“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
A former police officer, codenamed “The Golfer”, has claimed evidence had been fabricated to lay a trail to the Libyans. The SCCRC found no basis for concluding that evidence had been fabricated by the police, the Crown, forensic scientists or any other representatives of official bodies or government agencies. Let us review what we actually know about the GOLFER. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
UPDATE (June 29 2019) — Although I have never used Photoshop before, some of its features can be useful…
After playing a bit with the filter options, I managed to make it very obvious that the last letters of the redacted word are “any“.
Moreover, the first letters of the word “former” also clearly appear! I wrote “former West Germany” in the same font (Times New Roman) with approximately the same size. I think we can all agree that the result is very convincing.
Life is funny sometimes… If the person who redacted this document had blacked out just a tenth of a millimetre up to cover the top of the “G”, I would never have tried to guess the meaning of this sentence. And I would not have uncovered the identity of the “GOLFER”.
It is doubtful that this series will stop the upcoming war against Iran, but I will keep trying… In my next post, I will dissect GOLFER’s lies and try to guess his motivation.
END of UPDATE
On March 25 2012, The Herald published the full SCCRC 800-page report regarding the Lockerbie Case.
“The Sunday Herald has chosen to publish the full report online today to allow the public to see for themselves the analysis of the evidence which could have resulted in the acquittal of Megrahi. Under Section 32 of the Data Protection Act, journalists can publish in the public interest. We have made very few redactions to protect the names of confidential sources and private information.”
Although the SCCRC Report does not name GOLFER’s identity, the authors — Lucy Adams and John Ashton — felt that it was necessary to redact bits of the report to protect Golfer.
For instance, let us take a look at paragraph 5.18 of the SCCRC report:
Obviously, Lucy Adams and John Ashton must have known that the redacted part would reveal Golfer’s true identity!
Let us magnify the first redacted part.
About 7 characters before the end, the top of a letter appears clearly. It is a capital — upper case — ‘G’. [The report probably uses the ‘Times New Roman’ font.] And the last character seems to be a ‘y’. Could the proper name be ‘Germany’?
And how does the SCCRC Report refer to ‘Germany’ anyway? The SCCRC Report uses the following expression: “the former West Germany”. And that is a perfect match!
According to Leppard’s book [Page 86] “On the trail of terror”:
“John Orr appointed Detective Superintendent Pat Connor to head a liaison team with the Germans. It was to be based in an office at the headquarters of the BKA’s counter-terrorism department in Meckenheim, near Bonn.”
Obviously, the GOLFER has worked in the BKA Liaison office, set up in Meckenheim, West Germany.
And that team was never a large group… According to Watson McAteer’s statement, the four members of the Lockerbie team based in Meckenheim are:
Detective Superintendent Pat Connor (Strathclyde Police)
Detective Inspector Watson McAteer (Lothian & Borders Police)
Detective Sergeant John McGowan (Strathclyde Police)
Police Constable Isabel Fraser — Translator
Please, note that the rank mentioned here is the rank at the time of the event being described, not necessarily the rank at the time of the Zeist trial.
What do we know about the GOLFER?
GOLFER was an officer in the original police investigation.
5.63 The Commission is satisfied that the Golfer was an officer in the original police investigation and, as such, was potentially party to information regarding the various enquiries undertaken. (…) Any possible doubt as to the Golfer’s background and credentials was removed by the results of the Commission’s enquiries directed to establishing his identity.
GOLFER is a former detective sergeant.
SCCRC Press Release — The Commission’s enquiry team interviewed the Golfer, a former detective sergeant, on three separate occasions during which he made a number of allegations concerning the conduct of the police investigation.
GOLFER was a serving officer with Strathclyde police.
5.31 Subsequent enquiry with Strathclyde police establihed that Mr Gay in fact [redacted] on 16 February 1992, a tine when the Golfer was a serving officer with that force.
GOLFER was on the witness list.
5.44 Despite his concems about the case, and the alleged dismissal of these by the Crown, the Golfer frankly admitted that when precognosced by the defence he had told them nothing.
GOLFER was — indeed according to himself — a member of Detective Superintendent Pat Connor’s team in Germany.
13.2 According to the Golfer, Mr Jaafar was initially one of the prime suspects in the case and the Golfer had produced a profile of him.
In conclusion, we know that the GOLFER is a former Strathclyde Detective Sergeant who was on the witness list.
Well, who could possibly be the GOLFER?
In his book “The Lockerbie Incident: A Detective’s Tale”, former police officer John Crawford gives a full list of those who worked in Pat Connor’s team.
Beside those already mentioned above, the team included the following persons:
DS Pat Byrne
DS Pat Ferguson
DS Peter Avent
DC Alex Smith
DC John Crawford
DC Keith Harrower
DI Donald McNeil
The last two on the list were on the team for a short period of time. As Sherlock Holmes taught us: “Whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”.
According to Pat Ferguson, a team was indeed set up to investigate the “Autumn Leaves” operation. Although this team worked on the German chapter of the Lockerbie investigation, they were never sent to Germany.
“Subsequent to that I returned to Lockerbie and I thereafter was part of a research team which had was set up to look into the Autumn Leaves Inquiry. This team consisted of myself, Detective Sergeant John McGowan, Detective Constable John Crawford and Detective Sergeant Pat Byrne.
Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Connor was in charge overall of this inquiry, along with being in charge of all inquiries taking place in Germany.”
Just to be sure, I made the list of all people on the second team. And obviously, there is not a single individual who fits the profile.
So, here we are. The only person on the list who could be the GOLFER is John McGowan.
But please, keep in mind that in real life, things are rarely as simple as in a Sherlock Holmes’ novel.
Never jump to conclusion. Never rush to judgment.
To be continued…
From Sherlock to Spock: Whatever remains, however improbable…
Lockerbie — Who Is The Mysterious GOLFER? [Part II : Whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.]
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