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Dutch Government Outright Lies about MH17, to Blame Russia

Eric Zuesse

1. The Dutch Government’s 279-page investigative findings on the “Crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17” were published in October 2015, and reported, on

page 84, (under 2.13.2 “Crew autopsy”) that “First Officer Team A … During the body scan of the First Officer’s body, over 120 objects (mostly metal fragments) were detected. The majority of the fragments were found in left side of the upper torso.” Then, it reported, on

page 85 (under 2.13.3) “the First Officer, from Team A, who was operating the aeroplane at the time of the crash.”

(Note that they buried this crucial information, instead of saying clearly that “The pilot’s upper left torso, immediately to the left of the area of the fuselage that had been shot out, had 120 objects that were mostly metal fragments.”) (Here is a closer picture of that side-panel on the left side of the fuselage, to the pilot’s immediate left, and here is that side-panel shown back on the airliner, so that one can see that this firing had to have been done from below, shooting upward into the pilot.)

This crucial physical finding, that the pilot’s corpse had been loaded with “over 120 objects (mostly metal fragments),” is entirely consistent with the side-panel’s having been shot through by bullets, which would have been coming from a Ukrainian military jet and aimed upward, directly at the pilot. That marksman had to have been highly proficient in order to hit the pilot so accurately with so many bullets.

Nothing else was found to be shot through with anything like such an intensity of “mostly metal fragments,” but only the pilot’s upper left torso. This, alone, is virtually conclusive proof that a Ukrainian military jet plane had fired directly at the pilot in order to bring down this civilian plane. (More will be cited here, in #2 below.)

All of this evidence was entirely buried and ignored by the Dutch Government, revealed deep in the report, and only in sub-clauses, instead of in any direct sentences.

Furthermore: “There have been two or three pieces of fuselage that have been really pockmarked with what almost looks like machine-gun fire, very very strong machine-gun fire.” This remarkable statement comes not from Haisenko, but from one of the first OSCE investigators who arrived at the scene of the disaster. Go to

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ze9BNGDyk4 

and you will see it. [But, now, it has been removed. Here is the information on that video. That video was titled “OSCE monitor mentions bullet holes in MH17”.]

That evidence is consistent with the Dutch Government’s having found (but buried) that the pilot’s corpse had been riddled with “metal fragments.”

Instead, the Dutch Government is charging Russia as having fired a Buk missile at the airliner and thus brought it down.

2. As I reported on 8 March 2020, under the heading “Why do the U.S. and its allies hide these facts from the public?”:

The latest are document-dumps and accompanying detailed explanations and translations of the revealed documents, and are from Bonanza Media. That’s a Finland-based website. Their “Bonanza Leaks” on 24 February 2020 shows photos of the official transcriptions of the witnesses’ testimony to the official Joint Investigative Team (JIT) which the U.S-allied Dutch Government operates in order to convict Russia for the shoot-down of the MH17 Malaysian airliner on 17 July 2014 above the civil-war zone in Ukraine. It includes an accompanying video presentation of these documents, from a day earlier, on February 23rd, titled “Bonanza Media LeaksTalk”. That video includes this: “Australian police confirm that these are authentic documents” (in response to Bonanza Media’s having supplied Australian police with the photos), and “these are original documents,” which their video shows. Then, they showed their documents to the JIT’s own office in Netherlands, which refused to comment. One document, from the Director of the Military Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands, to the public prosecutor of the National Prosecutor’s Office on Counter Terrorism, P.O. Box 395, 3000 AJ Rotterdam, dated 21 September 2016, opens (this being the official Dutch translation, but the original Dutch being also shown), “Herewith, I am informing, pursuant to Section 38 of the Intelligence and Security Services Act 2002, of data that is possibly of importance for the criminal investigation into the crashing of flight MH17.” After stating the evidence they had accumulated from witnesses and from allied-Government intelligence agencies, this document closes: “On this basis MIVD [Dutch military intelligence agency] draws the conclusion that from these two Russian ground based air systems near Rostov na Dona [the only two Russian bases that possibly would have been associated with the shoot-down of the MH17] no missile launch took place on 17 July 2014.” More information about the Bonanza Leaks disclosures can be found from the investigative journalist John Helmer in Moscow, headlining on February 25th, “NATO Military Intelligence Agencies Repeatedly Reported in Secret There Was No Evidence of a Russian Buk Missile in Eastern Ukraine or Firing on MH17”.

