May 16, 2014
By: John E. Fiorentino
Inmarsat -- the British satellite firm upon which the world has relied for guidance in the massive search for the missing jetliner MH370 – has repudiated claims by Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who indicated yesterday that Inmarsat has still not released the raw data used to calculate the jetliner's probable flight path.
Chris McLaughlin, Inmarsat's vice-president of external relations said the firm had given all of its information to the various investigators in the search, indicating; "Inmarsat's raw data was provided to the investigation team at an early stage in the search for MH370"
Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein indicated yesterday that the raw data was with Inmarsat and not with those involved in the search, nor was it with Malaysia Airlines.
Hussein, is a press conference in Kuala Lumper yesterday, said; “The raw data is with Inmarsat, not with Malaysia, not with Australia, not with Malaysia Airlines. ....“So if there is any request for this raw data to be made available to the public, it must be made to Inmarsat.”
The obviously antithetical statements by Malaysia and Inmarsat drew criticism from CNN aviation analyst Miles O'Brien. Commenting on CNN's “Outfront” with Erin Burnett O'Brien said; “I don't know who to believe, but isn't it awful that it's quite evident somebody is lying here. Somebody is lying. We're talking about something that involves a missing airliner, now 70 days, lives lost, families shattered, and there is people lying about this. This is absolutely reprehensible. I can't even believe that it would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.”
What's really “funny” here – in fact it's tragic – is that all of this indignation is coming from Miles O'Brien of all people. This is the same Miles O'Brien who shook his head “no” for a month to the idea that the “pings” detected in the underwater search effort might have come from anything other than MH370's black boxes.
Yes, while O'Brien shook his head no, I was pounding at the door trying to get CNN to break the news about information I had provided them regarding the underwater “pings.” It took a month for CNN to finally break the story which appeared on NEWDAY Saturday, May 10. Mr. O'Brien had no hand in breaking that story, nor has he even acknowledged it since.
Indeed, there is more than one way to lie, or engage in deceit. O'Brien for his part stonewalled, rebuffed and resisted the truth for a month. He stalled while the official investigation foundered expending huge sums of money and placing the lives of many brave souls in the military perhaps needlessly at risk.
Some may say, O'Brien is not a party to the official investigation and thus bears no responsibility for its conduct. While there may be some truth to that line of thought, it's also true that O'Brien sells his wares as an aviation expert. His opinions are broadcast to the world to see and hear. As such, Mr. O'Brien has a responsibility both to the public trust and good journalism. He has not lived up to that responsibility to either.
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