White House Backed Release of Lockerbie Bomber

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    This is appalling - and yet another lie to add to the long List of Obama Prevarications.

    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.

    Scottish ministers viewed the level of US resistance to compassionate release as "half-hearted" and a sign it would be accepted.

    The US has 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 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."

    Mr LeBaron added that freeing the bomber and making him live in Scotland "would mitigate a number of the strong concerns we have expressed with regard to Megrahi's release".

    The US administration lobbied the Scottish government more 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 pound stg. 550 million oil contract for 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...


    White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi | The Australian
     
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    jebus, can you be any more deceitful in your title of this thread Boe? Sheesh girl!
     
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    It's from the title of the article which is the basis of the thread.
     
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    That it is. And funny the affection this administration has on scumbag terrorists?
     
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    I think it's less than an affection for terrorists and more of a pandering desire for approval by the Global Community.
     
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    I think you're probably right. This is really disappointing.
     
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    Just relax. Everything is going as planned.
    Don't forget what Mama Michelle said and go inhale some chemical dispers....I mean enjoy the Gulfs beautiful beaches.
     
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    Dont you mean "man-caused-disaster-causers" or "poor disolusioned young men" eerrrr "mooslims"? :confused:
     
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    Well this doesn't sound like a backing as a much as a conditioned release. In other words the Scottish government was going to release him, so the US asked that it not be done as an exchange which makes for potential future kidnappings etc.
     

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