Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Lockerbie: FBI Investigator Debates OMNI Reporter

My last OMNI piece on the Lockerbie bombing has generated quite a bit of discussion which I would like to share with our readers. Some letters were very complimentary. However, the story was heavily criticized by a well-informed reader. Richard Marquise, the former FBI agent, who led the Lockerbie task force, told me that the article contains many factual errors. [2] Allow me to review the position of both sides.

Upon completion of this article, I emailed the piece to Marquise who added a few additional comments. These appear in bold characters. [3]

The proponents

"Dr Ludwig de Braeckeleer has published a Lockerbie article under the headline Chronicle of a Death Foretold. It is concerned particularly with the warnings that were received before the destruction of Pan Am 103 and with how those warnings were responded to or not, as the case may be. The article is a mine of useful information on the Lockerbie tragedy and will be required reading for all who have an interest in the affair," wrote Pr Black, also known as the architect of the Lockerbie trial. [4]
Your article is correct... I have been convinced, since the accusation was made, that Megrahi was not guilty of the destruction of Pan Am 103," told me Charles Norrie who lost his brother in the bombing of UT-772, sometimes referred to as the French Lockerbie.
"Your last piece was very refreshing in that it drew attention back to some of the really meaty issues, such as who decided the attack must be made, who carried it out, and why was the flight not protected in view of all the warnings, which seemed to have been sufficient to lead to cancellations. Those are the issues that matter so much to us, wrote Dr Swire, who lost his daughter Flora in the tragedy. [6] Read full story

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