King: Obama Admin. Mulling Release of Blind Sheik

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Officials in some Arab capitals, including Cairo, say the anger that led to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya was sparked in part by Muslim demands for the release of Omar Abdel Rahman.

The 74-year-old, known as the Blind Sheik, was convicted of plotting the first terrorist attack on The World Trade Center in 1993, a truck bombing that killed six people and injured more than a thousand.

He is now being held in the Butner Federal Prison in North Carolina.

Rahman is highly popular among some Egyptian Muslims. President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, has vowed to push for his freedom.

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck talks more about why the Obama administration is considering sending the 'Blind Sheik' back to Egypt.  Click play for his comments, on CBN Newswatch Sept. 20.

The White House, the State Department, and the Justice Department have all issued statements flatly denying that they're considering Rahman's release.

But House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter King said the administration is indeed weighing the possibility.

The New York lawmaker sent letters to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"The release of Abdel Rahman or any terrorist who plots to kill innocent Americans would be seen for what it is: a sign of weakness and a lack of resolve by the United States and its president," he said.

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John Waage

John Waage

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John Waage has covered politics and analyzed elections for CBN News since 1980, including primaries, conventions, and general elections. 

He also analyzes the convulsive politics of the Middle East.