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The Ministry of Truth and Malaysian Air 370

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COMMENT: Never have we seen the news media–The Ministry of Truth in the most literal, Orwellian sense–behave more shamefully.

(We admit that their whitewashing of the outright fascists and Nazi/OUN/B heirs in the Ukraine might equal the cover-up of the apparently willful destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.)

The same Islamist/Muslim Brotherhood elements figure into this investigation as into 9/11 and–most recently–the Boston Marathon bombing.

Some thoughts in this regard: 

  • The plane was piloted by Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a committed follower and political associate of Anwar Ibrahim, a key Malaysian Muslim Brother.
  • The plane was almost certainly diverted from within, by someone with considerable expertise.
  • The flight simulator in Shah’s home had data erased from it.
  • Anwar Ibrahim–Shah’s political idol–was a founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a Muslim Brotherhood front that was investigated in connection with the Operation Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002.
  • Ibrahim is part of the political milieu of GOP bigwig Grover Norquist.
  • Key Bin Laden associate Tarik Hamdi was employed by IIIT.
  • The day the plane disappeared, pilot Shah’s mentor and idol was sentenced to five years in prison for sodomy.
  • The New York Times, among others, has obfuscated the sinister political reality and connections of Shah and Ibrahim.

“Malaysian Opposition Leader Calls Speculation About Pilot of Missing Jet ‘Absurd’ ” by Robert Mackey [The Lede]; The New York Times; 3/21/2014.

EXCERPT: Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, dismissed speculation that the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, a supporter of his movement for democratic change, might have hijacked the plane for political reasons, in an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News on Friday.

As The Lede explained on Wednesday, the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was reportedly described by an unnamed government official as a “fanatical” supporter of Mr. Ibrahim, a remark that was widely misinterpreted by journalists and bloggers.

Speaking to the Channel 4 correspondent Jonathan Rugman, Mr. Ibrahim criticized the Malaysian government’s handling of the investigation into the missing Flight 370 as “clear incompetence” and said that any attempt “to cast aspersions on the pilot purely on the basis of political leanings is absurd.” Captain Zaharie was, according to Mr. Ibrahim, “very passionate about freedom and democracy,” and “a good professional pilot,” who simply did not fit the profile of an Islamist radical. . . .

“Malaysia Asks F.B.I. For Help in Plane Case” by Chris Buckley and Michael Schmidt; The New York Times; 3/20/2014.

EXCERPT: . . . . As the possible break in what had been a fruitless search was being pursued, the Malaysian authorities were seeking help from the F.B.I. to help retrieve deleted computer data from a homemade flight simulator belonging to the captain of the Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished 11 days ago, their first request for high-level American assistance in solving the mystery of the missing plane. . . .

. . . .Investigators have said the plane’s extraordinary diversion from its intended course was probably carried out by someone who had aviation experience. The Malaysian police, who found that Mr. Zaharie had built a flight simulator at his home, said Wednesday that some data had been erased from the simulator on Feb. 3, more than a month before the ill-fated flight.

Evidence suggests that whoever diverted the plane knew how to disable its communications systems and program course changes, and the data recorded in the pilot’s flight simulator may shed light on whether he was involved. . . .

“Slate Whitewashes Muslim Brotherhood Ties of Malaysian Pol ‘Fanatically’ Supported by Pilot of Missing Plane” by Robert Spencer; Jihad Watch; 3/17/2014.

EXCERPT: Here is reality: “Anwar Ibrahim’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood run deep. Ibrahim helped establish the International Institute for Islamic Thought, or IIIT, a Muslim Brotherhood front group in the United States. IIIT has come under fire for their connections with terrorist organizations. In 2002, Anwar Ibrahim’s IIIT was included in a lawsuit by victims of 9/11 seeking damages from organizations linked to ‘rendering material support to radical Islamism.’ In 2003, US government prosecutors ‘submitted court documents detailing financial support (PDF) from the IIIT for convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad fundraiser Sami al-Arian.’ They also found that Taha Jaber al-Alwani, the president of IIIT had once stated via a fatwa that ‘jihad is the only way to liberate Palestine.’ A US Customs official said that the government is also looking into the possibility that IIIT was involved in ‘terrorism-related money laundering activities.’” . . . .

“International Institute of Islamic Thought”; Wikipedia.com.
EXCERPT: . . . . Tarik Hamdi came to the United States and applied for citizenship providing false information.[30][31] Hamdi worked for Sami Al-Arian, who confessed to providing assistance to the PIJ (Palestinian Islamic Jihad) and later worked for IIIT.

