Libya releases 88 terrorists with al-Qaeda ties

posted at 12:15 pm on October 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Well, hey, if Scotland can release murderous terrorists to Libya, Libya can certainly do the same, right?  Moammar Ghaddafi’s son, the same man who gave Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi a hero’s welcome when he landed in Tripoli after serving just 11 days for every victim of his attack on Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, arranged for the release of 88 terrorists linked to al-Qaeda through his Islamic Foundation:

Libya on Thursday freed 88 Islamists with Al-Qaeda links from Abu Slim prison in Tripoli, an AFP correspondent at the scene reported.

“45 members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and 43 members of other jihadist groups were freed thanks to the efforts of the Islamic Foundation,” lawyers’ groups said in a joint statement with the Foundation, headed by Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam.

It’s not as if Libya didn’t understand the connections to AQ, either:

“Apart from the LIFG members, the other people freed were former Al-Qaeda members who were active in Afghanistan or Iraq,” Saleh Saleh Abdessalem, an aide to Seif al-Islam, told AFP.

Five years ago, Ghaddafi fell all over himself to put himself in the good graces of the US after watching us uproot Saddam Hussein from a rathole in Tikrit.  He disclosed Libya’s nascent nuclear program and its connection to the AQ Khan network and dismantled it, sending us the parts for verification.  He pledged to fight international terrorism and stop supporting it.

Now, in the era of “smart power” and reset buttons, Ghaddafi not only releases radical Islamist terrorists, he announces to the world that he’s letting al-Qaeda terrorists get back to the battlefield.  Iraq certainly has to worry that the AQI terrorists will return to bolster the tattered remnants of the foreign insurgency, which has been all but forgotten of late here in the US with the Afghanistan question still left unresolved.  Of course, Libya will let the Afghanistan-based AQ terrorists get back to that battlefield, too.

If Scotland thought they had bargained for anything more than oil contracts, they should be embarrassed, although they should be embarrassed by Megrahi’s release in any circumstance.  Ghaddafi is back to supporting terrorists openly and without any hint of embarrassment of his own.  It seems he has gotten over his fear of the US lately.


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What could go wrong with that? Glad we redeemed Momar so well.

Mr. Joe on October 15, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Heckuva job, Barry.

Exurban Jon on October 15, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Hopenchange!

Del Dolemonte on October 15, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I guess when they mean Shock and Awe it now means this:

The US is in Shock

and Libya says Awwwwwwww.

petertheslow on October 15, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Nobelesque!

Abby Adams on October 15, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Hopefully they won’t be taken prisoner this time.

Grayson on October 15, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Yay

Obama’s image is doing wonders

blatantblue on October 15, 2009 at 12:21 PM

oops
i should be more careful

CJ is watching.

blatantblue on October 15, 2009 at 12:21 PM

He disclosed Libya’s nascent nuclear program

He’ll disclose it’s up and running again soon.

There’s no reason for him not to.

mudskipper on October 15, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Barry should give them visas, let them settle in DC, and give them welfare benefits!!!

they’re just victims of the BOOOOOSH TERROR!!!

right4life on October 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

So cons have a problem with freedom all of a sudden.

/cornfedsimplebleedsbubbabluesimon

LibTired on October 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Wow is peace spreading around the world at a rapid pace. /sarc off

WashJeff on October 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I’m so happy to see everyone is joking about this.

sammypants on October 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

paper tiger once again, thanks dear leader…

cmsinaz on October 15, 2009 at 12:24 PM

murderous terrorists

Now, now, Mr. Morrissey. They’re man-caused disaster agents suffering from a tragic lack of empathy and a misunderstanding of the Religion of Peace, dontcha know.
/sarc.

TheQuestion on October 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM

But they like us now, right? Isn’t that what really matters?

Joe Caps on October 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Give the man another Noble Prize!

Maybe Chemistry this time.

For the type of attacks we can now expect?

profitsbeard on October 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM

He must have missed President Pantywaist’s Cairo speech. Somebody at the state department should upload it on an ipod and sent it to him.

Joe Caps on October 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM

We’ve gone from a position of great strength after fall of Saddam in 2003

To a position of great weakness, with the election of Obama in 5yrs time.

All thanks to the Left(International and Domestic following the lead) politicizing and Lying about Foreign Policy, War, etc.

jp on October 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM

President Pantywaist strikes fear in the hearts of the perpetrators of “man-made disasters” once again. Smart Power!

kingsjester on October 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM

paper tiger once again, thanks dear leader…

cmsinaz on October 15, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Paper tigers can give you paper cuts. That anology is a little too tough.

WashJeff on October 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM

They now a weak President when they see one…

PatriotRider on October 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM

I’m so happy to see everyone is joking about this.

sammypants on October 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

There will be plenty of time for tears when our cities and neighbors are smoldering.

LibTired on October 15, 2009 at 12:27 PM

But they like us now, right? Isn’t that what really matters?

You beat me to it.

