“Libyan Terrorism” Disinformation Op
“Bernard Kalb resigned today (08 October 1986) as chief spokesman for Secretary of State George P. Shultz in protest of the government’s disinformation program directed at Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi. (…) He said his choice was to remain at the department and vanish into acquiescence or to quit in protest.” LA Times (See video)
05 April 1986
La Belle Disco bombing; Reagan accuses Libya
Evidence: a pair of intercepted cable transmissions from the Libyan People’s Bureau–its embassy–in East Berlin.
A witness names the cables’ recipient as Said Rashid. (This is the “Said Rashid” who allegedly ordered the MST-13 timers from MEBO. Bollier claims that he delivered the first series of MST-13 timers to Rashid in Libya sometimes between September and November 1985. Bollier’s passport has no Libya entry stamp for this period.)
“The despicable attack in Berlin fits the pattern of increased Libyan activities including Rome and Vienna. We have suspicions that this bombing is part of that pattern.” Bernard Kalb. See Video
German authorities do not support this theory. Christian Lochte, Head of the Hamburg Branch of the BfV speaks on TV the next week: “I cannot rule out that Libya, in some way, is responsible. But I must say that such hasty blame regarding Rome and Vienna, for which Libya had immediately been made responsible, did not prove to be correct.”
14 April 1986
US President Ronald Reagan orders retaliatory strikes on Tripoli and Benghazi
France denies airspace
Malta warns Tripoli. Le Monde , NYT (See 06/08/1986)
The week after the raid, Reagan said, “If their government continues its campaign of terror against Americans, we will act again.”
17 July 1986
The US Senate ratified the Supplementary Extradition Treaty (Supplementary Treaty) between the United States and the United Kingdom.
“The pact was eagerly sought by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who seeks the return of Irish Republican Army members accused of crimes in Great Britain.”
NYT PACT WITH BRITAIN ON EXTRADITIONS BACKED BY SENATE
“President Reagan had asked for quick Senate approval of the treaty as a sign of gratitude to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for her support of the April 14 U.S. bombing raid against Libya.”
About the 1986 U.S. bombing of Tripoli, Thatcher wrote in her 1993 memoirs: “There were revenge killings of British hostages organized by Libya, which I bitterly regretted. But the much vaunted Libyan counter-attack did not and could not take place.”
23 July 1986
Alleged Libyan Plot to Bomb US Embassy in Lomé, Togo.
Togo’s Interior minister Lade said that “two suitcases, which were loaded with explosives, an automatic pistol, and three grenades, were intercepted. These containers had been sent from Libya to its embassy in Cotonu, the capital of neighboring Benin, and the transshipped to Togo.” (See 11&13/08/1986)
06 August 1986
NYT: MALTA SAYS LIBYA GOT A TIP ON RAID
07 August 1986
NSC Letter; Op VECTOR
Howard R Teicher proposes “to shame France into joining in some action… White House might have to go around the civilian government and rely and military to military channels… as political channels have failed earlier this year.”
“Given the stated desire of some French general officers to cooperate with us against Gadhafi, we might actively encourage them to sell the proposal to their civilian leadership.”
Around this day – DDI Richard Kerr and Tom Twetten are sent to the White House to explain what the CIA could do “to apply psychological pressure on Gaddafi”. Twetten said it would be no problem for the CIA “to plant false stories in publications abroad” to unnerve Gaddafi.
10 August 1986
“Prime Minister Mifsud Bonnici said the planes were picked up on radar 30 to 45 minutes before the raid, and Libya was notified shortly thereafter.”
11 August 1986
Togo’s Interior Minister: “A terrorist attack on the United States Embassy here using explosives sent from Libya has been thwarted.” NYT
13 August 1986
Le Monde: Plot against US Embassy in Lomé
The information was discussed in a four-States mini-summit. Although Senegal is not a member state of this summit, its defense minister was invited.
14 August 1986
11AM. Reagan meets with Shultz, Weinberger, Casey, Poindexter and Admiral William Crowe (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
“Poindexter lavished praise on Defense, saying that the April 14 raid had been technically impressive, that it had deterred terrorism…”
Poindexter Memo is agreed.
The MEMO states: “U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in August that Gadhafi was quiescent on the terrorist front.”
16 August 1986
Reagan signs NSDD: Deception and disimformation.
Top Secret. Code word VEIL
25 August 1986
Wall Street Journal: Collision course
“Libya is plotting new terrorist attacks”
26 August 1986
“Officials indicated today that Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was planning terrorist attacks, and the White House warned that it was prepared to take whatever action is necessary to thwart the Libyan leader. ”
NYT: U.S. SAYS LIBYA MAY HAVE PLANS FOR NEW TERROR
27 August 1986
”The Reagan Administration has perhaps launched a deliberate campaign of disinformation.”
Le Monde Un nouveau raid sur la Libye?
23 September 1986
Attempted Coup in Togo; “MST-13 Timers appearance” . US team brings one timer back to Washington.
Keep in mind that without this MST-13 timer, PT/35(b) would not have helped the Lockerbie investigators since it would never have been matched to a MST-13 MEBO timer.
02 October 1986
Gadhafi Target of Secret U.S. Deception Plan
Elaborate Campaign Included Disinformation That Appeared as Fact in American Media.
Washington Post, Bob Woodward
03 October 1986
“Disinformation Program” widely covered in the US; 5 stories in the NYT, 3 on the front page!
“Your White House, specifically your national security adviser, constructed an operation whereby the free press in this country was going to be used to convey a false story to the world, namely that Qaddafi was planning new terrorist operations.”
03 October 1986
In the evening, Shultz speaks to reporters at a Press Briefing:
There is a wonderful book that you might read… And the title of it is from a quote from Winston Churchill: “In time of war, the truth is so precious, it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”
04 October 1986
Senator William S. Cohen, Republican of Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he grew worried last summer while reading news reports indicating that Colonel Qaddafi had become increasingly unstable and was facing internal threats.
”That did not seem consistent with other information I was looking at, Cohen said. I can only conclude that the reports were without foundation or someone was deliberately seeking to plant such information.”
08 October 1986
Bernard Kalb resigned today as chief spokesman for Secretary of State George P. Shultz in protest of the government’s “disinformation” program directed at Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.