Several independent journalists, bloggers and MH17 citizen- investigators have sent a letter to the White House to urge president-elect Donald Trump and his new administration to use their powers to push for a reopening of the investigations regarding the crash of flight MH17 of Malaysia Airlines on July 17, 2014. I signed the letter too.
Swirls of political dust surrounding the MH17 case have subsided after a carefully designed media spectacle resulted in a clear climax assigning blame. Most people and journalists have taken up other interests and will be satisfied with the conclusions of the Prosecutor’s investigation. Unfortunately they will miss the fact the JIT results pinpointing an exact Buk launch site were actually not that convincing. The investigators might even have bent the truth a bit.
Naast het beginsel dat de aanklager altijd gelijk heeft, lijkt nog een ander principe de politieke en journalistieke begeleiding van het JIT-onderzoek te beheersen, namelijk de gedachte dat veel zwak bewijs een sterke zaak zou maken.
Zie mijn commentaar op Ravage webzine
Some people say lying, promoting disinformation and publication of mystifying scenarios with all kinds of versions of the truth is a sign of guilt… especially when the Russians are concerned. But what did the Ukrainian regime or people close to them exactly do the first days after MH17 was downed?
Researching alleged evidence about a possible weapon and crime scene regarding the downing of flight MH17 as gathered from social media postings, it becomes clear the standing narrative – also pursued by the official investigators office – shows severe difficulties. Trying to verify the date of a video of a Buk missile launch system, allegedly driving from the rebel held Ukrainian city of Snizhne towards an alleged launch site southwards, sheds light on the way dots of information were suggestively interpreted and connected.
The official story of guilt for downing MH17 is founded on the so-called fatal mistake narrative, a story of separatists mistakenly mixing up a Ukrainian freighter plane for MH17. This narrative depends heavily on the misinterpretation of a message that was retracted from the news site Strelkov_info, a website on VK.com (“Russian Facebook”) that reported news about the fights and official quotes by the commander of the DPR forces, Igor – ¨Strelkov¨ – Girkin.
The deletion of this posting would be an act to conceal evidence after the commander found out the wrong plane had been downed, a story founded on a set of false assumptions. Nevertheless, many news outlets and others try to reanimate this story.
In this examination the most important social media evidence constructing a possible answer to the question who downed civilian airliner MH17 will be reviewed to list the (imho) most important problems. As a disclaimer I would like to start with giving my own opinion. This opinion holds the track-a-trail story of a stand-alone Buk missile system brought in from Russia and moving from Donetsk to a site south of Snizhne to shoot down a civilian plane, is fraudulent.
With this I don´t mean all evidence has been faked. I do support, however, the idea this story contains so much irregularities – including some forgeries – it raises almost every red flag possible. These red flags I try to write down here in kind of orderly manner, though from the aforementioned point of view. Of course, the development of this review is an ongoing process, also influenced by discussion and re-examinations.
Last update of the review 23.11.2016, including new material brought in by the JIT after its 28.9.2016 pressconference.
Nu de achtergronden van de ramp met vlucht MH17 steeds meer vragen oproepen, neemt bij hoofdspeurneus Fred Westerbeke het optimisme toe, zo bleek uit een brief aan de nabestaanden. Ondertussen leek zijn pad naar opheldering door een steeds donker wordende tunnel te lopen.
Last april the information war hanging over the MH17 disaster took a surprising turn when NATO affiliated research collective Bellingcat and the Russian Ministery of Foreign Affairs (MFA) got into an open clash. Eliot Higgins, Bellingcat founder, used some crafty ¨trolling¨ techniques to provoke the Russians and this way he managed to squeeze some respons out of them. Assessing some of the arguments and alleged facts used in the dispute one might come to the conclusion both parties actually were not very convincing.