Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Conspiracy Theories Galore

Even at this day and age, given radar and satellite surveillance capabilities, it seems like technology has a long way to go and it's still possible to lose track of something as technologically loaded as a Boeing 777. Notwithstanding the fact that the Earth is covered by approximately 70% of water, maybe a wreckage can be found eventually beneath the waves. This is of course if we assume that the plane indeed crashed.

The slow trickle of information from the authorities themselves have eventually given everyone online a free hand in presenting theories and conjectures as to not only the fate of Flight MH370, but also the circumstances that have surrounded and influenced these suggested conclusions. Now, I don't think there's anything malicious about the exercise, especially if everyone is recognizing these suggestions as mere off-hand theories for the curious and creative. This activity of connecting the dots has always been a hobby for a lot of people, as a jigsaw puzzle of information, that doesn't necessarily have to look like a canine if the person sees a flower and not a dog.

*From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_f8ayQQx4I
It's a sailboat.

It is inevitable after all for people to try to make sense of what they are observing, that's the scientific method in itself and I suppose it extends to people's needs as third party observers (and not necessarily the victims) to find the answers and the truth, instead of ignoring something that somehow affects them (even if indirectly) as well. I mean, I'd be interested to know what went down inside that plane, especially if the event (or phenomenon) can be likely duplicated in a separate incident (whether the explanation is extremely simple or ridiculously farfetched).

I intended to list down my findings of the most popular conspiracy theories before indulging with my own, but with so many people blasting away with their ideas online (from the silly to the morbid) via blogs, articles, comments sections, bulletin boards, Facebook, Twitter, among so many online gateways, I thought it best to just put the URL's instead and have everyone sift through them (and digest them to their liking). These are just some, and there are obviously numerous sites out there carrying the conspiracy theories:

And so here's mine (which is somehow inspired by some theories already suggested by others):

Weaponized 777 + Obama visiting Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in April, ruh roh

CNN said one pilot had this theory that the plane, if it were hijacked, flew behind another airliner's slipstream to evade detection. In any case, the ability of the pilot to avoid detection already provides them a confirmation that they can deliver an explosive payload without much trouble of interception, especially if the rogue aircraft will cruise with a commercial airliner's paint-job.

It was also suggested that the reason they flew 45,000 feet up before descending to 23,000 feet was to asphyxiate the passengers, silence them (and probably eventually dispose of the corpses). A scuffle in the cockpit wasn't being ruled out either as to why there were changes to the cruising altitude.

Then what we have is a pilot-able missile, just load it with explosives and you're good to go, any target within its fuel range is reachable for one big suicide run.

As to the motive, analysts early on dismissed terrorism since no one was claiming responsibility, but had eventually given in to the idea that there might be something nefarious behind the plane's disappearance, as facts and information eventually trickled in. Terrorism, after all, is meant to sow fear among a populace. It might be possible after all that there is a bigger blueprint to this plane heist and that the coup de grĂ¢ce to the motive has yet to unfold before someone claims "glorious victory" and credit to the deed.

As to the motive, it should be noted that Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in April and he is obviously a high profile target that all terrorists consider as the white whale trophy for all terrorists. A weaponized 777 is pretty much unstoppable. There won't be any US fighter jets in the immediate vicinity to shoot down a "hostile 777" (ha, never thought I'd put those two together!), and it'll probably evade radar like it had, if it's headed towards a target.

In any case, I'm hoping that this theory of mine is debunked. In a month's time or less, we'll find out, but it seems to me that no matter what the true scenario is, it can't be denied that the loss of the people in Flight MH370 is a tragedy that we are all too eager and anxious to find the explanations to.

Without any facts to lean on, these are mere online chatter, chasing ghosts. It's a phenomenon in itself in my opinion that could easily be considered unproductive mumbling that's just adding to the noise and confusion. In any case, as long as the mystery hasn't completely taken shape, it's a free-for-all that maybe (rudely) can be made for wagering. So which theory is the most plausible and which will eventually turn out to be the correct one given the limited facts? No matter what, it sure will be comforting to find an answer to the mystery of Flight MH370.

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  1. I believe the target was ZTE employee Li Yanlin and the two unidentified passengers from Huawei Technologies. Huawei Technologies and ZTE Inc., were declared a national security threat in 2012 because of their attempts to extract sensitive information from American companies and their loyalties to the Chinese government.

    Also, ZTE has been selling information to Iran. I think Yanlin was with the Iranian men and was brokering another technology deal with Iran. Former and current employees for Huawei, have said the company has committed “potential violations” in the United States related to immigration, bribery, corruption and copyright infringement. Yanlin and the Huawei employees on board were likely stealing (or being given) information from the 20 Freescale Semiconductor employees also on board. If it had landed, perhaps Iran and China would have top-secret and extremely threatening military technology. I.E. the United States did this.

    This article says EVERYTHING!


    1. I absolutely agree that there is plausibility in the belief that China has tendencies to embed espionage activities, instruments, and assets into their seemingly harmless commercial endeavors and products. If China can be brazen in imposing their military presence in the Pacific (bullying the region in fact by playing chicken and who-blinks-first), then there is definitely no way to discount the notion that they are also getting assertive in the cloak and dagger arena. On MH370, I was watching CNN just this morning and was extremely amazed by the abundance of theories and questions #370Qs @CNN out there from viewers all over trying to make sense of this. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/18/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-twitter-questions/ Certainly this era of Internet facilitated feedback and social media networking is a reflection of how collaborative problem-solving has become in our society today. Thanks Leigh!

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