As this year marks the 34th anniversary of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that tragically killed 270 people, the Justice Department announced on Sunday that they had detained the suspected bomber in the United States.
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Following the news, Bert Ammerman, brother of Pan Am Flight 103 victim, made a direct appeal to the Biden administration on ‘Fox News Live’ on Sunday, urging the president to “plan” a specific plan. To inform the American public about the future national security implications and to find out if Iran was involved in this “cowardly act”.
“If there is a connection with Iran, Mr. President, let’s not be silent about it. You were a senator in 1988. You know this story better than anyone. And I believe you should come out in front of the American people. Especially today, take a break and make a specific plan.” Not saying, “We kept our word. What happens next, and what will be the consequences if Iran gets involved?” Ammerman told Fox News’ Eric Shawn.
Pan Am flight 103, traveling from London to New York, exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988.
In the winter of 1988, Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi was directed by a Libyan intelligence official to fly to Malta with a bomb hidden in a suitcase that would later explode on Pan Am Flight 103, killing a total of 270 people. people – 190 of them were American citizens.
According to the Ministry of Justice, Mas’ud set a timer for the bomb to explode on the plane the next day and transported the bomb to the airport, where he handed it to a collaborator who placed the bomb on a conveyor belt. for airplane
It remains the deadliest terrorist attack on British soil.
Former FBI deputy director Chris Swecker reinforced Ammerman’s pressure to recalibrate the Biden administration’s focus on international terrorism, arguing that he feared the United States “got it.” [their] Don’t take your eyes off the ball.”
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Speaking to ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ on Sunday, Swecker said: “This was Gaddafi’s attempt to start a revolution.
“I think it’s a reminder that we need to make sure we keep an eye on it. While all the so-called domestic terrorism is going on. Now, international terrorism like this is still around. They have long memories.”
Ammerman expressed disappointment with the 34-year stalemate investigation, saying that the lack of immediate retaliation strengthens beliefs that the United States is “soft” on state-sponsored terrorism. It went so far that if the United States had dealt with the situation properly, “we might not have experienced 9/11”.
“Former Attorney General [Bill] Barr made a very important comment that most people don’t understand,” Ammerman began.
“[Barr said] Let’s not make a mistake about this. This was an attack on the USA. I said this to Bush 41 when I spoke for 90 minutes in the Oval Office on April 3, 1989. And to me, if this is state-sponsored terrorism, we will retaliate militarily,” he said.
“If we had handled this appropriately at the time, we might not have experienced 9/11 because on Pan Am Flight 103 we showed the world that America is soft on state-sponsored terrorism,” he added.
I want to find the truth and I think this is a step forward, but this is more than just Libya…”
“There’s no question in my mind that Iran was involved, Eric. And if we had used intelligence from the start, we would have come to this conclusion years ago,” Ammerman said.
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Fox News David Spunt and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report