January 5, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:54 PM ET

"The System Failed"

The President says the "system failed in a potentially dangerous way." What went wrong and how will he fix it? We'll talk to the Washington Post's Bob Woodward to get some perspective on how Obama is handling the terror threat and how he compares with his predecessors. Plus, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte join Larry. How would they have handled the situation differently?

Is Joan Rivers A Security Threat?

Joan Rivers says she was not permitted to board her commercial flight from Costa Rica to New York on Sunday because of her "suspicious" passport. Her seat was given away and she was told she couldn't fly. Find out what happened next and whether this can happen to you!

And we want to hear from you:

How do you think President Obama is responding to the foiled Christmas Day terror attempt?

Filed under: Bob Woodward • Joan Rivers • Larry King Live • Obama • Terrorism • War on Terror

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Amos kadiri   January 5th, 2010 8:56 pm ET

President obama is handlin matters the way he ought to have handled it.leaving his vacation and travelling back to the united states proof he is not taking things for granted.calling his aides for meetings i think is what he ought to have done which he is doing.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 8:56 pm ET

It does not appear to be a Systemic Failure but a Deliberate Act which allowed the Nigerian bomber onto his Detroit bound flight.

It is commendable for CNN to point out a blogger that brought up the point that the CIA should be held accountable for missing all of the copious amounts of red flags and Intel that should have stopped the Nigerian bomber from boarding his Detroit flight, I salute the courage last night for News Media to show two security analysts on MSNBC stating in their interviews that the inability of the CIA to stop the Nigerian bomber from boarding his International Flight to Detroit appeared to be DELIBERATE!

They actually had the strength and courage to at least suggest what occurred was more than a inept negligence of performing their job given the copious amount of information available and stated it appeared to be a deliberate action which blocked that information from reaching the TSA and other agency's which would have immediately acted to block entry by the Nigerian bomber to any flight bound for America.

Several months ago, President Obama publicly praised the CIA for their efforts. I felt at that time it was a big mistake. President Obama should fire all CIA department managers involved in any fashion with what appears to be a deliberate blocking of the ample and copious information which directly indicated the Nigerian bomber was a real and creditable threat to American citizens and fellow travelers. And then deal with the images of President Obama first praising the CIA and then 4 months later realizing what they did and President Obama firing them.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Fair is Fair!!!

CNN and other News Media outlets showed the Newark Security Camera photos released for the viewers thoughts on someone that bypassed a security checkpoint which shut down that airport recently.

Show us the Amsterdam airport security camera shots of the Nigerian Bomber as he passed thru Amsterdam's security check points. If they are not released, CNN should demand them. Let the American people determine if an accomplice helped that man bypass the security checks or not.

CNN Show your viewers the Amsterdam security camera video of the Nigerian bomber as he made his way thru the International Gate to board his Detroit flight.

J MOLINA   January 5th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Duh, the system failed because our president's middle name is "Husein". And it is going to continue to get worse; Americans dont own America any more, its all the "Huseins" that are here and need to go back home.

Sam   January 5th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Larry I hope you'll ask Mr. Chertoff about his relationship with company that makes the full body scanners that he says will solve the security issues at airports.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   January 5th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

It's not systemic failure. It's human failure.
In the first place, why is the US blaming itself for the botched plane attack.
The country where the suspect departed and Schipol too should share the blame.
The Uk, your supposed ally, did not pass the relevant info on the guy to you.
You can have the best, the state-of-the-art scanning machine. You cannot do it alone. All countries should follow suit.
America too must take a reality check.
Yesterday's Dallas shooting is enough to tell that you should be in control of your people first.
How many kids are killed in the streets of Chicago? How many shootings elsewhere in your country? Many people die in accidents on the road and in the safety of your home as compared to those who died of terrorist acts.
Yesterday there was a story in the Chicago Tribune of a drunkard pilot.. Earlier there was a story of a pilot and co-pilot who diverted the plane far from the airport of landing.
The chances of dying on plane bombing is minute as compared to mechanical or pilot failure.
The US should also take a look at the radical Muslims in your soil.
You can't be attacking, Yemen, Somali, Eritrea etc or wherever there are suspected Al-Qaeda cells.
Please remember what are the Muslim countries compared to the power and military might of the US.
We still acknowleged US as the most powerful nation on earth.
So act like the world's greatest. Stay one.
Stop being paranoid, being hysterical over a boy from Nigeria.
Don't let it be known that you fear the Al-Qaeda and the Talibans.
Court the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.
Find the cause of their so-called terror. It's not far from the words of the Elvis song In The Ghetto.
Let's all sing Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney. We will indeed be better people.

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Good evening Larry King, CNN staff and fellow bloggers!

A. Smith, Oregon

Thank you for the information.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

@ Idzan Ismail, yes the odds of being blown up on a American jetliner by a Muslim bomber are small, however my distinct anger is that now frequent flyers which include many in the CNN staff are really under the gun of full body scans, dogs, automatic machine guns waved in passenger faces, intensive multiple screening process's and if a fiber optic fails which feeds all of the massive databases in a entire region, that entire airport is shut down because they can't check their database on you.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

@ Dodie, good evening, good to see you online here tonight!

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

One of the major problems our government needs to change is the computer data base. They are all on separate systems, meaning there is no crossover. The City, county, state and federal governments and within each all have their own system. Never the twain shall meet which I see as a big problem.

