In a recent post (See: Edwin Bollier, Hissene Habre & Said Rashid ), I have briefly listed the many extraordinary coincidences between events associated with the life of Said Rashid and the official version of the Lockerbie tragedy.
In this post, I will focus on one of these events: the attempt to bomb a Pan Am flight in 1983.
In his « Chronology of terrorism », Dr Mickolus writes the following about the “accomplishments” of Said Rashid (Page 51) :
“Decade timers were a signature of Libyan and Libyan-sponsored terrorists during the early 1980s.
One such bomb, concealed in a cigarette carton, was used in a failed attempt to bomb a Pan Am flight in December 1983. The terrorists attempted to check an unaccompanied bag onto an Alitalia flight departing Istanbul for Rome. The bag, which was discovered by Turkish authorities as a result of heightened security procedures, was tagged in such a way that it would have connected with Pan Am flight departing Rome for New York, thus following essentially the same procedure that succeeded in the case of Pan Am 103.”
I have just three problems with this story.
I. The attempt did not fail “as a result of heightened security procedures”. It failed because the owner of the luggage did not show up.
“Airline staff became suspicious because 80 passengers checked in luggage but only 79 showed up for the flight. They got everyone to check and identify their suitcases, then officials went through the unclaimed baggage.
They found the carton of Marlboro hidden among children’s clothing. It immediately aroused suspicion because it weighed more than a carton of cigarettes. Bomb experts safely defused the device.”
II. The Pan Am flight was not targeted. If the bomb had been allowed on board, it would have exploded on its way to Rome.
“An Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera speculated the bomb was destined for use in the United states. But Turkish bomb experts said the bomb was designed in such a way that it would have exploded in mid-air en route to Rome because of pressure in the baggage hold.” [Bomb found in luggage checked on to Alitalia flight]
Clearly, the device was equipped with a barometer and NOT a timer.
III. The US is fully aware that Syria, NOT Libya, is responsible for this act of terrorism.
Indeed, thanks to a Wikileaks cable, we have access to the following:
DOCUMENTS ON SYRIAN SUPPORT FOR TERRORISMDate: : 1986 December 19, 05:50 (Friday)
“6 NOVEMBER TURKEY. TURKISH PROSECUTORS ISSUED AN INDICTMENT ACCUSING SIX PALESTINIANS WORKING FOR THE ABU NIDAL ORGANIZATION OF KILLING A JORDANIAN DIPLOMAT IN JULY 1985. AN ARREST WARRANT ALSO WAS ISSUED FOR THE SYRIAN EMBASSY SECOND SECRETARY, MOHAMMED DARWICHI, WHO WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL DEFENDENTS AND LEFT TURKEY. THE INDICTMENT ALSO LINKED MEMBERS OF THE GROUP WITH FOUR OTHER ACTIONS: THE SEPTEMBER 6, 1986 ATTACK ON AN ISTANBUL SYNAGOGUE, WHICH KILLED 22 PERSONS; AN ATTEMPT TO PLACE A BOMB ON AN ALITALIA FLIGHT IN 1983; THE ATTEMPTED CAR BOMBING OF A U.S. OFFICERS’ CLUB IN IZMIR IN 1983, AND THE KILLING OF A PALESTINIAN STUDENT IN ANKARA IN 1982. “
As always, I will let you draw your own conclusions…
A Final Thought
The bomb was “hidden among children’s clothing”. Does that ring a bell? BABYGRO??? But I guess that this is just another coincidence…
Terrorism, 1992-1995: A Chronology of Events and A Selectively Annotated Bibliography
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