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Systematically Reconstructing the Shoot-Down of the Malaysian Airliner: The Guilt Is Clear and Damning

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On July 22nd, zerohedge bannered sarcastically, "Flight MH-17 Black Boxes To Be Analyzed In 'Impartial' London," and reported that they would be analyzed by the U.S.-allied, anti-Russian, pro-Ukrainian, British Government. A mere four days later, on the 26th, CBS News headlined the results, "Black box findings consistent with missile blast," but they declined to report who, or even what country's government, had actually done the analysis. CBS reported merely: "Unreleased data from a black box retrieved from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine show findings consistent with the plane's fuselage being hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion. 'It did what it was designed to do,' a European air safety official told CBS News, 'bring down airplanes.' The official described the finding as 'massive explosive decompression.'" That's all. Nothing more. However, this "explosive decompression" would have happened with bullets too, if the pressurized airliner were punctured by bullets instead of shrapnel. Why did that person (whomever it was) assume that the plane had been hit by a missile's shrapnel, instead of by hails of bullets fired by machine-guns from a fighter-plane flying alongside it? Maybe because Britain is allied with the Obama-installed Ukrainian Government, against the anti-Government rebels who have no airplanes at all and thus cannot get gunmen 33,000 feet up into the air to shoot directly at the Malaysian airliner's pilot, and that that's what actually brought this plane down. We'll show that the latter scenario is, indeed, correct.

Only idiots would trust Britain to interpret these black boxes to determine what and who brought down that plane. But, fortunately, the physical evidence lying on the ground at the site in Ukraine was photographed very quickly by locals there and uploaded to the Internet sometimes before any fighters and any governments were able to tamper with anything; and there happened to be one modest-looking item found at the site that tells a remarkably complete and entirely credible and convincing account of how this plane came down.

It tells that the Ukrainian Government itself did this airliner-downing, with bullets, not with shrapnel. You'll see the evidence laid out before you here; you won't need to rely upon the British Government to tell you how this event happened. The evidence will tell you that.

On July 30th, the retired Lufthansa pilot and published historian Peter Haisenko issued his "Shocking Analysis of the 'Shooting Down' of Malaysian MH17," in which an extremely close-in photo of the most important piece of physical evidence regarding this event is shown -- it's the side-panel on the left-hand side of the cockpit directly where the downed plane's pilot was seated -- and this photo shocked me, too.

Here, first, is that side-panel shown inserted back onto its airliner, so that you can see precisely what and where this piece of the wreckage was on the plane. You will immediately notice the big gaping hole that had been shot through the side-panel where the pilot sits -- in other words, targeting directly at the plane's pilot.

This is incredibly precise targeting, of a specific person, and not merely of the far larger body of an airliner. A ground-based missile-shot fired from 33,000 feet below cannot achieve that gaping hole precisely where the pilot sits. A fighter jet plane that's escorting the airliner into the conflict-zone can. This is how:

Here is that side-panel shown close-up, from Haisenko. Some of the projectiles that pierced it, as you can see, were inbound into the plane (or bent inward), and some of them were coming out of the plane (or bent outward). In other words, going back again to the full-cockpit photo, and if there were two fighter jets escorting this plane into the conflict-zone, and if one of them was below the pilot and cockpit to the left, and the other was below them to the right, and if both of those fighter-planes then suddenly fired machine-gun magazines directly into the pilot, so that the bullets that were coming from his right exited outward from this left-side cockpit-panel, while the bullets that were coming into the pilot from his left entered into and through this cockpit-panel and bent the panel inward to the cabin, then the evidence would be able to look exactly like what we see it as being here -- but otherwise, probably not (and we'll get to that in a moment).

Here is the entirety of the side-panel piece that so struck Haisenko.

Haisenko further managed to post to the Web an astoundingly clear and detailed photo of this cockpit-panel, so that even individual screws and their deformations can be seen and examined now by the general public. Looking at that, some of the holes to the aluminum-layer on the plane's outside are splayed outward as if the projectile were outbound, while the plastic layer toward the plane's inside is obviously splayed inward, and this divergence there, between the inward-folding plastic layer and the outward-folding aluminum layer, can indicate that the aluminum layer was getting pulled back either by the wind on the descent downward to the ground, or else by the ground itself as the panel impacted with the ground -- that aluminum outer-layer didn't always have to be ripped into an outward-folding position by a projectile's actually coming outward. It could sometimes result instead from the wind-impact and/or the ground-impact. Moreover (and this is very important here), since a bullet has a sharp point going into an object, even an inbound bullet can peel outward in a rush the relatively brittle aluminum outer layer, by the mere fact of its own impact, violently throwing that aluminum layer sideways as the point pierces and forces that aluminum outward, while the more-yielding inner plastic layer simply yields into the direction that the bullet is traveling, and is pushed and then pulled by that bullet inward into the plane, as the bullet thence proceeds onward into the plane. A shrapnel projectile, by contrast, doesn't have a bullet's sharp front, and so would not produce such outward flares in the aluminum layer while penetrating into the plane from the plane's outside.

So, what is seen in this photo is 100% consistent with the projectiles going in both directions (inbound and outbound), and with the projectiles being bullets instead of shrapnel.

Haisenko examined the many online photos of this wreckage, and he saw nothing like the concentration of projectiles that were focusing on that pilot, such as is displayed by this side-panel: it's unique. His article says, "This aircraft was not hit by a missile in the central portion." He's a retired airline pilot, and so he knows how missile-shrapnel-punctures are splayed over a rather broad surface-area of a plane, and all of them are inbound into the plane; a shrapnel-spray onto a plane isn't bi-directional. Here is a photo of such a plane that was hit by missile-shrapnel in Iraq.

In my article on August 5th, I noted, regarding that photo:

As you can see there, a plane that's hit by a ground-fired missile, instead of by bullets fired from an attack-plane only a few yards away, has the damage spread rather widely over its body, not concentrated into a tiny area, such as to where the plane's pilot is seated. Certainly, the contrast between that photo and this one is enormous.

Furthermore, note also that the shrapnel damage to that plane comes from above it, which is where missiles usually hit a plane from, releasing their shrapnel from above, down onto the plane. By contrast, the hail of bullets to the Malaysian plane's pilot came from below the plane, aiming upward at the cockpit, from both sides of the cockpit.

Furthermore, note also that all of the holes appear to be inbound into the plane, none outbound.

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Hi Eric, once again you are a fan of the phantom S... by mennie on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 10:29:14 AM
I don't rely on that evidence, don't cite it, and ... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 12:35:29 PM
Except there was no fighter-jet near MH17 -->> cli... by mennie on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 12:54:08 PM
You link to a site that is actually an aristocrati... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 1:59:08 PM
Hahaha, you are looking at output for wordpress.co... by mennie on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:23:17 PM
I don't rely on any of the "evidence" there. For e... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 3:07:14 PM
I have no idea where you are reading this.The link... by mennie on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 4:09:57 PM
_Well said Eric,__ and thanks for yr well document... by urb musak on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 12:41:52 PM
Erich,Thanks for a well researched article on an i... by Maxwell on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 10:54:30 AM
Thanks for that editorial comment; it helps confir... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 12:38:25 PM
The Obama method: Obama must believe this quote: ... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 11:58:12 AM
How many people can spot the items of total and co... by Samson on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:46:37 PM
Re. your "But, if a fighter is coming in from the ... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 3:24:22 PM
Re. your "3) Apparently the Ukrainian airforce bel... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 3:37:57 PM
What I seem to have missed in this whole discussio... by Carl de Villar on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 4:17:09 PM
Can you draw a triangle??? ... by Leonard Allan on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:19:11 PM
Yes I can, Leonard!!! Thanks for asking. However, ... by Carl de Villar on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:07:35 AM
Come on guys... surely you realize how fast a figh... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:24:36 AM
Thank you so much for your expert analysis, Bill. ... by Carl de Villar on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:22:24 PM
That's not always the case. Look at this picture:w... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:09:31 PM
Thank you for your response, Eric. I very much app... by Carl de Villar on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 2:19:35 PM
Carl I never said anything about 2 jets doing as y... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 4:16:35 PM
Bill, you're letting my little insult above scramb... by Carl de Villar on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:00:32 PM
If you care to read it, I threw my .02 cents in on... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 7:25:31 PM
1) Less than a kilometer as opposed to 30+ kilomet... by Leonard Allan on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:32:49 PM
The US only pretends to care about dead civilians ... by Joe Giambrone on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 4:20:46 PM
There are many theories and speculations out there... by George Masni on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 5:45:25 PM
Unfortunately the scenario detailed in this articl... by Archie on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 6:37:17 PM
Do not blame Kiev for this...That is roughly the e... by Leonard Allan on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:24:49 PM
MH17 Brought Down by Air-to-Air Missile, Finished... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:38:47 AM
This story rehashes existing information and then ... by George Masni on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:21:36 PM
True, but it made Google News. ... by Michael David Morrissey on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 2:12:16 AM
MH17 was propably jamed. India's plane was behind ... by Ethan Hollow on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:51:17 AM
I don't know if you understand what damage you are... by mennie on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:00:25 PM
Damage?You want to talk about damage you only need... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 10:30:12 PM
We may not get to the bottom of who shot down MH17... by George Masni on Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 8:26:07 PM
I notice that none of the comments here relate to ... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 12:17:00 AM
Just a small advice, if you want to blame somethin... by mennie on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 1:10:37 AM
If Russia was really interested in getting the tru... by mennie on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 2:43:22 AM
In international law the "The Convention on Intern... by George Masni on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 3:46:14 AM
The rebels don't have an obligation to distinguish... by John Dalton on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 11:18:54 AM
But to address the thesis of your comment, let me ... by John Dalton on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 2:06:23 PM
I'll offer one more opinion. Everything you offer... by John Dalton on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 2:27:18 PM
There are good reasons to believe MH17 was shot do... by George Masni on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 7:23:57 PM
It looks like Igor Nikolayevich Bezler, a lieutena... by George Masni on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 9:09:46 PM