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When I read that the report on the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine was being
put in the hands of the Dutch, I knew that there would be no investigation and no attention to the facts.

And there wasn’t.

I did not intend to write about the report, because Washington’s propaganda has already succeeded, at least in the Western world, in its purpose of laying the blame on Russia. However, the misrepresentation of the Dutch report by Western media, such as NPR, is so outrageous as to make the media the story and not the report.

For example, I just heard NPR’s Moscow correspondent, Corey Flintoff, say that the missile that hit the airliner was fired by Ukrainian separatists who lack the technical ability to operate the system. Therefore, the missile had to have been fired by a Russian.

There is nothing in the Dutch report whatsoever that leads to this conclusion. Flintoff either is
incompetent or lying or he is expressing his view and not the report’s conclusion.

The only conclusion that the report reaches is one that we already knew: if a Buk missile brought down the airliner, it was a Russian-made missile. The Dutch report does not say who fired it.

Indeed, the report places no blame on Russia, but it does place blame on Ukraine for not closing the airspace over the war area. Attorneys have stated in response to the report that families of those killed and the Malaysian airline itself are likely to file lawsuits against Ukraine for negligence.

Of course, there was nothing of this in Flintoff’s report.

As I wrote at the time of the airliner’s destruction, the Western media already had “the-Russians-did-it” story ready the moment the airliner was reported to be shot down. This story was very useful to Washington in hardening its European vassal states into sanctions against Russia, as there was some dissent. What Washington has never explained and the Western media has never asked is: What motive did separatists and Russia have to shoot down a Malaysian airliner?

None whatsoever. The Russian government would never allow such a thing. Putin would have immediately strung up those responsible.

Washington’s story makes no sense whatsoever. Only an idiot could believe it.

What motive did Washington have? Many. The demonization of Russia made it impossible for
European governments to resist or abandon the economic sanctions that Washington is using to
break economic and political relationships between Europe and Russia.

ORDER IT NOW

The Russian manufacturer of the Buk missile has proven that if a Buk missile was used, it was an old version that exists only in the Ukraine military. For some years the Russian military has been equipped with a replacement version that has a different signature in its destructive impact. The damage to the Malaysian airliner is inconsistent with the destructive force of the Buk missile in Russian service. The reports were given to the Dutch, but no effort was made to replicate and verify the validity of the tests conducted by the manufacturer of the missile. Indeed, the Dutch report does not even consider whether the airliner was downed by Ukrainian fighter jets. The report is as useless as the 9/11 Commission’s report.

Don’t expect any acknowledgement of this by the Western media, a collection of people who lie for a living.

The reason that the West has no future is that the West has no media, only propagandists for government and corporate agendas and apologists for their crimes. Every day the bought-and-paid-for-media sustains The Matrix that makes Western peoples politically impotent.

The Western media has no independence. An editor of a major German newspaper has written a book, a best-seller published in Germany, in which he states that not only he himself served the CIA as a reliable purveyor of Washington’s lies, but that every significant journalist in Europe does so also.

Obviously, his book has not been translated and published in America.

NPR, like all of Western media, has lost its integrity. NPR claims to be reader-supported. In fact, it is supported by corporations. Pay attention to the ads: “NPR is supported by xyz corporation working to sell you this or that product or service.”

The George W. Bush regime destroyed NPR by appointing two Repuplican female ideologues to oversee NPR’s public function. The two Republicans succeeded in making job security, not reporting integrity, the motive of NPR journalists.

As a person who worked with President Reagan to end the Cold War and associated nuclear threat, I am dismayed that the Western media has failed life on earth by resurrecting the prospect of nuclear armageddon.

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  1. “The reason that the West has no future is that the West has no media, only propagandists for government and corporate agendas and apologists for their crimes. Every day the bought-and-paid-for media sustains The Matrix that makes Western peoples politically impotent.

    “The Western media has no independence. An editor of a major German newspaper has written a book, a best-seller published in Germany, in which he states that not only he himself served the CIA as a reliable purveyor of Washington’s lies, but that every significant journalist in Europe does so also.

    “Obviously, his book has not been translated and published in America. . . .”

    America’s laughable “press” acts as a conduit for Establishment bullshit–nothing more.

  2. the Soros/CIA/Judeo-bankster regime in Kiev has the ATC tape. These globalist mobsters have refused to release it. Case closed: DC ordered the atrocity (see also: 9/11), the Junta did it. The ZOG now operates, and has long operated, via a series of murderous false flags

  3. unit472 says:

    I don’t think anyone believes the Russians or Ukrainian rebels intended to down a civil airliner. The tragedy is that these kind of situations arise when you fire weapons at targets you aren’t sure of. Its rather like hunting accidents on a grand scale.

    When the USS Vincennes downed an Iranian airliner the American ship thought it was doing the right thing to protect itself. Earlier an American ship, the Stark, didn’t fire on an approaching Iraqi warplane and was itself the victim of mistaken identity and was hit with an Exocet missile fired by the Iraqi pilot. The Captain of the Vincennes, unable to determine the Iranian planes intent, fired first rather than risk his ship. Tragically it was a civil airliner he hit. The US admitted
    the mistake, assisted in the recovery of bodies and paid compensation to the victims families.

    Its obvious something similar happened over Eastern Ukraine where a rebel operated SAM battery detected an approaching aircraft and an over zealous crew fired with incomplete information on the nature of the target.

    In both cases civil aircraft should not have been overflying an area of where there were ongoing military hostilities taking place. The problem was the rebels didn’t acknowledge their mistake and take responsibility and the Russians should not have allowed the rebels to operate missile systems capable of taking down aircraft flying at commercial airliner altitudes. A Ukrainian military aircraft flying at 30,000 feet posed no threat.

    • Agree: Wizard of Oz
    • Disagree: Kiza
    • Replies: @Hunsdon
  4. Hunsdon says:
    @unit472

    unit472: Why is it obvious that it was Ukrainian separatists?

    • Replies: @unit472
  5. unit472 says:
    @Hunsdon

    For a number of logical reasons. The Ukrainian rebels had no ‘air force’ so the Ukrainian Army had no need to deploy SAM to protect their forces from air attack. The direction of the MH-17 was traveling ( away from Ukrainian territory) where it would soon be over Russian air space and the range of available SAM systems. A commercial jet moving away from you at 9 miles per minute at 30,000 plus feet will quickly be out of range and this flight would have been under Ukrainian Air Traffic Control for sometime given its route.

    • Replies: @Peacen1k
    , @Matra
    , @Hunsdon
  6. Peacen1k says:
    @unit472

    @unit472

    The Kiev regime was very vocal about fighting the Russian armed forces in the East, so it is natural that their military posture included anti-air equipment to counter the perceived threat. Ukrainian Buk launchers showed up in photos depicting the movements of Kiev forces. Additionally, back a few years ago the Ukrainians downed a Russian passenger airliner on a regular route out of Israel, due to utter incompetence. Odds are very good that the years since did not add to Ukrainian prowess at operating complex military gear. The Ukrainian Buk crew could have been performing check-outs that caused an inadvertent launch.

  7. Matra says:
    @unit472

    I see Hunsdon plays the same game here that he’s been playing over at Sailer’s. So sad.

    Anyway, here is the unbiased Russian version based on what Russian media, government representatives, and friendly foreigners like PCR have been reporting for the past year.

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
  8. bossel says:

    The joker’s at it again. Oh my…

    What Washington has never explained and the Western media has never asked is: What motive did separatists and Russia have to shoot down a Malaysian airliner?

    For someone who speaks so much about “the Western media” you are surprisingly uninformed. There were numerous journalists who asked about possible motives. & most came to the conclusion that the separatists might have thought they were firing at a Ukrainian cargo plane.

    Indeed, the report places no blame on Russia, but it does place blame on Ukraine for not closing the airspace over the war area.

    Have you read the report? In there it says: “In accordance with Annex 13, it is not the purpose of this investigation to apportion blame or liability. The sole objective of the Annex 13 investigation and the Final Report is the prevention of accidents and incidents.”

    Washington’s story makes no sense whatsoever. Only an idiot could believe it.

    Hmm, wouldn’t that make you one of its firmest believers?

    The reports were given to the Dutch, but no effort was made to replicate and verify the validity of the tests conducted by the manufacturer of the missile.

    Read too much RT, it seems…

    Indeed, the Dutch report does not even consider whether the airliner was downed by Ukrainian fighter jets.

    Indeed? Or maybe you’re just a little liar. From the report: “Other scenarios that could have led to the disintegration of the aeroplane were considered, analysed and excluded based on the evidence available.”
    &
    “The weapon systems considered were:
    • air-to-air gun/cannon;
    • air-to-air missile;
    • surface-to-air missile.
    […]”

    Maybe you should actually read the report of the Dutch Safety Board instead of just posing & lying. You might find some interesting information. Like this:
    “It is noted that the shapes of the pre-formed fragments found in the wreckage and the
    bodies of crew members in the cockpit; bow-tie and cubes, are only found in the 9N314M
    warhead (see Figure 56). The 9N314M warhead can be fitted to the 9M38M1 missile.
    These missiles are launched from a Buk surface-to-air missile system (see Figure 57).”

    “Findings
    The combination of the recorded pressure wave, the damage pattern found on the
    wreckage caused by blast and the impact of fragments, the bow-tie shaped
    fragments found in the cockpit and in the body of one of the crew members in the
    cockpit, the injuries sustained by three crew members in the cockpit, the analysis of
    the in-flight break-up, the analysis of the explosive residues and paint found, and the
    size and distinct, bow-tie, shape of some the fragments, led the Dutch Safety Board
    to conclude that the aeroplane was struck by a 9N314M warhead as carried on a
    9M38-series missile and launched by a Buk surface-to-air missile system.”

    • Agree: Wizard of Oz
  9. It may be impossible to avoid being a sad old man but it shouldn’t have to mean a complete brain shut down. Even Ronald Reagan wouldn’t have wanted you to be so sloppy with words that one can’t tell whether – at the first stage of interpreting you – you are saying that no one should give credit to an investigation headed by a government appointed Dutchman or that, because he was Dutch the media (US media?) wouldn’t bother to pay attention. And are you saying that a 5 nation panel including a Russian who dissented was made useless by being headed by a Dutch person?

    And it is shameful that you haven’t bothered to read the report before repeating Russian lies about it – or did you make them up yourself?

    If anything the proleptic case by the Russian manufacturer that the missile was an old one which must have come from Ukrainian stores backfired because the report identifies features which are in fact up to date. Apart from making sure that anyone who really attends will know and believe the true story, which is not the original Russian version, such stupid diversionary stuff admits the earlier attempts to blame a Ukrainian fighter were meretricious nonsense.

    And why would you PCR even bother about whether the Russians or the rebels they back had a motive for downing MH17 (or any of the hundreds of civilian aircraft flying over Eastern Ukraine). Of course they didn’t. Of course it was a mistake.

    Now please read the report and say sorry for wasting our time.

  10. […] “The MH-17 ‘Report’”  “MH-17: The Dog Still Not Barking” […]

  11. KA says:

    Can this happen over Syrian ,Jordanian airspace precisely in right moment to blame Syria?

  12. Hunsdon says:
    @Matra

    Matra:

    When you link to a website called darthputinkgb.com, and call it the unbiased version . . . . Sorry to break your heart! I’m trying to find out what happened, my sympathies are generally with the separatists—I’m sorry, “terrorists”—but I could be convinced. It just takes, you know, more than pointing and shrieking to convince me.

  13. Hunsdon says:
    @unit472

    In other words, it’s obvious because it suits your biases. Well, you could be right, and I could be wrong, but I haven’t been convinced yet.

  14. An editor of a major German newspaper has written a book, a best-seller published in Germany, in which he states that not only he himself served the CIA as a reliable purveyor of Washington’s lies, but that every significant journalist in Europe does so also

    Read about the German reporter PCR refers to here:

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/10/leading-german-journalist-admits-cia-bribed-leaders-western-press.html

    There’s quite a bit more of evidence to back up this PCR media claim up, here just a few references:

    “There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” -William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, From ‘CIA and the Media’, by Carl Bernstein

    “The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.” –CIA and the Media by Carl Bernstein

    “You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” -CIA operative cited in “Katherine The Great” by Deborah Davis

    “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” -William Colby, former CIA Director, cited by Dave McGowan in “Derailing Democracy“

    “PAO (Public Affairs Office) now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly and television network in the nation. In many instances, we have persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected national security interests or jeopardized sources and methods.” -Robert Gates, CIA internal memo

    As for the rest, the Dutch do play dirty, it’s like a national obsession:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/07/03/winning-ugly/

    ^

    • Replies: @Kiza
  15. Hunsdon says:

    Robert Parry points out the dog that isn’t barking. The USG had sigint warships in the Black Sea at the time of the shootdown. If—for some reason—there was no satellite coverage, there were certainly naval assets chomping down data like Pac-Man chewing up dots. While the USG’s credibility is suspect to say the least, they could release elint that would show exactly when and where the missile was launched from. Oh but we must protect sources and methods, squeak the apologists. “Sigint/elint boat in water” doesn’t need much protection.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2015/10/13/mh-17-the-dog-still-not-barking/

  16. LondonBob says:

    The other important point the investigation shows is that the Ukrainians claimed there were potentially two shoot-downs not by MANPADS. The report, on p185, debunks this, the SU 25 wasn’t shot-down at 8250m as originally claimed, the Ukrainians now admit it was 6250m, in range for a MANPAD, however they have not determined the cause yet. The AN 26 they also say was shot down by a MANPAD, according to Dutch intelligence, at a height of 6500m. So the Ukrainian claims of two prior shoot downs by SAMs, or by a MIG, aren’t true at all.

    So basically if it were accidentally shot down by the rebels then this would have been the very first time they had used a BUK. Again there is no evidence they had an operating BUK.

  17. Kiza says:
    @Ronald Thomas West

    If the Dutch-lead report says the the missile was manufactured by Russia, this by itself is a deliberate misinterpretation of fact. The old model BUK system, used by Ukraine was manufactured by Soviet Union, not by Russia. It may have been assembled in a factory in the Russian Republic of the USSR from the parts manufactured in this republic and in other USSR republics, but it is not true that it was manufactured in Russia because Russia did not exist as a country at the time. The new model BUK system is manufactured in Russia and only in Russia. Therefore, a statement by the Dutch-lead report that the missile was manufactured in Russia directly implies that it is the new, Russian model of BUK which shot down the airliner.

    I think it is obvious that this whole affair has now been switched to one simple propaganda technique called “the facts creep”. The biased official report makes an implication of a Russian made missile (in truth a Soviet-made missile), then the Dutch leader of the investigation with links to the US-EU intelligence-security establishment adds his own allegations against Russia (beyond the report) of the missile being fired from the rebel-held territory, then the media quote this and spin the facts a little further by adding conclusions not even said by the Dutch government officer. If one day the whole tower of lies happens to crumble down (say by a leaker), then they just blame the previous party in the chain of lies for being mislead or they say that they misunderstood. This is a great method for creeping into a big lie through a chain of smaller lies.

  18. Kiza says:

    A great Bryan Hemming comment on consortiumnews.com : “Instead of drawing the conclusion that the most likely source of a Buk missile would probably be from the side proven to have lots, the Ukrainian side, most corporate media journalists have to attempted find one where probably none existed: among the separatists.

    My comment: But is this not the real power – to defy facts, logic and common sense and convince Western masses of mindless consumers that a possible exception is an absolute rule, that he who had none of the missile systems was the most likely perpetrator.

    Likewise, I suggest a mind experiment: a situation which would be opposite, some large Ukrainian minority was fighting for freedom within Russia, Russia called them terrorists and attacked them. Then Russia allowed a civilian airliner to fly over this war zone were its military planes are being shot-down. One civilian airliner gets shot-down. Who do you think the Western Gov-Media complex would blame then, regardless of who did it?

    A lot of energy is being expanded to pull this trick off, to fool most of the people most of the time. But this is a big stakes game. To sanction Russia, conquer Russia, appoint oligarch-gangsters as governors and then exploit the riches. Siberia is the biggest piece of loot on the planet. On top – when did a unipolar power allow a multi-polar world to develop?

    The Western establishment had all the reasons to do a false-flag of MH17 and Russia had none. But bend all this and just blame Russia.

  19. Kiza says:

    My first comment on 18 August 2014 on this website, after the plane was shot-down was that we will almost certainly never know for sure who did it. This was a natural conclusion if this was a false-flag.

    Robert Perry on consortiumnews.com writes that the US intelligence dog did not bark (analog to a Sherlock Holmes case resolved based on the fact that the dog did not bark during murder). We never saw any facts, to this day from the US which was conducting military operations in Ukraine through its Ukrainian military proxies and had:
    1) spy ships in the Black Sea,
    2) spy planes in the skies of NATO Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria and
    3) low-orbit spy satellites over Ukraine.
    This is called SIGINT/ELINT. Have ZERO doubt that the US has everything about this event, plenty of hard evidence.

    But this information is not publishible because the US intelligence establishment is now refusing to cook up intelligence after it got blamed for the non-existent WMDs in Iraq. It is a stalemate between politicians and the intelligence, thus the intelligence dog is not barking.

    The only way we will ever know who did MH17 shoot-down is if some brave soul leaks some of this extensive SIGINT/ELINT. But Kennedy assassination has never been leaked (and most people involved have died by now), 911 has still not been leaked, thus I am not holding by breath on the MH17 truth.

    In my filing cabinet, MH17 file has been placed in the drawer titled “Government’s Conspiracy Theories”, next to Osama Bin Laden file and Lee Harvey Oswald file.

  20. @ Kiza

    As you do not even pretend to be a humble searcher after truth but a highly assertive and prejudiced partisan can you not give yourself a small dash of credibility by reading the report?

    “If the Dutch-led report says the missile was manufactured by Russia” is your one big clumsy premise to your whole argument. Well what did the report say about where [or should it be “who” as your choice of words implies?] the missile was manufactured?

    Others, who do seem to have taken the trouble to do better than waffle about the hypothesized unread, quote the report as responding to the Russian based manufacturer’s claim that the missile must have been from an old batch that, presumably, the Russian forces no longer use (?or even possess) by describing features of it which proved that to be untrue.

  21. Contraviews says: • Website

    What is consistently overlooked is the fact that the separatists handed over the black boxes in good faith immediately after they found them. Question If they had been guilty of shooting down the plane would they have released these boxes which may contain incriminating evidence ? The DSB does not mention a word about this.
    BUK missiles of the older type were present on Ukrainian soil only. They were in the hands of the Ukrainian ‘military’, and most likely of the only fighting force the Azov battalion,, consisting of ultra right wing fascists thugs responsible for the shootings and killings in Maidan and the massacre in Odessa, where people were burned alive in the Trade Union building.
    Could it be that the Ukrainians did not close the airspace over East Ukraine because they were using overflying passenger planes as a cover, as a human shield ? Why does the DSB not investigate this.?
    The DSB also failed to address the motive question, ‘qui bono’, who benefitted most of this tragedy ?
    I found Mr Joustra’s cheap jibes at Russia reprehensible. It shows the boards prejudices and lack of objectivity. Mr Joustra should refrain from such derogatory remarks.

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