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Bridget Johnson


March 17, 2014 - 8:41 am

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrived in southeast Asia as the case of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight turned into a criminal probe.

“Our Navy is in the Indian Ocean trying to find this aircraft. It could it have come a little bit sooner, I think. But the fact is, it became a criminal investigation really officially just the last couple days. And so that’s what we’re very focused on,” Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) told CNN this morning.

“One thing is clear… this is — was an intentional and deliberate act. It was not an accident on an airplane. You had a transponder that was turned off. You had a flight pattern that was abruptly changed at the last minute. And there are a lot of flags and concerns out there about this. Many unanswered questions…. We still really don’t know what happened.”

McCaul also said there are still “a couple of unanswered questions about these Iranians who got on the plane with stolen passports.”

“I think one of two things happened here, if we’re talking about possibilities. And one is that it got turned back for whatever reason we don’t know, but it ran out of fuel and it landed in the Indian Ocean, where they’re searching today. The other possible theory, but more unlikely, is that it landed somewhere to hook up with potential terrorists to use it as a weapon, as a cruise missile in a future terrorist attack,” he said.

The chairman said U.S. authorities, who haven’t ruled out terrorism, want access to the laptops and flight simulator seized from the pilot and co-pilot’s homes.

“And I think there’s a level of frustration. When you’re dealing with a sovereign nation, you have to be respectful and it’s not terribly sophisticated. We want to push harder to get our federal law enforcement in there and homeland security officials to move forward on this so we can get answers to these questions that remain looming,” McCaul continued.

He conceded that officials are still keeping details close to the vest, including whether the U.S. base on Diego Garcia could detect whether the plane neared, because “we don’t want to give a playbook to the terrorists.”

Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein told a press conference today that the plane had not landed on Diego Garcia as rumored.

McCaul said some U.S. carriers have optional GPS tracking, but “Malaysian Air didn’t want to pay that service.”

“And the fact is, look, on the northern boundary as well, this is a very important point, there are so many satellite radar detection systems as you go towards Kazakhstan, as you go towards Afghanistan with Bagram Air Force Base there and Pakistan that I feel very confident that had this flight been northbound, it certainly would have been picked up on radar.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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" ... I feel very confident that had this flight been northbound, it certainly would have been picked up on radar."

This flight was picked up by Malaysian military radar when it flew over Penang province at 2:00AM, but still no one noticed, no one did anything. So I don't see why the same thing couldn't have happened over another country, or countries.
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
I feel very confident that had this flight been northbound,
it certainly would have been picked up on radar.

I feel very confidant that if the hijacking was carried out by a State,
It would certainly have been 'squawking' the ID of a valid flight;
Would anyone have known that the aircraft on the radar was not
'Islamic Airlines Flight 666' ?
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
It appears to me that 1) the pilots likely hijacked the plane and 2) the military of Malaysia was so incompetent that they didn't notice and intercept a large unidentified aircraft flying across their territory. Every statement coming out of Malaysia is suspect because they are deep into face-saving CYA mode. For example, they may float the idea that the plane was trying to evade their radar, but length of time the plane stayed in the air suggests efficient cruising at altitude. We also have a good idea where the last data from the plane was received by the satellite. Unless many Asian nations including China are as incompetent as Malaysia, I would guess that the plane is in the Indian Ocean west of Australia right now.
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
My Ouija board is tugging really hard at my right leg and whispering,

"No.......going .........n o r t h w e s t .........h e a d i n ggggggggg........... t o w a r d s ......... Dhakka [Dacca] area military airport.........ssssshhhhhhhh!.........

........Bangladesssssssssh, former East Pakistannnnnnnn......Muslimmmmmmmm territory......remember that you first saw this .........h e r e ........"

26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
None of the facts seem to fit in this aircraft disappearance. Many like the idea of reuse as a weapon but there are so many thousands of planes that can bought surplus or rented and bring no attention to yourself... etc, etc,.

But this morning one idea did fit, for me anyway. The pilot is an aviation (home sim, flies models) nut. He decided to commit suicide and leaving as his "note" the greatest aviation mystery that ever was. This being true (?) chances of finding the aircraft are remote.
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
This has become a farce. It has been reported that US Intelligence is aware that MH370 cargo was not screened and the contents of one of the Unit Loading Device (ULD) put onto the plane is not listed in the (unreleased to the public) cargo manifest. It was a heist presumably for whatever was in that mysterious ULD. I'm sure DoD knows what was in it and where the plane landed but our government doesn't trust us so until it's leaked we'll never know what really happened and instead get more and more ridiculous stories like those in the related article about the plane following along standard air navigation routes in the Straits of Malacca due to the random movement of the dead by hypoxia Pilot and Co-Pilot. Holy Horse Apples! -_-
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
One thing that most all our "leaders" underestimate at this time is ... that we are being scrutinized for attack and the dangers that lurk out there are way more serious than we imagine. Politics has taken precedent over national security and the arrogance of the gatekeepers is putting us all in great danger.
Obama is playing footsie with Putin just like he did with Assad - a murderer of over 150,000 of his own people. We really do need to lift up our national leaders up in prayer ... the U.S.A. is forever just like Israel is forever. Putin wants to kill Jews and Christians too; he has the same spirit as Hitler did.
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
There are now theories that almost everyone can lock on to.

There's even one that Rosie O'Donnell would love. That one says that the US Navy blew the plane out of the sky and is covering up that fact, because it is protecting a patent for a guy named Rothchild and his company in Austin, TX.

It seems that many of the companies employees were on the plane, four of whom were Chinese employees who owned four/fifths of the patent. The company would be the sole surviving owner.

Facts are hard to come by, but theories...well, sometimes facts are necessary and sometimes they just aid the confusion.
26 weeks ago
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Well if that thing's on the ground somewhere I say Sumatra.
26 weeks ago
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