May 4th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Oil Spill Conspiracy Theories: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, the stunning statement from former FEMA director Michael Brown. He said President Obama
wants the Gulf oil spill to spread, and is using it to stop all offshore drilling. Where are his facts? We're keeping them honest.

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  1. karen

    hi anderson; brown says the environment will recover maybe should check out the ongoing problems in alaska. it seems that the right is really digging it the gutter if they need brownie to spread there message. it's unamerican to slander our president especially when we so narrowly escaped a terrorist attack just saturday. this type of retoric gives fuel to whose who wish to harm us.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  2. carla

    that american terrorist sounds like he wanted to be caught.....maybe he will know where obl is and turn him in cause don't we all suspct he is in pakastan...did i spell that corectly

    May 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This guy and others like him should beware of the American determination .

    May 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If BP did not have the ability to control an oil spill at that depth they had no business drilling that deep.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Sharon Hastings

    Kudos to the NYPD, FBI, Homeland Security, etc. They are to be commended for exemplary investigative work. Now I hope that we can learn alot from this person that will be helpful to us. Of course that's assuming he can be believed. It was all pretty sloppy work which is lucky for us.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  6. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I have to say i am totally impressed with how well our security (local and national) agencies performed with the NYC Times Square attempted bombing incident.

    We had the purp within 52 hours!! Hurray for America! Our various agencies have apparently developed excellent communication and raport with each other so that solving these incidents is happening in lightening time!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  7. carla

    i can't help but wonder with all those cameras how this american terrorist just drove into new york with a man made bomb in his car...the only person that seen the car parked illegally was a vendor not a cop....and the cop this vendor went to what was he doing on the horse not looking for cars parked kept running in the city.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  8. Syed

    It is always a pleasure to watch you reprt, you pretty much represent the old american way of doing business. Here is my comment"The question is not this guy or that guy doing these hopeless acts of shame but more important is why these people are taking on such stupid acts that even their own religion does not support these acts, we need to engage with these people and educate them.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Anderson, You should get a hold of BP's exploration plan for the Deepwater Horizon well and confront their reps. In it they claim that it is "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities."

    They also said that because it was 48 miles from shore an oil spill would have no adverse affects on the environment or wildlife.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This oil leak is an engineering failure. They happen. We'll fix it, and move on.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  11. Cessy - Chicago

    glad to hear that F. Shahzad was caught. I don't buy that he did this alone.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Ellen

    It's important to reveal these lies about our president and the administration. Keep keeping 'em honest.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  13. David, Indiana

    I've read that oil in the ocean does coagulate in globules that are tough on the outside but the interiors are still wet with gooey oil and the globules when washed ashore spoil beaches just like an oil slick washing ashore.

    Could someone please explain to me the pt Gary Tuchman was making about the position of the island in his report.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  14. Joe

    Over the pass several years, BP has been involved in more than a few major disasters... what's a little environ havoc.. it'll recover always does... has in the past... rightttttt!!!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  15. mike

    Anderson I heard on CSPAN by a govt official that the feds were at the gulf spill early on and was told by BP they had the situation under control. The feds then left till it became obvious that BP didn't have under control at which times they got right back on it.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  16. Julie from ALbuquerque

    I'm NOT an Obama fan.... and even I think this is totally stupid.....

    May 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gary Tuchman is doing great job down there in Louisiana, Oil spills leaks rig, That was so sad for mammals dead...... I hope Wildlife will be safe for now.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Derek-Pensacola

    People here in Pensacola are going crazy about this oil spill. This was first good year since Ivan in 04. This could really set this city back 15 years.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  19. Kathy, Chicago

    Lucky for NYC the bomb did not go off.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Gerard Mc Ardle, Belfast, Ireland


    On the terrorist, I think he's talking his head off to put the security forces off track...I would think there's others in America waiting to strike...& that guy is giving the authorities a false sense of security. There must have been someone else with him...& what about that guy who was on camera taking off his shirt or likewise. Did he come forward? And if not, why not?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Mickey Jackson, Washington DC

    Brown's statements are ridiculous, but I'm more interested in the much more widespread claim that this disaster is "Obama's Katrina." As one who witnessed Katrina, and the government's lack of response, firsthand, I'm wondering about Anderson's view of this claim.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  22. Kathryn - Plym Mtg PA

    He looks so much like people that I have worked with. How do we deal with the realization that our coworkers might be terrorists when they have a family and seem to be struggling like the rest of us. It breaks my heart that we can not label these potential bombers without developing a distrust of all who are not just like us.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Klaus B.

    Drill Baby drill.
    We are not able to close a velve, but want to drill in sensible offshore areas and built new nuclear plants. Great!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Beth

    What credibility does Brownie or Rush have? These guys just want to hear themselves rant.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Janelle Donovan

    Dear Anderson,
    Thank you for your commitment to discovering the truth. Your interview with Brown about his destructive allegations about President Obama helped America to get a healthier perspective. We need courageous press coverage.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  26. Winona

    All Brown is doing is giving his opinion. This, from the person who did such a fantastic job with the citizens of New Orleans who suffered through Katrina. Sould his thoughts be given serious consideration? I think not. Just another mediahound...

    May 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  27. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If B.P. can not retain this spill they should pay to relocate the fishers .

    May 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  28. David

    We all need to worry about fixing this problem instead of blaming. Then we start figuring out how to prevent this problem from happing again. With pumping this much oil out of the ground there is potential for a problem to exsit

    May 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  29. nancyinoregon

    That's how it sounded to me, Megan. Thank you for corroborating it.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Chaney, La.

    Brown is way out of line. I crossed him off my list of reliable sources back in New Orleans. The Governor of Louisiana did not declare a State of Emergency until 9 days into this oil spill, it was initially a leak, then it became a spill, now its a gusher. There is a huge difference between Katrina and this. By his suggestion that President Obama could benefit politically from this disaster is equally despicable., so Brownie needs to crawl back under the rock from which he slithered.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  31. Karen

    Heard at work today that BP only leases the oil rig that is sending millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf. Who owns the rig? Halliburton?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Rob Mace

    Mr. Brown based on his pass history with little or no experience in FEMA needs to realize that facts matter when accusing Obama's admin in any coverup

    May 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Joshua NYC

    What experience did Brown have to even become head of FEMA? Now he's trying to criticize Obama's response, even though the small initial gov't response should have satisfied all the big-government's loathing Republicans. BP initially said the flow of the spill was much smaller than what later became apparent. Anyhow, I hope this motivates ALL Americans to consider there energy choices and do their part to converse and help our precious world. Littles changes make a big difference!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  34. David H

    Yes, this crisis should be a catalyst for precipitously reducing our oil consumption and decreasing the strength of the oil industry. Conspiring to move our country in a more sustainable, environmentally conscious future is a good thing? Don't be stuck in a rut of the status quo, we NEED to change our consumption as a society, period.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  35. scott b

    I wondered where he'd been hidin' out these days...
    no need to fear, however; clearly Brownie is still "doin' a heckuva job!"

    May 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Thanks for tthe great report Gary! So sad about the animals, they are so vulnerable and innocent. Please keep us posted!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Carol in California

    Good questioning of Brownie as he backpedaled as fast as he can from his previous remarks. He proves once again he has zero credibility about anything.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Pam holt

    Anderson, I"m not saying that president Obama delayed action on the oil spill, but I had been wondering about the span of days before we actually found out the significance of the oil spill. I can only say, you can"t stick your face down in the sand, eventually, you have to come up for air, even you !!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Rene

    Hello Anderson,

    Michael Brown has nerve! Because he couldn't handle Katrina he wants to create a conspiracy for the Obama Administration. No one is falling for these false accusations. The question should be what was BP doing to clean up the spill.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Mary Pat Burtt-Henderson

    It is inconceivable to me that any thought of off-shore drilling could possibly remain on the table. We are not a democracy. Our opinions mean nothing to our representatives. We have an honourable President who must deal with the oligarchy that truly influences the majority of our representatives. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams where are you?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Tony

    I'd like to know why no one has mentioned the failure of the device on the ocean floor that was supposed to shut off the supply of oil in the event of a catastrophe such as this. Is this a situation endemic to all off shore drilling or is this a unique situation?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  42. mark

    Brown's comments are totally absurd, trying to equate the govt reaction to that of his Katrina....albeit, the govt has been slow to respond in the utilization of hundreds of fisherman boats to assist in the cleanup.........

    May 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Marty-Charlotte

    Anderson-thanks for pressing "Brownie". There have been alot of stupid statements made by some fairly intelligent politicians on the oil spill subject-Lindsey Graham of SC made one of the dumbest ones-comparing it to the Challenger catastrophe. Huh?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  44. charlie

    My logic in saying that the consumers should pay for the clean up is based on two elements.
    1. They should pay since if they were not using the product the accidents would not occur.
    2. They do pay since oil companies do make money so all the costs incurred are covered by their customers.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    There using that chemical sinking the oil killing the sea life on the bottom .

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Geoffrey

    I hope Obama does use this crisis to stop further offshore drilling. Americans pay the some of the lowest gas prices in the world. Perhaps shutting down drilling and causing prices to go up will encourage the development of cleaner vehicles.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Marion, actually between BP and the administration it does seem that the booms that are along the coast could have been used to circle the oil rig. Why didn't that happen?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Tony

    My question is ... with all the near bombing that took place around the same time in NC and in ither places.. Is there a chance that this could have been something connecting to the same.. Was the rig destroyed on purpose by the same people or even worse.. by what is feared by many already.. Our on government ? Second.. Why did the even attempt to put the oir fire out ??? Let it burn over the clear waters ... Burt oil is smoke and alot less harmful in the air than in the waters.. Even now.. Burn the oil off the waters before it gets near land ! Thank you

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  49. David, Indiana

    @Charlie I have heard that acoustic sensors that detonate plugs to cap a well are used in the North Sea but didn't know about the off rig controls you mentioned. This does open up the question of whether or not deepsea drilling is properly regulated.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David, Indiana

    I agree with your post. Pres. Obama did want to approach "home" drilling responsibly with little to no impact on the environment.

    The people who think he will use this incident as an excuse to shut down Any American drilling are quite frankly, paranoid.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
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