--Richard E. Vatz
I would not normally follow up a Red Maryland posting with an update. This update below, however, is quite pertinent to that posting of mine on the indefensible and terrifyingly irresponsible Scottish caving to terrorists in which, as I described in the earlier post, they freed "Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the 1988 bombing and murder of 259 airplane passengers, whose provocation was to be flying on Pan Am Flight 103, and 11 innocents on the ground, whose provocation was equally absent." Their rationale? "Compassion." For the murderer, not for his unsuspecting and innocent victims and their families and friends.
When the always low-key FBI Director Robert Mueller is sufficiently enraged regarding a terrorism breach and/or appeasement by another country to have "thundered down" and written a "scathing letter" to the miscreant Scottish authority who effected the release of the primary terrorist, it warrants alerting our readers. (And there is another effete President Obama quote reaffirming that he does not quite condone sending home a mass murderer of nearly 200 Americans.)
This is from an Associated Press writer and came about 90 minutes ago. It includes yet another incredibly fatuous rationale by Scottish authorities, as they argue irrelevantly and exasperatingly -- and possibly falsely -- that Director Mueller "should also be aware that while many families have opposed [Scottish Justice Secretary] Mr. [Kenny] MacAskill's decision, many others have supported it."
Keep in mind how premeditated this criminally democracy-destructive decision is. It leaves one mortified for honorable democrats everywhere and incensed and enraged at how the release of the murderous coward-terrorist undercuts the best efforts of those patriots fighting terrorism.
Professor Vatz teaches political rhetoric at Towson University.
FBI director outraged by Lockerbie bomber release
By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – FBI Director Robert Mueller thundered down on Scotland's justice minister for releasing the Lockerbie bomber, an act that "gives comfort to terrorists" all over the world.
Mueller sent a scathing letter to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who cited compassionate grounds in his decision to let Abdel Baset al-Megrahi return to Libya because he has prostate cancer and was given only months to live by British doctors.
The angry tone of the letter is out of character with the normally reserved Mueller, indicating his outrage is personal as well as professional. He also sent copies to the families of the Lockerbie victims.
"I have made it a practice not to comment on the actions of other prosecutors," Mueller wrote. "Your decision to release Megrahi causes me to abandon that practice in this case. I do so because I am familiar with the facts, and the law. ... And I do so because I am outraged at your decision, blithely defended on the grounds of 'compassion.'"
Before he became FBI director, Mueller spent years as a Justice Department lawyer leading the investigation into the 1988 airplane bombing that killed 270 people, most of them Americans.
Mueller said Thursday's release was "as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law."
His letter was dated Friday, and was made public Saturday.
Releasing the convicted bomber "gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation ... the terrorist will be freed by one man's exercise of 'compassion.'"
A statement from Scotland's government on Saturday noted Mueller has "strong views" because of his involvement in the case. "But he should also be aware that while many families have opposed Mr. MacAskill's decision, many others have supported it," the statement said.
Bert Ammerman of Riverside, N.J., who lost his brother Tom Ammerman in the bombing, praised Mueller for the "frankness and honesty" in his condemnation of the release.
Mueller recounted his own emotional experiences leading the investigation — seeing a teenage victim's single sneaker, a Syracuse University sweatshirt, toys in the suitcase of a businessman heading home to see his wife and children for Christmas.
"Your action," he wrote MacAskill, "makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own on December 21, 1988. You could not have spent much time with the families, certainly not as much time as others involved in the investigation and prosecution."
He ended the Lockerbie letter with a frustrated question: "Where, I ask, is the justice?"
President Barack Obama on Friday called the elaborate homecoming in Libya for the freed bomber "highly objectionable."
Saturday, August 22, 2009
--Richard E. Vatz