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April 24th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

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American Morning viewers remained divided regarding the torture memos released by President Obama. Those for exposing the information and prosecuting the former administration felt that “no matter how misguided the terrorists are, they are human beings and when they are in our custody, we still uphold the law of our land.”

  • Bernadette: With all due respect to Sen. McCain his political career has been based on the fact that he was captured during the Vietnam War, held prisoner and tortured. We have been constantly reminded of his sacrifice and suffering at the hands of our then enemy. To my way of thinking he is covering his political rear end, the Bush/Cheney administration and his Republican party. It seems that when we do the dirty stuff to others and hide behind legalities it is okay, but when other countries do it to us we have to retaliate! Doesn't seem like quid pro quo to me.
  • Tony: Terrorism is not only fought by guns and bombs but also on moral ground. Torture of human beings in the custody of our authorities is illegal in our country as well as immoral by any religious or human rights standard. No matter how misguided the terrorists are, they are human beings and when they are in our custody, we still uphold the law of our land. If they are actively fighting us, we kill them just as the enemy at war. People who used their authority to break this country's law and perpetrated torture of detainees not only fueled the hatred against our nation but also made us indistinguishable from the rogue terrorist states. What sets US apart from the dictatorships and terrorist organizations is that we lead our lives in freedom and no one is above the law of the land, not even the presidents and their staff. Authority corrupts and absolute authority corrupts absolutely. Bush administration officials governed as if that during war times they have absolute authority. Now they do not want to be tried for breaking the law of the land. Only the constitution is absolute authority in our nation and every citizen has rights and obligations to uphold its authority.
  • Linda – Lou: People can come and attack our country killing thousands of people, take into custody civilians cut them, drown them, break bones, drag their bodies through town, cut their heads off and we should be against torture? I AM NOT OPPOSED TO TORTURE to gain information that will better position our troops in times of war. Should we invite them to tea?
  • Jeremy: This torture or water boarding issue is getting blown way out of proportion. Does everyone remember that a lot of these terrorists they were dealing with were and are fine with chopping off heads and blowing people up on TV to show everyone? Should we just ask them nicely to tell us when the next attack will be or maybe we could say please?

Where do you stand on the issue of torture? Are we no better than our enemies if we implement such actions to gain information? Is the issue of torture “getting blown way out of proportion” as the first last viewer believes, or is there a double standard for the United States as viewer one believes when she says that “It seems that when we do the dirty stuff to others and hide behind legalities it is okay, but when other countries do it to us we have to retaliate!” Give us your opinion on this controversial issue.

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Filed under: We Listen
April 24th, 2009
12:00 PM ET

McCain: It's torture but we need to move on

 Sen. John McCain disagrees with any possible prosecutions over the release of Bush-era torture memos.
Sen. John McCain disagrees with any possible prosecutions over the release of Bush-era torture memos.

We had a chance to talk to Senator John McCain today on the show.

He was and still is a fierce opponent of interrogation tactics used during the Bush administration. Tactics like waterboarding, which he says is torture. But this POW also says getting bogged down in a politcal blame game over the past gets us nothing.

He also weighed in on what it was like in the final weeks of the campaign when the chance of victory seemed to be slipping away. And, of course, we had to ask him about his daughter Meghan, the "new" voice for the GOP.

Watch or read the interview.

I'm taking a long weekend. See you Tuesday!

Kiran


Filed under: Roundup
April 24th, 2009
11:57 AM ET

Meet AM: Eric Brodsky – TPM

Eric Brodsky, Technical Production Manager, manages all the shots coming into our control room in the morning.
Eric Brodsky, Technical Production Manager, manages all the shots coming into our control room in the morning.

Each Friday in “Meet AM,” we’ll introduce you to the people who get American Morning to air.

Today, we’d like you to meet Eric Brodsky. Eric is the technical production manager here at AM, also known as TPM. This means that he is the one who coordinates all the live shots you see on our show, whether it’s Candy Crowley reporting in the field, or a guest in our Washington studio. Eric’s been with us for four and a half years.

How did you end up doing what you do?
I worked at NBC for 3 years as a Production Manager booking studios and setting up remote locations. I transitioned to a TPM when I moved to MSNBC. The biggest difference between the two jobs is that a production manager is in the field and as TPM you are in the control room managing all the live shots. I got the chance to make the switch to CNN and haven’t looked back. Working on the morning news has always been something I wanted to do. It’s great to be able to work on a show that sets the trend for the newsday.

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Filed under: Meet AM
April 24th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
April 24th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

Taliban 'not going anywhere'

Former CIA officer Gary Berntsen says the Taliban may pull back for the cameras, but are still a major threat in Pakistan.
Former CIA officer Gary Berntsen says the Taliban may pull back for the cameras, but are still a major threat in Pakistan.

There are new developments in Pakistan today. Taliban fighters have moved out of the contested Bruner district 60 miles west of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. It appears to be a victory for the Pakistani government. But can Taliban militants be trusted to keep their pledge to return to the Swat Valley and stay out of Bruner?

Former CIA officer Gary Bernsten says the Taliban “isn’t going anywhere.” He joined John Roberts on CNN’s “American Morning” Friday.

John Roberts: Would you trust the Taliban to move back and play nice in the Swat Valley?

Gary Bernsten: Not at all. And clearly they may pull back just slightly for reasons of propaganda and to get the film footage. They're not going anywhere. These guys have a desire to seize control of Pakistan. That's the Taliban and other militant organizations. There are at least 25 to 30 militant organizations in Pakistan.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Pakistan
April 24th, 2009
09:27 AM ET

Bo Obama 'loves to chew'

First lady Michelle Obama gives an update on the first dog, calling him 'crazy.' CNN's Alina Cho reports.
First lady Michelle Obama gives an update on the first dog, calling him 'crazy.' CNN's Alina Cho reports.

Bo Obama is apparently Issue #1 among third grade voters.

The first dog was a hot topic at the White House yesterday, when Michelle Obama held what she's called her “first press conference” with the children of White House staffers. The kids were invited there in honor of Take Your Child to Work Day.

One of the first questions to the First Lady was about how Bo was adjusting to his new home.

Michelle Obama described him as "a crazy dog." Bo "loves to chew on peoples' feet," she said. Mrs. Obama told a story about the night before, when Bo was apparently barking loudly in the White House residence.

"Everybody was asleep, and we hear all this barking and jumping around. The President and I came out and we thought somebody was out there. It was just Bo. And he was playing with his ball, and it was like there was another person in the house."

The first lady says that she's spending a lot of time walking and training Bo these days, but of course, he's still a puppy.


Filed under: White House
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