Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Terror cover-up in Texas City?

Within hours of the explosion of the Texas City oil refinery that killed 15 and injured more than 100, FBI officials were ruling out terrorism as a cause.

While terrorism may have played no role in the March 24 BP plant blast, law-enforcement officials familiar with investigations of this kind tell Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin it would have been impossible to make such a snap determination based on facts.

In fact, they point out that it was not until eight days after the deadly explosion that the first federal chemical and safety investigators even visited the blast site. Even local police have conducted little in the way of a probe – leaving all of the primary forensic investigation to BP officials, reports the premium, online, intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND.

It always strikes me as surprising that these guys can rule out terrorism in all these events so quickly. My thought is, wait until you get there to really see. Obviously these types of announcements have more to do with calming public nerves than actual crime scene investigation. Still, some follow-up and honesty with the American public wouldn't hurt...