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Stolen European passports on missing plane
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Posted on 03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST by bryan999

Edited on 03/08/2014 10:41:37 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

MILAN (AP) Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.

Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.

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1 posted on 03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST by bryan999
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There aren’t too many reasons why a plane cruising at 36,000 feet would disappear with no time to radio anyone. Stolen passports are a bad sign.

2 posted on 03/08/2014 8:35:21 AM PST by Sender (It's never too late to be what you might have been.)
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3 posted on 03/08/2014 8:35:47 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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Making THREE stolen passports thus far.

4 posted on 03/08/2014 8:38:28 AM PST by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: bryan999

Paraphrasing a wise person once asked me when I was trying to explain some unfortunate coincidences:

“So, how often are people flying on stolen passports?”

5 posted on 03/08/2014 8:39:05 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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How extremely odd. Stolen passports from months ago and TWO years ago? Stolen passports or stolen identities?

Quick call LifeLock!

6 posted on 03/08/2014 8:39:30 AM PST by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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7 posted on 03/08/2014 8:40:43 AM PST by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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They are saying ‘passports,’ but I’d venture given some of the timeframes they state...more like Identity Theft.

8 posted on 03/08/2014 8:40:52 AM PST by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: Atlas Sneezed

Well, I was on a flight from Italy to Prague a while back.....and there some definitely some shady-looking Mafioso types.

So, out of 150-odd folks on board, about 30 of the aforementioned “shady-looking Mafioso types”.

9 posted on 03/08/2014 8:41:23 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Atlas Sneezed; Nachum; null and void; WildHighlander57; maggief; LucyT; onyx; kristinn

Stolen passportS. Oh my! Looks more and more like Amish

10 posted on 03/08/2014 8:42:46 AM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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The question is who stole the identities?, common criminals, people with “privacy issues” or terrorists?

11 posted on 03/08/2014 8:44:34 AM PST by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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Making THREE stolen passports thus far.

THree? There's Luigi Maraldi from Italy, and Christan Kozel, from Austria.

Who is the third?

12 posted on 03/08/2014 8:45:38 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: bryan999

By Wednesday or Thursday, we will have learned that this is just another rare isolated ROP incedent.

13 posted on 03/08/2014 8:46:12 AM PST by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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It's likely that "somebody" thinks China has gotten too big for it's economic BRIC(he)S and needs to get a dose of convincing to stay bought. I hope these bozos don't start a world war.

It's looking real spooky on the world stage.

The latest targets/focal-points are not like Arab countries...they can bite back. Buckle up.

14 posted on 03/08/2014 8:48:30 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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That’s like catching a flight from Stockholm and saying many of them looked like the Swedish Bikini Team. /s

15 posted on 03/08/2014 9:07:06 AM PST by PLMerite
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I wonder how common that is.It's recently been my understanding that with biometric passports (mine’s biometric) it's tough to get away with passport fraud.
16 posted on 03/08/2014 9:09:57 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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Not necessarily.Italians,like Austrians (and Americans,Canadians,Aussies,etc) find it easier to enter a country with little scrutiny than just about any other nationality.Terrorists...if they're involved in this...would try to get a hold of any Western opposed to an Iranian,Bolivian or Zambian one (for example).

17 posted on 03/08/2014 9:15:32 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: bryan999

For the Boston Atrocity,
passports were not even required for the terrorists
to RE-ENTER after Russian warning.

Any investigation, yet?

Anyone in jail, yet?

... More likely, all records were destroyed by Holder.

18 posted on 03/08/2014 9:16:28 AM PST by Diogenesis
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Yes, I heard and read about the stolen passports and the notification of the one to the presumably dead Italian passenger.

I don’t fly on foreign airlines and this will add to my reasons....

19 posted on 03/08/2014 9:18:27 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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It’s actually SIX! I have read three reports of TWO stolen passports. TWO times THREE is SIX. SIX! Don’t go trying to confuse things by using names. So what if there are only TWO names. The number is SIX, that’s what’s important.

