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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 09:46 AM
What a crock of sh*t. Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, is going back home to Libya, probably to receive a "hero's welcome", and to be with his family for his "remaining days". Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi didn't show the least bit of compassion or remorse for the 270 people he killed in the Lockerbie Bombing. He should have a died in prison. Unbelievable.

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Scotland Releases Lockerbie Bomber on Compassionate Grounds
Man Convicted in Pan Am Jetliner Bombing Will Return to Libya to Die

By Karla Adam
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, August 20, 2009; 9:37 AM

LONDON, Aug. 20 -- The Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing will be released imminently on compassionate grounds, the Scottish justice secretary said Thursday.

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence agent who is terminally ill, was convicted in 2001 for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The plane exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people, 189 of them American.

Speaking at the Scottish government's ministerial headquarters in Edinburgh, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill he said that humanity was a defining characteristic of the Scottish people, and that "our belief dictates that justice be served but mercy be shown."

"It is my decision that Mr. al-Megrahi be released on compassionate grounds and allowed to return to Libya to die," he said.

In defending his decision, MacAskill said that the former agent "did not show his victims any comfort or compassion. They were not allowed to return to the bosom of their families to see out their lives, let alone their dying days. No compassion was shown by him to them. But that alone is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family in his final days."

He said at the news conference that he had rejected the application to transfer him to a prison in Libya, and that after seeking medical advice, he estimated that Megrahi had about three months left to live.

The release comes amid pressure from the U.S. government to keep him behind bars in Scotland.

The White House issued a statement on Thursday saying it "deeply regrets the decision" to free Megrahi. "As we have expressed repeatedly to officials of the government of the United Kingdom and to Scottish authorities, we continue to believe that Megrahi should serve out his sentence in Scotland," the statement said. "On this day, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families who live every day with the loss of their loved ones."

Previously, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that it would be "absolutely wrong" to release him. Her views were echoed by seven senators, including Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who wrote to MacAskill earlier this week. MacAskill also said that he had spoken to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.


Clinton also released a statement Thursday calling the decision deeply disappointing.

Many of the families of the American victims have vociferously objected to his release.

Brian Flynn, a New York City resident whose brother J.P. Flynn died in the crash, said in an interview he was "very disappointed. I was hoping that based on the gravity of the crime, it wouldn't go through." He added: "It is like the U.S. catching the September 11th hijacker and sending him back to Bin Laden," he said.

Frank Duggan, president of the Victims of Pan Am 103 Inc., said that he was worried now that Megrahi would get "a hero's welcome in Libya. That would be incredibly hurtful for American families."

On Dec. 21, 1988, a bomb ripped through a jetliner flying from London to New York, killing all 259 on board. Another 11 people on the ground were killed from the crashing debris. Megrahi, 57, was convicted in a Scottish court held in the Netherlands and sentenced to serve a minimum of 27 years of a life sentence.

MacAskill was keen to stress that this was his decision, and his alone. Since 2000, the Scottish government has received 30 applications from prisoners to be released on compassionate grounds -- 24 have been accepted.

Megrahi has advanced prostate cancer. It is expected that he will be flown to Tripoli later today where he will be home with his wife and five children in time for Ramadan, which starts on Friday


 
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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 09:48 AM

Maybe he'll get pushed out of the plane on the way back.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 09:49 AM
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"No compassion was shown by him to them. But that alone is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family in his final days."


Eff that. 270 people. Ridiculous decision.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 09:56 AM
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Eff that. 270 people. Ridiculous decision.


Stop making me agree with you!! Well said.

Hell, by the logic above perhaps we will see Susan Atkins get out of jail.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 10:18 AM
England, the country of my ancestry, just dropped a notch in my book of respect.

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi....f**k that mother f**ker! Let him die and rot in prison.

189 of 270 of the Pan Am 103 victims were Americans. England just gave the USA a slap in the face, IMO.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 11:01 AM
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England, the country of my ancestry, just dropped a notch in my book of respect.

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi....f**k that mother f**ker! Let him die and rot in prison.

189 of 270 of the Pan Am 103 victims were Americans. England just gave the USA a slap in the face, IMO.



Big Dave,

It was a Scottish court decision, not an English one.

 

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England, the country of my ancestry, just dropped a notch in my book of respect.

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi....f**k that mother f**ker! Let him die and rot in prison.

189 of 270 of the Pan Am 103 victims were Americans. England just gave the USA a slap in the face, IMO.

Big Dave,

It was a Scottish court decision, not an English one.
Oops.

Same general vicinity, anyway.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 11:32 AM
unreal...mercy ?
no way...this is disgusting

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 11:38 AM
Do not understand this one at all. Compassion???? Mercy???? Where was Megrahi's compassion and mercy when he made that decision to place a bomb on a jetliner. Sorry - I have a hard time feeling compassion for this creature.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 11:42 AM
I don't understand the decision at all. He should have died in prison.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 12:23 PM
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Maybe he'll get pushed out of the plane on the way back.



