TWA Flight 800 - I Told You So!Submitted by tuntavern1775 on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:33
Here's a column I wrote for Ether Zone in 2002.
TWA 800 – THE COVER UP THEORY GETS NEW WINGS | 5-31-02
As reported recently by Bill Gertz in the Washington Times, portable missiles are believed to have been smuggled into the United States for the purpose of shooting down civilian airliners in flight.
The rest of the day following the report, the cable news networks were downplaying the news as being vague and unreliable. Typical.
Just as the Justice Department is downplaying the FBI memo that said Islamic persons were studying as pilots, probably with intent to fly a large aircraft into a building, such as the World Trade Center in New York.
This, we are supposed to believe, was simply not enough information to cause a government public safety employee to un-ass his chair long enough to notify anyone concerned.
Here’s a question I would like to hear come from a White House correspondent, directed at the press secretary or concerned cabinet member. “ Were the missiles smuggled into the United States BEFORE or AFTER the TWA 800 incident?”
I remember with utter clarity, the moment I first smelled a giant rat sneaking around the investigation into TWA 800. That moment came when James Kallstrom of the FBI said that all theories regarding the downing of TWA 800 were still on the table. Then, in the next breath he said that anyone who believes it was shot down by a missile was basically a nut and un-American at that. Cause: unknown. Missile: ruled out.
Then came the flurry of curious revelations about TWA 800. The radar track data shows a fast moving “virgule” or a slash appearing in close proximity to TWA 800 just prior to the explosion. These slash marks indicate that the radar detected an object with no transponder (not another plane) moving rapidly toward TWA 800. Unlike Justice Department officials, radar tells no lies.
Samples of seat cushions were found to have residue containing high concentrations of elements found in missile fuels. Investigators on the scene repeatedly sent debris of this type for testing to FBI headquarters. In every case the FBI declared the evidence to be false positives, even though the FBI testing equipment was inferior to the highly accurate EGIS system used at the scene.
More than one hundred eyewitnesses, some with military and flight experience, stated that they saw a missile steak skyward from the horizon, make course corrections toward and impact (what they now know was) TWA 800. All of these eyewitnesses were barred from official public hearings on the crash. The CIA’s cartoon version of the events was dutifully reported by the broadcast media in a blatant attempt to counter the eyewitness reports that refused to subside.
Now they tell us that stolen anti-aircraft missiles are in the U.S. and, in the hands of persons with bad intentions. I guess they think its safe to report this since so much time has passed since the TWA 800 event. No one would make the connection, and start dredging up old questions about TWA 800.
Guess again. Unlike FBI numbskulls, the average American can put two and two together and come up with an even number.
If the passengers who perished aboard TWA 800 were the first victims lost in the war on terrorism, then two things are true. Their lives were sacrificed to shore up confidence in the Clinton administration, and by doing so, the FBI and the news media set the table for more terrorist activity in New York.
Once again, the federal government is sending the message. Americans are expendable, but big government must march on. In fact, government seems to expand in proportion to the number of innocent lives lost. In Gustav Hasford’s novel, The Short Timers, the sadistic drill instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman lamented, “Blood makes the grass grow.”
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NOTE: The author is a former air traffic controller who once worked in the same departure sector that TWA800 was in when shot down. He is the author of EXIT 13A – A Control Tower Diary.
William A. Shields is a former U.S. Marine and a veteran FAA air traffic controller. A frequent guest on talk radio, he has served as chairman of a state political party, a political consultant, and a body guard for a U.S. Senate candidate. A graduate of Widener University, Mr. Shields resides in Wilmington, Delaware