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U.S. attorney general opens criminal probe of Gulf oil spill, nation's worst

updated: 4:30
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The U.S. government has launched a widely expected criminal and civil investigation into the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, ratcheting up the pressure on the beleaguered British oil company.

"We have begun both a criminal as well as a civil investigation as is our obligation under the law," Holder told reporters after meeting with state and federal prosecutors in New Orleans. "Our environmental laws are very clear."

Federal agencies, including the FBI, are participating in the probe and "if we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be forceful in our response," he said, adding that prosecutors had a "sufficient basis" to start a criminal probe.

After taking a tour of the oil spill, Holder said he saw "oil for miles and miles, oil that we know has already affected plant and animal life among the coast."

The Justice Department has already demanded that the companies involved in the spill, including BP, Transocean Ltd and Halliburton Co, preserve records related to the accident. The Justice Department will examine the companies' actions for violations under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which can be used to hold them liable for cleanup costs and reimbursement for government efforts.

Additionally, the Justice Department could pursue other traditional charges if they find the companies made false statements or obstructed the investigation. "As our review expands in the days ahead, we will be meticulous, we will be comprehensive, and we will be aggressive," Holder told reporters. "We will not rest until justice is done."

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This is amazing!
The Obama administration chooses to use the US attorney general office to do a witch hunt and determine whether BP or its subcontractors have violated EPA regulations.
While at the same time turning a blind eye to enforcing existing laws:
1.Illegal alien immigration. Nothing done about this.
2. Election law violation (bribes) vis a vis Joe Sestak. Nothing done about this.
3. Black Panther intimidation in Philadelphia at polling places during the 2008 election. Nothing done about this.
Nothing about President Obama and his priorities surprise me!

Posted by: rteske | June 2, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

POLITICS THE ULTERIOR MOTIVE IN GULF OIL SPILL DISASTER?

Politics -- specifically, the geopolitics of chaos and confusion -- may be the ulterior motive behind criminal actions that led to the Gulf oil spill disaster.

ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

Gulf oil spill diverts attention from domestic atrocities against American citizens...

HOMELAND FUSION CENTERS SILENTLY ASSAULT, IMPAIR 'TARGETED' AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE RADIO FREQUENCY WEAPON SYSTEM, COMMUNITY VIGILANTISM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE: VETERAN JOURNALIST

Are political leaders "targets" too?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

IDEOLOGICAL CENSORSHIP OF THE NET: NOT FOR CHINA ONLY

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-censors-net-political-speech-targeted-americans OR NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 2, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

We should be thanking our Coast Guard and everyone else on scene trying their utmost to save the Gulf Coast from inundation by this ugly muck. Nature has a way of making all of us look small and insignificant. I don't believe we have any idea of what a worst case scenario might look like. I hope that Secretary Chu and the DOE/NWS will use everything at their disposal, computer modeling etc. to try and determine what such a scenario might look like and how best to mitigate it. The ominous hurricane forecast is a primary concern. It's seems difficult to believe that a strong hurricane would do anything except make a bad situation very much worse. There's likely to be plenty of petroleum muck to throw all over the landscape reaching far inland with plenty left over to inundate the beaches and marshes. IMHO, Secretary Chu should return to Washington to supervise efforts in preparation for the absolute worst imaginable scenario. Computer modeling, physical modeling, NASA, national labs, universities - every resource we have should be tasked to work on this problem. Mother nature doesn't owe us any favors at this point. You want petroleum so bad? Here have some. Still not enough? Have some more then.

Posted by: tm13 | June 1, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"A politically motivated witch hunt. What inspirational leadership. I'll bet that really helps.

Remember Arthur Anderson and how well that worked out for everyone?

Posted by: LHS2 | June 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse"

Arthur Anderson was committing fraud and obstruction of justice and as a result of the investigation into their practices, the accounting firm collapsed.

If you are arguing that BP has committed fraud (which is the implication of what you say, although I somehow think that you don't intend this meaning), then why would an investigation be a _bad_ thing?

Don't you think if you want to argue that an investigation is unnecessary, you would want to point to an investigation that didn't lead to criminal charges and a conviction?


