[What follows is the text of a letter submitted by Dr Jim Swire to The Times on 10 December but not (as yet) published:]
The Senate inquiry [into torture and the CIA] was essentially limited to post 9/11 behaviour by the CIA.
During the Lockerbie trial of two Libyans over the Lockerbie disaster the CIA was the major provider of evidence to the court.
Their attempts to conceal the true status of their key witness by selective redaction and concealment of their cable traffic led to their Lordships rejecting his entire evidence. It emerged that the man was a liar, a fantasist and a corrupt consumer of their resources and that the CIA knew this before the trial.
Scotland's then Lord Advocate was led to the very brink of perjury in trying to defend that evidence. [RB: More about this disgraceful episode can be read here.]
Since the trial it has now become clear that a key forensic item allegedly from the crash site had in fact been manufactured using advanced electronic technology simply not in use at the time of Lockerbie.
The verdict reached has contributed to NATO's decision to bomb the unfortunate Libya into current chaos, the murder of Colonel Gaddafi and a failed State where ISIS is already training jihadies, an whence arms have infiltrated the terrorist groups throughout much of the Sahel region.
It also led to the conviction of an innocent Libyan, the destruction of the reputation of Scottish Justice the protection of the real Lockerbie perpetrators, and much extra suffering for inquisitive Lockerbie relatives.
I have faith in the philosophy underlying the Obama regime, based on his magnificent Cairo speech after election. I believe the President should now seek an extension of investigation of the CIA prior to 9/11 as well.
If one is to lance a boil it is wise to curette out all the pus on the same occasion.