August 23, 2009
In lemming-like fashion, so-called conservative talk radio hosts and news network anchors have predictably voiced their outrage over the decision to release Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan patsy convicted of killing 270 people in the 1988 airline bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Fox’s Greta Van Susteren called al-Megrahi a “cold-blooded mass murderer” while the washed-up neocon John Bolton placed all the blame on the Clinton administration. Bolton lamented that the United States didn’t get to prosecute al-Megrahi and give him the death penalty.
So contentious is the topic of the terminally-ill al-Megrahi’s return to Libya, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, weighed in on Saturday. Mullen said he was “appalled” by the release and deemed it a “political decision.” FBI Director Robert Mueller sent a scathing letter Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill saying the decision “gives comfort to terrorists” around the world. “I am outraged at your decision, blithely defended on the grounds of ‘compassion,”‘ he wrote.
As usual, amidst all the chest-beating and hoopla, the facts in the case get conveniently sidelined. In fact, the facts did not receive a fair shake in the corporate media because the point was at the time to demonize Libya’s Muammar al-Qaddafi, not get at the truth and track down and prosecute the real terrorists behind the downing of Pan Am flight 103.
Evidence produced but ignored in the United States reveals that Libyan secret agent al-Megrahi and al-Qaddafi were not behind the bombing. It was the notorious terrorist and intelligence asset Abu Nidal.
“Former Labor MP Tam Dalyell and Edinburgh law professor Robert Black urged the Scottish and UK governments to answer reports there is evidence Abu Nidal, aka Hasan Sabri al-Banna, was a U.S. agent,” the Scotsman reported on October 27, 2008. “They have long believed Abu Nidal, who died in Iraq in 2002, and his Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command were responsible for co-ordinating the bomb that blew up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie on 21 December, 1988 with the loss of 270 lives.”
“Intelligence reports, said to have been drawn up for Saddam Hussein’s security services, said Kuwaitis had asked Abu Nidal, whose real name was Sabri al-Banna, to find out if al-Qaeda was present in Iraq,” David Maddox wrote for the newspaper. The reports referred to Abu Nidal’s “collusion with both the American and Kuwaiti intelligence apparatuses in co-ordination with Egyptian intelligence.”
MP Dalyell said the reports added weight to the theory that Lockerbie was a “tit-for-tat” attack for the shooting down of an Iranian passenger airliner by the warship USS Vincennes in 1988, and was allowed by the U.S. administration.
He said the claims that Abu Nidal was working for the Americans would explain some of the mysteries that surrounded the Lockerbie outrage. These included a notice that went up at the American embassy in Moscow warning diplomats not to travel on Pan Am flights, and senior South African figures being “hauled off” the plane before its final flight.
Expendable students replaced the diplomats on the doomed flight.
“If the American public had known of a link with Abu Nidal, and had known that the US government knew enough to pull VIPs off the plane and let home-going students take their place, there would have been fury at a time of transition between the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Senior,” Dalyell and Black explained.
In May of 2000, a gag order added weight to the theory that Libya was not behind the Lockerbie bombing. Dr. Richard Fuisz, a CIA agent and a potential key trial witness, was gagged by the U.S. government under state secrecy laws and faced 10 years in prison if he revealed any information about the terrorist attack, the Sunday Herald reported. Fuisz, a multi-millionaire businessman and pharmaceutical researcher, was, according to U.S. intelligence sources, the CIA’s key operative in the Syrian capital Damascus during the 1980s where he also had business interests.
“One month before a court order was served on him by the US government gagging him from speaking on the grounds of national security, he spoke to US congressional aide Susan Lindauer, telling her he knew the identities of the Lockerbie bombers and claiming they were not Libyan,” Neil Mackay wrote. “Fuisz’s statements to Lindauer support the claims of the two Libyan accused who are to incriminate a number of terrorist organizations, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, which had strong links to Syria and Iran,” in short Abu Nidal.
Nidal was either killed by the Iraqi secret police for his role as an American double agent or he committed suicide after the Iraqis learned of his betrayal, according to the Independent.
Respected Middle East expert and author of Abu Nidal: A Gun For Hire (Random House, 1992), Patrick Seale, suggests Nidal also worked for the Israeli Mossad.
In 2003, it was reported by Gordon Thomas of The American Free Press that Bill Clinton’s close friend — the billionaire fugitive from justice, Marc Rich, who had personal knowledge of the identity of the Israeli spy in the White House known as “Mega” – played a crucial role in helping the Bank of Credit and Commercial International (BCCI) arrange for Nidal to receive “hundreds of millions of dollars for illegal arms transactions in an effort to persuade its wealthy Middle East backers that the bank was staunchly pro-Arab.” This evidence was presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee in January of 2003.
[efoods]”British weapons secretly destined for Abu Nidal were financed through BCCI offices and shipped under export documents that Marc Rich knew to be phony. My role at the bank was to handle the Nidal account. I later became a spy for the CIA and MI6,” Ghassan Quassem, who was a senior officer with BCCI for nearly two decades, said in a sworn affidavit.
None of this information was reported by the corporate media in the United States. Greta Van Susteren and the corporate media whores — for decades now in the pocket of the Pentagon and the CIA — are revisiting the propaganda they pushed in late 2001 when the patsy al-Megrahi was convicted of murder by a panel of three Scottish judges and sentenced to 27 years in prison. So busy are Van Susteren and the corporate media whipping up outrage over the fiction of Libyan terrorism, they didn’t bother to mention that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission looked at al-Megrahi’s conviction and found he may have suffered a miscarriage of justice.
Finally, it should be noted that Libya was on the receiving end of U.S. Terrorism, not the other way around. At the foundation of the Lockerbie fiction is the claim that al-Qaddafi had Pan Am flight 103 blown of the sky as revenge for Reagan’s 1986 bombing of Triopli, allegedly in response to the bombing of a night club in West Berlin that killed one U.S. soldier. Reagan’s illegal attack on October 18, 1985, was at the time the largest air assault since the Vietnam War. 120 aircraft rained destruction on points around the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi. At least 100 civilians were killed, including al-Qaddafi’s 15-month-old adopted daughter, Hana.
Former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky revealed the truth behind the criminal Libyan bombing in his 2002 book, By Way of Deception: The Making of a Mossad Officer — it was orchestrated by Israel.
A special communications device, Ostrovsky claims, was planted by naval commandos deep inside Libya by the Mossad. “The device would act as a relay station for misleading transmissions made by the disinformation unit in the Mossad, called LAP, and intended to be received by American and British listening stations,” write Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy. “The listeners would have no doubt they had intercepted a genuine communication” and “the content of the messages, once deciphered, would confirm information from other intelligence sources, namely the Mossad.”
“After the bombing of Libya, our friend Qadhafi is sure to stay out of the picture for some time. Iraq and Saddam Hussein are the next target. We’re starting now to build him up as the big villain. It will take some time, but in the end, there’s no doubt it’ll work,” a Mossad agent told the author.
Ostrovsky’s revelation is another bit of history the corporate media will never tell you as it continues its dutiful service to the ruling elite to manufacture outrage against official enemies.