Tuesday, 30 November 2010
But page 159 of Marlowe's book is quite emphatic and the child is from Kuwait. Why the change?
The CIA has a long history of silly and ineffective editing. There is the matter of Baer's last meeting with McKee, which we have seen. Mking an obvious lie draws attention to the lie itself. Notice how Marlowe's text edited reads "from Kuwiat" and does not say "Kuwaiti" for the child's nationality.
Notice that you can'r really muck around with the spelling but the name is spelled exactly the same way as both Baer's and Marquise's Behhbehani. That spells kin to me and kin provides the basis for qesas revenge.
Monday, 22 November 2010
There is a technique of detective story writing where the solution is made clear at the outset, though in a disguised form. Landscape with dead dons by Robert Robinson, the well-known broadcaster is probably the most perfect example of the technique, the murderer's name hidden in the first paragraph at the start of the book which are some lines of a poem by Chaucer, or are they?
One of the best Lockerbie books John Ashton and Ian Ferguson's Cover-up of convenience, may be an example of this technique in action. Chapter 1 begins:
"No one thought to ask how they had got there so quickly. The middle-aged Americans wandering around Lockerbie town centre were clearly not bewildered tourists. Dressed in cream trench-coats the men exuded an air of purpose which could only mean they were there on official business. With hindsight their presence was the first public clue that the bombing of Pan Am 103 was no straightforward act of terrorism(.)"
I think of them as being two, though the authors do not say that. There may have been more but not a single man.
In my theory, which Ferguson and Ashton do not develop - they use a rather different fact base from me - for instance they mention neither Marquise, the FBI lead investigator, nor Charles, who led the AAIB team, according to the index - a theory of criminal responsibility for the atrocity from the outset that blames US government agencies.
If there were two, I call them CIA men and their names were most probably Hantzauman and Cattermole, both of which are pseudonyms. Cattermole was the more senior, Hantzauman an experienced operative.
In my scenario, entirely hypothetical, Hantzauman may have detonated the second explosive in the CRAF hold of the aircraft on the package or insurance bomb using a pager detonator. The quietly spoken Cattermole may have been there to begin to begin the process of controlling the investigation, so that it did not reveal material inimical to the Agency or the United States. It would be a long process of fakery and fabrication that would lead to the jailing of Libyan citizen over 12 years later.
They then presented themselves in Lockerbie as early as they decently dare, and certainly by 9pm. The fires would still have been raging in Sherwood Crescent. They then may have liaised with US diplomatic staff and the US consul-general from Edinburgh was early on the scene, the US ambassador to Britain arriving on the first aircraft into Carlisle, sometime before midnight together with other CIA staff.
Lara Marlowe the Washington correspondent of the Irish Times in her new autobiographical book The Things I've Seen: Nine Lives of a Foreign Correspondent makes an astonishing statement. She says she saw the body of a child in a mortuary in Bandar Abbas after the downing of IR-655, the Iranian Airbus by the USN Vincennes. She was told the child's family name was Behbehani.
I worked out about five years ago that the only story that made any sense whatsoever was a plot in which the US Government conspired with that of Iran to give Iran its "one and one only" revenge for IR-655, and prevent a hot war between the two countries, which would have be injurious to HW Bush's presidential ambitions, and would give Iran its revenge.
It is an very important point that the revenge on the avenging part must be in Iranian traditional justice an Iranian hand, preferably a family member.
In it I made a claim that a man called Behbehani had started of the destruction of Pan Am 103. This story I sourced from Richard Marquises's book on the Lockerbie Investigation Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation and also an account of a CBS documentary on a man of the same name.
This Behbehani was not the same one as Marquise saw, though he admits in his book that there might be a man of the same name who was in charge of Iranian terror.
Privately, I had begun to think that a personal or family dimension might play some part in the story. So when I read that Lara Marlowe had been shown the body of a child named Behbehani , it fitted, almost like a piece of Lego. Behbehani is not than an uncommon name in Iran, though it is often spelled with different vowels. The Behbenani I fingered was also a kinsman of President Rafsanjani, or so it is claimed. That he was a relative of the child and the president made him a perfect person to carry out a traditional qisas or qesas.
I am sure Marlowe, who has no Google "profile" on Pan Am 103, or indeed IR-655 was nothing more than a genuine US reporter, but she became the public messenger from the Iranian regime to US intelligence circles that Iran was extremely angry about IR-655, and that revenge was in order. It may or may not be the case that the child was called Bebehani, and I am sure the Americans were not in a position to prove the matter or not.
I am astonished a fact of this specificity has turned up in the story, and I never cease to be amazed how much information there is out there that is still not in the public story.