MH17 Perception Deception: Truth 0% Spin 100%

In the 21st century the US may be incapable of winning wars or even pursuing its own national interest but the media manipulation around the shoot-down of MH17 proves it is reaching new heights (or depths) in the art of perception management.

This article, by Ray McGovern originally appeared at Consortium News. The author is a retired CIA analyst of 27 years. He served as chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch, and prepared and personally conducted early morning briefings of the President’s Daily Brief.

During a recent interview, I was asked to express my conclusions about the July 17, 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, prompting me to take another hard look at Official Washington’s dubious claims – pointing the finger of blame at eastern Ukrainian rebels and Moscow – based on shaky evidence regarding who was responsible for this terrible tragedy.

Unlike serious professional investigative reporters, intelligence analysts often are required by policymakers to reach rapid judgments without the twin luxuries of enough time and conclusive evidence. Having spent almost 30 years in the business of intelligence analysis, I have faced that uncomfortable challenge more times than I wish to remember.

So, I know what it feels like to confront issues of considerable consequence like the shoot-down of MH-17 and the killing of 298 passengers and crew amid intense pressure to choreograph the judgments to the propagandistic music favored by senior officials who want the U.S. “enemy” – in this case, nuclear-armed Russia and its Western-demonized President Vladimir Putin – to somehow be responsible. In such situations, the easiest and safest (career-wise) move is to twirl your analysis to the preferred tune or at least sit this jig out.

But the trust-us-it-was-Putin marathon dance has now run for 13 months – and it’s getting tiresome to hear the P.R. people in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper still claiming that the U.S. intelligence community has not revised or updated its analysis of the incident since July 22, 2014, just five days after the crash.

Back then, Clapper’s office, trying to back up Secretary of State John Kerry’s anti-Russian rush to judgment, cited very sketchy evidence – in both senses of the word – drawn heavily from “social media” accounts. Obviously, the high-priced and high-caliber U.S. intelligence community has learned much more about this very sensitive case since that time, but the administration won’t tell the American people and the world. The DNI’s office still refers inquiring reporters back to the outdated report from more than a year ago.

None of this behavior would make much sense if the later U.S. intelligence data supported the hasty finger-pointing toward Putin and the rebels. If more solid and persuasive intelligence corroborated those initial assumptions, you’d think U.S. government officials would be falling over themselves to leak the evidence and declare “we told you so.” And the DNI office’s claim that it doesn’t want to prejudice the MH-17 investigation doesn’t hold water either – since the initial rush to judgment did exactly that.

So, despite the discomfort attached to making judgments with little reliable evidence – and at the risk of sounding like former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld – it seems high time to address what we know, what we don’t know, and why it may be that we don’t know what we don’t know.

Those caveats notwithstanding I would say it is a safe bet that the hard technical intelligence evidence upon which professional intelligence analysts prefer to rely does not support Secretary of State Kerry’s unseemly rush to judgment in blaming the Russian side just three days after the shoot-down.

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MH17 Investigation: Former Pilots and BUK missile maker speak.

An interim report on the official investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, published in September 2014 said the crash was a result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that struck the Boeing from the outside. However, it did not conclude what the objects were, where they came from, or who was responsible.

The Kiev government and most of Western news media have unequivocally blamed eastern Ukraine militias and Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry shared radar data pointing to other possibilities in July 2015 – including an attack by a Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet, which was said to have been tracking the passenger plane.

While an official international investigation into the crash has been dragging on for nine months, the debate into the cause of the tragedy has been once again reignited by recent comments from the chief designer of the SU-25.

from Russia Today

Kiev-born Soviet and Russian aircraft designer Vladimir Babak said on Monday that the SU-25 jet – which was spotted tracking the MH17 Boeing at the moment it crashed down – did not have the capability to shoot down a passenger plane. He said the fighter jet could have successfully attacked the Boeing at an altitude of 3,000-4,000 meters, but not at the plane’s altitude of 10,500 meters. He added that air-to-air missiles would have only damaged the Boeing – not completely destroyed it while still in the air.