Unless you show significant improvement, you cannot hope to get your conspiracy theorist certification. Pay attention.

20 posted on 03/08/2014 9:21:02 AM PST by centurion316
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To: Gay State Conservative
It's recently been my understanding that with biometric passports (mine’s biometric) it's tough to get away with passport fraud.

Passports clearly are racist. And biometric passports? Don't get me started. /sarcasm

21 posted on 03/08/2014 9:31:23 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (lib-pocrisy: requiring photo ID at a march protesting photo IDs for voters.)
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To: bryan999

Does the date when this all happened play any significance?



22 posted on 03/08/2014 9:39:08 AM PST by bryan999
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To: Earthdweller

“Somebody” wants China to have a civil war in their muslim provinces so they are impeded in the East Asia seas.

It’s painfully obvious.

23 posted on 03/08/2014 10:07:45 AM PST by sunrise_sunset
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Agreed. Muslims just knifed and killed a bunch of Chinese in a mall last week. The plane was blown up by Islamic terrorists.

24 posted on 03/08/2014 11:34:37 AM PST by doc maverick
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“Authorities probing possible foul play after ‘missing’ passport claim”
The Malay Mail Online – 5 hours ago

SNIPPET: “SEPANG, March 8 — The case of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 aircraft took on a sinister twist today after reports emerged that two foreigners — one Italian and one Austrian — listed on the flight manifest never boarded the plane.

According to several foreign news reports, Italian Luigi Maraldi and Austrian Christian Kozel, both had their passports stolen some time ago.”

SNIPPET: “According to the UK-based The Telegraph, the 37-year-old Maraldi told his parents he was in Thailand and never boarded the flight, after his name turned up on the manifest.

In a report on The Guardian, Austria’s foreign ministry spokesman Martin Weiss was quoted as telling media that the Austrian citizen listed on the manifest is safe in his home country and had his passport stolen some years ago in Thailand.”

25 posted on 03/08/2014 1:31:21 PM PST by Cindy
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“Two aboard missing Malaysia Airlines jet traveling with stolen passports”

Published March 08, 2014

SNIPPET: “Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari said there was no indication that the pilots had sent a distress signal, suggesting that whatever happened to the plane occurred quickly and possibly catastrophically.”

SNIPPET: “Asked whether terrorism was suspected, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said, “We are looking at all possibilities, but it is too early to make any conclusive remarks.””

26 posted on 03/08/2014 1:36:15 PM PST by Cindy
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To: hoosiermama

Jewish was my guess.

27 posted on 03/08/2014 8:15:45 PM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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Tweet from airline on another thread says there were four on board with stolen passports

28 posted on 03/08/2014 8:30:21 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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“FBI to investigate disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines jet”

by Richard A. Serrano
March 8, 2014, 3:33 pm

29 posted on 03/09/2014 12:02:32 AM PST by Cindy
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The following press release snippet is a quote:

News Release

Freescale Semiconductor Employees Confirmed Passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

AUSTIN, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Mar. 8, 2014— Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China. The entire Freescale Semiconductor community is deeply saddened by this news. The company is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide more information as it becomes available.

“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO, Freescale. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.”

The company has assembled counselors and other professionals through Freescale’s Employee Assistance Program, with around-the-clock support for those impacted by this tragedy.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world.

Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm Off. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2014 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

Source: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

30 posted on 03/09/2014 12:05:31 AM PST by Cindy
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“Terror fears over missing 777 grow: Identities of ANOTHER two passengers probed as suspicion falls on four who booked with Chinese airline, amid report of flight’s last ‘mumbling’ transmission”

PUBLISHED: 00:11 EST, 9 March 2014 | UPDATED: 02:25 EST, 9 March 2014

SNIPPET: “Missing American: The sole adult passenger traveling aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight on a U.S. passport has been identified as IBM executive Philip Wood, 51, who worked in Kuala Lumpur”

SNIPPET: “And dramatically, a second pilot who was in the skies over the South China Sea when the 777 vanished has spoken about hearing ‘mumbling’ at the other end of communications with the plane.

