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    Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

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    Quote(The Lockerbie scandal has just become even murkier. According to a Sunday Times report yesterday “the US government secretly advised Scottish ministers that it would be “far preferable” to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.”

    The newspaper obtained a leaked document which reveals that Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, had written to Alex Salmond, Scottish First Minister, ahead of the release of the Lockerbie bomber. The correspondence indicates that the Obama administration’s opposition to the “compassionate” release of the Lockerbie bomber may not have been as clear-cut as it has subsequently claimed. In the August 12, 2009 letter, the senior US official appeared to condone “a conditional release on compassionate grounds” of convicted Libyan intelligence agent Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, if Scottish officials were determined to proceed with the release of al-Megrahi against the wishes of Washington. As The Sunday Times revealed:

    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.” 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 longer this story goes on without some form of an explanation from either Obama or one of his many apologists the murkier things will get.

    Quote(As the piece points out, this clearly contradicts President Obama’s assertion at his joint White House press conference last week with the British Prime Minister that “all of us here in the United States were surprised, disappointed and angry” upon learning of Megrahi’s release. Here is what Barack Obama said when he appeared alongside David Cameron on July 20:

    I think all of us here in the United States were surprised, disappointed, and angry about the release of the Lockerbie bomber. And my administration expressed very clearly our objections prior to the decision being made and subsequent to the decision being made. So we welcome any additional information that will give us insights and a better understanding of why the decision was made.
    This latest revelation in the Lockerbie debacle should not diminish the responsibility of Scottish authorities in the disgraceful release of a mass-murdering terrorist who killed 270 people. Nor should it alleviate the pressure on the Coalition government to hold a full inquiry into the role of British government officials in the bomber’s release. But it does raise serious questions over the Obama administration’s own role in the Lockerbie matter, and whether it did all in its power to try to prevent the release of a terrorist responsible for the killing of 189 Americans.??

    At some point valid questions will need to be answered.

    I have to add that the Newspaper that printed this is a well respected British newspaper.

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    Re: Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

    I am concerned with the lnaguage of the writer. ". . . or one of his apologists." A clear POV here.

    Let me ask, is there good reason to not want him transfered to Libya?

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    Re: Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    I am concerned with the lnaguage of the writer. ". . . or one of his apologists." A clear POV here.

    Let me ask, is there good reason to not want him transfered to Libya?
    I can only assume that had he been transferred to 'serve' his sentence in Libya that it would have been unlikely that that sentence would have been in any Penal Institution.
    By POV do you mean Point of View?
    If so then yes it is my opinion that when anything that is the responsibility of the W.H. does eeventually emerge, it is or has thus far been someone elses fault.
    We obviously do not have a President who in spite of stating 'The buck stops here' has never had any intention of accepting responsibility for any news that casts his 'reign' in anything but glowing terms.

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    Re: Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    I can only assume that had he been transferred to 'serve' his sentence in Libya that it would have been unlikely that that sentence would have been in any Penal Institution.
    By POV do you mean Point of View?
    If so then yes it is my opinion that when anything that is the responsibility of the W.H. does eeventually emerge, it is or has thus far been someone elses fault.
    We obviously do not have a President who in spite of stating 'The buck stops here' has never had any intention of accepting responsibility for any news that casts his 'reign' in anything but glowing terms.
    You made a bit of a leap here. POV does mean point of view. In this case, the pov of the writer. And your opinion aside, reporting would exclude opinion. The question I ask is a valid one. And you really didn't answer it.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

    The thread is fatally flawed from the get go...Obama 'must' not answer for anything.

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    Re: Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    The thread is fatally flawed from the get go...Obama 'must' not answer for anything.
    I probably with hindsight agree.
    Perhaps what might have been said was that, Obama is incapable of accepting responsibility for the words, deeds of himself and or his underlings.
    Last edited by jujuman13; 07-27-10 at 08:06 PM.

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    Re: Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

    Is there good reason to not want him transfered to Libya? If you don't answer this, you're just participating in partisan hackery.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Is there good reason to not want him transfered to Libya? If you don't answer this, you're just participating in partisan hackery.
    Are you really asking if the person convicted for killing over 100 Americans, mostly college kids should have been freed???

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    Re: Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

    It comes as no surprise the partisan writer from the conservative Heritage Foundation left out some facts.
    EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    LONDON

    August 12, 2009


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    -- 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. This was the understanding and expectation at the time arrangements were made for his trial in Scottish Court in the Netherlands, were he or his confederate to be convicted and their appeals upheld.

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    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/07/145142.htm

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    Re: Barack Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber's release

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    Are you really asking if the person convicted for killing over 100 Americans, mostly college kids should have been freed???
    No, and no one here was arguing he should be freed. Instead, there was a lessor of two evils being discussed. There was a reason they did not want him returned to Lybia no matter what. The question is why? If you don't ask that question, you're not being honest with this issue.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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