Ban Prince Andrew from the United States Over Britain’s Release of Lockerbie Bomber.
It is the policy of the United States “to prevent the entry of alien terrorist sympathizers and supporters into the United States….” Acting under that authority, the American government should ban HRH the Duke of York, Prince Andrew from entering the United States. Press accounts from London and continuing evasions by the British government provide growing, chilling evidence that members of the British establishment assaulted justice in 2009 when they connived to release from prison Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Pam Am 747 airliner explosion over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people. The British infamy requires the United States government to administer some sharp action on our bewildering ally. Banning the boorish Andrew will get their attention.
The details are not yet entirely in the public domain, but it has emerged that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s third child appears to have contrived to assist the Libyan government in the jumped-up claim for a compassionate release of the terrorist al-Megrahi, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer while confined in a Scottish prison. Doctors declared the Libyan had only a few months to live when he was released by the Scottish Justice Secretary in August 2009 over the protests of the American government on behalf of a stunned nation. Al-Megrahi arrived in Libya to a hero’s welcome. The mass murderer is still alive 18 months later.
The British government under former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown claimed the decision was solely under the jurisdiction of the devolved Scottish government. Documents obtained by The Telegraph newspaper show otherwise. The British government was deeply involved in the charade, and Prince Andrew appears to have advised his Libyan friends on how to obtain the terrorist’s release.
The December 21, 1988 Lockerbie bombing was an act of terrorism that claimed the lives of 243 passengers, including 47 American students who had been studying in London; 16 crew members, and 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie. Al-Megrahi was handed over by Libya in 1999 and convicted of the mass murder in 2000. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
The American government cannot ignore this British infamy. Prince Andrew, a UK special representative for international trade and investment since 2001 and a bad seed, has been particularly chummy with oil-rich Libya. The Yorks are no strangers to unseemly commerce. His former wife, the Duchess of York, was caught last year in a newspaper sting offering access to her ex-husband for the princely sum of approximately $750,000. Britain wants a heaping helping of what dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s got..
The British will understand America exercising decisive action to exclude an undesirable. In 2009, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced a ban on a number of controversial figures entering the country, including American radio talk show host Michael Savage. Smith declared,
“I think it’s important that people understand the sorts of values and sorts of standards that we have here, the fact that it’s a privilege to come and the sort of things that mean you won’t be welcome in this country.”
Americans want to apply the same standard. Until the British government confesses its own actions and demonstrates that Prince Andrew played no role in the release of a convicted terrorist in its custody, the Duke of York should be banned from entering the United States. He’s not our sort.
UPDATE: Heavyweight Toby Harnden of The Telegraph weighs in.