Morsi: I want the US to free the Blind Sheikh

posted at 8:01 am on January 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Now that Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi has settled the constitutional issues facing his country, he can turn his attention to the truly pressing problems of the Arab Spring state.  Would that be religious tolerance, economic growth, and the pursuit of peace in the region?  Er … not exactly.  In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last night, Morsi urged Barack Obama to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, better known as the Blind Sheikh, currently serving a life sentence in a maximum-security federal prison in North Carolina for his involvement in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.

Priorities, priorities:

Breitbart has the transcript, in which Morsi argues for at least a change in venue so that he can have visitors:

WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST: I asked the Egyptian President about the blind Egyptian cleric who was convicted here in the United States in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Omar Abdel-Rahman is serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison.

Just clarify your position on what you want the U.S. Government to do as far as the “blind sheikh” is concerned, who’s being held in prison in the United States, convicted of his involvement in blowing up of the 1993 World Trade Center incident.

TRANSLATOR FOR EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MORSI: I want him to be free, but I respect the law and the rule of law in Egypt and the United States. What I am talking about isn’t a violation. I don’t want a violation of the rule of law, but there are also many humane aspects. There can be things like visitation, assistance, his children, his family assisting him. He is an old sheikh and sick and blind. We need to respect that. Is there a chance for hi to be freed? I wish this, but considering my respect and appreciation for the American rule of law and the American government, our relationship, Egypt’s relationship with America deserves that these issues be reviewed, if that is okay according to the law. If it isn’t possible, and I hope that it is possible, if it wasn’t possible, than these humane aspects need to be taken into account; for him to be in a humane prison, to be able to have visitors, to be able to have company, to be able to visit with his sons and children, for his family to visit, for us to see him, for people to see him and know how he is doing. Because he is a man, an old man, and he deserves full care. I wish that there could be a big possibility for the American administration to look into this matter about this sheikh who is very old without there being — I don’t intend on violating the rule of law in any place and I don’t like anyone asking me to violate the rule of law in my own country, but the humane aspects at the very least need to be guaranteed.

WOLF BLITZER: Will you make this appeal directly to President Obama when you see him?

TRANSLATOR: When I meet with him I will talk to him about this issue.

Yes, I’m sure having visitors will work out well — just like when his attorney, Lynne Stewart, took it upon herself to transmit messages to Abdel-Rahman’s followers that he wanted to encourage them to break a cease-fire with Egypt’s government at the time.  She’s serving 10 years in federal prison for being a conduit.  Morsi wants Obama to at least cut out the middleman.

I doubt that Obama is foolish enough to be moved by Morsi’s entreaties.  However, it’s rather interesting that Morsi’s top issue in the US is an old terrorist who tried to accomplish what al-Qaeda later succeeded at doing, rather than finding ways to promote peace and harmony in the Middle East.


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Yeah, we’ll release him…from 35,000 feet.

Steve Eggleston on January 8, 2013 at 8:05 AM

MORSI sure is an ugly sucker.

Is this the best the Caliphate can do?

#fail

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 8:07 AM

However, it’s rather interesting that Morsi’s top issue in the US is an old terrorist who tried to accomplish al-Qaeda’s first attempt to destroy the World Trade Center, something what al-Qaeda later succeeded at doing, rather than finding ways to promote peace and harmony in the Middle East.

ReWrite™ engaged. The 1993 WTC bombing was also an al-Qaeda effort.

Steve Eggleston on January 8, 2013 at 8:08 AM

let’s free him

…. one piece at a time

lm10001 on January 8, 2013 at 8:09 AM

After years behind bars, he seems relatively tame nowadays.

Shy Guy on January 8, 2013 at 8:10 AM

MORSI sure is an ugly sucker.

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 8:07 AM

He looks like a combination between an ape and a pig.

Shy Guy on January 8, 2013 at 8:13 AM

I don’t intend on violating the rule of law in any place and I don’t like anyone asking me to violate the rule of law in my own country, but the humane aspects at the very least need to be guaranteed.

Well that takes into his kitchen, doesn’t it? :) A little bit more and we might have a pretty good picture of exactly what’s happening on the phone lately.

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 8:13 AM

He is an old sheikh and sick and blind.

And the Lockerbie bomber was at death’s door and was going to die within days!

Bet you thought we forgot that one, Morsi baby?

pilamaye on January 8, 2013 at 8:16 AM

there’s a good chance he’s had a homosexual encounter in all these years, let’s get that dirt and Morsi will have him executed, problem solved.

screwauger on January 8, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Let’s just whack him. He’ll never see it coming.