The captain, who asked to remain anonymous, told Malaysian media outlets he was asked to get in contact with the pilot flying the missing plane on an emergency frequency and establish their position.

He said he believes he spoke to the co-pilot, but that there were ‘interference’ and ‘mumbling’ before they lost the connection.”

SNIPPET: “Two people aboard the aircraft were using passports reported stolen in Thailand - one registered to an Italian and the other an Austrian.

Malaysian security officers say they are currently verifying the identities of the two new people in question with the relevant embassies, but refused to elaborate further.

The passengers being checked had all bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines.”

SNIPPET: “Two other American travelers have been named as toddlers Leo Meng, 2, and Nicole Meng, 4.”

SNIPPET: “Causing the most suspicion are the two confirmed stolen passports and the new people being investigated.”

31 posted on 03/09/2014 12:20:32 AM PST by Cindy
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“Malaysia launches terror probe over vanished jet”

AFP News
By Julia Zappei
56 minutes ago

SNIPPET: “Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 people and the United States sent the FBI to investigate, as anguished relatives begged for news of their loved ones.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished from radar early Saturday somewhere at sea between Malaysia’s east coast and southern Vietnam. Search teams were still hunting for the plane, and the airline said it was “fearing the worst”.

Concern over a possible security breach grew as Malaysia’s government said it was investigating four people who were on the Boeing 777 plane.”

32 posted on 03/09/2014 12:28:29 AM PST by Cindy
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Snippet - quote:

Monday, March 10, 10:00 AM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 9th Media Statement

It has been more than 48 hours since we lost contact with our flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Despite not being able to establish any positive findings on the whereabouts of the aircraft, Malaysia Airlines has been actively cooperating with the search and rescue authorities coordinated by the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA).

DCA has confirmed that search and rescue teams from Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and the United States of America have come forward to assist. We are grateful for these efforts.

Malaysia Airlines’ primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals, medical and emotional support. The costs for these are all borne by Malaysia Airlines.

Initial financial assistance has been given out to all families over and above their basic needs.

At least one caregiver is assigned to each family. These caregivers are well-trained staff and volunteers from Malaysia and other organizations. 

As of now, there are more than 150 “Go Team” members consisting of senior management and caregivers at Beijing to attend to these families. In Kuala Lumpur, a different group of caregivers are attending to the families’ needs.
Families from other nations apart from China have been arriving at Kuala Lumpur since early yesterday. More are expected to arrive today.

Malaysia Airlines is working closely with the government of China to expedite the issuance of passports for the families as well as with the immigration of Malaysia for their visas into Malaysia.

When the aircraft is located, a Response Coordination Centre (RCC) will be activated within the vicinity to support the needs of the families. This has been communicated specifically to the families.

The airline continues to work with the authorities and we appreciate the help we are receiving from all parties and agencies during this critical and difficult time especially the members of the media.

Malaysia Airlines reiterates that it will continue to be transparent in communicating with the general public via the media in all matters affecting MH370.

Malaysia Airlines is similarly anxious and we appreciate the patience, support and prayers from everyone.

33 posted on 03/09/2014 11:53:17 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Paper reveals Iranian-link in ticket purchase for passengers with stolen passports”

The Malaysian Insider
10 hours ago

SNIPPET: “The Financial Times exclusively reported that a Thai travel agent who booked the tickets for the men said she had been asked to make the travel arrangements by an Iranian contact.

Travel agent Benjaporn Krutnait, booked the tickets through a business contact whom she only knew as “Mr Ali”. She said that his first request to book cheap tickets to Europe for the two men was made on March 1.”

SNIPPET: “Benjaporn initially reserved one of the men on a Qatar Airways flight and the other on Etihad. But the tickets expired when Benjaporn did not hear back from Ali.”