 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 12:26 PM
Normally I would be against the release of someone who had committed such a heinous crime but I'm not going to criticise someone for having more humanity than myself. Also something has always stank about this conviction. A lot of the British relatives of the victims don't believe in Megrahis' guilt and are pleased at the decision to free him. The American relatives, and indeed your Government. give the impression that they don't care about the truth as long as they have somebody to blame for their loss.

Here is a letter from Jim Swire who lost his daughter in the bombing to Scottish Justice minister Kenny Mcaskill

http://www.firmmagazine.com/features/592/The_Fallout_From_Lockerbie_-_by_Ji m_Swire.html

Could be, the Scottish government are releasing Megrahi because they are not sure how safe this conviction was. Don't forget an appeal was due to be heard but was dropped the other day by Megrahi.


[Edited on 8/20/2009 by geordielad]

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 12:31 PM
Without question this is a gross miscarriage of justice and heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims. However, the real unseen criminals--the ones who sanctioned and funded this action-- are going unchecked and unprosecuted. To suggest that this was a lone wolf operation is an insult to anyone with a reasoning mind. The United States and its allies must adopt a zero tolerance policy with regards to States that sponsor terrorism. The half measures and appeasement over the last thirty years has yielded us nothing but an emboldened adversary which will continue to upgrade its capacity for inflicting harm on our citizens and those of our allies. Terrorist have gone from hostage taking to weaponizeing civilian airliners as a form of weapon of mass destruction and there is no end in sight. Our current strategy in dealing with this threat is impotent at can be best and surmised as battling the bees and not destroying the beehive. What if the US had only fought 'Kamikazes' in WWII and not destroyed the Empire of Japan? History would be quite different and the war would have gone on for a decade or better until the realization that the beehive must be destroyed had put into action. Had the United States declared war on Islamic Totalitarianism back in 2001 and destroyed the nations that sponsor terrorism the war would be over ad the world a safer place, but until citizens of this country summon the moral courage to deal with our enemies as we did in the Civil War and WWII, I am afraid this war will remain open ended and undecided for some time.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 01:36 PM
He should have been executed. And everyone knows the government of Libya was directly responsible for this outrage.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 01:47 PM
Momar's son got him to settle down according to what I've read.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 02:29 PM
I am confused? How many tours in Iraq do you have? And yes, I have been consistent with my views on this matter for years. Iran and Syria should have also met with demise. I have no calls for a Crusade but I do call for the destruction of Islamic Totalitarianism as well as secularization of the Theocracies.

 

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Total BS!!! Compassion!!! I would have given him a choice since he wasn't executed like he should have been.

Choice one : Rot and die in prison.

Option two : We can take you up to about 15000 feet in a plane and drop you out like the used toilet water.

I also agree with Dave that Scotland totally loses my respect for this decision. What a bunch of losers. What would William Wallace have done to a scum bag like that.

[Edited on 8/20/2009 by sixty8]

 

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What would William Wallace have done to a scum bag like that.


I know the subject ain't funny... But I can't help but laugh at that...

After all, the man was an advocate of "FREEEEEEEEEEEEDDOOOOOMMMM"


But what did he do to the people who crossed him or were his enemies?

 

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After reading this thread, it seems to me like a lot more of you would approve of the death penalty than you might admit.

This is a good thing.


No problem with the death penalty when used properly and I believe that guy would have been the perfect poster boy for using it.

 

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After reading this thread, it seems to me like a lot more of you would approve of the death penalty than you might admit.

This is a good thing.


No problem with the death penalty when used properly and I believe that guy would have been the perfect poster boy for using it.


Be careful - you've got an a-hole from GA agreeing with you.


A-holes can be right from time to time regardless of where they are from.

 

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Total BS!!! Compassion!!! I would have given him a choice since he wasn't executed like he should have been.

Choice one : Rot and die in prison.

Option two : We can take you up to about 15000 feet in a plane and drop you out like the used toilet water.

I also agree with Dave that Scotland totally loses my respect for this decision. What a bunch of losers. What would William Wallace have done to a scum bag like that.

[Edited on 8/20/2009 by sixty8]


Most likely opened up his jugular.

 

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What would William Wallace have done to a scum bag like that.


I know the subject ain't funny... But I can't help but laugh at that...

After all, the man was an advocate of "FREEEEEEEEEEEEDDOOOOOMMMM"


Not for murderers. He killed them.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 06:32 PM
Was watching the news awhile ago, the sorry SOB got a "hero's welcome" when he landed in Libya.
 

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  posted on 8/20/2009 at 06:42 PM
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Was watching the news awhile ago, the sorry SOB got a "hero's welcome" when he landed in Libya.


Wouldn't it have been deliciously ironic if a 747 painted in PanAm colors, filled with Semtec of course, fell out of the sky at that point?

 

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  posted on 8/21/2009 at 12:20 AM
totally irresponsible

a hero's welcome at home

should have died in prison

 
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