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The Ministry of Truth and Malaysian Air 370

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [1] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

[2]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 [3] ele­ments fig­ure into this inves­ti­ga­tion as into 9/11 [4] and–most recently–the Boston Marathon bomb­ing [5].

Some thoughts in this regard: 

“Malaysian Oppo­si­tion Leader Calls Spec­u­la­tion About Pilot of Miss­ing Jet ‘Absurd’ ” by Robert Mack­ey [The Lede]; The New York Times; 3/21/2014. [12]

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. [7]

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. [13]

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. [11]
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. [6]

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 [10]

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. . . .