McConnell believes that Serco ran cross-key killers from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel in Bermuda during WWII and claims that former U.K. Minister of Defence Nicholas Soames ordered Baginski to link a uFly 777-200 simulator to the red-switch network at Toronto Airport so MI-3 Sheraton cross-key killers could override the MH 370 autopilot and guide its passengers to their final destination.
Bernama| Updated: April 20, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Till today the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’
(MAS) Flight MH370 remains the main story in the newspapers, news portals and television.
Both the local and foreign media, provided wide coverage from day one up to the present search in the south of Indian Ocean.
They have been trying their best to outdo one another in reporting on the latest developments on the jetliner carrying 239 passengers and crew that went missing on March 8 while enroute to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
Nonetheless, some of the foreign media went overboard by painting a negative picture on Malaysia especially through the lopsided and speculative reports.
‘The foreign media’s speculative powers’
Malaysians could only read, listen and watch in anguish many of the news reports especially by the foreign media that was critical of the of the airline, its crew and the country’s leaders.
As the days passed more stories that were spiteful appeared and one good example would be the US based Fox News Channel’s news that linked Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah and his co-pilot Fariq Ab Hamid with terrorism, sabotage and hijacking.
While search and rescue efforts were still on, CNN’s security analyst Peter Bergen prematurely concluded that the plane’s disappearance had something to do with terrorism or pilot suicide.
Britain’s tabloid the Daily Mail even went further in its speculation that Capt Zaharie had sabotaged the plane as he was unhappy with the Appeal Court’s decision hours earlier on defacto opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over a sodomy charge.
The Daily Mail too in another article stated that Capt Zahari went into recluse several weeks before the tragedy, indirectly pointing that he could be behind the plane’s disappearance.
And there was this news carried by the foreign media that a Chinese national Liu Guiqui, the mother to one of the passengers on the ill-fated flight, was manhandled by police after she gate crashed into the press conference room. The misreporting was so appalling that Liu herself found it fit to rubbish the report in an interview with China Central Television (CCTV).
Soon after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that based on satellite ping analysis flight MH370 had ended in the Indian Ocean, CNN hit out at MAS’ for informing the fate of the passengers to the families through SMS.
The report drew public wrath on MAS that had made all attempts to communicate directly with the next of kin and made the company appear as if it was totally irresponsible.
And the list of wrong reporting or unsubstantiated speculations and claims on MH370 continues.
‘Misusing media freedom’
The media reports were obviously unfair and lacked integrity, and what more when it was the wanton abuse of freedom of the press.
A lecturer at the Universiti Teknologi MARA’s (UiTM) campus in Shah Alam, Associate Professor Dr Ismail Sualman noted that the foreign media had a tendency to sensationalise the missing flight MH370.
The lecturer with the Communications and Media Studies faculty noted that the foreign media were ready to overstep the journalistic ethics boundary all in the name of so called transparency.
He opined that much of dramatic speculation and theories were to get the scoop, to enhance the circulations and ratings without bothering of their implications.
“If this is all about the freedom of the media, that its nonsense! These media are totally irresponsible and unethical as they are ever ready to spin stories knowing well they are not true.
“There is no point in clamouring for the freedom of the press when they cannot provide fair and true coverage,” he said to Bernama.
‘This should not be happening’
Media speculations are harmful not only for the next of kin’s emotion but also diverts the attention of the investigators, and search and rescue teams though their stories are just based on assumptions.
Ismail noted that the media often gets their facts wrong and were quick to point fingers without checking further.
He also found it shocking that a renowned news network like CNN could get its facts wrong like Kuala Lumpur in Indonesia and that the Malaysian prime minister’s name is Najib Rahman.
“Mistakes like this coming from the so called credible news network are unbelievable and shocking… they are just no more than spin doctors,” he said.
‘Malaysia is doing its best’
Whatever said and done by the media, the fact remains that Malaysia has given utmost priority to the welfare and the feelings of the family members of crew and passengers, something that cannot be seen elsewhere in such tragedies.
