Current FBI director Robert S. Mueller III has sent a letter to Scotish Justice Minister, Kenny MacAskill expressing his dismay about the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison.
Mueller complains, among other things, about (emphasis mine):
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.
This letter strikes me as odd.
Firstly because it was the US Government iteself who settled all terror law suits with Libya in August 2008. Mueller must know that, he was there as FBI director during that time.
Secondly, the energy used to fret about a crime that was committed more than 20 years ago – as serious and tragic as it was – could be used more effectivly by starting investigations and prosecutions of all these financial crimes committed during about the same amount of time.