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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Justice

There's another military person's family who needs our attention. Robert Stethem, a Navy Diver, was brutally murdered 20 years ago during the hijacking of TWA flight 847.

Read the story at Mudville Gazette of his horrendous ordeal and absolute bravery while being held hostage.

From a story in the Washington Post, dated 12/21/05

"Mohammad Ali Hamadi, a member of the Hezbollah guerrilla group, received a life sentence in Germany for hijacking a TWA plane to Beirut and fatally shooting Petty Officer 2nd Class Stethem, but was paroled after 18 years and freed on Thursday..."
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"...(State Department spokesman) Mr. McCormack said Washington was "talking to the Lebanese government" about bringing him to the United States, but that the issue was complicated by the lack of an extradition treaty with Lebanon. Germany refused to extradite Hamadi to the United States because he could face the death penalty. It also argues that he has been punished for his crime, and that trying him in a U.S. court would constitute double jeopardy. Mr. McCormack disagreed, saying "there is a difference in the interpretations between the legal systems" of the two countries. "

Needless to say, the family members of Robert Stethem are upset about this development.

Michael Yon has posted 3 letters written by the family to the President. For the past 20 years, every American President has promised to bring Stethem's killer to justice. But apparently, the
matter has been dropped from the official list of to-do's.

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10-Jan-2006
CONTACT: Melissa Schwartz
http://mikulski.senate.gov
202-228-1122

On 1/10/06, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, urging her to formally request the government of Lebanon to "immediately arrest and extradite to the United States Mohammed Ali Hamadi".

We need to get this out in the front. I googled Robert Stethem and found hardly any news stories on it. Most of the entries were from bloggers. Go ahead, google it yourself.

Two Senators, on both sides of the aisle have stepped up to the plate. Let's help them get this going. As the Senators wrote in the letter,

"The families of our servicemen always hear that “a grateful nation never forgets.” We need to make sure these are more than just words."

This viscious murderer is hiding out in Lebanon.

And ain't it something that a German hostage was released at the same time as Mohammad Ali Hammadi.

"The German Foreign Ministry denied any link between the Hammadi and Osthoff releases."

Un huh...

And the other three terrorists involved with the hijacking are still out there somewhere, having never been captured.

White House: (202) 456-1111

U.S. State Department: (202) 647-6575