NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past 24 hours multiple news outlets have reported that the Obama Administration may be considering a request from the Egyptian government that the U.S. government release the so-called "Blind Sheikh," Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of masterminding the 1992 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. Egyptian media reports have indicated that some of the recent violence against the U.S. in that country was in protest of the Sheikh's life imprisonment for the bombings that killed six people. Thus far, a letter sent to Administration by eight members of Congress, including the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, asking for clarification on the matter, has gone unanswered. The following statement should be attributed to Devon Cross, a member of the Secure America Now Advisory Board:
News reports that the Administration may be considering a request from Egypt for the release of Omar Addel-Rahman, are troubling, particularly in the wake of the attacks against the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Given the effort by the Obama Administration to go out of its way to placate even radical Islamic fact, the American people require clearer statements on how the U.S. will respond to requests made by Egyptian President Morsi when he visits the U.S. in the coming days. President Morsi has publicly stated that the release of the "Blind Sheikh" is a top priority for his Muslim Brotherhood party. Such requests should be rejected swiftly and definitively to leave no doubt of where U.S. policy stands regarding the treatment of convicted terrorists. The only way to do this is for the President of the United States to state unequivocally that such a release would not happen during his presidency."
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SOURCE Secure America Now