Charlie Stross wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 19, 2000 at 08:13:15AM -0400, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> > > And, if you're thinking about Lockerbie, it's worth bearing the alternative
> > > theories in mind. (You know exactly who was _supposed_ to be on board
> > > Pan Am 109, but cancelled his party's reservation an hour before takeoff
> > > and caught the next flight?)
> > >
> > > Clue: here in Scotland, 90% of the informed opinion is that the Lockerbie
> > > trial will deliver one of two verdicts -- "not guilty" or "not proven".
> > >
> > I haddn't heard who was supposed to be on the flight, but I had heard
> > that the defense had a supposed witness that claims a big US drug
> > operation at the airport in question, who is most likely an IRA stalking
> > horse (considering how much the IRA owes Gadaffi, I don't doubt it). I
> > can't imagine that actual taped conversations of Gadaffi congradulating
> > the team would not make it an open and shut case.
> Of course, such evidence would make it an open and shut case. But I hope
> you'll pardon me for doubting that evidence that hard exists; if it did,
> it'd have been produced by now (if only to shut up carping critics like
> myself :).
I was under the impression that that was the evidence our intelligence people had
gotten that caused us to authorize the bombing of Tripoli. I don't know if that
evidence is being released, but that was the story at the time we bombed them.
> The person I was told was due to fly on Pan Am 109, incidentally, was
> 'Pik' Botha, the South African minister of defense, and his entourage.
> (Note that I don't have a documentary source for this to hand, so I'll
> have to do a lot of digging if you challenge me on it. So be it.)
> If this isn't just synchronicity in action, I find the current South
> African government's mediation in getting the Libyans accused of the
> bombing a fair trial in a neutral country somewhat ... interesting.
So you are saying it was actually an ANC plot? The ANC, incidentally, also did a
lot of training in Libya. It seems that anyone who belongs to a terrorist group, or
sympathizes with one, is coming out of the woodwork in defense of Libya, when Libya
was the largest provider of training facilities for terrorist groups.... funny how
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