Strange Position from Head of Association of Former Intelligence Officers
The following is an Email message to members of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers sent on August 26, 2010 by the head of that organization, relating to the Lockerbie bombing. A reply to that email notice follows:
To All AFIO Members:
Just over one year ago, the Scottish Government released convicted bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the man held responsible for blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Following Mr. al-Megrahi’s release, Scottish doctors and Government officials justified their actions by declaring that the Libyan intelligence officer would live no more than three months due to advanced prostate cancer. And yet, one year later, Mr. al-Megrahi is still very much alive.
Mr. al-Megrahi was found guilty of killing 270 people, to include multiple officers from within the U.S. Intelligence Community. CIA Deputy Chief of Station Matthew Gannon was but one of those officers murdered, while the identities of the others remain unknown to this day. These officers paid the ultimate price for our freedom and Mr. al-Megrahi’s release is an offense to their shared sacrifice.
The families of the murdered intelligence officers – and indeed all of the families – deserve no less than a full airing of the facts around Mr. al-Megrahi’s release.
On behalf of the hundreds of former intelligence officers we represent, we:
· Remember those intelligence officers who were killed flying home on Pan Am Flight 103 nearly 22 years ago… we will not forget them nor their families;
· Call on the UK and Scottish Governments to launch independent inquiries into the release of Mr. al-Megrahi to ensure that commercial and/or political interests did not lead to Mr. al-Megrahi’s freedom;
· Express our strong support of the investigation being conducted by Senators Menendez, Lautenberg, Gillibrand, and Schumer;
· Ask that CIA Director Leon Panetta, NSA Director Keith Alexander, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Attorney General Eric Holder direct their staffs to fully cooperate with the Senators’ investigation;
· Call on the appropriate staff within the aforementioned agencies and departments to assist in providing minimally redacted operational cables and intelligence reports to cleared Senate staff in a secure environment. All documents should be narrowly focused on al-Megrahi’s release in order to protect sources and methods of collection.
· In the event documents ought to be made public, we believe that the staffs of the above Senators, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and agencies involved can (and must) work together to declassify the appropriate documents.
We believe that if the above steps are executed faithfully, we will be closer to discovering the truth of how and why Mr. al-Megrahi secured his undeserved and inappropriate release despite his heinous crimes of terrorism.
S. Eugene Poteat, President
on behalf of the Officers, Board, and Members of AFIO
Gene Poteat. LLD
AFIO - Association of Former Intelligence Officers
6723 Whittier Ave Ste 200, McLean, VA 22101 / 703-790-0320 / www.afio.com
In light of the hundreds of reports available to anyone on the Internet by such people as Professor Robert Black, Edinburgh University (known as the father of the Lockerbie trial process at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands); Professor Hans Koechler, the United Nations Security Council designated representative at the Lockerbie trial and appeal process, the sworn affidavits of planted evidence and paid perjured testimony, and hundreds of British media reports—all contradicting the position taken by the head of the AFIO, one wonders whether, with his intelligence background, he can be so incredibly uninformed—or whether he is continuing one of the greatest hoaxes played upon the American people that has had such a catastrophic continuing ripple effect. The following was a August 26, 2010, email reply to that email: