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. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Another excellent report by Randi-Kaye.

    What a twisted tale....

    May 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Kenya

    *sigh* I hope this murder won't start a race war. 🙁

    May 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  3. carla

    he was going to get raped by a racist...he should get manslaughter

    May 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Elizabeth

    The training this man this received appears very poor. It seems more likely that he became disgruntled with the US and disturbed than he is a major Al Qaeda operative. It is ridiculous to say he shouldn't be read his rights – surely this is fundamental to a fair legal system.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @starr, the action of the NYPD and FBI was admirable. But they were very lucky. Had the bomb worked, the evidence would have been gone.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  6. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David, Indiana

    Thanks for your response. I agree completly. There can be no more short cuts in off shore drilling.

    We all must demand that energy companies approach providing energy globally be careful and responsible in their practices.

    The devestation that we are looking at in the Gulf environmentally is personally devastating to me and breaking my heart.
    This did Not have to happen. BP cut corners with the permission of the Bush administration and this is the end result.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  7. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @carla, there is a high probability that his plan in coming to the US and becoming a citizen was to be a terrorist sleeper cell all the time.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Faisal want hurt us any emeny our side, he don't like us anymore, his reason to know why he hate us.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  9. nancyinoregon

    There are just so many people who crave meaning, importance. I have to wonder how many suicide bombers,etc., never really felt they had value.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  10. Sharon Hastings

    The Monday special on 360 should be very interesting. Sounds like he chose this particular outlet for his rage.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  11. Karen, MN

    Minnesota seems pretty safe from terrorism, but I do worry about New York. 3 years ago I was lucky to enjoy 14 days in Manhattan. I fell in love with New York and its people. Stay safe!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  12. carla

    oh mike he is and american pakistan american but still american

    May 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  13. David, Indiana

    It does seem like Shahzad left a trail of clues, but there is a lot of training and focus at work in his capture.

    Well a day, and a lifetime of painting to paint it.

    @Starr yes system does seem to be working as it should.

    Very sorry have to go now. Good night everyone if I can't come back.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  14. karie

    well, if Obama's "using" the disaster in any way, it's to create something good out of this horrendous tragedy...if ever there was a time to try to make something happen, it's now

    May 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Soledad Gomez

    has he said why he did what he did?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  16. Dan Montgomery

    This oil spill is a classic example of "nothing will probably happen". So let's avoid extra expense and effort by just doing the minimum required.
    But this attitude leads to catostrophe when the unexpected actually does happen. Our earth is getting too fragile to do less than the maximum to protect it.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  17. lisal -canada

    i was pondering earlier the effect that the actions of individuals have on the families

    i am sure they are in shock over this and had not ever expected to now be scrutinized. i mean, how many people would actually think about suddenly being tossed into the spotlight for no reason of their own?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  18. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ erry....i didn't say there was nothing to worry about in the future, i was conveying my pride in our local and national security agencies and the very excellent response they showed in the particular case.

    Of course we as Americans need to remain vigilent against future terrorism, but i have much more confidence in our agencies' ability in solving the incidents and finding the culprits with amazing and accurate speed!!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Such Details Of The Painting!"

    May 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  20. gail

    We can not stop every lone wolf, but they should know that we will not be cowed, we will not be terrorized, and we will track you down and justice will be done.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  21. James Theall

    I can see the think tank meeting saying 1) oil spill bad. 2) Katrina hurt us 3)how can we get people to make oil spill hurt Obama like Katrina hurt Bush = answer = 'Heck of a job Brownie'.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Lisa Page

    How weird, I was just thinking I hadn't heard much of any explanation of what caused the blast.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  23. David, Indiana

    @Starr I agree, and the theory seems nutty to me. Though the spill should cause us to look at offshore drilling more closely as the impacts to wildlife, shoreline, beaches, and commercial fisheries are devastating and potentially catastrophic.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    One man who already alert call police and FBI, was vietnam war, was hero to see what he found bomb explosive in the car. He was doing right thing to call fast! 🙂

    May 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  25. NikkiO

    I'm super concerned – live on Gulf in FL –ppl have no idea the domino effect this is going to cause–just normal red tide (=dead fish) -all those sea animals dead = toxic smell plus oil =more toxic smell=ppl frm shore to 5 miles in will have to move. If oil gets into Tampa Bay = nightmare.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  26. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We should follow his leads into Pakistan with his training .

