Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Libya on US target list within weeks of 9/11

In a startling live interview, former US general Wesley Clark reveals that immediately after 9/11 the US were about to invade Iraq, and on a list prepared by Donald Rumsfeld on behalf of former president George Bush the US would in turn destroy seven countries including Libya.

Bush & Blair. Seven countries,five years.
Gaddafi: Number four on US hit-list.

The US had - and from close study of US propaganda and military actions still has - the intention to bring down the governments of seven countries in five years. It's taken them somewhat longer to achieve their aims. The list includes  Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. 

Iraq and Libya are destroyed and lie in chaos. Syria is a work in progress. Somalia and the Sudan are in chaos. Lebanon and Iran are in preparation. 

You can watch the Wesley Clark interview here.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Actor Brian Cox joins Justice for Megrahi

Justice For Megrahi is pleased to announce that the distinguished actor Brian Cox CBE has added his name to the list of prominent personalities supporting the Justice for Megrahi campaign.          

For more information please see the International Movie Database listing of Brian's outstanding acting career and the Facebook page of Friends of Justice for Megrahi.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Secret DIA report - Iran responsible for Lockerbie

In view of recent speculation in the form of a US documentary about shadowy figures who might have been responsible for the Lockerbie bombing, Professor Robert Black has reminded us of a secret report from US intelligence that was kept hidden during the original trial which took place in 2000.

It took the use of the US Freedom of Information Act to unlock the full intelligence documents which were highlighted in Al-Megrahi's submission in the run-up to his second appeal in 2009.
If that appeal had gone ahead the full panoply of concealed documents and new evidence would have been exposed to legal and public scrutiny.

There is no doubt that the second appeal would have succeeded. When Al-Megrahi abandoned his second appeal sighs of relief must have echoed across the Scottish Crown office and the corridors of Whitehall, MI5 and MI6.

Among the formerly concealed documents are memos from the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) which suggested the downing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people in 1988, was in response to the shooting down of an Iranian Airbus by the American warship USS Vincennes five months earlier.

In a memo dated September 24, 1989, and reproduced in the submission for the second appeal, the DIA states: ‘The bombing of the Pan Am flight was conceived, authorised and financed by Ali-Akbar Mohtashemi-Pur, Iran’s former interior minister.

‘The execution of the operation was contracted to Ahmad [Jibril], Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command [PFLP-GC] leader, for a sum of $1million [£600,000].

‘$100,000 of this money was given to Jibril up front in Damascus by the Iranian ambassador to Sy [Syria], Muhammed Hussan [Akhari] for initial expenses.

'The remainder of the money was to be paid after successful completion of the mission.’ (...)

The memos and reports, denied in full to the original trial, were available to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission which, in 1997, cast doubt on the safety of Megrahi’s conviction based on six separate counts of the legal argument.

Their view opened the way for a second appeal.

[Here too is an excerpt from Dr Davina Miller’s article Who Knows About This? Western Policy Towards Iran: The Lockerbie Case:]

On 24 September 1989, the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), in a secret information report not releasable to foreign nationals and relying on information acquired through the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade (ie through Foreign Signals Intelligence), asserted that the attack on Pan Am Flight 103, “was conceived, authorised and financed by Ali-Akbar (Mohtashemi-Pur)”, the former Iranian Minister of the Interior. 

The execution of the operation was contracted to Ahmad (Jabri’il), the PFLP-GC leader, for the sum of $1,000,000. The report was highly detailed in describing the organisation of the bombing and claimed that, “the flight was supposed to be a direct flight from Frankfurt to New York, not Pan Am Flight 103”.[xxxii][32]

In October 1989, a further DIA report noted that Iranian “radicals want to be able to retaliate in less time than it took them to carry out the Pan Am 103 bombing”.[xxxiii][33] The CIA’s ‘Terrorism Review’ for 14 December 1989 also noted that liaison between Iran and radical Palestinian groups “was most likely responsible for the bombing of Pan Am 103”.[xxxiv][34]

The Defence Intelligence Agency in a brief in December 1989, titled “Pan Am 103: Deadly Co-operation” argued that, “Iran probably was the state sponsor for the PFLP-GC attack on Pan Am 103”. 

The same report noted:  that the bomb was “a sophisticated, barometrically triggered explosive device probably fabricated by the PFLP-GC”; that “DIA believes the device was placed aboard...in Frankfurt”; and that, “analysis of material confiscated from this PFLP-GC cell has provided strong circumstantial evidence linking the cell to the bombing”. 

The report further detailed the relationship between Iran and the PFLP-GC, including the initial overtures, payment for Pan Am 103, and the latter’s exploitation of Iran’s “established terror network in Europe”.[xxxv][35]

[xxxii][32]  Defence Intelligence Agency, Information Report, 24 September 1989, http://www.dia.mil/foia/panam103.pdf, 18 March 2010
[xxxiii][33]  Defence Intelligence Agency, Information Report, 7 October 1989, http://www.dia.mil/foia/panam103.pdf, 18 March 2010.
[xxxiv][34]  Central Intelligence Agency, Directorate of Intelligence, Terrorism Review, 14 December 1989, http://www.foia.cia.gov/browse_docs_full.asp, 19 March 2010.
[xxxv][35]  Defence Intelligence Agency, Defence Intelligence Brief, ‘Pan Am 103: Deadly Co-operation’, December 1989, http:/www.dia.mil/foia/panam103.pdf, 18 March 2010.

Professor Black has discovered that these internet links are now broken, but were operative on 13 December 2011 when he first posted extracts from Dr Miller’s article. 
Similar deletions and broken links now extend across a host of US material exposing wrong-doing by government and intelligence officials. There appears to be a calculated campaign to delete important facts from world history. 

