Thursday 7 January 2010

Patrick Haseldine's references

[Patrick Haseldine has recently posted a lengthy comment, with supporting references, on the Newsnight segment broadcast after all thread. Unfortunately, the hypertext links do not work. Here they are:]

A. UN Council for Namibia enacts Decree No 1 ( and UNCN plans enforcement action. (;col1) (Also see "Council for Namibia sues Netherlands over Namibia's natural resources" article, which follows.)

B. History of Namibia. (

C. Michael McGowan's invitation to Bernt Carlsson. (

D. "Finger of suspicion", The Guardian, 7 December 1989. (

E. Jan-Olof Bengtsson, iDAG, 12 March 1990. (

F. Reuters report, 12 November 1994. (

G. "The Lockerbie Incident : A Detective's Tale", by John Crawford, 2002 (pages 88/89).

H. Former MEP calls for urgent inquiry by the United Nations. (

Extract from The Gulliver Rossing Uranium Ltd Dossier:

Exploitation of Namibian uranium has had a "disastrous impact" on British foreign policy, and the relationship between Britain and many Third World countries. (A visit to the mine paid by the country's prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, in early 1989, where she commented that the project made her "proud to be British" can only have deepened this sense of disillusionment and mistrust among Third World peoples). Moreover - and whether or not the mine's output has ever directly fed South Africa's nuclear plants - Rossing has certainly buttressed the apartheid state.

Council for Namibia sues Netherlands over Namibia's natural resources's+natural...-a06272039

Patrick Haseldine's online petition which demands a United Nations inquiry into the murder of UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson, in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.


  1. Mr. Haseldine - if hyperlinks in comments is new to you, like to me, the format that works is
    opening tag (remove first space)
    < a href="
    and then the url and then
    ">text that'll be blue< / a >
    (remove spaces for closing tag)

  2. lol, which means laugh out loud.

    Link works! Simply put the < / a > without spaces immediately after the words you want to be blue, which is usually not a whole paragraph. (something like "this link" or "my petition") if you want to look normal, mate.

    Crawford's book has some goofy stuff in it. Cadbury-Rountree investigated over the Yorkie trousers?

  3. Yes, you're right Crawford's book is stuffed with goofy-ness. In the context of DCS Stuart Henderson's criticism of Kenny MacAskill for being naive in releasing Abdelbaset Megrahi, the book was reviewed here by book critic, Aku, as follows:

    I see that Henderson is supported in this piece by John Crawford. Crawford was Harry Bell's junior assistant in Malta when he interviewed Gauci and others.

    Crawford's book "The Lockerbie Incident: A Detective's Tale" is by far the worst book published on Lockerbie. Barren of evidence, perception or even basic understanding, it is padded out (in double spacing) with attacks on those who disagree with him and hymns of praise for who those who agree with him that Abdelbaset is guilty.

    If you read the book (and I don't recommend you do), it is difficult not to arrive at the conclusion that ex-Det Con Crawford's views on the Lockerbie investigation are utterly worthless.

  4. To which, I responded on the same thread:

    I disagree with Aku: the views DC John Crawford expresses in his book The Lockerbie Incident: A Detective's Tale are not entirely worthless. On the contrary, Crawford actually reveals that he personally took the decision not to investigate the role of apartheid South Africa in the Lockerbie bombing. This is an extract from pages 88/89 of the book:

    "We even went as far as consulting a very helpful lady librarian in Newcastle who contacted us with information she had on Bernt Carlsson. She provided much of the background on the political moves made by Carlsson on behalf of the United Nations. He had survived a previous attack on an aircraft he had been travelling on in Africa. It is unlikely that he was a target as the political scene in Southern Africa was moving inexorably towards its present state. No matter what happened to Carlsson after he had completed his mission in Namibia the political changes were already well in place and his demise would not have altered anything. This would have made a nonsense of any alleged assassination attempt on him as it would not have achieved anything. I discounted the theory as being almost totally beyond the realms of feasibility.

    "We eventually produced a report on all fifteen [the 'first fifteen' of the interline passengers] to the SIO [Stuart Henderson], each person had their own story and as many antecedents as we could gather. The other teams had also finished their profiles of their group of interline passengers. None of them had found anything which could categorically put any of the interline passengers into any frame as a target, dupe or anything else other than a victim of crime."

    A 'United Nations Inquiry into the murder of UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson, in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing' will, I hope, be up and running soon.

    Whereupon, former SIO Stuart Henderson and DC John Crawford will clearly have some very serious questions to answer, as will Henderson's US counterpart, Richard Marquise, and the current FBI Director, Robert Mueller.

  5. Crawford has other uses too. Look at what he has to say about DC McColm (who "found" the shirt collar with the timer fragment in it).

  6. I think Rolfe is referring to his own JREF post:

    "What I find suspicious is the statement about Tommy McColm had managed to wangle a cushy job, and spent most of his time in the sector office, even staying in on a day when Crawford was sent back out even though he'd arranged to stay in and complete his paperwork for the previous day. And the related bit about McColm being extremely cavalier with five large bags of evidence, sending them to Dextar without any signatures or descriptions or proper provenance.

    "Crawford doesn't give exact dates for January, but his description isn't that far off Francovich's version of the main search only lasting two weeks. McColm found the shirt collar just over three weeks after the crash. What's the chances of this guy who managed to skive through the height of the search being out combing fields when it was being wound down and officers re-deployed?"