Posted by: rick_desper | June 1, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

What can we do to plug the right wing cake hole? That's what's polluting America. It's also why we can't get anything done. According to their screed everyone, except for themselves, are idiots, morons, fools, etc. Just "plug the hole" they scream - as if that's not what everyone is trying to do. The irrational, red-faced right might want to remember that all of us have a vote. The road to elective office in this country is not paved with pejoratives and doesn't zigzag all over the political landscape.

Posted by: tm13 | June 1, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

BP own the well and appear to be doing everything they can to resolve this situation and limit further damage, yet the pressure is already on to make them pay.

However the contracted operators of the rig and surely therefore those with primary responsibility for what has happened are Halliburton and Transocean.

Striking an anti-Britsh stance in such a situation is not helpful (BP employs tens of thousands of people in the US), does nothing to deal with the environmental impact here, whilst trying to divert attention away from the two oil companies possibly most closely associated with US government.

Unfortunately in our drive to acquire more and more oil it means that the technological boundaries will be pushed further and further. I do fear that such an accident was almost inevitable under these circumstances, by some company somewhere, and by allowing such drilling to take place we have almost condoned what has happened. Posturing and hand wringing after the event by all politicians is just for the cameras.

Posted by: baron3 | June 1, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

After briefly reading some of the comments here, it is clear the the BP apologists and Obama haters are attempting to muddy the waters by conflating what Holder is doing and the ongoing efforts to stop the leak in the Gulf and conduct mitigation of the spill.

Was there ever any doubt that both a criminal and civil investigation of the events that led up to the spill was forthcoming? GET A GRIP!! BP certainly isn't surprised as the manager of the rig already took the 5th in congressional hearings. Expect more to do so in the future.

This mess must be cleaned up, should the American taxpayer be left holding the bag? Most, if not all, of the criticism is coming from the right (surprise, surprise). Who do they propose should be on the hook for the clean up, lively hoods lost and environmental clean up? They are full of criticism but, once again, short on concrete answers.

Posted by: greg_brockway | June 1, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

After briefly reading some of the comments here, it is clear the the BP apologists and Obama haters are attempting to muddy the waters by conflating what Holder is doing and the ongoing efforts to stop the leak in the Gulf and conduct mitigation of the spill.

Was there ever any doubt that both a criminal and civil investigation of the events that led up to the spill was forthcoming? GET A GRIP!! BP certainly isn't surprised as the manager of the rig already took the 5th in congressional hearings. Expect more to do so in the future.

This mess must be cleaned up, should the American taxpayer be left holding the bag? Most, if not all, of the criticism is coming from the right (surprise, surprise). Who do they propose should be on the hook for the clean up, lively hoods lost and environmental clean up? They are full of criticism but, once again, short on concrete answers.

Posted by: greg_brockway | June 1, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Holder is a moron. He's putting out a notice that we'll be investigating their every move and they haven't plugged the hole yet. I wouldn't be surprised if BP ships an army of lawyers down to LA to triple check everything going forward and slow down the efforts to fix the problem.

When it's spewing about a million gallons a day every minute counts. Obama it's time to can this clownshoes wearing doofus. Lawsuits can wait till the hole is at least plugged. All we needed was a notice not to destroy evidence.

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 1, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

A politically motivated witch hunt. What inspirational leadership. I'll bet that really helps.

Remember Arthur Anderson and how well that worked out for everyone?

Posted by: LHS2 | June 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

If Holder and the FBI undertook an investigation of the Sestak "job offer" this quickly, we might know the real truth of what went on, not the administration's white washed version of it. This is where crimes were committed. The administration's attempted cover-up passes neither the laugh test nor the smell test.

Let BP do their jobs and they'll get this thing fixed. The AG and the FBI would be well served to investigate real criminal activity, not this trumped up political showboating stuff.

Posted by: HagarTheHorrible | June 1, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

coolfuzzybreeze ~ Cheney didn't do it.

Bush didn't do it.

Clinton did it. The devices that failed were designed and built during the Clinton regime.

