After spending yesterday in DC, British Prime Minister David Cameron is in NYC today, visiting the UN, meeting with the CEO of Nasdaq and, as you can see here, scarfing down a dirty water dog with Mayor Bloomberg. But no matter how many photo ops Cameron poses for, all anyone wants to talk about is BP, and the company's role in the release of convicted Pan Am 103 bomber Adbel al-Megrahi. Last night Cameron met for 45 minutes with senators from the tri-state area who are calling for an investigation, and they emerged from the meeting slightly placated.
Yesterday, Cameron announced that he was "asking the cabinet secretary in the UK to go back over all the paperwork and see if there's anything else that should be released so there's the clearest possible picture out there of what decision was taken and why." But the U.S. senators want an independent investigation, and last night Senator Chuck Schumer emerged from the meeting to tell reporters, "The best news that we came out with was that the Prime minister said our request for an independent investigation—not just a look at the documents—was still on the table. He said it is not 'case closed.'"
"We cannot have a convicted terrorist be told that he had three months to live and he's now sitting in the lap of luxury for up to 10 years. That is not justice served," Senator Kirsten Gillibrand added. Last year Scotland released Megrahi, who was returned home to Libya on "compassionate" grounds because he has pancreatic cancer. But Megrahi is still alive, and there's speculation that BP played a role in his release to win lucrative oil contracts in Libya. Yesterday Obama did his whole, "let's put this behind us" routine, telling the press, "It was a decision that should not have been made. And one that we should learn from going forward."