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2012-05-20 09:45:43 AM  
HOpe it was a painful 3 months.
 
2012-05-20 09:46:30 AM  
Or maybe he left some memoirs....
 
2012-05-20 09:46:34 AM  
No cure for cancer, heh.
 
2012-05-20 09:46:40 AM  
As-Salāmu `Alaykum
 
2012-05-20 09:48:31 AM  
We'll he's off to the virgins.
 
2012-05-20 09:48:34 AM  
Proving once again, There is a God! He's on his timeline.
 
2012-05-20 09:48:42 AM  
Couldn't have happened to a better fella
 
2012-05-20 09:48:45 AM  

vudukungfu: HOpe it was a painful 3 months.


FTA: CNN's Nic Robertson tracked al Megrahi down at the palatial villa Moammar Gadhafi had built for him, apparently in a coma and near death. Al-Megrahi's family said his son and mother were trying to care for him with oxygen and an intravenous drip, but with no medical advice.

Not a doctor, and I didn't stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night, but....yaaaaa, before the coma I'm pretty sure it was, if oxygen and intravenous drip is your answer to cancer pain.
 
2012-05-20 09:51:36 AM  
Good. I'm not even gonna get worked up with hate, I'm just glad he's gone.
 
2012-05-20 09:52:14 AM  
Enjoy hell you sumbiatch.
 
2012-05-20 09:53:41 AM  
meh. he wasn't released from Britain because he was sick, he was released because he was about to be granted a new trial with all the trumped up "evidence" thrown out. He probably was involved, but he wasn't one of the people who really should have been locked up for life.
 
2012-05-20 09:54:56 AM  
Different attack, but same sentiment

Hijackers Surprised To Find Selves In Hell
 
2012-05-20 09:55:02 AM  
Al-Megrahi was freed from a prison in Scotland in 2009 after serving eight years of a life sentence for blowing up the Pan Am 747, killing all 259 on board and 11 in the town of Lockerbie below.

WTF, Scotland? Why was releasing this guy EVER even an option?
 
2012-05-20 09:55:03 AM  
Good farking riddance. Nothing of value was lost.
 
2012-05-20 09:55:15 AM  

wrs1864: meh. he wasn't released from Britain because he was sick, he was released because he was about to be granted a new trial with all the trumped up "evidence" thrown out. He probably was involved, but he wasn't one of the people who really should have been locked up for life.


Is there some news service that only you read?
 
2012-05-20 09:55:33 AM  
The important thing is that BP has Libyan oil drilling rights, and that's what really matters.
 
2012-05-20 09:56:33 AM  
The farker never should have been released. Good riddance, asshole.
 
2012-05-20 09:56:55 AM  
lockerbie sounds like something pedo bear would say

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2012-05-20 09:56:58 AM  
People who really followed the case were not sure he was guilty. From the NYT obit:

On Jan. 31, 2001, the three-judge court found Mr. Megrahi guilty but acquitted Mr. Fhimah. The court called the case circumstantial, the evidence incomplete and some witnesses unreliable, but concluded that "there is nothing in the evidence which leaves us with any reasonable doubt as to the guilt" of Mr. Megrahi.

Much of the evidence was later challenged. It emerged that Mr. Gauci had failed repeatedly to identify Mr. Megrahi before the trial and had selected him only after seeing his picture in a magazine and being shown the same picture in court. The date of the clothing sale was also in doubt.

Investigators said Mr. Bollier, whom even the court called "untruthful and unreliable," had changed his story repeatedly after taking money from Libya, and might have gone to Tripoli just before the attack to fit a timer and bomb into the cassette recorder. The implication that he was a conspirator was never pursued.

In 2007, Mr. Lumpert admitted that he had lied at the trial, stolen a timer and given it to a Lockerbie investigator. Moreover, the fragment he identified was never tested for explosives residue, although it was the only evidence of possible Libyan involvement.

The court's inference that the bomb had been transferred from the Frankfurt feeder flight also was cast into doubt when a Heathrow security guard revealed that Pan Am's baggage area had been broken into 17 hours before the bombing, a circumstance never explored.

Hans Köchler, a United Nations observer, called the trial "a spectacular miscarriage of justice," words echoed by Mr. Mandela. Many legal experts, authors and investigative journalists challenged the evidence, calling Mr. Megrahi a scapegoat for a regime long identified with terrorism.
 
2012-05-20 09:57:04 AM  
Enjoy your 72 Virginians
 
2012-05-20 09:57:52 AM  

wrs1864: he was released because he was about to be granted a new trial with all the trumped up "evidence" thrown out.


awesome, just what fark needs, more conspiracy nuts.

the 3,297 others were getting stale.
 
2012-05-20 09:58:12 AM  
Glad cancer made a visit to this muthafarker for his painful termination. He never apologized. I wouldn't be against some of our former leadership who decided to invade Iraq (2003 version) and who proposed waterboarding and domestic surveillance of US citizens receiving a similar "big C" visit.
 
