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Obama’s Taliban policy brings death to Pakistan Christians

In the days following the terrorist attack in Brussels by ISIS last week, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz issued a series of statements outlining immediate steps the U.S. should take in response, including: suspending Muslim immigration along with increasing surveillance…

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Any word on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? (Video)

Remember the story? A jetliner disappears with no trace and and since March 2014 no trace has ever been found?In March we had speculated the following during the wild goose chase that had various countries looking for debris over an incredibly large ar… . . . → Read More: Any word on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? (Video)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and a hangar in Pakistan (or Iran)! (Video)

My theory still stands that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is in a hangar somewhere in Iran or Pakistan!Some thoughts:Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country which in and of itself is not an indictment but an observation that may likely be relevant,It… . . . → Read More: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and a hangar in Pakistan (or Iran)! (Video)

Pakistani Christian Sentenced to Die Under Blasphemy Law

A Pakistani Christian was recently sentenced to death for blasphemy against Muhammad. Pakistani Christians routinely have their property confiscated or destroyed, are imprisoned or sentenced to death on the basis of Pakistan’s blasphemy law which makes it a crime to say anything negative about Muhammad or the Quran. I’m grateful for the freedom of speech […]

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Malaysian PM: “Flight 370 Crashed With No Survivors” ( And What They’re Not Telling You)

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Today, Malaya’s Prime Minister Najib Razak announced in a press conference today that said that he was briefed by Britain’s Air Accident Investigations Branch on data from Inmarsat, the satellite company that provided data used in the search for the missing plane. It showed that Flight 370’s last position was in the Indian Ocean, due west of Perth, Australia.

“This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites,” Mr. Najib said. “It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

A text from the airline to the victim’s families put it this way: “We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived.”

Given the fuel capacity, the chances are that they’re correct, although as yet no wreckage or debris has been found. And, as Prime Minister Razak himself said, there are still numerous questions about what happened.

The one thing that’s clear is how little we know, but that’s largely because we’re looking not at the facts we know for sure and how they might fit together.

I recently received an e-mail from one of my sources that, combined with a few other known facts, gives us a fairly plausible line of inquiry to follow.

That this was an attempted hijacking of some sort is pretty obvious by now. As I wrote previously, For a modern airliner to simply disappear like this is almost unheard of, because of the modern tracking technology involved. Aside from the routine radar and satellite tracking, every airliner contains a flight recorder and a transponder which emit electronic signals, as well as an emergency location beacon, a highly durable electronic signaling device to enable an airliner to be quickly located if something unexpected occurs.

Apparently, the transponder which identifies the flight and provides heading and altitude data was deliberately switched off shortly after that last known last radio contact with the jet, when co-pilot Fariq Ab Hamid said “all right, good night,” to air traffic controllers.

This is totally against procedure. Someone did it for a reason, and that person had to have been in the cockpit at that exact time, which means it was either co-pilot Fariq Ab Hamid, the pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah or an unknown third party.

Not only that, but later on, someone in the cockpit turned off the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS). This system sends out electronic pings to satellites and continued to do so after Flight 370 disappeared from the air traffic controller’s radar. That’s how we know the plane changed course and headed west. If it wasn’t turned off, it would have continued to send out signals no matter where the plane was – in the air or on the ground. The last contact came from Thai military radar at 2:15 AM local time.

There are also other signals, from the radar altimeter and weather radar. These could also have been disabled, but a prudent pilot wouldn’t have done so, first because they came in handy in certain situations and second because while they send out signals, they’re difficult to distinguish from other planes if Flight 370 was on established commercial flight paths. Think of a bunch of cars on the highway at night. They all have their headlights on, but it’s hard to pick out an individual auto on a highway, as opposed to one car on a small street at night. There’s also the fact that various governments might not want to necessarily reveal any signals they got from these sources because it could reveal their electronic intel collection methods.

My friend Sara Noble over at the Independent Sentinel has a piece worth reading that draws on a story from the UK Independent that the plane slipped under Pakistani radar and is sitting somewhere under Taliban control, covered by radar-absorbent camouflage netting. It could be, although a 777-200 requires a runway length of 3,300 to 5,000 feet or so (1,000 to 1,500 meters) at least to land under most conditions. That’s between over half a mile and almost a mile in length, and a decent landing field that covert might have been hard to find but not impossible – unless the Taliban either had help or we’re not talking about the Taliban at all. Or even a landing, since as I originally thought, Flight 370 succumbed to a ‘work accident’ and crashed en route to wherever it was headed.

So let’s take this to the next step. Who might have wanted to hijack this particular Boeing 777-200? And why?

While the use of Flight 370 as a terrorist weapon is certainly possible, 9/11 showed that it was just as easy to hijack a plane filled with highly combustible jet fuel, smash it into something and cause a great deal of damage and death. So I rate the motive of hijacking the plane for use as a flying bomb unlikely. Moreover, if the plane did land and is being converted into a terrorist weapon, it might not make it to target since every military in the region is watching for it and the minute it surfaces it will likely attract something like a HellFire missile fairly quickly.

So let’s look further at what other reason there might have been to hijack Flight 370,and who might have been involved.

We know that this plane was originally bound for China and was loaded with Chinese nationals.We also know that the pilot (and possibly the co-pilot) were fanatic devotees of Anwar Ibrahim, a hard line Islamist with major ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and who was endorsed when he ran for prime minister in Malaysia by none other than Brotherhood leader Sheikh Youseff Qaradawi. Ibrahim lost the election and was later jailed for 5 years for sodomizing one of his aides (homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia) which infuriated his supporters.

I’ve already said why I believe  hijacking Flight 370 for use as a ‘flying bomb’ is unlikely. The only way that could have happened is with Pakistan’s connivance (the idea of a Boeing 777-200 ‘slipping under Pakistani radar’ is ridiculous), which is certainly possible if somewhat unlikely. But if the plane wasn’t hijacked for use as a terrorist bomb, what was the motive for doing it?

Again, remember that Flight 370’s passengers were primarily Chinese.

Most of you will be unaware of the low level jihad being waged in Western China by the Uighers, Chinese Muslims who  seek to establish a sharia state  and who have committed a number of terrorist attacks against Han Chinese nationals.

Given the Islamist orientation of the pilot and co-pilot, I feel fairly certain that the idea here was to fly to Pakistan and ransom the plane and the passengers to China for cash, either to support the Uigher jihad or other Islamist causes. The ransom demanded could easily have been in the tens of millions.

What ultimately happened to Flight 370? Pure speculation on my part, but when the truth comes out if it ever does, I think we’ll find that one of these scenarios occurred:

(A) The plane was unable to land as planned and crashed where the authorities are saying it did or somewhere else,either from lack of fuel or from a ‘work accident’ in midair.

(B) The plane landed successfully, the ransom demands were submitted and the Chinese refused to deal. So the plane was destroyed and the passengers killed, either on the ground or in the air.

(C) The announcement of the crash was a hoax designed to take the spotlight off this story, because ransom negotiations are continuing.

If scenarios B or C are the way things went down, the motivation of the authorities to simply treat this as a mysterious crash and move on are obvious.

My thanks to the Warlord for providing a needed missing piece here.

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A Time for Choosing

And so, have you been watching the news? Like this: Kenyan Catholic leaders praise citizen reaction during hostage crisis That was a headline yesterday on the Catholic News Service. I guess that in some way it’s a hostage crisis when you have Somali Muslim terrorists slaughtering 62 and wounding another 175 in a shopping mall after […] . . . → Read More: A Time for Choosing . . . → Read More: A Time for Choosing

The Religion Of Peace Strikes Again – 80 Killed As Church In Pakistan Is Bombed

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All Saints Church in the old quarter of Pehawar, Pakistan was hit by two suicide bombers Sunday morning. The historic church was ripped apart by two bombers carrying 6 kilos of explosives each.

The Jandullah group, a faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack

Around 600 people had attended services and were leaving to receive free food being distributed on the lawn outside the building when two explosions ripped through the crowd. 80 were killed including 34 women and 7 children, and scores of people were injured.The explosions were set off by two homicide bombers carrying 6 kilos of explosives each, packed with ball bearings as shrapnel.

The dead were placed in coffins and moved to nearby St. John’s Church, the oldest church in the city. Dozens of grieving relatives gathered, ironically, in the church playground to mourn their dead.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack on the church, saying “terrorists have no religion and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam”.

Sharif said such cruel acts of terrorism “reflect the brutality and inhumane mindset of the terrorists”.

Unfortunately, the Taliban disagrees with Sharif. They’re Muslims, and this was done in the name of Islam as far as their concerned, just like every other attack on Christians. Or Hindus, for that matter. Just ask the people of Mumbai, who were hit by ‘authorized’ terrorists from Lashkar e Taiba armed and trained by Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service.

The odd thing is that the current Pakistani government has been pretty outspoken about wanting peace with the Taliban,  and those offers have remained on the table in spite of repeated attacks on Pakistan’s Christians.

It makes you wonder how sincere those condemnations are.

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9/11@12, Benghazi@12 months and dwindling Bush intel

What is the state of U.S. intelligence since President Obama succeeded President Bush in 2009? Twelve years ago this morning Usama bin Laden’s al Qaeda carried out the deadliest attack against Americans on American soil since Americans turned on each other in the War Between the States. Thirty months ago, UBL was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in Pakistan. One year ago today, terrorists carried | Read More » . . . → Read More: 9/11@12, Benghazi@12 months and dwindling Bush intel . . . → Read More: 9/11@12, Benghazi@12 months and dwindling Bush intel

How to Lose a War: A Primer

Most of you know, from reading here my respect for the American (and UK and Commonwealth) military. Best people in the world. But, that respect does not extend, much anyway, to Fort Fumble, and not at all to the political people in Washington (uniformed or not). As we all know the Republican party is able […] . . . → Read More: How to Lose a War: A Primer . . . → Read More: How to Lose a War: A Primer

Immigration, American Style

Jess’s co-author posted this a few days ago, and it struck me that the Brits are traversing virgin ground here, and it is a chance for us to repay our cousins a bit since we know a good deal about immigration. Chalcedon wrote this: It is important to call things by their proper names if we are […] . . . → Read More: Immigration, American Style . . . → Read More: Immigration, American Style

The Real Intelligence Scandals: Incompetent Bureaucracy

Grim, over at Blackfive has some thought on why the USG is doing intelligence the way they are. I agree with him, and find that very unsettling. If you are doing intelligence properly, you don’t need every TX call and e-mail for the last 10 years-you do it properly, you look around and talk to […] . . . → Read More: The Real Intelligence Scandals: Incompetent Bureaucracy . . . → Read More: The Real Intelligence Scandals: Incompetent Bureaucracy