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Congress baffled by missing plane - Rep Peter King: Malaysia "done nothing right so far"
The Hill ^ | March 15, 2014 | Keith Laing

Posted on 03/15/2014 6:34:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Members of Congress who have been briefed by intelligence officials say they are baffled by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Boeing 777 has been missing since March 7, when it lost contact with air traffic controllers about an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing.

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that communications systems on the missing flight were deliberately disabled by someone on the plane and the last known signal came more than seven hours after takeoff.

Lawmakers said they sought out information from multiple federal agencies about the missing plane, but what they heard still left them stumped.

"Basically we're back where we started," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) told The Hill this week. "I'm not aware of any progress. I've been talking to people … for the last four or five days, but in many ways we're back where we started."

King is the chairman of the House committee that deals with counterterrorism and intelligence issues.

He said the leads about the potential whereabouts of the plane, which was carrying 239 passengers, have been conflicting.

"The Chinese lead didn't work out, the Malaysians are taking back what they had said about the plane detouring, and of course there's the [theory] that the plane flew for four hours, which others are saying is not true," King said.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) this week said he was at a loss when it came to the whereabouts of the missing plane.

"We can't get any good determination about what happened to the flight based on the collection points that our intelligence services are engaged in," Rogers said in an interview Tuesday with CNN. "And you know, not knowing its direction at the time that they lost contact is incredibly frustrating."

U.S. officials have since come to believe that the Malaysia Air plane was located over the Indian Ocean, based on communications that were sent via satellite by the airplane's engines.

Rogers and King have both been critical of the Malaysian government's handling of the search for the missing jetliner.

"The Malaysians have not been fully cooperative in making this a scientific search pattern using all the assets very wisely," Rogers said. "So, you start out in one place and you're 500 miles away the next day. That tells me they've got a lot of gaps to try to fill and hopefully, that will come together."

King noted the “contradictory” information coming from the Malaysian and Chinese governments.

"Ever since this started on Saturday, it's been intense, it's been 24/7, and I would say even more so now with these different leads, these contradictory leads, the total confusion almost that's coming from Malaysia and to some extent from China," King said during an interview Thursday with CNN.

"If the Malaysian Air Force thought back on Saturday that the plane possibly had detoured or turned around, why did they wait until just the other day to tell us that?" King said. "Also with China, why did they wait so long to make those images available, whether or not they're turning out to be valid?"

Other lawmakers have raised questions about the security process for international airlines after it was revealed that two of the passengers on the flight had used stolen passports.

A group of lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee has launched a push to strengthen background check requirements for international flights.

"While we are still awaiting details on what happened to Flight 370, we do know that two individuals, Delavar Seyed Mohammad Reza and Pouri Nourmohammadi, were able to board an international flight carrying American passengers by using stolen passports," the lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

"While these passports were in the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database of INTERPOL, they were not cross referenced against it by either the airline or the appropriate authorities," the letter continued. "This dramatically illustrates a serious flaw in airline security, one that INTERPOL has raised for years, but has not been appropriately dealt with by the international community."

The letter was signed by Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).

The lawmakers said it is "imperative for passenger safety and aviation security that we close this loophole to help ensure the safety of the traveling public."

"While many countries, including the United States, routinely access the SLTD database, many others do not," the lawmakers wrote. "In fact, according to INTERPOL, passengers boarded airplanes more than one billion times in 2012 without having their passports screened against its databases. Allowing people to use stolen passports to travel about the world puts lives, including those of Americans, at risk."

Malaysian officials have pleaded for patience as the search for the missing plane enters its second week.

Malaysia Air said on Friday that it is “fully aware of the on-going media speculations and we have nothing further to add to the information we have already provided.

“Our primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families of the passengers and crew of MH370,” the airline said in a statement. “This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals, medical and emotional support.”

Acting Malaysia Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has added that the country has "nothing to hide" about the fate of the missing plane.

"I believe it is important to get you [the media] informed," he said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Lawmakers were unconvinced, however.