2012-05-20 09:58:57 AM  
I don't think you get 40 virgins for going out with the big C. Honestly, I can't think of any better end than something as slow and ignominious as cancer for this farkwad.

/ I've lost several family members to cancer & various long term degenerative illnesses. This is the only time where I thought someone got what they deserved.
 
2012-05-20 09:59:03 AM  
"Al Megrahi's death may make it impossible ever to get the full story behind the Lockerbie bombing"

He didn't know the full story. Does anyone think his handlers actually told him he was blowing up the plane to cover up a CIA drug running operation gone bad? No, he did it for Allah, just like the boys in Langley wanted.
 
2012-05-20 09:59:33 AM  

NutWrench: Al-Megrahi was freed from a prison in Scotland in 2009 after serving eight years of a life sentence for blowing up the Pan Am 747, killing all 259 on board and 11 in the town of Lockerbie below.

WTF, Scotland? Why was releasing this guy EVER even an option?


They have a law on the books that allows for compassionate release for those near death. There's lots of evidence that the British gov't was exerting a lot of pressure on the Scottish because of Libyan oil rights or something like that, though.
 
2012-05-20 10:00:02 AM  

muddythinker: People who really followed the case were not sure he was guilty.


The people that treated him like a hero knew he did it. Why is there even a question?
 
2012-05-20 10:01:11 AM  

ImmaculateContraception: NutWrench: Al-Megrahi was freed from a prison in Scotland in 2009 after serving eight years of a life sentence for blowing up the Pan Am 747, killing all 259 on board and 11 in the town of Lockerbie below.

WTF, Scotland? Why was releasing this guy EVER even an option?

They have a law on the books that allows for compassionate release for those near death. There's lots of evidence that the British gov't was exerting a lot of pressure on the Scottish because of Libyan oil rights or something like that, though.


Nevermind. Better explanation above.
 
2012-05-20 10:03:38 AM  
Ok. This is the best I could find without resorting to Youtube and blogs:

In 2009, Megrahi was serving a 30-year sentence when the Scottish government announced it would free him, citing medical reports that the cancer-stricken terrorist was gravely ill and could die within weeks. Months after the release, the Libyan government and BP finalized a 2007 agreement -- estimated to be worth $20 billion to BP -- to begin deepwater oil exploration and drilling off the country's coast. link
 
2012-05-20 10:04:18 AM  
i2.cdn.turner.com

I hate to be a dick, but is that bomber or a surgeon? Is that what bombers wear because the fertilizer smells like poopie?
 
2012-05-20 10:04:50 AM  
You know, when an intelligent man whose daughter was killed in the attack devotes most of his life to proving the convicted bomber's innocence, you've got to begin to suspect that something went horribly wrong with this case....

If Megrahi did it then I hope he rots in hell, but there's no way he was acting alone and I'm not sure he was involved at all.

From the BBC:

Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died at Lockerbie, called Megrahi's death a "very sad event".

"Right up to the end he was determined, for his family's sake... [that] the verdict against him should be overturned," said Dr Swire, who is a member of the Justice for Megrahi group.

"And also he wanted that for the sake of those relatives who had come to the conclusion after studying the evidence that he wasn't guilty, and I think that's going to happen."
 
2012-05-20 10:05:18 AM  
I love that he lived longer just to see the government he served so loyally collapse in flames.
 
2012-05-20 10:06:06 AM  
When they print that crash picture of the nose of the plane (Maiden of the Sea), I'm stunned that they found that flight attendant alive under there. Although she died shortly after her discovery, I'm still amazed and horrified. She knew what was going on and she had time to pray.

/I don't like air travel.
//Thank Dog for vodak and ativan.
 
2012-05-20 10:06:36 AM  
He would have had better medical treatment and a more humane end-of-life experience had he stayed in Scotland.
 
2012-05-20 10:08:44 AM  
he was never anything more than the fall guy. The entire government of Libya was responsible. One of the great tragedies that we never really pursued this, that we were just happy with putting Baset al-Megrahi away to give off the air of justice, when none was ever really achieved.
 
2012-05-20 10:10:36 AM  

R.A.Danny: wrs1864: meh. he wasn't released from Britain because he was sick, he was released because he was about to be granted a new trial with all the trumped up "evidence" thrown out. He probably was involved, but he wasn't one of the people who really should have been locked up for life.

Is there some news service that only you read?


the wikipedia article on Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has a good summary. Again, I don't think this guy is some angel or anything, but blaming him for the Lockerbie bombing is like blaming Bin Laden's chauffeur for 9-11. There had to have been vastly more important people who should have been locked up but weren't even arrested.

\better to convict someone, anyone, so we can turn our hate on them, righ?
 
2012-05-20 10:12:07 AM  
May God have mercy upon him. R.I.P.
 
