Anonymous U.S. ‘intelligence sources’ have informed the (Clinton) news network CNN that a bomb planted on board likely brought down MetroJet flight 7K9268 on Saturday. British intelligence has supported these claims, and Great Britain and Ireland have suspended airline flights over the Sinai peninsula and to Sharm El Sheikh until further notice. As the country where western Siberia-based charter airline MetroJet had overseas registration and through which it leased its used A321 aircraft, Ireland is participating in the investigation with Russia, Egypt and France (perhaps the French involvement is due to dual French-Russian national/s among the victims, or alternatively due to France being the home country of the multinational European airline manufacturer Airbus Industrie).
While mainstream media have said U.S. signals intelligence (NSA?) may’ve have intercepted terrorist communications related to a bomb plot, and other reports have hinted at U.S. SBIRs (space based infrared) satellites detecting an explosion on board but no signs of a surface to air missile launch; others have been more circumspect.
Russian and Egyptian authorities have refused to rule out mechanical failure yet, and claims that explosive residue have been found on passengers luggage have been disputed and remain unconfirmed as of Wednesday evening Eastern U.S. time on November 4, 2015.
As of late Wednesday night U.S. Eastern time CNN headline news was that U.S. intelligence suspects ‘someone at the [Sharm El Sheikh] airport’ may have sabotaged or planted a bomb on the Russian-chartered Airbus A321 airliner
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-WA), a member of the U.S. House select committee on intelligence, has also refused to rule out a catastrophic mechanical failure.
For now, Russian and Egyptian media are leaning towards foul play, by reporting that the black box data revealed the plane most likely brought down by an explosion in one of the engines that broke the fuselage apart in mid-flight. According to these reports the pilots had little to no time to react or send out a distress signal, contradicting initial reports that they had contacted Cairo’s control tower requesting an emergency landing or even tried to contact air traffic controllers in Turkey.
Leave it to The Daily Telegraph (Torygraph) to accuse the Russians and Egyptians of having self-interested motives by downplaying the terrorism angle, rather than waiting for all the forensics to come in from the now-repatriated victims’ bodies and personal effects:
When flight 7K9268 first crashed on Saturday, claiming 224 lives, both government suggested the aircraft had been brought down by a technical fault. However, critics say that both governments’ stance reflects a degree of self-interest.
Russia is anxious that a terrorist attack could be a response by the Islamic State to its recent bombing campaign against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Egypt, meanwhile, knows that terrorist involvement could scare away foreign holidaymakers from Sharm el-Sheikh, one of its few thriving tourist resorts four years on from the Arab Spring.
Downing Street declined to comment in detail on the reasons why it now suspected that a bomb could have been planted on the plane.
But Wednesday’s statement follows a conversation between the prime minister, David Cameron, and Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Eygptian president.
Mr Sisi, who is due to make an official visit to Downing Street today as part of a three-day visit, is believed to have discussed the progress of the plane crash investigation with Mr Cameron.
Many questions remain to be answered, regardless of the Islamic State claiming responsibility for bringing down the plane. Is the footage supposedly depicting the airliner at altitude released by ISIS authentic, which in turn would suggest a level of coordination heretofore beyond ISIS known capabilities (and therefore state sponsorship of the airline takedown), or fake?
Who is the young Slavic man speaking in Russian threatening Putin in the Islamic State’s latest released video? And how soon will Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) find out this ‘white’ ISIS jihadist’s name and last known whereabouts? How many of the young man’s associates at the mosque he may’ve converted at are FSB or Kadyrovsti (pro Moscow Chechen) informants?
Is security at Sharm El Sheikh as lax as many Westerners insist or was this an ‘inside job’ that required not only ISIS infiltrating the airport’s ground crews and possibly security, but also expert knowledge of exactly where to plant a bomb on the Airbus 321’s air frame?
Space Based Infrared (SBIR) data that’s a slam dunk but the world will never see and is never referred to again after the first week following MH17 except by hash tag guarding Twitter trolls like @MJoyce2244
AMTV does a decent job summarizing what was known early this week about what brought down MetroJet charter flight #7K9268
Logically, if the U.S. government is telling the Associated Press that American infrared detection satellites picked up the heat signature of an explosion on 7K9268 but not a missile launch, this raises some awkward questions about what Washington presented regarding MH17. Why after so much time has the U.S. held back what it has from satellites regarding the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, even the ‘classified’ version of a BUK missile launch or ELINT radar signature, from Dutch Safety Board (DSB) investigators, much less the general public?
Russian officials say the Metrojet plane broke up in the air 23 minutes after takeoff after reaching an altitude of 31,000 feet. Since then, Metrojet, the plane’s owner, has continued to operate flights in and out of Sharm el-Sheikh, insisting that the crash was due to an “external impact” rather than a technical malfunction or pilot error. That has put them at odds with the Kremlin, which has said that technical or human error cannot yet be ruled out.
Two US officials told The Associated Press last night that American satellite imagery detected heat around the jet just before it went down. They said that the infrared activity could mean a bomb blast, but equally be from an engine on the plane exploding due to a malfunction. A missile striking the Metrojet was ruled out, because neither a launch trace nor an engine burn had been detected.
Given how the U.S. intelligence community has basically released nothing regarding MH17, only Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s assurances that ‘we know’ and ‘we saw the [missile] hit, we saw the plane disappear [from radar]’, the following lines slamming the Egyptian investigators for allegedly putting the terrorism-wracked country’s tourism industry ahead of the truth smacks of hypocrisy. As does the implication that the Russians would somehow hide or even could pretend to the skeptical Russian people that an act of terrorism had not occurred out of concerns that it would be linked to their military action in Syria.
