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The Finnish authorities have impounded an Isle of Man-flagged ship bound for China with undeclared missiles and explosives, officials say. Police are questioning the crew of the MS Thor Liberty after what were described as 69 Patriot anti-missile missiles were found aboard. Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen said the missiles were marked “fireworks”.
I love how this works....
The ship had no documentation to justify the presence of US Patriot Missiles and Pyric Acid on board.
The ship had these items improperly labeled at any rate.
No one could answer any questions about how they got on board the ship..
The ship's 'destination' is clearly registered and expected at Shanghai.
But CNN reports that "Germany says it's OK" and Finland is supposed to (and will?) simply shrug their shoulders and say "Oh, OK then, it must be legal because this other country 'says' that it is."
Is it really that difficult to accept what this discovery potentially indicates? And is it really that easy to present 'after-the-fact' gestures to make it seem like "there's nothing to see here... pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
The "it was bound for South Korea" story is likely to be repeated until it is believed by the talking heads isn't it? Is this how social engineering works? Apparently so.
A ship carrying a mysterious cargo of missiles and explosives ran into serious trouble in a storm in the Finnish Archipelago while en route to the port of Kotka less than two weeks ago. Maritime officials say that the Thor Liberty requested help from a pilot from the remote Finnish island of Utö. The pilot, Kaj Wikberg, guided the vessel into a safe haven off the island of Nötö to wait out the storm for a couple of days. The ship sailed from Germany on December 13. Wikberg says it was clearly a dangerous situation. Without a pilot, the ship would very likely have had an accident, he told YLE. Its crew did not have sea charts of the area, which is notoriously difficult to navigate. At the time, winds were blowing at up to 34 metres per second, and wave height was around nine metres. Cargo loose in the hold? The pilot says he was informed by officials on the mainland that the Thor Liberty was carrying some kind of explosives. He adds he after the ship anchored at Nötö, he saw pictures showing that some of the crates holding the explosives had become dislodged and been tossed around in the hold. Wikberg says the crew should have informed him that there were missiles aboard. "On the other hand, I can certainly understand that since this now seems to have been some kind of suspicious cargo, that that's why the crew did not tell me about it," Wikberg said. The vessel is being kept in Kotka while an investigation into its load of Patriot missiles and other military materiel continues. Its home port is Douglas on the Isle of Man, a self-governing territory under the British Crown. Captain and first mate detained Police have been questioning the captain and first mate of the Thor Liberty as criminal suspects. A number of members of the 32-man Ukrainian crew have been interviewed by police as witnesses. Police plan to question the entire crew during their investigation. Inquires are also going forward with international law enforcement agencies in a effort to resolve the questions surrounding the ship's cargo. The authorities are also trying to determine, in cooperation with the Defence Forces, if the missiles are to be formally classified as military materials or fall into some other category. YLE