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The Search for the Truth About Lockerbie Bombing

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I suspect that “mainstream” journalists stumbling through legal wreckage of the Pan Am 103 bombing will be the last to wipe their eyes and face the fact that the 259 passengers, 11 on the ground, killed in the disaster were casualties of Iran contra. If I — at the time, an obscure reporter with a weekly, 20-minute news program on KAZU-FM in Monterey, California, a tiny, independent public radio station — could report that the bombing was the work of American intelligence “assets,” then lavishly-financed, award-winning corporate journalists should have gotten beyond “the search for truth” and nailed it all down long ago. But after two decades in which all of the evidence against al-Megrahi has proven to be concocted and bubbled away like overcooked menudo, establishment journalists either continue to denounce him as a “murderer,” and take transcription from lying politicians, or fall down on the trail of evidence for an opiated nap.

It doesn’t take a Seymour Hersh to follow the obvious clues. Back in 1995, the Independent tripped over one tossed out by a minister from the Labour Party:

Lockerbie evidence ‘planted by CIA’

The Independent, 15 June 1995

Crucial evidence against two Libyans for the Lockerbie bombing was planted by the CIA, it was claimed in the Commons yesterday. A fragment of circuit board alleged to have been part of the bomb’s timing mechanism is the sole item of physical evidence linking the two Libyans to the December 1988 bombing. But Tam Dalyell, Labour MP for Linlithgow, declared: “I have come to suspect that the timing device in question was not that of Pan Am 103 but a different timing device that the CIA had picked up from the Libyans … I have been driven to the conclusion that the device was a CIA plant.” …

All that the “search for truth” demands is a desire to know, and Google. But the press has led us on a tortuous path mined with cooked evidence, coerced witness testimony and disinformation. Western intelligence agencies are tax-supported terrorist cells. This is the reality that the sleeping transcribers of the controlled media continue to wilfully ignore. – Alex Constantine

Lockerbie bombing: The search for the truth

By Alasdair Soussi

The National, December 8, 2012

In the early afternoon of May 20, the only person ever convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie died at home in Libya. Abdelbaset Al Megrahi had been released from a UK prison on compassionate grounds in August 2009 after being found guilty of the December 21, 1988 terrorist atrocity, which killed all 259 passengers and crew on board and 11 others on the ground. Megrahi, who had been suffering from prostate cancer and was given only three months to live, was released by Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, under controversial circumstances. He arrived home to a hero’s welcome at Tripoli airport after serving just eight years of a minimum 27-year sentence. The Libyan, whose co-accused, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted at trial, went on to live for two years and nine months, leading many to question the true extent of his illness. But, while seven months may have elapsed since Megrahi’s death, and 24 years since the attack itself, many individuals are now convinced of the late Libyan’s innocence. Jim Swire, whose daughter, Flora, died on Flight 103, Robert Forrester, secretary of the Justice for Megrahi (JFM) campaign and John Ashton, author of Megrahi: You Are My Jury, all believe that the Lockerbie dead were not the only casualties that cold December evening when, 38 minutes into its transatlantic flight from London Heathrow, the Clipper Maid of the Seas passenger jet exploded. Swire, Forrester and Ashton are all pushing for Megrahi’s conviction to be quashed in the belief that the evidence used to try the Libyan in 2001 can be disproved. The timer fragment used to detonate the bomb, said to have been found at the Lockerbie crash site and which the prosecution argued had been planted in a suitcase by Megrahi at Malta airport, is one such questionable item of evidence. According to Ashton, the fragment, made of pure tin, could not have come from any product sold by the Swiss company Mebo in Libya, because it used tin-lead alloy at that time. He bases his claims on two assertions: a sworn affidavit from the production manager of the firm that made the Mebo timer’s circuit boards and expert opinion that refuted remarks made by two prosecution witnesses that the heat from the explosion could have burnt away the lead from the Lockerbie fragment, leaving just tin residue. “The experts we spoke to did experiments, which disproved this supposition,” says Ashton, who worked alongside Megrahi’s legal team for three years as a researcher and claims that notes by a prosecution forensics expert, during his original examination of the circuit board fragment in 1991, reveal he was aware of a difference in the composition of the circuit board, but that his notes, which were handed to police on November 8, 1999, were not disclosed to Megrahi’s defence until 10 years later. “So, we then had a very, very startling conclusion which was that the fragment was not from one of the circuit boards sold to Libya. That really destroys the case. The fragment was what tied Megrahi in as he had an association with Mebo, and which was the golden thread that tied [him] to Lockerbie. When you removed that you really had no case.” Swire believes that Ashton’s evidence “blows the Malta-Megrahi story … out of the water” and has always harboured deep reservations that a device of this kind “would have been used in such a way that it would only clear Heathrow by 38 minutes”. This, contends Swire, is because such a detonation time fitted perfectly with the pressure-trigger bombing devices used by the Syrian and Iranian-backed Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC). Indeed, not only were the PFLP-GC the original prime suspects, but they were also incriminated by group member Mobdi Goben, in a lengthy deathbed confession. For Swire, the evidence of the so-called “Heathrow break-in” – which took place just 16 hours before the bombing at a padlocked rubber door that gave access from landside to airside and down towards the airport’s baggage area – was also mishandled. It is his contention that Scottish police, who were in possession of the full facts surrounding the incident at Heathrow by February 1989 but didn’t pass on details to the Crown Office in their case against Megrahi in 1991 – doing so only eight years later when they merely submitted unreferenced details of the break-in along with 14,000 other witness statements – “decided off their own bat that there was no evidence for anyone else being involved in the bombing and to suppress the Heathrow evidence in its entirety”. “The Crown Office, before the case started in court, knew perfectly well that the defence were going to lead [on] incrimination and were going to allege that the PFLP-GC had done this with one of their devices,” says Swire, who claims that the appearance of the Lockerbie timer fragment was the result of “a major, major conspiracy of some unknown party to pervert the course of justice”. “In order to use a PFLP-GC device it would have to have been introduced at Heathrow or had to be treated by the terrorists in some way at Heathrow in order to activate it. Why? Because if you flew it in from Frankfurt it would have blown up on the way – on the feeder flight, Pan Am 103A. In that scenario, the evidence of the break-in ought to have been a crucial defence plank, but it wasn’t because the defence didn’t know about it.” With such assertions in mind, Forrester, on behalf of the JFM committee – which includes a Queen’s Counsel, the parish priest in Lockerbie at the time of the disaster and a retired police superintendent, as well as Swire – wrote to Scotland’s justice secretary on September 13, 2012, alleging six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice pertaining to members of the Scottish police, the Crown and other involved parties. But, as Forrester admits, “major obstacles” exist in reaching JFM’s goal of seeking justice for the 270 victims. This, despite a report from the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) – a non-departmental public body funded by the Scottish government – which upheld six grounds on which Megrahi could have suffered a miscarriage of justice. Indeed, viable avenues to expose Megrahi’s conviction to the above claims – and others that have surfaced – appear doom-laden. An appeal from the Megrahi family, which seems unlikely due to the present political climate in Libya, or, potentially, an appeal from the Lockerbie bereaved, could both be scuppered by a Scottish Parliament ruling, which, says Forrester, “allows the judiciary to reject applications for appeal that are submitted to it by the SCCRC”. A Scottish government- launched independent inquiry, for which JFM has petitioned hard since 2010, provides another potential opening, but Salmond has, thus far, remained steadfastly opposed to such a move. Even so, JFM remains undeterred and focused on what Ashton contends as the biggest miscarriage of justice in the modern age. “This was the biggest criminal investigation in British history – and the biggest mass murder – but the real hidden thing in this and the real scandal was that not only was the wrong man convicted, but so too was the nation of Libya, because as a result of these indictments Libya was subjected to 12 years of sanctions … So, here you have an entire nation punished on the basis of evidence that was at best shaky and at worst fabricated.” Alasdair Soussi is a freelance journalist, covering the Middle East and Scottish politics. http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/lockerbie-bombing-the-search-for-the-truth#ixzz2FGYukao1

 

 

AFP, December 15, 2012

Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan, a major figure in 20th-century classical music pictured here on June 14, 1982, was a bigger fan of the Nazis than he made out, according to a historian who has unearthed previously unseen documents.

AFP – Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan, a major figure in 20th-century classical music, was a bigger fan of the Nazis than he made out, according to a historian who has unearthed previously unseen documents.

“It is time to probe scientifically the claims that Karajan constructed and cobbled together… and which in the end he really believed himself,” said Oliver Rathkolb from Vienna University.

Presenting his findings at a seminar on Friday, Rathkolb cited anti-Semitic comments from letters written by Karajan (1908-1989) in his youth and said that at school the legendary maestro had belonged to an ultra-nationalist, pan-German youth group in Salzburg.

Rathkolb also questioned Karajan’s claims after World War II that he only joined the Nazi party in order to be able to pursue his musical career, citing his application to join in April 1933, five years before the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany.

The historian also said that Karajan’s 1942 marriage to the “quarter-Jewish” Anita Guetermann, which the composer cited in his defence after 1945, “was more useful to him than harmful” in the Nazi period.

Her industrialist father divorced his Jewish wife and enjoyed close commercial ties with the Nazis, and propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels intervened personally to stop a probe into Anita Guetermann’s Jewish origins in order to clear the way for her marriage to Karajan, Rathkolb said.

Karajan was chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic and artistic director at both the Vienna State Opera and the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna.

http://www.france24.com/en/20121215-historian-probes-conductor-von-karajans-nazi-past

U.S. Attorney’s Office
December 14, 2012

Northern District of Texas
(214) 659-8600

DALLAS—Eugene Lockhart, Jr. was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 54 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $2.4 million in restitution following his guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, stemming from his leadership role in a massive mortgage fraud scheme that he and others ran in the Dallas area from approximately 2002 to 2005.

Lockhart, of Carrollton, Texas, is the last of 10 defendants who were convicted in the scheme to be sentenced. Lockhart played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1984 to 1990 and used his name and fame, according to evidence in the case, to get business and further the scheme. Judge Solis ordered that Lockhart, who has been on home confinement, surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on January 16, 2012. U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas made the announcement.

Others convicted and sentenced are:

William Randolph Tisdale, of Dallas, also considered a leader of the scheme along with Lockhart, was convicted at trial on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of bank fraud. He was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $1.1 million in restitution.

Hubert Jones, III, of Garland, Texas, who acted as a lieutenant for Tisdale, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of bank fraud, and one count of wire fraud. He was sentenced to 58 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $681,545 in restitution.

Lendell Beacham, of Desoto, Texas, a mortgage company owner, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. He was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $947,700 in restitution.

Patricia Ortega Suarez, of Dallas, an escrow officer, pleaded guilty to two counts of making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $1 million in restitution.

Michael Anthony Caldwell, of Arlington, Texas, who was a manager for a title company, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to HUD. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison and ordered to pay $445,100 in restitution.

Donna Lois Kneeland, of Grand Prairie, Texas, also an escrow officer, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to HUD. She was sentenced to a three-year term of probation and ordered to pay $135,000 in restitution.

Bryan J. Moorman, of Mesquite, Texas, who acted as a real estate appraiser, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and was also sentenced to a three-year term of probation. He was also ordered to pay $281,200 in restitution.

Jermaine Frederick Frazier, of Desoto, who acted as a loan processor and lieutenant for Lockhart, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $2 million in restitution.

Scott David Eller, 45, of Mansfield, Texas, a CPA, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $1.7 million in restitution.

Lockhart was involved with real estate entities, some formed by him and Tisdale, which had names that were often derived in some fashion from a reference to the Dallas Cowboys, including America’s Team Mortgage; America’s Team Realty; America’s Team Funding Group; Ace Mortgage; Cowboys Realty; Cowboys Mortgage; and KLT Properties. Tisdale was involved with Pinnacle Development and Realty Corporation; Atilla Capital Corporation; and KLT Properties. Jones was involved with Pinnacle Development and Realty Corporation and Atilla Capital Corporation.

The defendants ran a scheme in which they located single-family residences for sale in the Dallas area, including distressed and pre-foreclosure properties, and negotiated a sales price with the seller. They created surplus loan proceeds by inflating the sales price to an arbitrary amount substantially more than the fair market value of the residence.

Generally, they recruited individuals to act as nominee or “straw purchasers” or “straw borrowers,” promising to pay them a bonus or commission of between $10,000 and $20,000 for their participation in a particular real estate transaction. The conspirators caused the loan applications for each straw borrower to include false financial information, often including inflated false income figures to conceal the borrower’s true financial condition so that the lender would more likely approve the loan. The conspirators concealed from the lenders the true status, financial conditions, and intentions of the named borrowers, knowing that loans would not likely be approved if the lender knew the true role, credit worthiness, and risk of each straw borrower.

The conspirators falsely represented in loan documents that the straw purchaser intended to use the property as their primary residence, intentionally concealing from the lender that each straw borrower viewed himself as an “investor,” who never intended to occupy the home.

Some of the conspirators also caused bogus and fraudulent “marketing fees” to be listed on loan closing documents to provide a means for the conspirators to receive surplus/excess loan proceeds.

The scope of the conspiracy involved approximately 54 fraudulent residential property loan closings resulting in the funding of approximately $20.5 million in fraudulent loans. The actual loss to lenders is nearly $3 million.

Today’s announcement is part of efforts underway by President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF) which was created in November 2009 to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices, and state and local partners, it is the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory, and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud. Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions, and other organizations. Over the past three fiscal years, the Justice Department has filed more than 10,000 financial fraud cases against nearly 15,000 defendants, including more than 2,700 mortgage fraud defendants. For more information on the task force, visit www.stopfraud.gov.

The case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David L. Jarvis and Mark Penley prosecuted.

” … Treating diabetes in America is [a] $100 billion business, and Sanofi isn’t the only company looking to reap the benefits of social media. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck all operate Twitter accounts, and some use YouTube and Facebook. There are even sites developed specifically for these companies, like Pfizer’s Think Science Now Blog. … “

 

By Michelle Llamas  

Drugwatch, December 10, 2012

Social media use has become a part of modern communication and has helped many people living with disease connect, particularly in the United States — the country with the most social media users. For people living with diabetes — about 26 million Americans — online communities have provided a place to share experiences and treatment information.

Drug companies have taken notice and are reaching out directly to patients via social media. Some experts are concerned because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to release guidelines on using social media to market drugs.

Patients, Drug Companies Use Social Media

Some patients blog about their experiences with diabetes. Other people living with diabetes share videos on YouTube that give other patients advice on how to use insulin pumps and provide product reviews.

These blog posts and videos caught the attention of pharmaceutical companies, and a few years ago these companies began creating their own social media sites. Drug giant Sanofi US — manufacturer of such medications as Ambien and multiple diabetes drugs and devices — was one of the first pharmaceutical companies to cultivate a social medial presence in spite of not having clear guidelines from the FDA.

Dennis Urbaniak, head of the diabetes division at Sanofi, said the company has a Twitter account and a Facebook page and is looking into Pinterest and Instagram. The group even provides a medical glossary called Diabetepedia. Urbaniak told NPR News: “Getting involved in social media is a critical component of serving the diabetes community.”

However, treating diabetes in America is also a $100 billion business, and Sanofi isn’t the only company looking to reap the benefits of social media. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck all operate Twitter accounts, and some use YouTube and Facebook. There are even sites developed specifically for these companies, like Pfizer’s Think Science Now Blog.

Pharmaceutical companies have even taken to sponsoring patient blogs. In fact, Kerri Sparling discloses on her blog that she accepts “free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations, in addition to cash compensation as a result of a consulting arrangement” from many drug companies.

FDA Working on Social Media Guidelines

Critics like Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy argue that a simple disclosure on sites like Sparling’s isn’t enough because people don’t read them. He is calling on the FDA to regulate these practices because companies can use social media to promote their products in a deceptive manner. He told NPR News that the FDA needs “to create a whole new system for disclosing when a blogger or group gets paid by pharmaceutical companies.”

The FDA is currently developing guidelines for pharmaceutical companies and social media but has no firm date for when the finished draft will be available. In the meantime, it has released a number of warning letters to companies regarding misleading social media advertising and deceptive practices. One of these letters was sent to Novartis after the drug company used a Facebook widget to market Tasigna, a leukemia drug, and the ads showed up on several individuals’ news feeds and profile pages.

Despite the lack of official guidelines, Sparling said she isn’t worried because “the diabetes online community can tell when something’s fishy.”

Others argue that there isn’t enough information out there on whether social media is really helpful to those with diabetes. Jason Bonner, a doctor at the University of California San Diego Medical Center, is leading a study to determine if patients can use social media to manage the disease. “There is no proof in diabetes that social networking is helpful,” Bonner told NPR News.

Until more firm regulations are put into place, the FDA has released some guidance. The draft addresses some concerns about social media, but is still not all-inclusive.

Diabetes Drug Actos and Social Media

Social media can also reveal what patients and physicians think about certain drugs. In 2011, the survey company Wool.labs used its proprietary software program to mine over a decade of social media conversations on Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ diabetes drug, Actos. The results were less than favorable to Takeda.

In fact, most patients felt that although Actos was marketed as being different from Avandia — a drug rife with side effects — Takeda had not provided proof that Actos was any more effective or safe. Patients also felt that Takeda had not responded to concerns about side effects and risks like fractures, edema, weight gain and bladder cancer.

http://www.drugwatch.com/2012/12/10/diabetes-and-social-media-helping-patients-or-drug-companies/