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August 20th, 2009
10:04 AM ET

Lockerbie Bomber Freed

The only man ever convicted in the Lockerbie bombing has been released and allowed to return to Libya on compassionate grounds because he is terminally ill, CNN.com is reporting. What do you think? Our Josh Levs will read some of your responses in the Newsroom.


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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. michael armstrong sr.

    I think that he's been sentenced to death by God and know is walking the green mile he's being shown more compassion then he showed his victoms.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  2. JoAnn Hedrick

    They should drop the bomber off somewhere over Libya.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  3. Marilyn - FLorida

    Yesterday when I learned the Pan Am bomber was to be freed on the basis of compassion, I felt that was wrong, that he had shown no compassion to the people on that plane, nor the people on the ground. He should have been permitted to die in jail.

    However, after listening to the rant of Susan Cohen on CNN, I feel completely chilled that people can hold on to that kind of hatred for decades. She exhibits some of the worst attitudes of human beings. While I believe she is correct that oil may in fact be behind the release, I think her "eye for an eye" beliefs are the type that make others in this world hate us so very much.

    It brings back the wonderful memory of how IMMEDIATELY the Amish were able to forgive the killer of their young girls in that tragic schoolroom back in 2006. They immediately gained peace in their souls and brought reason to all the others who watched their dignity and grace.

    I can only hope that I will always, in times of tragedy, act and think like those Amish families and not with the hatred that the American families hold towards those who committed the Lockerbie crime. I still do not support this release. Nor do I like hearing the hatred and vengence in the voice of this parent you are featuring.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  4. Sara from VA

    Look I may be a Liberal...but I am certainly not that liberal...this is SOOOOO wrong!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  5. Tracey

    This is completely WRONG to let him out. Susan Cohen (mother of the victim) is very well spoken. Maybe she should run for office. Many of us agree with her views...

    August 20, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  6. Bob in Tulsa

    Two things about the release of the Lockerbie bomber. First – the attack was brutal and a great number of people died a terrible death. He, on the other hand, gets to go home and spend his last weeks in comfort surrounded by his friends and family. The victims were not accorded the same treatment. Second – the bomber will go back to an environment where he will likely be hailed as a hero and celebrated for his deed. He will leave this world feeling like he has accomplished a major feat for the cause of terrorism. Fellow terrorists will be encouraged by the fact that he was eventually given his freedom. Terrorrists take advantage of the judicial system and acts of humanity displayed by our courts. They are laughing and celebrating another victory.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  7. nokomis

    I have been reading about the actual trial, it would seem that the evidence didn;t add up, according to several separate investigations done by not only british press, but others. Why does the U.S. feel we should impose our laws in other countries? No wonder so many countries hate us.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  8. Tracey

    We must stand up for something or we stand for nothing.
    Keep turning the other cheek and you get a bloody nose.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  9. Wes Snypes -- TOLEDO

    You're really overplaying this as Breaking News. Yes, this evokes emotions, but it's simply not worth continuous coverage.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  10. Chris

    The release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber is an absolute outrage, and speaks to the tragic lack of tenacity, on the part of several governments. Terminal cancer notwithstanding, he should have been left ot die in prison, instead of flying home to freedom. That Col. Qaddafi was instrumental in his release, is no surprise whatsoever. He had no compassion for the 180 people he killed in 1988, and therefor should have had no compassion shown him.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  11. ray

    This man is not the real bomber, but people cannot see, that he was merely turned over to the west, to allow relations between Libya and the west to improve.

    He is a scape goat, the real bombers would not admit it or be turned over.

    he did his job, and relations have been normalized.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  12. Paul Bell

    I'm drinking a beer in celebration.
    America is a bully always thinks it should get it's way.
    The law is Scottish Law, butt out Hilary Clinton. You can not tell others what to do.

    One finger in the air at USA
    Cheers
    Paul ,
    England

    August 20, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  13. Kevin

    Did the US not just release the Manson follower Squeakie Frome who shot at President Ford for compassionate cancer related issues? Why is that OK but Scotland can't do the same. The US can't run the world and criticize others when we do the same thing when we get ready.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  14. jane capelotti

    i along with millions of other people in the world are outraged that
    the Lockerbie Bomber is freed. his family could have visited him
    in prison. why do the victims and families always suffer and the murders etc get leniency? the decision should be reversed.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  15. James Foohey

    I lost a friend in the bombing of PAN AM 103. By freeing that mass murderer, the Scottish authorities have given a slap in the face to the families and friends of those 270 people who died that day. Our government should be more than just “disappointed”. At a minimum, President Obama should publicly condemn the decision. Are they worried about upsetting Khadafi? Is it about the oil?

    They should have let that Libyan terrorist die a lonely, painful death in prison. He doesn't deserve any compassion!

    August 20, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  16. James of Houston

    I'm glad they freed him! It shows how much greater our compassion and respect for human life is as compared to the followers of radical Islam who blow other Muslims apart and kill them for no justifiable reason! Our compassionate actions reveal the radical Muslims for the disgusting people they really are!

    August 20, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  17. Kevin

    I agree with you nokomis. Especially when the US releases prisoners for the same reasons when it gets ready. The US can't control the world when we do the same things and its OK

    August 20, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  18. Barbara

    This action by the Scottish Government is so disgusting that it deserves a total boycott of Scottish products and travel to Scotland by US citizens. The only way the citizens of the United States can voice their displeasure is through the pocketbook of the Scottish Government.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  19. Judith

    This is so wrong,many people that have done things of a lesser nature have died in prison from cancer,why couldn't he.I'm not American,nor did I have or know anyone on that flight,but memories where brought back as Don Lemon kind of gave us a review of what happened in Lockerbie.I remember watching the horrors of it on CNN,back in 1988.I expected to see this guy being brought out on a stretcher to be put on the plane,but when I saw him unassisted walking up those step,I got so angry.My dad died from the same type of cancer in 2003,and I know it's not easy,but those people on that Pan Am flight did not die an easy death either.I sympathize with Susan Cohen,I can't know her pain,I've never been there,but I understand how she feels.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  20. Ashley Elizabeth

