Tuesday, March 09, 2004

No 'Cause of Death' for Terrorist Who Caused Leon Klinghoffer's Death
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Abul Abbas, the Palestinian mastermind of the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro passenger ship in which an American tourist was killed, has died in U.S. custody in Iraq, Palestinian and U.S. officials said Tuesday. He was 56.

Abbas' small Palestine Liberation Front commandeered the Italian cruise ship, demanded the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and threw an elderly wheelchair-bound Jewish American tourist, Leon Klinghoffer, overboard after shooting him.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said that Abbas died Monday, ``apparently ... of natural causes.'' He said there would be an autopsy.

Whitman declined to answer further questions, including whether Abbas still was being tortured interrogated in the period before his death.[Nitpicker per usual]
I think we can safely rule out SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Speaking of torture, okay we weren't really but if we were... It's been reported that Saddam Hussein has not been tortured while in US custody. However, he has only one picture in his cell - a picture of the unelectable. Torture? I think you know where I stand on that.


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