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Prof. Poteat mentioned in article on the Smolensk Plane Crash

In his article published on 11 April in the Daily Beast, entitled “Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look,” journalist Will Cathcart mentioned IWP Professor Eugene Poteat, a retired CIA veteran and scientific officer. Prof. Poteat has written numerous articles pointing to likely foul play on the part of the post-Soviet Russian regime in the suspicious Smolensk Plane Crash, which occurred on 10 April 2010.

The author also quoted physicist Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk, an expert on the crash, who delivered a lecture on the Smolensk disaster at IWP on 8 April.

Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk discusses “The Smolensk Plane Crash: Four Years Later”

On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Smolensk Plane Crash-which occurred on April 10, 2010 — physicist Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk delivered a lecture (part of the Intermarium series) on the current state of our knowledge about this aerial disaster.  The lecture took place at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.  The crash killed the Polish presidential couple and almost a hundred members of that pro-American nation’s political and military elite as they flew to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the genocidal Soviet massacre of the Polish elite at Katyn, which — rather ominously — occurred quite close to the crash site.

Dr. Nowaczyk reminded the audience of the role of the Russian air traffic controllers, who misled the Polish pilots by telling them that they were “on the right course.” He also emphasized that the Russian rescue units arrived at the crash site very late — about 27 minutes after the disaster. At the same time, the elite Spetsnaz special forces were in the area from the beginning. The physicist also remarked that the thick fog that has become the subject of arguments about Smolensk, was present only around the Severnyi Airport area, but not much farther away that its vicinity.

A key piece of evidence to note, he pointed out, is the fragmentation of the Soviet-built Tupolev aircraft and the dispersal of these pieces over a large area. Polish archeologists found approximately 60,000 such fragments at the crash site, which is much more than other cases of aviation accidents caused by explosions. In the case of Smolensk, Dr. Nowaczyk argued that at least “two internal explosions” occurred.

In addition, Dr. Nowaczyk argued that we should remember that the post-Soviet Russians brazenly contaminated and desecrated the crash site and the evidence. The wreckage was further torn apart using tools and machinery. Windows, which could contain evidentiary material, were smashed. The pieces of the fuselage were moved to the Severnyi tarmac and exposed to the effects of the weather. Other pieces were moved around the crash site, such as the left stabilizer, which was shifted about 20 meters based on satellite photos from April 11-12, 2010. Even top soil was moved around and trees cut down.

Furthermore, the Russians continue to hold on to the black box — which is legally the property of the Republic of Poland — and have tampered with that evidence as well. The Poles were only given copies, which — as it turned out — were missing the last seconds of a crucial minute, which were apparently erased. What these copies do nevertheless show is abrupt violent movement right before the crash.

What is more, the traces of the aircraft on the ground are consistent neither with the Russian-generated MAK Report, nor the official Warsaw report, both of which subscribe to the “pilot error/birch tree” narrative. Yet, as Dr. Nowaczyk pointed out, the infamous “iron birch” — whatever its actual maximum height — was located below the location of the aircraft at the time that it supposedly struck the tree. However, even if the plane — which was traveling at the approximate speed of 270 kilometers (168 miles) per hour — had actually hit the birch, it would have sliced through it quite easily. This was demonstrated by Dr. Wiesław Binienda’s famous LS DYNA simulation, which — as Dr. Nowaczyk pointed out — multiplied the hardness of the tree by a factor of ten. The birch tree was thus clearly not the culprit of the disaster.

Dr. Nowaczyk’s presentation showed that sufficient evidence exists to revisit the Smolensk Plane Crash — especially in the current geopolitical environment.

Paweł Styrna

Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk

Three years after the Smolensk Crash

Less than a month ago was the third anniversary of the tragic Smolensk Plane Crash, which was a great blow to our Polish ally within NATO. In a recent SFPPR News & Analysis article, Paweł Styrna summed up the many suspicious developments in the case that have continued to surface in the past three years, thereby demonstrating that the crash is by no means “yesterday’s news.”

Paweł Styrna is a student of international relations at The Institute of World Politics and a researcher and administrative assistant for the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies and the Institute. He is also a Eurasia analyst for SFPPR and has written and lectured on the Smolensk Plane Crash.

The views expressed in the article below are solely Mr. Styrna’s and do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute of World Politics or the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies.

Smolensk: An inconvenient tragedy
Three years following the suspicious Smolensk Plane Crash new developments and evidence continue to surface.

SFPPR News & Analysis
By Paweł Piotr Styrna
April 22, 2013

The Smolensk Plane Crash claimed the lives of the President of Poland, his wife, and 94 other members of the country’s patriotic and pro-American political and military elite.

Three years have passed since the suspicious Smolensk Plane Crash of April 10, 2010. During this time, new developments in the case occurred and evidence continued to surface. Most disturbingly, these findings have anything but dispelled doubts about the veracity of the official, FSB/KGB-manufactured Moscow-Warsaw “pilot error” line. Instead, they have consistently pointed in the direction of foul play. Since the mainstream media and public opinion in the West do not appear to have been following these developments or registered the geopolitical significance of Smolensk, it seems appropriate to elaborate on some of the more recent findings. For brevity’s sake, this article will mention only developments which occurred after mid-2012, for I have focused on the background and previous discoveries in two SFPPR News & Analyses articles.

Cyber attacks on the Polish Foreign Ministry

To begin with, we have learned that two cyber attacks—one on April 6, 2010, and another on April 10, i.e. the very day of the crash—temporarily crippled the Polish Foreign Ministry. Its employees thus had no access to servers with secret information, not to mention email or even telephones. On the day of the tragedy, the cyber attack even prevented the Foreign Ministry from receiving a list of passengers via email. This was discussed, in a June 2012 interview, by retired CIA new technologies and aviation expert, S. Eugene Poteat, who argued that it was quite likely that the culprits were hackers working for the post-Soviet regime in Moscow. After all, Russian cyber attacks had also paralyzed Estonia and Georgia (before the August 2008 invasion). Poteat, a professor at the DC-based Institute of World Politics, conducted the initial investigation of the crash that questions Russia’s claim the crash was a case of mere pilot error, leading others around the world to take a second look.

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