State Dept.: No plan to release the 'Blind Sheikh'
Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey weighs in
- Duration 7:49
- Date Sep 20, 2012
Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey weighs in
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C Fox News alert now as we look -- controversial report suggesting that the United States of America has been approached.
About possibly releasing or transferring.
A key conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing said to be the mastermind of it.
A man who -- incarceration may have inspired the storming of US embassy in Cairo just last week on September 11.
Omar Abdel Rahman also known as the blind Sheikh was the spiritual advisor.
Behind the World Trade Center attack.
And his possible release.
His release I should say has been called for by none other than Egypt's new president Mohamed morsi.
When -- he was inaugurated.
I mean this is a big cause for many in Egypt including their leader.
Yesterday a group of Republicans sent a letter asking whether or not this administration is considering a possible deal.
For the release or transfer of the shake.
Even as the State Department spokeswoman Victoria Newman insisted that there quote is no plan.
For -- meant to be set free so what are the stakes here.
-- Casey is a former US attorney general under president George W.
Bush and he was the presiding judge.
At the trial of rock mine back in the 1990s right here in New York in the southern district of New York federal court.
And black -- may not know I mean our viewers know bitten Osama bin Laden but this is a guy who was behind the initial attack on the World Trade -- -- -- -- ninjas and spend a lifetime a prison yet.
He was also behind 9/11 he issued the -- well.
From jail that -- on eleven.
He issued the -- a lot of authorize the assassination post Mubarak.
For which was tried he represented himself and Egypt got off got out of that.
But he is.
Eight highly regarded figure in some circles and -- Many circles in Egypt and has been a hero to a large part of that.
That part of the world why do they want him -- so badly in Egypt and it's not just be complete radicals that.
The president of Egypt and it is of course a member of Muslim Brotherhood but we were told he's one of the more moderate.
You know where we're led to believe that he's not one of these radical islamists so why has he even taken it up in his inaugural address saying this is I want him free.
-- -- -- was before his incarceration.
Somebody who I think aspired to become an Egyptian -- He used to distribute copies of his sermons on tape just the -- coming needed.
And they want him out because he is a revered spiritual leader.
I coming -- -- but do they care about the fact that he killed.
You know at least six and 1983 Americans and wounded in a thousand others and as you point out -- -- it was.
Behind 9/11 as well -- they care about what that would do to United States Egypt relations.
-- do you want one word answer not.
Do we care because now there are reports.
That we were told two days before the 9/11 attacks last week.
That the reason these folks we're gonna show up at the embassy was to get him out.
And these Republican congressman we're so concerned about a possible deal to release him or transfer him that they wrote to the administration of the administration.
Has denied that there is any said deal.
But I but I want to play what the State Department spokesperson said in just listen there's some copy -- it appears in the way she braced it with.
Let me say as clearly as I can there is no plan to release the blind Sheikh there is no plan.
To my knowledge we have not been approached about it recently by any senior egyptians.
There's no plan to release.
Now there's a question about whether we would transfer.
Not just give it to get out of jail free past.
And no senior Egyptian officials content PK has and that that they are considering nobody recently.
I what she means by recently so if she doesn't close the door entirely on how could it work general could we actually transfer this guy if we were so inclined.
Back to Egyptian custody and then they would do with him whatever they want and like we saw with the Lockerbie Scotland the pan am 103 bomber.
We have treaties with some countries I don't know whether Egypt is one of them that permits.
Us to transfer prisoners to serve their time in their native country.
It's only for countries with which we have treaties I'm not sure we have them with -- Egypt and it's only with regard to certain classes of crimes this isn't one of.
What would be the -- -- in doing that and is there anyway it would appease the masses who took to the Cairo embassy.
Somehow improve relations with what was once an ally President Obama says it no longer as Egypt.
All it could do is embolden the people who agree with up a -- month and who agree frankly with with more she's darker side.
To become even more -- there is another spiritual leader the name Yusuf Al -- -- Who is regarded by some in the west as a moderate who is in fact as much of -- flaming radical -- -- -- himself who would also be emboldened and empowered by doing some.
That's how extraordinary would it be this is you know this is speculative because what we all we know is that they are upset in Cairo right now over this man's detention.
And that these Republican congressmen are raising an issue and Pete king actually came out and said his information is that he's been told.
This is being considered.
But that's all we know that we have the State Department denial with a copy -- that you and I just discussed but.
How how significant an event would this be an.
And really why would -- even consider.
I don't know why we were considerate I don't think we should considerate I think the denials what -- come from the White House and from the secretary of state and what are the flat.
Clear and unequivocal nothing about recently nothing about senior leaders.
Nothing at least in the door open.
Based on what you're seeing now exhibit -- -- normally the enormity of something like that is is is can't possibly be overstated and is it like releasing bin Laden.
Get -- the Scott understand one of bin Laden's grievances that he claims led him to undertake 9/11 was the fact about Iraq and was in jail.
His was on his top ten.
Complaints and then it would it would give him I guess some sort of posthumous vindication.
I want to ask you about what we're seeing now and Libya initially we were told that it was a spontaneous demonstration by these protesters.
We are being told that this was an act of terror and the and the White House is command said well that that should be obvious that's obvious it was active care.
Does this is this.
A law enforcement.
Matter now or -- the Homeland Security matter.
It should be -- military.
And for the life -- I don't understand why it's regarded as law enforcement matter if it is time.
And that's not a fun because we were told last week and that they came out that it's spontaneous and this is that protests and the state department's acting -- -- comment on it.
Because the FBI is conducting an investigation.
And therefore you have any questions bring them to the Department of Justice the same department -- -- Iraq.
And then they said but the department justices are gonna talk -- -- So everything went into the lock down into the -- of the information.
And we started to get Meeks about who was really behind this and it wasn't spontaneous and this is a planned terror attack and there was some heads up about it.
And now they come out say okay it was a terror act does that -- -- it does that.
No longer DOJ now this is a military thing that the Pentagon should we talk to us about correct.
And it was it's obvious -- it was always obvious that it was say that it was a terrorist attack.
The fact is that the the ambassador's presence in.
What was was was supposed to be confidential but the fact is that they knew we -- the -- appellate -- and I look at -- everywhere that picked heartbreak so.