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‘Watch out’: author warned over KAL007 conspiracy tale
Posted: 06 August 2009 07:18 AM   [ Ignore ]
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On September 1, 1983, a Soviet fighter jet shot down Korean Airlines flight 007, which had strayed into Soviet airspace and apparently overflown the Petropavlovsk submarine base.

The 269 people on board - including US congressman Lawrence McDonald and four Australians - died in the resulting crash. Or did they?

An extensive search by the navies of the Soviet Union, the US, South Korea and Japan failed to find any bodies or significant wreckage.

Sydney-based author David Rollins’ latest novel, The Zero Option, theorises that the US tricked the USSR into attacking the civilian flight, but the Soviets failed to destroy the aircraft. Instead, it landed safely in Soviet territory and the passengers were taken prisoner.

“The more digging I did into the incident, the more I became convinced they were sacrificed to something,” Rollins said.

“For me, while it’s a novel and it’s a work of fiction, I actually think there’s a grain of truth in what I’ve written.”

Rollins says there are a number of things that just don’t make sense. How could a civilian 747 stray so far off course? Why were Lawrence McDonald’s staff assured the plane had landed safely on Sakhalin Island? And why did Boris Yeltsin hand over the black box flight recorders in 1992, despite the USSR’s repeated denials that they had them?

“There’s a group called Rescue 007, which believes that the aircraft ditched in the water off Moneron Island and the passengers were taken off by the Soviets, so there are all kinds of theories going on around that aircraft,” he said.

“I think the reason for that is because there’s a vacuum of information, and when people don’t know enough they tend to fill it in for themselves.”

He says Cold War paranoia played a role both in the shootdown and the subsequent information vacuum.

“The Soviets claimed the plane overflew Petropavlovsk submarine base,” he said.

“They felt the plane was on some kind of CIA mission and also they were confused about what sort of aircraft it was, due to the presence of a US spy plane shortly before the two aircraft entered the neutral area between the United States and Russia.

“The Russian radar ground operators just weren’t sure what sort of plane was overflying their secret sub base.

“Of course the Americans said they had nothing to do with this plane - deny, deny, deny, that was their line.

“And the world was hanging by a thread really, we had those two superpowers with multi-megatonnes of thermonuclear devices aimed at each other. It was touch and go.”

‘Watch your back’

Rollins says since writing the book, dedicated to the passengers and crew of KAL007, he has been warned that sometimes the past is best left undisturbed.

“After I wrote The Zero Option I sent it to a number of people around the world, just to give me notes, and one of them was a producer in Hollywood,” he said.

“After he read the book he said ‘keep your eye on the rear-vision mirror for a while’. And it’s something that a few people have said to me.

“There are a number of people in this book who are powerful men, who are still alive, who were in Ronald Reagan’s administration. Guys like Ed Meese III and William Clark who was the national security adviser during Korean Airlines flight 007. These guys are characters in the book and I don’t paint them in a particularly good light I guess.

“And also there’s the Russian stuff as well. I do take a poke at the FSB, and the FSB is really the KGB reincarnated, so I am going to be keeping my eye on the rear-vision mirror for a while I think.”

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Posted: 06 August 2009 05:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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If the Soviets did capture any of the crew or passengers alive and held them prisoner, they wouldn’t be alive now.  Having them show up after all this time would be more than just a bit politically embarrassing.  The survivors would have been executed long, long ago.

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Posted: 06 August 2009 05:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’d have to wonder who ‘told’ him to watch his back, or if he just heard the voices telling him that..

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Posted: 06 August 2009 10:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Or somebody told him that just to watch him act all paranoid and to laugh at him behind his back.

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*Rollins walks into a bar*

Bar Patron:  “Hey, look!  It’s Rollins!  The guy who’s gonna expose the Russians for what they really are!  You’d better watch yer back, or they’ll getcha!”

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Posted: 06 August 2009 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I think he thinks it’s good publicity.

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Posted: 07 August 2009 06:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hey, i read this! I read the story in RD. However, it is true. The plane and the survivors were found and many eyewitness reports were given. Plus, the USSR themselves admitted to it (Kinda). So… suck it, Conspiracy theorists.

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Posted: 07 August 2009 07:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Silver Caliber, the legion leader and forum hitman - 07 August 2009 10:25 AM

Hey, i read this! I read the story in RD. However, it is true. The plane and the survivors were found and many eyewitness reports were given. Plus, the USSR themselves admitted to it (Kinda). So… suck it, Conspiracy theorists.

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Posted: 07 August 2009 11:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Reader’s digest i think. It’s an old one. VERY old.

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