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Now (Some?) of the Truth Comes Out

Regarding the disappearance of MH370, many people have speculated that the public are not being told the whole truth in this matter.

Turns out, that was correct:

MH370 pilot practised suicide route into the Indian Ocean

The captain of missing flight MH370 practised crashing into the Indian Ocean on a simulator weeks before his plane disappeared, confidential police documents reveal.

The documents show that captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah practised flying across remote sections of the ocean until his plane ran out of fuel.

It suggests the disappearance of MH370 was not an accident, but a suicide mission meticulously planned by the pilot, New York magazine reported.

The route he practised on the simulator took him out of Kuala Lumpur before heading south over the remote expanse of the Indian Ocean.

It is a route eerily similar to the one investigators believe the plane flew before it vanished in March 2014.

The simulator data was gleaned from a computer by the FBI and used by the Malaysian Police during their investigation into the incident.

However, the findings were withheld from the public when police released their official investigation last March.

Before the flight vanished it is understood Shah had been distracted and withdrawn as he dealt with the break-up of his marriage.

Speaking in 2014 about the mystery, the wife and daughter of Shah said the 53-year-old pilot had been desolate in the weeks before the aircraft’s disappearance – and refused pleas to attend marriage counselling sessions.

Three weeks after the split Flight MH370 went missing, with some investigators suggesting it was a deliberate and desperate ploy by Shah.

The key part bolded by me.  Why would they hold this back from the public I wonder? What would or could informing the public of this do?  How would it compromise the search? Or otherwise interfere with finding out what happened and where the plane is?

The revelations come as officials from Malaysia, China and Australia admit they could have been searching in the wrong area for the plane for the last two years.

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Blunt Article from Fran O’Sullivan

Blunt but true:

Fran O’Sullivan: Memo – This is not a pissing contest

John Key and Graeme Wheeler should fix the housing crisis – not point the finger at each other.

Key is on the money as he rarks up the Reserve Bank over its failure to further tighten the screws on property speculators.

Everyone knows he is playing diversionary tactics.

 

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CIA Goes Rogue

From the NZ Herald:

CIA ‘tried to hide torture details’

By Raf Sanchez

8:21 AM Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Agency searched Senate computers to thwart inquiry into interrogations, says intelligence committee head.

The CIA illegally searched Senate computers as part of a shadowy campaign to conceal details of its “brutal and un-American” torture programme, a senior senator claimed yesterday.

Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate’s intelligence committee, made the accusations in a dramatic speech that shed light on the behind-the-scenes power struggle between the US Congress and America’s leading spy agency.

Feinstein said she had “grave concerns” that CIA agents had violated the US constitution and were trying to “intimidate” the Senate committee meant to ensure their operations remained within the law.

This is the sort of stuff movies are made out of:

The CIA are believed to have done something wrong, so they are investigated by a committee.  But while they’re being investigated, they’re allegedly interfering with the committee’s documents and threatening court action against it’s members!

Has the CIA gone too far this time?

 

Torture in China

Story in Stuff today. This is the country we are dealing with:

Reflections of a tortured man

GILLIAN WONG
Last updated 11:55 10/03/2014
 

The local Chinese official remembers the panic he felt in Room 109. He had refused to confess to bribery he says he didn’t commit, and his Communist Party interrogators were forcing his legs apart.

Zhou Wangyan heard his left thigh bone snap, with a loud “ka-cha”. The sound nearly drowned out his howls of pain.

“My leg is broken,” Zhou told the interrogators. According to Zhou, they ignored his pleas.

China’s government was under strong pressure to fight rampant corruption in its ranks, faced with the anger of an increasingly prosperous, well-educated and internet-savvy public. 

However, the party’s methods for extracting confessions exposed its 85 million members and their families to the risk of abuse. 

Experts estimated at least several thousand people were secretly detained every year for weeks or months under an internal system that was separate from state justice.

In a rare display of public defiance, Zhou and three other party members in Hunan have described the months of abuse they endured less than two years ago, in separate cases, while in detention.

It was in September that the interrogators broke his leg. Two weeks later, Zhou started slipping into unconsciousness. Only then, he said, did they let him go to a hospital under the false name of Wang Yan, with the story that he had fallen in the bathroom.

Medical records showed that upon admission to the Zhuzhou City No. 1 People’s Hospital on September 29, his thighs, calves and feet were swollen, his skin red and hot and his left thigh badly bruised. 

Further tests revealed fluid in his thighs, kidney stones, an enlarged liver and swollen lymph nodes on his groin. Scans confirmed that his left thigh had broken into several pieces.

A week after surgery, Zhou’s investigators took him back to Room 109, he said.

It was three months later, in the winter, when Zhou finally caved. He signed a confession saying he had accepted 40,000 yuan, or NZ$7800, in bribes and wrote a resignation letter.

He was released in January last year. An amateur video shot that day by his family showed a visibly thinner Zhou hobbling out of the building on crutches. He was helped on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

Despite everything, Zhou hoped for justice.

“I still believe that the Chinese Communist Party is a good ruling party,” Zhou said. 

“I also believe that not too far in the future, there will be a place in the People’s Republic of China in which we can speak freely, a place where my terrible case will receive a fair and just response.”

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So you know, this is modern China.  The China of today.  No wonder anyone with money is getting the hell out of there.

Why we have an FTA with these people I’ll never know.

 

This Seems Almost Unbelievable…

So now various snooping government agencies can look through your webcam!

Not only that, they can apply facial recognition technology to try and figure out if you’re a wanted crim!

Man big brother alright:

 

Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ

• 1.8m users targeted by UK agency in six-month period alone
• Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk
• Yahoo: ‘A whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy’
• Material included large quantity of sexually explicit images
Yahoo webcam image.

The GCHQ program saved one image every five minutes from the users’ feeds. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.

GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.

In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.

Manurewa

Manurewa was where I grew up, so hate reading stuff like this:

Motorist carjacked at gunpoint

3:57 PM Sunday Feb 2, 2014
File photo / APN

File photo / APN

Do you know more? Contact the Herald here.

A member of the public was carjacked at gunpoint after a police pursuit in south Auckland this afternoon.

A police spokeswoman said the incident started with a police pursuit on the southern motorway, which was called off due to high speeds.

Police said the pursuit on the motorway was called off at 12.30pm due to speeds in excess of 170km/h.

The vehicle left the motorway at Manurewa, and was followed at a distance by police units.

A man was seen getting out of the car with a firearm and pointing it at the patrol vehicle.

The man then walked to another car at the start of the line of traffic, driven by a member of the public, and forced them to drive him to an address in Takanini.

 

Wow, a New Low

The USA.  That bastion of free will, democracy and fairness.

For them, no one else, of course.  Turns out they’re just making money whatever the issue is:

Snowden revelations of NSA spying on Copenhagen climate talks spark anger

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show NSA kept US negotiators abreast of their rivals’ positions at 2009 summit
US Climate Envoy Todd Stern (R) and Hillary Clinton at COP15 in Copenhagen

US climate envoy Todd Stern (right) and US secretary of state Hillary Clinton (left) give a press conference at the Bella Centre at the COP15 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 2009. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Developing countries have reacted angrily to revelations that the United States spied on other governments at the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show how the US National Security Agency (NSA) monitored communication between key countries before and during the conference to give their negotiators advance information about other positions at the high-profile meeting where world leaders including Barack Obama, Gordon Brown and Angela Merkel failed to agree to a strong deal on climate change.

As the article says, negotiating while spying on those your negotiating with is like playing poker and being able to see the other player’s hands.

As time goes on, the USA is being shown to break pretty much every rule in the book.  This includes their military interventions, their cyber crimes, their regime changes and so on and so on.

Keep it coming Snowden.

 

Depression Claimed Him

Turns out the illness Greg King was suffering from was depression:

Defence lawyer Greg King was ‘haunted’ by crimes

Last updated 12:00 17/10/2013Defence lawyer Greg King

KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ

LEGAL MIND: Greg King during the Ewen Macdonald murder trial last year.

Top lawyer Greg King took his life, depressed, burnt-out, and haunted by the dead from the cases he had known.

Coroner Garry Evans has released his findings into the death of Mr King, 43, whose body was found on November 3, last year, in Dungarvan Rd, Newlands, Wellington, not far from his Mercedes car.

In the car was a typewritten note that began:

“To everyone: How can I explain the unexplainable?”

It said that after nearly 20 years as a defence lawyer he was burnt out, disillusioned and depressed.

“He says he is haunted by the dead from his numerous homicide cases and hates himself for what he has done,” Mr Evans said.

“He says he has been genuinely torn between doing his job and his conscience, which keeps asking him ‘Is this really what you want to do doing?'”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9294657/Defence-lawyer-Greg-King-was-haunted-by-crimes

I’ve had my brushes with depression and wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But man I’ve got to say, if you spend your life getting guilty guys off of murders and other heinous crimes, then it’s bound to leave you and a bad mental state.

People would wonder how anyone doing this for a living could sleep at night.  Well perhaps the answer is “They can’t”.

I was very interested to read this bit:

Ms Milnes-King had told the coroner her husband had a massive breakdown in June 2012 the night after delivering his closing address for Ewen Macdonald in the Scott Guy murder trial.

This tells us all something about the guilt/innocence of this guy.

 

A Sad Statistic

Sad to read this this morning:

US military struggling to stop suicide epidemic among war veterans

Last year, more active-duty soldiers killed themselves than died in combat. And after a decade of deployments to war zones, the Pentagon is bracing for things to get much worse

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And in the comments section, some people daring to say out loud why these young men have died:

“What is sickening is the money Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld made on the backs of these young American, not to mention the horrendous costs to the people of Iraq. Now we have to endure Cheney testifying against gun control in America. Rummy & Cheney will presumably die in bed, rich men with nothing on their conscience. You couldn’t make this stuff up….”

They gave (and are still giving) their lives so some old white rich men could get richer.