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Published on: August 28, 2009 04:12 PM
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New York - The Libyan leader will be issued a visa that limits his travel to New York City, a source close to the situation tells NBCNewYork.com

The news come on the same day a northern New Jersey mayor went to court to stop renovation work at the mansion where Gadhafi wanted to stay next month when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly.

Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes said if the federal government wouldn’t do the right thing and keep Gadhafi out of a community where he’s not welcome, he would. Libyan intelligence is widely believed to have orchestrated the 1988 attack on Pan American flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed all 259 aboard — including 38 people from New Jersey.

Gadhafi gave a hero’s welcome to the only man arrested in that attack when the bomber was released last week from a Scottish prison.

Wildes said mansion workers have violated numerous city ordinances.  Gadhafi’s visit to the Garden State has rankled many Jersey politicians.

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Sen Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week, requesting that Gadhafi remain in a six block area around the U.N.

“Given recent events, I believe the State Department should ensure that Colonel Kadhafi’s entry into the United States is for official UN business only and does not allow him to travel freely,” Lautenberg said.

In the hopes of stemming an international incident over the tent-pitching, Clinton was looking to arrange a hotel room or some other accomodations for the dictactor, the Daily News reported on Wednesday. The topic dominated the daily State Department news briefing on Wednesday.

“Of course our priority has been and will remain the families of the victims of this tragedy,” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.

“We’re also talking to the Libyans to highlight the concerns that we have and the very raw sensibilities or sensitivities of the families who live in that area,” Kelly said.



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 Aug 28, 2009 at 04:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Mayor Bloomberg should take the iniative as did Guliani in rejecting Arafat.

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 Aug 28, 2009 at 04:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Given the recent events he should be dragged to the hague. He is a murderer and cant understand how my President can lend him a smile.

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 Aug 28, 2009 at 05:08 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Given the recent events he should be dragged to the hague. He is a murderer and cant understand how my President can lend him a smile.

“Given the recent events he should be dragged to the hague. He is a murderer and cant understand how my President can lend him a smile.”

Please remember it was Pres. George Bush who negotiated the "settlement" with Ghadafi, who took him off the list of terrorists in return for a payment to the victims families and also restored normal diplomatic relations. Bush's Justice Department also took the side of Libya against the lawsuits by the families' of the victims. So please don't suggest Obama had any role in the recent matter.



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 Aug 28, 2009 at 06:09 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

“Given the recent events he should be dragged to the hague. He is a murderer and cant understand how my President can lend him a smile.”

Please remember it was Pres. George Bush who negotiated the "settlement" with Ghadafi, who took him off the list of terrorists in return for a payment to the victims families and also restored normal diplomatic relations. Bush's Justice Department also took the side of Libya against the lawsuits by the families' of the victims. So please don't suggest Obama had any role in the recent matter.



Its just comical how "memory" can be so decieving, for all who remember Bush welcomed him After Libya offered to rid all thier weapons of 'mass destruction'and to come to terms with the US and 'officialy' dropped his former ways of 'terror' and offered his help on whatever he can. Said that,in the light of his recent conduct, it certainly indicates otherwise, and that is the issue!

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 Aug 29, 2009 at 08:08 PM Anonymous Says:

i don't understand, i thought Libya is now doing good, they're selling oil to israel, they denounced terrorism, etc...

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 Aug 30, 2009 at 08:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Thank god there are still strong politicians who understand that once the US turns its back on the victims and appease terrorism then the world is in trouble.Why don't the New Jersey politicians run for president and take over washington away from Obama and his chicago appeasers as they are inexperienced in the messages they are sending to the enemies of humanity.I sincerely feel Obama is making the planet more dangerous by not using his office to condemn murder of innocents and freedom in Libya, Iran, Egypt and helping along the spread of nuclear weapons to terrorists.He is anti-Israel the one country which has protected the world.Shame on Obama and Hilary Clinton for a terrible foreign policy.I pray the American people wake up and vote him out like Carter so the children of the future don't have to face a world full of Iran and Sharis

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 Sep 10, 2009 at 02:15 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

“Given the recent events he should be dragged to the hague. He is a murderer and cant understand how my President can lend him a smile.”

Please remember it was Pres. George Bush who negotiated the "settlement" with Ghadafi, who took him off the list of terrorists in return for a payment to the victims families and also restored normal diplomatic relations. Bush's Justice Department also took the side of Libya against the lawsuits by the families' of the victims. So please don't suggest Obama had any role in the recent matter.



..also consider that the media has not revealed any significant terrorist activities in Libya since the time of that agreement... Hello? This does not mean nothing's going on, it just means we in the public have not heard anything. Let's not forget who was in office prior to the downing of the jet, and the technology and processes that were in place to track this type of activity. As 'huggy and kissy' as Obama is toward the Islamic world and the radicals contained therein, I wouldn't be surprised if there were an even deeper attack coming, because it appears that we've given them permission to proceed with their plans. This is a religious/ideological fight.

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