Libyan official: Gaddafi personally ordered attack on Pan Am 103

posted at 10:55 am on February 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I could have put this as an update to the previous post on Libya, but the subject is worth a thread of its own.  A tabloid in Sweden quotes a former Justice Minister of Libya in alleging that Moammar Gaddafi personally ordered the destruction of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, which killed 270 people in the air and on the ground in Scotland.  Mustafa Abdel-Jalil also says that Gaddafi demanded the return of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in order to keep the cover-up in place:

Expressen on Wednesday quoted Mustafa Abdel-Jalil as telling their correspondent in Libya that “I have proof that Gadhafi gave the order about Lockerbie.” He didn’t describe the proof. …

He told Expressen Gadhafi gave the order to Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground.

“To hide it, he (Gadhafi) did everything in his power to get al-Megrahi back from Scotland,” Abdel-Jalil was quoted as saying.

No one will be surprised to hear that Gaddafi ordered the attack, I presume.  The US has maintained the position that the Libyan government bears responsibility for the deaths, and ended up getting a settlement from Gaddafi almost eight years ago for $2.7 billion, or $10 million per death, based on the US and UK easing sanctions.  Libya began funding the settlement in 2008 with a $1.5 billion payment.

Still, this allegation of Gaddafi’s personal involvement puts even more pressure on Barack Obama to act.  If true, then it makes Gaddafi one of the deadliest terrorists in the world, at least by counting American deaths.  Assuming Abdel-Jalil can deliver the proof, will Obama demand that Gaddafi get extradited to the US — along with Megrahi — to stand trial for his crimes?


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Shocked.

John the Libertarian on February 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I think that that ass**** has been working on an insanity defense for the last couple of decades.

chromium on February 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

The British government must answer for their role in this. They knowingly released a murderous terrorist on false information, and delivered him to the custody of the mastermind.

I want to hear a British apology for every sacrificed life on that plane.

KingGold on February 23, 2011 at 10:58 AM

He’s almost as bad as Walker-Labor Unions

artist on February 23, 2011 at 10:58 AM

duh

Branch Rickey on February 23, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Go get em boys ala Mitch Rapp

cmsinaz on February 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Shocked.

John the Libertarian on February 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Thread Winner!..:)

PS..Plus you were first too..:)

Dire Straits on February 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Where is the jerk that was released from a Scottish prison because he was dying from prostate cancer? Find him!

SC.Charlie on February 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Still, this allegation of Gaddafi’s personal involvement puts even more pressure on Barack Obama to act.

btw, Good One!

Oh wait, were you serious?

Branch Rickey on February 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Groovy, man.

/Bill Ayers

The Mega Independent on February 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

INCONCEIV.. ah screw it this people are just animals.

esnap on February 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I don’t see Obama asking for his extradition

cmsinaz on February 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Assuming Abdel-Jalil can deliver the proof, will Obama demand that Gaddafi get extradited to the US — along with Megrahi — to stand trial for his crimes?

Sure, we can try him in civilian courts in NYC right after KSM’s trial is through.

Doughboy on February 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

What is; no f-ckin’ sh-t Alex.

darwin-t on February 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Odds are the administration is simply going to say that 1988 was over half of a lifetime ago for Obama, and there are more important current issues, like public sector union collective bargaining, to worry about. He’s not just going to kick this can down the road, he’s going to deliver a Ray Guy NFL Hall of Fame punt of the allegation down the road, since Team Obama can’t even figure out what side of the Libyan issue they’re going to be on (their heads may say the rebels, but their hearts still remember Moammar defiantly standing up to Reagan and thinking they wished their own leadership in the 1980s had the same sort of courage).

jon1979 on February 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Dictator jobs certainly do carry a high degree of mental illness risk, eh?

Idi Amin with oil.

AnninCA on February 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Still, this allegation of Gaddafi’s personal involvement puts even more pressure on Barack Obama to act.

lol, ain’t gonna happen.

pseudonominus on February 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Shocked.

Oh. I see someone else has already used that.

tree hugging sister on February 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM

If the protesters take over, I doubt there will be anything left of Gaddafi to extradite. And I’m fine with that.

I am worried about what will take over in Libya, but not in seeing this murderous clown swinging at the end of a rope.

rbj on February 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

And in other news, water is wet.

search4truth on February 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

“Don’t bother me, I’m drafting a speech that excoriates Israel.”

-PBHO

Bishop on February 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

I also heard that O.J. Simpson really was guilty of murder all along.

RadClown on February 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Still, this allegation of Gaddafi’s personal involvement puts even more pressure on Barack Obama to act.

True or not, the motivation for making the claim is clearly to get the US to intervene.

Count to 10 on February 23, 2011 at 11:06 AM

“will Obama demand that Gaddafi get extradited to the US — along with Megrahi — to stand trial for his crimes?”

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (takes time to catch breath)…BWHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…
That’s a good one Ed!!!
Hell, they can’t even follow through on a voting rights case!

Amendment X on February 23, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Casus belli

A Balrog of Morgoth on February 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM

You’re right, Ed, nobody is surprised. But it’s nice to get confirmation of what we believe sometimes.

SKYFOX on February 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Still, this allegation of Gaddafi’s personal involvement puts even more pressure on Barack Obama to act.

I expect little Bammie is still trying to find Libya on a map, and his crack White House staff of sixties burnout Marxists won’t be of any help.

Oh well, who’s up for a Wednesday night White House party? Wagyu beef all around!

slickwillie2001 on February 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM

“The PanAm Flight 103 acted Stupidly.”

-President Barrack Hussein Obama

portlandon on February 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM

… will Obama demand that Gaddafi get extradited to the US — along with Megrahi — to stand trial for his crimes?

I assume this question is rhetorical.

John Deaux on February 23, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Well I mean come on, sure nobody would be shocked but lets question the timing here a bit. Does this guy want Gaddafi out?

Dash on February 23, 2011 at 11:18 AM

No kidding? that nutball ordered it? How shocking.
Who was in the WH at the time? Oh yeah, Clinton.
Let’s see, Clinton was in the WH for quite a few acts of terror/war, (I’m not going any further back because I just don’t feel like it).
Bush goes on the offensive for better or worse then we’ve got the smartest guy in the universe who literally lights a fuse in the ME but then does nothing and watches. WTF.
I hope Gaddafi gets what is coming to him but it won’t be Obama who does it. Obama is fiddling.

ORconservative on February 23, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Still, this allegation of Gaddafi’s personal involvement puts even more pressure on Barack Obama to act. If true, then it makes Gaddafi one of the deadliest terrorists in the world, at least by counting American deaths. Assuming Abdel-Jalil can deliver the proof, will Obama demand that Gaddafi get extradited to the US — along with Megrahi — to stand trial for his crimes?

No…he will claim this is just another “curve ball” pumping out dis-information to help bring down another dictator…..

Obama is just going to wait this one out and let the people of Libya that survive the massacre deal with Gaddafi.
Pretty much the same thing Obama has done about the #1 celeb cause of “Saving Darfur”…….
……..talk about “human rights” and give some speeches until one side is able to slaughter enough of the other side to win.

Rwanda redux……

Baxter Greene on February 23, 2011 at 11:21 AM

About these calls for Obama to react:

See, he has a problem. On one hand, there is the common man, and as a faux populist, Obama is tempted to side with them. On the other, there is a lunatic autocrat with delusions of grandeur, and as a purveyor of delusions of grandeur, Obama is also tempted in that direction.

A nice reset button, wired to a JDAM is the proper solution, IMO.

A Balrog of Morgoth on February 23, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Assuming Abdel-Jalil can deliver the proof, will Obama demand that Gaddafi get extradited to the US — along with Megrahi — to stand trial for his crimes?

too bad that we closed the Gitmo place last year, we coulda kept them terrorists there…..oh wait!…

ted c on February 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

If they are trying to get the vacationer in chief to react, the lives of Americans lost to Islam is the wrong bait.

Hening on February 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Blip on Fox News from France. ”

Al Queda has a base set up in Eastern Libya run by freed terrorists from Gitmo. Kadaffy is tell the US you best stay out of this unless you want some of that…

No links.

Key West Reader on February 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Please that Pan Am is our fault for: Supporting Israel

Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut in 1983….our fault.

Achille Lauro-Leon Klinghoffer cruise….our fault.

TWA hijacking…..our fault.

9/11…..our fault.

Arkansas recruiting station killing…..our fault.

Fort Hood….our fault

PappyD61 on February 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Assuming Abdel-Jalil can deliver the proof, will Obama demand that Gaddafi get extradited to the US — along with Megrahi — to stand trial for his crimes?

You jest right? This is the Obama Administration we are talking about.

Lance Murdock on February 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Now this is where a “Hitler” reference fits. Remeber the Lusitania???

Everyone knows Obama will not demand Gadaffi, Quadafi, Quadaffi, Khadafi, Gadafi, or any of the other guys who ordered the hit(little joke on how many different spellings). The real question is will Obama ever firmly come out against him.

No wonder people thinks he is a Muslim. He never uses the word “terror”. He never goes after any Muslims for antyhing. He joins the Muslim nations in rebuking Israel at the UN for building homes. He rebukes the WI governor immediately while never rebuking Quadaffi and praising, then rebuking, then partially rebuking, then praising again, then rebuking and claiming responsibility for the removal of Mubarak. So why do people think he is a Muslim again???

jeffn21 on February 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Øbama: *crickets*

petefrt on February 23, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Should have bombed tripoli flat before negotiating a deal for a payout for each death

that’s what truly disgusts me

we can’t help what they do but we sure don’t have to turn terror into a monetary value

it pissed me off then

it pisses me off now

Sonosam on February 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Link to issue re: Al Qaeda in Libya

Not sure if it’s credible or not but this was probably what Fox was saying.