"So far they seem to have dropped the ball at every level," King said of Malaysia's efforts to locate the missing plane in a separate CNN interview on Wednesday.

"I hate to be, you know, the Monday morning quarterback, but it appears as if they've done nothing right so far," King said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Government; Society
KEYWORDS: flight370; iran; king; malaysia; mh370; missingplane; newyork; peterking; terrorism; waronterror

1 posted on 03/15/2014 6:34:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

King would know about doing nothing right.


2 posted on 03/15/2014 6:37:01 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Joy. Congressman King, the GOP’s leading surveillance-state advocate, shoots off his mouth again.


3 posted on 03/15/2014 6:37:21 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Right up Kings alley


4 posted on 03/15/2014 6:38:13 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: The_Reader_David

Why they didn’t have all those people wearing radio collars, he’ll never understand.


5 posted on 03/15/2014 6:38:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In my opinion, the only thing King does is count his bribe money, kiss Democrat butt, and upon request perform fellatio on Democrats. He has no justification to criticize anyone.
6 posted on 03/15/2014 6:39:34 AM PDT by sport
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why is this a Congressional matter?


7 posted on 03/15/2014 6:43:38 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“I hate to be, you know, the Monday morning quarterback, but it appears as if they’ve done nothing right so far,” King said.”

Said the renowned aeronautical expert. Isn’t it amazing that once you become a member of Congress you become an expert on just about everything.


8 posted on 03/15/2014 6:43:53 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: DoodleDawg
Why is this a Congressional matter?

Mic, Lights, Camera, non-Action?

9 posted on 03/15/2014 6:46:33 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"King is the chairman of the House committee that deals with counterterrorism and intelligence issues...

...and an unapologetic past supporter of the Irish Republican Army.

10 posted on 03/15/2014 6:47:10 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The more I read about this, the more I think Malaysia is run by corrupt morons.


11 posted on 03/15/2014 6:47:14 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Congress baffled”

Stop right there. That’s all you need to know. About anything and Congressional competence regarding it.


12 posted on 03/15/2014 6:47:47 AM PDT by FAA
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rep Peter King: Malaysia "done nothing right so far"

King shows yet again that he is a maroon, as are many of the media personalities mouthing off. The combined military budgets of Russia, China and the US are $1T, compared to Malaysia's $5B, roughly 200x its number. Sigint, satellite recon and so on have yielded bupkis. The idea that anybody else could have done better is risible. Remember the media circus surrounding Jessica Lynch? That was way worse. Unlike the Lynch circus, this is a bona fide mystery. The government is trying to provide answers where none exists. Nobody knows what people really want to know - what happened to the plane.

13 posted on 03/15/2014 6:49:21 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: AppyPappy

No kidding.

They now admit that they knew the plane continued to fly for hours but decided to search where it was convenient.


14 posted on 03/15/2014 6:49:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rep Peter King: Malaysia "done nothing right so far"

Must be following directions from the 0bama regime.

15 posted on 03/15/2014 6:52:18 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: AppyPappy
The more I read about this, the more I think Malaysia is run by corrupt morons.

I agree with you that they are a bunch of corrupt morons, but in ways that have nothing to do with this incident. The media are doing a lot of hand-waving over something the government has no control over - where the plane finally ended. They are providing ad hoc answers to a question they cannot answer. Remember the Jessica Lynch fiasco? That was far worse than this, and a lot of the answers were knowable.

16 posted on 03/15/2014 6:52:47 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Paladin2

My thoughts exactly. Like he knows anything about anything but lining his pockets and being a sleazeball politician.


17 posted on 03/15/2014 6:54:36 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The plane will surface when it is used as a missle on some target and them all the sucka## media outlets and the criminal politicians will rejoice, “there it is” see we told you we would find it!


18 posted on 03/15/2014 6:54:54 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Zippy the a##clown sez..............)
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To: no-to-illegals
Mic, Lights, Camera, non-Action?

Of course! Silly me.

19 posted on 03/15/2014 6:55:30 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rep Peter King: Malaysia "done nothing right so far"

Fixed

20 posted on 03/15/2014 6:58:57 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: DoodleDawg

-——Why is this a Congressional matter?-——

Our overlords must be informed in case one of their mindless constitute drones ask them where the plane is.... Like they would know....

They can always say “we were briefed on the situation and the government is making it a priority “

Mindless drones nod in agreement...


21 posted on 03/15/2014 7:00:09 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: FAA

+1.


22 posted on 03/15/2014 7:01:56 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The NSA and spying on Citizens provided no help in this situation.
Scrap the NSA and spying on people


23 posted on 03/15/2014 7:03:10 AM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: b4its2late
Right up Kings alley

That's one way to put it:)

24 posted on 03/15/2014 7:16:21 AM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

25 posted on 03/15/2014 7:17:14 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Zhang Fei

I know. I guess Peter King must have confused Malaysia with one of the superpower countries.


26 posted on 03/15/2014 7:22:18 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Joe 6-pack
"King is the chairman of the House committee that deals with counterterrorism and intelligence issues...

Well... they haven't been doing a very good job lately either.

27 posted on 03/15/2014 7:23:38 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I just messed up my tagline. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: FlJoePa
Look at the upper line possible location... Tajikistan, Kazakstan, Kyrgistan? Now as to why... The mind of Jihadis is degenerate and defective... What are they doing?
28 posted on 03/15/2014 7:25:00 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: BigEdLB

Has King blamed the Tea Party yet?


29 posted on 03/15/2014 7:31:05 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: Ken H

One place to shove it. King is such a gaping A$$hole!


30 posted on 03/15/2014 7:32:29 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Does King actually do anything but flap his jaw?


31 posted on 03/15/2014 7:36:45 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey—the letter was also signed by Sheila Jackson Lee!

Doesn’t that bear any weight with you guys?

/sarc


32 posted on 03/15/2014 7:43:52 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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I’m a little surprised King hasn’t used this as an excuse to put live cameras in every home in the US, or as a case for banning sem-automatic rifles....

Usually something like those those are the bare minimum suggestions he has to resolve any issue that arises.


33 posted on 03/15/2014 7:44:10 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: AppyPappy

The more I read about this, the more I think Malaysia is run by corrupt morons.
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That is what the Malaysians say about this country..


34 posted on 03/15/2014 7:48:37 AM PDT by AFret. ("Charlie don't surf ! ")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Too bad blowhard Pete King doesn’t take the next plane out on a one way ticket to Malaysia, so he can tell them how to find the plane.


35 posted on 03/15/2014 8:01:44 AM PDT by kenmcg
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To: KoRn

Is the Government Spying On You Through Your Own Computer’s Webcam Or Microphone?

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/is-the-government-spying-on-you-through-your-own-webcam-or-microphone.html


36 posted on 03/15/2014 8:02:33 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: basil

A thumbprint has now become an officially recognized signature in Congress?


37 posted on 03/15/2014 8:20:58 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
congress- The Opposite of Progress is baffled by unwrapping a piece of gum.
38 posted on 03/15/2014 9:08:09 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: basil

I’m surprised Sheila Jackson Lee knows how to write her name.


39 posted on 03/15/2014 9:14:52 AM PDT by ken in texas
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To: ken in texas

What people do not understand is that this has been planned, for many years. Probably as much as 3 years, before they actually did anything. I would start looking for that plane in some uncharted island in the Indian ocean or Somewhere close to Kazakstan. In my opinion, these passengers are still alive and they need them as HOSTAGES, for prisoner exchanges, with the Chinese government. But, that is just my opinion.


40 posted on 03/15/2014 9:21:44 AM PDT by gingerbread
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To: ken in texas

Do we know for sure that she is capable of doing so?


41 posted on 03/15/2014 9:23:20 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: basil

LOL. I’m sure there are many assistants to help when she’s overwhelmed by the task at hand.


42 posted on 03/15/2014 9:44:49 AM PDT by ken in texas
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Malaysia is on the verge of becoming an international pariah over this incident — even in its own neighborhood and among its own friends.


43 posted on 03/15/2014 3:02:38 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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