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    In a recent blog entry John Pilger makes the assertion that the convicted Lockerbie bomber was actually framed by the British goverment. That the release of Megrahi was an act of "damage control" because of new evidence that would have been released in his upcoming appeal showing his innocence. And that they would rather suffer media scrutiny over his "compasionate release" then have new evidence show that he was wrongly convicted. I must say I was a little shocked at the time of the release and could not figure out why the British goverment would do such a thing. I will leave this topic to the intellectual scholars of the Sandbox for debate.

    Lockerbie: Megrahi was framed

    3 Sept 2009

    In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the suppression of facts behind the furore over the "compassionate" release of the so-called Lockerbie bomber, Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. He writes that Megrahi was "in effect blackmailed by the governments of Scotland and England" so that it would not be revealed in his appeal that he had been framed for a crime he did not commit.

    The hysteria over the release of the so-called Lockerbie bomber reveals much about the political and media class on both sides of the Atlantic, especially Britain. From Gordon Brown’s “repulsion” to Barack Obama’s “outrage”, the theatre of lies and hypocrisy is dutifully attended by those who call themselves journalists. “But what if Megrahi lives longer than three months?” whined a BBC reporter to the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond. “What will you say to your constituents, then?”

    Horror of horrors that a dying man should live longer than prescribed before he “pays” for his “heinous crime”: the description of the Scottish justice minister, Kenny MacAskill, whose “compassion” allowed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi to go home to Libya to “face justice from a higher power”. Amen.

    The American satirist Larry David once addressed a voluble crony as “a babbling brook of bull****”. Such eloquence summarises the circus of Megrahi’s release.

    No one in authority has had the guts to state the truth about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 above the Scottish village of Lockerbie on 21 December 1988 in which 270 people were killed. The governments in England and Scotland in effect blackmailed Megrahi into dropping his appeal as a condition of his immediate release. Of course there were oil and arms deals under way with Libya; but had Megrahi proceeded with his appeal, some 600 pages of new and deliberately suppressed evidence would have set the seal on his innocence and given us more than a glimpse of how and why he was stitched up for the benefit of “strategic interests”.

    “The endgame came down to damage limitation,” said the former CIA officer Robert Baer, who took part in the original investigation, “because the evidence amassed by [Megrahi’s] appeal is explosive and extremely damning to the system of justice.” New witnesses would show that it was impossible for Megrahi to have bought clothes that were found in the wreckage of the Pan Am aircraft – he was convicted on the word of a Maltese shopowner who claimed to have sold him the clothes, then gave a false description of him in 19 separate statements and even failed to recognise him in the courtroom.

    The new evidence would have shown that a fragment of a circuit board and bomb timer, “discovered” in the Scottish countryside and said to have been in Megrahi’s suitcase, was probably a plant. A forensic scientist found no trace of an explosion on it. The new evidence would demonstrate the impossibility of the bomb beginning its journey in Malta before it was “transferred” through two airports undetected to Flight 103.

    A “key secret witness” at the original trial, who claimed to have seen Megrahi and his co-accused al-Alim Khalifa Fahimah (who was acquitted) loading the bomb on to the plane at Frankfurt, was bribed by the US authorities holding him as a “protected witness”. The defence exposed him as a CIA informer who stood to collect, on the Libyans’ conviction, up to $4m as a reward.

    Megrahi was convicted by three Scottish judges sitting in a courtroom in “neutral” Holland. There was no jury. One of the few reporters to sit through the long and often farcical proceedings was the late Paul Foot, whose landmark investigation in Private Eye exposed it as a cacophony of blunders, deceptions and lies: a whitewash. The Scottish judges, while admitting a “mass of conflicting evidence” and rejecting the fantasies of the CIA informer, found Megrahi guilty on hearsay and unproven circumstance. Their 90-page “opinion”, wrote Foot, “is a remarkable document that claims an honoured place in the history of British miscarriages of justice”. (Lockerbie – the Flight from Justice by Paul Foot can be downloaded from the Private Eye website for £5).

    Foot reported that most of the staff of the US embassy in Moscow who had reserved seats on Pan Am flights from Frankfurt cancelled their bookings when they were alerted by US intelligence that a terrorist attack was planned. He named Margaret Thatcher the “architect” of the cover-up after revealing that she killed the independent inquiry her transport secretary Cecil Parkinson had promised the Lockerbie families; and in a phone call to President George Bush Sr on 11 January 1990, she agreed to “low-key” the disaster after their intelligence services had reported “beyond doubt” that the Lockerbie bomb had been placed by a Palestinian group contracted by Tehran as a reprisal for the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by a US warship in Iranian territorial waters. Among the 290 dead were 66 children. In 1990, the ship’s captain was awarded the Legion of Merit by Bush Sr “for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as commanding officer”.

