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The unexplained mystery behind Homi Bhabha's death

Up to 117 people have been killed after an Air India Boeing 707 crashed near the summit of Mont Blanc in the Alps.The plane was on a regular Bombay to New York flight when the accident happened at around 0800 local time.All 106 passengers and 11 crew were killed on the aircraft as it prepared to land at Geneva airport in Switzerland.

One of the victims included chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission

Dr Homi Jehangir Bhabha, who was on his way to Vienna.

The remaining passengers were Indian nationals, 46 of whom were sailors. Six were British.

The cause of the crash is not yet known and it is expected to take several days before all of the bodies are recovered.The plane was a few minutes behind schedule as it was preparing to make its descent.But the captain of the Air India Boeing 707, who was one of the airline's most experienced pilots, had radioed the control tower a few minutes earlier to report that his instruments were working fine and the aircraft was flying at 19,000ft (5,791 metres) - at least 3,000ft (514 metres) higher than the Mont Blanc summit.Shortly after, the plane crashed into the mountain.


by B.Raman:-The National Security Agency (NSA) of the US Defence Department was set up on November 1,1952, to unify all clandestine activities for the collection of foreign communications intelligence (COMINT) through the interception of foreign wireless and telephone networks.Its charter was expanded in 1971 to cover clandestine collection of foreign electronic (ELINT) and telemetric (TELINT) intelligence. It thus became the USA's SIGINT set-up covering COMINT, ELINT and TELINT.The next year, it was entrusted with the exclusive responsibility for SIGCOUNTERINT--that is, protection of the US Govt's SIGINT assets from foreign penetration and development and protection of the cryptologic systems used by the US Govt. For this purpose, a Central Security Service (CSS) was created as part of the NSA.In the 1990s, the Clinton Administration further expanded the NSA's charter to include CYBERINT and CYBERCOUNTERINT too--that is clandestine collection of intelligence from foreign computer networks and protection of US Govt. networks from foreign penetration.

is an interview of Robert Trumbull Crowley (1924 - 2000), who was second in command of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, which was in charge of covert operations. Crowley talks about the assassinations of Homi Bhabha, a brilliant Parsi physicist who was the first head of India's Department of Atomic Energy, and of Lal Bahadur Shastri, who was India's Prime Minister from 1964 to 1966. Both these hits were a part of a failed attempt to stop India from developing nuclear capability. India conducted its first nuclear test in 1974.

Post subject: Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion, Posted: 20 Nov 2009 19:16 Philip :-

The "gadzillion" allegations in the blog appear to take them to the farthest boundaries of the universe of conspiracy theories.Having said that there are some very interesting points mentioned about historical events.

First,the death of Dr.Homi Bhabha in an air crash,still a mystery ("He died when Air India Flight 101 crashed near Mont Blanc in January 1966. Conspiracy theories point to a sabotage by the CIA intended at impeding India's nuclear program, but his death still remains a mystery.")came at a time when he publicly said that India could produce a nuclear device in a short time.The crash reportedly took place in the Swiss Alps near Mt.Blanc and no debris was ever found.

Now this crash bears similarities to another infamous incident,that of the bombing of the Air India "Kashmir Princess",which was to have taken the Chinese premier,Chou-En-Lai to the Bandung Conference in Indonesia.Chou ,through his agents in Taiwan got wind of the plot ,which was perpetrated by Koumintang agents who placed the bomb aboard the aircraft at Hong Kong airport,the British displaying a "Nelsonian" eye.The bomb was actually transported to Hong Kong by CIA agents who reportedly picked it up from the US embassy in Delhi! Unfortunately for the plotters,Chou changed plans at the last moment and due to a delay in schedule,there were survivors of the crash. ("Steve Tsang of Oxford University wrote in the September 1994 edition of China Quarterly, "Evidence now suggests that Zhou knew of the plot beforehand and secretly changed his travel plans, though he did not stop a decoy delegation of lesser cadres from taking his place.")

Had there been no survivors,this "accident" would've met the same fate as that of the aircraft carrying Dr.Homi Bhabha.Some interesting facts from Wik:

(The day after the crash, China's Foreign Ministry issued a statement that described the bombing as "a murder by the special service organizations of the United States and Chiang Kai-shek" while Hong Kong Governor Sir Alexander Grantham maintained that the plane was not tampered with in Hong Kong. However, on 26 May, an Indonesian board of inquiry later announced that a time bomb with an American-made MK-7 detonator was responsible for the crash and it was highly probable that the bomb was installed in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong authorities offered HK$100,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. They questioned 71 people connected with the servicing of the Air India flight. When police began to focus on Chow Tse-ming, a janitor for Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co., he stowed away to Taiwan on a CIA-owned Civil Air Transport aircraft.

The Hong Kong police concluded that the Kuomintang had recruited Chow to plant the bomb to kill Zhou Enlai. Apparently, he had bragged to friends about his role in the bombing, and had also spent large amounts of money before he left Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Police tried to extradite Chow, but Taiwan refused and denied that Chow was a KMT agent.)

CIA Involvement:

(In 1966, a U.S. Senate committee investigating CIA operations heard testimony that gave murky details of a CIA plot to assassinate an "East Asian leader" attending a 1955 Asian conference. That leader's identity would remain unknown until 1977, when William Corson, a retired U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer who served in Asia, published Armies of Ignorance identifying that leader as Zhou Enlai.

On 24 October 1967, a CIA agent John Discoe Smith defected to the Soviet Union. There, Smith accounted many of his operations in his memoirs, entitled I Was an Agent of the CIA, including his delivery of a mysterious bag to a KMT agent. He says that in 1955, Jack Curran, a CIA officer attached to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, asked him to deliver a bag to a Wang Feng at the Maidens Hotel in the Indian capital. Smith claimed that the bag contained the bomb used to sabotage Kashmir Princess.)



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