SAMinVA on January 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Basically:

“I have full respect for the law when it suits my purposes and lame excuses to ignore the law when it suits my purposes. I want this and everyone should work to give me what I want. Right now.”

If the dictator thing doesn’t work out, he’s a natural for the U.S. Congress.

ROCnPhilly on January 8, 2013 at 8:20 AM

there are also many humane aspects. There can be things like visitation, assistance, his children, his family assisting him. He is an old sheikh and sick and blind. We need to respect that.

I wonder what the families of the seven victims (including an unborn child) feel about the fact that Morsi is out there advocating the “humanity” of letting this dirtbag be around family in his old age. This is the guy who organized the terrorist cell in his Brooklyn mosque. Let him rot in jail.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Isn’t his country now persecuting Christians? Why should we consider humanitarian issues with savages? Do they care about treating people in a humane way? I don’t think they do. They are like the left, using our own virtues against us.

Night Owl on January 8, 2013 at 8:22 AM

As my grandmother used to say:

“And people in hell want ice water!”

CurtZHP on January 8, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Yes and I wanted a Ferrari from Santa. But he didn’t leave one.

I doubt that even Mr. Obama is foolish enough to let this piece of trash go. He is a terrorist whose hands are stained with blood from September 11th.

Add to that Mr. Obama has blathered ad nauseum about how these low-lifes should be handled in our legal system.

Then again. Mr. Obama might not care since this was hopefully his last election.

What Mr. Obama should really worry about is the danger that Egypt is starting to present both to the United States and Middle East regional stability. He has allowed forces allied against our interests and way of life to grow and multiply in strength. He has allowed a nation that was said to be a “democracy” slip into a fascist theocracy.

That does not bode well for our future stability and that of our nation. In the end, it makes the world a more dangerous place for Americans.

Marcus Traianus on January 8, 2013 at 8:32 AM

You know who else was old and sick? Megrahi the Lockerbie Bomber.

ctmom on January 8, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Morsi said:

Egypt’s relationship with America deserves that these issues be reviewed

Egypt’s relationship with America? You mean the Egypt that attacked the U.S. Embassy? What kind of “relationship” is that?

Morsi said:

He is an old sheikh and sick and blind. We need to respect that.

As Pamela Geller often says:

Obama say, “Respect it.”

Will Obama pardon the Blind Sheikh, out of “respect” for Jihadist Muslims?

ITguy on January 8, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Let’s just whack him. He’ll never see it coming.

SAMinVA on January 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM

I would play it safe and distract him first. “Look – over there!!!”

Shy Guy on January 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM

We really should release him. Which mortuary do they want him delivered to?

portlandon on January 8, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Obama’s BFF needs another favor.

rplat on January 8, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Boo hoo hey lets free charles manson he’s old now

ldbgcoleman on January 8, 2013 at 8:41 AM

I wouldn’t put anything past o .
Don’t ever say …. “He wouldn’t dare”

Lucano on January 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

@SAMinVA lol

tommy71 on January 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I thought he was being lined up for a job in the Oministration?

CorporatePiggy on January 8, 2013 at 8:57 AM

I’m sure the Nazis wanted the British to release Rudolph Hess too. The Obama administration should tell Islamo/fascist bastard to go eff himself but I fear they may relent.

RobertE on January 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Morsi only has a few more days to wait until the releases begin. As soon as obama is sworn in for his second term, he will immediately start releasing all muslim terrorists and all other enemies of America.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

‘Old, sick, and blind.’

Gee. The euthanasia crowd oughta love this guy.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Execute his ass and send him home in ole used hog box.

C-Low on January 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The 2001 destruction of the WTC should be thought of as a continuation of the 1993 bombing. They were just finishing the job.

To put it another way, if the WTC had not been bombed by the Blind Sheikh, it would probably still be standing today.

Morsi should be laughed out of town over this. Unfortunately, our Clown Prince will probably give him serious consideration.

Haiku Guy on January 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Yeah, we’ll release him…from 35,000 feet.

Steve Eggleston on January 8, 2013 at 8:05 AM

How about we make it 35 miles? That would be a real record breaker.

And this time, forget the parachute.

rbj on January 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Vindication for Pamela Geller:
Egyptian Magazine exposes Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration of Obama Administration

ITguy on January 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I want Dante to tell Morsi to go blow smoke.
We are are a sovereign nation and can do as we please.

