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Debunked: MH370 Passenger Philip Wood sends Photo/Text from Diego Garcia [Fake EXIF GPS Data]

Balance

Senior Member.
BTW, can anyone explain the photo being resized? Is that 4chan's default image reduction or any of the alleged webapps?
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
Why would posting to 4chan be easier than sending a text to his girlfriend?

Facebook guy suggests all the passengers account to everything in the entire world would have been cancelled by the NSA, leaving 4chan as the only option.

Which I think is a pretty good indication that Facebook guy is just trolling.
 

Pete Tar

Senior Member.
He says 'very hard to manually add the GPS coordinates for the building in Diego Garcia', but weren't the GPS co-ordinates approximate? Are they actually pinpointed to a single building?
 

WeedWhacker

Senior Member
He says 'very hard to manually add the GPS coordinates for the building in Diego Garcia', but weren't the GPS co-ordinates approximate? Are they actually pinpointed to a single building?

Would it be all that difficult for someone to simply access Google Earth, locate Diego Garcia, and then choose a building at random, in order to perpetuate this hoax?

I mean, I just thought of it.......
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
Would it be all that difficult for someone to simply access Google Earth, locate Diego Garcia, and then choose a building at random, in order to perpetuate this hoax?

I mean, I just thought of it.......

It's not hard at all, as shown in the OP where I changed the GPS to a particular building in Las Vegas.
Takes less than a minute to find the GPS of a random building in Diego Garcia.
 

Soulfly

Banned
Banned
What day was this text sent on? Seems unlikely he left the phone up his bum for any lengthy period.
If I was a hijacker, I would be looking for hostages that were walking funny. :eek:
 

Pete Tar

Senior Member.
but weren't the GPS co-ordinates approximate? Are they actually pinpointed to a single building?
I think I was basing this on the impression I got from this post.

Keep in mind that one second of latitude = just a little over 100 feet. (Based on the Nautical Mile length of 6,076 feet).
So, when in the vicinity (in one second of latitude), then tenths and hundredths are just "gravy". Also, recall that degrees/seconds of longitude vary with latitude, though equal at the Equator.

I've looked through the thread, but I can't find the actual co-ordinates.
 

Hama Neggs

Senior Member.
What day was this text sent on? Seems unlikely he left the phone up his bum for any lengthy period.
If I was a hijacker, I would be looking for hostages that were walking funny. :eek:
I thought that was a joke. Did they really imply he had it hidden there?
 

Svartbjørn

Senior Member.
I thought that was a joke. Did they really imply he had it hidden there?

Taken directly from 4chan

*http://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/27834494/#27834494
 

Soulfly

Banned
Banned
I thought that was a joke. Did they really imply he had it hidden there?
Where else could you to hide it? He would have had to send the message before the plane landed. Unless they want us to believe they performed a flawless mission in which an entire airliner with 239 people on board is disappeared, yet they forgot to search the hostages once they take them off the plane.

Oh wait they are...
 

Hama Neggs

Senior Member.
Taken directly from 4chan

*http://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/27834494/#27834494


BWWWAAAAAHHAHAHAHHAAAA....AAAAA..AAAAAA!!!!!
 

Balance

Senior Member.
I suppose he didn't have time to remove his blindfold.Too busy letting us all know how he hid his phone and who he works for.
 

Pete Tar

Senior Member.
I'm not I follow the logic here. Does this person think he took the photo from the inside of the bag?
(warning: blog is a little depressing if you're averse to utter paranoid insanity)
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
I'm not I follow the logic here. Does this person think he took the photo from the inside of the bag?
(warning: blog is a little depressing if you're averse to utter paranoid insanity)

No. That's simply what an iPhone photo looks like in a very dark room. It's darker in the middle.

And of course it's just silly to think if you've got a black back over your head you would then put the phone inside that bag to take a photo. Why not take the bag off if your hands are free?

This whole hoax is just sad.
 

