New conspiracy theories for the Lockerbie Scotland bombing of Pan Am flight 103 are still emerging. Controversy has been swirling among the official story for 24 years. And now even more new light is shed on the subject.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was the only person to serve prison time for the crime. Could this just be the CIA setting up a Libyan for propaganda purposes? With shaky evidence and growing opposition, Al-Megrahi, who was convicted in 2001 was finally released on bizarre “compassionate grounds” reasons in 2009.
For twenty four years Lockerbie conspiracy theories have been considered by many people who have followed the story closely. The Islamic Jihad Organization and the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution claimed they were responsible for the terrorist act. However, last year Libya has admitted that it was responsible for the bombing of Pan American Flight 103 that took 270 lives. A former Libyan foreign minister said that he did not believe Libya acted alone. And the Libyan government has transferred money to a Swiss account to be used for compensation to the families of the victims.
There are many pieces to this complex puzzle and some still emerging. Of course the mainstream media completely denies the CIA drug running connections to the incident. One plausible theory has been organized by Susan Lindauer of Veterans Today. She seems to have a recognized credible account of what may have happened.
The suspicion is based on two US intelligence officials on the flight, who were returning to the US to raise concerns over a drug smuggling route from Europe to American in return for information on militant groups. The mother of one of the deceased agents stated that in her last conversation with her son, his superiors did not know he was flying back to the US.
Earlier in the month of the bombing, several Defense Intelligence agents had issued a formal protest that publicly exposed all of the CIA involvement in Middle East heroin trafficking. When representatives from both the CIA and Defense Intelligence were requested to come back to Washington for an internal hearing, they “surprisingly” didn’t make it home because they perished in the bombing. Was this the CIA protecting it’s interests in the lucrative heroin trafficking? Or was it a faction of the militant side of Hezbollah led by Ahmed Jibril, his nephew Abu Elias, Abu Talb and Abu Nidal? Or was it the CIA working in tandem with them?
Another possibility was that Iran is responsible for the attack. The motive possibly could have been an avenue of revenge for the shooting down of an Iranian civilian aircraft five months prior by a US warship. The misinformation and hearsay makes it a tough call. The Liberation of Palestine General Command was also said to have been paid to arrange the bombing, but of course they denied the accusations.
Another possibility is the legitimacy of the rumor that Abu Nidal had told some of his closest aides that he was responsible for the bombing of flight 103. But of course the aide who gave this information to the newspaper was unable to offer any proof. He could have very well been paid to say so. He also had no information about who Nidal was working for if he did do the bombing.
It has also been thought that individuals from South Africa arranged for the bombing to happen. The theory is due to a last minute flight change plan by the Foreign Minister and a group of South African officials. Could they have been tipped off about the bombing? It is said that one possibility is that the whole thing was an assassination attempt planned for Bernt Carlsson, the UN diplomat for Namibia. He was on the flight and died.
Any one of these theories could be correct. And there are probably many other elements to the story which have still yet to surface. With such power and money at play, it could be any mix of any of these theories and possibly new ones as well. World politics is a complicated matter and those who are part of the ruling elite class are willing to do anything, even commit murder to maintain their control.