On This Day — Lockerbie : US & UK indict Libyans Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah (November 14 1991) [2020]

“After writing about the ‘ravers’ who regularly turn up at lectures to claim that President Bush/the CIA/the Pentagon/Mossad etc perpetrated the crimes against humanity of 11 September, I received a letter this week from Marion Irvine, who feared that members of her family run the risk of being just such ‘ravers’ and ‘voices heard in the wilderness’. Far from it. For Mrs Irvine was writing about Lockerbie, and, like her, I believe there are many dark and sinister corners to this atrocity. I urge anyone who is aware of government lies over Flight 103 to come forward.”

Robert Fisk — Do you know the truth about Lockerbie?

November 14 2020 — On this day (November 14 1991), the Lord Advocate (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie) and the acting United States Attorney General (William P Barr) jointly announced that they had obtained warrants for the arrest of Abdelbasset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (November 14 2020) — The Lockerbie investigation was really a joke. Please take 5 minutes to educate yourself about this pseudo-scientific investigation.

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The coverage of this tragedy by the MSM was nothing short of a true scandal.

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On March 11 2020, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission [SCCRC] decided to refer the Lockerbie case back to the High Court of Justiciary for determination.

As a result of the Commission’s decision, Mr. Megrahi’s family was therefore entitled to instruct an appeal against his conviction.

The first procedural hearing took place on Friday August 21 2020. The Appeal date is set to November 24 2020.

Although I truly believe that Megrahi is innocent, I expect that the judges will unanimously uphold the guilty verdict.

Why? The defense strategy adopted by Mr Anwar — the lawyer for Megrahi’s family — can only backfire as it actually makes the case stronger against Megrahi. Let me explain.

The simplified case of the Crown against Megrahi is based on the following premises:

A — Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a bomb activated by a timer (MST-13)

B — Megrahi had access to such timers and he personally put that bomb aboard Pan Am Flight 103

In my book, I explain that scientific evidence — developed 30 years ago and recently confirmed — demonstrates conclusively that the fragment of the MST-13 timer found among the Lockerbie debris is a forgery that does not belong to a genuine MST-13 timer.

And yet, Mr Anwar submitted to the SCCRC and the Court that the evidence regarding PT/35(b) was NEW evidence. That is of course entirely false and was therefore rejected by the judges.

Alas, without a thorough review of the investigation of PT/35(b), the new appeal is simply useless.

Sadly, Amer Anwar is repeating all the old mistakes that brought us this spectacular miscarriage of justice, including a grandiose press release, that is rid with nonsensical, erroneous, illogical, and counter-productive statements.

I expect that the judges will unanimously uphold the guilty verdict. In the end, this appeal will do more harm than good.

PS — I believe that the indictment was broadcast live both in the US and the UK. If you have a video recording of this event, please contact me. I would like very much to have a copy of Robert Mueller’s presentation during the indictment. I want to hear what he said about PT/35(b). Thank you.

END of UPDATE

Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!

QUICK NOTES — To make it easier for the readers to retrieve various chapters of my book, I have created a special page  “Lockerbie” where all the links to the chapters will be listed with a brief description. You can access that page directly as it appears at the far right of the top bar of this blog.

Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!

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 many years of studies, 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; not necessarily the culprits as I have explained in my book…

“Without PT/35(b), there would have been no indictment.”

Richard Marquise — FBI Agent who led the US side of the Lockerbie investigation

Perhaps you are not familiar with the Lockerbie case or your memory may be a bit fuzzy about this extraordinary affair that began three decades ago. Therefore, I have written a summary of the Lockerbie investigation and trial which you might find useful.

We would like to know what you think. Please, take this poll and encourage your friends to participate.

The Lockerbie Case — Official Timeline & Legal Truth

On 21 December 1988 Pan Am flight 103 fell out of the sky. All 259 passengers and crew members died. Eleven residents of Lockerbie were killed.

A strong westerly wind spread the debris over two trails stretching from the south of Scotland through the north of England and out into the North Sea.

Debris lines — As you can see, in this genuine plot of the debris, the 2 lines are parallel and aligned with the wind as it should be. I believe that the AAIB diagram was fudged to give the impression that there was a short delay between the loud noise and the break up of the plane to give credibility to a bomb theory. I could perhaps accept that the error in the Mach Stem calculation has an innocent explanation, but surely, no one is so stupid as to draw a fit line not aligned with the wind? Malice or stupidity, I will let you decide…

Actually, this is a key piece of information! As I explain in my book, a correct analysis of the debris lines clearly indicates that Pan Am Flight 103 disintegrated in flight over Lockerbie because of a massive structural failure due to well-known issues of metal fatigue in section 41 and 42 of the Boeing 747, not because of an explosive device.

