World Trade Center bombing planner to be returned to Egypt with Kahane assassin for American democracy activists?Citing an al-Arabiya report in Arabic, Robert Spencer reports that the United States has offered to trade Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, who is imprisoned in the United States for a conviction stemming from the first (1993) World Trade Center bombing, along with 49 other Egyptians being held in American prisons, for the 19 Americans currently being held in Egypt on charges of promoting democracy.
Al-Arabiya is reporting, in Arabic only so far, that the U.S. is talking with the Egyptian government to free the blind Sheikh and 49 other Egyptians currently imprisoned in the U.S. in exchange for the freedom of the 19 Americans the Egyptians are holding.I pulled a Google translation of the Arabic article. No names are mentioned other than Rahman, although there is talk there about how Egypt should not 'miss the opportunity' (a phrase that ought to make the US State Department consider banning travel to Egypt) to free all 500 Egyptians being held in the US.
The blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, is in prison for his role in masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center jihad terror bombing. If he is freed, it will be the apotheosis of Obama's policy of appeasement toward the Islamic world.
But I would assume that one of the 49 others to be included with Rahman is El Sayid Nosair, the man who murdered Rabbi Meir Kahane, and was later acquitted on a technicality (he has since admitted that he murdered Rabbi Kahane). Nosair is a disciple of Rahman and was also convicted on charges related to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Nosair should never see the light of day (neither should Rahman).
Spencer is right. This 'exchange' would indeed be the apotheosis of Obama's Presidency. For now.