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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1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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soundoff (341 Responses)
  1. Carla

    Great show tonight.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I would say getting a TV show for your antics is a big reward.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Miranda Huntington Beach CA

    I freaking love Betty White she is awesome did a wonderful job on SNL...
    alright good night everyone have a good one...
    all the best Miranda

    May 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Cessy - Chicago

    How about a new TV show once they get out of jail? Bling, Ring and handcuffs?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Starr, formerly known as vincent


    agree about watching the girl's show-it would be supporing her behavior.

    something really needs to be done about publishing maps to ANYone's home....it's not right!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Karen, MN

    If the Bling Ring is our future I'm scared!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  7. charlie

    Why is the Bling ring a story?
    Young thieves rob rich poeple's houses?
    Seems like a headline from the 1950's

    May 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Emily, Minnesota

    She's charming indeed, Mr. Cooper.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This Bling-Ring needs a good long time in jail. 6 months is not enough for stealing over $2 million worth of goods.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Neither I or my grown children know any people in L.A. like the kids we've just seen. I must be hanging out with the out-crowd. (Not the in-crowd.)

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  11. nancyinoregon

    I hate to ask this, but where have their parents been all this time?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    She must learn own lesson what she have done. She is no rights to steal stars home.... what she was thinking????? Good job Ted!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Mehmet- Istanbul/ Turkey

    That guy seems somehow lost- if he would have been able to stay in the army-or any other stabile job- he might have got control of his life-no he is controlled by some terrorist leaders.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    A very charming young lady indeed! ; )

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Emily

    Yes Anderson, she does, just like that Lawyer you interviewed! 😛

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  16. tanyia

    As long as they are being rewarded for their crimes these kids will never learn.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  17. mike

    lexy don't need to go to the bing

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Lori, S. California

    She will look good in stripes and her bebe shoes

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    This put me in mind of Sharon Tate, but they took her life!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  20. nancyinoregon

    What desperate needs for attention these kids have...wow.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    This story of Al Qaeda in America is frightening. It just makes me wonder how many are here just waiting for the right moment to kill and injure innocent people. Our way of life as we knew it seems to be changing real fast.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Emily

    The "Bling-Ring" has WAY too much Free Time Pardon the pun)!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  23. Ike, Canadian

    Goodevening again all,
    I keep wondering how they 'Bling Ringers' got past the probably million dollar security systems in those homes-security personnel and all? No one is safe!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  24. Lori, S. California

    Sounds like a good idea to find another hiding place for the key. Under the doormat is so cliche.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  25. Karoline, Los Angeles

    LOL, came to the arraignment wearing stolen goods. Oh so must have forgotten she stole it.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    Did you happen to hear if the Government is having BP sign a contract agreeing to pay for cleaning up this mess? It clearly is only getting worse, since that dorm didn't work...

    May 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  27. dale la pointe

    dear sir to stop the oil leak place a hot water heating coil in the dome it will melt the ice crystals and the oil will flow.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Another day in the hood of Hollywood!"

    May 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Yvette

    Rich kids gone wild. I wonder how many years they will give them. Correction: months... days...

    May 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  30. mike

    I love Paris Hilton but I also love alexxis and I think she didn't do anything

    May 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  31. Jane - Vt

    Good night all. Great show tonight.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Cessy - Chicago

    Bling Ring girl...6 months? that all she gets?

    looks like she will ringing a different door!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Jean

    Surprised how someone could change from altar boy to Al Qaeda terrorist. What people are when they are young they may not be when they grow up. As youths and later adults there are those who are highly religious also others who are promising people with a good future, some of them from affluent families who later change for the worst. This occurs all the time. It is simple why some people change from good to evil, bad company corrupts.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  34. Steve in Texas

    My Uncle a Geo Eng. Has a method to stop the oil leak with liquid Nitrogen. Freeze it until the releif well is drilled. But he doesn't know who to talk to about it. At 5k ft water temp is 30 degrees.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  35. Khalid

    It doesn't make sense to me how reading the Quran transformed this kid into a Jihadist. There are hundreds of millions of Muslims who read it everyday and want nothing but peace. Their are thousands of Muslim converts who do not turn violent, Why not focus on them?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  36. nancyinoregon

    If people watch her show, they are supporting her behavior.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  37. charlie

    @ Ray (Arkansas) yes the oil companies should pay completely.
    They can and should pass those costs to consumers. That would reduce consuption which is the reason for the drilling and the accidents.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Poor owner lost his dog, when dog rode on the plane way to detroit from Mexico..... I think it is so sad dog ran away.... Ouch! Not good day for me heard bad news. Hope he will be found reunion with owner. 🙂

    May 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  39. Terry Dailey

    Concering the oil spill: I do not know how high the blow out preventer is above the sea flooor. In some demolition work they use very large hydraulic shears to cut pipe, tanks and etc. Sometimes iIn the airconditing business they will use a pinch off device to stop refergerant leaks, they look like a pair of vice grips. They work very well in stopping a leak, short term or perment. If there is enough room below the blow out preventer, instead of a shear they may have a type of a pinch off device to seal the pipe off. I know that there are some smart people working on this problem, but I believe a large hydraulic pinch off device could solve the problem, if there is room.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  40. Yvette

    The birthers are mad crazy. Period. There agenda and platform makes no sense.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  41. Emily

    I wonder if someone like this guy became a "terrorist" in part, because in a twisted way, he really liked everything that America offered & stood for, yet it just wasn't going his way...and felt like he had to get revenge?!
    It's SO out there...trying to make 'sense' of what doesn't, at least to me.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  42. Jeff

    What I don't understand about Bryant Neal Vinas is how, after experiencing a spur of patriotism following 9/11, he would convert to Islam and join jihadists, the very people who organized and carried out the attacks?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  43. nancyinoregon

    I think we almost make Celebrityism into a Nirvana state sometimes so of course needy people, young and old, are drawn to it like moths to light. In part, it's all our doing-by supporting the Celebrity Marketplace.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I wonder what Maj. Nidal Hasan's excuse was for turning into a murderer?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  45. Cessy - Chicago

    " Amercian Al Qaeda" – Great story by Nick Robertson. Will definitely watch it

    May 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  46. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    How could he have seen the destruction in NYC and join the very people who caused it?

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

    i seen this story before

    May 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  48. Sue

    Good Evening Anderson! I am late joining but have recorded your show today! 🙂 Let me catch up on the bloggers' comments. Nice to visit here every day.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  49. Yvette

    Stuff like this Anderson, gets on my last nerves. Tell us what the folks did, but stop showing everybody our vulnerabilities.

    NYPD, FBI, CIA needs to start with the folks preaching on the streets... like the guy interviewed recently, against the US. Those people end up brainwashing good kids.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  50. nancyinoregon

    Lonely people are drawn to some desperate situations.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
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