By John Tiffany (2005)
Foreign Agent 4221:
The Lockerbie Cover-Up,
by William C. Chasey. Soft-cover, 372 pages with index.
Everybody aboard perished, as well as 11 people on the ground. The 1988 bombing was one of the worst terrorist incidents in the West to date.
An investigation initially pointed at Iran and Syria as the countries responsible; then, suddenly, for no explained reason, everything shifted and Libya was being blamed. Few have asked why.
Some of the earliest books and articles about the Lockerbie bombing did not even mention Libya as a suspect country. Not until November 14, 1991 - nearly three years after the bombing - did U.S. and Scottish prosecutors release a 29-page indictment charging two Libyan men, Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, 39, and Abdel Basset Ali Mohammed al-Megrahi, 55, with blasting the plane out of the sky.
The indictment stated that both men were agents of the Jamahiriya Security Organisation, the Libyan intelligence service. Prosecutors claimed the Libyan government had provided them with Semtex, a high explosive, and detonators. It also said other conspirators not named were also involved.
It was alleged Fhimah had used his job as an airline employee to store Semtex at the Malta airport, while al-Megrahi had been identified by a Malta shopkeeper as the man who bought an assortment of clothing later found at the crash scene from a store on Malta.
Some believe the U.S. government was involved in an international conspiracy to falsely blame Libya for the bombing. Many of those with an interest in the case viewed this turn of events with considerable scepticism.
Details implicating Libya seemed to be emerging, coincidentally, just at a time when President George Bush was building a coalition against Iraq, preparatory to the Persian Gulf War.
The U.S. and British governments wanted Syria to join the alliance against Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. But Syria was the home of Ahmed Jibril and the headquarters of his Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC). The PFLP-GC, prior to 1990, had been the No. 1 suspect in the Lockerbie bombing; but suddenly the heat was taken off the PFLP-GC and Iran in the investigation.
There were also rumours that U.S. and British authorities had chosen to overlook the possible Syrian and Iranian connection to the bombing in return for the 1991 release of Britain’s Terry Waite and America’s Thomas Sutherland, who had been held by pro-Iranian forces in Lebanon.
Truth is stranger than fiction, it is said, and certainly William C. Chasey’s true-life adventure reads like an unusually exciting novel, explaining exactly how a Washington lobbyist operates, as well as giving the reader quite an education in the history of U.S.-Libyan relations and all the details of the military actions.
Because of Chasey’s extensive Washington contacts, the government of Libya sought his influence to arrange a confabulation between any sitting U.S. congressman and representatives of their committees to resolve the Lockerbie situation.
Readers are treated to a blow-by-blow account of his rather bizarre meetings with Libyan agents who kept grocery bags full of US$100 bills around their hotel rooms and were willing to pay any amount to bring such a meeting about within a short time frame of 10 days or so.
It seems Chasey got a few U.S. lawmakers to agree to visit with the Libyans in Geneva or Malta, but Chasey was concerned a senator might back out, so he cast about for a back-up plan in case that should happen. Chasey had a US$200,000 contract riding on getting some congressman - any congressman - to sit down for a few hours with the Libyans so that they could explain that Libya had nothing to do with the bombing.
Ultimately, the group (and, vicariously, the reader) is treated to a surprise meeting with no less than Col. Muammar Al-Qadhafi himself, the man Time magazine called "the most dangerous man in the world."
The Lockerbie cover-up continues to this day. Chasey makes a convincing case that the Libyans had nothing to do with the airline terrorist bombing; it becomes obvious to the reader of this book that there is no case against Fhimah and Megrahi.
If the Libyans did not do it, then who did commit this heinous act? Chasey does not speculate on the answer, other than to indicate that the U.S. and British governments may have had a role in it.
There are also new clues pointing to the East Germans, who had copies of the circuit board used as the bomb’s timer, it was recently revealed. Previously, it had been claimed that only Libya had this type of circuit board.
Hopefully the contents of this fascinating book by a real insider will agitate people to action, to bring those responsible for both the Lockerbie tragedy itself, and its cover-up, to justice.
More exciting than anything by Ian Fleming, Foreign Agent 4221: The Lockerbie Cover-Up, is a great read as well as a significant contribution to the cause of truth.
* Source: mathaba.net
See also: Lockerbie - website by AlGaddai.org