CNN has reported that listening devices at the bottom of the ocean operated by Curtin University in Australia have picked up some sounds that might be MH 370 hitting the water or imploding in it.  C’mon guys . . . . give us a break.

The University indicates that the sounds could, just as likely, be “a natural event.”  Moreover, they can’t pinpoint the source, although the researchers believe it’s thousands of miles from the area in the Southern Indian Ocean where prior search efforts were unsuccessfully focused.

Moreover, the University spokesman indicated the search area is almost 2500 miles long and between 125 and 186 miles wide.  That’s approximately 375,000 square miles, all of it located thousands of miles from where the search has been focused.  They also indicated the sounds were possibly from whales or maybe an underwater seismic event or who knows what.

In prior posts, we have been critical of the Malaysian Government and their handling of the investigation.  They have, throughout the events occurring since March 8, taken a bad situation and made it worse.  Now, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, an Australian university manages to prove us wrong.

Maybe their underwater acoustic network, designed to pick up nuclear blasts, seismic activity or whales heard something.  Maybe it didn’t. But for them to come out publicly and link what they believe they heard to MH 370 is irresponsible.

We have previously applauded the Australian Government for stepping up and taking control of the search.  Maybe it’s time for them to let their own institutions know that all information which might be related to the search for MH 370 should only be released by the Malaysian Government, through the Australian Government, after it has been fully, properly and completely analyzed.

We’d like to believe that if Curtin University had brought their underwater acoustic information to the Australian Government, we wouldn’t be hearing it called “Breaking News” on CNN. We’d like to believe we wouldn’t be hearing about it at all unless it had been fully vetted and determined to be reliable.

It’s too bad that an institution of higher learning hasn’t learned anything from the Keystone Kops Komedy which has unfolded since March 8.

(Originally posted June 6, 2014)