May 3rd, 2010
09:50 PM ET

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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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  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The church is nothing more than another big organization. They don't care about the individual.

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

    It was well known that as Cardinal Ratzinger, the present Pope poorly handled many, many complaints of abuse by priets.

    Again, thank you Gary Tuchman for your tireless reporting on this issue and so many more.

    If any one can get an interview with the Pope, Gary can!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  3. charlie

    My goodness. My are there no criminal charges been brought against the pope? Who even has jurisdiction?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They go into priesthood to get their kicks!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  5. Theresa

    I've read some people are feeling sorry for BP...please.....I just heard BP wanted the fishermen to sign a waiver that if tey were injured during the clean up BP wouldn't be liable. My, what a considerate business.......they're just concerned since they see some of their profits being spent on this fiasco.Somebody needs to pay...if they're not 100% liable they certainly share part of the responsibility!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  6. Sue

    @Emily, You raise a great point. Yes, the hurricane is coming and will compound the issue. In fact, it does not need a big hurricane, just a high tide for this to hit the shore. Next full-moon is on May 27th, and we will have high tide on that day.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  7. Emily

    Knowing that there is proof that Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope, hesitated to defrock a priest who was convicted of being a child molester makes me ashamed to be a Catholic! 🙁

    May 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  8. David, Indiana

    Thank you Anderson, a comprehensive view of the spill and the issues having to do with it's containment.

    Rob Marciano's rept on the location and movement of the spill maybe doesn't predict how it will move but does show the forces, wind, current at work. Can the rigs that are surrounded by the slick, help in the clean up?

    How many barges will have to be used to hold the oil that will be gathered from the well head if the improvised well head works?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Exxon Valdez cost Exxon $2 billion. So 20 years later, assuming this gets no bigger than that, figure 10-20 times that, or $20-40 billion.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The Pope needs to go to confession .

    May 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    My heart goes to Tennesee state caused flashing flood. there was 27 people dead. I heard Dolly Parton posted her twitter her own hometown today.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  12. lisal -canada

    that is what he said??? "it was a long time ago??" he is just blindly hoping that his victims also thought "it was a long time ago" and let it slide, perhaps forget about it. (that, sir, would appear to be the incorrect answer, as well as an incorrect assumption)

    May 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  13. Sue

    @charlie, I respectfully disagree. Every company of this kind should have contingency plan and reserves established from prior profits to clean up the mess. They are probably also insured and reinsured to reduce these costs. So, they should NOT pass the costs onto consumers. This is not the result of increase in consumption – if it is, then it is demand driven..

    May 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  14. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

    "I am really worried about the wildlife because the animal welfare organizations are still dealing with Haiti!"

    I hope wonder how the animals are doing in Haiti?
    I remember that Sean Penn and his group were helping all the people move in the tent cities....

    Knowing that hurricane season is coming, all that oil is going to make it worse? 🙁

    May 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  15. Karoline, Los Angeles

    LOL-wow, what a response to Gary. "It was all a long time ago." Well that makes everything OK, doesn't it? Geez...

    May 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  16. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Why is that priest not in jail do they have immunity .

    May 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  17. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jo Ann, They say this could be worse than the Exxon Valdez. There is still oil on those beaches today.

    NOAA estimates just 16,000 gallons of 11 million spilled.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  18. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    I am really angry. We had so many nature distasters already this year -earthquakes, erupting volvanos, things nobody can be blamed for.
    But this oil-spill is man-made and still may be one of the worst disasters.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Gary is really doing a great job on the Vatican/pedophile story. I am glad he is staying on it.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Tom Forman for such a great explanation.

    Of course, BP will continue to obtain the oil and probably make money off of it. It figures.

    And, there is more than one leak?!

    I will be surprised if they are able to get the cap on the spurting oil successfully. They have had very little go right so far.

    The depth of the well is a big part of the problem.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Water and oil do not mix!"

    May 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  22. lisal -canada

    bp will quite likely get off a lot easier than it should – they don't have a very impressive timeline when it comes to disaster incidents, do they? really quite a shame.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  23. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "Releasing this much information gives advantage to the enemy."

    I bet that they have much more information! It shows the public that they are really working (together) on it, getting results, and putting the public at ease.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio


    "It's really awful 7 knowing that hurricane season is upon us..."

    I just posted a question about that myself! Great minds think alike!

    I am really worried about the wildlife because the animal welfare organizations are still dealing with Haiti!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Lois Palm

    How can BP ask people to sign wavers that's unconsiderate of them..BP have a bad safety record they should have learn from the Texas City incident..they need to put on notice and not given a slap on the wrist..

    May 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  26. Cessy - Chicago

    Tom Foreman's demonstration looks like it's hard to do

    May 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  27. Chris Lefler


    The BP liability waiver clause is a "cut and paste spill disaster." As an attorney, I am tired of corporations hiding behind the legal fiction of the separate entity that is divorced of personal accountability. An attorney for BP copied a "textbook legal contract" without any consideration of the impact on the people who care and and are capable cleaning up a corporate disaster. Why doesn't the government, which is fundamentally a corporation, have all the citizens sign a complete and total waiver of civil accountability.

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

    Thankfully Americans can check the spill size via public satellite photos to counter any further Big Oil propaganda regarding to if this 'box' is working or not.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  29. Emily

    "our best Hope"...
    That does not sound like it's very reassuring Tom!
    What are the 'odds' of it working?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  30. Theresa, Mississippi

    Just one last thing...it's about to be hurricane season and if they don't stop that oil from spewing and God forbid a hurricane or tropical storm come into the gulf, that oil will be pushed on land somewhere.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They should use a fine net to help clean that oil up out of the Gulf.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  32. Betsy R.

    Is it true that a $500,000 safety device could have prevented this ? That there are no regulations to force this equipment in our country? Yet other countries do require this... Brazil and some others I believe???

    Again, corporate greed. We need to stop our dependence on dirty fuel. We must get clean. OR WE WILL ALL BE PART OF THIS DIRT THAT KILLS OUR ENVIRONMENT.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  33. Amanda

    So sad that a company's shortcomings aren't revealed until something horrible like this happens. Maybe if they were held accountable for earlier, small mistakes, this woudlnt have happened.

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

    What happens to this oil when hurricane season hits?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  35. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

    I think that it was great reporting by Gary tonight.
    I agree that it will be years of cost to the environment!

    Those that rely on it, have spoken about that last week, that their children will still be effected by it.
    It's really awful 7 knowing that hurricane season is upon us...

    May 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Smith in Oregon

    BP will hose customers at the gas pumps and American taxpayers will get hosed for some 193 Billion dollars resulting from the true projected total costs of this crude oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Seems like BP is proceeding as if this was a win-win situation.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  37. David, Indiana

    If BP is responsible for the clean up, to the public they are responsible for the spill and should own up to that, they may legally be able to ask for help in the clean up from the contractor.

    The waivers are difficult to understand. Riki Ott's background info on who this issue was handled by Exxon during the clean up of Prince William sound is informative. BP should be focusing on training people not wriggling out of responsibility for involving workers in hazardous materials clean up.

    Douglas Brinkley is coming down hard on BP, but the he has a pt, the deepwater drilling in inherently dangerous.

    Hope Ms Borries can contact BP. Hope they can contact her. She obviously has the resources to offer help.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  38. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Karoline. LA

    You are so right, i'm afraid. BP will probably Never pay the true price of the spill.

    It will be left with the American people not only to pay but to live with.

    "Corporate warfare" seems an appropriate statement to me.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  39. charlie

    It is perfectly reasonable for costs for such a spill to be passed on to the consumer. Gasoline in the US is still way to cheap to cover the true cost of oil (ie proper protection of environment) or to motivate alternatives.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  40. Cessy - Chicago

    a great way to try to catch up with all the important news. Thank you for the coverage 360 staff!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  41. Sue

    I hope they blow lots of whistles on BP. How can a company involved in the business of oil that is so dangerous not have a good plan to prevent this? I am amazed that these rigs depend on ONE valve or whatever it is called to cap the thing if there is a blow up. Never heard of such a thing. For something so big, why is there only one way to cap it off? They needed to have multiple ways – multiple caps that get closed progressively downward. That would be the way to prevent further spill without depending on one cap.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  42. Karoline, Los Angeles

    So, if the oil residue drops to the bottom of the gulf, what happens when there are hurricanes over the next 5 years or so?

    Does that mean the shore will be pelted with wind, water, debris, and oily muck?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany,
    Yes, There are very important issue, BP must pay this. I agree with you. Good point there. There are wildlife are taking care themselves right now.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  44. Lori, S. California

    Hello Anderson! Hi everyone! Anderson is back! Woo Hoo!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    They say this could be worse than the Exxon Valdez. There is still oil on those beaches today.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  46. Gene

    Well gas in Washington state is at or above $3.10 a gal. How long is it that this oil spill is going to RAISE THE PRICE TO,,,$4.00??Might want to look into that before they ,,,never mind.BP got it figured out.Say maybe ,,,NEXT WEEK!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  47. Steve Woodard

    Yes BP should be held accountable.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  48. Rick

    People have to chill out about this BP liability waiver – almost all organizations have volunteers sign these things.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Starr, formerly known as vincent


    I agree with you. I too am very worred about the destruction of the estuaries and all of the varied wildlife that will be destroyed by this spill.

    I have Never heard of the ocean reabsobing oil without consequence. Does anyone know about this. Where did Limbaugh get this info?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  50. Karoline, Los Angeles

    The American people will pay the bill. Ain't that always the way it goes?

    Corporate welfare strikes again.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
    • Dan

      Where is the accountability from corprate fat cats in this country!!! Guess the middle class will have to pay for this w the shirts off their backs again!!

      May 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
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