Did the Obama administration push for Lockerbie bomber’s release?

posted at 8:48 am on July 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, after both Barack Obama and new British PM David Cameron publicly criticized the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi eleven months ago, the Scottish government challenged the US to open its files on the case of the Lockerbie bomber.  The Australian reports that the Times of London has discovered why Scotland seemed so keen on transparency.  The deputy US ambassador to London gave a green light to Megrahi’s release, and even insisted on a “compassionate” parole rather than simply a prisoner transfer:

Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.

The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.

Initially, the Obama administration resisted the transfer of Megrahi to Libya in any circumstances.  However, LeBaron didn’t seem all that enthusiastic about resistance, or perhaps figured that Scotland and the UK would use Megrahi as a bargaining chip regardless of the US position.  In the very same letter in which LeBaron filed his objections, he then advised Scotland on the terms of transfer preferred by the US:

In the letter, sent on August 12 last year to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and justice officials, Mr LeBaron wrote that the US wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.

The note added: “Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.”

What the US actually wanted, short of continuing Megrahi’s imprisonment, was a sort of house arrest in Scotland, not Libya.  That is what was meant by LeBaron’s suggestion of “compassionate release.”  The White House didn’t want Megrahi stepping off of a plane in Tripoli to cheering crowds, the exact scenario that played out in the end.  While having Megrahi outside of prison wasn’t the nominal situation, that at least would have kept Megrahi from rubbing his freedom in the noses of the Pan Am 103 victims’ families.

The letter did not give a green light to Megrahi’s parole to Libya.  Nevertheless, it shows the kind of ineptitude that has plagued the Obama administration’s diplomacy from the “reset button” with Russia to this day.  LeBaron’s note was a clear signal to Scotland that the US had lost most of its interest in Megrahi; recall that the US had insisted originally that any parole must include extradition to the US.  The Scottish government must have presumed that we would not strenuously object to their release of Megrahi to the Libyans after LeBaron failed to raise that point and demand Megrahi’s extradition.

Also, it shows that the Obama administration lied about being surprised by Megrahi’s release.  They knew it was coming, and while they may have been surprised that he went to Libya, the White House knew Scotland was going to spring Megrahi one way or the other.


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Questioning this admin is racist so stop asking questions about people in power.

rob verdi on July 26, 2010 at 8:50 AM

On a serious note, I believe the Obama admin wants civilian trials and punishments so it will be easier to pardon and trade the gitmo gang as a way to curry favor with the various terror states and groups that exist in the world.

rob verdi on July 26, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Shocka! we were lied to again?! SSDD

ted c on July 26, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Obama’s preferences:

Muslims over Christians….Egypt speech

Blacks over Whites…..DOJ

PatriotRider on July 26, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I am shocked, shocked I tell you!

jbh45 on July 26, 2010 at 8:55 AM

President Pantywaist strikes again.

kingsjester on July 26, 2010 at 8:56 AM

If Obama lies, but no journalists are there to report it – and a JournoList is there to deflect attention from it – did he ever really lie at all?

rvastar on July 26, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Oh you mean the guy that had only 3 months to live? I read nearly a year later that that he still only has 3 months to live.

Johnnyreb on July 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Ed,the line from the Australian tho is troubling!
===================================================

THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be “far preferable” to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.

(Ed,if I went over the line again,sorry,I’m still learning)
———-:)

canopfor on July 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Litmus test:

Did the above run contrary to American interests?

If yes, then you can bank upon the Obama administration working tirelessly to see it through.

turfmann on July 26, 2010 at 9:00 AM

canopfor on July 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM

No, that’s fine. Quoting a single line isn’t a problem. It’s a fair-use issue.

Ed Morrissey on July 26, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Is it safe to say”YOU LIE”?

docflash on July 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM

All that is important is that the Muslims feel better about themselves.

Disturb the Universe on July 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM

President Pantywaist strikes again.

kingsjester on July 26, 2010 at 8:56 AM

kingsjester: You ain’t kidding,between Iran’s threat of
vapourizing Isreal,and NK threatening a nu
clear response,I think these Axis of Evil’s
are getting real close to the Bay of Pigs!!:)

canopfor on July 26, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Since dear leader is not an American, he wasn’t surprised, disappointed or angry about the release.

Kissmygrits on July 26, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Let me show them how to answer. “No, not just no, hell no!” See how clear that is! Then if or when Scotland makes this release it is all on them. Instead it looks like the administration approved. Saying no, then specifying acceptable terms is the dumbest thing I have ever seen.

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM

canopfor on July 26, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Our enemies are going to push Scooter around because they have no respect for him whatsoever.

kingsjester on July 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM

canopfor on July 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM
===========================
No, that’s fine. Quoting a single line isn’t a problem. It’s a fair-use issue.

Ed Morrissey on July 26, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Ed Morrissey: Okay,I got you,I often wondered about taking
exerpts and paragraphs from different news
sources!

I have a link of Sarah Palins Going Rogue
book,complete online free,and I know better
never to post that,especially in fairness to
Sarah,and it would be wrong,and unethical,in
my opinion!———–:)

canopfor on July 26, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Saying no, then specifying acceptable terms is the dumbest thing I have ever seen.

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM

That’s like telling your teenager that they can’t drink and drive but if they decide to do so they should drink light beer only.

thomasaur on July 26, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Yet another “What if W had done this” teachable moment.

Dingbat63 on July 26, 2010 at 9:10 AM

*ahem* Once again, I ask the “Obama’s not a muslim” gang: Huh. The president and his cronies worked to release a multiple murdering Islamic terrorist directly against the best interests of the U.S. and its allies.

The president and his cronies refuse to acknowledge Islamic fundamentalism as a danger to this country and its allies.

No. I do NOT believe being a muslim is a bad thing per se. I do, however, believe that being a muslim who refuses to acknowledge the danger of radical Islam and its ties to terrorism and murder is a TERRIBLE, DANGEROUS and frighteningly ridiculous thing in a president and his advisers. It is VERY clear to anyone NOT concerned with covering up for this dangerously inept president that he IS a muslim and an apologist for the worst elements in that religion.

I KNEW Obama was well aware of what was happening with this release. I also believe Obama knew this man was NOT terminally ill and agreed to his release anyway. Why?

Pan AM 103 and Lockerbie victims and families, I’m sorry our president and the Brits let their compassion for a multiple murderer override the punishment he deserved. You are in my prayers.

Mad Mad Monica on July 26, 2010 at 9:10 AM

canopfor on July 26, 2010 at 9:02 AM
===============

Our enemies are going to push Scooter around because they have no respect for him whatsoever.

kingsjester on July 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM

kingsjester: Yes,and for the entire Administration,as
well!!:)

canopfor on July 26, 2010 at 9:10 AM

At best, you can say the Obama Administration was apathetic about the release, as if 1988 was a long time ago in an era that really shouldn’t concern today’s geopolitical decisions. “Why not let him out? Nobody cares anymore,” looks like the mindset that was in operation here, whille at the same time, the White House believed that the love for Obama the British media and pols shared with its U.S. counterparts would also translate into them willing to pretty much just shut up and take it when the administration mdar them the bad guys, not just here, but also with the BP situation.
Tom Vilasck might be willing to swallow his pride and dive under the bus for Obama, but after 18 months of snubs dating back to shipping Churchill’s bust back to London, the Brits (and Scots) no longer have any desire to prop up this president.

jon1979 on July 26, 2010 at 9:14 AM

We know that BP received a highly profitable oil lease from Libya shortly after the release of Megrahi. Many believe that BP used influence with British politicians to get Megrahi released in exchange for the oil lease.

Is it possible that BP could have influenced U.S. politicians so that the American government would go along with this?

To get this result, one would expect that BP would have had to make some kind of payoff to U.S. government officials. So did BP make large contributions to any U.S. politicians?

Oh wait, didn’t I read somewhere that BP gave significantly more to the Obama campaign than to anyone else? I’m sure that is just a “coincidence”.

