Propaganda masks the real reason for release of Al Megrahi

For a month we have been bombarded with propaganda from the BBC about an alleged cover-up by the British government of a secret deal to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi. Claims have been made that "Libya oil deals" were a factor, and pompous statements made that "releasing a convicted terrorist to enhance trade deals cannot be justified".

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This media circus has been consistently ignoring an elephant in the middle of the room. Megrahi's lawyers were in the final stages of launching an appeal against his conviction:

Had he continued with his appeal, families of the victims believe it would have gone some way to exposing what they claim is a cover-up.

They accuse the Scottish Government of striking a deal with the convicted bomber that he drop his appeal, which may have exposed a miscarriage of justice, in exchange for repatriation

The move now means the families of the 270 passengers killed when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown out of the sky in 1988 have lost their final chance to expose the truth.

Claims of a "cover-up at the highest level" date back to 2001.

This information has been totally ignored in all the BBC coverage of this story, and replaced with an alternate "cover-up" theme which appears to be nothing more than a beat-up and smoke screen for the real cover-up.

An article published in the Daily Mail on 24 August 2009 bears the explosive headline:

$2m witness payment, bogus forensic evidence and Pentagon memo blaming Iran: How  Lockerbie bomber appeal threatened Scottish justice

Thie above story contains the following startling information:

In a submission to the Court of Appeal running to thousands of words, Megrahi’s lawyers list 20 grounds of appeal which include:

Details of a catalogue of deliberately undisclosed evidence at the original trial.
Allegations of ‘tampering’ with evidence.

A summary of how American intelligence agencies were convinced that Iran, not Libya, was involved but that their reports were not open to the 2001 trial.

The gross distortion of fact by the BBC amounts to a complete betrayal of the people who pay via taxes to maintain the organisation, and demands justice.

That is the real story behind the release of Al Megrahi.

You Take The High Road....

Excellent article.

I too noticed the propaganda, and the media's deafening silence on both sides of the ocean of the miscarriage of justice during Megrahi's trial. The only media entities that have discussed Megrahi's lawyer's concerns before tha Daily Mail's story is the Scottish press.

Also, if oil were a factor in the release of Megrahi then he would never have been tried in the first place! Instead of framing Megrahi, someone not from an oil producing nation would have been framed!

Dean Jackson/Editor-in-Chief
Washington, DC


From the article.

"Among the Lockerbie victims was a party of US intelligence specialists, led by Major Charles McKee of the DIA, returning from an aborted hostage-rescue mission in Lebanon. A variety of sources have claimed that McKee, who was fiercely anti-drugs, got wind of the CIA's deals and was returning to Washington to blow the whistle. A few months after Lockerbie, reports emerged from Lebanon that McKee's travel plans had been leaked to the bombers. The implication was that Flight 103 was targeted, in part, because he was on board."

There's always more to the story than meets the eye.

The BP deal seems to be the smoke screen.

It would not do to have the fact that al-Megrahi was the target of a CIA frame-up revealed during the appeal. Soon he will be dead from "natural causes" and the whole affair will be just another historical "enigma".

“On the altar of God, I swear eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the mind of man."--Thomas Jefferson

This was always a complicated story but what is clear

now is that it was about the "appeal" . The case gets to remained closed and the truth is once again denied. I wonder if Al Megrahi really does have terminal cancer etc. The case is a real boondogle with
Libyan Prime Minister Shokri Ghanem telling the BBC in 2004 that the 2.7 billion in compensation was paid to get sanctions lifted not because it accepted guilt. During the trial Al Jazeera reported that former Iranian intel official Ahmad Behbahani claimed responsibility for international attacks carried out by the Iranian Government including Lockerbie. The Organization of African Unity and Nelson Mandela have questioned the validity of the conviction, with Mandela visiting Megrahi in prison in 2002. In the trial the accused blamed Syrian backed Palestinians and the German Government refused to back the indictments of the Libyans. The west german police pointed to an off shoot of the PLO the Syrian backed Popular Front for the the Liberation of Palestine General Command ( PFLP-GC). Raids on PFLP-GC cells in West Germany prior to the bombing uncovered radio bombs and barometric fuses. The theory at the time was that the PFLP-GC was co-sponsored by the Iranians in revenge for the erroneous shooting down of an Iranian Airbus by the US Navy ship USS Vincennes, Ayatollah Khomeini had vowed that the skies would "rain blood". In 1991 George H.W. Bush asked PM Margaret Thatcher for the PFLP-GC -Syria-Iran investigation to be "toned down" because Syria which had backed the 1991 Gulf War had taken a "bum rap" over PA 103. The State Department claimed at the time that Libya who condemned the Gulf War had tried to frame Syria . A few days later the last Western Hostages in Beirut were released. This coincidence was noticed in the 1993 BBC documentary Silence over Lockerbie, which blamed Syria and Iran. The film The Maltese Double Cross withdrawn from the 1994 London Film Festival also claimed the same theory and was aired in 1995 with the support of Dr. Jim Swire of PA 103 victim support group.

Among the scattered debris searchers found $500K in cash and a case of Cannabis and Heroin which were taken away by helicopter borne CIA agents who also removed an unidentified body. The CIA arrived within two hours of the crash looking for members of a CIA team who had been working on the release of the US hostages held in Beirut. The map showing the location of the hostages was found on Major Charles McKee. Juval Aviv a former Mossad agent suggested that "rogue" CIA agents had allowed a Syrian arms dealer to smuggle heroin into the US on PA 103 in exchange for the release of US hostages. Mckee's team were couriering the drugs but a bomb was put on the plane in Frankfurt to take out McKee's team. But alas as things go we will most likely never know the whole story.