Pete Tar

Senior Member.
Maybe they meant it was pointing back at them from the outside as a 'selfie', but then that just makes it look like a disembodied head.
But regardless it's not really a question that must be answered, it's too silly.
 

maac

New Member
You new to the internetz? This sort of thing has become a way of life for some people- quite a few of them, even. It's an entire sub-culture and it's not going away.

It's a very sad and pathetic existence, that sub-culture ... and yes, I have to say it is new to me.
 

Kumacho

New Member
I was stationed at Diego Garcia from 2003-2005. I was the Air Traffic Control Branch Chief and I know the airfield there like I know my own living room.

This story is so full of holes that debunking it should be childs play for the least capable debunker (that would be me).

In order for this CT to work you would have to land a 777-200ER on a single runway without calling attention to it. Civilian aircraft are not a common sight on Diego. They do happen but when they do it is only from one contractor. This is a military airport and civil flights do not go there.

So let's say somehow they managed to land a 777 without anyone noticing it; where are they going to hide the aircraft? There are a grand total of 4 hangars on the island. These hangars are temporary enclosures for the B-2 bomber. They are tents that are barely larger than the B-2 and the B-2 is much smaller than a 777-200ER.

The length of a B-2 is 69 feet long, the 777-200ER is 209 feet in length. The B-2 has a 172 foot wingspan while the 777-200ER has a 199.9 foot wingspan.

Here is a picture of a B-2 in the enclosure at Diego Garcia:



As you can see there is barely enough room for the B-2 to fit in one of the four temporary hangars on the island. No way you can put a 777 of any variety in there and hide it.

The CT folk would say, "It is a military base, you don't have to hide it." Diego Garcia has literally thousands of Filipino and Mauritius natives who work on the island. You would have to hide it from them, as well as the merchant marines that are constantly in the lagoon and the civilians who run the Seamans club.

But the most important point is this: With no cellular service on the island just how did he send his text?

I have seen the CT's argue that there is Cellular service on the island. Wish I had known that when I was using walkie talkies to run the airfield. We were able to use sat phones on rare occasions. If there were cellular service of any kind the military would make sure we were using that instead of the much more expensive sat phones.

The CTs will point to internet searches for Cell service show Diego Garcia. Yes, if you do a google search for Diego Garcia and Cell phone a host of people want to sell you service! But once you actually spend some time looking into it further you will find that NOBODY offers either incoming or outgoing cell service.

Here is what the welcome aboard package each new sailor receives before coming to the island says about telephone service:
Communicating

The commercial/private phone system is operated by Cable & Wireless, the local British phone company. Phone cards must be purchased to call off the island. Stateside phone cards will not work. Phone cards come in increments of $10, $20, $50 and $100 and may be purchased at Cable & Wireless. When your card gets low you can have it updated at the C&W office. Phone calls range from 40 to 60 cents a minute depending on time of day. If you have a computer, bring it along. Another way to keep in touch with the folks back home is e-mail, Instant Messenger, or webcam. Private Internet access is available through C&W for a one-time $20 fee and at a cost of 2 cents a minute from 0001-0449 and 4 cents per minute from 0600-2400 for a dial-up connection. A private DSL internet connection is available for $95.00/month. There are also Internet Café computers free of charge at several locations for personal use. Do you want to send a card or letter home by mail? Diego Garcia is home to the only U.S. Post Office in the Indian Ocean. The average time for mail to and from the States is about 8-10 days. Regular letters up to 13 ounces can be mailed for free.

While the company's name is Cable & Wireless there is no Wireless on the island.

Last but not least - There is no place on the island to put nearly 300 captives. The British police on the island have a single cell that is used more often than not for British Marines to sober up. There would be no place to put them.

The Air Force has to live in tents on the island.



This is possibly one of the worst CTs I have ever seen and easy to debunk... Hell if a 56 year old fart like me can do it.
 
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