    Peversely, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1991, Bush needed Iran’s support as he built a “coalition” to expel his wayward client from an American oil colony. The only country that defied Bush and backed Iraq was Libya. “Like lazy and overfed fish,” wrote Foot, “the British media jumped to the bait. In almost unanimous chorus, they engaged in furious vilification and op en warmongering against Libya.” The framing of Libya for the Lockerbie crime was inevitable. Since then, a US defence intelligence agency report, obtained under Freedom of Information, has confirmed these truths and identified the likely bomber; it was to be centrepiece of Megrahi’s defence.

    In 2007, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission referred Megrahi’s case for appeal. “The commission is of the view,” said its chairman, Dr Graham Forbes, “that based upon our lengthy investigations, the new evidence we have found and other evidence which was not before the trial court, that the applicant may have suffered a miscarriage of justice.”

    The words “miscarriage of justice” are missing entirely from the current furore, with Kenny MacAskill reassuring the baying mob that the scapegoat will soon face justice from that “higher power”. What a disgrace.
    |TG-X| mp40x



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  • #2
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    I found this humorous.......ahhh bloggers......I would be willing to bet this guy also thinks that the battle of Britain was actually British planes re-painted in German Luftwaffe colors/insignias and bombed Britain in order for everyone to attack Germany.
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    • #3
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      So it really was the Poles who attacked Nazi Germany?
      Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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      • #4
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        [media]http://www.ilovebonnie.net/tinfoil-hat.jpg[/media]

        Let me start in saying that it is entirely possible that this guy was a scapegoat. However, the article is ridiculous. I was interested until the writer began asserting that instead of simply announcing that a terrorist group had been behind the Lockerbie bombing, it was determined that the better course of action was a multi-government scheme of convicting a Libyan intelligence agent of the crime in order to smear Libya's international image in vengeance for their unwillingness to support the United States during the first Gulf War. Since all government agencies have time machines, they realized that they could use an incident that happened in 1988 to enact vengeance upon an unrelated country's unwillingness to support an event that occurred in 1991, but decided to wait about 10 years after the Gulf War to hatch their Evil Plan.

        Wait, what? :P

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        • #5
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          Funny how with a few real life examples interwoven with fiction can create such an interesting story. Heck it worked for The Da Vinci Code, and that was a #1 best seller!

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
            So it really was the Poles who attacked Nazi Germany?
            Horses and all.
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            • #7
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              Yes, he was scapegoated. No, no, it really had nothing to do with "tense negotiations" that were going on between British Petroleum and the Libyan government over oil drilling allowances that literally turned SUPER FRIENDLY overnight when Megrahi was shipped home. He was a god damn bargaining chip in oil rights negotiations. BP even made a press statement acknowledging that his release played a large role in fostering relations with libya for the negotiations. Jesus H Christ on a whole wheat goddamn cracker. I hate tin foil hat nutjobs.

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              • #8
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                Headline: "US paid reward to Lockerbie witness, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi papers claim

                Scottish detectives discussed secret payments of up to $3m made to witness and his brother, documents claim"

                http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009...itness-megrahi

                I've never seen a reason to disregard Scapegoating in this case. History has told me so. I don't believe in projecting conspiracies, I just want to have a candid and un-naive world view. Seems the Americans and British understand money talks.

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                • #9
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                  Reward for what? Lying on the stand, or facilitating his capture?

                  If someone actually catches Bin Laden one day, will there be persons someday scratching their chins and saying, "Hmm... the US paid $50 million to the person who captured Bin Laden. That's mysterious."

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                  • #10
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                    Sorry, based on the illogic of those two sentences put together to suggest a logical conclusion and its underhanded missive suggestion, when did you actually read and digest the article to form a balanced opinion?

                    This is not Fox news and the British are not the 'American public'. We actually like to form an opinion based on the facts before us that may even mean we think the Government may do bad things for their reasons.

                    There will be people some day as today and yesterday and other days scratching their chins saying "I can see it now all coming. History repeats itself. Thank God for the British Lawlords who are above British Government and its agenda and of which all got and get scared, and the powers of seeking truth and justice, and not the American Conservatism and badly laid missives as arguments which would be laughable if it wasn't so incredulously crass and dangerous to individuals and who try to employ it in the general public forum making it more dangerous for all, outcasting those against with such methods and aligning allegiances of those 'with us as you aint against us', and those that use it on all levels, it being the US Government or even other nation states, media and all those with an agenda for it to continue right down to Joe Public. Hmm.. that's mysterious".

