May 3rd, 2010
09:50 PM ET

Times Square Terror: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, breaking developments in the Times Square bomb threat.  Investigators are looking at the possibility this was not the work of a lone wolf. Plus, we're keeping BP honest over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We also have Gary Tuchman's investigation on the priest who was convicted of being a child molester. Why did Cardinal Ratzinger, who is now the Pope, hesitate in defrocking  him?

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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Theresa, Mississippi

    Where are the "drill baby drill" people? They should be lined up on the gulf coast to help with the cleanup.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Sue

    BP had a disaster in the North slope in Alaska? I had not heard that before... Hope to hear a good in-depth on that and Texas fisco that your guest referred to on a future AC369. Thanks.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  3. jordan

    why does bp keep denying things, it even more arrogant to say we didnt do this and we didnt do that, but we will take care of it, who do they think they are?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Monica M. Williams

    There is nothing natural about oil spreading throughtout the gulf. Nature did not cause the spill so we should not expect "nature" to rectify it.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio


    "This is really something, re. BP! I wonder just what the total cost & damage will be?"

    Great seeing you as well Emily! I don't think they have any idea what the final cost will be to the people or the wildlife.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  6. Amanda

    Maybe BP should spend less time writing up weasel words.....er.. legalese for kind volunteers to sign.. and more time finding a solution. And I believe the other companies involved (halliburton, transocean, etc) should also be held accountable, not just BP

    May 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gary Tuchman is doing great job reporting from Louisiana tonight, Gary have a good point there.

    President Obama was there to see these damages and travel how happened to check it out. he was so upset about that.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This sounds like a gamble like wall street .

    May 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  9. Sue

    No, it does not break up naturally! Yes, I agree with the good doctor lady on your show.. it will take forever to break down.
    BTW, I heard on NPR that BP is pumping in detergent to the ocean bed to breakdown the oil and disburse it before it reaches the surface. Well, disbursing does not reduce the issue; it actually increases it. If it comes up and can be gathered and then disposed off it is best approach.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I feel so badly for all the wildlife that are suffering because of this. What price can you put on that?

    20 endangered Sea Turtles dead; what a tragedy!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Gerard Mc Ardle, Belfast, Ireland

    This is the US's Gulf Coast wildlife "Tsunami".

    Also, BP = Bad Pill for every environment, period!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Lois Palm

    Hello Anderson Cooper welcome back!
    We missed you can't nobody do AC360 like you..

    May 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  13. Vahik

    We should be extremely concerned. Such terrorist car bomb attempts stared 20 or more years ago in Kuwait and Arabian Gulf countries.They are small tests and terrorist are in U.S soil to repeat their ugly acts of terror.May God help us to defeat them.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Funny Anderson' 'rogue lawyers'. It's been my experience that corporate lawyers don't blow their noses without a detailed plan.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    How can BP clean up when they have not stop the leak? I am sure the letters were written to protectBP from further loss of money.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Sue

    Anderson, please stay on the BP investigation 360 report. They have got to be held accountable. They had the option to say very early on that they need help and they could have had this under greater control, I feel.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Sharon Hastings

    It seems like there is alot of information coming out about safeguard measures that were not taken by BP in this particular drilling site. Of course we need to find out what happened and why but now our main concern is that whatever is needed to fix this gets done asap. So much wildlife will die. It's sickening to think about.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  18. Karen, MN

    The oil companies remind me our big banks. Slimy!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Helen

    @michael Armstrong: I thought the president was down there yesterday. Could I be wrong? I thought he made a speech about BP. Was that a wrong report on CNN?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    Is money really the most important issue now?
    I am much more worried about the wildlife and the nature.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi JoAnn
    Nice see you again! 🙂 I agree with you.... That is so hard to understand, it is very horrible to hear.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    BP is pushing the blame ,,,There are so many legal issues involved with the oil spill that so many of us will never understand,,,but ultimately the consumer is going to be paying the big $$$.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Sue

    Of course they had personal knowledge! They dont have these things coming out every day. So, where did the indemnification come from? Trace it back to source!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Karoline, Los Angeles

    From the Transocean website:

    Transocean Ltd. is the world's largest offshore drilling contractor and the leading provider of drilling management services worldwide. With a fleet of 139 mobile offshore drilling units plus three announced ultra-deepwater newbuild units, the company's fleet is considered one of the most modern and versatile in the world due to its emphasis on technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Who is BP trying to fool? That document had to be approved by someone in authority!

