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May 10th, 2010
09:49 PM ET

All-American to al Qaeda: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, the story of how a young American from Long Island, New York, became an al-Qaeda terrorist. Nic Robertson and his team spent almost a year uncovering how and why Bryant Neal Vinas went from a quiet teenager who grew up in suburbia to a jihadist. Our team has tracked Vinas’ story across three continents.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (341 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time when one of the "home grown terrorists" will succeed. Then what? It is a serious problem and I feel there is no way to stop it.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  2. Rani Rozario

    In the midst of yet another disastrous oil spill disaster where are all the 'Drill Baby Drill' leaders. Guess having tea at another Tea Party.
    (an Australian fan of Anderson Cooper living in Oman)

    May 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    The special program by Nick Robertson looks very interestng and i am looking forward to seeing it his weekend.

    Appreciate 360 showing a part of it tonight.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  4. steve in Texas

    Does anyone remember FDR was born in Canada?
    And, Senator McCain was born in Panama?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Lori California,
    Me too, She will missed...... she was best famous singer, She was my favorite singer. I also liked her, 🙂

    May 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  6. Liz

    I don't know why a man would give up his career with a court martial when he could have resigned.
    I believe that McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. What about people born in Hawaii before it was a state. What about people born in the territories, are they natural born citizens?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Nic Robertson could have put his time to better use by investigating the life and actions of Nadal Malik Hasan. He wasn't just some kid from the suburbs, he was a major in the army. I am more interested in what turned him into a killer?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  8. Emily

    This "American Al Qaeda" in Nic's report...It's very interesting to watch.
    Great report.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It seem that half of tonight's show is rerun of material from last week.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Mary Kay

    I can't believe you are giving more air time to these nut job birthers your guests got it rght. If these wingnuts had the birth certificate intheir handsand were forced to eat it, they still would not conceed the
    President's citizenship. That's because that is not the question. When these bigots admit that they just can't stomach the fact that a Black man–an educated, honest, just man–is their President. Please stop giving these racist, duplicitous, certifiably insane numbnuts air time. It is feeding their delusion. What a waste of good air time!! I appreciate your dedication to honesty. Don't give these liars another minute. I'll vote to strip that doctor of his license. He is not worthy of the public trust!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Miranda Huntington Beach CA

    Im proud of you anderson...love nic robertson look forward to his journalism...im tweeting about it now okay when am I not tweeting...this looks really good

    May 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  12. ann

    I actually feel sorry for the Lt. Col. It seems like he allowed his hatred or racism (whichever) to cloud his view. Then you add idiots like his lawyer to the equation and you get an explosive piece of nonsense. He looked like he did not even know what his argument was. Poor idiot! losing your job over that piece of foolishness!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  13. David, Indiana

    Great explanation of what's going on with the ice crystals by Tom Foreman way more complicated than I imagined.

    The junk shot is one possiblity but what about the top hat, something like the containment dome? Is that going to be lowered to try to plug the leak or is that vulnerable to the fire ice too?

    Can't they just lower an intake pipe or somekind and suck up the oil spurting out of the well head?

    Glad to see the dow up. Given all the hardship that is caused when it's gains get lost.

    @Emily, Minnesota I agree that was a great interview and I love Anderson's interviews too, but I wonder with all the serious news pending, an oil spill that could devastate gulf wildlife, shore and fishing, recovery from TN flooding, inclement weather, tornadoes in Oklahoma, EU plan to help ease debt burden of EU countries like Greece, a new Supreme Court nominee if precious air time is being lost and the birthers are just engaging in a political stall tactic. What do you think?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  14. nancyinoregon

    I'm not sure if it's society at its worse, lisal, but you don't have to be a celebrity to be the victim of a home invasion or theft. Unfortunately.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Christopher Trilling

    I keep wondering why British Petroleum doesn't seem to be getting hammered by this incident like exxon did with their spill.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  16. Yvette

    She had a long life. When I saw her in Family Reunion, I was surprised. Had not heard from her, thought she had gone already. RIP Ms. Horne.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  17. Sophia Garcia

    @Lynn ~ "The plan" was blown off because it cost oil companies extra to have emergency provisions. I believe we're the only country that doesn't have the backup necessary to prevent this kind of emergency.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  18. Emily

    @Jane – Vt
    "Anderson: You can't fix stupid. That's the only explanation."

    This is true, yet I know I have 'tried' to fix it!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  19. Lori, S. California

    I wonder if BP has thought of drilling numerous times around the original site? That might release pressure from the area that can not be contained. Just a thought.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  20. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That just goes to show you how much airlines care about people's pets! Instead of treating them like a family member they treat them as property. I wouldn't take my pet on flight anywhere.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  21. elizabeth

    Anderson, the prize goes to you tonight. Finally, someone in the media pressed these people. They will never believe that President Obama is an American. You asked the question, here's the answer "the color of his skin." I'm praising you tonight "great job."