Ordinary American on July 26, 2010 at 9:14 AM

thomasaur on July 26, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I need to go find a “he’s the smartest man in the world with the greatest disposition” article so I can calm down. /

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Sure is a coincidence that just when this story was breaking, the wikilinks story was floated. Surprise that it starts in 2004 to present. Surprise that the Obama administration is “shocked” at it’s release. Surprise that the head of wikilinks claims there are war crimes committed. Well. I never saw this coming…..

sandee on July 26, 2010 at 9:21 AM

WHO really didn’t already know that? The CIA isn’t ignorant.

Mr. Malleable, the perpetual candidate, is consistent in his agenda, and consistent in his gratitude to Libya’s Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi for supporting Obama’s potus campaign in speeches and huge donations that Gaddafi himself stated referring to Obama as truly Muslim.

Obama has RESET our global relations to enhance global and domestic terrorism to facilitate the transformation of our constitutional government into the authoritarian Marxist regime.

Citizens are being distanced from all things traditionally American, with government officials insulating themselves from performing their job descriptions defined by the Constitution.

What all did anyone really expect from a constitutionally illegitimate potus candidate whose father was NOT an American citizen, but a Kenyan Marxist, and whose white family were Marxists? The timing was just too weird when Obama’s white grandmother died not to take note. Law enforcement investigators, ultimately the Chief Executive, work on the premise that there is no such thing as a coincidence.

maverick muse on July 26, 2010 at 9:23 AM

If the Republicans can pull off what I sincerely hope they can pull off in November, I think we will soon be hearing the following cheer:

Gimme an I

I!!!!

Gimme an M

M!!!

Gimme a P

P!!!!

Gimme a …..

Well, you get the idea.

pilamaye on July 26, 2010 at 9:28 AM

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100726/D9H6MNPO0.html

Maybe Bury will explain it to us when he sits down with these fine people.

thomasaur on July 26, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Ordinary American on July 26, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Coincidence? I think not!

catlady on July 26, 2010 at 9:33 AM

jon1979 on July 26, 2010 at 9:14 AM

i think that this is correct. This administration thought no one cared, plus BO got such a large contribution from BP that he was looking to do them a favor. Paybacks are hell… on us the American public.

catlady on July 26, 2010 at 9:35 AM

catlady

This administration didn’t care that anyone cared.

maverick muse on July 26, 2010 at 9:36 AM

That’s like telling your teenager that they can’t drink and drive but if they decide to do so they should drink light beer only.

thomasaur on July 26, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Well, these are the same leftists that like to tell teenagers, “Don’t have sex yet. But just in case you do, here’s a lifetime supply of rubbers.”

CurtZHP on July 26, 2010 at 9:39 AM

ED, WHEN YOU WROTE THIS, YOU WERE DEAD-ON:


Also, it shows that the Obama administration lied about being surprised by Megrahi’s release. They knew it was coming, and while they may have been surprised that he went to Libya, the White House knew Scotland was going to spring Megrahi one way or the other.

I POSTED THIS EXACT THING YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

SCOOPED YA AGAIN!

OBAMA LIED.

OBAMA SHOULD BE IMPEACHED.

THIS IS A BIGGER LIE THAN THE ONE BJ CLINTON TOLD ABOUT NOT HAVING HAD “SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN”

reliapundit on July 26, 2010 at 9:39 AM

The spy coup of the century. Al Qaeda places sleeper agent in White House!

MaiDee on July 26, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Obama did outright lie on this sucker which is maddening enough, but to aid in the release of someone who bombed a plane is unforgivable.

My question is why did Scotland want to release him and why wasn’t he released to us since it was 190 of our citizens the guy murdered?

ORconservative on July 26, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Should have known.

When the Journolistas attacked and blamed BP, it was clear the Whitehouse was behind it and was needing a convenient scapegoat.

seven on July 26, 2010 at 9:58 AM

The letter did not give a green light to Megrahi’s parole to Libya.

If there is a link to the actual full letter anywhere in that article or on the page I can’t find it. Google was no help, either. Too much came up so I gave up after 3 or 4 links.

I’d like to read the whole letter because I’m having a hard time imagining how a diplomat would word a letter telling the government of Scotland it’s OK to let a mass murderer go free, but only if they let him stay in…Scotland. Yeah, that’ll work.

Jaynie59 on July 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Pan AM 103 and Lockerbie victims and families, I’m sorry our president and the Brits let their compassion for a multiple murderer override the punishment he deserved. You are in my prayers.

