Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (ret.)
My first thought when news first came that a Malaysian passenger Boeing 777 is missing was: “Surely, with its massive surveillance capabilities, the NSA (National Security Agency) knows where it is.”
Note: The latest on the NSA’s spying is that its MYSTIC voice interception program, which began in 2009, is able to collect “every single” phone call of a targeted county and store the voice recordings for a month.
A retired U.S. Air Force general is claiming the U.S. government “knows a lot more” than it is publicly revealing about the Malaysian jetliner, flight 370, that went missing more than a week ago.
Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney said on Fox’s “The Kelly File” last Friday night: ”I know the U.S. government knows a lot more than they’re talking about. And clearly, the NSA has a lot of data they’re going through now … I’m confident that the U.S. government has a much better picture than the Malaysian government and the Chinese government.”
McInerney, 77, is a command pilot with more than 4,100 flying hours, including 407 combat missions during the Vietnam War. He also had served overseas in NATO, Pacific Air Forces, and as commander of the 11th Air Force in Alaska. Currently, he is a Fox News contributor and a member of the Iran Policy Committee.
Tuesday night during “Hannity” on Fox News, Sean Hannity asked McInerney, “General, I’ve known you a long time, I know you too well to know that you’re not just making this up, this is not something you’ve concocted. You’ve spoken to a number of people, am I correct?”
“Yes, but that’s all I want to say, Sean, please,” McInerney responded.
McInerney said that while he has reason to believe the plane landed in Pakistan and is in the control of the Taliban, he has no idea about the fate of the passengers: “I don’t know anything about their status.”
McInerney pointed to the way the U.S. and Israeli militaries have acted in recent days to suggest that much more is known about the missing flight than has so far been revealed:
“First of all, let me say, when the U.S. Navy quits their search — their ship search — they must know something in the Indian Ocean. When the Israeli Defense Forces, when they increase their air defense alert, they must know something.
My concern is, if this airplane could be used as a bearer of a weapon of mass destruction or even conventional munitions that could attack a carrier, the Israelis, other allies, American Forces, for instance. We have to be very alert until we know exactly where this airplane is.”
Indeed, it was 3 days ago that, concerned that the missing Boeing 777 could be used in a terror attack, Israel boosted its air defenses. All approaching civilian aircraft will be asked to identify themselves far earlier. A plane filled with nuclear material would not need to be in Israeli airspace long to do catastrophic damage, even if shot down.
There are no reports yet that the U.S. is taking similar measures.
Isaac Yeffet, the former security chief of Israel’s national El Al airline, says he suspects Iran is involved in flight 370′s disappearance.
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Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds.