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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]

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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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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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