Guess who’s still alive?

posted at 2:55 pm on January 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Five months ago, Scotland assured everyone that Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi would be dead within months, and perhaps weeks, from advanced prostate cancer.  The prognosis formed their rationale for granting the Lockerbie Bomber — convicted of over 270 murders in the terrorist attack — a “compassionate” release to Libya and his family after serving less than 12 days in prison for each victim of the attack.  So when was the funeral?  Lloyd Grove wonders, too:

Never mind the Underpants Bomber, who failed to blow up a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas Day and will now feel the full force of the American criminal justice system. The Lockerbie Bomber, who was successful, is alive and living quietly at home in Libya—nearly five months after his so-called “compassionate release” from a Scottish prison.

Fifty-seven-year-old terrorist Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi—handed a life sentence after being found guilty in the Dec. 21, 1988 murders of 259 passengers and crew on Pan Am Flight 103, plus another 11 people on the ground—was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer by unnamed Scottish doctors who erroneously predicted he’d be dead by now.

And the loved ones of those who perished in the crash are livid about it.

“We are quite interested in how the Libyans, and indeed the Scots who released Megrahi, are going to spin the fact that he is still alive and kicking after he was supposed to have gone to his eternal judgment day,” said aviation security expert Frank Duggan, president of Victims of Pan Am 103 Inc., which represents the families of the 190 Americans killed in the Boeing 747’s explosion over Scotland. “We never believed he was as ill as they maintained, since they had been saying he had one foot in the grave for over a year.”

The Libyans?  They don’t need to spin anything.  They got exactly what they wanted, thanks to the fecklessness (and some say greed) of the UK  as they broke their promise to the US and to the victims of the bombing of Pan Am 103.  Moammar Gaddafi sent his son Said to give Megrahi a hero’s welcome at the airport, defying a request from Scotland to make it a low-key event.  They’re not embarrassed about anything to do with Megrahi’s status, least of all his continued oxygen filtering.

The West, however, has a lot of explaining to do — and not just the UK and Scotland.  The exchange of Megrahi for oil contracts shows everything wrong with handling terrorists as common criminals.  Megrahi was only available for the exchange because Scotland treated him as a murderer instead of a terrorist, and refused to put him to death in the accustomed manner for unlawful combatants at war.  Scotland can be forgiven that decision, given the inexperience we all had at the time of his capture.  The US has much less excuse for doing the same think with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and the dozens of Yemenis that Obama seems keen on sending back to Yemen for even less than the UK got from Libya for Megrahi.


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Death Panel?

faraway on January 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Who here thinks this crud had cancer at all? He must be getting some really good medical care to still be alive if he does have cancer. Too bad he has not bitten the dust yet!
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letget on January 6, 2010 at 3:01 PM

What will Ogabe get when he eventually pardons KSM, a pack of smokes and a new bike helmet?

Bishop on January 6, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Makes me ashamed of my Scottish heritage. Releasing a mass murderer simply for oil contracts.

rbj on January 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM

No blood for oil!

Well, unless your a Labor/Democrat politician. Then it seems to be a fair trade. No outrage here, kids, move along.

Machete_Bug on January 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM

The system worked.

Denverslim on January 6, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Who needs to read the comics these days?
Sure he has one foot in the grave and with the rest of his body he is probably manufacturing bomb panties.
We are completely losing the battle against encroaching radical Islam but hey, at least we areen’t the only ones.

ORconservative on January 6, 2010 at 3:04 PM

He must be related to Castro or on the same diet or something.

JABB on January 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I’m shocked, I tell ya, shocked.

1921 C DRUM on January 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Gordon Brown also said the earth would die by now due to global warming/climate change.

txag92 on January 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM

This sounds like a job for the old CIA.

amerpundit on January 6, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Maybe Longshanks had the right idea after all.

Erich66 on January 6, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Gordon Brown also said the earth would die by now due to global warming/climate change.

txag92 on January 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM

The way things are going, that’s probably the only way we’ll ever get rid of Megrahi.

jwolf on January 6, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Enroll him in Obamacare and he’ll be dead in a week…

PatriotRider on January 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

We can cure that condition with a well placed bullet.

Oil Can on January 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Too bad he has not bitten the dust yet!

