8 September 2010
last update 11 Sept.
A few contributions to The Lockerbie Divide by illustrious folks - Jim Swire, Robert Black, Robert Forrester, etc. - are listed in the permanent top post above this. But it's been almost single-handedly that, over the last eight months, I've made this a valuable destination for those wanting to learn more about the case against Megrahi and Libya. Using tags (the cloud of different sized names and phrases on the right-hand sidebar) and the "search this blog" window, quite a bit of the relevant info, some unavailable anywhere else, can be located all at one site.
Unfortunately, there's a lot of information I haven't addressed, fully or at all. At one point I was creating blank posts to fill in later, but I wasn't getting back to them and stopped. And as things stand, I'll be having considerably less time to work on the site or do much other discussion in the next several months at least. I'm beginning to feel I won't be able to fill in but a few of the existing gaps,
However, I have noticed many new commentators appearing at the Lockerbie Case and elsewhere, in addition to the numerous informed commentators on both/all sides of the issue. I'd therefore like to repeat an earlier faint request for contributions and help. Are there any specific aspects or points of view that you're excited about or have done some research on? Encyclopedic collections of facts, opinions, theories, all are welcome for submission (especially the first). Ideally, I'm thinking of semi-scholarly, sourced essays, and I probably won't post anything that's patently absurd or useless in my estimate.
All contributions will show as "posted by Caustic Logic," but will have a header explaining where it comes from. All contributions will be linked to in the permanent top-post along with the other submissions now listed.
ANY opposing viewpoint supporting Megrahi's guilt (within social norms, etc.) that is submitted will be hosted for argument's sake, but I and others will own the comments. So keep it sharp, and try to defend your position in the little pop-up window if possible.
If you see an existing post that you can add something to, or an annoying error, drop me a line via a comment there or by e-mail. (email@example.com) If you can help fill in the gaps often labeled "forthcoming," or think a previous post should be replaced by something better, you can submit that and I'll consider it. Anyone interested in doing original research for a detailed post can ask me about sharing links and source material they may not have, and for tips on where to look for info.
The subject areas in need that pop to mind (there are others to be sure) are as follows:
Other Libyan terrorism charges
Just how terroristic are they anyway? Aside from support for certain struggles from Palestine to Northern Ireland and across Africa, looking at acts allegedly directed from Tripoli:
- assassinations of dissident Libyans through the years
- Yvonne Fletcher 1984
- LaBelle discotheque 1986
- Various alleged retaliations for "Eldorado canyon," 1986/87
- Alleged vengeance again by blowing up PA103 (this one is fairly well-covered)
- UTA 722 bombing, Niger 1989
- Bulgarian nurse torture
- any others?
More details on Iran Air 655 shoot-down, revenge promises, evidence for payments and contracting with PFLP-GC or anyone else, etc. Existing posts tagged Iran, IA655 [sic - actually IR655]
More on Abu Talb, other PFLP-GC actors
Ahmed Jibril, Abu Elias, Dalkamouni, Khreesat, Goben, etc.
Operation Autumn Leaves
The early releases and bombs found six months later... For this I'd really like to hear from Germans (Nennt Mich Einfach Adam?) and media reports we haven't seen in English yet to hear the German side.
The Heathrow Break-In
An important aspect I haven't looked at in great detail yet.
Air Malta's Records for flight 180
More on Giaka, Gauci, Bollier
Especially structural considerations. From what they did, what seems to have been the hidden purpose behind this economic squeeze? It wasn't really securing a fair trial over the airtight evidence, was it?
Zeist trial and appeal
SCCRC considerations and Megrahi's appeal
Megrahi's illness, prognosis, release
Media critique / article reviews
Activism notes and ideas