Ghadaffi killed in Libya

For more than twenty years, the families of the Victims of Pan Am 103 have been fighting tirelessly in the pursuit of justice and justice demands that the tyrannical Ghadaffi regime needs to be held accountable for the murder of our loved ones.  Today, we have learned the Ghadaffi may have been captured or killed.  First, we want to commend the Libyan people for their courage and determination.  Their freedom has come at a very high cost of their loved ones, so we all owe them a debt of gratitude.  We also want to commend the NATO forces, especially the US military and the Obama administration. It might have been easier to stand back and allow potentially tragic events to play out.  Instead, the US, the UK and France showed tremendous courage in the face of challenging political and diplomatic circumstances.

Unfortunately, the path to justice is often long and circuitous.  Although today is a great day for the Libyan people and for the universal fight for freedom, our work is not done.  The Libyan agent convicted in the bombing, Abdu Basset al Megrahi, remains at large in Libya and  other Libyan officials involved in the bombing have not been captured.  And, if Ghadaffi has been captured, we need to be certain that he is brought to trial, convicted and spends the rest of his life in prison.  Nevertheless, we will take a moment today to honor our family members: In their memory, we did not give up.  We kept fighting for them and for some semblance of justice.  Today, we take some satisfaction that justice can be done.

A Letter of Support

Dear sir or madam,

I would like to send this note as a mark of respect to the victims and the family members of the victims who have suffered so terribly as a result of the Lockerbie bombing. I would like you to know that I myself and the majority of the people in Scotland fully support you in your anguish at the release of the man convicted in court of the Lockerbie bombing. In the opinion of everyone I have discussed this matter with we are all in agreement that this man should not have been released from a Scottish jail. All thoughts of compassion and support must go to the victims of any crime and not to the perpetrators. The decision on whether to release the bomber or to leave him in jail was left to the Scottish Justice Minister. A decision as immense as this should not have been left to one man. To say that his decision to release this man shocked and horrified the whole of Scotland is indeed an understatement.

In Support of Operations in Libya

This is not a fight over consultation with Congress, but a fight to rid the world of a murderous madman with American blood on his hands, who has pledged that he intends to murder more of his own citizens. The US has joined a multination effort to stop the slaughter, and we should not be arguing over the procedures we used to assist the rebellion. We need to focus on WHY we are there, not how we got there.

Welcoming a New Member of Our Extended Family

The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. is proud to welcome Cara Howe to our extended family as the new Assistant Archivist for Pan Am 103 / Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives. She will be working with Ed Galvin at Syracuse University to help us keep the memory of our loved ones alive. You can learn more about her and the work that the Syracuse University Archives from The Daily Orange.

The defection of Mousa Kousa

We, the Board of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc, represent the American families and friends of the 270 victims of the bombing. We want the Scottish prosecutors and the Dumfries and Galloway police to be able to question Mousa Kousa about the Pan AM 103 bombing, but we would also like the US authorities to be able to question him in conjunction with their Scottish colleagues. We do NOT want him to be granted immunity anywhere. We want him to be tried and convicted for his part in the bombing. We know that he was in such a position in Libya that he was a mastermind in this crime. We do NOT want him to be let go as a free man, either with immunity or due to compassionate grounds! We would like all those responsible of this terrorist act to be tried and convicted.

Libyan Protests

The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 Inc. strongly support the efforts of the U.S. government to impose unilateral sanctions on the Gaddafi regime. For 22 years we have known the truth of the lethal nature of the Gaddafi regime. The terrible attacks on the Libyan people in recent days are irrefutable proof of the need to bring an end to Gaddfi's regime of terror. We add our call for immediate action by the United Nations, by the United States, by the European Union, The African Union, the League of Arab States, and all civilized countries to bring an end to the persecution of the Libyan people

Call for Action

On December 21, 1988, Pam Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, murdering all 259 people on the plane and 11 citizens in Lockerbie. All of these victims were innocents. As the Lord Advocate of Scotland, Colin Boyd, later summarized: “400 parents lost a son or a daughter, 46 parents lost their only child, 65 women were widowed, 11 men lost their wives, 140 children lost a parent, and 7 children lost both parents.”

After an exhaustive investigation by U.S. and Scottish authorities, Libyan agent Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted. He appealed this conviction but it stood. It still stands, even though Scottish Minister of Justice Kenny MacAskill released al-Megrahi on August 20th, 2009 on “compassionate grounds” based on the claim that he had only 3 months to live. The Scottish government has shown compassion to this convicted mass murderer of 270 innocent souls. The convicted mass murderer never showed compassion for any of his victims.

One year later, al-Megrahi is still alive. The grounds for his “compassionate” release now appear so flawed and unreliable that we must question the underlying motivation. Recent revelations of commercial and diplomatic pressures to release the convicted murderer, coupled with the admission that the doctors relied upon for their expertise were in fact not consulted by the Scottish authorities, are shocking and outrageous.

BP Deal with Libya -- Fox News / Wall Street Journal

News of BP's suspected deal with Libya from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.

Gigot: if Gadhafi wants to come in from the cold--maybe, shouldn't we just move on?

Stephens: I would say there are 270 reasons not to do that, and those are the 270 people who were murdered on Pan Am 103.

Pan Am Flight 103 Revisited

Now that the decision has been made to transfer the case of the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to a civilian trial in Manhattan instead of a Military Commission, the families of the thousands who perished on 9/11 will face a year or more to relive the horror of that day. Imagine a scenario where Mohammed, who has already confessed and bragged about his actions, is released from prison and allowed to go home to a hero's welcome; then, try to imagine the pain that those families would endure.

Remarks of John O. Brennan, December 21, 2009

Thank you, Frank, for your introduction and for your stewardship of this incredible organization -- this family of families -- dedicated to the memory of those who were loved so much.

To Mary Kay Stratis and all the spouses and families and friends, I am deeply humbled to join you on a day that I know is still difficult for so many of you. For others, 21 years might seem like a lifetime. To you, I know it seems like just yesterday.

And so for you and your families, this is an intensely personal moment. At the same time, it is a day for our nation -- to remember, to reflect and to reaffirm our commitment to spare others the pain and loss you have known.

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