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August 20th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Scotland releases Pan Am 103 bomber

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It was like pulling teeth and then some to get Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi convicted and sent to prison. Families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing were relentless in their pressure on the government to pursue justice.

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was serving a life sentence for the attack that killed 270 people. Megrahi, who is terminally ill, was released on compassionate grounds to spend his remaining days in Libya.

In the end, justice was done only to be undone. The man responsible for the slaughter of 270 innocent people is now being allowed to return to his native country, Libya, and his family, loved ones and friends, to die in peace from terminal cancer.

It's outrageous. Al Megrahi is a cold-blooded murderer. Libya was a state sponsor of the terrorism that killed these people. Compassion was shown this man when he was given a life sentence and not the death penalty.

Now Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Secretary, who probably didn't have any family or friends aboard Pan Am flight 103, decides to turn this animal loose. He should be ashamed of himself. What's the message here? That if you commit murderous acts of terrorism and kill hundreds of innocent people, it's okay? All you have to do is get sick and all is forgiven?

And what about the United States standing by and watching it happen? Where's the condemnation? We said we "deeply regret" the decision. Not enough.

I find it very hard to believe that if Washington felt strongly enough about this man's release they couldn't have done something to prevent it. After all, didn't we just extract two journalists from the grasp of the madman Kim Jung Il in North Korea?

Here’s my question to you: How do you feel about Scotland releasing the Pan Am 103 bomber?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Stacy writes:
He should have stayed in jail were he belonged. To see him get on a plane and go home to his country were they have treated him like a hero when his plane landed is a joke. I myself live in Scotland and he has made a total joke of us! Life means life no matter what is wrong with you.

Holly writes:
This is a decision obnoxious to all who have fought to eradicate terrorism at home and abroad. Shame on Scotland.

Donato from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico writes:
Congratulations, Scotland. In a world bloated with hate and vengeance, there's still plenty of room for rare acts of compassion and forgiveness.

Bill from Lampe, Missouri writes:
Jack, What if he gets chemo/radiation treatments and lives for another 30 years? My dad is 84 and has had prostate cancer for 20 years. He finally had his prostate removed 5 years ago and is doing just fine.

Jay writes:
MacAskill claims he's adhering to a set of "values" by releasing this guy. These "values" are twisted, and a deep insult not only to the victims' families, but to the civilized world.

Tom from Newark, Delaware writes:
He should be allowed to die with dignity and comfortably in his Scottish bunk next to his stainless steel toilet. He received enough "humane treatment" by escaping the death penalty. Convicts die all the time in prison of illnesses.

Kyle from Portland, Oregon writes:
This man took away his victims' rights to die surrounded by those they loved. Why should he be shown this kind of compassion? Life in prison should mean LIFE in prison, regardless of how the person eventually dies. My heart goes out to the victims' families who now have to see this man receive a hero's welcome home.


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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Brittnay Palm Beach, Florida

    Insulted.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  2. C.K. of Colorado

    About the same as if I were getting hit with a stun gun.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  3. dave walker,n. dartmouth,ma.

    He should have been hung in public right off the bat. Too much consideration worldwide for scumbags like this.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  4. Mario (from) Vegas

    I dont agree with it at all.If you can kill hundreds of people and then basically get away with it because your sick you might as well release 65% of all prisoners.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  5. Dennis North Carolina

    They should have never released the criminal. this is more proof that crimes pay. compassion shoud be for the victims not the criminal. Scotland should hold their heads in shame.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  6. Brian

    Jack,

    This is ridiculous. Who do these idiots think they are, showing compassion for someone who murdered hundreds of people? The guy is one of the greatest mass murderers in recent history and he served a whole nine years of a life sentence before returning home to what will surely be praise from his terrorist family.

    Murderers should never be allowed to die in peace. They should have to live the torment that they forced on thousands of others.

    Brian
    Boise, ID

    August 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  7. Andy in Mississippi

    Don't we have bigger problems to worry about? Pick your battles Jack, pick your battles.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  8. John

    Jack....
    I don't want any terrorist released. Any logical person should agree with that.
    John...
    Pampa, TX

    August 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  9. James In Idaho

    Jack, My feeling, I think, is a reasonable one; Compassionate release for terminally ill patients is a fine thing and helps differentiate us from those who arent' so morally high minded.

    Thsi is not one of those cases. This evil man was not released into Lybian police custody, nor was he flown in to a private airport to be hand cuffed and put in a single unadorned police car and taken to a cell, there to die, but be able to say goodbye to his family, which is still far more than the families of Flight 103 got. He was flown in, under much hoopla with masses of wellwishers and criminal sympathizers, and much press, in a sort of Macabre celebration of his autrocity, with cheers and praise that, in America, and indeed much of great Britain, is reserved for returning heroes.

    This is truly a sad day for America and the families of the vitims, but it is also an embarrassing day for British and Lybian Justice. My poor English grandmother is rolling over in her grave right now.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  10. Deborah in Blue Springs, MO

    Never before has the phrase "travesty of justice" been more appropriate. Scotland should have considered the circumstances under which this mass murder was perpetrated. Megrahi should have died in prison, not in the comfort of his own country with a hero's welcome.

    I am ashamed to have Scottish blood for the first time in my life. Political ego-stroking has allowed those 270 people to be victimized all over again.

    SHAME ON SCOTLAND!

    August 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  11. Jonathan

    Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the decision was made out of compassion for the family of the bomber. What about compassion for the families of the victims of the crime? Europeans wonder why Americans are skeptical about the International Criminal Court and other forms of international justice. How can we participate in such an institution when the definition of "compassion" and judicial priorities between the United States and European states are so different.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  12. Johnny From SC

    I think that he deserves to die in prison or better yet as the pilot of a one man air plane. He killed so many people it's hard to imagine that this guy is free and all those innocent people are dead. Sick or not he should not be free.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  13. Harry

    This escape was grater than Hudiny could do; "mother look at me with out chains". Could go under Scotland has talent. Is the Gratest Joke
    When the very sick prisoner went in the plane, he walked on his feet, with balance and the face masked by his collar and his hand ,and a cain for a prop. Was any impartial doctor or health organization there to confirm his medical state?
    This shall go in the World Hall of Shaim

    August 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  14. Peg from NY

    I feel angry! This is an absolute insult to all who died and the families. "Compassion" due to terminal cancer? Where is the compassion for all those who find this an abomination, I ask?!
    He was given a life sentence and in prison is where he is meant to live until dead. This is uncontionable.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  15. Robert

    They should drop him off in Scotland enroute to Libya. From altitude. See how he likes it.