    May 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  27. fred

    i think we know why brown was relived of his fema position. he is bitter over his release and has lost all logic if he ever had any. it is just stupid to say anyone wanted a crisis to happen to achive any goals. brown needs to grow up and accept the fact he was relived from his position because he did a bad job in new orleans.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Bill

    AC, can someone explain why it may be "bad" to read someone like this bomber his Miranda rights? If we do, does that prohibit an enemy combatant stance later on? What are the legal implications?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  29. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @carla, he's from Pakistan, not like McVeigh at all.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  30. janet NC

    At first I was angry at Michael Brown's comments, but the longer I watched, the more I realized that he is indeed a sad figure. He is more to be pitied than criticized.

    It is very sad that he has to stoop to these foolish accusations to get any recognition.

    His fifteen minutes of fame should have ended with the Katrina fiasco.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    We are just lucky that Faisal was dumber than the FBI. From the failed bomb to the cell phone calls, he is responsible for his own capture.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  32. carla

    he is and american terrorist just like tim mcveigh of course he has the right to remain silent or like any american make a deal......no matter he will never get out of jail....attempted murder of a city such as new york you get at least life as in always and forever in prison....the deal is life....in prison he will die in prison but he will live in prison also

    May 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I heard that there are 1,000 police and other agency personnel in NYC dedicated to anti-terrorism. There are 6 in Chicago. I think he picked the wrong city to mess with.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  34. Bill

    Is it illegal to fly to Pakistan? Seems you can't travel to/from that country without raising a red flag.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  35. Starr, formerly known as vincent


    Great report! Yes, keep the man talking....he seems to want to cooperate.

    He is an American citizen, was read his rights and is apparently totally willing to cooperate with the authorities.

    The system is working exactly the way that it was meant to work.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Thank God for the vendor who was alert to what was happening around him..... This makes me wonder how many possible terrorists could be living in our own neighborhood.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  37. nancyinoregon

    Yep, Cessy, but re-found him.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  38. matt

    we can't stop all of them but we can arrest all of them. They got that guy faster then u could wacth bravehreat good job feds

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  39. j kake

    Obama probably didn't cause this. But is enjoying it. Another free pass

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  40. Mary

    just wish the airports would up there game like NYPD and get these list updated faster , with all this tech we should be more on the ball

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  41. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    As long as they are talking, there is no hearing!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  42. Lois Palm

    @Starr @Sharon great work hats off to them..and the fact that they worked together to bring him to justice quickly

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  43. Jerry


    I agree that the NYPD, FBI, etc did a great job, but there is still alot to be worried about as the car bomb would have expoded if it had not been for Shahzad's blundrer.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Chris Bearce

    Hello guys,
    I do believe you can connect the dots from Obama's speaches. He and his administration are all too happy to use this opportunity to crush our Oil industry. I am for associative and alternative energy. That means we need to investigate all forms of energy generation, but we cannot just quit drilling for oil. Since we don't have the domestic alternative energy sources at the ready, I do not want to just shut down our oil industry and depend on foreign oil.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  45. nancyinoregon

    It sounds to me like he needs to feel important.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  46. Cessy - Chicago

    Did I just hear that at one point, the FBI lost track of him? HOW???

    May 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Kathy, Chicago,
    Yes, they are so lucky to be alive in NYC! Right now that man named Faisal Shahzad arrested by police and FBI at JFK International Airport his flight on way to Dubai, Now I am glad he caught!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  48. Marion Denney

    We've all paid for the clean up already hundreds of times over. first in outlandish profits to oil companies and now with the health risks and devastating short and long term immeasurable effects on the environment. Apparently the Republicans allowed BP off the hook on the full extent of their EPA requirements, so they may want to pipe down about trying to lay the blame on Obama.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Blaque Fowler

    Thank you for attempting to present all sides; however, letting Michael Brown comment on a disaster is going a bit far. He obviously has a political axe to grind. Not only is he accusing the current administration of purposely not acting, he levels his own failure at the feet of the previous administration. If his problem with Katrina was lack of resources, he should have shouted from the roof tops–help would have come from the people. He was afraid to shout then...it must be easier now.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  50. Caroline

    This tragic oil spill is what the American people feared would happen. It was just a matter of time. The American people also want to switch from carbon based fuels to something more environmentally harmless. Good to know that Obama feels the same.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
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