The Boston Manhunt continues for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, Suspect No 2 (updated photo)

This image, below, provided by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center shows Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Authorities say Tsarnaev is still at large after he and another suspect — both identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya — killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence into the early hours of Friday, April 19, 2013. The second suspect, who has not yet been identified, was killed in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Boston Regional Intelligence Center)

Boston Marathon Explosions


TIMELINE of last night’s events from CBS Boston WBZ: 

Thursday, before 10:20 p.m. -A 7-11 in Cambridge is robbed by the men believed to be the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

10:20 p.m. – An MIT police officer was shot and killed responding to a report of disturbance in the area of Vassar and Main streets in Cambridge.

Approximately 11:30 p.m. – An armed carjacking by two men took place in the area of Third Street in Cambridge. The victim was held in the car for approximately a half hour.

Friday, approximately 12 a.m. – The carjacking victim was released at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. He was not injured. Police immediately began searching for the vehicle involved.

1 a.m. – Officers from several agencies were involved in a pursuit into Watertown. Gunshots and explosions were heard in the area of Dexter and Laurel streets in Watertown. Explosive devices were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects. The suspects and police also exchanged gunfire in the area of Dexter and Laurel streets. An MBTA police officer was shot and seriously injured during the pursuit. One of two Boston Marathon bombing suspects was injured and captured.

1 a.m. – Police agencies descended on Watertown. A manhunt was underway for the second suspect, who managed to escape on foot. A 20-block area was surrounded by police.

1:35 a.m. – The injured Boston Marathon Bombing suspect died at the hospital.

2 a.m. – The FBI released new photos of the suspect who remained on the run.

4:20 a.m. – Boston police sent out a surveillance photo of the suspect who was on the run that was taken earlier in the night.

5:45 a.m. All MBTA service was suspended indefinitely. Massachusetts State Police told residents in Watertown, Newton, Allston/Brighton, Waltham, Cambridge, and Belmont to stay home until further notice. No traffic was being allowed to leave Watertown.

6:38 a.m. – The Associated Press reported that AP the Boston Marathon bombings suspects are from a region in Russia near Chechnya, and have lived in the US at least one year.

6:45 a.m. – The Associated Press identified the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

6:55 a.m. – CBS reports that the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects were brothers.


Tune into MSNBC, to find out the latest developing in Boston.


Guardian: A manhunt is under way for one of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings after police sealed off a 20-block radius of a suburb where the suspect is believed to be hiding.

Photos: A law enforcement official checks his rifle during a search for the two men suspected of setting off two explosions during the Boston Marathon. Massachusetts State Police warned people in the suburb of Watertown not to open their doors. Credit: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Police with guns drawn search for a suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images


MIT classes cancelled today in wake of tragedy – MIT News: Letter to the community from MIT’s EVP/Treasurer and Chancellor: “While the circumstances around the officer’s death remain the subject of an active investigation, what is certain is that the officer gave his life to defend the peace of our campus.”


LIVE UPDATES: Bombing Suspect Dead in Shootout; Massive Manhunt Underway – ABC News

8:49 a.m. ET: Heavily armed police appear to have descended on a location in Watertown, Mass.

8:23 a.m. ET: All taxi service has been suspended in Boston, police say.

8:19 a.m. ET: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the suspect whom authorities continue to search for, is believed to have assault rifles and an assortment of other weapons, including bombs, law enforcement authorities tell ABC News.  Police are concerned  he might try to take hostages  and is prepared to die in a confrontation with authorities.

8:03 a.m. ET: Police tell residents of Boston and surrounding suburbs to “shelter in place,”  placing a major city essentially on lockdown.

8:00 a.m. ET: Gov. Deval Patrick tells residents of Boston and surrounding towns not to open door for anyone other than a uniformed police officer, as manhunt continues.


Live updates: One of two Boston Marathon bombing suspects dead, massive manhunt underway for other

One of two suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another, authorities said early on Friday.

“We believe these are the same individuals that are responsible for the bombings on Monday at the Boston Marathon,” said a police spokesman just after dawn. “This is a very serious situation that we are dealing with.”

The Middlesex district attorney said the two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer on campus late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed. Hours earlier, police had released photos of the marathon bombing suspects and asked for the public’s help finding them. A new photo of the suspect on the loose was released later showing him in a grey-hooded sweatshirt. It was taken at a 7-Eleven store in Cambridge, just across the river from Boston. (FBI)

The FBI asked that anyone with information on the two men to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit a special FBI website at

liberal-focus: Suspect and Martin Richard, the 8-year-old who died, in the same photo.


Who Is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Man at the Center of the Boston Manhunt? – The Atlantic Wire

This morning, after a chaotic evening saw his partner in crime (and apparently his older brother) killed and as a city locked down to find him, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev emerged as the name of the man in the ongoing manhunt in Boston Friday. According to information culled from multiple unconfirmed reports, Tsarnaev is a 19-year-old reportedly from Kyrgyzstan who has been living, for the past year, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Here’s everything else we think we know about “Suspect No. 2” — a.k.a. the one in the white hat, the one authorities apparently saw drop a bomb-laden backpack in security footages — based on the flood of incoming reports: His name is Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev […]

His Uncle Called Him a Loser

He May Have Run Over His Own Brother

NBC’s Williams says that Dzhokhar ran over his brother to get away from the firefight with police last night.

“I Don’t Have a Single American Friend.”

A photo essay of Dzhokhar’s brother Tamerlan is being passed around the Internet today. We’ve contacted photojournalist Johannes Hirn, to verify Tamerlan’s identity. What matches up is Tamerlan’s place of birth (Chechnya), his age, and his name. In the essay, “Will Box for Passport”, Tamerlan Tsarnaev said: “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”


6:47 AM – Today

FBI Releases Another Photo Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

dzhokhar tsarnaev


Think Progress: Police prepare to search an apartment building in Watertown, Mass.


An American morning – 4/19/2013

The Scooter Chair gravy train has left the station

Question for the teapartiers: is government the problem or the solution here?

The Atlantic Wire: Approximately 150 federal and state law enforcement agents launched a massive raid on one of the biggest perpetrators of government fraud in America: The Scooter Store. Yes, that’s right. The nation’s largest provider of single-person electric vehicles and power chairs is the target of a federal investigation, probably because many of the people who ride around their “personal mobility devices” don’t actually need them. […]

Doctors and former employees told CBS that the company would harass physicians with non-stop phone calls and offices drop-ins in order to wear them down. The company even has a special department devoted to getting chairs for patients who had already been ruled ineligible by Medicare. No doubt the pressure comes because their ads guarantee that the chair will be free if they can’t get you qualified. The Scooter Store is so good at getting the chairs that a government audit found that they had overbilled Medicare by over $100 million between 2009-2012. It’s no wonder their ads brag that “No other company will work harder to make you mobile.”

Heh. That reminds me of a day in 2008:

“Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn’t a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — “Government’s not the solution! Government’s the problem!” — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains.

The scooters are because of Medicare,” he whispers helpfully. “They have these commercials down here: ‘You won’t even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!’ Practically everyone in Kentucky has one.”

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can’t imagine it.”

— Matt Taibbi Among the Tea Partiers

1947 FBI Memo Re: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Yesterday vs. today:

1947 FBI Memo Re: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

With regard to the picture “It’s a Wonderful Life”, [redacted] stated in substance that the film represented rather obvious attempts to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists. [In] addition, [redacted] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.”


Mitt Romney’s ‘stolen’ tax returns: a political maneuver out of Karl Rove’s playbook?

Some wonder if the Mitt Romney Tax Return Theft hoax (fact?) is really just a political ploy by Karl Rove, or someone like him, to try and move Romney out of the position of “rich asshole who won’t release his tax returns to the American public,” and into the position of sympathetic victim (evil Democrats did it!). 

If so, good luck with that. I’m not sure many would feel sorry for him if his tax returns were released without his consent.

AP: “The plot in this mystery has enough holes that it could be an elaborate hoax. But it comes at a critical moment during the 2012 presidential campaign. In its broadest outlines, the case might be compared to Watergate, the 1972 political break-in that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. But unlike Watergate, which started with the arrest of bungling burglars traced to Republicans, the Tennessee case is a baffling mystery so far, without any clear suspects. There is no evidence Democrats were involved.

“[…] It was unclear even among experts whether the purported theft might be a hoax. The alleged culprit so far has provided no evidence that Romney’s tax returns actually were stolen, such as a scan of a partial page from one of the documents. But for seasoned and committed hackers such a theft was described as entirely plausible, especially for someone who could gain physical access to a company’s keyboards.

“[…] Even if the latest case were a hoax, hackers have been alerted to intense public interest in Romney’s personal finances. “You’ve got every hacker in the world thinking, `Wouldn’t that be awesome to do?'” Maiffret said. “I have a feeling this is going to be a hoax, but you’re going to have copycats who are going to try to do this.””

And just in time for all the new hacker-interest:

Larry Flynt Offers $1 Million for Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns: The offer will be featured in a full-page ad taken out in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post and the Tuesday edition of USA Today.

Release those returns, Willard. You’re supposed to be proving yourself, not asking voters to prove they believe you.

FBI puts Sovereign Citizen movement on public radar

‘Sovereign citizen’ movement now on FBI’s radar

“We are focusing our efforts because of the threat of violence,” said Stuart R. McArthur, a deputy assistant director in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

In two recent unpublished studies, the Homeland Security Department and the National Counterterrorism Center ranked the sovereign citizen movement as a major threat, along with Islamic extremists and white supremacists. The FBI assigned a supervisor to coordinate investigations of the movement last year.

“This is a movement that has absolutely exploded,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization based in Montgomery, Ala., that tracks domestic terrorists and hate groups. More than 100,000 Americans have aligned themselves with the sovereign citizens, the center said.

Adherents cite a patchwork of beliefs, including that the U.S. is essentially under martial law, that some U.S. constitutional amendments are invalid, and that dollars have been illegitimate since the U.S. Treasury went off the gold standard during the Great Depression.

Most important, some followers believe they are entitled to use armed force to resist arrest and fight police.

The FBI also is investigating followers for alleged mail fraud and harassment of federal officials through nuisance lawsuits and property liens. Such cases are clogging courts in every state, said Casey Carty, who heads the FBI’s sovereign citizen unit.

Until recently, federal officials had steered clear of any extensive focus on right-wing extremist groups. In 2009, some members of Congress complained after a Homeland Security Department report warned that such groups might seek to recruit disaffected military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as others. The report highlighted several groups, including the sovereign citizen movement.

Bowing to the criticism, Homeland Security officials gutted the office that had focused on right-wing extremism. They also canceled planned presentations and shelved a reference guide that the office had produced to inform local police about the movement.

“The topic had become too politically charged,” said Daryl Johnson, who headed the team that wrote the 2009 report.

Remember back in 2009 when the DHS Report on Rightwing Extremism came out and all the headcases in the rightwing blogosphere like Michelle Malkin, Redstate, and Atlas Shrugs, along with such fine “news” organizations like WorldNetDaily and the Washington TImes, all came unglued about it? Unglued and unhinged. Then they started calling themselves rightwing terrorists, because it was cute to do that, bleating that the report was just so unfair, claiming that Janet Reno and the DHS / FBI were labeling HALF THE COUNTRY rightwing extremists for criticizing the Administration over the economy or something. All of which, of course, was a lie.

Here’s a link to that 2009 DHS Report on Rightwing Extremism, or click the image above (warning: PDF). It’s only 10 pages. Read if for yourself. The simple fact of the matter is that there are extremists on the right. Just as there are extremists on the left (ELF, ALF).

You know what the difference is though? The extremists on the left go after property, like houses being built in certain locations. Rightwing extremists kill law enforcement and blow up federal buildings and shoot up Holocaust museums and fly planes into IRS buildings and kill doctors who perform LEGAL abortions — rightwing extremists target and kill people. Big difference.

I suppose there’s no better time than now, election year 2012, for rightwing extremists to start coming out of the woodwork, with their manifestos and their personal armories, to do “God’s work” — or impress their favorite half-term governor, Fox “News” personality, or AM radio entertainer.

And if you read that DHS report and think they’re talking about “average” people like yourself, then here’s hoping that you’re coming up on someone’s radar too.

Saturday morning’s 9 interesting things

1) Catholicism then: “I as a Catholic have absolutely no right in my thinking to foist through legislation or through other means, my doctrine of my church upon others. It is important to note that Catholics do not need the support of the civil law to be faithful to their religious convictions,” Boston’s late Cardinal Richard Cushing, 1965, the man who married John F Kennedy. — The Dish

2) Catholicism now: “[O]nce the colleges fell and those who were being educated in our institutions, the next was the church. Now you’d say, ‘wait, the Catholic Church’? No. We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christian ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.” – Rick Santorum’s assessment of mainline Protestantism, at Ave Maria University in 2008 [Note: you can listen to audio here]

3) Bill Moyers on contraception debate: religious freedom includes freedom FROM it – “If an individual Catholic worker wants coverage, she should have access to it,” Moyers said. “Just like any other American citizen. Under the new plan, she will.”
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The GOP’s uterus inspection device

4) Va. GOP Demands Invasive Vaginal Ultrasound Procedure Before Abortion – Republicans in Virginia’s House of Delegates really have their hearts set on new legislation that will force all women seeking abortions to first undergo penetration by a transvaginal ultrasound transducer. They’re so enthralled with this harlot-shaming tool that today they voted down an amendment that would have allowed doctors to determine whether this penetration was necessary. Clearly, whether it’s medically necessary or not has nothing to do with this law. The GOP wants to get all up in women’s uteruses — literally. The penetration part is vital to their agenda.

CNN contributor and Andrew Breitbart editor DANA LOESCH saying, basically, if you’ve spread your legs  for intercourse, why would you have a problem with other things being inserted into your vag for no reason? – “That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth… [high voice] “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What!? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.

5) Panic on the Streets of DC – They are terrified: A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race. “If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity. They really have no one to blame but themselves. They’ve spent so much time lying about everything and creating an echo chamber to reinforce and transmit those lies within the so-called “conservative” movement that quite simply, anyone who appeals to the wingnut base is someone so twisted as to be utterly repugnant to the rest of the nation.

6) BREAKING: Obama DOJ Won’t Defend Constitutionality Of Denying Military Benefits To Same-Sex Couples – the Obama administration has announced that it will not defend laws that prevent married same-sex couples from obtaining military benefits. In a letter to Congress today, Attorney General Eric Holder argued, “[t]he legislative record of these provisions contains no rationale for providing veterans’ benefits to opposite-sex couples of veterans but not to legally married same-sex spouses of veterans … Neither the Department of Defense nor the Department of Veterans Affairs identified any justifications for that distinction that would warrant treating these provisions differently from Section 3 of DOMA.”

7) Arizona Bill To Limit Unions Would Cost Local Goverments Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars – Arizona Republicans introduced a slate of legislation earlier this month targeting public sector unions… Though two of the bills, including one that would have essentially banned public sector unions, stalled in the state legislature, a bill that would end the practice of workers automatically deducting union dues from their paychecks is still proceeding. Like Walker and his Republican colleagues in Wisconsin, Brewer and Arizona’s Republicans have presented the union “reforms” as a necessary step in bringing the state’s budget under control. But according to a new report from the state’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the bill would actually cost local and municipal governments — and Arizona taxpayers — hundreds of thousands of dollars…

8) FBI breaks up latest terrorist plot that it created (God knows how much this cost) – The FBI is masterful when it comes to thwarting their own baroque terrorist plots in dramatic fashion at the very last minute, just as their scripts instruct them to do. The Feds found today’s lucky arrestee, a 29-year-old Moroccan, about a year ago and thought, Sure, this one looks Muslim enough to me, he’ll do… now let’s start brainstorming a plot and getting him all the fake bombs and training and support he needs so we can arrest him in a year.

9) Six recused in Maxine Waters ethics case – Six members of the House Ethics Committee — including all five Republicans on the secretive panel — have recused themselves from the long-running case involving Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), an unprecedented move that raises new questions on whether the Waters case can be finished. […] Waters is alleged to have improperly intervened on behalf of a minority bank where her husband owned more than $350,000 in stock during the 2008 U.S. financial crisis. Waters has denied any wrongdoing, but the Ethics Committee initially voted to charge her with three violations last summer. Waters then asked for an ethics “trial.” Those proceedings were postponed in Nov. 2010 and the case has been on hold following legal and partisan fights.

Don’t tread on me and pass the KY: Oathkeeper Birther tranny-porn fan Darren Huff convicted

Via TPM:

BONUS FUN: The FBI’s “Returned Property” document detail[s] the items that were given back to Huff after his arrest (see below)…  And yes, before you ask, Huff was also chaplain of the Georgia Militia…! (Wonkette)

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Huff is likely a huge fan of Rush and Ted Nugent.

10 years later: forgotten details to the story we ‘remember’

The Far Left Side — Part 3:
9-11 Unforgotten - Part Three

NY Times | May 6, 2004 — But officials at the center never told higher-ups of the tape’s existence, and it was later destroyed by an F.A.A. official described in the report as a quality-assurance manager there. That manager crushed the cassette in his hand, shredded the tape and dropped the pieces into different trash cans around the building, according to a report made public today by the inspector general of the Transportation Department. 

National Geographic News | December 11, 2001— His gas station, open only to Department of Defense personnel, is the last structure between the Pentagon and the hillside that, hours later, would become a wailing knoll. “By the time I got outside all I could see was a giant cloud of smoke, first white then black, coming from the Pentagon,” he said. “It was just a terrible, terrible thing to be so close to.” […] Velasquez says the gas station’s security cameras are close enough to the Pentagon to have recorded the moment of impact. “I’ve never seen what the pictures looked like,” he said. “The FBI was here within minutes and took the film.”

Video from a hotel in Arlington showing explosion, no plane:

9-11 Commission Report The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

10-year anniversary of 9-11: FBI and DHS issue nationwide warning

The fact of the matter is that any anniversary has meaning for someone and is an opportunity for terrorism… The ten-year anniversary of 9-11 happens to carry a lot of meaning for a lot of people. From the Washington Post:

WASHINGTON — The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Authorities say there is no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. But they have stepped up security nationwide as a precaution.

According to a five-page law enforcement bulletin issued Friday, as recently as early this year, al-Qaida was considering ways to attack airplanes.The alert, issued ahead of the summer’s last busy travel weekend, said terrorists have considered renting private planes and loading them with explosives.

[…] The bulletin also says al-Qaida would like to use sympathetic Westerners to get flight training, then get them to become flight instructors.

While we’re on the subject of terrorist threats, let’s not forget that it’s not just middle-eastern, Islamic fundamentalists of al Qaeda that we need to worry about. Our very own home-grown anti-government, anti-tax, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-choice domestic terrorist element occasionally bubbles to the surface as well:

Terrorists, whether domestic or otherwise, use people as symbols and the deaths of others as their political / religious / philosophical statement.

Related 9-11 posts….

Texas Sheriff’s Office obtains a search warrant based on a psychic’s tip about a mass grave

And the FBI had to get in on the action too. What could go wrong?

Typewriter trolling the FBI in 1947

From the FBI Vault: A letter from The Combined and Amalgamated Committee of Sky-Scanners, Disc Decipherers and New-Product Introducers. Heh.

Updated: FBI posts 1950 memo regarding the discovery of flying saucers and aliens in New Mexico

UPDATE: The International Business Times says this is a 60-year-old hoax (but the memo’s availability on the FBI’s “The Vault” website is not a hoax).

Memo proving aliens landed in Roswell released on FBI website – Daily Mail:

A bizarre memo that appears to prove that aliens did land in New Mexico prior to 1950 has been published by the FBI.

The bureau has made thousands of files available in a new online resource called The Vault.

Among them is a memo to the director from Guy Hottel, the special agent in charge of the Washington field office in 1950.

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Video of Jared Loughner shooting “emerges”

Does it seems weird that the FBI doesn’t want to show the jury video of Loughner actually shooting the victims at his trial?

And that it “emerged” yesterday that they even had video?

Also, it emerged Friday that the F.B.I had video of the episode taken from the surveillance cameras of businesses in the shopping center, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak publicly because the investigation was continuing.

The investigator said the authorities were hoping the video would not have to be used at Mr. Loughner’s trial, because it would probably be painful for the families of the victims.

Because it’s criminal



The U.S. government has launched a widely expected criminal and civil investigation into BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on 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.

[The Internet Today]