    Robert in SF, CA

    August 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  16. Jean

    Conflicted, but the Scottish Justice Minister went into great detail explaining his reasons for releasing the man. Recently England released the last Great Train Robber on compassionate grounds. Western Europe, although typically much more secular than the US, tend to be much more humane and moral when tested than the US is, particularly under Republican leadership. How do you think UK citizens feel who lost loved ones in the Sept 11 NYC disaster? George W Bush and Dick Cheney didn't go after the people responsible and Bin Laden is presumably still at large because of it; Bush/Cheney lied to Americans and the rest of the world and invaded Iraq instead of pursuing the guilty parties responsible for 9/11. Why are Bush and Cheney not serving life sentences in jail for their culpability in 9/11, its aftermath and the murder of thousands of Americans and other citizens in Iraq they are responsible for? It would be hypocritical to be angry about Scotland releasing a prisoner who is near death, when our own country didn't pursue justice when it mattered and still hasn't imprisoned those in the Bush administration who committed crimes with arguably even more heinous results than the Lockerbie tragedy.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  17. David from Virginia

    I think it shows the Scotland is a heck of a lot more compassionate and humane than the United States is. The guy is terminally ill, so he's not going to do it again. Plus they will generate so much goodwill with this release that I'd be shocked if they see another islamic terrorist attack in 2 or 3 generations.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  18. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I think they should let him rot away in his cell with no pain medication as the cancer eats him up. He certainly showed no compassion for his victims or their families........he deserved none in return. Hell will have a special place for this man.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  19. JIM S

    This is not a big issue if he has terminal cancer. He is going to die anyway. Let Libya pay his medical bills.

    August 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  20. Steve

    There was no mercy shown for the 270 people, nor their families, that he killed in one of the most horrific way to die, so the only mercy I see that he should receive is a MERCY KILLING.

    Steve
    Clifton, VA

    August 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  21. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    An insult beyond description...we keep taking care of people who does less good in this world!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  22. Remo, Beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    I think it is an insult to all humanity.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  23. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    An insult beyond description…we keep taking care of people who does less good in this world!

    Somehow, people looses using their common sense and sensitivity to victims and their families.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  24. Susan Frost

    It's a disgrace! My ancestors came from Scotland; however, unlike some other ethnic groups, I do not take any criticism of anything Scotland does as "anti-Celtic" and I do not demand that America's foreign policy be tailored to suit Scotland's interests, even when they conflict with our own.That being said, I think whoever made this decision must've been been sampling too much of that world-famous whisky. What a stupid thing to do!

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa AL

    August 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  25. Marty

    Jack, I feel like we ought to seriously consider sanctions against Scotland .

    August 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  26. Tom Chapman, Newark, DE

    He should be allowed to die with dignity and comfortably in his Scottish bunk next to his stainless steel toilet.

    He received enough "humane treatment" by escaping the death penalty.

    Convicts die all the time in prison of illnesses. And he's getting better care in prison than receiving none outside on his own.

    Too much sympathy is given to the vicious criminals and none to the 270 people he killed.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  27. Bruce - Delaware

    The Feds did the bombing (see Rodney Stitch's Defrauding America)so that would be fine.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  28. BOB

    ? I would like to know if the pan am 103 bomber paid or bribed that clown to release him and if so how much. In my opinion their is no other reason to release him.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  29. Remby

    Its disgusting to see this mass-murderer released ! Did he have the slightest bit of compassion for the 270 civilians he murderer with his bomb ? His prison term translated into 11 days for each person he murderer, does that sound just ?

    Libiya giving this scum a hero's welcome just goes to show what screwed-up morals those people have, and its a slap in the face of the families that lost loved ones.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  30. stacy

    he should have stayed in jail were he belonged. to see him get on a plane and go home to his country were they have treated him like a hero when his plane landed is a joke !!!!!! i myself live in scotland and he has made a total joke of us !!!!!! life means life no matter what is wrong with you !!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  31. William Courtland, Ontario Canada

    And when Deported: some nation actually accepted him back?

    The guy is lucky he didn't land in national limbo and abandoned in the ocean somewhere... maybe for the U.S. to find him and give him a proper release...

    What is the Compassion: so they do not need to pay for his expected burial or personal disposal...

    To say so long to family and friend's... At least they understand the freedom and respect of forgiveness... I am suprised that Congress has not yet released for the use of military force in his re-capture...

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  32. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    There are several sniper rifles that can accurately take out a target at over a mile. I think that option should be exercised in the memory of those who died. An eye for an eye.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  33. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Its a shame that the bomber has been released, he should have had a LIFE sentence. However, last I heard Scotland is a sovereign country.

    I saw the brother of one of the Pan Am victims interviewed by Wolf on CNN, the man is right to be angry.

    What I am angry about is his calling our president weak because he shook hands with the Syrian leader!

    Nixon shook Mao's hand! Even though Mao's Revolution in China had killed ........... millions of innocent people ...... including Americans!

    ALL of our presidents met with the leaders of the Soviets during the 50 years Communism ruled in Russia!

    You can be angry with Scotland for releasing a terrorist, DON'T BLAME OBAMA!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  34. Michael from Ft. Hood Texas

    Any country that loves for their men to wear skirts and a purse, and whose citizens talk like their mouth is full of oatmeal, doesn't have much going for it on the wee side!! No wonder England beat the crap out of them for five centuries.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  35. Rick

    Incredible! A terrorist who murdered 270 people gets released on "humanitarian" reasons because he has terminal cancer? Why–so he can die admist his family? Tell that to the families of the victims who died away from their families. Life imprisonment means you should die in prison, far away from anyone who cares about you, especially for such a heinious crime. The kid brother of a high school girl I dated was on that plane. I've lost touch with her, but I'm sure her entire family is grieving.

    Toronto, CA

    August 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  36. Kendy Delaware, Ohio

    That man had no compassion for the 200 plus people he murdered. I think he should die in prison.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  37. Pamela holt

    I think the u.s. Government should empose sanctions against the country responsible for setting this terroist free. This should be done on behalf of the American people to set an example for future behavior. This action was nothing more then an effort to enable future terroist behavior, by letting them know that they will not have to suffer the consequences of their actions. America.stand up and make your voices heard, Pam holt. Foley al.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  38. charles

    as hurtful as it may be to the families of the dead, they must realise that they i.e the dead are not coming back. so get on with it, mr macaskill has done well to let the libyan go home and die. america must realise that she is not God telling countries of the world what is and is not right. hey jack, do you see that the scotsman has the same surname as america 's senator claire mcaskill, perhaps she will feel outraged enough to change her name. ha-ha-ha. newyork

    August 20, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  39. robert e billings

    So, the families of Pan Am 103 think this is a miscarriage of justice.
    anyone who followed the original trial knows that it was at5 best a kangaroo court built on the questionable testimony of one man.
    That the relatives of those victims became instant millionaires should have soothed their feelings

    Leaburg, Oregon

    August 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  40. honestjohn in Vermont

    Scotland released a terrorist who helped murder over 270 innocent people because he is dying of cancer. And in Libya the terrorist is treated like a hero with thousands celebrating his return. There is something wrong with this picture and Scotland needs some haagus.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  41. Brian Blashfield Delray Beach, FL

    Poetic justice would have been a missile fired into to the plane carrying this mass murderer just as it was to landing in Libya. Since that will not happen then maybe we need to Reaganize the Head Creep's Tent Palace again.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  42. Suzanne

    I understand the Libyans are celebrating Al Megrahi's return in joy. I used to live in Johannesburg, South African while the WTO conference was being held in Durban in July of 2002 and heard Gadafi's speech live over the radio. He said twice in a row "Let the white man go, let the white man go." People were roaring in his support. This sounds like government is sending out testers to see how much terrorism is still alive in Libya. This is not about regards to the Lockerbie incident, just a diversion.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  43. Vick R Welsh Orange Park, Fl

    Jack, I think any country that is involved with killing Americans or in giving comfort to those that do, should expect, no trade with this country, no foreign aid, no access to visit this country. Why do we have to put up with this crap from our friends???

    August 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  44. Paula GA

    Like with Scotland and england, they have let IRA members release from Prison. Once they have served their time. The comfort the famlies can have that Freedom will be short and not enjoyed with Pleasure with Pain from the cancer the man has. He will die.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  45. noreen

    I think this is more compassion for his family than him, He is dieing anyway. Before condemning another country for it's action, take a look at all the murderers and molestors in your country free and actually re offending.
    Noreen
    Canada

    August 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  46. Lucy

    The way I choose to react to this situation is by acknowledging that my own opinion should be much less regarded than that of the families' of the victims; as they are the one's that are truly affected by this. As I have seen and heard through interviews, Al Megrahi's release is causing them nothing but renewed pain and rage. How does the Scottish government justify showing "compassion" to a murderer while in the act of doing so, they are showing absolutely NO compassion to the real victims here? It's disgusting and backward.
    Lucy
    SF, CA

    August 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  47. Hobie Lake Elsinore Ca.

    It's Scotland not the United States. It seems most European countries had doubt regarding his guilt anyway. What information do they get from their media as opposed to what information we get from our media?

    August 20, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  48. Gene Crumpler

    Jack,

    Scotland's release of the mass murderer of 270 innocent humans is outrageous. I call on our national leaders, activists, and fellow US citizens to boycott Scotland. Don't buy their products, withhold tourism dollars, penalize companies that do business with them, etc. We need leader to launch and energize this efforts. The family and friends victimized by this monster should decide who they want to step up for justice. I know all the US citizens would enthusiastically support this.

    I plan to begin my personal boycott immediately.

    My heart goes out to those whose wounds are reopened. I wish a painful death for the killer, and an afterlife begging the victims for forgiveness. However, I doubt he will spend eternity with them in paradise, unless the Almighty is Scottish.

    Respectfully,

    Gene C.
    Centreville, VA

    August 20, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  49. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Obviously the Justice Secratary was bribed. Why else would he do this. He has to know that the public would be outraged at his release, sick or not.
    The victims who saw thier end comming on flight 103 did not have the advantage of having all thier loved ones there to comfort them.
    This guy was a serial killer. 270 at once. He's lucky he has lived this long.
    One important need in the life of almost every human being is, to at least, die a peaceful death if nothing else. That was stripped of these people and now thier faces are being slapped by the very man who denied them.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  50. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: I feel disappointed that this relase has happened. Perhaps the judge was trying to create his place in history – regrettably. It shows poor judgment and placed more value on the health of this man than the grief of the 270 families who had loved ones perish. It may also be all about oil. Let's take a lesson from this and move as fast as we can against dependence in foreign energy sources.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  51. Celia Fernandez from Atlanta

    It’s outrageous. He wanted to go home to die. He did not give that choice to Pan Am 103 passengers.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  52. Darin

    Palm Spring CA

    A Murderer let free! His punishment should have been that he suffer this illness in jail to the bitter end.

    Must be "gods will" however, isn't that the typical answer we are bread to believe in.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  53. Stephen Ward

    Most people the other side of the pond know that Al Megrahi was innocent based on the evidence uncovered since his conviction. His conviction was politically motivated as was the payment from Libya for their return to world acceptance.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  54. D.Zimmerman

    Boycott all things Scottish

    August 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  55. zoom

    this is absolutely disguisting. I am so disguisted.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  56. david evans

    Change that you can believe in.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  57. greg from lancaster,tx

    Finally, this is the best argument for capital punishment that I have ever heard.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  58. Lupe

    I really hope the Scots don't find Obama before us...he'll sneeze and they'll let him go on "compassionate release" UGH.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  59. James Richmond, VA

    My opin of Scotland justice could sink no lower.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  60. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    I'd love to know how much money MacAskill received to pull this one off. It sends the message,"If you want to get away with mass murder,go to Scotland!" Let's all rejoice that Manson is locked up here.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  61. chi

    Jack, the decision to release this man is so stupid and idiotic....this is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life....I wish that man was locked up in the prison in the US so that he can rot in HELL

    CHI
    Bakersfield CA

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  62. Robert E. K.

    I feel sick about Scotland releasing the Pan Am 103 bomber. What makes me feel even more sick is that there is a bigger part to this story. The bigger part to this story is that western big oil interests can be linked in the abstract to international efforts to appease the terrorist government of Libya in exchange for making oil deals with them. Big oil & terrorists are the same thing in my opinion.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  63. doug from woodland

    British Petroleum, the oil company, will now get coveted Libyan oil leases. Money talks, BS walks.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  64. Quan

    I feel exactly how u feel, Jack!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  65. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    I personally could care less if that man dies the slowest, most painful death that a person could. You can tell that he damn sure didn't have and children or relatives on that plane. He should be sent to prison to serve out the remainder of the killers sentence.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  66. Bruce

    Hey Jack

    He should not be released under any circumstances!!! He is a mass murderer and should be locked up for life. He doesn't deserve to live.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  67. John

    It's simply ridiculous that an evil animal who slaughtered over 200 people will get released simply because he got a little sick. The fact that this man gets to go home and get treated as a hero while he dies peacefully is a heinous crime against humanity.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  68. Gregory

    Jack I feel about the same for this criminal as I do about George Bush and Dick Channey for killing thousands of Iragi's for no reason at all, as well as the sons and daughters of Americans that have fought to support this war. I think both are equally sicking.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  69. ZAK

    Jack,

    WE should boycott Scotland and its products (even Scotch ). The US Government should recall its chief of mission(s) in Scotland and if the Scots have diplomatic presence here they should be declared personna non grata and sent packing.

    Zak, Bethesda

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  70. David (in Ontario)

    This is complete, utter BS.

    That man should be fired and forced to face the families and friends of all the victims. What kind of message does releasing what was essentially a (rightly) condemned man send to terrorists? You can bet this will wind up in their propaganda some how. I'm not against forgiveness, but this is just plain unacceptable.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  71. Edward Dehn

    I am outraged at this atrocity! Might as well let Charles Manson and anyone else out of prison. It seems that justice will never be served for those who commit such violent crimes. What is this world coming to?

    Pittsburgh, PA

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  72. Wil Donnelly

    Why didn't Wolf ask the Scottish secretary if there was any precedence in Scotland for letting a celebrity who killed his ex-wife go free, or allowing a child molester to walk free with a plea bargain. No wonder there is so much hatred towards the US. We see everyone elses problems but we ignore our own. Stop trying to be the worlds moral bully, we were shoved off that pulpit when Bush/Cheney took office and joined the world's barbarians and tyrants who torture.

