“Could the CIA have planted the evidence? I don’t know. No one ever came to me and said, ‘Now we can go for the Libyans’, it was never as straightforward as that. The CIA was extremely subtle. For me the significant evidence came when the Scottish police made the connection with Malta. [Pressed for his own view, Fraser cites a Scottish murder case, that of Patrick Meehan, in which, it was alleged, the prosecution case had been “improved” by the planting of evidence.] Was there a similarity? I don’t know, but if there was one witness I was not happy about, it was Mr Bollier [Founder of MEBO], who was deeply unreliable.”
Lord Fraser — The Lord Advocate at the time that charges were brought against Abdelbaset Megrahi and Lamin Fhimah for the destruction of Pan Am 103
PT/35(b) is a small fragment of a timer circuit that was allegedly found among the debris of Pan Am 103 near the town of Lockerbie. After more than ten years of investigation, I have come to the conclusion that PT/35(b) is a forgery that was planted among the debris to implicate Libya in the bombing of Pan Am 103 and to steer the investigation away from the original suspects.
It is abundantly clear that the fragment PT35(b) did not come from a Thuring circuit board supplied to MEBO to fabricate the MST-13 timers delivered to Libya. Who made that forgery? And why?
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As I explained in the last posts, it is abundantly clear that the fragment PT35(b) did not come from a Thuring circuit board supplied to MEBO to manufacture the MST-13 timers delivered to Libya. I have already told you how — and when — PT/35(b) was made. But, WHO committed this crime? And Why? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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WHO? — Means, Motive and Opportunity
Swiss Inspector Hans Knaus suspected the CIA of having planted PT/35(b) among the debris of the crash in order to incriminate Libya.
I believe that Knaus is right and I suspect that he KNEW that the CIA had done it before, not once but twice! (The first time in Togo 1986 and the second time in Senegal 1988). The CIA knew everything about MEBO since 1984.
Swiss Inspector Peter Fluckiger met with MEBO employee Ulrich Lumpert on June 22 1989.
On June 6 2008, Lumpert told me that he gave a MST-13 timer prototype — as well as various related documents — to Fluckiger during that meeting.
According to Lumpert, Fluckiger requested this device and other documents at the demand of a “friendly Intelligence Agency.”
In July 2016, Lockerbie investigator George Thomson wrote the following message to me:
“During a recent investigation in Switzerland our team managed to get our hands on an official government document which confirms that in June 1989 Swiss Police did receive from a MEBO – source documents and materials in relation to MST timers.
THE DOCUMENT GOES ON TO CONFIRM THAT THIS MATERIAL WAS THEN HANDED OVER TO THE AMERICANS.”
REMEMBER: This is one full year BEFORE Super FBI Genius Tom Thurman identified the link between PT/35(b) and MEBO. (June 15 1990).
So, Why the Lies?
In the immediate aftermath of the Lockerbie tragedy, the decision was made to send US Intel officers on the ground.
The FBI has acknowledged the presence of their agents at Lockerbie. The CIA has always denied having men on the ground.
But there is no doubt that they were busy removing some items belonging to US major Charles McKee.
As the story of Dr Fieldhouse suggests, they may have removed more than a few objects.
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You may also wonder if they did not add a few items to the crime scene?
On December 28 1988 — just one week after the tragedy — UK authorities announced that Pan Am 103 had been destroyed by a bomb. A criminal investigation — the biggest and most expensive the world had ever seen– was launched.
The spooks quickly wrote the story — let us call it ‘Script ONE’ — of the Lockerbie bombing.
First thing first, they picked a culprit: IRAN.
Of course, a good script needs three things: Motive, Means, & Opportunity.
The ‘motive’ was rather obvious: revenge for the downing of Iran Flight 655 on July 3 1988 by the USS Vincennes over the Persian gulf.
The ‘means’ were provided by a Syrian-based terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command.
The perfect ‘opportunity’ presented itself when — according to fake news leaked by the CIA to MSM — an innocent US citizen, of Lebanese background, “accepted to carry the Toshiba radio, not knowing that it contained an IED”.
‘Script One’ was rather well written and quite credible, even if a few mistakes were made.
When the CIA launches a disinformation campaign, their spooks make sure that the script contains plenty of real events. Then they add some information from the Intelligence Community.
Some of it is perhaps dubious while some may be true. Parts may be declassified while some documents are protected for National Security reasons.
Finally, they had just a couple of lies, and the script is ready to be leaked, bits by bits, to ‘friendly journalists’.
And indeed, most of the information contained in ‘Script ONE’ was based on a real operation — Autumn Leaves — that occurred in Germany during October 1988.
All the elements of the ‘Lockerbie case’ feature in that operation: Semtex, Toshiba radio, clothes from Malta (including a Babygro!), and of course the infamous brown Samsonite luggage.
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However, something rather unusual happened. By summer 89, the realm of geopolitics had begun to shift and the spooks were tasked with framing a new culprit! Explanation.
First, Ayatollah Montazeri — a hardliner expected to succeed Khomeini — had been sacked. Khomeini died on June 3 1989.
Ali Khamenei quickly succeeded and, most importantly, Rafsanjani was elected Iran’s president on August 3 1989.
Rafsanjani was a known quantity to US officials as he was their contact during the Iran-Contra scandal.
By September 1989, blaming Iran for Lockerbie would no longer serve the geopolitical interests of the US.
And this gave rise to “Script TWO: Blame Libya”. Think of this as a geopolitical palimpsest!
But, clearly, the task was very tricky. One must keep most of the ‘initial evidence’ developed to frame Iran and subtlety adapt it to a new culprit: Libya.
At the very minimum, the new script needed a different trigger mechanism (an electronic timer solely sold to Libya instead of an ‘Ice Cube’ altimeter used by the PFLP-GC) as well different type of Toshiba radio (A black twin-speakers sold uniquely to Libya instead of a white single speaker model used by the German cell to assemble an IED that was — allegedly — never recovered.)
And lo and behold, in October 1989, a CIA cable from Malta (SUBJECT: Libyan Activities Leading Up to Pan Am Bombing — Abdalbasit Ali Al-Magrahi) established — out of nowhere — a link between Megrahi and Lockerbie.
Soon after that, thanks to the mysterious ‘discovery’ of a tiny circuit board known as PT/35(b), the investigation moved away from Iran to solely focus on Libya.
The rest is History…
Justice was not served. But as Marcel Pagnol wrote:
“A wise man does not look for the culprit of a crime. A wise man chooses the right culprit.”
And this is exactly what the US and the UK did at the Lockerbie trial.
The early 90s was a unique era of unilaterally. The US knew full well they it would be easy to buy a UN Security Council vote to impose sanctions on Libya.
The UN sanctions were the of course the real goal of the ‘Lockerbie Solution’.
Neither the US nor the UK were interested in a trial and that is why they rejected all proposals for as long as they could.
Those who still care about the truth are left with three basic questions.
What really happened to Pan Am 103? Why did they die? And why was the truth hidden?
I wish to thank all those who helped me to understand this affair. I cannot name all of them. They know anyway how much they helped me and that is all that counts in the end.
Nevertheless, I would like to thank the following persons: William Tobin (FBI), Fred Whitehurst (FBI), Richard Marquise (FBI), Bob Baer (CIA), Pat Lang (DIA), Bani Sadr (President of Iran), Abou Diouf (President of Senegal), Pr Robert Black (Architect of the Lockerbie trial), Hans Kochler (UN Observer at the Lockerbie trial), Dr Jim Swire (UK Lockerbie Family), John Ashton (Author, journalist and Lockerbie investigator), George Thomson (Lockerbie investigator), Otto Hostettler (Investigative reporter for the Swiss magazine BEOBACHTER) and Paul Feeney (UK terrorism expert). And many, many others…
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