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  • What Clinton left out about her history with Gadhafi

    10/15/2015 12:19:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 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 | JPost.com 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
    heraldscotland.com ^ | 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 £400m 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 £400m 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
    cnn.com ^ | 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
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 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...