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    U.K. Used Lockerbie Bomber as Bargaining Chip for Oil



    Lockerbie bomber 'set free for oil'

    The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

    Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

    The letters were sent two years ago by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, to Kenny MacAskill, his counterpart in Scotland, who has been widely critizised for taking the formal decision to permit Megrahi’s release.

    The correspondence makes it plain that the key decision to include Megrahi in a deal with Libya to allow prisoners to return home was, in fact, taken in London for British national interests.

    Edward Davey, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, said, “This is the strongest evidence yet that the British government has been involved for a long time in talks over al-Megrahi in which commercial considerations have been central to their thinking.”

    Two letters dated five months apart show that Straw initially intended to exclude Megrahi from a prisoner transfer agreement with Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi, under which British and Libyan prisoners could serve out their sentences in their home country.

    In a letter dated July 26, 2007, Straw said he favoured an option to leave out Megrahi by stipulating that any prisoners convicted before a specified date would not be considered for transfer.

    Downing Street had also said Megrahi would not be included under the agreement.

    Straw then switched his position as Libya used its deal with BP as a bargaining chip to insist the Lockerbie bomber was included.

    The exploration deal for oil and gas, potentially worth over $24 billion, was announced in May 2007. Six months later the agreement was still waiting to be ratified.

    On December 19, 2007, Straw wrote to MacAskill announcing that the U.K. government was abandoning its attempt to exclude Megrahi from the prisoner transfer agreement, citing the national interest.

    In a letter leaked by a Whitehall source, he wrote: “I had previously accepted the importance of the al-Megrahi issue to Scotland and said I would try to get an exclusion for him on the face of the agreement. I have not been able to secure an explicit exclusion.

    Full story: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle6814939.ece
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    Lockerbie Bomber Appears at Pro-Qaddafi Rally

    TRIPOLI, Libya – A Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am plane over the Scottish town of Lockerbie has attended a rally in Tripoli in support of Muammar Qaddafi, Libya's state TV said.

    The TV broadcast showed a man wearing a white turban and sitting in a wheelchair during Tuesday's rally and identified him as Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber.

    Al-Megrahi's presence at the rally appeared to be another sign of defiance by the Qaddafi regime.

    Qaddafi, locked in a civil war with Libyan rebels for the past five months, has rejected calls by the international community that he step down. Instead, he has threatened to attack targets in Europe unless NATO stops its four-month-old bombing campaign of regime-linked installations in Libya, under a U.N. mandate to protect civilians.

    Al-Megrahi was convicted in the 1988 downing of the Pan Am plane that killed 270 people, most of them Americans, over Scotland. He was released from a Scottish prison in 2009 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Al-Megrahi returned to a hero's welcome in Libya later that year.

    Britain, meanwhile, officially recognized Libya's main opposition group as the country's legitimate government, and on Wednesday expelled all diplomats from Qaddafi's regime.

    Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain is unfreezing 91 million pounds ($150 million) of Libyan oil assets to help the rebels' National Transitional Council, which the U.K. now recognizes as "the sole governmental authority in Libya."

    Hague said the council had been invited to send an ambassador to London, adding that "we will deal with the National Transitional Council on the same basis as other governments around the world."

    Qaddafi has ruled Libya for more than four decades.

    In February, anti-government protests erupted in the country, inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world, but quickly escalated into civil war. However, the conflict has been deadlocked for months, with rebels controlling the east of the country in the west, and Qaddafi clinging to power in the remaining areas.

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    Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland is still alive after being freed nearly two years ago on the basis that he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer.

    He appeared Tuesday on live TV in a rare public appearance at a rally in Tripoli supporting Muammar Qaddafi, according to Libya's state TV.

    The camera zoomed in on the elderly man sitting in a wheelchair and identified him as the man responsible for the deaths of 270 people, including 190 Americans and 35 Syracuse University students on December 21, 1988.

    According to The Guardian, the Libyan television presenter said al-Megrahi was the victim of a worldwide "conspiracy" and that his release had been a victory against oppression.

    Scottish foreign secretary William Hague told the BBC that the TV appearance is "a further reminder that a great mistake was made" when the government freed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds in August 2009.

