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February 17th, 2011
09:51 PM ET

Deadly Lies: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, people are standing up to their repressive governments peacefully and being beaten, teargassed and gunned down in the streets. We have new images and chilling accounts from Bahrain and new video smuggled out of Libya. What the governments are saying doesn't match with the facts. We're Keeping Them Honest. Also tonight, what Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is going through on her amazing road to recovery. 360 M-D Sanjay Gupta walks in her footsteps and more.

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  1. gary thompson

    Woolsey hit the bullseye. We are chasing oil not human rights.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Carolyn

    The latest video from Libya is also very upsetting... Prayers to all the peaceful protesters, everywhere in the Middle East.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Janis – there is a story about Gadafi that when he was born, his birth chart was read as super special.
    That is to say, that the interpreters saw that he would be a powerful leader with special powers and could possibly take his country to war and win a large part of the world.
    Don't know if its true, but he sure acts the part.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I don't understand why people think we HAVE to hear from President Obama, specifically. We have a Secretary of State and, obviously, when she speaks she represents our current administration.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Emily

    I'm glad I was not eating listening to that.
    That truly is a "sickening thought". Ghadafi or his family is not the kind of company I'd want to keep. (Dinner or otherwise.)

    February 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  6. Sarah

    People on the ground say at least 80 people have died, hundreds of injured. African thugs are being hired to attack protestors with no mercy. Doctors arent being allowed to care for the injured, its an atrocity. The media seems to be passing over the Libyan coverage. We need the media to prevent a major massacre from occurring!!!!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Susan

    So the powers that be claim the protesters in Bahrain were armed and they met with equal force (while many slept)....Really children and infants were armed with guns, knives and tear gas? CNN PLEASE keep telling these protesters stories, let these regimes know the world is watching and we will hold them accountable.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  8. Abdullah Fadhli

    Libyans need the attention of the Obama administration before this massacre escalates.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Lori

    It sounds like they are being tortured and then killed.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  10. abbas

    shia people in bahrain love american because of their support to egyptians and love iran because they are shia too, but they love to live and want to live and anyone will stand with them against this government will be their hero !

    February 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  11. Patricia

    I wish Anderson would ask Fuad what his thoughts are on Saudia Arabia and if they might try to interfere with Bahrain should it become unstable ? There is a causeway that connects the two countries now. Also, there is the Sunni Saudi's and the Shia Bahrainis.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  12. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Good Evening. After all the years of folly in Central and South America, none of us should be surprised to find we're in bed with the devil in the Middle East. We've tolerated these human rights abuses abroad for decades, justifying it as the price we have to pay for one thing and one thing only...OIL.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  13. Amani

    The libyan people have been suffering Gaddafi's oppressive rule for over 40 years now. He has been known to kill mass amounts of Libyans in the blink of eye simply for speaking their mind (i.e Abu Salim massacre). Now that they have rebelled he has threatened them, killed them, and taken what little freedom they have left. We need more media coverage!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Graham

    Bahrain was a British protectorate until about 1973 with the 'West' installing the current minority Suni 'Royal Family' to give access to the first country where oil was discovered in the Middle East.

    If it wasn't for the above there would be no liberal allay for the Fifth Fleet to be currently based in the Middle East ...

    It should also be noted that the police force are mainly Beluchi(stan) rather than Bahraini so as not to side with the majority extremist Shiites.

    A false balance of power created by the West to benefit the West ...

    February 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  15. Sharon Hastings

    Our dependence on oil is a terrible thing we struggle with. Because of it we are forced to have monsters for allies and to turn a blind eye to the truth of these regimes.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Lori

    Quadafi is an animal.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Emily

    @Jo Ann
    "The U.S. is allied with so many corrupt countries."
    It's been said "to keep your friends close & your enemies closer".

    February 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  18. Carolyn

    I'm so shocked and sickened by what is occurring in Bahrain, all of the many deaths of the people peacefully protesting... the women and children that were overcome by tear gas and fire is so wrong... so very wrong.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Alex

    what scares me is what is happening in Libya...unlike many arab leaders, Kadaffi doesn't care about his perception and seems to be killing his own people at will

    February 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  20. bobby harris

    i think iran and Bahrain with the protest's is getting critical any americans in bahrain should pull out of there now as quickly as they can. and embassy of the u.s. if not closed yet should leave for safety due to police brutally attacking people there can be dangerous. iran is worse case and libya is just awful why trust moammar Qadafi when he can never be trusted. americans must not get involved with this all egypt has been much better, but others is bad

    February 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  21. Janis

    Gadhafi is a very strange man. I am so surprised he is still in Libya. The people of the middle east have been living in fear for a very long time. Fear of their leaders, fear of the US, fear of their neighbors. This is not the quiet peaceful life most of us want.
    We take it for granted.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I, for one, would like to see Kadafi (sp?) out of governing Lybia.
    He was born brutal, has been brutal and still is brutal.
    He needs to be denounced in no Uncertain Terms!

    And maybe we should move our 5th fleet to Qatar (but i don't know if that's any better either).

