Viewpoint: The Lockerbie Bombing "Deal"

Just over one year ago, the Scottish Government released convicted bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the man held responsible for blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Following Mr. al-Megrahi’s release, Scottish doctors and Government officials justified their actions by declaring that the Libyan intelligence officer would live no more than three months due to advanced prostate cancer. And yet, one year later, Mr. al-Megrahi is still very much alive. 

Mr. al-Megrahi was found guilty of killing 270 people, to include multiple officers from within the U.S. Intelligence Community.   CIA Deputy Chief of Station Matthew Gannon was but one of those officers murdered, while the identities of the others remain unknown to this day. These officers paid the ultimate price for our freedom and Mr. al-Megrahi’s release is an offense to their shared sacrifice. 

The families of the murdered intelligence officers – and indeed all of the families – deserve no less than a full airing of the facts around Mr. al-Megrahi’s release.
 
On behalf of the hundreds of former intelligence officers we represent, we will remember those intelligence officers who were killed flying home on Pan Am Flight 103 nearly 22 years ago… we will not forget them nor their families.
 
We will call on the UK and Scottish Governments to launch independent inquiries into the release of Mr. al-Megrahi to ensure that commercial and/or political interests did not lead to Mr. al-Megrahi’s freedom.
 
We will express our strong support of the investigation being conducted by Senators Menendez, Lautenberg, Gillibrand, and Schumer.
 
We will ask that CIA Director Leon Panetta, NSA Director Keith Alexander, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Attorney General Eric Holder direct their staffs to fully cooperate with the Senators’ investigation.
 
We will call on the appropriate staff within the aforementioned agencies and departments to assist in providing minimally redacted operational cables and intelligence reports to cleared Senate staff in a secure environment. All documents should be narrowly focused on al-Megrahi’s release in order to protect sources and methods of collection.   
 
In the event documents ought to be made public, we believe that the staffs of the above Senators, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and agencies involved can (and must) work together to declassify the appropriate documents.
 
We believe that if the above are executed faithfully, we will be closer to discovering the truth of how and why Mr. al-Megrahi secured his undeserved and inappropriate release despite his heinous crimes of terrorism.
 
* S. Eugene Poteat, President on behalf of the Officers, Board, and Members of AFIO (Association of Former Intelligence Officers)
 
 
 
 
 

 

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