    I don't believe a word BP is saying.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  26. Saveena, Pennsylvania

    Yes Anderson, it is the waivers that is very wrong and heartless.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    They did a test burn last week. Why haven't they tried to burn off more of this?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Anderson for bring up so many facts about B P's rules, exceptions, and expecially abhorant behavior re: waivers!

    I hope with all my heart that BP will be held responsible for ALL of the damages to the environment, clean up, suits by all people affected and the long term future problems as a result of this horrific incident!

    I have also heard that under Mr. Cheney's term, BP was excused from certain safetly measures which would have turned the oil gushing right now.

    Thank you , as always, Gary Tuchman for your very excellent story too!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Great to see Gary covering this! He will get to the bottom of it.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  30. Karoline, Los Angeles

    The rig was owned and I guess operated by Transocean. So fine. BP can sue them.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  31. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    So how close is Obama watching B.P.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Kathy, Chicago

    Does it surprise anyont that BP is trying to cover their butts?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Alex

    Just wanted to say something about the Times Square bombing,

    I'm really glad that no one was hurt and that there was no damage and that authorities were able to evacuate the area and keep the public safe. However, the objective of terrorism is to create terror and despite the lack of death and injury, I think that this was still accomplished and unfortunately, draws into question the security of Americans on American soil.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is so shocking news people found lot of mammals dead by gulf coast..... I couldn't believe my eyes, it was leak oil spill by BP, BP are accountable, what they have done to birds, turtle, seals and others.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Also, some of the fishermen said that the document is difficult to understand.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  36. Sue

    An indemnification?!!! Wow!! BP tried to pull a fast one on the fishermen!! I am impressed that someone had the good sense to get their agreement run by a lawyer.. Or perhaps the lawyers took the initiative to find out what is in it when they heard BP is doing an agreement! LOL BP's only matched by shisters. Of course we have reason to be suspicious and we have reason to be mad at BP!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Smith in Oregon

    The real Total Costs of this BP / Haliburton Crude Oil spill could equal 200 BILLION dollars. Currently BP has pledged a total of 7 Billion. That would hose the American taxpayers for 97% of the total or 193 Billion.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Saveena, Pennsylvania

    Not that conditions are wrong or bad but to have the people sign waivers to their rights are horrific.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Oh...so the volunteers can't sue if they slip on oil and break an arm.

    So who owns and manned the rig?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    How rotten can those BP officials be? Those fishermen are going to suffer because of BP's negligence and they want them to sign their rights away!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Sue

    WOW! That's literally pittance for the extent of damage that BP has caused! Why do we let them get away with it?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  42. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, great to see you back, good evening Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    Thank goodness they didn't have the ability to detonate the explosive they had. And that it was the wrong sort of fertilizer. But maybe that info shld not be released.

    Surprised no papers were exchanged when car was bought. Good that they found the person who bought the car, do they have that person in custody if they are announcing they have the person's name?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Karen, MN

    I think BP should pay the whole bill.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Tyler

    This is getting crazy!!! When are we going to stop these terriosts from coming to America. It's scary letting them come over here. No doubt, every American is scared of these men. When are we actually going to take action. We need to stop letting anyone from the Middle East come over to America. We gotten straighten up our security and border controls. Is it going to a bombing, that finally gets us moving. Lets stop the attacks before they happen. Tighten the airports, profile every Middle Eastern. Cause its either them...or us! We're not being racist, we just don't want to die. Anyone agree?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Amanda

    I'm sure all of the companies involved (bp, halliburton) have disaster insurance, would the ins. companies have to foot the bill then?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Gerard Mc Ardle, Belfast, Ireland

    Dear Anderson,

    Could these terrorist's try a part 2 like they did in Britain when they had a failed attempt in London that was tipped off by an ambulance driver. They then went on & crashed a Land Rover into the entrance of an airport entrance in Scotland, which again failed. They could try the same thing in your country as they might feel while they're on the loose before being caught, that they might as well have another attempt at murder/terrorism. Hope I'm wrong.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

    So glad to see you on the blog tonight! 🙂

    This is really something, re. BP! I wonder just what the total cost & damage will be?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Saveena, Pennsylvania

    It was also very wrong for the BP officials to put conditions on the documents that the people have to sign that will help with the cleaning up.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Otha

    Is there any developments in the capture of the bombing incident?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Starr, formerly known as vincent


    Yes, the vendor said it all when he said if you see it – say it.

    Now, if only we could get the "no snitch" community to swith to "see it say it".

    May 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
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