SNIPPET: “Benjaporn made the bookings through a China Southern Airlines office in Bangkok.

The two passengers were supposed to fly from Beijing to Amsterdam on Saturday. The passenger travelling as “Luigi Maraldi” was to fly on to Copenhagen and “Christian Kozel” to Frankfurt.”

SNIPPET: “The one-way tickets under those names were issued by a travel agency in Pattaya, eastern Thailand. – March 10, 2014.”

34 posted on 03/10/2014 4:44:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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A Look at Iran

35 posted on 03/10/2014 4:49:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Malaysia Airlines live: ‘Unprecedented mystery’ of disappearing jet, says civil aviation chief”

by Raf Sanchez By Raf Sanchez, Washington, Harriet Alexander, Steve Wilson, Malcolm Moore in Beijing
10:26PM GMT 10 Mar 2014

SNIPPET: “18.30 The Financial Times has some interesting detail about the tickets used by the two men travelling on stolen passports. Apparently, the tickets were bought from the Grand Horizon travel agency in Thailand and purchased by an Iranian man known to the agency only as “Mr Ali”.

He’s apparently a regular middleman for flight bookings and it’s not clear that he even knew the men were travelling illegally. According to Benjaporn Krutnait, the agency owner, he didn’t specify which flights to put the men on and asked only for the cheapest flights to Europe (they were booked to fly from Beijing on to Amsterdam). The tickets were paid for in cash by an associate of Mr Ali’s.

The FT was unable to reach Mr Ali on a Tehran mobile number.”

SNIPPET: “11.19 Our correspondent in Shanghai, Tom Phillips, has been following the story for us.

He points out that police in Thailand have “removed documentation” from two travel agencies in Pattaya, “which are believed to be involved in the purchase of two tickets using stolen passports.”

The agencies were named as Grand Horizon Travel Agency and Six Stars Travel.”

36 posted on 03/10/2014 4:56:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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11 March 2014| last updated at 07:21AM

“MISSING MH370: Boeing joining Malaysia crash investigation”

SNIPPET: “NEW YORK: Boeing said Monday it has joined an official US team investigating the still-mysterious disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines 777 aircraft, feared to have plunged into the Gulf of Thailand.

Boeing said it would act as technical advisor to the US National Transportation Safety Board team already in Southeast Asia to offer assistance.”

37 posted on 03/10/2014 5:03:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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“MISSING MH370: Thai police target ‘passport ring’ in vanished flight probe”


SNIPPET: “A senior Thai police official told AFP that authorities were probing a passport racket on the resort island of Phuket, where Maraldi’s passport was stolen.

“A police team combined with local police and immigration are working to track down a passport ring,” southern police commander Panya Mamen said.

A district official in Phuket said that Maraldi had presented himself to police there on Sunday.

“An Italian tourist, Luigi Maraldi, has met southern police commander today in Phuket to say he was not on the plane and his passport had been stolen since last year,” district police lieutenant colonel Akanit Danpitaksart told AFP.

He said they had no information on Kozel’s passport but Austrian foreign ministry spokesman, Martin Weiss, said Sunday that it had been stolen on a flight from Phuket to Bangkok.—AFP”

38 posted on 03/10/2014 5:07:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Iranian asylum-seeker used stolen passport on Malaysia Airlines flight, police say”

Published March 11, 2014

SNIPPET: “Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said Tuesday that the man, whom the BBC identified as 19-year-old Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, was not believed to be a member of a terrorist group. Bakar says Mehrdad was believed to be planning to reach Frankfurt, Germany, and added that that the young man’s mother was waiting for him and had been in contact with the police. Bakar said she contacted Malaysian authorities to inform them of her concern when her son didn’t get in touch with her.

The second passenger using a stolen passport has not been identified.

However, late Monday, the BBC’s Persian service reported that both men who bought the stolen passports were Iranians who planned to use them to migrate to Europe. The report cited a friend of both men who hosted them at his home in Kuala Lumpur as they prepared to travel to Beijing, the final destination of the flight.”


