February 24, 2012

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Explosive testimonies of experts shed new light on the causes of April 10, 2010 crash of Polish government Tupolev, TU-154M, in Smolensk, Russia. 

February 17, 2012: Excerpts from the meeting of the Polish Parliamentary Commission set to investigate the causes of the Polish government plane crash near Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010, presided by Mr. Antoni Macierewicz.

Testimony of Colonel Tomasz Grudziński, Ret., former Deputy Director of Bureau for Government Security (Pol. abr. BOR – Biuro Ochrony Rzadu) before Antoni Macierewicz's Parliamentary Commission, excerpts:
"I take full responsibility for what I am about to say; I am under impression that what took place [in regards to providing an adequate security for the President Lech Kaczynski, and the Polish delegation flying to Smolensk, Russia by the Bureau of Government Security - Pol. abbr. BOR - Biuro Ochrony Rzadu] wasn't a simple dereliction of duty, but rather, it was a [premeditated and] conscientiously carried out effort of somebody, who in unofficial capacity, was diminishing the importance of all international visits undertaken by our late president, Lech Kaczynski. I state this with full understanding [of what it means], also remembering my 9 colleagues [who died in the crash], who just like the president [Lech Kaczynski], put their lives in the hands of those, who where to provide them with [the necessary] security. I once again ask you, those gathered here - would you like the present Bureau for Government Security to provide the security to you as well?"

Major Robert Trala, Ret., Explosives Expert, former BOR officer: "I am genuinely surprised, that to this day - from what I know - the bullet-proof vests worn by the members of BOR were never returned to Poland [from Russia, for analysis], I am also surprised that they were removed [from their bodies], and remain in the Russian Federation […] I don't want to take a position regarding various hypotheses, but I am of opinion, that certain hypotheses could be eliminated, as these bullet-proof vests are very important part of the investigation; if anything else, because of the specifics of their construction, and the placement of BOR officers aboard [the aircraft]. Because, during these [types of] flights members of BOR are placed in the mid-side of the aircraft, immediately next to the presidential compartment, and the other group was in the passengers' compartment."
Mr. Andrzej Melak, member of Polish Parliament: "In the light of all that was said here today […] I am of opinion that [all actions of the government that lead to the crash] were carried out with premeditation, having as its ultimate goal laying out the ground work for the tragedy that was to ensue - the murder of our sisters, brothers, our president, and our friends."

Mr. Jan Kozłowski, member of Polish Parliament: "What we have learned from the testimony of Mr. Colonel [Grudziński] is a truly shocking mess, and oversights. But, it isn't really all that surprising. Because, from the day of this crash, we see how many types of failures of this type took place in the Polish services. Touching upon what was said by Mr. Andrzej Melak, one can view all of this slightly differently, specifically, the presidential motorcade wasn't present in Smolensk, because it wouldn’t be needed anymore; they [the Donald Tusk's government] already knew that. No reconnaissance of the route [of the presidential motorcade] between Smolensk and Katyn wasn't carried out, because it was said that it wasn't necessary. The explosives' expert wasn't asked to secure the place where the [Presidential] plane was to be parked, because it was obvious that the [president's] plane will not be parked there. In the context of what Mr. Colonel said, one could make an assumption, if is such assumption is made, that the failure to carry out all [security measures] that should have been carried out, is leaving behind [at least] an evidence of a horrific, and obvious idiocy of the BOR leadership. Thus, the acceptance our Bill asking for the immediate dismissal of General Janicki, is also in the personal interest of Mr. Prime Minister Tusk."

Question by Dorota Gosiewska, Parliamentarian, widow of Przemyslaw Edgar Gosiewski: "There were many reports of an alleged usage of meaconing [in order to confuse and mislead the navigation systems abroad Polish government’s Tupolev Tu-154M], can you please address that?

Answer: Col. Tomasz Grudziński: "We have no direct means of employing countermeasures against such activities. As far as the alleged mess is concerned - I don't believe in the mess [scenario]. But, I would like to emphasize one very important fact. I am trying to ascertain if the [presidential] motorcade was present at all at the [Smolensk, Severny] airfield. After viewing the photographs, and listening to the statements that were made, I've reached a conclusion, that 4 vehicles weren't there - at least, 4 vehicles. Two primary [vehicles, that were to transport president Lech Kaczynski, and other dignitaries], and two security [detail vehicles], or three security vehicles […] Based on the procedures in place, the BOR officers ought to secure remains of the individuals for whom they provide security. Their heads are literally on the line, if failing to doing so. 

Perhaps, I exaggerated about their heads, but they are responsible before the Prosecutor's office; all remains are to be secured, and truthfully, are to be secured non-stop, 24-hours-a-day. I repeat, 24-hours-a-day, until they are returned to our country."

Q: Can you compare the security in place during April 7, 2010 (visit of Vladimir Putin and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk) and that of President Lech Kaczynski on April 10, 2010?

