December 19, 2005, - 2:15 pm

BREAKING SCHLUSSEL EXCLUSIVE: Germany Secretly Frees Hezbollah Terrorist Murderer of Navy Diver Robert Stethem (Trades Terrorist for Hostage in Iraq)

By Debbie Schlussel
In June, we wrote about the 20th anniversary of hijacking of TWA flight 847 and murder of Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem by Hezbollah terrorists.
Stethem was a true American hero. Only 23 years old, he was tortured, beaten, and trampled to death by the Hezbollah terrorists for the crimes of being an American, a U.S. serviceman, and refusing–to his last breath–to denounce America.
We’re sad to report that yet another prediction of ours has now come true. We predicted in June that Mohammad Ali Hamadi, one of the Hezbollah terrorists who murdered Stethem, would be released by the German government.
On Friday, the Stethem Family informed us that our worst fears have been realized and that Hamadi will not face justice for his brutal act of terrorism. Germany secretly released Hamadi to freedom in Lebanon.

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Robert Dean Stethem, American Hero, RIP

The German government captured Hamadi in 1987. (Stethem’s other three murderers–Imad Fayez Mugniyeh, Hasan Izz-Al-Din, Ali Atwa–remain free, and are believed to be in Lebanon, Iran, or Syria.) Hamadi was carrying liquid explosives that were the same kind used in previous explosive terrorist attacks in France and Germany. Unfortunately, because Germany opposed our death penalty, Hamadi–who remains under indictment in the U.S.–was tried by the German government, not ours. He was given life in prison without the possibility of parole. But there was always an understanding that Hamadi would be extradited to the U.S. to face justice, if the Germans ever released him.
Germany kept none of its promises and showed the world that it really has no resolve in fighting terrorism. The Stethem family learned Friday that Hamadi was released to freedom. Despite a sentence of life without parole, Hamadi was up for parole twice and served only 16 years in prison. And unlike all other extraditions sought by the U.S. under an extradition treaty with Germany, Germany violated the extradition treaty and Hamadi’s extradition was not granted. Reportedly, Germany did this for two reasons 1) to gain the release of a female German hostage, Susanne Osthoff (a German convert to Islam), from terrorists in Iraq (apparently, the Germans do negotiate with terrorists); and Hezbollah has a strong connection with the ones in Iraq); and 2) in retribution for reported CIA terrorist camps in Europe. This is an outrage.
What’s worse is that Germany released Hamadi clandestinely and provided armed security to escort him to freedom in Lebanon, where his two brothers and other family members are high-ranking Hezbollah officers. Hezbollah-dominated and Syrian-controlled Lebanon–where Hamadi is a hero for murdering Stethem–will never extradite Hamadi to the U.S. to face justice.
The Stethem family is very upset. And all of us should be, too.
Germany is supposed to be our ally in the War on Terror. But actions like freeing Hamadi clearly demonstrate otherwise. The fact that the U.S. government is not making a big deal out of this also speaks volumes.
Before 9/11, Hezbollah murdered more Americans than any other terrorist group. Both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times have confirmed that Hezbollah is a component of the Al-Qaeda network and is training Al-Qaeda terrorists at camps in Lebanon. Both have also reported that Hezbollah is training insurgents who murder our troops in Iraq. British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently reported that Qaeda explosives used in Iraq bear the trademarks of Hezbollah “craftsmanship.”
But instead of publicly denouncing the actions of the Hezbollah and the German government in allowing a Hezbollah terrorist and murderer go free, our government is making nice with the enemy.
Top ranking federal officials–U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III, FBI Special Agent in Charge for Michigan Daniel Roberts, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Special Agent in Charge for Michigan and Ohio Brian Moskowitz, Citizenship and Immigration Services official Carol Jenifer–recently broke pita at the Detroit-area mosque of one of Hezbollah’s and Iran’s top agents in the United States. They laughed with him about Hezbollah being on the State Department terrorist list, seeming to scratch their heads as to why it’s on the list. They clapped enthusiastically when he described what’s going on in Southern Lebanon as “resistance, not terrorism.”
It’s not rocket science to make correct predictions like we make on this site–that Hamadi would be set free or that Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian would be acquitted. Clueless, spineless appeasers like Murphy, Roberts, Moskowitz, and Jenifer, and the German government are running the show–and that makes the prospect of terrorists going free very predictable.
Robert Stethem must be looking down from Heaven and trying to make sense of what is happening here on mortal earth. He was an American patriot and for that, faced a brutal, early death. He would have been around 43, today. Around the same age, Murphy, Roberts, Moskowitz et al are patriotic only to themselves and their aggressive ambitions–and each continues to be promoted. When President Bush said, “You are either on our side or the terrorists’ side,” his own federal officials who oversee these three must not have been listening. (Moskowitz’ boss, ICE Director of Investigations Marcy Forman-Friedman, reportedly told other ICE officials that she’s glad Moskowitz “smoothed things over with the Islamic community of Detroit.” That, not catching terrorists, is the priority at ICE.)
A lot has changed in 20 years since Robert Stethem gave his life in service to America. And not for the better. There is only one thing that hasn’t changed: Robert Stethem and his family deserve justice.
And they have yet to get it.
*** UPDATE: Germany traded justice for Robert Stethem and freed terrorist murderer Hamadi in exchange for a German Muslim hostage’s freedom in Iraq.

