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Germany frees killer of U.S. diver
CNN ^ | 12/20/05 | Correspondent Chris Burns

Posted on 12/20/2005 7:10:50 AM PST by minus_273

BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- A Hezbollah militant sentenced to life in Germany for murdering a U.S. Navy diver during the 1985 hijacking of a U.S. jetliner has been freed, officials said.

The German government denied on Tuesday the release was related to the freeing of a German hostage in Iraq.

Mohammed Ali Hamadi was released Thursday and allowed to return to his native Lebanon on the next day, after qualifying for parole after 19 years in prison, said Ulrich Hermanski, spokesman for the North Rhine Wesphalia state justice ministry.

"There was no special treatment," Hermanski said in a telephone interview.

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man dont you guys just love this life in prison business. I guess we are going to be safe from this savage since he is safely behind bars.
1 posted on 12/20/2005 7:10:51 AM PST by minus_273
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To: minus_273

He should die the same way he killed.


3 posted on 12/20/2005 7:12:13 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: minus_273

4 words:
F*** Germany & Kill Hamadi.


4 posted on 12/20/2005 7:13:06 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: minus_273

The gutless EU.


5 posted on 12/20/2005 7:13:14 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: minus_273

Time for a surgical strike.


6 posted on 12/20/2005 7:14:06 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: minus_273
Absolute BullSh*t!

Europe is full of cowards.

7 posted on 12/20/2005 7:14:11 AM PST by SevenMinusOne
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To: DevSix
Robert Dean Stethem
SW-2 (Diver), United States Navy

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rdstethe.htm

8 posted on 12/20/2005 7:17:11 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: minus_273

PSSST!! Think that the release of the German hostage in Iraq was involved. Europeans caving in to terrorists....???
Nah, not the euroweasels!
German Hostage released http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4540540.stm


9 posted on 12/20/2005 7:17:32 AM PST by JeeperFreeper
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To: EagleUSA

About Petty Officer Stetham and the USS Stetham.

http://www.stethem.navy.mil/stethem.asp


10 posted on 12/20/2005 7:17:41 AM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: minus_273

I remember this Robert Stetham's death as if it were yesterday. It was a barbaric brutal murder. Too bad the rest of the world is so quick to forgive and forget. Any bets on how soon this low life will resume his life of jihad?


11 posted on 12/20/2005 7:18:11 AM PST by ariamne (Proud shieldmaiden of the infidel--never forget, never forgive 9/11)
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To: minus_273

Time to nuke Germany back to reality.


12 posted on 12/20/2005 7:18:11 AM PST by thoughtomator (Congrats Iraq!)
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To: minus_273
The Diver in question was I believe Robert Stetham (sp). He attempted to hide his ID Card as the highjackers were targeting individuals with "military style" haircuts, but was discovered none-the-less. Easier to ID then rather than nowadays.

He was apparently treated very poorly before they killed him and (I seem to recall)dumped him onto the Tarmac of the airport. Yeah, ... just say something about how we are torturing terrorists!

13 posted on 12/20/2005 7:18:24 AM PST by Cliff Dweller ("get thar fustest with the mostest." GEN NB Forrest)
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To: Semper Paratus


He should die the same way he killed.....

He probably will be when he resurfaces in Iraq and is captured or killed be US or Iraqi forces.


14 posted on 12/20/2005 7:18:27 AM PST by SR 50 (Larry)
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To: minus_273

Hopefully, we take a page out of the Israeli play book on the Olypic massacre, and ol Mo has a sudden accident....


15 posted on 12/20/2005 7:19:13 AM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: DevSix

I believe he will have trouble getting life insurance. Odds are he doesn't make it to Ramadan. The Mid-East is a very dangerous place. Lots of building to fall from, sharp pointed objects, loose electical wires. He could have an accident. He was safer in jail.


16 posted on 12/20/2005 7:19:23 AM PST by JBR34 (I paid my taxes and I want them back)
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To: minus_273

"allowed to return to his native Lebanon "

Hopefully he will be in sniper range of someone.


17 posted on 12/20/2005 7:20:09 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: Cliff Dweller

I think they made a movie based on the events. If true, they beat the man half to death before putting a bullet in his brain.


18 posted on 12/20/2005 7:20:36 AM PST by mware (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.")
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To: SR 50
He should die the same way he killed.....

He probably will be when he resurfaces in Iraq and is captured or killed be US or Iraqi forces.

McInsane will insist we give him three square meals a day, a nice massage and twice weekly manicures.

19 posted on 12/20/2005 7:20:50 AM PST by KarlInOhio (What is the most obscene gesture to a Democrat? An Iraqi voter showing him a stained finger.)
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To: minus_273
Sure it wasn't. The German betrayal was purely coincidental. And the Democrats want us to follow Europe's courage in the War On Terror. More like run up the white flag is more like it. My condolences to Robert Dean Stetham's family on his killer escaping justice thanks to a combination of European anti-Americanism and cowardliness.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

21 posted on 12/20/2005 7:22:00 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: minus_273

They need to start finding these SOB's dead shortly after being released. EVERYONE needs to know that those that terrorize or harm Americans will not survive. We do not want to be perceived as a paper tiger, but we act that way. We act like paper kitties.


22 posted on 12/20/2005 7:22:30 AM PST by right right
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To: minus_273

I guess the German Idea of 'life' is 19 years.


23 posted on 12/20/2005 7:22:53 AM PST by BlueStateDepression
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To: DevSix
Time for some SEAL payback.


24 posted on 12/20/2005 7:23:06 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: JeeperFreeper

If this is at all realted to the releasing of a German hostage, it is a cowardly act deserving of the contempt of all Americans.


25 posted on 12/20/2005 7:23:11 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: DogBarkTree; JeeperFreeper; HamiltonJay; EagleUSA

Guys, calm down. This is what Germany understands as Justice. Killers are usually released after 15-18 years imprisonment, so there´s really not much behind the story other than that the victim was an American. The German government had no influence on this, nor was the release of the German hostage in Iraq an issue here.


26 posted on 12/20/2005 7:24:19 AM PST by Michael81Dus
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To: Zack Nguyen

See post 26.


27 posted on 12/20/2005 7:24:42 AM PST by Michael81Dus
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To: minus_273
There was no special treatment," Hermanski said in a telephone interview.

Maybe there should have been...

28 posted on 12/20/2005 7:25:00 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: right right
We do not want to be perceived as a paper tiger, but we act that way. We act like paper kitties.

How in the world is this America's fault? Get a grip.

29 posted on 12/20/2005 7:25:11 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Semper Paratus

Share your thoughts with the German embassy...

http://www.globescope.biz/germany/reg/index.cfm


31 posted on 12/20/2005 7:27:57 AM PST by LSUfan
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To: Michael81Dus

Post #26

Even as a German, you don't beleave that...


32 posted on 12/20/2005 7:28:02 AM PST by SR 50 (Larry)
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To: mware
Hijacked by Hezbollah thugs and redirected to Beriut. The Islamic jihadis searched the plane for Jewish passengers and US military servicemen. They found five US Navy Divers and one Army Reserve Major. All military men were savagely beaten and tortured.

One diver, Robert D. Stethem was chosen to be executed. The Hezbollah chief put his pistol up against the diver's temple, fired one bullet and dumped Stethem's body on the tarmac.

Stethem was murdered because he was an American Sailor. His memory lives on as the Navy Commissioned the USS Stethem - one of the most formidable ships in the world.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

33 posted on 12/20/2005 7:28:23 AM PST by mware (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.")
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To: Michael81Dus
This is what Germany understands as Justice. Killers are usually released after 15-18 years imprisonment, so there´s really not much behind the story other than that the victim was an American. The German government had no influence on this, nor was the release of the German hostage in Iraq an issue here.