"There is nothing to be compared in this respect […] Based on my empirical knowledge of how the Russians [their security detail services] work here in Poland, providing security for the locations where Mr. Putin was visiting, I am sure, these were restricted, and no-one, with the exception of those whom they chose to allow, were permitted to enter [these restricted areas]. That's one. Second. They employ what is called a "total security", that is, they deploy as many people as they feel are needed, and they are good at it, but so are we, and we were praised for it [at some point as well]. What is certain however, is that the Russians helped considerably to secure the visits of both prime ministers. That's for sure!" [… By comparison] while assessing the level of preparedness of the Smolensk-Severny airfield [for the planned arrival of Lech Kaczynski's plane] - on the scale of 0 to 10, where the highest rating is 10 - I'll rate it as zero. As far as the [level of security preparation for the] anticipated motorcade routes is concerned - I'll give it a zero. As far as [the preparedness] of the Katyn [location is concerned], I'll rate it at 2 to 3" […] 

Andrzej Adamczyk, member of Polish Parliament: "I would like to briefly reflect - in the context of what you, gentlemen, officers, said, and in particular, to reflect - about what was said by Mr. Major [Trela] about the tragic situation taking place in BOR. While viewing other [Polish] special services, or units of the central police, the Central Investigations Bureau, I am reaching the conclusion, that while instituting leadership changes in these services, Mr. [Prime Minister] Tusk, and Mr. Cichocki, are in fact, purposefully dismantling these special services, in order to impede their ability to carry out their constitutionally-assigned duties. I view the manner, in which the investigation of the Smolensk crash is conducted, to be just like that. What I have in mind, are the intelligence, and counter-intelligence services, that after this tragedy, should have been proactively conducting activities that would provide us with answers as to what really happened there [in Smolensk]. Gentlemen, officers, while speaking with friends and colleagues, in either the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau [abr. CBA – Centralne Biuro Antykorupcyjne], or the military counter-intelligence - believe me - they are also ashamed to admit that they are serving in the ranks of these services these days" […]

Andrzej Melak: "The fact that [the head of BOR] general Janicki was lying, is nothing new. But let's take a look at our highest-ranking dignitaries, dignitaries in quotation marks, who also publicly lied - one from the Brussels, the other in Warsaw - when they said that the families [of the crash victims] wrote to them only, in order to be financially compensated. He, [Donald Tusk] lied not only to us, the families, but also to the members of the Parliament, during its official proceedings; and this is the standard that it is being implemented from the top to the bottom, and from the bottom-up. And one has to be cognizant of that. Together, they create a hermetically-closed circle of lies, that they want to convey to as many Poles as possible; by hypnotizing us - we can call it this way." […]

Mr. Swiat, member of Polish Parliament: "It is being said that the wall of the 'Smolensk Silence' has [finally] crumbled, because, in essence, this entire propaganda line, enumerating [false] pressures from the president [to land], an irresponsible, and drunk general [Blasik], irresponsible pilots, had in fact, turned into the proverbial dust. Because of the work of Mr. Macierewicz's group, this [official propaganda] line was exposed, and was shown for what it is [- a lie]. But, this Smolensk lie is, however, being reborn once again. Even, after this meeting is over, a new propaganda [and disinformation campaign] will be in a full swing. First, that the visits of the 7th and 10th April were identical, and that all [who had traveled there] were treated exactly the same way; which of course, as we all know, is not true; because, the visits of the Prime Minister [Tusk] and President [Kaczynski] were organized very differently. The continuation of this lie, that there were some shortcomings - and of course, these were there as well - were not of the doing of this government, this administration, but rather, their sources are here, and there, and than some; and that these oversights were also part of the Lech Kaczynski's government, and of the doing of the [late] President himself, which of course, is not true. I would like to remind all, that there was an NIK study (Pol. abbr. Naczelna Izba Kontroli - Chief Control Body) done, regarding the conduct of official visits, prepared as well, and what is particularly interesting, is that NIK conducted a this study for the years 2005, 2010, in order to implicate the previous administration [of Lech Kaczynski]. So, a new announcement was trumpeted-out to the world, that this particular incompetence always existed. This isn't true either, and I believe, that after we read this report in its entirety, because so far we have seen only a jest of it, we'll find out that the scale of the failures, and shortcomings of this administration is simply terrifying. So, this new strategy of lies, aims at implicating individuals of the proverbial middle management. So, these would be the pilots, who are no longer alive [and unable to defend themselves], the Deputy Chief of BOR, or the people with marginal involvement [in these matters]; while in fact, the people in charge, will be cleared of any wrongdoing. Among these are, the Prime Minister [Tusk], the Minister(s) [Klich, Miller, Sikorski, and others], and the Chief of BOR. So, once again, all of us here, are facing a battle, that is, a fight with yet another propaganda campaign, concocted probably somewhere in some corner of the Prime Minister's office." […]

Major Robert Trala, Ret.: "I was asked questions regarding the [breaking of the] TU-154M windows [with crowbars by the Russians - see the destruction of evidence video here], and if I could comment on that, and if it could be considered a piece of evidence? […] The aircraft's windows in particular, are, and should, of course, be considered an important piece of the evidence. Why? Because, just as any window, in any vehicle, or, in any means of transportation, it is subject to [the internal barometric] pressure [and stress]. Even in a common car, as it [the glass window] is being mounted [onto the vehicle] and is glued-on, it is already then, a subject to the internal stress […] as I was viewing photos of the [TU-154M] windows at an angle; I noticed a clearly visible discoloration in the windows. This blemish, this discoloration, showed the internal stresses to which they were subjected to. An aircraft, and its windows, as it travels in the air, or not, are always subject to the pressure […] In order to conclusively discard a hypothesis of an internal explosion on the plane, the analysis of the pressure exhorted on these windows, would have provided a considerable amount of valuable information."
Translated by Jola D.


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