April 4th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Libyan Woman Speaks Out, Risks Her Life: Join the Live Chat

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Breaking news: Eman al-Obeidy, the Libyan woman whose allegations of abuse at the hands of Gadhafi's forces got her arrested and dragged off in front of the world's media, is speaking out. Plus, word that Gadhafi is tossing around the idea of his son, Saif, taking control of the country. And the latest on Japan's nuclear crisis.

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  1. Karen, MN

    Thank you for the smile. The dog looks very happy.
    good night!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  2. Sharon Hastings

    Good night everyone. Great commentary as usual. I know 360 and Anderson will keep up their excellent reporting and digging for the truth.

    Love the dog rescue!! He's a cutie!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  3. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Nice doggy story...
    Good night Anderson and staff. Great news like always. Anderson really gets into his news, and I like that in a news reporter. Keep safe to all.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Lori

    That is a nice ending to the dog story.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  5. lisal -canada

    this is one of those nights where the hour has passed far too quickly – very nice nite to end with a happy puppy story

    April 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  6. Nina

    Very sweet story Anderson. Thanks for the balance

    April 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Jana, Chi, Karyn, Lilly, Merl, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!

    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Merl & BettyAnn – i agree! Nuclear power has not shown itself to be a reliable utility – as the repercussions of a mistake is land, water, people & animal killing.

    @Renee re: global community – nuclear

    Me too!! Where is the IAEA? They are supposed to be in Japan, but you'd never know it!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  9. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Megan~ I will cling to the happy dog story. Such a sweet story to focus on. Dogs love us unconditionally. So sweet! I was ready to take that dog myself!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Lori

    I think that different types of radioactive materials decay and different rates, and I have heard that the type of radioactivity they are discharging into the ocean becomes harmless in about three months.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Merl, Ohio

    If there is a risk with nuclear power or with drilling oil, how could there be any safety?

    April 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Janis

    Americans have been exposed to alot more radiation than what came from Chernobyl and Japan. Think about everything the US didn't know at the heighth of the nuclear age. I don't think the small amounts in seawater or air from Japan can compare to that.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  13. DeAnn

    @Connie She mentioned tonight in her phone interview with AC that there were many women being held where she was taken. To be honest, it makes me want to go to Tripoli personally and smuggle her out, give her freedom of speech, and watch her turn into a female "Moses" !!!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Anton Tango

    They need to pump out the radioactive contaminated water at the bottom of the flooded plants, for more room to keep even more radioactive contaminated water. What if that's filled again?

    April 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Merl, Ohio

    Radiation will disapate in the water, from Japan. How much affect to the environment, like BP ? Minimal?

    April 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love dog!!!!!!! What a miracle dog reunioned with owner!!!!! I love this!!!!!! 😉 It is so amazing video I have seen this dog!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Paula, Colorado

    Every aspect of the nuclear disaster is difficult, but the company should give an account for what they are doing.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  18. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    What is Japan to do? Once you get those Nuclear radiation waste and accidents there is nowhere for it to go but our own environment. Are we indeed "pooping" in our own nest? We can not survive like this. No way

    April 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Nicole Netherlands

    Saw some pictures of dead turtles, washing ashore this weekend in Louisiana. Due to despersants? Oil?
    What will radiactive water do to oceanlife?!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Rupali

    How can US and UN and the media even think of having Gaddafi's son as an alternative.. Saif is party to the torture and rape on several woman. We just happen to know 1 case till now.. God know how many women are being tortured as we speak.. CNN/ AC360 please speak for the Libyan people who have lost some much and all this sacrifice will be in vain if west forces the freedom fighters to accept gadaffi son's rule.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  21. DeAnn

    The thing is, if Gadhafi really loved and honored his country, he would gracefully bow out like the other oppressor did in Egypt. He doesn't love his country, he loves power. And that son? There must be no Gadhafi clans in Libya!! Period!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    At this moment I won't trust the Japanese govt. They are hiding more then what they are saying.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  23. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Nina ~ Yes. Rape is control. Sick

    April 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  24. Renee

    @ Starr: I have been wondering for weeks why the atomic community has not banned together for better solutions.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  25. Janis

    The problems of the Japanese are so mind boggling right now. Their strength in adversity is amazing. I am surprised by the protestors too.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  26. Nina

    I would like to follow those workers in the reactors as I do fear for their lives due to radiation

    April 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh wow!!!! Too sad for me in Japan, Why they do that dump radioactive water in the sea???? They can not dump water in sea!!!!! That's so danger!!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  28. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    I thought Japan had very smart people who can almost solve any problems, I'm I wrong? Japan suppost to have top students for serval years. Now, they can't solve this big problem.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  29. Nina

    BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX
    Rape is often used as a weapon to control mostly women but it happens to men as well. Sick

    It is an act of violence as well as control

    April 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  30. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    How about a little toxic recipe? Medical waste, oil spills, radiation. Ahh, don't worry, it's all diluted. yeah right. Recipe for disaster

    April 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  31. Merl, Ohio

    @ Betty Ann, Radiation in the ocean...Say NO to nuclear power.

    I agree with you ever so much. If there is any risk in anything how can it be safe.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  32. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Dumping "radioactive" water into the ocean is horrific and obscene!

    What is wrong with this utility company??!

    I doubt very much that contaminating the Pacific ocean is the ONLY way to deal with this water!

    Does'nt the Global community have ANY say in how Japan is managing this whole nuclear disaster??!!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  33. Renee, Minnesota

    Truth is the only thing that heals. By telling the truth courageous Eman will find healing for herself and hopefully for all those suffering in this devastation of Libya. God is the hope for Libya and along with Eman I pray to Allah for his mercy and justice. Do not give up Eman–we are not separate from you. You are a bright and shining candle for all the world to see.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  34. Nina

    Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    3 million gallons will be diluted in a short time.

    true, however the half life of radioactive material is around 1,000+ years...

    April 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  35. Renee

    I thought I read over the weekend that we were sending the world's largest cement mixer over to just take care of this issue.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  36. Nicole Netherlands

    They are desparate, that's what this means.
    It's horrifying

    April 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  37. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Radiation into the Pacific Ocean? Diluted they say? I say cummulative. Garbage in garbage out. Say NO to nuclear power. All that radiation is in our air, food, and water. We don't need accumulations for obvious reasons. All being lethal

    April 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  38. Sharon Hastings

    What's the end story with this nuclear plant? What can be done with this water?? It's been a downhill spiral from the beginning.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX
    @Megan ~ So right. Rape is often used as a weapon to control mostly women but it happens to men as well. Sick

    You are so absolutely right, BettyAnn!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  40. Merl, Ohio

    I heard they are putting a dye in the water that they are releasing so they can trace where the radioactive water is going. How long do you think the dye will be visible before the dye is dispersed?

    April 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Rose, no. he 3 million gallons will be diluted in a short time.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  42. Renee

    Oh heck here we go again. First the oil spill now the radioactive water!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  43. Janis

    What about the fish catch? Japan's seafood will be contanimated.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  44. Lori

    Not good news about radiation in the Ocean in my opinion. This doesn't make me happy.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  45. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    3 million water of radiation? Oh, no!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  46. DeAnn

    If we really want to help her, cant we help get her out of there across the border? I am speaking about the other women that Iman mentioned being held and tortured! I have a feeling if she were free, she would do a lot for freeing and helping her people. She is a firecracker with a lot of heart!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  47. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Japan govt. Plants dumping radiations in the sea? Are we in California going to have problems?

    April 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  48. Connie

    ALL women should be rising up on her behalf!! Her treatment by this sick, miserable dictators thugs is an outrage. I pray for her safety and pray she will be reunited with her family soon. Thank you AC and the brave reporters for bringing this story to the world. Stay safe my friends....stay strong....

    April 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  49. Nina

    Why would NATO take over if they can't handle it? Strange.
    Hopefully, this will be a learning curve for NATO as I certainly hope the US stops being the world police!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  50. Rosemarie

    This brave woman is risking her life trying to bring Gadhafi's tyranny to light. He is obviously delusional and/or crazy.
    We need to get her and her family out of the country to a safe place for the time being.
    If we as the United States do nothing, I believe we will likely hear that she died.....obviously Gadhafi's regime will make up some crazy story if that happens.
    If she has this much courage to risk her life, can we turn our backs and do nothing?

    April 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
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