    Wil D.
    York, PA

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  73. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    He should have died in prison!! The people who are dead because of him got no second chance. This low life does NOT deserve any compassion or sympathy. How soon people forget what he did.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  74. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    All Americans and Europeans, including the people in Britain, need to BOYCOTT SCOTLAND for the next year.

    Do NOT go there on vacation. If you have one scheduled, cancel it.

    Do NOT purchase any Scottish products for a year (or forever).

    Help bring the Scottish people down onto their knees financially.

    What else CAN we do? Apparently they had no say in what that idiot Scottish government official did. But maybe if they all lose income, they will think about it for the future.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  75. Holly

    This is a decision obnoxious to all who have fought to eradicate terrorism at home and abroad.

    Shame on Scotland.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  76. Donato Schimizzi

    CONGRATULATIONS SCOTLAND! In a world bloated with hate & vengeance, there's still plenty of room for rare acts of compassion & forgiveness.

    Donato Schimizzi
    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  77. Jay

    McHaskell claims he's adhering to a set of "values" by releasing this guy. These "values" are twisted, and a deep insult not only to the victims' families, but to the civilized world.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  78. david little

    just caught your typical US rant. Looked at Lockerbie? Ever thought that he might be innocent? A scapegoat? Ever questioned why it was two years after the event before Libya was even onvolved never mind one particular individual.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  79. Quan

    Brooklyn NY

    I feel exactly how you feel, Jack!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  80. Jackie in Dallas

    Nice way to sneak a new/different question in, Jack.

    What I feel (not how I feel), is disgust, tempered with compassion. The same way I feel about "Squeaky" Frome, for that matter, although the havoc the Manson group made is far less than the bombing of flight 103. I do not like that this terrorist is being released. I don't like the fact that the Manson group keeps coming up for parole, either. But frankly, anyone in advanced prostate cancer or advanced cancer of any type is in a prison they cannot escape from, or be released from.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  81. Frank

    President Obama met with Gaddafi on July 10, 2009 at the G8 Summit. Six weeks later, a terrorist is released. This is an outrage!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  82. Thineke Dieterman

    Hi Jack,
    My opinion about the release of the Pam Am 103 bomber:

    wasn't one of the most important lessons Jesus has learned us is to forgive?!

    Best wishes,
    Thineke Dieterman, The Netherlands

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  83. Ned

    Please don't refer to this mass murderer as an animal. That is an insult to animals.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  84. Alan in Louisiana

    It is ridiculous and very wrong. The killer get's to go home to his family, but the victims don't? The Secreatry said that they showed mercy towards criminals. Hmmm.... I wonder if his choice would have changed him one of his family members was a victim of this terrorist.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  85. Christine

    As an American and a Christian I am very proud of Scotland for showing compassion and mercy to this man. Jesus would have done the same... please do not try to deny it.

    Christine
    Virginia Beach, VA

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  86. Irene Faulkes

    You are right. It is a disgrace that justice was not allowed to run its full course for this convicted murderer in Scotland. However, it seems strange that the American public would be incensed at his release while not being incensed at the treatment that President Obama wants to hand out to Guantanamo Bay felons, murderers and avowed enemies of the United States.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  87. Kevin- NY

    I'm sure he gave information to either capture terrorists or stop another attack. It just goes against any sound reasoning to let this guy out- it would be like the U.S. capturing Bin Laden and releasing him for medical conditions.
    There is a story behind this and I'm sure it will come out soon.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  88. chris

    I just wish that all 270 that were murdered had the chance to go home and die from old age! Just an outrage!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  89. Steve Canada

    How did this guy end up with Scotland anyway...He was a classic Guantanamo guy if there ever was one..Scotland has their principles of justice, and this minister made the decision..Was it wrong?...Yes !

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  90. larry nyc

    I am stunned beyond belief. My heart goes out to the familes of the victims of this renewed atrocity. Where's the compassion for them?

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  91. Jessica Arnold

    The one time in recent history that Scotland is in the spotlight, they completely blow it by allowing a mass murderer to be freed out of "compassion."

    To listen to MacAskill speak of compassion is infuriating for me, and I knew no one on the flight. He also answered Wolf's questions as if justice had truly been reached after a 7-year sentence.

    There's simply no excuse for this. Justice prevailed, and MacAskill took it away.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  92. Mark

    This is nothing short of a warm, mucus filled spit in the face to the victims and the family of the victims. They should change the title to Scottish Injustice Secretary. The fact this monster got life in prison was more mercy than he deserves.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  93. Sasha

    Jack, Americans just fail to understand. Mercy means that you don't get what you deserve. It means that you are treated better than you deserve. That's the meaning of mercy. I understand that the US legal system has very little space for mercy, but then again, American legal system is very different from that of any other developed nation. This is a matter of a clash of values that different cultures subscribe to.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  94. Michael Sonnier

    Fine, release him early – in mid-air and let's see how he likes it.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  95. Rick

    An opportunity has been missed – the plane returning this mass murderer and his entire entourage alonge with him should have been blown out of the sky on its way back to Libya – now that would have been equal justice.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  96. Mahari

    What do you want the U.S. to do... get Justice Roberts and the crew to go overrule the ruling? We Americans must come to the realization that there are other sovereign countries and we can't control most of them anymore. Besides, this guy will be dead shortly unless he miraculously becomes a cancer survivor. Wouldn't that make this interesting?

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  97. Jean

    I am so sorry for the families of this man's victims, but I commend Scotland for releasing him at this time. The Scots seem to be very compassionate, why do we Americans always look for revenge?

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  98. Peter

    Scotland has lost it – completely!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  99. Tim

    I think it's absolutely despicable that this murderer is allowed to die "in peace" with his family. The 270 people on board that airplane were not allowed to die "in peace" nor did they get to communicate with their loved ones before they died. If Scotland had any values they would show the same sort of "compassion" that this murderer showed to the 270 innocent people he killed and let him die alone in a jail cell.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  100. Chris Bolcik

    It is what Jesus would have done. We call ourselves a nation based on Judeo-Christian values. We should understand the compassion shown even against those who have harmed us. Don't forget, just forgive.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  101. satish

    It is so awfull to see a 270 innocent people murderer released on the basis of compassion. When he was given Life Sentence instead of Death Penalty, that was compassion itself. Why we(US) didn't stop his release. What is the guarantee that he wouldn't start planning another bombing.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  102. Lynnell Diamond

    How easy it is to forget the Christian standard of forgiving one's enemies. I supprt the Scottish government's decision to show mercy even when it has not been shown. That is TRUE mercy.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  103. Maliaki

    Simply amazing. This equates to pandering to the terrorists. This should equal to sanctions for scotland.

    It's clear that this man was PAID OFF to release him.

    Compassion? What about the compassion to the family's and friends of the dead?

    The compassion for one outweighs the compassion of the many?

