June 2: Gillespie and TIGHAR — Again

Two months have passed since I posted an entry on this virtually invisible blog, where only a scant few intrepid souls dare to tread. Just as I was beginning to wonder why we haven’t lately heard from Ric Gillespie and TIGHAR (which has also become an acronym for deceit and misdirection in the Earhart disappearance), they turn up in the headlines once again, like the bad pennies they are.

Apparently it took nearly a full year before Gillespie could conjure up a new reason to fleece the unwary and justify yet another trip back to  godforsaken Nikumaroro Atoll, where he insists he can find Amelia Earhart’s Electra, if only he’s given enough OPM (other people’s money). How many times have we seen this despicable song and dance? I’ve lost count.

 “Amelia Earhart’s Plane Revealed in Sonar?” Discovery News asks its uninformed  readers to consider in its May 29 edition. “A grainy sonar image captured off an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati might represent the remains of the Electra, the two-engine aircraft legendary aviator Amelia Earhart was piloting when she vanished on July 2, 1937 in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator,” Discovery News reporter Rossella Lorenzi writes.

 Released by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating Earhart’s last, fateful flight, the images show an “anomaly” resting at the depth of about 600 feet in the waters off Nikumaroro island, some 350 miles southeast of Earhart’s target destination, Howland Island.

… “We currently project that it will take nearly $3,000,000 to put together an expedition that can do what needs to be done. It’s a lot of money, but it’s a small price to pay for finding Amelia,” Gillespie said.

Loathe to miss another golden opportunity to keep its readers across the pond as stupid as possible, the UK’s Daily Mail echoed the Discovery News story two days later in its Mail Online edition, asking “Is this Amelia Earhart’s plane? Sonar image from uninhabited Pacific island could show remains of aviator’s aircraft Electra that disappeared in 1937.”  The extensive high-tech photo and graphic layouts in both articles are hugely overdone, as if both publications are trying to force-feed Gillespie’s latest red herring to their readers.  For anyone remotely informed about the Earhart matter, to label these stories and Gillespie’s claims utterly ridiculous is an exercise in abject understatement.

Pouring gasoline on a roaring fire of mendacity, Lorenzi reports that a “number of artifacts recovered by TIGHAR during 10 expeditions have suggested that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, made a forced landing on the island’s smooth, flat coral reef.”  What Lorenzi fails to tell readers is that NONE of the artifacts Gillespie has dug up on the trampled-over island has ever been connected to Earhart or Fred Noonan, her navigator, that hundreds of U.S. Coast Guard LORAN Station personnel and Gilbertese settlers lived on Nikumaroro for over 20 years between 1940 and the early 1960s, and that the media’s continuing embrace of Gillespie’s third-hand, long-debunked theory is pure disinformation, meant to keep the public ignorant about the facts in the Earhart matter.

This time Gillespie wants $3 million to seek out the source of this “sonar” hit or whatever. It’s getting very difficult to read this crap anymore. With Gillespie, TIGHAR and their media accomplices, it’s just the same hag dressed up in different clothes. What it does show, beyond a doubt, is how alive and well the Earhart cover-up is, and how heavily invested the establishment is in keeping the masses in the dark about the truth. 

No observers in their right minds would give Gillespie a dime after 10 trips to Nikumaroro and nothing to show for it, so why would an objective media, without an agenda, spend two lines in promoting Gillespie’s constant failures?  Once again, Gillespie has proven Amelia Earhart was never on Nikumaroro, and once again, he’s going to be rewarded for it with a fat payday. Don’t ask me where I think the money to fund these unending Pacific cruises comes from.

The Mail Online article saved the worst for last, dismissing the truth in two sentences, which actually is more than most news organizations will spend. “A few theorists reckon that she Earhart was spying on Japan and had been captured and executed,” the unnamed Daily Mail reporter wrorte. “This theory has been discounted by the American authorities and press.” Just WHY American authorities and the press have discounted this “theory,” of course, is not mentioned, nor is the location of Earhart and Noonan’s deaths — SAIPAN.

 If you’re curious, and you’ve somehow stumbled upon this blog, I suggest that the truth about these and other questions about the so-called “Earhart Mystery” can be found in my book, Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.

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4 responses

  1. *Mike,* * * *Great rebuttal to RG’s latest fraud. I saw it earlier this week and thought, well, he is upping the ante. Last year, he only wanted $2M; this year it is $3M. His expenses at home must be going up (is he building a new home?). You KNOW he (as its Executive Director) HAS to be pocketing a big portion of these “donations” as his salary. What a fraud, as I said. ‘Course, you must be careful of libel. He probably has a set of lawyers on retainer for a full-court press against any detractors. Keep up the good fight, Brother.* * * *Sonny*

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  2. And in further news, more notices from the people you wish would go away but never get called on the carpet by the media!

    =>http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/06/27/photos-could-prove-amelia-earhart-lived-as-castaway/

    >SIGH< Like a bad sci-fi serial, this story just won't die…

    ******************************************************************
    On the other hand, Amelia may be lucky that she "disappeared."
    At least her death photos haven't been posted online and commented by degenerates and the most wretchedly opportunistic weasels…

    I've literally seen the maggots scramble over the body of poor Jane Wicker, the wingwalker who died in a crash along with her pilot, Charlie Schwenker, at the recent Dayton Air Show.

    The video of the crash was played nationally all over the news. More disturbing were the posted hi-res images showing her body mutilated split-seconds after impact and just before her plane exploded… These were posted in such "pithily named" blogs and forums with the names "Real Gore" and "Disturbing Accidents."

    As we debate the nation's intelligence agencies spying on civilians and basically turning our country into another authoritarian, monitored state along the lines of China, I was unfortunately reminded of the depravity online that has convinced some that online censorship and government monitoring is necessary.

    I seem to recall that people thought a loss a of "a little freedom" after 9/11 was also necessary, too… and look where that notion has gotten us now!

    -GeorgeC

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  3. “This time Gillespie wants $3 million to seek out the source of this “sonar” hit or whatever.”

    Yep, “whatever” – it’s a huge risk, isn’t it?

    And it will be the market place among a free people who decide whether to contribute, or not, to make it happen, or not. What is that to you?

    I enjoy the long-shot search; what you think of me because of that matters not at all. You’re free to blog away in protest here, of course – and I’d defend that freedom to the end; just as I will defend my own ability to make choices.

    Well written blog pieces, though – good style. Nothing wrong with honest debate, for sure. If you allow this to be posted then I commend you.

    But I am curious – you see TIGHAR as deceitful in this search. Just whom do you see as ‘truthful’ in the search, that we who are interested in chasing a 75+ year old mystery (on which I spend less than most kids spend on video games…) should ‘believe in’ as having the absolute right path to discovering the answers? Anyone, or do you see the whole thing as a waste?

    That wasn’t clear to me, just wondering. If one does like such pursuits then one should look around and realize there aren’t that many determined games in town to go after such answers. Maybe crazy to you; fun for others.

    “As we debate the nation’s intelligence agencies spying on civilians and basically turning our country into another authoritarian, monitored state along the lines of China, I was unfortunately reminded of the depravity online that has convinced some that online censorship and government monitoring is necessary.

    I seem to recall that people thought a loss a of “a little freedom” after 9/11 was also necessary, too… and look where that notion has gotten us now!”

    That’s an interesting contradiction, George, you can’t have it both ways – there is either censorship, or not. Who would be the censor, you? Why would a liberty-loving American stand for that? If you think the 9/11 mentality has been costly, try condoning censorship; just be sure you are ‘in charge’ – otherwise you may find your own preferred reading (and blogs) censored as well…

    All the open-minded thought out here boggles the mind; all it really is is another point of view with sharp opinion about what other folks ought to or ought not be doing in a free society.

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  4. Ah, Mike – having now read ‘About Mike Campbell’ I see that you regard the mystery as ‘solved’. Explains things well enough.

    Saipan. Dry hole for me, but good to realize where you are coming from.

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