I had heard about this a couple of days ago, but refrained from writing about it. As I told the other members of our e-mail group, I didn’t believe that even President Obama could be this dumb!
- Posted on September 17, 2012 at 5:31pm by Erica Ritz
- TheBlaze’s Jason Howerton contributed to this report.
The U.S. State Department is actively considering negotiations with the Egyptian government for the transfer of custody of Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as “the Blind Sheikh,” for humanitarian and health reasons, a source close to the the Obama administration told TheBlaze.
The Department of Justice, however, told TheBlaze that Rahman is serving a life sentence and is not considered for possible “release.” Previous calls to the State Department were referred to the Department of Justice and so far, the State Department has neither confirmed nor denied the report.
Glenn Beck revealed the controversial news on his show Monday.
The Blind Sheikh is currently serving a life sentence in American prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, but the newly-elected Islamist government in Egypt has been actively petitioning his release. Many have pinpointed a cause of last week‘s unrest in in the country to be protests over the Blind Sheikh’s release — not an anti-Muslim YouTube video.
Citing the handling of the current crisis in the Middle East, and the administration’s explanation that an anti-Islamic video is to blame, Beck warned that the administration may be trying to initiate a “Bubba effect.”
“If this is true…I believe this administration is trying to initiate a ‘Bubba effect,’” he explained. “That is, the average person turning against the government, collectively…because no one trusts them.”
I have still not seen this story in The New York Times or THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, and I find it virtually incredible. But others had been writing about it, including Phineas and Karen. But now, several Republicans in Congress have taken note of the story:
Posted by: Phineas on September 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm
The lawmakers called recent reports that the inspiration behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing could be released in a goodwill gesture to Cairo. He is currently serving a life sentence behind bars.
“Succumbing to the demands of a country whose citizens threaten our embassy and the Americans serving in it would send a clear message that acts of violence will be responded to with appeasement rather than strength,” the chairmen wrote. “…The release of Abdel-Rahman or any terrorist who plots to kill innocent Americans would be seen for what it is – a sign of weakness and a lack of resolve by the United States and its President.”
Signing the letter were Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.), Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), and Appropriations subcommittee chairmen Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Kay Granger (R-Texas).
Read the rest: State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland vehemently denied there were any plans or even preliminary negotiations to release Abdel-Rahman, but note again that she said nothing about not transferring him to Egyptian custody…
This just stinks of appeasement.
If congressmen are starting to take note of the story, they were apparently unpersuaded by the Administration’s denials.
Your Editor is reminded of Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, the man convicted in the downing of Pan Am Flight 103, which fell over Lockarbie, Scotland. Mr Megrahi was given a “compassionate” release by Scotland, because he had only three months left to live; he returned to Libya a hero, and lived on for nearly three years. President Obama did condemn Scotland’s release of Mr Megrahi.
But now we are hearing rumors that the same sort of “compassion” might be shown to Mr Abdel-Rahman. It seems just too incredible to believe. The trouble is that I have so little trust for this President and his foreign policy that what seems to so stupid as to be virtually impossible might actually have a bit of truth in it. Making only half-hearted defenses of freedom of speech, condemning someone for exercising his freedom of speech, and hauling in one of the people connected with the film for questioning, do make me wonder about this Administration.
And your Editor has actually supported some of President Obama’s foreign policy moves in the past. I supported:
- The President’s action in supporting the Libyan rebels, though I did say he should have acted sooner;
- The President’s approval of the “surge” in Afghanistan;
- The killing of Osama bin Laden;
- The President’s continued use of drone strikes against Islamist leaders; and
- The ordered termination of Anwar al-Awlaki.
President Obama hasn’t been as bad as I feared he would be in continuing the war against the Islamists, though his policies have led to the release of too many prisoners from Guantanamo who have then returned to the battlefield to fights against Americans again.
However, a new danger has arisen, as President Obama tries to placate the Arabs:
Authorities in Cairo have ordered the arrest of seven US-based Egyptian Coptic Christians for their alleged involvement in an anti-Islam video.
The crude production posted on YouTube has sparked violent protests and riots across the Muslim world for its depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.
It is unclear who made the film, but it has been linked to an Egyptian Coptic Christian living in the United States.
An arrest warrant has also been issued for US Christian pastor Terry Jones.
One woman and seven men, including Mr Jones, are accused of “insulting the Islamic religion, insulting the Prophet and inciting sectarian strife”, according to the prosecutor’s office.
It said international police agency, Interpol, would be notified of the warrants.
However, Interpol later denied it had received a request and noted that its constitution forbade it from “undertaking any matter of a predominantly political, military, religious or racial nature”.
And the United States has an extradition treaty with Egypt, signed by President Ulysses S Grant and His Imperial Majesty, the Sultan Abdülaziz I of the Ottoman Empire. That treaty, ratified in 1875, remains in force today, and Egypt could well have a legal claim for the extradition of Terry Jones and any of the Copts who are currently residing in the United States. I can see Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Isa El-Ayyat, a Muslim Brotherhood leader and Islamist, actually pressing President Obama for this; one would hope that President Obama would tell President Morsi to stick his request where the sun doesn’t shine, diplomatically, of course.
If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election, we won’t have to worry about this, but President Obama could well be re-elected.
This is the time when the President of the United States has to be firm in dealing with the Muslims. We cannot show any weakness, and we cannot fail to protect our own liberties and our own culture. If Mitt Romney is our next President, we won’t have to worry about this; if President Obama is re-elected, I believe we will.