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Outrage Builds As Egypt Presses For Release Of Blind Sheik Behind ’93 WTC Attack

Egypt’s new government is sparking growing outrage in the U.S. for its attempts to win the release of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind cleric behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

In Cairo, President-elect Mohamed Morsi proclaimed to hundreds of thousands of supporters in Tahir Square on Friday that he will gain the release of Rahman, who is in a federal prison in North Carolina after having been convicted of masterminding the bombing that killed six and unsuccessfully plotting to blow up other landmarks, including the United Nations.

Although a U.S. official told the sheik will never be freed, the fact that Egypt’s newly-installed Muslim Brotherhood government is asking has top elected officials here seething.

“It’s disgusting for a head of government to state in his inaugural speech that a man who attempted to commit mass murder should be freed,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told “The fact that he said this in his first speech says to me that this is from the heart, and the Muslim Brotherhood has been trying to convince us that they have changed.

“We need to be more on guard than ever,” King added.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., weighed in, calling Morsi’s speech “an insult.”

“President Morsi’s offensive statements are an insult to the memories of the victims of the World Trade Center bombing. … Rest assured, (Rahman) will stay right where he belongs – in jail for the rest of his life,” Schumer said.

Hani Hour Eldin — a member of Egypt’s parliament, as well as a member of the State Department-recognized terrorist organization Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya — recently traveled to Washington to press the case for Rahman’s release but apparently was rebuffed. When asked for comment on Cairo’s push for Rahman’s release, State Department officials referred to a prior statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in which she said Rahman guilty verdict and life sentence were “correct” and that the evidence was”clear and convincing.”

Talk of releasing Rahman is “a non-issue and it’s not going to happen,” said one U.S. official who asked not to be identified.


9 Responses

  1. They will certainly release him, seeing that they want Egypt to be their friend at any cost.

    Jonathan Pollard, however, will never be released.

    I’m not a Pollard-supporter per se, but this is the first thing I thought when I read this.

  2. Don’t be totally surprised in a few years if Rahman is out of jail, and Pollard is still in jail. I’ve seen stranger things in my life.

  3. Dear Sheik,

    I also believe that you should not be serving time in jail. You should have been executed. Though it is true that you killed (only!) six innocents, your intent and effort was to murder all 50,000+ people in the towers.

  4. I am not a pollard supporter nor am I one to rally for his release from jail, however I don’t doubt for a minute that sheik will be released and Pollard will rot in jail for the rest of his life. The us bends over backwards to accommodate the Muslims and no doubt wants to have good relations with the newly elected in Egypt. It is a disgrace he should never have even been put in jail, he should have been executed in the 90’s.

  5. Crazy world we live in. It is clearer by the day that Arabs can only behave if they have a murderous dictator over their heads like Hosni Mubarak and Saddam Insane.

  6. This is why we will never have real peace with any of our neighbors until zman Moshiach. Unfortunately, at some point the Sinai will be back on the table.

  7. #5, what do you mean by “relegated”? Losing the election? I suppose that’s a kind of relegation back to ordinary life. Do you mean that if he loses the election he will lash out at the people by releasing a terrorist? Or what?

  8. #7, of course the Sinai will be back, not on the table but on the battlefield. There will be no choice but to take it back.

    At Sharam-al-Sheikh, nachzor elayich shlishit…

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