Did American Spies Sabotage Russian Superjet, Or Cause the String of Spectacular Air and Space Disasters?

Mystery: The jet, pictured here in Jakarta, went missing while on a demonstration flight

Mystery: The jet, pictured here in Jakarta, went missing while on a demonstration flight

Undercover US agents brought down our new Superjet: Russia’s extraordinary claim about crash which killed 45

  • State’s GRU military intelligence source says Russians are investigating theory crash was ‘industrial sabotage
  • Aircraft was on a demonstration flight aimed at securing lucrative orders when it slammed into a mountain killing all 45 passengers and crew
  • Russian intelligence official claims US have ‘special technology’ capable of jamming signals from the ground or causing systems to malfunction

By WILL STEWART IN MOSCOW

Spy sources in Moscow today made the astonishing claim that a US undercover operation may have sabotaged a new Russian Superjet plane that crashed in Indonesia two weeks ago.

The aircraft was on a demonstration flight aimed at securing lucrative orders when it slammed into a mountain killing all 45 passengers and crew.

‘We are investigating the theory that it was industrial sabotage,’ a GRU military intelligence source said.

Crash site: Wreckage of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft shown strewn across Mount Salak, West Java provinceCrash site: Wreckage of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft shown strewn across Mount Salak, West Java province

Disaster: The logo of Sukhoi Co. is clearly visible (bottom, centre) among the wreckage of the SuperjetDisaster: The logo of Sukhoi Co. is clearly visible (bottom, centre) among the wreckage of the Superjet

The extraordinary Cold War-style claim echoes high-level allegations in Moscow that the US used powerful lasers to zap a Russian Mars probe seven months ago.

Other satellite launches – there have been half a dozen failures in the last 18 months – might be the work of US sabotage, raising the spectre of a sustained campaign against its technology by American secret services, it has been argued.

A headline to a story in Russia’s biggest newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda today read: ‘Are the Americans implicated in the Superjet crash?’

‘We know that they have special technology – that we also have – to jam signals from the ground or cause parameter readings to malfunction,’ said the unnamed intelligence official, highlighting a US military presence at Jakarta Airport from where the plane took off on May 9.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is the first entirely new passenger plane unveiled by Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Sabotage claim: Sukhoi's chief civil test pilot Alexander Yablontsev (pictured) flew the Superjet that mysteriously crashed

Sabotage claim: Sukhoi’s chief civil test pilot Alexander Yablontsev (pictured) flew the Superjet that mysteriously crashed

It is designed to grab market share from Western manufacturers.

Russian officials insist investigators have established ‘that there were no technical problems until the crash’.

After the Mars probe failed, Russians space chief Vladimir Popovkin warned: ‘We don’t want to accuse anybody, but there are very powerful devices that can influence spacecraft now.

‘The possibility they were used cannot be ruled out.’

He stressed: ‘The frequent failure of our space launches, which occur at a time when they are flying over the part of Earth not visible from Russia, where we do not see the spacecraft and do not receive telemetric information, are not clear to us.’

A senior navy commander also blamed the US Navy for the August 2000 Kursk nuclear submarine sinking that killed 118 seamen, since several US ships were in the vicinity of the Barents Sea exercises.

Grim task: An Indonesian military helicopter lowers a body bag, recovered from the crash site of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on May 13Grim task: An Indonesian military helicopter lowers a body bag, recovered from the crash site of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on May 13

Grief-stricken: Indonesian relatives of passengers on the jet at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta on May 10, as rescuers searched for survivors at the crash siteGrief-stricken: Indonesian relatives of passengers on the jet at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta on May 10, as rescuers searched for survivors at the crash site

Kazakhstan and Belarus have agreed to resist international pressure for human rights

Kazakhstan and Belarus have agreed to resist international pressure for human rights

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It is learned that during the recent (12-14 May 2012) visit of President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan to Belarus signed a joint statement by the presidents of two countries against international scrutiny on human rights issues, according to a weekly newspaper Belarusian Belarusians and the Market . “The parties will provide mutual support in international forums on human rights, together to oppose attempts to use human rights issues as a means of political pressure “- said in a May 14 adopted by Heads of State joint statement.

Astana and Minsk intend to continue the close coordination of activities of the OSCE “in order to further advance common priorities and initiatives aimed at correcting existing imbalances and improving the efficiency of the organization.” Lukashenko and Nazarbaev coincided in a negative evaluation of the OSCE. In a statement Nazarbayev, Lukashenko said that both sides are interested in ensuring “transparency in the work of its institutions and field presences, as well as streamlining the monitoring of elections by the OSCE.”

Recall that Kazakhstan was headed by the OSCE in 2010, and even held in Astana summit of the organization, but the OSCE regularly refuses to recognize the elections held in Kazakhstan, relevant to democratic standards, and Nazarbayev said that no more critical observers in Kazakhstan at the elections will not be allowed.

In Belarus, the OSCE office was closed in December 2010, and the decision it has not been reviewed.

The international news agency “Fergana”

Russia Offers to Host Syria Peace Talks

Russia Offers to Host Syria Peace Talks

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W460

Russia is ready to host direct talks between the Syrian regime and rebel representatives, a top official said Wednesday, in a bid to end 14 months of bloodshed that has claimed over 10,000 lives.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said peace mediator Kofi Annan’s deputy was trying to secure agreement with the fractured foreign-based Syrian opposition on who could meet Bashar Assad’s Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa.

“Russia has proposed starting this dialogue in Moscow, considering the opposition’s fear of coming to Syria and the authorities’ refusal to hold a meeting in Cairo under the auspices of the Arab League,” Bogdanov said in comments posted by the foreign ministry.

The Syrian strongman appointed Sharaa as his official negotiator last year. But the rebels had previously rejected negotiations because of the raging violence and the regime’s refusal to offer real power to Assad’s foes.

Moscow has hosted several more moderate Syrian groups in the past year who do not represent the main Syrian National Council opposition movement.

Bogdanov did not say how or whether either Assad or the Syrian opposition has responded to Russia’s offer.

The “Extortionist” Is the Tyrant Making the Demands

Proud to be an Extortionist!

By: Yasmeen Ali

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US Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, the chair and ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said US must not pay $5000 per truck as demanded by Pakistan, for supplies to troops in Afghanistan, which McCain called extortion.

Extortion, dear McCain, is defined as, the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one’s office or authority’. He also stated, while talking to ‘The Cable’ “We can’t look at aid in that light. It’s now becoming a matter of principle”.

I love it!

Is it the first time US will be paying for transit of NATO supplies? They are paying an average of about $250 a truck, as per a senior US official as reported in a report by David S. Cloud, from the Los Angeles Times published May 19th 2012.

So the question dear McCain is not of principle. The question could have been of principle had US not been paying anything at all, and one fine day, Pakistan had woken up to…what did you say? Ah yes…extortion. The question here Mr McCain, is the amount. So let’s help you off the high horse you seem to have got yourself up to and discuss the amount.

Let us take the example of a shopkeeper selling goods. Goods that someone needs desperately to buy. The shopkeeper has fixed a price. But the consumer, a sly, manipulating piece of work, tries everything within his power, to make the shopkeeper lower the price. The shopkeeper , a normally docile man-is obstinate this once. He refuses to succumb to the consumer’s pressure tactics.

Does that make the shopkeeper an Extortionist?

Or, does it make the consumer one-besides some other adjectives I would like to avoid right now?

Maybe McCain, in his youthful exuberance, forgot to mention, that the NATO supply route to Afghanistan via Pakistan has damaged the road infrastructure worth Rs 100 billion in the country during the last 10 years. (News report by Staff Reporter The Nation published 23rd May 2012)

Talking of principles is not very pretty when one has been on a killing spree, killing children, civilians and older people-the more the merrier. Talking of principles is not pretty when you invade one country after the other. Talking of principles is not very pretty when an American citizen goes trigger happy causing deaths and when his hide is saved on basis of the very Shariah Laws US curses. Talking of principles is not very pretty when US decides to unilaterally attack Abottabad for Osama Bin Laden. And in case you missed my dear McCain, we are not the only ones pointing out your ’lack of  principles here’. Amnesty International has, in it’s recent report criticized the USA for it’s use of lethal force, particularly for the ‘unlawful’ killing of Osama Bin Laden in a clandestine US commando raid in Pakistan last May. “The US administration made clear that the operation had been conducted under the USA’s theory of a global armed conflict between the USA and Al-Qaeda in which the USA does not recognize the applicability of international human rights law,” it said in its annual report. “In the absence of further clarification from the US authorities, the killing of Osama bin Laden would appear to have been unlawful,” it said. Amnesty said a request for clarification over an apparent US drone strike in Yemen last September that killed US-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, his Al-Qaeda co-conspirator Samir Khan and at least two others had also gone unanswered(The News publishing an AFP report.  ).

I thoroughly enjoyed your bout of diatribe McCain, obviously, you have a lot of growing up to do!

The free(almost) ride lasted all these years McCain, but there’s nothing in this world as a free lunch, is there? You had a great party while it lasted, but I guess, you get off the bus right here(or horse, if you are not off already).

And if you still feel we are extortionists, guess what. We are proud to be one!

As to the Pakistan Government, I have this to say:

Well done for developing a spine!

Virginia Slims , had basically target marketed the women, many,many years ago,in it’s advertising campaign. I particularly liked the theme line, that I would like to say to my government, ”You’ve come a long way, baby.”

Yasmeen Ali is a University Professor & a Lawyer based in Lahore. She can be reached at: yasmeen.a.9@gmail.com