February 15th, 2011
09:47 PM ET

Iran's Brutal Crackdown: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight a 360° exclusive. You'll hear from a protester in Iran who's risking her life to speak out. The Iranian government is cracking down on the demonstrations following Egypt's uprising. That's after they praised the people of Egypt. We're Keeping Them Honest. Plus, will Mississippi's governor denounce attempts to honor a KKK leader?

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  1. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    How do you qualify for a Presidential Medal of Freedom (is that what they call it)?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Rob Vasquez


    The guy from the state of Montana is a joke and he made absolutely no sense. He was stumbling over his own words and talking in circles. These 'birthers' really iritate me. The bottom line is that Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America and nothing is going to change that!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Casey, no. But the fact that the 14th Amendment didn't seem to cover Native Americans provides a legal basis to say it also doesn't cover children of illegals.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Emily

    @Craig Lowe-Nassau Bahamas
    "People in the middle east have found their voice! Power to all of them!"
    It's great to see the majority of them doing so in a peaceful way too! I only hope that they have continued success. They're only getting started and are going to need help in developing a democracy. I hope that they get the right kind of it.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  5. Billy

    I just walked in the house in time to hear the gentleman (using the term loosely) from Montana about how NOW BOTH parents have to be citizens of the USA in order for the child to be a US citizen??? What planet is this guy from??? Just sayin'.......

    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Ben Moore Johnson III

    Hawaii became a state in 8/1959. Our President was born in 1961. He is by law a U.S. Citizen. The State Of Montana Has it's own Constitution seperate from the United States and does not follow Federal Law on all levels. According to Montana Law ONLY...Obama is not a us citizen.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  7. David J. George

    I just watched the enterview with the protestor in Iran that was protectively named "Sarah". At the end , contact was lost with her. Please follow up and inform us of her condition. What happened? Did you just have technical problem? Did the government silence her?
    This woman was very brave to have granted the interview. She is a hero! I just hope she has not become a casualty or even a martyr. At the very least she is a Hero. Find out what has happened to her. She could become the impetus to the movement.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  8. Jennifer - Michigan

    So then, are the children of immigrants born in the US less American than anyone else. I don't think so.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Sam

    @Starr: The VPN is actually a program you install on you computer or laptop. I'm not sure how it works exactly, but i think it connects you to other servers, which are different from the Iranian servers. So for example you connect to Canada. This bypasses the filters. It's interesting to note that the internet suppliers in Iran are totally aware of this, but still filter websites!!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Robert

    You asked the Montana Congressman what HIS personal opinion was, point blank. His response was that "he is not qualified to give an opinion [on whether President Obama was a citizen or not})." I would say the the Congressman is the ONLY person qualified to give HIS own opinion on the matter. I would also say that he is acting strangely by demanding more proof of citizenship, if he doesn't have an opinion.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Sue from Syracuse

    I wonder if some of the new bills like the one in Arizona are intended to eliminate specific people from candidacy. Case in point:
    I know from reading the personal profile of Gov.Bobby Jindal that his mom was pregnant when she came to this country as wife of a student.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Janis

    I live deep in the West. Believe me, this is the normal way of doing business out here. "We do things differently out here" is a favorite mantra. I think it's more like some westerners are still hanging on to the 19th century, sorry to say.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  13. David E Cox, PhD

    Thanks for having the Montana representative speak on your show. His comments were illustrative of the recalcitrance of bigotry. I am amazed and frightened by the gentleman you interviewed. What frightens me more, however, are those who consider such sentiments as being somehow appropriate or possible under the Constitution.

    Thanks, Anderson. I do appreciate your clarity, your willingness to think and question, and your communcation skills.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Chi

    Come on!President Obama is definitely American. He is the American Dream. My God! You know it.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Marisa

    I think this guy just wasn't expecting actual questions which is why he just seemed so dumbfounded after Anderson pointed out the 14th Amendment, wasn't expecting someone with actual knowledge, was he?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Martha AR

    The birther bill backers are getting more and more strange and make our country look foolish. Those who think this is not about race are turning a blind eye to what is really going on.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Nick

    Thank you Anderson for your compassion for Iranian people. I cried Last night when i was watching your program and tonight you did it again. On be half of nation of Iran and our sisters and brothers in Iran, I thank you again. Keep up the good work my friend.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Paula, Colorado

    The Birthers still want to make an issue out of something that isn't.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  19. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike..."Until the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act Native Americans born in the US were not citizens."

    This is really interesting. Are there any other exceptions that you know of?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  20. Paulie

    They need you and all the international media to gain their freedom.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  21. Sue from Syracuse

    And, dont get me wrong. I dont question AT ALL that Pres.Obama was born in Hawaii. Not at all.

    That said, the whole shadow of doubts... is compounded by Hawaii's policies/procedures and silence.. and everything else political. I am actually really tired of the birther questions... and want to see it end. It is not healthy for our country to keep questioning if the President is legit.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  22. Rebecca

    As an Iranian American I appreciate your program on Iran tonight. Please let everyone know about the brutality of Islamic Republic.