However, several former top officials and SU-25 pilots disagree with Babak.

Based on the analysis of the plane debris and the nature of the damage, there is a high probability the plane was stuck by an air-to-air missile and an aircraft gun, Claims that the passenger plane was downed by a surface-to-air Buk missile cannot be supported, as the nature of the damage from the missiles is different,” Lieutenant General Aleksandr Maslov, former deputy chief of the Russian Air Defence and Land Forces said.

Disputes about the operational capabilities of the SU-25 jet stem from the Russian definition of the aircraft’s service ceiling – which is not the same as its absolute ceiling, as defined by the US military, Veterans Today senior editor Gordon Duff commented.

“The claimed service ceiling is based on the oxygen supply in the aircraft. Now, there is a claim that this plane [SU-25] will only work to 22,000 feet. At the end of World War II, a German ME-262 would fly at 40,000 feet, a P-51 Mustang propeller plane flew at 44,000 feet. The SU-25 was developed as an analogue of the A-10 Thunderbolt, an American attack plane. The planes have almost identical performance, except that the SU-25 is faster and more powerful. The A-10 Thunderbolt has a service ceiling of 45,000 feet. The US estimates the absolute ceiling, which is a different term,” Duff explained.

Duff said one cannot be entirely sure the detected fighter jet was an SU-25 at all, as modern radar spoofing counter-measures – such as those designed by BAE Systems and employed by NATO – are able to mask any other aircraft, be it an SU-27 or F-15, as another plane.

Duff also said he has discussed the possibility of the MH17 flight having been hit by a ground-to-air missile with experts from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), the FBI, the Air Line Pilots Association, as well as air traffic and air operational officers – and they all agreed that no proof of anti-aircraft missile use has been provided to the public.

It is highly unlikely that the launch of such a missile would have gone unnoticed in the area, Duff stressed, adding that the trail left by the rocket in the air would have been witnessed and filmed by “thousands.”

“There is no reliable information supporting that it was a Buk missile fired by anyone,” he added. The known estimate for the absolute ceiling of the SU-25 is 52,000 feet (15.8km), he added.

Gordon Duff on MH17 (via LiveLeaks)

German authorities knew threat to MH17 and did nothing

In spite of the claim from the rent-boy president Barack Hussein Obama that he had ‘conclusive proof’ the Malasian Airlines Boeing 777, flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine by Russian separatists, no such proof has so far been forthcoming. All we have from Obama can be suymmed up as “You whitey gotta believe me because I’se black.”

Meanwhile the trickle of information that leaks out from those involved in the investigation of the outrage becomes more and more disturbing.

Take this from 4 Bit News for example:

You would expect that “the authorities”, you know those government organisations who are paid for by the people, would carry out a responsibility to their citizens if they thought there was an impending and substantial threat to life wouldn’t you. Well, you would in a modern democratic, western country at least – yes? Not so!

The German authorities were aware of the risks of flying over war-torn eastern Ukraine before Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down last July, but failed to inform local air carriers of the danger. A diplomatic cable by Germany’s Foreign Ministry a few days before the tragedy warned that the situation in eastern Ukraine was “worrying,” but “the authorities” decided it was a good tactic to warn no-one, not even their own national carriers.

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MH17 – Evidence mounts for jet fighter involvement

from 4 bit News:

Which camp are you in? Was it the Russians or the Ukrainians? New radar data indicating that military aircraft were in the air near Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 when it crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 has been released by a Russian air safety consultancy. The consultancy provided a snapshot representing the readings taken by a radar station located in Russia’s Rostov, near the Ukrainian border, shortly before and about 20 minutes after the MH17 crash.
According to Sergey Melnichenko, CEO of Aviation Safety consultancy, there were one or two warplanes in the air close to the Malaysian airliner.

