(VladTepes)(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)(The Blaze:Jason Howerton contributed to this report) An Egyptian follower of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman flashes his poster outside in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Sept.11, 2011. The U.S. State Department is actively considering negotiations with the Egyptian government for the transfer of custody of Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as “the Blind Sheikh,” for humanitarian and health reasons, a source close to the the Obama administration told TheBlaze.
The Department of Justice, however, told TheBlaze that Rahman is serving a life sentence and is not considered for possible “release.” Previous calls to the State Department were referred to the Department of Justice and so far, the State Department has neither confirmed nor denied the report.
Glenn Beck revealed the controversial news on his show Monday.
The Blind Sheikh is currently serving a life sentence in American prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, but the newly-elected Islamist government in Egypt has been actively petitioning his release. Many have pinpointed a cause of last week‘s unrest in in the country to be protests over the Blind Sheikh’s release — not an anti-Muslim YouTube video.
this is the problem that Israel has had for thirty years or maybe longer. Israel rarely has the death penalty (there were exceptions for the Nazi war criminals), but if you keep terrorists alive in your jails for long enough then they merely become negotiating points for a compromise… a hopeful ten year hudna that will never come. You can’t strike deals with Al Qaeda, but we should of given the death penalty to these symbols years ago. Whatever use they had for information regarding their networks have long since passed.