The problem is that many of us have bitter memories of the Munich terrorists being released after a hijacking, mere months after they butchered the Israeli athletes. The precedent is there, so the incident does arouse suspicion.

34 posted on 12/20/2005 7:28:58 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: Coop
Time for some SEAL payback.

Without a doubt. Lets hope it happens someday down the road.

35 posted on 12/20/2005 7:29:40 AM PST by SevenMinusOne
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To: Michael81Dus

Well, if this had nothing to do with the release of the German hostage, that is good, but releasing a terrorist murderer at all is still morally distasteful. He might head back to Lebanon to a hero's welcome from all his terrorist friends. Maybe he will engage in terrorist operations again. Who knows?


36 posted on 12/20/2005 7:32:23 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: minus_273

Yet another reason for capital punishment. You can't use them as a prisoner exchange.


37 posted on 12/20/2005 7:33:29 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: minus_273

Jeez, I hope we dont monitor his phone calls and violate his rights....that would be horrible....


38 posted on 12/20/2005 7:34:49 AM PST by RadioCirca1970
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"...The U.S. Navy has named one of its ships after Stethem, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery."

Now we should send The USS Stetham over for a surgical strike on the murderer's hometown...


39 posted on 12/20/2005 7:35:54 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("Some of our successes will be known only to a few." W 2001)
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To: minus_273

Of course it was related to the release of the German hostage in Iraq.


40 posted on 12/20/2005 7:36:12 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Oh yeah? So why was Susanne Osthoff released on SUNDAY and we write TUESDAY today? And why was Hammadi set free after 16 years in prison, a regular time for murder in Germany??


41 posted on 12/20/2005 7:38:28 AM PST by Michael81Dus
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To: minus_273

Victoria Tensing wrote this piece about the failure to get Hamadi extradited from Germany and the role of hostages in that failure:

http://www.digenovatoensing.com/inthenews/Germany_Needs_Fortitude.htm


42 posted on 12/20/2005 7:38:45 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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Killers are usually released after 15-18 years imprisonment

Oh, good. At least they get the chance to get revenge on the people who put them in prison. Commit a murder at 20, out by 38, wipe out everyone who's annoyed you over the years, out again by 56 to enjoy your retirement years. Lovely.

43 posted on 12/20/2005 7:39:05 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: Zack Nguyen
Who knows?

Hopefully, the Mossad or CIA! :-)

44 posted on 12/20/2005 7:39:05 AM PST by Michael81Dus
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Friday November 23, 2001

Ship May Be Deployed to Persian Gulf

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A guided-missile destroyer named for a naval petty officer killed in a 1985 terrorist hijacking may soon assist in the war on terrorism.

The new commanding officer of the USS Stethem said Wednesday the ship may soon depart for the Persian Gulf.

The ship was named after Petty Officer Robert Dean Stethem, who was killed as he was planning to return home from Greece aboard TWA Flight 847. The flight was hijacked to Beirut, Lebanon, and Stethem was shot in the head, his body dumped on the tarmac.


45 posted on 12/20/2005 7:39:34 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("Some of our successes will be known only to a few." W 2001)
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To: Numbers Guy

But you know that Hammadi was in prison since 1989??


46 posted on 12/20/2005 7:39:43 AM PST by Michael81Dus
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To: minus_273

As Israel does go after and kill him and others associated with him.


47 posted on 12/20/2005 7:39:56 AM PST by boomop1
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To: SR 50

Why not?


48 posted on 12/20/2005 7:39:57 AM PST by Michael81Dus
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To: Former MSM Viewer

How soon before this piece of excrement is plotting to kill Americans yet again? Heaven forbid we do any "spying" to try to prevent this though!


49 posted on 12/20/2005 7:40:04 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Michael81Dus

So life without parole means 15-18 years....Cmon!


By the way...Thanks for hosting the Hamburg Al Queda cell.


50 posted on 12/20/2005 7:40:54 AM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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