February 24th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

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You'll hear from a woman tonight trapped in her Tripoli home. She's a supporter of the uprising and fears she could be killed at any moment. Plus, a stunning report about an alleged attempt by the U.S. military to basically brainwash senators to approve more troops and money for the war in Afghanistan. You'll hear from the man who wrote the article and a former military officer quoted in it.

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  1. Andy

    The woman trapped in her Tripoli home bares an uncanny similarity in her situation just as "Anne Frank" did during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  2. nadine

    Thanks so much Anderson, This is shameful and we all need to do something to put an end to this insanity, brutality, genocide!
    Shame on everyone of us around the world! Prayers and hope for our courageous sister in Tripoli
    #Feb17 Save Libya

    February 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Deane phillips

    Hi,I can't bear to see all this violence.why can't the united nations do something.please tell that young lady I am praying for her and all the libyans.that a miracle will happen.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Paula


    Please pass along our collective thanks to Ben, and Dr. Ajami for their compassion, knowledge and outstanding work. You are the best journalistic team in the world...and I am grateful. Please also pass along our caring sentiments to your interviewee in Tripoli. I cry and pray for her...

    Thank you..

    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Nada

    Why is it that Turkey, France, the United Kingdom and Russia managed to extract their citizens from Libya but US citizens have been sitting in a port for 2 days? I am sure the weather would affect all in a similar fashion

    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  6. v.gerrard

    She wants more help from the UN...ie, that a Coalition go in to save them, if not the US. It's the women & children that suffer the most in all the tragedies & mayhem caused by megalomanaic dictators/regimes. So a plan should be set up by the UN security council & they should not be dillydallying by pondering the gibberish talk he's talking by phone or his green book to his state media. In times like this, the worlds a disgrace to humanity, when we don't act because of a wider fear rather than acting because we value life, all life. Especially the life of young women who's lives are by the day wasted because of terror.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  7. gina

    How scary & horrifying for this poor woman.she is almost like a modern day Ann Frank, hiding/trapped in her house. Thanks for bringing attention to this. I hope she will be OK.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Emily

    @Jo Ann, Ohio
    "The connection sounds almost too clear"
    Perhaps because they taped this before the show, they were able to get the volume up on her call?

    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  9. Erika

    I have been defending Obama today. He walks a fine line. Gaddafi is crazy and a Reagan type statement from the US right now could escalate Gaddafi's actions. My big fear is that he will switch from guns to bombs.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Howard

    How did CNN come upon this woman from Triploi? Did she call CNN and, if so, how did she get the number? Did CNN find her?

    Gadhafi is going to end this thing like Jim Jones. We need to get in there and start making things happen.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Emma

    From our side of the borders here in Egypt, we are trying to send aid: doctors, nurses, meds, food and supplies.

    I wish however there was something more we 'the people' could do.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Matt

    Anderson, Your phone call/interview with that woman in Libya was absolutely genius! I whole-heartedly agree with your guest that she stands head & shoulders above all the pundits & analysts. She is like bringing the heart of the people straight to us.

    Thanks for this great contribution!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  13. momodou

    The saddest moment for me is when this woman enquired if the rest of the world cares about them all these years? This resonates with because my own country, The Gambia is going through the same brutalily with a Gadhafi recruited dictator while world goes about it.business, especially our own sister country Senegal.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Pamela Ewen

    I'm ashamed to be a member of the western world. How can our governments not want to send in troops. Please at least create a no-fly zone! This is another Rwanda. How are we going to meet these people in the eye afterwards.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Carolyn

    @Gloria – I agree, it is so sad listening to the woman on the phone in Tripoli and not know how we can we help her and her country... God Help Her & Everyone!!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Administration's inaction on so many foreign policy issues can't be ignored.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  17. James Gemelas

    What an indictment on US and EU policies on the Middle East. The remnants of colonialism finally collapsing internally. Sir Lawrence would be proud to see this day for the Arab people seeking their independence. This Libyan woman's dialogue with you has been so moving. Keep this story going. Don't let these voices be hushed with the news of the day.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  18. Nina

    What about the rumor that Libyans who have made phone calls to CNN and Al Jazeera have been killed or kidnapped? What will happen to this woman?

    February 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Cessy - Chicago

    arent' communication forms in LIBYA controlled as well? how is it that this woman is able to talk about this? I hope this is not a trap!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Emily

    @Nina & Megan,
    Thanks. There are many different reports about that then. I don't understand what's taken so long to begin with.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  21. john-patrick

    How can the whole world be watching and hearing these people being massacrated without doing anything to save them ???????????????!!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Shirley Heppner

    Sooo painful to hear the anguish in that poor woman's voice. And she speaks for many.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Sally davis

    Young lady in tripoli is heartbreaking. In response I just sent an email to our president begging him to step up and help. Thanks for your insight.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Sue R. Canton MI.