Now that we have that out of the way, why is it so many of you Leftwingtards think the solution to an engineering problem is to throw on more lawyers?

Unless we are prepared to stuff them down the hole in great numbers they will just get in the way.

Now mind you, I'm not all that opposed to stuffing lawyers in the borehole if that'll help, and like many I'd be happy to drive a bus around Fairfax county VA picking up several tens of thousands of spare lawyers ~ as a patriotic act mind you.

We have somethinglike 184,000 of them so I assure you many people here are quite ready to GIVE TIL IT HURTS!

In the meantime the objective should be to STOP THE LEAK FIRST. later on we can see how guilty Bill Clinton and his running dog lackeys are.

Should be quite a clown show. End of Hillary's career Fur Shur!

Posted by: muawiyah | June 1, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't expect consistency from the right-wing - at least not beyond whining loudly. Theirs is not a hunt for food - it's all about antler spread. They've got their sights relentlessly on Obama, but are so trigger happy they'll spin on a dime and shoot you in the face. Oops. They're all petroleum engineers and wonder why the President hasn't dispatched a nuclear submarine to fix the leak or some other dumb thing. At the same time they run political ads in the Bible belt condemning democrats for believing in evolution. Consistency would require that they believe that the petroleum washing ashore doesn't even exist since it's more than 5000 years old. Al Qaeda believes that Obama can lead - ask their number three man - recently taken out by Predator drone. The right-wing is big on dribble and short on patriotism. They want everything and believe in nothing. No one should give a whit what they profess to believe from one day to the next.

Posted by: tm13 | June 1, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

That's it...after 42 days Obama's only contribution to stopping this crisis is to Open a criminal probe! Like an ambulance chasing lawyer he goes for the money and to divert the blame.....and does nothing about the spill itself. The moron attacks the comapany that is emptying its financial reserves in an attmept to stop this oil leak.....why wouldn't they just declare bankruptcy and walk away now? Obama is a naive fool and his stupidity and inability to handle any crisis is dangerous. How could America have made such a massive mistake by choosing this inexperienced socialist community organizer to be President?

Posted by: Realist20 | June 1, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

If you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail. The US government, haven of lawyers and bureaucrats do what they know how to do when there's a large oil spill in the gulf that needs cleaning up. Launch a probe.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | June 1, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Never seen so many wingnuts screaming for the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to solve their problems...after hearing these same wingnuts screaming for the past eighteen months for the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to stay out of big business 'cause it's "Socialism".

Whatever happened to the wingnut theory that the government (aka "the American taxpayer") isn't responsible for bailing out these HUGE multinational corporations when they screw up?

Wingnuts don't know what they believe in anymore. Never have...and never will.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 1, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Caliphacy Note... yeah well what ever... ... ... it's June and now i can tell even the the FBI director in Washington what i am saying... it's over, this is the 4th.month on the Islamic calendar... "that means i don't have to have any treaty agreement with anyone except for the people and militaries that haven't broken their treaty agreements with me... in other words "JUST LIKE I TOLD THAT MEDIA QUEER IN MICHIGAN AND HIS STATION YEARS AGO I AM DIVORCED FROM ALL POLYTHEIST CORPORATIONS AND THEIR CORRUPT LAW MAKERS ON THAT 9TH.SURAH!!!!!!!!!!" YEAH, AND THOSE BRITISH GOT YOU GOOD, THEY WHERE WAITING TO GET EVEN WITH THEIR COLONIAL RUN AWAY SLAVE... IT TOOK THEM SOME TIME BUT IT LOOK'S LIKE THEY GOT YOU "RIGHT WHERE IT HURTS YOU THE MOST IN YOUR CORPORATE POCKETS!!" AND I AM SO GLAD I HELD OUT... "MEANING I WOULDN'T TRY TO GET A NEW MICHIGAN LIC. AND I GOT THOSE FAIRY COPS IN GRAND RAPIDS BECAUSE UN LIKE AN AMERICAN IF I DON'T HAVE A LIC. I AM NOT GOING TO DRIVE... BESIDES THAT'S NOT MY OIL ANY WAY... SO FLIP THAT BP GAS" YES INDEED NOTHING MORE SWEETER THAN HAVING FULL CONTROL OF "MY OPEN ENEMIES!" WA ALLAHU-AKBAR SERVES THEM RIGHT... THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR THINKING "YOU CAN OUT THINK ME!!!!!!!!!! I WAS BORN FOR THIS KIND OF ACTION.