“Published two years after the indictment of Fhimah and Megrahi, Thatcher’s Memoirs is evidence that the Iron Lady was well aware that Libya had no involvement in the Lockerbie tragedy.

On July 24 2018, the UK National Archives released files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office predominantly covering the year of 1993. A Lockerbie file dated 1992-93 was however withheld.

Two years before, on November 2 2016, the UK Government [Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)] decided to withhold all Lockerbie air accident investigation reports [dating from 1990 Jan 01 to 1992 Dec 31] until at least 2026, and possibly indefinitely. Why on earth?

Why on earth would the UK Government decide to withhold these technical reports if they did not reveal foul play or gross incompetence?

If ever released, these reports will show that the AAIB investigators knew all along that there was no bomb on Pan Am Flight 103, and that they knew the real cause of the tragedy long before the crash even happened.”

Intel Today — September 10 2020

On 28 December 1988, Michael Charles, Inspector of Accidents for the AAIB, announced that traces of high explosive had been found on two pieces of metal. On that date, a criminal investigation was officially launched. The crime scene covered about 845 square miles.

CommentContrary to what Charles stated, there is actually ZERO evidence of SEMTEX! Out of 4 million pieces collected at Lockerbie — only the two pieces discovered by Thomas Thurman were ever reported to indicate the presence of explosive residues: SEMTEX.

When I first saw these data, I immediately understood that something was badly wrong. The spectrum indicated that all kinds of explosive residues were present in the swabs. This is clearly nonsense as some of these explosives, such as TNT and SEMTEX components, do not mix. Obviously, this was a case of contamination.

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Years later, we learned that the laboratory that had conducted these measurements was indeed totally contaminated, due to the faulty O-ring of a centrifuge. One could find explosive residues in the offices, in the library, in the restaurant, just anywhere. 

On 13 January 1989, Detective Constables Thomas Gilchrist and Thomas McColm found a fragment of charred clothing in search sector I, near Newcastleton. This piece of charred grey cloth was bagged, labelled “Charred Debris” and given a reference number: PI/995.

The evidence regarding PI/995 and the SLALOM shirt was obviously fabricated.

Lockerbie – Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…! [Chapter VII : The SLALOM Shirt]

On 17 January 1989, it was registered in the Dexstar log.

On 6 February 1989, PI/995 was sent to the Forensic Explosives Laboratory at Fort Halstead in Kent for forensic examination.

PI 995

On 12 May 1989, Dr. Thomas Hayes examined PI/995. Inside the cloth, Dr.Hayes found fragments of paper, fragments of black plastic and a tiny piece of circuitry. Dr. Hayes gave to these items the reference number PT/35 as well as an alphabetical suffix to each one of them. The fragment of the circuit board was named PT/35 (b).

In June 1990, with some help from the FBI, Allen Feraday of the Explosives Laboratory was able to match PT/35 (b) to the board of  a Swiss timer known as a MST-13 timer.

CommentAfter many years of study and research, 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.

Lockerbie – Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…! [Chapter VIII : PT/35(b) — The Most Expensive Forgery in History]

Two MST-13 timers had been seized in Togo in September 1986. BATF agent Richard Sherrow had brought one of these back to the US. Two Libyan citizens were caught in possession of an other MST-13 timer in Senegal in 1988.

MST13 Timer seized in TOGO

MST-13 Timer seized in TOGO

An analysis of the Togo timer led the investigators to a small business named MEBO in Zürich. The owners of MEBO told the investigators that these timers had been manufactured to the order of two Libyans: Ezzadin Hinshin, the director of the Central Security Organisation of the Libyan External Security Organisation and Said Rashid, the head of the Operations Administration of the ESO.

Main board of the MST13

Main board of the MST-13

On 14 November 1991, the Lord Advocate and the acting United States Attorney General jointly announced that they had obtained warrants for the arrest of Abdelbasset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah.

On 27 November 1991, the British and United States Governments issued a joint statement calling on the Libyan government to surrender the two men for trial. [Wisdom of the Crowd — Can you help? I would like very much to have a video of Mueller’s presentation during the indictment. I want to hear what he said about PT/35(b).]

Robert Mueller was assistant attorney general in the United States in 1991 when indictments were issued for the two Libyan suspects, Megrahi and Al-amin Khalifa Fimah. A young Mueller is explaining the importance of PT/35(b), a small fragment of a circuit timer that was allegedly found among the debris of Pan Am 103 near the town of Lockerbie. Today, we know that PT/35(b) is a forgery that was planted to blame Libya for the tragedy.