    The only other stuff I have to say shouldn't even be printed.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  104. Ricardo Ruvalcaba

    The man was in jail for a crime he committed. The Scotish Justice system shows there's some compassion in at least one advanced society on earth. Hope this serves as an example to other societies to follow.
    Hope the man lives the last days of his life and finds some internal peace.
    Rick.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  105. Drew Garlichs

    Although I do not agree with the release it is up to the Scottish justice system. After listening to how their system is made to show respect and mercy along with punishment, his release is understandable from that point of view. It is the way their system works and no matter how much people around the world may disagree, the decision is ultimately up to Scotland.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  106. john from marquette mi

    Jack,

    To tell you the truth I could care less. It does not affect me but I do feel for the families who lost loved ones because of the attack back in the day. The guy is going to die anyway and I think that it may actually assist us in the middle east because they will see the west as forgiving.while I think what he did was bad, as I already said he is going to die anyway

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  107. bill d

    Hanging onto to anger does not impair or hurt Al Megarhi, is does continue to limit the lives of those who hang on. Free yourself & look to forgive – – Al Megarhi has been sentenced to death!

    The Scottish people have their own principle that they live with & I am impressed that they have decided to honor their values and beliefs, regardless of what the world (US) thinks.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  108. Marilyn - Florida

    Jack, 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 one of the victim's parents earlier today 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 the victims' families.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  109. Robert Wright

    I think the US Military should stop that plane and arrest him for the murders of the US citizens on the lane.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  110. Elliott

    I am 16 and am disgusted by this act. This man does not deserve this level of compasion. The compasion he was shown by being allowed to keep his life is more than a massmurderer is entitled to.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  111. michael black

    Hmmm. Okay. So If Ted Bundy Or Jeffry Dalmer Were Scottish And Got Cancer, They Would Just Release Them Into Scottish Society On Compassionate Grounds?... Yeh, Right. This Guy Killed More People Than Those Two Combined. What A Crock.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  112. Adrian

    I think that if this was an American bomber being released on compassionate grounds because he had terminal cancer, it would go largely unnoticed by the media. See? An American bomber wouldn't be labeled a 'terrorist'. Sure, the decision was wrong (for anyone who commits this crime), but the United States has no jurisdiction, so please, don't let Washington get on it's high horse, or maybe we'll be invading Libya next.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  113. Jason

    A man convicted of killing 270 people is free and the fact that he wasn't given the death penalty 21 years ago is bad enough but to make things worse he is now free. Justice was absolutely not served.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  114. Harleynut

    I like you Jack, but common they let that guy go for a one word reason?
    "OIL"

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  115. Greg Sapp

    When the world starts releasing convicted murderers at the discretion of a mere illness, then we will have a problem on our hand. The evolution of the terrorist will progress to more violent acts because there will not be a fear of penalty.

    Greg

    Statesboro, GA

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  116. The Broker.

    I agree with Scotland. USA? United States??? You have never been more disected than you are today. Scotland is twice what the USA is today. You are History!!! Scotland is growing. Canada will see to that. You!!!!!!!!!!!!! You!!!!!!!!! Elected your idiot. Now Go-Away.

    The rest of the world does not bend to Obama...

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  117. Matt E

    Jack, I think it is an embarassment to the global efforts being conducted against terrorism to see this thug be sent home to be celebrated. The act he committed served no purpose by which to benefit anything other than his own sick ideals. It is equally astonishing to see the Scottsman who released him try to justify his actions to Wolf. It doesn't take much to talk about being tough against terrorist, but it does say alot when you let a convicted terrorist go free.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  118. Steven from North Carolina

    This prisoner release just demonstrates that European governments do not take the issue of terrorism seriously enough. If nothing else, it seems unwise to release a terrorist who has nothing left to lose. He's going to die soon anyway, why not blow himself up to make a point? Al Megrahi is more dangerous now than he has ever been because he has been given the freedom to die as a "martyr" rather than dying painfully in a bed.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  119. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    This decision was wrong on so many levels. If this man is terminally ill, he is going to die no matter where he is. Staying in the Scottish jail, does not constitute giving him a "death sentence" as the Justice Minister said. Watching Libyans welcome this mass murderer home as a hero made me very angry. He was responsible for the horrible deaths of an entire airliner full of people. Could his death of terminal cancer in the hospital ward of a Scottish prison be any worse than theirs? I sincerely doubt it,.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  120. Christopher Baker

    The release of this convicted terrorist makes me angry. But then, I understand Scotland's stance and their adherence to their own set of values. Scotland is telling that portion of the Muslim world that will greet this killer as hero that "We are better than you. Unlike you, we have compassion. We are better, and will always be better, than you because of that."

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  121. Terry

    Where was the Obama administration during this process? I hope this is not a precursor to the feelings the Administration has about terrorism and terrorists.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  122. Alan in Louisiana

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It is ridiculous and very wrong. The killer get’s to go home to his family, but the victims don’t? The Secreatry said that they showed mercy towards criminals. Hmmm…. I wonder if his choice would have changed him if one of his family members was a victim of this terrorist.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  123. Neil Williams

    I,ll make my answer short & sweet :its an absolute outrage that this man,whether or not he is terminally ill be set free.I believe that it is also an outragre that the Obama administration is not saying more on this issue.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  124. Jim Donadio

    I find this MOST offensive. I am a Buddhist monk, and have been a monk for over one year. I guess I need to reconsider my life. I think this animal should be handed over to the families. Yet another good government decision

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  125. TOM

    I will now add Scotland to my list of countries that I will never support. That means a complete boycott of all Scotish products and a promise never to travel there.

    France now has a friend on my special list.

    This is absolutely outrageous.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  126. Elaine

    This is not compassion. Compassion is giving this man medical attention. Compassion is not making him sleep on a concrete floor while rodents nibble at him. Compassion is feeding him on a regular basis. Allowing him that which he did not allow 270 others and their families is bordering on mental illness.

    There are prisoners in other countries who've done far less, who would cut off a limb to serve out their time in a prison system as humane as Scotland's.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  127. Chuck

    It is shameful and disgusting this terrorist was released on humanitarian grounds. Is there no justice left in the world?

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  128. Joe McConkey

    Well I think it is wrong, and he should not have been released, but I wonder what the US would be saying if Scotland interferred with their justice system. This is the Scottish system so its what it is.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  129. Mark S. Cole

    I give up. You couldn't read it on TV, anyway!!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  130. newt

    Jack; What about Presidents who issue pardons and State Governors who allow state officials to release murderers and rapists early from their sentences?
    It is a good thing I am not in power because I would show criminals the power of the death penalty with no appeal.

    J in Charlotte NC

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  131. chris alton

    Embarrassing. Maybe the justice minister would feel different if it directly affected him. Sad state of affairs. Should be given no mercy since he didn't give any. Disgusting

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  132. Louise

    Jack, this man has only weeks to live. He already has a death sentence. The compassion shown by the Scottish authorities is compassion for his family, who are not terrorists. It is typical of Americans to cry out for more and more revenge, even when no such revenge can actually be gained. I'm glad that there are compassionate nations like Scotland in the world, and the US still has much to learn unfortunately. Then again, you are the nation that invented the oxymoron "compassionate conservatism".

