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Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation [Paperback]

Richard A. Marquise
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September 1, 2006 087586449X 978-0875864495
Pan Am Flight 103 was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988, killing 270 people and changing the way the world looked at terrorism. FBI Special Agent Richard A. Marquise led the U.S. Task Force which included the FBI, Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency. He managed all aspects of the investigation, Examining first the broad question of motive, the book sets the bombing in the context of world events. Then it looks at the original suspects, a Palestinian terrorist group which had been based in Germany, along with various popular theories regarding who was behind the sinister plot, from the view of the man who "lived" Lockerbie for over 12 years. The author analyzes the findings of the Scottish court and shows what it took to bring two Libyans to trial at a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands over 12 years later. This first hand account gives the reader a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a major international criminal investigation and outlines the organizational structure the United States and Scotland put in place to address this international crime, now a model for international interagency cooperation on questions of terrorism. * Richard A. Marquise was involved with the investigation from its inception and, after being named to lead the task force, led the investigation through the return of indictments in 1991. He played an active role through the trial. In August 2001 he received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service following the successful resolution of the trial. Mr. Marquise is an expert in the fields of counter terrorism and crisis management, both as an investigator and as a manager. His 31-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) included the role of 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. 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 and internationally. Mr. Marquise holds a Masters degree from the George Washington University. 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.

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Algora Publishing (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087586449X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875864495
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both a Compelling Story and Definitive History April 21, 2009
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The Lockerbie bombing is one of the most significant terrorist/ mass murder cases in history. SCOTBOM tells the inside story of the lengthy and intricate investigation. It is also a testimonial to the tenacity, honesty, and integrity of the hundreds of law enforcement officers who scoured the fields around Lockerbie and later the world to find bits of evidence to put the case together. Although the bombing took place in 1988, the international task force formed to solve the crime confronted issues that are timely today. Their efforts continue to be a model for international terrorist investigations. Dick Marquise is the consummate FBI professional. His account of how evidence was painstakingly gathered and how the investigation unfolded is both a compelling story and definitive history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Story October 6, 2006
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The events that led to the conviction of the Pan Am 103 assasins would be dismissed as improbable were they not true. This reads like a fast paced novel, and has all the momentum of a film while remaining focused on the facts of the investigation. Marquise comes through as a modest man with an immense capacity for work, inspired by the families of the victims and determined to find justice. What justice was relaized was his achievement. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally the Truth December 1, 2006
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There have been an array of books written about the tragedy of Pan Am flight 103. From bereaved families to conspiracy theorists, everybody has a theory with every theory being ultimately self-serving or just plain wrong. This book is an accurate and detailed book about the investigation of this case. Mr. Marquise was intimately involved in this investigation and provides an inside look to an extremely complex case involving multiple jurisdictions from different countries. Other authors seem to assume this investigation could be conducted like any investigation in the US. This is just not true and Mr. Marquise makes that very clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would Make a Great Case Study Textbook November 15, 2008
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It is hard to believe it has been nearly 20 years since Pan Am 103 was blown out of the sky over the tiny town of Lockerbie. Richard Marquise tells the inside and compelling story of the FBI's role in helping bring at least some of the terrorists to justice. It is interesting to review Pan Am 103 in the context of a 9/11 world: Today, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are focused on prevention rather than prosecution of terrorists.

But we see that in this case, not only were some of the (albeit lower level) terrorist brought to justice, but it's the only case I am aware of where a ruthless dictator eventually cried uncle, in no small part as a result of this investigation and prosecution. Gadaffi admitted responsibility for PA 103, gave up nuclear weapons a few years later, and even recently agreed to pay millions of dollars to the victim's families to put this event behind Libya.

Because this is a fairly detailed and technical book, I would highly recommend it as a textbook for an upper level undergraduate, or even a graduate class in National Security Studies or International Relations; jamesmcasey.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Effective Overview of the Investigative Efforts February 11, 2010
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While there are those who are always inclined to believe a conspiracy theory, Mr. Marquise's book does an excellent job of laying out the flow of the investigation into the Pan Am 103 bombing of December 1988. Readers will finally understand the context of the false leads, changing stories, and other factors that have led to beliefs that other parties, including the PFLP-GC and Iran, may have been involved in the bombing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scotbom observations July 3, 2007
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I feel Richard presented an excellent review of the sequence of events that lead up to the terrorist act and an even better chronicling of the investigation following the disaster. His attention to detail and his understanding of the investigative and political complexities of a multi-agency effort made this a very interesting read. F Uteg
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