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Angry FBI Director Mueller Calls Release of Lockerbie Bomber a “Mockery”

Robert Mueller III/file photo

Robert Mueller III/file photo

It really is a disgrace that the man was released so early. Sick or or not sick, the man doesn’t deserve much compassion. Then again, clearly he was not the only one responsible for the death of 270 people.

By CNN
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert Mueller harshly criticized the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber in a letter released Saturday, calling it “a mockery of the rule of law.”

Mueller, in a note to Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, said MacAskill’s decision to release Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi is “as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice.”

Al Megrahi had been serving a life sentence for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people, including 189 Americans, were killed.

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Comment from njdanie
Time August 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

I guess it’s easy to get political points condemning the release of this Lockerbie bomber, but in all fairness to Al Megrahi, he always maintained he was an innocent patsy fall guy so we would forget that the real criminal was the Libyan leader Khadafi. He’s gonna die soon anway, and cancer is not a pretty death.

Comment from xena
Time August 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm

it is interesting to me that at exactly the same time as this controversy is brewing over the release of this terrorist, the latest news reports about william calley who was responsible for the my lai massicare came out. The My Lai Massacre was the mass murder conducted by a unit of the U.S. Army on March 16, 1968 of 347 to 504 unarmed citizens in South Vietnam, all of whom were civilians and a majority of whom were women, children, and elderly people. Many of the victims were sexually abused, beaten, tortured, and some of the bodies were found mutilated. The massacre took place in the hamlets of Mỹ Lai and My Khe of Sơn Mỹ village during the Vietnam War. While 26 US soldiers were initially charged with criminal offenses for their actions at My Lai, only William Calley was convicted. He served only three years of an original life sentence, while on house arrest mostly, due to intervention by richard nixon.

does it occur to mr. mueller and others who are outraged out the release of Megrahi to be equally outraged about the facts calley’s situation?

these are the facts on calley’s original sentence of
life imprisonment at hard labor: Many in America were outraged by Calley’s sentence; Georgia’s governor Jimmy Carter instituted “American Fighting Man’s Day” and asked Georgians to drive for a week with their lights on. Indiana’s governor asked all state flags to be flown at half-staff for Calley, and Utah’s and Mississippi’s governors also disagreed with the verdict. The Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, New Jersey, and South Carolina legislatures requested clemency for Calley. Alabama’s governor George Wallace visited Calley in the stockade and requested that Nixon pardon him. 79% of Americans polled disagreed with Calley’s verdict.

To me this is a double standard of justise based simple on the fact that “this is us and that is them and we are more imortant.” When “they ” hurt us “they” deserve to be sereverly punished. when “we” hurt “them”, “we” deserve clemancy. this type of thinking is unjust and is the fundamental problem that will facilitate the all of our mutual destruction. to me, this is a no brainer, when are we finally going to get it?

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