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  133. Greg

    An abdication of the justice system Mr. MacAskill attempts to defend.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  134. Marques

    The United States is in no position to criticize anyone for siding with the criminal. Afterall, is this not the same nation where a man can break into an individual's private home, attempt to burglarize it, slip when trying to escape through the window, and then sue the victim's for injury (and win the case no less)?

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  135. Kevin Murdock

    What a disgrace. By this precedent, we should let Osama Bin Laden go if we ever catch him. What other mass-murderers should we just let walk? Justice was undone today and the prestige of terrorists in the muslim world was just enhanced by his roman triumphic return.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  136. Frank Rhodes

    Jack,
    Saddened that the Pan AM 103 bomber is being released. People should also know that murderers and terrorist are being released in Iraq on a daily basis. Many of these terrorist directly have the blood of US Soldiers on their hands and innocent Iraqi citizens blood on their hands. Where is the outrage about that? They are released from US detention or bribed out of Iraqi detention on a daily basis!
    Frank (veteran)

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  137. Karen

    What Scotland did is a matter for Scotland to deal with. The media should NOT be broadcasting the so called hero's welcome or frankly even honor this event with coverage. The media's continued discussion can only cause MORE pain for families. This man will soon die and perhaps his death will be as painful as the victims of the air crash. Media, be quiet.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  138. Maggie Goblirsch

    i think its terrible that this terrorist has been released to go home and die. being scottish and now living in the US for the past 20 yrs this should not have happend. what where they thinking...

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  139. Aaron J

    I feel horrible for all the families that will never see justice when he was to die in prison. And what is with the Nike hat? It's as if we sent him a gift basket for early release....Really wish irony would have crashed his plane.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  140. Alan in Louisiana

    It is ridiculous and very wrong. The killer get’s to go home to his family, but the victims don’t? The Secreatry said that they showed mercy towards criminals. Hmmm…. I wonder if his choice would have changed him if one of his family members was a victim of this terrorist.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  141. Yvonne

    I not only think he shouldn't have been released. I also do NOT believe he will die in three months.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  142. Marc

    To release this man is outrageous. His compassion came when he was given life, instead of death. He should have died in jail. Another example is Susan Atkins, who is dying in jail. She committed atrocious crimes, in the murders of Sharon Tate and others. She wants to be freed because she is dying. Let her rot in jail. She should have been executed years ago.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  143. B Williams

    It would seem someone's kilt blew up into his eyes and blinded him to justice! Could be that it's time for America to show Scotland some justice: full boycott of all things produced by that wee country!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  144. Gene Crumpler

    Jack,

    Scotland's release of the mass murderer of 270 innocent humans is outrageous. I call on our national leaders, activists, and fellow US citizens to boycott Scotland. Don't buy their products, withhold tourism dollars, penalize companies that do business with them, etc. We need leader to launch and energize this efforts. The family and friends victimized by this monster should decide who they want to step up for justice. I know all the US citizens would enthusiastically support this.

    I plan to begin my personal boycott immediately.

    My heart goes out to those whose wounds are reopened. I wish a painful death for the killer, and an afterlife begging the victims for forgiveness. However, I doubt he will spend eternity with them in paradise, unless the Almighty is Scottish.

    Respectfully,

    Gene Crumpler
    Centreville, VA

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  145. Chris Rowe

    The US needs to realise that there are so many issues relating to Lockerbie that are not being covered. The legal case is so riddled with holes that any sane juristiction should have thrown the case out. Why were these holes such as the Heathrow break in ON THE DAY of the flight covered up for years. This case could well have been one of the world's biggest miscarriages of justice of the 20th Century.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  146. jack palsgrove

    declair neuclare war on Libia

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  147. vic matloff

    If you possess an ounce of humanity you'll probably feel an ache in the pit of you stomach.
    If you're in the oil business you'll breathe a sigh of relief.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  148. Stephen Ward

    Talk to Jim Swire – who lost a daughter on Pan Am flight 103. He has been unswerving in his quest to find the truth about the death of his daughter and the other passengers. He now believes absolutely that Al Megrahi was innocent.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  149. Catherine Kayser

    This is a pathetic, naive, Western notion of "compassion". The Islamists are laughing all the way to their training grounds and recruitment offices. Murder is wrong regardless of the state of health of the perpetrator.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  150. Aaron

    I feel like 'terminally ill Bin Laden' should be allowed to go back to Saudi Arabia to die peacefully. What a world!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  151. Andrew

    If the US Government pressured the Scottish UK government over this killer's release as much as they pressured the Swiss over family money, in some cases from Holocaust survivors, in UBS bank accounts – this mass murdering fanatic would still be in prison as we speak. According to the US Government, it is a greater offence to save your money in Switzerland instead of giving it to fast talking,tax wasting politicians – Dems and Repubs alike – than it is to blow up a plane of 270 innocent civilians. Lesson learned.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  152. Lamarana Diallo, London

    Hello Jack, let's not get carried away. This story has not yet revealed everything. Sources believe this man may have wrongly convicted so the victims should press their respective government to get answers. I suspect a deal to hide a foul play on the part of powers who wanted to incriminate libya.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  153. Karl D.W

    Jack what Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi cannot be forgotten but showing compassion to such a man is a demonstration of our Western values. For once we live by them. He was serving a life sentence...death is now knocking at his door.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  154. Ron

    Compassion??!!! for this terrorist killer, if this Judge wanted to weigh compassion on the side of compassion he would have placed his compassion on the families of the victims and let the animal die in prison

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  155. Andreas

    Hey, this is quite a good lesson for you blood thirsty Americans that with no reflection has adopted that old-testamental eye-for-an-eye judicial system. You Yanks are just barbaric!

    /Andreas, European citizen!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  156. David Reid

    After doing some basic math, I have come to the disgusting fact that this terrorist only spent a measly 1.45 weeks in prison per death that he caused in this terrible act. How in the world can anyone justify letting this person go free for serving 1.45 weeks per person?? I think this character in Scotland received some payola for letting him go...it's painfully evident.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  157. Marc

    This decision saddens and sickens me. The man who killed over 200 people in cold blood should not be entitled to enjoy the creature comforts of home, even in his last days. It's one thing to release someone convicted of killing a single person when they become elderly and are no longer a threat, it's another to release a terrorists who's actions will be celebrated, not condemned in his homeland. The Scottish government should have made every effort to ease his suffering in detention but should not permitted him to go free. That would show compassion to both the families of the victims as well as the killer.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  158. mike ca

    Disgusted

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  159. Lynda, Montreal, Canada

    It must be a case of corruption

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  160. nick

    I am outraged that the Obama regime did not object to the release of the Libyan terrorist. They do not represent the interests of the people. It is absolutly wrong and the US government is complicit.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  161. Michael, Lynbrook NY

    They should not have released him. I can understand the compassionate viewpoint of the Scottish. But allowing him to go home is like the last few scenes of the movie Soilent Green where the dying is allowed to see picturesque green pastures and flowing rivers before dying.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  162. Caio

    Yeah you only have to get sick... as if he could just get cancer by himself... are you retarded ? no wonder no one likes Americans... I agree he has to be punished but he is just as bad as all the American presidents who have taken the lifes of many INNOCENT people around the world in the name of the American foreign policy... its easy to make other look like the bad guys and depict the American as the victims and that is exactly what you are doing... you know why the States can't do anything about the conviction ? Because Scotland is sovereign and had jurisdiction to try the case... maybe you should invade Scotland!!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  163. Dan H

    We should send special forces into Libya and bring Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi out and to the United States to spend the rest of his life in a United States prison.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  164. Brad Herling

    Hi Jack - President Obama should direct his Attorney General to issue a warrant for al Magrahi's arrest. There's no way it could be executed before this criminal's death, but it would have tremendous symbolic value. Brad H., Queens, New York

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  165. ronan

    I think it is a right thing to do in an attempt to open a hand to the libyan people. Look at any world conflict, in order to solve problem prisoners are released as good will. I believe this is a deal that has been made between uk and liyba governments, myabe even american government to heal relationships with libya. The man will die in less than a year.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  166. Richard

    Of course he should be released. We ask God to "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Either we believe that or we don't. This man is dying. We are not sanctioning his previous behavior by releasing him, only showing by example how to be better people.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  167. Yumi Yamamoto

    Couldn't they have flown his family to Scotland instead of releasing him? If it's only a few months, they could stay there until he died.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  168. Jay Stearman

    I am totally outraged. I suggest we show how we feel about this ridiculous act by boycotting Scotch whiskey. Let's hit Scotland where it hurts.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  169. Mike B

    Wow, Outraged is only a mild expression of my anger. The US goverment did nothing and should of prevented this.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  170. Marianne

    I am gratified to see a man of true conviction who holds up compassion over anger and hate. We can all learn from this. We are one planet, one human race. Until we can embrace values like the Scottish people we will continue to see the carnage around the world that continues to fuel the loss of innocent life.

    Marianne
    Virginia

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  171. Mary Sacre

    You don't get it, Jack. The Scottish Minister's statement made me want to move to Scotland. Vengeance is just as bad as evil. If we constantly answer evil with evil , it will never end. Wake up!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  172. Jorge Calamino

    The problem with Americans is that you have little understanding for the systems and laws of other countries. Compassion isn't a word in your legal vocabulary. You can't bully other countries to do things the way you do. Scotland can do what they want and think is right just like you do. Don't be so ignorant.

    Jorge Calamino
    New York

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  173. Lynn Scheltens

    I am writing from Moreno Valley, Ca. My husband and I believe Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi should not have been released. He should have been given the same sentence he gave the people he killed, a bomb in a plane.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  174. James In Idaho

    Jack, The two border patrol agents who went to jail on harsh sentences for shooting a suspected drug traficker and illegal immigrant in the butt comes to mind. Just like that case, a great injustivce has been done, and law enforcement has dropped the ball. While it is important to be compassion towards our enemies that does not mean you release them and give them another chance to do more harm. This is despicable.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  175. Gini Worthen

    Jack, I totally agree with the Scottish justice minister. What's with this ugly stuff about retribution and all that? Why does it matter if this guy dies in Libiya or in Scotland? Stop being vincictive. We are all human and should feel compasion for our fellow human beings.

    Gini Worthen
    Westbrook, ME

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  176. Todd Robbins

    I know it is very disheartening for the families, but this is the decision by the Scottish Justice Department. They reviewed the application and made the decision to release.... It seems that the Scots base their moral values on compassion, and I wish everyone on the planet had more compassion, then their might not be so much hate in the world. Hate breeds hate!!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  177. trae fosdick

    It's refreshing to see Scotland stand up for it's values. whether there are alternative motives behind his release or not, this sends a message to the world that vengeance is not the answer. Ultimately Al-Megrahi will die and the victims can take their closure in this.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  178. Vladimir Geurten

    It is my opinion that the decision by the Scottish should be respected on the base that they formed it on their views of justice and values. Like the person who authorised the release said, their system is based on more than just vengeance and is not the same as the (with all due respect) American way of thought, justice and morals, which should be understood at least, and in my opinion, even respected.

    Vladimir Geurten, Netherlands

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  179. Mike from Allentown PA

    My group of 21 vacationers have cancelled our planned vacation to Scottland! We do not vacation where terrorist are shown more comassion trhen the victims of terrorism. I am equally disturbed with the LACK of a US Predidential response! I voted for him once but there will not be a second vote! AMERICA GOT WEAKER TODAY!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  180. Bruce Gourlay

    I cannot help but wonder if during these last few days while the Justice Minister was anguishing over his decision he may have received a nice Libyan deposit into a Swiss Bank account. Nothing else could make sense of such a heartless decision. I also wonder whether there should be an American boycott of Scotland to express much more strongly our outrage.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  181. Dave

    It is unbelievable that any "civilized" nation could allow a terrorist monster to go free. You don't release a rabid dog from captivity just because he has a terminal disease.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  182. Kieran

    Jack,
    It makes me sick to my stomach. This beast that slaughtered 270 innocent people is released back to his own country to a parade and a greeting from Gaddaffi's brother! Scotland's politicians must be crazy to send this convicted terrorist home to a country where his behaviour will be rewarded. Whatever happened to the "special relationship" between the United States and Great Britain?

    Cork, Ireland

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  183. Tyson from Oregpn

    Jack, I feel the same anymosity toward that decision as I feel for the lobbyists and the GOP taking the upper hand in the healthcare reform issue. Justice is never possible for good people when stupidity and greed have a hand in it. Ridiculous and unacceptable!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  184. Nathan Kavanaugh

    I wish President Obama had half of the moral courage he likes to convey that he has. There is no excuse for the United States to sit by when a murderer of so many Americans is sent home, and free, to a hero's welcome. "Justice" Macaskill is to blame primarily, but Obama plays word games and simply doesn't have the guts to call it what it is: wrong. Come on, Mr. President, quit the careful words and stand up for people in this country who lost loved ones to a murderer. Shame on you.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  185. greg from lancaster,tx

    This is the best argument in favor of capital punishment that I have ever heard.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  186. John in San Diego

    Jack, I am morally opposed to the death penalty. But it is absolutely necessary that the alternative be life-in-prison-with-no-possibility-of-parole, as many US states have adopted. The real crime in this case is not that the victim's families were cheated from some form of "justice," but that the killer was able to return to Libya as a celebrated hero.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  187. SoCal Patriot

    This makes me sick, and it makes me even sicker to watch as people from his country celebrate. Its time to boycott Scotish goods now.
    I'm from Long Beach California.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  188. Esther massillon ohio

    Jack
    You do not really care HOW I FEEL! I have had three members of my family and friends murdered. How does it feel to know that the people who murdered them still breathing, it's difficult to imagine that is justice. We do not run the "world Courts" We are not the only ones in this world with a say in it. We are just a 8th of the population of this world. What makes what we think or feel anymore above those others in the world. Are we so full of ourselves that we think we are the only ones in this world who feel about anything. Let's not forget we started wars and 100,000 of died and we do not represent them in the headlines we share. We should be ashamed to call ourselves a christian nation as we do not take care of our own and our sense of right and wrong are warped. Jack the world is what the world is and we are just players in it and pawns used by those who own us.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  189. Dave, Oxford, Ohio

    We in normal society can relate to compassion, but give compassion only when compassion is due. The slaughter of 270 innocent victims by this man from a state that sponsored terrorists at the time by no means warrants compassion from anyone, let alone the justice secretary of the country where the crime occurred. Shame on Mr. MacAskill!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  190. Gyp

    Jack.