Yay for faux Christianity!

Grow Fins on January 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

“… —was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer by unnamed Scottish doctors who erroneously predicted he’d be dead by now.”

ObamaCare at it’s finest…!

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2010 at 3:12 PM

This sounds like a job for the old CIA.

amerpundit on January 6, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Unfortunately the CIA stands for Committee of Incompetents in Action.

Holger on January 6, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Is Megrahi replacing Dodd on the lib ticket in CT?

LibTired on January 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Is Megrahi replacing Dodd on the lib ticket in CT?

LibTired on January 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM

No Gadafi’s son is. He got the Liberal cred to boot. Hates America, saw Beyonce shaking her thing and hates America.

Holger on January 6, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Remember kids:
Crime doesn’t pay. however, if you blow up a plane full of people in “defense” of your religion, that totally does.

mjk on January 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Maybe we should issue him a US visa so he could buy a one way ticket for cash to Detroit with no luggage…

PatriotRider on January 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM

shocka – where are the shrieking hags from code pinko?

Ris4victory on January 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Yay for faux Christianity!

Grow Fins on January 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

How many people did this guy murder? Good to see you approve.

Knucklehead on January 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM

a solid B+

MNScott on January 6, 2010 at 3:16 PM

We can cure that condition with a well placed bullet.

Oil Can on January 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

We can cure much more with 1 500 kiloton thermonuclear bomb.

Holger on January 6, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Yay for faux Christianity!

Grow Fins on January 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Christianity also says an eye for an eye. al Megrahi should have been blown up in midair.

Grow a pair, and a brain,while you’re growing fins.

kelh on January 6, 2010 at 3:19 PM

A Scotland Rising Video? What a disgrace for a fine, noble place…

ParisParamus on January 6, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Americans and Israeli’s are treated same the same if they die by a Muslim – no big deal — but draw a cartoon of a Muslim and riots erupt — people lose their heads over it – tell me why ..

wheels on January 6, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Civil society cannot and should not tolerate uncivil actions such terrorism, piracy, and other actions that our attacks our society and how we operate. I much prefer the 18th century mehtod, for example, of impaling pirates for other pirates to see.

WashJeff on January 6, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Words fail me. The nearest I can come up with is ‘Predator Drone.’

GnuBreed on January 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Yay for faux Christianity!

Grow Fins on January 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Looks like grow a pair needs spell check.

HornetSting on January 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM

John Bolton on Intelligence

In the wake of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s foiled Christmas Day bomb plot on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton tells National Review Online that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has “failed in its central mission” and “should be dismantled.”

“I agree with President Obama,” says Bolton. “There has been a ‘systemic failure’ in American intelligence. Now it’s time for him to take steps to address these problems. Firing the bureaucracy at the National Intelligence office is one way to start. I never thought having such an apparatus was a good idea. We need to do a better job at integrating intelligence, not add another layer on top of what’s already there. This administration can’t keep thinking that adding another bureaucratic fix to the mix will solve the broader problems that caused this failure.”

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Anyone notice how Obama couldn’t say Abdulmutallab’s name during yesterday’s news conference?

A couple years ago, if the Pres. had a problem pronouncing someone’s name, it was front page news.

hawksruleva on January 6, 2010 at 3:25 PM

was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer by unnamed Scottish doctors

Boy, that socialized healthcare brings out the best docters don’t it?

FontanaConservative on January 6, 2010 at 3:25 PM

B+

Dr Evil on January 6, 2010 at 3:27 PM

THE BOMBER IS AFOF OF BEYONCE’S.

reliapundit on January 6, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Christianity also says an eye for an eye.–kehl

Backtrack vengeance to the Law of Moses, not “Christianity”–

Mark 10:5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.
Mark 12: The Greatest Commandment is to Love God first, and your neighbor as yourself.

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Basically they wanted Gaddafi’s oil and they were going to get it and now they’ve got it and that’s the long and short of it. They also sold him weapons (anti-missile something or other) and British troops train Libyan troops. In fact some British troops actually threatened to mutiny over it but I never heard any more about it.

aengus on January 6, 2010 at 3:40 PM

hawksruleva on January 6, 2010 at 3:25 PM

After bragging on his “gifted” diction, Muslim upbringing and early education, why did he stumble on that terrorist’s name of Abdulmutallab? Is he just a “sight reader” who never preps with some study prior to the live camera delivery?

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Libya must have an awesome national health care plan!

Wyznowski on January 6, 2010 at 3:40 PM

BTW it seems to me that Scotland is only masquerading as an independent country and that the fault lies with the UK government.

aengus on January 6, 2010 at 3:43 PM

We may have to deal with enemies domestic before we deal with enemies foreign.

davidk on January 6, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Mark 10:5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.
Mark 12: The Greatest Commandment is to Love God first, and your neighbor as yourself.

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM

If you love your neighbor, you will stop those that would harm them.

davidk on January 6, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Backtrack vengeance to the Law of Moses, not “Christianity”–maverick muse

Correct. I misspoke. However, it doesn’t change what I meant. Christianity is Bible-based, yes? So “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ New Living Translation 2007.

Better?

kelh on January 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM

mjk on January 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM

For Marxists including Obama, Pelosi, Rangle, Barney Frank and Geithner, crime certainly does pay TRILLION$. The major party system has become organized syndicated crime. If the GOP weren’t corrupt as well, there’d be an effective “loyal opposition” impeaching Obama already. As it is, only the Tea Party grass roots movement protesting corruption has countered the Marxist Democrat neutered RINO agenda to this point of public outrage. WE are dragging Republicans to align with the conservative agenda to cut taxes and prosecute/terminate federal fraud (MediCare and Tax Evasion). Obama has already pushed fraud so far as to prove his own utter corruption enabling terrorism and unconstitutional legislation.

Congress must rescind PC, the greatest threat to American survival. “Gifted” from Marxism, PC is the greatest fraud to ever infect our civilization.

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Grow Fins on January 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

What does you Lord and Savior Barack says?

Oh, that’s right blame America…and Bush

Oil Can on January 6, 2010 at 3:58 PM

davidk on January 6, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Yes, indeed I would. I’m also all for the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and civic duties of the citizenry to BE responsible human beings.

kelh on January 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM

We’d agree in the world of difference between the Law of Moses and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That Jesus taught as he did was itself a miracle, all arbitrary things considered in his culture and his world.

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 4:05 PM

The west PC strikes again …

tarpon on January 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM

If you love your neighbor, you will stop those that would harm them.

davidk on January 6, 2010 at 3:52 PM

…And it’s fine to tend your livestock on the Sabbath.

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Yay for faux Christianity!

Grow Fins on January 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Thanks for proving you have no idea what the hell you’re talking about when it comes to Christianity. There was a time I might have been concerned people would take your seriously, but you’ve made a cartoon of yourself.

Esthier on January 6, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Better?

kelh on January 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Well, the end of that is something like, “but I say…” and Jesus goes on to talk about turning the other cheek. He was quoting Old Testament law but not necessarily endorsing it.

Esthier on January 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM

As the lies and deceptions of this administration continues, we have to understand the British people, under Gordon Brown, are going through the same garbage. Brown and Obama are laughingstocks on the international stage and something like this should not surprise anyone from either of these eunuchs.

volsense on January 6, 2010 at 4:18 PM

You are all thinking of this the wrong way, Maybe Libya has a better health care system than the Scots or the US.

barnone on January 6, 2010 at 4:29 PM

What does you Lord and Savior Barack say?

Oil Can on January 6, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Obama Vader

/Darth’s costume modernized a Shōgun Samurai. Even Lucas demonized the known corrupting Imperial and Marxist uniforms. That Obama IS systemic failure unable to connect Islamofascist dots makes his impeachment the public outcry.

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM

The BBC will allege Megrahi is innocent on Friday.

Their evidence? They had some EUrabia “expert” blow up 20 “identical” suitcase bombs and state that he couldn’t find the circuit board. Therefore (they conclude) the Lockerbie evidence must have been planted.

What a bunch of idiotic tools. Who paid for this “investigation” and why?

