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It’s time for heads to roll, and it’s long overdue if you ask me.

The U.S. has launched a civil and criminal probe into the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused by the April explosion of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig, said Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday.

“We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who has violated the law,” Holder told reporters. “We will not rest until justice is done…If we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be forceful in our response.”

Holder said the criminal investigation actually began “some weeks ago” but failed to elaborate on what kind of charges could be levied against BP.

Thus far, attempts to stop the leak have been unsuccessful and millions of gallons of crude have spilled into the Gulf and surrounding regions.  At least one Obama official has resigned in the wake of the disaster.

As recently as this weekend, BP CEO Tony Hayward made the shocking statement that he wants his “life back” as a media firestorm continues to engulf the company.  Good luck with that, Tony.