As AFP notes:
A BBC investigation has cast doubt on key evidence in the case against the Libyan convicted of blowing up a US jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988, the broadcaster said Wednesday.
A tiny fragment of the timer allegedly used to blow up Pan Am flight 103 -- crucial in linking Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi to the bomb -- was not properly tested and was also unlikely to have survived the explosion, it said...
According to the BBC's Newsnight programme, the fragment of the timer -- found embedded in a charred piece of clothing three weeks after the bombing -- was never tested to confirm if it had actually been in a blast.
Anyone who's watched a tv detective show knows that crooked police officers sometimes plant false evidence in order to frame an innocent person for the crime (and see this video).
Or police sometimes plant false evidence to convict someone who really is a criminal, just to strengthen the case.
In that light, remember that Seymour Hersh - the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who uncovered the Iraq prison torture scandal and the My Lai massacre in Vietnam - wrote:
Many of the investigators believe that some of the initial clues that were uncovered about the [9/11] terrorists' identities and preparations, such as flight manuals, were meant to be found. A former high-level intelligence official told me, "Whatever trail was left was left deliberately -- for the F.B.I. to chase".
And see this.
In addition, the passport from one of the 9/11 hijackers was found a couple of blocks from the Twin Towers. But the passport-owner's hijacked plane was almost completely lodged in the building's core.
The government stated that the areas inside the Twin Towers where planes crashed were infernos so hot that they caused the collapse of the massive steel cores in the center of the towers. Indeed, the New York Times points out:
A combination of an uncontrolled fire and the structural damage might have been able to bring the building [World Trade Center building 7] down, some engineers said. But that would not explain steel members in the debris pile that appear to have been partly evaporated in extraordinarily high temperatures(pay-per-view). Note that evaporation means conversion from a liquid to a gas; so the steel beams in building 7 were subjected to temperatures high enough to melt and evaporate them.
There is also substantial eyewitness evidence by fireman, engineers, hazardous waste experts and others that the World Trade Center had molten metal under the basement for many weeks after 9/11, despite a torrent of water pouring on ground zero.*
If the timer fragment couldn't have survived the Lockerbie explosion, a paper passport couldn't have survived the catastrophic destruction of the Twin Towers.
course, if the passport was ejected from the plane prior to explosions
and fire, then it might have survived. But it would be quite a