The Red Pill or the Blue Pill?
The line from the film The Matrix seems apt when it comes what we choose to believe. Whatâ€™s yours, truth or illusion?
It must have been a convenient moment. The Brits had just beaten the Ausies at a game of cricket and it was a time of good cheer. So on the Sunday 28th August at 7:00 pm 2005 the BBC news run a report that stated that the CIA had planted incriminating evidence at the scene of the 1988 Lockerbie Pan Am crash site. It was said to be a piece of printed circuit board, later identified as a detonator and part of the bomb alleged to have blown flight 103 out of the sky over Scotland. In court a forensic scientist an expert in electronics identified the circuit board as manufactured by an East German company who made timers and who supplied the Libyan secret service. It was the fingerprint that apparently linked Libya to the bombing and convinved the court of the guilt of Libyan Abdel Basset al-Megrahi. He is currently serving a life sentence in Holland.
Interested in this admission that the American secret service had planted phoney evidence that was to be the basis of the general belief that the Libya was responsible for the atrocity and which was the evidence to convict one of itâ€™s nationals I went to the BBC website to read more. There was nothing about the news item on the site. I searched and searched but just found old stories. Was the BBC gagged?
In searching the web for other possible reports I found a whole host of stories linked to the trial of the accused Libyans. The BBC carried trial accounts and a pile of background stories. One centred on the electronics expert who had identified the printed circuit board as a detonator and its connection to Libya. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4164422.stm The expert witnessâ€™s credibility had been brought into doubt in other trials where his evidence had been pivotal which resulted in the three cases being overturned and the convicted released. More to the point I found another article that stated that a former CIA agent based in Syria claimed he knew the names of the real bombers and that they were from Damascus http://www.sundayherald.com/8759 . However he was under a gagging order by his former employer the CIA.
Anyway it goes around and around and the more you probe the stinkier it gets. The main point is that if the CIA lied to us in 1988 are they lying still. Is anything about the war on terrorism real?
If you saw the news report, what do you think?