Cheney is ground zero for corruption... Of course he wants war... he will continue to make a lot of money from it

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

President Obama didn’t blame the C.I.A he said our intelligence they collect the right information after that we didn’t connect the dots

Bush admirations the did wrong then they blamed C.I.A

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon Good Evening. Always nice to see you on line! You have been very busy today :~)

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Cheney had what, 5 deferments to duck his military obligations?

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

How could the CIA miss so much? They are either inept or it was purposeful

holly   January 5th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Happy New Year, Larry. Pease do NOT give Balloon Dad another second on your show. These sick parents have had their 15 seconds of shame and the media should not encourage them further. I'd love to see a new year in which we stop celebrity worship, and would like to see you lead the way with a great example...dump the dad!

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

I think sometimes President Obama should show more strength.
He can be very paradoxical to me. Sometimes, I wish I knew what he believed. He behaves differently than most Presidents to act.

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Pass 2 weeks G.W.Bush’s staffs and republicans blaming Obama’s administration but they didn’t know who introduce the system they couldn’t defend their own system
Its mean just they want to blame this administration for every thing

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

I don't think CNN could print my opinion of Dick........ Cheney!!!

angela   January 5th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

For the love of GOd, Larry would you stop asking people if the war on terriorism is a winnable war, youre ongoing insecurity and need for assurance is just bothering, what are you trying to do to your viewers, you are accomplishing nothing with these questions.

ram khurana   January 5th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

Let us automate and speed up the screening at airports.

Why check each individual person for explosives, I think you should be able to put 50-100 people in a room for 2-3 minutes AND analyze the sample, this will be cheaper and faster

Albert   January 5th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

I fly over 100k miles a year and all they are doing is wasting our time trying to find a terrorist. Anyone who travels knows the current systems is non-sense (3 ounces is ok but 4 ounces is a threat). Most screening personnel are mall cops. They couldn't find a terrorist if they announced their arrival. The solution is typical beltway bull; more people, more technology, more, more, more...more taxpayer money. We'll give them more money because we are afraid. Guess what, the terrorists have won. We are afraid. In 8 or 10 years it will happen again. Guess what our politicians will say? I say go back to the old way, take your chances, live life. And best of all fire all the useless government intel chronies, the airport security bozos and so on and use the money to balance the budget (which by the way is a bigger threat to our way of life than terrorists).

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Larry, ask former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff why they haven't released the Amsterdam airport security camera video of the Nigerian bomber making his way thru that airport's security check points?

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Something seems unusual about this terror incident on Christmas.
It doesnt make sense. It was juvenile in an odd way. The Fort Hood terror incident was much more scary. I hope our security pay attention to that. That was more important than this! A soldier who betrays his own people! Thats the big news! The media never covers stories fully so people can understand.

Expat American   January 5th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

J MOLINA: You forgot an 's' for Hussein. If you are going to build yourself up in a failed attempt to hide your own ignorance and lack of global perspective, at least spell the names of those 'beneath' you correctly.

What an senseless thing to say. Truly lacking intelligence.

Here's a scenario. If a loved one needed life saving emergency surgery, and the surgeon's name was Hussein or a Muslim-American would you let your loved one receive treatment...or should that doctor 'need to go back home'?

Do you even have a passport? Aren't you embarrassed by your simple-minded view of the world? Then again, you don't need a passport. You must be a direct descendant of J. Molina I, the first mate to Christopher Columbus.

Cassius   January 5th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

I think the President reaponded quickly, shows that he was not trying ti hide or run from the issue, but the president failed to say, what the consquences will be or should be for the people whom failed to do their jobs and follow procedure if there were any, regular people like feels better when we know that the people entrusted with the safty of so many lives have some type of punishment for unsafe conduct.

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

@ A. Smith

Excellent question:

show us the Amsterdam airport security camera shots of the Nigerian Bomber as he passed thru Amsterdam's security check points.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Larry, and what if that bomb is surgically implanted, the scanners do not penetrate the skin and highlight the body cavity's and organs.

angela   January 5th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Yes its over whelming we can not change the entire world, I dont care about these other nations anyway. We can only be responsible for ourselves, we need to stop allowing so many foreigners in to our country and just focus on defense of our own land. it is so simple, we just need to stop bleeding out abroad. The scanners arent being used because of expense, if we stop spending on war we can put more into technology.

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Michael Chertoff couldn’t handle the problems after math of hurricane Katrina he don’t know nothing like Sarah Palin

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

I would like to know why the camera was not working at the airport. How can we allow this to happen?

Talk about ((( The Peter Principle )))

Cassius   January 5th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Doesn't matter what precedures or devices that are in place, if the personnel are not performing adequately.

Cassius James Phila., PA

Gordon   January 5th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

I am amazed that the media will give Dick Cheney air time. Please... read "The confessions of an Economic Hit man" and "Hoodwinked".
by John Perkins.
Listen to what John Perkins said in the book and it is the opinion that The American people will know that Dick Cheny called the war in Iraq and put approx. $400 Million in his Bank Account.
John Perkins wrote it all.

It is a shame that so many Politicians and CEO have filled their pockets and wasted billions when the majority of Americans are working so hard to make ends meet.

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Cameras in Air port didn’t work now the question is can we believe our system

ram khurana   January 5th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Let thousands of volunteers help read the body scans of people at their computers at their homes, just like doctors in India read X-RAY scans from this country. Each scan will be certified by 3-4 independent volunteers, this will give people some pride that they are helping and will save lots of money. These volunteers, in my opinion will be much more sincere, as they are not there for making money, but are doing their civic duty.

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Good excuse human error If I don’t do my work I can’t say human error I know by this time I will be fired

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

oh good grief. you are going to have us waring all over the world. That is NO answer!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

America needs to stop propping up corrupt governments and petty dictators around the world.

Cassius   January 5th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

The President's job is not about micromanaging, it's about puting the right people in the right position to handle situations, although the failure are accredited to his administration.

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Ah, here comes the advent of CAT scans in airports. I still have this vision where everyone lines up and passes through a CAT scan :~ )

Darlene   January 5th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Am I the only one thinking about the "security breach" at the White House State Dinner and the breach of security there? Why has President Obama's Social Secretary been fired over that? Double standard?

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

I second that motion

Dee   January 5th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

I recently flew from the Midwest to FL before this terrorist attempt and snuck through 4 juice boxes for my kids and commented to my husband how awful it was that the only place security checked for liquids was the little quart size baggie. They never checked the carry on that went through the scanner as if security assumed everyone was honest and put their liquids in the quart size baggie. I wasn't a danger to anyone and only did it to save money on buying beverages during flight, but what if I was a terrorist. YES THE SYSTEM FAILED, because I had enough liquid to cause damage if I were a terrorist!

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

I wonder if President Obama is having nightmares by now?

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Good grief, this woman reminds me how unpopular the Republican toxic party is..

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Excuse me??? President Bush was called The president MIA when America was at war!!!

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

@ A Smith, Oregon I agree “ America needs to stop propping up corrupt governments and petty dictators around the world.”

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

Nancy is she know what she is talking ?

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Nancy Pfotenhauer, republican strategist talks against closing Gitmo instead of a constitutional supermax prison? And what about all of those other secret prisons overseas under Bush jr.?

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

GITMO will be closed?
What happened to Craig?
Wasnt he fired for that or something?

Brian Riback   January 5th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Larry...this Nancy lady is just like every other Republican. They always sound like they are still trying to win an elections with their metrics, etc. It's so stupid. Doesn't she have her own opinion? Republican's on your show always sound like they are protecting an ideology...not their own opinion.

Gilby HI   January 5th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

James Carville looks real scared. This guy is comforabel with guys that want to kill us and our family in our country? What a wonderful man.

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Bush was on vacation for 96 days the first year

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

What was all that pundit talk a while back about Greg Craig.
Is that his name? He was fired, wasnt he?
I thought he was fired because of his mistakes about GITMO.
Isnt it funny how he was the only one who has been fired.
Oh well, you Washington people are confusing!

Beris   January 5th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

Isn't the problem in this whole story the fact that we MISSED all of them, in all these cases? That we MISSED the connections and let them through? We missed the connections with 9-11 attackers and we let them slip and do the terrible horror things they did... We missed the latest one and issued him a visa and let him in... The whole problem here is not the scanning devices and new gadgets! It's the fact that we keep missing the facts and connecting the dots. If you implement the new security measures they will come up with something else.

You don't see Spain panicking like this after their train bombings, or London after their bus bombings, or Amsterdam after failed marketplace bombing attempt. Their life continues to go as usual. They never panic or change their measures. What they try to do and make sure to do is to try to PREVENT with intelligence and destroying the cells before they intend to do something- not at the airport gates! Don't forget: it's not just airport.. who knows what they'll come up with next. We need to stop them in the beginning!

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

This not working anymore?

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

I seriously doubt CIA prisoners in their secret prison in Morocco were treated with anything remotely resembling decency. Likely they were tortured with medieval tools on a near daily basis.

ram khurana   January 5th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

People should not be allowed to carry-on completely sealed packages containing unknown substances.

There should be on-board analyzer checking air samples from various sections of the plane, if anything is detected,

Should there be pressure relief valves so the plane does not fall apart in case of explosion ?

If 2-3 suspicious people are sitting together, they should asked to sit separately at different places in the plane.

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

I remember G.W.Bush said “ we have the best system protect America form terrorist attack” before the 2004 election is Nancy know that the same system we have now

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

That's 3 months off out of 9 months on the job. I remember Bush jr. always seemed to disappear on a vacation.

angela   January 5th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Bush was the vacation CZAR!

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

I would like to know who introduced President Obama to golf.
Stop golfing!
These damn Presidents just golf!

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Nancy... you have no idea what you are talking about. Oh yes, another war... so you want us to be in 3 consecutive wars??? how many more! UGH!!! She needs to be fired from her job!

Cassius   January 5th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

I have never heard a sitting President referred to as Mr. in the press so much in my life, and I have been around for quite a few presidents. Really surprised that LK does it also. Sorry for digression.

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

200 million costs to have civilian trials for these terrorists!
These damn politicians dont give a damn about expenses!

Gilby HI   January 5th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

Last week it was a "Systemic Failure", He is the system leader, he hires and fires. It comes down from the top. If you cant keep the bad one out our the Whitehouse how can we expect them our of our airliners.