Posted by: ahmadmali | June 1, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Just like the Liberal Left loonies to try and blame the previous Administration for the spill while performing an ineffectual management of this disaster. Obama sat on his throne and hemmed and hawed, acted all academic-like, and did nothing for over one (1) month! What an incompetent bureaucrat. He didn't even know when the MMS head was fired! I certainly don't care who gets the credit...just fix the problem, clean up the Gulf and fine BP for the US's costs plus 400%

Of course THAT won't happen, since Obama and the Looney Left Liberals got buckets of oil money for campaign contributions...even more than Tricky Dicky Cheney.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 1, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

coolfuzzybreeze ~ Cheney didn't do it.

Bush didn't do it.

Clinton did it. The devices that failed were designed and built during the Clinton regime.

Now that we have that out of the way, why is it so many of you Leftwingtards think the solution to an engineering problem is to throw on more lawyers?

Unless we are prepared to stuff them down the hole in great numbers they will just get in the way.

Now mind you, I'm not all that opposed to stuffing lawyers in the borehole if that'll help, and like many I'd be happy to drive a bus around Fairfax county VA picking up several tens of thousands of spare lawyers ~ as a patriotic act mind you.

We have somethinglike 184,000 of them so I assure you many people here are quite ready to GIVE TIL IT HURTS!

In the meantime the objective should be to STOP THE LEAK FIRST. later on we can see how guilty Bill Clinton and his running dog lackeys are.

Should be quite a clown show. End of Hillary's career Fur Shur!

Posted by: muawiyah | June 1, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Just like the Liberal Left loonies to try and blame the previous Administration for the spill while performing an ineffectual management of this disaster. Obama sat on his throne and hemmed and hawed, acted all academic-like, and did nothing for over one (1) month! What an incompetent bureaucrat. He didn't even know when the MMS head was fired! I certainly don't care who gets the credit...just fix the problem, clean up the Gulf and fine BP for the US's costs plus 400%

Of course THAT won't happen, since Obama and the Looney Left Liberals got buckets of oil money for campaign contributions...even more than Tricky Dicky Cheney.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 1, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/04/AR2010050404118.html?hpid=topnews

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But they need an Environmental Impact Study to take measures to protect the shoreline from the said very same OIL release????????

Posted by: theaz | June 1, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

coolfuzzybreeze wrote: "Nine and a half years ago, Dick Cheney took charge of the Energy Council, locked the doors after secretly inviting his oil cronies in and would not release just who he appointed to this group until finally, near the end of the second term of the Bush administration,Congress had to subpoena the info. and even then, Cheney dragged his feet. Start the investigation there. According to research done by Chris Matthews, Cheney then proceeded to deregulate the oil industry to increase profits. Eight years of the incompetent Bush administration allowed every facet of government to be become infected with pandering to the rich and incompetent function. This is why this oil leak disaster happened."

========

Precisely! And you don't hear Cheney spouting off at the mouth too much these days, do you? Most likely he's hunkered down with a platoon of lawyers, preparing for the legal action that is sure to come one day, hopefully soon.

Posted by: MadamDeb | June 1, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks took another late-day dive Tuesday after the government said it was starting criminal and civil investigations into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Obama Administration turns from War on Terrorism, to War on Corporate America!

Posted by: theaz | June 1, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The problem is -- OBAMA does not have the foggiest idea of what he is doing -- and neither does his trusty czars, or cabinet -- with possibly three exceptions.

So what does 'Brain Trust' do?? Sends the architect of the Rich Pardon down to stir the pudding and CREATE AN ILLUSION TO PROGRESS!!

