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  • What Clinton left out about her history with Gadhafi

    10/15/2015 12:19:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    yahoo. ^ | October 14, 2015 | Michael Isikoff
    During Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton ... obscures a largely forgotten moment in U.S. diplomacy: a period less than two years earlier when she and the Obama administration were actively cozying up to the “murderous” Gadhafi. “I am very pleased to welcome Minister Gadhafi here to the State Department,” she said, warmly greeting Mutassim Gadhafi, the Libyan dictator’s son and national security adviser, at the State Department in April, 2009. “We deeply value the relationship between the United States and Libya.” To be sure, the rapprochement with Gadhafi began under President George W. Bush in 2003 when the Libyan...
  • Two Libyans identified as Lockerbie bombing suspects, Scotland, U.S. say

    10/15/2015 10:47:01 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | October 15, 2015
    Two Libyans have been identified as suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, nearly 27 years ago, Scottish and U.S. officials say. They have asked for Libya's help to interview them.
  • FLASHBACK 2010: White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

    06/01/2014 1:23:14 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | JULY 26, 2010 | JASON ALLARDYCE AND TONY ALLEN-MILLS
    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...
  • George Clooney's fiancée Amal Alamuddin is set to represent Gaddafi's spy chief

    05/04/2014 5:32:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-4-14 | Claire Ellicott
    Top barrister: Amal Alamuddin is defending a suspected Libyan war criminal accused of masterminding the Lockerbie bombing Having won the heart of the world’s most eligible bachelor, Amal Alamuddin is getting used to being the centre of attention. But George Clooney’s fiancée has also hit the spotlight for a very different reason – defending a suspected Libyan war criminal accused of masterminding the Lockerbie bombing. It has been just a week since her engagement to the Hollywood heart-throb was revealed but it is already clear that the high-flying barrister is not about to let her career take a back seat....
  • Iranian ex-spy to Al Jazeera: Khomeini ordered downing of Pan Am flight 103

    03/11/2014 10:33:31 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/11/2014 | staff
    Former Iranian intelligence officer says Tehran ordered downing of plane over Lockerbie in retaliation for US attack on Iranian airliner. Who was responsible for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland? While the Libyan government was thought to have masterminded the terrorist attack, a bombshell documentary by Al Jazeera quotes a former Iranian intelligence officer as saying that it was Iran that ordered the atrocity. The former agent, Abolghassem Mesbahi, who defected to Germany from Iran, is quoted by the Telegraph as saying that flight 103 was downed in retaliation for a US Navy strike on...
  • Lockerbie bombing ‘was work of Iran, not Libya’ says former spy

    03/10/2014 5:08:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:00PM GMT 10 Mar 2014 | Gordon Rayner
    The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by a Syrian-based terrorist group, a former Iranian intelligence officer has admitted. Abolghassem Mesbahi, a defector to Germany, said Pan Am flight 103 was downed in 1988 in retaliation for a US Navy strike on an Iranian commercial jet six months earlier, in which 290 people died. He claims the Ayatollah Khomeini, who was Iran’s Supreme Leader, ordered the bombing “to copy exactly what happened to the Iranian Airbus”. …
  • He brokered Lockerbie trial agreement

    12/06/2013 7:16:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | December 7, 2013 | Martin Williams
    NELSON Mandela caused a stir when he called for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, to be released from his Glasgow cell and said he felt the Libyan had suffered an injustice. He had visited the convicted Megrahi in Barlinnie prison in 2002 having been credited with helping to break the diplomatic deadlock between Libya, the US and Britain that allowed Megrahi's trial to go ahead. The former South African president had helped to persuade Colonel Muammar Gadaffi, the Libyan president, to hand over the two men accused of planting the bomb, convincing him...
  • Email links Lockerbie bomber's prison transfer to Ł400m Libyan arms deal

    07/29/2013 8:53:28 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 28, 2013 | Andrew Sparrow
    <p>An email has emerged suggesting a connection between the prisoner transfer deal negotiated between Libya and the last Labour government, that could have allowed the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, and a Ł400m arms deal.</p> <p>The document, which shows that Sir Vincent Fean, the then British ambassador to Libya, wrote to Tony Blair in June 2008 saying that the prisoner transfer agreement was "ready for signature in London" as soon as Libya went ahead with the purchase of an air defence system, was obtained by the Sunday Telegraph.</p>
  • Lockerbie Bomber Dies in Libya (May he Rot in Hell)