Drained Brain on October 15, 2009 at 12:27 PM

They now know a weak President when they see one…

PatriotRider on October 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM

PatriotRider on October 15, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Ogabe’s Cairo Speech.

The gift that keeps on giving.

Bishop on October 15, 2009 at 12:28 PM

That’s President Panty-Waste

PatriotRider on October 15, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Libya releases 88 terrorists with al-Qaeda ties

Paging Beatrix Kiddo…

LibTired on October 15, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Smart Power!

R Square on October 15, 2009 at 12:30 PM

“He is weak”

thebrokenrattle on October 15, 2009 at 12:31 PM

It seems he has gotten over his fear of the US lately.

not surprised…dear leader has weakened this country…

W kept this loser quakin’ in his boots…

cmsinaz on October 15, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Barry, how does it feel to have Libya spit in your face?

katy the mean old lady on October 15, 2009 at 12:31 PM

There will be plenty of time for tears when our cities and neighbors are smoldering.

LibTired on October 15, 2009 at 12:27 PM

glad I don’t live in NYC or DC…but then let the libs live with the results of their policies…

right4life on October 15, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Great work Obama! Please continue to “strengthen” our image abroad so that more can countries continue to spit in our faces!

Shock the Monkey on October 15, 2009 at 12:33 PM

I’m so happy to see everyone is joking about this.

sammypants on October 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

What the hell else are we supposed to do, sammy? Cry?

Comic relief is a defense mechanism for truly troubled times.

Esthier on October 15, 2009 at 12:34 PM

To be fair, the first baby steps back to a terror-exporting bad actor happened under Bush’s watch. However, almost all the difference, and the change of gait from a crawl to supersonic, happened since noon Eastern 1/20/2009.

steveegg on October 15, 2009 at 12:36 PM

right4life on October 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

So they can go work for congress…eliminate cair...cut out the middle man.

jerrytbg on October 15, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Um… aren’t we giving that foundation money?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/26/gop-lawmakers-push-cancellation-funds-qaddafi-foundations/

The State Department notified lawmakers earlier this month of its intent to disburse $2.5 million in economic aid to Libya, including $400,000 for Qaddafi’s foundations. Of the $400,000 half will go to a foundation run by the leader’s son, Saif, and the other half to one run by his daughter, Aisha.

tigerinexile on October 15, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Barry, how does it feel to have Libya spit in your face?

katy the mean old lady on October 15, 2009 at 12:31 PM

After Iran spit in his face, and Russia spit in his face, and the Olympic Committee spit in his face, he’s gotten accustomed to it.

jimmy2shoes on October 15, 2009 at 12:41 PM

It seems he has gotten over his fear of the US lately.

And comfy chairs and teddy bears.

Both of which who are just as threatening as the “Hope and Change” gelded US.

NoDonkey on October 15, 2009 at 12:42 PM

I wonder how soon we will be reading that Libya’s nuke program has been restarted. I would say within 3 months tops.

journeyintothewhirlwind on October 15, 2009 at 12:43 PM

The State Department notified lawmakers earlier this month of its intent to disburse $2.5 million in economic aid to Libya, including $400,000 for Qaddafi’s foundations. Of the $400,000 half will go to a foundation run by the leader’s son, Saif, and the other half to one run by his daughter, Aisha.

tigerinexile on October 15, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Doing a quick google search of the Islamic Foundation, there appears to be a number of them in North America and within the US. Wouldn’t surprise me if they are all related.

fourdeucer on October 15, 2009 at 12:45 PM

So what do the Code Pinkers and all the rest who criticized our removal of Saddam Hussein say to this? Or do they stubbornly refuse to connect the dots?

jwolf on October 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM

glad I don’t live in NYC or DC…but then let the libs live with the results of their policies…

right4life on October 15, 2009 at 12:32 PM

I bolted DC six days into this clown act’s “administration” because I knew what was coming.

I lived two miles from the White House and have no intention of residing near target central under a government that thinks the only enemies we have to prepare for are Republicans.

NoDonkey on October 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM

A strong argument for “take no prisoners.”

GFW on October 15, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Doing a quick google search of the Islamic Foundation, there appears to be a number of them in North America and within the US. Wouldn’t surprise me if they are all related.

fourdeucer on October 15, 2009 at 12:45 PM

It’s kind of a generic name, so I wouldn’t necessarily assume they’re all related — any more than I would assume a “Jewish Foundation” or a “Christian Foundation” would be related, across national boundaries.