    February 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Al Leong, Toronto Canada

    To CNN Reporters – please be careful. It seems like the government would want to put a 'hit' on some of your reporters, given that their parliament would call for the execution of opposition. Western reports are clearly lower than opposition leaders, and therefore 'hits' on your reporters are logical next step for some governments.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Sue R. Canton MI.

    All of the reporters and journalists are so brave traveling to an area with so much unrest going on. I think it takes a special personality to go to such unsafe places to get the story for all of us.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Mahmoud

    Anderson, please let the audience know that Quadafi brought mercenaries from Africa to defend him,

    February 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Emily,"A president like Eisenhower or Reagan is needed at times like these."

    Unfortunately, we have a "community organizer" in the driver seat.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Patricia

    The police in Bahrain are not Arabs, they are hired from Pakistan and other countries to do the governments bidding. Therefore, they have no problem hurting the protesters even if they are peaceful. I love Fuad Ajami. He knows the area very well. We should all listen to his analysis and advice. Each of the Arab countries are very different and their success or defeat will be to varying degrees.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Lori

    Hi Gloria! Glad you made it here.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Allen

    Greetings,I think what you are seeing is countries standing up for their rights...no longer are they in fear, they want democracy. They want what Americas has...

    February 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  30. lilly

    i hate the fact that people in this world still in live in fear and the main perpetrators are their own government.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Ahmed Faraj, "The lack of media access to Libya is a sign that Qaddafi's regime will use brute force and they wont' be afraid to kill hundreds, if not thousands."

    I seem to remember Qaddafi praising Obama at the U.N.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Ahmid Tajuri

    Anderson,
    As a Libyan American, I am extremely worried for my family and friends in Libya. Ghaddafi has been in power for over 41 years and has had an extensive history in jailing and murdering his own people. The minimal media coverage it does get is not fair, not to myself, but to the Libyans that have suffered and continue to suffer for the rights we all take for granted. The Libyan people are trying to beat Ghaddafi at his own game, and you can guess who the referee is.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Karyn, Indiana

    @Ahmed: Very true... it is amazing what ppl will do when no one is looking!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Lori

    There is so much brutality out there.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Sarha

    Gaddafi is an oppressive dictator who has committed war crimes against his own people. Libyans need our support and attention so they do not get massacred. Thank you for publicizing the atrocious treatment and defending liberty

    February 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Hannah

    With the death toll in LIBYA being anywhere between 75-100 in only 2 days (which is more than Egypts during their whole protest span)what more will it take????

    February 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Emily

    A president like Eisenhower or Reagan is needed at times like these.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, Ohio

    The U.S. is allied with so many corrupt countries. It is really unsettling.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  39. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  40. Ahmed Faraj

    The lack of media access to Libya is a sign that Qaddafi's regime will use brute force and they wont' be afraid to kill hundreds, if not thousands.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Rasheed

    It's shocking to see how the police would treat protesters that include defenseless people. Gadaffi is no Fidel Castro and he must leave.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  42. albert kallon

    Muamar Ghadafi is such a tyrant....he is partly responsible for most diamond fueled conflicts in the African region, especially in my native Sierra Leone....i'm glad the people of Libya are ready to put an end to his tyranny...He has to leave now!!!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Emily

    @John,
    "They need to be held accountable to their own people."
    Power & more so, the possible loss of it will make some do whatever it takes to hold on to it.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Alex

    May God protect these people and punish those responsible for killing the unarmed protestor. This is completely unacceptable.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Janis

    @Lin 10:13 I agree with you. If we didn't love our cars so much, our government wouldn't sit by and watch this brutality without firmly saying something.

    We are just making their rulers rich.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  46. lisal -canada

    i think that it is very easy to say something which is not true publicly (either totally untrue, or those little half-truths known as "white lies") to "get someone off your back" – it is a learned behavior – people learn that lying WORKS, and these governments are no different.
    i think that lying is addictive. everyone, from the mightiest king to the lowliest pauper, should be given an opportunity to really face themselves, the decisions they make, and why. if people answered themselves honestly, i think we would live in a much more pleasant world.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  47. Karyn, Indiana

    @John: Unfortunately, these "Royal" families only concern themselves with better educating their own families and do not care about the citizens of their countries. So sad

    February 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Abdullah Fadhli

    Death tolls in Libya are rising! especially in Benghazi. Protesters demand an end to Gaddafi's nearly 42 year rule!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Sharon, I think the reason why they blame the U.S is beacuse we are a free country and we support other countries and their freedoms and their citizens rights to be free, and I think because of that we are the 'fall guy' and easy to blame because of it

    February 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Janis – your post very well said!

    I haven't heard a "peep" from the WH on this attack in Bahrain.
    I realize they are a "strategic" ally, but this kind of brutal behavior against their own people (regardless of religious affiliations) cannot stand!
    And, if (and it's very likely) Saudi assistance was given for this attack, they need to be denounced too.
    I hardly drive, but i'm starting to resent oil/gasoline very much consider where most of it comes from. USA needs to be oil free fast!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
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