Egypt pressuring White House to release 'Blind Sheikh'
Rep. Peter King weighs in
- Duration 5:15
- Date Jan 13, 2013
Rep. Peter King weighs in
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-- no concerns this weekend over -- renewed calls and Egypt for the US to release the convicted Islamic terrorist.
Is the so called blind -- -- him out -- rock month.
You preach in new York city New Jersey and along with some of his followers was convicted in the first Islamic terrorist attack against the World Trade Center back in 1993.
And other terror plots against our country.
While just weeks Egypt's president Mohamed -- will visit Washington and he's leading an effort to try get the shake out of the US prison where he is serving life.
For more on this we're -- under -- Peter King a member of the house homeland security committee.
Prussian -- always good to see what I'm sure you remember that day back in 1993 when a guy drove a van into the World Trade Center -- garage.
Blew it up six people were killed thousands are injured.
Another want to let rock -- out.
Yeah actually was a neighbor of mine was -- that that first attack in 1993 and of course the subsequent attack.
So many more killed so all of us have memories of that first attack in 1993.
The blind Sheikh was obviously the architect the mastermind evil genius -- have you want -- call him.
And lest I guess was made June when memo -- she was giving his inaugural speech.
He said that he wanted.
The blind -- released and to this day the administration is never.
Formally deny that they have said there's no.
Ongoing talks there's no plans through to release demoted transfer arm.
The easiest way to end this the easiest way to end this is as clear and present United States should say.
That the blind sheik who's gonna die in American prisons other than that and leaves and have been -- they it creates uncertainty.
There's just something that is wrong.
There's been -- presidential level by president Morsi.
We our president pres Obama.
Should come right back and say this is off the table he's gonna die an American prison and a discussion at this stress I'm so sorry about your neighbor.
One of the victims of -- about terrorist attack.
And it isn't enough to you obviously it's not enough that the State Department says that they have no plans for this and why do you think the president has has had something and do you expect him to say something.
Potentially -- present -- comes.
I think he should say -- say it beforehand that the reason is not enough is that.
Those are loyal like words that we -- we like words to say there are no plans there are no talks going on.
They're not ruling out for the future and that's -- they have to go about list.
Guess was always -- -- -- I similar it is to Justice Department State Department and others.
The course and -- the problem Homeland Security there's people in the intelligence community and people in the law enforcement community.
Came to me.
And they told me that they had heard.
Contingency plans if the blind -- we're going to be transferred to an Egyptian prison so it was at least at that stage which means that has been discussed that has been.
And to this -- -- -- refused to.
That rule -- out.
I think that part of it is -- president's policy of reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood are reaching out to -- Not wanting to needlessly in his eyes antagonize them or fact is that the blind sheik is a murderer.
He's a terrorist I don't think -- Africa and no we're not gonna win any support we're not gonna work impress anyone in the Middle East over the Muslim world.
Buy equipment -- on the blind -- so I think it's time the president just to stand up to -- And say that we're gonna have a relationship between our two countries we can't even be talking about issues as outrageous disgraceful was us.
Well he's an icon to some in -- in a long history of activism and it wasn't just the World Trade Center.
He was convicted of being behind the first Islamic terrorist attack and our nation 1990.
The shooting of Martha Hahn of the activist rabbi.
By L -- you know share was one of the blind sheik's followers and although the guys went up to bomb the World Trade Center three years later.
They're visiting no -- Attica prison.
Yes and others is again a and double standard we have I don't sort of blind sheik's son was also involved in the demonstration.
Backing Cairo this year on September 11.
So getting it right she releases -- main issue for them it's important issue the blind -- was a murder is a murderer.
His and also if you recall we actually had an associate of his was granted a visa to enter the country actually come -- White House last summer.
I -- that -- brought to this the Capitol Hill to meet with senators without being told exactly how close he was.
Two of the blind Sheikh and -- that whole organization they have.
So again the administration.
In some ways I've given credit -- they've done the war against Islamic terrorism.
But on the other hand they have this equivocation.
The somehow a feeling that if you know we make them feel good they're gonna respond in kind I I strongly believe the only language people or -- and understand.
Is that this is off the table we are against Islamic terrorism and McEnroe we'll put -- -- we're not gonna work.
Make any concessions at all and he has to realize that especially after the poor job he did and protecting the American Embassy back on September 11.
Congress and Peter King thank you so much and I'm sorry the terrorists -- they usually.
Touched you through this and will -- wrap.