BOMBSHELL: Obama Administration Backed Release of Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi returns to Libya and receives a hero’s welcome

The Obama administration secretly advised Scottish justice ministers it would be “far preferable” to free the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.

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 on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

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

Scottish ministers viewed the level of U.S. resistance to compassionate release as “half-hearted” and a sign it would be accepted.

U.S. officials have tried to keep the letter secret, refusing to give permission to the Scottish authorities to publish it on the grounds it would prevent future “frank and open communications” with other governments.

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

270 people died on Pan Am flight 103, when a bomb exploded splitting the Boeing 747 jumbo jet into two pieces. The ill-fated jet crashed into the Scottish village of Lockerbee. Most the passengers were Americans, including dozens of high school students.

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.”

The Obama administration lobbied the Scottish government strongly against sending Megrahi home, under a prisoner transfer agreement signed by the British and Libyan governments, in a deal now known to have been linked to a 550 million British Pound oil contract with BP.

It claimed this would flout a decade-old agreement between Britain and the US. that anyone convicted of the bombing would serve their sentence in a Scottish prison. Megrahi was released by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill on the grounds that he had three months to live, making his sentence effectively spent.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee launched an investigation after The Sunday Times revealed this month that Megrahi’s doctors now believe he could live for another decade.

A source close to the Senate inquiry said:

“The (LeBaron) letter is embarrassing for the US because it shows they were much less opposed to compassionate release than prisoner transfer.”

Despite the controversy over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and Megrahi’s release, it emerged over the weekend (reported on this Blog) that BP is planning deep-water drilling off Libya within weeks.

It is perfectly clear that the Obama administration is speaking out of both sides of its mouth on regarding the early release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. The administration can’t pretend to stand with the family members of the victims of Pan Am flight 103, while it stands with UK, Libya, and BP.

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24 Responses to BOMBSHELL: Obama Administration Backed Release of Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

  1. ZarathustraMike says:

    Someone………. anyone, stick a cherry bomb up Obama’s ass!!!!

  2. Vivzzz says:

    I think what we are beginning to understand about Mr. Obama is, his concerns and allegiances are much more focused on Muslim nations and Islam than on the USA and the people who elected him.

    No, I am not a Birther but I am a genuine liberal and a Democrat and this president, who I voted, keeps giving me pause and making me more and more sure that I made a terrible mistake in 2008.

    I will not make the same mistake in 2012.

  3. Massagatto says:

    Would you like some flava beans with those Articles of Impeachment?

    The fall is going to be extremely interesting politically. I can hardly wait to see how this catastrophe plays out in the already incendiary mood inside the Capitol Beltway.

  4. Big Hank says:

    I thought the samething, Massagatto.

  5. Stephan Iversonn says:

    Fascinating and disturbing.

    If the Times of London is correct, and the Obama administration secretly sent a letter to the Scottish justice ministers advising them it would be “preferable” to free al-Megrahi, versus, send him to jail in Libya, then I think the Congress the argument can be made that President Obama is acting in ways counterintuitive to his Oath of Office.

    The issue becomes who in the US Congress is willing to step up and make such an argument? Supporters of the president will allege the person(s) is behaving in a partisan fashion or worse, unbalanced.

    Like Massagatto said, the next 6 months will be very telling. I think if the GOP retakes the House, all bets are off and Mr. Obama will find himself in grave danger of losing job. Possibly, before his term is up in January, 2013.

  6. Tim Waters says:

    Can you say one term. Of course we all knew the Administration backed the Brits, this just proved it.
    Hope and change has turned into fear and despair.
    When I think of why, I feel our President is to smart for his own good. I also think he lacks an important asset, a spine.

  7. Peace Nick says:

    Where is the mainstream media on this? Is it simply too hot for them to touch? Once again, the American people look to the blogs to be informed on the most important issues of the day.

    Great reporting, Christopher. Keep up the good work!

  8. retahyajyajav says:

    I am so sick of politics and politicians. They’re all alike.

  9. nswfm says:

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

    I read that differently, in that if he supposedly had 3 months to live, we’d look like assholes for not letting him out and instead making a dying man live in a prison in Lybia.
    I’m not saying he should have been let out, but the comments here seem joyful that there is a possibility for more turmoil in our gov’t.

    Do you really want to see this guy impeached? I’d rather see Bush and Cheney tried for war crimes. That Iraq War has bled and drained this country financially in addition to all the killing of troops and civilians.

  10. R.J. says:

    I would not be surprised if impeachment is on the table if the Republicans take over the House in November. And I wouldn’t blame them for doing so if this is correct.

  11. Hako says:

    At least Hillary was vehemently against the release, so she won’t have that black mark on her scorecard.
    As for Obama, he may well turn out to be the worst president of this century. I certainly “hope” so.

  12. Garrison says:

    I can no longer defend Obama..I made a huge mistake…May God have mercy on my soul.

  13. Jimmy says:

    And the hits keep coming. At least Jimmy Carter was/is a principled man.

  14. Jim says:

    So much for guarding the American people. Anything for oil in this country!

  15. feminazi says:

    Shocking doesn’t explain my feelings about this.

  16. ZarathustraMike says:

    You know………. I feel more Betrayed by Obama than I ever did with Bush! At least with Bush I knew what I was getting.

  17. Joe says:

    I’m done with Obama. What a shame, he came in with such high support and expectations.

  18. Mermarie says:

    The media’s trying to bury this! WE are the NEW MSM!

  19. lovestedt says:

    One would think by the comments above that Obama is in charge of Scotland. Is it at all possible that Scotland might have its own sovereign state and therefore its own interests? And when this decision by the Scots was coming down the pipeline, the US was notified of a pending release and were asked their opinion on such a prospect? The recommendation from the US as I read it was “we are against this, but if you do it make it humanitarian reasons” because rewarding these terrorists with a prisoner swap of some sort is not in the interest of the US. And in the end, a prisoner in Libya like this would just be freed. Besides, what reason would the US or Scotland have to not believe he was indeed dying? Plus, once word got out that he was released, of course Obama would announce his surprise and shock, because you wouldn’t want to jeopardize relations with Scotland and infer that they need the US’s opinion in order to proceed on issues like this. The US was simply protecting domestic sovereignty for the Scots. This story is just your average IR rig-a-ma-roh. And of course the GOP and its mouth breathers are all up in arms. Its like the “Ground Zero Mosque” that is not at Ground Zero nor is it a mosque, but I guess if Rush tells you something it just has to be true. Where are the thinkers on that side?

  20. When I think of why, I feel our President is to smart for his own good. I also think he lacks an important asset, a spine

  21. Peter Dow says:

    If you are looking for someone in the Scottish opposition to the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber that would be me. Hi comrades!

    You could start with my ScottishStandard “Lockerbie outrage!” videos.

    and this topic is good in the For Freedom Forums, The New Butcher’s Apron forum

    “Should Megrahi convicted of the Lockerbie bombing be freed?”

    All welcome to register with the forums which are too quiet just now so it needs living up with some robust debate.

    Come and throw things at the Queen’s justice minister who released the convicted terrorist to go home and party on the graves of Pan Am flight 103.

    Let me assure you there is no way you could manage to hate those Queen’s ministers more than I do, but you are welcome to come and try!

    – Peter Dow
    Aberdeen, Scotland

  22. nicholas says:

    We execute and sentence hundreds of years to serial killers here in the U.S. . I’m interested in how someone can kill 270 people and get away with 20 some years in jail. I know there is a difference between a serial killer and a bomber. However ,anyone who kills 270 people they don’t know and have no motive (applying to them directly at least) to kill should not be pittied for a future of dying in prison. I’m interested in the evidence against him and his role in the bombing which allowed such a weak sentence.

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