In May 1998 ABC News in pursuit of an interview with Bin Laden had communicated with Mohammad Atef and were directed to Tarik Hamdi as a person who could connect them to Osama Bin Laden. ABC connected with Tarik Hamdi at his place of employment at IIIT. ABC was able to get the interview. Hamdi was able to deliver a Satellite phone battery pack that according to federal agents was used three months later in the bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.[32]

It took until 2005 for Tarik A. Hamdi, who was employed as a publisher at IIIT, to be charged in a federal affidavit of having been the “American contact” for one of Osama bin-Laden’s front organisations.[33][34] . . .

” ‘Democracy is Dead’: ‘Fanatical’ Missing Airliner Pilot Pictured Wearing Political Slogan T-shirt” by Simon Parry, Amanda Parry and Wills Robinson; Daily Mail; 3/16/2014.

EXCERPT: . . . . Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a father-of-three, was said to be a ‘fanatical’ supporter of the country’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim – jailed for homosexuality just hours before the jet disappeared.

It has also been revealed that the pilot’s wife and three children moved out of the family home the day before the plane went missing.

…Captian Shah was an ‘obsessive’ supporter of Ibrahim. And hours before the doomed flight left Kuala Lumpur it is understood 53-year-old Shah attended a controversial trial in which Ibrahim was jailed for five years.

Campaigners say the politician, the key challenger to Malaysia’s ruling party, was the victim of a long-running smear campaign and had faced trumped-up charges.

Police sources have confirmed that Shah was a vocal political activist – and fear that the court decision left him profoundly upset. It was against this background that, seven hours later, he took control of a Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing and carrying 238 passengers and crew.

Zaharie’s co-workers have told investigators the veteran pilot was a social activist who was vocal and fervent in his support of Ibrahim.
‘Colleagues made it clear to us that he was someone who held strong political beliefs and was strident in his support for Anwar Ibrahim,’ another investigation source said. ‘We were told by one colleague he was obsessed with politics.’

In their interviews, colleagues said Zaharie told them he planned to attend the court case involving Anwar on March 7, just hours before the Beijing flight, but investigators had not yet been able to confirm if he was among the crowd of Anwar supporters at court.

…Malaysian officials initially appeared keen not to direct any suspicion towards Zaharie or his co-pilot, 27-year-old Fariq Abdul Hamid, who was last week revealed to have invited two women passengers into the cockpit and smoked on an earlier flight to Phuket.

But evidence of the way the plane’s transponder and communication systems were disabled and the way the plane was expertly flown over the Indian Ocean apparently using navigational waypoints meant only a skilled aviator could have been at the controls. Investigators were also baffled by why, if hijackers took over the plane, there was no Mayday call or signal from the two pilots to say the cockpit had been breached. . . . .

“Janus-Merritt Strategies”; Wikipedia.com

EXCERPT:  . . . . Janus-Merritt Strategies was a lobbying firm founded in 1997 by conservative activist Grover Norquist and then-lawyer David Safavian, who later became better known as the chief of staff in the General Services Administration and for his conviction in the Abramoff-Reed Indian lobbying scandal. . . .

. . . . On December 17, 2001, eleven months after Safavian’s departure, Janus resubmitted its disclosure forms. This time the name of [convicted terrorist Abdurahman] Alamoudi had been replaced by the name of Dr. Jamal al Barzinji, who is also notable as a vice president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).[citation needed] Norquist has refused to release tax records of the firm for the period during which he and Safavian owned the company.[citation needed]

Safavian told the Senate that al Barzinji, not Alamoudi, was his client. “Al Barzinji,” he said, “should have been listed as the client retaining the firm for work related to Malaysian political prisoner Anwar Ibrahim,” referring to the deposed prime minister of Malaysia, who also was a co-founder of the IIIT. . . .

Discussion

3 comments for “The Ministry of Truth and Malaysian Air 370”

  1. Is the CIA already sporting black hole generators?

    Malaysia-Chronicle
    WHAT WAS MH370 DOING TRYING TO DUCK RADAR? M’sian PM under scrutiny amid talk of CIA links
    Written by Malaysia Chronicle

    News that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have flown around Indonesian airspace on the night it disappeared in what may have been a deliberate attempt to avoid radar detection, has taken on a sinister tone.

    The information leaked by a ‘senior Malaysian government source’ comes as Utusan, the newspaper controlled by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno party fuelled belief in the swirling conspiracy theory that MH370’s disappearance was the work of the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

    “If the CIA could arrange for the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, it is not improbable to link MH370 with the intelligence agency,” wrote an editor of the Umno mouthpiece, which has come under frequent attacks and lawsuits for its sensational stories, usually aimed at taking down Najib’s arch rival Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

    “What if the MH370 tragedy had been arranged by certain parties to put Malaysia’s relationship with China in jeopardy?”