Professor Black's post can be viewed here. 

Details of the new US documentary can be viewed here.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Scottish judges refuse permission for third appeal.

Relatives of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing will not be allowed to pursue an appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the crime, Abdelbasset Al-Megrahi.

Families of those killed argued that they were legitimate persons to carry forward the miscarriage of justice appeal for Mr Megrahi, who died three years ago.

But three judges at the Appeal court in Edinburgh have ruled that this is not possible under Scots Law.

Mr Megrahi's own family still have the right to appeal on his behalf, but their lawyers have said that the situation in Libya makes this difficult

Judges to hear relatives' bid for third and final Lockerbie appeal

We are grateful to Professor Robert Black for the following report.

[This is the headline over a Press Association news agency report published today on the Yahoo! News website.  It reads as follows:]

A hearing will take place today to decide whether relatives of Lockerbie bombing victims could pursue an appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the atrocity.
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

A group of British relatives maintain they have a ''legitimate interest'' in trying to get the case of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi back before a court for a full appeal.

They believe the Libyan, who died protesting his innocence in his home country in 2012, was the victim of a miscarriage of justice and say his conviction should be overturned.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC), which is once again looking at Megrahi's conviction, has petitioned the High Court asking for guidance on whether members of the victims' families can take forward such an appeal on the convicted man's behalf.

A hearing on the issue will take place before three judges at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh today.

Megrahi was found guilty of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the south of Scotland on December 21 1988 in which 270 people were killed.

He died after abandoning his second appeal, which itself came after the SCCRC referred the case back to senior High Court judges in 2007.

Since June last year, the SCCRC has been considering a fresh, joint application from members of Megrahi's family and the Justice for Megrahi campaign group, which includes relatives of British victims of the bombing, to review the conviction.

Aamer Anwar, solicitor for the Megrahi family and 26 relatives of Lockerbie victims, said: "On June 5 2014, the Commission received an application for a further review of Mr Al-Megrahi's conviction from my office.
Jim Swire & Aamer Anwar 

"This application was lodged on behalf of two separate groups: Family members of the deceased victims of the Lockerbie bombing and members of Mr Al-Megrahi's family.

"Our legal team will argue today that the Commission is premature with their petition, as the role of the SCCRC is to investigate whether there has been a miscarriage of justice.

"When Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988, 270 people from 21 countries perished. It remains the worst terrorist atrocity ever committed in the UK but the consequences are still being felt 26 years later.

"The family members of the Lockerbie victims instructing us maintain that they have as much a right to pursue an appeal as the Megrahi family because they also believe the wrong person was convicted.

"The families hope this matter can be resolved as finality in the Megrahi case is unlikely ever to be achieved unless a referral is made to the Appeal Court."

Monday, 15 June 2015

The Miraculous bomb fragment

(With grateful thanks to Professor Robert Black and friends)

[It was on this date twenty-five years ago that the FBI’s James ‘Tom’ Thurman, so he says, identified the fragment of circuit board PT/35b as coming from a MST-13 timer manufactured by the Swiss company MEBO. 
 The circumstances are narrated in chapter 4 of John Ashton’s , Book Megrahi: You are my Jury especially at pages 62 to 66. The account that follows is taken from a long article entitled Thurman's Photo Quest on Caustic Logic’s blog The Lockerbie Divide:]

What we have in Thurman's case, with or without the actual piece of evidence, was the crucial identification. And one point that's consistent throughout is that he held a photo only when he found the match. The question at hand is how long it took him to find it and to determine its meaning vis-a-vis who carried out the bombing. 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

From Birmingham to Lockerbie?

Jim Swire and relatives of some of the Lockerbie victims are pursuing a posthumous third appeal on behalf of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. They believe that he suffered a miscarriage of justice.
Baset Al-Megrahi

In June 2014 - almost one year ago - they requested that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) ask the Scottish appeal court to rule on whether it is authorised to continue an investigation into the trial findings. The SCCRC requires a ruling on whether the relatives have “a legitimate interest”.

While in prison Al-Megrahi was visited by many well-wishers. In John Ashton's 2012 book "Megrahi: You are my Jury" Al-Megrahi tells of visits by Paddy Joe Hill, one of the "Birmingham Six" wrongly convicted for the 1974 IRA Birmingham pub bombings. He says of Hill, "He was the visitor who best understood my plight".
Paddy Hill. 17 years in jail.

Megrahi explains: "Hill knew better than anyone the innate reluctance of the criminal justice system to right its wrongs. Following their first unsuccessful appeal, the Six attempted to press charges against the West Midlands Police. The case eventually reached the High Court and was rejected by a panel of three judges led by England's most senior civil judge, the Master of the Rolls, Lord Denning."

"In one of the most notorious judgements of recent times he opined: 'Just consider the course of events if their [the Six's] action were to proceed to trial... If they failed it would mean that much time, money and worry would have been expended by many people to no good purpose'"
Lord Denning (Photo PA)

"'If they won ... [it would mean] that the convictions were eroneous. That would mean that the Home Secretary would either have to recommend that they be pardonned or to remit the case to the Court of Appeal. That [would be] such an appalling vista that every sensible person would say "It cannot be right that these actions should go any further."'"

Baset Al-Megrahi continues: "By the time I was convicted 21 years later, no judge would dare so nakedly place the reputation of the justice system before the interests of justice. But the common ancestry of judicial myopia was all too obvious."

Let us hope that Mr Al-Megrahi is correct and that the sentiments expressed by Lord Denning will never be allowed to influence the current application for a third, posthumous appeal.

John Aston's book Megrahi: You are my Jury. The Lockerbie Evidence. Birlinn Publishing. 2012. www.birlinn.co.uk.