Why doesn't he send him to the border of Mexico to STOP illegal immigration and develop a criminal probe of CRIMES????? (Just had one that was recently deported reenter and committed murder in Washington State!!)

HECK OF A JOB BARRY!!

Posted by: wheeljc | June 1, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

You Obamanites are such fruit cakes. We are trying to stop a leak and you fools are looking for arguing points. Come on - wake up. If you put a lawyer and an FBI agent watching their every move now, they will be forced to consult with their attorneys before making a move to fix the problem(s). This is like being mutilated on a battlefield and calling your attorney to see if you can return fire. PLUG THE HOLE!!!!!! Argue and position yourself for a fight later.

Posted by: calvin3 | June 1, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/04/AR2010050404118.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: ANTILIB | June 1, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

You people need to go back to school. A government bailout/takeover is NOT a criminal investigation. A criminal investigation is an investigation by law enforcement officials into the criminality of an act. It is the opposite of a bailout/takeover.

If criminal charges aren't brought, BP will only be liable for damages up to the current limit of $10M (or, if passed by Congress, a new limit of $75M). This would be a drop in the bucket when you consider the cost of the cleanup and compensation for the lost livelihood of fishermen (and the tourism business).

There's no cap on punitive damages for criminal acts.

Posted by: MadamDeb | June 1, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Criminal investigation? About freakin' time! And the first place they should look is at all those secret meetings Dick Cheney had with Enron and Big Oil that allowed them to write U.S. energy policy and led to total deregulation of these industries by the Republicans.

The blood of those eleven rig workers...and the death of the Gulf of Mexico...is on their hands.

Posted by: wilder5121
======================================================================================

Wow you are soo right! They should have started with criminal investigations DAY 1.... Of course it is the fault of Bush and Cheney... everything is. Obama has nothing to do with response and clean-up... that is the fault of Bush as well.

I wasn't a Bush fan.. but give me a break.. at some point Obama has to own something.. the containment and clean-up is on him...... how's he doing so far?

Posted by: tbastian | June 1, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

coolfuzzybreeze ~ Cheney didn't do it.

Bush didn't do it.

Clinton did it. The devices that failed were designed and built during the Clinton regime.

Now that we have that out of the way, why is it so many of you Leftwingtards think the solution to an engineering problem is to throw on more lawyers?

Unless we are prepared to stuff them down the hole in great numbers they will just get in the way.

Now mind you, I'm not all that opposed to stuffing lawyers in the borehole if that'll help, and like many I'd be happy to drive a bus around Fairfax county VA picking up several tens of thousands of spare lawyers ~ as a patriotic act mind you.

We have somethinglike 184,000 of them so I assure you many people here are quite ready to GIVE TIL IT HURTS!

In the meantime the objective should be to STOP THE LEAK FIRST. later on we can see how guilty Bill Clinton and his running dog lackeys are.

Should be quite a clown show. End of Hillary's career Fur Shur!

Posted by: muawiyah | June 1, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama biggest recipient of BP cash.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36783.html

Posted by: ANTILIB | June 1, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Criminal investigation? About freakin' time! And the first place they should look is at all those secret meetings Dick Cheney had with Enron and Big Oil that allowed them to write U.S. energy policy and led to total deregulation of these industries by the Republicans.

The blood of those eleven rig workers...and the death of the Gulf of Mexico...is on their hands.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 1, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This will surely be as effective as the criminal investigation into AIG.

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | June 1, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse


All Obama and his administration know is how to blame... no ideas... no solutions!

What a Sham that "yes we can" is

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | June 1, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

What is a crime is the Govt Response to this.... Where is a 100% response to containment and clean-up? I have seen the Govt say 100% of the time it is BP's fault and BP will pay.. But, what we really need down here is 1) containment ( that is #1 ) 2) clean-up and 3) plugging the hole.....

After these 3 are done.. then the Govt should put resources into any legal investigation.. not before. They are more concerned with blame and fault than they are fixing the problem.....

Worry about finger-pointing later.

Posted by: tbastian | June 1, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Holder is the most incompetent AG that I can ever recall and I've been a voter since the early 40s.

