Sunday, October 3, 2010

Remember the Lockerbie bomber?

Scotland's prognosis that the Lockerbie bomber had three months to live was not justified, medical experts told Congress on Wednesday, and a senator questioned whether the process was deliberately manipulated to pave the way for the bomber's release from prison last year.

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi served eight years of a life sentence for the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed all 259 people on board, most of them Americans, and 11 people on the ground. Suffering from advanced prostate cancer, al-Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds in August 2009 by Scotland's government. He returned to Libya, outraging people on both sides of the Atlantic. He is still alive.

. . . The panel is investigating whether the British-based oil company BP had sought his freedom to help get a $900 million exploration agreement with Libya off the ground. Senators have been rebuffed in their attempts to get outgoing BP CEO Tony Hayward to testify.

Of course, that's the same BP which caused the oil spill that destroyed much of the Gulf of Mexico.

Who's BP's favorite American politician, and the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years,?

During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records.

CNN, MSNBC, etc. are always doing "follow the money stories", accusing politicians they oppose of simply repaying campaign contributors.

But, don't hold your breath for any such stories tying Obama to the Gulf oil spill (regarding which the Obama administration explicitly waived or failed to enforce numerous regulations before and after the spill) and the Lockerbie terrorist's release (regarding which the UK sought Obama's acquiescence) due to BP's record making generosity to Obama.

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