    05/20/2012 6:11:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 20, 2012
    TRIPOLI, Libya – The former Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has died in Libya, his brother told AFP on Sunday. "He died an hour ago," Abdelhakim al-Megrahi said, putting the time of death at shortly after 1:00pm local time. The UK Foreign Office could not confirm the report Sunday, however it said it was "seeking further information." Megrahi, 60, was convicted in a Scottish court in 2001 for his role in the December 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Most of those killed in the bombing of the Boeing 747...
  • Son: Libyan convicted in Lockerbie bombing is dead (Abdel Baset al-Megrahi)

    05/20/2012 6:08:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/20/12 | LEE KEATH, RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI
    Son: Libyan convicted in Lockerbie bombing is deadBy LEE KEATH and RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI | Associated Press – 5 mins ago BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died Sunday nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison to the outrage of the relatives of the attack's 270 victims. He was 60. Scotland released al-Megrahi on Aug. 20, 2009, on compassionate grounds to let him return home to die after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the time, doctors predicted he...
  • Lockerbie bomber's health deteriorates 'dramatically' as he fights for life after blood transfusion

    04/13/2012 11:13:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 18:42 EST, 13 April 2012 | UPDATED: 19:52 EST, 13 April 2012 | Nabila Ramdani and Victoria Allen
    The Lockerbie bomber has been given an emergency blood transfusion following a sudden deterioration in his health, his brother revealed last night. Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal cancer, was taken from his home in Tripoli to the intensive care unit of a private hospital. The news came less than a fortnight after he celebrated his 60th birthday. He was released from prison in August 2009 on compassionate grounds with three months to live, but has survived for more than two-and-a-half years. … Last night, Megrahi's condition was not known, but his wife Aisha was...
  • Lockerbie: Case closed

    02/29/2012 8:33:53 AM PST · by combat_boots · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | 2/29/2012 | Unknown
    Was Abdel Baset al-Megrahi wrongly convicted of being responsible for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing? Wednesday, December 21, 1988 was the longest night of the year, the night of the winter solstice. At 6.30pm that evening Pan Am Flight 103 took off from London Heathrow airport en route to JFK New York. On board Clipper Maid of the Skies, as it was called, were 16 crew members and 243 passengers, many of whom were carrying Christmas gifts in their luggage for family and friends. But also in the baggage hold was a brown Samsonite suitcase, packed with new clothes and a...
  • The slippery grip of justice on Libya's Megrahi

    08/30/2011 8:54:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/30/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    When the Scots released convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdel Basset Ali al Megrahi on Aug. 20, 2009 - ostensibly because prostate cancer left him less than three months to live - Megrahi presented a stooped, frail figure as he boarded his getaway plane. Hours later when he landed to a hero's welcome in Tripoli, however, Megrahi appeared triumphant and radiant. Two years later, Megrahi is still alive - although perhaps not for long. CNN's Nic Robertson talked his way into Megrahi's supersize mansion, where he videotaped the freed terrorist "apparently in a coma." Maybe. Maybe not. While some...
  • Lockerbie bomber found, said to be near death

    08/28/2011 2:21:09 PM PDT · by Mmogamer · 35 replies
    Brealing news ^ | 0828-11 | CNN via Breaking News
    CNN found al-Megrahi under the care of his family in his palatial Tripoli villa Sunday. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is comatose, near death and likely to take secrets of the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 to his grave.
  • CNN Exclusive: Lockerbie bomber comatose, near death, family says

    08/28/2011 2:24:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies ^ | August 28, 2011 | Nic Robertson
    Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is comatose, near death and likely to take secrets of the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 to his grave. CNN found al-Megrahi under the care of his family in his palatial Tripoli villa Sunday, surviving on oxygen and an intravenous drip. The cancer-stricken former Libyan intelligence officer may be the last man alive who knows precisely who in the Libya government authorized the bombing, which killed 270 people. "We just give him oxygen. Nobody gives us any advice," his son, Khaled Elmegarhi, told CNN. Al-Megrahi was freed from a prison...
  • Libya rebels say won't extradite Lockerbie bomber

    08/28/2011 11:47:18 AM PDT · by Repealthe17thAmendment · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 28, 2011 | Reporting by Mohammed Abbas; Additional reporting by Adrian Croft in London; Writing by Christian Lo
    Libya will not extradite Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie airline bombing, a minister in Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Sunday.
  • Gadhafi daughter Hana's death in '86 all a hoax?

