On December 21 1988, 270 people died when Pan Am 103 was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie. Finally, after 11 years of investigation, political stalemate and legal delays, two Libyan men prepare to face trial for the Lockerbie bombing. But many observers - including legal and law enforcement officials close to the case - say the trial may not produce a satisfying answer to the question of who bombed Pan Am 103. This work answers the questions that the authorities wish to bury. It attempts to show that the bombing was anything but a straightforward act of terrorism perpetrated against civilized, Western nations by an evil dictator. The shocking truth, according to this book, is that the Western intelligence services were complicit in the murders. From the moment the plane went down, a supposedly impartial investigation was distorted in order to conceal this dark reality from the victims' relatives and the public.
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Until recently, the Pan Am flight 103 bombing ranked among the deadliest terrorist attacks against Americans. British journalists Ashton and Ferguson, who spent years covering the story, believe that the U.S. government deliberately ignored the actual perpetrators and falsely implicated two Libyans instead (one of them was convicted). The authors claim that the bombing was done by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, helping Iran avenge the 1988 downing of one of their civilian jets by the U.S. military. Ashton and Ferguson offer much evidence for this and also that the American government actively suppressed the story. According to them, a number of geopolitical factors motivated the coverup; most importantly, the bombers used a Lebanese drug smuggling route protected by the CIA. The PFLP swapped a suitcase of heroin for one with a bomb, knowing that the CIA would allow this heroin shipment to go through security unimpeded. Why? The U.S. had agreed to aid Lebanese drug runners in exchange for help freeing U.S. hostages in Beirut. Ashton and Ferguson clearly believe that a grave injustice occurred, and in their zeal they include more detail than the general reader may want to digest. Despite this quibble, their story is an effective reminder that, in the shadowy world of counterterrorism, it's hard to know who's telling the truth. 8 pages of color photos. (Jan.) Forecast: As an import and one that, in this time of patriotic fervor, charges the U.S. government with serious crimes, and as a title published shortly after Allen Gerson and Jerry Adler's The Price of Terror (HarperCollins), also about the Lockerbie incident, this will be a very hard sell to the media and book buyers.
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On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland. Twelve years later, Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi was convicted of the murders of the 270 passengers on Flight 103 by a panel of three Scottish law lords. The authors of this work, both freelance journalists, allege that an innocent man has been convicted and that a government cover-up is possibly involved. In a well-laid-out chronological manner, the authors detail information they and other investigators have uncovered regarding suspicious activity around the crash site, warnings that perhaps should have been heeded to prevent the crash, and reports that U.S. government agencies may have had an indirect role in the disaster, among other interesting evidence. The authors lay the blame not on Libyan-based terrorists but on planners in Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. This absorbing and well-written book is recommended for most public libraries. Sarah Jent, Univ. of Louisville, Ekstrom Lib., KY
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Book Description Mainstream, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1840183896
Book Description Mainstream, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111840183896