We don't live in a fascist country, we live in a fascist WORLD. Fifty-one of the world's top economies are corporations.
Is it any wonder that some ass-wipe from big oil can negotiate the release of a terrorist?
That's some pretty serious power the evil clowns have. Sure, they deny requesting the release of that particular terrorist. Any old terrorist will do, as long as they can make Libya happy enough to let them have access to the oil.
What gets me is that as everyone runs around trying to 'save the economy' all it does is make these evil clowns bigger and more powerful.