Mad Mad Monica on July 26, 2010

Obama is not a Muslim.
Obama is not a Muslim.
Obama is not a Muslim.
Repeat as often as necessary until all the evidence to the contrary just fades away and you can rest easy in your happy place, content that all’s well and there is no danger.

Extrafishy on July 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Imagine Obama releasing Khalid Sheik Mohammed for “humanitarian” reasons (afterall he’ll surely die otherwise) in open exchange for oil deals with the bin Laden family. That’s what we’re essentially witnessing with this sordid al-Megrahi affaire.

/Kaddafi delenda est

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Obama is not a Muslim.
Obama is not a Muslim.
Obama is not a Muslim.
Repeat as often as necessary until all the evidence to the contrary just fades away and you can rest easy in your happy place, content that all’s well and there is no danger.

Extrafishy on July 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I don’t think he is a Muslim…like most child lefties he is too fcking lazy to follow any strict code demanded by a religion.

He just simply hates jews, just like his followers, and therefore has huge sympathy for jew-killers. Easy enough.

ClassicCon on July 26, 2010 at 10:10 AM

MacAskill’s “compassionate release” lie was a thin veil for the bigger ‘quid pro quo.’ The Lockerbie bomber’s release was just one more payment on Kaddafi’s terrorist sextortion demands that secured release of his 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 Iran’s UC-Berkeley student hostages.
This wasn’t only an oil-for-terrorist deal (quid pro quo). That oily BP deal also involved Kaddaif’s sextortion payment for releasing his brutally prison-raped EU-nurse hostages.

Let’s add up some of Kaddafi’s jizya booty for prison raping EU nurses (so far):

EU $400 million (includes Bulgaria’s $57M ransom)
French nuclear reactor deal (+military hardware)
EU free trade (+political normalization)
New US Ambassador (+date w/ Condi)
Obama handshake (+UN podium for Ramadan)
Trillion Euro BP oil deal (brokered by UK politicians)

Lockerbie bomber’s release… PRICELESS!

[Once again, terrorism pays… handsomely]

/Kaddafi delenda est

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I think he is too lazy to be a true Muslim as well. I do however think that he is totally on board with the teachings and I also think that he feels his job is making the world safe for whatever the hell it is that the hard core Islamists are trying to do. Maybe it is Shria law, maybe it is the 12th Iamn thing, or maybe it is a weird combo of socialism/uptopia/islam. I actually think it is the 3rd. The only relgion Obama believes in is his own.

ORconservative on July 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Nevertheless, it shows the kind of ineptitude that has plagued the Obama administration’s diplomacy

Team Obama keeps getting ‘snookered’.

TN Mom on July 26, 2010 at 10:23 AM

The Scots and Obama shouldn’t feel alone in being pubicly castrated by Kaddafi. The Swiss had the same experience this year when they paid off Kaddafi to release his Swiss hostages.

Merz “acted like a Sarkozy” over Libya Switzerland has already transferred a compensation payment into a blocked account for the publication of the police photos of Hannibal Gaddafi.

America fought our first overseas war against Tripolitan pirates who used hostage extortion to secure huge annual jizya payments from Western nation treasuries. Kaddafi now has that racket back in business.

/Kaddafi delenda est

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Here is the awful account of the EU nurse torture ordeals from Human Rights Watch.

Bulgarian defendant, Kristiana Valceva, said interrogators used a small machine with cables and a handle that produced electricity. “During the shocks and torture they asked me where the AIDS came from and what is your role,” she told Human Rights Watch. She said that Libyan interrogators subjected her to electric shocks on her breasts and genitals.My confession was all in Arabic without translation,” she said. “We were ready to sign anything just to stop the torture.”

Read it all. This was the stick the “rehabilitated” Kaddafi used to great affect (along with his oil carrots) to snooker the West.

Westerners can backbite each other (Bush lied, Obama lied, Blair lied, MacAskill lied) until we’re blue in the face.

Meanwhile Kaddafi and his terrorist co-conspirators laugh their way to the bank laden with jizya booty.

National will (and the moral courage to exercise it) that united and motivated our post-9/11 actions has been eroded by appeasement Quislings. There is a pox on all our houses of government.