As I have documented on many occasions, even the JIT’s [‘Joint Investigative Team’s’] own ‘case’ against Russia, regarding the MH17 shoot-down, is founded upon and cites ‘evidence’ which actually disproves Russia’s involvement, and proves that this downing was instead a Ukrainian Government operation. As I said at that link, “U.S. President Barack Obama had become desperate for something to happen that would persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel to endorse added sanctions against Russia regarding Ukraine, but I had had no idea, until now, as to what direct involvement, if any, he had had in the actual setting-up of the MH17 shoot-down.” But he has hardly been alone in this effort. Not only Barack Obama but also now Donald Trump are implicated in it — Trump for his continuing Obama’s guilt in it and cover-ups about it.

The U.S. is a bipartisan dictatorship. Is that opinion? It is all documented, in the links. This (like the U.S. Government’s having been behind Ukraine’s downing of the MH17) is therefore still news instead of history; but it remains news only because it still remains hidden in the U.S. and its allied regimes; it is NOT “opinion.” It will remain news as long as the U.S.-and-allied blackout of the evidence remains in effect. And the U.S. dictatorship has long been not only domestic but international as well, a dictatorship over what it calls its ‘allies’ and even over some countries which claim to to be ‘neutral’.

Another example of this international dictatorship is that the supposedly U.N.-authorized and not U.S.-controlled OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), which is really controlled by the U.S. Government, routinely lies when it needs to in order to protect the U.S. Government from being publicly revealed to have perpetrated an international war-crime.

Everything is consistent with the news-report that I initially published on the last day of 2018 and then updated on 9 January 2018, and which was titled “MH17 TURNABOUT: Ukraine’s Guilt Now PROVEN.”  Among the proofs which were supplied there was that the evidence that the Dutch Government had supplied alleging to prove that a certain Buk missile and launcher, which they showed pictures of, was the specific system that had shot down the MH17, happened to display (though Ukraine seems not even to have noticed this) parts-numbers on them that happened to remain in Russia’s records ever since this equipment had been acquired by the Ukrainian state government in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) back in 1986 immediately after having been manufactured in the Russian state, and had remained consistently in Ukraine’s air force and maintained by the Russian manufacturer ever since, so that if this equipment had shot down the MH17, then Ukraine’s Air Force (now under the national Ukrainian Government) would have shot down the MH17; Russia’s Air Force wouldn’t. The Dutch Government simply ignored this evidence that Russia supplied to them after Holland had blamed that specific equipment-set for having done this shoot-down, but promptly then abandoned its allegation that this equipment had been the specific system that shot down the MH17. That article also included a “missing BBC report” in which the BBC’s reporter Olga Ivshina appeared to have been shocked when locals in the area of the shoot-down all told her of having seen no missile at the time, but instead two Ukrainian jets rising toward the airliner right before that airliner descended from the sky. I concluded my report by saying, “Now, which major news-media in The West will report these solidly documented facts? Isn’t it time, finally, that they should start doing that? Or, do they have no honor, at all?” It’s a damning case against not only the U.S.-allied governments but their ‘news’-media, which still hide all of this crucial evidence from their respective publics. All of them war against their own publics. My report linked to all of this evidence, so that readers can see it for themselves.

3. And, finally, there is now a new report, on June 22nd, from the great independent Australian and American (dual-citizen) investigative journalist John Helmer, who lives in Moscow, headlining “HOW THE DUTCH PROSECUTION AND THE JUDGE HAVE RIGGED THE OUTCOME OF THE MH17 TRIAL ON A CHARGE THAT REQUIRES NO PROOF”. It is the coup de grace, against the Dutch Government, and against the entire U.S.-allied team, which in the MH17 case consisted of not only Holland but also Australia and also Belgium and also (and most especially) Ukraine (which latter country’s Government had intentionally shot down the MH17 so as to blame against Russia (as they are doing) in order to supply to Barack Obama an argument that Angela Merkel could use in order to rally her own country in support of greatly hiked anti-Russian sanctions so that the IMF would follow through with the the next multi-billion-dollar loan to Ukraine, in order for Ukraine to continue paying its soldiers in Ukraine’s ongoing war against its rebelling and now independent former region of Ukraine, Donbas, which area directly borders on Russia in Ukraine’s far east.

In February 2014, Obama had overthrown in a violent coup Ukraine’s democratically elected neutralist Government, which had been elected in 2010 and received around 90% of the vote in Donbas; so, Donbas declared its independence from Ukraine, and Obama and the IMF and the entire U.S. team were demanding Ukraine to conquer Donbas, which conquest needed money that Ukraine didn’t have but had to borrow. Obama’s plan had originally included to turn Russia’s largest naval base, which was located in Crimea, into a U.S. naval base. That part of his plan failed.

After Ukraine shot down the MH17, it demanded, and got (on 7 August 2014), from its then-three partners in the JIT, including Holland, absolute veto-power over any ‘findings’ that the team would publish. Initially, the team’s allegation was that Donbas separatists had shot down the plane, mistaking it for a Ukrainian military plane that was about to bomb them. Then it switched to blaming Russian soldiers. Then the ‘investigation’ just dragged on for years, trying to find evidence which might persuade enough of the public so as not to become an embarrassment. And, finally, as Helmer reports, the Dutch Government has prepared a criminal charge against Russia that reverts back again to blaming Russia for its having been supporting the separatists whose villages were being bombed by Ukraine, but which, in order to be able to impose penalties against Russia, is based upon no “case law that would be relevant to the issue.” This is a last-ditch effort, but it will be able to work if the Dutch judge is corrupt enough to accept it.

If you don’t already know these facts, then you’ve been getting your ‘news’ from lying media (such as the Washington Post), which aim to eliminate the media (such as this one) that have been reporting (instead of ignoring, or outright denying) these facts. This report is thus American samizdat. You are here reading forbidden news. (It’s actually forbidden history, but if it was never before reported to you, then it still is news, to you.)

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Animal Farm
Animal Farm
June 24, 2020

I thought kangaroos only lived in Australia.

JayTe
June 24, 2020

Hey Eric, we might have had a minor disagreement on Covid-19 from the Off-Guardian article that I shared but I have nothing but massive respect for your reporting. As someone whose girlfriend is Ukrainian and who heard the original BBC World report on eyewitness accounts where the eyewitnesses say that there was no missle but two jets following the plane. They heard the sounds of gunfire and then a large popping sound and looked up to see MH-17 going down in one direction and the two jets flying off in the opposite direction. As well the photos of the cockpit… Read more »

Trauma2000
Trauma2000
Reply to  JayTe
June 25, 2020

… eyewitness accounts where the eyewitnesses say that there was no missle but two jets following the plane. They heard the sounds of gunfire and then a large popping sound and looked up to see MH-17 going down in one direction and the two jets flying off in the opposite direction. As well the photos of the cockpit showed holes consistent with machine gun bullets and nothing that would indicate an explosion on the outside of the plane. 

 
Do you have any links for the BBC material please.

Brokenspine66
June 25, 2020

Blaming Russia, was the objective from the start even before first informations about the downing of MH17 were available and the bodies of the victims were still warm. Ukrainian Putschist + NAZI-Terrorist, AmeriCunts, NATO-Mafia and their Serfs spinning this narrativ since then and fabricating falsifying the so-called evidences to fit ‘Their’ narrative.

AMHants
June 25, 2020

Tha K you Erik Zeusse. And all the other investigative journalists, on their work, with regards the MH17. I read John Helmer’s recent article, over on ‘Dance With Bears’. What was seriously disturbing about the case, that is running in The Hague, is the fact, despite Dutch Law, is focused on ‘innocent until proven guilty, beyond reasonable doubt’, where the MH17 is concerned, they are running the Lewis Carol Guide To Law, ‘Sentance first, verdict later’. A court case that dismisses all evidence that does not fit the SBU narrative. The SBU not having to show any evidence, just hearsay… Read more »

Trauma2000
Trauma2000
June 25, 2020

I have the video of the OCSE monitor mentioning bullet holes in MH17. I have lots of videos. I have been downloading them for years. Where can I share them?

JerryBear
JerryBear
Reply to  Trauma2000
June 25, 2020

PeerTube, BitChute, Vimeo, NewPipe, VidLii, DailyMotion, DTube, Vlare.

Sherlock
Sherlock
Reply to  Trauma2000
June 25, 2020

All well and good but you’d have to also have a comparative analysis disproving that bullet holes could be mistaken from BUK shrapnel in order for it to carry any weight. The simple argument would be that the monitor mistook bullet holes for holes from shrapnel.

JerryBear
JerryBear
Reply to  Sherlock
June 25, 2020

That’s for viewers to decide and deliberate upon once they see such videos, videos that are clearly very uncomfortable for the JIT else they wouldn’t have been taken down.
 
Few intelligent people would say such videos are proof, but they are tangible evidence. As was the evidence of eye witnesses on the ground, who were deliberately and cynically ignored by this deceitful JIT.

