There are two glaring inconsistencies in the official narratives concerning the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March that need to be kept in mind as the new phase in the deep sea search for its wreckage in the southern Indian Ocean gets underway.
The first inconsistency became known when the White House went public less than a week after the Boeing 777-200ER and the 239 people on board vanished without publicly apparent trace and said it had crashed into the southern Indian Ocean west of Perth.
How US intelligence had come to this conclusion so soon, and why the US chose to make it public without consulting with the Malaysian government (which fiercely denied the reports for several days) has never been officially explained.
There is a reasonable suspicion that US intelligence had much more at its disposal in relation to the flight path of MH370 than the subsequent revelation that an Inmarsat satellite had picked up stand by pings from an onboard engine status reporting system right up until it is believed to have crashed into the sea seven hours 38 or 39 minutes after takeoff.
However the US initiative came after China began to apply fierce criticism through its state media on Kuala Lumpur for its lack of candor about the disaster, which had taken the lives of more than 150 China nationals who were on the KL-Beijing flight which was operated by Malaysia Airlines as a China Southern code-share.
The White House disclosure also preceded Indian Government indifference to attempts by Malaysia to engage it in very specific searches east of India where according to advice given to Indian media, India knew MH370 had not come down.
Speculation as to what additional sources of the information the US possessed largely rely on long published claims that US satellites monitor the thermal trails of aircraft and seek to match them to known civilian and military movements and had detected MH370 as something anomalous in the near empty and thus obvious skies of the eastern Indian Ocean.
Soon after this episode the official narrative from Malaysia began to include observations that knowledge possessed by other nations through satellite or ground based radar or surveillance systems was being held back to the extent that revealing it would also reveal the capabilities of those national military run systems. Or alternatively, reveal that they had little or no effective surveillance or early warning capabilities.
The second, and quite shocking inconsistency in the Malaysia government narrative was revealed by its then acting minister for transport, Hishammuddin Hussein, on the evening of 1 May when it reluctantly published its interim report concerning the loss of MH370.
He disclosed that Malaysia’s cabinet knew on the morning of the ‘disappearance’ that it had been seen by its military radar diverting from its intending course when it was over the Gulf of Thailand and flying west across the Malaysia peninsula.
Yet the government and its authorities held daily press briefings where they lied about the situation by denying the US reports, denying the Malaysia military radar reports, and insisting on the widening of the search areas further into the South China Sea and even as far NW as Kazakhstan.
This deception resulted in an immense waste of other national search assets in checking out search zones Kuala Lumpur knew no MH370 would be found.
It has never been explained by Malaysia. No apology has ever been made.
Its failure to explain its inconsistent and misleading and knowingly incorrect search priorities renders it in contempt of those who died, since it clearly doesn’t think they deserve an explanation.
Was the government of Malaysia so in denial about MH370, that for some reason it wished that it had vanished into another part of the planet rather than the south Indian Ocean?
It just doesn’t make sense, and one day, sense needs to be made of this.