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Published 13 October 2009

EDITORIAL: COMPASSION? GIVE ME A BREAK

When JSO agent Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi inserted a semtex-laden device into a piece of luggage destined for a US-bound aeroplane in December 1988, he was fully aware that he had sealed the fate of hundreds of innocent men, women and children - most returning home for Christmas with their loved ones. He was eventually tracked down, convicted and jailed for his actions. He is now free - on compassionate grounds (he is terminally ill) and is now enjoying whats left of his life with his own family in Libya.

Many vehemently disagreed with the decision, including Robert Mueller - chief of the FBI. He vented his anger with an unprecedented letter to the Scottish Justice Minister who sanctioned Al Megrahis release. Lest not we forget, Mueller was central to the huge investigation that exposed the JSOs involvement in the case. Former Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish said Mueller was out of order and that it was none of his business. McLeish is not just wrong... he is very, very wrong. Nearly 200 American nationals died on Pan Am Flight 103, that makes it his business to see justice done and the villains put behind bars - for good. Had such an occurrence happened over US soil with a British aeroplane - I would expect our own security officials to play an integral part in the investigation... and comment if necessary.

Though the decision to free Al Megrahi may not have been taken by a silent Downing Street, there are plenty of unanswered questions that remain. For example, throughout this sorry affair, Premier Gordon Brown not once said he disagreed with the bombers release, nor did he see fit to exert any pressure on ruling Scottish ministers in Edinburgh. Something is not quite right in this affair - but the truth will out.

The case features in this edition of Eye Spy, as well as a plethora of stories that will

undoubtedly be of interest to spy afficionados everywhere.

Mark Birdsall - Editor

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LOCKERBIES PUPPETMAN: CONVICTED JSO INTELLIGENCE AGENT FREED

The only man ever convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over 20 years ago, was freed on 20 August 2009, despite massive opposition in the UK and USA. Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi, was an experienced field intelligence officer with the menacing JSO (Jamahariya Security Organisation - Libyan Intelligence), who along with several other operatives, was given the task of bringing down an American airliner.

On the evening of 21 December 1988, as passengers looked forward to spending Christmas with their loved ones in the USA, a semtex-laden bomb blew a football-size hole in the side of Pan Am Flight 103 as it journeyed to New York from London. The result was devastation over the Dumfriesshire town of Lockerbie. In a matter of seconds 270 people were dead, including 189 American nationals.

The shameful political skulduggery that went on before and after Al Megrahis release is covered in this feature - as is the huge investigation which led both British and American investigators to Colonel Gaddafis intelligence agency - an outfit undoubtedly responsible for the biggest terrorist outrage in Britain.

BLUNT: THE CAMBRIDGE SPY

KGB spy admits biggest mistake of my life - but shows no remorse towards British intelligence agents who died as a result of his treason

Anthony Blunt, a leading light in the infamous Cambridge spy ring died in 1983. A year later, the executor of Blunts Will, John Golding, entrusted the spys 30,000-word memoirs to the British Library. There was a caveat in his gift to the British people - his words must not be released for at least 25-years to the general public, save they cause embarrassment to living members of his family or closest friends. In mid-July 2009, they were indeed released and caused a flurry of media interest. A special feature on Anthony Blunt, one of the most notorious British Intelligence traitors who spied for the Soviets.

A TANTALISING SPY STORY: STORIES THAT MI5 HEAD WAS KGB MOLE WONT GO AWAY

Though 25-years have passed since British intelligence officer and KGB spy Anthony Blunt passed on his memoirs to the British Library, the stories surrounding Soviet infiltration of MI5 and MI6 are just as relevant as they are enduring.

One case in particular never fails to generate debate - that of MI5 Director-General Roger Hollis. According to former MI5 man Peter Wright and his book - Spycatcher - Hollis was undoubtedly a Russian spy. But MI5s own web site - is adamant this is an untruth: In 1981 allegations were published (reference Spycatcher) that Sir Roger had been a Soviet secret agent. These were investigated and found to be groundless. In another MI5 web section - Myths and

Misunderstandings, reference is made to the Trend Inquiry of 1974 that cleared Hollis of that suggestion. And this was confirmed when KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky defected to Britain years later.

News of the release of Blunts memoir also sparked interest from across the Atlantic. A friend of Soviet defector Igor Gouzenko recalled how Hollis was put in the frame and still maintains the MI5 head was a KGB mole. These and other claims, including his supposed journeys through Hyde Park to meet his KGB handler examined by Eye Spy. Plus a look at the House of Secrets - the 30-year residence of Hollis.

