3. A confidential cable out of the American embassy in Tripoli, from Ambassador Gene Cretz and dated April 29, 2009 -- found while I was digging through the massive WikiLeaks stash this week -- contains exactly two pieces of information: first, that the PTA was signed on this day; second, that "British Embassy contacts anticipate that the (Government of Libya) will not submit a formal request to transfer convicted Pan Am 103 bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi to Libya under the PTA until next week at the earliest."
4. Megrahi was released from prison by Scottish authorities on August 20, 2009, with medical experts claiming that he'd die from prostate cancer within three months.
5. Two years later, Megrahi's still kickin'.
Far be it from me to speculate and draw definitive links between these facts, particularly in a legally actionable way, but perhaps this might provide Obama with enough of an impetus to pursue a closer look at the whole affair by getting the only person so far named responsible into an American courtroom.
One might ask how he could feasibly do that -- should Megrahi ultimately be found in Libya -- short of extraordinary rendition, which is basically kidnapping someone and taking them to a foreign country. Now this is where Obama could prove why he deserves that Nobel Peace Prize he won before ever doing anything: While America doesn't currently have an extradition treaty with Libya, Obama could negotiate one with the new government as a test of goodwill, leveraging gratitude for America's aid in the nation's liberation.
If a new Libyan government can't hand over a convicted terrorist to make the final several years of his "last three months" of life the most judicially intriguing yet, then it doesn't bode well for this budding friendship.
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