The greatest cover up since JKF – The Lockerbie bombing – might be coming apart at the seams, Martin Jay writes.
America seems to be getting skittish about its dirty work in Libya and how the greatest cover up since JKF – The Lockerbie bombing – might be coming apart at the seams.
Like Afghanistan, Libya, a country rich in oil wealth and underpopulated, is heading towards being branded another major NATO f***-up as analysts worry that delayed elections, the hilarious farce of now having two rival prime ministers in office and an economy in freefall, could all point to rival factions returning to war.
The question though is whether this is an inevitability through the West’s meddling but not its actual intention; or, more sinisterly that this is what the U.S. has opted for, after presidential elections not being held in December 2021.
In early January, CIA chief William Burns has met with one of Libya’s rival prime ministers, the government in the country’s capital of Tripoli confirmed on January 12th, stirring some controversy, given how rare it is for CIA chief to do such a political stunt.
Libya, we should note, is a divided house. In Tripoli, its incumbent government – whose militias allow it to control important institutions like the central bank for example – is largely supported by the U.S. and Turkey, while its eastern bloc, which is where its parliament is based, is controlled and funded by a number of Arab countries and Russia. To complicate matters even more, for a while some European leaders hedged their bets in this polarised set-up and supported the Eastern part, whose military leader is, of course, Khalifa Haftar. Russia has also appeared at times to back both sides in the war, which finally ended in 2020.
But what on earth is the CIA chief doing in Tripoli?
Barely a month has passed since the U.S. illegally extradited a Libyan intelligence officer, to keep a fake news campaign in the U.S. alive which blames Libya for the Lockerbie bombing of 1988, and Burns rocks up to the Libyan capital.
The Tripoli-based government said CIA Director William Burns and Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah discussed cooperation, economic and security issues. It also posted a hand-shaking photo of the two on one of its social media pages.
Burns’ visit followed the surprise extradition last month of a former Libyan intelligence officer accused of making the bomb that exploded on a commercial flight above Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing all onboard and 11 people on the ground.
In December, Washington announced that Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, wanted by the United States for his role in bringing down the New York-bound Pan Am Flight 103 since 2020, was in their custody and would face trial. His handover by Dbeibah’s government raised questions of its legality inside Libya, which does not have a standing agreement on extradition with the United States. Dbeibah’s mandate remains highly contested after planned elections did not take place in late 2021.
International law has always dogged the Democrats in the U.S. much more than Republicans. It was Obama who got spooked by this the most, when, in 2011 he pulled out U.S. troops from Iraq after not getting the legal waiver from the Iraqis which would exempt American soldiers from prosecution by Iraqis themselves. It was also international law which prevented Obama from sending troops to Syria after his infamous ‘red line’ threat to Assad and in spite of Hilary Clinton practically begging him to.
Given Biden’s moronic handling of U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan, one has to ask, has he made an error in Libya which is worrying him now? The rendition of the Libyan officer is almost certainly illegal and it might have surprised Biden just how much international press coverage it received. Did Biden send Burns to give some moral support to the incumbent prime minister in Tripoli who refused to stand down when the eastern parliament attempted to install their own prime minister just recently? What was the deal struck between the CIA and Dbeibah and why did Burns need to actually visit him and pose with him for a Facebook photo stunt? Was this a signal to the eastern bloc that the U.S. is going to stand firm with their man, if war breaks out again?
Add to that, that it is only a question of time before American families of the doomed Pan Am 103 flight which crashed in Lockerbie at Christmas 1988 will wake up and smell the coffee.
For 34 years, the U.S. has doggedly pushed a false narrative which has blamed the Libyans. And they have succeeded to some extent, largely because the truth about Lockerbie is so incredible that few Americans would believe it, if they were to be presented with it.
Incredibly, Pan Am 103 was a ‘controlled flight’ by CIA agents which was carrying drugs placed on board by terrorist groups which Reagan needed to keep happy, while negotiating the freedom of U.S. hostages in Beirut. Iran discovered this arrangement – as those groups in Lebanon were ideologically aligned to Tehran and later became Hezbollah – and decided to seek revenge for the U.S. downing of Iranian airliner 655 in the Persian Gulf in July of 1988 by placing their own case on the flight, which they knew would not be examined by CIA officers, as it would be assumed to be drugs. The plotters even went as far as sacrificing one of the young men from the Lebanese group who was on board.
But the interesting detail of the Lockerbie bombing was the extent of how far the plotters went to divert blame to Libya, which the CIA are continuing to do to this day, in a nefarious game so as to extend the big lie of Lockerbie – all so that no U.S. president can be held responsible for possibly the greatest cover-up since JFK.
If the American families today were to jointly begin a legal case of compensation against the U.S. government for murdering their loved ones, who were used as cannon fodder for a twisted, idiotic game that Reagan was playing with terrorist groups in Lebanon, the sums would be staggering and unprecedented. The shock might be so much to the American public that it might create a crisis of confidence in the government and result in widespread insurgency, not to mention a lack of confidence in the U.S. political system.