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And of course we must remind all those who shouted “It was Putin wot done it,” that so far we have not seen a single shed of evidence to back up Barack Obama’s claim to ‘conclusive evidence’ that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing was brought down by pro Russia separatists with Russian military assistance. Good thing we didn’t go to war over the jug eared jihadists ludicrous allegations isn’t it?

Mainsteeam Media Suppressing News About Fligh MH17 Inquiry

Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 News Developments Being Suppress By Mainstream Media.

Given the tarnished reputation of mainstream media after decades of its reporting only news favourable to establishment political and corporate interests, it ought not to surprise anybody that television and print news organisations have been suppressing news of developments in the quest to discover the truth about downed Malaysia Airlines Beoing 777, Flight MH17.

Read The Daily Stirrer post on this story:
Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 News Developments Being Suppress By Mainstream Media.

Back in August the excellent Washington’s Blog reported a whistleblower leaking detains of a five nation conspiracy to make sure the truth about the shooting down of flight MH17 never emerged. Now why would they do that unless they knew the information would be damaging to US / EU leaders and their neo Nazi stooges in Kiev.

Here’s a snippet from that Washington’s Blog report:

Regarding what caused the downing of the Malaysian airliner MH-17 in Ukraine on July 17th, the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, reported in a brief Russian-language news story on August 12th, that four days earlier (August 8th) a representative of that nation’s Prosecutor General office, Yuri Boychenko, had said that (as auto-translated by google), “the results [of the investigation] will be announced upon completion of the investigation and with the consent of all the parties who signed the corresponding agreement.”

This UNIAN report said that, “As part of the four-party agreement signed on August 8 between Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia [all of which nations are allies of the United States and are cooperating with its new Cold War against Russia], information on the investigation into the disaster Malaysian ‘Boeing-777’ will not be disclosed.” In other words: the official ‘investigation’ is being carried out by four nations that, as U.S. allies, are hostile toward Russia.

One of those four nations, Ukraine, is not only a prime suspect in possibly having shot this airliner down, but is currently waging a hot war to ethnically-cleanse the pro-Russian population out of southeastern Ukraine; and the initial ‘news’ reports in Western ‘news’ media regarding the downing of MH-17 had said that this airliner was probably downed by the local rebels there, who were trying to shoot down the Ukrainian Government’s bombers that are constantly bombing them.

Some Western ‘news’ reports even speculated that perhaps Russia itself had shot this airliner down. If the UNIAN news-report is correct, then there is no way that the ‘investigation’ will be able to be released to the public if it indicates that the Ukrainian Government (which, according to that news-report has veto power over the making-public of the study’s findings) is blamed for having shot the airliner down.

MH17 prosecutor open to theory another plane shot down airliner: Der Spiegel

Oh why bother pretending, I just LOVE saying I told you so:

from Der Spiegel via Reuters

Dutch prosecutors investigating the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 believe the aircraft might have been shot down from the air but that a ground-to-air missile attack is more likely, a senior prosecutor said in a German media interview.

The Russian government has always said it has radar imagery proving the fully laden Boeing 777 was shot down by a Ukrainian military aircraft flying in its vicinity, but Western officials have never publicly accepted this scenario.

In an interview published by German newsmagazine Der Spiegel on Monday, prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said the Dutch would ask Moscow to provide the information that had led them to believe a Ukrainian aircraft was nearby.

So what happened to that ‘compelling evidence’ the Rent Boy President, Barack Hussein Obama claimed to have that proved beyond reasonable doubt that “it was Putin wot done it, he’s a Russian, what more proof do you need?”

It seems there was no compelling evidence. We are still no nearer knowing what really happened, but the fact that western governments are backing off from their position the “The Russians are the bad guys so that proves they did it,” really proves they have no evidence that would stand up in court.

I will await apologies from reality deniers, but not with bated breath because it’s likely to be a long time until the reality deniers are likely to be ready to acknowledge the reality that I’m smarter (and funnier) than them.