    08/26/2011 1:23:18 PM PDT · by GeronL · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-26-2011 | Elizabeth Flock
    Well, duh. It was another case of the MSM taking the word of a dictator and becoming propaganda outlets for the enemy. Happens time and time again.
  • Mitt Romney to Libyan Rebels: Give US the Lockerbie bomber

    08/22/2011 2:52:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/22/2011 | By Michael O'Brien
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) demanded on Monday that the new, emerging Libyan government extradite the convicted Lockerbie bomber to the United States. Amid signs that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government is close to collapse, the Republican presidential candidate demanded that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi be sent to the U.S. "so justice can finally be done." "It is my hope that Libya will now move toward a representative form of government that supports freedom, human rights, and the rule of law," Romney said in as statement. "As a first step, I call on this new government to arrest and extradite the...
  • Doctor: Lockerbie bomber released because of ill health may live for years

    08/19/2011 5:03:21 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies
    © 2010 Syracuse Online LLC. All Rights Reserved ^ | Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011, 3:47 PM
    A Libyan man convicted of murdering 270 people by blowing up a passenger jet could live for several more years, a leading cancer specialist said Friday — two years after the terminally ill bomber was freed on compassionate grounds because he was close to death. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released from a Scottish jail and flown back to Libya on Aug. 20, 2009 after prison doctors estimated he had only three months to live.
  • Downing Street powerless to force return of Lockerbie bomber

    08/15/2011 11:52:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 6:50PM BST 15 Aug 2011 | By Robert Winnett, Deputy Political Editor
    Downing Street has admitted that it is powerless to force the return of the Lockerbie bomber to Britain almost two years after the Libyan was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds. David Cameron's official spokesman said that there was "no mechanism" to return Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to Britain even if he was captured by Libyan rebels or American special forces. The admission came amid some speculation that the bomber may be seized and passed to Nato forces during the ongoing conflict in Libya. This weekend marks the second anniversary of the release of Megrahi who was freed from prison...
  • Lockerbie bomber spotted at pro-Qaddafi rally (Still alive 2 years after release from Scotland)

    07/27/2011 3:54:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/27/2011 | Tina Korbe
    When the Libyan intelligence agent convicted of the 1988 deadly bombing of Pan Am flight 103 was freed from a Scottish jail in 2009, he supposedly had just 90 days to live, thanks to advanced prostate cancer. In fact, that medical prognosis formed the basis for his release “on compassionate grounds.” But, yesterday, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi — the man a Scottish court of law found responsible for the deaths of 270 people — put in an appearance at a pro-Qaddafi rally, outraging the British government and reviving the debate of whether he should have been released in the first place....
  • US puts a price on Lockerbie bomber

    07/03/2011 2:42:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Australian ^ | 7/3/11 | Staff from agencies
    US President Barack Obama had made a secret deal with Libyan rebel leaders to capture the freed Lockerbie bomber from Libya and return him to face justice in the US, the Mail on Sunday reported yesterday. The British daily quoted senior congressional sources in Washington as saying that Mr Obama had told the Libyan rebels through intermediaries that a condition of Washington's continued support was that they must hand over Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to US special forces if they enter Tripoli. The mission would involve Megrahi being flown to a neutral Arab country by US special forces and on to the
  • Libya: Gaddafi 'increasingly worried' he will be killed by Nato (hiding in hospitals)

    05/26/2011 7:01:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 5/26/11 | Andrew Porter
    Col Muammar Gaddafi is “increasingly worried” he will be killed by Nato and has taken to hiding in Libyan hospitals to avoid air strikes, British intelligence reports suggest. Diplomatic sources last night disclosed that recent intelligence suggested the Libyan dictator was “paranoid” and “on the run” from Nato’s escalating attacks on his regime. Hadeiba Hadi, Libya’s ambassador to the European Union, said on Thursday he was defecting along with all his staff. The envoy said he and his colleagues wanted “to place ourselves at the service of the Libyan people in the struggle for democracy”. In the latest move to...
  • Moussa Koussa removed from EU sanctions list: UK (Architect of Lockerbie Bombing)

