“The #FBI is seeking information about this image (…) Do you notice something familiar? There is no clue or piece of information too small.”
FBI Tweet (April 4 2020)
“Special photography techniques were utilized on specimen K-1 to identify the number/letter 21B which is contained within the figure of an oval.”
FBI document (August 20 1990)
“Thurman and other examiners rendered conclusions supporting the prevailing investigative or prosecutorial theory but which were unsupported by scientific fact. (…) I put no credence into any scientific or technical conclusions rendered by anyone without a suitable scientific background.”
William Tobbin — Former FBI Engineer (Email to Intel Today)
April 6 2020 — Over the weekend, the FBI posted a tweet seeking information about an image. The Bureau took this opportunity to remind the public that no clue is ever too small. So I thought this would be a good time to remind the FBI how they totally misinterpreted the biggest clue in one of their most important cases ever: Lockerbie (Pan Am 103). Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
One may perhaps honestly confuse “MEBO” for “M580” or “MEBQ”.
But why would anyone misread “SIB” for “21B” — when the “B” is asymmetrical — is puzzling to say the least. So ask yourself a simple question: What do you read?
The FBI report on the Togo timer does not mention the watermark on the main board of the timer.
This is not surprising as the report signed by FBI Thurman is almost a copy of the CIA report.
Here is this undated FBI report. I think that it must have been written between September 26 and December 11 1990.
However, a FBI document dated August 20 1990 mentions the following:
“Special photography techniques were utilized on specimen K-1 to identify the number/letter “21B” which is contained within the figure of an oval.
The number/letter appears in the upper left quadrant of the circuit board, within the lamination and not on the surface of the board.
This identification was added during the manufacturing process, and may offer a code to identify the source of this board.
It should be noted, however, that the company which applied the actual printed circuit, may not be the company which manufactured the green circuit board.”
What Do You Read?
What do you honestly read? What do you really think is written on that board?
Do you read “21B” like the FBI experts? Or do you read “SIB” like any reasonable person.
In this case, you must accept the consequences of reality: PT/35(b) is a forgery.
Why Does It matter?
The watermark “SIB” visible on the main board of the MEBO MST-13 timers clearly indicate that these boards were produced by a Swiss branch of the ISOLA Company.
THURING AG — the company that supplied the boards to MEBO — always ordered the Copper Clad Laminates from a Swiss branch of ISOLA: Schweizerische Isolawerke AG in Breitenbach (SIB).
In early 1990, the resin of a board from ISOLA (Switzerland) was tested and definitely ruled out as the source of PT/35(b)!
A quick visit to the SIB company would have revealed at once that PT/35(b) was not made with one of their boards!
The mistake — reading 21B instead of SIB — ruined the forensic investigation and helped to build the nonsensical case against Libya.
Had the SIB logo been read correctly, the case would have collapsed on the spot!
Why is it so hard for the FBI to admit its mistake? I once put that question to former FBI engineer William Tobin.
“As much as I loved the institution, I have never seen a worse case of spin-doctoring of any image-tarnishing facts or developments as I had at the FBI. Never!
It seemed the guiding principle was ‘image before reality’ or ‘image before all else’ (including fact). Whatever you do, ‘don’t embarrass the Bureau’ and ‘the Bureau can do no wrong.'”
So, here you have it. Image before reality. Meanwhile, the Lockerbie culprits were never arrested.
And those guys never burn out. They killed before Lockerbie, they killed after Lockerbie and they will kill again in the future.
Spectacular Miscarriage of Justice
Most Intel Today readers (88%) believe that the Lockerbie verdict is a spectacular miscarriage of justice.
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I understand that a similar poll among Scotland lawyers would be even more devastating.
Truth never dies.
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