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Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation
  • Richard A. Marquise
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Scotbom:  Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation.
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This account of the investigation of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988, is written by the FBI agent who led the U.S. investigation. He reveals what it was like to work on a major international investigation involving terrorism long before 9/11 broke down reservations about cross-agency cooperation. The book shows what it took to bring two of the Libyans to trial at a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands over 12 years later. The findings of the Scottish court are analyzed from the view of the man who “lived” Lockerbie for over 12 years. See more details in an article written by the author after the release of Abdelbaset Ali al Megrahi: The evidence pointed to Libya all the way.


About the Author

Following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, Richard A. Marquise was named to lead the U.S. Task Force which included the FBI, Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Marquise, a native of North Carolina, was educated in Washington, DC and Vermont and became an FBI Agent in 1971. He began working counter terrorism investigations in 1972 after the attacks in Munich and was working in the Counter Terrorism Section at FBIHQ when Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed. He was named to lead the investigation and worked with his counterparts in Scotland, Germany and other nations to solve the case and bring two of the conspirators to justice.

He retired from the FBI in 2002 while serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Office in Oklahoma City. Since retirement he travels the world teaching police officers how to prevent terrorism.

Following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, Richard A. Marquise was named to lead the U.S. Task Force which included the FBI, Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency. He was the lead U.S. representative at numerous international conferences during the course of the investigation. He led the Task Force through the indictments which were returned in 1991 and continued to play an active role up through the trial which concluded in 2001. In August 2001 he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service following the successful resolution of the trial.

Mr. Marquise is a leader in the fields of counter terrorism and crisis management, both as an investigator and as a manager. He retired in 2002 after a 31-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He was the Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Division of the FBI 1999-2002; during the late 1980s, he was the Chief of the Terrorist Research and Analytical Center (TRAC) at FBI Headquarters. TRAC was responsible for collecting and disseminating information on terrorist groups, organizations and individuals operating around the world. He was also the chief of a Middle East terrorism unit which managed FBI investigations worldwide. A veteran of numerous crises including terror attacks, kidnappings, prison takeovers and other significant events, he is now a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), Tallahassee, Florida.

He has appeared on television and radio talk shows and has given hundreds of speeches all over the world on the topic of terrorism. He has provided training to law enforcement officials all over the United States including the FBI Academy in Virginia, the National War College in Washington, and has provided training at the International Law Enforcement Academies in Botswana, Thailand and Hungary, as well as other academic venues around the world. He has also assisted the Governments of Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines in the creation of joint terrorism task forces.

Mr. Marquise holds a Masters degree from the George Washington University. He has attended numerous professional training courses in the FBI in the fields of leadership, management and crisis management. He has been a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Terrorism Committee and is a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

About the Book

Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. This tragedy killed 270 people including 189 Americans and changed the way the world looked at terrorism. This firsthand account, written by the FBI...

Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. This tragedy killed 270 people including 189 Americans and changed the way the world looked at terrorism. This firsthand account, written by the FBI Special Agent who managed all aspects of the investigation, gives the reader a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a major international criminal investigation.

The book looks at some of the world events which surrounded the event; considers original suspects, a Palestinian terrorist group which had been based in Germany; and evaluates other theories as to who was behind the sinister plot.

The book discusses the organizational structures the United States and Scotland put in place to address this international crime, now a model for international interagency cooperation on questions of terrorism.

Through the eyes of the author, the reader will experience the frustrations, failures and successes leading up to the indictment of two Libyans in 1991 in a move that signalled a change of direction for US-Libyan relations. The book also analyzes the trial which took place at a Scottish Court sitting in the Netherlands in 2000-2001. Finally, the book contains a summation of the lessons learned which can be used not only by law enforcement personnel but anyone facing adversity and looking for ways to deal with it.

Some authors have had access to senior officials in either the FBI or the Scottish police. Many have used media reporting or trial records to complete their books -- but none has had the start-to-finish inside perspective that characterizes “Scotbom". The book reveals inside information such as the surveillance in Moscow by the KGB of a potential suspect, the infighting both within the FBI and between the FBI-CIA-Scottish Police as well as numerous antidotes about events which have never before been discussed and not ever contained in court records. This inside story is written by a retired senior official within the FBI who attended each international conference and most of the meetings in Washington about the investigation, traveled with the Libyan defector to London to get his wife and return her to the United States and then spent weeks with the defector at the trial in the Netherlands in 2000. The author was also present at the initial appearance of the defendants in the Netherlands, the trial, the verdict as well as the appeal. The start-to-finish story has never been told and will not ever be told other than by the author because of his unique position.



Pages 268
Year: 2006
LC Classification: HV6431.M3649
Dewey code: 363.12'465094147--dc22
BISAC: POL506000
BISAC: POL037000
BISAC: TRA002000
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