Scarborough: Obama Admin Must Have Signed Off On Lockerbie Terrorist Release

If Joe Scarborough is right, this could be a game-changing blow to Barack Obama . . .

On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough left no doubt that he believes the Obama administration acquiesced to the release by the British government of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie murderer and terrorist.

Scarborough was reacting to reports suggesting that, contrary to initial claims, the release was done at the behest of Gordon Brown's British government, and was not an independent move by Scotland.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: I'm talking about the British deal: oil for terrorists.  And Chuck Todd earlier today said the White House needs to answer questions: what did the president know, when did he know it?  Did the administration know about this deal?  Did they go along with it?
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PAT BUCHANAN: It's hard for me to believe that the British government, Gordon Brown and these other folks, working these things out with Scotland to let this terrorist go, who has killed 260 or 270 people, including about five dozen American school kids, that they would let him go and not give the White House a heads-up as to what is coming down the pike.

SCARBOROUGH: This is just one of those stories that smells from the very beginning.  They set up that Scottish guy to hold the press conference, like he's going to release the biggest terrorist this side of al Qaeda? . . . No!  You knew the British government was attached.  We predicted it last week; it's come true. Then that raises the next question: what's the link between Great Britain's government and the U.S. government?  Anybody that works in Washington for more than a day knows the British government is not going to release a terrorist that killed American kids without getting the OK from the American government.
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SCARBOROUGH: Because of that celebration, this is the end of Gordon Brown's government; there's no surviving this, is there?  This is the last straw.

BUCHANAN: I don't think there is any surviving: this guy is just holding on . . . My guess is this thing went up the food chain at State [Department] and went up the food chain through the NSC.

SCARBOROUGH: If this did not end up at the White House, Mike Barnicle, I would be shocked.
American governments don't fall like British ones can. But if it's true that Pres. Obama gave the green light for the release of a terrorist directly responsible for the deaths of dozens of Americans, his administration will suffer a huge blow.  How intensely will the MSM pursue the story?
Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.