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THINKING OUTSIDE THE COCKPIT

THINK OUTSIDE THE COCKPIT


The latest on the missing Malaysian plane is that its computerized flight path was deliberately altered - that first off course turn - maybe even before it left the runway. The primary focus of the investigation seems to be clearly on the pilot and co-pilot, because, well, no one else on board seems to have had the requisite expertise. I have a different theory - remote hackers.
Think about this scenario. The data breach that targeted Target and other retailers, no pun intended, using malware created by a Russian teen who was never implicated, occurred during the busy shopping season associated with the religious holiday of Christmas. MH 370 went missing at the start of Lent, a time again widely observed by Christians, and close to the one year anniversary of the ascendancy of a Pope who, for lack of a better term, is packing them into the pews. If the events of 9/11 taught US nothing else, it is to heed the admonishment to think outside the box, or in this case, the cockpit. Perhaps by persisting in punishing Putin over the coincidental crisis in Ukraine, and I by no means cast blame for this aviation incident on Russia, an opportunity to utilize that country's computer whizzes to solve this mystery is being overlooked.

The creation of technology, and its use, perpetrates a particular world view and order, respectively, as subtle and benevolent as we may want to characterize it. In the wrong or ill intentioned hands, such as that of extremists of various ilk, you might just end up with a volar "compromise" such as this. It's not beyond the realm of human imagination.

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