- Who are we kidding? The United States, Britain and NATO
don't care about bombing civilians to contain rebellion. Their militaries
bomb civilians every day without mercy. They have destroyed most of the
community infrastructure of Iraq and Afghanistan before turning their sights
on Libya. So what's really going on here?
- According to the CIA, the following never happened
- Last October, US oil giants- Chevron and Occidental Petroleum-
made a surprising decision to pull out of Libya, while China, Germany and
Italy stayed on, signing major contracts with Gadhaffi's government. As
the U.S. Asset who started negotiations for the Lockerbie Trial with Libyan
diplomats, I had close ties to Libya's U.N. Mission from 1995 to 2003.
Given my long involvement in the Lockerbie saga, I have continued to enjoy
special access to high level intelligence gossip on Libya.
- Last summer that gossip got juicy!
- About July, I started hearing that Gadhaffi was exerting
heavy pressure on U.S. and British oil companies to cough up special fees
and kick backs to cover the costs of Libya's reimbursement to the families
of Pan Am 103. Payment of damages for the Lockerbie bombing had been one
of the chief conditions for ending U.N. sanctions on Libya that ran from
1992 until 2003. And of course the United Nations forced Gadhaffi to hand
over two Libyan men for a special trial at The Hague, though everybody
credible was fully conscious of Libya's innocence in the Lockerbie affair.
(Only ignorant politicians trying to score publicity points say otherwise.)
- Knowing Gadhaffi as well as I do, I was convinced that
he'd done it. He'd bided his time until he could extort compensation from
U.S. oil companies. He's a crafty bastard, extremely intelligent and canny.
That's exactly how he operates. And now he was taking his revenge. As expected,
the U.S. was hopping mad about it. Gadhaffi wasn't playing the game the
way the Oil Bloodsuckers wanted. The Vampire of our age-the Oil Industry-roams
the earth, sucking the life out of every nation to feed its thirst for
profits. Only when they got to Libya, Gadhaffi took on the role of a modern-day
Robin Hood, who insisted on replenishing his people for the costs they'd
suffered under U.N. sanctions.
- Backing up a year earlier, in August 2009 the lone Libyan
convicted of the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, Abdelbasset
Megrahi, won a compassionate release from Scottish prison. Ostensibly,
the British government and Scottish Courts granted Megrahi's request to
die at home with dignity from advance stage cancer-in exchange for dropping
a legal appeal packed with embarrassments for the European Courts. The
decision to free Megrahi followed shocking revelations of corruption at
the special Court of The Hague that handled the Lockerbie Trial. Prosecution
witnesses confessed to receiving payments of $4 million each from the United
States, in exchange for testimony against Megrahi, a mind-blowing allegation
of judicial corruption.
- The Lockerbie conviction was full of holes to begin with.
Anybody who knows anything about terrorism in the 1980s knows the CIA got
mixed up in heroin trafficking out of the Bekaa Valley during the hostage
crisis in Lebanon. The Lockerbie conspiracy had been a false flag operation
to kill off a joint CIA and Defense Intelligence investigation into kick
backs from Islamic Jihad, in exchange for protecting the heroin transit
- According to my own CIA handler, Dr. Richard Fuisz, who'd
been stationed in Lebanon and Syria at the time, the CIA had established
a protected drug route from Lebanon to Europe and on to the United States.
His statements support other sources that "Operation Corea" allowed
Syrian drug dealers led by Monzer al-Kassar (also linked to Oliver North
in the Iran-Contra scandal) to ship heroin to the U.S. ON Pan Am flights,
in exchange for intelligence on the hostages' whereabouts in Lebanon. The
CIA allegedly made sure that suitcases carrying heroin were not searched
at customs. Nicknamed the "Godfather of Terror," Al Kassar is
now serving a prison sentence for conspiring with Colombian drug cartels
to assassinate U.S. nationals.
- Building up to Lockerbie, the Defense Intelligence team
in Beirut, led by Maj. Charles Dennis McKee and Matthew Gannon, suspected
that CIA infiltration of the heroin network might be prolonging the hostage
crisis. If so, the consequence was severe. AP Reporter Terry Anderson got
chained in a basement for 7 years, while 96 other high profile western
hostages suffered beatings, mock executions and overall trauma. McKee's
team raised the alarms in Washington that a CIA double agent profiting
from the narco-dollars might be warning the hostage takers whenever their
dragnet closed in. Washington sent a fact-finding team to Lebanon to gather
- On the day it was blown out of the sky, Pan Am 103 was
carrying that team of CIA and FBI investigators, the CIA's Deputy Chief
assigned to Beirut, and three Defense Intelligence officers, including
McKee and Gannon, on their way to Washington to deliver a report on the
CIA's role in heroin trafficking, and the impact on terrorist financing
and the hostage crisis. In short, everyone with direct knowledge of CIA
kickbacks from heroin trafficking died on Pan Am 103. A suitcase packed
with $500,000 worth of heroin was found in the wreckage. It belonged to
investigators, as proof of the corruption.
- The punch line was that the U.S. State Department issued
an internal travel advisory, warning that government officials should get
off that specific flight on that specific day, because Pan Am 103 was expected
to get bombed. That's right, folks! The U.S. had prior knowledge of the
- Unforgivably, nobody told Charles McKee or Matthew Gannon.
But other military officials and diplomats got pulled off the flight-making
room for a group of students from Syracuse University traveling stand by
for the Christmas holidays.
- It was a monstrous act! But condemning Megrahi
to cover up the CIA's role in heroin trafficking has struck many Lockerbie
afficiandos as grossly unjust. Add the corruption of purchased testimony--
$4 million a pop- and Megrahi's life sentence struck a nerve of obscenity.
- It struck Gadhaffi as grievously offensive, as well-The
United Nations had forced Libya to fork over $2.7 billion in damages to
the Lockerbie families, a rate of $10 million for every death. Once it
became clear the U.S. paid two key witnesses $4 million each to commit
perjury, spook gossip throughout the summer was rife that Gadhaffi had
taken bold action to demand compensation from U.S. (and probably British)
oil corporations operating in Libya. More than likely, Libya's demands
for kick backs and compensation extended to other European oil conglomerates
as well-particularly France and Italy-who are now spearheading attacks
- I knew last summer there would be trouble. Payback would
be a b-tch on both sides. You don't lock an innocent man in prison for
10 years on bogus charges of terrorism, and expect forgiveness. The United
States and Britain had behaved with remarkable selfishness. You've got
to admit that Gadhaffi's attempt to balance the scales of justice demonstrated
a flair of righteous nationalism.
- Alas, Gadhaffi was playing with fire, no matter how justified
his complaint. You don't strike a tyrant without expecting a tyrant to
- And that's exactly what's happening today.
- Don't kid yourself. This is an oil war, and it smacks
of imperialist double standards. Two articles by Prof. Chossudovsky at
the Global Research Centre are must reading: "Operation Libya and
the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa" and "Insurrection
and Military Intervention: The US-NATO Attempted Coup d'Etat in Libya?"
- There is simply no justification for U.S. or NATO action
against Libya. The U.N. charter acknowledges the rights of sovereign nations
to put down rebellions against their own governments. Moreover, many observers
have commented that plans for military intervention appear to have been
much more advanced than U.S. and European leaders want to admit.
- For myself, I know in my gut that war planning started
months before the democratization movement kicked off throughout the Arab
world-a lucky cover for U.S. and European oil policy. Perhaps too lucky.
- As Chossudovsky writes, "Hundreds of US, British
and French military advisers arrived in Cyrenaica, Libya's eastern breakaway
province" on February 23 and 24- seven (7) days after the start of
Gadhaffi's domestic rebellion. "The advisers, including intelligence
officers, were dropped from warships and missile boats at the coastal towns
of Benghazi and Tobruk." (DEBKAfile, US military advisers in Cyrenaica,
Feb. 25, 2011) Special forces on the ground in Eastern Libya provided covert
support to the rebels." Eight British Special Forces commandos were
arrested in the Benghazi region, while acting as military advisers to opposition
forces, according to the Times of London.
- We're supposed to believe the United States, Britain
and Europe planned, coordinated and executed a full military intervention
in 7 short days- from the start of the Libyan rebellion in mid-February
until military advisers appeared on the ground in Libya on February 23-24!
- That's strategically impossible.
- Nothing can persuade me that Gadhaffi's fate wasn't decided
months ago, when Chevron and Occidental Petroleum took their whining to
Capitol Hill, complaining that Gadhaffi's nationalism interfered with their
oil profiteering. From that moment, military intervention was on the drawing
board as surely as the Patriot Act got stuck in a drawer waiting for 9/11.
- The message is simple: Challenge the oil corporations
and your government and your people will pay the ultimate price: Give us
your oil as cheaply as possible. Or die.
- Don't kid yourself. Nobody gives a damn about suffering
in Libya or Iraq. You don't bomb a village to save it. The U.S., Britain
and NATO are the bullies of the neighborhood. The enforcers for Big Oil.
- Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan have something in common. They
have vast and extraordinary oil and mineral riches. As such, they are all
victims of what I call the Vampire Wars. The Arab Princes get paid off,
while the bloodsuckers pull the life blood out of the people. They're scarcely
able to survive in their own wealthy societies. The people and the domestic
economy are kept alive to uphold the social order, but they are depleted
of the nourishment of their own national wealth.
- The democratization movements are sending a warning that
I don't think Big Oil, or their protectors in the U.S. and British governments
understand or have figured out how to control. The Arab people are finished
with this cycle of victimization. They've got their stakes out, and they're
starting to figure out how to strike into the heart of these Vampires,
sucking the life blood out of their nations.
- And woe to the wicked when they do!
- This article may be reprinted in full or part with attribution
to the author.
- Former U.S. Intelligence Asset, Susan Lindauer covered
Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria/Hezbollah from 1993 to 2003. She is the author
of Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover
Ups of 9/11 and Iraq