Saturday, January 12, 2008

Lockerbie; Behbahani; and the arrest of Al Kassar


Photo: Kassar

The Lockerbie Bombing (PanAm 103) appears to be about the attempt to silence Major Charles McKee (US Defence Intelligence Agency) and his team who reportedly had gathered evidence of CIA drug smuggling.
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According to Juval Aviv, the Lockerbie investigator for Pan Am, McKee's team discovered the illegal CIA drug operation and refused to participate. According to Aviv, McKee contacted the CIA headquarters but got no reply. McKee and Gannon, ‘against orders... decided to fly home to blow the whistle.’
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According to the BBC: BBC News WORLD Lockerbie: Conspiracy theories "An internal investigation by Pan Am ... 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."
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Minutes before flight 103 took off from London's Heathrow airport, FBI Assistant Director Oliver 'Buck' Revell took his son and daughter-in-law off the plane. [1001]
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In the past, the CIA wanted to blame Libya for the Lockerbie bombing and reportedly faked the evidence against Libya. Now it might be happy to blame Iran; and might be happy to fake the evidence?

The Lockerbie story involves alleged Syrian drug smuggler Monzer Al Kassar, who has allegedly been a CIA asset. Kassar was arrested in June 2007.

The Lockerbie story may involve an Iranian defector.

And there may be links to Argentina.

In 'Confession of an Iranian Terror Czar', 11 January 2008, Dr. De Braeckeleer writes about Iranian 'Brigadier General' Ahmad Behbahani and Lockerbie.

The following makes use of what Dr. De Braeckeleer' (The GaiaPost) a professor of physics & international humanitarian law, has written.

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On 24 May 2000, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCR) claimed that a Brigadier General Ahmad Behbahani had defected from Iran to Turkey.

(In 2002 it was the NCR that claimed to have exposed two Iranian secret nuclear facilities located at Natanz and Istaphan.)

The NCR alleged that Behbahani had first hand information about Iran sponsored terrorism, including the 1988 Lockerbie bombing (PanAm 103).
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Now, you may ask:
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1. Why would the Iranians want to kill Major Charles McKee and his team who were apparently going to blow the whistle on drug smuggling?
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2. And, why did the CIA appear to know in advance that PanAm 103 was going to be brought down?
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After the crash, a member of a mountain rescue team said: "We arrived within two hours [of the crash]. We found Americans already there." [1023] According to George Stobbs, a Lockerbie police inspector, "[I] started to set up a control room, and [between] eleven o'clock and midnight, there was a member of the FBI in the office..." [1024]
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3. And why did the CIA apparently help the bomb maker? Reportedly bomb maker Marwan Abdel Razzack Khreeshat had been arrested and one of his bombs seized. Then Khreesat was mysteriously released. [1009]
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Former CIA agent Oswald Le Winter stated, "…pressure had come from Bonn… from the U.S. Embassy in Bonn… to release Khreesat." [1010]
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Reportedly, Khreesat worked for U.S. intelligence. [1011]
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In June 2000, America television news program "60 Minutes" investigated the story of the Behbahani defection. CBS made use of Robert Baer, a former CIA officer (suspected by some of being a disinformation agent for Mossad or the CIA).

(In 2000, the USA was wanting to blame Libya for Lockerbie. Israel had a different point of view!)

"If his story can be confirmed... it would not only disrupt the trial of the two Libyans charged with that bombing, it could interfere with the Clinton administration's efforts at relaxing and improving relations with Iran," warned CBS on June 4, 2000.

Turkish officials refused to allow the CBS team to meet the man claiming to be Behbahani. However, Hakakian, a member of the CBS team, reportedly managed to smuggle herself into the place where Behbahani was staying. She says she is convinced that Behbahani was a genuine defector. "He had fallen out of favor with the Iranian officials, with the government of Iran, and he just wanted to get back at them, at any cost."

Robert baer (who may be a disinformation agent) said about Behbahani:

"He's the only person that has tied Libya and Iran into Pan Am 103, into the Lockerbie bombing. This is the first authoritative source that I've ever heard that connected the two countries together."

In July 1997, German prosecutors interviewed Abolghasem Mesbahi, 'an alias used by a former high ranking Iranian intelligence agent'.

Reportedly, Mesbahi claimed that Iran was behind the 1988 Lockerbie bombing (Pan Am 103). Tehran dismissed this testimony as part of an anti-Iran campaign by the German media.

Mesbahi told investigators that Iran had asked Libya and Abu Nidal, 'a Palestinian guerrilla leader', to carry out the Lockerbie bombing.

According to Mesbahi, Iran planned the attack as revenge after the U.S. cruiser Vincennes shot down an Iran Air Airbus over the Strait of Hormuz in 1988.

Mesbahi alleged that the bomb came from Frankfurt but was loaded onto Pan Am 103 in London.

Mesbahi said that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini personally ordered the revenge attack and that Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati had carried out the planning with Libya and guerrilla leader Abu Nidal.

The CIA stated that it had never heard of Behbahani. The CBS program said the CIA denied knowledge of Behbahani.

The Iranian government said:

1. The defector was not General Ahmad Behbahani.

2. It had never employed a man named Ahmad Behbahani.

3. The defector was Shahram Beladi Behbahani, an escaped convict, who had been imprisoned for armed robbery in 1991, and who had worked with the Iranian opposition Mujahedeen Khalq until 1998.

4. Behbahani might have fabricated his accusations to gain asylum.

The NCR then claimed that Shahram ( also known as Mehdi) Beladi-Behbahani was the younger brother of General Behbahani.

Reportedly, in 1992, Shahram had been arrested in Iraq and provided much information about his older brother. Shahram was then returned to Iran in 1998.

Speaking on behalf of the PFLP-GC, Ahmed Jibril stated that Behbahani's claims were fabricated: "This charge against the PFLP-GC is not new. Whenever they need to pressure the Palestinian opposition, they revive this claim," declared Jibril.

Major Khalil Tunayb, a former chief of intelligence for the PFLP-GC, is said to have confirmed the involvement of the PFLP-GC in the lockerbie Bombing.

In 1992, Tunayb reportedly stated that Khalid Nazir Jafaar had been used by the PFLP-GC as an unwitting accomplice to get the bomb bag aboard Flight 103.

Jafaar was reportedly working in drug operations for the DEA and CIA.

Jibril and Jafaar were reportedly in rival drug organizations.

What age was Behbahani at the time of Lockerbie?

U.S. intelligence reports seem to suggest that he would have been about 20 years old at the time of the Lockerbie bombing and thus too young to have been in charge of such an operation.

CIA debriefers were finally allowed to interview 'the refugee'.

They dismissed him as an imposter.

According to a 1996 report from the British Parliamentary Human Rights Group, during the Rafsanjani presidency (1989-1997), General Behbahani served as head of the Intelligence Section in the President's Office.

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr was elected the first president of Iran's Islamic Republic. On July 1981, he fled to France. In 2000, Bani-Sadr reportedly confirmed that General Behbahani had left Iran in 2000 and that he had sought refuge in Turkey.

Allegations Over Lockerbie (1988)

Reportedly, General Behbahani alleged that:

1. The Lockerbie bombing was carried out in retaliation for the 1988, downing of an Iran Air passenger jet by the U.S.S. Vincennes in the Persian Gulf

2. The radical Palestinian terrorist group PFLP-GC (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine?General Command), headed by Ahmed Jibril, was contracted to make the bomb.

3. Libyan intelligence operatives were recruited to carry out the attack.

4. The explosives used in the Lockerbie bombing were transferred through the Frankfurt international airport by an Iranian intelligence agent, Hossein Marvastizadeh, who was then in charge of security for the Iran Air Office.

Reportedly, the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany (in German: Bundeskriminalamt or BKA), working with German intelligence, established that the bomb had been carried to Frankfurt from Damascus via Cyprus.

It has also been alleged that, two days after the downing of Pan Am 103, Israeli intelligence intercepted a phone call from the Interior Ministry in Teheran to the Iranian embassy in Beirut. During the conversation, the ambassador was congratulated for the "successful operation" and was told to hand over to the PFLP-GC the remaining funds.

Neither Israel nor the PLO has ever accepted the conclusion of the Lockerbie trial.

Allegations Over Buenos Aires Bombings (1992 - 1994)

On March 17 1992, the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killed 32 people. On July 18 1994, the bombing of a Jewish centre (AMIA) killed 85 people.

Reportedly, General Behbahani claimed that Iran masterminded both bombings, with the assistance of Jibril and Libyan agents.

Mesbahi had said that the operation was led by, the cultural attache of the Iranian Embassy.

"One cell focused on cooperating with members of the Argentine police, corrupting them or threatening them to collaborate with the attack while another devoted itself to obtaining the explosives in Brazil" reported the New York Times.

Mesbahi also accused then President Carlos Menem of accepting a U.S.$10 million bribe to obstruct the investigation.

According to a report of the Argentina State Intelligence Agency, there could be a "Syrian connection" to the bombing of the Israeli embassy and the AMIA building, through the Syrian, Monzer al-Kassar.

Khobar Bombing (1996)

Reportedly, Behbahani claimed that Iran masterminded the 1996 truck bombing of Khobar Towers in saudi Arabia in 1996.

The Kassar - Menem Connection

Reportedly, Monzer al-Kassar is a Syrian arms and drugs smuggler.

Reportedly, Rifat Assad, 'the Syrian boss of the Lebanese heroin industry', and Monzer al-Kassar 'took over the Bekaa Valley in 1975 with the help of the Syrian Army'.

Kassar has reportedly been involved with Colonel Oliver North and General Richard Secord (Iran-Contra); the International Bank for Credit and Commerce (BCCI); the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) and its leader, Ahmad Jibril, and others.

It has been alleged that Monzer al-Kassar is a CIA asset. It has been alleged that Kassar has received regular CIA money deposited to his credit at the Katherein Bank, Vienna (A/c No. 50307495) and at the Swiss Bank Corporation in Geneva (A/c No. 510230C-86).

Kassar and Argentine President Carlos Menem have the same Syrian connections. Their parents were from the same city in Syria, Yabroud.

Al Kassar is a cousin to Menem's former wife, Zulema Yoma, also of Syrian origin.

Kassar was officially appointed arms dealer for the Menem Government.

The Kassar - Lockerbie Connection

In the late 80s, Kassar was reportedly running a heroin smuggling operation. Drugs from Lebanon were flown, via germany, to the USA, reportedly with the approval of the intelligence agencies of the USA and Germany.

It has been reported that the al-Kassar drug-smuggling agents were employed to put the bomb onto Pan Am 103.

Charles McKee and four other members of his investigative team died on Pan Am 103.

Alleged CIA asset Kassar 'had the means and motive'.

The Mysterious Arrest of Monzer al-Kazaar (June 2007)

On 8 June 2007, the DEA (US Drug Enforcement Administration) announced the arrest in Spain of Monzer al Kassar.

This was said to be linked to arms sales to rebels in Colombia.

Kassar was arrested just days before the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing was granted a second extraordinary appeal and 'just days after Blair went to Tripoli to negotiate a deal that would save him the embarrassment of a fresh appeal.'

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