The latest ridiculous rumor making its way around the right wing media and blogosphere — and even Congress — is that the Obama administration is negotiating with Egypt to release Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind imam responsible for the first bombing at the World Trade Center in 1993.
ThinkProgress notes that the whole thing started on Glenn Beck’s website, with an anonymous source saying that the release of the sheikh was being “actively considered.” Then it spread to Erick Erickson’s Red State blog. The administration has issued multiple denials of the story, calling it “utter garbage,” but that didn’t stop a group of Republicans in the House from writing a letter to the DOJ saying they were “concerned” about the “reports.”
Are these people serious? There’s no way in hell the Obama administration is going to release Rahman. It would cause them enormous problems with absolutely nothing to gain from it. Nor, by the way, would the Egyptian government want us to release him. He’d pose as much of a threat to them as he does to the United States. This is another right wing delusion that, in their fevered minds, magically becomes true because it fits their preconceived notions of Obama as a terror-loving Muslim atheist commie pinko fascist (and probably gay too).