“This is unlike in the foreign countries, the government only emphasizes on search and rescue mission beforehand, before looking into the family’s welfare.
“I feel Malaysia is really good in this aspect,” he said.
Despite the unwelcome remarks from the foreign media and some next of kin, Malaysia took everything in humility and continued to seek a closure over the MH370 episode.
‘Actively deflecting criticisms’
Meanwhile, he said that the local media has to be proactive in refuting the negative and inaccurate reports issued by the foreign media.
The move is highly pertinent in preserving the nation’s image, apart from disseminating credible information over the incident.
“The local media has to work harder in uniting the Malaysians across the political divide and provide full moral support for the leaders in facing testing times like this,” he said.
Story first published on: April 20, 2014 07:53 (MYT)
“Girlfriend of MH370 passenger: Families ‘going to get noisier’
Eun Kyung KimTODAY
Family members of passengers lost on missing Malaysia Airlines 370 have attacked the Malaysian government for an investigation they say has been bungled and poorly handled.
“We all want to go back to square one. It’s day 45. We are basically at the same position we were on on the first day,” Sarah Bajc, the girlfriend of Flight 370 American passenger Philip Wood, told Matt Lauer Monday. “We don’t know anything for sure. We want to go back and start over again, but with new people looking at the information.”
Bajc sent an email to media on behalf of “the united families of MH370” listing their frustrations and complaints related to the way the tragedy has been handled. The letter criticizes, among other things, the lack of meaningful updates for family members and access to experts who could answer technical questions about the search.
The letter also criticizes the Malaysian government for failing to get an independent review of data they have found, and failing to notify family members of any new information before releasing it to the public. The letter also assails the government for suggesting it may issue death certificates or provide monetary compensation before the plane is actually found.
“We want to come back to taking this investigation away from the Malaysian government. We believe it’s been mishandled,” Bajc said on TODAY. “As a group of family members, we are gaining strength. We want them to know we are not going to go away. Until they agree to pursue this more independently in a way that we can feel confident in, we are going to get noisier and noisier.”
The note Bajc released explains family members don’t expect investigators to find all remnants of the plane or the passengers “but we do expect at least a tiny bit of concrete evidence.”
“Until they have proof, they have an obligation to make regular pre-payments to the families in need, and they have an obligation to exert themselves beyond dozing and snickering in resolving this case,” the note says.
The letter concludes: “WE ARE IN UTTER OUTRAGE, DESPAIR AND SHOCK!”
“CNN Flight Simulator Reports on Flight MH 370 using our simulator
We have been helping CNN with their investigative reporting of the missing flight MH370. CNN has been filming in our simulator recreating scenarios to answer many questions of what could have happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight. Our prayers go out to the families of the missing crew and passengers.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing that lost contact with air traffic control on 8 March 2014 at 01:20 less than an hour after takeoff. At 07:24, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) reported the flight as missing. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations.
A multinational search and rescue effort
[allegedly coordinated through Serco’s MI-3 Red Switch Network], later reported as the largest in history, was initiated in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea Within a few days, this was extended to include the Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea. On 15 March, based on military radar data and radio “pings” between the aircraft and an Inmarsat satellite, investigators concluded that it had first headed west across the Malay Peninsula, then continued on a northern or southern track for approximately seven hours. The search in the South China Sea was abandoned. Three days later the Australian Maritime Safety Authority began searching the southern part of the Indian Ocean.
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McConnell has been directed by Abel Danger Global to serve as expert witness to plaintiffs who may wish to sue for damages in re Serco’s alleged use of Sheraton Red Switch networks to override the MH 370 Autopilot and deploy Cross Key killers at the passengers’ final destination.
McConnell previously offered that same expert witness service to ALPA-FAA-NTSB and FBI in Civil Case 1:08-1600 (RMC) and is now willing to demonstrate how the uFly Simulator at 1535 Meyerside Drive Mississauga could have been used on the MH 370 autopilot to develop a CNN Wag the Dog stories and divert attention from Sheraton’s global matrix of Cross-Key Killers.
Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222
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