    Ask the real question, why was he released and not exchanged in a prisoner exchange programm to serve ou the remainder of his sentance in Libya. Simple , the USA and UK agreed to this after Ali al-Megrahi lawyers agreed to drop[ the appeal, in exchange for his release on compansionate grounds. I am truly sorry for all the familys of the victims, but the USA and UK did not want the real truth known at the appeal court. This atrocity was preventable,

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  191. Evan Cohan

    Jack, This decision only demonstrates why governments cannot effectively deal with terrorism properly. It degrades our humanity, and only acts to empower those who want to harm us. This man's punishment should have been done 21 years ago, executed, popped in a box, and buried deep. Human excrement. Shame on Scotland.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  192. Natalie

    I feel that the decision to release this prisoner rests squarely on the shoulders of the man who made it and that he is only accountable to the God of justice, mercy and compassion that he knows.

    I realize how painful it has must be for Scots, Americans and others who lost loved ones but Americans of all people need to stop "creating" the God they have chosen to believe in: One who breaths fire and consumes those who do not agree. God is a God of justice and compassion and HE alone determines what justice is – what compassion is, who deserves it and when. The end.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  193. barry steenson

    I do not believe this man carried this attack out at all. If you take time to read over the facts of the case its quite clear this man did not do this.

    What about the american officals ordered not to fly on the date? the helshinki warnings, the fact that the bomb couldnt have been put on in Malta, there is a greater conspiricy at play here.

    Why do you think he was let go? So the truth wouldnt come out.

    Get real folks study the case then make a jugdement.

    Barry Steenson
    Belfast
    Ireland

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  194. Dean in los angeles

    If a man smite you on your left cheek, turn to him the right one also. Nobody lives forever. Compassion is timeless.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  195. Christian S

    Values and ideals seems to have died in the US in favour of vengeance and anger. The man is about to die and letting him die at home shows the benevolence of our values and ideals, as oppose to the anger and hatred he represented. CNN should stop stoking the fire and instead focus on enlightening people, instead of cheering on the lynch mob.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  196. citizen

    The easy answer is to condemn the release. But are we as a people so consumed by vengence and hate that we cannot forgive. Christian principles would say forgiveness is the feeling we should have. It does not mean forgetting. The world should always remember and condemn the barbaric act committted. But vengence does not lead to peace within ourself as a person or as a nation.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  197. Pat_NC

    The Scottish Justice Secretary sounds like a practicing Christian to me. When is the last time you read the Sermon on the Mount? We are not taught to be angry and vindictive, but compassionate and forgiving. Everytime I see someone who can truly forgive, everyone else seems to be unbelieving. Why should it be a surprise?

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  198. Elaine

    This is not compassion. Compassion is giving this man medical attention. Compassion is not making him sleep on a concrete floor while rodents nibble at him. Compassion is feeding him on a regular basis. Allowing him that which he did not allow 270 others and their families is bordering on mental illness.

    There are prisoners in other countries who’ve done far less, who would cut off a limb to serve out their time in a prison system as humane as Scotland’s.

    Paris, France

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  199. Bulllwinkle

    To be a civilised society the punishments handed out by society must be less barbaric than the crimes committed against that society. Forcing a man to die in jail whether guilty or not is barbaric irrespective of the crimes he may have committed.

    American complaints? Wholly expected from a society that gave us rendition, Guantanamo, water boarding, death penalty for minors and mentally retarde

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  200. Joe Ascher

    I agree Jack, Scotland ought to be ashamed of themselves. I guess everyone now who gets sick in prison should be released because I doubt anyone has committed a worse crime than him, absolutely ridiculous....

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  201. David, Bratislava in Slovakia

    Jack you need to understand the Justice secretary is part of a Scottish Nationalist Party government.
    He supported Germany's attempt to host the World Cup in 2006 (against England!). They are very 'chippy' about the English and Hillary Clinton interfering was the worst thing she could have done. They hate interference from London and the US wading in provoked the same reaction. A hack politician making a quasi-judicial decision.
    They have values which "they won't debase" as if Obama is debasing those values. So out of his depth and loving his 5 minutes in the spotlight and giving the US and their allies in London a bloody nose.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  202. Autumn Richardson

    Ghandi said "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Therefore, if you wish to see a more merciful, more compassionate, more loving, then you must strive to be these things. As difficult as it is for me to justify releasing this heartless murder, we must not allow our emotions to sway our core values.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  203. Larry from Tejas

    What does the "Christian right" say? Apparently, none of us is really Christian at heart (with apologies to those of other faiths). MacAskill's motives should not be doubted. Let it go; it's over.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  204. Kevin

    First time I've ever agreed with you about anything Mr Cafferty. Kenny, Mr Justice, McKaskill should be asked whether Scottish compassion requires that serial killers or child rapists of Scottish descent are released back into their communities when ill. This is too disgusting for words.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  205. Shirley Harvey

    I feel unbelievable grief for the families who lost their loved ones 20 plus years ago because a madman decided it should be so. It would help us, perhaps, to remember than no amount of punishment we can render to this individual, neither a lifetime in prison nor execution can bring justice to this monstrous act. We cannot, in this life, render either judgment or justice–neither belongs to us. We know that when this individual goes to his creator, and you can call this creator by any name you wish, then justice will be served.

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  206. Betty Italian

    I am utterly appalled at the action of the Scottish Justice Secretary. What a blithering, sanctimonious fool. He evidently did not have any family or friends on the flight or on the ground. It was hard enough for the families of the victims to know the man was still alive, but to know that he has now been released to a hero's welcome is more than they should have to endure.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  207. Tracey Fields

    What would Jesus do? He might side with the Scottish Justice Secretary...
    Asheville, NC

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  208. Joshua Reese

    The release of this convicted terrorist has everything to do with normalizing the oil trade with Libya, and nothing to do with compassionate justice for a cancer victim. Compassion is not a bad thing, but the politicization of the compassionate treatment of international prisoners is disgusting. He may have been in a Scottish jail, but he was a prisoner of world justice, and it is the integrity of this that lies in question in the wake of such a diplomatic gesture of insensitive foreign policy.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  209. Atheist

    What Mr. MacAskill did was one of the most Christian things I have seen in years...turning the other cheek ...doing good for those that hard you so they see their own evil and choose to become good. Well, it seems us "Christian" American's are to practical for such things. Just admit it, were not Christians, we are atheists when it comes to practicing what Jesus teaches.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  210. Roanna Martin Peoria, AZ

    I understand that the Scottish Justic Minister feels that he is displaying values unknown to terrorists such as compassion and mercy but we he does not understand is that it will have no effect on terrorists. They are celebrating what they see as weakness. I think that in this case the families of the victims are being denied the compassion they deserve.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |