After six days of silence, as if to answer those of us wondering what became of Tom McInerney, FOX News brought back the retired general last night to chat — very briefly — with prime time diva Megyn Kelly, whose mission seemed to simply let McInerney off the hook for his statements to Sean Hannity six days earlier (see previous post), indicating he had inside knowledge that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had been hijacked to Pakistan.
Last night the general would only tell Kelly that the latest Inmarsat projection that the missing jetliner crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean more than 1,000 miles off Perth “doesn’t pass the common sense test” and that “we shouldn’t let our guard down” until the plane is found.
“It is not normal for a Muslim to commit suicide and take 238 people with him,” McInerney said, apparently forgetting that it’s been quite normal for some, shall we say, “activist Muslims” to strapon homemade bombs and take as many of their enemies as possible with them to meet Allah. You might recall the Marine Corps Barracks or Khobar Towers bombings, among other highlights of U.S. Mideast involvement.
“We must err on the national security side,” the general said, “if in fact we don’t find records, then I would not let our guard down. … It’s much better for the United States and its allies if he did go there and commit suicide. … Why did he have to go down there [off Perth]? That’s what doesn’t pass the common sense test.”
The brief exchange between Kelly and McInerney seemed staged and intended only to slighly “walk back” McInterney’s incendiary statements to Hannity of March 20. We still know nothing more than that the plane is still missing, no debris has been identified and the technical gibberish being offered to justify the conclusion that the plane went in the drink stinks of disinformation. Something is certainly rotten in Kuala Lumpur.
The quest for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is beginning to look more and more like the unending search for Amelia Earhart’s Electra on Nikumaroro on steroids — a complete charade meant only to distract and misinform the public, and provide more fodder for the Discovery News Earhart disinformation program.
In the case of the missing Malaysian jetliner, the entire international community is the target audience, which raises questions about our politicized media that have long needed asking. Outraged relatives of the missing passengers — two-thirds of whom are Chinese, demonstrated loudly outside the Malaysia embassy in Beijing yesterday, demanding more information from Malaysian authorities, who have been notoriously unforthcoming and incompetent in their investigation of the missing plane.
In what is becoming eeerily reminiscent of the false claims coming from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) during their seemingly endless 26-year Earhart search, today Reuters reports that “new satellite images have revealed more than 100 objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be debris from a Malaysian jetliner missing for 18 days with 239 people on board, Malaysia’s acting transport minister said on Wednesday. The latest sighting came as searchers stepped up efforts to find some trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, thought to have crashed on March 8 after flying thousands of miles off course.”
Similar false reports have been the mainstream media template for at least a week. The claim that some sort of debris that could be from the missing Boeing 777 has been spotted by satellites is all we hear from our esteemed media pundits. It’s as if the word has gone out — from who or what is the question — that this is the story and you’d better stick to it.
Nothing more has been heard from FOX News analyst, retired Gen. Tom McInerney, who told Sean Hannity on March 20 that sources about whom he couldn’t “say anything” have told him that the jetliner “may have landed in Pakistan. And I believe that airplane landed,” McInerney told Hannity on his primetime Fox show. “I believe that airplane landed. And I’ve listened to a lot of aviation experts, and none of them know anything about radical Islam. … Yeah, I still maintain it was hijacked. And for anyone to say, Well, they had a fire or something — look, we never heard a mayday.
“All the communications,” the general continued, “the coms, the UHF/VHF satcom, to our knowledge were never turned off. And so they could have talked, if they wanted. … It surprised me, too. And what have we heard from our own intelligence agencies about certain airfields, particularly the one near Quetta, Pakistan. As I mentioned the other day on the radio, the distance from Lahore to Beijing, excuse me, Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and Kuala Lumpur to Lahore, Pakistan, is 2,700 miles, equidistant. Isn’t that a coincidence?”
Since McInterney’s comments to Hannity, ZERO about the hijacking possibility has been seen or heard from any news agency that I’m aware of right now. It’s as if McInerney’s appearance was a unplanned mistake that will not be repeated on major air anytime soon. Those who say that we would have heard from hijackers by now, claiming credit or making demands, aren’t considering that the barbarians who dominate the third-world ‘stans understand very well how the element of surprise can be their ace in the hole in future terror attacks.
Only Tammy Bruce talked about it on her show two nights ago, though of course it’s possible other minor radio hosts may have done so as well. But major networks seem frantic to tell us that the plane went in the Indian Ocean thousands of miles off Western Australia, the last place anyone would expect it to be. Call me paranoid or conspiratorial, but if 26 years of study in the Earhart disappearance has taught me anything, it’s that the media can’t be trusted. And the more important the story, the less truth we get from the media.
I think it’s not too early to ask if the reporting about the disappearance of Flight 370 is going to loosely parallel the false Coast Guard and Navy conclusions when Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went missing in 1937. The truth about Earhart and Noonan, who landed at Mili Atoll, were picked up by the Japanese and taken to Saipan, where they died miserable deaths, has yet to be officially admitted by the U.S. government. The Earhart cover-up, chronicled in detail in Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, was not the last sacred cow our establishment elites created and nurture to protect their corrupt interests and rear ends, both political and financial. Could Flight 370 be the next one, for even more despicable reasons on the part of our establishment elites?
Something to consider as you watch the latest dispatches about the new garbage spotted by satellites.
As we enter the 14th day in the thus far futile search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, hope is beginning to fade as the media circus cranks into full overdrive, and incoherent TV news people and their legions of experts offer up any number of wild theories as to what could have taken the Boeing 777-200ER out of the earthy plane of existence and into the Twilight Zone.
A CNN host actually suggested that a black hole might have been responsible for the missing airliner, asking panelists if it was really so “preposterous” to consider a black hole as a possibility? But a former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo, brought the group back to earth when she said, “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that.”
As of this writing, bad weather near in Perth, Australia, early Friday is making the search for possible pieces of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean more complicated. A freighter used searchlights early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected the debris.
Officials called this the “best lead” of the nearly two-week-old aviation mystery, when a satellite detected two objects floating about 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia and halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic. The development raised new hope of finding the vanished jet and sent another emotional jolt to the families of the 239 people aboard.
CBS reported that the “objects spotted on the satellite images were at the extreme southern end of the projected southern search corridor, so in an area where all earlier information suggested crews might expect to find the missing jet. The largest object could be one of the Boeing 777’s wings.” They won’t find it there, or anywhere else in the water, is this observer’s guess.
Others say that if the airliner has been hijacked to Pakistan or some other third-world backwater where news coverage is nonexistent and the locals are happy simply to be fed by their masters, our government woudn’t announce it to the public, although media insiders might be let in on the secret. That way, negotiations could proceed and the lives of the 239 aboard might be saved, and blah, blah, blah.
What really gets me are the many pundits who insist on comparing the Malaysia Flight 370 mystery with the last flight of Amelia Earhart, as if these two events actually share real commonalities. It makes no difference that these smug luminaries know nothing of the Earhart disappearance, and actually believe that the so-called Earhart “mystery” is real, when it’s in fact a government-media illusion in its 77th year of popularity.
I won’t get into all the details and differences, but let’s look at just a few. In July 1937, Amelia and her world-class navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Lae, New Guinea, in their twin-engine Lockheed Electra 10E at 10 a.m. local time, their destination Howland Island, a barren speck, about two miles long and a half-mile wide, just north of the equator in the central Pacific, about 1,900 miles southwest of Honolulu and 200 miles east of the International Dateline. The flight had never been accomplished or even attempted before, but Noonan was confident he could navigate them to Howland safely, where a makeshift landing strip had been cleared amid the many thousands of resident gooney birds.
Please, let’s not compare the primitive Electra 10E with the Boeing 777, and the well-worn flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing to the perilious Lae to Howland stretch over empty ocean. Our heroes had good radio equipment, for the day, but had left their most powerful transmitting device, their 500-kilohertz trailing antenna, behind in Miami for no discernable reason. Many think this mistake was their fatal one. If you want a description of the incredible high-tech communications capabilities of Flight 370, please look elsewhere.
The last words that Malaysian air traffic controllers heard, at 1:19 a.m., were those of the co-pilot saying “All right, good night,” as if all were well. Amelia’s last message to the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca, at 8:44 a.m. Howland time, was one of the few the cutter received from her during the final few hours of her ostensible approach to Howland. Amelia’s final message was notable for its shrill tone, some calling it “panicked,” others recalling it as “high pitched” and describing her as sounding very worried.
Twenty hours and 14 minutes after departing Lae, Amelia transmited her infamous last message: “WE ARE ON THE LINE 157-337,WILL REPEAT THIS MESSAGE, WILL REPEAT THIS MESSAGE ON 6210 KCS. WAIT LISTENING ON 6210 KCS. WE ARE RUNNING NORTH AND SOUTH.” The message was received on 3105 at signal strength 5. “She was so loud that I ran up to the bridge expecting to see her coming in for a landing,” Itasca Chief Radioman Leo Bellarts told researcher Elgen Long in 1973. But Amelia wasn’t there, she was on her way to Mili Atoll, as those who are familiar with the facts well know.
The Earhart matter has been covered up and the truth suppressed since FDR learned that the Japanese had her on Saipan, possibly even before she arrived there, sometime in the late summer or early fall of 1937, at the latest. How is this comparable to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? But when the media says these two events, separated by nearly 77 years, are similar, they must be.
The biggest media “tell” of all came last Friday, when Megan Kelly of FOX News invited TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie to join her panel of “aviation experts” to discuss what might have happened to Flight 370. Here FOX exposed itself as just another in the long line of mainstream organizations who shill for the establishment’s false narrative in the so-called Earhart mystery. How can FOX News – or anyone else, for that matter, consider Gillespie, who has made 10 failed trips to Nikumaroro (Gardner Island) and failed to find a single item that could be connected to Earhart or Noonan, an expert on how to find a lost jetliner? Please, tell me.
Yet there sat the TIGHAR chief, ensconced comfortably among the real experts, and Kelly actually asked him a question. He mumbled something about Amelia Earhart, and Kelly looked quite intrigued. That’s what I was told, anyway. Welcome to today’s “news,” where perception is reality, and the truth is an orphan.
The few Earhart enthusiasts who regularly read this blog are aware that the second of the two major storylines that describe Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, the near-total media blackout of the book, has greatly overshadowed its most important aspect – its presentation of the most comprehensive and compelling case ever for the presence and deaths of Amelia and Fred Noonan on Saipan. I won’t name the various radio hosts, newspaper people and bloggers who’ve pledged to help, only to slink away and ignore me after they learn the unpleasant facts about the wretched ends of our two heroes almost 77 years ago. They’re even worse than the masses who never reply at all.
The ugly truth in the Earhart case simply doesn’t fit into the rose-colored worldview of the vast majority of our media types, even the few known as “honest conservatives,” or those who’ve gained similar accolades from their slavish fans. It’s not PC and “it’s not artistic,” as Rosie Perez told Billy Hoyle, Woody Harrelson’s character in White Men Can’t Jump, as they argued about winning versus losing on a bus ride in South Central Los Angeles. If that weren’t enough, the truth remains a sacred cow, off-limits in polite society and verboten in the media. On top of all this, it’s just not important anymore, what happened to a pair of Americans who landed in the wrong place the Pacific in 1937 and paid for it with their lives. Most under 50 have never heard of Amelia Earhart. No wonder I had no competition when I took on this story in 1988, and Thomas E. Devine only shook his head when I asked him why no big time reporters had ever called him or knocked on his door.
Now, of course, we have the continuing cover-up and mystification of the Earhart disappearance — her loss still officially considered as among the 20th century’s greatest puzzles; its irresolvable nature long ago became an accepted piece of our cultural furniture that none but a scant few even questions anymore. And don’t forget, the wonderful Japanese people have been our best allies in the region since 1945, and we don’t want to re-open old wounds or embarrass our friends, do we?
At the risk of being accused of extreme redundancy and even sour grapes, I must say it again: The establishment’s aversion to the truth in the Earhart case is very real, and it has been trending even worse than normal until only recently, when a distant point of light emerged from the most unexpected place I could have imagined.
In mid-December, Larry Knorr, Sunbury Press publisher, advised me that he had received a phone call from Kay Alley, vice chair of the Kansas Chapter of the Ninety- Nines, the international organization of licensed women pilots, with over 5,500 members from 35 countries. Ms. Alley asked Larry if she thought I might be interested in speaking at the Ninety-Nines South Central Section Fall Meeting, to be held in Wichita, Kansas, the last weekend of September, 2014. Is the Pope a Catholic? I’ve talked to Kay a few times already, thanked her profusely for this golden opportunity, and after a few meetings with her planning committee, she has assured me that it will happen. Kay also says that two other aviation groups that are having conferences at the same time in Wichita have expressed their interest in having me speak to them, so this could be even bigger than we initially envisioned. “Surprised” doesn’t begin to describe my reaction to this completely unforeseen development.
Here’s more about the remarkable organization that is the Ninety- Nines, who elected Amelia Earhart as their first president, taken directly from the Kansas Chapter’s website:
The organization came into being November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. All 117 American female pilots had been invited to assemble for mutual support and the advancement of aviation. Louise Thaden was elected secretary and worked tirelessly to keep the group together as we struggled to organize and grow until 1931, when Amelia Earhart was elected as first president and the group was named for the 99 charter members.
Today Ninety-Nines are professional pilots for airlines, industry and government; we are pilots who teach and pilots who fly for pleasure; we are pilots who are technicians and mechanics. But first and foremost, we are women who love to fly!
Our Headquarters, located at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is home to our large archival records, video oral histories, personal artifacts, collections and memorabilia, and biographical files on thousands of women pilots from around the world. This is also the site of our 99s Museum of Women Pilots.
To say this elite group of women pilots is pure “establishment” would be an abject understatement. The Ninety-Nines are universally respected as the ultimate group of professional female aviators – “aviatrixes” in the old parlance. For them to recognize the existence of Truth at Last at all is more than any establishment organization, outside of a few chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Kiwanis group and some senior assisted living facilities in Jacksonville have done so far. But the Ninety-Nines carry serious weight, and others who have previously looked askance at this book may reconsider after the September event. This presupposes that my presentation will be good, and so I’ll do all I can to be as ready and professional as I can. I’ve already begun to assemble a comprehensive power point presentation that will tell the Truth at Last story in 90 minutes, and there’s plenty of time to polish it.
Finally we’re going to get a real break, an opportunity to make friends and influence people, all because just one woman likes my book, recognizes the truth and is placed where she can make a difference. That’s all it takes, so basically, I suppose the lesson here is that it’s all in God’s hands. Perhaps the most amazing irony of all –it’s almost impossible for me to label this a coincidence – is that the Kansas Chapter of the Ninety Nines is, of course, the chapter of Amelia’s state of birth.
A few others who want to help this cause are also beginning to emerge. David C. Henley, the publisher emeritus of the Lahontan Valley (Nevada) News, has promised to do a story for the Carson City newspaper, the Nevada Appeal, after he takes some photos of the old Garapan jail on Saipan during a forthcoming visit to the scene of the crime, and I’ll be on Truth Frequency Radio this Sunday, March 9 at 5 p.m., EDT. A few other things are in the works, but it’s too early to announce anything.
So please stay tuned. As I’ve told Larry Knorr several times, “This book has not yet begun to fight!” Nor have I.