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                    • #11
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                      Oh, I'm sorry Taip3n, am I interrupting your tirade against an entire country and its people being mindless idiotic sheep, willing to bend to the will of whatever major media outlets would have us believe? Dont get quite so high and mighty there bud, you're liable to find yourself in a pot of hot water.

                      Heres a thought though: how about we rely on fact. What i posted in my previous response was FACT. The fact that the government claims it released Megrahi due to humanitarian reasons (his failing health) being directly contradicted by BP's public statement that the release of Megrahi was a key negotiating point in gaining oil rights in Libya is FACT. Could it have been both? Sure. But which do you think is more likely, that he was released for health reasons and the oil rights negotiations going smoothly was a bonus, or the other way around?

                      Either way, if there was corruption going on, who cares? It was 20 years ago. The people responsible are gone or on the way out. The man has been released and sent home. You know how many people worldwide are convicted of crimes they didnt commit or jailed for no reason? What makes this case any different? The only reason it garners attention is due to the fact that it involved a suspected terrorist who supposedly plotted and carried out a major event.

                      Next time you want to call an entire country of people idiots, please choose somewhere else to do it. I know plenty of people in the UK who would completely disagree with your sentiment, as well as plenty of people in the US who would readily prove you wrong.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Taip3n View Post
                        Sorry, based on the illogic of those two sentences put together to suggest a logical conclusion and its underhanded missive suggestion, when did you actually read and digest the article to form a balanced opinion?

                        This is not Fox news and the British are not the 'American public'. We actually like to form an opinion based on the facts before us that may even mean we think the Government may do bad things for their reasons.

                        There will be people some day as today and yesterday and other days scratching their chins saying "I can see it now all coming. History repeats itself. Thank God for the British Lawlords who are above British Government and its agenda and of which all got and get scared, and the powers of seeking truth and justice, and not the American Conservatism and badly laid missives as arguments which would be laughable if it wasn't so incredulously crass and dangerous to individuals and who try to employ it in the general public forum making it more dangerous for all, outcasting those against with such methods and aligning allegiances of those 'with us as you aint against us', and those that use it on all levels, it being the US Government or even other nation states, media and all those with an agenda for it to continue right down to Joe Public. Hmm.. that's mysterious".
                        I think you've missed the point I was making. To put it plainly, there is nothing immediately suspicious about "secret payments" made to individuals that assist in the capture (directly or indirectly) of high-value persons tied to acts of international crime.

                        The US offers a reward of $50 million for capturing Bin Laden.

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                        • #13
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                          The NYPD will give up to $1000 for information resulting in the arrest of the criminal who has shot a NYPD Police Officer 1-800-COP-SHOT. People pay for all types of information whether it be persons of interest, information in general, stocks, etc etc etc.......

                          Megrahi being framed makes about as much sense as Qaddafi's speech at the UN last week.
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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Ferris Bueller View Post
                            Oh, I'm sorry Taip3n, am I interrupting your tirade against an entire country and its people being mindless idiotic sheep, willing to bend to the will of whatever major media outlets would have us believe? Dont get quite so high and mighty there bud, you're liable to find yourself in a pot of hot water.

                            Heres a thought though: how about we rely on fact. What i posted in my previous response was FACT. The fact that the government claims it released Megrahi due to humanitarian reasons (his failing health) being directly contradicted by BP's public statement that the release of Megrahi was a key negotiating point in gaining oil rights in Libya is FACT. Could it have been both? Sure. But which do you think is more likely, that he was released for health reasons and the oil rights negotiations going smoothly was a bonus, or the other way around?

                            Either way, if there was corruption going on, who cares? It was 20 years ago. The people responsible are gone or on the way out. The man has been released and sent home. You know how many people worldwide are convicted of crimes they didnt commit or jailed for no reason? What makes this case any different? The only reason it garners attention is due to the fact that it involved a suspected terrorist who supposedly plotted and carried out a major event.

                            Next time you want to call an entire country of people idiots, please choose somewhere else to do it. I know plenty of people in the UK who would completely disagree with your sentiment, as well as plenty of people in the US who would readily prove you wrong.
                            Sure thing Ferris.

