After the 1988 Lockerbie bomb, the police assembled evidence linking the explosion to a lebanese called Abu Talb.
Later the police changed their minds.
There is a suspicion that Abu Talb had links to a drugs ring allegedly run by the CIA.
After the 7 July 2005 London bombs, the police reportedly assembled evidence linking the explosions to Haroon Rashid Aswat.
Later the police changed their minds.
There have been reports that Aswat was working for MI6.
Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland, on 21st December 1988. 270 people died.
The Dumfries and Galloway police investigated the crime.
The chief suspects included members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine—General Command (PFLP—GC) .
Abu Talb belonged to the PFLP-GC cell in West Germany.
Discussion between Dumfries and Galloway police and the West German police revealed that members of the PFLP had already been arrested in West Germany in possession of a bomb similar to the one blown up over Lockerbie.
It was also discovered that four other bombs, disguised in cassette players, had been made but were unaccounted for.
Crash investigators assembled evidence indicating a link between the Lockerbie explosion and the PFLP.
Clothing found in the case that had contained the bomb was identified as having been bought in Malta. A PFLP associate, Abu Talb, recently returned from Malta was later identified in the shop where the clothes were bought.
By 1990, Dumfries and Galloway police announced they were on the brink of arrests.
When the Swedish police raided Talb's apartment in May 1989, they found a calendar with a pencil ring around the fatal date, 21 December 1988, and when they returned later with the Scottish police on a second raid, they found some 200 pieces of clothing manufactured in Malta.
In The Sunday Times, David Leppard wrote:
"Talb flew out of Malta on November 26 last year - only three days after a man walked into a boutique in the tourist resort of Sliema and bought clothes which were later wrapped around the Pan Am suitcase bomb ... He also visited a flat in Frankfurt, West Germany, where the bomb was almost certainly built."
David Leppard, on Christmas Eve 1989, wrote: 'Police hunting the bombers of the Pan Am jet which blew up over Lockerbie last year have uncovered important new forensic evidence linking a group of suspected Palestinian terrorists in West Germany to the bombing.
'Ministry of Defence scientists now believe a white plastic residue recovered from the crash site is the same material as that in alarm clocks bought by the group at a shop in Neuss, near Dusseldorf, two months before the bombing,' Scottish detectives, Leppard went on, 'believe the white residue provides "a hard link" between the bombs found at Neuss and Frankfurt and the Lockerbie bomb'.
A year later, it was the Libyans who were getting the blame. There was speculation that the USA wanted to remain friendly with Syria and Iran, two countries that allegedly had links to the PLFP. The USA was about to invade Iraq.
'The Syrian President's brother, Rifat Assad, controls the production and export of Lebanese heroin to the United States'; the Syrian arms and drugs dealer, Monzer al- Kassar, 'has been identified as Assad's marketing manager'; and al-Kassar 'has been linked to the PFLP-GC'.
Reportedly, in 1988, drugs were being smuggled through Cyprus and Frankfurt to the United States.
An internal investigation by Pan Am is believed to have found that the bomb planted on Flight 103 was put on the plane during a stop-over in Frankfurt, and not in Malta by the Libyan suspects, as alleged by the prosecution in the Lockerbie trial.
The Pan Am report is believed to have concluded that the bomb was not aimed at the killing of Americans in general, but was targeted specifically to kill a small band of DIA operatives that had uncovered a drugs ring run by a "rogue" CIA unit in Lebanon.
The drugs-ring and the connection to Hezbollah is said to have been set up by Israeli Mossad agents.
Charles McKee, ostensibly a military attache for the DIA (US Intelligence agency) in Beirut, Matthew Gannon, CIA Deputy (CIA) Station Chief in Beirut were on board Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie, in Scotland.
It was the McKie team that reportedly uncovered evidence that a 'rogue' CIA unit called COREA, based in Wiesbaden, was doing business with Monzar Al-Kassar, Syrian 'arms dealer and drug trafficker'. Al-Kassar 'was part of the secret network run by US Lt. Colonel Oliver North.'
Outraged that COREA was doing business with a Syrian 'who made money from drugs/arms/terrorism', the McKee team 'decided to fly to CIA HQ in Virginia to expose COREA'. They flew on Pan Am flight 103.
On October 30, 1990, NBC-TV News reported that "PanAm flights from Frankfurt, including 103, had been used a number of times by the DEA as part of its undercover operation to fly informants and suitcases of heroin into Detroit..."
The NBC report quoted an airline source as saying: "Informants would put [suit]cases of heroin on the PanAm flights apparently without the usual security checks, through an arrangement between the DEA and German authorities."
There have been many reports of heroin being found in the field around the crash, from "traces" to "a substantial quantity" found in a suitcase.
Sunday Times (London), April 16, 1989 (traces); Johnston, op. cit., p.79 (substantial). "The Maltese Double Cross" film mentions other reports of drugs found, by a Scottish policeman and a mountain rescue man.
'Haroon Rashid Aswat... is reported to have flown out of Heathrow just hours before 56 people were killed and hundreds injured when blasts wrecked three tube trains and a London bus.
'Aswat... is said to have entered the UK by ferry a fortnight before the first wave of bombings.
'Searches of mobile phone records by British anti-terrorist police and secret service agents are understood to have found that he made numerous phone calls to the four suicide bombers.
'American authorities have revealed they have been hunting the man for several years. They claim he master-minded the London horror...
'Aswat's phone number is thought to have been found on Khan's mobile phone.' (Khan was allegedly one of the 7 July bombers.)
13 August 2005
The police no longer believe that Aswat was involved in the London bombings.