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Iran Jet Disaster Setup

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich and Finian Cunningham – Sputnik – 13.01.2020

The 19-second video published by the New York Times last week showing the moment an Iranian missile hit a passenger jet has prompted much social media skepticism.

Questions arise about the improbable timing and circumstances of recording the precise moment when the plane was hit.

The newspaper ran the splash story on January 9, the day after a Ukrainian airliner was brought down near Tehran. It was headlined: ‘Video Shows Ukrainian Plane Being Hit Over Iran’. All 176 people onboard were killed. Two days later, the Iranian military admitted that one of its air defense units had fired at the plane in the mistaken belief that it was an incoming enemy cruise missile.

“A smoking gun” was how NY Times’ journalist Christiaan Triebert described the video in a tweet. Triebert works in the visual investigations team at the paper. In the same tweet, he thanked – “a very big shout out” – to an Iranian national by the name of Nariman Gharib “who provided it [the video] to the NY Times, and the videographer, who would like to remain anonymous”.

The anonymous videographer is the person who caught the 19-second clip which shows a missile striking Flight PS752 shortly after take-off from Tehran’s Imam Khomenei airport at around 6.15 am. This person, who remains silent during the filming while smoking a cigarette (the smoke briefly wafts over the screen), is standing in the suburb of Parand looking northwest. His location was verified by the NY Times using satellite data. The rapid way the newspaper’s technical resources were marshaled raises a curious question about how a seemingly random video submission was afforded such punctilious attention.

But the big question which many people on social media are asking is: why was this “videographer” standing in a derelict industrial area outside Tehran at around six o’clock in the morning with a mobile phone camera training on a fixed angle to the darkened sky? The airliner is barely visible, yet the sky-watching person has the camera pointed and ready to film a most dramatic event, seconds before it happened. That strongly suggests, foreknowledge.

Given that something awful has just been witnessed it is all the more strange that the person holding the camera remains calm and unshaken. There is no audible expression of shock or even the slightest disquiet.

Turns out that Nariman Gharib, the guy who received the video and credited by the NY Times for submitting it, is a vociferous anti-Iranian government dissident who does not live in Iran. He ardently promotes regime change in his social media posts.

Christiaan Triebert, the NY Times’ video expert, who collaborated closely with Gharib to get the story out within hours of the incident, previously worked as a senior investigator at Bellingcat. Bellingcat calls itself an independent online investigative journalism project, but numerous critics accuse it of being a media adjunct to Western military intelligence. Bellingcat has been a big proponent of media narratives smearing the Russian and Syrian governments over the MH17 shoot-down in Ukraine in 2014 and chemical weapons attacks.

In the latest shoot-down of the airliner above Tehran, the tight liaison between a suspiciously placed anonymous videographer on the ground and an expatriate Iranian dissident who then gets the prompt and generous technical attention of the NY Times suggests a level of orchestration, not, as we are led to believe, a random happenstance submission. More sinisterly, the fateful incident was a setup.

It seems reasonable to speculate that in the early hours of January 8 a calamitous incident was contrived to happen. The shoot-down occurred only four hours after Iran attacked two US military bases in Iraq. Those attacks were in revenge for the American drone assassination on January 3 of Iran’s top military commander, Maj. General Qassem Soleimani.

Subsequently, Iranian air-defense systems were on high alert for a possible counter-strike by US forces. Several reports indicate that the Iranian defense radars were detecting warnings of incoming enemy warplanes and cruise missiles on the morning of 8 January. It does seem odd why the Iranian authorities did not cancel all commercial flights out of Tehran during that period. Perhaps because civilian airliners can normally be differentiated by radar and other signals from military objects.

However, with the electronic warfare (EW) technology that the United States has developed in recent years it is entirely feasible for enemy military radars to be “spoofed” by phantom objects. One such EW developed by the Pentagon is Miniature Air-Launched Decoy (MALD) which can create deceptive signals on enemy radar systems of incoming warheads.

What we contend therefore is this: the Americans exploited a brink-of-war scenario in which they anticipated Iranian air-defense systems to be on a hair-trigger. Add to this tension an assault by electronic warfare on Iranian military radars in which it would be technically feasible to distort a civilian airliner’s data as an offensive target. The Iranian military has claimed this was the nature of the shoot-down error. It seems plausible given the existing electronic warfare used by the Pentagon.

It’s a fair, albeit nefarious, bet that the flight paths out of Tehran were deliberately put in an extremely dangerous position by the malicious assault from American electronic warfare. A guy placed on the ground scoping the outward flight paths – times known by publicly available schedules – would be thus on hand to catch the provoked errant missile shot.

The shoot-down setup would explain why Western intelligence were so quick to confidently assert what happened, contradicting Iran’s initial claims of a technical onboard plane failure.

The disaster has gravely undermined the Iranian government, both at home and around the world. Protests have erupted in Iran denouncing the authorities and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp for “lying” about the crash. Most of the 176 victims were Iranian nationals. The anger on the streets is being fueled by the public comments of Western leaders like Donald Trump, who no doubt see the clamor and recriminations as an opportunity to push harder for regime change in Iran.

January 14, 2020 - Posted by | Deception, False Flag Terrorism |

7 Comments »

  1. U.S.”accidents” and then – indeed – there are others…

    The alleged deliberate downing of Iran Air Flight 655 by US warship USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf in 1988
    was a bitter air tragedy for Iranians in, the irony of the tragedy was that the US did not apologize to Iran and
    instead awarded the commander of the warship with a certificate of valor – after 290 passengers got killed.
    http://www.iranchamber.com/history/articles/shootingdown_iranair_flight655.php
    https://en.irna.ir/news/83378175/Deliberate-downing-of-Iran-Air-Flight-655-by-US-bitter-air-tragedy

    Ukraine Airliner Tragedy Evokes Memories of When US Shot Down Iran Air Flight 655
    https://theantimedia.com/ukraine-airliner-tragedy-evokes-memories-iran-air-flight-655/

    KAL 007 and Iran Air 655. Comparing the ultra biased american/western coverage.
    https://fair.org/extra/kal-007-and-iran-air-655/

    Iran Air Flight 655: One of Pentagon’s Most Inexcusable Disgraces
    https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/07/04/iran-air-flight-655-one-of-pentagons-most-inexcusable-disgraces/

    The Shoot Down of Iran Air Flight 655
    by SASAN FAYAZMANESH, JULY 11, 2008
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2008/07/11/the-shoot-down-of-iran-air-flight-655/

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    Comment by Ashino Wiolf Sushanti | January 14, 2020 | Reply

    • THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

      “An actor walks upon the floodlit stage of life wearing a mask of an angel beneath a demon’s gown. Pretence smiles upon the crowded hall of life holding out hope as bright as it is false. Son of a woman in whose veins flows the blood of ancient Ireland and dark Africa’s plains. You are Obama, nick-named the standing king. You are Barack, oh, son born to deceive. The suffering hoards of Africa look up to you, see a black savoir where naught but a Judas strides. An entrapper of nations, bringer of dismal war…’ — Zulu shaman Credo Mutwa – 2008

      From whatreallyhappened.com quote of the day!

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      Comment by Leland Roth | January 14, 2020 | Reply

  2. Robert Browning here imo nailed the probable Israeli crime last week commenting on an Altheo article & others internationally have also jumped on it!

    From Benjamin Fulford’s latest report:

    “Remotely hijacking a Ukrainian airliner and flying it with transponders off towards an Iranian military base to fool the Iranians into shooting it down.  (For those readers who do not yet realize this, in the late 1990’s the U.S. had remote hijacking equipment installed in all civilian airliners, supposedly as an anti-hijacking measure.  This ability has been repeatedly abused for political purposes by the Khazarian mafia).”

    https://benjaminfulford.net

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    Comment by Leland Roth | January 14, 2020 | Reply

  3. A Boeing?…the plane was electronically hi-jacked and brought into the war Zone by Israeli hackers. Case closed. Lock ‘m up.

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    Comment by Mr. Anonymous | January 14, 2020 | Reply

  4. Jeremy Rothe-Kuschel opines:
    http://stateofthenation.co/?p=4049

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by rediscover911com | January 14, 2020 | Reply

  5. Ex CIA Chief, Mike Pompeo….”We lied, we cheated we stole, we had entire training courses”……..
    How can the CIA continue to be “trusted” by anyone in the USA, to look after the interests of THE USA?
    They appear to put the interests of Israel way in front of the Interests of their own country.

    I’ll ask the question again(that no one appears to be able to answer) Who is the CIA accountable to?
    If it is not accountable to anyone, then it cannot be trusted by anyone in the USA, from the President down.

    The Military Industrial Complex cannot be trusted by anyone in the USA, just like President Eisenhower predicted, all those years ago.

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 14, 2020 | Reply


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