Lockerbie 83


The information on Lockerbie published in today’s Daily Mail from an Iranian defector, matches precisely what I was shown in a secret intelligence report in the FCO just around the time of the first Iraq war – that a Syrian terrorist group was responsible acting on behalf of Iran.  It was decided that this would be kept under wraps because the West needed Iran and Syria’s quiescence in the attack on Iraq.

I was at the time Head of Maritime Section in the FCO’s Aviation and Maritime Department. I was shown the report by the Head of the Aviation Section, who was deeply troubled by it.

The UK authorities have known for over 20 years that Megrahi was innocent.  The key witness, a Maltese shopkeeper named Tony Gauci, was paid a total of US $7 million for his evidence by the CIA, and was able to adopt a life of luxury that continues to this day. The initial $2 million payment has become public knowledge but that was only the first instalment.  This was not an over-eagerness to convict the man the CIA believed responsible; this was a deliberate perversion of justice to move the spotlight from Iran and Syria to clear the way diplomatically for war in Iraq.

It will of course be argued, probably correctly, that now Syria and Iran are the western targets, it is in the interests of the CIA for the true story to come out,  (minus of course their involvement in perverting the course of justice).  That is why we now hear it was Syria and Iran.  But it so happens that is in fact the truth.  Even the security services and government can tell the truth, when the moment comes that the truth rather than a deceit happens to be a tactical advantage to them.

 


83 thoughts on “Lockerbie

1 2 3
  • N_

    Not only is Megrahi innocent, but other parties are guilty of this terrorist atrocity against a civilian plane.

    All British FCO and SIS officials who had a knowing part in this should be prosecuted for assisting the terrorists after the event and for perverting the course of justice.

    Richard Dearlove of SIS should also be prosecuted for his part in the murder of Princess Diana, but he won’t be.

    The chances of such prosecutions happening are zero. Saying they’d release Megrahi on “compassionate” grounds if he dropped his appeal but “couldn’t” release him if he didn’t (how compassionate!) is a classic British piece of talking with forked tongues, of office-holding filth using blackmail against innocent parties to cover up their own and others’ crimes. I be there were lots of juicy contracts in connection with Camp Zeist too.

    Even if there’s an ‘inquiry’, it will only mean more money for Lord Muck and lots of business for a hotel.

  • Patrick Haseldine

    Craig, you will I think be interested to see yesterday’s e-mail exchange between the producer of Al Jazeera’s “Lockerbie: What Really Happened” and Frank Duggan, the head of Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 Inc:

    On 10 March 2014, the day before transmission of Al Jazeera’s documentary “Lockerbie: What Really Happened”, producer Ms Anar Virji contacted Frank Duggan asking for an interview:

    Hi –
    I’m a producer with Al Jazeera English TV in Washington DC.
    My reporter Shihab Rattansi and I are working on a piece today about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and evidence that shows that Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was not behind the bombing. There’s a documentary airing on Al Jazeera with evidence that Iran was behind the bombing and they planned it in retaliation for the downing of a commercial Iranian jet by the USS Vincennes in 1988.
    We’re interested in speaking to someone from the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 about this investigation and their reaction to it. This would be for an on-camera, taped interview we’d like to do before 4pm eastern today, if possible. We can do it via Skype or in a studio.
    I can be reached on this e-mail and the number below. Thanks in advance for your help.
    Best,
    Ms Anar Virji
    Producer
    Al Jazeera English
    aljazeera.com
    +1.202.725.1259 (cell)

    Frank Duggan declined to take part:

    From: Frank Duggan
    Date: March 10, 2014 at 10:42:27 AM EDT
    To: “[email protected]
    Subject: Request from Al Jazeera English TV
    I am sorry to say that I must decline your offer to appear on your DC program. We are very familiar with Al Jazeera and your perspective on the bombing of Pan Am 103. Your documentary has “evidence that Iran was behind the bombing”? There is not a shred of evidence to support this view. You are just trying to point the finger away from Libya, once more, and it is disgraceful. Nearly everyone thought, 25 years ago, that Iran was behind it, and they certainly had motive, but there was never any evidence to prove it. There was enough evidence to point to Libya that a court found the defendant, Megrahi, guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, as a conspirator in an act of state sponsored terrorism. This was upheld on appeal, and is a settled matter for the families of the victims of Pan Am 103. If there was proof that others were involved, from Iran especially, we would want that explored. There is nothing on your “documentary” that we have not heard before, nor have the investigators and prosecutors who worked diligently for two decades to find the guilty parties. Your documentary will no doubt trot out the usual conspiracy mavens and Libya shills, who have been part of the Megrahi legal defense, and will not have any of the public servants, nearly two thousand police, investigators and prosecutors, who disagree with your position.
    Frank Duggan, President
    Victims of Pan Am 103, Inc.

    Former diplomat Patrick Haseldine commented:

    “It’s not surprising that Frank Duggan insists on Megrahi’s guilt and Libya’s responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing. Libya paid $2.7 billion in compensation to the families of the 270 Lockerbie victims ($10 million each) in a deal brokered by Frank Duggan and the US lawyers Kreindler & Kreindler, Speizer Crowse, Allan Gerson and Mark Zaid who together shared 30% of the $2.7 billion Lockerbie settlement figure in contingency fees ($810,000,000). If Megrahi is not guilty, and Libya is not responsible, those lawyers and the victims’ families will have to refund the $2.7 billion to the new Libyan government.”

    (https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Frank_Duggan#Snubbing_Al_Jazeera)

  • mark golding

    Britain and America have indeed invested in the Zionist art of deception where truth is left to decay in some remote place hidden from view for 70 or more years.

    American families and some US experts linked to the Lockerbie disaster still vehemently believe that Libya was guilty of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and are angry over fresh claims that Iran and Palestinian terrorists based in Syria were actually the culprits.

    These families and experts also believe a man in an Afghanistan cave planned the destruction of the Twin Towers that murdered 3000 innocent breadwinners.

    Rarely truth forms a sure fire parallel to the morning sun as in Iran Air Flight 655, an Iran Air civilian passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai that was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes on 3 July 1988.

    All 290 on board, including 66 children and 16 crew, died.

  • N_

    Sorry, I mean Megrahi was innocent. He died in 2012. The British government should pay a large amount of compensation to his family. Will they even offer tuppence unless his family take the bastards to one of their own kangaroo courts?

  • Ed

    From what I understand, the recent revelations have arisen significantly from several years of investigative work done by Al-Jazeera. I agree the cynics will not be easily assuaged, and there’s good reason anyway to treat this type of news with scepticism, but it certainly seems nearer the truth.

    One side point, and this may be a function of US bureaucratic infighting, I’ve seen signs of the FBI and CIA each blaming the other for the pay-off of Gauci. So more evidence of cracks in the official facade.

  • Tris

    I hate to sound wise after the fact, but it always seemed to me that Iran would want to take some revenge from the shooting down of their plane by America. It always seemed logical that that revenge would be of the “eye for an eye” type.

    What angers me is that Scottish justice was so badly used for the required ends of the USA government.

  • Lindi

    Just want to record my gratitude to you, once again, Craig, for your invaluable service to truth.

    Thank you so much for all the suffering you have been prepared to bear for integrity.

    Without people like you the malignancy of the world would be unabated, and its grief would equal only despair. You truly lift my heart. God bless you.

  • Bandolero

    “It will of course be argued, probably correctly, that now Syria and Iran are the western targets, it is in the interests of the CIA for the true story to come out …”

    And I thought that the US is currently trying to make a deal with Iran? If so, I would suggest someone who doesn’t like that deal is cooking up that story now.

    AFAIK, the story itself is told and quite well known for several years. I can’t imagine that one witness of questionable credibility would change the situation of evidence for that story much.

    What I wonder is that the “new” witness lives in Germany. From Germany, whose intel services are said to have quite close cooperation with the Israelis, because solidarity with Israel is regarded as “reason of state” in Germany, there came a lot of interesting witnesses or evidences. For example there was the famous “curveball”. And then, recently, there was a “German” radio interception regarding the Damascus chemical attack.

    So, to be honest, I don’t suspect the CIA to be the main party here pulling the strings.

  • Patrick Haseldine

    Craig, a fortnight before the Lockerbie bombing, I was suspended from the FCO’s Information Department for writing a letter to ‘The Guardian’ in which I criticised Mrs Thatcher for being soft on apartheid South Africa’s state sponsored terrorism.

    I would discount that “secret intelligence report” you saw two years after Pan Am 103 went down as part of a disinformation campaign and an elaborate cover-up of those really responsible.

    Please see my article “Flight 103: It was the Uranium” published in ‘The Ecologist’ on 6 January 2014.

    (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2224221/flight_103_it_was_the_uranium.html)

  • craig Post author

    Hi Patrick,

    Of course I am very well aware of your theories which are certainly plausible. But the intelligence I saw was regarded as very inconvenient, something out of line with the official story which needed to be buried; it wasn’t being put up as a blind.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    So now we can have a high tech war on Iran’s alleged nuclear development program because of the most belated disclosure of its revenge attack on PanAm Flight 103 without an explanation of the ongoing Iran-Iraq war, Iran-Contra playing both sides of the conflict, the Palme assassination and the planned non-nuclear showdown with the USSR, the crucial Syrian arms dealer al-Kassar deciding he could play the double game too, and his taking out his pursuers on the plane when they had gotten the goods on him too – only more bits about the set-up of everyone’s fallguy Libya, especially al-Megrahi.

    The West has become an open sewer when it comes to proper governance!

  • N_

    @Patrick – Do you know for a fact or have good reason for believing that the disinformation campaign that you mention was run by the FCO Information Department?

    Certainly I would expect support for a second fake explanation to be circulated to attract a proportion of non-believers in the first. Including officials in various countries’ intelligence services and other departments. Which would be bread and butter for the OID, so you obviously know what you are talking about.

    There has certainly been a lot of disinformation about Namibian yellowcake.

    On uranium: do you know about the big deal under which Britain got uranium from Canada? Backed by Churchill. Land was owned by the Rothschilds. Written about in Frederic Morton’s book. I think even that twit Niall Ferguson mentions it. The British nuclear power set-up has always been a total rip-off.

    @Craig – Did you tell the Attorney General? Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee? Commons Speaker?

    (Voice off: They’re all as pure as the driven snow, you know).

  • John Goss

    So pleased this has been raised. There is an excellent book by Professor Francis A. Boyle called ‘Destroying Libya and World Order’. Boyle was al Megrahi’s legal representative. Libya’s compliance with International Law. The US and UK did not.

    “The reason why they never turned over the evidence to Libya was that the evidence against Libya was not there. It had been concocted by the C.I.A., F.B.I., and Scotland Yard. Air Malta and the Maltese government had already issued an unofficial statement that, based on their investigation, there was no unaccompanied baggage from Malta to Frankfurt, and that they had been able to account for all the baggage from Malta to Frankfurt.”

    The bomb was loaded at Heathrow. Nearly everybody believes that now, especially after Morag Kerr’s book published this year, or at the very end of last year.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-15503/Lockerbie-bomb-planted-Heathrow.html

    Cameron believes that al Megrahi was responsible and does not want an inquiry – unless he’s changed his mind. The UK has something very sinister to hide in this cover-up and as I’ve mentioned before no UK prime minister has called for an inquiry. Some have been saying that the bomb was planted at Heathrow for years. This blog contains details of the reported break-in at Heathrow which was never, or inadequately investigated at the time, and by the ‘disgrace’ of a trial that followed, from which Frank Duggan and others have made so much money.

    http://lockerbiedivide.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/london-origin-theory.html

  • Abe Rene

    If Britain knew that Megrahi was not responsible, why go to so much trouble building a case and holding a trial in the Netherlands? (Ans: A sop to the Americans). Why would Gaddafi agree to such a thing? (Ans: Also a sop to the Americans). How do we know that the Iranian defector was reliable? (Ans: It appeared in a “secret intelligence report in the FCO”). But should we believe any “secret intelligence report in the FCO” after reading “Murder in Samarkand”? (Ans: Why not, if the author of “Murder in Samarkand” himself quotes it? Finally, what should be our criterion for belief or disbelief? (Ans: what Craig says, since he has read many a “secret intelligence report in the FCO”, right? :))

  • Ba'al Zevul (Nil Nisi Bonum)

    1. BACKGROUND –

    Iran Air Flight 655 was an Iran Air civilian passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai that was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes on 3 July 1988. The attack took place in Iranian airspace, over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, and on the flight’s usual flight path. The aircraft, an Airbus A300 B2-203, was destroyed by SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles fired from the Vincennes.

    All 290 on board, including 66 children and 16 crew, died.[1] This attack ranks ninth among the deadliest disasters in aviation history, the incident retains the highest death toll of any aviation incident in the Indian Ocean and the highest death toll of any incident involving an Airbus A300 anywhere in the world.[2] The Vincennes had entered Iranian territorial waters after one of its helicopters drew warning fire from Iranian speedboats operating within Iranian territorial limits.[3]

    According to the Iranian government, Vincennes negligently shot down the civilian aircraft: the airliner was making IFF squawks in Mode III (not Mode II used by Iranian military planes), a signal that identified it as a civilian craft, and operators of Vincennes mistook for Mode II. [4]

    According to the United States Government, the crew incorrectly identified the Iranian Airbus A300 as an attacking F-14 Tomcat fighter (a plane made in the United States and operated at that time by only two forces worldwide, the United States Navy and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force). The Vincennes was signaling warnings on a military channel which the civilian plane could not technically receive. Hence, the airliner was unable to respond to several requests for it to change course.