On 21 January 1992, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 731 calling on Libya to surrender Megrahi and Fhimah for trial either in the United States or in the United Kingdom.

On 31 March 1992, the Security Council passed resolution 748 imposing mandatory sanctions on Libya for failing to hand over Megrahi and Fhimah. On 11 November 1993, the Security Council passed resolution 883 that imposed further international sanctions on Libya.

On 31 January 2001, a Court found Megrahi guilty and Fimah not guilty.

On 28 June 2007, the SCCRC announced that Megrahi may have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice. The SCCRC announced that there were six grounds upon which it had concluded that a miscarriage of justice might have occurred. Accordingly, the SCCRC decided to refer the case to the Court of Criminal Appeal.

On 25 July 2009, Megrahi  applied to be released from jail on compassionate grounds. On 12 August 2009, Megrahi — under enormous pressure — applied to have his second appeal dropped. Megrahi was granted compassionate release for his terminal prostate cancer.

On 20 August 2009, Megrahi was released from prison and returned to Libya where he died on May 20 2012.

On July 4 2017, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission [SCCRC] confirmed that it has received a new application to review the conviction in the case of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi.

On May 3 2018, SCCRC chief executive Gerard Sinclair  stated that “the (SCCRC) commission has decided that it is in the interests of justice to accept the current application for a full review of his conviction.”

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In July 2019, the SCCRC has announced that a decision is not expected before 2020.

On March 11 2020, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission [SCCRC] decided to refer the Lockerbie case back to the High Court of Justiciary for determination.

The first procedural hearing took place on Friday August 21 2020. The Appeal date is set to November 24 2020.

NB —  Most facts and dates cited in this timeline are taken from a presentation made by Lord Boyd at the 15th International Conference in Australia in late August 2001. (See references.) This timeline must therefore be regarded as the “legal truth”.

About Lockerbie and Pan Am 103

Those who want to study the forensic history of PT/35(b) will find many resources and original documents on the  PT35B blog.

The book “Megrahi: You Are My Jury: The Lockerbie Evidence” by John Ashton is truly excellent and a must-read.

President Ronald Reagan comments on PAN AM 103 plane crash that carried some Americans  

Reagan is obviously at pain to explain why NOTHING was done about the Helsinki warning. The US President is also asked why the civilians — unlike the US diplomats in Moscow — were NOT told about the Helsinki warning.

George Lardner Jr. — EMBASSY OFFICIALS DESCRIBE WARNING BEFORE LOCKERBIE CRASH (Washington Post – May 1990)

A warning of a terrorist attack was broadly circulated to Americans in Moscow a week before the December 1988 explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

“It named a carrier {Pan Am}. It named a route {Frankfurt to the United States}. And it covered a time period” when many Americans in Moscow would be going home for Christmas, Smith said. “Here, it seems to me we have a moral obligation to let people know.”

The warning was posted Dec. 14 at a number of places, including the embassy’s press office, the commercial office frequented by American businessmen, the U.S. Information Service where students congregate, the Anglo-American school, and a bulletin board at the entrance to the cafeteria in the new U.S. Embassy complex.

Jennifer S. Young, who was Pan Am station manager in Moscow, said a reservations clerk told her of the posting. Young, in turn, sent a telex to Pan Am officials in Frankfurt asserting that “approximately 80 percent” of Pan Am’s holiday traffic from the embassy was “now rebooking” to other flights.

Also, notice that a journalist already suggested that Iran had a role in the tragedy at a time where no evidence of a bombing had been found and mechanical failure was suspected.

Lockerbie: Case closed

This film investigates the case against Abdel Baset al-Megrahi and finds evidence to suggest he may have been wrongly accused.

REFERENCES

THE LOCKERBIE TRIAL by RT. HON COLIN BOYD QC, LORD ADVOCATE, SCOTLAND

SCOTBOM: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation by Richard A. Marquise

Megrahi: You Are My Jury: The Lockerbie Evidence by John Ashton

Lockerbie bomber’s conviction to be reviewed — BBC

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PT/35(b) — An Overview of the Lockerbie Case

PT/35(b) — An Overview of the Lockerbie Case [2018]

LOCKERBIE 30th Anniversary — PT/35(b) : An Overview of the Lockerbie Case

On This Day — Lockerbie : US & UK indict Libyans Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah (November 14 1991)

On This Day — Lockerbie : US & UK indict Libyans Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah (November 14 1991) [2020]

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