June 29, 2012

Arab Spring! Egypt's Morsi Wants to Free Sheik Who Plotted Bombings in U.S.


NYT

CAIRO — President-elect Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood pre-empted the military’s choreographed swearing-in ceremony by taking his oath of office a day early in a televised speech to hundreds of thousands of supporters in Tahrir Square on Friday. But his rousing tribute to Egyptian sovereignty may be overshadowed by a promise likely to complicate relations with the United States: to work for the release of the Egyptian-born Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman[blind sheik...ed] jailed for plotting to bomb a series of New York City landmarks.
Hmm, makes one wonder why the Obama Administration invited a terrorist to the White House
Snark snark snark incompetence snark Bill Ayers snark snark diplomacy snarkity snark snark snark:
Included in the delegation of Egyptian lawmakers was Hani Nour Eldin, who, in addition to being a newly elected member of parliament, is a member of the Gamaa Islamiya, or the Egyptian Islamic Group—a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. The group was banned under former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and is now a recognized Islamist political party. Its spiritual leader, Omar Abdel Rahman—also known as the “blind sheik”—was convicted in 1995 of plotting attacks on New York City landmarks and transportation centers, and is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina federal prison...

In an interview, Eldin confirmed he is a member of Gamaa Islamiya. By U.S. law, that means he would be denied a visa to enter the country. Nonetheless, he says, he got a visa from the State Department...

In his meetings with senior Obama administration officials, Eldin says, he asked Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough about transferring Abdel-Rahman to an Egyptian prison

Nothing to see here, moving along.

Update: Mr no salt, big gulps disagrees with Morsi, shocka I know..

By Stable Hand at 07:56 PM | Comments |