My Doubt Radar is in overdrive.
In the last 24 or so hours, a story has emerged regarding the discovery of a remarkably pristine looking moist towelette bearing the Malaysia Airlines logo on its outer packaging, apparently washed up on a beach in Western Australia.
I’ve only had opportunity to briefly peruse the stories and images, but I’m already calling ‘BULLSHIT’. Initially, I was prepared to call bullshit within a minute of looking at the OBVIOUSLY STAGED pictures – until I found that the article (linked to above) stated clearly that the images were a “recreation”. (Well, that just confirms that I can still pick bullshit when I see it.)
So, apparently, ‘Mr. & Mrs. Miller’ were walking along a beach, looking for “stuff from MH370” LAST YEAR, in JULY, and happened upon the packaged towelette. So the story took a while to come out…
Remember when every possible ‘ping’ or piece of floating debris was being trumpeted as the lead that would break the case? Remember that?
But an actual piece of possible physical evidence was just quietly being transported from WA to Canberra to be investigated, without any fanfare or even a calm announcement, for over 8 months.
“the JACC (Joint Agency Coordination Centre) has refused to release a photograph of the original find and has withheld comment on the significance of the find”
Why refuse to release a photograph of the original find? Surely it’s more realistic, and helpful, than the fresh-out-of-the-box version used as a ‘recreation’ in the stories… maybe?
And ‘Mr. & Mrs. Miller’ have not released their own photograph/s (if they exist) of the moment of the find, their tampering with possible evidence and contamination of same? Have they been forbidden to do so? Fine to talk to a TV news crew, but no provision of supporting evidence of the event?
All that said, it’s quite possible that the towelette came from MH370, survived its transit from crash site to beach intact, as the ONLY piece of physical evidence thus far discovered. It’s possible. But why all the bullshit surrounding that key moment of its chance discovery? Why the refusal to release a photo of a moist towelette lying on the sand? Why the more than 8 month wait for the story to surface?
This is just a little more disinformation to keep the story confused, and the truth ever harder to find.
Next find will probably be a pilot’s cap, or a plastic fork, or a set of headphones, or an in-flight magazine, still wrapped in plastic…