MetroJet operators: only an ‘external impact’ would have caused the disaster, NOT pilot error or mechanical failure…but no explosive traces? Youtube blogger ‘Spiro’ discusses the disaster of Japan Air Lines flight 123, which plunged to earth 12 minutes after take off in 1985, due to a bulkhead failure. He mentions TWA Flight 800 and how authorities blamed that disaster on a wing tank blast after ruling out a fuel cell explosion
It’s as if braindead mainstream media reporters, even those who cover Russia for a living and therefore are without excuse, forgot the Caucuses Emirate terrorists pledged allegiance to ISIS and vowed attacks inside Russia months before the Russian air campaign in the Mideast or #7K9268.
Jim Hall, a former chairman of the US National Transportation Safety Board, said that enough time has transpired for Egyptian and Russian investigators to determine what took down the plane, but in his experience Egyptian investigators were “very reluctant to suggest anything that is not approved at the highest levels of the Egyptian government.”
“If that’s the same situation today in Egypt, then they will be putting the country’s self-interest ahead of the investigation,” he told the Telegraph.
He said the anonymous statements of intelligence officials to US media indicate that the US does not trust the Egyptian investigation.
“I don’t think we would have seen these reports today out of US intelligence if they felt the Egyptians would have made that information public themselves.”
Though Cairo is coordinating the investigation, much of the analysis is taking place in Moscow, where Mr Hall says laboratories are “second to none”.
The Russians have been mum on the possibility of terrorism as well, however.
“Since Glasnost the Russian investigation agency has been very transparent and very forthcoming. But it appears that under President Putin’s leadership, that may have changed. This will be a test to see whether that’s the case or not,” Mr Hall says.
With lines like these, it’s not surprising that Justin Raimondo tweeted out about how UK Daily Telegraph editors can find a way to spin even a story about a supposed common enemy of Russia and not only the West, but the entire civilized world, into another dig at Putin and the Kremlin:
Cameron’s announcement will infuriate Putin
Peter Foster, the Telegraph’s Europe Editor, says David Cameron’s announcement this afternoon that Downing Street believed a bomb brought down the MetroJet plane will not be warmly recieved in Moscow.
David Cameron’s decision to intervene in the mystery of the Sinai air crash by speculating that a bomb may have bought down Flight 7K9268 will have been greeted with cold fury in the Kremlin.
For the last five days, leaders in Moscow and Cairo have been adamant that the jet’s downing last weekend was an accident – possibly the result of a catastrophic engine failure – but it is safe to assume that Downing Street did not speculate about “explosive devices” lightly.
Both the debris pattern observed in the Sinai Peninsular, as well as reports that some of the bodies were charred in such a way that suggested to an explosion had already cast doubt on the Kremlin’s version of events.
If a terror attack is indeed confirmed, the finger of blame will inevitably point to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) which has vowed to seek revenge against Mr Putin for his decision to enter Syria’s civil war last month on the side of Bashar al-Assad.
Of course the Torygraph story is engaging in grotesque spin. Russian media did initially strongly hint that the plane went down in an accident with stories about the pilot complaining of a shoddy maintenance history and a prior accident history involving the tail almost coming off the now 18 year old jet in the early 2000s. But that is NOT the same thing as the Kremlin officially coming out and declaring the incident a tragic accident before investigators have had the chance to do their jobs. It is a measure of how corrupt Western mainstream media have become that they immediately ‘knew’ who shot down MH17 and how within hours if not minutes of that false flag, but months later declared when ‘Kremlin trolls’ pressed for actual U.S. satellite photos or other direct evidence without Ukrainian and social media middlemen that the DSB/JIT investigations were ongoing and therefore that data had to be held back.
On CNN (if anybody still watches that network outside airport lobbies and hotels) it’s wall to wall full speed ahead with the terrorism angle, featuring such self-proclaimed ‘experts’ on the Islamic State as non-Russian, non-Arabic speaking Daily Beast ‘reporter’ Michael D. Weiss. The same Michael D. Weiss who wrote that by bombing anti-Assad jihadists the Russians had been acting as ‘ISIS Air Force’, ignoring the Islamic State’s best air cover has consistently from NATO member state and U.S. ally Turkey:
For our part, the Russia Analyst suspected terrorism from the get-go, not only as a matter of ‘gut feeling’, but due to the FlightAware/Radar data on how the plane dropped like a rock, indicating a catastrophic level of damage that left the pilots little time if any to react. Even the complete separation of the tail from the aircraft due to metal fatigue in the repaired area would’ve probably given the pilots a few seconds to minutes to put out maydays as the jet plunged to earth. However, unlike the presstitutes or the ‘anything goes, forget what I said/wrote last week’ corners of the alternative media, we do not instantly jump to conclusions we cannot support by evidence or prior historic examples.
The Guerrilla Economist and James Winston Smith the Russia Analyst discuss the MH17 false flag operation and the elaborate SBU Ukrainian set up for it on the one year anniversary, July 17, 2015
A Ukrainian Orthodox kontakion for the departed from the choir of the Kiev Pechersk Monastery (lyrics published in English here)
Give rest, O Christ, to Thy servant with thy saints:
where sorrow and pain are no more;
neither sighing but life everlasting.
Thou only art Immortal, the Creator and Maker of man:
and we are mortal formed from the dust of the earth,
and unto earth shall we return:
for so thou didst ordain,
when thou created me saying:
“Dust thou art und unto dust shalt thou return.”
All we go down to the dust;
and weeping o’er the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.