Fox News has obtained intelligence documents suggesting the US Embassy protest in Cairo was an effort to demand the release of the 1993 World Trade Center bomber. According to the documents from the Department of Homeland Security, the call to action was posted on the Internet two days before the September 11, 2012 attack in Cairo. There were calls on Egyptians to burn down the embassy if they had to, for the release of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called “blind sheikh.”
The sheikh is now serving a life sentence in connection to the bombing of the WTC in 1993 which killed six people and injured more than a thousand others. Fox News correspondent Catherine Herridge reported that there are talks of transferring him to Egyptian custody for humanitarian and health reasons. Eight senior Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the State Department responding to the report of transferring Abdel-Rahman.
The letter reads in part, “Succumbing to the demands of a country whose citizens threaten our embassy and the Americans serving in it would send a clear message that acts of violence will be responded to with appeasement rather than strength … (it would be seen as) … a sign of weakness and lack of resolved by the United States and its President.”