Foley Beheading Outrage Staged Say Experts

It’s ironic in view of the fact that so many recent Little Nicky Machiavelli and Boggart Blog post centering on the story of Malaysia Airlines flight mh17, that the two subsequent lead stories in world news, the starving of the Yazidi n Iraq by ISIS rebels and the beheading of American journalist Michael Foley have turned out to be not quite what the mainstream media reported.

What has held the attention of Little Nicky about the MH17 saga was not so much the atrocity itself as the determination of one particular blogger (and his imaginary friends) at this site to deny the authenticity of any evidence suggesting the attack was a false flag staged by the Kiev government in order to give US rent-boy President and Coke-addict-In-Chief an excuse to start a shooting war with Russia, while simultaneously offering as evidence to support his “It were Putin wot done it,” narrative the explanation that “our side don’t tell lies’.

Even the CIA have refused to back Obama’s version of events and the latest leak from the top secret cover – up investigation of the MH17 disaster is even more shocking. but I will deal with that elsewhere.

Over the weekend as hysteria increased over the alleged beheading of Michael Foley the first rumours that the event may have been staged were met with the inevitable cries of ‘conspiracy theory’.

I did not watch the video so I can’t say if the video looked like amateur dramatics or not. In these cases I reserve judgement (as I did in the case of the downed Boeing 777 – and I’ve lost count of the time I’ve explained to the want-war blogger that disbelieving the Americans does not imply that one believes the Russians.)

In the case of the jounalist, obviously neither I not anybody else can say if he is still alive but perhaps a prisoner, was killed in crossfire, was captured and executed in a less barbaric way or if the whole thing is a fabrication. All I know is this time the cries of ‘conspiracy theory’ hve quickly evaporated to be replaced by claims of fakery such as the one reported in The Times.

What we should remember is that while western leaders were prepared to accept at face value the beheading story because it suited their purpose, they were very eager to accept the equally dodgy narrative from the US / EU backed neo-nazi junta in Kiev because the USA is set on dragging its allies into a war with Russia and China.

That ‘our’ side are just as evil as ‘the dark side’ is too shocking for the leftie screechers to get their little heads round.

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and finally

Jim Foley beheading a Fake? in http://www.abovetopsecret.com starts with these words:

“Did anyone watch it? Don’t worry it doesn’t show anything gruesome. Why would ISIS use special effects? Why would they fade out before the gruesome part? Terrorist have shown beheadings in the part. If ISIS is so sadistic as being labeled, why would they sensor a beheading?”

… and goes on to point out the obvious flaws and errors in the video posted online.

The problem many people have of course is that they are so afraid of learning that western governments are really no different from those governments we have been told for decades are our enemies, they must now keep thesmselves in complete denial of reality.

Demand Swells for Straight Answers on MH 17 incident in Ukraine

There are some idiots out there who wil tell you they are left wing, while displaying a love of authority and a desire for war that exposes their dishonesty, who will try to tell you Little Nicky Machiavelli is about the only blogger who still believes the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine was probably a false flag event intended to provide an excuse for the USA to declare war on Russia.

Little Nicky may be influential but he is certainly not influential enough to prevent a bloodthirsty neo Nazi like Barack Obama going to war in order to serve the interests of his paymasters.

Here is another news story that will not make mainstream media.

Call For Independent Inquiry of the Airplane Crash in Ukraine and its Catastrophic Aftermath.

from War Is A Crime

A long list of prominent individuals has signed, a number of organizations will be promoting next week, and you can be one of the first to sign right now, a petition titled “Call For Independent Inquiry of the Airplane Crash in Ukraine and its Catastrophic Aftermath.”

The petition is directed to “All the heads of states of NATO countries, and of Russia and the Ukraine, to Ban-ki Moon and the heads of states of countries on the UN Security Council.” And it will be delivered to each of them.

The petition reads:

“Set up an impartial international fact finding inquiry and a public report on the events in Ukraine to reveal the truth of what occurred.

“Why is this important?

“It’s important because there is so much misinformation and disinformation in the media that we are careening towards a new cold war with Russia over this.”

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That’s not Conspiracy Theory. It is the measured language politicians and diplomats.

Of course, there are facts material to the understanding of this case that could change public perception. Many Americans for example are unaware of the Washington / EU attempt to expand NATO’s by recruiting former Soviet Republics Ukraine and Georgia in breach of binding treaties made with Russia after the break up of The Soviet Union, or of what actions Russia views as aggressive and threatening.

But when a particular incident appears to be set up as a proximate cause for war it is well worth our time to insist on an exposure of the facts. Doing so does not accept that any outcome of the inquiry could justify war between the west and Russia (which would be supported by its allies China and Iran. Rather it is to prevent the imposition as truth of an unproven allegation that would be used to justify the declaration of war.

What if the Gulf of Tonkin had been investigated 50 years ago this month? What if the independent inquiry that Spain wanted into the USS Maine had been allowed? What if Congress hadn’t swallowed the one about the babies taken from incubators or that hilarious bit about the vast stockpiles of WMDs? Or, on the other hand, what if everyone had listened to John Kerry unskeptically on Syria last year?

News Beacon Ireland points out (my emphasis):

When a Malaysian airplane went down in Ukraine, US Secretary Of State John Kerry immediately blamed Vladimir Putin, but has yet to produce any evidence to back up the accusation. Meanwhile, we learn that the U.S. government is looking into the possibility that what happened was actually an attempt to assassinate Putin. Those two versions, the one initially announced with no apparent basis and the one reportedly now being investigated in secret, could hardly be more different. That the second one is under consideration makes it appear very likely that any serious proof of the former claim has not been found.

Which about sums up the case the want-war brigade are making. They are still peddling lies even the liars of the Obama Administration are backing off.

and then there’s this …

US And Ukraine Fabricated Evidence To Blame Russia And The Rebels

There is now a growing body of irrefutable evidence which points directly to the MH17 shoot down being a classic false flag operation. Each piece of evidence definitively places at least three nations at the scene of both the crime and the cover-up.

Whereas the Ukraine government and military executed this cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians, most likely under the direct supervision of the CIA, the US and UK governments have been implementing the non-stop coverup and false flag operation.

Read more at Storyleak:

and this:

The Propaganda and Politics of MH17

from New Eastern Outlook

The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) is a tragedy that will be remembered for years to come. However, the way in which the West has distorted the facts about what happened is no mere accident. Rather, it is a clear attempt by Washington and its allies and proxies to capitalize on the incident, using it as a weapon in their continued belligerent and aggressive policies toward Russia.

Recent days have seen a deluge of propaganda from both the US Government and the western media (especially US media) which, despite being short on facts, has attempted to place the blame for MH17 squarely on Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin. While this certainly is no surprise given the public demonization campaign of Russia throughout the conflict in Ukraine, it undoubtedly crosses the line from laughable to utterly irresponsible and dangerous. Given the already icy relations between the two countries, it seems that Washington has as part of its strategy the inflammation of tensions.

But why? What does the US political establishment, which includes both major parties, hope to gain from this tragedy? Or, perhaps more specifically, how does the United States plan to capitalize on the incident? The propaganda, spin, and outright lies from Western media cannot be understood in a vacuum. Rather, they must be recognized as part and parcel of the larger political agenda of the West both in Ukraine, and Eastern Europe as a whole.

Continue reading at New Eastern Outlook

Are you starting to get the picture. The want-war lunatics might tell you they have logic and reason on their side and no serious news site opposes them, but most of those people like to delude themselves that they are scientists, so you might expect they have trouble with basic arithmetic and thus don’t understand what ‘completely outnumbered means’

US TV news: Zero evidence to prove MH17 shot down by pro Russian rebels

Little nicky and his friends at Boggart Blog have had our share of fun with shills for America’s war of economic salavtion, who seem to be getting more and more upset with us. The problem is of course that right after malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down over Ukraine, we said calims by US President Barack Obama that US military surveillance agents had ‘compelling evidence’ the pro Rusdian separatists in Ukraine had shot down the aircraft seemed a little too quick off the mark and made the disaster look like another US sponsored false flag attack.

The pro war shills said, “It was the rebels, Barack Obama said so and what evidence could be more conclusive than that.”

Since then of course, Little Nicky and Boggart Blog have produced mountains of evidence pointing to the US / EU supported illegal neo fascist regime in Kiev having carried out the attack. This has come from souces as diverse as Malaysian Newspaper New Straits Times, Times of India, Huffington Post, The Socialist Network, and independent American and German military aviation experts (find all our posts on the topic HERE

The shills keep banging away, trying to discredit any evidence offered, but are easily swatted away. So far they have despite having been challenged to do so on many occasions.

Let’s see what they make of this summing up of the lack of evidence against the rebels, from AMTV, an american news magazine program that goes out on the MTV channel.

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MH17 – Little Nicky Machiavelli Told You So

Well once again Little Nicky was bang on (although it must be said that while evidence that Ukrainian jets shot down the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 is impressive it is not quite conclusive ,) but read the information and make up your own mind. And don’t be influenced by any clown who might come along and announce that he said ‘science, science, science’ and there was a flas h of lightning, a clap of thunder and he found himself back in Kansas suddenly all the answers were revealed to him.

Evidence Is Now Conclusive: 2 Ukrainian Government SU-25 Fighter Jets Did Shoot Down that Malaysian Airliner. No ‘Buk’ Missile Ground-Shot Was Involved.

from Eric Zuesse – RINF

Further to my July 31st article, “First Examination of Malaysian MH-17 Cockpit Photo Shows Ukraine Government Shot that Plane Down,” have provided links and leads to independent additional confirmatory evidence, to such an extent that I now feel confident enough to say that the evidence on this matter is, indeed, “conclusive.” Here is all of that evidence, which collectively convinces me that pilot Peter Haisenko’s conclusion there, is, indeed, the only one that can even possibly explain this wreckage:

“There have been two or three pieces of fuselage that have been really pockmarked with what almost looks like machine-gun fire, very very strong machine-gun fire.” This remarkable statement comes not from Haisenko, but from one of the first OSCE investigators who arrived at the scene of the disaster. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ze9BNGDyk4 and it’s right there.

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A few days after Heisenko’s bombshell, a second German military aviation expert came to the same conclusion.

We still await the “compelling evidence” Barack Obama claimed the USA held which “proved beyond doubt” that pro Russian separatists in Ukraine were responsible. The US government has been back peddaling for a week and their latest idiocy is that the “black box” flight recorder will reveal the truth of what happened.

It will not of course, it will only prove that the aircraft was ripped apart by an explosion which was caused by a missile hit. The flight recorder cannot know who fired the missile or what type of missile it was. Similarly the claim that the black box voice recording of the pilot and co pilot’s final verbal exchanges may confirm that either the missile was fired from the ground or from the two Ukranian air force jets that were shadowing the Boeing, but if it was fired from the ground, pilots in a plane flying at 32000 feet cannot have seen who fired it (particularly since the crew of a BUK missile launcher are in an enclosed compartment.

Forensic examination of the wreckage may identify what type of explosive was used, where it was made and where the missile was made. But again we know that the Ukraine military have Russian missiles armed with Russian warheads which are presumably armed with Russian explosive. The Russians also have this kit and it is possible the rebels got hold of such hardware too, although it is not known whether they did.

What I’m saying here, having been anti – war since the 1960s myself, is pay no heed to the warmongers who call themselves ‘the left’, ‘liberals’ or ‘progressives’. Their bids to start wider conflicts over Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria have failed and now their destabilisation of Ukraine in the hope of provoking Russia has failed.

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