FBI Director Outraged By Lockerbie Decision

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.'"

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."


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  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    The forums are for venting our feelings as well as informed opinions. Lets not forget we live and fight for the right in this country not to have our free speech edited in any way. Don't travel down that slippery slop of censorship! I am very sad to have to read that someone like Anonymous feels the way they do but at least I know this type of person exists and may be living among us. We stay vigilant in knowing the degree of platitude in the opposition.
  • by William MacEanruig Location: Carolina on Aug 24, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    George: Aye, your apology is accepted, and no hard feelings. Well said, man. Thank you for saying so. I understand how close the matter is to your heart, and I want to say that I disagree with the action taken by Scotland myself. And may I add that I wrote hotly in reply, for you had angered me with your remark. Your apology was anything but rude and brutish. Well done, and all is forgiven. After all, there are many of Scottish blood in the States, including me myself. We are brothers, you know. Now may the gracious God bless you, man.
  • by Wendy Location: Goldsboro on Aug 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    Mr. MacEanruig, I understand you being offended by George's comments about Scotland and I thought it was very gracious of him to clarify his comments. However, as an American, I am just as offended by Anonymous's comments that we are arrogant, war mongering and that our troops at Camp Lejeune are terrorists ! I'm not sure where Anonymous is located(must be scared to use real name & location), but if he/she is in this country, they need to leave ! Why should this terrorist get to spend his final days with his family when all the people on that plane didn't get to spend one more minute with theirs ???
  • by George Location: enc on Aug 24, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    Mr. MacEanruig, You are right, I should not have made that remark about an entire country for the actions of a few idiots who live in that country. I knew someone on that plane and I was angry at a representative of that country to lend aid and comfort to a terrorist. I do here by appologize to you and anyone else who may have been offended by my remark about Scotland.
  • by William MacEanruig Location: Carolina on Aug 23, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    WITN: I am of Scottish heritage, and I take umbrage at the ill-mannered and rude remark of "George" concerning bonny Scotland. How dare you allow someone to disparage a whole country because of their displeasure concerning the act of a single man? I demand that you edit that post at once; you do yourself disservice by allowing it to stand. Shame on you. As for you, "George", far be it from me to disgrace my father's blood by replying in like kind. You are a rude and brutish man.
  • by Anti-Terrosist Location: Greenville on Aug 23, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    Wow. You are so bitter Anonymous. What happened to you? Have you found a better live in a better country I hope?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    Anti-Terrorist, celebrate life with your fellow true terrorists at Camp Lejune.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Aug 22, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    Anonymous! You have to be smoking something? There were so many ways for war mongers to deal with this terrorist rather than life in prison. That was about as much compassion as anyone who cherishes innocent life could have for this man and it turns out he should have been killed after all! Roughly 120 of the people he killed did not get to even take their chances with prostate cancer. You are currently a poor excuse for a human and one can only hope you experience something in life that changes your warped prospective. If you are in the USA please leave so us war mongers can live in piece.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    I am very happy to see this. This man is evidently dying, so there is no point in keeping him in custody. Only the arrogant, war mongering Americans would be outraged.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 22, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    Anyone on here that thinks letting a convicted terrorist out of jail to go to Libya to die was a idiotic idea can contact Mr. MacAskill at the following conact page.Heres the URL: http://www.kennymacaskill.co.uk/contact.html
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