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  Trauma2000
June 26, 2020

The OSCE video can be found in the original article here (video still works):
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-mh17-michael-bociurkiw-talks-about-being-first-at-the-crash-site-1.2721007?cmp=rss&partner=skygrid
the remark about the fuselage being pockmarked is around the 6 minute mark.

I posted this before but The Duran has not approved my comment yet. So trying again here.

JerryBear
JerryBear
June 25, 2020

An investigation that includes a prime suspect (Ukraine) as a primary investigator, is always going to be a stitch up. For example within the terms of the investigation, if any of the participating investigators object to any evidence being published, that evidence shall not be published.   For goodness sakes, the original investigation into the Hillsborough disaster had more integrity than this.   This is what happens when you overthrow a democratically elected Gov’t to replace it with a vicious entity and for no better reason than because that entity (post coup Kiev) hates all things Russian. You end up… Read more »

Diana
Diana
Reply to  JerryBear
June 25, 2020

Not only did it include Ukraine but it excluded Russia. What is so sad is that there are people who still believe in the propaganda spewed out by the lying MSM; sometimes people who in other contexts are in no way stupid.

Sherlock
Sherlock
Reply to  Diana
June 25, 2020

Not only including Ukraine, a suspect, but giving it veto power over the release of any information not to its liking told me everything I needed to know about this affair. It had all the markings of a stitch up from day one.

Moving Along, Nothing to See Here
Moving Along, Nothing to See Here
June 25, 2020

I don’t know who shot down MH17 but I know one thing with absolute certainty. If it was the Ukrainians who shot it down for whatever reason, the Dutch, the EU and esp. the US will do EVERYTHING in their power, no holds barred, to cover it up and direct the blame to Russia. It would be too embarrassing and Earth-shattering for them to do otherwise.
 
Ergo: this so-called ‘trial’ has no meaning or legitimacy whatsoever. It CANNOT be truly independent, by its very construct.

Mr. Obvious
Mr. Obvious
Reply to  Moving Along, Nothing to See Here
June 25, 2020

Well, precedents are important. Obviously if the OPCW can be so grossly compromised, then so can the JIT. A textbook example of a show trial.

Lou
Lou
June 25, 2020

It became obvious the inquiry was a set up from the start after the Dutch refused Russia to take part in the investigation and the Russians offered both radar and satellite information and that same inquiry refused to take them meanwhile the US which had the identical information never offered it to the investigators.
Its so sad that the west has morphed from democracies into regimes.

Sherlock
Sherlock
Reply to  Lou
June 25, 2020

Just one example: Why did the JIT never ask to submit the log the Russians produced to show the BUK missile in question was sent to Ukraine in the 80’s for paper and ink aging analysis?
 
It would have been a routing request in such cases. Its absence speaks volumes IMO.

Sherlock
Sherlock
Reply to  Sherlock
June 25, 2020

Another thing. The JIT seemed to be overly anxious to accept Bellingcat’s photos of a BUK moving through the streets, while it was adequately shown that such material can be easily fabricated AND, this is probably the most important, that Bellingcat had years before been shown by MIT researchers no less, to have falsely attributed to Syria a sarin rocket attack, and the story eventually and clumsily retracted by the NYT after they’d made a huge deal of it. Fool me once…..it seems had no meaning for the JIT, suspiciously because they and Bellingcat were part and parcel of the… Read more »

Sherlock
Sherlock
Reply to  Sherlock
June 25, 2020

If not mistaken, Bellingcat has some status with the Atlantic Council and the Atlantic Council itself is a thoroughly biased and compromised cold war relic, NATO lobbyist and unabashed propaganda outlet. Suspicions abound.

White Lies Matter
White Lies Matter
Reply to  Sherlock
June 25, 2020

Anything coming from the Atlantic Council can’t be called in any way objective, only objectionable and severely questionable.

JerryBear
JerryBear
Reply to  Sherlock
June 25, 2020

Bellingcat is funded by the Atlantic Council – itself funded by NATO.

Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver
June 26, 2020

Bravo Eric / The Duran , keep bringing us the real truth , I cannot see why the likes of CNN / Wash Post still have patronage , are there still that many blind / stupid people on Earth ? All of us that get the Duran knew right from the start , that the Western Alliance will corrupt the whole process , as far as blaming Russia went , we knew that would happen , its so simple to read the Wests mindgames !!! The same with the Novichok poisonings , we know MI6 buffoons mixed up a batch… Read more »

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