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On This Date 17 Years Ago - Pan Am Flight 103
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Posted on 12/21/2005 6:57:27 AM PST by Pyro7480

Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up as it flew over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988, when 12–16 oz of plastic explosive was detonated in its forward cargo hold, triggering a sequence of events that led to the rapid destruction of the aircraft. Winds of 100 knots scattered passengers and debris along an 88-mile corridor over an area of 845 square miles. Two hundred and seventy people from 21 countries died, including 11 people on the ground.

Known as the Lockerbie bombing and the Lockerbie air disaster in Britain, it became the subject of that country's largest criminal inquiry, led by its smallest police force. It was widely regarded as an assault on a symbol of the United States, and with 189 of the victims American, it stood as the deadliest attack on American civilians until September 11, 2001.

After a three-year joint investigation by the Scottish Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, during which 15,000 witness statements were taken, indictments for murder were issued on November 13, 1991, against Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer and the head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines (LAA), and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, the LAA station manager in Luqa airport, Malta.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 1988; 747; anniversary; flight103; lockerbie; panam; panamflight103; scotland; terrorism; uk
Never forget...


1 posted on 12/21/2005 6:57:28 AM PST by Pyro7480
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To: Pyro7480

My brothers college classmate at Syracuse University, also from our hometown, was supposed to be on that flight but woke up late and hungover and missed his flight.


2 posted on 12/21/2005 6:59:19 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (I miss my dad. Ruudzdistvachxizax^ama ama slum tagadagan inix^sinaa imchix anuxtakus)
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To: Pyro7480

Just concidentally 5 months after the USS Vincennes downed an Iranian airliner full of holiday passengers, which entered a Persian Gulf war zone and refused to respond to queries, resulting in 290 dead.

Iran has never been tagged with this PanAm Christmas massacre as a tit-for-tat revenge attack carried out by the IRGC mullahs' toadie hired guns, Muammar Qadaffi's intelligence service.

Not that I know anything...Just sayin'


3 posted on 12/21/2005 7:06:39 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf

That is one of the popular alternative theories in the bombing. I wouldn't be surprised if it were later revealed that this was a multi-terrorist state/multi-terrorist organization job.


4 posted on 12/21/2005 7:10:10 AM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Pyro7480

Let's just say Libya owed Iran a BIG favor, based on events that occurred during the war with Chad.


5 posted on 12/21/2005 7:13:30 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Pyro7480

One of my co-workers died on that flight. Terrorism became personal for me on that day.


6 posted on 12/21/2005 7:15:41 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: Pyro7480
My church choir will be singing at Arlington Nation Cemetery this afternoon for the memorial service. We invite all to come and be there with us. It will be after 2:00PM
7 posted on 12/21/2005 7:18:31 AM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: Pyro7480
Thanks for posting this.

I have never forgotten or forgiven.

I hope one day justice will be served and Satan has set aside a special place in hell for Gadaffi and his minions.

8 posted on 12/21/2005 7:20:07 AM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: Pyro7480

It was the first time a center fuel tank went up . Yes?


9 posted on 12/21/2005 7:23:26 AM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: Pyro7480

An MP from my post in Hanau, Germany died on that flight.
My buddy, an MP in his unit, escorted the remains back to his family.


10 posted on 12/21/2005 7:27:46 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Could it be that he was saved by old Jack Daniels?


11 posted on 12/21/2005 7:32:35 AM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: al baby

I've never hear such a "theory" for this attack.


12 posted on 12/21/2005 7:55:40 AM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Pyro7480
sarcasm
13 posted on 12/21/2005 8:08:53 AM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: silverleaf
"Iran has never been tagged with this PanAm Christmas massacre as a tit-for-tat revenge attack carried out by the IRGC mullahs' toadie hired guns, Muammar Qadaffi's intelligence service."

I did a lot of research on this for my second novel, "Art & Part" and my own 'conclusion' was it was, as you suggest, Iran initiated and sponsored.

Like so much else.

14 posted on 12/21/2005 8:17:22 AM PST by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: FrogBurger

ping


15 posted on 12/21/2005 8:46:47 AM PST by conservatrice
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To: jim macomber

I never heard any public/official speculation about Iran being involved in PanAm 103 but it was SO convenient and obvious....unlike assuming sponsorship solely by Qadaffi, who had been thoroughly slapped down by Reagan.

I guess back in 1988 and into the 1990's, it was "PC" by our State Dept to tip toe around Iran, figure the actions of a few hardline mullahs shouldn't be reacted to or even mentioned by us because it would jeopardize or embarrass the Iranian "moderates" who were going to take control the Iranian govt...any day now...any day now...

Geez, it's 2005 and we're STILL waiting for the "Iranian moderates" to take over and making excuses, aren't we? And those hardline mullahs are going to have nukes shortly. The IRGC is already in charge of the program.

Is your book published? We could have collaborated!


16 posted on 12/21/2005 9:41:30 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Pyro7480
Never forget, bump.



Have you Thanked a Soldier today?
Thank a Soldier Week is December 19th to December 25th!

17 posted on 12/21/2005 10:42:12 AM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

My friend Gigi (another young expat American in Switzerland, where i lived then) lost a dear college buddy on that flight. I was with her as she mourned. Within 4 years, she herself was killed, hit by a truck on the streets of Manhattan.


18 posted on 12/21/2005 10:44:24 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: silverleaf
I never heard any public/official speculation about Iran being involved in PanAm 103 but it was SO convenient and obvious....unlike assuming sponsorship solely by Qadaffi, who had been thoroughly slapped down by Reagan.

Actually, that was a major alternative theory held by many. And pushed by the defense at the trial. As misdirection if nothing else. Since Scottish Law allows for a defense of "somebody else did it" with no burden of proving or saying who. Sort of a generic or composite raising of a "reasonable doubt".

Is your book published?

Yes, it is.

We could have collaborated!

There's always the chance of a sequel.
(Sorry to take so long to respond. I posted then got called away.)

19 posted on 12/21/2005 3:31:49 PM PST by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: Pyro7480; Fierce Allegiance; silverleaf; USF; al baby; SJSAMPLE; Paulus Invictus; jim macomber; ...
Photos of Pan Am Flight 103 Service Arlington VA
20 posted on 12/21/2005 4:56:43 PM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: Doctor Raoul; Coop; GodBlessUSA; Albion Wilde; WVNan; CAluvdubya; BillF; La Enchiladita; ...

ping


21 posted on 12/21/2005 5:24:07 PM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: freema

ping


22 posted on 12/21/2005 5:26:51 PM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: \/\/ayne

ping


23 posted on 12/21/2005 5:27:36 PM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: jan in Colorado; AprilfromTexas

Not sure if you'd be interested in this or who is on bmwcyle's ping list.

Our church choir was asked to sing for this 17th memorial service. The blessing was ours. What an honor to be part of such an event that is so meaningful and relevant...even today. This was our first real taste of airline terrorism and sadly, not our last.

Very special day for us. Check out link to the pictures... never know exactly where someone in the DC Chapter will turn up, but it was nice to record an event we should never forget.


24 posted on 12/21/2005 7:37:27 PM PST by Apple Blossom (...around here, city hall is something of a between meals snack.)
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To: SlowBoat407
I wasn't on that flight thanks to a frustrating computer glitch at my travel agent in San Francisco.

One of the worst casualties of the day was Pan Am, world's greatest airline, that never recovered financially from the attack plus their decision a few months earlier to sell their Asian routes and keep their European routes. Right after the crash, travel to Europe dwindled, Asia routes prospered, sayonara PanAm.
25 posted on 12/21/2005 7:47:01 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Veto!

I met the families yesterday. I'm glad I did not hear your name read.


26 posted on 12/22/2005 4:35:03 AM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: bmwcyle

Ping!


27 posted on 12/22/2005 5:30:23 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom-What fools they are who doubt the ability of liberty to triumph over despotism)
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