March 2nd, 2011
11:40 PM ET
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. tarek

    Yes, I know for sure that Benghazi people are on drugs. The names of some of these drugs: Freedom, Dignity, Respect, Hope and No-Gadaffi.

    I am a Libyan American.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  2. adel

    Dear Anderson,
    I want to tank you very very much for your exposing these facts,,the libyan people are thanking you very much,

    I am a doctor from libya how live in canada and when i talk to my family and friends they have asked me to e-mail you and thank you for your show and how acurate you are about what is going on

    Again Thank you sooooo much

    March 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  3. Jeannie Hartley

    Anderson you so nailed this guy for continuous unrelenting lies from Qadhaffi regime in this case the so called hallucinogec pills thousands in Libya are taking. What a joke!! I love the way you are adept in keeping em honest, Anderson. So many liars and so little time. You certainly have your work cut out for you but no worries there as you maintain the impeccable excellance & integrity
    in all of your segments. Love and highest regards, My dear friend Jeannie Hartley

    March 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  4. Leah

    God bless you Anderson Cooper! 🙂 Obviously, this is the most ridiculous claim that anyone could have come up with. It's about time that someone ask these questions! Ha! I love that he's honestly LAUGHING about how "ludicrous" these claims are.

    March 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    Gadhafi either has to be delusional, living in an alternate reality, being told by his staff false stories about what is and is not going on, or is just so out of touch with the power of the internet and the ease of getting communication out on current situations that he thinks he can lie with impunity and no one will ever be the wiser.

    He really doesn't seem to have any other country he can go to so maybe his only choice is to stand and fight and hopefully die in the fight. Just hope it ends soon.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  6. Mary Banerian

    Has anyone determined if someone is:
    Intentionally altering Col Qaddafi's medication by administering an incorrect dose, incorrect medication or medication that counteracts what he is supposed to be taking?

    Intentionally administering a narcotic substance to Col. Qaddafi without his knowledge?

    March 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  7. Ibrahim Modine

    Anderson Cooper asks how is Ghadafi able to stay in power?

    Ghadafy has been in my opinion using raw/brutal fear techniques over the years that he has mastered in a devilish way/where lying and fabrication is a constant;

    Elements of Papa Doc Duvallier conduct in Haiti/which at least partially explains the enigmatic explanation he/his son offer as to the drugged youth on the streets.
    His murderous goonies on the streets are the ones in a drugged state shooting and killing at random civilian protestors. In a mad, desparate attempt to cling to power he is admitting there are drugged people on the streets.
    This is a man who thinks he is a prophet, at one point he offered/preached the green book as a religion for the people in the Soviet Union comparing it to the Bible preached by our prophet Jesus.

    March 3, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  8. Malki

    I was cracking up when I saw this..Anderson Cooper is right on the money...Go Andreson!I mean is that guy from the Libyan Gov. for real... He is just a chess piece anyway

    March 3, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  9. hend

    I think the most important questions from here on out is demanding evidence from these lunatics. Just refuse to give them air time on their terms, and demand evidence. Also, I have YET to see a three way discussion: moderator, pro-qaddafi, anti-qaddafi. Let's see qaddafi's mouthpiece answer to a regular mohomed from Benghazi...maybe include a urinalysis too.

    March 3, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  10. Andi

    Anderson, I love, love, love your reporting...however, I felt that last night you blew your cool. I was trying to hear the Libyan Gov't spokesman's response to your questions, but you didn't give him time to answer before, you jumped in with your reponses. It's already aggravating enough with the delay, but it was extra so last night. Even though we don't agree with what the Libyan's are doing, we should still show restraint and respect when trying to obtain answers. And by the way, when he made the point about the media focusing on the drugs out of an entire two hour speech, he was right. You have to remember that you are our eyes into what is going on over there and that all points of view, even different from ours should be heard. Keep doing a fantastic job!

    March 3, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  11. Debra Shigetomi

    This guy was a joke with his interview..they know good and well what they are doing to the people there in Lybia...when the question was asked about the hallucinogenic drug they were giving the people there to make them fight...i laughed and said, "Oh no Charlie Sheen has invaded Lybia with the Charlie Sheen drug and Gadafhi has gotten hold of it" Charlie says it will make others faces burn off if they take it, well i continue to see Gadahfi's ulgy mug EVERY DAY! What happened....OOPS, did Charlie tell another lie?

    March 3, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  12. kate

    I love you Anderson but you really kept cutting him off. He would have sounded just as crazy if you let him speak. Like when he said Libya is the leader on fighting terrorism.....imagine what more he could have said if you let him.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  13. Samara Alexander

    Qaddafi is always " in your face crazy". Can we stop for a minute and think why is he defending himself? Why is he saying Al Qaida is responsible? What we know about Qaddafi's character is that he could have said: " Yes they hate me, what's it to you? "
    Al Qaida did give drugs to its operatives Who were motivated but lacked the last minute courage in Iraq. Drugs are made of mixed elements similar to home made bombs. He could not give you a name of the drugs. That does not take away from his argument.

    Libya 's fight against terrorism started in 2008. I know that it is longer history does not support his position. However, let 's give it time and let the story unfold before judging it. Who gains if there are no strong leaders in the Middle East other than Al Qaida?
    The newest book adopted by Al Qaida calls for overthrowing Arab leaders and calls it the newest type of Jihad " The War of Reda". I added the title in Arabic in my blog moderatemslimspeaksup.

    I am not saying that there are not angry young people seeking freedom. I am saying that it is easier to recruit and instigate poor and angry people to stand in the street and fight.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:15 am |
  14. Mike

    Anderson Why do you give Gadhafi Govt. Spokesman free air time without continiously reminding him that everything he says will and should considered a lie because all of Libya is not open to reporters and and non-govt. media? Mike in Napa,CA

    March 3, 2011 at 3:22 am |
  15. Fred

    Hi Anderson,

    been watching your show since it started . Love you and your news program however,
    I must say that on this debate between you and mr. Moosa , He was very convincing and i can say that He Won this debate hands down! 🙂

    I have been watching CNN reports on the situation in Libya and was very much in agreement the entire time with what i was hearing on the report by CNN and most of the other Media networks . But, After hearing this gentleman who is the Govt. Spokesman for Libya,I must say that i am beginning to think he may have a good point . That we may want to stop and think this over and listen and perhaps chech into their claim rather than brushing it off disregarding the claim by The Libyan Govt. that AQAIEDA is behind much of the chaos taking place in the streets of Libya.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:54 am |
  16. Anthony Fusco

    I heard the spokesmen from Libya talking in behalf of his country . So, I guess all these millions of people in Libya are all lying and his government is the pinnacle of civilization . The next thing you know they'll be trying to sell us all bridge.

    tony fusco

    March 3, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  17. bill

    libias spokesman has one heck of a poker face this person must be on this weeks redulist next to charlie sheen. Anderson how did you keep a straight face during this interview?

    March 3, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  18. Jan

    Hello Anderson, listen to Ben he is with the real Libyan people that are telling truths..in 82 the Libyan government were holding public hangings in Green Square and leaving the bodies hanging for days for everyone to see..these were students questioning the government . The Libyan Government controlled what was watched on TV until the late 90's . The only escape from the hell they have endured is getting this regime out..The Libyan people need to be allowed to breath again as they haven't been allowed to for 42 years. In Libya it seems silk suits are being worn by forked tounges ..

    March 3, 2011 at 1:56 am |
  19. Mike Doyle

    A lot of us rely on CNN for straight coverage on world events as a relief from brainless bombast we get from outfits like Fox. So, when you interviewed the spokesman from Libya, I for one would have preferred if you let him actually complete a sentence, at least sometime earlier than the end of the interview. Trust the people, viewers and readers, to evaluate what they are hearing, including the credibility of the person interviewed. I think that's more consistent with what CNN does. Obviously, the kind of interviews you see on Fox and so on deserve much more criticism, but why bother. It's like saying a junk car is a junk car. Everyone knows it. However, I thought the interview Libyan spokesman interview was oddly unfair, whatever the merits of what the guy was trying to defend.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  20. Alex Reiner

    Great interview, Anderson. Honestly one of your finest that I've seen. You asked the questions that, at least as it appears right now in Libya, everyone would like to know. Whether we were given straight and honest answers is a different story, and I think I'm leaning in one direction quite hard right now (as I've been for ten days or so). The only thing I can really credit this government spokesman with is that he seemed to believe these statements made by Col. Gadhafi and stood by them despite how ridiculous they sound. Who is the drugged one again? Regardless of how Gadhafi's speeches are edited by you "sensationalist," he said them. That's fair game in my book. Lets wait and see what the story is tomorrow and then how about CNN schedules another interview with the man.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  21. Nadine

    I feel a shamed that our Libyan government is collection of liars and killers, over 3000 people are dead in the past 2 weeks mostly young. We don’t take pills and we don’t belong to Qaida and we never try to hurt a soul. All we want is a normal life, education and health care, we want laws, we want to be able to speak our mind without going to jail or be killed! We are one of the richest countries in the world with only 6,000,000 people and our country in misery!

    March 3, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  22. edwin

    A desperate regime demonstrating in their statements that they are in their final days

    March 3, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  23. Patricia Ades

    Also the indiscriminate of citizens by the mercenaries

    March 3, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  24. Patricia Ades

    Ask the spokesman about the merceneries that Gadafi has flown in to Libya to fight the opposition.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  25. MaryAnne

    what is he taking? Does he think we are falling for this? Notice, he is trying to draw Mr. Cooper into the fold, so to speak, by repeatedly calling him Anderson. First year psych!

    March 3, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  26. Srdjan

    Do we know the name of the Gadhafi spokesman? What is his function in Libyan government?

    March 3, 2011 at 12:21 am |