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KILLER_CLOWN
08-28-2009, 08:34 AM
Lockerbie evidence shows grave miscarriage of justice

by Simon Basketter

Abdelbaset Ali al‑Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland and returned to Libya last week.

He was convicted in 2001 of murdering 270 people when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded above the Scottish town of Lockerbie 13 years earlier.

Yet there is a huge amount of evidence to support Megrahi’s contention that he is innocent.

Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed on Flight 103, has branded Megrahi’s conviction “one of the gravest miscarriages of justice in history”.

Evidence uncovered by the victims’ families, and the journalists John Ashton, Ian Ferguson and Paul Foot, has consistently shown that Megrahi was innocent and that he was framed to cover up what really happened.

We look at the key questions in the case.

What was the official version of events?

Megrahi was accused of conspiring with another Libyan man to place a bomb in a suitcase, which was loaded onto a flight from Malta to Frankfurt, where it was transferred onto a flight to Heathrow.

The bomb was built into a Toshiba radio-cassette player.

It was allegedly fitted with a timing device supplied to the Libyan intelligence service by a Swiss company. The company shared premises with a Libyan company, with which Megrahi had links.

Megrahi was also alleged to have bought the clothes in the bomb suitcase from a shop in Malta in December 1988.

This version of events does not hold up under scrutiny.

Was initial evidence suppressed?

Disinformation came to the fore within hours of the attack and vital evidence was suppressed.

Police officers and volunteer searchers spoke of US agents removing items from the crash site.

Why were key witnesses paid by the CIA?

The prosecution’s star witness in the case, Abdul Majid Giaka, was exposed during the court hearing to be a money-motivated fantasist in the pay of the CIA.

In the end the court dismissed his evidence.

Another key witness, shopkeeper Tony Gauci, testified that Megrahi bought clothes in Malta that were found with the bomb. Gauci gave contradictory evidence.

At one point he suggested that the man who bought the clothes was older and taller than Megrahi, and that the purchase took place at a time when Megrahi had an alibi.

Gauci picked out Megrahi in a line-up, but only after being shown a photograph of the suspect four days earlier.

Gauci was paid £1.2 million by the US for his evidence and many of his conflicting statements were withheld from the defence.

Megrahi’s co-accused, Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, was acquitted, undermining the charge that the men conspired together to bomb the plane.

Who found the key evidence?

The central plank of the case against Megrahi was the correlation between the bomb timers that had allegedly been sold to the Libyan authorities and a tiny fragment of circuit board found near Lockerbie.

But who found the circuit board and when?

At one point an unnamed former senior Scottish police officer said that he had planted the fragment at the crash site by order of the CIA.

Another version of events states that the evidence was found by an unnamed Scottish worker in a field outside Lockerbie “on a misty morning in early April” 1989.

Yet another says it was found “sometime in 1990” in a “piece of charred shirt” by the FBI’s forensic expert Thomas Thurman.

The assistant director of the FBI forensic laboratory says the British authorities found the fragment a whole year before Thurman got it.

And who identified the fragment as part of the timer?

Some say Thomas Thurman, others a “veteran CIA analyst”, and yet others say the military forensic scientist Dr Thomas Hayes – who was at the heart of the investigation that wrongly jailed the Maguire Seven in the 1970s.

So the key link with the Libyans – and so with Megrahi – was made in April 1989, or in June, August, October or November 1990 depending on your preference.

How did the bomb get on the plane?

Experts have repeatedly disputed the official account that the bomb was put on a feeder flight at Malta and was transferred twice – at Frankfurt and Heathrow airports.

Some people believe the bomb was put on the plane at Heathrow.

Megrahi’s first appeal case in 2002 heard evidence from a security guard at Heathrow who reported a break-in close to the shed where, later the same day, the baggage for the Pan Am plane was handled.

And the chief baggage handler at Heathrow, John Bedford, testified that he saw two additional suitcases had been loaded into the relevant container for Flight 103.

The explosion occurred precisely where those cases had been placed, above a single layer of baggage that Bedford had already packed into the container.

There is another more shocking possibility as to how the bomb came aboard.

Elements within the CIA were at this time allowing Middle Eastern dealers to ship drugs to the US in return for help in releasing US hostages.

Some sources, including Pan Am’s own insurance investigation, believe that this happened on Flight 103.

If so, the luggage with the drugs would have been protected by US intelligence. Normal security restrictions and checks on baggage would have been removed.

This is supported by the fact that two large quantities of what appeared to be heroin were found – one on a Lockerbie golf course and the other in a suitcase discovered by a farmer a couple of miles to the east. These then disappeared.

There was a party of US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) officers on the Pan Am flight, led by Major Charles McKee, returning from a failed hostage-rescue mission in Lebanon.

It is claimed that McKee was planning to denounce the drug running scam on his return to Washington.

What sort of bomb was used?

The official account of the attack involves a bomb with a conventional timer making a convoluted journey through airports in Malta, Frankfurt and London, set to detonate 38 minutes into the third flight.

Some commentators have suggested that a more likely possibility is that the bomb had an air-pressure switch – which would detonate between 32 and 42 minutes into a flight.

The evidence for this comes from the initial investigation into the bombing.

The line of the British and US police and intelligence services directly after the attack was that the bombing was carried out not by Libyans, but by a group based in Syria.

This group had been hired by Iran to avenge the shooting down of an Iranian civil airliner by a US warship in the summer of 1988.

In the months before the bombing a group associated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command were arrested in Frankfurt, Germany.

The leader of this group was Ahmed Jibril, who had the protection of the Syrian government.

Investigators were in no doubt that the bombs found in the Frankfurt raids were designed to blow up aircraft.

They were fitted with air-pressure switches, packed inside Toshiba radio cassette recorders and at least one of them was never recovered.

The man convicted of making these bombs, Marwan Khreesat, has been given immunity from prosecution for the Lockerbie bombing.

What role did Western foreign policy play?

Immediately following the Lockerbie bombing, the charges against this group fitted with US and British foreign policy.

Both Western powers had broken off relations with Syria. The war between Iraq and Iran ended in the summer of 1988 with the US and British governments firmly on the side of Iraq.

But this political alignment soon changed. In April 1989 George Bush senior rang Margaret Thatcher and encouraged her not to proceed with the inquiry into the Syrian-Iranian connection.

A year later, British and US armed forces prepared for an attack on Saddam Hussein’s occupying forces in Kuwait.

The coalition desperately needed troops from an Arab country and for Iran to remain neutral. The troops were conveniently supplied by Syria.

As the political allegiances in the region changed, so did the official investigations into the Lockerbie disaster.

In November 1991 the US and British governments announced that Megrahi and Fhimah were charged with planting the bomb which brought down Pan Am 103.

Libya gave up Megrahi for trial after a number of years – on condition of the lifting of sanctions, which had cost Libya an estimated $30 billion.

As the West’s desire to bring Libya back into the diplomatic fold and Western oil companies’ desire to make cash in the country have converged, there has been a further realignment of relations to ensure good trade.

That is the context in which Megrahi has been released on “compassionate grounds”.

Was there a cover-up?

British relatives of the victims of Lockerbie, including Martin Cadman, met the US President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism in 1990.

“After we’d had our say,” says Cadman, “the meeting broke up, and we moved towards the door. As we got there, I found myself talking to two members of the commission – I think they were Senators.

“One of them said, ‘Your government and our government knows what happened at Lockerbie. But they are not going to tell you.’”

The following should be read alongside this article:
» Lockerbie: the real cover up
» Western interests sit in the way of truth over Lockerbie bombing
» Lockerbie evidence that won’t be heard

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=18869

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=18872

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=18873

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=18871

Amnorix
08-28-2009, 09:09 AM
Hey KC -- serious question -- has anything that has happened since, I dunno, the election of FDR, been anyone's fault other than the federal government of the United States?

Just curious...

wild1
08-28-2009, 09:32 AM
Hey KC -- serious question -- has anything that has happened since, I dunno, the election of FDR, been anyone's fault other than the federal government of the United States?

Just curious...

well, a lot of it was caused by the Bildeberg Group :tinfoil:

KC native
08-28-2009, 10:00 AM
well, a lot of it was caused by the Bildeberg Group :tinfoil:

Don't forget about the Rothchilds. :evil:

orange
08-28-2009, 12:24 PM
Hey KC -- serious question -- has anything that has happened since, I dunno, the election of FDR, been anyone's fault other than the federal government of the United States?

Just curious...

Most things, in fact. The CIA is behind over 70% of everything and it's well known that they severed ties from the government and are operating as an independent rogue outfit for over 20 years.

Inspector
08-28-2009, 01:24 PM
Most things, in fact. The CIA is behind over 70% of everything and it's well known that they severed ties from the government and are operating as an independent rogue outfit for over 20 years.

Yikes!

Is that for real? Serious question.

KILLER_CLOWN
08-28-2009, 01:24 PM
ok so 4 posts and nothing on the subject? Typical for the anti-brain matter masses around here.

orange
08-28-2009, 02:10 PM
Yikes!

Is that for real? Serious question.

That's my understanding of the PrisonPlanet perspective on the world.

Mojo Jojo
08-28-2009, 02:15 PM
Hey KC -- serious question -- has anything that has happened since, I dunno, the election of FDR, been anyone's fault other than the federal government of the United States?

Just curious...

Here is the proof...

FDR let the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor so we could enter WWII....
The US told France we would back them, so war would breakout in Korea...
CIA put the hit on JFK....
FBI put the hit on MLK...
CIA created a Manchurian Candidate to take out RFK...
Carter let the USSR go into Afghanistan....
Reagan paid Iran to hold the hostages until after the election...
GWB & Co. made 9-11 happen....

Welcome to the Art Bell show.

KILLER_CLOWN
08-28-2009, 02:21 PM
Here is the proof...

FDR let the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor so we could enter WWII....
The US told France we would back them, so war would breakout in Korea...
CIA put the hit on JFK....
FBI put the hit on MLK...
CIA created a Manchurian Candidate to take out RFK...
Carter let the USSR go into Afghanistan....
Reagan paid Iran to hold the hostages until after the election...
GWB & Co. made 9-11 happen....

Welcome to the new reality show.

FYP!

wild1
08-28-2009, 02:33 PM
You forgot the ones that are actually credible, like the Maine and the Gulf of Tonkin.

RaiderH8r
08-28-2009, 02:39 PM
Here is the proof...

FDR let the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor so we could enter WWII....
The US told France we would back them, so war would breakout in Korea...
CIA put the hit on JFK....
FBI put the hit on MLK...
CIA created a Manchurian Candidate to take out RFK...
Carter let the USSR go into Afghanistan....
Reagan paid Iran to hold the hostages until after the election...
GWB & Co. made 9-11 happen....

Welcome to the Art Bell show.

Stuart Mackenzie: Well, it's a well known fact, Sonny Jim, that there's a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, known as The Pentavirate, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows.
Tony Giardino: So who's in this Pentavirate?
Stuart Mackenzie: The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, *and* Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee *beady* eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!"
Charlie Mackenzie: Dad, how can you hate "The Colonel"?
Stuart Mackenzie: Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass!

KILLER_CLOWN
08-28-2009, 02:42 PM
Stuart Mackenzie: Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass!

Monosodium Glutamate?

FishingRod
08-28-2009, 03:09 PM
I am not very well versed on this but didn't the Libyan government make reparations to the victims families? And why was this innocent man treated like a hero when he returned to Libya?

orange
08-28-2009, 03:37 PM
I am not very well versed on this but didn't the Libyan government make reparations to the victims families? And why was this innocent man treated like a hero when he returned to Libya?

Three words.

C.

I.

A.

Donger
08-28-2009, 03:39 PM
Three words.

C.

I.

A.

Those aren't words. Them's letters!

KILLER_CLOWN
08-28-2009, 03:41 PM
Those aren't words. Them's letters!

See Aye Ae

Jenson71
08-28-2009, 03:46 PM
Are you a frequent reader of the Socialist Worker, Killer Clown?

KILLER_CLOWN
08-28-2009, 03:48 PM
Are you a frequent reader of the Socialist Worker, Killer Clown?

Nope, and i felt dirty even visiting there, i figured someone would have caught that by now though. :D

BucEyedPea
08-28-2009, 03:49 PM
Are you a frequent reader of the Socialist Worker, Killer Clown?

You know that publication 'eh? Doesn't surprise me.

Should be renamed Thieving Coveters Or Theft & Covet whichever has a better ring. Green cover on the outside with read headlines on the inside.

Donger
08-28-2009, 03:51 PM
ok so 4 posts and nothing on the subject? Typical for the anti-brain matter masses around here.

Sorry, but what subject? The article seems to just throw a bunch of suppositions out one after another. Is a cogent point actually made?

KILLER_CLOWN
08-28-2009, 03:54 PM
Sorry, but what subject? The article seems to just throw a bunch of suppositions out one after another. Is a cogent point actually made?

There may be more going on here than we may ever know?

Saggysack
08-29-2009, 12:37 AM
C.

I.

A.

Technology gets better everyday. That's fine. But most of the time all you need is a stick of gum, a pocket knife and a smile.

and

When did Noah build the ark Gladys? Before the rain.

patteeu
08-29-2009, 07:45 AM
There may be more going on here than we may ever know?

What do you think is going on here?

***SPRAYER
09-25-2009, 05:54 AM
It was no accident that terrorist President Gaddafi of Libya referred incessantly to Obama as his son or "our son". On June 11, 2008, Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, in a speech broadcast on Al-Jazeera, spoke glowingly of Obama. According to a translation provided by MEMRI, Gaddafi said, "His name is Obama. All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency."

After his incitement to violence and insane diatribe, Gaddafi headed to the Libyan mission for more than an hour and was visited by limelight-loving radical Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan was his only visitor.

Farrakhan has a special relationship with Obama's pastor of twenty years, Jeremiah Wright.

Anti-Semitic firebrand Louis Farrakhan labeled Obama "the hope of the entire world" and compared him to the founder of the Nation of Islam, the group Farrakhan heads (Associated Press, February 25).

Is it any wonder that Obama made that America bashing speech today at the UN? His contempt for America is rivaled only by his hatred for the Jewish people and their homeland.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/09/obamas-two-degrees-of-separation-from-farrakhan-and-gaddafi.html

Pioli Zombie
09-25-2009, 06:53 AM
Shitsprayer loves Jews?
Posted via Mobile Device

BigRedChief
09-25-2009, 06:57 AM
Don't forget about the Rothchilds. :evil:
What about the trilateral commision?

***SPRAYER
09-25-2009, 06:57 AM
Shitsprayer loves Jews?
Posted via Mobile Device

I have to flip a coin everytime somebody says KC Native is the dumbest person on the MB, because you two are neck and neck.

patteeu
09-25-2009, 07:34 AM
It was no accident that terrorist President Gaddafi of Libya referred incessantly to Obama as his son or "our son". On June 11, 2008, Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, in a speech broadcast on Al-Jazeera, spoke glowingly of Obama. According to a translation provided by MEMRI, Gaddafi said, "His name is Obama. All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency."

After his incitement to violence and insane diatribe, Gaddafi headed to the Libyan mission for more than an hour and was visited by limelight-loving radical Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan was his only visitor.

Farrakhan has a special relationship with Obama's pastor of twenty years, Jeremiah Wright.

Anti-Semitic firebrand Louis Farrakhan labeled Obama "the hope of the entire world" and compared him to the founder of the Nation of Islam, the group Farrakhan heads (Associated Press, February 25).

Is it any wonder that Obama made that America bashing speech today at the UN? His contempt for America is rivaled only by his hatred for the Jewish people and their homeland.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/09/obamas-two-degrees-of-separation-from-farrakhan-and-gaddafi.html

And then this...

The Obama administration has notified Congress of the State Department's intention to contribute $400,000 to foundations run by Muammar Qaddafi's two children — $200,000 each for daughter Aisha and son Saif. Saif, you may recall, is the son who escorted the Lockerbie terrorist Abdel Baset al-Megrahi home to a hero's welcome in Libya after President Obama sternly "warned" Qaddafi that there was to be no hero's welcome.

Illinois Republican congressman Mark Steven Kirk (House Appropriations Subcommittee on State/Foreign Operations) has sent Obama a letter asking him to rescind the funding.

Could somebody please tell this president that this is not just Annenberg Foundation cash he's passing out to his personal terrorist pals like Bill Ayers but American taxpayer dollars he's doling out to the terrorist tyrant behind the murder — in just that one incident — of 270 people, including 189 Americans.

Just 40 months to go. God help us.

***SPRAYER
09-25-2009, 07:38 AM
Could somebody please tell this president that this is not just Annenberg Foundation cash he's passing out to his personal terrorist pals like Bill Ayers but American taxpayer dollars he's doling out to the terrorist tyrant behind the murder — in just that one incident — of 270 people, including 189 Americans.




He is a slimy piece of shit.