What happened when MH17 crashed? Like many other people, in my informal way, I’ve been collecting evidence about the MH17 crash online and putting together a picture in my own mind. But whatever our impressions, the simple answer is that we none of us know what happened and we should all wait until the truth (hopefully) emerges, with the delayed publication of the investigation report.

In the meantime, perhaps not all readers of UKIP Daily will have seen one item which I found particularly interesting. It’s an unofficial report in the form of a letter from retired US intelligence officers to President Obama, in which they strongly condemn the way in which some US sources – notably Secretary of State Kerry – have been claiming, they say without any solid evidence, that the plane was shot down by the East Ukraine separatists. They write:

In what follows, we put this in the perspective of former intelligence professionals with a cumulative total of 260 years in various parts of U.S. intelligence. As veteran intelligence analysts accustomed to waiting, except in emergency circumstances, for conclusive information before rushing to judgement, we believe that the charges against Russia should be rooted in solid, far more convincing evidence.

As intelligence professionals we are embarrassed by the unprofessional use of partial intelligence information. As Americans, we find ourselves hoping that, if you indeed have more conclusive evidence, you will find a way to make it public without further delay. In charging Russia with being directly or indirectly responsible, Secretary of State John Kerry has been particularly definitive. Not so the evidence. His statements seem premature and bear earmarks of an attempt to “poison the jury pool.”

The authors of the letter quote Alvin Snyder’s 1995 book, “Warriors of Disinformation” in which he says “The moral of the story is that all governments, including our own, lie when it suits their purposes. The key is to lie first.”

They continue:

The tortured attempts by your administration and stenographers in the media to blame Russia for the downing of Flight 17, together with John Kerry’s unenviable record for credibility, lead us to the reluctant conclusion that the syndrome Snyder describes may also be at work in your own administration; that is, that an ethos of “getting your own lie out first” has replaced “ye shall know the truth.” …The evidence released to date does not bear close scrutiny; it does not permit a judgement as to which side is lying about the shoot-down of Flight 17. Our entire professional experience would incline us to suspect the Russians – almost instinctively. Our more recent experience, particularly observing Secretary Kerry injudiciousness in latching onto one spurious report after another as “evidence,” has gone a long way toward balancing our earlier predispositions.

The authors of the letter remind the President that he does not lack honest intelligence sources and should listen to them. The danger of not doing so is very great:

We believe you need to seek out honest intelligence analysts now and hear them out. Then, you may be persuaded to take steps to curb the risk that relations with Russia might escalate from “Cold War II” into an armed confrontation. In all candor, we see little reason to believe that Secretary Kerry and your other advisers appreciate the enormity of that danger.

The full text of the letter can be seen at several places on the net, including here.

There are many good, wise and honest people in America.

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