Monday, June 6, 2011

An Open Letter to Sen. John McCain (R. Az).

Convicted Lockerbie terrorist Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi and Saif Gadhafi receive a hero's welcome in Tripoli after Ali Megrahi was released from Scottish prison on humanitarian grounds.

John McCain in Free Benghazi, Libya

(PLEASE print out and fax this letter to McCain. Thanks BK)

Sen. John McCain (R. Arizona)
Senate Armed Services Committee
Room SR-228, Russell Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510-6050
(202) 224-3871
Fax: (202) 228-0036

June 6, 2011

Dear Sen. McCain,

As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee you are considering the Defense Authorization Bill, which includes the Rogers/LoBiondo Tripoli Repatriation amendment (H.R. 1540) that was passed by the House.

US Navy Master Commandant Richard Somers left Somers Point, New Jersey to fight pirates and the Tyrant of Tripoli, and for freedom, liberty, justice and democracy - the same things that the American military and the Libyan rebels fight for today.

Somers died in the explosion of the USS INTREPID in Tripoli harbor on September 4, 1804 while on a secret mission to destroy the anchored pirate fleet. Lt. Henry Wadsworth (Uncle of Longfellow), Lt. Joseph Israel and ten US Navy volunteers were with him. Their bodies washed ashore, and after being mauled by dogs, they were buried by the prisoners from the captured frigate USS PHILADELPHIA, just outside the walls of the old castle fort in Martyr’s Square, the epicenter of the revolt in Tripoli today.

When you were in Tripoli, you met with Saif Gadhafi, and requested they not hold a celebration when convicted Lockerbie terrorists Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi was freed, but despite your pleas, they did, and the hero’s welcome he received led to the deterioration of the relations between Libya and the United States.

Now, we have the opportunity, as soon as Gadhafi leaves power, to repatriate the remains of Somers and the men of the INTREPID, and to give them the hero’s welcome home and proper burial with full military honors that they deserve.

Thank you for supporting the Libyan rebels, and please support the Rogers/LoBiondo amendment to the Defense Authorization Act, and return the remains of our heroes, who were left behind enemy lines and are the only martyr’s buried in Martyr’s Square, Tripoli.

William Kelly
20 Columbine Ave.
Browns Mills, New Jersey 08015
(609) 425-6297

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