Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Malaysia Launches Terror Probe Over Missing Plane; Debris Reportedly Spotted

Long, difficult investigation awaits international teams

RT
03/09/2014

Malaysia has launched a terror probe into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane which vanished from radars en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing while carrying 239 people on Saturday. Debris from the jet has reportedly been spotted.
 
 
The massive search operation for the Boeing 777, which has been ongoing for about two days, might have brought forth its first results, with possible debris from the aircraft reportedly found in the sea off the coast of south Vietnam.

“We received information from a Vietnamese plane saying that they found two broken objects, which seem like those of an aircraft, located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the south-west of Tho Chu Island,” an unnamed official from the National Committee for Search and Rescue told AFP. “As it is night they cannot fish them out for proper identification. They have located the position of the areas and flown back to the land.”

#MH370 Vietnam search and rescue aircraft spotted new floating object. Authorities are not sure what it is. pic.twitter.com/m0peec6DVm

— Vu Trong Khanh (@TrongKhanhVu) March 9, 2014

These objects are believed to be a piece of the jetliner’s tail and part of its inner door, The Wall Street Journal reported.

But, a US team involved in the search operation in the South China Sea refuted reports that the debris found belonged to the missing plane, Vietnam’s Tuoi Tre news reported. 
 
 
According to the US embassy representative in Hanoi, Jacky Ly Thang, the American team carried out an investigation and concluded that the object found 100 kilometers southwest of the Vietnamese island of Tho Chu has no connection to the missing aircraft.

So far there has been no official confirmation from Malaysian authorities that the debris is connected to flight MH370, which lost touch with Subang Air Traffic Control around 02:40 local time on Saturday morning. The plane was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members.

At this point, no further developments regarding MH370 has been confirmed. We are waiting for new updates from DCA on the SAR efforts.

— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) March 9, 2014

Officials investigating the mysterious disappearance of the aircraft are considering the possibility of the airliner’s mid-air disintegration, a source involved in the investigations told Reuters.

“The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet,” said the source on condition of anonymity. If the aircraft had plunged intact from such a height, breaking up only upon impact with the water, search teams would have expected to find a fairly concentrated pattern of debris, the source added.

Earlier Sunday, China sent two more navy ships to join the search, China Central Television reported. The US was also reported to have dispatched additional aircraft.

#USNavy SH-60R Seahawk departs to aid in the search efforts of the missing airliner. #MH370 #MalaysiaAirlinespic.twitter.com/7VSNi8xLSi 
 — 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) March 9, 2014

Adding more mystery to the story, the family of one of the passengers aboard the missing plane successfully rang the person's cell phone, but nobody answered, Mirror Online reported.

The relatives asked Malaysia Airlines to use satellite technologies and intercept the phone signal before its battery is run down.

Malaysia launches terror probe

Malaysian authorities have launched a terror probe into the disappearance of the passenger plane. They were checking CCTV footage at the airport and investigating the identities of four passengers, at least two of whom boarded the flight using stolen passports.

The country’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said that airport security procedures were being reviewed.

“We will enhance them if necessary, because we still do not know the cause of the incident,” he said, as quoted by Reuters.

Meanwhile, Interpol is “examining additional suspect passports.”

The agency confirmed on Sunday that at least two passports – an Austrian and Italian – recorded in its database were used by passengers on board the missing flight. Both passports were stolen in Thailand in 2012 and 2013 respectively, the agency said in a statement.

No checks of the stolen passports were made by any country between the time they were entered into Interpol’s database and the departure of flight MH 370, according to Interpol. Therefore, Interpol said it is currently unable to determine how many times the passports have been used to board flights or cross borders.

“Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in Interpol's databases,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

Interpol also criticized loose security measures at international airports.

“For years Interpol has asked why should countries wait for a tragedy to put prudent security measures in place at borders and boarding gates,” said Noble. “Now, we have a real case where the world is speculating whether the stolen passport holders were terrorists,” the agency said, adding that it would like to know why “only a handful of countries worldwide are taking care to make sure that persons possessing stolen passports are not boarding international flights.”



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Japanese Government Signals Restart Of Nuclear Power Plants

As fallout from the Fukushima catastrophe continues to poison the world

WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE
By Will Morrow
03/10/2014

Three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Japanese government is moving to restart the country’s nuclear plants, all of which remain shut down. A draft energy plan released late last month officially designates nuclear power as a long-term base power source, setting the stage for the resumption of nuclear plant operations. 
 
 
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to restart the nuclear industry despite overwhelming popular opposition. Yesterday thousands of anti-nuclear protesters marched in Tokyo and several other cities to voice their determination to block Abe’s plan.

The earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 caused a partial meltdown of three of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant owned and run by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The operation to dismantle the reactors and clean up the site will take decades to complete.


Fukushima itself is the scene of an ongoing disaster. Nearly 140,000 residents were forced to evacuate in 2011 and have been told it could be years before they can return. Many have been moved to cramped government-allocated accommodation, including in abandoned schools, with several families to a room. 
 
 
There are widespread concerns about the possibility of another disaster resulting from cost-cutting by private nuclear companies and their longstanding collusion with government nuclear regulators. Between 300 and 400 tonnes of contaminated radioactive groundwater at Fukushima now flow every day into the ocean. TEPCO, the plant’s private operator, has been left in charge of the clean-up effort and has overseen repeated spills of nuclear water, including one on February 20. (See: “Japan: New radioactive water leak at Fukushima”)


Since September last year, all of the country’s nuclear plants have been shut down, only the second time such a situation has occurred in 40 years. The government’s new Basic Energy Plan states that nuclear power, which previously made up 30 percent of Japanese economic supply, “is an important baseload electricity source.” 
 
 
The document says that the government will “carefully consider the scale of the nuclear power plants” it will maintain, a statement widely understood to signal the possible construction of even more nuclear power reactors. 
 
The draft also states, in an attempt to placate mass opposition to the restarting of plants, that nuclear energy dependence would be “reduced as much as possible.” 
 
 
But the document also refrains from giving a precise estimate as to what fraction of total energy production will be provided by nuclear power.

Prime Minister Abe is acting on behalf of the nuclear industry and big business as a whole, which is seeking to lower energy costs. In a column on February 26, the conservative Yomiuri Shimbun responded to the government’s draft energy plan, stating: “We believe the government’s draft shows we are headed in the right direction.” The newspaper called on both political parties “not to be swayed by antinuclear sentiment and make judgments based on Japan’s serious power situation.” 
 
 
As a result of the nuclear plant shutdown, Japan has been forced to increase imports of liquefied natural gas by 23 percent since 2011. This has led to increases in energy prices of up to 50 percent for businesses, fuelling demands for a restarting of nuclear reactors. 
 

According to Nippon.com, Japanese ministry of finance preliminary trade statistics for 2013 showed a record trade deficit of ¥11.47 trillion, up from ¥6.94 trillion the year before. Imports of crude oil were also up by 16.3 percent since 2012 and accounted for more than 20 percent of total imports. 
 
 
Despite the increase in energy prices, repeated polls have shown a clear majority of the population opposed to the return of nuclear energy generation. A poll conducted by the Asahi Shinbu m a week before the February 9 Tokyo election found that 74 percent of respondents wanted nuclear power eliminated completely. Another survey conducted on February 22–23 by the Fuji Television network found 53 percent of 1,000 respondents opposed restarting any nuclear reactors.


Despite mass opposition among Tokyo residents, the media has cynically declared that the results of the Tokyo election constituted a mark of approval for nuclear power. Tsugumasa Muraoka, the candidate backed by Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, won the election despite his pro-nuclear stance, defeating two anti-nuclear candidates. The election campaign was dominated by economic and social issues and the turnout was just 46.1 percent.

Underscoring the thoroughly anti-democratic character of the government’s nuclear agenda, Abe intentionally delayed publishing its draft Basic Energy Plan until after the Tokyo election, in order to prevent it from becoming a focus of the election. 
 
 
The opposition DPJ has attempted to campaign on the basis of ending all nuclear production in Japan. However, the DPJ was in government at the time of the Fukushima disaster and restarted the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture in July 2012, in the face of mass opposition. 
 
 
 
Up until May 2012, all nuclear plants had been temporarily shut down for maintenance checks but had not reopened due to popular opposition. The Oi plant—the only running power station—was only closed for maintenance last September.

The government’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) is currently reviewing applications from seven utilities to restart 16 nuclear reactors, and further applications to begin operations are expected. There is widespread mistrust in the NRA however, an organisation established through the merger of two previous regulatory authorities, which were deeply implicated in collaborating with the major nuclear companies and lax safety requirements.
 
 
"Hey, what are you worried about?  All you have to do is smile to beat radiation!"
 
The Abe government is also determined to keep the nuclear industry operating to maintain Japan’s capacity to produce nuclear weapons. Alongside its nuclear reactors and large plutonium stockpile, the Japanese government is currently in the commissioning stages of the Rokkasho plutonium reprocessing facility. According to a May 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal, the facility is capable of producing up to nine tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium each year—enough to manufacture 2,000 nuclear bombs.

Abe, backed by the Obama administration’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” aimed at diplomatically and military encircling China, has ratcheted up tensions with Beijing over disputed islands in the East China Sea. His government has boosted the military budget and is seeking to remove constitutional and legal constraints on the aggressive use of Japan’s armed forces. Any open move to acquire nuclear weapons would provoke widespread public opposition in the country, where the US dropped two atomic bombs in 1945. Nevertheless by keeping the nuclear industry operating the Abe government keeps that option open.




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Ukraine Crisis, Harvest For Western Black Ops

Open season on CIA stooges, no bag limit

PRESS TV
03/10/2014

Newly leaked documents reveal western intelligence agencies pushed stories and spread propaganda through Twitter, Facebook, Flicker and YouTube in order to fan the flames of unrest in Ukraine. 


The reports call these applications as part and parcel of espionage sects including GCHQ and NSA’s Computer Network Information Operations (CNIO). 


Apart from the technological warfare, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) admits that it employs credential harvesting against foreign news agencies. Spies and provocateurs masquerading as journalists have been discovered filing phony news reports from Ukraine.

Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen believes the so-called Infinite Curvature and Mountain Slope propaganda tactics were applied by the western intelligence agencies in Ukraine.



“When [former] president Yanukovych decided not to accept this European Union deal on bringing the Ukraine closer to the EU, the rhetoric and the propaganda in social media was increased. Now, this can be directly linked back to the GCHQ’s JTRIG Operation which exactly uses these types of social media to foment unrest in targeted countries and Ukraine was certainly a targeted country”, Madsen adds. 


Wayne Madsen
 This is while on Sunday, the new government in Ukraine declared Kiev could sign parts of a European Union association pact later this month.

Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya said that Kiev plans to sign the political association deal with the EU on March 17 or 21.

Political crisis erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, after the country’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, refrained from signing the Association Agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia. 


The Ukrainian parliament ousted Yanukovych in February and named Oleksandr Turchynov, the legislature’s newly-elected speaker, as interim president.

AY/AB/SL





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The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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