    Under pressure to quit

    The 60-year-old Najib had himself muttered similar comments when grilled by reporters in the immediate aftermath of the latest debacle, where a Shanghai tourist and Philippine worker were snatched away from a hotel resort in the middle of the night by armed gunmen who came and left in boats.

    Already under pressure to resign to take responsibility for bungling the MH370 search and rescue operations, Najib was accused of trying to save his own political skin by starting a blame game, although he did not mention any names.

    “This must be avoided. There may be those who are attempting to drive a wedge between us and China. They may be trying to take advantage of the situation,” Najib was quoted saying in Australia by The Star.

    Utusan also said in its Sunday op-ed that conspiracies at the highest levels involving the CIA with the September 11 tragedy were not something new, adding that facts and convincing arguments had been put forward to support this claim.

    “Many parties have accepted that the September 11 incident was a plan by the United States to get a free ticket to attack Afghanistan and Iraq,” said the Utusan op-ed.

    Blame game as the truth from black box nears?

    Meanwhile, CNN had reported a senior Malaysian government source saying that the missing jet made the detour after it had left the range of Malaysian military radar.

    The latest details emerged as new satellite calculations put the likely location of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the same spot where Chinese patrol vessel Haixun 01 detected deep water acoustic sounds on two consecutive days.

    In the strongest lead to date, Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston said the Haixun 01 picked up sounds coming from about 4,500m down, in two locations just two kilometres apart, on Friday and Saturday.

    The searchers are seeking the jet’s two black boxes, the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder. This has raised the possibility the Haixun 01 may have heard frequencies from the two separated boxes from a crashed and broken plane.

    While Mr Houston viewed the developments as positive, he warned against any drawing any conclusions until the sounds had been properly evaluated.

    Note that the Malaysian government subsequently refuted the CNN report that MH370 had intentionally tried to avoid radar detection. Well, ok, the government sort of refuted that report, but not actually:

    The Mayay Mail Online
    ‘Untrue’ that MH370 avoided Indonesian radar, Hishammuddin says

    BY CLARA CHOOI
    April 7, 2014

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — Malaysia denied today reports claiming that MH370 had skirted Indonesian airspace to avoid radar detection.

    Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein told a press conference here that he had instructed Malaysia’s military chief to contact his Indonesian counterpart and that the latter confirmed this.

    “It’s untrue,” he said. “They (Indonesia) confirmed they had no sighting of the plane,” he said at the conference broadcast live on Astro Awani.

    Hishammuddin’s brief response, however, did not appear to directly answer the question raised by a reporter at the media conference.

    Yesterday, a CNN report cited a “senior Malaysian government official” as saying that latest radar readings from neighbouring countries showed that the Boeing 777 aircraft carrying 239 people had avoided Indonesian airspace, possibly to avoid radar detection.

    “What this official says is that after the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 took that left-hand turn, deviated from its path to Beijing, flew across Malaysia…. the official now says that they know from looking at radar data from neighbouring countries that the flight then skirted the radar airspace of Indonesia,” CNN’s senior international correspondent Nick Robertson said in his report broadcast live from Kuala Lumpur.

    The Boeing 777’s flight path clearly showed that someone on the plane was piloting the aircraft in this manner to avoid detection from Indonesian radars, he added, citing the Malaysian source.

    The plane was then deliberately flown around northern Indonesia instead of flying over the country before it headed in a southerly direction towards the Indian Ocean where a multi-nation hunt is currently looking for it, Robertson said.

    The senior correspondent said the new information could now help investigators build a psychological profile on the flight crew aboard MH370, especially the two pilots manning the cockpit.

    In an immediate reaction to the news, CNN aviation specialist Peter Goelz said this further confirms that “what was going on in the cockpit was deliberate”.

    ‘We deny that the plane intentionally dodged radar detection and our proof is that Indonesian radar didn’t detect the plane.’ Is that the response?

    Also note that Anwar Ibrahim has been suggesting that authorities must be withholding information. Why? Because when he was Finance Minister he personally approved of new radar systems that he is confident should have immediately detected a change in flight path:

    The Telegraph
    MH370 Malaysia Airlines: Anwar Ibrahim says government purposefully concealing information
    Malaysia’s sophisticated radar system would have immediately detected Flight MH370 as it crossed the country’s mainland after changing course and should have alerted the air force, Anwar Ibrahim, the opposition leader, has claimed
    By Barney Henderson

    8:30PM BST 03 Apr 2014

    Malaysia’s government is deliberately concealing information that would help to explain what happened to missing Flight MH370, the country’s opposition leader has claimed.