Henya, Ca   January 5th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

Hire we go again with the Right wing nuts our President his paying a lot of attention to our Security
Just a reminder the Sep, 11. 2001 it happen on the Republicans watch and his remarks today it was right on point this is exactly how I want my President to be, Nancy I disagree with you,
Agree with James, thank you James for standing for our President,

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

I remember watching Bush digging in the dirt on his ranch. Actually that is all I remember of Bush the first year in office... Full of dirt... well maybe... sh – –

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

Nancy if we didn’t invade in Iraq we would have more safe now

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

Supermax prisons are hard core, no one has escaped one and they see daylight about 1 hour out of 24 if they behave. Many inmates have mental problems from such heavy incarceration but the majority of them worked hard to end up in a Supermax prison.

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Good for Nancy Pfotenhauer!
I agree stop treating these terrorists as American citizens!
These terrorist pigs want a platform and idiots are giving it to them!

vicky   January 5th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Nancy our country is attack because of G.W. Bush

Selina   January 5th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Cassius – agreed! I've noticed that as well..It's been "Mr. Obama" or just plain "Obama".

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Did some of Joan Rivers' love toys start making sounds in her carry on luggage?

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

I love Joan Rivers.
I saw her in Vegas!
She was a riot!!!
We laughed our ass off.
She couldnt get on a plane, but a radical Muslim Nigerian can?

angela   January 5th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Jerry, I tend to agree, the golf thing just looks bad, they should not be allowed to golf in office!

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Alcatraz would make an excellent super-max prison. The S.F. bay is full of man eating sharks. So if the freezing water does not get them, they would end up shark bait!

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon


Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Does she still perform in Vegas?
She is even funnier on stage than on TV!
I really like her!

Selina   January 5th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Jerry Weinberg – Terrorist is subsumed within the overall Criminal class – you can call them whatever you please, "pigs", whatever makes your heart flutter, but they are criminals. Nancy is a good propaganda meister...

V Wolsk, NYC   January 5th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

As long as we use violence and power to solve world problems we will be victims of such violence. We need to stop the wars now! We need to model a peaceful intelligence.

angela   January 5th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

"whattaya makeuvit Joan"?

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

A smith... and I thought gerbils were quiet???

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Lol, good grief, I feel sorry for Joan Rivers, after the main flights close, roaming gangs of teens routinely walk thru looking for targets and easy pickings until the security guards show back up and scoot them out of the lobby areas.

Viggo Torbensen   January 5th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

I am watching you program where you had Nancy Pfotenhauer make comments about the Obama foreign policy. She said she will now not fly through Chigaco, as the prisoners from Guantanamo are transferred. You missed an opportunity to hang her on that comment, let her fry in such a stupid comment. Of course she will fly through Chicago. But you failed to make good drama out of her cheap shot.
Now go take on your day.

Georgia Kruusi   January 5th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

Hey, Joan say Thank you for security for OUR you NOT understand???? My God...not all of us are whatever you are supposed to be...SPECIAL...huh...thanks for disrespecting our country by your yada yada...I'm bettter than them.....

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Joan Rivers and Don Rickles are the best.
I know they are old, but they make me laugh!
Whenever, I see them I smile!

angela   January 5th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

Oh Joan, shut up , get a private plane, this is disgusting, you are the moran here.

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

Poor Joan... she has been traumatized!! well maybe not! she was signing autographs....

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

Joan, you have to check your paperwork that is handed you right away. I'll bet you do that in the future. I'll bet Joan Rivers really went off when the woman told her no way in regards to boarding the jetliner.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

Maybe the security woman was a Joan Rivers critic!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

6 1/2 hours with a strange man driving to the next airport! I smell a good story there Larry, what inducement did Joan Rivers give him?

G F Scott   January 5th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

RE: Joan Rivers Problem. She would have avoided the entire problem had she looked at her ticket earlier and noted that the name on the ticket was incorrect.

Larry   January 5th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

Maybe Joan was mistaken as a man by the first few individuals.

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

I wonder how many doctors, or EMTs find gerbils in the most unusual places?

Jerry Weinberg   January 5th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

I agree with Joan Rivers. What a story. WTF!
Actually thats a scary story. I could only imagine if that happened to my mother or grandmother. I would be fuming! Thank goodness everything worked out!

Georgia Kruusi   January 5th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

How DARE THEY??? The lady I work for has only one name one her passport...and she gets searched, her doggy gets searched right in the US every time we fly....she's in a wheelchair....Joan I liked you, but in light of what's going on in the world....shut your fake lips trap!!!!!!!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 5th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

Good Night Larry, Interesting Show and the CNN Staff, Dodie and fellow bloggers, I'll stop over at AC360 in a few minutes.

Lynn Heldt   January 5th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Re the Joan Rivers incident. It is the US goverment that is advising the airlines of these regulations. Ultimately it is the passenger's responsibility to check their documents are correct priot to flying.
Continental did nothing wrong and coul have reissued a new ticket for a fee reflecting the correct name information.
Also, Ms Rivers could have contacted her travel agent to correct this matter.

angela   January 5th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

OH Pleeeaseeee, get real lady, you act like the entire world is suppose to give you the diva treatment. You are so full of yourself , it was a mistake the same kind of mistake that the rest of us endure all the time, its called getting no special treatment dear and you just got a taste of it. Did you tip the man?

jenn@trvl   January 5th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Worked in Travel for close to 20yrs.
Joan, get yourself a trvl agt

stevie   January 5th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

oh joanie, do you know the way to san jose?

Craig Daccus   January 5th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Please! Joan Rivers trying to board a plane with a ticket that reads Joseph Rosenbloom. She should try that in all the country she is saying her passport is good in. This is a ridiculous story to have on. She is not that privileged and is obviously scarily over the top. Find some real news.

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

I have problems posting on 360

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Good evening Larry King, CNN Staff, A. Smith and other bloggers.

Lee   January 5th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Joan, so are you saying if a terrorist tries to board an airliner with a suspicious tickets and isn't caught at the first checkpoint, then they should be just allowed to board? You are saying that should have happened in your case. What's the difference.

angela   January 5th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Me too Dodie!

Karen   January 5th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

Is Joan Rivers not familiar with Secure Flight? Why is she blaming others for an incorrect boarding pass? Secure Flight dictates that the name on your boarding pass must exactly match the name on your official government issued ID. Take responsibility Joan! It's up to each of us to ensure that all of our paperwork is in order. Stop blaming others...they did their jobs!!

Collin W   January 5th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

Joan, are you serious?! You are being ridiculous. With all recent events, you are getting upset when they don't let you on the plane because the name on the ticket doesn't match your passport?! You are so incredibly arrogant and should be embarrassed by how you handled this.

Ginger   January 5th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

Unbelieveable will all of the things happening that Joan Rivers gets an audience over this. You are supposed to check your boarding pass. The woman at the airline was doing her job and she is in a different country! Wholly princess!!!!

Gail T.   January 5th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

Larry, facts are 1) Joan's ticket didn't match her passport-she should be thankful someone caught the error. 2) "Don't Leave Home Without It" -Joan should be responsible to have money or credit card just like everyone else to use in case of emergency-just because she has flown all over the world without problems doesn't mean when she has a ticket that DOES NOT HAVE HER CORRECT NAME or AKA on it, she should be allowed "special treatment". 3) Joan has more class than she exhibited by whining about a travel problem that was clearly of her own making (not having correct ticket/not having extra travel $)
Sorry Joan, better safe/matching passports than "hurt pride" on holiday!

Cindy   January 5th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

Perhaps I am ill-informed but my understanding is that Yousef who was responsible for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center had ties with al Qaeda. I am fairly certain of this so am wondering why so many here are suggesting all of these attacks and attempted attacks are to be blamed on President Bush. Everyone has the right to like or dislike any political party or politician, but why such stretching of the facts.

DonW   January 5th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

Do you honestly think any average American watching cares about this 'travesty'??

Marije terEllen   January 5th, 2010 11:08 pm ET

What a prima donna! Joan, I am so embarrassed for you. If any of us "commoners" showed up with an incorrect name on our boarding passes, we would be turned away as well. You think an exception should have been made for you because you are a celebrity? If anything, the security people who let you get to the boarding gate were the morons, the attendant who refused to board you was the only one doing her job.

Ramon Arce   January 5th, 2010 11:09 pm ET

Joan Rivers was a security threat and should have not been allowed to board the aircraft. She should also be ashamed of herself for calling people names for doing their jobs.

Has she forgotten 911 or the recent Detroit incident.

Gail T.   January 5th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

Larry, why doesn't the media report the incident as "Joan River's Travel Plans Disrupted due to Boarding Ticket Not Matching Passport" as that was the truth! I guess THAT headline doesn't rile people up like the "suspicious passport" wording does.
Help out America and give the truth a chance in the news!

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

@ Angela

I think it is nothing personal... I believe it has to do with your internet connection speed. Mine is NOT fast so I always stay 'awaiting moderation'. Maybe, at best, 1 in 4 is posted.

Byron James   January 5th, 2010 11:19 pm ET

Oh my … was Joan Rivers inconvenienced? How rude! The full name on her airline ticket neither matched the given name nor the aka name on her passport, and she could not board the plane.

Great job to the airline gate agent who caught the inconsistency and denied boarding. It takes an entire team in a systemic process to keep our travelers safe.

Joan, you need to congratulate the agent. Shame on you for sensationalizing this, trying to pass on YOUR error by blaming immigrations and the airlines.

Dodie   January 5th, 2010 11:25 pm ET

It is really funny listening to the reporters trying to say these Muslim names. They are about 10 syllables long! Their tongue seems to get in the way!

donK   January 5th, 2010 11:26 pm ET

why is all this attention and money paid to flights? a terrorist could take out more people on a train, a cruise ship, a small aircraft flying into a stadium, dropping poison into a water supply, etc. i mean, i fly alot, and i want security, this seems missed placed.

Louis Dorescenzi   January 5th, 2010 11:29 pm ET

I feel that the Security Measures that have been ordered apply to all citizens, wether or not they are famous or movie stars or talk show hosts or news anchors or whatever. I also include that it makes me sick that that our news is filled with negative and derogatory remarks about our country, our presidient, our transportation. No wonder terroristst are targeting us, they want to put us out of our misery. They watch our news, we tell them to much, they feel we would kill our own president which we elected. Let the man do his job, and by the way I don't ever remember being promised that I would be safe from terror attacks, this is not a perfect world, we should be privelaged to live the way we do. We should be ashamed to complain the way we do.

Timothy   January 5th, 2010 11:39 pm ET

lol! i like joan, one of the funniest broads who ever lived and she's not afraid to be politically incorrect. whether she is right or wrong, i'd be pissed off if i had to go through what she did.

Dorothy Kernaghan-Baez   January 6th, 2010 12:49 am ET

I was appalled watching the show tonight to see the woman on the lower right of the screen minimizing our Constitution. People like this are a HUGE part of our current troubles.

Joyce   January 6th, 2010 1:10 am ET

Joan Rivers should apologize to that girl that wouldn't let her on the plain...What if we all expected them to let us on...using a ticket that didn't match our passport...none of us would be safe.Im from a small town in Arkansas....wouldn't know Joan Rivers from John doe....even tho I;ve seen her on TV...So why anyone trust her if her name didn't match??????
It all seems to be her falte for not checking her ticket...

Mike R.   January 6th, 2010 1:40 am ET

The president is handling this issue the best way he knows how. He is utilizing his cabinet team of experts to come up with a swift solution to the Christmas incident, and the deaths to the CIA personnel. People in this country expect the government to respond with a knee jerk reaction and the response will always come down to placing a Band-Aid on the problem, and not the real fix. The fix to the Christmas terrorist attempt should be to deploy full body scanners at all airports. After this latest attempt that could have been fatal, there should be no reason not to deploy this type of technology. People need to understand that flying is not an absolute right. We need to evolve with the latest terrorist threats that change daily. TSA also needs a permanent administrator which has already been selected by the president, and his name is Erroll Southers. Mr. Southers needs to be confirmed by the senate right away, and Senator DeMint (SC) should stop playing around with this countries security with his political shenanigans. His opinion to block his conformation has no merit.

Mary R   January 6th, 2010 1:57 am ET

Tell Joan Rivers to get over herself and get in line with the rest of us.

Gary in Oregon   January 6th, 2010 2:02 am ET

Give me a break..what does Joan Rivers expect? When you are issued a ticket it is your responsibility to make sure your name is on that ticket; and furthermore, if you are traveling outside the country of your passport you had better make sure your name on the passport and ticket match. This whole problem is totally her fault and CNN should not waste time talking to her.

Chip   January 6th, 2010 2:02 am ET

Wow ... Joan should totally apologize to the person in "Cost-A-Rica" (as she put it) for not letting her on the plane. Typical behavior on her part for blaming other people on her own fault for not getting her own ticket corrected 2.5 hours before the flight. She must've just stuffed her ticket in her purse right after she got it instead of checking it first.

Michael   January 6th, 2010 2:20 am ET

James Carville keeps citing Israel's trial of Eichmann as the appropriate response to terrorists, "cuz they're criminals." He claims that the justice system will defends us from terrorists. So how does the justice system defend us from wold be suicide bombers? Obviously we only catch the ones that fail. While I doubt many terrorists consider the prospect of failure, Carville's solution offers a great consolation prize: free lawyers, a court-room drama starring themselves as the pious David to the USA's evil Goliath (in their fevered little minds), and a stint in their own little madrassa, all courtesy of the US taxpayer. And then? Well unless it's a life sentence they get released and can try again. And here's the rest of the story that Carville conveniently glosses over: Justice comes after the crime. That's too late for the victims Carville. Israel's trial and execution of Eichmann (1961-1962) didn't save a single Jew from the gas chambers he fed. So thank you for protecting the civil rights of terrorists Carville, but I fail to see how that's protecting Americans from sharing the fate of 9/11's vicitms.

Harper Halverson   January 6th, 2010 2:27 am ET

Just finished watching, Larry, and I'm a little sick.

Please convey to your friend Joan that she needs to suck it up.

In a post 9/11 environment – security is the great social equalizer.

If she was raising a fit in the airport because she wasn't getting her way when CLEARLY there were too many discrepancies with her ticket she deserved every ounce of attitude she got – moreover I agree with airport security – when in doubt, don't let them board. Period. Joan lost a day of her life. So what. I lost an hour of mine that I won't get back having to listen to it on your show. She had no business being on there with Chertoff, Woodward, et al. She's not anywhere close to being in their league. They're trying to solve the world's problems and she's sitting there childishly ranting – its obscene and pathetic.

If she'd been allowed on that plane along with another passenger who ALSO had as many discrepancies in his ticket... but he had a little chemistry set sewn in his underoos, she'd not be privileged enough to sit on your show and show us how very arrogant and entitled she presumes she is.

I have no love for Joan today. None. Its just a day out of your life, Joan. Seriously. Suck it up and move on.

Lynda   January 6th, 2010 3:23 am ET

In the future, Joan should hire a professional travel consultant to issue her documents correctly and monitor her trips. Incidents like this won't happen.

When it comes down to a dispute with a gate agent, at that moment he/she is the most powerful person at the airline. The security rules support their decisions and the traveler will never win.

So......suck it up, Joan. Next time be proactive and pay attention to the details, celebrity or not!

tommy & Sandy   January 6th, 2010 4:03 am ET

we do not watch that Nancy lady,,disgusting..also Joan R..she did not call her lawyer? or go bk to hotel? but to be in a car 6 1/2 hrs ? w/a strange man..she is 76 yrs old..why didn't she call Donakd Trump ? she could have gotten help in another time her family should not lv her alone..she certainly can afford a pvt plane...

Badaruwa   January 6th, 2010 4:08 am ET

So much has been said about the alledged attempt by Umar Farouq Abdulmuttalab already folks. I have not-truly- seen any other new thing not already mentioned. Am glad at least no one thinks the sponsors of the operation are Nigerians. We are not, and do not breed terrorists! Those who choose to become violent, are obviously mercenaries trying so hard to taint the name of a country at the verge of achieving greatness. Nigerians disown that miscreant!

Bob Sider   January 6th, 2010 5:24 am ET

why is she upset? is she royalty?you mean people outside of the U.S. don't know who she is? welcome to the real world.
She is a pompous ass, typical American, thinking she is better than the rest of the world ... silly cow !!

charlie   January 6th, 2010 6:57 am ET

My goodness: Joan Rivers is the ultimate example of the ugly American abroad.

charlie   January 6th, 2010 6:58 am ET

So 5 people made a mistake but the last person does it correctly and she is the one Joan rives is caling a moron?

Milan Jovanovic   January 6th, 2010 7:06 am ET

I think that Americans are missing point, and that you are giving to much attention on war on terror. This was intelligence failure but they will improve. I am sure that intelligence agencies have protected you from thousands of attacks, but you did not here about it on TV. In life you always have risks. In this cold weather, when you come out, ice-pick might fall out from someones roof to you had, but you have to go out anyway.
Focus on economy because strength of America is mainly in your economy. Be smart.

Milan Jovanovic
City of Nis,
Serbia, Europe

R J   January 6th, 2010 7:31 am ET

My o my it seems al quaeda has more branches opening than bank of America these days..Who knew ? a few kids with box cutters and firecrackers could shake up the mighty Superpower of the world and work it into a state of panic and chaos so easily..
All of this ‘ radicalization’ really stems from our very own foreign policy of bombing from the sky, killing so many Muslims, and propping up CIA backed puppets..
We are the insurgents it seems, bent on destabilizing the region for nefarious motives.
Time to bring our forces on home, and maybe more of ‘them’ will stay home. These small bands of rag-tag Osama wannabees sure don’t scare me !

p.s…….Happy 2010 to Larry King and all of the other very personable hosts on CNN !

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   January 6th, 2010 9:12 am ET

Joan Rivers brought embarassment to America.
It's c;ear as day she's at fault . Yet she expects America to support her.
She calls herself a seasoned world traveller.
Can't even check her own ticket.
Larry should not give her the time of day.

Domingo Serrano   January 6th, 2010 9:47 am ET

On Joan Rivers:


Praise Akaehomen   January 6th, 2010 10:52 am ET

I speak for all true and patriotic citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that NIGERIA IS NOT A TERRORIST NATION. We are a peace-loving, life-loving, progress-loving people and would never support terrorism in the least. I also want to state categorically that we object strongly to the inclusion of our great country in the list recently released by the American government.
I think that it is highly discriminatory considering the fact that the terrorist act committed by British National, Richard Reid, did not lead to a blacklisting of Britain at that time. Has America forgotten so soon about Richard Ried (commonly known as the shoe bomber), a self-admitted member of Al Qaeda who attempted to destroy a commercial aircraft by detonating explosives hidden in his shoes? Was Abdulmutallab not trained in the West? If we are supporters of terrorism as a nation, why would his father have tried to warn America. America is known for its reactive rather than proactive ways. She should look inwardly into proactive ways that will keep it ahead of terrorists rather than trying to blacklist every nation into which terrorists successfully penetrate. It could be any other country tomorrow because AlQueda seems to have its links everywhere, including Britain.
Nigerians hereby demand that our country be removed henceforth from that list. We have been bad-labelled enough, and this one we will not take lying down. ONE BAD APPLE DOES NOT SPOIL THE WHOLE BUNCH!

Adrienne   January 6th, 2010 11:02 am ET

Joan Rivers needs to be quite. With all of the things going on she has the nerve to complain that she could not get on a plane...WHO CARES!!!! People need jobs, food-we really do not have time to think or care about Joan Rivers and her problems! How selfish of her to even come on your show and whine and complain about her trip to Costa Rica! People are struggling to fill up their gas tanks to get to work and she wants to talk about a international trip..BOO HOO! THe airline did the right thing. If the documents did not match then she should have been prevented from boarding the plane. She thinks because she is famous she should be granted special priveleges-NO!! She should have to follow the rules too! Shut up Joan Rivers because we don't care!!!

Gerald Jolly   January 6th, 2010 11:04 am ET

@Charlie, You're so right on.

Joan Rivers a NO-TALENT BOOB was refused to get on the plane.

This morning the person that turned her back was interviewed and here is her comment.

Quote: It was not about the name, it was about the photo on the passport, it was not of the woman that wanted to board the plane.

Ah! said the reporter, that's probably a photo of her before she had the "TEN FACELIFTS SHE REPORTEDLY HAS HAD"

I remember the Joan Rivers of twenty years ago.
What I remember is that I questioned why she was called a comidien, the only thing funny about her was that large gaping mouth spewing vomit trash.

David   January 6th, 2010 11:38 am ET

Larry, regarding the Joan Rivers incident, I completely desagree with what she said about the people in Liberia's airport, I just came in yesterday inbound from there and while we were at the gate area waiting to board, my little girl wasn't feeling so good, the gate agent noticed and got me a pill for my baby, nobody in the States would ever do that. Everyone down in Costa Rica was so nice to us. There's something wrong with her.

John W. Stanis   January 6th, 2010 11:49 am ET

Dear Honorable Congressman Harry Teague,

I'v send you and earlier email concerning my problem with the government hiring system for Air Marshal Jobs. I have over 13 years experience in the security manager field(armed) and a trained professional licensen pilot in complex engine aircraft and military experience in rotor-wing aircraft serving overseas in combat arena. I also hold a US Patent No. 5,095,746 in advanced airbourn technology for aircraft flight SAFETY instrument systems. Althrough my training and work-related professions SAFETY is a big concern and issue for me and my team in the military and civil workforce where proactive and forword-looking concepts and ideas is practice to prevent any incident.

Therefore, it is my believe that the current government DHS managers lack foresight and training to do the job professionally and properly and is unacceptable at this time and crisis of air travel. Thus, I've email the Whitehouse President Barack Obama my concerns and ideas to improve tne safety of air travel into the United States.

This is my message and statement to the Whitehouse:
This is a Terrorist War that will kill anyone and DHS and the Whitehouse security cabinet lacks focus.Therefore, the president message is clear that, the DHS agencies for the security of the general public safty failed to perform their duties to the best of their ability. These indiviuals must be removed and the president should appoint serious minded persons to the post and take over the security cabinet that is proactive minded and not reactive minded.

To resolve the airlines flage ship carriers problem of preventing terrorist and bombers from entering the United States is to activate the US military and screen all airlines flage ships to a designated airfield outside the United Satates Airspace that are flying from foriegn risk countries before the aircraft enter our Airspace and is cleared to land at an Airport Of Entry in the United States. This is one way to deter attackers. Respectfully yours Capt. John Stanis

If, the DHS require further information on this matter please contact me at my email address.

Wherefore, I would appreciate your support and staff help in this matter. I am willing to do what ever it takes to protect and secure our borders.

Respectfully yours,

Capt. John W. Stanis

John W. Stanis   January 6th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

This is a Terrorist War that will kill anyone and DHS and the Whitehouse security cabinet lacks focus.Therefore, the president message is clear that, the DHS agencies for the security of the general public safty failed to perform their duties to the best of their ability. These indiviuals must be removed and the president should appoint serious minded persons to the post and take over the security cabinet that is proactive minded and not reactive minded.

To resolve the airlines flage ship carriers problem of preventing terrorist and bombers from entering the United States is to activate the US military and screen all airlines flage ships to a designated airfield outside the United Satates Airspace that are flying from foriegn risk countries before the aircraft enter our Airspace and is cleared to land at an Airport Of Entry in the United States. This is one way to deter attackers. Respectfully yours Capt. John Stanis

If, the DHS require further information on this matter please contact me at my email address

John W. Stanis   January 6th, 2010 1:06 pm ET

Travelers, that fly into high risk countries and stay for a period of time must be screen separately when returning back to the United States or the Western Countries. NM Capt.John W. Stanis

John W. Stanis   January 6th, 2010 1:38 pm ET

When you hear the DHS Director explanation for the failure of the TSA and other security agencies. You can tell that she is not the right person for this criticial position to head the department of this agency to protect our borders from attackers. Capt. JWS

Ted   January 6th, 2010 1:53 pm ET

I remember Joan Rivers good 40 years ago, even then she had a filthy mouth, but was funny.
That arrogant mummy calling herself the same name has nothing to do with the original Joan, she looks like a wax figure from that certain London museum. If she thinks the whole world should bow its head when she show up then she is sadly mistaken. That woman who took her off the flight was right, probably never heard of Joan Rivers and if she did, she still acted properly. Telling dirty jokes will not put you into the elites of this world, Joan, so cool down.

Dodie   January 6th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

@ Praise Akaehomen

You are absolutely correct at every level. To discriminate against an entire country because of one individual is preposterous. Yes, the entire world knows how reactive we are. So embarrassing! You must also understand all our media builds on the drama as that helps with their ratings. Not all Americans are so reactive. I have a 14 hour flight planned this year and I intend to go. One cannot place their life on hold because of a potential incident or threat!

Dodie   January 6th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

@ Ted

Always nice to see you on line. I understand you are in a different time zone :~ )

Lori Heinemann   January 7th, 2010 12:53 am ET

Hi Larry – I have to say last nights show with Joan Rivers.. You had me going. I was concerned that TSA was getting out of control.. who doesn't know Joan Rivers.. But when she explained that her boarding pass said "Joseph Rozenberg". I really couldn't understand why she was on the show. Why didnt she check her own boarding pass and why is she blaiming the airline/TSA. TSA did the right thing. The rules clearly state you can't board a plane with someone elses ticket or if your names don't match your ID.. It had nothing to do with her "aka".. It was an unfortunate mistake by the airline but she should have checked the ticket as well.. Certainly nothing I would put on TV with regard to homeland security...

Ted   January 7th, 2010 10:43 am ET

@ Dodie

I do my blogging the day after, first reading the other blogs then putting my 10c worth of opinions in writing.

Dodie   January 7th, 2010 8:34 pm ET

@ Ted

You are too modest! I would say at least your $10.00 worth of opinions. I like the way you think! You are very pragmatic with excellent common sense! Better than 90% of Americans. Its refreshing to see this. Maybe there is hope for us after all! :~)

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