Two U.S. officials tell ABC News the U.S. believes that the shutdown of two communication systems happened separately on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. One source said this indicates the plane did not come out of the sky because of a catastrophic failure. The data reporting system, they believe, was shut down at 1:07 a.m. The transponder – which transmits location and altitude – shut down at 1:21 a.m.
In another words, the two modes of communication were “systematically shut down.” This also means flight MH370’s disappearance may well have been a deliberate act, not an accident or catastrophic malfunction. Pentagon officials said its destroyer USS Kidd is being mobilized to Indian Ocean (instead of Straits of Malacca) to begin searching. Why was the U.S. so sure?
It’s because the missing Malaysian flight’s “Airplane Health Management” system continued to “ping” a satellite on an hourly basis after it lost contact with radar. Actually, Boeing 777-200 wasn’t transmitting data to the satellite, but rather sending out a signal to establish contact. Boeing offers a satellite service that can receive a stream of data during flight on how the aircraft is functioning. Malaysia Airlines didn’t subscribe to that service, but the system was automatically pinging the satellite anyway.
If the above is true, then you can bet your last penny that the jumbo jet is somewhere around Indian Ocean. The U.S. intelligence is the most secretive on planet Earth but when they open their mouth, especially in such crisis, you can be cocksure about their accuracy. Inconsistency and flip-flop would be the last thing in their vocabulary, unlike Malaysian government. But why it takes till now for U.S. to reveal this mind-boggling puzzles?
Well, it’s all about U.S. and China military games. This crisis is not only about a missing commercial flight but also invites the question about military technology strength between the U.S. and the Chinese. That was why China immediately retracted its “accidently” published satellite image about the possible wreckage position yesterday. It was a disastrous revelation, military security speaking.
Even though the released satellite image had gone through multiple layers of deliberate degradation, obviously to hide its actual capability, the U.S. technology can easily reverse the process to get the actual quality and hence the Chinese technology capability and know-how, and that’s disastrous to China. The last thing you want to do is to allow your opponents know about your satellite’s technology.
Does this mean the U.S. knew about the location of MH370 much earlier? Of course, but why should they show their cards before the Chinese? After all, the bulk of the passengers are the Chinese, not Americans. But now that the Chinese had “accidently” released their satellite photos, the U.S. has nothing else to “test” thus the revelation about what they know (or rather knew) to the public.
If the U.S. were to tell the world this on the first day of the crisis, it openly tells the Chinese that the U.S. is actually monitoring the entire Asia’s flights, both commercial and military, in real-time. If it’s true that flight MH370 is now laying on the bed of Indian Ocean (world’s third largest ocean), it comfirms earlier news from Wall Street Journal about U.S. investigators’ suspect that the plane had stayed in the air for another 4 to 5 hours in its detour after it made the turn-back, based on “pings” sent.
Heck, if you wish to know, the U.S. spy satellites did not even detect a midair explosion at the time flight MH370 lost contact with air traffic controllers or in the hours immediately afterward. Sure, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had rubbished flatly about the plane stayed in the air for hours during a press conference yesterday, but time will tell if he lied again. Well, if we really have to choose, we would rather bet 10-bucks on Indian Ocean than Straits of Malacca.
Still, it doesn’t answer the question why Malaysia Air Force fighter jets weren’t scrambled to intercept the UFO (flight MH370) when it appeared on the military primary radar. The answer given by authorities – it was not hostile. But shouldn’t this raise a red-flag which needs further (immediate) confirmation since this was a new pattern – that such an aircraft appeared on the radar screen after a u-turn with no communication?
Otherwise how do you know it was not another 9-11 suicide attempt? In another words, can another 9-11 attack be carried out easily in Malaysia simply because the Malaysia Air Force will do nothing as long as the military primary radar shows non-hostile commercial planes, no matter what’s the pattern? And why need four days to establish the fact that flight MH370 had indeed made a turn-back? Is this the same turnaround time for confirmation in case of a future, possible 9-11 attempt on Malaysia?
Like it or not, the whole episode shows a loophole in the country’s security as far as turnaround time in identifying possible 9-11 wannabe attempts is concerned. And we thought the country is superb secured since the government likes to scream non-stop “In the name of National Security …” whenever questions were being asked. Nevertheless, the question of who deliberately fly the plane into Indian Ocean is still a big question mark, assuming the plane has indeed crashed into the ocean purposely.
No doubt this is a complex and complicated operation, no one is questioning that. But that doesn’t mean the authorities should keep all the information to themselves. The joke of how the crisis is being handled is this: first – foreign news will keep churning out latest breaking news; second – Malaysian authorities will keep deny all of them; third – the above process repeats itself every day. Let’s hear what Mr Rambo Hishammuddin has to say about the Indian Ocean revelation during his scheduled press conferance later, shall we?
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