Obama secretly supported release of the Lockerbie bomber before he publicly opposed it

by editor on July 26, 2010

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Muammar Ghaddafi greets the Lockerbie bomber after they were set up by matchmaker Barack Obama

Most. Transparent. Administration. In. History.

We ran a story at the time of the Lockerbie bomber’s release in which British officials basically said, “Obama and Clinton are lying sacks of…uhhhh…let’s just leave it at liars.”

We remember seeing an article at the time – but can’t find it now – in which a British official cryptically noted something to the effect that “They know what they said secretly.” We always wondered what that comment meant, but now its meaning has been revealed.

The Australian reports the administration’s disgraceful deception:

THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be “far preferable” to free the 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.

The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

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.

Got that? Communications are to remain frank and open. Unless they prove embarrassing to Barack Obama, in which case they can be dishonest and secret.

Source: The Australian

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I say we build a new White House, and put it on the Arizona/Mexican border. Wonder how big a priority it would become then??? Think Obama would like that?

sa_rose
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sa_rose

Bomp bomp bomp another one bites the dust. . . another lie to add to the pile. And the really amazing part is that no one saw any of this behaviour coming, I never considered myself fey (pschic, not gay idiots), but now i wonder. . . .

USN-RETIRED
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USN-RETIRED

Just read the letter cited above, which is posted at the US State Department website ( certainly not secret ).

Gist of it was, the US opposed transfer to the Libyan prison ( the one with the revolving door) and preferred continued incarceration at the present site. Re “compassionate release”, they “grudgingly” allowed for it under 2 conditions: 1) That the prisoner be expertly certified as terminal with less than 3 months life expectancy; 2) That upon such release the prisoner would REMAIN IN SCOTLAND under Scottish supervision.

The question thus arises – why did Scotland allow the released prisoner to return to Libya as opposed to being retained under supervision in Scotland for the remainder of his presumed short life? One obvious answer – Scotland is not a vassal-state of the US so can do as they see fit. Another unlikely but possible answer – Libya made a secret pay-off to Scottish authorities.

Looks like there might have been political some back-stabbing in this case. 1) Ex-prisoner is still alive more that a year after release and appears to be thriving. Question – Did someone bribe the cash-starved National Health Service doctors, or was it a miraculous case of remission? 2) Was the President secretly informed verbally ( no paper trail) of the intention to allow the ex-prisoner to retyrn to Libya, or was he “out-Chicagoed” on this one? Either way, an expression of “outrage” would be politically expedient.

Or one could just say – That’s international politics for ya.

Esteev
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Esteev

You folks are pretty sad. You seriously think that the WH would approve of the release of terrorist while they are sending more troops into harms way to kill them?

You let your fear and hatred of Obama get in the way of reasoned debate. You use selective text to prop up your failed world-view. And it is failed. When was the last time conservative policy did good for the country? The answer is never.

Here (if you know how to use Google you could have found it) is the actual letter: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/07/145142.htm

It is beyond me how you could read this wrong but:

The United States is not prepared to support Megrahi’s release on compassionate release or bail. We understand that Scottish authorities are ensuring that Megrahi receives quality medical treatment, including palliative care, while incarcerated. The United States maintains its view that in light of the scope of Megrahi’s crime, its heinous nature, and its continued and devastating impact on the victims and their families, it would be most appropriate for Megrahi to remain imprisoned for the entirety of his sentence.

So, while the US gov’t didn’t want Megrahi released, if he was to be released, the US wanted him released in Scotland as opposed to Libya.

JJJRO
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JJJRO

–So, while the US gov’t didn’t want Megrahi released, if he was to be released, the US wanted him released in Scotland as opposed to Libya —

Hmm. Let’s hope you don’t have kids. Because kids would hear -Don’t have unprotected sex, but if you do, make sure it’s with that charming kid Billy! Wouldn’t the best answer be – DO NOT RELEASE HIM. PERIOD. ??

Pittsburgh Z
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Pittsburgh Z

Iran – Contra!

They are still talking about that one…How about the f-ing Dems talk about THIS one….

USN-RETIRED
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USN-RETIRED

No can do. Have to maintain Party loyalty or get thrown under the bus. Elections are coming and Dems are nervous, remember? 😉

GregoryTart
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We are still waiting to see Mr. Intellectual’s grades from Columbia- you know the C- in “Medieval Plumbing”, C in ” Thermodynamics for Poets”, and the audit of, you know present only but not taking a stand, in “Civics”

matthew s harrison
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matthew s harrison

To think that a sitting US “president” would be involved with this type of horse trading, to get a big paycheck for one of his donors(BP), is not only disgusting, but saddening.

The fact that this “man of the people” is exactly what he railed against during all of his campaigns is truly disheartening. To think that this man who said big businesses are evil, are the bane of our existence, and are the root of our problems, goes and negotiates and advises on their behalf should tell the obamaniacs just who they elected. A robot of limousine liberal left wing ideology who is in this game for one thing-money for his “peeps” and to disenfranchise and degrade Americans and the memories of their loved-ones lost to such horrible events as the Lockerbee bombing.

While we smart folks-the republican/conservative “simpletons” as they so inaptly describe us, knew this was his way. We saw it coming from a mile away, like a bad pitcher who shows the batter how he is gripping the ball before he throws it……However the lefties-especially the young ones, who weren’t even aware of Lockerbee, who don’t remember fully 9/11, need to start reading real news from before they were old enough to know what was going on around the world, and then put it in the context of how this jagoff is running this country.

There is no reason anyone with a brain would vote for him again-or for any democrat for that matter, as it has become starkly apparent that they aim to destroy America. There is really no other way to look at it-none-it is what it is.

So, the next time a moron libtard starts talking in your ear, lay it out for them in a way that even someone with the din of an ivy league education can understand…..Libtards hate America and what it stands for. They want to kill our spirit to live and prosper. They want to kill our way of life. They want to kill our freedoms. They want to kill the homeland of our religions. THEY WANT TO KILL US, IF WE DISAGREE WITH THEM!

KimmyQueen
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If he had terminal cancer then let him die in prison. He would get good care, more care than his victims got. They didn’t know they were going to die when they got on that plane, at least he had an idea of his life span. Although it seems that he is no longer terminal nor sick for that matter?

In any case this is all BS and Obama and his people suck. I am sick of these people.

matthew s harrison
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matthew s harrison

I am still trying to figure out why on earth anyone would be considering anything like “humanitarian treatment” for someone who murdered 300 people? WTF? The guy’s an animal-so throw him in a cage, feed him some slop thrice daily and that is that. To even think about his comfort is the most disgusting thing I can imagine-and the brits and americans responsible for this not only have a lot of explaining to do-but should be beaten to the edge of death.

Mistella
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Mistella

Based on that “humanitarian” logic, shouldn’t Charlie Manson be getting out soon? After all, he orchestrated the murder of only a small portion of those killed in/over Lockerbie.

KimmyQueen
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I think that once a jury and evidence (and even own words) finds a person guilty and they go to prison for something they did, they are no longer subject to the priviledges of the law nor country where they are. Overall if there is no law for capital punishment then keep the person alive with the minimal efforts possible. Spa treatments for murderers and rapists have got to go. So he is sick? So what? Am I really supposed to feel bad for him? Give him his meds and keep him in prison until he dies. I agree with O’Reilly even on hard labor, I think we should bring hard labor back. Taking someone’s life even just one life to me terminates the rights of the murderer to have any degree of comfort. All comfort should go to victims and their families not the ones who violated their lives. I don’t particularly love the chinese (human rights violations) BUT one cannot argue against their methods of making sure that there is no recividism (sp?) among the hard criminals. One dreads going to a Chinese prison I think we need to learn why and emulate.

sa_rose
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sa_rose

I’m with you Kimmy. And hard labor would also eliminate the testosterone fueled tension and fights in jail. Instead of lifting weights to develop muscle to intimidate guards and inmates, let them earn those muscles the hard way-through work.

KimmyQueen
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Absolutely. That would be a great way to avoid increases in taxes as well paying for federal construction workers who clearly do not want to work. Train and have the prisoners built/fix roads (etc) under strict supervision. Let them REALLY pay society back.

Pittsburgh Z
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Pittsburgh Z

Ah, the piece of crap Jump Shooter in Chief strikes again!

At least he found some time to go golfing this past weekend….

Clarkloon
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Clarkloon

BHO bringing Libyan health care system to US. Touts dramatic cancer cure for Lockerbie bomber!

Ruben
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Ruben

If that White House thingy doesn’t work out for Obama, I hear that Cupid is thinking of retiring.

Sailingbum
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Sailingbum

oDumbass IS an alimentary mistake!!

matthew s harrison
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matthew s harrison

SB-if barry reads this-I guarantee he went to gibbs or someone else in the administration with more than his 11 brain cells to ask if you were talking about a “school mistake”. No way that douchebag even knows what the alimentary canal is! nice work my friend-again, confusing libtards with 13 dollar words like those book-smart university types!

Billzot
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Billzot

This is probably RACIST, but 0’s duplicity is reminicent of an animal trying to hide an alimentary mistake
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drb
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drb

Does this surprise anyone, really?