Friday, December 22, 2006
The Situation Online: Shuttle, holiday travel, Santa
Shuttle landing blog
NASA launches a shuttle landing blog
to keep the world posted on the very latest developments including possible landing routes
and locations.E-Tracking holiday travel
The FAA provides travelers with real-time data
on airport delays all across the country while sites like FlightAware track individual flights
live.Santa: Illegal worker?
A federal court is examining a controversial local law that would make it illegal for businesses and landlords in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to employ and rent to undocumented immigrants. Meantime, one hoax Web site
has set its sights on the town's "most-loved illegal worker."Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The Cafferty File: Warning to Iran?
On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:How do you think Iran would react to a buildup of U.S. and British military forces in the Persian Gulf?
Jack, It looks like President Bush is just gearing up for his next war: Iran. He's acting like Iran needs to be put down just like Iraq did, but we all saw how that turned out.Charlie, Pasadena, California
About the same as the United States would react to a build up of Chinese and Russian military forces in the Gulf of Mexico.Stephanie, Loganville, Georgia
Iran definitely will react to the buildup in Persian Gulf. They might not react in obvious ways but they will pay their terrorist friends to make sure those military guys don't get bored.Aydin, California
Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger stole classified documents from the National Archives. What's the appropriate punishment?
Stealing classified documents from the National Archives gets a slap on the wrist and is considered trustworthy again after only three years? Wow. No wonder he obviously thought he could get away with it. If Berger likes picking through the trash so much, how about a month volunteering with DC's sanitation department?Frank, LaFollette, Tennessee
The usual punishment for career politicians Jack: a slap on the wrist.Michael, New York
Give Sandy Berger the Freedom Award... for declassifying single-handedly a few of the documents which probably shouldn't have been classified in the first place.Barbara, Ellensburg, Washington
1. Permanent revocation of security clearance.
2. Prosecution and conviction of security violations leading to 10 years at hard labor at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.Nick, La Grande, OregonShould another $170 billion of taxpayer money be used to finance another year of war?
My wife and I are both soldiers in the Army, and I can tell you that the opinion in my household is that providing more money for this war is a crime. One hundred trillion dollars couldn't prevent the inevitable in Iraq. Regardless of the money spent, the same result will occur once U.S. troops leave.Maro, Newark, Ohio
That amount of money should be used to feed and clothe the homeless, hungry and poverty stricken residents of the U.S... oh, and decent, affordable health care at home wouldn't hurt either. Whatever happened to helping the displaced, ill-fallen, devastated residents of Louisiana? Does anyone in our government remember Katrina?Alison, Newport Beach, California
Yes, spend the money on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have lost almost 3,000 Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan during 3 years of "acknowledged" war. We lost almost 3,000 Americans in one day, September 11, 2001, because this country would not take the war to the enemy. I prefer not to wait for them to come here again. We must succeed; our destruction is the alternative.Cynthia, Cincinnati, Ohio
No more money for the Iraq war until there is a plan which provides some possibility of a conclusion of our presence there.Joe, Milton, Delaware
The Situation Online: Berger, Lennon, Santa, Potter
The Sandy Berger Interview
Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger
A newly-disclosed government report reveals details on exactly how former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger smuggled
classified documents out of the National Archives building. We examine the Berger interview (PDF)
conducted as part of his plea agreement.
Justice and John Lennon
Why was the FBI keeping tabs on John Lennon in the 1970's? That question has been at the heart of a decades-long legal battle between a historian and the U.S. Justice Department. Now, after twenty-five years, never-before-seen secret government files on the former Beatle are publicly available online.
Santa: Illegal Worker?
A federal court is examining a controversial local law that would make it illegal for businesses and landlords in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to employ and rent to undocumented immigrants. Meantime, one hoax Web site has set its sights on the town's "most-loved illegal worker."
Harry Potter: The Final Chapter
British author J.K. Rowling has just launched a new Web site inviting readers to discover for themselves the title of the seventh and final book in the Potter series. Her publisher says the game went live today at 7:00, ET, and it took web visitors all of 40 minutes to solve the mystery and spread the word via Harry Potter fan sites.
Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The Cafferty File: New ethics?
On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:What's the first thing you would do as head of the House Ethics Committee?
There is but one answer for morality in Congress: ban ALL lobbyists, ALL private fundraising for political candidates, with free public time for debates on all TV stations.Dee, Palm Harbor, Florida
I would completely re-evaluate the current set of rules and make changes to how at least 90% of them are enforced. It seems like they don't put their foot down when they should and when they finally do the damage has already been done.Theo, Waterloo, Iowa
Jack, if head of the House Ethics Committee I would immediately request financial statements, bank statements and tax returns from every member of Congress for the period that they held office and 2 years prior. I would then turn all that information over to the FBI.Michael, New York City
As my first act, I would fire myself and everyone on the committee.Daniel, Fort Worth, TexasShould the U.S. armed forces expand?
Yes, we need to increase the military. Bush is determined to keep our troops there in ever-increasing numbers, no matter what anyone says. It is not fair to expect troops to have two or three tours of duty. And the cost of all this should be transparent and in the budget.Mary, Ames, Iowa
A strong army is necessary to safeguard our country. So, yes, I believe we should expand the size of our Army. I have long been a proponent for the draft. I also believe in only using the armed forces as a last resort and was opposed to our entry into Iraq. I am a Vietnam veteran.Ken, Williamstown, New Jersey
No one in the White House seems to learn from history. This history of this war is one of failure, yet they continue to speak of victory. The decision to raise the troop level is a decision to raise the magnitude of our failure in the Middle East.Bruce, Sarasota, Florida
The Situation Online: John Lennon, facial recognition
Justice and John Lennon
Historian Jon Wiener first requested documents in 1981. He later filed suit against the U.S. government.
Why was the FBI keeping tabs
on John Lennon
in the 1970's? That question has been at the heart of a decades-long legal battle between a historian
and the U.S. Justice Department. Now, after twenty-five years
, never-before-seen secret government files
on the former Beatle are publicly available online
. The future of image searching
Searching for pictures on the Internet has always been trickier than searching for words or phrases. Among the results of a Google Image search
for Wolf Blitzer
, for example, are images of fish
, hip-hop star Kanye West
, and even CNN Commentator Jack Cafferty
. But scouring the Web for photos of people could soon become easier
, thanks to new facial recognition technology
that could hit your desktop as early as next year. Click here
to watch a video demonstration on how Wolf Blitzer's face can be digitally mapped with this new web search technology.Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The Cafferty File: More troops to Iraq?
On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:Whom should President Bush listen to when it comes to the war in Iraq?
Bush has said for at least 3 years that it's the Generals' call as to what they need or what he should do. The Joint Chiefs are all telling him and he doesn't like it. The last election, the people told him and he didn't like it. Baker and his group told him, and he didn't like it. There are many people telling him the same thing and he doesn't like or agree with it. At what point do you take away a spoiled brat's toys and sit him in a corner?Brett, Ohio
Bush should listen to people who are smarter than he is, regarding Iraq. We know that won't happen and so Mr. Bush will blunder through the next two years, running up the national debt, causing the deaths of untold thousands more and destroying any credibility we might still have left in Europe.Terry
Bush should be listening to his employers: the American people and they are telling him to get out of Iraq now.Shari, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
Jack, Great question. Who should President Bush listen to? Me. So far though, he has not answered any of my letters or e-mails, and won't take my calls. I don't think he likes me any more.Garey, Milford, UtahCould Republicans nominate a social liberal like Rudy Giuliani for president?
My general rule is that no member of Congress, especially the Senate, has any business running for president. We are looking for leadership, independent thought, and compassion, not more of the same. On that basis, Giuliani looks really good. If Obama would resign soon, he would be fantastic.Joe, Dallas, Texas
I would not vote for Giuliani under any imaginable set of circumstances. Not because I'm a Democrat (I am), but because he's an ineffectual megalomaniac who can't be trusted to hire well (remember Bernie Kerik?) and because the only thing he does well is self- promote. Bring him on!Alan, Minnesota
It's now possible. It's not 2004 anymore and the evangelical influence on the party seems to be waning in the face of the Iraq war. Thank God.Ray, California
My fellow Republicans need to get their heads out of the sand. Rudy Giuliani is the best presidential candidate to appeal to the masses. You refer to him as a "social liberal." Actually, he is "fair minded and fiscally responsible." Sounds like a winner to me. Wonder if he could use a good volunteer for his campaign.Judy, Charleston, South CarolinaWhat effect does U.S. oil dependency have on its foreign policy?
If we had used the money we have wasted on the wars in Iraq on alternative fuels we could be energy independent. Instead we are in Iraq trying to help the big oil companies. We just don't learn.Lewis, Mullan, Idaho
Jack, The effect is clear. Our oil dependency involves the U.S. in unending wars, discredits influence in almost every other nation, and confirms to the rest of the world that the citizens of this country are not willing to seek alternative energy, unless the war machine dictates it, or the people in power have control of the profit.Jeremiah, San Francisco, California
Where to begin? Because of oil, the U.S. propped up the corrupt Shah of Iran - resulting in the current Iranian regime. Because of oil, the U.S. armed Iraq - to attack Iran. Because of oil, the U.S. attacked Iraq - to protect its access to Kuwaiti oil. Because of oil, the U.S. invaded Iraq - leading to so much strife there may now be a regional war (which would cut-off the flow of oil to the U.S.). It would be ironic if it weren't so disgusting.Jeff, Vancouver, British Columbia
The Situation Online: Small cars, crime-fighting online
Small car safety
The Nissan Versa got top marks in crash
test results released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Small cars may save you money at the gas pump, but how good are they
at saving lives? A new report
says that when it comes to collisions, driving certain small cars may put you at risk. We examine which ones.YouTube crime-fighters
One police department
is hoping to solve a murder by putting security video
on the popular web site YouTube
. Is the video sharing site the next step in fighting crime? While YouTube may be a new crime-fighting tool, many police departments across the country are expanding their use of the Internet to help protect the public: Washington, D.C.
, Las Vegas
, Los Angeles
, San Francisco
, San Diego
are among the police departments that help you map out and pinpoint crime in your area, Boston Police keep its residents updated with a crime blog
, while Arlington, Texas offers an up-to-the-minute log of 911 police dispatch calls
, as well as an email alert system
informing residents of crime in their area. Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.
Monday, December 18, 2006
The Cafferty File: Helping Hillary?
On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:Would former President Clinton help or hurt his wife's potential run for the White House?
Bill would be a chariot for Hillary's campaign. His political popularity rivals Ronald Reagan's place among Republicans, and the scandals of the first Clinton era pale in comparison to the bluntly apparent incompetence of the current president.Steve, Delton, Michigan
If I were Bill, I would do anything and everything to help. Hillary is not anyone I would cross twice.Mike, Wethersfield, Connecticut
President Bill will help Senator Hillary immensely. Since Bill would win the presidency effortlessly if he could run, there will be plenty of voters who hope they're going to get him as co-president if Hillary wins. That in itself will motivate voters to choose Hillary.Sally, Alexandria, Virginia
Many voters are like me... they are going to vote for any Democrat who will dare attempt to fix this mess W. has made. Most of us would love to see Bill back any way we can get him.Betty, Boiling Springs, South CarolinaShould the U.S. send more troops to Iraq?
Yes, but only to secure the oil fields and provide Baghdad with electricity and water 24/7. We "broke" Iraq and we owe the long-suffering people there something. To think we wrecked their lives and crippled 20,000 American boys for the sake of our oil supply is a huge taint on this country's reputation.Danielle, Leetsdale, Pennsylvania
Yes, let's send more troops to Iraq, but only if their mission is to help the troops already there, load up and get out.Garey, Milford, Utah
We need to do whatever it takes to win. If the generals think more troops are needed, then fine. I just want to win once before I die. We lost in Korea, we lost in Vietnam and we are now a nation of losers. Despite the naysayers and adverse media, we need to change and fulfill the will to win.Barret, Bearden, Arkansas
Are there no logical people in D.C. anymore? Hell no, we don't need to throw away lives. Only someone of limited or no intellect would believe that this mess in Iraq is worth one more young man or woman.Kate