    In a wide-ranging interview that cast doubt on the official investigation into the disappearance of the plane, Anwar Ibrahim said the country’s “sophisticated” radar system would have identified it after it changed course and crossed back over Malaysia.

    Mr Anwar, who personally knew the pilot of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing in the early hours of March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, called for an international committee to take over the Malaysian-led operation because “the integrity of the whole nation is at stake”.

    He indicated that it was even possible that there was complicity by authorities on the ground in what happened to the plane and the 239 people on board.

    In an interview with The Telegraph, he said that he had personally authorised the installation of “one of the most sophisticated radar” systems in the world, based near the South China Sea and covering Malaysia’s mainland and east and west coastlines, when he was the country’s finance minister in 1994.

    It was “not only unacceptable but not possible, not feasible” that the plane had not been sighted by the Marconi radar system immediately after it changed course. The radar, he said, would have instantly detected the Boeing 777 as it travelled east to west across “at least four” Malaysian provinces.

    Mr Anwar said it was “baffling” that the country’s air force had “remained silent”, and claimed that it “should take three minutes under SOP (standard operating procedure) for the air force planes to go. And there was no response.”

    He added: “We don’t have the sophistication of the United States or Britain but still we have the capacity to protect our borders.”

    It was “clearly baffling”, he said, to suggest that radar operators had been unable to observe the plane’s progress.

    As hope fades of recovering the plane’s black box before its batteries start to fail – which could be as early as Monday – Mr Anwar said it was “at the least, incompetence” on the part of the Malaysian government that it is still not known what happened to the plane, but there was also a deliberate “intention to suppress key information”.

    “Unfortunately the manner in which this was handled after the first few days was clearly suspect,” he said. “One fact remains. Clearly information critical to our understanding is deemed missing.

    “I believe the government knows more than us. They have the authority to instruct the air force … or Malaysia Airlines. They are privy to most of these missing bits of information critical to our understanding of this mysterious disappearance of MH370.”

    Mr Anwar indicated that it was a possibility that officials on the ground were complicit in what happened on the plane.

    However, he later added that “the realm of possibilities is so vague, I mean, anything can have happened”, adding: “Whether they (the authorities) are complicit in a terrorist act, I’m not in a position to comment.”

    A source close to the government claimed that Mr Anwar was attempting to exploit the tragedy for political gain.

    “The international media response, completely condemning Malaysia, is unfair. It’s been partly orchestrated by Malaysia’s opposition,” the source said.

    “The government has a duty to the families not to release uncorroborated information that leads to false hope or wild goose chases which hamper the investigation. At every step, international investigation protocols have been followed.

    “The situation is unprecedented. And the search has actually been handled well. The government is coordinating an enormous operation, and both the commanders on the ground and all the international investigators involved have been complimentary about Malaysia’s efforts.”

    “Far from avoiding questions or withholding information, since day one the Malaysian authorities, including ministers, military chiefs, the department for civil aviation and Malaysia Airlines have made themselves available to the media daily. As soon as information has been corroborated, it has been released.”

    Malaysian authorities did not respond officially to requests for comment on Mr Anwar’s accusations, but have previously accused him of politicising the crisis.

    Efforts to recover the plane in the southern Indian Ocean, more than 1,000 miles off the coast of Perth, continued on Thursday night over a search area roughly the size of Poland. A British Trafalgar-class nuclear submarine is helping to hunt for wreckage, including the black box – before it stops emitting pings.

    Mr Anwar, 66, was once deputy prime minister in Malaysia’s ruling coalition, which has governed the country since independence from Britain in 1957.

    However, after falling out with the country’s leaders, he was charged with sodomy, imprisoned twice and beaten in custody. He now leads a pro-democracy coalition of parties that lost last year’s election despite winning over 50 per cent of the popular vote amid allegations of widespread corruption by the government.

    Mr Anwar was convicted for sodomy, an offence under Malaysian law, for the third time just hours before the flight went missing and is currently on bail pending appeal. He claimed that the government moved his court date to stop him standing in provincial elections.

    Investigators and media have focused on the plane’s pilot, Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a passionate supporter of Mr Anwar’s pro-democracy opposition coalition, despite there being no evidence against him.

    Reports have claimed that Capt Zaharie was a “fanatic” who could have hijacked the plane in despair at the latest setback to the opposition leader.

    However, both Mr Anwar and Capt Zaharie’s family have strongly denied any such possibility.

    “After personally having been subjected to such unjust accusations, I strongly feel that you should not cast aspersions against people until you have evidence to support it,” he said.

    “If you say or suggest that the pilot may have been involved, what about the concealing (of information)? He could not have concealed the radar readings. He could not have instructed the air force to remain completely silent. Or the prime minister to remain completely silent. The investigations have got to be far-reaching and open.”

    Describing him as an “ardent supporter”, Mr Anwar said he had had several exchanges with Capt Zaharie and that he “was nice, smart, articulate – but there was clearly a strong passion for justice. He is known to be very attached to the family, a family man.

    “To condemn a person because he is a supporter of democracy is totally unjustified. Having said that, there’s nothing stopping the police or the authorities from conducting an open and fair investigation into anybody – including the radar operators, the defence minister – why are they concealing this information?”

    The disappearance of MH370 has placed the Malaysian government under unprecedented international scrutiny, with persistent criticism that the release of official information has been both inaccurate and inconsistent.

    Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defence and transport minister was criticised on Thursday for claiming that MH370’s disappearance was a “blessing in disguise” because its loss meant he now “understood the beauty of unity, the sweetness of having each other”.

    Note that the ties between Ibrahim and Captain Zaharie are a little closer than indicated in this article. Zaharie is related to Ibrahim’s daughter-in-law.

    We should also probably expect a lot more accusation to get flung about now that Ibrahim opened up the Pandora’s box of impossible radar disappearances. That’s an area where things can get really messy fast.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 8, 2014, 11:10 am
  2. Here’s a bit more on Anwar Ibrahim’s relationship to the captain. The captain was Ibrahim’s daughter in law’s distant uncle:

    The Wall Street Journal
    Anwar Link to Malaysia Airlines Pilot Fuels Political Rivalries
    Opposition Leader Rejects Speculation of Foul Play by Flight 370’s Captain

    By James Hookway and Deborah Kan
    March 18, 2014 12:49 p.m. ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—The captain of the vanished Malaysia Airlines jet and his support for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim have become the latest fodder for political rivals who are accusing each other of exploiting a national crisis.

    Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, one of the pilots of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, is distantly related to Mr. Anwar’s daughter-in-law, and has voiced support for the politician’s People’s Justice Party. Mr. Anwar said he wasn’t well acquainted with the 52-year-old pilot but rejected public speculation that the flight’s disappearance may be due to foul play by Capt. Zaharie.

    “There’s not a shred of evidence to suggest any uncanny action by him or by me,” Mr. Anwar said in an interview Tuesday.

    Mr. Anwar, 66 years old, is seldom far from the headlines in this predominantly Muslim nation of 28 million people. On March 7, he was convicted of breaking Malaysia’s strict sodomy laws by having sex with a male aide, a charge he denies and describes as an attempt to end his political career. He served six years in prison for another sodomy conviction, which he also denies, before it was overturned in 2004. He has denied all of the charges against him.

    Police have ramped up their investigations into Capt. Zaharie and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid after Malaysian officials determined that deliberate action was responsible for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearing from civilian radar screens while en route to Beijing in the early hours of March 8. Investigators searched both men’s houses over the weekend. Malaysian and foreign intelligence agencies haven’t reported anything in their backgrounds that suggests links to terrorist or criminal organizations, a person familiar with the situation has said. In a series of media interviews, Mr. Anwar has criticized how authorities have placed Capt. Zaharie and 26-year-old Mr. Fariq at the fore of the investigation. Mr. Anwar also dismissed speculation that he or his political cause were somehow involved.

    Capt. Zaharie, who is a distant uncle to the politician’s daughter-in-law, is “a party loyalist” who doesn’t hold any position at the People’s Justice Party—part of the three-party People’s Alliance that nearly unseated Malaysia’s ruling National Front coalition in elections last year.

    “[Capt. Zaharie] has been very passionate about reform, about democracy and freedom in Malaysia,” Mr. Anwar said, adding that he met the pilot only briefly at political-party meetings and social gatherings.

    The opposition leader, currently free on bail pending appeal on his latest conviction, also took the opportunity to chide the Malaysian government’s handling of the investigation.

    “The manner, management of the crisis is deemed to be incompetent,” Mr. Anwar said, referring to a series of sometimes contradictory statements from Malaysian officials on the investigation. “They seem to be hiding something. The report is not transparent. This is causing concern. There’s a major outrage among Malaysians.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 8, 2014, 11:59 am
  3. Whoops, wrong initial link on this comment. Here we go.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 8, 2014, 3:44 pm

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