    May 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  22. mike

    she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don't think alexxis did anything wrong

    May 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  23. lisal -canada

    those 'Bling-Ring Bandits' should be made an example of. home invasion is home invasion.

    the attitude that some (a lot of? society in general?) people have is that if someone is 'celeb' it gives society a right to invade their personal lives and privacy. that has obviously degraded to the point that this includes people's homes now as well. this is society at it's worst, and makes me literally want to vomit.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  24. Miranda Huntington Beach CA

    great job anderson so far it has been even 🙂

    May 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  25. Susan

    Anderson:
    They are disgraceful, these "Birthers," they are purely racist hiding behind a birth certificate. The doctor's reason is weak, pathetic, and lame for leaving the military...he probably got himself in a bind and wants a sacpegoat. His lawyer should be banned from practice. They should not be given air time...because they are a vexation to the spirit. A house divided (America) will fall..Its time to stop this nonsence.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  26. Rosemary C.

    Thank you Anderson for challenging those two people who don't really want to accept the truth that our President is an American citizen. The MD will be court-marshalled and blame the President for that. The lawyer for this MD is curious. If they could only see what many of us see, they are ridiculous, ill-informed, choosing ignorance and unwilling to accept that a black American could possibly be the President of the U.S.

    Their real motives are built on racism. The MD appears to want out of the military and is using the President as his reason instead, of just admitting he doesn't want to be deployed anymore.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  27. nancyinoregon

    Poor little Paco...what a terrible experience for the owner and the dog both.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Starr,
    Yes, It is really hazard as Methane...... really is so dangerous explosive like that.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  29. mike

    lexy is not down with the bling ring

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  30. Yvette

    So why aren't the other Oil Companies helping also? They will have to pay also... correction- we will have to pay when their insurance goes up.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  31. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So is the dog an illegal alien in Mexico?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  32. Lori, S. California

    I really like Lena Horn

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  33. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Nature is something!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  34. Jerry in Houston

    In 5 months the Gulf will be a complete waste, and when the Gulf stream gets a hold of it and carry's it all the way up the east coast line who knows what will be called a "Dead Zone"

    May 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  35. nancyinoregon

    Oh heavens, Mike....what a terrible scare.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  36. John

    suggest you bring a bp, transocean, cameron and halliburton rep onto your show to get another view of what happened

    May 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Dan

    Barrak's father was not a US citizen, period!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  38. Lynn

    Good evening all.

    Am I the only person shocked that BP didn't have a plan for something like this? They keep saying it's never happened before and that's why no plan. Well, my house has never caught on fire, but I still have smoke detectors and an evacuation plan.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Emily

    Has anyone heard anything new about all this oil in the water & hurricane season just about to start?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  40. charlie

    Isn't the requirement to be a natural born citizen, not just a citizen? That is why Arnold Swatzenegger is not eligible. Surely if the definition of "natural born" was to have one natural born parent, that simple point would have been made earlier. If that is the definiton it would seem to close the birther argument against Obama. If it is not the definiton then Mc'Cain would have had the same attack except that no one claims Panama is in America.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  41. nancyinoregon

    I can't imagine, Jo Ann....how anyone would be allowed to do anything so potentially hazardous without a 'fix' in place if it should all go terribly wrong. Not in this country, anyway-where you have to get a permit before you even add a deck to your house! Other places in the world, maybe-ferry boats seem notoriously under-regulated in many places, suffering disaster after disaster. But here, where Red Tape is the hallmark of just about anything we do...hard to imagine!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  42. tanyia

    What people don't realize is that there are plenty of underwater pockets of methane. If there was another explosion it would be really bad for everyone.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I am mentally and emotionally "sickened" by this oil disaster.

    I am having trouble watching Anything on this story.

    What makes me "sick" is it was Totaly preventable had the safety measures been installed and not "waived" by Mr. Cheney.

    And, yes, i also agree tha BP has been totally been "disconnected" from the ecological disaster in America-Iagree with Mr. Brinkley-what if all of this oil was on the coast of Britain or in the county of Kent?!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  44. Smith in Oregon

    Haliburton was applying cement to this well when it exploded. In nearly all rig explosions researched, improper cementing procedures and injection were the cause. Haliburton and Dick Cheney two names that keep coming up.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  45. mike

    @emily they will never find a way to stop the flow and america will pay the price cuz of BP

    May 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  46. Mike From California

    And this is the type of leadership our young men and women in harmsway depends on to make the right life and death decession on the battle feild..

    May 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  47. Miranda Huntington Beach CA

    Anderson I think BP is more concerned about getting and retaining oil that stopping the leak for LA the gulf coast the wildlife 🙁

    May 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  48. elizabeth

    Anderson, the prize goes to you tonight. Finally, the someone in the media pressed these nuts. These unAmericans will never believe that President Obama is an American. You asked the question, here's the answer "the color of his skin." I'm praising you tonight "great job."

    May 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  49. Hermina

    It is ridiculous and pathetic some people still can't believe Obama is the president

    May 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  50. Jerry in Houston

    I know several men that are working off shore and they say it could take months for them to plug this thing and that its leaking more on the line on 10,000 barrels a day not the 5k like BP is saying

    May 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
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