for finally showing this! I was there with CPT. Hill. He will always be a Hero to us all.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  46. Vivian - Mtl

    I don't get why you have to follow rules with the enemy???

    When the behead people in front of cameras... what rules do they follow?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    96th hours so amazing reporting!!!! I think bloggers have good point! Agreed! 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  48. Lori

    Hello everyone. Happy Thursday!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  49. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    OMG, prisoner abuse? This is disgusting, Hill should get a medal.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  50. Devin-Amsterdam

    @KIRA KLEAVELAND AC360
    sorry about that I didnt mean to sound french =) I liked it and you know more on this then I do and he did make some good points

    February 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
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