BP, facing mounting claims that it is not handling damage payments for the oil spill, is likely to face significant wrath from the Senate and the White House if the controversy over their involvement in Megrahi's release intensifies.
Is your life worth more to your government than a few pence added onto Big Oil's share price? Sometimes there is a story that lays out the priorities of governments once the doors are closed and cameras switched off.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, was suffering from fatal prostate cancer, the world was told, and had no more than three months to live. That was in August. Now, six months later, Megrahi is still alive.
Megrahi's release and hero's welcome in Libya, along with the leak of two letters from Britain's justice minister, have prompted calls for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to stop evading the issue.