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Lies & the Truth in Libya: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight we have the clearest video proof that Moammar Gadhafi is killing civilians, slaughtering his own people, and trying to cover it up. Plus, a bold and controversial move in the Wisconsin budget battle and more.

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March 9th, 2011
09:16 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Proof the Libyan Regime is Targeting Civilians

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

We have evidence that Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime is committing mass murder. For weeks now, Gadahfi and his followers have said they've been battling al Qaeda and not targeting civilians. Tonight we'll play video from a city under siege that shows otherwise.

Alex Crawford and her crew from Sky News recorded proof that the Libyan military is in fact taking aim at Libyans, and with deadly force. Crawford also joins Anderson to talk about what she witnessed.

You'll also hear from an opposition leader with a bounty of more than $575,000 on his head. He's the head of the National Transitional Council. The Gadhafi regime has labeled Mustafa Adbul-Jalil "an agent spy."

There's also renewed fighting in the eastern oil city of Ras Lanuf. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports that pro-Gadhafi forces appear to advancing on the city. He saw intense artillery and rocket bombardment on the western edge of Ras Lanuf this morning, for about 90 minutes. A doctor told Wedeman 25 wounded people came into his hospital in just 30 minutes.

We also have an eyewitness account of what's happening in the town of Misrata, east of Tripoli. Opposition forces say they still have control of the area. But there's been fierce fighting there in recent days.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 9th, 2011
07:46 PM ET

U.S. sends mixed signals on U.N. backing for Libya no-fly zone

Tom Cohen

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration sent mixed signals Wednesday on its stance on a no-fly zone in Libya, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying U.N. backing was essential while White House spokesman Jay Carney left the door open to the United States acting unilaterally or in concert with NATO allies.

Some critics, as well as top Democrats such as Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, have called for a stronger U.S. response to the Libya violence, including the possible imposition of a no-fly zone that would prevent Libyan military aircraft from attacking the Libyan people.

President Barack Obama has made clear he wants any military response to come from the international community, to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from blaming the United States for his predicament.

Clinton emphasized that point Wednesday in an interview with CBS News, saying the administration seeks to avoid "any room for anyone, including Col. Gadhafi, to say that 'This isn't about my people, this is about outsiders.' "

She noted that the British and French governments were bringing a draft resolution on international action to the United Nations, saying: "I think it's very important that there be a U.N. decision on whatever might be done."

"We believe it's important that this not be an American, or a NATO, or a European effort. It needs to be an international one," Clinton said.

Approval by the U.N. Security Council for international military intervention in Libya, including a no-fly zone, is considered unlikely due to expected opposition from China and Russia. Both countries are believed to be reluctant to set a precedent of U.N.-supported military action in an internal conflict.

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March 9th, 2011
07:15 PM ET

BBC journalists describe detention, beatings in Libya

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Three BBC journalists released from detention in Libya told Wednesday of beatings and mock executions that they and other detainees were subjected to by their captors.

The three - Feras Killani, Goktay Koraltan and Chris Cobb-Smith - described how Libyan authorities seized their cameras and other equipment Monday at a checkpoint six miles south of Zawiyah, a scene of heavy fighting between government and rebel forces.

Even though all three had BBC identification cards, they were transported with their local driver to a barracks where they received coffee and cigarettes until a Libyan officer arrived.

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March 9th, 2011
06:24 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/9/11

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, seems to fight back tears while listening to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard address a joint meeting of the Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol March 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Gillard emphasized the long and strong bond between her country and the United States. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

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Kirk McDonald
“If only the UN could mandate a No Cry Zone."


Pari, Georgia
"Oh Prime Minister if only I could live in Australia. Tanning beds are giving me an orange complexion."

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March 9th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Fighting rages for control of Libyan cities

CNN Wire Staff

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) - Fierce battles raged Tuesday for control of key Libyan cities in the east and west as Libya entered its fourth week of fighting and continued its descent into civil war.

In the eastern oil city of Ras Lanuf, rebels fired antiaircraft guns after Libya's air force carried out fresh raids.

Video shot by Sky News showed that fighting was continuing in Zawiya, despite government assertions that forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi controlled the oil-refining city. Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators could be seen marching in the street, many of them pumping their fists in the air. As the crackle of gunfire could be heard, the demonstrators ran toward the camera. Four men could be seen carrying a fifth, then putting him into an ambulance.

A doctor who left the city in the morning told CNN that Gadhafi forces had fatally shot two fellow doctors in the main square and were shooting wounded civilians rather than allowing them to be treated. The city's two medical clinics were closed, he said.

Military casualties were being taken from the city by ambulance, he said.

CNN was not able to witness the fighting and could not independently confirm reports of what was happening there on Tuesday.

Opposition officials accused Gadhafi of bombing water reserves in Ras Lanuf, the site of intense fighting in recent days.

Rebels have seized several cities and the army has fought fiercely to reclaim some of them.

On Tuesday, Gadhafi addressed a tribal group of youthful supporters in a talk broadcast on television and repeated his assertions that the nation's youths have been misled and drugged by al Qaeda.

"For them, everybody's their enemy," he said. "They know nothing other than killing."

He praised the Libyan standard of living as one that others in the world envy and called on his countrymen to defend it. "They want to take your petrol," he said. "This is what America, this is what the French, those colonialists, want."

He cited people from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Algeria as among those who have joined the rebel forces - "hunting children who are not mature, who have certain deficiencies; they offer them pills. This is what we understood so far."

He called anti-government forces in Benghazi, a rebel-held town in the east, "traitors" and predicted that the pro-Gadhafi residents "are going to throw them out."

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March 9th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Family helps Gadhafi stay in power

Tom Foreman
AC360° Correspondent

(CNN) - The embattled Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi, is one of those rare figures in the world who manages to not only seize power, but also hold onto it for decades. Despite the inevitable mythology that grows up around such figures, however, it is worth noting that he has not done it alone. He has had a large, if at times quarrelsome, family to help him hold onto the reins.

Gadhafi has nine grown children. One is the result of a short marriage to his first wife, seven are with his second wife, and one is adopted. They hold many positions of influence in Libya's security forces, military, telecommunications, and other industries, and plenty of Libya watchers believe Gadhafi uses them not only as agents of his will, but also his eyes and ears.

The most noted power player is Saif Al-Islam. He is the one who shows up relatively often in TV interviews. He is the second oldest son, the oldest from the second wife. He was educated at the London School of Economics. He speaks fluent English, is a fastidious dresser, and he paints. An exhibition of his work was displayed in Moscow.

More importantly, he has long been seen as a possible successor to his father. He has denied any such desire, but others were interested in the idea for quite some time because he was considered more modern in his thinking, even reform minded by many Libya watchers. But that was before his recent and very public vows to fight the protestors to the end.

Another possible successor to the family throne is Mutassim, and accordingly his relationship with Saif Al-Islam is believed to be tense. Mutassim once allegedly helped plot a coup against his father and had to flee the country when it failed. He was eventually forgiven and is now his father's national security adviser. Mutassim was involved in official talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 about improving U.S./Libyan relations.

Ayesha, who is 34, is the only daughter. In many photos she looks like a blond model, and she is believed to play the role of peacekeeper among the brothers. Yet she also toes a very tough political line. She has been a longtime, loud supporter of anti-government groups (except at home) including the IRA and the insurgents in Iraq. She was famously part of Saddam Hussein's defense team when he was tried and hanged. When The Telegraph asked her how she felt about Iraqis who say he slaughtered thousands of their countrymen, she replied, "You are bound to meet people who may be against your policies."

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