2012-05-20 10:17:47 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: The important thing is that BP has Libyan oil drilling rights, and that's what really matters.


Needs to be repeated for emphasis.
 
2012-05-20 10:18:22 AM  
IMMA FIRIN MA LAZER!!!!
 
2012-05-20 10:19:29 AM  
His pick of 72 virgins?
www.funnyphotos.net.au

Here's the first batch.

Enjoy!
 
2012-05-20 10:19:40 AM  
rumpelstiltskin: "Al Megrahi's death may make it impossible ever to get the full story behind the Lockerbie bombing"

He didn't know the full story. Does anyone think his handlers actually told him he was blowing up the plane to cover up a CIA drug running operation gone bad? No, he did it for Allah, just like the boys in Langley wanted.


Woah.

What brand of tin foil would you recommend to keep the government from controlling my teeth.
 
2012-05-20 10:20:11 AM  
Rot In Purgatory Bomberman!
 
2012-05-20 10:20:38 AM  
Hans Köchler, a United Nations observer, called the trial "a spectacular miscarriage of justice," words echoed by Mr. Mandela. Many legal experts, authors and investigative journalists challenged the evidence, calling Mr. Megrahi a scapegoat for a regime long identified with terrorism

You don't have to be a wild-eyed, tinfoil wearing conspiricist to ask the simple question;

"Who benefited from normalized relations with Gaddafi and Libya?" - a variation on "follow the money".

Gaddafi was able to negotiate away the UN sanctions as a result of allowing him to stand trial and Libya's biggest customers were back in business. Mob justice on a global scale, consciences eased, and back to dealing with a despotic, but highly profitable, dictator. Megrahi may have been involved, but as a pawn of the Libyan Government and those eager to resume normal relations.

Sadly the ability of the media and public alike to process more than 2 facts simultaneously means nobody wants a complicated story. Megrahi being the bomber is easy - I can understand that and show my outrage. Megrahi being a chess piece in an international game of money and influence is just too much trouble to understand. Ergo, he was guilty, and my poor brain was never troubled by it.
 
2012-05-20 10:23:24 AM  

NutWrench: Al-Megrahi was freed from a prison in Scotland in 2009 after serving eight years of a life sentence for blowing up the Pan Am 747, killing all 259 on board and 11 in the town of Lockerbie below.

WTF, Scotland? Why was releasing this guy EVER even an option?


Because we are a civilised and humane people, and we let people out of prison to die. Even bad people. And particularly people who were found guilty in embarassingly inept trials on the basis of dubious evidence paid for by foreign intelligence services. Dropping his appeal was a condition of release.
 
2012-05-20 10:25:34 AM  

R.A.Danny: wrs1864: meh. he wasn't released from Britain because he was sick, he was released because he was about to be granted a new trial with all the trumped up "evidence" thrown out. He probably was involved, but he wasn't one of the people who really should have been locked up for life.

Is there some news service that only you read?


How about the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission report? Did Fox News not report that?
 
2012-05-20 10:29:43 AM  
Bahamas!
 
2012-05-20 10:30:03 AM  
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/ motherfarker
 
2012-05-20 10:31:20 AM  

NutWrench: Ok. This is the best I could find without resorting to Youtube and blogs:

In 2009, Megrahi was serving a 30-year sentence when the Scottish government announced it would free him, citing medical reports that the cancer-stricken terrorist was gravely ill and could die within weeks. Months after the release, the Libyan government and BP finalized a 2007 agreement -- estimated to be worth $20 billion to BP -- to begin deepwater oil exploration and drilling off the country's coast. link


Damn. Here's what your worth is to a corporation. Or a government. Also, see you in hell, stooge.
 
2012-05-20 10:32:55 AM  

orbister:
Is there some news service that only you read?

How about the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission report? Did Fox News not report that?


Nor did CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, al-Jazeera, Associated Press, or Reuters. BBC mentioned it once.

Lexis/Nexis is my friend.
 
2012-05-20 10:34:57 AM  

orbister: NutWrench: Al-Megrahi was freed from a prison in Scotland in 2009 after serving eight years of a life sentence for blowing up the Pan Am 747, killing all 259 on board and 11 in the town of Lockerbie below.

WTF, Scotland? Why was releasing this guy EVER even an option?

Because we are a civilised and humane people, and we let people out of prison to die. Even bad people. And particularly people who were found guilty in embarassingly inept trials on the basis of dubious evidence paid for by foreign intelligence services. Dropping his appeal was a condition of release.


But we tase people to death for infractions.
 
2012-05-20 10:35:01 AM  
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RIP passengers of PanAm 103 and 11 people on the ground at Lockerbie

/and let's not forget the other victims of Libyan terrorism: UTA 772 and La Belle Discothèque
//Fark Megrahi; the bastard should've died in a Scottish prison, eating haggis day in and day out
 
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