    Josh,

    In regards to the Lockerbie bombing story, is there not a bigger story behind this, I would think it's safe to say that this PANAM Bombing by al Megrahi in 1988 was more than inspirational to Bin Laden and the later attacks on the U.S. in 2001. In my opinion, committing an atrocious crime such as mass murder voids any compassion you should ever receive. This mans secrets are no doubt, of utmost importance to other terrorist who will no doubt now seek his counsel since he is now free. This man al Megrahi, at the very least, deserves to die in a cold prison cell! I personally now fear that the release of such a cold blooded killer, is a danger to society, and I can only imagine what the loved ones of the PANAM victims must be filling, I’m certain that any justice that they thought might have been served has now been washed away. The victims, the children, friends, and family will never have another chance at life, and now facing the death that he deserved, Magrahi now has a chance to live again!

    August 20, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  21. Doc in Nevada

    To the British government:: SHAME!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  22. noreen

    I don't believe it is right to let him go but i do believe they are not being compassionate to him but to his family. This is not only about the United States and americans. It is about all the people that died on that flight. All we hear is that everything is against americans.
    On judgment day he will be judged by God and only God not the people on this earth. We will all be judged ,so it's time for people to start changing their ways and live by God's laws, and the people that died on that flight will be judged too and for the lives that they lived on this earth where God placed us untill judgement day.
    Noreen

    August 20, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  23. Victoria in Iowa

    This is very stunning news! My heart goes out to Mrs. Cohen and the other families that have suffered from the actions of this individual. I'm not understanding why the Scottish government let him go free. After all did he offer the victims on the plane the opportunity to see their families before they died? Why is he more important then the hundreds of people he killed? His release is completely wrong, a life in prison sentance, is just that you die there for the wrongs you have done. It is just a sad day that this man gets to go home and live out the rest of his life in comfort, when this is something he did not allow for his victims.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  24. David Yowell

    The best way to protest the decision to release this murderer is to avoid all travel to Scottland. I'm sure that would send a message loud and clear.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  25. Ellen Weaver

    Why should that killer be allowed to die with his family,when the innocent people on the plane couldnt have that as their last wish.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  26. Stan Arrendell

    The Pan Am bomber certainly did not act alone.
    I flew that plane 9 days before out of Munich, Germany to London to New York to Miami to go to Caracas and I remeber being stopped outside the Munich airport in Riem and ordered to open my suitcase and it was screened and searched right there on the street before entering the building and was ordered to remover some things like nail scissors amd shaving gear from my handbag to my suitcase and then cleared to enter the building; something never experienced after flying for years.
    So I think that there was an official warning or chatter going on about the bombing before it really happened.

    Stan Arrendell in Aruba

    August 20, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  27. Garrett Linder

    This is an outrage that a man who showed no compassion for his victims or their families is being shown compassion. What happens if this man lives longer than 3 months? I have known individuals who have been given similar cancer prognoses and have lived for years after. If this is the case with this man, then he will not have to pay for the mass murder of 270 innocent people. I agree with Ms. Cohen wholeheartedly, and my heart goes out to the families of Pan Am Flight 103 on this day that I'm sure has cause new wounds for them. The victims and their families will be in my prayers.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  28. Sally

    The bombing was an outrageous tragedy, but the thirst for blood is a tragedy as well. There is nothing unusual about showing compassion to a dying man. In fact, it proves Scotland has risen above the level of the terrorists and hopefully the compassion they're showing will reach some Libyans who think we're no better than their criminals. Furthermore, what gives us the right to dictate not just to our enemies, but also to our friends? We expressed our concern with the decision but it was not ours to make and the idea that we get to comment, evaluate and condemn Scotland's decision is arrogant at best. Perhaps the decision was influenced by Lybian oil, but we continue to befriend Saudia Arabia who commits outrageous crimes against people, especially women, because of oil and people do not seem to be outraged by those decisions.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  29. meg

    to marilyn in FL- The second most disturbing thing today for me is your response to Susan Cohen. I am not a mother but I certainly believe that you attacking her on losing her only daughter was just cruel. Pehaps you're too young to remember when this happened. It was sickening. I remember back then the way families were notified was to scroll the victims names on the bottom of the TV screen. Can you even imagine the pain. I believe this "compassion release" was because of oil. Britian gets 40% of their oil from Libia with projected percentage to almost dbl in the next few years. This was a USA aircraft with more than half the passengers Americans. I never understood why the trial was not held in the US. I find this outcome a terrible failing of our State Dept and Pres Obama for not having the will to go to the mat to see that this man stayed and died in prison. What compassion did this man give to the people on Flt 103? Zip, nada, zero. When you have walked in the shoes as a family member then feel free to tell all how fabulous your forgiving "Amish" attitude is working for you. Until then, I'm with Susan Cohen.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  30. ray

    this is a good example of Law and Human compassion.

    the USA should release those they are holding, in Guantanamo bay, uncharged, unconvicted, some over 8 years, if they have committed a crime, WHY have they not been charged and tried.

    if the USA can do this, that means they can confine and hold without trial, anyone, they do not like. and the Law and human rights is meaningless.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  31. anthroguy

    While I condemn Al-Megrahi’s involvement in the events of 1988, as a budding anthropologist I understand the need to respect the Scottish point-of-view. We – as Americans, or simply as individuals – do not have to like or agree with the decision to release this man from his punishment, but we should, however, strive to understand and respect the Scottish worldview that has led them to come to this decision. My point, if people are intent on being angry over this incident, then they should not – in my opinion – direct their anger towards the Scottish government.

