On This Day — Remembering Swissair Flight 330 (February 21 1970) [UPDATE — The Lockerbie Connection: A suspicious VISA]

“The secret deal was ‘immoral’ and in breach of legal principles, but it was justified for strategic reasons. This might be absolutely shocking, but the reward was that there were no more attacks.”

Pr. Jean Ziegler

Wreckage from the Swissair plane that crashed in a forest in Würenlingen

February 21 2023 — On February 21 1970 — a cold and wet Saturday — Swissair Flight 330, bound for Tel Aviv, crashed shortly after take-off from Zürich. 38 passengers and nine crew died in the tragedy. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — President Roosevelt Orders Internment of Japanese Americans (February 19 1942)

“The truth is — as this deplorable experience proves — that constitutions and laws are not sufficient of themselves…Despite the unequivocal language of the Constitution of the United States that the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, and despite the Fifth Amendment’s command that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, both of these constitutional safeguards were denied by military action under Executive Order 9066.”

Former Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark
“Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans”

February 19, 2023 — On February 19 1942, US President Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 which allowed regional military commanders to designate “military areas” from which any or all persons may be excluded. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — USMC Col. William R. Higgins Is Abducted in Lebanon (February 17 1988) [UPDATE — The Lockerbie X FILE & The Story of US Major Charles – Chuck – Dennis McKee]

“It clearly looked to me like the body was in what we call mummification, or early stages of mummification, which essentially means drying. Because of the drying certain areas become sunken like the eyes are sunken. If you look at the Higgins pictures, they certainly look that way. … I’m inclined to think he was dead before he was hanged.”

Dr. Werner Spitz — Professor of forensic pathology at Wayne State University

February 17 2023 — William Richard Higgins (January 15, 1945 – Unknown but declared dead on July 6, 1990) was a colonel in the United States Marine Corps who was captured on February 17 1988 while serving on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. He was held hostage, tortured and eventually murdered by his captors. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — Pablo Neruda Awarded Literature Nobel Prize (October 21 1971) — Was Neruda a KGB Agent? [UPDATE : Forensic probe confirms Neruda was poisoned]

“And you’ll ask: why doesn’t his poetry
speak of dreams and leaves
and the great volcanoes of his native land?
Come and see the blood in the streets.”

I explain a few things
Pablo Neruda

October 21 2022 — Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973), better known by his pen name and, later, legal name Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet-diplomat and politician. On October 21 2018, The Spy Museum tweeted: “Today in – The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to former KGB agent and Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, 1971.” Really? Where is the evidence that Neruda was a KGB agent? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This day – U.S. Air Force Carpet Bombs Dresden (February 13-15 1945)

“The Dresden atrocity, tremendously expensive and meticulously planned, was so meaningless, finally, that only one person on the entire planet got any benefit from it. I am that person. I wrote this book, which earned a lot of money for me and made my reputation, such as it is… One way or another, I got two or three dollars for every person killed. Some business I’m in.”

Kurt Vonnegut — About Dresden and his famous novel Slaughterhouse-Five

February 13 2023 — From February 13 to February 15 1945, during the final months of World War II (1939-45), Allied forces bombed the historic city of Dresden, located in Eastern Germany. I regard the bombing of Dresden as a war crime. I understand that one may disagree with me on this issue. Anyone is entitled to his own opinion. However, I expect everyone to acknowledge the facts because no one is entitled to his own facts. Former CIA Director John McLaughlin should not be allowed to ignore History and to make his own “In-facts”.  Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Mandela & Lockerbie : What The Guardian does not want you to know

“It was pure expediency to call on democratic South Africa to turn its back on Libya and Qaddafi, who had assisted us in obtaining democracy at a time when those who now made that call were the friends of the enemies of democracy in South Africa.”

Nelson Mandela
Cape Town (June 13 1999)

Mandela visiting Megrahi — aka the ‘Lockerbie bomber’ — in prison. Many thanks to my friend John Ashton who took the picture. When Mandela met Bill Clinton for the first time, he discovered that the US President had not been told the truth about Lockerbie by the CIA.

February 11 2023 — At a Downing Street meeting in April 2001, Mandela told Tony Blair it was “wrong to hold Libya legally responsible for the Lockerbie bombing.” Mandela surely understood the difference between personal responsibility and state responsibility. So I always doubted very much that he would have made such a statement if he had really believed that Megrahi (and Libya) was actually responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy. Do you seriously think Mandela would have visited Megrahi in prison if he had believed that Megrahi was a terrorist? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — Mandela Is Released From Prison (February 11 1990)

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
(July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013)

February 11 2023 — On February 11 1990 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela walked out of prison and embarked on a decade of historic endeavor. If you think that the COVID lockdown is too hard, you may want to consider this. Mandela spent almost 30 years in jail just for being a decent man. President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, Mandela nevertheless remained on the US terror watch list until 2008. This is hardly surprising. Like MI6, the CIA was among the “enemies of democracy in South Africa.” Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — U2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers Exchanged in Spy Swap for KGB Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (February 10 1962)

“Francis Gary Powers performed his duty in a very dangerous mission and he performed it well, and I think I know more about that than some of his detractors and critics know, and I am glad to say that to him tonight.”
CIA Director Allen Dulles
(March 1964)


Glienicke Bridge prisoner exchange depicted in the Bridge of Spies movie, where Soviet spy Rudolf Abel was exchanged for American pilot Francis Gary Powers

February 10 2023 — At 8:52 am on February 10 1962, American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was exchanged in a spy swap for Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, a senior KGB spy at the now famous Glienicke Bridge. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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NUKLUEDO — Can you solve this 1953 Nuclear Mystery? [UPDATE : US Department of Energy vacates AEC 1954 decision In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer]

“We want to know every step he [US physicist John Archibald Wheeler] had taken, persons with whom he had talked, whether he had gone home after receiving the document, how he had gone to the train, whether he had called anyone, how long he had been at each place, what he did with the document at every step and, in fact, his actions should be traced minute by minute.”

J. Edgar HooverFBI Files

John Archibald Wheeler in the early 1950s. This portrait was also Wheeler’s FBI file photo.

November 29 2020 — In January 1953, US physicist John Archibald Wheeler lost a document on an overnight train from Philadelphia to Washington, DC. Physics professors lose papers every day.  But this one was highly secret. The six-pages document was the blueprint of the first US thermonuclear bomb. The FBI special agents assigned to the investigation were given almost unlimited resources to uncover the fate of the TOP SECRET document. All of their efforts were to no avail. The document was never seen again. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Four Years Ago — CIA Molly Hale Goes Digital (February 4 2019) [The story of the 11th Female Star]

“Dear Molly, Could you tell us how many stars on the Memorial Wall are known to represent women? Regards, L”

Intel Today
Question to Molly Hale
(February 4 2019)

February 4 2022 — On February 4 2019, CIA Molly Hale went digital. I could not resist firing the very first question on Twitter! How many CIA women are honoured by a star on the CIA wall? A few weeks later, we got the answer to that question… And much more! Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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