“Traces of TNT explosives on Tupolev’s wreckage” ruled credible by Polish court.
Published: August 31, 2015
"TNT on Tupolev's Wreckage" PHOTO wprost.pl
Cezary Gmyz won his case against daily Rzeczpospolita after the newspaper’s owner, Grzegorz Hajdarowicz, and its Supervisory Board questioned the credibility of Gmyz’s article “TNT traces on Tupolev’s Wreckage.” The Court of Appeals in Warsaw ordered Rzeczpospolita to publish a correction in this matter.
Gmyz sparked media storm after revealing in his 2013 article “TNT in Tupolev’s Wreckage” that Polish experts discovered traces of explosives on the Tupolev’s wreckage they examined in Smolensk, Russia. Prior to that testing, Polish prosecution investigating the Smolensk crash relied exclusively on the opinions of Russian specialists, who ruled out any possibilities of explosion on board of the Tu-154 M in Smolensk. Gmyz published his article in Rzeczpospolita, but the newspaper’s owner, Hajdarowicz, and the Supervisory Board distanced themselves from its content by publishing a statement against its author.
In their statement published in Rzeczpospolita, the Supervisory Board claimed that Gmyz pledged to present documents and tapes on which he based his article to the publisher Presspublica, but failed to do so. As a result of a conflict over the publication of this article, Gmyz, Rzeczpospolita’s chief editor Tomasz Wróblewski, and two other employees were fired.
Gmyz considered the statement of the Supervisory Board as completely false. He emphasized that he could not have committed to exposing his sources, as it would be against journalist’s promise of confidentiality. He demanded that the false information about his alleged pledge to reveal his source be corrected, and subsequently he took the case to court.
Gmyz first won his case against Rzeczpospolita in the District Court in Warsaw, which ordered Rzeczpospolita’s management to publish the correction to the false statement. However, the defendants appealed this ruling on the grounds that the statement was a paid publication. The defense argued that in Polish law paid publications cannot be subject to corrections. The Warsaw’s Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the defendants, and therefore the case was appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court agreed with Gmyz and ordered a retrial. At last, the Court of Appeals ordered Rzeczpospolita to publish a correction to the false statement. This ruling is final.
Conclusive evidence of explosives detection emerges! Antoni Macierewicz Press Conference, July 19, 2013. Examples of Spectrometer readouts released to the public.
Explosives found on as many as 30 seats from the Polish government Tupolev Tu-154M that crashed on April 10, 2010 - reported Poland's largest daily "Rzeczpospolita" on October 30, 2012. Cezary Gmyz, its investigative journalist confirmed that the information came from four highly credible sources involved in the investigation. "Rzeczpospolita's" findings were also corroborated by the Polish Parliamentary Group's Chairman, Mr. Antoni Macierewicz, as well as Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk, who published (see below) preliminary analysis of samples performed by an independent laboratory in the United States.
Smolensk Crash Explosives:
C-4 is a common variety of the plastic explosive known as Composition C. Plastic explosive is a soft and hand moldable solid form of explosive material. Within the field of explosives engineering, plastic explosives are also known as putty explosives.
Warsaw Press Conference 10.30.12 PHOTO by Reuters
TNT (TriNitroToluene) is a chemical compound with the formula CH3C6H2(NO2)3. This yellow-colored solid is sometimes used as a reagent in chemical synthesis, but it is best known as a useful explosive material with convenient handling properties. The explosive yield of TNT is considered to be the standard measure of strength of bombs and other explosives.
TNT is one of the most commonly used explosives for military and industrial applications. It is valued partly because of its insensitivity to shock and friction, which reduces the risk of accidental detonation, compared to other more sensitive high explosives such as nitroglycerin.
RDX (abbr.. Research Department Explosive) is an explosive nitroamine widely used in military and industrial applications. In its pure, synthesized state RDX is a white, crystalline solid. It is often used in mixtures with other explosives and plasticizers, phlegmatizers or desensitizers. RDX is stable in storage and is considered one of the most powerful and brisant of the military high explosives.
HMX, also called octogen, is a powerful and relatively insensitive nitroamine high explosive, chemically related to RDX. Like RDX, the compound's name is the subject of much speculation, having been variously listed as High Melting eXplosive, Her Majesty's eXplosive, High-velocity Military eXplosive, or High-Molecular-weight rdX.
Click on the thumbnails below to view screen dumps from the detectors used to examine the wreckage and seats from the Polish president's plane crash in Smolensk. An "X" denotes the presence of the detected explosive substance and its type. The underlined Polish word "Probka" or "probka" in the screen dump 1 and 2, means "Sample"
Why did they all fly on the same plane?
Synopsis: January 12, 2013, Toronto, Canada. The wife of the late Deputy-Minister of Culture Tomasz Merta: "What I am about to tell you now, are suspicions - and not even my own - but, rather the [suspicions of the] individuals in the inner-circles of the [Polish] military... I heard a statement that was made - but, I am not taking any responsibility for how credible, or not credible it is. [I heard that] had the generals and journalists' not been re-assigned to different aircraft, it wouldn't have been the Tupolev [Tu-154M], but rather the Casa [transport aircraft] that would have been taken out.
Because the Generals were no longer onboard the Casa, there was no reason for it to get airborne. And for this reason it was the Yak[-40] that flew off to Smolensk. This Casa [transport aircraft] was never examined in any way. It was not subject to any examination. Aside from a single note in the deposition given to the military, no one was interested why this aircraft didn't fly [to Smolensk]. Perhaps, this is someones crazy phantasy, but perhaps it isn't.
Some [Polish] military personnel had suggested, that it [the Casa] had to stay behind at the Okecie military [tarmack], so that the explosives could be removed from it - because they were no longer needed [...] I am only repeating what I was told."
"Disarming" Explosives ...
It is worth for us to retrace the entire process of "disarming" the case of explosive substances at the crash site. It all started with the publication of Cezary Gmyz in "Rzeczpospolita" on October 30, 2012, and information that the detectors, which were used by experts in Smolensk (in late September and October) showed traces of TNT and nitroglycerine.
As it turned out, the journalist was also reporting about the indication of Hexogen. The storm broke. The prosecution denied the publication, and ultimately, the editor-in-chief of "Rzeczpospolita," Cezary Gmyz and two other journalists lost their jobs. The entire editorial staff of one of Poland’s most popular weeklies, "Uważam Rze", was also silenced.
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