The THIRTY-YEAR RULE

Kenny MacAskill’s book on Lockerbie is a bit of a puzzle.

MacAskill asserts that Megrahi, found guilty by the court, did not buy the clothes from Tony Gauci’s shop. He is fully aware that, without Gauci’s identification of Megrahi as the purchaser, the Libyan would not have been found guilty as charged.

While in office, the former Cabinet Secretary for Justice claimed that he “did not doubt the safety of Megrahi’s conviction”

Few will disagree with Professor Black who writes:

“The hypocrisy of the man [MacAskill] is unbelievable. He is now suggesting there should be a new investigation into Lockerbie, which is exactly what people like me have been saying for years while he was the bloody cabinet secretary and in a position to make it happen.”

But MacAskill goes even further as he points the finger to the true culprits.

The former Justice Secretary blames Ahmed Jibril, the leader of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) for the 1988 tragedy.

And Lo and Behold, his former boss supports his claim. Alex Salmond just wrote that MacAskill’s book offers:

“the most credible explanation yet published of who was really responsible for the downing of Pan Am flight 103”.

What is going on? I simply do not know. It is not easy to make sense of a “1996 secret doc from Jordan” that was sent just after the Lockerbie tragedy… to John major?!? [This writer is convinced that the secret doc contains some information about the MST-13 timers. This information appears to clearly destroy the Crown Case against Megrahi/Libya and – of course – the verdict of the Zeist Judges.]

But we may want to keep in mind that the 30-year clock is ticking. For instance, the CIA has agreed last year to disclose four covert ops from the cold war era.

“In 2015, it [the CIA] agreed to acknowledge four covert actions that will be documented in future volumes. “

So maybe, the thirty-year rule might explain this otherwise unexplainable change of view. But, then again, maybe not…

“Nevertheless, the frequent reliance on covert actions in the Reagan and subsequent administrations will doubtless require lengthy declassification processes that will inevitably delay publication of a significant number of volumes beyond the 30-year target.”

REFERENCE

Report of the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, January 1-December 31, 2015 (May 24, 2016)

Secrecy News: Four Cold War Covert Actions to be Disclosed

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