It is now two years and two months since Gaddafi was slaughtered by Libyan rebel forces.
Since that day, formerly secret files held in Gaddafi's compound and state security offices have been pored over by the CIA, FBI and British MI6.
All were, and still are, studying the actions of Gaddafi's regime and his state security services headed by Moussa Koussa.
Focusing on Lockerbie, retiring FBI Chief Robert Mueller confirmed yesterday: "We have FBI agents working full-time to track down every
lead, as we have since it occurred 25 years ago."
Gaddafi's files were readily available at the end of the Libyan conflict. For example, Human Rights Watch trawled through them more than a year ago to reveal Gaddafi's brutal regime of imprisonment and torture.
(We invite you to study the HRW report and its link to documents sent to Libya by the CIA and other intelligence agencies. In particular one listing the redacted names of seven CIA agents based in a CIA station set up in Libya in 2004. The documents include a shocking record of renditions, international agreements and flights, and the use of Guantanamo facilities to "interview" Libyan nationals regarded as enemies of the Gaddafi regime. One document describes arrangements for the rendition of Sami Al-Sadi, his heavily pregnant wife, and their four children. They were kidnapped in Thailand and flown to Libya via Hong Kong in a CIA-commissioned jet. The CIA carried out the operation with the assistance of Britain's MI6, and the operation was signed off by the then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The husband was imprisoned and tortured by Gaddafi's agents. An out-of-court settlement of £2.2m paid by the British government has been secretly agreed. In another case, that of Abdel Belhaj, an attempt to sue MI6 and Jack Straw has been thrown out by a British Secret Court on the grounds that to pursue the action would (in the words of the judge) "damage the security relationship between Britain and the United States".)
As for Lockerbie, we might also ask what, throughout these two years, has emerged by way of evidence regarding the Lockerbie bombing of December 21st 1988?
If evidence had been found to add to the prosecution case surely the intelligence services would have made it public by one means or another?
And yet they have remained silent. It is therefore a fair conclusion that they have so far found nothing.
For the Scottish Crown Office, however, this is not enough. They persist in pure hope, hope that something, just something, might possibly, hopefully emerge to justify their denial of the truth:-
1. The key forensic witness in the Lockerbie trial, Allen Feraday, gave false evidence about the fragment of bomb timer said to have been found at Lockerbie, and
2. The only identification witness, Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, had secretly badgered the US and Scottish police throughout a two year investigation, for the US offer of "unlimited monies" in exchange for his evidence.
Whatever might be discovered by further searches in Libya, one thing is clear: it is not enough to record "witness statements". The Lockerbie trial record is littered with dozens of such, all regarded by the judges as mere hearsay.
What justice requires is hard facts. And these, in the conviction of Al-Megrahi, have proved to be non-existent.
The Scottish Crown tactics are now clear. They possess a cruel and cynical strategy of delay. And by such delay a belief that campaigners who wish to find the truth of Lockerbie will soon be dead or infirm.
They have pursued this strategy over the thirteen years that have elapsed since the trial. A further five or ten years would be an easy achievement.
Their latest move is to negotiate with Libya for the appointment of "two Lockerbie investigators", in the hope that something might turn up.
We quote: "Scottish investigators have said they hoped the Libyan revolution, which
deposed Col Muammar Gaddafi in August 2011, would open up new lines of
So, for the Americans and the Scottish Crown Office it's all a matter of hope. Or is it, as many are now beginning to believe, a cynical attempt to kick the ball once again into the green green grass of Libya?