    August 20, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  32. noreen

    James of Houston, Do your homework on religions seriously, and don't judge all the same or beware of judgement day when your judged. Read you bible. This war has made so much hatered towards a lot of good God fearing people just because of their religion. Just because your muslim doesn't mean your a terrorist. What about the other religions even in Houston that have killed kids andones that molest kids walking after being let out of jail in your country. Find out how many you will be surprised. Does that mean you are one ot them. I would not think you were because of others. Get a life James before God judges you in the end.
    Noreen

    August 20, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  33. Claude Robitaille from Canada

    It's sickening to see that the Scottish justice system releases Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, a convicted mass murderer based on compassionate grounds because he has terminal cancer.

    With that idiotic logic, anyone with a pre-existing terminal illness can commit a horrendous crime in Scotland and never have to serve time in prison... since the offender can technically be released on compassionate grounds because of his pre-existing terminal illness.

    Einstein was right when he made the remarks, "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former"

    August 20, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  34. Julie

    Lockerbie has classic CIA written all over it – including the British and American governments. Not "rogue" CIA employees but high level decisions in the corridors of British and American power seeking a scapegoat in Libya. These poor folks who lost their families are angry at the WRONG people. Read the book Dr. Mary's Monkey for a better understanding of how your government operates. Megrahi's cancer and "compassionate" release were all planned way ahead of time. Al Megrahi was a minor bit player and a convenient throwaway just like the people on the planet. This story is garbage – get the REAL story CNN or don't you dare?

    August 20, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  35. Damon Fernandes

    It is amazing to me how Americans love to find fault with the judicial systems of other countries when the outcomes don't suit them. One network in particular this morning (not CNN) was screaming at me for an hour about how unjust this all is. American news has become a knee-jerk, opinionated reaction service that seeks to impose its views on others instead of objectively telling the news. It is no wonder that our country is disrespected universally.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  36. Krishna

    Wow!

    So it's ok to kill people if your terminally ill. Way to go Scotland.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  37. Dodie - California

    The Scottish justice system releasing Abdelbaset al-Megrahi conveys a message to all terrorists that you can kill many people and spend only 8 or 9 years in prison.

    My concern is........ this act could encourage others to commit the same behavior as the Western world is perceived as weak!

    August 20, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  38. Brenda

    Releasing the bomber is so scarey and sad for the victim's families and friends. My sympathy is truly extended to them
    To revisit the horrendous incident is abominable. What message does this send to terrorists in training. There must be consequences for the bad behavior nationally and internationally. I agree that the UN or some organization should approve a release like this. Guess Scotland didn't want to pay for terrorist hospitalization, cancer treatment and internment.
    Look at the terrorism taking place in Chicago on a daily basis kids killing kids. Do we need gun control, more border or airport security. What will stop this craziness? We're supposed to be civilized!

    August 20, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  39. William Martin

    Re; Release of Pan Am Bomber:
    In the NYPD WE showed compassion to mad/sick dogs by "putting them out of their misery" ,not by setting them free into the community.
    William Martin, Ret.Sgt. N.Y.P.D.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  40. christa

    I am sorry, I gave fault to Ireland, when it is actually Scotland. No matter life means life and even tough this animal has cancer, he should have died in prison. He had no HUMANITY towards these people on the plane. So why do our so called friends in Scotland let a killer go free. What is it with you.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  41. Justin

    This is absolutely insane.. Way to go Scotland yard.. So now all the terrorists have to do is send terminally ill people to do their bidding, and they'll get out early.. People in this country don't get out of prison early for the lightest of crimes, even if they are dying.. Life in prison means life in prison, send him home in a pine box..

    August 20, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  42. Nicholas Smith

    Boycott Scotland.

    Any people that would have a panel of judges that would release that Pan Am terrorist do not deserve American patronage or tourism.

    If any American still thinks it is OK to go visit Scotland after this official injustice to Americans, then these Americans might just as well go visit Libya to enjoy the festivities that will be taking place there in honor of that terrorist.

    Nick Smith
    La Grande, OR

    August 20, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  43. ST

    It is not about HATRED it is about right from wrong. He was wrong for his actions and he should be punished. He should not have the right to be at home with his family. He was sentenced to death then let him pay that time for the crime, no matter if it's death due to age, illness, etc. That was his sentence. I wonder if the individuals that made this decision had lost family members or friends in this mass murder would feel the compassion then!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  44. Les

    There is a lot of anger and negative energy still surrounding this event. When does that cease to exist? Those connected to this event need to find it in their hearts to move on and celebrate their loved ones with positive energy and love. Some are still allowing the terrible event to continue to dictate their lives with hate and sadness as they continue to relive this terrible time. I do not believe that those that died in this senseless act would want their families to carry this burden any longer.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  45. ray

    SALLY,
    You are absolutely right, your comment is great.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  46. suhail

    call it compassionate ground clemency pardon blah blah.. a lawyer always find a loop hole not all the time and under there law he has been showed compassionate cause he is going 2 die in 3 to 4 months what if he lives for another 3 to 4 years then what.America just let go of squeaky voice woman who wanted 2 shoot the president,and after reading some of articles i wonder if he is real culprit u have 2 understand where he comes from may be a price was paid his entire family is been taken care of every body has a price tag mine could a mere dollars while some ones could be a billion

    August 20, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  47. Kevin

    The US can't make decision for the legal system of other nations. We let Squeakie From out of jail just a week or so ago for terminal cancer related issues. It's OK if we do it. but other countries can't make the same decision? You think that might be why the world hates the US?

    August 20, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  48. James of Houston

    This response is for Noreen.

    Noreen, I have no problems at all with the Muslim religion. The Muslims, Jews and Christians are all brothers who share common beliefs when you get right down to it. My beef is with the believers of radical Islam who blow other Muslims apart and kill them for no justifiable reason! Again, our compassionate actions reveal the radical Muslims for the disgusting, cruel people they really are!

    August 20, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  49. Vicki

    I remember vividly the tragedy of Lockerbie. It was undeniably an act of evil. I understand why people are shocked and appalled by the release of the man who was involved in this.

    But, the important word is "compassionate" release. We strive to be compassionate as individuals and as a nation. Our compassion now for this man, shows the strength of our national character.

    He will face the ultimate judgment soon. What benefit do we get from making him stay in prison and die there? It doesn't bring those who died that day back. It isn't justice. It's revenge and that brings nothing but hatred. Forgiveness is what separates us from the terrorists.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  50. george in MD

    if it brings oil prices down it will be a good deal ,but that's would be a dream in our corrupt oil companies that we have...fair investigation and evidences for the crime of bombing it could be a conspiracy ,we would never know who and how and why it was committed.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  51. Manuel Diaz

    The Lockerbie Bomber is dying, is he not? I have witnessed death by cancer. He is dying a painful death. If he were to continue incarceration would his jailers not be responsible for providing him with humane and comforting treatment and thereby possibly extending his life? Would have been better to have executed him. Maybe Blackwater can be hired since they have recently lost their CIA contract.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  52. Lou Rams

    I'm fine with it. Whether it's on the grounds of compassion or greater good diplomacy. The families are going to be disappointed but like the affluent, upper middle/upper middle class media savvy Sept 11 families, too much placed on their celebrity of victimhood instead of moving onward. The guy was convicted and served time and now he's going to die. Scotland releases prisoners on compassion grounds frequently.... they have a different justice system and the US may have been able to get allies to do as it wishes in the past but with Brown, things are different. Just as things are different post-Bush in the US..... China deals with rogue nations in the interest of Oil and business. The US has dealt with dictators for American hegemony and even deals with Communist China for business reasons so our crusading for democracy and free markets isn't totally true. Our financial decline, warring nature, and diplomatic weakness means we don't always get what we want anymore. So, disappointing for the families but it's Scotland's call.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  53. Angie

    Since the decision was international or decided by several different countries as to where the Lockerbie bomber was going to be tried and convicted, it stands to reason that the decision as to whether he got released should have been decided by the international countries or the countries who lost the lives of the victims in that bombing.

    Scotland should not of had the only say and/or decision in the release of the mass murderer who killed all those American students who were on their way to celebrate the Holidays with their families.

    It is just wrong that Scotland worked so swiftly to release him, while ignoring the USA and other countries who were saying, "not to release him". The USA state department were working to stop the release. The proper hearings that should of taken place with the countries who lost their families never happened.

    Scotland's decision was backroom, and swift as they side step the United States and the other countries who lost their families in the airplane bombing.. That is just wrong.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  54. James of Houston

    This response is for Vicki.

    Vicki, very wise words indeed! You are correct ... although it is very, very difficult, forgiveness and compassion greatly benefit the mental health of the victim and do nothing at all for the offender!

    August 20, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  55. Vitaly Thompson

    The statement from the White House " we are very upset with the scottish government for feeding lockerbie bomber today. Our thoughts and prays go out to the friends and family member of the bombing of pan am flight 103.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  56. Barbara Thompson

    The statement from the White House " we are very upset with the scottish government for release lockerbie bomber today. Our thoughts and prays go out to the friends and family member of the bombing of pan am flight 103.

    August 20, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  57. Steve

    The criminal should die in prison. Killing 250 people I guess means nothing to Scotland.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  58. Marlene

    I find it interesting that I have not heard anyone else say what I think. I believe Scotland released this man, not for the reasons they claim, but to get out from under the high cost of caring for a terminally ill person. There is clearly no other reason to release a person who has killed so many people. He already received his humanitarian care by not receiving the death penalty. Shame on Scotland for doing this.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  59. N.G.

    Now he has nothing left to lose. He can walk into a nightclub in Tel Aviv, with TNT strapped to him and become yet another martyr for Islamic Extremists. We must not show mercy or leniency for such horrific acts.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  60. Freida K Shoop

    This is a slap in the face to all of the families who lost loved ones. As usual, the majority does not rule.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  61. Jay

    As an American, I am outraged at the vile disregard the Scottish judicial system has shown by releasing this monster. Apparently, Scottish and British citizens simply don't care since most of the victims were indeed American. It is time the U.S. begin to distance itself from the U.K. and its government. We don't need them for anything.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  62. chris Murray

    I'll bet anything that if Bin Laden was capture, that Judge Kenny MacAskill and the UK whould plead for his "Compassionate release" if Bin Laden was terminally ill. The UK dropped the ball on this one, showing that they, like us Americans, have a flawed justice system. And anyone who says "Butt out Americans" when it comes to this issue. 189 of my fellow Americans died on that flight, so we have every right to be disgusted by this vulgar move made by the UK jusice system!

    August 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  63. CJ L.

    Yeah I just wanted to comment on something I heard that the U.S. didn't want to release this guy, but I just wanted to say that they have no say in anything that goes on outside of America, even though U.S. citizens might of been on that plane they still have no right butting in.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  64. Mac

    I am Scottish, I was on my way to my high school dance when that plane fell out of the sky, I remember it well, but I am no barbarian; it is laws and compassion which separate us from terrorists and others who do not believe in the rule of law. The Scottish govt could have easily let him rot in jail, but that would have been cowardly, instead it did the hard thing...the right thing and released a dying man, showing real terrorists that at least one country in the Western world still lives by its values.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  65. Denise Marcellus

    This is pure garbage !
    Why don't they just urinate on the victom's graves !!!!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  66. Eric

    The release of the Lockerbie bomber really concerns me. Not only was he successful in carrying out an act of terrorism, he was released to the custody of Quedafi. This will give him an avenue to provide knowledge of how to carry out a successful terrorist attack. Very alarming.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  67. Dave Jackson

    Too bad, that is not justice. Our world is in very big trouble!

    August 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  68. Julie

    I really can't believe they would let him go. Not one person murdered, but how many? and they are letting him go because he is going to die? Going home to die with family and friends? Those on the plane were not even dying, didnt get to see family!! I have NEVER heard of such a thing. I would keep him in there and make sure his family does not see him. HOW many did he murder, on purpose? Unbelievable!!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  69. Dan

    A freed terrorist is still a terrorist. We are at war against terrorism. So, can anyone say Predator Drone?

    August 20, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  70. Christopher Sheldon

    It is true that that al Megrehi is being shown more compassion than he showed the victims of the Lockerbie attack, however as a more enlightened society, isn't that what we should do. He is going to die. Is it not a basic human right to be with family when that happens? No matter who he is or what he has done, he is still human and should be treated as such.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  71. Frank Freire

    If this country wants to release this killer,

    Than let them keep him in their country

    It's that simple

    August 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  72. David in New York

    People like 'Paul in the U.K.' remind me of why Britain is the scourge of Europe and why the United States should sever the DNA-linked relationship with the UK.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  73. G. Harris

    I thought life in prison meant that you would eventually "DIE" in prison. Why impose a sentence, or have such a sentence on the books, if you are not going to enforce it? I guess the "compassionate" thing to do would be to repeal the sentence. Maybe the sentence should have been, "you will be in prison until a doctor says." In reality, no one on earth knows when a person will actually die, unless of course you are committing murder or suicide. This guy could still be around in excess of three months.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  74. John Laserinko

    The release of the bomber is a crime itself breaking all the laws and values we stand for, I consider Scotland now sympathetic to terrorist, I wil cancel any vacation travel plans to Scotland and refuse to buy any Scotish products, maybe more Americans should do the same.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  75. Jay

    This man created crimes against US citizens on an American plane. Now that he is out of Scottish jurisdiction it is time to bring him here to face charges in the country against whom these hundreds of murders were committed. Let him stand in court and face the loved ones of all the people he murdered. Then we can show him "compassion" by throwing him into that protective jail cell to protect him from the thousands of people waiting to get their hands on him.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  76. Keith

    It saddens me to see how the ideas of vengeance and punishment have come to define the American idea of justice. This eye for an eye mentality is the reason why we lock away more than one out of every one hundred of our own citizens.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  77. Cameron

    The Libyan government has been lobbying hard for his release to Britain. Perhaps the fact that Britain is tapping them for oil had something to do with this man's release. Just because he's dying from cancer does not mean he should be released after serving only eight years.

    One finger up at the Scottish government.

    Cheers,
    Cameron from USA.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  78. Chuks Ndika

    This is my reaction to the release of Bomber. It is not for the United States to decide what to do with an offender in foreign country particularly since the offender is dying of a terminal desease. To do otherwise will in no way bring back those who were killed in the act... Let us push selfishness apart and face reality. The families of those killed in the bombing should learn to accept that no matter what happens there is no way one can bring back the lives of those that were killed. Let the man go and die at home if only to avoid the additional cost of looking after the health of this devil.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  79. Frank Freire

    This Lockerbie Bomber should stay in the country ware he has been in jail

    release him their, if they think he is a nice old man that kills people

    let him live their

    August 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  80. Marianne Sammartano

    My first cousin, Elizabeth Marek, was one of the victims of the pan am flight. It makes me sick to my stomach to watch this terrorist go home to his family. It's wrong. Her family has not let a day go by without thinking of Elizabeth. Why should he enjoy the embrace of his family. All they have is a memorial service.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  81. Brenda Contreras

    Wow! It's unbelievable that in this day in age such compassion still exists. Obviously, what this guy did is horrific but that’s what makes this act of humanity to incredible. It’s easy to show mercy on a person that committed a minor error. It takes a wiser, more loving human being to be able to give a person like this (along with his family) one last moment of happiness.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  82. mike sey

    I'd trust the Scots to do the right and just thing before I'd put my faith in US officialdom. After all this is the country where 43 percent of its people believe its own government is planning death panels to improve health care, where even today a good bunch are convinced Iraq was involved in 9/11 and had WMDs, and believe torture is a good thing.

    What has knee-jerk vindictiveness and revenge produced for the usa, except more people incarcerated than about anywhere else on earth, guys with assault rifles posturingoutside town hall meetings, three wars (including the drug war) without end and drug cartels penetrating ever more US cities?
    Isn't it possible that the Scots know what they are doing ?

    August 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  83. Carlton Spalding

    I can't believe that the bomber has the luxury of choosing when and where he will die and spending those last moments with his family. This is sickening and wrong. God Bless the families and friends of those victims.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  84. Barbara Kwasnik

    Syracuse University lost almost three dozen students on Pan Am 103. They were returning home for Christmas from their semester abroad in London and I remember the tragedy and its ripples in our community as if it were yesterday. Since then we offer a scholarship to two Lockerbie students each year. I was fortunate to be one of the faculty to visit Lockerbie in 2003 to award the scholarships. I was moved by the amazing spirit of the people there who have lovingly memorialized the victims as well as their own people murdered on the ground. I heard about what it was like to have the high-school gym turned into a morgue, the town filled with press for months, and the name of the town associated with such a terrible tragedy. I also learned that many of the people wanted desperately to move forward, to regain their community's health. We are now welcoming scholarship students who were not even born when the act of terrorism descrated their beautiful home. I don't think we from afar should judge the Scots' strategies for how they deal with the complexities of justice, revenge, mourning, mercy, and healing. I was personally stunned by today's release, but I also know it is not an easy thing to come down against humanitarian decisions. Showing mercy is not being soft. Barbara Kwasnik, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

    August 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  85. Jack Mayhoffer

    Until today, I thought that the U.S. was the only country that would do anything to maintain relationships with oil rich countries. But Scotland has shown that oil is much more important than 200 plus lives. They let him go because they want to better improve relations with Libya. I wonder who's wallet got fat after that terrorist got out of prison.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  86. DianaKuhn

    This terrorist should of never been released no matter what. Our family lives in Port Jervis, NY. It was home to the Cohens, our sympathy went out to them as we held a candlelight service in the freezing cold that sad December. May he rot in hell for what he has done, and when he dies may all his victims be there waiting for him to take him to HELL.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  87. Wil Donnelly

    People in glass houses should not throw stones. What right do we have to criticise someone else's justice system when ours let celebrities who murder their ex wives go free and sentence child molestors to one year in jail.

    August 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  88. Mike

    This is the difference between an ideology built on compassion and an ideology built on hatred. This decision is a victory for humanity.

    August 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  89. Dawn

    What a shame this has turned out to be. But Scotland has to live with this decision. I hope the powers that be who set this dude free can sleep at night. Yikes! what a nightmare on elmstreet this is!!

    August 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  90. Fred Winkler

    A national system of health care in Germany dates back to the Bismark government in the 1880's. Fifty years prior Hitler's Third Riech.
    Rerence: Encyclopedia Britanica

    August 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  91. ray

    most of the people on this blog – seem to want

    revenge...........
    revenge.........
    revenge...................................

    but revenge is endless.......................................

    ok

    August 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  92. Fred Winkler

    oop's wrong story

    August 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  93. Nick Smith

    We all have the right to say our thoughts here today.

    It is unfortunate that the 189 Americans that the terrorist murdered do not also have that right.

    More than unfortunate, it is unnecessary, evil, and absolutely unforgivable that they were killed by that terrorist.

    Worse yet, our government has to this time not severed diplomatic relations with Scotland, and the UK, or at least as a token withdrawn our Ambassador in protest of the release of that monster.

    August 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  94. Nick Smith

    To Wil Donnelly:

    In this country a person is innocent until proven guilty. No Celebrity murdered his ex-wife or wife, and went free.

    Innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law!

    The terrorist WAS proven guilty in a Court of Law.

    August 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  95. Michelle Cubas

    Josh and Tony,

    The release of the Lockerbie bomber represents a "Solomon's Decision" Dilemma. The compassion shown by the Scottish Court to this man transcends the revenge instinct. It represents a step toward ending the cycle of violence. This is a healthier direction.

    It reminded me of a recent person, a Palestinian, on Christiane Amanpour's Generation Islam report. The man lost two daughters in an Israeli bombing and refused to turn to hatred instead he wants to work for a resolution. In the same report a women, who's son was killed, wanted to kill an Jew she could.

    The noble response is hard to find these days, but it does exist. We must be able to respond as Earthlings, not country citizens, an idea I believe got John Lennon killed. To continually respond with violence and military action fans the flame of retribution. We better get it right in Afghanistan because of this.

    I understand the Scottish decision, and hope that it represents a shift toward the noble side. We have a lot of work to do.

    August 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  96. robyncaffrey keyser west virginia 26726

    att : all ,
    ya might think this comment is odd ' but remember "
    KARMA " IS OUT THERE . " REMEMBER " / GOD DONT LIKE UGLEY.
    i understand all the pain and suffering everybody took in with this big tragity." ( please let me explane , my reaction with this. )

    217 that died , who didnt have to , ( im sure by now ' everybody knows , life is to short " and everybody has to go sometime " but there is alway's pain + sufferring for day's , weeks , months , and years . now ' ( the 217 is in gods – hands , ( and you can bett ' they all entered ( heavens white pearly gates . with lot's of love + no pain and suffering.

    this bad guy is ( PAYING , FOR ALL HIS SIN'S )
    as he's dieing slowly with this dissease , ( so guess what ?
    he's sufferring. ) ;; honnestly ' would you want mr president barack obama and his wife + kids , think ' KARMA will step out ?

    ( remember ) everybody needs to change for the better.

    yes we can
    yes we can
    yes we can
    yes we can
    yes we can
    yes we can
    yes we can

    August 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  97. Overby

    Well, now we know where the term "He Got Off Scot Free" came from, don't we?????

    August 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  98. D. Rivera

    I think I heard al Megrahi laughing as he boarded the plane. Remind me again why was this monster released?

    August 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  99. Bill Taitt

    I've sat here in front of this screen and read every comment posted.Some of us are outraged by what has happened and others are celebrating. The thing is were else do you have the freedom to do this? Personaly I am horrified to see that the US government would stand back and allow this to happen. We would have to be complete idiots to think that or leaders had nothing to do with it. Do you think if I lived in Libia, Iran,China or Iraq(before 9/11),that I would be able to say such things?So next time you want to raise a pint while giving the US the finger, or you want to turn your back on those who have been killed by terrorists remeber the thousand of men and women across this world who gave their lives so you can.

    August 20, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  100. Rorschach

    Innocent people dead. Scum gets to walk free. Liberal sensibilities outweigh moral thought. Criminal before. Now criminal with cancer. Evil must be punished. I will not compromise in this, not even in the face of armageddon.

    .']['.

    August 20, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  101. Jean

    The Lockerbie bomber will soon be forgotten. It may be that he was released from prison due to medical costs including the cost of when he dies. It is too bad that he is released "for compassionate reasons" when he did not have compassion on his 194 victims who died in such a terrible and demeaning manner. I am unable to comprehend that people as this man, Al Qaeda and the Talibans to mention a few harbor such hatred for others to the point of murdering them. Little do they know that when they, these terrorists die, in such a state, hating others, that their souls (they) will not live eternally in God's blissful, glorious Kingdom – Heaven. They will not be welcomed in Heaven and hear the words of God: "Well done my good and faithful servant..." For them, it will be everlasting suffering which I would not wish on anyone. They have made their beds and they will lie in them forever and ever. Some of them who died are already there to their eternal detriment. They will hear those words: "Depart from Me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels." This will be their lot for their wickedness. We need to teach and remind people of these things. Life is short, only temporary but eternity is forever.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  102. H. Bader

    With regard to the convicted PanAm 103 bomber. Right or wrong as to his release, Rick Sanchez should contain his passionate editorial comments and report this event as strictly news.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  103. Christopher Sheldon

    I am truly sickened by this. I can not believe that this many Americans have no regard for human compassion. How you treat the people who have wronged you shows the kind of person you are.

    I am ashamed to call myself an American. Your ideas of humanity make me sick. You are what is wrong with this country.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  104. David Balcon

    This disgusting move can only be responded to in one way: we must all boycott Scotch whisky. I love the stuff, but from this day forth I will not buy another bottle of either single malt or blended. Maybe this type of message will get through to the Scottish (and British) government. I feel for the parents and families of those who died on the PanAm flight and on the ground.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  105. David (Kentala)

    Was this arranged by Bill Clinton as part of the North Korean release (or at least a promise of no objection) ?
    -Dave

    August 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  106. Alexander Kirkpatrick

    I'm Scottish and very embarrassed by the Scottish Parliament's Decision to release the Lockerbie bomber. We had no say in the matter and are very angry that Kenny McMuppet decided to take the decision on Scotland's behalf. I think I speak for most of the Scottish people who think the Lockerbie bomber should have died in jail. Please do not blame the Scottish people! Blame the Scottish Parliament in particular Macaskill & Salmond.
    God Bless America

    August 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  107. rebecca

    RAY.....you are wrong. It is not about REVENGE. It is about world SAFETY. A terrorist released only condones more terrorism, PERIOD. He is returning home to Lybia as a HERO, not a murderer which he is.

    He is FULLY capable of NOT DYING and continuing to TRAIN FUTURE TERRORISTS. How hard is that to understand???????????? geeeeees.

    Did the justice system who released this terrorist demand any kind of arrangements for the remainder of his life such as inprisonment in Lybia???? Doesn't sound like it.

    What kind of a justice system is that? Are they completely retarded?

    August 20, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  108. Wes Snypes -- TOLEDO

    This outrage is not matched by the lack of outrage against DUI homicides: some 12,000 year in the US alone. The drivers should receive at least 15 years per person killed without parole. Non homicide DUI drivers should have automatic felony convictions preventing them from driving or owning firearms for therest of their lives.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  109. Lee Nading

    Josh,

    If the Lockerbie bomber doesn't die within 5 months like they say he will, send him back to jail for good.

    Lee Nading
    Bloomington, Ind.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  110. Tosin

    This is very inappropirate. A man, a terrorist that murdered 274 people is qualified for compassion or mercy? You gat to be kidding me. This is a boost for terrorism that thousands of young soldiers have lost their lives fighting. This is just making fresh again the scar of the agony the families of the victims went through. This release is inhumane! Gush!

    August 20, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  111. spoguy

    What is the difference between justice and revenge?

    August 20, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  112. COL Ron Foss,AUS Ret'd

    The greatest shame is on Scotland and its Minister of Justice for allowing this criminal to return home to a hero's welcome. This single man has, by his action, betrayed the Scots and others who died in and over Lockerbie. Perhaps he was trying to appease Islamic elements in his own country. Neville Chamberlain would be proud of Scotland today but every HIghland regiment should furl their colors and begin a period of mourning.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  113. g canada

    should be given same compassion he gave the people on that plane

    August 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  114. Byron Peterson

    This man should be hung where all can see.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  115. Thandie Gwatidzo

    While I fully sympathise with individual families who lose family members in American targeted terrorist attack ..I wish to point out that no one ..I mean no one wakes up one morning and decides to hate America so much to bomb them in planes and buildings..Perhaps its about time the Americans knew the truth about their own Governments's meddling in other peope's countries and the killing henceforth og INNOENT INDIVIDUALS that is never recorded by our so-called liberal news media including the CNN..One notable example was the bombing of a medical drug pharmaciticeucal company in Sudan by President Clinton on a supposed to be Osama Bin Laden link..Upon realising their mistake the AMERICANS simply said SORRY! to the families who lost thier INNOCENT! beloved phamacists and other innocent workers in this building on that day..Also indirectly America have killed INNOCENTS! in their own backyards abroad through their imperialist strategies in countries like Congo -Kinshasa, Angola and other developing countries by sponsering unknowns to start useless wars where "INNOCENTS" are killed while Americans negotiates OIL DEALS!

    PRESIDENT OBAMA ITS ABOUT TIME THE TRUTH BE TOLD TO AMERICAN CITIZENS! ..YOUR GULLIBLE SPEECH ABOUT HOUSE ARREST EXPOSES YOUR POLITICAL NAIVETY TO THE MAXIMUM..MY HOUSE IS FULL OF YOUR POSTERS BUT AFTER THIS HOUSE-ARREST COMMENT I MAY BE TAKING SOME OF THEM DOWN..

    ALUTA CONTINUA..THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!!!!

    I AM A ZIMBABWEAN WHO FULLY SUPPORTS PRESIDENT MUGABE AND HIS POLICIES OF TAKING BACK OUR LAND FROM THE WHITE PEOPLE (of BRITISH ORIGIN) AND GIVING IT BACK TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS..THE NATIVES OF OUR AFRICAN MOTHERLAND! ..AND HE HAS HAD NOTHING BUT A PLETHORA OF NEGATIVE REPORTS FROM YOUR CNN AND OTHER SO-CALLED LIBERAL MEDIA..WHERE IS JUSTICE WHEN ITS NEEDED?

    A REAL ZIMBABWEWAN!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  116. Richard

    I always thought we were supposed to have compassion for the suffering. I never knew there was an exception if the suffering person was cruel.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  117. Heather Burns

    Those calling for a boycott of Scotland are a disgrace.

    They forget that right now there are Scottish soldiers fighting in Afghanistan alongside US soldiers. Just as they did in Iraq. Shame on those who call for a kneejerk reaction that dishonors those who have fallen.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  118. Dennis Clarke

    Let's not forget that on April 15, 1986, President Ronald Reagan and a joint United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps task force called El Dorado Canyon made a Christian out of Muammar Gaddafi.