    All Iranian youth who are fighting for democracy need our support. Please don't forget them!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  23. Sue R. Canton MI.

    A new "Birther Bill". I wonder what kind of proof will be needed in this bill to show that your a citizen of the United States since a birth certificate is not acceptable?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  24. Emily

    Yes, I bet their entire attitude would be completely different if they didn't have those nukes to hide behind. Cowards!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  25. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They do not have any illegal ground with the President's birth.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  26. Sam

    @Matthew: the problem with the Iranian Police and military is the fact that they control so many sections of economy. They will lose so much if the regime is overthrown. So they don't care about the people. They will kill in order to hold on to power.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Lisa in Louisville

    I think that there needs to be a minimum IQ requirement to run for office.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  28. Leila

    I was in Iran during the 'green' protest in 2009, most of my cousins were involved with the protests one of them actually got shot six times, and a close family friend also joined the besiege, or the militia within Iran which came as a true shock and disappointment. I truly believe that the only way to revive Iran is to overthrow the current dictatorship going on within the government of Iran, no matter what it takes. All the innocent lives lost fighting for freedom within the country should not go to waste.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  29. Dennis @techmover_asia

    so the guy is trying to say is you have to be a second generation American..

    February 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Sharon Hastings

    Isn't it just amazing how difficult it is to have a rational conversation with these people! I've never seen Anderson look so perplexed during an interview.

    You have to examine WHY this is an issue with this president. Hmmmm?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Anderson, actually you are partially incorrect. Until the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act Native Americans born in the US were not citizens.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  32. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Sam – thanks for the info on VPN. How do you locate this site? Can you explain more?

    @Emily- your post to me last night was true. Sam and earlier reports i saw earlier today point out that the people of Iran can us.

    Thanks for setting me straight last night.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Angelique

    Does that mean that my daughter who was born in another Country while my husband was serving this country is not a citizen? NO Birther Bill; your reasoning is dumb!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Sandra...at least media (social and news) helps give some balance to the facts AND, as we've already seen in Egypt, media could eventually provide the tipping point towards democratic rule in Iran.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  35. Sue from Syracuse

    Ok. whatever the case, the birth thing needs to be put to rest. It is over 2 years.
    Why does Hawaii give Cert of Live Birth to people not born in the US?? That is so weird.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  36. Karyn, Indiana

    Hi everyone... missed all of you!

    Get him Anderson! ... Rep. Wagoner is clueless:)

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  37. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "The women of Iran are treated like second class citizens by the government, but they are strong and intelligent."
    I find Iran to be such a Barbaric society...I really don't understand it at all...the women seem to be treated worse than that at times. If you are of a different faith, forget it! It's really a backwards, upside-down country. There could be so much potential (for good) from there too.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  38. Mike - Las Vegas

    Birthers = racists, end of story.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  39. Kamilia

    Thank you, Anderson for your program on Iran. I support the struggle for democracy in Iran. The US government should give more support to Iranians. Hundreds of people are being killed every month in Iran and no one knows about it.

    Please publicize the brutality of Islamic Republic and let people know what these thugs are doing to Iranians. Thank you!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  40. Kenya

    Way to put him on blast Anderson. These birthers just won't stop!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  41. Paulie

    Anderson thank you for wonderful reporting from Egypt, you saved them, now save Iranians.
    stay with everyday and be their voice.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  42. Nina

    Good for you Anderson!!! This guy is really stupid. 90% of Americans have at least one parent born in another country. And many parents who were born in another country have acquired citizenship! What a dope

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  43. Kaytee

    Ok, so now lets just make up our own rules, lol.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  44. Chi

    @Emily 10:08 Well, you know it will be great if they listen to Obama. But hmmm you know sometimes those with nukes may just wanna talk in a duke's way 😀 Hard to say. Just simply hope for peace and freedom.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Mike - Las Vegas

    Poor Montana birther, you must really hate having the first Black President ever. Nothing you can do to change that now.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Codi Farrar- Colorado

    I'm pretty sure this guy does not even know what he is talking about. This guy does not even know the 14th amendment I cannot even handle this.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "Boehner said Obama was born in Hawaii. How isn't that taking on the birthers? What else should he do?"

    I agree. This is a dead issue and doesn't deserve any more attention than it already has.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  48. Karen, MN

    What form of identification does the senator of Montana want?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  49. Matthew Stinston (Toronto)

    i think the Iranian people are very brave and i support them 100%
    but the revolution that happened in Egypt will never happen in Iran because the Egyptian police and military are filled with actually Egyptians.
    However Iran is not

    February 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Brent Hendrix

    The protests are awesome and I am glad to see how Egypt made their leader step down, I hope Iran will be next, I am a wounded soldier from the Iraq war and works still with the Wounded Warrior Project. I am so glad that Egypt made the example and glad the Internet has opened other countries minds to stand up for their beliefs and take control of their country. Thanks, Anderson.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
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