    04/14/2011 10:41:08 AM PDT · by keat · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:59am EDT | Matt Falloon
    Koussa fled Libya to Britain on March 30, seeking refuge after quitting Gaddafi's government, reportedly to show his support for the Libyan rebel uprising and to protest against attacks by Gaddafi's forces on civilians. He was questioned by Scottish police over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, but has not been under any travel restrictions. In a statement issued Thursday, Britain's Treasury said Koussa had been deleted from the EU financial sanctions list, removing a freeze on his assets. "We have done that -- it sends a powerful signal to other potential defectors that, if they are currently on a list, they...
  • Libya 2011 | Beyond La Belle, and Lockerbie

    04/07/2011 5:33:19 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 3 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | April 6, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    ~ By: Larry Walker, Jr. ~"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." ~ Matthew 3:2 ~The long spell of bitterness between Libya and the United States seems to be related to a territorial dispute going back to the 1970’s. Shortly after Gaddafi came to power in 1969, he declared that the Gulf of Sidra belonged to Libya, and that anyone crossing beyond what he termed, “The Line of Death”, without permission, would invite a military response. That seemed to be a reasonable position to me; after all, there is a certain line that you don’t cross on my property...
  • Libyan rebels deny offering Lockerbie compensation

    04/05/2011 4:46:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday April 5, 2011 | Chris McGreal in Benghazi
    Libya's revolutionary administration has denied a claim by a British lawyer representing victims of IRA attacks and the Lockerbie bombing that it has apologised for Libya's involvement and offered compensation. Following a meeting with the rebel council's leadership in Benghazi, Jason McCue, head of the Libya Victims Initiative, read a statement which he said was an "unequivocal apology" for Libya's provision of Semtex used in IRA bombings and the blowing up of the Pan Am flight. McCue said the revolutionary council had agreed to pay compensation along the lines paid out in a deal between Muammar Gaddafi and the US...
  • Ed Schultz on Libya: I’m All for This Mission'

    Ed Schultz on Libya: 'Given That Americans Died on That 747 Over Lockerbie, I’m All for This Mission' The perpetually anti-war Ed Schultz took his seat behind the desk at MSNBC studios Monday with the expressed mission of selling Barack Obama's air assault on Libya to his viewers. So passionate was the "Ed Show" host in supporting the President he several times showed video footage of downed Pan Am flight 103 while claiming that Moammar Gaddafi was responsible thereby justifying an attack on him over 22 years later. ED SCHULTZ: President Obama has decided on a more focused, realistic approach....
  • Libya: work abandoned on Lockerbie bomber's residence

    03/22/2011 1:40:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3/20/11 | Damien McElroy
    Libya: work abandoned on Lockerbie bomber's residenceWork has been abandoned on a new residence for Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, who was reported to have been evacuated from Tripoli before an international bombing campaign was launched. By Damien McElroy, Tripoli 6:25PM GMT 20 Mar 2011 A heavy police presence was deployed in the Damascus district of Tripoli, the upmarket suburb where Mr Megrahi lives, after an overnight bombing raid destroyed the city's air defences. Col Muammar Gaddafi's regime is in lockdown as a result of the UN-backed attacks and key figures have been evacuated from the city for their own...
  • Safire: I Remember Muammar

    12/21/2003 7:40:15 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 35 replies · 149+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/22/03 | William Safire
    WASHINGTON — As American tanks began to roll through Iraq to overthrow Saddam, Libya's longtime terrorist, Muammar Qaddafi, came up with a strategy to avoid being next on the regime-change list: pre-emptive surrender. Nobody calls it that, of course. Diplomats and doves want to treat the dictator's epiphany as the result of patient negotiation stretching back for decades. Some Republicans claim he was softened up by a bomb dropped his way in the Reagan years. But three years after that, his terrorists murdered 259 people aboard Pan Am 103. Subsequent sanctions led to severe economic pain and the threat of...
  • Springtime in Libya for terrorists with Lamborghnis

    03/09/2011 12:42:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Meanwhile someone is happy in Libya. The Scottish Daily Record reports, convicted Pan Am bomber Abdelbasset al Megrahi spends his days being chauffered in a Lamborghini to check out his under-construction three-story mansion in a tony Tripoli neighborhood. Every once in a while you see reports that Megrahi -- who killed 270 innocent people in the bombing, and served less than two weeks for each casualty -- is near death and in a coma, but apparently those rumors aren't true. . . . The worst of it is: What does it say about the United Kingdom and the United States...
  • Scottish Cardinal attacks US over Lockerbie bomber reaction

    08/07/2010 11:07:29 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 August 2010
    The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has made an outspoken attack on the United States over the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Cardinal Keith O'Brien said the Scottish government was right to free Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi last year on compassionate grounds. US lawmakers want Scottish politicians to explain to a Senate committee their decision to release Megrahi. But the cardinal said ministers should not go crawling to the US like lapdogs. Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish government's justice secretary, released Megrahi, who has prostate cancer, after being told that three months was a "reasonable estimate" of his life...

    07/25/2010 3:06:50 AM PDT · by Scottish Knight · 16 replies
    Daily Express ^ | July 25, 2010 | By Ben Borland
    A SPECIALIST who examined the Lockerbie bomber revealed yesterday that he warned the Scottish Government that the cancer which won the Libyan his freedom would not kill him within three months. The warning, revealed to The Sunday Express by Professor Jonathan Waxman of the Hammersmith Hospital, London, heaps further pressure on Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to justify the decision to release terrorist Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds 11 months ago.
  • Bush's Second Coup Aids Election Race (Libya)

    12/20/2003 4:02:49 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 160+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 12-21-2003 | Andrew Buncombe
    Bush's second coup aids election race By Andrew Buncombe in Washington 21 December 2003 The announcement by Libya has given President Bush his second coup in a week and delivered a resounding blow against Howard Dean, the man most likely to be his challenger in next year's presidential race. When Saddam Hussein was dragged from a hole near Tikrit last weekend, Mr Dean pointed out that his capture had done nothing to make America safer - an analysis shared by many observers. Just six days later, however, the White House has been able to respond with what was presented as...
  • Gordon Brown Brokered Prisoner-for-oil Deal

    10/31/2009 8:20:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 332+ views
    tna ^ | Joe Wolverton, II
    The buck (or the pound, in this case) stops at the desk of perpetually embattled British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. According to numerous reports in newspapers in the U.K. and worldwide, a clandestine oil-for-prisoners deal with Libya facilitated the recent “compassionate release” of convicted terrorist Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi from the Scottish prison where he was serving a life sentence for having bombed a commercial airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people.Despite weeks of Brown’s denials and pretended offense at the very suggestion that either his government or the government of Scotland would ever make such a behind-the-scenes...
  • Libya Seeks Reward for Scrapping Banned Weapons

    12/20/2003 8:13:08 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 38 replies · 646+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Saturday, December 20, 2003 | By Salah Sarrar
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya made clear on Saturday it wanted to come in from the cold after decades as a pariah state, and the United States and Britain promised to reward its decision to abandon banned weapons programs. Almost 15 years to the day since its agents brought down a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Muammar Gaddafi's state opened the prospect of an end to sanctions and a return of U.S. oil firms with a pledge on Friday to stop seeking weapons of mass destruction. Britain said it had been close to an atomic bomb. Some U.S. officials cautioned that...
  • Libya: US accuses Britain of legitimising Gaddafi

    02/20/2011 11:55:44 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/20/2011 | John Bingham
    US government has accused Britain of legitimising the Gaddafi regime after the massacre of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Libya. Louis Susman, the US ambassador to London, suggested moves to repair relations with the Libyan dictator had only served to give him "greater stature" on the world stage while campaigners condemned the rapprochement as a failure. Mr Susman said: “I would suggest that to deal with him, to give him greater stature, greater ability on the world front to look like he is a good citizen is a mistake.” Up to 300 demonstrators are thought to have been killed after...
  • Iraqi WMD Debate and Intelligence: the links to Libya

    09/18/2004 11:50:09 AM PDT · by dynoman · 10 replies · 1,737+ views
    ISSA ^ | Jan 30 2004 | Gregory R. Copley
    January 30, 2004Iraqi WMD Debate and Intelligence: the Links to LibyaAnaysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS. Discussion and analysis of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs relating to the former Iraqi Administration of Pres. Saddam Hussein has seriously &#8212; and virtually from the beginning &#8212; missed the point. By focusing entirely on Iraqi WMD programs within the physical borders of Iraq, and by refusing to discuss contextual issues, the arguments missed the point that the bulk of the Iraqi WMD work since 1991 was conducted outside the borders of the country, this being a result of the lesson which...
  • List of Al Qaeda or terrorist attacks?

    06/21/2006 1:27:32 PM PDT · by Spokane · 21 replies · 799+ views
    Does anyone have a source to a list of worldwide attacks attributed to Alqaeda or other terrorist groups? I have a debate going with someone who feels that the US "deserved" 911. I'd like to run down a list, one by one, of terrorist attacks around the world to find whether they feel that they were also deserved, or whether they are biased against the US.
  • Shoe, eggs hurled at ex-Brit PM Blair in Dublin

    09/04/2010 5:51:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 9/4/2010 | John Heaney
    Anti-war protesters hurled shoes and eggs at Tony Blair on Saturday as he held the first public signing of his fast-selling memoir. Scores of demonstrators chanted that Blair had "blood on his hands" as the former British prime minister arrived at a Dublin book store. A shoe, eggs and other projectiles were thrown toward Blair as he emerged from a car, but did not hit him. A flip-flop could be seen lying on the roof of a BMW in Blair's motorcade. Security was tight for the signing, with book buyers - who appeared to outnumber the 200 or so protesters...
  • Tony Blair defends religious faith

    11/28/2010 3:46:32 PM PST · by gorush · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-28-2010 | no byline
    The former prime minister said it was true that "people commit horrific acts of evil in the name of religion". But Mr Blair, who converted to Catholicism after leaving government in 2007, said it was also true that religion inspires acts of extraordinary good. Sceptic Mr Hitchens, who has terminal cancer, likened God to a "celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea". He appeared to win over the audience, which voted two-to-one in his favour following the debate, which argued the motion "be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world".
  • Foreign Office fury as Gaddafi's son says Lockerbie bomber's freedom is linked to oil

    08/21/2009 8:41:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 714+ views ^ | August 22, 2009 | James Chapman and Ian Drury
    Gordon Brown was under fresh pressure last night after shocking claims by Libya that the release of the Lockerbie bomber was linked explicity to trade deals benefiting Britain. Colonel Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam said the case of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was discussed at every meeting between the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Libyan leader. But the Foreign Office strongly denied any link between the boosting of UK business interests and the freeing of the man convicted of Britain's worst terrorist atrocity. A spokesman insisted: 'No deal has been made between the UK Government and Libya in...
  • Libya: Tony Blair agreed to train Gaddafi’s special forces in 'deal in the desert’

    02/28/2011 4:31:23 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Tony Blair used his final foreign trip as prime minister to sign a confidential deal with Muammar Gaddafi to train Libyan special forces and supply him with Nato secrets. A copy of the accord obtained by The Daily Telegraph shows that the two leaders agreed to co-operate on defence matters in a range of areas, including exchanging information about defence structures and technology. It was signed during the former Labour prime minister’s “Blair-well” tour of Africa in May 2007, in Gaddafi’s tent in the Libyan desert. Included in the document was an agreement on “co-operation in the training of specialised...
  • Mandela Calls for New Lockerbie Appeal

    06/10/2002 8:29:57 AM PDT · by WillVoteForFood · 6 replies · 154+ views
    June 10, 2002 Mandela calls for new Lockerbie appeal by pa news Nelson Mandela today called for a fresh appeal in the case of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi. His comments came after meeting al-Megrahi for more than an hour at Glasgow's Barlinnie prison. Mr Mandela also called for consideration to be given to al-Megrahi serving his life term in a Muslim country like Morocco, Tunisia or Egypt. "Megrahi is all alone," Mr Mandela told a packed press conference in the prison's visitors' room. "He has nobody he can talk to. It is a psychological persecution that a man...
  • Why Would a Woman Convert to Islam? (Tony Blair's sister-in-law embraces Islam after trip to Iran)

    11/29/2010 11:12:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/28/2010 | Herbert London
    A high-profile conversion begs the question: what are these women seeking that they could not find under liberty? Very recently Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, journalist Lauren Booth, embraced the faith after what she described as a “holy experience” in Iran. Based on what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has described as the brutal, totalistic character of Islam, one is obliged to ask why any modern career woman would opt for conversion to the Muslim religion. After all, as so many autobiographies of Muslim women note, the religion bans anything that is fun (“haram,” or forbidden). No chewing of gum, no bicycle riding, no...
  • Blair's Sister in Law Converts to Islam

    10/24/2010 8:48:49 AM PDT · by kingattax · 41 replies
    The sister in law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has converted to Islam. Lauren Booth, the half sister of Blair's wife, Cherie, said she decided to convert to Islam after undergoing a “spiritual experience” in the Iranian city of Qom several months ago. Booth said that she avoids alcohol and pork, prays five times a day, and wears a full-length Muslim hijab when she leaves the house. She also reads the Quran every day. “I'm up to page 60,” she told reporters.
  • Tony Blair: Gordon Brown tried to blackmail me

    08/31/2010 5:25:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/31/2010 | Robert Winnett and Henry Samuel
    Tony Blair uses his new book to expose Gordon Brown as a manipulative figure who lost a winnable election by abandoning the principles of New Labour. The former prime minister’s memoir discloses that a “maddening” Mr Brown effectively blackmailed him while he was in No 10. He suspects the then chancellor of orchestrating the investigation into the cash-for-honours scandal. Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at a Labour Party rally The pressure on Mr Blair to step aside became so great that he admits he may have become reliant on alcohol as he faced coup attempts from Mr Brown’s supporters. He...
  • Tony Blair on Dick Cheney: He wanted to remake Middle East after 9/11, invade Iraq, Syria, Iran

    09/07/2010 4:48:41 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 88 replies
    N.Y. Daily News ^ | September 5th 2010
    Dick Cheney wanted to invade several Middle East nations, not just Iraq, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveals in his new book. Blair writes that the former Vice President had a goal to remake the power structure of several countries in that part of the world. Cheney "would have worked through the whole lot, Iraq, Syria, Iran, dealing with all their surrogates in the course of it -- Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.," Blair wrote in his memoir, "A Journey." The former PM told Christiane Amanpour on ABC's "This Week" that Cheney, 69, believed "the world had to be remade after...
  • U.K. officials greased Lockerbie bomber's release, report finds

    12/21/2010 9:12:31 AM PST · by dead · 14 replies · 2+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/21/10 | Michael Isikoff
    Intense political pressures and "commercial warfare" waged by the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi led to last year’s release of the "unrepentant terrorist" who blew up Pam Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, according to a new report prepared by four U.S. senators. The report is being released Tuesday, 22 years to the day after a terrorist bomb exploded aboard the Pan Am airliner, killing 270 people — including 189 Americans — in one of the deadliest acts of domestic terrorism prior to 9/11. An advance copy of the report – titled "Justice Undone: The Release of the Lockerbie Bomber"...
  • Muslims good for UK - Cherie sister

    02/12/2011 11:35:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The sister-in-law of former Labour prime minister Tony Blair has said a rise in the number of Muslims in Britain would be "good for the country". And she told a conference in Colchester, Essex, that since becoming a Muslim she was a "better worker" and a "better mother" to her two daughters. She told the University of Essex's annual Islamic Conference that Britons were "seeking not to be afraid" of Muslims and wanted Muslims "to be happy". Ms Booth said she had been "scared" of Arabs, and "probably" of Muslims. She said that given the amount of "one-sided news" people...
  • Don't Believe a Word of It (Lockerbie bomber release)

    07/29/2010 8:48:17 AM PDT · by Qbert · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | 7/27/2010 | David Pryce-Jones
    The whole story of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, is evidence of the shifty conduct of those supposed to represent us but who in reality disgrace themselves and their offices. Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland on the grounds that he had terminal cancer and would die within three months. Here he is a year later, at home and apparently thriving. A cancer specialist, Dr. Karol Sikora, examined him and is the one who gave him three months. It turns out that the Libyan authorities paid him, and he says now that Megrahi might live ten or even twenty...