House GOP protests any plan to release Blind Sheikh

Posted by: Phineas on September 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Looks like I’m not the only one who finds this rumor credible. Several House Republican committee chairmen have written the Secretary of State and the Attorney General to say “Don’t you dare:”

The lawmakers called recent reports that the inspiration behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing could be released in a goodwill gesture to Cairo. He is currently serving a life sentence behind bars.

“Succumbing to the demands of a country whose citizens threaten our embassy and the Americans serving in it would send a clear message that acts of violence will be responded to with appeasement rather than strength,” the chairmen wrote. “…The release of Abdel-Rahman or any terrorist who plots to kill innocent Americans would be seen for what it is – a sign of weakness and a lack of resolve by the United States and its President.”

Signing the letter were Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.), Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), and Appropriations subcommittee chairmen Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Kay Granger (R-Texas).

Read the rest: State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland vehemently denied there were any plans or even preliminary negotiations to release Abdel-Rahman, but note again that she said nothing about not transferring him to Egyptian custody…

This just stinks of appeasement.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “House GOP protests any plan to release Blind Sheikh”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    As has been adequately demonstrated since Obhammud took office, he is not to be trusted any further than his a*s can be thrown upwind. He has politicized each and every thing imaginable and a good bit of that which is not. Look at the way in which he has turned the clock back 50 years on interracial maturity in this country.
    “. . .and give no opportunity to the devil.”–Ephesians 4:27

  2. H Hazell says:

    Victoria Nuland is usually pretty straightforward in her remarks. I like how she handles herself. All the more reason to think she could skillfully deliver the weasel words produced by Obama and Hillary.

  3. Carlos says:

    And what makes those oh-so-backboned Republicans think that, should Neville C. Obama lose in November, he won’t release the sheik to the Egyptians anyway before he leaves office?

    And if he wins in November, who’s gonna stop him? Boehner? Mitch? Or maybe Grahamnesty?

    There were maybe four people in the United States that couldn’t beat Obama, and maybe ten others who’d screw up bad enough and couldn’t connect with voters anyway to make it a horse race. The Establishment Republicans chose one of the ten.