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

I don’t even understand why Scotland had jurisdiction…most of the victims were Americans, it was American-owned property that was targeted, and the flight originated in London. The terrorist act of placing the bomb happened before the flight left London. And because some Scottish people were killed by falling debris from their airspace, that makes it Scottish jurisdiction? They weren’t even targeted, it was just a random chance that the bomb exploded over Lockerbie.

We didn’t give jurisdiction to Yemen when the Cole was attacked.

James on July 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM

I’m not sure the American outrage over this miscarriage is hot enough;

The convicted mass murderer of 189 American innocents enjoys superstar status, repeatedly feted as a “much-loved” hero of the Libyan people. According to Megrahi’s family, he has received up to 30,000 house guests – a white tent was erected in the garden for visitors – while newborn babies across Libya have been named after him. Gaddafi family members have also made several private visits, friends say.

Terrorism still pays… handsomely.

/Kaddafi delenda est

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Team Obama keeps getting ’snookered’.

TN Mom on July 26, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Nope. The press keeps helping Obama “snooker” the nation.
What price Obama’s “fairness” and where does it end?

clnurnberg on July 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM

James: I don’t even understand why Scotland had jurisdiction

That was part of the extradition deal brokered to allow Kaddafi to save face among the Magreb tribesmen. Camp Zeist was considered a “neutral” court. Scottish jurists were agreed upon by all the parties.

This is what happens when we treat a casus bellum– what Bill Clinton called an “act of war”– as a criminal act.

Why should anyone be surprised if Holder and Obama “compassionately” released KSM (afterall, he’ll die in prison otherwise) in exchange for Exxon oil deals with the bin Laden clan.

That is what we (all of us) have allowed in this sordid Megrahi affaire.

/Kaddafi delenda est

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Us muslims have to stick together.

rjoco1 on July 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM

mohamet followers obama and holder just watching out for their mohamet follower’s backs.

Inanemergencydial on July 26, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Obama received more donations from BP than any American politician in the last two decades.

BP stands to make a fortune from their Libyan offshore drilling.

It’s time for Professor Transparency to come clean over his role in the Megrahi affaire.

/quid pro quo

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Bush’s fault…

right2bright on July 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM

The Terp Mole is kicking butt on this. Has Hillary answered even one question on this yet…?

A.C. McCloud on July 26, 2010 at 12:19 PM

The micreant was simply a Muslim doing what Muslims do.

Why wouldn’t Obama want him released?

notagool on July 26, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I don’t understand why no one is also blaming the doctors who said he was so sick? How much did their bank accounts increase? Who paid them off? Come on they had to know they were lying.

Bambi on July 26, 2010 at 12:57 PM

A.C. McCloud: Terp Mole is kicking butt on this

Not so much anymore. Apparently, my posts are being disallowed. Why?

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 1:41 PM

hmm, posting now. Last one got lost in the ether… let’s try again.

There is a letter sent by a British politician named David Trefgarne to Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish justice minister, in July 2009.

Trefgarne was a member of the House of Lords and head of the Libyan British Business Council, a group whose board included BP. He dispatched the letter for the council. Oh, and Trefgarne’s son, George, was BP’s director of media and research. “As you know, Mr. Megrahi is seriously ill and may indeed not survive for too much longer,” Trefgarne wrote.

“Against this background, the question arises as to whether he should be released or repatriated on one basis or another. Release on bail is of course a matter for the court, but transfer under the recent UK-Libya Prisoner Transfer Agreement is for you. Compassionate release, I am advised, is also within your prerogative.”

Trefgarne went on to state: “The Libyan authorities have made it clear that should he die in prison in Scotland, there will be serious implications for UK-Libyan relations. This prospect is of grave concern to LBBC members, not just Scottish ones. “May I therefore now urge you to bring this matter to a swift and satisfactory conclusion. If the prisoner transfer is your preferred course, then Mr. Megrahi will have to withdraw his appeal and notify the court accordingly. … “I appreciate that this process may be unattractive to you for one or more reasons beyond my knowledge. In that case, I invite you to consider another route, which I am advised, is open to you – namely, Release on License on Compassionate Grounds.”

