Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lockerbie Bomber Receives a Hero’s Welcome

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the man responsible for the death of 270 people, 180 of which were Americans received an early release from prison by the Scottish government for “compassionate reasons.” The Libyan is suffering from prostate cancer and has been given three months to live. The terrorist arrived home and was received by throngs of supporters cheering him as he exited his plane, the same device used to extinguish innocent lives a few short years ago.

Speculation, fueled by a statement by the son of Libya’s leader Moammar Gaddafi, suggests that this early release might have been to ensure trade deals with Libya. Specifically, Gaddaffi’s son Seif al-Islam stated that the release of the terrorist was discussed during trade talks over oil and gas. Al-Islam also called the release a “Victory.” More from the BBC and Skynews.

The Hill reports that FBI director Robert Mueller has been harshly critical of the move, and he should be. He points out that justice has been denied by this release after serving only eight years of his life sentence.

Mueller penned a letter to Scottish Parliament member Kenny MacAskill, MSP. According to Meuller’s letter, he is the one responsible for orchestrating the release. The letter is quite scathing. Should you wish to send your own, you can navigate to Kenny’s contact page and send him an email.

A call for boycotts on all products Scottish is beginning according to the UK Guardian.

Hillary Clinton has also stated that Megrahi should "stay in jail" after his “fair trial.” She was correct in her assessment but rather inconsistent. As Joe Connor points out, ironically ten years ago this week, when it was politically expedient for her senate run, the Clintons, with an assist from Eric Holder granted clemency to 16 equally remorse less FALN terrorists who also were convicted after fair trials. Joe Connor is the son of FALN bombing victim Frank Connor.

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