                            Some points on the issue. I totally agree with you about BP. I posted here recently a Private Eye story where a Blairs henchman who rallied against those that sought to get into facts over this whole Lybia thing a few years ago. Now he has a job in... BP.. and very well paid too. I agree there are alot of miscarriages of justice. Yes this is 20 years old but that doesn't make it wrong to not look into it. Especially due to the political elements involved. I certainly know about hot water when it comes to shoving a nose up to some American thinking but I am an ambassador for all us people which of course includes good Americans that want to better the world and not run from things fear induced so's others can dupe. Anyway, I guess that leads me on to the tirade as you put it. I think it a good word to use: yes I still feel I wanted to use less drama and.. well a tirade.. and was well aware of it, it still sits very uncomfortably in me as I know alot of people it would hit falsely and does not bode well for myself. I bounce about thinking 'is that the only way to do it? Why did you do it like this'? What is wrong with you'? I tirade though it must be too in ways as a counter. Anyway I'll get on to that.

                            I wasn't at the whole country but yes I guess the tirade is an infuriation at the 'idiots' everywhere. We got plenty here. There are plenty everywhere.

                            But I will say sorry to you all and you and Gillespie specifically. It's not at you specifically, I just guess I use heat and force to highlight against a constant 'truth' that undermines and is highly likely not be 'truth'. I'm particularly against group attacks on individuals. I did feel my tone fisted but without it I thought this would continue. Otherwise I would duely have left it out. And of course I love alot of Americans and have said here often, as I believe, the Brits need to learn a thing or two from them alot. It would be a sad thing if you thought I didn’t, as much as it would be sad that I found myself in ‘hot water’, though understandable in positive way in a lot of ways, I can see the negatives. However it is saddening to think you think I look only at the negative and pose it as one, in a way that points at what I point. It is false to think I do not think highly of alot of people in America and value the individuals' input, as much as anywhere else.

                            A fact is that it is fear producing not to have a clear discussion on the facts as we see them as by proxy if I did not speak out then only one mantra of ‘truth’ prevails. You can look at this as your perception that I don’t like Americans which is wrong, or people using quips to maintain a perception in society, the situation as it stands and is being spoken about in this thread being an example. The very fact that you choose to believe I don't like Amercians is more an issue on truth in society a truth about me. The fact that many see Americans 'all club together when feeling threatened and shutting the door 'go somewhere else' or attack, or dismiss', an example. The fact that the British court of law finds in this case the fact that the facts are flawed, wanted a judicial review. Many find the political element involved in justice, using police and other methods, to get their result and dupe society alarming. It also impacts on current affairs. That is a fact. Thus my reply was 'designed for impact' and not for 'mutual attrition', to better our understanding and not wallow in fear induced 'righteous ways' on a skewing of the facts by means such as agenda and manipulation or mantra. I would like to say it is not at you or a country specifically and if you felt that, especially to Gillespie, I am sorry and don't feel it personal at all. Infact I look at it positively and with respect to you especially to Gillespie, and lets not forget MP40, an American.
                            Last edited by Taip3n; 10-03-2009, 05:00 AM. Reason: spelling/clarity

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                            • #15
                              Re: Lockerbie: Megrahi was framed

                              Originally posted by Gillespie View Post
                              I think you've missed the point I was making. To put it plainly, there is nothing immediately suspicious about "secret payments" made to individuals that assist in the capture (directly or indirectly) of high-value persons tied to acts of international crime.

                              The US offers a reward of $50 million for capturing Bin Laden.
                              Thanks for that Gillespie. I did think you may have been saying that but as I said above I also try to stop the mantra. I am very glad you saw my point though and responded in such a way. It gives me hope and faith.

                              The thing is that the British Courts are above the Government. It is a philosophical view to ensure that the Government are unable to dupe society. Thus the Lawlords in Britain are our last best hope, and as said thank God for it.

                              The big thing here is that the British courts found evidence to be witheld where the Judges who first passed judgement on the case did not recieve all documents. The police witheld crucial evidence and much of this evidence would suggest a false conviction. Considering the political aspect of this trial and as such political involvement, the facts dicated review into whether this was a miscariage of justice. In import of this and of political involvement is at hand. As such, for the plaintiff to withdraw at such a key political climate smells of underhanded politics, bypassing the law and 'getting away with it', especially in the face of deals with Libya. It's a wonder what pressures the plaintiff went under, he does have family in Lybia and the facts pointing to the British Government 'corrupt', for example. Anyone in journalism will be able to speak of Agenda. Anyone in journalism will be able to speak of Manipulation and Mantra. These are just three cold hard facts taught to journailsm students. Hence the journalism and impact of this case not just in the UK or USA but a worldview.
                              Last edited by Taip3n; 10-03-2009, 04:52 AM. Reason: spelling/clarity

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