His stupidity in the case of terrorist trials was only one of his lack of intelligence. Oh well, he's just another part of the Chicago organizer's crooked crew.

It's a laugh when you consider how badly the Dems and their liberal press like WaPo ripped Bush on Katrina and this imbecile has stayed away from this oil leak for what seems like weeks. He never even asked some of the most knowledgeable men in the oil drilling business to even consult with BP BECAUSE THIS IS BPs PROBLEM.

He thought that staying away would keep his soiled image from further damage.

Is Holder going down below
to the break so he can determine who the culprit is?

If the stupid congress would have allowed land drilling in Alaska or shallow water drilling this kind of problem would have been easily solved at shallow depths.

Posted by: rmilitello | June 1, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

...Attorney General Opens probe on BP Oil Spill..."It's about time, sue, sue, sue...

Posted by: ztcb41 | June 1, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

If I was BP I would be real scared

"Federal agencies, including the FBI, are participating in the probe and "if we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be forceful in our response," he said, adding that prosecutors had a "sufficient basis" to start a criminal probe. "
__________________________________________

Based on what happened to the Banks and Wall Street, the worse they did and the more laws they broke the bigger the bailout will be. I am sure that the President will send all corporations a stern message. We will all see clearly who he represents. The big boys who put him in office and make contributions to both sides. As usual, only the poor go to jail and the rich get richer.

Posted by: gvelanis | June 1, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Could the Obama government get much more stupid?

What do we need from BP folks?
We need them to fix the leak!

With this idiotic announcement, BP's stock value PLUNGED!.
If BP goes bankrupt, they're not fixing anything!

Besides, how is the Obama government going to sue BP or prefer criminal charges when Obama told the entire world that HE has been "in charge since day one"!!!

May the good Lord preserve us from this Know-nothing/do-nothing idiotic government and may 2012 get here FAST!!!

Posted by: TRUTHTELLER13 | June 1, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Nine and a half years ago, Dick Cheney took charge of the Energy Council, locked the doors after secretly inviting his oil cronies in and would not release just who he appointed to this group until finally, near the end of the second term of the Bush administration,Congress had to subpoena the info. and even then, Cheney dragged his feet. Start the investigation there. According to research done by Chris Matthews, Cheney then proceeded to deregulate the oil industry to increase profits. Eight years of the incompetent Bush administration allowed every facet of government to be become infected with pandering to the rich and incompetent function. This is why this oil leak disaster happened. Imagine the fast thinking needed for the Obama administration to deal with disaster after disaster wrought by these infected facets of government. Just how deep and wide spread the infection is we are gradually being informed. The need to not shoot from the hip, but study the entire picture before acting to remedy these disasters cannot be overstated. Every action has a reaction. When is Dick Cheney going to be investigated for high crimes? His actions in my opinion constitute treason. It is all about power, getting it, keeping it and wielding it. Cheney sure has no interest in helping fellow citizens. The trail of investigation will lead to him and where our anger should be directed. He is an oil baron.

Posted by: coolfuzzybreeze | June 1, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who thought that perhaps Obama’s splurge of Gov’t takeovers for political purposes had peaked last year....

Time for an Obama show trial!

Posted by: pgr88 | June 1, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who thought that perhaps Obama’s splurge of Gov’t takeovers for political purposes had peaked last year....

Time for an Obama show trial!

Posted by: pgr88 | June 1, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh BOy!! Let's see if this will divert attention away from the Sestak affair!

Maybe we can fool the US citizens again with this illusion of progress in the Gulf!!

QUESTION PRESIDENT OBAMA: HOW WILL ERIC HOLDER'S ACTIONS ASSIST IN FILL AND CAPPING THE HOLE?

Never thought I would find a lawyer who would drag the profession down further. I was wrong. I have found one ---- YOU!!

Posted by: wheeljc | June 1, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe there is or maybe there isn't criminal negligence here but the problem with the US Government is that it is a band of lawyers. Like the saying goes, "If you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail" So what's the government's solution to an ongoing oil spill? think of new ways to clean up? mobilize people to help clean up? Nope, do lawyer things. Just great, push the paper because the government is helpless to do anything about the physical problem.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | June 1, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Can you BELIEVE?????

