In a Hicks File report last August on PJTV, I spoke about the mind-numbing fact that one of the world’s most infamous terrorists had been set free.
Nearly a year ago, the Scottish government released Abdel Basset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison for “humanitarian reasons.” He was serving a life sentence but was set free after it was claimed that he was about to die from prostate cancer and had, at best, only three months to live.
Known to the world as simply the “Lockerbie bomber,” al-Magrahi was the only person convicted of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103, a Boeing 747 that had 259 passengers on board and was bound for New York from London.
In December 1988, a bomb was set off in the plane’s forward cargo hold, literally disintegrating the aircraft into thousands of pieces as it fell 31,000 feet into the small village of Lockerbie, Scotland. Not a single person on board survived the attack.
Last August I predicted that “we will soon discover that this old terrorist’s cancer has been miraculously cured and he’ll be sitting on the Libyan coastline thumbing his nose at us all.”
That was a prediction I hoped wouldn’t come true. I hoped al-Magrahi would in fact experience the painful death he so rightly deserves.
But that hasn’t been the case. We now know that the “terminally ill” bomber is alive and quite well in Libya. In fact, according to sources, he’s “livin’ large” in a two-story villa in an upscale suburb of Tripoli.
Like any rich Libyan, his home comes complete with a large garden and another area where al-Magrahi and his family regularly entertain visitors and guests.
And oh yes, what about that diagnosis that he’d be dead inside of three months?
Well, Professor Karol Sikora, one of the British doctors who made the magic diagnosis, now says the old terrorist could live another 10 to 20 years!
It’s readily apparent that is was this “interesting” diagnosis that led to al-Magrahi’s release on grounds of “compassion.” The diagnosis was intended solely to be a justification for a deal that had been struck between the governments of the United Kingdom and Libya.
Last year, Jack Straw, then the justice secretary for the British government, admitted that trade and oil agreements were an important part of that government’s decision to set al-Magrahi free.
Straw wrote to his counterpart in the Scottish government that the release of the Lockerbie bomber was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom.”
But as outrageous as this decision was, why did the Obama administration allow the release to take place? After all, we had skin in this game — 189 Americans lost their lives when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown from the sky.