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Scotland: "Compassion" for Mass Murderer

(Update: It will break your heart, but you should go to the website called Victims of Pan Am Flight 103)

Read about it on this new website, Boycott Scotland and the United Kingdom.

I cannot imagine how it would be to be one of the parents whose child was murdered as a consequence of this monster's actions.

FBI direction, Robert Mueller, in a letter to Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, had this to say about Scotland's callous disregard for justice:

Dear Mr Secretary:

Over the years I have been a prosecutor, and recently as the Director of the FBI, I have made it a practice not to comment on the actions of other prosecutors, since only the prosecutor handling the case has all the facts and the law before him in reaching the appropriate decision.

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, having been the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the investigation and indictment of Megrahi in 1991. And I do so because I am outraged at your decision, blithely defended on the grounds of ''compassion''.

Your action in releasing Megrahi is as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law. Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation, the conviction by jury after the defendant is given all due process, and sentence appropriate to the crime, the terrorist will be freed by one man's exercise of ''compassion''. Your action rewards a terrorist even though he never admitted to his role in this act of mass murder and even though neither he nor the government of Libya ever disclosed the names and roles of others who were responsible.

Your action makes a mockery of the emotions, passions and pathos of all those affected by the Lockerbie tragedy: the medical personnel who first faced the horror of 270 bodies strewn in the fields around Lockerbie, and in the town of Lockerbie itself; the hundreds of volunteers who walked the fields of Lockerbie to retrieve any piece of debris related to the break-up of the plane; the hundreds of FBI agents and Scottish police who undertook an unprecedented global investigation to identify those responsible; the prosecutors who worked for years - in some cases a full career - to see justice done.

But most importantly, your action 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. You could not have visited the small wooden warehouse where the personal items of those who perished were gathered for identification - the single sneaker belonging to a teenager; the Syracuse sweatshirt never again to be worn by a college student returning home for the holidays; the toys in a suitcase of a businessman looking forward to spending Christmas with his wife and children.

You apparently made this decision without regard to the views of your partners in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy. Although the FBI and Scottish police, and prosecutors in both countries, worked exceptionally closely to hold those responsible accountable, you never once sought our opinion, preferring to keep your own counsel and hiding behind opaque references to ''the need for compassion''.
You have given the family members of those who died continued grief and frustration. You have given those who sought to assure that the persons responsible would be held accountable the back of your hand. You have given Megrahi a ''jubilant welcome'' in Tripoli, according to the reporting. Where, I ask, is the justice?

Sincerely yours,

Robert S. Mueller, III

Comments (20)

Really terrible. Really well written letter.

I would like to apologise to my American cousians on behalf of all Brits who did NOT want to see this spineless sub-human piece of filth released, and are disgusted as they are at the lack of compassion displayed for the famalies of the victims by the snivilling excuse for a Justice minister that is Kenny MacAskill.

If you realize the careful practice of Robert Mueller in not descending into "political" frays or otherwise using his position for expressing personal opinion, this letter is an incredibly damning reality. In America, MacAskill would be forced to resign and his career would be at an end just from this letter alone becoming public.

After following British media and seeing the way that the public is treated, especially in defending itself against the yobs and hoody-wearing thugs, one is left with the impression that the British state was merely showing professional courtesy to a fellow terrorist.

It really is an abandonment of justice, and all the work that went into securing some measure of it for the victims.

I was watching Red Eye on Fox the other evening, and one of the folks on the show made the point that, by this logic, anyone with a preexisting terminal disease can commit any crime they want, and do no time for it at all; all in the name of compassion. Reductio ad absurdum.

Thanks for sharing the letter, Frank.



They need to fire MacAskill and replace him with John Smeaton. "We'll set aboot ye" indeed.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Sometimes the most good you can do for a wicked enemy is to give him justice, rather than reward him for and confirm him in his vice.

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It is the great Scott, Gordon Brown himself who owns this debacle. And he seems as motivated as much by Realpolitik and better trade relationships with Libya as he is by the neo-pagan understanding of mercy.

It is amazing how the post-Christian statesmen of the West are capable only of vacillating between delusional, self-defeating military adventures and obsequious gestures of national self-abasement. Either way, it is the Liberal Death Wish that is brought to fulfillment.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

What love are you showing your neighbor when you allow them to be murdered by your enemy who, rather than turning over to the courts for justice, you set free on your community?

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Perhaps we should commit ourselves to the practical exercise of "Turneth Thou Cheeketh" by releasing all those terrorists and even criminals being locked up in our prisons.

Indeed, imagine how great our society would be if we simply let go of such criminals and, instead, offer up our collective cheeks!

I can't help but think what sheer joy the child molesters, rapists and even the terrorists would feel if we were to do such a thing.

Perhaps they'll be overcome by tremendous Rainbow Bright feelings that they'll happily convert from their former life and, even further, engage in apologetic debates for monetary profit instead of indulging in such debauchery!

Have you not read? Tony Blair negotiated this all quite some time ago. It is all done for an oil deal, an advantage for BP to the tune of 500 million pounds, I think the figure was, in the Libyan oil fields. Justice and compassion have nothing at all to do with it; it is all about OIL.

Caesar "does not bear the sword in vain." -St. Paul

Here's a polemic: Fulton Sheen on false compassion


"False compassion is a pity shown not to the mugged, but to the mugger... not to the family of the murdered, but to the murderer.. so that today the decent man is practically off the reservation."

I recall that a couple times John Paul II asked for the commutation of sentences, without exception for the seriousness of the crime.

JPII sounded like a soft on crime liberal, if you ask me --


Medellin, 11 (NE) More than 20.000 Colombian convicts are expecting the government to approve a bill to reduce their sentences, encouraged by Medellin's Archbishop Alberto Giraldo Jaramillo as a social initiative of celebrations for the Holy Year. During Pope Paul VI's visit to Colombia in 1968, as well as during Pope John Paul II' in 1986, this policy of pardon was carried out helping about 26,000 prisoners, some of which received reductions of 50% in their sentences. If the proposal is carried out effectively, it could decrease up to 30% the population in prisons, many of which present inhuman conditions for prisoners.

If the proposal is carried out effectively, it could decrease up to 30% the population in prisons, many of which present inhuman conditions for prisoners.

Yes, the prison conditions for these Columbians are pretty fearsome. But that sort of compassion had nothing at all to do with the release of Megrahi. Being subject to illness is part of the human condition, it is not due to being in prison. You can't argue that compassion means letting people out of prison because they become sick. That's a false notion of compassion.

What is all this about justice for the victims? I was under the impression that we prosecute and try a person on behalf of the people, not the victims.

Criminal cases regard justice to society in general.

Civil cases are meant to grant justice to the victim particularly.

There are murmurs that Megrahi's latest legal challenge was set to reveal some damning facts about the initial investigation and trial (perjury, cash for confessions, etc), and that the release was conjured up to avoid the looming scandal.

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