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Dems Note BP Role In Lockerbie Release

From CNN:

Senators question whether BP played role in Pan Am bomber’s release

July 14, 2010

(CNN) — A group of U.S. lawmakers have called for an investigation into whether BP may have played a role in lobbying for the release of the man convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, now 58, was released on compassionate grounds nearly a year ago after a doctor testified that he was dying of cancer, a decision that Scottish, British and Libyan officials have said was not linked to oil or trade.

"Reports have surfaced indicating that a 2007 oil agreement may have influenced the U.K. and Scottish governments’ positions concerning Mr. Megrahi’s release in 2009," wrote Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey in a letter to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Monday

According to his press release, Mr. Lautenberg by Democrat Senators Robert Menendez, Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this call for an investigation.

Britain and Libya sparred over whether Megrahi should be included in a prisoner transfer agreement the two nations were negotiating…

Days after Britain and Libya concluded the transfer agreement, Libya and BP signed a deal the company called "the single biggest exploration financial commitment an international energy company has ever made to Libya." But Britain and BP have denied that Megrahi’s release had any part of the negotiations

[However t]hen-British Justice Secretary Jack Straw told The Daily Telegraph in September that trade and oil — and BP’s agreement with Libya — were certainly part of the prisoner transfer agreement talks.

"Yes, [it was] a very big part of that," Straw told the paper. "I’m unapologetic about that. … Libya was a rogue state. We wanted to bring it back into the fold. And yes, that included trade because trade is an essential part of it and subsequently there was the BP deal."

Gadhafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi told CNN that that Libya pressured the British government to include the convicted terrorist in the prisoner release agreement

In the wake of turbulence of the rupture in April of a BP deep-water well — a rupture that is still releasing millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico — the U.S. senators grasped onto another reason to scrutinize the troubled oil company

Notice how this connection, which we were the first to note more than two months ago, is being brought up – not by our watchdog media – but by a group of Democrat Senators.

And only because now that the ‘damned hole’ is about to be plugged, the Democrats need some further ammunition in their effort to destroy BP and to put an end to all US oil drilling, in general.

So they have “grasped onto another reason to scrutinize the troubled oil company.”

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Dems Note BP Role In Lockerbie Release”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    You would think the media would have warned them off to keep the whole thing buried.
    We can’t have the folks reminded that the UK govt. was fooled and/or bought in order to gain the release of a terrorist.

  2. JadenS says:

    I understand some of the difficulties with this story, but it is just being taking way too far. The claims are that the current oil disaster within the Gulf of Mexico is linked to an arrangement BP had with Libya to get the Lockerbie bomber released in exchange for drilling rights in Libya. Now If BP did indeed play a role in getting a prisoner released years ago, I cannot say; but there’s no way it has anything to do with the tragic accident from the oil spill going on right now. You could not take out an unsecured loan big enough to get me to subscribe to the second part of that theory.

    • Petronius says:

      The point, Jaden, is that Marxist behavior is entirely predictable.

      Like the hyena pack, they can sense weakness, and will begin to rip and tear while their prey is still on its feet. They may feed on a carcass, but they prefer to take it raw and wriggling –– meat, skin, bones, and horns, leaving no part uneaten.

    • proreason says:

      um, Jaden….you appear to be attempting to use logic to understand a liberal demand.

      A lot of people have developed brain hernias trying that.

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