    The eyes of the world are watching this situation. I only hope they are hearing and trying to find a solution quickly before Gadhafi does something catastrophic to his own people. He is obviously mentally ill and I believe he is capable of doing a lot of damage.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Mike

    We wasted American blood and treasure on Iraq, why not on a country and a people whom at least stand up for themselves.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  26. Phyl from Motown

    I am crying tears of sorrow, anger, and support for those who live sequestered in their homes in Libya. I heard for the first time how abandoned they must feel by those of us who are not imprisoned and who have not reached out to help yet. Our sweet freedom is now a sour taste in my mouth that others have to live under such extreme conditions. I hope that we can find a way to reach out and support the persecuted Libyan people and rid them of their oppressive leader. We need to put our thoughts into action and let them know that we pray for them and will stand with them.
    This "simple truth", so eloquently spoken by your guest this evening, needs to be heard by our President, the United Nations, and all others who can offer assistance. We cannot be afraid of tyranny when so many are suffering.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  27. Nina

    Is it true that The African mercenaries, number over 100,000 hired by Qaddafi are now in Libya and killing the Libyan people?
    Could these mercenaries be tried by the ICC?

    February 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Shirley

    Regardless of what else is going on the world(states), please do NOT stop covering this! The people (especially that lady) need your help.
    God bless U...Keep it up.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Rob

    this brave lady's words brought tears to my eyes...i would be honored to fight aside with the Libyan people to get rid of this evil!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Cessy - Chicago

    Gaddafi : drugging people? THAT'S CRAZY!!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  31. Ann

    God Bless this brave woman. Where is the Leader of the Free World? They are asking for his help-Its time for him to be a Leader and ACT on behalf of these dear people.What would Reagan do!!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Ann

    My heart goes out to this poor woman. I cannot imagine living so fearfully oppressed and pray that she will come out of all this safely. This abject cruelty has to be stopped and soon!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  33. M Salah

    Anderson why we do not have at least phone call from this 500 American on the ferry waiting for the weather to clear, are we sure they are not hostage

    February 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  34. lilly

    Does anyone know if the American military is protecting the ferry's near Tripoli?

    February 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Mohamed

    I don't know what to say at the fact of my own people dying, my prayers and heart is with them. I salute you AC for putting America on notice of what is going on. Thank you

    February 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Nina


    Americans on the docs now trying to evacuate. The bad weather stopped the evacuation. If Obama does anything before they are evacuated, he would sign their death sentence

    February 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Carolyn

    Anderson... my heart truly breaks for this frightened woman... and this indeed is so extremely frustrating... Prayers to all in need, in Libya and in the Middle East!!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Mrs.N.Mohamed

    hi anderson
    i would like to thank you very very much for this coverage to the situation in Libyan. Iam Libyan women who live in Canada. Unfortunitaly my whole family is in Libya to be specific in Tripoli. i've been listening to the women you speak to from Libya. I would like to tell you that all what she said is 100% true. My family is scared to death to leave thier home. they have been threathend to be killed if they talk to you, to any body and it is all like so in Tripoli. please do not stop untill we free our beloved country from this crazy man

    February 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Amy, CA

    Please reverse their(our) situation which has become unacceptable, so that this courageous soul and her family has some peace of mind. You are in my prayers.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Bev

    Re: the caller from Tripoli I hope she finds a way to survive this madness. It was reported on the news today that Gadhafi's people are going to begin going house to house to root out the protestors I fear for this woman's life. She must find somewhere safe to hide.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Sean

    After hearing this interview with this women it just makes you think weather Americas "policing of the world" should be introduced in the Libya crisis?

    February 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Many were evacuated from there today. To Spain, Malta, Italy, etc. (Americans, Canadians, & British)

    Yes Emily, They left already safety, but they are stuck right now, I hope they will leave right away from Libya.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Lory

    That phone call was terrifying. She pleaded for our attention and help. How can we go about helping the people in Libya? Your reporting is great, but merely watching isn't enough when we see those terrors every night.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  44. kevin Obrien

    Anderson Copper,
    You need to tell these people you talk to in Lybia that ordinary Americans like me care about them and want nothing less than freedom for them.Im only one man but if i could i would go there and fight for thier right to be free........

    February 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Nina

    Many were evacuated from there today. To Spain, Malta, Italy, etc. (Americans, Canadians, & British)

    I just read the bad weather stopped the ferry

    February 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Jose

    Really brakes my heart-

    I served 26 years in the military and at a moment like this is time for our Commander in Chief to do what is right.

    No more words, is time to take action!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  47. lilly

    Anderson, great interview! If you get to speak to her again let her know that we do care!

    That we are with her and her country, that also want Gadhafi out! so she and the people of Libya can enjoy the same freedoms that we do.

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

    After listing to this brave woman if we do not step in and help them aren't we as guilty as Gaddafi?

    Hasn't the UN and the US stepped in when things like this has happened in the past?

    Why not step in now?

    February 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  49. suel

    Please ask Fouad , where is Arab League Army , and OIC Army, who can send troops inside Libya , to liberate Libyans, rather than relying on the West or NATO- ITs an Arab problem,and not the West .

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

    5he saddest moment for me is when this woman enquired if the rest of the world cares.about? The Gambia is going through the same with a Gadhafi recruited dictator.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
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