“But Washington does not want to upset the Syrians these days. So when the Libyan plastic [PT/35(b)] was discovered, the evidence about the bomb plot of the Syrian-based terrorist gang was judged to be irrelevant to the question of Syrian complicity in murder in the air. Read his lips — Syria became the victim of a bad rap.” NYT Opinion — November 22, 1991
Senator John Kerry led the Senate Subcommittee on Narcotics, Terrorism and International Operations.
This investigation was launched — in 1987 — to look into persistent allegations of contra-drug links.
The “Kerry Committee” investigated the allegation that the NSC and Oliver North had attempted to divert drug money from a counter-narcotics operation to the contra war.
Basically, the idea was to get financial help from Pablo Escobar to fund projects that the US congress would not approve.
The Kerry Committee report concluded that:
“Senior U.S. policy makers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras’ funding problems.”
It has long been rumored that the US absolved Syria from any wrongdoing — despite James Baker’s irrefutable evidence — in the Lockerbie affair as a result of Bush Senior needing the help of Damascus to go into the first Gulf War.
On 17 November 1991, Steven Emerson wrote:
HOURS AFTER the Justice Department announced the indictment of two Libyan intelligence operatives for the bombing of Pan Am 103, President Bush seized the opportunity to exonerate the Syrian government from culpability in the terrorist act. At a photo session with Hispanic Americans at the White House, Bush said, “A lot of people thought it was the Syrians. The Syrians took a bum rap on this.”
In his book “Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Terminate the Qaddafi Revolution”, Pr. Francis Boyle writes that the US was buying the Chinese vote at the UN Security Council.
Well… You can actually see in this video John Kerry questioning the rationale of the US New World Order as he uses Syria and China as examples of bad policy.
A bad rap?
The New York Times Opinion concluded:
“I do not believe that the White House or the British cooked the evidence to absolve Syria. (The Israelis are not all that trusting.)
But Washington does not want to upset the Syrians these days. So when the Libyan plastic was discovered, the evidence about the bomb plot of the Syrian-based terrorist gang was judged to be irrelevant to the question of Syrian complicity in murder in the air. Read his lips — Syria became the victim of a bad rap.
The President committed a statement for which any civil servant would have been fired. He delivered a not-guilty verdict while the investigation of mass murder, and all its legal, moral and political connections and ramifications, was still going on. That’s the rap. “
“The unequivocal statement on Thursday by senior State Department spokesman Richard Boucher that “this was a Libyan government operation from start to finish,” coupled with the president’s singular defense of Syria, inevitably raises questions whether political considerations entered the investigatory process.”
“At the very least, the president’s rush to exonerate Ahmed Jabril and Syria all but guarantees that investigators will stop looking for any Syrian or Iranian involvement. Thus, rather than truly being “ongoing” as a senior Justice Department official characterized it Thursday, the Pan Am investigation is now effectively finished.” Steven Emerson
On 14 November 1991, the Lord Advocate and the acting United States Attorney General jointly announced that they had obtained warrants for the arrest of Abdelbasset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah.
On 27 November 1991, the British and United States Governments issued a joint statement calling on the Libyan government to surrender the two men for trial.
On 20 January 1987, Waite agreed to meet the captors of the hostages as he was promised safe conduct to visit the hostages, who, he was told, were ill. The group broke trust and took him hostage on 20 January 1987. Waite remained in captivity for 1,763 days, the first four years of which were spent in solitary confinement. He was finally released on 18 November 1991. [Wikipedia]
How did Oliver North escape Justice anyway. Quick answer is that he requested secret documents that he claimed were absolutely necessary for his defense. This includes some documents revealing that Terry Waite was “covertly cooperating with the US”. There was of course not a chance that the UK would accept the public use of such documents. Thus, in the name of National Interests, the documents were denied to the defense and the judge could only rule that a fair trial was not possible under such circumstances.
As one US official conceded:
“Logic and political analysis always affect interpretations — it helps determine how you reconfigure the pieces of the puzzle.”
On My Mind; White House Rap By A. M. ROSENTHAL
Published: November 22, 1991
According to an investigative journalist, the Bush administration knew the role of the PFLP-GC in the bombing of Pan Am 103. In mid 1989, Secretary of State James Baker visited with Syrian Foreign Intelligence Minister Farouk al-Sharaa.
“What are you doing about the … group?”
“What are you talking about,” asked al-Sharaa? “Jibril,” answered Baker. “We know they are responsible for Lockerbie. What are you doing about them?”
“How do you know that?”
“We have the evidence,” Baker replied. “And the evidence is irrefutable.”