“The Lockerbie trial is the most disgraceful miscarriage of justice in Scotland for 100 years. Every lawyer who has read the judgment says ‘this is nonsense’. It is nonsense.”
Robert Black QC FRSE –Professor Emeritus of Scots Law in the University of Edinburgh and best known as the “Architect of the Lockerbie Trial”
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On July 22 2018, Stuart Whitehead posted the following comment:
While visiting my family in Scotland recently we went to the Garden of Remembrance in Lockerbie.
We noticed a plaque next to the main display in memory of Joseph Patrick Curry, a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces who died “in the line of duty”.
He died on a commercial flight from London to New York. How could this qualify as dying “in the line of duty”.
My son served in the military and I love this country of which I am now a citizen. I have read much since that visit.
When will the truth come out ?
Why is Curry considered to have died “in the line of duty”. I believe that he was returning to the US after visiting Italy for a Security Conference.
A “not in the line of duty” ruling has severe consequences on families of deceased servicemembers, and the Army makes those determinations infrequently. If a soldier dies while serving, particularly in a combat zone, he or she is presumed to have died “in the line of duty” or while in service to their country. Even most suicides are considered “in the line of duty.” Their families are eligible for benefits based on the length of service and salary.A “not in the line of duty” finding — a consequence of intentional misconduct — means those benefits are not given to the family. See this story: The Army Said Her Husband Didn’t Die ‘In The Line Of Duty’ — She Fought Back
There is a presumption that all diseases, injuries or death occur in the line of duty — not due to own misconduct. That presumption, however, can be overcome by evidence that the member was absent without leave at the time of the incident (not in line of duty — not due to misconduct) or the member’s misconduct caused the incident, (not in line of duty — due to own misconduct). See: Line of Duty: Cross the line, pay the price
Sometimes, the rules seem unclear. For instance, the CIA has never considered Jane Burrell as a candidate for a Star on CIA’s Memorial Wall but they gave a Star to Matt Gannon who died on Pan Am 103.
Gannon was married to Susan Twetten, daughter of Thomas Twetten who served as Deputy Director of Operations at CIA. The CIA officially confirmed that Gannon was a CIA officer in May 2012.
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Disinformation’ first made an appearance in English dictionaries in 1985, specifically in the Webster’s New College Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary.
English use increased in 1986, after revelations that the Reagan Administration engaged in disinformation against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
If you wonder how the Reagan White House justified planting disinformation in US newspapers, please read this story:
Thomas Twetten was one of the main actors of this ‘Disinformation Operation’.
Jane Wallis Burrell: The First CIA Officer To Die in the Agency’s Service
On January 6, 1948, an Air France DC-3 from Brussels crashed on approach to the Le Bourget airport near Paris, killing all five crew members and 10 of the 11 passengers. Among the dead was a young woman who, press reports said, was either a clerk or a courier. She was neither. Jane Burrell was a CIA officer, and her death—only 110 days after CIA was officially established the previous September—makes her the first CIA officer to die while employed by the Agency. (…)
We know nothing about Jane’s activity at the time of her death. She was returning from a trip to Brussels on January 6—traditionally the end of the Christmas season—and despite speculation that she was on an operational mission, the limited documentation sheds no light. An official US spokesman at the time said Jane had been on vacation.
Jane was never a candidate for a Star on CIA’s Memorial Wall because the Wall commemorates Agency employees who died in specific circumstances, and deaths from crashes of commercial aircraft have generally not qualified. At the same time, her service with CIA and its predecessor organizations was honorable and deserves to be remembered. [CIA Website]
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Robert Fisk: Do you know the truth about Lockerbie? — Independent
For those interested in the Lockerbie Trial tragedy, I recommend the excellent blog of Professor Black: TheLockerbieCase. Those who want to study the forensic history of PT/35(b) will find many resources and original documents on the PT35B blog. Also, you may want to check the blog of Dr Jim Swire and Peter Biddulph: The LockerbieTruth.
Lockerbie — When will the truth come out ?