US relationship with Egypt under scrutiny
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 4:02
- Date Sep 19, 2012
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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Thanks very much Egyptian authorities are seeking the death penalty now for seven Christians living in the United States.
For their part in producing that anti Islamic film that sparked violent protests across the Middle East.
So do you think that that's harsh well.
Then there's this a conservative website bright -- dot com reports that the US State Department.
Could be currently in negotiations with the egyptians to transfer one of their citizens of terrorists back home that man you've seen before.
Known as the blind Sheikh.
Serving a life sentence for his part in 1993 World Trade Center bombings.
Here with more is Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson -- groups are so this is a claim by bright part dot com Cox has not been able to confirm the -- State Department spokesperson was asked about it yesterday and she.
Denied that there's a transfer might be going denied.
The president Morrissey did raise that issue president of Egypt in the campaign before it became.
President and so there's been some -- -- maybe transfer maybe in exchange.
Based upon his ill health he's got a life a life term in in in a federal prison.
And all Americans would be outraged by that I was at.
That World Trade Center bombing after the bombing when I was working for the mayor in 1990s -- three.
And thank god there wasn't more.
More -- so what edit looking at this as an -- -- these two separate stories or is it an exciting brought them together beaches didn't they appear to be two separate stories but they appear to be.
Part and parcel of the same type of foreign policy that we have we now have a situation where about the seven.
Coptic Christians and minister Terry Jones down Florida have been charged in Egypt.
Have been charged with -- Egypt under penalty of death with a bunch of.
Of crimes there harming national unity spreading false info.
Insulting Islam and inciting state sectarian strife.
And so now the national prosecutor.
Has said there is a ward for their arrest.
And that if they were arrested they would be tried in Egypt and subject to death penalty three of those folks are Americans including.
Pastor Jones and so.
What I say is have we created the seeds by which this occurred by nature of our foreign policy and I say it because.
The federal government continually points to this trailer as a cause of riots in the mideast number two.
By becoming publicly known that general Dempsey the and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Asked Jones not to support this movie.
Are we kind of encouraging this kind of behavior -- them.
To give the public the impression.
That the producer of this ridiculous and it isn't offensive.
Movie or trailer.
Was so well under control of the authority says he's being rushed out by a bunch of the police types and his head.
Covered up that some -- he had done something wrong.
Legally in terms of making an offensive stupid ridiculous trailer -- film.
To give that impression to the -- world.
That's wrong so have we sow the seeds.
Of our own prosecutions.
And it's outrageous.
On the face of it that.
People in America would be prosecuted in Egypt for making a movie no matter how offensive the movie.
And then be subject to the death penalty.
If he -- when you put these two stories.
Together even giving consideration.
To allowing the blind -- to return home to Egypt after being part of that terror.
Which was the run up to 9/11.
And then at the same time have Americans subject of death penalty in Egypt for making a movie in the United States.
It shows how topsy -- the world has become and -- Unfortunately in effect of our foreign policy.
Is at this point.
And just to reiterate the State Department says that there's no truth to that it denies transferring or release of the blind -- Peter content to have -- a -- -- it -- -- coming up on -- --