AFGHANISTAN TO NEW YORK: US TERROR OPERATIVE REVEALS AL-QAIDA SECRETS

A US-born al-Qaida supporter who travelled to Afghanistan to wage war against US troops, has revealed intimate details about several terror cells and players in Europe. Some of the information imparted by Bryant Neal Vinas, a New York-based man who converted to Islam, has relevance to terror cells in Britain and Europe - more specifically Belgium, France and Germany.

Vinas, 26, who now goes by his new names - Ibrahim or Bashir al-Ameriki - was detained by the security services in Pakistan in November 2008. He recently pleaded guilty in court to launching a rocket attack on a US base and other terrorist-related offences. More interestingly, he provided valuable intelligence to the CIA and FBI, on how he discussed with al-Qaida planners, returning to the USA and attacking transportation routes in New York and surrounding areas.

INFILTRATED: MI5 SEEK TO IDENTIFY TERROR INFILTRATORS

It takes a very long time for applicants to be successful in their quest to secure a job with most leading intelligence services. If you have your heart on setting foot in Vauxhall Cross or Thames House, the respective headquarters of MI6 and MI5, and opt to go through normal channels such as the Services respective web sites, you should expect to wait months (an average of six) for confirmation of a job. In between, there are interviews and tests. In times of heightened national security, its possible that time scale is reduced. However, since the rise of al-Qaida in Britain, MI5 has used all its prowess to recruit agents to infiltrate al-Qaida sleeper cells that were forming throughout the country - some more menacing than others - but all keen to cause mayhem.

New reports from intelligence watchers suggest the Service has identified at least four persons who managed to progress through a number of selection barriers.

SLEEPER CELLS: FBI DISMANTLE NORTH CAROLINA TERROR CAMP

US security services have charged three members of the same family in connection with the running of a jihadi training camp in rural Caswell County, south of North Carolinas state capital, Raleigh. Daniel Patrick Boyd, a building contractor and his two sons, Zakriya, 20, and Dylan, 22 are alleged to have created a terrorist training facility and produce operatives prepared to attack targets in foreign countries, including Jordan and Israel. Four other persons have also been charged. All but one are US nationals. An eighth is being sought at time of publication. The operation code-named Triangle Terror Takedown in reference to three areas of North Carolina connected to the case - Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, was concluded following a lengthy investigation.

This is just one of several investigations into Al-Qaidas growing presence in America.

THE MYSTERY CARGO: RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE PERFORM THE PERFECT RUSE

No doubt the strange journey of cargo vessel Arctic Sea will one day be made into a block-buster movie, but before then, the serious documentary makers will have their say. The 4,000-tonne, Maltese-flagged Finnish-chartered ship dropped off radar shortly after passing through the English Channel on 28 July. Unbeknown to a watching world - Russia was working with various intelligence services and monitoring its journey. Indeed, it has since transpired that the FSB created a ruse to fool those who had taken over the ship - making them think they had made good their escape. Its believed Russia sought NSA assistance and that a spy satellite was used to locate the ship and pass tracking data back to Moscow - this throughout the ships entire journey.

News snippets about Arctic Seas mystery disappearance were given out in the knowledge that the hijackers would be watching or listening to news reports on television and radio.

Arctic Sea sailed from Finland with its Russian crew enroute to Algeria and should have docked on 4 August. Officially carrying about one million pounds worth of timber, she was boarded by a group of armed men. This much is known - but from here the story starts to get murky...

BANNED: 21st CENTURY SPYCATCHER CREATED

Andy Hayman was the UKs most senior policeman in charge of the UKs counter terrorism policy and operations. He was at the heart of the countrys response to al-Qaida operations in Britain, helping to put at least 50 terror operatives behind bars. Little doubt then that his book - The Terrorist Hunters - co-written by Margaret Gilmore, previously BBC Home Affairs Correspondent and now RUSI Senior Research Fellow - caused much interest in the intelligence world when it was set for release on 2 July.

But just hours before the 372-page book was due to go on public sale, the publisher was hit with a government injunction that effectively banned any outlet in the UK from selling the work. However, dozens of copies did get sold in shops and via Internet outlets.

OPERATION PATHWAY: MI5 CRACK CODED COMMUNICATIONS

Details of why MI5 were so keen to detain a large number of men in the Manchester area in April are starting to emerge. Following an inadvertent error by New Scotlands Yard counter-terrorism chief - Bob Quick, the Security Service brought forward the end game of an operation code-named Pathway. Though officials from MI5s northern section spent over eight weeks searching properties in the area, and dug up woodland in the middle of the night some three miles north of the city centre, nothing untoward was found. However, MI5 were so convinced that something was afoot, the suspects, mostly visiting students from Pakistan, were detained and handed over to the UK Border Agency for deportation. It was no secret that MI5 had acquired intelligence that prompted the raids, some of which its analysts suggested the men planned an Easter Holiday bombing campaign.

CODE? - About my Girl friend. As I told you about Humas affair. Nadia is still waiting for my response. She is very loyal and She has created a place in my heart....

MIND CONTROL PRINCIPLES: IN THE INTELLIGENCE CYCLE PART 1 (NEW SERIES)

Former police officer and expert witness Mike Finn takes a serious and objective look at mind control and manipulation in the intelligence game...

The mind is the centre of our awareness, our thoughts, feelings, attention, and volition. Research that has been directed towards control of an individual through the process of controlling the mind in some way, has two main perspectives (a). to develop new technologies directed at controlling the mind (b). to develop countermeasures as methods improve.

This series of articles is not about the development and structure of mind control research organisations (enough has been written on that subject). These articles deal with the very foundation of the principles, and show how frail and vulnerable the brain is in the face of scientific advancement.

AUSTRALIAN MILITARY BASE TARGETED: ECHELON PROGRAMME OUTS AL-QAIDA CELL

Australian security services foiled a major suicide attack on a military base on the outskirts of Sydney. Intelligence officials say four men - Australian nationals of Somali and Lebanese descent, intended to kill as many troops and civilians serving at Holsworthy Camp as possible. Unbeknown to the terrorist plotters, Australias intelligence services via the global interception system known as ECHELON - had been intercepting text messages and cell phone calls which exposed their plans.

THE VIDEO MAN: US-BORN TRAITOR PROVIDES AL-QAIDA WITH 60 WASHINGTON DC RECONNAISSANCE VIDEO CLIPS

Ehsanul Sadequee, 23, was a player in a worldwide network of persons keen to create a group called Al-Qaida in Europe. However, like many terror plotters who use the Internet to communicate with colleagues... even in code, he was outed following an anti-terrorist investigation by a number of foreign intelligence services, including MI5.

Sadequee used various web sites and a chat room hosted by a known al-Qaida operative in London, to relay his warped vision of the world. Yet he was keen to play more than just a bit part, and together with a colleague, Syed Haris Ahmed, started to tour the US capital and film prominent buildings and monuments. These were then sent via the Internet to contacts in England, North Africa and Asia. Full report...

CIA UNDER OBSERVANCE: NEW US INTERROGATION UNIT LEAVES CIA OUT IN THE COLD

US government officials seem intent hanging out the CIAs dirty washing in public. Besides disputes over who picks the Agencys overseas Station Chiefs, and questions raised over its foreign based terrorist holding stations, now its interrogation methods and a non-existent assassination programme have been called into question. The latest affair relates to the Agencys worldwide search of al-Qaida terrorists and their associates who attacked America in 2001...

THE SECRET SERVICE: 100 YEARS OF MI5 AND MI6

In our special year-long series covering the 100 year history of MI5 and MI6, Eye Spy analyses the most intensive espionage debacle suffered by the Services. This

splendid feature looks at the Soviet spies, moles and agent provocateurs who plied their trade for decades in Britain and America. Along the way, we reveal several important London spy sites. This is the Cold War story of Russian Infiltration...

From 1909 THROUGH 1945, MI5 and MI6 had performed well against a plethora of adversaries. The Services had evolved into separate entities that seemed well placed to confront numerous emerging issues, such as problems in the Middle and Far East. There was one threat, however, that would test the resolve of Britains secret services to the full - the Soviet Union. For the next four decades or so, Britain and its primary ally, the United States, would wage a secret war both at home and abroad that would see its spies pitted against one another. It didnt help one jot that Russia had already placed several key spies within British Intelligence in the shape of the Cambridge Spy Ring.

Eye Spy examines a period of inner suspicion that changed forever the spying game... and the traitors who sent dozens of British agents to their deaths

EXTRACT ONE: When Captain Black of the War Office entered a posh apartment in Bentinck Street, London, little did he know he was about to make the biggest mistake of his life. Black was in fact Guy Liddell, head of MI5s counter-espionage branch and one of the Services most experienced officers. He had been invited to the apartment by Victor Rothschild, a top Cambridge scientist and fellow MI5 man who was keen to introduce his former French teacher. That man was Captain Anthony Blunt and his host was recommending him to the Security Service.

The date was June 1940, and is significant in that Liddell had inadvertently recruited a top Russian asset who would go on to spy and recruit for Moscow for years. Another room at the same address was owned by an equally interesting character - Guy Burgess.

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