It’s the Ghadafi’s son Seif datum that set my blinkers flashing…

tigerinexile on October 15, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I’m so happy to see everyone is joking about this.

sammypants on October 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

There’s nothing else to do. My outrage wore out long ago. The options are either laughing or crying. I’ve cried enough. Laughing it is.

amerpundit on October 15, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Barry should give them visas, let them settle in DC, and give them welfare benefits!!!

they’re just victims of the BOOOOOSH TERROR!!!

right4life on October 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

We have put down an advance payment for that

The State Department notified lawmakers earlier this month of its intent to disburse $2.5 million in economic aid to Libya, including $400,000 for Qaddafi’s foundations. Of the $400,000 half will go to a foundation run by the leader’s son, Saif, and the other half to one run by his daughter, Aisha.
tigerinexile on October 15, 2009 at 12:39 PM

macncheez on October 15, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Barry, how does it feel to have Libya spit in your face?

katy the mean old lady on October 15, 2009 at 12:31 PM
After Iran spit in his face, and Russia spit in his face, and the Olympic Committee spit in his face, he’s gotten accustomed to it.

jimmy2shoes on October 15, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Hey hey hey
They all spit on USA’s face
Barry gets hugs n kisses from them

macncheez on October 15, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Hussein and his Posse of Clowns are doing a heck of a job!

Let’s count the ways:
Lybia releases 88 terrorist back into the Battle Field. Scotland release Terrorist back to Lybia.
Hussein thinks it wrong for Honduras to exercise their Constitution.
Iran continues with Nuke development.
Iran vow to wipe Isreal off the map.
Isreal re-starts building….Palestine is Mad.
Gen. McChrystal can’t seem to get Hussein to commit.
Cuba providing refuge to FBI Wanted.
Chavez confiscating personal property.
Putin says “F” Off as we expected.

And a group of Liberal Morons think Hussein relieved tensions in the world? LMAO

BigMike252 on October 15, 2009 at 1:00 PM

And a group of Liberal Morons think Hussein relieved tensions in the world? LMAO

BigMike252 on October 15, 2009 at 1:00 PM

The adults are in charge now.

The kind that put the “adult” into “adult entertainment”.

They’ve relieved a lot of tension in their day, specifically in bathhouses and cathouses.

NoDonkey on October 15, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Meh…just send more cash to Libya, maybe that will work. They say Muslims could use the money. They even view it as a sign of respect for Islam so it’s a win/win really.

BL@KBIRD on October 15, 2009 at 1:25 PM

This is why Ghaddafi hopes Obama stays President for ever. No need to worry about any pressure or consequences from the US.

albill on October 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

If they’re releasing AQ prisoners, it must mean the War on Terror is over!!! Afterall, we didn’t get German POW’s after WW II.

Thanks Barry!!! Let’s invite Osama to DC for the signing ceremony on the White House lawn. The only question to be determined is: Is he surrending to us or are we surrending to him?

PackerBronco on October 15, 2009 at 1:37 PM

But libtards keep telling us that secular Arab dictators like Saddam and Kadaffi hate Al-Qaeda and would rather die than help them?

Speedwagon82 on October 15, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Maybe Barry can challenge Momar to a game of hoops, one-on-one.

Nah, it might be seen as too confrontational by the Left.

omnipotent on October 15, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Barry, how does it feel to have Libya spit in your face?

katy the mean old lady on October 15, 2009 at 12:31 PM

After Iran spit in his face, and Russia spit in his face, and the Olympic Committee spit in his face, he’s gotten accustomed to it.

jimmy2shoes on October 15, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Hey hey hey
They all spit on USA’s face
Barry gets hugs n kisses from them

macncheez on October 15, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Hey, Obama is probably comfortable with it after his friend Ayers stomped on the flag.

AnotherOpinion on October 15, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Release terrorists? Deserves a bombing. :-)

[Well, under a president who was feared and respected, it’d be a bombing, if the release happened at all. Under this President, not so much.]

coldwarrior on October 15, 2009 at 2:19 PM

“My son, Barack Obama.”

MaiDee on October 15, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Isn’t this the same foundation, that Obama just gave $300,000 to ?

RUReadingthis on October 15, 2009 at 2:55 PM

My, my, my! The Precedent’s receiving the Nobel Appease Prize appears to have sounded the all clear for cockroaches swarm out everywhere!

ya2daup on October 15, 2009 at 4:19 PM

I can’t decide what I like best about Ghaddafi: his little box hat or the evil dictator pencil mustache.

I wonder if Barry will grow an evil dictator pencil mustache once the take over is complete?

SouperConservative on October 15, 2009 at 4:23 PM

I wonder if Barry will grow an evil dictator pencil mustache once the take over is complete?

SouperConservative on October 15, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Wouldn’t that get caked with his greasepaint?

It will be hard to see under his big red rubber nose.

NoDonkey on October 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

That’s funny…seems like a few years ago even the dumba$$ MSM was conceding that the Bush Administration was actually getting cooperation from these guys.

Wonder what happened.

I’ll be darned…

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 15, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Hopefully they won’t be taken prisoner this time.

Grayson on October 15, 2009 at 12:20 PM

I think the boys in the field already know this. Bet ya don’t see near as many prisoners in the future. At least not while the marxists are in control.

flyoverboy on October 15, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Dead guys can’t be waterboarded! Don’t expect an all expenses paid trip to club Gitmo next time…

Nozzle on October 15, 2009 at 9:44 PM

The won is not embarrassed by this. I’m sure he and Hillary were informed ahead of time. These men were caught up in GW’s illegal war after all…

Nozzle on October 15, 2009 at 9:47 PM