Releasing the Blind Sheikh?
The Obama administration may give a get-out-of-jail-free card to an
Islamic terrorist whose group helped to ignite a wave of deadly attacks
last week against U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East.
The U.S. Department of State “is actively considering negotiations
with the Egyptian government for the transfer of custody of Omar
Abdel-Rahman, also known as ‘the Blind Sheikh,’ for humanitarian and
health reasons,” The Blaze news website reported, citing a confidential source close to the Obama administration.
On September 10, the day before terrorists assaulted the U.S. Embassy
in Cairo and the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Abdel-Rahman’s
terrorist organization demanded
the release of the Blind Sheikh and all detainees in Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. His group, Jamaa Islamiya (also known as al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya
or, in English, Islamic Group), is linked to al Qaeda. At least two of
the other groups that demanded Abdel-Rahman’s release — Islamic Jihad
and the Sunni Group— also have al Qaeda ties.
The new Islamist president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, considers
Abdel-Rahman to be a U.S. political prisoner, and has asked the Obama
administration to release him.
The Arabic language newspaper al-Arabiya reported
more than six months ago that the Obama administration offered to send
Abdel-Rahman to Egypt as part a prisoner swap. Called the “Emir of
Jihad” by some, Abdel-Rahman is a spiritual leader to al Qaeda and other
militant Islamist groups. He would almost certainly be hailed on his
return to Egypt as a conquering hero for attacking America, the “Great
It was unclear at press time if the 74-year-old Abdel-Rahman,
convicted of “seditious conspiracy” in 1995 in connection with the 1993
bombing of the World Trade Center, was suffering from any particular
medical condition that might justify such a release. Now serving a term
of life imprisonment in the United States, early in life he went blind
after becoming diabetic.
The Blaze indicates the State Department has “neither confirmed nor
denied the report,” but Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the U.S. Department
of Justice, trashed the report. “The assertion that the Blind Sheikh may
be transferred to Egypt is utter garbage.” Boyd piled on the rubbish
metaphor adding that suggestions that there are “discussions to transfer
or release him are absolute garbage and completely false.”
Of course it might be wise to take Boyd’s remarks with a grain of
salt. Boyd works for the same Department of Justice that collaborates
with the George Soros-funded attack group Media Matters for America to
spin news deemed harmful to the Obama administration. Hard-driving
investigative journalist Matthew Boyle of the Daily Caller reported
yesterday that internal emails from the DoJ show that the pretend media
watchdog works with embattled Attorney General Eric Holder’s
communications staff “in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals
plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency.”
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This will be interesting to see if he is released....any one want to make a wager?
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