Did Megrahi only have weeks to live?

posted at 8:48 am on August 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Scottish government released the terrorist who killed 270 people in the Lockerbie-Pan Am 103 bombing for “compassionate reasons,” because they claimed he only had three months to live after being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.  Scotland has begun to question where the government got that idea.  Only one doctor was willing to make that prognosis, who apparently had no expertise in either prostates or oncology:

JUSTICE secretary Kenny MacAskill was last night under pressure to reveal more details of the medical evidence that led to the release of the Lockerbie bomber, after it emerged that only one doctor was willing to say Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi had less than three months to live.

Labour and Conservative politicians have demanded the Scottish Government publish details of the doctor’s expertise and qualifications, amid suggestions he or she may not have been a prostate cancer expert.

The parties have also raised questions over whether the doctor was employed by the Libyan government or Megrahi’s legal team, which could have influenced the judgment.

It turns out that other doctors had been consulted in the case, none of whom were willing to say that Megrahi was even dying from the disease.  In fact, one said he seemed suspiciously asymptomatic for a patient with the kind of diagnosis that Scotland asserted:

The medical report stated that the “less than three months to live” prognosis was: “In the opinion of Megrahi’s (the name or title of the individual was then blanked out] … who has dealt with him prior to, during and following the diagnosis.”

There was also a suggestion that Megrahi might not be as ill as had been claimed. The report said: “Clinicians who have assessed Mr Megrahi have commented on his relative lack of symptoms when considering the severity and stage of underlying disease.”

And suggestions that the doctor who gave the prognosis may have been employed by the Libyan government emerged in the report’s notes. It said that a professor from Libya had been involved in Megrahi’s care and the medical officer who wrote the report had been “working with clinicians from Libya over the past ten months”.

Both parties now want the doctor identified in order to determine whether the government allowed itself to get hoodwinked by the Libyans.  The alternative theory would be that the government wanted to construct a good cover story for Megrahi’s release for other reasons — for instance, oil deals, as Moammar Gaddafi hinted and his son flat-out claimed.

The government thus far has refused to identify the doctor and says speculation on the length of Megrahi’s life is “tasteless.”  But that was the basis of Scotland’s decision to release a mass murderer after serving only 11.57 days for every life he took.  The Scottish government made the calculation of Megrahi’s life expectancy into public policy, and it’s completely dishonest to now claim modesty and etiquette when challenged on it.

Perhaps we won’t know how long Megrahi has to live until he actually dies, but I suspect we have a better idea of how long the Scottish government will survive.  I’m betting Megrahi outlives their current administration.

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autoposy = autopsy

(Or vivisection, if that’s easier.)

profitsbeard on August 26, 2009 at 9:44 AM

No, I agree with autoposy. Make it from an auto, with a probe diameter of .308 inches. The resulting diagnosis will be very quick.

Yoop on August 26, 2009 at 11:20 AM

I would have sent him home in a drone and blew it up over Lockerbie.

When will these idiots realize that we are not fighting a war of popularity with these Islamic vermin? We are fighting for our very existence.

William Walace, be very ashamed.

Hening on August 26, 2009 at 11:21 AM

The small condolence for the families of his victims is that from what I hear end stage prostate cancer is a pretty slow and painful way to die.

scalleywag on August 26, 2009 at 11:21 AM

And what is this crap I hear about Moammar Goddafi coming to New Jersey? What the hell for? That sickens me as much as this guy being let loose.

scalleywag on August 26, 2009 at 11:24 AM

In the good old days, the president would’ve ordered a sniper team into Libya to pop the bastard when he got off the plane.
Or have a Reaper deliver a Maverick-gram to his house or favorite motor vehicle.
Hope’n'change sucks.

Iblis on August 26, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Impeach Gordon Brown. Then Obama. Neither of them did anything to stop this.

Amy Proctor on August 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM

I know American’s died,but Scotland is a soveign country with laws, you would not want a foreign country interferring
with your politic’s .

Impeach Gordon Brown.

Are you saying America should impeach Gordon Brown?

mags on August 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I have questioned the diagnosis from the beginning. Was it a “brother”? I hate to even ask that question, but it is certainly a possibility.

PattyJ on August 26, 2009 at 11:40 AM

In the good old days, the president would’ve ordered a sniper team into Libya to pop the bastard when he got off the plane.
Or have a Reaper deliver a Maverick-gram to his house or favorite motor vehicle.
Hope’n’change sucks.

Iblis on August 26, 2009 at 11:25 AM

And today we are being Governed by Hussein and the Clown Posse with the House of Funnymen!

BigMike252 on August 26, 2009 at 11:41 AM

I know American’s died,but Scotland is a soveign country with laws, you would not want a foreign country interferring
with your politic’s .

Europe can’t keep their noses out of our politics and what they did to help the moron we now have sitting in the White House was beyond the pale.

Impeach Gordon Brown.

Are you saying America should impeach Gordon Brown?

mags on August 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

She’s saying that if the UK had any sense of integrity or decency they would have a no-confidence vote and bring that pathetic government crashing down.

But … this is no surprise from the Europeans. The Germans pulled the same cr*p with the Munich terrorists, using a staged hijacking to release those savages. European governments just can’t help themselves. That’s how they are. Despicable.

progressoverpeace on August 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Clown Posse with the House of Funnymen!

BigMike252 on August 26, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Yes. The posse members got all wee-weed up, jumped on their horses and rode off in all directions. Meanwhile the sheriff went off to play golf. The bandit went home for supper.

We are in good hands.

Yoop on August 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Glenn Beck is encouraginging us to think out of the box. What if…this was known and approved well in advance by BHO and Holder in order to distract from healthcare and give an easy target to the nation’s justified outrage??? Just sayin’…BHO’s wimpy response then assumes the correct posture, somewhere between a bow and a mild wrist-slapping.

indypat on August 26, 2009 at 11:54 AM

The sober Scottish Lords– who patiently heard the evidence and convicted Megrahi– sat beneath the ancient Scottish motto “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit” which roughly translates as “Don’t cut at me and expect to get away with it.”

Now in a fit of delusional sentimentalism (or a drunken stupor on cheap linoleum– or both) one stinkin’ drunk and disorderly soccer yob ‘Justice’ Minister tosses centuries of Scottish principle down the filthiest toilet in Edinburgh.

/disgraceful

Terp Mole on August 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

scalleywag: And what is this crap I hear about Moammar Goddafi coming to New Jersey?

Senator Lautenberg should contact the Englewood mayor and use “Kelo” eminent domain authority to transfer Kaddafi’s property to the Victims of Pan Am 103 memorial committee.

Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005) was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States involving the use of eminent domain to transfer land from one private owner to another to further economic development. The case arose from the condemnation by New London, Connecticut, of privately owned real property so that it could be used as part of a comprehensive redevelopment plan. The Court held in a 5–4 decision that the general benefits a community enjoyed from economic growth qualified such redevelopment plans as a permissible “public use” under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

That should tie up Kaddafi’s plans for a New Jersey tent party.

Terp Mole on August 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

This just in,Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi to be appointed President Hussein Obama’s Homeland Security czar.

Jerricho68 on August 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Only one doctor was willing to make that prognosis, who apparently had no expertise in either prostates or oncology

Dr. Obama, I presume.

Buy Danish on August 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I will not boycott the Scottish people. I visit Scotland as often as I can and I have many friends in that country. The people of Scotland are as varied and of as differing opinions as we Americans. They do elect their representatives as do we. I think we all can agree that we do make mistakes in our elections. I disagree with the release of Magrahi but that we not change my feeling for the Scots. They are independent and freedom loving and they are not, I repeat, are not English. They are Scots.

d1carter on August 26, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Just for clarity. This decision was made by the Scottish Parliament which Gordon Brown is not a member of. The Scottish do, however, hold seats in the UK Parliament. Gordon is the PM for all of the UK (as well as a Scotsman by birth).

The whole press conference announcement & everything since sounded fishy to me. But, I guess BO should have asked permission before sending some GITMO graduates to Bermuda too.

ExPat on August 26, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Instead of “This breaking news just in – Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead”, will SNL do “Breaking news – Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, is still living” for years and decades to come? Gosh, I wish there was a conservative network weekly comedy sketch show because the pickings are so ripe.

deedledee on August 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Only one doctor was willing to make that prognosis, who apparently had no expertise in either prostates or oncology

Dr. Obama, I presume.

Buy Danish on August 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Well then, he’s lucky his tonsils weren’t ripped out and his foot cut off before he was put on the plane.

Too bad the families of the victims didn’t have the option of sending Dr. Obama on the plane also, as attending physician.

Yoop on August 26, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Back to the drawing board for Megrahi. Too bad the families of future victims of his planning cannot be consulted.

curved space on August 26, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Even if Libya does announce his death in the next month….how would we know it’s true?!

They’ll parade one of those cheap pine caskets through a throng of wailing burkha-clad women. So what. Doesn’t mean he’s dead.

I think the whole thing is a sham.

jeanneb on August 26, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Laddies,hang your heads in shame.The sassenach own your very souls.

McBride on August 26, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Did Megrahi only have weeks to live?

Something both he and the rest of the world will be wondering 10 years from now.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 26, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Perhaps we won’t know how long Megrahi has to live until he actually dies, but I suspect we have a better idea of how long the Scottish government will survive. I’m betting Megrahi outlives their current administration.

The question is, will Megrahi make a triumphant return to the Islamic Republic of Scotland?

steveegg on August 26, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Now in a fit of delusional sentimentalism…
–… Or, quite possibly, a wilful demonstration of the “sovereignty” of Scotland under the SNP and a poke in the eye at the rest of the UKm with some other touchy-feely sh!t thrown in.

The more and more I hear MacAskill’s statements and the number of times he says “Scottish” (as if that matters), the less this looks like compassionate release for its own sake, let alone policy carried out for national interests.

Bermuda’s Premier did something similar, ostensibly on humanitarian grounds, for four unpapered, unexamined Uighurs from Gitmo, without consulting the Queen’s local representative – illegal by convention and statute. With any luck this (among other things) will prompt a temporary imposition of direct rule by London as it did in the Turks and Caicos.

Grunchy Cranola on August 26, 2009 at 9:35 PM

What a clusterf&&k. One can only hope Mossad steps in to energetically perform the duties shirked by everyone else in this turd’s chain of custody.

A jail cell and a trial if it’s the SOB’s lucky day, or… if not… something else.

RD on August 26, 2009 at 10:29 PM

Hmmmm.

For a guy who only had “weeks” or “months” left to live as of last -April- he seemed pretty healthy. As someone else pointed out that, while he carried a cane it didn’t look like he actually needed one.

memomachine on August 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Years ago my dad was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. When asked how we should proceed the doctor explained that he really didn’t see it necessary to even do any testing as my dad had so many other health problems that he would almost certainly die from them long before prostate cancer got him. He died about 5 years later of congestive heart failure. His prostate went unchanged during that time. It is my understanding that this scenario is the norm not the exception.

metalguy22 on August 28, 2009 at 11:23 AM

I’m betting Megrahi outlives their current administration.

Ten bucks says you are wrong, there will be no political fallout from this travesty.

johnsteele on August 29, 2009 at 7:53 AM

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