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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pine Gap And MH370

There is a place called Pine Gap. It is in the geographical center of Australia. The CIA, the US Air Force and the RAAF have maintained a super secret radar and satellite tracking system at Pine Gap for many decades.  


The reason they chose Pine Gap is because of its remoteness. During the Cold War there was no way ship borne electronic surveillance ships (aka Russian spy ships) could intercept radio signals from Pine Gap. 

Pine Gap is a Star Wars type super secret military base.


 
 
 


Their main task at Pine Gap is to monitor any rocket launches especially in the eastern hemisphere. If the Chinese, North Koreans, Russians launched a rocket, there are look down satellites that will pick it up and transmit the data to Pine Gap. 

Pine Gap is a major satellite tracking and monitoring system for the American  ECHELON spy satellite system. Anytime someone says the word ECHELON or types it up on a computer that is online, the ECHELON system will pick it up. For exampe the system will automatically pick up this blog post. Hi guys.

Pine Gap (plus a string of other radar sites in Australia) have OTHR capacity. OTHR means 'Over The Horizon Radar'.  They have powerful radar that can detect movement of ships and aircraft thousands of kilometers away.  The following picture shows how over the horizon radar operates. They bounce signals off the ionosphere to enable long distance detection.


The following map shows the range of Pine Gap's over the horizon radar coverage. Bear in mind that this map is outdated. Their latest capability has increased by a factor of ten since they were set up.
 
The system allows them to observe all air and sea activity north of Australia to distances of 3000 km. This encompasses all of Java, Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and halfway across the Indian Ocean. Other sources put the range at 4000 km from the Australian coastline, as far away as Singapore.

The system is so sensitive it is able to track planes as small as a Cessna 172 taking off and landing in East Timor 2600 km away. They are believed to have increased the sensitivity by a factor of ten beyond this level. It is also reportedly able to detect stealth aircraft, as typically these are designed only to avoid detection by microwave radar.

This system is capable of detecting and tracking missile launches in Asia. Here is another picture of some of their related equipment located elsewhere in Australia:


 The JORN network

The moment flight MH370 made an unauthorised change in its course it became a 'rogue'. Meaning the plane was communicating but not following its authorised flight path or following instructions from any Air Traffic Control. 

This would have immediately alerted some tracking systems. Then when the plane turned off its transponders (it went quiet) the flight became a 'bogey' - an unidentified plane.

After 9-11 any 'bogey' the size of a Boeing 777 would have alerted numerous flight tracking systems. 

Then the plane flew past Penang, down the entire west coast of Sumatera and approached Australia.

There is no way the super secret radar station at Pine Gap did not pick up MH370.
 
There was a news report in the New Straits Times that Defense and Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein had asked the US for radar information (if any). Obviously Dato Seri Hishamuddin was referring to American radar in Australia. Here is a news report :

Flight MH370: Malaysia wants access to data from Pine Gap

Data request: Malaysia believes the radar domes of the top-secret joint US-Australian base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs may have captured crucial information about Flight MH370.


Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has asked the US to share information obtained from the Pine Gap base near Alice Springs, reports the government-controlled New Straits Times newspaper.

They want to use the information to calibrate with data they have already obtained to narrow the search areas from a massive 2.4 million square nautical miles stretching from Central Asia to the vast expanses of the Indian Ocean.

The New Straits Times on Wednesday led its coverage of the missing plane with a story referring to Pine Gap as a "super-secret" installation in the barren Australian heartland that could solve the puzzle of the mystery disappearance.

Although the US sent air and naval assets to help search for MH370 until today they have never shared any information on any radar or other electronic survellance methods that they most certainly have.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pembunuhan 141 Anak Pakistan Mendedahkan Kemunafikan Pejuang Jihad

141 Pakistani school kids were murdered in cold blood in Peshawar. Another seven adults (teachers) also died.  Today another 67 Pakistanis died in retaliatory attacks by the Pakistani air force. Here is the news :

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.

In the meantime Boko Haram has also kidnapped another 185 women, girls and children. 32 people were also killed.

Today is Friday. I was waiting to see if any of the religious clowns would be organising any demonstrations at the Masjid Negara, Masjid Kg Baru or Masjid Jamek to protest the murder of the 148 Pakistanis. I dont think there was any.

All the bloody Muslim countries around the world said hardly a thing. At least the Indian government observed two minutes of  prayer and silence in all schools  throughout India in memory of  those slain children.  And India is a Hindu country !! 

Tapi in Malaysia the sekolah pondok, madrassah and sekolah kebangsaan guys do not even know jack stuff about where Pakistan is.  Tapi depa kata 's-o-l-i-d-a-r-i-t-y'  dengan negara Islam !!

Pi dah mabuk.

At least the MCA released a media statement expressing regrets and sadness at the death of 148 school kids and teachers in Pakistan.  Did UMNO say anything?

Is it because the children who were killed were Pakistanis and not Arabs? Imagine if 148 Palestinians were killed by the Israelis. The entire 'Rejimen Tin Milo' will be out in the streets collecting donations for 'Tabung Jihad' in their Tin Milo. 

But when  148 Pakistanis died, there were no Tabung Tin Milo collections.  Pasal apa pula? Pakistani lives are not that important?

Good News : US Grows Up, Restablishes Relations With Cuba


The United States and Cuba on Dec. 17 took their most assertive step in several decades toward normalizing relations. 

The most important announcements concerned the resumption of high-level political discussions focused on renewing formal diplomatic ties between the countries, which have been nonexistent since 1961. 

Cuban and U.S. officials will hold high-level meetings in the coming months, and the two countries will work toward establishing embassies in Havana and Washington. 

The United States will also immediately relax some sanctions on trade and travel to Cuba. 

President Barack Obama announced that the United States would loosen certain restrictions on financial transactions with Cuba, remove some restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba, and authorize the export of certain goods to the Cuban private sector. 

Obama has the legal authority to immediately implement the measures he announced, but he left the issue of formally lifting the trade embargo up to Congress. 

Together, the announcements signaled a gradual process of reopening Cuba to the United States.

Havana has much to gain from starting such a process, especially at a time when its regional partner, Venezuela, faces severe instability. 

Cuba fears that a declining Venezuelan economy will limit one of the island nation's sources of financing and low-cost petroleum shipments while it is attempting to transition toward a new leadership and economic model.
 
Nonetheless, the measures announced by Obama will allow the administration to deepen ties with Havana before it approaches Congress to request the lifting of sanctions. 

Talks between U.S. and Cuban officials will continue into the next year, with the April summit of the Organization of American States serving as the largest public forum at which the two sides can meet. Given Cuban President Raul Castro's advanced age, it is likely the talks will discuss an eventual political transition in the country.

A more immediate question is how the budding rapprochement between the United States and Cuba will affect the behavior of Venezuela, Cuba's most important ally in Latin America. 

Venezuela's mounting economic distress may make it see Cuba's improved ties with the United States as a potential threat in the long run.

My views :  There are huge opportunities waiting for American businesses in Cuba. The Cubans are also getting tired of wearing worn out shoes. 

Its about time they changed their economic model. The Chinese model may work very well in their favour too. A bunch of maufacturing operations can be shifted to Cuba - their labour costs should be lower than Chinas.

It all depends on whether the Cuban leaders feel that their people deserve a better standard of living through more private enterprise. 

The same decision that our leaders should make for Malaysia. Do all Malaysians deserve a better quality of life through access to better quality cars at more of market prices. 

Venezuela is faltering. American businesses may penetrate Venezuela through Cuba.  Cuba could also buy fuel oils from the US - and take up some of the glut.

Although there has been a trade embargo against the US, you can always buy Cuban cigars in the US. Even online. Hypocrites.