Tue Sep 12th, 2006 at 05:52:52 PM EST
12 years ago, the ship m/s Estonia sunk. 852 people were killed, mainly Swedes, Finns and Estonians. There have been many conspiracy theories about this, mainly because the study which was supposed to say what happened was obviously either a uselessly incompetent study made by very competent people, or a coverup.
People didn't mind these theories about Estonia much, because after all, a conspiracy that big can't be covered up can it? Obviously not.
Two years ago, it was discovered that secret military equipment had been transported on the ship the weeks and months before the ship sunk. It obviously was possible to cover up major conspiracies.
A government inquiry was then launched to get information if the Swedish Defence had smuggled any equipment on the ship the night it sunk. The relevant word here is the Defence. The inquiry specifically did not ask if any private corporation in the pay of the Defence transported anything that night. It is well known that it was common practice in the early 90's to do use private corporation for just that kind of thing.
Because of all this the Estonian government launched an investigation to probe this matter, an investigation the Swedish and Finnish governments have done their best to impede, by denying the Estonians acess to relevant documents and people.
So, another Swedish inquiry was launched, this time to look at some really strange evidence that has surfaced. There is a video taken by a robot camera that was taken four days after the disaster showing the ship. Certain parts on the bow ramp have been cut loose, very liely to ease entrance through the bow gate. This is very interesting as, according to the official story, no divers went down to the ship until a month after the sinking.
Someone, divers, were down at the ship some time in the first four days after the disaster.
A further video from 1996 show that metal loops have been welded to the bow onramp and that is been subjected to very severe violence as if someone has forced the gate shut. Massive metal bars have been broken.
In theory anyone could have been down there. In practice only the Swedish navy, or someone with their permission could have done it. The site was under strict navy control and was also kept secret for two months after the disaster. Only the Finnish and Swedis navies knew were the ship had sunk.
So, back to the new inquiry, it will clear everything up won't it? No. Because it has been specifically asked to just look at videos taken between October 2 and December 6 1994, that is, the period where no changes to the ship are documented! The relevant videos, taken in the first two weeks and two years later, are to be ignored!
Look, I am not a conspiracy tin foil hat guy. You all know that. But this is a real one. And that's also what Sweden's most major paper thinks. Because they have just published a debate article about all this by a green member of parliament, Lars Ångström.
And yes one more thing, just the icing on the cake. After the ship sunk, the government immediatly wanted to cover it with - concrete. Yes, that's right. Cover it with concrete. That was thankfully stopped by the victims families organizations.
When m/s Estonia sank I was only 9 years old, so I didn't ask the obvious question: I wonder why they wanted to do that?
It seems no one in the mainstream did that either. Until now.