^ Not Elliot Higgins, but close enough
OK, so now we have this guy from nowhere (England), described as a ‘one man intelligence agency’, admittedly even without my little bit of antiquated military intelligence experience (or any other professional experience or intelligence training) has founded a crowd sourced investigative journalism site picked up and pushed by American Broadcasting Corporation (a.k.a. ’empire broadcasting’) claiming they’re onto faked photos produced by Russia relating to MH 17.
“”These claims, representing the majority of information publicly presented by the Russian government since the downing of Flight MH17, are a clear attempt by the Russian government to deceive the public, global community, and the families of the Flight MH17 victims,” Bellingcat said in a statement released with the report”
Setting aside “representing the majority of information publicly presented by the Russian government since the downing of Flight MH17″ as clearly not true, let me ask a rhetorical question: If this article were on the up & up, why is it the GCHQ (Britain), NSA (USA) and too many other highly interested, professional intelligence organizations to list here, with an axe to grind in regards to Russia, had failed to discover and announce this marvelous evidence in the roughly ten and one half months since the downing of MH 17?
And to put a bit of perspective into that ‘axe to grind’ .. the head of STRATFOR (a very professional, renown private intelligence agency) calls the regime change in Ukraine “the most blatant coup in history” (I think installing the Shah, the Diem assassination and Allende overthrow were equally blatant coups d’état, but you get his point.) Why hasn’t the ’empire news’ reported on this? Who’s deceiving who?
And some followup questions; why has the USA, despite Russia asking for this specifically, refused to now to release its satellite photos of the time and area MH 17 went down? Why did Kiev air traffic control reroute MH 17 over the combat zone and out of the normal flight path? Why did Kiev’s internal security service confiscate the air traffic control records? Why was Malaysia kept out of the investigation for the initial several months? Why is there a non-disclosure provision per the investigation’s findings?
As well, Bellingcat’s founder has a bit of sorry pre-history, inclusive of two MIT professors shooting down the ‘we know Assad did it’ chemical weapons attack in Syria, leading to a most un-startling conclusion:
“If Higgins is certain that he has cracked the Da Vinci Code of the Syrian chemical attacks, he needs to get on the phone with the Associated Press and the United Nations and set the record straight. Also, he should get a job at MIT.
“We’ve seen several YouTube videos which make strong cases to support the theory that Barack Obama could be a secret space lizard, and yet he refuses (i.e. “has failed”) to disprove this allegation”
Also known as:
Shifting the Burden of Proof (also see Argument from Ignorance.) “A fallacy that challenges opponents to disprove a claim, rather than asking the person making the claim to defend his/her own argument. E.g., “Space-aliens are everywhere among us masquerading as true humans, even right here on campus! I dare you prove it isn’t so! See? You can’t! That means what I say is true.”
Which is actually the western democracies approach; in a circumstance of accusing Russia of initiating aggression in relation to Ukraine
This article appended to:
5 June 2015 update: It didn’t take long for a forensic experts on digital images to weigh in and debunk Bellingcat’s bs, here’s an example at Der Spiegel