August 23rd, 2009
10:24 AM ET
14 years ago

Mullen: I was 'appalled' by release of Lockerbie bomber

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen deferred comment Sunday about whether possible military sales between the Pentagon and Libya could be affected by the release of the Lockerbie bomber."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A top military adviser to President Obama is deferring comment on the political or longer-term strategic implications of the recent release of the only man convicted of bombing Pan Am flight 103. But Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed his personal displeasure Sunday at the release.

“Just personally, I was appalled by the decision,” to release Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, Mullen told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King on CNN’s State of the Union.

Asked whether al Megrahi’s release and the celebratory welcome he received upon returning to Libya might impact any proposed sales of military hardware by the Pentagon to the Middle Eastern country, Mullen responded “well, we’ll deal with those down the road. That’s just where I am right now.”

Asked about the message sent by decision of Scottish authorities to release al Megrahi, Mullen also said Sunday that the release “was obviously a political decision which is out of my lane.”

Filed under: Mike Mullen • State of the Union
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    The problem was that Scotland didn't have solid convincing evidence against the guy, and he maintained that he didn't do it the entire time. They released him on "compassionate grounds" because a lot of people had a problem with keeping someone in prison until he dies when they weren't even sure they had the right guy.

    August 23, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. I B Sarcast

    I wonder how long it will take for Fox News to have al Megrahi on, to interview him about his treatment under the British health care system. They'll probably use his release as further "proof" that their system rations health care.

    August 23, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. sam

    Everyone!!, please order and read the book entitled, "TRAIL OF THE OCTOPUS". This book follows the bomb,the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, and who REALLY did this terrible act. Oh, by the way, did I mention that this book was banned in the U.S.A. for years and years??

    August 23, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. You Can't Hide!!!

    Mark 13:6-8 (New King James Version)
    6 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. 7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles.[a] These are the beginnings of sorrows.

    August 23, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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