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President Obama's Message to Middle East Largely Well Received; Beach Community in Fear after Couple's Stabbing
Aired June 4, 2009 - 23:00 ET
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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: Tonight, can President Obama reboot our relationship with a billion people, many of whom don't trust us, some of whom are trying to kill us?
His message today to Muslims around the world, tonight inside on what he said, what crucially he did not say and vital to Americans and America's role in the world. How his message is being heard right now by Muslims and non-Muslim as like.
Also tonight, did somebody have it in for the California couple that seemingly had it all? Who murdered a husband and a pregnant wife while one of their kids slept and the other watched "American Idol?" Police want your help in solving a crime with few leads with plenty of heartache; "Crime & Punishment" tonight.
We begin, though, with President Obama's speech. It happened at Cairo University today. One -- it's a speech he's reportedly been thinking about since the campaign, one he had a major role in writing and revising, even aboard Air Force One on the flight over.
It does not in its entirety use the word "terrorism" at all; a departure from the language of President Bush certainly. It does, however, condemn in no uncertain terms violent extremism within Islam, promises to fight it and calls on Muslims to do the same.
We're going to have more in a moment on the significance of what he said and didn't say with our panel: David Gergen along with regional experts, Robin Wright, Mohsin Hamid, and also Christiane Amanpour will join us.
First an extended portion of the President's speech. Listen.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world. One based on mutual interest and mutual respect. And one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead they overlap and share common principles, principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. I know there has been a lot of publicity about this speech, but no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust. Nor can I answer in the time that I have this afternoon all the complex questions that brought us to this point.
But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another and to seek common ground.
As the holy Koran tells us, be conscious of God and speak always the truth. I'm a Christian. But my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the Azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk. As a young man I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.
So, I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.
That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't. And I consider part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of America; just as -- just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire.
America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical times. And the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.
Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries. And anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Denying that fact is baseless; it is ignorant and it is hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews is deeply wrong and only serves to invoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserves.
On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people, Muslims and Christians, has suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than 60 years, they've endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead.
They endure the daily humiliations, large and small, that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt, the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. And America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity and a state of their own.
The only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met, through two states where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.
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COOPER: The president in Cairo. We're going to be playing throughout this hour more extended clips of the president's remarks today. He's in Germany right now where he's going to tour the Buchenwald concentration camp, then head to France for the 65th anniversary of D-Day.
Now, as we mentioned, we have a panel of experts standing by: David Gergen, Christiane Amanpour and others.
Also, only on CNN, correspondents getting the facts on the ground from around the world. A reaction right now in Jerusalem, Pakistan and Iraq. Take a look.
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PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I'm Paula Hancocks in Jerusalem. A pretty good start, but what comes next? This was the main impression we got from both the Israeli and the Palestinian street.
Many Israelis I spoke to said that they were pleasantly surprised by Mr. Obama's speech. There was a real fear here, that by any move towards the Muslim world, the U.S. was moving away from Israel.
Some of the quotes from people I spoke to, the speech was even- handed, it was balanced. And he also struck an emotional note when talking about the Holocaust and his upcoming visit to the Buchenwald concentration camp.
But it is impossible to please everyone in this region, and Israeli settlers were not pleased after once again Mr. Obama called for an immediate freeze on all settlement activity. The Yesha Council of settlers called this speech more Hussein than Barack.
As for the Palestinians, the main impression was so far, so good, but much more detail is needed. For example, they want to know how the U.S. is going to stop Israel from increasing their settlement activity.
And also, we were asked, why did the U.S. president mention Palestinian rockets hitting Israeli civilians but did not mention the Israeli military operation in Gaza at the start of this year which killed more than 1,000 Palestinians, some of them also civilians?
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REZAH SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Here in Pakistan, people were looking for President Barack Obama to rebuild some of that lost trust and ease some of that harsh rhetoric and offer a strategy that's different from military power. They also wanted to see an end to those controversial U.S. missile strikes on Pakistani soil from unmanned drones. The people here got some of what they were looking for but not all.
When it comes to extremism, the president stood tough, saying unequivocally extremists are in Pakistan, determined to kill as many American soldiers as possible. The president saying America will not back down. Also, no mention of those U.S. missile strikes, so expect those to continue.
But here's where the president tried to separate himself from the previous administration, reminding the audience of $7.5 billion in proposed nonmilitary aid, that money designed to build schools, create jobs and build roads.
This was a president that was attempting to strike a difficult balance, of standing tough, but at the same time reaching out to convince Pakistanis that this administration is different.
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PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I'm Phil Black in Baghdad. President Obama had already made strong commitments to the people of Iraq. Today they were satisfied to hear him reaffirm those.
He promised to respect Iraq's sovereignty, to have all troops gone by 2012, and to make no claim to either this country's territory or its resources. He said America is a partner to Iraq, not a patron. It's all established policy, but Iraq's government said it was very happy to hear him declare that again in Cairo.
On the streets of Baghdad people say they can't get their country back soon enough. More broadly, President Obama's forceful language calling for a Palestinian state found strong support here.
The Iraqi government said the President shows he understands why some Muslims around the world are angry and open to exploitation by violent extremists. And it's said his use of verses from the Koran should improve America's image with Muslims everywhere.
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COOPER: Reaction from around the world.
Tonight we're going to be playing, as I said, extended portions of Obama's speech throughout this hour. So, if you've missed it, you can watch it now.
Later visit our Web site, ac360.com, where you can see the entire speech from beginning to end.
And while you're there, join the live chat. Let us know what you think of the President's address and other stories at ac360.com. Up next, our panel on the "Raw Politics" of today's speech both here and abroad; these are very high expectations, did Mr. Obama meet them? We'll talk to our panelists ahead.
And later, "Crime and Punishment" -- the family that seemed to have it all, then the nightmare began. A husband and pregnant wife murdered seemingly without rhyme or reason. So many questions, so few answers. Police want your help tonight.
And Scott Roeder speaking out. Accused of gunning down a doctor who provided abortions, gunning down this man in church in front of his wife. Charged with first-degree murder and now he says he's shocked -- shocked because people are treating him like a criminal. See what else he said about his political motivations when 360 continues.
COOPER: We're talking tonight about President Obama's message to Muslims around the world, as he put it, not the Muslim world. Mr. Obama recognizing the diversity of the Muslim community and the richness of his own upbringing, partly in Indonesia.
But for all the pleasantries, this was a very tough message, calls to renounce violence, embrace tolerance and accept a continued American military presence on Muslim soil. Listen.
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OBAMA: And make no mistake, we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We see no military -- we seek no military bases there. It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women. It is costly and politically difficult to continue this conflict.
We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and now Pakistan determined to kill as many Americans as they possibly can. But that is not yet the case.
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COOPER: More now on the speech, the "Raw Politics" both overseas and here at home with senior political analyst David Gergen, chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, also journalist Robin Wright, author of "Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East" and Pakistani author and political commentator Mohsin Hamid. Thanks to you all for being with us.
Christiane, first of all, I'm going to ask all of you, quick impressions of the speech. Christiane?
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A total, total shift. Was humble, talked about the Quran, did not apologize, injected an air of even-handedness in the key issue that galvanizes the Islamic world, which is the Palestinian issue. Even- handedness there according to the reviews, talked about democracy to the young people of the Islamic world.
They were very keen to hear that the United States would stand behind the people, beyond the side of the people and he did not use the word "terror." People are fed up in the Muslim world of being associated just with "terror."
You remember the "war on terror equals the war on Islam." And people say they were very pleased that they -- he shattered that stereotype and didn't talk about terror in that speech.
COOPER: David Gergen?
DAVID GERGEN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: Anderson, there was no way he could quite reach the summit with this speech. He couldn't please everyone. We're hearing a lot of nitpicking on aspects of this speech.
But overall it was the most powerful and the most persuasive speech any American president has ever made to the Muslim populations around the world.
COOPER: Wait a minute. The most powerful and persuasive ever, you say, to the Muslim world?
GERGEN: Ever, yes, by any American president to the Muslim populations around the world. And that's in part because of who he is, but it's also in part because of the thoughtfulness of the speech, the fact that he is able to walk in other people's shoes as well as he does because of his own sense of, you know, he's a melting pot all in himself.
And he's able to understand other cultures, and he speaks honestly and like an adult. He's seeking -- it's a bold attempt to see if he can find a middle ground, a common ground, if you would, across cultures. Instead of a clash of civilizations, can we find a common ground among civilizations?
Of course it's going to have to be followed up by hard work, but I think he's begun to change the landscape, the emotional landscape, in which the work takes place. I think Christiane was right in the way she characterized it as well.
COOPER: Robin Wright, a change in the landscape, also certainly as Christiane said, a big change in language.
ROBIN WRIGHT, AUTHOR, "DREAMS & SHADOWS": Yes, and I think what was very striking was his emphasis on soft power, not hard power; on partnership rather than patronage; on engagement rather than intervention. He redefined America's relationship.
And this will restore or begin to restore anyway a lot of the credibility that the United States has lacked over the last particularly eight years. The problem is, of course, that the hard part begins now.
Now that he spent the first four months in office reaching out in a series of messages to individual countries and to the Islamic world generally, he now has to prove he's bona fide. And that will in some ways ironically begin with what he does on Israel not necessarily how that begins with his actions towards the 57 Muslim countries.
COOPER: Mohsin Hamid?
MOHSIN HAMID, PAKISTANI AUTHOR: Well, I agree that it was a very important shift and I think in tone it was extremely promising. The challenge is going to be on actions. And there the tough line on Israeli settlements is very positive.
But other actions are -- will be more confusing. I think President Obama is hemmed in by a bit of a challenge, which is that the United States champions both human equality and national greatness at the same time.
And in many Muslim-majority countries, there's the feeling that in the pursuit of America's national greatness, it's been willing to deny the equality of people outside its borders.
COOPER: Let's talk about some of the specifics.
Christiane, you mentioned it. He did not use the word "terror." That's being picked up by a lot of people, particularly conservatives very critical to the president and saying how can he have a 55-minute speech to the Muslim world and not use the word "terror" or "terrorism."
AMANPOUR: Well, he chose not to do that, he chose -- and he has -- his policy has been not to use this term "war on terror." And he's -- on the other hand, he did say that they would fight extremists. The clip that we've just played talked about how there are still these militants and extremists, and the United States is still engaged against them.
I didn't write his speech. I don't know what goes on in his head. But I certainly know what the people in the Islamic world are saying. And all of those countries which I visited whether there are wars or not, they are fed up with being completely and monolithically associated with terror. Perhaps that was what was going through the President's mind when he chose not to use that word.
But I agree with Mohsin Hamid as well and Robin, the real hard work is to come. And the real question is whether this is the beginning of just a tonal and image shift, which is going to be good, which will be good and necessary, or whether this President will really expend the political capital now that he's attracted so much political capital around the world. Will he expend it on the massively hard work of the Israel/Palestine situation of reaching out to Iran, of finishing Iraq and Afghanistan?
COOPER: And David Gergen, without progress on the Israeli- Palestinian issue, can there be overall -- can the president say he's succeeded anywhere in the Muslim world? I mean, isn't that the core issue at the heart of all of this? GERGEN: That is a core issue, Anderson, but it's also true that if he can successfully withdraw from Iraq without Iraq falling apart, if he can demonstrate that we do not want bases in Iraq, if he can, in fact, help to build a nation state of some sort of stability in Afghanistan that which would be a miracle, those kinds of things are also going to be important. If he can find a way to negotiate with Iran, that would also be important in the Muslim world.
So I think there are other fronts, but there's no question that in the minds of many, many Muslims in the Middle East, Israel and Palestine come first.
But to go to Christiane's point, Christiane, my sense is that by giving the speech, he forces his own administration to engage much more heavily than if he hadn't given the speech. Because he raises the standard for himself and for everybody else around him so that I think he has no choice but now to follow through. I think he's created, in effect, a path that he has to follow.
COOPER: We've got to take a break.
Christiane will respond. We're going to have more from Robin Wright and Mohsin as well. Stay with us. Also David Gergen and more reaction to the speech tonight from around the world and from our panelists.
Also go to ac360.com let us know what you think; the live chat happening now. People on the streets in Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey weighing in for us also on our blog. You can read their responses.
Coming up next, some new details about what a Muslim convert experienced overseas that might have turned him against the U.S. His family says he was brainwashed.
Also tonight, a tragedy and mystery: the death of movie star and television icon David Carradine. We'll tell you what police know in just a moment.
And later, you're used to seeing Nazis in black and white. Tonight, we'll show you never-before-seen photos of some of history's worst people in color. It is intensely creepy how much more modern it all looks. But you'll only see it if you stay up with us. Some new pictures of Adolf Hitler you've never seen before in color.
We'll be right back.
COOPER: A young boy may be the best hope of finding his parents' killer in a crime that has an exclusive oceanfront community on edge. We're going to have more on this murder mystery ahead.
But first, Erica Hill has a "360 Bulletin."
ERICA HILL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Anderson, there are new details tonight about the man charged with killing a U.S. soldier three days ago. We now know the Muslim convert who legally changed his name to Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad in March 2006 while living in Nashville then traveled to Yemen in 2007 to teach English.
His family claims he was brainwashed while in prison for an expired visa and returned home a changed man.
Investigators are now looking at the possibility that speed sensors on Air France Flight 447 may have failed, causing the Airbus A330 to break apart in a violent storm over the Atlantic; 228 people were killed.
Federal regulators today charging the former CEO of Countrywide Financial with fraud and insider trading. They claim Angelo Mozilo and two other former executives lied to investors about how much risk the mortgage lender was taking on.
New concerns over recycling rubber used to cushion the new White House playground and hundreds of other playgrounds and sports fields across the country. The Associated Press reporting the Environmental Protection Agency is now investigating potential health risks of chemicals in the rubber material. They say they just don't have enough information.
And "Life" magazine marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day with never-before-seen photographs of Adolf Hitler. Hitler apparently was enthusiastic about cars, liked to have his driver race down roads at high speeds. But after the war began, forbade his chauffeur from driving faster than 35 miles an hour.
Another photo shows Hitler watching military maneuvers in the spring of 1940. Wild stuff.
COOPER: So creepy to see that all in color.
All right, Erica.
Still ahead, much more on President Obama's message to Muslims. He covered a range of issues; hit a lot of different notes. Our live panel joins us again just ahead.
Also, this baffling murder mystery that's left two young kids orphans and stolen a beachside community sense of security; police now counting on a 9-year-old boy to try to help solve his parents' murder.
Plus, a major shake-up in star power. Oprah losing her number one spot on Forbes most powerful celebrities list. Coming up, we'll tell you who they claim has more clout. I have my doubts.
We'll talk about that ahead.
COOPER: In Cairo today, President Obama extended a hand to the Islamic world in a speech unprecedented in tone and content. Tricky bit of business, no doubt about it. On one hand he wanted to present himself as the new face of American leadership. On the other, he needed to defend core American values including democracy.
Take a look.
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OBAMA: I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years. And much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear. No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other.
America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things. The ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed, confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice. Government that is transparent and doesn't steal from the people. The freedom to live as you choose.
These are not just American ideas. They are human rights. And that is why we will support them everywhere.
COOPER: The speech lasted 55 minutes; plenty to talk about. Joining me again, Christiane Amanpour, David Gergen, Robin Wright and Mohsin Hamid.
Mohsin, you know, what we just heard President Obama talk about is probably key to this discussion. As much as he's promoting the idea of a partnership for the Muslim world, some of these governments are incredibly oppressive. He was talking in Cairo in Egypt, a government which obviously is an ally of the United States but is clearly oppressive. Thousands of people have been imprisoned there.
How did he do in terms of conveying the message that, "We're with you but frankly object to some of how your governments treat your people?
HAMID: I think that is an issue. I mean, going to Saudi Arabia and Egypt among all Muslim countries is problematic from a democracy standpoint. And also the speech was very oriented towards the Middle East and Arab countries and Iran in particular.
But most Muslims live between Pakistan and Indonesia, so in south and Southeast Asia. And there the second great conflict involving Muslim-majority countries, one is Israel and Palestine, the other is, of course, between Indian and Pakistan over Kashmir. And that conflict went by pretty much unmentioned.
I think that the focus being on the Arab Middle East is important, I guess, for a Cairo speech, but it does have a very limited audience in the broader Muslim world in the sense of excluding some other very important issues.
Robin, it's also interesting, I want to play a clip that's received criticism from conservatives, some of what the president said about 9/11 and the reaction afterward. Let's listen.
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OBAMA: 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable. But in some cases it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals.
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COOPER: The president is referring to instances of torture. Some Republicans are saying this is part of an ongoing apology tour. Do you buy that?
WRIGHT: I thought the speech reflected an acknowledgment of some of the past American interventions in the Middle East with the Islamic world that are controversial, including the 1953 overthrow of a democratically elected government in Iran. But I don't think it was a kind of apology tour that many Republicans had charged might be what he did in Cairo. I thought there was a different kind of tone.
But I do think that one of the most interesting things will be the reaction in the United States to this speech. I think he is likely to face some criticism from Republicans who think that he is backtracking and not doing enough to kind of stand firm against extremism. The fact that he didn't use the word "terrorism" will probably resonate among Republicans to a certain degree.
COOPER: David, I mean, the fact also that he didn't use the word "terrorism" the Republicans already saying, look, he's blaming -- you hear this on right wing radio today and on television, he's blaming America first; that that's what he did today. Do you buy that?
GERGEN: I don't buy that at all. And I think Robin's distinction between apologies -- which I think he has done too much of in the past, but he did not do that in this speech. A distinction between apology and acknowledgment is a very important distinction. He just simply as a factual matter acknowledged that we did intervene in Iran in the early '50s with Mosadeq. I mean, that's just a fact and I think...
COOPER: Why not use the word "terrorism?" Is it wrong to call something what it is?
GERGEN: Well, you know, Anderson, as you well know, when people go see psychiatrists and they've got problems, the psychiatrist often tells them, you've got to reframe what you're seeing. And I think he's trying to reframe the whole conversation about the Middle East and what the United States faces in foreign policy.
We've been looking at it through a lens of the war on terrorism now for the last several years. And he thinks that's a dead end, that it produces paralysis. He wants to change the conversation. I think it was very intentional that they did not talk about terrorism today.
It goes back to Christiane's point at the beginning, and that is this speech did represent a major shift in emphasis in the conversation the United States is bringing to the rest of the world.
COOPER: Christiane, what comes next? What is the next step for the president?
AMANPOUR: Action and what actions will he take. Look, he also had to appeal to the hearts and minds of an extremely young Islamic world.
COOPER: Incredibly young. In some of these countries -- I mean, the majority of the population is under the age of 18.
AMANPOUR: Yes. And in Iran two-thirds are under the age of 30. It really is an incredibly young part of the world. And they have aspirations.
And I think people realize now that the idea of trying to reach that youth, that youthful population, is very important for any kind of hope of moving forward in a different strategic relationship with the Islamic world.
And look, everybody's going to be looking at, what does this president do about the Middle East peace process and the eventual solution thereto? What does he do about standing firm? The same question you asked Mohsin and David. Can the president of the United States actually support democracy at the same time being an ally of authoritarian and dictatorial governments?
What will he do about Iran? He said that he wants a new way forward. He wants to engage Iran. That's going to take a long and patient diplomacy.
Is it just going to be framed in talking to see whether they can resolve the nuclear issue and that they can't just put more sanctions on or worse? What is actually going to happen? And that's what people -- all the views that have come in today from all over the Middle East and the Islamic world where they've been watching it live on television have said it's good, it's change, it's positive, but we want to see action.
COOPER: We're going to have to leave it there.
Christiane Amanpour, David Gergen, Mohsin Hamid, Robin Wright, appreciate you all being on. Thank you very much. Good discussions.
GERGEN: Thank you.
COOPER: You can join the live chat. Join in on the discussion online at ac360.com right now. Let us know what you think.
Up next, a murder mystery that's turned a seaside community upside down; this case is just -- it's kind of hard to believe. A man invaded this couple's beach house, murdered them with their son in the next room, their daughter nearby. The question is was it a random act of violence or were they actually targeted? It's tonight's "Crime and Punishment" report, and the police need your help.
Coming up then, the man accused of gunning down Dr. Tiller speaks out from the first time from jail. We're going to tell you what he has to say. And answers from Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor: a 300- page questionnaire covering everything from her membership in a controversial group to her network. Details, ahead.
COOPER: Tonight a seaside gated community in California is in fear and on guard after a pregnant woman and her husband were stabbed to death inside their multimillion-dollar home. The couple's young son saw the suspect and may be the best hope in finding the killer.
Dan Simon has the latest on this mystery in tonight's "Crime & Punishment" report.
DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In Faria Beach, California, population 300, the only real crime was petty theft. But now after the stabbing murder of two prominent residents in this seaside town, neighbors are reaching for their guns.
ROBERT BIANCHI, HUSTED NEIGHBOR: But last night, now, I took it out and started sleeping with it under my pillow again.
SIMON: Brock and Davina Husted were married for 13 years. They lived in this $3 million beach house with their 9-year-old son and 11- year-old daughter. Brock owned a successful wrought iron business. Davina, a former beauty queen, was expecting their third child.
JOHN HUSTED, BROTHER OF BROCK HUSTED: They never had to go to sleep with their eyes open or look over their shoulders. They trudged forward with their family and enjoyed life.
SIMON (on camera): This is the back of the house right on the beach. And police say the killer walked through that patio door which had been left open. Right now investigators don't know if this was a targeted or random attack.
(voice-over): That Wednesday night in the living room was the couple's son watched the "American Idol" finale, police say the killer suddenly breezed by and walked a few steps into the kitchen.
CAPT ROSS BONFIGLIO, VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: I have no information that the suspect tried to harm the children physically in any way. I mean, obviously, the emotional damage is tremendous.
SIMON: The boy would tell investigators the killer wore a dark or black jumpsuit and black motorcycle helmet. He hid during the confrontation. When it was over, authorities say he told them he found both of his parents dead in the master bedroom. They had been stabbed repeatedly on their upper bodies. He grabbed his sister, who had been asleep, and ran to a neighbor for help.
J. HUSTED: What keeps on coming to my mind is those kids that night. The horror they must have felt, the emptiness, the loneliness. That's -- I can't get that out of my head. SIMON: Brock Husted's older brother says he has no idea who wanted the couple dead.
(on camera) Do you think this was targeted or random?
J. HUSTED: My gut's telling me that -- I leave it open. I look at one aspect of it. And I said, you know, it's random, somebody's beach house, lights on. There's, you know, plenty of people walking through there; transients, whatnot. And then I look at the other aspect, that it could be targeted.
SIMON (voice-over): At his parents' funeral, the boy who found his mom and dad dead struggles to help guide the caskets. Out of sensitivity, his face is not being shown. He and his sister are now staying with relatives as a seaside community lives with the knowledge that a killer is still on the loose.
Dan Simon, CNN, Faria Beach, California.
Up next, meet a doctor who despite personal enormous personal loss still wants to bridge the gap in the Middle East.
Also tonight, President Obama touring the Great Pyramids after his speech in Cairo; did he actually find his ancient twin? See for yourself when 360 continues.
COOPER: In his message to the Muslim world today, President Obama said there must be a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. Mr. Obama urged an end to the violence and that too many tears and too much blood has already been shed.
Suffering the grief that's shared, of course, on both sides, tonight Christiane Amanpour has one man's story; a Palestinian doctor who despite his loss hopes for peace still. Here's tonight's "360 Dispatch."
AMANPOUR (voice-over): She is 13. She lost her mother to cancer two years ago. And she's lived through what no little girl should ever have to face.
Ghaida is a Palestinian from Gaza. She nearly died from massive shrapnel wounds when the Israeli army shelled her home during the recent war.
(on camera) Ghaida, do you remember anything from that day?
GHAIDA, NIECE OF DR. ABOUL AISH (through translator): I was with my father. I took tea down to him. They struck and they struck me here, and after that, I don't know. AMANPOUR (voice-over): The day was January 16th, at the height of Israel's war on Gaza. It is Ground Zero for the decades-long conflict in the Middle East. The tragedy of Ghaida family played out live on Israeli television. This Israeli TV reporter got a panicked and desperate phone call from a friend in Gaza.
Haifa's uncle, a Palestinian doctor named Izz el-Deen Aboul Aish (ph).
AMANPOUR: It was a cruel irony.
For 12 years, the doctor has worked side by side with Israeli doctors in Israeli hospitals devoting his life to medicine and making peace between ordinary Palestinians and Israelis.
But on that one terrible day, the Israeli shelling killed three of his eight children and another niece. A surviving daughter and niece who were wounded were rushed to the medical center where the doctor worked.
Two months later, the doctor brought me here to meet his niece, Ghaida.
(on camera): How do you feel?
DR. IZZ EL-DEEN ABOUL AISH, PALESTINIAN DOCTOR: How do you feel?
AMANPOUR: You're getting better? Yes, I do. I know what that means. Thank God.
(voice-over): He also took me back to Gaza to see what remains of his home.
(on camera): Oh, my god, what a mess. Can you tell me what happened?
ABOUL AISH: Well, my daughters were building their future and their hopes and their dreams inside this room, everything. Look what kind of papers they have. Educational materials...
AMANPOUR: It says art, culture, entertainment and shopping.
ABOUL AISH: Management, social culture, demographic and the environment.
AMANPOUR: This is what your daughter was studying?
ABOUL AISH: Yes, yes. She was studying. A few minutes later she was...
AMANPOUR: Her blood is still on it.
And when we're standing here where your children were killed, how do you teach your surviving children, your friends, your family, not to hate? ABOUL AISH: I teach them to learn from what happened, and how can this tragedy be translated into positive actions and to achieve the dreams of their lost beloved sisters.
AMANPOUR: The girls are both healing, and somehow Dr. Aboul Aish's faith in humanity remains unbroken. His commitment to peace between Israelis and Palestinians is even stronger. And he has now been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.
Christiane Amanpour, CNN, Gaza.
COOPER: Well, this, of course, is just one of many stories unfolding in Gaza and Afghanistan about the struggle for the hearts and minds of the next generation of Muslims and what happens there has the power to impact us all.
This August, "CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR REPORTS: GENERATION ISLAM." A two-hour special looks deeply into the soul of a generation at a crossroads.
Up next tonight, a story we've been following all week, the murder of Dr. Tiller. Tonight, the accused killer speaks out from jail. We'll tell you what he now has to say.
And a shake-up on the "Forbes" list of most influential celebrities: Oprah, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce and Madonna. Which star do you think is on top? The answer, coming up.
COOPER: Coming up, my Twitter trouble. See what happened this morning on "Regis & Kelly." It's tonight's "Shot."
First Erica Hill has another "360 Bulletin" -- Erica.
HILL: Anderson, the man charged with killing Kansas late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller tells the Associated Press he is being treated as a criminal, even though he hasn't been convicted.
Scott Roeder called the AP from jail today saying he is not anti- government. Instead he says he is anti-corrupt government. He refused to comment on the shooting death of Dr. Tiller on Sunday, saying he'd talk about it later.
Actor David Carradine was found dead in the closet of a Bangkok hotel room today. He apparently hanged himself. He, of course, became famous in the '70s when he starred in the "Kung Fu" TV series. He also starred in several movies, including "Kill Bill 1" and "2." Carradine was 72.
Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor has assets worth $1.16 million, including a home worth nearly a million. That's what she revealed in a lengthy questionnaire delivered to Capitol Hill today. Hers was 173 pages. It also covered, as you can imagine, plenty of her legal career.
Oprah Winfrey no longer the most powerful celebrity in the eyes of "Forbes," even though...
HILL: I know. It's true. I wonder how Oprah feels.
She does earn the most money, but the title now goes to Angelina Jolie in the magazine's annual "Celebrity 100" list. It factors in things like media exposure, along with earnings. Winfrey moves only to second place -- not too shabby -- followed by Madonna in third, Beyonce in fourth.
And after President Obama's speech today in Cairo, he made time for a little sightseeing, a tour of the Great Pyramids. One of the tombs contains a 4,600-year-old portrait of a man named Kar, who was a priest, scholar and judge. And the president joked, he'd found his ancient twin. Take a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
OBAMA: That looks like me. Look at those ears.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And he was the overseer of the pyramids.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HILL: A moment. There you go. Quite a moment today; everybody got a chuckle out of that one.
COOPER: Yes, I just want to -- before we move on, I just want to take a moment to note the passing, Erica, of a really remarkable man.
Three-sixty viewers first met Manuel Curry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina; that's him there in the white T-shirt. He was homeless from the storm, living and sleeping in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Living, sleeping and I should say also working.
You see Manuel Curry, then 80 years old, was a New Orleans police sergeant. He was the only sergeant major on the force, a force that he joined after coming home from storming Omaha Beach on D-Day back in World War II. He was a combat medic.
He would serve for another 63 years on the New Orleans Police Department, becoming by some accounts the oldest active-duty police officer in America.
He died at age 84 today. Details of his death are unknown. Details of his life, however, are remarkable.
And something to make you smile before you go to bed; to tweet or not to tweet. Kelly Ripa tries to help me deal with my Twitter struggles. You might get a kick out of it. We'll show you what happened. It's the "Shot" tonight.
COOPER: Time now for our "Beat 360" winners: our daily challenge to viewers, a chance to embarrass our staffers by coming up with a better caption for the picture we post on our blog every day.
So tonight's picture, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touring the Sultan Hassan mosque in Cairo.
Staff winner tonight is Albert. His caption: "Hillary Clinton giggles as she hears about how ancient Egyptians entombed their leaders alive to appease the gods."
Viewer winner is Ingrid from Wenatchee, Washington. Her caption: "A light bulb goes on as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suddenly solves the crisis in the Middle East."
HILL: So easy.
COOPER: Exactly. There you go. Ingrid, congratulations. "Beat 360" T-shirt is on the way.
Erica, now it's time for "The Shot." Shall we?
HILL: Oh, I think we shall, Anderson Cooper.
COOPER: My lame attempt to tweet this morning showcased as I was filling in for Regis Philbin on "Live with Regis & Kelly." As you'll see, Kelly Ripa had a good time with my tweeting or Twitter problems. Take a look.
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COOPER: See, it's very similar. There's a thing that says, "What are you doing?" And then you type in the thing.
KELLY RIPA, CO-HOST, ABC'S "LIVE WITH REGIS & KELLY": Say what you're doing. Say what you're doing.
COOPER: I'm -- what? What am I doing?
RIPA: You are having a ball.
COOPER: I'm boring an audience silly. I'm on "Regis"...
RIPA: Look how fast you are. Wow, you have magical thumbs.
COOPER: I'm not even going to complete that tweet.
RIPA: Complete your tweet.
COOPER: No, I'm not going to complete it.
RIPA: You complete that tweet right now.
COOPER: I will complete it during the commercial break.
RIPA: Did you see how big our show is today?
COOPER: It's a big show today.
RIPA: It is a giant show today.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: There you are. I know Twitter is big with all the kids. I'm trying to get the hang of it. I was finally able to successfully tweet.
HILL: You're working on it. You're slowly working.
And by the way, I have a tally...
HILL: ... just so you know where you fall on the list of CNN tweeters.
COOPER: Oh, yes. OK.
HILL: Number one is the CNNBRK, CNN breaking news.
COOPER: Of course.
HILL: 1.67-plus million subscribers. That's the one that was in battle with Ashton Kutcher.
Kingsthings, our Larry King, 397,000.
HILL: Coming in at No. 3, Anderson cooper, 221,000 followers.
COOPER: Where's Jack Gray in all this?
HILL: Jack Gray, interestingly enough -- funny you should ask -- comes in at number five, right after Sanjay. In fact, Jack's got 129,359 as of 10:30 tonight.
COOPER: Jack's got 129,000 followers on Twitter.
HILL: Listen, if all of you out there...
COOPER: Our producer, Jack Gray, has -- that's amazing. That's fantastic.
HILL: Who wouldn't want to follow Jack Gray?
COOPER: How many does Rick Sanchez have?
HILL: The Ricker has 92,000.
COOPER: Jack Gray beat Rick Sanchez.
HILL: Jack Gray beat Rick Sanchez.
HILL: And I think that Jack Gray is a little less than Sanjay. Jack, I think you can overtake Sanjay. So they're only, like, you know, 1,500 - 2,000 apart.
COOPER: Wow. I heard that Jack Gray has more than Katie Couric. Is that true?
HILL: I don't know. I'll check for you.
COOPER: Jack, is that true?
HILL: I'm not surprised. The kids like want to know what Jack is doing.
COOPER: I'm sure somewhere, Jack is screaming, "Yes. Yes, it's true."
HILL: Jack and his mental dog, Sammy.
COOPER: Do you tweet, Erica?
HILL: No. I mean, I have an account.
HILL: But I'm not very good about it.
COOPER: All right.
HILL: I'm a busy girl.
COOPER: Jack Gray will show you how.
You can see all the most recent "Shots" at AC360.com.
That does it for 360. Thanks for watching.
"LARRY KING" starts now. I'll see you tomorrow night.