The Year in Review — Intel Today Top 2020 Stories

“If there is no such thing as ‘the Truth’ about the past, and therefore, a fortify, if there is no obligation to seek such truth, we are left only with clashing opinions. (…) But, if there is such a thing as the ‘Truth’ about the past, and if one party claims to possess it, yet without sufficient grounds, the possibility remains of questioning that claim and showing it to be mistaken or inadequate.”

Miroslav Volf — The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World

December 29 2020 — Truth is a dangerous thing. The Quest for the truth has driven many good souls to madness, and killed more men than one can possibly count. But the journey is the destination and, once in a while, one experiences moments of great joy. The last 12 months have seen several of Intel Today stories confirmed. Such an event is always a moment of immense happiness. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

The Quest for Truth is a lonely, exhausting and humiliating process. And yet I regard this quest as a sacred duty. If life is worth living, Truth must be one of its raisons d’être.

Collect the facts carefully and analyse them logically. Always build the most accurate timeline!

Let your work be known. Engage with others, whether or not they agree with your findings.

And, most importantly, expect nothing in return.

Truth is its own reward. Truth is the daughter of Time, not Authority.

Intel Today Top 2020 Stories

February 11 2020 — On December 29 2007, I argued that Crypto AG had rigged the equipment used by diplomats around the world allowing US Intelligence Agencies to decode their messages in real-time.

The piece (The NSA-Crypto AG Sting — For years US eavesdroppers could read encrypted messages without the least difficulty) is still available online.

On February 11 2020, I was finally vindicated when Swiss broadcasting company SRF, German public broadcaster ZDF and the Washington Post confirmed most details of the story after gaining access to several  classified, comprehensive CIA history documents summarizing Operations “Thesaurus” and  “Rubicon”.

How should I feel today? Delighted to have been finally vindicated?

Or depressed that my country dismissed my findings as a conspiracy theory at great cost to its reputation and its people?

Anton Chekhov once wrote:

“What a fine weather today! Can’t choose whether to drink tea or to hang myself.”

I sure can relate to that feeling…

March 01 2020 — On July 26 2007, I published a piece regarding suspicious edits made to some articles on Wikipedia. I came to the conclusion that Western Intelligence Agencies were editing sensitive information on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia administrators reacted angrily to the story. “This article is just wild speculative nonsense,” Jimmy Wales wrote.

On August 17 2007, I published a second story in which I listed the CIA edits to Wikipedia pages.

On March 1st 2020, the Swiss Propaganda Research Group (SPR) — an independent nonprofit research group investigating geopolitical propaganda in Swiss and international media — published a story titled: Wikipedia: A Disinformation Operation?

The story makes reference to my origin article as well as three additional following pieces, including my recent comment regarding the 133,612 edits made in the name of “Philip Cross” in recent years.

Today, and for the future, the “Authority” of Jimmy Whales  and his insults — He never apologized to me — matter very little.

Truth is indeed the daughter of time!

March 11 2020 — For years, I have argued that the Lockerbie verdict is a ‘Grand Monument to Human Stupidity’.

On This Day — Megrahi, Convicted in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing, Dies in Tripoli (May 20 2012)

In return, I have suffered many vicious attacks. That is of course hardly surprising. As Simone Weil wrote:

“The only way into truth is through one’s own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation.”

Stay calm, and keep working…

In May 2018, Richard Marquise — the former FBI agent who led the US investigation — wrote that my work on Lockerbie was a “total fiction.”

In December 2018, Mark Zaid — the person who rose to fame recently as the lawyer of the CIA ‘whistleblower’ whose complaint started the impeachment against Trump — called me a conspiracy theorist.

Marquise and Zaid appear to believe that they have Authority over the Truth. Rarely a wise argument…

On March 11 2020, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission [SCCRC] announced its decision to refer the Lockerbie Case back to the High Court. Why?

According to the SCCRC,

“No reasonable trial court, relying on the evidence led at trial, could have held the case … was proved beyond reasonable doubt.”

So, how should I feel? It is true that the comments of these gentlemen were quite disturbing and perhaps even annoying. But today, I only feel pity for these men.

PS — The first procedural hearing took place on Friday August 21 2020. On November 24 2020, a third appeal on behalf of the Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing began at the High Court in Edinburgh. The appeal was conducted via video link.  The Appeal ended 3 days later. The five judges will produce a written submission as soon as practicable.

PS 2 — On December 21 2020, the US DoJ announced new charges against a third former Libyan intelligence operative for his role in the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103. My fight goes on… Be ready for an important story to be posted soon!

December 5 2020 — On October 3 2017, I posted a story titled : US Spies & the Havana Syndrome. Today, we can probably agree that it was an important story.

Firstly, I coined the expression “Havana syndrome” which is now widely used in the media and by the medical community.

Secondly, I was also the first person to suggest that the noise “heard” by the victims could have been in fact an illusion caused by the exposure of the acoustic nerve to microwave — GSM like — radiations.

Thirdly, I predicted a major cover-up because “the truth about a microwave attack would sent a wave of panic in the Telecom sector.”

Over the least three years, we have been asked to accept pseudo theories, some serious but irrelevant (pesticides) and others relevant but hardly serious (mass hysteria).

On December 5 2020, the National Academies of Sciences report was finally released.

And lo and behold, the committee has concluded that microwave exposure is the most plausible mechanism in explaining the Havana Syndrome.

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

Albert Einstein

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