    The event generated a great deal of controversy and criticism of the United States. Some analysts have blamed U.S. military commanders and the captain of Vincennes for reckless and aggressive behavior in a tense and dangerous environment.[5][6]

    In 1996, the United States and Iran reached “an agreement in full and final settlement of all disputes, differences, claims, counterclaims” relating to the incident at the International Court of Justice.[7] As part of the settlement, the United States agreed to pay US$61.8 million, an average of $213,103.45 per passenger, in compensation to the families of the Iranian victims. However, the United States has never admitted responsibility, nor apologized to Iran.[8]

    As of February 2014, Iran Air was still using flight number IR655 on the Tehran–Dubai route as a memorial to the victims, contrary to the informal convention amongst many other airlines that discontinue flight numbers associated with tragedies.

    (Wiki, for synopsis’ sake.)

  • Ba'al Zevul (Nil Nisi Bonum)

    2. POINT

    There’s a telling parallel here. The Oscar Pistorius trial is still in progress, but right now it looks -in one version – as if he was a gun freak who couldn’t wait to have an excuse to shoot someone – like an intruder – with no comeback. So he pumped three dumdum rounds into his girlfriend, whom he assumed was an intruder and she died. So it goes. In another account, he knew damn fine who it was, had just had an argument with her, and it was intentional.

    No doubt the court will be able to decide the truth.

    So – trigger-happy USN grunt on the Vincennes, just languishing for the chance to fire his macho weapon, and unable to distinguish between an F-14 and an Airbus on the radar?
    Or, just a mass-murderer? Under orders?

    Sadly, this never got to a court.

  • John Goss

    Some things don’t quite make sense. Iranian defector is probably another Gauci-type stooge who, if they pull off their attack on Iran due to this disclosure (it’s on their New World Order list) will end up with wealth beyond measure. I think the culprit is closer to home, or at least, complicit with western desires. US investigators were too soon on the scene at Lockerbie to have not been in the know beforehand. Bernt Carlsson was almost certainly the target, as Patrick Haseldine has continually argued.

    I need to get some fresh air away from all this shit.

  • mark golding

    Patrick Haseldine’s charge concerning Lockerbie is of course credible; the intelligence that Craig had the privilege to observe I would describe as nocuous to the treachery in Namibia patently obvious to me having read and memorised ‘not for South Africa Eyes’ secret naval signals at the time.

    http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2224221/flight_103_it_was_the_uranium.html

    URENCO supplies nuclear power stations in 15 countries.

    On 22 April 2013, agent Cameron’s coalition government announced plans to sell its share in URENCO, about £3bn.

    In her spirit, agent Cameron serves to prevent prosecution for the Thatcher administration’s criminal morals in the fight for Namibia independence from apartheid South Africa.

    Re-visiting the Iranian connection serves as a convenient smokescreen for the privatization and sale to proceed later this year and another nail in the Lockerbie coffin.

  • fred

    “Why would Gaddafi agree to such a thing? ”

    Look nobody in their wildest dreams thought anyone would be convicted. There just wasn’t any reliable evidence. Even the prosecution was amazed, the UN observer was astonished.

    They assumed Scottish justice was independent of the state and just, it is a long way from either.

  • Herbie

    Well, you can’t be absolutely certain of always winning unless you’re managing all the teams in play, with a few on the sidelines for those inevitable plan B, C, D and Es.

    ==================================================

    Bank of England – winning every game since 1694

  • Ba'al Zevul (Nil Nisi Bonum)

    ‘Re-visiting the Iranian connection serves as a convenient smokescreen for the privatization and sale to proceed later this year and another nail in the Lockerbie coffin.’

    Unlikely that Al-Jazeera is serving Cameron’s interests, and unlikely that URENCO is so much dirtier a deal than some this government is doing as to warrant a distraction of its own, IMO.

    And what AJ reported is not quite the same as what the UK media have selected for us – it’s not just one debatable agent, but US sources as well:

    Europe
    Probe identifies suspects over Lockerbie bomb
    Al Jazeera uncovers evidence Iran’s secret service and a Palestinian group were behind bombing of Pan Am flight 103.
    Last updated: 11 Mar 2014 13:54
    Email Article
    Print Article
    Share article
    Send Feedback

    Twenty-five years after the Lockerbie bombing, Al Jazeera has uncovered evidence which casts doubt over the entire investigation and trial into what was the biggest case of mass murder ever seen in Scotland.

    Documents obtained by the network, and verified by security and legal experts, point to the involvement of Iran’s secret service, Hezbollah and the armed group The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – General Command.

    The investigation found that the PFLP was responding to requests from Iran to avenge the shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes in July 1988, which killed 290 people.

    Classified US Defence Intelligence Agency cables obtained by Al Jazeera say: “The execution of the operation was contracted to Ahmad Jabril, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PLFLP-GC) leader. Money was given to Jabril upfront in Damascus for initial expense. The mission was to blow up a Pam-Am flight.”

    Al Jazeera’s investigation found a meeting took place between the parties in Malta nine months before the bombing of the Pan Am flight, with the purpose of the meeting to discuss potential US and Israeli targets to attack and, or, blow up.

    The Al Jazeera investigation also gains access to the confidential Bird Report, which was commissioned by Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the bombing, before he dropped his appeal.

    Al Jazeera also interviewed a senior Iranian intelligence official and a former CIA agent.

    “Six days after taking down the Airbus there was a meeting in Beirut, we know where it occurred. The Iranians went to the PFLP-GC, the break off faction and said, alright you guys know how to bring down airplanes, bring down five, five civilian airliners,” former CIA agent Robert Baer said.

    Criticising the subsequent path taken by the investigation and resultant trial, Baer said his opinion was not a controversial one among those involved.

    “The CIA and the FBI investigations diverged completely… because the case was, being run by the Department of Justice, in complete disregard to the intelligence. As far as I can tell is someone said, look, Libya’s vulnerable to prosecution, small country, Gaddafi’s hated, let’s go for it.

    “It was an executive decision, and then once that happened everybody lined up. So the people in the intelligence community could just go bugger off you know. Yeah fine, take your theories and run off. And that works until the evidence is proved, you know, to be faulty.

    “I’m not giving you a controversial opinion here. I kept up with all of the CIA, intelligence side, and to a man they’ve said it was Iran.”

    Al Jazeera tracked down two of the PFLP-GC members to whom the evidence points.

    Abu Talb now lives in Sweden, while bomb-maker Marwan Khreesat lives in Jordan. A source close to him confirmed to Al Jazeera that the attack had been commissioned by Iran, and that the bomb was put on board the plane at London’s Heathrow airport.

    The documentary is Al Jazeera’s third in-depth investigation into the Lockerbie atrocity. The previous films gained exclusive access to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission report and raised serious questions about the safety of Megrahi’s conviction.

    Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal reports.

  • Patrick Haseldine

    @N_ asks: Do you know for a fact or have good reason for believing that the disinformation campaign that you mention was run by the FCO Information Department?

    Following my suspension on 7 December 1988 until John Major sacked me on 2 August 1989, I visited the FCO just twice: for a disciplinary hearing on 28 February 1989; and a meeting of the No 2 Diplomatic Service Appeal Board on 5 May 1989 (https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Patrick_Haseldine#Disciplinary_Hearing). To answer your question, I can be pretty certain that there was a Lockerbie disinformation campaign but that it was NOT run by the FCO Information Department.

    For more information, please see my ‘Facebook’ article “Lockerbie: Ayatollah’s Vengeance Exacted By Botha’s Regime” (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1770061725559&l=78adbc28db).

  • Roderick Russell

    A SERIOUS ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY

    These contentions in the Daily Mail are much more serious than just the Lockerbie incident alone. Because if true, they demonstrate that our secret security / intelligence apparatus has deliberately overridden the Rule of Law, knowingly had innocent people convicted while letting the guilty go free, made a mockery of Scotland’s justice system, and perverted the course of justice in almost every way imaginable.

    That parliament, the media, and the legal/court system cannot deal effectively with justice where our secret Spy Agencies are involved should tell us just quite how far we have progressed along the road to a totalitarian state.

    But it’s not just the manipulation of the truth (and of the media) that these secret Spy Agencies are guilty of. They also conduct campaigns to persecute whistle-blowers and perceived enemies of power-elites, just like the Stasi did in the former East Germany. The Stasi called these persecution programs Zersetzen as they are not intelligence or counter intelligence operations aimed at enemies of the State – they are secret police operations aimed at innocent citizens. Click on my name and you will see 25 well-witnessed examples of where Zersetzen has happened to others; you can check these examples out on the internet to verify.

    Once proud organizations like MI5 / MI6 and Canada’s CSIS are mutating into a Gestapo, a secret police, and are becoming the biggest threat to our democracy since the end of the cold war.

  • Jives

    “An Iranian defector reveals…”

    Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

    How handy!

    Anyone remember Curveball?

1 2 3

Comments are closed.