I write in the passing about the sad incident in Code Name Wednesday 7, GMJ 42, where the idea of giving sophisticated surface-to-air missiles (MANPAD missiles) to terrorist organisations for whatever reason was discussed. As I did in Code Name Wrangler, GMJ 17, the hostage rescue book used by many SWAT Units across the world as training material, I looked also at the airlines’ defensive measures. I said: -
“It is foolish in my view that commercial liners now fly with the aircraft’s tail brightly lit at night during landing and take-off. As far as I am concerned, and a great many security experts agree, this is so that the attacker can clearly see he is shooting at a commercial jet, it will not deter a terrorist at all. There are other problems too, the spotlights are in the wingtips and shine with an angle to the rear where the tail is. They may betray a hostage rescue team on the wings when switched on (automatically on some aircraft when the wheels come out, Angelique). One group, they are idiots, reckoned the lights will blind the hostage-takers/terrorists and hence help the rescuers. Tests had clearly shown this is not the case and the idea frivolous to begin with, those lights make life harder for the rescuers and easier for the terrorist, a stupid idea. No terrorist cares that he is shooting at a commercial airliner, that is his objective. Knowing it is a commercial jet will not stop a radical at all, lighting it will just make the airframe a better target. And there are tens of thousands of such MANPAD systems lost and available on the open market, it is a question of time before more are shot down (see Code Name GSSP-40, Angelique).
It happened already in Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed on 17 July 2014. German Intelligence (and the Virginians) flatly say that it was shot down by pro-Russian insurgents using a Buk surface-to-air missile, NATO name SA-11, which is of course not a MANPAD, it is much bigger, vehicle-borne. The conclusion is based on sensors that tracked the path of the missile, a detailed analysis of fragments found in the wreckage and voice intercepts of separatist militants claiming credit to each other. All that the above means, in normal language, is satellite intercepts by the NSA (No Such Agency, by God). The Boeing 777-200ER crashed, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. It had no chance whatsoever. The Russians deny this, tests from the SA-11’s manufacturer showed that it was an older model SA-11 in use by the Ukrainian Army that brought the aircraft down. In fact, they can trace the missile in question, via serial numbers, back to the unit it was issued to after manufacture, Ukrainian. They are quite convincing even if their findings were not widely published in the West for obvious reasons. You can believe whoever you wish but I would advise following normal natural law principles, that is to hear both sides before coming to a conclusion. More importantly for us, forgotten by the West is Air Rhodesia Flights 825 & 827 which is of great importance because it happened right here in our sphere.”
About the Air Rhodesia Flights 825 & 827 I wrote in other books, lest we forget the war crimes committed against unarmed civilian liners. I am not going to repeat the story again – see Code Name Sanford, Code Name Wrangler, and Code Name Jen. So, I am glad to read today that Netherlands investigators are finally asking Russian assistance to what really happened that faithful day in Ukraine. You cannot conduct a proper investigation without speaking to every suspect – it will leave question marks and your findings rejected. To be clear, I don’t know who shot that aircraft down but can say this, no missile is launched by a First World Military without much paperwork accompanying it. A coverup is impossible since someone somewhere will talk. Jumping to conclusions or faking intelligence (a video of a Buk system driving down the road, it is well-known on the internet by the armchair ninjas) will not help. Ignoring compulsive evidence is just as stupid. Let us hope that a clear picture can now be established, one without politics. I must also point out that Ukraine exploded into civil unrest, lost Crimea and found itself in something close to a civil war in some areas because of a US/CIA supported coup that replaced an elected president but that is also dealt with in other books, American Military Might – Debunked, comes to mind. So, you might say this leads back all the way to Washington’s insane policies. Stop interfering and all will be good.