Trefgarne concluded: “May I end by emphasizing that speed is of the essence principally, of course, for humanitarian reasons, but also because of the shadow which may otherwise fall over the UK-Libyan relations – and especially the interests of LBBC Scottish members and indeed others.”

There it is. In black and white and proper English: Get Megrahi out. Libya wants it desperately. Failure to do so would be bad for business.

The letter will be a chief exhibit in hearings by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee set for Thursday. More power to committee members Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who have pledged to get to the bottom of this very murky well.

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Why does anyone care if their relationship with Libya is in the sh**ter?
Oh yeah, money.
This is crazy. I would be absolutely ready to take up arms if I had had a relative on that plane.

ORconservative on July 26, 2010 at 1:54 PM

ORconservative: Why does anyone care if their relationship with Libya is in the sh**ter?

As stated above, if your Bulgarian mother or your Swiss uncle have electrodes on their genitals… I suppose, that’s a pretty good reason to care. Apathy is, however, the general rule as these things go.

ORconservative: I would be absolutely ready to take up arms if I had had a relative on that plane.

Sadly, most of the victims’ relatives are aging parents and widows. If losing love is like a window in your heart, everybody can see they’ve been blown apart… and they’re going to Graceland.

What’s sadder still, they seem to have learned (well before 9/11) that most Americans don’t care enough (or dare enough) to do what’s necessary to ensure Lockerbie won’t be repeated. I expect its the same for victims’ families from Rome/Vienna airport; LaBelle discotheque; UTA 772; etc.; ad nauseum…

I fear this cycle of appeasement by our Quisling leaders is (once again) inviting another macabre escalation in the Islamo-supremacists jihad on the West.

You’re right. This is crazy.

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Jaynie59: I’d like to read the whole letter

The BBC released it… here.

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Given our post-American President’s oft-repeated desire to establish relations with the Islamic world on the basis of a “mutual respect” (ever-elusive from the Islamic side), is it beyond possibility that Obama directed U.S. officials to (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) approve of MacAskill’s “compassionate release”? As another gesture of “good will” toward the Islamic world– a gesture unreciprocated.

Megrahi is free. Will our Senators ask Barack Hussein Obama why?

Terp Mole on July 26, 2010 at 3:17 PM

The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.

Perhaps Obama CAN read the future.


All Americans
WILL BE were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Obama’s hand in the Megrahi’s release.

DSchoen on July 26, 2010 at 5:40 PM

They were either for it or against it.

Pretty easy.

RealMc on July 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

When the dictators of the world knock Obama down, he stays down, and hopes for the best. When he feels safe to get up again, he assumes his lies are just good enough , that the citizens fall for it…every time.

Think again Obumble.

capejasmine on July 26, 2010 at 7:31 PM

PowerLine links to full text, showing that indeed Obama’s administration made stipulations not included in the initial media charge for INDEPENDENT medical testing be given to the US govt. and victim families prior to the bomber’s release.

maverick muse on July 27, 2010 at 6:41 AM

maverick muse: Obama’s administration made stipulations

“stipulations”? Obama was not in a position to “stipulate” terms when he’d already stipulated (wink-wink-nudge-nudge);

“Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.”

Translated: Obama didn’t object to Megrahi’s release. He just didn’t want the anyone to suspect this was horse trading.

Clear and convincing evidence demonstrates (perversely) that it was quid pro quo.

Terp Mole on July 27, 2010 at 7:03 AM

And what will be Obama’s spin when Libyas refuses?

“I worked tirelessly (playing golf) to fight for his return to prison, and more than I ever worked before!”

ToddonCapeCod on August 26, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Given our post-American President’s oft-repeated desire to establish relations with the Islamic world on the basis of a “mutual respect” (ever-elusive from the Islamic side), is it beyond possibility that Obama directed U.S. officials to (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) approve of MacAskill’s “compassionate release”? As another gesture of “good will” toward the Islamic world– a gesture unreciprocated.

Megrahi is guilty as sin– and free as a bird. Will the GOP House Foreign Affairs Committee subpoena Hillary Clinton to ask why?

Terp Mole on February 7, 2011 at 11:46 AM