    "Mr. Megrahi has lived beyond the three month prognosis," Scotland Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill told the BBC. "That's due to the best medical care that doubtless can be provided in Libya."

    MacAskill agreed with Hague that the decision to release al-Megrahi is now "pretty much worthless" but insists that it was the best decision at the time based on medical evidence provided by the director of health and public care at the Scottish Prison Service.

    Al-Megrahi, who was convicted in 2001 to serve a minimum 27 years of a life sentence, returned to Libya after his release and has rarely been seen in public.

    MSNBC reports rallies like Tuesday's in Tripoli have become common as Qaddafi continues to fight for support while rebels have campaigned to end his 41-year rule in Libya. Anti-government protests escalated into civil war in February, but the conflict has been mostly deadlocked since, according to The Associated Press.

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    im wondering why both of these cocksuckers still walk the earth. buy me a ticket to libya, all ill need is a .50 cal sniper rifle, and one bullet. stand em one behind the other, and ill take the shot. 2 birds, one stone. done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sisca View Post
    im wondering why both of these cocksuckers still walk the earth. buy me a ticket to libya, all ill need is a .50 cal sniper rifle, and one bullet. stand em one behind the other, and ill take the shot. 2 birds, one stone. done.
    I've no doubt that you could do that......but I'd rather you take 270 bullets and just keep firing at them 'till the ammo is gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    I've no doubt that you could do that......but I'd rather you take 270 bullets and just keep firing at them 'till the ammo is gone.
    ohhhhh alright...you twisted my arm.
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    “ Originally posted by FORD
    History tells us that oppressive nations build walls to keep people IN, not out.
    (See "Berlin Wall" and "Likud Israel" for examples) ” FORD- when i told him i'd build a wall between the US and Mexico.

    then ill build it from the mexican side. -my reply.

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    Nothing that Gordon Brown did during his time in power surprises me. The man is such a fucking criminal and his party is the reason this country is having to impliment some major public sector cuts, the sad part is; because they're no longer in power and the new government is making the cuts, THEY'RE the unpopular ones...people are idiots and Gordon Brown is a criminal, we should exile the fat blind twat to Lybia he can sip crude oil cocktails with his friend Gadaffi Duck
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    Quote Originally Posted by sisca View Post
    im wondering why both of these cocksuckers still walk the earth. buy me a ticket to libya, all ill need is a .50 cal sniper rifle, and one bullet. stand em one behind the other, and ill take the shot. 2 birds, one stone. done.
    OOOOHOOOOHOOOOOH...CAN I COME TOO!?!?!?!?! Every sniper needs an equal and spotter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    Nothing that Gordon Brown did during his time in power surprises me. The man is such a fucking criminal and his party is the reason this country is having to impliment some major public sector cuts, the sad part is; because they're no longer in power and the new government is making the cuts, THEY'RE the unpopular ones...people are idiots and Gordon Brown is a criminal, we should exile the fat blind twat to Lybia he can sip crude oil cocktails with his friend Gadaffi Duck
    It was the Scots who did the Libya deal - and the Salmond bloke likes nothing better than passing the buck and letting Brown take the flak for his sneaky power-wranglings. Out of all the shitty politicians we've had, I think Gordon Brown had by far the most integrity - yes, he was grumpy, dour, a miserable old sod - but, his main failing was he couldn't play the duplicitous, spin-doctoring game the others could - Blair, Cameron, Clegg, Osbourne - all smarmy little Etonian weasels who I wouldn't trust as far as I could throw them. In fact, I wouldn't piss on 'em if they were on fire, I'd simply throw on a bit more paraffin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRMB View Post
    OOOOHOOOOHOOOOOH...CAN I COME TOO!?!?!?!?! Every sniper needs an equal and spotter.
    Can you stay quiet long enough? LOL! Kidding, bro. Let's go!
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    “ Originally posted by FORD
    History tells us that oppressive nations build walls to keep people IN, not out.
    (See "Berlin Wall" and "Likud Israel" for examples) ” FORD- when i told him i'd build a wall between the US and Mexico.

    then ill build it from the mexican side. -my reply.

 

 

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