Key West Reader on February 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Still, this allegation of Gaddafi’s personal involvement puts even more pressure on Barack Obama to act.

As if the current moral and ethical pressure were not enough…. and apparently it hasn’t been.

ted c on February 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM

K’Daffy ordered Lockerbie, he was planning to murder Sadat but the MB beat him to it, and in retaliation he ordered several MB leaders to be assassinated in Germany.

All these countries Iraq, Libya, and Syria – were up to their necks in terrorism.

Blake on February 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Oops! Forgot Iran.

Not only were they behind terrorist attacks on us, but on each other.

Blake on February 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I’m naive, I am a bit surprised that the head of a country would order such a thing. Not that he wouldn’t condone it but to actually order it seems weird. Did y’all see the Grapevine on Special Report?

You Name It

And speaking of names, Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has a number of titles that were either given to him or he chose.

They include: Imam of Muslims; Dean of Arab Rulers; Keeper of Arab Nationalism; King of Kings — and Grapevine’s favorite and this is real — Mad Dog of the Middle East.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report/transcript/low-grades-wisconsin-schools#ixzz1EnifTfDX

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Assuming Abdel-Jalil can deliver the proof, will Obama demand that Gaddafi get extradited to the US — along with Megrahi — to stand trial for his crimes?

To the Devil with “extradition.” If this is true, it was an act of war and Qaddafi should be dealt with accordingly.

irishspy on February 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Mad Dog of the Middle East.

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I’m envious. I want MD plates, too!

Shy Guy on February 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Obama: Yawn.

Ward Cleaver on February 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM

When the rebels get a hold of him I don’t think much will be left of him. – SC.Charlie

Looks like they got him …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9HqoI6gnyw

haha

Tony737 on February 23, 2011 at 11:52 AM

How many Libyan dictators does it take to roof a house?

Just one if you slice him REALLLL thin.

44Magnum on February 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Who care…grow a pair and tell the world when it Lockerbie actually happened. This stinks of some other lying bastard who will say anything to try to get the US or even the UN to get rid of Qadaffi even faster. Shut up and go protest with your people.

Of course he’s probably telling the truth but I dont think anyone cares at this point.

Avatar72 on February 23, 2011 at 12:04 PM

A cruise missile is a wonderful thing. Just sayin’.

Tennman on February 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I’ll take “The Blindingly Obvious” for $500, Alex.

PJ Emeritus on February 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Why does Qaddafi dress like a Hogwarts professor?

Greek Fire on February 23, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Present!

a capella on February 23, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I don’t know what’s less surprising: the statement that Gaddafi ordered a terrorist attack or the heavy concentration of high-ranking Libyan officials on the road to Damascus.

factoid on February 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Gaddafi demanded the return of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

The “dying” al-Megrahi may well wind up outliving Gaddafi.

calbear on February 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

“To hide it, he (Gadhafi) did everything in his power to get al-Megrahi back from Scotland,”

“everything” …including prison raping EU nurse hostages.

Western leaders remain strangely silent– because this disgraceful hostage extortion for terrorist scheme is about to explode in their faces.

*disgraceful*

Terp Mole on February 23, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Can progressives imagine The Obamateur invoking Article 51 and making this speech?

He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong.”

The Obamateur sees Libya as a community in need of organizing.

Terp Mole on February 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Who didn’t know or believe that he ordered the attack, he is a dictator afterall…This in no way ups the pressure on the obamanation to act any differntly than he has in regard to Libya…

Gohawgs on February 23, 2011 at 3:32 PM

The Obamateur sees Libya as a community in need of organizing.

Terp Mole on February 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Ok see so do I….of course, it will likely look alot LESS organized after I’ve “organized” the whole country from 30,000 feet. Oh, to be president at this moment….an opportunity shamelessly wasted on obama.

runawayyyy on February 23, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Libyan official: Gaddafi personally ordered attack on Pan Am 103

Well, that’s a surprise!

/sarc

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 23, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Here’s a short list of Kaddafi’s vicious ‘casus belli’ against America and our NATO allies.

Munich Olympic Massacre
London Constable Murder
Rome/Vienna Airport Massacres
Berlin Discoteque Massacre
Greek TWA840 Massacre
UK Lockerbie Massacre
French UTA772 Massacre
IRA proxy massacres
EU Nurse Prison-Rape Extortion
Swiss hostage extortion

Obama needs to remind Americans and our NATO allies: What’s the statute of limitations on mass murdering innocent Americans?

Terp Mole on March 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM