The United States Authorities response to today's release of the Lockerbie Bomber, -
The United States Authorities response to the shooting down of a Iranian airliner by the USS Vincennes in 1988, killing all on board including 66 children, -
"The interests of justice have not been served by this decision," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the top U.S. justice official, said in a statement.
"There is simply no justification for releasing this convicted terrorist whose actions took the lives of 270 individuals, including 189 Americans."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the White House also expressed dismay. Clinton called the bombing a "heinous crime" and said Washington had lobbied to keep Megrahi behind bars.
"We have continued to communicate our long-standing position to U.K. government officials and Scottish authorities that Megrahi should serve out the entirety of his sentence in Scotland," she said in a statement.
...the crew of the Vincennes was awarded Combat Action Ribbons for having actively participated in ground or surface combat, and the captain received the Legion of Merit.