“Mystery fake-passport holders on flight MH370 were Iranian”

By Arron Merat
10:57PM GMT 10 Mar 2014

SNIPPET: “The two men travelling on stolen passports on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that mysteriously disappeared on Saturday have been identified as Iranian nationals.

A BBC Persian report quotes an Iranian friend of one of the men, who said he hosted the pair in Kuala Lumpur after they arrived from Tehran in the days preceding their flight to Beijing.

The friend, who knew one of the men from his school days in Iran, said the men had bought the fake passports because they wanted to migrate to Europe.”

SNIPPET: “One of the Iranian nationals’ intended final destination was Frankfurt, where his mother lives, while the other wanted to travel to Denmark.

The same source that spoke to BBC Persian also emailed CNN with a photograph of him posing with his two friends in the days before they embarked on their fateful trip.”

39 posted on 03/11/2014 3:04:38 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: Photos at the link below.

“Malaysia Airlines live: search chief says ‘there are some things I can’t tell you’

by Josie Ensor By Josie Ensor, and Malcolm Moore in Beijing
10:20AM GMT 11 Mar 2014

SNIPPET: “10.30 A military source has told Reuters news agency that it believes it tracked the missing plane of the radar to the Strait of Malacca. What this suggests is that the plane tried to turn back, which is why they have now widened their search

Members of a Chinese emergency response team prepare to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane

10.28 Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary general, is giving a press conference now. He says the two Iranians flew from Doha to Kuala Lumpar, where they were flying on to Beijing. They used Iranian passports to enter Malaysia on February 28, but used stolen passports to fly onwards.

He said the name of the second passenger on the stolen passport was Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza, 30, also Iranian.

Neither Iranian is on the Interpol database.

10.17 A picture of the two suspects who boarded the missing plane with stolen passports. They are wearing the same clothes, which suggests it was taken earlier in the day”

40 posted on 03/11/2014 4:07:18 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following news release is a quote:

09 March 2014

INTERPOL confirms at least two stolen passports used by passengers on missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 were registered in its databases

INTERPOL examining additional suspect passports

LYON, France - INTERPOL can confirm that at least two passports – Austrian and Italian – recorded in its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database were used by passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.

The Austrian and Italian passports were added to INTERPOL’s SLTD database after their theft in Thailand in 2012 and 2013 respectively. INTERPOL is also conducting checks on all other passports used to board flight MH 370 which may have been reported stolen.

No checks of the stolen Austrian and Italian passports were made by any country between the time they were entered into INTERPOL’s database and the departure of flight MH 370. At this time, INTERPOL is therefore unable to determine on how many other occasions these passports were used to board flights or cross borders.

INTERPOL is currently in contact with its National Central Bureaus in the involved countries to determine the true identities of the passengers who used these stolen passports to board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

“Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in INTERPOL’s databases,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble

“What is important at the moment is to find out what caused Malaysia Airlines flight 370 to go missing, and in this regard INTERPOL is making all needed resources available to help relevant authorities in Malaysia and elsewhere find out what happened. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones and friends of the 239 passengers and crew on board,” said Mr Noble.

“This is a situation we had hoped never to see. For years INTERPOL has asked why should countries wait for a tragedy to put prudent security measures in place at borders and boarding gates,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Now, we have a real case where the world is speculating whether the stolen passport holders were terrorists, while INTERPOL is asking why only a handful of countries worldwide are taking care to make sure that persons possessing stolen passports are not boarding international flights,” added the INTERPOL Chief, pointing to the predicted increase in international travel reaching 1.5 billion passengers by 2017.

Last year passengers were able to board planes more than a billion times without having their passports screened against INTERPOL’s databases. As far back as 2002 following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, INTERPOL created its SLTD database to help countries secure their borders and protect their citizens from terrorists and other dangerous criminals known to use fraudulent travel documents.

Since then INTERPOL’s database has grown from a few thousand passports and searches to more than 40 million entries and more than 800 million searches per year, averaging 60,000 hits. *In 2013 the US searched the database more than 238 million times; the UK more than 140 million times and the UAE more than 104 million times.

Unfortunately, few member countries systematically search INTERPOL’s databases to determine whether a passenger is using a stolen or lost travel document to board a plane.

“If Malaysia Airlines and all airlines worldwide were able to check the passport details of prospective passengers against INTERPOL’s database, then we would not have to speculate whether stolen passports were used by terrorists to board MH 370. We would know that stolen passports were not used by any of the passengers to board that flight,” said Secretary General Noble.

“For the sake of innocent passengers who go through invasive security measures prior to boarding flights in order to get to their destination safely, I sincerely hope that governments and airlines worldwide will learn from the tragedy of missing flight MH 370 and begin to screen all passengers’ passports prior to allowing them to board flights. Doing so will indeed take us a step closer to ensuring safer travel,” concluded the head of INTERPOL.

*Updated on 11 March to include specific figures for 2013.

41 posted on 03/12/2014 3:38:05 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following news release is a quote:

11 March 2014

INTERPOL Tehran identifies two Iranian nationals who used legal documents ahead of flight MH 370

LYON, France - INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Tehran has confirmed the identity of two Iranian nationals who used authentic passports to travel to Kuala Lumpur before using stolen Austrian and Italian passports to board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the two men’s identities were confirmed by Iranian authorities as Seyed Mohammed Reza Delavar, aged 29 and Pouria Nourmohammadi, aged 18.

The two men used the Austrian and Italian passports that were recorded in INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database to board China-bound flight MH 370.

“It was thanks to the thorough and swift response by INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Tehran that these two men have been identified,” said Secretary General Noble. “NCB Tehran has also confirmed that neither of the men had a criminal record and both left Iran legally, and we are now calling on the public’s assistance in providing additional information about their movements,” he added.

“As we work to identify any criminal network which may have facilitated the theft of the passports used by these individuals to travel internationally, it remains of serious concern to INTERPOL that approximately four out of every 10 international passengers are not being screened against our SLTD database, and this should be a worry for us all,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

“If countries are not carrying out full screening of international passengers against INTERPOL’s databases, then we must look to work with private industry in addressing this security gap,” added Mr Noble.

The INTERPOL Chief announced during a press conference at the General Secretariat headquarters that Qatar Airways and Air Arabia would pilot INTERPOL’s I-Checkit initiative, which will allow private sector partners in the travel, hotel and banking industries to screen documents against the SLTD database when people book a plane ticket, check into a hotel or open a bank account.

By screening travel document numbers, type and country of issuance of all prospective passengers against INTERPOL’s SLTD database, the enquirer will be alerted to any documents which have been reported lost or stolen and which may represent a security threat.

“After waiting years for more than a handful of member countries to take the necessary steps to systematically protect their citizens and visitors from individuals using stolen passports to cross borders, we are pleased to now have the opportunity to work with global airlines to put this vital additional passenger security measure in place,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

Since its creation in 2002, INTERPOL’s SLTD database has grown from a few thousand passports and searches to more than 40 million entries and more than 800 million searches per year, resulting in more than 60,000 hits.

In 2013 the US searched the database more than 238 million times; the UK more than 140 million times and the UAE more than 104 million times. Terrorists, murderers and war criminals have previously been identified by INTERPOL as having travelled internationally using stolen passports.

In 2013, less than 20 of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries systematically checked passports of international travellers against INTERPOL’s databases.

42 posted on 03/12/2014 3:40:52 AM PDT by Cindy
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“‘Alright, good night’: Final words from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 revealed; families outraged at lack of answers”


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014, 6:48 AM

SNIPPET: “Authorities have not ruled out any possible cause, including mechanical failure, pilot error, sabotage or terrorism. Both the Boeing 777 and Malaysia Airlines have excellent safety records. Until wreckage or debris is found and examined, it will be very hard to say what happened.”

43 posted on 03/12/2014 3:59:28 AM PDT by Cindy
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“CIA Chief: Not Ruling Out Terrorism in Malaysia Airlines Tragedy”

March 11, 2014

SNIPPET: “Brennan also confirmed reports that the plane’s transponder had been disabled or turned off at some point during the flight, saying it was one of a number of “curious anomalies about all of this.”

“You cannot discount any possibility… Who had the ability to turn off the transponder? I don’t know,” he said. “You know, might it have been something that had happened inside the aircraft that led to its ultimate fate? Or could it have just been some type of sort of catastrophic event that unfortunately led to that aircraft’s and those passengers’ demise? I don’t know. But I don’t think people should at this point rule out any of these lines of inquiry.””

44 posted on 03/12/2014 4:05:18 AM PDT by Cindy
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I love the way the media is playing this off. As though international travel with stolen passports is not put of the ordinary.

45 posted on 03/12/2014 4:10:03 AM PDT by jersey117
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“Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Terror Threat Made Against Beijing Airport Before Jet’s Disappearance”

By Vasudevan Sridharan
March 11, 2014 05:26 AM

SNIPPET: “China Airlines has revealed they had alerted the authorities at the Civil Aviation Administration of China regarding the terror threat which was made on 4 March by an unknown man.

The airline operator’s chief representative in Beijing, Peng Rong-min, said the unidentified man made the phone call threatening that a terrorist strike would take place at the Beijing airport.

The spokesperson added that they had informed the authorities concerned immediately after the call, the China Post reports.

The anonymous caller started off the conversation in French but later spoke in Mandarin as the China Airlines’s staff do not understand French. He said he represented the East Turkestan Liberation Organisation; the authenticity of the phone call or the person’s identity could not be verified.”

46 posted on 03/12/2014 4:35:18 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Malaysian PM announcement on #MH370”

SNIPPET: “Early this morning I was briefed by the investigation team – which includes the FAA, NTSB, the AAIB, the Malaysian authorities and the Acting Minister of Transport – on new information that sheds further light on what happened to MH370.

Based on new satellite information, we can say with a high degree of certainty that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was disabled just before the aircraft reached the East coast of peninsular Malaysia. Shortly afterwards, near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control, the aircraft’s transponder was switched off.

From this point onwards, the Royal Malaysian Air Force primary radar showed that an aircraft which was believed – but not confirmed – to be MH370 did indeed turn back. It then flew in a westerly direction back over peninsular Malaysia before turning northwest. Up until the point at which it left military primary radar coverage, these movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.Today, based on raw satellite data that was obtained from the satellite data service provider, we can confirm that the aircraft shown in the primary radar data was flight MH370. After much forensic work and deliberation, the FAA, NTSB, AAIB and the Malaysian authorities, working separately on the same data, concur.

According to the new data, the last confirmed communication between the plane and the satellite was at 8:11AM Malaysian time on Saturday 8th March. The investigations team is making further calculations which will indicate how far the aircraft may have flown after this last point of contact. This will help us to refine the search.”

46 minutes ago

47 posted on 03/15/2014 12:51:31 AM PDT by Cindy
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15 March 2014 Last updated at 03:29 ET

“Missing Malaysia Airlines flight systems disabled, PM says”

SNIPPET: “The communications systems of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were deliberately disabled, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has said.

According to satellite and radar evidence, he said, the plane then changed course and could have continued flying for a further seven hours.

He said the “movements are consistent with the deliberate action of someone on the plane”.”

SNIPPET: “Mr Razak told a news conference that new satellite evidence shows “with a high degree of certainty” that the aircraft’s communications systems were disabled and then it changed course, flying back over Malaysia towards India.

Satellite signals continued to be picked up from the plane some seven hours after it lost radar contact.”

48 posted on 03/15/2014 12:54:54 AM PDT by Cindy
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