“Obviously a political decision…” … US Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
The full story of the “compassionate release” of the man convicted in the terror bombing that brought down a Pan Am 103, a Boeing 747 full of innocent men, women and children, is starting to appear in the British news media. Contrary to the original statements of denial by the British government, it now appears that senior UK government officials including Prime Minister Brown were deeply involved in the release of Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi. (Guardian: Gordon Brown in new storm over freed Lockerbie bomber and US Piles Pressure On Britain)
As any idiot could have predicted, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and thousands of his subjects met the freed terrorist in a disgusting victory celebration upon his return. The outrage in the U.K., the USA and in the other countries that lost citizens is just starting. Whatever moral authority the UK Government had disappeared in an instant.
Many prominent and ordinary people alike are writing about the release of a convicted terrorist, but the recently published letter to Scottish Minister Kenny MacAskill by the Director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation pretty well sums up our feelings ’bout hey…
The full letter from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, to Scottish Minister Kenny MacAskill regarding the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi.
Dear Mr. Secretary:
Over the years I have been a prosecutor, and recently as the Director of the FBI, I have made it a practice not to comment on the actions of other prosecutors, since only the prosecutor handling the case has all the facts and the law before him in reaching the appropriate decision.
Your decision to release Megrahi causes me to abandon that practice in this case. I do so because I am familiar with the facts, and the law, having been the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the investigation and indictment of Megrahi in 1991. And I do so because I am outraged at your decision, blithely defended on the grounds of “compassion.”
Your action in releasing Megrahi is as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law.
Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation, the conviction by jury after the defendant is given all due process, and sentence appropriate to the crime, the terrorist will be freed by one man’s exercise of “compassion.” Your action rewards a terrorist even though he never admitted to his role in this act of mass murder and even though neither he nor the government of Libya ever disclosed the names and roles of others who were responsible. Continue reading