Dr. Harvey Kushner Comments on Smolensk Crash
There is nothing in history like this crash
Dr. Harvey Kushner, Ph.D. PHOTO by se.pl
Dr. Harvey Kushner, Ph.D.: As a recognized authority on terrorism, Dr. Harvey Kushner has advised elected officials, military personnel, and foreign governments as well as trained federal agencies from the DHS to the FBI, to name a few. He also worked for to the U.S. Probation Department as an analyst for criminal investigations, intelligence and terrorism. Kushner’s private sector clients have ranged from chemical and petrol manufacturers to multi-national financial institutions. He currently serves as an expert for the Polish Parliamentary Committee tasked with investigating the April 10, 2010, plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
21st century technologies allowed us investigative powers not existing a mere decade ago. It must be brought to bear in finding what really happened on April 10, 2010.
Yet, all of our scientific advances are impotent if they are shrouded under the veil of secrecy [...] The April 10 tragedy occurred on a foreign soil involving two nations with a significant history. As civilized members of an international community, we should demand the transparency only independent investigators can bring to the table. The truth must prevail. We need to insist that April 10 can never happen again. To assure future generations from experiencing another April 10th-type event, it is entirely necessary to know exactly what happened. We not only owe this to Poland, Polish children of today, and of the future, but to all around the globe who cherish the rule of law. If we run away from discovering the truth, we are doomed to repeat the history. A free society seeks to unearth the truth, no matter how distasteful it might be. We Americans fully understand why the families of the victims of 911 lobbied endless hours to obtain a balanced commission capable of thoroughly investigating all events surrounding the September 11 attacks.
There's nothing in history like this, where you have an airliner that goes down with such important people, and within a matter of hours the Russians announce that it was pilot error, or someone was in the cockpit. This is sheer nonsense.- Dr. Harvey Kushner
[United States Congress] House Resolution 1489 Calling for an independent international investigation of the April 10, 2010, plane crash in Russia that killed Poland's president Lech Kaczynski and 95 other individuals was born calling for an independent international investigation of April 10, 2010 plane crash in Russia.
Q: Immediately, moments after the crash, the Russian side began to promote a conclusion that it [the crash] was not an act of terrorism, and [the Russians] excluded this line of investigation altogether. How should the investigation based on the well accepted international standards look like? Is it normal that this line of investigation was abandoned? Have you had an opportunity to become familiar with the conditions under which the most important piece of the evidence [that is the remains of the aircraft] have been kept for the last five months? Again, does it meet the international standards in such an investigation?
Kushner: In these type of investigation, it is highly unusual to exclude or remove anything from the table - until we have definitive forensic evidence to say otherwise […] It is unfortunate, but in the United States we had many acts of terrorism perpetrated against us, as well as numerous accidents. And, in all cases nothing is ruled out. So, to answer your question - it is highly unusual for such a quick statement to be made from someone in the scientific field. It certainly wouldn't be unusual [to have heard that] from political circles. [As far as the] scene of the disaster is concerned, I can only speak from our experience in the States. The United States has been involved in airline disasters which had taken place at 35 thousand feet; in Lockerbie, Scotland, in which the debris was scattered over miles, and American, Scottish, and British authorities made every effort to secure the scene. We've recovered debris under the ocean of TWA800 and reassembled an entire 747-100; every piece, from a 10 foot structure, to something measuring a centimeter. I have not been at the scene of the disaster [near Smolensk, Russia]. I have seen pictures. I've read media reports, and I ask those here: Is the scene of the disaster secured as I stand here and speak with you? I think you all know the answer."
The transcript of the entire interview with Mr. Kushner is forthcomming. Stay Tuned.
"Russian Image Management"
The trip to Smolensk was expected to highlight Russia finally admitting culpability in the massacre, after long having blamed it on the Germans, an atrocity they had tried to conceal for over 70 years.
As for the reception committee, it had different ideas. Putin wasn’t looking forward to such an occasion. Into this poisonous reception brew was President Kaczynski’s well-known public criticism of Moscow and Putin, a habit that has ended the lives of others within Russia – and abroad. A few discouraging Russian requirements – that Kaczynski could not attend in any official capacity – did not halt the Poles. Kaczynski would go anyway on non-official, “personal” business. To Russians, such a distinction would be meaningless, not lessening the possible international excoriation of such an event. A problem ripe for a modern, Russian solution: a tragic, ‘natural’ accident.
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