Skip to comments.NYP: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ON FLIGHT 800?-- NATIONAL GEO AND THE LI MYSTERY
Posted on 01/29/2008 12:45:23 PM PST by OESY
...Tonight's "The Final Report: Investigation of TWA Flight 800" on National Geographic Channel presents a brilliant, well-researched look into what the investigators found - and what they didn't find.
The show details the animosity that existed from day one between the NTSB and the FBI.
The NTSB is usually the final word in all air crashes. But because a number of eyewitnesses on the ground saw streaks flying towards the aircraft right before it exploded, and air traffic controllers reporting blips around the aircraft, the FBI came in and took over the investigation, calling it a possible crime.
There were immediately three prevailing theories. One was friendly fire. The US Navy runs weapons training exercises in a 300-mile-wide swath near the flight path.
The second held that it could have been terrorists with ground-to-air missiles.
The third was that there had been a bomb on board.
The producers interview most of the players in the investigation including eyewitnesses; Robert Francis, the former chairman of the NTSB who was not happy to have the FBI crawling over his investigation; James Kallstrom of the FBI, who knew that 747s just don't randomly blow up; Leon Panetta, then-White House Chief of Staff; as well as cops who dove for the wreckage, like Vincente Termine.
After this show, you may trust the government even less than you do now. Or you may think they are as honest as they possibly could be in simply admitting that they just don't know.
Whatever you conclude, you won't conclude that National Geographic didn't do a very thorough job. Great reporting.
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Jack O’Hara, his wife and I believe one of his kids was on that flight. Jack was the executive producer of Monday Night Football and a Marquette University graduate.
I think it was a shoulder fired missile, and it was covered up in the interest of national security.
Dozens of people in the Hamptons saw a brilliant missile rise from the ocean and hit the plane. Many of these folks were told by the FBI that they must of have been mistaken.
People who live in the Hamptons are not used to police bureaucrats telling them what they have or have not seen.
This is another coverup by the Clinton administration. Bill and Hillary did not want a war.
Unless the documentary says a terrorists brought the plane down, a good number of freepers are going claim a coverup.
People here have pretty much made their mind up about what happened. If the facts don’t bear this out, they will claim the Clinton administration hid the facts.
I’m not usually one for conspiracy theories, but TWA 800 didn’t randomly explode. I’m in the missile theory myself. Still haven’t decided if terrorist or accidental friendly fire.
Dozens of people spread over hundreds of square miles, saw a bright light trailing smoke rise from the ocean and hit the plane. Period. Whether it was friendly fire or a terrorist, we don’t know.
Presented both sides of the argument evenly, was fun and suspenseful.
His latest book "Wildfire" is awful though.
By the time TWA 800 came up, we knew we had a corrupt president on our hands. We had good reason to believe other investigations had been compromised. Somewhere in all this, you throw in Vince Foster and any credibility the FBI ever had was destroyed in about the span of a decade.
When Clinton called the FBI in on TWA 800, it was like hearing a record needle skip across the LP.
As I watched Kalhstrom obfuscate, watching the head of the NTSP practically burn a hole in him with his looks, I couldn’t buy into the official line. And then that cartoon...
When the CIA supplied a plane for testing, my ears perked up. And when I found out the identity of a person standing behind Kahlstrom during just about every interview, it didn’t help. He was CIA.
FBI, you may rebuild your credibility one day. Good luck with that. I know I’ll never have much confidence in an official FBI statement again.
Was Jamie Gorelic employed by the Clinton Admin. at this time?
“Night Fall” is one of my favorite books....I highly recommend reading it.
It happened on the weekend the Lewinsky story broke, if I remember correctly.
I’ve seen a number of these shows. Like you said, they don’t reveal much. Some do a better job than others touching on the important issues and players.
I may have already seen this one too.
In a court of law, supposedly eye witnesses are not a valid source of fact(s). However, when that many people have such similar accounts of what they saw, and considering that several of the witnesses were current and ex-military with appropriate training, and considering this was smack dab in the middle of Clinton's reign and any explanation of almost anything from people associated with that administration is suspect, I am much more included to believe that the witnesses saw what they saw and that their testimony was disregarded as not fitting what Clinton, Inc. wanted. We, the sheeple, are supposed to just get over it and move on. What a stain on our nation the Clinton Crime family made on our great nation.
They admit they don’t know?
Good book. I enjoyed the fiction/non-fiction blend not to mention DeMille’s characters.
Well, this doesn’t mean jack to me what people claimed they saw. These people were interviewed by the FBI.
The people who claim a cover up, do so because they dislike Clinton. I dislike Clinton too, a lot, but we aren’t going to win any election by sounding like a bunch of 9110truthers.
The scientific evidence does not bear out a missile. If it does in the end, I will go along with it. But people who make claims of missile, have not examined the evidence nor are most people are qualified to do so. They cannot site any thing other than kook websites and coast-to-coast am.
Show me the science!
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