Egypt's Morsi to urge President Obama to free 'Blind Sheikh'
Reaction from Rep. Peter King
- Duration 4:49
- Date Jan 10, 2013
Reaction from Rep. Peter King
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-- of the house homeland security committee is demanding answers from President Obama regarding his silence.
About the possible release of a convicted terrorist.
-- Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.
Is coming to the United States in just few weeks.
And in an interview days ago he made some news when he repeated his demands.
That the United States release Omar Abdel rock man known as the blind Sheikh.
This -- was convicted in connection with his role.
In the World Trade Center bombing back in 1993.
That killed six Americans and injured thousands he's serving a life sentence down enough North Carolina.
While president -- has been very vocal about the need for us to release him we haven't heard anything from the administration really in response to these requests.
New York congressman Pete king is -- household homeland security committee and we thought we talked to him about it because you two are wondering.
Where this is going another White House has said before but they have no plans to release the blind -- but now.
The new chairman of the committee is saying they want our response from the Obama administration to this latest demanding aim at president -- -- -- as he gets ready to visit the United States and we presume make this.
Demand for face to face -- our president.
Yeah the yeah you're Karen Mike McCall is that -- -- following up on this on the last September when the issue first came up.
I was demanding answers from the administration and I've really got them.
What they said they they -- no plans to release him they never out now tonight and I what I'm saying is that the president of Egypt.
As bringing this -- presidential level.
Than the president of the United States should state clearly and unequivocally that Morse who will die in an American prison that's the only way to answer this not give -- loyal like dances.
That's it has no plans that say -- you know been no discussions but come right out and say it because.
I know that main reason I was raising this issue Westphal.
Is a number of people in federal law enforcement came to me and said they had reason to believe.
That this was being planned at least being contemplated that are Rangers were being made.
After the possibility of a transfer that's why I -- an issue at that time and the administration never ever gave a firm.
Denial I mean -- won't let me ask artists aliases in this country and people in this country I -- on imagine think guys are convicted terrorist who killed by Americans you gonna stay in prison.
He's lucky Ali got was a life sentence -- stamp president but so but this is a big deal in Egypt they love the blind -- and now to the point where their president.
A member of the Muslim Brotherhood is being very public with an interview with CN.
Saying he plans to ask President Obama personally about this he wants it released and says at a minimum he wants to know about his prison conditions and weather.
That they can be improved and more humane because he's an old man.
I mean do you -- -- Americans give a flying thing that he's an old man and doesn't doesn't really like -- prison conditions.
Now in fact I agree with you I think the only year regret Americans -- he's still alive and quite frankly.
The president United States should not even consider contemplate any type requests like this which is why the president I would -- Obama should cut this short right now.
-- gonna die an American president he's under better conditions than anyone and any Egyptian prison.
I comprise all human rights requirements at the end of the discussion.
Right then that but again the administration right away and why -- you may consider this quiet what I would they consider doing it.
Perhaps if he goes to show good faith in our part they want to -- -- -- negotiations are better relations with.
More -- they -- give a visa to one -- his close associates last summer he came to the country and actually went to the White House and I still not gotten answers as to why that happened.
He keeps getting referred back important Homeland Security.
The Justice Department.
When the State Department was asked questions about the blind Sheikh -- yet by congressman -- back in December.
He you have basically said there was -- classified issue and there's been no.
Public statement mates I all I can think of this is part of the Obama administration somehow thinking if they reach out.
You know with the open hand that is going to be responded to.
And it'll make relations better I think is not since.
I think the last thing we should be doing with Morsi who some by the way was involved the -- -- start the blind sheik's son was involve the demonstrations -- -- -- -- September 11.
Attention -- thinking what -- instructions over and it.
They took the streets in Egypt in in September or early September to try to get this -- -- president now we're told that it at a minimum they want they want his visitation privileges.
To be improve and this is the same -- -- you this is visitation privileges already while in prison.
-- just pass out anti American propaganda.
And in other Islamic violence messages to his Boller subbing.
It's absolutely it's hard to believe that we would ever consider I guess we'll wait to see what the next official statement on this will be.
He -- thank you you begin your new dream vision statement from the President Obama that's it ended right now.
Thanks for being -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --