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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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We, the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc, are devastated and outraged following the recent release of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi from the Scottish prison in Glasgow. This man is the convicted mass murderer of our loved ones -- 270 innocent victims in all. He showed no compassion to them or their families when he placed a bomb aboard Pan Am 103, killing all 259 on board the plane and 11 on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. Since that time, he was tried and found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison in Scotland. His first appeal was denied; and he withdrew his second appeal. He has shown no remorse or regret or asked forgiveness. We deplore the fact that Scottish Minister Kenny MacAskill decided to release him on any grounds -- compassionate or otherwise. He should have been required to serve out his sentence in Scotland -- ill or not -- as we were promised when he was tried and found guilty in January, 2001.

We are very grateful for all the support that we have received both in recent weeks and the last 20 1/2 years. The response from those we know and don't know has been amazing. We have heard from people all over the world, and we have been deeply touched. It has helped make an unbearable situation a little more tolerable. Furthermore, we have been grateful for the warmth the Scottish people have shown us for over 20 years. Nothing can erase the care and love they've showed to us and our loved ones. We are grateful to the Crown Office for their unending dedication to the prosecution of this case. While we in no way condone the decision or the actions of Mr. MacAskill, one man should in no way represent a whole people. We are actively pursuing the truth to allegations of secret deals between the British Government, the Royal Family, and Libya. We can never forget that those who sponsored and carried out this act of terrorism reside in Libya.

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Syracuse University Reacts to al-Megrahi's Release

Protesting Gaddafi's Presence at the United Nations on Sept 23, 2009

Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. (VPAF103) will join with the American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA) to Protest Gaddafi's Presence at the United Nations on Sept 23rd in New York City.

An Open Letter to Kenny MacAskill From Carol A. Weikel

Carol Weikel was a friend of William "JR" Giebler who was on board Pan Am Flight 103. She wrote of her reaction in the following letter to Kenny MacAskill which she requested we publish here.

...liberty and justice for all.

Laurie Ciulla speaking at a rally in Englewood, NJ on Aug 30th, 2009.

My name is Laurie Ciulla, and my father, S. Frank Ciulla died on Dec. 21st, 1988.

Lockerbie families raise doubts as Scotland defends release (Christian Science Monitor)

Aug 24, 2009 - Scotland's justice minister, and his party, are in the hot seat after releasing a man convicted of murdering 270. Victims' families demand more information.

Embattled Scottish justice minister Kenny MacAskill, facing a storm of international condemnation for ordering the "compassionate release" of the man convicted of murdering 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie 20 years ago, defended his action before an emergency session of the Scottish parliament on Monday.

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