That the State of Louisiana needed Obama's Federal Government approval for constructing sand-berm to block the oil from reaching the shoreline????

The Obama Admin responses, WE NEED TO DO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, that is as stupid, as stupid gets!!!!!!!

Posted by: theaz | June 1, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Nine and a half years ago, Dick Cheney took charge of the Energy Council, locked the doors after secretly inviting his oil cronies in and would not release just who he appointed to this group until finally, near the end of the second term of the Bush administration,Congress had to subpeona the info. and even then, Cheney dragged his feet. Start the investigation there. According to research done by Chris Matthews, Cheney then proceeded to deregulate the oil industry to increase profits. Eight years of the incompetent Bush administration allowed every facet of government to be become infected with pandering to the rich and incompetent function. This is why this oil leak disaster happened. Imagine the fast tap thinking needed for this administration to deal with disaster after disaster wrought by these infected facets of government. Just how deep and wide spread the infection is we are gradually being informed. The need to not shoot from the hip, but study the entire picture before acting to remedy these disasters cannot be overstated. Every action has a reaction. When is Dick Cheney going to be investigated for high crimes? His actions in my opinion constitute treason. It is all about power, getting it, keeping it and wielding it. Cheney sure has no interest in helping fellow citizens. The trail of investigation will lead to him and where our anger should be directed. He is an oil baron.

Posted by: coolfuzzybreeze | June 1, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The investigation will goes as follows

FBI : Mr. CEO of BP should your company be held liable?

CEO: no we are a good company and we only hope that you won't allow the fact that we are big financial supporters of the President influence the investigation.

FBI: well thank you for helping us learn all of the pertinent facts.

Eric Holder: after an exhaustive investigate by the FBI we have determined that BP is not liable.

Posted by: mrpotatohead | June 1, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Did BP ignore the law regarding off shore drilling? If so, they should be fined. If what they did, or failed to do, resulted in the deaths of eleven people, they should be tried for murder.

Posted by: shield1 | June 1, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Obviously the White House is under extreme pressure to "do something," and since the President cannot swim the 5000 feet to the broken riser, this is one thing he can do. It's reasonable to start collecting evidence of legal culpability now when memories and documents are not diminished by time. When I read posters who use the same logic Rand Paul did, that accidents happen, I have to wonder if they could be so cavalier had the "accident" resulted in the death of a loved one. As evidence accumulates it is clear that BP as the well owner had ample evidence that there were problems. Instead of taking excessive care in capping the well, it seems that BP's representative on the rig enforced BP's decision to take quicker, less expensive steps. In retrospect, I doubt they think that was prudent. If what we know now is true, at the least there will be civil penalties, and at worst criminal. But the process should begin now.

Posted by: gratianus | June 1, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This guy Holder is as big an ars$hole as his incompetent boss. Just as competemt, too.
What a bunch of disgusting losers Odumbo and company are. They couldn't find their ars$es with both hands.

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 1, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Good, we need an Independent Prosecutor to investigate the Obama Administrations connections and money with BP!!!

WE NEED JUSTICE, FROM THE OBAMA CORRUPTION MACHINE, THAT PLACES PEDDLING INFLUENCE FROM MONEY AHEAD OF THE ENVIRONMENT!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: theaz | June 1, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious they can't plug the hole, morons. If the govt told them to start drilling release holes days after this happened, it's because they realized they can't stop this.

People who defend the corporations to the death (of this country). You have blood on your hands darker than all the oil flowing into the Gulf.

This is is 9/11 + Katrina. None of you can begin to grasp what this means for America. The Gulf is dead.

Posted by: AdHack | June 1, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If ever there was a time for the death penalty....

Posted by: AxelDC | June 1, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

And make sure he starts right at the top with the current "administration". They are as "guilty" as everyone else.

Posted by: gmclain | June 1, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a political hack. Where's the corresponding probe of the government?

Posted by: JoeTH | June 1, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

599 more "Day One's" to go before this
j@(ka55, King Obonehead gets booted from office.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 1, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Everybody said that it was perfectly safe to let oil companies drill these holes. Remember 'drill baby drill?'. Obviously something has gone wrong. Certainly the politicians can't stop the leak. It takes technological know how that only the oil companies and scientists have.

Could the government have done more to prevent this? Maybe a review is in order to find out. If laws were not broken here then perhaps we need new laws to prevent this from happening again?

Posted by: klaytham | June 1, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

If Holder only worked this hard on other issues, such as his good buddy Charlie Rangel,.... then the real pollution of this country would be eliminated.

Posted by: richard36 | June 1, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

This had better mean that taxpayers will not be bailing out BP. If not, it is a farce. I refuse to pay one penny to bail out the oil industry. They should pay us for the damage they have caused: seizebp.org

Posted by: Student_Of_Irony | June 1, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This is a good sign. We are at the mercy of our slavemaster BP to plug the hole that it created. It's clear that gross negligence on the part of BP led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. I would not shed a tear of BP ceased to exist as a financially viable entity after this debacle is finished.

And hopefully Obama can finally get around to flushing out all the Bush scum from the pipes of MMS so this doesn't happen again.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | June 1, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

They flew him down there just to announce this? What a crock. This is the time for action. Investigations should come after the problem is solved.

Posted by: VaBroker | June 1, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Gee-wouldn't it be better to concentrate on stopping the leak first? We have plenty of time for criminal proceedings. Once again Obama fails to measure up as he concentrates on assigning blmae instead of curing the immediate crisis. What a loser.

Posted by: Realist201 | June 1, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It is so good to see that the Federal Government is more concerned with the criminalization of "Big Oil" then it is with "plugging the hole". Way to keep that jack boot on the throat of BP. That's going to solve the problem.

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Posted by: AdHack | June 1, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This is an absolute joke!

It is like putting the fox in charge of finding out who hurt the hens!

Debra J.M. Smith
Journalist at InformingChristians.com

Posted by: DebraJMSmith | June 1, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

What we have here is incompetance at the "Executive Level" of government.

How's that for keeping the Sestak job out of the news?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 1, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Eric Holder is an idiot. This is nothing but a diversionary smoke and mirrors witch hunt!

Posted by: lbennatt | June 1, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Plug the hole . . then worry about who to blame. If Mr. Holder needs something to do he can read the Arizona immigration law.

Sadly, sometimes accidents happen.

Posted by: sarno | June 1, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Here we go - Obama gets egg on his face, so time for a public show trial.

I am sure that threatening to arrest and imprison every BP exec and engineer will get the leak stopped! (sarcasm filter off)

Posted by: pgr88 | June 1, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Holder will indict some low-level clerk, who maybe got some tawdry perk from lobbyists, whose defense will be that the Interior chiefs made veiled threats against employees who were slow to approve drillers' requests. BP will insist it need not comply with anything not in the letter of the law, and that its dinky estimates of the leak size were "in good faith." The cost of the trial will easily exceed the drillers' statutory limit on damage payments. so maybe a nolocontendere plea will suffice.

Posted by: jkoch2 | June 1, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

What a crock. Shake down corporations for more Obama Cash for Obama's stash, so they can pass it around and spread the wealth.

Holder, according to King Obonehead, he's been in charge since "Day One." Go jail him for his incompetance.

Holder, go after the USG inspectors, who signed off on the reports as meeting spec.

Let BP do what it has to do to cap it and stay the heck out of the way.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 1, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Excellent. Please start with the BP oil men on the rig who chose to override the warnings, and the MMS government employees who were acting at the behest of big oil and violating their public trust. It is little consolation though, knowing the oil is still spewing into our planet's ecosystem.

Posted by: rgfox555 | June 1, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Federal agencies, including the FBI, are participating in the probe and "if we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be forceful in our response."

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Does this mean Dick Cheney can be held accountable finally? In a probe, does this mean allthe secret talks Cheney had with the oil companies must come out? WIll wile-e-coyote Dick now have to answer to the American people how he srrewed our country?

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 1, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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