    In that operation, two USAF captains — Fernando L. Ribas-Dominicci and Paul F. Lorence — were killed when their F-111 was shot down over the Gulf of Sidra. On December 25, 1988, Gaddafi offered to release the body of Lorence to his family through Pope John Paul II. This turned out to be Ribas-Dominicci's body, which was returned in 1989. Lorence's remains were never found. The U.S. government stated that Libya denies holding Lorence's remains.[7]

    August 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  119. nokomis

    Cheers back Paul! This is one American who fully agrees with you!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  120. valerie hildreth

    THIS IS SO SICK.....THE FITTING THING TO DO WAS TO STRAP THAT MAN TO THE OUTSIDE OF HIS HOMECOMING PLANE AND CRASH IT INTO THE GROUND..NOW THAT IS JUSTICE.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  121. pat berto

    What self-respecting terrorist wants to die from cancer!
    Guess who will be first in line to be the next suicide bombing?

    August 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  122. ray

    what is the difference if a person dies in prison or outside.
    if that someone has terminal cancer, and will die in 3 months, or less?
    all the doctors have said .... he will die very soon......

    what would it benefit the Pan Am families, if he died in prison. because if he is dead, he's dead.

    And isn't that what they want.......him dead?

    Let God be the Judge.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  123. Linda S.

    No, Scotland should not have released this terrorist but why are we so upset? After all, we are closing Gitmo prison and releasing hundreds of terrorists that caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans on our own soil! Aren't we living the double standard! Our president is releasing terrorists that are just waiting to get back in the game of harming American people. They probably already have their next target picked out!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  124. Jeff

    what a shame. This terrorist bum gets to go home to die with family in a peaceful manner.....and yet he denied the same to the passengers on the flight. All that our president can do is say he has contacted Libya to see if they will put him under house arrest. We should have sent Blackwater after him before sending him to Scotland.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  125. Betty Phillips

    This is more than a disgrace, but, the sad thing is this? Does he really have terminal cancer? If so then that alone is a blessing, he took so many lives and it is a good thing (if he has cancer) that he will pay with his life. When watching the celebration that took place when his plane landed was nothing short of a group of "hate American idiots showing their ignorance". HIs greatest punishment will be when he leaves this world and not with his "maker", but with the good Lord. My heart breaks for all the loved ones left behind from the horrible acts this muslim idiot did to a plane of innocent victims. I have no sympathy for what his life is going to be like as he waits for death to take away all of his pain and just MAYBE a little guilt. He does not deserve sympathy, he is a murderer. Betty

    August 20, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  126. barbara

    Although freeing the bomber was not the decision I would have made, I think it's important to respect another(U.N.) country's judicial system.
    I think the media is fanning the flames of an already heated issue.
    Wolf sounded pretty repetitive, asking the same question over and over about whether Scotland has done this before. He sounded like a vigilante more than an interviewer.
    I think anger and fear only breeds more fear and anger!
    I have a brother who was murdered over 25 years ago, and staying bitter forever takes more than one life.

    August 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  127. Bernard Andrews

    Yes I am Scottish now living in Canada, and listen to your Reports every day .... I try not to get involved, however today I heard various people who had lost loved ones in the bombing. I would like to say that we Scots lost love ones in Lockerbie when the plane came down, and we all express regret and horror at what occured.
    The release of the Prisoner by the Scottish Minister was Protocol not a one off, Ronnie Briggs was released under the same provision a few weeks ago, as numerous others have been.
    The President of the US also releases or Pardons at the end of his Term but that was quietly forgotten today, Govenors also have done so.
    Today we showed the World how Christians work and the compassion we have.
    This man did wrong but under whose orders . maybe the Lybian President whose hand was just shaken by the US President?
    Now on the night of the Bombing I was SAR and 6hrs at sea, on the River Clyde gateway to Glasgow and Prestwick Airports, as the Rescue authorities did not know what to expect, they launched us, so I would say I have more than a right to express my views, I was there and can still taste the fear we all had of what might be about to happen, but thankfully never did at that time. A question that has been often asked is how did this bomb make it al the way through without being detected and on whose orders was this Lybian intel officer working under?

    August 20, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  128. christa

    I urge all american tourists to boykott Scotland And England. They let a killer go free, why should we spend our money there, spend it here we need it here more. Why should we support them, if they cannot support us. Shame on you Scotland and England, we thought you were our friends, we have done so many things for the so called U.K.

    August 21, 2009 at 7:11 am |
  129. H. Bader

    Thanks to Dennis Clarke's reminder to all about the 1986 air attack by US forces on the capitol of Lybia in which, to the best of my recollection, a member of Gaddaffi's immediate family was killed.
    I do not recall anyone expressing remorse or feeling sorry for Gaddaffi. Can we say double standard!!!!

    August 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  130. Jebril

    I'm not even sure he's guilty of the crime...most Islamic fundamentalist don't have a problem admitting what they did, he said he didn't do it. And I actually trust him they don't have a reason to lie, usually they just straight up say it cuz they are proud of the acts they commit.

    Many times the US government is tied into many attacks as well, the first tower bombings were straight up initiated by the CIA, the Pan AM bombings have ties to the US govt. as well. Why aren't we holding people in our own govt accountable for giving these people bombs and telling them to use it against us?

    August 21, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  131. Earl in NJ

    I remember that we let the Shah of Iran live out his last days here in the US after he 'raped' that countries coffer. Manson was responsible for deaths that were about 3% of the Lockerbie deaths. Would we turn him loose?

    At any rate, I say 'shame on the Scottish courts for letting him go'. And/or; 'Shame on the Scottish health care system for not taking care of this simple to cure cancer form.' Prostate cancer is pretty darn easy to cure. On July 2nd, I had prostate cancer surgery (radical prostectomy). A month later I was dancing and playing on stage during a Jazz Gig.

    Dealing with his cancer in a timely fashion would have been genuinely humane and would have prevented this whole mess.

    August 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm |