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What Really Happened to TWA Flight 800?
WorldNetDaily ^ | Jack Cashill & James Sanders

Posted on 07/17/2002 9:10:52 AM PDT by VectoRama

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Wednesday, July 17, 2002

'Hey, look at the fireworks'
Excerpt from 'First Strike' quotes witnesses of speeding 'silver bullet'

Posted: July 17, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Editor's note: With the sixth anniversary of the downing of TWA Flight 800 upon us, Jack Cashill and James Sanders finally have unraveled the mystery of what really happened on the night of July 17, 1996 – thanks to new information that has come to light only after Sept. 11. Their book, "First Strike – TWA Flight 800 and the Attack on America," also answers the crucial question of why America still doesn't know what really happened. This excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book gives readers a glimpse of what Cashill and Sanders have discovered. Published by WND Books, "First Strike" will be available in January.

The authors' video, "Silenced, Flight 800 and the Subversion of Justice," is available through ShopNetDaily.

By Jack Cashill and James Sanders

© 2002

It arrived shortly before noon, Washington time, on July 17 – a fax sent to Al-Hayah in London, the most prestigious Arabic language newspaper. Sent by the Islamic Change Movement – the jihad wing in the Arabian Peninsula – the warning came one day after the group had taken responsibility for the destruction of Khobar Towers. It was as serious as a truck bomb:

The mujahedin will deliver the ultimate response to the threats of the foolish American president. Everyone will be amazed at the size of that response. Determining the time and the place is the hand of Al-Mujahedin, and the invaders should be prepared to leave ... dead or alive. Their time is at the morning-dawn. Is not the morning-dawn near?

As the sun was about to rise on the Arabian Peninsula, it was about to set on Long Island. At 8:31 Dwight Brumley, whose long Navy career included special expertise in electronic warfare, put down the book he was reading and glanced out the window of US Air 217. Night had already fallen to the east, the direction in which he looked.

"I noticed off the right side what appeared to be a small private airplane that was flying pretty much at a course right at the US Air flight," Brumley recounts. "I followed it until the fuselage and the inboard wing cut off my field of view. My first thought – that was awfully close!" Brumley estimates that the plane passed a mere 300 or 400 feet beneath him.

About 15 seconds after the small plane had passed, Brumley noticed "what appeared to be some kind of a flare," but he realized quickly that this bright, burning object ascending off the ocean was no flare. "It was definitely moving pretty much parallel to the US Air Flight and it was moving at least as fast, perhaps even faster."

As the flare-like object raced north, and Flight 800 ascended slowly and innocently east along the Long Island coast, Mike Wire, a millwright from Philadelphia working on a Westhampton bridge, saw a streak of light rise up from behind a Westhampton house and zigzag south, southeast away from shore at about a 40 degree angle, leaving a white smoke trail behind it.

Richard Goss, upon seeing the same object, turned to his friends at the yacht club and said, "Hey, look at the fireworks." Everybody turned to look, and they all watched it climb. "It was bright, very bright," says Goss, "and, you know, that almost bright pink … and orange glow around it, and it traveled up."

Vacationer Lisa Perry, on her Fire Island deck, watched an object shoot up over the dunes of Fire Island.

"It was shiny, like a new dime," says Perry. "It looked like a plane without wings. It had no windows. It was as if there was a flame at the back of it, like a Bunsen burner. It was like a silver bullet." The object was heading east, southeast toward the Hamptons.

As Paul Angelides walked out onto his Westhampton deck, he picked up what was likely the same object now high in the sky. From his angle, it appeared to be a "red phosphorescent object ... leaving a white smoke trail." At first he thought the object a distress flare, but he soon realized it was too large and moving too fast. Spellbound, he followed the object as it moved out over the ocean in the direction of the horizon.

Goss followed it, too. "It seemed to go away in the distance toward the south, and that's when I saw it veer left, which would bring it out east. It was a sharp left."

From a Westhampton school parking lot, Joseph Delgado saw Brumley's streak, the one heading north toward shore and slightly west. As he told the FBI, he saw an object like "a firework" ascend almost vertically. The object had a "bright white light with a reddish pink aura surrounding it." The tail, gray in color, "moved in a squiggly pattern." From Delgado's perspective, the object "arced off to the right in a south westerly direction."

At 8:31, FAA radar operators out of Islip saw an unknown object appear on screen and head toward Flight 800. At the same moment, FAA radar picked up something else unusual – a ship of good size nearly right under Flight 800's airborne position.

The two National Guard pilots in their nearby helicopter now picked up the streaks high in the sky. Capt. Chris Baur saw the streak Brumley had first observed: "Almost due south, there was a hard white light, like burning pyrotechnics, in level flight. I was trying to figure out what it was. It was the wrong color for flares. It struck an object coming from the right and made it explode."

Maj. Fritz Meyer, a winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service over Vietnam, saw the southbound projectile clearest. "It was definitely a rocket motor," says Meyer.

Delgado saw a second object "glitter" in the sky and the first object move up toward it. He thought at first it was "going to slightly miss" the glittering object, TWA 800, but it appeared to make "a dramatic correction at the last second." Then Delgado saw a "white puff."

"From my vantage point," says Goss, "there was a direct explosion that followed, and then after that there was a second explosion that was off to the east a little farther that was much larger."

Meyer saw a bright white light also. "What I saw explode was definitely ordnance," he said. "The initiating event was a high velocity explosion, not fuel. It was ordnance."

"I then saw a series of flashes, one in the sky and another closer to the horizon. I remember straining to see what was happening," says Angelides. "There was a dot on the horizon near the action, which I perceived as a boat."

"About two seconds later," claimed Meyer, "lower, I saw one or two yellow explosions, from that the fireball, third. The first two high-velocity, the last low-velocity petrochemical explosion."

"Then a moment later there was another explosion, and the plane broke jaggedly in the sky," says Perry. "The nose is continuing to go forward; the left wing is gliding off in its own direction, drifting in an arc gracefully down; the right wing and passenger window are doing the same in their direction out to the right; and the tail with its fireball leaps up and then promptly into the water below. The sounds were a huge BOOM! – then another BOOM!"

"You could feel the concussion like a shock wave," reports Mike Wire of the initial blast. Indeed, it shook the bridge on which he was standing in Westhampton even at ten miles distance.

"The sounds shook the house," remembers Angelides. "My wife, who was on the bathroom floor drying our son from his bath, felt the floor shaking as she heard the noise and I heard her cry out, 'What is going on?'"

And then confusion, a hellish, horrific confusion. "There seemed to be a lot of chaos out there," says Angelides. Now he, Wire, Perry, Meyer, Baur, Goss, Delgado and Brumley watched as the plane's fuel tanks exploded, and Flight 800 morphed into what Delgado described as a "firebox" and others as a "fireball."

"It got much larger, maybe four or five times as large," says Brumley, who was watching the explosion from overhead. "It was the same explosion. It just got bigger. My first thought was, 'Boy, what was that?'"

"When that airplane blew up it immediately began falling," adds Meyer. "It came right out of the sky. From the first moment, it was going down."

Brumley saw the burning debris hit the water and turned to summon a flight attendant. As he did, a passenger in the seat behind him, James Nugent, cried out, "Did you see that too?" Brumley and the others were hardly alone in what they had seen. On that soft summer eve, thousands were watching the sea and the sky. More than 700 of them would share their stories with the FBI.

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To: thinden
bold off
21 posted on 07/17/2002 11:09:27 AM PDT by thinden
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To: hove
And the follow up question......why the coverup??

Unfortunately we'll never be allowed that info---Fortunately,the answer to this question is among the myriad of reasons #42 has such a hard time sleeping some nights.

22 posted on 07/17/2002 11:14:52 AM PDT by Pagey
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To: Pagey
Make that " MOST " nights
23 posted on 07/17/2002 11:15:54 AM PDT by Pagey
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To: VectoRama
Actual title: THE DOWNING OF TWA FLIGHT 800: 'Hey, Look at the fireworks'
24 posted on 07/17/2002 11:18:41 AM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: 1L
Some surface to air missles that can reach 14,000 feet incluse the Standard, sea sparrow, Hawk, Talos, Soviet manufactured SA-1, SA-2 and many many others. The 13,000 foot altitude is a possible shot for a Stinger even though it is beyond listed altitude range. it is routine for such weapons to have performance characteristics in excess of what is published and that is not far outside the envelope. I would suggest that modifications to a boat would make some other type of surface to air missle superior to a stinger for taking down an airliner.

I did not specify MANPADS I stated surface to aire missle. I believe the specs on the soviet SA-18 would make this shot well within the altitude range of that specific MANPADS but why do a shoulder launch when the mods to a boat would not be noticed?

25 posted on 07/17/2002 11:19:46 AM PDT by harpseal
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To: VectoRama

You know, there are over 50 active "Flight 800" threads.

Do we REALLY need another one?

26 posted on 07/17/2002 11:20:24 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Psycho_Bunny; rdavis84; Fred Mertz; Uncle Bill
Do we REALLY need another one?

sure, why not? prolly especially appropriate today.

most of the really substantial TWA 800 threads are in locked up in the archives anyway and not acessible to add new information/ replies.

p.s. I never thought james kallestrom would come up with such a cute handle.

27 posted on 07/17/2002 11:34:40 AM PDT by thinden
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To: thinden
was it the fear of having gummit contracts stopped or cancelled?
were they "rewarded" with new gummit contracts?

I recall at least one time when Boeing publicly embraced the missile explanation, the FAA shortly thereafter announced an air directive requiring inspections/warranty work on the 767 fleet on an unrelated system. I wondered at the time if it was motivated by an attempt to intimidate Boeing.

The purchase of the bankrupt carrier TWA by American resulted in all the employees at TWA getting pay raises and increased job security to the detriment of American Airlines. American announced today a $450,000,000 plus loss in the last quarter. I believe a substantial part of American's financial difficulty is a result of the extremely unwise merger. A merger with no business justification during a weakening economy,IMHO.

I have often wondered if the employees at TWA that know much about the truth about TWA 800 would have walked away quietly had the bankruptcy of their airline resulted in their unemployment. Fortunately for the TWA employees, we will never know.

28 posted on 07/17/2002 12:59:17 PM PDT by honway
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To: thinden
DALLAS (AP) -- American Airlines, the nation's largest airline, said Wednesday that it lost $495 million in the second quarter and blamed the result on low fares, which it has used to stimulate demand
29 posted on 07/17/2002 1:05:58 PM PDT by honway
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To: thinden


In a bizarre new twist in the TWA 800 tragedy, the Boeing Corporation, maker of the 747 aircraft that exploded in mid-air off Long Island, New York on July 17, 1996, may be preparing to argue in court that a missile could have brought the plane down

30 posted on 07/17/2002 1:24:36 PM PDT by honway
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To: harpseal
Curious of your opinion of my contention that a MANPAD like a Stinger or similar IR homing missile would have been enough to take out an engine - homing on the exhaust plume - but unlikely to result in the kind of breakup which claimed flt 800.
31 posted on 07/17/2002 2:38:22 PM PDT by Dukie
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To: Dukie
I think a MANPADS like the Stinger or an SA-18 might just have been able to do it. The altitude was at the extreem range of a stinger but the target aircraft would not have been trying to evade. The most modern versions of the stinger do not have to close from behind the exhaus but would detonate the warhead close to the engine from the front. A red hot fragment through the center fuek tank would cause the destruction as seen on flight 800. In short it is plausible but in many ways a lucky shot. That would be understndable if it was a terrorist plot and they had a hard time converting meters to feet. Now if it was professionals that were launching I would rule out the Stinger although the SA-18 has an 8,000 meter range/ceiling which is more than sufficient. An analysis of fragments from Brookhaven would give us those warheads that matched the composition of the fragments found. We can eventually reconstruct everthing from that.

Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown

32 posted on 07/17/2002 10:32:17 PM PDT by harpseal
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To: honway
a few choice defence contracts here, a quiet little contrived merger there......
33 posted on 07/18/2002 5:42:22 AM PDT by thinden
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To: thinden
... so the theory is ... it was kept quiet ... for reasons of not instilling fear and trepeditation in the american public? In order to prevent having adverse effects on the economy????????????

poor sentence structure this ..... sorry

34 posted on 07/18/2002 12:14:56 PM PDT by Countyline
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To: Countyline
In order to prevent having adverse effects on the economy????????????

more likely: In order to prevent having adverse effects on the election.

35 posted on 07/18/2002 12:29:35 PM PDT by thinden
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To: thinden
The Montauk conspiracy...

In a three part Series Ground Zero theorized that perhaps the downing of several aircraft in the Atlantic was the accidental result of electromagnetic technologies being tested in an area now known as the Block Island triangle. In the "Synchroncpiracy" series Ground Zero theorized that the air disaster corridor in the Atlantic where TWA flight 800, Swiss Air flight 111 John F. Kennedy Jr.'s Piper Saratoga light aircraft and the ill fated Egypt Air 990 crashed could be a place where magnetic interference occurs during tests of Brookhaven National Labs collider and possibly at Montauk. The Military says the Camp hero facility at Montauk is not being used but conspiracy watchdogs say that it continues to operate. While the press neatly reported simple explanations as to what happened to these aircraft we speculated the most outrageous theories that later were also theorized by another Scientist. Professor Elaine Scarry of Harvard developed a theory that is similar to the theory Ground Zero proposed in it’s Synchroncpiracy series. She believes that electromagnetic interference (EMI) and its associated High Intensity Radiated Field (HIRF) from military operations is what brought down TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996, and Swissair Flight 111 on Sept. 2, 1998. Her findings were published before Egypt Air 990 went down in the same area. Many theorists claim that a Missile downed TWA flight 800 and that terrorists were responsible. Brookhaven Labs coincidentally was mentioned in the London times after the initial reports of a ball of light raced up towards the jet before it went down. A CIA Data System II satellite positioned over the Brookhaven National Laboratory allegedly showed that a glowing object raced up to the TWA jet, passing it, then changing course and smashing into it. On the day of the Downing of the JFK Jr. Plane Ground Zero Reported that the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven had been test fired and ever since strange reports have come from that area. There have been reports of green flashes of light and pilots have been reporting seeing bright flashes that they have to look away from because of the intensity of the arc.

36 posted on 07/19/2002 3:40:43 AM PDT by rubbertramp
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To: harpseal; honway; thinden

The big circle is the RHioncollider. What are they up to?

37 posted on 07/21/2002 6:03:42 AM PDT by rubbertramp
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To: VectoRama
Keep these people's story alive VR. Someday they will be vindicated and the masses will know just how corrupt a government can become - even if they still don't care. BTW, the seat residue scam alone was enough to convince me.
38 posted on 07/21/2002 6:12:39 AM PDT by patriot_wes
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To: VectoRama
OK Boys & Goils, time to put on your thinking caps. I had this fight with a liberal "clinton is my fuhrer" a hole and he said "why would clinton cover it up? wouldn't he use this to get elected?" (See told you he was an ahole)
SO What is the answer?
39 posted on 07/21/2002 6:38:41 AM PDT by longfellow
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To: VectoRama
I favor of the 'little green gremlins' hypothesis.
40 posted on 07/21/2002 6:43:17 AM PDT by verity
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