Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia, made the dramatic claims on his personal blog. ‘The plane is somewhere,’ he said. ‘Someone is hiding something. It is not fair that MAS and Malaysia should take blame.’ So far, the White House and the State Department have not commented on the former pol’s accusations.
| by Bill Hutchinson
NY Daily News
( May 20, 2014, New York City, Sri Lanka Guardian) A former Malaysian prime minister is accusing the CIA and Boeing of “hiding” what really happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
In a post on his personal blog Sunday, Mahathir Mohamad suggested the CIA remotely seized control of the Boeing 777 jet in midair and that a search for the aircraft in the Indian Ocean is a “waste of time.”
“The plane is somewhere, maybe without MAS (Malaysia Airlines) markings,” wrote on his blog.
“Someone is hiding something,” he added. “It is not fair that MAS and Malaysia should take blame.”
He claimed the plane was equipped so that it could be taken over “remotely by radio or satellite links by government agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency” if terrorists attempted to breach the flight deck.
There was no immediate response to Mahathir’s post from the White House or the State Department.
Mahathir, 88, Malaysia’s prime minister from 1981 to 2003, is known for his wild accusations. He once claimed the 9/11 terrorist attacks were an excuse to strike against the Muslim world and declared Jews ran the world by proxy.
The Malaysia Airlines flight vanished without a trace on March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
A multi-country search party has spent millions of dollars probing the Indian Ocean off Australia, where debris believed to be from the plane was spotted but never recovered.
“It is a waste of time and money to look for debris or oil slick or to listen for pings from the black box,” Mahathir wrote on his blog.
“Airplanes don’t just disappear,” he wrote. “Certainly not these days with all the powerful communication systems, radio and satellite tracking and filmless cameras which operate almost indefinitely and possess huge storage capacities.”
He also aimed his suspicions at Boeing, writing that the company built the aircraft and installed its communications and GPS equipment.
“Surely Boeing would ensure that they cannot be easily disabled as they are vital to the safety and operation of the plane,” he wrote. “For some reason, the media will not print anything that involves Boeing or the CIA.”