Jabberwock on January 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Ed you seem quite naive to think Obama wouldn’t be foolish enough to be taken in by Morsi. Where have you been for the past 4 years, in a cave? Oh that’s right you’ve been busy looking up new photos of the Steelers to put in your NFL threads!

wepeople on January 8, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Sign him up for Obamacare, then send his old, sick, blind self to a “death panel.”

apostic on January 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

The guy isn’t a guest who deserves our consideration. He’s an inmate convicted of terrorism.

Murf76 on January 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM

However, it’s rather interesting that Morsi’s top issue in the US is an old terroristMuslim who tried to accomplish what al-Qaedaother Muslims later succeeded at doing, rather than finding ways to promote peace and harmony in the Middle East.

BL@KBIRD on January 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Kind of like every mob boss and pol is so sick they shouldn’t be in prison, and the Lockerbee bomber on his deathbed send him home for his short final ten years…

MarkT on January 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Morsi: We’d like the blind sheik released.

Obama: Well, get your peeps to contact my peeps.

Cleombrotus on January 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

He make a great university professor.

Cleombrotus on January 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM

If he’s still alive, then he’s already had more mercy then he should. Now they want more, because the murderous bastard wa to grow old rather than being put down like the
dog he is.

tom on January 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Uh, yeah … “About that ‘release the Blind Sheikh’ thing … No.”

BD57 on January 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Dear Mr. Morsi,

F*ck you.

Sincerely, The USA

Dopenstrange on January 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I want Dante to tell Morsi to go blow smoke.
Jabberwock on January 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Never gonna happen; I’m sure Dante’s a big fan.

Dopenstrange on January 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

He is an old sheikh and sick and blind. We need to respect that.

He is a heartless murderer, plain & simple. We need to respect that … and let him rot in jail.

KS Rex on January 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Yes and I wanted a Ferrari from Santa. But he didn’t leave one.

Marcus Traianus on January 8, 2013 at 8:32 AM

He did, but he left the keys in the ignition.

Can you ask for a Bugatti next year?

TexasDan on January 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

“He is an old sheikh and sick and blind. We need to respect that.”

Oh, all right. Let’s put him out of his misery, like an old dog. It’s kinder than what he wanted to do to us.

tom on January 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

For crying out loud, Morsi is just walking the political tightrope that comes with the job in Egypt.

This is nothing more than politics – trying not to p#ss off the wrong people. Which I have heard can get you killed in some places. Like Egypt.

A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury.
Signifying nothing.

connertown on January 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Wolf Blitzer is an ignorant and unprepared reporter.

HOW is it possible for Wolf to listen to this impashioned plea for the MURDERER and NOT mention the DEAD victims?

Interviews of this quality are EXACTLY why CNN now resorts to simulated on-air sex acts for ratings.

Freddy on January 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Morsi: We want his victims, our citizens, alive again. Shall we trade?

Your move.

Dirty Creature on January 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Ambassador Stevens unavailable for comment…

Seven Percent Solution on January 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

… He’s an inmate convicted of terrorism.

Murf76 on January 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Anyone remember how he was convicted…?

… The prosecutor just read the Quran.

Seven Percent Solution on January 8, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Morsi: I want the US to free the Blind Sheikh

…Meathead Morsi…phuckYOUveryMUCH!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Fluke Morsi, the blind one and Obama, into oblivion.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

If Obama thinks he can get away with it, if the state-controlled media plus his internet-based synchophants will give him cover, he will do anything, including sending the blind sheik home.

He doesn’t care about anything at this point but TRANSFORMATION. That’s his goal: kill the economy, confiscate guns, put all power of life and death in the hands of the bureaucracy, and enshrine the administrative state as rulers forever. We can still have elections, but they will be just sport, bread and circuses for the masses.

If sending the blind sheik home will somehow further the goal of TRANSFORMATION, consider him back in Cairo sipping a mint julep.

jclittlep on January 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

How about we make it 35 miles? That would be a real record breaker.

And this time, forget the parachute.

rbj on January 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

That’s sort of the idea :-)

Steve Eggleston on January 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I say we tell Morsi we are shipping the old blind fool to him and send him Ayers dressed-up like Mohammed instead.

trl on January 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Hey, we see to it that he gets beaten once a week. Whadda ya want?

mojo on January 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Screw you Morsi! Screw you and your seventh century religion/ideology!!!!!!

sadsushi on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM