Is it rude of me not to want this man staying in my home town? I'm really not thrilled with this at all. Neither are my friends who work for the city, from police to fire to sanitation, they aren't thrilled. I'm gonna stay on my side of the tracks if this guy gets to stay here...
Place already startin' to crawl with all kinds of feds...
From NY Times page:
NJ Town Wishes to Make No Room for Gadhafi
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSFiled at 8:21 p.m. ET
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will set foot on U.S. soil for the first time next month when he comes to address the U.N. General Assembly. Now he wants to put down stakes in the middle of American suburbia.
Plans to set up a tent and allow him to stay at a Libyan-owned estate in this upscale community 12 miles north of Manhattan, were attacked Monday by neighborhood residents and public officials, particularly after the hero's welcome extended by Libya last week to the lone man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan American Flight 103.
The attack over Lockerbie, Scotland, thought to be the work of Libyan intelligence, killed all 259 people on board the flight, including 33 from New Jersey. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was freed from a life sentence in a Scottish jail and returned to Libya on compassionate grounds because he is dying of cancer.
''Gadhafi is a dangerous dictator whose hands are covered with the blood of Americans and our allies,'' said U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman, whose district includes Englewood. He promised there would be ''hell to pay'' if the U.S. State Department violates a long-standing deal barring the dictator from staying at the Libyan estate.
State department officials said no decision had been made on the issue.
Rothman was mayor of Englewood 26 years ago when the city learned the Libyan Mission to the United Nations had purchased the Palisade Avenue estate. He said local officials worked out a deal with the U.S. State Department limiting its use to the recreational activities by the ambassador and his family. The Libyans don't pay taxes on the estate, he said.
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