Terp Mole on January 6, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Esthier on January 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Divorce actually, putting your wife away for this or that reason; and that there would be no marriage in the resurrection as those who rise will be as angels. Since Muslims recognize Jesus as a prophet, but for the power of rationalization, that reference would expose the Koran’s fraudulent promise of virgins awaiting sexual exploitation by suicide bombers in paradise.

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Every slimeball that signed off on Megrahi’s release needs to take his place in jail and stay there untilo 3 years after Megrahi finally dies.

neurosculptor on January 6, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Libyans are some of the most backward Arabs, absolutely unwilling to assume responsibility and use knowledge in Gadafi’s government jobs for fear of authoritarian retribution when things go wrong resulting in severe punishment.

maverick muse on January 6, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Meanwhile, having successfully extorted millions for prison tortured EU nurse hostages’ release, the “rehabilitated” Kaddafi has now taken Swiss hostages and is extorting millions more from the Swiss.

Guess this is the new standard for rehabilitated terrorists. If they return to old school Tripolitan-style piracy and hostage extortion, then all’s well.

Terrorism still pays: handsomely.

Terp Mole on January 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I wonder what faith the jail doctor was?

JellyToast on January 6, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Many also forget Kaddafi’s culpability in the UTA Flight 772 atrocity, where he murdered 7 more Americans (after Lockerbie!). Abdullah Sanussi (Kaddafi’s brother-in-law and deputy head of Libyan intelligence) was convicted (in abscentia) by France. He and his co-conspirators still walk free as birds.

And yet we allowed the mastermind behind these and other atrocities to climb up on his hindlegs at the UN podium last September… and now open a palace in New Jersey.

Locals are outraged today over Kaddafi’s envoy Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham moving into Englewood, New Jersey.

In Tuesday’s statement, Boteach explained that when he moved to Englewood, the Libyan property was all but abandoned.

“As everyone who resides in Englewood knows, the property was a derelict communal eyesore for years. Being vacant, no one feared it. But now that the Libyans have, over the last few months, deployed an army of workers to upgrade the property to palatial standards, tried to move Gaddafi in, and moved in its ambassador as a permanent resident, you bet we’re concerned,” he wrote.

He concluded: “Earth to congressman Rothman, you represent the concerned citizens of Englewood, not the oil-rich dictatorship of Libya.”

Terrorism still pays: handsomely.

Terp Mole on January 6, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Looks like Libya has the best health care system in the world…

catmman on January 6, 2010 at 5:11 PM

There is only one thing to do….adopt Libya’s health care system….it’s a miracle….

right2bright on January 6, 2010 at 5:45 PM

I had this joker at #10 in my dead pool at Stiffs.com. for those of you who are unfamiliar, you pick ten famous folks who you think may die in the next year, and if they do kick the bucket, you get points. top dead picker won $3500 this past year. the pool is named in honor of Lee Atwater, which is hilarious in it’s own right.

so I had this creep in the pool at #10 but i started wondering, in late December, why he wasn’t dead yet. after all, he was supposed to go to Libya and croak right away. my spidey sense started tingling so i moved him into the ‘alternate’ position. this way, he only plays on my team if one of my top ten croaks before the game kicked off on Jan 1. alas, my top ten are all alive and kicking, and some would even say that thier inclusion in my dead pool is actually making them live longer. as for mr. al magrahi, the stiffs staff has yet to even rule if he’s famous enough to be in the game, but it’s a moot point for me now anyway.

ps – no, you can’t win the pool by killing the people in your dead pool yourself, nor for causing them to assume room temp.

DrW on January 6, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Funny how the American media thought GW’s National Guard service was so important that they were willing to sift through thirty year old pay records looking for a smoking gun that he was a deserter. A tall order considering that he was a fighter pilot who received an honorable discharge…And now, Gordon Brown, Obama-mao, and Hillary Clinton conspire to release a bloodthirsty killer of 270 persons aboard American Flag Carrier Pan Am 103. And, not a peep out of our media…They are truly co-conspirators in the release of this savage.

Nozzle on January 6, 2010 at 6:55 PM

It’s a MIRACLE I tell ya, a MIRACLE!

Hey, oil is thicker that the bond between the US and Britain right now. Right Barry?

GarandFan on January 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM

worthless muslim drek

jgdp on January 6, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Hang Him before he Dies F#%&ing dog

Denniscat on January 7, 2010 at 12:12 AM

May peace be upon him , Obama Akbar and death to America .

borntoraisehogs on January 7, 2010 at 1:43 AM

NYDailyNews today cites PAF103 victims families outrage;

In August, doctors gave Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, just three months to live. But the 57-year-old has apparently defied the odds and is still alive in Libya, where he was given a hero’s welcome upon his return home.

And that’s sowing outrage among relatives of the 270 victims of the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.

“I’m not surprised,” said Eileen Moretti, of Cherry Hill, N.J., whose 2-year-old son, Richard, was killed in the crash.

“We have heard that it was a Libyan doctor that said he had only three months to live,” she said. “I don’t know how sick he was (but) you can live with prostate cancer for a long time.”
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“We trusted the Scots,” said Helen Engelhardt, who lost her 57-year-old husband Tony Hawkins. “We were wrong.”

Kenny MacAskill’s “compassionate release” lie was a thin veil for the real ‘quid pro quo’. The Lockerbie bomber’s release is one of several extortion payments on Kaddafi’s terrorist demands that secured release of (what Saif Ghadafi admitted) were brutally prison-raped and tortured EU nurse hostages.

FLASHBACK 2007: Qaddafi Wants Money and Lockerbie Attacker for Nurses’ Release

Muammar Qaddafi has officially stated his conditions for the release of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya, a website of the Libyan opposition claims.

Cited by the Bulgarian national radio, the site claims that Qaddafi has sent an official note to the EU country members and the US, requesting compensations for the families of the HIV-infected children and the release of the terrorist from Lockerbie… The UK should help with the release of the Lockerbie bomber, the note also says. He could be released because he has already served his sentence, or he could receive amnesty, or be extradited to Libya, Qaddafi suggests.

This bald-faced hostage extortion payoff does not bode well for Kaddafi’s Swiss hostages. Westerners should expect more of this old school hostage extortion game in the future… because it clearly works.

Once again, terrorism pays: handsomely.

Terp Mole on January 7, 2010 at 11:02 AM

If you accept Meghrahi’s guilt, then you must accept the other conclusions in the trial that the Libyan government organised and sponsored Lockerbie.

The US government accepted this, and indeed pressed for compensation from the Libyan government.

So why is the US government officially seeking to achieve closer ties with the Libyan government and the ‘sponsor’ of the Lockerbie bombing – Gaddaffi, whilst American companies are already making billions of dollars from this improving relationship.

People should be advocating, at the very least, a worldwide boycott of all US goods and travel to the US in protest at current US involvement with a state that organised and sponsored the Lockerbie bombing.

Libya re-established its diplomatic presence in Washington with the opening of an Interest Section on July 8, 2004, which was subsequently upgraded to a Liaison Office in December 2004 and to a full embassy on May 31, 2006.

U.S diplomatic personnel reopened the U.S. Interest Section in Tripoli on February 8, 2004. The mission was upgraded to a U.S. Liaison Office on June 28, 2004, and to a full embassy on May 31, 2006.

The establishment in 2005 of an American School in Tripoli demonstrates the increased presence of Americans in Libya, and the continuing normalization of bilateral relations.

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On June 30, 2006, the U.S. rescinded Libya’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. In July 2007, Mr. Gene Cretz was nominated by President Bush as ambassador

mags on January 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

mags sneered: “People should be advocating, at the very least, a worldwide boycott of all US goods and travel to the US in protest at current US involvement with a state that organised and sponsored the Lockerbie bombing.”

Still peddling idiocy, I see.

Take your Haldol, mags.

Terp Mole on January 8, 2010 at 11:35 AM

For those unfamiliar with mags’ routine, mags is a demonstrable Kaddafi-hugging mule who flees like a cockroach when the lights are turned on.

/you’ve been exposed (again)… now sod-off, you miserable wanker

Terp Mole on January 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Update: Kaddafi postpones “trial” for Swiss hostages… and will certainly continue holding them until the Swiss pay his jizya extortion demands.

The Swiss are publicly considering military action to free the Swiss hostages. That action should invoke the NATO charter.

/Kaddafi delenda est

Terp Mole on January 8, 2010 at 11:59 AM