Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney:
I believe the airplane was hijacked by the air crew..the pilot and the co-pilot.
I believe they just didn’t do it to fly 7 hours down into the southern Indian Ocean and crash it. It’s against their religion unless they are Shahids or martyrs. We haven’t heard anything like that. But the fact is that out of the 45 thousand terrorist events since 1998, only 14% have been claimed. So I believe another shoe will fall.
I believe Pakistan or elements in Pakistan, the ISI, Taliban, al-Qaeda, are involved in a second shoe. I don’t know what that second shoe to fall will be but I believe we’ll see that airplane involved in a terrorist incident in the near future.
In all the actions leading up to it, clearly, the plane was hijacked by the air crew.
Everybody has heard ad nauseum the different moves, etc. But the question then is, why would they do that?
I don’t have the why except I know that they were radicalized..and the degree I don’t fully understand yet but I know its there and we’re against a very formidable adversary that will have a huge impact on civil aviation in the world if they’re successful in pulling this off.
First of all, most of them [Americans] know where Osama Bin Laden was killed…in Abbottabad, right in the heart of their military academy.Number two, most Americans don’t fully understand that the Taliban was created by Pakistan – their intelligence service- the ISI. Most Americans do not fully understand that as the ISI is supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan and we probably ought to be fighting them rather than fighting in Afghanistan. They control the Taliban…if they say cut it off it’s all over.
I think our government knows a lot of what’s going on and for certain reasons they may want to have a diversion down in the south Indian Ocean while, for instance, why isn’t the Global Hawk sown there which could stay up 32 hours and continuously surveill that with it’s synthetic aperture radar. But they’re keeping them up in the Middle East. Probably to watch certain air fields Pakistan which they can fly over Afghanistan and look into those airfields.
I think there are other things that the US government is doing that I do not want to talk about here because there may be operations ongoing. But the fact is we have our best censors in the world, Governor, in the Middle East in Afghanistan right now.
McInerney at 4:43 in the video