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31 Responses

This is an absolute tragedy, and it doesn’t bode well for our war on terrorism.
It seems as if “Old Europe” is populated and governed by a bunch of Socialist, terrorist-appeasers. They lost all will to survive. Instead, they cave to the threats of the very savages who are committed to their annihilation, and by extension, they are giving the terrorists the means and encouragement to kill us, too.
German politicians don’t want a replay of 9/11, and the bombings in Spain and London on their soil, so they capitulate to the demands of a bunch of Satan-worshipping barbarians. What they don’t realize, however, is that they cannot appease these murderous cultists – they are only postponing the inevitable. If the devil-worshipping scum don’t commit mass murder there today, they will certainly do it in the not-too-distant future.
Germany hasn’t learned from its own history. They coddled and appeased the Nazis until it was too late, and they’re repeating the same mistake
by coddling and appeasing the same Godless Pagans with evil in their soulless bodies.
I also don’t see the LIBERALS in the lamestream media covering this story.
Score another victory for the 7th century barbarians, the Dhimmicrats, and their allies in the LIBERAL media.

Thee_Bruno on December 19, 2005 at 4:12 pm

I am positively disgusted at this news.
Shame on the Germany government, and anyone in the U.S. government that doesn’t act swiftly and loudly.

Jeff_W on December 19, 2005 at 4:41 pm

How could Germany act any other way,how could anyone expect anything else.It’s Germany

danny on December 19, 2005 at 4:51 pm

Neo Cons or Neo Libs, there is a quote I like to use: Hidden in Plain Site. When people are more concerned about Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey and I got the name from Fox, but nothing on their front page about Mohammad Ali Hamadi et al, both the Neo-Con and Neo-Lib media would rather keep us in the dark than to question an ally that released murderers. Heck, remember James Gannon? BKA Jeff Guckert? He had full access to the presidential press core. Now he doesn’t. He also ran a website for male prostitution and was gay. Conservative Christians associating themselves with gays? The same group who spouts out Leviticus 18 vs 22? Christianity today is a farce! Judaism is byfar more honest than the religious right and left!! My God! Just goes to show you that the Neo-Cons and Neo-Libs are just playing us like a fiddle and we end up dying.
I wonder if Billary Clinton will bring this up? I wonder if Joseph Libermann (Neo-Lib) will bring this up? I doubt it. Will Kerry bring this up? Nope. He’s Skull and Bones. Neither will Bush. We are losing a battle and it’ll take sites like this to expose the lies from the conservatives and liberals and folks like us to conquer the New World Order. So you think what happened to the Gaza Strip and West Bank wasn’t planned? I hope Israel bombs the Hell out of Iran

KOAJaps on December 19, 2005 at 7:18 pm

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Camp Katrina on December 19, 2005 at 7:30 pm

KOAJaps,
You forgot to mention Paris Hilton, Neo-Buddhists, Ted Koppel, Hinduism, Norway, Scores strip club, and Mein Kampf.
Try staying on topic in your next rant.

Thee_Bruno on December 19, 2005 at 8:08 pm

Wait a minute while I muster up a surprised look about this. Let’s face it Debbie, only Israel and the Jews really understand the threat of Islam. The rest of the world sees it as a manageable inconvenience, not much worse than the Jews themselves.

shleppy on December 19, 2005 at 9:39 pm

The Stethem family and other victims and family members of victims of terrorism–regardless of whether they are Jewish or not–understand the threat.
As for Israel, yes, the country understands the threat. But Israel also did these despicable trades, twice in recent years–a few dead Israeli bodies and the live Israeli drug dealer/Hezbollah spy Elchanan Tannenbaum in exchange for hundreds of Hezbollah terrorists was the most recent such absurdity. Plus, Israel rushed out of Southern Lebanon in an hour, leaving many of those brave Lebanese in the South Lebanese Army, Lebanese Forces, and others who helped Israel, to die horrible deaths at the hands of Hezbollah. So Israeli has made its (very big) mistakes in giving in to terrorists.
But, yes, the U.S. and Germany are far worse in giving in to Islamic terrorists. The “leadership” just doesn’t get it. And that’s why these deals to free convicted terrorists occur. Germany knows it can get away with it, and U.S. leaders won’t do anything about it.

Debbie Schlussel on December 19, 2005 at 10:42 pm

Thanks for posting this, Debbie.
RIP, Robert Dean Stethem. God bless his family and friends.

The_Man on December 19, 2005 at 11:10 pm

Another shameful act by a Euro-trash govrnment in their on-going capitulation to the muslimo-terrorists.

Jack Bauer on December 20, 2005 at 8:59 am

…Stethem’s murderers should now be considered fair game by The US,which will hopefully do a better job than Steven Speilberg’s ‘Cycle of Violence'(a recent TV reviewer’s quote/ moral equivalence bs)take on ‘Munich’ which was a forgettable movie as ‘Sword Of Gideon'(1986).

jaywilton on December 20, 2005 at 11:35 am

This is horrifying. The White House should be hounded until this guy (the released terrorist) is history; And then there really needs to be an accountability with the German Government.
Patriots in Congress should put relentless pressure on the White House, until these two things happen.

paul on December 20, 2005 at 11:49 am

I agree about how vile this all is but I also want to expand on the comment on Fox’s reporting priorities.
On Dec 17, the way that Fox reported on Bush and “wire tapping” and the very unflattering picture of him that they chose has put Fox firmly on my suspect list.
The article started this way:
Bush Admits Approving Eavesdropping Dozens of Times
Saturday, December 17, 2005
WASHINGTON†ó†President Bush said Saturday he has no intention of stopping his personal authorizations of a post-Sept. 11 secret eavesdropping program in the U.S., lashing out at those involved in revealing it while defending it as crucial to preventing future attacks.
Fair and balanced my foot!!
Check it out.
Terry

TallT on December 20, 2005 at 1:52 pm

Such a surprise, the Krauts are reverting to type.
Let’s never forget Rapta. As William Safire wrote “William Safire ridiculed Germany’s ‘sputtering denials’ and labeled Rabta ‘Auschwitz-in-the-sand.'”
http://kalapanapundit.blogspot.com/2005/12/krauts-revert-to-type.html

Grant on December 20, 2005 at 3:30 pm

Germany Betrays America Again: Stethem Killer Released

Well, so much for improved relations between America and the coward republic of Germany. The new German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to strengthen relations with the United States.

Journal on December 21, 2005 at 2:25 am

Germany Betrays America Again: Stethem Killer Released

Well, so much for improved relations between America and the coward republic of Germany. The new German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to strengthen relations with the United States.

Journal on December 21, 2005 at 2:25 am

Germany Frees Terrorist Wanted By US

If I think about it very long my blood pressure’s going to do something dangerous. Click here, here, here, here and here.

Small Town Veteran on December 21, 2005 at 5:27 am

Thee_Bruno, the rants are all connected. When you hear gossip over a soldier who got killed by terrorists and our media: Both left and right are more concerned about garbage and not our freedom, the rants goes in all directions, but they are all intertwined in the web of misinformation.
Debbie did say, “…the U.S. and Germany are far worse in giving in to Islamic terrorists. The “leadership” just doesn’t get it. And that’s why these deals to free convicted terrorists occur. Germany knows it can get away with it, and U.S. leaders won’t do anything about it.” Our country is based on Judeo-Christian belief, but when our allies release murderers, when known terrorists in California are deported and not sent to Guantanamo, I see a problem. Both the liberal and conservative media are mopre concerned about spying on America than imprisoning terrorists. So now many are saying the ACLU or other liberal groups are pressuring our government? If so, then why won’t Bush stop wiretapping known terrorists? They choose not to and Bush’s authority as President allows him to do so without a warrant.
Neither the conservatives nor the liberal media can stop the preident from doing what he needs to do to stop terrorism, what makes you think that a non-profit organization do? Don’t give these neo-libs that much power.

KOAJaps on December 21, 2005 at 7:00 am

Deb, here’s a better solution: Leave the Jews alone

KOAJaps on December 21, 2005 at 7:03 am

There’s something we (Americans and other like-minded people) can do, whether or not our government takes action. Boycott. Germany is one of the world’s most export-dependent economies. Don’t buy anything made in Germany — ANYTHING. And write to their embassy and tell them you’re boycotting their exports and why. If enough people do this, it will get their attention better than angry words will.

Jeff-in-Oregon on December 21, 2005 at 9:17 am

If Mohammad Ali Hamadi cannot be brought to justice, then let’s take justice to Mohammad Ali Hamadi.

Loser on December 21, 2005 at 1:10 pm

Debbie,
I posted the following on LGF last night and this morning regarding the State Departments role in all of this. I’d like to re-post it here:
The State Department and the US Administration doesn’t deserve any praise from anyone on this release. Here’s what isn’t going to be reported in the MSM:( from yesterday’s State Department daily briefing ):
“MR. MCCORMACK: She — the Secretary was aware of this case. She was briefed on it. We were engaging the German Government at a variety of levels. I don’t believe that she intervened in this particular matter.”
In other words, Condi Rice knew before this murderer was released that he was about to be released. Instead of demanding that he be turned over to the US to face trial, Rice did nothing. Now State is playing the game that they really want this guy. Yeah right. If they really wanted this guy, then why didn’t Rice get on the damn telephone and demand he be sent here? The worst that would have happen is the Germans would have said no. So instead, we pretend like we’re going to get this guy from a country which harbored the terrorists group he’s part of and from a country which we have no extradition treaty with.
One State Department explainer suggested that the German Gov’t definitely would have said no anyway and since Mekel’s coalition gov’t is weak why put them in the position of having to “explicitly and publically piss on the U.S”. and why use Condi’s prestige and credibility for a no-win situation.
My reply was this:
If the Germans piss on a request to extradite the murderer of an American serviceman, then they should pay the price of having everyone know about it.
As for Condi’s prestige, I happen not to give one iota. Her prestige comes from the fact of her office, period. I think most Americans would agree that if she can’t use her office and whatever prestige it may bring to demand the extradition of the cold blooded killer of an American Serviceman killed for no other purpose than the fact that he wore the uniform of US Soldier then she should find another job.
I would also add the following:
I also should note that we simply do not know if a request from the Secretary of State would have been met with a negative response. If Condi’s prestige is so great, then it seems to me she would have, at the minimum, received a respectful hearing on an American request for extradition. As it was, no request was made and the killer of an American serviceman goes unpunished.

MJ on December 21, 2005 at 1:10 pm

Here’s a little more on State’s role in not fighting this release:
The original request for extradition was made way back in 1987. According to my understanding of yesterday’s State Department briefing, this request was not renewed by anyone in our government and certainly no member of the current or past State Departments since that time. Here’s the relevant passage from yesterday’s State Department briefing:
QUESTION: “Sean, the German Justice Ministry is saying that there was no active extradition request from the United States, that yes, in ’87 that was done but it was turned down and since then there’s not been a renewal of a request. Is that true?
And the second question is when did you learn about his sending back to Lebanon?
MR. MCCORMACK: On the first issue, I don’t know if this is a legalism or not. I know that this has been an issue that we have tracked over time with German authorities. You know, I can’t tell you if an initial extradition request again serves as a continuing extradition request. I’m not a lawyer. I can’t tell you those things. I do know that we have been in contact with German authorities over the years regarding this case.”
So the first problem is that there might not have been an active extradition request. Perhaps the Secretary of State can enlighten us as to reason why State couldn’t bother to renew the extradition request.
Next, the reason usually given why our request would have been denied, had State actually made one, would have been because of the death penalty. However, if that reason actually held water, then it was news to the State Department spokesman:
QUESTION: “Do you anticipate that if tried in the United States he could potentially face the death penalty, and was that issue part of the — your discussions with the Germans over the years?
MR. MCCORMACK: I’ll check for you whether or not that entered into their decision whether or not to assert their jurisdiction over the matter. I don’t know at this point. We’ll look back. We’ll ask the lawyers about that.
As for whether or not he would face the death penalty here, again, we’ll try to — we’ll do what we can here. That might be a question the Department of Justice might have to answer.”
In other words, if that were the main reason for denial of a request which we didn’t make, then one would think State’s spokesman would have certainly been made aware of that fact. More to the point, the US could have waived the death penalty. We’ve done that before and no doubt we will do it again in the future. Remember the case of Ira Einhorn?
Next, the State Department was aware of this killers release prior to him actually being released and thus prior to his ending up in Lebanon. I would suggest that had the American people been informed of his pending release there would have been an outcry which might have made the German court system think twice about releasing the killer of an American Serviceman. Why were the American people not told about his pending release from a German prison? Why was State protecting Germany’s reputation here in US? State certainly knows how to leak a story to the New York Times but saw fit to keep this one quiet until the guy was safely in Lebanon.

MJ on December 21, 2005 at 1:15 pm

MJ,
Great post!

Thee_Bruno on December 21, 2005 at 3:13 pm

Thank you for exposing this outrage – I hope the US authorities find some way to break out of the silence and get this guy.
cn

Colin Nelson on December 21, 2005 at 3:23 pm

No German wine for this holiday! Boycott German goods!

flatlander- on December 22, 2005 at 10:59 pm

Boycott anything from Germany? Hell, we’re getting our shit from the Commies in China!

KOAJaps on December 25, 2005 at 12:31 pm

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